Friday, August 30, 2013

Bohemian Rhapsody (Ootd post)



This outfit post is long overdue, but I loved the outfit so much I had to post it. Think of this as a throwback post. As far as the outfit goes, I mostly loved the top I was wearing, which is a hand-me-down from my aunt. 

It's really outfits like these that are the reasons that I love summer. I love flowy, loose, natural-looking outfits. I also love the colors in this outfit. There are quite a few, but yet they all go really well together. 

What I'm wearing: 
Shawl/Cover-up: Thrifted
Knitted Top: Hand-me-down from aunt
Khaki Shorts: Forever 21
Black Sandals: Target
Bag: H&M (borrowed from my sister)


I'm still trying to find more ways to wear this top. I'm not so sure why, but I'm absolutely in love with it! Once I get enough outfits going for it, I may have to do another post on how to wear knitted, bohemian-style crop tops. I'm obsessed!


I hope you enjoyed this short throwback post! Until then, chau for now ♥  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Good and Bad About Starting a New School Year

Earlier this week, I started another school year. I am now officially a sophomore in college.

My roommate Alissa, & I!
So far, I must say that I like my schedule so far! Other than the time for my New Testament class (it's an 8am), I'm really excited for my classes this upcoming year. I'm excited to study the New Testament in depth, improve the school's newspaper, be in choir again, and so much more. I have a heavy schedule, but it is nicely spread out, which is something I need because I need to have breaks throughout the day. I also love my roommate, Alissa! You'll be meeting and getting to know her soon. [:

On another note,
I'm not sure if it's just me or if it's because it's only the second day of school, but I'll be honest, there are times that I feel out of place. Maybe it's cause I know live in the building in the farthest corner from the main part of campus. I'm not so sure, but it's a thought that's been running through my head. I feel like a floater. I sure hope that I'm not doing this to myself, but that's something that I really wonder about. Maybe it's just the second day of school and everyone is still figuring out their schedules. Who knows. I just have to keep reminding myself where my worth is found and Who I belong to, no matter what the situation really turns out to be. I really need to be relying on Jesus not just for these sorts of things, but everything. I'm still working on it.

Have you ever felt this way?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My First Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Making Your Dorm Room Pinteresting


The past few days have been spent organizing and decorating my new dorm room as much as I can before school starts. I've been doing a lot of things with my job as a Diversity intern and as a music student, but in my free time, I've been getting creative and crafty on a budget. 

I'm not completely done decorating my room just yet (but then again, when will I ever be), but I've gotten lots of it done through lots of little crafts here and there, all inspired by Pinterest!

A few of my projects that I've done over the past couple of weeks:

1. My homemade letter "k"
I'm actually pretty proud of myself for this one. I thought of this idea spontaneously when I was sitting at my desk on Friday night. I have always wanted to have a letter "K" for my initials to display on my wall or desk but just have never been able to buy a wooden one for myself. One of the girls on my floor just threw out a bunch of cardboard boxes that night so I decided to take a nice piece and make one for myself!


I traced the a letter "k" onto the cardboard before cutting it out, resulting in the picture above! 


Afterward, I took a pack of scrapbooking paper I bought from the 99 Cents store and wrapped it around the "k," thus resulting into the beauty on my wall. 





2. Paper Chains 
I took the same scrapbooking paper that I used for the "k" and cut them into strips. The best part was that it was reversible, so I could change up the pattern a bit and it still looks nice. I'm actually pretty proud of what I did with it. 




3. Cell phone case display
This one is the simplest and easiest to do out of everything I did: all you need are push pins, a cork board, and cell phone cases! In this case, I have the iPhone 4S, and when I was figuring out how to organize them without just throwing them into a drawer, I decided to just stick some push pins onto the board and hang them by the hole where the camera goes. And voilĂ , you're done! Because the camera isn't centered, the cases naturally tilt to the side, but I think that's what makes them so cool. 



