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Ahh, Hectic!

Hi everyone! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fhew! I’m in college right now, and I’ve been preeeeeeeeety busy!!ย  I didn’t know studying in/for college took up this much time! And I’m still exploring around here, so that also takes up time! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

And guess what? Yesterday, I LOST MY CAMERA!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

This is a MAJOR issue for me because I take so many pictures to put on this blog, and without it, I can’t really blog like I’d like to!!! Boo!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆย 

And because I didn’t back up all the recent pictures to my laptop, I can’t do new posts!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

This is what happened (p.s: this was a comment I wrote on a blog, so it may sound choppy): I wasย taking picturesย with my camera at college, and for some reason/some how, I misplaced it somewhere and I ABSOLUTELY canNOT find it anywhere!!

I was in a really pissy mood; and interestingly enough, I got even pissier because due to my bf and I looking for it (in a negative mood), the dining hall closed!!

I was as stumped as ever, but then I realized:I’m the one who’s attracting all this negative stuff. Okay, if I can’t find it, FINE. Now, I NEED TO CHANGE MY ATTITUDE.

So, instead of going back to my room feeling all crudy, we went to a local food co-op to buy dinner. And guess what? We got to try new food that we’ve never had before!! (evol burrito, local pasta with tofu, etc.) I felt better about it.

And today, I was a lot better than yesterday. But I still wanted my camera, so I went all over the campus (everywhere; to all the lost and founds to all the classes I went to) to ask if they’ve seen one. For me, not having my camera is a major issue, because without it, I can’t blog with fun pictures!

But I think, that if I keep a positive attitude, I’ll create a positive vibe where it’ll eventually lead me to finding my camera!

I just want to say, changing your attitude can make a HUGE difference ๐Ÿ™‚

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So yeah ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s the conclusion I came up with. Please wish me a good luck to finding my camera, because I REALLY need it, and I JUST CAN’T GO WITHOUT IT!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Maybe all your positive vibes will help me find it ๐Ÿ™‚ because people, you can give vibes to pretty much anyone who’s anywhere.

Sorry for the choppy post. But I felt like I wanted to say SOMETHING out to the blog world!

And all of you that still read this and takes time to comment,ย thank youย SO much. Me being who I am (not really a person who talks to people because I do my own things), those comments mean A LOT to me.

I love you all, and haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaave a great day!!!!! โค ๐Ÿ™‚

New To Many Things!

Hi everyone! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Quite a lot of things to cover. Before and after going to Japan, Michael and I went to Seattle to enjoy some AMAZING vegan food.

Before: We went to Wayward Cafe.

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(I have more pictures on the desktop, so I may or may not add more pictures)

I think it’s really cool how it proudly says Vegan. (And guess what? All the guys that work there are vegan!!! Now that’s pretty cool. ;))

There, we ordered their Vegan Omlet with Sham. Yes, an OMLET that’s vegan.

OH. MY. GOSH. It tasted like eggs!!!!!! And the cheese melted in my mouth as I took a bite. It was soooooooooooooo good! (I asked them how they made the “egg”, and the waiter said that they use lots of tofu. And their sham is made in the house!!) I haven’t had a vegan omlet before, or an omlet in general, but this, was VERY good. I would LOVE to eat it again!!

After: We went to Pizza Pi!!! (which is about a couple of blocks away from the Wayward Cafe, and right accross the street from the Sidecar For Pigs Peace. (I like how all the Vegan places are REALLY close to eachother)

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They had some very unique artworks on their walls. Very eye-catching. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The bottom one was on our side of the wall.

And their bathroom sign was interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

I wonder if the girl is sitting down. Ha ha! ๐Ÿ˜€

Out of all the interestingly-named pizza, we decided toย order a 12-inch Pesto Pizza.

Tomato sauce, Olives, Green Bell Peppers, Italian Sausage, and Vegan Cheese all on a super-thin crust.

