When I tell people that I love solo-travelling and list some of the places I’ve been alone, I get two reactions: “Oh my gosh, I love that you travel solo! I can never do it but kudos to you!” “Oh… why?” *thinks, does she not have any friends or something?* And in a way, #2 is half right… I don’t have many friends and the friends I do have, don’t travel much or don’t have the same interest in seeing the places I like. In April 2018, I went on a two-week trip to Japan with Dan and three of our mutual friends. The Japan trip was the biggest friends trip ever and I was excited, don’t get me wrong,…

With restrictions lifting and many borders starting to open up again, I bet we’re all itching to travel and see the world again. We’ve all heard about hostels and how cheap they are. You’ve probably seen the movie Hostel and avoided it like a plague. You probably have friends that stayed in a hostel for a few nights. Regardless, hostels provide travellers affordable accommodation for one night or their entire duration of the vacation. For many, hostels are not the first choice of accommodation, mainly because they’re not familiar with or hold untrue beliefs about hostels. When I first considered staying at a hostel, I was a little apprehensive about sharing rooms with a bunch of strangers, especially in washrooms.…

I was hesitant in writing this entry because I wanted to try something new this year and not jump on the “new year, new blog” wagon anymore. But the more I sat on this, the more I want to share my priorities and mini goals this year as a way to be brutally honest and open with my blog and readers… after all, this blog is meant to be a personal lifestyle blog! Every year for the past decade or so, I remember writing goals down. At that time, I didn’t learn about writing proper goals so a lot of my goals were quite vague and essentially, unattainable. As I started to learn more about proper goal writing and SMART…

Conscious fashion, slow fashion, sustainable fashion – however you want to call it, you might have felt this may be too expensive for you to start diving into. When I first started to get into conscious fashion, I was bookmarking the top sustainable and ethical brands out there and told myself these are the brands I will shop at moving forward.  As much as I really wanted to support sustainable and ethical fashion, my salary at that time wasn’t able to support slow fashion. It was hard for me to consider these brands when I knew my budget was only good for H&M and Shein. So what did I do? I continued to support fast fashion and told myself, I’d…

On my previous blog, this series has always been a crowd favourite. There’s something fun about seeing how others spend their money, right? I know I’m a big fan of Millennial Money on YouTube and Money Diaries from Refinery29.  As a big fan, I feel I should do my part and share my money diary. I used to do this on a weekly basis but found it too overwhelming so I dropped down to a monthly diary instead. When I share my money diaries, I also don’t include my mortgage or student loan payments or how much I contribute to my investments but I’m considering including mortgage and student loan repayments in the future! Perhaps, in my 2022 diaries?  Without…

Today is my birthday. I’m astonished (and weirded out) that I’m close to leaving my 20s! When I was a kid, I never understood why adults always say “where did the time go?”. I get it now. I really do! Just the other day, I reflected back on my “early 20s” and can’t believe so much has changed since then. Time does move fast and each year is a new year to achieve something – regardless if it’s small. Today, to celebrate my 28th birthday with you all, I want to share 28 things I’ve learned in life thus far. I’ve always enjoyed these entries because it allows me to get a glimpse of how others grew up. My list…