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Things to Do on Oahu

Oahu is one out of the eight islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Oahu aka “The Gathering Place” has the largest population of the eight islands and is home to their state capital, Honolulu. Here are my recommendations on places to visit on Oahu. For a foodie blog on the best places to eat on Oahu – check out my previous post here. Dole Plantation [64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy] Have you ever noticed the “Dole” stickers on the fruits you eat?!  The stickers indicate that they came from the Dole Plantation, right here on Oahu.  I highly recommend giving this place a visit because it’s so fun and it caters to all age groups.  Hop on the Pineapple Express Train to get a tour of the plantation and absorb all the history facts during this tour.  Check out the class on how to cut a pineapple. And most importantly, taste the fresh pineapple and pineapple whip. You will not regret! North Shore Marketplace [66-250 Kamehameha Hwy D203] North Shore is the opposite side of …

Places to Eat on Oahu

Aloha foodies!  Hawaii definitely made it to one of my top places to get my grub on.  I definitely gained some LBS on this trip but it was so worth it.  Here are my recommended list of places to eat when visiting Oahu.  Stay tuned for another post on a list of activities to do on Oahu (and Maui, if you plan on going there too). Koa Cafe (2700 S. King St.) Porky Pork – This is definitely a must order item off their menu.  It comes with a generous amount of tender pork that is so flavorful.  The medley potatoes come from different regions.  I always use ketchup on my potatoes, but I didn’t need to for this dish!  Just enough salt and crunch on the potatoes mixed with the delicious pork and the soft but set egg from the Benedict. Guava Lava Mochi Waffle – I do not have a sweet tooth but I enjoyed this breakfast dessert.  This waffle isn’t your typical waffle, it has a different grainy texture from the infused …

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Yayoi Kusama is a phenomenal artist from Japan.  Her most recent work, “Infinity Mirrors” was showcased in Washington, D.C. as the first North American exhibit tour.  Once (or if) you’re able to obtain tickets to this exhibit before it’s sold out, it’s so worth it!  Despite waiting in lines all day at the museum, I’m glad I was able to experience her artwork! Her collection of psychedelic art makes you feel as if you’re in the middle of space seeing things go on and on.  Prior to my visit – I thought these exhibit rooms were gigantic due to the infinite illusion from pictures.  However, I was so surprised that it was just a little enclosed room!  So cool. Be sure to read up on the artist, herself: Yayoi Kusama.  She has an interesting life story and how art has helped her cope during her life struggles.  I highly recommend this wonderful exhibit and good luck obtaining timed passes before they sell out due to popular demand.  Unfortunately, this exhibit is no longer at the …

Burnside Farms

Can’t make it to the tulip fields in Holland?  Well, there’s a tulip field in Haymarket, Virginia!  Now, it’s not as grand as Amsterdam’s tulip and flower festivals but you’ll definitely get plenty of photo opportunities at this beautiful flower field. It’s $8 online for ticket entrance and that allows you to roam the fields, moon bounce for the kids, and snacks like nuts, apple butter, and plenty more you can purchase at your visit.  You also have the option to pick your own tulips and daffodils, at $1 per tulip and $0.50 per daffodil. The fields changes as the season changes offering a different experience each visit.  Tulips in the spring, sunflowers in the summer, pumpkin patch in the fall, and fir/pine trees in the winter. Check out a short snippet of my experience at the tulip fields in the beginning of my “Being a Tourist in DC” vlog: Disclaimer: this article is not sponsored and is simply provided to you all from my honest opinion.

The Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Guide

Las Vegas is the most ideal city to knock off all the cliché to-do list for a Bachelorette trip.  So, whether you’re the bride, maid of honor, or bridesmaid – I hope you can get some ideas from my personal experience on the awesome things to do for a Bachelorette Party. First, consider the time of the year you plan to go.  Obviously, you would want to plan it somewhat near the wedding.  However, there are slight differences in what you can do during particular times of the year.  For instance, outdoor pool parties are only available during the warmer months.  But going during cooler months can allow you to go sightseeing without getting exhausted in the super dry heat.  Regardless of when you go, you will have a blast nonetheless because – Sin City never sleeps. Flight I used my travel points on my American Express card to travel for free to Vegas. If you don’t already have a credit card with rewards – I highly recommend it because you can’t go wrong with travel perks! Google flights is also …

The Big Apple

I have been to New York City several times but never on a spontaneous trip. My friend, Thanh texted me just two days prior, asking if I wanted to go. Without any hesitation, I booked my bus ticket. I’ve driven into NYC, taken the MegaBus, and flew into JFK airport. But this time – I used Eastern Shuttle. Eastern Shuttle is a bus service from DC to NYC offered daily and it’s inexpensive. To my surprise, it was a clean, new, and quite spacious. The bus schedule was on time without any delay. The round-trip cost was only $39 with their current promotional code. MegaBus tickets are within the same price range but often delayed and a double decker is way too cramped. My trips tend to always follow an itinerary because I am a very detail-oriented individual and I like crossing tasks off my list. But we had nothing planned for this spur-of-the-moment trip. We went with the flow for 12 hours in the city and I enjoyed every moment of it. What and …

Las Vegas Deliciousness

In-N-Out (1960 Rock Springs Dr.) This burger joint is only available on the Pacific coast, so it’s a big deal for east coast people like me. I gave it a try with the double-double animal style! The burger and the fries came in generous portions, good for those with a big appetite. Overall, it’s a decent burger joint and less expensive compared to a few others. However, I am more of your ShakeShack type of girl. Sake Rok (3786 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) A huge menu (literally) with a variety of sushi to choose from. They also have a good selection of drinks and punchbowls for big groups to share. Aside from their tasty sushi, they also have entertainers. The staff surprised us with an awesome mini dance show. Bacchanal Buffet (Caesars Palace) Make sure you have an empty stomach before coming here to eat your money’s worth! It’s about $60 per person but the food is delicious. I’m not really into buffets because I get full easily and the food quality is normally not …