🇸🇬🇵🇭🇹🇭🇮🇩 (@themarchesatravels) — ☼ Life Adventures + Self-Discovery ☼ Empowering solo female travel on a PH passport and with a 9-6 since 2008, before IG was cool😎☼
Notes from my younger self, circa 2008 - written on a postcard as my train pulle
Notes from my younger self, circa 2008 - written on a postcard as my train pulled away from the platform where someone I loved stood, to say a final goodbye:⁣ ⁣ LEARN. Nurture your soul and spirit✨⁣ LAUGH. It positively intoxicates the heart♥️⁣ LOVE. In all forms. Wholeheartedly. For a lifetime. Or even for a moment. It’s all worth it in the end as it’s the elixir of life itself.⁣ ⁣ I’m having flashbacks while organizing the postcards I’ve sent to myself and received from friends in the past 11 years. Also fun to see my writings back then. It’s one of the travel rituals that have been consistent all this time. Do you have a specific ritual while traveling? I’ve been doing this with @ljmsant0s for ages😊🌸 -------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #tropicalparadise#tropicalisland#tropicalvibes#summer#sun#summertime#summerfeeling#postcard#indonesiatravelers#catchingfeelings#bali#indonesiatravelersnotebook#indonesiatraveldairy#indonesiatraveljourney#travellingindonesia#canggu#love
24.05.2019 04:19:51
Racism while traveling. Usually, they’re not big fights or arguments - often, th
Racism while traveling. Usually, they’re not big fights or arguments - often, they creep up on you while you’re chillaxing, sipping some fresh coco, reading a good book, and minding your own business. They ask you questions like: “where are you from? how long have you been at this place? how can you afford a vacation? you’re the only non-westerner here? how come you ordered food from outside - are the meals here that expensive for you?” Why, cos I’m brown, I can’t afford to be in this resort like your privileged self? And with that retort, she rolled her eyes at me and stormed off🤷🏽‍♀️ #truestory⁣ ⁣ Sure, I could have responded more eloquently at that time but really, when you’re verbally disrespected like that, articulation & eloquence are the least of your worries. It’s 2019 and all, but close-mindedness is still prevalent... have you ever encountered a similar situation or universe forbid, worse than that while traveling? I have a couple more stories I can recall!🤭 --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #beach#thailand#weworktotravel#tropical#keepinitreal#solotraveler#sheisnotlost#travelcommunity#solofemaletravel#stayadventurous#foreversummer#tropicalisland
23.05.2019 03:27:06
Some journeys take you out of your comfort zones and some take you to the very e
Some journeys take you out of your comfort zones and some take you to the very edge of human logic & break the boundaries of the four walls you cocooned yourself into - so much so that your belief system are challenged... and that’s a good thing. For the pursuit of understanding & broadening your world view will take you to places & experiences you’ve never imagined♥️ Be fearless in opening up your heart & mind and embracing new experiences✨⁣ ⁣ Beautiful, calming experience at @pyramidsofchi, seeing the sacred geometry used all around and participating in a blue moon ceremony & sound healing with some of the most interesting & like-minded people this side of the planet🌍 ----------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #baliindonesia#ubud#bali#liveyourdreams#wonderfulindonesia#fearless#sheisnotlost#travelcommunity#solofemaletravel#arts#sunset#yoga#soundhealing#solofemaletraveler#spiritualgangster#youdoyou#staywoke
22.05.2019 02:05:22
That Ubud magic✨ Came here for freedom of movement via @theyogabarn Ecstatic Dan
That Ubud magic✨ Came here for freedom of movement via @theyogabarn Ecstatic Dance and I was thinking how maybe 10 years ago - when I was more ignorant & judgmental & more malleable with the information society fed me - I’d have quickly and unfairly judged the folks I met here.⁣⁣ ⁣ ☑️ The ones who live alternative lifestyles, going against what society dictates is “successful”⁣⁣ ☑️ The hippies at heart⁣⁣ ☑️ The yogis, healers, shamans, practicers of spirituality⁣⁣ ☑️ The ones who believe women should be au naturale; that no-shave life & all⁣⁣ ☑️ The ones who dance to their own beat⁣⁣ ☑️ The ones who feel energies and are at sync with Gaia / Pachamama / the cosmos ⁣ ⁣ .... Basically the ones who followed their hearts & instincts and pursued & built the life that set their souls on fire and lifted their spirits beyond this materialistic construct we have around us ... and often, I think they’re the freest of us all♥️ #youdoyou#staywoke --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #natgeoyourshot#ubud#bali#liveyourdreams#baliindonesia#solotraveler#sheisnotlost#travelcommunity#solofemaletravel#arts#sunrise#yoga#dance
