Archive for November, 2015

Maui – part 1

November 28th, 2015

Alright, I edited enough photos to do the first entry! Out of… two or three maybe? I’ll be splitting my Maui trip up, so it’s not terribly long each time :)

Day 1 – 11/7

The start of our trip was actually not in Maui. Since we have to fly out from the west coast, we decided to spend a day in San Francisco to see two close friends and also two of my cousins. We arrived in the morning and met up with our friends for lunch before heading to Muir Woods, which is known for redwood trees. Though there were many people near the entrance, we found a longer and less traveled route that let us walk through the park in peace.


Afterwards, we stopped by Marin Headlands on the way back and saw that there was a beautiful, clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.


Then we met with my cousins and their girlfriends for dinner! Two of my cousins moved to San Francisco just this year from New York for work. One of them has been a close friend growing up, and it was so great to see him and catch up :D

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Little Happy Things

November 23rd, 2015

Lately I’ve noticed that I have been happier. It’s not that I wasn’t before I guess, but I remember feeling very stressed out a few months ago. I think it was mainly being overwhelmed at work and not being fully prepared for my team’s growth. I was mentoring 3 interns, had 4 new hires start around the same time, and was switching to more of a management position.

Don’t get me wrong; I was relieved to have more people! My team definitely needed the help! It took me a few months of trying new things to organize all the chaos. Now we have found what works for us, are working together well, and my team has told me that they really like my management style. Even if my work is still as busy as before… it feels really good now which makes me happy :)

And when things feel good, even little things just put me in a very good mood. Some small things that have made me happy…

  • Knowing alternate routes to work and feeling like a car ninja when I take back roads to bypass traffic.
  • Quoting a lesser known movie I love and having people recognize and respond to it. “You use this word? Alcoves?” “Nooks and crannies, yes!”
  • Looking at my work calendar for the day and seeing it free of meetings. (This is a rarity now.)
  • Having people miss me while I was out on vacation and then having them joke that I’m not allowed to leave anymore XD;;
  • Randomly finding Pocky flavors I haven’t tried yet. Did you know there’s a chocolate banana flavor?
  • When my husband has the same food craving as me. “What should we eat tonight?” “I kind of want ramen…” “I was thinking the same thing!”
  • Hanging up new art on the walls.
  • Emptying the vacuum cleaner and seeing how much it picked up. (Ok this is also kind of gross, but it’s satisfying, you know?)
  • When the radio station plays several songs in a row that I like.
  • That last hour in the work day when most people have gone home, and I can do a bit of coding.
  • Post processing my photos and feeling proud of the results. Here’s a preview of what I’ll be sharing in my first Maui entry!


Are there any small things that have made you happy too? I hope everyone has a great week!

Thoughts on Hawaii – revisited

November 17th, 2015

I’m back from a week in Hawaii on the island of Maui! I’ll save details about this trip for upcoming entries though :) I’m still post processing my DSLR photos, but you can head over to my Instagram for some phone ones.

A couple years ago, I had an entry about my thoughts on the Hawaiian islands I visited, except back then I hadn’t been to Big Island yet, and I felt I didn’t know Maui too well due to visiting with family and being limited on where we went. Now that I’ve visited Maui again, I think I have a good feel of it!

Hawaii is made up of 8 main islands, each with its own personality and 6 of which you can actually visit. Of those 6, I’ve visited the 4 most popular ones. I wanted to revisit my thoughts on these islands and also rank by my favorites! (There will be some repeats in photos and descriptions from past entries.)

4. Oahu

Oahu is the most popular island, and good for if you’re looking for a very active place. It’s home to Honolulu and the famous and busy Waikiki area. It’s not a very good place if you wanted peace and quiet. Waikiki is pretty much your stereotypical bustling beach town, and while the waters at the beaches there are very clear and calm, we thought the sand was rough.

View of Waikiki from Diamond Head

View of Waikiki from Diamond Head

If you’re there with a car, I do recommend driving around the north part of the island because it’s quieter and a very pleasant drive. The busy-ness of the island puts Oahu at the bottom of the list for me, but on the plus side, the best food I’ve had in Hawaii was on Oahu thanks to how many amazing restaurants it has.

Laniakea Beach in north Oahu

Laniakea Beach in north Oahu

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