Why Those Fancy Gems? 

Fancy Gems is a snack we always had as kids and is something very close to our hearts. We found the name of the snack apt for us to depict our explorations and travels, as we really do adore these place we found. And no matter how our explorations turn out, we do treat these experiences as gems - hence, Those Fancy Gems was born. Hurray!

Who are we?

Shao Hui, Wei Kiat, Shaomin (left to right) in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Shao Hui, Wei Kiat, Shaomin (left to right) in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Shao Hui embarked on a 10 week central eastern backpacking trip with her sister Shaomin and Wei Kiat, a week upon completing her university studies. She believes in slowing down her footsteps to fully appreciate and soak in a sense of place - the people, sights, sounds, and food. Her restless feet never fails to take her a step further. 

Shaomin had been in the workforce for a couple of years and got sick of the mundane corporate routine. She broke out of that by joining forces with her beloved sister and love of her life, to take an epic trip through some of the most underrated cities in Europe. How did she feel after that? Absolutely loved it. Will she do it again? In a heartbeat. 

Wei Kiat is a foodie and coffee enthusiast. He'll travel the distances just for food and coffee, which is why he travelled approximately 9740km with his lovely Babe - Shaomin, and her sister to Europe to expose himself and try new cuisine. His definition of good food does not have to be expensive, but rather, stripped down - just taste. The sound of the coffee machine while pulling a shot is music to his ears. He is constantly on the lookout for a great cup of coffee, accompanied by a good chat with the barista - he believes that this interaction is what makes the coffee experience.

Places Travelled

Austria - Graz, Hallstatt, Salzburg, Vienna | Australia - Gold Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth | Bosnia and Herzegovina - Blagaj, Mostar, Sarajevo | Croatia - Dubrovnik, Plitvice, Split, Zadar, Zagreb | Czech Republic - BrnoČeský Krumlov, Prague | Greece - Athens, Santorini | Japan - Kyoto, Tokyo | Korea - Seoul | Hong KongHungary - Budapest | Malaysia - Johor, Kuala Lumpur | Montenegro - Kotor, Budva | Poland - Krakow, Warsaw | Romania - Brasov, Bucharest, Sibiu, Sinaia | Serbia - Belgrade| Slovakia - Bratislava | Slovenia - Bled, Bohinj, Ljubljana, Ptuj | Taiwan - Taipei, Taichung | Thailand - Bangkok

Follow our adventures in bite size on instagram:  @aweikiat @minminsss @anothershaohui

Watch our Backpacking Europe in 70 Days video!