Reunion with Joanne!

Two days ago, I spent more unnecessary money. How you ask?

It all began with me cleaning my room and finding a coupon to Sephora. Went to that site and browsed for the longest time. Picked my items. And when I went to check out I typed in the promotional code to realize it didn’t work. Why?

Because it has already expired. I am one smart cookie. Let me tell you. So I still went ahead and bought the items because I just really REALLY really wanted them. And now I am wanting to buy even more.

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Today I finally got to see one of my best friends from high school, Joanne. The last time I saw her was 2 years ago which was before this blog … yep time sure flies. She’s two years younger than me so she’s still in college but oh boy. Our conversations just went.

As I was driving to meet up at Starbucks, I realized she was in the car next to me. That’s how crazy it is.

I seem to have some pretty good friends I can just talk to like nothing’s ever changed and those are the most prized friendships. We talked about school and work – fine I won’t lie … it was mostly about boys.

We’ve both grown so much. She’s much more outgoing and I’m more shy. Funny how that worked out. We flipped flopped. I am so excited that we got to spend THREE hours just talking. If she was a man, I would say our date went really well and there will be another one. Who am I kidding she’s a girl and it still went well and there will be more. We talked till we were hungry and ended up at Panera Bread. We are crazy ducks and oh boy so many memories.

Now it’s time to get ready for bed!

Work in the A.M. and New Orleans in the weekend! Can hardly wait. Fly fly away!

Too Much Food

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Been writing music again.
Not sure what to do with them though.
But it helps me when I go through things
Or when I’m bored.

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Been training for my 5k and had an ice bath for the feet.
As long as I finish, I don’t mind the time.
But hopefully I’ll finish before 45 minutes.

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Did you know they make these for dogs?
Ribs, Sausage, & Chicken Drumstick lookalikes.
Cute.

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One of the bestest foods ever.
Dumpling with soup in it.
Xiao Long Bao. Go try it.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pretzel Bars from scratch.
For the potluck at work …

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That had a mile long of food.
1/2 a mile of desserts.
Jk … but really.

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Starbucks with some coworkers after Potluck.
Thanks Bossman.
Sat and talked for a good 30 mins or so.
Fun stuff cuz work was over for me by then. 😉

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Went to the eye doctor who gave me all this stuff … for free.
And because she knew I was a recent college grad,
I didn’t have to pay for some images I had to take for the eyes.
Thanks doc.

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Always the best for last.
The view on the drive home.
Love getting to work by 5am
So I can go home early.
No cars.

Cannot wait for Thursday!
It’s gonna be a good weekend!

I Love Hockey

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Poodle Cats … have you ever heard of such?
Well there is and I want that one in the picture.

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What did I cross off my bucket list?
Going to a Hockey Game.
NHL is on a lockout so the minors still count.
Thanks Mallory & Lauren F. for going with me!
Our favorite part? Checking out the guys through the internet. Teehee.
And watching them slam into the pixie glass.
#31 Matt Hackett 😉
If you look at the second picture in that collage you’ll see a penis bell.
Sorry … it was funny.
Hope one day I get to go to a NHL game!

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I finally changed my own guitar strings!
Last time I tried it popped in my face and I got scared of it.
But I did it!! *Pat on back* 🙂

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Carmel Brulee Frap from Starbucks
Too sweet but quite good.

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While driving I saw this.
Makes me miss high school and college.
Prank wars were so much fun.

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Went grocery shopping with Mum & June and saw this.
WTF!

Hope your weekend started out amazing!

Spoiled Coworkers

 

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I entered in Hollie’s coffee a day contest. I don’t mind if I don’t win.
I was just wondering what category Starbucks Wanna Be would be under.
Hence the face and the confused teddy bear. I got this coffee for free at work. Buy 9 get 1 free.
They only serve a few off the menu. No seasonal or anything. Better than nothing?

