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Staying in Belmond Napasai Resort – with Travel Tips

Koh Samui, a peaceful island made for a short getaway or perhaps a forever getaway. Moreover, staying in Belmond Napasai would make your getaway to be full of serenity with everything it offers inside the resort. I spent 5 days 4 nights in Belmond Napasai and I utterly savored every single second it gave to me.

That is simply how I define this island. Koh Samui has left me a lot of good memories to remember. Perhaps I will tell you the things I experienced starting from my transfer to Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok which probably will be your itinerary to go to Koh Samui!

Thursday, April 20th

I departed from Soekarno Hatta to Suvarnabhumi. There was no direct flight to Koh Samui from Indonesia thus I had to be transferred from Suvarnabhumi to Samui which only took around an hour flight. If you take Bangkok Airways, there is always flight to Samui every one hour thus you do not have to be worried if you need to have a sudden flight.

As I arrived in Suvarnabhumi, I was precisely presented with Thai alphabets that I certainly do not understand. I only know few basic words verbally which I think might be helpful for you to know,

  • Sawadika (for ladies) / Sawadikap (for guys) — Hello
  • Khob Khun Kah (for ladies) / Khob Khun Krab (for guys) — Thank you

Thai people are unfortunately not really fluent in English thus you simply need to speak with easy words or you will get lost.

Tips for Communication:
1. Download Google Translate App.
2. Let the app speaks for you in Thai to communicate with the locals.

As I was about to land, I was presented with the beauty of the blue sea and beautiful spots where you can see that every single spot in Koh Samui is very worth for a picture. Long story short, I was staying in Belmond Napasai with complexion where my sister somehow lost her luggage. The officer said it was left in Savarnabhumi but fortunately it came back with grace at night as we had taken care of the complaint earlier in Samui Airport.

Tips for Lost Luggage:
1. Directly go to the Luggage Service in the airport / ask the officer nearby.
2. Make sure to know all the details within the luggage for complaint form.
3. Ask for contact and when it will be received in the hotel (24 hrs max).
4. Ask hotel receptionist you are staying in to encounter the rest.
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Studio / Villa in Belmond Napasai

Here is the view of the studio. As far as I am concerned, there are two types of villa that you can stay in Belmond Napasai, Studio and Bedroom. The difference is the bedroom has living room yet studio does not have one.

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Certainly they have aesthetic bathroom view which every room’s direction always faces the beach.

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Koh Samui Trip

What I love the most from Belmond Napasai is their kind service with genuine initiatives. My favorite staffs in there are U and Pim from Lai Thai Restaurant, they are very funny and humble. One dessert that I love from this restaurant is their Mango Sticky Rice.

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Mango Sticky Rice *by request

My first half day in Belmond Napasai was really captivating. Regarding the lost luggage, my sister’s luggage was luckily found and directly sent to the hotel at 11 PM with the help of the hotel receptionists. They were very interactive and had high initiative to keep my sister being updated with the progress.

Friday, April 21st

My first breakfast started in Lai Thai Restaurant as the venue for breakfast. For the breakfast dishes, perhaps I do not need to elaborate more since they were all unexplainably tasty. Apparently they did not have rich options for the breakfast but they certainly had high quality in the dishes they presented.

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After breakfast, I headed to the spot where every visitor would definitely come over. The summer breeze and the hot sunlight utterly made me feel really peaceful.

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Beach, Belmond Napasai

The weather was incredibly hot, you would be relentlessly sweating and get tanned. It is very suitable for those who want to get tanned in a short amount of time because it only takes 2 days for me to get tanned, or perhaps my skin was just pretty sensitive with heat. Besides that, the sands all over the coastal area in Belmond Napasai were really steady thus you could walk straight and still.

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Anne – Malaysia

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Nisa – Indonesia

After a couple of hours, I headed to the pool near the Lai Thai Restaurant accompanying my sister since I was not really into swimming thus I took some pictures of her and her friend instead. I made a collection of the photoshoots I did with these ladies on my Instagram Highlight. Hopefully these spots may inspire you for photoshoots reference in Belmond Napasai.

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Beach Restaurant @ Belmond Napasai

After feeling weary with swimming, we went to another restaurant of Belmond Napasai called Beach RestaurantThe view and the foods they offered were very satisfying. It is highly suggested for you to have a visit on your own experience. I ordered for Ravioli with Basil, the taste was great but in my opinion, as I kept munching and swallowing the dish, the taste got boring somehow. Nevertheless, I would recommend you to order the Club Sandwhich for an amazing American taste in Thailand.

