Seattle Photo Diary

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Seattle Photo Diary

Forgive me for the sporadic, non-linear post I feel that I’m composing right this minute (and I guess what you are seeing as of right now). I feel like I’m completely all over the place but I guess it’s somewhat a reflection of my life outside of this blog and social media in general. Mentally preparing myself as my current lease is up in about a month. Yikes! The thought of packing up almost two years of my life and moving to a new place is daunting. Although, I will say that the place I will be moving to is not too far from where I live right now (heck, it might even be down the block), but moving in general is stressful. But at least it’s not as stressful as moving from California to Hawaii so with that, I’m grateful. Why were we so much in a rush to grow up again? Being a grown up is tough.

Anyway, here’s the second part of my Seattle series:

That One Outfit

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Another photo of that one outfit from last week in morning light. Seeing this makes me wish I can wear something similar here in Hawaii. The whether has been quite unpleasant with downpours, thunder, and lighting but don’t let that fool you; it’s hot over here. The ideal rainy day ensemble won’t quite work out when it’s 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve tried wearing boots for the sake of keeping my feet dry but it’s weird if the outfit isn’t cohesive enough. Sure, you can wear boots with a dress but maybe I’m just stuck to wishing I can layer.

Hot Cakes

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Wander Hour - HotcakesI had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Tina from Just a Tina Bit! She is sweet in person as she is on social media! Thanks for taking me to Hot Cakes which by the way was super delicious! If I recall correctly, we ordered a s’mores cake and s’mores. The s’mores cake was delectable, rich, and delicious paired with ice cream. The regular s’mores is as campfire as you can get; reminiscent of Camp Hi Hill (not sure if that’s a LA thing but it sure was a Long Beach thing!). Funny, because there were no s’mores making during Camp Hi Hill. I guess camping  (and that was the only time I have ever camped) and s’more just naturally go together but I digress.

But seriously, the cake is insanely delicious. I had one right afterwards (not from Hot Cakes) and it just wasn’t rich enough. It was completely bland and not as gooey as Hot Cakes; it was rather dry. I then knew that Hot Cakes is a big deal. Thanks again Tina for taking me and thanks to Alyssa and Vanessa for also recommending Hot Cakes!

Greens and Blues

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First photo was taken while heading towards the monorail from Mediterranean Inn. The trees was taken outside the Seattle Premium Outlet. These trees were a far cry from my usual palm tree photos but it was something I was in awe of. There were a lot of them and they lined the freeways as we headed north to the outlets from Seattle. I really felt as if I was in a different world. I guess a change in landscape is a good thing once in awhile.

The third photo was taken inside the monorail. I didn’t know such a monorail existed in Seattle! Definitely took advantage of it since it was a quick ride from around Seattle Center to Downtown. It was a bit pricey at $2.25 a person but some days, I don’t feel like walking as I did all over Tokyo.

Pike Place Market

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Wander Hour - Pike Place

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Wander Hour - Pike Place

More Pike Place Market goodness for the blog. As you can see, I could not get over how amazing the flowers were. I’m sure the market would be beautiful during peony season! Which I may have to add to my list for the future (not sure if I will be heading to Seattle in the spring next year as Charles and I have plans to visit elsewhere).

Seattle Premium Outlet

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If there is one thing my family loves, it’s definitely shopping. When I found that there was an outlet in the outskirts of Seattle, I quickly informed my mother and brother and we set out to the Seattle Premium Outlets the day after we landed. Thing is, I didn’t quite find anything for myself but I did find these awesome Flyknits for Charles at the Nike outlet. His current one is defeated by who knows what and these came at the perfect time.

There were a couple other Flyknits but in pink and purple and we all know how much I love neutral colors so I decided not to buy a pair.

Toulouse Petit

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Wander Hour - Toulouse Petit

Wander Hour - Toulouse Petit

Wander Hour - Toulouse Petit

Just a block away for the hotel was this amazing place that my family and I dined at for lunch! Toulouse Petit is definitely going to be a repeat place for whenever I’m in Seattle. I ordered the ‘Eggs Clark’ with beef filet tournedos cooked medium rare and it was delicious. The beef filet was cooked perfectly. My brother ordered the grilled skirt steak and eggs and the sauce went so well with the skirt steak. My mother had a sweet tooth that day and decided to order the creme caramel french toast with strawberries and she deemed better than her favorite french toast in Long Beach, California.

 

I hope you enjoyed my part two of Seattle! I have a third one coming up since I didn’t want to overwhelm anyone with a long post! Happy Wednesday!

 

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Summer in Seattle

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Summer in Seattle

My first post for my recent Seattle trip is now here! This is my first time in Seattle during summer and I love it so much. The last (and first) time I was in Seattle, I was there during the fall and the temperature was vastly different as this time around, it was much warmer! Thank you to everyone who has given me recommendations for things to see, eat, and do in Seattle! Although I was there for only two full days, I tried to squeeze in everything I can in those two days. I’m so bummed that I didn’t get the chance to try everything that I wanted but I guess that means I have to go back to Seattle!

