My Favorite Place in the Fall That Feels Just Like a Hallmark Movie!

Mike May once said, “I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.” Most people could agree with Mike May when they visit Kegan Falls in Nikko, Japan, as it is one of its biggest attractions. Nikko is notoriously famous for its natural environment, specifically, Mount Nantai, home of the Kegan Falls. Mt. Nantai was a place of spiritual worship. People believed that Fatarasan (a god) would provide water from the mountains, praying.

Mt. Nantai and Kegan Falls is typically in its prime during the fall season when the whole forest has turned into an aesthetics of perfect yellow, orange, and red leaves.

Mt. Nantai in Nikko, Japan is my favorite place for three reasons; my family and I would visit each other annually during the fall, and the view is incredible, Mt. Nantai was peaceful. My family and I would visit every year to see Kegan Falls as we stayed in The Turtle Inn on Mt. Nantai, surrounded by a scenic view of the mountain. Every morning after breakfast, we would go on the same trail behind the Inn. At the end of the path, my family would stand still for two minutes, closing our eyes while listening to our surroundings. We would hear the leaves ruffle with the mildly stiff breeze, the water flowing in the river, fellow hiker being amazed by the view and the birds of course chirping in the distance. Moments like these are what pulls us back every year.

Another reason Mt. Nantai is my favorite place because of the fantastic view, Mt. Nantai and Kegan Falls provides. Kegan Falls was an attraction that would bring people from all over the world. As this is such a popular attraction, there is an admission fee to go with a group of fifteen people, and there are three options for how you would like to view the waterfall. The first option is at the top of a stairway, where there is a panoramic view. The second view is at the bottom of the stairs, where you will see the waterfall directly in front of you. The last aspect is from the side as you exit to head back to the admission office. The scene of Kegan Falls was astonishing despite the little time we had to take it in.

The last reason Mt. Nantai is my favorite place is because of the peaceful environment your experience up there. Right outside of Kegan Fall, there are cafes and restaurants, hiking trails, a nature museum, and a handful of small businesses. Although this is a tourist attraction with visitors from all over the world, it is understood that everyone needs to respect the environment, which creates a peaceful and enjoyable experience for everyone. We never leave Mt. Nantai with visiting House Toki, a café that overlooks the Lake. It’s one of the most peaceful spots of the mountain with a hot cup of coffee.

Mt. Nantai in Nikko, Japan is my favorite place because my family and I would visit annually during the fall. The view is magnificent, and it was peaceful.


A Story Every Tourist in Hawaii Needs To Know Before Leaving the Island

Back in 1958, in Lahaina,  Hawaii. The Maui Divers stumbled upon an ocean jewel; which is conceders the most lustrous coral in the world,  “The Black Coral”.  The Black Coral is a protected gem, that takes 50 years or more to fully mature before harvesting the coral. 1959 is the year the Maui Divers establish there jewelry business. Which is how they named their business.

I got a chance to experience how a pearl is welcome from an oyster. Tap 3 times, ring a bell, and shout Aloha. Sound like the perfect way to wake up on a Monday morning.


This is Courtney she works at the Maui Divers Jewelry kiosk down at North Shore. She was so lovely and helpful and just made our experience more enjoyable here in Hawaii.


Here is the pearl that Courtney pealed out the oyster. She said the pink pearl means ‘love and beauty’. If you want to see how the pearl was pealed out form the oyster, click here. Maui Divers Jewelry is a fantastic company with an even more amazing history. Make sure to check out their website to see the lovely black coral and more.

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The Safest Ways and Places To Travel To Right Now! Because Staying Home Is Driving Us Crazy!

Everyone’s summer plans have changed one way or another. I originally planned on taking a trip to Virginia, my home state, to see my baby cousin graduate and possibly make a trip to Montreal, Canada, to take some fantastic photos. I don’t know why in light of everything happening in the world right now means adventuring shouldn’t happen at all this summer. Of course, I came up with 5 simple and safe ways to travel this summer.

Take a Road trip

At the moment it’s been recommended that we avoid air-traveling and taking a bus. Planning a road trip is much safer and a lot more personal of a trip. You and friends can plan an adventure and still enjoy the summer with these simple tips recommended by AARP:

  • Plan your route “You may run into some temporary closures.”
  • Pack essentials (water, snacks, medication, and hand sanitizer)
  • Pay for gas with cards not cash (avoid face-to-face)
  • Dining: In some states like Texas and Utah some restaurants are resuming dine -in service with some restrictions.
  • Sleeping: Call ahead to confirm reservation, just in case your hotel has closed.


In some states like Indiana, their campgrounds are still open. Of course, you’ll need to make reservations to pitch a tent, but cabins are closed to bookings right now unless you go to Airbnb. Double-check in your state to see if campgrounds near you are still allowing tents to be pitched.

Take A Day Trip:

Getaway for a day takes a trip to the nearest open park, beach, or forest preserve. Double-check the parks’ website to see what open still and what restriction may be in place to enforce social-distancing.

