San Francisco’s Famous Mosaic Steps

On a sunny yet cold morning, we decided to go to San Francisco and check out Golden Gate Heights neighbourhood, where you can find the famous mosaic steps a.k.a. “16th Avenue Tiled Steps” or “Moraga steps”. Ever since coming across a picture of the steps on Instagram, I was curious to see it (and climb them!). What I didn’t know was that this work of art has a pretty cool story behind it: this stairway was created by the local neighbours,…
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Mission District Murals Tour (San Francisco)

Mission District can be likened to an open-air art gallery: this Latino neighbourhood boasts more than 100 documented murals that adorn unassuming alleyways, wooden fences and shop facades! Last week I decided to put together a DIY walking tour and go check them out. I literally took hundreds of pictures but on this post I wanted to share some of my favorite spots & murals. Overall it was a visually captivating and thought-provoking experience – highly recommend it if you’re…
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How to spend a weekend in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has quickly become one of my favorite places on the planet. Such an statement, I know! But people who have been there would definitely agree. We recently spent 2 full days exploring and hiking Yosemite Valley and fell in love with the views, the fresh air and the magical atmosphere of this place. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Yosemite besides the famous “El Capitan” rock. So when we confirmed our trip I…
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Planning a perfect day in Sonoma Valley

Even way before we moved to the US, a trip to the Wine Country in California has always been on my bucket list. Not that I’m a wine connoisseur (I’m far from being one!), but the thought of sipping wine in such beautiful settings on a sunny day makes my heart jump in excitement. Last weekend we finally rented a car and headed to Sonoma Valley. We picked Sonoma instead of Napa as our first destination in the wine country…
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5 things to pack to make your Airbnb stay feel like home

Greetings from our current Airbnb in Berkeley, California! In case you’re wondering what brought us here, my husband will be attending a semester at UC Berkeley as part of his MBA program. First time in the US for me so I’m taking it all in – the nature, the food, the people… I’m excited to share more about this city and my first impressions in a future blog post, so stay tuned! Before flying here from Hong Kong, we booked…
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Easy Day Trips from Oxford

Hope everyone is having a great start of the year! We had the most amazing two weeks in the UK for Christmas and New Year holidays. Life is so unpredictable, really. I went from having no connection with the UK to getting married in Oxford and now visiting quite frequently (my husband’s family lives there). This time around, since we had already seen majority of Oxford on previous trips, we made it a point to explore the English countryside and…
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5 TIPS FOR HEALTHY SKIN WHILE FLYING

Greetings from the air! I’m literally on a flight from Hong Kong to London as I write this. Long haul flights can be tedious (especially if you’re flying economy), but can also present an opportunity to leave your phone aside for a while and catch up on some reading, movies and podcasts with zero interruptions (hope free WIFI on planes doesn’t become a thing anytime soon!) Before I indulge in all that, I make sure I condition and hydrate my…
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Hong Kong: 5 spots in Sheung Wan that you cannot miss

Having lived in Sheung Wan for 2.5 years, I’m totally biased but I do believe it’s one of the coolest neighbourhoods on the Hong Kong Island. A perfect blend of traditional Hong Kong lifestyle and western hip hangouts, Sheung Wan is one of the best areas to live & eat – and visit if you’re a tourist! Here are my top 5 favourite spots that you cannot miss if you visit the area: Hollywood Road A quiet street that has…
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Removing make up on the go

Last year I wrote a post raving about using coconut oil as an eye make up remover. As a serial oil cleansing fanatic, I developed a system to ensure I always have coconut oil at hand: I buy a large jar and then fill little containers and place them in my vanity, bathroom, work desk drawer and I also have one that is exclusively for travel use. Two issues I experience with this though: 1) I don’t feel comfortable carrying…
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A weekend in Singapore

Greetings from Singapore! This was a totally impromptu trip. My husband confirmed a business trip and I thought it’d be fun to join him for a few days. We’re staying at the Westin, which is a lovely hotel  located in the heart of the central business district. Last time I was here I took you on a walk around Tiong Bahru and Haji Lane, two of my favorite neighbourhoods. This time, the focus was pretty much on eating good food, the occasional…
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