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Punta Cana with nothing packed

My first trip of 2018 was one for the books… or one for my favorite book – my passport. I got a new stamp thanks to a huge storm in Philadelphia that was causing a declared “state of emergency” in the city.

I received a call at 8am and had two hours to get to the airport. I was supposed to head to Punta Cana & come right back… but after a long delay, a busy flight down, and a cancelled return, we got “stuck” spending the night at an all-inclusive resort. Because of the short notice (and the fact that I was not supposed to layover), I didn’t pack much. On my way out the door, I grabbed some joggers, my favorite Selena T-shirt, and my bikini “just in case.”

I had never seen the Dominican Republic, other than from an airplane window before. So, of course I had to make the most of my short time there.

I’ve mentioned my friend, K, in a previous post about fun times in San Juan, and as you remember, we love to defrost on a beach when winter comes. Between all the food, the perfect weather and clear water calling our names, we spent our layover thanking the Universe.

Sometimes storms work in your favor… and when they do, don’t worry about if you’re packed for it, just count your blessings & float away.

Thanks for stopping by… I’m going to go wash the sand off.


Good Morning, From Charlotte

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend & a wonderful meal with your loved ones…
I’m technically posting this in the afternoon, now, but that’s beside the point. This is the lovely view I woke up to today and I’m filled with gratitude.


I remember when Mondays used to be a drag for me, when I was caught in the monotony of the typical 9-5. I remember that I couldn’t even fully enjoy my Sunday nights, because I was too busy dreading the work week up ahead.
This morning, though, while many of you are returning to work after a long weekend, I’m enjoying my day off in North Carolina. The weather is similar to to back home in San Diego. The sky is clear & it’s sunny. I enjoyed a lovely breakfast on the balcony after a good night’s sleep in one of the most comfortable beds ever.
I flew to Charlotte yesterday evening after working 3 legs and completing a 4 day trip. After spending my holiday back home in California with my family (on a layover “working” – that’s right, I actually got paid to eat my mom’s cooking), I had a busy weekend with full flights. I wanted to enjoy my day off with a friend, so, I listed myself on a flight to CLT.
After a nice dinner and a funny movie, I was exhausted & needed my rest. Today, I’m refreshed and grateful for my life. After breakfast, I played a little pool, watched some TV and I enjoyed some tea, along with the view…

I just wanted to share this with you all. It’s a testimony of how much my life has changed since becoming a flight attendant… It’s simple & yet significant… Because now, I love Mondays… I actually love everyday!
Hope you all have a wonderful week, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing…


Where do I even start…?
Have you ever had those moments in life where everything is just perfect? Well, I just had a whole long weekend of that exact perfectness. Great weather, delicious food, awesome people & all-access to the most amazing music…
I woke up Saturday morning and rushed to the airport to catch a flight to Minneapolis. I was going to spend Memorial Day Weekend out in Minnesota to catch Soundset, the annual hip hop festival held by Rhymesayers Entertainment at Canterbury Park. I’ve wanted to go to Soundset for a few years, now. This year, it finally happened… on Sunday, May 25, 2014, I spent the day with 30,000 other music lovers at the sold out event…
During my flight, I met a few people who were headed to the festival for the Bboy Competition. I didn’t have any set plans during the day, so, they invited me along. We stopped at The Mall of America and rode a crazy roller coaster. Then headed to the 5-8 club for a famous Juicy Lucy burger.


After lunch, I met up with the famous, Eddie Sancho, for some drinks before the Soundet Pre-Party . (I’ll share more about Eddie someday soon. Chances are, if you’re a fan of hip hop, you’ve heard his work).
We’re having drinks at the hotel when Eddie asks if I’d like to check out the venue for tonight’s show… It’s at the legendary First AvenueThe house that Prince built – which has been around since 1970 and was featured in the film, Purple Rain. It’s stage has been graced by countless amazing musical acts. Of course I want to see it!

When we get there, they’re setting up for the #BeforeSoundset show. It’s cool seeing the empty space & witnessing the calm before the storm.


