Do you know what my favorite part about blogging is?  Besides the enjoyment of expressing the mumble jumble that goes on in my head and sharing the joys of everything around me with you, it’s knowing there are readers who love to join my craziness! This has been the longest stretch of me not posting anything, but thank you so much for always checking in – you’re the best!!!  It has been a heck of a week finding out it wasn’t food poisoning that I had, each day almost feeling worse than before, but I’m much better and I’m ready to post!

Check back in on a few days – guess what I did with 2 pounds of ginger that I randomly bought for $1 (a whopping $1) in Chinatown one day? 🙂

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the beautiful mothers and soon-to-be mothers, this day is for you!  Although in my opinion, mother’s day is everyday, this special Hallmark day does allow us to spoil our moms just a little bit more and get together in any way possible. I’ve found that the older I get, the harder it is to express how much I really love my mom. Now, being married, I am grateful for my mother-in-law as well.  I hope that one day, when I become a mom myself, I would be just as patient, caring, detail-oriented, and loving as they are. Moms are the biggest superheroes out there!

So a huge cheers to you moms because you have the most wonderful, yet hardest job in the world. This one’s for you! xoxo

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What’s next?

G + P + V = C

And that’s the formula I learned today for finding out what you should do with your life.  For the last 2 years, I’ve been asking myself that question. Don’t get me wrong. I am very content with the way my life is.  I’m just curious how far I can push myself and it seemed I had forgotten what I’m good at or passionate about (besides teaching and blogging). I decided to spend a lot of “me” time just reflecting and excelling in something, but there’s never enough time in the day! I can’t wait for summer vacation, where you know I’ll explode with posts about anything and everything!

So back to what I was saying.  There it was.  G + P + V = C … G for gifts (what you’re good at), P for passion (what you care about), V for values (your lifestyle and personality), then you get the result of a career.  It sounds so simple, right? I would say it’s a pretty good starting place to figure out where to move next. But what the heck am I good at?? I enjoy doing almost anything because I just love learning and having hands-on experiences. But specifically, sewing went out the window for 3 months (that attempt at a zipper really got to me, and I’m still digging myself out of that hole…), photography is really just something I enjoy, not a career, and moving to Hong Kong seems a bit more impossible now… Except if Trump becomes president, well… g’day, mates. I’ll be in Australia with my little friend from Featherdale Park.

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If you have a little advice for what I should do in the next year, do shoot some ideas – I would love to hear! I’m down for some new adventures in the next few months. And of course…. the more, the merrier.

As always, thanks for reading! xoxo

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NASA reminded us all today that it owes a great debt to women.

NASA reminded us all today that it owes a great debt to women.

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FAQ on CNY traditions

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Remember last year’s post on my Chinese New Year celebrations? Reading back on the article this week, I actually thought last year was cold, but this year was a killer. One day, it was 5 degrees with a negative feel!  But it was well worth it.

For the first time since I joined my husband’s lion dance group, I went to almost every lion dance practice and march that he attended. It was really powerful looking at this form of art from a more concentrated lens and understanding the meaning behind every move, every drum beat, and every dance form. I wanted to know the reasoning behind everything – especially how the lion dancers and drummers coordinate. Thinking back 10 years ago, it was just noise for me as it is for most people still, but the beat of the drum has actually become music for me while the lion dance and kung-fu aspects have become an appreciated study. While taking photos and helping out through the parades, I observed, questioned, and enjoyed every moment I could. It was actually nice to hear people questioning me because it motivated me to find out the answers myself and be able to explain them better.  Well, here’s a few of the simple answers for you!

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Year of the Monkey

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Happy Chinese New Year to all those who celebrate!  Here’s a little embossing of a monkey, some flowers for beauty, and clementines for prosperity. 🙂 I went a little minimal this year! but if you’d like to see my previous years’ posts about the holiday, you can read Chinese New Year Festivities and “Ten Things To Do During CNY”

 It’s the Year of the Monkey, so get ready for lots of adventures too!  Wishing you all health and wealth all around, a joyful and happy new year!  xoxo 

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Blizzard Jonas in Chinatown, NYC

While it was heavily advised to stay indoors, I did cozy up in my apartment for the most part but couldn’t help but step out to Chinatown for a bit to capture some photos of Blizzard Jonas. I’m glad I did because it looks like I wasn’t the only one … there were quite some people and friends out there having fun! 

Grabbed my DSLR and out I went with my snowboard pants, hat, gloves, ski jacket, HeatTech, and snowboots!

