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Car break-in in San Francisco

Growing up in Saigon, I am always paranoid and careful of my properties to avoid being robbed. In addition, I lived in the Bay for about 3 years so I knew the area pretty well to stay safe. Unfortunately, I was caught off-guard after taking photos in Sutro Bath and going to Daigo Sushi for […]

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Three Sisters Mountains from Dee Wright Observatory

A short stop at Dee Wright Observatory

On our way to Diamond Lake campground from our hike to Proxy Falls, we made a quick stop at Dee Wright Observatory, located about 25 minutes of driving from Proxy Falls on McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242). The unique feature of this place is the moon like surface of 65 square miles of black lava rocks on […]

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Seafood pasta with lots of salmon and meatballs with $20 for 2 people

Ristorante Di Pompello: Awesome Italian seafood restaurant in Oregon!

After setting up the tent at Ainsworth State Park campground, we were pretty hungry and we didn’t know where we should go for dinner. At first, we thought of going to a closest grocery store in Troutdale for some BBQ but we became lazy. I looked up Google Maps and found an Italian restaurant with […]

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Camping at Ainsworth State Park

I had been planning to visit some waterfalls in Oregon for a long time but I didn’t have time to make some road trips to Oregon due to our busy schedule. I heard that it would be best to visit the waterfalls in the Summer so it would be easier to hike and see water […]

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Camping at Diamond Lake

After hiking 3 hours in Proxy Falls, we drove to Diamond Lake with the intent of stopping by Crater Lake to visit the famous lake on top of a volcano. However, as I predicted that we would arrive at about 6pm (driving 3 hours from Proxy Falls), we skipped Crater Lake to put up the […]

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Proxy Falls

We drove to the magnificent waterfalls after seeing many beautiful photos on Pinterest. The drive from Hillsboro was about 2-3 hours through the forest. When we arrived, we were surprised that we had to hike through the rugged and rough trail to the lower waterfall 🙁 As we were not prepared enough, some members of […]

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Little Tokyo

[gmedia id=37] What to do here Little Tokyo is the ultimate destination for some of the best Japanese food and goods in Southern California! We frequently stopped here for our mochi fix. With lots of Japanese restaurants and stores here, this is a perfect place for anyone craving for sushi, red bean cake or mochi […]

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Mather Campground at Grand Canyon

When I was in girl scout, I used to go camping in wilderness without any convenient tents or bathrooms. We would just bring a bunch of bars, hooks and a big canvas and build a tent ourselves. Unlike my childhood experience, this trip was so much easier to camp! We booked the campground a few […]

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Mono Lake at night

Mark Twain described Mono Lake at best: Mono Lake lies in a lifeless, treeless, hideous desert, eight thousand feet above the level of the sea, and is guarded by mountains two thousand feet higher, whose summits are always clothed in clouds. This solemn, silent, sail-less sea–this lonely tenant of the loneliest spot on earth –is […]

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Bixby Creek Bridge

Duration: 5-20 minutes As we continued to travel on the Highway 1 to Southern California, we passed one of the most photographed bridges on the West Coast: Bixby Creek Bridge. The bridge is pretty easy to recognize in Big Sur due to its historic and pleasing aesthetic design: It is a reinforced concrete open-spandrelarch bridge. The […]

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