Honeymoon Photos!

Get ready! A gazillion photos are coming your way of our honeymoon~

My parents graciously gifted us a luxurious honeymoon in Japan & Korea. It was my husbands first time in Japan and it did not disappoint. I absolutely love Japan and we always talk about going back again. I miss the fooooooooddd!! Recommendations will be listed at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

Recommendations~

Tokyo: Kanidoraku Shunjuku Honten (crab course restaurant), Tsukiji Kiyomura Sushi-Zanmai Higashi Shinjuku (Sashimi) , Zaku Zaku (pastry), Han no Daidokoro Kadochika (best service & meat!)

Hakone: Hakone Ginyu (Ryokan Hotel)

Kyoto: Temples, bamboo forest, spot a Geisha 

Osaka: Niwatori (Yakitori Restaurant), Rikuros (Japanese cheesecake), Kuromon Seafood Market

Korea: TeamLab Korea (art installations)

I Got Married!!

It's been almost a year since my last post! To be honest, I was afraid of getting too personal on a blog. But I really need an outlet for my thoughts and photos. It's time to come out of my shell! 

I got married! (in November, last year lol)

My husband and I wanted to elope. My family live in California and his in the Netherlands. We weren't even sure if his family would be able to attend because of hectic work schedules. The plan was to elope in Santa Barbara and then have a small dinner reception in Los Angeles with my closest friends and family, before moving to the Netherlands. A good-bye dinner of sorts.

After lots of research, I found that planning a private dinner for 40+ people isn't easy. Especially when my parents suddenly had demands for "their only daughters wedding." I was never the type of girl that had her dream wedding planned out. Honestly, I didn't understand what the fuss was about. But my parents clearly had high hopes for the day. If I gave into all their wishes, I would have gotten married on a yacht, arriving in a giant limo, wearing a ball gown with a huge tiara. I'm their princess. 

We decided to meet in the middle and have a small dinner at Il Cielo, Beverly Hills. The venue rental included a wedding ceremony with the dinner so my dad was extremely happy. He always dreamed of walking me down the aisle one day. He's sweet~! My husbands family was also able to fly over for the event so it all worked out in the end!

We still went up to Santa Barbara to get legally married and take photos, like we planned. But in hindsight, I'm really glad my parents demanded another small ceremony and reception. I often find myself remenissing of how happy they looked that day =)

Honeymoon photos coming very soon!

Closet tour!

Back in California, so here's what my closet looks like right now. In my effort to try to be more minimal, I donated 85 things today. But maybe I need more color...What do you think?

Corrie ten Boomhuis

"The hiding place" in Haarlem.  A transition house that hid Jews safely from Nazis. A must see while in Haarlem! It was a transition house that hid Jews safely from Nazis.

To visit this museum, you have to arrive before the scheduled viewing of the room. The schedule is posted on the museum door, which remains closed between viewings. Because the space is very small, they are strict about the 20 people max rule. My first attempt failed because there were far more than 20 people already waiting before the scheduled showing. So I arrived early for the next showing. Worth it!  

Heartbreaking, inspiring, and eye-opening. 

Rolling Kitchens 2016

Rollende Keukens food festival, held in Amsterdam, had some tasty food! I was surprised by the variety of food available at the event. I've been to many food truck events in the Los Angeles area but I've never seen a dim sum truck! Highly recommend~