Willis Tower

Ever seen Chicago from 1,353 feet above ground? To see the city from different perspectives, you can walk the Pedway underground, surface in the Chicago Cultural Center for interiors, pop over to Millennium… Continue reading

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, also known as “The People’s Palace,” is one of the city’s most popular attractions. This building boasts an ornate interior of mosaic and Favrile – a type of glass… Continue reading

The Art in “Art & Wine (Festival)”

Who doesn’t love a good Art & Wine festival? It’s like a street fair full of arts and crafts sessions turned money-making hobbies. And you get to stroll down the street drinking wine… Continue reading

Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton

The winding road up Mount Hamilton is not for those with acrophobia, aeroacrophobia, or any fear related to high, narrow roads with no guardrails. The ride is full of twists and turns; the… Continue reading

Big Views in Big Sur

Did you know that California is 1.41 times the size of Italy? It’s also 1.41 times the size of the Philippines. Yet I’ve published many more posts for those countries than I have… Continue reading

Porsche Rennsport Reunion V

Most people think of the Monterey Peninsula and associate it with beach and ocean. Maybe they think of Pebble Beach and golf. Maybe they think of Carmel Valley and wine tasting. Maybe they… Continue reading

Parque Francisco Alvarado, Zarcero

  On the way to La Fortuna’s geological wonders, one might drive into a sort of fairy-tale landscape that feels almost European. It could merely be because the air is cooler than in… Continue reading

Ziplining in Braulio Carrillo

I once went camping in Yosemite – where somebody presumptuously pitched a tent and inflated an air mattress for me, “the city girl.” (For the record, I was totally ready to rough it.) A… Continue reading

Volcano Venture: Poás + La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Not far outside Costa Rica’s capital of San José sits one of the country’s most-frequented volcanoes, Volcán Poás. This active volcano boasts nearly 40 eruptions within just the past two centuries – that’s… Continue reading

The Pura Vida Experience

Pura Vida  /poo-ruh vee-duh/ Spanish for “pure life.” Costa Ricans use this expression to mean many things: Hello! How are you? You only live once, eh? What bad luck. Have a nice day!… Continue reading

Costa Rica’s Museo del Oro

The Gold Museum, or what most people refer to as Museo del Oro, is actually a collection of interconnected museums called Museos Banco Central de Costa Rica. The Museo del Oro Precolombino (Pre-Columbian… Continue reading

Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica              

Most people probably wouldn’t describe Costa Rica’s capital of San José as conventionally beautiful. In fact, most people come for the beaches/rainforest (that’s me!)/nature. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find beauty… Continue reading

San José, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica is a city full of parks and wall murals, old locales and even older churches, traditional customs, museums, and pleasant surprises. Oddly enough, it’s a surreal mix of the… Continue reading

Tirimbina Rainforest

The cicadas sing incessantly all around. In a nearby tree, a toucan pecks at the eggs of another bird. An Ornate Hawk-eagle*,  perched on a leafless branch, scans the terrain for snakes. 50… Continue reading

San José Art City Tour

People don’t exactly come to Costa Rica for museums, but since I’m currently in the capital city of San José and I happen to like museums, there are a few of them on… Continue reading

Music and Memorabilia for a Cause

A Kaepernick jersey. Pacquiao boxing gloves. Crème brûlée. Vocalists and a children’s choir. Just sharing a mishmash of images from an event I recently volunteered at. Fundraising for a children’s charity? All for… Continue reading

More! Stuff of (Car) Dreams

If you didn’t get enough from last week (obviously, I didn’t), here we are, back for more! This time, the mix is slightly heavier on collector cars. Much like dry-aged steak, you want… Continue reading

The Stuff of (Car) Dreams

Look, there’s an Audi R8. I’ve long fancied one. Oh, a BMW i8. Now there’s something I could see myself driving. A Maclaren. A royal purple Jaguar. A Maserati here and there. A… Continue reading

Wine & Cars

  Follow the wine barrel fountain outside, to the wine barrel telescopes inside, to the wine tasting experience that makes you ask yourself if you’re here for the wine or the cars. In… Continue reading

A Beautiful Teaparty

Tweedledum and Tweedledee, in a fit of uncontrollable laughter, rehearse a dance number as The Mad Hatter briefs the party staff. As I admire the enchanted space, the Queen of Hearts poses for… Continue reading

