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Reposted from @latravelgirl (@get_regrann) - WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP!? ☀️☕️ Rise and shine Taipei, you’re so beautiful at sunrise especially from @shangrilataipei rooftop & pool on the 41st floor! 🌅🌄☕️🌅🌄☕️🌅🌄 *NEW BLOG POST UP ON THE STAY* My morning ritual for years was making Persian tea, having breakfast and chatting with my lovely mommy Joon, Bita 💞. When I was working in the hospital and couldn’t have breakfast with her I’d always make sure to say goodbye to her at sunrise before I hit up my 7am nursing shift and she always woke up without complaints to hug to me and tell me “I’m so proud of you my Little Nurse Layla!” 💛 After she passed away I still to this day continue the tradition of making Persian Tea and having breakfast... never skipping it in her honor. When I’m abroad I always try to keep the tradition going with a cup of coffee and enjoy sunrise from one new city to another with @bitajoonie in my mind. I speak out loud to her...tell her about my day and what my goals are for the morning hearing her responses to my comments always making me smile. Some people might think it’s silly but I truly believe my mom hears me when I need her and speaking to your loved ones after they pass is therapeutic in my opinion. She would have loved waking up in her favorite @shangrilahotels with a cappuccino in hand standing right next to me saying “how beautiful is this!?” Thank you so much @Shangrilataipei for honoring my mom with this incredible visit and @catchfiftytwo for joining me to help create a memorable dedication to her! #BitaDiaries - #regrann
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CITY AT NIGHT? 🌜🌃🌌🏙🎑🌛 Lots of destinations can be beautiful during the day but dead at night... Taipei is not one of those cities! Taiwan’s capital city is amazing in the day and equally (if not more so) high energy and alive once the sun sets. Certain businesses open later in the day because of those late hours in the night which is something I’m not so used to as most places are 9-5 in LA 🤦🏻‍♀️. Taipei is known for their night markets where you can find the most delectable street food choices, shops with all types of goods and neon shining arcades with techno or kpop blaring from them.... and this could all be happening at 11pm! We were lucky enough to be in Taiwan for the famous Mid Autumn Moon festival where it’s tradition for families to sit outside their homes/businesses and BBQ under the bright light of full moon! 🌚🍗🌝🥮 Of course the tallest skyscraper in the country (and tallest/largest green building in the world)Taipei 101 gets in on the night action by glowing above the city and through dark alley ways throughout this night city! You think you only get crowds In photogenic spots during the day here?... not in Taipei! We were greeted in this specific location by 15 night photographers with tripods up shooting long exposure! Tricky to get this shot without pissing every single one of them off but we did it! 📍FUN FACT: Taipei 101 changes color based on the day of the week! Tonight it was Monday, which means it’s RED. On different evenings between 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Taipei 101 will light up in one of seven colors in the following order: Monday: Red ❤️ Tuesday: Orange 🧡 Wednesday: Yellow 💛 Thursday: Green 💚 Friday: Blue 💙Saturday: Violet 💜 Sunday: Purple 💟 If you ever forget what day it is you can just look up and you’ll know! @catchfiftytwo 📸 #bitadiaries
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP!? ☀️☕️ Rise and shine Taipei, you’re so beautiful at sunrise especially from @shangrilataipei rooftop & pool on the 41st floor! 🌅🌄☕️🌅🌄☕️🌅🌄 *NEW BLOG POST UP ON THE STAY* My morning ritual for years was making Persian tea, having breakfast and chatting with my lovely mommy Joon, Bita 💞. When I was working in the hospital and couldn’t have breakfast with her I’d always make sure to say goodbye to her at sunrise before I hit up my 7am nursing shift and she always woke up without complaints to hug to me and tell me “I’m so proud of you my Little Nurse Layla!” 💛 After she passed away I still to this day continue the tradition of making Persian Tea and having breakfast... never skipping it in her honor. When I’m abroad I always try to keep the tradition going with a cup of coffee and enjoy sunrise from one new city to another with @bitajoonie in my mind. I speak out loud to her...tell her about my day and what my goals are for the morning hearing her responses to my comments always making me smile. Some people might think it’s silly but I truly believe my mom hears me when I need her and speaking to your loved ones after they pass is therapeutic in my opinion. She would have loved waking up in her favorite @shangrilahotels with a cappuccino in hand standing right next to me saying “how beautiful is this!?” Thank you so much @Shangrilataipei for honoring my mom with this incredible visit and @catchfiftytwo for joining me to help create a memorable dedication to her! #BitaDiaries
