Yokohama, Japan ♡

Kimono ♡

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During my time in Japan, we went to Yokohama (a city an hour away from Tokyo) to visit my grandma’s friend of 55 years and her husband.

My grandmother’s friend Atsue handmakes kimono’s and she handmade me two kimonos.

They are so beautiful, one of the kimono’s is a yukata (which is a casual summer kimono) and the other kimono is a lot thicker with many layers and is used for formal purposes.

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This is the kimono used for formal purposes, look how beautiful this is!

This was handmade. Kimono’s are an art.

So beautiful, it makes me feel so proud of my heritage.

Kimonos are worn for many occasions, even during weddings, they have been around since the Heian Period in Japan which is from the year 794.

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When wearing kimonos, their are specific ways you need to put on each layer. The kimono has to be wrapped onto your body a certain way.

(This is Atsue San, my grandma’s friend of 55 years and the lady that handmade me these kimonos)

Like I mentioned before there are many many many layers. haha

To the point where you feel stiff when walking around or sitting down.

This process takes a while, more than you would really think!

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Then finally ta-da!

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The Obi (the belt of the kimono) can be wrapped and tied in many ways.

This is how Atsue San folded my obi, this is very very difficult to do!

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This is Hirofumi San, Atsue San’s husband.

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My brother Andre and I.

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Hirofumi San, Atsue San and I.

Aren’t they so cute?! I call them my Yokohama Ojiichan and Obaachan (grandpa and grandma).

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Then, I tried the yukata (as mentioned before, the casual kimonos worn during summer).

This time my obi was yellow and folded in a bow, so cute right?!

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My family with Hirofumi San and Atsue San.

I cannot begin to thing how blessed I am to have been able to receive two handmade kimonos and to experience my Japanese culture in an even more traditional sense.

ありがとうHirofumi San and Atsue San ♡

 

Akarenga (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)♡

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Akarenga also known as the Yokohama Red Brick House, is a place I have been going for several years because of family friends that have taken me.

Look how cute and festive it was for Christmas!!

Fun Facts:

  • Akarenga is a warehouse near the Yokohama port.
  • There are two brick houses, One is a museum and the other is filled with small shops and restaurants.
  • In 1911 the first Brick House was built and then later in 1913 the second Brick House was built.

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Taking selfies outside haha

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We went inside and did a little shopping ♡

and later had lunch inside the brick house, there are many restaurants in the brick house.  We ate at the food court.

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This was my yummy lunch, I had sashimi donburi (donburi which literally means bowl in Japanese) and miso soup.

yummy.

Cup Noodle Museum ♡

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We went to the Cup Noodle Museum and we got to make our own cup ramens!!!

 

Andre and I were so excited!!!

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To the left is Andre’s and to the right is mine 🙂 I put little narutos that had cute birds on them 🙂 (naruto is a cured fish).

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After making our cup noodles we got to put them in bags, so that’s me showing off the cup noodle I made, loud and proud 🙂 haha

Then on later floors they had the history of how the first cup ramen was made and it was actually a very educational and inspiring experience!

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I would recommend for you to go if you ever have time to visit Yokohama:)

Thank you Yokohama ♡

Yokohama is a city I have grown to love very much.

またね Yokohama ♡(see you)

With so much love,

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Tokyo, Japan ♡

IMG_3701My family and I were blessed to go on a trip to Japan . As some of you may know, I am half Japanese and my mom’s side of the family still lives in Japan! So we try to go visit often.

 

Sensoji Temple ♡

IMG_5137We began by visiting the Sensoji Temple, which is one of the most famous and oldest temples in Tokyo (Asukasa district).

IMG_5129Here is a photo of my brother & I in front of the entrance, as you can see this place is filled with many people and tourists!

IMG_5139As you begin walking into the entrance you are greeted by hundreds of little shops that sell osembe (Japanese rice crackers),okonomiyaki, chopsticks and millions of other things!

IMG_5140Look how beautiful! If you ever come to Tokyo, this the temple you should visit.

IMG_3869.JPGI took this cool photo of my brother at the temple and he later ripped his pants haha

 

Daikanyama – Flipper’s♡

IMG_5094Some of you may know that Daikanyama is a city in Shibuya (Tokyo) where I dream of living some day 😀

Daikanyama is filled with adorable cafe’s, clothing stores, restaurants and a million other things I could name off.

Cute stores, including this one we went to called Flipper’s, where they sold fluffy pancakes !!!!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

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IMG_5120.jpgLook how fluffy and yummy this looks!!!

IMG_5126.jpgI want to go back and eat this right now!!

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IMG_5104My family and I had a great time 🙂

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Shibuya ♡

The next day we went shopping in Harajuku/Shibuya area. This behind me is a cute little van called espresso express and you can find them around Tokyo.

