Even for Twitter, I still feel weird about ‘bragging’ but I was just sitting here, chillin’ when a barista offered to make me a free drink, thus continuing my good ass day. I was late for work, but my mentor was super chill about it, the other TA passed out lollipops, we  did a cool lesson and activity on cultural superstitions, and my friend let me have his shift for tomorrow. Afterwards, I strolled through little Italy for my turkey pastrami sammich at Mona Lisa(& because I love walking around there), and now I’m having a mini photo sesh at seaport village. And did I mention that it’s a beautiful day today? All I’m gonna say is that I’m privileged and spoiled, and there is nothing to complain about. God is good, life is good, and simple things are happy things.

Even for Twitter, I still feel weird about ‘bragging’ but I was just sitting here, chillin’ when a barista offered to make me a free drink, thus continuing my good ass day. I was late for work, but my mentor was super chill about it, the other TA passed out lollipops, we did a cool lesson and activity on cultural superstitions, and my friend let me have his shift for tomorrow. Afterwards, I strolled through little Italy for my turkey pastrami sammich at Mona Lisa(& because I love walking around there), and now I’m having a mini photo sesh at seaport village. And did I mention that it’s a beautiful day today? All I’m gonna say is that I’m privileged and spoiled, and there is nothing to complain about. God is good, life is good, and simple things are happy things.

#8475857: Couchella 2.0

ASX TV wasn’t working for me the first time around, so I thought i’d give it another shot last night. But I was unable to try it out because of an impromptu but fun, drunken evening at Tavern. Turns out Pusha T, Ursher, TI, and Jay Z showed up for Pharrell’s set, and Lauryn Hill and Gong Jr. showed up for Nas. As expected, all this amazingness occurred  while I was busily downing shots of the Captain. I even told my sister I wished that Lauryn would come out for Nas’ set last weekend! These things always happen when i’m not watching. 

When I predicted Pharrell’s special guests on Twitter, my mind was set on him performing his more recent work—collabs with Daft Punk and his G I R L Album. Honestly, Blurred Lines had slipped my mind because the only variation of that song that I like is the one by Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, on classroom instruments. But man, if I had a broader perspective on the situation, my wish list would look like the past two weekends combined. Just needed Shay and Kuya Chad to come out for a mini NERD reunion. Also  JT…come on dude, the Neptunes worked on your first album!  But I guess he’s the tour, late night cameo,  & SNL type of guy. Or not. Then of course, there’s the elusive Daft Punk. But still, what i’d give to just be in that crowd, front-and-center, lost in the music in a cool, sandstorm-free desert(but apparently it gets super muddy at Governor’s Ball[can they just all just be at Governor’s Ball next year, OutKast included?]). Sidenote: Turns out OutKast’s set, was way better this time around, I knew they were just warming up last week.

If I had it my way, I would’ve loved to see Pharrell & Co. perform the following:

U Don’t Have 2 Call//So Ambitious//Frontin//Anything//Change Clothes//Excuse Me Miss//I Just Wanna Luv You(Give It 2 Me)//Cot Damn//I’m Good//Grindin’//Mr. Me Too////Stay With Me//Like I Love You//Senorita//Rock Your Body//Brand New//Beautiful//Drop It Like It’s Hot//Lets Get Blown//From Tha Chuuuch To Da Palace//Special//Can I Have It Like That//Baby//Play It Off//Goodlife//Get Lucky//Lose Yourself To Dance//Gust Of Wind//

For Nas, of course it’s If I Ruled The World(Imagine That) with Lauryn Hill, and Count Your Blessings//Nah Mean//As We Enter//Patience with ‘Gong Jr.’

Finally, Nasty Nas would bring Skateboard P back out for “Nas’ Angels…the Flyest” and my night would end on Cloud 9. 

Haha wow, my brain is fried. Thanks Coachella for being awesome this year and giving me something to write about. 

Draft Box: No Fuss, Wanderlust.

One of my good friends is on a plane bound for New York City. I had spent the day giving her a mental list of things to do and places to eat but I think her man friend had the sights & sounds down, Katz’s Deli included. The travel envy is real.

I’ve been living vicariously through my friends’ travels on Instagram & the wanderlust has never been so strong.

Because I want the sunset vistas of African savannas. I want the rolling green hills and pastures of New Zealand and spider-free adventures in the Australian Outback. I want to stand on the top of skyscrapers, cliffs, mountains, and landmarks with arms wide open(F You, Creed). I want the cityscape beneath my feet from the sky deck at Willis Tower.

I want to swim with marine life through a tropical paradise under the sea. I want the scenic hikes and beaches. I want to trek through natural/man-made tunnels, coves and caves. I want the coastline journeys and city strolls. I want to chase more waterfalls. I want the popular tourist destinations, tv/film locations, and local/obscure spots.

I want the independent bookstores, book bars, libraries and cafés. I want the historical and themed bars and lounges. I want the diversity of modern and quirky architectural styles. I want the collection of museums, festivals, and fairs. I want the man-made structures and natural wonders. My camera stays hungry for more adventures.

I want all the food, from locally-known to internationally grown. Food stands, trucks, hole-in-the-walls, restaurants, diners, drive-ins, and dives(no guy fieri). All the places featured on Travel Channel & The Food Network. I want to capture different cultures and adapt to new, ensuring that I will stay thirsty for knowledge and diversify my palate. And this list will remain continuous. Though I’ve seen more than I thought I would in the past 26 years, I’m still not satiated. My mind is an absolute clusterfcuk right now because I know there are so many things I probably missed. My goal is not to be a tourist, but an explorer of the world.

Because once you’re bitten by the travel bug, you’re infected for life. Never stop exploring.