August 25, 2016

Finally Off To Japan & Hong Kong...

August 20, 2016

Exploring Long Island | Pictures From Sagamore Hill...

Since I took so many pictures when I went to Sagamore Hill earlier in the month I thought I'd make a separate post with all of the photos I didn't share in my last post.

August 19, 2016

First World Work Problem | Lost Tile...

So I feel like I'm dealing with the most First World problem ever at work. Last night while I was cleaning up before leaving I found this little thing that said "Tile" on it. I didn't know what it was, so being me I went and Googled what it was quickly.

Apparently, (For those of you like me that don't know what it is because Justin knew what it was) it's a "tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items in seconds—like your phone, keys, and wallet."

Here's the video that is up on the website about it...

Again being me, I go back to Google and search "Found lost Tile" to see what I should do with this thing. I found instructions that said I should download the Tile app, turn my Bluetooth on and let the Tile pick up my signal and the person who owns it (If they are looking for it) should see its location based off of my phone. It also said to double click the "E" in Tile and it will ring the person's phone.

I did all of these things but I had to leave for the night about thirty minutes after finding it, so no luck right after finding. And I've done the above a handful of times since.

So basically I found someone's lost tracking device to find their lost things and now I'm trying to find them. How stupid of a problem is this?

August 18, 2016

Yup, Still Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong...

A week from tomorrow Justin and I head over to Asia and we are still plotting and planning things to do while there (Yes, we are really going to the last minute with this one). So I'm still looking up blog posts, articles, videos, etc. trying to plot out the last bits of our trip and here is the final batch...

Adventurous Kate Solo Female Travel Blog -- What’s It Really Like to Travel Japan?
Fat Mum Slim -- Four Days In Japan
Fat Mum Slim -- Plus-Size Packing: What I Wore In Japan
Fat Mum Slim -- The Biggest Lesson I Learned In Japan
Her Packing List -- The Ultimate Female Packing List for Japan (Summer)
I Am A Food Blog -- Tokyo Food Guide: Where & What to Eat in Tokyo
Katie & Ben In Japan -- Tourists in Japan: What to Wear
Little Grey Box -- What To Pack For A Trip To Japan
Popsugar -- 23 Things You Need To Know Before You Visit Tokyo Disney
The Coffeelicious -- Traveling in Japan
The Infatuation -- 13 Bites You Need to Eat in Tokyo
Thrifty Nomads -- 6 Tips To Travel Japan On The Cheap
Travel Fashion Girl -- Japan Packing List: What To Pack For Kyoto
USA Today -- What To Wear In Japan In The Summer

Adventurous Kate Solo Female Travel Blog -- Hong Kong: The Best Experiences
CNN -- Hot in Hong Kong: 12 Best Restaurants for 2015
Coffee With a Slice of Life -- Hong Kong
Daniel Food Diary -- 10 Must Eat Food In Hong Kong – Where To Eat in Hong Kong!
Francesca Tan --3 Days in Hong Kong
Eat Dream Love -- Hong Kong
Eat Sleep Play Blog -- Travel: Hong Kong
Globetrotter Girls -- 12 Things That Surprised me About Hong Kong
Globetrotter Girls -- Hong Kong On A Shoestring
Globetrotter Girls -- Hong Kong, The Second Time Around
Globetrotter Girls -- Travel Fail: How Not to Visit Hong Kong
Nerd Nomads -- Guide to Hong Kong
Next Stop Hong Kong -- -- Free Things to do in Hong Kong for Budget Traveling

Wish me luck because I haven't even really started to pack yet either and I'm typically that person who starts packing a month ahead of time. AND I'm only bringing a carry on bag with me.

August 15, 2016

Girls Afternoon | Paint Nite...

After months of trying to coordinate with my friends, we were finally able to attend a Paint Nite yesterday -- Which is something Toni and I have literally been trying to do forever with each other.
Original Artist: Christian Elder

For those of you that don't know, Paint Nites are events where people spend two hours creating a "one-of-a-kind" painting at a popular local bar/restaurant. There are typically calendars available on the various companies websites (Paint Nite, Muse Paintbar, etc) that show the paintings available for different days of the week and/or locations.

Anyways, like I said we've been trying to coordinate for months because we're all busy or the days we were available we didn't like the painting that were being offered. So we finally found a date, time and painting that we all liked so we went and got our paint on.