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SHRINE/TEMPLE LOCATED!? ⛩🕋🕍💒🕌🏯Taiwan has GORGEOUS temples/shrines you can discover all over! From small neighborhood shrines to massive temples like this one in Keelung there are so many you can visit and admire the details as the calming scent of incense flows through your nostrils. When I travel I love to visit spiritual sites to feel more energy from my mom @bitajoonie... I’m not religious at all but I do believe in spiritual connection through energy & most of these places contain it... there’s always a sign from her around them. We arrived mid day on a Tuesday and the massive Zhuputan Temple was empty other than a dog there to greet us. 🐕 Don’t you love it when you’re the only person at a special place!? So many places like this in Taiwan, so I’ve compiled my itinerary into a list for you below! Some of my favorite photo locations and places to see in Taiwan are (save this post for future visits!): ▪️ Keelung (pictured above) ▪️ Visit CKS Memorial Hall at sunrise ▪️ Fuhang soy milk for breakfast ▪️ Jianguo Jade & Flower Markets ‪▪️ Get a Taiwanese massage ‪ ▪️ Elephant mountain hike ‬at sunset ▪️ Alley-takemura Izakaya 15m walk ▪️ Stay at Shangri-La Taipei ▪️ Top of Taipei 101 ▪️ Rahoe night market ‪ ▪️ Day trip to Jiufen ‪▪️ Beitou Hot springs ▪️ Shopping at Ximen district ▪️ Shilin night market There are loads of other places to the south and central parts of the country I need to visit but these are the ones I recommend that I’ve experienced. Just means I’ll need to return soon to explore the rest of this country that has made my top 10 favorite places on earth! Tag me if you ever visit these spots inspired from my list, I’d love to see your shots as well! #BitaDiaries 📸: @catchfiftytwo
Welcome to Jiufen, Taiwan!🏮Jiufen is a mountain town in northeastern Taiwan, east of Taipei just about 45 min by car. It's known for the narrow alleyways of its old town, packed with teahouses, street-food shacks and souvenir shops. We woke up before the sunrise to head here so we could have the lantern lined alleys for ourselves. Arriving for dawn was worth every “I’m not a morning person fml” thought in my mind when getting up & heading out in the dark! My mom and I loved trying new food and seeing places before most people arrived in town so her memory was also a great motivation to get my ass out of bed! We had the mazes of alleys empty and even cooler gradually saw all the shops open with delicious scents of Taiwanese breakfast snacks floating in the air as they were being prepared. 🏮🍵🏮☕️🏮🍵🏮☕️🏮🍵🏮 We hit up a really incredible Tea House, called A-MEI Tea House which is a must as it’s really fun to have an authentic tea experience in this city. The view of the coastline & ocean from the top of old Jiufen was bomb as well! Around 11am the crowds were insane roaming the tight alleys full of vendors, so be sure to come early to enjoy it fully! 📍Fun fact: Jiufen was a quiet mining town that only local Taiwanese would visit until the famous Japanese “Spirited Away” cartoon film was made, creating a sudden influx of fans & tourists. This lead to mass tourism to this small mining city and they’ve never looked back since! 📸: photo 1 @catchfiftytwo and photo 2 @lafoodiegirl ❤️❤️#BitaDiaries
Do you plan excursions during your vacations? If you’re just tuning into my trip, I’m currently in Taiwan 🇹🇼 in honor of my late mommy joon, @Bitajoonie. This trip is dedicated to all things “Bita” and excursion planning was her expertise whenever she was creating a family trip itinerary! Of course I had to plan a few day trip excursions outside of Taipei as my mom & I always talked about seeing more than just the capital city. Keelung was on the top of our excursions list and it defo was all that I had imagined. The food market, friendliest locals, gorgeous colorful harbor and incredible city vibe would be my moms dream excursion day trip! 💛🦋💛🦋💛🦋💛🦋 💛🦋💛 Keelung was also so special because I was getting signs EVERYWHERE from my mom... empty temples, orchids in my face every stop I made, loving dogs that followed me during hikes (you know what I mean of you remember my Vietnam guides), dragon flies and yellow butterflies following me from tree to tree! My mom was all over sending me energy that she was with me and I think she loved Keelung as much as I did! 🌈👩‍👧 📍TELL ME: Have you ever visited a city you just connected with and felt such amazing positive energy from? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks so much for continuing this journey with me in honor of my Mom! It truly means SO much to be able to be here for her and have you get to know her through my stories. 💋 📸 @catchfiftytwo #bitadiaries
