Hakone Open Air Museum

Open Air Museum, Hakone.

Once in late winter some time ago, I had a wonderful experience that I visited the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan. It’s an outdoor museum that displays works by both Japanese and western artists, such as Picasso, Matisse, and many others. It attempts to create a harmony of nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its spacious grounds with breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and mountains of Hakone. If you like art and nature, this is the place for you.Besides the outdoor sculptures, the museum features various indoor galleries. There is a sizable Picasso collection, consisting of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramic creations.

Colorful Diamond Shapes.
Big head in water.Reflective Ball.
Lake Ashi, Hakone, Japan.
Hakone is a popular destination among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo, which I highly recommend if you’re in the neighborhood. It’s not too far and easy access from Tokyo by train. Hakone is famous for hot springs, outdoor activities, and natural beauty. You can reach the Hakone Mountains by ropeway and enjoy spectacular views from the top. When you’re here, do not forget to visit Ashi lake, one of my favorite parts of the trip.
Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko) is absolutely beautiful and romantic, and is known for its views of Mt.Fuji, the symbol of Hakone. There are several sightseeing boats cruising the lake, providing scenic views for tourists. However, the view of Mt.Fuji tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, as told by my tourist guide.
Mt.Fuji seen from the lake. On the right hand side of the pic is a torii in the water.

This view is from the rope way ride to Hakone moutains.This is a famous torii in the water of lake Ashi which is a very popular tourist attraction

And now, me, in Dallas, wearing F21 turtle neck top and sunglasses, CdG deconstructed skirt, Alexander wang wedge, Yigal bag.Thank you so much for your visiting and comments!!Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!!Kisses…Hanh 😉

Tei Tei for Japanese cuisine // Creamy


I love my old silky, creamy Giambattista Valli for Moncler blouse, especially the puffy sleeves which made the statement. When I saw this Yigal skirt some time ago, I thought about the top; they would go perfectly together. Until now, I haven’t had a chance to share with you this look, an elegantly soft-sophisticated-yet-chic look.

I love the beaded details at the skirt’s waist. Cross bracelet from The Woods. Other cuffs from brand ??? Tei Tei
If you ask me what is my all time favorite restaurant in Dallas, I have to say it’s Tei Tei. It’s a mixture of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine, and is billed as a Robata Bar. If you’re looking for a restaurant that has a fair price, excellent service, fun/hip/chic environment, deliciously fresh food, Tei Tei is the perfect restaurant for you. You’ll find many dishes that are casual and simple, such as the king crab legs or giant shrimp, which are simply grilled with a little salt. It’s absolutely fresh, of the highest quality, and has a natural taste. They have incredibly fresh sushi and sashimi selections; my favorite is Spanish mackerel with deep fried its bone. Too many good things to say about this place. We love TeiTei and always have a delightful experience there..
Appetizer plate created by the chef to complement our glasses of Rose’.

I love the texture of ice-fish. It’s kinda crunchy.

Slow braided cooked snail, my favorite. I love to try exotic food.
Fresh grilled big eye golden fish. This is just simply grilled because it’s the high quality and freshness of the fish that’s important. Naturally sweet, it melts in your mouth..yum!!This is my hubby’s favorite dish, scallops with sea urchin.A glass of Merriman Pinot Rose, selling by the glass at the Tei Tei bar. It delightfully complements the food.
Rose’ wine is just the perfect drink for the spring and summer. It’s so sexy, chic and sophisticated. It’s like a party in every glass. Ready to rock!!

Thank you so much for your support and comments!

Wish you all a happy Sunday!!!
Big hugs….Hanh 😉
Ps: TeiTei restaurant
2906 North Henderson Ave
(214) 828-2400

The Winner of Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration

Hi everyone,

I finally had some time to blog. It was so exciting to moderate your comments and your votes for the contest, Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration. I was nervous to know who got the most love from my readers. To be honest, all contestants look fabulous, which made it hard for my readers to vote. Numbers 1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #9, #18, and # 20 received lots of love from the readers. # 8 got many kind comments because she is not only a hot mama but also she is a sweet person. To me, I love them all in different ways.

Now, allow me to announce the winner of the contest who will get $125 US dollars giftcard of the store of her choice or cash…Congratulations to # 5, Frida ,who got the most votes 89/ 337 votes, and there were a sum number about 67, 384 readers in those 10 days of the contest.

