Recently, I had visited the beautiful state of Arizona for four days. Known for its glorious canyons and rich Native American history, my family and I traveled to and explore the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and the city of Sedona. While they were beautiful to look at, let's go over what I would recommend taking on a trip that would require a lot of hiking and walking in general.
It must be strange seeing that I wanted to bring extra long pants and long sleeved shirts, despite the hot weather that comes with being in the desert. The thing I learned about hiking in the canyons is that it isn't smart wearing shorts and a tank top. When I went to Horseshoe Bend, there was a lot of sand (as expected) and wind. The wind was so strong that the little pebbles and sand were picked up and hit us so hard. It was actually painful. So definitely bring some extra clothing to act some kind of padding.
Anyways, that is it for things that you should bring to a desert climate. It really does help to bring more clothes and have more layers to prevent harm from flying pebbles and other potential danger. And also always, thank you for reading this week's article. I hope you all are having an amazing summer and peace out!!
As June has begun, it marks the beginning of summer, and the end of my senior year of high school. Since May, I've been so busy with the numerous activities that keep coming weekly. First, I had my GradNite #1 at California Adventure, then AP testing started and went on for about 3 weeks throughout May. After AP testing, there was the last dance of the school year, and then the senior class cabinet planned a 3-day retreat similar to the one many of us have gone on in 6th grade (except this was more mature and had less science in it.) After retreat, we have now caught up to the present times where my official (and second) GradNite is going to take place at Universal Studios tonight. (I'm so excited to see Marshmello DJ.)
I could definitely say that this year was the craziest year yet. With college applications to the empty chair segment to PCN and now GradNite. I just wanted to share my thoughts with my fellow students.
Graduation Speech (Part II)
With graduation coming up in 2 days, that also means that I have to start working soon!! This summer, I'm going to be working as an art teacher so look out for student artwork this summer. I hope they have fun with it because I personally would love to do these projects if I were in elementary school again. But I will definitely start to blog more because this second semester has been hectic. I felt bad for not posting in so long that I'm typing this up instead of studying for my economics final tomorrow. But priorities, am I right? With that said, here's to a crazy year and crazy memories. [Pictures are included.]
Doughnuts and fried chicken are some of most popular foods in America, why not get them both at the same place? Introducing Astro: Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. (They also sell sandwiches.) Recently, I went to downtown Los Angeles to shoot some pictures for a photography assignment. (I will be posting all of the images I took for this assignment when it is done.) With downtown LA being super crowded that day due to the multitude of events going on, I found street parking near Astro: Doughnuts and Fried Chicken on W. 6th St. in between S. Grand Ave. and S. Olive St. near Perishing Square. Just driving around looking for parking, Astro caught my eye. I wanted to check it out, and so I did after taking my pictures. When I walked in, it was a bit different from other stores. The first thing I noticed is that not many of the employees smiled or greeted me at the door. Only one did, and there were about two or three other employees working in the front. Most of them simply looked up and went back to their work. Aside from that, the store itself was small. There were about three tables in front of the cashier and two window seats. The two of the three tables seated up to four people, and the other only seated two. The maximum capacity for Astro was only about 74 people. But that's enough about the environment. Let's get to the food.
I had gotten a Strawberry Rhubarb which was a doughnut with strawberry glaze and powdered sugar and something else. I don't exactly know what it was, but I know it doesn't have peanuts for all my readers with peanut allergies. I really loved the donut because unlike most doughnuts, it didn't have such a sweet taste. It was lighter on the sugar and didn't feel like junk food. (Does that make sense?) The doughnut was so fluffy and I think it was baked rather than fried. I enjoyed it very much. In addition to the doughnut, I got five pieces of chicken fingers. I though they would be small and not have a lot of meat because everything is getting more expensive, but nope. I was wrong. There was a lot of white meat in the chicken fingers and they were quite big. The best part is that the chicken fingers were fresh out of the fryer. They were also very good. They had a nice crunch to it when bitting into it. The only problem I had was that the breading had a lot of pepper in it. I'm not a huge fan of having a lot of pepper in my food, so if there were less pepper, I could have given these chicken fingers a 10/10.
