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Chinatown Revisited

It’s been months, hasn’t it? Major update before I begin on what is the most amazing day that I ever had in 2018 thus far (Aside from last Sunday):

20181006_115456*My eyes were indeed open when I took this..*

  • I am now the employee of the month at my job. Not only that, but it has been officially over a year since I started working at Target Starbucks. It has been some ups and downs, but it was worth it, overall.
  • Still trying to get out on my own… I’ll make it on my own, someday soon, hopefully before the year is out, or before the start of next Spring.
  • The main reason why I haven’t been on here for months, is cause I’ve been dealing with my own anxiety and depression. Some days I’ve been doing well, but other days… it’s a struggle. As of recently, I learned that traveling really soothes and takes my stresses and anxieties away. Also, music helps, as well.
  • I’ll try to get more posts in on all three of my blogs, as much as I can per week. If I can’t, then my anxieties and/or depression might’ve gotten to me, and I will need to take some time to recharge.

Anyway, enough bout that..

Two days ago, I met up with my best friend, whom I haven’t seen since college! We decided to hang out in Chinatown for the very first time (2nd time in months for me, since Matt and I went there during the Chinese New Year celebration. Possibly a while since he went there)!

20181009_133803*Alex and I. We somehow decided to dress up in the same colors unexpectedly. Great minds think alike!*

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This ice cream place that we went to was amazing! I never tried Thai rolled ice cream before (Let along MATCHA ice cream), but let’s just say.. I loved it! Highly recommend this place!

20181009_153442.jpgThe next stop that we went to was this clothing shop. I always wanted one of these Chinese dresses, so I had to try one on! Now I know which size I am, so I can finally buy one next month!

The next stop that we checked out was this restaurant called Triple Crown. The food was really good (..and I got a chance to teach Alex some Chinese, as well! It’s going well.. he also taught me some German, too)

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After that was over, we decided to go to see Hell Fest. The movie was really good.. a few jump scares, but still really good! Chinatown will be the start of our travel adventures together. 😀 We ended up being silly, dancing and singing again, like old times.

20181009_190453.jpg*A shot of the South Loop from the Roosevelt Theater rooftop*

After the movie ended, we decided to walk back to the red line to Chinatown. Before we left, we decided to try out Bubble Tea

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This was my very first time trying out Bubble Tea.. and I gotta say: It’s very tasty! Next time Alex and I (..or whoever I go with) head to Chinatown, we’re getting some Bubble Tea til our stomachs can’t take it anymore!

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Before we left Chinatown, we came across this sign. The grammar was so bad, we almost laugh so loudly.. we decided to walk away, while… kinda holding our laughter in until we almost left the main entrance. Gotta say, Tuesday was the best day ever for the both of us. One place down, many more to come!

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Until next time, Chinatown!

–Sasha and Alex ^c^

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ACEN 2018: Part 2

Here’s part 2 of my amazing adventures at ACEN (Anime Central):

20180519_121720Day 2 with my other little bro Shawn, and awesome buddy Val

20180519_122845Thantos!!

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20180519_123220Bioshock!!

20180519_135105Team Rocket member

20180519_135451Met a few friends on that day, like this guy, Gabe. 🙂 He’s an artist, so if you want to check out his drawings, then you can go on Facebook (Destiny Designs), and check it out! His artwork is really awesome, by the way!

20180519_140121Invader Zim!

20180519_140244Cuphead… what a good, but very hard game.

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20180519_140704Adventure Time!

20180519_141303More Deadpool cosplayers, lol!

20180519_141324I tried one of these.. I sucked so bad at playing em, but it was fun.

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20180519_141909That mask reminds me of Askua’s mask.

20180519_141913Nick and Touré brought a pair of these.

20180519_143919Zero Suit Samus!! 😀

20180519_144032The absolute most cutest cosplay I ever seen: Jessie, James, and their Pikachu!

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20180519_144228Steven Universe (Eeek!!): Pearl

20180519_144926Garnet

20180519_145038..and Rose Quartz!

20180519_152133My darling and I

20180519_152211Kane!

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20180519_160711DBZ (Above) and DB Super!!

20180519_162757While Nick and Touré went to Gamestop (They actually walked a hour to the nearest one), and while Josh was at a panel, I decided to head back to the hotel to check out the pool, and the Jacuzzi. It was fun, nonetheless. Next year, I’m def bringing a swimming cap and goggles. Also, this was the first time in a long time that I wore a swimsuit.

