Summer 2017 | Backpack Europe with Trae

A little over 2 months ago, my best friend Tracy and I set off with our 2 9kg backpack to a journey that we will never forget.

It was both of our first times backpacking, and actually Tracy’s very first time travelling without her family. It was both exciting and nervewracking! The trip that we’ve been thinking about since Grade 12 and planning for half a year finally came into reality.

Over the next few weeks (but knowing me during the school year, probably months :P), I will be sharing snippets of our trip. You can also check out some our posted travel pics with #bpeuropewithtrae on IG!

We visited the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. As an overview, our route was..Read More »


Cali Dream

It has been 2 months since my last post! Taking a year-round course during a half-semester summer session was quite the work load. But now that summer school + course registration is out of my way, summer vacation officially begins!

In about two weeks, I will be backpacking for the very first time with my best friend. We’re still getting our itinerary worked out but meanwhile, I shall share with you my short trip to California earlier in May. Much late. So procrastination.

This trip was both exciting and troubling because it was my first time travelling with friends! And for my friends, it was their first time travelling without family. We planned the trip in the short break between the last of winter session’s exams and the start of the summer semester.Read More »

A Glimpse of Japan


Surprise, surprise.. Rae’s blog is still alive! Exams, presentations, papers and assignments of 5 courses really do build up, and that’s my only excuse for being so inactive! Thankfully, we had an interim reading break last month.

But I have a confession.. I didn’t really read at all. 😛 Instead, I went for a bit of a tour in Japan with Papa Rae! It has been nearly 5 years since the last time we travelled together, and although it wasn’t for long, I really appreciated the precious quality bonding time we had, plus an amazing getaway from the usual buzz of responsibility and stress.

A week in Japan was obviously not enough though. It was both Papa Rae and my first time in this country (unless you count that one layover I had in NRT at age 3) and I definitely had a compelling curiosity for the culture, landscape and FOOOOOD there. We joined a tour because (a) lazy and (b) busy but still mainly (a), and without doubt, I would definitely return for a backpacking trip.

Our trip began in Narita and from there, we went city hopping westward. Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto and Osaka are the major cities we visited, and I thought I’d share some of the highlights of this trip with you all. (:


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China with Rae: 中山,Guangdong (IV/IV)

[07-08/16] Zhongshan, Guangdong is where I spent most of my childhood and where the majority of my extended family lives. Seeing it as my second home, I make the effort to visit there at least once every couple of years when spring or summer break rolls around. During my month of travelling in Asia this summer, I went back for about 2 weeks- the second and last of my trip.

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Taiwan with Rae (I/IV)

[07/08-07/14/16] So what have you all been up to? As you may or may not know, I spent 5 (and a half) days travelling in Taiwan and I’ve just returned to my hometown in China. And with that said, here’s the travel blog post to wrap things all up~

I am lost for words to describe the past week. It was my first time travelling alone and my first (real) time in Taiwan. [I bracketed real because I’m pretty sure I’ve made transfer flights to China via Taiwan, although those trips are definitely foggy in my memory.] Stepping outside of high school, this trip to Taiwan was also my grad trip!Read More »

Seattle ’16

[05/31/16] Grandpa Rae came to visit Mama Rae and I in May and he flew back to China just last Thursday. But while he was with us, we took him out to lots of places. It’s interesting that last time he came, I was only a toddler, and this time around I had my high school commencement!

I also always find it fascinating to be a tourist in your own city, because I grow in appreciation each time for the beautiful place I’m so blessed to live in.

Mama Rae took him to Las Vegas for a couple of days prior to our trip to Seattle, but I couldn’t go due to school. However, I jumped on board for a day-trip to Seattle.

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Encounters with Canada

[09/26/15-10/03/15] Encounters with Canada is a youth forum that brings together students from across the country to the capital city of Ottawa, with a set of different theme weeks including Arts & Culture, Democracy & Youth, International Relations, Journalism, Science & Technology, just to name a few. It’s a great program that helps students explore their career field of interest, while learning more about the history of Canada and meeting like-minded individuals. I chose the Medicine & Health week, and here I’ll be sharing with you my experience.

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