Posted in Random

10 Saddest Fictional Deaths

Have you ever had a character in a book or movie that you really liked? Then they ended up dying and you felt crushed, as if they were a real person you knew. Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but you feel sadness for them. Here are ten of my saddest fictional character deaths, in no particular order.

1. Enzo Vampire Diaries

2. Jt Degrassi

3. Robin Hood Once Upon a Time

4. Dobby Harry Potter

5. Fred Weasley Harry Potter

6. Charlie Lost

7. Colonel Blake Mash

8. Rayna Nashville

9. Neal Once Upon a Time

10. Sheriff Graham Once Upon a Time

Posted in Entertainment/TV

30 Day No TV Challenge

Before taking part in the 30 day no tv challenge, I admit that I used to watch way too much tv. I would get home and watch 4-6 hours of Netflix or cable. I decided I needed a change. So in August I said I wouldn’t watch any tv at all. I did pretty well. Out of 31 days, I went 30 days without tv. Only once I watched tv, it was a soccer match.

The first few days were really tough! I missed tv so much. I felt like I was going through withdrawals. It got better as the time went on. It helped that a few days into the no tv challenge I went to Las Vegas, so that was a distraction for me. I did watch tv once while in Vegas because we were waiting to get seated and the restaurant we were at just happened to have a Real Madrid friendly game on.

Whenever I would tell people that I was giving up tv for the month, they would tell me that I was crazy! They couldn’t imagine not watching tv for so long. It’s such a normal thing to go home from work and school and watch tv. People who decide not to watch tv for whatever reason are seen as being odd or weird.

Even though watching a lot of tv- or Netflix, Hulu etc- is what many people in the United States like doing in their spare time, it’s not very healthy for us. Here are a couple articles I found online talking about the bad effects that watching too much tv has on our health.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/health-risk-of-watching-tv_us_56200c55e4b06462a13b5eb4

http://time.com/5023129/tv-blood-clots/

By the end of the challenge, I didn’t really miss watching tv at all. I really enjoyed having more time to workout and read. I even started writing more. I really felt much healthier and better overall because I wasn’t glued to the couch all the time.

I have started watching tv again, but not like I used to before. Now I might watch only 2 hours of tv a few times a week. I have found much better things to do with my time like reading or walking or just spending time with my family.

If you want to cut back on tv or do a no tv challenge like I did, here are some things you can do besides watch tv.

Play board games
Go to the gym or workout at home
Run
Walk
Read
Write
Spend time with family
Volunteer
Organize and clean your house
Start a blog
Go to a museum
Sporting event
Have a picnic
Start a business
Learn a new language
Learn to play an instrument
Plant a garden
Go to the park
Learn new recipes

Posted in Football/Soccer, Life, music, Travel

Summer 2018

Although summer doesn’t officially end until later this month, many people consider Labor Day the last day of summer. After all, by this point, most students are back in school. I graduated from Cal State LA last year, so this is my second year not going back to school and it still feels so weird! I actually liked school and miss it a lot. If it wasn’t for the fact that school is expensive, I would’ve kept going to school to get my masters. Oh well. I have my bachelor’s degree and I’m happy with that. That being said, this summer was really good for me.

One thing I look forward to every four years during summer is the World Cup. This summer was no different. Although the United States or Italy did not take part in the World Cup, there were still many good matches. France ended up winning the final against Croatia, but along the way, there were many upsets and surprises. One of the most shocking things that happened was Germany did not even make it out of the group stage and they had won the previous World Cup final. I guess the curse of World Cup winning teams is true. Also, Spain, who were one of the favorites to make it to the final, lost against Russia, one of the teams that no one expected much from. Argentina and Portugal disappointed and so did Brazil. Overall, it was a good World Cup. Can’t wait for 2022, I hope Italy and the United States make it next time.

For people who know me, they know that my favorite type of music is country music. When my mom mentioned that she was going to a Brad Paisley Concert, I just had to go. Technically she was going to see Kane Brown, but Brad Paisley was the headliner. He is my second favorite country male singer, after Tim McGraw. It was a really good concert. We had good seats and I enjoyed spending time with my mom, as corny as it sounds. That’s something that never happens because I have so many brothers and sisters. (I’m the oldest of six)

Every year since 2011, I have gone to see a team from Europe play a friendly match in Los Angeles. Usually it’s Real Madrid, but this year they didn’t come to Los Angeles, unfortunately. However, this year AC Milan came to Los Angeles. They are my boyfriend’s favorite team. I like watching them, although they aren’t my favorite Italian team. It was a good game even though they ended up losing to Manchester United.

