2017 Recap

Well, this year was a year for the books. It will be a year I will forever remember. There are a few years like this, ones that stick out with personal milestones and dates to remember. Years like 2007, when I graduated from Assumption after 7 years, or 2011 when I graduated from high school and the swim team I was apart of for 8 years. Years like 2015 when I graduated from college, went to London for an internship and got my first job at Gap Inc.

2017 will be one of the years I will remember forever. It’s the year that I finally spread my wings and dove straight into deep end (lol how many idioms/analogies can I put into a sentence? hint: a lot). I threw myself into a situation I knew would make me uncomfortable and possibly scared, but that’s what life is all about right? It’s about taking risks, never looking back, and making memorable experiences. Backpacking solo and traveling is not all what I did this year (although it’s the biggest thing), so here’s a little list & recap of the things I did (it’s not a lot).

  • I brought in 2017 with a hike/date with my loves Esther, Jade & Bekah
  • Had an amazing 2016-17 ski season with record breaking snow fall
  • Went to Disneyland twice (one for my birthday & one for my Christmas present courtesy of my boyfriend, who know’s Disneyland is my favorite place)
  • Experienced my first hockey game at the Shark Tank for playoff’s where the Sharks won 8-0
  • Saw all my favorite ladies in concert including Leilani Wolfgramm, Little Simz, Kehlani (& my favorite boyband the Bassheads)
  • Spent time with my friends ranging from my childhood friends from Assumption (with our monthly trips to Harry’s) and my Alameda friends (with trips to the club, hiking and going away parties)
  • Hung out in Chico for my brother’s university graduation! (Yaaaay Pat!)
  • Went to the Warrior parade after their Championship win!!!!!!

Now for my highlights from my travels

  • Partied hard on Khao San Road
  • Had the most expensive cocktail & took tons of pictures at the top of the Sky Tower
  • Played, bathed, fed, and had fun with rescue elephants
  • Learned how to cook 5 Thai dishes at a cooking class
  • Enjoyed the view with my 2-day journey down the Mekong River from Thailand to Laos
  • Went drunk bowling in Luang Prabang
  • Swam in the iconic Kuang Si waterfall (after an arduous hike)
  • Tubed down the river in Laos stopping at random bars on the way down
  • Made the bestest group of friends in Laos called the Los Banging Fabu Team 11!
  • Learned how to cross the street in Hanoi (& dodge motorbikes)
  • Trekked in Sapa with hill tribes
  • Kayaked and hiked in Halong Bay
  • Tried egg coffee and tons of delicious street food in Hanoi
  • Explored an abandoned water park in Hue (one of my favorite things I did)
  • Cruised the streets of Hoi An on a bicycle
  • Treated myself to an all inclusive resort called Ninhvana
  • Did yoga for the first time, then did it again, and again, and again
  • Tried & failed at stand up paddle boarding
  • Rode a really fun “roller coaster” down a hill to a beautiful waterfall
  • Learned about the horrible genocide that devastated Cambodia
  • Visited the famous Angkor Wat & partied on Pub Street in Siem Reap
  • Did yoga & saw some monkeys in Ubud
  • Partied really hard, biked around the island, did some yoga, saw a turtle in Gili T
  • Learned how to surf in Canggu
  • Saw my first traumatizing death (& possibly beat death) in Canggu
  • Was pampered and spoiled by my padre in Seminyak
  • Met and bonded with my family in the Philippines
  • Ate the best food, was treated impeccably kind, had seriously the best time in Manila and Palawan
  • Partied so hard (& hurt myself so bad) in Koh Phi Phi & Koh Phangan
  • Shopped till I dropped at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
  • And got a huge half sleeve tattoo in Bangkok

2017 was an amazing year. I’m so happy I had the opportunity to backpack solo for three months. It just makes me appreciate other cultures, beliefs & religions, foods, people, and nature as well as gain an appreciation for my own life. It put into perspective what’s important in life, why I shouldn’t moan & complain, and really just love and live life to the fullest. It allowed me to break down my walls, meet strangers from all over the world, vibe and enjoy different people’s company. It helped me learn about myself, my limits, my potential, my vices and my virtues, my inner demons and my best qualities. It reminds me of how life should be, it gives me something to work towards, and gives me a glimpse of a life I’d love to live.

I’m so grateful to have had this experience. Being laid off at my job was the best thing that could happen to me. 2017 was one of the best years ever. Hopefully 2018 can be even better (although it’ll be hard to top).

Goodbye 2017, you’ll be missed!!!


4 Days in Bangkok

Sept 5 – Departure Date
…or should I say D-Day? Just kidding, but I can assure you that I was very nervous when I woke up this morning. I went to the gym one last time before my dad and Carl (my pup) picked me up to go to the airport. We picked up Mom from the city before heading out to SFO. It was after I said goodbye to my parents when the feeling really hit me that I wasn’t going to see them for 3 months…and that I was traveling all by myself. I teared up a bit walking through security, that uneasy feeling of the unknown. Excited, nervousness, fear were all rushing to me at once.