They are just parked in a little corner somewhere selling coffee & tea.

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We passed by Flamingo, which is Felipe’s favorite thrift store in Harajuku.

 

IMG_3814.JPGWe went to 7-eleven everyday and I bought onigiri mmmm.

For those of you who don’t know the convenient stores are different from other convenient stores you would find in the U.S. or in Europe etc.

They are filled with delicious fresh foods, including onigiri (which is a rice ball), yummy teas and drinks, cakes, and more!! I tend to spend hours in convenient stores in Japan. haha

IMG_3893Arigato Tokyo ♡, I will be coming back very soon! (and hopefully maayyybe to live their someday)

See you soon♡

with so much love,

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Krabi, Thailand ♡

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Krabi is located on the west coast of Southern Thailand. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, yummy food, and friendly people.

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The beach closest to our airbnb was so beautiful, this beach was called Ao Nang.

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Railay Beach

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We went on taxi boat’s to beaches nearby like Railay Beach for about 300 baht ($3) !!

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Railay Beach was about 10 minutes away from Ao Nang.

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This is Railay Beach! I cannot believe this is where I swam a few weeks ago. It makes me wanna cry. I miss it so much.

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Not an appealing photo of me haha but we went kayaking.

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Here is a cheesy photo of us 🙂 Railay Beach was so much fun. hehe

 

Tiger Cave Temple

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We rented a scooter to go see the Tiger Cave Temple.

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We had no idea that we were in for the workout of our lives.

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To get to the Tiger Cave Temple, you have to go up 1,237 steps. This may not sound like a lot but they were very very steep steps. Let me tell you, it was painful. Very painful.

IMG_4971The view was beautiful but I have to admit my legs were shaking on the way down. haha

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Although, I was in so much pain, the 1,237 steps (I cannot believe I am saying this) were worth it.

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On our way down we were greeted by cute little monkeys.

 Islands Day Tour

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In Thailand there are many day trip tours, we went on an a four island tour to Pi-Leh Lagoon, Phi Phi Island, Monkey Island and I don’t remember the name.

 

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Lion & Shark

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I found the cutest cafe in Ao Nang. Where they sell yummy smoothie bowls.

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There was a point where we went to this place for breakfast almost every morning.

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yummy yummy yummy yummy yummy

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Awh, I hope to go back again soon. I really enjoyed it. Thank you Lion & Shark ♡

 

Food in Ao Nang

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We had such amazing crab by the beach. This literally took us such a long time to eat but it was so worth. The spices in Thailand were delicious.

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Thai Spicy Soup and Prawns.

Thai Curry and Pad Thai mmmm

Elephants ♡

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We were able to ride the elephants, but we felt a little sad because it seemed like the animals were very mistreated 😦 stop animal cruelty please.

 

Other than that we had such an amazing time, thank you Thailand 🙂

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Can’t wait to go back again soon!

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With so much love,

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Bangkok, Thailand ♡

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Bangkok for a few days. I was so excited to go because I have never been to an Asian country other than Japan!

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We stayed at a very cute and affordable airbnb near the city!

 

JJ Green Market

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On our first day there, we decided to visit the JJ Green Market which is a weekend night  market that sells awesome vintage and new clothes. You cannot imagine how cheap everything was. I was purchasing beautiful shirts for $3!!! I know, crazy.

 

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

IMG_4728.jpgThe next day we went to visit Khlong Lat Mayom floating market. There were sooo many delicious looking fruits and food.

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For $3 each we were about to go on taxi boat to a few different locations.

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We went to visit a beautiful temple!

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We went to a beautiful orchid farm!

We drank yummy coconuts

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I took lots of pictures and Felipe was sweet enough not to get annoyed. haha

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The food was soooo delicious! Every dish was around $3-$6! It was too go to be true.

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I wanna go back and eat these mussels again!!!

 

Wat Pho

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The next day we went to Wat Pho, and it is where the famous reclining Buddha resides.

It was HUGEEE.

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This is our attempt at taking a selfie with the Buddha.

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The architecture was so beautiful, we took lots of photos.

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Look at this cutie!!!

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LATER I HAD THE BEST PAD THAI OF MY LIFEEEEEEE~~~

Grand Palace

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We  walked to the Grand Palace from Wat Pho, This is the king’s palace ^^

It’s so big, the whole palace didn’t fit into the picture.

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Isn’t it so beautiful?! I’d like to live here!

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Bangkok, you were awesome ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

 

Thank you ♡

I’d like to come visit you again soon.

