Singapore Diaries

After Taiwan, I experienced the urban marvel that is Singapore for the very first time. Fun fact: I have a beat up check-in red luggage that I’ve been using for 11 years now. I got it as a gift before traveling to Australia in the summer of 2007, during which I actually had a layover in Singapore Changi Airport! So 11 years and countless trips later, my beloved luggage made yet another trip to the great country of Singapore, except…

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Sunday at Hammer Musuem

After being in LA for 2.5 years, visiting the Broad (part I and part II), LACMA, Getty Center at least twice each, I finally made it to one of the closest museums to me – Hammer Museum at UCLA. It was originally started by Armand Hammer (Armie Hammer’s great grandfather!) to house his personal art collection. Now, other than being home to some of the coolest contemporary art in the city, Hammer Museum also hosts talks, concerts, screenings… etc. There…

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More Similar Than Different & Other Travel Reflections

Recently I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for a few days. Not going to lie, my expectations weren’t particularly high, but as all things are relative of course, I was pleasantly surprised by it and the trip gave me a chance to reflect on traveling in general. Here are some of my thoughts on traveling: 1 / Food is history. Landmarks are walled off for protection, monuments get erected, but food is something that reveals history in a subtle but undeniable…

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Taipei Impressions

I have been curious about Taiwan for years and despite advice against going during the deadly summer heat, I made a trip to Taiwan for the first time! Jerry has family in Taiwan and has visited many times, but I didn’t quite know what to expect other than the heat – seriously, that’s the only thing everyone kept telling (or warning, rather) us about. And everyone was not joking – high temperatures combined with humidity caused fast exhaustion and made…

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Every Little Thing’s Gonna be Alright

I’ve been putting off this post entirely too long now because it’s not a fun topic to write, or even think about. I’m currently sitting with a coffee in the cafe of the Taipei hotel we’re calling home for six nights. My boyfriend and I have been best friends for almost four years, partners for more than three, roommates for almost two. We can’t count on two hands the number of countries we have traveled to together (thanks to those…

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Two Affordable Dresses

It officially feels like summer! One of my favorite things about summer is definitely the ability to throw on a dress and just head out into the sunshine. While I’ve always been a believer in investing in high quality pieces of clothing, it is definitely not practical to never indulge in some fun fast fashion pieces like these two affordable, yet completely adorable dresses I’m featuring here. I’m not a big fan of Forever 21 and H&M, two of the…

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A Desert Getaway at Holiday House

I hate being in the heat, but love a good California desert getaway for some reason. On my first vacation on my job, I went to Palm Springs. During this long weekend, we spontaneously booked a night at Holiday House, a boutique hotel at the center of town, and it was such a great little break. We stayed in their smallest room type – “Good” – but it was still spacious with a comfy king sized bed. From clean white…

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Two LA Urban Oases

LA is not a particularly peaceful town, not really at all. Even after two years in LA, I’m constantly on the hunt for new spots that feel like an escape from the city. It’s no easy feat a lot of the times but whether peaceful or not, the places to discover in LA are eclectic and countless. Yesterday I visited two different places I’d never been before, both attempt to be urban oases in the chaotic city but are opposites…

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