Royalty Vibes

SWISS Air

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Here’s a ‘lil #ThrowbackThursday

I absolutely adored the (then) new Swiss Business seat – a spacious workplace that converts into a comfortable flat bed at your wish. Travel professionals have voted Swiss Business Class the best in Europe on multiple occasions. I was able to score one of their limited single throne seating arrangements.

I flew for 11 hours from Zurich, Switzerland to Hong Kong en route back to Guam in 2014. Luckily, I had the chance to try their famous SWISS Taste of Switzerland – only served on flights departing from the motherland. This award winning concept allows some of the top Swiss chefs to create impressive seasonal dishes that combine the country’s unique flavors with their own personal twist.

What are the onboard amenities?

  • Comfort kits & on-board slippers (in the colder months, you can also expect a beanie or a neck warmer)
  • Flat bed seats that recline to a full 2 metre bed with an integrated massage function, air cushion, complimentary duvet & pillows
  • Noise reducing headsets
  • USB ports
  • Premier entertainment

What are the different meal & beverage services?

  • Pre-departure beverage service
  • Customized dining (opt out from the full course & request a light meal)
  • Gourmet dessert selections (ice creams, fresh fruits, cheese and crackers, chocolates, liqueurs)
  • Mid-flight snacks (a necessity for long haul flights)
  • Selection of cocktails, beer, international wines, or freshly brewed coffee

World’s Highest Glass-Floor Observatory, Seoul Sky

Lotte World Tower, Seoul Sky is the third tallest observatory in the world. It boasts the world’s highest glass-floor observation deck in addition to the world’s tallest double decker lift with a 4-sided monitor. If you’re extremely sensitive to elevation change like me, then prepare yourself.

As the tallest building in South Korea, Seoul Sky is the only place you can experience a 360 view of the capital.

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My favourite part was Sky Deck – the adrenaline rush of floating 478m (119 floors) into the sky. There are two separate glass-floor observation decks on opposite ends; one with an optional photo station by the Seoul Sky staff and another with a more unique surprise experience. Catch a glimpse here.

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Words cannot describe the breathtaking panoramic views of Seoul city from 123 floors up. You can reserve a ticket online or purchase one onsite for 27,000 KRW.

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Catch some fresh air by the Sky Terrace – an open observation deck, take leisure by the café above the clouds, or browse through the souvenir shop full of exclusive tower-themed items. My mom bought a magnet, our classic souvenir pick, in memory of our first visit to Seoul Sky.

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Guess Who’s Back Home

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I can’t believe it’s been over two and a half years since I’ve been back home. I missed the warm clear waters and my favorite foods growing up on Guam. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as welcoming. For the most part, it was rather gloomy with the occasional sun or simply raining.

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Despite my disappointment, the heavy rain created ominously beautiful sunsets.

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I’ll be posting more photos, travel diaries, and short vlogs throughout this summer, so stay tuned on my blogInstagram, and YouTube channel.

I Ate Over 4,500 Calories At Disneyland

I turned 23 this past Sunday at the happiest place on Earth!
I’m an absolute food fanatic so in celebration of my birthday, I indulged in all my guilty pleasures because we all know calories don’t count at Disneyland.

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Churro Carts | Churros
I don’t think I’ve ever gone to an amusement park without grabbing one of these to-go. Right now, you can also find limited edition speciality churros: lightsaber churros in red and blue or golden churros in light of the Pirates of the Caribbean’s 50th anniversary.

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Maurice’s Treats | Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist
The epitome of my kind of carb heaven. You can find this glorious cheesy greatness in Fantasyland.

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Pooh’s Corner | Marshmallow dipped in Caramel & Chocolate w. Chocolate Drizzle
I have this thing for marshmallows, so I couldn’t pass up trying one of the many marshmallow wands in Critter County. Snag your favorite Disney character or enjoy their seasonal decorative colors and designs.

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Marshmallow Prep

Pooh’s Corner | Rice Krispie covered in M&M’s w. Chocolate Drizzle
I have nothing else to say other than this is my entire childhood on a stick. So who could resist?

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Tiki Juice Bar | Dole Whip Float
A Disneyland must-have! This pineapple soft serve over pineapple juice is the perfect pick-me-up on any day.

