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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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Goodbye 2015, and Good Riddance...

Well, 2015 is on its way out, and to be frank, I'm very excited that it's going out the door. 2015 was not a very good year for me; I lost friends, spent a lot of time unemployed, got a very bad job that I quit after 6 months. I was betrayed, taken advantage of, treated poorly, etc. I had so many plans and ideas for 2015, but they kind of fell through, and it sucks. 2015 really really sucked.

I don't really like to talk about my problems because I don't like to seem ungrateful, because I really really am grateful. I am grateful that my family and I are healthy, that we are not going through major financial struggles, that we live in nyc, that I can pay off my school loans every month, etc.

I should not deny my struggles; they are real, and I have every right to be upset about them, but I should not dwell in them either!!! I need to get up and keep going, try to find opportunities, and look for some inspiration. I also need to recognize the good things that happened, such as:

- Finally got my drivers license.
- Lost some weight, ate a lot more fruits & veggies.
- Saved up a substantial amount of money
- Saw friends enter relationships with great people, and find great jobs!
- Bought my brother a laptop for college
- Developed a deeper relationship with God.
- Adopted a rabbit =D
- Found ways to better cope with my anxiety/depression
- Applied to Grad School
- Made some new friends!

Anyway, hope that 2015 was good for all of you, and if not, hope 2016 is one hundred times better!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

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Merry Belated Christmas!

I've been kinda lazy, and I did get sick with a weird mix of a sore throat and ear infection thing, so I haven't been out much. I also kinda-sorta checked out of Christmas Festivities this year. It's probably because of the weather, but man this Christmas just felt so off. Christmas this year felt like an almost deflated helium balloon that is on its last limbs, that's sort of trying to get back up in the air, but can't.

Anyway here are some photos of views that I took at the Highline in Manhattan.  I think these are from back in March or April, but anyway, hope you enjoy, and Merry Belated Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Japanese BBQ

Went to a Japanese BBQ place called Gyu-Kaku with my brother. There are a few locations in NYC but we went to the one in Times Square. I've been to Gyu-Kaku a few times before, and I love it each time, mostly because of their half-off prices during Happy Hour, and the fact that I can cook my food just the way I like it. This time around unlike the other times, I decided to buy a Green Tea Crepe Cake, which was good, and surprisingly filling. After we ate, we split up, he went home, and I had to go to Trader Joe's to buy some Kale for my rabbit (he's so spoiled). So on my way to the train, I took a couple of pictures of, you guessed it, Times Square. 

Anyway, can't believe Christmas is in 4 days....and I hate how it's so warm here, it's been in the 50s-60s for the past couple of weeks (which is around 15-16 Celcius). Not acceptable! 

What type of weather have you guys been experiencing these past couple of weeks?

Friday, December 18, 2015


Chillin' at home

Sometimes it's nice to just stay home. I'm a major introvert (and can be somewhat of a hermit), so I feel most energized when I'm alone or with a couple of people. I like to hang out and do fun things with my friends too, but when I do, after a while, I need to take a short break to "chill out". I've been like this all my life, always needing at least a couple of hours a day of quiet time, where I can recharge my mental batteries after a long day of social activity.

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Subway Times

Today, on my way back from Queens, I decided to take the 7 train to the new Hudson Yard train station, that was opened a couple of months ago. It's super clean, and super nice, but let me be blunt with you, the majority of the NYC subway system is kinda  really nasty. There are so many people, so much dirt, so many rats...you name it we got it. 

Fun fact: Scientists swabbed poles on different subway lines, and found traces of hundreds of different germs, including traces of the germ that causes the Bubonic Plauge...yes, THE BUBONIC PLAGUE (a non-harmful strain) but still, THE  BUBONIC PLAGUE!!!!! Click here to read more about it. 

 It's tough because the NYC subway system is so huge, and the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) cannot take care of everything all at once. A lot of the stations are falling apart and are more or less  being neglected for more pressing matters. And it's kind of frustrating because the MTA has raised the fare from $2.00-2.75 within 6 years, and it seems like the whole system is getting worse and worse. So many delays, reroutes, signal trouble, trains breaking down, etc. A MESS. 

But hope you like these photos, I took them with my cellphone so they're a bit blurry.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

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Black & White Photos

My rabbit is too cute, but he usually doesn't stay still long enough for me to take a decent picture of him. I want to show him off to the world, but that's just not his plan.... However this time, THANK GOD,  he actually gave me a chance, with a side of attitude too *I see you rabbit*. He probably knew what I was doing; I always imagine that animals know a lot more than we think. I mean, he lives with me in my room, he knows my habits, he knows what gadgets I have in my room, so he must know that I love photography...and that I'm slightly crazy.....

Oh and yes, the second photo is a selfie B)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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I made cookies!

I made Chocolate & Walnut cookies for the first time today =D

I'm actually quite proud of myself, because this is the first time that I've actually baked something from scratch. It's not a huge accomplishment by any means haha, but they ended up tasting pretty good, and they made the house smell amazing, better than Yankee Candles.

Monday, December 7, 2015

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Crayola Leaves: Central Park

Central Park is a cool place. I especially love it during the fall & winter, because it tends to be emptier and more peaceful then. This week, I'll take a trip to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, so stay tuned! If I don't, feel free to call me a lazy bum. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

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The Maury Show

On Wednesday, my friend received 3 tickets to the Maury Show for yesterday (Thursday).  I'm not sure if any of you are familiar with this show, but let's just say that it's not very glamorous hahaha. If you're curious to see what it's all about, click here.

The show is filmed in Stamford, Connecticut, so we had to take a free Maury Show shuttle bus to the studio, which is about 30-40 minutes away from Harlem NYC. When we got there, we had to check-in, go through security clearance, and then get seated in the studio.

As Maury audience members, we had to do a lot of clapping, stomping, awwwing, booing, ohhhhing-- basically be super dramatic and expressive. We taped two shows back-to-back, so we saw 8 guests in total. By the time we finished filming, my friend and I had splitting headaches, empty stomachs, and sore throats because we got a bit too enthusiastic =P.

The episode we're on is supposed to air in 2 weeks, but I'm not too confident that my friend and I will appear on camera, as we were sitting right behind the camera operator. But that's no problem at all, because we had a great time!

*The only thing I regret is not getting a picture of Maury, but we had to put away our electronics while we were filming*

Have you ever been apart of a tv studio audience?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Nighttime Excursions

It's so weird how quickly it gets dark outside during the winter. After 6 or 7pm, everyone is gone, the streets are bare, it's kind of scary. As a New Yorker, you tend to get a bit wary things get too quiet.
I don't usually like to take my camera out at night, but I wasn't too far from my house, so what the heck! What's your city/town/village/dwelling like at night?

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