I truly enjoy this kind of contest, and I hope I will have another contest coming up soon. Thank you to all the contestants and a special big thank you to my readers who took the time to help me vote and choose the winner.

Please, stay tuned for ” Creamy” post coming up.
Wishing you a lovely time with your family, friends, and your loved ones this weekend!!Kisses…Hanh 😉

Rodarte For The Night

Worn this outfit a few weeks ago for the night out with my hubby to see Dallas symphony performance. I usually like to wear a nice dress for the symphony night, but it was a casual Friday night at Myerson Symphony Dallas center.

Rodarte jacket and shoes, Yohji grey top, F21 black top, The Row leggings.
I love the details, the different textures and leather materials on this jacket.
Wishing you all a fabulous day!!
Thank you for visiting and your comments!!
Please, stay tuned for the next post to announce the winner of The Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration contest. Kisses…Hanh 😉

Forever 21

Before I went to Cancun, I bought this Forever 21 jumpsuit which comes with the belt and packed along with me. This jumpsuit has become my favorite outfit on the trip. I’ve got so many compliments from it and I styled it with many different looks.

Worn with F21 plaid shirt, and I belted the shirt with a Jcrew gold shimmer belt to give it a fancier look and a touch of the unexpected.

I paired the outfit with my new Ann D spring 2010 boots. The power of Ann D design is striking, strong and serious. It’s an urban chic look, but I wanted to make the boots suitable for the beach, giving it a tropical feel. Wooden cuffs from Target, Gucci sunnies.

Let’s give it a little casual, relaxing look by taking off the Jcrew belt and loosening the F21 plaid shirt.Wore the F21 jumpsuit with a Target scarf, and F21 necklace. The Ann D boots were actually practical, being versatile on the trip (talk about packing lightly for travel, I just brought along the Ann D boots, one pair of Prada sandals and Jcrew flip flops)

Again adding a Jcrew gold shimmer belt for fun. Target bag and scarf as a headscarf.See you all in Dallas! Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!!!
Thank you so much for your support!!!
Kisses…Hanh 😉

Sping Break in Cancun, Mexico

I can’t believe it, spring is arriving in about a week. It’s exciting! And for this year spring break, we’re going to Cancun, Mexico.Cancun is convenient for us to visit. It’s just about 2 1/2 hours flight from Dallas, TX. It is a world-renowned tourist resort. Four million visitors arrive each year in an average of 190 flights daily. The hotel zone offers a broad range of accommodations, ranging from relatively inexpensive motel style facilities to high-priced luxury hotels. If you are looking for a non-stop party, Cancun is your choice! Whether its partying on the beach all day or raving at the club late into the morning, there are no restrictions.Spring break in Cancun is normally busy and hectic with all the college students. Staying at the Rizt Carlton is more quiet, tranquil and relaxing for a family with young kids. There are lots of activities for everyone like jetski, parasail, a trip for snorkeling, swimming with dophins, crafts for kids, and of course the beautiful blue ocean, white sand beach. The hotel staff is well trained to give excelent service.

Here are some our pictures on the beach. We’re having fun!
The beach.
The beach cabanas.Playing with the sand.
Two sisters enjoyed playing with the waves.
My little girl and I had fun with the waves.
My big girl loves chasing the waves.
Activities on the water.
My hubby and big girl were ready for parasail.
My big girl wanted to have a jetski ride.
While my little girl enjoyed doing crafts.
My sweet parents.
Two sisters had fun swinging hammock.
Rest, nap time.Luch time at the beach cabana.haha…posing for the camera 😉 Worn Juicy Couture scarf, D&G bikini .F21 shirt as cover-up, BCBG bikini.
Be creative on the beach, it’s my little one’s idea to used her donut float as her skirt.On the beach at night. The cabanas become private dinning room.Seafood plate for appetizer.Girl with sombrero hat.She pretended her DS as a clutch…very cute! she’s a creative girl. Her sweater, necklace, shoes and belt are from Crewcuts.Thank you everyone for your visiting and comment!!!
Wishing you a wonderful day ahead!!
Kisses…Hanh 😉

Hola Mexico

Just a quick post to say Hello to everyone from Mexico. We just arrived earlier today. I hope everyone is doing well.

Sombrero-Mexican hat. Snack time.
FRIDA- a famous Mexican artist.Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico and European influences including Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically articulate her own pain. Kahlo was married to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. I have to say that her paintings are beautiful and interesting. She had a lot of pain in her life…rough life! She’s amazingly a strong lady. In 2002, the American biographical film Frida, directed by Julie Taymor, in which Salma Hayek portrayed the artist, was released. It is one of my favorite movie that I watch many times. If you haven’t seen it yet and you should. Here is a link to learn more about Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo.

