A couple weeks ago I went to see Skrillex out in Oakland at the Fox Theater. I’ve always wanted to check out his concert, but never had the chance to. Met some cool people last month and I got invited to go. I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to go since it’s already hard to find anyone to do anything with around here. I’m glad I went. It was an awesome time and it was just a lot of fun dancing around, getting all crazy. Although I won’t ever understand as to why people has to dress a certain way for that type of concert. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just not my thing haha. I’m a plain V-neck tee, jeans and TOMS wearing type of gal.
Last Friday I got invited by that same group to another concert super last minute after I got out of work. It was out in San Francisco. I was really tired and wanted to stay local, but I just said fuck it. I hardly ever go to SF and if I do it’s mainly for networking events. Might as well take advantage of all the SF fun I can have especially when the opportunity arises. I hurried up and got ready to go. Good thing they were still selling tickets at the door. The line up was Starship Connection, Thundercat, Erykah Badu, and Cosmo Baker in the Main Room. There was several other performers in different rooms at this venue, which was at 1015 Folsom. My friend J was telling me how he was excited to see Thundercat perform and told me how awesome he is haha. I was more excited for Erykah Badu. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see Erykah Badu because she switched line up’s with Cosmo Baker so she came on last. This concert went on until 3AM. We were already tired and the main room was ridiculously packed. We just wanted to get out of this spot somehow and I’m so glad we managed to force our way through lol. We were squished into the crowd. I literally almost lost my shoe haha. Overall, great performances and really cool venue!
We went to get some milkshakes at Sparky’s afterwards and at this point it was 3AM haha. It was really funny when two of my friends whom both have beards got some of their milkshake on it haha. It was a lot of fun and perfect ending that night. Well not that perfect because I got my first parking TICKETSSS in SF. I was so pissed. I guess I didn’t see the sign for street cleaning and I didn’t turn my wheel. Such bullshit!!!!!!!!
Anyways, I had a great time and met a couple more cool people. I think I rekindled my love for concerts again haha. It’s been awhile since I got to them especially consistently. It’s definitely been a great stress reliever going to these type of events. Just going wild at the Skrillex concert was what I needed. Having some drinks, dancing around and not giving a fuck with a group of chill people was what I needed. But that concert in SF was relaxing since that event was so chill and laid back. It’s just been nice getting out especially with the right crowd. I’m supposed to go to another concert in April. Gotta look up tickets for that soon! Hopefully I can join them again. 🙂
I haven’t been in the mood to blog much lately. I feel like I have a lot to say, but I don’t even wanna bother writing it all out or if it’s even worth writing. Figured I’d just write a little update on myself and my thoughts.
Last week I started a new job out in Palo Alto, which is nice. It’s only a short term freelance position but it’s better than nothing. I’m not that happy at this job just because it’s been a bit unorganized and the work flow hasn’t been consistent. I love the work this company does since they are an ad agency and my coworkers are great. I’m just awaiting for this position to end so I can move onto something better. To be honest, I think it was pointless for them to even hire me. I haven’t really done shit. There was probably one day last week where I was hopping back and forth from two desktops since I was working on different projects. These past two days I’ve been working from home since my coworker whom I’m working close with is sick. So it was best to work from home and communicate via e-mail and Skype. The total estimated time that I’ve worked both days is 5-6 hours. So sad. In the beginning I was told there was a lot that needed to get done and I was really excited to jump on board. Clearly not since I’ve just been lingering around haha. But hey it’s better than nothing since I’ve been trying to look at the brighter side of it. Some money in the bank and experience on my resume. Things could be worse.
I’ve started running again. I’ve been going to Communications Hill at night to run. I haven’t gone there in awhile and I feel safer running around there at night since there is a good amount of people getting their sweat on so late. I’ve kinda grown a distaste for running around my neighborhood especially at the trail/park next to my house. It’s just dirty and I get kinda paranoid that someone is behind me even though I go there during the day time. Running or working out is my much preferred hours to do my thing. I feel really relaxed when I get home and before I go to bed so it works out. It’s definitely been really tough trying to build up my stamina again to where it used to be. Every time after I run I feel like my legs are on fire lol. It can be a good or a bad feeling. I’ll eventually get used to it. I’m trying my best to be as consistent as I can.
I’ve hesitated buying a gym membership here in Cali because it’s so expensive. I am used to paying $10 a month. I was definitely so spoiled back in the east coast. Luckily on Groupon I saw that Bally’s had a deal for $10 for one month membership. I couldn’t pass up on that offer. San Jose has like 3 or 4 locations that I can select to go to. Sounded like a good idea until I read the Yelp reviews for each location lol. Apparently they all suck. There’s something bad with each location so now I’m a bit torn as to which location to dedicate myself to. I really hope it’s not as shitty as the reviews are. I am quite skeptical about it.