4. Mason jars as pen/pencil holders
These mason jars were from the 99 Cents store, as well as the scrapbooking paper that is covering it. I simply cut the paper to fit the jars and wrapped them into a cylinder shape and stuck it in the jar. Simple as that!



5. Picture Display on the wall
You can probably tell from the pictures hanging by clothespins that this was definitely inspired by Pinterest. I made a couple adjustments, however. 

Instead of using hooks like in most pictures that I've seen (and what I've seen friends do), I used poster putty. I had an overabundance of it and not any of the hooks most people use. Because of that, I molded my poster putty into hearts so it'd look pretty and I attached the yarn to it. 

The yarn, clothespins, and picture frames are all from the 99 Cents store (isn't that so great? so many great things), while the poster putty is from what I had last year and some of the pictures were printed off of YorkPhoto. All other photos came from parties that had photo booths. 


That is basically my dorm room! My roommate and I are still looking for a couch to place in front of our tv, and I'm still looking for a canvas to paint something to put above my desk. Other than that, I'm pretty much golden. I love my room so much, and am pretty proud at what I was able to do with it. I hope y'all enjoyed seeing what I've done, and maybe I can help conjure up some inspiration for you as well. [:

Chau for now! ♥

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Youtube Video is UP!



I finally posted another video! 

This video was a quick video from my webcam, no cool music or editing for this one. I've been so busy so I'm just blessed to have been able to get myself another video up on my channel! This is only temporary, I promise. I've just been doing so much for the past two weeks, but hopefully once school starts and cools down a bit, I'll be able to get some stuff up and going. In the meantime, WATCH & SUBSCRIBE ♥ ♥ 

Chau for now, loves!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Music Camp, Diversity Training, Oh My!

This week has been so busy so far, and it's only Tuesday! I feel like I haven't written or posted in such a long time. To make things short and sweet, I've been doing some diversity training for the job I will be working in as Asian-Pacific Islander Club (APIC) President. On the other hand, I have also been running back and forth between that and rehearsals for Music Camp. As someone in choir and receiving a music scholarship at my school, it is still important for me to show up to rehearsals, especially if I'll be singing with everyone else at the first chapel of the school year. I will definitely try to update soon, but I will be needing as much rest and time to do things as I can get. I hope everyone is relaxing or not having as hectic of a schedule as I am right now. Until then, chau for now!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Getting Settled All Over Again


My team being photobombed by another behind us at
retreat, haha.
The past few days have been so busy and hectic for me! I moved into my new dorm room on Sunday, and the day after I left right away for a Student Leadership Retreat from Monday to Thursday in the San Bernardino Mountains. I came back Thursday afternoon and caught up with my old roommate and hung out with her as she moved into her new room. Friday was filled with training for my new job (I'm an intern in the Diversity Programming Dept), catching up with some friends, and running errands at Target, the go-to store for everyone at my school.

I spent most of this week away at retreat, and I must say that it was really nice to have a chance to be away from school and the city for a while. God really is working on me and is revealing himself to me, little by little. I was so blessed to be alongside everyone there and to truly feel his presence and to be humbled by it. I also got to know my Diversity Team really well and have loved laughing and crying with them as we all shared our life stories to each other this week. It has definitely strengthened our bond as a team and as friends.
Finally reunited with my old roommate!

On the other hand, my room is slowly coming together... Everything is unpacked, it's now just a matter or organizing and decorating. My dad and sister are coming by later today to bring some things I forgot at home, and my roommate is coming tonight to bring some of her stuff so she can slowly start moving in (she doesn't officially move in for another week) and we can start figuring out what to do with the space. I'm so excited to be back and living at school again, but now I just feel a little overwhelmed with all I have yet to do.

