I left my heart in San Francisco


Short hike at Limekiln State Park off the coast!

DSCF7092DSCF7097The drive to Julia Pfeiffer State Beach was interesting to say the least. It’s a small narrow road, allowing only 1-way so you constantly need to pull over to let the oncoming cars through.
DSCF7168DSCF7176DSCF7195DSCF7197Kitchen Story has now become one of my favorite restaurants in SF; I cannot wait to go back to eat it again!

DSCF7221My not-so-favorite traveling companion.. always ruining my photos.

SF is one of my favorite cities to visit, probably because it was one of the places I ever traveled to first with friends; it holds a very special place in my heart. This trip, we got to catch up with friends and just relaxed a ton; we even went swimming at the pool in our hotel!

Looking forward to my next trip to the bay area ❤



The PNW: Seattle & Vancouver


Currently planning a trip up to Seattle & Vancouver! I’m super excited for this trip as I never really got to explore much of Seattle, and it’ll also be my first time visiting Vancouver.

I have a rough itinerary going already, but I’m open to food suggestions in both cities, and especially nightlife. What I’ve noticed is that there isn’t much (on Pinterest at least) about nightlife for non-drinkers so I’m going to try my best to see what there is to do for those like me and document and share.

Until then, if you have any food or points of interest suggestions, please feel free to share in the comments!

Portland for the Weekend

Before I embark on my next PNW adventure, I wanted to share a little about my recent trip to Portland back in January. I wanted to see and explore a little more of Mt. Hood and do some more hiking so we hit up Trillium Lake. It’s a very easy hike, although, the incline in snow may prove to be a difficult. Overall, fun and easy hike with magnificent views of Mt. Hood itself.

TIP: it may be tempting to hike/walk across Trillium Lake when it looks frozen over, but be careful! The sun was shining pretty hard when we went and Brandon had taken one step and his whole foot almost sunk in. Luckily for him, I was there to save him 😉 Ha!


We stayed in a cute Airbnb a little east of the city and it was everything we needed, minus a full kitchen. It was cozy enough! Peep the cute little patio outside.


Everytime I visit Portland, I want to visit Pip’s because it is absolutely delicious. I have yet to try Voodoo but honestly, I don’t think I’m missing out on much. Pip’s specializes in Chai and these cute, bite sized, cake donuts that are very affordable!

TIP: try their bacon donut, you won’t regret it.


So I recently got a new camera (thanks Brandon!), a Fujifilm XT-3 and I’ve been teaching myself and transitioning over from Canon. It’s very different and requires a lot more learning but I’ve been getting such beautiful results (all the photos on this post are shot on it). The below shots of mountains are taken from my seat in the airplane – just mindblowing how beautiful they came out!


For a closer look at my itinerary for the weekend, here is it!

Friday night (arrival day): Dinner at a quick pizza place to-go to eat at our Airbnb!
Saturday morning: breakfast + Mt. Hood
Saturday evening: Boba in Beaverton – MILK+T, a self-serve boba bar, and dinner at Pok PokIMG_7293DSCF3282DSCF3283DSCF3285

Sunday morning/afternoon: Pip’s Doughnuts, lunch at Pine State Biscuits, and exploring the town! We hit up Chinatown (very small, and not much to do tbh) and downtown Portland! Afterwards, we headed to the airport to go home!

Everytime I visit Portland, I always find something I love even more about this quirky city and cannot wait to go back again. Mt. Hood is just beautiful and I need to see more of it!

If you have any other suggestions for what to see in Portland, feel free to leave it in the comment, or if you have any questions for me, ask away!


Eurotrip In The Works..

Apologies for not updating recently.. but life has been busy and planning has been busier. I’ve got a major trip coming up.. any guesses?!

E U R O P E !

I went to London for the first time last summer and I will be going again this summer, and venturing into other countries including France, Switzerland and Italy. I am beyond excited and cannot wait to share my adventures!

Planning this trip has been.. intense with a ton of research what with trying to figure out their transit system, accommodations and just places we’re going to be visiting but I’ll give y’all a hint.. Swiss Alps and the Dolomites!

Once we finalize our itinerary a bit more, I’ll share it so if any of you are ever planning an intro eurotrip, you have somewhere to start with! Or, if any of you have ever been, please share some tips! We’ve booked most of our Airbnbs, or at least requested to book, and we’ve booked our rental car for that drive to Italy from Switzerland.. and we’ve booked our trains to and from the different countries but not within the Alps.. so, any suggestions welcomed!

Until then..

A Weekend in Arizona and Utah

My first ever trip to Arizona was back in 2012. During this trip, I hit 3 different states over the course of the weekend and it was exhausting but exhilarating. However, I didn’t get to spend much time in each location but luckily for me, I had the opportunity to visit each respective location more than once and so for that, I’m grateful.

