My favorite type of destinations are those that you can’t find on a travel guide. I love to visit areas so secluded that I feel like I’m the first to discover it. Alas, Koh Sdach, a remote island in-between Koh Kong and Silhouville. It is a nature conservation area full of deserted beaches. I felt like the luckiest girl to stumble upon it during my research, however, getting there is a whole different story…
People often joke that you get ruined out in the Middle East, churched out in Europe, and templed out in Southeast Asia. The sad truth is, I could not agree more. Here's a little briefing on each of the temples I visited during my time in Siem Reap.
When I tell people about my solo trip around the world, the responses has consistently been, “oh, like Eat, Pray, Love!” Although I never thought about it that way, the focus for the past couple of months has coincidently been eating.
The first stop of my RTW adventure is to visit my family in Shanghai. Shanghai never seize to amaze me. As a global financial center and the showpiece of the booming economy of mainland China, it is changing constantly and seem to be a whole new city every time I visit. It’s no surprise that this prospering city is also becoming a renowned food capital.
The dynamic dining market in Shanghai features great food diversity, and world famous chefs honored by the Michelin Guide are opening their restaurants here. Would I be eating my heart out at some of the finest restaurants in Shanghai? You bet. Here are some of my absolute favorites:
It's a rare occasion that I have the whole day to myself in Shanghai, and when the opportunity presents itself, I am definitely going to make the most of it!
As much as I adore Shanghai, being in a city full of skyscrapers can be quite exhausting. I longed for an escape into the wild and Hangzhou seemed to fit everything I was looking for: it's only an hour train ride from Shanghai, and is best known for its beautiful natural scenery.
Since I only had a full day in Hangzhou, I knew prioritizing would be key to maximizing the day's potential. I narrowed down to two destinations: Longjing Tea Plantation (Dragon Well) and the one and only, West Lake.
I have been so busy packing, moving, and spending every free moment I have with the people that I love, it hasn't really hit me until now that I am leaving the country, tomorrow! Since I can't sleep, I thought I'd make a list of the things that I will miss about the life I have built and love in California...
It's my last day of work! I jumped out of bed this morning, did a little happy dance, and played Best Day Of My Life by American Authors on repeat. This is it! I'm going to the office to finish up a few things, pack up the rest of my desk, have lunch with colleagues, and say goodbye to everyone.
I thought leaving my job was going to be easy peasy. After all, I have been looking forward to this day. But now, on my last day, I'm realizing that it will be a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. I've made some great friends, and have enjoyed spending my days with them. I've learned a lot, and will miss this chapter of my life.
I'm not good at goodbyes. They make me all sappy and sadder than I need to be, especially when I am the one leaving. I prefer to just avoid that emotion all together. But my heart will cherish the memories shared, because they were momentous to me :) So here's a toast to the past, and one for the future. Farewell, and onward!
I believe in living life to the absolute fullest. I believe in dreaming big and loving hard. I believe in taking risks and never settle for anything less than perfection. I believe in actions more than I believe in words. I believe every day is a new day, and it's never too late to change.