All posts tagged: ocean

Paradise Island, Maui

Maui is the all encompassing definition of island life – pristine beaches, tropical palm trees and glorious sunsets. Although K & I planned a good handful of fun activities like surfing and snorkeling, we were determined to slip right into the chill lifestyle of Mauians for the duration of our one week excape.  Maui is known for a few must-eat food items: Macadamia nuts, tropical fruits, and Kona coffee.  On our first day, we had a delicious hearty breakfast made with local ingredients at Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop.  I had their Banana Pancakes which was like eating the best banana bread in breakfast form.  K had their house Frittata and a side of Coconut French Toast drizzled in condensed milk.  Two thumbs up for this place! After breakfast we set off to explore the island by driving along the highway that hugs that parameter of Maui. Almost every strip of the drive was filled with views of the dazzling ocean and mighty mountains in the background. There are plenty of spots for scenic views. …

5 days in San Francisco

This is my second time visiting California in 2015. If you recall from some of my previous posts, I swung by Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco in March with my girlfriends. Aside from the fact that I am in love with the weather, this time around I had a very different agenda. The main purpose of my trip was to go camping into Yosemite National Park with my boyfriend which I will talk about in much more detail in the post right after this one. Today I wanted to highlight some of the fun things I did in San Francisco  🙂 The weather in San Fran was perfect as usual – a hot dry breezy mid 20’s.  We walked around Union Square and Market Street – a great shopping area with an generous mix of luxury and mid priced retail stores.  You can buy your Givenchy, Chanel and Valentino, walk a few blocks and find Victoria’s Secret, Converse and Urban Outfitters. One of my favorite things about this city is the neighborhoods.  It’s simply …

Hong Kong [Part 5] Wakeboarding, Laduree, High Tea, drinks at the Ritz Carlton

We started our day off bright and early (like 6:00am early) for wake boarding!  I’ve never tried it before, nor have I really done any sort of board sports before so I was pretty excited.  We drove to Tai Tam Bay to ride the waves with one of the most amazing scenic backdrops. The water was warm, the sun was gentle and the breeze was lovely.  Although I spent most of the session swallowing salt water from falling (haha) it was still so much fun and I can’t wait to try it again.       The wake boarding team 🙂 We were all so hungry and tired after wake boarding, this bowl of beef noodle soup with fish balls from On Lee really hit the spot. Afterwards we took it easy and walked around the city, this time we managed to wander into the heart of the protest zones.   I won a bet earlier with K and this box of Laduree macarons was my reward 🙂 such a pretty box!  Stopping by the Hilton …

Hong Kong [Part 2] Repulse Bay, Yacht Club, Big Buddha, Ngong Ping 360

We started our morning with a stroll on Repulse Bay.  The mountains and buildings served as a beautiful backdrop to the relatively peaceful beach – apparently it’s usually full of people but has been quiet lately due to the protest (I suppose some positive things arise from public unrest).  These properties are some of the most expensive in HK. I mean… who would’t want to wake up to a view like this everyday?  The Kwan Yum Shrine is also located near the beach and offers a cultural place of interest for sightseeing.  We took a short boat ride over to one of the 3 club houses for members of the Royal Yacht Club for a drink (side note: we were not the members ;P my lovely aunt took us).  Unfortunately… the place wasn’t even open yet, but the views were spectacular and totally worth the trip.    The food is fantastic in HK, and the levels of dining also range from extremely luxurious to extremely casual and run down.  However, sometimes the best food is …