OH. MY. GOSH. This was AMAZING!!! It was super-warm (fresh out of the oven), crunchy, and the cheese melted in my mouth!!!! I’ve never had a sausage pizza, and this, was absolutely AMAZING. I would want to have it again someday! ๐Ÿ˜€

8 slices total = 4 slices x 2 people. It was A LOT, and I was SUPER-FULL at the end, but it was totally worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

All done! (we didn’t want to get a box, because I didn’t want to just toss it out later. So we finished all, and it was all-good) ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re such environmentalists, aren’t we? ๐Ÿ˜‰

And of course, we went to the awesome, all-vegan Sidecar For Pigs Peace and bought some new eats and drinks.

Herbucha for $3.52

and a vegan Espresso Truffle. (hey, this looks like a chocolate booby, doesn’t it? Ha ha!!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

The herbucha was very fizzy (but not like Synergy), and they had more “herb-y” taste. ๐Ÿ™‚ The espresso truffle had a coffee bean on the top, and it was very…chocolate-y!!! The middle part was all soft, and the outside was hard, but it was very good!! (and yes, I’d like to have it again!)

After being all stuffed and full, we went to Mighty-O’s!!!!!

Had their doughnuts several times, but this was the first time going to the actual place!

Very cute place, and they were making doughnuts in the back, so there weren’t that many.

After talking about which one to get, I decided to get the Nutty Chocolate.

The chocolate was still warm, and it was very goo-y. The nuts gave the soft doughnutย some crunchiness, and it was very good! (chocolate doughnut + chocolate coating + nuts = Chocolate Heaven!) If you like chocolates (and nuts) like crazy, you’d like this a lot.

Also, I had some new eats.

RAW Dark Chocolate. Bitter – 84% bitterness in my opinion. Because it was raw, I felt good eating about it, because cocoa is good for you, and it has lots of antioxidents! If it’s raw, I think it’s even better for me! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tofurky’s Cheese Pizza!! We bought this a while ago, and because my family decided to have pizza, I had Michael cook it for me! (he added the extra sausage, because he had some at home)

And guess what? This had A LOT of garlic flavor to it!!! (Garlic butter, perhaps?) It was REALLY REALLY good!!!!! Even my mom (who’s an omni) said it was really good!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (she loves garlic, too) OH MAN. I’d LOVE to have it again!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

YES!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!! Chocolate Chip larabars!!!! I heard about this over, and over, and over, but never found them. BUT Michael found it and got it for me!!!! (apparently, it was at PCC, and that’s not that far from our house. I wonder why we never checked there…Hmm…perhaps things are expensive there?)

I had the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar, and it was VERY good!! It tasted peanut buttery, but it wasn’t a strong peanut butter taste (which I like), and yet, it still had a strong chocolate chip taste to it!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I liked it, and I’m looking forward to trying the chocolate chip brownie one!!

What’s your favorite kind of larabars? Do you make your own? I like chocolate ones, and cashew’s pretty good, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I used to make my own, but after realizing how I’m not good with nuts, I stopped making them. But having them once in a while is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Monday and thanks for coming!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S: I have another post about last week coming! (so this post and the soon-to-come post should be reversed, but oh well.) I’m just giving all of you a heads up!!

Japan Trip Pics #3 – Food, Food, and More Food!!

Hi everyone! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

First of all, I want to say that my boy friend came up with this title, and not me. He likes to be silly sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you missed my two trip posts, you can check them out hereย and here.

FINALLY, this is the LAST POST ABOUT THIS TRIP. (I have so much more other stuff that I want to post, but I know I should finish this first) So foodie post, here it goes!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

1.) Vegan Airplane food is disgusting.

Ew, what is this fake curry thing… I only ate the left and the right side (not the white rice – yuck!!!)

Breakfast…The puffy cake-like thing on the right tasted like NOTHING. I seriously had NO IDEA what it was.

Breakfast in Japan was vegetable/fruit juice such as this.

Konjac noodles. I love these and they were my lifesavers.

