From Unwinding to Trying

It has been quite some time since I’ve made a post, so forgive me my fellow friends and followers. Its not that I don’t have time but I’ve been distracted. I haven’t quite decided if its the good or bad kind of distraction. But since Singapore, I’ve been to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Seoul, South Korea. I’ll make another post on Seoul later.

There has been plenty going on between all my little trips though. I had a friend from middle school who I haven’t seen since eight grade come for a visit. It was quite exciting seeing an old friend. She was so lively and a breath of fresh air since Taiwan was her first country in Asia she’s visited aside from the Philippines since she has family there. It was adorable how excited she got when she tried something new. She wanted to see and do everything in the 4 days she was here. Didn’t have the time to do it all but we did our best. To say the least, I miss having her here. She made me feel incredibly blessed for all that has happened to me since coming here and its true, I am. I’m glad she came to visit. I’m sure we will meet again!

Going to Kota Kinabalu was relaxing and quite stressful. Most of the stress game the night before we left. My roommate and I decided to forgo booking a hotel and just hang around town until our flight at 6AM. We wandered around until about we found a coffee table and sat there for a good hour before deciding on taking another walk in which we headed to a bar. Which I would like to let everyone know. Don’t go into a bar in Malaysia! They are so expensive. The two of us shared a can of coke and that cost us 5 bucks. ONE CAN! But we did manage to enjoy out stay there at the bar. With a purchase of a 5 dollar can of coke we got to sing karaoke. We sing a few familiar songs like, I’m Yours, Bohemian Rhapsody…etc. and even a few songs in Malay. Singing in Malay is quite fun! I’d totally do it again!. After the bar closed at 2AM we continued our walk around town until a taxi stopped by and agreed to take us to the airport. We arrived at the wrong terminal….and we didn’t have enough money to taxi over to the second terminal. At 3AM we convinced a driver to take us to the other terminal with whatever we had left.

After we made it to the correct terminal and checked it things were pretty much smooth sailing from there. But haha….the taxi situation was quite an adventure. We were exhausted and thought for sure we would miss our flight.  But we didn’t so all was well. But that was as stressful as this trip got. Everything else was enjoyable.

Lots of shopping got done here. I didn’t realize that a lot of imported goods and clothes in Taiwan is much more expensive than anywhere outside of Taiwan. So to say the least, I spent a good amount on goods here. I let the shopaholic in me take over. She was ecstatic.

The foodie in me was quite thrilled to try something new as well. I had banana leaf, which is a meal that has rice along with sides like curries and vegetables, that is eaten on a banana leaf. Fun fact, your hands will be dirty. Satay is something that’s delicious as well. I’ve had it before so of course I had to have it again. Curry laksa was probably my favorite thing to eat there. If you haven’t had that before, let me tell you a little about it so I can encourage you to try it. Its a meal that consists of vermicelli noodles, chicken and a spicy soup. The soup is the best part because of the slight sour and spiciness from the curry, coconut milk with a hint of lemon. Stingray isn’t bad either. I like to call it the “true”  chicken of the sea. It actually has a harder texture like chicken compared to tuna and the cooked meat looks like chicken as well.

If you guys haven’t noticed from my previous posts I like to travel for food. haha…I know I’m terrible.

I’ll try to get some pictures in on my next post.

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Found my new love

As most people know, I’m rather flaky when it comes to planning my future. I have no clue where I’ll be in two years, I have ideas and plans but there is absolutely nothing set in stone. After spending two days in Singapore, another option in my tentative future arose. I am ABSOLUTELY in LOVE with Singapore. I would totally love to live in Singapore and here are the reasons why!

1.It’s so clean and organized!

2.Everything is English and I can also speak Mandarin there as well to impress people.

