Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Winter Holiday 2014

Happy Holidays! 

I'm glad I got all my shopping done and Christmas set up done early, so all I had to worry about was catching the fun stuff of the holidays. I was able to see a lot of holiday decorations and lights thought that it would be best to share them. I've seen so many different Christmas trees, decorated houses, and light show and was able to go ice skating. But, I'm hoping I will go ice skating again!

Oakland California Temple

One of the most memorable holiday lights I seen were in Oakland at the Oakland California Temple. Lily suggested we visited the place and I'm glad we did.

Tree in Arden
Tree in Union Square, SF

I've seen so many Christmas trees that I'm not going to post them all.

Tree in Folsom
Tree in Japantown, SF


I don't know what it is about ice skating that I enjoy so much, but I love it!

A lot of the decorated houses I seen I found out about through the Lights of the Valley website or simple just searching in Google "best decorated houses in Elk Grove". I looked up places in both Sacramento and Elk Grove.

Rick's Light show was great. I really enjoyed it. I was nervous when there was traffic on the way there because I wanted to make it by 5pm because the show starts at 5pm and I didn't want to miss any of it. Luckily, I made it on time to see the whole thing :).

Macy's Theater of Lights in Old Sacramento definitely had the most people. And, the show was good. I definitely enjoyed it. I also like the Christmas tree.

I can't catch every single holiday decorated place, but I can enjoy what I can. I wish everyone a happy holiday or wonderful winter season.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

San Francisco with Lily and Chen

It was the last week that me and Chen met up with Lily again. I was surprised that Lily would come to California again this year. I told her that I plan on going to New York next year, so I hope that happens!

I originally planned on going to San Francisco at 7am, but I had to take care of some stuff that morning and didn't want to bring my laptop along. We ended up in Oakland around 11 and picked up Lily and headed to our hotel. We also got our bus passes ready and was able to obtain a map with bus routes at our hotel. Our first destination was Fishermen's Wharf. I been there a few times already, but it was Lily's first time. Lily liked it because it was touristy.

Our first goal was to eat and we dined at Fog Harbor at Pier 39. We had a great view of the Pier and a part of the city.

Me and Chen shared some fried stuff and I ordered the clam chowder and a orange juice.

There was some nice decorations at Pier 39, including a big Christmas tree that's pretty skinny.

There's lots of heart statues in San Francisco. One of them is in Union Square. And, another one is at Fishermen's Wharf.

After Fishermen's Wharf, we took the bus to Lombard Street to see the Crooked Street. It was rather nice looking and looked exactly like it did in pictures. There's only houses around though from what I could see.

After our visit to Crooked Street, we headed to Chinatown for some boba and had some Cool Tea Bar.

We walked around Union Square for a bit. I ended up getting some items at Uniqlo and didn't plan on shopping.

 The nicest decorations were at the park. There was a view of Macy's, which was decorated really nice and the park had a big tree.

We took the bus to Japantown and ended up eating Korean food at New Korea House. After dinner, we made our last stop of the night to the Palace of Fine Arts, which looked great at night. There was nobody else around though.

The next day, we went to Japantown and had lunch at Kui Shin Bo. I thought it was a cool place to have lunch. It seems casual in there and it had good lunch specials.

One of the stops me and my friend always make in Japantown is Daiso. Daiso is a nice place to get cute goods for a cheap price. That day, they had really cute socks for sale and we all ended up with a few of them. I also got a sign that said "Merry Christmas" to help decorate my home.

After walking around Japantown for a bit, we got crepes. Chen bought crepes from Sophie's Crepe and me and Lily got crepes from Belly Good Cafe. I used to think that the only difference between the two places was that Sophie's has a crispier crepe and Belly Good has a softer crepe. I found out that Sophie's Crepe only serves vanilla ice cream and only has other kind of flavors in gelato. At Belly Good Cafe, there's many different ice cream flavors to choose from and you can even have a green tea crepe. Also, it's easier to eat the whole crepe since you can just rip off the red paper that is given at Belly Good versus at Sophie's you have one hard paper holding the whole crepe and you can't really rip that off.

 We visited a few museums the next day in San Francisco. We visited Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cartoon Art Museum, and Museum of Craft and Design. I was able to obtained a few informational flyers of the work that was currently in the museums. I been saving up flyers or whatever I can for my special scrapbook I'm going to work on next year.

