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In Flight Recap

After my Oscars predictions, I pretty much fell off the from blogging, not because I didn't want to, but because I just didn't. But I'll try and recap what has happened since then...

March: 

My Grandlittle and very good friend came to visit as well as perform in his senior showcase in NYC. It was great to see him and know that I'll have another friend coming to the city! We also caught "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," which is nominated for 10 awards! Fun fact a former professor is a part of the talented group and it's great to see this show doing well. If you get the chance to see it, you should!


While my GrandLittle was visiting, a friend from Michigan was also in town for a conference and I was able to catch up with her.

I also auditioned for a Broadway show that featured a hip hop dance audition, which was interesting because the musical typically doesn't have hip hop in it. The audition was so much fun and it got me really addicted to the song they used for the piece.

Since I attended nine of the same theatre festival, I have made countless friends and I had the great opportunity to catch up with a one of them. It had been over seven years since we last met up.

April:

On the 1st of April, which is also known as April Fools, I entered the Book of Mormon lottery for NY residents, to win discounted tickets for the following day's performance. To my luck I had won, which I thought was first a prank, but turned out to be a great surprise! I was able to go and bring a friend to the show. It was also my friend's first Broadway musical and they and definitely enjoyed it!



I decided on a whim to go and visit my friend in DC to see the Cherry Blossom Festival. It was my first time in DC and I had a great time! I even got to catch up with my Senior RA from my first year at my university as well as another friend. 

For Easter I was able to spend some time with family and meet some new relatives in the same process. With work my schedule, I now have the weekend off, so I was able to catch up with family and friends who normally work a 9-5/Mon-Friday job. 

Went to the New York International Auto Show with some co-workers from work. I had mentioned to some that I really wanted to go and it would be my first time going in the City. I have gone to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but wanted to see what NY had to offer. There were definitely some similarities as well as differences. Also was a great opportunity to hang out with co-workers outside of work and make new friends!

That's pretty much what has been happening, it doesn't seem like much but after writing it all down, I can say I've kept myself busy and look forward to this month as well as what the rest of the year brings.

Oh and I also started the process of straightening my teeth, meaning I got braces. I have overcrowding in my teeth as well as an interesting bite. So I finally made the decision to get them fixed. Definitely worth the investment and luckily I'll have them off in two years. Though definitely changes the types of roles I'll go for, but again will be worth it in the long run. I'm thankful to have a job that has a good dental plan and I'm able to make this investment affordable.

I'm currently on my way back to my Alma Mater to wish one of my Little, GrandLittle, fraternity brothers and friends the best as they graduate today and tomorrow! 

(Hopefully I'll be able to add more pictures later)

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Day 299

It's been a few weeks and I can't believe that I've already been in living in New York for a little over two months!

Learning a lot about myself and trying to live the dream.


Adrian Wilson (look him up on Google+) did an awesome event at the Apple Store in SoHo last week and from it just reignited my fuel to continue to do what I love. But it also got me to thinking that I should blog more. Since I call myself a blogger, I should be doing more of that! Also I love to take pictures and I'll start posting more photos here as well!


My family came to visit to see how I was doing in the city and while visiting we took a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. While on the ferry, I took this show of NYC! 



I've been trying to find some Filipino food in the city and luckily I have found three places! With the help of my co-worker back home and my own search, I was able to find them. 

Maharlika & Jeepney are sister restaurants and on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The selections are great and their menus vary from lunch and dinner. 

My lunch when my family came into town! 
If there was a fast food restaurant that I would go daily and feel no regret it would be Jollibee! It's a Filipino company! It's the Philippine's version of McDonald's but even better! They have a burger, chicken and pasta menu. Plus something new that I discovered they serve SPAM sliders!

Located in Queens, NY - worth the trip!



