The Danish Girl Movie Film locations & more! : 48 hours in Copenhagen

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Have you watched "The Danish Girl" and was inspired to visit Copenhagen; following the footsteps of Gerda & Lili? I did just that Visiting The Danish Girl film locations...ahh...
Films and Books, in my opinion, are the main components for sparking an inspiration for an adventure.  Basically, the reason why I chose Copenhagen as one of my destination for this Europe trip

Due to time constraint and work, I didn't manage to travel to Europe at all in 2017. So I was determined to travel in 2018. Selecting those few cities for this Europe trip wasn't a challenge especially since I've been legitimately dreaming about them!

Personally, 48 hours is sufficed in Copenhagen. It is a very expensive city to visit coming from a Singaporean. 1 burger king meal was about 15USD! A train ticket is about $7! I spent about 100 euros a day for basic things. You do the math.

To begin my story, let me first talk about the film that inspired me. The Danish Girl was filmed on the colorful streets of Copenhagen.  The couple, both an artist determined to break away from all that was conventionally expected of them.  I guess that was what made the film so special to me. It was something... relatable.  I remember telling my friends at the end of the movie that I am sure to visit Copenhagen!

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Instead of traveling alone, this time, it was with Zu ( ex colleague -turned- good friend). We flew to Copenhagen from Singapore Via Helsinki with Finnair. It was crazy to be in Helsinki again because it was sooner than I expected. YAY. Also, to point out, I was pleasantly surprised to see the newly furnished Finnair aircraft. PS. If you're on a special diet,  the low-fat meal that I ordered was really good (like better than the normal cabin meal) Healthy & Fast ;)

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Started the first day in Copenhagen visiting the Freetown Christiana. Not where the film was shot but its considered as a unique spot in the city. The smell of weed filled the air and you will be greeted with vibrant artwork. We spent a few minutes admiring the houses, the people. Tourists beware! you're not allowed to take pictures.  Quite disappointed to learn that because this area is 100% instagram worthy  #RIPAsianTourist  Anyway, Its fine because the pathway that leads you there had rows and rows of trees filled with white flowers - took us ages before getting there! HAHA!
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Before proceeding to the next location, we decided to have an authentic local lunch at a chic place by the waterfront called Almanak at The Standard, a Michelin guide restaurant.
I was impressed with this beautifully decorated restaurant that offers Danish Classics which is prepared in an open kitchen. You basically get to see all the action! 
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Red herring with brussel sprouts & pickled mustard seeds
I have to admit, it was rather hard for me to appreciate the cold Danish dishes I ordered. It is not bad but difficult to enjoy. You have to have an acquired taste for this heh.  Did not regret trying though 
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We then explored the Nyhavn waterfront & Canal district, the home of Lili Elbe & Gerda! Omg, you have NO IDEA, NO IDEA, what it feels like to actually be there! Every step I took on the cobbled street made me feel like I was part of the film. It was a lively atmosphere and definitely how you pictured Copenhagen to be.
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I won't deny the Asian chic leap out in me and we basically spent almost 2 hours here just taking photos and admiring the beauty surrounding us. 

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Nyhavn waterfront, the danish girl film location, the danish girl, canal district,

Next, we walk the Magstræde area. Similar to the colorful houses by the waterfront but quieter. I remember Gerda & Lili being drunk and dancing along this street. It gave a feel of how the Danish capital looks like way back then.

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Spent the rest of the day enjoying the weather in the beautiful park filled with cherry blossoms and walking past beautiful buildings and churches.
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One of the highlights of Copenhagen is surprisingly the Cemetry. No, this isn't part of the film location though. Because I enjoyed myself visiting the grand cemetery in Milan, I didn't mind exploring the Assistens Cemetery
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This graveyard has a beautiful calming atmosphere. people are seen casually hanging out and enjoying the weather with a book. Pink sakura trees and fresh blossoms. This seems more to me like a park. Nonetheless, I like the idea of a recreational graveyard as opposed to your typical sad, lonely graveyard we have in Asia.

 We didn't do much shopping in Copenhagen except for Pandora.  FYI : Copenhagen is where Pandora started so we were excited to see the flagship store! but as it turns out the Pandora we have in Singapore is actually bigger than the flagship store itself HAHA!

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The remaining time was spent exploring the old town and city center.

Copenhagen , Denmark is the second Scandinavian country I've been to. I can definitely point out some similarities between Copenhagen & Helsinki. Both very clean, fresh air, tall people (not the most warm & friendly ), very pricey. I think if it isn't for The Danish Girl references, i would not have enjoy it. But hey! every travel experience differs :)

Thank you Danish Girl for bringing me to Denmark! Now I'm off to another adventure ;)

Cebu, Boracay! Im In Philippines

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Warm days that surrounded by turquoise sea water, powdery white sand and your soul just exposed to beautiful timeless sunsets.

