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SAFARI & CAMPING AT CHOBE NATIONAL PARK IN BOTSWANA

  Botswana is a country smack dab in the middle of southern Africa. Note: Botswana is not in South Africa but the countries do border each other and yes, South Africa is its own country (just clarifying for my mother). If you travel to Africa, Botswana is well-known for their epic safari adventures. The country is home to 150 species of mammals, 460 species of birds, and 200 species of reptiles/amphibians. Plus, national parks and wildlife reserves make up 40% of the land (!!). It is also the place where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fell in love. All of this to say, it’s a pretty special place. The hostel I stayed at in Livingstone, Zambia set me up with Kalahai Tours, which offered a 2-day, 1-night boat/4×4 vehicle tour and camping at Chobe National Park (all food and transportation provided!). I can’t remember the exact price I paid for it all, but roughly $300 USD. When I arrived at Chobe National Park the only goal I had was to snap a glorious Insta-worthy pic of giraffes strutting …

EXPLORING VICTORIA FALLS IN LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

I’ve been back on Canadian soil for nearly a month. Can’t say it’s been easy, but also can’t say it’s been hard either (bless Momma Moy’s home cooking). Part of me feels like I never left, but then I walk around the streets of Toronto and nothing feels familiar, not even the snow! Haven’t seen snowfall in a couple of years (I’m not a fan of cold weather so I never missed it, tbh). It’s hard to explain the complexities of reverse culture shock, but I won’t be focusing on that today because we’re talking about something SUPER EXCITING! MY DAY TRIP LAST MONTH TO VICTORIA FALLS! A NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLD! If you haven’t read the first part of my Livingstone, Zambia trip, catch up plz. Victoria falls is the largest waterfall in the world. Not the tallest, nor the widest, but the largest. I don’t know the mathematics of it either, but I do know that the width reaches nearly two kilometers spanning across Zambia and Zimbabwe, and it’s hella beautiful. 3 things …

VOLUNTEERING FOR THE GIRL IMPACT IN LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

I have left South Korea! 안녕히 계세요! Departing from Seoul on March 3, 2018 I hopped on a plane, had a quick layover (and Burger King meal.. omgzzzz burgers and iced tea, I’ve missed you!) in Singapore, then Joburg, and before I knew it I was breathing in the sweet air of Livingstone, Zambia. Woo! Or as I actually said when I landed, “holy shit I’m in Africa.” Before settling back home in Canada, I wanted to go on one last adventure. A few months before my departure I researched volunteer opportunities within Africa and came across African Impact’s Girls Impact program in Livingstone, Zambia. What attracted me to this particular program was the fact that I could get my hands dirty and be immersed within a community that invests in adolescent girls. The Girl Impact initiative works with girls, boys, and women by hosting classes and workshops that range in topics from health, female health, safety, making a living, and self-confidence. The workshops I worked on specifically tackled subjects such as teamwork, leadership, hygiene, …

SOLO ADVENTURES IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN

Have you ever been lying in bed at night and thought, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Because, same. Cue: Me booking a trip to Taipei, Taiwan FOUR days before departure. Initially I was going to stay at home during winter vacation but got FED UP with bone chilling winter weather. With the help of my brother and sister-in-law, they told me to book a ticket and fly to the land of beef noodles and red bean buns. This wasn’t the first time I’ve stepped on the soil of Taiwan. I travelled throughout the country with my father, aunt, and uncle two years prior, which you can read about by clicking HERE, HERE, and HERE! This time around I stayed at an Airbnb called The Comfy Cave which was perfectly located (quiet area but still central) and cozy AF, plus the host was an American living in Taipei and gave great suggestions on things to do, see, and eat. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, save $25 on your first stay by clicking HERE (dat self-promo doe). Since …

GIRL POWER IN GAPYEONG, SOUTH KOREA

Hello lovelies! Quick blog post for ya! I wanted to fill you in on my latest trip to Gapyeong, South Korea for a pleasant Woman’s Empowerment Retreat organized by The Seoul Chic. Myself and 20 other ladies met up at Garang Pension (an hour or so away from Seoul) which was S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G, especially since it was in the middle of autumn and leaves were changing on the surrounding mountains. We had a jam-packed weekend filled with fun activities such as pear picking, cooking/eating homemade meals, face masks, and personal chats about life, dating, and sharing stories about the pros/cons of being a foreigner in South Korea (we had A LOT to say..). It felt nice to unplug for a weekend and fill the soul with lessons/life advice from supportive, ambitious women. Check out my video for mooore!  

WEEKEND TRIP TO CHUNCHEON, SOUTH KOREA

Before I get to Chuncheon, I want to rewind a bit and chat about last month when I went to Seoul for Hera Seoul Fashion Week. My last one, ever. WAH! I am incredibly lucky to have attended four wonderful seasons of SFW, and each time I am amazed by the creatives in this city. I only had time to attend one show and invited my friend Dev to sit front row with me at NOHANT. The mix of prints and textures made me miss spring/summer already, not to mention the designer chose the best looking models in the game. One model from the show stood out the most, Han Hyun-Min. Born and raised in Korea, Han Hyun-Min is ethnically half Nigerian, half Korean. Stunning look kid, eh? I couldn’t imagine the struggle this 16-year-old (YES! 16!) had to/probably still goes through growing up in a homogeneous country. I have no doubt that he is going to make international waves in the fashion industry. This season at SFW I stopped every human who either had glitter on their face …

