Adventures

Let’s Explore: Zhongli (Part 1)



Zhongli is a small district within Taoyuan City. For someone like me who has lived here for a few months and visited every year since I was little, I find Zhongli to be a bit boring. There isn’t much to do around here because it’s such a small town, but I did my best to look at things from the perspective of a person visiting Zhongli for the first time.

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Adventures

Let’s Explore: Boston (Part 1)

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Modes of Transportation

  • Uber or Lyft
  • T (public transportation) – $2.25 with CharlieCard (pick up from most subway stations), $2.75 without CharlieCard
  • Walk – not a bad idea when it’s a nice day outside

Sites to Check Out for Upcoming Events

 

It was quite rainy and windy over the last few weekends, so I had to just suck it up and go out in the bad weather. My friend Becca told me about a Gilt sample sale event, so we headed over to South Boston to check it out.

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Then we headed to Somerville to try out a Peruvian restaurant – it was decent. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back there and try other foods. Peruvians seem to really enjoy their salt, otherwise the flavor was quite mild. Check out the video below to see what we ate!
Machu Picchu
307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA

 

Musings, Weekly Things

Favorites from Week of March 20th

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Thoughts of the Week

Juliet: It’s hard to be traveling and then go right into work after you land. At one point driving on the freeway, I got nervous because I could feel the tiredness seep in. Note to self! Try to work from home the following day if this ever happens again.

Annie: Sometimes getting out and into a new environment can do wonders. This week I visited Taipei on a day trip by myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I visited two museums (post about it here) and it felt good to take quality photos again.

Things We’ve Been Enjoying

Annie

  • I love Harlan Coben. His novels always suck me in and I have a hard time putting his books down. I finished the first book in the Myron Bolitar series, called Deal Breaker, in about 5-6 hours.

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  • My friend and I participated in a taping of The Late Late Show with James Corden, episode 310! I’m trying to find where to watch the full episode so I can see if I look really sunburnt on camera.
  • I love Costco, and Jimmy Kimmel made this short PSA on Costco etiquette rules that I totally agree with!

Let us know in the comments below what you’ve been enjoying or thinking about this week!

Musings

You Bought Stuff!

Hi guys,

I want to apologize for a late post! I just came back from a trip and have been in zombie mode, trying to make it to the weekend.

I got a “couple” things in March, from my trip as well as my FabFitFun package, so I made a video to share them all with you guys! Enjoy!

XO Juliet

 

Adventures

Let’s Explore: Taipei Museums

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Today I ventured out to check out the Fine Arts Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Taipei. This day trip had been postponed a few times due to poor weather (aka rain) but finally decent weather came around.

The trip:

Taipei is about an hour train ride from Zhongli. After getting off the train, I take the subway (called MRT here) a few stops on the red line to Yuanshan station. From there it’s a short walk to the Fine Arts Museum. Because it was a weekday, there weren’t many people so I was able to take good photos.

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Musings, Weekly Things

Favorites from Week of March 13th

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Thoughts of the Week

Juliet: Annie challenged me to create the illustration for my post this week. My first reaction was: SIIIIGH. There’s a reason why I didn’t stick with art classes for very long. I have creative ideas in my head, but it’s difficult for me to turn them into reality  due to lack of skills. I also believe that if someone else can make my dream a better reality, why am I killing myself over in order to get it done?! But I gave it my best shot anyways, so wooooo!

Annie: I realized that I put too much stress on myself. My overthinking mind goes to the worst when I’m uncertain about things and that causes me to stress out even more. Then I become overwhelmed. I need to figure out a way prevent myself from getting to that point.

Things We’ve Been Enjoying

Annie

  • This hilarious episode of Good Mythical More: Are You Wiping Wrong?
  • I stumbled upon this video of a 36 year old woman named Sam Bailey, who won the X-Factor in 2013. She sets a great example for many out there that it’s never too late to follow your dreams! The video is over an hour long of all her performances from her auditions to her final performance.

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  • Netflix show: One Day at a Time. It’s a sitcom remake of a 1975 series about a Cuban-American family. The mom is a separated military veteran; the son is a tween; the daughter is a strong-headed, feminist woman; and the grandma is just sassy. This show isn’t like many others: within the first few episodes, they’ve touched upon sexism, sexuality, and treatment of veterans.

Let us know in the comments below what you’ve been enjoying or thinking about this week!

Musings

Our MBTI Challenge

Inspired by Wong Fu Production’s Lunch Break episode, we took a MBTI survey to see how well we know each other’s personality. Both of us took it twice, once for ourselves and once for the other person. The personality traits we were tested on:

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Want to see how we did and how I (Annie) psychoanalyze each of us?

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Musings

Female Party Crasher (Part 1)

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For those of you who do not know, I am currently part of a 2-year IT rotational program. A little over 3 weeks ago, I started my last rotation on the IT architecture team. And man… it’s like a whole different world than anything I’ve experienced.

My Career Trajectory
My drive to learn technical things came because I didn’t like my dad’s reaction when I told him I was going to take a Java programming class in high school. He kept going, “Really, honey? Programming is hard. Are you sure you want to take that class?” It wasn’t that my dad didn’t believe in me because I was a girl, it was because he didn’t want me to quit halfway if things got too hard. He was right – programming is hard. I cried so much senior year of high school because of that class.

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Musings, Weekly Things

Favorites from Week of March 6th

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Thoughts of the Week

Juliet: It’s been such a productive week! Highlights:

  • At work, not only am I taking training for a Data Scientist Certification, but I’m also working on a project that I know will sharpen my business acumen and analytical thinking skills.
  • Amped up my training for the Grand Canyon… a lot.
  • Restarted studying for the GMAT and signed up for the exam so I don’t slack off.

I’m pretty proud of myself. Good job, Juj.

Annie: I’ve had a pretty up and down week. The beginning was super productive, got lots done, but then because of the rainy and gloomy weather, the rest of the week felt bleh. On the bright side, I finally caught up with one of my best friends and it was really nice to talk to her again. I also went to see Logan, which was a pretty good movie. Tomorrow is the beginning of another beautiful week.

Things We’ve Been Enjoying

Annie

  • THIS RELATABLE GIF:tumblr_m5gjhqflar1qfqzs8o1_500
  • Casey Neistat is an amazing creator and has a YouTube channel that garnered millions of views because of his original content. He’s a big inspiration to me and many others because he advocates for doing what you love, even when others say you can’t. His recent video is about just that – watch it and be inspired.
  • Beautiful rendition of Imagine by Pentatonix. Can’t say enough good things about them. Their voices are incredible!

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Let us know in the comments below what you’ve been enjoying or thinking about this week!

Day in the Life, Fitness

My Fitness Journey: Starting Fresh

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(The gym I work out at)

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The Beginning
I have always been a physically active person. Ever since I could remember, I loved to play outside with my older brother (of course playing “house” indoors was also a favorite activity of mine). I joined the cross country team in eighth grade, and then soccer and touch rugby teams in high school. However, throughout high school, I never felt like physically, I looked in shape. I thought my lower body and arms were too big. It wasn’t always a big insecurity of mine until I had trouble finding clothes that fit me (usually pants). After high school, the only exercise I got was through playing intramural and pick up soccer once in a while. Fast forward to 2014 summer, after I drank and ate my way through my study abroad program in London, I decided it was time to get my butt back into shape.

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