Leaving Lockdown: Where (Not) to Stay in Mexico City

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kate Carter Hickey | Blogger (@thatgirlcartier) It’s been almost a year since I visited Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico – CDMX). It’s been much longer since last I blogged. 2020, as we all know, was miserable. Those who thrive at a cruising altitude of 36,000 feet…

Québec Bucket List: 7 Must-See Places

Located in the eastern part of Canada, Québec is the largest of Canada’s provinces, constituting almost one-sixth of the country’s total area. Its 8 million people population is second only to Ontario. Québec City, the capital of Québec, is the largest and one of the oldest cities in Canada. The province’s name, Québec (since the…

Holiday 2020: KANDL ARTISTIQUE – Buy Local or Bye Local

KANDL Artistique The lighting of a candle has always felt, for me, one of two ways. When I light a candle, I’m either focusing on something intensely spiritual, or am just trying to make my condo smell like vanilla so my boyfriend thinks I’m domestic. Don’t get it twisted – I’m both of those things,…

Meet Me in Hoi An: What to Do in Vietnam’s Shopping Mecca

Slowing Down in Hoi An Without Ever Missing a Beat My trip to Cambodia and Vietnam was planned down to the minute (as always), but derailed the moment I decided to forego Hanoi and head straight to Ho Chi Minh City. A couple of friends of mine were traveling through Vietnam, and after a few…

Mad Monkey Hostel Cebu City – Seoulcialite Stays

Welcome to Cebu City Cebuano people are some of the friendliest on the planet. The absolute friendliest of the friendliest can be found at Mad Monkey Hostel Cebu City! Mad Monkey is one of the biggest chains of hostels in South-East Asia. People typically head to Cebu City en route to Siargao, Moalboal, Bohol (Chocolate…

HideSeek – Not Just Another Happy Place!

Do It for the ‘Gram or Pure Unadulterated Fun? I honestly can’t keep up with all the selfie spots in our city because they’re popping up everywhere. When I was out of town celebrating Mother’s Day, there was a pop-up designed in one of the local malls completely copied from the Museum of Ice Cream….

The Philippines: The ABC’s of Food in Cebu & El Nido

Anyone who knows me knows I love to experience local eats when visiting a new spot! I had heard that the food in the Philippines wasn’t anything to write home about, and to an extent it really wasn’t. There was so much grease in just about everything. They tell you about Bali Belly, but my…

The Perfect Stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland!

Next Stop: Reykjavik Can you believe I made it to Osaka, Shanghai, Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Taipei, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Bali,  Orlando, and Korea (duh!) over the past 3 years? When I was in Korea, all I wanted was to escape the freezing temperatures and fly to warmer climates. Now that I’m in…

Instagram-worthy Toronto: The Happy Place

November 1, 2018 The Happy Place opened right on the water in the beautiful Queen’s Quay area of Toronto. This “massive pop-up experience is filled with larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy” remains through January 1, 2019. It originated in Chicago and has been visited…

Slow Down in Sabah: Jari Jari Spa

Jari Jari Spa – the perfect place to slow down! My trip to Borneo was jam-packed! I stayed at 3 different styles of hostels and hotels and visited yet another resort all in 4 nights.  I learned an incredible amount about nature in Kota Kinabalu and the wildlife within. By the start of my 4th…

Think Dating in Toronto is Scary? Try Legends of Horror at Casa Loma!

Legends of Horror Last night, Siren Communications and Liberty Entertainment Group invited me to a massive media event and party! This event was a little bit different than the luxurious, sophisticated events they normally throw. Well, at least in the beginning! Legends of Horror is a trip to Casa Loma like no other. With the…