Travel Blog: Florida 2018 Highlights

Dear Reader,

So, it’s been a minute! I was planning on posting this much earlier in the year, but as soon as I got home, I got very ill (with strep throat, mono, and then bronchitis *sobs*). Anyway, here are my highlights from my Florida trip!

On the night of Christmas Eve, my friend and I flew from Anchorage to Fort Myers. It was a super uncomfortable trip (remind me to never fly with American Airlines again), but we arrived on Christmas Day.

Her family brought us donuts, and they we drove from Fort Myers to their home about 30 minutes away. It was really nice to go from snowy Alaska, to sunny Florida! The condo they live in has a pool, so be basically went swimming everyday!

Over the next couple of days, we went just chilled out, and went to the beach a lot! We also went shopping, and the mall we went to had duck pond! Something you would never see in Alaska because our malls are mostly inside.

I had a really relaxing time in Florida, everyday was filled with good food and adventure. The beach was really fun, and I also got a slight tan. Although, I will say that the state was having a bit of a cold spell while we were visiting. Which was okay, because basically anything above 65 degrees F is warm in my book.

One day, it was in the 80s, and we went to the beach (pictured above). I thought it was great, so I dived right in, and my friend even went into the deeper water, but we were the only people swimming. Many people came to sun tan, but no one else was in the water. Which was chill with me, but we got a kick out of it anyway.

Sadly, New Years Eve was upon us. We went and got our nails done, ate pizza, and watched all the fireworks! It was really fun, but I was sad when 2018 came because my trip was halfway over.

I was NOT looking forward to going home. Even if my hair hated the humidity, I personally hate the cold.


After New Years, we went to the manatee park! We had gone the year before on a warm day, but sadly we didn’t see anything. This year we went on a cold day, and we saw a lot of cute sea cows! I would share a picture, but all I got were videos… Which I have no idea how to upload onto this site, but whatever.

After a few more days rolled around, we made plans to go to Orlando, where I was catching my flight back to Alaska. Wah, wah, wah.

But here is where the highlight of my trip takes place. WE WENT TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO GUYS.

I went to Harry Potter World TT_TT It was beautiful. We waited in line for the Harry Potter ride for like an hour, and it was rough. It was the first ride we went on, and we got there when the gates opened. All of the rides had super long lines. I mean super.

But I’m pretty happy. I had a ton of fun, and I made lots of memories with my friend and her family who is also like my own. I was sad to leave.

Anyway, that was my Florida trip! I was in Florida from 12/24/17-1/6/18, and it went by wayyyy to fast. I’m sad, but also happy I went. Even if I did get sick for two months after I got home.

Well guys, thanks for reading! In you want real time updates, go follow my personal IG @insta_rinnn. I also have a mangagram account @love_rinnn. Until next time!





The Christmas Tag | Love , Rin

Dear Reader,
I was looking for some Christmas related things to post about on my blog, and I found this tag! It looks like lot’s of fun, so let’s get into it!
1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Home Alone! Kevin is so cute, and smart too! And I don’t know if you’ve seen the YouTube conspiracy theory, but apparently his mom was the rich one in the family! She’s a fashion designer, and I love that!
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Usually in the morning, but I’m going to be in Florida this year so were opening gifts on Christmas Eve!
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When I lived in the Philippines, we went to my mom’s cousin for Christmas every year, and it was a blast! We have food, and danced all night!
4. Favourite festive food?
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I think being able to spend time with your family is the greatest gift of all (lol, I don’t remember any physical object that’s stood out to me.)
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
From Bath and Body Works, my fave scent is Winter Candy Apple!
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Personally I always listen to Christmas music and draw! Other than that, we usually go to church service.
8. What tops your tree?
A star!

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
A pony, because I’m basic.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
The gift of giving! I kind of like buying stuff for others rather than for myself~
So yeah, there’s a get to know me tag for you! Thanks for reading this post everyone, happy holidays!

My Favorite K-Pop Christmas Songs!


Dear Reader,

I know quite a few people who follow me on social media really like kpop, but I wonder how many kpop Christmas songs you know? Here are ten of my personal favorite, which I am forever grateful for, because it’s a break from all the American songs I’ve heard ten million times.


