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#TravelThursday : A Weekend Getaway

January 4, 2018

Towards the end of the summer, I was in desperate need of a mental break.  Work was a bit crazy for me, especially since I was tackling on new responsibilities without the #bosslady.  Not as if it I hadn’t done the work before, it’s just the fact that I was juggling so many projects at the same time, all of which had tight deadlines.  All I remember from the month of September was going to bed thinking about work, and waking up thinking about work.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one feeling a bit overwhelmed – my best friend had just started a new position as a nurse, so she found herself going crazy too.  What to do when you’re just about to explode?  We pulled an all-nighter, driving out of Los Angeles, passing through Vegas (both of us were mind blown about what lied beyond the strip) and found ourselves at Zion National Park in Utah.  Both my bestie and I were running on zero sleep, so you can just imagine how tortuous it was driving that blacked-out highway.

After being on the road for six hours, bestie and I, finally, arrived at Zion National Park – a place that I’ve been wanting to check-off of my bucket list.  The first thing we did was head-up to The Narrows, a pretty easy hike for people with tired eyes.  The Narrows requires you to tread through the Virgin River, which is about 16-miles in length.  Bestie and I did the typical 2-3 hour hike, which I believe is 3-4 miles to and back, starting from the Temple of Sinawava.  The time that we were there, the water was only up to our knees, which I’ve heard can go up to your waist line if you proceed deeper into the hike.  During this hike, I found myself laughing a lot, and that’s probably because I kept being sucked into the sand.  Not only was I laughing to myself, but the strangers around me couldn’t help but crack up at the fact that I couldn’t pull myself out!

The following day, bestie and I, originally, had planned to check-out Angel’s Landing, which was noted to be an extremely strenuous hike.  But due to the fact that bestie was bit fearful of how difficult the hike appeared, we decided to head over to Observation Point instead, which was noted to be just a strenuous hike.  Oh boy, was I SOOOO glad that we did not end up doing Angel’s Landing because Observation Point kicked-my-fucking-ass!  Literally, not within 5-minutes of the hike, I was already out-of-breath.  From that moment on, I knew I was going to have a rough time.  Not only was I was dealing with being #hangry, I was nearly this close in knocking the next person out, who would tell me again, “You’re almost there!”  Cursing at mother nature, I grew extremely silent as bestie and I made our way up the mountain – when that happens, you know it’s best to leave me alone.  As we approach closer to Observation Point, all that feeling of frustration vanished – mother nature turned out to be beautifully, breath-taking…

Want to hear the most funniest part of all this?  After returning back from Observation Point, bestie and I had strongly believed the hike was altogether a 16-mile trail, to and back.  The hike that bestie and I both agreed would be our first and last time to ever do, turned out to be only an 8-mile hike, to and back!  Like, what the hell…

Aside from all of that, if you ever decide to visit Zion National Park, be sure to check-out Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.  Bestie and I “glamped” out there, since it was the only available space near the park, which I had, later, discovered why – who the hell “glamps” in 30-degree weather?!  The difference between camping and “glamping” is that there’s electricity (and if you’re lucky, there’s a flushable toilet and showers next to your already-made tent).  The resort gives you the option to either camp, glamp or rent a well-heated cabin on the facility.  They also provide you an itinerary of the day-to-day activities available, from rock climbing to star gazing.  If bestie and I had more time, we would have taken full advantage of the place.

Check-out some of the highlights below:

After our weekend getaway, I definitely felt rejuvenated to push out the last of our client’s launch.  All I needed was a bit of the grand outdoors to help me re-focus my energy.  Aside from that, I was, especially, excited because it was literally just one-month before I take-off on my Europe trip!  Stay tune to read all about it next week 🙂

#TOTD : Bring It, 2018

January 2, 2018

Even though I had stepped into the year on a sour note, 2017 turned out to be my favourite year, thus far, which explains why I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to it just yet (hence, the delayed post).

If we take a look at my professional life, I did end up getting a promotion, where I am now managing people.  My financial management skills has gotten way better, where I am now putting it towards adult shit (oh, how millennial of me).  Crossed-out the last item off of my childhood “goal” list, which was to get my ass to London, Paris and Rome – something that I’ve attempted to achieve several times over the past few years (also something that I have yet to share with you all).  Developed stronger friendships with the people I made the year before, and I’ve learned to trust my friends can pretty much take care of themselves.

