Life with Galaxy

Life with Galaxy

Life with Galaxy

Life with Galaxy

Dear TVG friends, this is the last blog post for 2020. We made it till the end, yay! Let’s do a 2020 throwback, shall we? 

We took the two photos above in the main square of the town of Serifos island in Greece. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to spend two weeks in September touring the Greek islands. Some days my schedule was quite busy, some others I was taking the time to relax and recharge my batteries. My Galaxy Z flip has always been there for me on busier days when I was checking the print orders on my new website, editing photos from my last shoots, and in less busier days when I was simply spending quality time with my friends, taking photos of us and laughing. 

Life with Galaxy

Life with Galaxy

We took the two photos above in Elafonisos island. I’m not known as a person who hits the gym every day. But one activity I’m happy to do daily is walking. I can seriously walk for hours every day and I enjoy counting my steps while doing so. For counting my steps, I use the Fitness and Health tracker on my Galaxy Watch 3. During holidays, I like to walk on the beach whereas in Vienna, I go walking in the Schönbrunn gardens. Are you a jogger or a walker? Do you prefer exercising indoors or outdoors? 

Life with Galaxy

The photo of this beautiful sunset was taken with my Galaxy S20 Ultra in Punta Cana. Every evening, before it got completely dark, I used to walk alone on the beach with my Galaxy S20 Ultra in hand to photograph the sky that turned to pastel hues of dusky rose, dark lilac and pale blue. These are the moments I crave for. All magical colours captured with the camera of my Galaxy S20 Ultra. Who would like to join me on this photo walk? 

throwback 2020

throwback 2020

We took these two photos at the end of November in Punta Cana. They both reflect my dream of becoming a digital nomad…working remotely from everywhere on my Galaxy Tab S7, in other words be location independent! 

2020 throwback

We took the photo above in the hotel I was staying at during my holidays in Tinos island. The foldable Galaxy Z flip is bold, stylish and pretty unique. It folds in half and provides me with a new angle on the world. 

2020 throwback

We took the photo above at Paremi cafe in Vienna. Cafes and restaurants were closed for a long time this year. Therefore, I tried to visit them as often as possible during the periods they were open. In this photo, the Galaxy Z Flip stands out for its unique design and mirror purple color, and is small enough to fit in my small summer bag. 

2020 throwback

We took this photo in Vienna city center after I came back from my September holidays. I was so excited for all the things I had in mind to do. My Galaxy Note 20 and the S Pen helped me to keep a track of all these activities and never miss out on a thing! Little did I know in the moment we took this photo that all my plans weren’t going to happen because of a lockdown 2.0.

2020 throwback

Things I love, all in one photo: croissants, a cappuccino, a marble table, my Galaxy buds live and my Galaxy Note 20. We took this photo in Vienna at the end of summer, when it was still warm enough to sit outside.

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Galaxy Tab S7

Last year I published a blog post for the Galaxy Tab S6: when I use it and why. You can check it out here.

A lot has changed since last year.

I upgraded to the Galaxy Tab S7 which is now the newest tablet from Samsung. And of course, as we all know, this year everything has become a little bit more digital. It’s a year where we have been urged to stay at home, spend more time at home, and work from home. Our real life social interactions have been reduced and we all spent a little bit more time in front of our screens. People now use technology as a bridge across physical distances and are experimenting with new kinds of socially distanced gatherings such as virtual dinner parties, virtual yoga classes etc.

As a result, the Galaxy Tab S7 has become my life-saver this year. And because it’s the device that I use the most, as Anna and I were brainstorming at the beginning of November, we came up with the idea to make the video that you see in this blog post.

The Galaxy Tab S7 comes in two different sizes, the Galaxy Tab S7 (11-inch) and the Galaxy Tab S7+ (12.4-inch) and in three amazing colors: mystic bronze, mystic silver, mystic black.

What I love about the tablet in general is the diversity of use you can get from them. Some people use their tablets as their everyday laptop. Some people use them just for watching media. Some people use them for drawing and making notes with the S Pen.

There are so many things you can be doing with the newest tablet from Samsung. Given the current global situation and the tablet’s multifunctionality, turns out, this tablet is not luxury, but a necessity.

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Visit Dominican Republic

Visit Dominican Republic

Visit Dominican Republic

The list of negative news lately felt like having no end… 

If you have been following my personal project TVG for a long time, I guess you know already that my work is all about celebrating life, the beauty of life, beautiful places in the world…Let me explain my thoughts a little bit more…

When I came back to Vienna on September, I convinced myself that the Greek island hopping was the last trip for this year… until an invitation to join a press trip to the Dominican Republic landed in my inbox. My first thought was “finally some good news”. My second thought was “is that even possible to happen“? 

