Can you believe it’s June already? That means the year is almost halfway over! Have you reviewed your new year resolution? How is that coming along? For me, not so great. Ugh.
I met my new team members for the first time. It was the first time we got to meet each other in person. I didn’t know what to expect going into this “weekend retreat” but it turned out to be a lot better than I expected. I met some wonderful people, learned more about the SF community, and felt more connected and driven to help this community.
I went to New Orleans for the first time for a friend’s bachelorette. I only heard of the famous Bourbon Street (aka party scene) but it turned out there was so much more to New Orleans, such as the yummy food, rich culture, and warm hospitality of the south. One of my favorite part of the trip was checking out the Garden District and learning about the history of New Orleans. I would definitely recommend a tour of that area if you do go to New Orleans.
I went down to Irvine for my mother-in-law’s ordination ceremony. I can’t believe she’s officially a pastor! Yay! Hearing the testimonies from others reminded me that God is a living God and he’s not just some stories we read in the Bible.
While I was down in Irvine, I also got the chance to meet Shannon for the first time in person. I met her through the blogging world and as I go to know her through her blog and Instagram, she didn’t seem like a stranger but more like a friend so it was a joy to finally meet her in person. I had a great time getting to know her more personally. We both love coffee so I was glad I was able to introduce her to sea salt coffee at 85c Bakery (one of my favorite spot for sea salt coffee and pastry). That’s one great thing about blogging that I didn’t expect — to find new friends 🙂
I also went to Cancun for the first time for a friend’s wedding. That was really fun and relaxing since we stayed at an all inclusive resort so we didn’t have to worry about food or drinks although I felt like I had to eat/drink every hour to get my money’s worth. I also went snorkeling for the first time! We went on a boat to the middle of the ocean to go snorkeling. I was just tagging along, not expecting to get into the ocean since I can’t swim. The tour guide really wanted me to try it out and there were some peer pressure from the others so I actually jumped into the ocean (with a life jacket of course!). It was initially scary since this was the first time I’ve been in the water where my feet can’t touch the ground but eventually I was able to relax somewhat. The tour guide was really nice enough to pull me along the life-saver ring so I can look in the water. This was the best step I’ve taken so far to face my fear of the water.
Have you ever used Cetaphil before? I remember this cleanser being really popular since it’s suppose to be gentle and fragrance free, so perfect for all skin type. My facialist in Atlanta told me to stop using because of all the harmful ingredients in it so I stopped. This was almost 10 years ago. Then just a couple of weeks ago, one of my friend mentioned that she still uses Cetaphil. I told her to stop using it but didn’t have the exact reason except what my facialist told me 10 years ago, which was kinda hazy at this point. I happen to come across this article a couple of days after our conversation, which perfectly explains why you should stop using Cetaphil if you do.
This post and this comic strip got me thinking about privilege and how a lot of people are born with privilege without realizing it.
Last month’s goals:
Catch up on #365DaysOfTruth Plan and complete month 5. I’m just four days behind so not too bad.
Focus on studying calculus. I should have been more specific but I did finish watching the online videos and taking the practice test.
Read one book this month. Didn’t read any book last month 🙁
Donate at least a box of stuff to Goodwill. I did fill up a box for donation but just haven’t dropped it off at Goodwill yet.
Workout once a week. I haven’t worked out this month 🙁
Blog once a week. I missed a week 🙁
Take more pictures of people! Yes! Although I should probably have a specific target.
One of the best part of having friends who travel is that they end up bringing back all kinds of goodies! One of my friend went to Korea and bought me a pack of Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Facial Mask Sheets. I was excited to try these masks since they’re suppose to be all natural.Shea Butter Ingredients (4 medium hazard ingredients):
Overall these are great, simple sheet masks when your skin needs an extra boost. I like how Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Facial Mask Sheets takes inspiration from natural food and plant products and the sheets actually smell like the food/plant it’s suppose to be. My face feels nice and supple the next day after using these masks. The only downfall is that not all the ingredients are safe but at least it’s not that many compare to other facial sheet masks.
I ran out of my last toner so I decided to try Cremorlab Mineral Water. I got sucked into trying this toner out since their thermal waters comes from Geumjin, which is a region in Korea. The thermal waters there are known for their richness of minerals and provide great hydration for skin. Sounds great so why not try it out?
Cannot bring this bottle in your carry-on bag since it is an aerospray.
Not all the ingredients are safe.
I like how easy the dispenser is to spray the toner. Reminds me of a hairspray container. The nozzle doesn’t get clogged and it provides an even mist. The only thing I don’t like about this toner is how many medium hazard ingredients there is. Not sure why there’s so many ingredients in just a toner. It didn’t feel any different from any other toners I used. I probably wouldn’t buy this again since there’s plenty of other safer toners out there.
This month was my husband’s birthday. Yay! We kept it low-key and just had drinks at a bar with some friends.
I cut my hair short! Eek! It’s so weird to have short hair since it’s been a while since I last cut my hair this short. I’m not sure if I like it since I think it makes me look older :p
It was so weird when I came upon this article randomly. I’m not sure if you heard of Jin or not but he was really popular in the early 2000s when he first appeared in BET doing freestyle rap battles with other contestants and winning seven weeks in a row (you can see a few of clips of the freestyle rap battles here). I was a supporter of Jin since he didn’t let his race or family prevent him from doing what he loves plus there weren’t many people on TV that looked on me. In college, I threw a “club party” with a group of friends and our special appearance to lure people into our party was Jin. I was a bit disappointed when I first met him though since he was a bit too arrogant for my liking. It’s been 10+ years since I even thought of Jin which was why it was so weird to read an article update on him. I’m glad to hear that he’s trying to make a come back and he found God during the journey 🙂
I thought this video was really interesting. I never thought of how a language can tell you about a culture mindset but it’s true. This explains why there are certain words in Mandarin and Taiwanese that I don’t know how quite to translate in English but part of that is a culture thing. For example, “jia you” (加油) literally means “filling a machine with gas” but it can also be used to cheer someone on and a form of encouragement. I was sadden when Tim mentioned that every two weeks on planet Earth, another language dies. It’s not just the language that dies, but also the culture and history that goes away. I think that’s one of the reason why my husband and I don’t see eye to eye on learning Taiwanese. He wants our future kids to only learn Mandarin and not Taiwanese since he thinks Taiwanese is a dying language and it’s not useful in the world. That may be true, but I don’t want my future kids to forget their heritage and where they come from. On a side note, you should check out Shannon’s blog if you’re interested in learning a new language. She has some awesome tips and language websites to check out 🙂
I just found out that Nectar Collective is no longer hosting the Weekly Wishes linkup. I wasn’t sure if I should still continue my monthly goals but I decided to continue on since it’ll hold me accountable for my goals and I get to reflect back on the month.
Last month’s goals:
Catch up on #365DaysOfTruth plan and complete month 4. I’m a few days behind for the month of April. Need to catch up!
Read one book this month. Didn’t finish any books this month 🙁
Study and take one exam this month. Completed!
Complete “Pre-Corps Engagement”. Completed!
Bake/cook one new recipe this month. I made my first vegan cupcakes and roasted a chicken on a bundt pan. The frosting on the vegan cupcakes were a bit sweeter than I liked but at least it was balanced with the non-sweet chocolate cake.
Thank you for visiting and welcome to my blog! My name is Hsiao-Ting (pronounced “shouting”), hence the blog name. I enjoy eating, traveling, and trying new things. Hope you enjoy your stay here and please leave a comment so we can get to know each other =)