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Mint Julep Bar | Mint Julep
This refreshing mint drink with a hint of lime did not disappoint.

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Mint Julep Bar | Mickey Beignets 
I’m so glad my friend Genie recommended these beignets. Freshly made, these delicious pastries topped with powdered sugar are now one of my favorites at Disneyland.

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Pretzel Carts | Mickey Mouse Pretzel 
In my opinion, this doughy pretzel is best paired with cheese dip.

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Jolly Holiday Bakery Café | Jolly Holiday Combo
You can’t go wrong with a solid grilled cheese and tomato basil soup. Upon my friend Jordan’s recommendation, I had to get this classic combo!

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Starbucks | Grande Soy Iced Chai
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do love a good chai tea latte.

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In n Out | Grilled Cheese w. Grilled Onions & Fries
Unfortunately, the French Market restaurant that serves the parmesan garlic french fries I wanted was closed by the time I stopped by. So on our way back home, we stopped by In n Out’s drive thru where I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich with grilled onions, buns toasted and a side of well-done fries.

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Check out more photos from my day at Disneyland here. Feel free to leave any other recommendations or personal favorites in the comments below!

// D E E T S //
Mickey Sweater – Vintage Find at Melrose Flea Market
Pants – Primark
Shoes – Adidas UltraBOOST
Watch – Gucci
Backpack – Street Vendor in S. Korea
Sunnies – Urban Outfitters

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico EP4

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My friends and I decided to take a trip down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for our last undergraduate spring break back in April 2016. We spent our four days keeping distance from the typical college crowd and explored the city with Cabo Adventures.

Read my previous Cabo #traveldiaries EP1,  EP2, and EP3.

Day 4 | Luxury Sailing
We spent our last full day in Cabo San Lucas sailing the Sea of Cortés. We were welcomed onboard with bottomless mimosas, shrimp skewers, and my favorite – chips & guac.

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First, we sailed out to the famous El Arco then continued into the horizon where we arrived at a bay to swim, snorkel, and paddle board. I couldn’t have asked for a better farewell with the most relaxing day basking in the sun.

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We were served a delicious lunch menu heading back into the city. Shout out to the Cabo Adventures Crew for capturing candid moments and offering a fun photoshoot on the sail.

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On our way back, we got a taste of what it really means to go sailing – tipping off to one side, holding on to whatever we could.

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// D E E T S //
Crochet top – Forever21
Printed pants – Street vendor in S. Korea
Bikini top – Forever21
Bikini bottom – San Lorenzo Bikinis
Sunnies – Urban Outfitters
Hat – UCLA x Adidas
GoPro Hero 4 Silver
GoRad Gear Selfie Stick

Catch us sailing in action in my #travelvlog minute recap below or here. Don’t forget to watch it in HD & hit that subscribe button.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico EP3

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My friends and I decided to take a trip down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for our last undergraduate spring break back in April 2016. We spent our four days keeping distance from the typical college crowd and explored the city with Cabo Adventures.

Read my previous Cabo #traveldiary EP1 and EP2.

Day 3 | Swimming with Whale Sharks
This was #handsdown my favorite experience in open water. Born and raised on a tropical island, I’m naturally drawn to the ocean. It’s always been on my bucket list to dive with sharks, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to swim with the largest known species. Words cannot describe the humbling experience being alongside these gentle giants.

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After a 2 hour drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz, Mexico, we arrived at our destination, the city’s Malecon. We stored our belongings in designated lockers and geared up with the appropriate snorkeling equipment. We divvied up into smaller boats and cruised off into the Sea of Cortés.

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Unless the sharks are feeding they generally swim at a much faster pace, so don’t be surprised by the strong push and pull currents. If you don’t have previous experience snorkeling, then you may struggle a bit to keep up. Although none of the whale sharks we encountered were feeding, we were fortunate enough to spot two of different ages – a baby about 15 ft and one a bit older somewhere between 25-30 ft.

Can you believe they grow even larger as adults? 

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After a few hours of chasing dreams, we were back on the boardwalk where the Cabo Adventures Crew had a delicious lunch buffet ready. On our drive back, we also took a pit stop by the famous Hotel California.