20.05.2019 15:04:07
Home is where the heart is♥️ And it’s amazing when home (well, one of!) has ever
Home is where the heart is♥️ And it’s amazing when home (well, one of!) has everything this tropical island girl needs🌴 --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #islandtime#tropicalislands#homecoming#liveyourdreams#travelgirl#solotraveler#sheisnotlost#travelcommunity#solofemaletravel#viajes#roamtheplanet#wonderfulindonesia#stayadventurous
18.05.2019 23:41:07
Ending this Bhutan series with a closeup of the amazing Takstang Monastery, one
Ending this Bhutan series with a closeup of the amazing Takstang Monastery, one of the greatest sights I have ever encountered, in one of the most inspiring (and perhaps even life-changing) destinations the world over🇧🇹 You’ve enriched my life in a way I can’t yet fully explain, Bhutan. Thank you. MY HEART IS FULL♥️ #gratitude⁣ ⁣ All Bhutan pics categorized with this tag #tmtbhutan 😊⁣ --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#himalayangeographic#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#bhutan#travelphotography#femmetravel#naturelovers#buddhism#dzong#womentravel#drukair#escapeandwonder
16.05.2019 01:58:28
Two years ago to this day♥️ Iran is one of my all-time favourite destinations ev
Two years ago to this day♥️ Iran is one of my all-time favourite destinations ever🇮🇷 See more pics from my trip of this amazing destination by clicking on this tag ➡️ #tmt_iran17 ✨ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Perhaps it’s also timely that I got a reminder of this beautiful memory today, given the escalating situation in the region due to a certain individual’s decisions🍊 Apart from millions of lives that will be potentially and unnecessarily affected, historical sites are usually collateral damage - similar to the wanton destruction of ancient sites and relics in 🇮🇶🇦🇫; just two of humankind’s cradles of civilisations. It’s eradicating important pieces of history that are interwoven into these countries’ rich cultural and social fabrics. But we not only lose monuments; more importantly - we lose our humanity when we inflict strife and violence on others ☮️☮️☮️ --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #natgeoyourshot#travelcommunity#solofemaletravel#viajes#roamtheplanet#architecture#stayadventurous#irantraveling#irantravel#unescoheritage#irantourist#mustseeiran#architecturelover#tourism_iran#UNESCO#peace#shiraz#esfahan
15.05.2019 12:29:00
Taking this opportunity to commend the social enterprise team at @madbhutan for
Taking this opportunity to commend the social enterprise team at @madbhutan for their amazing work helping the communities of rural Bhutan.♥️♥️♥️ If you’re in a position to help, do check out their website (link in my profile) for projects that you can help fund, plus you can also book their trips to Bhutan where profits generated are funnelled back into projects that benefit Bhutanese school children🇧🇹 #businessforgood#socialforgood#IGforgood --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#himalayangeographic#travelgram#bhutan#tmtbhutan
14.05.2019 15:05:45
Apart from its spiritual importance, the Tiger’s Nest is also a beacon of hope f
