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Monday, May 29, 2017

The Beginning of an End

I don't really know where to begin, but I know I want to put something down into words about this.

Over the past few months, a lot of people I know and probably many more that I don't know have been asking and speculating about what has been happening with my personal life.

I don't care about the gossip mongers, but I do care about the friends and readers who sincerely wish me well and are genuinely concerned for me as a person.

I'd rather you all hear it straight from me than other uninvolved parties, so let this serve as closure.

We've officially separated.

The decision has been extremely hard to make, because it doesn't just impact two lives majorly, but also the many people around me like family and mutual friends...

I wish I could speak unrestrainedly about why our relationship broke down, but it probably isn't a good idea to do so.

All I can say is, I think we both tried to make our relationship work over the years, but there were too many fundamental issues that were swept under the rug over the years, and these seemingly little things eventually festered and grew into huge, painful sores that could never go away.

No matter what, please remember that you should always love yourself first, no matter what kind of a relationship you're in.

No one is perfect, that's for sure. But make sure you know what your deal breakers are, and what kind of shortcomings you want to deal with.

I saw a quote on IG the other day.

The quote was "You don't give up on someone you love."

I really wanted to agree with this quote. It sounded damn bloody romantic and oh-so-sweet.

But is it really really true?

I don't know la. For someone who's been in one relationship for 9 years, I'd say that there's a breaking point somewhere when it becomes irrevocably damaged.

I'm sorry that it didn't work out.

I'm especially sorry to my parents, to my dad who doesn't know how to break the news to relatives and acquaintances who are asking him "几时抱个孙子?"

To my in-laws who treated me so very well and were a second family to me.

And to the man I took my marriage vows with and whom I thought would be my forever.

I'm sorry that we didn't work out.


It's been almost three months since this happened, and now you know why I've been posting much lesser on social media the past few months.

I also took the opportunity to travel and do more of what I love, and spend more time with my dearest friends who have been such a constant source of support and love.

I'm blessed, really.

And now, I'll put myself first, love myself more.

I'm telling myself this: It's okay to fail in relationships and even a marriage.

A failed relationship or a divorce does not mean that you're a failure. Everyone deserves to be truly happy and to be loved in the right way.

PS. I won't be affected by hate comments and trolls because you anonymous keyboard warriors totally don't know anything at all and your absurd accusations are just laughable, so go ahead, say whatever you want :)

Thank you for reading, and for your virtual hugs and kisses. ❤️ I'm okay!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bangkok May'17: Staying at Park Hyatt Bangkok

Hello, Park Hyatt Bangkok!

Leaving on a jet plane yet again - Bangkok is one of those cities I never tire of, but checking into the brand new Park Hyatt Bangkok made it even better and was an exceptionally amazing experience!

Located right in the heart of Bangkok, Park Hyatt Bangkok feels like you're in an exclusively secluded space made just for you - every single inch of this five-star luxury hotel is tastefully put together, elegant and posh, and yet feels utterly welcoming.

The best part? All it takes is one elevator ride and you find yourself at Central Embassy, a luxury shopping mall that's home to huge names like Hermes, Prada and Chanel, alongside high street labels, local Thai designers and lots and lots of food choices! The hotel is also directly connected to Chidlom BTS Station, which makes it convenient to get to anywhere via BTS.

Staying at Park Hyatt Bangkok


I stayed two nights at Park Hyatt Bangkok to attend the gala opening of Park Hyatt Bangkok as well as the completion of Central Embassy and it was legit one of the best stays I've experienced in Bangkok - Every aspect of my stay was nothing short of impeccable.

Let me share a personal anecdote. I "lost" a pair of socks that I carelessly left rolled up inside one of my used bath towels that got cleared away by housekeeping on my first night and expected never to see those socks again in my life. Housekeeping miraculously recovered the socks a couple days later and even sent me an email to personally inform me of the good news so that I could collect my socks back. Hurrah!

If you like tall, airy, spaces, you'll love Park Hyatt Bangkok and its minimalistic and refined interior decor that is classy chic without being overbearingly ostentatious or opulent.

Everything feels discreet and exclusive, from the minimally-furnished hotel entrance to the modern, polished-looking reception and common areas, as well as the top-notch service of the extremely attentive hotel staff who greeted me warmly everywhere I went and assisted me during my stay.



My room was stylish and spacious - Most importantly, the bed was utterly luxurious and comfortable.
With universal power sockets and USB outlets located beside the bed and at the study table, I didn't once have to worry about charging up my devices (cameras, phones, power banks and the likes), which was a huge convenience for me.

I particularly adored the motorised curtains that I could control with the touch of a switch even while lounging in bed half-awake. It may seem like a small detail, but feels like the most luxurious thing on earth on a lazy morning ;)

Did I also mention the fantastic surround sound system (there are speakers even in the bathroom!) and BlueTooth-enabled speaker that allowed me to connect my phone wirelessly and blast my Coldplay tunes on repeat?


The bathroom area is a dream come true. You can't get any better than two sinks with two mirrors, separate cubicles for the (huge) shower area and toilet as well as a huge bath tub, topped off with a spectacular view of Bangkok city.

La Labo amenities were provided, and I love love love the bergamot fragrance in them!

Woke up to this view on Day 2 - And yes I drew those curtains electronically while I was still lounging in bed!

Breakfast was such a delectable affair. You get to pick your breakfast of choice from a menu, as well as a wide array of offerings from the pantry area - there was parma ham, fresh fruits, yogurt, cold pressed juices, freshly-baked bread, and the likes!




I was very very happy with the breakfast - Everything was delicious, and I ate so much that I hardly had space for lunch! Some personal favourites include the rice congee, eggs benedict as well as the selection of different fresh fruits available every day.

There's also a bar and a grill located within Park Hyatt Bangkok should you choose to dine in the comfort of the hotel, though we had most of our meals just downstairs at Central Embassy.


If you have time, take a soak in Grand Hyatt Bangkok's infinity pool as well. The view is lovely, it's decently-sized, and better yet, the pool is heated, so you don't have to dread the icy cold water!

There's also state-of-the-art gym facilities as well as a spa (soon to be opened) at Park Hyatt Bangkok, but I was too busy luxuriating and lazing about to even step into the gym - I'm sorry!

I highly recommend Park Hyatt Bangkok for those looking for a tranquil and exclusive retreat in the middle of the city - One night goes for 300SGD and up (depending on your booking dates) and it may be pricier than the standard Bangkok accommodation but you're certainly paying for your money's worth.

Gala Opening of Park Hyatt Bangkok & Completion of Central Embassy

I was looking forward to attending the gala opening - It was a black tie event with 700 guests made up of celebrities, media, well-known personalities and affluent society all coming together to celebrate the completion of Central Embassy and the opening of Park Hyatt Bangkok!



On the red carpet with my fellow ladies from Singapore, gorgeous Francesca and Rachel!

Just for the occasion, I got my hair styled at a salon just downstairs in Central Embassy, and dressed up in this piece from Sheike, an Australian label I like very much!






It was a spectacular night despite the achy feet from being up and about all evening in my heels - It has been some time since I last savored such an agreeable time with the loveliest ladies. What great fun!

Thank you for hosting me, Park Hyatt Bangkok! A special thank you to Eclair for extending the invitation and taking such great care of us. I'm looking forward to the next time I'm back!



Central Embassy, 88 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan
Bangkok,  Thailand, 10330

Tel: +66 2 012 1234

© Yina Goes

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