Preface: The past two weeks have certainly shook our nation and world to the core. I am still working to educate myself on the issues and how to get more involved. Because I am not the most knowledgeable on all subjects, I plan to keep politics out of this blog. I will continue to post updates on my life in the city and yes, I may include some pictures of protests that I have attended, but these more light hearted posts do not mean that I am oblivious to what is going on.
Here we are in the start of a new year, a Chinese New Year and the year of the Rooster. Well + Good has all the details listed out of what this year of fire looks like and if you are looking for another way to jumpstart your “new year new you” check it out. I mean, yes January 1st was just a few weeks back but who can say no to a new routine? Between working on one’s personal brand and finding strength in your community, there’s a lot to work on this year.
You may notice that I tend to use the hashtag #carpediem within every Instagram post and it’s truly how I like to live my life – to the fullest. Sure, I am a meticulous planner but thankfully have picked up a sense of spontaneous adventure. Saturday’s trip through Chinatown was a little blend of that – planning and impulsiveness, which made for a perfect afternoon.
Anyways, I had never experienced Chinese New Year before, despite living near Los Angeles and San Francisco, both of which have excellent parades and celebrations. Every time that I told someone that’s what I was doing with my Saturday, they looked at me and told me that I was crazy. I think they assumed I would want to avoid the chaos but instead, that’s exactly what I was planning for – an afternoon of sheer free-for-all.
I met up with my friend Annelise who I hadn’t seen in a few weeks. She loves adventure just as much, if not more, so it was the perfect afternoon. Our first stop was the Lululemon “We Made Too Much” sale where I came out with two tops for $40. Some people are anti-lulu and their high prices but when I find something that 1) fits my body so that I feel confident, 2) lasts a very long time, and 3) has amazing return/exchange/customer service policies, I am sold.
After making such excellent purchases, we walked a few more blocks and found ourselves immersed in a full-on parade. I had read somewhere that the parade wasn’t until February 5th and so it was a pleasant surprise to see the dragons and drums dancing into every store and watching kids and adults alike firing the confetti poppers into the air.
Annelise went straight for the confetti poppers and I couldn’t help but smile at the excitement on her face. I tend to balance between impulsive and methodical purchases (usually impulsive around food, workout clothes, and races) but joined in the fun and had an absolute blast (I guess pun intended). Seriously, if you could see the burst of photos that was taken, popping these was a struggle but that sheer look of excitement was 100% real. Every now and then you just have to let loose!
We continued to wander the streets, following the dragons and picking out which items to eat. There were pork buns and rice balls, dumplings, and other breads galore. We picked up a few different types to sample and went searching for the perfect boba drink. The goal was to stay away from anything chain oriented but it’s pretty tough when the boba shops are as prevalent as Starbucks in the rest of the city – one on top of one another and probably 6+ boba-specific shops in the entire section (not to mention countless bakeries and restaurants that also sell it!)
All in all, we probably ate about 9+ sorts of buns, two almond-milk bobas, and only spent <$20 combined! I don’t think that I could or should eat that way every day but it certainly was a treat to experience it all. I didn’t even mind the mass amounts of people or crowds – watching the dragons dance and people’s reactions while firing off confetti made it all worthwhile.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt