The day before VIBE. Taking this photo at night after Breed rehearsal made me realize how much I need (want) a new lens. Using this kit lens is not the business. Love the zoom but hate that low-light environments are pretty much impossible to capture unless everything is still.
Today, DC held their annual VIBE preview night at Mesa Level G. This also meant that ChAOS held their annual “DC Goodie Bag Making” night. This year, we met up at Julie’s. It’s always a good time meeting up with ChAOS. Although there’s that special bond that will always tie us together, the truth is, many of us lose touch and don’t see each other as much as we all used to. Hence, it’s always a pretty crazy time when we all get together.
VIBE preview night is no exception. Buckness commence.
Today, in preparation for VIBE, Breed and Entity did a mini preview night…a “show and tell” for lack of better words, minus the telling. Took some pictures. All I gotta say is Entity is absolutely insane. What an amazing and talented team, under incredible direction and leadership. Marissa and Will, I love you both.
I visited DC practice today with some alumni. Since my first year on DC, ChAOS has always been supportive, whether it was bringing snacks at 2 am, giving critiques or just coming to hang out. Everytime they came, it made us a little more excited to see what snacks or goodies they would bring…but we would also get a lot more full out when we did run throughs for them. I personally felt like we always had something to prove. But…at the end of the day, no matter how bad it was, they were still there to support, and that’s really all that mattered.
Anyway, now being on the other side, it’s nice to see the DC experience in full effect, full circle. I try my best to show the support when possible without being too overbearing. On the real though, these people are the bizz, both current team and alumni. I’m real lucky and proud to be a part of something like this.
And just to clarify again…this thing with DC is an on-going story.
Just got back from Breed Rehearsal in Torrance. Technically, its already the 26th, but it’s 3:13 am, I’m tired, and I don’t give a f. But…I am excited for VIBE XVI. Can’t believe its going to be my 6th Vibe. I’ll get more into VIBE later, but for now…
Today, I was able to catch up with my friend Brooke thanks to the advances in technology.
I know video conferencing has been around for some time, but it’s really amazing how long distance friendships or relationships have the ability to be salvaged and maintained through technological mediums such as this. Technology…you are awesome.
The entire week, I was plagued with a sickness that wouldn’t go away. I didn’t rest the entire week due to late night practices and early mornings for work. So today, I left work early, took a few shots of dayquil, and KO’ed for about 5 hours. I woke up at 10 pm to a text from Allibon saying “spontaneous SD trip?!?”
Maybe it was the nap, maybe it was the text, maybe it was the fact that I hadn’t been to SD this year yet…or maybe it was all three of those, but at that moment I was re-born. I finally felt okay to go out and do something. What started out as a bedridden evening ended as a DTSD night with carne asada fries to top it all off at 3am.
For those that don’t know, I’ve been working over at the Orange County Great Park for just about 9 months, exactly 9 months tomorrow. My job over here with the construction staff has its ups and downs, and I won’t get too into detail about my job. But one of my favorite parts of the job is being able to go out to the different job sites and observe the work being done. Its a part of my job to document the work being done on a weekly basis to keep a visual record of the job’s progress.
I went over to our most current project today: the Palm Court, which basically involves building remediation, underground work, some landscape work, and other little things here and there. I took some photos with my camera today. Nothing too fancy, but just some photos to capture the current progress of the work at hand:
Today, I took my first Boogiezone Class since 2009, when my boy Arvin taught a piece to John Legend and Estelle. Being on Breed has given me the opportunity to train both in practice and in class…so why not take advantage of it?
Beto taught today. This guy is awesome. I remember back in the day, he used to come around with some other Breed people and party with DC. Those days were memorable…and at times, not so memorable (if you catch my drift).
He taught a great piece today, very internal, deep and feel-good…. Alicia Keys - Wait Till You See My Smile. An awesome song with a great interpretation in choreography. Props, Beto. I am once again inspired.
Heres the video and below that, the famous BZ picture at the end of every class (that I need to send to Elm still, haha):
Not much to say about this day, considering it was almost like a continuation of the night before. I got home at 3, slept at 3:30, and woke up at 6:30 to go to work. I was so tired at work that I took a nap during my lunch break. The only thing that got me through the day was the gorgeous weather outside.
But as soon as I got home, I started to get chills and a sore throat. Needless to say, I went to sleep in hopes to get rid of the potential sickness that was to come. In conclusion, I did NOT take a picture for today.
