My “Top 10” – List of Places to Visit

I have different views of success. While others choose to slave away their 9-5s and wait till they get old to save up till they built an empire, I look at that as somewhat a waste. Tomorrow is never promised and I don’t wanna have to wait to travel. I don’t want to wait to get old and ask myself, why it took me that long to see the world. If I am going to get myself in debt, it will all be worth it because after that, I’ve spent it all on trips & food. Those experiences.. the people I’ll meet.. the culture I’ll learn.. the variety of dishes I’ll get to taste; will definitely be worth it. All those materialistic things you can buy, can be replaced. But time… is harder to turn back to. So if you’re reading this… do yourself a favor and book that fucking trip. I don’t care if it’s a trip three or six months from now, you’re going to do it. Seriously, treat yourself. We all need a vacation at least 2-4 times a year. Here’s a list to help you get some ideas on where to head out to for your next trip!

10. Yosemite/San Francisco, California

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Since I live in California, this beauty has easily been checked off my list. I still recommend this stop if you ever decide to visit. If you’re into nature and hiking, make sure you book your stay wayyy ahead of time. Last time we visited on our first night, we ended up camping outside at an empty grocery parking lot because all the hotels and camping sites/cabins were all booked. I recommend looking into Airbnb if anything. Also, please do hike the Half Dome. Some say it takes 10-12 hours, but I’m telling you right now. The view at the top and photos will all be worth it. When in California, I suggest visiting the city of San Francisco and wine tasting in Napa. You might as well if you really want to make your California trip worthwhile.

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9. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Just two hours away from party city Las Vegas, this stop is a must during Spring time (right before June when it gets scorching hot). I say give yourself a week if you want to hike the canyons and party the last two days at the strip. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience this trip with my two year old and my hubby from earlier this Spring. I planned our trip in less than a week but it was accomplished and we tackled the journey in a 14hour drive back home. If we can do it, you can too. I suggest hiking the lower canyons (Antelope Canyon) and booking the tour guide before hand because in my opinion,it has better views. The horseshoe bend is literally 10-15 minutes away from the Hoover Dam and lower canyons. You can go river rafting at Lake Powell, something to keep in mind.

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There were so many spots I wanted to check out but we wouldn’t dare risk bringing our little one to try and attempt hiking Havasu Falls. It takes 4-7 hours each way. So basically, a whole days worth of hiking. Most likely would have to plan this hike early morning next time we get a chance. “The best way to reach Havasupai is from Highway 66, six miles east of Peach Springs, onto Indian Route 18, a 64 mile road to Hualapai Hilltop. From the Hilltop parking lot there is an eight mile trail to Supai Village. This trail may be traveled either by foot or horse”. A $35/person entrance fee and $17 campground overnight fee (As mentioned on Wiki).

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8. New York City

I suggest booking your flight to Jersey city (which is only 15 minutes away from Manhattan, New York). In my opinion, its a cheaper flight destination compared to JFK. You also get to visit two states in such a little amount of time. I heard you can easily take a bus or ferry to get to Manhattan from Jersey. Why not visit two states if they’re so close anyway? Might as well!

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7. Alaska? Iceland/Finland

I just want to see the Northern lights. The Aurora Borealis just looks so amazing from all the photos I see online, I can’t even imagine what a beauty they must look like in person. They say you can see it from Alaska, Iceland, or Finland (higher latitude regions). My brother recently visited and discovered the flight to Iceland is actually much cheaper than heading out to Alaska.

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6. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor. Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara (as mentioned in Wiki). Better known as the tomb raider jungle location you might’ve seen in the film. Something about buddhist temples that intrigues me. Jama Masjid, Delhi is another location I would like to visit, but only because of their mosque.

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5. Santorini, Greece

My brother’s friend is in Greece for her birthday this year and I’m so freaking jealous from all the photos she’s posting. I cannot wait till I get to visit this gem. The rugged landscape is caused by a volcano eruption from the 16th century. I would not mind waking up to this every morning.

