• SMA Awareness Month

    07 July, 2014 0 Comment

    SMA Awareness Month

    National SMA Awareness Month is coming up in August. Help spread awareness of this disease and pave the way for a cure!

    SMA Awareness Month HOPE Bracelet

    Still unfamiliar with SMA? SMA stands for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. SMA is a terminal, degenerative disease that results in the loss of nerves in the spinal cord and weak muscles. SMA inhibits the ability to walk, stand, sit, eat, breathe and even swallow. If you’d like to learn more about SMA, you can find more enlightening information on Hope for SMA’s official website.

    Repeat Possessions has long supported Hope for SMA’s tenacious battle against Spinal Muscular Atrophy and efforts to raise awareness and funding in support of research for a cure.

    This year Repeat Possessions is donating this beautiful HOPE bracelet by GoodWorks Bracelets that Hope for SMA will raffle during the week.

    Check the Hope for SMA’s Facebook page to enter the raffle for the inspiring bracelet so that you can support SMA awareness in a fun way. And proudly wear a message of hope during SMA Awareness Month and beyond.

    Just follow Hope for SMA on Facebook. And post two facts about SMA awareness or something you know about the disease for an entrance into the drawing to win the HOPE bracelet!

    In addition to the raffle, there will also be a Charity Ball presented by the Newport Beach Police Association and Hope for SMA. All proceeds from the Charity Ball will benefit children diagnosed with SMA. The event will take place on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00-10:00pm aboard the Eternity Yacht in Newport Beach! So mark your calendars and save the date!

    SMA Awareness Month Event

  • Girl Meets World: 90s Lessons

    26 June, 2014 0 Comment

    I remember the first time I left the country by myself back in the summer of 2008. Even though I’d travel again and again after that year, I remember boarding the plane thinking that it was time that this girl meets World. I had just ended my freshman year of college. I would start my 6-month period of study with 2 months in the small seaside city, Hakodate, Japan.

    Girl Meets World: Hakodate

    At the time, Hakodate seemed like one of the lands you can find in Disneyland. An assortment of brightly painted European-style buildings and traditional wooden Japanese structures entwined. A Shinto shrine next to a Buddhist temple next to an Russian orthodox church. All of the interwoven strands of the unique coastal city, closer to Russia than Japan’s own capital, captured my heart and fueled my passion for a more internationally-engaged life.

    Girl Meets World: Shinto Shrine Girl Meets World: Buddhist Temple Girl Meets World: Russian Orthodox Church

    Leaving for Hong Kong for work instead of study, it’s the second time I think that it’s time this girl meets World. And it reminds me of all the life lessons I learned from the 90s sitcom, Boy Meets World. Especially since Disney is planning on airing a new series about Cory’s daughter and syndicated episodes have also appeared!

    So I’ve been reminiscing. Here are five of my favorite episodes that have entertained me and taught me a few valuable lessons!

    1. Season 1, Episode 4 “Cory’s Alternative Friends”

    Back when Topanga was a little more unorthodox! I remember feeling empathy for Cory’s trouble with his head of curls. I wished that I could have flowing straight hair like my classmates when I was a kid. So when Topanga gave him his first kiss when he thought he looked weird, I couldn’t help but applaud.

    Boy Meets World: Cory and Topanga’s First Kiss

     2. Season 5, Episode 13 “The Eskimo”

    Shawn Hunter struggled throughout every season and faced lesson after lesson from Mr. Feeny. But you gotta love him. And I love “The Eskimo” because Shawn touches upon something everyone struggles with. More or less, in the end “I’m my own worst Eskimo.” We become our greatest obstacles to happiness and success and need to push ourselves out of the way!

    Life Lessons from “The Eskimo”

    (Sadly embedding wasn’t allowed for this video clip, but it’s worth the life lessons!)

    Girl Meets World: Boy Meets World The Eskimo 1 Girl Meets World: Boy Meets World The Eskimo 2

    3. Season 6, Episode 17 “Resurrection”

    One of the more heart-wrenching episodes when the family wasn’t sure if their youngest member, Josh, would live or not. I love this episode for two reasons. First, Mr. Matthews recognizes Shawn as a member of the family. Second, Cory reminds Topanga of the girl she once was, someone who believed that faith in life itself was enough and who could draw all over her face with lipstick without batting an eye.

    Comforting Josh in “Resurrection”

    4. Season 3, Episode 6 “This Little Piggy”

    This was one of those episodes in which Cory had to choose to side with either his girlfriend or his best friend. A decision no one wants to make. It also highlighted Shawn’s feelings of abandonment. And Eric coined the new pronunciation of Yale, Yah-lei. And even after graduating from Yale, I occasionally slip in a reference to this episode by calling the Alma Mater, Yah-lei. But, unlike Topanga, I wouldn’t have given up the Ivy League or married during college!

    Girl Meets World: Boy Meets World Eric Yale

    5. Season 7, Episode 23 “Brave New World”

    The last scene in the classroom makes me cry every time I watch it. Not to be too cheesy, but life is a giant classroom, right? I hope to take Feeny’s last remarks with me too: “Believe in yourselves, dream, try, do good.”

