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LOOK! A Wild Post that isn’t about Cosplay has Appeared!

As much as I consider myself an adventurer, there are certain situations where I prefer being prepared for in advance instead of spontaneously jumping into the action. Traveling has always been one of those situations. Don’t get me wrong though. I totally understand when things don’t go to plan and “winging it” is a phrase I often say, but I know myself, and when I’m in a new place without having done little to no research, I find myself out of my element and prone to stressing out (flashback to my first time in Europe when I was 17-years-old and experienced my first bout of culture-shock).

I’ve since learned that being a little prepared goes a long way in keeping my peace of mind. (My first time travelling solo is a clear testament of this.)

With my trip to Japan closing in quickly, I’ve found myself stressing out a little bit as I’ve been slacking on the studying I had originally wanted to have completed by now.

I’ve decided that from now until my departure, to at least learn how to read Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji and some basic phrases for emergency situations. Now I don’t expect to have a superior understanding of the language by the time I leave, but I’m at least hoping to be able to read maps/signs or even a menu without pictures haha. It might be a very ambitious goal and if all else fails, Translation apps will be my best friend.

Outside of learning some basic Japanese, I’ve invested in a new DSLR camera, and I’ve taken it upon myself to learn the in-and-outs of this new toy of mine. Going to Japan and Korea has been a long time dream and I would like to document as much as I can~ I know, I know. Some people are annoyed by all the photo taking, and as usual— don’t get me wrong, I get it! It’s just I think Photography is a new hobby I’ve taken up and experimenting with it in Japan would be a pretty amazing experience! I think it’ll be fun to be on the other side of the camera for once 🙂 And don’t worry, I won’t live my trip only through the lens!

Anyway, I think that’s it for today, I’m going to get back to perfecting my Hiragana and making some flash cards. What an exciting Saturday night XD studying for fun haha~

I hope everyone is well! Any plans for the rest of your weekend? Did you ever experience culture shock? Or are you the kind of traveller who jumps straight into the unknown like a Gryffindor?

ALSO, if you’ve ever been to Japan or Korea, PLEASE chat with me~ I love to get some opinions and suggestions of what to see and do in the short time I’ll be there! To be honest, this trip of mine is pretty much just a giant food adventure. We all know how much I love food haha~

Much Love,
Sam ❤

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Adventure Time With Sam: A Weekend in New York

Our little crew in the big city (or rather, Central Park)
Mike, Me, Ang, Marco, & Alex

I just realized I never wrote about my time away from home so I thought better late than never! And then I went to look for any pictures I took of the adventure that kicked off my vacation and came to a realization. You’ll all think my friends and I are alcoholics because the only thing I have pictures of are the yummy drinks we drank.


Then I went to hunt through my friends’ photos and stole a few from them for the sake of this blog haha.

Anyway. On to the Adventure~!

Friday evening, July 20th marked the start of our journey to New York City. For some of us, it wasn’t the first time there, for others it was. Personally, it was my fourth time to the state, but my second time going with just friends.

Our bus left at 10pm? or maybe it was at 9h30? I can’t remember anymore and I don’t think I kept my paper/ticket.

We got to the border about an hour and a half into the drive and waited in line to go through the interview/customs process. One of my friends went first and I was called soon after to the worker next to his. My security guy wasn’t overly cold like my past ones were, and asked me only three questions. My name. Where was I going. And who was I with. When I answered the last question by pointing at my friend next to me and the others still waiting for their turn, he nods, smiles and says I’ve been cleared.

That was the shortest interview process I’ve ever had at customs. My friends’ laughed saying it was probably because my neon sweater made me look like a 14 year old (even though my passport clearly states my date of birth if the worker was quick at math). Sigh. Moving on.

The bus ride was pretty uneventful and I caught a bit of shut eye, but not much since buses aren’t as comfortable as trains.