So the new Pokemon X & Y games came out and I'm a fan of the series since it's introduction back in 1998! The game is really fun and it continues to challenge me. However just like every time I play the series, I get bored after beating the Elite Four. Even though there are more fun things to do after, I just get bored and move on. We'll see how long it takes for me to get bored with this series. After four days I've complete all the gym leaders and am training to defeat the Elite Four. I'll be honest, I totally use the strategy books before hand instead of going blind. I want to make sure my Pokemon are leveled up higher than the Elite Four or at least enough for me to win as well as the Champion.

I think I've done a really nice recap of what's been going on.

I will try blog again later this week about more things!

It's almost November and the year is slowly coming to a close! 

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Day 90

So obviously there is a big gap from Jan 26 to now....

However I am back!

So for Lent this year I decided to give up Social Media; which meant the following

I wouldn't actively participate or go on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pintrest, GoodReads, Blogger, etc.

I would however still read blogs but not comment and use e-mail.

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What did I learn from all of this?

I am addicted to Social Media but I did learn how to control my addiction/obsession over it. I actually had so conversations with people outside of social media. Whether that be a face to face meeting, text messaging or phone conversation or email.

I did enjoy however not always feeling like having a need to check everyone's business on social media and posting about things going on in my life. But at the same time missed that as well since it seems like that's the only way to really keep communication going with anyone anymore.

Social media is a great outlet and I definitely wish I didn't give it up some days. However I remember that it's a privilege to have the accessibility to check always, when their are people who don't even use it or know how.

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However my life continued on through my sacrifice of Social Media, so here's what happened.


  • I did my first video submission and after countless hours of filming, editing and getting feedback....I submitted it. Then afterwards (fast forward a couple weeks) I reflected and realized I am not great at video submission and MUCH BETTER in person. Why is this? I over analyze and try too hard, but if it was a face to face audition I know I can rock it out. So it just means I need to continue to work on working for the camera. Maybe one of theses days I'll muster up the courage to do a video blog entry
  • Went to a Fairie Ball, where my friend Courtney was in a major promoter of the event and was the previous year's Fairie Queen. It was a lot of fun getting to hang out with friends and people watch but the best moment was...being crowned this year's Fairie King! I know that sounds ridiculous but I dressed up in my Fairie costume with make up and wings to win the title. However I wasn't expecting accolades to happen after. So there was a photographer at the event and of course took pictures of the event and pictures of the new Fairie King and Queen. 
    Click the photo see more from the event!
    Fast forward to the following week to hear that the pictures are online and was featured in my local newspaper. So my face was plastered online and on paper. It was kind of crazy but I literally thought nothing of it since, A) who reads newspapers still? and B) who's going to look to read about the Fairie Ball?....However I was WRONG! Turns out the director of one of my shows I was in saw it and then brought the paper to rehearsal to show me and my cast mates. THEN I go into work the next day to hear that one of my co-workers saw me in the paper. Embarrassed? YES but ASHAMED? NOPE! It was good publicity for the event and was at least flattered to hear that people I knew where excited to see me in a paper and that they knew someone in it. So as much as I was embarrassed (A LOT) I still had a fun time!

  • I went to see an advance screening of a movie I was in and It was awesome! Though it wasn't a movie premiere it felt like one. Plus it was good to see old friends and I even got a picture with one of the executive producers of the film! Such a honor to have had the great opportunity to be in a film and see all the hard work come together! 


Photo Credit: John Maiuri
Photo Credit: John Maiuri

  • I had to say "See You Later" to one of my co-workers as they transferred to another store. I can say however Ryan, has been an amazing person. I saw him as a mentor at my work and I was sad to see him go, but I know that our paths will cross again!
Photo Credit: Katie Moore
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So that pretty much catches you (the READERS of my blog, and THANK YOU) on what's going on right now! Hopefully in the near future I shall continue updating what's going on!

In the meantime, Happy Sunday, Happy Easter, Happy Zombie Jesus, Happy Day!

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Day Six

Yesterday I had planned a game night with my friend Courtney. The reason being her brother Chris wanted to play "Cards Against Humanity," however due to lack of communication, Chris was scheduled to work during our time of game night.

We being Courtney, her boyfriend Dennis and her best friend Lauren, all had our game night as planned. We had played three games.

