US Botanic Garden

These photographs are from my first visit to the US National Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. It’s surprising to even think that I’ve been living in DC for almost 5 years, and I haven’t been to this big tourist attraction. When you become a local, I think it’s automatic to avoid the tourist attractions, but this is definitely encouraged to see.

You’ll be immersed in a mix of colors and smells, spotting various species of plants from different parts of the world.

San Francisco, Part 1

In April, I traveled to California to be with my family and boyfriend. I recently blogged about my visit to Los Angeles (City of Angels, Part 1 & City of Angels, Part 2 & City of Angels, Part 3) , but I’m finally getting around in posting about the Bay Area.

San Francisco has a special place in my heart. Here’s what I captured during my stay (more to come).

Greetings from RVA

It’s always nice to escape DC for the day, especially when friends come together for an adventure. We all went on a road trip to Richmond on Sunday, where we explored a few of my favorites in the city.

  • Belle Isle – Scenic and historic park that is perfect for easy hiking and kayaking
  • Proper Pie – Need I say more? I got a slice of coconut cream pie and a cup of coffee
  • Carytown – Quriky neighborhood that is aligned with restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and bars
  • Street Art – Richmond is home to over 100 murals around the city. You won’t get tired of how vibrant and fun this city flaunts itself on the street

Got any more suggestions? I would love to read your favorite spots in Richmond, VA!

Hong Kong, Part 1

Hong Kong was my final destination in Asia. After hopping from country to country, I was exhausted and ready to head back to the states. Before I could end my adventurous journey through Asia, I had to visit my kindred spirit, Della. I flew in from Singapore, where I had a very long and tiring layover. Traveling is not an adventure without sleeping in the airport (ha ha). Della and her roommate, Emily were so hospitable and helpful during my stay. They are also working as full-time teachers like my friend Alice (in Seoul).

The highlight of my trip had to be updating my mom and dad on everything that I was eating and sight seeing in the city. My parents were thrilled about this trip because they wanted me to experience the authentic Cantonese food and culture they grew up with.

Phuket, Part 1

I was fortunate to have a familiar face with me on this part of the trip. My friend Katie, who I met during my time volunteering in Cape Town had arrived to Phuket a week earlier. Even though we had our reunion in Seoul, this part of the trip was special because we both have planned to travel to Thailand together ever since we formed our friendship in South Africa.

To be honest, Phuket wasn’t my favorite stop on my trip. I was blown away by the beauty of the beaches and cliffs, but the reality was that behind all the serene nature; there were tons of poverty that hid behind all the tourism. Poverty exists in every part of the world, but being this “privileged traveler” had put me in an uneasy state when I arrived here. Phuket is an extremely popular tourist attraction, and I was able to learn how important tourism is to many countries because they need it to survive.

Bali, Part 1

Continuing my journey through Asia (please see Seoul Part 1 & Part 2), my next adventure was in Bali! Landing in Indonesia around 1 am,  I was exhausted but overjoyed that I had finally made it to the paradise island. Although I was sad to be leaving my best friend in Seoul, I was excited to see another part of Asia. I woke up early in the morning and headed to the beach to surf in the Indian Ocean again.

Seen in the photo(s): Seminyak, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud, Mount Batur, Gunung Kawi Sebatu