Touring Boscobel and Main Street, Cold Spring

As winter finally sheds its fickle grip over New York, we finally made our first exploration trip outside of the city that didn’t involve running. Getting out of the city doesn’t require a car or hundreds of dollars for the tolls. It just needs making it to the MetroNorth on time, which runs every hour…

Roosevelt Island & The Tram Ride

It’s been over 10 years since I’ve lived in New York and living in Queens, I pass by Roosevelt Island stop many a times but I never stopped myself to actually explore the island. My morning runs along Astoria’s East River front, I can see the lighthouse and a beautiful domed building and I told…

Prepping for My Highland Experience

To start off, I’ve never seen Highlander (the movie), but I hear is great so it will be on my list of movies to watch before visiting the Highlands. But I’m so stoked about my trip to Scotland, mostly because my experiences of Scotland have been through novels. Understandably, I won’t be finding hot Scottish…

Baby Elephants & Karen Blixen

The Daphne Sheldrick Baby Elephant and Rhino Orphanage is a sure place to see African elephants with their large floppy ears and red dusted skin. Located near the Langata Gate of Nairobi National Park, it is part of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Fund. It is opened only for 1 hour from 11AM-12PM and it…

Day Tour of Kiambethu Tea Farm

Before coming to Kenya, I did know that many of the world’s tea is originally from Kenya. It was with pleasant anticipation that for a day trip, we went to Limuru, which is an hour drive from Nairobi to where Kiambethu Tea Farm is situated. It is said to be an old farm from the…

Tempura Shrimp & Vegetables

Boxing Day, which is typically a British holiday in which you open Christmas gifts, arrived quite warmly, cool breeze and partly cloudy weather. It is a rest day but we are invited to have lunch at an ex-UNEP employee’s home near Karura Forest.

Roaming Nairobi National Park

I’ve never been an early morning riser. 7AM is the most I can manage. How does one manage intend to wake up to get to a National Park at 630AM? Well, one doesn’t.

Glamping at Lake Elmenteita

The Rift Valley is best seen in Kenya, so says the hotel guide. For this part of the trip, bookings were made at Lake Elmenteita Serena Lodge. It is a “hut/tent” style of lodge, designed to be the ultimate form of African “glamping”. Located on the conservancy of Baron Delamare, purchased in 1845, the hotel…

First Impressions: Kenya

They say honesty is key to telling a story. A good story. The truth is, I’ve never had any desire to visit Kenya, let alone Africa. Maybe Morocco or Egypt but not so much Africa. The savannahs never really called to me the way lush rainforest did. But I find myself in Kenya, nonetheless, and…

Seasickness On the Hudson

The past few months, I had taken up a semi-full time freelance position with an ad agency, allowing myself 3 days weekend, never exceeding 8 hour workdays, and also learning how to balance money for insurance, taxes, rent, and savings. It feels like being an adult while still enjoying my time. I went into the…

Astoria Flea Market

It’s a long weekend in Astoria, Queens! That means early dismissal and completely disconnecting from work! Saturday was a beautiful day with a rainy afternoon, spent in Brooklyn catching up with friends, which is the best way to spend Saturdays. Brunching in Brooklyn.

St. Demetrios Festival 2014

This is going to be the summer of Astoria, I had promised myself. Greek food, Italian food, outdoor brunches, and midday cafe people watching with my cutey sidekick dog, Ker Ai.

Delaware Wilmington Downtown & Riverfront

Despite being jet lagged from a returning flight from Munich, Germany, Thursday morning was another travel day. This time, for Wilmington, Delaware for a friend’s wedding at this posh men’s club dating back almost 200 years. I joked that I only agreed to attend as a date because I had really wanted to go to…

First, Comes The Ring

It’s a firm belief of mine that the destination of my life is not marriage, family, and children. There is and will never be a destination for me because life is too wonderful to have an ending. I’ve always followed the belief that finding happiness by means of traveling, exploring the world, creating art, and…

Switzerland Day 4: Retrospection

The last full day in Montreux greeted us with another gloomy morning. However, the cloud eventually parted by early afternoon, offering a warm respite over the snowy Alps. I had a dream earlier that my boyfriend’s mother was asking us to go on a boat tour. I woke up telling him that. So it was…

Switzerland Day 3: Old Montreux And Reunion at Monte Rosa

It was pouring rain as dawn slowly woke the town, gray clouds swirling the mountain top, the blue sea was green and dark, waves slightly rougher than the day before. Since rain came and went throughout the day, I tried not to make too many plans, allowing the weather to dictate what we would see…

Switzerland Day 2: Château de Chillon

When I was a child, I was in an accident that rendered me bedridden for a good 4 months. It was the most boring experience time of my time. It was a time before internet surfing, cell phones, and my parents were much too poor to buy me a hand held device game (considering the…

Switzerland Day 1: From Geneva to Montreux

Switzerland?! Now that’s a destination I don’t hear often. Why are you going? I suppose it’s with natural surprise that I get asked to explain why I am heading to such a destination. It’s not exactly the best season to attend with rain always being forecasted.

Packing in Two Hour

I have a dog that at the sight of a suitcase, he will have the worst explosion, of the stinky sort. He is absolutely notorious for getting sick, getting anxious, and sad and depressed, wallowing in the closet somewhere when he gets the slightest sense that I’m packing up to go somewhere. So I had…