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I baked some Peanut Butter Cookies for the coworkers tonight.
They are super spoiled … obviously.
They smell super delicious and I kinda don’t wanna share.

Tomorrow is my Friday! AND I get to cross something off my bucket list.
You’ll hear about that tomorrow. Can’t wait to share!
Happy Thursday y’all!
Stay Positive and Thank Good Thoughts!

Nom Nom Noodles

I’ve been a bit lagged on Google Reader. Whoopsies. I’ll get there. I always do.

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A few days ago some of my coworkers and I went to:

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Nom Nom Noodles
1635 Eldridge Pkwy Ste 400
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 497-602
www.nomnomnoodles.com

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Vermicelli Combo aka Bun Dac Biet [combination of grilled pork & chicken vermicelli rice noodles served with house sauce, green onions, lettuce, pickled carrots, pickled daikon, bean sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, & crushed peanuts} | $7.79

Additional $1.99 for a choice of one eggroll or one spring roll plus a fountain drink …

Which I wished I knew because I would not have taken that. I don’t like soda much and that spring roll looked a little sad. Yeah, this place is good if I want Pho close to work … but I’ve had better. My coworkers thought it tasted pretty darn good though. Guess it was just mine that was not up to par.

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Today started out a little different …

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So gorgeous. The light shining through would be lighting and I love that the moon was just chilling up above. Surprisingly no rain came down the whole drive to work. And it reminded me of Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away:

“Dry lightning cracks across sky
Those storm clouds gather in her eyes …”

Pretty obsessed with this song right now. Sad song though.

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I made today an FTK day. Natural lighting aka florescent lights with an exposure value of +2.0 makes for some pretty pictures. Glowing! Haven’t wore my FTK polo in so long. I heard a lot of things about FTK from various people that are still in it and it seems a lot has changed. I wonder how it’s been. Guess I’ll be able to see when I go visit toward the end of the month.

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Upon going with some of my coworkers to buy coffee … Venti Caramel Macchiato, a friend/old coworker told me to meet her downstairs by the elevator. She surprised me with a Tall Pumpkin Spice Latte. My first one ever and I loved it!

You would think a girl that doesn’t drink a lot of coffee would be wide awake … false. Coffee doesn’t do anything to me but make me pee like a horse.

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source: not sure where she got this but I’m sure it was on Facebook …

A friend of mine sent me this. Ahh … makes me wish I was still in SA. And it’s nice I’m still thought of. Cannot wait to see her toward the end of the month as well!

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The puppy I would like to have. So cute!

Please let me know where I can get him!

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Remember that one time I went to go give blood and they messed up? Well I went back in to give blood again, passed all the tests and got told I couldn’t give blood because the last time I did it, they took too much RBCs so now my body doesn’t have enough RBCs and I will have to wait til December.

Disappointed.

And what’s worse is Mallory and I scheduled our appointment together to hang out. Needless to say I went home and left her there. I was too sad to stay and watch everyone give blood.

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Day off tomorrow and I have a list of errands to run. Weee!

TGTBLIG!

Random Crap Wednesday? HA

**Thanks for all the thoughts y’all! Brother had a really horrible stomach bug which made him dehydrated but he’s feeling much better. Thank goodness!**

I was in a meeting yesterday and I was SO lost. Everyone’s been there for at least 3 months if not more so they’re already use to everything. I’m only starting to learn. I’m hoping I get the hang of it soon. I don’t like being out of the loop. I think I did better at today’s meeting though. I understood a lot more so that made me happy.

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My pretty journal filled with my notes! Look at the pretty design! They made it look like wood and they even made the indentions and everything so it feels like it! Love my new journal!

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My snack drawer at work. Sadly (not sadly?) I don’t really dig in there like everyone else does with their snack drawers. I probably eat like two fruit snack packs a week. Everything else just sits there. Anyone else have a snack drawer?

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Here’s a picture of Jakob’s lizard for no reason. hehe Poor lizard is crippled though and slither everywhere. Makes me sad but he’s still so dang cute!

