Toronto Fun

Last weekend I had gone to Toronto for a friend’s wedding. I haven’t been to Toronto since I was 8 years old. I remember riding the Maid of the Mist ferry and seeing Niagara Falls, going to Chinatown and it was really hot since my family and I had gone during the summer. I never had much interest to visit again, but with a wedding invite, why not? Went through a lot of hassle of renewing my passport which I had postponed for awhile. Luckily I had got it back in time for me to book my flight and hotel at still a reasonable price. I’m not close with the friend that invited me but I decided to go anyways. She’s a nice girl but we just never got close or know each other too well. She’s good friends with my close friends so to a degree she’s relatively cool in my book haha. I didn’t really know the bride’s other friends so I had synced up with my Boston friends to see what their plans were. I decided to stay at the same hotel as some of my friends while another was lame and stayed somewhere closer to the venue of the wedding…where he later wished he stayed with us haha.

We met up at KINKA Izakaya Original for dinner. I didn’t get a chance to do too much research on Yelp for where to eat but this was one spot that I had found and it was also recommended by the bride to be that we go here. My friend H made reservations and I am so glad he did. Of course for a Friday night it was crazy busy and insanely loud. Well, it’s an izakaya so we do you really expect haha. As we browsed through the menu, H reminded us all how we’re using the Canadian dollar which meant everything is 20% off and then we all shouted like children “YAY!” lol. We were strongly encouraged to order a lot. My friend T and I focused on ordering drinks while T’s wife and H ordered food. We saw this 2 tier sake bomb called a samurai bomb in the menu. We immediately wanted that. I didn’t care what else we got as long as we ordered that lol.

When our server came by to set up the samurai bomb, we were like giddy children. I think T and H were a bit too excited that when he came to pounding the table to knock down the shots, there was little alcohol everywhere. We kept ordering more food and drinks until T’s wife discovered this birthday shot sampler that they do. Pretty much you get a sampler of shots, the servers come out with a sign that says “Happy Birthday (insert name)” and you get your picture taken. Since my birthday was nearly a week away, why not? lol. I was super excited when the servers came out screaming as well as my friends shouting. I was literally incredibly excited and throwing my arms up screaming lol. I wasn’t even drunk behaving like this. I was genuinely excited like a child being told that they’re going to move to Disney World or something haha. It was hilarious. When the servers came by, one of them put a weird Mt Fuji hat thing over my head to wear, which I didn’t care. I kept screaming “WOOOO!!!!!!!” lol. I had some of the shots and shared it with my friends before we made way to our next destination.

We hit up Lockhart aka Harry Potter bar as T’s wife kept calling it. It was a huge shift from going to a super loud ass restaurant to a pretty chill, divey bar. I love dive bars. This place was really cool. Had some interesting drinks on the menu, but we were mainly looking for anything that can be lit on fire lol. There was one drink that you can share that was in a stag head and it was lit on fire. Another drink we tried was this Campfire Old Fashioned which had a roasted marshmellow over a glass of whiskey. T’s wife and I shared the BetterBeer. It was good, but a bit too creamy for my liking. The drinks were good, the decor was cool and our bartender was dope. He’s originally from Dublin and has been in Toronto for years, but he LOVES Boston. He was happy to learn that we were from there. Really nice guy. We eventually all decided to head back to the hotel. However, T and I both felt so sober that we hit up the hotel bar…again haha. We had went to the hotel bar before dinner…and now after dinner haha.

The next morning we went downstairs for the hotel’s complimentary breakfast buffet, which was actually legit. I had it the day before along with dinner at the hotel and I was still surprised how good the food was. I honestly felt drunk when I woke up and so out of it. Shit, we all were out of it haha. We ate breakfast and quickly returned to our rooms to go back to sleep…and then to wake up to go eat again lol. We met up with H for lunch at Sansotei Ramen. I had it the day before but didn’t mind going again since I had really enjoyed it. After that we walked to Uncle Tetsu where H’s wife wanted to pick up a cheesecake. I had gone the day before but I was on the other side where you can the cheese tarts. I had picked some up for my friend that was a part of the bridal party and she didn’t have time to go so I hooked home girl up.

