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To the most wonderful time of the year!
What’s your favorite part of the holiday season? Getting a gift or two or three? Mine would be Christmas decorating 😊
So I’ve been living in this small one bedroom apartment for years now and this year is my 9th time decorating, boy I tell you it’s getting harder and harder each year, just because I can’t buy more stuff since I don’t have much space for it. Therefore, I’m very careful in finding and buying tiny stuff here and there.
I usually put out my Christmas decor a day after Thanksgiving and have it out until the last day of the 12 days of Christmas (yes, it’s not Dec 25 but Jan 5 for those of you who don’t know) 😬
Let’s have a look at my Christmas decor this year! Will you?
Santa Hat, Angel, Rudolf headband, Love pennants and self-made Red balls macrame.
Tiny Christmas tree with one color lights and puffy balls ornaments, The Nutcracker and Tiny Santa carrying a giant bag of presents.
Red M gifts stocking.
Tiny White Christmas Tree and Snow Reindeer with Plaid scarf.
Mistletoe on self-made hanging round stuff.
Polar Bear wall-art, Christmas candle and White Christmas Trees pant jar.
Tinier Christmas Tree with Snowman lights.
What do you think? Pretty simple and subtle ha 😊
I don’t do travel as much as I wanted to since I’m a working adult and sadly my work doesn’t required me to travel 😐 how I envy those people who travel work or make a living from traveling 😒
On my 20es, I used to travel a lot a lot for work it almost drive me insane, funny how I kind of miss it now, guess that’s just human, never satisfied and always wanted what we don’t have.
Imagine having to have only a week or two to be spent on a nice vacation, pretty sad ha?
Therefore, once a year I make sure to get a week getaway to a place that would revive my passion for living, not that I don’t have a life, but a vacay is always good for my body and soul 🙃
So back to my question, what kind of traveler are you?
You want me to answer my question first? Alright then! Here it goes…
I’m the kind of traveler who would rather stay in one place and enjoy its surrounding to the fullest, understand its people and culture and hopefully making new friends or just to have a nice long conversations with nice strangers much rather than hopping from a place to another within each day or even worse just within hours like some of those travelers whose travel Europe for a week and jumping from a country to another within hours for a shake of few photographs or videos at tourist places (landmarks) so that they can share it on their social media without even understand the locals and understand it cultures. Not that I think it’s stupid but somehow it’s kind of bizarre.
I understand in our adult prime condition we don’t have much time or budget to spend on travel, therefore, I think every adult traveler should plan it ahead (just like for other/all things in life) of where they want to go, like make a list of countries to visit before 30, before 40, before 50 and so on. Just because there are places and stuffs that are much better to do when you’re young rather than old, vice versa.
For example, on your 20es you can go to some party islands that closest to your home country, since you still young and have all the youthful energy but not the money. On your 30es you can go to some countries where the luxury and adventures combined, you can now afford a better accommodation and spend money on more stuffs like do more outdoor activities, shop some cute souvenirs, candlelit dinner in fancy restaurants. You could really experience all these since you’re energy still pretty good and you got money! On your 40es, most of you will be married with kids, things are settled, this is the time when you can do those family vacations to places that are kids friendly like Disneyland, National Parks. On your 50es, you are loaded but don’t have as much energy for some outdoor crazy adventures but still wanted to see the world, the cruise will be the best option, this floating giant vessel got everything! and to see the world with it it’s even better, you could take a two weeks trip or a month or even forever! You got all the time in the world, remember?
Mags take Miami! Even just for a week 😂
Stayed at the newly renovated historic hotel in South Beach called Hotel Breakwater located right infront of the famous South beach of Miami, Florida. A tourist paradise for 21ers and above (not too old or old but with young spirit) 😬 just because most hotel along the Ocean Drive are all attached with non-stop super loud music 24/7.
It was last week in April 2014 when I was here, so I figured it would be a nice weather down there considering in Iowa where I live was still kind of cold, around 35 degrees. But boy was I wrong! Yes it was nice, it was 72 degrees but since I’ve been spending the longest winter in Iowa, the Spring in Miami felt like hell the first day I arrived.
