With kind of a last minute planning (for my standard), we decided to go to Italy for Brian’s spring break. At first I was very skeptical and stressed about the whole trip because we used a trip planning service we’ve never used before, didn’t have a lot of time to think through it before booking the tickets (pretty much decided Italy would be fun, found a good deal, and booked it immediately). On top of that, going to a country where I don’t speak the langue of always makes me really nervous. But I’m SO glad we went! Italy truly is a magical place.
For our trip, we visited Milan, Como, and Venice. And although I have visited other parts of Italy before when I was younger, I have to say this trip left me speechless and wanting more. Each city made lasting impression on me in different ways, each with their unique flare and personality. I really love the mix of architecture, design, and fashion in Milan; Nothing compare with all the inspiration you get from walking around the streets (even the people are so fashion forward). The beautiful view and quietness in Como was the perfect place for some R&R; Everything takes a slower pace and even walking in the rain feels relaxing. I have always heard Venice is a beautiful city, but being charmed by it’s magic in person really is an unparalleled experience; every corner you turn is another breathtaking view to take in, definitely the photogenic city I’ve been to yet.
These are just some of the photos I took from my trip (all on an iPhone 8Plus), but they really cannot do the cities justice. I will be reliving my trip through these photos and already cannot wait to go back to visit!
It has been very exciting around here! After a little over 8 and a half years of dating, Brian and I finally made it official and are now engaged! There are no words to describe our happiness and excitement, I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with the person that understands me, makes me so happy, and knows how to calm me down when I’m being unreasonably stressed.
The future is unknown, but I’m so grateful that I’ll have him to lean on through thick and thin.
Hi everyone! Hope you’re doing well. I apologize for being a little absent on the blog lately, but there’s a good reason for that… We welcomed a new member to our family last weekend! And life has not been the same since.
Meet Henry, our little baby Corgi. He’s currently just a little over 10 weeks old! He has the same birthday as his me and the same Chinese Zodiac sign as my parents, which I find incredibly endearing. We love him to death, although sometimes he could be a handful and hard to deal with (comes with the territory I supposed, haha). We’re doing our best to get our life back to a somewhat normal schedule, but it will take a while before he grows to be a calmer pup *fingers crossed*.
I’m hoping to be resuming to a more normal blog schedule in the next week or two, please bear with me! In the meantime, you can follow Henry’s growing diary on his Instagram account @henrycorgibear for a daily dose of cuteness!
Sorry for the 2 weeks break on here guys! I took a long overdue 2 week vacation home to Taiwan at the beginning of February, and it was amazing! I don’t get to go home as often as I would like anymore ever since I started working because tickets are quite pricey and it takes almost 24 hrs to get home, which means I’ll have to at least be able to take off a week of work to make going home worth the time and money. But going home always makes me so happy, even if it’s only 2 short weeks. I was so glad to be home and see my friends and family. It was a not too short but not too long vacation, and I miss it so much already.
This year, I was able to go home for Chinese New Year for a little over 2 weeks! This trip has been in the planning since last summer, and I was beyond excited when it was actually time to travel. Unlike past trips home, this year Brian came with me and he was able to meet my family and friends and see me in my comfort zone. And this time I also made a conscious decision to spend more time with my family, which I’m very glad I did. When I was younger, I spent most of my time home with my friends and I barely get to spend any quality time with my parents and grandparents, as I grow older I’m starting to realize and appreciate more of the importance of family, though I didn’t get to see all the friends I would like this time around, I’m so glad I was able to spend a lot of time with my family.
Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken during my trip home with my (and some from my friend’s) iPhone! This year since Brian was with me we did a lot more tourist-y things and saw a lot of places I usually wouldn’t (and some that I’ve never been to before). It was a different experience compare to my past trips but in a good way. Hope you enjoy my little photo diary!
Happy New Year everyone! Another year, another Humane Society Instagram calendar (where 75% of the sale price goes directly to the animal protection program of the HSUS for a good cause)! Hope everyone had a great start to the year. I kick started this year by going to see my favorite DJ Hardwell (thanks Brian!), and it definitely sets the bar high for 2016. This year, though I do not have many new goals, I want to continue what I’ve started last year and keep on improving.
- To continue with curating my closet and pairing down. I’ve cleared out a lot of the items in my closet already, but there is still that one little pile that I just haven’t been able to get myself to sort it through the last bits and either donate or sell on Poshmark,
- I need to restart documenting my capsule wardrobe challenge. I haven’t given up on it I promise! I just haven’t been able to take pictures and document it in the past few months. And even though I’ve been trying to keep the items in my closet to a minimum, with the holiday sale I might have picked up one too many items and not getting rid of enough that the new ones are supposed to be replacing. I want to have a closet I love, a figure out a more defined style so I can avoid purchasing unnecessary items in the future (it’s been getting better, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement).
- Put in more effort to do my makeup daily. It’s not that I do not care about my appearance for work, but sometimes I give the excuse of “who am I trying to impress” and allow myself to just to the bare minimum. But just because I’m not seeing my significant till after work when I’m home with no makeup on and in my pajamas, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t look nice that day. I really love playing around with makeup, and I love to make myself feel and look good everyday, so just because I’m not seeing anyone important, I should still put in the effort everyday, for myself.
- Last but not least, I want to make sure to time manage better and make myself more productive when I’m at home – With working full time, it’s easy for me to get off work, go home and allow myself to just relax and lounge for the rest of the evening. I’ve become lazy and very unproductive with my nights when I could be doing something to self improve, whether it’s going to the gym, coloring the new coloring books I got for Christmas, or organize my room. I want to be able to be more productive at night, self motivate to do more things instead of just laying in bed watching TV.
These goals may seem very simple and insignificant, and it’s definitely not life changing or revolutionary, but they are definitely important to me and are something I think will really help me personally. Baby steps, right? What are your new year goals?
Can you believe we’ve gone through another year already? I feel that as I get older time goes faster, but there were so many exciting things that happened this year, and I can’t wait for what’s to come in 2016.
This year has been a pretty exciting one, I was able to keep up with this little space and it turned one in May! I also saw one of my best friends get married, attended 2 bachelorette parties, met Steve Aoki, visited LA for the first time, moved in together with my significant other, booked a trip to go visit Taiwan with him, went on my first business trip, and so many more. I’m so thankful for everyone and everything that’s happened this year, and there are so many more exciting things to look forward to in the next.
Thank you all for visiting and supporting my blog, I hope to keep up and come up with more creative content as I grow with it! Please don’t hesitate to throw suggestions and things I can improve my way. I hope everyone have a very happy New Year! See you in 2016!