    Closing Words to Mr. Feeny

    And in case you never happened to watch Boy Meets World, and don’t understand the excitement of the upcoming sitcom Girl Meets World. Samuel L. Jackson sums up the best of the story in his slam poem on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

    Samuel L. Jackson Performs Slam Poem on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

    Although the 90s were known for being extremely didactic, I hope that Girl Meets World keeps the same tone. I’m a sucker for the value of education being instilled upon the youth of America, so I’ll be very disappointed if there aren’t any deep life lessons thrown in! They also better throw in a mentor as incredible as George Feeny. But it looks like it might be Cory!

    Girl Meets World

    So did you grow up watching Boy Meets World? Or did your kids grow up watching it? Have any favorite episodes? Think you’ll check out Girl Meets World? I won’t be watching it from Hong Kong, since I’ll be meeting the World myself. But when I get back to the states or find a time to scavenge the Internet, I’ll give it a second glance!

  • Packing Light for Long Term

    25 June, 2014 0 Comment

    Hilo, Diana here! I’ll be temporarily heading abroad for a job based in Hong Kong! It isn’t a permanent move but I’ll be packing light for long term. The temptation is to bring my whole closet with me. But since I’ll be flying economy, that definitely won’t happen! So I’ve got to narrow it down to the essentials and the basics!

    hong kong

    I’m lucky that I don’t have to wear a suit since it is so hot and humid during the summer. And I hear that it doesn’t cool down until pretty late in the year. Not unlike my hometown, the San Fernando Valley, except that it will be muggy and sticky! I don’t have to wear suits, but I have to dress conservatively. So I think that a few button-down tops and pencil skirts will be sufficient. Here’s a sample of what I intend to bring with me to Hong Kong!Packing light: work attireAside from work clothes, I like to stick to the basics. That way I don’t end up with a bunch of outfits that have to be worn a certain way or with particular weather etc. And since Hong Kong is humid, I need clothes that allow me to breathe. But I don’t want to walk around the city half naked either. So I like packing light, loose clothing that will cover me up like a lightweight short-sleeve sweater. Layering my Nikibiki camisoles with sheer or crochet tops is also a great option. So I’ll bring those along too!

    Packing Light: Loose TopsAnd denim is another basic in my book too. I wouldn’t necessarily wear all of my denim together. But I’ll definitely bring a pair of dark wash jeans (unashamedly so that I do not have to wash it as often), a denim top, jean shorts, and a jean jacket. A little bit of khaki is good to have for variety too!

    Packing Light: denimAlthough I’ll walk a lot more in Hong Kong than I do in California, I hope to keep up regular exercise. So I’ll bring basic exercise clothes too: sports bra, my T-Party yoga pants, a top, and shorts.

    Packing Light: Exercise ClothesAnd of course I’ll need shoes! I wish I could bring a lot more! But first and foremost, I’ll need shoes appropriate for work. I prefer wedges because heels get exhausting too quickly and flats also cause discomfort after a while! Since I plan on being very active, exploring every possible inch of Hong Kong and keeping up some HIIT routines every now and then, I’ll bring a new pair of shoes for that. I reached the 300 mile limit on my last pair whoot whoot! And since there are nearby beaches and I’m arriving during the summer, I’ll bring a good old pair of flip flops! I’d like to bring a pair of casual sneakers too, but we’ll see how much I can fit into my carry-on!

    Packing Light: Shoes

    I wish I had a pair of DAV Rainboots to take to Hong Kong with me because it will be typhoon season when I arrive. I will just have to make do without them! But if you are traveling to a place that receives heavy rainfall, I recommend trying out some DAV Rainboots because they are really lightweight and easy to take along with you. Just take a look at our tutorial:

    Traveling with DAV Rainboots

    Of course, I’ve got to include underwear and socks. But I’m not about to post pictures of that! And beauty essentials like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion are for checked baggage, which is just an extension of the same idea! Now to see how to get this pile into a carry-on suitcase!

    Packing Light: Pile of clothesRolling is the key. It saves on a lot of space, letting me know how many more button-downs for work or loose blouses I can squeeze in for everyday wear. I don’t roll the blouses that I’d rather not chance wrinkling immediately, since I don’t know when I’ll get access to an iron.

    Packing Light: 1st Layer

    My suitcase already looks full, but this one is actually divided into two compartments. So I can lay a few more articles of clothing flat on top of this layer and add more clothes to the top compartment.

    Packing Light: 2nd Layer Packing Light: 2nd Layer

    My suitcase is pretty convenient because it also has a separate compartment for my shoes so that they don’t intermingle with my clothes! But as a precaution, I also wrap my shoes in plastic bags before packing them up.

    Packing Light: Shoes IN Packing Light: Shoes IN

    And now I’m ready to zip up! I’ll keep my jean jacket on hand since the plane gets chilly!

    Packing Light: Zipped up