My plane ride was about 12 hours. Luckily, the flight wasn’t booked up so the middle seat was open and I had a little more room to sprawl out. I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and The Zookeeper’s Wife and got maybe 4-5 hours of sleep. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and arrived in Wuhan, China. Their terminal is quite different: they make you collect your baggage and recheck it in even if you’re transferring flights. You also have to wait for a specific check-in time before you can even go into the terminals, so I was waiting in the lobby for about 3 hours.

I was exhausted by the I got on the plane. I passed out immediately, and woke up to food on my tray. The strangest thing happened to me, the guy next to me had eaten my hot meal and I only had snacks left. He didn’t speak English, but he was trying to give me other food that he didn’t want, maybe because he felt bad or was trying to make it up to me. I was a little pissed because WHO DOES THAT?!? I ate the snacks real quick and fell asleep again. By the time I woke up we were descending into Bangkok.

Once I arrived at the airport, it was already 2am in the morning. I had to catch a cab to my hostel since it was so late, which by the way is a very intimidating and annoying process. The cab drivers try to squeeze as much money from the foreigners as possible and have meters that are either broken and charge you very quickly or don’t turn the meter on at all and try to charge you a ridiculous rate. I think my cab driver’s meter was rigged but it’s hard to tell let alone accuse them of it.

I finally arrived at the NapPark Hostel at around 4am in the morning. People were still out and about, which at first I thought was strange, but come to find out later that this would be the time I’d be coming back each night. Since Bangkok is 14 hours ahead of California time, I tried to sleep so I could at least acclimate to the time difference. It actually wasn’t hard since I had been traveling for basically 24 hours now.
Sept 7 – Day 1 in Bangkok

After 4 hours of sleep, I woke up around 8:30am to get my day started. Our hostel has a nice little cafe downstairs where I had this traditional Thai yogurt with banana and cereal for breakfast. I then headed out with the goal of seeing Wat Pho (reclining Buddha) & The Grand Palace. After wandering the streets of Bangkok for a bit (I kinda got lost) I finally made it to Wat Pho. This temple was beautiful, although I was pretty entertained by the feral cats more than the actual temple itself. I then made my way to The Grand Palace, which was also beautiful. However, The Grand Palace was WAY more crowded and 5 times more expensive than Wat Pho. There were hoards of Chinese tourists everywhere, which made it quite bothersome to actually enjoy the place. I also went to the National Museum of Bangkok where they displayed a lot of traditional Thai artifacts dating back to basically the beginning of Thai existence.

After 5 hours of visiting temples and museums, I went back to the hostel with the goal of taking a nap. Unfortunately, there’s no AC in the dorms from 12-6pm so I went down to the common area to relax and hang out. This actually turned out to be a great idea since most people hang out here anyways and it’s a great opportunity to meet other travelers. I met a bunch of people who wanted to go out that night. We all chatted and made plans to end up at Khoa San Road later on. At 6 I went up to the dorms to take a nap (bc the AC was def needed to get a good nap in) and went back downstairs around 8pm. Someone suggested food, so we all headed out to Khao San road to get some street pad thai, which by the way was SO GOOD & SO CHEAP!

The guys and Liv, my new friend from Manchester, all decided to pregame before heading out. I had some delicious rum–just kidding, it wasn’t delicious, it was seriously like jet fuel, but it was cheap and did the job. We walked around Khao San, where we stopped at a stall on the street an got buckets of alcohol and balloons filled with laughing gas. After we finished the buckets, we went to “The Club” (literally, that’s what it’s called) where we danced and had a good time. I finally got back to the dorms around 4am, where I passed out.
Sept 8 – Day 2 in Bangkok

Today I woke up so exhausted. I still hadn’t got a good night rest since my body is still in California time. I woke up around 9 and got a traditional Thai omelette from downstairs. I said goodbye to the 3 cool Irish dudes that I met the night before. Not sure what I was going to do that day, I hung out in the lobby of the hostel for a few hours before deciding that I needed to be productive. 

I walked around Khao San road, this time in the daytime and checked out the different clothing/food stalls. I wandered around, got my nails done and legs waxed, then went back to the hostel. Liv was at common room when I got back to the hostel, we both agreed that we were hungry and went to get a bite to eat.

When I got back to my bunk I met my new bunk buddy, Rosie from the UK. We all made plans to go out that night too. After napping (again) for 3 hours, I pregame again with my disgusting jet fuel rum, mind you I could only sip it slowly and have 2 glasses max since it was so gross. A bunch of us, including me, Liv, Rosie, and another new friend Lucy went to Khao San road, where we went to the same sidewalk mini bar. This time I had 2 buckets and danced in the street before having to leave a bit earlier than the others. Liv, Josh (my new friend from New Zealand) I had to wake up early (7am) to go to the Floating Markets.
Sept 9 – Day 3 in Bangkok

Today, I had to wake up early since the shuttle bus that was taking us to the Floating Markets would be downstairs at 7am. However, I didn’t even need to use my alarm clock, since the guys across the way from me decided to come in at 6am in the morning, drunk off their asses and basically waking everyone up. I think I woke up drunk that morning or at least VERY VERY hungover. It was an excruciating bus ride and our first stop was the train market. This market is situated right by the train tracks. When the train comes by, the vendors put back their shades and take their products away from the path of the tracks, then put everything back once it’s gone by. The train literally chugs by within inches of everything and the vendors are so used to it they barely blink, unlike the tourists, snapping pictures in awe.

The next stop was the Dumnoen Saduak or Floating Markets. So cool to see this floating market, with vendors either on the shore of the river or on boats. Most of the items they were selling were tourist stuff, so I’m not sure if it is as authentic as it used to be. Josh, Liv and I were all hungover, trying to enjoy this floating market but really needed to find some food. Luckily, we stumbled upon this small food stand where we devoured our food. The last leg of this trip was a speed boat, taking us through the village communities by the water. This was fun because the boat actually went quite fast and we were able to see real Thai communities from a cool ass perspective (the water).

Liv, Josh and I got back to the hostel around 1:30pm, where we all booked a sleeper train to Chiang Mai for the following day. I watched a movie in the lobby, napped a little, and took a shower. Liv & I then got some street pad thai again before heading out. A bunch of us girls wanted to go to Lebua, the Sky Bar where Hangover II was filmed and the highest view point in Bangkok. We all had to dress up, since this was an expensive place and let me tell you this was a hard task to complete for backpacking girls. 

At the end of the night, it was me, Lauren, Lucy, Liv, Sancha & Sarah (my new friends from the Netherlands). Cocktails here started from 710 bhat (~$20)…the most expensive freaking cocktail of my life. But, there was no entrance fee and you basically pay for the ambiance. Most people just go there to take pictures (like us). It was a very mellow night since I could only afford one drink and compared to the other two previous nights.
Sept 10 – Day 4 in Bangkok

Last night was the first night I was able to sleep with no problems. I woke up around 10am since Lucy, Rosie and I wanted to go to the Chatuchak weekend market. I got some amazing street food for breakfast, this fried chicken salad over rice that Rosie recommended getting. We then had the difficult task of finding a cab driver to take us to the Chatuchak market who would actually use the meter. We passed up around 4 cabs who refused to turn the meter on (jerks, the police here say it’s illegal but they still don’t care and try to scam tourists).

Finally, we found a cab driver who would turn on the meter and not use the speedway (since it’s a 50 bhat fee to use the high way). Once we got there, we were overwhelmed by all the stalls, There was so much to see, so many things being sold from clothing to fake flowers to furniture and ceramics. I got some cute shorts and tiger balm, since my bug bites are swelling out of control and I am in some serious need of some relief from the pain. We stayed for about 3 hours before heading back.

Right now, I’m currently in the sleeper train with Josh and Liv, headed to Chiang Mai. It’s such a cool experience and I loved every second of Bangkok. The backpacking community out here is so amazing. Everyone you meet is so friendly and cool to talk to, I can see why people stay out here for months. Stay tuned for the next episode of MELISSA’S SOUTHEAST ASIA ADVENTURE *in the voice of Saturday morning cartoon announcers*.

Farewell, Gap!

August 15, 2017

Today was my last day at Gap Factory. Handing in my badge and laptop was a very bittersweet moment. While I am so grateful and fortunate for the experience, I’m very sad that this is the end. Scratch that, it’s not entirely the end (c’mon pessimistic self), it’s actually the beginning of a new chapter.

This experience has been nothing but positive. I’m so grateful for the people I’ve met and the opportunities that were given that sometimes I forget how lucky I am. To find a job right out of college that I not only love, but found a passion/calling is almost unheard of these days. And on top of that, to work at a company I’ve admired for so long in an industry I’ve dreamed working in my entire life is just icing on the cake. So you can see why it must’ve been hard for me to leave, a literal, dream come true.

However, all good things must come to an end and my time at Gap Factory is just the beginning of an exciting journey. As a college graduate who majored in marketing, I didn’t even know what to expect when I entered the working/corporate world. I mean, I didn’t even know there was a such thing as a “copywriter”, but man am I glad I discovered, became, and learned this profession with the guidance of such an amazing mentor and team. I always knew I was good at writing–in middle school I won a few creative writing contests, was known by my peers for my novel writing, and even predicted by my 8th grade teacher to be a fashion magazine editor–I just didn’t know I could make a profession out of it. My mom mentioned to me in high school that I would be good at marketing, but honestly, I didn’t know what the hell that meant. High school also kinda destroyed any love I had for writing or english because, let’s be honest, my high school was competitive AF and any sort of creativity was wiped out in fear of getting a bad grade.

Come college I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to do business because that’s the industry both my parents are in. I knew I wanted to do marketing because apparently I was good at it, and it was more of the creative aspect of business. So I took a lot of business classes with the thought or hope that I was going to be on the production side, maybe social media, but something that I would maybe enjoy. But, the stars somehow aligned and the universe presented me with the opportunity to be a junior copywriter and I found myself in my dream job that I never thought was possible. This is all thanks to my mentor, Alex, who believed in my writing and potential more than I even did. She showed me the beauty in storytelling and allowed for my creative juices be heard. Without her, I wouldn’t have rediscovered my love for writing or even the possibility that I could make a career out of it.