Soba noodles with original soy sauce + vinegar dip. Can taste the soy sauce A LOT, and I thought it was funny ๐Ÿ˜€

I found it in a grocery store. Hershey’s crunch ball. Probably like dibs…yum for people who eat them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Cherry Blossom Sherbert. Mmmmm it tasted pink! ๐Ÿ˜€

Yeay more konjac! (the green sashimi-looking thing) It’s good, in my opinion. With a little mustard-like sauce…Mmm!

A Vanilla bagel I got at the big mall down town. (yes, it’s vegan! Yeaaaaaaaaaay!!!) It was very vanilla-y. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I bought it again a few days after. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was that good (and when you can’t find good vegan food like the US, anything would help)

And remember how there was a drink store called Vegetaria?

They used fresh vegetables and fruits to make their drink right on the spot.

Because my mom and I are such unique people, we got bitter melon + pineapple and dragon fruit juice.

Mom’s choice of bitter melon + pineapple. It was SUPER BITTER. I liked that expression on her face, because I knew it was bitter!!! (and I tried it and it was…weird!)

My dragon fruit drink. It was very unique, sweet, and good. It tasted like a mango-type tropical awesomeness. ๐Ÿ˜€

Food from the US I brought with me. I’m surprised that it actually held me for 21 days. Next time, I taking these in boxes!!!!!!!!!! That’s how much vegan food I need in Japan!!!!!

Kabosu juice. Kabosu is a fruit that’s similar to a lime. Famous fruit in Oita.

More soba noodle. This time warm. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shitake mushrooms. This was when we celebrated our grandmother’s 77th year. (not birthday, but a special day because her age is 77)

Fried tofu. Always a yum. Even in America. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. If you can read this, it’s funny, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It has the kanji for “man” (otoko), right on the surface of the tofu. Pretty funny, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ And it’s called Otokomae-tofu. (aka “Handsome tofu”) The name gives me a good laugh, too. ๐Ÿ˜„

Brown Sugar popcorn. This was good, I have to tell you. Even my grandma liked it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (and it’s vegan! Ha!)

The last “snack” I ate. Apple Sherbert from Baskin Robins. (at The Mall) This was very yum, and it tasted like apples! (Probably chemical apples, but what the heck. I’m regained my health back when I got back home, so it’s all okay) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food going back. They did a little better, but the steamed veggies didn’t really taste like anything.

Again, breakfast; weird spongy-cake thing. I didn’t even eat this because I knew how nasty it was from the going-to Japan flight. Ew. Absolutely ew.

But but, the funniest food bought during this whole trip is this!

Boobie chocolate!!!!!!!! Our grandma bought it for my girl cousin (age 6) because…it was cute! (I don’t know!) On the front, it actually said how to eat it. “Lick it, suck it, etc. etc.”. It was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing inside my head!!!! What do you think of this “Boobie Chocolate”? (ooh, and don’t worry. There was also “Penis chocolate”, too. But boobies are totally better than penis, right? Ha ha!!) ๐Ÿ˜€

I have sooooooooooooooooooo many more pictures, but if I were to finish this post in one day, this is all I can put up. And if I tried to put all the pics, I’d never finish these posts about the trip!!!

And guess what? I totally missed my One-Year Blogaversary!!!! (9/1/2009 was when I started) Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

And two, before I left for Japan, Michael and I went to an all-vegan cafe, so I’m going to have that post coming up next!

To give you a clue what we had, I’ll leave you with this picture.

And now, you get to wonder what it is until my next post! Muhahahahahahaha!! >:D

Well everyone, this is the end of my Japan Trip Recap, and like always, thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wait, How Many Awards Did I Get?!

Hi everyone!! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

In case you missed my last two posts recapping my trip to Japan, you can check it out hereย and here.

I know I said I was going to do 3 posts total about the trip recap, but after getting this many awards, I couldn’t help it but do an Award Post about it! To show appriciation, you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So the first award I got was from Aylaย High On Healthy, and I got The Versatile Blogger Award!!!! (thanks, girl!!)

