Thứ Sáu, ngày 28 tháng 8 năm 2015

Lan man trời mưa

 Lần đầu tiên Seattle mưa to trong tháng 8 khô ráo này.

Mình thích mưa, mình yêu mưa, nếu không nói là mình cuồng mưa. Mưa gợi mình nhiều ký ức, vui cũng có, buồn cũng có, và những ký ức tưởng chừng như rơi vào quên lãng.

Lần đầu tiên mưa to ở Seattle, còn nhớ cảm giác vui sướng ngồi ban công với chú cún bông, uống ly starbucks rồi nhớ về Đà Nẵng. Thời đó chuộng Starbucks lắm, như anh nông dân lên tỉnh, thích Starbucks như fan hâm mô với thần tượng, đòi anh hai bằng được chở đến Starbucks lúc mới đặt chân tới Mỹ, rồi từ đó luôn cảm giác hồi hộp sang chảnh mỗi lần mua Starbucks. Đặc biệt la ngày mưa, cầm ly starbucks, ngồi xe bus về nhà nhìn ra ngoài phố, cảm giác buôn mang mác, như phim vậy đó.

Mưa, nhiều lần dầm mưa ở Seattle. Cũng phải thôi, Seattle là thành phố mưa.


Mình chỉ ghét mưa mỗi khi phải đi bộ từ trạm bus đến trường, cũng phải 10' đủ để làm ướt hết chiếc áo ấm. Mà cũng kì, dù mưa thế nào mình cũng chả thèm đem dù, có lẽ bị nhiễm tính của dân Seattle, chỉ cần một chiếc áo hoodie hay áo có mũ, dù mưa to hay nhỏ, cứ mưa là trùm lên rồi đi như chưa hề có mưa... Trường mình phải đi ngang qua một con đường xe rộng, với bìa rừng bên tay trái, buildings trường bên tay phải. Mỗi lần đi bộ vào buildings, luôn phải nép vào, hồi hộp lỡ thưởng thức thiên nhiên quá lại bị xe đụng. Đặc biệt là vào mùa mưa, cảm giác hồi hộp bị xe bíp còi thành cảm giác hồi hộp sợ bị tắm mưa bởi những chiếc xe chạy ngang.


Giờ xa trường rồi, nhớ mưa lắm, nhớ con đường đến trường, nhớ lớp học, nhớ những người bạn chở mình đến trường, nhớ quãng thời gian tập trung làm project cuối xen lẫn tám xuyên lục địa, nhớ đi học về dưới mưa lạnh thấu xương trong mua đông lúc 10h khuya thề thốt tại sao ông thầy không cho ra sớm để bus về. Đôi khi con người nực cười là vậy, luôn miệng kêu chỉ muốn học xong cho sớm, không muôn đi học, nhưng đến khi xa rồi lại nhớ.




Thứ Năm, ngày 13 tháng 8 năm 2015

1.

My life now is about enjoying little fun things around me. I don't go on instagram a lot like I used to be anymore, and for sure with my blog too. I finally graduated with BA degree after almost 3 years living in America. Everything went so fast, It felt like a blink of an eye. When you opened your eyes, things were already different. Most people after graduating they know what they want to do at some points, however, I belong to the rest ones. I have been confusing what I really like, I graduated 1 year early compared to my friends, yet they know what they like and what they want to do. 20 years old with a degree in my hand, I should feel be proud of what I have achieved but till now, things are still blurry to me. I was rush, rush to get the degree early, to come out to work. Ironically, I can't choose my path.
Still, I started my life after college with finding jobs like other new graduates, sending thousand resumes and hopefully got a reply back. It took me a while to find my first job and a little more time to settle in.  Finally, I decided to let things go by itself, let the life leads me to random choices and probably, someday I will be thankful for my spontaneous decision.

