I love January and new years! It’s like a fresh, promising, open slate of a full year ahead. I enjoy getting new desk and wall calendars, a new planner, and all that good stuff. I am not huge on making new year’s resolutions for myself, but I am a believer in striving to be a better version of myself.

So January has been quite eventful. My brother’s birthday was on the 9th, so we went out for dim sum after church the Sunday before. Afterwards, my parents treated us all out to Starbucks and a movie! We watched Jumanji, but honestly, my favorite part of going to the movies is the popcorn. LOL. On his actual birthday, we had dinner at the local Chinese bistro and it was delicious! That Friday, my office had its end of the year party. I love our little parties because it’s just always fun with lots of food, wine, and stories! We also had a white elephant gifting, and I came away with movie tickets! WIN!! The next day (Saturday) was Mike’s birthday. We had lunch with his parents at Texas Roadhouse, and went to a Korean BBQ restaurant for dinner with my family. The food, of course, was YUMMY!! Yes! I love me lots of family time!

On Thursday, we flew out to Orange County to spend the evening at Disneyland. We had tickets to Disneyland’s Disney After Dark: Throwback Nite event. Only ticket holders were allowed to stay in the park from 8PM to 1AM, and attendees were encouraged to dress in their best 50s and 60s inspired outfits. I was sick, so Mike and I did not try too hard. LOL. It was so much fun seeing all the dapper gals and pals, walking around the park listening to music from those two decades, and being able to get on rides with not much wait. I do have to say that Peter Pan’s Flight ride almost always has a long line, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures is much scarier when you’re the only people inside at 12:50AM. Hah! We also met up with my good friend, Cynthia, and her sister. Towards the of the night, Mike and I were hanging out by the castle, when an awesome cast member handed each of us a churro. It was the best way to end the evening! 🙂


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We love Mickey!
Jungle Julep – we paired it with Pork Belly skewer and Kahlua Pork rice plate.


Yesterday, we spent a few hours at California Adventure, and were bummed that there were a lot of sections closed off. However, we are excited to see all the new things that are coming later this year. We left the park mid-afternoon and drove to Long Beach. We got milk tea and ube-flavored desserts in Cerritos to kill time before our flight back home. Oh! We finally decided to buy the Samyang Spicy Chicken Noodles that catapulted to popularity when the noodle challenge made its round. I’ll let you guys know how it goes when it happens. 😉

Alright friends – praying that everyone has a joyous, prosperous, wonderful 2018! xo.

2017 in Quick Review

How is this year pretty much over?! It is so hard to believe that in just a few hours (California time), 2017 will be “history.” As I look back at the past twelve months, I am consumed with so many emotions. There were many “firsts” and a number of “hope this is the last” moments. It was a year of learning, a year of growing, a year of toughing it out, a year of holding on tighter, a year of praying harder, and a year of so much more. Through it all, I am still thankful.

2017 was my first full year of marriage. Without a doubt, Mike and I were tried time and time again, and each time, we just did. Without going into all the deep, heart wrenching, sappy details, we learned about the people around us and ourselves – individually and as partners. There were times when we were without, and we had to get really creative to come up with a few extra bucks. We took advantage of earned points and pending credits to suffice our need for quick travels. It was the first time we had to really tighten our buckles to make ends meet. To be honest, sometimes, they barely met. We thought about how much of ourselves we try to selflessly offer when are able, yet, it is so hard to find someone to lend us a helping hand without judgment (and ultimately not doing so anyway). Still, we will choose to love and give unconditionally.

This year was also full of happy memories. I had several relatives visit from far-away places like the Philippines, Singapore, Qatar, and the UAE. I know this delighted my mom more than anyone else, because it is so rare these days that she sees her sisters more than once in a year. Thanks to technology though, she is able to talk to them and FaceTime with them no matter where they are in the world.

Despite everything that has happened in the past year, I remain thankful. Even though my parents (especially my mom) did not have the healthiest year ever, the fact that they are still here is a huge blessing. My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first daughter, received promotions, and were able to take an out-of-country family vacation. My other brother and sister-in-law spent their first full year in their new home, bought a new car, and are seemingly looking more fulfilled with their lives. Mike’s parents are also healthy, and his brothers and sister are doing well in their respective careers. Our pets are all spunky, healthy, and happy. We are also thankful for the friends who are there for us no matter what, and have made us laugh and happy throughout the year(s).

Lastly, we are thankful to Him, who never let us forget how blessed we are. Just the other day, one of our six-month long prayer was answered. I am so happy for Mike, who is overjoyed by the news. No, we are not expecting a child. Although, that’s a thought.

As for 2018, I am just hoping and praying that things will go a little easier, that we are all healthy, prosperous, and loving, and that everyone remains blessed and true to themselves. Happy New Year, everyone!

Oh, according to Instagram, these are my best nines of the year. Of course, it’s only a glimpse of my 2017, but it’s not a bad compilation.

Lots of Disney, Ice Cream, and Mike. HAHA!

I’m a Woman and I Love Food

The inauguration happened two days ago. My newsfeed has been filled with some sort of opinion and emotions about the turn of administration. I am disheartened but hopeful. I have not watched the actual ceremony, but it is saved on my DVR. I worked my first Saturday yesterday, but if I hadn’t, I would have made my way to Sacramento or San Francisco.  I would have marched for my values and for what I believe in, not just for myself, but for my family, my friends, for the people who care, for the future. On my way home, I thought to myself how beautiful our world is to allow one person affect and consume us in whatever way we are affected – good or bad. Then I prayed. My faith allowed me to be at peace, at least for the moment, knowing that God always has a plan. I believe that there’s a reason for everything, and many times, we just don’t know why yet. And that is why I am hopeful.

Now that I have let my feelings out, let me tell you about my week last week. It was expensive. We didn’t go grocery shopping, so we basically ate out every night. Oops! We will get it done today, I promise! I can’t complain though because we ate the most amazing things all week. The best part? We ate local! 🙂 We had pho that totally ‘hit to the spot’ during the storm, and the Truffle Crab Noodle Soup that I had for the very first time on Friday was to-die-for. We finally tried the Thai restaurant down the street from our house, and now we understand why it has 4.5 stars on Yelp! Also, we went to my favorite happy hour spot – oysters, wine, and clam chowder!

Lastly, we went to visit my parents. My poor mom had to get surgery on her foot, so she’s currently immobile. I feel so bad when I see either of my parents feeling helpless, but I love their resilience and I love how they take care of one another. They are truly my “relationship goal.”

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Two dozens of oysters and clam chowdaaah! I wanted more oysters, but I was told that would be bad. Oh well.

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Seriously, cheese and fresh truffle?! Genius! Also, I saw this Pink Moscato at Target, and thought, “Wow, you’re pretty! I want you.” Thanks to my dad for that wine rack in the background. Next house, I may need a wine room.

Have a good week everyone!