With so much love,

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Top 5 Places On My Travel Wish List After Attending The Boston Globe Travel Show ♡

Recently, I had the opportunity of attending The Boston Globe Travel Show. For those of you who have never attended a travel show it is basically any travel lovers dream place to be. There are many different travel agencies and experts on places around the world and they give you suggestions on where you should go. Although I have a huge list of places I would love to visit around the world these are my top 5 places i’d like to visit (in no specific order).

  1. Phuket, Thailand

phuket-thailandThere are many places I’d like to visit in Thailand but one place I would like to visit specifically is Phuket, Thailand. Look at how amazing this beach is! I learned that the beach is beautiful there, lots of opportunities to go day hiking, you can go see the Big Buddha and other temples, and the food is apparently amazing.

2.Havana, Cuba

shutterstock_328481705.jpgEvery time I look into a place to go most of the time pictures are what capture my interest. Pictures help you imagine where you can be. As I have been researching more and more about Cuba my desire to visit has grown.  There are many historical monuments to see in Havana. I learned that the food, beach, and architect is something worth seeing.

3. Malaysia

tun-sakaran-marine-park.jpgOne place I really would love love to go one day is the Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Semporna in Malaysia. Which is a Marine Park located on the East Coast of Sabah, Malaysia. As you can tell I love the ocean and so Malaysia is one place that I would really really love to go one day.

4. India

taj-mahal-clouds.640x320.jpgIndia has been on my list for quite a few years. I always hear about India. I would love to visit the Taj Mahal and try the food. This may be a little random but a dream of mine one day is to visit one of the orphanages Mother Teresa built in Kolkata and volunteer there.

5. Africa

africa-cruise-safariLastly, a place that has always been on my list is Africa. I would love to visit the safaris in Africa and go to Cape Town. I know I may be a little scared at first but I would love to see the wildlife up close.

Thank you again to The Boston Globe for inviting me to attend the Boston Globe Travel Show, it has definitely inspired me to start planning my next few travels.

These are my top 5 places i’d like to go, what are your top 5? Let me know.

With so much love,

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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico ♡

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Hello ♡

Recently my family and I went on a family vacation to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

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On our first day we relaxed and enjoyed the sun at a beach near our Airbnb.

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On our second day we went to Akumal Beach.

We went snorkeling and swam with the turtles, also saw a few stingray!!

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Here are a few pixelated photos my brother took of our adventures underwater!

The stingray were a bit scary for me…. I kept trying to swim in a horizontal position when we approached the stingray. My legs were definitely outside of the water. haha

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On our third day we went to an aquatic theme park called XelHa where we went snorkeling, zip lining, cliff jumping (which only Andre – my brother did), swimming!

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We even were able to swim in a Mayan Cave!

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We  even were able to spot a beautiful rainbow! Isn’t it beautiful?!

On our last day, we went to visit a few places: Cenote Chikin Ha, Tulum, and Xpu Ha.

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Cenote  is an underwater cave, there are a few in Mexico but we went to visit the Cenote called Chikin Ha.

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Look at how blue the water is! As the light reflects into the water it made a crystal blue color in the water. It was the clearest water I have ever seen. I wish the photos would do it justice.

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Later we went to visit the Maya Ruins in Tulum. This was so interesting to see.

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 Next to the ruins was a view of the beautiful ocean! So we decided to take a few photos.

      Later we enjoyed lunch at Xpu Ha Beach

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For our last dinner I had an amazing seafood pasta  in a restaurant located in 5th avenue of Playa Del Carmen.

I had such a great time and I cannot wait to go back again.

With so much love,

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The Asian Magazine ♡

 

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I recently had the amazing opportunity to collaborate and write for the travel segment of The Asian Magazine May/June 2016 issue.

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It is a seven page spread of my experience to Japan with my boyfriend Felipe! Thank you to our sponsor Audley Travel a traveling agency that tailors your journey to fit just for you. Isn’t that amazing?! For more information, you can check out their website here- https://www.audleytravel.com

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Never in a million years would I have thought my name would be on the cover of a magazine. I am so thankful for this experience and I have learned so much! Thank you to Remi David for taking a few of the photos in my article. As well as Jane Luo and Mav Niu from The Asian Magazine! Also a special thank you to Miles from Audley Travel. An extra extra extra special thank you to Felipe for encouraging me and being a part of this whole process.  I am thankful to everyone who was a part of this experience.

If you would like a copy of this issue you can go to The Asian Magazine’s subscription page. Which is here- http://theasianmagazine.com/subscription

 

You can also check out their blog post for a few behind the scenes photos and a small part of the article- http://theasianmagazine.com/archives/675

All photos of me in this post have been taken by Lillian Seibert http://seibertlillian.wix.com/lsphotography

 

With so much love,

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