europe, Uncategorized

That time I spent less than 24 hours in Rome — on purpose

It's crazy to think I got along just fine traveling on my own with no smart phone, let alone cell phone, back when I was in college. (This was more than a decade ago, eeek!) I'm so reliant on my phone now. How did I manage back then? I guess a decade ago I was… Continue reading That time I spent less than 24 hours in Rome — on purpose

new zealand, where we stayed

Where we stayed: a cherry tree farm

We turned left onto the gravel path and slowly drove towards the end, where we could see a white house. On either side of the car were rows and rows of lush cherry trees. We assumed we were supposed to drive to the end of this path. A little uncertain, we drove slowly. When we… Continue reading Where we stayed: a cherry tree farm

new zealand

Christchurch: the rebuilding of a city

Once again we arrived to our destination with me rubbing my eyes after waking up from another nap in the car. It was the late afternoon and Christchurch seemed quiet. We saw a few people zoom by on those motorized scooters you can rent. We also saw many of those green scooters just scattered along… Continue reading Christchurch: the rebuilding of a city

travel

Happy Earth Day!

As a traveler, I know I have a larger carbon foot print compared to others. Air travel of CO2 emissions are high. This Earth is the one and only home we have. Sure, maybe there is a similar place to Earth somewhere in a galaxy far, far away but it's not like we will be… Continue reading Happy Earth Day!

food, new zealand

New Zealand and its real fruit ice cream

I don't have a sweet tooth. But, if there's one dessert I can get behind, it'd be a scoop of ice cream or soft serve on a hot, sunny day. Since our New Zealand trip was during summer, I supported many ice cream shops, ice cream buses, roadside stops and cafes. In New Zealand, they… Continue reading New Zealand and its real fruit ice cream

new zealand

Where we stayed: Welcome to my tiny house

I'll be honest. My husband and I didn't book everywhere we were staying before we arrived in New Zealand. We had planned out where we would go, which included what cities and towns we'd be staying in and which routes to drive. But, we really only booked out the first week of the two-and-a-half weeks.… Continue reading Where we stayed: Welcome to my tiny house

seattle

An impromptu urban excursion

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a planner. I actually use a paper planner and I like always knowing my schedule so I know what to expect. I hate surprises. On Sundays, Bryce and I figure out what we will be making for dinner during the week so that we can buy… Continue reading An impromptu urban excursion

Pacific Northwest

Magical Vashon getaway

"I just saw a fin over there!" she exclaimed to the rest of us as she pointed out into the water. The rest of us responded with "Where?" or "What?" as we looked on in the direction she pointed towards. We were looking out into Puget Sound so who knows what it could have been.… Continue reading Magical Vashon getaway

Hawaii shave ice
food, hawaii

Hawaii: All about that local kine grindz (or just food in general)

Whenever friends are going to Hawaii for the first time, their first question for me is "What should I eat?" I wouldn't call myself a foodie. I'm too picky for that. (After all, I'm a vegetarian who makes an exception only for crispy bacon!) But, the food I do like, I eat a lot of.… Continue reading Hawaii: All about that local kine grindz (or just food in general)

seattle

Spring time: Cherry blossoms and avoiding crowds

It's full-blown sakura / cherry blossom season here in Seattle, as it is in Japan and other places that have cherry blossoms. We've had quite a few sunny days in the last week, which have made the white and light pink flowers even prettier with all the light. Every Seattleite — and visiting guests —… Continue reading Spring time: Cherry blossoms and avoiding crowds