It’s officially Coachella season! The countdown has begun for the biggest and most anticipated music and art festival, which will return to its home at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Coachella rookies and veterans alike will flock to the said venue for a 3-day long weekend filled with fun, music, and art.
After 25 (and a half) long years, I finally crossed off one of my top bucket list items: skydive!
This past weekend, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to watch live the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Wicked, at the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California.
The show is nearing the end of its tour in Los Angeles (last show on March 15th!), so I knew that there was no way I was going to let the opportunity to see it pass up. I was accompanied by my good friend, Justine, and my mom, who I decided to bring as my birthday gift for her. Lucky for us for we purchasing our tickets a month ago because we scored really good seats that were reasonably close to the stage!
Wicked was absolutely mesmerizing. I’m only beginning to appreciate theatre and the performing arts, and it completely blew me away! Going in, one of my reservations was not having enough background to understand the story in its entirety since I have not read the book nor am I familiar with the The Wizard of Oz. Nevertheless, the play was easy to understand, even for those without prior knowledge.
It was wicked amazing! The songs, the acting, the dancing, the costumes, the makeup, the set, the special effects… they were spectacular! Everything flowed smoothly from scene to scene. I was at the edge of my seat, my eyes permanently glued to the stage, and my jaw was on the floor during the entire performance. Elphaba (Jennifer Dinoia) and Glinda (Chandra Lee Schwartz) were beautiful and electrifying. I recall feeling goosebumps on my arms and my eyes tearing up when they performed “Defying Gravity,” particularly when Elphaba soared in the air. So many feels! I felt so proud of Elphaba for staying true to herself, upholding her standards, and standing for what she believes in.
By far, Wicked is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Even to those who aren’t fans of musicals and plays, I definitely recommend seeing it at least once. You owe it to yourself!
There are very few things in life I would wake up before the sunrise for. The first would be any flight anywhere out of LAX (5:15AM flight to JFK? No sweat!), and the second would be the The Color Run.
I first learned about the Happiest 5k on Earth two years ago after being invited by a few friends I’ve made while taking summer school in college. Needless to say, the event was nothing I’ve ever experienced before, and I knew that it was something that I would be open to doing again.
I was originally interested in attending the 2014 Los Angeles Color Run, which was held on June 21st, but it overlapped with my summer trip to Chicago. Fortunately, a few Color Runs were being held around Southern California, and I was able to attend the Ventura event yesterday with my two good friends, Justine and Joanna.
I woke up at the ungodly hour of 6:00AM, and my girlfriends and I carpooled to Ventura at around 7:00AM. It only took 3 freeways (10 West, 405 North, 101 North) and hour drive from Los Angeles. The venue was at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, which was was relatively easy to access from the freeway exit.
The event was well organized. Despite our late arrival, we had no trouble finding parking, checking in, and getting our Color Run goodies (t-shirt, headband, number bib in a cute reusable cross-body bag)!
The course starts and ends at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, covering 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) total, weaving in and out of picturesque downtown Ventura. The “race” is not timed, therefore, participants are free to walk the entire length of the course (which is exactly what we did). He he he. We wanted to savor each moment, and running the entirety of the race would defeat that purpose. The goal was to be covered in as much color as possible.
The color splashes occur approximately at every kilometer. Enthusiastic volunteers line both sides of the road, cheering while simultaneously throwing colored corn starch to all the participants. The first was pink, followed by yellow and purple and blue.
The race is a kid-friendly event, so we encountered a lot of parents bringing their kids along, in strollers or wagons! Tutus were also highly encouraged!
The finish line had thousands and thousands of confetti, so of course, we absolutely played with it! After being splashed with so much color, it’s difficult to suppress your inner kid at heart.
Sea blue and green were definitely the most prominent colors on me. So much so that I could’ve been the love child of the Wicked Witch of Oz and Jake Sully, The Avatar.
There was live music to be enjoyed afterwards, as well as free food. Sponsors like KIND Bars and Obeto had booths installed where representatives gave out free samples of their products! Yay for yummy granola bars and beef jerky!
The Color Run is always a good idea, and I’m definitely planning on making it a yearly tradition to attend.
Click play to watch my brief video diary below. My mad dancing skills included!
Thank you for reading and watching!
August 23, 2014
El Matador Beach, California
With summer almost coming to an end, my cousin and I packed our beach bags, had a joy ride along the Pacific Coast Highway and headed to beautiful El Matador Beach.
Just a few miles north of Malibu, El Matador Beach showcases towering cliffs and enormous rock formations, making one question whether they’re in Southern California at all! The crashing waves splashing against the rocks make the beach a perfect spot for a scenic photoshoot!