9 Countries, 5 Continents, 50,000+ miles – No, this isn’t an episode of The Amazing Race, it’s my Year in Review!
And no, that title is definitely not click-bait. 2016 has been such a WTF year that it deserved to be up there. This year has been the most whirlwind one that I’ve had in a long time, in some ways good and bad. What did I do? Was it that chain email that I didn’t forward 10 years ago? Did I mess up my feng shui by redecorating incorrectly? It’s because I broke my favorite cup – right, Universe??
Whatever it is, 2016 is difficult to sum it up in words: it’s been the most unexpected, toughest, euphoric, and craziest ride that I’ve had in a while – let’s see how I did!
Namaste and welcome to this edition of things I wish people told me before I went to Nepal!
These tips for Nepal aren’t categorized in any certain order and contain a few fun facts as well – most of these are from personal experience, chatting with locals, and from fellow travelers. To give you a little background, I visited Nepal in the middle of September 2016, for 9 days, with two friends.
Take a warm cup of chai, dip your roti into some palak, and enjoy these little nuggets of wisdom.
About a year ago, I made a life-changing decision … (drumroll) I subscribed to my first beauty box.
First was the TestTube, then came Ipsy, and afterward a few others joined in. I would get a new box in the mail every week, promptly tear off the cover, and try out my new beauty products within the next few
hours days. I was obsessed with subscription boxes because it was like Christmas every week: new samples, new products to try, and even a few little bonuses.
Then, I got into Asian beauty products. Not like the, Let’s go to Daiso and get those $1 face masks. Oh no, it was much worse. It was like the intensity of a thousand K-pop fans (kidding!). I poured over forums, fashion/beauty blogs, heck, I even popped into the local TonyMoly store a few times and spent a good two hours with a friend. My problem with Asian beauty was that there’s just so many products!
Sure, I knew the popular brands, like Innisfree, TonyMoly, Mizon, and others, but I had no idea about new and unique products. Until I stumbled upon BomiBox. Continue reading
Fair warning: this is one of the biggest souvenir hauls I’ve had this year
One of my favorite parts of Japanese culture is their art of gift giving – there’s even a special word for it! Omiyage is a souvenir that’s specifically gifted to friends, family, and coworkers. However, it’s not just any regular souvenir from the tourist shop – omiyage has to be individually wrapped (usually in cute packaging) to make it easy to share. The first time I received an omiyage present was when my freelance clients, a small start-up from Japan, bought me “cat tongue” cookies* from Hokkaido.
The other reason why I love Japanese souvenirs so much is that they vary by region!
That’s right: if you visit a souvenir shop in Fukuoka, Tokyo, and Hokkaido, you’ll find souvenirs that can only be bought in that area – sort of like limited edition goodies. Paris has Eiffel Tower keychains, Amsterdam has wooden clogs, and Tokyo has … Tokyo Banana treats. That didn’t make much sense, did it?
Anyway, check out my Japan/omiyage haul below, and let me know your favorite. ♡
*-No cats were hurt in the making of these cookies
**-Sorry for the photos in advance, my usual backdrop was taking a vacation ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Continue reading
Happy summer, guys! It’s August 5th on this side of the world, and I just finished watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics. What better way of kicking off these huge, month-long games than with a post about the host city?
Originally I wasn’t planning on traveling anywhere for this summer since most of my trips are scheduled for the Fall, but an amazing deal came up on Kayak and I went for it. As you can probably tell from the title, it was a week-long adventure in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
Sure, it’s famous for the Christ the Redeemer statue, but did you know that there’s so much more than that? Rio blew me away with its beautiful architecture, culture, and food. The best part is that you can see all of the attractions in Rio de Janeiro in one day! On our second day in Rio, we went all out and managed to see most of the touristy (and nontouristy) attractions – which is what this post will highlight.
Think I’m a gartoa louca? Let me show you the way… :P
Japan is known for their cute and quirky animal cafes: there are cat cafes, dog cafes, rabbit cafes, and even hedgehog cafes. But did you ever think about an owl cafe? There are a few in Tokyo, but today I’ll be focusing on the Akiba Fukurou Owl Cafe! Continue reading