Canton Tower

Canton Tower

📍Canton Tower 广州塔 , Guangzhou

If you’re in Guangzhou, you’ll have to visit the Canton Tower in the evening. This tower is located in the Haizhu district along the Pearl River (Zhujiang River). Along the Pearl River, they offer night cruises that normally last about 1-2 hours. You’ll be able to see historical sites, new city landmarks, the Haiyin Bridge, Liede Bridge, European styled buildings, and much more.

The island north of the Canton tower is called Haixinsha Island ( 海心沙). If you’re walking along the strip, you’ll find musicians and dancers performing in the evening.

The Canton Tower ( 广州塔) was previously called Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower (广州电视台天文及观光塔). In 2010, the tower was officially renamed the Canton Tower ( 广州塔).

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There are several different attractions and facilities among this tower. The most popular would be the Ferris Wheel, the Gravity Machine and the Skywalk. The Ferris wheel is considered the world’s “highest” Ferris wheel because it’s located at the top of the Canton Tower (612.2 meters).  It’s able to resist a 8-magnitude earthquake. This Ferris wheel has 16 “Bubble Cars” that takes approximately half an hour to make a full circle around the tower.


The ticket prices are priced at $50 yuan/RMB, $100 yuan/RMB and 150 yuan/RMB. (**These prices are subjected to change**)

Zone A-C (Ground Floor – 32 Floor) – $50 yuan/RMB

Zone D (33 Floor – 67 Floor) – $100 yuan/RMB

Zone E (68 Floor – 107 Floor) – $150 yuan/RMB

They do offer bundles with their different attractions.

Zone D (33 Floor – 67 Floor) + Spiderwalk – $190 yuan/RMB

Zone E (68 Floor – 107 Floor) + Spiderwalk – $230yuan/RMB

Zone E (68 Floor – 107 Floor) + Ferris Wheel – $260 yuan/RMB

Zone E (68 Floor – 107 Floor) + Mega Drop – $260 yuan/RMB

Zone E (68 Floor – 107 Floor + 488 Lookout – $280yuan/RMB

 

 

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Los Cabos

Los Cabos

We are finally here!! Los Cabos have been good to us so far! The sun decided to come out and play! The week before we arrived it rained four out of seven days. And when we leave, the forecast says it’ll be raining again! Thank you Los Cabos for the perfect weather! 

Been so stressed lately– this has been one of the trips I’ve been looking forwarded to the most. My favourite place to be will always beside the ocean. Bathing under the sun with a cocktail or two in my hands. 

The resort we’re staying at is about a 20 minute drive from Los Cabos International Airport. Across the street is the dolphinarium, but I didn’t see any traffic lights. Therefore, you’ll need to be careful when crossing. Inside the resort there are a couple of restaurants, a few pools/pool-bars, a gym and spa facing the ocean. Daily activities begin at 7AM until 10PM. These activities range from yoga, volleyball, water activities and different performances. After 10PM, they do have a nightclub that’s opened until 3AM.

When we first arrived at our hotel room, there was a little bit of mud that was dragged in from the hallways. But front desk was very helpful and got that cleaned up for us. And also left some rose petals on the bed, and had a pair of swans on the table. 

During the evening, there are lanterns and twinkle lights hung around the pool and bar area. Giving it a very warm and soothing atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the waters here in Los Cabos is not swimmable. The tides are extremely high and if you get caught, you’ll be sweeped away immediately. There are some period when the water is calmer but usually around dinner time.

During hurricane season (April-November), the tides will definitely be stronger. They have signs and flags all along the beach. The resort we went to had these colour indications:

Green Flag – Excellent Condition

Beige Flag – Caution

White Flag – Caution Jellyfish & stringrays 

Red Flag – Bad Weather, Do Not Swim

Black Flag – Extreme Danger, Do Not Swim

Staying Hydrated

Every since I was a child, I never really liked the taste of water or like drinking water. Even if I was super dehydrated, I’ll opt for something else or avoid water. It wasn’t until recently, I decided no– I’m going to drink at least 3 – 5 cups of water a day.

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve been doing:

GLASS OF WATER IN THE MORNING

Always keep a glass of water by the bed. Drinking it in the morning helps boost your metabolism by 24%.

GLASS OF WATER BEFORE EACH MEAL

Sometimes we think we’re hungry but we are actually thirsty. If you drink a glass of water 20 – 30 minutes before a meal it’ll help determine if you’re hungry or thirsty. By drinking water before a meal it also reduces the amount of calories consumed. A good way to avoid overeating and staying hydrated.

WATER ALARM

Busy? Always forgetting to drink water? Set an alarm on your device for every 30 minutes or hour, and drink a glass of water before the alarm rings again.

TRACK YOUR CONSUMPTION 

There are a few ways to track your consumption.

  • Elastic Bands or Hair ties 

Have elastic bands or hair ties for every cup of water you’re suppose to drink on your water bottle or wrist.

If you are keeping the bands on your wrist, everything you drink one cup. Move the band onto the other wrist.

If you are keeping the bands on your cup or bottle. You could keep the bands on the bottom of the bottle, and when you drink one cup. Move the band to the top. Vice Versa.

  • App or Calendar 

There are many apps now that are able to track your fitness and diet.