Apart from its spiritual importance, the Tiger’s Nest is also a beacon of hope for Bhutan🇧🇹 It’s a testament to this small nation’s fierce resilience when tragedy struck in 1998 and fire consumed parts of the monastery. The loss of such a historically significant and sacred site was lamented & mourned; but because of the locals’ fierce determination to preserve Bhutanese heritage & painstakingly restore it to its former glory, the Tiger’s Nest rose up from the ashes, emerging victorious from a national adversity that brought together all its people from the highlands to the lowlands, from the monastic to the royals, farmers, artists, and everyone in between.⁣ They built it back up brick by brick, brush stroke by brush stroke - all up in this precarious, high-altitude cliffside with no motor roads. ⁣ ... And that my friends, is an awe-inspiring true story showing the beauty of what we can achieve when we come together for a common good and proving yet again the indomitable strength of the human spirit♥️ #inspiration#goodvibesonly --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#himalayangeographic#travelgram#bhutan#womentravel#solotravel#tmtbhutan#escapeandwonder
13.05.2019 14:19:04
Be open to infinite possibilities✨ A message from the universe in today’s #reiki
Be open to infinite possibilities✨ A message from the universe in today’s #reiki session🙏🏽♥️ #goodvibesonly --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#himalayangeographic#travelgram#bhutan#tmtbhutan#travelphotography
12.05.2019 14:40:08
Perhaps Bhutan’s most iconic and enduring symbol is the Tiger’s Nest / Takstang
Perhaps Bhutan’s most iconic and enduring symbol is the Tiger’s Nest / Takstang Monastery - a hike up to see its grandeur is nothing short of incredible and is one of the key reasons why intrepid travelers come to Bhutan. It’s where Buddhist history, folklore, myths and legends are entwined in stories that make up the country’s rich cultural fabric🇧🇹🇧🇹🇧🇹 --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#himalayangeographic#history#love#beauty#femmetravel#naturelovers#tmtbhutan#escapeandwonder#letsfly#instagood
10.05.2019 04:45:49
Soaking in serenity🇧🇹 Waking up to the sound of birds outside my window, hearing
Soaking in serenity🇧🇹 Waking up to the sound of birds outside my window, hearing the soft pitter-patter of the morning rain on the roof, feeling the cool, crisp breeze dancing around the flora throughout the garden, watching a sea of clouds floating lazily across the valley while waiting for the sun to rise as I stood on my balcony .... One can wax poetic about the stirring beauty of the Punakha Valley in the early hours of the day when everything is quiet and not a soul is yet in sight✨ --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#himalayangeographic#travelgram#bhutan#travelphotography#history#tmtbhutan#instagood#punakha
09.05.2019 09:07:12
Eating my way thru Bhutan: the best meal I had was hands-down, at a local farmho
Eating my way thru Bhutan: the best meal I had was hands-down, at a local farmhouse that served us communal-style, a smorgasbord of dishes served in wooden bowls & earthenware that left my belly, heart, and soul thoroughly happy!🥰⁣ ⁣ Bhutan’s national dish is EMA DATSHI or chilli cheese (7th pic), where chilli peppers are cooked with locally-produced goat/cow/yak cheese to form a gooey bowl of goodness. It gave me hiccups from its powerful spiciness but oh my, it was heavenly-delicious!🤤 ⁣I still dream about it🇧🇹 ⁣ I’m obsessed about momos which are ubiquitous in the Himalayan region so we headed to Wangchen beside the farmer’s market in Thimpu and stuffed myself with CHEESE MOMOS: filled with sweet cabbage, steamed meat, and Bhutanese spices.⁣ How divine✨ ⁣ I loved the JUMA as well, which is a type of sausage made with minced meat & some local spices, folded together in an intestines wrapper. Paired with piping-hot red rice, it’s delish! Surprisingly, I acquired a taste for BUTTER TEA, which is traditionally made from yak butter, tea leaves or mountain herbs, and salt. The tea I was served were almost always topped with rice crispies.⁣ ⁣ Lovin’ the fact that Bhutanese cuisine was warm, simple yet flavourful, very filling, and reminded you about your mom or nana’s hearty homecooked goodness as everything is prepared with love and pride♥️⁣ The kind where after eating, you wanna roll over in a food stupor, sighing with unending satisfaction, caressing your expanded tummy in bliss, and thinking about how the next meal will taste😘 --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#himalayangeographic#solotravel#tmtbhutan#foodies#foodporn#foodstagram
08.05.2019 03:57:53
Seek adventure, not just in the grand moments - but more importantly, in the day
