Weekend Getaway: Ballycotton

A 25-minute (24km) drive from home to the hidden gem of East Cork is a perfect escape during weekends. This small picturesque fishing village sits on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay and is surrounded by sandy beaches. It is about 40 km east of Cork City. There are plenty of things to do in thisContinue reading “Weekend Getaway: Ballycotton”

Weekend Getaway: Old Head Kinsale

Old Head Kinsale, a slice of coastal paradise, protruding more than 3km into the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the Southwest Coast in County Cork, not just famous for its 17th century lighthouse but also a golfer’s paradise. According to trip advisor reviews, “Definitely one not to miss for golfers”. Last summer 2019, we drove upContinue reading “Weekend Getaway: Old Head Kinsale”

The Burren National Park

Whether you’re a backpacker, a history, geography or geology geek, a family with kids or even someone who’s up for some real adventure you’re going to fall in love with this breathlessly beautiful part of Ireland. After we visited Cliffs of Moher, we headed to one of the six National Parks of Ireland, The BurrenContinue reading “The Burren National Park”

Blackrock Castle: Castellated Fortification

About 2km from the city centre of Cork is the rocky limestone outcrop that Blackrock Castle sits on. It has been a site of fortification since the late 16th century. The original tower was built by the citizens of Cork in 1582 to guard the water approach to the city from pirates and other raiders.Continue reading “Blackrock Castle: Castellated Fortification”

Discover The Blarney Castle and Gardens

Situated 8 km from Cork City is The Blarney Castle, originally dates from before 1200, when a timber house was believed to have been built on the site, although no evidence remains on this. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification. In 1446, it was rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry, whoContinue reading “Discover The Blarney Castle and Gardens”

Fall in St. Stephen’s Green

In the centre of Dublin, you can find a natural oasis in the form of St Stephen’s Green. Elegantly landscaped, this rectangular 22 acres park is filled with bright colours during the autumn season making it a stunning backdrop for a walk. It’s the ideal place when you want to escape the hustle and bustleContinue reading “Fall in St. Stephen’s Green”

4D3N in Bali: Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua means two islands (nusa ‘island’, dua‘two’), because there are two islands in the bay of Bali. Known as an enclave of large five-star resorts, it covers 350 hectares of land and encloses more than 20 resorts. But don’t let the term resort area turn you off from visiting here. Taking a trip toContinue reading “4D3N in Bali: Nusa Dua”

Beetroot-Celery Soup

Beetroot and Celery are my favourite vegetables. I like it either for salad or mixed juice. As I was randomly turning the pages of my cook book recipes, a deep red soup caught my attention. So I tried it! This hearty vegetable beetroot soup or borshch is made with celery. You should try beetroot-celery soupContinue reading “Beetroot-Celery Soup”

Love Yourself

Love yourself. It doesn’t mean being conceited or thinking that you are better than anyone else either. It is about accepting who you are. It is being grateful for the good things and the bad. I have a friend who’s a single parent. At age of 19 she got pregnant with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, he’sContinue reading “Love Yourself”

Cork City Marathon 2019

The Ultra/Marathon Runner and The Cheerleading Wife! It describes US perfectly. This is my first blog about my hubby’s marathon. Something extra special as our (yes 😂 that includes me) first ever marathon experience in Europe, in Ireland particularly, and in cool weather — though month of June is already summer yet temperature was rangingContinue reading “Cork City Marathon 2019”

Weekend Getaway: Youghal

Looking for a weekend getaway in Cork? You might want to consider Youghal (pronounced as Yawl), is a historic seaside town in East Cork that borders with West Waterford. The name Youghal comes from the Irish Eochaill meaning “yew woods”, which were once common in the area.  We enjoyed our weekend experienced here so we wanted to share the 3 bestContinue reading “Weekend Getaway: Youghal”