3. All the shopping. (didn’t have enough time or money to get everything I wanted)

4. Reese’s.

5. The food.

6. Quite literally East meets West.

7. People don’t judge you based on your skin color.

8. The guys are gorgeous.

9. The people are friendly

10. There are plenty of things to do

It was my first time there and dude, do I plan on going back. I’m actually trying to figure out the next time I get the chance to.  I do have to talk a bit of this adventure though. I’ve got quite a start to this story. Good Friday was the day of my flight to Singapore with my roommate and one of my best friends, Etosha. I decided to literally fly to Singapore with only 2 changes of underwear and buy the rest in Singapore. The honest truth as to why I did that was cause I didn’t bring any summer clothes with me to Taiwan. So when we got to the airport at 5 for our 7:55 flight we had to wait around for Jetstar to open up the line for our flight to check in. Eventually we got checked in and waited around at our gate, only to find out it got delayed til 10:30. I was fine with that because  Etosha and I only booked the hotel for a night (Saturday). The later the flight the shorter amount of time we had to wait around a Starbucks to check into the hotel. We walked around the airport and made a friend from Canada whose name is Jessie. Quite friendly she was, might I add. Back to the story though. As 11 came and passed by, we found out that our flight got cancelled. Oh boy can I say we and by we I mean everyone that was supposed to be on the flight, were pissed. Eventually they did say that our new flight would be at 6:55AM the next morning. Everyone had to stay in the airport though. A part of me felt bad for the people who made that announcement but honestly the way things were handle could have been better and much more professional. So Etosha, Jessie and I decided to make use of the champagne and wine we bought and started taking wine shots. 11095516_10153131738276014_5380477861240751033_nIt was very short lived but kept me buzzed enough to be slightly less pissed over the whole situation. The security did get called over around 3AM so I missed what happened since Etosha and I had taken off looking for something to do, or a distraction. We may have snuck into the VIP area and decided to take a shower and sober up from the champagne and wine. It was quite refreshing. After our shower we saw fit for us to go up to the E-library where we laid on the floor and couch until our breakfast was called.11053279_10153131737391014_8616948204743372161_n The breakfast was pathetic…but it was free so I will not complain anymore than necessary. We did make it out of Taiwan by 7 so I’m happy for that. Today I did find out that we were given a $25 voucher for Jetstar, which I haven’t quite yet decided if I really wanna use them again or not (probably not). But after arriving in Singapore everything was amazing. All the food, shopping, people, scenery…I have no words that can describe my happiness. I want to go back!  I even came across a bunch of restaurants and shops that I thought I’d never see in Asia and it nearly brought tears to my eyes. It had been years since I’ve been to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (since I lived in California) and to finally come across one, all the way in South East Asia was incredibly surprising. I heard many things about how incredibly expensive Singapore is and I will agree that I do agree with that but, I managed. Then again I was only in Singapore for two days. I’m so incredibly happy and thrilled to have visited this wonderful country. Singapore, I love you! I can’t wait to visit you again, just not through Jetstar!!

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Follow Your Heart

Its been months since I posted here. I’m not sure where I should start on what has been going on for the last few months. Aside from coming back to Taiwan after New Year, I haven’t done anything terribly interesting. I’m thrilled to be back though. I’m back at my old school and happy to see my kids again. I’m sure they’re happy to have me back as well.  I’m so excited to eat really good Asian food again. Ramen! Stinky Tofu! Which I have not had since I’ve made it back. I really need to hit a night market one of these days…I do have to say though that I miss my family back in the states and my beloved baby Shiori (my dog).

I do have a list of things I wanna do this year though. As a small resolution for the year.

1. Actually date more often than I have been doing.

2. Go to South Korea.

3. Take up learning the cello. (started lessons last month)

4. Grow my hair so I can make a side braid without my head looking awkward.

5. Run a 5k.

Granted these goals aren’t particularly high and inspiring…but it works for me. As I tell everyone when they ask me for advice “Follow your heart.”

Windy City

So I’ve been here for pretty much three months now and one thing I can say is that I love being on vacation. Well a vacation from a vacation. I was just in Chicago last week and it felt so nice being back in a big city. I mean skyscrapers hovering over me. People quickly walking down the street while eating a hot dog with coffee in their hands. It was so nice. Don’t even get me started on the weather. Unlike hot and sticky Florida, Chicago on the otherhand was a fantastic weather of cool and windy. I like to say no wonder its called the “Windy city”. Until I have friends who will not be named to reason why that is not the reason its called the “Windy City”. That said though, I love Chicago and I adore being in a big urban city. Its make me realize how much I can’t stand being in the suburbs. I love being in the concrete jungle. That might explain why I went to Hong Kong three times over going to other places in the last two years. Now all I have to do is go to New York. I can’t believe I haven’t been to New York yet. Its rather funny cause I’ve been to all these places and one would think that I would have been to New York. I mean it has everything I want to see. Musicals, shopping, food, movies. Why haven’t I been there?! I have to add it to my list ASAP. Maybe I should hold off on a couple other places and just go to New York instead. I still love Chicago though. The Art Institute made it to my top 3 favorite museums I’ve ever been to! GO CHICAGO!

