Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bangkok, the city of ornate shine and energetic street life

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

 BANGKOK

Prior leaving to Thailand, I have asked couple of people around for some suggestions and their opinion on Thailand. Many of them (actually all of them) has said that Bangkok was boring, that they have stayed in Bangkok just few nights before traveling to different parts of Thailand.

From those little conversations, I was a bit nervous whether our plan to stay in Bangkok for 5/6 days was too much. However, I have to say, even though Bangkok is just like another metropolitan city, we were not bored at all. Quite the contrary, we didn't have even enough time to visit everything that I planned to do!

"Same, same, but different"

Is the way somewhat I would summarize Bangkok. I have been in many Asian cities before. Thus, the culture was shocking for me as for the first time visitors. In fact, Bangkok has many similar lifestyle and culture as other cities, such as in China or Vietnam. The vibrant street food stalls, endless markets or the vibrant city life. However, it is somehow different compared to other cities I have been. I have noticed, that in Bangkok people are driving on the left as in the UK. Majority of people and especially sales people on the market do speak basic English. Streets in the Bangkok are very clean, people don't spit on the streets as in China, the king is everything, people don't stare at Western foreigners as they do in Beijing and Thai people are very polite and respectful. In summary, Bangkok - Thailand's capital is the city of gold spiral temples, royalty and vibrant streets.

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

"The mixture of exotic and familiarity made my couple of days staying in the city very comfortable and easily adaptable"
Arriving to Bangkok at midnight with Air China, jet-legged and exhaustively we are checking in to our Hotel Royal Bangkok right at the heart of Chinatown (how funny that we are in Thailand but staying in a hotel in Chinatown district). Before getting to the hotel, we had a bit of an issue of getting an Uber from the airport. Annoying, we have been trying to order an uber at least 4 times, but it always canceled on us, because we and them were unable to find each other. On top of that, they were not able to speak in English in order to communicate (They should learn some basic English, if even sales people on the market are able to communicate with foreigners though). We gave up on Uber and got a taxi from the airport to the hotel room with a fixed price of 600 baht.

Luckily, we had Seven Eleven opened 24 hours next to our hotel, where we bought water and snacks. Seven Eleven (something like Tesco Express) saved our life during our stay in Thailand. It was our destination where to go for snack and cheap quick dinners (thank god they do heat up food!). Our first day pretty much ended by seeing the hotel's surrounding and pretty dead China town street at 2 am. Not yet very impressed by Bangkok, but ready to get some energy for exploration.

The days went by so quickly and we were having great not in rush time exploring its temples, markets and vibrant city by evenings. Our Hotel Royal Bangkok @ Chinatown, has especially cozy cute rooftop pool with the view overlooking Bangkok. Beautiful to witness the sunset and city by dark. It is funny how in Thailand everybody starts to speak with me in Thai. Just because I am Asian, looking like them, then they should give it a try if I can understand them. It makes me feel sense of belonging though.

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography


"Another city, that never sleeps"

Bangkok is indeed great for shopping (and I wish I had more days or at least one full day for shopping there!). On the other hand, Bangkok is also great place to stay in order to do day trips in the surrounding areas, such as to Pattaya, floaring markets, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi or different cities and regions.

Those 5 full days in Bangkok passed so quickly and we soon were packing our luggage to go to the airport to travel to our next destination in Thailand. Subscribe and follow because I am preparing an ultimate travel guide for Bangkok as well as Youtube video! Meanwhile, enjoy my visual photo diary of Bangkok (don't forget to share and pin it guys!)

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

Bangkok, Thailand - Thuy Pham Photography

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Your 5 travel essential wardrobe items


Whether you are travelling long or short hauls, staying comfortable is one of the important aspect of travelling. Don't risk your health and mood, you can be trendy even in a comfy look. Just been on a long flight to Asia, and sharing with you my top 5 travel essentials to wore on you or bring with you in flight! Have a read on other travel hacks and insights?

1. Cozy sweater
Whether you choose cozy hoodies or sweater, warm apparel is the key to the airport. On the airport hall and at the plane, the air conditioner tend to be cold and you have no way of escaping the AC for the next couple of hours. So don't forget to keep yourself warm if you will get into that situation!

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2. Cross body bag
The handy bag to have it with you for your most important things. The most annoying thing would be having not handy bags carrying with you while travelling. Whether your are off for city break or to the nature, always a small bag is good to have with you. You will avoid panicking and finding out stuff in a bag back or bigger handbags. Additionally, you have extra hand to take pictures!

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3. Weekender bag
I have purchased mine weekender bag at Longchamp and have been my travel buddy since then. The weekender bag is suitable for short or long weekend getaways and will be a good alternative to your small luggage. By carrying it in your hand or on your shoulder, you can make sure to always pack the most useful and necessarily thing! Clever in it?

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4. All day long sneakers
Apart from wearing comfy clothing, having a right fitted footwear to walk around is important too. Since the sport trend boomed last year, you don't need to worry anymore that trainers should be only used for sports or with sporty clothing anymore.

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5. Scarves
Been traveling for so many times to warm destinations. Therefore I did avoid bringing sweaters with me. However, always carrying a cardigan or a scarf with me. A great handy accessories, which can serve to warm you, cover your legs or cover your shoulders if you are going to religious temples while on travels. Whenever you feel a little of breeze, I am always wrapping myself with a scarf!

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... and what are your travel essentials?

