Maui Photo Diary

view from balcony – Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Here are some photos from my recent trip to Maui. I was blessed enough to be a bridesmaid to a long time friend for her Oahu wedding and I decided to pop by Maui for a quick trip as I have never been. What a great idea it was……It is much more calm than Waikiki and you really get the feeling of being on a tropical island.

I loved the beaches, the calmness and the beauty of the whole island. It is such a relaxing place filled with outdoor activities. I thought that I would be catching up on lots of reading and just beach bumming around. That definitely was not the case – there is so much to see and places to snorkel. I basically did no reading.

Breakfast Buffet

my fav beach for Snorkeling -kapalua bay

Kapalua Bay was my favourite snorkeling spot. The water was clear and calm. This is where I saw my first sea turtle. I have snorkeled many times and it was here that I got to swim with 2 turtles! After checking out other snorkeling spots we eventually came back here.

Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve

up at 10,000 ft -Haleakala Crater. After a crazy rain storm

We took a morning trip up to the Haleakala Crater (I had to drive the whole way up cause I get motion sickness easily). Even though I drove, I still felt woozy – it is a long and windy drive especially when it was down-pouring and oh so very foggy! Most people drive up here really early to catch the sunrise but we were already too late as I was driving so slow.

When we finally got up there we couldn’t see much as it was raining big droplets and very foggy. We waited for 30 minutes then the weather changed very quickly. We were even lucky enough to spot a beautiful rainbow. The landscapes up at the summit is very unique – makes you feel like you are very far from the world. 

last sunset….

Until next time!



Montreal Eats

On my recent trip to Montreal, I definitely ate more than needed. It also didn’t help that I was in the capital of poutine and it’s one of my faves!

Below are some of my eats from the trip and places that are worth visiting if you are in the Montreal area.

Poutine La Banquise

Poutine La Banquise
994, rue Rachel Est
Montréal, Quebec
Canada, H2J 2J3

The poutines here are delicious with a bunch of different varieties to choose from. This place is open 24/7. Twice we had late night poutine after big dinners. It sure didn’t sit well for my waistline! The funny thing is that we weren’t the only ones. On both occasions- we had to wait in line for at least 20 mins (on a week night).

Park Restaurant 


Park Restaurant
378 Victoria Ave, Westmount,
QC H3Z 2N4 Canada

Pairs the purity of traditional Japanese cuisine with Korean and South American flavours. We did a traditional 5 course Omakase tasting menu where the chef selected the dishes. Each dish complemented each other very well with unique flavours, textures and fresh ingredients. I also loved that the chef would watch for our eating speed and adjusted accordingly. A very good and unique dining experience.

Schwartz’s – Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwiches

3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec
H2W 1X9

This place is a must try in Montreal! The flavour of the smoked meat is light and as you can see they give you lots of if. I paired it with fries, a pickle and cherry cola.

Pizzeria Napoletana

Pizzeria Napoletana
189 Dante Street Montreal, QC, H2S 1K1

A great place in Little Italy that serves traditional thin crust pizzas and pasta. You can also bring your own wine to enjoy with your meal. The atmosphere is fun and relaxing. Great place to dine and unwind after hours of exploring.

Until next time Montreal!

Summer Bliss!

Furry Creek

Although we had an early start to summer because of the great weather this year, I didn’t get a chance to do anything summery until the start of this month. It hit me hard when all the stores started changing to fall inventory. Made me realize that summer isn’t around for too much longer….

We were lucky enough to get invited up to our good friend’s aunties place for a fun day up in Furry Creek. We tried to squeeze as many activities in as possible and had a great time paddle boarding (eeek, my first time!), enjoying the refreshing water and even hitting a few golf balls. We had such a great time! Did I mention the views?

As I am away in Hawaii for a wedding and will be missing my mom’s birthday this year, I decided to take her and my mom-in-law to the Scandinave Spa Whistler for a relaxing getaway. It was such a rejuvenating experience. We followed their suggested routine starting from warming our bodies in one of their pools, steam room or sauna – followed by a cool dip and then relaxing in one of their relaxation areas. My favourite is the hammock haven situated at the top with a serene view of the mountains. It was the first time in a very long that I didn’t care about time and could really focus and clear my thoughts.

Scandinave Spa Whistler – view from the hammock haven

sneaking in a bare-faced glow selfie



Mildred’s Temple Kitchen Toronto – Brunch

Legendary Light & Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

On the second day in Toronto, my friend who moved there in recent years recommended Mildred’s Temple Kitchen for brunch. Her exact words were “you must try their pancakes, I don’t usually like pancakes…but its so goooood there!” Once I heard those words, I knew I had to go get me some pancakes!

And seriously, the blueberry buttermilk pancakes at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is one of the best pancakes I ever had (close or on par with the pancakes I had at Bills Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku). Such a fluffy and light texture that warms the mouth – sweetness from the maple syrup and a bit of tartness from the blueberries. Perfect combination!

Hubby went with The Manhandler which consists of flat-iron steak topped on a garlic sourdough with two sunny side up eggs and some arugula. It was very delicious and satisfying as well. The steak had great flavour and the eggs were cooked just right.

Oh yes…I will be back!


Weekend Sparkles

This weekend was such a fast one – when Sunday night came around I felt a bit disoriented. Really? is tomorrow really Monday?

