by Nicole J. Tirado on March 19, 2014 | Filed Under: | 3 comments

Recently, I got my test results for the first Pre-Calculus II exam this semester. This is the third time I’m taking the class and I was definitely nervous it was going to be the same story again of me failing an exam. I was surprised to find out that I actually did pretty well and if I keep it up I can pass the class. You can’t even understand the level of happiness I felt at that moment. I genuinely feel that I can go forward, get the math classes out of the way and finally graduate.

It definitely helped that I’m taking the class at night. The professor is the one that creates the tests and he’s very nice. All the other times I took the class, you would have to take a general test with 500 other students in the same place. My anxiety would get terrible and I would forget everything.

This is another accomplishment that makes me feel great. I have been trying so much academically and it’s finally paying off. If everything goes as planned, I can graduate within the next year.

Have you ever had a struggle with a class in school? How were you able to overcome it?


by Nicole J. Tirado on March 11, 2014 | Filed Under: , | 4 comments

As Juan and I have been planning our wedding, we’ve had several destinations as options for our honeymoon. We considered several places, including Spain which was our main choice for a while. We begun looking at ticket fares, hotel options, etc. and found that anything outside of the United States would be too expensive for us. Tickets for Spain were $1,200 per person. We’re usually very frugal when it comes to money so even though it’s our honeymoon we couldn’t justify such an exorbitant expense.

New York Aerial View

One of our other options was New York. Like I’ve said in many posts here, since I was little, I’ve always dreamed of visiting New York. We looked at prices and they’re pretty decent so we already made contact with a travel agent so we can get a good deal on everything (ticket fares, hotel, etc). I am definitely excited to visit NY for my honeymoon. We always say, as long as there’s good food and places to see, I know we’ll have a blast.

We already plan on purchasing the NY City Pass, which will give us an amazing deal on several must-see places (especially the museums). We’ll probably spend 12-13 days in New York so I want to make the best of it. We also want to take advantage of their public transportation system to get around.

I am super excited for this trip! A honeymoon in New York sounds so perfect to me. I need to start purchasing winter clothing, I’ve never experienced real cold before so I need to be prepared.

If anyone has been to New York and has any suggestions, restaurant/place recommendations, etc.. Please let me know! I would greatly appreciate any help.

Picture Source: Reddit


by Nicole J. Tirado on March 5, 2014 | Filed Under: | 5 comments

This past Saturday, after a pretty stressful morning, Juan invited me to Jerusalem Restaurant (he had been meaning to take me for four years now!). It’s a pretty well known arabic restaurant in Hato Rey (near San Juan). I had never tried arabic food before so I was super excited to try something new.

Jerusalem Restaurant: Interior

The restaurant was very nice, and the prices were decent enough considering it’s a higher end restaurant (not a franchise). You could definitely feel the whole arabian vibe as soon as you walked in, but it wasn’t over the top, which I like.

Jerusalem Restaurant: Falafel

For the appetizer, we ordered Falafel (pictured above) with a sesame seeds sauce. The flavor was interesting, especially the sauce, since it’s a very strange flavor when you first taste it but it fades as you keep eating. I liked it, and Juan seemed to like it as well. So far, so good.

Jerusalem Restaurant: Shesh Kabab Muschacal

For my entrée, I ordered the Shesh Kabab Muschacal. This plate consisted of arabic rice, a tomato and cucumber salad and three types of meat: 3 pieces of chicken, 3 pieces of some type of ground beef and 3 pieces of beef. It was absolutely delicious! Add the fact that it was my first time trying that type of food, so I’m happy that I liked it so much. I would definitely return. The service was great and the food was delicious.


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