Last Post of 2013!

Time flies!!! Wow it feels like the years, months, weeks, weekends, days, and everything is getting shorter and shorter. Where does the Time go?

Early tomorrow morning I am heading to NYC to spend New Year with Family, Friends, & hopefully even some new friends! Hope everyone gets to enjoy a nice & safe New Year’s Eve/Day! But of course get a little tipsy as there is nothing wrong with that! 😉

I like writing quotes inside pictures so here is a little Inspiration Picture Quote for 2014 & hopefully many more years to come!

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Final Songs…

Young the Giant-Cough Syrup-To make you think a little & go all Aristotle before New Year!

Florence+The Machine – Shake it Out – To shake the negativity off!

F+TheM-Dog Days Are Over – You made it through 2013, the Dogs Days are over man! 😉

Taio Cruz – Hangover – Of Course to Party Hardy an appropriate PARTYyyy Song!!!

 Have a Wonderful 2014!!!!! Toodaloo :*

NYC Trip – Finally!

During Summer my best friend Loh & Me decided to take a NYC trip, we have both already visit NYC but we figured it will be a little nice to take a trip and really enjoy the city. 3 of my favorite things from this trip was trying Couchsurfing for the first time! Meeting new amazing people who made me laugh harder than I had laugh in a very very long time! And discovering a little Island I had never heard of which is right in NYC!

Lets talk through pictures now!

Lovie, Me, & the lady who photobomb Lovie haha

Lovie, Me, & the lady who photobomb Lovie hahaWe are both wearing Sunglasses from an awesome vintage store called Flying A!

Roosevelt Island - How cool is this little Island!? Beyond peaceful there too, is like having NY & the peace of the Countryside all in one!

Roosevelt Island – How cool is this little Island!? Beyond peaceful there too, is like having NY & the peace of the Countryside all in one!

Walking to take the train to NYC or you can also take The Tram - The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan! AWESOME views!

Walking to take the train to NYC or you can also take The Tram – The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan! AWESOME views!

Amazing Bridge view & Friends hanging in the little park in Roosevelt Island. Love it! #Parklife

Amazing Bridge view & Friends hanging in the little park in Roosevelt Island. Love it! #Parklife

The Cutest Apartment - thank you Evan for giving me an Awesome First Couchsurfing Experience

The Cutest Apartment – thank you Evan for giving me an Awesome First Couchsurfing Experience… Not the best picture but I didn’t want to intrude too much, it was nice enough that we got to stay at his place completely free!

With Our Awesome Host - Evan!

With Our Awesome Host – Evan!

Some Street Art of Course!

Some Street Art!

Some Bathroom Art! I LOVE bathroom art or any type of bathroom silliness that catches my eye!

Some Bathroom Art! I LOVE bathroom art or any type of bathroom silliness that catches my eye!

We had to check the a museum so to the Metropolitan Museum of Art we went! This place is huge so definitely you need a lot of hours or a few visits to cover the whole thing.

We had to check a museum so to the Metropolitan Museum of Art we went! This place is huge so definitely you need a lot of hours or a few visits to cover the entire place.

When on Vacation... one thing is certain you will eat, eat, drink, eat, and then eat and drink again!That's me on the corner trying Escargot for the first time- LOVE IT! Don't let the disgusted face fool you is just a little joke.

When on Vacation… one thing is certain you will eat, eat, drink, eat, and then eat and drink again!
That’s me on the corner trying Escargot for the first time- LOVE IT! Don’t let the disgusted face fool you is just a little joke. Bistro Les Amis!

We went to Ana Carolina's Concert - a famous Brazilian singer, she was unbelievable, so happy we went to see her! BTW I have an fascination with Brazilian culture, people, language!

We went to Ana Carolina’s Concert – a famous Brazilian singer, she was unbelievable, so happy we went to see her! BTW I have a fascination with Brazilian culture, people, language, simply love them!

Some where in Brooklyn - here we went to a Couchsurfing "meeting" aka we met some cool couchsurfers & got tipsy!

After the Concert we went Clubbing!

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Some where in Brooklyn – here we went to a Couchsurfing “meeting” aka we met some cool couchsurfers & got tipsy!

For Chocolate Lovers!

For Chocolate Lovers!

Really Beautiful Place - MarieBelle @484 Broome St.

Really Beautiful Place – MarieBelle @484 Broome St.

Chocolate Galore!!! inside MarieBelle

Chocolate Galore!!! inside MarieBelle

Last Day- we had a picnic in Roosevelt Island! #Parklife

Last Day- we had a picnic in Roosevelt Island! #Parklife

Had to leave my mark in NYC hahaha

Had to leave my mark in NYC hahaha

Enjoy your Sunday! Or Happy Monday! 🙂

The Thing About New Year’s Resolutions…

List to Do for ‘13!