We eventually made it to Green Grotto where we ate again. We were all incredibly full, but we’re all total foodies and that didn’t stop us. I wanted to order a warm beverage since it was so cold walking around, but I got a really yummy coconut espresso affogato. Mad bomb! At this point we were all under heavy food coma and had to go back to the hotel to rest before we got ready for the wedding. Since we were lazy and trying to boost our nap time, we took an Uber back to the hotel haha. Clearly a lot of strategizing comes into play when we want to eat good food as well as squeezing in time for a nap. However, napping didn’t happen for myself or for my friends. I literally laid in bed watching Youtube videos haha. Eventually I got ready and we all ended up rushing. I had brought 3 dress options but opted for the original dress I bought. I was definitely able to zip that shit up before this trip. I was so full and bloated that both T and his wife had to help zip me into the dress lol. Also, wearing a dress in single digit temperature is not fucking fun. I was harshly reminded of what actual cold weather felt like haha.

The wedding was beautiful and everyone looked great. It was my first time going to a Korean wedding. Well, they incorporated both Korean and Chinese traditions which was cool. The bride and groom are such dorks that there was a light saber tunnel that they walked through after exchanging some Star Wars related medal lol. It was hilarious but super cute. During the wedding reception, there was even an XBox with Star Wars for you to play. Of course T and H were hogging the game haha. Took lots of pics with friends and once again had many drinks. We were all happy to know that the crew of us from Boston were seated at the same table, which meant trouble. We were the loudest but most fun table at the wedding. We clinked the glasses with our utensils, the guys participated in silly games, we took a really cute group photo in the photo booth and danced like fools. It was cute that the bride and groom danced to a song that the best man and bridesmaid sang to. The groom even serenaded the bride at the end and it was the cutest, sweetest thing ever. I went up to him and called him a triple threat and didn’t realize he was a Chinese heart throb lol. Towards the end of the wedding they even served poutine haha. I don’t think there was any way possible for us to leave Canada without having poutine haha.

Overall, it was an amazing time with old friends. I’d like to visit Toronto again when it’s not cold haha. I REALLY love and miss Kinka Izakaya haha. Since coming back, I’m pretty homesick. I realized how lucky I am to have such amazing friends like them and that it’s always a guaranteed good time. I really miss those fools.

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Seattle Hospitality

I just got back last night from spending the week in Seattle. I had a week off from work due to company shut down. I didn’t want to stay at home and do nothing so I decided to spend a whole week in Seattle. Why not? It was perfect starting off my Christmas morning seeing snow. While riding the light rail to my hotel, I felt like a giddy child staring aimlessly out the window and being so fascinated by seeing snow. I haven’t seen a white Christmas in years so it was actually quite refreshing. I miss the cold weather. Anyways, my Christmas wasn’t all that eventful. Literally slept, ordered room service, used the gym at the hotel and took advantage of the hot tub and sauna. That was about it. A very peaceful evening.

Spent most of my trip reading, eating yummy food at both new and local favorite spots, and that was basically it. There was one night I had decided to watch ‘the Last Jedi’ since ‘the Force Awakens’ was on tv the night before. It was alright, but I still enjoyed it. Another night I decided to do my must have omakase dinner at Sushi Kashiba in hopes to be served my Shiro. Nope, that was a fail. However, I met some fun people while waiting in line. I had gone to a drag queen show while I was in town. I was going to see it in SF but opted to watch it in Seattle instead. Per usual I had an amazing time. Met some nice people along with a very sassy gay Venezuelan man lol. He was pretty funny yet quite bitchy. I loved it though. We sat pretty close to each other and he was one of those people that talked a lot of shit during the show, which was actually not annoying. Towards the end he came over to me and gave me a big hug, kissed me on both cheeks…and then my neck. I was like “okay, okay, keep it in your pants man” lol. I’m pretty sure he was drunk. We exchanged goodbye greetings and then he grabbed my face and kissed my lips. Guess I got my early NYE’s kiss in…from him. Huh…..? lol. The lady that sat next to me was concerned if I was in any harm since he saw him basically physically being all over me and I reassured her that we had met and chatted earlier before the show started lol. The shit that happens to me…SMH!

