Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Reveal Travel Diary: London Part 1

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When I think of london, I imagine a feast of tea and crumpets, individuals roaming around speaking in the most adorable of accents, wizards, witches and fairytales just waiting to occur.

While I didn't actually come across any mystical creatures, my trip to London was nothing short of magical. (It's been a childhood dream of mine to visit this place!)
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The 10 hour journey to the UK started in San Francisco where I boarded a plane with my cousin and traveled approximately 5731 miles across the Atlantic ocean.

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The plane ride was such a breeze with so many movies to watch and new books in my iPad to pass the time. My current favorites? "A Fault in Our Stars," by John Green and, "Beautiful Disaster," by Jamie McGuire.

During the the flight, I kept a constant habit of asking for water whenever refreshments were served. Keeping yourself hydrated is so important when you're up in the air and the humidity is low. (Dehydration makes your skin dry and your body more prone to illnesses! I'm sure nobody likes getting sick and having bad skin :P )

IMG_8484When we landed in Heathrow Airport, instead of hailing a cab, we decided to be adventurous and find our way to the hotel by way of the London tube. With only two people and two semi-light luggages, it seemed like a more eco-friendly cost effective option! (And it was :)

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The Tube was a lifesaver throughout this trip and so simple to use.  But beware! When topping up your Oyster card, don't forget to tap your card before AND after inserting your money. Otherwise, those pounds will go to waste.

Now onto the good stuff. Where I went!

teaOn the very first morning, we had breakfast at a restaurant called Richoux. We ordered florentine eggs and a breakfast set. I love the fact that breakfast always comes with juice and tea or coffee! Our florentine eggs was so delicious. I think I have a thing for poached eggs and mushrooms now. :)



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trafalgarA few tube stops later, we arrived at Trafalgar square.  The first of 'many' touristy photos was in line.

My next (line) of action was to conquer the copper lions. The kids were doing it, so I thought to myself, "How hard could it be?" and then.. it started to drizzle.

lionWhat's worse than unskillfully climbing onto a gigantic copper lion? A slippery gigantic copper lion. But I was determined, and with the help of my cousin, I eventually managed to get on.

Convent Garden, a market place that turned into a popular shopping area was conveniently in walking distance of the square.

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We had the first of many many freshly squeezed juices here. Orange and apple juice never tasted this great!

Soho was next

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After hours of walking, we settled at a cute smoothie bar called Joe & the Juice. I ordered a raspberry milkshake. Our smoothie was so fresh, energizing and perfectly sweet. The vanilla milk blend instead of ice cream really hit the spot. 

A few more shops and a very sore pair of feet later, we headed back to the hotel to rest up for the next day! :)

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Stay tuned for part 2!

Monday, August 19, 2013

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY I DIDN'T GO ON A SPLURGE WHEN I WAS IN EUROPE.

Now I am at home sitting in my bed at 630 am with jetlag thinking about all the things I didn't buy (for people) --

I have gifting problems.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

If you don't know about my love for sad songs, you don't know me.

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Chloe finally made me a playlist!! She's been reluctant to feed my crave for depressing songs because she thinks its not good for me but honestly, I don't like sad songs because I'm a sad person. I just enjoy the way sad melodies make me feel. 

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Anyways, today I went to the Rennegade Craft Fair with Shixian, Chloe, Haley, Jule and Janina. :) It was fun wandering around the fair for the first 2 hours but after that it got a bit dreary. The crafts being sold were super cute but also super expensive. I had my eye on a llama plush but it was 40 so I had to leave it :''( Maybe another day.

I didn't feel like lugging around the heavy dslr everywhere today so I don't have any pictures to show you but these photobooth photos aren't a bad replacement, right? ;)

I love photobooths! Hope I find more in Paris. (Speaking of Paris, I leave for Europe next week! How exciting. My first time in a continent other than Asia and the USA) 

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This was my favorite photo! It turned well due to careful planning and ducking

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lately

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Breakfast at La Note in Berkeley with my Auntie and Shixian. The gingerbread pancakes were the bomb :) and I love caramelized pears!

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Shixian took this cute shot of my parents! I think it's interesting how different our perspectives are when it comes to photography.

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Mommy's delicious shrimp grilled with white wine, olive oil and garlic

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After dropping my bed off in Santa Barbara, we made an impromptu trip to Las Vegas and stayed at The Palazzo. (Venetian's sister hotel) All the rooms are suites!

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My family and I took a dip in the pool before our 13 hour ride home..  I love these pictures of my little sister. She's adorbs.

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I love my mom's cooking. She's always testing out different recipes with her own spin. My favorite dish at the moment is her baked salmon. It's super simple. It only consists of black pepper and lemon juice!

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Yilun and I created a blog together! It's our summer project. (I hope it survives!) This is a picture from his origami post. I think I have a thing for elephants. Some of my favorite things from Yilun include a stuffed animal elephant and this paper elephant.

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Shixian and I have been experimenting with makeup. My skin sucks :'(

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A photo from my Reveal photo adventure in SF at the Palace of Fine Arts. I love the color contrast between this cork ipad folio and the green grass.

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Mommy took this photo

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Thursday, June 20, 2013