Balloon Lifestyle

Summer Recap

Hello, friends! It’s been a while! As summer is coming to an end, I thought I would do a recap of the last few busy months for me. This summer has been nonstop and I feel like I can finally start catching my breath again.

After my Austin trip at the beginning of the summer, I had the honor of marching the San Francisco Pride Parade with family and friends on behalf of NASA Ames. After seeing the parade on the side lines for a couple of years, it was definitely a moment I’ll never forget.

For Fourth of July weekend, my family and I traveled to Virginia for a family reunion. It’s always a good time going to Virginia to see both sides of my family. There were also many yummy food opportunities that weekend!

The next weekend, my friends and I made our way to Los Angeles for a weekend of TONS of food. We also got a chance to visit the Museum of Ice Cream, which is also opening in San Francisco soon! One of my favorite stops along the trip was at the 14th Factory museum. As of now, it’s LA location has ended its run but I’ll be on the lookout for their next location. I’ll be creating a LA food guide soon with my recent favorites!

We continued the food journey in Las Vegas the weekend after where we also got to see Tritonal, Cash Cash, The Chainsmokers, Diplo, and Hardwell during the Summer Splash event. I highly recommend getting these wristbands because you get to skip all the huge lines and your hotel stay is included!

August came around quickly and before I knew it, I turned 26 years old! I didn’t go out of town for my birthday since I wanted more of a chill weekend but I had a fabulous dinner with my friends at Neumanli’s in Hayward and a small get together at home. My BF set up a build your own acai bar and he baked 5 different lasagna dishes!

The end of August came around and my friends and I took a road trip to Vancouver, BC with stops in Portland and Seattle. It was my first time exploring Canada and my first time crossing the border by car. My friends and I had a great time venturing out into the city and of course had many food stops along the way. My Vancouver city guide is coming soon!

After coming back home from Vancouver, my sister and I got a chance to visit the Color Factory in San Francisco. The Color Factory is a new pop-up experience and I highly recommend it if they extend their stay in the city. My sister and I had loads of fun inside taking pictures and they also provide some yummy local snacks inside. I had been wanting to visit the Color Factory to see the Geronimo Balloons installation. If you don’t know her work, check her out! I have been following her balloon installations for a while and now I can say I’ve seen one in person!

My Instagram has been steadily growing and I’ve had the opportunity to go on more tastings such as MAC’D, Milkbomb Ice Cream, Cafe Snowy Village, AhiPoke Bowl, TeaHee, Kagawa-ya Udon, Third Culture Bakery, Orenodon,ย Must Be Thai, Quattro, and many more.ย I’ve also gotten to meet more Bay Area foodies and even hosted my first Giveaway thanks to Lucy Rice SF. Check out that post here and enter the giveaway before it ends on September 6th. I’m excited for that event this Friday!

Flash forward to the past Labor Day weekend, which is one of the hardest weekends I’ve had this year. My grandpa passed away and my family and I attended his funeral in Virginia. The last time I saw him was that July 4th weekend where we had a family reunion. He was walking and talking regularly and a month later his health declined so fast. He is at peace now, but it was very hard to say goodbye. It was quite an emotional weekend for our family. I was able to say good bye with my own words in a eulogy speech during the funeral. I’m thankful for my grandpa and what he’s done for his family. The love he had for all of us will be spread by his children and grandchildren.

That being said, summer is nearly over and I’m looking forward to the holiday season starting. I will be going on a work trip to Bangalore, India and Hsinchu City, Taiwan in October. I am also going to Amsterdam, London, and Paris in November. Until then, I’m excited for things to get back to normal and to stand still for a minute.

Thanks for following along the journey…

xoxo

 

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