20180519_222419Last pic of day 2: Going to the Soap Bubble rave with Nick and Touré. It was pretty fun… just wish my other little brother, Matt was with us. Also, this was my rave outfit that I wore. Next year, I’m going all out during both raves!

Part 3 will be coming… soon. Hopefully by next week, since I’ll be working the next few days.

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ACEN 2018: Day 1

I’m not dead.. I’m very much still alive. I’ve been working my arse off these past several weeks.. that, and preparing for ACEN this past weekend. I gotta say, this ACEN has been the best year yet (Despite my other little brother not being here, due to him catching the flu). Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year! I’ll be breaking it to 3 parts, cause of the many, many pictures that I took this past weekend. Plus, you’ll get to see my very first cosplay!

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20180518_110057Caterpie cosplay

20180518_110843Mei cosplay

20180518_112543Tons and tons of regular and Japanese consoles and games!!

20180518_112838Deadpool cosplay

20180518_120540My buddy Andrew and I. He was cosplaying as Casey Jones

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20180518_122218Wakanda forever!!

20180518_122235My little bro Josh in his Android 17 cosplay

20180518_124146I met up with my buddies, brother, and sister that day as well

20180518_111734I also ran into my old high school buddy as well!

20180518_124518My buddy Damarco and I

20180518_125004Metapod cosplay, lol

20180518_130437Goku cosplay. Can’t get any more awesome than that!

20180518_132030Skull Kid cosplay

20180518_142256Our new friends Kat (Trunks cosplay), and Brittany (Piccolo cosplay)

20180518_140847 Bulma and Trunks cosplay. This was taken during a DragonBall photoshoot that Josh and I went to.

20180518_144340Overwatch cosplayers!! Also, the cake is a lie!!

20180518_164734(1)My very first cosplay that I successfully did: Enid from OK K.O.: Let’s Be Heroes. I actually gotten several photos taken from different people and made new friends over this weekend! It’s just one thing that I still kinda wonder though: Is this what cosplaying actually feels like…?

20180518_194854Josh and I. After day one of the convention was over, Touré, Nick, Josh, and I went back to our hotel rooms, and went to Dave and Busters for dinner.

20180518_202629This drink (Non-alcoholic, by the way) was pretty good. It tastes like a grape freeze pop.. and the gummy worms made it even better!

20180518_203333Me, Touré, Josh, and Nick (In his Deadpool shirt). We had a blast this whole weekend.

20180518_203517The manager gave us even more gummies! Thank you, kind sir!!

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20180518_225926End of day 1. There was a rave that happened that night, but we decided not to go, since we were too tired from walking to and from Dave and Busters, so we decided to go tomorrow night. We slept peacefully through the night (Although the vent kept on making this loud noise that kinda kept all 4 of us awake (Along with Touré’s alarm going off…  grr. Covering it underneath you does not help at all, Kodzo, lol!!). Day 2 will be either tomorrow or Friday.. depending on which day I have enough time to do this post on.

By the way, I HIGHLY recommend staying at the DoubleTree Hotel if you’re staying in Rosemont. If I could, I would give it 50/10 stars.

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Massive Anxiety and Homesickness: The Ultimate Turning Point

*Written yesterday morning, starting at nearly 3 a.m.*

A few weeks ago, I had to abruptly say goodbye to Calumet City for good. I won’t go into details on what happened, but let’s just say that it wasn’t how I planned on leaving that suburb.., especially not with Touré, Matt, and Nick. Now, I’m living with family until October or November. If I have to stay longer than that…, then I am gonna go emotionally insane.. to the point of going back into massive depression (Better way to put it then what I was REALLY possibly gonna say).

There are times (Even though this very moment at 3 in the morning… I really need to go back to sleep, but my mind is really scrambled, and I’m crying my eyes out at the moment, due to being homesick out of the blue, and of course.. those freakin OHKO (Abbreviation for One-Hit KO. Fissure, Horn Drill, and Guillotine) moves in Gen 1 Pokémon… ;_; darn childhood fear) where I become really homesick as of lately, and it’s been making me very upset and causing HUGE anxiety. I’m really trying to get past this.. I really am, but it’s hard. Anyway…

These past few weeks have been really emotional and anxiety inducing. I just wanna thank Touré and Matt for helping me deal with this hard time, while at the same time, working on the ultimate plan for the 4 of us. With that said…