This upcoming week is going to be pretty busy as well. I have more training for my new job coming up and Music Camp all next week as well! I sing for the Women's Chorus, so everyone who is getting a music scholarship and participating in a musical ensemble needs to come to Music Camp. If you are involved with another activity on campus (like I am) you have to go back and forth between activities. I'm not so sure how I feel about running across campus every day between camp and trainings but it should be interesting, haha. I have one more week until school starts but it definitely feels like it's coming sooner.

I hate that I haven't been able to post much this week and that I haven't posted a new video on my YouTube channel either. However, I do promise to work on writing and creating a new video to post up sometime this week! Until then, if you'd like to keep up with what I'm doing, check out my Twitter and Instagram to see what I'm doing on a daily basis.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Love is More than Having Fun

Last Friday I received a gift from my boyfriend. It was a gift that I had known about for a while now (he told me before I found it), but I have since then been waiting for when he’d be ready to give it to me. I had given him the same kind of gift on Valentine’s day, and he admitted that he was working on the same thing, but he had started it before me.

The gift was very simple: a jar filled with reasons why we loved each other. I gave him the reasons why I love him on Valentine’s Day, and last week he gave me his reasons for loving me.

I’m a very sensitive and emotional person especially with relationships, so you can bet that I was sobbing while I was reading them in my room and processing it with my boyfriend over text. There were things that he’d said about me that I had never even thought that I had that kind of effect on him. It was such an honor and blessing to know that I was able to influence him in such a way.

The night before, we had gotten into a pretty bad fight after worship practice at church. He had to take me home, and it was to a point to where he wouldn’t even flinch when I talked to him. But don’t worry, we talked about it the next day. As much as I hate sleeping on a fight, I’ve come to realize (although may not have completely accepted) that sometimes it is necessary. Part of it may also be due to the fact that we don’t live together so it’s easier to do that rather than if we did.

As I am processing reading through all the notes that I just read about why my boyfriend feels the way I do about me, I go on Facebook, and my friend had just posted a status about a Bible verse. The reference? The ever-famous 1 Corinthians 13, also known as the Love Chapter. The whole chapter wasn’t quoted, but the part that I was reminded of was from verse 7: “[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (NASB).

Why did that verse stand out to me so much? It’s because it’s just another confirmation and reminder of what you need to do to have a relationship work out. Like what I said in a past post, it’s more than just the good times in a relationship or marriage. It’s about the bad times too. No one likes to have them, but every time you overcome an obstacle with that person you become stronger, especially as a couple.


So there’s a little peek into my relationship with Darell, once again. Lots of people only post about the good times, but hey, real relationships aren’t always good. Because of that (and many other things we’ve endured together), I’ve learned to take pride in my relationship and not to be afraid to talk about not-so-good times. I definitely hate them so much, but I realize every single time that there is a reason for it all.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hello from my new dorm room!

Hey everyone!

I'm saying hello to you all from my new dorm room! I just moved in today (Sunday), and I could not be more happy and filled with joy to be back at school. My summer isn't technically over for another two weeks, but because I'm a student leader on campus I had to move in two weeks early, which I didn't mind at all.

If you didn't know already, I'm a sophomore in college! At my school, it means that the girls get to stay in the nicest dorms on campus. The amenities: a wider room, two sinks, a bathtub, a walk-in closet (yes, I know I'm in love too), and A/C! That A/C is going to be very useful over the next few months because it gets really hot here in Southern California. When I lived in the freshman dorms last year, we didn't have A/C and I was always sweating way too much than necessary (disgusting, I know). So I'm very excited and grateful to get a chance to live here! I can't wait for everything that is going to come this upcoming year.

I'm not even close to done with setting up/decorating my room--my roommates aren't here yet--but I have some things done. All my clothes are unpacked and my bed is set up, so I got a huge chunk done today. I won't get to finish until later on this week because tomorrow I am going up to the mountains with all the student leaders on campus for retreat. This is the time where we all have training as a school/large group, but we also have time to get to know the people on our team as well.

