Blogger Spotlight on Sidechef

My dear friends at Sidechef recently asked me if I wanted to do a weekend takeover of their instagram account and of course I said yes!  In case you’ve still not heard of it, Sidechef is an awesome foodie app which teaches you how to cook step-by-step, with instructional videos and even an online shop so you can make a delicious meal with ease.  You can download it on the app store or in google play for androids.

Aside from taking over their instagram over the weekend, they did a short interview with me which they featured on their blog, which you can read here.  We talked a bit about my childhood, how I got into food photography, and… what superpower I’d want if I were a superheroine (or maybe even villain, muhahaha).
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My dream kitchen courtesy of Pinterest

On the Road: East / West, USA

Just sharing a short video I made from countless clips taken while we were on the road traveling along the West and East coast, plus Hawaii.  From Cali to New York, back to Cali then to Hawaii, then back to Cali. Clips may not have been placed in the best order, but enjoy!  We certainly enjoyed the new experiences we encountered along the way, from skydiving to visiting the top of the Empire State building, to trying poke for the first time.  Click below to watch the video.

Exploring San Diego

For the past two weeks we’ve been staying on the southernmost part of California, San Diego.  Unfortunately, we found out from locals that May and June have been known to have unpleasant weather names – May Gray and June Gloom, because of the gloomy weather for both months.  (Something to do with the clouds forming over cool water of California and then spreading overnight onto the coasts). In the mornings, I usually like to wake up early and see the sun rise, but unfortunately there will be no sunrise appearing on the horizon while we’re here.  The good thing about it though, is that we get cooler temperatures rather than toasting under the sun.

Thanks to a friend of mine who insists that this is one of her favorite cities to live in, her enthusiasm for the town helped me feel good about the place too. The parks you’ll see below are popular places around San Diego, namely: the Cabrillo National Park, Torrey Pines, and Balboa Park.
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The Road to Hana: Maui

These past 2-3 years have been a real blessing to me in terms of traveling.  Even though I had a full time day job for the past two years, I still got the chance to travel to countries I hadn’t been to before (despite the limited number of leaves I could take).  I feel so grateful that at my age, I’ve been able to travel to most of East and Southeast Asia, some of Europe and America, and am continuing to visit places I haven’t been to or revisit the ones I really love.  Naturally, human nature makes us a bit greedy, and I admit I often think or dream of what other places I’ll land up in someday.

Last weekend, my partner and I along with some friends, flew to Hawaii to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.  We spent 4 days in Maui, enjoying delicious food and soaking up fresh air.  It felt good to be connected to nature.  These days we rarely get the chance to be disconnected with technology and media, and when you’re at the beach or somewhere far away under waterfalls without cellular signal, then you have no other choice but to sit back and enjoy the view.

You might be wondering why the title says “Road to Hana.” Though Hana means ‘work’ in Hawaii, it’s also the name of a small town in Maui which a famous highway leads to.  The highway to Hana was made in such a way that as you go along that road, you get to stop by some of the most beautiful spots on the island.  Scroll down below to see some of the things we saw on our trip too. 🙂

The big island (Honolulu) as seen from the top of Haleakala Crater, Maui.
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We stayed in Kihei in an airbnb which was as lovely as the owner, details here.

If you’re planning to travel the road to Hana, I highly recommend downloading this App which is like a GPS tour guide. It costs only $5 and gives you information so you don’t miss out on the best spots. We wouldn’t have known which stops to make without this incredible app.

Every Friday the town hosts a party in different parts of the island. Check out this link for info where the next party will be.

Have fun!

Bright Lights, Big Dreams: NYC

New York has always been on my bucket list of cities to visit.  Since I was small I always thought I’d come and live here one day.  Well I’m not living in this city yet, but it’s confirmed – I love this city and I think it loves me back.  The energy is just contagious.  I woke up at 5 am one day and to my surprise, it wasn’t lonely to walk around the city at this time.  Of course I wasn’t really alone either, I was with my partner in crime traveling in the dodgy metros at that ungodly hour to catch a sunrise across a bridge.  I can’t say he liked waking up that early, and neither did I, but it was nice to see a huge city wake up slowly.

All I can say is that New York is really beautiful.  Beyond my expectations.  Wish we could have stayed a lil longer but I guess it’s good to keep it short and sweet for now.
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