My friend, Claire, a local whom I met at an exchange program, picked me up from Changi Airport and we proceeded to our first food destination: a hawker centre.
Nature in Iceland is the most ferocious I have seen - winds tear through the terrain, howling as it surges through open fields, rattling everything and everyone in its path.
I came to Osaka to eat and rightly so because whereas Tokyo is known for its vast metropolis and Kyoto is known for its serene temples, Osaka is known for its food.
Traversing through where nature and tradition are in perfect harmony.
Japan became priority when I stumbled upon Matt Goulding's Rice, Noodle, Fish, a food culture narrative set across different regions of Japan. Before I knew it, I had a flight confirmation from LAX - NRT in my mailbox.
I recently had the opportunity to dine at Chef Niki Nakayama’s restaurant, n/naka, and if it sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard the name on the Netflix original documentary series, Chef’s Table. First of all, what is kaiseki?
From an eight-hour drive to catch the sunrise at the Grand Canyon to the thrilling trail up Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, the adventure to the southwest brought new heights, new scenery and a newfound appreciation for the rocky formations just a few states east of California.
Coffee, rain, seafood. Obviously the first thing that comes to mind is Seattle, right?
I kept my trip to the Philippines a blank canvas with no plans of what to do, what to eat and what to see. I put my meticulous planning aside and instead let myself go with the flow, enjoying the company of the people closest to my heart in the country I once called my home.
The hot humid air was oddly comforting as I stepped out of Ninoy Aquino Airport, maybe because it was the first welcome sign that I was finally back to my roots.
Seoul was the first stop of my trip around Asia. I was amazed at how much energy the city had.
From Gangnam to Bukchon Hanok Village to Insa-dong.
I had only a short two days in Singapore, but thanks to my friends halfway across the globe, I was able to get a local's view of the lion city's food, culture and breathtaking urban metropolis.
I glanced out my window - Korean characters covered the landing strip, the foreign language a sight for eyes that have been longing to travel.
Bushels of overgrown leaves surround the building and if it wasn't for the red umbrella planted next to the open door, this cozy Japanese eatery can easily be overlooked.
Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches but my eyes immediately drew its gaze to the incredibly lush green hills embracing the clouds. No matter what hour of the day, the tallest peaks were hidden behind the curtain of white skies, leaving an unanswered curiosity at what lingered behind.
I saw my first snowfall in years, trekked through unbelievable rock formations and met some amazing people along the way.
I was greeted at Denver International Airport with a raging flurry of snow and howling winds. Coming from Southern California, snow was a rarity and these icy white particles was a sight I hadn’t seen in years.
The clouds continued to slowly glide over Big Sur but no storm could stop us from exploring this coast's vast beauty. In fact, the rain seemed to magnify the wonder that was already there.
3000 meters up with nowhere to go but down, my friends and I find ourselves in the heart of the Swiss Alps surrounded by dandelion fields, snow-kissed mountain peaks and towering pine trees overlooking the valleys.
We hopped between Oregon and Washington and thanks to a couple of a friends, we found ourselves constantly amongst the beauty of rivers, waterfalls, forests, mountains and gorges.
It was a little eerie being surrounded by such a desolate area but it’s places like these that leave you wondering about the past of the pieces left behind.