That's all for now! Here are some pictures of my dorm so far so you can get an idea of what I have to work with this year [: (I'm going to put Pinterest to the test!)










I'll see you all in a few days! I have a very personal, yet meaningful post coming for y'all while I'm gone, so keep an eye out for it! 

Until then, 
Chau for now ♥  

Friday, August 9, 2013

MY FIRST VLOG! YAY [:

Do you remember a couple posts back when I said to keep an eye out for a vlog? Well it's finally here! 


After a week of filming and bugging my boyfriend to edit it, I finally have my vlog up online! Watch it & check it out. If you like it, leave a comment or subscribe! I'd love to hear from you [: When I get back to school you'll be seeing more vids filmed in my dorm room, rather than at Darell's house. You'll probably also get to meet a few friends of mine as well [: 

My vlogs will consist of videos about anything--food, fashion, makeup, school--basically anything I could write about I could also do a video about! You may even get to hear me sing every now and then... [;

Well, that's all for now; my video should be able to explain itself. I hope you enjoy!

Chau for now ♥  

Thursday, August 8, 2013

MooDaePo Rowland Heights Korean BBQ

If you know me personally, you'd know that I absolutely LOVE Korean BBQ. As an Asian-American living in Southern California, it's a pretty normal thing for me. Almost every single day there is someone I know out eating Kbbq, so when I got the opportunity to attend a media event that Moodaepo Rowland Heights was hosting, I was beyond excited!

A few other bloggers and yelpers, along with myself, were invited to this event (hosted by Wendy of Wendyful World I might add) to try Moodaepo's new lunch menu and Korean Bbq.

This was my first media event, so I was very excited to meet up with some other bloggers through SoCal Lady Bloggers. I was very happy to sit with Allison from Girl with the Pink Snuggie, Julie from Wrongway Peachfuzz, and Jess from IRockSoWhat. It was lots of fun sitting with them and getting to know them through the beauty that I call Korean Bbq.

So onto the food! (*Note: the lighting for the pictures wasn't very good, so I aplogize for that!)

Saesak Bibimbap: Mixed Rice w/ Assorted Spring
Vegetables
First, we started off with a traditional Korean Salad, called Saesak Bibimbap. The salad consisted of a fried egg, bean sprouts, seaweed, carrots, and other assorted spring veggies! It was pretty good, but I'm not much of a salad person so I didn't eat much of it.

Yuksu Bulgogi: Bulgogi Soup w/ rice cakes
and vegetables
Next, we were served the Yuksu Bulgogi, which is Bulgogi Soup with Rice Cakes and Vegetables. I actually really liked this dish and ate it with Sriracha. Yum! The meat was beef and having mushrooms in the dish reminded me a little bit of Mongolian Bbq (which I also love!). I definitely ate a lot of this.


Shortly after eating the Yuksu Bulgogi, we were served the Teriyaki Chicken and the Galbi Tang, or Beef Rib Soup. Boy, I must tell you that the teriyaki chicken was some of the best that I've ever had! Teriyaki chicken is such a common dish, but Moodaepo did a great job at making it stand out tastefully (to me, at least!). As for the Beef Rib Soup, I enjoyed it mostly because I love all kinds of Asian soups. It reminded me of some Filipino stews as well. I know for a fact that Allison enjoyed this as well! She kept eating it, even after we had gotten the Korean Bbq!

Teriyaki Chicken and Galbi Tang: Beef Rib Soup
Up Next, was a dish that I had been waiting for the entire meal! (No, not the Korean Bbq yet!) It was the Kimchi Fried Rice, or as it is traditionally called, Kimchi Bokumbap.

Kimchi Bokumbap: Kimchi Fried Rice!
I had only tried Kimchi Fried Rice once before when I was out with friends and I loved it! I couldn't stop eating it! So when I saw that it was going to be on the menu for the day, I was so excited to eat it again and try a slightly different version of it! I talked about it so much that even the lady who served us said, "Here's what you've been waiting for," when she served it to us! (I really do just talk that much.)