TAKE A RIDE AT THE NAKDONGGANG RIVER RAIL PARK

For the first time in a long time, I’ve been published in print! PRINT IS NOT DEAD! Kidding, print is definitely dying.. ever.. so.. slowly.. *sigh* But! Let’s keep things positive and hopeful! You can physically touch and smell my latest article in the November 2017 issue of The Daegu Compass and read about my time at the Nakdonggang River Rail Park. If you live in the city of Daegu, pick up a copy and flip to page 32. If you’re not a reader and more of the visual-type (you’re the reason why print is becoming extinct..), I made a vlog about my time at the rail park, which you can watch by clicking HERE.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

My stay on Magnetic Island was definitely a high-energy adventure but as a city girl (always have been, always will be), I missed the vibe of bright lights and bustling streets. For my final couple days in Australia, I ventured to the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities: SYDNEY! I regrettably stayed at a hostel called Kings Cross Backpackers. I should have done my research before booking.. rookie mistake. I was unaware that I was staying in the heart of the red light district. Oy vey. Honestly, it wasn’ t the WORST hostel in the world but there were, at times, young 20-somethings recklessly running around the hallways with bottles of vodka in hand, shouting gibberish at the tops of their lungs. I definitely should have spent the extra money on a hotel or Airbnb. Awell, you live and you learn. On my first morning in the city I woke up extra early, mostly because I wanted to spend as little time at the hostel as possible. First order of business was to make …

MAGNETIC ISLAND, AUSTRALIA

Another day, another down un-dah adventure. After spending a weekend swimming above the Great Barrier Reef (WHAT A DREAM!), I waved goodbye to Whitsunday Island and took a Greyhound bus for three hours to Townsville. I got there relatively late and didn’t know how to get into my hostel (it was locked..) so I did a lot of standing around, avoiding drunk young 20-somethings until a security guard saw me outside with my luggage. When I got into my room at Rambutan I wanted to take a quick shower but when I opened the door, a RED cockroach ran across the tiles. ‘Guess I’m not showering tonight’ I thought, and calmly closed the shower door and slid straight into bed. The next morning I got out of my cockroach infested room (oh ‘Straya!) and hopped on a ferry to the magnificent Magnetic Island! There’s a 99.9% chance if you’re not from Australia, you’ve never heard of this mountainous, magical place. It’s right off the shore from Townsville and essentially one giant national park, with wallabies and echidnas running astray. My friend Delainha (whom I …

WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, AUSTRALIA

Fresh off a plane from New Zealand, my friend Vanessa and I left the chill air of Christchurch and was slapped straight in the face with sun, warmth, and humidity of the Whitsunday Islands of Australia. I’ve never loved a slap in the face more in my entire life. We took a shuttle from the PPP airport to our Airbnb (never stayed at an Airbnb before? Click HERE for a sweet discount) and our host suggested to hurry up and catch the sunset on Airlie Beach. We made it right one time and it was S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! A grocery store was a short distance walk away from the beach so Vanessa and I picked up a few breakfast and lunch supplies since the land down un-dah has a high price tag on eating out, especially in this tourist town. Early the next morning Vanessa and I departed on a Great Barrier Reef Adventure with Cruise Whitsundays! We took a catamaran from Port of Airlie for three hours to a pontoon where snorkeling gear was provided. We explored the various reefs, giant clams, and tropical sea …

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

Thoughts in your head right now: WTF? Christchurch? Where is that? Why would you go there? Why did you not go to Aukland or Queenstown? Why Christchurch?  Honestly, I never would have travelled to New Zealand in the first place if it weren’t for my friend Vanessa, who has been living there for nearly two years! Initially, my summer vacation plan was to solely visit Australia but I made a last minute decision to take the scenic route and catch-up with her while I was on that side of the world. Thus, the reason for my visit to the largest city in the South Island. Coming from South Korea, where temperatures reached up to 35 degrees with humidity, it was actually quite nice to feel the cooler, winter weather of Christchurch. After arriving from a 10-hour flight from Shanghai, where I had three seats to myself on the plane (ay yoo!), I took a quick shower and was ready to explore the city. My first stop was the Christchurch Art Gallery, which was easy to spot with the …

THAILAND (CHIANG MAI) PART 2 FT. GRAND CANYON

Hello friends! Happy weekend! You have clicked on this blog post because you want to know more about the adventures Chiang Mai has to offer. Have you read part 1 yet? Don’t miss out on elephants and lady boys. Catch up by clicking HERE! With the Elephant Nature Park officially behind me (but forever in my heart), the next morning Melissa and I put on our runners to prepare for our hike through Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. The main attraction here is Doi Suthep Temple, which we didn’t explore because our focus was finding a glorious waterfall. We took a red car (taxi you can flag down and bargain a set price) and was dropped off in front of the hiking trail to Mon Tha Than Waterfall. We walked (re: danced) 3km to find the falls. You can imagine the excitement when we arrived and realized we had the hot spot allllllll to ourselves. Shoes were taken off and we jumped right in the shallow, cool water immediately. After our private waterfall sesh, we made our way back to the Old City to chow …

JANUARY FAVOURITES 2017

My hair is officially purple. It was a spontaneous decision that happened last week when my cousin Melissa asked, “can I dye your hair a funky colour?” No convincing was needed. #yolo See my hair and all its glory in my latest video on Get Up & Go Girl where I round up my beauty (skincare, skincare, skincare), fashion, travel, music, and movie favs from the month of January.