If you’re from a Korean church then you’ll know that a typical church winter retreat will always either be at Big Bear or Mammoth Mountain. There’s not really much to do but stay in the cabin and do nothing. So for this past winter retreat, I wanted to go somewhere new and different. I was sick of going to the usual place doing nothing. So back in October 2018, I suggested to my pastor and his wife that we should go to Yosemite for winter retreat. I thought it would be great to try going to another national park since my church went to Zion National Park two summers ago.
My second day of Portland came around but things didn’t go according to plan.
For my Portland trip, I continually planned and researched like crazy to get ready for the trip. I had so many tabs open on my computer trying to find the best places to eat and the best places to visit. I had an elaborate schedule of where I was going to go each day. But for my first day, man, I didn’t know it was going to be so tiring. Oh my goodness… On my first day of Portland, I was running on 4 hours of sleep. I felt like dying the whole day. I was constantly walking and at some point, I felt like a zombie. HOWEVER that didn’t stop me from enjoying my first day at Portland. There was a lot of walking and eating involved but I am able to say confidently that my first day was a success.
Before I tell you guys about my adventure in Portland, I thought it would be a good idea to let you guys know where I lodged and how I got around in Portland. I think it would be valuable information for those who plan on visiting Portland.
Hey guys, I have some pretty exciting news to share! I will be going on my first solo female trip to Portland tomorrow! Few weeks ago, I spontaneously bought a plane ticket to Portland as I was wanderlusting over it. Now that I have the time to travel and take a break, I decided this is the perfect opportunity to go to Hipster Utopia. I’ve actually been to Portland three years back for a school field trip but I was very limited on where I was able to go. Multnomah Falls was first on to go list but unfortunately, time was very limited and I wasn’t able to go.
But since I have all the time now, I’m able to go anywhere I want! I will also be visiting other places I’ve been wanting to go such as the Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden… well, the latter is a maybe since it’s Fall. But I’m looking forward to beautiful deep red and orange leaves lining up the sidewalk. I don’t know why Portland has always been in my heart. Maybe it’s because I visited there once and it wasn’t California so maybe that’s why I like it. But I’m excited to share you guys photos of my trips and the awesome foods I will try over there. This will be my first ever travel alone and I’m happy that I’ll be able to fill my blog with real travel. Pray for me that I’ll have safe travel and I hope you guys are looking forward to my adventure too!
When I’m not eating as a side job (I wish it was a real job though lol), I work as a junior art director/designer for an ad agency in Los Angeles. I’ve been working at my present company for more than two years now and I remember going to my very first ad event called AdJam. AdJam is an annual event where advertising agencies come together to compete and win the title of the best band. Each year they have a theme and last year’s was Adchella which was a play on Coachella. I didn’t go to last year’s but when I went to my first AdJam, I won a GoPro Hero 4 which is now on loan to my ex-director who is traveling Southeast Asia right now LOL. But anyways, this year’s theme was Sounds of Summer.
So a little known fact about me is that I listen to metal music. I know… What a shocker that a Korean girl listens to metal music LOL. There’s not a lot of Asians especially girls who listen to metalcore. It’s really rare to see an Asian at a metal concert since it’s mostly dominated by Caucasians and Latinos. So it gets a little uncomfortable when you’re waiting for the band to start and you see people staring at you. I could just imagine and hear what they’re thinking “Why is there an Asian chick here?” LOL. Funny thing is I wasn’t a metal fan at the beginning though. In fact, I hated metal music to the core. I remember riding in the passenger seat of my friend’s car and he started blasting metal music. The car was vibrating from the bass and I thought I was going to die from embarrassment. I literally tried to slouch down to the floor so I wouldn’t be seen riding in his car. Fast forward to a year later and on August 2017, I became a metal believer.