But here is a picture of me and my spopper, Jamie, from Showdown the night before. She is awesome. And I think we look pretty awesome in this picture.
The night of the 16th, CADC competed at the 2nd Annual Showdown held at Hollywood and Highland. I didn’t get to catch them last year, as I was living in San Diego this time last year. This year, even though I had work on MLK the next day, I wasn’t going to miss it for the world. I love supporting DC, and rollin’ deep with ChAOS. DC alums are ridiculous, crazy…and well…chaotic.
DC defended their title in a tense competition with the other teams, and have been crowned back-to-back Showdown champions. I couldn’t be more proud, and that night, I couldn’t have been more inebriated. After pre-partying at Isaacs, and taking drink after drink at the bar with DC and ChAOS, it ended up being a crazy night. I was trying to keep myself composed to drive home around 12. Too bad I did not leave until 2 and ended up getting home at 3. Thank you, Heidi Ro and Sang, for getting me home safely, and for listening to my rambling.
The only picture I took today. At least I took one…haha.
The day started a little late, but it consisted of going to get Dim Sum with the roomies somewhere in Orange. Nothing beats good food with good people.
We headed back home in the afternoon to finish up house cleaning. A clean house…is a happy house. And a happy house…is a happy Raffy.
If only the fresh smell of my room could emit through the computer screen…you’d truly understand, haha.
After we finished cleaning our rooms and the communal areas, Mae came over, and we had absolutely NOTHING to do. We sat around, ate some food, watched some TV, and then…The HAT was born.
The Hat was an idea created by all of us to give us something to do, no matter what. What we did was wrote down a whole bunch of crap to do on paper, put it in a hat, and picked three random things. From there, one is picked, and that becomes the activity of the night. Some activities ranged from “XBOX Kinnect” to “San Diego” to “Trip to the Pier” to “Turnaround Vegas Trip.” We picked three, but ended up going with the one that stood out the most: CASINO.
An hour later, we left to go to Morongo Casino and Resort, and the rest was history.
My second Breed rehearsal. I’m still acclimating to the team, the different personalities, and the format of rehearsal. But it feels great. It’s only been the second rehearsal, but I feel like I made the better decision in terms of auditioning.
I wonder when I’m really going to be over this whole dancing thing. Seven years going. The way it feels right now…I really don’t know when that day is going to come. It’s going to have to be ripped out of me.
I forgot I didn’t take a picture today. Might as well stick with the theme of this blog entry and take a picture of the shirt I received last Tuesday.
Back in the day, the elementary school days, we had events called “Munch and Gulps.” My SD homies know what I’m talkin’ about. We would bring whatever snacks we could and watch a movie…sometimes two. And when the movie was done, sometimes we would even play something like Oregon Trail. A whole day at school to pig out and mess around. Those were the days.
Today was my last day with my kids at Young Champions. Decided to make this last rehearsal a celebration by doin’ it big with a Munch and Gulp, minus the movie and video games. Did a couple things dance related, but I figured it would be best to reward the kids with some costco snacks and chill time, and at the end I had the kids do one last run through of their piece for their family and friends.
This job wasn’t anything serious, and the time I spent with these kids was minimal, but the job did teach me a lot about being patient and understanding with kids. These kids joined for a number of reasons: some joined because they love dancing, some joined because they like what they see on TV, some joined because their parents made them. But I was really lucky to have kids who stayed focus and worked hard. I hope I can come back to this job again, and hopefully, the same kids will be there. Either way, I want to get back to helping kids and teaching someone somewhere down the line. I can only hope that the opportunity will occur sooner than later. But for now, all I can say is that I am very fortunate to have had an experience like this.
Although today held significance in the fact that my first Breed rehearsal was today, I want to dedicate this entry to one thing.
In a previous entry, I had mentioned that Orange County Skies are breathtaking…actually, Southern California Skies are breathtaking. A great sky can make my day, anything from bundles of clouds, to rays of sun scattered throughout a sunrise, or pastel pink sunsets with hints of orange. God reveals his beauty in so many ways, but none is more apparent and unique as the sky in my opinion. You’ll never see the same sky ever again, its not there everyday, and you never have to travel far and wide. You just have to wait for the right time…I think that’s what makes capturing a beautiful sky so incredible.
