8 Week Weight Loss + Travel Diary – 3rd Week (Part 3)

So much happen during that week that it deserves a 3rd post to complete it. Other then being a vacation this was the main reason I was in Miami! Miami World Conference 2016! #MAWC2016 What is it? It’s a convention that updates us, unfranchise owners (entrepreneurs) of what’s the latest trend, products and newest technology that we are going to have for the upcoming year. It’s always a vision to behold.

I arrived at the American Arena at 9 AM. I missed the crowd and my team had already went in but I knew I was going to be embraced with the positive energy when I get in. Plus I was lucky enough to take a picture with this beauty.

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After a very informative morning, it was time for lunch!

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For lunch, I had a chicken caesar salad from the arena and I regret eating it for 3 days because it got me really sick. >_< Tummy ache and um…. bad for the other end of me.

After lunch we came back to see La La Anthony on stage!

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She is an American radio and television personality, New York Times best-selling author, business woman, producer, actress and runs a Motives Cosmetic line for women of color. She was sharing the latest colors and products on her Motives Cosmetic line. They were beautiful!

Then Loren Ridinger and Scotty Pipen came on stage!

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Loren Ridinger is an amazing and down to earth person! She is the creator of Motive Cosmetics, a skincare line, an exquisite jewelry collection, a true entrepreneur and an inspiration! Without her and her husband, JR Ridinger, none of us will here. Next to her is Scotty Pipin! Even though I don’t really watch sports, I do know who he is. He plays basketball and he is one tall guy! He also endorses one of our very powerful supplement for bone and joint support for free!

After a day of listening to inspiring entrepreneurs, I grabbed a quick dinner from Subways to go, another salad, this time a turkey chopped salad.

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We wrapped the night up by sharing our thoughts and awaits for the excitement of the 2nd day.

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8 Week Weight Loss + Travel Diary – 3rd Week (Part 2)

It’s about time I share more pictures from my Miami trip and weight loss journey. Breakfast that 2nd morning in Miami was boring, just another scramble egg but the real fun had just began!

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After breakfast we headed off to Biscayne Bay! We took the bus there. I am finally back to Sailboard Miami! I came here last year and it was fun. Highly recommend this place! The people here are extremely friendly and helpful.

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Last year my instructor was Jerry but he’s only there, Mondays. Donald was our instructor this time and I like him more because he made us go out to practice on our own after teaching us the basic skills.

That was extremely fun! I did get a knee scrape and one of my feet got scratched and bleed but it was worth it! I want to see if I can try in the spring here in NYC. Next year if I were to go back, I need to bring water shoes! There were alot of rocks by the shore.

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After playing such a strenuous sport, we were starving. We went back to my favorite restaurant, Niu Kitchen.

We order oysters for our starter. It was fresh but could use a spicy kick. The Wahoo Tartare was a little too light and flavorless in my opinion. Could use a tad of sesame oil to give it a richer taste. Personally I wouldn’t order it again.

Then I mistaken order another tapas dish, Cured Marlin and I was sooo glad I did. It was amazing! The smokiness of it mix with the texture was TO DIE FOR!! Yum! I hope they will have that special again when I go next year! I got the Branzino filet with jamon iberico (cured ham) and it was devine. The jamon iberico had a nice aroma and gives a meaty flavor paired with the nicely grilled fish. Perfection! *Small cheat* friend’s ribeye steak with rosemary vinaigrette was nicely done too, very juicy but I forgot to take a picture of it.

In the middle of our meal, a very nice couple sitting next to us asked if we were doing anything after dinner. We didn’t have any plans so we said, no and they offered us their extra tickets to see Motown! Their daughter and son in law can’t make it so they have extra tickets and didn’t want it to go to waste! Lucky us!

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The musical was good and the performers has excellent voices. The musical is base on the story of how Berry Gordy found and ran Motown Records label. It is also about his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and even Michael Jackson! It was definitely interesting.

After such a exhausting but good day, I was ready to go back to my room and sleep! The next day was another fulling and exciting day! Kiteboarding!

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8 Week Weight Loss + Travel Diary – 3rd Week (Part 1)

I had such an awesome vacation that I did not get to update! How was I able to do this vacation yet eat properly?! Discipline, determination and don’t cheat too much and guess what! It paid off! This morning when I check my weight I lost 10 lbs!

PhotoGrid_1455399989852 The weekend right before the trip I was trying to make snacks that I can bring with me to Miami. I found these two amazing recipes!

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Eggplant chip and roasted chick peas! The Eggplant Chip recipe is by Leanne Vogel. The Spicy Baked Chickpeas recipe is by Emily Miller.

They both came out amazing. The crisp on the eggplant didn’t last as long as I wanted but was still really good in flavor. The chick peas were amazing! Pack full of flavor with a kick to it. I liked the chick pea recipe more.

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Breakfast was egg again then tofu! For the rest of the weekend, my protein was steamed soft tofu with soy chili sauce. I tweak the recipe from the original recipe from Beyond Kimchee. It was simple and easy to make, and delicious to eat.

