LIVIN’ MY BEST LIFE: LOS CABO TRAVEL DIARY

Hola! Don’t know about you but, I’ve been having major tropical travel withdrawals.

Missing the days lounging around on the beach, letting my skin glow with a Piña Colada in hand.

Although San Diego has gorgeous beaches and exciting nightlife, I truly miss my time in Los Cabo.

A month ago, I started my vacation by taking a plane down Baja California. At the very tip of the peninsula are the vibrant Mexican cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. There I spent rough 36 hours exploring their various local favorites and must-see attractions. I had a full day before my flight back to San Francisco so it was a definitely a “shut up and go” trip that I do not regret.

Immediately upon exiting the Airport, I was greeted by Cabo’s breezes and tequilas. At the shuttle waiting area, you can find a bar serving up boozy cocktails for you to start your adventures in Mexico.

Our home base was located in San Jose del Cabo, the quaint town among the two destinations. It was my first time staying at all-inclusive resort and I had the time of my life. We stayed in villas at the Cabo Azul Resort which were nestled on 12 oceanfront acres. Everyday was spent poolside or on the white-sand beach.

Although much smaller than Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo offered such charm. You can learn more about the history of the town while marveling at beautiful architecture. We walked around the Arts District which had a wide variety of posh boutiques, bustling breweries, and quiet cafes.

The more lively, busy city of Cabo San Lucas is about a 20 minute drive away from this town. Uber is accessible in most areas so we were able to easily catch a ride. Although I don’t speak any spanish and Eugene needed a refresher, we were able to get around town. Thank you, Apple Maps and Google Translate!

A must-see when coming to Cabo San Lucas is the iconic El Arco. El Arco is a rock formation located at the most southern tip of Cabo. It is said that this point is the extreme southern end of the Baja California Peninsula. El Arco brings together the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California.

In order to get there, you must go by boat. After walking around the marina, we found a very cheap Boat Taxi that toured us around for only 15 pesos. We were also able to see Lover’s and Divorce Beach, Sea Lions, and fishes through the glass bottom. I can’t recommend this enough! The boat tour lasted about 45 minutes and we were able to learn so much more interesting facts about Cabo. On board, there were snacks and beers to enjoy. Definitely made the experience even more fun!

I’m a big foodie so you know I have to rave about the food I had during this trip. I mean, of course you have to get Mexican food while you’re there.

I recommend Las Guacamayas which has locations in both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Whether you’re looking for a great place to eat during lunch or have late night munchies, this is the spot to cure your cravings.

From authentic tacos to fried cheese to fajitas, there were so many options to choose from. I went with antojitos which are thick corn tortillas with filled with meat, mashed beans, white cheese, and cream. It was Taco Tuesday the day we arrived so I had the obligation to get tacos. To this day, those are the best tacos I have able had. Please take me back!

A restaurant the concierge recommended was La Lupita! Focused more on tacos and mezcal, this trendy shop has all you need before a night of clubbing.

Speaking of clubbing, you can’t go to Cabo without experiencing their bustling bars and clubs. They are packed both during the day and night. Eugene and I spent a good few hours people watching, drinking cocktails at Mango Deck. It’s a nice place to kill time while relaxing beachside. They have interactive entertainment, with a mix of bizzaar competitions to get crowd-goers engaged. When we were there, there was a scavenger hunt and push-up contest. They offer 2×1 drinks, so we were able to get 2 drinks for the price of one during our visit. A great spot to grab a few drinks and look over Medano Beach.

Although I was there for such a short amount of time, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on vacation with Eugene’s family. I would definitely come back with a group of friends for a nice Spring Break getaway.

Here are my recommendations:

  • Take A Boat Tour to see El Arco
  • Walk around La Marina
  • Try authentic Mexican Food – Las Guacamayas, if you can’t decide!
  • Relax and grab cocktails at a beachside bar
  • Catch some rays at a beach or a pool
  • Walk around the Arts District in San Jose del Cabo

There ya have it, friends! Make a visit to Cabo…

and please take me along!

Sincerely,

(Actually) Adulting

Hello world! I’m back.

As I am typing this, I am in my new bedroom spending my Friday night with my essential oil diffuser on while listening to Asian Boss Girl’s “Mastering the Art of Adulting” through my vinyl player’s speaker.