This was today’s sky. This by far wasn’t the most incredible one I’ve seen (my phone’s camera doesn’t help either), but for now, and as I should always, I shall admire the art work on God’s canvas.
Today, after work, I had my first Floorteenth practice since 2inspire back in November of 2010. I love dancing with these people. Not only are they great dancers, but they are so positive and fun to be around. Like I had said in my last entry, doing the things you love with people you love being around is a powerful thing. There’s nothing quite like it. The guys of Surreal are no exception either. And DC…well…DC was and is one of a kind.
Anyway, we were preparing for the WOD Awards, which is this Friday. Should be fun! Can’t wait. The highlight of practice was all of us collectively running back to our cars to see if we had gotten a ticket from the parking guy.
I went home later that day only to find out the results of Breed at midnight. After refreshing the page about 100 times, the team roster was finally posted.
At first I thought I didn’t make it because I couldn’t find my name. It took me about 10 seconds and a text from Yosuke to realize that I was Rafael Diamonte, haha.
On a more serious note, beyond the misspelling, I was in disbelief. The names on that list screamed talent and awesomeness, and to be a part of something like that…I felt a little undeserving. At the same time, I felt so honored, privileged and of course, freakin’ excited. This is definitely the start of something new. I’m sure I’ll have more stories of Breed when the time comes, but for now, I’ll leave it at that.
I woke up at 12 pm, feeling slightly hungover from the adventure night before. As a part of my morning routine, I decided to check facebook. My good ol’ friend Kalyn posted a status that struck me and changed my entire day.
It read “Breed Auditions <3”
Now for the past week I had heard that auditions for Breed were coming, and at first, I had thought about the idea but never took it seriously. For so long, I had thought I was over dance, but the truth was, I think I was under the impression that my age and lifestyle didn’t fit with dance, and that I wasn’t as good, hungry or talented compared to the younger kids coming up.
Seeing Kalyn’s status sparked two things:
1) I am definitely not too old for this dancing thing.
2) I will never get tired of dancing with people I love being around.
With that said, I got out of bed, asked my roommate Stan if I should go to auditions. Not sure why I needed that extra push, but as soon as he said yes, I just got ready and headed straight to Focus in time for registration.
I got there, and saw a lot of familiar faces which made me SO excited just be around them again. Edge, David Lee, Yosuke, Jan, Will, Kalyn and Tina Tsai, not to mention others from other teams. I have to say, just their presence alone gave me a sense of security, and reminded me of the friendships I have been able to develop and gain through dance.
The overall process of the audition was tough, tiring and difficult, but on the same token, so inspiring, rejuvenating and supportive. Elm’s piece was BEAST! I’m glad I took the plunge to try out. If I make it, that would be an incredible opportunity but if I don’t, I do not doubt that the team will be in great hands and have a strong year. Regardless of what happens, I know that I am far from finished with dance, whether its dancing on a team, or teaching kids or just freestyling in my room or in my car.
Today, I went through a change of heart. Today, I was challenged. Today, I was having fun.
When I first started this blog, my plan was to post a picture then talk about it. Keep it simple. But as this year has progressed so far, so much has happened that I want to keep some sort of record of it, and not have my thoughts and memories be forgotten. However, some days may just be simple…but for now, bare with the detail.
Saturday was another busy day. I woke at 9:00 to get ready for the Young Champions Dance Competition. As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I have been teaching kids beginning hip hop dance since mid September, every Wednesday for a few hours. I have three classes: 6-7 year olds, 8-9, and 10+, making for a total of about 40 students. These kids are a handful, but have been nothing short of great. They have taught me a lot about teaching, patience, and how to loosen up even when things aren’t so hot.
Now, for those who haven’t been to these competitions, they’re pretty busy. Young Champions has branches all over southern California, from south San Diego to Simi Valley. Kids from all over come together to compete against each other, so its quite a big deal, and incredibly hectic.
I met up with my kids and their parents at Long Beach City College. I took my kids to a quiet section of the college, ran the routine a few times, then took them inside the gym where we sat and watch others go up. When it was time for us to go up, the kids got so nervous! But they did great, and had so much fun! It felt great to see them go through all that.
After all was said and done, my 3 classes got 1st, 2nd and 1st! These kids worked so hard, and definitely deserved all the recognition they received. Seeing all the proud parents take pictures with their kids was the highlight of my day.
