July seems to be my favorite time of year to start a new year's resolution. It has been 2 years since I posted, so I guess it's time to write again. We just came back from a long trip abroad and have in mind some takeaways to shape lives for the better. Pura Vida- enjoy [...]
It Just Occurred to Me
Now that all my followers are probably gone from my blogging site, let me try to write again. It's been awhile. And I'm not really sure why, and I have no good reason for that either. There have been some things I have noticed since growing up (yes, I have considered myself growing up the [...]
Time Fleeting By
To put into perspective, I started this blog three years ago. At that time, I was living in Manhattan and Staten Island. I spent my day in the busiest city of the world. Thinking about it now, it sounds more like a dream- a distant memory of someone else's life. We had so much freedom [...]
Volunteering With Fardos
I have grown incredibly attached to my Syrian friends, whom I volunteer with at Catholic Charities in Atlanta. Fardos, who had needed computer literacy help, was my first volunteer case. She was always so gracious and thankful of my help. She had shared so many of her culture's cuisine with me. I would have so [...]
Today, I played Can’t Help Falling In Love on the Ukulele
This song was played really badly, I've been meaning to learn finger-plucking, and just did the simplest technique. I think it goes quite nicely with the song because I'm "rushing in" to playing this song. I'd prefer to not edit it because this would be a good marking point to where I started out playing. [...]
Today, I drew rain.
After yesterday's resolve to post more, I had already almost not done anything for today. My boyfriend says it looks like a woman with an umbrella head, but it's okay, because I like it. Really, it's not too bad, right? I like the rain. I like listening to it and looking at it. I don't [...]
Hey everyone, I drew sadness.
Trying something new to improve my skills.
Three Day, Three Quotes Challenge: Day 3
On the last day of my quotes challenge, I decided to choose another song. Here is one of my all time favorite songs.
Three Day, Three Quotes Challenge: Day 2
Every birth year, I look back and reflect on what life lessons in that year resonated with me most. I have been 24 years old for 4 months now, and I have experienced by far the most internal struggle I've ever been through. I've met and dealt with situations beyond my comfort zones. For my [...]
Three Day, Three Quote Challenge: Day 1
iWinta was nominated by Simon at To Cut a A Short Story Short, and please check his blog and many creative short stories! The GUIDELINES are: Thank the person who nominated you. Post one quote per day over three days. Nominate 3 blogs per day to take part in the challenge. It’s entirely voluntary and [...]
A New Start
Things in life happens when they are ready to happen. When they are not ready to happen, all you can do is to sit and enjoy the ride. Life is way too short; take a deep breath, and go outside.
WL Reflections: May and June 2018
How much can you change in a year? It's been more than a year after my reflection in May 2017. I have my journal and blog to thank for keeping track of my reflections and goals of in the past, present and future. As with a lot of things in life, less is more. Here [...]
Mindfulness: Nothing Like a Blank Page of Paper
I almost wanted to publish this blog post blank (Heh). I don't think that would have helped clear up anything in my head. Noise, noise, noise!! Not the kind that the Grinch hears, but the kind that fills up your brain even though you're not doing anything. The kind of noise that having many tabs [...]
On Religion: “You know what… I’ll pray for you”
... was what I was told as soon as she knew that I wasn't religious. "Huh," I thought. It seems like a really nice and considerate statement, but then it had seems somewhat closed and short. Like the topic was over. It had bothered me. You know what? I'll pray for you, and that the [...]
Vietnam: Hiking and Swimming in Ba Ho (Three Pools), Nha Trang
Ba Ho is a must-visit destination for a day trip while in Nha Trang. Regardless of local or tourist, Ba Ho is a popular place to visit for a day out in nature. Highlights of this trip includes waterfalls, clear pools of water, rock climbing/scrambling, hiking, river cruising, campfire, and great photo opportunities! What is [...]
Vietnam: Yang Bay, Nha Trang and Why I’m Not Impressed
Yang Bay Eco Park is a tourist destination approximately 1 hour away from the Nha Trang city center. On a beautiful Sunday morning, our family group of thirteen decided to take a day trip to Yang Bay. All we've heard of Yang Bay thus far is that it has hot springs. The Cost Package prices [...]
Vietnam: Making Traditional Bánh Tét During Lunar New Year
It's pretty cool to have family in Vietnam. Unless we have a Couchsurf host arrangement already made, we typically spend our time visiting popular free destinations in the country. We've been here for a week now, and all family we've made have been incredibly hospitable. Experiences like riding motorbikes, grabbing tropical fruits like coconuts and [...]
Vietnam: Layover Fiasco, Conquering Jetlag, and Meeting Our Pet Pig!
I’ve never used an airport intercom before. After 15+ hours of our first leg of the flight and suffering from heavy jetlag, we landed in Incheon Airport, South Korea. We have two hours to transfer to to the flight we were on next. The line at security was long enough to worry whether we'd get [...]
A Year in Photos Review
Another year goes by, the time comes to recount the things we've accomplished. A successful year marks a time where we let our imaginations take us where we've not been before. We can fight of monsters if we stand together. This year, we started on our path towards having a better body and health, discovering [...]
Holiday Snow Storm Brings Out My Inner Child
It's been awhile since I've stayed at home to see leaves change in the autumn and snow fall in the winter. This year has blessed us with a beautiful autumn hiking trips and fun activities with my family. Finally, it topped off with a snow storm during the holidays, giving us 10+ inches overnight! I'm... dreaming [...]