Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I'm Back!... Japan!


Again.. I've disappeared and now I'm back! Many things have happened in the past several months.. nothing crazy, just some things. We moved out of our apartment due to the the rental increase as well as other reasons with our future plans. We moved in our friend's house and it's going pretty well. Miss my own apartment, but this is just temporary. Anyway.. I'll write about other stuff later.

Anyway! We went to Japan! Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Japan is.. AMAZING. Mitchell and I love the culture- it's very structured and just respectful. I've never felt so safe in my travels as I did in Japan. I could actually see myself travel there alone without fear. Each city had their own vibe and my favorite was Osaka. Osaka was more laid back and the city felt like it was all about good times and food- my life pretty much (haha). The food was delicious.. and.. the 7 Elevens are awesome haha. Wish our trip was longer.. I wouldn't mind coming back here again.. and we probably will!

Here are some photos!









Cheers!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Berlin, Germany.


Hallo! Sooo..we actually went to Berlin Germany last week- a somewhat spontaneous kind of trip.. at least for me anyway. MVamos had a conference in Berlin and asked if I wanted to go and I said I'd only go if we could find a fairly priced ticket. And luckily MVamos did all the leg work and found me a ticket! A golden ticket!

Anyway, MVamos had a day and a half of the conference and thus gave me the opportunity to venture out on my own! It was really nice to wander around the city at my leisure with no plans- I even got to do a local food tour!. Berlin I'd have to say was one of my favorite trips just because I learned so much! I know we learned about the cold war, world war I and all that jazz in high school but that was high school- as a teenager I didn't care. But now I am older, wiser (hopefully), and more compassionate-  relearning the history was a treat! Especially being there in person, touching the Berlin wall, standing at the Bradenburg gate, standing on top of Hitler's bunker (which is now just a parking lot) was incredibly neat.

What I took away most was what our tour guide said. It's unfortunate that Germans can't feel proud because they would be incredibly criticized because of their history. It's not fair that this burden is carried because Berlin does one hell of a job commemorating those who have fallen and what had happened. I have grown so much respect after this trip. Anyway, enough with getting deep.. here are some photos!

 Memorial of the Murdered Jews.

 Hi.

Stumbling Stones 

Lustgarten 

Touching the Berlin wall :)



Currywurst! Berlin's known snack (drunk food perhaps?)



Cheers! 


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wilton, Connecticut.


Last month I was requested to be shipped out to Wilton, Connecticut for work for two weeks to give my support with some of the new hires there and of course I was excited. I am so grateful that the hard work I've put in the 2-3 is finally paying off.

Rather embarrassing, but I had a moment when I was sitting at the Sky Lounge in Manhattan, New York. Zuri, my work travel partner, went to the restroom and I was left sitting and staring at the high rise view of New York.. I felt such an overwhelming feeling of appreciation of where I was at.. I know it's ridiculous and it may not be monumental for some, but for me it really meant something... ANYWAY.. that's all I say about that.. but here are a couple of photos... 



Dream Big. Cheers!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Our Dam Hoi!


It's a dam hoi! (sort of) MVamos and I decided to have our non traditional dam hoi on the Sunday Mama MVamos was in town. I thought it would be a great time and opportunity to have an engagement celebration while she was here and to involve her in something culturally unfamiliar. To keep this short and sweet, I had family and close friends join us in this celebration and kept it very personal and intimate because that is what matters the most, not the production. Plus!! I got to have my very first adult ao dai.. and it was perfectttttt.

Here are a few photos! 




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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Meal Prep, Soup.


I used to be really reckless when it came to money and food. I love food and I enjoy eating out and in my early to early-late 20's the majority of my money went to eating out.. It was ridiculous. But now I am wayyyyy more responsible as well as practical. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy eating out, but I enjoy cooking at home as well.

I try to keep a fairly healthy lifestyle. I have a certain rule when it comes to eating, which is 70/30. 70% of the time I will eat healthy and the other 30% I eat whatever I want. I don't want to restrict myself nor have a dumb cheat day. I'll just eat healthy most of the time and indulge in the things I like now and then without feeling guilty.

Anyway! I've been getting much better when it comes to meal prepping for the work week lunches. I bring my own lunch typically 3-4 out of the 5 days. Since this is the new year, I really want to focus on eating 80/20 as well as not spend much money because I'd like to get rid of my student loans. I'm doing this by making simple, cheap and tasty soups.

Soup is SO EASY to make. I just throw whatever vegetables we buy on sale in a pot- throw some seasoning in and VOILA- healthy and cheap soup for the entire week. The soup pictured above is a chicken, kidney beans, and spinach soup and it only costs me about $2.50 for the entire week. People at work buy their lunches at the cafe which is about $5-$8 a day. With my soup I'm only paying 50 cents a day. I understand not everyone can eat the same thing everyday because I'm typically that kind person too.. or I was that person, but because I'm so busy at work, I really don't even notice nor care to eat something different. I just want to eat something while I work at the same time and soup works for me.

Here is the recipe for this soup:

Ingredients:
2-3 Cups of water
1/2 Chicken breast
1 Cup of spinach
1 Can of kidney beans
1/2 Carrot
3 Cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 Onion (diced)
1/2 Chicken Breast
1 Tablespoon of tomato paste
2 Tablespoon of olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

I don't want to bore you with the instructions, but sauté the garlic and onions for about 5 minutes and then dump everything in lol.. cook at medium to high heat for about 20-25 minutes. For the chicken I seasoned it with salt, pepper and garlic powder and baked it. Once it was done, I shredded the chicken and threw it in the soup. And then your'e done.

Bon Appetit!


Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015.


It's 2016 already! I can't believe 2015 went by so fast. Everyone likes to recap their year whether it was good or bad and I think it's great because you can re-evaluate yourself as a person especially when it comes to your own growth.
 
If I had to describe 2015 with one word- it would be.. Progressive. It was progressive personally as well as professionally. After graduating last year with my Bachelors (took a decade) I was able to start my career (better late than never.. am I right?!...). Not only was I able to grab a good job, I was able to excel real well and receive a promotion within 8 months of being with the company. I know when I talk about the company I work for- I sound like I'm drinking the kool-aid, but I am because I see potential and they see it in me.
 
Now let's talk personally.. Every year I strive to be better personally whether it's with my family, friends, and my personal relationship with MVamos. It's an on-going personal growth with my family but I feel like it gets better every year even if there are speed bumps. I've learned to slowly let go of "friends" who just slowly fade away- it's still a struggle, but I think eventually I'll come to terms.
 
My growth with MVamos has been amazing. Long story short.. he proposed on Christmas Day and of course I said yes! We shared the news with family and close friends first and somewhat discretely announced it a week later on New Years day. I believe every relationship, whether with a love one, family, or friends, needs a solid foundation in order to reach success.
 
Cheers to the New Year!