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 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