HELLO PASADENA


In the city of roses...
























Last week, my friends and I decided to have a photo adventure in the wonderful city of Pasadena! Our friend Lydia had the whole day planned for us tourists and we had opportunities to discover the many delicious foods and beautiful scenery/architecture scattered about the town. 3/4 of us had our cameras ready so lots of photos were taken--many of which the photogenic Lydia was the main subject of (at least for mine anyway). 

Here's the list of places we visited:
-Dog Haus (known for their dogs, but their burgers are amazing)
-The Pie Hole (the early grey is a MUST try)
-City Hall (where Parks & Rec was filmed!)

Pasadena is filled with a diverse rich culture and I can guarantee you will have a great time whether you go with friends, family or simply by yourself! Comment below if you've ever been to Pasadena and let me know if there's any place I missed on my last trip!

Stay cool, 

Rachel

HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH:


Get ready to be bombarded by
all things Disney...













   



    



 


Last month, my friends and I visited two of our favorite destinations: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. With the sun beating down on our faces, we waited in endless lines to ride all the various attractions, each provoking a sense of childhood nostalgia. To be quite honest, I sometimes forget how lucky I am to be a SoCal native and to have such a magical place practically next door to me. Disneyland is truly an experience that strikes all of your senses: the smells, the sounds, the movements all work together to perform a perfectly orchestrated adventure. 

One thing I tried differently for these two trips was to focus on the food. My friends and I researched beforehand and found a couple places we definitely wanted to check out before returning. I've listed some of the best dishes and snacks below; click on them to follow the links!

-Dole Whip @ the Tiki Juice Bar 
(this is a MUST, especially on hot summer days)
-Fried Chicken @ Plaza Inn
-Mickey Mouse Beignets @ Mint Julep Bar 
(donuts are my weakness, but Mickey Mouse shaped beignets? Hand me about 50 please)
(just typing this out made me drool)

Visiting the most happiest place(s) on earth can also seem...expensive. That's why we decided to pack lots of snacks and even a small lunch to ease the constant flow of cash that seem to jump out of our wallets. If you're not one of the lucky few who own seasonal passes, make sure to plan ahead and list out all the places you'd want to visit first within the parks. Keep cool by staying hydrated and take breaks when necessary. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Yours truly, 

Rachel

P.S.-I unfortunately forgot to bring a memory card to California Adventure--hence, the quality difference as I had to upload photos using my iphone. But hey, it's the experience that counts!

MALIBU // SANTA MONICA


My last free day of Spring Break 
was oh-so-satisfying...















I think she wore that shirt on purpose...jk <3




Vacation is over and my last quarter as a Freshman in college has begun...where has time gone??

For my last day of spring break, I joined my church's college group for a day out in Malibu and Santa Monica. We started off with an adventurous (and kind of dangerous to say the least) hike on the Escondido Falls trail in Malibu. Why was this hike dangerous? Well, if you noticed the 4th photo I posted, you would see a "no trespassing" sign in the midst of various bushes and rocks--we accidentally walked on the wrong path that lead us to a gravel-filled hill so steep that we had to get down on our knees to keep from falling.

Nonetheless, it was quite the experience and the day kept getting better with our trip to the beach. Now, for those who know me, biking at Santa Monica was only the second time I ever rode a bicycle (the first time was in China...story for another day). I think I'm almost a pro now...just kiddin'.

We ended the day with a meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--I found out, after a quick google search that this restaurant was actually inspired by the movie Forrest Gump (a movie I highly recommend)! I had previously thought the movie came after but I guess I was wrong!

I had a wonderful time at home this break and I'm ready to start this new quarter with a bang! What did you do this break, or, if you are on break currently, what do you plan on doing?

Have an awesome day folks,

Rachel

LACMA:


Adventure time in LA...






My beautiful friends <3





I recently purchased a new lens for my camera--just in time for spring break!

Finally reunited with my friends after being away in college for so long, we decided to go for a trip to downtown LA. Following a trip to Lemonade (for the first time!) my friends and I drove over to LACMA for a mini photoshoot. It took some getting used to, but after a couple test shots, I was able to capture some awesome moments of our time together within the street light jungle located just outside the art museum. I definitely need to come back to this place during the day time and visit the special exhibits they hold every so often...

I hope those on spring break enjoy the last few days we have before returning to our busy schedules!

See ya in my next post,

Rachel

BALBOA PARK:


Good weather, good food, good company...


Bibimbap to satisfy my home-food cravings













With finals week just around the river bend (haha get it?) it was mighty due time for a last minute get-away. Luckily, my friend Shinah invited me on a trip to none other than the famous San Diego tourist hot-spot Balboa Park. This culturally rich and diverse area has a variety of attractions that include historical museums, a botanical garden, and interesting street performers. What made this trip even more of an experience was the beautiful, sunny weather and of course, my dearest friends.

As much as I wanted to explore more of what this place had to offer, time and homework were two factors we college students just didn't have enough of (jk on the homework, we have too much). Although, I did get some lovely, Facebook profile worthy shots of my friends...

If you ever have the chance, do visit this area! It's located right next to the San Diego Zoo and covers over 1000 acres of land--how grand!

Hope ya'll are killin them finals! And of course, thank you for reading :')

Rachel

p.s.-shoutout to junseok for driving us around!