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Art is Everywhere

I truly believe that wherever you look, there is something worth taking a picture of. You might think your everyday life looks mundane but if you try to look at life with an artistic perspective, you might see something different. When Alex and I were waiting to meet up with his friend, Justin, we decided to take a stroll around the neighborhood for a few minutes and take some fun pictures!

I wish I could have taken more pictures while we were waiting! One thing I’ve learned from traveling is that you should try to have the mentality of, “There won’t be next time.” So if you see something that is picture worthy, just go for it! Don’t tell yourself, “I’ll do it next time!” Trust me, you will forget and you will most likely not have that opportunity again to take a picture of it. It’s happened to me way too many times. Don’t let it happen to you.

Nike.

SacTown

Eat Pray Love Journey – Day 3 – Sacramento

I woke up early in the morning to get to the Greyhound station in San Jose. Huge thanks to Stacy and Yesie for waking up early to drop me off at 7am!

I was at the station to get a ride from San Jose to Sacramento for my next stop. It was $18.50 for this ride! So I was probably one of the first few people who arrived at the station early. So I just read and played on my iPad until the bus came.

Note to future self: You don’t need to get there an hour before your departure time especially if it’s early in the morning. Maybe get there 30 minutes before departure.

Right when I got inside the bus, I knew that this bus traveled many places with many kinds of people. It just smelled in there in the beginning and I’m sure I blended in with the smell so I couldn’t smell it anymore. I should’ve brought Febreeze. Oh well, next time.

Anyway, the bus had WiFi! I was so surprised how technology has advanced in that way but unfortunately, the WiFi was a little spotty. It wasn’t the best WiFi but hey, better than nothing, right?

So I checked my email and read some more. Then there was a stop in Oakland. I thought that we were picking more people up from Oakland but I quickly realized that they were dropping us off there! I was thinking to myself, “Oh man. I’m back in Oakland. Here we go again…” I was at the Oakland Greyhound station for an hour and time flew by quickly! Luckily, nothing shady happened. Wew!

So then after Oakland, we were finally on our way to Sacramento for an hour and a half drive! There were probably less than 20 people on the bus and the ride was not bad at all. It still smelled but I was just glad to be out of Oakland for my own safety.

Briana, my best frenemy, picked me up from the Sacramento Greyhound Station. By the way, Briana is one of the most punctual friends ever. I’m really thankful to have a friend like her who values time like that! Go Bri!

It was so surreal to see her in SacTown! We talk on the phone quite often so it felt like it was no big deal to see her there but then again, I couldn’t believe that I was visiting her in Sacramento!

Since I arrived in the afternoon, we grabbed lunch at Jack’s Urban Eats in downtown Sacramento. I told Briana that I didn’t care what I did in Sacramento but all I wanted to do was eat as healthy as I could.

This place is like Pluto’s where they make salad in front of you. They currently have 3.5 stars with more than 400 reviews on Yelp. Even though this place may be all about salad, one of their popular items is the garlic fries!

I got the Santa Fe Chicken which is like any other Santa Fe Chicken salad for $10.04. It had grilled chicken, romaine, fire-roasted red bell pepper, jicama, corn, black beans, tomato, tortilla strips, and tequila lime dressing. I don’t know why but I really like Santa Fe Chicken salads. I think it’s because I like how it has soft and crispy textures mixed in.

Jack’s Urban Eats is overall a simple salad and sandwich restaurant. It doesn’t hurt to check this place out but you’re also not missing out on much if you can’t stop by.

We were probably there for a few hours catching up. We tend to talk a lot in person and on the phone. Especially on the phone, we can easily talk for an hour minimum!

So we went over to her place and relaxed. Actually, she had to study for a bit which worked out perfectly because I wanted to work out! Yes, I worked out during my travels and it felt good!

Like I mentioned earlier, I told Briana that I didn’t really care for much what we were going to do. I didn’t Google what to do in Sacramento because I honestly didn’t mind taking it easy since I was only going to be there for a little less than 24 hours.

We did some errands as if we were just hanging out together in Orange County and picked up some food at Kabob Palace. This restaurant is an Afghan restaurant with 4 out of 5 stars and 58 reviews on Yelp. Though it currently has some decent reviews, this place was bare on a Friday night. Actually, the area we were in reminded me of South Orange County where shops close early and the town gets dark and quiet pretty quickly at night.

I enjoyed the chicken kabob I got for $12.95. It wasn’t greasy at all and had some spices to bring out the flavor of the chicken. The bread and the rice that comes with the kabob were pretty darn good. You can easily get addicted to it but I had to have some self control to not have so much carbs.

