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Chicago Diaries

Chicago Diaries

Last week, I visited Windy City for the first time for five days to attend the Laver Cup, an exciting new tennis tournament (yes I love tennis but no I do not play). It was a unique, thrilling, and time consuming experience, but I managed to find time to hit up some other spots around the city.   Millennium Park Staying right in the heart of downtown allowed me to reach the park in less than ten minutes by foot. As my red-eye flight was scheduled to arrive at 5 am, I had the brilliant idea of visiting Millennium Park…

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Singapore Diaries

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 this time, it left the airport with me. Singapore is more of a city than a country (California is 579…

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More Similar Than Different & Other Travel Reflections

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 way. This idea is nothing new as seen by Netflix’s extensive food documentary library, but I have been noticing it…

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Taipei Impressions

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 it hard to see as much as we wanted to. While I was happy with the number of activities we…

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A Desert Getaway at Holiday House

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 tiles to a mini Jeff Koons, the room has really tasteful and modern decor. Toiletries? No other than one of…

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