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Gold Coast Travelogue: Day 2

After procrastinating for quite sometime, here’s my Day 2 post of my Gold Coast Trip!

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Looking back at this photo really made me miss the huge mirror at my apartment. I think we can comfortably fit another 2 more of OOTD shots. I was pretty afraid of the cold and tried my best to layer up. The Mum layered up too but her clothes were much thinner than mine. Luckily, the weather on the second day was cool and nice as the sun was up!

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I love myself too much and lighting was awesome in the day so here’s a self shot!

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Our first location of the day is to the Q1 tower which is of walking distance from The Moorings. The Q1 tower is the tallest building in the GC! We are heading for the Sky Point Observation Deck where we can get a 360 degrees view of beautiful GC! They also have this Sky Point Climb which is more for the adventurous.

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Ahem. I risked the bad angle for this photo. 😛

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This is the entrance where you can buy your tickets, go right in to take the elevator up to the Observation Deck. When you exit, it’s the same place except you will be passing by the souvenir shop before leaving.

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Tickets are at AUD$29 per person and there’s no limit to how long you can stay up there.

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This is more of the City/Hinterland side view.

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And here’s the Coast line/Sea view. Which is totally magnificent. I love how endless the sea is.

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看着一望无际的大海,心里一丝丝的悸动。怎么会有那么美丽的景色。明明就只是黄沙和蓝色大海而已。 Light Blue Sky, Deep Blue Sea and Pale Yellow Sand, I’m in love.

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They always say the grass is greener at the other side. I say the sky is prettier at Surfers Paradise.

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After viewing the coast line from the top of the tallest building, it’s time to hit the actual beach! Smooth yellow sand and the lovely sea!! How I hope it’s not winter when I was there. Have the weather been more forgiving, I would have went into the waters!

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Wave watching can be quite therapeutic at such a beach with such a view.

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What makes me more happy is seeing The Mum having her fun at the beach too. It’s cute seeing her acting like a kid trying to play with the water. Haha.

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The Mum was game enough to attempt jump shots with me. Although she did not managed to really jump up in this shot. She did have some other shots but was quite unglam that she would kill me if I post it up on the blog.

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I am standing on the Gold Coast! And if you noticed the wet part of the sand, I had to run away from the waves to avoid getting wet. The waves are really fast and huge!

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Love this shot of The Mum! It’s all my favorite things in one photo! The sky, the sea, the beach and The Mum!

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After the fun times at the beach, we headed to the streets. It’s not actually bustling with people, there’s crowd but everything is at a much slower pace.

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We decided to grab some refreshments from McDonald and in such cold weather, our choice of drinks is pretty apt. My mum had a coke freeze, something you can’t find in Singapore!

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I decided on McFlurry and I think this is some bubblegum flavored one. It’s AUD3.90, a little pricey for McFlurry I would say. But it’s enjoyable to enjoy an ice cream, sitting by the side and people watch.

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We did some shopping and ended up at another Super Market chain which you can find in Australia, Coles. I must say the Super Market is the Mum’s favorite place to go no matter which country she is in.

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After buying more groceries and more exploring of the shops that Surfers have to offer, this is what we chanced upon when we are making our way back to our apartment. The Dracula’s Haunted House. You can go in for the tour at AUD$25.

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I initially planned to visit this but as I’m the only one interested so I dropped the idea. And it was a wise choice because I think I will run out screaming halfway through. Or maybe actually I did not want to step in even. Haha.

Day 2 was a day where we just stayed around the Surfers Paradise area. Every location is within walking distance so I did not take the bus at all. So I will recommend you to stay at the Surfers area if you’re going to Gold Coast. Buses to theme parks and shopping mall are easily available at Surfers too!

There’s about it for Day 2! Stay tune for Day 3 for a river cruise and the beachfront market!!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Milch ~ Bikini Heaven

Hi ladies!!!

I’m here to introduce to you an awesome bikini shop!

Milch located @Scape Underground B-27 is the brainchild of my personal friend, Joey. She’s passionate and believes in quality over quantity. Which is why Milch provides a variety of bikinis and monokinis in many gorgeous designs but only in limited quantity. One such example would be their star product, the vintage high waist bikinis which are making a huge comeback in the current trends.

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Milch have kindly sponsored me and some other gorgeous bloggers two sets of bikinis each. But to put in a fair word, before this I’ve already purchased some items from her shop before this collaboration. If you noted the colorful checkered vintage crop swim top I wore in Phuket Day 3, that was from Milch!

Milch logo ends with a little puppy as Joey herself is a dog lover and have a super adorable Pomeranian.

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Milch also ensures that her customers only buys what looks nice on them! She ensures that I try on the pieces that I’ve chosen and that I could fit before allowing me to bring home as I’m blessed with a well endowed chest. Even before if I wanted to purchase something from her, she make sure I head to the changing room first.