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Free bike rent around Koh Samui

Saturday, April 22nd

I went for a bike this morning. The resort provided bikes that anyone could use anywhere anytime for free, I did not have to fill a registration form and simply had to pull the bike out of the garage near Napasai Spa. Life seems so good when everything is free, don’t you think?

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Body & Mind Massage in Napasai Spa | US$100

Feeling exhausted with the exercise, I went to Napasai Spa for Body & Mind massage. The massage went on for an hour only but the service was utterly satisfying.

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Fruit punch in a pineapple fruit

Feeling refreshed already, I accompanied the cocktail party with the colleagues of my sister. I got a fruit punch with a pineapple fruit as glass. Certainly unique and very Hawaiian! All foods and beverages that Belmond Napasai could offer has always been designed as fine as it could be. While savoring the sweet taste of the drink, here we were presented again with the beauty of the sunset in Koh Samui.

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Sunset view from Beach Restaurant

Sunset in Koh Samui always looked very stunning because the sky always looked clear with the stars twinkling all over the skies every night. Moreover, the moon in Koh Samui did also look very bright as well. Such a good place to heal the headaches, eh?

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Bangrak Pier

Sunday, April 23rd

I did not do much today but decided to sail around Koh Samui islands, specifically to Ko Pha-ngan.

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Monday, April 24th

All packed and extended the trip to Bangkok.

Best Facilities in Belmond Napasai:
1. Strong WiFi connection in every single spot around the resort.
2. Kind, friendly, and full of initiatives service.

My experience in Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui was very mesmerizing and has left me incredible memories. As my sister and I left the hotel, we went for breakfast at Lai Thai Restaurant and bid goodbye to U and Pim by sharing some warm hugs for the last time. From this experience, I hope I can have a visit again in the next opportunity. Hopefully my travel tips are helpful for your consideration to either stay in Belmond Napasai or have a trip in Koh Samui. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for reading!


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i think this is my very last blogpost.

twenty-seventeen has almost come to an end in a few hours. You might think I am currently having fun with my friends in the lounge, having some drinks, laughing over the past, and thinking about our 2018 resolutions. No, I am not. I am just sitting here in the middle of the stairs, writing down my very last blogpost which I have thought about for a long time.

But let’s talk about today first, I went out with my high school friends, catching things up and reminiscing the old times. Truth be told, we have been friends since primary school.

This is Abdul, he used to be really chubby and squishy but he has made a lot of transformation.

This is Alin the sweetest, she has always been the same girl next door I have always known.

We had lunch and gelato together. Everything felt wonderful though the weather was crying but it did not hold us to have some gelato precisely.

We talked a lot. Past. Present. Future. Everything in between.

Please do not get me wrong about writing this as my last blogpost, all riddles always have an answer in the end, right? Before everything else, I would like to make a tribute that lasts forever in my memory. A tribute that I went through in 2017 with the amalgam of joy, tears, tense, excitement, or even something that I could not even describe of. I think I would start my tribute from my lifetime passion as content creator, passionate undergraduate student of Public Relations, fashion and travel enthusiast, philanthropist, and myself as myself.

That clips above are the screenshots of my very first episode of #HerJournal. My first episode was super awkward because I did not feel comfortable talking to myself in front of camera. Until now, to be honest. Haha! 

2017 is the year where I started my side career in videography. I remember my struggle to get my first mirror less camera by pushing myself to achieve above 3.5 GPA whilst I knew I was completely caught up with many projects and organizations and that was the time where I became super pessimistic. But somehow when it’s meant to be, it will be. I finally got it by my own sweat!

And by that time, I have been keen enough to finally produced some video projects such as #HerJournal vlogs, “Flora and Fauna” visual poetry for Fauna Land Ecopark Ancol, “the words i hope you never have to hear” short documentary film, Clean and Clear Short Ads, Look Book for #LAHI and many more since I am really passionate with filmmaking and also because I like to watch videos of Jay Alvarrez, Sam Kolder, Beautiful Destinations, Connor Franta, I always wish that I can have a great talent like them in time.

Since then, one of the milestones that I have been dreaming of in 2017 has been finally achieved by winning the first best position of Vlogging Class in Clean and Clear because of my short documentary film “the words i hope you never have to hear” and its behind the scene.