My mini vacation to Las Vegas trip was a lot of fun. It was only few days, but still enjoyable. Next time I go, I will make sure not to go during the summer though because it was super hot. I think I will go back in November 2019 and this time, I will drink more since it is Las Vegas. The best part of the trip was the Backstreet Boys concert. I really hope I can see them again next year.

The city where I used to work had free concerts at the park every Friday in the summer. My family decided to go to the last concert of the summer. My mom loves listening to Brenton Woods. I grew up listening to his music. As luck would have it, Brenton Woods was the main even of the last concert. It was free so the whole family got to go. There was so many people there. It was still fun though. Three of my coworkers went and I met up with them.

I admit that sometimes I watch way too much TV, Netflix, Hulu etc. So I decided to see if I could stay away for a while. I decided to take part in the 30 day no TV challenge for the month of August. Overall, I was successful. I watched TV only once in the entire month. I missed watching TV at first, but eventually I found better things to do.

Two things I missed out on were my weekend getaway trips to San Francisco and San Diego. I had planned to go to San Diego at the beginning of June for the Rock and Roll 5k and Half marathon races. However, I had to cancel due to financial reasons. The following month, I had planned to go to San Francisco for the San Francisco Half Marathon. I cancelled that trip because it didn’t seem like it would be safe for me to be in the city alone, even if it was just for the weekend. I plan to run that race next year, fingers crossed.
I ended my summer by going to Knott’s Berry Farm with my family. Even though I couldn’t get on any of the rides, I still had fun. We didn’t know about it until we got there, but the day we went was one of the days that Knott’s Berry Farm was having their dollar days. There were 7 of us, so we saved a lot of money. Some of the things that were on special for only $1 that day were the ices, popcorn, hot dogs, pizza slices, and soda, to name a few. WE only stayed a few hours because it was very crowded. Luckily, we have the season pass, so we can always go another day, when there’s less people. My favorite time of the year to go to Knott’s Berry Farm is during the Boysenberry Festival and during the Christmas season.

I’m looking forward to fall, it’s my favorite season of the year! Will be making my fall bucket list really soon 

Posted in Life, Travel

Las Vegas Trip

A few weeks ago, I went to Las Vegas for the week with Giovanna, my travelling partner since 2012. It was my second time going to Las Vegas. It was fun, but so hot! I think it was 105+ every day that we were there. Thank goodness it wasn’t humid.

The last time I went to Las Vegas was in November 2017. That time I went with my family, my mom, three of my sisters, and my grandpa. We stayed at the Circus, Circus hotel. We only went for the weekend and it was because I had the Rock and Roll 5k and Half Marathon. This time, we went to have fun.

We stayed at the Treasure Island hotel. Our room was nice, but we were on the 22nd floor. The view was great, but it felt scary being so high up! In our hotel, there was a gym and a pool. We went to the pool twice and I went to the gym once.

I loved going on the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel. It was so awesome being able to see all over Las Vegas, from the strip all the way to the mountains. It was a bit scary to be up so high, but the view was so worth it. I wanted to get on the High Roller, which is a ferris wheel near The Linq, but Giovanna didn’t want to go because of how tall it was.

The highlight of my Las Vegas trip was going to the Backstreet Boys concert. I grew up listening to them,but this was my first time seeing them in concert! I had so much fun, my only complain is that I wish the concert had been much longer!

Some other things that we did were go to the ice bar, see the dolphins, lions, and tigers at The Mirage, see the Marvel Station at Treasure Island where they had props from the movies, visit the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, and visit the garden at the Bellagio .

I pigged out so much! One of my favorite places to eat at was called Hash House a Go Go. They have huge pancakes there, big enough for two or three people to share. I got a cake milkshake from Black Tap on the Venetian, a huge slice of pizza from Pinup Pizza next to Planet Hollywood, cupcakes at Sprinkles, and creme bruise at the Venetian . Next time I would love to go to the buffet at the Bellagio.

We walked soo much! It ranged from 13,000 steps to 20,000 steps! That was my form of exercise. The first day was tough. We were mostly exploring and by the end of the night, my feet and back were killing me!

One thing I wish I could have done was go on the roller coaster at the New York New York hotel. I had so much fun when I went on it last time, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get on it. Oh well, maybe next time.

This Las Vegas trip will be my last trip for at least the next six months. I was originally supposed to go to Orlando again in November, but I had to cancel that trip due to unexpected circumstances.

