Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lessons from my mom

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of appreciation and I can honestly tell you, that I've never been so lucky to receive so much warmth in my life.

I wake up every morning with the safe thought that there are a lot of lovely people in my life and a lot of lovely people that I want to give my love to as well.

There are a lot of people I want to say sorry to and there are also a lot of people I want to forgive.

When you love someone, you make an active choice to continue loving that person, try to be empathetic, and try to grow with them. I know that now.

I will be leaving this familiar setting tomorrow. I'm frightened but I know I will be in good hands and I can't wait to see what the world has in store for me.

-- I think I am finally in the right mindset to write again --

Thank you.

Monday, June 8, 2015


I won't say this to just anyone, but since no one reads my blog anyways, I will tell you that since I was little, it's kinda always been my dream to have a surprise party.

I'm sure a lot of people think about things like this. Who wouldn't want to be loved and surprised by all your friends in one huge room?

Well.. That's what happened to me the other day. June 4th, my 22nd birthday.

My roommates, Nikki and Kim, secretly arranged for all my friends to gather at our little apartment and surprise me as I walked into the room. The result? A completely bewildered Nicole left in a crying shock.

What did I learn from this adorable memory?

  1. I personally think I look ugly when I cry and I am not crying at my future wedding. hahahaahhaahaaha 
  2. Also, that the best way to lure me to do anything is probably to ask me if I want to go to Michaels to buy paper. Yes, I'm that easy. Now that you know, don't use it against me. :) 
  3. I should never underestimate the ears of my close friends. They genuinely listen to me. I feel like crying again just thinking about it.
  4. This year was the best year in college ever! 
  5. I love my friends. :')

Special Machine --

I came across this video about a special machine that sells high quality shirts for only 2 Euros.

Instead of spoiling it by telling you what it is about, I will leave you with the tidbit that “People care when they know”.

I believe this video has a lot to do with the price we place on certain inanimate objects and the utility of happiness things bring us. We are always searching for a better lifestyle, to do better, to be healthier, to be a better person every day. (Well, most of us at least)

However, sometimes we lose sight of the world and all its inhabitants, (lizards, penguins, and redwood trees included) and all we see is ourselves. We then do things purely for our own gain. Everyone’s utility is different. Some people think the environment is worth saving, others believe the environment’s resources are for them and their industry to take in order to make more money.

Regardless, this little video has shown that people truly do care about a cause when they know a little more. We’re too stuck behind our products to see the faces that created them. We detach personality, uniqueness and originality from the every day 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Belmond El Encanto

This weekend, my auntie came to visit and we stayed at the Belmond El Encanto! It's a super cute hotel hidden in the hills of downtown Santa Barbara. Each room is bungalow style so the entire hotel grounds looks a bit like an adorable little neighborhood. :) 

This is the front lobby!

I visited the Belmond a few weekends ago with my friends Karen, Cathy, Ly and Stephanie but we weren't able to experience the hotel's afternoon tea service because we came 3 hours too early. (Oopsie) I'm glad my auntie looked at the website and made a reservation! Aside from the scones which I absolutely adore at ANY RESTAURANT/CAFE, the afternoon tea at the Belmond isn't really comparable to the Rotunda located in Neiman Marcus SF. (I swear I'm not being bias!)

If I told you my auntie wasn't embarrassed of my photography antics, I would be a huge liar :P It's ok tho! No shame. :D 

This was probably my absolute FAVORITE part about staying at the Belmond! They placed a monogrammed pillow of our last name, Ng, on the bed. :) So sweet!! I love when hotels make their visitors feel special.

Last but not least, I don't have a picture of this but.. the bathroom floors were HEATED. Yes, heated to a perfectly perfect temperature. The only thing about that bathroom that could've been made better is a heated toilet seat. LOL

Nike Pro

I bought new nike gear !!! :D My early birthday present to myself. :) 

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Today, I asked Yilun how he stays so optimistic despite being so far away from me and he responded by singing, "if I was your boyfriend I'd never let you go". 


Monday, May 18, 2015

It is week 7. It's windy outside, my hair is in my face, and I'm carrying this uncertain frown/smile everywhere I go.


In these last 3 weeks, I have some major things to accomplish!

  •  Personal Project (The Kind Collaborative) 
  • Capri IV (Photoshoot) 
  • Grad-Photos (With various friends)
  • Email (Professor Alario, Professor Gilmore..)
  • Become a Decision Analysis nerd
  • Sleep Earlier -_-