Sooo…what does the future hold?

Well, starting September 5th, I’ll be on my way to Southeast Asia, where I’ll be backpacking solo for 3 months. I figure, the time is now, I have some experience under my belt for when I want to jump back into job-hunting and working in the corporate world. Traveling is definitely very important to me, and I’ll regret not making the leap if I pass this experience up. When I return I hope to be in a copywriter position again, at a company similar to Gap (hopefully in the Gap Inc. family because I do love this company) or a fashion-related industry. I want to strengthen and refine my writing skills, since I didn’t take any writing courses in college, and take my copywriting profession seriously. I want to move out of my mom’s tiny one-bedroom apartment and finally get my own place. I have so many goals that I want to achieve, and I’m excited to say this is just the beginning.

So, thank you to everyone who’s made my time at Gap a memorable and amazing experience. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me. If you want to know how my trip is going, please subscribe to my blog or check back regularly! I would love to share my first, long, solo backpacking journey with all of you!



Sept + Oct

November 22

Do I really even remember what happened these months? Well thanks to pictures taken with timestamps, I luckily do.

I want to first off say that I’ve really been lagging with these posts. One, because I don’t really think anyone reads them. Two, I don’t have that much interesting things to say. And three, I’m just lazy.

September and October are really transition months. Fall is such a huge transitional period that people get back to their regularly scheduled (boring) lives–ok, so not that boring if you know how to do it right. Summer is over, kids are going back to school, adults are trying to balance work and kids back in school and everyone is just trying to adjust and find a routine. Obviously I don’t know how to do it right since I’m bored half the time. Here’s what I did each month, I apologize in advanced for an extremely mundane blog post:


  • Labor Day Weekend–My friends and I went to Tahoe and spent the day by the Donner Lake. It was actually cold that one day we decided to go to the lake so there was really no point in going in the water. It wasn’t too exciting.
  • Concerts–I specifically went to Beyonce, SchoolboyQ, Metro Boomin & Kayne. The cool thing about fall is the peak of concert season. I can definitely break the bank for some concerts (however, the news of Kanye’s recent concerts make me happy that I saw him when I did).
  • Halloween–I didn’t do anything interesting for Halloween, but I did hang out with my Assumption buddies. We roamed around the really packed Polk St and were only there for about an hour because it was just that ridiculous.

Ok so nothing that cool happened, that’s why I was really hesitant of writing a blog, but I’m bored at work so might as well. I also have to be in a particular mood to write something funny/interesting, but I’m not in that mood so this blog post doesn’t really have that much point to it other than a personal recollection of the things that I’ve done this year so far.







August Recap (AKA HAWAII TRIP!)

September 8, 2016

So, this is so late. I’ve been lagging on blog posts because I’m mostly lazy. Also, I don’t really see the point of posting anymore since I don’t have anything profound or groundbreaking to say. Most of the time I just ramble about what’s going on in my life, I feel like that’s really the only thing I can talk about. Plus, this summer my life wasn’t too interesting. I think that was due to the fact that most of my friends have a significant other and decided to do things with them this year (and on account of I barely have any friends).

I’m trying to figure out what else I can write on my blog. But, I don’t really take enough photos (because I have a 16G phone that can barely hold anything) and I don’t do much throughout the week so what would I really be taking pictures of in the first place.

This blog was first designed to be a blog for my fashion outfit/choices, then travel blog, but now it’s shifted to just a mundane, whatever, once-a-month blog that doesn’t really give anything to the world. Maybe it’s because I’m afraid to really say how I feel (you know how that shit catches up to you these days) that I don’t decide to dig deeper into certain topics. Maybe it’s because of over saturation on what I already post on various social media sites (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat), that another social media channel is just something else to worry about. Or maybe it’s just really that my life is that boring I don’t have a lot to talk about.

Now I’m getting redundant, but the point is I need to start deciding how to make this blog better. Whether that’s putting more thought into it or talking about issues that matter and that I believe in. Whatever it is, I’m going to think deeply about how I can improve it.


SO–now on to what I did this month.

I’d say I was a lot more productive this month than the whole summer, but that’s due to the fact that I WENT TO HAWAII!! That’s basically the highlight of the month so we’ll just talk about that.

This year, I went with my boyfriend’s family, the Reyes’. There were a total of 18 of us in all. My boyfriend is 1 of 5 kids, his dad has 2 brothers, one who has 3 kids and the other who has twins and the grandparents joined us. So there was an equal number of 9 kids to 9 adults (because we count as adults now WEIRD).

We stayed in Kailua, on the West side of Oahu. This was my first time not staying in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, and let me tell you it was AMAZING. Such a better pace of life. The beaches–Lanikai + Kailua– were one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. The family rented an entire house that had a pool, lanai, hot tub and yard we got to hang out in.

Some of the activities included–

  • Boogieboarding
  • Snorkeling
  • Eating (LOTS OF FOOD)
  • Macadamia nut sauce over banana pancakes
  • Loco mocos
  • Roaming around the flea market with a young coconut
  • Lots and lots of shaved ice
  • Garlic shrimp trucks on the North Side
  • Sunrise hikes
  • Early morning swims
  • andddd so much more!!!

