LA Trip ♡

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I decided to go to LA for a couple days to get away from New York and also visit a very close friend of mine. Here are a few photos of my trip/places I recommend for you to go ♡ For all you foodies, this one is here for you. I went a bit wild with the food this time. hehe

 

Melrose Trading Post ♡

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Meet one of my closest friends Victoria ♡ She is currently living in LA and I am so happy I got to visit her and have her show me around. Thank you for everything Vic, love u.

The Melrose Trading Post is like the LA version of the Brooklyn Flea Market (but better).

I bought the shades I am wearing in the photo at The Melrose Trading Post. Aren’t they so cute? 🙂

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They had the cutest little stands/tents. Look at this cute little van too ♡ I enjoy going to flea markets and I think The Melrose Trading Post is one of my favorite flea markets I have been too.

 

Gracias Madre ♡

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Vic took me to the cutest Organic/Vegan Mexican restaurant called Gracias Madre. Which is the sister restaurant of Cafe Gratitude (which I didn’t get the chance to go to this time).

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I had a yummy Michelada 😛

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Gracias Madre serves farm fresh, locally sourced, organic and vegan food. If you have the chance to go, you gotta go 🙂

Malibu♡

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I have never had the chance to visit Malibu!! So happy I got to visit this time. It was such a peaceful, quiet place.

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Happy I got to spend time by the beach ♡

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For those of you who saw my instagram story saw that I was looking for the Grace & Frankie house there. I was never able to find it 😦 but apparently the house is located in Malibu. If you are able to go and find it, let me know! 🙂

Little Tokyo♡

Little Tokyo is such a fun place to go to for yummy Japanese food and also for Japanese snacks, face masks and more 😀

Here are two restaurants we went to, I recommend both. 😀

Chinchikurin (Okonomiyaki/Takoyaki)

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Marugame Monzo (Udon)

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I decided to be a little adventurous and I tried the udon carbonaro (a combination of Japanese and Italian food). I guess if I were a food i’d be udon carbonara….? lol I wouldn’t mind 😛 It was sooo good. I know it sounds weird but it was sooo creamy and full of flavor.

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For the other half of my trip I stayed with my friends Aaron and Eilidh and they were kind enough to show us around and drive us around. Unfortunately, we only took this photo of us together. Thank you for everything Aaron and Eilidh!!

Runyon Canyon♡

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I have always wanted to go to Runyon Canyon. Yes, this is the very famous hiking spot where you can spot lots of celebrities. (No we didn’t see any this time lol).

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Runyon is such a beautiful place to go to get a little exercise in. LA is great because you are still in a city but can be immersed in nature in just a few minutes.

Also, if you are looking for a place to get a good view of LA…Runyon is the place 🙂

 

My Little Dumpling ♡

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Vic took me to the cutest Dim Sum Restaurant. The photos speak for itself.

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This is the perfect place to go for an intimate dinner with drinks and plates to share with friends.

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We later had gelato at Gelateria Uli, it is walking distance from My Little Dumpling. So if you are looking for a good gelateria with unique flavors this is the place to go. I had the thai iced tea and lavender.

I met with so many other friends that I didn’t get to take any photos with or of 😦

During this trip I felt really loved and made so many great memories.

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Thankful for life, my friends, for Peri Chan, for being able to travel, to make new experiences and also for you. Thank you for reading this blog post all the way through.♡

 What places do you recommend I go the next time I am in LA?

Let me know 🙂

With lots and lots and lots of love,

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Tulum, Mexico ♡

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Hello ♡ Happy New Year! During the holidays my parents and I decided to go to Tulum for a few days. I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from the trip.

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Tulum is a city where you bike everywhere! We biked everyday to get to the beach for the first few days.

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I had an amazing smoothie bowl from a restaurant called Sugar Free

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We spent every day at the beach. (Bathing suit from h&m, I couldn’t find the link:( )

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We biked and bought a few pounds of rambutan 😛

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I found the most beautiful furniture store

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Bacalar ♡

 

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My family and I went to this town called Bacalar which is three hours away from Tulum by bus. Bacalar is a lagoon connected to the ocean, this water isn’t salt water! Doesn’t it look like the ocean?

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My beautiful mommy 🙂

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After we swam, we walked around the town. This town had such a calm presence to it, we felt so relaxed here.

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Mexico, I can’t wait to go back and see you again. Hopefully my next destination will be Mexico City? 🙂

Hasta luego Mexico,

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4th of July ♡

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Spent my last 4th of July in Boston with friends at Carson Beach in Boston. I just wanted to share a few photos from my day on my blog.

🙂

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We spent the day with lots of yummy fruits, coconut water and chips.

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Here with my friend Allie!

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and with my peri chan 🙂

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I went with a few other friends but they were too shy to take photos haha.

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We later biked home 🙂

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and went to The Charles River and watched the fireworks! They were so beautiful.

 

I will miss you Boston, sad to be leaving you so soon.

 

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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Mexico ♡

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I had the great opportunity to go to Mexico over Spring Break ♡

Felipe and I visited Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, I wanted to share a few photos from our trip.

 

Playa Del Carmen

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We enjoyed the beach so much!! ahh I miss it.

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mmmm just looking at this mango makes my mouth water.

IMG_E1437IMG_E1313We enjoyed walking around and looking at the beautiful architecture, we ate lots and lots of tortas and tacos and mangos. yum yum yum.

 

We found many cute coffee shops and cafes here were my top two favorites:

Que Huevos-

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Fresco Habito-

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These smoothie bowls were so yummy

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Xpu Há Beach

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I didn’t get to take too many photos of Xpu Há beach, but if you ever have the chance to go to Playa Del Carmen, please go visit Xpu Há.

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Mayan Ruins Tulum

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We went to go visit the Mayan Ruins in Tulum!

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It is crazy to think that human sacrifices were done here! This was my second time here but it is always so much fun going here.

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There were so many cute iguanas

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We had a lovely time!

 

 

Tulum

 

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Felipe & I spontaneously decided to stay in Tulum for a few nights!

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We stayed at a very cute hotel in Tulum called El Posado Del Sol

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I fell in love with Tulum, next time I would love to go back and stay in Tulum for a longer time.

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yummy fruits 🙂

MAMASAN

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We biked to this really cute rooftop bar/restaurant in Tulum called Mamasan. If you ever go to Tulum, I really recommend going to this place. The drinks were so yummy.

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We had such a great time and maybe we biked back a little tipsy haha

 

Cenote Azul

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On our last day we went to a beautiful Cenote, the water was crystal clear!!

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Look at the water it’s so beautiful!!!

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So thankful for my time in Mexico, we enjoyed it so much.

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See you soon Mexicoooo ♡

with so much love,

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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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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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