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.

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I’m in the land of Spam!!!

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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

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

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

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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. 

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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!

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The boys at Bear Hole, Chico

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

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My beautiful family in New Jersey!

January Recap

January 26

 

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Notice…we actually have snow in the Sierra’s ladies & gentlemen

Well, since my life is seemingly uneventful, I guess I’ll be updating my blog about every month–unless I somehow become more interesting. Hopefully I have some readers who enjoy my lame posts and I definitely can’t wait for my schedule to finally stabilize to the point where I can actually do stuff other than work -_-, which is harder than it looks.

So far, my days have consisted of mostly working. In the beginning of January, I took a trip to Tahoe with first my family and ended with my friends. That was fun on account of, there’s actually snow in the Sierra’s this year. Another fun thing I did this month was my boyfriend’s birthday. His Grandma booked us a hotel in the city so we spent his actual birthday shopping, walking around the city, going to The Hot Tubs (on Van Ness), and eating with friends. Definitely need these little holiday, mini-vacays because man…work is my life, currently.

Now, my day-to-day routines have been pretty basic. Monday’s & Tuesday’s I work at Gap from 9-2pm, go to my mom’s office to kill a few hours, and then work Urban 4 to close (which is usually between 10-11pm). I don’t get home until around 11:30-12am, and by this time I’m exhausted. On Wednesday I work at Gap 9am-2pm and actually have time to work out or do chores. Thursdays, I work remote for Gap, and the time I’m not working is dedicated to my boyfriend, since this is his day off and I barely get to see him during the week due to our busy schedules. Friday & Saturday I usually work at Urban from 10am-6pm and then eat dinner with my family. So, essentially my life is work. work. work. work. NO LIFE (lol).

But I do have exciting news…

Gap has given me more hours!

So far, I’ve been working 2o hours a week, so I have to work at Urban a lot to compensate for the time I’m not working at Gap. But, now that they’re extending my hours from 20 hours a week to 30 hours a week, I can reduce the time I slave away at Urban & focus my time and energy at Gap.

My time here has been such a valuable learning experience. I come to work excited to learn because I’m literally learning something new every day. Some exciting things that I’ve been doing is obviously taking much needed work load off of my amazing mentor, Alex, and really digging deep into the company as a whole. I’ve walked through the Spring mock concept store that resides in another building. Basically each season (or month, practically) they create a cool mock store that shows how the window displays are going to look, how the interior is going to lay down (with signs and product). Hopefully next month we’ll be visiting an actual Factory Store, so we can see how all of our work has transpired to real life.

Another awesome thing that I’ve worked on is the Spring In Store Magazine–and we actually got the printed copy today! My first project that I was given my 2nd week of working here finally came to fruition. The process in creating it was also so helpful. From the initial idea planning meeting, to writing and editing the copy, to seeing it with images, to editing it again with the managers, and finally seeing the physical copy has been such a rewarding process.

I’m sorry this seems so boring, but I guess I just need a diary of my life events. If you’ve made it to this point, THANK YOU. Your attentiveness is much appreciated. If no one has made it to this point than I guess it’s just for me[:

Bye for now!

 

 

Gap(date)

December 16

Kinda like update but with Gap in front of it…no..ok. So, since I hopefully have some people that are curious about my post-graduate life, I decided to write a little update on my new job at Gap.

I’ve officially been here for a month now and let me tell you, I LOVE IT! This experience is so incredible and it’s so amazing to realize that I’m doing something that I’ve always wanted to do right. out. of. college. I didn’t believe it was possible because of all of the stigma that surrounds a recent-graduate’s “first job” and all of the horror stories I’ve heard from my fellow graduates and seasoned workers (a nicer word for old people). It’s just nice to know that all of my hard work has led up to my dream job! I couldn’t be more motivated to work harder and achieve more. Best news of all, my mentor is telling me that she wants to increase my hours next month to eventually lead to me up to full-time! Brb, dreams are being made.

