This week has been a lot of driving. His place to mine, my place to my new place, back to his place.
Moving within a week from each other is not fun.
We needed a drink so we stopped by #Chynnadimsum and grabbed a quick bite and drink.
I also stopped by the Lab Art Studio off of La Brea and 3rd-ish to take the photo of this street art.
I’ve seen it many times driving by and never had a chance to take a photo.
The photo is still too dark for what I want but at least I got it.
It represents LA to the fullest.
It seems like it was just yesterday when my life was perfect.
No bills, no responsibilities and my loving parents both under one roof.
Maybe perfect isn’t the right word because what was brewing between my parents had been going on for years without my knowledge.
This #throwbackthursday is dedicated to my life before everything went upside down.
The time has come and the lease has ended on our rental condo. Two years ago, my mother and I moved out of my childhood mansion. Seven years prior to that, both my parents and I filed for divorce.
I can’t help but blame myself for what has happened; even though I know it really isn’t my fault, it’s only natural to feel like I had a part to do with the downward spiral of what was my perfect life. Perfect within my family, not my marriage.
We’ve been organizing boxes and boxes, getting ready for our move in a week and my mom came across this portrait.
Aside from this, we have albums on top of albums filled with fond memories by our pool, family vacations and celebrations throughout the years.
If I could do it all over again, I would have never begged my parents to stay in Downey the start of my high school year when they wanted to move to Beverly Hills. I would have never gotten engaged at 19 years of age and be married two weeks after my 21st birthday. I would have never allowed myself to be so boy crazy and ruin what could have been a different life for me.
But everything happens for a reason. If I hadn’t gone through everything, I wouldn’t have met my soul mate, the love of my life, the person I was meant to be with forever and eternity.
Some Most times shit happens in life. It’s never peachy and clear. All the shit happens because it makes us who we are and stronger than we ever imagine ourselves to be.
Life is beautiful in that sense. It’s like the clear skies after a rainstorm that makes it all worth while.
If anyone is in a circumstance where it feels like nothing will get better, just look at what I’ve been through and understand that life will get better.
CHEERS to #tbt, it’s been great reminiscing but I have a great life to live today and forever.
Bear is moving this Saturday and he’s been eyeing the 6″ but bigger the better right? So the great fiance that I am, I got him Shun Classic 8″ Chef’s Knife as a housewarming gift for him.
Lucky him, it arrived a day early so I can bring it to his new place on Saturday!
I especially LOVE the wood grain detail on their knives…
See more here!
Too bad it’s raining on Saturday, thank GOODNESS he’s not moving much and most is getting delivered. I’ve never been this excited about something in a very long time.
His new place is going to allow me to record more cooking videos and much much more! Woohoo!
I admit, I really wanted a diamond ring.
Luckily I had two things going for me.
1. I’ve already had a 2.2 GIA certified brilliant diamond with ideal cut, clarity and color.
2. Sapphires come in purple.
Getting married for the second time isn’t so bad afterall! I don’t have to conform to the traditional values and cultures to satisfy everyone else while I’m unhappy.
Yes, I was unhappy at first that the diamond I would want would cost more than the piece of shit car I drive. (Sorry VIPRIUS).
But at the end of the day, I love my peice of shit car and I love my beautiful purple sapphire ring. I honestly think I love it more than I would have loved my generic diamond ring.
With that said, here is the video that urged me to write this post.
It’s true #debeers set out to create a historical catchphrase “Diamonds are forever”. Watch this documentary below on De Beers.
I did on Netflix! It was very interesting and educational!
Guess what? Diamonds are forever but so are other gemstones. I did my research before confirming my choice. I also viewed a lot of stones. I wanted to make sure I fell in love with the visual aesthetics of the stone in person and not just from online photos.
Just one note… MAKE SURE YOU GET A GIA CERTIFIED SAPPHIRE!
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know I don’t bullshit.
When I picked out the stone I wanted, I was already thinking of the upgrade. I told Bear I wanted a diamond upgrade in the future. Yes, I can be a spoiled unappreciative bitch
most some of the time but I come to my senses.