Other activities for the day included lunch with Chi and Adventure Day with some of the homies, which included, but definitely wasn’t limited, to Endless Food and Fun in Huntington Beach (otherwise known as EFF), laser tag and getting owned by some crazy 8 year old beezy, Just Dance on the Wii, and a meek attempt to perform a seance with 3 tea candles, haha. Again, a few pictures below to describe the events that occurred.
TGIF. Work on fridays are usually pretty easy to handle. Everyone is easy going, work load is lighter and the air always feels a little lighter.
Not this friday. Because of my NY vacay, the work piled. Friday felt like a Wednesday. Except, instead of going over the hump, I got humped. But nonetheless, friday is friday. And that is always awesome. I’ve always LOVED the feeling of getting off of work on fridays. For you student, its the equivalent of finishing finals and starting a long break away from school…except for full-timers, fridays come along more often than breaks in school ever did. Too bad the feeling you get the day before school starts again comes back for the full-timers…well…every sunday.
As I was leaving work on friday, I caught yet another beautiful Orange County Sky. Something about the sunsets in Southern California that make them absolutely breathtaking. I had my camera in the car so I thought I’d stop on the side of the road and get some quick shots in.
God, you are too good.
The evening time started off with running errands, then meeting up with K-Duh for dinner at Red Robin. Not only do I love Red Robin, but my boy K-Duh is the homie. Can’t really say anything else beyond that. It has been some time, and it was great catching up with him.
After Red Robin, I headed over to meet up with the Surreal guys for practice. Then it was off to DnBs to meet up with ChAOS and others to try and reignite the infamous fire known as “Asian Night” at DnBs. However, before DnBs, I met up with my roommates Sam and Kim to drink at Red Robin. Apparently the happy hour at the bar is incredibly cheap. Just our luck, on top of happy hour, the guy at the bar (we’d find out later he’s a UCI alum) was working his last shift at Red Robin, so he hooked it up big time, like…BIG TIME. A great pre-party before the main event at DnBs. OH…and I can’t forget that I ran into my old friend Lisa. I hadn’t seen her years, so it definitely deserves some sort of mention on this blog.
Alright, onto DnBs. A lot of older UCI alums were there, and some new fresh faces. This was my first time seeing a lot of people in quite some time. Naming everyone would take forever. Picture time.
A great day. A great night. Once again. God, you are too good…again…always.
On a final note, my good friend Hikari left on this day to head over to Norway. I wish her safe travels, and an unforgettable experience, as she is teaching her art and passion overseas! See you in 3 weeks, Nibs!
Today, work is not worth mentioning. So let’s skip that to save my hand the pain of typing and save you the burden of having to read mindless crap (don’t get me wrong…I am really thankful I have a job, haha).
After work I went straight to UCI to meet up with some friends, but not just any friends. For those who don’t know what SPOP is, its a program designed to help incoming UCI freshman acclimate with college life before actually going to college. But this program entails more than just talking with freshman. The people I met throughout my time in SPOP changed me…actually let me rephrase that, they shaped me. Just when I thought I had myself figured out, they would throw a curveball and teach me something brand new. So for those wondering…yes I met up with friends from SPOP.
So it was on my way to the pub to meet up with Jean, Yosuke, Tim, James Brown and some others. Haven’t been back to the pub in a long time. The UCI pub always has three things: bomb food (stoner fries ftw), bomb beer, and a bomb time. Meeting up with everyone was so refreshing, and seeing my friend Tim after such a long time made a good time a great one. Seeing everyone really reminded me of how much I miss being around these people. The vibes are always positive with them, and that’s the type of thing that some would call a “diamond in the rough.” At least…that’s what I would call it. Haha.
After the pub, we headed over to the Sig Ep house via UCI Shuttle. Oh man, I felt like a 1st year again ahaha, but it was great seeing old friends again.
Due to the fact that I felt incredibly awkward being at a frat house two years out of college, I decided to leave and head over to Shoshee’s house to meet up with some CADC and ChAOS people. I don’t need to get too detailed into that, all you really need to know is Jack Daniels…and Captain Morgan. That and a much needed talk with Steppie. Because my camera was out of battery, I’m going to steal some photos from Steppie and let the photos speak for themselves.
