Los Angeles, CA, United States for the Melrose Trading Post!

Sundays are for relaxing, eating a hearty brunch to soak up the drinks from the night before, and it’s a day  for enjoying the Los Angeles sunny weather. As much as us LA locals love our warm weather, we don’t get to enjoy it often enough due to sitting in our cars, in traffic 5 days a week. So, what’s a way to take...

One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and definitely one of my highest bucket-list items is the Grand Canyon. I’m sitting here at home still in disbelief that I got to see the magnificent Grand Canyon with my own eyes.When we were planning my trip to Sedona, we knew the Grand Canyon was going to be too vast to go...

Los Angeles is a city that is designed for Instagram worthy photos! Over the recent years, coffee shops and cafes have been amping up their design game and the results are breath taking for customers. What goes great with a strong cup of joe in the morning? Eye candy! Let me introduce you to 7  Instagrammable places...

Welcome to the second beach of the Meet the Beaches series! The first one was for Long Beach, you can click here to read that.Today I’m giving you a quick insight into the famous Santa Monica Beach area! With summer right around the corner, a lot of people are looking for things to do in Santa Monica, best place to...

So, it’s February which means we have to address that big pink and red, sugary sweet elephant in the room. Everywhere you go, you see heart shaped boxes filled with an assortment of chocolate, obnoxiously sappy love cards, and teddy bears as big as you. As if that isn’t bad enough, you are probably being bombarded with...

Sunday Funday is a day I look forward to every week! I love sleeping in and indulging in life’s simple pleasures before starting fresh on Monday morning. A treat-yo-self type of day is the perfect end to a weekend.One of my favorite Sunday activities is food tasting at Smorgasburg in Downtown Los...

The sole purpose of going to Maui was for a relaxing, tropical vacation to celebrate my birthday. But I knew I wanted to at least do one thing that required me leaving the beach or poolside. In Maui, there’s a lot of adventurous and scenic activities you can do, one of them being the Road to Hana.Before I discuss my...

Thanks to one of my best friends getting married last Saturday, I had the opportunity to visit both Cape Cod and Boston for the first time! The wedding itself was in Cape Cod but I couldn’t pass up adding a few days to explore Boston!Minus the time spent at the beautiful wedding (congrats again, R & A!), I enjoyed...

I was in Portland, Oregon for Labor Day weekend to celebrate a friend’s gender reveal. But since that was only a few hours, I got to explore some new places in Portland that I thought I would share with you!If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know that I used to live there. A total of 4 years of my...

Even though I’ve lived in Southern California for almost 4 years now (wow, time flies when you’re having fun in the sun!) and used to be an avid skier, I’ve never been up to Big Bear Lake. I even used to work at a hotel located near the foot of the mountain! So when I was thinking of a little staycation to go on, I...

I have been training at Fulcrum for a little over a year now as a way to keep my body prepped and ready for the beatings that both skateboarding and surfing enjoy handing to me on a regular basis. I guess my whole thinking behind joining Fulcrum was that a soldier never goes in to battle unprepared and neither should...

Summer = fairs.  Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of summer. Especially when it gets into the 100’s in temperature, I would go as far as to say I hate summer. But summer also means county fairs and I do love that.  Last year, I attended the Orange County Fair for the first time and had such a blast, I had to go back...

I love San Francisco. Pretty sure I’ve never met someone that doesn’t! Even though I live in Los Angeles, I don’t go up there as often as I should. Whenever I go up north, it’s for Napa Valley – which of course isn’t a bad alternative but a completely different experience. When I found great airfare for San Francisco, I...

Sometimes you need some R&R. I’m known to have a strict schedule when I travel but this time around my schedule was to relax. By recommendation, I ended up here at the La Quinta Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel.  If you’re not familiar with La Quinta, it’s about 20-30 minutes further from Palm Springs (if you’re...

Napa is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s a quick flight from Los Angeles and some airlines have amazing deals up to Sacramento or Oakland! I go up to Napa at least 2-3 times a year to pick up my wine club shipments. Here’s a short and sweet guide of my favorite places in Napa Valley!  Stay: Hampton Inn...

Even people that know me well were surprised to hear that I was attending EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival). It’s always been one of my Bucket List items in life as I enjoy various styles of EDM (Electric Dance Music). EDC? EDM? Perhaps these famous artists may give you an idea: Zedd, Tiesto, Alesso, Calvin Harris, The...

I always tell people that ‘travel’ doesn’t have to mean you spend thousands of dollars to go overseas. If you saw my main platform, which is Instagram, you’ll see that most of my travels are not international – nor did they cost thousands of dollars. To me, travel means that you’re experiencing something out of your...

I spent a few days in Palm Springs, California for what turned into a very Instagram-inspired trip! It started out with booking at the Saguaro Hotel, a very colorful hotel where chances are, you’ve seen pictures on someone’s Instagram! Then, it snowballed into several other hot spots that were inspired by popular...

I wasn’t originally going to post anything regarding my trip to Seattle this past week since it was actually unplanned. My 93 year old Grandpa and Uncle needed some help selling one of their houses so my parents flew in from Japan and I went up last minute to assist.Amidst all the moving and selling furniture on...

Best Coffee Shops: Fazil Bey’s Turkish Coffee Mandabatmaz Hafız Mustafa The House Café Java Studio Istanbul Best Turkish Breakfast Spots: Sade Kahve Gezi Istanbul Cafe Firuz Giritli Idilika Kahve6 Rose Marine Restaurant & Café & Bar Smyrna Café Van Kahvaltı Evi Emirgan Sütiş Café Privato Best...

Best Coffee Shops: Fazil Bey’s Turkish Coffee Mandabatmaz Hafız Mustafa The House Café Java Studio Istanbul Best Turkish Breakfast Spots: Sade Kahve Gezi Istanbul Cafe Firuz Giritli Idilika Kahve6 Rose Marine Restaurant & Café & Bar Smyrna Café Van Kahvaltı Evi Emirgan Sütiş Café Privato Best...

Japan is famous for a lot of things.  One particular thing that sticks out though are the cherry blossoms. April through May is the prime time to be in Japan because of their stunning cherry blossoms. The Japanese take this opportunity to have picnics at parks with family, friends and coworkers. Especially during...

As fun as Tokyo is, my parents planned two trips within Japan while I visited – Hakone and Kyoto. I’m sure everyone recognizes Kyoto but most likely not Hakone. Hakone is a small town about an hour southwest of Tokyo by express train (a little slower than a bullet train) and is largely known for their...

Yokohama is a city about 45 minutes away by train from Tokyo, also known as the “Bay City”. Yokohama is famous for their large China Town but recently, it’s become famous for the Cup Noodle Museum. That’s right, that Cup Noodle. It was built a few years ago and I’ve always wanted to check it out since that was my main...