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Life: exciting news & haul

HEY~~~ My first video is here!!! It’s not the skin care routine but something much more EXCITING!!! πŸ˜†

If you have problem opening the video, here’s the news:

I’m going to TANZANIA!!! It’s going to a 14 days trip which includes 5 days of safari, 6 days of hiking (the Kilimanjaro( and 2 days on the Zanibar beach! πŸ˜€

And here’s the pics of some of the gears I got for the upcoming hiking adventure

Kelty Coyote 75 Pack – Women’sΒ (I might return this one because I just realized that porters will only carry Duffle bags) and REI traverse 30 pack


Vasque Breeze Gore-Tex XCR Hiking Boots – Women’s


Sunday afternoon adventure hat


REI lightweighted fleece pants


REI ultra light pants


The North Face Paramount Valley Convertible Pants Β andΒ Aventura Arden Capri Pants


REI fleet long sleeve T-shirtΒ andΒ REI Wilds Hoodie Fleece Jacket


assorted hiking socks


water treatment and mosquito repellents


CamelBak Better Bottle – 25 fl. oz


Today I met with the other 3 girls of this trip, they’re from Tanzania, Nigeria and China. We’re all super excited!!! πŸ˜†

Please let me feedback about the video.

Do you prefer written posts or video or both?

What topics would you like to see in future videos? skin care routine is next, I promise Annie! πŸ˜‰



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Colombia: good, bad and ugly

Hi hi~~~ I’m back! I’ve put a long recap of my 5 days trip to Medellin, Colombia.

Good: I met many old friends by surprise. One of them, Thomas who I haven’t seen for more than four years, entered to my presentation. Can you imagine? I was more than surprised and happy πŸ™‚

Bad: I was extremely busy so I couldn’t enjoy the conference and the trip much. I needed to send job applications, prepare for an interview and a presentation to give. Sleepless, stressed and foodless. 😯 I ate at random hours and probably just two meals a day, mainly food that I don’t usually eat: NO VEGGIES AT ALL, a lot of extremely sweet fruit and TONS OF MEAT! All that made an unhappy Coco and a sick Coco 😦

Yes. After 5 days of bad eating, I got sick 😦 The last day in Medellin, I woke up at 4 AM with a sharp stomach pain. No doc, just a pain-relieve pill. And during the flight back, I got fever and more stomach pain. More pills 😦 I went to the doctor today, she did blood test for me. I hope it’s nothing too serious.

Ugly: the food and the city. I’m sorry Medellin, but I really don’t find you pretty. The city is messy and dirty. We felt insecure walking around. So glad that taxi was cheap. The food is the worst, pics below to testify.

Okay. Now the recap

We arrived Medellin after 8 hours trip. Pablo tired face

me and Julien excited

Our hotel is an old fashion boutique style hotel. I like it a lot

my room has a desk

a big bed

and a large bathroom

Restaurant – breakfast

It’s the most important meal, the only secure meal, the only meal that I kind of enjoy during my stay in Colombia and it’s HUGE

Everyday I’d have two plates of fruits

#1 with bread, jam, preserve and potato tortilla

#2: more bread and fruit

A serving of omelette with mushrooms

This meal hold me until late afternoon or whenever next meal happens

The second day we had a cocktail at the Botero Museum. I like his work a lot. They’re all bulky but cute πŸ™‚

The third night we had a dinner at Plaza Mayor. The food was terrible. A full plate of pork. I really don’t like pork but I finish the whole plate because I haven’t had food since 9 AM 😦 The good part of the dinner was the dance show. It was an hour long show, 3 groups dancing different kinds of dance: traditional colombian dance, tango, brazilian dance and many others. We were all surprised by the quality of the show πŸ˜€

Day four: Pablo, Valentina and I skipped the last session of the conference and went to Pueblito Paisa, the oldest town in Medellin, where one can have an overview of the whole city.

