New York City Girl ♫♪|| Weekend Guide

Hey guys! Your girl had a weekend trip with her mans to NYC this fall and finally got to try and see some of the places on my bucketlist so here’s my mini guide!

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Heres a list of some things I did in NYC & scroll down for the deets:

  • The Vessel
  • Ichiran Ramen (Brooklyn)
  • Line Friends NYC
  • Tiger Sugar
  • Tim Ho Wan Hell’s Kitchen Dim Sum
  • Taiyaki NYC

Processed with VSCO with al5 presetWe made our way to The Vessel sculpture and it was a pretty interesting sight! We got to walk around it and the surrounding area but unfortunately we weren’t able to go inside and up around it because you have to book tickets in advance due to the limit of people being inside!

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Admission is free but it was a busy day so going in was booked out for a few hours. After some wandering and intense games of giant Connect 4 (where I defeated Ricky…once hehe) we got hungry and started our adventure to Ichiran Ramen!

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I recommend going to Ichiran Ramen in Brooklyn because it’s the bigger location which means the wait time is shorter. We arrived for our late lunch/early dinner around 5pm–there was no wait for us on a Saturday to sit in the individual booths next to each other. Since it was my first time (shout out to the recommendations from Theresia and others who have been to NYC) I ordered the “Recommended Set” ramen bowl. IT WAS PRETTY GOOD!! There was a special going on where you get complimentary noodle refills so of course we took advantage of that option too.

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Line friends NYC was also on the list and I finally got to see the giant bear! This time he was decked out in a cute not-so-little halloween costume.

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Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetWhen I asked Theresia for her must-try or must-have NYC boba she said it’s gotta be Tiger Sugar! In the pictures it might look intense (a little less than usual tho since we walked around before this pic) but the drink is actually pretty refreshing and lighter than you would expect. It’s still sweet but that’s what I love. Sadly that is where our first full day in the city ended because I got a stomachache right before we ordered our drinks so we headed back after. I’d imagine we would’ve tried to explore the Oculus.

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Speaking of sweets, we o-fish-ally got to try Taiyaki NYC! We almost walked past the storefront until I noticed colorful sprinkles on the sidewalk in front and thought to myself “we must be near it now!” You get to choose the filling, ice cream, and toppings. Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

One of our last meals in NYC was dim sum at Tim Ho Wan Hell’s Kitchen. I recommend checking in/making a reservation through the Yelp app because the estimated wait time for 2 was basically an hour. The baked bbq pork buns (top right in the pic) are a must. Crispy and sweet on the outside and the usual on the inside. Ricky recommends the spareribs because they’re not too greasy. Surprisingly the only vegetable on the menu was steamed lettuce but it was good with lightly drizzled soy sauce.

And that concludes my short guide to NYC for now!

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Raleigh, NC || Exploring & HUGE Life Updates!

Hey guys! Here’s a quick video update I put together; we’re going back to the basics with iMovie because my laptop does not have enough storage to edit on premiere pro for now oops!

I’ve been in North Carolina for 2 months now and between working and going on adventures finally had time to sit down and collect my clips for now!

Life updates:

  • Traveled for myself or Enactus and flew to different interviews (Washington D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, London, Amsterdam, Raleigh) in 2019 so far!
  • Graduated college with a degree in computer science with a job lined up
  • Got myself and two big checked bags from BOS > RDU
  • Met a lot of cool people and am probably eating a little /too/ good
  • Working on the vlogging thing…

Thanks for watching and I wish you guys the best of luck today, tomorrow, and onward for whatever you are working on!! xx Sami

The BEST of TEXAS || Travel 2018

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Hey guys! Sarah and I flew down to Texas to visit our cousin Daniel in Dallas for a week this past summer. We also road-tripped to Austin and declared BUC-EE’s or bust.

I guess things really are bigger in Texas… we pit-stopped at the World’s Largest Convenience store! It had 60+ gas station pumps as well.

To see more of the BEST of Texas, check out my vlog and feel free to subscribe for more!

Some featured things or places we went:

IMG_9600Go Ape Ziplining & Adventure
Mitsuwa Japanese Supermarket
Pecan Lodge
Summit Climbing, Yoga, & Fitness
Melt Ice Creams
Ronald Kirk Walking Bridge/Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Ramen Tatsu-Ya Austin
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters (by the lake)
Lady Bird Lake, Austin (Rowing Dock Stand Up Paddle-Boarding)
Watching the bats from Congress Ave Bridge
Shinjuku Station
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
—If anything you want to know isn’t listed yet just ask!

 

We put the KAN in Kansas City || TRAVEL VLOG 2018

What is Enactus you say? Maybe I’ve never posted something to briefly explain it but I’ll do so now! But first, feel free to check out my vlog I just uploaded of the National Exposition in late May:

Honestly, Enactus is such a broad program (a global one) and it stands for ENtrepreneurial ACTion US. At my university, we have several projects which cover more than six of the United Nation’s 17 Global Goals.

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Our projects range from teaching financial literacy to men recovering from opioid addiction to implementing pro-inclusion “Buddy Benches” at 33 of our city’s public elementary schools.

This year, my role as Director of Technology on the E-Board consisted of attending our project events and capturing photos and filming videos then editing them all together to help create our 17-minute visual presentation that goes along with the speech.

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The United States’ Enactus Competition process starts with teams competing in their (or other) regions depending on which location they choose and then if they move on from the top tier of their league(s), they compete again at the national level in Kansas City, MO. The panel of judges consists of Fortune 500 company executives or their representatives and the criteria includes project sustainability, how well resources were used, presentation, and a question-and-answer round.

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We’re so much more than this little explanation but there is not enough time in the world to cover what Enactus is so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me anything!

I’m so grateful to have experienced the Enactus National Exposition with my team once again this year and I’m hoping to continue doing so over time!

 

 

Chicago, IL | TRAVEL VLOG 2018

After a continuous streak of not posting my travel vlogs until months later, I finally uploaded a vlog within 3 weeks(ish) since coming back home!

This time, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with my Enactus team and here is the adventure:

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TILTing over Chicago
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Of course we all took group selfies at the “bean”

My team also went to Chicago last year as well and here is the video for it:

Washington D.C. 2018 | TRAVEL VLOG

Hey guys! Over spring break I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. as an advocate for my university in a Student Leadership Program.

Check out my video:

Some things I did/places I saw included:

  • The Capitol Building
  • March for Our Lives
  • Union Station
  • Tour of the White House
  • Congressional Offices
  • The Supreme Court
  • Washington Monument & surrounding area
  • The National Gallery of Art
  • Watched the Wiz at Ford’s Theater
  • Tried my first Krispy Kreme donuts
  • & more!

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I’ve been able to see so much more than I did the other times I traveled to D.C. and am looking forward to coming back again some day.

To watch my video from 2016:

Exploring Kansas City with Enactus USA 2017

A short video of my experiences at the Enactus National Competition USA 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri aka KCMO. The event took place from May 21-23rd and my team was there from the 20th to 24th to explore the city and participate in the presentation and events. We are excited to go to the Enactus World Cup in September!

College Advice Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CXkt8nADDA
Past Enactus Trips:
-Washington D.C. Regionals 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kqyjfjy0CM
-Chicago Regionals 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb6Whn7iQ6E

Feel free to subscribe to follow along on my future Enactus adventures! xoxo Sami