Before we took Lily back, we went to Purplekow and then headed to Oakland. Lily suggested that we visit the Oakland Temple, which was nicely decorated.

 We also made a trip inside the visitor center to look around and ended up staying longer than planned. I didn't expect there to be a great view of Oakland and San Francisco at the temple. But, it was nice to see.

We dropped off Lily at her grandma's place and hopefully we will see Lily in New York next year!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My 24th Birthday

Yesterday was my 24th birthday. It was way faster than I would have liked. A few months ago, I planned to create a list of things that I have learned by now, but then I had a change of mind. I also made a scavenger hunt list for me to do, but I eventually decided not to do it, but I did keep the list.

In the morning, my mom forced me to eat porridge she claim was healthy before I headed out and afterwards she gave me a red envelope.

I had lunch at Cafe Rolle with one of my friends on my birthday.  I ordered the chicken breast sandwich, while my friend ordered the salmon sandwich. We also ordered the vanilla creme brulee. I haven't tried creme brulee before and I was expecting it to taste different and I didn't really like it although it does look great.

After lunch, I headed to the mall and because I really wanted to get Urban Decay eyeliner. I bought some a while back and I suddenly lost all of them and I really liked their eyeliner. I ended up getting a mini pack of eyeliner and a Ibuki protective moisturizer.

My mom bought me a cake. I was surprised because I usually ask her for it in my previous birthday, but this time she asked me and she got me it.

The next day, I met up with friends at BJ's in Elk Grove. We had to wait a bit since they were busy during lunch time and more of our party arrived as we waited.

Me and Jessey were the only ones to have a drink there. I thought my drink was ok though and not to my liking.

Half of the table ordered their own dishes and the other half shared. The half that I shared with decided on the bbq spareribs, fried calamari, and chicken wings. It wasn't until later that I realized I wanted the pizza.

Since it was my birthday, I also got a pizookie. As I got it, my friends sang happy birthday and I ate some of the pizookie, but let Eric finished the rest of it.

I was able to get a picture of all the guests who attended my birthday lunch. Next time, I will have my birthday gathering at a place with a round table because I like being closer to my guests and that way it's easier to share food.

I was surprised by each person that I got from each person. I was happy with the gifts that I got from each person. There was some stuff that I been wanting for a long time, but I didn't want to get it. I didn't expect to get that many gifts :).

Overall, I think this is one of the best birthdays I've had. I got a chocolate cake. I was able to have a birthday celebration with friends and got lots of gifts from friends.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 31 Challenge: Inspired by the song unicorn zombie apocalypse and that its a Halloween. Make a unicorn zombie apocalypse story.

I finally reached the last blog post of this 31 days challenge and I'm so relieved! It was such a long month and not actually the best month either.

There was once a young little girl named Keila, who live in a small tropical island in the Pacific Ocean. In the island, there was a huge mountains with caves. However, the route to the caves were blocked off and no one was permitted access to them. One day, Keila and her friends were adventurous and decided to go up to the mountains and see how far each of them would go to prove their bravery. Keila and her friends found a way to cross the gate that blocked access to the caves. The next step in proving their bravery was to explore the caves. However, all of them were too reluctant to go inside. Throughout their lives, the children heard many horror stories of the caves and why they should stay away. One of the kids named Ritz, said "come on, if none of you can go in like me, then you are all chickens!" That statement made all the other kids adventurous and willing to go in, but still in fear. For the first few steps inside, there wasn't anything out of the ordinary until Ritz accidentally kicked a pebble to the wall. Then, all of a sudden they heard rumbling and a small creature came up and quickly ran to them. In response, the kids screamed and ran out of the cave and back to their homes as soon as possible.

All of the kids were wondering what that creature was since it was so unusual and they had never seen a creature like that before. After a few hours, the kids met up again to discuss what the creature was that they had seen. None of them dare to tell their siblings or other members of their family and the community. As darkness approached, everyone on the island heard a terrible roar and loud clashing, which caused the community to get together on the beach to figure out where the noise was coming from. All of a sudden, a big bird looking creature came flying to all of them. The whole community was either muttering, screaming, or jumping out of surprise. Finally the big bird stopped right next to a palm tree to snack on a bird. When the big bird stopped and landed everyone realized that the big bird had wings, like a unicorn. But, the unicorn was black and it looked like it been killed. Suddenly, more of the black unicorns came to snack on birds. The community leader, Szam determined that the black unicorns were like unicorns zombies who likes to snack on birds. Szam wondered why the unicorn zombies came from and they led him to look at the caves on the mountains. Szam realized that the caves had been explored and that there were hundreds of unicorn zombies flying all over the island in search of food. Everyone was frightened that one of them may be snacked on instead of birds. The sky was usually blue on the island, but became black. The zombie unicorns made louder noises and began to damage the buildings and began attacking islanders who had food. Realizing that there is no place on the island to escape the zombie unicorns, the community realized it's worst nightmare. The horror has arrived.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 30 Challenge: Name an event in life that scared you.