When I tried the Kimchi Fried Rice, it was just as good as the first time! A couple reasons why I like Kimchi Fried Rice:

  • It's rice. I'm Asian. That's pretty obvious. After going to college and being deprived of Asian food, I learned to appreciate rice so much more!
  • I normally don't like fermented food, but the kimchi (which is fermented cabbage) adds a very interesting flavor to the rice, which I actually really like. 
So after eating all of this food, you'd think I'd be full, right? Well to put it simply, no! 

I was actually still really hungry despite having had a whole meal already. But after all of these dishes, we finally had what we came there for--the Korean Bbq!

Look at all those beautiful meats! (Top left)Flower Steak,
(Bottom left) Pork Cheek, (middle top to bottom) Pork Belly,
Short Ribs, Tiger Shrimp, (Left) Beef Brisket
According to the menu, we were served the Prime Beef Brisket, Prime Marinated Short Ribs, Flower Steak, Tiger Shrimp, Prime Pork Cheek, and the Miso Pork Belly. Out of all of them, I loved the Prime Marinated Short Ribs and the ever popular Beef Brisket the best. However, I did enjoy all of the meats. I found the Flower Steak and Pork Cheek interesting because it was my first time having both. But it was a good kind of interesting and wished that we could've had more. 

Another thing that I loved with the meats were the sauces! They had the brisket sauce and salt/oil mixture that most Kbbq places have, and when I asked for hot sauce, the servers gave us each a small dish of a special hot sauce that they serve. I must say that it was definitely different than what you normally get for hot sauces, but I liked it for the most part.  

Look at all those beautiful meats on the grill. Yum.

I must say that hands down, this was the nicest and best quality Kbbq that I have ever had! I definitely would love to come here again! It is a little far from the LA/OC area where I live, but knowing my friends from my hometown, they'd be willing to drive a little for a good Kbbq place! The prices are a little much for the average high school or college student--$13.99/person is the price of their cheapest package, but it comes with 14 items! That's a lot more than what I normally get at the $9.99 all you can eat Kbbq places so I say that's really good! The menu that we sampled from was the $24.99/person package, and there are 31 items in that package overall! We only sampled five of the items, so I can only imagine trying everything. Don't forget, this is also ALL YOU CAN EAT! (But there are also cheaper, single dishes like the ones I had before the kbbq!)

Would I come here again? Heck yes I would! I'd be willing to drive here every now and then, and I also have friends who live in the area so it would be great to drive up and hang out with them here when I visit. I think that it is well worth the drive. The food is great, the service is great, and the atmosphere of the restaurant itself is really hip and modern. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who asked! If you'd like more information, "like" MooDaePo RH on Facebook! 

Chau for now ♥  

Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post, but I was served this food for review purposes. All opinions are completely my own. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

10 Random Things About Me ~

Here's a random post for you all! I was tagged by Melanie Kirsh of When Life Gives You Melanie to do this fun post where I write 10 random facts about me & I tag 10 other bloggers to do it too!

Here we gooooo:


