Saturday, September 28, 2013

50 gazillionth life update

Whoa! Where did the time go!? I was doing so well and then abandoned this blog for a while. My bad!

So, I guess this will be my obligatory "I'm sorry for abandoning my readers (who ever is out there reading this thing)" and life update.

Since coming home from New York, I registered for the fall semester (completely unintentional, but a forced situation-I'll be better off in the long run). I'm currently going to school part-time taking one class (a repeat delete). I plan to o full-time this upcoming spring semester. I'm on campus twice a week and it's pretty nice to be done by 10 AM and have the rest of the day to myself.

I also picked up an (unpaid) internship with a non-profit after-school program that's based on campus. They are partnered with the Buena Park School District and my official title with them is 'Social Media Manager.' So I will be creating content for their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I'm currently trying to get a website up and running for them, so wish me luck!

I decided to take a couple dance classes to get me up and moving and not become a couch potato (Skinny people can have horrible couch potato tendencies too!). I'm currently taking a ballet and belly dancing at the gym on campus. I'm REALLY enjoying both. I always wanted to take ballet growing up, but never gained the confidence to try until I was older. I really wish my parents put me in ballet at a younger age, but hey... What can ya do? :P I chose to take belly dancing just for fun because, well... Why not? It's funny because they're completely opposite and I don't know which I'm better at, but I'm really enjoying both.

What else? Oh! I picked up my mandolin a lot more recently. I learned a couple songs that I can accompany myself to and have been going out busking and making a little bit of cash here and there. It's been a lot of fun. I'm not really trying to make a living out of it, but it's definitely fun going out there playing a couple songs and performing for people. And if people decide to drop a couple bucks into my mandolin case, I'm all for that. ;) I'm trying to make it a weekly thing and thus far have been out there these past two Sundays. (So if you happen to live in the Long Beach area, come out to 2nd Street between 5 PM-7 PM and say hello!) I also learned a little bit on the ukulele and just recently (as of yesterday) purchased a 2nd hand ukulele from a friend. So I'm hoping to incorporate that into my busking set soon. :)

Hm... What else? I think that's everything that I'm doing in my life as of late. I still haven't unpacked ANY of my stuff (Clothes-wise, I am living out of my suitcase and laundry baskets.) because I'm in the midst of trying to reorganize/redo my room. That was supposed to happen this weekend, but things happened and I think I'm going to wait for my parents to come home from vacation (they've been in the Philippines for the past two and half weeks).

Anyhoo... I'm hoping to update this a little more often and keep this up. Not quite sure what I want in terms of content on here, but for now I'll just keep it updated with my daily life stuff. Hope that's OK! :)

<3 michelle
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

My "kiss and tell" review on 'First Date'

I'm a HUGE musical theatre geek. One of the things I enjoy about being in New York is all the shows that are performing on and off Broadway and essentially getting your pick of what show to watch. My ultimate career goal is to be able to work marketing/public relations/social media for a major production on Broadway or for a theatre/theatre company.

In the meantime, I'll just keep at this little ole blog that I've got going on here. ;)

One of the things that I really enjoy about watching a new show is getting to see it in previews and being one of the first audiences to see it before they officially open. If you're unfamiliar with what "previews" are for a show it is like a "soft opening." The show is pretty much performance ready, however during this time they're free to make any changes to the show before their official opening night.

This time around, I got the chance to see 'First Date' in previews just a few days prior to their opening night (August 8th, 2013).

This is such a great, honest, and altogether funny comedy musical about the ups and downs of going on a blind date and is a bit of a commentary on the struggles of dating in New York City/dating in general. 'First Date' does a wonderful job of displaying the cliches of dating in a fun and witty way through song and movement. As an audience we witness two New York singles, Aaron (Zachary Levi) and Casey (Krysta Rodriguez), on a blind date and hilarity ensues as their inner critics take over through the surrounding restaurant patrons and waitstaff (Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest, and Bryce Ryness).

I found this show to be really honest and entertaining. The music is fun and upbeat, and the cast does a stellar job at narrating a really fun night of awkward firsts.

If you're interested in a more behind the scenes look at the show, Krysta Rodriguez was asked by to be one of their latest video bloggers. So check out her video blog, Kiss & Tell: Backstage at 'First Date' with Krysta Rodriguez.
**Fun Fact: In episode one, you see Krysta pan the crowd at the stage door and you see me in the background vlogging at the same time she is vlogging. Vlogception, what!?!?!!!! :P **

'First Date' is directed by Bill Berry with musical staging by Josh Rhodes. The book is written by Austin Winsberg with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner.