I had just got off of my flight in Shanghai. It went much smoother than I expected, but when I got out to the departure area, my ride was not there waiting for me. I expected someone to be there waiting for me already when I got out of my flight. Since I didn't know what to do, I just stood there waiting for a very long time. I panicked because I thought I would be forgotten and not picked up. But, it turns out that my ride decided to wait a bit longer until he picked me up because it would be a while for me to get out of customs and get my luggage. Being a person that always expects people to be on time I found that moment to be very scary.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 29 Challenge: What is currently your greatest fear?

I don't like living in fear and I'm sure the majority of the people feel the same way. However, my fears are different from a lot of people. I feel that my current greatest fear is the future. As of now,  I don't have stability financial or in my career, so I feel that is scary. But, I'm also trying to find better opportunities. I'm just so scared that it will never happen to me.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 28 Challenge: What are things you do to avoid ghosts or monsters?

I dont actually believe ghosts or monsters exists, but I do still fear them sometimes. When I was a kid I used to build a fortress using my stuff animals around my bed. I also choose to close my door, as well as my closet door. I just feel safer when my door is closed. Even though I keep my lights closed for my room, whenever I walk out of my room in the middle of the night I open the lights. I avoid places that are scary, haunted or such in order to avoid ghosts or monsters. But yeah, I guess that's pretty much it,

Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 27 Challenge: If you were to be an animal, which one would you want to be and why?

For the longest time now, I always imagined that I would be a cheetah if I were an animal. Cheetahs aren't the most loudest animals and I'm not exactly the loudest person. Female Cheetahs are independent as they have to live in solitary most of the times and I seem myself as independent. If I had the opportunity, I wouldn't mind living alone. I used to walk really fast, so that's why I used to think I was speedy. Not to mention, I always liked cheetahs :).

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day 26 Challenge: What do you think a lot the people in your life are afraid of or the most prevalent misconceptions?

I realized that a lot of people in my life are sheltered even though they been put through a lot of struggles and obstacles they have to overcome. I know quite a few people who don't even drive on the freeway or at night because they are afraid. I even know some people who wouldn't even take a walk around their neighborhood because they are scared. I'm still surprised that some people are afraid of learning how to ride a bike that they never try. I guess I understand why for ice skating, but ice skating is definitely worth trying! I didn't realize it until recently, but a lot of people fear trying new foods. Yes, people are afraid of trying crocodiles, snakes, or the like, but I'm talking about dishes that are different cuisine or dishes from what the person usually tries. I'm still meeting people who never tried Pho or Thai food, which I still find surprising.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day 25 Challenge: What app do you think you will still be playing 5 years from now?

I think that I will pretty much be playing some of the same apps. I would still be using my social media sites. Most definitely will be using my email apps. As for my game apps, I believe I will still be playing the Myvegas app because it takes a while to earn points from that game and I will always want to go to vacation. However, I'm unsure if I will continue to play The Simpsons Tapped Out. I been playing it for about 2 years now, but to keep playing it for the next 5 years I really don't will continue that. I guess the same goes for Clash of Clans. I know I said that I stopped my addiction, which I did, but I go on it occasionally to collect from collectors. I think that eventually it will just fade away from my interests.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 24 Challenge: What is something you been hoping for the longest time?

I feel that a lot of these questions may be different, but many of my answers are similar. I've already mentioned that I wanted to travel abroad for the longest time, especially in Europe. I've also mentioned that I really wanted to work for the state. So, I would say those two goals are what I been hoping for the longest time. I actually believe I will achieve them. I just don't know when.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 23 Challenge: Name a reason why you can't fall asleep

I feel that the main reason why I can't fall asleep most of the times is that I'm continually worried about my life. I'm worried about why I haven't received a job offer to a position I really want. I'm wondering if it would ever happen and what I can do to make it happen. So yeah, I guess that makes feel so restless.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 22 Challenge: What are some things you think you would never do?