I caught up with Colin and Ashley K. last night on Facebook. It’s pretty nice to talk to someone you haven’t seen in 5/6 years. And they both seem to be doing fine. Colin’s in law school and Ashley’s looking for a better job and has a wonderful fiancé that treats her well. Love hearing good news. Price even checked up on me today! Love that they can talk to me and I can talk to them so easily even if I can’t share my things in depth, it’s still great to talk to them regardless because I get to know them better than before!

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I even got to see Mallory tonight at Starbucks! And got to talk a bit just because. It’s wonderful seeing her more now. Especially when we’ve planned it, it makes me have something to look forward to. I’ve missed her. I can tell her so much stuff and most of the time it’s stupid random crap but she doesn’t care. At least I don’t think she does … She said she will be searching for my blog because I won’t give away the name. And if she finds it: HI MALLORY! If not then hehehehehe Winking smile

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It was real sweet weather today. Sitting outside Starbucks and chilling with Mallory. Cannot wait for winter. Love the cold and pretty clothes that come with it!

We got through Hump Day y’all! Two more days!! Then it’s the weekend. I cannot wait to go to the Pet Shelter Friday after work! Eeep. Eeep. Eeep!

Alyssa & Greg’s Wedding

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Before heading to my duties, I stopped by Starbucks and bought my first ever Iced Caramel Macchiato! I wish it was upside down though cuz it was hard to get that caramel mixed evenly. I wonder if they have that …

Still can’t get over my nails. She picked such pretty colors. They’re actually colors I would never wear which surprisingly looked good on me. Never judge until you try was a definite duh here.

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Ain’t she gorgeous? Because she is.

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Pretty corsage with the gift Alyssa gave me around my wrist.

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Lauren and I. She is glowing in that dress.

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Getting married and all that jazz. Ahh, love her dress.

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My seat with my Shiner and Alyssa & Greg’s signature cocktail drink. Candles are so romantic!

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Brookswood’s Signature Mesibov Salad + Filet Mignon with Grilled Gulf Coast Shrimp

Everything was so delicious. And I grabbed a cannoli from the dessert table but didn’t take a picture. It was GOOD.

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Jenny was my date but she left early. Apparently she had a headache. Oh well, I still had fun. At least she got to see how beautiful my friend was walking down the aisle and her first dance. Smile

The speeches were funny and heartfelt. I won’t lie, I got teary eyed A LOT throughout the day. We had lots of fun dancing and laughter like always. I had a really fun night.

I bumped into a couple old high school friends. One of which was Price! He was actually assigned to sit at my table! I hadn’t seen him since he graduated from high school. Actually there was probably one time we saw each other at an Orchestra Concert after we were both in college. Anyway, it was great catching up with him and knowing he’s doing so well. His sister, Maggie, was there too and she’s grown so much. So beautiful. And she seems to be doing well in college and have a boyfriend and everything. Happy people makes me happy especially when I know them.

Seriously, these pictures don’t do the wedding justice especially since I took pretty much NO pictures. It was gorgeous and Alyssa is a definite art and crafter … that’s a word right? Their photographer is by Thomas and Penelope Photography. You can see some of their pictures here:

Enjoy!

Day 11: New Purse! + Macau!

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Iced Green Tea
Iced Lemon Tea

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Baked Pork Chop with Rice
Roasted Pork with Eggs with Rice

Brunch was served. Yum! I’ve been waiting for my Baked Pork Chop with Rice … sadly it’s not as good as where I get it in the States. Sad smile Waste.

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Still on that medicine shiet. Nasty. They didn’t cook my medicine in time so I have to mix my own. WTF. They should give us money back. When you use the instant mix, it’s not as affective. But I like this way better. It’s not as bitter and I can drink it pretty much whenever I want in that time period.

