GIVEAWAY! 5 Prints from Dreambigprintables!

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I am so excited to bring you guys this amazing opportunity, thanks to Kenny from Dream Big Printables! Printables are a great way to spruce up your work station, your desk, and even your wall! Now, I’ve never actually had a printable before, and never even thought about buying one. But printables are a great way to decorate, because you can choose your own frame and simply pick the one you want – instead of shopping at retailers and hoping to run into one that you might like (for way more $$$$). 

found on http://carlaaston.com/So, if you’re still looking to decorate that perfect home office / your dream office then look no further! Enter into this giveaway, and you’ll have a head start! Also, did I mention that these prints are high quality and just completely gorgeous? Dreambigprintables have 3,419 sales and all their reviews are 5 stars. I’m not talking about 5 or 10 reviews, they actually have 415 reviews.. and they are all 5 stars. 

You’ll get to win… 

Not one, but FIVE PRINTS from Dreambigprintables! So, take your pick – they’re all beautiful and all so well made. Here’s one that I just love!

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Doesn’t that just make you want to go to Paris immediantly? Well, luckily for me… Paris is right around the corner ;)

HOW TO ENTER

Once Again, I would like to remind you that you have to enter through the LINK at the bottom where it says, “CLICK HERE TO ENTER!”.

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Rules & Conditions

  1. You have to enter through Rafflecopter.com. Either enter through HERE or click the link at the very bottom of my post! rafflcopter makes it easier to keep track of who enters and chooses a random winner for us!
  2. You have to be older than 18 years old to enter.
  3. This contest will end on April 27th at MIDNIGHT. 

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How studying abroad changed my life.

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It’s been more than 3 months..

More than three months since I’ve traveled more than 7000 miles to Hong Kong and experienced life in a completely different world. I’ve always heard the quote, “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” But, I never paid much attention to it. I’m not new to traveling around the world, ever since I was young I remember getting on the airplane and visiting my cousins in Vietnam, New York, or France. As an avid traveler, I never came back from a trip “magically” changed. But, that was different. This trip opened my eyes to all the beautiful things I’ve never thought to think about – or experience. I hope everyone will get the chance to study abroad, or live in an entirely different country for more than a month. 

1) Traveling alone is the best.

I’m more about adventures, less about routine.

I’ve always been a “stay at home, read a book” kind of girl. I hated hiking, didn’t really care much for sight-seeing, and although I traveled – I never really played the part of a tourist. But in Hong Kong, after spending my first month going to school and hiding in my hotel I realized that I was depressed, tired, and very lonely. I would buy food to go (sushi or mcdonalds) and eat inside my hotel because I hated eating alone.

After the first month, I began to regulary explore on my own. Sure, having friends to keep you company is fun… but theres something special about traveling alone. I remember Jane told me early on, “I love traveling alone. You can go to the places you want, you get to explore on your own time, and you get to see what you want to see.” I didn’t quite understand her… after all, traveling on your own seemed dangerous, boring, and lonely. But, now I understand.

I remember my first trip by myself, I decided to go to Causeway bay to shop at Forever21. As someone who is never the one leading, I found myself looking carefully at the directions to make sure I didn’t get lost. The first time by myself, I went to F21 (which was 30 minutes away), bought a shirt and immediately left. On the second trip alone, I went to Quarry Bay, walked through the markets, browsed some small shops and ate at a restaurant all by myself. After that, exploring by myself gave me a certain sort of peace that traveling/exploring with others could never give me. I loved being able to take as much time as I wanted to take photos, everything was done at my own pace, and although I was alone – I never felt lonely. 

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2) I really did find myself.

The only time I’ve ever been on my own was when I moved out with Brandon last year during the summer. We lived together for two months in a house with my friends. Yup, that was the closest to independence that I ever got.  But by going to Hong Kong, I left behind my supportive family, the love of my life and all my friends. I came to the city with a backpack, a suitcase, and that was it. 

Spending three months in a brand new city with a clean slate made me learn more about myself than all the years I’ve spent living comfortably at home for 22 years. I always thought I couldn’t survive without companionship, but that’s not the case anymore. Studying abroad taught me that you only really need two or three great friends to be happy. And those friends back in the States that never made time to talk to me? Now I know who my real friends are. 