Hmm...seems easy to say you wouldn't do a lot of things right? It was kind of hard for me to make this list. But, I feel that everything on the list I would seriously not do ever.

I would never smoke a cigarette, cigar, or the like.
I would never dye my hair.
I would never shave my hair bald.
I would never get a tattoo.
I would never sky dive.
I would never swing on a chandelier.
I would never have any other piercings on my body besides my ears.
I would never get a boob job.
I would never bungee jump.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 21 Challenge: What do you feel will never change or will take a lifetime of progress?

I haven't put much thought into this challenge, let's see what I can think of...

I guess one of the things I feel that will never change is my mom being the toughest on me and having the most duties out of my siblings.

I always wanted to work on my own autobiography of life, but I knew that I couldn't finish it until I'm near my senior age. Not to mention, it will take a lot of time to compose everything I want to say, as well as multiple edits.

I been terribly afraid of heights since I can remember and I think that's something hard to get over. It would take a long time for me to get over if I do at all and it wouldn't be so easy for me.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 20 Challenge: What would you do if you saw an unusual object, plant, or bug nearby?

This is one of my weirdest challenges. If I saw an unusual object, I would go up to it and check it out since I'm a curious person. But, I'm likely to not keep it and just leave it where it is though. I might take a photo of it or post it. If I saw a unusual plant, I would probably be amazed by it. I would also take a photo. I would look up more information and see if it's a rare or endangered plant. I wouldn't take it though and try to protect it. If I saw an unusual bug nearby, I would look at it and its surroundings and not go very close to it. I would see how it's different and similar to other bugs. I wouldn't touch it.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 19 Challenge: Name 5 things people dont know about you until they actually spend time you.

Lots of people are surprised about the music I like to listen to. People are shocked that I like to listen to rap and hip hop, and music with just beats, like Animals by Martin Garrix.

Whenever I eat, I just can't have yellow onions in a lot of my dishes. I always pick out all the yellow onions from my pizza and sandwiches and some other dishes. I really don't like the texture of it at all and sometimes I don't like the flavor of it.

I'm not into Korean dramas. Just about every girl I know have watched several Korean dramas and talks about them often and I really dont know much about it. I never got into it despite that many other people like watching them.

When people start spending more time with me they get familiar with my regular phrases and what they mean. One of my friends said that whenever I asked if the person liked something and the person said yes, I would make sure that the person gets that item. My brother says that I say "sure" too much and before he said that I didn't notice I said it too often.

I never had the opportunity to learn to play instruments. I know some people know how to play at least one instrument or took classes, but I never did.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 18 Challenge: Name 5 people who majorly influenced or helped you out throughout life.

My mom played a major part in shaping who I am today. There's been several times when she made me angry, but also she pushed me to try harder and better myself in so many ways. Unknowingly, she also led me to want to move away.

One person who helped me a lot is Jodi. She helped tutored me in math and chemistry in high school and I will always be forever grateful for it. She urged to always try my best and showed me how to do things.

I have to say that Chen has helped and influenced me a lot. I would say that we share similar goals and she also encourages me.

My baby sister might just be a baby, but she also helped me out in life. She helped me out in little things mostly. She also gave me lots of smiles and happiness.

I guess someone I have to say is my dad. My dad is one of the most disadvantage people I know, yet he seems to be the most happy out of anyone else I know. So, he is inspiring to me because he encourages me to reach for the best and to aim for happiness.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 17 Challenge: What inspires you? Don't forget to add quotes or certain moments that trigger why they inspire you.

 "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." Chapter 1, pg. 1, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I really like this quote. So many people I know have always had disadvantages. And now, I see that I have some advantages over others, but that doesn't mean I use it against anyone. This quote is for the little person, who has so much to reach in life and also for the big person who has too much. When I think of this quote, I think of me as drifting away from the little person, but aiming to be that bigger person who will always remember the little person.

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed."- Booker T-Washington

This quote really inspires me. I feel like I been through a lot of disadvantages in my life, but that doesn't mean I didn't do what it took to make it through. I feel that the quote especially resonates with me right now although I haven't overcome the obstacle yet. Rather, I'm still trying to overcome the obstacle to succeed.

