• unexpected friendsgiving (& two NYC must eats!)

    After spending a lovely Thanksgiving in Charlotte, I flew to New York City to spend two days with friends. The big apple never ceases to amaze me. It was entirely done with Thanksgiving and hoppin’ on the Christmas train! I had arrived in a total winter wonderland. I love walking around the city- there’s always something going on and the liveliness is so refreshing. Before leaving the city, we spent a couple hours at Bryant Park, where there were little markets! We Christmas shopped, ate, and watched the skaters fly by. It was so Christmas-y and it really put us into the whole holiday mood. I highly recommend checking the…

  • unexpected stops and styles: boston

    Travel, if anything, has taught me that there are multiple parts of me with totally different styles. Seriously- I can dress like a dirty hippie one day, grunge the next, and like a total prep the day after. Boston is a city that totally gets that! There are plenty of little burrows of Boston that have their own individual styles and personalities, and even better? You can access the majority of them via MBTA. Here are my favorite neighborhoods within the Boston area. If you’re feeling grunge/alternative… Head over to Central Square! This little area has plenty of restaurants, thrift shops, and street art. Don’t Miss: Graffiti Alley: a small, ever-changing,…

  • unexpected eats: best gelato in rome

    I wasn’t going to post about Rome UNTIL I found the best gelato I have ever eaten. I am SUCH a gelato fanatic. Anyone who says they don’t like it is such a liar; it’s simply the greatest. I was walking back to the hotel with Mumzies, Montserrat, my uncle, and my aunt, when we stumbled upon a packed gelato store. In the food world, packed restaurant = good food, so of course we decided to try some.   For just 2 euros (TWO!), we each got small gelatos. Small isn’t a bad thing, however, as you can get up to two flavors! You pay for your items first, then go…

  • unexpected london: tea & boots

    The past two days have been an absolute dream! I don’t have many pictures of these days due to some camera glitches, but it’s now sorted out and the next post will be full of photos! The eighth in London was our “lux” day. We woke up quite late (oops) and first headed out to Camden… I know, we’ve been there three times! But OH MAN if you’re in London, you just have to go! IT’s an absolute riot there. After browsing around the many stalls, Sophia and I walked to The Wolseley for afternoon tea. The Wolesley was beautiful, and the tea was fantastic. Sophia and I exchanged a look…

  • unexpected london: tea & boots

    The past two days have been an absolute dream! I don’t have many pictures of these days due to some camera glitches, but it’s now sorted out and the next post will be full of photos! The eighth in London was our “lux” day. We woke up quite late (oops) and first headed out to Camden… I know, we’ve been there three times! But OH MAN if you’re in London, you just have to go! IT’s an absolute riot there. After browsing around the many stalls, Sophia and I walked to The Wolseley for afternoon tea. The Wolesley was beautiful, and the tea was fantastic. Sophia and I exchanged a look…

  • unexpected london: picnics and palaces

    After a night of eating pizza at midnight and drinking prosecco in bed, Sophia and I had a bit of a late start and headed out for lunch! Since before heading to London, I found a little takeaway food chain that I just knew I had to try, so we took the Tube to Moorgate and walked to Protein Haus. We bought our food and walked over to Pottersfield Park and had a little picnic lunch.   I bought a little packed meal of salmon, quinoa, and broccoli, as well as a Mars Protein Bar and a Snickers Protein Bar (because how cool?!). Sophia bought two protein shakes and a vegan salad. We…

  • unexpected london: punk & rock

    I think our first two days in London were a little bit off, as both Sophia and I were jetlagged and a bit unsure of what to do and how to best explore London. Days three and four have been absolutely wonderful! Wednesday (day 3) was dedicated to the punk of Camden! Camden is a borough in London most well known for its out-there shopping and entertainment. Sophia and I just grabbed a quick breakfast at Viva Acai near the Gloucester Road Tube station. It took a while for the acai bowls to be made, but the woman there was very chatty and friendly, and the acai, although simple, was…

  • unexpected london: punk & rock

    I think our first two days in London were a little bit off, as both Sophia and I were jetlagged and a bit unsure of what to do and how to best explore London. Days three and four have been absolutely wonderful! Wednesday (day 3) was dedicated to the punk of Camden! Camden is a borough in London most well known for its out-there shopping and entertainment. Sophia and I just grabbed a quick breakfast at Viva Acai near the Gloucester Road Tube station. It took a while for the acai bowls to be made, but the woman there was very chatty and friendly, and the acai, although simple, was…

  • unexpected london: reunions and happiness!

    Hellooooo from London! The past couple days have been absolutely lovely, yet still incredibly bittersweet. Let’s start with Monday. At 3:40am, I woke up and finished packing up. At around 4am, my sister and I said goodbye to our dad and hopped in a taxi to Changi. The past year, I’ve been at Changi 18 times, and it’s weird knowing that my 19th trip won’t be met with a 20th. Saying bye to Dad was short, which may have been a good thing. Any longer to say goodbye probably would have ended in lots of tears on my part. It’ll be five months without seeing him, and although I’ve spent…

  • What to Eat in Singapore: My Guide to Singapore's Best Dishes

    Singapore is known for its cuisine. Every dish has flavors of India, China, and Malaysia within, creating a taste very much its own. Singapore’s rich diversity also brings influence from Thailand, the Middle East, and Indonesia. Food is part of the culture, so naturally, there are plenty of delicious dishes completely “Singaporean,” most of which you MUST try. Here are my favorites. Kaya Toast yumyumyum Kaya toast is wonderful! A thick layer of kaya (coconut jam made of coconut, eggs, and sugar) is spread onto toast. Sometimes it’s topped with butter/margarine and sugar, and quite often it’s served with two soft boiled (super super runny) eggs to dip the toast…