Finally had the time to do a late post for a getaway that is a few weekends back on the cool friends i met during my Sydney trip and a very interesting journey to the Cockatoo Island which was considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Feeling blessed that I have friends to call out for coffee and meals in many parts of the world. :)
The beautiful Ginkakuji Temple. The place was so serene and peaceful. It wasnt quite winter yet so there were still abit of autumn colors out but the weather was nice and cool. One of my favorite time to be outdoors!
Osaka Castle was first on our to do list when we got to Osaka so off we went. However, upon reaching there we were wondering why there weren't very many people, thus allowing me to get this clear shot without other tourists in. Turns out they were closed that day so we didn't get to go into the castle for a lookaround 😅
One of my favorite little beings to look for while diving are these beautiful babies. Nudibranchs come in various shapes, colors and sizes and are usually rather hidden. As a novice underwater photographer, it took me ages just to get this one clear shot of the nudibranch I had found but it was worth my effort. It really is such a cutie isn't it?
'Careful not to wake the sleeping dragon....' Literally. The Komodo lizard, also known as the Komodo Dragon is currently the largest lizard species on earth. They're carnivorous and can grow up to sizes of about 3 metres long. I don't know why it's called a 'dragon' but I definitely wouldn't want to wake it up nontheless!
Sometime in 2016 I decided to go on a 9-day liveaboard trip to the Komodo Islands. Not having been on a liveaboard before, I didn't know what to expect of living out on sea for 9 days or if I would even enjoy myself. All I knew was that it was a diver's paradise, and I needed to go. So I went. And was greeted with views like this while sitting on the roof of our boat. I definitely made the right choice ❤
Haedong Yonggungsa in Busan. That entire day was an adventure, starting out with my sister and I getting lost in a jungle for over an hour en route to a different temple (because I have no direction sense and apparently cant even follow road signs- but we'll leave that story for another day..) then running up the little hill in order to get to this beauty before it closed for the day, but the energy spent was worth it! The view of the temple backed by greenery with the crashing waves right beside. Its no wonder my sister, the aspiring photographer kept making sneak appearances in my own shots (spot her if you can)
According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to this Taktsang from Tibet on the back of a tigress, thus earning it it's name (Taktsang means Tiger's Lair). This monastery is considered one of the most holy and sacred places in Bhutan. But history aside, the view on the hike up to the monastery itself was breathtaking on it's own. I mean, would you look at that!!
This particular picture of the stream behind our hotel in Bhutan is one of my favorites. I just love the peacefulness of the entire moment - Breathing in the freshness of the air, listening to the gentle yet powerful sound of flowing water and taking in the lush green scenery. Maybe its because because my name means 'River' and it's said to mean that I will carve my own path wherever I go but the saying 'nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it' really resonates.