I’m saying goodbye!

Hello my little blog followers! I am so honored to have all of you subscribed and following my blogging journey here. I’ve decided to graduate to finally purchasing my own domain and I am sadly going to slowly be leaving this domain behind! It’ll still be open if you all wish to look through my old posts, but please follow my new, minimalistic, clean, aesthetic, journey at:

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I did just travel Iceland! And I am blogging every day of my trip! I got some great shots of the Aurora Borealis and some AMAZING waterfalls!! Here’s some sneak peak items below!! Go check it out!

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Flower Mart Crazy

For my birthday, my sister surprised me at midnight (and this was greeted with a full on scream since I was feeling extra jumpy after watching the hot new thriller, Get Out, which I actually highly recommend everyone to watch). Anyways, the sweet girl and I stayed up until 3am chatting away, dragging ourselves out of bed to drive over to the San Francisco Flower Mart, where flowers are sold at wholesale prices.

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A bunch of ranunculus flowers were only $6 (what a steal!). Please the streamer-looking petaled flowers were only $5 a bunch, well actually only $2.50 technically since after purchasing the orange bunch the shopkeeper threw in a white bunch for free. That literally made my day to get such a deal. What kindness!!

Only florists with official badges can get in early to order with vendors and shop the earliest, freshest picks, but the place is listed to open to the public starting at 10am. Although, I’ve heard little birdies say that it is open to the public a bit earlier than that, so head in as early as possible to get the freshest blooms before they run out! A lot of vendors have been in the market selling since 5 or 6AM, so you can imagine how tired they must be by the time even 10am rolls around. Therefore, I shall reiterate my advice to get there early! Also, bring cash since not all vendors take card, or many have a minimum purchasing limit to meet before they’ll accept your card.

A highly recommended San Francisco adventure spot!

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Favorite Summer Flower: D A H L I A S 

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Today walking through the Sunnyvale Farmer’s Market, I stopped by some produce stands for delicious fruit samples like most normal people, but couldn’t walk past this one flower stand after spotting bucket after bucketful of fresh dahlias. Thank you to Bloomwell&Co for making me fall in love with these elegant beauties. After ooh-ing and ahh-ing for a while, my boyfriend just decided to buy me a bunch because I just couldn’t walk away. I literally couldn’t stop smiling after that hehe. They are gorgeous are they not?!

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I just finished studying and taking the PCATs for pharmacy school admissions and now I won’t have to study for a whole year! OFFICIALLY. I’m trying to not make myself so busy this gap year (even though I have to work to pay rent). It’s easy to say that I’ll do fun things, out of the box things, things that I would never be able to do after I’m settled down, but it’s so much harder said than done. I so bad want to “chase my dreams” but I can’t even figure out what that would look like. There seems to be an endless train of “responsible” things to do, whether that’s studying for the PCATs, asking for recommendation letters, working on my personal statements, or preparing for interviews. I wish I could actually drop everything and do something crazy and different. Something crazy…

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iPhone Wonders Pt 2

 

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I decided to do another iPhone series! All these pictures in this post are taken on my newly fixed (’cause I kind of cracked the screen earlier while playing Pokemon Go…) iPhone 6! As much as I love my camera, it can’t seem to beat the convenience and ease of the very capable iPhone camera!

This summer, I decided that I, a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, would give into her love of pretty things and intern with an inspiring and talented florist. What about flowers is not captivating? Their smells (I’m happy to announce that my new favorite smell comes from the Patience Garden Rose if anyone felt like buying me flowers or somethin’), their soft touch, their unique coloring, their all encompassing representations of love, celebration, or a mere thoughtful gesture. I was so honored that my new boss, Allie from Bloomwell & Co, decided to give me a shot and allow me to volunteer for her. She’s so bubbly, funny, and inspiring that it makes me feel so shy to be around her! I’ll warm up though! So many moments in my life did I just wish I could drop this medical field stuff and go into something creative. Somewhere deep in my heart, I’m questioning pharmacy school, I’m questioning not taking advantage of the freedom (no family obligations, career obligations, etc. ) I have while I’m only 22.

Allie asked me twice why I wanted to intern for her, and honestly I didn’t have a good answer, because I totally emailed her on a whim and I’ve never done anything like this at all! I want to explore, to taste, for the first time, a part of the life part of me wishes I could live. Running your own company at 23, that’s crazy! I’m really excited to continue to learn from her. Eek! She’s so sweet, she even gave me a little bouquet she made in a mason jar below! I was so surprised and so happy!!

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Also, having traveled back and forth between Davis and San Francisco all summer, I’ve found my new favorite coffee shop: Reveille Coffee. I’ve been going to the location in SOMA. It’s beautiful, huge windows that provide natural lighting, minimalistic, and has the most DELICIOUS matcha lattes! I’ve been going there to study (free wifi only on weekdays though).

