Free Falling

Because. Fear is a state of mind & without it, we can conquer anything. Sincerely, Me. 

Hey adventure fam! I never thought I'd be doing this again so soon, but this weekend I went sky diving for the second time in my life. For those who don't remember, I went sky diving for the first time just last December, in Australia (here). This time, I chose a location closer to home. Just outside of Seattle, we have Skydive Snohomish.

I have to admit, I was little worried (not scared) about this second time. For one, I was worried that after skydiving over the great barrier reef & landing on a beach, nothing could top that. Then secondly, as someone that works in healthcare, taking x-rays for a living, I've seen my fare share of injuries. Granted, only one skydiving injury. 

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Regardless of that, when my coworker asked me to go, I was going! Accidents happen everyday. In fact, I see more people get injured on a regular basis, just crossing the street or driving their car. The thing that's always been important to me though, is that despite all the injuries I see on a regular basis, to not let it get to my head.

Plus, as I drove up to Harley Airport & saw people above me jumping out of the sky, all my worries went away. Suddenly, I was full of nothing but excitement & ready to jump. 

Thanks for reading! I recommend this to everyone at least once! You'll fall in love ;) - Jen

Twenty-Seven: A Food DIARY

Hey everyone! The travel photos/vlogs are going to have to be on hold for a minute, because today I turned 27! I've said this before, but my motto is: I don't celebrate my birthday, I celebrate my birth-week. It wasn't a full week, but it's been an absolute blast! To me, my birthday isn't about me, but using that time to catch up with all my friends & family, over endless good food in the Seattle area. Let's just say, mission was accomplished!

SATURDAY

JOEY kitchen

I started out on Saturday in University Village at JOEY Restaurant. For the past 3 years I've celebrated it at my favorite dumpling house, Din Tai Fung, but this year I just wanted to try something different & I'm sure glad I did. Very swanky, open atmosphere setting, which perfect table seating for my party. No to mention, their Sashimi Tuna Salad (far right) was delicately delicious. 

Molly Moon's

Being lactose-intolerant, I thought that the fun had been permanently sucked out of my diet, then I discovered Molly Moon's dairy-free, sorbet & vegan options. Let's just say, it changed my life & now I'm officially part of the Molly Moon bandwagon. After dinner, it was straight outside for use to join their always present line, where I got the Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet. (I had already grabbed the Vegan Coconut Chunk the day before.)

I cannot stress how blessed I feel to have been able to grow up with such truly wonderful, good friends. People in your life will always come & go, but to find people who are genuine, is the hardest, but most rewarding life-long challenge you will ever encounter. P.S. Thanks for the cake Edlin!

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SUNDAY

SKYCITY Restaurant

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After a night of bowling & bowling related movies, Sunday was a laid back day. I lounged around, caught up on some reading, then ended the day with my parents at the Space Needle, at the Skycity Restaurant. Epic views are what I absolutely LIVE for & this place delivers.

MONDAY

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

Now it seems like the going never stops, but on the morning of my birthday, I met up with my friend Daniel for breakfa-... I mean dessert haha. Life's too short to not start off with Molten Dark Chocolate Cake, especially when there's a vegan option. Thank goodness for coconut milk & ice cream!  

Well, with the exception to my first trip up to the Columbia Center, and reunion with my good friend Scarlett, that concludes my 27th birthday food diary! Hope you guys enjoy the food porn! Thank you to everyone for making this weekend great. Here's to another good year! Love, JEN

Rey for a Day

Hey everyone! My favorite month, April, is here, and that means it's Comic-Con weekend in Seattle! I've been going to Emerald City Comic-Con (and other cons in Seattle) for years, but this year is extra special for me, because it's my first time cosplaying! After disney bounding as Pocahontas, I couldn't wait to dress up for something else. With ECCC quickly rolling up, I chose to be Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I chose Rey because I've always gravitated to strong female characters; the ones that are their owns heroines, not the damsel in distress. It also helped that, despite the difficulty of finding the right shade/texture of fabrics I wanted, it was quite doable in the span of one week. 