  1. If you haven't read my About Me page yet, then you wouldn't know this, BUT I sang to Paula Abdul during my freshman year of high school! The video is above! 
  2. I sleep with a duck pillow pet that I call Ducky. ♥  
  3. My favorite color is orange! I feel like the color describes my personality [:
  4. I did dance in middle school and played tennis in high school! I'm sad that I'm currently not doing anything like that in college, but I'm trying to get back into dancing. 
  5. I have never been to the East Coast... yet! The farthest I've gone across the country is Chicago, IL in the Midwest. 
  6. Most girls hate me for this one: I have never shaved my arms or legs in my entire life. I don't grow enough hair that makes it noticeable for me to shave and my arms and legs are smooth as a baby's bottom. Yay for genetics!
  7. For most of middle school and high school, I wanted to be a fashion designer until I took a couple fashion classes and realized that I don't have the patience to do it. Ain't nobody got time fo dat!
  8. As much as I love makeup, I didn't start wearing makeup regularly until my freshman year of college. I love putting it on, but I like saving it for special events and church. So most days I go bare-faced and will just put on mascara. I love makeup, but I also love being au naturale even more! (Because of that people also think I'm still in high school or occasionally middle school!)
  9. Darell (my boyfriend) is two years older than me and our birthdays are nine days apart! However, that also means that for most of our relationship, I was considered "jail bait" jokingly by my friends. 
  10. The school I go to is a private, Christian university. It's my first time going to a private school after being in public school my whole life. It's been a nice change for me. [:

So now, 10 people that I want to participate in this: 
Chau for now ♥  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Going Back to School: Before


It's that time of year, where everything about going back to school is on everyone's minds. From buying school supplies, to buying clothes, and moving out of your parents' homes to moving into your new dorm or apartment--this is a very exciting, but stressful time of the year. It is also very bittersweet because there's usually one of two feelings running through your head at this time: One: you're very excited to see friends again or move into your new dorm or two: you're hating the idea of homework and papers and deadlines once again.

If you're in college and living at school like I am, you have to pack up your stuff, buy (some) new stuff, and say bye to your friends once again before you go move into your new dorm or apartment. I'm currently less than a week away from moving back, and I feel like my life is so unorganized from everything I have yet to do.

This post is here to help prepare for going back to school! At first I was originally going to just write about everything going through my head, but most people feel the way I do when thinking about moving back to school or going back to school. Here are a few back to school tips to prep for before going back:


  • Lists, lists, lists! Lists are how I keep my life organized! Right now I have lists of things to do, things to buy for my dorm room, and even things I need for this blog! Whenever I come up with something new or need something new, I just add it to my list and keep it near me so I can always add or cross things off as they happen. 
  • Use Pinterest for inspiration! I've been obsessed with looking through Pinterest for design and organization inspiration for my desk and dorm room. There are so many cute and (sometimes) cheap ideas for crafts and other things to decorate your room! I'm making a list of things I need to recreate some of it [: Follow my Pinterest for some inspiration and ideas of your own!
  • Go Thrifting: As I have mentioned before, thrift shopping is a great way, not only to buy cheap clothes, but to buy cheap furniture and other items as well! And you don't have to use things in the condition they're in. You can always repaint or reuse it for something else! For tips on thrifting, here's my previous post about it! 
  • Keep, Store, Throw out: If you've been in college for more than a year, chances are you've realized that there are some things that you use more than others (and other things you don't use at all). When looking through your things, have three piles: keep, store, and throw out (or donate). Your keep pile will be everything you'll take back, the store pile will be for things to keep at home, and the throw out pile is for everything you don't need. That way, you won't have too many things in your tiny dorm room or apartment. If you'll be a freshman in college, you could always do this for cleaning out your room! This will make your room less cluttered when you come back home from school! (Your mom will also thank you, haha.)
  • Take your time. The last thing you want to do is rush packing, only to find out you left all your underwear at home! This tip is especially important if you live a few hours away or out of state from your school. Another tip that goes well with this one is to double-check everything before you leave. This can also help if you're a forgetful person like I am (making a list would help make this part easier too!).
There you have it! These are my tips for a transition back to school that should be as smooth as possible. If you have any tips that I may have missed, please let me know in the comments below! I hope you have fun getting ready for school [: 

Chau for now!  ♥

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Blog URL Change!

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 Hey everyone!