I will say this, I didn’t love my engagement ring at first. It took days after days for me to fall in love. I want to believe that it was simply the fact that it wasn’t a diamond. I felt the need to justify.
An engagement ring ISN’T necessary. A diamond isn’t the symbol of true love. Anything can represent the sentiment of a proposal. Just remember, it needs to be something YOU want and YOU love. Whether it’s a diamond, sapphire, band or rainbow loom.
I may not have an overpriced diamond on my ring finger but I bet you I have something most of these diamond wearing women don’t have… a MAN who loves me more than anything in the world. And for that reason, I love my ring. Oh and it’s purple.
It doesn’t matter what I wear on my finger, I only care that the person who gave it to me wants to make me happy for the rest of my life no matter what.
My ring is more beautiful than any other diamond out there because it represents me and the love that Bear and I have.
My sapphire is shiny, BIG, purple, GIA certified, cheaper than a diamond and most of all EXACTLY what I want.
Don’t feel the pressure of society to buy something that represents a tradition that was made up from a company to make money.
Be yourself and stand out from the rest. Don’t conform.
I don’t need an upgrade to a diamond, all I need is Bear by my side forever. My future husband is forever, a diamond is just a rock.
Know to wax your own car.
I’ve had people say that my ‘how to be a man’ was too one sided. It didn’t apply to everyone.
So here it is. An act that doesn’t benefit me. It’s really how a man should be.
It is the character in his behavior, not the actual act of waxing the car.
He takes care of things.
He takes care of his personal belongings, and well.
Bear is moving out and not that I’m moving in, but I’ll be over plenty so I thought I’d incest in a future hobby.
Cookbooks for the future.
Gatherings, holidays and random special occasions.
Not really great at cooking food with tons of different ingredients but I shall try.
Korean goes American.
First time and I was upset because I couldn’t believe I haven’t been here yet.
I love the atmosphere!
I’ve seen everyone take photos at this location with lampposts so… I had to conform!
I needed a photo here too while I was here.
As you can see I tried to pull a #jensetter’s infamous subway handrail yoga shot.
Drinks + Yoga moves = horrible shot!
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She has over 150 different items… wait for it.
Actually, it arrived to my work so there was no bell.
The receptionist brought over this huge box into my office.
THANK YOU JULIA!
I had a gold chain I wanted her to incorporate into one of her marvelous one of a kind design so I had shipped it to her.
What you’re about to see is going to floor you.
She had vintage crystals to use and sent me a photo of two options. I chose the one used below…
I’M SO IN LOVE I WANT TO DIE.
My obsession with jewelry these days is a bit nuts but… all are timeless, chic and one of a kind. Most of all they embody, ME!
ALSO… THANK YOU for adding the bracelet! YOU ARE TOO GENEROUS!
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Spending quality time doing things Tyler wants to do.
Saturday afternoon we painted on a canvas on the kitchen floor.
I tried my best to be encouraging and not critical. I’m learning to be more like an American parent as oppose to a Korean one.
I would say parenting is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. There is no right or wrong way to parent but there are better ways than others.
I’ve learned, while dating
a white man Bear that he is who he is because his parents. And with that said, Bear is the most amazing person I have yet to meet. He’s supportive, patient, encouraging, non judgemental, forgiving and so loving.
I noticed after my visit to Kansas during the holidays that it trickled down from his mother and father.
It’s funny because any issue I have with my son, Bear teaches me to be a better parent. Just because I have a kid doesn’t mean I’m right or can parent better. The person that knows how to improve behavior and stay calm while dealing comes out on top.
I am a single parent now, but with Bear in my life I feel like I have someone to help me.
Parenting can be so frustrating and at times I want to scream but nothing will come out of it.
First and foremost, calm my irritation and learn to be patient and give words of affirmation.
Finding gifts that one doesn’t expect.
Saving for a wedding, both of us moving at the same time, life, crap and shit… We weren’t expecting anything grand for Valentine’s day.
I thought he would get me something I was expecting. When I saw his gift, I shrieked!
