This past trip to Cali was one of the best vacations I've had in a long time! It felt incredibly refreshing to be back in the lovely California air (hello sun! long time!!!) and also to visit friends & family. Most of all, it felt awesome to be back in our old church and feel that people have missed us. And to hear that they want us to move back. What sweetness it is to be missed!
Also, there have been so many changes in my family. We're a very Americanized family but for some reason, we never fail to do seh-beh every year. I heard I missed out on a great New Years Day because the "real kids" got to bow to us and our parents! My cousins' joint bday party was a bit...rowdier than usual.... but it was funny and interesting! What a difference children makes!!
All the more I realize that my family is awesome. We always take care of each other and for some reason, we all get along really well with each other which I realize is a huge blessing! There's nothing like true, blood relative unconditional love.
Also, one of my fondest childhood memories is my mom always feeding me tons of home made Korean food. She's not the BEST cook in the world, but she always always makes me and everyone eat as soon as we walk in the door! She LOVES fat faces and is always saying things like "you're too skinny! eat more!" Uncommon for Korean moms, right? Hearing her shift around in the kitchen are one of those comfort noises I can recall from my childhood. I think she thinks I enjoy learning how to cook, and although I'd rather just sit and eat, I did enjoy making mandoo with Daniel! I had no idea he was such an expert mandoo maker!
Just look how pretty:
One of the best surprises was hearing that my dearest friend Angela had her baby on the same day I arrived!! Oh man, it feels really weird to hold a newborn baby in your hands... I thank them for letting me hold a little baby in my arms. It was so awesome spending time with baby Noelle Olivia! And of course, my girls H and A!
Angela is probably the most maternal person I know, so I knew without a doubt that she'd make an excellent mother. I jokingly tell her that she can raise my kids! It was so sweet to see all these people dropping by with clothes, food, diapers and excitement. I'm sure a supportive community makes all the difference to new parents.
We just lounged, ate snacks and watched Sleeping Beauty together. T'was great! I never need anything more than the comfort of being with close girlfriends to be happy.
Here we are bowling at Oak Tree lanes.... it was so fun hanging out with people and eating late again! I ate really bad (but ate GOOD FOOD bad) but it was all worth it!
The great snow storm of 2010 was one of the coolest experiences of my NY life! However, I was in the comfort of my own home and not traveling or in a subway... so I guess that's as good as it can get for this type of weather:
My sister and I decided to make snow angels right in front of our apartment because the snow was SO fluffy and soft!
Walking around was pretty difficult!
Ok, going backwards... here are some pictures of when my parents came to visit NYC. Their first Christmas experience in New York!
The Rockefeller Christmas Spectacular Show was very... spectacular!??! My sister and I felt really dumbfounded at how GREAT the show was! Maybe we were expecting it to be very boring or something, but it was AMAZING! Best show ever!
On Christmas Day, we decided to eat dimsum for brunch. Of course, every one else in New York was thinking the same thing:
We walked around and shopped in Chinatown afterwards:
Random folks decided to hop into the picture! And yes, that's my dad wearing my earmuffs :)
After my parents left on early Sunday morning, all of New York closed down because of the snow! Snow work days are the best!
We just stayed home and tried to cook healthy things:
This past weekend was busy and packed with Christmas events, late nights talking with old friends and cuddling with the kitty. NOW I finally feel like it's very much like Christmas! I only wish it would snow... First off, we got the cutest lil tree! Daniel brought it home as a surprise... sooo happy!
Then I had some visitors: Nari & Sally, AKA my elementary school best friends! Amazing that after so long, we just picked up right where we left off.
At brunch @ Resto, one of my favorite breakfast places!
Then we had to go see the Macy's window displays. They're so crazy about it here! Feels like a little part of the old school New York...
Then Nari somehow got plugged into this crowd demonstration thing...
Then we had Paul & Lily over for a much belated birthday dinner. Blim cooked us a treat!!! I don't even know what this is called, but it's pork & it's yummy:
and we played a LOT with the kitty, Brita!
She's quite entertained with Queen Latifah movies!
This past weekend, D and I vacationed with some friends in Montreal. It was a pretty short 6.5 hour drive up and the weather definitely got more and more chilly.
Left NYC at dawn... what a gorgeous sunrise!
Here's the entrance to our rented apartment:
Can you tell I don't really like taking pictures of people? But here's Daniel, in our nice apartment:
Being in the car for 6.5 hours, we needed to eat PRONTO! This little cafe was right by our apartment:
Waiting for a table...
We HAD to eat poutine, which is a Montreal "thing." Basically, french fries covered in gravy and added cheese curds. Awesome!!
We fogged the glass because it was so swampy inside, but so cold outside:
Every morning, we needed coffee as soon as possible:
French Canadians really love their foam!
It was so beautiful with all the snow!
We got bagels the next morning. It's interesting because they are apparently popular for their bagels as well, but they're so different from NY bagels! They are baked and have a styrofoam-y texture. They're WAY smaller (and way healthier) so it was a nice little treat!
We had to stop and romp around in the snow. Here's Daniel, walking up these icy stairs.
Beauty snow queen shots!
Snow is so gorgeous!
Then we checked out the Underground City.... which turned into a horrible race of trying to get UNDER ground... turns out, it's all just a huuuuuge mall!
French Fry vending machine!
We had to leave getting these weird flavored chips. I ended up not really enjoying the "new" flavors, except the Dill Pickle chip. The chocolates were awesome!
Such a nice getaway to Canada! But it's also nice to be home :)
It has been unbelievably HOT. Luckily we have 2 small air conditioners and a small fan which is getting the job done. here's a recap:
Saturday: laid out at the Park. It was surprisingly not very crowded! I think most people are spending time at the Hamptons.
There was some writing in the sky... and everyone looked up for about 10 full minutes... Instead of a romantic proposal, it said: "GEICO: MORE THAN CAR INSURANCE." Lovely :)
A guy just chillin by a tree...
This part was sort of cool... We were at the very first train car, so I was able to get a few snapshots of the direction the train was heading towards. Felt like a ride!!
Arriving at Coney Island:
...which is the last stop :)
There's a Mermaid parade but we didn't go. Sounds interesting though!
There were SO MANY people at Coney Island, I literally thought they were being squeezed off of this bridge. But no... they were jumping into the water :)
We walked through the carnival part just to see what was going on...
Well at least the kiddies were having fun!
Random paintballing sort of game... I barely noticed there was a person standing there!
I was starving and couldn't wait to eat Nathan's hot dogs! This is where the famous Hot Dog eating contest takes place every year. The Japanese guy got arrested (?) so he didn't win. The guy who won ate 68 or (58?) hot dogs in 10 minutes!!! That is soo gross. Especially because it's pretty much expected that they just throw it all up afterwards. Anyways, I thought the hot dogs were yummy! (Although I really miss Pinks back in LA).
Finally going home... with some AC and a television.
I was really worried about my camera being too hot so I decided to keep it home for the remainder of the weekend. But all we did for the rest of the weekend was go shopping and check out a friend's coffee shop. Then movies and dinner. A chill weekend =)