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Dana Point Waterfall

#TBT to that one time it rained so much in California! Do you remember when there was a huge waterfall happening in Dana Point? Don’t remember? Read this Orange County Register article here to learn more about it!

BeeJay, Peter and I hung out again to practice taking pictures on this one night. We wanted to check out the waterfall and see what it was all about.

We drove by the waterfall a few times because of course, we couldn’t find it in the dark. We pulled into a lot to park our car and walked across the street hoping that we could find the waterfall.

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Well, it wasn’t raining so there was actually no waterfall at that moment but we at least knew where the fall would be. We hung around the area for a bit and then it started drizzling. Then within minutes, it started raining cats and dogs.

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We left the site and got to a hut that had picnic tables, and stayed there for about 10 or 15 minutes until the rain calmed down.

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While it was raining heavily, we suddenly heard a rushing sound of water. We were like, “Listen! Do you hear that?” We all stood still and were in much surprise because of how loud the water was.

By the time we wanted to check out the waterfall, the rain had stopped luckily. We followed the thunderous clashing sounds of water and were in awe of how monstrous this waterfall was.

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We took some long exposures in front of the waterfall and the street behind us.

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It was definitely an experience to be hanging outside in heavy downpour and to take pictures of this waterfall at night. Friends, it’s not a great idea to take pictures of a waterfall at night. No one really does that anyway.

Hopefully, we’ll get to see this waterfall when it rains in the morning or afternoon. Not when it’s dark.

Thanks Peter for teaching me again how to take long exposures and thanks BeeJay for driving! Hope you all had fun in the rain!

Seattle, Washington

Eat Pray Love Journey – Day 3 – Seattle, Washington

I left Sacramento in the afternoon to fly over to Seattle, Washington! Whee! I checked the weather there before leaving and of course, it was raining. So I had to bundle up for the first time for the fall weather in my new water resistant peacoat!

Thanks Briana for dropping me off at a really nice and spacious international airport in Sacramento! I really can’t wait to hang out with you when you’re back in SoCal! Finish strong in pharm school!

The flight from Sacramento to Seattle on Alaska Air took about two hours.

I landed before my friend was able to pick me up. So while I was waiting, I decided to FaceTime my friend, Elaine, who was at the beach! She was chilling under the sun with a few friends. It looked like she was on a real vacation compared to me!

Can I just tell you how much I love technology? Elaine and I both laughed hysterically because we were FaceTiming. I don’t know why it was funny but I guess it just seemed out of the ordinary for us to be FaceTiming like that where I’m at the airport and she’s at the beach. Oh technology, you’re awesome!

When I got picked up by my friend Christian, he brought his friend Karl with him who is a Seattle native. The three of us went to downtown Seattle to hit all the fun spots that Karl knew of. We went over to the Public Market Center – Pike Place Market where fish is thrown in the air and fresh flowers are sold.

Did you know that Seattle natives don’t use umbrellas? So I basically looked like a native until I took this picture in front of the Public Market sign.

Check this video out where we saw a guy with a Starbucks cup balanced on his head and a fish thrown at him! Well, not directly to his face but thrown at the cup to knock it down!


This place was packed with high energy even though it was cold!

Karl said that whenever he’s at the Public Market, he always goes to Beecher’s Handmade Cheese for some homey mac and cheese! So we did just that!

My $5.75 Original Mac and Cheese was perfect for the rainy and gloomy weather in Seattle. Next time, I want to try their  Mariachi Mac and Cheese which has a slight spicy kick to it. I would highly suggest checking this place out as Yelp has given this cheesy restaurant 4 stars with more than 1,200 reviews!

The original Starbucks was located nearby so we went to check it out. The line was going out the door! I didn’t get anything but it was nice to see where America’s Starbucks addiction originated from!

I had to take a picture with lady Starbucks but I didn’t realize she was a little bit scandalous there.

We walked across the street to see the Pacific Ocean! Christian said, “This is the same ocean from California!” In disbelief, I just kept looking at the ocean to see if it was really the same ocean from California. (Sarcasm, my friends. Sarcasm.) It got super windy there but it felt really nice to experience a new change of weather for once as a SoCal native.

Karl shared how he also goes to Mee Sum Pastry for some BBQ Pork Buns so we had to check it out!

We started with something savory with the mac and cheese and ended with something sweet! The BBQ Pork Bun was also perfect for the cold weather. They served us fresh pork buns where the BBQ flavor was juicy and sweet stuffed in a warm bread! We just stood there on the sidewalk, enjoying every single bite of it. That reminds me, I want to go look for some good BBQ pork buns in Orange County or in LA. Who’s down to go with me? Ok, cool. Thanks.

Because I have a sweet tooth, I really liked this place! I was so tempted to get another one but I was so stuffed from the mac and cheese and this! Yelpers definitely liked this place. They currently have 4 out of stars with more than 323 reviews.

After exploring much around Pike Place, we went over to Space Needle! We didn’t go up the tower but walked around outside and inside. We couldn’t spend much time here as we had a long drive back home. It was definitely a defiant moment to see this historical architecture in person!

Thank you Christian and Karl for driving an hour and half to and from Seattle to pick me up! Thank you, thank you Karl for joining this spontaneous adventure and giving us a tour of your hometown!