Travel Video | Tonto National Monument & Saguaro National Park

About a month ago, Wesley and I went to Arizona to explore Tonto National Monument and Saguaro National Park. I made a short video of our short time out there. Enjoy!!

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2017 May & June Adventures: Weddings, New York, Rafting, and the United Kingdom

May and June flew by so fast and so many things happened within the last 2 months. The last two months were filled with weddings, adventure, and travel.

May Adventures:

Sister’s Wedding & New York: My sister got married in mid-May in rural Pennsylvania. Wesley, my cousin Jillian, and I took a red eye flight from Los Angeles to New York City. We arrived in the city in the early morning and headed out to Pennsylvania. We arrived in country side in the afternoon and met up with my sister at the wedding venue. Since I was Maid of Honor, I had a day planned out with my sister and the rest of the bridal party. We got our nails done and I had rented out a home close by the venue. At night we went out to dinner at a cute restaurant that served country comfort food and had a great selection of drinks! Later that night, I had prepared some games for us girls to play and it was a lot of fun! We drank, danced, and had a great time.

The next day we headed back to the venue to help set up all of the decorations for the Saturday wedding festivities. The bridal party helped put together the flower arrangements for the tables and bouquets. At first, I was really intimidated, but they turned out great and we all had a lot of fun. Later that night more guest arrived and we had a group dinner where the parents gave touching and moving speeches. We capped off the night with some games of big jenga, ping pong, and cornhole.

The day of the wedding started off great. We finished off with the decoration and clean up from the night before. My sister and some of her other bridesmaids got her hair done. We all did our make up together and took pictures with her photographer. The time for all of us to walk down the isle. The ceremony was short and sweet and very romantic. After, we took pictures and had a delicious BBQ dinner. Finally, it was time for me to deliver my speech and it went off perfectly! We ended the night with dancing and having a great time! The wedding was amazing and a lot of fun! I’m so happy for my sister and her husband!

The next day, my cousin, Wesley, and I headed back to New York to spend the day exploring and eating pizza! It had been a few years since me or my cousin had been back to New York and it was the first time Wesley had been to the city. We had dinner and had New York pizza which was delicious! We walked around the city and saw Time Square, Rockerfeller Center, Radio City Hall, and had desserts at Magnolia Bakery. The next day we headed to the World Trade Center Memorial and explored the Battery Park area of lower Manhattan and later that day we headed back to Los Angeles. Although our trip to the east coast was quick it was definitely filled with life long memories that we will all cherish forever.

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Kern River Rafting: Wesley and I were invited to go camping and rafting over Memorial Day weekend. We met up with our friends Friday night and set up camp at our first campsite. The next morning we moved to another campsite. This place was awesome! They had great showers and bathrooms! I’m easily amused… can’t you tell. The rest of the day we spent watching the Kern River and relaxing. On Sunday, we prepared ourselves for a few hours of rafting. At first, I was a little scared, but very excited. In the mid afternoon we were off to our adventure. That weekend, the water was at 6,000 CFS, which is apparently really high. The rapids were a bit rough, but it added to experience. We were tossed around a little bit, but with our amazing guide we made it out unhurt and alive. It was a great adventure and we were all glad we made it safe. I’m so glad that our friends invited us out and we got to do another first with them.