Happy Taiwan National Day!! 🇹🇼♥️ When checking in to a hotel do you ask for the highest floor? My mom did! When sightseeing do you intentionally find the tallest building viewing platform to stand on? My mom was taking selfies at the top! How about hiking/standing at the tip of the highest point in a city? My mom was right there next to me enjoying the view! My mom, Bita Nia, had an obsession with high places with the BEST VIEWS. Even though she loved her views there wasn’t once she didn’t give up her window seat for her children to enjoy... pure selfless. I created an itinerary in dedication of all things my mom would have done here in this insanely amazing city and I’m forever grateful! 📝 In Taipei I hiked up Elephant Mountain, one of the most gorgeous trails with panoramic views of the capital city & of course Taipei 101 so close you can touch it! She would have liked the view but not the misquote bites that came with it! However the top of Taipei 101, the world tallest GREEN building would have been her jam (swipe to see the view!) It was the tallest building I’ve ever been in and sitting by the window watching the sunset into the Taiwanese mountainside I felt her with me in that moment, even if it was for a second because I know she would have loved this! Check out my story highlights to see what I mean! #BitaDiaries
Welcome to CKS, The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall here in Taipei!🏯🇹🇼 We woke up before sunrise to get the entire freedom square to ourselves and WOW...it was an absolute success as we had it all to ourselves (with the exception of a flock of birds flying above me for a good 10 min in this shot!) One of the very important reasons why my lovely mom & I were intrigued to visit Taipei was our love for nature and with the city surrounded by greenery, even amongst such grand man made structures such as the magnificent CKS, we were so excited to look around! 🌲🌸🎋🌼🌳🦋🌸🌲🌼🌿 Gardens with fruits hanging from terraces, orchids (my mom & my favorite flowers) peeking out from EVERYWHERE you turn, butterflies randomly landing on me while waiting at crosswalks, coy fish ponds next to street food vendors and even large banyan trees side by side skyscrapers...it’s incredible how the Taiwanese people have built the city around nature without disrupting it and actually respecting it! I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to visit this natural eco friendly green city in honor of my mom, Bita Nia and live the moments she was not able to in this gorgeous city to represent her Legacy! 👩‍👧💕Can’t wait to show you more of my @Bitajoonie inspired trip as this truly means everything to me. #BitaDiaries
Welcome to Taiwan! 🌄🇹🇼🏙 The best way to start my trip: 36 floors above the capital city of Taipei here at @shangrilataipei for sunrise! The jet lag struggle was real after the 14 hour journey from LA to Taiwan, so waking up early was such a treat with views of the famous Taipei 101 right from the comfort of my cozy sheets! My mom’s all time favorite hotel branch was @Shangrilahotels 🏩 and after staying at a few all over the world she & I always planned to see as many as we could in new destinations. Our dream was to stay in all of them and the top of our list was in Taipei (which started our plans of heading to this incredible country in the first place!) One View, from one hotel sparked a dream trip that now is a dedication trip... it’s funny how a view can create such a passion to travel & I’m so glad it did because I’m here now. Join me as I enjoy the best hospitality while exploring Taiwan’s iconic night markets, famous temples/shrines, awesome hikes and skyscrapers during a dedication trip of a lifetime in honor of @bitajoonie! 💞💝🦋 📍FUN FACT: I used to live in the original Shangri-La, Hotel Shangri-La for about 3 months with my mom while she was receiving her treatment. It was a really tough time of our life but also one of the best getting to spend time together in such a beautiful hotel that created the amazing @shagrilahotels brand we have today! 📸: @catchfiftytwo @shangrilataipei #sponsoredstay #shangrilataipei #shangrila #taiwan #taipei #BitaDiaries
Traveling has been such a normal part of my life for as long as I can remember! In my heart I’ve always felt comfortable to jump on a plane alone & solo travel without hesitation or anxiety. Although my love for seeing new places comes naturally...my curiosity for exploring this earth was ignited by ONE person who means the world to me: My amazing mom, Bita Nia. My mom left this beautiful earth in 2016 but traveled as much as she could while here (even half of my travels were with her!) She was such a fun and happy personality that touched everyone she met with her kindness & sense of humor...nearly all locals loved her when we traveled! She & I had big plans to travel to many places and Taiwan was on top of our list. Unfortunately we never had the chance to take that trip together.🛫👩‍👧💖🛬 I’ve decided to plan and carry out a dedication trip in honor of my mom, Bita Nia for the first time since I lost her... to travel to Taiwan & live out the trip we never had. Her life and happiness live on through her children and I’ll be taking you on a journey through Taiwan on a trip representing her memory! Join me for the next 10 days as I explore Taiwan with my friend @catchfiftytwo in loving memory of @bitajoonie ✈️💞✈️#BitaDiaries