So, let’s go!

The Cube Family Christmas Song! It’s a little old, we got B2ST, Apink, 4Minute, and even! among others lol, but to me this will always be OG Cube Family TT_TT

Starship Planet – Snow Candy! This is my favorite Starship Christmas song! God, I miss Boyfriend. And we got K.Will too, and so many other talented artists!

EXO (M) – Miracles in December. I’m crying, I miss OT12. You have no idea, Lulu, Kris, Tao. This song is so beautiful, and I miss them so much. Excuse me while I go cry in my corner…

TTS – Dear Santsa. Not gonna lie, I didn’t realize there was an English version of this. I’ve been listening to the Korean version, I was kind of shook when I searched it to add to this playlist.

Orange Caramel & Nu’est- Dashing Through the Snow in Highheels. Yeah, if you know me at all you, you know I stan Nu’est, ergo, enjoy this masterpiece!

JYP Nation – This Christmas. Yeah, OG JYP, must I say more??

Taeyeon – This Christmas. This song came out a few days ago, but I’m adding it to my library anyway! I really like the calming melody, and Taeyeon’s voice is majestic!

Starship Planet – Christmas Day. This years Starship christmas song! It’s really good! The best one they’ve had since 2013~

f(x) – 12시 25분 (Wish List). Hello, I stan f(x), and you should too! Jk(but not really), in all seriousness this is a dreamy song, and I’m still screaming over it years later~

SHINee – Winter Wonderland. This is a Japanese song, and it’s so good! SHINee are true kings.

TEEN TOP – Snow Kiss. I love Teen Top, they are so goofy and silly. This song is the cutest!

So there you have it, my top kpop christmas songs! I feel like this playlist made me look like the biggest SM Entertainment stan, but I’m really not 😂 I hope you liked it~ Have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays everyone!!





Diary Entry: Travel Announcement

Dear Reader,

So, I’m off to Florida in exactly one week! I really, really love reading or watching people’s travel blogs/vlogs, so I wanted to document all of my adventures here! I went to Florida last year, and I kind of wish I had recorded my trip in someway. I’ll be posting some travel essentials, travel blogs, and of course my playlist~


Also, I haven’t done much this week expect study, and take finals. I got all A’s and B’s this semester, so yay for that! I was actually pretty stressed out. I bought the last of my Christmas gifts, and I’ve just been chilling out since then.

Yesterday, I picked up my childhood best friend from the airport. If you read my Fairbanks trip blog, she was one of the people I was visiting. We made a yummy salmon dinner, and then tomorrow I’m taking her to our adopted grandma’s house, where she’ll stay until Thursday. I would stay and visit too, but I have work (she lives in the town over, and it’s about a half an hour drive).


So it will be a pretty uneventful week. I will admit that I’m really excited for my vacation, I’m pretty much already packed. The weather in Alaska the last few weeks has really sucked, I just want to go somewhere and enjoy the beach and sun.

This trip has pretty much been the one thing getting me through the winter, so I’m really hyped. It’s been a long semester.

Anyway~ That’s been my week! As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later!





Manga Tag


Dear Reader,

I feel like I should blog at least once a week, but because I’m in the middle of finals– not much else is happening in my life, and I highly doubt you guys want to read a diary entry about my life in a crisis, so here’s a tag I found on Youtube! 

I have a manga IG, which is the one on my side bar, and I thought this tag looked fun! Without further ado, here’s my answers, enjoy!

1. What was your first manga?

Skip Beat! My friend bought it for me in middle school as a birthday gift. At the time, I like manga, but I was a poor child who couldn’t afford to own my own lol.

2. What was your most expensive manga?

I don’t own any “expensive manga” because I usually just buy regular single volumes. Horimiya is $13.00 so I’ll go with that 😬

3. What was your least expensive manga?

A local book store was doing a backlog sale, and all books were a dollar each. I bought two volumes of Vampire Knight for that lol

4. What is the most boring manga you own?

Ghost Diary? I bought it because the cover was really pretty, and I like girls with pink hair, and she had a cool eye patch. However, it was pretty boring, and the story was hard to follow. Oh well, I still like the cover.