From there, we head over to the Rhymesayers offices. I’m so excited! This is where a lot of the (behind the scenes) magic happens… We get a private tour of the facilities, have some delicious local beers and grab some gear from the Fifth Element Store. Not to mention, I got to meet some super cool people!
We have dinner near the venue, and get ready for the show. Thanks to Eddie & the amazing team at Rhymesayers, Here’s a little glimpse at how the night went…

20140603-012118-4878694.jpgSlug (Atmosphere) made an appearance to introduce Step Brothers



Rhymesayers Entertainment

20140603-023438-9278849.jpgBrother Ali

Slug, Atmosphere

20140603-023811-9491974.jpgStep Brothers


20140603-023828-9508284.jpgEddie & Ali

Dem Atlas

The pre-party definitely set the tone for Sunday… aka Soundset Day. I woke up so excited!
Let me start with the line up…

from Veterans, to fresh new artists, to some of today’s heavy hitters, the wide range of acts consisted of both, men & women, representing various ethnical backgrounds. With DJ’s, B boys & MC’s on three different stages, a car show, graffiti wall, and skate ramp, there was something there for everyone.
I’ve attended a lot of hip hop festivals before this & I gotta say, this was, by far, my favorite one ever. (Ok, maybe the accommodations and all access pass had a little something to do with that). But, nonetheless, the guys at Rhymesayers really know how to throw a party. I’ll let my pictures do (most of) the talking…



20140608-005046-3046926.jpgAfter a fun shuttle ride with a great group, we got there just in time to catch Snow Tha Product rockin’ the stage. I learned about her when I saw her on the line up a few weeks before. She’s a young Latina from San Diego and I love what she stands for. Don’t let the pretty face fool you, either, this girl can spit rapid fire!

20140608-011344-4424904.jpgEddie and I enjoying Snow’s set. In the background, (from our fun shuttle ride) is the talented G Koop, the man behind the live instruments on Atmoshpere’s Southsiders.

20140608-012236-4956522.jpgEddie introduced me to Maria Isa, another proud Latina, sharing her message through her music.

It wasn’t long before I caught up with my favorite Instagram Photographer… Mr. Evidence was hard at work, running the Soundset ig account .

And of course, these guys weren’t too far behind… Alchemist and DJ Mishaps


Golf Carts were the preferred mode of transportation… Check out our driver! 😉

This girl, Alicia, made me feel like the ultimate VIP and took good care of me. She has a great heart & we became friends instantly.


20140608-014328-6208230.jpgEven though we got there too late to catch their set, I had a chance to meet up with two of my favorite California kids, The Grouch and Eligh



Monica, another find from the fun shuttle, introduced me to the sounds of (& the man himself) DJ Q Bert

20140608-015806-7086438.jpg I also had the chance to catch Rapsody move the crowd.


Sky made sure we got to see the view from the side stage…it was amazing!

I gotta admit, there were moments when I pretended the crowd was cheering for me… I felt like Selena! 😉



We caught the legendary Cypress Hill from the side stage…




took a few pics…

& made some new friends.

This girl, Taylor, got lost from her group…she was all alone & one of the members of security allowed her access to the side stage so that she could try to spot them. How cool is that?


I was 2 excited to see 2 Chainz! (See what I did there)? 😉

Cool shirt, bro

20140608-021423-8063118.jpgOpen container situation with Alc

20140608-021448-8088355.jpgCypress Hill!

20140608-021515-8115242.jpgMy fellow San Diegan & world traveler, Cros One was judging the Bboy battle.


20140608-021711-8231349.jpgRan into my ladies from the plane…


20140608-022447-8687342.jpgWiz Khalifa didn’t let being arrested in Texas earlier in the day keep him from performing for his fans. The crowd went absolutely wild when he took his place on stage!

20140608-023105-9065055.jpgEddie and I caught Nas‘s set from the Monster Tower…

along with this unbelievable view of the festival!

20140608-023433-9273258.jpgThen, we caught up with Mr. Jones backstage.
*Eddie actually worked on Illmatic. The classic album celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year. Pretty cool stuff, right?