Weekend Trip:

If a day isn’t enough, I don’t blame you for wanting to take the weekend off from quarantine as well. One was excellent, why not make it two? Airbnb is still available for rent right now, and getting a beach house for a city apartment may not be the worse thing to do.

Audible Gift Memberships

If leaving the house is too dangerous or you simply don’t feel safe traveling in any way, the best way to get away is through a good story. I have started listening to Sea Wall/ A Life with Jake Gyllenhall and Tom Sturridge. It’s a play about fatherhood from both the father’s and son’s perspectives.

So, You had to Cancel Your Summer Plans? Here’s a list of TV Series to Take You Away and Make Staying Home Feel Like a Staycation!

Most likely, you had to cancel your summer plans, whether they involved traveling overseas solo or taking a road trip with some friends or family. We’re all feeling the impact of Covid-19 keeping us home with no idea when the world will be opening up again. So, of course, with the semester ending or being over with, we naturally turn to the virtual world for entertainment and interactions like TikTok and Netflix. Still, eventually you don’t even know what to watch anymore. Here’s a List of from every streaming platform to turn your #stayhome situation into a #staycation.


  • Avatar: The Last Air bender
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Never Have I Ever

Amazon Prime:

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Masiel
  • Warehouse 13
  • It’a a Different World


  • His Dark Material
  • The Great
  • Grown-ish


  • The Emperors New School
  • The Simpsons
  • The Encore

Bonus: YouTube and TikTok

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#Blackouttuesday How to Participate in the BLM Movement! Especially Number 5

I don’t usually plan to post two blogs in one day, but I feel today is a day that everyone, no matter how much or little influence they have, should use their voice to speak up on the injustice of George Floyd and his family.

Today is Blackout Tuesday, according to News 4 Jax;

Tuesday, June 2, is Blackout Tuesday, a day promoted by activists to observe, mourn and bring about policy change in the wake of the death of George Floyd. This movement has spread on social media, where organizations, brands and individuals are posting solemn messages featuring stark black backgrounds”

New 4 Jax

Everyone should participate, no matter their skin color or political beliefs. We should be united on issues like racism and police brutality, so if you haven’t already or unsure how-to, here are five articles and resources on how to get involved.

  1. Gabi In the City: Evolving Beyond Performative Activism: 10 Ways To Confront Systemic Oppression
  2. Her Campus: How College Students Are Demanding Justice Right Now and What You Can Do to Join Them
  3. TimeOut :How to support Black Lives Matter, wherever you are
  4. Refinery29: Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites
  5. Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Stay safe!

Three Side Effects of Moving Internationally


The past seven (almost eight ) years I have had to move from house to house, country to country. To be honest, though, the reality of the past seven years have been one crazy roller coaster. Moreover, every ride has their side effects.  I am only seventeen, and I have lived in six different homes since I was born. Just very recently I have noticed the effects it can have on one’s social life. Half the time when I am in public, I am pretty much muted when I am around people I have not grown comfortable with, which means either, one I am shy because I do not know you or two I have nothing to say.

  1. ( The aftermath of being overseas huh?) I had mixed emotion about leaving the states. At first, it was hard leaving family and friends and a house I lived in for more than seven years. I ended up missing everything from the little things like the Disney Channel and Chick-fil-a to the big things, for example, going to Awanas every Wednesday. After about a year I started to appreciate many things I never thought I would have; like the opportunity to travel the world. My brother and I always laugh about the way we acted when we left the states. Imagine two kids in an airport crying their eyes out, while everyone is trying to check in his or her bags.
  2.  Another side effect of traveling is changing in personality.  In Japan when someone bows toward you; you bow back. It is a sign of respect toward one another.  After a while, I started to pick up these habits, and before I knew it, I’m bowing at Italians, saying ‘Grazie.’
  3. The cruelest side effect of traveling (practically the mother load) is the exit rout. I have been to half a dozen countries, and I never wanted to leave once (including the states). However, moving makes me want to travel more.  I promised myself that even after I leave for college in little over a year, I will keep traveling the world.  At this point, I feel like I can’t live in the states anymore. Otherwise, I will feel like I am trapped in this bubble, which almost makes it another side effect of traveling. (P.s that is a good thing)

Top 3 Tips For Jet Lag

Jet lag is never fun, but you know what is? Not having jet lag. Here are my best tips, so that you can enjoy the first few days in a different time zone for a more extended amount of time. Just three simple tips.

1.)  Eat lots of fruit. Especially apples for the energy, to help stay up till at least 7’0clock, plus it keeps your mind off the pillow. Don’t give into your coffee addiction and energy drinks; you might not be able to fall asleep when you need to.

*One time my parents made us stand up until it was time for dinner, it felt like torture!

2.) Plan your day out, including when you should go to bed. Set a reasonable time like seven O’clock.  When you have a plan for the day, it keeps you busy, and it will put you in the mindset of getting things done. (sometimes helps with forgetting about that comfortable pillow waiting for you)

*Once my family and I were sleeping all day, then at night it was like we were just going through a typical day. Cooking meals, watching tv, doing homework, playing board games, etc….*

3.) Walk everywhere that’s within walking distance. It keeps you active. Plus there is no bed around, and I am pretty sure you do not want to fall asleep on the sidewalk.