On NYE I didn’t really do much since a lot of places were closed or closing early. The night before I had walked into Nordstrom since I was bored and I didn’t want to go back to the hotel just yet. I had met a girl that worked at the Gucci boutique since I wanted to look at something and no I didn’t buy anything. But the girl and I chatted for awhile. She was super friendly and chill. She had asked how long I was in town until and we exchanged numbers so we can hang out before the end of my trip. So during the day of NYE, I was just once again walking around, eating good food, and finally made it to Kerry Park. It’s always been on my list to check out but whenever I’ve been in town, it’s raining or I don’t have time to go. But it was absolutely beautiful at sunset. I brought my camera and took some pictures of the beautiful view. I met some fobby Korean girls who were pretty nice but a wee bit annoying. There was a major language barrier between us but they were friendly. They kept asking me to hang out and I reworded it in literally 8 different ways of saying no lol. I just wasn’t in the mood to socialize and I was in the mood to have some night time photography fun but damn were they a buzz kill. I left a few minutes after they finally left me alone and at this point I really needed a drink…

My plan was to just chill at the bar and order some drinks and food…and literally just chill to kill time haha. Right when I got settled in at the bar, the girl from Gucci hit me up to see what I was up to. I told her that her and her boyfriend can come by since I wasn’t doing anything and I had just arrived to the restaurant. They came by and everything felt so organic as if we’ve known each other which was refreshing. It wasn’t like I had to put in a lot of effort to get to know new people. They had no plans for NYE and from there we just winged it. I checked out their sweet apartment with an AMAZING view of the Seattle skyline. It persuaded me more to really move haha. Afterwards we decided to go salsa dancing. They’ve danced many times whereas myself, I’ve never tried salsa dancing and I’d like to think that I have pretty bad coordination haha. I didn’t mind trying something new and different. Better than sitting in my hotel room by myself, right? They were really patient with me teaching the basic steps and then P (C’s boyfriend) took my hand and made me dance haha. I was quite nervous because I didn’t want to step on his feet or bored either of them with having to each me. I eventually got the hang of it and had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed merengue dance, however my calves were burning haha. It was fun dancing and getting twirled around. P and I ended up twirling each other a bit too much that we got too dizzy haha. Right before countdown, we got our rounds of champagne ready and came 2018.

Overall, this trip to Seattle was hands down one of my favorite trips ever. I felt a strong hospitality in Seattle and I really never ever felt lonely at all. I really enjoyed spending New Year’s Day in Seattle before coming back to Cali. It was very bittersweet. I miss it a lot. Moving isn’t happening any time soon, but Seattle is my happy place to escape to when I can and I know that I’m always going to have a great time there. I wouldn’t have ended 2017 in any other way. 🙂

 

Getting the Fuck Out

I had spent almost a week in Seattle as my escape from Thanksgiving. FYI, I hate the holidays. I needed an escape from Cali, work, life, etc. All I really wanted to do was to read my book, walk around the city, enjoy some good food, take some photos, and repeat. I arrived early Thanksgiving morning in Seattle and as I made my way to the light rail to go to my hotel, I already felt this huge relief. A lot of weight had shifted from my shoulders. The ride on the light rail to the hotel was relaxing to me. Walking to my hotel and taking in that crisp, morning air was just so refreshing. I really miss the cold weather. It’s a shame that Californians can’t appreciate the cold weather. Constant sunshine isn’t all that great. I was pretty exhausted and just wanted to quickly unpack and get settled in. I didn’t get much sleep the night before so I wanted to knock out as soon as possible. I ordered room service and indulged in a yummy burger which put my ass into food coma haha. I woke up to pretty much go across the street for dinner. After that dinner it was still pretty early and decided to go watch ‘Justice League’, which was good. I ended the night with going to the gym, sauna and hot tub at the hotel and went to bed early. That was my ideal ‘Thanksgiving’. It was just so peaceful.