Maggie, my doll for the day, was another one from the fun group on the shuttle. I had a blast with her.
*Shout out to DJ Abilities



Soon, it was time for the main event… the hometown heroes from Minneapolis, Atmosphere, closed the show like only they could.


20140610-181146-65506387.jpgPosing with the host of the event, Sway Calloway, before heading back to First Avenue for the official Soundset After Party…








I’ve seriously always dreamed of experiencing a music festival in the capacity in which I experienced Soundset. Just hanging out with the artists, behind the scenes, in their element, among friends, family & comrades. I am so glad it finally came to be!
From this (once) small town girl, with big dreams, I encourage each & every one of you to follow your heart & seek out your passion in life. Chase it, hunt it, run after it with all your might. Your heart will never lead you astray… Once you know what it is that you really want in life, the universe will conspire to give it to you. Go after it!

Shout out to the girls at Glam Doll Donuts for following their love & passion for music (and baking) & turning it into a successful business in such a sweet way!

Thanks for reading along, everyone. What is it that you really want in life? What’s your dream? Or has it already come true…?

*Special thanks to Eddie Sancho, Ashanti Abdullah, Siddiq, & the entire staff & crew at Rhymesayers Entertainment for an unbelievable, unforgettable weekend. Much love. Let’s do it all again next year!

Check out the Soundset 2014 Wrap Up here…
*at 1:39 in…don’t blink! 😉


A Big Weekend Back Home

I was recently home for a weekend visit. As I mentioned before, the plan originated when I got an invite for my friend, Ryan’s, baby shower. I met Ryan in 2008, at new-hire orientation for a bank we worked at. We’ve been friends ever since. She’s a world traveler and always inspired me (and encouraged me) to see the world. She had a huge influence on my decision to become a flight attendant. Now, she’s having twins, a boy and a girl. It’s exciting!
I wanted to make the most of my time in California. I knew that I was going to be reunited with lots of my girl friends at the baby shower and I wanted to make time for family, too.
I have a lot of family in Northern California. Growing up, I was raised with my mom’s side of the family who live about an hour and a half east of San Francisco in the city of Modesto. As for my dad’s side of the family, many of them live about an hour and a half south, in Watsonville – where I was born.
Recently, thanks to social media, I’ve reconnected with some of them. We’ve been making an effort to reach out and to get know each other. So, we planned a gathering for the day after the baby shower. I was looking forward to reuniting with some of them…& meeting some of them for the first time.
Other than a quick stop on my drive down Pacific Coast Highway, back on my 30th birthday, I hadn’t been back to Watsonville in over 20 years.
My trip started with a visit back home to San Diego. That’s when I had the chance to take my mom and my little sister to their first ever hip-hop show
The morning of the baby shower, I catch an early flight to San Francisco. When I land, I discover that Ryan’s having a bit of a busy morning. Something’s aren’t going as planned, but that doesn’t stop her. She’s expecting friends and family from all over to celebrate the joyous occasion.
Ryan’s house is beautiful! It looks like those homes you’d see on the cover of a magazine. The decor is equally as beautiful… our friend, Aimee, is a master of design.
The party plays out in such a lovely way. I’m reunited with friends (who started as co-workers at the bank) and I get to make new ones over yummy drinks and delicious food.







That evening, a few of us head into the city & grab dinner. Then, a couple of us head to a show.


The next day, most of us reunite for a delicious Sunday brunch at Bin 38. (I’m reminded of the fun tradition we used to have when we all lived in San Diego…good times). We share recaps of our night and indulge in wonderful conversations…& mimosas.




After brunch, most of us will leave San Francisco to return home. For me, it’s family time…



My two (very generous and patient) cousins offer to drive me. They live in Watsonville & make the trip just for me. They’re awesome!
When we get to my family’s ranch, I’m greeted by cousins, aunts, uncles…and amazing food! It’s great seeing everyone again…and it’s nice to finally meet some of them. They’re all warm and welcoming…and they make sure I’m well-fed, as they continue to bring food from the grill to our table. I’m surrounded by cousins, laughter & great stories. I gotta tell you, I have some amazing cousins!
The party moves inside & I share a bottle of Puerto Rican rum from my travels. We continue to bond & catch up…it’s great getting to know them all better. We take some pictures… well, lots of pictures (on lots of cell phones) before everyone heads home.