Valentine’s Day was nothing spectacular to me this year. In fact it never was besides last year when I made a pretty cool card for someone special. Usually every year for Valentine’s Day I “surprise” my mom with a different bouquet of flowers. I pick out the flowers and arrange it all myself. I never wanna give my mom the typical red roses. Gotta keep her guessing haha. Since I’m far away this year and it’s ridiculously expensive for me to send flowers to my mom, I decided to ask my dad to help me out. He is not sentimental whatsoever. He’s never bought my mom flowers ever which is kinda sad. I think every woman deserves a nice bouquet of flowers from a man at some point in her life. I asked my dad to just go to the local florists and pick out something nice for her. He was being a pain in the ass and wanted me to call the store and just tell them to arrange whatever so he can just pick it up. I said no and told him he HAD to pick out the flowers himself lol. I had a feeling he was gonna disappoint me and not go through with such a simple request, but he surprised me. I called the next day and asked if he did what I told him and he said yes. I still thought he was full of shit so I had to call my mom to confirm lol. Of course she told him (and myself in the past) that he didn’t have to get them or waste money like that, but she loved it anyways. That made me really happy where I was gonna get teary lol. I miss doing sentimental things like that for my family and friends back at home.
Lastly, sleeping has been a pain in the ass. I’ve been trying so hard to sleep early and I’ve continued to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night. The other night I went to bed early at 9:30PM, randomly woke up at midnight and after that I was up until 4AM. From there I woke up every hour until I was suppose to get up for work. I felt like complete shit that day. I was actually happy it wasn’t too busy because my mind felt like complete mush. I’ve stopped resorting to melatonin and these other sleep aids. I’ve thought about buying lavender scented pillow mist but I’m not sure how effective it is especially since melatonin couldn’t even knock me out haha. You’d think after working out it would help me sleep but that doesn’t work either. Sighs!!
I guess that’s all I’ve been up to. Work and working out haha. Nothing exciting here but that’s okay. 🙂
Another holiday away from home. This is my first CNY away from home and it’s weird not to see my family. First year not getting any red envelopes but that’s okay. I feel like I’m getting too old to even be receiving any. What I miss the most is all of the bomb food during CNY. Even my cooking can’t compare to my mother’s if I was to ever try to mimic any of her dishes haha.
I called my parents and wished them a happy new year. My mom kept reminding me to go eat some chicken for new year’s. Momma asked and she shall receive! I was really sick during this time and didn’t have much of an appetite, but I dragged my ass out of bed anyways. I drove down the street to get a rice plate with roast duck, BBQ pork, and chicken to go and the food sucked. Worst rice plate I’ve ever had. I sucked it up and ate it since I didn’t want to waste it. Not seeing my family, having shitty food and being sick wasn’t how I wanted to spend my new year. I was already bummed out that I couldn’t make it to temple. That’s how sick I was.
One of my close friends from back at home was in town visiting. She trooped it from Sacramento to SJ to visit her relatives that lives close by to me. It was great to at least see a familiar face during the holiday since she is practically like a sister to me. It’s as close to family as it can get. I went to pick her up from her auntie’s house. When I got there her auntie wanted to meet me so I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable during dinner. She was extremely kind and sweet to me. She was very understanding as to how I felt about being homesick since she moved to SJ by herself, but from Vietnam. After we chatted, she told us to go hang out and to come back to new year’s dinner. I showed my friend around a bit and it was just really nice again to be with someone from back at home.
When we got back to the house for dinner I got to meet some more relatives. All very nice people. I definitely appreciated their hospitality. It made me feel at home again. Towards the end of the night I said my goodbyes to everyone and gave my friend’s auntie a big hug and thanked her again. She told me if I ever felt homesick I should just come over for dinner haha. That definitely tugged on them heart strings big time. Although I was sick and far away from home, it was nice to still somehow have a piece of home here with me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I left some amazing friends back at home and I’m one very lucky girl to have them in my life.
Ground turkey congee with a side of kimchi
Wonton mix! Ground pork, scallions, water chestnuts, and wood ear mushrooms.
Bracing myself to sit there for awhile wrapping away
Tada! Wonton soup in a chicken broth with cilantro and scallions
I haven’t been able to write much recently because I’ve been really sick. First my lower back pain and then I got the flu. I felt like complete shit. Sucked even more that I had no one to help me out. I haven’t been this sick since I was living back in Boston. I got really sick after my friends from Boston left during their visit here in SJ. My back pain eventually went away, but this cold hit me hard. I felt really nauseous and light headed. Everyday I woke up to something new. One day was the chills, next was a sore throat, coughing, lost my voice, etc. etc. I didn’t even really speak to anyone because I felt so tired and weak. Whenever I did have to go out to pick up medicine or groceries, I felt really hot and sweaty just to be surrounded by a lot of people. Sounds weird, I know. I just wanted to get all the rest I can and to get better again. I felt like no matter how much medicine I took I felt worse. How is that possible!?!? I don’t know haha.
I was looking on Yelp to look for any places that makes decent congee or wonton soup but it seemed like a total mission and I guess I’m kinda picky about how it tastes. I decided to just make congee and wonton soup myself. It all came out really good, but I am so sick of having any type of soup. My appetite is now back to normal. Well kinda haha. I had last minute plans with a friend back at home that was visiting and I had to suck it up and just get myself out of bed to hang out with her. I also forgot about the Skrillex concert that I got a ticket for a month ago. So I had to coordinate plans with the group I was going with since we haven’t hung out after the first time I met them.
Anyways, I really need to take a lot better care of my health besides preventing any colds. I’m really stressed out about that the most right now. My body has gotten so weak internally and physically. I notice that I’m not as strong as I used to be and I’m not happy about that at all. I’m not even that old (yet haha) and my body shouldn’t be this beaten up for a 26 year old. After getting this sick, I felt really unhappy with the condition of my overall health. I just felt really angry with myself and all I had to do was to take better care of myself. I just hope things don’t get any worse.