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4. Abu Dabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest and most extravagant mosque in the country where daily prayers are held. The place itself is so beautiful, it is a well respected place and visitors need to be mindful of local customs; such as having to take off your shoes (barefoot or socks permitted) and for ladies to fully cover their hair and they will provide long dress for minimal skin exposure. Oh and this is actually a luxurious 5 star hotel as well, has its own private beach, has many lawns and gardens, and looks so much like a palace. Easy on the posing when it comes to taking selfies, if you noticed Rihanna actually posted some selfies here in the past and got thrown out.

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3. Tokyo, Japan

It’s like the international NYC for me but better. I am eager to check out the super pop culture and get a chance to walk in the famous busy intersection of Shibuya station.  I’d like to attend the Tokyu food show where they serve “local tastes: grilled eel, fried pork, tiny fish salad, octopus on a stick, seafood-and-rice seaweed wraps and much more.”

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2. Siargao/Palawan/Boracay – Phillippines

If you ever decide to visit this island, make sure you book a two week trip and consider island hopping. Siargao is a tear dropped shaped island close to Manila, mostly known and favored by surfers. Boracay is also a small gorgeous island just 2 miles away from Manila. Palawan is the considered the largest province on this island; make sure to check out El Nido and Puerto Princesa. It’s so beautiful, just make sure you look out for the weather forecast and check for any tsunamis or typhoons.

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1. Maldives

Saved the best for last! The most expensive trips on this list as well, LOL. I have a friend who booked this for her birthday week and dayyummm she went all out. Usually, known for a romantic honeymoon trip; this trip tops it off. I just checked how much it would cost to fly out to Veela (small private island that has 47 private villas) 4 months from now and its totaling to $2,206.32/night for a “Sunrise water pool villa room – 3 guests for 3 nights” which totals to $11,716.32 including $2,206.32 worth of taxes! Crazyy expensive. That’s basically how much our mortgage payment that covers the whole 3 months! (That’s based on SF/Bay Area mortgage/rent). Imagine balling out 3 days like crazy when you could’ve made it last in 3-4 full months.

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Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii, Canada, and so many more places I’d like to see someday. But these will definitely be on my top goal for the next 10-20 years if I’m blessed enough. Fingers crossed. Remember, work hard, but play even harder. Book that trip!

 

 

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Top 10 CLASSIC MOVIES to watch

10. CITY OF GOD – 2002 DRAMA/CRIME

ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE FILMS TO WATCH! GREAT BRAZILIAN FILM AND CULTURE. IT’S LIKE WATCHING FORREST GUMP FOR ME; I CAN PLAY IT NUMEROUS TIMES AND WON’T EVER GET TIRED OF IT. YOU’LL NOTICE ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS HERE IS NOW QUEEN OF THE SOUTH’S, ALICE BRAGA. A LOT OF ACTORS IN THIS FILM, ESPECIALLY THE MAIN ACTOR WHO PLAYED “ROCKET” ALEXANDRE RODRIGUES; DIDN’T GET THE CREDIT THEY TRULY DESERVED. AFTER THE FILM WAS RELEASED, THEY DIDN’T EXPECT HOW MUCH ATTENTION AND PRAISES/AWARDS THEY WOULD RECEIVE. YOU CAN WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY FILM ON NETFLIX ABOUT WHERE THE ACTORS ARE AT NOW “10 YEARS LATER”.

9. UNBREAKABLE – 2000 DRAMA/MYSTERY FILM

GOTTA LOVE A MOVIE WITH BRUCE WILLIS AND SAMUEL JACKSON IN IT. THE MOVIE IS LIKE A SUPERHERO COMIC STORY LINE. IF YOU’RE INTO MARVEL OR HAVEN’T SEEN THIS SAMUEL JACKSON MOVIE, YOU WILL APPRECIATE THIS ONE.