A few of us cousins stay up for girl talk with my aunt. Later, we interrupt one cousin’s study session to go on a fun late-night run for coffee & donuts. It’s the perfect way to end the night!
I have to catch a flight back to Philadelphia in the morning. A couple of my guy cousins have offered to pick me up at the ranch & drive to the airport…in San Jose! Again, a very generous offer.
Before we hit the road, my aunt makes sure that we all have breakfast. We take our places at the table as she brings over course after course. It’s quite the spread. I’m humbled by the hospitality & I’m really enjoying this wonderful meal with my family. I feel like a kid again…
In San Jose, we stop to visit my godparents. I haven’t seen them since my age was in the single digits. We visit briefly, chat a bit and play around on their mini motorcycle. It’s great being a kid again!


As we prepare to head to the airport, I realize that I’m missing something…my uniform! I left it in Watsonville, hanging in my cousin’s closet. Luckily, a couple of my cousins are heading our way. So, after a delicious cup of Phil’z Coffee & lunch at the famous Falafel’s Drive In (& maybe just a little panic attack) I’m off to the airport.
In the end, everything worked out…I had a wonderful visit back home. I got to see so many people that I love, meet so many new ones, and reconnect with distant relatives. Such an amazing trip!

Thanks for reading along, everyone. I really hope you enjoyed this post.

Chicago, Kicking & Screaming

A couple weeks ago, I got called for a trip that had a layover in Tampa & Chicago. My friend, Jennifer, from Chicago, was assigned airport duty, so I called her to trade…I normally love flying…any trip. This was the first day ever that I just wasn’t feeling it. I had just gotten back to Philly from San Diego and my mom & little sister were planning a trip to visit me out East. I guess I was just homesick.
Anyway, I sat airport duty from 8pm to midnight & Jennifer took my trip. I met some really cool flight attendants during my shift….but I was too busy being a brat to really enjoy their company. I don’t know what was up with me that day…again, I think I was just homesick & I wanted my mommy. Lol.
The next day, scheduling called me & said they had a trip for me… It was to Chicago. Turns out, Jennifer & her crew got stuck in Tampa & scheduling had to re-crew the Chicago flight, so I had to work the trip that I didn’t want to do…especially the night in Chicago. I thought it was going to be cold & I just didn’t want to go. I sucked it up & got ready anyway.
Another flight attendant was looking to trade a trip to San Juan. I met him the night before during airport duty. I told him I’d trade him, but he was already working on trading it with someone else on my flight. He is from Chicago & preferred to work a flight home rather than to go to Puerto Rico. So, I just gave in to the Universe. It so obviously wanted me in Chicago. Lol!
I texted my friend, Adrian, to let him know I’d be in his city for a day. Adrian is also from San Diego & recently moved to Chicago for work. I hired Adrian at the bank years ago…he’s a great guy. He since has left the banking industry, as well.
When I got to the airport, Adrian was nice enough to pick me up. Adrian’s wife & children were actually visiting family back in San Diego, so, I got to stay in the kids’ room & not at my hotel. It’s always nice to stay with friends and family…
Adrian and I went out for a few drinks and we had a night of catching up. He’s doing great out in Chicago & I’m excited for him. We had a lot of laughs. He introduced me to a craft brew that tasted like pure root beer. Delicious!

After drinks, we went to grab a bite…at White Castle! It was my first time ever trying those steamed little morsels of yummy-ness. I totally broke my gluten-free diet that night.



The next day, we headed into the city. I had never seen downtown Chicago before, so I was very excited. We had a bit of a difficult time finding parking & our time together was running out.



So, after a few laps around the (beautiful) bustling blocks, Adrian dropped me off at Millennium Park so I could see the famous Bean! It was amazing! I had always wanted to see it. Being there, experiencing this immense work of art with so many other people was a great moment in time. I noticed some people in suits on their lunch break, tourists and families from other cities, states & countries…there was even a newly-wed couple taking pictures on their special day. What a great mix of life in action!














