Here’s to a long rainy weekend

It wasn’t until Wednesday I learned there was going to be a winter storm in California. Is that why the air has been getting so cold? My coworker got a text from a friend who lives in Pasadena saying that it was hailing on her side in Los Angeles.

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1 Class down, 11 more to go!

I am happy to say, I completed my first class in my grad school career with a bang! I got an “A” — I exceeded my own expectations. This is the first time I’ve been in school in ten years. So far, I enjoy the program, and I am learning a lot of things on a deeper level.

What has changed:

  1. Well, I do get less sleep. To do well in an online graduate school program, you get out what you put in.
  2. At work, I still work full-time. At my job, I am the most senior person in my team, aside from my supervisor. Before at my work, I use to take care of things for my subordinates, so it gets done. Nowadays, I do more coaching, so I am not left to pick up the pieces. My supervisor was pushing me to do this for years to more delegating and coaching with my colleagues. It’s definitely helped a lot with my workload.
  3. I use to have that go, go, go mentality. Now I apply the brakes.
  4. I take a more careful look at my planner to judge if I have enough bandwidth to do something whether it’s work-related, school-related, or life-related. In my first class, I had a midterm paper due on a Sunday I had a writing proficiency exam scheduled for the following day. I remembered during that same week building up to those exams was an unusually busy week at work where it involved a lot of driving and doing a large print job. During finals week, the events at work were back-to-back insanity of travel, training, focus groups, meetings, and even news crew interview. At the end of each day at work, I told myself, I need to get to writing that final paper. The lesson learned here: If I can control my own calendar, then take control of it otherwise it controls you. Instead of blindly saying “yes,” review your calendar first.
  5. There’s a little less cooking. My diet has mostly been eggs, bread, potato, Noosa yogurt, and tofu.
  6. Reaching for the sparkling water. There are times when I feel crunched, I crave something sweet. I could stuff myself with candy, chocolate, and ice cream but for some reason, drinking some sparkling water help curb my sugar cravings. The funny thing is, for as long as I remember, we never stock any sweet soda products.

This past week is our week off before we start another 8 weeks for the next class!

I am still getting a feel for my new schedule. For now, I think these random sporadic updates will do for the time being.

A couple of random things to share:


Yesterday I went to Urban Plates in Thousand Oaks with my friends. It reminds me of a more expensive version of Lemonade, but you get fewer choices of sides. I do like the passionfruit coconut milk. If I find some passionfruit, I’ll attempt to make this drink. I believe there’s also a hint of lemon.


I purchased a 23andMe kit for myself and my husband for Valentine’s Day last month. We did receive our results this week. Stay tuned. Our breakdown was interesting. For reference, I am Filipino, and my husband is Vietnamese.

Top Posts of 2017

Here a round-up of the top posts from this year. It was interesting to see which posts had the most views but I also wanted to share my favorite posts for the year.

Most Views:

  1. About – Not really a post but it did get quite a lot of views.20170325_114721_zpscwjjwuc2
  2. I miss looking out of the window – A Weekly Photo Challenge featuring the Amalfi Coast.
  3. Pause: May I take a picture? – A Weekly Photo Challenge of a rooftop overlooking the Los Angeles skyline.
  4. Week 1 of the Travel Blogging Challenge – I did this weekly blogging challenge hosted by Winta from iWinta about different travel stories and through this blogging challenge I was suprised to learned I had a lot to share! As I have emphasized many times before, I am not a travel blogger. I just happened to have been to a lot of places without realizing it. It looks like Travel Tuesday will be a staple 2
  5. Experience Zion – Zion National Park is like no other. It’s like being on another planet.Zion

My Person favorites:

  1. Motivation Monday: Happiness Wins! – I came a across a prompt on my planner, “what’s my mantra” in the beginning of the year. This is a review of what changed — surprisingly (or maybe not) it did not change. I guess happiness is my root motivator.
  2. Week 17: Leaving books behind – I have this romantic idea in my head that if I leave my books around, someone would pick it up and it would change their life.
  3. Weekly Coffee Share: Joy List – There have been moments where my head is lost in a fog. This joy list I carry brings me back.
  4. Week 5: Bangkok, Naples, Los Angeles – This post is where I list my favorite world cities for food.dscf3131
  5. Things to put in a waffle maker: Cinnamon rolls – For me, this was just a fun twist on putting something different in a waffle maker.waffle cinammon roll

…and we’re off!

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Note: I did get rid of my blog Instagram because it was too much to keep up with multiple accounts. I prefer my Instagram to be an extension my blog.

À bientôt!