I feel that a lot of people underestimate fear. Sure, it's something to run away from, but it's also something that can encourage or motivate people. Fear has led me to do a lot of stuff in life because I've chosen to conquer it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 16 Challenge: Things you always wanted to do, but never had a chance to do.

I been meaning to go to San Luis Obispo for a while now, but I haven't got the change to go. Ever since I first went to San Luis Obispo in high school I fell in love with it. I liked the town and it seems like a great place to just relax. I was going to go in April or March of this year, but then there was trouble with getting enough people and then it never fell through.

I always wanted to go to Italy. It's like my life long dream. I have to go there one day. I just have to.

I been wanting to get a good start on my career. I feel that I do try, but there are always times when I just want to give up. But, I still have to do my best to make it happen.

I been meaning to go to Chicago for the longest time. I think I feel in love with Chicago when I was in college and I wanted to go there ever since.

I always wanted to write a story about my whole life, but I never got around to it. I think working on it will take a lot of patience and a lot of alone time.

I been wanting to wear more of my clothes that I bought. I like a lot of them, but decided not to wear them because there's not an occasion or special reason to wear them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 15 Challenge: Compile a childhood toy, something you cant leave the house with, something you have in your car, a photo, random object, and an outfit.

Throughout my childhood, I had lots of toys that came and go. But, there was also toys that I managed to take care of and still have today. I cherish them because I liked them back then and I still like them. Just like photographs, I keep them for memories.

It's kind of funny how I don't leave home without my cellphone. 10 years back, I didn't even have a phone. But, now I need to know what's going on at all times. I need to constantly check my email, social media, and always be there if there's a phone call I need to answer.

I try to leave stuff in my car that I might need. For example, if I'm at the beach I might need a chair or a frisbee. I like leaving my sports stuff in my car in case I'm ever with friends and they want to play.

 I looked at this photo this morning. The photo is very old now. I've grown and it's kind of funny seeing pictures of me and my siblings when we were kids.

My random object is my Panasonic video camera. This camera is great for close ups. I've even used it to take some photos. The bad thing about it is it can't zoom, so whatever is far away is a blur. I used to use it a lot through my last year of college.

I choose a skirt for the bottom part of this outfit because it was the first thing that stuck out to me while I opened my closet. I wasn't sure what topped that what match it best. But, I definitely had black in mind. I eventually stuck with the black shirt. It looks much nicer when its on though.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scream Park California

I really wanted to do something spooky for Halloween. I spent some time surfing the internet to see what events were going on in Sacramento around Halloween season. Among one of the interesting things to do were going through Haunted houses. I found out about a few in the Sacramento area, but I decided to go with Scream Park.

Usually me and my siblings don't agree with the things we like to do. But, both Brandon and Cindy were interested in going to a haunted house.

When we arrived at the destination, it was an abandoned store or warehouse. The company rented out the building for the season. There was a concert going on and the line wasn't moving at the moment, so they can let the performs sing.While we were getting in line, one of the actors followed me and tried to scare me.

We did arrive 2 hours after it opened, so the line was kind of long. There was 3 haunted houses there and we had to go to them in order. The first one that we went to was the "Bad Acid Trip", which was in 3D. I remembered that haunted house the least because it was all a blur. I remembered that my brother got scared and screamed. I also remember that my brother was supposed to lead then I somehow ended up leading for a bit. The next haunted house was "Asylum". For this haunted house, we got the bring flashlights in. I think this was the most well decorated house as I felt the most terrified as I looked around. The last one we went to was "Mind of a Killer", which was based on a serial killer in Sacramento. While we were getting through the haunted house, my sister stepped on my shoe and I decided whether or not to go back to get it, but decided to get it. I thought it was kind of funny that when they told us to run, we ran. Also, since we ran we caught up with another group and that made it less scary.

Overall, the haunted house experience was pretty fun. I did get scared, but I think it was just enough. I was able to go to sleep alone at night and no tears or anything major. Just enough spook to remember that it's Halloween season.

Day 14 Challenge: What is the last dream you had?

I knew I wouldn't remember my last dream. But, I guess I can describe the last dream that I can remember.

I was at a water park for my friend and it was almost about to be my turn to go down the slide. Before I went down the slide, I gave my keys to my friend so he could hold it since I didn't have a pocket. My friend took the keys and put it in his pocket. The water park we were at was not an actual water park in real life. It actually kinds of reminds me of the second elementary school that I attended. It was like the water park took the place of the school.

