Welcome my dear bunnies!

I am back yet again with another review. You know how much I love traveling, and this time I’m taking you with me in Toronto! This detailed review is going to be all about our stay at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hotel. This hotel is notorious for all the celebrities and athletes that stay here. Even so, it’s extremely welcoming to all kinds of people. Spoiler; it’s worth it!

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The “back” of the CN Tower – our room’s view

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We were extremely lucky to get a suite with a breathtaking view. Since the Ritz is located next to the CN Tower, I couldn’t help it but take a picture of it. It’s absolutely gorgeous during the nighttime!

 

RITZ EXPERIENCES: TOCA, RITZ BAR, and DEQ TERRACE & LOUNGE: 9/10

Upon arriving at the hotel, our first destination was The Ritz Bar.  There is a $600 cocktail on the menu, no big deal.  But we were entranced by the smokey nitrogen martinis. If you saw my Instagram stories, you would have seen the smokey deliciousness. Liquid Nitrogen keeps your drink cold while not diluting the alcohol, take that James Bond!

After the bar, we were treated to dinner at Toca, a restaurant based on Italian cuisine. We experienced the tasting menu with wine pairing. Needless to say, everything was excellent. Toca is the only restaurant in Canada with an on-location “Cheese Cave”. Meaning you can taste over 35 varieties of cheeses from all over the world! Yum! Also, let me just say that the idea of having personalized plates with celebrities painted on them was brilliant. Many of these celebrities have been spotted eating with a plate with their own face on it, imagine that.

Not going to lie, we were quite tipsy after what seemed like an endless curation of specialty wines. I’m just happy the hubby didn’t break any plates!

What do you like to do after a night of fine food and drinks?  I would recommend DEQ Terrace for afternoon tea. Artisan tea pairs so well with romantic sweets and bite-size sandwiches.  We experienced the tea on our second day. For the first time in a long time, I was able to simply sip tea and connect with my hubby.  I could tell that we both needed to zen-out and this was the perfect way to do so.  My personal favorite experience was the Sloane Fine Teas, a brand of fine tea that definitely deserves its recognition.

INTERIOR: 8/10

The hotel room was spacious with the kind of bed sheets that just melts around your body. The bathroom was clean and spacious, complete with a TV-mirror and marbles floors. We had a mini fridge, mini bar equipped with an espresso machine and all the extra fixings. The only things I would have liked are more modern electronics and sockets for all our i-devices.

LOCATION: 10/10

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel is located right in the Entertainment District of Toronto. Nearby you have Union Station, CBC Studios, The ACC, Roy Thomson Hall, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, just to name a few. Personally, the hubby and I were really looking forward to having a relaxing weekend. We were just happy to experience all the great things the hotel had to offer, more on that later!

SERVICE: 10/10

As expected, their personalized service was nothing short of amazing.  All the staff were extremely courteous, took the time to ask what we wanted, and never kept us waiting for long.  If you (or your husband *ahem*) like to toss your clothes on the floor and expect it to be folded perfectly the next day, this is the hotel for you! 

Oh and I didn’t forget my makeup this time, are you proud of me? But I did forget my curling iron.  The poor concierge tried their best to help me. Sorry, miss, your room does not come with a hair studio. However, after a bit of asking around, it turned out that the Ritz’s world-famous spa had curling iron set to lend to me!  It’s like I don’t have to pack anything!

Full disclosure: the entire experience was accommodated by the wonderful staff at the Ritz!

Check out more of our pictures and the wonderful sights from the hotel!

Ritz Club Level – lunch buffet at leisure

DEQ Terrace afternoon tea

Sloane fine tea is also available at the lobby for all guests to try

Hi my loves!

Who’s been to Orlando before? I’m sure Disney is one of the first things that jump to mind with the mention of Orlando, but I think there are lots of other attractions that are beautiful and suitable for all age groups! I recently had the pleasure of working with Visit Orlando on an epic trip to Orlando, Florida and cannot wait to share my experience with all of you!

