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…

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…

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…

Meet Me In Switzerland

Switzerland has never been on my list of countries to visit, since I don’t enjoy the cold. I prefer warm weather, old buildings, history and romance, or blazing sun on white sand beach with warm teal water. And since the country is in fact surrounded by the Alps, it didn’t seem like the most seasonable…

LIC Flea Market Opening Weekend 2014

Sure, flea market is not the correct term used for events like this. But calling it LIC Open Market for Expensive Food and Tinkeries doesn’t ring the same bell. It’s quite long and cumbersome to roll off the tongue. From stall to stall, I enjoyed viewing different food, reading ingredients, looking at the colors, the…

“Ring”-ing the New Year

I had never doubted my feelings for him nor his towards me. But I would not go so far as to say our relationship is a dream with roses and happiness all the time. After all, a relationship is about growing and changing with someone and like many changes, it’s hard and often scary. But…

9 Places I Tried in 2013

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of 13 restaurants I needed to try this year. I find making these lists really help me to explore different areas of New York. Unfortunately, I only made it through 9 places but they were all very good places, worth checking out.

The Concept of a Cramped Heart

When I was in college, I took a philosophy class. Specifically, Philosophy of Happiness and it was taught by a nun, since I attended a “Catholic affiliated college”—the term used in order for the school to maintain its government grants, which I partook in some of those grants. It was a very broad topic, allowing…

Extended My Last Two Vacation Days in Nice

5 January 2014 I have worked with a lot of foreign companies and have many foreign friends. They are quick to agree that the US have the worst vacation and sick day policies in the world. This concept of working harder and longer hours, which is exacerbated by the rise of start-ups, where one is…

Rainy Ride to Nice

4 January 2013 Cloud and rain clung tightly to Liguria, unloading more rain, as if the Northern Apennines have caught some lifeless prisoners and kept them swirling around the foot of its range like lost souls moaning for a way home but have lost their directions. We took a cab ride from Genoa mid-morning and…