5. What is your favourite manga (series)?

Vampire Knight. I know everyone hates Yuuki and Kaname, I mean let’s face it they’re both pretty awful, but for some reason that makes me like them more!

6. What is the most relatable manga that you own?

Horimiya, I’d have to say. Hori-san pretty much raises her brother, and I can relate to being the older sibling who takes care of the younger one.

7. What is one manga that you own that is based off of an anime? (Not the other way around)

I don’t own any manga like this, most of the manga I own have anime’s based off them, not the other way around.

8. What is your rarest manga?

Vampire Game by Judal. Tbh, I’ve never seen anyone else with that manga. No one talks about it either, but a friend bought it for me in high school as a Christmas gift, and honestly I have no idea where she got it…

9. One of your reprinted manga. (Printed in the past but printed again by another company).

Again, I don’t have any manga like this. At least, not to my knowledge?

10. The most popular manga series you own.

I see One Count a lot!

11. What is the most damaged manga you own?

I have a random volume of Hana Yori Dango that’s pretty beat up. I don’t know where I got it either, it may have been gifted to me?

12. Which manga has the most amazing art?

I looove the art from The Water Dragon’s Bride, especially the water colored covers!

13. Oldest published manga that you own?

I’m going to go with the random volume of Hana Yori Dango I own, because the original was published in the early 90s.

14. Newest published manga that you own?

The Water Dragon’s Bride, vol 3!

15. A recent manga that you purchased.

Horimiya vol 3! I’m finally getting around to collecting them!

Well, that’s a wrap! Good luck to all the other students out there prepping for finals! Catch you later, bye-bye!




Diary Entry: Mochi Festival

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Dear Reader,

Today, my friend Sam and I went to a rice cake pounding festival! We had delicious mochi, and had a lot of fun. It was held by the Japan Alaska Association, we learned a bit about rice pounding, and the traditions of it.

Then, we got to taste it! I kind of preferred this fresh mochi over the kind that you buy in the store. Usually it’s super sweet, but this mochi was plain, but was flavored by the fillings or soup. We tried one with red bean paste, which was super delish!

We also had some kind of mochi and vegetables in a fish broth soup, which was also really yummy! And plain mochi dipped in some starch that tasted like peanut butter.  Sam was not a fan of either of these two dishes, but I quite enjoyed them.

Anyway, it was really interesting, and I had fun! After we ate mochi, we decided to have sushi for dinner. I would have taken pictures of that, but the lighting was awful. . . Anyway, this was just a quick post to share our food adventure!

Have a great week guys, and good luck to any students who are about to face finals! As always, thanks for reading~ bye~




Diary Entry: I Chopped My Hair Off

Dear Reader,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, not much has been going on, and I’ve been busy with the semester ending. I was actually in Wasilla for an eye-doctor appointment, and I had time before work, so I went in and got a hair cut.

I decided to cut my hair for several reasons. 1) it was so dry and damaged from the split ends, I thought I would lose my mind 2) my job requires me to wear my hair up, and I hate that, and 3) I just needed a change!

So now all my hair is gone!

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I got kind a slight A-line, where it’s shorter in the back and longer in the front. With long layers, and a face framing instead of bangs.

My hair is slightly curly, so I’ll have to do a little more upkeep, but I’m enjoying it so far.

My sister thinks I look like a soccer mom, but that’s okay. It matches my old lady aesthetic. I think I look like a 30-year-old office worker, like in the manga Idol Dreams, but you know.

I’m thinking about making a dedicated food blog post, but I’m not sure how I would go about doing that. Maybe a blog about good places to eat in Anchorage, Alaska? Or a, “What I ate in a Month” blog post? I won’t do it this month though, because I’m going on vacation at the end of the month, and I’m going to do a separate post about that.

Here is some pho I yesterday, it was really delicious! I also had some coffee and a apple tart from the Starbucks in Barnes and Noble. It was pretty satisfying! It was great. I usually post food pictures on my IG stories, so if you want to see more food stuffs follow my instagram!


Also, happy december! Wooo, I can’t believe it’s already here! This blows my mind, honestly.

It’s been snowing quite a bit, but also warm at the same time, so it’s resulted in a lot of slush. I also put up our Christmas tree! I bought it when my sister and I lived in a tiny apartment, so it’s really small too. But I still like it, so there’s no need to waste money and buy a bigger tree.

