What’s on my mind : Packing , veggies and Los Angeles

I’m preparing for my next big adventure, the farthest west I’ve ever traveled and by the title you’ve guessed correctly I’m going to Los Angeles California . I’ve never traveled this far west and I’m teaming with excitement . I’m not sure what to expect but I am prepared for it all , when I get ready to go somewhere new I use it as my opportunity to reflect on where I’ve been and what I have yet to see. In the midst of my excitement is how beautiful this world really is and how grateful I am that I am blessed to see it . If someone would have told me that one day I would get on a plane and fly to Quebec I would tell you that you were living inside my dreamscape in my wildest dream I never imagined . It is with this same heart I will journey LA full of excitement and humbled to live the life I do.

Along with preparing to go on vacation I’ve been playing with the foods I eat , when I was a teenager I was diagnosed with gastritis as a result I have flare ups with terrible abdominal pain so I’m attempting to make majority of my diet plant based . I am cooking constantly and discovering many new and yummy foods along the way . As of now I’m still consuming all the bad foods on the weekend but as I adapt I plan to cut down eventually down to only almond and soy milk. There has been a slightly noticeable difference in my skin , the more veggies I eat my skin clears up and also I’m not starving and I was so sure at some point I would be. Along with the constant cooking is constant trips to the produce market. This definitely is a lifestyle change however I’ve been feeling so good I figure keep going.

– My

I Don’t Have All The Answers and it’s Okay.

I suppose with time comes understanding , I used to think that “adulting” meant having all of the answers but I’m realizing that it is not so. Young and old we are all just trying to figure it out and by it I mean life. There is no schematic on life , it doesn’t come with an instruction guide , you learn by living . Watching your peers will teach you that living is hard, apart of getting older is new responsibilities. Were at an age where we are finding our footing, building our own stability . Some of my friends are parents , wives and husbands and that opens up more uncharted territory. As kids we prepared to have a home of our own , to cook and to clean and be independent whilst constantly calling home for every little inconvenience. Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about those of you who snuck out of your parents home with various items for the up keeping of your own home. To think that here we are , each our own archipelago full of lesson we didn’t learn with each other, laced with experiences we never talked about with anyone else but ourselves in the mirror. It’s crazy to think that we are each our own allegory , capable of teaching someone right and wrong . I think sometimes we get so caught up in having the right answer , we become afraid to say ,”I don’t know”. Especially when get to the stage in our life where we are someone’s partner or parent , the curiosity that was once welcomed is pushed aside for something more concrete. I want to let you know that it’s okay to not know the answer to a “who?” , “what?” ,”when?” , “where?” and “why?” . Even the “what if ?” Doesn’t need an answer, everything takes time. The answers we didn’t have today as life teaches us new lessons we may have tomorrow. I strive to never stop learning,when we don’t know the answer we’re simply just growing. – Myriesha

Cant Help Falling In Love

Before I get into this review , this movie is from the Philippines so this movies is in both Tagalog and English  so subtitles are provided at certain times during the film.

I want to start by telling you how cute I found this drama, in the most genuine way this movie put a smile on my face and made me feel like I was falling in love with them in a story book way . If you’ve watched as many foreign shows and movies as I have you will have noticed this trope where there is always some unnecessary conflict that last forever so the story drags on . In this film there is a conflict but its placement is in line with the story and it is not dragging on for ages without resolve , it gets to the point. Gab and Dos aren’t your typical pairing , Gab is a stable career woman with a type “A” personality and she’s already in a relationship with an aspiring lawyer . Dos is charming , he’s not a player but he has a way with the ladies and he’s aware of his impact. During this movie we find out that our suave Dos has a problem that makes him think he has little time left , this complicates things but Dos is still moving foreword in his living despite the clock ticking over his head. Gab felt like she has little control in her life always doing things for the approval of her boyfriend and on a night out with the girls she wanted to be free , to feel like she’s capable of making decisions and she met Dos . Gab is uptight but Dos has the ability to soften her , he taught her how to love and how to let go but will she accept him? you should really watch this movie to find out. I highly recommend it. – Myriesha

Traveling cleansed my cluttered mind

I am no expert in dealing with stress , my anxiety and stress are the same person in my world. However for the first time since starting my job in social work and really all of my working years I used vacation time. I used to think I should save it up for somewhere big and special and then I could go with no worries for however long I chose , but then I would leave my job and all of that saving would be for nothing. So I went to Canada for the first time ever and I saw Quebec City, Ottawa, Montreal , Toronto and Niagara Falls in five days .

