Traveling is awesome!
Going places, meeting new people, trying new foods, swimming in oceans and hiking to mountaintops. Viewing cities from skyscrapers, drinking wine street side, and checking out street style are all experiences that can make traveling somewhat of an addiction.
But sometimes, the actual journey to get there isn’t as glamorous. The long flights and layovers, smelly buses, taxis and the taxi driver that rips you off or drops you off at the wrong hotel, leaving you stranded and confused. Getting lost in a new country after a long flight.
Ferries the bring on seasickness, tuk-tuks in hot dusty weather, the middle seat, looking for your hotel and hauling heavy bags along the street hungry, tired, and in desperate need of a shower!!
“Go with the flow, but in style.”
It’s my motto, in life and in travel, and creating a brand like BagLady Basics has made this seamlessly possible. It’s also the mentality I had when my friend Ayesha invited me to meet up with her in Prague.
She’d extended the invitation at the end of summer, as I was still in Berlin (on my “Little Shepherd Girl” shit), and I figured, why not. I’d been keen on visiting this superbly beautiful city for some time, and it was only a cheap bus ride away!
Wow guys! My last post of 2018!!
Do you remember the promise I'd made to you on the gram' on New Year’s eve of 2017? I was livin' ma best life on Boracay Island, and I promised that I would share more of myself with you in 2018.
I've tried my best to come through on that promise!
“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
It’s a quote that most of us know, and a question that has been running circles around my mind for the past few weeks, and my most recent trip to Hong Kong made it ever so present and relevant.
Hong Kong holds a special place in my heart, as it’s the place where my brand, BagLady Basics made its initial debut- it’s the city of “firsts” for BagLady Basics!
“Oh my God, I love your hair! It’s so cool, can I touch it?”
How many of you natural haired sistahs have gotten these comments while traveling? Or maybe I should ask if you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve heard this? And I’m guessing that by now, like me, you’re probably used to it, and know that it comes with the territory of world travel!
Name: Anya Ayoung Chee
Current City: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Occupation: Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur, Activist
“I love it here!” I exclaimed. And with a big grin on my face, I literally jumped in the air (I do that a lot).
I felt like a kid in a candy store. Saigon was my candy store, and there were endless surprises in this city; yummy, beautiful, artistic, and kindhearted surprises waited for me down every alley and around every corner.
What made my experience in Saigon even more delightful was the fact that I didn’t have any expectations for the trip. Ho Chi Minh hadn’t been a city I’d wanted to visit and only booked a ticket there because it was cheap and sunny. It came as a great surprise how amazing of a city Ho Chi Minh is.
That's the question I've been asking myself recently!
First of all, I have a confession; I don’t currently own a selfie-stick as I keep breaking them, but for the most part, I’m a “solo travel girl”, and being solo goes far beyond travel.
I generally do a lot by myself as I just enjoy my own company. However, over the past few years (with all this growth and all), I have been putting in effort into being more social and engaging in more group activities. Surprisingly being “Social Shanya” is also fun.
I enjoyed my short stint in Palawan. It started off a bit dismal, but the sun came out and turned things around. It was time to head to Boracay! Getting there was an adventure in itself. I had to take another 5-hour bus ride to back Puerto Princesa, where I’d catch my flight to Manila, then to Boracay.
I booked a van ride from El Nido to PPS airport, and was instructed to be ready at 6:00am. Long story short, the van came at 5:30am, unbeknownst to me and I stood there waiting for an hour. I managed to get another van and headed to what I thought would be the airport in torrential rain. I had some hours till my flight, so I sat unbothered for most of my ride. Then we got into Puerto Princesa town...
"I want to spend NYE shitfaced on a beach.” Those were my literal words for the past two years and I was determined to make it happen for NYE 2017! My year had been amazing- best year ever, and I needed to end it on the highest note possible.
I didn’t end up shitfaced, but did welcome 2018 watching fireworks (under an umbrella) on Boracay’s famous/infamous White Beach!
I chose the Philippines as my scene of the crime, as it had been on my “go as soon as I get the chance” list for a very long time. It took me a while to get there as I was just overwhelmed by the vast number of islands that I could have chosen to visit. The Philippines is made up of 7641 islands and counting! SO! How does one decide on which islands to visit?! I'm not sure I know the answer to that...
I am that girl that screenshots beautiful places that I see on my Instagram feed, and then promise myself to make it there one day. The Puerto Princesa underground river/cave in Palawan was one of those first pictures, and was the main reason why I chose Palawan as one of my two destinations in the Philippines. I also decided to head to Boracay because I wanted a vibesy NYE, and Boracay is synonymous with vibes, crazy parties and known for its dreamy White Beach!
I spent 14 days in the Philippines, and this is how it went down…