Wow, there are so many things I want to reflect on that has happened the past several months.

Hooray! It’s been a good six months of post-grad. Since graduating the past March, it has been quite an interesting time.

Before I get into it, thank you to those sticking with me through this blog. Thank you for reading along as I navigate through this new chapter of my life. I appreciate it 🙂

Last update I made on this new journey was around the time commencement was.

Although that was only three months, it feels like it was a whole universe away.

I know, I know. I sound dramatic, but it’s true!

During the past three months, I’ve seen a lot:

  1. More and more friends moving away from SD
  2. The reality of paying bills
  3. The ongoing process of balance

Ahhhh, balance.

Silly Kaithleen back then thought that with college over, everything would just be chill and relaxing.

However, it’s been such a process trying to find balance in my everyday life.

I’ve always wondered how some adults made it look so easy doing things and fitting everything into 24 hours a day. From waking up early to work out to finding time to cook elaborate meals, I always wondered how people did all these things and still got to bed by 10pm. Oooh boy, I have learned that this person — may not really exist.

You see, this whole time I thought adulthood was all about getting my shit together and knowing what to do. I thought I would have a weekly routine I would commit to. I’d wake up at 5am everyday to do yoga and journal. I’d get home and work out. I’d have a meal ready to go and then I’d knock out.

I’m realizing that some days may be that way, some may not.

Sometimes I end up sleeping in after a late night, barely having time to get ready for work in the morning. Sometimes I get lazy to get myself to the gym. Sometimes cooking can take a while and I’ll end up eating dinner at 10pm. Sometimes I end up staying up watching YouTube videos until 1am and feel screwed for the next work day. And honestly, it’s all ok.

I’m learning that for the rest of my life, it’s going to be trying to find balance and navigating each day differently. I used to think that I missed college because I always knew where I had to be at a certain time and when I had to do things by. However, I love that everyday since then has been unpredictable.

Me, after my 8459303th time at IKEA this summer. Ahhh, I love furniture.

Some days I’m cooking a meal from my recipe book and enjoying it with a glass of wine. Some days I’m ordering take out and just watching Netflix.

Some days I wake up, meditate, and make breakfast before work. Sometimes I oversleep and make it in late.

Some days I find myself penny pinching, collecting coupons to save as much money as I can. Some days I end up impulse buying online.

Everyday has been different. Everyday has been new.

I’m learning to appreciate the beauty of growing up.

These past few months, I’ve finally noticed how I have changed. My mindset continues to mature and I find myself prioritizing certain things that I may have not thought of before.

I’m finding myself trying to find peace in my hectic everyday life. It’s been nice being able to just control the pace of my lifestyle.

I’ve gotten the chance to try new hobbies and find new interests. I got into listening to podcasts. I started to meditate again. I really enjoy interior design (lol but we already knew that.) I love trying out new household essentials. I’ve found myself choosing a night-in, reading over going out clubbing a few times. I’m starting to really enjoy cooking.

Along with that, I’ve been able to truly find my calling.

I traveled the past month and learned so much about what is important to me.

My time abroad solidified my need to constantly be on the move. My desire to always wander.

And so, I’ve realized that where I am now, isn’t where I am going to be forever and I am excited for a change.

I think I get so caught up sometimes about trying to find the perfect opportunity, but realistically, I have a whole life to explore my passions and talents.

I can’t wait to see where all of this takes me.

Cheers to a journey consisting of air-fryers, moments bumping into friends at the grocery store, and PTO.

Sincerely,

DOWN THE PACIFIC COAST: CALIFORNIA BEACH TOWN TRAVEL GUIDE

Ahhhh summer road trips! It’s finally my favorite time of the year to travel. The weather in California is beautiful right now, being the perfect time to explore.

I grew up a NorCal girl. All I knew was the Bay until moving down to San Diego for college. I’d like to say I am a SoCal transplant now. There are many things I can appreciate about both. NorCal has my heart but SoCal has given me an amazing experience. Both are unique in their own ways, and are known for very different things. However, Central California also offers a plethora of vacation spots.