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Now I need to tell you 7 random facts about myself:

  1. I started playing pokemon at the age of 6 and I still do. (hey, why not???) ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. I’ve had braces on and off 3 times and it’s been going on like that for the last 10 years.
  3. I only wear bracelets on my left wrist.
  4. I never dry my hair with a dryer. I let it dry on its own because I don’t want to damage my hair and I want to dry it naturally.
  5. I like the mole that’s on the bottom left of my chin.
  6. I like #5 because this mole attracts many people. (ex: If I go to an empty store, at least 5 people would come in in the next 10 minutes. Pretty cool, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can maybe do a business and be so darn successful! Ha ha!!)
  7. I have at least 10 or so keychains on my phone. (And therefore, my keychains are heavier than my actual phone!! Ha ha! I’m so Asian, I know) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ooh, and now I need to tag 15 more people. This is going to be hard…

  1. Jos from Delightful Taste Buds
  2. Michal from Earth Muffin
  3. Katie from Healthy Diva Eats
  4. Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga
  5. Kris from I Heart Wellness
  6. Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake
  7. Sooz from The Last Biscuit
  8. Michelle and Lori from pure2raw
  9. Serena from Green Beans and Jam
  10. Lindsay from Goodies Galore
  11. Katie from Chocolate-Covered Katie
  12. Mitri from bibliothรจque aesthetic
  13. Gena from Choosing Raw
  14. Michelle from Lucky Taste Buds
  15. Kate from UnReFiNeD

Fhew!! That was A LOT of people right there! (thank you google reader!) Again, thanks for the award, Ayla!!!! โค

Now, forย the second award I got was the Cherry Award from Jos!!ย (thank you, girl!!)

Three things I need to do for this award; cool!

1.) Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

a.) Actually, I won’t go change anything, because I think everything that happened to me in life was meant to happen, and hey! I’m living perfectly fine and happy, so it’s all good now! ๐Ÿ˜€

2.) Pick 6 people and kill them. No, wait, not kill- let them know they got it. my bad.

b.) Ayla, Michal, Sooz, Katie, Kris, and Kate

3.) Thank your awarder.

c.) Jos, thanks for the award!!! You totally motivated me to put my time in to good use and finally blog about all the awards I got today!! lol And I always LOVE reading your blogs because I feel like I’m hearing the perfect truth that you have to say, and it’s a really great way to get to know you!!!!

Okey, so these are the awards I got (and didn’t post for a while). And now, I feel better that I posted about it today! (because I had to do it sooner or later) I’m glad to know that there’s somebody out there reading my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s always a good thing to know.

And maybe perhaps when everyone gets back to their normal schedule, more people would come back? I hope so, because I miss everyone who’s nice enough to take their time to leave me a comment!

So those of you who leave a comment very often, I thank you A LOT for taking your time!!!

Until the next, and last post of my Japan Trip, thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Japan Trip Pics #2 – Landscapes/Stores

Hi y’all! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hey! It’s another one of those days where I randomly feel like doing a post! I’m glad those days come, because if they don’t, I won’t blog as this often! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here are pictures of landscapes and stores! (you can look at the first pictures here)

Near by BBQ restaurant.

Driving on the “wrong side”, I know. Oooooo ๐Ÿ˜‰

Seven Eleven in Japan. You see these (and other convinient stores) every couple ofย blocks. It’s INSANE, I tell you! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

A steakhouse. All of a sudden, Japanese likes meat…What happened to their fish culture?!?!?!?! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Hey! It’s a Toys ‘R’ Us! ๐Ÿ˜€ (with frikin’ expensive toys. pics to come later)

A Half Price Books-type of bookstore in The Mall. (no, it’s actually calledThe Mall“)

The more fancy clothing section of the mall. (and really really expensive. Don’t even ask me about it! It’s crazy!!)

McDonald’s in the food court. (going to McD’s in Japan as well as America? I know, but that’s what my dad wanted.)

Baskin Robins. They have cuter names for the flavors. (they had an apple sherbert that I could eat! Yeay for vegans!) ๐Ÿ˜€

(FYI, they had a “snowman special”, where if you ordered one large scoop, you got a kid’s size scoop on top for free. And since it looks like a snowman, the characters that display it are snowmen!) Japan snowman has two parts. America has three. Different culture, different structured snowmen, I see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Toy vending machines!!! That’s a lot, isn’t it?! (on one wall, too!)

