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

Wonder how to make your Airbnb stay feel more homely? After staying at more than 30 Airbnb homes in the past 2 years, I learned that there’s a few items that you can bring with you to take the coziness and hygge levels up a notch. If you’re traveling and staying at an Airbnb, I highly recommend adding these items to your packing list. I swear it will make a huge difference! Your favorite tea As much as I like…
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My Wardrobe Staples

Easy Day Trip Ideas from Oxford, UK

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 go on day trips outside of Oxford. On this post, I gathered my top favorite day trip destinations from Oxford. There’s definitely something for everyone! For…
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5 Tips for Healthy Skin while Flying

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 skin well. They say air time can wreak havoc on your skin due to the recycled air that…
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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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Postcards from London

I cannot believe we are just two months from Christmas already…where did the whole year go?! September was a busy but exciting month for me. I had the chance to go on a business trip to London and I have to say it was great to be back in this gorgeous city. I got to walk around my favourite neighbourhood Notting Hill, watch musicals and enjoy some autumnal atmosphere. I came back to Hong Kong inspired, refreshed and motivated. Hope…
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My holiday handbag essentials

When on holiday, you want to carry just the minimal essentials, especially if a lot of walking is involved (there’s nothing worse than carrying a heavy bag with you all day while sightseeing). I used to take too little in my handbag before and I would many times to end up buying stuff on the go such as tissue papers or bottled water, which is a complete waste and so easily avoidable with better prep in advance. Currently, I have…
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