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Christmas Items at Target: A Review

There are very few purely, truly, unambiguously one hundred percent Good things in this world. It is the nature of living. But there are fully good things to be found. That picture of Orlando Bloom delightedly bicycling with a small dog in a makeshift Babybjörn, for instance. Or the cinematic masterpiece Zendaya is Meechee.

Three such gifts to humanity are Target, Christmastime, and ridiculous and unnecessary items that cost less than $10. As Justin Bieber once said, “It’s the most beautiful time of the year”: the time when the Target dollar spot is transformed into a shrine to yuletide.

The only thing that could make these items better is a full, thoughtful, very serious review.

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A Taste of the Boba Tea Experience

You may or may not have heard of the infamous tea drink called Boba Tea or otherwise known as Bubble Tea. This lovely and mouth savoring drink is originated from a Taiwanese tea-based drink that come in all kinds of tea and milk flavors. They also have an assortment of toppings that you can add to your fruitful drink such as chewy tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, and more. These are all optional as well. As I continue my journey of tasting different types of Boba tea, here are just some of few selections that my taste buds have experienced specifically from the Boba spot, TeaDo.

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How To Bundle Up This Winter

This night air is starting to get breezy, the day is getting more crisp. The chills are starting to tickle your spine and you shiver with goosebumps by your side. Whether you’re from California or even New York, the winter is still a hassle. You can’t decide if you need to buy layers or what to look for when getting a good quality jacket that will keep you warm. This isn’t just for people from the West Coast, but people from the East Coast as well. Being from NYC, the winter is already brutal enough, but being here in Boston is a whole different ball game.

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The HUBWeek Experience

It was just a casual night as my roommate and I did our typical nightly routine of walking through Faneuil Hall. This time, there were flashing show lights displayed outside of an event with large crowds of people. As we made our way to the entrance, we were informed that it was closed for the day. We gave each other the look of “Oh man” and walked away disappointed until one of the staff members informed that we could come by tomorrow.

This event I stumbled upon was actually an “Ideas festival,” that brings the ideas of science, art, and technology together. This festival occurs once every year for a weekend in the Boston area during the month of October. The event is sponsored by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts General Hospital in order to bring together people of art, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, executives, makers, and even up-and-comers. In the three short years of HUBWeek, it has brought together attendees from 59 countries, 46 states, and 38 industries.

When you walk in, your mind is blown away with the massive amount of art and science that filled the space. Multiple tent setups known as domes with their individual themes were areas with live performances and shows. People walked around with all sorts of cameras such as Canons, Nikons, and even phone cameras just clicking away to capture the beauty they witnessed right in front of them. Mini-galleries were set in trailers designed from head-to-toe displaying posters and art. There was even a test drive Tesla stimulation station for people to watch or try out. You could also sit in for a TED talk to get some inspiration and motivation

It was definitely a great place to take family photos, photos with your friends, or even your latest Instagram post. There were all sorts of art with different colors that were shown on walls or inside makeshift cube stands. One had bubble balls that lit up in different light patterns while another had a mini couch as if you were in a living room in the 70’s. It was a new experience for me, something that made me more curious about art and technology and the way it affects the world. Questions that ran through my head were “How much electricity is being used for this event and how are they able to keep these stations warm if it’s an outside event?” The event was a great way to explore your curiosity and imagination. Who would ever think they would even have a drag show at an art/science/technological event? I didn’t until I witnessed my first drag show, where I saw all kinds of faces entertained by the art and beauty of a drag queen while jamming out to the songs that brought out your inner diva. There was even one part in the show, that a drag queen used her platform to spread awareness about voting for the midterm election that was coming up.

The night ended with two separate finales. A club with live music and a silent disco party. My roommate and I found our way mostly through the silent disco party. It was super fun as you saw everyone around you jumping up and down to all different types of songs. Everyone around you could be listening to the same music as you or not, but it didn’t matter. What mattered was that people enjoyed themselves in a room of silence with a mind of expression and music. Three different stations with the music constantly changing, brought people’s energy to the roof. We even took silent disco outside the venue and just simply got loose.

