Fill a Weekend in Portland OR

Portland is a nice-sized city, perfect for a weekend getaway. I have been to Portland just four times, but I feel good about recommending things to do, where to eat, and places to stay. Simply put, every time I go to Portland I have an incredible time… so if you follow my lead, you will too. Read on to find ways to spend your weekend in Portland. What … Continue reading Fill a Weekend in Portland OR

Calpak Davis with colorful mural

Product Review: Calpak Davis

Christmas seems like it was ages and ages ago—and it was! I have been impatiently waiting for a reason to use the suitcase my parents gave me back in December. Finally, finally, my husband and I booked a weekend trip to Portland and I got to take my new hard shell spinning suitcase on its inaugural journey! I’d like to share my CALPAK luggage review with you … Continue reading Product Review: Calpak Davis

Travel Insurance: Is it Worth It?

I’ve read many posts about travel insurance, most of them sponsored by an insurance company. Most of the time I find myself nodding along; of course it sounds like a good idea. However, when I find myself buying plane tickets online, and they try to tack on the extra cost at the end, I get miffed and skip it (I’m a notorious cheapskate). Is travel … Continue reading Travel Insurance: Is it Worth It?

A Day in Temecula’s Wine Country

If you’re visiting San Diego or Los Angeles, and want to get out of the city for a day, I recommend driving out to Temecula Wine Country. Located 60 minutes from San Diego and 90 minutes from L.A., a day among the rolling hills will be a welcome respite. Know Before You Go Many of the wineries on Rancho California Road are larger and more … Continue reading A Day in Temecula’s Wine Country

Your First Time Visiting San Diego (Local’s Favorites)

Putting together a post about my hometown has proven to be challenging. Finding a starting point is particularly tricky since I have years of recommendations for my ever-evolving city. Luckily, two of my close friends visited us at the end of last month. It was their first time visiting San Diego, which allowed me to make a itinerary for them and firm up my recommendations for … Continue reading Your First Time Visiting San Diego (Local’s Favorites)

Lunar New Year in San Diego (updated for 2018)

2015 was my first time celebrating Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year to some), and I had an amazing time. My friend invited a bunch of us out to dim sum on a Sunday morning. The food was amazing, the place was packed with families all giving off a festive vibe, and there was even a lion dance performance by a local community group. There are a number … Continue reading Lunar New Year in San Diego (updated for 2018)