Taiwan Travels: Coral Mist

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.  Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.”  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

I miss Taiwan. I miss waking up every morning to go teach, playing games with all of my students, hanging out with all my TA’s, deep conversations with all of the friends I’ve met, photoshoots with my friends, exploring new places to eat, spending time with family, seeing all these beautiful sights…I just love it all. A part of my heart belongs to Taiwan-everything just feels right and I always feel so carefree.

Speaking of things I love to do in Taiwan, here are some pictures that my friend Lucy took while we were on one of our random photoshoots. She has one of those huge DSLR cameras, which are so much fun. Hopefully I’ll have enough money to buy one for myself one day!

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Beautiful Blessings

It’s been a hard week. Sometimes problems just pile up, life gets in the way, and things don’t turn out the way you wish they could happen. I just want to put life on pause for a moment sometimes so I can breathe and take it all in, but as I said, it can get tough with all the curveballs that life throws at you.

Anyways, amidst all of the craziness, I just wanted to take a moment to jot down some of the uplifting thoughts and beautiful things that I’ve really found myself being grateful for throughout this past week.

  • Always be kind to other people. Even on some of the worst days I’ve had this week, the kindness of some strangers that I encountered left a really big impact. I realized more so this week than any other point in my life that you never really know what someone is going through and may never realize just how much your words and actions can affect another individual. Find it in your heart to continue to be compassionate for all the people around you.
  • Rough patches that we go through together as family that has renewed a sense of closeness and realization that my family is my biggest support system and I am nothing without them.
  • Forming new friendships and pushing myself out of my comfort zone
  • Utterly moved by the capacity of someone who continually puts my needs before her own
  • Quality>quantity. I feel so happy hearing that people appreciate the friendship we share.
  • Encouraging texts and updates from high school friends. Hearing about all my friends chasing their dreams and having all of these ambitious goals/pursuing their visions makes me feel so proud of all that we have accomplished and how much of a blessing it is to have these individuals serve as an inspiration in my life.
  • My health. If there’s anything that I can be grateful for, it’s that I have my health. Happy and breathing– all problems, worries and concerns aside, I have my health and that’s enough to be thankful for and a simple blessing to wake up to everyday.
  • Remembering that being at this university is a privilege. Even with all the stress of finals, it’s a luxury to be at such a prestigious school taking these classes, being taught by these professors and continuously learning to reach my goals.
  • Finishing another year of college. This year has been full of ups and downs and I’m grateful for all the wonderful lessons I’ve learned, and for all of the self-growth that has happened.

Hope your day is beautiful ♥

Cookies ‘n Cream Cookies

So there’s this thing in the San Diego area called the Secret Cookie Service. You order cookies from their Facebook page, and moments later, secret agents show up at your door and deliver you a bag of cookies. It’s great. I remember sitting in the common lounge of our suite last year with a couple of friends, eagerly awaiting the arrival of these “secret agents” and screaming in joy when they knocked on our door as if they had some important business. Well, I guess cookies are pretty important business.

One of the cookies I never knew existed before Secret Cookie Service were these Cookies ‘n Cream cookies–crushed Oreo cookies inside a cookie? It’s like cookie inception.

Unfortunate update: I believe the Secret Cookie Service is no longer in business, but fortunately there’s this recipe if you want to recreate the cookies ‘n cream cookie!

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Healthy Rainbow Quinoa Bowl

Well, isn’t this just the prettiest bowl of food you’ve ever seen? There is no secret behind whipping up such a beautiful meal-all it takes is a couple of fresh fruits and vegetables, and voilà! A masterpiece before your very own eyes that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and put together. I love that this is so simple, fresh and colorful, it actually makes you want to eat it. Because let’s be real, it can be a struggle to eat your vegetables sometimes. Here’s my SUPER simple recipe for a quick meal!

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S’mores Brownie Pie

CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. My roommate and I kind of put this random collection of ingredients together a couple of nights ago and invented this super easy, TO DIE FOR s’mores brownie pie!! The concept is simple: graham cracker pie crust, brownies, topped with the perfectly toasted marshmallows. And you’re really going to want s’more. IMG_7114banner Continue reading

I made a vlog.

For most of my life, I’ve always journaled. I have kept diaries for as long as remember, starting from the simple “Dear Diary, today I played with my friends…” of my elementary school days to the more recent long, deep thoughts on life from high school to my college years. This blog essentially serves as a journal of mine, complete with pictures and snippets of my travel adventures, recipes, random ramblings, my sweet little escape and a place to serve as a creative outlet however I choose to express that.

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