After dinner, we went over to one of her friend’s place to watch a movie. It was my first time watching any movie in a long time! I’m not much of a movie person unless it’s a documentary. Weird, I know. That’s a whole different story. Anyway, so we watched Insidious. It was fun watching it because I do enjoy scary and thriller movies. At one point though, I knocked out. I’m not sure if it was the loud noise from the movie that made me fall asleep or because I was already tired from traveling or that it was past my bed time. I did wake up just in time to see how it ended! But ugh…I knew there was something wrong with the dad! I just knew it!

It was definitely really late after watching the movie and my contacts were dried out! So we ended our Friday night with a scary movie!

Side note: Scary movies have no affect on me except to make me fall asleep. Just kidding-ish. I enjoy getting scared and don’t get nightmares after watching them. But! When people scream during the movie, it makes me jump out of my seat even though nothing actually happened in the movie. I’m usually pretty calm. And that’s what happened when I watched Insidious. People were screaming and it scared me. The end.

Thanks Briana for picking me up at the station and making it a chill visit!

Kevin Garcia | Hunter by Pharrell

I took another class from Kaba Modern at Focus Dance Center but this time Kevin Garcia taught the class! We learned a dance to Hunter by Pharrell. The choreography and the music itself had an old funk soul to it which made it more fun to dance in that style.

The class was pretty challenging because there were some intricate parts to that choreography! When everyone was dancing downwards, I was the one who was up. I was pretty much all over the place as the choreography became more difficult. In the midst of that though, I had a lot of fun and was inspired by the other dancers in that room! Check out what we learned and please don’t look for me but it might not be hard to find me, heh…

Kevin Garcia mentioned how dope Pharrell’s new album, Girl, is. Right after that class, I started listening to his album and I must say, it is dope! There’s a new taste to his style that I’m really digging!

K-Gar aka Kevin Garcia said that he’s more on the quiet side but when you see him dance, you definitely see his personality come out. Watch his group audition in the video below. He’s the one who starts on the right side.

I hope Kevin Garcia teaches more in the future! I’m looking forward to seeing him perform live and on YouTube!

Korean Bath House

A lot of my friends may be more Korean than I am. Don’t judge! I’m learning more about my roots oh so very slowly though. Anyways. My friend Daniel who is not Korean or of Asian decent heard about a Korean bath house in Irvine/Tustin area called I Spa. Right across from The District. I didn’t even know there was one so close to me! He heard about it from another Korean friend of his. None of my Korean friends told me about it! But I guess they assumed I would know.

So Daniel invited me to go but I didn’t want to spend $25+. The major problem was that I couldn’t let Daniel be more Korean than me. He was already ahead of the game by the fact he knew about this Korean bath house before me! Also, I couldn’t let him go to a Korean place by himself especially if he has a Korean friend, me! After much contemplation, I decided to go.

I tried to talk to the employees at the front desk in Korean but it didn’t last for a minute. They ended up speaking to me in English. That’s beside the point of my post here. So, we paid $25 for the basic use of the facility. This fee allows you to use all the sauna rooms that are opened to everyone. They gave us clothes to change into and a locker.

Korean bath houses are known for their various sauna rooms, jacuzzis, showers, and the scrubbing. The scrubbing was an additional $30 and had to be reserved ahead of time. We were definitely not going to spend $30 more since we were already paying $25.

But anyone who is new to this experience needs to try the scrubbing. There’s a scrubber person who will scrub all the dirt on your skin like your ashy elbows and knees. They’ll scrub your whole body until you turn pink. It may be a little painful and awkward but it’s all worth it at the end. Your whole body will be as smooth as a baby’s butt!

Daniel and I tried all 4 different sauna rooms and the ice room. Of course in the sauna rooms, we were sweating by doing nothing. You just lie down in the room and relax. In general you’re not suppose to talk much since other people are relaxing. But, Daniel and I probably talked a little too loud that people left the room once we came in. It was actually pretty funny.

Outside the saunas, there’s a resting area where people just lie down on the heated floor and watch Korean drama. Some people knocked out in the resting area. Hence the purpose of that area. There, we saw a good amount of non-Koreans there. I was surprised that a lot of non-Koreans were aware of this spa!

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I hope to go again since it was fun and relaxing. But it probably won’t happen anytime soon since this is pretty costly. I’m not ready to drop another $25 to relax in hot rooms for 2-3 hours.

Before I left the spa, I asked the front desk person in Korean if he had a paper of the prices for the spa. I actually only said the word paper in Korean since I didn’t know how to say brochure and the rest I said in Konglish. The front desk person started looking around for paper, I guess. He was having a hard time looking for whatever I asked for. Then I said in Korean, “I want to give my mom the paper.” After I mentioned my mom, he understood and was able to find a brochure of the spa in seconds. Going into the spa, I failed at speaking in Korean. Leaving the spa, I failed again. Again, that is beside the point of this post! I just thought it was necessary to share with you my experience there.

Thanks Daniel for letting me know about this! I have to say that we are almost even at who’s more Korean. It’s getting close!