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” – Charles Bukowski …  LET’S CHANGE THIS! – Me
  1. Be HappyDon’t forget the Contract!
  2. 1 Trip Abroad
  3. Go See Grandparents -DR
  4. See another State
  5. Do Yoga 5 times a week
  6. Save money – NO impulse shopping
  7. Read 15 Books – pending LC, FS/3, HG/3, TWOWS, & Stoker’s Dracula.
  8. Take GRE
  9. Write & Paint more often
  10. Learn Photography
  11. Bedroom Renovation
  12. DON’T Forget ALL you have accomplished at such a young age!
  13. Less time Apologizing & More time Doing Right.
  14. Dear Dani, Please Finish what You Start!

Pursue a job that’s in keeping with your love of ART, MUSIC, & BEAUTY.

The thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that we often expect too much therefore when we don’t accomplish all these “resolutions” we feel completely unaccomplished.  But I think it is still important to write them down so we can come back to it by the end of the year and see what we have accomplished. BUT one thing I think is pointless is telling the whole world your “New Year’s Resolutions” because it won’t help you in my opinion if you truly want to accomplish something the cheers from those around you will help but at the end of the day is really up to you to move forward with your wishes and desires.

Here are all the details on how my whole List went down…

I made this list at the beginning of 2013 because I wanted a few things to change in my life, if I was going to be happy I needed to make these changes to my life. So far I have to say I have not accomplished all that it is on the “To Do List” but I am pretty happy with what I have done so far. 1 – Being happy, I have definitely being a lot more happy this year, I feel like I have a better sense of what I want and I am trying my best to cope with life as a real working adult. The part about the contract is a contract I made with my cousin & roommate about being happy. 2 – Sadly I have not taken any trips abroad but I did go to NYC & Florida. 3 – Sadly I didn’t accomplish this one. 4 – I have not seen a new State but I did see Roosevelt Island, an island I had never heard of that lies between Manhattan and the borough of Queens. 5 – Okay, I have not become a professional Yoggi but I have definitely done more Yoga than ever this year, I signed up for a entire month of Bikram and loved it, have not gone to many more classes after that month because yoga is pricey but I use YouTube videos at home to keep doing Yoga at least once per week! 6 – I have finally learn to save money! I have used a lot of what I have saved but I have actually saved money and not touched it for months which is incredible considering I am the worse at saving money because I always want to live in the “now” and NOT later, soon I will write a post on my saving technique! 7 – Reading 15 books – this one I have failed at miserably, I have barely read 6 books so far, I have read a lot of blogs and articles but 15 full books no. 8 – The dreadful GRE uggghhh I do not want to take that damn test, I HATE long test, and still have not taken it. 9 – I have definitely being writing a lot more specially now that I started the blog btw my apologies for the LONG post. As for painting I signed up for a painting class and it was AMAZING, it was super chill but it taught me and help me so much, I have taken it twice already that’s how much I love it! 10 – I decided to use some of my taxes and invest in a DSLR Camera, I completely LOVE how awesome and clear the pictures are BUT I have to admit that I take pretty good pictures simply with my iPhone 4S, and I am really starting to believe that the quality of the pictures is more on how good the person is at capturing a moment/lighting than the actual quality of the camera itself. ALSO learning photography is something that is ongoing and you know what they say “Practice makes perfect!”  11 – A Full Bedroom Renovation has not happened but a few new improvements have being made. 12 – I am constantly reminding myself all that I have accomplished at such a young age and I even wrote it all down once, is important to remind ourselves of our worth. 13 – The apologizing part comes because of the word “Sorry” which is truly a hated word of mine because I feel that in the States we use it so much that the word has actually started to loose is meaning for me, so now I only try to use it when I truly mean it. 14 – This last one makes me laugh because seriously I am so great at starting anything but sometimes I started to self doubt myself and loose interest in finishing what I’ve started though little by little I try to push myself a little harder every time and that is what life is “trying” we are constantly trying to better ourselves, to survive, to enjoy, & to be happy as much as we can because we are only certain of YOLO.(Shameful but I totally needed to use YOLO here)

Does anyone out there makes these a “To Do List” or “New Year’s Resolutions”?

Line from the movie  "Un amour de jeunesse"

Line from the movie “Un amour de jeunesse”

Mi Quisqueya La Bella

Xmas Downtown Boston '13

Xmas Downtown Boston ’13

Damn I miss DR… today I am feeling beyond nostalgic for my little island, for the grandiose Christmas spirit such a tiny island can have. It is Christmas Eve and I am sitting at my desk working a half-day, if I was in DR I do be at the market picking up grapes, apples, and Telera (very famous bread Dominican’s eat around Christmas time). Growing up in DR I remember Christmas was such an extra special occasion, even when I didn’t get to spend it with my father, mother or brother Christmas was still very special to me. Is funny but even something like eating apples & grapes was extremely special because I would only get to eat them around Christmas time, here in the USA apples and grapes are super abundant all year-round therefore it is no longer a thing I wait anxiously for. Is funny how not having things at the tips of your hands really makes you appreciate it them so much more.

