The U.S. Presidential Election Does Affect Me as an International Student

Disclaimer: I write this post because I want to share this experience and because I feel that people should realize just how big of a deal this election was. This post is not about any of the candidates or your political views; it’s about the election bringing negative impacts and what we can do to make things better. The U.S. presidential election is a sensitive subject and I do respect your political views and am not trying to make you change your mind. I only ask that you read this post with an open mind.

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Entering the Houses of Pablo Neruda in Chile


As a fan of literature, it was a pleasant journey for me to learn about the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda during my stay in the country. It all began when I was in the process of planning my travels to Valparaíso when a friend suggested I go to La Sebastiana, one of the houses of Pablo Neruda. At that time, I didn’t really know much about this poet and his work, so I decided to follow through. Later on in my small research, I found out that there are three houses of Pablo Neruda in Chile: La Chascona, La Sebastiana and Isla Negra. Unfortunately, I only had the chance of visiting two of them, but it was enough to make me want to share my experience with all of you. So, shall we?

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Hanging Out in the Colorful World of Rainbow Village, Taichung

Rainbow Village, Taichung, is a real colorful village located in Taiwan. Once upon a time, it used to be a small housing village for veterans, and now it is a favorite spot in Taichung City. Rainbow Village is definitely one of my favorite destinations in the country and I hope that it will be yours as well once you’ve read this blog post. But before getting in to it, you might be wondering: why should I go to Rainbow Village, Taichung? Here’s why:

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Struggles & Tips from a Female Traveler in a Long-Distance Relationship

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(photo from Unsplash: Tim Stief)

Dear coffee,

long-distance relationships are hard. And I’m not saying that because people have been saying that to me, but because of first hand experience. It is also even harder because of my love for travel and his ambitions for his own plans. I’m not trying to put blame, but I’m merely stating that we are two people with different ambitions and different dreams. We struggle in many parts of our relationship, and things keep popping up:

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Pamper Time with Samudra Skin & Sea Detox Mask


Detox mask is something that I love to use. As a female traveler, it’s important to take care of my skin on the road and after my journey. When I get too much exposure of the dirt and the sun or when I return from my trip, I always try to pamper my skin by putting on a detox mask. And recently, I just got my hands on a brand that I have been eyeing for many months: Samudra Skin & Sea. I finally tried their detox mask and fell in love. So, I supposed, it’s time to dedicate a post to them.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the products mentioned and my opinions are my own.

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Indian Getaway: My First Intrepid Travel Trip

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Looking over the Ganges

Intrepid Travel is one of the famous travel companies in the travel community, and it has been one of my dreams to go with them on an Intrepid adventure. After a lot of planning and budgeting, I finally got the opportunity to travel with this company, and I didn’t just pick any country. I chose to go to India on their Indian Getaway adventure for 11 days. That was my very first Intrepid Travel adventure.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Everything written was based on my own experience.

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Lunamar for the Planet: Look Good & Give Back


My story with Lunamar for the Planet began in 2014 when I first encountered their Instagram account. At first I was interested because of their unique name and beautiful bikinis. But after researching for awhile, I learned that Lunamar is more than just a business. They are actually an organization offering handmade bikinis from Colombia and beautiful bracelets made from sustainable materials from all over the globe. They donate a percentage of each sales to organizations located in different countries throughout the world. Like, how awesome is that?

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Liebster Award for Her Coffee Diaries

Liebster Award

Dear coffee,

did you know that just after a few months launching, Her Coffee Diaries was nominated for a Liebster Award. But, hang on. What does that mean?

The Liebster Award is an award meant to introduce new bloggers in the community. Each blogger who accepts nominations from a fellow blogger must then nominate 5-10 bloggers that have less than 1000 followers. They should write a post regarding the award, which includes:

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Elephant Mountain Took My Heart Away

Elephant Mountain view

I’ve heard the many stories about the Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan and possibly one of the tallest building in the world. However, despite living on the island for four years, I couldn’t find the will to pay 500 TWD to get up to the observatory. Some of my friends did, but I knew I could get a better view for free. Where exactly? On Elephant Mountain, or more commonly known as Xiang Shan (象山).

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BOSS: 4 Easy Ways to Save Money for Travel

ways to save money for travel

Dear coffee,

since I started to travel here and there, multiple comments and questions came up about how I managed to save money for travel. I was a student, and still am until this very day, so how did I manage to travel more than the average student would? My friends and family would implicitly and explicitly comment:

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