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31 days. A recap

Hello friends and readers that have been following my random rambles this past month. I’m really proud of myself.

I used to always love blogging when I was younger. I had my Xanga and would write about everything that happened in my life. I was even on LiveJournal for a little. But even before online blogging, I loved writing in journals and diaries. I didn’t have very much content, but I liked to write. Sometimes I find old journals from when I was in elementary school and I giggle as I read the random things. But I guess it was my way of keeping memories, whether if it was just a sentence or a long paragraph.

I guess I just like writing about myself. Maybe it’s the Leo in me. But I definitely think I communicate a lot better when I write. In person, words don’t come out of my mouth very well. I stumble and get shy. I’ve always wished I were an eloquent speaker.

I must say, however, that it was hard trying to write about something different everyday, especially when I started this thing without any real motivation or inspiration. I took prompts from Googling “lifestyle blog topics”. I picked and chose topics that seemed easy to write about and I even repeated topics.

There were even days I almost didn’t want to write anything, just because I didn’t know what to write and I didn’t want to make people think they were wasting time. But every time I thought that, I told myself that this is a challenge for myself, not for anyone else. So even if I BSed my way through some days, I at least wrote something.

The top 3 things I felt comfortable writing about were probably OOTDs, food, and of course…entertainment. The whole reason I started this wordpress a few years ago was because of my love for tv shows. But as you can see, I’m trying to expand my horizons.

Even though this is the last day of the challenge, I still plan on blogging more. Not everyday, but at least twice a week. Hopefully because I’m giving myself more time, I’ll put a lot more effort into putting out better content that both you and I can enjoy.

Ultimately, I hope one day I can be a positive influence in someone else’s life.

If you want to check out all my blogs this past month, check it out here.

xoxo,

Adele
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Favorite Way to Spend Time Alone & Unwind

I love my alone time. It allows me to gather myself and rejuvenate. Extroverts get their energy from being around people, while introverts are known to get drained from being with others. If you can’t tell, i’m an introvert.

When I come home from work, I usually drop everything on the couch and go straight to my bed and lay down. I used to think I was a morning person, but it’s clear lately that is not the case. 

If I go out one weekend, the next I want to stay in and re-energize.

But what exactly do I like to do?

If i’m not scrolling through my IG or Facebook feed, I’m making lists. No, i’m not like Arya Stark making THAT type of list. I’m making lists of things I want to check off. I make lists of things I need to do and things I want to do. Whether I do check off the things in the future, is a different story.

I read. There are so many books I want to read. I want to read books that inspire movie adaptations. I want to read autobiographies of my favorite celebs. I read fanfiction. And most of all I want to read books that will allow me to better myself and that will inspire me. Like I said in a previous post, I always want to learn.

I watch things. There are over 50 shows & movies on my Netflix list. I never realized that, but I guess I love my tv. My life is pretty uneventful, so I love to emerge myself into the lives of fictional characters.

I play video games. My favorite video game to play is Grand Theft Auto. I know it’s shocking, but it’s fun to drive around and do stuff that I would never do in real life. Too bad my PS3 is broken.

I sleep. Sleep is essential. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m not a nice person. But i’ll still smile at you.
xoxo,

Adele

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Adele cooks: Tacos

It’s not Tuesday, but I made tacos. My mom was planning on grilling eggplant so I decided, i’d go to the grocery store and buy steak. I haven’t had steak in a while and since the gril was going to be on, why not kill two birds with one stone.

Now, I’m no master at the grill and i’m definitely not a master at steak. I don’t know how to choose the right cut. I just choose what’s inexpensive. I’m not picky when it comes to meat. It all tastes the same to me. I apologize to all the steak connoisseurs out there.

At first, I was just going to grill a steak. But then I remembered that we had tortillas. You got to utilize what you have right? So the thought came to make steak tacos.

As far as the type of steak I bought, I chose beef chuck steak. It was about 1-inch thick and it was the least expensive. While at the grocery store, I also purchased a bunch of cilantro and pre-diced onions.

When I got home, I [garlic] salted the steak. While I let it sit for a while, I decided I didn’t want to grill outside. It was too hot and I didn’t want my mom to have to wait for me to finish or vice versa. So I ended up searing it in a pan. As I let the steak marinate, I heated and oiled up the pan. When it was hot enough, I seared each side for about 6 minutes and it came out medium rare, which is mostly how I like it!