I am really glad that my work is slowly being recognized by public and one thing that has led me to become JanSport Campus Ambassador Indonesia from my long night of editing, compiling, and narrating for the video submission. I always have to realize that things happen when we are eager enough to achieve it thus the universe can help us in achieving it.

2017 is also the year where I started to feel my blogging career is slowly recognized. I got my very first fashion show invitation to Jakarta Fashion Week 2018. VIP Class! I was invited by Cotton Ink and they also gave me two pair of clothes which I love the most. These little things are something that I am truly grateful of. From that moment, I have finally become a content contributor for Clean and Clear website where I feel that my writing skill is appreciated again by people.

Not only that, I also remember my very first international internship would be with Development Innovation Insider that produces Change Magazine where my first article about sexual violence is finally published worldwide. Since then, I believe every single thing that you write comes purely from your heart because when your mouth cannot speak, words speak.

2017 is also the witness for my very first experience stepping my feet on the mountain to watch sunrise in Bromo Mountain and my very first time watching Kecak Traditional Dance directly in Uluwatu Temple. Here are some vlogs that you might want to see how I spent my days savoring the beauty of Indonesia.

2017 is the witness of my journey in realizing my attempt to be at least an influential good student in my university. President Model United Nations 2017 would actually be my very last MUN Competition and that was the first time for me to finally realize that you do things for yourself not for anyone, without feeling forced.

But then again about my last MUN competition, who knows that somebody would change my mind eventually? Moreover, I never knew that I actually could fit in to one of the most competitive competition, Unilever Future Leaders’ League 2017. Nobody knows that I spent the whole night without sleeping for the video submission and I am really grateful that I could meet amazing people that have changed the way I see life into something really positive.

Lastly, 2017 is the witness of me growing as myself. I am grateful to meet all of the people I have become friends with in every single year. Regardless they come and go, I will always try to find something that I can learn from them and that is the point where I could slowly shape myself into somebody I hope can be influential for a lot of people.

However, I am wondering what your thoughts are after reading this far. ‘Feeling awed?’ or ‘Oh, Chia is bragging!’ or ‘nothing at all’. I hope you remember I said this earlier,

“all riddles always have an answer in the end, right?”

If you are aware of what I am saying, scroll back up and gather up the red bold sentences. From that, I hope you can fill those sentences with your own words which will be become your 2018 resolutions. Do not feel odd with the past tense I used there. I hope you would proudly say it in the end of 2018 because you have achieved the dreams you have always dreamed of.

Thank you very much for reading this far. I almost finished my 365 pages of 2017 in a few minutes, and I am about to reach the end of the last sentences. And here we go, I am going to close the book and I hope this very last blogpost of 2017 will be giving you power to be very much alive in 2018. Be someone who is passionate in doing what you are doing, no matter what people think about you, you cannot always please everyone in the room. Happy New Year 2018!


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November Beatitude 2017

November has come to an end. And actually, it is December already.

I guess it is too late to post November Beatitude 2017 but it is still a mandatory to me because I had to? Absolutely yes!

I would say November was like a rollercoaster where there were some ups and downs yet I had to enjoy the ride no matter what because the seatbelt was on or I could have fallen. I am really grateful to see people that have come into my life, and those somehow who appeared there to be a part of my rollercoaster life from distance. I have always believed that things happen for a reason, if I still cannot find the reason then probably it has to take another episode to find it.

I guess that is enough for the introduction about how my November went like, in this weekend’s post I will be showing you the things that I enjoyed the most in November. Let’s get started with this one,

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If you remember this line, then I think you are obviously an admirer of Paulo Coelho, especially his phenomenal book The Alchemist.

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If you want something, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Since then, I have always believed that every single dream that I wish for, the universe is listening as long as I keep working on it. I am so glad a friend of mine recommended me this book because honestly this book has changed the way I see about life and always encourage me to keep on believing.

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Meditation helps when your head is weary. If life gives you lemon, then I think you should refresh your mind with something relaxing. I always have this simmering liquid aromatherapy from Breathe.

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I simply turn the bedroom lights off, then turn on the electric aromatherapy oil burner. Not to forget that I have to pour a few drops of Sandalwood Liquid. Sandalwood has always been my favorite aroma because it more smells like soap which somehow gives you the feeling that you have showered but actually not.

