Last weekend was really fun. Thursday evening, I met up with Sal, Michael and a few other people at Rose bar. Sal has really become a good friend since I interned at his company last summer. Afterwards, I met up with Heidi and her friends at the rooftop bar Arlo. I believe it’s a pretty new place, and it has really good views of the city. On Friday I had dinner with Khang in Hell’s Kitchen before we met up with Kevin and Josie for a drink. Saturday morning, we had breakfast in Bryant Park, and in the evening we had dinner reservations at The Modern which is a two Michelin Star restaurant. We did an 8 course tasting menu that was unbelievable. Even the croutons just melted in my mouth. After eating for over four hours, we then headed downtown to Comedy Cellar to see some live comedy. Without knowing the lineup, one of my favorite comedian Aziz Ansari went on stage. I haven’t laughed that much in forever. Definitely need some more live comedy in my life. Sunday morning, myself, Khang, Kevin and Josie went to The Smith for breakfast before we took the ferry over to Williamsburg for some strolling and a visit to a beer factory. Later in the evening we went and saw the magic show ‘In & Of Itself’.

​On a completely different note; last week I did the Myers Briggs Personality test which resulted in the four letters INFJ. After reading about myself, I started sending the test around to friends and family to find out what they were. Flash forward, and now a week later I have probably read a year’s worth of psychology. It has revealed an awful lot about myself.

I’m like the antisocial humanitarian. Even though the 'i' stands for introvert I’ve always been very interested in people and forming relationships with them. Understanding people comes easy to me. I am very good at picking up on information through nonverbal cues, and whether I want it or not I absorb other people’s emotions. It comes natural to me to know a bunch of a person that they haven’t reveled. Maybe it’s because I’m just extremely understanding of other people’s emotions but more often than not do people want to share their life stories with me or they say things like ‘I’ve never told anyone this before'. I’ve learnt so much the last week about myself, my friends and how different human beings think, learns and makes decisions.

Here’s a link if you want to take the test:

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

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Hello,
​Friday afternoon I started my weekend with meeting up with Michael at the UN. He did a little tour and then we had a glass of rose at a big terrace. Afterwards I met up with Khang at the movies to see 'The Big Sick'.
​Saturday we made homemade sushi, and in the afternoon we picked up a car and went downtown. First stop was at Seaport which is a super cute area, and later we headed over to Ikea in Brooklyn. After Ikea we decided to stay in Brooklyn, since we otherwise never spend time there. We drove to Prospect Park, had a walk around the lake, and then we happened to walk by a big jazz concert so we bought some ciders and sat down.
​Sunday I spent organizing at home, which I'm still not completely done with. Later today I have a ton of errands to take care of but before that I have a fun little project to work on for Rebecca.
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I can't believe the month of August starts tomorrow. The last few days I've been working out in the rock climbing gym, the gym in the building, I've also been running in Central Park and been biking everywhere and nowhere. It's so easy getting around when you're using Citibike. The other day I biked downtown and then from there all the way to Upper East Side. The good thing about New York is that it's flat wherever you go. 
Besides that, Friday evening we went and saw 'Miss Saigon' on Broadway. Apparently very historically accurate, and oh so good, and what an ending. Goosebumps! 
Today Heidi and I are applying for scholarships; two are done so far. I'm also doing some research for master programs, I have one specific in mind but I need to sit down with my counselor to discuss if it is possible or not.
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The last photos from our vacation. To summarize it all: we had a lot of fun!