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The first game was the Doodle Game, which I had learned and played last weekend with Michael.

Doodle Game or Broken Telephone Drawing Game
- sheets of scrap paper
- pens or pencil

So to play depending in how many players there are in the game determines how many scraps of paper everyone gets. So in our game we had four players, so each player had four scraps of paper.

Then you can play this in three different levels, easy, intermediate/medium, or hard. We did easy, which is a specific category is selected. We selected todo Disney Movies.

Each player writes down their "answer" on one of the scrap pieces if paper and then flip all the pieces of paper over, with their answer closest to the table/ground. When you were finished rather than asking everyone if they were done, we would hold up a thumbs up, to be kind and patient to the other players still thinking.

As a group we would pass the scraps of paper to the right. Then the player on the left would flip the scraps of paper up to see the "answer" and then draw what is written.

After the players are done drawing the previous player's "answer," then would flip all the scraps over again and wait until everyone is finished.

Again pass all the scraps of paper again and the next player to receive the scraps of paper would have to guess from the drawing the original player's "answer."

This process would continue switching from drawing and writing the answer until all the scraps of paper gets back to their original player.

Once each players' "answers" have fond to everyone, then as a group will reveal to everyone what their answer was and how each player then interpreted it through drawing or thought the answer was.

We played three rounds; our intermediate round was a "noun/verb", and our hard round was a sentence. Here are some pictures of our doodle game below.

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The next game we played was called Time's Up!

Time's Up is an actual board game and can be purchased online or at a game store.

Time's Up is a memory/charades/taboo game. This is played in teams of two or more but we did two teams since we only had four players and it was Guys against Girls.

There are a stack of cards in the middle of the table, which were preselected by each played. We were given a certain amount of cards (we selected 10) then we had to discard a certain amount cards (we discarded three). Then the cards in each players hand then get shuffled.

The object of the game is to win the most amount of cards by guessing what is on the card.

So in the first round the player who looks at the words can say unlimited words but cannot sing the tune, say the a word in the answer but can do rhymes or sounds like. While the person guessing in the first round has unlimited guesses. The person who is looking at the answer can't pass the card until it is answered correctly. The person guessing has to answer as many of the stacked cards in 30 seconds. The rounds end when the stack of cards are depleted.

After the first round everyone reveals which ones they have. Then they are all collected, reshuffled and we begin round two.

This is where the memory and charades come in. This round the person looking at the answer can only say one word but can do unlimited gestures. While the player guessing can only guess once. If the guesser answers incorrectly the person looking at the card passes and goes onto the next card. While guesser still has 30 seconds to guess as many as they can.

The third round is no words only gestures and only one guess. In the end the ladies won the game.

In a fourth round just for fun we did where the person looking at card does a tableaux and the person guessing has one shot of guessing from the tableaux.

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The final game if the night was a card game called "Love Letter," and this game you can purchase online and most likely in a game store too.

Love game is sort of like Old Maid but there is also strategy and problem solving involved.

The goal of the game is to win four love cubes, while each round you want to be the last player standing and be the player with the highest counting card.

We played two games of this and the first game Dennis won and the last game Courtney won.

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Game night was such a blast and look forward to the next one!

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Day Two

I had a great day today. Finally was able to sleep in and get a full night's sleep.

This past weekend I surprised my best friend Michael for his birthday.

I contacted his mom to make sure I wasn't going to come during anything important. Luckily I was able to work things out and was able to surprise him. The best part I even left subtle clues the day of the surprise. I arrived about 45min (12:45am) into his birthday and I sent him a text wishing him a Happy Birthday along with a picture of his house. I got an awesome reaction and text from it.

However I digress...

So today I contact Nike about my little error I had been receiving on my Nike+
What's really cool about Nike is that their customer support can be contact in four different ways. Email, Phone or Social Media (Facebook and/or Twitter). So I contacted them via twitter and I was lucky to get help through it. I now have a new nike fuel band (granted this is my third one, because the first one had battery issue and this last one has had hardware issue) let's hope third times the charm.

