Chicago | Illinois

Whenever I meet someone from Chicago, I’d excitedly tell them I was born there. And that’s really all I knew about it for a long time. Even though I was born in the suburbs of Chicago, my family moved back to Taiwan when I was only two years old. Places looked familiar in old pictures,…

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Aspen, Colorado | Home is Where the Heart Is

Every time I visit Colorado, my heart aches with longing to remain among the familiar trees and mountains that touch me so. It had been three years since we last went, but as soon as my feet touched the beloved soil, I felt as though I had come home from weary journeys. My soul sighed with…

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Whidbey Island | Washington

During the rainy month of April, we ventured out into the lush state of Washington for a quick getaway. Discontent to linger in the busier city of Seattle, we instead made our home base on secluded Whidbey Island, about an hour’s drive from that great city. Surrounded by rolling green hills and towering pine trees,…

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48 Hours in Taipei | Good Eats

I can’t believe it’s been three months since we got back from Taiwan. The past couple months have been quite busy for us, making it difficult to process all our photos and write posts about them. But we’ve finally come to the main focus of our Taiwan trips: food!

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Return to Taipei | Thoughts on Transience and Learning to Be

When we travel, we enter into a different dimension—one that peels back the layers veiling our eyes—those layers that tell us our worlds are the only worlds. We bring ourselves—all of our hopes and dreams, disappointments and sorrows—all of our humaneness into a new world. And when we do, we find that though the world is…

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阿里山 Alishan Forest Railway | Taiwan

On a recent trip to Taiwan, we got to take a mini road trip to Alishan near the southern part of the country. After landing in Taipei, we dropped off some luggage and headed straight towards 阿里山 (Alishan / Ali mountain). We took a few food detours along the way, so it was pretty late at…

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Escape to the Desert | Joshua Tree National Park

About two hours away from our home base of San Diego lies an expanse of cacti, sand, and yes–tumbleweeds. It was here, where the wind swirls up colorful paintings with billowing sand, that Michael uncovered his fascination with the cactus. An interesting discovery, considering he spent most of his life in southern California, where there…

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Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary

It is no secret that we Chus are bird-people. We have two small parrots in our household, and are sometimes tempted to add a third..Oh, nevermind–just Tiffany. Sometimes we visit different bird stores just to interact with other parrots [and almost always walk out with some new toy or treat to spoil our own birdies with..].…

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Cedros Design District in Solana Beach

On a seemingly little street, some number of adorable shops sit with all sorts of knickknacks for every kind of interest. It’s a lovely place to spend a couple hours strolling down the street–exploring, dining, shopping. Munch on deliciously unique toast smothered in walnut butter at the Lockwood Table Cafe. Peruse antiques and vintage goods at…

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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Trail

Some places silently lie in wait–little known, undiscovered hidden groves of beauty. They seem to hold a pocket of tranquility amidst busy streets just rumbling beyond their borders. We wandered to just such a place, with paths strewn with leaves, with sunlight streaming through thick, winding branches above. A place of quiet, a place along a…

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