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June Adventures

United Kingdom | London, Whichurch, and Endiburgh

In early June, Wesley and I were off to London. We headed to the United Kingdom for my cousin’s wedding and to take a little vacation as well. We landed in London late Saturday night and we stayed in the Camden neighborhood through Airbnb. Our host were amazing and we stayed in the cutest little studio flat. Everything in the flat was just perfect. On Sunday, we spent the day exploring London. It was the first time Wesley had been to the UK, but it was the third time that I had gone and I wanted to plan the perfect time for him out in London. During our first official day, we went to see Buckingham Palace. It was nice because they had closed off the “Mall” area leading up to the palace to cars and were able to walk in the street. It was nice because the streets were lined with the union jack, It just added to the atmosphere. Next we headed towards to Churchill War Room and walked near the the River Thames and enjoyed the scenery of Big Ben, Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. We ended the night with a beautiful sunset and the Millennium Eye.
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The next day, we started off visiting Westminster Abbey and toured ourselves around the historic place. After, we headed towards Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. We spent a few hours exploring the area and learned of the rich history of the those establishments. We ended up walking along the River Thames down near the Millennium Bridge towards Saint Paul’s cathedral. At night we decided to explore the Camden neighborhood and have fish and chips. It was nice because it was walking distance to our flat.
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On Tuesday, we joined a bus tour to Stonehenge and the city of Bath. We arrived at Stonehenge first and we were greeted with beautiful warm weather. We got explore the area for almost 2 hours. Neither of us had been there and we were so happy to explore it together. After we explored Stonehenge, we headed towards Bath and got to explore the old Roman Baths. After we had lunch and walked around the old city. The city was very romantic and I just wish we were able to spend more time exploring. We headed back to London and had a low key dinner at Nandos! (Which I loved, but tasted like El Pollo Loco… which I am not putting down!)
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Wednesday we spent the morning at the British Museum. We both like museums but especially museums that have sculptures and mummys! After spending the morning viewing exhibits we decided to explore Oxford street and spend the rest of the day doing some light shopping. At night we decided to have dinner near the River Thames and walked to Tower Bridge and watched a sunset with London as the background. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end our stay in London.
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The next day, we headed up to Manchester to meet up with my relatives. After resting for a few hours, my cousin and his wife took Wesley and I out to dinner and drinks in Manchester. The next day we headed out to the English country side to spend the weekend celebrating my cousin’s wedding. The venue where my cousin go married was so beautiful. She got married near Dearford Lake out near Wales. It was a romantic setting and ceremony. We spent the rest of the night of the wedding enjoying music, food, and company with my family. We stayed over night and stayed in nice canvas tents. Now we can check off the box that we camped in the UK. The next day we headed back to the Manchester area and took it easy for the night. On our last day of our UK trip, we decided to head up Edinburgh in Scotland. We took the train up to the city and stayed there for the day. We walked up and down the Royal Mile and admired the achitecture of the city. We spent a few hours a the National Scotland Museum. After we decided to have lunch along the Royal Mile and just take our time through the city. Before we knew it, we were heading back to Manchester.
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And just like that, our trip to the UK was over. This trip was a great getaway for the both of us and I am so thankful for my relatives for taking amazing care of Wesley and I.

So, it’s been a while…

I know, I know… and I’m sorry. I have been really bad on updating my blog these last few months and I apologize. These last few months have been mostly about work and Wesley and I haven’t really had time to go out on the weekends. Especially with the end of the year coming up, it’s been extra busy with work, holidays, and family and friends. But within in September and October, we were able to go to two different places, but I just didn’t have time to update you guys on the blog.

September – Labor Day Weekend

On Labor Day weekend, Wesley and I headed out to Alabama Hills and Lone Pine to check out Manzanar and camp in Alabama Hills. On the first day out in the Lone Pine area, we explored the town and Manzanar. Lone Pine is such a cute town and the main street of the town looks like time has completely stood still and looks like an old western town. When headed up the 395 North and towards Manzanar. As stated by the National Park Service, “In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II.” Manzanar was an eye opening experience and came with a lot of emotion. The historical site had a lot of first hand accounts that you could read about and replica barracks that you could go into. Although it was amazing to see, it was also really sad be think about what the people went through and how scared they were to have everything and loose it all. We stayed there for the afternoon and after headed to Alabama Hills to camp out for two nights. Wesley and I have never camped alone together, we are always usually with a group of people. But camping out in Alabama Hills was amazing. It was so quiet and peaceful. We were planning to stay for two nights, but as we were trying to go up to see a ghost town, Wesley’s car was having some trouble and we had to get towed ALL THE WAY BACK to the LA County area… over 200 miles to be exact. So I hope in the near future we could go back and really explore the area even more so.

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October – Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park
In early October, Wesley and I went out to the Oxnard area to catch a ferry out to one of the islands in Channel Islands National Park. We decided to go to Anacapa Island. It took about an hour and half to get to the island from the harbor and we were greeted with a steep and beautiful rocky cliff of the island with a beautiful lagoon. The island is pretty small at about 1 mile or so wide. They have some camp sites on the island, but we decided to just stay for the day. They have different points of interest on the island, but the most popular point is Inspiration point. This area of the island is so inspiring and beautiful. This island is great for a day trip. There are different islands within the National Park, which I am excited to one day explore.

