The Surfjack

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Poolside and lunch at Mahina & Sun’s

The Surfjack

412 Lewers St

Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

For four years, I have used the iPhone 5 as my smartphone. As each year that went by since 2012 and a new iPhone debuted to the masses, I’ve held back simply because my iPhone was in working condition. But don’t get me wrong, years prior (anytime before 2012), I was always updating my iPhone (from the iPhone 3G to iPhone 4 to iPhone 5). This time around, I decided to be more cautious on how I allocate money. But I finally gave in and I’m glad I did! Check out these shots I took while I was at The Surfjack over the weekend! I still love my Canon 6D of course but it’s great to have a phone that was able to capture these shots!

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By the pool

Hope you guys had a great weekend (or at least try to be after the election). It’s been a stressful one for me as I’m moving to an new apartment this week. I’m excited for this new place though! Till next time

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Better Days

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Nasty Gal romper (on sale for $23.20), Topshop Hat (on sale for $12.00), Pura Vida bracelets (courtesy of Pura Vida Bracelets)

“Well-behaved women seldom make history,” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Better Days

For all of the United States (and the rest of the world), this week has been an interesting week. I won’t divulge into my personal opinions about the election as I have pretty much exhausted all of my brainpower on it the day after. I will say this though: I have collected all of my energy that I could have spent reiterating what most of the people I know have said since then and decided to channel it into bettering myself.

I know I haven’t spent as much time on here as I would like to as I have spent the last month looking for a new place to move in to but I will continue to work harder. I have this newfound motivation that has resurfaced since the election that I hope can inspire me to never give up on my dreams despite obstacles I continually face.

Pura Vida

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Rose Gold Bar Dark Grey, Rose Gold Circle Vanilla, and Flat Braided Dark Grey

But on a more lighter note, Pura Vida Bracelets graciously sent over these bracelets I picked out when they contacted me to collaborate! They have such a wide selection of these bracelets (in so many colors and styles) which are made by artisans in Costa Rica. They have also given back to charities all over the world which is awesome in my opinion! Check out their website for more! Happy Friday friends!

Disclaimer: Pura Vida Bracelets sent me these products and all reviews/opinions are of my own

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Weekends at Home

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Homemade tacos & Curry’s DIY pet bed

Weekends at Home

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated life here instead of the travel and style posts that I’ve been doing lately so I decided to devote this post on what’s been going on at home. Charles had his rotating weekend off this past weekend and we spent it mostly at home working on a DIY for Curry and him cooking tacos:

Tacos

Charles left for the grocery store one morning and came armed with ingredients to make tacos. He’s been making his pork belly tacos lately but for this particular day, he decided to make Mexican tacos with homemade tortillas, carne asada, onions, cilantro, and a salsa roja that’s quite similar to King Taco’s salsa roja! It was super delicious and I absolutely love the shot I took of it.

DIY Pet Bed

Charles and I have been dying to do some sort of DIY for awhile now. Last year, we searched long and hard for a pallet but to our dismay, it could never fit in the car. One day, while we were running, one of our neighbors had a pallet that they didn’t want so we snatched it! We finally got around to making something out of it only a year a later haha.

First we had to grab the materials: a jigsaw, table legs, nails, and top plates for the legs. Charles then pulled the pallet apart by using the jigsaw. Once he got all the pieces, he laid them out like a table on top of two pieces of wood to hold them together. He screwed in the top plates and then the table legs afterwards and voila! A bed! We initially put a pillow on top by Curry had a hard time jumping on because of his short legs. I went to Ross today and found a faux fur rug and he was able to jump onto no problem!

Overall, this weekend was pretty busy but still pretty chill at the same time. My mother is flying in today so I’ve been cleaning around the apartment and doing the laundry before she flies in. We plan to take her out this week since last week was her birthday so I’m really excited! Hopefully I get to take some shots which I haven’t been doing lately! Happy Tuesday friends!