Alex, Ang and her boyfriend Mike

Myself and Marco

We arrived in the city at 6am, took a taxi to our hotel The Double Tree by Hilton, checked into our rooms, freshened up and was back out hunting for breakfast. That took longer than we expected because we didn’t know where to go, which place was best, and the type of food my friends wanted. You all probably know me enough by now that I didn’t care what we ate as long as we ate soon. After being directed to a diner like place that had the typical eggs, sausage, potatoes, we settled into our booth and it was chow time.

I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but I downed two cups easily, especially since I knew we were going to be walking everywhere all day long. That’s when one of my friend’s pointed out a small difference between this city and ours. You pay for coffee with your breakfast and the waiter won’t ask if it’s separate bills. Actually, no restaurant in NYC asked us if it was a one tab thing and when we requested separate bills, they looked at us like we were from another planet. It was quite humorous haha.

After breakfast we took a long stroll in Central Park, lounged around for a bit and just took a breather to relax. Apparently the same weekend we were at the park there was a marathon going on so there were runners everywhere. It was interesting to watch and listen to all the cheering.

Our next stop of the day was Grand Central Station, FAO and the Apple store. Ahhh to be a kid again and to be giant men-children surrounded by gadgets. Need I say more about this stop of our trip?

After that, we hit time square, the M&Ms and Hershey stores, and our first bar of the weekend. In Time Square, they had blocked off the street for some sort of street sales so there was food and stuff to buy everywhereeee. My friend, Ang and I ate fried oreos. So unhealthy but soooo delicious. Urgh. Just thinking about it makes me crave some.

In the Limoooo it was a white one.

Look! our drink came with candyyy!

Moving on, we had one round at the bar before deciding to head back to the hotel for a nap because we were going to have a long night out later. We prettied ourselves up for this night out around 6pm and were out the door thirty minutes later. For some reason, we ended up in a limo, traveling in style to this chinese restaurant that had the best Szechuan dumplings ever. I swear. They were awesome. Once we finished chowing down, we went on our way to soho and bar-hopped there for the night before settling at the lounge/bar.

I don’t know how tequila is supposed to be done, but where I’m from, we do them as mini shots, we salt and lemon/lime. At one of the bars we had gone too, it was just tequila in these huge “shot” glasses. Urgh. Let me tell you, I hate tequila. Actually, both Ang and I hate tequila. It’s a dangerous dangerous drink, it burns and it’s not pleasant feeling in your stomach afterwards. Luckily, a waitress came back not a second later asking us if we wanted jello shot. Uh, did you even have to ask?! Anything to wash down the yuck of tequila.

The rest of the night, I stuck to candy drinks because they’re tastier (even though maybe a little more dangerous because it catches you off guard when you don’t realize how quickly or how much of said drink you drank).

Our drinking session ended around 2 am and someone had the genius idea to walk back to our hotel. An hour into our walk my friend’s boyfriend realized we were following the so-called genius idea of a drunk person and got the better idea of hailing a cab.

Once we got back to the hotel, we knocked out for the night.

Definitely not looking like tourists at all… Deciding where to go next.

Day two in the Big Apple was less eventful and much more relaxing. We just spent the morning lounging around, freshening up, and doing a little shopping. Once late afternoon came, the guys left us girls for the Chelsea match.

Ang and I decided to do the smart thing (unlike yesterday when trying to find a place to eat by winging it) and research what restaurants there were in our area. We walked around for a bit and came across this great italian restaurant and across the street from that was Dylan’s Candy Bar. It was perfect! Then on the way back, we found the LOVE sign.

Our last night in the city was spent relaxing some more, playing cards, listening to music and just talking. We stayed up until 3am laughing. It was great. I was a little disappointed I couldn’t make the trip back home with them but I wasn’t complaining because the next morning, I was on a plane to California. But that’s a story for another post. 🙂

Our last night’s card game.

Until Next Time~!

P.S: There are other photos but I’ll probably save them for a giant photo post of my summer 🙂

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I’m Alive!

In Central Park (Saturday, July 21st)

Hello everyone!

