Fourth of July Weekend in Dallas

I finally had a chance to take a vacation, an actual vacation with no responsibilities or strings attached. I have been in Dallas a couple of times when I was younger visiting, but I barely have any memories since it was during my early elementary school days.

Now that I’m older, I finally have the opportunity to experience everything with a clear mind. There was so many places and dishes that I experienced for the first time.

Here are some of the highlights of my trip!

Daiso

This is similar to the Dollar Tree store, except it’s better. Daiso is a Japanese convenience store. Most prices are $1.50 and the items are of great quality. I was pretty sucked into the cheap stationary area. There’s more cute stationary notebooks/office supplies, but I was too overwhelmed to take pics, I promise! Daiso also has pretty nifty toys! I do not think that I can live the same way knowing that Daiso is no where near me.

Kula Sushi

Kula Sushi is a revolving sushi bar. There is a converter belt that display a variety of sushi that allows you to see and grab what sushi you want to eat. Each plate has an average of 3 pieces of sushi and costs $2!! The sushi is very fresh, tasty, organic, and MSG free! There is also a touch screen menu that allows you to order a sushi that may not be on the converter belt, soups, and desserts; the orders will deliver it right to your table on the converter belt above the converter belt displaying sushi. I have never experience such tasting sushi for such a low price. Also, this was my first time eating with sushi on the converter belt. The service, everything was amazing.

2017-07-06 07.08.49 2.jpgOmi Korean Grill & Bar

I have enjoyed KBBQ before, but I have never been to a restaurant that allows you to grill your own Korean meat. I had the chance to grill marinated beef brisket, short ribs, chicken, squid, and shrimps. Did I mention that it was an All You Can Eat sitting? I don’t regret it at all! Every five minutes, there would be a worker to change your grill so that there would not be any burned pieces while you grill a new plate of meat; it was too often than what I would like, but it kept my food tasting good! All the servers were extremely friendly and courteous. There was absolutely no feeling of servers timing your sitting. I went to eat with my large family and the environment was very relaxed and made for you to socialize. I finally got a chance to eat at a KBBQ like the actors/actresses in Kdramas! Continue reading

What to Take to College

If you’re heading to college soon and do not know what to pack, here is a list of items that I have compiled. Know that it’s better to over-pack than under-pack. You can always send back any unused items back home.

Important Documents:

Insurance(Car+Med+Dental+etc)
Medical Documents (Immunizations/Doctor Records)
SSN/Driver License/Identification Cards
Passport

Health:

Cold/Flu Medicine
Allergy Medicine
Bandages
Hydrogen Peroxide
Vitamins
First Aid Kit

Bathroom:

Bath Mat
Shower Caddy
Towels
Hand Towels
Toilet Paper
Tissues
Face + Body Lotion
Shampoo + Conditioner
Face +Body Wash
Face Mask
Deodorant
Lip Balm
Razors
Hair Brush/Comb
Hair Clips
Hair Ties
Hair Dryer + Straightener + Curling Iron
Feminine Products
Makeup
Nail Clippers/Cuticle Trimmers
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Update: June Favorites

I recently changed the theme of my website. I decided to have a more minimalistic/clean look. There was too much color going on. Let me know what you think!

We have completed half of 2017 already! June was an extremely busy month for me. I rode in an ambulance for the first and hopefully last time. I was in and out of the hospital for the most part. Fortunately, everything turned out fine!

At this point, I’m no longer seeking a part-time job. Summer is already halfway through. I’m going to focus on my studies and volunteering.

YouTube:

KKandbabyJ AKA Keren and Khoa
Keren and Khoa run a family vlog channel in Orlando, featuring their sons, Landon and Jackson. They’re an interracial couple and their family is absolutely adorable. I don’t know why it took me this long to run across their channel! Continue reading

Incoming Freshmen Tips

I cannot believe that June is almost coming to an end. This month was so busy that I lost track of time.

If you’re an incoming freshman, nervous about your college experience, I got some tips that will lighten the weight off your shoulders. If you have already completed your freshman year, some of these tips may also be helpful for you.

Check out Clubs

Universities often have a day where students can look at what clubs are offered during orientation week, but it doesn’t hurt to check some clubs out online. Clubs tend to have Facebook groups/pages that you can check out. Look at pictures and events and see which clubs fits you. Attend the involvement fair anyhow. Maybe representatives may change your mind!

Enrolling in Classes

I’m not sure about all of the universities/colleges out there, but I enrolled in my freshman classes in early June. I believe some students had the opportunity to enroll in May. I apologize if this post came too late. Most students at my university had to enroll on-campus. I was unable to enroll on-campus so I enrolled over the phone, which I was very nervous about since I could not visually see what my schedule look like while planning.

Before my enrollment day, I looked up classes offered by my university ahead of time. I simply googled “University Class Catalog” and got pretty accurate classes and their times. I recommend looking up classes at least a week in advance. Each student at my university had only about 30 minutes to plan with their adviser. By looking up classes ahead of time, you will speed up the enrollment process and make it easier.  You will also have time to ask any further questions.

If you have decided on a major, go on your university’s site and look at your degree spreadsheet. If you are undecided, look up some of the general education classes that you are required to take.  It is important that you should take all the classes your degree requires, but remember that you can take fun and interesting classes as your electives!