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Top 10 Things To Do in Japan!!!! Teen Edition!!!

10. Karaoke Night With the BFFs


9. Sushi Go Round

Sushi go round is so inexpensive; they charge 100 yen($1.00) to 500 yen ($5.00) per plate. Be careful tho, the sushi goes around the entire restaurant and makes it’s everything look so appealing you’ll run your bill up and barely be able to walk out the door.


8. Indian Curry

I know what you’re thinking. “Why would I eat Indian Curry when I’m in Japan?” Here in Japan you can actually get authentic curry and be a part of the activities of the locals.

7. Friendship Day Festival 

6. Shrines Sight Seeing.

Shrines are everywhere here in Japan but it’s the history and the view that makes them all very interesting.

5. Ride the Trains

Riding the trains in Japan is an experience in its self. Most likely you will get lost the first time on the trains but that’s the best part. Someone will always be happy to help you need to find your way back. Not to mention where ever you end up at you can adventure off and worry about getting back later. (True Story)


4. Get Lost in Tokyo (on purpose)


3. Sumo Wrestling Tournament


2. Have a photo shoot at a local park




1. Visit Ueno Park

I love Ueno Park, not only is there a zoo and Natural Museum but there is also a huge market in the center waiting with crazy good food that you can only get in Japan and if you’re not feeling adventurous with the food, there is Starbuck in front of the zoo.



Why I Went Vegetarian (Short post)


Hello World Wide Web of beautiful people.

For three years now I have been slowly cutting meat out of my daily diet. Even though I still get tempted to have a McDonald hambrger, I can now claim the vegetarian title. Except on thanksgiving, that’s too much. 😉  In the past year I have been able to make vegetarian meals for my family and myself, which I’m extremely proud of . Since it’s summer time I’ve been craving a burger or a hotdog at cookouts. Fortunately thanks to the internet there is always a vegetarian option and alternative.

It’s been really hard to not eat meat in the past two years. Fortunately  my family has been really supportive, which makes meat less tempting .

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I have noticed certain changes about myself. For instance, my senses of smell have become extremely sensitive to certain meats and unpleasant fragrances. It has gotten to the point where I am nauseous at the smell of bacon.

That’s not why I’m writing this. I guess I’m writing this for me. So I can finally put the reason why the change of diet into words.

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My family’s health has become a concern after my dad became an Insanity instructor. We have cut a lot of processed food out of our lives. Because we would read articles about how “such ‘n such” could cause cancer. When we moved to Italy, I saw how clean the Italians ate and I wondered why is America so accepting of all this junky, greasy food that won’t spoil for weeks or maybe even months. Where as it for the Italian’s food would spoil in a couple a days.

People would ask me why.   Why are you switching?   Why are you giving up meat?   As if it’s inhuman.   This in fact is I didn’t give up meat.   I gave up the thought of greasy, fatty foods as normal, because it’s not.

I’m not saying I’m never going to eat at McDonalds ever again or having a slice of pizza. Seeing it’s 2016,  and the idea of having no time to make healthy meals has been sold to this generation and the next. At least I know now.

” A heathy outside starts from the inside.”
                                                          – Robert Urich

Baked mac n’ cheese
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Dear Six-Year-Old Mimi

When I was younger I used to wish I was sixteen so I could hangout with my older cousins. Now that sixteen is right around the corner. I decided to write a letter to the six-year-old little girl who had no idea where she would end ten years later.

Dear six-year-old me,

I can’t tell you how much I envy you. Your innocence was timeless and beautiful. You had your problems obviously but that’s what help shape your judgement today.

Today you are shy and silent yet to stubborn to let anyone change your personality, thank you for that.  

Growing up your  friends really were your life. I will never forget the moments of us reenacting our favorite scenes from High School Musical and chasing the boys around the park just to prove how fast we were. Also, don’t take what your friends or foe have to say to heart. Form your own opinions and morals based off your christian environment.

Another thing, I know you probably think you have mean teachers but the way I see it, you have passionate mentors and like it or not you deserved every visit to the vice principal office. Till this day, we both blame it on MATH! Don’t worry you got better in school and now you have the courage to run your own blog. You may not have 100 followers but you have 20 amazing follower that you’re proud of  and because of your growing passion of writing. Even though you suck at grammar . It’s okay because your mom and your dad both told you to just write and you do; that’s why you have over 30 drafts hidden in your folder.

Bottom line is we’re still growing up and still forming our own opinions. We want a voice in this world that is nothing but positive and informative. I wish I could be six forever. When making friends was so much easier and growing up was much more harder. Please don’t rush to be me. Try to stale as much time as your little creative mind can.

Stop ( with a capital S) wishing you were a teenager. It may look a lot cooler from your little eyes but all that mean is that you a getting closer and closer to leaving the nest.  You’re going to wish and wish to be six years old all over again. The thought of leaving in a FEW years is scary and unthinkable, but someday it will happen and I’m going to think of you.    

                                                                                                                                  – Sincerely Mya