I also learned to appreciate being Asian American. I never really considered myself a true american, yes – I did live in America but every time someone asked me where I was from, I would reply, “Vietnam.” I never thought to mention I was American. I always thought I had more in common with Asians than I did with Americans. Everytime I hung out with friends, I would associate my characteristics with being “Asian” instead of “American.” But, now I realize that I have more in common with my American friends than I thought; compared to the locals I did not have similar views on certain topics, and did not have much in common with them. Studying abroad made me feel closer and more proud of being Asian American. 

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3) I want to be more educated.

I never thought of myself as a close-minded person. Being a sociology major taught me plenty of things about America; but I never really grew as a person until this trip. I am astounded by all the things I did not know about other countries. I’ve never met anyone from England, Sweden, or Canada! And suddenly, I was spending everyday with people from all over the world. Yes, I admit – I felt dumb. Everyone knew about America, but I didn’t know anything about their countries. In these three months; I learned british slang, am able to locate Sweden on a map (thanks to Sham), know about Canada’s education system, among many others! I got a glimpse into different cultures and love it! I realized how horrible our education system was compared to the rest of Europe, and promised myself I would try my best to educate myself on their countries so next time I see them.. I won’t seem so ignorant. 

4) I began to appreciate everyone in my life.

 I realized this after spending many nights alone, missing my home and family. I am so grateful – to everyone. To all my friends back at home who made sure I was OK during the protests, to my boyfriend who forever was by my side, and to my parents who supported me through every decision I made. I am extremely grateful for the friends I made in HK who kept me company and helped me grow as a person. Living far away from everyone made me “grow up” and realize how good I have it. There is nothing missing from my life, Life is pretty much perfect.

5) I’ll never stop traveling.

I always had free flights… but never really used it for anything other than the occasional trip to Hawaii or New Jersey. I’m traveling to London, France, Sweden this summer and backpacking across Europe after graduation. Also, I am thinking about studying abroad in England… we’ll see how that goes!

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Tips for students seeking internships

Are you looking for an internship?
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My friends have this nickname for me, The queen of internships. Now, i don’t know if that has a negative connotation (because of course I have too many internships and not enough jobs under my belt!) but I don’t care. If you’re looking to start an internship, here are some things that you need to consider. 

1. Make sure it will benefit you.

In the future, you may want to take an internship to improve your portfolio or put into effect the things you’ve learned – leave that until after  you finish an internship. Companies are always offering internships, why? Because it’s free labor, they won’t lose anything, and they can afford to be picky. But, don’t just accept the first internship you get. You don’t want to be pouring people coffee or basically spend your day right next to the copier or scanner, now do you? So, choose one that will really benefit you and further your career. Make sure they have time to teach you how to use new software, design, write, etc. 

2. Know what to expect.

Before I choose an internship, I always weigh all my options. There are some really great internships out there, where they are willing to teach you everything, but you won’t get paid. There are other ones that won’t teach you as much, and you’ll be doing things you normally do – and you will get hired at the end. So, when you go into an internship you have to consider: Am I going to get hired? Nothing sucks more than having false hope that the place you’re interning at is going to hire you at the end.

I’m fine with not being hired, as long as I have something great to put on my resume and a letter of recommendation. Not everything revolves around money, I would choose an internship with a well established company rather than an internship with a small store where I would get paid minimum wage. Yes, you’ll get paid – but will you learn anything? The established company will give you more credibility.

3. Find internships using these websites.

Where are you looking for internships? I use: internmatch.com, linkedin.com, craigslist.com (hey, you can find good things on here sometimes), volunteermatch.com. Just do a simple google search and the results are endless. Also, don’t forget your college career website!

4. Seek out paid internships when you can.

Paid internships are harder to get, but they look great on your resume and you’ll be sure that you’re going to learn a lot. There are some summer internships that are 40 hours a week for 3 months. Yea, you’re getting about 10 dollars an hour, but the experience you’ll gain in those 3 months combined with how great it’ll look on your resume is priceless. 

5. DO AN INTERNSHIP.

If you’re coming out of college with nothing under your resume that you can be proud of… then that sucks. Do an internship. Get connections. Get great references that you can put on your resume. My internships have opened me to so many job opportunities, and taught me so many things that I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

LUSH GIVEAWAY WINNER – ZAINAB

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Thank you to everyone who entered!

Hosting a giveaway can be a stressful time, but I’m so happy to say that things went by more smoothly this time. Thank you to everyone who entered, and don’t worry if you didn’t win anything! I have another giveaway scheduled that is coming up sooner than you think! Details soon. 