 

I-DRIVE 360

On this trip, we met up with fellow Influencer Audrey-Anne (who’s the biggest sweetheart ever). On our first day in Orlando, we stopped by i-Drive 360 right after we landed to catch the sunset on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. The i-Drive 360 experience includes three attractions, a museum, full-service restaurants, two nightclubs, Video Arcade Games and nightly live entertainment.

On the Orlando Eye, we had some champagne and watched the panoramic view of Orlando during the sunset – I truly think it’s a breathtaking experience and that it’s definitely worth seeing when you visit! 

 

We also visited the Sea Life Aquarium that’s located within the i-Drive 360.

We checked into the Reunion Resort for the first part of our trip – and was stunned by the amazing view and cozy villa. I remember waking up the second morning to HOT AIR BALLOONS around the golf course – and it blew my mind! Watch my Vlog to see the balloons (linked below).

WALT DISNEY WORLD

The second day we visited The Happiest Place on Earth and was super excited because neither of us has been before! Because it was a Saturday of President’s Week, it was extra crowded and the lines are longer than usual. If you want to avoid the crowds as much as possible, make sure to visit on a weekday (some people even line up before the park opens to make a dash for all the popular attractions!).  We got the fast-pass (which allows you to skip the lines of up to 3 rides) but because we booked our fast-pass rides only the night before, most of them were taken. The park itself certainly did not disappoint! It was like a dream come true, especially with Magic Kingdom’s famous Cinderella castle. 

Pro Tip: To get a photo of the castle without any people in the shot, wait at the entrance of the castle ramp (where the gate/rope is) when a show is going on. Right after the show, the staff will release the rope and allow pedestrians to go up the ramp to the castle – this is when you run ahead of the crowd and snap your million-dollar shot! 

 

See the rope? lol. We are patiently waiting for the show to end to the rope can be released.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

Adventurers unite! Being a major fan of blockbuster movies, we were thrilled to be able to go on rides such as The Hulk, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™ and even The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™! The best part? Similar to Walt Disney World, there’s an option for Express passes – but it’s available for most rides in the theme park that requires no prior booking! Also tons of family-friendly attractions as well as thrilling rides for those seeking an adrenaline rush. 

After we had our fun with the rides, we took a scenic break along the Universal CityWalk™ and enjoyed some food and drinks as well as live entertainment. 

Pro Tip: For photo ops, go around sunset near the Universal CityWalk™ where you’ll find the iconic spinning globe. There will *forever* be tons of tourists trying to get a photo with the globe right in front of it, but if you just adjust your location slightly to the side you’ll be able to get a super clear shot of the globe without the people! As for sunset, that’s golden hour and the BEST LIGHTING for photos, you’re welcome! 

 

Discovery Cove

Before visiting, we weren’t sure what Discovery Cove is about. After we got there, we regretted not going earlier! Discovery Cove offers a wide variety of activities suitable for the whole family, including these: ” swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, snorkel through a saltwater reef and play inches from a family of otters – all in one day. Between adventures, enjoy unlimited access to a fantastic selection of food and drinks all day long.” We only had a few hours to spend there but we thoroughly enjoyed learning about the dolphins – including their behaviors and characteristics. Unfortunately our camera ran out of battery then so we couldn’t take any photos but those who followed along on our Insta-stories will know that we had such a blast!

 

Winter Park

Also known as the Orange County of Florida, Winter Park is a quaint little region known for its museums, farmers markets, and parks. We stayed at the Alfond Inn and the hotel was spectacular! I also had a few packages shipped to the hotel and the staff always made sure it got to me before I left. Definitely recommend this hotel if you want to be close to all the Orlando attractions but experience the local lifestyle at the same time!

The Alfond Inn

Also located in Winter Park is the Mall at Millenia, which is an upscale luxury mall with brands like Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Macy’s, Sephora and many many more! We dined at the Capital Grille and the food was just delicious. 

The shopping experience was phenomenal and there’s something for everyone in this mall. 

And just like that, we wrapped up our Orlando trip. We were lucky that the weather was phenomenal during all 5 days of our stay and we wished we could’ve stayed longer. If we had a few more days, I’d definitely go back to Discovery Cove and Walt Disney World for the other parks! Watch my Vlog for a more immersive experience of our time in Orlando!