To Matt, my little brother: I don’t want you to worry about me, just cause I’ve been dealing with my anxiety all by myself as of lately. I’ve been dealing with it ever since I was a little kid, and now since I actually found other people who suffer from it (Including you) and is actually helping me cope and get through this destructive time (I call it destructive, cause at any moment, I can and will end up with a massive emotional breakdown, and trust me…, you do NOT want to be around me when that happens. If you can find a way to calm me down during that time (A hug or anything (That goes for you to, Nick and Touré!!)…, then by all means, do it). I just want to thank you for all of your help. Please bare with me as you continue to help, care, and support me, and as I do my hardest to recover and get out of my anxiety induced madness of my life. Just like you promise me that things will get better, here’s what I have to say to you: I know you’ve been dealing with a lot, but I promise you, it will get better.

October and November will be worth it.., we just gotta continue to hang on as much as we can. Love you little brother. I’ll continue to do my best to rest and take deep breaths for whenever I feel like anxiety is starting to get to me. It won’t be easy, but I will get and become better at it. I’ll always and will continue to help, care, and support you as well, cause you’re my baby brother, and just like with Touré and Nick, I’ll always be there for you.

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To Touré, my soulmate: Things will get better for the both of us. Continue to do your best at work, and your streaming, and you’ll get to your dreams in no time . Even though I’m dealing with the worst of it all (Anxiety included almost the past three weeks), I’m not gonna stop with the ultimate plan. This setback won’t stop me. I refuse to let it stop me, at all cost.

I’m slowly starting to get back to my old set, but it will take some months to fully get back there. Even after October and November, it might take me some months to get back to my old self, if not, an entirely different me. Just like with Matt and Nick, I won’t give up on them or you with becoming stronger.

We all got this, no matter what. We all gotta stick together through this horrid time, no matter what it takes. Even after that’s over, we’ll continue to look out for each other, cause you know why? We’re family. Love you babe… continue to stay strong.

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To Nick, my other little brother: I know you’re trying your hardest to get where you want to be, but you’ll get through this. The four of us will do so. Keep continuing to push through this hard time, and with your streaming, and I promise you (Just like I told Matt and Touré), things will get better. I’m starting to slowly dig my way out of my anxiety induced madness, and even though it’s hard right now to get out of it, I won’t stop until I have gotten myself out of it. I’ll get better within time… I promise. Love you little bro. Stay strong. I’ll do the same…

Not only for you, Touré, and Matt…,

…but for myself.

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Being Familiar In A New Suburb

Being in a new area (Whether it is a new city, suburb, state, country, or rural area) can really give you a culture shock. Me… I kinda got lucky, cause I know relatives that live in the area where I work at, so it’s not really a total loss. Getting familiar with new people can really stress you out at times.

This is only temporary, however. Once I move into a new city within the year, then it’ll be a culture shock syndrome for me.. kinda, if I have been in the area before.

The sad part about moving into a new area is that you’ll have to leave all of your friends behind, if they haven’t move to another area, at this point. It’s sad, and heartbreaking, but hey.. at least making new friends is fun, right? Maybe.. it depends on who you are, and what kind of interest you have. Still, it’s fun to get into new areas and explore the world around you, cause you only have one life. Why not use it to explore a different area, city, or perhaps a new state or country? It’s just.. fun. Go out, have fun with your new friends, and just enjoy life while you still can.

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Crazy 2018 Update: Deaths, Parades, and More

20180225_203736*A few weeks ago…  it was the best day of our lives, despite Matt having a family emergency. Also, this is one of a few times you see me without my glasses.*

20180128_190131*January was awesome and saddening. Despite the death of my grandfather, my little brother Matt and I (Along with our brothers, Josh and Steve) met X-Pac!! He was very cool!*

20180219_220115*During the weekend of Black Panther last month. Wakanda forever!*

20180224_155415*Touré and I will be celebrating our 3 year anniversary this summer. 3 years and going strong*

Okay, first off.. I just wanna say, happy 2018… well, kinda happy 2018.. for me, it is. Also, happy belated Chinese New Year (The year of the dog!). My little brother and I went to check out the festival in Chinatown (We’re going there more often!). I’m kinda excited about what 2018 has in store for me, my baby, and my brothers. At the same time, however… I really don’t wanna think about it. Without further ado, here’s what has been going on ever since my last blog post (Which has been a long time, so sorry for the very long update. Been extremely busy with work and other family matters, of course).

