Taken at Reykjavik in January 2020.

Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Karen, but my family and friends call me "Kayni". I named my blog "Kayni's Corner Cafe" because I'd love to manage my own cafe/coffee shop someday. My posts are mainly on my life with Kepi, my family and my love for travel.

I was born in the Philippines but my family and I moved to the US in 1996. I now reside in Maryland with Kepi and our dog, Daisy, and cat, Dizzy.

In 2006, I was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. I spent about eight years going through different clinical trials and surviving through numerous transfusions. On New Year's Day of 2014, I was admitted at Johns Hopkins to begin my bone-marrow transplant. I went through ATG, chemo therapy and full-body radiation. On January 11, I finally received my donor's bone-marrow.

I am recovering but dealing with a mild skin graft-vs-host disease. I was doing very well until I got hit with Shingles in late February 2015.

I love traveling, photography and baking when time permits.  I'm a Sanrio fan and a certified chocoholic.

Blogging started out as a hobby and it still is. I write mostly on travel and anything that would come to mind. I don't usually plan what I write. I write when the inspiration hits me.

One of my posts, Outside Looking In, won Top 3 Outstanding Blog and Outstanding Blog in Central America and Canada.

If you'd like to contact me or ask me anything, please e-mail me at misskayniatgmaildotcom.

You can also find me at:

My top to do list:
  • travel the world as much as we, Kepi and I, can
  • improve my stamina by exercising and proper diet
  • learn Spanish, Arabic
  • travel with my sister
  • finish my masters at Georgetown Univ. (05.15.2015)
  • learn new recipes especially desserts
  • take my parents somewhere in Europe - UK and France
  • see all the 50 states of the US; currently at 25/50
    (Alabama, AlaskaArizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, ConnecticutDelaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, UtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming)


  1. Nice to meet you Kayni! You visited my blog recenty and i'm happy to meet you din online. Dami mo na pala napuntahan na place and you're very talented, too. =)

    1. Hi Mary Joy, Nice to meet you too. Thank you for visiting my online home.

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    1. Hello Sam, Thank you for letting me know. I really appreciate it.

  3. Great to meet you -and you have some things already scratched of your bucket list - awesome! Mad a similar move - from the Netherlands to Los Angeles. Originally only for 6-8 years of study, but then my kids graduated, o of them married Americans, now grand kids, so I am still here! Hope your dreams will be fulfilled!