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New York Day 4

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Our first stop this day was Bibble & Sip, a really cute coffee and pastry shop that’s crazily obsessed with Llamas. Starting at 12PM, they also serve these amazing amazing cream puffs. We ordered a match green tea and then an earl grey flavored one. They were crunchy on the outside and creamily delicious on the inside. A must taste!

T h e   M e t r o p o l i t a n   M u s e u m

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This New York trip would not be complete with a visit to one of the largest and most beautiful museums in the country! There was a wide array of displays, from American art, to European Sculpture art, all the way to Medieval art. My favorite room in the museum was the Sackler Wing with huge windows, a wide fountain where people have been throwing coins inside, and a display of ruins and sculptures. The museum was so big we couldn’t walk through the entire place. We would have needed an entire day!

 

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We stopped by Korea town to eat at the Five Senses restaurant we had heard so much about! The restaurant filled up really quick and we felt so lucky to have been able to grab a seat when we did. I ordered the Dol Pan Kimchi Bokum Bap and my sister ordered the normal Bi Bim Bap. Both were delicious and pretty popular choices! Korea Town is actually extremely fun to walk around, with delicious little food stands and fun shops to walk around in! It’s a fun area to explore!

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Through the many brunch spots we visited in New York, we found Bellocq Tea Atlier‘s name all over. Their teas are apparently very popular and well loved, so seeing as this was the case, we decided to go visit the shop! Amidst all the construction in the area around it, we walked up to the cute sign and store to find a little note telling us to ring the doorbell. We paused for a second, rang the doorbell, and walked into one of the most serene and beautifully decorated tea shops ever! They put out little dishes of each of the tea leaf sets, in a gradient of colors! They even prepared a couple samples of iced tea that they served in glass tasting cups. GLASS! Fancy huh? The back had a cute spot with couches and plants that the shopkeeper explained might become a tea tasting room as they continue to remodel. We grabbed an armful of leaves to take with us on the way out.

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Lunch:

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For lunch in Brooklyn, we stopped at Reynard for lunch at the Wythe Hotel. Service was really really good and the dutch pancake was BOMB. The hotel even has a rooftop bar at the top! That’s definitely on my list for next time.

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                                  Breakfast:  E g g   S h o p

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New York Day 2

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First Stop:   B l u e s t o n e   L a n e   C a f e

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Bluestone Lane is an Australian style inspired cafe with locations all over New York. They really sealed in the Australian feel deal with Australian accents ringing from the mouths of every waiter and waitress in the cafe! We heard great things about the Avocado smash, so we made sure to order that with a beautiful egg with a runny yolk on top. Never have I been offered such a generous share of avocado with my share of breakfast! The place was beautifully open and lit, with seating outside in the warm sunshine as well.

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Second Stop:   D o m i n i q u e   A n s e l ‘ s   B a k e r y IMG_2874IMG_2867

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 S w e e t s         &    M o r e    S w e e t s
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We stopped by Dominique Ansel‘s Bakery in South Village to fulfill that sweet tooth craving! My sister, Katie, make sure to order in the infamous and flaky DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann). I grabbed the hazelnut purple thing (I forget what it’s called) and my mother ordered the one she just thought was the prettiest. My only regret is not having a bottomless stomach because I really wished I could have downed the frozen s’more. It looked flippin’ heavenly! We took our beautiful pastries and brought them to the back beautiful back room of the bakery, it was so cute! They even had a garden area in the back with tables and everything! New York is doing a good job winning me over so far.

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Third Stop:   N e w   Y o r k   P u b l i c   L i b r a r y

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The New York Public Library , at times, seemed more like a museum than a library! There were definitely people studying and working in the quiet rooms, but I wonder how difficult it must be to focus with the bajillions of tourists walking in and out. However, the architecture was absolutely breathtaking, and it reminded me a lot of the architecture I saw while traveling in Europe. From the beautiful carving filled arches and tall grand doorways to the ceiling murals, I was having joyful flashbacks to the glamorous and history filled European architecture.

We packed so much into this day, while still recovering from our redeye flight. Our feet were tired and sore, but all the walking really did us some good. We walked over 24,000 steps (thank you iPhone Health App) and burned a significant amount of calories, a good way to balance the enormous amount of calories that we ingested day by day heh. When in New York, gotta eat good right?

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Welcome to New York


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Upon waking up, we visited a popular brunch spot, Two Hands Cafe around 9am. We quickly nabbed a spot, only to find the wait line grow exponentially longer behind us. We certainly dodged a bullet! The Acai Bowl, beautifully sprinkled with gluten-free granola, chia seeds, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, hemp, raspberries, and blueberries, is a MUST. The service was quick and friendly, the cafe lined with local art, adorable lights, and little fluff balls of clouds. I must say, hands DOWN one of my favorite brunch spots yet.