This event known as HUBWeek is definitely a great experience for everyone to attend and even for all ages. The world of art, science, and technology has only evolved and is bringing people around the world together. Education and fun can definitely go together because HUBweek has been a wonderful time!

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How to Survive Commuting

Ah, the city school. There are so many upsides to attending a college in the heart of downtown: the exciting nearby events; the discounted access to museums and fancy cultural stuff; the jaw-dropping number of CVS franchises in a one-block radius. (It is truly mystifying that so many identical retail pharmacies can exist in such close proximity to each other without any threat to business whatsoever.)

However, with all upsides come downsides. Such is the way of the universe. There are two exceptions to this rule: the film Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, which is perfect, and the food known as the buttered popcorn jelly bean, which is one hundred percent downside and so unabashedly evil it is concrete evidence of the existence of the devil.

Going to college in the city has a downside, and it is this: it is expensive to live in a city, so unless you live on campus, you might have to move to the outskirts. And moving to the outskirts means spending a lot of time on transit. Here are some of my hard-won strategies to surviving my time on the train.

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A Diehard Boston Bruins Fan and the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

I bleed black and gold.

Before you call 911 on me, hold the phone. No, I don’t actually bleed black and gold. No, I’m not going to prove it to you. Take my word for it. What I mean by that is I am a diehard fan of the Boston Bruins, the hockey team of the greater Boston area/New England. Bruins hockey (metaphorically!) runs through my veins.

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From The Suburbs To The City

Walking out my front door to see a view of a Cul De Sac with suburban houses immediately makes me miss the city. I hear over and over again that “Austin IS a city.” Yes it is, but can I walk from my house to a Forever 21 in 10 minutes? Nope.

Moving from Austin to Boston was quite the adjustment for me. Not only is there a huge change of scenery, there is a huge chance of pace. In the city everything fast paced and high energy. I will literally plan my day by the hour in Boston. I didn’t always use to be this way. Before I moved here I didn’t even own a planner. Being immersed in this new culture has made me a much more productive person.

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Grocery Stores in Boston: Ranked

Grocery shopping is one of the worst activities in the world, and I am incredibly bad at it. I always put it off until the last possible minute, until my food stores are down to four baby carrots and a handful of animal crackers. I always end up shopping when I’m hungry, which is a baseline no-no. And I always get unbelievably bored while I’m doing it, ending up tossing things in my basket to speed up the process until my receipt looks like someone set an eleven-year-old loose in the cookie aisle.

In my endeavors to make this errand more tolerable, I have come up with a rubric for grocery store perfection. Here are six grocery stores in the Boston area, judged for price, location, snack selection, and overall vibe – on a scale where one is bad and five is utopian.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving the Train in Boston

The Boston Train system, known fondly as “the T” to us locals, has become my second home.

I take the train back home every Friday to good ol’ Lynn, Massachusetts. You can find me squished between the gentleman in the wrinkled business suit and the old woman knitting a scarf. I hop on the Green Line at the Boylston station, take a train to Government Center, then connect over to the Blue Line. From there, I sit tight all the way to the last stop: Wonderland.

I’d like to consider myself a professional T rider at this point. While I’m most accustomed to the Green and Blue Lines, I’ve also traveled on every single other line at some time or another. It’s taken me a long time to be comfortable taking the T—I’ve only had one panic attack in a T station this whole year, and that was because I’m weak and couldn’t lift my suitcase on to the train (I decided I needed to bring home several pairs of shoes that week).

Being the aficionado I am, I decided to come up with a list of the five best tips I have for taking the train in Boston. Listen up, rookies:

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The Life of a Bartender

Margaritas, martinis, mojitos; they sound similar, but they are completely different. Some need to be shaken, some need to be stirred, some need to be muddled, but they all need to be garnished. I am not an expert on alcohol. Even now, after being a bartender at The Shaking Crab restaurant for almost two months, I still have to ask my manager questions about how to make things, especially customer requests that are “off menu”. For instance, one day someone asked me for a cosmopolitan. While it is a common drink and I have heard of several times already, I had no idea what exactly went into it. I proceeded to google the recipe and give it my best shot. I never got any complaints, so I guess I did it right.

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