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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Travel Post: Iceland!

So.... in all honestly, this blog has been dead for awhile. I haven't been shopping a lot lately and frankly, that's just because most of my money has been going towards rent, food, car payments, and traveling! I could go on and on with my absence but mainly wanted to start over and document other things happening in my life.

Last November, I had a MAJOR travel bug but with no idea where to go. I had apps downloaded to my phone like Kayak and Hopper and email travel alerts set up from Airfarewatchdog and TravelPirates. I received an alert for Seattle to Barcelona flights for $360. And what did I do? I decided to wait until I got home from work to make a decision. Major fail because prices went right back up after a few hours.

Later that month, tickets to Denmark were advertised for $450ish through IcelandAir. Through their airline, you can make an extended layover in Iceland at no additional charge. Sooooo I booked! In March this year, we did: 2 nights in Iceland, 3 nights in Denmark, and 2 nights in Sweden since it was 30 mins away by train from Copenhagen. 



My main reason for wanting to visit Iceland? The Northern Lights! Which we saw a total of 3 nights even though we only stayed for 2. We flew in around 5am the first day which was early enough for the sky to be dark and lit with lights we could see from our airplane window. It was truly breathtaking. They weren't SUPER easy to find but all it took was literally watching the sky and driving to places further out from the city. 



We also got to see a TON of beautiful scenery. We rent a car for pretty cheap and an add-on option was a little portable wifi device (Mi-Fi) for $9/day. TOTALLY worth it as a GPS was more expensive and we could use the wifi on our phones for GPS. It also allowed us to look up places to go, post pictures, communicate with friends back home, etc.


The first day we mainly explored Reykjavik, the capitol. The city was small but so cute. There were tons of little shops and places to eat, though things were pretty pricey. Makes sense considering islands usually have higher prices. We still managed to keep in-line with our budget, though. We ate at cafes vs. formal restaurants and drank Pilsners which were significantly cheaper than other beers (there are cultural reasons for this - but we didn't mind as we drink them here in the states lol). 


The second full day was dedicated to the Golden Circle road trip, which you can easy find routes for by Googling! It took us in a loop to see unique landmarks that were pretty varied but each amazing. There were waterfalls, valleys, crater lakes, hot springs, etc. Even driving between destinations was picture perfect. 


Overall, our quick trip in Iceland left me wanting more. We plan to visit again next summer so we can see the landscape in a different season, and we plan to visit another region of Iceland because there's so much to see and we only got to see a teeny fraction of it. For the future, I also know we can wait for ticket prices to drop EVEN more because we saw tickets to Denmark via Iceland for $380 shortly before we left for our trip. Truly.... deals.

Some quick notes:

  • Cold water is SO clean and fresh in Iceland. Don't bother buying bottled water.
  • Hot water... kinda smells like eggs. We only showered at hot springs facilities and didn't smell anything different but the sinks in various restrooms smelled like eggs from the sulfur when it's hot. Just brush your teeth with cold water and you'll be fine.
  • Restaurants are pricey due to taxes and the general cost of things. Cafes are definitely the way to go. Filling food at a lower cost!
  • Everyone we ran into was so friendly. They spoke English and were very kind about us not being locals.
I have a TON more pictures but wanted to keep this post light. May upload more at a later time. :) 
And will post about Denmark and Sweden some time. 


Monday, June 8, 2015

Current Sales!

Hey guys!

Gonna do some revamping to this blog over the next couple days but I just wanted to alert you of some sales going on this month!


  • Forever 21 - Currently if you buy 2 sale items, you can get additional 20% off each sale item, 3 sale items = 30% off, 4 items = 40% off 
  • Victoria Secret - Tomorrow (6/9), their semi-annual sale starts! Expect lots of marked down items in store and online
  • Bath & Body Works - semi-annual sale is on! Check out marked down items in store and online
  • American Apparel - use promo code "bff" for 30% off your purchase through 6/11
  • Urban Outfitters - free ship, no minimum until 6/10
I'll try to update more as I come across them :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Online Shopping Orders!