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So there was a little recap of the last couple of months with me. I hope you enjoyed! Till next time, see ya!

Photo Diary: Colorado & Utah National Parks

Over Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend and I went to Denver, Colorado to explore some national parks in the state and in Utah.

When we first landed in Denver we went straight to the city of Golden to see the Buffalo Bill Museum and Buffalo Bill’s grave site. The museum was about an hour away from downtown Denver and had beautiful views of the city and greenery all around.

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After, we headed to our first official stop, Estes Park. The city is such a cute and quaint town. The nature within the town is beautiful. While we were here we went to see The Stanley Hotel which inspired the movie, The Shining. You would think the hotel would be creepy and scary, but it’s not too bad. It’s actually quite beautiful. My boyfriend and I also spent the majority of our time at Rocky Mountain National Park, right outside of Estes Park. Rocky Mountain National Park is amazing. The mountain tops were filled with snow and the valleys were so green and lush. There were moose and elk roaming the park. It didn’t feel real. When we were there, we hiked around Bear Lake and up Alberta Falls. Both had amazing view points. We also drove around Trail Ridge Road, which is actually one of the longest roads in the states. The road goes up to a high elevation and it even started snowing while we were up there. I wish we could have spent more time in the park, but sadly our time at Estes Park came to end and we were off to the next city.

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We drove from Estes Park to Moab, Utah. We made a stop in Glenwood Springs in Colorado. We went to the Glenwood Cavern Adventure Park to check out the caves. We took a tour in the Fairy Caves and saw beautiful caves and and learned about how the founders travelled through the mountains in Colorado. After the caves, we headed to Moab to explore Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. Both of the parks had amazing canyon views. We both love the desert and the landscapes that come with it. When we went to Canyonlands National Park, we explored the part of the park called “Island in the Sky”, which is the most popular part of the park. The other portions of the park are for back country hiking and off roading trails.

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 photo DSC_0701_zpsdqzoul9d.jpgWhen we went to Arches National Park, we did some hiking to see the most popular sights in the Park. My favorite arch in the park is Delicate Arch which consisted of a hike up a rock face. Even though I felt like giving up throughout the hike, I knew the view at the end of the hike was so rewarding. We waited to watch the sunset at Delicate Arch. Even though it was really crowded, it was so beautiful.

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After a view days in Moab, it was time to head back to Colorado. We were headed to Alamosa, Colorado. But on our way back, we stopped at Mesa Verde National Park. This national park was different that the other parks we had visited. Going to this park was like stepping into history. We got to explore the Cliff Palace. The tour included climbing ladders and going down steep steps and it was so worth it. After our tour we rested in Alamosa for the night.

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The next day, we went to spend some time at our last national park, Great Sand Dunes National Park. This park was like seeing an oasis in the desert, but vice versa. The sand dunes were such a stark contrast to the Rocky Mountains in the background. At the dunes, you could rent boards so that you could ride down the dunes. We didn’t end up doing that, but we took our time roaming the dunes. After, we headed into to Denver to end our trip within a few days of arriving in the city.

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This trip was amazing and even though we saw a lot and did a lot, it was all worth it. I am so happy that I got to spend so much time and make so many memories with my boyfriend, Wesley. There is so much more to see in Colorado and Utah and we hope to be back soon.

Thanks for reading! Till next time!

Colorado | Utah: Travel Video

Recently, my boyfriend and I went to check out some National Parks in Colorado and Utah. During our trip we went to 3 National Parks in Colorado and 2 National Parks in Utah. We visited (in order)  Rocky National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and Great Sand Dunes National Park. All the parks were so different and unique in their own way. I loved this trip so much!

Also, this year, all National Parks are celebrating the centennial! So go and explore your local National Parks!

Outfit Ideas: In Transit

Aloha everyone! Have you ever been at a lost as to what to wear when you are traveling? You want to be comfortable, but yet you don’t want to look too much like a bum. I’ve come up with some outfit ideas that you can use as inspiration when you’re either traveling on a plane, bus, car, whatever.

Relaxed Outfit

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With this outfit, I went for ultra comfort, but still being put together. I went for the “I workout… sometimes” look with this outfit. Ahaha. But, seriously, workout gear is the most comfortable clothes to wear… especially when you are traveling. I think wearing workout leggings rather than sweatpants or joggers are much more flattering. Also, if you’re not comfortable with your butt or bottom half, you can always throw over a fun hoodie or sweater for comfort. With this outfit, I also paired it with a shawl that could turn into a scarf. I love wearing scarfs while traveling because they can be used in various different ways. You can use it as a scarf, a blanket, a shawl… So versatile! 

