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Juliet’s Love Letter to London

Dear London,

Even though I only spent a short 9 days with you, I cannot tell you how much I miss you already and how excited I am to see you next time.

One of the first things I noticed was how chic Londoners dressed. The London uniform is usually a neutral palette with a pop of color. For example, this girl on the Tube was wearing black tee, black jeans, black combat boots, a forest green windbreaker, and a black tote with forest green accents. I was screaming in my head, “SHE IS CHIC AS SHIT!” And then there’s me, trying to wear all the colors of the rainbow on any given day.

Unlike America where people in corporate usually dress in black, corporate people in London usually dress in navy blue. There were some good looking men in navy blue suits, so I’m not complaining.

This letter can’t be all love, so let’s talk about the weather. How… why… sigh. It’s very likely to experience multiple weather conditions in a day, from breezy beautiful Covergirl status to rain, from needing-a-jacket-cause-it’s-cold to help-get-this-jacket-off-it’s-hot. Mother Nature, I just want to ask you kindly to tone it down a bit please!

Some of my favorite London things:

FOOD & DRINKS

I didn’t go to any fancy dining and mainly stuck with food at markets, and I don’t think it is necessary in order to experience the deliciousness London had to offer:

Edu (Flat Iron Square) – who are these people and how do they make their baos so delicious?! The pork belly bao (L) was so fatty and delicious, and was a good complement to the fluffiness of the bao. The octopus bao (R) was so crispy, so fresh! I’m salivating right now.

 

Scotchtails (Borough Market) – I was reluctant to try this because a Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg, wrapped in meat, coated in breadcrumbs, and baked or deep-fried. Deep-fried food doesn’t really turn me on. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The meat was perfectly spiced, which made the whole thing more delicious.

Kolkati (Camden Market) – I’ve never had a kati roll before, and it was everything I wanted. The roll dipped in egg, the masala chicken… I feel like all the restaurateurs of London understand the perfect balance of spices and textures. LOVE IT!

The Gentlemen Barista (Southwark) – Their matcha latte is bomb. Enough said.

 

ACTIVITIES

I enjoyed London markets, in particular Borough Market, Camden Market, and Spitalfields Market – so much food, so much shopping… what else can a simple girl ask for?

Favorite museum I’ve been to in my life so far has to be the Wellcome Collection. It’s free and for people who are interested in figuring out what it means to be human. I didn’t get to see all the exhibits while I was there because I was having a major allergy attack and just wanted to go home.

It was a different feeling, being able to escape the city without leaving the city by ducking into one of London’s many parks. My favorites were Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, and Holland Park. I would explore every building in those parks that’s available to the public because you never know what beauty you will find.

Angel Comedy offers free comedy shows, so I went with Britt and Cian on a Friday night. It was an Angel Comedy Pro Night, which featured 6 comedians. I fell in love with the MC of the night, Masud Milas. Help, I want to be his friend.

I have been to London before when I was in 2nd or 4th grade. All I remember was riding the London Eye, which took forever to go around (30 minutes, to be exact). This time, my friends took me on the Emirates Cable Car, which is less touristy, faster, cheaper, and also had nice views.

MUSIC

I loved all the London street musicians. I understand that art and music are subjective, but compared to the Boston street “musician” I always run into – who is an old man with a musical contraption of everything he could get his hands on (bells, empty tubs, kitchen tongs) – London street musicians could be considered professionals. I miss the London music scene.

Future Itinerary

I already have a couple things on my list the next time I visit London:

  • crazy mini golf courses
  • Hip Hop Karaoke
  • London Cocktail Club, sit at the bar, and get a Brixton Riot cocktail

Au Revoir,
Juliet

If you would like to see my London travels in video, you can check them out here (CH 33 and 35).

And let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever been to London. If you have, what were your favorite things to do in London?

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Hiking in New England

I want to hike more since we have warmer weather now. I’m also preparing to hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim in one day at the end of May. Not gonna lie, I’m nervous.

You guys saw the partially failed hike I did last week with Steph, but I’ve done two hikes since then – Check them out after the jump!

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Hiking in Beitou with the family!

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Last Sunday, I went hiking with my dad, brother, and his girlfriend. My dad flew back to Taiwan for a couple of days for vacation, so I figured why not go hiking together? That would be a fun activity to do as family.

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A Not-My-Birthday Cake for Me

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If I had to live in one pair of shoes for the rest of my life, I would choose either Rainbows (flip-flops) or Birkenstocks (sandals). That should tell you what kind of gal I am.