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The day before my flight, I met up with a few close friends and had brunch. I LOVE Brunch and Egg Benedicts. I ordered the Florentine Egg Benedict. It have spinach instead of lox which was a change from what I usually order and it was an interesting combination. (I did skip the homemade hash but not the english muffin.) =/

For dinner, I didn’t want to cook so I only ate a container of soft tofu dessert. Technically I wasn’t suppose to eat sweets or wheat but I did cheat once in awhile… =( So bad!

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Memories of 2012

A whole year had pass and it was full of great memories. Looking back at 2012, it was a great year with family and friends. Discovered new places to go. Made new friends and created more memories to treasure.

Birthdays with family members. Being together with family is the most important.

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Alice’s birthday with our parents there to celebrate.

Birthday Cake and Samuel

(It wasn’t Samuel’s birthday but my grandma’s! But he sure seem to enjoy it the most. lol)

The one and only concert that I went to in March, Michael Liang’s.

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It would had been a great concert if 1) We had better seats. Though my friend and I did sneak up a couple of rows and if 2) The female artist didn’t sing as much. She sang for almost half the concert length.

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The best part of that night was being able to purchase an autograph CD! I also brought one as a gift for my best friend, Donald.

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Layers of Me

As I was rereading my old xanga blog, I realize I am still somewhat the same as I was before yet different. To somewhat rediscover who I am, I decided to redo the long “survey/questioniare” that I had done in 2003. (Some are still the same and I kept them around.)

Layer One – Stats…
Name: Donna =]
Birthdate: February 9
Current Location: Brooklyn, NY<– After all these years I still love this place.
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Height: 5′
Weight: (2003 – 100 lbs) (2012 – 121 lbs)
Righty or Lefty: Righty

Layer Two – Describe
Your heritage: Asian [ABC]
The shoes you wore today: (2003 – Slippers) (2012 – White Sandal & Brown Flats from Croc)
–Your hair: Medium
Your eyes: Dark Brown
Your weakness: (2003 – Give into what other say easily)<– I still think this is one of my weakness. I still cry easily and I’m still easily convinced by others.
Your fears: (2003 – Nightmares, Height)<– I don’t really have nightmares anymore. Still semi scared of heights. Now I fear more that I won’t find my soul mate.
Your perfect pizza: (2003 – pepperoni, extra cheese, mushroom) (2012 – Favorite = Familia’s mozzarella, tomato and basil pizza; Perfect= A crispy thin pizza with mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon bits and mushroom.)
Goals you’d like to achieve: (2003 – find true love that can last, secure job in advertising industry) (2012 – Still want to find true love that can last, finish college and get a better job.)

Layer Three – Tell
Your most overused phrase on AIM: (2003 – lol hehee *muah*)<– Still use lol the most. (2012 – Speaking wise – Diet and calories are the words I spoke the most for the past 2 months.)
Your first thoughts waking up: (2003 – Where’s my alarm clock?)<– That is still the first thought that comes to my mind. Don’t think this will ever change.

— Your second thoughts waking up: (2003 – I miss ming, what’s he doing?) (2012 – After pressing the snooze button, “I musttttt get up soon….”)

–Your best physical feature: (2003 – got none, look like a ghost. Hehee.)<– Still think I don’t really have a “best” physical feature but I like my hairstyle/hair the most these days.
Your bedtime: (2003 – 12-1 am)<– Most of the time I sleep around that time. It ranges from 12am to 2am.
Your greatest accomplishment: (2003 – Getting interested in art and actually getting into an art school.) (2012 – For this year nothing but for in general it would be getting my job at Mount Sinai Hospital.)

Your most missed memory: (2003 – Being ever visited china)<– I was only 4yrs old then so still don’t remember it. (2012 – Miss the feeling of being in love. Not sure what I’m feeling about this someone is love or not.)

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Reflection

I know I been MIA on my blog for over a year but I’m going to try to bring back some part of me through this post.

A picture can speak a thousand words. Just like how this one flower stood out to me and can speak out to other people, just like the outspoken person I am.

At first glance it’s just a beautiful preserved and colorful flower but there is more to it then what meets the eye. It was disposed of but it’s beauty attracted me to it. Same goes for me, at first glance it may seem like I have a very busy life it’s actually really dry. Even though I have my friends around, I know a part of me is missing. But where is this other half of my me, my soulmate?

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Nail Designs – Wisteria and Silver Glitter

I got inspired to do this design by Halee @ longhaircareforum.

Halee did a base color of Navy and glitter gradation on top of it starting from the cuticle area.

I did pretty much the same thing except I used a different color as the base.

I used two to three layers of dust purple (Wisteria) as the base. (I think I need to work on my cuticles…)

Afterward, I did gradation on all my fingers. The gradation on eight of my fingers started from the cuticle while the two short ones started from the finger tip. It looked pretty. Now planning my next design…