TRAVEL JOURNAL - Desert Dreaming

After a physically and mentally exhausting week, the beauty and calm of the desert proved to be the oasis that I so badly craved. About 140 miles outside of LA, Joshua Tree National Park is a fantastic spot for a day trip, with various hiking trails taking you through boulder climbing, sandy trails that provide unencumbered views for miles and even through a dam and various mining ruins like the one that we took a short hike to. 

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LIFESTYLE - Beautiful Feasting

A beautifully laid out table is just as important as the carefully curated menu during the season of joyous sharing. As the holidays approach, much time and thought is put into making sure the best meal is placed on the table, and very often the setting itself gets a little neglected. The good news though, it just takes a little effort to elevate your meal with your loved ones. 

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TRAVEL JOURNAL - Cultured Wanderings

After being on the road for the last 8 days, it was certainly nice to come back to a bustling city before heading to our final leg of the trip. A mix of history and the contemporary, London was a great melting pot of cultures and identities, filled with countless museums, hipster cafes, restaurants and interesting shops. The juxtaposition between Iceland and London was definitely distinct. Our final travel destination was a perfect balance of the two previous experiences, a quaint but modern coastal town with amazing mountains and fjords surrounding it, we couldn't have asked for a better ending to our Europe trip

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TRAVEL JOURNAL - Land of Fire and Ice

After seeing countless gorgeous Instagram posts, I knew I just had to experience all the raw beauty and stark landscapes of Iceland myself. I thought that after all those hours of research and drooling over stunning photos I would be mentally prepared for all to come but I could not be more wrong. Every single day brought forth a new experience and the vast changes in landscapes made it feel like an endless adventure, from towering waterfalls to gurgling hot pots and haunting black sand beaches. I think aside from the different language and landscapes, it was the bitter cold and biting winds, especially for a tropical island kid like myself, that really emphasized  the sense of being somewhere truly foreign and open to endless opportunities. That to me, was the beauty of travel. I definitely left my heart in Iceland and look forward to a future rendezvous with her.  

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