When it was done, I sliced it up into pieces, placed it in my flour tortillas & topped with the diced onions and chopped cilantro. For some reason I had a tough time chopping cilantro. Hopefully, I’ll be better next time.

And then voila! I was done making dinner. I was too hungry to open up the store bought salsa, but the cilantro and onion gave it some flavor!


Cooking is all about experimenting and using things you have available.

If you think what I wrote sounds good, here are the ingredients I used:

  • beef chuck steak
  • garlic salt to season
  • oil (I would’ve used olive oil, but I only had vegetable oil)
  • diced onions
  • chopped cilantro
  • your choice of salsa

Obviously, you can add your favorite taco seasonings and toppings, but I wanted simplicity. But mostly, it was a last minute craving.

What did you have for dinner today?

xoxo,

Adele
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#TBT. That one time at bandcamp…

That one time at band camp, nothing like American Pie happened – at least to my knowledge. If it did, then damn ya’ll were messy.

I went to band camp for four years of high school. But I wasn’t in band! I was in color guard. For those of you who don’t know what color guard is, it’s those kids who dance around with flags and rifles on the field with the marching band.

After summer practice at the rec center, we finally put together what we learned and joined the marching band for one week before the actual school year started. This is where we got to know everyone on field. We’d learn our marks/coordinates for the field show and learn how to maneuver around the band members. And we finally got to hear the music we were putting our routine to.

It was intense. Here we were practicing for hours in the hot summer time. We’d start off warming up our bodies and do across the floors. I’m glad I had rhythm otherwise across the floors would have been my worst nightmare. Then, we’d start warming up with equipment. 

To be honest, I don’t remember much, but there are two things I do remember:

1. We always had registration and picture taking for our IDs during band camp. Because we were outdoors all the time and in the sun, I always got dark. And in every I.D. picture I was pretty tan. It’s pretty funny.

2. We had a sleepover each year to get to know every one. It was a way for us to bond before the school year started and celebrate getting through a tough week at band camp.

I don’t have any juicy band camp secret, but I just wanted to write this to let you know not to believe everything you see in the movies. πŸ˜‚

xoxo,

Adele
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What’s left on my summer bucket list?

Summer break is almost nearing it’s end. I’m not really affected since summer break doesn’t exist after college and here in San Diego, seasons never really change. 

The unofficial end of summer is typically Labor Day. This year that falls on Monday, Sept. 4th. But if you want to get technical, summer really ends on September 22nd, meaning there’s still a lot of time to soak up the sun, bbq, and wear your fave summer fashion.

I didn’t really have a defined bucket list for the summer because again, it’s not like I had it off. But within the next month or so I’d like to do the following:

  • Go to the beach and have a bonfire
  • Wonderspaces
  • Drive to LA and possibly do one of the Hollywood sign trails
  • Have/attend a BBQ
  • Go to the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park
  • Karaoke with friends
  • Bar hopping & dancing
  • Check out a summer movie
  • Be a tourist in my hometown
  • Do a vlog or cover
  • Finish this blog challenge

These are pretty basic things, but my summer has been really uneventful. As far as trips, I went to Vegas, but that’s about it. My main goal is to have good times with friends and family. I definitely need to make more of an effort to get out there and do more than go to work Monday to Friday, you know?

And aside from my bucket list, I want to do some summer cleaning and brainstorming for the months to come. There’s so much I want to do and I need to get motivated!

P.S. I apologize for this short post. I didn’t have the time today. But at least I’ve written something for the past 23 days!

xoxo,

Adele

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What’s in my Netflix queue? (Part One)

I used to watch a lot of television. Keyword(s): used to. I’d get excited for new shows and new seasons every Fall that I would create a little spreadsheet/calendar of premiere dates.  I would typically stay on top of my shows and never really have to catch up.

I still watch a lot of television. But i’m so behind on my former favorite shows. Plus, I hate watching TV in the presence of other people. I’m anti-social like that. And I have no wifi.

The only show that I love and stayed caught up on was Pretty Little Liars and currently Game of Thrones and The Bold Type.

I’d like to catch up on shows before the new seasons start.  However, I feel like I have a long way to go, especially since my Netflix queue is all over the place. Let’s take a look…

THE TOP 5. These series are a few of my all time favorite shows. Sadly all of them are done, but I’m ready to binge watch.

Glee ended two years ago. I still listen to the soundtracks and see each performance in my head. It gave me life then and it still gives me life now. I miss seeing those kids every week. I need to hear them singing new songs and covers.