Work was good. I made a new contact and really looking forward to the possible opportunity for another job! So keeping my fingers crossed.

After work I headed over to the gym to work out. Pleasant surprise saw my co-worker with his brother working out. Always cool seeing familiar faces at the gym.

Today had been a good day! Can't wait for tomorrow! 

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A Much Needed Update

I honestly can't remember when was the last time I actually blogged. I apologize for the lack of blogging here. I have been blogging about CBS' Big Brother for CBS 62 Detroit. Which has been an incredible experience to say the least! I've learned so much from my time blogging about Big Brother for the local station. It's been a great and I think I've gotten good (and bad) reviews from it! I take it all in stride.
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I went to my second wedding. It was about two years ago when I went to my first one as an adult for my friends. So surreal, but very much happy for Ray & Lindsay!
Lindsay, Ray & I
The Fraternity Brothers with Ray
I spent a week back in Colorado for the wedding, relax and have a vacation so to speak. I enjoyed catching up with friends and Fraternity brothers.

Climbed a Mountain and my first 14er
During my last day in Colorado, I decided to go with some of my fraternity brothers to climb a mountain. It was an amazing and challenging climb. Having never climbed a "14er" I was definitely up for the challenge! I had a little bit of altitude sickness it didn't stop me from climbing to the top. Fun Fact, I have a fear of heights, so climbing this mountain was somewhat conquering the fear. We'll see if I climb another 14er in the future, but for now I at least climbed one!

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While on the flight to Colorado, I got a phone call from the New Theatre Project in Ypsilanti. I had recently went to a callback for their first show of the season and I was selected to be in the show! I of course accepted and was so thankful to be cast! I'm looking forward to the show. More details in another blog later this month.

Even though I haven't blogged I've been doing a lot. Hopefully soon (or with self motivation) I'll update again maybe the end of this week or next week!

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I made a movie!

Check out this cool movie I made using iMovie and music was created using Garageband on the iPad! Special thanks to my friend Courtney for letting me film one of her dogs for this movie! Hope you guys like it!


Pictures from Instagram

If you have a Droid or iPhone an app you should get is Instagram. Here are some pics I've taken and used the app to enhance the pics...

Chilling in Downtown Farmington at Mentobe Cafe
On my break basking the nice weather
Sunset photo with clouds
break snack
hi
bug

Pictures from road trip

Not all but some of them

The Open Road
Where I was auditioning at UMKC
Cool vintage license plates at a store along the trip
More vintage license plates
In one of the stores...reminding people NOT TO STEAL!
Saw on a book
In Kansas City near one of the Kansas City Rep Theatres

Took a picture

While awaiting for my friend Courtney to get off work, I took a few pictures!
Downtown Farmington is actually a cool place to take some photos at night, though only was inspired by one spot at the moment.

The Civic Theatre had a very interesting look that I wanted to get a photo of. I only had my cell phone, but it did a decent job. Though now thinking about it, I actually had my small digital camera in my backpack which I had.

Anyways here are the photos!
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Goal Setting for September....and beyond!

As summer is winding down, school is starting back up and I'm just working....

But really I'm also needing to get cracking hardcore on studying for my GRE which is next month!

Here's a little list of things I'd like to accomplish for next month:

  • Study for my GRE
  • Figure out which schools to submit my scores to before knowing the actual results
  • Join a Gym and work out
  • See a play or musical or both and AUDITION!
These are the things that are a priority! Here are some other goals I'd like to do:

  • Read some books (other than plays)
    • Specifically classical but open to recommendations
    • To get some inspiration for monologues for auditions to Grad Schools
  • Ask professors, advisors, colleagues for letters of recommendations for Grad Schools
  • Take photos
Some goals for the not so distant future:
  • Prepare for my fraternity's chartering
  • Get more volunteer experience or internship opportunities
  • Teach a workshop, be a guest artist, or do something creative or in a leadership role
Always good to have these written down and then once accomplished to strike them and have the validity knowing I've done it!