a street show

and the UGLY food


After glancing around street food… we agreed that we just couldn’t do it 😦 Instead, we went to the only restaurant in the small town

We order Coconut Juice

the most famous and traditional meal: Bandeja Paisa

it has rice, fried banana, fried egg, sausage, fried pork fat, grounded pork meat and bean cooked with pork sauce

and another combined plate called Muchacho Sudado (sweat boys)

it has beef, potato, yam, rice, corn patty and some shredded lettuce (my only doze of veggies in 5 days :shock:) in a greasy sauce

That’s it! As you can see, I didn’t enjoy this trip much. The 5 hours flight back seemed eternity. oh… there was an dramatic episode in between too. I forgot some paper work and was sent to the immigration office for check. I was almost sure I’d miss the next flight. But fortunately I got into the plane just 5 min before departure. I felt terrible during the 2 hours flight. When I walked toward Star, who was waiting me at the gate, I felt I was fainting.

Today I feel a little better… at least I have enough energy to go to the doc office. I’m worried that I won’t have enough time to study for an important interview that I’m going to have soon. Whatever… all I want now is to have all this craziness to end and relax.


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Fabulous weekend: blogger meet-up and a Wedding

This weekend was just FABULOUS. Sit tight, it’s going to be long πŸ˜‰

It started on Friday night, I met Beth and Joelle, two DC bloggers for the first time at Thai Coast. Beth was such a nice and fun girl to hang out with. We originally planned for a meetup on Tuesday night for a coffee, but I had to stay late at work and couldn’t go. I felt terribly sorry but she is such an understanding person and forgave me for not-showing up that night and re-arranged dinner on Friday. She’s training for her first half-marathon in september, so exciting for her! We talked about running, books, blogging, living in DC. It was really fun! And Joelle is a sweet and smart girl. I am really happy to meet them both. πŸ™‚

Saturday. After checking my car atΒ Jiffy Lube, I was on the road to New Jersey, where my best blog friend Maggie had her wedding with her handsome husband Bobby πŸ™‚ I feel so honored to be invited to the wedding, to be part of this special moment for them, to celebrate it together with their family and best friends. Thank you Maggie for letting me be part of this! πŸ˜€


3 hours later. I arrived where the happy couple was having the ceremony πŸ™‚ How beautiful!!!! I love her dress!!! Β πŸ˜†


and then I check-in at Hyatt Place Princeton, 15 min away from Maggie Mom’s home where the reception was

Dinner was in a big tent in the yard of the house


the catering people was busy preparing everything


the first dance


Maggie and her Dad


and dinner was ready!!! πŸ˜€


wrap ingredients include: grilled chicken and portobello


grilled beef, onion and red pepper


guacamole, cheese and cream




veggie kebab. These are delicious, I had four! πŸ˜€


salad of greens, strawberries and feta cheese. Really tasty! πŸ™‚


rice, corn and bean salad


fruit salad


my first plate


instead of wedding cake, they opted for sunday ice cream!


mine was made with vanilla ice cream, berries and bites of brownie! Scrumptious!!! πŸ˜†


flower bouquet moment for the single ladies


they had a photo booth, so fun! πŸ™‚




Can you tell how happy and joyful we were? πŸ˜‰

Sunday. I had a great 8 hours sleep, ready to exploreΒ university of Princeton running πŸ˜‰ Yeah~~~ 7 miles was on schedule for this week’s long run.


7 miles Β (59’42”, 8.31 min/mi) later, all sweat but feeling amazing πŸ˜€


I won’t lie, it was hard! 7 miles is long.. the last mile was painful :(, specially with hills and heat! But I’m glad I did it and I’m sure it will get easier and easier.

And then enjoyed another 3 hours drive with music and lots of thought! πŸ˜€


It was a great gateway from the busy life. I enjoyed so much. πŸ™‚

Everyone says that weddings are touching and I can’t agree more. We tend to be too busy with daily life that we forget to feel the love inside us until someone or something reminds us. πŸ™‚


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