Monday, June 1, 2015

Disneyland: 60th Anniversary

Happy 60th anniversary, Disneyland! Disney is always a magical place, but it seemed a little more magical this time around. Especially with diamonds as the official 60th anniversary gift, everything just sparkled brighter. I went with my friend Lindsey as part of my birthday gift. Disneyland has a tendency of being some part of my birthday celebration 
and this year was no exception.



I brought my Instax for a couple of film pictures. AND I got a classic Mickey hat with my name embroidered. I've always opted for the headbands, but I thought it was appropriate to pick up a new pair of ears for the occasion. And I love anything personalized/monogramed.


Lindsey and I watch a lot of Buzzfeed videos and the Buzzfeed crew went to Disneyland recently (we know this since we stalk them on instagram). Gaby and Allison (#Gallison) took a cute picture in Toon Town that we ended up recreating when we saw the car:


It never gets old.


This was a pretty magical moment. I don't usually take pictures with the princesses, but it's not often that I see Snow White and boy, was she legit! She twirled her dress for pictures, she skipped instead of walked. She fixed my bow then showed me how to put my hands "next to your heart" before taking the photo. She had the sweetest voice and I was excited as a child would be seeing their favorite princess. 


There were a few stormtroopers patrolling the lines just as we were about to get seated. I gave a nod to one of the hot stormtroopers and he did one of those eye point things: points to eyes, points to me, eyes, me. Yeah, we had a moment. I guess I've just been looking for love in Alderaan places. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

This is Thirty

I know thirty is a big deal, but I wasn't planning on doing much for my birthday. Which is strange because I always make a big deal out of my birthday (last year, I time traveled). This year, the idea was to have dinner with some close friends and maybe go out after. Which is basically what ended up happening, but a little more exciting.

Olivia Wilde wrote an entertaining article in Glamour on the dos and don'ts of turning 30 that is all about embracing it and that's how I feel. Not only is that woman gorgeous, she's also hilarious. "I'm hitting a major milestone: 30, or as I like to call it, the Cut the Bullsh-t and Go Be Awesome stage. I'm thrilled about this impending development (I might finally grow boobs!)." It's not this daunting thing it gets hyped up to be and I don't feel any different than 29, or 28 for that that matter. I also felt like I was pretty done with 29. 

In the week leading up to the big day, I did some fun things that I pretty much consider part of my birthday since it fell in the same week. Such activities included Game of Thrones, alcohol and an 80's barcade that prompted me to pull out my fanny pack (nerdy thirty?).

My actual birthday conveniently landed on a Saturday for the fifth time in my life. I planned to have dinner at a restaurant nearby that my boss recommended called FIN. It is an Asian fusion joint, which is probably in my top three favorite types of food. (Cheeseburgers, desserts and Asian fusion. And brunch. That can be considered a "type" of food, yeah?). I had dinner there the week before and loved the food and the people were really nice in helping me set up my reservation and reserved a section of the speakeasy behind the restaurant for my party to move over to after dinner. As for the actual bday dinner, I couldn't have been happier with the food, service and the company. 



 Thanks to Mando and Ken for helping make this such a special birthday dinner (and the shots), we had had a great time!


A few others joined us for drinks at the speakeasy, but I didn't do a good job capturing pictures by that point.



The next day, the actual birthday, I had brunch at Malibu Farm with two of my girlfriends. The food was delicious, the view of the ocean was amazing and we got free shots again! 
Wellness shots, that is. :)


My amazing friend Missy got me an Instax camera <3 and it was perfect to capture our getting ready pics. I can't wait to play with this camera more!


We went to the Crocker Club downtown, which used to be a bank. Again, I had a lovely experience making the reservation (thanks, Annette!) and I really need to write yelp reviews for all these places. 

The whole night I felt pretty V.I.P.... 


...but it would have meant nothing if I didn't have amazing friends there with me.

  



Thank you to everyone for making it such an extraordinary thirtieth birthday.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Joshua Tree

Speaking of deserts, on the hottest weekend in March (90+), I went to Joshua Tree with my friend Lindsey. It wasn't intentionally planned on the the hottest weekend, but we just got lucky! It was so dry that I lost my voice the Monday after getting back into town. It may have had something to do with all the car singing too, but I digress. 

This was my first trip to Joshua Tree and all I really knew is that everyone goes there to do drugs. My goal was to take pictures and that's exactly what I did (sans drugs)! Lindsey made a video that captures our trip pretty perfectly here, so this will be a short post.


The trees got their name by the Mormon settlers who thought the trees looked like Joshua praying with his hands up. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 


This is what most of the park looked like:

The sunset was pretty amazing. I took the opportunity to play around with my dad's old Yashica camera. I still don't know if the photos even came out...