My only experience with Central California is the long, gruesome drive down the I-5 between home and San Diego. However, one fateful trip down to Southern California, my family decided to take the scenic route. Back in 2017, we took a drive down Highway 1 (aka Pacific Coast Highway). The drive down was an extensive yet beautiful trip. I had the chance to fully experience the Pacific Ocean, with it being our guide down South. Every glance out of the car window was the view of the bright blue ocean. I loved it! I definitely felt at peace. I also had the chance to check out Bixby Bridge. Quite a sight to see! I have longed to come back ever since.

With the long 4th of July weekend, I wanted to take the time to unwind and go on a short trip! Eugene, Ernest, and I have been wanting to go on a trip in forever. We have been dying for an escape so we packed our bags and drove up the Central Coast.

The spots we visited:

Santa Barbara – UC Santa Barbara, Goleta Beach Park (great place for Sunset!)

San Simeon – Hearst Castle (of course!), San Simeon Pier, Coastal Discovery

Cambria – Drive down the coast and stop at a vista point to watch Elephant Seals

Morro Bay – Morro Rock

San Luis Obispo – try a farm-to-table brunch, Cal Poly SLO, Mission San Luis Obispo, Downtown SLO, Bubblegum Alley, Madonna Inn (Grab a piece of the Pink Champagne Cake)

Pismo Beach – Pismo Beach Pier (walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the nice view of the ocean)

Solvang – Ostrichland (The most unique thing we did during this whole trip!), Little Mermaid (it’s like the one in Copenhagen)

Here are a few photos from our travels:

Overall, this trip was one for the books. It opened my eyes to more of the beauty California has to offer. Next time we plan a trip around the Central Coast, we hope to drive further up to Big Sur as well as explore the various vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Whether you are coming from Northern California or Southern California, I recommend you all to take the trip! There are so many spots you can see no matter what direction you are coming from.

‘Til next time, Central Coast!

Sincerely,

THAT POST-GRAD THING

Hello everyone! We have made it. Since my last personal anecdote, a lot has changed. It’s been 4 months into post-grad! Surprisingly, I’m doing just fine. It’s all fine 🙂

With commencement over, my full-time job continuing on, and groups of my classmates starting to move away from San Diego, I decided this was the perfect time to sit down and reflect on the past couple of months.

Although I had graduated and finished taking my classes back in March, I can honestly say it finally feels real. Spring quarter of this school year gave me a plethora of experiences. Each week flew by so fast to the point that I am just now starting to process all the moments that have occurred. From experiencing my last Sun God Festival to taking graduation portraits with my closest friends, these past few months have honestly been a blur. Things happened in a blink of an eye. It’s wild to think about.

But then again, that’s college itself.

Bits and pieces of each school year play around in my head. Ultimately, it’s hard to remember and summarize every single college experience I’ve had. From the first time setting foot on campus to the last step down the ramp at commencement, college has allowed me to travel miles and miles to experience some of the best memories with some of the best people I can have during this time of my life.

As we get farther and farther away from commencement, I wanted to leave some thoughts here that have been in my head for while along with insight from mentors that have definitely shaped the way I view this new chapter.

  1. This is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.

Freshly graduated 22 year old trying to figure what the heck to do next. With this new found free time and the endless possibilities, you’re free to explore anything. This will be the youngest you’ll ever be in your career, so take advantage of it. Take a break and travel the world. Try out a new hobby that you’ve been putting off because of studying and homework. Apply to a wide variety of jobs to explore your different passions and see where your career can take you. Your early 20s are the best time to just live and explore a lil.

2. It’s okay to not have it all figured out.

Because honestly, who really does? I’ve been taking it day-by-day, trying to get into the swing of things. Since working full-time, I’m still trying to figure out how to balance everything and make things work. There’s so much freedom and time now, I can’t wait to figure out what to do with it. I want to be more smart with my money. I want to prioritize time to be more in tune with my well-being. I want to figure out how to grow my network and continue to cultivate the relationships I have. At the end of the day, I still don’t know what exactly I’m doing and how to achieve those goals for myself. And it’s okay. It’s a work in progress! We’ll get there soon!

3. Learning continues after college

You got a whole life of learning ahead of you. Like seriously?

I can finally read for pleasure (LOL!) I’ve been using my free time to watch YouTube videos on new random skills I want to learn like floral design and knitting. I’ve also been on the look out for local workshops and classes I can take to dive more into new topics I am interested in that were’t available to me at my university. Of course, travel has definitely been my favorite way to learn new things. I hope to continue to explore the globe and to learn more about what is around me (Let me save up first hehe).

