Feb 17

A Quick Trip to Solvang

by Lesley Kim

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Jul 14

Waimea Canyon

by Lesley Kim

What I love about traveling is the experience of something new and unique.  In my trip to Kauai, we visited Waimea Canyon, which has been called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

Waimea CanyonThe beauty of seeing nature at its finest is absolutely amazing.  Today, I wanted to share a glimpse of my past trip to Hawaii.  Just a little bit about Waimea Canyon. It is 10 miles long and 30,000 feet deep, located in the west side of Kauai.  Waimea canyon is also near one of the rainiest places on Earth.

Waimea CanyonDuring our visit to this beautiful canyon, there was a slight mist in the air, and it almost feel as if you are suspended on a cloud.  Reds, blues, and violets can be seen in the ridges of the canyon.  Kauai is actually the oldest of the Hawaiian islands. And like all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is a top of a volcano.  Lava flowed into the ocean, creating the land that became Kauai.  Waimea was created when the volcano collapsed as well as from rainwater from the Kauai’s main mountain.

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Jun 14

Beaches of Kauai

by Lesley Kim

The beaches of Kauai is absolutely stunning. For those who want to experience Hawaii and all its natural glory, I highly recommend the smaller island of Kauai.  Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and the 4th largest island.  On our stay to Kauai, we went to numerous beaches, from Poipu Beach in the southern coast to Ke’e Beach up north.

beaches of KauaiPoipu Beach, located within walking distance to our resort, was a beautiful beach with plenty of shallow parts for young kiddos.  Palm trees dotted the grassy areas, providing shade for those who want to read a book.  There are also plenty of white sand, perfect for tanning under the sun.  Poipu Beach was my favorite of the beaches of Kauai. It was fairly easy to get to and absolutely stunning.

beaches of KauaiThe Salt Pond Beach of Kauai was fairly similar to Poipu Beach,  great for families and tourists.  There is a natural ridge in the ocean that creates a shallow pool by the white sand.  The Salt Pond beach was an amazing place for laying out and just relaxing under the sun. Plenty of shaded park benches and picnic areas provide a refuge from the hot sun.  We really enjoyed Salt Pond Beach.

_MG_6773_edited-1 _MG_6837_edited-1Ke’e Beach is another one of the more popular beaches of Kauai.  Located in the northern coast, the Ke’e Beach is literally located at the end of the road.  It is the last beach in the northern coast of Kauai that you can reach by car.  The Ke’e Beach was pretty crowded, and parking was difficult to find. During our trip, the Ke’e Beach was extremely windy, the waves high and threatening.  We did not stay long.  Kauai Brochures does state that Ke’e Beach has calm conditions during the summer  =)

instagramThe beaches of Kauai are absolutely breathtaking.  They will take you away for a moment, almost suspending time.


Apr 14

Good Eats at Uva Bar, Downtown Disney

by Lesley Kim

A friend and I wanted to have some drinks at Downtown Disney and we found this delightful place, Uva Bar, right smack in the middle of Downtown Disney.  An outside bar, the Uva Bar is a perfect place to have some drinks and a light lunch while enjoying the beautiful weather of Anaheim, Ca.  For those who are not familiar with SoCal, Anaheim is about 25 miles south of Los Angeles.  Not too far in distance, but with major traffic, Anaheim can become a couple of hours away.

IMG_6999Downtown Disney is an outdoor promenade, filled with shops and restaurants, right next to Disneyland and Adventureland.  Similar to the City Walk of Universal Studios, Downtown Disney is exciting and fun.  There is no admission fee for this fun filled promenade and the Disney resorts are easily accessible.

IMG_7003Places to see in Downtown Disney include  Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, Disney Quest, the House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, the Lego Imagination Center, World of Disney, AMC Downtown Disney 24 with Dine-In Theatres, and Rainforest Cafe.

IMG_7011My friend and I enjoyed our lunch of chicken gyros and garlic fries at Uva Bar, and then walked around the promenade.  It was delightful to see all the Disney themed shops while we munch on chocolate covered strawberries.

IMG_7012For those who adore Disney, this outside promenade will be heaven.  For others like me, who enjoy good food and good sights, Downtown Disney can be just as enjoyable.

Dec 13

Legoland Adventure

by Lesley Kim


For one weekend, we met some friends at Legoland, Carlsbad, Ca., ” a 128-acre park geared specifically towards youngsters ages 2 – 12. With over 60 family rides, “hands-on” attractions and shows, LEGOLAND California provides education, adventure and fun in this first park of its kind in the United States,” (california.legoland.com)

This is my first time going to Legoland, and coming from sunny Los Angeles, I did not expect the weather to be significantly colder, especially since Carlsbad is located south of LA.

IMG_9215I was starving from the 2 hour drive from LA and the first thing I did once inside the park was snack on fresh fruit and freshly baked croissant.

IMG_9269Legoland is interactive, full of structures made of legos, kiddie rides, and water games. I thought it was pretty chilly to be playing with water, but my little one did not mind at all.

legolandlegolandlegolandlegolandlegolandIMG_9369For the night, we opted to stay at Legoland Hotel for convenience.  The room was cute, with a king sized bed in the main room and bunk beds tucked in a quaint little room.  The decor is not exactly to my taste, but I think this is the norm for hotels in most amusement parks. (We had stayed at a hotel inside Downtown Disney with similar decor.)

IMG_9370legoland hotellegolandIMG_9391legolandWe ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, BelleFleur. The food was delicious and the ambiance was a much needed change from that of an amusement park. =)

Legoland was definitely a fun experience, even better when shared with friends.

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Oct 13

Rent a House in Palm Springs

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
Mother Teresa IMG_5229

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Aug 13

Pelican Hill 4 bedroom Villa

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more
important than wealth and privilege.”
Charles Kuralt

photo from pelicanhill.com

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Apr 13

It’s Rainy in Milan

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
-Helen Keller

sweater- Rue21. vest- Arden B, earrings- old,
necklace- Forever 21, bag- Michael Kors, boots- Uggs Australia
umbrella- courtesy of Melia Milan Hotel

Apr 13

A Glimpse of Marseille

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine

Marseille, France is definitely full of charm and history.
  Located on the Mediterranean coast, Marseille has been called the oldest city in France.    It is the 2nd largest city in France, following Paris.  My trip to Marseille took me back hundreds of years, 
when horses and carriages strolled along the cobbled stones of the city of Marseille.
Centuries old architecture were ever present, not a single modern building in sight.  
The locals were altruistic, accommodating and amiable, much to our delight.  Marseille is an old city, but it is exceptionally captivating.


Sweater-  Abercrombie & Fitch,  Scarf- Nordstrom, Coat- Nordstrom
 leggings- American Apparel,
 boots- UGGs Australia, bag- Michael Kors 

Jun 12

A Look at Pelican Hill at Newport Beach, CA

Pelican Hill is gorgeous.  For those who enjoy luxurious, private villas, Pelican Hill is the resort to go to.  Situated on the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California, Pelican Hill is a Palladian inspired architecture from Northern Italy.  Absolutely stunning, Pelican Hill is one of my favorite resort.
Pelican hill
Pelican hill
Entrance to the 2 bedroom villa (2,193 sq feet), the private garage to the left.
Master suite
Guest room
Private view terrace


View from the terrace
Lounging in Pelican Hill’s ultra soft robe.