Friendly Advice // Alex

This month’s “Friendly Advice” comes from the lovely Alex, whom I met in London a couple years ago.

Name: Alexandra (Alex) Wong Tuai (2-E)

Where do you rest your head at night? On a pillow I stole from my younger sister. In my bed. In Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Is that where you’re originally from? Nope, I’m from Seattle, WA.

Best thing about the city you live? Some of the people that are closest to my heart and soul live in the same city right now.

If you’re not originally from the city you currently reside, what is the best thing about your hometown? The best thing about Seattle is the harmony of nature and city.

What’s one thing that tourists do that you wish they didn’t? Stop in the middle of the street/subway/anywhere to take pictures/check their phones.

Best places to eat? This dumpling place hidden away in Brooklyn by my old university. Anywhere that can feed me quickly if I’m hangry.

Where all have you traveled? Hahaha oh jeez. China, France, Spain, Great Britain, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Morocco, South Africa, Wales, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Portugal, South Africa, and I’ll be heading to Australia and New Zealand in the next couple of years. 

What is your favorite place that you have traveled? South Africa without a doubt.

List five places you want to travel to: South America, South East Asia, all of the United States I haven’t seen, the Scandinavian countries, the rest of the African continent, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. 

Insert one of your favorite photos you’ve taken on your travels:

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Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Alex Tuai is a recent graduate of Long Island University in New York City, where she studied was a global studies undergrad. She loves to watch countless episodes of Doctor Who and beauty vloggers on YouTube.

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Films to Fill Your Wanderlust

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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After I watched this movie the first time, I almost booked a one way ticket to Iceland and wouldn’t have regretted it for one minute if I actually did. However, something stopped me and whenever I watch this movie, I wonder why. The scene when Ben Stiller skateboards though the streets in Iceland with the mountains in the background, and he just seems so free, is everything that I want in life.

Bridget Jones

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Bridget Jones is my spirit animal. Not being able to cook, dressing like a bunny rabbit at a family event, falling for the wrong men? Yup, all me. The English accents, Hugh Grant’s wavy hair, and dirty London taxis, always get me nostalgic for the place that I hope to call home one day. Although there is no huge exterior shots of the London Eye or double decker buses, Bridget Jones always makes me want to buy a shitty apartment over a fish and chips shop if it means being back in London streets.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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The ultimate film for wanderlust. Is it totally lame that I cry every time I watch this film? It is? Okay. Well, if you want to see the beautiful blue ocean of Greece and Blake Lively running along a beach in Mexico (hubba hubba), I highly recommend this film. And if you haven’t seen this already, have you been living under a rock?!

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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I have never wanted to go to India more than after I had finished watching this movie. Maybe when I am old and retired, I will travel to India and find myself a hot retired, old man to please me. The scenery in this film is gorgeous and such a heart-warming beautiful movie.