Common Zodiac Stereotypes

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Whether you're a Scorpio, Libra, or Capricorn; your zodiac strings a few stereotypes that may feel a bit exaggerated or flat out relatable. So when your friend says, "Oh, that's so Gemini of you," they might be right.The following are the most common zodiac stereotypes you may find just a tad bit true.

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Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Aquarius tends to think with their head instead of their hearts so don't be surprised to see them looking detached. 
Common Stereotypes: Diffusive, Indecisive, Radical, Independent, Innovative

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces possesses the kindest hearts and can be seen to love deeper than any signs. 
Common Stereotypes: Apologetic, Promiscuous, Dreamy, Sympathetic, Compassionate

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Aries has a way to leave unforgettable impressions to people in their nature. 
Common Stereotypes: Reckless, Unsettled, Headstrong, Enthusiastic, Courageous

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Taurus reflect the characteristics of a bull which mean they will never react unless provoked. 
Common Stereotypes: Stubborn, Domineering, Conceited, Trustworthy, Practical

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Gemini can be difficult to deal with, but they're capable of introducing other's to oppurtunies and question the unthinkable. 
Common Stereotypes: Unstable, Tolerant, Tricky, Intellectual, Erratic

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer has irrepressible characteristics which help them bounce back faster than any other signs
Common Stereotypes: Restless, Jealous, Versatile, Adaptable, Changeable

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Beyond their strong, independent exterior, Leos are entralled by romance and have a soft spot for those who sweep them off their feet. 
Common Stereotypes: Stubborn, Fearless, Aggressive, Honest, Ambitious

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

Virgos are talented in detecting hidden motives around them which explains their cautious characteristics. 
Common Stereotypes: Analytical, Observant, Precise, Sensitive, Doubtful

Libra (September 23 - October 22)

The Libra will show understanding when involved in a conflict, and in many cases, they'll resolve it with compromise. 
Libra Stereotypes: Shallow, Ambitious, Modest, Artistic, Affectionate

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpios are signs with both intensity and extremes. While they seem to present a cool, detached deamenor, they're very loyal to their loved ones. 
Common Stereotypes: Secretive, Pessimistic, Stingy, Devoted, Thoughtful

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Sagittarius have a really upbeat and funny personality as they're open to new experiences and enjoy the connection of new people. 
Common Stereotypes: Defiant, Rash, Dependable, Calculating, Foresighted

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Capricorns are reserved and guarded as they survey their surroundings. Often, they want to know who you are before you get to know them.  
Common Stereotype: Eccentric, Magnetic, Selfish, Ambitious, Discontented

To the Woman Who Can't Let Go

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My Dear,

There's a vulnerable soul within you that's gasping for air. You considered two options: move on or salvage a bond that's been torn to pieces. It's a reality to which you refuse to discern. For months, maybe even years, you stayed. You fill your days with excuses for his absence and fantasize the future. Perhaps, one day, he'll change. Perhaps, one day, you'll be his priority again.

Some days, you find yourself packing, but fear engulfs your core. It's the same fear that forces to retreat and prances at your predicament. As you unpack, you kick yourself for letting cowardice cloud your judgment. But my dear, you're far from being a coward.

Other days, you lead yourself to believe that maybe it's not so bad. Perhaps, your heart is overreacting. Despite the adversaries, you choose him, and he's chosen you. Still, there's always that ounce of dismay that lingers within. Every day, you'll find excuses to stay.

My dear, I've seen your joy dwindle to nothing but apathy. You walk in the past of his touch, his sweet nothings, and his tender kisses. You heart housed a flame blazing with ecstasy, but now, it's faint.

What is love? Is it indifference? Is it foolish? Is it blinding?

You've wondered if this was all a game; a sheer trickery or deceit. To no avail, you continue longing for the man who once promised you the world.

My dear, I've seen you persevere. You toiled with all your might. You loved and hoped it's reciprocated. With all that effort, you've found yourself numb from canceled plans and empty promises. Still, you're entranced by the phantasm of change.