There are some interesting options at Astro: Donuts & Fried Chicken, so if you would like, you should definitely check it out. There are only two stores in the US: one in DTLA and one in Washington DC. (Sorry to the people who don't live in those areas and were interested in checking it out.)
If you want to see the full menu and more reviews on this little donut and fried chicken joint, I linked their Yelp page and official website down below. Thanks for reading this week's blog post.
You could find more information at...
their website: astrodoughnuts.com/
their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/astro-doughnuts-and-fried-chicken-los-angeles?osq=Astro+Donuts+and+Fried+Chicken
Discovering new foods are always one of our biggest weaknesses because food is life, for most of us. There is a new collaboration going on with Zero Degrees and the Travel Bottle. Right now, if you go over to any Zero Degree cafe, you can get selected drinks in a Travel Bottle. Honestly, it's so worth it.
Needless to say, we had a blast just getting the drinks and the drinks themselves were amazing. Everything was freshly made and the boba was the absolute best. It was made to perfection and I can't wait to go back. In total, it costs about $26 because the drinks were about $3-4 each, boba was $0.50, and as expected, the bottle itself was about $9. But it doesn't matter because I checked the prices for the travel bottles on their website and it's about $13 by itself, so my sister and I got the bottle and a free drink.
Anyway if anyone wants to check it out, I have the address and website listed down below. They are also going to be opening up another location in Norwalk very soon.
9822 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92683
The Travel Bottle:
7/8/2017 0 Comments
I know, there's been a lot from Seattle and Portland but hey, I did a lot during my trip and I don't have enough time to get everything out in a day (and it's my blog so I can do whatever I want 😁). So here is the final post I believe I have from my trip.
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Well, that is the end of my Seattle/Portland Trip series. Give this post a like if you want to see more series like these. I personally had fun with this because I had something to do every night. Anyway, that's it for today's post. Also, if you are reading this, come out to Cerritos Regional Park near the baseball field to join in on a fun little pick-up game of ultimate frisbee. I promise it will be super fun and I hope to see y'all there. Peace!
Since the summer has begun (or is beginning soon), I have been looking through different "Insider" videos and found many places that were super duper fun. I want to give you guys the full list but I have so many in different countries. So I'll just give you the list: USA only.
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LOL yeh I know the list is long and this is just the US. I hope this gives you the urge to go out and try something new because I mean it is summer, school is out, and we have SOOOOO much more time now (unless you have like summer school or something every day.) My personal goal this summer is to visit the places I couldn't go to during the school year because of studying and homework, and if you guys have a goal this summer, go out and accomplish that goal. I BERLEIVE IN YOU! Haha anyway have an amazing summer guys because it has just started!
Hi friends! I know it's been a while but I have just visited a new ice cream shop. Unfortunately, it's not close by. It's all the way in Los Angeles. It's called Wanderlust Creamery. It's an ice cream shop inspired by desserts all around the world. Every month they introduce new seasonal flavors that will be in stores for only that month.
As mentioned in the previous blog post, here are my thoughts on the North Italia Restaurant in Irvine. First off, this restaurant is one of the most ideal urban styled restaurant I have ever seen. It's just unexplainable. I would consider it a great place to go for a lunch date.
As for the general price range, it's pretty moderate. My pasta was $19, but I think it was worth it for the portion and the quality of the meal. This is what it looked like.
If I were to rate this restaurant, I would give it five stars. The service was amazing, our waiter was super nice, and our food did not take that long to be prepared. I definitely recommend giving this restaurant a try.
2957 Michelson Dr. Irvine, CA 92612
Official website: www.northitaliarestaurant.com/locations/irvine/
Anyway, hope you enjoyed today's review. If you get the chance to go try it, comment down below what you thought of the restaurant. Did you like it? Did you not? Also, leave some recommendations for me, too because I'm always looking for new places to go and try. Alrighty friends, thank you for reading and I'll see you next time. Peace!
