Thứ Ba, ngày 29 tháng 4 năm 2014

East Coast (1)

You can easily find many itineraries as well as guides to travel to East Coast on the internet so this post basically is my personal tips from my trip to EC.
+ BE CAREFUL IF YOU FIND PLACES TO STAY ON CRAIGLIST:  At first, i got scams on Craiglist for places to live in Boston and DC. At the time, i was really horrified since it was near our departing day. But luckily, there were still rooms in Ny and DC that was suitable to our stay times with acceptable price. So my tip is it's better if you book a combination of flight ticket and hotel ( on Priceline for ex), since you likely get a better offer for ticket price as well as hotel's location/price.

+ SEARCH CAREFULLY MAKE GOOD PLAN BEFORE YOU GO: after so many travels, i'm still that dumb. Sighzzz.  Well, here is the reason: NY-NIAGARA FALLS -Boston- NY-DC. Instead of flying to Boston first, we flied to Ny first, then Niagara falls popped up into my mind so i bought a tour . I highly recommend you should buy tour if you want to go Niagara falls from NY because it's much more cheaper. It saves a lot of money for hotel booking and transportation, beside you can make friends by chance ( i made a friendly one :) ), it's open tour so you can decide what to go and what not to go. Anyway, back to the topic, just looking at my schedule you can see it's so not logic. Here is my excuses: I wasn't careful on the trip, i didn't google properly LOL, classes was killing me during the time and Boston is something out of our expected destination too, we decided to go there at very last minutes, Blah blah and blah... we wasted our times, money but good thing is that i got a painful lesson
 My recommendation for traveling to East coast mostly depends on where you depart/leave, and destinations you want to travel to. To me,  if you live in Washington state, you should fly to Boston then Niagara falls - NY - DC ( or Philadelphia  and DC after). So get you a map, circle your highlight places to travel, and decide where is the best place to arrive and to leave.
+ Public transportation is your friend.  Instead of buses like Washington,  Cities in East Coast use underground train (MRT), sometimes it's bus but MRT most the time. Funny things are each state they have different way to buy tickets. I like NY and Boston since the ticket isn't expensive and it's easy to buy one compared to DC, beside the normal ticket fee, you still have to pay something call FEE TO GET OUT, and the ticket machine is as huge and complicated as F*** ( In Boston and DC i think they have one day pass ticket, i'm pretty sure for Boston but i don't really remember in DC, just go there and see they have it, Highly recommend if you travel all day). Now good thing is that my boyfriend lives there so i don't need to see that machine and pay for that ridiculous MRT price anymore.One additional thing is to travel between states in East Coast, intercity/state bus like Boltbus, Greyhound will save you a lot of money instead of traveling by train or plane ( except you have a car :D )
+ Make friends and don't hesitate to ask: you will get more information then you expect
+  Tourists: Yup,  they' re the one of the best guides you can have on the road, what i mean is that there are some travel places that everyone must go when they travel to a city/state. If you pay attention, tourists flock to the places like ants since they follow the same direction of public transportation/route.It means you don't need to be afraid you will miss bus stop or get lost, because at least there is a flock of tourists get lost like you ( it happened to me in Ny and San francisco)

+ MAP:  either you have your google map or any technology stuffs that show you ways,real map is still needed ( I meant THE PAPER ONE). Believe me!

+ Citypass: I bought these for attractions in NY. it isn't really necessary, you still have to get in line to switch these passes into real tickets. I remember there are probably 2 places in this pass that you don't need to get in line. But as it claims on the website, you save 41% compared to combine regular box office prices. I didn't use all the passes because of our budget time and most of them are museums ( don't get me wrong,i like museums, but just too much, i need to see other attractions). So here is the link , take a look and decide is it needed for your travel.

I found a great guide  in Vietnamese for traveling to East Coast
( sorry , there is no english one :( )

So these are all my tips. I will write more details this trip in up coming posts. Hopefully, i wont procrastinate it Again, TEEHEE!

Thứ Bảy, ngày 08 tháng 2 năm 2014

New balance for day

     I used to have a nike shoes for work out but mom took it with her back to Viet Nam ( noooooo, my shoessssssss). Since then, i had no sport shoes to walk or run and i was so lazy to buy new one. I always like new balance shoes because of its look: sporty, fashion, cool but never bothered to buy one based on my excuse : mom took it back meant that god didn't want me to work out LOL . At the time, i didn't really need a walk shoes, my boots were enough. However, i gained so much weight recently, like... so much. And all the boots made me foot so hurt after couple hours walking so i decided to get a new shoes. I actually almost purchased the same Nike shoes again, since it is too comfortable and light but luckily, i walked by a shoes shop, that has some new balance shoes and also my favorite one : 574 classic NB. I was like: Oh, okay, why don't give it a try? And what's next? i'm wearing it now.

