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!

My Study Playlist

I know I’m not just speaking for myself when I say that homework and studying can be MISERABLE. Most of the time, the only thing that can help me focus and write a paper or study is a really good playlist. Here are some of my favorite songs to listen to to keep me on task and motivated. What are your study songs? Comment them down below!

Chill:

Rise Up- Andra Day

Slow Hands- Niall Horan

Waiting on the World to Change- John Mayer

Yours- Russell Dickerson

Growing Up- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (ft. Ed Sheeran)

Better Man- Little Big Town

Carry On- Fun

My Wish- Rascal Flatts

Terrified- Katherine McPhee

In Case You Didn’t Know- Brett Young

For Her- Chris Lane

Motivating:

Last Name- Carrie Underwood

Here I Go Again- Whitesnake

Can’t Get You Out of My Head- Kylie Minogue

Shoutout to my Ex- Little Mix

Underage- Kelsea Ballerini

Perfect Strangers- Jonas Blue

Love- Jana Kramer

Think of You- Chris Young (ft. Cassadee Pope)

Back Home- Andy Grammar

Life is a Highway- Rascal Flatts

Hold it Against Me- Britney Spears

 

 

Life Through A Lens #18- Campus Life

Santa Monica beach views of the Georgian Hotel and beautiful palm trees.

A break from campus with a night out on the town. Emily Saliers concert at The Troubadour was amazing!

First meet of my collegiate career! I don’t know what was better, the experience or the view ❤

Views from the top of the Pepperdine campus.

Malibu at sunset is nothing less than breathtaking.

My beautiful campus part 1…

…and part 2…

…and finally part 3.

Cotton candy skies make any day better. Still can’t believe that I live here!

Food Adventures #4

Photogenic Tonkotsu ramen from Ramen of York in Eagle Rock. Definitely been missing ramen a lot lately, and this hit the spot!

http://www.ramenofyork.com/

Taco everyday, right?! Fried fish taco from Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock.

http://www.cacaodeli.com/

Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Cheesecake Factory lunch done right. Chicken tortilla salad, tomato, mozzarella and basil flatbread and crab bites.

… but also leave room for dessert;) It is CHEESECAKE factory after all.

https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/

AMAZING dinner before a night out at Taste on Melrose. Super cute setting, perfect for date night (or a girls night). We ordered the papaya Kobe meatballs, truffle fries, truffle and mushrrom mac&cheese and Korean sweet potato wedges. Everything was so good, highly recommend!

http://ilovetaste.com/app/taste_melrose/

#fitgirllife- Eating Clean in College

One of my biggest fears going into college was food. Not necessarily how good it was going to be (though that was something this foodie worried about), but how hard it was going to be to eat healthy. I had heard so much about “freshman 15” and seen so many friends come back from their first year having gained a lot of weight. Once I got to college, I scoped out the food situation and quickly figured out how to eat healthy and clean. I wrote down everything I ate for 3 days, and have it all down below for you to reference. Please keep in mind that on all three of these days, I had 3- 3 1/2 hours of hard workouts, so the calories (though I don’t count them) and quantity may seem a little high. I hope this helps and gives you some ideas about how to eat healthy in college!

Day 1:

2 hour swim

2 eggs over easy with Sriracha

Bagel with cream cheese

Bacon

Half a cup of coffee w/milk

1 rice cracker

1 banana with peanut butter

1 bag Skinny Pop (100 kcal)

1 hour weights

1/2 bottle Kevita Kombucha

Celery and peanut butter

1 grilled chicken breast with grilled asparagus and zucchini

 

Day 2:

2 hour swim

1/2 avocado and 2 eggs on 1 English muffin with Sriracha

Bacon

1 cup coffee w/ milk

1 rice cake

1 banana

Chobani yoghurt

1/4 cup granola

1 1/2 hour weights

Tomato and veggie soup (from Pacific)

Apples

Hummus and pita

 

Day 3:

2 eggs over easy on 1 piece of rye toast with Sriracha

Bacon

1/2 cup coffee

Fruit cup

Egg salad sandwich

1 hour weights

Small chia seed bar

1 packet of Trader Joe’s peanut trail mix

2 hour swim

1/2 bottle Kevita Kombucha

Grilled chicken with whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and kale

1 rice cake

 

#fitgirllife- 4 Simple At-Home Workouts

The holidays are upon us, which means lot’s of traveling, hotels, and YUMMY FOOD! Have tons of fun, but don’t use this season as an excuse to let your workout and movement habits slip. I have 4 super simple at-home workouts here for you. Only two of these require equipment, and it’s just 2x 10 kg weights (which you can omit if you need to). These workouts can be done from ANYWHERE and will get your heart rate up in a short amount of time. If you try any of these, let me know down in the comments below:) Happy sweating!

Workout #1:

3 x 15 air squats

5 x 20 (total) high-knees

5 x 20 sumo squats on your toes

5 x 20 double skips in place

3x 20 (total) lunge pulses

3 x 10 (total) front kicks

4 x 30 second plank

5 x 10 butt-ups

3 x 20 (total) fire hydrants

3 x 15 push-up pulses

4 x 20 (total) donkey kicks

3 x 30 reverse crunches

3 x 20 glute bridges

Workout #2:

5 x 20 criss-cross jumps

3 x 20 (each arm) jabs

3 x 10 (each leg) single leg deadlift w/big water bottle

3 x 20 (each arm) upper cuts

3 x 10 (each leg) single leg sit-down squat

3 x 10 scapula retractions w/big water bottle

3 x 10 (each leg) raised split lunges on chair

3 x 10 raised push-ups on couch

3 x 20 (total) high knees

3 x 20 (total) butt kicks in place

3 x 10 (each leg) step ups on chair

5 x 10 overhead presses w/big water bottle

5 x 20 calf raises

3 x 10 (each arm) bicep curls w/big water bottle

*DANCE IT OUT IN BETWEEN SETS*

With 2 x 10 KG weights:

Workout #3:

2 rounds of:

50 crunches

40 flutter kicks on back

30 penguin side-to-sides

20 toe touches

10 push-ups

4 rounds of:

15 meter sprint

15 jumping jacks

10 meter side shuffle

10 butt kicks in place

15 meter backwards sprint

5 squats

10 meter side shuffle

With weight:

3 x 20 (total) bicep curls

3 x 10 tricep extensions

3 x 10 overhead press

3 x 10 rows

Workout #4:

3 x 20 (total) bicep curls

3 x 10 (each leg) lunge w/weight

3 x 10 overhead press

3 x 10 squats w/weight

3 x 10 (each arm) single arm snatch w/weight

3 x 20 calf raises holding weight

3 x 10 tricep extensions

3 x 10 rows

3 x 20 (total) calf raises in sumo squat position holding weight

4 x 30 second plank

2 x 30 seconds (each side) side plank

4 x 25 reverse crunches

4 x 50 penguin side-to-sides

4 x 50 ab chop chops