4. Surround yourself with positive energy

Find those who will continue to inspire you! Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and will support you along the way. Positive energy is infectious, so keep the good in your life!

It’s refreshing catching up with friends, being able to hear their dreams in life. They inspire me to continue reaching for my own goals too! As for networking, take the time to meet new people who may share the same interests as you or are in the career field you would like to pursue. I will never regret the mxntors I was able to find through the networking events, Instagram DMs, and coffee dates I’ve participated in. Continue to grow your network with people who will uplift you in all aspects of your life.

5. Trust the process

Always. It’s going to take some time to finally understand what you want to do, where you want go, and who you want to be. Be patient. You’ll get to where you need to be. Trust your talents and abilities. You’ll achieve greatness.

There’s beauty in the unknown.

For the first time in a while, I don’t have a coherent plan for what’s next after San Diego… and that’s okay! I am excited to see what unfolds in the next couple of months. It’s going to be a quite an adventure.

For those who may also be in the same boat, hang in there. You have a whole life ahead of you. You’re doing great so far. 🙂

Sincerely,

Why PCN?

It’s spring which means its a hectic time of the year for many Pilipinx-American student organizations.

A long-standing tradition for many Pilipinx-American students is the “Pilipino Cultural Night” (or “PCN” for short). Whatever you call it, the Pilpino Cultural Night has been around since the 1980s. It is a tradition that continues today across the nation. It brings together the past, present, and future to create a production that highlights the beauty of our culture while shedding light on contemporary issues that affect us today.

The PCN is an expressive cultural form that allows Pilipinx-Americans to freely share their stories that are often times hidden.

Growing up, there was a lack of representation in the media I was consuming and had no exposure to Philippine history in school. What I knew about my culture was from the food my Lola made me at home and picking up some Tagalog and Ilocano growing up. There was a huge void. I didn’t know what it truly meant to be Pinay until coming to college. I didn’t know what it meant until my first PCN PCC.

Schools all over the country prepare for this kind of production every year. PCNs are grandiose, needing months and months of preparation to put on this show. Hundreds of students come together to make up these big casts and crews for these productions. It is a completely student-run show, bringing individuals from all different backgrounds. Whether a first-time choreographer or seasoned thespian, PCNs welcome all talents. Each year, it is refreshing to see each show come together. Each PCN is unique to each campus, with a hand-picked selection of modern and cultural dances nestled in between a thought-out narrative. These staged narratives highlight contemporary Pilipinx and Pilipinx-American issues that affect us today. From highlighting the immigrant narrative that relates to many families to shedding light on issues that are often times seen as taboo, PCNs are platforms for us to be unapologetic and share our true stories.

I’ve been a part of my university’s Pilipino Cultural Night – or in this case, Pilipin@ Cultural Celebration – all four years of college. The PCC space is a special one to me.

It changes every year.

The cast and crew. The story. The songs. The dances. Nearly, everything.

However, although most things change every year, one thing remains:

the sense of community you feel.

It’s amazing to see something grow from the ground up. Translating a script to real life. Hearing lyrics and arrangements come together to create a beautiful piece of music. Seeing movements passed down from generations and generations of people to present our kultura. It’s simply amazing.

And to have it be a completely student-run production blows my mind. It makes me so proud to be a part of it all.

And so, “Why PCN?” “Why PCC?”

I do PCC for many reasons. PCC has allowed me to discover and explore a part of my identity that I haven’t known for so long. It has given me the chance to experience my culture through such a powerful artistic and political platform. This production speaks volumes on a college campus, shedding light on issues that I truly care about. Lastly, PCC has allowed me to truly experience community. We struggle together, we rise together.

“PCN” is a beautiful process and I invite you all to take part in it.

With that being said, I invite you all to experience PCC.

UC San Diego Kaibigang Pilipin@ presents



Sincerely,


Immerse in a New World at LMNL

You know me… I’m always on the look out for a new interactive museum.

I’ve always loved going to museums. With the new trend of interactive, “Instagrammable” pop-ups, museums have definitely become more accessible and visitor-friendly. Museum-goers now have the chance to actually physically immerse themselves in the art. When going to these museums, the experience of being engulfed and expected to participate makes the art more enjoyable. Of course, I’m no professional Art critic, but these museums have definitely made my museum visits more memorable. That’s the beauty of going digital.