 

9.  REQUIEM FOR A DREAM – 2000 DRAMA

GREAT FILM ALL AROUND; REALLY SHOWS THE STRUGGLE OF EACH CHARACTER’S MENTAL ADDICTIONS AND THE CONSEQUENCES THEY GO THROUGH.

8. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE – 1993 DRAMA/ROMANCE

OKAY, ONCE IN AWHILE YOU GOT TO SQUEEZE IN A ROMANTIC FILM IN THERE. I LIKE THIS FILM; ITS FUNNY, SIMPLE, AND NOT TOO SAPPY. CAN’T GO WRONG WITH A TOM HANKS MOVIE. WATCH THE MOVIE BELOW:

7. PULP FICTION – 1994 DRAMA/CRIME

I FEEL LIKE MOST GREAT FILMS INCLUDE BRUCE WILLIS, SAMUEL JACKSON, AND IN THIS CASE; UMA THURMAN! SHE’S A BAD ASS IN THIS MOVIE SO YOU’D MOST LIKELY SEEN MOVIE CLIPS IN REGARDS TO THIS FILM. JOHN TRAVOLTA IS ALSO IN IT. CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THIS QUENTIN TARANTINO FILM.

6. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION – 1994 DRAMA

WRITTEN BY STEPHEN KING; STARRING TIM ROBBINS AND MORGAN FREEMAN. A FILM ABOUT ANDY (TIM ROBBINS) WHO IS WRONGLY IMPRISONED FOR THE MURDER OF HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER. RED (MORGAN FREEMAN) ENDS UP BEING HIS MENTOR/FRIEND THAT TAKES HIM IN. THEY SAY THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST RENTED FILMS TO WATCH, ALSO NOT MANY VIEWERS ARE TOO FOND OF “PRISON DRAMA”. I APPRECIATE THE FILM SO MUCH MORE THAN THE FIRST TIME I’VE WATCHED IT.

5. ROMEO & JULIET – 1996 DRAMA/ROMANCE

THERE’S LIKE 4-5 (?) DIFFERENT FILMS IN REGARDS TO SHAKESPEARE’S PLAY ROMEO & JULIET THAT I’VE WATCHED AND THIS ONE, I LIKE THE MOST. MAYBE BECAUSE LEONARDO DICAPRIO PLAYS AS ROMEO. VERY IMPRESSED WITH HAROLD PERRINEAU (BETTER KNOWN AS HAROLD WILLIAMS) WHO PLAYS AS MERCUTIO; YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM BEST FROM THE SEASON LOST. THIS MODERN AND HIP VERSION SUITS THE STORY LINE PERFECTLY. THE SOUNDTRACK IS ALSO AMAZING! SO AMAZING, MY DAD ACTUALLY BOUGHT THE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM AFTER WATCHING THIS.

4.  BICENTENNIAL MAN – 1999 DRAMA/FANTASY

I REMEMBER WATCHING THIS FILM FOR THE FIRST TIME BACK WHEN I USED TO LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO. I APPRECIATE FILMS THAT ARE SHOT IN THE SAME EXACT CITY I GREW UP IN. FILMS LIKE SWEET NOVEMBER, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, MRS. DOUBTFIRE; JUST TO NAME A FEW. I STILL HAVEN’T WATCHED ALL ROBIN WILLIAMS MOVIES BUT I LIKE TO BELIEVE I’VE WATCHED MOST OF THEM. THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE TO WATCH WITH THE FAMILY, YOU FIND YOURSELF ASKING “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?”.

