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Marlene  UK based fashion & lifestyle photographer. From ๐ŸŒBorneo & ๐Ÿ‘ N.Z. ๐Ÿ“ฎ : [email protected] ๐Ÿ–Š :

Getting helplessly lost in Kotor old town whilst clutching a ๐Ÿ—บ map. I'm famous for having zilch sense of direction but felt instantly better when another couple from the mini tour group were just as lost. ๐Ÿ˜Š It's been really interesting learning about the 10 year old independent sovereign state. For those of us who're not exactly fluent in Italian or Spanish, Montenegro literally translates to Mountain Black or Black Mountain in English. The official language is Montenegrin. Apparently, it's no longer politically correct to call it Serbo-Croatian. I'm utterly fascinated by the history of ex-Yugoslavian states as it wasn't something I was ever taught in school.

It was a last minute scramble to locate transportation into Montenegro ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช since I wasn't overly keen about driving. Something about driving on the left side (the wrong side as the Brits, Aussies and Kiwis ๐Ÿฅ often say). We had an incredible time with the loveliest bunch of people. Montenegro is still relatively untouched by tourism and as un-commercialized (made up that word!) as you can get. Old town Kotor is rustic, beautiful and simply charming. The place was fairly quiet with a sprinkling of tourists and mostly locals. I'd love to explore the place more and perhaps even spend a few days here. Next time.....

I've lost count of the number of pigeons and cats ๐Ÿฑ I've seen but these flying rats ๐Ÿฆ aren't scared of humans. Not one bit. I used to ๐Ÿคข whenever I saw pigeon meat on the menu but I'm now thinking that's one awesome way to get rid of the rodents with wings.
I can't get over how friendly and warm people are here especially when this Asian ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป was grumpier than usual due to lack of sleep and having to listen to the daughter's incessant chatter. I've resorted to bribing the child with ๐Ÿฆ just so that I can 3 minutes of silence. How can someone so small talk so much?!

We've finally made it to Dubrovnik, a place I've been dying to visit for years and years. Blindingly beautiful and thankfully, rather quiet because it's out of the tourist season. A huge thank you to @ivona_panifer and @sladanablagojevic for the warm welcome via DM. I should mention that the university students here are incredibly chic and look like they've just walked off the catwalk. More on my Stories.

People rave about the effortless Parisian style (and so did I) but I can honestly say that Londoners have nailed that urban-individual-cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž groove that few can emulate. You get a totally different fashion vibe depending on where you are - Shoreditch, Chelsea, Hampstead etc. I know I tend to inundate my IG feed with travel photos and snapshots of buildings but my real job is shooting fashion and lifestyle. So...naturally, I have to stalk this stylish woman with swishy skirt and burgundy beret.

I spent yesterday evening with the most inspiring women. @creatingforgood is a collective of Instagrammers who're using our passions and skills to make a difference in the lives of women, men and families affected by war, political discord and poverty. Do check out and sign up @creatingforgood to find out the activities and workshops we will be hosting. 100% of all proceeds will be given to charity.

Sunshine!!!! ๐ŸŒžโ˜€๏ธ Please excuse the OTT excitement but those who live in the northern hemisphere will completely understand. Such a pleasure working with @monicabeatrice and @cocosteaparty again earlier this week.

I'm generally rather unconventional. My last 20 years of traveling involved staying at convents, traditional pensions (Greece), a straw shack by a crocodile infested river (Borneo), backpackers, a renovated 17th century former merchant's mansion (Italy), a wooden house on stilts in rural China, an old watch tower (Portugal) and a hutong (China). I decided on a shepherd's hut one half term break last year. So.....what's next? Maybe a treehouse? ๐Ÿค”

Asian myth #1: All Asians are good at maths. For the first in his 20 year teaching career, my high school accounting teacher handed out a test paper with a large ๐Ÿฅšegg shaped score to a student. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the student was me ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป. An Asian ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. I blame it on gene mutation since the rest of siblings majored in maths and science.

Either Valentine's Day has come early for me or I've turned into the next sexy Gisele Bunchen because I've suddenly managed to attract a slew of spam bot following with similar like feeds - half naked selfies of teenage boys and body builders from Brazil.

Celebrating 0.5 inch of โ„๏ธ. It's the south of England's version of #snowmaggedon.

I found the perfect compromise when the husband is shopping at his favorite store - having a drink and reading a book at the new in-store cozy cafe. Every store should come with comfortable sofas and a cafe ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. A happy wife = an awesome shopping experience.