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adventures of engtat + sheena  Lovers of slow travel writing about off the beaten path experiences and gastrorgasmic food. πŸ” #etsyexplores(destination) for our best tips!

In order to fly, we need to let go.
Let go of our fear of falling. Our fear of failure. Our fear of losing stable ground.
And have faith that the muscles in our wings are strong enough to carry us, further than we could have ever imagined. πŸ•Š

Random musings on a Monday, as birthing week rolls around again.

There's a place that will stay within me, wherever I may choose to go. Truth is, there's only one place we'd truly call home ❀️ Happy 52nd birthday, Singapore!
#etsyexploressg #sg52

We are all of us crooked trees, leaning on each other. πŸ’•

Seeing Perth through a different lens this time, and enjoying getting schooled every step of the way.
#etsyexploresperth #okfineperthisnotthatboring

✨ Are we all lost stars, trying to light up the dark? ✨

Love how little snapshots like this can capture the vibe of a place - dreamy, grungy, messily beautiful. Just one of the many reasons why this is my favourite night market in Bangkok.
#etsyexploresbangkok #suckerforfairylights

Hearts on hearts // Layers of love
The past 12 days have shown me the immense capacity that humans have to love, and I strongly believe that if we remain steadfast in this pursuit, we can one day achieve peace in this world πŸ’•

Gamcheon Cultural Village in Busan is a classic example of this. Once a place of refuge for those affected by the Korean War, its tiered houses and street art are now a colourful symbol of hope and happiness 🌈

#etsyexploresseoul #seoulsisterhood

Would you imagine the DMZ to look like this?
Our visit here was a deeply moving experience. The peace life valley, which thrives with life and nature, is a reminder that even in the pain of war, beauty can exist. The streams here connect to the Han River; the valleys extend to the peaks of North Korea. What a poignant lesson on how man can never separate nature, even with our unnatural actions.
#etsyexploreskorea #apceiu

"This war is not over yet." Finally had the chance to visit the DMZ today and it was nothing like I imagined. The lush trees you see behind are but a tiny portion of the incredible vegetation and ecosystem in this area that has flourished naturally, ironically due to man's actions. Still, the scars of war remain - and everywhere there are reminders this threat is omnipresent. πŸ’”

#etsyexploreskorea #apceiu

🌼F L O W E R P O W E R 🌸

I've never been to Seoul in the summer, and though it's humid as hell, I'm loving the pretty gardens, rooftops adorned with fairy lights and the activity on the streets!
Also, the opportunity to just stop at random cafes and take photos πŸ˜… πŸ“Έ: my talented photog @justagooglemum
#etsyexploresseoul #seoulsisterhood

🍜 B I B I M G U K S U 🍜

Finally found out the name of this amazing dish today! Bibimguksu is made from somen and summer vegetables and the sauce is all at once spicy, sweet and tangy, which makes it the perfect dish for the crazy summer heat! It also explains why for the first time, we had to queue for half an hour with the lunch crowd. But man, it was so worth the wait!
One question remains: why don't we have this in Singapore?! For more deets of our Seoul adventures, check out our IG story! ☝🏼 #etsyexploresseoul #gastrorgasm #seoulsisterhood

Joined in mutual weirdness in this dotty world πŸ”΄πŸ”΅ #etsyexploressg

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. - Isak Dinesen

Feeling all the blues on this Monday 😩 My ideal cure would be the sea.. but for now, I'll deal with the sweat and tears. Hang in there, folks!

#etsyexploresbali #mondayblues

πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬ H O M E T R U L Y πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬ For me, the highlight of our National Day Parade is never the fireworks or the fancy military display. It's seeing the look of wonderment and excitement in these kids' eyes, hearing their squeals and feeling my goosebumps stand when they recite the pledge with gusto. These kids are our future, and what a bright one it would be for Singapore if they were to always feel this glowing love as they become adults.
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