Below, is a red polka dot bandeau bikini (U.P $29.90) that I’ve chosen out of the two sponsored sets. The other is the high waist set.

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Here’s the high waist piece that I’ve tried on. It’s a bandeau bikini top with a black ruffled high waist bottom (U.P $55). For those who are well endowed like me or just wanted extra security can opt to transform the bandeau into a halter with an additional bikini string.

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I’ve actually never done a bikini shoot before as I don’t exactly have the best figure out that. But I figured that taking bikini shots at the beach is better than taking it at home. Haha. Which I’m glad I did because the photos turned out well and I’ve got myself a new blog banner at the same time. 😛

So here’s the set of me wearing the red polka dot bikini.

Me trying to do the fling hair thingy. Turns out pretty good. Hehe.

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My current new DP on my social media platforms. The angle is just right.
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I like this shot as it gives the illusion that my tummy is flat. I swear I did not photoshop this as I’ve edit all my photos on MTXX on my ipad. All I did was layer on filters and smooth things out. 😛

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A more cool looking shot that has a closer look at the bikini. The bandeau top is in between a half and 3/4 cup for me. Pretty secure with the addition of the bikini string for extra support. Wore it for the whole day and there’s no hints of slipping and I don’t have to pull anything. 😛

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Red Polka dot is supposed to be a cute design. So I decided to do a subtle cute pose. Haha.

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Now let’s move on to the star product. The Vintage High Waist Bikini. I’ve picked out this Aztec bandeau top with the black ruffles bottom as it’s a good choice to change the tops. With the black high waist bottom, I can just wear any bikini top I like.

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The ruffled details on the front also made the high waist black bottom a little more interesting.

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And here’s a walking out of the water shot. No there’s no haze when I did this shoot. It’s just the editing. 😛

 

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Noticed the hand harness that I’ve worn? I’ve purchased this from Milch previously!

 

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Milch carries a range of feet accessories for you to dress up your feet when you’re at the beach. However, I’ve always wanted a hand harness in similar design so I requested for a customized order. Yes, all the accessories at Milch are hand made.

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Sitting by the beach and waiting for a hunk to approach me shot. LOL. Joking. 😛

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I personally really like this shot with the wind blowing the hair. Hehe.

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Ending with a candid shot of me after attempts of flipping the hair. I really like the smile I had on that showed some teeth. And this is really rare cause I don’t usually smile with teeth.

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Special Promotion for FJF Readers!!

First 5 to quote “Joyce/Forensia” at Milch will get to purchase their High Waist Bikinis at $40 instead of the usual $55!! That is a total of $15 savings which is a lot!

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You can also get 10% off by quoting my name! 😛

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Current Promotion going on at Milch for GSS:

2 Sets of Bikinis @ $50 (UP $29.90 each)

2 Sets of High Waist Bikinis @$100 (UP $55 each)

Don’t wait! It’s summer time, haze is clearing up! Go buy a bikini and head to the beach. Or buy a bikini as an excuse for a beach holiday! 😛

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Phuket Day 3

If you have not read Day 1 and Day 2, go read first before coming back to this Day 3 post!

This is a pretty short post, but every trip needs an ending. 😛

Day 3 started out wet. It was raining pretty heavily when we woke up and it was depressing. So after breakfast and working out for some of them. We decided to make use of the time and spam photos in our suite room.

 I have no idea what we were doing. Random actions just came out. Haha. 

 Different levels of posing. The super crazy ones, the act yi ge ones and the keep calm and pose ones.

Melissa, Jac and Silver really bring life to the photos with their random poses.

 More! Haha!

 Daphne: “What is this!!”
Ju: ” Aiya, No eyes see.”
Melissa: ” Check out my nice ass.”

Ju and me decided to join in the randomness. Carris, Daphne and Cheryl was just giving us that look. LOL.

We chilled and snacked and washed up till the rain stops and it’s time for us to check out. Left our luggages at the hotel and hop on a Tuk Tuk to Patong for last minute shopping, early dinner and massages!

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What the sea/beach looks like after a huge rain.

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Still very pretty in my opinion.

IMG_3773We split ways as some wanted to shop and some including me wants to get a massage. I opted for a leg and head massage. For 550 Baht, I think it very worth it as I enjoyed it. My masseur was a kind thai lady who even comb my hair like a mother would do after the massage. Very sweet of her!
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There was a whole stretch of massage salons at Patong, but we settled for this quickly as they provided free Wi-Fi. How typical of us social media addicts. Enjoying my massage here!

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Here’s a random photo of me with my new buy in the living room of our suite room.

