Daiso Haul

Daiso Haul

Hello, friends! A while back, I walked into a Daiso store with my friend to just browse the selection, only to leave with about $40 worth of goods in my hands. If you’ve never heard of Daiso, it’s essentially a Japanese “dollar store” that sells a variety of inexpensive but good quality products. Most items are priced at $1.50 here in the U.S., but some items are marked higher. Most of the items I bought were $1.50 with a few marked as $3. Daiso actually carries a lot of really nice products, so I couldn’t help but add a bunch of items to my basket.

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September Thoughts

September Thoughts

Hello, friends! Can you believe it’s already the end of September? It’s so crazy how time flies. I can’t believe it has already been over four months since I’ve graduated university. What have I been doing all this time?! On one hand, it feels like I haven’t accomplished much as I don’t have a set full-time job at a nice company where I’m earning a stable income. Granted, my graduation came as an unpleasant surprise which you can read about here, so I didn’t have much time to prepare for all that. I mean, I definitely could have applied for a nice full-time job (and I did soon after graduating but took a break to just enjoy my summer with visiting family), but I’m also taking this opportunity to pursue my hobbies and experiment with the uncertain future.

It’s been great blogging again. I really missed sharing my thoughts and experiences with everyone. A few years ago, I made my first blogger friends. There was this sense of community that felt so amazing to be a part of. We weren’t huge bloggers by any means, but it was absolutely astounding to meet people who shared the same interests and supported one another in our endeavors. I’ve lost touch with my blogger friends over the years as I’ve been on hiatus, but it’s been nice striving to meet more bloggers online.

I’ve also been taking this time to learn more about photography. I’m actually going to Pebble Beach today with my mom to get some fresh air and pick up some gifts for family in Korea, and I’m planning on bringing my dad’s DSLR to practice using it. I recently gifted my parents two roundtrip tickets to their hometown to visit family they haven’t seen in years, so we’re going to get some 100 Years of Pebble Beach themed gifts for my uncles who are into golf. After that, we’re probably just going to go for a nice drive by the beach for some quality mother and daughter time.

I guess this month has been a lot of stress for me as I’ve been finishing up job applications to teach abroad but left with a sense of guilt and shame for not choosing the steady road of simply settling down into adulthood and getting a “real job.” I’m thankful that my parents are allowing me to choose my own path, but I can’t help feel burdened by the weight of what society considers success. I was just going to relax until August and then pick back up with applying for a “real job,” but my decision to pursue my travel and blogging dreams has been both liberating yet heavy. Out of college now, it is a much more burdensome load to carry.

But nothing great comes without effort, right? I’m still trekking the great unknown, but I’m sure things will fall into place soon. There’s no guarantee that this is the path to success, but I know I will forever regret it if I don’t pursue what I’m passionate about. It’s now or never.

September has left me feeling a bit empty inside as I struggle with my uncertain future and fight the societally inflicted shame I feel in postponing a corporate career. All in all, it’s been a mentally exhausting month, and I can’t wait to finally be over this slump. October, bring it on.

Until next time,

Bringing Back Face Mask Fridays

Bringing Back Face Mask Fridays

Hello, friends! Sorry about not having posted in a few days. I’ve been dealing with some very frustrating situations regarding car insurance. I’m still dealing with it, but I wanted to make sure I posted something today to keep in touch with you all. Today’s post isn’t a review, but I have exciting news for you all: I’m bringing back Face Mask Fridays!

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At a Crossroads in Life

At a Crossroads in Life

Hi, friends! It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything here, so I thought I’d share an update on my life. I recently graduated from university. I wasn’t planning on graduating spring 2019 since I was in the process of completing my recently added event management minor and hoping to complete the business honors program as well. Unfortunately, the college of business told me that I have to forfeit my minor and honors as I had already completed my business administration major requirements. Seems quite unfair for the school to punish me for being a pro-active student.

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My Attempts to Blog Again

My Attempts to Blog Again

Hello, everybody! It’s been a really long time since I’ve last posted anything. I’ve been meaning to post my travel photos from South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan, but I have started my final year in university this semester and it’s been super busy with graduation applications and group projects, not to mention I’ve recently started two jobs as a sushi restaurant hostess and a student assistant for the California State University International Programs. Plus, it’s been so hard getting back into the blogging scene after taking such long breaks. It’s not that I don’t enjoy blogging and communicating with my readers and fellow bloggers but rather that I’ve developed a habit of not being active. I keep telling myself that I need really get my A-game on again, but it’s so easy to forget, especially with all these things going on. I’m trying to get back in the game, so please bear with me! I will try to edit and post photos on a rolling basis so please look forward to seeing them!

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An Update on Life

An Update on Life

Hello, everybody. Bori here with another blog post. I thought I’d keep you all updated on how my 2018 is going, and let me tell you, it’s not that great. Continue reading “An Update on Life”

Blog Update

Blog Update

Hello, friends!

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New Camera + Gear

New Camera + Gear

Hello, everybody! I know it’s been so long since my last post, but thank you again for being patient with me as I enter the final two weeks before finally getting on that flight to South Korea. I have so many posts to catch up on, but please bear with me as I’ll have amazing content to share with you all soon! I’m in the midst of planning a full day trip around Seoul for my friend Yasania and I since it will be her first time there. I’m not going to say where or what I’m planning because I’m keeping it a surprise (she’s subscribed via email to my blog so I can’t mention it here!). Let’s just say that I know she will love it. Anyways, I thought I’d do a quick post showing you guys some new tech goodies I got to capture my upcoming experiences in Korea and up my blog game!

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Embarking on My Study Abroad Journey

Embarking on My Study Abroad Journey

Hello, everybody! Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while or know me personally may know that I will soon be leaving home to begin my life abroad. If you are new here, I will be attending Yonsei University in South Korea for a year starting this fall semester. As a student currently enrolled in San Jose State University, I applied for Yonsei’s student exchange program through the California State University International Programs organization. I guess you could say I embarked on this journey seven months ago with applications and research, along with other aspects of the study abroad process, but I can’t believe that in a few weeks, I will be leaving my home in America and returning to South Korea – the country of my birth and heritage.

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Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

Hello, everybody! I know it’s been a long time since I last posted, but the final few weeks before I move are here so things have been pretty hectic lately. Thank you everyone for being so understanding (especially you, Brooke!). I was recently nominated by the lovely Abby over on abbyuppington.blog for the Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you so much for nominating me for my first blogger award! Your kind words are too much! I’m excited to do this blog tag because it’s my first time doing something like this. Anyways, let’s get started! Continue reading “Mystery Blogger Award”