Goodbye Tahoe, next up Cuba photos....but first my feelings on this trip! 🌲🌲 Tahoe is my absolute favorite place on earth! Not only because it’s so freaking beautiful & in the middle of nature at its finest, but the memories I’ve created here since I was a child. Many of you know I lost my BEST friend in the world my beautiful mom Bita Joon, a few years ago and I love traveling to connect with her energy & memory. I believe grieving will be in my life forever to some extent but certain things help me grieve and learn to live/adapt to this empty space & traveling to places we went together is defo one of those techniques. ✈️👩‍👧🌸🤝💟 Tahoe was one of the spots my family and I would visit for many occasions, so while I’m here I feel her ALL around. The memory of her grabbing me and taking me into the lake water for the first time, picking fresh raspberries on the shore with her & my twin sister, watching the awesome sunset (just like in the photo above) from my aunts speed boat on the lake or even the smallest thing like seeing her inhaling the air in with her eyes closed when we would get out of the car...knowing now she loved & appreciated the beautiful scent of the trees and me mimicking it to be cool like her.. although at the time as a child, I didn’t realize how smells could trigger such emotions! Thank you @tahoesouth for connecting me to my mommy joon and allowing me to daydream of how I will be the first time I’m bring my babies there as a mother in the future! I will be back soon xx 😘 📍TELL ME: What location/destination did you visit for vacation or break while growing up? Do you go back often & if you do what’s some of the traditions you like to relive there! Thanks for your love & support always... besos! 💋 @VisitCalifornia @TravelNevada #TahoeSouth #VisitCalifornia #OutdoorsUSA #BeautifulDestinations #WildernessCulture #BitaDiaries
My angel Mommy 💛 It's so difficult to write this as it doesn't feel like a year that you've been gone. It seems like an eternity without you here but also it feels just like yesterday when I would wake up to your beautiful voice asking me "do you want me to make you tea/chai my love!?" 👩‍👧There are so many things I miss about you from our gossip in the morning before you left for work, the way you would make your delicious spaghetti aka my favorite food when I arrived home from months of being abroad to just sitting on the couch in the evenings next to you while you played sudoku on your phone and cussed at the sound that popped up when you made a mistake! ("Eh annnnn tarseedam!") 💁🏻🍝😂 I miss the way you planned things for all of us to look forward to like trips, dinners and concerts. ✈️🥐🏟I loved when you would come into my room before you went out with your friends just so I could tell you how beautiful you looked because you always made that extra effort even after a 40+ hour work week! 😍😘💋💃🏻You put everyone ahead of yourself and made sure everyone was happy, the most generous selfless person I've ever know. I love looking at your photos and videos but there's such an empty space here without you my mommy love. Life will never be as sweet as it was when you were with me...but I truly believe from all the signs you sent me in south east Asia, Europe, Scotland & all over this world that you are with me on this crazy adventure still! 🦋🌷🕊🦅🌝🌈🎼 I miss you & I hope you continue to send me those beautiful loving energy vibes & signs for the rest of my life until we meet again! 💋💛💋💛 You loved Copenhagen so much I decided to post this photo & promise I will visit this same exact spot this year in your honor! 🇩🇰🏘⛵️🗺🇩🇰There's not a minute that goes by that I don't think of your beautiful soul...I love you my sweet lovely mommy joon, forever. 💛💛💛 #bitadiaries
Today is the first Mother's Day without you Mommy since you left this beautiful earth & I'm just going through all the photos of our adventures together which helps but no way comes near to having you here on your special day 🌸💝 Let me introduce you to my mom, Bita 💛 under 20 years old when she decided to move to from Iran to get her masters in business (after finishing her undergraduate degree in 3 years, a year earlier than the norm.) 🦁🗡🌞🇮🇷✈️🇺🇸💙❤️🆕 She left not knowing anyone or anything about her new home in California but was excited & happy to begin her adventure with my dad! Graduating top of her class with honors she finished her MBA while pregnant with my brother & looking cute as ever with a belly in her black grad gown she was ready to be a mom! 👩🏻‍🎓🎀🤰🏻She created a thriving insurance & financial business from scratch, working very hard to provide the lovely life for her son similar to the one she had growing up in pre revolutionary Iran. 👩‍👦💋👩🏻‍🏫💼 Juggling work & raising a 👶🏻 my mom had her wish come true as she found out she was pregnant with a daughter... 