I got to finish a design management book (Radical Candor by Kim Scott) that I was reading and got to start reading ‘After Dark’ by Haruki Murakami, which I ended up finishing in less than 3 days. I had so much time on my hands that it wasn’t hard to breeze through that book like nothing. I checked out different coffee shops in the area, explored a bunch of bookstores and of course continued stuffing my face during these moments of exploration. I found a used copy of ‘the Diary of AnaĂŻs Nin: Vol. 2’ at one of the used bookstores that I checked out. I didn’t think I’d find anything that would remotely catch my attention but happy to find that for $3. Score! I plan on finding the other volumes and adding it to my library. I usually returned back to my hotel pretty early to relax since I don’t go out late like that at all. I made the conscious effort to work out while I’m traveling, which only encouraged me to go eat even more delicious food in Seattle haha.

My trip was fun yet relaxing. I truly felt happy and not one bit alone even though I had traveled alone. I didn’t feel scared walking around at night by myself. Everyone in Seattle was just so friendly and kind to me wherever I went. I clicked so well with the people and the city. However the moment I got back to Cali, my mood shifted instantly. I realized how shitty Californians are and how much I really hate this state. The people here are spoiled, rude, dumb, etc. The moment I landed back in Cali, I got into an argument with this dumb bitch at the airport. I don’t understand this bubble of sunshine that Californians live in and I don’t care to ever understand because they’re so out of touch with reality and it’s really sad and pathetic. I thought about my 5 year plan while I was on the light rail to the airport in Seattle and the goal is to be debt free, save up, get my health in a better place, become more well established in my career and move to Seattle hopefully. I’m pretty much only staying here for my career. As much as I hate the people and the state, there’s been great opportunities here. There is a strong design community out here, but I’ve come to terms that might not be enough for me to stay. I’ve never called this place my home because it’s not. It’s really just a long business trip to me. I didn’t leave Boston with the mentality that Cali will be my new home. I strictly came here for growth in my career and I continue to stick with that plan.

I made friends with the girl sitting next to me during my flight back to Cali. I gave her my business card to keep in touch since I had some questions for her about Seattle and vice versa. I will be going back to Seattle for Christmas and during that time I plan on getting quite serious in where abouts in Seattle that I want to live in. Seattle is truly my happy place. For now, time to hustle real hard and get the fuck out.

Refreshing Acquaintance

I had recently gone to Portland for the first time, which I might blog about it when I get the chance. During my last day in Portland, I decided to go to the Japanese Garden regardless if it rained or not. That morning when I woke up, I noticed that it was bright in sunny so I quickly got ready for breakfast so I could beat the rain. Well that failed. After I finished my breakfast at a restaurant near my hotel, I started pouring. I just sucked it up and requested an Uber anyways. A little rain wouldn’t hurt and plus I really wanted to walk off the breakfast that I had.

When I had arrived to the Japanese Garden, the rain had died down a bit which I was happy about so I could take pictures with my camera. I took my time walking through the place since I wasn’t in a rush to go anywhere. I really wanted to get familiar with my new camera and make more use of it while I was there. There were moments that I’d have to sit down because it was either raining again or I was just tired. During the moments that I was sitting down, I’d go through the pictures that I had just taken to see if I liked the shot or not and take advantage of retaking any photos if I had to.

As I was reaching towards the end of the garden and taking some final photos of this one spot in the garden, I decided to take a seat on a bench under this structure. While sitting there I was just enjoying the view while browsing through my camera. At one point I looked up and noticed this guy was taking a photo of the structure where I was sitting under. I felt a bit awkward being in this guy’s photo, but I really didn’t care enough to get up and move haha. I continued going through my camera and noticed he was going to sit next to me. He asked if it was okay and I said sure. As I was looking like a total hot ass mess with my hair that got frizzy and gross from the rain, he said something to me. Honestly can’t recall what he said, but we started chatting. I learned it was both our first time in Portland and he was also from SJ, so that was cool.

He continued to make his way through the garden and I decided to head towards the gift shop. While I was dorking it up in the gift shop and debating on the items that I was about to purchase, came walking in that guy. We chatted again and I introduced myself to him since we were bumping into each other again. He walked out again and I decided it was time to leave since I really wanted some coffee. When I made my way down the exit, he got there the same time as me and noticed that I was about to request an Uber and offered me a ride since we were headed towards the same direction. Rule of thumb is to never take a ride from a stranger. Well I kinda said fuck it, and accepted his offer lol. Plus I thought to myself that I could totally kick his ass if he tried something and he genuinely seemed harmless so whatever.

