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Travelog: Trouble in Oakland

Travelog: Trouble in Oakland

Two nights ago, my family and I decided to drive over to Oakland for some authentic Chinese food. We have been coming to Oakland Chinatown for nearly 30 years just to eat at one of our old haunts, without any remarkable incident. The restaurant is located along the 8th street in a normally busy area...
In San Francisco and Blending Right in

In San Francisco and Blending Right in

Hi everyone! After that super fun but too short Tokyo trip, I am back in the city I called home a decade ago. Every year, my fambam and I fly to San Francisco for the holidays. We have been staying in the same home for nearly 30 years now and each time we come back,...
Travelog: A Bag Hag's Guide on What to Buy in Tokyo

Travelog: A Bag Hag’s Guide on What to Buy in Tokyo

If you follow me on instagram [@thebaghag] and on snapchat [the_baghag], you might already know that I’m currently in Tokyo on holiday. It was my eldest kid’s birthday and we decided to celebrate it quietly in Japan, a favorite destination since the Dear Kid (DK) loves electronics and wishes to be a software engineer one...
Shopping for Vintage Designer Merchandise in Paris

Shopping for Vintage Designer Merchandise in Paris

If you get tired of shopping along the more famous shopping streets of Paris like Avenue Montaigne, Saint Honoré, or the tourist- packed Champs Elyseés,  why not try vintage designer merchandise shopping around the city? I confess this is actually one of my favorite things to do when I have free time. Because while you...
Travelog: On Bangkok Food & Designer Clothing

Travelog: On Bangkok Food & Designer Clothing

I travel a lot lately– so much more than I used to. If I travel for a job, I am usually left with very little alone time to shop. I take my time and explore the city or town instead of go shopping. I guess this comes with age somehow– that I feel I need...
New Discovery: Waxed "Paper" Bags from 100 Crafts, Füssen

New Discovery: Waxed “Paper” Bags from 100 Crafts, Füssen

Apologies that I have not been updating the blog because I’m technically on vacation with my family for the Easter break Have been travelling across Austria and Germany and I can’t wait to put together my travel album for you all. There were so many places to see and to share– let me finish my...
Milan Fashion Week: Fall Winter 2016-2017 Favorites

Milan Fashion Week: Fall Winter 2016-2017 Favorites

Hello everyone! Finally managed to have a bit of time to write! Currently in my car en route to the train station to head to another city, and this is quite possibly the only time I have at the moment to write. Been going back home late nightly because of work dinners and such, and...
Discovery Primea: A Most Relaxing Staycation Experience in the Heart of Makati

Discovery Primea: A Most Relaxing Staycation Experience in the Heart of Makati

I gotta confess: I did not think that a staycation in a hotel right in the heart of the busiest part of Makati, Philippines, would be a very relaxing one. So reflecting back on our weekend stay at Discovery Primea, I have to say that was one of the most stress- free few days I’ve...
Hermes Birkin + Kelly Leather Cutout Totes

Hermes Birkin + Kelly Leather Cutout Totes

Last season when I went to the beautiful Rue de Sevres store of Hermes, I noticed these birkin and kelly leather cutout totes on display. At Hermes, they really don’t leave much leather to waste– they decided to make bags even out of the leather cutouts that were leftover materials to make the birkin and...
A Most Relaxing Saturday: Terazi Spa at Discovery Primea, Makati

A Most Relaxing Saturday: Terazi Spa at Discovery Primea, Makati

I am currently billeted at the Discovery Primea Hotel in the heart of the central business district in Makati for the Chinese New Year weekend. I have been needing a much needed weekend getaway– it’s funny I should say that because I travel so much. But I do travel for work and while I do...
Some of My Favorite Places in Paris

Some of My Favorite Places in Paris

When I’m in Paris, I love getting lost. Despite all those warnings about the city no longer being a safe place to get “lost,” I don’t heed those warnings and still go forward with exploring every possible nook and cranny that looks interesting. Here are some spots that you might already know of or have...
Must- Buys When Shopping in Paris (Part 1)

Must- Buys When Shopping in Paris (Part 1)

You travelled a long way to Paris. You have shopping on your mind. But what to get? If you are in the City of Lights for 3 reasons: 1. To shop, 2. To eat, 3. To sightsee, let me give you a few tips for #1. Check your local currency’s conversion but as far as...