 

 

Have you been to Orlando? What is your favorite thing to do here?

Hi bunnies,

Welcome back to another detailed travel review! This time, let me take you to the ultra-luxurious Grand Hyatt Bahamar resort and Sandy Toes Beach. Finished in 2017, Bahamar is a relatively new resort in the region and they are looking to impress. I have been to many resorts in the Caribbeans, but this was the first one that I’ve been to with a sea-side casino, Starbucks, in addition to stores such as Tiffany, Cartier, and MAC cosmetics right in the grand lobby. Get ready for a detailed review of one of the best resorts in the region!

Firstly, full disclosure: Grand Hyatt accommodated us for this trip. All opinions are 100% my own and gathered from other guests we talked to at the resort. If I could have stayed longer, I certainly would have!

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The resort grounds feature many heated pools, super cute food trucks and even a nurse shark, starfish and sting ray petting zoo. Everything is being kept clean and the staff is very courteous. The resort’s private beach is removed from seaweed every morning and even features paddle boating and other free beach activities. You can find cute little pastel buildings and huts all around the resort, consistent with Bahamian architecture. Did you know that all Bahamas government buildings are painted pastel pink? Now, this is my kind of island!

As for the interior, the Grand Hyatt features many tiers of luxury. We were accommodated for an ocean view suite. There are bigger suites for large parties coupled with a private patio and small pool. There are also celebrities guests who will take the private section of the resort. It comes with a private chauffeur, private lobby, private elevator and even their own secluded section of the casino. Grand Hyatt staff allowed us to tour some of the ultra-luxury suites, check it out!

We took a group trip to a nearby island called Sandy Toes beach. This is a lesser well known beach featuring a private cottage, beach-side bar and pig feeding!
As always, here is a detailed breakdown of my opinion on the resort and Sandy Toes beach.

Service: 9/10

The service at GHB was like that of any 5 star hotel in North America. Everyone was super upbeat and did everything they could to accommodate any special requests. I always forget toothpaste! The hubby also forgot a charging cable. But of course the staff had no problems taking care of that. The only thing I can critique is that sometimes we got knocks on our door although we didn’t order anything. These were some things that are to be expected from a newer resort.

Location: 10/10

Nonetheless, nothing needs to be said of the location, we were in one of the most beautiful beaches and islands in the Caribbean. The financial and fashion district of Nassau is near the resort for those seeking a local experience.

Interior: 10/10

The interior of the resort was truly fabulous. It reminded me of the underground malls of Singapore and Toronto; modern, clean and massive. The decor was very carefully and purposefully done. Sprinkled throughout the resort are symbols for luck and prosperity (for your winnings at the casino!). There was no need for cash at the resort as we could choose to charge everything to our room and name. The amenities feature something for everyone. We talked to couples, foodies, adventurists, and families. One thing we all had in common was marveling at the features and interior!

Food: 8/10

The breakfast buffet is a must try. My personal favorite was the chia seed pudding and popsicle station.
 
For fine dining, we had a tasting menu at Shuang Ba and Stix. Two restaurants featuring authentic Chinese chefs. As fellow Chinese, my hubby and I were equally surprised at the uniqueness of the cuisine. We didn’t miss Toronto food, let’s just say that!
 
As for casual meals, you may know that I’m obsessed with Poke Bowls, and there was a Poke stall right beside the beach! Yay!! I love it!
One critique from a few other guests was that vegetarian options are somewhat limited or not as tasty as the non-veggie options. For example, the veggie poke bowl simply has the protein removed. A few other guests told us that they loved the Japanese and Asian cuisine at the resort. However, cheap and casual food options were a bit limited.

Value: 9/10

I would definitely recommend the Grand Hyatt Bahamar for a special occasion or luxury trip. Think weddings, bachelorette parties, business retreats or anniversaries. You get exactly what you pay for with this resort! Regardless, the only thing they can do better is lower the price of basic items like chips and burgers, just so that no one feels like they’re paying for inflated prices.

