It’s a Wrap, April!

As if life can’t get any busier, April happened. I think I can officially say that April got my bum whooped! All three major aspects of my life—work, school, and personal—had been so crazy this month that even my bullet journal may have given up on me, completely overwhelmed by all of the things.

✨ M A N T R A ✨

Work had been more demanding, to say the least. On top of literally chasing people around for documents to be reviewed and signed, the FDA walked in on us for periodic inspection; something we’ve all been gearing up for since November last year. Our department, which includes Roan, had been running around the entire facility like headless chickens to accommodate the FDA officers and assist them with their needs (i.e., providing supporting documentation, etc.). The most stressful part was scribing for an entire day during facility tour; it was an intimidating experience. School-wise, I can tell that it’s not as intense as my class last fall by simply looking at the course syllabus for this quarter. Our instructor is much more organized, making it easier to monitor what is required from students on a weekly basis. School is crazy in the sense that I know it’s easy, so I procrastinate instead of getting schoolwork done and over with.

Year ✌ in the US #immigrant

April had been a blur in terms of personal life, and the three significant happenings this month (that I have good memory of) include my second anniversary as an immigrant here in the US, cancelling prior commitments to make it to our friend Ron‘s surprise birthday celebration in LA, and SCATTERBRAIN moving into a new-ish home. I rolled out a newsletter this week, filling some of you in on important changes to the website/blog (i.e., change in RSS feed URL, etc.).  It’s the first newsletter I’d sent out since I religiously did so in 2015(?), but it won’t be the last. If you’d like to receive exclusive content and/or get first dibs on SCATTERBRAIN updates, then sign up for the newsletter.

Like I mentioned in my newsletter, I’m meticulously checking individual posts for broken URLs and/or missing images (due to a permalink change), so if you land on a “404 Error” page, do let me know, and I’ll get it fixed as soon as I can. That’s pretty much what I had spent my free time on when I’m not doing work- or school-related stuff this month. SCATTERBRAIN remains “under construction/blog maintenance” from the back-end, so please bear with me during this time.


  • Longer daylight. While I miss the cold, winter nights, I’m enjoying the California sun these days. I’ve been less grumpy when Roan wakes me up early on weekends, knowing that we’ll be out and about the entire day.
  • Adler Isaiah. Yes, that’s Ron and Jan‘s first-born, and I’m obsessed with the little goober! He’s nothing like any other baby I’ve had a chance to hang out with. He’s so sweet and he giggles a lot, too! (I shared a quick video on Snapchat on the day of Ron’s surprise birthday celebration.) I now understand why every member of their family is so obsessed with him! We can’t wait to see our favorite friends again next month for his baptism!
  • New sunglasses. I discovered this California-based brand while hanging out in Encinitas with Roan one weekend. I loved their products so much that I immediately ordered these online (because the store we went to didn’t have a new stock item, and I didn’t want to buy a tried-on one). As soon as I got them in the mail, I ordered another pair to add to my growing arsenal of quality sunglasses! I think Roan thinks that I’ll be getting another pair (or two) sooner than later, (and he may be right). #supportlocal
  • New daypack. I recently bought a new backpack (similar), which reminded me so much of my college days. I love that I can fit all my daily essentials in there, including my laptop (on days when I have to bring them to work or do schoolwork away from home). I posted a photo on my Instagram story the other day, and several folks asked what brand it was or where I got it from (actually got mine in-store from Sun Diego).
  • Bare face. I haven’t been wearing make-up lately. Most of the time, I don’t feel it necessary to put on a full face, so I simply slather on some moisturizer and sunscreen. Some days, I apply some pressed powder and blush, too.
  • The Crown. I’m not watching anything in particular, other than getting caught up on most recent episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. I chanced upon The Crown on Netflix, and watched it out of curiosity. I’m really glad I did because it turned out to be an interesting series about Queen Elizabeth II’s life! I binge-watched the entire season in one sitting last Friday (while working on my homework), and I can’t wait to watch the next season!


