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Life’s a Beach in Shimoda

When you think of Japan sparkling, blue-water beaches are probably not what come to mind. I didn’t think that kind of beach existed here. I’m aware that Japan is an island, but up until last week, all the beaches I’d ever seen here were more of a dark green, murky water sort of beach. But…

Puppy Travel Diaries: Part One

In the very near future, I will embark on an adventure of a lifetime. I’ll be leaving Japan after almost five years and moving back to the U.S. And to add to the excitement (also known as stress) of quitting my job and starting a new life somewhere brand new, my puppies Hambone and Lulu…

Breakfast, Brunch & Baked Goods in Bangkok

One of the biggest perks (and my favorite part) of visiting any foreign country is tasting the local cuisine. It’s the best way to experience the most authentic dishes. I rarely eat food that’s not native to the country I’m traveling in. However, on my last day of a recent trip to Bangkok, I broke…

POTD:​ The New Brighton Hotel, Manly Beach

My Photo of the Day posts are how I share some of the images I’ve captured without going super in depth on the location or trip. I love taking pictures. And I really love going back and looking at them; it reminds me that for that second everything was exactly how I wanted. Everything was…

Myeongdong: Skincare Mecca

I’m totally obsessed with skincare. The right regimen and the right products can truly work wonders. It can change the texture of your skin, improve your complexion and even make it glow. We only get one face, so it’s crucial we take the best possible care of it. And not just the face, all of…

A Girl & Her Dog

I don’t typically write about my personal life. I started this blog to share my quest to travel the world with the world. To share my experiences and hopefully encourage a person or two to go to the places they’ve always wanted to see. Maybe even help them figure out how to do it or…

POTD: Summer Nights in Ginza

Summer nights are made for ice cream and sunsets, and in Ginza, Tokyo’s upscale shopping and entertainment district, you can get the best of both. This neighborhood houses all the top luxury brand stores (Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, etc.), a plethora of gourmet restaurants, and the famous Kabuki-za Theatre. I like visiting Ginza this time…

Stop & Smell the Roses in Ashikaga

If you’re a fan of roses, gardens or just flowers in general, Ashikaga Flower Park is a must-see when you’re in central Japan. It’s located in the Tochigi prefecture, about two hours away from Tokyo. One of its most popular attractions is the Wisteria Festival in April and early May, but there’s still plenty to…

POTD: Sunset From Sunset Beach

There are fewer things more beautiful than watching the sky change colors. It looks a little bit like magic. Seeing it turn shades of pink and orange before finally transforming into a deep, midnight blue is fascinating. It happens every day, yet somehow, it amazes me every time I see it. This sunset was extra spectacular…