On the iPhone, it comes with an app called Health. This app you’re able to track your Fitness & Exercise, Food & Nutrition, and Health & Wellness. To track your water consumption, click into “Food & Nutrition” and scroll down until you see water.

There are also recommended apps for tracking water if you do not want to use the “Health” app.


If you’re using a Samsung device, the app “S Health” allows you to track your water intake on the first page.

If you’ll like to track your consumption manually, you could use an agenda or desktop calendar. A simple example would be drawing empty circles and fill them in every time you drink a cup of water.

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INFUSED WATER/DETOX WATER

Don’t like the taste of plain water? Add some fruits, vegetables or herbs into your drink!

Some ideas for infused water:

  1. Lemon Water
  2. Lemon & Grapefruit Water
  3. Lemon & Cucumber Water
  4. Strawberry & Mint Water
  5. Strawberry, Lemon & Basil Water
  6. Mint & Lime Water
  7. Grapefruit, Orange & Cucumber Water
  8. Watermelon & Mint Water

Some Benefits for Each Fruit:

  • Flushes toxin (Cucumber, Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon & Lime, Strawberries, Basil)
  • Aids in weight loss (Grapefruit)
  • Improves digestion (Grapefruit)
  • Aids digestion (Cucumber, Lemon & Lime, Mint)
  • Boost immune system ( Strawberries, Watermelon, Orange)
  • Rejuvenates skin (Lemon & Lime)
  • Fights inflammation (Cucumber, Watermelon, Strawberries, Basil)

Don’t know your daily water consumption?

There are many app or websites that will tell you your recommended water consumption based on your age, gender, height, weight, activeness and diet.

An example of hydration calculator: https://www.camelbak.com/en/hydrated/hydration-calculator

My Microblading Eyebrows Experience

My Microblading Eyebrows Experience

Microblading Eyebrows has been really popular these past couple of years. Definitely, the current trend for tattooing eyebrows.

Originally, I was debating between tinting my eyebrows or microblading. I made the decision to get them microbladed because this procedure last about 1 – 3 years. Depending on your lifestyle, aftercare, and skin type, this could last up to 5 years. Whereas tinting starts to fade after 2 – 3 weeks.

What is Microblading?

Microblading Eyebrows is a form of semi-permanent tattoo. Unlike traditional tattoos, microblading uses a manual handheld needle. To create the soft strokes, this blade consist of usually 7, 9, 11 or 12 pin/pong. Depending on the technician and technique, different blade is used.

Preparations for microblading?

For better results, avoid taking any blood thinning medications and drinking alcohol the night before/day of procedure. Alcohol could cause excessive bleeding and sensitivity. The excessive bleeding causes the pigment to be pulled out along with the blood. Usually results in missing hair strokes.

Deciding the shape & shade

Deciding the shape tends to be the longest part of this procedure. A professional wouldn’t be following the current trends. Instead they will be following what best suits your natural brow and face shape.

My technician drew two eyebrow shapes for me to decide. This allowed me to better describe what kind of natural look I wanted. Something I can wake-up in the morning and leave the house with, and if necessary, I could fill in the brows myself.

Getting the correct shade is the easy part. Although I currently have black hair, I tend to switch up my hair colors every now and then. So we went for a medium-light brown.

I knew I was getting my eyebrows microbladed, so I haven’t plucked my eyebrows for about a month. This image is immediately after the procedure.

Does Microblading Eyebrows hurt?

Is it painful is one of the most commonly asked questions. Personally, this procedure did not hurt for me. But this depends on your pain tolerance, if you’ll be having your menstrual cycle soon. This could cause you to be very sensitive to pain.

If I had to compare the level of pain to a different procedure, microblading eyebrows does not hurt as much as laser hair removal or waxing.

A layer of numbing cream is applied and left on for 20 minutes before they start the procedure.

How long does it take to heal and the aftercare?

For most people, the microbladed area starts to scab over on the 4th – 6th day. The peeling begins on the 8th day. This procedure would appear to be healed after 2 weeks. It will not be fully healed for 4 – 6 weeks.

When I had my eyebrows microbladed, the itchiness started on the 5th day. And began to scab over a couple of days after that. During the healing process, it’s important to keep the area moisturized with an after care anti-oxidant cream. Usually it’s provided to you by the technician. Like a traditional tattoo, it’s important to avoid getting soap, water or sweat on the pigmented area until it is fully healed. Avoid rubbing, scratching or picking at any scabs. This causes the pigment to lift/being pulled out.


These two images were taken immediate by Michelle at Meraki Brow Bar after the procedure was done. (Side Note: I need to get my eyelashes done again. That way I can say I woke up like this)

Fourth Week: This is how my eyebrows currently look like without the first touch-up. Already in love !!

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TULIPS OF THE VALLEY

TULIPS OF THE VALLEY

Finally… We made it! We’re lucky enough that they extended the tulip festival this year! Although it rained just before we got there. It was still super pretty! (and extremely muddy) The tulip festivals I’ve been to before weren’t muddy so I was definitely not prepared.

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I was debating whether or not to wear boots, but decided to go with these cute heeled sandals. The moment we turned into the parking lot. I was already regretting it. Thankfully, they offered these blue plastic covers for your shoes. Not the most comfortable but it did it’s job.