Canceled Walt Disney World Vacation

Canceled Walt Disney World Vacation

Hi, friends! I just got off my final work shift before departing for my much anticipated friends reunion trip. Woohoo! I’m meeting a group of my study abroad friends whom I haven’t seen in over two years. I’m so excited to see all my wonderful friends after such a long time, and we had all these vacation plans for Florida and California including a trip to Walt Disney World. I’ve never been to Walt Disney World, so I was really looking forward to it, but we were just informed that it would be closed only a few days before our trip. What was months of planning suddenly became all for naught. We all centered our arrival airports and hotels around Walt Disney World and booked everything already other than the actual theme park tickets, so now we have to figure out what our vacation plans are still centered in Orlando in only a few days with many other attractions also closed due to the coronavirus. I wanted to see some really pretty Florida beaches and other nature-esque sights, but we’re kind of stuck in Orlando due to flights and having already booked the hotel. I was looking forward to Walt Disney World too, and that’s what motivated me to keep hustling and working hard these past few weeks because let’s be honest, the Rat out here collecting all our coints. I guess the bright side is that I get to save money. Well, if anyone is familiar with Florida, any suggestions on what we could do there would be very much appreciated! For the most part, it looks like we’ll be stuck in our hotel due to COVID-19, but here’s to making the most of our situation!

Stay safe my friends!

XOXO,

JET Program Interview Completed!

JET Program Interview Completed!

Hello, friends! About a week ago, I finally had my JET Program interview in San Francisco. It was definitely very nerve-wracking but exciting at the same time; I was so nervous because I really wanted the job but also excited because it meant being one step closer to getting accepted into the program. My mom said she wanted to go with me, so we both took Caltrain to San Francisco early in the morning and stayed at a nearby coffee shop while I prepped for the interview. About 45 minutes before my interview start time, I walked over to Hotel Nikko, which was where the interviews were held. While I waited for my name to be called, I befriended a really nice girl who was also there for her interview. We just chatted about our majors, placement requests, and just how nervous we both were. Time passed by really quickly because before I knew it, my name was called for the interview. My interviewers were three women: one lady from the Consulate, a JET alum, and a Japanese professor from the University of Nevada. They were all very welcoming and friendly. I really enjoyed my interview and thought it went quite well, but I guess we will find out in about a month! The San Francisco JET Program coordinator informed us that results will likely be released around late March, so I’ll keep you all updated around then! In the meantime, I’ll just be here studying Japanese and preparing for life abroad again. I’m staying hopeful!

Looking forward to sharing some good news with you all in about a month’s time!

Changes for the New Year

Changes for the New Year

Hello, my lovely friends! Happy New Year! It’s crazy how we’re already in 2020, the start of a new decade. Have you decided on your resolutions?

I wanted to share some changes to the blog I hope to implement in the new year with you all. For the past few years, my posts have had pretty much the same template and outro. I want to try something new and just write as I feel. I’ve been using the same structure for consistency, but I’m hoping that by getting rid of that, I’ll be able to better connect with you all.

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Merry Christmas at Tahoe!

Merry Christmas at Tahoe!

Hi, friends! Merry Christmas! I spent the day today having fun in the snow with my family at Tahoe. For the final blogmas post of the year, I thought I would share some photos I took during our trip today. My dog, Maeumi, makes her appearance in several of these photos, so check out the slideshow if you’d like to see some cute doggo photos!

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Meeting Cute Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Meeting Cute Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Hi, friends! Today, I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with my mom. We didn’t go through all the exhibits because my mom needed to run some errands, but we did meet some cute jellies and penguins!

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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,

Tips for Traveling with Less Makeup

Tips for Traveling with Less Makeup

Hi, friends! If you know me, you know I love traveling but hate hauling around luggage. When I travel, I typically take just a backpack and a crossbody bag with me, so minimizing the amount of makeup I take with me is key to making sure I can bring my other essentials with me. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve come up with to reduce the amount of makeup and tools I bring with me.

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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!

Thank you!
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D Project Space

D Project Space

Hello, everybody! If you read my last post (here), you’ll know I went to the D Museum to check out its Plastic Fantastic exhibit. On my way back, I stumbled upon another art gallery titled “D Project Space.” Continue reading “D Project Space”