It’s been a busy and fun week. I’ve been getting out of my comfort zone a bit, since this past weekend. Everything since Saturday has been feeling a bit fresh, with new faces and new experiences.

Firstly, I actually went to a church activity. If you’ve known me for the past, say 3 to 4 years, you’d know that I don’t ever do anything on the extra-curricular side when it comes to church. That just isn’t me. Sure, I’ll go to a district event every now and then; but, I’ll never really participate. This time around, I actually participated in some flag football. I honestly wasn’t planning on playing since I had already did a grueling crossfit class beforehand.. but it’s hard for me to say no to a lot of things. So I actually played on the Santa Clarita team. Interestingly, I had fun and I didn’t regret it. I got to meet some very nice and interesting people! That certainly would not have happened if I hadn’t attended. After flag football practice, most of us proceeded to the local boba stop. Man, you know me. I love that boba. I genuinely enjoyed the company as well.

Monday came and I was off to Massachusetts (mark me as guilty for not knowing how to spell that correctly on the first shot) for a work trip.  I must say, Boston is beautiful. I don’t know if I’ve told you yet; but, I love trees. Boston is filled with great trees and green scenery. Every time I take a drive, I can’t help but marvel at the beautiful trees that line the road. Also, a new friend pointed out the beauty in architecture as well. I have since found a new appreciation for it that I probably had before. I saw so many amazing buildings- old and new. Each bringing a robust and classic; yet, modern feel to the city. I appreciated it and wished that I had the gear and the time to capture it in photo. The culture of the citizens here is very friendly and very easy-going. Almost everyone here is discussing the local teams (New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox) OR the weather, which oddly is a very popular topic here. Speaking of the weather, I luckily have caught the tail end of their summer here, so temperature have ranged from the 60’s to the 80’s- nothing I’m not used to, being from Oxnard and Santa Clarita. The pace of life is much slower than Los Angeles, which I highly appreciate. I feel much less stress just being here- and reducing stress is always a priority in my life. One downfall of Boston is how spread out everything seems to be. I feel like I have to drive so far out to get to things. Maybe I’m just spoiled from Valencia/Los Angeles where things are very condensed. I honestly think I could live here but I may be saying that because I particularly want to just get out of California.

I fly back Friday morning and I can’t wait to get back home. I have a few things to look forward to: on Friday night, we have a team competition/workout- those are always very fun and on Saturday night, I’ll be attending a walk for Lupus awareness. Hopefully I’ll be able to spend time with good company. Can’t wait.

See you soon, California. I’ve sorely missed you since I’ve been gone.



Starting fresh.

Hawaii was probably one of the best experiences of my life. Everything about that place was beautiful. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was beautiful, the people were beautiful. My time spent there was just as beautiful as well.

I stayed in Hawaii for a week for a childhood friend’s destination wedding. I spent the majority of the time with my friends and co-groomsmen from Oxnard. We were at beaches and tourist attractions by day and night swimming in hotel pools by night. We met up with the rest of the bridal party as well for late night parties and festivities. It was paradise.

I ate so much great food there as well. A local katsu place stole all my attention and we ended up eating there twice. I also slowly became obsessed with Henry’s Ice Cream, which is conveniently a stone’s throw away from that katsu place- I visited almost every day of my stay. I must say, vacations do cost a pretty penny. I noticed this when we went out for literally every meal of the day.

The wedding day came and I couldn’t help but be genuinely happy for my friend, Rob. It’s not very often that we talk seriously; but, man.. I was so proud and so very jealous at the same time. I won’t harp on too long about it- but to find a beautiful bride and a love to last a lifetime. She has a beautiful and closely-knit family that give them so much love and support. That’s amazing. I can only dream of having that.

That day, we all came together to celebrate their union. Ew. I sound like a priest. I had so much fun that whole day. I met so many beautiful people and had so much fun with them. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.

Now, we’re back to reality. I am able to take a step back and reflect on Hawaii. Here’s a few things that I have observed.

  1. It’s nice to take a break from reality or adulting. Hawaii was a huge stress reliever and probably released any frustration I stored from work and life in general. I honestly should take some time off of work periodically, instead of being extremely stingy about my vacation hours in case that I ever need them. (I have a bunch  of vacation hours stored up… yeah don’t ask.)
  2. I filled up so much of my luggage with workout gear; but never got to use it. I suppose I need to map my time out better in order to accommodate Crossfit. Though I know that my time was spent actually having fun and enjoying vacation- not doing Crossfit left a void and I really missed it. Coincidentally, I did not gain any weight from Hawaii, despite feeling fatter.
  3. The bros have become closer than ever. We have finally realized that we don’t need technology to have fun. It’s a bit silly; but, I feel like we kinda just found out that we actually really enjoy each other’s company. We now talk in our group chat about planning our next outing with just da boyz.
  4. Speaking of bros, it was amazing to travel with my brother. My brother is absolutely 100% my best friend. I’m thankful that I have a best friend who shares the same blood in his veins. Somehow, I feel like that is uncommon nowadays. Though we are very close, our schedules never really align to take a vacation. Hawaii was a good one.
  5. It’s okay to meet people and it’s okay to be social. This has been a struggle for me for the past few years, as I dealt with a bunch of self-esteem issues. I met so many amazing and beautiful people. I loved that experience and I hope that I can maintain those friendships while creating new ones.
  6. The laws that govern attraction between two individuals are very confusing. I’m just going to leave it at that. And no- I did not return to America with a new girlfriend.

To conclude, new experiences and new people have somewhat opened my eyes. I’m slowly learning that it can be fun getting out of my comfort zone every now and then.