Seattle Visit: Part Four- A Different World (05/06/2016-05/07/2016)

Alas the final reflection of my time in Seattle. Throughout my life, I have observed the importance of seeing a world outside of my own. It puts things into perspective and helps me not to freak out about the unimportant stuff. The timing of this post seems appropriate considering all of the recent events in the US. It was nice to have a break from my “world.”

Ivar’s Salmon House

This is a local seafood place famous for it’s “fish and chips” varieties. My little cousins enjoyed the salmon version while I preferred the traditional cod. Caught a glimpse of the draw bridge in action.

Discovery Park


Richmond Beach

It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of dead crabs along the rocky shoreline. There was too much glare from the sun to take many pictures. I would love to own a house off the coast one day.

Seattle Tacoma International Airport aka SEATAC

I spent about 2.5 hours here; roaming about the artistically savvy airport. Beautiful artwork, live music and good food. My little cousin had her first communion scheduled that morning and I opted to head to the airport early rather than inconvenience my family.


Here is an excerpt from my traveling journal:

[4:30PM] the flight arrived in Denver, CO on time yet the connecting flight is delayed until 6:00PM. the ride was kind of uncomfortable because a ton of school aged kids were flying together but rather than doing group boarding or ANYTHING that ensure they sat together. The kids got on near last and wanted to sit in pairs….Not happening. unfortunately for my row the two boys asked were given aisle seats with two big ass adults squished on the interior seats. we made it, a little sore, but we made it. [7:30PM] After a turbulent takeoff and an hour into the flight, I sense an eagerness to get home. The patter of little feet dance on the back of my seat accompanied by little hands often making their way onto the top of my head. Parents, I say, control thy kid.

Welp that’s all folks! I’m really excited to share details from my Chicago trip three weeks ago. It will only be one post since this series took entirely too long. I have also been busy studying for the OAT and applying for Optometry school.

Seattle Visit: Part Three- Views from the 206 (05/04/2016-05/05/2016)

This segment of my review will mostly be told through pictures. I really wanted to finish this series in May but the doors of opportunity summoned me. So before I write about those new journeys, I need to finish this. Anyways, these photos are from two days of activities. This is just a glimpse because I will most certainly be back for a longer time period.

Pike Place Market
Thai Tom


I had an idea of certain places I wanted to visit; however, I’m glad I went with the rhythm of my host. Uncle Jay is really good at maximizing vacation time. He and Aunt Garcia showed me around town and have fed me well. I’m a little tired from all the adventures I’ve had this week. It’s only Thursday and we still have a coast visit and other restaurant plans.

Lake Union and Queen Anne surrounding area
The Cascade Mountain Foothills



Cousin Donna joined us for lunch at the Vietnamese restaurant. She is single and adventurous too! I plan on going to Hawaii with her next year if my family can’t commit. I haven’t been back since we left as kids. I’ve already convinced myself that I’m moving to the Pacific Northwest (PNW). So when cousin Donna kept “speaking into existence” that I will be here next year, I was totally here for it.

Tamarind Tree


My mind is now able to focus on revising my goal plan. I will succeed and the only thing to stop me is death. I shall not fail. If there is a bump or hurdle I will move it. I brainstormed some modifications that i would need to make to have an optimal application process for Optometry school. I feel ready. Up next, the closing post for this series, Part Four- A Different World.

Seattle Visit: Part Two- Roadtrip to Oregon (05/03/2016)

It’s 5:00 AM (PT) and I know I should already be on the road to Oregon. My Uncle Jaybird mentioned that traffic often turns “black” near the major cites due to a temporary highway closing. I roll over and rest for another 45 minutes then I rush to get ready. Although, I am excited about my one-on-one visit with the college, I feel slightly anxious. This morning I also briefly got to meet my youngest first cousins before heading out on the road. [They play a larger role in the latter parts of my visit.] The drive down towards Oregon was not long to me since I road trip often. I have no problem enjoying my own company and jamming out to my favorite sounds. Here are some photos and videos of the experience:

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The top four fast food chains here seem to be Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway, and most importantly Starbucks. I have numerous photos from this trip that I decided not to double post photos. To view the photos you didn’t see click here to go to my instagram page.  [Time skip four hours later…] I am currently at in Forest Grove, Oregon at Pacific University’s College of Optometry.  I’ll have to switch to the past tense now to better describe the experience. I saw a future for myself there. My tour guide, Diana Yin, was a second year optometry student who was so informative. She was originally from Chicago but enjoyed being in the relatively rural environment. It seemed as if that place was a reflection of my inner-self. A community that supports itself and others. Seriously, read the history of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. This is what I am all about.  After my tour with Diana, I drove over to the admissions office in Hillsboro and met with Andrea. Andrea was one of the admissions counselors who made an extra effort to accommodate my visit. I am very thankful for her. There is no way I would have had so much insight about Pacific University without visiting. I’m so glad I went!

My overall thoughts about the college of optometry here are positive. It offers the educational programs to address developmental disabilities which is important for me because my research is focused in that area. It has a strong community wellness focus that will allow me to thrive because i love people. It’s in a peaceful and beautiful environment. This factor holds a lot of weight due to my love of nature (just not butterflies).

***Disclaimer*** My photo editing stinks because I don’t have the time. Next up, Part Three- Views from the 206!