I love the mindset and pace of Hawaii. The fauna and culture make me appreciate places like that still exist. I hope Hawaiians can maintain their rich and beautiful culture, despite the cruel intentions of the United States and influx of Haole’s entering their country.


I’m in the land of Spam!!!


Lanikai is famous for the 2 islands of the shore (it might even mean the two islands) you can see one to the left. This beach was also popular for the local boat teams


Some of the crew (minus that white guy to the right, he just didn’t wanna get out of the picture)


This hike was called the “Pillbox Hike” and had a great view of Kailua. This was our Sunrise hike





All I wanted to eat while I was there was a Loco Moco, it took me until the second to last day to find it (because we didn’t really eat at any Hawaiian spots before that).

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Me and my boyfriend atop of Diamond Peak. 

July Recap

August 16

Well, I’m late. Within good reason, though. The first week of August, I was in Hawaii and had no time to update my blog, cos I mean, I was sitting on the beach enjoying life…But now, sadly, I am back to the great ol San Francisco Bay, where Karl loves to just loom over for hours and give us no sunlight. Not to mention, I’m back to work, to my daily routine of going to work & hating life. Just kidding. Although, going to a beautiful place like Hawaii does give me an outlook of what I can be doing with my life and what I’m actually doing. Maybe one day…

Anyways, July was a cool Summer month, and in cool I mean actually cool as in chilly. I don’t mind tho because I hate really hot days, especially in the Bay. Hot days in the Bay just remind me of how how the earth is getting & the fact that we’re not getting heat waves makes me feel a tad bit better, even though I know the rest of the world is (sooooo, it just gives me a little reassurance that we’re not affected by it directly). I don’t really know what the point of this was, I guess I’m supposed to be talking about my month so here it goes:

  • 4th of July – My first successful 4th of July! Like really, I haven’t really done anything  too out of the ordinary, but this one felt distinctively special. Most of my friends are back from college, and this year we decided to plan a BBQ super last minute. We went shopping, invited everyone, and headed out in the morning to stake out a nice spot. We got lucky on Bayfarm, at a spot right by the water. The boys started BBQing (some nice lighter fluid hamburger patties and hotdogs) while others trickled in as time went by. We had whiffle ball, soccer ball and a football, as well as cards and music. We just ate, talked, drank and all caught up. It felt like high school all over again, except we were all older. It’s like when you watch Rugrats “All Grown Up”. We didn’t end up watching the fireworks, because everyone was tired from day drinking, sitting in the sun and not to mention we got there at 11 so most of us had been out for 8 hours.
  • Pokemon Go – The craze that is currently taking over the world right now started at the beginning of the month. This has inevitably taken over my life & I’m now going around at 10pm at night in random parks to try and catch rare pokemon. Mom has even gotten into it as well as all of my friends. It’s fun, but not fun at the same time, but it gives us something to do during the summer.
  • Santa Cruz – Since I was supposed to go away for 4th of July that didn’t end up happening, I wanted to have one weekend dedicated to doing summer things. JM & I ended up going to Santa Cruz for the day–we ate sandwiches, checked into our Airbnb, went shopping & prepared for our night activities. The one day I happen to be in Santa Cruz, my uncle was preforming his script-read play in a theater near by. So, I went to go support him in his play about the author (Iris Chang) who wrote the Rape of Nanking and the toll the horrific genocide took on her life. It was so profound & I couldn’t wait to do my own research about the event. The main reason we went to Santa Cruz was so we could watch Leilani Wolfgramm, one of my favorite reggae artist, perform at the Catalyst. This was my first time at this venue as well and I couldn’t wait to see her. As we got in there, we were in awe of how awesome this venue actually was. There were two bars on either side that overlooked the stage and the main floor where people stood. As we were waiting for her to perform, I saw that the time was later and later. Well, turns out we were watching Steel Pulse perform & Leilani was in a different room performing. I was very upset I didn’t get to see her, but it wasn’t all bad because Steel Pulse put on a legendary performance.

The end.


Hello Kitty day at the Giant’s game: July 10.

June Recap

Ok ok, another boring month. Can you believe half of 2016 is already gone?! What am I doing with my life for it to go by so fast (and slow at the same time). The answer is working. Working. Working. Working. Do I try to do more than work? Yes, however it is proving to be pretty damn difficult. I have very little friends who are in the same area, I don’t really drive bc Oakland parking is ridiculous & if I get a ticket it’s usually around $80, which is also ridiculous. I’m making excuses now but June has been pretty uneventful for me and all I wanna do is go out in the world and explore and make memories and have experiences and LIVE LIFE.

Ok, I love to complain on here about working, but I shouldn’t. I’m working at a very good company (who recently has been hit with hard times, but most of the retail industry has) and I like it here. Some people don’t even get their dream jobs or what they went to school for, so I need to suck it up and work…even though it pains me so. That’s all I can talk about anyways until I get my vacation (First week of August, can you not come any faster?!).

