How morning walks have changed my life for the better

Gosh it’s March already! – how are you keeping up with your fitness resolutions? I have to admit that I haven’t been able to make much progress in that department and there’s a couple of reasons (excuses?) for that. Firstly, we moved countries (we relocated from Hong Kong to California in January), and naturally we were busy settling in and all that. Then, just when I was getting started on a yoga routine, I had a really bad case of…
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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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I stopped bringing my phone to bed and this is what happened

“I’ll browse Instagram for 10 minutes and then go to sleep”, I’d tell myself. 30 minutes (and sometimes 1 hour) would usually go by without me noticing. Trapped in an Instagram rabbit hole again. When I finally got the courage to switch off my phone, my brain was so over stimulated I couldn’t fall asleep… That was me every evening. I’m sure you can relate. This year I decided to change so challenged myself to a new year’s tech resolution:…
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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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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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