Vivian's Travel Blog

Destinations: Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, California, Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, Sendai, Shiga, Nara, Kobe, Nagoya, Okinawa, Tokyo, Hiroshima), Las Vegas

Feeling Blessed

April 15, 2014 (3:26PM)

     If you could not tell from the pictures, this past weekend was my 22nd birthday. I am getting old. :( Cue the Taylor Swift. hehehe~ Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend. My roommates threw me a surprise birthday party Thursday night since I was going home Wednesday. I was super shocked, and had nice feels all over. In addition, I had a presentation for my class on Friday which I got a 19/20 on even though I was running on like 3 1/2 hours of sleep. hahaha On Friday, I ditched my afternoon class and got treated to Cheesecake Factory by the adorable Tiffany N. I actually spend my 21st birthday with her in Japan. She was one of the first people I connected with while I was there, and I am glad that we still kept in touch coming back. :) We had Japanese together this quarter. woot woot =D I also got treated to Thai food by my freshmen year hall mate Koy S. I love this girl and her roommate Nicole M. (another freshmen year hall mate) so much. I am so glad that I both to meet them both my freshmen year. Since I was going to a concert on Saturday which is the exact date of my birthday, my parents took me out to eat Red Lobster Friday night. I love love love my fam bam. I am extremely blessed to have such supportive and loving parents who never pressure me to do things I never wanted to do and always let me go with the flow and do things at my pace. They are great. In addition, Red Lobster’s biscuits are the BOMB! hahaha On Saturday, and I went to the KBS concert. The venue was terrible, but it was free so can’t complain. Also, the line up was awesome. SHINee<3 I went with my sister and my concert buddy, Jennie D. and her younger sister. On Sunday, my brother from another mother, Peter L. treated me to slater 50/50. I ate so much this weekend I gained 3 pounds. :( I guess that was my birthay present to myself.

     To end all of this, I am just feeling extremely blessed. I want to thank my family and friends so much. I know I listed some people on the list, but there was so many more to mention. I want to thank everyone who showed up to the surprise birthday party, those who texted me happy birthday, and those who facebooked me happy birthday especially those who are living abroad and still make an effort to keep in touch. I am a really really lucky person to have so many people around me supporting me and loving me. I will never forget that. I really really thought this year was going to be a simple birthday. I thought it was going to be a simple dinner with my roommates and then one with my family. I never expected so much, and I want to thank all the people who planned it especially my lovely roommates: Tandy L, Berlyn S, Emily K, and Jackie B. You girls are so awesome, and you know what they say, once you have lived with that person, there is no going back, and honestly, I would never want to go back. I am so lucky to be here and alive. Job searching has been a bummer, but there is so much happy memories to look forward to. I know senior year is coming to an end, and I am about to graduate from college soon, and so, I want to thank UC Riverside. I know that you get a lot of heat UCR, but truthfully college is what you made me, and I have love my four years with UCR. Looking back, I want to thank UCR for accepting me. I met some awesome hall mates my freshmen year who became my friends and some my roommates. I got to study abroad twice my junior year. I got to be a part of APSP (Asian Pacific Student Programs) and learn more about my heritage and being proud of it. I was a student custodian at the school gym and learned the hardships of working for the first time in my life. hahaha I do not know how a birthday post update became a shout out to UCR. 

     I am sorry I am such a long-winded person. All in all, my theme of this post is how blessed I am. This past weekend and these two months I have left at Riverside, I will really treasure and hold dear. I am truly a lucky child, and I hope all my Lu-sers out there can find something that is going on right now in their lives to be happy about.

     This is too long, so I did not read it over. I apologize now for ant typos. Peace out!

my wall

my wall

Girls Generation Mr Mr 
Credits to Lisa Hong

Girls Generation Mr Mr

Credits to Lisa Hong

the hawaiiwan burger at slater&#8217;s 50/50 - burgers by design

the hawaiiwan burger at slater’s 50/50 - burgers by design

thank you my brother from another mother, peter lai, for the birthday burger :)
at slater&#8217;s 50/50 - burgers by design

thank you my brother from another mother, peter lai, for the birthday burger :)

at slater’s 50/50 - burgers by design

my homestay mother gave me a cute cat shaped hot water pouch to sleep with she told me to put it by my feet - she&#8217;s so nice and sweet

my homestay mother gave me a cute cat shaped hot water pouch to sleep with she told me to put it by my feet - she’s so nice and sweet

shopping haul

shopping haul

school uniform store

going to The Mall in Sendai

going to The Mall in Sendai

shout out to jennie diep for the 2 small birthday cakes from oh my pan =D
love you girl

shout out to jennie diep for the 2 small birthday cakes from oh my pan =D

love you girl

the kbs kpop concert at la coliseum 
truthfully did not feel the venue or seats

the kbs kpop concert at la coliseum 

truthfully did not feel the venue or seats

Sendai&#8217;s Don Quijote

Sendai’s Don Quijote

getting starbucks while malling and just taking a picture of their xmas decorations

getting starbucks while malling and just taking a picture of their xmas decorations

eating shrimp and asparagus katsu

eating shrimp and asparagus katsu

eating my favorite in japanese food: katsu