During our last trip to Chiang Mai, we stayed at two beautiful, very instagrammable resorts - Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort and Panviman Spa & Resort. I enjoyed my time very much at both places and would recommend both to everyone! Chiang Mai isn’t as affordable as it used to be, but it’s still relatively cheap compared to most places in the world, so hotels and resorts are general good value for the money. And it can’t hurt that you can get amazing pictures in your hotel!Read More
In my opinion, a trip to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without taking a day to explore Sintra. The town is filled with UNESCO world heritage sites, and since most of the attractions are located on top of mountains, you get a great view on clear days. And who doesn’t love castles?!
Sintra can easily be a day trip or a 2-3 day itinerary. Since our Lisbon stay was relatively short, I decided to go for the daytrip option.Read More
I had a chance to visit the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal about two weeks ago, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The colorful tiles on the walls, the winding cobblestone alleys, the fresh seafood and friendly local people are just some highlights amongst many. So here’s my suggested itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon, ensuring that you see the most important neighborhoods in the city over a long weekend.Read More
Contrary to popular belief, Siem Reap has more to offer than just Angkor Wat. I have talked about temple-hopping in my previous post, so now I want to focus on the other amazing experiences at Siem Reap, Cambodia. This historical city is modernized to house incredible hotels, restaurants, cafés, and boutiques.Read More
Before going to Cambodia, my expectation is that it’s an ancient, historic country, neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. My first impression of Cambodia while I was on the car from the airport to the hotel was, it really feels like a blend of Thailand and Vietnam. Traffic can be chaotic with tuk-tuks, cars, and people crossing the roads at the same time. The local people are friendly and helpful.Read More
Even though I left Taiwan at a young age, I still associate my hometown as the southern wonderland of Taiwan - Kaohsiung. It feels like home whenever I touch down at the airport. The warm temperature, the sun, the light breeze, and of course, the Southerners that are always passionate and welcoming.
So yes, it took me a while to get here, but I’m ready to share my favorite spots in Taiwan. I’ve also decided to skip over the touristy spots and only focus on places that the locals love to hang out on the weekends.Read More
One Saturday afternoon, I asked my friend, fashion blogger @Veee辣小姐 (aka Vera), to join me on a mission. There are always new, trending restaurants in Shanghai that I want to check out, and Cinker Pictures was on that list.Read More
How did you spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve? It's that time of the year where even the freezing temperature can't bring down your festive spirits. I usually celebrate by retail therapy. Double 11, Black Friday, Boxing Day…..it’s so tempting to fill up our stockings with way too many presents for ourselves.
But this year, I decided to celebrate in another way. After all, the goods that you can touch and feel aren’t the ones that truly touch your heart. I wanted to give myself a present for the mind and the soul, so I visited the much-anticipated Mika Ninagawa exhibition in Shanghai. And I was blown away, to say the least!Read More
I don’t really understand the craze about animes and cartoons, but I do know I overuse Gudetama emoticons. I also get stuck at the Gudetama shops all too often during my trips to Japan. I don’t like to admit it, but I think I am into this lazy & grumpy egg yolk. The Gudetama restaurant just opened in Shanghai, and I invited my sister to join me on the adventure before the grand opening.Read More
It's December! The freezing, festive season that we all look forward to. Before you start on your long list of new year resolutions, chances are you're thinking about the fun stuff that comes before it. One of the major festivities that everyone plans on around the world is the New Year's Eve countdown. The collective energy of a crowd counting down together….and that new year’s kiss! Whether you've made plans already this year, or you’re still looking at flights to book, I have two great options for you to consider - Taipei & Tokyo!Read More
The temperature in Shanghai is dropping drastically, and I can feel my motivation to workout is decreasing as well. After all, I would love nothing but to wrap myself up in a blanket, lounge on the sofa, hot chocolate in hand. But I am fully aware of the consequences - once the warmer months roll around again, I'll have to work extra hard to lose winter weights.
So instead, I have a better plan this year. I am committed to maintaining my workout schedule this winter. And the best way to motivate yourself to show up at the gym is to put on cute workout clothes that make you look a million bucks.
