If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela Week 18: Humbling things learned from traveling When I go outside of a (non-English speaking) country, I am impressed to the locals who… Continue reading

The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang

Week 17: Leaving books behind

This week's topic for the Weekly Travel Challenge is "Things to Purge." When I travel for work, I like to bring a couple of books with me to read to keep myself entertained during my train ride or flight. I like to give my eyes a break from looking at screens all day. I cherish… Continue reading Week 17: Leaving books behind

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Hike 32/52: Wandering Through a Forest of Giants

The Grant Grove is a popular spot in Sequoia/Kings Canyon because it has the General Grant Grove tree -- one of the largest trees in world. Before going to Grant Grove, I thought the trees through our daily drive out of the camp site was huge. These trees in Grant Grove certainly dwarf them all!… Continue reading Hike 32/52: Wandering Through a Forest of Giants

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Week 16: Ziplining

Week 16: Scary and cool travel stories Not scary, more like thrilling and cool! One day I'd like to write about 100 Travel experiences one should do in their lifetime. In my book, I would certainly include a ziplining tour. It does not matter where; it could be in Catalina island, Denali National Park, Zion Canyon.… Continue reading Week 16: Ziplining


Week 15: Focus on the present and what is good

Week 15: Travel Regrets My travel regret is to have never done a study abroad whether it was a yearlong or even a week. This is a MAJOR thing I wished I changed in my twenties. At the time I was working as a waitress to pay for the school items, rent, entertainment, clothes, and… Continue reading Week 15: Focus on the present and what is good


Week 14: Part one of many…my favorite travel destinations

Week 14: Top three favorite destinations For this week's Travel Tuesday, I'll be sharing my top three travel destinations. Top Three? How did I narrow this down? Well I did not... Think of this little list as part of a far longer list of favorite destination ;-). Angkor Wat (Cambodia):  This was my first big trip… Continue reading Week 14: Part one of many…my favorite travel destinations


Unleash the Flower Power!

This was in the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle-- it's such a unique place!  I don't even know what I was doing in this photo. It's likely I was taking a photo from my smart phone. Thank you, husband, for taking this photo! A year ago my husband, my brother-in-law, and I went to… Continue reading Unleash the Flower Power!


Week 13: Scandinavian, Hmong, American

Week 13: Unique Cultures Encountered To start off, I am not well-versed some of the cultures listed below these are just my observations to why I think they're unique. Scandinavian When I was in Cambodia, I met a traveler named Ida who was from Norway. The first thing I said was, "Norway?! I hear you're… Continue reading Week 13: Scandinavian, Hmong, American


Week 12: Hey, You!

Week 12: Happy and sad travel stories Travel Tuesday is back! I just came back from a 3-day camping trip in Sequoia. Today I am taking an extra day off to clean and get back into the swing of things before tomorrow's business trip to San Diego. I initially wanted to share both a happy… Continue reading Week 12: Hey, You!

Corner Amalfi Coast

I miss looking out the window…

My husband and I went to Italy for two weeks and we spent the second half of our trip in a farmstay in Furore along the Amalfi Coast. We loved getting farm-to-table meals and wine during our stay. It was wonderful getting this view every day from our room. I thought that town were always looking… Continue reading I miss looking out the window…


Week 11: Packing for my trip

Week 11: What's in my backpack? My trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon is happening in a couple of weeks. This post could not happen in a more timely manner because I need to get organized and start packing! The last time I went to Sequoia was back in 2012 with a few friends. We… Continue reading Week 11: Packing for my trip


Week 10: Some of my many favorite adventures

Week 10: Best adventures while traveling I am going to begin this post but going off-topic. My friend who I've known since my college years inquired about starting a blog. We met in LA and it's funny how we kept in touch after all these years. I moved to San Diego, she moved to Monterey… Continue reading Week 10: Some of my many favorite adventures