From Germany, we headed to Amsterdam, Netherlands via train intending to sleep during the five-hour ride. We were lucky enough to NOT have seats because the powers that be overbooked the train. We sat on the floor and attempted to sleep in our laps. Tiare and I were not successful. Augi, the sleep master, enjoyed a little shut eye.
On our second night in Amsterdam, I suffered a baby heart attack because I accidentally deleted about 300 vacay pictures. I digress.
We took a boat tour through the canals, explored the city by foot, shopped (not until we dropped), and filled our bellies. Oh! And I recovered a some deleted pics. All in all, we had a great silly time in Amsterdam.
Apologies for the delay. Better late than never, no?
My “Best Vacay Ever (so far)” ended and last week reality fully kicked in.
Cramming twenty-one days into one blog post seems unreasonable, so multi-city and single-city posts it is. First stop… Pforzheim and Stuttgart, Germany.
After 14+ travel hours the wings landed, Augi (my sister) and I happily squeezed Tiare (my cousin) when she greeted us at the airport in Stuttgart. Grateful to feel the blood flowing in my legs, I marched with my full blatter to the restroom (I avoided the lavatory).
I imagined that my first international dilemma would be communicating, wrong, it turned out to be flushing the toilet. After pulling and tapping everything attached to and near the toilet, I pushed the life-sized circle on the wall, got it!
We dropped off our bags and headed to Tiare’s school where we met up with her brother (my other half-German cousin). After they registered for classes we chatted at this fancy little coffee shop (pictured below).
Fast forward to dinner. With Adrian’s help, I ordered in my best German (see video below).
The most exciting thing about my first German meal (wait for it)? Placing the ordering. Adrian suggested the ravioli-like pasta he ordered, but I chose meatloaf (center plate on right). The meatloaf tasted like Spam. I don’t like Spam.
Friday night made up for the Thursday food mishap. It happened to be 90s Night at Como Club in Pforzheim and the DJ played American music, go figure! N Sync, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Montell Jordan, Backstreet Boys and Tupac (Europe loves Tupac)… How could we not have a blast?
Everyone in Como Club learned The Electric Slide that night. We left the club around 5:00am and headed for Amsterdam at 6:30am. Turn down for what?
I wish I could share video of our Family Night with my aunt, so priceless and entertaining. My aunt and sister would likely kill me. I have too much to live for, so I will not be sharing, but below is an “usie”.
We were able to experience Germany twice since it’s where we arrived and departed.The second time around we went to a gourmet burger joint in Stuttgart. I thoroughly enjoyed the burger, especially the fresh fluffy bun (pictured below).
Later that day, we went to the mall, a hookah bar, and a few other places. The night (or morning) ended at a sweet coffee shop with some cool Germans (see picture below). Great times!
That song played almost every time we were in the car in Germany. We heard it in Italy too, so we dubbed it our theme song.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Birthday people and not birthday people. Until 2011, I never worked on my birthday. Of course, I am a birthday person and typically make it multi-day celebration of moi.
This year, instead of organizing a party/events, I had a pretty chill birthday. I like big celebrations, but not coordinating people is pretty awesome. I lived in the moment and enjoyed my day sans stress.
On Friday I received these gorgeous flowers (pictured below) from my man. On Saturday (my actual birthday) he cooked us breakfast, then I went to the nail salon for more pampering, later he took me to dinner at Soleto. We ordered Shrimp Pesto Pizza and Chicken Fettuccine. I tend to prefer pasta over pizza, but not in this case. Pizza ingredient (garlic shrimp, basil pesto, mozzarella, grana padano, sundried tomatoes, peppers) proportions were great and the pizza crust… not too soft, not too crispy, but just right. It tastes just as delicious as it looks. The pasta did not do anything for me, nothing (flavor, ingredients, presentation) stood out. Pasta and service were both 7, on a scale of 1-10. More Shrimp Pesto Pizza, per favore!
Winter’s Tales is a guy-friendly chick flick about miracles and faith, not love. Movies released near Valentine’s Day typically have the “happily ever after” or “love sucks” ending, but Winter’s Tale surprisingly provided an alternative. If there is one thing I love as much as love, it’s a good freakin miracle.
Those impossible events that defy human power and scientific law bring me joy. Although it is not a love story, Winter’s Tale feeds your hunger for mushy love scenes (insert love struck emoji) and masculine battles.
Tuesday marked 1 year since the birth of kinkycurlsLA.com, yay (see the first post here)!!! And… Wednesday marked my 2 year naturalversary (see 1 year naturalversary post here)! It’s a celebration, I want a cupcake.
This journey has been awesome and I’ve learned so much. Kinkycurlsla will continue to evolve and improve as I grow and figure out how to better serve you guys. I appreciate you all. Thank you for your support! Please feel comfortable enough to share your opinions, content requests, and ask questions.
Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo
“Remember you are not their parent, you are not their therapist, you are here to provide a safe environment and that’s it.” -Grace (Short Term 12)
This film sparked my interest because I was placed in foster care from about age 9 until I was adopted at age 16. I lived in a family home setting as opposed to the group home setting featured in the film. Hearing Grace say the quote above captured my attention. Those words are a reality for too many foster youth.