Back in April, I had the privilege to visit Arizona and Utah for the third time with some friends and we hit up: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Bryce Canyon!

We set off for our journey around 9pm on a Friday night and made it to Page, Arizona around 4am, Saturday morning and checked into our hotel. *Pro-tip: call your hotel ahead of time if you’ll be checking in late, like really late, otherwise they may cancel your room because they’ll assume you’re not coming.

After we re-booked our room, we settled in to sleep so that we could get up for our 11am tour at Antelope Canyon with Ken’s Tours. I highly recommend Ken’s Tours, not because it’s my 3rd tour with them, but they are the more budget-friendly company. If you’re planning to visit Antelope Canyon, I would recommend going early to beat the crowds and heat because this place is only going to get more and more popular. When I first visited this place back in 2012, tickets were only $20/person and this trip, we paid $50/person and I had to squish with a bunch of other tourists in the canyons.. not that fun. Here are some shots:


After Antelope Canyon, we headed into the city to find a place for lunch before we headed to Bryce Canyon. The drive from Page to Bryce was about 2.5 hours but it’s definitely do-able if you are just planning to do a short day trip. We left around 2:30 pm and arrived around 5pm, with just enough sunlight to do a short hike: Navajo Loop Trail and watch the sunset over the canyons. The Navajo Loop Trail is fairly short but part of the trail was closed and it was getting dark so we went back the way we started (just a heads up). Here are some shots!


Afterwards, we headed back to Page so that we could rest up early to make it for sunrise at Horseshoe Bend. Every time I visit Arizona, I always stay in Page because it’s closer to the border of Utah so it makes it easier to visit the National Parks but keep in mind that because it’s a small city, many restaurants close early so when we got back, it was close to 10pm and we could only order pizza, not that I complained haha. We all turned in pretty early, and woke up around 5:30 am the next morning to head to Horseshoe Bend. The last two times I’ve been, I’ve always gone during sunset and so I was very excited to finally go during sunrise and it did not disappoint. We didn’t make it right at sunrise (we were late) but the colors were still amazing as the sun started to hit the rocks.


Overall, it was a fun and relaxing trip and we accomplished a good amount. If you’re ever traveling to Arizona, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need recommendations. Or, if you’ve ever been and would like to share your tips, let me know! I’d love to hear your experience 🙂


A Weekend in Joshua Tree

It’s been a minute since I last visited Joshua Tree for more than a few hours. Early March, a couple of friends and I headed out to Joshua Tree to celebrate our friend’s birthday. Since there were going to be more than 10 of us, we opted for an Airbnb–it was just to manage.

We headed out Friday night around 8:30 pm and arrived around 11:00 pm, it’s about a 2 hour drive east from the greater LA area and during that time, there may be some minor traffic, fyi!

We didn’t plan too much and just decided to go with the flow this weekend. There is quite a lot to do if you’re planning for only a weekend; 2-3 hikes is definitely do-able!

On Saturday, we woke up and did a big group breakfast and set out for a hike around 1:00 pm. We did 1 easy hike, Arch Rock, and ended with sunset at Keys View around 5:30 pm, which is highly recommended!

Later that evening, we stayed in and watched a movie on Netflix and had a big delicious group dinner, consisting of steak, galbi ribs, a cheeseboard, and fruits!

On Sunday morning, everybody left at their own pace and while everyone left for home, Brandon and I went back to Joshua Tree to do the Barker Dam hike. It’s a 1 mile loop, flat ground and super easy. I’ve done this hike previously but did not see any water at the dam so this time, I wanted to see it. While on the hike, we saw some climbers and watched them for a bit (kind of made us both miss climbing!)

Joshua Tree is a fairly small national park and even though there are quite a few hikes available, you can definitely accomplish a lot in a weekend trip so if you’re thinking about visiting, just do it!

Check out my photos from the trip, hope ya’ll enjoyed! 🙂

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Inside Look: Packing The Essentials


Packing for any trip is sometimes tedious because you have to take into account the weather and what you’re planning to do so I wanted to share some of what you’ll find in my bag typically when I’m on the to!

Carry on

Any trip I go on, I always make sure to bring a pair of slippers or sandals because it just makes my life easier–after showers, not having to step around barefoot (it’s just in my Asian blood to wear slippers indoors) or just going out for a late night bite or drive and you don’t want to put on socks. Either way, I always make sure to pack something easy to wear.

Comfortable shoes are another staple I always pack when I go anywhere. Always pack  good walking shoes because chances are, when you’re traveling, you’ll be walking a lot and exploring the city like a local. I recently invested in Nike Flex running shoes (mainly because my old free runs are dying and I need new ones) but I heard they were extremely comfortable so I’m super excited to start wearing them! I’ve gone on a few trips where I just brought regular sneakers (Chucks or Janoskis skate shoes) and my feet tend to hurt fairly early in the day so I started bringing comfortable shoes. I’m not too much of a girly girl so I don’t bring a ton of shoes to match my outfits–I’m more of a comfort over style kind of girl if you will :-).

