Week 9: Gross/disgusting travel stories

Thankfully I do not have the photo of the aftermath of this action but I do have a photo of the mall in Bangkok where it happened. Look Mocha even makes a cameo. If anyone has been to Southeast Asia, you get the advisory everywhere you go to not drink the tap water. Even if… Continue reading Week 9: Gross/disgusting travel stories


Weekend Coffee Share: Instagram

No coffee today. I think today is a good day to have a pineapple cider :-). After thinking this through, I finally got around to making an Instagram for my blog. I had my reasons to not having a separate Instagram account -- I thought my personal account was enough. The truth is, I don't… Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share: Instagram


Land Urchins

When we were in the Amalfi Coast, I found these spiky-looking green ball around the ground. I've never seen them before and I jokingly called them land urchins. Later I learned these were called castagne, or chestnuts. There you urchins :-P. Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture Check out some of these submissions for their interpretation for… Continue reading Land Urchins

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The Real Neat Blogger Award

I've been nominated for another award by Benjamin Lessard for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you so much for the honor! Please come by and check out his blog. He writes far beyond his years. When I was 15, I vaguely wrote about crushes, gossip and a lot about school. A very unhealthy amount… Continue reading The Real Neat Blogger Award


Week 8: Five Favorite Travel Blogs

Week 8: Five Favorite blogs Since it's Travel Tuesday, I'll share some of my favorite travel blogs. Most of them I read for years and they are some of the reasons that contribute to my wander-lust. Wild Junket - I believe I've read and followed Nellie of Wild Junket since I lived in San Diego. If you are… Continue reading Week 8: Five Favorite Travel Blogs


July Breakdown, August Goals

One of my favorite parts of the month is to write about my reflections and goals for the following month. It keeps me accountable. I also love reading other people's goals because it inspires me to do the same. Also I'll be featuring a couple of photos from the beautiful Le Cuvier winery when we… Continue reading July Breakdown, August Goals


Weekend Coffee Share: Planning a spa afternoon

If we were having coffee, it would be at my house. We'd have coffee from a conservative selection of Nespresso pods. I have Vanizio, Intenso, and Melozio for now. Which would you like? The weather has been bearable for hot coffee. Train ride to San Diego: don't let the grey fool you! It was warm!… Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share: Planning a spa afternoon

Modern Romance Aziz Ansari

“Modern Romance” – How Technology has Changed Courtship and Overall, Adulthood

I was not sure what to expect out of comedian Aziz Ansari and sociologist Eric Klinenberg's Modern Romance. Last year, I read a book called Dataclysm by Christian Rudder (founder of OkCupid) and I mistaken Modern Romance would be the same thing. I was burnt out on reading books revolving around themes of dating, networking, technology, and the… Continue reading “Modern Romance” – How Technology has Changed Courtship and Overall, Adulthood


Week 7: Sometimes you just have to go somewhere…

Week 7: Inspiration for traveling Alaska road trip, 2004 “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes What inspires me to travel? Good question. I wasn't sure how to present this prompt because what is that bug that makes me want to go? There… Continue reading Week 7: Sometimes you just have to go somewhere…

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Weekend Coffee Share: We’ve got madeleines

The madeleine bake-a-thon came to an end of Friday. Whew! If we were having coffee, we'd be at my house and I'd serve some cold brew and eat some madeleines and macaron's from the wedding. It was a wonderful wedding -- I'd say one of the best weddings I've been to. It was nice to… Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share: We’ve got madeleines

giant agave plant

 Attack of the Agavaceae

I'll make this week's challenge post short because I am currently doing a madeleine bake-athon for my friend's wedding this Saturday. I am making three flavors, vanilla dipped in chocolate, orange blossom, and rosewater. And I figured out how to stage them for the dessert table! This another photo of one of my many trips to… Continue reading  Attack of the Agavaceae


Week 6: Meet Mocha

Week 6: Unusual Travel Activities and Photos Meet Mocha everyone! Mocha is a travelling teddy bear and I've had her since my early twenties. At the time, I thought it would be a cute idea to pass around a travelling teddy bear around with my college friends who dispersed back to their hometowns or wherever… Continue reading Week 6: Meet Mocha