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After we got our medicine, Mum and I went shopping. Something for the brother (don’t tell bro what it is sissy!), candies, earrings, and a purse!

I needed it a new purse since the one I brought over started turning colors. Sad smile It was so cute too so I’m very depressed. But this purse is cute.

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PoPo bought some Little Chicken Bread. Not a fan but I took one anyway since she offered.

Then Kathy came home along with Rachel and we got ready for Macau sans PoPo. Eeeep! So excited. We rode on the subway then walked to the ferry place.

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When we got to the ferry place, we stopped by Starbucks.

They have Green Tea Frappuccino with Red Bean!! Mmmm … so good. I wish they had it in the States! Only thing that sucked was when I tried to suck up the beans and it got stuck in the straw. They need bigger straws …

We got a phone call to meet Dicky on the other side … so we bought our tickets and got on the ferry.

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The inside looks exactly like the inside of an airplane. Only thing different is there’s more leg room!

I went into the bathroom to pee … and uh … all I can say is you need strong leg muscles to piss on a ferry.

When we got to Macau … after a long ferry ride we met up with Dicky and then headed to dinner.

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In a taxi! I can cross that off my list. Winking smile

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We had Pork Bone Hot Pot. Look at all that bone. Sooo good. You can suck the marrow out of the bone … with a straw. LOVE!

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So we hot potted and cooked meat and fish.

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Had fried FROGS. Yep you red that right. and Clams.

I was hesitant with the frogs but I’ll try anything once … so yep … I can’t help but keep having frogs jumping around in my head. So that made it difficult to put into my mouth. Frogs tastes JUST like chicken. Mmmm …

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We rode the Hotel bus to the hotel.

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Um .. I would like this in my room please.

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Sweeeet. One of the top floors! Rachel and I went into this one while Mum and Kathy went onto the 25th floor one.

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Nice. Ass. View.

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Whatchu know about them see through bathrooms? So cool. Bathtub. Standing shower. Toilet. Of course you can pull down the curtain though so no one can see when you’re naked.

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After we were settled, we went to gamble somewhere in the hotel. So fun. We played big/small and pulled some machines.

Then we went outside the hotel. This is what it looks like. Sweeeeet! And we went to grab a midnight snack.

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Dumplings with Crab and Soup
Dumplings with Pork and Chives
Sesame Filled Sweet Dough Balls

Mmm … I love the wrapper of the dumplings with crab and soup but loved the filling of the pork and chives dumpling. YUM! If only it was that instead then I would really be satisfied!

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Macau money if anyone wondered what it looked like.

I’ll update Macau: Day 2 later. I gotta pack for Taiwan. Leaving to the airport in a few hours then riding on a jet plane! Weeee!!

Day 1: On a Jet Plane + Reunion

I hope everyone’s having a good day. When it’s day here, it’s night over there. And I’m a day early now so I’m not sure what is going on. But let’s begin.

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My boarding passes.

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We were there an hour or so early so I sat and looked at the planes while my mum sipped on her Starbucks coffee. That’ll be Dopey in the picture. He’s traveling with me so I’m going to try to take pictures with him in it.

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Mum gave me some Hong Kong money … in case I got lost and needed it. Which is dumb because I don’t understand the first thing about Hong Kong currency here. What I do know is that the amount here is around $25 in the US. They’ll most likely just sit in my wallet for the duration of the time I’m here.

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They handed out a snack of a choice of airplane peanuts, cookies, or mini pretzels. I chose the latter with water. Then my mum pulled out our goodies we packed. Beef jerky, cherries, and a chocolate bar.

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We had a layover in Detroit. Look at the pretty tunnel at their airport! Smile Makes me happy.

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Mum and I split a Mega Club sandwich that consisted of ham, turkey, bacon, and Swiss with chips and water. This added up to about $14 … geebus!

Let’s just say I am not use to grains, dairy, processed foods and the flight was a little uncomfortable.