2017 felt more settled than any other year, and 2018 will be more defined.  What I mean by that is I, now, have a greater knowledge and wisdom that can be passed onto others.  There’s a lot that’s going to happen in 2018, which makes me rather nervous, but I’m so ready to tackle it heads-on – it’s because I crave that shit.

My goals for the new year has been shifting lately, and that’s probably because for the first time, I actually do not have a I-need-to-do-this-or-else-kind-of-goal.  Everything is dependent on factors that I have no control over, so you’ll notice my goals are pretty basic:

  • Chef Laurie (thought I’d go with a fancy spelling).  Not really trying to be a chef, but I do want to spend more time in the kitchen (sounds totally wrong).  I’d like to cook more than what I do now, as I have just discovered the peacefulness in laying out ingredients, throwing them altogether and creating a dish that I can actually enjoy.
  • Off To Scandinavia!  Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland are the next destinations on my list for next fall.  Why these countries?  I want to head-straight into places that is a total opposite of California, and Scandinavia is the place for it!
  • Open Up Your Mind. Can’t stress enough how much I have been working on this.  I don’t remember saying this before in a previous post, but sometimes I find myself seeing things as black and white, when there is actually a gray area.  It’s affecting all aspects of my life in a negative way, so this is something I am constantly working on.
  • Continue To Practice Patience.  Got my grandfather’s genes!  I’ve learned that timing is everything, and I just have to trust that everything is going to be okay.  Sometimes, there are certain things you can’t rush, and try to take control of.  Trust in the timing!
  • Take More Risks.  Half of me can be very spontaneous, while the other half plays it safe.  This past year, I took my chances in the work environment and got myself somewhere I didn’t expect.  For 2018, I want to take more risks in my social life like accept more group invitations, get back in the dating game and do whatever people are doing nowadays.

This new year is going to be a tough one for me, but I’ve learned that I can definitely take on whatever I set my mind to, so bring it 2018!

Aside from that, I hope everyone had a wonderful new years 🙂 I had celebrated the new year in Vegas with my family, and couldn’t feel more grateful for them.  Vegas has been a bit quieter than previous years’ due to the shooting a couple of months ago – something our government needs to start addressing as we consistently encounter these situations…(yeah, had to throw that in there).

Either than that, Happy New Year, everyone!

#FridayFunday : Fun In The Sun

December 1, 2017

Although the calendar clearly states that summer is over, it appears that Southern California has other plans.

I have fallen a bit behind in updating you on how I had spent my summer this past year.  I didn’t let the last couple of months go to waste, and ended up having some fun in the sun!  This past summer was ultimately a special one, especially since everyone in my family (the ones who I actually talk to), crammed ourselves into a three-story beach house (all 60 of us) for our annual family reunion.  Each generation was represented, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this huge family.

We had spent a three-day weekend in Oceanside, San Diego.  All bedrooms, sofa beds and floors were assigned to a specific family member.  We invaded a buffet, made breakfast and lunch together, had a taco man come in, played several rounds of volleyball on the beach and celebrated the birthdays of all the August babies.  We stormed the beach with our personalized t-shirts that had each family’s member name on it – from grandparents to grandchildren.  We drank together and talked about how freakin’ awesome it is that we’re all here!

Originally, I wasn’t planning to go…The reason for that is because I was saving up for a huge trip that I had already booked.  But my cousins who were arranging this whole getaway did not take “no” for an answer.  You know what?  I’m glad I was forced to go because this trip was something I very much needed.

In the next upcoming year, it looks like my family is planning a trip up north.  Again, I had flatly told them that I will not be going, and, of course, many did not understand why…Between work and bills, I have room for only one-trip next year.  I had always longed for the adventure that I had read about growing up.  Therefore, I made a commitment to myself that I’ll travel to new places each year – a goal I am completely determined in making it happen.  But, due to my absences over the year, I hope my family knows that if they ever needed me for anything, they know to call me, and I’ll drop whatever I’m doing to be there. 

Image photographed by me

#TOTD : It’s Time To Face Them

October 14, 2017

There are so many different ways in how people deal with their problems.  Some like to tackle them heads-on; some won’t hesitate to ask for help; and some would just completely avoid it.  Depending on the situation, people can respond to problems in any of these various ways.

