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What’s In My Bag

Always wanted to do one of these "What's In My Bag" tags. Enjoy!

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Places/Things/People (In order of appearance):

• Coach City Zip Tote (*can't find this particular print)
http://www.coach.com/shop/women-handbags-totes
• Glossier Bubble Wrap Pouch
https://www.glossier.com/products/
• Canon G7X Mark II
https://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-G7-Mark-Black/dp/B01BV14OXA
• Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook Dotted Pages
https://www.amazon.com/Leuchtturm1917-Medium-Size-Hardcover-Notebook/dp/B002TSIMW4
• Coach Leopard Wristlet
http://www.coach.com/shop/women-wristlets
• Comme des Garçons Embossed Wallet
https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/1590566-designer-comme-des-garcons-wallet/items.aspx
• Energizer Recharge Pro
http://www.energizer.com/batteries/energizer-rechargeable-batteries?&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=ENE-HHB-16_Branded+Rechargeable&utm_term=energizer%20rechargable&utm_content=sjBsW0znX_dc%7Cpcrid%7C97423607123%7Cpkw%7Cenergizer%20rechargable%7Cpmt%7Cp
• Vans Off The Wall Lanyard
https://www.amazon.com/Vans-Off-Wall-Lanyard-Checker/dp/B01M9BZAJF
• 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0008G8G8Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Music:
Magu The Dog - “morning.blunt”
https://soundcloud.com/maguthedog

Filmed by Joncozy
http://youtube.com/joncozytv

Edited by me!

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I'm not sponsored or paid for anything I say in this video even though I wish I was lol.

My Attempt at vlogging...again

Let's try this again. Got inspired to do a sort of Vlogtember lol. Anyway, this Labor Day I had a very special guest be my camerawoman, went to check out Woes signing at Pioneer Saloon and then ate more. Will be more consistent this time!


Places/Things/Special Appearances:

• The Cubs: Janae + Deejae
• Pioneer Saloon
http://www.pioneer-saloon.net
• Woes
http://angrywoebots.bigcartel.com
• DJ Revise
https://instagram.com/djrevise

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Music:
“September Soul” (Vandalized Remix)
http://jarreauvandal.com

August

I keep getting freaked out about how many months that are left in the year. It's wild to me that October is now next month. Every month has been busy for me and August was no different. Couple of things I learned this month was:

  1. Stop saying yes all the time unless I'm 100% confident I can commit.
  2. Quit overfilling my plate.
  3. Stop. Saying. Yes.

August had an eclipse, Mercury in Retrograde, and Hurricane Harvey happened. My heart goes out to everyone that lost someone, a pet, or something. If you have the means, any donation whether it'd be good vibes, prayers, clothes, diapers or monetary donation, it all helps. I have some clothes to send out and I donated through GlobalGiving  to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Although I'm not one to post my opinions about particular issues going on in the world, I do whatever action I can.

With that being said, I've been feeling very grateful of my family and loved ones, including simple things like my bed, a roof over my head, etc. Every day is a chance to send and receive love and appreciation and this event reminded me of that.

This month was full of lessons and I realized that I was overfilling my plate again. I get so excited to start something that when it comes down to doing it, I realize that I'm spreading myself too thin. I hate not being able to commit 100% and it bothers me more than anyone knows (ask all my close friends lol).

I had a lot of great moments this month. One was finally finishing that Audiobook I was telling you all about in my last blog post. I also started reading Game Of Thrones since the series won't start back up for awhile haha. I had special guest DJ C-Sik (who is also the Canadian Red Bull Thre3style Champ, 3x Calgary DMC Champ NBD) play a set at Laylow with me. It's just so awesome to meet people who are on that same wave link as you and clicking with them is no problem. Rick and his girlfriend Shaleen were amazing and I felt like I was friends with them for a long time. Also got to check out Amazing Comic Con where I was on the hunt for Jon Snow but got to take photos on the Iron Throne.

I think one highlight was that this past weekend I had a little work reunion. Back in 2010, I worked part-time at this boutique in Chinatown called TeeTee Bar. It was a cute spot filled with all these rad, hard to get, t-shirts. The concept behind it was that so the boys would go there to shop while all their girlfriends would shop next door at Fighting Eel. It was there where I met and worked with a bunch of cool girls who had (still have!) great effortless style. I learned a lot about brand identity, product quality, and that special boutique customer experience from my short time there. It's hilarious that I ended up becoming IRL friends and ended up opening my own store down the street from where the old TeeTee Bar used to be haha. Good times.

