Outside Lands ♡

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During my time at Berklee College of Music, I was able to get into a class called The Berklee Popular Music Institute and the class entailed of sending artists to major music festivals. My team & I were able to go with the band AJNA.

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We had the time of our lives!!!! What a wonderful experience.

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I am so proud of them! They did so amazing!! They killed it. Check out AJNA’s new EP here-

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Matine and I on our first day ❤

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I even made a sweet friend on the trip ❤ Sidney !!! She is awesome.

 

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I even got tinsels in my hair!!! 🙂

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I  MET MY BEST FRIEND AND INSPIRATION JONATHAN VAN NESS ❤ he was the only person I wanted to meet and I met him. So i’m telling you all… dreams really do come true !! (Credit goes to Matine for taking this photo for me !! )

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Me + Sid + Matine + Aaron ❤ haha GIRLS CLUB

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me and feli! So proud of you ❤

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Outside Lands was by far the best festival  I have ever been too.

IMG_5778 We were surrounded by nature, kind people, music and food!! What more could you ask for!?

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It felt like we were camping at a music festival!! All we needed was some fire and some yummy marshmallows to roast. 😛

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Mac Demarco !!!!

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Haha so much fun!!

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What an amazing team!! What an amazing group of friends!! What an amazing experience!! What an amazing group of people!!

 

Thank you SF!! Thank you Outside Lands!! Thank you Berklee!!

See you soon SF!!

With so much love,

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Brooklyn Flea Market ♡

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Over the weekend I had the chance to go to New York and during my time there I was finally able to visit the Brooklyn Flea Market in Dumbo !! woohooo

The flea market was located under the Manhattan Bridge, in such a cute little area.

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The market sold such cute little things, look how adorable these little vintage photos are.

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🙂

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They also sold these cute little succulents and these beautiful rugs.

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I fell in love with a pair of earrings there that I should have purchased but I didn’t (Currently crying about it right now)

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AND I will be coming back for these beautiful photos for my new room once I move to Brooklyn!!! hehe

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We had a wonderful time!!!

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Just being a little adventurous with the sunglass selection.. hehe

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I had a great time Brooklyn Flea Market, I will definitely be going back to do some shopping!! 😉

 

with so much love,

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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.

 

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_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.

 

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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.

Railay Beach

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

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.

 

Tiger Cave Temple

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

 

yummy yummy yummy yummy yummy

 

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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Boston Calling x Red Bull ♡

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Recently, I had the opportunity to attend The Boston Calling Music Festival, Red Bull is a sponsor of Boston Calling and I was lucky enough to get a sponsor from Red Bull to attend this amazing music festival. Woo.

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I don’t know if you know but Red Bull is really involved with music, they have their own Music Academy (which they will be announcing and opening applications for soon, so apply if you can, I had the opportunity to check out the Music Academy they had in Montreal last year and it was beyond incredible. For more info about the Academy check out my blog post about it here). The RBMA is a dream for any musician, vocalist, songwriter so if you have the opportunity to apply for it DO IT!

Honestly, I don’t know if you realize this, but Red Bull is everywhere supporting music. Recently, Red Bull sponsored Together Music Festival in Cambridge. Red Bull Music Academy also recently had really cool music events in New York, that I was unable attend 😦 They had Solange there and I was so upset I couldn’t go!! I know I know, but I will definitely be attending future Red Bull Music Academy events.

PS. I know  I have mentioned this in my other blog posts but, as you can tell the Orange Edition is my favorite flavor. 

 

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Boston Calling had such an amazing lineup and amazing food!! I didn’t really take too many photos of the food but here is a awkward photo of me before I devoured that hamburger. I am telling you guys, Tasty Burger is a gift from heaven. 

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My favorite show by far was Cage The Elephant, oh my gosh. They killed it. Amazing music and amazing energy on stage. I loved the energy they brought, every single person in the crowd was so engaged and so happy. I love that music does that, everyone came together to one place no matter their culture and beliefs and just enjoyed music among one another. We were all one. That is the power of love and music. 

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Thank you so much Red Bull for sponsoring my day at Boston Calling. I am looking forward to attending future events with Red Bull.

 

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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