I think the one time in Joshua Tree was enough for me. It was pretty but if I ever went back it would be to go camping for a different experience.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Arizona Road Trip

Ever since I saw Britney's music video for I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman in the majestic desert, I've wanted to go to Antelope Canyon in Arizona. I woke up in the middle of the night recently and decided "why not just go?" It would be about a 9 hour drive from Los Angeles to Page, Arizona so I asked a girl friend if she was down and we planned a trip two weeks after. 


We started driving on a Friday morning and the nine hours just flew by. The roads were peaceful and the scenery was amazing. 


We drove out of California, to Nevada, then Arizona and the windy road took us up to Utah and then back to Arizona again. Four states in one day!



We were almost at the hotel by the time the sunset, so we pulled over to enjoy the view and the tee-pee.






The next day, we did the Upper Antelope Canyon tour and a guide took us through the gorgeous canyons that have been shaped over time by wind and sand. You can often spot shapes like hearts (below) and Abe Lincoln's profile.


 It was truly amazing to see in person and the photos don't do it justice.



After the tour, we drove to Horseshoe Bend and had this view of the Colorado river. We're almost 1,000 ft above sea level!



And what's a road trip to Arizona without swinging by the Grand Canyon? It was about a two hour drive away from Page, AZ and was well worth the trip. I haven't been here since I was a kid so I didn't remember a thing. It was so massive I felt more like I was looking at a painting.



It was a really beautiful trip with a great friend, filled with a lot of laughs, memories and photos.


So, maybe all I need is time. A moment that is mine, while I'm in between. Lolz.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Zoodles

I was at Bed Bath and Beyond the other day and ended up buying a strategically placed, as-seen-on-tv item: the Veggetti. I've seen this for a while now and wondered if I'd actually use it for vegetables other than zucchini. I felt that my julienne peeler and mandolin slicer take care of all of my potato and carrot slicing needs, so did I really need another slicer? The answer was yes. Yes, I did. I love zucchini and have made a conscious effort to eat less pasta this year. I know you can use the Veggetti for other vegetables, but in the moment, it seemed worth it enough even if I only use it for zucchini. 

The first couple of times, I just sliced zucchinis into zoodles and paired with a creamy avocado sauce (avocado, garlic, parsley) with baby heirloom tomatoes loosely based on a recipe I found on Pinterest. There are plenty of other recipes on Pinterest, of course, for spiral cut vegetables. I was expecting to put some elbow grease into the slicing, but it was really easy to use. I have had a couple of accidents slicing my fingers on my ancient mandolin slicer, so I'm happy to report no fingers were harmed during the use of this product. It's safe, easy and helps make fun, healthy meals.

My most recent zoodle dish has been beef stir fry, here is one zucchini all sliced up: 


I boiled bean sprouts first and then added the zoodles, which only take about 5 minutes to cook. If you leave them boiling too long, the zucchini gets too mushy to be noodley. Then I threw the bean sprouts and zoodles in a strainer until I was ready to add it to the wok.


In a wok, I fully cooked beef, then added green bell peppers, onions, garlic, soy sauce, sesame seed oil and spices. Once everything was cooked, I added the bean sprouts and zoodles and stired a bit more to incorporate all of the flavors. Lastly, I added some toasted sesame seeds and devoured it all. Just kidding, I shared and even had leftovers. It was really delicious and the ingredients were pretty healthy, so I will be making this again soon.


If I hadn't made this impulse buy at the store ($14.99), I would have ended up buying it on Amazon (only $12!). I am still on the lookout for more fun recipes to use the Veggetti with and maybe I'll even try slicing other vegetables one day!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Public Bike

After much deliberation, I finally decided on a bike and I couldn't be happier. It came down to the Linus Dutch 3 and Public M7 Mixte. As much as I love Linus bikes, I went with Public because of the little details like the red cables and the stripes that sets itself apart from other creamy step-thrus. It was also on sale, sooo...here she is!

I ordered her from Public Bikes in San Francisco from an authorized dealer in Venice.


Just look at that detail...

I yoinked the hamburger bell and dice valve caps from my beach cruiser and rode off into the sunset on my new wheels.


This bike is a lot lighter and skinnier (and cuter) than my beloved beach cruiser so I'm really happy with my decision.


I temporarily added the basket too, but I think I'm going to switch over to a rear rack and panniers instead. Just to change it up a bit. YOLO.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Korea Trip

Seoul, South Korea was a beautiful city and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to see it when I could really appreciate it. I went when I was around 1 or 2 and I don't remember a thing, so it hardly counts. The day we left Korea happened to be my birthday, and we went back in time and spent the day in Hawaii, where it was my birthday all over again. 10 days in Korea, 1 in Hawaii made for an unforgettable trip. 

Here are some of the moments of our trip, filled with eating new and interesting foods, shopping, exploring a city and experiencing its culture.


Above are the colorful lanterns that took over the Jogyesa Temple in Insadong for Buddha's birthday week. When I showed these pictures to my 할모니 (grandma), she recognized this as the temple she actually went to when she lived in Seoul. Of all the temples in all the world, I walked into hers.