Art meets Tech, creating beautiful creations.

During my recent trip to San Francisco, I had the chance to visit Onedome, an interactive arts & entertainment space. Onedome currently houses two exhibits – The Unreal Garden & LMNL. Thanks to the student discount, I was able to check out both!

The Unreal Garden combines art and virtual reality. Onedome calls this experience, “mixed reality” for there is a physical space present that is decked out in 3D art that is only accessed through a virtual reality headset. Visitors enter a room with a VR headset and from then on are able to activate 3D art pieces with a simple touch or swipe. It’s honestly such an unique experience and I can’t really put what I saw into words.

The more popular exhibit among the two was definitely LMNL. The LMNL is a Labyrinth of Immersive Art that showcases 14 interactive installations that brings together mixed media platforms that include both video and sound. Visitors are able to play with their surroundings, having the power to control their experiences with media and technology.

LMNL definitely provided a plethora of photo-ops. Whether under the beaming, pretty lights or in front of their bold, colorful backdrops, Onedome for sure gave Insta-worthy pictures. I had a fun time and recommend you all to check it out!

Overall, it’s amazing to see how technology has impacted contemporary art.

Sincerely,

San Diego in Bloom

Spring has sprung!

It’s my favorite season of the year and you can tell from all the blooms popping up. I am such a huge fan of flowers, with this superbloom being an ultimate dream for me. California is finally out of the drought and this has resulted in beautiful fields of flowers everywhere. Whether on the side of the road or in gardens, flowers are thriving right now especially in San Diego.

Every year, crowds make their way to Carlsbad for the Annual Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. The Flower Fields are only open during the Spring to showcase the 50-plus acres of blossoms that take whole seasons to bloom. Many San Diegans and Southern California natives a like come here every year for the vibrant rows of flora.

The Flower Fields are the perfect place for Kodak moments. Whether you are here on a family outing or celebrating your girl gang, The Flower Fields are the perfect setting for any festivity with your loved ones. Nestled hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, colorful rows cascade down making this field a sight to see.

Celebrate Spring at the Flower Fields

Sincerely,

goodbye college, hello post-grad

Hello everyone! I would like to re-introduce myself.

My name is Kaithleen and I am a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego.

To be honest, this is all so surreal.

If you didn’t know, the past three months were spent attending my last quarter at UC San Diego. Since January, I’ve been experiencing such a whirlwind of emotions. Coming into the new year, I made it a goal to finish my last quarter strong. I came in with a “let’s kick butt” attitude, ready to take on the Winter. Oh boy, it was tough. Senioritis hit me so hard after one week of being in school. It suddenly felt so much more difficult than it already is. At the same time, I constantly looked at the end of the tunnel and realized that graduation really isn’t so far. It’s honestly so bittersweet.

Once upon a time, I had an idea to start my very own official blog. I’ve always enjoyed journaling and have kept some sort of diary ever since elementary school. I spent my teenage years in the Tumblr age where reblogging #JustGirlThings and getting featured on #fuckyeahfilipinocuties was such a big thing. So this blogging thing wasn’t too much of a new concept to me. However, it’s always been a struggle for me to put my work out there. Nonetheless, my passion for writing has always been there and I knew starting a blog would be an awesome side project to work on. Heck, in high school, I was the person who always took photos of everything and created scrapbooks to document and keep them all. I first started my blog the summer before college.

It was when it was still “Constant Wanderlust.” I hoped to use the platform as a way to reflect on my college experience. The name was inspired by my desire to keep moving and immersing myself in new things. At the time, moving down to San Diego was such a big decision and exciting adventure for me. Being a San Francisco native, coming down to Southern California felt so foreign to me. With the fear of missing home, I wanted to dedicate my blog to keeping my loved ones updated with all the cool things going on down here in San Diego.

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Circa Triton Day 2015

At the end of every quarter, I would sit down and dedicate a time to reflect on the past few months. I’d write about the great people I’ve met, the different feelings I’d conjure up, the latest opportunities I’ve had, and even the delicious food I ate.