Adrian had another commitment so he dropped me off in Greektown, where I met up with another flight attendant who invited me to join her to march in their Independence Day Parade. I spent the afternoon surrounded by the proud community dressed in the bright blue (my favorite color) to match their native country’s flag. It was touching seeing all the children dressed in the traditional costumes and watching them practice their choreography as we waited in line.
I was introduced to all of my crew member’s friends & family. They were all so warm & welcoming. I felt like I was at home! I really enjoyed marching through the streets, smiling and waiving to the crowd as they cheered us on and snapped pictures.
After the parade we spent a little time congregating in the streets with members of the community…then, shortly after, we had to report to the airport for our flight back to Philadelphia.





I gotta say, all the kicking and screaming I did to “avoid” this flight was silly. It was a great trip, with a great crew…and the weather in Chicago was beautiful. It was a such an amazing layover. I had a great time, after all…!
On another note, my mom & sister couldn’t make it to Philadelphia. They were going to fly on my benefits (buddy passes) and that means flying stand-by. Since it’s Sprig Break season, flights were full and they didn’t get a seat. So, I’ve been missing my family for a couple weeks, now… And, at the same time, I know how lucky I am to have an amazing career that puts me around amazing people everyday, no matter what city I may end up in…

Thanks for reading along, everyone. Have a great week. Coming soon, another San Juan trip…and Barcelona!

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

April 9, 2013, exactly one year ago today, I was in Phoenix, Arizona, interviewing to become a flight attendant for a major airline. It was one of the most exciting days of my life…
It’s 4am when my alarm goes off. When I was working at the bank, the buzzing was always such a dreadful sound…& my mornings would typically consist of a long battle with the snooze button, but not today. Today, I’m excited…before I can even think about hitting that snooze, I jump outta bed & say, “This is it! This is my life. I am a flight attendant. I wake up before the sun comes up, because I have a plane to catch!”
*I learned this technique of “living into the future,” from my work with the Landmark.
I get ready & dress myself in a skirt, a nice fitted peplum blazer (camisole underneath) & some black pumps…I am a flight attendant, after all. 😉 I already have my (carry-on sized) bag packed with all the required items, so, I grab it, and I’m out the door. I’m driving to the airport now…just a typical day for this flight attendant.
I walk through the terminal, looking around at all my fellow airline crew members. When I go through security, I use my passport for ID, because I’m an International Flight Attendant! I board the plane, and I’m off…just another day at work.

I took this picture in-flight on my way from San Diego to Phoenix & posted it on Instagram exactly one year ago today. This is now “the view from my office!”

When I arrive in Phoenix, a shuttle picks us (other recruits) up from the airport to take us to the interview site. It’s a day full of assessments, activities & interviews. We work in groups, one-on-one & there’s even some down time. After about 8 hours of proving ourselves, and, of course, getting to know each other, the ones who make the final cut are surrounded by crew members, as they welcome us to the airline.
It’s one of the greatest moments in my life! The room bursts into a celebration of screaming, jumping up & down, and even tears of joy…it’s a beautiful moment. The recruiters ask one favor of us, and one favor only, “Please, always remember how excited you are in this moment and take that with you everyday to work.”
After flying for almost 10 months, & one year after my interview date, I know how fortunate I am to be in this position & to live this amazing life. People say that the sky is the limit…and I get to touch the sky as part of my job! 🙂

This is my photo on my crew badge (my ID for work) they took this after we signed our HR paperwork…you can see how happy I was…& how happy I still am…

I’m posting this from San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s a beautiful day. I swam in the ocean & danced in the rain. I’m here with a great friend (fellow flight attendant & crew member) & making new ones. I love my life & I love what I do for a living…!