Long sleeves and t-shirts. I am always grateful that I pack these aside from ‘going out’ clothes because there are bound to be days where you don’t want to dress up too much and you want to be lazy, or if you decide to take an easy day to just laze around your Airbnb and it makes your chill time that much more comfy. Plus, sleeping in big, comfy t-shirts is one of my favorite things.

Bathroom Essentials! I don’t use make up of any sort and have like a very minimal daily routine when it comes to skin care so I can pack all my bathroom essentials in a small bag. I usually bring with me a travel size shampoo and conditioner (thank you, Target!), a tooth brush and toothpaste, some q-tips, a razor, face moisturizer and face wipes. That’s all you really need, in my opinion! Keep it minimal, so that your bag isn’t too heavy.

Last but not least, obviously, your intimates. I always bring 1 more than the planned amount of nights I’m traveling just in case and I pack them in a small bag so that I’ll have a bag to throw the dirty ones in.

Personal Bag

Ever since I bought my first down jacket from Patagonia, I never go anywhere without it and I bought a second one because I just couldn’t pass it up! I have a regular down (hood recommended) and a thinner down (perfect for not-even-that-cold-LA weather). It’s such an easy staple to carry and it is so useful, especially if you’re traveling somewhere with cold weather. What I like best about Patagonia downs is that you can turn it into a small little bag so that it fits easily in your carry on.

Another staple item is a torrentshell/rain jacket. I have one from Columbia and Patagonia (I love both equally) and they are super light and easy to carry and trust me, you will thank me in the future! I always use this the top layer over my down to provide as an extra shield from the wind and it works wonders. I’ve visited New York in the dead of winter and I was able to survive with a total of 3 layers: my normal top, my down, and then my torrentshell. My Patagonia shell is also able to be turned into a little bag so that I can easily carry it in my backpack without it taking up too much room.

The other miscellaneous stuff that I carry in my personal bag includes wallet and/or passport, my chargers, basic skin stuff like chapstick and lotion and that’s about it!

I hope this helps you when packing for your next adventure! Pack light and smart and you’ll be able to enjoy your trip 🙂

Leave your comments, suggestions or concerns!


3 Days In New York City

I had dreamed about visiting New York City for so many years and it finally became reality. As a kid, I thought of New York as this grand place where big things happened; famous people are always on the streets and being able to see it with my own eyes was.. to be honest, a bit underwhelming. I grew up with this idea that I wanted to live in New York and work at Wall St. but as I got older, I realized I did not want to live in the city. I enjoy the hustling and bustling of the city but I enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of the suburbs more. Either way, visiting and seeing Manhattan with my own eyes can finally be checked off my list!

I was only able to spend a weekend in New York City and it was nowhere near enough time. I barely saw anything but it was a good start. Here’s a recap of my weekend in the big apple:

Day 1: Friday, 11/10

We took a redeye flight on Thursday night so that we would land Friday at 5am aka we’d have a full day. When you’re still young, this is doable but it still really takes a toll on your body, especially being crammed in a plane for 5 hours in an uncomfortable position that makes it hard to fall asleep. Anyway, I digress. Our group all arrived and reconvened at about 7am and we took a hour Uber ride to our Airbnb in Midtown. I forgot to take photos of our weekend home so I asked my friend Ruby to share hers!

After we checked in and rested a bit, we headed out into town. Our first stop was The MET museum! It is an absolutely beautiful building; the exterior was just so grand and magnificent as well as the interior. We spent a few hours there and then went to grab some lunch at Shake Shack! Shake Shack had opened up in Los Angeles but I was too lazy to make an adventure to go try it but hey, I got to try it in the city it originated from! Everyone raves about Shake Shack and I didn’t really buy into the hype but after trying it, I have to say that it is pretty good! I opted for the Shack Stack (Cheeseburger and Portobello Mushroom burger combined) and their portobello was so ridiculously juicy (yum!). Their fries are a bit underwhelming; like 3 small slices of bacon for their bacon fries and like one spoon of chili for their chili cheese fries. After Shake Shack, our group split up and half of us went to shopping for a bit and then decided to take the subway home. I was a bit scared to take public transportation because of what everyone had told me: NY’s subways are disgusting and dirty; filled with rats, etc etc but it wasn’t that bad. It was definitely dirtier than most if not all subways that I have been on (3 Asian countries) but it was bearable. The subway system in New York seemed a bit confusing  (probably because we’re weren’t locals) because we went to one platform, realized it wasn’t the one we needed so we crossed the street just to find ourselves on THE SAME PLATFORM. We had to ask for help and crossed the street again to get to the right one. Our journey home took us probably close to an hour but it was a fun adventure. Walking around and trying to figure out our way home was a fun way to get to know the city!

