Life Through A Lens #19- Thanksgiving Weekend

Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend full of friends, family and lot’s of food! My grandparents and some friends and I took a quick road trip after Thanksgiving day and drove up to the Manzanar/Bishop area. The views were absolutely stunning, so I hope you enjoy the photos!

A quick stop for lunch in the cute little town of Lone Pine.

A beautiful view of the mountains, about 15 minutes away from Manzanar.

The never ending landscape never got old.

Fall/winter sunsets are feeding my soul.

Cotton candy clouds lighting up the sky in Bishop, CA.

This cute and well-known bakery was PACKED with all sorts of break and baked goods.

If you are a bread lover like me, Erick Schat’s Bakery in Bishop is heaven on earth.

This little creek in Law’s County was breathtakingly stunning. One of the most amazing natural sights I’ve ever seen.

Snow capped mountains making everything feel a little more like Christmas.

Top 10 Things to do in Singapore

Planning on visiting Singapore or always wanting to visit? These are my top 10 things to do in Singapore. It may only be 31 miles wide and 17 miles long, but the beautiful island is PACKED with fun things to do!

1. Eat! I know this may sounds basic, but eating may be the national pass time of Singapore. With a rich sense of culture (and a diverse culture) the variety of amazing foods and restaurants to try in Singapore is infinite. You can go as local and authentic as eating at the Hawker stalls (outdoor food courts) or dine in style at Celebrity Chef’s restaurants at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. A couple famous Singapore dishes I would highly suggest trying are Chili Crab, Chicken Rice and Laksa. (Blog post on my favorite Singapore restaurants to come!)

2. Spend some time at Marina Bay Sands. The iconic three-tower building is full of shopping, food and culture. Whether you’re looking for some high end shops, a museum or some really good food, The Sands is the place to be. And step right outside the doors to find my favorite view of the country, a 360 view of the Central Business District and the Marina right on the water.

3. Visit Little India and get a Henna tattoo. I know this is one of the stereotypical “touristy” things to do, but I still think it’s worth the visit! Little India is an area in Singapore filled with Indian stores and restaurants. The decorations and bright colors liven up the streets. Henna is an Indian plant based temporary tattoo. You can find little shops all over that do henna for $5-10, and they’re beautiful.

4. Take a walk down the Singapore River. The river runs through central Singapore, and is surrounded by Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, both of which are filled with cute little restaurants and cafes, perfect for Sunday brunch.

5. Ride the bus or MRT (underground subway). One of the best things about Singapore is how complex and useful their public transportation system is. Granted, I’m still learning how to use it, there isn’t anywhere on the tiny island that a bus or train can’t get you.

6. Spend a day walking through Orchard Road (downtown) to experience the diverse nature of Singapore. Start out at the Ion mall to see all the high end designer boutiques, and make your way to other malls, like Lucky Plaza, to experience the more local and down to earth malls.

7. Evening drinks at Lantern at the Fullerton Bay hotel. While this is on the pricier side, the incredible evening view of the Marina Bay Sands right by the water is worth it. Lantern’s drinks are delicious and the atmosphere is perfect for a fun night out. To top it all off, you get the perfect view of the MBS laser show, reflecting off the water.

8. Spend a day at Sentosa, a little island south of Singapore (it is connected). With sandy beaches and beach clubs, a day at Sentosa makes for the perfect getaway. Whether you are with kids at the water park or sipping drinks at Tanjong Beach Club, it’s always a good time.

9. Spend a few hours at the Singapore Art Museum. This small and quaint museum is constantly changing their exhibition, but is always very impressive. Their showcase of original and different art makes every trip enjoyable. I’m definitely not a museum person, but I do love this museum.

10.Spend the night at Clarke Quay. Right along the Singapore river, Clarke Quay is the nightlife hub of Singapore. Whether you’re looking for a nice restaurant, a swanky bar or a fun club, Clarke Quay has it all. Every night it’s brightly lit and full of lights and life!

If you make it to Singapore, let me know and let me know what you did!

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.

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/)

Life Through A Lens #14- Tokyo!

A magical Haneda Airport at 7:30am.

 

Beautiful June morning in Meguro, Tokyo.

 

Always travel in style. @KateSpade @ToryBurch

 

May not be the main Shibuya crossing, but just as fun and exciting.

 

Mid-afternoon break from shopping is complete by matcha shaved ice with red bean! #yum

 

Italian food or Japanese-Italian food? You choose…

 

The world-famous Takeshita street in Harajuku.

 

The streets of Takeshita are filled with vibrant, inviting stores.

 

But did you really go to Tokyo if you didn’t eat ramen? This was a delicious bowl of cold tan-tan men (sesame cold noodles).

 

The stores and buildings towering over the chaotic Shibuya crossing.

 

The entrance to the famous Asakusa temple.

 

Beautiful temples surrounding the main attraction in Asakusa.

Cascading little river-gardens around the temples in Asakusa.

 

Small food vendors with a view of the Tokyo Sky Tree.

 

The main and biggest temple in Asakusa.

 

A little comedy show theater in the backstreets of Tokyo.

 

A view of Tokyo from The Westin in Ebisu.

 

5pm skies from Ebisu Garden Place in central Tokyo.

 

Buildings and an indoor picnic sight at Ebisu Garden Place.

 

The cutest little vintage store in the backstreets of Karuizawa.

 

Kate always has words of wisdom. @KateSpade