(Transfiguration Church – Mott Street) 

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To my surprise as someone who had missed that blizzard of ‘96, parks weren’t necessary for fun in this snow. The streets were wide open!  

Here’s a really awesome local resident I met snowboarding down Mosco Street … 

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Pell Street was a playground in itself for snowman building, fort making, and snow angels! 

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A huge kudos to all those who had to come out during and after the storm to shovel

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Check back here for photos of the day after the blizzard.  Stay warm, be safe, and as Ellen always says …. be kind to one another. =)  Thanks for reading!

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6 Habits You Need To Ditch In The New Year

6 Habits You Need To Ditch In The New Year

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It’s nice when one of your favorite people in the world gets an award they truly deserve. Ellen’s huge heart and a intentional desire to help everyone spread kindness is inspiring and hopeful… Much of the news nowadays isn’t exactly heartfelt nor are the celebrity gossip, so when you see a celebrity using their fame for goodness, you can only stop and smile, and try to implement that same kindness to your own life. There aren’t too many celebrities I look up to, so I am darn proud that she was the one to win this well-deserved humanitarian award. (If only you can see the big smile on my face!!)  Congratulations, Ellen!

As Ellen says.. be kind to one another! And as always, thanks for reading ; )

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More Than Just a New Year Resolution

First of all, I just want to say Happy New Year to all of you!  2015 really was an adventurous year that I am eternally grateful for. Without the support of my friends and family, I couldn’t have gone through my second year of blogging nor have ventured on all these trips and adventures.  Major things got checked off my bucket list, such as hugging a koala in Australia, seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland, and learning how to sew! Then there were wonderful events such as one of my best friends getting engaged, having extended family time in Hong Kong, visiting my brother in San Francisco, re-painting my small but cozy apartment, and celebrating my father’s retirement. There were some downfalls that I never quite shared with anyone, but nonetheless I feel incredibly blessed!

This year, 2016… comes a whole new journey. I have lots of goals – both big and small, personal and professional – that I want to go after. If you’re also trying to find ways to be achieve your goals, let’s do it together!  

(Ideas inspired by Maria Sharapova’s article “New Year, New Goals”) 

MAKE EATING & FITNESS FUN.  We spend a lot of time listening to ourselves and others talk about diets.  I cringe when I hear the word because I find it to be a difficult thing for most people to go through. YES, even the skinny ones go through their own health concerns and have certain “diets” to adhere. Diets don’t work if you’re not consistent and balanced. I think a better term to use is “lifestyle eating.”  So this year, I want to do more exercising and eating what I enjoy but in small portions, especially those sweets!

WRITE IT DOWN.  If I’m sitting in a meeting or class without a notebook, chances are I will forget some of what I just heard. So I’m bringing my notebook everywhere with me.  Taking notes helps you remember, but using the notebook to also track yourself in fitness, eating, ideas, etc. will remind you of how far you’ve come from the beginning and formulate your thinking.  You’ll physically see your progress too.

EMBRACE THE TOUGH DAYS. On some days, there are things I’m not too fond of. Bad hair day, students not listening, a failed creative project, favorite sweater getting ruined. No one is perfect. So keep this in mind – if we’ve done our best and we got the job done, then that’s the important thing. Work harder the next time and keep going until you’ve maximized your potential. Things can only get better from there. Or another solution?  Sleep it off and await the next day. You’ll be surprised what a difference one day can make! Sometimes, rest is the key to a better you!

BE CURIOUS.  One of my best friends recently told me to ask her more questions about the hardship she’s going through because the more I ask (as uncomfortable it can be for fear of intrusion), the more it shows how much I care.  Sharapova said the same thing in her article: “The more interested I am in other people, the more interesting I become as a person.” I’ve always been a listener, but can be quiet in response.  So this year, I’m committed to asking more questions of my friends and family and really listen to their answers. Keep in mind though – there are some people who just rather not share anything or get offended by questions, so respectfully move on.

BOND WITH FAMILY.  I remember when describing what my future husband would be like, I always had “family-oriented” as the top 3 personality traits because that’s what I was and wanted my significant other to be. Family will always be first. This year with my husband, I want to help my parents and parent-in-laws really explore the culture of today’s generation and experience new foods, new places. If they don’t like it, we’ll try something else!  Hello, ramen burgers, Shakespeare in the Park, and Guggenheim Museum!

So what are your new year resolutions and goals? : ) 

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