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From the Bucket List: Rock Climbing

I almost forgot how to use this thing, like how to upload image and stuff, hahaha i’m such a noob now. It’ll take time but I’ll eventually get the hang of it.

Just to start things off- a few things I’ve been doing recently now that I’ve been in NYC for some time now-

I went Rock Climbing for the first time!

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetI’m such a noob obviously – who wears yoga clothes to rock climbing?!?!??!?! lol

i honestly thought that’s what everyone wears, okay? Like, how do you wear shorts and not expect your butt to be displayed all over the place. A girl needs proper climbing attire. Those shoes were gross though. they were such sweaty smelly mess. If given a choice, I would’ve easily gone barefoot.

Location: Manhattan Plaza Health Club

Verdict: I liked that there was an instructor although she was only like 60% helpful. She was not the most friendly person and being the chicken that I am, (I legit am afraid of heights) I expected more help than to just have her tell me to put that rope thing on and start climbing. I thought I was in military. I was praying that I wouldn’t slip and fall cause man, that would’ve been embarrassing especially when it was so obvious that I was only there for pictures. I look like I’m smiling in the pic but really, I’m crying. But yeah, definitely worth a try if it’s on your bucket list like it was on mine. Got mine on none other than Groupon. By the way, I like how my butt looks so round here. Been working hard on it.

Staycation: Luxury Edition

exhale21Winter time in New York calls for something nice and warm besides a gingerbread latte, and nothing beats a full body massage and a luxurious facial for a complete relaxation and quick get away from the busy city life.

exhale20On what happened to be the coldest morning to date here in NYC, I ended up on the south end of Central Park near Fifth avenue.

exhale18Thanks to the train that decided to take an extended break, I had to run in my heaviest coat which caused my calves to become really tense. So basically, my body was calling for help especially since I began working out six times a week a bit while ago. Between running, kickboxing, weight lifting and all that extra walking I’ve been doing in NYC, my body needed professional help to recover and heal from the stress I’ve been putting it under.

And with Christmas and my birthday around the corner, I couldn’t have asked for something more awesome than a spa package to the midtown location of the amazing Exhale Spa courtesy of Cloud 9 Living. Called Revive and Restore Spa Package, it’s a perfect holiday or birthday gift for anyone who needs a few hours of “me time”- whether stressed or not (I personally don’t know anyone who isn’t, do you?), because who doesn’t need a little pampering from time to time?

img_6661 After I was finished registering on the site, selecting the date and time range for my appointment, it didn’t take long to receive a confirmation email from the friendly staff over at Cloud 9 Living. Then all I had to do was to show up at the specified location- they had my appointment under Cloud 9 Living, and upon arrival and confirmation of the appointment, you just fill out a consent form and head over to the locker room and the spa with the help of the staff who shows you around the facility.

img_6669As you walk in, there’s a shop.. and yes, I didn’t expect to see this either, but it turns out, Exhale is also famous for their group exercise classes, which I’d love to explore.

exhale9exhale4So once you get changed into a complementary robe and slippers in the locker room, you walk over to the lounge.
exhale5 exhale6Normally, Zen Lounge is where you meet the spa staff whether it’s a facial or massage appointment which is like a waiting room but with a variety of tea, warm neck pillows complete with ambient lighting to help you relax prior to your spa appointment. I was running late so the masseuse ended up greeting me at the door which was equally nice.
exhale7Their aromatic neck pillow is one of the best things I discovered this year along with their eye pillow… so soothing and relaxing. exhale8 exhale14 exhale16 exhale3You will never be dehydrated here; plus the tea and hot water are heaven sent in this freezing weather.

exhale1exhale11 exhale10 exhale2Voted one of the best in the city; after a full hour of Swedish massage and another full hour of facial, I can confidently agree. Sorry, I couldn’t get pictures of the sessions because obviously, I was kind of busy getting pampered but they were just what I needed, and after getting all the knots and what felt like “toxins” (I honestly don’t believe that our bodies produce such but it truly felt that way) removed from my body and face, I felt physically lighter, relaxed, and of course, mentally better as well. I have been having trouble getting a good sleep for a while now and last night was among the best sleep I’ve gotten lately, thanks to Cloud 9 Living.