I know, I know. I've been terribly absent for awhile. I will film a vlog soon to explain everything. In the meantime, I've been doing some online shopping so here are my most recent orders from American Eagle, Asos, and PacSun. Visit www.retailmenot.com for coupon codes. There are so many sales/clearances going on right now because stores are trying to get rid of their summer-y items.
Click the pictures to enlarge!

I will film a haul video once the orders arrive on my doorstep :)

American Eagle:

 Asos:

 PacSun:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

COLLEGE Q&A: Admissions/Academics


Hey All!

 In my last couple videos, I asked you guys if you had any college questions you wanted me to answer. I was going to answer them in a video and after sitting down to edit the videos, I realized they were just too long and drawn out. I figured a blog post would be much easier since you can pick & choose which questions to read and I can be more thorough without wasting your time by making you sit through a long video.

Here's Part 1 with all your questions relating to Admissions/Academics:

Q: I'm in the same type of program u were where I go to community college for junior and senior high school years so I want to know what it was like transitioning from high school to college at a young age and was it harder?
A: Yes, community college is harder than high school. I enjoyed CC much more however. I was only in class for about 3 hours a day and got to study on my own terms. The courses are more difficult but totally manageable. I think the hardest part is that CC professors won't hold your hand like high school teachers will. Due dates are stricter and it's really up to solely you to perform well. The transition was pretty easy, I think you get the hang of things a couple weeks into CC. 


Q: How competitive is it to get accepted to your major?
A: This depends entirely on the school. To get into the business major at the University of WA (where I go), it was extremely competitive. They have strict requirements and I know people who have applied 4 times before getting in. On the other hand, at Seattle University (a different school I was considering), you're automatically accepted into your major. I would just do a search under the department website to see what the admissions process looks like for different majors. 


Q: How did you choose your college?
A: A huge part of it was money. I wanted to attend an in-state, public college because I knew it'd be way cheaper and less of a burden financially. Another part of it was looking at which colleges were best for my major. I knew I wanted to major in business so I compared business programs and different colleges I was interested in. At my college (UW), the business major is extremely competitive but it's rated as one of the best for public colleges in the U.S so that's mainly how I chose to go there. Plus, it's close by in Seattle and I've always had an interest in it :)


Q: How did you choose your major?
A: It was pretty hard. I narrowed down my choices by thinking about what I liked and what I would be good at: communications, psychology, English, marketing. I researched each one and looked at the job market, starting income, etc. Then as I researched them more, I realized that business marketing involves communications, English, and psychology. I would really just research what each major entails and look at the job market because that's super important. It's also important to see what kinds of positions you could hold w/ that major. Like with an English major, the main occupation would be teaching but I would be the worst teacher ever, so I crossed that off my list. It's possibly to do more with an English major but I was looking at common jobs. 


Q: Did you have to take Calculus in college? If so, is it really as hard as people say it is? 
A: I took business calculus in college. You'll likely have to take some sort of calculus but it really depends on the curriculum at your school. It was extremely hard for me because I SUCK at math but some of my friends who took it did perfectly fine. But if you work hard and seek help outside the classroom, you should do fine.
 
Q: What are some tips for writing the personal statement?
A: You have to remember the board of admissions reading tons and tons of personal statements each year so when you're writing, think about how you can catch their attention or evoke feelings from them. Think about what makes you unique and stand out from everyone else applying. Whether it's an obstacle you encountered like an ill parent or a life-changing experience like traveling to another country, those are things that will be interesting for someone else to read. Most importantly: keep revising! You want second and third opinions and make sure there are NO grammatical errors or anything. Having another person read through is very helpful.


Q: What did you write for your college essay?
A: I wrote about my life in general, focusing on my Vietnamese culture and my father after his brain tumor. It sounds random but I somehow made it flow well hahah. 


Q: Advice on taking notes in college?
A: In my experience, typing notes is so much easier. I know studies have shown you remember stuff better when you hand write it but sometimes professors talk so fast that it's impossible to write everything neatly. Typing is fast and ensures that you can write down everything. You can also organize easier on a Word document like moving different points around or elaborating on them after class. What I like to do is keep all my typed notes labeled w/ the date and topic so when it comes time to study for midterms/finals, I print out the notes I need and stable them into a little study packet. Some professors will post lecture notes online and if they do, you should also print them out so you can reference them in case he/she flips goes too fast.