My girl, I hear your cry for help. It's loud, and it's clear. He looks at you and doesn't see past your vulnerability. Your beauty he once saw is overlooked with other stimulants deemed more valuable than yourself.

Still, my sweet, sweet dear, love is pure. When you find it again, you'll never question it. Love is feeling safe in his warm embrace. Love is a man's tender touch in the morning before starting the day. Love encourages communication and yields when necessary.

Love will never reduce your value, and it will never pin you down.

My dear, love rocks you to the core where you feel the best version of yourself, and it transforms your individuality. Love cheers for your happiness and holds you when you feel defeated. Love will never intentionally hurt you, but it will tear your walls apart until you're capable of being vulnerable.

My dear, you might feel like you're stuck. As though no one hears your cry for help. Your silence is loud, and your tears are a clear reflection of your heartache.
But I want you to know that you're deserving of love.

One day, you'll realize you're beautiful. One day, you'll know that you're worthy of love. And when you find that love, love as though you've never been hurt before.

Because when you find that love, he'll understand your silence and swiftly weather your storms. He'll embrace your imperfections and see passed your flaws. Love will celebrate your individuality, and push you to pursue your passion. Someday, love will remind you of your beauty even when you feel the contrary. Love will not be perfect, but you'll never have to question it.

One day, you'll break free and know your worth. One day, you'll say, 'enough is enough,' and you'll walk away from the disillusions. When that happens, you'll find clarity intertwining with bliss. Such bliss will lead you to independence that you'll never look back. You'll run through the plains knowing you're capable of enduring pain, but you'll learn to persevere to spare yourself.

This, I tell you now. You're beautiful. You're strong, and you're worthy.

A Two-Day Foodie Guide to Portland, Oregon

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Keep Portland Weird is a saying worth noting especially when you're taking a visit to such an eclectic city. They're known for many things like pubs, craft beer, restaurants, the infamous unipiper, and ah, their glorious food carts. Diversity thrives in this city as you'll find mom and pop restaurants deliver cuisines influenced by their homeland. It's not a matter of whether you're hungry, but if you have room to down another donut before you fly back home. Now, it's time to open a bottle of beer because you're going to need a smooth finishing touch to your underbelly.

Day One in Portland, Oregon

Tasty n Sons


Brunch has a new meaning with inventive cuisines from Tasty n Sons. Inspired by many parts of the globe, restauranteur, John Gorham has made a name for this iconic spot. Enjoy a Breakfast Board Fried Egg n Cheddar Biscuit of house sausage, house-cured bacon, or fried chicken. If you want to fancy your sweet tooth, there's a dessert just for you; feast on their Chocolate Potato Doughnuts that are sure to stand out from your typical desserts. Business Info

Nong’s Khao Man Gai

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This restaurant is evidence that simple dishes made deliciously merits popularity. Their highlighting meal is rooted by chicken poached in aromatic broth served with rice and herbs. This is the most elementary way to experience Portland, and still-- you'd still be doing it right. Business info

Pok Pok

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Forget everything you know about Thai food because pad-thai is not found in the menu. When you want to experience Thai cuisines in the US, you go to Pok Pok. This spot is Portland's window to Thailand as it introduces you to dishes you've never heard before. Did someone say, Fish Sauce Chicken Wings? Sign me up. Business info

Blue Star Donut

When you're ready for dessert, head over to Blue Star Donuts. From there, you'll discover local, fresh ingredients that are utilized to make unique flavors that consistently changes every day. They're most notable for their brioche-style donuts which are made in an 18-hour process along with loads of butter. But worth the fattening consequence. Grab a Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut or even a Blueberry Crunch which is hard to miss. Business Info

Day Two in Portland, Oregon

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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There are numerous cafes in Portland, but the one to visit is Stumptown Coffee Roasters. True ambassadors of coffee, these artisans understand how to craft notes of sweet and bitter undertones in every cup. The magic doesn't stop there, order a latte and you'll be delighted with the most intriguing top layer or a heart or leaf design. But that's not the only thing that makes them so unique. They understand the dynamics of coffee as they deliver flavors from Africa, Indonesia, and parts of Latin America. Business Info