Pretty Little Liars just ended back in June. I tried binge watching all the eps before the finale, but that just didn’t work out. 160 episodes to watch in two weeks was pretty impossible. But it was so nostalgic watching the pilot compared to the last few episodes. The finale was an ode to the fans.

Gossip Girl came back on my radar when two of my favorite Filipino actresses revealed they was rewatching episodes. The pilot episode gave me so many feels, but I’m still mad at how it ended.

One Tree Hill had Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, two people I love. Unfortunately, I still need to catch up on OTH. I don’t remember ever finishing the last 2 seasons. But I did watch the finale.

The Secret Circle will always be the one that got away. When I heard of this cancellation, I was devastated. The first season left us with such a cliffhanger! I legit cried and I even participated in signing those petitions and tweeting #SaveTheCircle. Out of all the CW cancellations, this was the one that disappointed me the most. #WitchesRule

THE FAVES I NEED TO CATCH UP ON. These shows have new seasons coming soon and some even their last!

The Originals. I watched TVD to watch Phoebe Tonkin kick ass as a werewolf (She was on the Secret Circle). Then she got her own show with the Original vampire family, so I had to watch it. However, I think I stopped during season 2 or 3. It’s 5th and final season is premiering this Fall and I may wait and just binge watch after it’s done.

Once Upon A Time has many changes in the new season this fall, with several main characters leaving. There are so many twists and turns on our favorite fairytales. I’m curious to see how it goes without it’s main heroine and family, but I have to catch up on about 1 and a half seasons. But since it’s sort of a reboot maybe I don’t have to catch up…

How to Get Away with Murder. I’m on the season where they focus on “Who shot Analise?” That’s season 2 I think? HTGAWM makes me think too much. At first it was confusing with all the flashbacks, but I started to understand more and it sucked me in. In fact, it’s the only show in Shondaland I ever got into.

Orange is the New Black doesn’t have a new season coming out anytime soon, so I have a lot of time to catch up. This past season is pretty good so far. There’s so much chaos amongst the inmate takeover, I can’t wait to see who survives it.

THE SHOWS ABOUT THE SUPERHEROES. Smallville was my favorite show growing up, so to see the following shows make such an impact on their audiences is pretty amazing.

To be honest, I need to catch up a lot on these shows. I might as well start from the beginning.

Supergirl. As a fan of Superman, I was so excited for this show. I was so excited to see Supergirl’s story, not just Superman’s cousin. Honestly, when they brought Superman on the show (Tyler Hoechlin), I was kind of pissed and scared that he would outshine Kara. But anyways, Kara and her friends felt relatable. She wasn’t just this alien, she was a girl trying to figure out what she wanted in life. Also, as a Gleek, Melissa Benoist made me proud.

The Flash. I didn’t know much about Barry Gordon, other than what I saw on Smallville. I still don’t know much about him, but Grant Gustin is a dork and how can you not fall in love with him.

Arrow. Just like the Flash, the only Oliver Queen I knew was played by Justin Hartley, and I loved him. I didn’t know Stephen Amell, but I knew Katie Cassidy and I wanted to support one of my favorite CW actresses. But I fell in love with the drama and the action. What can I say? I love the brooding guys that come out of their shell. Am I talking about the right show?

Gotham. I never finished season one, but I liked what I saw in the first few episodes. We’re all used to seeing grown up, broody Batman, but in contrast, we see the future Batman as an innocent little boy who just lost his parents. However, we do see some brooding from Benjamin McKenzie. Oh how I missed that.

This isn’t my whole Netflix queue, but it’s the ones that are on the top of my list! Stay tuned for more of my list and maybe we can watch together.

xoxo,

Adele

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Travel Bucket List: International Countries

It would be a great opportunity to be able to get on a plane and travel to certain destinations at my own discretion.

I’ve been to the Philippines and that’s about it for international destinations, unless I count my stopovers in South Korea. The airport is really nice.

As far as other places here in the U.S., I’ve been to Dayton, Las Vegas, and more recently, New York. It was a short weekend, but it was great to travel as an adult and tourist. Vegas is great, but it gets old real quick. I hope to visit New York again and check out more great spots along with other cities in the U.S. But I’d love to get more stamps in my passport and learn about other countries.

Here are the top 10 countries I’d like to visit if I had the money and vacation time to do so!

CANADA

Oh, Canada! Since middle school & high school I wanted to visit the country up north, specifically Vancouver. The main reason had/has to do with my love for television. I remember always wanting to do a road trip just so I could see where exactly my favorite tv show, Smallville, was filming. For some reason I thought that if I was able to road trip it to Vancouver, I could easily meet Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, & Alison Mack. I’d still love to make it to Van city to see where some current shows film. I’d also love to visit Toronto to see my Degrassi people and where Drake started.

