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SNAPSHOTS: Flying to Guangzhou

IMG_0299Hey guys!

We officially made it to Guangzhou, China after almost 24 full hours of travel. The flight to Tokyo was almost 12 hours + 3 hour layover in Tokyo + 4 hour flight from Tokyo — Guangzhou + 1 hr drive from the airport to our hotel = 20 hours! Close enough.

Flying United was awesome. We were delirious from the start but watched a ton of movies and ate so much food I can’t even tell you. The eating officially began as soon as we stepped on the plane.

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There’s a lot of snackage going on here. And yes, it’s a weird tradition of mine to always bring cherry tomatoes on board. The dry air always makes me crave veggies.
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Our first selfie of the trip. I need to buy a selfie stick stat.
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This seemed like a great idea at the time.

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Starting it off with some bubbles!

Fun not so fun story. Employee at the LAX airport does not get a gold star by making fully sexist remark to Clo and I as we were checking in.

Sucky male employee: So where are you headed to?

Me: Tokyo, Japan and then to Guangzhou.

Sucky male employee: Oh, you two girls must be headed there to go shopping for rich husbands! (winks grossly)

Moment of silence for that.

Chloe: Yeah, why else would two Asian girls ever travel to Asia right?

Sucky male employee gives confused look.

I’m glad that some people really have open minds to the world.

Here’s our reaction to above story.

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IMG_0217I tried to organize my little compartments (above)….but by the end they looked like picture (below) which was very reminiscent of back when Chloe and I had an apartment together. Girls have a lot of stuff.

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Touch down. Landed in Tokyo, Japan!!!!! This is me taking pictures in the bathroom. I was pretty excited about everything as soon as we landed including the public restrooms. Is that weird?
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis moment happened almost immediately out of the gate and I freaked out. I think I accidentally pushed some sweet looking Japanese girls out of the way just to capture this. Sumimasen!

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I was super fascinated and about to cry because EVERYTHING in the airport was my size!!! Even this mannequin was the same height as me which means…..I am officially sample size in Japan. Does that finally make me a model?

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TOTORO DISPLAY. ENOUGH SAID.

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Yes I will take a dozen boxes of mochi.

Everything here has a face on it. This now explains my obsession with small things with eyes. It’s just in my blood.IMG_0229

Pictured above is my first OFFICIAL meal in Asia ever! The United Club in the Tokyo Airport was awesome with unlimited bowls of soba, sushi and edamame. We completely outdid ourselves by having about 8 bowls of soba collectively. Great job Clo, we really worked as a team there.
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Spores= Soba Filled Pores,

Ally

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I’m Going To Asia with My Girl Chloe Bennet!!!

You guys!!!!

Taken by Melly Lee

Taken by Melly Lee

 

So darn tootin’ excited to share with you all that I’m going to be in Asia for the next TWO WEEKS! My girl and former roomie Chloe Bennet, who you probably know as Skye from “Agents of Shield”, officially used her earthquake powers on me a couple weeks ago when she shattered my world by asking if I wanted to go to China with her. I promptly freaked the f out and said YES. DUH YES!!!! We decided to extend our trip and hit up Tokyo after since I am Japanese and have sadly never been to explore my roots. I have actually never been to Asia period. It works out perfect that we both get to see our cultures (Chloe’s half Chinese). It’s going to be crazyyyy.

This will be us for sure. Courtesy of giphy.com

This will be us for sure. Courtesy of giphy.com

 

Throughout the next two weeks, I am going to be posting on here our little adventures through Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Tokyo so check back often. I’ll be posting pictures of WonderCon (which Chloe will be at so come meet her!), our idiot like tendencies as our characters Mel and Gina (if you don’t know yet, get ready). and of course LOTS AND LOTS OF FOOOOOOOD. We plan on getting really plump off of ramen and sushi while we’re there so hopefully you recognize me when you get back. It’s not likely. I may have to adopt the nickname MSG-Maki.

Alright guys, I gotta go pack a life’s worth of clothes and shoes into one mid sized luggage, so wish me luck. I am really…really bad at packing. Really.

Peace and see you guys in ASIA!!!!!

It’s Bout to Get Real,

Ally

The Top 20 Things About My Trip to Paris

There’s no real way to describe my time in Paris other than truly magical. As corny as it sounds, experiencing Paris really does fulfill every part of a girl’s wishes and dreams in some crazy otherworldly fantastical way. Although there are so many memories, here are my Top 20.