Anyways, you might be wondering “what do copywriters do?” or “what have you been doing at Gap?” Well the wikipedia definition of copywriting is:

Copywriting is written content conveyed through online media and print materials. Copy is content primarily used for the purpose of advertising or marketing. This type of written material is often used to persuade a person or group as well as raise brand awareness.

Essentially, in my lil junior role, I am assisting the main copywriter of Gap Factory, following her very comprehensive instructions. She will give me some emails to write and help her with some of her projects that include writing the titles for products or product descriptions. I collaborate with the amazing creative marketing team to put out everything from emails, to product tags, to in-store signage, etc.

However, the project that she gave me to work on completely by myself was creating and editing the copy for the quarterly In Store Magazine, that is given out to employees each season. So, I was basically editing a magazine (and if you didn’t know this is very huge because one day I want to be a magazine editor or something along those lines). I created the headlines and captions, edited the content to remove jargon/conversational tone and ensure it was in the Gap Voice, and made sure that the magazine as a whole flowed and made sense from a reader’s perspective. It was such a fun project and my managers gave me great feedback that boosted my confidence and place in this company!

Things at the corporate office are great! We go on shopping trips (on the clock) to “survey the field”. We have cute little holiday cookie parties and next week we’ll have a team Holiday party with Secret Santa. Employees can dress any way they want and they’re not breathing down your throat with prompt-ness. It’s great to be treated like an adult after years of being treated like a child and controlled under rules and “the system”. I can finally work under my own terms (with some restrictions obviously), but it really promotes creativity and productivity.

I know I keep mentioning how exciting things have been at my first month here, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to do something I want to do. It makes things a lot easier to be motivated to do my job, and I could not ask for a better outcome.

I am only working part-time for Gap right now (20 hours) because my mentor, Alex, is a firm believer in reducing stress. She understands how daunting entering the corporate world is and wants to make my transition slow and comfortable to me (isn’t she just the sweetest?!). So, I’ve been working at Urban Outfitters on Powell–the job I’ve had for over a year now–in the meantime to remain busy (and keep the discount). But, it’s been more draining and more annoying than I thought. I work 6 days a week and two of those days I’m working from 9am-11pm (and I don’t get home till 12am). I am utterly exhausted and all I want to do is have free time and experience life UGH. But I did this to myself and I’m keeping busy so that’s the bright side. Anyways, STAY TUNED FOR MORE GAPDATES, as I continue to work for this awesome company and continue my life journey [:

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1 Harrison. The view from my office, jk it’s the conference room, but my little cubical is literally 10 steps away from this amazing view.

 

 

I GOT MY FIRST BIG GIRL JOB!

Well, well, well…it’s been a while since I’ve last posted on my blog…about two months to be exact. I really haven’t had a lot of downtime, since most of it has been working, doing chores, or being busy. Let me break down the last few months since I’ve been MIA.

The month of September and October–

These months were spent re-adjusting to life back in America. This meant FINDING A JOB. My parents were really pushing me to find a full-time job, and made sure to drill it in my head that this was my NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. As I traveled from San Ramon to Oakland to the City, I didn’t particularly stay in one place. I got my job back at Urban Outfitters while I looked for a “real job”. This task was daunting, because who really knows what they want to do in life? My parents told me to just find any job that pays well, but I knew that I wanted a job that spoke to my passion, and this passion was fashion. After all, most of my job experience has been in fashion, not to mention I had just came back from a fashion internship in London.

So, I spent my off days applying to as many jobs as I could. Craigslist, Indeed, LookSharp, InternMatch were my most visited sites. I could crank out a job application in 10 minutes or less. It’s what I did on my downtime and I actually enjoyed it. I had a lot of job interviews, one was for a scam “marketing” agency–where they apparently do direct marketing for top companies like the Oakland A’s, Sacramento Kings, the Peppermill in Reno and other notable agencies. They invited me for a day of shadowing, where I observe a team lead on the field. Well, yeah it turned out to be a door-to-door sales company (but in this case they went from business-to-business) and sold to the employees, which is kind of illegal. They failed to mention what we’d be doing in the interview and failed to mention that it’s a SALES job. So that was a bust. I also had an interview at Tobi.com for a Social Media Coordinator–which I really wanted since I love the web store and the job position, but they ended up moving the position down to their LA office.