For instance, when I found out that one of our vendors at work wasn’t able to deliver on time, my head rang in high alert.  Instead of chocking on the news, I immediately took action by formulating a back-up plan, doing what I got to do to make this deadline.  Even though my heart was racing in sheer panic at the possibility of failing, my immediate reaction was to tackle the problem heads-on because it would be a bigger disappointment if I didn’t at least try to make this work.

Now, have you ever heard of the stereotype that “Asians are really good at math”?  Well, don’t count on me to live up to that.  One of the reasons why I majored in Communication Studies is because I didn’t have to take any math classes.  With that said, I stumbled onto a problem, where I had to calculate the cost of a booklet per page – a task that was beyond my mathematical skills.  After multiplying and dividing numbers that made my head go round, I decided that it was time to ask for help.  Sometimes, two minds are better than one.

No matter where we come from or have gone through, we all have problems that we like to refer to them as our “demons.”  One of the demons that I am, currently, battling are the constant voices in my head saying — you’re doing this wrong…why didn’t you think of that in the first place…you can’t do this.  These voices are constantly telling me that I am a total failure.

For the past couple of months now, it feels as if bricks were being dropped onto my shoulders, pushing me into the ground.  Even though every step I take gets a bit heavier and heavier, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been fighting through all that weight.  To relieve me of these thoughts, I went on a solo hike, took a road trip, bought a new hat and got myself a new hairdo.  Unfortunately, what was perceived as solutions for me in the past apparently are not solutions for me in the present moment…

I’ve realized that my lack of confidence and self-doubt are problems that have always been present, and what I had thought were “solutions” are actually distractions.  Because these distractions can no longer shield me from the bigger issues, I am at the point in my life where it’s time for me to start facing them.   

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#FridayFunday : Strollin’ In My Garden

September 29, 2017

I’d like to say it’s my personal, secret garden but there’s no way that 120 acres of land can be hidden from the world.  Located in Pasadena, the Huntington Library is one of the must-see places whenever you’re in Los Angeles.  The Huntington Library is a host of various botanical plants, libraries, art collections and research centers.

During my visit, I had spent much of my time exploring through the different gardens.  Unable to get through them all (sadly I missed the English-styled garden), my favorites of the day was probably the Japanese and Chinese gardens, which may appear bias since I am of Asian descent.  When you enter these gardens, it’s as if you had literally stepped-into the country without having to fly across the ocean – it felt entirely surreal.  I stood on the steps with the bridge and pond below me, surrounded by all these bonsais – a type of plant I had for the office that I was unable to keep alive.  When I migrated to the Chinese garden, I had placed my bottom on a bench, and began to take in the moment.  As I sat in pure silence, I watched the people around me (not like a creeper, but as an observer).  One of the observations I made is what you would commonly see folks my age or what millennials are famously known for – we like to take pictures more than we like taking in the moment.  A young couple, who were likely around my age, snapped away on their phones without absorbing the beautiful view before them.  Basically, they took their pictures, and simply rushed-off.

My biggest pet peeve is just that!  Of course, take the pictures you need to take, but make sure to actually LOOK at what’s in front of you too.  No matter where I’m at, I always take the time to recenter and draw my upmost attention to the present moment.  My mentality is “when am I ever going to get this again?”

With that said, I definitely enjoyed the hour I took, sitting on a bench under a tree with the Chinese-styled bridge and pond (filled with cat fishes, by the way) in front of me.  It makes me really eager to see what Asia is really like!

Check-out a few pics of my visit below:

#TravelThursday : Crusin’ Thru

September 7, 2017

During my lengthy July 4th weekend, my siblings and I busted a last minute, mini road trip to Santa Barbara, Solvang and Ojai.  None of us has ever cruised through the central coast before, so we thought why not go where all the oldies go?

Our first stop was Santa Barbara, which is where we had spent the night on this trip.  It is my favorite place out of the towns we’ve visited, and that’s because it was bigger than the rest.  Thus, making me realize that I cannot live in small towns because I feel ridiculously claustrophobic in it.  Acting as tourists, we had explored a Catholic church, museum and the town’s county courthouse.  On the night of our last stay, my siblings and I dined at Santo Mezcal, which the food and drinks was absolutely delicious, by the way!  As we dined out in the patio with the main street in our view, we noticed a young couple (probably in their twenties) walking together.  The male companion was holding a pizza box while the female companion was on her phone, appearing very disconnected from her surrounding.  Within seconds, the boyfriend loses control of the box, and the pizza escapes from within, landing flat onto the ground.  With everyone having witnessed the scene, the crowd in unison goes, “Awww…”  The funniest part, however, was the girlfriend, who stared shockingly at the sad-looking pizza on the ground.  She then looks up at her boyfriend, gives him a glare, and stomps away without him.  I guess, she was hangry…