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Over a month

Just like the title of this post, it has been over a month since I’ve been in the US. There are moments here when I truly enjoy being back and then the rest of those times I wonder to myself, why am I here? I’m not furthering or enriching myself in life. I do get to cook with all the room I want. I have all the tools I need to make my pies, tarts, cakes and casseroles.

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I’ve checked off just about every place on my “MUST EAT WHEN I GET BACK TO THE US” list. The only ones I’m missing are In-n-Out and Red Robin. Yes I know the first of the two are going to be impossible from where I’m staying in the lovely state known as Florida (not true). But I haven’t been to Tampa nearly enough to go to Red Robin.
Dude…I feel like all I’m doing right now is just complaining. Its not that bad here, I’m just bored…I have no friends here and the ones that are here are always busy and live far away. WHY DO MY PARENTS LIVE IN LAKELAND?! I question God that every time we have our little talk.But yeah….I have not done any traveling. I do have a whole list of restaurants that I’ve been to and taken pictures of, so I will be posting a ton of food porn at the end of this post. Oh man, why do I love food so much? Why does it make me so happy to be a foodie? Even if I’m not hungry, I will eat something because its something I’ve never had before or its a different and awesome take of something I like. Ugh! First world problems here.
Speaking of first world problems. I’m having the hardest time finding a stable group of people in Lakeland who wants to play board games with me.

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As you can see, I love good! After reading this I hope you’re hungry.

Home Sweet Home?

After being away for an extensive amount of time from the US, your mind and body realizes that your current location, in my case, where is my home? I’ve been drawn to many places and the places I’ve visited I could see myself living but Florida, not so much. It wasn’t until about a week before I left to head back to Florida, I made the decision about going back to Taiwan. It has become the closest place to what I can call home and I have no regrets about it. I miss Taiwan already. But Taiwan isn’t really home either but its where I’m most happy. I miss being able to spend my weekends in Taipei going shopping, sight seeing, and playing board games. Here I’m currently stranded at the house waiting for friends to come pick me up so we can hang out.
Florida is no longer a place I call home. Granted I have a TV once more with cable and very reliable Internet. I have my family here as well, even friends. I got to see my beloved yet diabolical dachshund once again. I still love her despite the incident of when she decided to fly off my bed from excitement, which ultimately put a pretty dent in my wallet. Its still not home though. If anything this feels like a family reunion for me. I fit here even less than I did before. Being away made me realize who I am and I am not the person who can settle in a place and be ok with it. I want to go to places and see things that no one else has seen. I want to go on an adventure. I want to see history through art, people, architecture. Settling with a book is something I can no longer do. I have a whole life ahead of me to do it. Keeping in mind of this goal, I realize that I may never be rich in money but I know I’ll be the happiest person you’ve ever met. If you meet me that is.
The world itself is the place I call home and as the saying goes “home is where the heart is”, its everywhere.

Live Long and Happy

I recently started thinking about what I really want to do in my future, in preparations of moving back to Florida (temporary or not). Talking to friends helped me realize the type of person I’ve become. I constantly read and hear about people’s lives talking about their experiences and how miserable they are doing what they’re doing. I refuse to be one of them.
I know I’ve come a long way from who I was before I left the US. It wasn’t until recently, I realized how much I’ve grown and changed. It’s a little scary to be going back to Florida where I’ll be facing what is left of my friends as well as my family. No longer am I the girl who will listen and follow. I will question and find the logic behind the reason before I am willing to work. I realized how reliant I was on people and depressing my life was. I was miserable because I listened to what others wanted me to do and if things didn’t work out I blamed them. I made myself the victim. But all that has changed.
I’ve taken the healthier and higher route. I have confidence in what I can and want to do. I have goals that I want to accomplish and goals that I have accomplished. All it took for me to become the person who I am today was to pack up and move to the other side of the world. And now that I’ve done that I believe I can do anything.
Even facing my past.