Day Trip from Paris to Claude Monet’s House in Giverny

There are so many great museums to visit in Paris that you might literally be able to spend a week just visiting one museum after another. But if you’re looking to step outside of a museum and experience art in an interactive manner, one of the more popular day trips to take from Paris is to Claude Monet’s house where he painted his famous water lily paintings in Giverny. It’s just over an hour to get there by car or about…
Giverny, France
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Our Destination Wedding at Secrets Maroma

A year ago when Joseph and I were planning our wedding, we decided that since we both love traveling, we would do a destination wedding. Originally, our hearts were set on Italy, specifically Lake Como. It was a beautiful location, so picturesque, and combined elements that both of us loved – fantasy-like for me, Star Wars for him (did you know that the beautiful scene where Anakin married Padme was filmed in Lake Como’s Villa del Balbianello?). But as we…
Riviera Maya, Mexico
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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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Weekend Bachelorette in Napa

As someone who’s having a destination wedding soon, it only makes sense to continue the theme by having a destination weekend bachelorette in Napa, right? The best part is that my closest friends love to travel as well, so when I brought up the idea of dragging everyone through a California road trip with the main destination of California’s wine county – Napa – everyone was on easily board. But since the drive to Napa from Los Angeles would be…
Napa, California
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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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Alfred’s Coffee on Melrose Place

I am not a coffee connoisseur but I can’t help but be drawn to coffee shops with their aromatic coffee scent floating about the room and the interior decor that makes staying for a couple of hours enjoyable. The great thing about living in LA is that there are ample amounts of coffee shops, particularly on the west side of the city, that you can visit. One, in particular, is Alfred’s Coffee and Kitchen located in Melrose Place. It’s been on my…
Los Angeles, California
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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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Evian Facial Spray

Ah, the Nordstrom Annual Sale has come and gone, and wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t get anything fashion related! There were SO many people talking about it, recommending which items to get and what the best deals were, that I seriously got overwhelmed and decided to skip the event altogether. But of course, Nordstrom was offering members a $10 off coupon on anything, and I couldn’t pass up not using that, so I browsed their website and found one deal…
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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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