Gong Xi Fa Cai 2015


Lanterns at a shopping mall complex in Guangzhou, China. This photo was taken around March 2009 with my old Olympus Mju 1000 camera. I was on a field trip with my old school.

Away from your beloved family during this year’s Chinese/Lunar New Year?

Nope, you are not alone.

There were times when I was very spoiled that all I’m looking forward during CNY were the yummy delicious foods and snacks and the hong baos (red envelopes with money). Life felt so easy and I did not have to worry about what happen the next day and the day after.

Then I grew up. And relocated. Away from mom and pops and also my uncles, aunts, cousins, closed friends, friends, old teachers, et cetera. Before I settled in NYC, I had tasted living for couple of months in countries that only takes 1-2 hours flight from hometown. Never feel any homesick whatsoever.

Now that I moved to a city where you need at least 22 hours of flight (excluding transit), the feeling of homesick started to bother me especially when CNY hits on Jan/Feb. I have missed like 4 times of CNY celebration with my family and friends. I did not care much about the foods or snacks or the extra money. But i do care about spending time with family and specifically for just that day where i could actually meet with the relatives and share great conversations and stories. Yea it is pretty much equivalent with Thanksgiving here in the States.

Anyway, I am not trying to be sad or melancholy or what but I am writing this post simply because I realize that as I grow older, all those bonuses that I always get during CNY are not the main priority. What matters most is the idea of spending and celebrating the new year of the Goat with your beloved; especially parents and relatives and also friends. (and also in-laws and hubby if you are already married).

Love and embrace them while you can because you will never know what’s gonna happen to them the next day.

With that being said,

HAPPY CHINESE/LUNAR NEW YEAR! GONG XI FA CAI! XIN NIAN KUAI LE! May this year of the Goat brings us more luck, good health, and prosperity!

Yours Truly πŸ™‚



Throwback thursday: first birthday in NYC


Right now it’s already Friday (ooh spooky Friday the 13th LOL) but yes i could not help myself not posting something about #TBT or as anyone out there know as Throwback Thursday. This time, my tbt is a picture of me celebrating my 2_ birthday (not gonna tell you how old i was in 2011 but i was already legal way before that) and instead of birthday cake, i opted for pink cupcakes that i got from Whole Foods. If you read my about me section, you’d understand why i did not buy any cake for my birthday.

As the title said, yes it was my first birthday celebrated in NYC. A moment when i actually felt a full adult because for the first time, i moved to my own apartment. No more “ma, where’s the spoon?” Or something like “ma, this shirt got stain. What should i do?” Or “pop, need more $$ to go out tonight”. Yes, i still get some money from them (during birthday and special occasion) but by moving here, i eventually learned what’s good and what’s not. Learned that by couponing and some research, i could make a nice home cooked meal without having to spend a lot of cash. Learned that when my apartment has bathroom issue (leaking and all that stuff), i should talk to the super and schedule somebody coming to the apt to fix the problem. Learned that somebody you think you know best could be the one who stabbed you from behind. Learned that when my heater broke during winter sometime ago, i could not complain but just to layer up some more to avoid being cold at night.

Et cetera, et cetera, yada yada..

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend! Um hold on, tomorrow’s Valentine’s day! What’s your plan on this magnificent Saturday? Spill out and let me know! If i have a free time on Saturday (which i doubt since i’ll be with le bf all day long) i’ll try to post something. If not then..

Talk to you later, folks!

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

Dinner plates dilemma

Back when i had the comfort of living in my parent’s house and the magnificent dorms, i did not have to worry about kitchen supplies and utensils; especially dinner plates. Plates are always there (despite the situation) and i could easily find different type of ’em. Cake plate, salad plate, big meal plate, medium plate, gigantic plate, yada yada. Even the dorm was always prepared with plates (nope we’re not talkin bout American dorms with its’ paper plates).

now, when i actually moved to NYC and had my own apartment for the 1st time, i was always worried about this particular thing. The horrendous dinner plates. Or plates. It’s not that i don’t have it now (heck i’ve been moving more than 3x already) but the thing is: i am so darn lazy to fill in my kitchen with proper dinner plates. I have a M&M plastic plate,Β 2 tacky looking plates that i got from friends, a dozen of paper plates, and 3 microwave safe nordicware plates that i bought like 5 months ago.

Happy? Certainly not.

Anyway, i’ve been browsing dinner plates for the past month and nothing fancy my eyes. Even a trip to Sur la table and William Sonoma was not a good one. I am ok with their price but for some reason, the design was a lil bit “eh” for me.

now now, i still love their kitchen supplies..:)

yesterday’s browsing on Amazon led me to some of the dinner plates collection by Rachael Ray. O-m-G! Where the heck have i been all this time?!? Those designs Β are not just cute but plain beautiful without being too overboard. And the price was quite reasonable. Around $15 – $25 ish.

problem is, which design should i get?


So what do you think, my reader? A? B? C?

My guts said go for B but i like A too.

P.S: amazon also has the plates only collection in a set package. The reason why i chose this set is because i can basically use all for daily purpose. I already have a mug but having another one seems a good idea.

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

POTD: St. Mary the Virgin


Went to this beautiful church for the Evensong 5 PM service about 2 weeks ago. Boy, i just loved the architecture of this church. The service was unbelievably serene and peaceful. If you happen to visit NYC and are staying around Times Square, do take time to visit this church.

St. Mary the Virgin church
145 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-5830

Originally posted on my Instagram account: http://instagram.com/p/xlXetDnZ5B/

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Your’s Truly:)