Milda Ratkelyte is one of our first loves here at BLOOMBOX CO. Ever since we found her and her gorgeous blog on the interwebs we’ve been getting stalky in the best possible way. Milda is dedicated to enjoying all the little things in life and on her blog you’ll find recipes, travel advice and even a guide on how to have a seriously snuggly staycation.
I got started with blogging officially – 3 years ago, but I’ve been a “writer” since I was a kid. I loved writing creative apology letters to my mum when I’ve done something wrong, love letters to my high school crushes that never got sent and had one too many diaries. 3 years ago I was hired by AsiaRooms.com as Community Manager to launch a travel blog. That’s when I got a chance to put my writing skills into practice. The beginning was tough since English is not my first language so I was making a number of random mistakes. But practise makes perfect, right? To improve my writing I’ve joined MatadorU travel journalism course. MatadorU tutors are talented writers, photographers and filmmakers who are working for magazines such as National Geographic. This was a kick-start to my blogging career. Since then I was published on Budget Travel, Matador Network, Huffington Post and other travel publications.
While I love travel blogging to bits, I’ve always been interested in lifestyle blogging, so a few months ago I’ve finally launched my own creative outlet- Saving Sundays, an online magazine which aims to bring back quality Sundays to people’s hectic lives. Now I’m a full time travel blogger for AsiaRooms.com and Saving Sundays and on top of that a number of freelance gigs for various magazines.
Life revolves around experiences. My ability to present my own experiences to friends, family and strangers through writing and photos as a medium, is what drives me. To find out that I have inspired somebody with my art is my biggest reward!
I get my inspiration from the people around me. Everyone has a story to tell and I love listening to those stories. I am inspired by tales from far away travels and creative ideas. It is those stories that inspire my own projects.
I usually wake up around 7am and get ready for work. Over the years I’ve developed a great morning routine, so it only takes me about 20 minutes to get ready. Then I catch a bus and start my 45- minute commute to AsiaRooms.com office. During the commute I usually go crazy instagramming, pinning and tweeting for AsiaRooms and Saving Sundays while listening to London Grammar. I usually reach the office around 8.15 and make myself a cup of coffee and go through e-mails, read up travel industry news and plan my day ahead before everyone else gets to the office. During the day I work on various projects for AsiaRooms. What I love about my job there is that not one day is the same, there is so much space for creativity and new ideas. Around 5pm I leave the office and head to my daily hot yoga session. Then, it’s either home time and late nights working on Saving Sundays magazine or quite evenings out with my darling and friends. I love seeing and doing new things and I am lucky to be surrounded by people who are the same, so we are always on the lookout for new places to visit, new restaurants to try or new art gallery openings.
My beauty routine is very simple. While Singapore is amazing for having sunshine and warm weather all year round, the humidity is a killer for your skin and hair. It took me a while to find the right product which would be suitable for this weather. I am now using natural live cosmetics called “Ambroozija” handmade in my home country- Lithuania. All their products smell like chocolate, yum! Routine is simple- wash, cleanse, moisturize. I go easy on make-up, so its Clinique foundation and Dior primer, blush, lip gloss and mascara.
I am a firm believer that real beauty comes from within.
As long as you take care of your body, eat right, sleep well and exercise regularly, you will have a beautiful radiance. I am also obsessed with everything coconut. Coconut water is my preferred drink, coconut oil is my daily supplement and I use coconut oil for my hair and skin. Works magic.
I’m a hot yoga addict and I’ve been going to Hom Yoga for the past 3 years. I love that their studio is quite small and all the teachers are obsessed with healthy living, which inspires me to be the same. It also became like my second home and I tend to get involved into their yoga challenges and charity events whenever time permits.
I live in an area called Holland Village in Singapore. It’s pretty central, yet far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s an expat area and got lots of cool hipster cafes, brunch places, restaurants and is very close to Botanical Gardens, which are amazing for a run, picnic or romantic walk. Singapore is all about eating out. Last weekend I discovered Passarbella market. Featuring a bunch of cute coffee places, fresh seafood restaurants, organic food shops, cheese and wine bars it’s got everything I love in one place. I am planning to spend a lot of my Sundays there from now on! Another favourite of mine would be The Flying Squirrel bar just next to my work. It’s got this weird Japanese/American concept, mind the name as well, but the food, mainly sushi, is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is very cozy!
I always try to eat healthy through the week and then indulge on the weekends. I am gluten free, so makes the choice a little limited. I usually have yogurt or protein pot (steamed salmon, rocket, tomato and lemon) for breakfast, salad or sushi for lunch and fish or chicken for dinner. I don’t eat red meat either. Plenty of veggies and fruits. It’s easier living in a tropical country since all these are freshly available. And lots of water! Since I do hot yoga daily, it became a habit for me to go through at least 3 liters a day.
If I get a chance, I try to get away for a weekend, like Bali or Thailand to unwind. It’s really easy to travel from Singapore to those destinations and it usually costs you less than spending a weekend in Singapore. If time does not allow, I usually unwind with a book by the pool, a nature walk and a relaxing evening over dinner or film.
I live with 3 other girls. Our girlie apartment is always clean and tidy, well apart from the shoes storage, there is never enough space and it takes up a good amount of space! The style of our apartment is quite eclectic. We all come from different background and all love traveling, so our apartment has random stuff from all over the world. I’ve recently started feeling domesticated and planted an indoor spice garden, which is a nice addition to the apartment. We love colourful vintage throws and cushions as well as random pieces of art. Since we are renting out, we are rather limited in changing anything major in this house. I can’t wait to have my own home eventually, where I can decorate the way I want. It will definitely have a lot of travel related stuff, since it is a really big part of my life.
I love absolutely love flowers! People don’t give enough flowers to each other nowadays, unless it’s a birthday or anniversary. What happened to giving flowers to make someone’s day? I hope BLOOMBOX CO will bring this cult back! The orchid is definitely my favourite flower. It’s so beautiful, elegant and fragile. I love wildflowers! A bouquet of wildflowers will never fail to surprise me.
I daily tell my closest people that I love them, everyday. Life is too fragile and you don’t know what’s waiting around the corner, so it’s important to let people know how much you care about them. I also make sure I share something inspirational with the world and am thankful for everything I have in my life.
Being present in the moment is what a beautiful life is all about.
For a long time I’ve been living planning tomorrow, but I was very lucky to meet someone who taught me how to appreciate the moment, do things today, say things today and be happy with what I have today. I’ve never been this happy thanks to this person. A beautiful life for me is being surrounded by my loved ones doing simple yet enriching things and traveling seeing beautiful places and meeting interesting people. And this is why Saving Sundays were born.
I have big plans for Saving Sundays, so fingers crossed. It will be a lot of hard work, but I am sure it will all be worth it. I am also planning to spend more time with my family and friends and hit my travel bucket list. It will be an exciting year and I am looking forward to all the new projects and travels ahead.