I landed in Montreal at 10:15 am , flying in over a beautiful snow blanketed Montreal . It felt like something out of a movie ,we were flying in the fog and clouds so for a while there was nothing to see until the pilot announced we were preparing to land. It didn’t take much longer after that for me to go through customs meet my friend Michelle and go pick up our rental car or our adventure mobile. We started our adventure with a bang , we drove two hours to Ottawa. Our first Canadian meal was BFF or Burgers and Fries Forever. Our burger of choice was the Korean bbq burger with a side of poutine and this started an addiction.

Honestly of all the poutine we consumed this one had the best gravy and it was vegetable gravy go figure. Ottawa being the capital felt appropriate in an unexpected way , it’s not the cleanest city I’ve been to but the buildings in the historical district speak for themselves . Ottawa led to our second addiction of the trip: Tim Hortons , I’m so sad there is not one in Florida because there tea lattes were my life for 5 days . I have a Tim Horton reward card and I’m sad I can’t use it anymore. After spending time in Ottawa we drove back to our Airbnb in Montreal, we rented an apartment and it really became a cozy and comfortable place to come home to after long days of exploring.

On our second day we decided to go on a big adventure we drove 6 hours. Montreal to Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls to Toronto and back to Montreal . It was ambitious but we survived , we listened to a mix of music that included kpop , rock , rap , acoustic and soul and we jammed .

We were underwhelmed by Niagara Falls but it was still so beautiful. I think it all the ice masked some of it beauty but even still it was undeniable, the sun created a rainbow and it added to its beauty it made it impossible not to smile .

We drove on , we crossed the border once again into Ontario. Heading towards Toronto. We ventured to this Korean stationary store , I have a love for overly cute stationary I am the keeper of a happy planner so I can’t help myself . I bought pens and Hello Kitty head rest pillows for my car . When dinner time arrives we decided to stay in the Korean village that night it was so good .We had kimchi fried rice and cheesy tteokbokki as well as eel bibimbap and fried tofu . After that we headed to the mall where I got my Alex and ani “Toronto ” bracelet also visited Drakes store “OVO” . The final thing on our list for Toronto was to take a walk in the city and find the Toronto sign . Mission accomplished.

After a day of a total of 11 driving hours we decided to sleep in and explore Montreal ! , both old and new . I woke up in a winter wonderland , it was snowing and it was stunning. We wanted to have a French meal and really explore the city on foot and that is exactly what we did . We ate breakfast in the apartment, it was a recreation of our left overs and it was great way to start a peaceful day.

One final place to drive to : Quebec City this has to be at the top of my list of favorite places I’ve been. It’s so outlandishly charming its definitely a place you explore on foot. If you go to Quebec you must see its city. We ate really yummy food , traced the foot steps of the Korean drama “Goblin : the lonely great God” . The architecture in the city is something to marvel at , the cobblestone streets and the basilicas. The view from the viewing deck at the top of the city is worth the climb and the footsteps. Truly it is a ruby in this world .

I am completely in love with Canada from Bonjour to Au reviour , it was full of surprises and there was art on what seemed to be every corner . Cafes are abundant and equally delicious . In cities where the primary language was one that I don’t speak , everyone I encountered still communicated with me and I’m so appreciative. Truly Montreal, Ottawa , Quebec City , Toronto and Niagara Falls thank you so much for having me. You were a dream come true and an unforgettable adventure. Thank you for allowing me to leave my foot prints in your beautiful cities . I will see you again . – Myriesha