Casual Outfit 

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I personally really love this outfit. I think this outfit is perfect for someone who wants to be comfortable, but still casual and chic at the same time. I love the cool vibes that this outfit gives. With this outfit, you give off an effortless look, while still looking put together. The base of the outfit is really casual, but by adding trendy pieces like the long cardigan and the cheetah print loafers you can instantly make the outfit more put together and structured. 

Dressy Outfit

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This outfit is for someone who has to either go to an important meeting once they get off the plane. Many people believe that you shouldn’t wear a dress while traveling becaus it is too uncomfortable or the outfit may get ruined. I think you can, but you have to find the right garment to wear. When choosing a dress to wear, you should look for a dress that is a stretchy material, a material that won’t wrinkle like neoprene, and a dress that is the right length. Also,  when wearing a dress when you travel, I recommend wear biking shorts underneath for extra coverage and comfort. I’ve also paired this outfit with a cute pair of flats for comfort just in case you need to run to your gate at the airport. 
I hope you found these outfit ideas helpful and inspirational! Happy travels! 

Essentials for Desert Outings

Aloha! Today I thought I’d share my top essentials for a day outing in a desert landscape. The desert can be an exciting and fun place to explore, but you have to remember that Mother Nature can be powerful if you aren’t fully prepared for her.

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I’ll be starting from the top and working my way left to right. Also, this is catered more for Spring  or Summer months.
Hat: The sun can be extremely powerful and can dangerous. Wearing a hat can protect you and your head from the powerful rays from the sun. Any hat will do, but I recommend a bucket style hat that has a brim all the way around and has a draw string to make sure the hat stays on your head. Winds can be strong and you don’t want to worry about your hat flying away.

Hiking Boots: Since desert terrain can be rocky and uneven, it’s important to have good support for your feet.  Also, since you’ll probably want to climb some boulders it’s good to have a good grip on your shoes, which hiking boots can give you.  When you are looking for a good quality pair of boots, you want to have good arch support, great grip, and good ankle support. I personally own a pair of Lowas and I love them!

Sunglasses: To add to with protection from the sun, it’s important to protect your eyes as well. Any pair of sunglasses will be fine, but it’s important that the sunglasses have UV protection and that the sunglasses are comfortable. You don’t want to be fumbling around and constantly adjusting your glasses. And I even recommend maybe even using a drawstring for your glasses so they can stay put, even though you’ll feel a little dorky, you’ll be protected which is more important.

Sunblock: If you can’t tell, you should be protected from the sun. I think sun block is self explanatory. The higher the SPF, the better. Use it!

Jacket: Winds can pick up in the desert and a wind breaker can be a great barrier between your skin and the sand the can pick up and whip you. Also, sometimes when your are hiking through a canyon it can be shady and cold so a light jacket would be perfect for a day hike. Also, this type of jacket can be perfect to roll up and keep in your backpack.

Snacks: When you are doing some day hikes, it’s important to not be hungry. To give yourself some energy, make sure you pack some light snacks that can benefit you. You can pack some granola bars, some fruits, or even a light sandwich.

Water: I saved the most important for last. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It is important to drink water while you are out in the desert. You don’t want to be passing out or getting dizzy out in the desert. I recommend using a mini hydration pack like a Camel Back so that you can have easy access to your water and you don’t have to worry about leaving your bottle in the car or out on a hiking trail. Also, you could use this pack to back your snacks and jacket and other things.

These are some of the things that I think you should bring out to the desert. Of course you can always bring more if you need to. But remember, be smart when you are out there, but most importantly have fun!

Camping in Joshua Tree 

Last weekend Wesley and I went camping with some of our oldest friends in Joshua Tree and camped at the  Jumbo Rocks. We had so much fun hanging out and climbing anything that we could. It was nice reconnecting with them because it had been a while since we’ve had a group outing. Collectively, we all want to get more often and hopefully after this trip we can make it happen. We’ve all known each other for 10 years and it’s always nice making time in our busy schedules to hang out. 

Made a short video of our time out in the desert! Hope you enjoy!