January: What started out as a very good month (With me, Josh, Matt, Lawrence, and Steve going to Duffy’s to see Royal Rumble and to meet X-Pac), turned out to become very tragic. On January 18th, I found out that my grandfather passed away, due to cardiac arrest. It was a shocking blow to the family. I tried to become strong (Mostly succeeded, but kinda stumbled back at times. Touré  and Matt (..and my family at my job and church) helped me get through it. Thanks guys!!), but hey… I done it. Also, this month has helped me become closer to my little brother, Matt. Our bond has been strong before, but now.. it’s becoming a lot stronger, and I’m grateful for it.

20180128_221744*Just little ol me. I decided to have my birthday party here, since Survivor Series will be on what else? My birthday. There’s gonna be a little surprise on that day as well. Stay tuned!*

20180128_180001*Lawrence, Steve, Josh, Matt, and I*

20180128_183600*Josh, Matt, and I*

20180128_221932*Steve, Matt, and Josh*

20180128_222102*One big sibling photo—ahh, photobomb, lol!!*

February: Last month was okay, except for the fact that the gang and I went to go see Black Panther! I also got to see Touré, Nick, and one of their brothers. It was fun! Also, it was one of the best months ever thus far.. Matt and I went to go to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade. Even though we missed the big parade, we actually caught a little treat during the after parade. Being part Chinese, this is the most exciting day that I always end up looking forward to.

20180219_214720*Wakanda forever!!*

20180219_215240*One of 3 favorite little brothers*

20180219_215033*Little brother*

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20180219_215924*People who seen the movie decided to take a pose to show their love to the movie.*

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20180225_171226*Matt and I in Chinatown. It was so awesome!*

20180225_163300*The people disguised as dragons go into shops as a symbol of good luck within the year.*

20180225_163324 *Dragon dance*

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20180225_163805*A shot of downtown*

20180225_164128*Gift shop*

20180225_172703*Heading out of Starbucks*

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20180225_173251*Lanterns. Also, the other side of Chinatown*

20180225_173319*We’re crazy, and we love it like that!*

20180225_173415*My outfit. In China, red symbolizes good luck.*

20180225_173439*Yea, we’re totally crazy when we feel like it. When we’re not acting crazy…*

20180225_173508*We’re just your average, awesome siblings (Not related by blood, however. I wish, so, but hey… close enough. Best day ever.*

March: Already this month has been nothing, but a mix of good and bad.., but mostly bad, so far. Good: I finally got my iPod Touch! Yea, my iPod Nano got defective again, so it was time for an upgrade. It is so awesome! Bad: I’m moving into a new suburb…, but it’s not the reason that I wanted. There has been a situation that happened today (Not gonna say, due to personal issues), so for now…, I’m temporary staying in said suburb. It won’t be long though… I’ll have my own space soon. Just gotta take things one step at a time…

One step at time. Just gotta keep my faith up, and keep on moving.

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Chapter 28: Weekend Bash

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Four days ago, I reached the next chapter in my life: Chapter 28. It was amazing, despite the weather being rainy and stressed out early in the day. Anyway, Saturday was my actual birthday, and to me… the most boring part was just to wait on a certain time to get my birthday dinner started (Touré being there made it less boring, but waiting for the time to pass by was just ever-so-boring!!).

Later in the afternoon, we gathered up with one of our brothers to Applebee’s. It was pretty good, but the really fun part started as soon as we left. We decided to meet up with the others at Galloping Ghost Arcade (Almost everyone didn’t show up until a little after 8, due to last minute changes).

20171118_181525I decided to go there for once, cause it was a time for a change.

20171118_182454They actually have 500+ games now, and the raised the entry fee price (Not by much, however).

20171118_182733My darling soulmate

20171118_182756My brother Darius and I

20171118_183032More classic games!!

20171118_185317They have the interactive games up and running now

20171118_185325Next time, I’ll try these games. They look pretty cool

20171118_191328Touré and I 🙂

20171118_191416Another shooter game.. I’m a huge fan of these games! I also played Deathsmiles, Nemesis, Gradius II and III.

20171118_202919This is a new game.. I can’t wait to play it next time I come here!

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20171118_211300I actually played this game. It was so fun.. they actually have it in 2D and 3D. I decided to go for 3D this time.. man, was it fun!