Pike Place Public Market

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Wander Hour - Pike Place

Pike Place Market is a must-see spot while in Seattle but only because I am obsessed with the flowers in the market! Dahlias and sunflowers filled the majority of the bouquets and buckets inside Pike Place for the season. The last time I was in Seattle, dahlias were abundant and it was lovely to see them again!

Went to the Gum Wall (as required by every tourist haha), and although I didn’t have gum on me, I did take a photo of someone’s artwork. “Honey” stood out to me amongst the array of gum and business cards that scattered the walls.

And isn’t that elephant garlic huge? I wanted to get one for Charles but I’m sure the Department of Agriculture wouldn’t want me to bring over garlic from the Mainland to Hawaii.

Space Needle

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Wander Hour - Space NeedleThe iconic Space Needle; worth a photo if composed correctly. With that said, I took the first photo from Kerry Park and the second photo from the rooftop patio of my hotel (Mediterranean Inn if you’re curious). My brother and I took a jog up to Kerry Park from Mediterranean Inn. After not going to the gym for two weeks due to being sick, running up the hill was tough but I managed and got a beautiful view of Seattle’s skyline during blue hour. Blue hour, hands down, is my favorite time to shoot when it comes to skylines. So far, I’ve been able to capture New York’s and Tokyo’s skylines during blue hour!

The rooftop patio at the Mediterranean Inn was awesome. I found myself up there throughout the day.

Mount Rainier

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Mount Rainier (as seen from the top of the Space Needle) is a beauty for sure! I made a mental note that the next time I’m in Seattle, I need to somehow make my way around there to see it up close.

Going up the Space Needle was underwhelming. Since it was my mother’s first time in Seattle, my brother and I took her up the Space Needle. Great views but I’m glad I went because of the Mount Rainier photo. Other than that, I don’t think I’ll be going up the next time I’m in Seattle!

Molly Moon’s

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Wander Hour - Molly Moon's

On a sunny day in Seattle, I took a visit to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. For my flavors, I ordered Stumptown Coffee and salted caramel on a waffle cone. I ordered a double scoop and boy was it a huge serving! Next time, I’m going to stick to a single scoop.

 

Hope you all enjoyed my first Seattle photo diary! I’m currently working on the second one at the moment. Have a lovely Monday everyone and thank you so much for stopping by!

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Kerry Park

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Forever 21 dress (on sale for $13.99!), H&M coat (last year), and H&M leather boots

Kerry Park

Hi everyone! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed I spent some time in Seattle. I just got back from a short trip to Seattle with my mother and brother and I am pooped. I’ve created a terrible habit while traveling and I’m paying for it at the moment. Since I’m usually on short trips, I try to get everything in the few days that I’m traveling which means that I’m lacking in the sleep department. I finally got some rest in last night and I’ve been editing my photos here and there and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Anyway, here’s a photo from the first full day in Seattle. This photo was taken in Kerry Park in Seattle. I’ve been wanting to visit Kerry Park since even before my first trip to Seattle. I didn’t get the chance to visit the last time I was there so it was the first place my mother, brother, and I went to. Beautiful views (and even more beautiful views at night that I can’t wait to share). The morning started off really cold (it’s been in the upper 80s through lower 90s in Hawaii lately so anywhere around 60s to 70s degrees Fahrenheit is considered freezing) so I threw on a coat over this Forever 21 dress (find it here) that I bought recently. I’m currently in between sizes right now since since I’ve been going to the gym and I should be eating clean soon. Someone wrote a review that it runs big. I currently wear a medium so I bought a size medium but a size small would have been better for me. The side boob part (for a lack of a better word haha) was way too big and hung on my body in a weird way. So with that said, not sure if the fit runs big or I’ve been losing some inches. Definitely recommend trying this dress on in store if you can especially since it’s final sale (and hopefully it’s on sale in the stores as well as it is online)!

Have a great weekend friends! Can’t wait to catch up with you guys!

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On Instagram

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Hello friends! I’m not 100% better but I’m in working condition so here’s a post for today: an Instagram update!

  • Insane view from Road to Hana; one of my favorite things to do on the island of Maui. I’ve probably said that a few times on here (and you probably already knew that) but I’ll say it again because it’s that beautiful!
  • Popbar in Anaheim is (or at least, was) popular on Instagram. Charles and I made our way over there a few weeks after The Packing House opened last year. We went to Popbar and although it was good, I don’t think I’d want to go back. It made for a pretty photo though!
  • Space Needle. I love, love, LOVE Seattle!
  • I’m in love with tide pools. I haven’t been for quite some time but I hope to go before the waves aren’t as ideal as they are now. Waves on the west and north shores of the island aren’t favorable for swimming in the next coming months!
  • That swing photo from this post.
  • Hiking views; I also haven’t hiked in awhile. I wanted to hike recently but that didn’t work out.
  • Hawaii also has a pretty sunset show more often than some places. I believe it’s because of the abundance of clouds we have here. There’s usually a lot clouds which is crucial for beautiful sunsets.
  • Pupukea Grill; I’ve been meaning to try this place in North Shore and I’m so happy that I did. I’m attempting to eat healthier and this is how I decided to transition. Spicy ahi poke on top of greens and quinoa. Super delicious and definitely recommend it!
  • North Shore views never disappoint!

