Desert Botanical Garden Exploring || PHOENIX, AZ ft. Chihuly + TIPS

Here’s one of many things to do in Phoenix, Arizona! The Desert Botanical Garden has so much for people of all ages to see and learn on the trails with different cactus types, a butterfly exhibit, and Chihuly works.

We figured out quickly if we had a favorite cactus type, because all of them are pretty much here!

Tips:
– Go early in the morning if you are going during the hot season. We got there at 8am and by 10am it was HOT.
– Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat if necessary!
– Plan for time, we thought we would spend 1-1.5 hours at the garden but ended up being there for 3 hours because it’s bigger than we thought!
– Book your tickets online in advance, some time slots may sell out.
The butterfly exhibit only operates in the springtime.

NYC vlog | Museum of Ice Cream, TAO Downtown, ICHIRAN Ramen, DUMBO, Time Out Market, & MORE!

We visited NYC for a weekend to celebrate Nina’s birthday ft. museum of ice cream, TAO downtown, ICHIRAN ramen in Times Square, DUMBO & Time Out Market Brooklyn. We also tried Bibble & Sip for cute mousse cakes! I hope this gives you ideas for things to do in NYC if you’re visiting soon!

——Timestamps——

0:13 museum of ice cream

1:59 TAO downtown

2:18 ICHIRAN ramen, bibble & sip

4:22 DUMBO Brooklyn, Time Out Market, Clinton St. Baking Co.

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to smash the like button xx Sami

AUSTIN TEXAS || Enchanted Rock – Mount Bonnell – Ramen – MORE || Sony RX100 vii vlog

Hey guys! We road tripped from Dallas to middle of TX to hike Enchanted Rock and later caught the sunset at Mount Bonnell in Austin. Some food stops included Ramen Tatsu-ya, Churro Co Austin, and Buc-ee’s!

FYI to enter the Enchanted Rock Area you need to make a reservation here. We did not have one because my cousins have been a few times already and didn’t need to so it was new to us. Luckily they did a recount and we were able to buy tickets inside their welcome building and get in! 

Thanks for watching my video and subscribe for more! Don’t forget to thumbs it up too 🙂 xx Sami

Disney Springs || Disney World 2021

Hey there, I explored Disney Springs during my first trip to Disney World this month ft. Ricky! We tried food from Morimoto Asia, The Polite Pig, and of course Dole Whip from a marketplace stand! We came back to Disney Springs another day mid-trip but I’ll include that in a future vlog.

We also checked out World of Disney (store), Uniqlo, the Disney Marketplace, and just wandered around Disney Springs in general.

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to like & subscribe, I appreciate your support! xx Sami

Chicago Travel Vlog || THINGS TO DO

We were basically children in Chicago but it’s fine, that’s how you stay young!

Last year, I flew to Chicago with Theresia, Gabe, and Austin from the moment we left work until very late at night before coming back to work Monday. We did so much in the few days we spent there!

Our airbnb stay was awesome, we went with 3 bedrooms because Ricky was in our original plans to come but something came up. If you’re interested in the newly renovated airbnb close to so many things within Chicago, here it is. *I just became an airbnb associate so we both get some credit towards my future travels if you do book a stay!

Food we ate/things we did:

-TSAOCCA

-Yolk

-Top of the Willis Tower

-Boat Tour Chicago

-Navy Pier (did not feature)

-RAMEN-SAN

-The Bean

-Wndr Museum

-Dim Sum

-Elite Tea

-Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

-Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza

-Imperial Lamian Soup Dumplings & Hand Pulled Noodles

Stay tuned for more of mine/our adventures!! xx Sam

London Hidden Gems || Travel Vlog

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:

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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.)

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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.

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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.

londonberry (20)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!

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Check out the video for a better look at the experiences!

Ice Castles & Loon Mountain, NH Trip!

Hey guys! Your girl had a much needed weekend getaway in the mountains; we went to the Ice Castles and snow tubing at Loon Mountain (New Hampshire).

IMG_7786.jpgWe stayed at an airbnb in Twin Mountain, NH; please use my referral so I can save on future trips if you haven’t made an account yet and are planning to anyways (not sponsored btw, you just get $55 and I get $30 off or something).

Things You Should Pack

All kinds of warm winter gear; especially the following:

  • HAND WARMERS
  • Warm boots/shoes (I brought my LL Bean duck boots that I added winter-fur soles to but that lowkey became cold too, luckily I also packed a pair of Uggs and my toes stayed toasty in those!)
  • Snow pants, maybe not needed for Ice Castles but definitely for snow tubing
  • Moisture-wicking underlayers

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On the way to the ice castles!

Check out my vlog above to come along with us on our adventures there + some food places we went to and other random things.

Thanks for watching/reading, I hope you have an /ice/ day!

The BEST of TEXAS || Travel 2018

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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:

IMG_9600Go Ape Ziplining & Adventure
Mitsuwa Japanese Supermarket
Pecan Lodge
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
Shinjuku Station
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
—If anything you want to know isn’t listed yet just ask!

 

Chicago, IL | TRAVEL VLOG 2018

After a continuous streak of not posting my travel vlogs until months later, I finally uploaded a vlog within 3 weeks(ish) since coming back home!

This time, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with my Enactus team and here is the adventure:

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TILTing over Chicago

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Of course we all took group selfies at the “bean”

My team also went to Chicago last year as well and here is the video for it:

Washington D.C. 2018 | TRAVEL VLOG

Hey guys! Over spring break I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. as an advocate for my university in a Student Leadership Program.

Check out my video:

Some things I did/places I saw included:

  • The Capitol Building
  • March for Our Lives
  • Union Station
  • Tour of the White House
  • Congressional Offices
  • The Supreme Court
  • Washington Monument & surrounding area
  • The National Gallery of Art
  • Watched the Wiz at Ford’s Theater
  • Tried my first Krispy Kreme donuts
  • & more!

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I’ve been able to see so much more than I did the other times I traveled to D.C. and am looking forward to coming back again some day.

To watch my video from 2016: