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The streets of Soho are synonymous with New York; the cast iron and the cobble stones capture the urban spirit and perhaps the struggles amongst it. With every glimpse of glamour comes a sense of reality that New Yorkers can’t seem to escape. This particularly speaks to artists, since the city offers boundless inspirations and connections, yet plagues their sleep when rents keep rising. And this is exactly what happened in Soho, the now post-artist era neighborhood. View Post

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A trip to Chile isn’t complete until you’ve visited a local vineyard. And from a wine-tasting perspective, it’s a serene escape into pseudo nature. For the vineyard workers, it’s hours of sweat to make the tens and thousands of vine rows come together for an unpredictable harvest. Yet walking amongst the beads of grapes under the golden sun evokes a sense of simplicity and intimacy between nature and people that  is insightful towards our perceptions of effort and success. View Post

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Coming from an international school background, I’ve had my fair share of jet-setting. It’s no coincidence that travel culture has become extremely popular, since fascinating destinations are just a few clicks and steps away. And with travel comes new cultures, new experiences and new people that await us. However, it’s tempting to let ourselves loose and seek an escape by bringing out old habits that inhibit those excitements. That doesn’t mean we can’t be ourselves, but there’s certainly more to travel than validating our experiences.  So here’s how to make the most of your travels. View Post

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Julia Roberts used one word to describe New York City in Eat, Pray Love: ambition. And that one adjective has become a reality ever since I’ve moved to the city three years ago. From scrambling between school to internship to social gatherings, my schedule rarely has a moment of blank space. And as ambition gets in the way of down time, there is little to no time for urban escapes. That’s exactly how I’ve learned to find an oasis amongst all the frenzy the city encapsulates.  View Post