Travel Tales: Juliet Siu
Name: Juliet Siu
Favourite travel destination?: Paris has always been my dream destination even before I visited. First time in Paris? It totally felt like déjà vu. Seeing the Eiffel Tour light up and glitter in the blue hour was a pure bliss. From the aroma of fresh pain au chocolat and baguette, bistro decorated in blossoms, to the street style of people looking effortlessly chic, Paris is so sensual and visually stimulating.
Worst travel experience?: Dragging my heavy suitcase up and down the stairs to go across the train platforms in Tokyo. Who on earth would have thought there’s no elevator in a Tokyo train station?Best tips for beating jetlag?: I rarely have issues with jetlag as I’m the kind of person who can sleep anytime during the day as long as there’s a comfy bed! But I’d say soaking up some sun ray and doing some simple yoga stretches help.
What is the one thing you don’t leave home without?: My sleeping eye mask and silk slip dress for a good night’s sleep to wake up feeling gorgeous.
Do you stay in touch with people while you’re travelling?: I’m a visual person and can’t imagine how travel was like back in the days before Instagram was born. It’s the most easy-to-use, direct and captivating mean of communication while travelling. I also like the real-time aspect of Instagram – try searching for geo-location terms using hastags of where you’re currently visiting and you’ll be surprised at how much inspirations it gives.
Best meal you’ve ever had while travelling?: Twelve-course Japanese Kaiseki meal artistically crafted at an onsen ryokan in Niseko after a hotspring bath in private bamboo garden – the whole gastronomic experience was rejuvenating and awe-inspiring. Have also recently visited the Garagistes in Hobart Tasmania and the experience was magical – from those crispy and freshly picked veggies, to the wagyu beef with smoked bone marrow, the three-course dinner took me on a tour of the garden in Alice in the Wonderland.
Best kiss?: Nothing beats the kiss from my husband on the hot air balloon, rising 4,000 feet above the Byron Bay Hinterland on a glorious morning when he popped the question and I said yes!
Best/scariest/funniest drive?: Scariest drive has to be in Paris! That was my first taste of the Parisian way of (not) observing traffic signs and how they can just park their cars somewhere on a roundabout. Then I read it on the news that one in ten French drivers might not even have a licence. I was amazed that the number was that low.
What has been the big wow moment of your travelling life?: Counting down to the new year in front of Big Ben and seeing the astonishing colours from fireworks illuminating the London skyline was a wow moment in every second.
What is your number one travel tip?: Travel with those who share similar interests with you or travel alone and enjoy some ‘me time’.