The painting we chose was titled "Moonlit Mermaid" and it was considered a moderate level painting (Paintings range from easy on up).
So yeah... Basically myself, Toni, Erin and Maria sat for two hours painting (With an awesome and funny instructor telling us what to do) and drinking while Justin and Day bopped in every-so-often to give us drink refills and/or say snarky things about our paintings (The two of them were drinking at the bar outside of the room Paint Nite was in and Justin was pretty drunk by the time we finished painting).
It was honestly so much fun and I cannot wait to do another one. If you've been thinking about doing one but you haven't yet, I highly recommend it.

If you have taken part in a Paint Nite or something similar, how was your experience? I would love to know! I'd also love to see the picture you painted!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows DVD Giveaway...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) is coming out on DVD September 20th and in honor of that I'm giving away three (3) copies of the DVD to three (3) lucky winner.
Your favorite pizza-loving heroes return in an epic new adventure loaded with wall-to-wall laughs that critics are calling “the best Ninja Turtles movie ever” (Eric Walkuski, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on September 20, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The heroes in a half-shell also will be available in a limited edition two-movie Blu-ray giftset with collectible metal lunchbox. The movie debuts two weeks early on Digital HD September 6. 

Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are back to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones. After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater threat with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.  Hailed as “fun from start to finish” (Brian Medina, Movie Pilot), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, and Tyler Perry in the live action film that is fun for the whole family.  

 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Packs include more than 40 minutes of action-packed bonus content. Peek under the shell at the film’s eye-popping special effects, take a look inside the Turtles’ tricked-out van, go behind-the-scenes to explore the Turtleverse and much more! The film additionally features a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. 

Plus, the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with reversible Turtle Masks in all four colors, for a limited time while supplies last.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack will also be available in a collectible metal lunchbox that includes the Blu-ray Combo Pack of 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Digital HD copies of both movies, and the two reversible masks.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack 
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following: 

  • Feature film in high definition 
  • Bonus Content: 
    • We Are Family
    • Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse 
    • House Party 
    • It’s Tricky: Inside the Van 
    • ILM—The Effects Beneath the Shell 
    • Did You Catch That?  Turtle Eggs! 
    • Deleted Scenes
  • Feature film in standard definition
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack  
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes all of the above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The Blu-ray 3D disc includes the feature film in high definition and 3D. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film. 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Dave Green
Produced by: Josh Appelbaum, Michael Bay, Eric J. Crown, Grant Curtis, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Basil Grillo, Scott Mednick, André Nemec, Lori Scowley, Denis L. Stewart & Galen Walker
Writers: Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec
Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams, Peter Donald Badalamenti II, Tony Shalhoub, Brad Garrett
Rated: PG-13

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August 9, 2016

LatinTRENDS Dominican Influencer Event...

Last night I had the pleasure of attending LatinTRENDS magazine's Dominican Influencer Event Which was a celebration of influential Latinos who are giving back to the community and breaking barriers) at The Attic Rooftop & Lounge in New York City with Day and Chas as my dates.
While I was at the event I had the pleasure of being introduced to Elizabeth Chalas Berman the President and CEO of Continental Food and Beverage Inca Kola USA, who was just the nicest and most inspiring person. It was just so uplifting to meet a Latina who was in charge of such a big company and to see how she loves to give back and inspire others.

I also got to meet actress, director and cultural activist Alicia Kaplan who I was chatting with before the event actually started.

In addition to those whom I had the honor of meeting, there were tons of other influencers at the event including:

● DJ Lobo
● Francisco Diaz President of American Association of Latinos in STEM (AALSTEM) 
● Cenia Paredes Fashion designer and creator of Cenia Fit with a collection available at HSN
● Juan J. Camilo Founder and owner of Dyckman Beers Co.
● Wilton Cedeno Director of Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs for Con Edison
● Angela Fernandez, Esq Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights & Chair of the Board of Directors of the 
                                                             Dominican Parade

It was a great evening with amazing people and I am so glad that I was able to attend.

August 8, 2016

Exploring Long Island | Sagamore Hill...

Those of you that have been with me for a while know that Justin and I really enjoy visiting historical site, national and state parks, etc. during our days off in the summer. But unfortunately this summer has been quiet slow in terms of our little day excursions because Justin was in an air cast for about six weeks and there's just been a lot going on that has kept us from going on our little adventures.

Determined to go on a new excursion I booked us a tour of Theodore Roosevelt's home at Sagamore Hill (Which I've actually been trying to do for a few years now but it was closed from renovation for a couple of years) back in June for Friday, August 5th.