Social media had been a huge part of my life. I used  to check instagram every spare times but now
I spent every weekends going farms, beaches, fishing, walking around my neighborhood, and enjoy my times doing groceries.  It's good to be how it is now, no more rush, no more worries, and no more depressions.
( some photos taken when I was on the way from Portland back to Seattle, had a good time for my foot deep in the cool river)






Thứ Năm, ngày 05 tháng 2 năm 2015

Vancouver photo diary

packing

Our rental car

somebody was so hungry after long day stomachache. ( i got vnmese sandwich and =)) coffee already, this guy got a slightly food poison from curry i made night before i went to Vancouver)



We started our trip  around noon, heading to the north Seattle and seeing my " sandwich brand" everywhere ( just kidding, as you know my real name is Trang =)). Landscape scenes in North Seattle are much more beautiful compare to the South, more trees,more grass fields, more mountains. 

We arrived late afternoon and were so hungry. After listening to our hotel receptionist, we headed to Davie Street, which has a lot kinds of food but then we got lost to this beautiful place. At first, i was really mad on my bf for making us lost but turned out we got lost to prospect viewpoint, which is a perfect place to see Lion Gate Bridge at night. Wooohoo! thanks to my =)) bf 



took a quick round to Robson street

My starving face

cute little Japanese supermarket, where i found out a tea bottle that my bf really likes when we went to Japan. He even kept the empty bottle but forgot in Viet Nam so i gotta bring it to him from VN, ended up this supermarket got these bottles here. Man!

Wandering coffee shops around and finally we ate at a random korean restaurant. If i remember correctly, the restaurant is named Red chicken. Their service was totally bad but hand down for their fried chickens, it was really crunchy and yummy.



More Robson street.

We got lost again when we were looking for bubble tea place. And again, ended up on a hill neighborhood with super beautiful Vancouver night view. 

=)) that grumpy face




First stop in the morning was Lynn Canyon suspension Bridge. It was really nice day, even on the radio that said lucky for who went to Mountain on that day since there was a little bit snow on top and sunny day.

This man claimed we had to pay to across the bridge, i told him let's take a look, i didn't think so. finally, I was right at always. 


Really impressive how huge homeless community is here. 



China town.




At first when i saw this sight, i thought it was sightseeing LOL and was like: " honey honey, we gotta go see those bears" ( stupid me until my bf explained for me) =)).


we LOST again =)) and again ended up on a really nice hill to see view of the city and all the mountain.


Downtown 2

and downtown 3

rainbow crosswalk. Hehe

Davie st got so many kinds of food. Wish i could move my house to near here to eat all day 


We stopped one of famous places for poutine.

and it was so good that we came back later on that night to buy one more

more pastries.

Davie St

private photographer =))

After poutine, we drove to Granville island but unluckily, there was no parking so we just drove around and came back to Stanley Park.



made me remember San Francisco and Boston. When we drove to Stanley park, we passed to convention center, it was really beautiful since we could see all opposite city side and river covered by twilight. 

American Indian totem poles.We didn't have a lot of photos in Stanley park, mostly i filmed it and you can check my vlogs on my previous post.

Gastown


Chose to eat at one of famous Vnamese/cambodian restaurant and our experience was so so bad, the food here was so worse than in Seattle restaurants.

The bo luc lac was so bad, WARNING: it is not real Bo luc lac, it was supposed to be small cube beefs not these slice ones. Wanna try real one, just go to Seattle, search for Pnom Penh restaurant ( and ironically, this restaurant has the same name too) and you will be blowed away. 

For chicken wings, nah, Red chicken is better. But for the same kind of cooking, Hue kiem my gia in Seattle is the best for their fried butter garlic chicken wings ( i swear i'm a real foodie and the chicken wings from this restaurant disappointed me a lot)

Gastown at night


The food we tried at the Pnom Penh here was so bad so we decided to eat something else,we came back to the poutine place, got another one, tried sashimi here as recommended by my bf's friend. Man, it was the same fresh taste that we tried in Japan. So fresh and melted in your mouth. 

we gotta returned the car rental around 10 am so we left Vancouver pretty early when everything was still dark but i like it a lot when we saw breaking dawn, it was like a magical road trip for me. 

Bye Vancouver.