Seek adventure, not just in the grand moments - but more importantly, in the day to day. Gratitude in the now & a focus on the ‘what is’ vs. the ‘what ifs’ are the tonics to transcend the seemingly mundane. Remember that the divine is in the ordinary, too. ⁣ Notes from my younger self, written on a postcard circa October 2008 as I was enroute via train from 🇮🇹Rome–Fiumicino to the Vatican🇻🇦 A reminder to always appreciate the beauty in the every day♥️ --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#himalayangeographic#solotravel#tmtbhutan#voyaged#escapeandwonder#sky#nature
06.05.2019 15:42:30
When you’re dwarfed by the sheer grandeur of Bhutan... The mere mention of this
When you’re dwarfed by the sheer grandeur of Bhutan... The mere mention of this country conjures up images of pristine vistas and mystical mountains; a secret shangrila tucked high up in the remote Himalayas, seemingly untouched by the ravages of modernization. A Kingdom caught between the old world and the new🇧🇹🇧🇹🇧🇹🇧🇹🇧🇹 --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#himalayangeographic#solotravel#tmtbhutan#voyaged#escapeandwonder#letsfly#instagood
05.05.2019 00:00:34
Chiming bells, fluttering prayer flags, crimson-robed monks, staggering mountain
Chiming bells, fluttering prayer flags, crimson-robed monks, staggering mountain views and one of the world’s most unspoiled cultures. All of the amazing reasons to visit this Himalayan Kingdom but resoundingly, it is the people of Bhutan that truly inspire: they with a deeper understanding of life, karma, and the impermanence of everything🇧🇹 ⁣ They with the tremendous connectivity to and gratitude for the present, staunch everyday spirituality, and the important belief of being kind to oneself and others. I hope everyone can get a chance to visit to open your hearts, breathe, simply be, and discover the illimitable inner joy & peace that Bhutan bestows upon every traveler who sets foot in this shangrila♥️ --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#voyaged#himalayangeographic#travelgram#bhutan#himalayas#dzong#spiritualawakening#spiritualgangster#womentravel#solotravel#tmtbhutan#escapeandwonder
03.05.2019 03:47:26
Dogs of Bhutan: sleeping all day, everyday and then barking all night long!😂🐶 It
Dogs of Bhutan: sleeping all day, everyday and then barking all night long!😂🐶 It’s a peculiar but welcome sight to have canine friends living their best lives all across the country. The dogs are healthy & well-fed and can be everyone’s BFFs since they’re so used to the people around them. Often, they get the best vantage points on hiking trails and tourist sites!🇧🇹 Who’s a good boy?!🐕 --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#voyaged#himalayangeographic#travelgram#bhutan#solotravel#tmtbhutan#voyaged#escapeandwonder#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace#dogsofinstagram
02.05.2019 15:27:19
Finding a Singapore-Bhutan connection because SG will always be home to me♥️ The
Finding a Singapore-Bhutan connection because SG will always be home to me♥️ The 200-feet Buddha Dordenma sits protectively against the hills of Thimpu, overlooking the valley and is the tallest bronze statue in the world. Another awe-inspiring sight in Bhutan that gave me an incredible sense of peace and quietness of the mind (one of the things I immediately noticed: Bhutan doesn’t have the noise pollution that plagues most countries, I literally had to drop my voice a couple of octaves down to keep the silence🤭).⁣ ⁣ Buddha Dordenma was a project led by the Tsering Wangdi, approved by the Druk Gyalpo, and majority-sponsored by Singaporean millionaire Peter Teo, in fulfillment of an ancient 8th century terma by the Guru Padmasambhava himself. It’s built at the exact location where Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel retreated over 400 years ago, as per the prophecy and it’s believed that the creation of the statue will bestow blessings, peace, and happiness to the world🇧🇹 --------------------------------------------------------- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bhutantravel#bhutandiaries#voyaged#himalayangeographic#travelgram#bhutan#tmtbhutan#voyaged#escapeandwonder#letsfly#instagood#discovery#amazing_bhutan#happinessisaplace
01.05.2019 06:52:28
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