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20171118_211447Once Josh came, then the party started going crazy!! He and Touré were playing Pong.. or should I say, “Ghost Pong”!! *Thank you AVGN!!*

20171118_214122Josh and Darius playing Sailor Moon.. which I didn’t even know about it until I came round to see them play

20171118_222819The last part was a HUGE surprise: Not only did me and Touré’s sister Shirley came (One with the grey scarf, right next to me), but our other sister Stanesha (Behind me) and our brother Nick (Tallest one in the back) came as a surprise!! I was in tears (On the inside).. that made the surprise party so awesome!! I hope next year will be as awesome as this year!!

*Ahem* now onto the next day: The day after my birthday was just another usual day.. I went to church, got home, ate, and decided to wait until a few hours later to meet up with Josh and my other brother Matt for this awesome WWE Survivor Series bash in Chicago. Once we all met up, we decided to carpool and head to Lincoln Park to this bar and grill.

20171119_170138Hello Lake Shore Drive.. I’m back (Sadly not yesterday when I turned 28, but still.. I’ll accept it).

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20171119_172547Matt, Steve, Rachel, and Josh, and I

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20171119_183831If you’re wondering where we were having the party, it was at Duffy’s Bar and Grille. It was very awesome! I hope to go there again! If you ever get a chance to go to Lincoln Park, I highly recommend Duffy’s Bar and Grille. Side note: You’ll have to be 21+ to enter.

20171119_184411The food was really good!

20171119_193531Fu.. sion.. HA!! Lol DBZ reference.

Anyway, this weekend bash was just totally awesome.. better than last year’s (Although last year was pretty good as well). What will chapter 28 bring for me this and next year?

Well… we should see. For now, I’ll just enjoy it.. one day at a time.

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Transitioning Into A New Reality, Part Three: The Final Goodbye

“I have something to say to everyone: Today is my final day working here. I just want to thank you all for an amazing (Thinking: ..but horrible, stress-inducing, somewhat unbearable) 8 years of me working here. It was a hard decision, but the time has come for me to move on. All of ya are like family to me, and I appreciate all of ya have done. I will miss you all (Thinking: ..but I will def NOT miss working here. Thank freakin GOODNESS I am leaving here for good! Yes, yes, yes!!). *Tries to hold back tears* Thank you all, and don’t worry.. I will visit ya. I promise. Goodbye everyone (Thinking: ..and good freakin riddance to working here!!).. I love  and miss you all”.

Person 1: “Don’t go”!!

Person 2: “You’ll be deeply missed”.

Person 3: “Don’t cry, cause then you’re gonna make me cry”!

Person 4: “I’ll miss you. Good luck with your journeys and your new job. Promise you’ll visit us”?

Person 5: “Don’t go.. we need you to stay here with us”!!

Person 6: “We love and will miss you too”.

Me: “Now don’t ya cry.. ya gonna make me cry as well”!!

*Hugs and tears flow down many eyes*

These last two weeks has been very emotional. I dreaded this day, but at the same time, I felt…

Calm.

Like, I knew this day would come, but I was prepared for it… physically, somewhat mentally, but not emotionally. I will miss everyone working here.. including the new people. What I won’t miss though, is working here. The location? Eh… probably not, since it’s almost in the middle of nowhere. This is my final day working here, and so I say..

Goodbye, and good riddance. Goodbye Crete, and hello Shorewood. Goodbye everyone…

*Tearfully* I’ll miss you all.

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Transitioning Into A New Reality, Part One: Letting Go Is Hard To Do

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Where have I been for the past few to several weeks? Well, here’s what has been going on:

1. I’ve gotten a new job (Yay me.. after 3 years of job searching, it finally paid off!! Thank you Jesus!!) 3 weeks ago, and so far, I am LOVING IT. Also, I got baptized on the same day that I got hired. It was a good day.

2. Trying to juggle between two jobs (Yes, I’m still at my current job, but that will actually change. More on that in a few moments).. it’s kinda hard, but so far, I have been doing a great job of it.

3. Church, and spending time with my soulmate. We’re getting ready to do Scrooge the Musical again, so it’s gonna get even more busy for me.

4. Family stuff, as always.

Finally, 5. More traveling to and from both jobs.  More on that in a little bit.

