Exploring Somerville, New Jersey

Hi friends!!

Today I made the extra difficult task of making plans to hang out with my friend, Sabrina! I’m not say that it’s hard to hang out with her, but if you’re a person who finds it difficult to find the courage in yourself to hang out with other people or just go out of your way to make plans with others, then you understand my problems haha. This summer I’ve been trying extra hard to get myself more comfortable in these types of situations—don’t get me wrong, I’m often alright when it comes to hanging out with people, at least one-on-one (I struggle with group interaction still)—but it’s sort of the lead up to hanging out. I almost wanted to just reschedule because we couldn’t decide what to do and all my fear alerts were just going off (LOL sorry Sabrina if you read this!) but I pushed myself through anyway and we ended up having a good time exploring!

So these are some of my best photos of the day, I hope you’ll pull yourself off that computer and find the gems in your area! Also keep in mind that none of these photos have been edited, I haven’t put the raw images through photoshop, I just took the JPEGs (nobody judge me LOL). I recognize that your shot can look so much better with much more work put into them because obviously hard work pays off, but sometimes I’m still astounded by the color in some photos, as well as the lack thereof. Sometimes the photo looks really gray and I think that’s kind of cool! In the future I’ll learn how to do the photography thing better, but for now…

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P.S. I’m really picky so that’s why there’s only like 6 photos LOL. I’ll take 40 photos and only be satisfied with 6, it happens so much!

Hannah
23 June 2016

 

Searching for Japanese Pen Pal!!

Hey friends!

If it isn’t made evident by the title, I am on the look out for a Japanese-speaking pen pal (sorry if you were actually just part Japanese and assumed I was actually looking for a pen pal to talk to of Japanese descent LOL, this isn’t the case). Anyways, why am I searching?? Because I’m currently trying to learn Japanese as of the last two weeks!! I actually tried learning back when I was 10 years old which was many years ago, but somehow I’ve still retained some of my knowledge so it feels a little easier this time. I’m starting off very basic though and first trying to learn Kana and just be able to read (and speak but that’s part of my retained knowledge, I just need to practice reading fluidly)! I am learning some vocabulary at the same time but I’m making reading and writing my priority. Now I know some people will think that I shouldn’t take the time to learn how to write since we have such great technology at our hands but I personally think it could help solidify my memory and plus, I still hand-write, like, everything!!

But enough of that, I’m hoping to make a new friend who is a native Japanese speaker to help me learn the nuances and colloquialisms of modern Japanese rather than sticking to the formal books y’know?

I know this is isn’t a normal blog post and probably more like an advertisement haha but I thought I would try anyway! So if anyone is willing to take on a poor little Filipino-American girl who speaks only English, elementary French, and half-understands Tagalog (awkward), please leave me a comment below telling me about yourself and stuff! If you happen to be a Japanese person who wants to learn English, I really would not mind helping you out with English either! I will try to find a way to contact you and hopefully we can get this show on the road!

Thank you so much!! ありがとうございます!

If no one answers this will be a little awkward and I will probably delete this post out of shame….LOL

Hannah
19 June 2015

 

East Jersey Olde Towne Village

Now that the school year is over, I have found myself in possession of A LOT more free time. One day I texted up my friend and made her come take some pictures with me at the East Jersey Olde Towne Village in Piscataway, NJ. It isn’t an actual village that people live in, don’t worry. It’s more like an old historical site for tours and stuff, but obviously we went after hours. So here are my photos!! Please don’t take them and claim that as yours 😦 I mean, that’s assuming they’re any good hahaha

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P.S. this last one is just for laughs, haha. she was taking a picture of the tree so I took one of her AND the tree!

Hannah
15 May 2015

Why I Haven’t Posted In a Month

Good afternoon friends (or good morning or evening, depending on where you’re from of course)!

There’s a reason why I haven’t made a new blog post and it isn’t just because I never had the time or was too lazy or didn’t have any ideas because believe me, I’ve wanted to write for a long time. February 17 to about March 14 were extremely hectic for me and that is because my grandmother passed away on February 17. I know that’s no excuse to just stop doing things but it hit me really hard. It still does if it’s the right trigger. My grandmother was and is an extremely hard-working, humorous, interesting, didactic, independent, caring, and thoughtful 82-year-old woman. She didn’t actually make it to be 82, her birthday is April 11 but it’s her 82nd year, we’ll just say she’s 82. About 9 days after her passing, my family and I all traveled back home to Philippines for her internment. To say the least it was a very poignant and sad day on March 2 when we buried her next to my grandpa. He died in 1985 so I never got a chance to meet him — not quite sure if I consider that a positive or a negative? Negative that I didn’t get to know him, but positive that it’s one less person I have to say goodbye to in my lifetime?

That was really negative, my apologies. However, through all of this, I did get to know my cousins in the Philippines more and spend a lot of time with them. There was also lots of pink at the burial ceremony, Grandma likes pink. I remember visiting her in the hospital after she had a mild stroke and got a small case of pneumonia and wearing this bright pink sweater and she liked it a lot and I told her I’d get her a sweater of the same color. I never did, but I always get compliments when I wear that sweater. It’s not as if it’s super detailed and memorable because it’s actually a quite plain sweater, but I suppose it’s the color that is the memorable part. It’s a nice sweater.

Besides that though, I spent two weeks in the Philippines and by the way, during that time I actually got credit card fraud! I suspect it was the slightly suspicious man who worked at the Hudson News at the airport when I bought plane snacks for my brother and I. It’s resolved for the most part though…just waiting for a new credit card since I had to cancel that one. I forgot how hard it was to walk around just carrying cash and paying for everything with cash! No idea how I did financing before I got my credit card two years ago.

