Monthly Archives: September 2013

Travel: Thailand

I wanted to travel to Thailand for YEARS and it finally happened in January. I can safely say it was one of the best trips of my life. I visited Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Lanta.
Bangkok was a hot and sweaty whirlwind. We walked around markets, visited temples, ate street food, and celebrated New Years Eve on Khao San Road.
From there, we went to Northern Thailand – Chiang Mai and stayed in the most gorgeous little place called Jasmine Hills. It was in the middle of rice fields and was a bit of a trek to get to the city, but it was glorious.
In Chiang Mai we did a full day cooking class at Asia Scenic, which was THE BEST. We learned how to make six different dishes and ate them all. We also went elephant trekking. It was astonishing to be up close and personal with the elephants, but a little creepy too. I was the timid one of the group (see video below).
Koh Lanta was absolute paradise in the south. We stayed at a great place, Andalay Boutique (highly recommend) where we rented scooters and toured the island. We found the most beautiful beaches with hardly anyone on them. The side-of-the-road food was so good I can’t even put into words. Sun, sand, beach, the best food ever. Perfection.

IMG_0059Tuk Tuk (cabbie) in Bangkok

IMG_0290Temple in Chiang Mai

IMG_0353Night market fun

IMG_0412Fake smile | petrified

Feeding the elephants
IMG_0512Cooking class at Asia Scenic
Chiang Mai cookingMade all of these dishes!
IMG_0952Amazing beach in Koh Lanta | heaven
IMG_1338Lucky Balloon send off
IMG_1146Black Moon party | fire show
IMG_1265Spa at Siri Lanta
IMG_1174Last look before leaving the island

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Travel: San Fransisco

Over the Thanksgiving long weekend, we went to San Fransisco. It was my first time there and I just loved the look of it…the store fronts, old signs, trolleys, and cool neighbourhoods.
The weather was that perfect sunny California weather I dream about, and I learned that October is the best time to go because it’s the peak of their best summer weather. The weekend couldn’t have been more action packed — America’s cup was happening, it was fleet week, there was a big football game, a blue grass music festival, a parade in Little Italy, AND President Obama was staying at our hotel!! True story. We didn’t see him, but everything was on crazy lock down. Security guards everywhere. It was so interesting to see.
A great Italian restaurant we went to was Delfina that I highly recommend, and we ate delicious sushi and Mexican at random spots. China Town and Little Italy were highlights, and I especially loved North Beach area. It just had a really cool vibe. One thing I would NOT recommend, is going only for a weekend. It’s too far from Toronto to go for 3 days, and the worst decision I made was taking the red eye home. Not glam. A few pics…

SF Airport 2Old school kicks at the airport | KangaROOS

SanFran_collageGolden Gate beauty | delicious lunch at the market | Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

SF Castro_TrolleyAmazing movie combo at the Castro theatre – Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice!

Full House2Had to find Full House
SanFran parkSunny day at the park

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Travel: Algonquin

Before I start blogging about life in Shanghai, I’m going to take a look back on the happenings of last year…mainly travel spots. Back in September I went camping in Algonquin. I use the word camping lightly — we actually stayed in a cottage for 2 nights and camped in the woods for one night. Back in high school I joined the Outdoors Club and did a camping trip in Algonquin and absolutely loved it. I thought I was a ‘camper’ from that one trip and I always wanted to go camping again, but it never happened. Until this particular weekend. Let’s just say I’m not a camper anymore. I love the outdoors, hiking, swimming, and even cliff jumping — but I can do without sleeping in a tent.
Algonquin is so pretty and makes me feel very Canadian.

Algonquin collageAlgonquin_motorcycles

Algonquin waterfall

Algonquin_Tree

Algonquin

Algonquin2Outfit: vintage Levi’s cutoffs | fringe tank from Urban Outfitters

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From One Adventure To The Next

I had a busy and exciting year that went by in a blink. Hence my absence from the blog world. I was busy working on the PR team for Holt Renfrew. I worked on a lot of amazing projects and met a lot of awesome people…from stylish and sassy co-workers to world-class designers and even a few celebs. Being in the presence of Elton John, Domenico Dolce, and Christian Louboutin were cool experiences, but I especially loved meeting Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere, Oscar PR girl, the Dannijo girls, and the guys of Rag & Bone. All of them are incredible examples of success with a genuine, funny, and down to earth vibe. I quite admire that.

A few pics…
HR CollageStella McCartneyStella McCartney dress I swooned over all spring season

So, the year has come to an end, and I’m embarking on my next adventure – which involves a BIG move to Asia! In just a few days, I’ll be moving to Shanghai for the year. Even after all the mental preparing and goodbye parties, it still doesn’t seem real.  I suppose once I’m actually there, it will hit me. The look on my face will be “what just happened / why am I here?” But in this moment, I’m pretty darn excited. I’ll be meeting my bf who has been living there for the past 2 months. I’ll be blogging about my adventures, doing a bit of travelling, and I’ll be on the job hunt. I also plan on taking Mandarin classes. That will be a crazy challenge, but I’m going to try.

IMG_2257I was fortunate to visit Shanghai for a few days (yes, we went all the way there for a few days) in June to check it out before making a decision about the move. I must say I was quite impressed. It wasn’t like anything I pictured. My favourite neighbourhood is the French Concession, which is where we’ll be living. It has a European vibe with beautiful tree-lined streets, and countless exquisite boutiques from local fashion designers. There are a ton of chic restaurants and cocktail bars, and it’s not crowded like other areas. My first impression of Shanghai was that it’s a ‘cool city,’ and bf has reported that it is indeed. Here are a few shots…

IMG_2266Pretty buildings reminded me of Europe

IMG_2264Delicious lunch at Crystal Jade
Shanghai shopsA couple of awesome boutiques
IMG_2265Cocktails at Lost Heaven in The Bund
IMG_2272Designer Nicole Zhang’s FW13 fashion presentation

IMG_2273Commenting on the collection. I loved it!
IMG_2236Playing dress up at Nicole’s studio. Wanted everything.
IMG_2275In deep thought along The Bund

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