Me and flats? We don’t get along. I only bought this pair of flats to wear to work when I didn’t feel like wearing heels. I only wore them out this past weekend because it was Easter Sunday, my friend Marina requested us to dress nice for Easter brunch, and I didn’t want to wear heels. When I got home, I immediately put these flats in the donation pile because they ripped the skin around the ankles even though I’ve worn them multiple times before. I hate flats so much.

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Let’s Explore: Zhongli (Part 1)



Zhongli is a small district within Taoyuan City. For someone like me who has lived here for a few months and visited every year since I was little, I find Zhongli to be a bit boring. There isn’t much to do around here because it’s such a small town, but I did my best to look at things from the perspective of a person visiting Zhongli for the first time.

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Let’s Explore: Boston (Part 1)

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Modes of Transportation

  • Uber or Lyft
  • T (public transportation) – $2.25 with CharlieCard (pick up from most subway stations), $2.75 without CharlieCard
  • Walk – not a bad idea when it’s a nice day outside

Sites to Check Out for Upcoming Events

 

It was quite rainy and windy over the last few weekends, so I had to just suck it up and go out in the bad weather. My friend Becca told me about a Gilt sample sale event, so we headed over to South Boston to check it out.

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Then we headed to Somerville to try out a Peruvian restaurant – it was decent. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back there and try other foods. Peruvians seem to really enjoy their salt, otherwise the flavor was quite mild. Check out the video below to see what we ate!
Machu Picchu
307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA

 

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Let’s Explore: Taipei Museums

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Today I ventured out to check out the Fine Arts Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Taipei. This day trip had been postponed a few times due to poor weather (aka rain) but finally decent weather came around.

The trip:

Taipei is about an hour train ride from Zhongli. After getting off the train, I take the subway (called MRT here) a few stops on the red line to Yuanshan station. From there it’s a short walk to the Fine Arts Museum. Because it was a weekday, there weren’t many people so I was able to take good photos.

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The Most Alive I’ve Ever Felt

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged, but now we’re back and have lots of new things in store! (:

August 3, 2014

As much as I enjoy the outdoors, you will most likely never see me willingly spend more than a week in nature. But I did, with my family at several national parks, including Yosemite. Why? To scale up the Half Dome. I was doubting myself on whether I could even make it to the halfway point. I tried two years ago with my dad, but couldn’t do it for several reasons. Continue reading “The Most Alive I’ve Ever Felt”

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One with Nature… Kind Of: New Zealand (Part 1)

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Kia ora! (Hello)

I learned that I cannot be away from my nail clippers for more than five days at a time because my nails will grow longer than 0.25 cm and that’s just not okay.

Do I sound crazy yet?

I went with my roommate Janus to New Zealand South Island. It was the first time I went on a long vacation without my family. My mother usually does the planning with my sister’s input, and my dad and I just tag along. I didn’t realize how much effort planning a vacation took. Thank you, Mommy Dearest, for all the energy you put into our family vacations.

We booked a hop-on/hop-off tour with Stray. Hop-on/hop-off means that you can stay longer at any destination and just catch the next available tour bus whenever you want to leave. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use that function because we had only one week before we were needed back in real life.

Even before we started our trip, there were several issues we hadn’t resolved: Continue reading “One with Nature… Kind Of: New Zealand (Part 1)”

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Mis Axilas Duele (My Armpits Hurt)

Subtitle: Adventures of the Crippled One

During Surf Camp about three weeks ago, I rolled over my toes into the ocean when I tried standing up on the board. I didn’t think it would matter very much, so I continued to walk on it for two weeks. Finally went to the doctor’s last Friday, and the prognosis was that I had overstretched tendons and should keep off my foot for a while. What do I do right after the doctor says that? GO ON ADVENTURES.

Friday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day at Luna Park

I emailed my mom about my injury and how I needed to use crutches, she sent me this email:

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Ma, do you have to make fun of me at my moment of pain? Oy. It’s difficult talking to my mom via email because she speaks Chinese-English and I speak English. Sometimes I have to guess what she means because she’s missing nouns or verbs. Same thing interning at The Iconic. Since it’s so diverse from China to Indonesia to France to Portugal, I get lost in people’s emails because they’re speaking their version of English. At first I was like “You said what now?” but I’m picking it up quickly. Continue reading “Mis Axilas Duele (My Armpits Hurt)”