Just two-hours away was Solvang, a replica of a dutch town.  A bit overwhelmed, the town was a tourist spot, cramped with travelers.  Other than the smell of danish pastries from like every three buildings we came across in, we were drawn towards a sausage joint.  As we we’re chowing down our hot dogs, I noticed a familiar face right across my direction.  Oh no!  It’s the annoying-family-friend-mechanic, who arrogantly speaks so highly of himself and his family, while directly down-shaming you at the same time.  With our heads down and shades on, my siblings and I pretended as if we didn’t see him and his family.  Yeah, we do that…

Last stop, we made our way to Ojai, where I had planned to take my siblings and I on a nature walk at the Meditation Mount.  But, unfortunately, it was closed.  Very disheartening since that was the only thing I had planned for that stop!  Ojai is more of a retreat for the spa and wine lovers, which I was all down for, but we had someone with us that was underaged.

While looking back at this trip, these destinations all seem fitted for the retirees.  Even though this trip was not what I had originally planned for, I had fun, particularly, because I was with my best friends – my siblings.  Literally, at one point, as we walked down one of Santa Barbara’s streets, my siblings and I were linked arm-to-arm (my sister’s doing), and we got a LOT of stares!  Yup, no shame…Even though we fight like little monsters (quite often, I might add), we love each other like we’re huggin’ a teddy bear.

On another note, I have a couple of mini trips to share with you before my BIG trip 😉  So, stay tune!

Happy Two Years !

August 22, 2017

Lately, life has been all about going from point A to point B.  I’m constantly moving, racing towards a finish line that seems to be unreachable.  A moment to myself has been difficult to come by during the past month or so, but, regardless if I need it or not, I have not had a dull moment.

Even when there’s so much going on right now, we should always make time to celebrate.  This month we’re commemorating the two-year anniversary of this website!  This website has become a recollection of my memories, passions and emotional rides that I tried to communicate in the best of my abilities in hopes that you, as a human being, can somehow relate.

When this space hit its one-year blogaversary, which you can check out here, I had wanted to focus more on what the dating world is like, the places I get to see and throwing in more of my fashionista-side – all of which I had accomplished.  For this upcoming year, I want to continue to detail all the exploration I’m going to do whether it entails me to hop on a plane or hitting the road.  This kind of experiences is what I enjoy writing the most!

Other than the redirection of this blog, you’ll also notice I’ve changed things up a bit (assuming that you’re an avid reader here).  I’ve included a Resume section, which professionalizes this space a bit.  If you have a project you’d need my skill set on, feel free to contact me via email or send me something through my Contact page.

Even though it appears my life is moving at non-stop speed, it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t want to be involved in something exciting!

Happy Two Years!

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#TravelThursday : Desert Life

June 29, 2017

Not many people would believe that I actually went camping, and the reason for that is because I am the type to overpack my suitcase.  I swear, I’ve been better about that!  Some would have believed me if I said “glamping,” but I like to do things the old-school way.  So, over Memorial Day weekend, I straight-up lived in the grand outdoors, without running water – something that I’ve always wanted to do!

We had stayed in Indian Cove Campground, located at Joshua Tree National Park, a place I’ve made a day-trip out to a few years ago.  It was the last weekend before the heat kicked in, but I was already uncomfortable with what we had that day.  Because of the sun’s gnarly rays, we had squeezed our activities early in the morning.  We had hiked at Indian Cove Trail, which is around the corner in the campsite, but we ended up taking a detour because we’re just badass chicks.  Along the way, I saw a bunch of lizards, birds and jack rabbits, who are the most adorable creatures that I wish I can just take home!  The highlight, however, is having been just a few feet away from rattlesnake sightings.  I know the rattlesnakes are common in the desert, but I never expected to actually spot them!