But other than my love for television, I’d like to go sight seeing at places like Niagara Falls and Old Quebec and even visit the top of CN Tower to get a view of Lake Ontario.

FRANCE

Bonjour, je m’appelle Adele! For those of you that don’t know, I took French for four years from middle school to high school. Too bad I only retained a few things. If someone spoke slowly to me in French, I’m confident that i’d probably be able to pick up a few words.

Je voudrais aller Γ  Le Louvre et L’Arc De Triomphe. If I wrote that correctly, I just said, “I would like to go to the Louvre and the Arc De Triomphe.” These were a few destinations we learned about in French class. I’d also love to admire the architecture of all the castles and palaces like the Palace of  Versailles. And of course what would my trip be without visiting the Eiffel Tower? I’d love to see it during the day and how it’s lit up at night. The hopeless romantic in me pictures someone proposing to me right in front of it in the city of love, Paris.

ITALY

Let me start off by saying that I love Italian food. Pasta is life. By saying that, i’d want to navigate through Italy and eat all the Pizza I can.

I’d want to admire the art, see Da Vinci’s Last Supper and climb the steps of Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) and then I’d go to the Trevi Fountain and make a wish. Visiting Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet would be amazing too!

But most of all i’d want to visit St. Peters Basilica and just sit and pray for a little.

UNITED KINGDOM

I want to be clichΓ©. First, I’d visit the Buckingham Palace. I’d want to stand next to a guard and try to get them to crack. But I don’t want to be obnoxious. We both know I wont pester them. I’d just stand there and smile awkardly. Then i’d pretend to make a call from a red phone booth and cross Abbey Road. Maybe, I’ll meet a cute british boy who’ll charm me with their accent and then we’ll go find a Nandos and have lunch.

JAPAN

Although I’m a bit claustrophobic, I’d love to cross the Shibuya Crossing. I mean, it cracks me up how I see people stand in the middle and almost stop pedestraim traffic to take a picture. I’d want to do that to, but I don’t know if I have the guts to do so.

Tokyo Disney is on my list and visiting my friends who are stationed there is also a must. Oh and food. I’d go around to find the best sushi and desserts.

SPAIN

I dont’t know much about the landmarks and history of Spain, but like other countries, I’d want to explore the architect and the beauty of the building and culture.

AUSTRALIA

Of course I’d love to visit the land down under! It would be so cool to celebrate the New Year here since it’s the first country to celebrate. I’d like to watch the fireworks go off at Sydney Harbor Bridge.

THAILAND

Just like Spain and Australia, I’m not too familiar with famous landmarks or even the culture. But it’s definitely another Asian country I’d like to visit.

I’d want to visit the many islands and I’d be very down to eat the streetfoods. And shopping, always shopping.

GREECE

I want to have my own little Sisterhood of Traveling Pants moments and meet someone to take me out of my comfort zone. I am forever a hopeless romantic.

But mostly, I’d like to visit all the places we’ve heard about in Greek Mythology and history. I’d want to visit the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

Also, although I’m not a big fan of beaches, I’d want to see Myrtos Beach as well!

PHILIPPINES

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been to the Philippines already. The first time was when I was 16 and I mostly stayed in the province of Zambales. The second time I went was last December, 11 years after the first time. As an “adult”, I made lists of places I wanted to visit, but just like when I was 16, I was mostly in the province. We were in Subic and Manila a few times for shopping and whatnot and even took a whole bus full of 50+ people to Pangasinan and Baguio, but there were so many places I wanted visit.

When I go back to the Philippines, I’d like to go to Vigan and see the Spanish influences in the architecture. I’d love to explore  Manila and Quezon City along with Makati and Tagaytay. Palawan and Boracay is on my list for beaches. I’d even hike a little to see Mt. Pinatubo! There’s even a lot to check out in my family’s province, i’d want to explore more. I just wish it were a little cooler in temperature.

Remember #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines.

I hope that one day I’ll get to visit at least half of these countries. But writing this list made me realize I don’t know much about other countries. For a lot of countries I wouldn’t know where to even start, but I know I’ll figure out a plan if I do get the chances to step foot in each of these countries! I look forward to learn more about each country and the culture.

If you have any recommendations of places to visit in each country, let me know!

xoxo,

Adele

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