Sorry, I can't be really detailed with something that's such a blur. I do try to remember my dreams and nightmares though.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 13 Challenge: What is something you always look forward to?

I'm always looking forward to traveling. But, I really can't do it because of work conflicts and not enough to fit the budget,

I'm also looking forward to good change and hearing good news. But, in reality, it really does not happen all that often.

I always look forward to not owing any debt or money whatsoever.

I guess that's all that I really always forward to right now.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 12 Challenge: What are some lessons you have learned in life?

There's so many things I want to write for this post. But, as I started writing some of them, I realized that I don't remember a lot of them right off the bat.

One major lesson I learned is that even though you spent the majority of the place with someone and had the same experiences doesn't mean they have the same thoughts about it. Some people might have fun at some places, while others don't. But, most of the people assume or don't ask people what they thought about an experience. I love the beach and would love to go any day and any time. But, there's lots of my friends who only want to go for the view and never want to touch the water or spend the whole day there. I also like ice skating and could do it for hours, but most of my friends probably wouldn't want to do it for more than 10 minutes.

I used to believe it when people told me that they hated something, but it turns out they were afraid, reserved, and afraid of getting out of their boundaries. I used to believe that when people told me that something was impossible, but turns out they didn't know how the system worked or how to get it done. I guess my lesson here is that I'm learning more about what people tell me and what it tells me about the person. For example, whenever someone tells me that they hate something I'm more curious because learning why might let me know their fears, ambitions, and etc.

A lot of people can't do lots of things with the company of others. And, then there's people who can travel solo around the world. It wasn't until recently that I learned not everyone is the same. Before, I envisioned that everyone wanted to travel around the world even if it meant that they were doing it solo. But, I learned that there are many people who don't want to travel solo. What came to me as a shock the most is that there's lot of people who don't dream of traveling or don't plan to go anywhere outside of California or their city. And, I'm quite the opposite of that thought. I always wanted to travel and have wonderful adventures.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Day 11 Challenge: Name some bad habits

I hate that I had bad habits. Over the years I've managed to get rid of some, but I've also gained some.

Among one of my bad habits is that the first thing I do when I wake up is check my Iphone and then my Ipad. And, that's the last thing I do before I go to sleep.

Another one of my bad habits is forgetting my water bottle whenever I go to places. The moment I'm given a task I forget about the water bottle until later. Oh, and I guess it's also bad that I don't finish my water bottles a good percentage of the time.

One of my worst habits is staying up late at night. Sometimes its for work, but there's numerous times I can sleep just because I'm worried about my career life.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 10 Challenge: Name some thoughts and perceptions of yourself and what you think of them.

There's a huge perception of me as being shy and quiet. I know that a lot of people think this about me. I actually really hate that they think this of me. Although I can see how it's true and why they think that way. However, I hate it because whenever I ask a lot of people to describe they mention words of me being "timid, shy, and quiet" and I take that as that's all they know about me or all they bothered to learn from me. I don't want people to think of me in only those ways. I don't know... I guess when I ask people to describe me I prefer more unique terms and terms I don't usually expect.

I've had some people say I'm the adventurous type, which I totally agree with. And, that's how I would describe myself to others.

The perception I like most is that I'm unique. I like it the most because I liked to be thought of as different and not like others.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 9 Challenge: Name things that you wish you were better at.

There's thing everyone's not good at, but wished they were good at. I thought this list would be really easy, but it was actually kind of hard for me to write.

I wish I was good at...
-public speaking
-saying no
-conquering my fears
-braiding my hair
-applying makeup

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 8 Challenge: All about blogging, why you blog, started, and continue to do it.

I started blogging a long time ago and I enjoyed it. I like being able to remember what I did a few days ago, months ago, and years ago. I also enjoy writing and blogging allows me to do that on a regular basis.

I believe I first started blogging when I first got Xanga. I remember I used to write about what I did every single day. I stopped doing that after I while and eventually stopped using Xanga. A few years later, I created a Tumblr, but soon realized that I couldn't write the stories I wanted on there. So, I decided to create a blogger to help me remember memories again. I think it's fun and I like treasuring memories.