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I did not buy much during this trip. Just a cap, a dress and two singlets. One tip to shopping in Phuket, if the shop owner refuses to give you the price you want (have to be reasonable la) walk away. Usually they will call you back and give you the price you wanted.

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We returned to our hotel to collect our luggage after dinner at No. 6 again. Then from Kamala, we took the mini van to the airport. Kamala is actually nearer to the airport compared to Patong if you’re wondering. This time round, we managed to get the ride back to airport at only 1000 Baht. And then, it’s home sweet home.

Ending this post of a photo of the instant memories with the girls in Phuket. <3

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I really enjoyed this trip loads. Thanks Carrie, Cheryl, Daphne, Jacqueline, Juann, Melissa and Silver for the great time!! Looking forward to our next trip together!!

Group Photos credits to: Cheryl Tay

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Phuket Day 2

I’m here with day 2! But if you have not read Day 1 yet, go read!!

Day 2 is a long day! We booked an island-hopping tour the night before after dinner at the tour counter just outside our hotel. 1400 Baht each for Coral Island and Raya Island which includes lunch and snorkeling.

We woke up early to have breakfast and prepares for the long day ahead. While waiting for our transport to come pick us up, we took more photos at the lobby!! I especially love this group photo of all 8 of us! It’s my current lock screen wallpaper on the mini!

The van made a few detours to pick other people up before we finally reached the place where we are supposed to board the speed boat. But first, we had to wait at this resting station while they wait for all the people to arrive. Don’t buy the bikinis at the shop there as they are the only shop there and raises the price. You can get cheaper ones at Patong.

We have to walk to the beach from the rest station but it’s quite a short walk. so no frets there. Not forgetting to camwhore while walking!

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Ran in-front of the girls to take this shot. Think Daphne is blocked. ><

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Soon we reached the boarding area and when you walk onto the beach, there will be this guy taking photos of you. It’s for a photo souvenir which you will get to buy at the end of the trip. I bought it as it’s only 100 baht.

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Standard group shot of the girls on the speedboat. The ride on the speedboat is not exactly pleasant and you might get seasick. Good thing is that they actually provide free seasick pills.

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Standard procedures. How could I not have a shot of me on the boat. Random, but I love my mint green shades from F21!

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We reached Coral island first and it’s free and easy. We could do sea sports at additional costs or just choose to relax and chill by the beach which we did. And before we ran off to the sea, we stripped down to our bikinis and took a group shot!

This is probably one of the rare moments you will see me in a bikini. I don’t actually have a good figure, and is flabby all over but heck. You don’t expect me to cover up when everyone else is in bikinis right? Lol.

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Coral Island is named that way for a reason. There’s loads of stone corals washed up to the shores by the waves. And you can’t avoid stepping on them when you enter the waters. It’s like walking on those stone pebbles path but sharper stones. Which is why me and Melissa are holding hands. Haha. I like this shot though. 😛

And then we started to take crazy shots in the waters while fighting to stay afloat among the strong waves.

Just jumping and goofing around.

Check out that wave! It’s not easy trying to stay above waters ok! It gets really tiring.

So we ended up wearing life jackets so we can just float around. LOL.

Here’s a selfi of me and Melissa with the girls in the background. Look at the clear blue water!! So nice!

After Coral Island, we made our way to Raya Island. We are headed for the beach first to let those who do not wish to snorkel to drop off first. Then we were brought to the snorkeling spot. Which is breathtaking. Look at that clear blue water in my favorite shade.

These shot is made possible thanks to Jacqueline. Now I want an underwater camera too! I think I am the 2nd one from the left based on the bracelet. LOL.

The one with head above water is me. Haha. The water is so freaking clear!!

The fishes gets really near you when someone threw a bread in. And it kinds of gets scary.

Say hi to the fish! How often can you swim freely in the clear blue sea and look at the fish swimming beneath.

After snorkeling, we were brought onshore to have a simple lunch. Then it’s free and easy. Means photo time!! I’m in love with the sea. I’m glad that the sun wasn’t really that scorching hot as I did not get a burnt. But of course, reapplying sunblock every now and then helps!

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And this bunch of lovely crazy girls. And of course, these jump shots are made possible by Cheryl with her pro camera! Next time, you must join us in front of the camera ok!

7 girls, in the air at the same time with an awesome background. How often do you get that huh? Look at our shadows on the sand!!

I get an individual jump shot too. Hee!

More jump shots!

Silver was doing cartwheels on the beach and she managed to teach Jacqueline how to do it too!

After that, it’s back to the hotel! And as we only have one toilet each in our rooms, we decided to dip ourselves in the pool while waiting for the toilet to be available. There was a water slide in the pool and it’s quite fun. Haha.

I came down to fast so I did not managed to allow the girls to take a shot of me sliding off like this.

More underwater shots! I love how random we are!

