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.

My Wisdom Tooth Removal Experience: Part 1 of 3

😮 My apologies guys. I’ve been kinda M.I.A lately due to a lot of upcoming events in the near future. First, I’m on a planning team for one of my dear friend’s baby shower, I’ve got a cruise booked for August 13th, my fall course schedule has been finalized and it will be intense (18 hours), worked out a plan with my boss to reduce my work schedule during school, shadowing eye doctors on my non-work days, making moving arrangements to another city, planning a trip to Switzerland for January, and having my wisdom teeth removed. This brings me to my specific reason for posting today. The practice that assumed care for my surgery did an excellent job of explaining why wisdom tooth removal is essential and provided educational support.

So, if you are considering wisdom tooth removal then let’s go over the basics. I don’t want no jive but this is not a time to skimp on the quality of my service. For one thing, do your RESEARCH! I enrolled in a buy-up plan for dental coverage. I opted for this path because I needed a surgical extraction which classified as a major service and the buy-up plan offered a 50% discount after meeting a deductible of $50. I also enrolled in a FSA plan which covered the remaining ~$750 out of pocket. Since I work in the healthcare industry, I will follow-up with my insurance company to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

I located several providers through my insurance website and recommendations of friends. In spite of those efforts I ended up contacting the wrong office who kindly referred me to a nearby practice who specialize in the procedures I needed. After reading his reviews and meeting them in person, I was sold! Check them out in this video:

Fast forward to today. Gheez! I have a high tolerance for pain but let me tell you this…I would not want to experience that kind of torment again. I know everyone’s different blah blah. My appointment started at 8:00AM and I was IV sedated. I have been put to sleep in the past for an invasive surgery. All I remember from that one is counting and the waking up. This time I remember the doctor and staff standing around me and I actually began waking up to a level of consciousness while they were finishing up. Really weird! I kept trying to grab someone’s hand but maybe I was dreaming. I wonder what they saw, hmm? I woke up talking and asking questions. I was fully cognitive just not alert; however, I knew exactly what I was saying. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to understand me with all the swelling and gauze in my mouth.

My wonderful friend volunteered to take me to and from my appointment (driver is legally required with sedation patients). It was such a blessing to have her with me today. She is a Licensed massage therapist, has a bachelor’s in Sports Medicine, and is an active dental assistant. A very busy woman who did not hesitate to cancel most of her afternoon plans to remain with me. I had a meltdown in the car at Wal-Mart mostly because the anesthetics began to wear off around 10:30AM. I also have a public disdain for Wal-Mart but needed to get my drugs in my system ASAP. So while I sat in the car crying and draining my bloody saliva into paper towels, she handled all the business. This is why i recommend bringing someone who knows exactly what to do when you are unable to care for yourself. Please show Charnell some love and visit her blog at:

The drugs took about an hour and a half to kick in and after that I have not had an issue with the pain. I was not really hungry until about 5:00PM so I ate some soup and instant potatoes. Now I’m feeling kind of nauseated, my left side of jaw/tongue/lips are still numb, and just took my second dose of pain/antibiotic pills. Yea I’m gonna stop here, ugh. See gallery below for pictures. (Click here to read part 2 of 3)