I adopted a recruiter from the company FourthFloorFashion, a recruiting agency for specifically fashion jobs. This was amazing, they would send me job openings from Levi’s and Gap, to see if any of them were a potential match. Of course, I said yes to all of them since I just want to WORK. Finally, the last week of October, I had an interview with Gap, for the position of copywriter. It was a contract job, part-time, and only for 3 months. Although my parents said that I should find a full-time job with benefits, I went for it anyway. The interviewer was so nice and it seemed more like a conversation than an actual interview, which was a lot less stressful than the other job interviews that I went to. (Not to mention I get very nervous in interviews and I am terrible at on-the-spot type questions).

After the interview, they gave me a “copywriter test” to see if I could actually perform the job. The next week, they called me in last minute (on Thursday) to come in that Friday to speak with the managers and creative directors of that department. I quickly had to find someone to cover my shift and went in for a second interview. This interview was a little more intimidating, since I was speaking to two managers. However, since this is a position I really felt like I could excel in, the answers to their questions felt very natural and were so fluid compared to my past interviews. I spoke from my passion and my heart. The next week I got a call from my recruiter officially offering me the position and explaining that I would be starting next week.

So, here I am, my second week at Gap Inc. I am “officially” the new Junior Copywriter for Gap Factory, and I couldn’t be more excited. My first week (which was last week) was very calm and chill. I’ll be working for Gap and Urban simultaneously, since Gap is only part-time (20 hours a week). Alex, the main copywriter for Gap Factory, is my mentor and one of the sweetest people I’ve met. She is so understanding, compassionate, talented and helpful in guiding me in the right direction. She makes it a point to introduce me to everyone to make me feel included, while making the process clear, concise and easy for me to transition into a REAL JOB. I couldn’t be more appreciative, excited and motivated to start the newest chapter in my life. This is everything I’ve wanted and more: a position I feel comfortable with in an industry I am passionate about.

YAY for the future! I can’t wait to see what it has in-store.

 

Harry Freaking Potter (Last official weekend)

Welp, alas, my last weekend (officially in London). As bittersweet as it is, I’m definitely going to miss this unique place. There is no better way than to end my London weekend with a trip to the Harry Potter Studio! Hayley, a girl in my program, organized a group of us to go on Saturday at 9:30! But I guess I’ll start with what happened on Friday first.

Friday, August 7

So, I had work today. I didn’t do anything productive at all, in fact, all I did was run around London going to different manufacturers and crap. So lets not talk about it. My roommates had planned to go out somewhere that night so we were getting ready. I pregammed and stuff, waiting for my roommates to get ready. Lalia’s friend didn’t end up coming until like 11pm, way past the time that we were going to go out. I didn’t want to go out because I had to wake up at 7am the next day. So, Carly, Drea and I decided that we should instead stay home and watch the Spice World movie! Since I was basically already drunk, we also decided to have a drinking game accompany the movie. Well, I guess I was the only one drinking because Drea is on antibiotics and can’t drink while Carly was drinking Cider but was bloated. So I was the only one getting completely hammered off of Buzzfeed’s Spice World Drinking Game . It was basically a shit show because I was Sporty Spice (as usual) and had to drink when she was wearing a track suit, rolled her eyes, exercises, or talks about sports. We also decided that out of all of our roommates, I of course am Sporty Spice, Drea is Scary Spice, Carly is Ginger Spice, Laila is Baby Space, and Madina is Posh Spice.

Ha nothing interesting happened, well I guess other than me who was ridiculously waisted cos I basically drank a half bottle of Vodka to myself. Spice World is too amazing not to get utterly hammered to, I mean come on, “I’m giving you everything, all the joy can bring, this I swear!” Then after the movie, I somehow took a shower, and I somehow washed the dishes, and made it in to bed at 2am in the morning LOL.