Here’s what I did in June:

  • Cried when GSW + Sharks lost…can you believe we freaking lost?! We jinxed it yo, we lost both when we were SOOOOO CLOSE. Sharks were just not the same in the Stanley Cup as they were in the previous post season games. They lacked all of the drive that a team needs to succeed in the finals & truth be told they just were out played. GSW, do not get me started. First off, Steph was just not the same in the post season after his two injuries, that was very apparent and all the haters out there in the world can say that’s an excuse but that’s the truth. Second off, Lebron is NOT my favorite player. Yeah he does all that he can to win, but that also includes bad-mouthing the refs (which Steph & Draymond would have gotten fined for), fakes his injuries, and does all this extra shit that Michael Jordan, Kobe and other old school, legendary players would not do. Lebron has talent, but his extra-ness, flopping shenanigans is neither admirable nor credible. He has extreme favor with the NBA top officials, meaning, he makes them the most money & so of course they’re going to protect their money-making baby. To my next point–these refs sucked. Bad calls all around. How are you gonna say that you’re going to “let them play” & just decide which calls to call a foul? I don’t understand and I don’t agree with the NBA’s stupid politics. I should just quit watching professional sports because the NFL (my previous love) is letting me down with their corrupt shit, the NBA is looking like shit is fixed, and the MLB is just boring as fuck so what am I left with?! I’ll try bowling or curling next time bc there’s no way that shit is fixed.
  • Concertssss aka my favorite thing: So this month I had 3 concerts planned, but I only went to 2. The first, Smoker’s Club, is a tour with a lot of different artists that have one thing in common–they all love to rap about marijuana. Which is fine, I basically only went to see The Underachievers. The other performers were whack, and UA only played for like 5 songs bc stupid, drunk white f***boys in the crowd started to say “WEST COAST” every time UA would say “BEAST COAST” (they’re rap movement they have with other rappers from NY). White ppl always gotta ruin everything. The next concert I went to was Summer Jam! Hell yaaaaaa, it was so fun. I finally saw my love Kehlani perform but she only performed for like 3 songs. The other performers were cool but I don’t remember too much tbh. Oh yeah, I lost my phone during the concert but after I activated “Lost my iPhone mode” some nice guys contacted my friend after the concert and gave it back to me (there are still nice ppl in the world!). The last concert I was supposed to go to was Kamaiyah, a local Oakland rapper who has finally made it big in the industry. She was to perform at my favorite venue, the New Parish in Oakland! So, since this was her hometown and she just recently popped off (even tho I’ve been following her for a good minute) the line to get in the venue was LONG. Mind you I’ve been to this venue at least 5 times and I’ve never seen it this crowded. I met up with my friend Kia, who knows Kamaiyah from Elementary school, but she couldn’t even get in. After an hour of waiting in line and no signs of moving, I finally said lets go (since the venue was going to be packed to the brim anyways) and we left to go hang out with our friends at a bar. On the bright side, YG brought out Kamaiyah during Summer Jam, so I was able to see her for 2 songs that night.
  • California Primary, Presidential election mumboshmumbo: So, June 4th was the primary to pick our presidential candidate. Me being a millennial and actually educated about the world and our problems as a country, believe Bernie is the most trustworthy and qualified candidate. HOWEVER, hours before 6 states (I believe) were to vote, AP and other news outlets decided (conveniently) to declare Hilary as the presumption nominee for the democrats. Mind you, this was HOURS before a huge primary AND the democratic party did not even declare her a winner. They based it off of how many super dels pledged their vote to her (they don’t even freaking vote until July so there shouldn’t be a reason why the news outlets reported this news anyways) AND THEY DIDN’T EVEN WAIT FOR THE BIGGEST PRIMARY TO TAKE PLACE. Ugh it frustrated me so much because people who aren’t as educated about our corrupt news agencies and our election may have seen that news and were either dissuaded to vote or voted for Hillary because their vote for Bernie wouldn’t have mattered anyways. He lost California but won two other states. I’m just so disgusted with this whole political race, I can’t even be proud to be an American anymore (and I’m serious about that). Hillary is the lesser evil against Trump but is she really a good candidate to run the country?! FUCK NO. Let me just cry and wallow in my sorrows about how baby boomers fucked up and still continue to fuck up millennial’s lives and the future of our world.
  • Giant’s game: This past week, Battle of the Bay, in SF, in the suite, with my friends, and my family. Probably the last time I’ll be in the suites since my dad doesn’t have the tickets anymore 😥
  • Carl time: We’re just the bestest of friends
  • Three words–GAME OF THRONES: Ok, so this season was the first season that I actually watched the season when it premiered. I spent all last summer binge watching and getting up to date on the best series on television. Let me tell you, I LOVE GOT AND I WISH THERE WERE MORE SERIES ON TV LIKE IT AND I CAN’T WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR BC THIS SEASON FINALE WAS EPIC AND I ALMOST PASSED OUT BC ALL THE SHIT THAT HAPPENED AND IT’S GETTING SO GOOD OMG. Now I have to wait 10 more months until it comes back on TV again…what will I do with my life?!