And a huge congrats to the winner, thank you for getting back to me so quickly !

Photography Tips for Bloggers!

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If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you would notice that my photos have gotten a little bit better. Before, I used to just take pictures wherever whenever, but after fixing up my room I realized that the sun reflects quite perfectly on my bed. I began to take photos by placing my items on my bed sheet (white) and snapping photos – the white contrast with the lighting improved my pictures significantly. I have a point and shoot camera, and have recently started playing around with the features. I decided to search for some resources and then I came across a blogger who wrote, “I’ll show you guys some tips… but I’ll leave out some important things because… obviously for reasons.” Well, as a blogger – I don’t want to do that. Blogging may be a source of income for some, but not for me. I want to grow with my readers and help them improve also! Here are a few resources and guides that I have found – pertaining only to Photography.

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Welcome to The Palazzo

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 And we’re finally here at Sin City!

So, after Sushi we finally headed over to the Palazzo. I’ve never stayed there before, and frankly I didn’t know what to expect. I mean, just the night before we stayed at Buffalo Bill’s which was considered a budget hotel but this hotel was 260+ . But split between 5 people, it wasn’t too bad. We also got a great deal on groupon.com, so make sure you always check groupon before going to vegas! 

We quickly parked and I jumped out of the car to go stand in line… which was a great idea because as you can tell … the line was long!

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It all paid off though as we entered our “suite”. I was expecting just a simple room with two small beds (I mean, vegas is pricey and this is right on the strip though a bit far). But, I was really surprised and excited! Of course, everyone took out their phones and started snapping photos! 

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Tips for New Bloggers

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After blogging for more than a year and a half, I decided to compile a list of things I wish I knew earlier on in my blogging journey. I’ve always wondered why people had so much more followers compared to me when they had only been blogging for a month or two. Though some could say that it is content, (cause my blog sucks) others might say that it’s due to how hard they work. To be honest, when I first started blogging the first few months I did practically nothing. Yes, I managed to post about 3 times a week, and I have gone months where I posted everyday, but that was all I did. No interaction, nothing. So, if you’re a new blogger, I hope you can see this list and hopefully learn something that will help you on your journey that we call “blogging.”  Included in the list are some tips that I just recently learned! 

1. Find people to follow by using the search tag option.

When I first started, for some wild reason I never really took advantage of the sidebar, the option where you could search for specific tags. I guess it was because my blog was more of a personal one and I just went on wordpress, blogged, posted and went back on facebook. Now, I actively search out blogs that I find interesting using the tags. Before, I would find that my reader would be too empty and that made it boring – but now, by following lots of blogs I always have interesting things to read – and more engagement.

2. Engage with everyone, but be sincere.

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Running a successful blog takes a lot of time. I’m not saying I have a successful blog, but I do take a few hours out of my day to skim my reader and take time to comment on the things I find interesting. Like I said before, I never really followed any blogs therefore I didn’t really have anyone to talk to. I would go around liking posts, but never really taking the time to comment. Now, I make sure to comment on posts and let other bloggers know what I think. 

I always wondered why there were some bloggers who barely started out but had hundreds of followers while I had been blogging steadily for almost 6 months and was still under 200 followers. How did they grow their following so fast? They take time to form lasting friendships with other bloggers. I love to read About Me Pages so I can get the bloggers name and a little bit of information about themselves. Doesn’t it make you happy when someone replies to you with your name instead of your blog name?

3. Join a blogging community.

 

There are many types of blogging communities that you could join. Find a community on facebook, etsy, etc. I am also under multiple communities/teams on etsy – and you can share your posts, and find new blogs to follow. Why should you follow a community? Well, you can make everlasting friendships with people who share the same passion and joy as you do, learn things that will help you become a better blogger, and have a great resource at your disposal!

One of my favorite blogging communities would be, the Lovely Lady Bloggers created by :Christina and Hilary . This blogging community is a closed group on facebook where bloggers get together and ask for advice, tips, and connect! Thanks to this community I’ve made some great friends, gotten tips on hosting, and ask for advice on giveaways etc. if you’re interested, just click on the photo to join!! Also, it’s not only ladies :P 

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LUSH BATHBOMB GIVEAWAY – INTERNATIONAL

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Enter for a chance to win 2 LUSH Bathbombs!

