Xcaret in a Day

During our recent trip to Cancun, Joseph and I stayed at Hyatt Zilara – an all-inclusive resort, where there really wasn’t a reason to leave the hotel. And yet, we still wanted to take an excursion to explore Mexico just a little bit and chose to spend a day in Xcaret – an eco-archaeological park just 45 minutes away from Cancun. I know what you’re thinking – “what does that mean?”. That was my thought too, and I came to…
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
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Los Angeles Arboretum

LA is known as a city with SO many freeways, so many concrete roads, so many cars on the road and not enough greenery. But there are certainly pockets of space where gardens bloom. I’ve discussed previously of Huntington Library and Botanical, one of my all-time favorite garden spots in Los Angeles to “get away” from the city. This time, I explore the Los Angeles Arboretum, a garden in Arcadia where peacocks just love to roam around freely. The Arboretum…
Los Angeles, California
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Bats in Austin

A couple of months ago, I headed off to San Antonio and Austin in Texas, United States and realized I haven’t made any posts on Austin! (But you can see my posts on San Antonio here, here and here) Oh, Austin. Oddly enough, prior to coming here, I was fairly oblivious to what this city had to offer, except that it resides Rooster Teeth as well as the South by Southwest film festival. But one thing that Austin prides itself…
Austin, Texas
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Beverly Hills Food and Wine Festival

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the Beverly Hills Food and Wine Festival and brought my mom along for the ride. The four day event was held from June 9th – 12th at the Olympic Collection ballrooms with a portion of the proceeds going towards Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – a nonprofit organization that helped raise funds and awareness for kids with cancer. With over 60 amazing restaurant and wine vendors participating including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Bottega…
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Surrounded by California Poppies

The best part about summertime are the blooming flowers, hands down. For a while now, I have been trying to get to as many flower fields in California as possible, but with such a short window (spring-time), it’s not the easiest task. There was the failed attempt at Soda Lake, the semi-failed attempt at Antelope Valley in Lancaster, and the easy giveaway at Carlsbad Flower Field. Of course, I don’t see flower fields in LA, and California in general is quite…
Santa Ynez, California
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VIDEO: Sledding Down White Sands National Monument

As promised in my blog post about White Sands National Monument, here is the video format of my experience! I’m trying to be more consistent about these videos, as I really enjoy making them. The title for both the blog post and the video involves sledding, for good reason. You’ll see more of my sledding fail in the video than the blog post, for sure. Haha. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and let me know your thoughts on…
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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Video: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2015

New video is up! If you liked reading about the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and seeing photos in my previous post, you might like to see it more in its video format! Especially the early morning scenes. Just sayin’. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and let me know your thoughts on this video either below or on YouTube! :D
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Sledding Down White Sands

Three hours away from Carlsbad Cavern is this magical place called White Sands National Monument. It is a place about seven miles away from the small city of Alamogordo, and might be the main reason people even stay in that city. When we checked into our hotel, one of the first things the front desk clerk asked was “are you guys here to see the White Sands?”. The strange thing about White Sands National Monument is that you just don’t…
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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6 Hours in Santa Barbara

For the longest time, my friend Cara and I have been talking about taking a day trip to Santa Barbara. Our schedules kept clashing, but we finally made it work! The drive to Santa Barbara was nice and smooth. We left L.A. just after the morning rush traffic, at around 10:30, and it took about a couple of hours to get there. The weather was also nice and gloomy, making the drive even more pleasant. Our first stop was the…
Santa Barbara, California
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600FT Underground in Carlsbad Cavern

It never crossed my mind that the United States had something like wonderous caves. But then my friend Anna sent me a list of amazing caves which included Carlsbad Caverns, and then while watching the Planet Earth documentary, it was also featured in their Caves episode. So to find out that Carlsbad Caverns is in New Mexico immediately made the State that much cooler and more exciting to visit. We flew into Albuquerque, New Mexico and ended up driving about…
CARLSBAD CAVERN, NEW MEXICO
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