So this was a little unexpected, but I had been thinking about it for a long time and I finally did it! I changed my blog's URL! It now matches my blog's name so it's consistent and easier to find and remember! If you have my blog bookmarked or ever want to search it up, just search up the name "Through the Eyes of a Cali Girl" and you'll be golden! Sorry for this minor inconvenience, but in the long run it'll be helpful and useful to everyone! [:

Friday, August 2, 2013

From Carson to Costa Mesa

This post is part of my first-ever link-up! I got this idea from one of the groups I'm part of, the SoCal Lady Bloggers. It's been great being part of this group with these women from all over Southern California because I get to meet people who are from the area and are familiar with some of the same things I'm familiar with. [:

So this link-up is called #citylove. The whole point of this is to brag about wherever you come from! I couldn't just pick one city (because I kinda do live in two), so I'll be talking about living in both Carson and Costa Mesa! 

If you didn't know already, Carson, California is the city where I grew up and spent my whole life in up until college. If you don't know where it is, it is in between Long Beach and Torrance, and is home to the Home Depot Center, home of the LA Galaxy soccer team. For the most part, when people hear about HDC, they know exactly what I'm talking about.

Carson is a suburb. It's not a big city like Long Beach but it's not a small town where there's only like 2,000 people or something. There's still relatively a lot of people, but it's small enough that there isn't a movie theater (you have to go a city or two over to find the nearest ones) and there is only one museum that I know of, which is the International Printing Museum.

My high school's motto/mascot: Colt Love
To be honest, when I come back home to visit, I don't visit to go to a specific place. I love visiting my old high school, but really, I come back for the people. I visit my old high school because friends and old high school teachers are there. I go home to see family and hang out with the few friends from high school that I do still keep in touch with.

One of the key aspects about Carson for me is the large Filipino community. Being Filipino-American and being raised in the culture was largely because of the fact that I was surrounded by it not only at home, but even when I went out. At school, at the grocery stores, you see Filipinos everywhere. You hear the language, see the food, smell the smells, even watch the soap operas on tv (if you're my mom). We have a couple plazas filled with Filipino fast food, a Filipino supermarket, Filipino specialty stores, and other things like that. I didn't care for it much growing up, but now that I live in a community that lacks all of this, I appreciate it so much more.

Carson isn't spectacular, but I think the people are what make it a community worth coming back to. The people you meet in Carson are an interesting breed indeed, but that's what I love about it. I love coming home to my friends here because it's such a different change from the people I'm with at school in Orange County. It's a little bit like my security blanket, and I'm okay with that. I don't know if I'll ever live in Carson again, but I will always keep coming back, that's for sure.

So,  from LA to Orange County, here I am, now in Costa Mesa, California, just a half-hour drive south of Carson (when there's no traffic). I moved here about a year ago for school, and I am now living across the street from the OC Fairgrounds at Vanguard University. I'm still getting to know the Costa Mesa area, but I'm loving every bit of it. This is my first time living away from my parents and living in a completely unfamiliar area, but that mysterious aspect of it is exciting to me.

So probably the two most notable places to go in Costa Mesa: the OC Fair and South Coast Plaza, the largest mall in California. The OC Fair happens around the second half of July to the first half of August. I haven't been while living in Costa Mesa, but I've been there so many times throughout the years. I don't know why, but there's something about county fairs that make you want to come back year after year... maybe it's all the deep fried food. Yum.

The other famous part of Costa Mesa: the beautiful and expensive South Coast Plaza. It has every designer boutique you can think of, on top of stores like Saks and a few cheaper ones I can afford, like Forever 21 and H&M. There's a bridge to connect two parts of the mall, plus another part of it called Metro Pointe, which has stores like Nordstrom Rack, David's Bridal, and Color Me Mine. It is definitely a huge tourist destination. You can tell the tourists from the regulars there just by how they dress and how many pictures they're taking of the mall. It's pretty fun, but it's a nice place for me to go when I'm super bored and am okay with just window shopping, because on my college student budget, I obviously cannot afford 98 percent of the clothes there! It just makes me wish I could afford the stuff there, haha.