Food delivery in New York is great; it seemed like lots of places were opened late so of course, we opted for pizza, Korean fried chicken and boba. Talk about being fatasses, amirite.





Day 2: Saturday, 11/11

On our second day, we visited the 9/11 memorial in honor of Veteran’s day and also checked out the 9/11 Tribute Center. When 9/11 happened, I was still very young and so I never fully understood it but seeing everything at the Tribute Center gave me a better perspective and really opened my eyes. For me, it was very informative and emotional – I  definitely recommend it.

Afterwards, we headed to the famous Bull and the New York Stock Exchange/Wall St. In high school, I had this notion that I wanted to work in Wall St. but that was short lived after taking college econ, haha! Seeing Wall St. in person was pretty cool; the place is HUGE and I was just so amazed by the grand front entrance outdoor. The pillars were so big and I felt so tiny standing next to it.

Next, we decided to head to Times Square to check it out and to grab dinner. We didn’t know where to go when we first arrived so we stopped by this hotel and just hung out in their bar for a bit and at ate pizza in their lobby, it was awesome! The pizza was so good, I want some now, haha. After this, we walked around Times Square a little and decided to order dinner to-go to eat back at our Airbnb. For dinner, we tried Carmine’s – a few of my friends had recommended it but my experience was not that great since we ordered it to-go and ate it 2 hours after. Next time, I’m definitely gonna make sure I dine in to get the full experience.

Later that night, a few of us went out to go explore Times Square again but this time, it was midnight and the streets were deserted. It was such a different experience to see the streets of New York NOT packed and filled with people. It was so peaceful and quiet and really made me see New York as the beautiful city it is.















Day 3: 11/12

On our last day in New York, we finally made our way to the Empire State Building. I feel like every city I visit, I always find myself at one of the city’s taller towers/buildings and making my way to the top to just take in the entire city all around me. I felt like Blair and Chuck from Gossip Girl, haha is that just me or..? We spent a good hour or so there and then made our way over to the shopping area on 5th Ave and while on the way, we stopped and bought some peanuts from the vendors. I felt like a real New Yorker, haha. We stopped by a few stores and ended our trip with lunch at a small, local deli. IMG_2990





I barely had a taste of New York but it was a good enough introduction. I will be back very soon, in about 2 weeks. This time, it will be in the dead of winter and to be honest, I am scared.

3 days in New York is honestly enough to do a decent amount, but of course, the city is so big that 3 days is not enough to do everything! Hopefully this helps you plan your next trip to New York.






Calgary, Alberta

So I haven’t quite finished editing my photos from Canada but I wanted to share a bit of what I already have and also tell you guys what I did. I spent a total of 5 days in Calgary, and about 4 of those days in Canmore, which is about an hour drive west of Calgary.

Day 1: We landed in Calgary around 12 noon but we didn’t set out for Canmore until about 4pm because of our rental car situation. Tip: consider renting OUTSIDE of the airport especially during the summer because it is extremely busy and a lot of the cars weren’t ready for pick up yet. After we picked up our rental, we got dinner in Calgary and also stopped by a grocery store to pick up some supplies such as water.

Day 2: We set out for Banff National Park and for our first destination: Lake Louise. We had planned to do the Lake Agnes Tea House hike. We had alotted maybe about 3 hours for the hike but it took much longer than that; an additional 2 hours or so because we wanted to eat at the tea house and there was a wait. The hike is very much recommended though, the views are breathtaking.


After Lake Louise and Lake Agnes, we set out for our last destination: Moraine Lake. This is a very popular spot so be ready to wait in lines and fight for parking as this lake is SO WORTH SEEING. Make sure you do the short hike up to the top (it’s really just a bunch of steep stairs).


After Moraine Lake, we headed into downtown Banff for dinner. Drive into downtown and you’ll be able to find parking lots for free but keep in mind there are a lot of people around so drive carefully!

Day 3: We planned to do Johnston Canyon upper and lower falls hike and if you’ve seen the many many photos on social media of the lower falls hike, then you’ll definitely want to go. The hikes at Johnston Canyon were much easier than Lake Agnes Tea house. It’s not as steep but it is across a steel bridge which sits on top of the stream so if you’re scared of heights, don’t look down. The hike was pretty fun and was covered for the most part and since you’re by the stream, there was a nice, cool breeze to help you stay cool.




**Note: unfinished/unedited draft.

I will continue editing photos and will continue sharing when I can! Hope you guys enjoy these photos 🙂 Feel free to drop some suggestions on more places to see in Canada for my next trip!