As we chatted, he had asked if I was traveling alone and I was as well as himself. We were getting to know each other a bit and we were both planning to go to this arcade bar later that night too. As my destination was approaching and I was about to get out of the car, I gave him my business card to hit me up so I can buy him a drink in order to thank him for the ride. Hours went by and I had finished grabbing dinner. Still no word from him about meeting up or anything. Also, I’m an idiot that failed to get his contact info since I was really tired and wanted to get out of the car to get that coffee lol. I didn’t really care to go to this spot, but it was extremely close to my hotel and no harm in getting out for just a bit. When I walked in, I checked out the place and what games were there. I was making my way up the stairs to continue checking out the place and suddenly I felt a tap on my arm. It was him making his way down. I honestly didn’t expect to run into him at all.

We walked down and chatted. I didn’t bring it up that he didn’t hit me up because it wasn’t a big deal. I told him I only came to play Street Fighter, which is my all time favorite game. I can talk a lot of shit about how wonderful my skills are in this game aka press all of the buttons haha, so he told me to challenge the guy that was currently playing. I felt a bit embarrassed if I made myself look like an ass, but it’s literally just a game. I played the guy and it was really fun. Turns out I kicked his ass 4 times and stole his quarters, too haha. After I was done playing with that stranger, he wanted to play me…only for me to get my ass kicked by him. Sighs haha.

I didn’t care to stick around much longer and same for him since he was there for awhile. I asked him if he wanted the drink that I owe him, but he had to get up early the next day to drive back to SJ. I was more alert and got his contact info after he mentioned he has mines to hit me up for a drink back in SJ. After stepping outside, he offered to walk me back to my hotel which was really nice of him. We had a nice chat during the very brief walk back to my hotel. When we arrived, I thanked him and we parted ways. While on my flight back to SJ, I was pleasantly surprised to see that he texted me to let me know that he was back home and checked to see if I was back yet. That put a smile on my face. Since returning to SJ, he’s been texting me and we’ve been chatting everyday.

I’m not expecting anything to happen between us whether it’s just a friendship or more. I enjoyed his brief company during my travels and our text messages. It was just refreshing to meet an actual nice guy for once that wasn’t looking to just fuck me or yet alone meeting someone at a bar or something. I was just this disheveled looking girl going through her camera and minding her business.  Anyways, nothing like getting hit on in mother nature though haha. There was something about that Portland air. 🙂

Lantern Fest 2016

Back in April as I was working from home on a Friday afternoon, I texted my close friend, KH to see how she was doing and to quickly catch up since we both have polar opposite schedules. Out of nowhere she asked how far Phoenix is from me and I asked her why. She shared a link to me about this lantern release festival that was happening there and wanted to go. I asked her how long she was thinking about going for and after that we both coordinated our schedules and booked our flights haha. It was a pretty spontaneous thing, which I didn’t mind at all. One minute I’m checking emails, next minute I’m booking a trip in 3 weeks haha. Work has bogged my down far enough that I was in need of a quick trip out of town. I was already contemplating on visiting Seattle again, but I’m glad I didn’t get too far with planning that. I was excited to see KH and to have some much needed girl time. Plus it was her birthday when I see her so it was nice to treat her while I can instead of sending a card and gifts.

For whatever reason throughout the trip, we were listening to a lot of country music lol. I’m not a big country music kinda gal, but it’s alright. Everywhere that we were driving to like from Sedona and to the Lantern Fest, we were playing loud country music haha. It was entertaining how much of a shift in our taste in music has happened as we’ve gotten older. Going from hip hop to country…hmmm. Although the music seemed appropriate with our surroundings of dessert and cactus. The entire trip felt like a road trip and I miss doing things like that with friends back home. People here suck and aren’t down for shit like that. Lame. I’m just glad I got to do that with a close friend.

