unexpected eats: 5 treats in Boston!

unexpected eats: 5 treats in Boston!

When I lived in Massachusetts, one of my favourite things to do was to take the train to the city and have a day of walking around, window-shopping, and grabbing some good food. Over the couple years that I called Boston my home, I'd found some favourite places to eat, whether for a snack or [...]

unexpected eats: making hainanese chicken rice

unexpected eats: making hainanese chicken rice

When away from home, there's nothing better than comfort food. Though we aren't exactly away from home, we're settling into a new one. Singapore is the kind of place that charms you, and well, despite being incredibly excited about relocating to Europe, we miss our Singapore home! So I decided to make some good old [...]

unexpected festivals: is badenfahrt worth the trip?

Badenfahrt is a decennial 10 day festival in Baden, Switzerland, just outside of Zurich. It's supposedly one of the most crowded events in Switzerland, with people rushing from all over the country to this small town. My family and I were under the weather, so we weren't so keen on travelling out to a crowded [...]

unexpected lessons: how i maintain a positive mindset

unexpected lessons: how i maintain a positive mindset

Hey, guys! I want to have a heart to heart with you guys. I feel like after all you've done for me, I owe it to you to share my twenty-year-old, oh-so-wise, knowledge 😉 But in all seriousness, I've overcome years of a negative mindset, and I like to think that I'm currently a pretty [...]

unexpected wanderlust: 10 photos that will make you book a flight to yunnan

unexpected wanderlust: 10 photos that will make you book a flight to yunnan

As you read this, I'll have left my Chinese school! It's crazy to think that before I had come here, I didn't want to study Chinese, as so many lovely things have come from this experience, in addition to more solid Chinese. Yunnan is the province I'd chosen to study within... Honestly, the reason I [...]

unexpected neighborhoods : kampong glam

unexpected neighborhoods : kampong glam

If you're visiting Singapore, don't miss the often overlooked area of Kampong Glam! It's my favourite part of Singapore, simply because there's so much culture within the area. I particularly love Haji Lane, the old "hipster" street. It's become much more upscale in the past few years, but has retained some of its alternative roots. [...]

unexpected haw par villa

unexpected haw par villa

Haw Par Villa is a weird and wonderful little part of Singapore! Formerly known as Tiger Balm Park, Haw Par Villa was founded by the Tiger Balm Brothers, who had moved their business from Myanmar to Singapore in 1937. It's filled with old Chinese myths and folklore, the 10 Courts of Hell being one of the [...]

unexpected wanderlust : a day in NYC

unexpected wanderlust : a day in NYC

It was Family & Friends weekend at the school I'm currently studying at, so my mom flew out to visit! During her visit, we took full advantage of our rental car and decided to take some day trips. One day was spent in New York City. Studying in a small town only makes me appreciate cities [...]

unexpected tips: IPSY for the glam traveler

unexpected tips: IPSY for the glam traveler

Alright, I've gotta admit it. As much as I talk about being a traveler who prides herself in carrying her life in a carry-on rucksack, I do love to put makeup on and dress up for evenings out. Balancing that inner girly-girl with the more prominent dirty hippie is certainly a challenge, especially when that girly-girl wants [...]

unexpected pouch packing (trip prep pt 1)

unexpected pouch packing (trip prep pt 1)

NOTE: I’ve already written a very very general post on packing (so general and bad that its just embarrassing), but I’ve figured out the blogging/packing/travel thing out just a little more, so here’s a better post. I’ll probably make this a little trip preparation series, as I’m doing quite a bit of packing, not only [...]