GPSMyCity Giveaway


GPSMyCity Giveaway

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:

5 Reasons Why You Should Go to Chinatown in Honolulu

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Lucky Belly in Honolulu

Download 5 Reasons Why You Should Go to Chinatown in Honolulu

Dining in New York

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Cafe Habana

Download Dining in New York

5 Places for Poke on Oahu

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Pupukea Grill

Download 5 Places for Poke on Oahu

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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Unicorn latte and nutella toast


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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Cropped Flares

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H&M Trend top (was on sale for $4.99 but sold out online), Zara mini flares ($29.90), H&M jacket, Zara shoes, Barneys New York backpack, and H&M Trend sunglasses (was on sale for $12.99 but sold out online)

Cropped Flares

When flares came back, I was a bit hesitant at first but after years of skinny jeans and then boyfriend jeans, I figured I give flares a try again. They were growing on me and I’m glad that they were. These cropped mini flares are so much fun and definitely a lot better than the flares I wore during my pre-teen years! They were only $29.90 so I don’t feel too bad about buying them but it looks like I’ll be investing in more styles like these!

To be honest though, I was a bit disappointed on the wash. It looks a bit different than the photos shown on Zara’s website. Not entirely different but I’m picky and it wasn’t what I was expecting. Nonetheless, I’ve worn these jeans quite a bit since I ordered them for the style alone. Now hunting down more cropped flares! Happy Tuesday!

EDIT: For reference, I’m a 5’5″ 

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Taranaki Falls


Taranaki Falls

The trail to Taranaki Falls is a beautiful trail inside the Tongariro National Park in New Zealand. This is the hike we decided to do while we were there. I was looking for something scenic, beautiful, unusual, and a waterfall was an absolute must. Taranaki Falls fit that description.

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The start of the trail with a view of Mount Ngauruhoe

The start of the trail is located right behind the Chateau Tongariro in Whakakapapa Village (this is the hotel we stayed at while we were in Tongariro National Park and I’ll do a separate post soon) and because the trail is a loop, you will find two entrances. We took the first one.

On the way to the waterfalls, you will be able to see Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom for Lord of the Rings fans), and Mount Ruapehu. Amazing sight for sure. The trail can get muddy so wear appropriate footwear! I was wearing super these super comfortable boots I found at Nordstrom Rack for $27. They were leather and super comfortable! It just might be my “stylish” boots for hiking.

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Tussocks everywhere

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And more Tussocks

The hike will take you through a field of tussocks. I couldn’t stop taking photos of them as they were so beautiful and vibrant in color. Although it was winter in New Zealand, the colors of the landscape reminded me of autumn, one of my favorite seasons ever (followed by spring).

This part of the hike is exposed so if you do this during the day, make sure to put sunscreen!

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The stream along the trail

 Soon after, you will walk through a forest and walk alongside a stream. It was mostly shaded during this part of the trail.

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Beautiful plants and the bridge before the waterfall

Finally, you will cross a bridge and will see lava rocks on one side of you (depending on where you start as I mentioned that there were two entrances). This trail is a loop so you may see it on your right side or the left. Since we came from the first entrance, the lava rocks were on the right side.

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Taranaki Falls

Absolutely stunning am I right? I have seen many waterfalls all over but Taranaki Falls could be one of my favorite waterfalls at the moment. Maybe it’s being in a different place, so faraway from home that made it so special.

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At the falls

As we started this hike pretty late, we couldn’t spend too much time at the falls as I would have liked to. My mother already left after a few minutes at the waterfall and she walked back the same way instead of completing the loop. My brother and I just followed after her.

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Golden hour

Because of the time we started the hike, I was able to look back while on the trail and see this beautiful sight. Golden hour is one on my favorite times to shoot and hiking the trail during golden hour was beautiful. Do keep in mind that it’s best to complete the hike before the sun goes down. It can get really cold during winter (about 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter) and it’s absolutely dark at night.

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Chateau Tongariro from the trail

As you are walking back towards the hotel, you will be able to see Chateau Tongariro in the distance. This is the hotel we stayed at during our time at the Tongariro National Park. The hike is about 3.7 miles round trip. I’m sure that’s the length of the loop and I’m not sure how far we hiked as we went back the same way. I heard the waterfall is exactly half way so we may have completed the 3.7 miles!

I wish we had more time to spend at Tongariro National Park! If you head up Mount Ruapehu, you can ski up there and there’s cafe at the top that we didn’t get to chance to visit! Definitely want to head back here when I do go back to New Zealand!

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The Claremont


Lo & Sons Claremont camera bag 

The Claremont

Disclosure: Lo & Sons sent me this product and all reviews/opinions are of my own. 

In 2003, I discovered my passion for photography. My family and I headed south of the border to Mexico to have lunch. It was a crisp, autumn day and it rained quite often throughout the day. We were at a seaside restaurant ordering seafood (I remember eating a shrimp cocktail, which oddly enough, is not my favorite dish ever) and I saw how beautiful the beach looked with it’s overcast skies. I quickly grabbed my disposable camera and took a shot that was so beautiful. This became the moment I fell in love with travel photography.

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Shot in Mexico in the year 2003 with a disposable camera

Over the course of 13 years, I have had several cameras from point and shoot cameras to DSLRs. In those 13 years, I’ve only had one camera bag which I neglected to use. You know, those awful bulky, Canon camera bags. I attempted to use it for awhile but as someone who always carries her DSLR no matter where she is heading, it wasn’t necessarily the most fashion-forward camera bag.

The Bag

When Lo & Sons recently contacted me and sent me a bag, I received this beautiful Claremont in sienna. It is by far, the chicest camera bag I’ve seen to date. The craftsmanship is spot on, the leather is amazing, and the padded interior keeps your DSLR safe. There are two memory cards slots for those photographers who shoot a ton of photos as much as I do and shooting RAW takes up so much space! Always having extra memory cards is vital for those who shoot full time. Enclosed is a divider which can be used to separate the body and a small lens. Best of all, the divider is removal so you can easily take this bag from camera bag to an everyday bag seen above when Charles and I took time off to spend it at the beach. Thank you Lo & Sons for the Claremont bag!

I have my eyes on the Catalina Deluxe Large Weekender in midnight ash to use as a carry on for traveling. I love the various compartments and how it fits comfortably on top of a suitcase! Can not wait to purchase it.

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