It’s Been Awhile

It’s been awhile since I last blog. I feel that I need to share more of my lifestyle and the multiple business that I run. Many things have changed since I last blogged, which was way back in March.

I want to officially announce that I am done with nursing. The reason is, I want to focus more on the things in my life that I am truly passionate about. (And part of my blog will also emphasize on following your passion and what you love to do.) So, you’re probably guessing what sort of business am I running.

One of the business that I am most proud of that my siblings and I created from bottom up is Real Estate. Back in 2011, my siblings and I became real estate investors.  My part in this business is to deal with tenants, call-out maintenance to the property, and scout for new listings in the market.

Another business that I run is my sister’s art business, Venlaa. Venla is clay artist, illustrator, and designer. In this business, I deal with marketing, lookout and book her for events, and communicate with partners and clients.

Last but not least, my own business. This year, August, I have officially launched my own videography business. Many have asked me why and how did I start out in videography. It was back in 2015 when I went on road trip with my siblings to Montana. I was documenting our trip on the way there, where we went, and our trip back home. I got back home and I started editing. Got done editing and posted it onto Facebook and Youtube. Many people loved it and I loved it. Ever since then, I started filming my family and I any time we took a trip anywhere. Many people watched my video and it started blooming. They’ve asked me to film their weddings, birthdays, or special ceremonies and there I was contemplating. Can I wake up everyday and just grab my camera and film? Hell yes! But I have to say, this isn’t possible without the help of my sister, she is a talented and wonderful assistant who shares the same vision as I do, filming and editing wise. She does a wonderful job helping out when I’m stuck on a video and I don’t have a creative vision for the film.

I want to get back into sharing my life and views through blogging. My life isn’t the best, but I make the most out of it. All these business that my siblings and I run was all built from the bottom up. I want to inspire anyone out there to follow their dreams because it is possible if you put your mind to it and say to yourself “I can do it.”

 
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10 Items I NEED When Traveling!

 
10 Items I Need When Traveling
 

We all have things we cannot live without. This list is narrowed down to 10 items that I must have with me when I’m traveling. I have listed these items from “I need it” to “I REALLY REALLY need it.”  

10. Make-up
I need my make-up! But notice it’s at the bottom of the list because I’m not much of a materialistic gal. However, I do want to look amazing when I’m taking a photo of myself after hiking an elevation of 15,264ft.

9. Food/Snacks
I like to pack food or snack for trips. When I’m in the car ride, I’m dressed in my most comfortable outfit. This comfortable outfit I’m talking about, does not look good to go in and out of a gas station. Okay, it’s not that bad. It’s usually a t-shirt and a short. But really I live in Minne-snow-ta. If I’m traveling in the middle of winter and I’m wearing shorts plus going in and out of a gas station. People will probably think I’m a weirdo. And so what, buying snacks at Costco is cheaper than the gas station anyways. Wouldn’t you agree?

8. Sneakers
Trust me, this is always a good choice. Ladies, you  probably think you won’t need it. You’ll just wear your comfy sandal, slipper, or whatever, but you’ll end up hurting your feet. Like me. I’ve learned this the hard way more than once. I pick my sneaker collection.

7. Clothes
This one is probably on everyone's list, unless you like showing what you got?

6. Tripod
I love taking landscape and group photos. Everytime  I forget my tripod at home, I tell myself I won’t need it. Little do I know, I find myself walking into Walmart or Target just to get a tripod.

5. Wallet
Another thing we all need. Our ID, cards, and cash! Unless you have a sugar daddy/mama.

4. External Hard Drive
There’s 2 options here. If I don’t bring my hard drive, I’ll have to bring a couple SD cards. But I rather bring along my drive because at the end of the day I like to transfer all the photos I took that day into my drive. It’s much more organized and when I’m back at home I won’t have to go through each SD cards because I already have it labeled in my drive.

3. Laptop
I need my laptop to transfer photos to my drive, edit photos, and who knows. Sometimes things just pop out of nowhere and I can’t do it on my phone. I need a computer to do the job.

2. Camera
No matter how busy I am or if I’m on a vacation where I just feel like detoxing from social media. I can not leave my camera at home and just leave. There is so much to capture. If I see a beautiful sunset that’s glowing pink and blue like cotton candy. I will totally regret not bringing my camera.