A blast of today's hits playing on the nights of Boracay. Beach bars scattered along the paths of Station 1 to Station 3. Swaying away to the rhythm we walked happily, lungs filled with the smell of seafood, from one bar to another beach club. Anywhere feels like heaven on earth (except that its overcrowded with tourists)

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The intention for this Boracay trip was simple; To forget and ENJOY. There are no rules for this trip, no must-visit landmarks, no cultural engagement. Just for the first time, pure entertainment. 

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The Journey from Cebu to Boracay was an exciting one. The flight was filled with beach-goers all ready for the crazy nights to come, the long relaxation under the summer sun. We felt young in the flight. What made the journey long (and exhausting) was that after you land at the Kalibo airport, you have to get into a shuttle bus that gets you to some arrival hall. After that, you have to pay to get a ride to the jetty which is about half an hour. The jetty terminal is flooded with people all waiting, rushing, LOST. Then you have to go on a 15mins boat ride to Boracay Island.  Once you arrive in Boracay, you have to get into another taxi to drive up to your hotel. A 3 hours nightmare.

Sadly but predictably, the massages in Boracay sucks, also, its pricier than what you can get in Bali. The masseuses are noisy! Always chatting with each other no matter which massage place you go to! We had 3 massages in 3 different places and goodness, they can't shut up.

I am a foodie and always open to trying something new. Though Philippines Cuisine is catching on, it's still not as popular as other Asian cuisines. I personally don't like it at all. I was literally hungry the entire time and was ready to settle for a cup noodle from 7-11. Most of their dishes are basic and tasteless (unless you love sourness or soy sauce). 

Boracay is probably the worst tourist trap in the Philippines. It is very pricey here, international cuisines especially. Most of the beach clubs require an entrance fee. Also, they don't really go big on haggling prices unlike most developing asian countries.

but everything else fades to nothing once you get to see the

boracay has amazing sunsets
boracay has the most beautiful sunrise

I have been to countless beaches, from Bali to the famous Cinque Terre, to Phuket, to Barcelona, Italy,  and nothing compares to Boracay! The sunsets here are otherworldly and the sunrise is worth waking up to. I feel theres something magical about sunsets and sunrises, it felt like by doing so, you're cleansing something within you.

The beaches are PERFECTION. I am surprised by the cleanliness of the beach. Despite the 24hours beach parties, they somehow managed to maintain such cleanliness. It also helps that no smoking is allowed except for designated areas.

We came here to party and that's what we did every night! it wasn't disappointing at all, we all had a blast.


2 nights in Cebu was just nice for us. The city of Cebu is very busy as compared to Boracay.
I felt like Im in 2 different countries when in Cebu City and in Boracay. In Cebu, I see alot of beggars and the air felt polluted. The traffic was insane so we prefer to get a bike taxi to get us around.

The highlight of this Cebu trip has definitely got to be swimming with the Whale Sharks.
I have mixed feelings about this experience. 
swimming with the whale sharks in cebu

wow. A close encounter and such a humbling experience swimming with these beautiful, majestic, gentle creatures. You will be put in a group of about 10 into a small boat where they'll bring you towards the centre of the enclosed area where they lulled the whale sharks. It didn't sink in until much later how big these creatures were. I remember seeing bubbles and movement in the water, and then mouths and then more movement. My guide announced loudly " ok get in now!"

After that amazing experience, I actually felt guilty. I realise how many tourists were actually swimming with the whale sharks at once. And how the fisherman lulled the whale sharks with food. I know for a fact its definitely disrupting the natural food cycle of the whale sharks. Later, I read the whale sharks are now spending up to 6 hours feeding in Oslob, losing out on some of the key nutrients that they gain from foraging naturally. That being said, I wont support such activity and will not be doing it again. I hope to be a responsible traveller and to educate you if you're unaware of such practises. 

Pictures of spectacular waterfalls in Cebu has flooded Instagram and has fuelled the wanderlust for me to come and see for myself. It didn't disappoint me at all! We managed to visit the Tumalog Falls which was spectacular and thankfully not crowded, It is much less popular than the Kawasan Falls but our guide said most locals prefer the Tumalog Falls because its beautiful

Let the pictures do the talking because the fusion food found in these famous cafes are delicious!

1. 10,000 roses cafe! Beautiful & definitely Instagram worthy!

2. The seafood place next to 10,000 roses. Dine in by the little hut overlooking the sea. Their fresh mango shake is to die for. I literally finished it in 5 minues.

3. A Korean fusion cafe at Cebu City

korean cafe at cebu city 

I enjoyed this vacation and glad that I've ticked the Philippines off my list. Im still searching for the next destination that can blew my mind away with their sunset like how Boracay did!