Saturday, August 8

So I had to wake up at 7 to be downstairs at 715, which I was still late to. I met all the girls downstairs and we took the tube to the train station. The train was only for about 20-30 minutes and once we got there, Harry Potter had a bus designated for people just going to the tour; the outside decorated with Harry Potter decal surrounding the bus.

When we got there, the anticipation was growing! “Harry Potter” was on the entrance of the building, and people were waiting for the doors to open. We got some coffee since we had some time before the tour started. We got in line once our time came, they even had “Harry under the cupboard” set as we waited in line. Our group was then led into a room where digital movie posters hung. Here they describe how the Harry Potter series was first discovered by producers and how it became to be such a huge phenomenon. Then we went into another cinema-like room, where Daniel Raddcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint explained the building that we were in and the significance of all the people involved in the making of this film. It gave us a little insight as to what we were going to see and that the movies wouldn’t be what they were today if it wasn’t for the amazing team that worked to make the movies successful.

Once the movie was over, the screen rolled up to the “Entrance of Hogwarts” and the door led to the Grand Hall where all the eating and hat sorting took place. After that everyone pretty much took the tour at their own pace. There was so much to look at and watch and read about. It was really interesting learning all of the details and discrepancies that went into creating the film. They went through each main set and explained what the set builders, artists, costume designers, prop buyers had to go through when conceptualizing the set. The job seemed so fun especially for a world like Harry Potter/ I got butterbeer, sat on a simulated train like I was going to Hogwarts, and even saw a mini version of Hogwarts itself. IT WAS JUST SO AMAZING I CAN’T DESCRIBE EVERY LITTLE DETAIL TO YOU OR I’LL BE HERE ALL NIGHT. Just know that it took 3 hours to complete.

After that I went home, me and my flat mates decided to check out Borough Market. They sell a shit ton of bread and cheese there. So I got the best of both worlds and got a grilled cheese sammie. We then decided to check out a number of names pop-up shop, mostly known for selling the brand BBC–or Billionaire Boys Club. I got some clothing there and then we walked around Brick Lane, went to some vintage shops, got some street food, went to Box Park for some boba, and headed home.

Laila wanted me and Carly to come out with her and her cousins. So when I got home I took a nice hour nap. I then got some pho. Ate and got ready. Then went out. We went to her cousin’s apartment which took a long time, and if you didn’t know I was so fucking tired. We ended up going to some bar in Shoreditch. They had a dance floor and a ping pong table, but me and Carly were tired so we left early (she had to be up at 7am). Then I went to sleep

STUDIO TOUR HERE WE COME AT 830 IN THE MORNING

STUDIO TOUR HERE WE COME AT 830 IN THE MORNING

"The Cupboard Under the Stairs" is their smallest set

“The Cupboard Under the Stairs” is their smallest set

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Entrance into Hogwarts!

Entrance into Hogwarts!

Grand Hall

Grand Hall

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Yule Ball costumes, my favorite part of the 4th movie (even though I think the 4th movie was my favorite movie)

Yule Ball costumes, my favorite part of the 4th movie (even though I think the 4th movie was my favorite movie)

YAY I'm here!

YAY I’m here!

The boys dormitory

The boys dormitory

Prof Snape's Office

Prof Snape’s Office

Creepy part in the last movie

Creepy part in the last movie

Ministry of Magic fire stalls

Ministry of Magic fire stalls

Umbridge's office...so pink...soo many kitties

Umbridge’s office…so pink…soo many kitties

I'm on my way to Hogwart's yall!

I’m on my way to Hogwart’s yall!

Where it all started, Privet Drive

Where it all started, Privet Drive

Butterbeer!

Butterbeer!

Diagon Alley!

Diagon Alley!

