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!

Seattle Visit: Part One- Travelling Day (05/02/2016)

Today marks the last day of exams. I took Orgo 2 final and I’m pretty sure I have a 1/4 chance of getting an A :). As I sit in the airport awaiting my flight departure, I ponder the necessity of the numerous hoops pre-health professionals have to jump through. I planned on applying for optometry school this year but an eerie level of uncertainty looms within me. Its seems as if this journey has sucked the life out of me. I feel empty. I’ve sacrificed a lot of things to get this far and yet it appears I have nothing to show for it. I’ve lost my mission and purpose and I simply don’t care. Now don’t worry about me. When I feel this way, it usually means I’m due for a vacation. Breaks are important and essential times for me to reconnect with my inner-self. For this break, I chose Seattle because I have relatives there I haven’t met, it’s different geographic region of America, and the opportunity to visit an optometry school in Oregon. In others words, I needed love, outdoors, and a direct source of information.

This is my second solo trip this year and I’m so excited! This is also my first time flying with Southwest Airlines. I must say the check in/security procedure went exceptionally smooth. I opted for early bird check in and had only one carry on item. I preferred to be technology free during my get-away so I left my laptop at home. Southwest offers more affordable travel arrangements since they include two free checked bags with their fare fee. It was nice to be able to watch live /On Demand TV.  Honestly, the trip to Seattle was non-eventful and i arrived safely to my destination. I’ll save my SEATAC airport review for the last part. Stay tuned for Part two- Roadtrip to Oregon. Lots of photos to come!20160502_223042000_iOS20160502_223046000_iOS 20160502_223054000_iOS