Eleven Shades of ‘Ello

With all the limoncello I’ve recently made, my inner mixologist is feeling creative. I rummage the kitchen for mixers (as you know, scrounging up ingredients is a skill of mine), and here’s what… Continue reading

Impromptu Sangria

What happens when you open a bottle of wine you don’t like? My instinct is to use it for cooking. Do I throw it in some pasta sauce? Mix it into a marinade?… Continue reading

Last-Minute Veggies

Being the procrastinator that I am, I’m pushing the time limit on a day I have to dash off to a luncheon bearing vegetables. Think quick! I have an hour to spare…what can… Continue reading

Into a WWII Bomber Plane

Mountain View is probably better known for being the home of Google Headquarters, a.k.a. The Googleplex. The city also has, however, a former naval station called Moffett Field, which now belongs to the… Continue reading

When Life (or a Coworker) Brings You Lemons…Make Limoncello!

One April morning, I find lemons in the office kitchen. Bags and bags of lemons. Somebody’s fruit-bearing trees have produced more of the yellow fruit than the family can consume. Score! Coincidentally, I’ve… Continue reading

Saratoga Wine Stroll

1 cute downtown, 24 local shops, 60 wines. At least I think it was around 60. Can you blame me for not having an accurate count, considering I attempted to complete the 24-stop… Continue reading

To the Superheroes We Call “Mom”

A mother is more than just a provider or a caregiver. She also a teacher, a friend, a confidante, a project manager, (sometimes a bank account), a chef/nutritionist, a tireless role model, and… Continue reading

Corkscrew Cafe, Carmel Valley

In Carmel Valley, there’s a little gem that’s off the beaten path called Corkscrew Cafe. It was (for me…and everyone I’ve brought here), love at first taste. The restaurant is quaint and idyllic… Continue reading

Made in Chocolate Heaven

Reporting to you live from Fort Mason in San Francisco…! Ok, so I’m not actually typing this live; it would have been awfully silly of me to try blogging whilst surrounded by chocolate… Continue reading

Salmon Trio

Doing groceries, I pass the seafood display and see some incredibly large, fatty salmon. And it’s fresh! I purchase an overly large filet thinking to do a fail-proof Pacific Rim Marinade. Arriving home,… Continue reading

San Francisco, California: The Palace of Fine Arts

Can you guess what day it is? Show-and-Tell Monday! Can you also guess what Crissy Field in San Francisco used to be? I’d never have thunk it either: Crissy Field was formerly a… Continue reading

Travel, My Choice of Running Shoes

  All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber   I am a runner. I don’t mean this in the marathon or athlete sort of way, but… Continue reading

An Afternoon at Hakone

Tucked away in the Saratoga hills, away from the bustle of Silicon Valley, you’ll find a Japanese garden where turtles bask lazily in the sun and colorful Koi fish race under a quaint… Continue reading

After it Rains, There are Rainbows

  On an overcast day at Moss Landing, the seagulls fly low and fast over the water, flocking together in the wind. It’s been raining intermittently, and as much of a pathetic fallacy… Continue reading

Lately, on Instagram

I’ve been scrolling through Instagram a bit more than usual lately, in the kind of mental state where I just want to see travel photos and get lost in them. Coincidentally, I’ve come… Continue reading

4 Videos You Want to Watch

Like the title says, here are four videos (and a BuzzFeed) you want to check out. Well, I thought they were worth it anyway. Happy viewing!   1. The Meaning of Life –… Continue reading

Look Mom, I’m on YouTube!

“Jump to the left,” says the VP of Engineering. I jump. I’m a good sport. I’m confused, but I’m more curious. “Now step to the right” says the VP again. I step to… Continue reading

Benvenuta in Italia, A Short Story

Jolting awake with the thunderous sound of a loaded 747 kissing the runway, Caroline begrudgingly opened her eyes and silently cursed airplanes for inhibiting sleep. As she slowly collected her thoughts, the captain’s… Continue reading

Walnut Heart

  Half of my heart…my walnut heart. Spring is [almost] in the air, and hearts are popping up everywhere – even in this cracked walnut half! Yes, it appears even nuts can be… Continue reading

Corregidor

Welcome to Corregidor.   A gentle breeze blows through your hair as you step foot off the ferry and onto the boardwalk. Looking down, you see straight through the clear blue-green waters to… Continue reading