That’s it thanks for reading if you actually read till the end and don’t get bored of my weird/opinionated mind.


My loves


May Flowers (Recap)

May, May, May you were quite boring. Don’t be surprised if this blog post is bleh, but I have to keep up with my month recaps so bare with me.

My general psych has been pretty bleak. I mean, all I do all day is sit in a cubical and do work, I know I complained about this last month, but it seriously it’s killing my mojo. Not to mention I don’t really have a place on my own where I can collect my thoughts and reconvene with friends or do what I want. That is the main goal right now: MOVE OUT. I have so much ambition, so many things I want to achieve and do with my life in order to be happy. I just need a vacation badly because normal life/adult life kinda sucks.

All I do is work, and my drive to be successful is more important to me than anything right now. I’m having a hard time balancing my work life with my social life and I can see it weighing on me. I definitely need to go out and do kid/young adult stuff because, I mean, this is the only time I’m going to be young, I might as well live it.

So anyways here’s what the month of may looked like:

  • BAY AREA SPORTS: May is like the pinnacle month of our sport’s teams. The Giant’s are doing very well, the A’s (I’m not sure bc I don’t follow them), the Warrior’s are in the Championships and the Sharks made it to the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history! What a good time to be a Bay Area fan. What I’ve noticed though, the success of the Bay Area teams is in direct correlation with how well our economy is doing in this area. I’ve also noticed that the fans that attend these playoff/championship games are bandwagon millionaire fans who are the only people that can afford the tickets. Peeshaw. I saw the Giant’s game with Mom & Dad for Mother’s Day, then with my bff Karen for USF night the next night LOL.
  • CONCERTS: This looks like a theme for me. Except this time I went with my lil bro to Disclosure for some good ‘ol siblings bonding time. It was fun…RIGHT PAT!?! NOW I’VE GOT YOU IN MY SPACE, I WON’T LET GO OF YOUUUUU!
  • Applied & approved for my first credit card: I learned what my credit score was and applied for my first Chase Freedom card so I can start earning points towards a Chase Sapphire card, which I don’t want to purchase yet since I don’t spend a lot and I don’t want a card with an annual fee. Ugh, I’m adulting.
  • Quit my job @ Urban!!!!!: It was a long time comin’, but I finally pulled the plug. I was getting home around 12:30, 1am some nights and that was not helping my health and overall wellbeing at all. Retail works you like slaves for meager pay!! But…no more discount 😥 I will miss the friends I’ve made there, especially because I’ve been working there since August of 2014, but hey–you’ve gotta leave the bird’s nest one of these days.
  • Spent quality time with Carl because I’ve missed my bpfl (best pal for life). We did some fun stuff like went hiking and wrestled and ran around and chased squirrels and wabbits. Mind you, I did this stuff too.

Yep, that’s it for May….like I said BORING. Whatever, it’s summer now so hopefully I’ll get into more fun things, like summer stuff.




April Showers (Recap)

May 3, 2016

So last month was April, and it was pretty blehhh. I mean I did some fun stuff but at the same time, I’m realizing how mundane work/adult life really is. A 9 to 5, is that really how I want to live my life for the next 40 years?!? How do you adults do this? My little “Adult Odyssey” is giving me a real dose of reality and putting into question if I actually want to live my life like this.

This might be one of the reasons why work culture is changing. There is a huge shift from a strict work life to a work/life balance lifestyle. I can see why now companies are changing the way they view the relationship between work/life & how there needs to a be a happy medium to cultivate happiness & productivity. While Gap doesn’t have much of the perks that, say, huge Tech companies like Google, Facebook or even LinkedIn have, they still have a very laid back view on work culture–which is amazing.

I constantly have to pinch myself realizing how lucky I am to get such an awesome job. There are a lot of recent graduates that don’t even get a first job of their choice let alone a job they went to school for. The things that I’m doing now are creating better opportunities for me in the future, and I’m just so blessed.

Anyways, last month’s recap worked for me, so I will bullet away to what I did this month:

