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It Was Enchanting to Meet You

On August 25, I attended one of Taylor Swift's EPIC 1989 world tour shows at the Los Angeles Staples Center, and it seriously was one of the best concerts I had ever seen. I wasn't too big of a fan of TSwizzle before her 1989 album, but I still admired her music and her overall persona. Fast forward to when her first single "Shake it Off," which was soon followed by the release of her 5th studio album, I was hooked.

I am still experiencing some 1989 post concert withdrawals. She performed all of the tracks from 1989 along with some old school favorites AND she even invited John Legend as one of her special guests for the night. They sang "All of Me" together and it brought tears to my eyes. EPIC. Wishing her the best of luck on the rest of her tour and I hope fans around the nation and world will all get to experience the power of T.Swift, live in concert.


What's the last concert you attended?

"No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind." - Taylor Swift

SUMMER: Viva Las Vegas & Shake Shack (Part 3)

Another road trip that happened this summer was at the beginning of August when my family, MR.MR. and I drove to Las Vegas for my sister's annual basketball tournament. I always remembered Vegas being a fun place as kid where arcades would scream out to your inner child so that you could have a chance to win the big ticket jackpot that could be redeemed for the biggest teddy bear ever! Who knew all of those stuffed animal prizes would have prepared you for slot machines and card game tables. Pai Gao, anyone?

All games aside, one aspect that I really enjoy while visiting the city that never sleeps is how Vegas gives you the Cliff Notes version of some of the world's most popular sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Venice canals, and so much more.

But the highlight of this trip was when we stumbled upon Shake Shack, located right next to New York, New York. I always look forward to eating their cheesy fries and their burgers every time I happen to come across a location, and this time was nothing short of tasty. Now that I look back at this trip, all we did was really eat on this trip. Not complaining though!

We ordered the Smoke Stack, the Shack Burger, the Shack-cago Dog, and of course, cheesy fries, a strawberry shake, and a black and white shake (vanilla + chocolate). Food for days!

New York, New York also has a huge Hershey's Chocolate World for visitors to explore. Every chocolate lovers' dream! Even after that massive lunch of ours, we...may or may not have left this store with a chocholate cupcake. #sorrynotsorry

What are your favorite places to visit in Las Vegas, Nevada?

The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world - John Steinbeck 

Incase you missed it, here are my previous Summer series posts:
Part 1: Cruisin' Together
Part 2: Sedona, Arizona

SUMMER: Sedona, Arizona (Part 2)

My first road trip of the summer in July was to to Sedona, Arizona. My family, MR.MR, and I went to visit family and spent some time away from LA which was definitely a nice breath of fresh air (literally.) I didn't even have any mobile reception over there, which turned out to work out just fine. (Goodbye, technology...)

Sedona is known for its beautiful red rocks that have "healing" properties and it's reputation for being a place where visitors can meditate. We didn't do much mediating, but we did do a bit of hiking in what looked like the real life Carsland. The views were seriously breathtaking. Even though we did not make it through the entire hike, seeing some of Arizona's natural landscapes was awesome.

I rarely get to see the sites in Arizona even though my family visits every year (my mom was born in Arizona; heck, I haven't even been to the Grand Canyon yet), but it was great seeing family again and having our traditional barbecues with freshly caught and fried fish along with some beer-butt chicken. Yum! 


Which desert spots have you visited?

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw

Incase you missed it, here's Part 1 of my Summer series - Cruisin' together 

SUMMER: Cruisin' together (Part 1)

Road trips have always been a favorite past time of mine during all seasons of the year. Whether it be to Arizona to visit family (my mom was born and raised in Tucson), or to San Diego for a quick day trip, to Vegas for my sister's basketball tournament, or even to NorCal just because it was more cost efficient, road trips have always given me a sense of family and togetherness.

You sit in the same car with your enthusiastic parent(s), annoying siblings or cousins, and your ever so patient friend or s.o. for hours. You switch off drivers to lessen the amount of driving fatigue. You try to find the best music to play for your road trip, but find out that T-Mobile's data service really does suck and you are left to play the songs you downloaded onto your phone. Pitch Perfect OST for the 3rd time? Heck yeah! And you start playing the name game, having you start of with the letter "A' for a boy's name. "Aladdin!"