Posted in Football/Soccer

AC Milan vs Manchester United

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to see a friendly soccer match between AC Milan and Manchester United. AC Milan is my boyfriend’s favorite team ever, they’re from Italy. Manchester United is a team from England. I like AC Milan, though they aren’t my favorite.

Originally, they were supposed to play in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl which is about 20 minutes from where I live. Unfortunately, due to low ticket sales, they moved the game to a smaller stadium, Stub Hub Center in Carson. This was such a hassle for me because this stadium is over an hour away from my home.

We went to the game for my boyfriend’s birthday. We both wore our Leonardo Bonucci Milan jerseys. I was lucky that I didn’t have to drive us to the game that day because it was a weekday and there was so much traffic. We got to the game on time and there was a lot of people surprisingly. Most of the people there were rooting for Manchester United. I noticed that casual soccer fans tend to root for the English teams thinking they are much better, but that’s not usually the case.

Anyways, the game was really good. AC Milan did not win unfortunately. The game had ended in a tie, so they went to penalties. Penalty shootout went on for a long time! Everyone had a turn, even the goal keepers 😂 It’s always fun to see teams from Europe come and play friendlies here during the summer. 

Posted in Life, music

Brad Paisley Concert

A few weeks ago, I went to see Brad Paisley in concert. It was such a good concert! I went to his concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim on July 21st. I went with my mom. She is not a country fan at all, but she went to see Kane Brown, one of the opening acts.

Brad Paisley was the headliner in the concert. As I mentioned earlier, Kane Brown was one of the opening acts. The other opening act was Dan Tyminski. I had never heard of him, but he was pretty good. He sang “Hey, Brother” with Avicii, the dj who passed away earlier this year.

I heard Kane Brown a couple years ago when he came out with the song “What if”. I really liked that song. Recently, my mom heard his music and when she heard that he was going to come out in concert here in California, my mom made sure to get tickets as soon as they went on sale. She asked me months in advance if I wanted to go with her. I said yes, because unlike her, I really like country music. Only downside was that the Brad Paisley concert was the same day as the Tim McGraw concert, which was at the Staples Center. But since I had seen him last year, I thought it would be a good idea to see new people in concert.

We got to Anaheim really early for the concert. It started at 730pm and my mom got us there at 530pm. We went to eat before the concert, because I was starving! It was the first time in ages that my mom and I hung out together , just the two of us. That never happens because I am the oldest of six and now that she has her boyfriend, she spens so much time with him. We got to the Honda Center and couldn’t believe how close our seats were! They were only like $70/$75 and we were sitting floor side. We felt a little bit out of place because we didn’t see too many people like us at the concert, but I was determined to not let that ruin our good time.

Kane Brown sang all his hits, as well as some new songs I had never heard before. He is a pretty good singer live. He also sang a few covers of songs that he liked listening to while growing up. It was interesting to see him live and see how the fans reacted to him. He also talked to us about his life story, which was another way he connected with his fans.

Brad Paisley was the first male singer I listened to when I started listening to country music a few years ago. I think the first song I heard from him was “This is Country Music”. Needless to say, I was very excited to see him in concert. He did not disappoint! Seeing him live in concert was great! He is so talented and funny. One really cool thing was that he went to a smaller stage in the middle of the arena and he was so close to us! I tried to take pictures but my phone camera was sucky! OH well, I had a blast seeing him. I can’t wait for my next concert. I am hoping to see Carrie Underwood next year.

Posted in music

Top 25 Linkin Park Songs

I can’t believe that it has been a year since the world lost Chester Bennington. I first discovered Linkin Park when I was in middle school. I’ve been a fan of them for over 15 years. Celebrity deaths rarely affect me, but this one hit me hard because I grew up with their music. Whenever I was going through some tough times, Linkin Park was there for me. He might be gone, but we haven’t forgotten him. This is one of the bands that people will continue to listen to 10, 15 years from now. I decided to make a list of my favorite Linkin Park songs. This was a tough list to make because I love all their music. Here are my top 25.

1. One Step Closer
2. Crawling
3. Breaking the Habit
4. Numb
5. Leave Out All the Rest
6. Runaway
7. Somewhere I Belong
8. Little Things Give You Away
9. Given Up
10. Don’t Stay
11. Faint
12. In Pieces
13. Talking to Myself
14. In the End
15. Bleed it Out
16. No More Sorrow
17. Hands Held High
18. In Between
19. Lying From You
20. Easier to Run
21. From the Inside
22. A Place for My Head
23. Papercut
24. Pushing Me Away
25. Shadow of the Day