Other than those two places, I love that Costa Mesa has lots of food places within a five-minute drive from my school. There's a street called Harbor Blvd, where for about a mile or so stretch, it's just food. You can find anything from Denny's to Yogurtland to McDonald's to even a cute Japanese place I have yet to try called Eon's. There's also Triangle Square, a popular place for broke college students on Tuesdays and Thursdays where all movies are just four dollars, and they're all current movies as well! There are also a couple more pricey food places there like Yard House.

Another plus: I also have access to some beautiful and picturesque beaches! Huntington, Newport, Corona Del Mar, and Balboa are the most well-known beaches to me (I hope I didn't forget anything). I just love that I'm really close to a lot of things for me to do in Costa Mesa.

So those are my two homes: Carson and Costa Mesa. I've always been a "C-house" type of girl I guess, haha. I love where I live and where I come from. I have lots of pride for it! Hope you enjoyed reading about my first ever link-up! Shout out to the #SCLB ladies!

Chau for now ♥

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Latepost: Update

Hey everyone! Sorry for not posting the past few days, most of it was due to my laziness, so that's my fault. I keep telling myself to post but for some reason I don't. Don't you feel that your work environment plays a huge part in how well you work? Well, my current work environment is my dad's house, which is pretty messy and without much room, so it doesn't motivate me to work. It just makes me feel lazy. However, whenever I'm in my dorm room at school or Starbucks or something like that, I'm more inclined to want to work and get things done because it's spacious and mostly clean (if it's my dorm, haha).

What have I been up to? Well, on Monday I didn't do much, but the most significant event was visiting my favorite teacher at his home to see his family and update him on the camp I went to just two weeks ago. He's the one who introduced me to that camp but hasn't been back as long as I have because of lots of things going on in his life, mostly starting a family with his lovely girlfriend. [:

Tuesday, I visited Vanguard to get some financial aid stuff sorted out and to have a meeting with my boss. I'm pretty stressed right now about money because I have to pay more for school this year than I did last year (which isn't much), but even then my family was barely able to make the payments. Right now I'm really leaning on God to provide a way. He always does. It's just really stressful trying to figure out how you'll pay for school, buy books, pay for other school expenses. I'll have a job on campus next year, but I'm hoping that it will sustain me throughout the school year. Other than handling school stuff (which I'll be writing a lot more about when school comes around), I went to worship practice! I'm so thankful that God has allowed me the privilege to be on a worship team again after being off for over a year. I couldn't be more humbled at the opportunity. Since I don't really sing to perform anymore, if I do sing, it is usually towards worship, rather than a performance for others. I love worshipping God through song. It's such a beautiful thing, what words can do and what they can mean.

Yesterday (Wednesday), I had to drive back to Vanguard, which is a 45 minute drive in traffic I might add (20 on a good day), just to double check some financial aid stuff. I dropped my dad off to work at the airport before driving back down to church. I realized today that I spend probably the same amount of time running errands as I do driving. My dad and I are currently sharing my car because he still hasn't gotten his fixed (8 months, really?) so I've been taking him to work so that I can use it to get to wherever I need to get to. But anyway, once I got to church, we had worship practice for the youth night, then I went over to the community groups (bible studies) for adults 18 and up. I really love hearing other peoples' interpretations of God's Word, especially since I'm one of the youngest there. People from so many different walks of life and age groups all have such different ways of dissecting the Bible, which I think is awesome.

So now, here I am, a week and a half away from moving back to school. I am beyond excited! Other than the financial issues I've been having, I'm super excited for everything that's going to happen this year. I'll be writing more about it next week and when I move back into my dorm.

There you have it, that's what's been happening with me lately. Keep your eyes out for a post about my hometown/college town, a restaurant review, and... a vlog? Haha all that will be coming at you within the next week! I hope you all are doing well [: If you have any questions or comments that you want me to address in my upcoming vlog(s), comment below or email me!

Chau for now! ♥