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Circa September 2015

These reflections meant so much for me because it allowed me to not only share something about myself to those I love but made me learn something new about me. Each reflection allowed me to realize how far I have grown in the span of three months. Thinking and reading all these journal entries, I can’t help but feel so humbled. I wrote this blog post three years ago. It’s ironic that the day it was originally posted three years ago, it falls on the same day I finish college three years later. First year Kaithleen was confused and didn’t think she would succeed at UCSD after a rough first quarter. I remember thinking it was the end of the world because I failed a Biology class I took for General Ed. Coming into that next quarter, I was super cautious. I didn’t know what to expect. I changed my major. I got involved in this club called Kaibigang Pilipin@. I took classes that inspired me. Three years later, I graduate a quarter early and I’m in love with my career field, community, and the person I am now. 

We are constantly changing every day. Sometimes we forget that. However, looking back at our change in a big timespan, it’s exhilarating.

The Kaithleen four years ago would have never imagined the college experience she was going to have. The Kaithleen four years ago would have never thought her passions could translate into a career. The Kaithleen four years ago would have never expected the community  family she would find at such a huge university. The Kaithleen four years ago would have never dreamed of her goals she has now.

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College had its ups and downs, but I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.

Thank you San Diego for being my home this four years. You will always be home to me.

Thank you San Diego for the amazing energy, inspiring me to create and see the importance of working from the ground up. From the plethora of local businesses to the

inspiring people with dope side hustles, thank you for giving me the connections and drive to elevate myself.

Thank you San Diego for being a place for me to study, but also vacation in. Your beautiful beaches, entertaining nightlife, and of course, renowned eats have made it such a joy to be here. There’s always new sights and sounds I want to experience in San Diego. Thank you for being the perfect getaway.

Lastly, I would like to thank UC San Diego for not only providing me a quality education that has shaped me into the creative thinker I am today, but also the quality people it has given me. Thank you to everyone I have met in college. Whether we were group project partners or we met in a club, thank you for teaching me a lot about the world. Thank you for the different stories I have been able to hear. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your college experiences. You all have made an impact on mine. Thank you for touching my life some way, somehow. Learning from others have given me the chance to learn more about myself.

Ahhh, I honestly I have so much more to say, I just can’t find the words at the moment. I’m still processing that my undergrad is over! I’ll be using the next three months until commencement to continue to reflect.

“So what’s in store for you?” Well to answer the post-grad question, I don’t know. For the first time ever, the girl with a plan… doesn’t have one. However, I am okay with that. I am so excited for this post-grad journey and can’t wait where I end up. However, I recently accepted a full-time offer to be the Social Media Coordinator at my university’s Academic Affairs – Admissions office for the next couple of months. I can’t wait to continue creating dope content that tells the story of my amazing university. It’s been a honor getting the chance to hear unique student stories and being a part of prospective students’ college process. Four years ago, I went to Triton Day and submitted my SIR to UC San Diego. Now, I get to be a part of the magic. I am absolutely loving my job and am so glad to kick-start my career here.

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Anyways, what does that mean for this blog? Since my original re-brand in 2018, I’ve slowly been transitioning it into a lifestyle blog and content portfolio. With my new found time as I start to get in the job search for opportunities starting this summer, expect more from this site! I can’t wait to dedicate my time to exploring and creating for me. Follow me along as I learn how to adult~

Well college, I guess it’s time for me to wake up from this dream. I’m ready to make all my goals I made a reality.

Sincerely,

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Hustle & Bustle of the City: A New York Travel Diary

So is a New York trip going to be an annual thing now? I’m down.

It was great to be back on the East Coast. About a year ago, I had my first trip to the Big Apple. Ever since, every trip back has been so refreshing. The first time I visited New York, I fell in love. Being born and raised in San Francisco, I’ve always been a city girl at heart. Big cities fascinate me and New York went high beyond my expectations. There’s just something so magical about it. Being the city that never sleeps, there is always somewhere to be and something to do all the time. You can never get bored! I admire the Big City so much that hopefully one day, I get to experience living there.

The warm, fuzzy feeling being in New York never goes away and I hope it stays that way. There is something about the grit and grace that inspires me to keep hustling and pursuing my passions. Every trip is a retreat for me that allows me to realign my energies. I miss it all the time and I can’t wait to be back.