Screen Door

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It takes time to make good fried chicken, but when it's done right-- you're in for surprises. Arrive early on weekends as you can expect a wait, and you won't be able to their humble venue as lines extend to the restaurant's perimeters. Still, the anticipation lives up to its hype with buttermilk-battered chicken is served with tasso ham gravy and collards. Business Info

The Observatory

This restaurants transitions from a casual neighborhood eatery to elegant spot-- and it all depends on your liking. However you, please, come in for a drink after work or bring a date for an artful selection of tapas. Come in for brunch to dig in on Shrimp and Grits or dinner for some lamb burger. Either way, you can't go wrong with any of them. Business Info

Salt & Straw

They're know for the butterlike finish of their ice cream with experimental flavors such as Strawberry Balsamic with Black Pepper. You guest it; it's loades with fresh strawberries roasted to perfection, balsamic vinegar and black pepper. If that's not your cup of tea, another notable dessert to try is their Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon Ice Cream. Business info

4 Winter Trends We're Into Right Now

Sunday, January 15, 2017

We're braving the winter chill to rock 2017 in stylish glamor. Whether you're from the west or east coast, low temperatures linger, making sweatpants our go-to than real outfits. Still, this frost doesn't have to end good fashion as we rock scarves, hats, and coats to our advantage. Here are seven winter trends that are going to make you ditch those sweatpants. 

parkaThe Parka

If you can't get enough of your fall's utility jacket, you don't have to! The parka is lined with a warm layer so you can continue to look fabulous without giving up your fashion favorites. I have to admit, I've been wearing mine throughout the winter, and it has not disappointed me. Above: 1, 2, 3, 4


turtleneckTurtlenecks

We've been seeing the turtleneck coming back this year. While it may get some dorky rap, we love the comeback. And don't worry, today's trend feels more like a fashion-forward than Steve Jobs turtlenecks. Pair them with some with wide leg pants if you feel adventurous. Above: 1, 2, 3, 4



ankle bootsAnkle boots

Knee-high boots are still a thing, but this year, ankle boots are taking over the streets. You'll see women rocking them with ankle-high skinny jeans just to get a glimpse of skin, but enough to keep the feet warm. But wait, are your jeans too long? Here's the right way to cuff your pants to incorporate your ankle boots. Above: 1, 2, 3, 4


bomber jackets
Bomber jackets

Remember when faux leather used to be a thing? We think bomber jackets took over the stage in replacement of them. It's about that time that they're trending again as you can rock them with your everyday. Above: 1, 2, 3, 4

When in Portland, Visit the Portland Japanese Garden

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Portland, Oregon is a breathtaking city that's filled with independent minds working together to form an incredible culture. From food to landmarks, Portland knows how to 'wow' you in a way that makes you question your flight back home. Should I really hop on that plane on Monday? Truth be told, it's reasonable to challenge such reality. 

Portland Japanese Garden is a popular tourist and local destination for any season. I went on a November afternoon when heavy jackets were a must. What you see on this post is pretty much what I wore throughout my stay. Different pants and shirt, but the same jacket and beanie. 

The beanie is unique because my friend sent it to me from New York! It's a collection from Minx NY which is a combination of scarf and beanie. The idea seemed a bit odd when she described it, but I didn't question it! Let it be known that you should never go to Portland in fall or winter without a beanie. Bringing it was the best idea I've made this month as I would have been freezing throughout my visit. It got the point where a jacket, boots, and beanie was a necessity. 

Portland Japanese Garden was serene. It was a well-thought of landscape that takes your breath away. A stroll through the garden felt like wonderland as foliage engulfed the area. You're greeted with waterfalls to which you can sit and ponder. Had I more time, I would have grabbed my book and drank tea in the presence of such beauty. 

Indeed, it's one of those places you have to visit when in Portland. The whole perimeter could be scaled within thirty minutes, but it's not a surprise if one should decide to dedicate one full day. 

Death Valley National Park

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This week has been going so well for me. My boss decided that we weren't working today so I have the day off! This is perfect because if I have to sit in my cubicle for the next eight hours, I wouldn't be able to sit still! I'm way too excited for my trip to Portland, Oregon! 

