TRAVEL | Seattle, WA.

Ever since I started watching ItsJudysLife on YouTube, I've always wanted to visit Seattle and see the places they've featured in their videos.

There were only two things that were on my must do list:
1) Visit Pike Place Market
2) Dinner at Canlis

I am happy to say  I got to do both of them :) and ended up falling in love with the city of Seattle! Such a gorgeous place and I highly recommend those of you who haven't been there to put it on your list!

Here's a short vlog highlighting those two things and other activities I got to experience whilst in Seattle. 




Welcome to My Blog!

Hello my Friends!

Welcome to my blog! :) I've created this space just for you!

This blog is an extension of my YouTube channel and a place for those who have watched my videos and later want to create that DIY, recipe, or look, but don't want to re-watch the video just to get the information on the supplies you need or where I got those shoes from.  I will also be using this blog to add bonus information and details that I forgot to mention in my videos! 

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VLOG | Cottage Weekend

If you're Canadian, then you would know that a Canadian summer is not complete without a weekend at the cottage. A few of weeks ago, I was kindly invited to a friend's cottage where we played endless games of beach volleyball, swam in the brisk lake, paddle boarded and ate delicious meals.  Check out my vlog below for a recap at our weekend.



VLOG | iFLY TORONTO for John's Birthday

This year for John's birthday, I decided to give him the experience of flying as a gift.  To be completely honest, this was one of those "a gift for me to you", but I also knew he would 99.9% love it.  We had never mentioned indoor skydiving to each other or even got on the topic of it, I just happened to have a good ole friend that posts his skydiving adventures on Instagram that constantly caught my attention.  I remember a month ago, I full on crept his Instagram page looking at every photo, and watching all of his videos and that was when I told myself, YES, I NEED TO DO THIS.  Check out his Instagram here (his old account), and you'll understand what I mean. If you think his skydiving photos are amazing, and his indoor skydiving wind tunnel tricks are unreal give it some love and double tap his content and let him know I sent ya! :) I'll attach an indoor skydiving session video from his old Instagram account below but Follow him on his new account here for new content!

Flying like this used to be in my #dreams.. NOT anymore yew 😝👊

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Anyways, I ended up taking John to iFly Toronto in Oakville and it was the BEST thing ever.  I highly recommend anyone who is stumped on a gift to just get them a package at iFly and they'll love you forever!  The facility is beautiful, and the instructors are great.  After my first flight in the wind tunnel, I knew I wanted to come back.  This September, I am going back for my return flyer rate and finish the 10 flights needed before you can register for training sessions to learn how to really fly in the wind tunnel! But for now, watch my video below to see our first time flying and how the surprise went.




TRAVEL | New Orleans Vlog

When I hear "New Orleans" I think of two things: Mardi Gras & food! 
I visited NOLA in February 2015 and was there a week before Mardi Gras.  What I didn't know was that they still had parades a week before as a "pre-parade" celebration. It was insane, the roads were packed and they had parades 3 days in a row!  

Anyways, I definitely loved my food experience there in New Orleans and I still to this day, crave the beignets from Cafe Du Monde. UGH!  They are soooo delicious and a must try if you decide to visit. 

The vlog below is just a short video summarizing my visit and experience there :) Enjoy!


TRAVEL | Dallas Vlog! (My first time flying alone!)

Hey y’all!

If you have been following me on my YouTube, you would know that I was just in Dallas to visit and hangout with the cast and band of Godspell! They were on a 3 month National Tour around the United States and their last stop was in Dallas, Texas. You can either stop here and go check out my vlogs now on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/sarahhtranTV or you can just keep on reading.

Travel Day | Feb 23, 2014

This was my very first time flying by myself and I was most certainly nervous about it for my trip to Dallas. The first airport I flew out of was small so it wasn’t so bad finding my way around and I breezed through security.

Some tips to make your security experience smooth sailing for carry-ons:

– Take out your laptop before hand so you can put it in its own bin
– Pack your liquids in ziplock bags and put them at the top of your baggage so when you unzip they are easy to take out and place into bins. (each liquid should not exceed 100mL/3.4oz
– Don’t wear any jewelry that is difficult to take off (earrings, necklaces, etc.)
– Wear footwear that are easy to remove (zip up boots, slip on shoes)

Not only was this my first time travelling alone, it was my first time flying in over 5 years. From what I remember, when I was younger, I did not enjoy flying. To me, take off felt like my seat was at a 90 degree angle and during the whole flight, I felt like I was at the top of the CN Tower looking down at the ground through the glass floor (basically, I was constantly tense and palms were sweaty).  Before this trip, I started reading facts about flying from this website called “Flying Without Fear” (link: http://www.flyingwithoutfear.com)  and I kid you not, it really did calm my nerves. I was of course still nervous but I was a lot more calm about stepping on to the plane.

On my first flight to Atlanta, the plane was a medium sized plane (5 column seats) and the nice man I sat next to turned out to be a pilot! He was on his way to Wichita to do some training since pilots are required to every so often. Not going to lie, sitting next to a stranger who was a pilot was mentally comforting. I told him about my fear of flying and he basically told me the same thing from the website I read (Flying Without Fear). This first flight was when I discovered take off did not feel the same from what I remembered. My seat did NOT feel like it was at a 90 whatsoever! Jeeze did I feel silly.

So we landed safely in Atlanta, and I remember my boyfriend John telling me, when you get off the plane there will be a monitor in the airport when you enter that will let you know where your connecting flight is. I had about 25 minutes to get to my next flight and I really had to pee.  I entered the airport, looked at the monitor, saw DALLAS TEXAS Terminal A Gate 27.  Done, I ran to the washroom.  If any of you have been to Atlanta’s airport, you’d know that it’s massive.  You have to take the airport train/subway to your terminal if you weren’t already in it.  I was in Terminal B when I arrived so I had to head to A by the train. I hopped on, got to my gate and WHAM I made it with 15 minutes to spare!  10 minutes roll by and they start boarding the plane.  I have NO IDEA what prompted me to keep looking at the gate screen but I did. I stared for the next 2 minutes.  Shortly, I realized that I was not at the right gate.  Sure, this flight was going to Dallas but it was flying into Dallas Fort Worth Airport and the plane I was supposed to be on was headed to Dallas Lovefield Airport!  I panicked and my instinct was to not try to be a hero and just ask someone who works at the airport.  I approached the first person I saw and she told my I was in terminal D gate 21 !!! eeeeekkk!! I looked at my watch I had 2 mins.  I started running with my duffle bag (luckily my luggage carry-on was checked-in for free since they asked for volunteers) and I have never ran so hard in my life.  I was huffing and puffing but knew that if I missed this flight I’d my screwed.  Okay so I’m not going to make you panic but long story short, I didn’t think I would make it… but I did. JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME!

Now on this second flight, the person I sat next to was a very sweet woman who only seemed a few years older than me and we bonded quite well.  Again, I lucked out.  I soon found out that she is a doctor! haha once again… very comforting (just incase I had a heart attack or anxiety :P).   Anyways, this flight was just as smooth as the first one, however it was rather claustrophobic (4 seats across and about 15 rows maybe?).  But to sum it all up, I made it into Dallas just fine!

The things I learned:

– ALWAYS check your flight # and airport when you are connecting flights!

Anyways, I left this detail out in my vlogs and wanted to add it in so I remember my first experience flying alone. Swing by my channel if you want to see my trip visually with some head bopping music (actually I’ll make it more convenient and link the videos down below for ya!)

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