Living in Iowa for sometimes with no sea, ocean and all make me misses the white sandy beach so very much, and so what I did on most of my vacation time was to laying on the beach under the big umbrella while admiring the beautiful sea view.
The city that never sleep with lights so bright but it’s never blinding.
Was here four times in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and wanted more. This concrete jungle is very fascinating. All the rush and excitement in very avenues and street from uptown to downtown, east to west, it got everything!
This city is an international country.
Here are my FUN in NY:
Time Square – could spend hours sitting on the stairs just watching people and billboards, fascinating! 😲
One Fall Afternoon in Time Square, NY
Empire State Building – was here twice (more than enough) on wrong days since both was on one of the coldest Fall days 🥶
Observation Deck, Empire State Building
Liberty Island – third time a charm, even the New Yorkers don’t go to see the Lady Liberty as much 😅
Lonely Lady Liberty
MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) – Starry Night by Van Gogh stole my heart in a beat 🖼😍
Rockefeller Center – Top of The Rock – a 360 view of NYC’s skyline, superb! I was here at night on the first day of Spring, which means it’s still kinda cold when you’re outside on the 70th floor 😱
View from Top of The Rock
Central Park – The great park of NYC that’s pretty much in every movies shoots in NY. I’m not sure if I manage to wander around the park since it’s huge. The first stroll was in sweet November on the rickshaw ride (sadly not a coach) and the second one was in a snowy Spring day by walk.
NY Chinatown – where to find the delicious foods? in Chinatown of course! It doesn’t have to be hygiene or healthy nor gluten free right?! As long as it’s yummy! 😋
Tiffany & Co. at 5th Ave. – who’s a sucker for “Breakfast at Tiffany”? 🤚 there I was walking in into this glamours turquoise store on the corner of the street fulfilling my inner Audrey Hepburn.
Are you a person who woke up everyday and wishes your acne-sensitive-skin be gone but it never happened? Well I’m the same. On my middle 30es now and nothing has changed. When I hit puberty and started to have millions of breakouts people told me not to worries cause it’ll be gone within few years but guess they were wrong. I tried many different products, many different treatments from traditional to medicated (prescribed by dermatologist), from $ to $$$$
Anyhow, I’m glad I don’t break out at much as I did before all thanks to this regiments I found after millions of trial and error. Here they are:
Daily Skincare routine:
Most gentle and really kind to skin. This Simple is for sure a sensitive skin expert. With just a pump or two its foam cleanses as the dirt/make-up in my face. I use it twice a day in the morning before work and at night before I go to bed.
Okay, this probably sounds funny and stupid but after using the Foaming Cleanser, I liked to double clean my face with this Micellar Cleansing Water, I use it as a Toner. Please don’t judge me, all I ever wanted is a clean face, and double the cleansing is not a crime.
There are nights where I’m too lazy/tired to wash my face and just use this Cleansing Water to do its best.
The highlight of this product is ideal for delicate, fragile, devitalized skin just like my sensitive skin.
I use this HydroSoul after cleansing for maximum hydration in the morning and at night.
Best moisturizer ever!
Just the perfect match for my sensitive skin, a weightless water-gel moisturizer that hydrates oily/dry sensitive skin. I’m blessed to find this amazing product
As much as I like to travel and see places, I love love loved being home in a nice and cozy tiny place. The last 8 years I’ve been living in this not old nor modern one bedroom town house and I have no complaints.
Ames, a municipal city in Central Iowa. This city is very well known as the home for the Cyclones, either the students of Iowa State University or the fans (Iowan).
Sadly, there’s not much of entertainment going on around this city but not to worry, just because Ames got some good hangout places not just for your tummy but also for your soul.
