Gifting a Unique Wood Watch ♡

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This blog post is very exciting to me because I am doing my very first ever giveaway!! I have been waiting for this exciting moment. FOREVER!!

I was so excited whenJord Wood Watchesreached out to me to collaborate. When companies reach out to me, my number one priority is that I have to genuinely like what I am blogging and sharing.

These watches caught my eye because they were very unique. They’re made from sustainable resources, make for timeless gift options, and offer an element of unique style to anyone that wears them. This also means that no time pieces will be exactly the same.

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I was able to gift Felipe a watch from their Hyde Series, this watch is called Ebony & Iron. You can also gift a beautiful watch to a significant other, a friend, a family member or even to yourself!

They have unique men’s and women’s watches, that you can also check out because one of you will be winning a $100 gift card to Jord Wood Watches. Woohoo. If you sign up for the giveaway —-> here <—  The giveaway will close 03/11/2018 at 11:59pm.

Click here to check out: men’s watches

Click here to check out: women’s watches

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The watch arrives in a beautiful wooden box just like this. So pretty, I love the detail of this wooden box.

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Thank you so much to Jord Wood Watches, sending lots of love to you!

Sign up for the giveawayhere

All photos edited by the fabulous Remi David for inquiries check out her portfoliohere 

with so much love,

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Wooden Wrist Watch
In collaboration with Jord Wood Watches

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Nara, Japan ♡

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As some of you may know, my grandma is from a city called Nara, Japan. During our visit to Japan we spent Christmas and New Years with my obaachan (grandma) in Nara.

I am posting this a year later (I don’t know why it took me a whole year to post this). I am not sure if anyone will see this post but I like looking back at my blog to see what I did and have done. It is a nice travel diary. I should start posting more 🙂

Fun Fact: Nara is the oldest city in Japan.

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Another Fun Fact: Nara is also known for their famous deer park.

The deer are really calm, they bow to you, they let them pet you and you can feed them little snacks that you can purchase there.

It’s always fun to go to the Deer Park also known as Nara koen (koen means park in Japanese). I have been going to this park all my life.

Please see old photos of me at Nara Koen below:

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Me and my ojiichan (grandpa in Japanese) when I was around 1 or 2 years old.

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My outfit was very interesting! haha I am not sure what was going on there

 

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Me freaking out about the deer with my aunt.

 

白骨温泉 (Shirahone Onsen)

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My obaachan (grandma) took us to an onsen town called  Shirahone Onsen which is in the mountains in Japan so there was lots of snow. (Onsen means hot springs in Japanese).

It was such a new experience for me, to be in an onsen outdoor in the middle of the mountains while it was snowing. To have shared this weekend with my family and my grandmother was so wonderful.

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The hotel we stayed at was so beautiful, I took a photo of these lights because I thought they were cool hahaIMG_5265

In hotels in Japan it is common for them to give you this yukata attire.

 

We later visited a town near Shirahone Onsen:

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わかやま (Wakayama)

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We went to a town called Wakayama, in Wakayama there is an umeboshi factory (pickled plum) which is my favorite thing in the world so my family brought us to Wakayama. Where we visited a Japanese temple and the umeboshi factory.

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This is my aunt (we also ate amazing ramen)

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Then we went to the umeboshi factory.IMG_5577IMG_5384

Later we went to eat kaiten zushi (which is sushi with the rotator belt)

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New Years (The Year of the Dog)

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In 2018, it was the year of the Dog ( funny enough the year that I was born was also the year of the dog and my grandfather who passed away was also born during the year of the dog).

In Japan during the first day of the year we go to the Jinja (temple) to pray for good things for the year to come.

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At the very bottom of the temple there was a huge fire place!

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Later that night we made sukiyaki which is an amazing Japanese hot pot dish.

Other Photos in Japan:

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My cousin used to work at an okonomiyaki shop so we went to visit him there.

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He made us these amazing Okonomiyakis.

 

My brother and I went to Universal Studios Osaka, we usually try to go every time we are in Japan. We always have the best time. I didn’t take too many photos but here a few:

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またね日本♡

(See you Japan)

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).

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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.

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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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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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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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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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