I'll be sharing my favorite winter workout look with you!Read More
Having a solid skincare routine is very important. With the right steps and products, you are providing your face with the right support system that counters internal and external challenges, be it stress, lack of sleep, or changing seasons. Here, I am sharing a 5-step skincare routine that is universally applicable. The recommended products include both luxury and affordable options that you can pick up at beauty counters, Sephora, or drug stores. I have also sourced the products from all over the world – Japan, Korea, Europe, and the US.Read More
I was honored to be invited by VogueVIP to attend the opening night of the Prada “Rong Zhai” Garden Villa. My tour of the mansion was wonderful not only because the mansion is beautiful, but also because the Prada staff was friendly, informative and professional.Read More
Private dinner. Gorgeous sunset. Private tent. Golden beach. Need I say more? This resort puts on the best setting for a romantic dinner for two.Read More
Have you ever felt so sick of the city noises and pollution that all you can think of at work is to get away? There’s nothing better than planning a romantic vacation with your loved one to a tropical paradise. And that is exactly my thought process when I booked our flights to Phuket. If you find yourself with a similar nagging thought, then you may want to read on about my experience at the Keemala Resort in Phuket. Trust me, you’ll be tempted to book a plane ticket, stat.Read More
Kuala Lumpur is a city that is often overlooked amongst its more touristy neighboring Southeast Asian cities. But it has a lot more to offer than its reputation as a transportation hub. Even if you only have 24 hours in KL, there are many places to hit up to change your perception of the city. Here are some things you should jot down on your list for what to see, eat, and do in KL!Read More
The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo is located in the Kabukicho (read: gentlemen’s entertainment) district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Even though the Robot Restaurant is called a “restaurant,” people don’t really eat in there. Visitors are interested in the robot fights, seizure-inducing blinking neon lights, and girls who look like they walked out from a manga. If you’re interested in this one-of-a-kind experience the next time you’re in Japan, read on!Read More
Last month, I took a vacation to my favorite city in the world, Tokyo! This is a city that reveres its history and heritage, yet has parts that are so mind-blowingly modern. Asakusa was once the entertainment district of Tokyo, and now it is one of the most popular areas visited by tourists. Since I’ve been to Tokyo for more than 10 times, I try to avoid the touristy places, but somehow I found myself back at Asakusa yet again, this time for a summer festival. And I had the perfect summer outfit for it: frayed hem denim skirt and white printed t-shirt!
(Side note: the last time I was in Asakusa was New Year’s Eve of 2016, when I counted down with thousands of people at the Senso-ji Buddhist temple!)Read More
Traveling is the best time to experience new things, discover exciting cities, and create once-in-a-lifetime memories. To be able to travel with a special someone would be a cherry on top. My boyfriend, John and I have been traveling together for over two years. So far we have been to 12 countries and 23 cities together, and we still have many trips lined up for the rest of the year. Traveling as a couple is the best way to get to know each other, build on the foundation of the relationship, and solidify the bond you already have.
"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love." -- Ernest Hemingway
I don’t hesitate to say that John is the best travel companion I have ever had. But it would be a lie to say we haven’t done a fair share of work to form a great team!
So, before your next romantic trip with your boo, here are 6 tips on making the best of travelling as a couple!Read More
I asked myself “what is your favorite city in the world?” It was quite a process trying to narrow down all the choices, but I ended up with Tokyo and Paris: Tokyo because it’s my favorite travel destination since childhood, and Paris because it has that certain je ne sais quoi. I’ve had the luxury to visit Paris 5 times in my life so far, and I love it every single time. So I’m dedicating a new series of my blog to Paris, enjoy part 1!
In this simple travel guide, I will take you to 6 of my favorite places in Paris. People usually refer to these as “tourist attractions,” a term that has a negative connotation nowadays. I would prefer to call them “must-see landmarks” since these places have such historical, architectural, and symbolic significance to the city. Let’s get started!Read More
Sailor moon still holds a special place in my heart. It’s been perhaps close to 20 years since the last time I actually watched the anime, but I still remember how obsessed I was with it when I was little. My mom told me I would cry for hours if I miss an episode on TV, and I used to beg her to take me to a Sailor moon-themed restaurant every week. Not to mention all the toys and costumes I had…… I’m sure all girls around my age can relate.
And that’s why I was so freaking excited when I found out there will be a Sailor Moon Pop-up Café during the time I was in Tokyo! The Sailor Moon pop-up is at the Q-Pot café at Harajuku, Tokyo from June 30 to August 20, 2017!Read More
I’ve heard so many great things about Montreal before finally making the trip happen! Even though I only spent 48 hours there, I made sure to make it to all the places I’m most interested in going. And of course, I’ve also heard about the amazing food in Montreal. Special thanks to my friend Debbie Lee for giving me a detailed food list!!
Read on for my tailor-made itinerary for 48 hours in Montreal!Read More
I visited the Niagara Falls two weeks ago while travelling in Toronto. The Niagara Falls is only 1.5 hours away by car from downtown Toronto, so it’s an ideal destination for a day trip. In fact, visiting the Niagara Falls is really the biggest reason why I planned the Montreal + Toronto trip. I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see a wonder of the world and to check this one off my bucket list. And besides, summer time is the most ideal time to visit, as the weather is gorgeous and you get plenty of sun, so even if you get wet from the water, you’re not gonna turn into a human popsicle.
Read on for the 5 reasons why you should visit Niagara Falls this summer!Read More
Melrose, oh, Melrose. This is the street that I have to visit every time I am in Los Angeles. The Western side of Melrose is the part that you would find me in….shopping bags slung across my shoulders and all. From premium designer brands to buyer shops to vintage boutiques, this street has it all. A ton of brunch and dinner spots are also around the area, located in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Last week, I took my bestie Caroline out shopping on Melrose. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we both wore color palettes reminiscent of the season – blue with colorful prints on me, white and orange on Caroline.Read More