One Year Later

The group of people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing photographed.
The group of people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing photographed.

I can’t believe that a year has passed since the Boston Marathon bombings. It’s definitely something that hits me hard. Home is where the heart is, so could you blame me? That tension and fear our city endured a year ago will never be forgotten. As corny as this my sound, I literally remember it like it was yesterday. I was a bit emotional last night just thinking about all the emotions I felt last year along with the chaos that was going on in our city. When I think about this tragic incident, it makes me miss home even more than I do already. What I miss the most about Boston is how truly humble and supportive the people were. I miss that love and community that Boston has to offer. I definitely don’t feel any of that here in California at all and I think it’s something Californians need to get schooled in. I will never forget seeing strangers coming together and comforting each other during this tragic time. Witnessing those acts of kindness really sticks with you forever.

I came into work today rocking my blue pencil skirt and yellow blouse in honor of the anniversary. I even got my Boston Strong t-shirt for the gym after work haha. Representing Boston Strong pretty hard haha. This morning my coworker asked me about what happened exactly that day and I told her how crazy it all was. Describing the details of the event doesn’t compare to the emotions that you experience. I remember just feeling so worried and scared. I was receiving calls and text messages from friends in state and out of state to see if I was okay. I was doing the same as well making sure my friends were safe. I remember stopping by one of the make shift memorials to drop off flowers and to pay my respect, that rush of sadness hit me. That eerie feeling that surrounded Newbury Street and Boylston Street really stuck with me. I felt really sad for the families that lost their loved ones and those that were injured. It’s really inspiring to see how strong the victims are after a year later and seeing them recover. I’m very proud of my friend that was a part of the team that found the second suspect. I am grateful for them to have risked their lives to protect our city and were so brave during that moment. It’s just amazing to see our city become stronger than it was before.

This image of Martin Richard, the youngest victim that died from the bombing, will always get me emotional. For someone so young to make quite a statement prior to his death is really powerful. I can only imagine what his family is going through. Children truly are the future.

RIP Martin Richard
RIP Martin Richard

I went back onto my Xanga account to just look at the old posts I wrote during that time and emotions still haven’t changed since then. Here’s my old posts if you’re curious:

I’ve always had a lot of love for Boston prior to my move. After this event and moving to California, I left with more love for my city than I ever have. I am extremely proud to be a Bostonian.

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Strangers

Note: This post was from June 26, 2012. I was browsing through my old Xanga posts and just wanted to repost this on here. Just a quick disclaimer. Anyways, read on…

I think one of the saddest moments in life that we encounter is when you become a total stranger to someone. It can be due to differences in a friendship, a breakup with a significant other, or even when you’re just simply no longer acknowledged by this person—friend or foe.

We start off as strangers and once we come across each other’s paths we take the time to get acquainted with each other. Then eventually we put in the time to develop a bond, some sort of connection with someone. We either share common interests or can relate to his/her life experiences. Then follows by a level of comfort that is created for one another. You can either be fairly comfortable around this person and still censor yourself a little bit or not give a damn and act freely around him/her. From here this connection either grows stronger or it weakens. We fear that it’ll weaken and that people will drift a part because of the comfort zone we create for each other. All it takes is one simple thing that can have a huge impact on your relationship with this person.

We become hopeless, sad, confused, angry, etc as to why things fell a part and what could’ve prevented all of this from happening. You try to put the puzzle pieces together and it just still doesn’t make any sense even if the pieces do fit correctly. It’s worst when you’re left with no reason or explanation and just simply left behind with nothing but silence. Then there you go. Back at one. Being nothing but total strangers to each other again…You can’t but help to try to cherish each second with this person only to realize they’re gone the next second. You’re taken out of this routine you have with this person and become hopeless as how to carry on and how to adjust without this person in your life. There was more than just that person’s presence. It was the bond you guys developed and shared simultaneously.

To go from friends/lovers to complete total strangers is just a sad thing. But hey it happens and it’s not like it’s uncommon. It happens daily. I’m one to try to maintain great relationships with the people in my life. Not particularly with every single person I know but just the ones that matter. I’ve been thinking about this idea from time to time. Some of the things we do need to accept is the changes and to move forward with yourself. That’s all that can really be done. It’s normal to reminisce from time to time, but eventually you have to let go.

Thought of this video when I wrote about this post. I saw this awhile back and I’m sure a few or a lot of you have seen it too, but it pretty much has the same message I’m writing here too.

Just a thought…

Glass Wall

Note: This post was from February 24, 2013. I was browsing through my old Xanga posts and just wanted to repost this on here. I might do that with a couple of posts I have on Xanga. Just a quick disclaimer. Anyways, read on…

 

That’s just how it feels…stuck behind a glass wall. You can see it but can’t feel it. Even when you do touch that glass so gently it’s as close as you can get to actually touching that person. It’s that barrier that is keeping you from whatever it is. No matter how hard you try to break through that glass, you just can’t. Unfortunately, that glass wall will always be there. Perhaps it’s better off that wall is there to keep you from something so untouchable that just seeing is all you’ll ever be able to do. You continue to let your imagination wander with all the seeing you’ve done and it doesn’t pull you away from the matter at all. Seeing is believing. You believe that one day that glass wall will shatter. You close your eyes, take a deep breath and take in all the emotions because it’ll be as close as you can get. It’s as if you can feel their warmth. Temptations grow and it makes things even more irresistible. Playing with fire never felt so good no matter how hard you try to resist it all. For once all the wrongs just feels so right…

Lets just face it …there will never be a happy medium. Ever.

