Enjoy Your Own "Eat, Pray, Love" Experience In One Of These Destinations | Clozette


There is no clear path to finding your bliss. Just because Elizabeth Gilbert found it by eating in Italy, praying in India and falling in love in Indonesia doesn't mean that it's also the formula that will work for you. Maybe we don't need to abandon our current life to achieve inner balance rather we just need a moment to breathe, reset our compass and rejuvenate. Here are some of the destinations that you can retreat to if you need a moment to recalibrate.


Bali, Indonesia


A man in white meditates surrounded by nature


It's no secret that Bali is one of the most serene places to visit if you want to relax and get away from the hustle. Indulge in meditation and yoga sessions at retreat places like Heavenly Spa by Westin™. Recently, they have added Tibetan Sound Healing in their wellness calendar. This program promotes relaxation, balances both hemispheres of the brain and improves sleep quality.


Oman


A pool in an exotic resort overlooking the mountains


From relaxing sceneries to adventurous terrains, Oman has so much to offer. If you're the type who loves to get a dose of action while on vacation, you can check out the offerings of Alila Jabal Akhdar resort. It's a place that lies 2,500 metres above sea level and overlooks a dramatic gorge and spectacular mountain range. During the day, you can explore the Jabal Akhdar Canyon (Green Mountain)  with their new "Via Ferrata" trek. Then you can have a full relaxing evening right after. 


European River Cruise


A cruise ship


Want to go to Europe but can't decide on a single destination? You don't have to. There's always the option to go on a river cruise instead. Aside from being able to visit the popular tourist spots, you can also go off the beaten path and explore the local scene. You might be interested in Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa river cruise, which is an ultra luxurious rivership. The route starts in Budapest where guests have a choice of a city sightseeing tour or a "Do as the Locals Do" Budapest walking tour. Then, the ship continues onwards to Vienna passing through Bratislava before it finally disembarks guests in Passau.


Monaco


A city with a lake surrounded by colourful buildings


It's easy to get smitten by the charm of Monaco. It's bustling yet peaceful, glamorous but relaxed. You can spend your off-duty days dipping in the pool, tour the Palais du Prince, visit the French Riviera or you can always just stroll around and take in the beauty of this photogenic place. Recently, the principality launched a "Green is the New Glam" campaign with the goal of becoming an environmentally conscious destination. Several luxury hotels and restaurants like the Novotel Monte-Carlo, Fairmont Monte-Carlo and the Blue Bay restaurant at the Monte-Carlo Bay hotel have all supported the cause. By visiting, you can pick up some new environmental insights that you can apply to your life back home.



Vietnam


A river flowing through a rocky valley


A cultural trip with a retreat activity towards the end of your travel may be just what you need to experience a fulfilling journey. Remember that Eat, Pray, Love was not just about meditation. Elizabeth also enjoyed herself by indulging in the simple pleasures of life like food. Go on a gastronomical adventure in Hanoi and explore the culture before heading down to a spa retreat. Consider booking an immersive experience with Amoi, the only resort set in the beautiful Nui Chua National Park on Vietnam’s dramatic Vinh Hy Bay coastline. They offer the Journey to Peace program where monk Geshe Yongdong will guide guests on a journey to find peace in their everyday lives, through learning the ancient lessons of the YungDrung Bön Tibetan Tradition. 


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Fashion is an inescapable part of life, even though one may not think too much of it. What you wear is an extension of who you are, an expression of your personality. More than just pieces you wear, it's a lifestyle. And that's the main principle behind Cho Eun Ae's creations for her line, Tibaeg. The emerging label from South Korea, which you can get your hands on in Singapore via SocietyA, was established in 2011 and continues to create a solid following through their contemporary designs punctuated by artistic illustrations and prints. We had a chat with Eun Ae, and here's what we learned about her inspirations and where she sees her brand in the future.


A woman wearing a white maxi dress is waving at the camera


Fill in the blank: I am a designer, an artist, and __________.

A mother. It's hard to manage [having a career and motherhood]. It's an amazing life but I have to try. My life has changed. It's a new challenge for me.

How is Korean fashion different from fashion in other Asian countries?

Korean fashion is focused on the trendy items. It's inspired by the Korean idols and K-pop. It's very lively. The Seoul style is known to many as casual and unisex but there is also a different mood.


A rack of women's clothes


You had the chance to showcase your brand in the Colette pop-up K Fashion last year, shortly before Colette in Paris shut their doors. How does it feel showcasing your brand on an international level at the famed Colette?

It was a very meaningful event for me and Tibaeg. It was very nice to see my designs displayed in the window. We collaborated with them on various style, and all the pieces were sold out. There were not a lot of pieces, but they all sold out. It's amazing. Many Parisians now can discover Tibaeg and it's very encouraging. It was a bit hard for me to work when I had my baby, but the opportunity at Colette really encouraged me.

What are the three key ingredients that would make up Tibaeg’s character traits?

Green tea leaves, magnolia and azalea plant. I think that when you blend these together, they will make an interesting tea blend just like the characteristics of Tibaeg.



A woman in a white dress is sitting on a yellow couch


How is Tibaeg different from other Korean fashion labels?


There are a lot of Korean brands. The new brands are very casual and unisex, very street and punky. They're very simple and basic. But Tibaeg has always been feminine and calm and chic — created for women. We also use prints but they're not punky; they're very soft. It is not boring or old. Tibaeg has a strong identity. I consider the textile and prints selection for Tibaeg to be very important in sharing the brand's identity.


Which South Korean female celebrity would you like to see wear your designs — and why?


Suzy, Eun Jung, Jung In and Shin So Yul. They have already worn Tibaeg.


A woman wearing a dark blue button down long-sleeved dress, and another woman wearing a light-blue shirt inside a pink satin spaghetti-strapped asymmetrical dress

Left: Jung In; Right: Son Yeo Eun



A woman in a white dress browsing through a rack of clothes


Name five essentials in your Clozette.


First is a printed t-shirt because each one has its own identity. The print or style of the shirt can already say a lot of things about one's personality, and a t-shirt is an essential item for all. Black pants are also great for coordination. It's easier to match than jeans. You can wear it with sneakers to make it casual. A black sleeveless top is also essential. Eyebrow pencils are very important. You can use it in many ways like as an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil. Blusher is also important because it can make you look lively and more awake.

What’s coming up next for Tibaeg?

I hope to show that Tibaeg is not just a fashion item but a lifestyle. I hope that many people enjoy the whole experience of Tibaeg like the music they can listen to while shopping at our showroom and the tea we serve. I hope to show the mood, the sound and the smell of Tibaeg. We're also focusing on being environmentally conscious so we're working on a collection that uses recycled fabric.


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