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GPSMyCity Giveaway

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GPSMyCity Giveaway

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Traveling will always be an amazing experience for me. Learning a new culture, whether domestically or internationally, is what I live for. Finding the best places to eat, where the locals hang out, and what attractions to visit can get overwhelming prior to the trip and even more so if you’re traveling internationally. From experience, it can get overwhelming while on a trip and you have to make sure you have all of your research that you prepped beforehand. I once had planned a Kauai trip and had written a list of places to eat. Needless to say, I had forgotten that list on the actual trip! Shame on me.

Anyway, I am a firm believer that there is always a solution to nearly almost every problem in this world. Cue in GPSMyCity: an app that can help with you travel woes. The app has curated travel articles from thousands of other travel bloggers, like myself, into one convenient app. How cool is that?
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In addition to the articles, you can find city maps, self-guided walking tours, and best of all, you can save it on offline mode! Definitely useful if you’re traveling abroad with your data off to avoid roaming charges. I spend a considerable amount of time in Japan and New Zealand looking for free Wi-Fi just to avoid those pesky roaming charges! Anyway, how neat is it that blog articles, city maps, and self-guided walking tours are all in one app? Very neat! In fact it is with pleasure that I announce that for this week only, GPSMyCity and I will be giving away a free upgrade for the following blog articles so that you can try it out!

First of all, download the app. If you’re on the iPhone or iPad, I have a banner above where you can download the app or you click this link: www.gpsmycity.com.

5 Reasons Why You Should Go to Chinatown in Honolulu

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Lucky Belly in Honolulu

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Cafe Habana

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5 Places for Poke on Oahu

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For this week only, you will be able to upgrade the apps for FREE! So download the app now if you’re heading to any of the above places in the future and check out the app for other great travel articles.

Disclosure: This post contains sponsored links which means if you click on one of the links, I may receive compensation for it.

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Arvo

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Unicorn latte and nutella toast

Arvo

675 Auahi St.

Honolulu, Hawaii 96825

Last year, I discovered Paiko in Honolulu; a gem of a boutique full of local flowers. In a light-filled room, gorgeous proteas and monstera leaves sat in jars, ready to be picked by those who choose to lighten up a room with flora and foliage. To my right, is that a coffee shop I see? A flower bar and coffee? Genius. What more to marry the two things that I love (flowers and coffee of course) in one beautiful space. At that time, it was Brue Bar, a coffee shop I only got to know once in my life. If you’re asking, it was that exact moment.

At that time, I was living in Ewa Beach, which is probably a mission in itself when it comes to commuting. Traffic can go for hours and being in Honolulu was seldom compared to now. Currently, I live in Honolulu and just a few minutes from Ala Moana, Waikiki Beach, and Chinatown. These days are spent trying new restaurants as well as frequently visiting establishments that I know and love. To be honest, I haven’t gone to the beach as often as I liked to because of that reason alone which is food.

I finally made my way back to Paiko and discovered that Brue Bar was gone and in it’s place is Arvo. They weren’t officially open at that time but they were able to serve us delicious coffee. I was please with what I ordered and vowed to come back as they plan on serving food (the didn’t serve food the day that I visited).

I have since then visited Paiko and Arvo many times. It’s the place to be seen if you’re in town and one of my favorite places to go to while on a “coffee date”. I have since tried their nutella toast topped with strawberries, bananas, and edible flowers. A little pricey at $6 but delicious nonetheless. If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen the my photo of the prettiest latte that I have ever seen: the unicorn latte. This latte is definitely dreamy and magical all at the same time. It’s sweeter than a normal latte but one of the prettiest lattes that I have ever seen.

If you’re Honolulu, find your way here for some delicious coffee and take a look around Paiko for gorgeous flowers and Instagram’s favorite leaves: monstera leaves! There is a parking garage at SALT at Our Kaka’ako. Make sure to get your ticket validated!

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