Her painting.
I really love all her outfits in the pictures above that I intentedly chose out her paintings with the great oufits (hehe…so fashion mind!).
Thank you everyone for your visiting and comments!
Please, continuing to vote for “Fashion blog world’s inspiration”! Thank you!!!
Have a great evening and a wonderful day ahead!!!
Big hugs…Hanh;-)

Spring Candy

Hi everyone,Are you ready for spring? I know some of you who have lived thru a long, cold winter are tired of the cold and want to say goodbye to it. Dallas’s winter is not bad. To be honest, I’m still enjoying wearing my jacket, fur, gloves… and not ready to say goodbye to it. Although, I’m excited for the arrival of spring and can’t wait to see the fashion trends.

I told myself to slow down on my shoe collection. It’s easy to say, but not easy to do. Instead, I’ve managed to put “the pedal to the metal.” Shoes are like candy to me! I’m still waiting for more pairs to come in. Crazy!!!

Wore this outfit for a lunch date with my friend Nini today. It was a great date! good chat! really fun.
My very first Rick Owens jacket, Ann D shirt dress, new Ann D boots, and Target pink scarf. Eddie Bruno necklace. My new Ann D boots-spring 2010. Love them! Alexander Wang leopard wedge-spring 2010. I love the pattern combination.
Thank you so much for supporting my blog and your vote! Please, don’t forget to vote for your favorite contestant ” Fashion blog world’s inspiration” if you have not done it yet.

Have a wonderful day!!! kisses…Hanh 😉

Vote For Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration

Hi everyone,Thank you everyone who sent your photo for the Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration contest. There were many of you entered the contest which is more contestant than I expected. That’s awesome. It was really great going through all of the photos. You all absolutely look beautiful in your fashion creation and you’re truly inspiration. That made harder for me to pick out final of 20 faces. Luckily, most contestants have own blog. So, I’ve learned a lot more about the contestant’s sense of fashion by visiting the contestant’s blog and that helped my choosing.The winner of this contest is the one has the most votes from readers and will receive a $125 giftcard from the store of her/his choice (or cash). Please, help me to pick-out the winner by voting for your favorite contestant by number and welcome to leave a comment for your contestant. I will leave the vote opens for 10 days which will end on March 17th 11:59:59 pm CST. Thank you very much for your time and your vote! I hope you have fun while doing this and have a fabulous day!! xoxo…Hanh 😉

Ps: For contestants, you could tweet and/or blog about this vote. So, your blog’s readers, your fans, your friends will know this to vote and support you. GOOD LUCK!!For my readers, you could tweet this to your fellow tweeters to vote for your favorite contestant here at Life-in-travel. Thank you!!

Here are the final of 20 contestants.
2. Anjelica-Mode Junkie. 3. Juley-Swankheights.
4. Ewelina-Dram of Glam.
5. Frida-Fyndigt by Frida.
6. Marcella-Fashion Distraction.
7. Cruz-Denim on Denim.
8. Mr Freddy’s mom-Mom and Son.
9. Cindy-Come over to the dark side We have candy.
10. Doreen
11. Stella-In love with Fashion.
12. Kookie.
13. Ray-Pathway.
14. Roxana.
15. Grace-VitaminnStyle.
16. Alex-Refuses to Label.
17. Thuy Dinh.
18. Khatu-IamKhatu.
19. Tiffany-Iamashoewhore.
20. Radostina.
Again, thank you everyone!! and enjoy the post!
ps: thank you everyone for well wishes to my daughters. I’m thankful that they’re well now 😉


Hi everyone,I’ve been so busy with my schedule. Now, my little girl is sick, my big one looks like to get sick too. I absolutely don’t want my children get sick. My heart is terrified :-(. I don’t have time to edit my post. This is just a quick post to say HI to you all. I hope you’re doing well.

I love this green! It’s just so refreshing and beautiful color. It’s truly my color of the moment.
Photo from Jak & Jil Blog.
Photo from StockholmStreetstyle.Photo from StockholmStreetstyle.Thank you everyone for stopping by to visit my blog!Have a fabulous day!!Big hugs…Hanh;-)
Ps: Thank you everyone for entering the Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration contest. Please, give me more time for editing. I’m excited about that.
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