san francisco

Friday, March 20, 2015

Back in January, I visited San Francisco at the end of winter block before the spring semester of my freshman year began. I have always been wanting to visit San Francisco, a city I considered for college, so I was really excited to go there. Nick, my friend from Singapore was in San Francisco after our Vegas trip, so I decided to take the few days I had off before school started to visit while he was there. I bought the flight tickets a couple of days before I flew into the beautiful city in Northern California.

San Francisco was such a completely different city from the few places I've visited in the United States so far. It's so incredibly different from Aliso Viejo where I live, although it's the same state. It was nothing like San Diego or Los Angeles either. I thought it was interesting how cities in one state could feel like they were in different countries. I found this novel and exciting.

San Francisco was so exciting; I remember the adventures I had while I was there. In my time there, I've seen several homeless people in the city. While I was eating outside a burger joint one day I saw a young man dressed in tattered clothes searching for food in a trash bin. He couldn't find any and he just sipped what he could from the discarded soda cups. Aside from the shock I experienced, I felt so incredibly sheltered to have had led the life I've lived. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this back home.

I grew up in a prosperous city and detested city life - always busy and moving, never stopping. Cities are always packed with people who are often unhappy and unfriendly, and I wanted to live in a quiet, peaceful town. My school was perfect - located in Aliso Viejo, Orange County where things are always calm and serene, it was exactly what I was looking for. The people in Southern California are laid back, friendly and approachable. The nights are quiet and the stars shine bright. But my stay in San Francisco and recent visits in Tokyo and Seoul reminded me how being in a city felt like. Cities are always filled with lively noise and movement, and the nights are always adorned by the city lights. Nothing ever sleeps, adventure always awaits. There are so many people to meet and you never run out of things to do. I forgot how it felt like being in a city, and I fell in love with it all over again.

Although I am perfectly content and happy with living in this beautiful town the next four years, I look forward to moving to another city after college. And I might just be able to try that out in my junior year when I am studying abroad. I am incredibly thankful for having the opportunities to travel and I realized how blessed I am to have everything I have.

la jolla

Friday, March 13, 2015

Last month my friends and I went to San Diego to watch a roller-derby show and we decided to stop at La Jolla beach before we went and these were photos from our time at the lovely beach! It was so crazy to realize that we live in such a beautiful place, with the pacific ocean right next to us. Watching the sunset by the ocean is always such a humbling experience that reminds us of how incredibly lucky and blessed we are.