Weekend Getaway in Sonoma (Near Napa)


My honey and I decided to escape the city for a weekend in Sonoma to celebrate our first year together and found an adorable Airbnb.

Our host Teitzah was such a sweetheart! She made us a welcome goody bag (which I forgot to take a picture of, of course) filled with local fruit, Trader Joe’s probiotic drinks and some delicious raw dark chocolate. Yum! She even gave us a bottle of rose wine for our anniversary. She was so sweet I didn’t have the heart to tell her we’re not married… we’ve just been dating for a year. We’ll be sure to come back if we do get married though ❤

Her home felt just like a peaceful getaway spa. The colors were so warm and earthy, and she decorated it with beautiful sculptures from Bali and Thailand. Make sure to check out her Airbnb and use this link if you’ve never used Airbnb before. I’ll get a referral for introducing you ;D

If you do stay at the Sea of Bamboo Retreat Center, I highly recommend you book some massages! Teitzah gave me an amazing massage and offered us a package deal: we got to use the spa and hot tub in the backyard for free =] Plus, she went out of her way to find a second massage therapist so we could both get massages at the same time.

It was a great, lazy weekend. We cuddled lots, tried out a couple of restaurants and wondered into a winery the bar tender at Sunflower Caffe recommended: Gundlach Bundschu. (Highly recommend both — the cocktails and duck sandwich at Sunflower are delicious, and we really liked the wine at Gundlach.)

Strawberry Fields Cocktail with Duck Sandwich

Strawberry Fields Cocktail with Duck Sandwich

Mural at Gundlach Bundschu

Mural at Gundlach Bundschu

Enough of all this typing though, enjoy the pictures!

Welcome to the Sea of Bamboo

Welcome to the Sea of Bamboo

Teitzah's beautiful front yard

Teitzah’s beautiful front yard

Did I mention I love her yard?

Did I mention I love her yard?

Windchimes

Peekaboo

Peekaboo

It gets even better when you go inside!

It gets even better when you go inside!

Thai Statue

Thai Statue

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

Our bed looked like something out of a story book!

Our bed looked like something out of a story book!

And now for the backyard =]

Backyard

Nap Time

Nap Time

Backyard

Backyard

Backyard

Hot Tub & Sauna

Hot Tub & Sauna

Backyard

Hammock Chair

One of the coolest things in the backyard: a pizza oven.

One of the coolest things in the backyard: a pizza oven.

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Pedro’s, the Cool Bar / Restaurant Down the Street From Work


I discovered the coolest place upon joining Astreya. Pretty much every week, my recruiting colleagues go out for drinks and free food at Pedro’s Restaurant & Cantina.

 

This place is so chill! The outside is super pretty and you see local engineers from Intel and whatnot hanging out outside, taking in some sun with their dogs.

I really love how this place looks. I’ve never been to Mexico, but I imagine this must be what rich people’s homes in Mexico must look like (wonder where I get that from — Zorro maybe?)

 

The inside is really well decorated too! Check out the lobby…

 

 

I kind of forgot to take pictures of the free buffet (there are animal style fries in there, some chicken wings…. ) but here’s the bar instead!
This place is great for cheap drinks with coworkers after you get off! And their margaritas are only ~$5 on Wednesdays O=] (they have strawberry margaritas! Yum =3)

 

 

Found an Awesome Brunch Place in SF: Bullitt


I went out to Ruby Sky for the Kaskade after party last weekend and one of my coworkers who lives nearby took us to the coolest brunch places the next morning: Bullit.

 

This place is located on Russian Hill up in SF and is just the coolest joint to get brunch after a good night of dancing / partying! They play hip music, serve cocktails (silly me… I tried to get hot chocolate — they don’t have any!)

 

 

I ended up with a grapefruit mimosa (which was delicious!! =3) and the food was great too! Check out their menu:

 

I’m a sucker for eggs benedict so I just had to try it… and boy, I was not disappointed! =3 Definitely check this place out next time you’re up in SF ❤

Beer Gardens, Parks and More in Munich


Hi everyone, I made it back home in California back and safe! I’m sorry I haven’t written in a while. This trip has been so packed with fun and interesting things to do and see I decided to put the blog off until I got back. Now that I’ve got time to write, here are some more pictures from my 5 days in Munich with Alex =]

Downtown Munich: Marienplatz (Marien Square)

Munich’s University District

For some reason, Alex and I kept finding arcs everywhere we went.

There was a great park in the University District. If I remember correctly, it’s the largest park in Munich. My pictures don’t do it justice though. The place was huuuuge!

We found this slide in the park. There was a band of local students playing instruments and singing nearby. The whole place had a great, laidback atmosphere (especially with all the kids going down the slide pictured below.)

There was also an old man with dreadlocked dogs! They were kind of smelly ><‘

Those 2 dogs were really funny. The male dog kept getting jealous of the female one that came over to be pet, but their owner explained to us that she actually dominates him!

There was a Chinese-style tower in the park too!

We discovered a great Indian restaurant in Munich. I definitely recommend it to anyone craving some curry and naan!

I loved the philosophical writings on the menus! Click on the picture to take a closer look =]

A Few Last Pictures of Paris


I’ve already spent 2 days in Barcelona and arrived in Munich today, but my uncle took great care of Alex and me and kept us super busy so I’ve fallen a little behind. Before I start posting pictures of Spain and Germany, let me share a few last pictures of Paris. I took these on my last day (except the sushi, taken at a dinner with friends the night before.)

Go to Tokyo on avenue Parmentier for pretty decent sushi in Paris (at a very reasonable price.)

Alex had sashimi

and I had chirashi.

Before heading to the airport, we walked around Chatelet (in the center of Paris) in the rain.

This is the Tour Saint-Jacques. It stands tall in the middle of its own little park.

This is part of a fountain in the middle of a square near the tower. You can find Egyptian style art in several places in Paris such as the Obelisk at place de la Concorde.

Last, but not least, the Arc de Triomphe.

Surprising Trashcan Technology


Have you ever had a trashcan magically sprout from the ground as you were sitting in a restaurant, waiting for your food? Yeah, neither had I until last weekend!

With a loud shudder, I saw the ground beside open up and spit out …. a trashcan!

Ladies and gentlemen, the amazing, the wonderful, the appearing trash can!