My 2017 Goals & What I learned in 2016

Happy 2017, guys!

I haven’t been making “resolutions” for the past few years because I figured my problems would work themselves out on their own (lol), but there’s something about 2017 that made me want to write up some goals for the new year. Plus, 17 has always been my lucky number – maybe 2017 will be my lucky year?

If you haven’t read my 2016 Year In Review, there’s the link. Let’s see what’s in store for 2017 :)

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San Francisco CityPass: Is it Worth the Money? Review and Price Breakdown

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Working as a concierge (or if we want to get fancy, Travel Consultant) has its perks. I’ve been invited to go on tours, personally took the Queen of England to Alcatraz, attended fun industry events, and more*. But best of all, I slowly earn the trust of my guests and other locals, who then tell me the  sparklesSecrets of San Francisco.sparkles

I can’t tell you all of them all, but I can let you know about… The San Francisco CityPass!
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2016 Year In Review: the Good, the Bad, and the WTF

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!

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28 Things To Know Before Traveling to Nepal: What to do (and NOT to do!)

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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.

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BomiBox Korean Skincare Subscription Box REVIEW/UNBOXING + Discount Code

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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



♡ HUGE Japan Shopping & Souvenir/Omiyage Haul ♡

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Fair warning: this is one of the biggest souvenir hauls I’ve had this year grinning-face-with-smiling-eyes

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. ♡

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