Some updates for the week:

  • I’ve been obsessed with Gudetama at the moment. I’ve been following Gudetama on Instagram and the videos always crack me up!
  • I was hitting the gym 5 days a week for awhile but I haven’t been in a week thanks to being sick. I’m itching to go back though! I was on a roll!
  • What I also have been itching for is to go shopping. The weird thing is, I haven’t made a move. I think I’m a little bored of online shopping. Plus, it takes a million years for my package to reach my door. Okay, just a month but it’s still a lot longer than I’m used to when I was living in California.

Hopefully you guys had a great week and a wonderful weekend planned! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see what I’ll be doing!

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Seattle

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Seattle

Revisiting old Seattle photos because I love that city so much! I won’t lie to you guys so I will say that I was a bit disappointed in my compositions as I was going through my memory card. Now that I have a much better trained eye, I’m sure my photos for my next Seattle trip will be amazing! I’m not saying that these are all that bad, not at all, but I think I’m capable of doing a better job next time around!

List // Yelp

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This place is on my list for my next trip to Seattle. Gnocchi with black truffle cream is probably the best thing I have ever had there. But then again, there’s so much more to see in Seattle and since I was there for such a short time, I didn’t have time to explore and eat everything I wanted to try. Next time around, I’ll have a few more full days in Seattle as opposed to one full day. But anyway, Charles, my brother, and I went during happy hour and this delicious plate was only $7 (50% off any item on the ‘food list’)! Can’t get any better than that especially since I love good deals and truffles!

Gum Wall // Yelp

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Touristy? Probably but can’t go to Seattle without a stop here at least once. I’ll probably be back to snap photos. I haven’t really composed anything in my mind yet but hopefully I come up with something soon!

Pike Place Market

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Wander Hour - Pike Place Market

Wander Hour - Pike Place MarketHands down, Pike Place Market is probably one of my favorite markets to go to as of right now. The flowers are so pretty and cheap relative to the flower prices in Hawaii. When I was there, dahlias were everywhere and this is where I fell in love with them. I’m going to do some further research on the stalls here. I want to find something really cool (edible and non-edible goods) for the house. Maybe some specialty foods or some kitchen gadgets to take home.

Miscellaneous

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Space needle view from the street, more street photos, and Charles checking every bit of Seattle to make sure he doesn’t miss anything.

 

With an upcoming trip to Seattle in the works, I’ve rounded up my places to eat list because who doesn’t revolve their travels around food? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream // Yelp

Ice cream! Definitely want to try the salted caramel and the Stumptown Coffee ice cream!

Fainting Goat Gelato // Yelp

More tasty desserts because I obviously have a sweet tooth. I want to try the salted caramel (as always) and the honey lavender.

Radiator Whiskey // Yelp

This place has great reviews and I’m intrigued by the roasted beet salad. The ingredients: cilantro, lime, and jalapeños and these ingredients are a staple in my kitchen. I’m not too fond of beets though. This may change my mind!

Paseo // Yelp

Paseo has been on my Yelp bookmarks for some time now and I have yet to cross it off my list. I want to make sure that the next time I’m there, I try the place out! I honestly don’t know which sandwich to try since they all sound amazing. Might have to do the grilled pork or the chicken breast sandwich.

The Confectional // Yelp

CHEESECAKES! I absolutely love cheesecakes. I don’t love them as much as Ladurée macarons but I do love them A LOT. But anyway, mini cheesecakes is where it’s at. Little bitesized sweet indulgences that I will surely partake the moment I’m in Seattle.

Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt // Yelp

I will admit that I don’t like greek yogurt. I don’t hate it but I just prefer regular yogurt. As I was looking for places to eat in Seattle, I came across this place and thought to myself that maybe I should give it a try. I read through the reviews and learned that there are people like me who aren’t fans of greek yogurt but absolutely love this place. I have high hopes and hopefully it meets my expectations. Mulberry Pie and Passion Fruit are the flavors I want to try!

Top Pot Doughnuts // Yelp

I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of doughnuts (or donuts as I usually spell it) but this looks like a place I’d love to try especially with some coffee.

Seattle Coffee Works // Yelp

Because coffee. What more can I say?

But as someone who doesn’t frequent Seattle (although I wish I could), I am open to suggestions to all the sights and eats there is to do there! Please feel free to comment! Hope you guys had a lovely weekend! Happy Monday!

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