I’m really bad at staying on topic if you haven’t already noticed? Haha. After I got back from the Philippines, I spent SO long trying to get over jet lag because if you aren’t aware, the Philippines is on the other side of the world and in the same time zone as Hong Kong, so it was 13 hours ahead of EST because of Daylight Savings. What all this means is that I was on a flight/in an airport for a total of about 26 – 28 hours, and I tried really hard to stay awake through all of that so I could arrive home at night and just go straight to sleep. I thought I could beat jet lag because I usually have in the past, but wow it did not work at all this time. There were two days the week of March 14 that I just didn’t sleep at all for 30 hours. It was tough on my body, I would be so awake for hours and then just want to crash but I knew I couldn’t if I wanted to get back on schedule. If anyone has any jet lag tips, please let me know below!!! Because apparently, I don’t have any.

Right now, I’m back in school, trying to get into the swing of things — I had a random phase of waking up at 5am every morning for a few days…it was cool because I felt like a morning person but unfortunately college does not allow for me to be a morning person when I have a choir class that has a rehearsal from 7 – 9:30 PM requiring me to come home at 10 PM. Not good for waking up at 5 AM.

That’s really all I have to say about this so I’ll stop blabbering but I will share photos from my trip as well as that Magic Kingdom post I owe you, but we’ll see how I do 😉

I’ve also started daily vlogging but as I don’t live a very exciting life every day, I only do it on days when I know I’m going to be doing things or hanging out with other people. I do carry my camera anyway just in case. I post them on YouTube as unlisted so if any of you are curious and would like to check it out, shoot me a message or e-mail! I’d like to talk with any of you guys in general. I’ll see you next time.

P.S. HAPPY MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH! Thank your music teacher.

Hannah
24 March 2016

Non-Committal: Job Edition

Are there any other students (high school or university) that has trouble with the prospect of committing to a job whilst studying in school????????

Hi friends,

That was seven thousand too many question marks…sorry. In all realness and honesty though, I want a job. Do I?? Or do I just want money? Probably the latter because let’s be real, who doesn’t want money, but am I emotionally ready to give up 6+ hours of my time on a given day in order to get that money? I’m thankful that I’m in a position where I don’t have an immediate necessity for that money other than for personal material desires and not to pay phone bills or car insurance or rent or any of those things that come with adulthood. It’s not as if I’m not capable of working a job because I know I am as I have done work…but my extent of work is week long piano/voice camps and devoting my school time to hard work in my choir program. Nothing too extreme…but is a part-time job even extreme?!?!? No!!! But I can’t push myself to do it!! Every summer since I turned 16 (which was actually about 10 months later since my birthday is right after summer ends….bummer) I have compiled job applications and filled them out (mostly) and yet NEVER submitted them! I’m almost positive that I have probably just put them off with an excuse of being too young (or I just always did that stuff too late, I don’t remember quite well).

Is it because I subconsciously think that school should come first? Have my parents instilled some type of fear in my system that I don’t quite know about because I’ve never had to pay mind to it?? Maybe I’m too focused and determined for my future job (let’s hope I’m teaching music!) that I don’t think I should commit myself to any other type of job because if you look at my past job(s)….I’m teaching music! I’ve wanted to babysit but since I don’t know anyone under the age of 14 and practically everyone’s parents are much more trusting and lenient than mine were (..are?) none of them need babysitters and my parents don’t even have friends with children young enough for babysitting, I’m a bit shit out of luck there. I also want to teach piano lessons but apparently my mom doesn’t want me giving lessons at my piano in our house…. yep. I’ve tried approaching some of my students from when I did student option last year but most of them are busy with the school musical so if I have any prospect there I have to wait at least another month.

So in my head I’ve concocted that I could do freelance jobs!!!!!!……”like what,” she says an afterthought. If I could get paid for writing blog posts that’d be GREAT, but not all of us are Zoella or Tanya Burr, are we? I’d love to get sent free stuff or sent to cool places and have to write posts about them but again, we’re not all that lucky.

Years ago when I first started arranging music, I thought to myself, “Wow! If I keep this up, I could sell my arrangements for extra money!” To be honest, I still think I could, but again, I have been so noncommittal with them lately and just have a bunch of unfinished arrangements. I don’t know what it is, but it’s becoming frustrated.

Am I just meant to be a student for the rest of my life? Who knows?! I don’t!! Please, if anyone could shed some light on this issue, I would really appreciate any advice (so long as it’s positive…which all of you have been so far but you never know when a bad seed might appear y’know?)

Hannah
13 February 2016

Disney World: Epcot!!

Hi friends!!

It’s Friday yet again and I miss Disney so much 😦 College life is going on as normal unfortunately, but the memory of these photos live on (that sounded really cheesy didn’t it?) Thankfully I had already gone to Disney World with my high school music program in April of 2015, so I knew exactly what I wanted to see and where I wanted to go! There are so many pictures that it’s hard to pick a few but hopefully I can make you feel like I actually went to these countries and not just Epcot!

I threw in a picture of me and the bae….MAX!! Baymax is a brand new addition to Epcot (thank god!) and they’re going to expand his little photo area to a whole San Fransokyo, it’s going to be great! Sorry it’s not as many photos as Harry Potter World but I am ready to impress for Magic Kingdom (I haven’t actually looked at the photos in awhile so I’m hoping that I can live up to my words!!)

Be ready for Magic Kingdom photos next yay!

Hannah
29 January 2016