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Last but not least, I actually still have another one beatitude which I think it has always been a mandatory since the beginning. My November hymn! I found this song on Connor Franta’s Spotify Playlist and somehow truly in love with the whole of this song either from the lyrics or the music. Check out her live performance here,

I love the way she sings the song with her heart, it looks purely written and it somehow has deep meaning for Betty. I love listening to it when I am alone, especially with my aromatherapy turned on, it feels really perfect.

So, that’s how I enjoyed my November so far. Little things that everyone likes must have some meaning behind it and I think that’s how we can appreciate something. What are your favorite things in November? I hope this last month of 2017 will bring you joy that you deserve. Have a great weekend! 🙂


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October Beatitude 2017

October has just passed. I recently turned to 20 and things are seemingly change in a great pace yet amazing if we see it closer.

Hmm. Too flowery, isn’t it? I guess that is enough for the flowery and wise words for opening. However, welcome November! A month that encourages us not to shave. I am not sure if it is for guys only or not but let’s make the most out of it precisely.

As usual, I am going to show you the things that I was fond of the most in October. Before anything else, I am really sorry for the late blogpost and missed last week’s blogpost. College and works have been colliding in my calendar, please help! However I surely will make it up for you.

The book that I have always wanted since it was first released. Weirdly I got the book of Connor Franta, Note to Self first before this though the first book of his is actually A Work in Progress. You can see how weird I am to read a book series backwards.

The photographs Connor captured inside have always been the best. The content itself always teaches how beautiful this life is that we need be grateful of. I got this book from a friend of mine as a birthday gift, best gift so far in my 20!

A mirror glasses with white border on top from New Look! I fell in love with it so much in the first time I saw it. I carried it everywhere while my vacation in Bali. More posts about my trip in Bali precisely! Just wait for it.

Rouge à Lèvres from Inglot! My favorite rouge color that I have always loved to stick around on daily basis. Although the color is dark for daily life but I love the sophisticated color it gives and how it matches with the color of my skin. The matte texture itself stays quite long around 5-6 hours without heavy meals. If you wanna know how much I love this Inglot, I even wore this lip matte color in the first time I met my boyfriend. Gladly he wasn’t freaked out to see me in that color. Hopefully.

“Treating you well, but I’m caught in the middle, I caught the edge of a knife and it hurts just a little…”

Remember this line? Yes! This is a song by Avicii featuring Rita Ora called Lonely Together. I once had a short piano cover of this song but I lost the footage thus sorry I could not share it with you guys. Haha!

How does it sound like? If you love it then I think we should hang out and sing it along together!

I think that’s all I have so far for October Beatitude 2017. I hope this weekend’s blogpost is delightful and insightful enough for you to read as your weekly preference. Have a great weekend everyone! Tell me your favorite things in October through the comment below💙


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VSCO Filters That Fashion Bloggers Use On Instagram

Have you been thinking about what filter that your favorite fashion bloggers use for their pictures on Instagram? This time, I am going to reveal three classified VSCO filters that these fashion bloggers (whom I like) always use on instagram.

So I’ve been keeping up with VSCOCAM by drowning my skill into its nitty gritty. Isn’t it so boring to see the same old filter such as F2, SE3, HB1, HB2, etc without any retouch and that’s it. Then I’ve finally found a few awesome patterns which I think these patterns are quite but surely similar with the filters that these fashion bloggers always use on Instagram, okay so let’s get started!

1. Andy Torres (@stylescrapbook)

Her posts on instagram are always adorable which always make people say “her pictures are goddess!”.

HB1 doesn’t look good for dark pictures but looks good for selfies. As you can see on Andy’s pictures, the original pictures of its filter is bright already, so if you want to restart your instagram feed with this filter, I suggest you to take more bright pictures.

2. Nicole Ciotti (@nicholeciotti)

Nicole’s pictures on instagram look reddish and bright. It’s also because of her reddish hair and the effect of the filter she uses, I assume she uses SE2 or C1 preset on vscocam.

C1 looks good for selfies if you add a little bit of exposure around +1 or +2 and lowering the sharpness of C1 preset from +12 to +6 or +7.

3. Gizele Oliveira (@giizeleoliveira)

Looks fade and reddish without a touch of contrast. I assume she uses F2 for her pictures.

F2 might give different result for particular skin color since its high contrast with a little touch of fade could make your skin darker or probably brighter. This filter pattern looks perfect for summer pictures.

What do you think about these filters? I hope you find them useful! Take some great pictures, try to use one of these filters and take a chance to be like these fashion bloggers too.


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