2018 Travel Recap!

I once saw a quote “Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” I truly believe that.  Richer not in terms of money but richer in memories, knowledge, and culture. And in my case I was fortunate enough to experience all of that and more from my recent travel in 2018. Scroll to see my 2018 Travel Recap!

Philippines

(January 2018) This trip is hands down my favorite and most memorable one in 2018. Some of you probably already know but if not well; I am Filipina. I was born In the Philippines and moved to the United States when I was younger. So technically Philippines is what I call Home. My family still lives out there. So every time I get to visit I always have the best time! #itsmorefuninthephilippines!

Also one of the reasons that this trip was memorable was because of our Non-profit organization “Angels of Hope Ministry”. My mom is the founder of this organization and it’s mainly focusing on helping children. In 2018, we were able to do an outreach in Zambales. We provided food and clothes to a village that was destroyed by Mt. Pinatubo (volcano) back in 1991. The village was wiped away and families were forced to evacuate their houses. They relocated on top of the mountains and been living there ever since. These people are usually called Aetas and they have less resources than we do. We learned that these families would walk at least 3-5 hours to have access to food and water. Most of the children did not go to school and started a family at an early age.

On this trip, we explored: Manila, Cavite, Alabang, Subic, Zambales, and Tagaytay.

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San Francisco

(May 2018) My favorite city! I think I talked about how much I love SF so many times that I probably sound like a broken record by now but I can’t help it. I love the vibe, the people and culture. I love that there are so many places to see and explore. Every corner has its unique characteristics and of course the food variety is endless! My favorite is their: Clam Chowder!

On this trip, we explored: Powell Street, Pier39, Ferry Ride Mission Peak and Mike’s Cherry Picking.

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Las Vegas

(September 2018) This trip was last minute. My birthday was coming up and I knew I wanted to spend it elsewhere. So I thought why not spend your birthday in a city where they have the best nightlife & endless alcohol. That’s why my boyfriend and I ended up in Las Vegas for my birthday week.

On this trip, we explored: Las Vegas strip, Fremont Street and All the Vegas hotels.

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San Francisco

(December 2018) I went back to my favorite city again but only for few days as we headed to Reno for New Year. I was excited though to still see the Christmas decorations in Union Square. It’s definitely a sight to see!

On this trip we explored: Powell Street, Union Square, and 16th Avenue tiled steps, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Boba Guys, Home SF, and Land’s End Labyrinth.

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Reno

(December 2018) We spent New year in Reno along with my boyfriend’s family. It was amazing because it reminds me so much of Las Vegas with casinos and hotels everywhere just smaller and less crowded. There were also fireworks and music before the clock struck midnight.

On this trip, we explored: Reno downtown, Boomtown, Peppermill, El Dorado, Silver Legacy and Harrah’s.

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Lake Tahoe

(January 2019) I am including this one even though technically we went January 1st. But it’s only a few minutes away from Reno and we passed this on our way home.

 On this trip, we explored: Squaw Valley Resort.

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So there’s my 2018 Travel Recap! I already can’t wait for our next adventure for 2019! Hoping to add New Orleans and Seattle to my list! Where do you guys want to travel this year? Let me know!

xoalyssalyss

What I do for a living?

What do I do for a living? This is one of the questions that I get asked a lot on a daily basis. That’s why I thought I should just create a separate blog post focusing on that very topic.  Besides, it will be a great way for you guys to learn more about me.

To answer everyone’s question. I’m a Licensing Specialist in a state government. I have been with them for 3 ½ years now. What do I do? I license Home Health, Hospice, and agencies who provide Personal care attendant services. So basically I review applications to make sure that these agencies all across Texas are in compliance and that they are following the rules and regulations. We make sure that their staff is qualified to provide skilled nursing services and that they can legally operate to ensure the health and security of their patients/clients. It is a big responsibility if you ask me but I love it! Especially because I know that I’m making a difference and that I’m helping our community to be a safer place.

I also love the fact that it’s your typical Monday – Friday; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM schedule. It’s a job that allows me to still do other things like spending time with family and friends, go out and socialize or create content for my Instagram. It also allows me to take a long vacation and travel which is a HUGE deal because my boyfriend and I loves to Travel.

I guess the only downside I can say is that this job is not exactly the job that I picture myself to be doing. As some of you may know I majored in International Business with Logistics and Marketing. I graduated just last year (2017) and at that time I remember thinking to myself that after I graduate, I will be doing Imports and Exports for a major logistics company or that I will be a part of a huge marketing firm. (I was really ambitious as you can tell!) But things does not always go the way you planned it and you know what I am actually okay with that. I mean I was disappointed at first as I feel like I wasted years of studying, money and all the hard work I put into it but eventually I learned to love my job and love where I’m at. And that’s what really matters.

I am not giving up entirely in my dream though just to be clear. I am just taking a different route at the moment.  Maybe someday I will actually work for a marketing firm or a logistics company. Who knows what the future holds. But what I do know is that right now is where I’m supposed to be. As cliché as that may sound I stand by it.

“Bloom where you are planted”.

So there you go! It’s short but I hope I answered some of ya’ll questions!

Now it’s my turn. What do you guys do for a living? or what are your goals and dreams? I sure would love to know!

xoalyssalyss