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Morning spa pedicure! Brought my own nail polish: Essie Fiji 🙂

I’m generally not much of a girly girl going to spas and getting my nails or hair done. I prefer to do those kinda things myself. I’ve come to terms that I needed a pedicure badly lol. It was about time I needed a professional to handle that war zone on my feet haha. I normally give myself a pedicure because I don’t feel comfortable with a stranger touching my feet and even though I know it’s their job to touch my feet, I just feel bad lol. So I was browsing through Yelp to see what salon I wanted to go to. I eventually decided on Luxury Nails Spa (http://www.yelp.com/biz/luxury-nails-spa-san-jose), which just recently opened a month ago. They had an offer for 50% off on all their services, so why not?! Can’t complain for $17.50 for a spa pedicure. Plus, they seemed relatively clean and sterile, and I like the pedicure options that they offer. Their pricing seemed reasonable, too.

Anyways, while I was getting my “Tangerine pedicure” done, Kim, who was the lady working on me pedicure, she was just making general conversation with me. Pretty nice lady. The question that I never expected to be asked especially at a nail salon was, “do you have boyfriend?!” LOL. I just laughed, said no and tried to brush off what moment lol. She asked because she noticed I don’t have a ring on my left hand haha. It reminded me of Anjelah Johnson’s skit “Nail Salon” lol.

As Kim continued on with my pedicure treatment, she noticed I was smiling at my phone when I was texting my girlfriend and telling her what had just happened. She asked again if I’m talking to a boy and I replied with no and laughed again lol. I’ve always joked around with my girlfriends about something like that happening to any of us at a nail salon. It’s funnier now that it has happened to me lol. It’s something I think most people kinda dread happening to them especially from a Vietnamese manicurist lol. I do plan on going back since they have an offer for the month of September for 25% off on all their services. I’m just curious as to what she’ll say to me next time lol.

Quite the highlight of my day so far lol …smh :p

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If you want a bomb sandwich and don’t want to turn to Subways, check this place out. Great spot for lunch! I’m sure there’s other great sandwich shops in the Bay Area that I haven’t stumbled across yet but this place is a must try! My first time was at their Santa Clara location, which I prefer. If you’re a new customer, a drink and a bag of chips is on them which is nice. This is my second time at Ike’s and this was at their Cupertino location just because my friend’s job is close by. So the menu is a bit overwhelming, but I’ve stuck with the “Spiffy Tiffy”. The “Spiffy Tiffy” entails: Avocado, Halal Chicken, Mushrooms, Pepper Jack, Pesto, Provolone. In other words, it’s bomb! Another popular sandwich that is recommended but I have yet tried, is called “Menage A Trois”. This includes: BBQ, Cheddar, Halal Chicken, Honey Mustard, Pepper Jack, Real Honey, Swiss. I only hesitate on trying this because I don’t like BBQ sauce. Their signature bread that you can select is called Dutch Crunch, which is really good. If you ever grab a bag of chips from there, try the “Voodoo” chips which is like a mix of BBQ and salt & vinegar chips. It’s an interesting mix but not too shabby. As for their pricing, it’s a tad bit pricy but I think it’s worth it …once in awhile especially if you’re on a budget haha.

Just wanted to share some more foodie news! 🙂

Who needs the stars when you have a view of the beautiful city lights? I’ve heard many great things about Communications Hill and how it’s a great place to workout (run, walk or jog). I was told how it had a great view of San Jose especially at night and I’ve been curious to check it out. I went yesterday afternoon after I figured it was just a neighborhood and not a legit park haha. The view was great during the day but not as empowering like it was at night. It’s a really beautiful neighborhood, too.

Anyways, I came back at night to take a couple photos. I didn’t realized how many people were out so late working out, which made it feel a bit reassuring to go at night for a run around there. I haven’t felt the need to join a local gym around here because it’s relatively nice outside everyday so why not take advantage of the outdoors? I’ve pretty much been running around my neighborhood and the park/trail nearby my place, but it’s nothing spectacular.

It was so beautiful even as I was driving up the hill to park my car. It’s been awhile since I felt so relaxed and calm in my life again. Due to my current situation, i am stressed out and overly worried on a daily basis. It’s hard to relax. Shit, it’s been even more difficult than ever to sleep because of my personal issues. My insomnia has gotten a lot worst and my health hasn’t been that great, which causes me to stress out even more. With all the minor and major issues, I really felt at peace again with myself when I came here and I’m glad I finally ventured out. Hopefully I’ll have better photos to share next time. I’m definitely looking forward to my workout here tonight. 🙂

Just felt like sharing today’s breakfast and lunch. I’m still playing around with my DSLR so why not post pictures of what I shot? Haha. :p I have this instant oatmeal with peaches which I’m not too fond of, but I tossed in some blueberries and raspberries to make it better. For lunch I made farfalle pasta with chicken, red bell peppers, mushrooms, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, alfredo sauce and some black pepper and cayenne pepper! I’m so bloated right now from that lunch. Relaxing for a bit before I go work it off. 🙂

I’ve never been too fond of Mexican food. There aren’t that many great places back in the east coast, but clearly there isn’t a large enough Mexican population like over here on the west coast, especially in California. My friend and I headed up to Stockton, CA on Friday night to hang out with a few of her friends and we grabbed dinner at some crawfish joint. After dinner, my friend was craving for tacos from this taco truck that she’ll “only” order from haha. Yes, she still had the room for tacos after we feasted on 4 lbs of crawfish lol. Anyways, I’ve tried their steak burrito before during a previous drive up to Stockton and I have to say, IT WAS BOMB, therefore I understood her cravings haha. We had ordered a few tacos to share with amongst the group, but we got too caught up with chatting and drinking. Meaning we pretty much didn’t eat the tacos that had we ordered haha. What a waste of money and food, SIGHS!!! What a total fail haha. Since we had to go back to Stockton the next day from crashing at a friend’s in Sacramento the night before, we figured we’d go back to the taco truck to grab some tacos as a quick bite before we drove back to San Jose. It was definitely a great lunch. The carne asada tacos definitely hit the spot. The meat was juicy, flavorful, and the spiciness was just right. I’ve seen various taco trucks around San Jose, but apparently they’re not that great.

