For those of you that attend music festivals, Coachella will be returning this and next weekend. After experiencing it a few times and with different groups of people, I wanted to re-share a previous post of how I prepared for this event. Hopefully this will be useful to both previous and new attendees.
Yesterday I received the following notification from the app:
I had registered this blog as a backup, and it’s since been where I’d write about my hobbies, beauty, and anything else I felt like sharing. I’m still trying to make posts when I can after falling off for a while. Until then, if you’re a follower, thanks for sticking around! Here’s to 6 more? 😂 We shall see.
Found this on a fellow blogger’s page and decided to answer them. I’ve done something similar before with slightly different questions. Anyway, get to know a little more about moi.
1. Are you named after anyone?
Not that I know of.
2. What is the last thing you bought?
Chestnut Praline latte and a bacon, gouda, and egg breakfast sandwich from Starbucks.
3. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
4. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
5. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
How they’re dressed. Or if they’re introduced to me, how their facial expressions are when it happens.
6. What is your eye color?
7. Scary movie or happy endings?
I get jump scared pretty easily, so I prefer the latter.
8. Favorite smells?
Bread/cookies baking, laundry right out of the dryer.
9. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
When I took a trip to Miami a few years ago. Currently in the process of booking my first trip out of town internationally in a long while.
10. Do you have any special talents?
I love dancing. I’ve taken a few classes and have performed at sporting events and cultural showcases. I sorely miss it.
11. Favorite color?
12. Are you married?
13. PC or Mac?
14. What are your hobbies?
Watching movies, collecting vinyl figures, scrap booking (haven’t made much time to do it for a while, but I’d like to eventually get back to it).
15. Can you cook?
I can make a few things, but since my mom cooks regularly, I don’t really need to. I will experiment with recipes once in a while.
16. Would you Bungee jump?
From a person with a mild fear of heights, most likely not.
17. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
18. What was the last thing you ate?
See question 2.
19. How many countries have you visited?
3 – Philippines, Mexico, and Canada. Definitely would love to see more.
20. What was your favorite/worst subject in high school?
Favorite was art and music. Worst was math.
21. What is your favorite drink?
Non-alcoholic: Milk tea/boba/bubble tea
Alcoholic: Red wine, whiskey and ginger ale
22. How would you describe your fashion sense?
I tend to be pretty basic/casual. I look into trends once in a while, but I don’t follow them often.
23. What phone do you have?
Samsung Galaxy S8
24. What is your ringtone?
I have one of the stock ones for my general ring tone. I have customized ones for certain contacts (family, close friends).
25. How many siblings do you have?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog. I’m hoping to somehow restart it since it’s a new year. But before I do that, here’s a look back on how 2018 was for me (yes it’s about to be mid-February Whoops?).
A few highlights from the year:
- Weddings – A friend of mine that I worked in retail with and also attended nursing school with got married. I was one of the bridesmaids and our friends from SD came up to celebrate, so it was a ton of fun. Near the end of the year, another friend from college got married in Hawaii, which I attended as a guest.
- Travel – Made a few trips to Vegas for my friend’s bachelorette party and for Christmas. Also attended my 10th year at SDCC, which was an awesome experience (as usual). Since one of my friend’s wedding was in Hawaii, my friends and I also took advantage of the days before and after the event to take in sites and get our grub on.
- Music – I attended quite a few of these events, all of which were firsts. I decided to skip out on Coachella and instead checked out Bottle Rock for one of the days. The drive was long, but seeing celebrities on the culinary stage and also performing on one of the main stages was awesome. As an on and off fan of Korean music, I finally got to check out some artists that came to California. Loved Eric Nam‘s intimate set, and his opener Loote made their way onto my Spotify playlist. I also got to meet him after the show. He’s adorable! TLC was performing at the San Mateo County fair, so a few friends and I jumped in at the chance to see them. No regrets here! They sound just as good as they did back in the 90s. Since last year, I slowly but surely became a fan of BTS, who’s by far the most popular Korean group known in the US to date. After listening to their albums beginning from their debut in 2013, I couldn’t help but be hooked. You could imagine my excitement when I found out they were touring the US. I was able to get tickets to their LA and Oakland shows, (yes, I saw them twice and it was totally worth it) and it was an amazing experience. The Oakland show was a special one since it was the group leader’s birthday the day of. The audience and the guys sang to him and he looked so happy. I also did a last minute upgrade and got incredible seats. It was the closest I could have imagined being near them without having to stand in the GA sections right next to the stage.
- For the ‘Gram – There were a few exhibits that came to SF last year. I visited 29 Rooms and Candytopia. Both were entirely different experiences, but I liked the latter the most because my friends and I left with a good amount of free candy (score).
Already have a few things in store for this year. And as with every year, I hope to try new things and make more great memories to look back on.
Coachella is back again! I missed posting this for Weekend 1, but for those of you attending Weekend 2, it may come in handy.
