Thursday, April 30, 2015

Comeback

With the horrific winter weather this year, I completely abandoned dressing up nicely for work. All I have been focused on was staying warm and being comfortable. The other I decided to go through the old posts on my blog, and I got a little disappointed after seeing just how much more effort I used to put into my appearance. I have always been pretty low maintenance, but I would at least try to create interesting outfits and wear heels on almost daily basis. This has not been the case for the past couple of months. And so, inspired by my own self from the past, I decided that it is time to come back and set out an outfit that has been hanging in my closet and waiting for the 'right' day to be worn. What can I say - it felt nice to look nice again. 




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Every time I go to Philadelphia to visit my parents, we try to plan something fun to do. Lately we have been focused on trying to see different things in Philadelphia, learn something new about its history and culture. It's a shame that in my four years of college (which is located in Philadelphia), I had not gotten the chance to explore the city. But as they say: "Better late than never." This weekend, my mom suggested that we visit a Japanese garden that is located in Philadelphia's Fairmont Park. The suggestion was approved by everyone and on Saturday noon, once I arrived to the Greyhound bus station, we made our way to the place. Fifteen minutes later we arrived to this hidden garden. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a tiny place but it is definitely worth seeing. The scenery of the small territory of this garden is absolutely breathtaking. It is a perfect stop for photographers and nature-lovers. We truly enjoyed taking in the beauty of nature and capturing those moments in our photographs. The proof is below - please see for yourselves.










Saturday, April 11, 2015

Citizenship

Yesterday was one of the most important days for me - I got sworn in being a citizen of the United States of America! Just like that, after years and years (almost nine years to be exact) of paperwork, my journey of a permanent resident ended and my journey of a U.S. citizen began. Before I go into how happy I am to hold this new status, I would like to thank all the people who helped on throughout my journey. It is amazing how many people were placed into my life to help me during different times and phases. Thank you very much, everyone! I would not have gotten to where I am without your support and help!

The day of my ceremony was full of excitement, planned events and surprises. Early in the morning, my roommate and I got breakfast at our favorite cafe in Brooklyn and headed over to the US Eastern District Court in Brooklyn where the ceremony was held.
{Me taking my last steps as a permanent resident}

Once we got to the venue, we were separated, as friends and family were not allowed into the room with the people getting sworn in. 

The preparation for the ceremony took a very long time (around 3.5 hours) and once all the paperwork was straightened out, the main door of the Courtroom opened and in came the friends and family. I saw the familiar faces of my boss and my roommate and at that moment everything became just more real. About 20 minutes after, the Courtroom was filled with about 200 new U.S. citizens.




In the evening, I was supposed to meet up with my team to have a little celebration. To my huge surprise, the whole company was awaiting for me at the bar to congratulate me with becoming a citizen! Flowers, food and drinks were included. 

{Please note my American flag t-shirt, bought specifically for this occasion}



Thank you very much to everyone for making this day so special!