5 Maui Outfits

I went to Maui for a week! It was one of the best trips I have ever been on. After trips I always find the task of writing blog posts a bit daunting because 1) there are usually so many photos to go through, 2) I want to the destination justice and 3) I need all the energy I have to get back into the full-time working life! The post trip blues were particularly real this time… So I’m going…

California Coast Road Trip – Christmas 2017

My family loves a good road trip (read about our trips to Sedona and Norcal). We don’t really like to plan things too early so everything stays pretty spontaneous and relaxed. For Christmas this year, we went on a short trip to visit Hearst Castle, located along the coast of central California, about four hours from Los Angeles. Even though the trip was only three days, we hit a lot of spots. I’m going to share a few highlights here…

Zzyzx – Abandoned Desert Oasis

Zzyzx, formerly Soda Springs, is an unincorporated area in the Mojave Desert. The word “zzyzx” is named as such by Curtis Howe Springer because he wanted it to be the last word in the dictionary. A skim through his Wikipedia page quickly paints a picture of the kind of person he was. He opened a spa in the area but later got into multiple legal disputes with the government, and the spa eventually became abandoned. As a part of a road…

Las Vegas Travel Diary

I went to Las Vegas last week! Even though we’ve been to Europe, the Caribbean and the East Coast, my boyfriend and I have never been on a proper road trip of more than two hours together. He had also never been to Las Vegas since he turned 21, so this trip had a few exciting firsts. Without going into an hour-by-hour recount of our trip, I want to share some highlights and shots from the city of lights as…

Fall Look in Cambridge, MA

A main reason I wanted to visit Boston was because I wanted to experience fall in New England, so naturally I wanted to have the perfect fall outfit for it. Leading up to the trip, I purchased a plaid wrap skirt, a basic white tee (from the men’s section), and a charcoal trench coat from Theory to assemble the perfect fall look. I originally wanted to go for a plaid blazer or coat as they are everywhere at the moment.…

Apple Picking in Massachusetts

I haven’t spent much time in New England before, so for a fall weekend getaway, I got my boyfriend and myself tickets to visit Boston for the first time. On our first day here we managed to walk almost 12 miles, covering much of Boston as well as Cambridge, so on the second day we decided to venture out of city to experience real fall along the country roads of Massachusetts. About 15 miles east of Cambridge is Walden Pond…

Beijing Outfit Diaries

View from Jingshan Park Wangfujing (王府井) Wangfujing is one of the oldest and most popular shopping streets in Beijing. While known for traditional Chinese brands with hundreds of years of history, it’s also home to modern malls with stores of all price tags and countries of origin. You can pretty much buy anything in this vicinity. The main street is an impressive promenade wide enough to keep it from becoming too crowded (most of the time). Like all shopping trips,…

One Day in Chongqing

I just came back from a trip to China filled with family time and good food. While physically tired, I feel mentally refreshed because there’s no better reminder of what life is is all about than returning to your roots. I spent my childhood in Beijing, but the longer it has been since I moved away, the more Chongqing, my dad’s hometown, feels almost just as much of a hometown to me. This time I visited Chongqing for about 3…