My Seattle Self

My Seattle Self

Assimilating as always

As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed I realized that I didn't start using Instagram regularly until I came to Seattle. I also noticed that I had documented some subtle changes in my life through photos of objects that I could hold. Moving always means change and adaptation, but not always assimilation. These are the things that I noticed about myself.

Hey, What's Up, Hello. I had a lot of introductions to make and the question that I always steeled myself against, "where are you from?" followed by the glassy-eyes look after I'm finished explaining.

Growing Up. I had my first birthday in a new country, and it felt like my first step towards adulthood and my new home in Seattle. Birthdays were also downplayed as I had gotten older, so having slightly bigger celebrations were a nice surprise.

Positive Attitude. One of the things that I have learned about life is that you look for the best and have a positive attitude. Of course you need to prepare for potholes, but positivity is where it's all at!

Perspective. Perspective is everything. Very similar to my last point, but there is always another side to an occurrence, and that is something very important to remember.

Coffee. Tea was always my thing before I moved to Seattle. Now coffee is an essential part of life and an enjoyed beverage, not just a wake-me-up in the morning. Also Matcha Lattes are life, try one.

Coffee culture. People don't just drink coffee, they study, obsess, and grind their own coffee beans! Who knew this was such a big deal?

Organization. Tests, assignments, and group projects flying everywhere! I kept them in check by learning how to organize and prioritize. #adulting

Fandom. Some things don't change, including my love for Doctor Who. When I found out that the EMP had Doctor Wholidays during Christmas I've become a regular.

Boutique Ice Cream. I knew that ice cream could be fancy but oh my, the ice cream here is ridiculous and I love the lavender, earl grey (shoutout to Molly Moon's), olive oil (don't knock it before you try it, shoutout to Salt and Straw) flavors.

Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is alive and has a lot of controversy because of the history, however it is celebrated heavily in the United States and only in the United States.

Boba tea. Quick PSA: Boba tea originated in Taiwan, which is one of the countries I'm from, and no matter how good it is in Seattle, Taiwan is always the OG. I haven't looked into the details, but as a native of Formosa (Taiwan's Dutch name) I can promise you the real deal is back home.

So there are my little thoughts on what I seemed to find interesting enough to document on my Instagram. #tcklife

Cover Image Credit: Esther W Photography

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The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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There has been this controversial debate on whether Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts is the better option when it comes to getting one of the best coffees. As a lover of the White Chocolate Mocha, I can not begin to fathom how someone would be willing to go to Starbucks' competitor, Dunkin Donuts. Here are 5 reasons why you should kick Dunkin Donuts to the curb and let Starbucks into your life!

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What better place is there to study than Starbucks! The comfy couches allow you to relax and do your homework peacefully.

The Holiday cups

During the Christmas season, Starbucks comes out with creative cups design for the most wonderful time of the year!

Frappuccinos> Coolatta

Frappuccinos definitely rule over the Coolattas that Dunkin provides.

More menu options

Starbucks provides way more coffee drinks than Dunkin. And the best part is that you can customize your own coffee/latte/tea. Anything you name, Starbucks has it.

The Lactose intolerants are certainly welcomed at Starbucks!

One of my friends is Lactose intolerant and she tells me that Starbucks has dairy-free options.

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BEST Quality Coffee

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