Food Adventures #3- Fall Break Finds

Celebrated National Taco Day with some fish and shrimp tacos at Senor Fish. 

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 Not exactly Singapore Dim Sum, but pretty close! This was soy sauce noodles and carrot cake from Lunasia Dim Sum House.

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Crab dip, stuffed mushrooms and a blue cheese burger for brunch in Santa Monica at Plan Check (and me trying the crab dip! Plot twist: it was AMAZING!)

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Mussels in a red curry sauce, grilled octopus with chorizo and dressed lobster roll with mac and cheese at Blue Plate in Santa Monica.

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Fruit bowl, bloody mary (for my dad:) and fried chicken with biscuits and gravy for lunch in Beverly Hills (living the high life!) at Market Provisions. 

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One last dinner for the break, and of course it had to be Asian. Korean BBQ in Korea Town at Chosun Galbee. 

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Life Through A Lens #17- Shifting Seasons in LA

Photogenic buildings right by the Santa Monica Pier.
When in LA…
Beautiful evening views from campus.
Pasadena city hall with a deep blue background.
Living the high life…on Rodeo Drive.
More snaps from the famous Rodeo Drive.
Weekend brunch with a view- Santa Monica.
The bar at the outdoor Plan Check in Santa Monica.
Fall break in LA calls for hanging by the pool in Beverly Hills with a cold drink.
BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS! The bar seat view at Market Provisions on Beverly Boulevard.
The Beverly Hills original Farmer’s Market is almost as magical as Disneyland.
Mid-October sunsets over the LA sky.

100th Post!

I cannot believe that this is my 100th post. I started blogging almost 3 years ago as a small hobby, and now it’s turned into something so much bigger. I have an instagram now that I use along with this blog (@swimeatlove) to spread the good vibes. All I want to do through this blog is to use it as a platform to inspire other strong, amazing people out there. And if I can help even one other person, it’s worth it. I love being able to go back and read my posts and see how I’ve grown as a person, as well as remember so many amazing times. I hope that in 3 years, this blog has grown even more and that I can have more people along for this journey. So here’s to the next 3 years and 100 posts!

Dainty Hooligan- Fun & Flirty Clothing

Anyone who knows me probably knows that I am absolutely OBSESSED with Dainty Hooligan! When people don’t know what to get me for a present, a Dainty Hooligan gift card is pretty much a go-to. I first found their dresses on Pinterest and fell in love. I bought my first dress from them after visiting one of their stores and have been ordering from them ever since. From Sunday brunch to weddings, and prom (yes, I wore one of their dresses to prom!) to drinks, their clothes are perfect for anything and everything. These are just a few of my favorite tops, rompers and dresses from their store!

Online Store: https://www.daintyhooligan.com/

Every time I wear this roper I get compliments! I love how fun this pattern is and how easy it is to wear. I wear this to everything from brunch with my friends to after dinner drinks.
This top may be one of my favorite tops I’ve ever owed. I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan when I saw it online, but after my mom convinced me how cute it was, I had to get it. And now I’m obsessed!
This was my first thing I ever got from Dainty Hooligan! I found their store on Pinterest and new that I had to get one of their dresses for my cousin’s wedding. I absolutely loved this color and the dress is AMAZING quality.
This maxi-dress is perfect for a girls night out! It’s open back and bright colors makes it fun and flirty.
This high-neck yellow dress is perfect for going to watch a musical or play. I paired this with some casual wedges, and everyone LOVED it!
This coral scalloped tank top has an open back, and it is so so cute. I probably wear this top the most, it’s so versatile! I can pair it with white jean shorts or jeans and it’s always so cute.
I wore one of Dainty Hooligan’s dresses to my junior prom in Singapore (they made it across the world)! I fell in love with the style of this dress, and the sparkles fit me perfectly. All my friends and family loved this dress on me. It was a magical dress for a magical night!
I bought this neon yellow romper because I loved the color. I wear this over a bikini to the beach all the time, or even with a romper for a casual, fun outfit.
I first wore this top while visiting Napa with my family, and it was perfect! It was sophisticated, but cute with a floral pattern.
This is a simple blue top, but with a spider web back. This goes with anything. Shorts or jeans, day or night. So easy to wear and super soft and comfy!
You can just see the top here, but this is a grey, high-neck dress with a subtle pattern. I’ve worn this to everything from exploring San Fransisco to attending professional events, and it works for everything!
This is by far my favorite dress from Dainty Hooligan! It has a semi open and tie back which makes this dress fun and flirty. It’s super lightweight and easy to wear to anything!

Top 15 Workout Jams #2- Pump Up

  1. Low- Flo Rida (ft. T-Pain) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1nM4OKvoXw)
  2. Believer- Imagine Dragons (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wtfhZwyrcc)
  3. Buttons- Pussycat Dolls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCLxJd1d84s)
  4. Strip That Down- Liam Payne (ft. Quavo) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSW2M-BB1NE)
  5. Good Grief- Bastille (Don Diablo Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iaa03itxNZ0)
  6. Fight Song- Rachel Platten (Wildbeat remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy9ns90vMz8)
  7. The Fighter- Keith Urban (ft. Carrie Underwood) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzT4p-OaJ5c)
  8. I Like the Sound of That- Rascal Flatts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIwKZLcQM0E)
  9. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM7MFYoylVs)
  10. There’s Nothing Holding Me Back- Shawn Mendes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT2owtxkU8k)
  11. Dessert- Dawin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZp_axebSfQ)
  12. Black Magic- Little Mix (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkElfR_NPBI)
  13. My House- Flo Rida (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo35R9zQsAI)
  14. Giants- Matt Nathanson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMbyup1xuFI)
  15. I Took a Pill in Ibiza- Mike Posner (Seeb Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foE1mO2yM04)