Weekend Trek in Miri, Sarawak

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I feel it strange how some people claim to be bored living in Singapore. The fact that we have travel freedom and situated in a place where we can travel literally anywhere easily, there's no way you can be bored!
Ps : Singapore is the highest-ranking Asian nations on the 2016 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, as our passport  can travel to 173 countries without needing visa

Enough ranting! Ok, so as someone who thrives for adventures; an ideal weekend break would involve experiences that empower me to reconnect with myself, heart-centered, mind, body. Buckets of sunsets, a sea of good vibes and random dancing.

=Gaya and I both enjoy trekking/hiking in nature. One random day, we booked a weekend trip to Miri, Sawarak. The purpose was to trek Lambir Hills & Stargaze. 

Tickets: Return flight to Miri cost us just SGD$100 so it wasn't burning a hole in our pocket at all! (We spend $100 easily on Friday Nights. )
Hotel: Pullman Miri Waterfront, 5* Hotel
Transport: Use Uber at all times as it is cheaper than taxi
Allowance: We changed only SGD$150

My Shockingly Wonderful Experience                    

Miri exceeded my expectations the moment we arrived at the beautifully located hotel. The check in at Pullman's Waterfront is smooth and fast. Sherlyn who assisted us surprised us with an upgrade to their suite! 
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The sleek designed suite with the calming colours of turquoise & sandy brown. 

It even has a dining area with a mini kitchen. The best part was, they even include yoga mats & weights for you fit people! 

The first day in Miri was all about relaxing and food! 
We tried the famous place for lunch called Ming Cafe but it was disappointing. 
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It was hot in Miri so lounging at the Infinity Pool was a good idea. We brought Tyler the Flamingo along, some drinks, good music and a spectacular view of Miri. 

Pullman Miri is also known for their food buffet and so we had their buffet dinner that night. It should be good because I had 3 rounds of full course. Damn. Seafood, Asian and Western Cuisine for a price of about SGD$30. 

We met with a couple of cool couch surfers in Miri, where they took us to Tanjong Beach to stargaze. We shared travel stories under the blanket of stars with the waves crashing. it was beautiful 

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Before you trek the Lambir Hills, be sure you have your insect repellant stickers on. And a word of advice, don't forget to bring a swimsuit. 
Ticket Price: If you are a tourist for a weird reason, you have to pay more. So I claimed to be local and got a local price. 
The entrance of the trekking grounds
We got there around 745am which was pretty late to trek but nonetheless, the weather was good as it wasn't too hot at all. 

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There are different tracks for you to chose from. They are coloured trails ranging from white, yellow, red etc. White being the easiest. But our goal was to see the waterfalls. So we followed what it seems to be a Waterfall Route which is a mixed of the yellow and white trail. Most of Lambir’s trails are interconnected. PS: The Latak Waterfall Trail is the shortest, easiest and most popular

Ours was about 10km long and we took about 4 hours. Please note that the trek consists mainly of uphills so it requires a lot of physical strength! and because it's almost untouched, it can be challenging when it comes to the downhill. Thankfully, at the end of every challenging climb is a 
beautiful waterfall waiting.
The first waterfall. It was a pretty easy effortless climb for this one
Latak Waterfall, the biggest one & easiest. Soon after this picture was taken, there were other trekkers who came  & swam 

At the 3rd one,  cooling down at Nibung Waterfall. Tough uphill but as the trees have all fallen down, it wasnt a nice sight. 

at my favourite waterfall! the last one and we stayed here for an hour, enjoying the cooling fresh water

I would highly recommend this place to anyone who loves to hike! Come with your family or friends. It's really nice to get close to nature and away from everything. Its more than just whole-body-exercise, as we physically stretch our limits while hiking, we discovered each other’s fitness quotient & I must admit that it was pretty awesome. 
Oh going back to the city centre was a NIGHTMARE! there were no taxi, no uber, the buses had long intervals. Thank goodness the staff was just simply AMAZING! wendy & her friend actually went out of their way to drive us back to our hotel! They actually closed their counter and were so kind to us! Im forever grateful!

We were determined to catch the sunset at Tusan Beach before we return home. Admittedly we wanted to take a nice picture with the famous horse head there as well! 

Whats pretty wonderful about this simple beach is the wide sunset, the unique natural rock formation that looks like a horse head and the sand crabs. We had coconut juice, dance to the sunset and stalking the tiny sandy crab just to see their amazing sand art!
These spectacular sculptures were created by dozens of sand bubbler crabs as they tunnel into the sand on a beach 

Every sunset is a happy sadness. Miri exceeded my expectations. The amiable people who went out their way to help us (Sherlyn for the free upgrade, Wendy who closed her counter & drove us back to the hotel because we couldn't find any transport after hiking , Ashraf our Uber driver who waited 2 hours for us , not forgetting Alec,Jenny & Thibault for stargazing session at Tanjong beach) Thank you life!

Been to Miri? Share your beautiful experience with me!
Inspired to visit Miri? I'll be glad to answer or give additional tips to you!