• Penang, Malaysia
    Asia,  Travel

    Penang, Malaysia

      After my Indonesia trip, we went to Penang, Malaysia for a few days. To be honest, we didn’t do much research about Malaysia before we got there, so we were incredibly surprised when we arrived. The city was filled with really nice looking high-rise apartment buildings and there seemed to be a decent amount of wealth. We were staying in George Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage area, so it looks quite different than the very much city areas we passed on our way there. We stayed at the Yeng Keng Hotel, and it is a huge part of the reason I fell in love with Penang. The…

  • Flores, Indonesia
    Asia,  Travel,  Wellness

    Bali & Flores, Indonesia

      I went with a few friends to Bali and Flores in the end of June. We were told it was dry season, and according to every source it is indeed dry season, but it poured and poured and poured every day for us. We got a few hours here and there of no rain, so we would get out and try to do a few activities (and a some instagrammable pictures 😉 ). We stayed at the Dipan Resort in Seminyak, Bali. It was perfect for us. I would say it was more of a budget option, but it was still very nice. Given there were enough of us, we got…

  • Gardens by the Bay
    Asia,  Travel

    Singapore

      It stormed a majority of the whole time I was in Singapore, so I wasn’t able to do all of my itinerary (MacRitchie Reservoir Treetop Walk and Lazarus Island), but I still got to do some exploring! The first day I got there, I immediately went to Din Tai Fung, as all of my friends recommended. I actually think they’re in the States now too, but I’d never been and really enjoyed my salad and soup dumplings! From there, I walked to Marina Bay. It stopped raining by the time I got to the Marina, so it was nice to walk around and enjoy how beautiful Singapore is. Across…

  • Asia,  Travel

    South Korea

      After our trip to Japan, we stopped in South Korea for a few days. South Korea had a very different feel from Japan, so it was interesting to see the contrast. Seoul felt very commercial, especially compared to cities in Japan. There are huge malls everywhere, and many of the sites people recommend seeing are newly built shopping and business centers. The subway system is easy to navigate and filled with people at all times. But, there are still South Korean markets and palaces to see. The two palaces we went to see were Gyongbokgun and Changdeokgung. Both are gorgeous and historical, but to be frank, we were fairly…

  • Asia,  Travel

    Japan

      I should start by saying this was one of my favorite trips. Japan is one of the most incredible places. There is an energy of the culture that is enchanting. I should also mention, a big priority on this trip was the food. I am obsessed with sushi and ramen, so I intended to eat as much as possible. When we arrived in Tokyo we went to our hotel, Cerulean Tower Hotel, to drop our stuff off and start exploring. We went to a few historical places that first day, to Meiji Shrine, which is Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine. Right near there is the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, which is…