Sandy Toes Beach: 7/10

Taking photos with fellow bloggers on the beach was surely fun! The plan was to snorkel, relax, have a meal and feed some beach piggies! It  is indeed a very nice beach and the staff was, by all means, fantastic. There are various hammocks and lounges on this fantastic beach.
When it came to pig feeding time, it was intense! There were about 30 people crowded on the beach and they released 3 pigs that came out running FAST. Not gonna lie, I was certainly a bit scared haha. The pigs were larger than I initially imagined and super excited to be fed. One of the pigs even pushed her feeder into the water. Anyway, I had a few pats of the pigs but was too scared to feed one >.<. Here are some pictures taken at Sandy Toes!

If you want to know what we did personally at the resort, check out my vlog below. I even took my iPhone X swimming with me, but I quickly learned that you shouldn’t do that even if it’s “water resistant”. And PS, also do NOT charge your phone when it’s wet like I did!

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Happy 2018! I hope you had a fantastic 2017,  and an even better 2018! For me, 2017 was a hectic year but a great one nonetheless. If you’re like me, then you know all about indulging in the holiday seasons – sometimes we can be busy having too much fun that we forget to take care of ourselves! Going into 2018, I plan to hit the reset button! It’s not easy as a mama, full time blogger and business owner and it does get stressful at times, but I strongly believe in celebrating the little wins in everyday life. There are so many ways in which I treat myself daily, and skincare is a huge part of my daily stress-free relaxing routine.

New year, NEW SKIN! I’m so happy to be able to try out the Olay 3 step reset trio of powerhouse products as I’ve heard amazing things about all 3 products. This post is sponsored by Olay but all opinions are mine! :)

OLAY Daily Facials

 

First off – the OLAY Daily Facials.  I am SO SO IMPRESSED with it I actually squealed in delight when I first tried it. This is the first time I’m trying out a cleansing sheet with 5-in-1 cleansing power of a makeup remover, scrub, toner, mask and cleanser. 

 

These wipes come dry, and all it takes is a little water to activate the rich cleansing foam in the wipes. Massaging the wipes to induce its lather is my favorite part because I get to  see all the bubbles! After the wipes are wet, it’s as easy as wiping my face with it to clean it.

As some of you may know, I recently got my eyebrows micro-bladed and it’s a big nono to get them wet in the first week. I cannot even begin to explain to you how THESE wipes saved my life! Since washing my face became literally impossible, I can avoid my brows using the sheets. It’s also great to spot-clean any make-up booboos, and as an on-the-go as a facial refresher.

OLAY Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

Next up is the OLAY Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. I was so excited to try this number 1 selling moisturizer. It includes hyaluronic acid, amino-peptides and vitamin B3 to help hydrate cells from within the skin’s surface. It also claims to “reduce the look of 10 years of wrinkles in just 4 weeks”! Is this just hype or is it truth?! I couldn’t wait to find out.

When I first tried the cream, my initial reaction was how luxurious and cooling it felt on my skin. It’s also very easy to spread after warming it up between my hands.  I have combination to oily skin, and it absorbed the cream very well since it’s not greasy and has minimal drying time. When I woke up in the morning, I noticed that my skin is dewier and plumper than usual – despite having only 6 hours of sleep!   

Eye cream: Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream

DID YOU KNOW that the skin under the eye is so delicate and thin that it loses moisture 50% faster than any other area of the face? Needless to say, a good eye cream is a great investment for EVERYONE, regardless of your age. It helps nourish the delicate skin around your eyes, and your makeup will go on smoother without settling into the fine lines. I’ve heard many great things about the Olay Ultimate Eye Cream, especially its 3-in-1 benefits to visibly smoothen lines, reduce the appearance of dark circles and reduce puffiness after massaging it in. It also has a slight tint to it thanks to Olay’s color-correcting technology, which helps to conceal dark circles. 

It feels light and refreshing around my under-eye area, not heavy at all! Also blends out like a dream so you don’t have to worry about over-tugging the delicate skin. Immediately after, I noticed that my eye look instantly more awake and less puffy compared to the other eye without eye cream. I use this both in the morning and at night, and I noticed my foundation and concealer goes on smoother and doesn’t settle into the fine lines – definitely a win in my book!

