I have never been to the UK. One thing on my bucket list was to go to Monaco for the Grand Prix but scheduling and $$$ was a factor. As a substitue, we ended up getting tickets to the Grand Prix in Silverstone, UK. We used the Fourth of July holiday to take the vacation while I was working and Bear was transitioning from his old job to his new one.
We stayed in Shepard’s Bush and went to Paris for a day. It was an exciting time since the UK had made it to the top something for World Cup. We got to experience London and Paris during the last final games of the World Cup. The energy was UNREAL.
The best part of the trip was the F1 race of course. My future ex-husband Lewis Hamilton did not win the race in his home country but he made it to 2nd on the podium after a bump right after takeoff.
I can’t wait to go to all the F1 races in the future!!!
As for London, I’m okay with never coming back. It was just another version of New York with mediocre food.
I was flying out to Chicago (almost 4 hour flight) for the weekend so I decided to DL the new docuseries from David Chang. Lucky me, it was released the day I was departing.
First of all, I’ve never been to any of his establishments except Milkbar in NY. I don’t consider myself a foodie but I do love to eat and IDK why I never had the inclination to visit them. I mean, I visited NY and Vegas so many times in the past two years, I had every chance! I guess maybe I’m not into the hype thing. If something is so popular, I tend to stay away. Maybe because I don’t want to be disappointed from the expectations that I create in my head from the hype. 😛
Anyway, first episode was about pizza. About 1/2 way into the episode I got bored and moved onto episode 2, Tacos. I enjoyed the Tacos episode but wasn’t feeling satisfied. I watched home cooking and was surprised to see that he was married to a Korean girl. Damn, my chance of snatching him up was out. For some reason I tried to pay close attention to their dynamic on the show, like it would explain or answer something for me. I noticed she didn’t talk much on the show, wondered if maybe it was the direction he gave her or if she was just not the talking type. I then also noticed the interaction when he came over in Copenhagen to the house, their greeting wasn’t as warm as I expected it to be.
I skipped the Crawfish, went to BBQ, then straight to Fried Rice. Before the last episode, I watched Crawfish.
I had seen the preview with Ali Wong, whom I adore, and was waiting patiently throughout all the episodes… hoping when they started to talk about the Viet food she would appear. It wasn’t until the Stuffed episode where I got to hear her behave completely ridiculous. #soupjizz
I had no expectations of the show, or David. Honestly, I just recently found out he was Korean. He didn’t even exist in my world until I heard about Majordomo opening in LA and the sneak preview on Ali Wong’s IG post.
I mean, I don’t exist in his life either so we’re even.
It took a couple of episodes for me to really get into it but once I was in, I was hooked. It was like binge watching a 12 season series like Grey’s Anatomy, you just wanted to see the next one even though I knew there wasn’t a correlation from the previous. I mean, kind of but not really.
What I liked most about the docuseries was that it was very informative. David knew so much about a lot of things and the things he didn’t, he admitted. I think the pizza episode started slow for me because there was a lot of talking which I didn’t know was coming, but now knowing the premise of the show, I understood the need for all the dialogue.
I also saw an old crush I forgot about, #DavidChoe, and found a new one, #MarioCarbone. There were moments I teared up because of the deep emotions that were shared by business owners, the hardships that were had and the bond of people who were shown. Every time something Korean came up, I felt proud, I felt honored to be a part of something that I wasn’t really a part of, if that makes sense.
I think if you have the platform to have your voice be heard, you need to be as informative as possible and David did just that. I saw newspaper clippings from back in the days regarding black and Vietnamese people who I never knew existed. I was exposed to things I probably would never have known about.
I believe in what David wants to do. Bringing people together with food is probably the most accurate. There are no lines/colors when people are feasting. I’ll drive to the not so metropolitan areas to get yummy food/drinks. People will go colorblind for something tasty. David has the right idea.
I resonated with a lot of the things that he shared, whether it had to do with food or not. There are very few things in life where after you experience you realize you need to evaluate your life and make sure you are doing exactly what you want to do.
