Hi, I am Lei.  Welcome to Cozily! I created this blog in the Spring of 2017 as a personal journal and my own quiet space. Cozily serves as a memory keeper and photo album of all the pictures that I love to take. I blog because want to write about the little things that bring me joy.  My blog reminds me celebrate the smallest pleasures and happy moments that I share with my family and friends.

 I blog about anything and everything about my life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most likely you will read about Saturday date nights with my boyfriend/fiance, Mr Sweetie; sumptuous Sunday feast with my family as well as museum coffee dates with BFF. There will always be pictures of food that will guarantee to make you hungry. I am big on gratitude and I write long posts on events in my life.

You will most likely find me taking pictures with my Samsung Edge or Sony A6000 all over San Francisco.  I am slowly learning more about photography in my own terms (which is if I get to take a good photo, that is all that matters!).

"Cozily" is about me. It is my little space where I write about anything my heart desires. No pressure to follow a theme or a topic. On this blog, I can talk about anything that are insignificant to everyone else but means the world to me. This is an "easy" blog. You might find my posts devoid of difficult topics or drama. I purposely created this space as such. Cozily is my happy and safe place from the harsh yet beautiful realities that life likes to throw our way.

It does not matter if the world finds me on this blog, or not. If you ever stumble upon my musings, you are very welcome and thank you. If not, this blog is going to be my best-kept secret and my hiding place. 

*Why Cozily?  -- It is simple! I live in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. Cozy is my lifestyle. I am in love with seasons.  I will live in perpetual fall and spring if I could.   Hello pumpkins, sweater weather, mugs of hot chocolate, smokey chimneys, leaves of every earth color and world bursting in flowers. Winter and summer are okay, too.


I am Filipina-American.  I am a not a millennial but have been blessed with good genes.  I have a youthful attitude towards life and  people mistake me for someone much younger.  I dress young and it helps that I am goofy and bubbly. I am also an old soul at the same time.  My work involves fighting for social justice and the oppressed. Thus, I created this blog so I can lighten up my world at the end of the day.

While the blogging world seems to belong to 20 year olds, I want to claim a piece of it to show that life can still be beautiful and fun at any age. 

I do not have children but I am crazy in love with my  nephews and niece who are growing up too fast. And I am a cat-mommy to a 7 year old fat, schmoozy Siamese kitty. 

And why just photos of my back? I am shy and I am private. I prefer to be mysterious. :)


I live in North Oakland but  spend most of my waking hours in San Francisco where I work. I live in a cozy house across the Bay Bridge with my BF and fat Siamese cat. We live in North Oakland which is about less than half an hour away from San Francisco (on unusual days where there is no traffic), and few blocks from Berkeley (the home of University of California Berkeley and famously known as "foodie ghetto".) I just love our home. It is cute, warm and full of character. Built in the 1920's it has hardwood floors and brick fireplace that we love to light up on cozy chilly nights. Our house is surrounded by big trees and fat squirrels love to play in our little backyard (and sometimes we get a visit from raccoons, too!). We live  just a block or two away from wine bars and farm-to-table restaurants. We really enjoy living in this vibrant neighborhood.


My BF (let us call him Mr. Sweetie on this blog because he is really a sweetheart --most times than not!) -- are inseparable outside of our work hours and truly have fun together. We have been going out on date nights since we started out 10 years ago.  And we still go out very Saturday, have traveled the world together and love staycations if we can peel ourselves off the couch on weekends. 

After years of fancy date night dinners, nowadays our sectional couch is our favorite spot on evenings and weekends, and pj's are our preferred non-work attires. About 2 years ago, we simplified our lives and decided to  stop joining the foodie craze here in the San Francisco Bay Area and just eat what our tummies crave for at that moment. No more chasing after the latest food hype. We still go to a new restaurant that we have not been to each Saturday.  Once in a while we might do some fancy schmancy fine dining but most of our date nights are casual that require no efforts except to leave the house to hunt for the next yummy eats.   This is easy to do where we live because there are thousands of restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, and new ones pop up almost every week.

What I Love:

  1. Solo moments cozying up at home in my pj's
  2. My mommy and daddy
  3. Saturday brunch tradition at home with the BF
  4. Our Saturday Date Nights 
  5. My family and our after church Sunday lunches
  6. Going to church every Sunday and worshiping God in music and prayers
  7. BOOKS! Getting lost in a good book
  8. My collections of books on Kindle
  9. Changing of the seasons
  10. Celebrating the seasons with BFF 
  11. Museum coffee dates with BFF
  12. Lunch dates in San Francisco with friends
  13. Taking pictures of everything!
  14. Fall! Everything about fall!
  15. Christmas and the magical Chistmas in San Francisco
  16. Exploring the nooks and crannies of San Francisco
  17. Living in North Oakland
  18. Spending an entire day cooking up storm in my kitchen 
  19. Freshly baked pastries from the most delicious bakeshops in the Bay Area
  20. Trips to the Napa Valley
  21. A good bottle of red wine
  22. Intoxicating bubbles 
  23. Lighting the fireplace on a chilly night
  24. Cold weather
  25. Driving my Jeep Renegade
  26. Staycations
  27. Cruising along the beautiful California coast
  28. Hot crusty sourdough bread
  29. A cheese plate
  30. Dark chocolate
  31. Dark mint chocolate
  32. Black coffee
  33. Sometimes with flavored coffee creamer
  34. A big pot of tea
  35. My favorite tea cup and saucer
  36. Quiet moments

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