THE LOOK

  • The boots were borrowed from my cousin. (Thanks Isabelle!)
  • Undershirt is an old TOMS t-shirt where I cut the sleeves off. It was already the perfect shade, so why not?
  • My mom helped me sew the elastic waist pants, since I'm still a novice. (Thanks Mom. I love you.) Fabric was $1.70 total. 
  • The robe & arm wraps are cut from the same fabric, with the rob gathered at the top.
  • Belt & bracelet are cut from a vinyl leather sheet (2 yards worth) I got on sale for $5
  • Plus I just went back to dark hair. Surprise! #ThatWasEasy #NotReally
  • The hardest part was her bag. I've made bags before but this was the most detailed. You can't tell but it's fully lined with pockets! :)
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I might... have a thing for Kylo Ren...

I might... have a thing for Kylo Ren...

It quickly became a con experience I've never had before. I've always come to simply be an "observer" of artowrk & cosplay, and suddenly people were stopping me to compliment my costume or ask me to pose for a picture. I might have looked like a deer-in-headlights the first few times to be quite honest, but it also felt like I had become part of a new family, and that was exciting! 

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Is that a Disneyland BB-8 cup I see?!

Is that a Disneyland BB-8 cup I see?!

That's why I love cons though. There are "regular" people out there that make fun of cosplayers, or nerds, and call us "weird." I think they're boring.

If you're going to live life, do what you love & without shame. Love what you love fully & with passion.

Cons are the only place where you can walk in, and the nerdier you are in whatever you love, the cooler & more accepted you are.  Plus here, you get to meet a lot of cool people interested in the same thing you are, like this little Rey girl that asked me for a photo above, and these people below.

Family of Miazaki characters! (Mom, aka Tomagi, was inside getting them Starbucks, as they should in Seattle).

A Miazaki family. Dad is No Face. Mom (aka Kamaji) was inside getting them Starbucks.

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Here's a guy I'm proud to call my coworker: Aaron! He makes the most beautiful & detailed cosplay outfits, I've ever seen. Plus he has carrots. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this picture/text heavy post. It's not my usual fashion oriented stuff, but hey, it's Jen's life right? Next time you guys see me, I'll be in Florida. Remember, live the adventure. Love, JEN.

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My Favorite Places in Seattle

ALASKAN WAY

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ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO, before the start of Fall quarter, Ian & I decided to take one last Seattle trip before we got busy with school. Living just outside of Seattle, it seems that the more and more I visit this place, the more I fall in love with it. I didn't used to like Seattle, like when I first moved here in 1998, but now I can honestly say I have fallen in love with this city and I can't imagine living anywhere else.

As a local, I highly recommend visiting the Seattle Aquarium. It's one of my favorite attractions & I never seem to get tired of it. Maybe that's just me, since I love fish so much. While I was there I was able to catch this picture (above) of this small sea lion. Isn't it cute?!

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 Outside of the Seattle Aquarium, you will also find a lot of neat shops to visit on Alaskan Way. In one shop (the name of it escapes me), sold these assortment of dried starfish (above), and shells (below). Apparently, they really wanted use to know much these particular shells (below) are. Haha

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PIKE PLACE MARKET

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This is definitely more of a tourist location, but as time has gone one, I find myself coming back here again and again for Paperdelle's Specialty Pasta (on the main floor). Plus where else can you a bouquet of flowers this big (below), for only $5-$10?

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Oddly enough though, as much as I love their specialty pasta or beautiful flowers, my favorite part of Pike Market has become this old man (below). 

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 It may not be clear why, but those know really know me, know that I love classical music and instrumentals. Occasionally on my Seattle adventures, I would run into this old man at Pike. He seems to always be there, every time, in a different spot. He plays the erhu, otherwise known as the Chinese violin. It's nice because in the mist of a bustling crowd, his songs never fail to enlighten my ears. Some times he plays songs that I remember hearing during my childhood.

I actually recently bought a Erhu album by Jia Peng Fang and I find it really relaxing. Here's one of his best songs (here), check it out!

I guess I kind of segwayed there, but I hope you guys enjoyed this short photo story/adventure of mine. I also hope it gives any of you non-Seattlites some ideas of where to visit if you ever come to my city! That is all! Happy Monday! JN