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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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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[Highly Recommend] Breakfast in Taiwan

Taipei Overview Post When life gets busy, it can be hard to find time to sit down and eat a proper breakfast. Sometimes breakfast would be a granola bar on the way to work, or instant oatmeal. There was a period of time in college when I didn’t eat breakfast at all. But let me…

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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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[Highly Recommend] Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產

Taipei Overview post Located at the Taipei Fish Market, Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD) is a new take on the traditional fish market. It is divided into ten areas, which starts with the fish market and branches into a sushi bar, seafood bar, seafood grill, hotpot, deli, supermarket. Other less seafood-focused areas include a juice bar, flower shop,…

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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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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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