Got this fluffy jacket from a sister. At first, i didn't think i would wear it someday since it was too warm/thick and i don't even need something that warm in Seattle winter. I was so wrong. 

Seattle weather recently changed dramatically. The sky is like the spring but the coldness is just too freaking cold. I feel like it's killing me now, just want to stick to my bed forever.

Chủ Nhật, ngày 02 tháng 2 năm 2014

What's in my bag?

I did this kind of topic while ago and here is my updated version Lol. I'm really interested in this kind of post since here is one of the best ways to relax when i'm boring. So

1. The purse: of course it has to be in black, black is my best friend, my forever-to-be. Although i'm trying to get rid of this habit, black is too attractive to me whenever i decide to buy another different color purse.
2. Notebook and pen: recently, i paid more attention to cute things like this note and pen, they hadn't never been my taste before, it was always simple like black note and pencil. But it changed couple months ago, i guess the more i'm getting old, the younger i want to be LOL. Anyway, i would say notebook is much easier to control my schedule cuz for some reasons, whenever i planned my schedule on phone, it never worked out.
3. Changes: for bus, laundry. Everyone needs changes in their pocket.
4. Phone: can't live without this one. Yes, i'm addicted to phone.
5: Hand cream from L'occitane: I have been using hand cream from this brand for such a long time. It isn't because they're so good, i just stick with it for so long so that i don't bother to change. =_=
6: Lip balm from Fresh: HIGHLY RECOMMEND, best lip balms  i have used.
7. Perfumes: i'm not really fan of perfumes. As i said before in some post, i got a lot of small version perfumes to try since i don't want to stick with one kind of perfume.
8: lipstick: YSL's lipsticks, liptint are my favorite ones
9: small mascaras: i got so many small mascaras from sephora as rewards, i like them a lot. I did have " real" mascara like chanel, mac... but it's more convenient to bring the small ones.

Thứ Bảy, ngày 01 tháng 2 năm 2014

New year.

  Hi blog, how are you doing?

  It has been such the longest time i haven't written any post. Am i too busy? Nah, don't i have any photos to share? Nah. In fact, i have so much things to share as well as i'm so free right now. School still takes a lot of time but not like how it used to be, and by the way i should ( more suitable word: I must  :P)  how to familiar with school stresses right? Since it's already  beginning of the third year in America. I am just too lazy LOL but Tomorrow is gonna be new year - Lunar New Year, the third New year in America. Last week, i went to shop some groceries in Viet Market. When i just stepped into the market, vibe makes me wanna cry immediately, a little exaggerated  but that how i felt at the moment. I miss how i was so excited for holiday and went to flower market with friends/family, how i and my family cleaned the house ( only my mother though, i was responsible for sneaking candies :)) ), watching fireworks and figuring the matching age one, who would be responsible for first step in house for lucky purpose tradition.
  It's sad to realize memories are just memories. Sometimes, you  miss it a lot but sometimes, you have to let it go. Anyway, i put these photos below randomly from Christmas. There are still a lot of photos , i guess i should save them for next post ;). Btw, if you have time,  stop quick moment by my instagram  for more photos since it's the only social network i use and update constantly now. :)
Happy Lunar New year everybody!!!
I and old friend.
Downtown Seattle .
Downtown Seattle in Christmas
If you live in Seattle, you should know this fastfood restaurant: Dick's. Cheap, yummy, fast. Enough

The only snow day of 2013. Sad movie :(

Starbucks during christmas time. Cozy, a lot of people.

My sister tried to re-create model pose LOL

My boo

It's always fun when you live near such a hilarious neighborhood

Thai food.

Shopping mall before christmas

Snowflake parade.

Chủ Nhật, ngày 24 tháng 11 năm 2013

Because of you.