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Upon boarding out last plane, we received a menu, earphones, and snacks. I got water yet again … mmmm.

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When the plane lifted off, I started watching movies:

  • Wanderlust – okay … not that great. Laughed in my head a few times but that was it.
  • Hangover Part II – loved this movie. Hilarious. Bradley Cooper with a baby and monkey. Enough said.
  • Jack and Jill – funnier than I expected. I heard the reviews sucked but I always liked things other people dislike.
  • A Cinderella Movie: Once Upon a Song – Ah … loved it. The main character is the girl from Pretty Little Liars and her voice is magical. I wish I was as talented as her.
  • The Lovely Bones – hated the ending but it was an incredible movie. Shows how much a family loves each other. I tried really, really hard not to cry on the plane.
  • Young Adult – so boring I had to stop watching it
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love – amazing. I was never a Ryan Gosseling fan but he was pretty sexy in it. And anything with Emma Stone is a plus.

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Other than that I read my books, played some games on my Kindle Fire, and wrote lyrics. Yep. On napkins. Classy, eh? Dopey helped me out. Winking smile

They fed us A LOT on the plane. I felt that was all I did. Eat, eat, eat. Most of the time we got to chose what we ate so my mum would pick one and I would pick the other so that we can try out everything. True fat asses right here.

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There were three choices for the first one but we chose the better ones.

Left: Western Choice: Seasonal green salad with parmesan cheese and tomatoes with Italian dressing. Chicken breast with ale sauce, cheddar mashed potatoes and broccoli. Slice of cheese with crackers, bread with butter, and a dessert of a cinnamon brownie.

Right: Chinese Choice: romaine salad with carrots, celery and cashews. Sweet and sour pork with assorted Chinese vegetables and steamed rice. Bread and butter, and a dessert of fruit cup and a fortune cookie.

The western choice was a-freaking-delicious. But I can’t say the same to the Chinese choice. I was not a fan of the sour pork. It was fried and very soggy. Yuck. I kept the brownie for later eating and the dressing and butter were not in use. My mum didn’t eat the fortune cookie either. Very filling.

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Mid-flight snack: ham, cheese, and lettuce sandwich, milano cookies (we didn’t eat them), and a banana.

See the black tea? I drank like 10+ cups of those. So good. It kept me warm on the long, long flight.

We ate some of our goodies we packed as well. Nom.

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Our pre-arrival meal.

Left: glazed beef tenderloin with sesame sauce, Napa cabbage, carrots and rice. Cucumber salad, fruit cup, bread and butter, and water.

Right: shell pasta in red pepper pesto sauce with shrimp, leeks and red peppers. Cucumber salad, fruit cup, bread and butter, and water.

I really, really loved this meal. Both was deliciously good.

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Upon arrival, we went up and down some stairs to ride a trans-am to immigration so we could sign in.

Then we headed to baggage claim. They lost my luggage. Their reason is because during the layover, they didn’t scan my luggage in time … whatever that means. Rude. There suppose to deliver it tonight. I am sweaty and wearing the same clothes. GROSS!

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We waited for forever for our family to pick us up [grandma (PoPo), little cousin (Alva), and my soon to be aunt (Na)] and when we did, we got on an airport bus that took us to our destination.

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After the 30 minute+ bus ride, we dropped off our baggage at the flat where I finally saw my uncle (Dicky).

Then we all headed to go hotpot, less then a 10 minute walk, where I saw my aunt [Kathy]. If you don’t know what hotpot is, it’s where we order a table full of raw foods and throw it in the hot pot where you can instantly eat it afterward. Yum. This isn’t all the food. We ordered more and I loved it all. I ate some meat but I mostly ate the veggies. Definitely did not try everything on the table because I was so full from the meals they gave on the flight.

After eating, we went back home and relaxed. Kathy didn’t know the password to the WiFi so I couldn’t update so I went to sleep instead. So here is a post I wrote at 5am when people were still asleep.