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Monday, November 13, 2017

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

Something’s got to change. You’ve decided this firmly, things can’t stay the way they are and you’re going to make a move and finally start living the life you’ve always wanted to live, you’re going to get up early, embrace healthy habits, work out, no more unhealthy snacks, no more bad relationships, no more lost opportunities! This is the new you! Or at least, it will be the new you. On Monday. When you’ve rested a bit. And also you’re in the middle of eating a pizza and what kind of a monster throws pizza away?

A few days later, you’re lying in bed, slamming that alarm clock with your fist for a snooze, having completely forgotten the promise that you’ll get up early today to exercise. Oh well, maybe next Monday, then.

Forget about Mondays

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

The mystical place of song and merriment, the Utopia where wine flows, where hot, naked guys feed you grapes and fan you with palm leaves, where you look like a marble statue without an extra ounce of fat on you. Ah yes, the ever elusive Monday and its dreamy fantasies. If you’re going to make a change, there’s really no reason to start on a specific date, at a specific time. As soon as you start equating “next Monday,” “tomorrow,” and similar terms with what they basically are  – procrastination – you’ll realise that change starts now, not in some abstract moment in the future.

Small steps instead of grandiose plans

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life


You’ll lose weight, fall in love with a perfect guy, learn romantic French, become a fashion designer, learn how to play the piano, and all this in a span of a year! Woah, slow down there. Take it easy. These grand, majestic ideas are very difficult to put into action, and if by the end of the year you don’t accomplish all that you’ve planned, you’ll only end up disappointed and discouraged from trying again.
They are simply unrealistic, and there’s a lot better way to do things. Instead of a vague desire, make a solid plan, and have it rely on very small steps. Instead of “I’ll become a slim supermodel” try “I won’t skip my workouts at all this week.” You need to have an achievable goal in sight, and then keep adding these little challenges as you make progress. 

Self-care above all

You need to remember to love yourself, you need to remember that you’re important and that you’re beautiful. Small beauty secrets are more than just a way to indulge our vanity, they’re there to help our self-love thrive. Every week, take time to exfoliate your face and put on a nourishing sheet mask.
Put argan oil in your hair and leave it on for at least an hour before you wash your hair and style it gently. Play around with makeup, use a luxuriously rich hand cream, spray your face with rose water to refresh it. Cleanse and moisturize your face each day, and never forget sunscreen. If you don’t take time for yourself, then you’ll just be stressed, tired, and unhappy. 

Inspire yourself with little things

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

The best way to keep your goal in mind is to give yourself a little visual. Want to slim down? Here’s what you can do: pour yourself a cup of hot tea, start looking at cute swimwear online, and find the sexiest, prettiest bathing suit there is. Don’t get it in the size you wear right now, but in the size you want to reach, and then make sure to hang it up in your bedroom. Glance at it every day, and you’ll remember what you’re working for. Regardless of what kind of a change you want to make in your life, keep little reminders of it all around you to inspire yourself.

Remove toxic people around you

If being around someone leaves you anxious, insecure, and sad most of the time, then perhaps it’s time to reconsider the relationship you have with them. Whether this is a partner, a friend, or a parent, no one has any right to be mean and condescending, no one has any right to make you feel unsafe, stupid, or worthless.
 Read about these warning signs and work on a strategy to slowly distance yourself from people who are dragging you down. Surround yourself with those who genuinely care about you, who want you to succeed. Surround yourself with achievers and positive people who are hungry for life and who love to tell jokes and act silly.

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6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

Books open our minds. They serve as an escape from reality, as a comfort, as a way to learn new things and expand your horizons. Books are a way to be a wizard in a fantasy world, a supermodel from Paris, a rich sultan from Arabia, or a poor man whose life is hard, but who knows the value of love. You can be anything from a knight to a pauper, you can see any corner of the world, learn anything there is to learn. Read about people you admire, immerse yourself in a fictional world, and your heart and mind will overflow with inspiration to be better, to do better.
Lastly, learn how to forgive yourself. If you make a plan and stray from it, if you stumble, that’s alright. Don’t feel like all is lost and don’t give up. Gently get back to your course and remain unrelenting. 

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Greetings from Thailand



 BANGKOK

Greeting from Thailand.
Arrived here almost a week ago and still have one more week to go. The time is passing so quick and the experiences in here are so endless.

Spent couple of first day in Bangkok, exploring the capital city and its surrounding. Today we have left Bangkok and headed up north to Chiang Mai. Bangkok is a great vibrant metropolitan.

Thai people are very polite.
Streets are very clean.
They are riding on the left as in the UK.
Sales people on the market can speak more English than an Uber driver.

Overall, we had a great time out and about in Bagkok (hope you are checking my Insta feed and stories). However, I enjoyed other Asian cities more, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Hanoi or Saigon. Nevertheless, I am excited to explore other parts of Thailand. Hopefully more insights into the scenery, nature and traditions. Stay tuned and follow me for regular updates on Instagram!




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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lace details


Bridge of Memories - Thuy Phamova

 LONDON

A little throwback to one of my outfits back in London, before my departure for Thailand adventures. Hope you are following me on Instagram feed and Insta stories to see my wonders around Bangkok. Having a great time here, we are slowly getting off for a new venture up North! Follow for more!

On these pics, I am wearing my Lindex denim jacket, H&M lace V neck top, black jeans, black pointy ballerinas and Furla bag. Classy and casual for my everyday London look. Always have a weakness for lace, and this lace V neck top is just great to combine with everything! 

Bridge of Memories - Thuy Phamova

Bridge of Memories - Thuy Phamova

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Bridge of Memories - Thuy Phamova

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