Even with the cooler temperatures, most of the time was spent outdoors with Miss Doo Thang. We decided to try some hiking trails around my mom’s place. Of course I never have proper footwear …and slipped. Which then turned into a giggling fest.

Also, got some much needed girls time with an appies night (and a beautiful bridal shower. The weekend ended with some family time and a nice birthday bbq.

Weeeee! Can’t wait for long weekend coming up!

Girl’s Night – spoiled by the host

bridal shower for the beautiful bride-to-be!

started the weekend with a lunch for one!

Bridal Shower – Tea Party

The very next day after arriving back from Montreal – the other bridesmaids and I threw a cute, tea bridal shower for our sweet bride-to-be. We tried to keep her bridal shower to a similar feel as the upcoming wedding with soft colours and tones. We had a dessert table, candy table with lots of decorative vintage tea cups and cute baby pictures all scattered. We were lucky enough that one of the bridesmaids still had all her decorations from her wedding. With some new additions, it was a perfect blend.  We also managed to come up with some very creative games that included a life-size print out of her hubby-to-be! It was a sweet, magical afternoon filled with delicious yummies (spoiled by the future brother-in-laws of the bride).

Thinking back about that day feels so surreal. Some of us girls have known each other since elementary school and to see one another grow and move into new chapters of our lives really makes me cherish all of our moments together. Time does move oh so quickly as all of us are busy with our day-to-day but these special moments are what we will remember and look back upon. 

Toronto & Montreal – Quick Update

Wedding season has officially begun! One of my closest friend from high school held his wedding in Toronto last week and we were lucky enough to share his special day. We decided to take a quick trip to Montreal right after since we have never been and it is the home to the great poutine (one of my favorite things to eat ever!). We spent 4 quick days in Toronto then made our way on Via Rail Canada to Montreal. Coincidentally, a bunch of our mature friends also decided to visit Montreal and it became a wonderful rendezvous. Other than non-stop eating, The Jazz Festival was also in town so we had the opportunity to experience that as well as Canada Day celebrations. Below are a few pictures from the trip. I will compile a video and a more detailed post soon. So stay tuned!

View from Mount Royal

Public Piano at Mount Royal

View from Old Montreal

Enjoying the Jazz Festival in Montreal

The Famous Smoked Meat Sandwich with a side of cherry cola, pickle and fries at Schwartz’s Montreal

distillery district toronto

Wedding Celebration!



happy 3 years to us!

Wedding Day – Some golf cart fun after the ceremony

It was 3 years ago that we celebrated with our closest family and friends – a day filled with so much happiness, emotions and excitement. Can’t believe where 3 years has brought us.

I am grateful in so many ways and thankful for my partner in life. I would like to thank you……

Thank you for always believing in me even before I believe  in myself
Thank you for pushing me to do my best
Thank you for letting me be bold and true to myself
Thank you for being my biggest fan and supporter
Thank you for our daily adventures
And thank you for being you

Happy 3 years and can’t wait to see what adventures awaits us! 


have a wonderful weekend!

It’s definitely a patio Friday today! The sun is shinning and it’s suppose to get hot up in here this weekend. My plans are to hang outside, practice on my new toy and catch up on Game of Thrones (i missed the last two episodes cause i thought this season started off a bit slow – everyone has been yelling at me, stating the last two episodes are game changers). I guess “you know nothing – Sabine Cheng.”

Have a great weekend everyone!

time for a reset

hong kong 2009

I seriously can’t believe that the first half of 2015 is gone. Time has really flown by and it’s scary to think that it might keep going at this rate. As time is moving along and I am heading closer to my thirties – the more I reflect on the person that I am today and how I have changed over the course of my twenties.

I am undeniably a happy, curious and passionate person and I really hope that never changes. I live the way that suits me and try my best to be uninfluenced and ignore the pressure of conformity. In my early twenties, I often felt pressured to stay at a particular job or question my job/career hopping strategy. To be honest, I was quite fearless and often did what my gut told me. I had a strong feeling that no matter what – everything will be alright and if I didn’t take a chance now then I would regret. I had a strong desire to travel, to see the world and to live outside of my comforts.

Now looking back at all the memories of teaching abroad, traveling on my own and truly being alone – I can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment. For I know, if I was ever placed in those lonely situations again where I had no one to seek help from or couldn’t even speak the language that I could make do. I still have a very clear memory of me stating to myself to never complain about the feeling of loneliness because I didn’t know the true meaning of being lonely until those hard moments. (please let me know if you would like to hear the story of me being misdiagnosed with SARS and being placed in the hospital with no one to communicate)

Fast forward a few years – despite my best efforts and not even realizing, I have changed. I have developed more fears through the years and become a bit of a realist. Rather than dreaming up wonders, I have become careful with my hopeful feelings and wishes for the future. In the early years I would say “one day – I will have that”, nowadays I am catching myself thinking “maybe if possible – I could have that…maybe”. My early twenties self would not be proud of this. I would have smacked myself and gone back to singing Britney Spears.

With the rest of 2015 I am planning to reset and bring back my early self. Diminish the fears and keep on dreaming. I must realize that life will be as it should be and that my frame of mind is what shapes it.


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