But there's that special feeling when driving and/or riding in a car with people you love, from point A to point B - towards that final destination you all had been waiting for. These are the same type of people who are your best supporters in life, sticking by your side through all of your highs and lows of life. Looking out the window makes you see life in a different perspective and all of the opportunities that await. Feeling overwhelmed and need to take a break and fill up that motivation or creativity tank? No problem. Take a class. Join a club. Volunteer. Start a blog (heh heh). But most importantly, surround yourself with the people who love and support you. As long as you keep your goals alive and actively seek to pursue them, you can do no wrong. That's where I am today, and I'm loving every bit of this journey.

It's been about two years since I last left on a plane to travel, but road tripping and spending time with family and friends during these past few months has definitely filled my void of traveling and inspiration in more ways than one. But even after all of the fun and traveling, there's nothing like that feeling of coming home to your own bed. You know it's true.

What's one of your favorite road trip memories?
Hope you enjoyed the first part of my SUMMER 2015 series. Stay tuned!

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost... - J.R.R. Tolkien


You're invited

I love having a reason to celebrate all occasions, big or small, so in celebration of my birthday, I have decided to start something new as a present for my future self. Writing has always been my passion, but if you know me personally, I'm quite the soft spoken type. But give me any topic to write about and I'll show you what's up.

So, with that being said, after about a year of hemming and hawing of how I was to go about this idea and whether or not I would stay committed to this personal project, I am proud to officially reintroduce my blog to you.

I started this blog in February of 2011 and originally thought about starting a brand new blog on a brand new platform that I have little to no experience with, but decided that the quickest and easiest way to get back into the swing of things would be for me continue to post my writings here because this is where I feel most comfortable.

These past few months have been challenging for me in having to adjust to a few new life changes, but after many family vacations, good food, good company, some "soul searching," and bit of research, I am more than ready to let loose this drive of creativity in hopes of pursuing something I truly love to see where it may lead me.

I am super excited to embark on this very special journey, where I will be sharing everything I love and all things that make life worth living for. And guess what, you're invited.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney

CES 2014: My First Hand Experience

To kick off 2014, I was given the opportunity to attend CES 2014 on January 9-10, 2014. (BIG THANK YOU TO SP!) Also known as the Consumer Electronic Show, CES is a giant annual event that takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center for about a week where previews of the latest, greatest, and upcoming products and product announcements all come together in one place.

Unfortunately, CES is not open to the public, but no fear. I'm here! So sit back, relax, and let me take you on a journey with this little recap of what I saw, a few of my thoughts, and my overall "first time" experience at the biggest electronic show in the whole world. And if you're already thinking it, yes. It was pretty awesome. Imagine big displays and businessmen networking in just about any language you could possibly think of.

Welcome to CES 2014.

Long Time No See!

Hello! Oh man, I can't believe it's been over a year since I last blogged on here. But if it's any consolation, I'm still alive! (I'm still alive!)

Lately I've been having the itch to blog again but haven't been doing much about it. Questions like "Do I stay here and continue blogging? Or do I start a new?" cross my mind every time I get that inkling to write, but do I anything about it? NOPE. Don't get me wrong. The writing fever has been in me for quite some time, but let's just say that it's just taking me even more time to figure some things out.

I've come to realize that as 2013 is nearing its end, my interests in blogging have shifted over time as I found myself reading real life blogs which have inspired me to take my writing and blogging towards a new direction. A direction that is more personal and intimate; focussing more on real life, real emotions, along with everything that I'm interested in. So while I continue to think of how I want to present my writings again, I feel like I should sort things out and really take some time to reorganize my thoughts so that when I am ready, I'll be back to my blog writings 110%!

We'll see how it goes. But even writing this short, little nothing post makes me super happy after being M.I.A. for so long and I seriously can't wait to start this up again. There's just something about reading and writing that lights my soul within, so I hope to be back, full-fledged and ready to conquer the world very soon, one blog post at a time. 

(And incase any of you didn't know I had a blog over these past recent years, SURPRISE!)