How are you all doing? 🙂
This post was supposed to be up yesterday when I landed in California, but with the Jet-lag, lack of sleep, and general excitement of visiting family I forgot. That’s fine though.

I’m not making a post about New York right now because it’s going to take a while to rave about all the crazy nonsense that went on there. I just wanted to let you all know I survived my trip to the Big Apple and landed safely in the Golden State.

I hope everything is going well on your end!

Until next time (Maybe tomorrow)

Flying over Dallas

Flying over California

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How a Procrastinator: Packs for Her Trip

Organized chaos of clothes and shoes

You may or may not be not be aware I’m leaving for New York today, and it may or may not surprise you that I haven’t packed yet. It wouldn’t be so bad if I were just going to be away for the weekend, but on Monday, I’ll be flying out to California where I will be visiting my mother until august, and upon my return home, I’ll be traveling up-north to a rented chalet with my friends. Yeah.

I probably should have packed already if I’m going to be living out of my backpack for 17 days. I even convinced myself I had enough time to pack later, when I got home from shopping this morning. Sigh. The life of a procrastinator.

But! Because I’ve mastered the last minute packing skills, I thought I’d show you how to save yourself from the stress it gives you and why you shouldn’t be like me, a procrastinator in all things.


Decide whether you’re packing light. Since I’m only bringing one backpack, I have no choice but to pack light! The clothes you bring should be able to mix and match and hopefully, wherever you’re staying you would be able to do laundry!

Then, make a list of what you want to bring and get that stuff spread out on your bed, or your floor, or… both. Like me. You’ll realize when you’re packing light, you’ll cut that original packing list in half. It’s kind of like editing, you see a long sentence and you cut out the unnecessary words!

My list started with:                                   My list ended with:

2 pairs of pants                                            1 pair of pants
3 pairs of shorts                                           2 pairs of shorts
3 dresses                                                        2 dresses
8 shirts                                                           4 shirts
2 Pjs                                                                1 Pjs
2 “Night out” Outfits                                   1 “Night Out” Outfit
– fancy top + skirt                                            -fancy top + skirt
– fancy dress
1 pair of leggings                                         1 pair of leggings
1 pair of nylons                                            1 pair of nylons
3 hoodies                                                      2 hoodies
3 cardigans                                                  2 cardigans
2 slip on flats                                               2 slip on flats
2 pairs sandals                                            1 pair of sandals
1 pair of heels                                              1 pair of heels

Now, before you just dump it into your bag, this step is optional but it helps me decide how to organize my backpack so I don’t make a mess looking for something at the hotel/where I’m staying. On the same list above, depending on your itinerary and the weather, think up of sample outfits you’d like to wear for certain days. Stuff you won’t wear until near the end of your trip (or in my case, until I get to California where the weather changes depending on which city you’re in), will be at the bottom of your bag.

Stuff you need right away (like Pjs) or the next day’s outfit (also known as: what I’m going to change into once I get out of the bus in new york), should be at the top! The middle should somewhat be in the order you were planning on wearing it so you know where it is! If you change your mind on an outfit, at least you’d have an idea of where it would be in that organized chaos you call your bag. 😀

Of course that’s just for clothes and there still might be other things you need to pack like:
cameras/chargers/toothbrush etc etc etc. Add that to your list and once you start putting everything into your bag, check it off to make sure you didn’t forget it!

Ta Da!

That’s how I’ll do everything.
I’m kind of relieved now that I have a plan.
Makes me kind of wish I did it early but just wishing it won’t make it happen next time.
I’m pretty sure that I’ll be scrambling and following this process on my next trip.



P.S: I’m not sure if I’ll be able to update over the weekend, and if my blog is updated, then my attempt at scheduling posts was successful! I haven’t scheduled any yet so I’m not making promises. I hope you have a great weekend and you’ll most probably hear from me on monday evening California time! Or maybe in the morning if I can get some wifi at the airport!!

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