Coachella will be upon us real soon! I’ll be returning after attending my first one 3 years ago (and again on Weekend 2), so I’m excited knowing that a good number of friends will be there as well. However you manage to prepare yourself for the festival, whether it be your first time or just another year hanging out in Indio, here are a few things to consider for the weekend.
1. First and foremost, don’t forget your wristband! This is your way in and out of the venue. I activated mine as soon as it was delivered. You probably should too. It’ll be one less thing to worry about while planning out the rest of your itinerary.
2. Stay hydrated – Water will be your bff, especially with the hot and dry weather that the area gets year round. Trust me. You can bring water bottles to the event…
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Last month I took my first trip of the year to Vegas with my best friend and met up with more people while we were there. I actually haven’t traveled with her in several years. We have our occasional outings in the Bay Area, but work schedules often make it difficult to plan an actual vacation or quick getaway, so we were both pretty excited about it. We took an evening flight and got picked up by one of her friends, then had dinner at Shake Shack. The bestie had never been there, so it was a good time to take advantage since it wasn’t busy on a Thursday night. We walked off our meal by heading through Monte Carlo (soon to be named Park MGM) and taking the City Center Tram to Bellagio. We took a look at the Chinese New Year display at their conservatory. I loved the huge Husky with the moving tail!
The next morning we had brunch at Truffles N Bacon. I came across them on Instagram and it was a must that we try their Ube French Toast. We lucked out and ordered the last 2. There’s a really good reason why it constantly sells out. Layers of ube bread with ube cream cheese and young coconut in between, topped with condensed milk and a dollop of ube jam make this a pheNOMenal treat for anyone who loves this “purple stuff”. Considering all the ingredients, it wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet. I opted for the chicken and waffles instead and it was amazing. I usually don’t have the best tolerance with spicy stuff, but if you visit and order this, try it with their honey sriracha. You won’t regret it!
Our now group of 4 got touristy in the afternoon and rode the Gondola at The Venetian (unnecessary Vegas bucket list activity, check). We also visited their CNY displays. They had another adorably huge dog (a sharpei) located near the waterfall that sits between The Venetian and Palazzo hotels.
Dinner later that evening was at Sushi Neko. Neko is Japanese for “cat”, so there is feline themed decor strewn throughout the restaurant. I found it a bit funny that they were playing K-Pop at a Japanese restaurant, but I was totally feeling it (It even reignited my interested in listening to it. I blame you, BTS). The last time I had all you can eat sushi was ironically in Vegas last year. I didn’t bother keeping track of how many pieces I ate, but I assure you that everything we ordered was good.
Our last whole day together was nothing short of fun filled. We checked out the China Lights display at Craig Ranch Regional Park. If it weren’t for the blustery evening, we would have gone through the whole thing. We decided to head back after watching the Chinese cultural performances.
We capped off the night at Omnia with a DJ set by Zedd. I haven’t seen him since Coachella in 2014. It was nice to actually see his face from the second level of the club compared to being several hundred people deep in a muggy and dusty tented area.
I’ll be back in Vegas within a few months for a bachelorette party, so the experience will be much different compared to this. This was the first time in a while that I’ve visited without having a rental car, so I probably would have gone to more places If I had one. Then again, no matter how many times I’ve been here, I always manage to discover something new. Have any recs for my return trip? Feel free to let me know in the comments.
**I also found out last week that I’ve been on WP for 5 years. The first few were inactive, but I’m glad that I still held onto this account. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have crossed paths with some awesome readers. :)**
Last month, I received a VoxBox from Influenster for their campaign with Garnier. It contained one of their latest products, the 1 Minute Hair Mask. There are 5 versions of this mask, each one made to target a specific hair type/issue.
Some facts to know about these masks:
- Ingredients are 98% naturally derived
- Vegan formula
- Contains no silicones, parabens, or artificial colorants
The mask can also be used three ways:
- Hair mask – Apply to wet hair. Leave on for 1 minute, then rinse.
- Conditioner – Apply from root to tip after shampooing, then rinse.
- Leave-in treatment – Apply to damp hair for added moisture and frizz control.
I received the Smoothing Treat mask with avocado extract to test out. Avocado doesn’t have a distinctive scent, but it did remind me a little of banana. As for use, I opted for the first option since I already use a leave-in conditioner for detangling/styling. The ends of my hair tend to get dry as I grow it out and as a result of having it chemically straightened. This actually made them feel softer and more manageable. I eventually saw a display of them at a local Target and smelled them (because I was curious, of course :P). Unfortunately the one for colored hair (with Goji extract) wasn’t available. I did love the scent of the damage repairing with papaya extract, so I purchased that for future use. I will try to track down that last one. Overall, I think this is a great product. The price is reasonable (Around $3.50 USD), and the 3.4 ounce container can last for a while depending on how much you use. 13.5 ounce containers are also available for around $7.50.
If you’re interested in trying out various products in exchange for an honest review, Influenster may be worth checking out (open to residents of the US only at the moment). You can visit their site here.