After an hour driving south of Phoenix, we finally got to the Lantern Fest. There were a ton of families and kids. Once we checked in, we got our paper lantern and a box filled with a s’mores kit along with a wooden stick to roast the marshmallows, a lighter and a Sharpie for you to write on the lantern. We walked around to see what else was happening at the event and there wasn’t much besides food vendors and live music. We were kinda out in the middle of nowhere so yeah…haha. Since I like to be extra prepared for any situation, I packed blankets for us to sit down on along with snacks and water. There were lots of tiki torches and communal fire pits everywhere. Our goal was to not sit too close to families and screaming children since we were trying to enjoy our beer lol. Luckily we found a spot next to this guy and girl that looked close in age to us. They looked like they had the same thing in mind with where they sat. We sat with them and soon enough they were our homies for the night. Really nice people and the two of them were having a little reunion themselves.

While we were waiting for the sun to go down and sipping on oh so many beers, I got pretty tan. It was just this waiting game for the sun to go down. Once it got dark enough to start preparing our lanterns for take off, we were writing on the lanterns and decorating them. I wrote my wish right before I went to light it and who knows if it’ll come true, but still not gonna share what it was. 🙂 A lot of people managed to quickly get there’s lit and released. They’re such a pain in the ass to light up. I had to have like 2-3 other people help me haha. When KH and I tried to light and release ours, we were pretty embarrassing. While everyone else was having this magical moment letting go of theirs, KH and I almost started a fire lol. Of course stupid shit happens when you put us together so I’m not surprised that happened haha. It was pretty funny. Right before I lit mines, I was just in a total daze admiring all of the lanterns floating away. It was the most beautiful thing that I’ve ever seen. Something about seeing the lanterns float away and the campfire made that moment feel so intimate. I would love to go to this event again, but perhaps in another state. KH and I thought it would be a fun thing where this could be our thing where we have our little reunions at Lantern Fest but in a different location. I think the one in Alaska would be fun to check out.

Highly suggest to check this out. It was awesome. 🙂

http://www.thelanternfest.com/

Can’t Catch A Break

I’ve been working every single day this past month. It’s safe to say that I’m pretty burnt out and very much sleep deprived. But with all the hard work that I’ve devoted to this project where I am the lead designer, I’m very proud of myself with its progress and the feedback I’ve received after today’s presentation. I’m currently working on the mobile design of the project and been trying to figure out some of the kinks. I look like a crazy person just doodling up so many paper prototypes because I needed to give my eyes a break from looking at my computer. As that midnight oil was burning last night cranking away at this project to have enough to present today, I had to force myself to go to bed.

Yet as I got into bed, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Then it came to me that my colleague had shown me this app to view my mockup on my phone. After I downloaded it and connected my document to my phone, I was really happy with the design. As corny as it may sound I was so proud of the design that happy tears were ready to burst. To hold my phone and viewing my design on there felt so gratifying. There was just something about literally having that design in the palm of your hands make it feel so real. Corny, I know I know. Anyways, I was definitely able to fall asleep happily after viewing my prototype. I felt more confident about presenting the designs and I received more great feedback from the stakeholders and my team after today’s meetings. It made me feel relieved since I’ve been busting my ass all month long.

I’ll be flying to Chicago tomorrow to visit my close friend C and as a little belated birthday trip for myself. I was dreading the thought of having to do any work while I’m traveling since I’ve been working a lot this month. However, I am still going to pack my laptop with me just in case, but at least I know that I’m feeling a lot more relieved with today’s successful presentation. I’ve been in need of a break, time to myself to just not think about much and do whatever. Definitely looking forward to seeing C since I’ve failed to visit her ever since we both moved out of Boston and she’s visited me twice since I’ve been in Cali. I’m excited to catch up, chill, have girl time and eat bomb food. Although I am dreading about packing when I get home from work. Blahhh! I feel like I’ve kinda sorta forgotten how to dress for legit cold weather after living in Cali. I had to reschedule yesterday’s acupuncture appointment to tomorrow instead since I had so much to get done. Looking forward to acupuncture and massage before my flight tomorrow!

Can’t wait to get to Chicago. 🙂

Boston Recap

I just got back from Boston on Thanksgiving night. It was such an exhausting day since I was practically traveling all day. I was there for 2 weeks and was considering on even extending my trip, but unfortunately I have to be a responsible adult and return back to Cali. Oddly every time when I go back it feels like I never left. This is my second time where I’ve stayed for 2 weeks and I felt like I either never moved or I was back for a month. I really miss it a lot. During the last 2-3 days of my trip I tend to get pretty emotional since I know how homesick I’ll be when I go back to Cali.

