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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A Spontaneous Weekend Getaway to Santa Barbara

Sometimes life starts to get a little overwhelming. Sometimes, getting away from reality for a bit can help free the mind trapped in an endless hamster wheel of duties, obligations, responsibilities. It’s a way to usurp the days of routines, to recenter, and reset.

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Hualien, Taiwan | Otherworldly Beauty

During our trip in Taiwan, we also visited 花蓮 (Hualien) with Tiffany’s cousin and his family. Hualien is located on the east side of the island and spans most of the eastern coast. It is basically a giant valley formed with the central mountain range on the west and mountains along the coast on the east.…

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Longtan, Taiwan | Taste of the Countryside

During our Taiwan trip, we visited Tiffany’s aunt in the Longtan district (龍潭), which lies on the outskirts of Taoyuan city (桃園). The name came from the pond in the middle of the city, and it translates to “Dragon Pond.” The area feels very different from the busy city life of Taipei. Buildings are more spread…

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Taipei Day Trip Part Two | Shifen + Jiufen

Taipei Overview Post | Part One: Sandiaoling Part one of our day trip outside Taipei led us through a memorable adventure in the mountains. Part two will now bring us back to civilization, to old streets rich with history from early mining days.

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Taipei Day Trip Part One | Sandiaoling Waterfall Trail

Taipei Overview Post | Part Two: Shifen + Jiufen Yes, Taiwan has amazing food and shopping, but it is also a beautiful tropical island, replete with the kind of natural splendor one doesn’t usually find in California. Just an hour outside of Taipei, you’ll find hauntingly majestic mountains and unrivaled coastlines. Here begins my story of…

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A Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

Nostalgia: that strange, elusive emotion caught between a mixture of sadness and not-quite-happiness, rather an undertone of restrained bliss. There is a longing and wistfulness for what once was, a smile for the delights of childhood, for the past versions of yourself that led you to where you now stand, but also a subdued mingled sorrow…

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A Celebration of Friendship at Disneyland

Sometimes, when life gets a bit crazy, the house is the first casualty. The floor is un-scrubbed, the kitchen counters covered with crumbs and heaven-knows-what-else, the bathrooms..Yeah, let’s not go there. After a while, I start thinking in my mild-OCD-crazed mind, that a disastrous war zone is all that remains of a once-cozy home. It will take…

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Bernardo Winery | San Diego

Even after living in Rancho Bernardo for most of my childhood, I never discovered this secret place until after I moved away. Hidden amidst a quiet residential neighborhood, Bernardo Winery stands as one family’s historic monument to the test of time. Since 1889, the winery has endured through three generations, still resplendent with old world…

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A Place Out of Time | Ojai Valley, California

Imagine a place untouched by the flurry of our modern world. A place lost in a quieter, more meditative time. A place of solitude. There is something to silence, something to solitude and the sustainment of a state of being that lulls a mind into its quiet nooks and rifts, cocooning thoughts into circuitous notions and immovable meditations. Tessa Love…

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