My favorite part of the series was that he visited a world known chef in Italy who provided a class to make tortellinis to young adults with autism and it was so heartwarming to see that. People are unaware of autistic kids and to provide that opportunity for them is commendable. I have a cousin with an autistic child and I worry about his future. There should be something like that in the states for them.
This is what it did to me. I closed the app after the last episode and I pondered about what I was doing with my life. The next step is the action.
Wow, what a feat. After all these years, I’ve finally finished college with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.
As I struggled through the quarters, managing my social, professional and student life, it was apparent that I was almost finishing and it would be too late to quit.
Several, MANY years ago, I realized there wasn’t anything I’ve ever accomplished.
I played the piano for 10 years, played the violin and the flute but didn’t do it enough to stick. I figure skated, but only got to an axle jump. I’ve tried out different jobs, but after two years, I’d quit. I got married and decided to get a divorce…the story goes on.
I knew that I had to graduate college not only for my mom, family, Tyler (especially), but REALLY, for me.
This would be my first accomplishment in life. Hoping that this is a jump start to accomplishing many other things in life.
I always felt insecure about not having a degree, people would ask where I went to school and I would feel dumb for saying I didn’t and trying to justify why. Usually I’d blame my early marriage, but we all know the issue was the fact that I couldn’t get it done.
Now of course, no one asks where I went to school. 😛 But it’s okay, I feel confident, fearless and most of all proud.
Though my mom didn’t really seem that excited for me, all these years she would tell me to finish school and I’d just reply, “I am.” I think the whole online concept was weird for her. She quite didn’t understand the online university and I wasn’t about to explain how now. (Do you know how frustrating it is to show her things on her smartphone?)
Anyway, I am blessed to have been given the time and opportunity to finish my studies.
I had a wonderful evening with Luxury Living Group at the Petersen Automotive Museum a few weeks back. Bugatti Home was launching their U.S. sales and I got to see first hand the magnificent craftsmanship of the Bugatti home furnishings. And also got a free view of the Bugatti exhibit too. 🙂
I’ve always been a fan of cars. Growing up with automobiles, I was smitten at a young age. I remember roaming through the convention center as a child holding my daddy’s hand being wowed by the shiny cars on display.
As I got closer to driving age, I was able to really research each automaker and pick a car out for myself. Though my two choices at the age of 15 were the Mercedes CLK and the Porsche 911 (guess which I ended up getting), I always had a finer taste for automobiles and well, everything else in life.
I have yet to sit in a Bugatti, but I know one day it will come true.
I also overheard Petersen Museum has a vault with priceless vintage cars… Only if I had the opportunity…le sigh~
Tyler’s 2nd to last football game and I had to go since I barely saw him in October. My son is so athletic and quick. He may be small but he is aggressive and loves sports. He dreams to be a pro football player one day and though I may not wish that upon my child, I guess I will support him. My worry will be that he will get hurt and be out of commission for the rest of his life! We’ll see if he likes it in high school. Being small, he may not like getting shoved around when flags aren’t involved.
I don’t have many occasions to dress up so when Diner en Blanc comes around I love to be a part of it. I brought out the same tutu from last year, but had different shoes, top and jacket. I got some new items in the past year that went better with the look so I of course had to upgrade!
I got compliments from EVERYONE of course on my coat. They were too distracted from my coat that they didn’t compliment my shoes, but I know everyone was admiring my style. 😛
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Had a sapphire shipped from NY (video to follow this week) but it didn’t work out well. I saw two in NY that I loved but one was super pricey and the other was too dark. Of course I liked the pricey one…
I had the one in my budget shipped to because I thought I’d like it without the pricier one by it. But nope. I didn’t. It was still too dark!
I put the stone on a setting just to see.
I want the flower rings below though… $2,300… too rich for me (right meow).
