Vivian's Travel Blog

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

Lately

August 18, 2014 (11:31AM)

     This is pretty much my life here: bored at work. Anyways, lately, I have been meeting up with a lot of friends, usually people who want to hang out before I head out to Japan. I do not like to drive, so I want to especially thank the people who drove to see me from like San Bernardino and Garden Grove and Rowland just to name a few. I love meeting up with my friends and catching up. I am the type of person who likes to randomly text people or facebook message them, usually because I get bored easily, but because I feel that I am the type of person who will actively try to maintain a friendship. Anyways, when I hang out with people I usually get asked the same questions. A lot of times, I find myself answering them with I do not know. The future is so uncertain, and in all honesty, I have no clue what I want to do. How long will I be staying in Japan… well the contract is about a year long. If I like it, maybe I will try another year. If I do not, then I will come home. If I want to just come home faster, that might happen too. What are my plans after I come back? I definitely plan to come back, but the me right now has no goals. That is weird to say since I have always felt like a pretty goal driven person, but not right now. I have no dreams or aspirations. Is that weird? Well, I think it is okay to take it day by day/one step at a time for now. Will I go to graduate school? I know this is something I talk about. I do want to further my studies, but that really depends on where I will be in the future. Will I get caught up in something in Japan or will I be caught up with something here back home? Additionally, I need to look at my financial situation. On top of that, I need to think how will going to graduate school benefit me with what I want to do. However, first, I need to figure out what I want to do. So, in truth, I cannot really plan anything because I have nothing to plan. I might possibly start figuring things about while I am in Japan, but I do not know. My mother worries because she sees Japan as a detour from a stable path, and truthfully, that is exactly what it is. However, this detour feels right. If I do not do these uncertain things now, when will there be another time. I have not started packing, but who starts packing this earlier? :) I still have a party/gathering to plan, and I still have work and friends to meet up with. Yup, that is my life right now. 

Kim kee noodle cafe: house special #noodle

Kim kee noodle cafe: house special #noodle

#thefaceshop

#thefaceshop

Kcon 2014 (day 2): test drove a new Toyota and got to see my goddesses: GIRLS GENERATION/SNSD

Kcon 2014 (day 2): test drove a new Toyota and got to see my goddesses: GIRLS GENERATION/SNSD

Kcon 2014 Day 1

Kcon 2014 Day 1

Here I am #kcon2014

Here I am #kcon2014

#Kbbq all day

#Kbbq all day

#Benten #ramen

#Benten #ramen

Story Time

August 6, 2014 (1:27PM)

     Using my break real quick, I wanted to share a story with you all. Yesterday, I decided to do laundry, and FYI: our washing machine is inside the garage. When I went in there, there were a swarm of flies. I was extremely confused because I have never seen so many flies in our garage before. Then I realized where most of the flies were congregating, a strong stench of expired piss existed. Then it hit me, something must of died. I quickly ran back inside the house and told my dad that something died in the garage. Then, equipped with a SARS mask, he started searching and could not find anything. I guess an animal got in and peed or possibly pooped there. My sister and I went to go buy some last minute groceries for dinner. When we got back, my dad moved all of his construction tools and materials from the corner where most of the flies were congregating and found a dead possum stuck in between wood sheets. My dad told me when he first uncovered it, the dead possum gave him such a big fright. It reminded him of how he once captured a live possum that was running around in our backyard. We called animal control to pick it up. While we were waiting for animal control, the possum was snarling at us through the metal of the rabbit cage it was captured in. According to my dad, discovering a live possum did not scare him as much as uncovering a dead possum. The possum probably went into the garage and probably got stuck and died. My dad threw the dead body into the trash can and dumped chlorine over the spot where the possum died. If you think a dead possum smells bad in this California heat, then wait until you whiff of what it smells like when you add chlorine to it. It’s like the stinkiness can now breathe and spread and attack. What’s worst? My dad went to go toss out the trash at night and open the trash can with the wrapped dead possum… well now our trash can smells worst than shit. Trash does not get picked up until Monday. Today is Wednesday, we are literally going to die. I think my dad is going to call animal control today. This reminds me of how once when I was commuting to work, I drove over road kill. It did not smell as bad as this, but still it stank. I usually do not turn on the AC and roll down the windows because I secretly think it saves money. In all actuality, it is usually not that unbearable. Then one day, speeding down Huntington DR, I drove pass road kill. The smell flew into my car through the open windows as I zoom passed it. I thought I would vomit because the stench stayed inside my car for a bit. Next day, it was still there. Luckily, it was gone by the third day, but California summer and left over road kill should not mingle. 

That 626 boba life

That 626 boba life

Souvenir from Asia thanks Melissa :)

Souvenir from Asia thanks Melissa :)

#Cheesecake with Melissa

#Cheesecake with Melissa

Newest Update

August 1, 2014 (10:18AM)

     I know I haven’t written something in a very long time… I have been busy with work and catching up with old friends after graduation. I seriously walked on Sunday, unpacked Monday, and started working Tuesday. I work in insurance right now, and I find it pretty boring in all honesty. I am just an assistant, so I do pretty random odd jobs. At times, there’s just not enough to do. I felt like since I started working so quickly after graduation, I never really got a summer to relax. However, I was glad I had 4th of July/AX because I felt like that was my summer right now. I feel like I should write about my first AX experience, but it feels like it’s been so long ago now. Anyways, today FedEx sent me my certificate of eligibility. With this, I can now get my visa from the Japanese consulate on Monday. I encountered a few problems while trying to get my visa, so I am pretty happy it’s pretty much done at this moment in time. I have my flight book for the 30th and will be arriving on the 31st. I am super excited. Since I got my visa later than others, I did not get a placement. Instead, I was offered an alternate position. I will pretty much get my placement after I get there and finish my training. Anyways, I am super happy and excited for this new start. I was honestly getting pretty bored of my life right now. I am ready to embrace this new chapter in my life. Is anybody else out there starting something new? I usually write a lot, but I need to go back to work now. So, peace out girl scout. :) 

The 626 life: dim sum in the morning

The 626 life: dim sum in the morning

#centerpieces for work

#centerpieces for work