I never even knew a book like this existed!
Thank you Bear for searching and knowing me so well. I lovvvvvvveeeeeee #Veuve so I lovvvvvvvveeeeeee this cookbook!
HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY TO JOANNA!!!
We celebrated by doing a 20 person brunch at KTCHN DTLA @ Gorbals.
Plenty of alcohol and good food. Too bad the cups and utensils were filthy. I drank extra to forget about the filth.
Round 1 – Brunch
We moved over to the second location for Jo’s favorite activity. DAY DRINKING! We didn’t realize how far it was so we ended up walking. It was for the best, we were able to digest our food so we can drink more.
Round 2 – Ace Hotel DTLA Rooftop Bar
After Ace Hotel, we moved over to KTOWN. We all jumped in an #UBER (no not all 20 of us) and arrived at karaoke.
We drank a bottle of#goose (Jo’s favorite) and sang our little hearts out. By this time my phone went dead so I didn’t take any photos. The ones below are from Bear’s phone.
Round 3 – Karaoke @ Palm Tree #KTOWN
Round 4 – HoneyCut DTLA (Not Pictured)
We took Uber back to DTLA to go dancing, unfortunately the dance floor was not open on Sundays.
We left annoyed.
Round 5 – Wokcano
Yes, we made it to FIVE rounds, unfortunately this is now where I wanted to do this round. I wanted to do tacos but someone screamed Wokcano and that where we went.
Tacos would have been more satisfying.
All in all it was an AMAZING day filled with fun, friends and everything above!
I LOVE YOU JOANNA!!!! HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY TO YOU DARLING!
An art event was going on at Chynna so we all went to eat dinner and get our creativity flowing through our hands.
Jason Lee was there to help Tyler draw/sketch.
It was a quiet night with everyone that I love, Bear, Tyler and my hubby.
Bear’s gift wasn’t extravagant but it was just what he wanted. He loves red and camo so it was perfect!
Hope you all had a great Valentine’s day and was able to spend it with the ones you love.
I knew this week I wanted to bring flowers for my big boss, boss and co-worker. All really good friends. Family business, friends since 1996!
I am thankful everyday for my job and although I’m not rich, I knew I could give back in other ways.
My friend David and his family owns a huge floral company. SHIBATA FLORAL
Address: 744 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Hours: Friday 4:00 am – 2:00 pm
They have two locations on Wall St. and one in S.F.
On Wall St., they are located on the west side on the street.
If you frequent the flower district, you must go find DAVID! He has the most gorgeous and freshest selections. Probably the biggest operation there.
I dropped my Bear off at work this am and quickly stopped by the #flowermart in #DTLA.
Entrance Fee $2.
Look on my co-workers’ faces … PRICELESS.
I originally got four bouquets. Three for the office people and one for my mom later when I get home.
But when I got here, I realized that I should’ve gotten one for the new receptionist. I ended up giving her my moms since I could always go back.
The smile and reaction I got from the receptionist was so warm and fulfilling. I admit, I was a bit annoyed this am while I was in traffic taking my fiance to work. But after I passed out the bouquets at work and saw how happy it made them, I felt good. A feeling that can’t be had on purpose.
It feels good to do something to make them smile. It’s the best feeling… doing good.
I want to volunteer, I want to live a purposeful life. I want to give and give and give all I got. That’s what life is about, giving without receiving. We will all be paid back in heaven.
“A lot of times we think that happiness comes about because you get things for yourself,” said Richard Ryan, a psychologist at the University of Rochester, who was not involved in the study. But “it turns out that in a paradoxical way, giving gets you more, and I think that’s an important message in a culture that’s pretty often getting messages to the opposite effect.”
In order to make sure that the relationship between happiness and doing good wasn’t the other way around—that happiness instead leads people to do good things—the researchers looked at which tended to come first. They found that the subjects became happier after they did something good, suggesting that happiness does, in fact, come about as a result of doing good things.
BE HAPPY, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY AND DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE… JUST BECAUSE!
I LOVE YOU ALL!