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1 year of MIA!! Some life updates

Knock knock -
I'm peeking in my own blog to see if anyone is left here after a full year of no updates.

If you're still here, Hi! long time no talk!
Not sure how to start an entry anymore - blog-writing now feels so foreign to me.. 

I don't like wasting my time listening to other people talk about themselves, but just wanted to update everyone on what's been going on in my life for the past 12 months. Hopefully, this can get me back on track with a lot of things I've neglected online.. And hopefully, you will forgive me for going on and on about myself :p I promise, I won't have a Catalina-centric post like this anymore.

First half of 2014

Work and CES!
The year started off with CES, which is the biggest show in my industry (*cough cough* CE). I started working where I work in January 2013, right after CES 2013 was over, so this year was my first CES attendance. The show is held in Vegas annually, and I must say.. it was a brutal week in Vegas.  With CES over, I felt like I needed to freshen up a lot of things in my life. I started decluttering my surroundings and reorganized some structural elements in life.
With the new attitude in life, I began to obsess more and more about my work.
March - May was filled with back to back key customer meetings, all-nighters and weekend runs to work.

Second half of 2014

I traveled so frequently this year, I ended up racking up 54,000 miles by just flying domestically.  At one point I was at the office only 8 days out of the entire month. I really enjoyed the traveling aspect of my job since all of the trips were short and sweet (3-5 days + 1 day padded entirely for up-in-the-air time) domestic traveling. I've been to places I'd never thought of paying to go myself and was able to squeeze in some touristy stuff after work. If you follow me on my twitter, you've probably seen all of my crazy check-ins all over the country.

So far this year, I've been to: San Francisco (2x), Bentonville, Las Vegas (3x), Atlanta (2x), St. Louis, Sacramento, Rogers, Monterey Bay, New York (3x), Stamford, Minneapolis, Dallas (2x), Salt Lake City, Anaheim, Phoenix (2x), Houston, Lake Charles and Raleigh.
** Of them all, my favorite place was Monterey Bay. If you haven't been, I highly recommend the place. I loved every minute of my stay at Monterey Bay.

Also, recently, I've put in my resignation letter at my work place to accept another opportunity at, let's say, Company B. I don't really recall having so much leverage while resigning a position through out my career like this time, it gave me a lot to think about my situation and my career goals. Long story short, with a lot of back and forth in between, I decided to make a U-turn and stay at my current company and had to tell Company B that I had changed my mind. Phew... that wasn't a pretty ending..

Anyway, as you can see, my life is pretty consumed with work. All I do is go to work M-F, sleep off the weekend, and repeat M-F again. Sounds boring, but I feel like I am racing towards my career peak and can't really think of slowing down. Physically it's draining, but hopefully, all the effort will pay off!

I haven't abandoned my love for makeup and beauty - I still hoard like I've never hoarded before, and try to take going to work as an opportunity to dress up/make up within the 'office look' boundaries. I work in a male-dominated environment, so I feel somewhat free to put as much makeup as I want to since the 'boys' don't really seem to know how much is too much. If male/female were more balanced, I wouldn't have been able to rock my thick foundation and theatrical eye makeup at work. :p

  Camera totally softened the look, but I do the youtube-style full makeup at work :p

Most recent haul from Sephora.. 
Can't wait to try these out and share my thoughts with you guys :)
(also on instagram)

Vlogging: I stopped vlogging because someone who works very close to me figured out my vlog channel. I put my life out in public for the public to view, but wasn't really expecting one of the public to come back at my professional life and try to use my vlogs against me. I don't think there were any malicious intents, but I started feeling very uncomfortable about my vlogs being referred to in open conversations (and this was during big meetings too :'(.. wahh..) and decided to abort. I still have clips throughout the year, but it will most likely end up as a yearly wrap up video..

I can keep going on and on, but don't want to bore you guys!

Hopefully, I will start posting regularly and more often than before. :)

Thanks for sticking by-


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  1. hi! glad to see you are aliiiveee. miss your vlogs and videos. i work in the corporate world as well and can see how awkward that would be for someone to find your personal/public vlogs lol. although i do hope you can still find things to vlog about that your co-worker cannot use against you. or maybe you can just tell them you don't feel comfortable if they bring it up during work? it would just be a shame for you to stop altogether just because of that :( anyway, glad to see all is well and hope you will find some time to update us over on youtube :)

    1. Hi!! thanks - haha.
      sowie about the lack of video content :'(
      Yeah, I try not to let things cross over in life, but he's not actually at the same level as me (much higher position), so I don't want to get into a sticky situation with him regarding my personal life. You know how things get twisted.. like "OMG, she's so overdramatic and sensitive, etc."
      I'm still thinking of a solution! :) can't let anybody determine what I can do and can't do (easily said than done :p).

  2. omg.. CATALINAAA~ *dramatically hugs as if I haven't seen you in ages, which I haven't lol)
    it's aiko (formerly aka honeypuurin lol)
    sooo happy for the update! i wouldn't be bored from reading an update from one of my favorite all time youtubers lol
    yikes.. regarding the coworker who found you vlog channel.. i wish your coworker could've been more respectful of you and not mention something personal about a fellow coworker during a meeting.. that seems very unprofessional.. >_>
    i hope you, chewie, and dante are healthy and doing well!! can't wait for more updates! or hopefully a video ^^

    P.S. do you still use your PO box? could I still possibly send you postcards?

  3. I loved your videos! I didn't care if they were vlogs or beauty related videos and I feel like it's so unprofessional for the person to bring up your videos. It's something you do on your own time and it was really only about your life.

    I hope to see your updates soon!

    1. Thanks Hao!
      as for now, let's try the blog route and see how it works out. :)

  4. I've missed your posts! And I know how you feel about the vlogging situation. I feel uncomfortable when people tell me they watch my videos out in the open, in front of others. Luckily, I'm still at University so it doesn't matter as much for now. I hope you'll be able to find a way around it though.


    1. haha thanks! Yeah, it's a sticky situation.. hopefully, there will be a better solution about vlogging

  5. So glad to see a new post from you! Congratulations on your career advancement. Hopefully, we'll get to see more of you on the youtube/blog sphere in 2015!

  6. 언니~! 오랜만에 소식 들으니 방갑네요!! ㅠㅠ 일도 좋지만 몸도 챙기소서 :-) 올해는 한국 여행하실 일도 있으셨으면 좋겠네요 힝 ㅋㅋ


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