Mini (but quiet big) model of Hogwarts

Mini (but quiet big) model of Hogwarts

The rest of the day

Me n my grilled CHEEESE

Me n my grilled CHEEESE

a number of names* pop-up shop

a number of names* pop-up shop

All the Bape was sold out tho

All the Bape was sold out tho

Sunday, August 9

HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY PATRICK!!! (My baby brother if anyone didn’t know). The first thing I did this morning when I woke up (naturally at 1130am because why not) I FaceTimed him and my mom who is visiting him for his birthday. After that I got ready, went to Brick Lane again to try to go to the pop up shop again, but it was so freaking crowded today compared to yesterday ( like 5x more crowded) and there was a line out the door. So I said fuck that and went to a vintage shop and found a cute skirt and pants for cheaper than I would buy at that popup lol. Sorry this is a bit rushed but I’m hecka tired and its already 130 here. Anyways, it was so fucking hot today I almost passed out on the Central Line (tube) going from Brick Lane to Nottinghill. They don’t have AC in the tubes which can be quite bad since the tubes can be really crowded at times.

I ended up going to Portabello Road to check it out but there was nothing to really do, plus I was hot and tired so I went home and now I’m here trying to write this rushed blog. Ok goodnight.

Weekend 5?*

*The question mark pertains to the fact that all of these days/weekends are blending in together and I cannot keep track anymore. I’m having so much fun and living a completely different lifestyle here in London, everything has been great!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Today was our program trip to Brighton! Everyone was so excited to finally get out of London and experience something other than the city. Our new friend Pally, met Madina, Ignat, and I at our flat and we all walked together to the train station. As a collective GE (Global Experience) group, we mobbed onto the train direct to Brighton. This train was already packed with people, so it was difficult finding seats (luckily I found one). This train was nice, they even had a guy go up and down the isles with a cart. It reminded me of the first Harry Potter movie, where Harry and Ron are sitting in a cabin after meeting each other and the lady comes up and down the isles saying “Anyyyyything from the trolley” (they call carts here trollies and sorry for my random comparison but remember you’re reading my mind right now LOL).

After about a 50 minute trip we got to Brighton, and we naturally formed a little group. It was me, my flatmate Madina, our new friend Pally, Ignat, and his flatmate Cory. After grabbing a map, we walked out of the train station and were amazed at the fact that we could actually see water (this is a very important thing for me, being from the Bay Area and all, where living by and seeing the water is an everyday occurrence). We were also amazed that the air-quality is much better, and the air overall felt crisp, clean and natural (although maybe not completely natural). We walked down to the beach, got ourselves a beer, and just enjoyed the scene. The pier looked very promising, with those big attractive rides and the smell of greasy fish n chips, so we headed there. Everyone but myself went on this massive ride called the Booster (I usually would be down, but for some reason I was just not in the ride mood). Naturally I held all of their bags that were so gracefully hung all over my body. The ride looked really fun, and by the time they came out we were STARVED.

For lunch, we decided to get some fish n chips. I looked up this place called Harry Ramsey’s, who has some famous fish n chips. When it was my time to order, I got some fish n chips and gravy! Pally got the same thing (but with cole slaw) and when we were at the condiment section, we were puzzled that there was salt, vinegar, but no ketchup? We kindly asked the gentleman who was taking orders where the ketchup was. He harshly responded, “they’re 20 pence each. That’s why I ask you ‘anything else’?” (This ‘anything else’ phrase was very vague, one I didn’t know they charge for ketchup and two anything else could have meant anything else on the menu). I nonchalantly responded, “Oh, well in America, ketchup is usually free” (and not just America but many places in London don’t charge you for ketchup, it’s like salt or vinegar for gosh sakes, its a condiment that people put on their food). Finally he rudely responded “Ohhh America, WE’RE IN ENGLAND, THIS IS BRIGHTON”. By this time I was a little pissed and just walked away. People in this country clearly don’t like Americans (not all, but a lot).

After that little interaction, we went to the beach to eat our food. Even though the service sucked, my fish n chips were great! I loved dipping it into the gravy and tasting the freshness of the fish. Yum, I will be dreaming about it for the rest of my life. Ignat and Cory decided to go into the water. The weird thing about these beaches is that there is no sand and instead are rocks. The rocks aren’t at all pleasant to stand on so I kept my shoes on.