Dolls at Toys ‘R’ Us.

$43?! (thinking $1 = 100 yen) I’ve seen this at Walmart for $35! Man they’re pricy! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

The manga section of the bookstore. It’s HUGE and PACKED! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Near by airport. It’s a small one, so I don’t think there’s that many/no international flights from here.

This is in the bigger city. Lots of buildings, narrow roads, and lots of cars!

Different mall in the big city: The little flower shop in the corner of the store right by the enterance. It was cute, but really expensive!! (they can easily go up to $100! $100 for flowers?! No thank you for me!!) I’d rather spend it on food or clothes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Vegetaria!! Sounded vegetarian, so I checked it out, and it was a little drink store!! (recaps here on the next post)

On the 14th and the 15th, my familyย + grandma + our cousin & family went to Yufuin. (city really far from where I was)

Going in to the Gibuli store. (totoro, ponyo, etc.) We didn’t buy anything because again, it was really expensive! (but cute!)

A gift store called “Yufufu” (because the city’s name is “Yufuin”. It sounds cute, I think) ๐Ÿ˜‰

A burger place. No pics, but their burgers (on display) were huge!!! (about 5 in. in diameter. That’s huge!!) ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

And a perfectly blue sky with a bird-shaped cloud when we were heading home.

Fhew! Photos take a long time to upload! (I would put more pictures, but I just have too many to fit in 3 posts!) But I’m glad that the weather was nice for the most part. (it rained hard on the second day we were in Japan; yeay, a storm!!) It was very, VERY hot. (36 degrees?! Holy cow! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ That’s never going to happen in my state!! It’s way to cold and rainy for that to happen!!)

Do you like to travel? Do you have any favorite malls that you go to often? (we couldn’t go that often because mom had to take care of everyone in the family and it was hard for her to make time with me to go to the mall.) But I’m happy that we’re back in the states and back on track with my eating life! ๐Ÿ˜€

The next post is the food post (finally!)!! ๐Ÿ˜€ So until then, thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: Katie’s having a larabar giveaway! ๐Ÿ˜€

Japan Trip Pics #1 – Airport and House

Hi y’all! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the longest time, I really didn’t feel like doing a post. Why? Because the more I told myself “I have to do this”, it became more like a “chore” where I had to do. But because today’s sunny, that motivates me to do it a little bit more than when it’s not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of the first things we saw at the airport; a vending machine. You see this technically anywhere you look, it’s quite scary. (I’ve never seen as many vending machines in the US before!) Every few blocks you see one; crazy, I tell you!

Lots of little shops in the airport.

Outside the airport. One of my favorite scenes to see in Japan.

Their street lights are different from the US’.

Guess what this fancy, bright building is? It’s a casino (pachinco)!! There are quite a lot of these in Japan, too. (and they’re so big and fancy!) ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

A typical-sized gas station that we passed by as we were driven home. It’s pretty big, isn’t it?

And once we arrived to our grandma’s house, I had to snap some pictures around the house for all of you ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s my brother standing to show how narrow the stairway is.

The room where my mom and I slept. (with lots of orbs, I see) ๐Ÿ˜‰

The “living room” right by our room. (again, with lots of orbs)

And the downstairs living room. Trust me, this place is SMALL!

Look how “big” the bathroom is! It’s length is from my middle finger to a little bit past my elbow (by about 2 in.) Small, I tell you!!

The traditional way to put your futon back. (and out) It’s not a closet, but a “oshiire” (literally translates to “push and put in a/the place”. Makes sense.)

And this is how close the house is to the house next door. (it’s like “right there”) You can hear if the person’s speaking loud enough. That’s how close the houses are. (this was from our room)

How’s Japan so far? Is it different? Small? Surprising? All? Tell me what you think!

More pics to come on the next post! (post #2 – landscapes/stores, and post #3 – food) I will make more posts if I need to, but this is what I have in mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

So these are it for now, and thanks for coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

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