 

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Ice Cream:   M o r g e n s t e n ‘ s   I c e   C r e a m e r y

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Morgenstern‘s line was crazy long, and we waited for 30-45 minutes on this warm Friday afternoon, but can I just say that good ice cream is totally worth it? We sprung for this intriguing black colored ice cream. I have absolutely never seen that before, but if you know me, you know I love weird ice cream flavors (my “fun fact” is always that my favorite ice cream flavor is Goat Cheese). I was super enticed by this odd colored ice cream, and ordered the Coconut Ash flavored scoop. As I took my cone out onto the street, a total of 6 groups of people approached me within the first 4-5 minutes (as I was trying to take a picture of my scoop) to gasp in awe and ask what in the WORLD was the flavor of my black scoop. It was surprisingly delicious and coconut-y. It does drip and stain though, beware!

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Did you know that the New York Museum of Modern Art is free for everyone 4-8PM on Friday evenings? I strongly believe that everyone should take advantage of that! The picture and sculpture sections were extremely captivating, and the only regret I had was not going earlier to see more of the museum! The outside garden with the huge huge rose, fountains, and sculptures were beautiful as well.

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Iphone Wonders

Just a couple photos from Spring quarter of things that really meant something to me this last quarter of college. Random moments when I was feeling artsy. All photos taken and edited on my Iphone 6!

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This first was one of the many bouquets of flower I received during my baptism date. I said a huge yes and made a public declaration to be with God for the rest of eternity! The best part was being able to genuinely share, and choke up a little bit, at telling my Davis family at Davis Christian Fellowship how much they have made a difference in my life. Below are pictures of an apricot field and a greenhouse in the middle of the UC Davis campus that anyone can go visit really! I visited it during a plant sciences class, one of the very first classes I took with my four-year college roommate, where all we did was plant veggies, pick ripe apricots, and play with soil and dirt. It was one of the most fun and relaxing classes I’ve ever taken with amazing friends.

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These last four pictures are taken during a Tahoe trip I took with my squad. Decided I wanted to try to be artsy so I took a picture of my friend in the hot tub, but now I can’t decide whether its cool or creepy. His smolder is not bad huh. Discovering caffeine has also gotten me through many tired mornings and long nights. Probably wouldn’t have survived college without it.

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This last one is just a verse that is actually my little sister’s favorite. It encompasses so much powerful meaning. It fills me with boldness and confidence to understand and know just what is means to be a child of God. It reminds me that I never need to live in fear, and it reminds me of the fullness of my identity. Cheers to only 1 more week of school! LETS GO.

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Buh-Bye College, You’ve Been Great

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“UC Davis you have been too good to me. Through you, I’ve developed life long friendships. I’ve learned the importance of relationship, of community, and of encouragement. I’ve met people who constantly see the good in me and never let me settle for believing in myself any less than I deserve. I’ve met people who call me Carmpoop, who like to literally pick me up, who literally sit on me, who make me laugh until my stomach hurts, and who go out of their way to make sure that I know that I am special. I used to believe that I was easily invisible, easily lost in a crowd, and easily overlooked. But I’ve met people who will never let me think like that again. When I think of you, I’ll think of the many late nights I spent studying with friends, the adventures to Paris, Tahoe, Seattle, the inside jokes, the heartfelt prayers, but mostly, I’ll remember how fully God loves. Watching people love because they know and realize just to what depths God’s love reaches will inspire me for life. Thank you for encouraging me to be bold, for reminding me that I am seen, and for teaching me what family looks like.

PEACE OUT.

PC: THE MOST AMAZING Ed Ju who made me feel better when I let our balloon prop fly up up & away.
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The above features the literal snippet of what I used as my Facebook caption. Ed Ju is the most amazing friend, bible study leader, and photographer I have come to know and personally love. He took literally all of these photos for me, and I just wanted to share my special moment with you all!

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I’m feeling super sentimental, even thought I won’t be leaving really. I have a couple job offers for my gap year in Davis, but I still couldn’t help but tear up during my last academic lab course today. I know right? Who cries about lab? It’s not like I’ll miss working with bacteria or anything, but I mean…secretly, I kind of will.

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Yeah, I don’t really know what we were doing during this photo above. But for some reason, I find it REALLY funny.

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I am not normally a PDA (public displays of affection) kind of person, so I actually shouted to our photographer, “ED I AM UNCOMFORTABLE WITH BEING SO CLOSE TO HARRY IN FRONT OF YOU RIGHT NOW”. But you know what? This photo ended up being my favorite of the bunch. Hehe!

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Fun fact, this was during a real live serenading session. Harry sang Gravity by John Mayer and I probably won’t tell him this too often because he never serenades me while staring deeply into my eyes (sounds romantic in theory but we both admit it’s a tad awkward because what am I supposed to do, smile at him for 5 minutes?), but it really did melt my heart a bit. Also featured below is my big fat bruise from running into my living room table. No nothing tripped me or anything, I just really am that clumsy.

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