1. Cell Phone
Same goes for my phone. My phone is my life. It’s amazing how this device that is smaller than the palm of my hand has so much impact in my life. I’m not talking about traveling only but I cannot leave my home without my phone. I’m afraid if I get into an accident what would I do or if my siblings suddenly got sick at school and I had to go pick him up. I don’t know, I just can’t live without my phone. I’m probably making myself sound like a whiner, but I promise I’m not much of a whiner.

This is my list of 10 items I must have with me when I’m traveling. There are definitely many more things I would bring with me, but if I had to limit myself to 10 items only. This is what I’m bringing, for now.

But I’m curious. What are your 10 items that you must have when you’re traveling. Leave it in the comments section below!

 
 
 
10 Items I need when traveling
 

Hot Pot with FAM

Cold Minnesota winter calls for a warm night of family gathering around a table for hot pot.
Delicious food and loving company is all I need.

I love these moments in my life.  

 
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We had hot pot at Little Szechuan. This place is the💣.com! 

My siblings.....they hit this phase when they're full.
They get REALLY crazy.
It's like being drunk on food. 

Check it out

 
 

I told you they are crazy!


Who else has siblings that are crazy like mine?
Leave it in the comments!

 

Livia

To Old to Color?

It is never to old to color!

These past few days I have been SO into coloring.
I'm not an artistic or creative person.

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But I love coloring. It soothes and calms my soul. ❤️

 

Looks fun, eh? Let's color!

What do I think about Florida...

 
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I was invited to a bachelorette party and while I was there I extended my trip for a week.

If you have never been to Florida it is hot, humid, and sticky. Within 7 minutes, the ice in my iced peach tea from Starbucks had already melted. 😑

If you're in the Miami Beach district you're probably less than a block away from the ocean. Yes, I spent most of my time sitting by the ocean enjoying the waves crashing in, watching the sunrise, and watching the sunset.

It was too hot, I couldn't take the heat to go shopping. Besides eating. . . .

The water ... this was my first time at an ocean. It tasted disgusting. I tried so hard not to get it in my mouth, but it just somehow managed to get inside my mouth. Eeek. 😖 The water was warm. I was surprised. That was one of the best thing. The water stings your eyes! Yes, it hurts. Don't even try to rub it off because your whole arm is wet and full of the salt water! I tried not to go underwater and just leave my head out, like a fishing bobber.

What I loved about my time there was watching the sunset and sunrise. I set my tripod and camera up and took time lapses of the sunsets and sunrises. It was fascinating to watch how beautiful and fast time goes by. (That is my brother in the photo)

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I loved the sunsets. It had beautiful shades that looked like cotton candy. 😋

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The palm trees? I was disappointed. When you think about Florida you think about palm trees and coconuts, correct? You will not see big beautiful palm trees. They are short and stubby. Occasionally, you will spot beautiful tall palm trees like the image below.

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I think I had too much expectations of Florida. I really expected more. I was bored most of the time. I was either in my hotel with the air conditioning on or I was sitting by the beach under an umbrella. I tried so hard not to let the hot humid weather get to me, but it seriously did. It was not a joke. While my brother and I was walking to the hotel my brother said to me, "you know, I think I can live here..." I just stood there and stared at him, are you kidding me. This is FUCKEN hot. 

I did go all the way to the Keys. It was beautiful. I loved how people just parked on the side of the rode and swam.

As we were driving to and from the Keys. There were parts of the drive where the sides of the roads were blocked off by fences due to alligators/crocodiles crossing. Sometimes we even spotted parts of the fences that was lifted or broken. You know what that means, it means there was a huge and strong crocodile that tried to cross the rode. 😱 We kept ourselves entertained with stories of how the crocodile might have crossed the rode and we also kept our eyes out to see fences that were broken. And yes, it was very entertaining.

I did vlog our time in Florida. Click on the link below if you want to watch our time in Florida. [insert here link of florida vlog]

Overall, I didn't enjoy Florida. Maybe it's because of the weather. I don't know, but there was something about it that I just didn't enjoy. Makes me wonder if Santa Monica or Venice Beach will give the same vibe. (Fingers crossed. I hope not.) Don't get my wrong, I've always dreamed of living by the ocean and visiting Florida and California. But so far, Florida has really disappointed me.

California is still on my list to travel. I hope that I will make it out there, soon!

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Walking by the ocean in miami beach, florida.