A Stint Abroad in Paris (Video Compilation)

Hello! With all of the craziness happening lately; between evacuating from a recent wildfire in Orange County, CA and other life changing events, I’ve decided to turn my energy to positivity and create this video of my trip to Paris in 2017 (also, I felt inspired from watching Emily in Paris 🙂 ). Cheers!

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A Few Hours in San Diego, California.

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Lately, San Diego has been a hot spot to visit for us as it is quite easy to get to and contains a ton of places to see. On our recent visit to Old Town, I was a bit surprised why I’ve never been there before. The place had a history featuring eclectic restaurants, historical […]

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Anchored for the weekend in Avalon, Catalina Island

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A hop on an express boat to Catalina Island will get you to the island in less than 2 hours. Once the boat docks, the island is in your hands. Whether you’re there to sightsee, eat, drink, or camp; Catalina Island has a bit of everything for everyone at any age. StayOn this trip, my […]

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Bits & Pieces of The Rocky Mountains

Our last full day in Colorado was spent sightseeing and driving through the Rocky Mountains. We mapped out our route the night before to figure out which places we wanted to see on the way to the mountain. Our first stop was Boulder as a few of our friends had suggested seeing it. BoulderBefore we […]

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Sunrise On the Rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a one of a kind experience with an open air amphitheatre built into a rock structure. This was one of the sights that we wanted to see and definitely not to be missed. Pre-covid, the place was known to hold music and/or concert venues. However, there was more to the amphitheatre […]

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Visiting Colorado for the First Time.

This trip started out rocky. Our travel plans for 4th of July weekend changed multiple times due to COVID. Initially, Texas was our first choice then, we heard that the number of virus cases increased. Right away, we decided not to go to Texas and thought of postponing our trip altogether. However, a few weeks […]

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Morning Hike at Las Ramblas

Today’s morning hike kicked my booty the rest of the day because I am beat! This was my first time hiking at Las Ramblas Trail located in San Juan Capistrano. Though worth it, I did not expect the trails to have very steep hills. The whole hike took about 5 miles where we took 2 […]

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June Update: Celebrating My Birthday.

Thus far, June had its ups and downs. With the re-opening of the economy I’m in no hurry to get back to the “new normal” life. California supposedly had an increase in COVID19 cases due to more tests being done but, I don’t know what’s true these days. I’ve continued to stay home, keep my […]

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Top 5 Things To Do in Orange County, CA

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Did you know the largest city in Orange County is Anaheim? Did you know it was founded by the Germans? At one point the Germans lived near the Santa Ana River and combined the name Ana with heim (it means home). The Germans got it right because Orange County is home to me. With so many […]

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Escaping to a Fairy Tale Town. This is Carmel By The Sea.

Driving up north to Carmel from Orange County took about 5 hours. If you’ve never driven from Southern California to Northern California, well, you’re in for a ride through mostly seeing the valley, mountains in the background or occasionally seeing cows roaming in a wide open space. In short, make sure you have a good […]

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Mid-May Update: Entering Phase 3

It’s been a stressful month. Since my last update a lot has happened in the last 2 weeks and I mean LOTS! Like most businesses these days, the company I worked for also felt the ripple effect from the COVID-19 situation. A week ago, I started my day business as usual when I received a […]

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