Creating a photography blog

Guess what? I made a new blog on WordPress with my friends.

The blog will be photography based with a mix of our life, food, scenery, and the places we will go. We will be posting about tutorials about the cameras we own, how to use them and on and on. We will be doing plenty of photo shoots this summer.

I hope to print our work and sell it to friends, building up our clients and to do well as a photographer. I also know of a ton of places that we can venture to and do different types of working the angles, lighting and making great photographs.

Here is the link; LA Snapshots Photography  There will be new posts there as soon as we do photo shoots!

Don’t worry, I will be still working on my blog; tribeccarandomthoughts. It’s still my main priority but I do want to make sure both blogs excel!

Milk Jar Cookies

Next to one of my favorite soon to be gone fandom stores, there was a desserts place I found. That place’s name is Milk Jar Cookies. Their website is; Milk Jar Cookies .

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The exterior was really pretty. The interior was welcoming and very nice. Outside there is a standing chalkboard that tells you of their specials. Once you go inside, you look up to see the menu and prices for cookies and ice cream. Also as soon as you enter, there is a refrigerator that has beverages like milk, tea and lemonade. They also serve coffee.  They have tables and chairs if you choose to order and enjoy it there.

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The cookies are on full display. Some of the flavors I saw and made a collage above these words are; peanut butter, gluten free chocolate chip, white chocolate raspberry, chocolate pecan caramel, and mint chocolate. There are more flavors there but customers present near the display and cashier probably wouldn’t have wanted to move out of my way. But, I’m going to be near this place tomorrow so I can add more pictures to this post.

Trying to start a new business?

As for me, I’ve had this blog in my life for about 2 years coming this August. Since I am still venturing the world as a amateur blogger, trying to be a better writer and hoping to be a published author in the future years, and a junior college student who needs to move on to further my education. I’m also somebody who should be learning to drive; which should probably happen later this fall.

I started to think back to when I started school and became a part of the college life. I have grown to be tired of hearing everyone around me asking when I’ll get a job and start earning money.

I am in the beginning process of starting a company/brand with two friends from school, our medium will be photography and our story will be represented by the three of us. We are still working on the name, making a blog to be the base of our website for now, the sizes and prices we can sell our prints, etc.

I’m hoping with the summer months coming up, we can do an arts & craft fair, at least one. I want this to start off as my hobby turned new job venture and then hopefully, it will become something I can make it successful.

This summer, we will be trying to do small photo shoots with various cameras, printing the good results out and selling them to family & friends.

Here’s to new adventures!

Great news! I am going to Ireland this summer!

It’s finally okay for me to talk about this. I am going to Ireland this late July for a study abroad course. I’m very happy to be able to go. There have been various reasons for me not posting because school’s been keeping me busy. I’m been involved in 3 student clubs and I’m preparing for events there at school. The trip has been paid for already, I am so nervous! I have not traveled to Ireland before or to Europe.

I’m sure I will have plenty of fun with my classmates and friends. I can’t wait to explore the cuisine, the culture there, the adventures that await me. There are a couple of old collages that I had made over spring break. I do hope everyone might like them. Mostly they are beauty and some are foodie adventures but it was all local places I ventured.

I hope from Ireland I can come back with plenty of photographs. I do want to publish a photobook someday.

National Pancake Day by IHOP

Last Tuesday, IHOP had their annual “National Pancake Day” where you come in, sit down and order a free stack of buttermilk pancakes, and by the time when it is time to pay (one stack of pancakes are free*) but in return, you give a donation to one of the charities box at that location.

For me, this was my first time going to IHOP to celebrate National Pancake Day. I went with my friends after a club meeting. Eating a stack of buttermilk pancakes with my friends was the best. We were seated by the windows. Between both my friends and I, we have not had the chance to come to IHOP that often. The place was very busy and I could recognize that most of the crowd inside was college students. The IHOP I went to is not that far from my junior college campus.

Below is the collage I made of my experience.

The first and second row -top and bottom pictures- are of the menus. To the right of the ‘made fresh for you’ menu picture is the sign I saw of the national pancake day, the following pictures is of my stack of pancakes. The second row next to the ‘sugar, spice, & everything nice!’  is my friend’s free stack; she topped hers with boysenberry syrup, strawberry jam, and ice cream. Going onto the right of that picture, I ordered more food because I didn’t get to eat lunch. I ordered the Cinnamon Roll French toast which is on the second’s row first picture menu. The French toast came looking exactly like the depiction on the menu. I got to buy the special with a combo of my choice so I got the basic one. It had hash browns, scrambled eggs, and 2 sausage links. It came out to be $6.99 for which I paid for when my friends and I had finished eating. The other two pictures I had taken were of the other special drink they were offering; French Toast Hot Chocolate. I even snapped a picture of the variety of different flavors of pancakes they had on the menu.

I donated a little bit of my money and my friends and I left full and satisfied with the breakfast food. I’d like to donate again next year and come back with more friends to celebrate National Pancake Day with them.

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Enjoying my Starbucks coffee

I am really starting to love to drink Starbucks coffee. I didn’t used to. I favor the Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino drink now and I made a collage of some of the items they sell in their store. Conveniently, there is a Starbucks near my house.

Yesterday, I drank two holiday drinks yesterday, got a red cup as seen below, ordered confidently twice, and had a really good experience. The first order of coffee was in Little Tokyo. I even got a dessert there; an iced lemon pound cake. It was delicious. I accidently ordered hot coffee, I actually like cold iced coffee better.

Later when I got near my house, I ordered again and got it as a frappuccino . It was amazing. I saw some of the mugs, tumblers and other drink ware available but I did not buy one because I didn’t have enough money. I am going to buy one after Christmas. I am experiencing coffee and loving every moment.

Do you have a favorite drink you order at Starbucks? Do you prefer hot or cold coffee?

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! 🎅🎄🎁☕🍰

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Starbucks Holiday drinks

From Thursday November 10th, 2016 Starbucks has done a buy one Holiday coffee, get one free giveaway. It starts 2-5pm. I think that the event lasts until the 14th. I went with my friends and ordered the Peppermint Mocha and received the Caramel Brulee. I got my first chance of discovery and experienced feelings of excitement of seeing Starbucks red cups with the holiday designs.

The first cup I saw was from an order that someone else was picking up. The one with the coffee sleeve was the woman’s order. Her free drink is at the bottom of this college in the lower right hand corner. What I ordered is in the upper left hand corner and the 3/4 right side of this college. They are the drinks where the whipped cream and chocolate/caramel shavings are melting. It took a little while to drink them. I ordered a small Peppermint Mocha and a venti Caramel Brulee, which was later given to my mom to enjoy.

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I took pictures of the coffee tumblers and at Ralph’s market they already had the holiday blend and Peppermint Mocha Café Latte mix for Keurig, and instant packets for those who don’t actually have a functional coffee machine. Even the gift cards by the cashiers laid out on the counter were so cute. One even had the form of a holiday beverage in a pack of three cards.

I will have to stop by another location of Starbucks or the one by my school again to purchase another coffee and by chance, get a designed red cup. I had to have my friend with me because I had never, ever ordered a drink from Starbucks. I never had the opportunity to try coffee. Someone said once or twice, “You won’t like coffee, it’s too strong for you. You like caffeine from soda but I do not think you will enjoy drinking coffee.” That person was wrong. I loved the beverage. #morecoffeedaystocome