Chicago Fun! (April 2013)

I was supposed to post pictures on my Xanga of my 3 day trip to Chicago back in early April of this year. Never got around to posting pictures yet alone uploading pictures up until last week haha. I absolutely miss Chicago. I wouldn’t mind living there one day. It’s like a great combination of Boston and New York but rolled up in one and even better than the two cities combined haha. Ate tons of great food and did lots of site seeing as well. The architecture is so beautiful and amazing! Definitely can’t even compare to New York or even Boston’s buildings at all. If you never been, I definitely recommend checking it out. Thanks again to a Xangan for your suggestions of what to check out in Chicago!! It was very helpful!!

Here’s a list of the restaurants I went to that I suggest you try:

– RPM Italian Restaurant
– Purple Pig
– Girl and the Goat (make reservations in advanced! I was lucky to even get a reservation during my last night in Chicago, which was 11PM haha)
– Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
– Portillo’s
– Vanille Patisserie
– Joy Yee’s
– the Barrelhouse Flat (if you never tried absinthe, definitely check out this place; beware it was lethal lol)

Places I went to:

– Millenium Park
– Willis Tower/Sky Deck
– Lincoln Park Zoo
– Art Institute of Chicago’s Museum
– Navy Pier
– Signature Lounge at John Hancock Tower (great view of the city along with some drinks)
– Wicker Park (went bar hopping around there haha)
– SoundBar (if you feel like clubbing)
– Michigan Ave. to shop

I feel like I forgot to mention a few places. Oh well!

Enjoy the pictures! Sorry for the long post. I thought about it half way through posting the pictures that I should just break the posts up into 3 for each day I was there, but too late haha. Anyways, ENJOY! 🙂

Good morning Chicago!

Chicago Riverwalk
Walking around Michigan Ave. and damn that is one fancy ass Burberry store!
First grub spot: Lou Manti’s Pizzeria
Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza. The picture doesn’t do it’s justice for how bomb it was haha. Got so full from 1 slice. Must try!
Saw this nearby the hotel haha
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Lobster Caprese
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Truffled Garlic Bread … it wasn’t anything spectacular
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Prime Beef Meatballs …pretty good with the truffled garlic bread
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Spicy King Crab Squid Ink Spaghetti. Must try! It was so good!!
First time trying absinthe at the Barrelhouse Flat
Day 2 we had lunch at the Purple Pig
Roasted Bone Marrow with Herbs. MUST TRY!
Before: Pig’s Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg
After picture of the pig’s ear when we mixed it up. MUST TRY!
Some bread with coppa (cured meat) and I forget which cheese we selected
Olive Oil-Poached Tuna with Greek Lima Beans ..this was okay. It wasn’t horrible but wouldn’t really recommend
Tuscan Kale & Romaine Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Quail Egg & House Cured Anchovies
Pork Liver Pâté … yum! I love pâté!
Definitely over ordered that we got stuck with leftovers haha
Affogato (Espresso Served Over Peppermint Ice Cream with Peppermint Candies) Somehow we still had room for dessert lol

Went on an architecture boat tour of Chicago. So that’s what most of the upcoming pics are lol
Apparently the building on the left with the gold on top has REAL gold on the top of the building lol

At the Willis Tower heading up to the Sky Deck!

In the elevator heading up! Man my ears were kinda hurting and they popped.
Sky Deck Ledge. I was scared to go near it but then my friends and I sat down and took pics haha. Literally felt like I was sitting on top of the world.

Day 3. Spent our morning at the zoo bright and early!

Waiting at the bus stop to go to Portillo’s
Day 3: Lunch at Portillo’s after the Lincoln Park Zoo
Italian Beef Sandwich, Jumbo Hot Dog, and Cheese Fries. YUM!
At Millenium Park at the infamous Cloud Gate or the Bean. Took a buncha jumping in the air shots infront of it with my friends.

The Art Institute of Chicago Museum

Great Picasso exhibit!

Last piece I saw from the Picasso exhibit

If you couldn’t tell, I love Asian art haha

Joy Yee’s in Chinatown
Outside of Joy Yee’s
Day 3: Random munching at Joy Yee’s …got a pineapple drink with strawberry popping boba. Good drinks!
Joy Yee’s: Thai Beef Lettuce Wrap
Joy Yee’s: Thai Beef Salad
Joy Yee’s: Wonton and Seafood Noodle Soup
Joy Yee’s: Fried Soft Shell Crab … My fav outta the 4 dishes we got.
Navy Pier!
Too bad it was closed 😦

Chicago is absolutely and equally as beautiful at night as it is during the day.
Signature Lounge at John Hancock. This was pretty much like Boston’s Top of the Hub at Prudential lol

Too bad we couldn’t get a seat by the window, but it was still close enough. Enjoyed some drinks before dinner and the beautiful night view of Chicago.
Last night and dinner in Chicago at Girl & the Goat.
Goat Empanadas with romesco and radish-endive slaw. Not too bad.
Escargot Ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce
Diver Scallops with brown butter kimchee, hazelnut rapini and avocado
Before pic of the pig face: Wood oven roasted pig face with a sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple and potato stix. DEFINITELY MUST TRY! By far the best part of a pig I’ve ever had haha.
After pic of the pig face. It’s supposed to be all mixed together so you can get a better taste
Roasted Cauliflower with pickled peppers, pine nuts, and mint. Don’t bother ordering this. It was okay.
Crisp braised pork shank with grilled spring onion kimchee, buttermilk dressing, and naan. MUST TRY. The pork was so tender and BOMB!!!
Don’t remember what this dessert was but there was gelato. It was pretty good!
After dinner we hit up Soundbar. Loved this club. The DJ was actually really good. Had a great time!
VIP status at Soundbar lol
Had to try and bring home some macaroons! 🙂