'First Date' is currently performing at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).

Visit their website for more information on performance dates and times as well as how to purchase tickets to see this wonderful comedy musical.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Welcome home FAIL!!!

So if you couldn't already guess by my Instagram or Twitter posts, I am officially back in sunny Southern California!

My road trip was great and I seriously cannot believe my luck and feel extremely blessed to have had the experience that I did. I'll talk about my road trip in detail in another post, but this one I wanted to talk about my not-so exciting welcome home.

I'll let the video speak for itself:

So let's just say that the moral of the story is, even though you may want to surprise people, sometimes it's a good idea to make sure those being surprised will be around to be surprised. I apparently learned the hard way. :P

Needless to say, I had a very anti-climactic homecoming but I'm home now and that's all that matters! :D

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Breasticles, babies, and art

So while on my road trip I stopped over in Chicago for two days and stayed with my cousin Audra and her boyfriend Eddie.

Audra and Eddie are art students at the School of the Institute of Art in Chicago (SAIC). They completed their bachelor's there and are currently in the grad program.

So, I couldn't visit Chicago without checking out the awesome art scene out there. There's so much public art and great sights to see. Of course, I had to visit Millennium Park and see the infamous Cloud Gate. I also got the chance to visit the Art Institute of Chicago Museum. Since Audra is a student there, she gets free admission and got me a ticket to go inside. It was great. Even though I only got to walk around for about an hour and a half, it was a lot of fun. I really do want to go back and spend a good day/half a day there checking out all the awesome pieces of artwork and exhibits.

The last half of my day was spent with Audra and Eddie. They're taking a summer class at the moment, so they didn't have a ton of time to spend with me in between class and working on their projects, but they did find time to grab dinner with me. We went to a cool little noodle restaurant where you pretty much create your own dish-you pick and choose what ingredients you want to put in, what type of protein, you can mix your sauce to your liking, etc. It was a lot of fun and the food was great. :D

After dinner Audra and Eddie showed me their grad studios. I had a blast checking out their studios. Audra's always filled me in on her artwork and posts on Facebook her latest project, but all I get are stories and pictures. So it was a lot of fun to actually see these pieces in real life. I really enjoy hers and Eddie's work, even though I find them a little obscure. They have great stories and explanations behind them, and I'm all about a good story. ;)

All in all, it was a great first visit to Chicago and I really am happy I got the chance to spend time with Audra and Eddie and see their artwork first hand.

If you're interested in checking out their artwork feel free to visit their websites:
Audra Jacot
Eddie Muela

<3 michelle
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Le blog has not been abandoned, but a road trip is what's in store!!!!! ;D

I doubt I have regular readers on this thing, but in case I do...

Fear not readers! I have NOT-I repeat, NOT- abandoned le blog! :P

I know I've been on a good roll with updating this daily (or as daily as possible) with posts and videos and what not. However, after much thought and planning my time in NYC has come to an end (for now). I'm coming back home to sunny SoCal! :D

But that's not all. Nope, not at all. In true Michelle fashion, I have decided to do something a bit unconventional ('cause that's always been my in my nature-to do what is least expected of me and challenge most thoughts of doubt) and will be driving back home. Yup, ya heard me right. I'M GOING ON A CROSS COUNTRY ROAD TRIP, BITCHES!!!!!!!!

Haha. I'm clearly a tad bit excited about this if you can't already tell. I've been trying to keep it low key and off the radar for the most part, but seeing as I'm leaving in a few days I figure cat's out of the bag now. ;) So I figure I'd give a brief explanation in case anyone thinks I've abandoned le blog because posts will probably (likely) be less frequent.

It is, and it isn't a road trip. It's essentially me driving back home. I'm giving myself about a week to accomplish it. I do believe I'll spend more time on the road driving than stopping and sightseeing, but I'm completely OK with that. The whole goal is to get me home and I figure, why not try driving home instead of flying and shipping all your stuff? :P

So yeah. It's happening. Renting a car and heading back home. I'm definitely going to document as much of it as I can. So expect blog posts and vlogs every few days if I'm able to find the time. Or wait about a week or so for a full on blog post/video compilation. We'll see how it all goes. ;)

So far, I've spent the past few days trying to enjoy as much of NYC as I can while I can as well as prepping for my trip.

Lots of music and podcasts are being downloaded as well as water and snacks have been bought for the long drives on the highway. Packing is officially underway and is a slow going process because I am super duper lazy when it comes to packing. I'm super excited though!


<3 michelle
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