HI FRIENDS!!! Sorry for the very late post. I have had such a crazy weekend. It is currently day four of spring break. On day one (last Friday), I went to pick up my cousin from UC Irvine and then we went out to eat lunch at the North Italia Restaurant (address and review coming soon), which is super close to the Irvine campus. After lunch, we went to get some Starbucks. This time, I got a... I forgot what I got. ANYWAY, after some Starbucks (because I'm kinda basic like that), we went to the lovely Newport Beach (tips on how to stay warm even on the coldest days at the beach coming soon) for some fun under the sun. Apparently (from the numerous Snapchat stories that I watched), everyone planned to go to the beach on Friday. Well, we all went to different beaches. I know. What a coincidence! After spending a couple hours at the beach, we went back to my house for my aunt to come and pick up my cousin. Instead of just picking her up, we went to 85 Degree Bakery and got some Chick Fil A for dinner. Honestly, it was a crazy day.
On Saturday (day two), I went to go hang out with my cousin again (same one) so we (my family, aunt, cousin, and grandparents) could go get some sushi for lunch and get some shopping done. I kind of got stressed out because I forgot to make a card of my friend whose birthday party I was attending later that day. So instead, my sister and I bought her a balloon and a stuffie/plushie/whatever you want to call stuffed animals. (I made the card for her on Sunday and gave it to her today when I saw her again.) Anyway, after getting lunch and doing some shopping, my sister and I went to my friend's birthday party and IT WAS CRAZY!!! There was SO MUCH FOOD, silly string, poppers, etc. We were having so much fun until things got out of hand and my friends and I kinda pissed off the birthday girl's cousin. (Oops.) But the party went on until 2 am. I couldn't stay for the entire thing but I'm sure it was lit asf.
Sunday was a relaxing day for me. I just went to go volunteer and did some driving practice with my dad. He says I'm getting better. I don't know, I still think I'm pretty bad at driving. I think I'm criticizing myself too much.
As for today, I went to my academy and we went hiking today. It was pretty fun (except for the little kids who just kept complaining because it was a bit of an uphill hike.) After that, I went bowling with my friends, ate at The Habit for the first time (got a Charburger with cheese and no pickles and a Coffee Malt), and then went back to my friend's house for some games and movies.
I have been having a blast these past four days. I hope the rest of this week is just as amazing. I also hope your spring break (if you're on spring break) is going great. Anyway, it is almost 11:30 pm and I got to go to bed so peace out friends. Enjoy your spring break.
Since it is the end of comp week (aka midterms to everyone else,) it is time to throw the books away for another couple months before we cram for the second semester finals. (I'm just kidding guys. Don't throw your books into the bonfire yet. You're going to need them.)
Anyway, since it is the end of comp week, I'm going to have some fun. Hopefully, I'll get to go eat lunch with my friends after school on Friday and then on Saturday, the 6th Annual Otis Kite Festival will be taking place in Santa Monica from 11 am to 4 pm. It is going to be on Central Beach, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. (do I see a part 2 to "Tour of the City: Santa Monica"?) If you would like more information on the Otis Kite Festival, there will be a link to the official website at the end of this post. Anyway, I'll be going to the Kite Festival this coming Saturday. I try to go to these kite festivals every year because it's amazing how some of these kites are designed. Kite makers come to these events to present their artwork high in the sky for everyone to see. Another event that I will be probably check out this weekend would be the Orange County Marketplace. I don't know why but I love just walking around the marketplace to see what's there. I also always get something out of it like a souvenir.
Despite the fact that I want to go out and have fun, I have also wanted to watch Moana and now I'm going to watch it with my sister. I know. I'm probably one of the last people to see this movie. I hope it's as good as everyone said it was. I have high expectations for it.
Anyway, thank you for reading today's post. I hope you enjoyed it and comment down below what have you decided to do when comps are over. alright peace out!
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6th Annual Otis Kite Festival:
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