So yes, recently I’ve gotten a new job at Starbucks (Finally.. got my new job).. well, not directly in Starbucks, but in Starbucks.. inside of Target. Here are the up and downsides to this new change:

Upsides:

  • So far, I’m loving it.. I get to create, try, and make drinks!! My new coworkers and managers are awesome!! They’re like family here.
  • I get to hand out stickers to children (They love it when I actually do that)!
  • I get paid more than my first job (..and I got a raise last week too!)
  • It’s in a very nice and safe neighborhood, near other food places, Walmart, and more. I’m actually familiar with the area, cause I know relatives that live at and nearby there, so if I have to work in the morning, I can stay with them, and save gas.
  • I don’t have to leave my job to get food for lunch and stuff, cause there’s a Pizza Hut right next to where I work! Score!!
  • More hours to work than my other job… almost to a full time job, mostly, and overtime.. this is mostly perfect!
  • I get to wear my graphic shirts (As long as they’re mostly red.. any type of red, actually, if I’m on the registers) and any types of shoes (As long as they’re closed-toed). Since my main responsibility is at Starbucks, I have to wear black (Which I don’t mind at all, cause I have to wear black at my church. Plus, I mostly have black shirts to wear, which means.. I don’t have to shop for work clothes.. except for red shirts and khaki pants, which I got that out of the way). This is.. perfect! Now I don’t have to worry about wearing dress shoes everyday!!

Downsides:

  • I gotta commute 45 mins-1 hr (Depending on traffic) to and from work, since I now work near west (Compared to 15 mins to and from my other job). To me, it’s not all that bad, but that will all change once I move near my new job (Hopefully within the next year or so).
  • Along with the time I gotta travel to and from, I now have to pay for gas every few days (Depending on how many days I have to work). It’s gonna get annoying overtime, but once I move near my job, I won’t have to worry bout it so much.
  • Juggling between two jobs for right now… yea, it’s kinda not so bad, but considering the hours that I gotta go to and from both jobs (1+ hour each), it’ll only be temporary, until I can transfer to the one near my other job (8 mins to and from)… right?

Nope. As of a few days ago, I just found out that my transfer request has been canceled, which sucks balls. I was hoping that I could continue to work both jobs, until I get my first review, but… sadly, it’s not gonna work, as my other job intercepts with my new job.

Sadly, I’m gonna have to quit my first job and work my new job.. which I don’t mind at all, actually.. thinking it long and hard recently. I wish things could’ve worked out for the better, but… in the end, I have to do what’s best for me, and the best thing to do.. is to let the other job go. I hate to do it, I really do…, but as the saying goes: Breaking up (..or in this case, letting go) is hard to do. It’s better this way.

Stay tuned to part two, and see what happens next when I give out my first resignation letter to my first job.

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To Chinatown, and Beyond!

I really want to go to Chinatown again, and this time.. explore more of it with friends! The place is beyond amazing! Before I jump ahead to it, here’s what happened before the trip to Chinatown took place:

20170903_142824Today, my childhood friend Crystal and I decided to head to Chicago to attend the City Church of Chicago. The last service started at 5, but since we got there hours early, we decided to go to Whole Foods Market to try out a few foods. We first went to the one downtown, and tried some Mochi (Japanese ice cream). I gotta admit, it tasted weird at first (She also said the same thing as well), but it was very good! I had chocolate, she had red bean.

20170903_150318Afterwards, we decided to go to another Whole Foods Market, this time.. in Lincoln Park (Shown above). This one has an arcade, and a bar!

20170903_150536Sweets, sweets, and more sweets.. they’re expensive, but hey.. they’re good!

20170903_150547Macaroons! We never have them before, but they are indeed good. Crystal had the raspberry flavor, and I had espresso (It was right next to the raspberry macaroon.. and I didn’t know about it! Surprisingly though, it didn’t taste like coffee. It tastes like chocolate).

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20170903_151555Wine corks

20170903_151749I LOVE Mochi!

20170903_154029This is the arcade. They have classic games from Galaga to Dig Dug, and modern games from Street Fighter to Metal Slug (They have Metal Slug 1-6 here, yay)!

20170903_154155I wanted to play Metal Slug 3, but I accidently chose Metal Slug 4. Still… it was fun to play!

20170903_154956Crystal and I. We had a blast at the store! Next stop: Chinatown.

20170903_161514Chinatown

20170903_161607I seriously know where I want to go for my birthday this year! They have a karaoke bar here!!

20170903_161952One part of Chinatown. It is amazing here!

20170903_162753I really, really, SERIOUSLY LOVE and WANT these dresses!! There’s a clothing place there that has more of these dresses! When I have the money, I’ll buy one!

20170903_163028This is the store that had the dresses.. and other stuff, like books and such. We also went to a candy store before heading to evening church. Church was pretty cool.

Anyway, I can’t wait to go to Chinatown again! Hopefully before my birthday, so I can get a dress for my birthday outfit.. and again, for my 28th birthday.