There's lots of people who blog or used to blog. Some people may blog about travels. But once their adventures end, so do their blog. There are some people who decide to make a blog as a way to pick up some money, but even some of those end sometimes. I don't know why, but I always get sad when I find out that a blog that I like ended, especially one that I connected with or been following.

For my blog, I decided to include the archive of all my blog posts. My oldest one on blogger dates all the way back to 2011. I like that I can just read my blog from past years and that its easy to find, which was also why I included the search button. I guess that's also why I get bothered when blogs don't have a search button or a more efficient way to look at posts from the past. I don't always have something to write for my blog, so I try to be creative because I want to keep it alive. A lot of people dont know this about me, but I like to analyze how I've changed through the years and one of the best ways to do that is through my writing, looking at old pictures, and thinking of who I was in the past.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 7 Challenge: Name 10 things you do now that you weren't doing 10 years ago and name 5 things you hope to do in 10 years.

Sometimes people don't realize how much they change until they make a reflection of their lives. Sometimes it's the realization that a kid or someone young doesn't know who or what you are talking about. In some cases, it might be the people that you are surrounded by that changes. One thing is for sure, there are definitely changes in my life. I do hope that it changes for the better.

Here's a list of 10 things I do now, that I wasn't doing 10 years ago...

1. I didn't start driving until I was 18. And, now I rely on it as my main way to travel and a great way to
2. I have to pay bills now :(.
3. I work now even though it's not where I want to work at.
4. I 'm continuously worried about my career life.
5. I watch less t.v. now.
6. I'm less of a clean freak.
7. I actually have my own phone to use and go on social media.
8. I'm not stuck and not where I want to be in life.
9. I have more opportunity to hang out with friends.
10. I'm not going to school.

5 things I hope to do in 10 years...

1. Go to Italy
2. Begin my dream job
3. Be debt free
4. Understand myself better and have better goals
5. Explore more of California

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hiking in Hidden Falls, Auburn, CA

I first heard of Hidden Falls when I was discussing with one of my co-workers about hikes. Michael mentioned Hidden Fall in Auburn. I never been to that place so I was interested in going. We were originally going to go a few months ago, but it didn't happen until last Saturday.

I didn't want to drive, but Xeng offered to drive us there. Xeng wanted to leave before 7am, but Michael didn't arrive until after 7ish because he woke up pretty late. I was glad we left pretty early, especially since I usually leave around 9 or 10pm during my other hikes and I'm always the one driving.

Once we got there, we waited a few minutes for Xeng's friends. While we were waiting, we looked at the board, which showed a map. We also grabbed a few maps. I was surprised that they had them. I was also shocked that there were several trails we could take to get around the area. I'm used to going to places with only one trail to the destination and back.

I forgot which trail we took when we first started walking, But, I remember that it was pretty sunny and that there wasn't enough shade, nor was there much to see.

While we were looking at the map, I realized that I really want to go to the viewing dock. In order to get to the dock, we had to cross the bridge.

When we were walking on the trail, we noticed this stream and we went down and explored it.

I thought it was really nice. I should have explored it more. But, everyone else seemed like they were in a rush and wanted to leave early.

I think one of the cool things that I saw was a dog swimming in the water.

I realized too late that my camera's brightness was low. So, that's why some of my pictures turned out really dark.

We knew that the deck was pretty close and we found out that we were close to the waterfall. It was nice that there was a deck to to see the waterfall. We were glad that there was still water running, but we realized that there wasn't a lot of water.

After we were on the viewing deck, we wanted to walk more of the trail. We noticed another viewing deck and checked it out. I thought it was nice and we there no longer than 5 minutes because the rest of the group complained that it was too hot and no shade.

 After checking out the viewing deck, we walked down another trail. This trail, however, was much harder. We didn't realized it until we went through it. It was very steep and we kept walking up and down.

When we were done with the trail, I was relieved. It was hard and that meant it was so much closer to being done.

I thought that this hiking spot was great. It was well maintained and that there was also many trail. There are benches and a picnic table. Also, I thought that the bridges and the viewing deck were very nice and they were new.

I know we didn't see the waterfall last, but I wanted to put the waterfall last. I wished we were able to enjoy the view longer, but Xeng's friends were on a rush. They seemed on a rush during most of the hike. It sort of reminded me of me since I sometimes try to finish the hike first. I feel that this hike made me realize that I rush too much in life and that sometimes I just need to slow down and enjoy.