So yeah! That’s what I’ve been up to as of late. Tomorrow, my friend Sam and I are going to a Japanese mochi festival, so I’ll take pics and share my adventures there.

As always, thanks for reading!




Diary Entry: Christmas Shopping in November

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Dear Reader,

This week has been full of papers and job application deadlines. I’ve been so busy with my current job, and I had to write two papers for school, and a paper for the JET application, so it was a hectic week.

Also, don’t hurt me but, I’ve already started my Christmas present shopping. I got my adopted grandma a fancy cheese and cracker combo set! It looks really yummy, and she’s from Wisconsin so I think she’ll really enjoy it.


(look at how precious my wrapping is! I’ve had this wrapping for three years, and it’s finally starting to run out. but yes, behold the fruits of my labor, and that’s not even a dent in all the gifts I need to collect…)

I hate present shopping, I’m always torn between getting something cute and useless, or getting something functional. Or, if I should just get people food or not, because what if they don’t like the present I got them? You can’t go wrong with chocolate and sweets! Or cheese and crackers in my family’s case lol.


I’m still waiting until Black Friday to buy the bulk of my gifts, but it was fun to get out and see what’s on the market. Plus, I went with a friend, and we made a day of it. The only problem was the dark! We let her house at 1pm, and got back around 5pm, but it felt closer to 7pm due to the weather. I was tired when I got home that I just went to bed and watched the latest episode of While You Were Sleeping, but I didn’t do anything that strenuous.


Oh, and the snow is back. It snowed on 10/23, and then it disappeared, but now it’s here to stay. The roads are awful, honestly Anchorage doesn’t take very good care of the roads because they spent their budget elsewhere. Last year they told us they had to either cut the police force or the road upkeep, and really this is Alaska. What did they think was more important than the road upkeep??

Ai. Anyway, I got new glasses! I had nerd glasses in the past, but now I have these cuteIMG_2095 granny glasses. I really wanted circle glasses, like the ones in snapchat filters, but they didn’t have any in the store I went too. Alaska is so behind on the times, I just wanted to be a stylish nerd, but now I’m a stylish granny. Which, I’m not that mad about, but you know…

(Ai, the border in this picture isn’t showing up, but it’s from my personal IG if you want to check it out @rinnn_0315)

Anyway, that was my week. How was yours? Let me know in the comments bellow, or tweet me @love_rinnn on twitter!

As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later~



Diary Entry: Halloween 2017 and Other Spooky Horrors

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Dear Reader,

This year was my last Halloween in Alaska! I didn’t even dress up L O L, but I wore contacts and a cute skirt. I told everyone I was a functioning human for halloween (as apposed to the zombie I normally dress like).halloween2

Sadly, it was a school day, but I took selfies in the cafe on campus, and had lunch with my friend Sam! Afterwards, she went to class at 3pm, and I went and hid in the library until my 5:30pm class and got caught up on the Korean drama While You Were Sleeping, which stars two of my faves Lee Jongsuk and Bae Suji! It’s soooo good, about a reporter and a prosecutor who have dreams about the future!

It’s really addictive, and I would 10/10 recommend! I’ve watched most of Suji’s work, and she’s so charming, but I would have to say this is my favorite drama she’s ever done. Same goes for Lee Jongsuk, I thought he was really great in Pinocchio, but honestly this is so much better! I never thought I would like him with anyone other than Park Shinhye, but he and Suji’s chemistry is off the charts! It’s seriously so good.

Anyway, that weekend, there was a gust of wind that came through from the pacific and melted all the snow, it was 40 degrees! So warm for October, but by Tuesday things had cooled off, and it caused Halloween to be spooky indeed: it was foggy everywhere.


(The first picture is from the second floor of the library, and the second picture is outside on my way to class)

My inner goth child was really happy with the weather. After that I had class until 8, and my other friend and I went to the library until 11pm to work on our papers for the  history class we’re taking together.

After that I went home, ate some chicken, and watched some YouTube, then went to sleep. I had a pretty great holiday~

So, let me know how your Halloween went down below, and as always: thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later!