This trip was special to me because this time around, I had the chance to travel with some of my closest friends. Our goal was to be complete tourists while also having the experience of regular normal day-to-day lives of New Yorkers. I wanted to revisit some places while also experiencing new wonders and eats. To sum up my past trip,  here is my NYC 2019 Photo Diary:

Day 1

Fly in! We made sure to dress comfy for our five-hour plane ride. Upon landing in New York, we traveled to our Airbnb and grabbed a delicious pizza slice. Our Airbnb was located in Brooklyn so we found a local pizzeria to try out for our first meal there. I am in love with white pizza so I always order it when I am here.

Brooklyn Homeslice located in Adelphi

Day 2

The adventure begins! Today was dedicated to checking out more of the tourist destinations in the city. Think — the 9/11 Memorial, Grand Central Station, Central Park. Of course, we started off the day with a Lox Bagel!

Day 3

We decided to take it easy today. After a long day of walking all around the city, we dedicated our second day to “treating ourselves.” From devouring a hearty brunch to finding gems in vintage thrift stores, we truly had the Brooklyn experience. If you’re looking for a place to thrift in New York, check Urban Jungle & Flamingoes. They offer a huge selection and their prices are quite a steal.

Day 3 definitely made my stomach happy because we had the best eats this day. Please, if you ever find yourself in the Chelsea Market, visit Very Fresh Noodles and order yourself a spicy, warm bowl of soup. I’m getting hungry just thinking about the delicious Taiwanese Beef Soup I ordered! Nonetheless, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Chelsea Market. It’s like a #foodie galore. They offer an eclectic mix of eateries that for sure get 5-stars in my book.

Day 4

This was our last full day in the City. I had the chance to spend time with my Auntie around the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. We had an amazing Filipino Brunch and made me miss silogs from back home.

The main event of this day was definitely… WATCHING A SHOW ON BROADWAY! It was an amazing experience and definitely recommend everyone watching a show at least once in their life.

Day 5

Our final day in New York! To be honest, it was a lot of just packing up and heading out. We all ended up on separate flights, with mine departing at 3:30pm. To end the trip, I had my last NYC style pizza slice. Obviously, not pictured. It was definitely a long trip home but I’m glad I made it home in one piece.

There ya have it! My past trip to the East Coast was for sure something for the books.

Until next time, New York! I’ll see you again in June.

Sincerely,

Feelin’ 22

So I guess I’m 22 now?

To be honest, I don’t feel any different. I remember telling myself every birthday after my 21st would just be a “normal” one.

21 was honestly the best year ever. Of course, not to over exagerrate but this year was amazing!

I was able to meet so many great people, gain amazing work opportunities, sharpen my skills in very different settings, immerse myself in different cultures and lifestyles, see the world – the list just goes on and on. I will forever be thankful for the Kaithleen I was at 21 and all she has done.

However, as I start to reflect on the different things coming up for me this year, I realize that 22 is kinda a big deal as well.

You know when you turn 10 and all of a sudden it feels so grand because you’ve finally made it to the two digits. It wasn’t really too big of a difference but it felt special. I feel that way about turning 22.

Thinking about it, 22 is a year of many firsts.

First full-time job, kicking off my post-grad career.

First-time being back home or moving into a new city.

First time doing your adult taxes.

First-time not having to do big exams or having homework to do.

It’s so weird. It’s so liberating.

There’s so many questions I have about being an adult. I feel like I was just a baby. I mean, I still am.

However, I’m so bright-eyed and hopeful entering this new chapter of my life.

Some goals I have this year include

  • Travel solo. Travel everywhere.
  • Read more.
  • Get creative with my cooking.
  • Start learning a new language.
  • Start playing and writing music again.
  • Gain certifications.
  • Upgrade my skincare and haircare.
  • Live more sustainably.
  • Start freelancing.
  • Get outside and be active.
  • CREATE, CREATE, CREATE.

That’s where this blog comes in.

I can’t wait to get this platform up and running like it used to be. With my new found free-time, I can’t wait to use this as a medium for me to continue letting my creative juices flow. I hope to document all that happens as I experience new things, travel to new places, meet new friends, and learn more about myself.

There’s so much love and light in my life and I’m so grateful to be able to be where I am today. It’s going to be such an interesting process these next couple of months. I don’t know where I’ll end up, but it’s super exciting to think about. This is going to be like some epic coming-of-age movie.

Follow me along as I learn how-to-adult.

“Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you.”

Of course, I have to end this post with the anthem for this year of my life.

Sincerely,