December 1, 2016
It's already December, where did the time go? I spent the past weekend Christmas shopping and bought Christmas cards to give to family and friends. Ah, something about the month of December puts me in such a good mood. So many get togethers and birthdays to celebrate that gets me into the holiday spirit! I love lighting my favorite candle and writing Christmas cards while listening to classic Christmas songs. My favorite holiday movie is Love Actually, always a tradition to watch it every year or Home Alone. I'll be putting up the Christmas tree this weekend, so excited! Let the countdown until Christmas begin...
November 30, 2016 Bangkok, Thailand
I had a short stay in Bangkok so I apologize for the lack of photos. I didn't have a chance to take photos with my dslr and instead shot photos with my iPhone. Most of my trip consisted of eating and sightseeing in Bangkok. I would say one of my favorite areas was Sukhumvit and would recommend staying in the area since it has everything. I was surprised at how modern and developed Bangkok was although some areas aren't, but one thing I recommend is taking their local bus. I think it really captures the heart of Thailand and it's interesting to see how the locals live. I was looking forward to Chatuchak Market but was underwhelmed when I arrived, and instead would recommend Asiatique if you had to choose between the two. The highlight of my trip was when my uber driver took me around Chatuchak Market and shared some of his honey roasted pork. He was so sweet and shared his tips on where to go in Bangkok. One thing I would like to emphasize is that you should use bottled water for everything, including brushing your teeth. Bangkok is such a beautiful city and I wish I could've explored more during my stay.
Highlights of my visit:
*I recommend going
Places I wish I visited:
-True Love Cafe (husky dog cafe)
-Roast (their pasta is pretty amazing!)
-Not Just Another Cup (sooo good)
-coconut ice cream
November 28, 2016 Phuket, Thailand
Phuket, you're a beauty. After spending two days in Bangkok I flew to Phuket to relax and go on a boat tour with my friend Sarah. It was my first time in Phuket so I didn't know what to expect but luckily the weather was amazing during our stay. We went island hopping on our boat tour and got in touch with nature, but the most memorable moment was hand feeding watermelons to the monkeys on the island. I watched them from afar afterwards as they were happily eating fresh fruits the crew handed out to them. We also went on a canoe tour with a guide who sang Thai songs and gave us the best views of Phuket. Although there were language barriers his genuine smile and thoughtfulness made my trip unforgettable. The rest of our itinerary in Phuket was relaxing on our floaties in the pool while jamming out to good music. Oh, and when in Thailand you have to try their fruits - oh my their mangosteen is amazing! I need to find some in the states. Langsat, mangos, and coconuts are delicious as well! I have to say that my highlight of my trip was feeding baby elephants bananas, but I do want to emphasize that it's important to do your research when planning to see elephants. A majority of elephants are neglected and abused for tourism, and while it may be exciting to see elephants please look into ethical ways to interact with elephants. There are elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai where you can bathe and feed elephants, a reputable one I found is Elephant Nature Park (not pictured above). Next time I visit Thailand I want to visit Chiang Mai, I've only heard great things about it!
November 27, 2016 Ratchaburi, Thailand
I apologize for the long hiatus! I came back from my Thailand and Tokyo trip two weeks ago but was recovering from a bad stomach virus, but I'm back to update on my trip! Sadly I don't have that many photos since I lost my lens cap for my camera, but I was able to snap some photos at the floating market. Thailand is a beautiful country and I would recommend going there if you ever have a chance. I do want to go back if the opportunity arises since my stay in Thailand was so short, but will most likely have to go back when I have a stronger immune system. I wasn't able to do much since there were unexpected hiccups along the way, but I was able to experience both the touristy and local side of Bangkok and Phuket. One thing for sure is that Bangkok's traffic can be summed up in one word...chaos. Almost everyone owns a motorbike or a car and it's really fascinating just to see how people get around in Bangkok. I mostly used uber or a taxi to get around, but also took the BTS (metro) in Bangkok.I took a local bus to get to Damnoen Floating Market, a famous market where most tourists flock to. It took about two hours or so to arrive at the floating market because the bus stopped frequently, but I didn't mind since I got to experience a different side of Thailand, The floating market is a huge flea market where you can buy delicious dishes and desserts directly from vendors in their wooden canoes to shopping at different shops from your boat. It's fun to also people watch and window shop from afar. The boat ride didn't take too long because we arrived close to closing time and the crowd had already left by then. The lady pictured above asked me to take a photo of her after I bought mangos from her - she was so sweet and hilarious despite the language barrier. Her smile made my day! It definitely is a unique experience and I would recommend visiting one if you have time to fit it in your itinerary when visiting Thailand. One thing to note is that there's a different boat fee for tourists than locals and you can (and should) haggle, because the initial fee is fairly expensive. Other popular floating markets to visit are Amphawa, Khlong Lat Mayom, and Taling Chan.
October 28, 2016 Washington, DC, USA
I'm partnering with Jaguar to share my behind the scenes experience at their Art of Performance Tour in Washington D.C.!
I was ecstatic when I heard Jaguar was coming out with a SUV - finally! The F-PACE is their first SUV, and I was blown away by its luxurious design and level of comfort while test driving. Jaguar outdid themselves with their new lineup, the F-PACE is on another level. Jaguar also introduced their new entry-level sedan, the XE, which is just as sleek and cool as the F-Pace.
I attended Jaguar's Art of Performance Tour in D.C., which is the last stop of their tour. The tour starts today and ends on Sunday, you can RSVP here. The tour is truly an unforgettable experience, an interactive hands on experience that'll impress you every step of the way. When you first step into the door you get a first look at Jaguar's impressive lineup, which includes the F-Pace and XE. You have the opportunity to get glammed up (yes, you as well men!) and create a "behind the scenes" video in various stations - pretty cool! The video gets sent to your e-mail within 5 minutes after you finish shooting your video, which you can then share to your friends and family. I was amazed at how professional and realistic my video came out, you have to try it out yourself!
My favorite part of the tour would have to be test driving the car on the course! I was thrilled to test drive the F-PACE since I love driving SUV's, and the Jaguar F-PACE was no exception. While test driving I wasn't surprised at how smooth the car was, it is a Jaguar after all. Both the F-PACE and XE are a luxury car that has almost every option you would want in a car. The heads up display is an amazing option, it allows you to stay focused on the road by having information such as your mph on the windshield. Pretty cool, no? Last stop of the tour is at the lounge where you can have some refreshments and take one last look at the XE and F-PACE. You can also take a photo with a jaguar at the photo booth!
Don't miss out on this opportunity to take a sneak peek at their incredible new additions to their lineup, RSVP now before the tour ends Sunday!
A big thank you to Jaguar for the opportunity to attend Jaguar's Art of Performance Tour in Washington D.C.!