  1. The train ride from London to Paris interestingly enough proved to be one of the MOST memorable parts of the whole trip. We were so delirious we were cracking up the WHOLE WAY THERE for no apparent reason, much to the annoyance of our cabin partners.

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2.  Train selfies

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3. This hilarious plate of train food. The most random plate of of food I’ve ever eaten. Coleslaw with shredded beef. Fruit compote and beets not one….but TWO ways! In block form and shredded. Because beets one way is never enough.

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4. You can drink espresso and eat madeleines at literally anytime of the day without feeling judged.

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5. The fact that there’s Chanel stores on nearly every other block like they’re Starbucks or something. NBD.

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6.When this epic moment happened and I tried on my first pair of Louboutins. I’m pretty sure I was sweating and couldn’t really breathe. #BGM

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7. Steak & Frites. The ultimate combination.

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8. Scary messages like this:

 

Scary message

 

9. Small restaurants tucked away on cobblestone streets.

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10. Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

 

 

11. Madeleines.

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12. Crazy Horse. This EPIC burlesque show originated in Paris in 1951. The girls were so insanely talented and their bodies were bangin’. I left with such a changed view on the beauty of women’s bodies and sexuality as a whole. Such a revelation. P.S. Beyonce’s “Partition” video was taken move for move from one of their routines.

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12 1/2: Our forced upon glamour shots taken at the Crazy Horse and framed in 8X10 paper souvenir frames. SCORE!

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13. This spontaneously hilarious moment when a Chinese couple was taking wedding photos in the middle of the street next to us. We’re probably going to pop up in their wedding album somewhere in Asia, and I’m honestly ok with that. Chinese wedding in Paris

14. Room service galore at the Ambassador Hotel. The fresh squeezed orange juice was a highlight.

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15. Receiving room service like this.

 

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Colton as my waiter. Yes dreams do come true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. The gardens surrounding the outside of the Louvre.

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17. Our pseudo picnic lunch we set up in the gardens. A must! There’s all kinds of carts that sell wine bottles and different sandwiches which you can just purchase and set up shop on blankets in the grass.

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Picnic selfie!

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There’s nothing more satisfying then a Nutella crepe.

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A meal fit for kings and queens!

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18. The Pyramid at the Louvre

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19. When this happened.

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20. And last but not least these sweet most amazing girls and anyone else we met there! Thanks for all the treats and recommendations!! xx.ally

Sweet girls!

You truly made the trip such a fun experience!

 

 

 

 

SNAPSHOTS: LONDON TRAVELS ♥

I may not have been many places in my certified “good girl” life, but I’m callin’ it that London may be one of my favorite places ever for a very long time for 3 reasons.

  1. Every single person is so insanely friendly it actually makes me want to strive to be a better person.
  2. You get to drink out of a treasure chest. (explanation below)
  3. One of the few places where you can experience the feeling of being somewhere completely new and exciting without having complete culture shock due to language barrier. Colt and I collected all sorts of new terminology we love to annoy our friends back home with: flat vs. apartment, gettin’ punchy (a sort of aggressive partying), and mate!
Here’s a few pics from my days in Londontown.
xx. ally
London Scenery

Just arrived! Taken on the drive from the airport to the Grosvenor House hotel.

Wine and Fruit

A beautiful welcome of aged white wine and fresh fruit to kickstart the trip.

Savile Row

It was so awesome to see Savile Row where some of the biggest designers and tailors got their start.

Architecture

More amazing architecture.

Oxford Circus

Incredible shopping at Oxford Circus.

mannequin posin'

Just posin’ with the rather tall Belinda the mannequin <3

Meh.

Meh.

Girls and tongues

They made me do it! #BGM

Gieves and Hawkes

So proud of Colt! His first fitting at Gieves and Hawkes – who make all the royal uniforms for the Royal Family, British Army, and Royal Navy.

Treasure chest

Definitely a highlight of the trip – dancing our FACES OFF at Mahiki. Clubbing in London is a whole new experience: it’s actually FUN! Here we are drinking champagne infused with tropical fruits out of a treasure chest. A TREASURE CHEST.

Old Friends

Old Friends.

New Friends

New Friends.

Diva moment.

Made him carry my bag. Having a diva moment. He loves it.