Many people think that I am a morning person. No, I am not. I love sleeping in. I have many things going on in my (daily) life. When I was in my early twenties, I would sacrifice my sleep time for my friends because I worked multiple jobs at the same time. Six years ago, roughly around this time, I demanded my head boss to let my switch my schedule to work in the early mornings or else I will quit my job - this will allow me to train myself to wake up early in the morning, get my day going, and simply just have a "life" to "live" and be healthier. Even until this day, I am still training myself to wake up early in the morning. It is hard but you have to have determination. Again and again, the only time that I really have to myself is the early morning. With that, I have to take it to my advantage, do something useful/meaningful, and do not let this time go to a waste. Being able to hike up to the top of Stone Mountain, see the city lights to the city that I love, meditate, and witness the beautiful sunrise has reminded me just how blessed I am to be able to wake up every morning to take control of my life the way I want it and dream of it to be. It also reinforced me of how important life is to each and every individual. Live each moment with pure joy and happiness, that is real youth to the soul.
WOW! What a fun, exhausting and well worth it day exploring Bangkok! After landing in Bangkok at 3am, I forced myself to go to sleep to gain energy for touring. I was wide awake by 6am - I only have 3 hours of sleep. I met up with my good friend whom I met through HelloTalk, Kannokporn. Her friend, Touch, came along with us as well. This was the first time that Kannokporn and I met. Also the first time I met her friend Touch. They were both really sweet and friendly. Upon meeting Nok, it feels as if we have been friends for a lifetime already.
We met up at BTS Siam and went to the Grandeur Rattanakosin Hall Exhibition. We then explored the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. It was SO HOT. The heat there is different from Georgia/Florida's heat. Here, you only get roasted but in Thailand, it cooks you from the inside. Halfway through touring around the Grand Palace, I wanted to badly just cry and give up and fly back home immediately. However, I cannot do that. I came on this trip for a reason. This was a lifetime dream goal of mine, a challenge. I forced myself to continue touring and stay until the very end of my vacation.
There were so many people in Bangkok, Thailand. It's the land of smiles. Thailand is so diverse. There were so many Europeans, Americans, Chinese and Koreans. I felt comfortable - it felt like home. That is because I grew up in a diverse community and living in Atlanta for 16 years, Atlanta has always been an extremely diverse community.
Anyway, look forward to my next blog!
*This blog will be a little different from the others. I will constantly be updating this blog as I progress.
I have been planing this for a few years now leading me to sleepless nights, stress, breakouts, excitements and disappointments together all at the same time. However, this very moment is surreal.
It is OFFICIAL that I will be going to Thailand! The reason why it took many years to finally book my flight was because of income and time. I was and still a student so of course, college is money out of your own pocket. I can't afford to take days off school to fail. On the other hand, vacation time off is not always easily granted from work. There were many times where my vacation request had been denied. When I feel like the timing is right, something always changes within my department to prevent me from going too.
Vacationing out of country is expensive. To have a well worth vacation overseas requires lots of time. I would say a minimum of a good two weeks. Sadly, where I work, I have a lot of responsibilities that I will only be vacationing in Thailand for a week and a half but with the quickest flight.
"Going overseas isn't something so exciting about" is what I would get from people that I mention my plans to. Well, it's NOT just a vacation.
My BIG GIRL vacation on my CHECK LIST is to have a personal vacation (only myself) overseas of my choice. Therefore, I chose Thailand. I will be going alone through no agency. I want to experience "life" in Thailand like a citizen. I have places to visit and things to do in mind but not planned. I will land there and go from there. I will not be following an itinerary. I will explore on my own with the knowledge that I have. I am familiar with the culture. I am 65% fluent in Thai however, I can comprehend and understand very well.
My second vacation to Thailand, I definitely will be staying much longer and really tour like I am an "American tourist" along with taking my mother. China, will be my second destination. I won't be talking too much about my vacation right now so make sure to follow me (and this blog) for updates.
OH MY!!! What can I say. Flora Flora was beautiful! Maybe only the weekend we went. My sister and brother-in-law were moving to Minnesota and so I wanted to take them to the real beach down "south" for their first time. I wanted it to be special and for them to remember good memories in good places and so I decided to take them to Destin, Florida since it is close by and I heard that it is pretty nice. It was a last minute plan so we wouldn't spend much time there. My brother-in-law decided not to go because they have Zeus (their german shepherd) so he stayed home and watched him. I really wanted him to go to but he just couldn't. Even when sleeping in a pet friendly hotel, it still wouldn't be convenient either. Destin didn't have any pet boarding close by nor would it be worth it for only a rushy weekend.
I woke up one morning and had this feeling of wanting some fresh air and getting toxins out of my system. I decided hiking in the mountains would be best. I also love waterfalls too. After a good thirty minutes of research, I have decided to go hiking at Amicola Falls and the Appalachian Trial.
Generally speaking, you have to go to the beach at least once a year. August of 2013, I decided to take my two younger brothers along with my mother, whom was in town visiting us to the beach for their first time ever. I love this beach. The water was clear with white sand. It is a calm family oriented beach. On Sundays, people come out to play music with unique instruments at the shore. Due to work, we could only stay there for three days but those three days were not wasted at all. The drive to there from Atlanta was a pain. It took us eight hours to get there. I recommend this beach for those who are seeking for a relaxing vacation whether it is by themselves or with families. Siesta Key Beach is an island; we had to cross over a body of water to get there. Because where we were is literally in the middle of huge body waters, it starting raining as the sun was setting. Around our resorts and a few blocks down to town, it was flooded. Everybody was required to drive with caution. The morning after, the flood was gone and the sun was out doing its justice. Siesta Key Beach is in Sarasota, which as many attractions stores to shop at. North Sarasota is where the nightlife is.
I am not sponsored by anyone or any company. All travelings were through my own personal expenses.