Hey guys! Right after graduating from University and receiving my degree in computer science, I traveled to London to visit a friend! Ngoc was studying abroad at the time which lined up perfectly for a chance to explore places together.
It was my first time flying alone out of the country and I’m grateful for the polite strangers who helped me navigate along the way!
Here are some pictures from the trip:
Of course we had to go to the Tower Bridge! We also took a day trip to the White Cliffs of Dover which was such a beautiful site and world away from inner London which was only a 2 hour train ride + 1 hour hike away (one way.)
A lot of the pictures are also included in my vlog, London was very instagrammable! Ngoc brought me to some “hidden gems” like God’s Own Junkyard, which was basically this place that collected neon signs & props from movie sets, strip clubs, and places that would have these.
We were literally running around for 8 days straight–can you believe it?! As the grand finale for our adventures, we went to Sketch London for breakfast on the day of my departure. I’d been dreaming of going to Sketch for a few years.
The rooms are just so aesthetically pleasing to the eye and don’t even get me started on the cool INDIVIDUAL POD RESTROOMS. I knew of it before my first trip to London with my university’s entrepreneurial student organization but it’s very hard to convince college students to drop ~$40 for breakfast or ~$75 for high tea just for the experience combined with our limited time to explore!
Check out the video for a better look at the experiences!
Hey guys! Your girl had a weekend trip with her mans to NYC this fall and finally got to try and see some of the places on my bucketlist so here’s my mini guide!
Heres a list of some things I did in NYC & scroll down for the deets:
Ichiran Ramen (Brooklyn)
Line Friends NYC
Tim Ho Wan Hell’s Kitchen Dim Sum
We made our way to The Vessel sculpture and it was a pretty interesting sight! We got to walk around it and the surrounding area but unfortunately we weren’t able to go inside and up around it because you have to book tickets in advance due to the limit of people being inside!
Admission is free but it was a busy day so going in was booked out for a few hours. After some wandering and intense games of giant Connect 4 (where I defeated Ricky…once hehe) we got hungry and started our adventure to Ichiran Ramen!
I recommend going to Ichiran Ramen in Brooklyn because it’s the bigger location which means the wait time is shorter. We arrived for our late lunch/early dinner around 5pm–there was no wait for us on a Saturday to sit in the individual booths next to each other. Since it was my first time (shout out to the recommendations from Theresia and others who have been to NYC) I ordered the “Recommended Set” ramen bowl. IT WAS PRETTY GOOD!! There was a special going on where you get complimentary noodle refills so of course we took advantage of that option too.
Line friends NYC was also on the list and I finally got to see the giant bear! This time he was decked out in a cute not-so-little halloween costume.
When I asked Theresia for her must-try or must-have NYC boba she said it’s gotta be Tiger Sugar! In the pictures it might look intense (a little less than usual tho since we walked around before this pic) but the drink is actually pretty refreshing and lighter than you would expect. It’s still sweet but that’s what I love. Sadly that is where our first full day in the city ended because I got a stomachache right before we ordered our drinks so we headed back after. I’d imagine we would’ve tried to explore the Oculus.
Speaking of sweets, we o-fish-ally got to try Taiyaki NYC! We almost walked past the storefront until I noticed colorful sprinkles on the sidewalk in front and thought to myself “we must be near it now!” You get to choose the filling, ice cream, and toppings.
One of our last meals in NYC was dim sum at Tim Ho Wan Hell’s Kitchen. I recommend checking in/making a reservation through the Yelp app because the estimated wait time for 2 was basically an hour. The baked bbq pork buns (top right in the pic) are a must. Crispy and sweet on the outside and the usual on the inside. Ricky recommends the spareribs because they’re not too greasy. Surprisingly the only vegetable on the menu was steamed lettuce but it was good with lightly drizzled soy sauce.
Hey guys! Sarah and I flew down to Texas to visit our cousin Daniel in Dallas for a week this past summer. We also road-tripped to Austin and declared BUC-EE’s or bust.
I guess things really are bigger in Texas… we pit-stopped at the World’s Largest Convenience store! It had 60+ gas station pumps as well.
To see more of the BEST of Texas, check out my vlog and feel free to subscribe for more!
Some featured things or places we went:
Go Ape Ziplining & Adventure
Mitsuwa Japanese Supermarket
Summit Climbing, Yoga, & Fitness
Melt Ice Creams
Ronald Kirk Walking Bridge/Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Ramen Tatsu-Ya Austin
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters (by the lake)
Lady Bird Lake, Austin (Rowing Dock Stand Up Paddle-Boarding)
Watching the bats from Congress Ave Bridge
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
—If anything you want to know isn’t listed yet just ask!
Hey! It’s been a while and I’ve finally decided to look over my journal entries from the summer and put them online. This is the 1st part out of my 6-part traveling series, do you have any more bus experiences to add on to mine? The next one will be about why Canada–the second country I’ve ever been to–was cool to explore!
-use the restroom at every stop or whenever you can because something may happen and who knows when you’ll be able to see another one (plus avoid the bus bathroom, I’m so grateful I never needed to use it but others told me it smells)
-not care about how stupid you think it looks when you’re wearing it, a memory foam neck pillow is your best friend if you’re going to sleep on long rides… I mean, unless you like a sore neck
-bring an ebook device, get a head start on your summer assignments, or read that new dystopian book you’ve been meaning to!
-keep spare plastic bags, our seats didn’t have cup holders so it was a handy way to reuse it
-pack an iPod and headphones to help you think of better things than being stuck on a bus for who knows how long
-buy yourself portable charger(s) this is a must, especially if you have an iPhone
-maintain an optimistic outlook
-bring snacks, both healthy and too-good-to-be-true ones
-be that person who turns their screen brightness all the way (and avoid using it in the dark), there may be people behind you whose eyes are being very discomforted by it, especially after a long day of being out and about
Check out all my experiences that took place over the span of six days! I’ll be linking them as they are posted. Pictures from my momentous trip are included, in the hopes that you’ll like them. Feel free to comment about any questions for places I’ve been to!