Back on the grind, first hump of the year. My first day back to work was rough. Like I had said in a previous statement, I left a lot of work behind before NY, but now that I’m back, I had that old work to deal with plus the other things that had piled on while I was gone. At least work wasn’t boring?
After work, I went straight to my job at Young Champions. For those who don’t know, I teach hip hop to kids in Santa Ana. These kids are great, and I love every single one of them, even if I don’t know their names all the time, haha. But they’ve been great and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do at the competition.
Right after work was Gyu Kaku in Huntington Beach with Allibon, Christina, and Angie Girl. Something about Gyu Kaku that never seems to disappoint. I don’t know if its the food, or the people I go with, but I had a great time. If you haven’t gone there and you live in the area…get on it.
After Gyu, Heidi Ro and I decided to visit DC practice. The one thing I enjoy about living so close to Irvine is being able to come back to DC at my own convenience. As this project 365 develops. I am definitely going to talk about DC a lot, but its not that I’m still attached. Simply put: DC has played an integral part in my personal development. The people I’ve encountered and the experiences I’ve been through because of DC has given me some of the best and some of the worst of times. But I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. DC is truly something unique and I am (hopefully) a better person because of it.
Wednesdays are always crazy and long, and today was no exception.
The last day in NYC. We started off the day cleaning up Marvin and Erin’s apartment. Before I continue, I don’t thnk I explained our living situation in NYC. Melody’s older brother, Marvin, lives in Bay Ridge with Erin, his Fiance. If it weren’t for them, we’d probably be more broke than we already are. Not to mention, on New Year’s Day, we played the craziest game of Cranium I’ve ever been a part of. Thank you God for Marvin and Erin’s hospitality and friendliness.
Anyway, we spent the rest of the day packing and cleaning, then headed out for one more short hoorah around the city. We first started the day by going to Julian’s work Crisp, a vegetarian Falaffel place. Great food. Thanks Julian for the hook-up.
It wouldn’t be right catching everyone sleep on the subway one last time. FYI, this happened a lot…
We then had one more stop at Uniqlo, which is some Japanese version of H&M. Apparently, the one in New York is the only one in the US, so it was a big deal to shop there? Anyway, I copped myself some clothes, and am happy with the purchase.
After UNIQLO, it was back to the apartment to pick up our luggage and on our way to the airport. Since then, its been airport checks, terminal waiting, airplane movies, and broken naps. As I’m writing this, I’m currently on a plane from Denver back to the OC.
This has been such a great trip in so many ways. I can’t get into too much detail, cause I get pretty bad at describing things, but I can honestly say that I almost NEEDED to start off 2011 with this trip. I had a lot of time to think and self-reflect in the city, whether it was walking around, or waiting in the subway, and trust when I say there was a lot of waiting. I haven’t had any inner revelations about my life, nor did I discover the meaning of life all of a sudden. I think a lot of my inner battles have finally been exposed and I’m starting to come to terms with a lot of my faults and imperfections as a person. Long story short, I am really excited to see what else this year has in store for me. Or better yet, how I can take the opportunities God has given and will eventually give me and get to where I need to go.
New York is truly a city of character. No personal bubbles exist, germs are everywhere, and although you hear people yelling as often as a taxi honking (which is probably every 4 seconds), the truth is, no one really takes it personal. People are just as friendly as they are rude. The truth is, I met a lot of honest and down to earth people. There are so many people in New York…you sort of just get lost in the mix. In So Cal, in particular LA and OC, a lot of superficial shit going on. But in NY, no one looks at you or really judges you (unless you REALLY bring it upon yourself, but even then all the nut cases just get disregarded in a second). You have the rich and poor sharing subways, street performers with all types of talent (or lack thereof) and people from all over the world…literally. Approximately 6.8 million people commute to Manhattan to work on a DAILY basis. Talk about a staggering statistic.
I can’t wait till I come back. New York, I love you. Till we meet again.
As for Orange County, it’s home, but its not forever. It’s my hope that a change in location may happen soon. NY has been the definitive spark to that movement…
P.S. I understand that this blog was uploaded on 1/10 yet was for 1/4. This may happen a lot due to the nature of my life, but I promise that all the entries are somewhere on my computer, just haven’t been uploaded for the world to see…yet. For those following my blog, thank you! Once I figure out this whole tumblr thing, I’ll follow you too.