I thought, “This trailer just got real”. More often than not, foster youth are removed from what they know as home, for reasons beyond their control. To think that they are then placed in an environment where the staff are instructed to only provide a “safe” environment is horrible. How can youth reach their full potential? Without nurturing, love and support, the system is setup to produce few successful adults. I digress.
Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12 writer and director) presents a raw and honest depiction of life for staff and foster youth in facilities similar to Short Term 12. The relationship between the staff and youth warm your heart. Be prepared for the whirlwind of emotions you will experience.
At the end of the film, reflect on the beginning. Unfortunately, that reality is a continuous cycle for some.
Check out Short Term 12 now playing in select theaters.
A couple weeks ago, Arsee (a.k.a. RC) posted a status on Facebook that read: “Nobody has time to workout, we make time.” If you know my fitness struggle, then you know that time is my biggest excuse. The message hit home, so I immediately reached out to RC and asked if she would be interested in a blog feature.
She doesn’t know it, but I had already planned to feature her at some point. She’s one of my fitness inspirations. RC is a certified personal trainer, a LA Kings Ice Crew member, and blogger on the side too.
Tell us a little about yourself and your blog.
RC: My favorite smell is fresh laundry, “cheat days” in my nutrition are likely to includes gummy bears, and you’ll never catch me without chewing gum or chap stick. I’m a life loving, laughaholic, guilty of regular people watching and addicted to all things that enhance wellness of life. I studied Sports Medicine and Athletic Training as well as Emergency Medicine. I currently hold two nationally accredited personal trainer certifications. I’ve spent four seasons on the Ice Crew for the Los Angeles Kings, and was a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy Star Squad for two seasons.
I created my blog adjustingFATE (www.adjustingfate.com) as an avenue to help others find a new joy and passion for life via self-growth, primarily focusing on the mental and physical dimensions. Promoting the philosophy of creating strong bodies from the inside out. It’s a way to join together to share, inspire, and learn. The project is still under construction but hope to be fully up and sprinting come late 2013.
Many of us don’t workout because we don’t have time, we can’t afford gym memberships or workout gear. What do you think about this?
RC: You can make excuses or you can make change, but you can’t do both at the same time.
Nobody has time to workout, we make time. If financial situations seem to be the barrier, take a step back to actually calculate how much you fork over in change a month for things that are not positively physically benefitting, you’d find you have more money for “leisure” than you thought you did. It’s all about your priorities, what’s more important to you? If your cable bill weighs more on the scale of things that will greater improve your life than a gym membership does, then you just mentally don’t want it bad enough. When you’ve decided you want something bad enough you’ll do anything to make it happen. What the mind believes the body achieves. Most importantly, in actuality you already have all you really need to get started…, your own body! Just get up off that rear end & sweat, move, use your body, get creative, stop talking about moving more and simply go for it! Be active!
You grew up involved in sports at a young age. Exercise is second nature to you, right?
RC: Being active is certainly in my DNA. I was enrolled in my first sport (gymnastics) at age five, and hopped all over the sports map for the next 15 years. I competed in everything, from as eloquent as dance to as physical as full on tackle football. I love the rush I get from being active and challenging myself! To be in such control & have the ability to tap into and connect with yourself on a deeper physiological level is an addicting feeling.
Is stretching before and after a workout important?
RC: There are different types of stretching, all equally important. Slow, static stretches that are held should be done after exercise as a cool down to help muscles return to their relaxed state and ensures range of motion doesn’t deteriorate. Cool down stretches will also help aid in decreasing soreness. Before working out it’s always best to warm up with some light cardio and active stretches. These are stretches that use movement or mirror the exercise movement that is about to be preformed to help increase heart rate to get blood flow into targeting muscles.
Why is eating healthy important? Not only is it important, it is vital! Diet plays nearly 80% in the role of your results. You must train ridiculous, and eat meticulous. What you eat today you’ll wear tomorrow.
How should beginners start building a fitness plan?
RC: I would recommend chatting with a certified personal trainer to establish a program design that will be most effective in meeting your specific personal goals. There is a lot of science, math & technic behind the muscle madness. You don’t want to end up hurting yourself more than helping. I’d also recommend finding a support system, a partner in crime (this could be your trainer). Someone equally as passionate and supportive in your ambitions. This will help hold you accountable, plus every journey is more fun shared with good company!
What does your typical workout routine include?
RC: It changes based on my current goals. As of the moment I’m working on maintaining. I’ve been sticking to doing split training, alternating upper body and lower body days combined with 4 days moderate cardio, and throw in core work on days I’m feeling some extra fire under my butt!
What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know today?
RC: Just because you are capable of balancing much at once doesn’t mean you have to. Pick something specific to dedicate your attention towards. Pick a passion and stick with it. Give 100%, 100% of the time to all you do, know what your priorities are.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
RC: Good music, lots of water, and invest in something nice for yourself to motivate you to work out. Good training shoes, new ear buds, whatever it is that will help keep fitness fun. Think of it as a thank you gift from yourself for all the hard work you put in to keep yourself healthy & happy! You only have one you, why not be the best you there can be? Most importantly remember, you can love your body and try to change it at the same time.
Good luck and congratulations in taking the step towards adjusting your fate!
Keep up with RC!
Thanks for reading. xoxo