Cousins in Cambridge

A couple weeks ago I had a few days off & planned a visit to see my cousin, Jennifer, in Boston. Jennifer is my younger cousin & she’s someone I look up to – which is funny because she might be one of the few people in the world who’s actually shorter than me. Ha!
Anyway, this young lady is the first person in our entire family to ever move to the East Coast. What took a California girl across the county, you ask? Oh, only grad school…at Harvard! How awesome is that? I know…I’m so proud of her.
Jennifer and I have a special bond. We come from a very large family. After almost ten years of not seeing each other, we reconnected when I moved to Philadelphia. I had a Boston layover & she gave me a tour of Harvard’s beautiful campus.
During that first visit, we had a wonderful conversation about where life has brought us & all that we’ve been up to. It was so great to hear (and to witness first-hand) how intelligent & incredible this young woman is. I couldn’t wait to get back and see her.
On my last Boston layover, a few months ago, we met up for a late dinner & enjoyed another stimulating conversation. Again, I was left looking forward to more visits with her.
It’s almost mid-night when I arrive in Boston. I’ve been flying all day. Jennifer is picking me up from the airport, even though she has to work in the morning. She’s so sweet.
When she pulls up, I meet her passenger, friend & temporary roommate, Clayton. Clayton is from California, as well. They attended the same high school. He’s visiting & exploring the east coast to see if it would be a good fit for him.
It’s such a nice drive through the city, as we make our way to Cambridge (the area where Jennifer lives). The neighborhood is adorable. Each house is unique and looks nothing like the others. They’re all different colors and sizes, they each have different a style gate or fence…some have larger yards…you get the picture. I love areas like this. I’ve never been a big fan of track homes.
I get the grand tour of the house. It’s so cute! I adore the hardwood floors, the fun interior design, and the fact that there’s lots of space.
Since it’s late, we all head to bed. I sleep in ’til noon…I guess I didn’t realize how tired I was. Since Jen had to go to work, Clayton and I are gonna hang out today. After a delicious brunch of eggs, veggies, and gluten-free waffles topped with fresh strawberries & homemade whipped cream, I get ready & we head out.
Our plan is to hit the Freedom Trail & take in all the historic sites. We hop on The T (train) and start our exploration day. It’s a little chilly out & despite the guiding red line in the road, we keep getting lost. We stop for tea & continue our attempt at staying on the trail….

The Freedom Trail is marked with either red paint or bricks like in the photo above. This red line is what guides you to all the historic sites.

20140330-235437.jpgThe park where the Boston Common Visitor Information Center is located.


After a while, we make it to the famous Faneuil Hall.
We look around for a bit, then we notice the iconic Cheers Bar up ahead. Of course we have to stop in for a drink. There aren’t many open seats around the bar, so we walk around. I take the first open seat I see, and when I look down, I notice that I snagged the best seat in the house…!


After drinks, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s too late to enjoy what the Freedom Trail has to offer; most of the facilities are closing for the day. So, we head back to meet up with Jennifer, grab some dinner & to get ready for the Grouch & Eligh Tortoise and The Crow show. (More on that in my next post).
We have a hearty homemade dinner at the house. Dinner is accompanied by a delicious Irish whiskey that my thoughtful cousin picked up for us. A little pre-partying is always a good idea…


We have a blast at the show. We dance the night away & get some fun pictures. Then, we make sure to get home responsibly and call Über for a ride.
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The next day is another late start for me. Jen’s at work, Clayton is working from home & I’m just enjoying the down time. My original plan was to leave tonight, but I’ve decided to stay another night.
Clayton and I take a nice walk to have a late lunch at a near-by cafe. He’s gonna finish some work and I’ll attempt to work on the blog. It’s nice to get out on a weekday, & watch all the hustle and bustle in the city.


We meet up with Jennifer in the evening and plan our night. We’re going to the North End for dinner and drinks. We take a little detour to see the beautiful Boston Public Library. This place is immaculate! I’m glad we stopped by.









Our next detour takes us to the mall, where we stock up on goodies from Sephora. Then we’re off to dinner. We have a fun, casual dinner and after the big night we had at the show, we’re all pooped. We head back to the house to get a good night’s sleep…then, I’m of to Philly in the morning.
Another great trip to Boston for the books!

Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll share a little more about the show we attended…