One normal shot above water…

And it’s back to going underwater.

SIlver and Jacqueline decides to fight it out to see who has the best cartwheel. While we watch in shock? LOL.

“Don’t fight already!! Stop” LOL.

We decided to head out to Patong after washing up for dinner! Apparently the Tuk Tuk in Phuket are bigger and more happening. Surround sound system with club hits. Lol. We partied our way to Patong. Haha.

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Look, we all have rosy cheeks after a long day in the sun.

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The Tuk Tuk ride from our hotel in Kamala takes about 15-20 minutes to reach Patong. It’s like going to town. Haha. Once you reached Patong, you will see many street lights, many shops and many eateries and bars etc. There will also be people who will try to make you go and watch those so called free Ping Pong shows and they can be rather annoying. My advice is to just ignore them. Unless, you want to watch la.

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We were recommended this No 6 Restaurant by a Pharmacist when getting some medicines. The restaurant is pretty easy to find and there’s a long queue. So the people at the restaurant asked if we want to go up the hill to their new branch instead and they provided shuttle services. We decided to give it a go and it’s was a dark and long 10 minutes trip up the hill. Halfway through, we were wondering if they are taking us somewhere to sell. LOL. Good thing we took the shuttle up as the view was great! You can’t really see from the photo but you get a wonderful view of the city lights from up the hill!

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Our food came really quick. They actually took orders through a phone application. Well, if a restaurant is doing so well that they can have two branches, provide shuttle service and have an electronic ordering system, there must be something really good about it. And they did not disappoint! Food was good and quite affordable. We had crabs, fish, Tom Yum, Green Curry etc. I would definitely go back there to eat if I visit Phuket again!

Once again, the place is named No.6 Restaurant. So if you are in Phuket, do hop on to their shuttle and dine at their hill top branch. It’s worth a try! We couldn’t resist a photo with the shuttle truck. 😛

That wraps up Day 2 in Phuket with the girls!

Stay tune to Day 3!

Photos with watermark credits to: Cheryl Tay

Photos taken in water and the group shots at No.6 credits to: Jacqueline Wong

XOXO,

Joyce.Forensia

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Phuket Day 1

Sometimes, you just have to be spontaneous.

Which is how this trip come about. A random rave about a new resort in Batam, schedule of 8 people matched, good deals from the airline and BAM! Tickets booked, hotel booked!

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We took a 3pm flight through Jetstar. Most of the girls took half day leave but I took a full day since my house is more accessible to the airport as compared to my office. Singapore to Phuket takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes or so.

This was taken at Phuket Airport, waiting for everyone to have a toilet break before finding our way to our hotel. We took a mini van as there’s 8 of us. Remember to follow the pricing stated on the board near the counter. We were quoted 1300 baht at the first counter when the board stated 1100 baht. Went to another counter and got the price we wanted. Funny thing is that the first counter panic and offered 1000 baht instead. Too bad, we all made our way to the second counter who gave us the price we wanted.

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Our accommodation was at Swissotel Phuket at Kamala Beach. Kamala beach is a more quiet place that is away from the buzz at Patong. So if you’re just looking at a quiet retreat, Kamala is a good choice. But for more hype, more accessibility, Patong is the place to be at.

2013-05-10 18.08.03One thing that excites me while walking to our rooms is this cat above. So cute!! You all know I love cats. I was really very happy to see this little boy.

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Not one but two! This little one came to the front of our room at my bidding on the 2nd day morning which we were having breakfast just outside the room. But of course, if you are afraid of cats, no worries as they are super gentle.

We decided to just chill on the first day. So we venture out to the beach and went searching for a place for dinner. Not forgetting some snaps along the way!

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Greeted by the beautiful sunset when we reached the beach. Nice beach, nice sunset. Awesome.

Settled for a random restaurant by the beach for dinner. It wasn’t the best choice but we were all hungry. Good thing was that they had free Wi-Fi. Everyone went busy on their phones while waiting for the food which took quite sometime. We suspect they had Wi-Fi to prevent people from complaining and rushing the food.

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It was pretty serene to dine by a view like this. You don’t get to dine by a view this everyday with awesome companions.

After dinner, we went back to the hotel and some of us decided to take a dip in the pool! It was quite late and I think the pool was closed but no one stops us so… 😛 Thanks to Jacqueline for all the nice pool and underwater shots!

Silly things we do underwater. Haha.

Totally unglam shot. Haha, but it’s not often you take underwater shots so just post la. Haha.

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Ending this post with another Sunset By The Beach photo. It’s different from the one above ok!

Stay tune to Day 2 adventures with the girls where we go Island Hopping and to Patong!

Photo with watermark credits to Cheryl Tay.

Underwater, Pool photos credits to Jacqueline Wong.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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