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// D E E T S //
Wet Fit:
Bikini top – Victoria’s Secret
Bikini bottom – San Lorenzo Bikinis
Snorkel gear/wetsuit – Courtesy of Cabo Adventures

Dry Fit:
Denim vest – Forever21
Printed shorts – Forever21
Sunnies – Gentle Monster
Hat – UCLA

Read the last Cabo #traveldiary episode here.

Catch the whale sharks in motion in my #travelvlog minute recap below or here.
Don’t forget to watch it in HD & hit that subscribe button.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico EP2

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My friends and I decided to take a trip down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for our last undergraduate spring break back in April 2016. We spent our four days keeping distance from the typical college crowd and explored the city with Cabo Adventures.

Read my Cabo #traveldiary EP1.

Day 2 | Outdoor Adventures
As an adrenaline junkie, I was beyond excited to start my first full day of outdoor activities. After our introduction and safety briefing, we zipped across beautiful canyons – part of a UNESCO protected biosphere, rock climbed, balanced on suspended bridges, bungee jumped, and drove through the dusty desert in our very own ATV.

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We also had the chance to fly like superman on Mexico’s highest, longest, and fastest zip line.

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No personal cameras including GoPro’s were allowed for these activities, but don’t fret – the Cabo Adventures Crew are stationed all around the oasis taking candid shots of you and your friends. I’m surprised at how nice my zip lining photos turned out considering they were all taken flying at full speed. Unfortunately, I never received my bungee jumping video.

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// D E E T S //
Athletic top – Champion
Spanx – Nike Pro
Shoes – Nike Free Runs 3.0

Read the next Cabo #traveldiary episode here.

Catch my #travelvlog minute recap here.
Don’t forget to watch it in HD & hit that subscribe button.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico EP1

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My friends and I decided to take a trip down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for our last undergraduate spring break back in April 2016. We spent our four days keeping distance from the typical college crowd and explored the city with Cabo Adventures.

Catch my #travelvlog minute recap below or here.
Don’t forget to watch it in HD & hit that subscribe button.

Day 1 | Getting Situated
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa is located on what seems to be a private beach – an ideal location without the infamous spring breakers. It’s also a good alternative for families with children.

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Once we unpacked our bags and settled in, we headed straight for the beach and pool, just in time for happy hour.

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After a cool shower from hours of sunbathing, we headed off to our dinner reservation at Sunset Da Mona Lisa. It was the perfect luxury dining to kick off our first night. I’d definitely recommend a dinner outing around sunset at this cliffside spot – you can’t top quality food with a breathtaking view.

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Meet my friends Jasmine, Genie, and Dina.

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I ordered a salad and the “Cappesante”, seared scallops with sautéed spinach and oyster sour cream topped with truffle caviar – a delicious but light pick for me. I usually suffer from indigestion after a flight, so I played it relatively safe.

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We were then kindly given a complimentary dessert platter with macarons, chocolate liquor, pastry balls, and some sort of gelatinous treat.

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Before we turned in, we took a taxi to a nearby supermarket to grab snacks and brekkie bits since we had two full kitchens in our pad – lol.

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Read the next Cabo #traveldiary episode here.

// D E E T S //

Outfit 1:
Hat – UCLA
Bikini top – Billabong
Bikini bottom – San Lorenzo Bikinis
Printed shorts – Forever21
Sunnies – Urban Outfitters

Outfit 2:
Sunnies – Lanvin
Halter top – Brandy Melville USA
Pants – Street vendor in S. Korea
Necklace – Gifted*

Jumbo Rocks, Joshua Tree NP

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Jumbo Rocks is home to thousands of rock formations, Joshua trees, and a few iconic features like Skull Rock. This popular campground is conveniently located by several climbing areas including but not limited to Conan’s Corridor, Sky King Rock, and New Sage Rock.

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If you’re planning to stay overnight, all campsites in Jumbo Rocks are first come, first served. There’s a self-registration station located to the right as you enter from Park Boulevard. It’s important to note that this campsite has no running water, so be sure to bring your own.

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Catch up on my other Joshua Tree #traveldiaries on Arch Rock and Barker Dam.

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Tank – Adidas
Athletic shorts – Nike Pro
Shoes – Nike Free Runs 3.0