I have now been back in New York for an entire week; back to my workout routines and reading books. I finished 'Quiet' a few days ago, and now I'm reading 'Elon Musk' by Ashlee Vance and 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by Stephen R.Covey, both very interesting. It's actually nicer reading two books at once, if one gets boring or repetitive I just go over to the other one and so forth.
Last Friday though I did something a little bit more exciting. I got an email sent to me through school asking if I wanted to come to Stamford to be in the audience for a new talkshow. So Friday morning a bunch of us got picked up in Midtown and then spent a few hours on set clapping and laughing. It was a pilot episode of a new talkshow called The Squad; which was about four hosts bringing up the latest scoops of Hollywood etc. As an old The Hills fan I got a little extra excited when Heidi Montag and her husband Spencer came on stage for one of the segments.
Anyhow, it's time for some lunch and then head up to Central Park.
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The following days in Maui we decided to explore a lot of beaches. *10 minutes later*. I have now counted several times and it ended up on 10 different ones. Some were relaxing with no people, others were filled with tourists and turtles, some were long with white sands and had big waves, others had rocks and good snorkeling. My favorite was the one with the largest waves, we had a lot of fun boogie boarding. I believe Khang's favorites were the ones were snorkeling was the best; he gets really excited about fishes. I like snorkeling too but I think I get more excited about the humongous turtles.
One of the evenings we drove up to Mt. Haleakala which is the eastern volcano. At the top you're above 10.000ft (3000m) which is plenty enough to be above the clouds. Driving up was the scariest thing I have ever done. There's only one small road that turns very often with no railings. It takes about 30-45 minutes to drive up from the ground, and the higher you go the more careful you get of not accidentally steering off and face a horrible death. It was worth it though. The sunset above the clouds was the most epic thing I have ever seen in my life. But then you have to drive down in darkness. Just to clarify - I am not scared of heights or anything similar really, but I was having my 'heart in my throat' the whole way down repeating the words 'slow down' to Khang that was driving. 
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First day in Maui we spent driving the extremely scenic road to Hana. There were bamboo forests, mountains, waterfalls. I'm gonna insert two pictures I found on google, because my pictures don''t do it justice. We made a few stops along the way including a few hour hike into the jungle. I had looked up a hike to a waterfall beforehand, but long story short we definitely did not end up on that one and instead we hiked on our own not knowing when or if we would reach a waterfall. Lets just say it was extremely dangerous and I would probably not risk it again. The hike itself wasn't too bad, we just followed the water stream jumping on rocks or climbing over fallen trees. But the fact that there are many warnings of flash floods in Maui and it then started raining made us extremely scared. We had just reached a waterfall after about an hour of hiking and we were super happy we had this amazing place to ourselves, and then rain just started pouring down. Not a lot at first but it increased pretty fast. We had to quickly make a decision wether or not we were gonna hike back, follow the stream down and maybe being overthrown by a flood - or start climbing up the steep mountain far away from the waterfall. We chose the latter. So there we were stuck halfway up the mountain holding on to trees swearing that this was a bad idea, before the rain suddenly just stopped and the sun came out again. We then decided to quickly hike back. We were lucky we didn't have to experience a Maui flash flood, but we did manage to get some scratches and bruises, and I also got bit by a fresh water prawn in my foot...
There are more photos of Maui to come. But in the meantime I have to mention what Heidi and Katie had done during the time I was gone - I came home to a super clean and organized apartment! Both had been listening to "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and had decided to do a major decluttering. The inside of Heidi's dresser is now more organized than mine - which makes me feel a little uncomfortable but also happy haha. It's a good book by the way, I read it last summer while cleaning out mums entire basement. And about books - I'm currently reading "Quiet: The power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain and it's very good. x

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After dropping off Khang's brother at LAX we spent one night in LA. Since Khang had to renew his passport, I had a few hours to drive around. First stop I did was at Santa Monica College - I wanted to check out my old school. I haven't been back in LA since I was studying there 4 years ago. The school looked exactly the same, as did our old apartment building and really all of Santa Monica. If I wasn't living in New York I would definitely want to live in Santa Monica. After picking up Khang we headed over to Venice to stroll around the canals, and then we drove out to Newport Beach. As an old OC fan I wanted to check out the famous diner.
Then we drove back to San Diego for another night before we took off to Maui, Hawaii. x

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The week before last week Khang and I started our travels in San Diego. We spent a few days hanging out with his family, went swimming and took his nieces to 'Nickel City' where we had a dance off. Khang also showed me around for some of his fav spots like La Jolla, where we saw an unbelievable sunset, and the cute Coronado Island.
Next stop I'll share in the next post, because there's just too many photos I want to share. x

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Hello,
I've had such a nice day today. This morning I ran up to Central Park and then all the way around the lake and back. It was extremely hot so next time I'll try to go even earlier, but it also felt extra nice jumping into a cold shower when I got back. Now I just got back up to the apartment after spending a few hours in the sun on our terrace next to Heidi. I'm almost done with Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - talk about a motivating book. Or maybe it's just me right now, I feel super energized. I've also spent some time doing more readings about amino acids after an interesting conversation I had with a doctor at an event yesterday. I think food is a super interesting topic and I have now spent some time coming up with a list of all the health foods I want to eat exclusively for a period of time, and hopefully there should not be a single nutrient missing.
Anyhow I need to get ready and then I'm gonna walk over to the Upper East Side, there's so much sales going on so I thought I'd check out some stores. 
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​Good morning,
I just got back to New York on Sunday. Last days in Sweden I spent celebrating midsummer with my family, and then Carro and I did a trip to Stockholm to meet with a few old Aussie friends of mine. We had a couple of drinks together, ate some food and then ended our night at the, perhaps, only rooftop bar in Stockholm. Hanging out with them really made me miss Australia, and especially the accent - I can't get over how much I love it. The biggest burden of having travelled and lived in different places is that parts of your heart will always be elsewhere and it's the price you have to pay for knowing and loving people in more than one place. (and yes that was totally inspired by a quote I saw a few years ago.)
Now I'm about to eat breakfast, then head out to do some errands and then hopefully be back in the rock climbing gym later today. Have a good Tuesday! x

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