The rest of our day consisted of going to the Royal Pavillon and walking around North Laine. Cory, being an architect major and real enthusiast, explained that he learned about this building while taking a history of architecture class. It was built in the 18th century (date could be off but it was an estimate) and by this time England had settled in India for quite some time. After building a lot of buildings of English style in India, they wanted to build something in England that reflected the Indian style (although from the pictures that I will post you can see they weren’t really successful, despite it being a little bit pretty). North Laine is also a shopping district that we walked around in to kill the rest of our time, since it seemed like we had seen everything at this point.

When we got back from Brighton, I tried to go to CJ Fly’s show, a rapper apart of Pro Era, who was having his first show in a cafe in Camden Town. The flyer said that it would only cost 5 pounds but when I got there they asked for 16 pounds. I was not going to pay that much money for only an hour left of the show. So Madina, Drea, and I wandered around to different clubs and bars trying to find the best deals on drinks.

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Bright-n lovely day in Brighton (hehe pun intended)

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Girls and our ice cream

Girls and our ice cream

It's called a 99 flake bc it used to be only 99 pence, (mine was 1.95 -__-)

It’s called a 99 flake bc it used to be only 99 pence, (mine was 1.95 -__-)

Royal Pavilion

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Cute little street in Brighton (it's cute cos the buildings are bright-n)

Cute little street in Brighton (it’s cute cos the buildings are bright-n)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

I started the day out by rushing to get ready for my nail appointment that was at 1030 all the way in Zone 3 of town (approx 40 minutes using public transportation). I got there 5 minutes late at a place that I found on Groupon. I wanted shellac nails (manicure) and regular painted toe nails (pedicure). I guess in London they have a different view of the word because my hands weren’t soaked in hot water, nor were my nails trimmed (I have completely different size nails on my left hand), my feet weren’t put in the nice little bath and scrubbed, and I had to pay the same amount that I would at home (well I guess more expensive since the pound is actually a lot stronger than the dollar). She also made me bleed twice and the nail that I told her to be careful with since it had tore, she tore even more. Ughhhhh, missing the spoils of home.

I went to Camden market afterwards to get some delish street food. When I got home I Skyped my lovely brother (who btw is studying abroad in Melbourne for 9 months and the time different is ridiculous). We talked for over an hour! Man I miss my little bro.

I had made a list of all the street wear clothing stores I wanted to hit in Soho, then had to rush out since it’s a Sunday and everything closes early here. I went to Supreme (where I didn’t buy anything), APC (where I did buy something, a nice leather clutch that was way expensive…oops), BBC (no, not British Broadcasting Channel, Billionaire Boys Club, and I got a shirt), and a number of names (I didn’t get anything either). i got some boba at my favorite boba spot and headed back to the apartment.

For dinner, Drea, Pally, Madina, Ignat, and I went to this popular restaurant here called Nando’s. Apparently it’s famous for it’s Perri Perri chicken, which they marinate for 24 hours then grill. When we got there, Pally and I split a plate of boneless chicken with fries (chips), coleslaw, garlic bread, and mash potatoes. The sauce was SOOO GOOD. It had flavor and was spicy and the cool thing was that you could add more. It was one of the most flavorful food I’ve eaten here in London.

Yep, that was my weekend [:

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The Supreme place is right next to this cool ramen spot

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APC store where I took a selfie

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My guilty purchases for the day

LOVE WON! (Day 8 & 9)

It’s the weekend!

27 June 2015

On this day, love won (in America at least). Such a great feeling to know that the politicians up on Capitol Hill got it right for once. I wish I could be in the states to enjoy this miraculous time and although pride was today, I sadly was at work. Today at work I actually met the CEO, Andrea, who taught me a lot about her business and her story. It is very refreshing to meet a European CEO and to understand her perspective about business, politics, and life. She is truly an inspiring woman, and I love listening to her and learning from her. It is also nice to finally work under a CEO that cares for their employees and does not belittle you or talk down to you just because of her title. If anything she wants to help and works collectively with her employees as a team, rather than a dictatorship (much like the disgusting practices of the states).

After work, I met up with my lovely flatmates and we went on a little adventure around Buckingham Palace and South Bank and stuff. We took some cute pictures and just had a good time. It sort of sucks having work on a Saturday, but I guess I have to make the best of it.