  Wow ! It has been such a long time i haven't written any blog post, longest time ever. I thought about saying goodbye to my blog during the time. Life takes full my attentions: school, family, friends, him.  I actually wrote multiple times and kept it in storage without finishing them yet. I miss writing but whenever i wrote, emotions kept flying away, which it hasn't happened to me before. Never.
  During these past times, my life literally was such a movie. After coming back from the summer trip with my mom, i wrote a blog post and deleted it after couple days.  Things changed completely during that moment. My mom came back to Viet Nam, which made my already broken-heart was more hurtful. I thought i was solid to go over through this time, i almost did except i couldn't forget him- the one that made my heart broken. My mind was full of tons of questions, that started with a question " why" and also ended up with " why" question : why did he spend times talk to me? Why was he so cold, so mean person? I hate falling in love with american, Why could my heart beat so fast for this guy? Why do i love him so much? I didn't cried but i couldn't sleep. I missed him like crazy since i decided to stop talking to him, which to me, it was good decision.  Soon i discovered why he did that to me. We went through a lot of stages, feelings, stories and also tears after then. I almost believed there wouldn't be any chance we could see each other again, hand in hand, side by side. Our parents, they don't believe and allow our relationship. I remembered there was one night i stood in an empty hall of my school crying, felt so hopeless. He cried too, which it hadn't happened to him for around eight or nine years only because he couldn't do anything, his anger to himself became tears. We broke up. It was a hard time, but as people say hard time and distance make you realize what is important to you. We knew we loved each other so much,  this time at least.  We decided just let it be, cheered each other, spent times talking whenever we were free and tried to convince our parents. Luckily, we all have good friends, who are willing to help us, give us supports. I sometimes gave up already but he was such a person that never gets mad because of my complex personality, that is i always use horoscope as an excuse: because my mother chose to give birth to me in september under libra star, which says that a libra woman can be beautiful and happy like a flower in the morning, but at night, she switches to her darkest side, cries alone without nobody knows.Yes, it's truly me .  Couple Weeks ago, we decided huge plan, probably only him who actually did that. And last night, he booked a ticket, yes, ticket to Seattle , flying to my arms, in Christmas. Well, despite of the fact that  he gotta eat subway all the time living here because of my cooking skills LOL

It's not a long time though, and we still have a long future to go. We would be together and have a happy ending in the future or probably we turn to different ways but although whatever will happen in the future, we forsure know that we already had a really good meaning time. A time that both of us kept fighting hard for our relationship. Parents, distance, trust. All i want to say, if you really want some thing that is so hard to reach to, keep trying, because i believe life will make it up for you as a gift to your try.

( i still use instagram so stop by if you wanna jump a little bit into my recent life :), and  i definitely will keep writing from now on)

Thứ Ba, ngày 20 tháng 8 năm 2013

Hey blog, long time no see!

It's been over month from my last post. probably, this is the first time i left blog for such a long time. During the time, I wasn't in the mood to write blog and pressures from summer quarter really sucks. Blog is a part of my life, not writing it is an annoying feelings to me but writing it in boring mood is more constrained. So here i come, with the new post and also my feelings!
I just said goodbye to one of my best friends in Seattle, she moves to other state for university. Too much sadnesses, that's how life is though. It will be the time that you have to say goodbye to something that is so valuable to you. Nothing lasts forever. Hopefully, distance isn't a matter for us not to be friends anymore...Hopefully.
When it comes to sadness, i tend to like cutting my hair. The shorter the hair, the more i feel happy. Does it sound weird? Hair is precious to me. You might know i used to be so scared when someone cut my hair. I just wanted to keep it long, beautiful and be how it is. However, i had changed this habit from early of this year, after cutting the hair, i felt my head is lighter and somehow i feel more freedom, more get out of depressed feelings. When i first saw myself with short hair, i spent all day laughing, walking around mirror and looking myself: was it me? It was so strange that i couldn't believe i did it, especially, to someone who stuck with long hair probably for whole life. I got use to it soon though. And last week, i decided to cut it shorter, like bob hair. I look more like japanese ghost doll right now,some of my friends don't like it, some like it, some don't bother commenting it . I don't care, just try new thing, live the life i want, since you only live once.
I'm gonna go NY , Boston and Washington DC next week, so i will have a bunch of photos to share for the blog ( Yay) but first, hope my laziness goes away for me to finish Portland and SF trip, then i will think about writing this upcoming trip Lol.

Here are the photos of my life recently , mostly from instagram. I'm editing some of camera versions so stay tuned!

Me with new hair 

Hot molten cake

Early this year in Spring 

Walked around and quite surprised that i can't believe how beautiful Seattle is. ( has been living here almost 2 years and never paid attention to these buildings)
We celebrated last day of summer quarter. Honestly, i has been living in Seattle 2 years, not mention i'm a food lover but this was the first time i tried hot pot for one person ( i meant knowing its existence in Seattle). 

New favorite shoes 
My best wearing tip: dress whatever you feel free, since that's your life.
Favorite vegetarian restaurant, and it has beautiful view too ;)

Cat woman , hahahahah. I'm too addicted with this " cat-head" app.
Coffee art for a morning.

waiting for firework on july, 4th.

This photo reminds me of Da Nang that was looked from mountain at night
love the corner ❤️
Waiting to get in.
They just opened new bagel coffee near my house. 
Dinner in Portland. Too... not good.They looked delicious though.

Feel the... road ;)
Tried to smile in the hopeless weather T.T ( just got back from a lake, and couldn't stand hotness after living in Seattle for a while)