My heart space is “for rent”

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In our daily life, we maintain different kinds of space. Calendar space, head (mental) space, physical space and even computer space…. but perhaps the most overlooked kind of space is heart space. Kind of ironic, seeing as how heart space is the one that affects us so personally and our motivation (therefore efficiency) the most.

Heart space also happens to be the kind of space people don’t know what to do with (emotions can be messy and a scary thing to many), so I wanted to explain in a way that hopefully clarifies it a bit, especially in the context of how I’m thinking about it after my amicable breakup.

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Blacklane > Lyft > Uber > Subway >Bus

If I could be driven around everyday, I would. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why I don’t own a car in LA. (You didn’t know that did you?)🙂

I like being driven around for a couple of different reasons:  I get to do other things while I’m moving, which maximizes efficiency. I know traffic and I wouldn’t get along so I just let someone else drive. I get to listen to a podcast or answer emails or call someone instead of wasting time waiting for cars to move. It’s more comfortable. It’s more enjoyable for me… Maybe I’ll do a different blogpost on why I don’t have a car some other day.

Having lived in both New York City and Los Angeles, I’ve experience different modes of transportation and this is how I’d rank them.

 

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Broken up but not broken

My rare specimen, you know the one I was in a long distance relationship with, and I are no longer together. It’s taken me a week to decide whether or not I was going to write about this but here I am.

The days after it happened, whenever someone asked me “how was your weekend, how are you?”just casually in conversation, I said good/fine…. and I meant it.

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STTA: The truth about social media

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I have a love/hate relationship with social media, particularly Instagram. I’ve been on and off of it in the past few months. There was even a time I was MIA on Instagram for 14 whole days *gasp*.

Honestly, I didn’t miss it much-you know, the constant urge to check, the impulses to scroll and the consequent time suck.

BUT I always return because the truth is social media is a tool for sharing and I have a lot to share. It’s also the best way for me to keep in touch with people who are interested in doing so. It also gives me the opportunity to connect with people who I otherwise would not have met. Granted, there is such a thing as oversharing and there are plenty of people who do that, but I hope I’m not one of them.

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Lucky Rice Feast LA

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Lucky Rice LA Feast at Vibiana, in DTLA. Believe it or not, this is the 4th time I’ve attended! The first one was in NYC, the ones after that were after I moved to LA. It’s kind of crazy to think how much has changed everytime I go. One thing that hasn’t changed is my obsession with discovering and trying out new Asian/Asian inspired restaurants.

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Me and @theluxilook exploring more food in the outside area. Photo by RyanbyRyanChua

I didn’t take too many photos as I was too busy eating, but here’s a snapshot of what the event looked like if you’re considering going to the next one! Check out when the next event is in your city here. Continue reading

STTA-Quarter Life reflections

I’m finally 25 after what seems like an eternity.  Here is a video of what I’ve learned so far and what continues to drive me moving forward. I’ve learned and grown so much in the short time since graduation and I can’t imagine what I’ll continue to discover in the year(s) ahead.

Hope you liked the video!

This video is dedicated to my rare specimen, who helped me articulate these thoughts in a way that makes sense to someone else besides me🙂

What I want for my birthday year (yay 25)!

25 is that age where you’re expected to have a quarter life crisis.

I want it to be my best year yet.

Every year as I get older I’m always thinking of what I can do better and I feel that THIS year will truly be the year when I can make things happen (if I’m consistent and put in the effort of course).

Here is what I want for my 25th year.

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My first YouTube video!

The best things in life are usually both nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. Not sure if there’s an actual word to describe this feeling, but I do know that that’s how I feel about the fact that I just published my first YouTube video.

The internet can be a scary place, so that’s where most of my hesitation comes from. However, it can also be wonderful and it has been good to me so far. I’ve gotten to meet and connect with some great people via the power of writing and the world wide web. I’m hoping that by starting a YouTube channel, the chances of meeting more interesting people in LA and even beyond increase ten fold. All of the reasons why I write: to connect, to improve, to remember, to help… (blog post on that here) are the same reasons why I’m starting this.

Here’s to endless possibility and meeting people like you.

And don’t you worry, I’ll still be writing here on the blog. But be sure to subscribe to the right for notifications and/or on YouTube to stay in touch in both places!!

On My Radar: Peach and Lily’s Ask Lily service

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Don’t be fooled- great lighting and i’m wearing coverup! I spy my shingle scars though.

It’s been a year since I moved to LA and I’m still struggling to get used to some things. My skin and the climate is one of them. There’s definitely something different about the air and water in LA. My east-coast born and bred skin and hair have never been drier than it is now and it’s been hard trying to adjust. Not to mention, it doesn’t help that my acne undoubtedly comes from stress/hormones. When I put on makeup it gets oily or cakey by the end of the day. It’s like my skin reads that as moisture and sucks it up! My skin is rarely moisturized enough for the scarring, redness and discoloration to go away.

I’ve been trying to find some ways to get used to it and calm/treat my skin as I’m not moving anytime soon.  Besides trying to eat better, stay hydrated and sweat more, along with some other lifestyle changes, naturally, I’m turning to Korean/Asian cosmetics for help in skincare. I’ve noticed American products don’t sink into my skin that well nor do they really work as well as I would like. Wouldn’t it be nice to get to the point where I can wear little to no makeup (#goals)! I tried some new Korean products from Soko Glam based off of some reviews and did buy some products months ago but after awhile, I realized I didn’t really know what I was doing… so recently I consulted Peach and Lily’s “Ask Lily” program, which provides customers free skin consultations and advice personalized to skin’s needs. Their team of licensed cosmetologists and estheticians select professionally recommended products for you based on your skin type and/or skin concerns. Continue reading

My answers to 40 deep questions

For the past few years I’ve been reading the self help blog Marc and Angel. Their newsletters and articles have really helped me through dark times and forced me to think about things that have ultimately shaped my value system and mindset.

Whenever I meet someone who thinks they know a lot about themselves, or I reach a level of deep conversation with someone, I like to ask them some of these questions. You know, your usual light conversation :D

I thought it would only be fair to share with you my answers.

Here they are: 40 Questions that Will Quiet Your Mind answered by me, but taken from from Marc and Angel’s site.

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Dreamer motivated by conviction not recognition, fearful of mediocrity, eager for a full life.

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Love. For what I do. Who I am. The life I live. Who I’m with. The people around me.

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The fear one must overcome to achieve greatness.

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Myself.

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Making things more (emotionally) difficult for myself and others involved.

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