Even though I think this taco truck is awesome, I’m still not too crazy about Mexican food haha. Although, if you’re ever in Stockton, make sure  you stop by this truck …even though I’m sure Stockton is really not the “hot spot” anyone wants to be at LOL.

Check it out: http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-grullito-taco-truck-stockton

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With all the alone (and free) time I’ve had on my hands, I think a lot about my past relationships. I haven’t had the healthiest relationships nor have I dated the greatest guys ever. They all treated me like shit, but I allowed it so I’m partially at fault, too. When it comes down to the end of the day and no matter how productive I try to keep myself, I find myself laying in bed thinking about how much I miss having a boyfriend. Well more like what it’d be like to be in a healthy relationship. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart haha. I’ve said to a couple of friends about this before that I feel like I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be in a relationship. I’ve done my fair share of dating and meeting guys after a long term relationship, but it never went towards the next step of being monogamous. I’ve met a couple guys here since I’ve moved but we’re just friends and nothing more. They’re cool, but I instantly categorized them in the friend zone lol. Not my fault or theirs, it just happens to be like that. I’m a bit jaded and guarded.

Although a relationship isn’t a priority of mines at the moment, it doesn’t hurt to think about it. I think a lot of it has to do with the loneliness here without my family and friends here with me haha. Maybe once I’m in a much more stable place in my life I’ll feel more comfortable dating again. As for now due to a couple of other reasons that will remain disclosed, I’m just emotionally unavailable at the moment. Not trying to sound cocky or anything, but I know I’m a great woman and I have a lot to offer any man. I just have horrible luck when it comes to men. Over the years, I’ve dated different types of men. So if you ask me what’s my type, I really don’t have one. Come as you are and don’t bullshit me because if you do I’m gonna call you out on it. It’s simple as that. I’ve kept my options opened and I’ve been very open minded about men. I generally don’t ask for too much. I know what I want and I have reasonable needs, yet no one has been able to fulfill any of my needs. As I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten harder for me to be interested in someone. Once I’m interested, it’s harder to keep me interested. Perhaps I’ve gotten too picky for my own good, but I don’t think so.

Anyways, like I said before, a little daydreaming doesn’t hurt haha. One day I’ll meet that stud McMuffin haha. :p

Welcome to DesignerX

Welcome to DesignerX

The other day I got a message on LinkedIn and got invited to a design event. In the message it stated that I was invited to this event on behalf of a company that wants to meet me and has viewed information about me. It was called DesignerX which was hosted by HackerX at a firm called General Things. It’s pretty much a speed dating style event where you get to meet companies that are currently hiring. There’s 50 designers that attends and 15 companies you get to meet. Also it’s a great networking opportunity to market yourself and meet other great designers as well. I quickly confirmed my RSVP but I still felt a bit hesitant on going. Why you ask? I felt very unprepared since I am in the process of redesigning my business cards, but at least I have a resume handy and my iPad mini ready to display my portfolio.

Secondly, my confidence as a designer has gone down pretty low. It’s pretty competitive over here (well, everywhere really haha) and I have to say I am intimidated. My skills aren’t as up to par as I’d like them to be. I still want to grow as a designer and expand to web skills, like UI/UX design. Print design is a comfort zone I’ve been wanting to step away from for so long. I am putting in the effort by brushing up some design knowledge and working on new projects, but that level of confidence has slowly gone down the drain.

Anyways, I was indecisive all day on going, but I finally got dressed and dragged my ass up to San Francisco. Met a couple of nice people who I ended up chatting with throughout the event as we waited patiently in line to speak with these big companies. Overall, I thought the event was disappointing. It was unorganized and not as detail oriented as it should’ve been. The idea was great yet poorly executed. Would I attend again? Maybe. I barely got to meet all of the 15 companies representing this event and I wasn’t the only one. I met with 3 out of 15 companies. The 5 minutes that we were suppose to have was definitely longer than 5. It felt like 10 minutes. It definitely should’ve been shortened to 3 minutes. Also, some of the companies weren’t as specific to what they’re company is looking for or even giving brief information about their company.

Like myself and many others, we were confused majority of the time. Even when arriving and “checking in” was confusing. No one was really there to check you in. I just saw a bunch of name tags and grabbed for mines. Prior to attending the event, there was no information as to how formal or informal this event was. Us designers were confused if we should’ve brought our resume and portfolios or nothing at all. It was just general basic things that should’ve been stated. I had contacted the person that reached out to me about this event and there was poor communication there. That was another reason for why I didn’t really want to attend the event.

On a positive note, I’m glad I left the event meeting a couple great designers and it was very reassuring to know that we’re all on the same boat. We all want growth as a designer and to aspire for more. I really don’t think anyone has any idea how hard it is to stay in this field. Even though we’re pretty much each other’s competition, people were equally as supportive. It’s comforting to have met others that are just as ambitious as I am are, especially in the design world.

Check it out: http://www.designerx.org/