Everyday would feel like a vacation. These were my first thoughts when I first considered a career in the hospitality and tourism sector, especially in a beautiful resort situated on the coast of Kuwait’s Arabian Gulf Sea. I remember walking into the gorgeous lobby of the multinational world-class hotel and wondering what it would be like to actually work there — great atmosphere, great perks! As a Kuwaiti female, it’s pretty uncommon if not common at all to work in a hotel in Kuwait. The tourism industry is not as advanced and progressive in the country making it an unpopular career choice. People also have this misconception that if you do work in a hotel then you’re either a receptionist, doorman or a housekeeping attendant which are all absolutely false assumptions and merely stereotypes. Being in the PR & Marketing field, I was eager to start off my career promoting a hotel. If people were opting for the banks and oil companies, I was heading the opposite direction. The deciding factor mostly had to do …
Royal summer places, fairytale castles, and gardens made for romance. This is Sintra, Portugal. Mostly unheard of by travelers. During our stay in Lisbon, we decided to take a day trip to the compelling town of Sintra. In the majesty of this Shakespearean-like town, we were surrounded with romantic Portuguese architecture while making our way through ruins quilted in moss. The air of history and mystery echoed around us. Moreover, what makes it’s history fascinating is that it was purely a retreat for Portuguese royalty in the past! Nestled on top of Sintra Hills is the extravagant Palacio De Pena (Pena Palace). We had our fair share of ascending Portugal’s steep hills, so this time we decided to board a bus to take us to the hill on which one of Sintra’s dreamlike castles is perched. I have sort of an obsession with castles. Maybe it has to do with being a symbol of the Middle Ages, a period of history for which I have a deep fascination. Perhaps it’s the romantic and fairy-tale aspect and …
We explore the historical land of Lisbon, Portugal, known for being home to the most interesting ancient architectural marvels in the world. From the Age of Discoveries, Lisbon’s hilltop highs to seafood galore, we discover the charm of Portugal’s neighborhoods and old world streets.
The vibrant street art scene in the historic city of Lisbon, Portugal.
I hadn’t realized how huge of a country Philippines really is until I observed it from the sky. It’s an island with a thousand other islands within other islands. Palawan Island, for example, is an archipelagic province which itself is composed of roughly 1,780 islands and islets. One of these is our destination, Coron Island. A natural beauty of tropical paradise. It’s where island life doesn’t get anymore authentic than this. In fact, Palawan has been named “Best Island in the World” year after year by top travel publications, from Travel + Leisure to Destinations of the World magazines. The island is in an awe-striking state of calm, deeming it the ideal place to truly unwind amidst nature. Its nothing but pure bliss. Actually, I believe that today’s world is so inundated with tourists and human activity, it is becoming more rare to bear witness to a place that is still so serene, raw and pristine. This is an escape from civilization to a certain degree, as Coron is a self-sustaining island.
Perched right on the Island’s tip was our bungalow, that we would be calling home for the next few days. And it was truly magical!
Another adventure awaited in Osaka City, Japan, widely known as the nation’s kitchen. From Osaka Castle, the foodie strip of Dotonbori district, fascinating museums, to all the unique facets of this metropolitan capital of Japan.
Abound with temples, shrines and relics of the past in enchanting forests, Kyoto is like a timeless old district reflecting traditional and classic Japan. It is synonymous with cherry blossoms, geishas, temples, traditional ryokan inns and masters of tea ceremonies.
In this dream destination of mine, I explore the land of the fascinating, bizarre, and unusual! Tokyo, Japan!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Art. It plays a daily role in my life. Here, I express my thoughts about it. It’s very much possible to find Art in the smallest of ordinary things. There are so many new interpretations of everything that surrounds us. Art is simply all around us.