- I had a full-time job & I got promoted.
- I got accepted to Boston University’s School of Public Health to pursue an MPH.
- I got rejected from Harvard’s & cried a little. The audacity!!!
- I moved to a new apartment in Cambridge.
- I started graduated school & became a full-time student.
- I wanted to work part-time, but apparently that wasn’t an option for me.
- I left my job; actively looking for a part-time job.
- Paying for benefits when you’re unemployed is really expensive.
- I screwed up my sleep schedule, so now I quietly celebrate whenever I go to bed before 3 AM.
- I started seeing a therapist to improve my mental health & I’m not ashamed to admit that. More people should. Depression is not a joke. Shout out to BU for free mental health services.
Heyyyyy girl heyyy. It’s been a minute, I’m very well aware. I wonder how many times I’m going to start my posts with some sort of apology & a haphazard explanation for my absence. Probably forever until the Zombie Apocalypse hits to be honest, but let’s hope it doesn’t get to that. But in case any of you need a safe haven for food, my house in California is stocked for the next 2 years for about 6 people. Shout out to my mom for being a hoarder. Why would anyone need 7 bottles of fish sauce? I don’t know, man, don’t question an Asian mother who finds a good sale. Not exactly down with the 2nd amendment though, so don’t come here thinking you’re going to find guns to defend yourselves. Plenty of great Global knives though. Should I invest in a katana? Maybe. Enough of my aside, let’s get to the point of this post. It’s Friday & I’m hanging out with my fam in California. Instead of working on things for my future, I’m editing pictures from months/years ago. When are you ever going to see my cousin’s wedding photos? I don’t know, check back in 3 years. For now, y’all can salivate over these photos of food my friends & I ate while we were in Montreal for my birthday this year! Pretty sure editing these photos just inspired me to plan another trip to Montreal next year when the Biodome is open.
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Cool fun fact: I’ve always had a recipe for French Onion Soup, but it suuUuUuuUuuck3d. Here’s hoping no one ever made it, but if you did (why??), my dude, I apologize. So, I’ve decided to update my outdated recipe with a brand new one. Look how it sparkles with my cute mini Le Creuset cocettes! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING SO CUTE? Yeah, don’t answer that, of course, you have. I probably should’ve posted a more summer-friendly recipe because who wants to eat piping hot soup right now? Well, you know what? I live in New England & this damn region doesn’t obey the laws of seasons. Seasons are light suggestions. Calendar says it’s summer? EL OH EL, try again. New England says it’s still autumn so it’s cold & raining, but tomorrow it’ll be hot, humid, & thundering. Drunk seasons are fun! Yay! (Help me).
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Since it’s a new year, I’m going to start making some changes around here, slowly, but surely. I’ve got a lot on my plate, I assure you it’s not as crunchable or delicious as the Trader Joe’s Quinoa & Black Bean Infused Tortilla chips seen in the above photo, so it could take a long time. Maybe I’ll take an entire year again? HOPEFULLY KIDDING. The Winter Games have been incredible to watch & as a former figure skater, they’re my favorite Olympics. Seeing the Scandinavian countries crush the slopes, but beaten by the French in skating & the Biathlon had my Boston fam & me on the edge of our $200 bargain Crate & Barrel couch. Incredible feats of skill & athleticism. I may not be pregnant, but I definitely know what kind of dreams I have for my future progeny: QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPICS OR YOU’LL BRING GREAT DISHONOR TO OUR FAMILY. Just kidding, kind of.
So, even though the Olympics are over, the next time a major televised event happens & you feel like hosting a small or large group gathering around a large–or small, whatever, no judgement–screen of pixels, you can whip out your homemade tomatillo salsa, paired nicely with all the tortilla chips.
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I’ve had this post queued up for almost a year, but I guess I forgot to post it. Whoops. A couple of summers ago, my family & I went on a trip to Thailand & Vietnam. At the end of our trip, we volunteered with MEMO in Vietnam. We offered scholarships to children to help keep them off the streets & stay in school, raised money for open heart surgery for young children, played with orphans, & gave thousands of strangers free healthcare. It was an amazing experience. We were exhausted, always full, sweaty, itchy from being victimized by mosquitos, & of course, many of us got food poisoning. Yay.
Our trip started off with riches–5 star hotels, white cloth dining, fully functioning air conditioning in our hotel rooms, real showers, deliciously decadent buffets–to rags. There were hotels we stayed at that simply had a drain in the middle of the bathroom floor, a non-existent shower. That’s right. There weren’t showers in some of these hotels, there was simply a shower head attached to a wall next to the toilet. The contrast was an unforgettable experience. I don’t think I’ll ever forget when my MEMO roomie Katie & I were thoroughly entertained by our eclectic neon ceiling lights in a hotel in the middle of nowhere. It dawned on us as we fumbled with the normal lights with the neon ones that the hotel we were staying was the type you’d take your escort/mistress to. It could’ve been worse, but after seeing hair & stains on the bedsheets & pillows, I decided sleeping on the ground was somehow more hygienic. Don’t question my logic, it helped me sleep that night. Nevertheless, we made it out alive, sans contracting an STI too! We all experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, but I think all of us walked away humbled, yet proud of the good we did. We helped positively change people’s lives, many of whom don’t even know our names nor have any ties to us. We were just a bunch of MEMOers helping out complete strangers.