One fun thing I remember is the “Aguinaldos” this is very strange but super cool, you get together with your friends and neighbors and go around houses singing Christmas songs with a drum, guira, and acordeon. Usually you are given ginger tea, coffee, cookies, hot chocolate, or any other little treat when you get to the houses or also one house could be assigned to have sort of “the last stop” and this is where everyone gathers to have jengibre-ginger tea! This ginger tea is super famous around Christmas time in DR.

I remember having very simple Christmas trees in DR… I will cut a branch, paint it white, decorate it and voilà there is my Dominican Christmas Tree! Once I decorated the tree with this gummy candy that comes in separate wrappers, aslo another thing you don’t get to have all the time is just sort more famous around Christmas over there. Also I never received gift on Christmas morning usually my gift will come on the 6 of January by the Three Kings and not Santa. We usually have a few Secret Santas, in school, with close friends, and family. Another cool thing is Fireworks! Yes! We have Fireworks on Christmas Eve!

These little traditions and things is what I miss so much around this time of year.  I think what the problem is that I feel like I no longer have a set tradition, I no longer fully have a full on Dominican Christmas or a full on American Christmas. But don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy Christmas here too but sometimes I just can’t help to feel nostalgic of the feeling that Christmas was to me growing up in DR. But I am thankful and blessed to be able to share my new Christmas with the part of my family I didn’t get to celebrate with growing up and that’s a bright side! Another great thing I do really like of the “American” traditions are the whole sitting down to watch Christmas movies and baking cookies as I didn’t have this growing up.

I wish you all an exceptionally awesome Navidad anywhere in the World that you may be.

*Quisqueya is Dominican Republic – name the local’s use sometimes.

My Favorite English Christmas SongSarah McLachlanHappy Xmas

My Favortie Spanish Christmas Song is – Alegre Vengo de La Montaña

Merry Christmas!!! 🙂

 

Fun Facts – Random Things

I always love when bloggers post fun facts/random things about them because I always get that feeling that now I know them a bit better. So I thought to do that same!

Here it goes!

  1. I hate going to sleep or leaving the house without making sure my closet door is locked and makes “the locked sound”.
  2. I put ketchup in almost everything I eat, once even on macaroni & cheese, gross I know but Ketchup is LIFE! So I will excuse myself on that one.
  3. I have live 11 years in the Caribbean & 11 years in the USA – in 2014 it will break that even numbers if I stay in the USA.
  4. I am pretty creative in the kitchen! I am one of those people that can open an empty fridge and I will still come up with something- one talent I am very proud of, super modest here haha
  5. One drunken night on my college campus I lost my iPod making snow angels, a few months later when all the snow melted a guy found my iPod and return it to me! After that I wholeheartedly believe that good old people still exist! Thank you Matt!
  6. I was lucky enough to go to Vegas for my 21st & because I was flying on my birthday they gave my best friend and me first class seats! Thank you ATL ladies!
  7. When I truly like a show I often like to just watch it by myself as I really dislike interruptions, I get extremely focus to that point my house could burn down and I won’t notice until the fire is right on my face.
  8. I love searching for other people’s culture and traditions… sometimes I even like to bring those traditions into my life – for example when I went to Germany I learned how to make mulled wine or Glühwein now I like making it on my own!
  9. I am pretty sure one of my boobs is bigger than the other.
  10. Once I had to rap in church camp to “Candy Shop by 50 Cent” but with churchy-worthy lyrics- it was pretty hilarious.
  11. And to finish off with an odd number… When I chop tomatoes it makes my hands itch like crazy but I can eat tomatoes & nothing bad happens, weird…

I couldn’t end this post without posting my 3 favorite songs of the moment!

CLMD vs. KISH feat. Fröder – The Stockholm Syndrome – HERE

Truls – Out Of Yourself – HERE

HAIM – The Wire – HERE

*Finally, in the name of Random, here are a few little Random pics I have taken lately! – Even a #Shameless Bathroom Selfie but hey at least it was a beautiful bathroom, so that makes it a little better right? eh? 😉

In the name of Random, here is a little Random Collage!

Okay that’s it! 10 Fun Facts/Random things about be… Anyone else out there with fun little facts? Tell me!!!

THE HOLIDAYS – COOKIES

People need to cut it out with the Christmas cookies DAMN IT hahaha … No but seriously I have ate so many cookies lately and I found this video which is pretty hilarious about the whole #HolidaysCookiesProblem if we can call it that. There is cookies or some type of sweets everywhere I turn at work making it super hard to resist.

P.S. Clearly complaining about too much cookies is a #FirstWorldProblems

Glamour presents: SRSLY, IT’S THE HOLIDAYS: COOKIES from SRSLY. on Vimeo.