Some photos from today

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Just a nice day to be at Buckingham Palace

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Had to take one of these pictures [:

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My awesome flatmates – Drea, Carly, Medina (Carly had a little too much fun with the selfie stick)

28 June 2015

Today was my first day off since Monday! Yay! So me, Drea, and Carly decided to go to this Hackney Flea Market, a vintage flea market that they have every last weekend of the month (just like Treasure Island Flea Market back home). So I decided to navigate us there (cos I apparently know where I’m going) except I got us lost and brought to the wrong street all the way on the other side of town….great. We decided that Carly be our navigator for the rest of the time LOL. So she got us to the flea market no problem, we also met up with Drea’s bf.

When we got to the venue where the flea market would be, it was so adorable. The vintage here is actually vintage, and there’s a shit ton of it. Carly and I’s eyes lit up like little children (we seriously act like children but it’s okay because we appreciate things like little kids appreciate things!) and we spent literally like an hour in there going around twice. This building was little, but it was jam packed with a lot of cute items. I was not even in the building for more than 5 minutes before I already bought a vintage jacket (the lady sold me when she told me she would give me five pounds off the jacket, damn these sales people are so good). Drea and her bf ended up going someplace else, so it was just me and Carly.

Here are some pictures from the flea market:

After spending an hour there we went to a creep cemetery across the street. It was around 300 years old I think? It was now a park that was really overgrown and not up kept at all. There were lots of little trails and different avenues to walk through. It was very erie and a bit creepy. We saw one man carrying his dog and when he passed us he said “he must have been spooked or something” (talking about the dog). That didn’t make us feel any better. As we kept walking we also saw possibly homeless people or just weird old British people who were sitting by the fire that they made (weirddddddd). We were getting creeped out so we left and made our way to Brick Lane.

By this time it was around 5ish, we had spend most of our time traveling. We went into a few different vintage stores (which btw are fucking SOOOO dope, I wish we had as many vintage stores here, but the only problem is that they’re a bit pricey, which tends to happen for vintage clothes). We walked into a market of some sort and there was a shit ton of food from around the world. Vietnamese, Chinese, Thailand, Moroccan, Sri Lankan, Indian, Pakistani, Italian, everything! And they were closing so they wanted to get rid of their food and all their food was discounted, and they gave you a lot of it! Me and Carly stuffed our faces and proceeded to try to walk around Brick Lane but realized everything was closing since it’s a Sunday.

Ahhh, we had such a nice day. It is really nice to also be around someone that appreciates all the little things that I appreciate and that loves to just walk around and sightsee and just take everything in. Today was a good day off [:

Pictures Pictures (in order of the day) –

Hackney Flea Market

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Freaky taxidermy stuff (why would you kill a baby chick tho)

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Creepy Cemetery

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Should I be smiling in a picture like this?

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That’s more like it

Brick Lane and Shoreditch Area –

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Treasure Island Flea Market w/ My Favorites

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This weekend I went to the Treasure Island Flea Market with my mom, my puppy, and my boyfriend. These are by far my favorite people and it’s nice to spend some quality time with them. If you haven’t been to the Treasure Island Flea Market, I suggest you go! There are tons of food trucks and vendors selling the coolest stuff. And for you dog lovers, it’s dog-friendly! Plus, this was my first time on Treasure Island where I actually did things other than take pictures (even tho I did that too). The Flea Market is the last weekend of every month and can get quite crowded so get there early!

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I’m in love with guys clothes, I always have been. I’m that girl that you’ll see shop in the guy’s section or stealing my brother’s and boyfriend’s clothes. There is something about guys clothes that I enjoy. I like the way it fits and makes me feel. This outfit consists of my brother’s sweatshirt, that’s now mine, and some pants I got from Urban for $6 (gotta love that Employee Discount). Along with some Superga shoes and a thrifted purse.

Wearing:

  • 10 Deep Nightfall Hoody
  • Silence + Noise Loose Trousers (from UO)
  • Superga Leahorsew (find them here)
  • Thrifted Purse