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Verdict:

After using all the products in the Olay 3-Step-Reset for a week, I can tell there are slight improvements in my skin. My eyes look less tired, and my skin is generally bouncier than normal! My favorite has to be the 5-in-1 cleansing wipes – as they are now my go-to cleanser because of how easy it is. There is also a LOT of foam that lathers up and it makes me feel like it’s helping get my skin super clean!

I’ll be sure to come up with an update after using the products for over a month – I’m especially curious about the Olay Regenerist sculpting cream’s claim to reduce 10 years of wrinkles in just 1 month!

Have you used any of Olay’s products? Which ones are your favorite?

xoxo,

Kerina

 

Welcome back!

Do you remember in my previous post when I talked about some ideas for a winter retreat? Well, we had the privilege to spend a weekend at the ultra luxurious Four Seasons Toronto Hotel. We were lucky enough to be accommodated for the 1 Bedroom Corner Suite for the hubby and baby Lucas too!

Comfy comfy!

 https://www.fourseasons.com/toronto/accommodations/suites/deluxe_one_bedroom_suite/

They didn’t forget the bubblies!

Overall, I want to say that the experience was great. From the moment we saw the suite, we were quite impressed. The room was HUGE! The atmosphere was great and the staff made us feel right at home! I’m going to describe the experience in much more detail down below. My advice is that this really is the perfect place for family or an important occasion. Hello, last-minute Valentine’s Date idea!

Morning with my favorite two cuties! Don’t worry there is no coffee in the cup

The main bedroom, complete with a toddler’s crib

A present for Lucas!

The view from our full ceiling window

Look at all that space! We would have some friends over later

Beautiful bathroom, complete with a digital mirror

The amazing master bathroom

Lucas is sizing daddy up! :D

We took Lucas out for dinner

Charcuterie board and fried cauliflower

lyon-style northern pike quenelle with cognac-lobster sauce

Seared scallops

 

Service: 10/10

Four Seasons is known for their personalized and highly attentive service. Every experience and encounter made us feel like VIPs. In a pinch, staff were able to deliver flowers, extra trays and even a microwave for heating up some take-out. Everyone knew our names and addressed us in a professional and courteous manner and it all surpassed my expectations!

 

Location: 10/10

This hotel is located in Yorkville, one of the most elegant parts of the city and not saturated with the usual downtown crowds. We look leisurely strolls around the coffee shops and a mandatory visit to the Chanel flagship store in Toronto. Besides from luxury shopping and fine dining, there were some photoshoot spots for me as well. Later in the evening, my friends had no problems visiting us, as the hotel is also one block away from Bay St Subway Station.

 

Dining and Breakfast: 8/10

The Four Seasons team treated us to a very nice dinner CAFÉ BOULUD. Inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud’s family’s meals in Lyon, the menu features French classics and many unique tastes as well. I ordered the seared scallops and the hubby tried the signature QUENELLE DE BROCHET (lyon-style northern pike quenelle with cognac-lobster sauce). They also have a Winterlicious / Summerlicious Menu if you’re interested.
 
As for breakfast, nothing stood out to me in particular. I would have to stay it’s the only part of the hotel that didn’t surpass any expectations.

 

Room Features: 9/10

The room features various gadgets such as an iPad menu, Bose stereo, mirror-TV in the bathroom and 2 flat screen TVs. There were two bathrooms as well as a toddlers crib provided on request. One of the bathrooms was spacious, with a very large bathtub and a view that washes away any stress. The hotel also gave us the little items we needed to take care of Lucas. This included a gifted Honest Company care set, diaper genie and a crib that Lucas mistook for a cute little jail.
 

Plenty of room in the bathroom

Lucas did not enjoy this crib though!

 

I hope you enjoyed my review. If you’re visiting Toronto, this should be one of your luxury hotel options!

Love, Kerina

PS. As noted from the start, we were lucky enough to get accommodated by the hotel. This blog post was done on my own accord. As always, all opinions are 100% my own!