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Blogging Mood

I'm in the mood to blog...about what...that's a good question....

Let's see I could start off with what happened today....nothing too exciting...I did however went to work today for a closing shift and that was interesting. Then went over to my friend Courtney's house to hang for a bit and drop something off.

Courtney and her family were watching, "Merlin," the NBC show that didn't work for the US but now is going into Season for in the UK on BBC. Interesting show....from the two-ish episodes I had watched.

My day was kinda boring...but that's how it goes for a post-college undergraduate still trying to find a "Grown Up" job. Though I do enjoy the current job I have, but I need something more fulfilling.

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Summer has been fun so far! I've truly enjoyed my time back home, even with it's ups and downs; pros and cons, it's home.

Did some random shots of stuff around Courtney's house, thought they were cool and wanted to share them on here...


I throughly enjoy the "toy camera" feature on my digital camera...It does my photoediting I want done for me for photos I want to look a little vintage and getting a different point of view.

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I'm a reality junkie...I admit it...thought this isn't a surprise to my friends, they know I like watching them and know maybe too much about them...hahahha I've even auditioned for some. Yeah I'm weird like that.

Current reality shows watching...
Big Brother 13 and So You Think You Can Dance 8

BB13 - This is pretty much the season of the returning houseguest....the past two weeks it's been Alum who've won HOH (Head Of Household) competitions and obviously nominating the new people. It's kinda annoying...I actually applied for this season and I definitely feel like I've got WAY MORE PERSONALITY then some of these characters on the show. But I could always apply next year...lol

SYTYCD8 - I like how they stuck back to the original format of the top 20, however Nigel (one of the "resident judges"/executive producer) made some horrible choices for eliminations. Though I'm happy with the top five girls, the boys are all kinds of messed up. Ricky and Mitchell should have peaced out! I would have liked Chris and Nick/Alexander in the top five guys. But these are just my opinions. Nigel, "MUST KNOW" what America wants right...*cough* RATINGS *cough*....just FYI Nigel Ricky and Mitchell will be getting the low votes from America...just watch!

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My grandma (mom's side) is here again with us! I picked her up while babysitting my brother form the airport. I liked how I planned driving and getting their just as she walked outside to the International Arrivals pick up area. Great timing! Even though my mom told me I should have left just as I was getting there. Going with my gut won! Plus it was good to see my grandma again!

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More photos from ITF 2011


This is where I worked from Wednesday to Today! Love my Freestyle Theatre and watching wonderful shows from high school students!

This dog will be featured in the show, "Anything Goes," which is being performed tonight in the Lied Center. The dog was donated for the ITO auction and I really wanted to win it, but sadly lost...at least I got a photo! 

Kathleen, from the home office staff relieving some stress...hahahaha 

Sarah, from the home office, modeling her bagel glasses! 

Items of Lost & Found 

A picture at the UNL fountain! 

The ITO having a moment of reflection after teaching their leadership workshop this past week!

Another Day at Festival

Harper & I 

Kat & I

Nikon & Canon....yeah was using both during one of the events....crazy right

My best friend Michael & I, chillin

Arts & Crafts with Craig, a staff member

Registration Day for Thespian Festival 2011

 My festival buddy! BFFs since Festival 2010...yeah we go WAY BACK! lol

New Festival Buddy!!!! Harper Lee....she like wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird" lol (but not really, though she's pretty legit!)

Students registering for College Auditions & Scholarship Auditions

Kat (my Festival Buddy) capturing the moment for the theatre organization!

Roommates for the week!

LOL Sarah

Photos so far for this week!


Saw this sign as I was traveling around the city near campus.

Food I got from Five Guys. SOOOOO GOOOD!

Where I am working for the last part of this week.

Found my fraternity's charter house for UNL.

Really wished UNC did this...just sayin...lol

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Where I will be seeing shows performed...including the premiere of the SCHOOL EDITION of Avenue Q

I'll post more pictures as the week goes on!
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