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…

Marciano Art Foundation

There’s a new museum in town and I got to see it last weekend courtesy of my friend Cathy who scored tickets and kindly invited me to come along. Like The Broad, tickets to Marciano Art Foundation are free but you need to reserve online in advance – new tickets are released on the 1st of every month. I looked through the museum’s website briefly before going and got the impression that the art pieces are a lot like those…

Thrifted on Melrose

Stretching from N San Vincente Blvd in West Hollywood all the way beyond Hollywood to Hoover St, Melrose Ave is one of the most interesting roads in LA (to me). I’ve made a quite a few visits to the west section of the road – eating vegan Mexican food at Gracias Madre, sipping coffee at Alfred Coffee, window shopping in Melrose Place, and taking cheesy photos at the Paul Smith pink wall. The farthest I’ve ventured to is Fairfax High…

Old LA Zoo

LA may not be the oldest city around, but it would take years to explore all of its nooks and crannies. One of the quirky spots that has been on my radar for a while is the Old LA Zoo, an area in Griffith Park with abandoned cages that used to house animals decades ago. Through the years the ruins have become heavily covered with graffiti. With nature as its the backdrop of the decay, there’s a slight eerie feeling…

Two Summer Work Looks

I’ve been wanting to put together a post (or a series!) of what I wear to work for a while now. After all, I spend 5 out of 7 days a week wearing these outfits, yet every single look I’ve featured on the blog is from weekends. In terms of dress code, my office is super casual, so I could wear a t-shirt with jeans and sneakers every day of the week if I’d like to. But if you’ve been…

San Juan Capistrano

I spent a very sunny Sunday visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano. Founded in 1776, it’s the 3rd oldest Spanish mission of a total of 21 in California. I’ve seen my fair share of them and used to pass by the one in San Gabriel at least once a week, but there’s a reason the one in San Juan Capistrano is such a hot spot for photoshoots. The grounds were beautiful, filled with ponds, ruins, plants. There were also countless humming…

A White Romper & The Broad Part II

Sunday means another day of exploring! This morning I woke up at 5:55am to watch my hero Roger Federer win his 8th Wimbledon and 19th grand slam. I’ve been watching him play since 2005 and needlessly to say, I was absolutely overjoyed. The match was short and left me plenty of time to get ready for our visit to The Broad at 10am! We visited the museum last year (read here) but did not plan well enough to get into…

Living in a Big City

Living in LA, one of the topics I think of a lot is well… what it’s like to live in LA. I’ve lived in several big cities in my life – Beijing, London, LA. I can’t say much about living in Beijing because I was too young to be autonomous, but I have noticed so many similarities between London and LA, two cities that can hardly be more different than each other. London is dense, ancient, and rainy while LA…