Another highlight for me was coming into Chinatown around 8am in the morning and having breakfast at my favorite coffee spot/bar The Manifest. They started offering bacon and deviled eggs with their toast which is what I used to order a la carte. Right amount of sweet and savory and hits all the main food groups (meat, fruits, carbs and coffee, did I get that right?). It's my ideal perfect breakfast every morning and it was just awesome sitting there, really eating my food haha. I appreciate those kinds of moments, I ended up going there later in the night to DJ this really fun event called INBTWNS (follow them @thecontingency). I was able to play basically all kinds of genres and it was such a great release for me. I didn't realize how much I needed that. Also shout out to Lianne, I love the photos she takes of me!

Another thing is that I started an Instagram page for my bullet journaling nerdery called @badn.bujo lol. If you're into that sort of thing, feel free to follow. If you don't know what bullet journaling is I recommend you visit BulletJournal.com. It's been a game changer for me and has helped me keep my life together for the most part.

Stoked for September, lots of events happening. I just have to remember to STOP SAYING YES lol. 


I promise from now on, anything that diminishes my ability to build my own happiness and peace of mind will be avoided and eliminated.
— some positive mantra lol.

YouTube, self-care and stuff

Almost a year ago, I started a YouTube channel after putting it off for so long. I did it mainly to create memories to look back on and to appreciate my experiences. I just did a quick recap to kind of jump start recording / editing again and already I feel like this video is different than the older ones. I can't wait to keep sharpening this skill and improve. 

I mean...who isn't a huge fan of YouTube? I watch it for everything, my subscriptions range from lifestyle to makeup to DJ sets to food...I'm basic lol. Speaking of basic, I'm in my late 20s which means reading a bunch of self-care books (shout out to Ali Wong). Right now I'm going in between F*ck Feelings and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

I picked up the physical copy of F*ck Feelings and decided to do a free trial of Audible of the other book. If you haven't tried Audible you need to. I live in Kapolei with a 30-min commute so it's nice to have an audiobook / podcast playing in the background to get that mind working. After I'm done with these maybe I'll do a book review? We'll see.

Another thing that I've been into is finding out my personality type (Myer-Briggs model) with 16personalities.com. I'm at the age where my personality will not really be developing and it's pretty set. Sure I can change my attitudes / reactions and this is where the test comes in handy. It asks you a bunch of questions and encourages you to answer honestly. In the end it gives you your personality type and this breakdown of how you are in different aspects of your life (like relationships, work, etc) and it's like it knows your soul. The nice thing is that it tells you your strengths + weaknesses and how you can work with them better. It's allowed me to be more mindful and understanding about how I am and it's kinda been a game-changer. I'm all about working more efficiently haha.

The months have been going by so quickly it's been scary. I have a stacked year so I feel like I've come to accept that I'll never have a "chill" month or week for that matter haha. I gotta admit though, it's been nice to be blogging / writing again.

Some photos from last week/over the weekend. I know it's dorky but I got a middle part! I haven't had one since freshman year in high school haha. I hate how you get your hair done and you can never recreate that look again. Mahalo to Mahina and her staff at the Foundry for killing it. They have a special promo right now so be sure to check out their Instagram.

Anyway, my right eye has been twitching for over 2 weeks so I guess it's time to turn off the screen.

New perspective

I feel like every since this year started, I’ve just been going, going, going and like all of us, never really took the time to take a break and take it in. Nature and that childlike innocence has been seeping it’s way back into my life lately and it’s been refreshing.

The problems that used to drive me crazy are now just becoming smaller and smaller. I’m now clearing the path for myself from any obstacles, physically and mentally, and filling those spaces with things, activities and people that I love and make me feel happy. With that being said, last weekend I received a text from Joe Kay saying that he would be in town the following weekend. Already I started compiling lists of things to eat, do, and see that could be squeezed in a weekend. He said he was also down to play a set somewhere if it worked and then this happened:

Honestly I’m still on a high from him even texting me so hahaha. Years back I used to listen to this guy’s voice on Soulection Radio when it was on Rinse FM and it’s just baffles my mind that he’ll be playing a set with me this Saturday. Anyway, enough with my fan girl rambling haha.

I love hosting friends when they come in visit because it reminds me that, “Hey, I live in Hawaii” and makes me appreciate my home. I’m so caught up with working all the time that I unfortunately forget but I can say that I will be making more of an effort to stop and smell the plumerias more often.