3.  FRIDAY – 1995 COMEDY/DRAMA

THIS IS A DEFINITE CLASSIC. I WAS GOING TO GO WITH BOYZ N THE HOOD OR THIS ONE. I CAN’T WAIT TILL THEY COME UP WITH A NEW FRIDAY. NEXT FRIDAY WAS ALL RIGHT… MAYBE THEY SHOULD PRODUCE A NEW SEQUEL AND CALL IT LAST FRIDAY LOL. I ACTUALLY HEARD THERE ARE NEWS CLAIMING THEY ARE WORKING ON THE NEW SEQUEL RIGHT NOW. SO THAT’S SOMETHING TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

2. FIGHT CLUB – 1999 DRAMA/COMEDY

I WAS ENTERTAINED FROM BEGINNING TO END. MAYBE BECAUSE I’VE ALSO BEEN BRAINWASHED AND MEMORIZED MOST OF THE LINES FROM THIS FILM. “FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB IS YOU…” IT’S BASED ON 1996 NOVEL BY CHUCK PALAHNIUK. EDWARD NORTON AND BRADD PITT WHO PLAYS THE SAME CHARACTER WHO FORMS AN UNDERGROUND FIGHT CLUB THAT BECOMES SOMETHING MUCH MORE.

1.  AMERICAN BEAUTY – 1999 COMEDY/DRAMA

MY FAVORITE KEVIN SPACEY MOVIE! THIS FILM WON OSCAR AWARDS FOR BEST SCREENPLAY. THE WAY THE FILM WAS DIRECTED, YOU GET A GOOD POINT OF VIEW OF HOW EACH CHARACTER COMES INTO PLAY.

IT WAS QUITE DIFFICULT TRYING TO COME UP WITH A “TOP TEN” LIST, THERE’S SO MUCH FILMS I WANTED TO INCLUDE BUT I WOULD BE TAKING UP MOST OF MY TIME TRYING TO LIST THEM ALL DOWN. THIS IS WHAT I CAME UP WITH. SOME MIGHT NOT THINK 2000 FILMS ARE CONSIDERED “CLASSIC” OH WELL… CASTAWAY, MY COUSIN VINNY, GOODWILL HUNTING, AND EDWARD SCISSORHANDS JUST TO SQUEEZE A FEW MORE TO THIS LIST.

IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER CLASSIC FILMS TO RECOMMEND, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT AND ADD ONTO THIS LIST.

 

 

 

Vent

Why does adulting have to be so difficult?

No one told me adulting was going to suck this bad. LOL

Just a taste of how my mind is ticking:

  • lost my passport and now i got to renew my $$ visa >.<
  • renew Driver’s License bc it expires this year $
  • still got to get my son’s medical ins approved (been waiting)
  • fucking student loans hurting my pity and sad credit score
  • andd a damning fee of six racks to cover a car that’s not in my possesion
  • still struggling to save up for a car so i dont uber for work everyday
  • whileee i maintain and make sure i pay off these cc bills on time
  • please let me win a large sum of money Lord
  • but my bday is coming up so i at least have something good to look forward to

I just want to be debt free and have a good credit score so I can afford to purchase my own property someday. Is that too much to ask for? Can someone please shoot me back in time before I decided to walk my ass into college and signed myself up for student loans I could barely afford to pay back. Someone start me a gofundme lol. no but really. Help.

 

 

Glamping

Glamour camping. For all the peeps who can’t stand sleeping outdoors, this might be something for you to try. Saving up collection of “glamping” photos I found on the net. I definitely wouldn’t mind creating a space close by; where a group of community can feel like they can go to spot and reserve a night or two to experience sleeping outdoors without having to spend $$ on commute and long road trips. Imagine the perfect glamping experience close to home:

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  • a private space for a one-of-a-kind glamping experience
  • a private outdoor bathtub/shower stalls
  • mattresses, electricity, water, and garbage included
  • fire pits and grills on site
  • outdoor kitchen/dining/bar
  • outdoor/industrial/tropical decor
  • easy RV or tiny mobile home access
  • bicycle rental access
  • tents & swings set up throughout the campsite
  • more affordable rental options (nightly, weekly, or monthly).
  • grocery & drinks delivery available for additional charge

This is Amerikkka.

