Seize Your Moment

When I was in high school, I had the dream of traveling the world, one country at a time. Funnily enough, at that same time, I barely stepped out of my little town. I didn’t even explore the next town over. I kept making excuses like “oh, I don’t have a car and it takes too much energy to take the bus” or “oh, I don’t have enough money to do x, y, and z” or “oh, I have too…
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Favorite Headphones for Traveling

One of the crucial items that Joseph and I like to bring are travel headphones. For Joseph, it helps him keep the screaming kids at bay during a 15 hour flight to Asia or to watch in-flight movies without using the airline’s screeching cheap earbuds. I use it to catch up on some podcasts to make those flights go a little bit faster. So what’s in our lineup? Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones For the heavy-duty noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones, we…
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Secrets Maroma – an Adults Only, All-Inclusive Luxury Resort

As an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Secrets Maroma – part of the AMResorts brand – has earned quite the reputation. It has been named as the world’s sixth best resort in its category by CNN, one of the best hotels in Mexico, and once again earned the highly-coveted ranking of an AAA Five Diamond resort. During our blissful five nights stay at Secrets Maroma recently, Joseph and I (along with ten other family members who joined…
Cancun, Mexico
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Hyatt Zilara in Cancun – an All-Inclusive Resort

It’s been too long since my last travel adventure (to San Antonio and Austin, Texas in April to be exact – yikes!) that I was absolutely over the moon to spend this past Christmas with my fiance, Joseph, in Cancun, Mexico’s Hyatt Zilara, an all-inclusive adults-only resort, for five nights. This was my first time being in an all-inclusive resort, and let me just say, it was pure bliss. We arrived in Cancun around 12:30 am on a Thursday night and…
Cancun, Mexico
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O’casey’s Boutique Inn

Tucked away in a quaint residential neighborhood is a bed and breakfast called “O’Casey’s Boutique Inn“. I found this cute B&B on AirB&B when my friend Cara was still planning on joining me, and renting a room for two here was just slightly more expensive than going the hostel route for two people (seriously, $7 more). The location was also just 10 minute drive from the San Antonio River Walk. The room is absolutely charming with a slight rustic feel. There…
San Antonio, Texas
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Sauntering Down San Antonio’s River Walk

I flew out to San Antonio back in April to photograph a wedding and of course, took the opportunity to extend my business trip a few days and explore a little more of Texas. It only makes sense that the first landmark I visit is the famous and beautiful San Antonio River Walk. While I was there, it also happened to be the week that the annual San Antonio’s Fiesta week was occurring – an event that many businesses take part…
San Antonio, Texas
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Simple Tips for Better Travel Instagram Photos

Social media has been around for years now, and yet the only one that has really stuck with me is Instagram. Perhaps it’s because it’s heavily dependent on images. Perhaps it’s because, when I “like” something, it doesn’t spam the feeds of my friends. I also wasn’t big on taking images with my phone until I got the iPhone 5s (still do) and until Instagram’s editing feature improved, along with the help of 3rd party image editing apps. I’ve learned…
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Checking In: Madonna Inn’s Cave Room

On our way back from spending a week in Yosemite and stopping by Hearst Castle, we settled down for the night at a unique inn in San Luis Obispo called Madonna Inn. It was Anna that recommended this inn, as she found it on a “Best Of” list that I can’t quite remember. What makes Madonna Inn special is its very-over-the-top kitsch decor and its “110 whimsical guestrooms”, each decorated to a specific theme. Let’s just say that this inn…
San Luis Obispo, California
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California Dreamin’

West Coast, Best Coast, am I right?! Last year, I wrote a post on reasons why I love New York. It seemed about time that a list was made for my home state – golden California. California, specifically the southern part of the state (Los Angeles and San Diego) has been my home since I can remember. I never thought much about what this state has to offer, until I started traveling to other parts of the country and realized…
California, United States
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Checking In: InterContinental San Francisco

For our recent trip to San Francisco, we ended up staying at InterContinental San Francisco. InterContinental hotels are the luxury hotels from the IHG hotel group, and this would be the first time I would be staying in one, so I thought I’d write a review of my first impression! ‘ LOCATION: The main allure of this place to us was the location – it was only a couple of blocks away from Union Square. Maybe a five minute walk.…
San Francisco, California
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