It rained for three days out of the four days of our trip in Lisbon but the rain could not take the sunshine out of this city because it is full of colors!  I have never seen so many beautiful tiles in my life — tiles on the outside of buildings, tiles on the inside, tiles on the floor, tiles on the ceiling, tiles everywhere.  Azulejos, the traditional Portuguese hand-painted tiles, were such a dream.  Needless to say, I am completely obsessed!  The Museu Nacionl do Azulejo, a museum dedicated to tiles, helped us trace the history of azulejos back to the 15th century to present.  At some point around the beginning of the 20th century, azulejos went out of style, which makes me so sad for the obvious reason that if they hadn’t, the whole city would be covered in tiles.  Myke seems to think that this scenario would be rather seizure-inducing but I wholeheartedly disagree.   I can’t even begin to imagine how beautiful it would be if every house surface in Lisbon was covered by its own unique geometric colorful tile design.

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Lisbon: an azulejos heaven

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Sunset + smog in Saigon.

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We’ve been living in Brussels, Belgium since September, 2015.  Every day, I am in awe of how beautiful this city is.  Each house is different and has so much characters.  There are so many colors and details that surprise me at every corner.  Here are just a few shots of the city to show you a tiny bit of Brussels’ beauty!

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Brussels: beauty at every corner.

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In September, we went to Stockholm and Copenhagen to celebrate our first wedding anniversary!  Here are some shots from Mykel’s instagram (@mykedoddy) of those two beautiful city!

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Stockholm – Copenhagen

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It’s been a while since my trip to Hawaii in January, but finally, here are some photographic memories of it!  I had never seen so many beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the same day.  Every day on the island began with a drive in the twilight of dawn, followed by lots of reading and hanging on the beach, then delicious lunches, and more beach hopping throughout the day.  It’s easy to get stuck in tourist traps on Oahu but there are plenty of hidden gems.  Be on the lookout for a guide of how to make the best of Oahu in six days!

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Oahu, Hawaii.

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The winter is terrible except for that time we frolicked around while celebrating our engagement.

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Winter.

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