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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!)

Things I've learned:

  1. Always try to be patient, no matter what.
  2. Be the one to forgive.
  3. Don't get too attached.
  5. Don't take things for granted.
  6. Embrace new music. 
Hello! Things have been pretty rough here at home due to my mom's fall and her having to undergo surgery. She's doing alright. Taking it one day at a time. But my patience is being tested even more so, but we're all managing alright. I feel like my life has reached a bump in the road, but I'm sure things will smooth out soon. :]

BUT on the brighter side of things, I've been meeting new people and experiencing so much! Definitely enjoying the ride thus far. Everything is a learning experience. You give a little, and hope to get a little in return.


Hello little ol' blog.

Hello there! Yes, it's me! I posted today on my twitter that I felt like blogging about me today, so here I am. My my my, life has definitely been keeping me busy since my last post. I was quite down in the dumps about that previous "job," but it feels like my life has turned a 360 since then. I'll try and post about this later since it's nearing my bed time (I can never seem to stay up too late these days...), but for this quick update...HELLO! I'm alive and doing very very well.

I started this blog with the intentions of making it a beauty blog, but...truth be told, I haven't purchased a single beauty item since those L'Oreal Infallibles! It feels like so long ago, but I've been SUPER BUSY. I try to catch up on my youtubing in the beauty world from time to time, but I still haven't made time to catch up on my favorite blogs! (see sidebar). My bloggie friends and real life friends have given me gifts starting from the beginning of the year and I still haven't gotten around to posting about them. *guilty*

So what I'm basically leading to is that this blog might not have many beauty products in the mean time due to me not having much time to review and take product pictures like I used to (and due to lack of funds), BUT I still will try to update more often about what I've been up to and...yeah. Basically, this might just turn into a place for me to blog about my day or whatever's on my mind etc. It's all up in the air right now, but I really do like blogging SO I WILL MAKE TIME.

-sigh- I'm still adjusting to this busy schedule of mine, so please bear with me!

Stick around if you'd like, but I'll understand if you won't. No hard feelings. :]

Never give up + Happy Belated 1YR Anni!

Back to my blog! So....I kind of missed my FIRST BLOGIVERSAY on February 24! =[ It was a rough moment in my "working" career and through all the happiness/stress...I have neglected to post about it. But happy belated to this lil ol' blog of mine. I'm working on not abandoning you for too long.

Updates on what I've been up too;

Soaking up the sun, of course! 

British tea thanks to my lovely friend Jian. It was definitely a throat saver during my sick days. // My sister's only iPod Nano Video. This thing is tiny!...but it still works and I am happy. // The "Railroad". Yummy. // "Irish Chocolate" from Sprinkles! (Which now has a 24hr. cupcake machine!)

Yup. Haven't been up to too much lately. Life has been challenging me lately in the "working world." Which I explain the the following below;

"There are better things ahead than any we leave behind."
‎"It never gets easier. You just get better." 

Ever wondered if something was too good to be true? Retracting back to my last post back in mid-February, I had mentioned that I had gotten a new job. Little did I realize that the job really did turn out to be complete farce. After countless times of positive reinforcement, leading me to believe that I had a chance of future work there, it was all talk. They made it sound TOO GOOD, but little did I know what their true motives actually were. I've never worked in this type of "work" before, so I thought everything was peachy keen. While I put too much faith in all that was being said, I really was just disposable labor. So, without getting to much further into the nitty gritty details, I have decided to just move on. They're just kidding themselves with what they're doing. Big talk without the following reinforcement of action gets you no where!

So, after getting myself sick from the stress for about a week, with the runny and stuffy nose, plugged up ears, watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing, it was just lovely, I'm a better person because of it. I guess I was stuck in their little "work" bubble, only to forget of the bigger opportunities out there, just waiting to be seized. I am back to the drawing board again, but not to square one just yet. There are some exciting workings in the running, and I hope to share them with you all soon.

Not all hope is lost in the end. I am a very hopeful person, so situations like these are quite tough for me to handle. But, *cues Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger'*. Can't wait to see where life where bring me next!...or where I'll take it myself!

I'll end this one with the trailer for Despicable Me 2. Can't help but love these little minions! Hope you all have been well. Like I've said before...miss you all! Let's all catch up soon.