Q: How is college different than high school academic wise?
A: Well, it's harder of course. It's extremely easy to do bad in college since some classes have no required homework or roll-call. The material is harder too and sometimes you may find yourself thinking "wtf is the professor talking about" during lectures. Just make sure you attend lecture, take notes, and read required readings. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Semi-Annual Sales!



Hey All!

So here's the lowdown: June 11, 2013 will be the start date for Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works semi-annual sales. As mentioned my most recent video, here's the best shopping tip I have for you during these sales:
  1. Go early and look at the clearance clothing. Look at the current price and calculate it in your head as 50% off the last-marked price. Look at all clearance bras as if they were in the $15-20 range. Look at clearance undies as being $3.99 each. As for beauty stuff, it will depend on the item so be weary. Now buy whatever your heart desires before other people do.
  2. Keep the receipts and your purchases and set them aside. 
  3. Monitor the sale through your email or by checking in now and then in the store. Wait until they roll prices back to be "extra 50% off clearance clothing, all bras $14.99, and all panties $3.99." This will usually be the last couple days of the sale. 
  4. Bring in your receipt and ask for a price adjustment and bam, you get refunded money from those purchases because now the items you bought earlier are now a LOT cheaper.
Notes:

  • The price adjustment is one-time only and only valid within 14 days of your purchase. The sale usually doesn't last a full 2 weeks so you should be okay on this.
  • This also works at Bath & Body Works!
  • I say to keep your purchases in the off chance that prices don't drop. If they don't, you can also do a full refund. Every semi-annual sale I've attended in the past two years have marked things down further near the end of the sale but just in case!
Also going on:
  • Aerie's semi-annual sale
  • Gilly Hicks semi-annual sale
  • Forever 21 lingerie semi-annual sale
Happy Shopping!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

YAY!

good news! I finally found my vlogging camera. I filmed tonnnnnns of video clips just before I lost it, including the progress of my new apartment and a "typical college day" video. 


and now that I have the camera, I can film some new vlogs as well. anything in particular you guys wanna see?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

BLACK FRIDAY 2012 SALES

Hello all!

now that I am done with midterms, I'm sitting down and researching all the Black Friday sales for you guys! so far, here is the list I've come up with. I mostly only list clothing stores so keep that in mind. I will add more to this list as I come across more sales!

Starting Now!
  • American Eagle / Aerie - 40% everything in stores and online + free shipping w/ code"35787891"
  • Urban Outfitters - 11/21 ONLY - 20% off your entire purchase if you show your college ID
  • PacSun - 40% off select markdowns, 50% off clearance, and free ship 11/21 w/ code "secretship"
  • Express - 50% off everything online including clearance items
  • Victoria's Secret - free Fantasies body care item with your 6/$35 Fantasies purchase
  • Delia's - $20 off your $65 purchase w/ code "2DDT65"
  • Hollister - 25% off your purchase in store and online w/ code "35271"
  • Cherry Culture - 20% off everything in store w/ code "TKGS20"
  • Body Shop - 3 items for $30 sitewide
  • Wet Seal - buy 1 get 1 50% off throughout store
  • Asos - 25% off everything w/ code "25off"
  • Old Navy - buy 1 get 1 50% throughout store
  • H&M - pre Black Friday deals for as low as $7

Starting Black Friday!
  • Solestruck - once signed you, you get 30% off all clearance shoes on 11/23, 40% off all clearance shoes on 11/24, then finally 50% off all clearance shoes on 11/25. Solestruck has a lot of Jeffrey Campbell shoes and these are deeeeeals!
  • Value Village - 50% off all clothing
  • Sephora - $10 value sets from brands like Lorac, Stila, Bite, etc. you can click here to see the exact deals
  • Urban Outfitters - 50% off all clearance items before 10am. you can click here to see what time your local stores open at
  • Victoria's Secret - free tote w/ beauty stuff with your $65 purchase, buy 1 get 1 50% all bras, and $25 VS Pink hoodies or yoga leggings
  • Sigma Beauty - free shipping w/ code "BF2012"