img_6673To end the experience on a high note, the package also came with a spa manicure and pedicure. It was pleasantly surprising to find the room separate from everything else, which gave it a very exclusive, private feel to what can be a normal pampering session for many women.
img_6672I only personally get my nails done professionally for special occasions only for a few reasons including the price and the questions regarding sanitariness, but Exhale may have changed my attitude after all.img_6682 Tada! My Christmas nails! I was so impressed with the Sparitual products they used throughout- this red color is the best in the hue I’ve seen- it’s got numerous glitter that’s so sparkly and shiny I just can’t stop staring at them. I was initially gonna go for the pink glitter all over but thought I’d mix it up a bit since I’ve slowly been getting into the holiday spirit. What do you think? img_6686I’m so thankful for this opportunity, and really glad to have discovered Exhale through this experience, hence a very special shout out to the team at Cloud 9 Living. Give a gift of experience this holiday season, and you’ll be loved!


New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Day 6 Outfit

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7A little behind but only if you knew how many runway pictures are yet to be revealed… trying our hardest to get caught up though, I promise.

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7This was the last day of NYFW after Ralph Lauren in Meatpacking which has quickly become a new favorite. The last time I was there (prior to this trip) was eons ago when there used to be a Korean club. Yeah, let’s just keep it at that.

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7Not only was the show dreamy (coverage coming real soon), I had the pleasure of running into beauties from all over the world afterwards- some of them so influential in the realm of blogosphere my Instagram almost exploded when some of these pictures were posted. (Above with Sara Donaldson of Harper and Harley and Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three)

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7 NYFW SS 2015: Day 7Kristina Bazan of Kayture

It’s amazing what these ladies have accomplished and how far they’ve come with something created out of pure passion and joy. If you ever need inspiration or motivation, or are just having one of those days, check out their blogs- these girls are on fire.

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7NYFW SS 2015: Day 7 NYFW SS 2015: Day 7I don’t think I missed Korea as much when I was in NY or LA, even. Going through these pictures has confirmed my hypothesis that a part of me indeed had never left the city back in 2004. Who wants to join me on a teleport ride?

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7TAOL9452Wearing Lie Sang Bong & Silver Aloyna lace up sneakers




NYC To-Do Checklist


Enjoy a view of Manhattan from Queens.


Take a drive on one of NY’s numerous bridges at sunset.

NY Pizza

Grab a slice of New York-style pizza on the run.


Take pix of a boutique store on 5th Avenue.


Have Pho on a freezing day @ Pho Pasteur in Chinatown

85 Baxter Street (btwn Walker & White)

New York, NY 10013


Take advantage of generous entertainment opportunities by world-renowned artists.

Diverse color positioning makes repetition fun: Gabriel Orozco @ MoMA


Be awed by the beauty of Water Lilies by Monet


Visit one of my most favorite places in NY- MoMA

11 West 53th st.

New York, NY 10019

Never saw this place so packed in my life… took an hour just to enter.

frozen hot choco

Magically make a glass of Frozen Hot Chocolate disappear in five minutes.


225 E. 60th St.

New York, NY 10022

Call it a tourist spot but I just can’t resist it- even the 2 hour wait doesn’t faze me. If I could, I would have one everyday for a month and promise I won’t get sick of it.

manhattan in rain

Walk around midtown and become actively involved in people/cab watching- trust me, it gets quite interesting.


Conduct Candy & Chocolate investigation @ Dylan’s Candy Bar, where you will be greeted by every single candy ever existed on earth.

1011 Third Ave (at 60th)

New York, NY 10021

Since there was a two hour wait at Serendipity, went around the corner to kill time at Dylan’s. You gotta be smart to survive in NYC.


Take a walk down the memory lane.

PvD- one of my favorite DJs of all time. For a second I thought that I would love to be there… then again, I quit partying quite a while ago, not to mention the fact that I live 3,000 miles away.


Have a break.

Panini & Lemon Soda @ a favorite cafe, Zibetto

NY at night

Manhattan at night in rain… besides the completely soaked boots, it was quite beautiful.


Reminisce the good old days.

Also be reminded of the reasons why I left.