So as you can guess, I went this past Friday I went to Sagamore Hill. Unfortunately Justin couldn't join me but I got to go with my father who loves history, etc. and is a great date because he won't let me pay for stuff. Hey, it's the truth...
But yeah, I had the nicest afternoon with my father exploring the area around (Specifically Young's Memorial Cemetery where President Roosevelt and his wife are buried) and the grounds of Sagamore Hill (Sadly they don't let you take pictures inside of the house because 95% of the things inside are original to the house and the lighting is terrible) and learning about the 26th President of the United States.
If you enjoy history and beautiful parks I highly recommend visiting. It's such a nice outing and I really would like to go back with Justin at some point in the near future.

August 7, 2016

Sunday Steal...

What’s Your Favorite Word Or Phrase?  
"Fuck that noise..."

Tell Us About A Person Who Made You Smile Today. 
The dumb phone conversation I had with Justin made me smile (He is in Florida right now).

What Were You Doing At 8AM This Morning?  
Sleeping at my parents' house because I got home at 2AM from Brooklyn and didn't wanna drive back to mine and Justin's apartment.

What Were You Doing 30 Minutes Ago?  
Driving home from my parents' house.

What Is Your Favorite Holiday? Why? 
Christmas because presents!

Tell Us About A Visit To Another Country.  
I've been to a bunch of countries but I guess I'll tell you about France. While in Paris in 2010 with Erin, we were taking pictures at Place du Trocadéro of the Eiffel Tower when a man walks ups to us. He puts a string bracelet on my wrist and starts making on on Erin's. He is talking to us, Erin is pretending not to speak English, I am looking around for his partner who will try to rob us. When he is done with the bracelt he says it will cost small change. I being me say "Fuck that!" rip the braclet off my wrist and Erin's, throw them at him and some guy (Whom I assumed was his partner) comes up and starts telling me that I am behaving like an animal and I am too beautiful to be behaving like an animal. I start yelling that I know the one guy was just trying to get us to open our wallets to see how much money we had, so that down the way the other dude could pickpocket us. They walked away quickly after that.
What Is The Last Thing You Said Aloud?  
"Bye! Love you!"

What Was The Last Thing You Had To Drink?  
Diet Cherry Pepsi.

What Are You Wearing Right Now?  
Shorts and a tank top.

What Was The Last Thing You Ate?  
Bean and cheese pupusas.

Have You Bought Any New Clothing Items This Week?  
Yup, I went shopping the other day with my sister.

When Was The Last Time You Ran?  
I'm fat. I don't run.

What’s The Last Sporting Event You Watched?  
I was at Citi Field Tuesday for the Subway Series.

If You Could Go Anywhere In The World, Where Would You Go?  
I want to go to Antarctica.

Who Is The Last Person You Sent A Comment/Message To On Facebook?  
I posted on our Fat Kid Sunday private group a video from Tasty.

Ever Go Camping? If Yes, Tell Us About One Time.  
Well I guess what we do upstate for the rafting trip is kinda camping but not. There isn't really much to tell, we sleep outside and get drunk in front of a fire before doing so.
Do You Think A Tan Improves Your Looks?  
Yes is does. I look glorious with my current tan.

Have You Ever Lost Anything Down A Toilet?  
Not lost lost but I dropped my iPhone in the toilet last summer the day I got back from Ocean City.

What Is Your Guilty Pleasure?
Cheese and truffle oil.

August 1, 2016

Month In Review: July 2016...

♥ Fourth of July shenanigans with my core crew.
♥ Celebrating Phil's birth.
♥ Going on our annual rafting trip.
♥ Having the best weekend ever in NYC to celebrate Chas moving back to New York.
♥ Going on Pokémon Go walks with Justin.
♥ Shopping with my sister for no reason.
♥ Celebrating Tom & Bianca's birthdays with all you can eat sushi.
♥ Finding some pretty neat antiques while upstate.
♥ Beach days. 
Still Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong | Tattoo Issues
Cry Me A River | Our Annual Rafting Trip
Booze, Karaoke & Dancing | A Welcome Home Party For Chas
Coming This Fall | Netflix Is About To Take Over My Life
     Prisma                   Pokémon Go
♥  Ozzy & Jack's World Detour (2016 - Present) ♥
♥  The Rise & Fall Of Él Chapo (2016) ♥