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    • It is! I did, too! I think the actors who portrayed the real ones did a great job! I loved every bit of it, and I can’t wait to see the next season!

  • Awesome post lovely! I hear you about loving being bear faced – it has been my April & May obsession too!

  • Hello! New visitor – loving your blog by the way! I like that backpack/daypack you bought!

    I recently just splurged on a Fjallraven Kanken and I wanna splurge again on a Cotopaxi backpack 🙁 I love backpacks so much.

    cabin twenty-four

    • Hi, Eena! Welcome to SCATTERBRAIN! Thank you! It was love at first sight when I found it at Sun Diego a couple of weeks ago. I also considered the Fjallraven Kanken ones, but I find the straps thin for my liking (but that’s just me!). I see that you’re from SoCal, too! Following you back on Bloglovin’!

  • Hello, a new subscriber here! & just droppin’ by to send some love. I’m April, by the way and I love how clean and simple your blog is and not to mention your shots! Ganda! ♡

  • It sounds like you have still been keeping on top of the work even though it has become more demanding. 🙂

    I think a top pair of sunglasses is an essential. I only have one pair, and I’m happy with just that one. I was thinking of getting another pair to switch it up, one that’s a bit different, but good sunglasses come at a price.

    I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of backpacks but they are so good for travelling!

    I don’t wear any makeup apart from having a coloured lip, but I definitely love my moisturiser. Every day.

    • I’m trying to stay on top of my game, Georgie! Oh, I remember when you lost yours during a hike(?). I couldn’t resist it; especially when I learned the history behind making them.☺️

      I used to wear backpacks back in college that even when I graduated, I still used it for work (instead of a more professional-looking leather one). I think you don’t need to wear one; you’re beautiful even w/o it!

  • I’m with you with the longer daylight! Hahaha! Do you get what I meant now? You totally notice it around this time of year. I’m still waiting for season 2 of The Crown. The show was really good and they picked the perfect actors for Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II!

    • I do now! I can only imagine what it’s like up there! I KNOW! I swear I kept searching images on Google every other episode. I didn’t know most of those who portrayed tha characters, but they’re really good! I saw The Royals shortly after. I think I’m obsessed with the whole Royal Family history!

      • In Alaska’s most northern city, the sun hasn’t set for a week or two now. Right now, sunset is around 10pm. I love it!

        Welcome to the Anglophile life! Lol! I was Princess Margaret for costume day at school one year I’m totally obsessed with British culture hahahaha

        • That is crazy!!! I’ll probably be more tired, but I’d get more stuff done!

          No way! Hahaha! So cute! I think I’m headed in that direction, too!

    • Oh, it’s so easy to binge-watch The Crown, I tell you! I literally watched the entire season in one sitting, and I kind of want to see more!

  • Work sounds like it has been crazy! I hope May is a little calmer for you! This post has me wanting to start watching The Crown!

    • Hi, Laura! It is, and I don’t see it slowing this May, especially that my boss had surgery this afternoon. Oh, I totally recommend watching The Crown! The first season only has 10 episodes (about an hour long each). I’m sure you’ll find yourself binge-watching it, too, in one sitting!

  • Sounds like April has been super busy but lucky for you, tomorrow is May 1st so hopefully things will calm down! I gotta sign up for your newsletter, I don’t know how I missed it. I’m loving the layout and I’m happy that you’re finally on wordpress, which is amazing. But I do like that blogger is free 🙂 That backpack is very cute, Alex got me a backpack a few months ago and I’ve been using it nonstop. It’s way more convenient for carrying stuff without my shoulder feeling like it’s going to fall off lol.

    • Oh, girl, May is going to be even busier! All our weekends are packed with back-to-back events next month. I’m sure it’ll go by with a blink of an eye!

      Haha! Thanks, Kasi! I stopped rolling out newsletters when I got busy with other stuff. I know that bag you’re talking about; I saw it in one of your Instagram post (I think?). I would’ve gotten the same, but I was partial about the straps. I find them too thin for my liking, but that’s just me!