Here are the list of my favorite restaurants in Ames, I hope they stays OPEN forever (some of my favorites were closed for good – not listed)
Spoiler alert: I’m a fussy eater, so foods is not the essence of why there place below are my favorites, maybe it’s because of its ambiance 🙂
A very interesting name, indeed. In case you don’t know, +39 is the international phone country code for Italia.
This place is very nice, they got the bar, wine’s room, gelato and dessert counters, even the cantina where you can buy some produce from Italy.
I luv Italian food! From Caprese to Margarita Pizza to Spaghetti Carbonara to Tiramisu. Yumm Yumm Yumm YUMM! They got everything that my tummy ever desire! Plus those delicioso Italian coffee, wines and spirits! Al dente 🙂
What a unique name taken from its location.
This place is exquisite. Luv everything about it! From its cafe corner to its bar, an open kitchen that you can see from your dining table.
My favorite foods here would be the healthy and delicious Kale & Quinoa Salad with add-on Tofu as the protein. Their pizza were also a hit, I’d tried some of the variety that offered and they were pretty good (they changes their menu every once in a while), their Crispy Potatoes just amazingly yummy.
And to talk about their desserts, from Creme Brûlée, Fruit Tart, Caramel Mousse, etc. Make sure to save some space for this scrumptious treats 🙂
The only Japanese restaurant in Ames and surrounding. For being the only place you can go for some Sushi, you can only hope that it’s good or at least fresh.
But not to worry because they are. The Sushi are so good and fresh considering being in Ames is like being in the middle of nowhere and away from the sea. Anything with Salmon and Tuna are always a hit but my favorite would be the vegetarian kinda roll like avocado, cucumber, lettuce, asparagus, yam and cream cheese with soy paper please! oh yeah not to forget the spicy mayo 🙂
And not only that this place also serve your meal with entertainment here if seat around the Hibachi grill. Since Sushi is not much of my thing so the Hibachi is my to go to. Egg Fried Rice, Grilled veggies; carrot, mushroom, onion, zucchini and broccoli, plus any of the protein of your liking, I always go with the chicken but many says that the Filet Mignon is a must try.
This place got a cool bar that offers plenty of options or Sake, Mixed Drinks, Martinis, Mules and Beers. The White Russian is my favorite, I like to upgrade its Vodka to Grey Goose for better tasting.
A very nice and comfy tiny Italian resto/bar on Main St. They served appealing Italian fusion, from Pasta to Flat Bread, Seafood to Poultry.
Brazilian tavern in the heart of Iowa, well in ISU Campus-town to be exact. A decent place with good American-Brazilian food and good selections of alcoholic beverages from the Bar.
My favorite would be its Fresh Cut Fries, Garlic Oil Pasta and dessert Empanadas. I also really like its Guava Juice (no where else I can find a place where they make yummy fresh Guava juice, I really thank them for this) and the Dark Rum Mojito. Yum!
A tasty Southern America BQQ served in rustic modern kind of joint. Portions are good (by good I mean smaller than most BQQ resto)
“never go too long without watching a sunset” – Atticus
Reading this quote got me missing the sunset by the beach even more, that’s when I decided for 2018 Summer vacay I had to go to any tourist destinations with beach view.
So I went to Venice Beach, LA it was one life greatest decision ever! Well, you know, being a working adult is hard, just because you don’t have much time to spend on vacation and that’s why you’ve got to choose it wisely.
Stayed at this classic (but not so classy) Cadillac Hotel located right next to the fabulous yet infamous Venice Beach, surrounded by lotsa homeless people (never seen more homeless people than here in LA – sad). Minus the not so pleasant homeless people view, the hotel itself is not bad, I mean, you knoe, you get what you pay. I book with this hotel at the first place is just basically because of its location. Location location location.
I just love Venice, in love with it the first time I step foot on that crazy beautiful Venice Boardwalk, with all of the souvenirs stores, street foods, restaurants, street performers and most of all the street artists making street arts, they were all amazing!
What really got me into coming to Venice the first place was The Tiny Canal Cottage. Boy am I glad I followed her on instagram. She lives in this most wonderful neighborhood called Venice Canal Historic District