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…

Play and Stay in KK: SPLURGE at Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia If my short, magical stay in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) taught me anything, it’s that service is of utmost importance, the people are incredibly friendly, they all seem to be amazing singers, and there’s no shortage of things to do!  My first couple of days gave me a deal…

Escapism Has Landed: EscapismTO’s Launch @ Assembly Chef’s Hall

Escapism Toronto Launch Party Well, beaches, I’m back in Toronto after 3 years Seoulcialiting it up in Korea.  Over 1,000 days have gone by, but the agency launch parties haven’t changed a bit.  Most of the faces look the same and the dress-code of hobo-chic vs. try-hards continues to identify who is on the list…

Play and Stay in KK: Day in Paradise – Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort

My Day in Paradise at Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is one of the most underrated tropical, romantic, and affordable beach vacation destinations in Asia.  When visiting Sabah in February 2018, I was put in contact with the team at  Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort.  They wanted to partner with The Toronto Seoulcialite, but had been…

Play and Stay in KK: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Where to Stay in Sabah: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) is the ideal place to stay in Sabah. Just outside of the city, it offers something for couples (read: adults only) and families alike!  I could live very happily at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort…

Staying in Sabah – Deal: Dock In Hostel Kota Kinabalu

Where to Stay in Kota Kinabalu: Dock In Hostel near KK Airport When arriving in Kota Kinabalu on a red-eye fight from Seoul, the last thing I wanted to do was take an eternity finding my bearings.  At 2 AM I got a GrabCar from the Kota Kinabalu Airport to Dock In Hostel in under…

Making Memories: Dreams of Malaysia

Meeting Malaysia A major bonus of my 3rd year teaching English in South Korea has been the opportunities for international travel.  2017 had some major ups and downs, but my passport has been getting a workout.  This past year alone, I’ve managed to see Taipei, Tokyo, Jeju, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur!  While each place was…

5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay – Singapore’s Stylish Hostel

5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay Singapore A terrace with a view overlooking the Singapore river, a magnificent view of Marina Bay Sands, and an endless supply of coffee?  5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay in Singapore made some big promises!  Located splat in between the Clarke Quay and Raffles Place MRT stations, this luxury hostel is the most…