Je Ne Sais Quoi

Disney Style, Food, Style, Travel

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There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the French expression je ne sais quoi, don’t you think?

Found that gem on google. ¬†Did it make me sound posh and fancy?ūüíĀūüŹĽ Unlike¬†the cut off denim shorts I lived in while visiting Honolulu. ¬†And even though many tourists and locals alike can enjoy all the luxurious things¬†the city has to offer, my sister and I usually like to pretend we’re kama’aina. ¬†For us, that means lots of shopping and eating.

To fuel up for our shopping pilgrimage, we stopped by¬†Koko Head Cafe. ¬†Opened by Chef Lee Anne Wong, a finalist on Top Chef, Koko Head Cafe serves up hefty dumplings and brunch-style Asian comfort food. ¬† The cafe also captures¬†that hometown diner feel¬†with surf town decor¬†and¬†Wong’s framed personal photos. ¬†And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Wong’s book¬†Dumplings All Day Wong! ¬†If you ask nicely, you can even leaf through it while you wait for deliciousness to be served.

After stuffing out faces, we needed to walk it all off…before heading to dinner of course.ūüėÖ So we stopped by Ward Village South Shore Market. ¬†It actually underwent a huge re-model and I was excited to finally see it. ¬†South Shore Market is comprised of 18 local merchants to showcase and cultivate Hawaii’s creative scene. ¬†Shopping small couldn’t¬†be any easier. ¬†Walking through the stores, I also realized that many of the shop owners¬†are probably POC. ¬†Since Hawaii’s population is almost 40% Asian, it’s also likely that many of these creatives were Asian American. ¬†So not only are you supporting small businesses, but you’re also supporting businesses owned by POC. ¬†So. Much. YES.ūüĎŹ

Do you see that suitcase? ¬†It’s filled with watercolor cards of creatures from Fantastic Beasts. ¬†Yeah, ah-ma-zing!

And speaking of amazing, I also picked up these sparkle heel Zara boots the day before. ¬†They were the last pair left and in my size, so you know…had to get ’em. ¬†Don’t worry, they were on sale.ūüėČ ¬†And one of the many apples of my eye, my Disney x Coach red cross body. ¬†The perfect size for your phone and credit cards and comes with the cutest little Mickey hand charm. ¬†It just has a certain¬†je ne sais¬†quoi, non??ūüėŹ

ABW

dsc05573Shirt: Sincerely Jules, Crossbody: Disney x Coach, Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: Free People, Shorts: Vintage

Hi, I’m A Bit Wong!

Musings

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Hello, people of the internet! ¬†My name is Alisa and you’ve stumbled upon¬†A Bit Wong.

First things first, not only am I declaring today as¬†A Bit Wong‘s birthday, it’s also my own birthday! ¬†Please deliver all birthday cakes to San Francisco. ūüôā ¬†But I digress…

So about a week ago, I was rummaging though some junk and found my journal I kept in college. ¬†While reading through it, I realized how often I wrote about my experiences as an Asian American female. ¬†And to my surprise, it actually felt really validating. ¬†These days, being a 3rd generation Chinese American affects almost every aspect of my life. ¬†Not necessarily through huge, swift “acts of God,” but through¬†smaller everyday interactions and my continuous inner monologue. ¬†Aka microaggressions.¬†Ok, getting a little too heavy now.

Anywho, after consistently scribbling in that journal for 2 years, the entries just stopped. ¬†It was like reading an addicting young adult novel and suddenly nothing. Yes, I’m definitely well above the young adult age range – but I’m a sucker for easy reading. ¬†The point is,¬†A Bit Wong¬†will be my epilogue to the Alisa Diaries: College Edition. ¬†I want to use this as a place to write about my experiences through the lens of fashion, travel, and life. ¬†And we’ll throw food in there for good measure. ¬†I’m not saying every post will talk to one of my identities, but since I live and breathe it everyday, don’t be surprised if it sneaks in once in a while. ūüėČ

If you made it this far, congratulations! ¬†You’ve survived your first¬†A Bit Wong musing. ¬†And I can’t wait to have you back for¬†more.

ABW