Check out ratemyprofessor.com or other sites where upperclassmen have shared their experiences with their professors. TAKE EVERY OPINION WITH A GRAIN OF SALT.

Decide what times you are most comfortable learning. I suggest trying not to take super early morning and night classes. I learned that in college, it is harder to wake up early. I took night classes my first semester and it conflicted with so many clubs that I wanted to join. My campus was pretty safe. However, I still feel uncomfortable walking alone at night with only a few people walking with me. Walk along with your lab partners back to your dorm if the streets are empty! Continue reading

Mystery Blogger Award

This is the very first time that I have been nominated for any “award.” I am so surprised of how many bloggers I have come across this year. I love finding new blogs and content to read. Thank you Okoto Enigma for starting this thread to share amazing bloggers! Thank you all for staying around to hear my drama rants and medical journey.

I’ll like to thank Shay from Fitnessgrad for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! Please check out her blog if you are interested in fitness and how to manage a healthier lifestyle!

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Rules:

Put the award logo/image on your blog
List the rules
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell readers 3 things about yourself
You have to nominate 10-20 people
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
Share and link to your best post(s)

Questions from Fitnessgal:

  1. Favorite kind of ice cream?
    Cookies and Cream is my absolute favorite unless you have fudge bars, then I would be in a crisis.
  2. Do you prefer to cook or bake?
    I love cooking. I rarely ever bake. I feel that you could be more flexible with cooking since you can change the flavor or the style of cooking your dishes.  Also, there are only so many servings of sweets I can eat before I grow tired of eating it.
  3. Have you ever went skinny dipping?
    Unfortunately, I cannot swim.
  4. How do you find ideas/topics to write a bout in your blog?
    I started blogging by sharing my medical journey and my hobbies of watching Asian dramas and crafting. Whenever I find something interseting, I have an urge to share it with others so that they can also enjoy.
  5. Who is your celebrity crush?
    I rarely keep up with American stars, but I have fallen for a Korean singer/actor. Kim Myungsoo, also known as L, is a vocalist of the Korean boy band, Infinite, and is a rising actor. On stage as L, he is a mysterious, serious, and hard working entertainer. However, if you catch him smiling or acting dorky, that is Kim Myungsoo.

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Update: May Favorites

First off, I would like to apologize my disappearance from my blog for the majority of May.

During my first two weeks of May I was busy studying for finals and moving out of my dorm and going back home for the summer. I plan to do a series of my Freshman experience. Let me know if you are interested and what you would like to hear! I also plan to post some drama reviews of dramas I have watched these previous five months!

Now that I am home, I am still in the process of making my summer productive while still being manageable. I am currently looking for a part-time job, which I learn to be difficult since I have never held a job position before. Fingers crossed that I receive a reply soon! I am also scheduling hospital volunteer hours next week at my local hospital. I am studying Vietnamese to receive foreign language credit for my degree as well as the MCAT.

Blog:

After returning home, I finally had the chance to catch up reading blog posts that I had missed. Here are some of my favorites from this month!

Medical Essentials
Kallmann is a medical doctor. He updates regularly, a couple times a week, with many interesting stories of his medical experiences as well as medical tips.

Xingsings
Summer is second year pharmacy student. If you are also interested in Asian dramas, music (Kpop in particular), and books, you should definitely check out her blog!

Coffee and Scrubs
I have been following Amanda, a fourth year osteopathic medical student, for a while. I think that she is adorable, especially in her Instagram stories, and inspiration for young aspiring doctors out there.  Continue reading

Update: Freshman Experience

Did my experience in high school prepare me for my first year of college?
My answer is most definitely.

My high school experience involved taking many rigorous classes. I took many Advanced Placement classes with the mindset of receiving credit for college, which would allow me to speed the process of achieving my bachelor’s degree or make room for other classes I would be interested in taking. Although I did not receive credit for all of my exams, I did gain experience of dealing with challenging classes that pushed my brain power, challenged my time management skills, and pressured me to cope with stress.

I was also involved in many clubs.  I was involved in community service clubs such as Key Club and the National Honors Society. I was also involved in cultural clubs, academic clubs, and career specific clubs. Becoming a secretary in Key Club and Art Club left a major impact my senior year. I was able to develop communication and leadership skills as well as interact with my peers, teachers, and community. I became more open minded to different types of backgrounds people came from and the ideas that they carried. On top of these clubs, I played the violin and took part in the School Orchestra and Symphony for about 9 years since 4th grade.

I highly suggest that students should take some challenging courses and be involved in clubs during high school.

Freshman Year, was a year filled with many new experiences. 

Decision:

All the colleges I applied to were in-state universities. I only applied to in-state schools since I knew that a great majority of my tuition, books, and housing fees would be paid by scholarships and grants. I am currently attending a large, four-year in-state public university. It is not a prestigious university, but it still has a good Pre-Med program to prepare me for Med School while meeting my financial window. Looking back now, I regret not applying to out-of-state universities. If you’re a high school student, you should definitely apply to a variety of universities: in-state and out-of-state and high ranking/prestigious schools and safe schools. You never know what opportunities you may find!
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