This lip sync battle happened just two weeks ago on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and I must have watched it a gazillion times already. I love it for several reasons: 

1) It’s HILARIOUS. Ellen’s slow movement and facial expression with her song brings you tears from laughing so hard at her incredible acting!

2) You can’t help but want to be part of that celebrity circle of friends. 

3) It really looks as if they are singing the actual songs! (Are you SURE it’s lip syncing??) 

I don’t watch a lot of television nowadays, but Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon (and Justin Timberlake) are quite the favorite celebrities. There are so many famous people that are talented, but what makes these three stand out is how genuine they seem to be. It’s not about fame nor money. It’s not about making a statement. It’s about making people laugh and be entertained; about giving back in some way or another. I don’t know them in real life, but I do believe they are kind-hearted, loving, and have great humor. (Oh how I’d love to go to one of their shows!)  

So when you need a laugh, a good song to listen to, or just someone to inspire you with the vibrance and the positivity of their lives … just pop on the Tonight Show or Ellen. I guarantee it’ll increase those endorphins! 🙂 Sometimes, a little time to sit back and relax is all we need. 

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Reflection

It has been a few interesting weeks since September started, but it has also been quite fun in between the roller coaster bumps. Turning 30 for one thing is the beginning of a whole new decade. One of my best friends and I always joked about feeling like Joey Tribbiani from the show, “Friends,” where he begins to wail “Whyyy, God, why me! Why are you doing this to me!” when he turned 30. It’s not like we imagined it to be a great big difference or a depressing turn in life. It’s just that the number puts a shock sometimes. In our case, we’ve already started a new “30s bucket list!” Here we gooooo.

The 20s ended really well. I’m incredibly grateful for my brother who flew me all the way to San Francisco just for the weekend, and my husband, who jokes that my birthday lasts a whole three weeks. I’m so thankful for my friends and family who sent messages and good wishes even when they’re not around, cook delicious meals, and spend time catching up through meals. Their giant hearts and loving intentions are the reasons why I started this blog in the first place – because they inspire me.

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The Simplest Cold Noodle Dish

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I’m overjoyed with the requests for updated food posts. I find it really fascinating to see how much people love food in general – from recipes to beautiful close-up shots to restaurant reviews, it’s a great common topic to converse about. I’ve luckily been to a great number of restaurants with chefs cooking from their hearts and making the most intricate creative dishes, and the best part is taking away something from each one. (A stronger palette, a new dish idea, etc.) It is inspiring when you get to meet the chefs behind the scenes and find out where they’ve gained their experiences, what they do in the kitchens, and how they create their dishes. Well, I’m no chef but it sure was fun being inspired by one, one that I personally know: my mother-in-law. Mothers really are the best chefs in our lives – and it is a privilege to learn from them. Recently I was eating at my in laws’ home, and my m-i-l made this very simple refreshing dish that I enjoyed quite a bit. She taught it to me in a few minutes and and I decided to make a similar version at home.

Yakisoba is probably one of Japan’s best known street foods and it literally means “grilled noodles.” Though there is an authentic way of making it in the Japanese style, this was a tweaked version that was simple to make. Really, you can use just about anything as it is the noodles and the sauce that makes it.  

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Back to School!

This week was the first week back to school for public schools in NYC! The feeling of returning never gets old – excitement with a burst of butterflies and sweaty hands. I just love going back to the classroom and setting up for the year.  New school supplies, new setup, new decorations.  Then the night before the first day kids come in, I feel it… adrenaline pumping, flashes of what might or might not happen occur, and a constant repetition of my first day’s lessons run in my brain… next thing I know, I have just completed my first day with my new group of kids! 

Call me biased, but I highly respect teachers. They spend countless hours planning for lessons and activities, multi-tasking between kids and tasks, working and learning to differentiate with all kinds of personalities and needs – all the while vacuuming, Clorox-wiping the tables, sharpening pencils, calming a crying child down, dealing with wet accidents.  It’s never-ending yet so rewarding! 

This was a short post, but I’ve started to sleep at 10 p.m. already!  Point is, cheers to all the educators out there – you rock.  Know that the future generations really do depend on you and as cliche as it may sound, you really DO make a difference. You may not feel like it (as I don’t often times either), but don’t be so hard on yourself – listen and try to believe when others tell you what an amazing job you’re doing.  

Here are 9 videos to get you inspired for the year. (Click

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Featured Spotlight: 16 Handles Founder, Solomon Choi

Are you all ready for another featured spotlight?? This will be my last one for the summer and I am super honored to share this as this person really hits the spot when it comes to success. Not to mention he is someone who can easily inspire you to do ANYTHING your heart desires.

Recently, I had the opportunity of meeting founder of 16 Handles, Solomon Choi, at a friend’s birthday dinner. Sitting across from Solomon with good friends, I listened to his story about finding the frozen yogurt company and was inspired by his philosophy, his passion and drive to go beyond simply having a good product to sell.  I remember when he shared, “Be authentic. Stand for more than your product if you want to build a lifestyle brand.”  So I asked if he can share this story with Lilspirations and we enjoyed a nice interview and conversation over a frozen yogurt at one of his stores. For those of you who seek to be entrepreneurs, perhaps this may give you a little push and bring a smile as well!

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