I'm actually going tonight which is nerve wracking because I haven't packed at all. I mean it's only for three days, but to my defense, I'm a girl. I have to have my necessities. Packing used to be easy for me. I remember going to Vegas for one weekend with bringing almost an empty bag. The girls around me thought that I was crazy because they're hauling suitcases around. 

Anyway, I'm sitting here on the couch wondering what I should do with my extra time. One thing that pings in my mind is to pack, but my lazy self is too stubborn to do anything productive. See, I meant to do all this last night, but I was drawn by a book. Next thing you know, I passed out like a baby.

Also, one thing that's impeded me from productivity is this damn chill. I already have the heater on and I'm still freezing! This makes me wonder if I'd even survive Portland this weekend. 

I just realized I rambled on about this weekend instead of Death Valley! So a few weeks ago, the best person in the world, decided to take me to Death Valley. Honestly, I didn't see the appeal. I'm more of trees and butterflies and everything nice, but this was not bad at all! The only alarming thing about this trip was the part when I saw a live tarantula. Yes, in the wild. A fat hairy spider just a few inches away from me. To my surprise, it was so docile that it didn't bother freaking out at the sight of me freaking. Well, now that I think about it, I just sound like a maniac. To my defense, it looked deadly! Okay, yeah I'm lying. 

So the first few photos you see here is from Dante's View. I never thought I would see anything like it. For a moment, I thought, this is not Earth. Absolutely not! As we inclined to the top, I wanted to shut my eyes because one, I was getting all the goosebumps! Two, I wanted to get more goosebumps! So, I closed them until I was directed to take a gander. This spot-- It's one of those places you just have to see to believe. 

Death Valley has always seemed a little spooky for me because of its name, but now I've come to appreciate it a bit more. Oh, and get this... I went over there in celebration of my birthday. Yeah, it was a bit of an irony-- but a good story to tell in the future!

We stayed until night time, but after seeing that spider, I consistently shouted, "spider check!" And scoped through my general area to see suspicious creatures lurking around. Luckily, there was nothing in sight! 

I'm a big fan of stargazing so we stayed until the sun was gone. The small dots in the sky along with the moon was just amazing. It's one of those things that you never get to appreciate in the city because of the lights. When you at Death Valley, stay a bit longer to look at the stars. Preferably when there's no moon. Regardless, it'll always be a beautiful night. 

One Year Older

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I'm not going to lie, I'm having quarter life crisis! Now that I'm in my mid-twenties, I'm starting to question everything! If I could, I would want to push time back and start some things over again. Though, life isn't exactly in our favor. With skepticism aside, I would just like to list a few things that makes me happy. 

1. Love - I'm thankful to love and be loved. 
2. My Seastars - We're a lot like sisters because even though we find ourselves bickering at each other, we still love one another. I'm thankful for having them in my life. 
3. Haru and Kobi - my cutest fluff balls in my life!
4. Yelp - When you're an Elite, you're like a foodie on steroids. Everything is to another level from check-in everywhere I go to taking photos of all food ordered. I mean, everyone I know are courteous enough to wait until I snap there food! 
5. Hanging out in a cozy bookshop like Barnes and Noble. 
6. Herbal tea with honey and lemon. 
7. The oh-so-talented Childish Gambino. 
8. Not being so afraid of flying anymore! 
9. Discovering new places. 
10. When a coworker becomes a friend. 
11. Picking flowers in the market. 
12. Flower decorations at home. 
13. A walk on the beach. 
14. Laughing about the silliest things. 
15. Having someone to admire. 
16. Giving candy to trick-o-treaters. 
17. Yelp Elite Events - all the samples at your disposal. 
18. Being together. 
19. Daydreaming
20. The sun on my face on a chilly day. 
21. Christmas shopping. 
22. Quality time with grandpa. 
23. Watching a good live show! 
24. A day at the beach. 
25. Getting featured for a creative work. 
26. Falling asleep at the sound of rain.
27. Waking up to my love. 
28. Imitating a French laugh.
29. Snickering about inside jokes. 
30. Rainbow lattes

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