On my way to the airport I got teary eyed a bit as I stared out the window aimlessly listening to music. When I finally got to the airport and checked in and all, I went to have a few drinks since I had too much time to kill before my flight. I didn’t want to be emotional about leaving along with a few other things, but I couldn’t help it. So I just kept drinking to numb these thoughts. After boarding and the plane taking off, the tears started streaming. I probably sound like a drunk mess, but I promise I was fine lol. I get the most upset whenever the plane takes off because I’m really sad to leave Boston.

I’m happy I got to see my friends and to catch up like old times. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do as much nor see that many people since I’m still dealing with sciatica. It’s gradually getting better but I was really scared to go off anywhere by myself and the thought of falling without anyone with me freaked me out a lot. So I just stuck with my plans rather than doing my usual roaming around the city. Pretty bummed out that I couldn’t do certain things, but there’s always next time. Also, I dealt with a cold while I was there since I wasn’t getting much sleep after long nights with friends, which kinda screwed up some of my plans.

M’s annual Thanksgiving pot luck was alright. A much smaller group this year and strangely there was a lot of girls attending this year. Usually it’s a much larger group and we’re a lot louder, but this year was much more low key. I was excited to hear from B and that he was going to be coming. When B had arrived my friends made me go get the door for him as they changed seats while I was gone so I could sit next to him and for them to be able to tease me some more about him lol. Asshole friends haha. B seemed a bit bored during this event and so I had extended an invite to him to join my close friend J and I for drinks the next night. I was pretty glad he came along and no not because I have a crush on him. Just the more, the merrier.

Came Monday was when I woke up with a cold. I immediately cancelled plans with another friend. Felt bad but I really wasn’t up for it and plus I was working remotely. I just felt so out of it. That day B and I were suppose to hang out but plans were still up in the air. As I was working remotely at M’s place in my pj’s, out of nowhere B shows up at the door. I was a bit embarrassed since I wasn’t dressed and looked like a hot mess lol. When I opened the door, I was greeted with a hug and he delivered me some milk tea which was very sweet of him. We were just chatting and then he had asked about my sciatica. I told him it’s gradually getting better but my leg and back still hurts. Soon he reveals that he got licensed to be a masseuse in Japan lol. I was like wtf?? lol. Next thing you know he was just touching my ENTIRE leg (I was wearing shorts, too) where no man’s hand should go that far unless you’re my boyfriend lol. I felt so embarrassed and was so happy that M and her hubby was at work lol. I could imagine all the shit they’d give me if they were around. Anyways, I appreciated the massage and my leg was feeling a little bit better. I got an offer for a back massage but told him he’s done enough lol and I didn’t feel comfortable with him touching me that much. Talk about copping some feels lol. But my friends were entertained by this story sighs haha…

Eventually I made my way to my parents house. I have to say I wasn’t really spending that much while I was with my friends, but when I got to my parents I swear they were gonna leave me going back to Cali broke haha. Since I’m at a semi-stable job, it was nice that I was able to splurge on them. One day we went to visit my grandma and prior to visiting her I took my mom grocery shopping at the Asian market. Where my folks live there are no Asian markets so whenever I’m back my mom takes advantage of it mainly buying ingredients to make herbal soups. I was hoping she wouldn’t fight me on paying for the overfilled cart of groceries and luckily she got distracted and was able to quickly pay. Next day I had to take my dad to renew his license since he speaks pretty broken English. Paid for that and bought him a new pair of shoes. Another night treated them to hot pot dinner and helped them buy some stuff for their business. Talk about spoiled, but I’m really happy I am financially able to do this for them. They appreciate it and feel less worried about me since I am able to provide for them again like I used to be able to when I was living back Boston.

Overall, it was a good trip despite a few bumps in the road. When I woke up the next day after coming back to Cali, I really felt like I never went to Boston. It’s really strange. I’m not sure as to when I’ll be going back since I’ve made quite a few trips going back this past year. We shall see, but I miss everyone so much.

Back to my quiet, workaholic life…