Tyler and I had a really great weekend together. I enjoy picking him up on Fridays even though I have to sit in traffic for 2-3 hours from BH to South OC. But that extra night I get to have him under the same roof means a lot. He’s growing so fast and any time spent away from each other is detrimental to our relationship. It’s crazy because one week we’ll get along great and he’ll go home happy. The next weekend, I will yell and be upset and he won’t go home happy, neither will I. But I understand. There are times I can’t always be the #partimemom and do whatever he wants. I still need to put my foot down and do my part as if I was a #fulltimemom. I can’t let him slide on things because I will not allow him to get away with things because I see him on the weekends.
It’s difficult. I will say the most difficult part is the fact that I can implement mannerisms and behaviors that I think he should learn and carry as he gets older because I don’t see him that often. I don’t get to use the good that I’ve learned growing up to make sure that he has the same upbringing. And as much as it’s unfair, it’s also fair. I realized that no matter how the situation would be, there will never be a fair way to raise a child with divorced parents. One person will always feel like they get the short end of the stick. And i think I’ve come to just accept that fact. Once it’ll be me, another time it’ll be my first husband. (But I feel like it’s me most of the time! :P)
Couple weeks ago, a gf of mine asked me if my _______ achievement (I can’t think of the word, but similar to proud/greatest/happiest something along those lines) was having Tyler. We were talking about Mother’s Day and how I had a horrible time… (blog post coming soon)
I answered NO. Tyler has been an amazing addition to my life, but I can’t say that he has been the best thing that has happened (assuming that, that was the context.)
The best thing that has happened to me as of yet is my transition into real estate. It all stemmed from meeting HC several years ago (I want to say 2008/2009) through mutual friends in the Asian party scene and keeping in contact.
Years later, she approached me while we were at an Art Gallery opening party with the same mutual friends. “I didn’t want to offend you, but I think you would do well in real estate. I always wanted to ask but I didn’t and now I am. Would you be interested in taking classes and getting your license?” (Something along those lines.) 1. I was honored that she asked me. 2. I was ready for a change in “career”. 3. I had tried to obtain my license before but I was not in the right mind set to really want it. I realized timing was everything (well, I knew before but… this time, timing for getting into real estate.)
She gave me a number to call for my classes and Bear and I signed up immediately. We took our exam months later and both passed. (He took an extra hour longer than me.)
Fast forward two years and here I am working for an unbelievably incredible role model who has taken me under her wing to learn every bit of everything in real estate. Her management skills, guidance, patience and work ethic has opened my mind to endless possibilities in every aspect of my life. The opportunity to be around someone like this is rare, I know. To be able to work alongside such a studious person has motivated me to become a better person in my work and personal life. The positive energy I have received (unintentionally) exudes out of me even when I’m away from the office. I have never been around a group of people that make me want to be a better person each and every day. And for that reason, my new job/career is the best thing that has happened to me, and if I really want to get in the nitty gritty of things, it was the chance of meeting HC and keeping in contact for this opportunity to arise.
This job has given me confidence that I never knew existed. Working for this company and with the people in our team has also changed the way I view life and my surroundings. Being around people who want to do better for themselves and work towards that goal is extremely instrumental in my path in succeeding. Knowing that I can do more than I sought out to do/be, being an integral part of a team and knowing that my input and hard work are recognized is crucial to me becoming a better me.
I don’t know where I would be without this and them. I have never been more proud to be doing what I’m doing and I’m so eager to see what comes of this. Never have I felt as challenged and inspired. Thank you HC and thank you God for all of this awesome experience!
Two weeks ago, I went to the gym. All last week, I didn’t go. So far this week, I went Monday, not Tuesday (yet), but hopefully I will the rest of the week. My sleeping has been off, so IDK how I really feel about waking up at 4:30am. The hardest part about it is that I wake up when the sun is not up. I hate doing things while everyone else is sleeping. I get scared in the dark so I end up leaving the kitchen light on and my mom and Bear always ask why. I told them I was scared and they laughed.