The final full day in the Big Apple. A little bittersweet. I’m ready to go back home, but not ready to start work and all the crap I left with it. That’s definitely my fault, though. Before I left for NY, I sort of shoved some leftover things under the table and felt it best to deal with it when I got back to California. Well, that time as come, and to say the least, I’m not looking forward to it. But as my woman Celine Dion would say, “that’s the way it is.”
The last day started it off a little later than most days. We left Bay Ridge around 12 and went to Queens where Julian lives. Then, he took us over to 5 Pointz (its really spelled with a Z, promise), an area in New York where Graffiti and Street Art is legal. It was incredible to look at. Rather than try and describe some of the work there, I’ll post pictures below:
After 5 Pointz, we attempted to grab dessert at Serendipity. However, the wait was long (about 1.5 hours) and Kate Beckinsale was obviously no where to be found, so we felt it best to leave and go to St. Marks for some Kabab Sandwiches and Pomme Frites. Once again, like most NY food…delicious. It’s said that in New York, you have try hard to find bad food. My trip and experience has proven that previous statement.
For the night time, we decided to spend our last night getting a nice dinner with some other friends. Jeff and Marissa came in for their first night, and Kim, Jen’s friend from the area, met up with us. We went to eat at Pellegrino’s in Little Italy. That was pretty damn good, too. I won’t lie.
The rest of the night consisted of grabbing coffee and tea, then hitting up a bar in St. Marks where we all engaged in quality conversation, laughter and good times. Damn…I’m going to miss this.
Another day in the Big Apple. Activities included, but not limited to: church in the morning with Patrick, beer breakfast in Times Square, Madison Square Garden, lunch at Go-Go Curry, Grand Central Terminal, Museum of Modern Art, dinner at Shake Shack with Anita, Jen and Patrick, Smith’s Bar in Times Square, and Cranberry’s Hookah Bar in Bay Ridge, and topped off the day with Toy Story 3. If that isn’t a solid day, I’m not quite sure what qualifies as one.
Random note: I don’t think I’ll ever understand Modern Art. While some of the artwork was amazing and unique, other pieces were either too vulgar, too twisted, too farfetch’d or all of the above. Art in itself is completely subjective, and although art requires creativity, there also needs to be a sense of skill and technique involved. Feel free to agree or disagree. Or agree to disagree.
Anyway, here are some pictures from Day 2 of 2011. Enjoy!
The beginning. Originally, I decided to start this blog as a “Project 365.” Inspired by my good friend Jan, Project 365 is basically a record of an entire year. In most cases, Project 365 are blogs with usually one or several pictures that encompass the day’s activities, feelings, emotions…whatever.
Looking back on the past few year, or my entire life for that matter, it’s getting harder to remember all of life’s events, big or small. I hope to not make this just a year thing, but I hope I can carry this on for the rest of my life? Granted, tumblr.com may not be around forever (I’m also saving entries in my computer) but the truth is, I am going take this day by day. We’ll see how big and long this gets (And for those who were thinking, yes, she said that).
The pictures I’ve decided to use for my first entry are, quite obviously, the first pictures I took in 2011. For those who don’t know, I’m actually in The Big Apple right now (and for those who don’t know what “The Big Apple” is, that’s New York City). I spent New Years Eve with my friends Julian, Melody, Pat, and Jenevieve at Times Square waiting for the ball drop, which can be seen below. Although we were about 10 blocks away from the actual ball, I can tell you that the entire street was going nuts and bolts from 11:30 PM until Midnight.
It was a very interesting experience, one that I’ll never forget but probably will never do again due to the nature of preparing for the event. A lot of people for my taste, and not enough room to breathe. Not to mention I had to leave my camera bag in Central Park under some random chair hoping no one would take it in a span of 5 hours. Thank the Lord I was able to retrieve it 45 minutes after the ball had dropped. Nonetheless it was spent in great company and high spirits. Counting down with what really seemed like millions of people jammed in one of the greatest cities in the world…yeah that was pretty awesome. On my Bucket List, Times Square New Years can officially be checked off. Suh-weet.
Random note: first meal of 2011? Chicken and rice on 56 and 8th. Dericious. Beats my first meal of 2010: Leftover rice and spam.
So I’m still in NYC. I’m glad and blessed I was able to end 2010 with a vacation and start 2011 with a vacation. This has been a long awaited break, but so far, its been well worth the wait. Still a little more to do and see, but definitely a lot more to learn and experience.