  • VISITED MY BRADDA IN CHICO FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. He actually wanted to see and hang out with me, what a difference! I met his chill roomies and his chill friends and we went out for a few nights. It was Caesar Chavez weekend, so I guess a lot of parties were happening. He took me to Bear Hole (?) on Saturday, where we went swimming and hung out and looked at nature and hung out. He took me to his favorite places to eat and his favorite bars. Overall it was a great weekend, and I very much approve of his quaint little college town.
  • Went to NYC to see family. My mom & brother went to NY to celebrate my cousin’s First Communion. They live in NJ and we went to spend time with family we rarely see. It was a nice little getaway and I’m very glad I got to see family.
  • The Bay Area has the best sports teams. Warriors are in the playoffs (obviously) & it’s an even year for the Giant’s, the Sharks are (also) in the playoffs, lets just say it’s a good year to be a Bay Area fan. I was lucky enough to see the Warriors play in the playoffs against a team that is irrelevant (Houston Rockets). I also saw the Giant’s in their opening week. I love attending sports games–you can thank my fanatic parents.
  • I SAW MY FAVORITE GROUP IN CONCERT: Flatbush Zombies, oh how I love you. They are my favorite rap group, favorite performers, and overall exceed the sound, performance, and passion expectations I hold for artists and music in general. I think I just relate to their sound & what they stand for, and their concert was just amazing. Congrats guys, I can’t believe I’ve been following you since your first song made its way into the underground rap scene, & now you’re touring nationally & internationally on your first debut album…nothing but love.
  • The physical copies of Gap Factory’s Summer In Store Magazine came in! This is the project I was most excited to see. Like I said earlier, I basically wrote everything in this magazine, with the help of my mentor. I have such a good time writing it and I can’t wait till it’s time to work on the fall in store magazine project.
  • I moved desks, from my where my team (the creative team) works to an area by the marketing team. I’m where everyone can see me, all the time, right by the kitchen. The lady’s desk I was sitting at before just came back from her 6 month maternity leave, and now I have to move since that’s her desk. There are pro’s and con’s to this desk: the con’s are that it’s right near the kitchen so I hear everyone, people walk by my desk all the time because it’s also right by the stairs, it’s in the front so people can see what I’m doing, and I’m away from the team I’ve become so close to. The pro’s are, I’m right by the kitchen so I don’t have to walk that far to refill my water or heat up my food, and I’m by a whole other marketing team who I get to become close to & learn from. I always have to see the light in situations, I’m just not very good at it 😛

That’s it for now, hopefully I’ll have a more interesting month in May!


The boys at Bear Hole, Chico

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Time Square, New York, New York @ 2am in the morning


My beautiful family in New Jersey!

March Recap

March 31, 2016

Well, it’s the last day of my favorite month (when I wrote this, not when it’s published lol) & it was an actual good one. So this whole “adult” thing/life is interesting to get used to. I no longer have the stress of constant school work, which is really nice & I’m still not that used to it. I have an adult-day job & a night-teen/young adult job, so I’m getting the best of both worlds. I actually have to schedule time to hang out with friends to catch up with life, which until now I didn’t really understand why adults did that. So–moral of the story–I’m entering into the early stages of adulthood (cue the ewwwww).

Granted, I don’t want to grow up & be OLDDDD but who does (ahah). My youthfulness is precious (and makes me unique) in this world of adults and I’m having a hard time letting it go. Nonetheless it must happen and it only gets worse…just kidding. I realize that I’m at the most prime stage of my life: your 20’s can and should be the best time of your life. SO, my goal is to travel & live every moment with energy and excitement. I want to take every opportunity & just live without limits. This is the time, I need to do it now. Wow I went really off track to what I planned this blog post to be about, but whatever it’s my own personal narrative on life so I hope if you’re reading you enjoy the little romanticized dream rants I go on…

So here’s what I did this month:

  • Hung out with friends for the first time in forever. I’ve been dwelling in my cave for a while, mostly because prior to this month, I’ve worked almost 7 days a week. But now I have the weekends off, which means more time to live, which means more time to hang out with friends. Plus I have the bestiest friends, who took me out on my birthday. It’s crazy to realize who your real friends are after college…the one’s that stay in your life & make the same amount of effort you are to ketchup.
  • Spring SKIIIIIING with my close homie, Nick! It was our second time this season going up for a day trip. We went to Squaw which was cool, but it was so freaking hot and crowded. Spring skiing is alright but never ideal.
  • My beautiful cousin, Margo GOT MARRIED! So cute that the wedding planner, who’s planned over 100 weddings, got married at the venue where she plans other people’s weddings. Up in the Santa Cruz mountains, it poured heavily that day, so that meant a lot of mud & umbrellas galore. But hey, that means good luck right?
  • It was my birthdaaaaay! Me and my boyfriend hung out in the city and my brother was back for Spring break so we were able to have a family dinner. Other than that my bday was very uneventful LOL (psh, bc who cares about turning 23).
  • Warriors games & concerts are always fun to attend. Little Simz, a female rapper from the UK, had her first tour in America (& btw she’s amazing).
  • Celebrated 8 years with the biggest pain in the world (just kidding).
  • GAPDATE, I wrote the Summer In Store Magazine this month. This process was a lot different than the other. For Spring, the magazine was basically a rough draft that I had to edit, create titles for and write in the “Gap” voice. However, this time I actually wrote the whole thing. We had a meeting where we all decided how the magazine was going to read from front page to back based off of the pictures from the shoot and the flow of products going each month. After the pagination/idea meeting, I then had to write from scratch the whole 30 page magazine. Based only off of merchant notes and pictures, I was able to craft this magazine that I am super excited about! I will post a video when it is finally published but I can’t wait to show y’all what I’ve been working on.

Yep, so that’s is so far of what my month consisted of. I’m really excited for this year and can’t wait for what’s to come!




It was super muddy out, so the bride came prepared!


My breakfast brunch, accompanied by spiked tea.



Spent the majority of my birthday in Japantown



Me & Karen caught up at Cholita Linda, and then went to an art show that was way too hipster [:


I’ve always wanted to be a powerpuff girl.


My frans Jessica & Bekah dragging me out of my cave for once.