Donald Glover said it, I’m just quoting him. I haven’t been posting much. Too much negativity been spreading around. From ISIS separating illegal immigrant families from their children, more public school shootings, police brutality against BLM, 15 year old Junior getting stabbed by 5 grown men in NY, 20 year old XXXtentacion getting robbed and killed for a bag of money in his hometown. Random privileged people being exposed for calling cops over a simple BBQ cook-out, Spanish speaking food servers, people waiting in Starbucks, girl selling water without a permit. I stop to think…Try and reflect on what’s been going on in our own cities. What can we do to help prevent shit like this from happening? Why are we not progressing to be a better community for the younger generation?

It starts with you. Yourself. I can’t control what’s going on out there, but I can control my actions, how I react to certain situations. How I treat others, how I make them feel about themselves. Because for one, my son is watching my every move. I can’t teach him hate and being close minded. In a world full of hate, I have to be strong and teach my son from right and wrong. Teach him not to be a bystander and just record when shit goes down. Speak up when someone else’s voice is not being heard. He’s going to learn the real struggles of life as were all experiencing it now. And I hate that he has to see it this way someday. Its difficult trying to keep an optimistic view. I hate to sound depressing and down. But as a parent, I think all we really want is what’s best for our kids. To provide and make sure they don’t turn out to be a nut job or a serial killer.

Enough venting for now. On a good note; I am back to working. Yep, I’m officially employed after over a year of staying home. Mixed feelings about it, not too excited working in a setting where I don’t talk to anyone most of the time but at least I’m getting paid for the hours I put in. Trying this thing out so I can save up for more travels.

“You can lose money but you can never make up the time. Go travel.”

What are 3 keys to a successful relationship?

This question was brought up while scrolling through my feed one day. I read the comments and the list goes on: Loyalty, friendship, trust, compatibility, effort, keeping your relationship private, etc. All of which are true.

What does it mean to have a “successful” relationship anyway? No relationship is perfect. No matter how “good” it looks or how we portray our lives to be on social media.

Getting to the point where you have spent 2 years, 7 years, or decade(s) with your partner; to me, it’s all about communication. It gets better over the years. You should be able to comfortably speak to your partner about everything. Whether its insecurities, problems, and so on. You’re partner should be able to respect you and listen. That also doesn’t mean “the wife is always right” you might have to “agree to disagree” when it comes down to it. You don’t always have to have the same opinion or like the same  things. And you don’t have to discredit and put each other down, bring up the past, or raise your voices in order to be heard; to prove a point. Compromise and work through your differences.

For me, the 2nd key to a successful relationship is loyalty. How many of you can say that you 100% trust your man if he was to go to Las Vegas for the weekend with his boys? I admit… I was pretty crazy in the beginning accusing my man for cheating (and I’m still a bit crazy). But I do feel like this is expected in most early relationships. If you keep your heart from wandering and you focus on your partner like you should be, there wouldn’t be an issue in this department. Be secure when it comes to building up each other’s confidence.

The 3rd key to keep that love alive is consistency. Even people lose their “spark”. You can easily get lost in routines, work, and time. It’s vital to put in that extra effort when it comes to the “little things”. Just because you’ve settled down, put a ring on it, and she had your kids… that doesn’t mean stop doing all the things you did when you were young(er). Buy her a bouquet of flowers just because. Send him those nudes while he’s at work. Take her out to see that show she’s been waiting to see. Hold on to each others hand. Go for a drive late night in the city. Get lost. Yes, that sappy shit! Whatever it is you do to keep your love alive.

 

 

Dump President

The people did what they could and voted. Clinton won the popularity votes but electoral votes always concludes who becomes president. I fear for the following days hearing and seeing riots. I still can’t believe they made this doof ‘the president’. I mean, he’s entertaining and all but I’m actually scared for what might happen to our country. It might be the next civil war. It might be the next purge? I just hope people will unite instead of ruining the streets in their community. That’s not the answer. I’m not moving to Canada either. Peace & Love.