💓👩‍👧but little did she know her wish was x2 when she found out she was having twins! 👩‍👧‍👧💕She showed equal affection to my her children never making any of us feel inadequate! 👶🏻👩‍👦👶🏻 While she was a business owner, she was a driver for her kids to school/mall/friends houses 🚘, a coach for her children's 🏀 teams ⛹🏻‍♀️⛹🏻‍♀️⛹🏻, involved in school counsel👩🏻‍⚖️, a choreographer for ever variety show I was in 💃🏻, a fantastic cook every evening 🍝& had just barely enough time for herself at the end of the night to relax 🤷🏻‍♀️💆🏻🤹🏻‍♀️. She threw awesome birthdays for my siblings & I even when she was going through intensive chemo treatment for breast cancer at 41, she once told me "I wasn't going to let fucking cancer take my mom duties away from me!" 🙅🏻💪🏽💪🏽 A 20 year survivor 💗💗💗 a business owner, loving wife, funny friend, caring neighbor, an intelligent boss, an incredible sister/daughter... but to me she is and will always be my hero my "Mommy." 👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩I love you and I miss you everyday, but today just missing you even more...Happy Mothers Day my Love 💛 #BITAdiaries
🦋My soulmate, my Mommy joon🦋 Today is your birthday & you would have turned 60 years old 🎂Half a year has gone by since you left this beautiful world you brought me into and you are still in my heart and mind constantly my beautiful mommy love! 🐥💛🐥Your presence is stronger than ever though for me! When I hear a song you'd love on the radio I clearly see you dancing the way you always did to fun music with your beautiful shoulders smiling so bright 💃🏻.... when I smell the fresh ocean air while looking out at the water I hear you sigh with me saying "how preeeetty is that!"⛵️🏝...when I hug your first grandchild Nina bear I hear you say "squeeze her! Bohkoresh!" So I kiss her and hug her tighter my kuchuloo 💋👶🏻 ...when I'm eating your fav foods I hear you say "bah bah noosheh joonet... so yummy!"🍓🥐🍦... when I'm driving like a maniac in LA road rage I hear you "hey! Don't go fast! You promise? Tond naro! Ghol bedeh!"🚗💨....I catch myself hearing you say one of your famous jokes in Farsi where you changed your accent & I laugh out loud even standing in a public place😂🤣... When I cry missing you & ask the unanswerable question of why...why were you taken from me I hear you say stronger than ever "I love you so much my angel, I am with you be strong ...be happy Layla!" 😔💔I LOVE YOU mommy so much... thank you for making me stronger everyday even if I can't hug you, I hear you! I'm so lucky...Happy Birthday My Angel, I will celebrate your life today and celebrate your legacy forever my beautiful flower 🌸🌸🌸🌸💋💋💋🌷🌷🌷🌷#BITAdiaries
💛💛💛My Mommy Angel💛💛 I knew the prognosis from August 2015 but no one could prepare me for this kind of loss... Mommy, you are my best friend, the one I could confide my every thought to... You supported me without question when I told you out of nowhere I was moving to Prague even though I knew no one there or anything about the city. You were the type of mom where every morning before my nursing shift who'd be up at 4am to kiss me goodbye & tell me how proud you are of me. When things got tough you would tell me to brush it off, "khodetoh komac con" & move on because you believed I could do anything I wanted in this life & no one could hold me back if I worked hard enough for it. You not only taught me almost everything I know about this crazy beautiful world, but you constantly strived to learn new things to better yourself from your kids as you always wanted to make us feel equal to you when we knew you were far beyond that...I don't want to use the past tense when speaking about you because I see you in the sunsets... Feel you in nature... I'm connected to you forever mommy because you are forever my soulmate. My shining bright star wherever you are I hope you are smiling, cracking a hilarious joke making others laugh as you always do and feeling the most euphoric happiness because you deserve that and so much more. I love you forever Mommy Joon, my "Ms Bita"... Forever. 💛💛💛😔 #BITAdiaries
I don't usually post about my personal life but today is the ultimate exception! 💋My Mom💋 My best friend, My hero.... I am so proud of you on this day! 🎂🎉💃🏻🎈It's your BIRTHDAY & I'm very grateful to have you in my life. 👏🏼🎁🎊😍 You are the strongest most resilient woman I know... After two brain surgeries, treatments & numerous needle stick issues, you are still smiling & teaching me about life!💪🏽What a LEGEND! 😘😘 You're so incredible...! 💕💕HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY JOON! 💕💕I LOVE YOU SUPERWOMAN! 💕💕❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #fighter #greymatters #fuckcancer #braintumorawarenessmonth #bandanasforbraintumours #POSITIVEVIBES #BITAdiaries
Happy Birthday to my best friend, my beautiful Mom ❤️🎈 Wishing you the best Day with years of health & happiness! I love you my wonderful Mommy Joon!! 💋💋#BITAdiaries