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Wellness & Workout

It’s been a while since I have taken an anti-gravity class! I was scared I’d be too dizzy (like my first time about two years ago). It was a lot of fun just flowing through the motions (thanks Michael Becker). There was this one hip position that hurt so good. It helps with loosening the inner thigh muscles to counter all the sitting we do every day. And to end it all, we all flipped around and landed like superstars. Can’t wait for Saturday again 🙂

anti gravity yoga
winnie trying to take a picture of herself before class starts

This is at Studio Anya and I am an intern here for the Winter 🙂 . I found the job listing on Indeed and thought to try it out since I thought about being a yoga instructor.

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Wellness & Workout

You know that feeling when you go back to some place you have not been in a while? And just when I thought it, Swarm let me know that I have not been back since August (thanks a lot for making me feel worse).

I pat myself on the back for a job well done: I woke up early and GOT UP (comfy blankets, you’re no good for me, we may need a divorce).

I had 30 minutes before the class started and did a few exercises with the body bar for my back, glutes, legs, chest, and back. Just in time for Shelly Heitman‘s Zumba class. I wondered why some students took the 2.5 pound discs. Oh, here we go… raise the roof. Stephanie and Miss Motivational would be proud of this move :0)

raise the roof
raise the roof

During one of the songs, the Pon De FLO came out in me (by the way, I recently became certified to teach this class type). Hands like guns, pew pew. It reminded me of Kappas.

show those guns
show those guns
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Wellness & Workout, Winnie
color run before
color run before
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color run after
color run after

Color Run. Happiest5k 🙂 ♥

How did I hear about this run? I was scrolling through Facebook around Dec 2012/Jan 2013 and saw an interesting volleyball profile picture. Being the volleyball lover I am, I wanted to see the actual photo. Two profile pictures earlier, it was the color run. It looked like so much fun that I wanted to run it for 2013 (just in time for making the year’s bucket list).

I subscribed to the newsletter and followed them on Twitter, since the NYC date was not out yet. When it was announced, much to my dismay, it was during my Tokyo/Seoul trip. I thought, “time to defer to 2014.”

Then, randomly, I get a text from my friend about joining her team. I thought it was full for June! Turns out there was a Sep date and Color Me Blueeeeeeee I joined.

The run was definitely NOT 5k, but it was definitely colorful & fun.

The cornstarch was more difficult to scrub off than I thought. I sprayed my tee shirt with vinegar to iron, but ran out of the house before I could iron. I woke up the next morning to a sparkly white tee; thanks grandma 🙁

 

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Wanderlust, Winnie

Ocean City, MD 2013 ♥

So much fun this weekend in the sun (and slight rain on Sunday). Ever since i went to Ocean City, MD with my family about five years ago, I wanted to go back. Of course, with family, we went through a travel agency, but they have since removed that itinerary. After I got my license a few years ago, I told myself I had to go back.

ocean city, maryland
ocean city, maryland
ocean city, maryland
jet ski party!

Labor Day 2012 was great, but 2013 OC was awesome!! We got to jet ski (no thunderstorms). Jet skiing (Odyssea Watersports) was great!! Much more different than when I went in Cancun the first time. We split an hour’s price and I drove the second half. The jet ski could’ve went at 40 mph (I asked), but my max was 28 mph. That still felt very fast, but not enough to be slipped overboard.

Crabs with a little hammer; seafood stuffed fish; drinks on drinks; seacrets bar, party block, parasail (Paradise Watersports)…

Til next time! 🙂 Or maybe I will go to Maine for lobster. Yum <3

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Wellness & Workout
white water rafting
white water rafting

Last Sunday I went white water rafting! This is the third summer I’ve gone to the same place (Whitewater Challengers) and the second I’ve gone with LivingSocial. I love that referring 3 people with your link makes your ticket free (the savings that we all shared, of course).

I recruited two lovely people to join our group (Joe + Kristen). Joe was a great captain and steered us the right way while Kristen was a great paddler and lovely mood setter.

We got stuck on a small rock once and cruised through all the bigger waves and rocks. We were so good :0)

Did I mention it was drizzling also? Perfect adventure weather. It seems that it must rain the times I go whitewater rafting.

Until next year! Anyone with recommendations for places with Level 4+, would appreciate it.

Photo found online.

 

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Wellness & Workout
nyc summer streets 2013
nyc summer streets 2013, repping that Baruch Bearcat 🙂

I went to NYC Summer Streets 2013 this Saturday. I got up bright and early so I could get the one hour bike rental. It took 20 minutes of waiting, but well worth it. Riding in the morning from 52nd to 72nd to 14th St and back to 52nd felt really nice. It’s unfortunate returns must be at the rental location or I would’ve rode all the way down to the Bridge.

I did not check out any of the activities (rock climbing, ziplining) and now I wish I waited on line for the sound tunnel. But, it was still good fun. Loved the organic food booths at 25th St! Little bites to walk the rest of the morning.

Unfortunately, I had a terrible experience trying to unload a Citibike. I must’ve printed over 6 bike codes, of which none worked (even the staff couldn’t help). All in all, love what Citibike is trying to do, but it’s too buggy and the systems are slow.

Summer Streets 2014—I’ll be there earlier!

 

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Work & Career

I wrote this a few months into my first “real job” (which is now a year ago) because it seemed very relevant at the time. In fact, you’d be surprised how many people still have cluttered inboxes (1000s unread). WHY? Simple tricks to make your work/life more manageable.

As a new hire, you might already have noticed, emails land in your inbox very frequently and sometimes it may be distracting you from your current task. Before the work gets intense and you find yourself one year from now in the same situation, take some time to get organized. It will help you in the long run.

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with Microsoft Outlook.

1. Create folders. This may be a bit difficult if this is your first/new job, since you do not really know which projects you are working on and which projects you will be working on in the future. But you should have a general idea of what you will be doing pretty soon.

Consider:  Admin, Application Requests, Required Training, Network Groups, News, Personal & HR

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Wanderlust, Wine & Dine
disney land tokyo pastries
disney land tokyo pastries

Sweetheart Cafe! Mickey custard bun, pizza bun, Mike melon pan, coffee jelly vanilla mouse 🙂

I went to Tokyo with my sister and we just love sweets. The best thing about vacation is eating dessert EVERY DAY. We’re huge fans of Disney and had to make a stop at Disneyland. Of course, it’s not as impressive as Disney World (in Florida, BTW, people keep confusing these theme park names…) but still very nice to see.

The Mike melon pan was sooo good, we actually bought 3 more after eating it.

I went to Tokyo again in March 2015 and the pastry is still so yummy! Wish I could’ve brought some home but it would definitely have spoiled…