About

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Hello, and welcome to my travel blog where I’ll be documenting things I learned on my trips and sharing how you can better plan yours! 🙂

My name is Jasmine, and I’m a proud native from the sunny Golden State. I’m a clinical pharmacist by trade, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have other interests! This blog is kind of a new thing I’m trying out to combine two of my loves–traveling and writing! (Well, there’s also a third, and that’s eating…so you’ll probably see some of that showing up in this blog at some point!) Oh wait, hubby, you too! I wouldn’t be able to do any of these without you 🙂

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Trocadero with a view of the Tour Eiffel on a marathon day

What kind of traveler am I?
I love good food, good views, and luxurious hotels, especially with deep sunken tubs! My husband and I like to mix a variety of luxury stays and fine dining in juxtaposition with local hole-in-the-wall gems down to camping in the wild. We sometimes splurge on a fancier hotel or dinner, but we also love taking advantage of travel points and free nights! He plans most of the accommodations, flights, and gear. I plan most of the daily itinerary, excursions, and meals! And I document a lot of it!

What are Pearls of Jasmine?
In pharmacy school, we called little snippets of real world advice “clinical pearls.” These were really the valuable things that you wanted to learn because they were details you could only glean from an experienced pharmacist that you couldn’t learn from the books. So I hope to throw in some of my “travel pearls” in this blog–hence, pearls of Jasmine! *lightbulb* And doesn’t it just sound kind of pretty? 🙂

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A super lucky morning having the rooftop of Duomo Milano to ourselves

Why travel blog?
My husband and I decided to cram as many vacations (or “honeymoons”) as we could in the years following our marriage because we know life will definitely be different when kids enter the picture. And we definitely want kids one day. But until then, we’re YOLO-ing every moment when they are not here!

We’re about 1.5 years into our marriage and have been on many trips and adventures in between working! We started with a cruise to Alaska, then a blissful stay at the Ritz Carlton in Maui where we also got into a hit and run on the Road to Hana. We “island hopped” from Singapore to Taiwan to Hong Kong, and then we tropical island hopped from Mo’orea to Bora Bora. We researched and trained so we could backpack into the Grand Canyon to visit the stunning waterfalls of Havasupai! Then we flew to Paris for 2  sweet days before taking the train through Italy, starting from Milan all the way down to the Amalfi Coast. It’s been busy, blissful, and not perfect by any means, but we make it better by doing it all together!

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Beaver Falls in Havasupai, Grand Canyon

After a phenomenal trip to Bora Bora, I got a lot of inquiries about my travel tips to the Pearl of the Pacific. I had the absolute worst post-vacation depression upon returning, and the thought of our next trip was the only thing keeping me sane. So I thought, why not channel my vacation memories into somewhere? Why not have a place to document everything to refer people to when they need more tips or want to glean their own pearls from my experiences? I did all this research already, so why not make it easier on someone else?

I will admit that my Bora Bora posts could be better, but my Havasupai posts have been some of the most popular ones on this blog! Now, I am by no means a professional travel blogger, nor do I have any intention of quitting my job. (MAJOR kudos to those of you who can do it!) I’m very lucky that I have a job I love, helping patients understand their medications and adjusting their doses when therapy is not working. I love being helpful, and that’s what I hope this blog will do for you!

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From the Gardens of Augustus in Capri, Italy

Some other random facts about me:

  • I am decently fluent in Mandarin Chinese (speaking, reading, writing) thanks to 12 years of Saturday Chinese School. And thanks mom and dad for making me go!
  • I hate cilantro. Just can’t do it. Tastes like soap. I swear I’m Asian though.
  • I am a proud bird mommy to a green cheek conure.
  • I used to be an editor for 2 newspapers in high school. I’m a little layout OCD and grammar OCD…ha!
  • I’ve had a passport since before I was 1.

Thanks for dropping by, and please feel free to follow my blog! <3 I’d appreciate the love!

Love to all,
Jasmine

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Duomo Milano rooftop after the rain!

[Note: All photos are original and my own unless otherwise noted. You are always welcome to share! However, I only humbly ask that you give due credit to my site. Thank you!]