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 🙂

What kind of traveler am I?
I love good food, good views, and luxurious hotels, especially with deep sunken tubs! My husband and I are a little bit of travel snobs in that a good hotel is usually a cherry on top of traveling somewhere awesome. But…that doesn’t mean it’s a deal breaker if we can’t find/afford something fancy! I much rather be at the destination than the hotel, and I much rather splurge on food if I had a choice. And I mean, we did a backpacking/camping trip this year in the desert because I wanted to chase waterfalls in Havasupai and that was no 5 star hotel (but it was AMAZING). Let’s face it, we do okay, but we’re not sh*tting money (pardon my French) for nice accommodations all the time. 😀 I grew up in a pretty frugal family, so if I can find good saving tips, I always try to take advantage of that too!

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? 🙂

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 do want kids soon too.)

It’s been a busy but blissful 15 months so far fitting in travel between work. We’ve been to Alaska, Maui, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Moorea, Bora Bora, Havasupai (near the Grand Canyon), Paris, Milan, Florence, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, and Rome all in the year or so after getting married!

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 have always aspired to have my own little space like this, and I know if I don’t do it now, my life will be crazy once we have kids! Now, I am by no means a professional travel blogger, nor do I have any intention of quitting my job so I can quench wanderlust all day long. 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.

I hope to cover all those places listed above!

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. (She’s like a mini rainbow parrot lol)
  • 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.

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Love to all,

In Taiwan, en route to Hong Kong! We took at least 6 flights on Eva Air during our Asia stay and I didn’t get the Hello Kitty plane a single time! *SUPER SAD FACE* I am actually not one of those super pink girly girls as this picture might suggest, but for Hello Kitty, I do make exceptions 😛

[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!]