But, regardless, I still had fun and discovered that I like climbing shit.  Because all there is at Joshua Tree National Park are the giant, huge rocks – it’s like a big jungle gym.  Even though I was a child for brief moment, that doesn’t mean reality didn’t catch-up with us.  My cousin and I did end up going through various topics of female inequality.  One of the topics discussed was about how women are far in debt financially than men.  According to a report from NPR, the reason behind all this is because women are paid less than men.  Moments like these, sharing these common issues, reminds me of how I am completely surrounded by AH-MAZING women in my life.  Ever since I was little, my family has always preached how women can be just as strong as men (or maybe even stronger).

This was a much needed weekend retreat away from tending to peoples’ requests, to disconnect digitally and to refocus my energy.  With the 4th of July weekend coming up, I am entirely enthusiastic to spend another long weekend to recharge my batteries!

#FridayFunday : Spa Day For The B-Day

June 9, 2017

It’s about that time to play catch-up!

For the past few months, I’ve been pretty busy at work that my social life appears to be non-existent.  I, honestly, do not remember when I last saw any of my friends, which doesn’t really matter because I’m just too tired to do anything anyways!  With my birthday having come around, making time to celebrate another year of my life was the last thing on my mind.  Having already been mentally, physically and emotionally drained from the past months or so of running around, I decided that for my birthday I’d like to do absolutely NOTHING.

Okay, I did do something, but it was somewhat close to being nothing.  All I did was soak in hot baths, smother myself in red clay and lounge by the pool with margaritas all-day.  It was the first time ever that I paid money to be lazy, and all I can say is that it was totally worth it.  My sister and I had spent most of the day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, located in Corona.  How this place works is that you would pay a general admission fee of $68.00.  The only time you’d be able to pay $58.00 is when it’s your actual birthday, and you’re purchasing a service (i.e. massages, facials, etc).  Such services need to be booked 6-weeks in advance, and they are about $100.00 each for either 50 minutes to an hour.  Honestly, I’d skip the services because you can find something much cheaper around your local area, considering you live in the city, of course.

Although I was only able to relax for just a couple of hours (I can only take so much laziness), I did feel rejuvenated to begin another week of hustling.  Once my schedule opens-up, I would pay money again to do absolutely nothing…

Now, I can discuss about what it feels like to officially enter my mid-twenties, but I’ve already discussed here.  If you’ve rang in the Gemini season with someone or if you’re one yourself, let me know how you celebrated it by leaving a comment below!  Other than that, check out some of my highlights here from my birthday last month:

Yes, that is milk leaking from my breast in the picture…Just kidding!  I had just stepped-out of the pool, so my bathing suit is soaking my dress.

#WardrobeWednesday : Leather Weather

May 10, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Long Beach is Saint & Second, which is located on 2nd Street in Belmont Shores.  Not only is the decor very hip and modern, the food is absolutely divine!  Seriously, all I’m thinking about is the East Coast Oysters I had, which you can check it out here.  Of the dishes that I had at this restaurant, I realized that I have a high preference for anything citrus.  Saint & Second is definitely known for their cocktail drinks, which I also highly recommend getting if you ever stop by.  The masterminds behind the bar knows how to equally balance the ingredients in their drinks that can keep both your taste buds flowing and leave you at a good level.

I can pretty much can create a love note on about Saint & Second, but that’s not what this post is going to be about.  You all would have to experience the place yourself!  What I would like to share with you is an outfit most fitted for the recent California weather or what I’d like to call “Leather Weather.”  Seriously, I’m wearing leather in late spring…Apparently, the gloomy, chilly weather is normal for Southern California in May, as it was reported on NPR just the other day.  Check out how I’ve been dressing for it below:

Outerwear: Zara Biker Style Jacket (similar) | Shoes: Lucky Brand Lakmeh (similar)

Lucky Brand’s ‘Lisza’ Open Toe Bootie featured here were shoes sold at various retailers for $100+ about a year ago.  You know that feeling of regret where you wanted a certain an item that was right in front of you, but decided not to get?  That’s what I went through with these shoes.  Luckily, I stumbled upon Dillards via online and found a pair in my size for just $80!  This was just a month or two ago, and now they are completely sold out.  Not only are these shoes cute (received many compliments for them by the way), they are “somewhat” comfortable.  I say “somewhat” because, for some reason, the area under my toe creates blisters.  The shoes are good enough to walk-in, in terms of lightness and such, but those blisters are not fun…I feel like it’s an issue that can be fixed, so I’ll let you know once I figure that out…But, all-in-all, #noregrets.

If you’re wearing any leather during this time of year, feel free to share it in the comments below!