Food Adventures #2- LA Eats

The original “charburger” from The Habit. (https://www.habitburger.com/)
Poke from The Poke Dot. Shrimp and tuna with a mix of the cilantro twist and spicy mayo sauce. (http://pokedotlove.com/)
My go-to summer breakfast from Starbucks. Peach infused white iced tea with egg white bites. (https://www.starbucks.com/)
Warm asian chicken salad from Bardot. (http://bardotrestaurant.com/)
Super delicious and healthy lunch from Lemonade (our favorite location is the Lemonade at Fashion Island). (http://www.lemonadela.com/)
Fish and shrimp tacos from Senor Fish in Eagle Rock. (http://www.xn--seorfish-e3a.com/)
Tsukemen ramen from Tatsunoya in Pasadena. (https://www.tatsunoyausa.net/)
Delicious Greek/Middle Eastern dinner from Cafe Santorini in Pasadena. (http://cafesantorini.com/)

Compassionfruit donut from Donut Friend in Eagle Rock. (http://donutfriend.com/wp3/)

To Old Ends & New Beginnings

Over the past 3 months, I’ve gone through a roller coaster of emotions, physical changes and new experiences. I was always told that going to college was a big step, and the first step into adulthood and the so called “real world”, but I never imagined it to be as monumental as it has been. I feel like the whole process first started with graduation (graduation post linked below). Walking across that stage and holding my diploma was the end of one part of my life, and naturally began the next. Summer was interesting, to say the least. And don’t get me wrong, summer was super fun, maybe even the best summer so far, but it came with a lot of reflection. There were days where I couldn’t wait to be in college in my new life, and then in the very next minute I would be sobbing hysterically at the thought of leaving my family. And there were days where I would spend hours getting excited about all the new things to come and there were other days where I would find myself missing high school beyond imagine. But no matter how I felt or what was happening, I couldn’t escape the fact that I was counting down the days until I was in college.

At the end of our summer vacation, we had flown back into Singapore. For me, the next time I would be doing this would be Christmas, after the first semester of my first year in college. At that point I only had one week left in the life that I had always known. It was an emotion week, to say the least. Every time I said goodbye to a person I had a relationship with or every time I left a place I loved for the last time, my heart sunk a little. 2 days before I left, I went to one of my favorite places in Singapore: the Marina Bay. My family and I stood outside Marina Bay Sands and took pictures while soaking in the beauty around us. In that moment, I was overcome with gratitude. I was grateful to have been raised by such a beautiful, open and diverse little island.

The next 36 hours were not the same. I was not grateful but I was sad, angry and depressed. I said by to my sister as she left for practice at 5 am. I buried my head into our couch and bawled as she walked out the door. I said bye to my doggy as he left for a walk and we waiter for our cab, the same time I said by to the house that I called my home. I said bye to my dad, standing outside immigration at the airport as I sobbed and made a scene. I said bye to Singapore as our place detached from Singapore soil, crying into my moms shoulder. And I cried again as we landed in LA, already missing my home. And finally, I said bye to my mom, one of my best friends, as we stood outside my dorm. We laughed, hugged and cried for a solid 10 minutes, before we forced ourselves to say goodbye. It was the end of a 3 month process of closures and goodbyes. I was emotionally exhausted by then and was missing everyone and everything I said bye to. I felt like I had gone through a lifetime of tears in those 3 months.

Sitting in my room, just minutes after saying by to my mom with tears still streaming down my face, I began to think about the magnitude of what all the tears and goodbyes meant. It occurred to me that what made the goodbyes so hard was also what made me the luckiest girl in the world. The goodbyes wouldn’t have been so hard if I hadn’t had so many people and places in my life that cared about me, inspired me and loved me. And while I still missed everyone and everything back home so much, I chose, in that moment, gratitude over sadness. Just like at graduation, I chose to be grateful for the relationships than to be sad that they were no longer right there. Because just like Winnie the Pooh says, “how lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”. And by choosing gratitude, I allowed myself to open up for a brand new start, a new adventure, knowing that all the people, places and things I said goodbye to were always standing right behind me.

Graduation post: https://swimeatlove.com/2017/07/09/a-goodbye-to-high-school/

Life Through A Lens #16- Home (Old&New)

SG- Holland Village at 6:30pm.

 

SG- Prettiest of views from my apartment.

 

SG- Fav Greek food in Asia!

 

SG- And how can you forget xiao long bao (I miss it already!).

 

SG- Potato Head Folk close to Chinatown at night.

 

SG- Inside the chic and stylish Potato Head Folk.

 

SG- Bars, restaurants and cafes outside the Marina Bay Sands.

 

SG- View of the iconic Marina Bay Sands from the Marina Bay Financial Center.

 

SG- Best view of the best little island.

 

SG- And the same view from another angle.

 

SG- A beautiful morning for the saddest goodbye (for 4 months) to my favorite country in the world. See you very soon SG!

 

LA- Morning view from Starbucks.

 

LA- I can get used to these beautiful, deep, blue skies.

 

LA- The cutest little outdoor courtyard in Pasadena.

 

LA- And another view of the cutest and most LA courtyard.

 

LA- The view of LA from our common room window.

 

LA- Super yummy lunch to get my ramen fix!

 

LA- Pretty evening skies from the middle of campus.

 

LA- The picture-perfect view of the LA sunset from right outside my dorm.

 

LA- Sunset drives home.

Life Through A Lens #15- Lake Life

The best welcome to the best place in the world: Lake Nojiri, Japan!
Just another day on the job.
Evening views from the onsen (hot spring) on top of the mountain.
Foggy or not, still gorgeous.
When the lake looks better then you.

…and when the lake looks better than anything else.
Morning boat outings on the lake.
You don’t complain when this is your work view.