I just wanted to thank all of my wonderful followers! You guys are awesome and so, I wanted to run a little contest to show my appreciation. Entering is super easy, so I hope you guys enter. This contest will be hosted on rafflecopter , so choosing the winner will be simple & completely random.

Also, I am so glad that this giveaway is perfect for all my followers! I know some giveaway are only for cosmetics, etc but if you’re a husband – I’m sure you and your wife will benefit from these bathbombs. They’ll leave your skin feeling soft, and moisturized! Also, you’ll smell great. If you haven’t tried bathbombs before… then these are the best – though quite pricey. BUT, here’s your chance to win these highly popular bathbombs! 

HOW TO ENTER (3 options)

I would like to mention that you have to enter using raffle copter!!! The link is at the bottom !! 

Do one to enter, do all to get extra entries!!

1. Follow my Blog

See how easy it is? But, make sure to comment with your blog name in the raffle copter giveaway option!!! So, I know :)

2. Follow me on Instagram

My instagram is: @dianasadventures . Again, make sure you follow the rafflecopter!!!

3. Comment on a blog post

Comment on any blog post with whatever you like! If you are running out of ideas, simply drop me a message on my “ABOUT ME” or on this post. 

RULES

1. You have 48 hours to reply.

After 48 hours, I will choose another name. This is just to make the process go by faster!

2. This contest is open international!

So, just go ahead and enter :) Be sure to share with your friends!

3. The Contest Ends April 9th! So a week from now.

READY TO ENTER? 

CLICK HERE

Good luck! If you have any questions, just comment down below.

SUSHI HOUSE GOYEMON Review

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SUSHI HOUSE GOYEMON

Frias Shopping Center, 5255 S Decatur Blvd #118, Las Vegas, NV 89118

After we went shopping at the outlet (where Brandon bought a new shirt and I bought a cardi) we quickly sped to our favorite sushi restaurant. Although the place opened at 12 and we got there at 12:15, it was completely packed and the hostess told us it would be a one hour wait. 

Now, why is this place so popular? For about 25 dollars, you can have AYCE SUSHI. I’ve been eating AYCE sushi for the longest but yet this place is just so amazing. Mostly because of their desserts. Plus, there’s over 1,000 reviews on YELP  and they have 4 stars.

Finally, after the long wait we headed in.

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My cousin drinking their pineapple sake. It was really refreshing and delicious!

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I love eating raw fish, so I opted for Salmon Nigiri along with Yellow Tail. I think I ate about 30 pieces of Salmon. Another thing they had was Seared Salmon, it was delicious and not a lot of places offer that. Brandon is more of a “cooked” fish type of guy so he stuck with the regular shrimp tempura, spider roll, etc.

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Then after eating for a hour, it was time for dessert!! The dessert menu is awesome: there was Green Tea, tempura ice cream, Mochii, and Lychee ice cream. Last time we went, they had Creme Brulee, but not this time.

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Best Sushi Restaurant ever!

Buffalo Bill Hotel Review

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Vegas Weekend!

Ahh Vegas, the place where most of people I know flock to at least once a month. Why? Well, it’s the one place where you can walk around with an open bottle in your hand, amazing buffets, gorgeous hotel rooms, and beautiful people. But, Vegas hasn’t been that great to me. I started clubbing right when I turned 18 and went clubbing at least every two weeks, sometimes three times a week. And, I always went clubbing sober (the legal drinking age is 21 here in cali). But, when I turned 21… I was all clubbed out – if that’s possible. Maybe because I had a boyfriend, or because I lost my favorite pair of heels and now I can only dance for a hour before heading back to the hotel – I don’t know.

Anyway, I digress. After our flight to Hawaii did not work out, we decided to drive to Vegas at around 7 PM. The drive is only 4 – 5 hours and since we were trying to save money… we decided to stay at Buffalo Bills. Now, everyone passes Buffalo Bill and Whiskey Pete on the way to Vegas, but I don’t know anyone who has ever stayed there. It’s because Buffalo Bills is a hour away from Vegas. But, since it was only 70 dollars and we arrived too late to do anything, we decided to book a room there. We didn’t know what to expect…

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I thought the casino was pretty nice, but Brandon and the others complained that it was dirty. Well, I mean our room was only 70 dollars on a Friday night with free parking so I didn’t complain. Also, drinks were so cheap! Brandon’s bloody mary only cost him 3 dollars. Even though we arrived at midnight, there was a huge line for Check In so while Brandon checked in, I went around and took photos.

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