Hello and Welcome!

Edinburgh, UK
Photo Credit: Paula Russell (@PaulaRussellPhotography)

Hello there! I find myself sitting on my laptop, on a somewhat sunny day in June, pondering what I should post for my first blog post. After some deliberation, I think it would be a good idea to introduce myself by listing 10 facts about myself. (02/06/2017)

*Update (16/03/2020): Hello, I'm slowly working my way through my blog, updating old blog posts, and I came across this one! It's been near three years since I posted this blog  

10 fun facts!

  • First things first, my name is Shawna.
  • I'm half Malaysian and half Scottish, and lived in Malaysia till I was 10 years old. 
  • I am a Christian!
  • I'm a recent business graduate, who is still trying to figure out what to do with life after uni.
    • (2020): I'm a not-so-recent graduate now, who has (for the moment) happily stumbled into the role of a content creator. 
  •  My love affair with Edinburgh began, four years ago, when I moved from Fife to study and I currently run an Instagram called @exploringedinburgh.
  •  I enjoy nothing better than a good walk, or rummaging through charity shops/vintage stores for bargains!
  •  I'm a bit of a crazy plant lady and yes, that does mean I name by plants..
  •  I have been a pescatarian for two years, with the hope that one day I'll be fully veggie!
    • 2020: I'm a vegetarian! 
  •  I'm definitely guilty for watching too many movies, and I have a soft spot for old movies with Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn; but that doesn't mean I don't also enjoy a Jason Bourne or Fast and Furious movie.
  •  And lastly, I enjoy listening to a good audio-book, especially on train journeys. I'm currently listening and thoroughly enjoying "The Penguin Lessons" by Tom Michell, narrated by Bill Nighy.
    • 2020: I still enjoy audio-books, I'm currently listening to Shadow of the Wind but I've also found a love for physical books
Well, hopefully that list of random facts about myself has given you an idea of who the person behind this blog is, and I can't wait to start sharing reviews of cafes/restaurants I visit and documenting my explorations both within Scotland and beyond. So welcome, and I hope to see you again soon! 


  1. Hello Shawna! Thank you for these Fun Facts, and then for revisiting them 3 years later. It's nice to have discovered your Blog after enjoying your Instagram and YouTube homes. Much like you discovering lovely corners of Edinburgh, it's wonderful to discover these beautiful corners of the internet where you have content.

  2. Shawna, I am coming to Edinburgh for the first time in early September. We found a lovely VRBO in Stockbridge but are concerned it might be too far away from Old Town or the main things to do in the City? What do you think? I am in my sixties and my adult son will be traveling with me. Ellen


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