Days passed by… Noble kommunikation checked all the parameters carefully to find out whether a trip like this is allowed to happen and get informed about all the rules we have to abide by (Covid19 tests on the airports, social distancing etc). 

After spending the first twenty days of November in between the four walls of my shoe box (this is how I like to call my little flat in Vienna), I decided to take the plunge into the adventure of discovery and hopped on that plane for the Dominican Republic on the 21st of November.

It felt quite strange to be in the Caribbean while Austria was going through a second lockdown. I guess it also looked a little bit weird to post beach photos at the end of November. I am fully aware of it. But on the other hand, I couldn’t say no to such an invitation. I was so excited to escape for a while, visit a place I’ve never been before, go back to the beach, see the ocean, stare at palm trees, drink coconut water, finally start taking some pictures again and the most important of all, feel alive again…

Without further ado, below you will find: my tips on where to stay and my list with the Top 10 things to do in Punta Cana.

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Where to stay

There are plenty of beautiful hotels in the area of Punta Cana and La Romana. The decision is yours to make about where to stay but I’d like to invite you to check out the following hotels:

Hotel Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club, Tortuga Bay Resort & Club, Hotel Majestic Mirage Punta Cana, Hotel Palladium TRS Turquesa Punta CanaSanctuary Cap Cana, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas.

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Top 10 things to do in Punta Cana

1.Check out the the perfect Zen ambiance of the Six Senses Spa in Punta Cana and indulge yourself with a single signature massage or hot stone therapy that rejuvenate mind and body. 

2. Dine at La Yola restaurant which is modeled after a fisherman’s boat and perched right on the sea. 

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3. Visit the Ojos Indígenas Ecological Park and Reserve and swim in the turquoise and emerald fresh waters of one of the twelve lagoons (photo below).

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4. Swim in a cavernous lake, known as Hoyo azul lake, which is located in the Scape Park (photo below). 

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Punta Cana photos and travel tips
 

5. Take a day trip to Isla Saona, dig your toes in the brilliant white sand on the beaches, and enjoy a typical Dominican barbecue lunch on an open bar.

I do not have many photos to post from Saona Island, apart from the video and the two consecutive photos below. The reason for this is that it was raining for most of the time we were there, therefore I was quite hesitant to use my camera during the rainfall. But I dived into the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean on our way to Saona island to film these beautiful starfishes. This video is completely unedited. You see exactly what I filmed.

Punta Cana photos and travel tips

Punta Cana photos and travel tips

6. If you happen to end up at Macao beach, look for a place called “El fogon de mi abuela”. Lunch here is quite an authentic experience. They also serve amazing Pina coladas. 

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7. Get a bit muddy on an adventurous Buggy tour. 

8. My favourite experience of all: Horseback Riding on a completely wild virgin beach at Playa Limon. Unforgettable unique experience. 

9. Montaña Redonda can not be missed. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views and take advantage of multiple swings and props that offer great photo opportunities. 

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10. Visit the scenic fishing town of Bayahíbe – try a local beer and dance with the locals on the street! (photo taken on the beach of Bayahíbe during sunset time below)

Punta Cana photos and travel tips

Dominican Republic is literally a piece of heaven on earth and I wish you all get the chance to go and visit this beautiful country by yourself at least once in a lifetime. I was definitely lucky to get invited to a press trip to the Dominican Republic in a moment of time when I least expected it and I am quite sure the other participants of the press trip think the same too.

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly  the Official Tourism board of the Dominican Republic  for inviting me to explore and photograph this beautiful Caribbean island and all the people involved for their work to make this happen. I loved the Dominican Republic and I hope I’ll be back soon.

If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer in the comment section below! 

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*Disclaimer: Press trip organized by Noble kommunikation in collaboration with the Official Tourism board of the Dominican Republic.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Vivaia official

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Shoutout to Vivaia official, an eco – friendly footwear brand whose mission and story I discovered recently…each Vivaia pair of shoes is made of 6 plastic water bottles. When you purchase a Vivaia pair of shoes, you prevent six plastic bottles from breaking into millions of microplastics and harming marine life. And the shoes turn out to be super chic and the most comfortable I have ever worn. You must see and touch them by yourself!

Here is a Discount code for you: Code “SILIA” for 10% off (15% off before Dec. 27th)

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