NW Trek

Zip-lining course

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The Pacific Northwest has an abundant of hiking and camping spots for nature lovers, but when it comes to things like zip-lining, you don’t see that often until the past couple of months. It seems that the zip-lining bug has … Continue reading

Deception Pass State Park

This is a late post. My body was trying to adjust to waking up early at 4 am for my new job for the past few days. I start work roughly around 6 am every day. I lived in Tukwila … Continue reading

A New Chapter

This past few days has been some sort of a blur. I just recently accepted a new job at a different industry which I am super excited about. But at the same time, I am nervous about learning and adapting to a new setting. My previous job was at a financial institution doing mainly the typical banking stuff like teller work, open new accounts, audits, etc.

Fresh from college, I took various job until I landed a temporary position at a credit union which soon became full-time. I have been there for nearly 3 years. It was not until last Christmas when it finally hit me, I am not exactly happy working there. Don’t get me wrong, I love the people that I worked with. They are like family. However, there are pros and cons with dealing with customer services. There are members (aka customers) who come in and make your day. You know, the kind that you’ll see most often in which you know about their family and children–the type of people who are part of the community. And there are those who come in with a big load of negativity and take it out on the workers. It is sad to say, a happy member adds 1 star to your day whilst the negative one minus 2 stars. Turning a frustrated member to a satisfied one can be challenging, but that’s not very common; that is usually a +2 when that happens. And at the end of the day, it can be very exhausting. Despite this, my patience and my communication skills has improved significantly. Not everyone comes in and know banking terms, so you have to learn how to communicate clearly in terms that a non-banker will understand. And that’s when patience comes into play.


I have to thank my parents though for pushing me to try job hunting. I was not exactly ready to try looking somewhere else. I was used to all the programs and tasks at my previous job, so the thought of jumping from one pond to another different pond was very daunting! What if I suck at my new job? What if I fail?! And then I realized that I can’t spread my wings if I let my fear hold me back. Life is short, so don’t let the “what-if” be your proverbial downfall.

Saying goodbyes is tough especially to those you get along well at work. But life moves on and a new adventure awaits.

New Change

Gosh I realized that I have not updated for a long time. There are soo many drafts that I have not posted yet. It is a bit sad, really. I really need to start hitting “Publish” after I typed a post up.

Why the sudden change? As I get older, I realized that “cocovanilla” seems to reflect a proverbial time in my life when I refused to grow up. I admit, there are days when I want to go back in time and enjoy my early youthful years and forget about work, bills, money, etc.–basically the opposite of being a grown-up.  But life moves on and I need to expand my wings.

I wanted something new and fresh, so I changed my blog name to “Letters from Alisha.” Changing the name has come with much contemplation. It is more personal and it shows a new chapter of my life. If you noticed, I also changed the layout of the blog to something more simple. I chose the “Ever After” theme because I love the simplicity of it. At the bottom of this page is where all of the links to past posts, categories, subscriptions, RSS, etc. are located. I deleted unnecessary things that are cluttering my space, so if you check out the Categories section, you will notice some missing topics.

I revamped the “About me” page with additional facts and I added a new tab called “Living in [the] Pacific Northwest” which consists of my daily adventures in Seattle and other places in Pacific Northwest. Now I will eventually changed this url to Lettersfromalisha.wordpress.com so if you’ll notice lately that there are no email updates in your inbox from me, it means that WordPress has not successfully transfer all of my followers to the new site. Apparently, by changing the url will cause some confusion. I was told that sometimes you need to unfollow and refollow to receive updates. I am sorry for the hassle, but I do hope that you will like the new changes.

"Every day is a new beginning, so treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be. "Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end." -Robin Sharma

We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.

Memorial Day Weekend

Bike Riding at Seward Park

Memorial day weekend in Seattle was filled with rain, gray clouds, and the occasional sunshine that peaked through the clouds. On Saturday afternoon, my parents and I, including my cousin, Vanessa, went bike riding in Seward Park. I haven’t bike … Continue reading