Chinese Valentine’s Day

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In celebration of Chinese Valentine’s Day, I’d like to dedicate this post to the one person who has made me feel unstoppable. I like you because

10 – you’re down to earth but appreciate really nice things.

9 – you’re kind to everyone around you.

8 – you prioritize your family over friends.

7 – you completely go out of the way to pick me up from the other side of the world.

6 – you let me order for two and you eat for one and a half.

5 – you let me win even when you know I’m wrong.

4 – you’re supportive of everything I do (for the most part).

3 – you give me the best hugs and tell me that I’m #1.

2 – you make me laugh until my stomach hurts.

1 – you have a heart of gold.

 

thank you. ❤ you’re the best thing that ever happened to me because you make me a better person without changing who I am.

Recap of 2012-2013

It’s been awhile since I posted and I have no excuse but it’s been nothing but an awesome year so no complaints!

I embarked on a journey of a lifetime. Started an MBA program at Fuqua School of Business which was a personal goal and it’s been absolutely amazing. I’ve met some great people and learned a lot from them. Of course in between, there was some traveling (Shanghai, Dubai, New Delhi, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Riga and good ol’ Durham). Now to land the dream job is the next big goal!…wish me luck 🙂

Kevin on the other hand has had great luck in his endeavor. He left EY about a year ago, took a huge pay cut at a boutique investment bank specializing in commercial real estate, and then landed his dream job at the real estate investment arm of an insurance company. Not to mention, he’s 2 semesters shy of finishing up his Masters at NYU! To top it off, Kevin and a few of his real estate buddies started a real estate investment business and great things have resulted from this venture (and it’s only the beginning)… more to come!

In our personal lives, we constantly make the effort to meet up with family, friends, new/old coworkers, classmates and business partners which consume a TON of our time but we really enjoy it so it naturally becomes a part of us. Needless to say, we’ve received a number of wedding invitations and for the first time this year, we gracious declined to attend due to a conflict. However, we did attend a few fun weddings this past year — Alicia/Tom’s in Ann Arbor, Kim/Herman’s in LA, Lily/Nelson’s in Vegas (banquet is coming up in NYC), and Christina/Adam’s in Punta Cana. Lots of our friends are slowly getting engaged left and right and we’re so happy for all of them! (no pressure for us here) Can’t wait for more celebrations to come.

For our two year anniversary, Kevin suggested to fly to Russia to “surprise” me for the fourth of July — I thought he was crazy. Honey, that must’ve been the sweetest thing any guy has done for me. He spent more time in air than eating caviar/drinking vodka in Russia! Thank you for being so sweet 🙂 Of course I took the liberty of being tour guide and buying him nice meals at fast food chains to experience the local culture.

I’m a bit bummed that summer is almost over. Summer is my favorite season because it’s the only time of year where I look “normal” and also because I get to rock the flip flops, show off my pedicure, and walk around in shorts. My skin tone is naturally darker than the average Chinese but I like it! Must make the most out of it…

CHEERS to the remainder of 2013!

SUMMER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love summer. Wished everyday was summer if I had a choice. The sunshine really can change your mood and attitude.

For restaurant week, Amy and Diana decided to give Park Ave Summer a try. The restaurant change the theme based on the season. It’s always fun to catch up with friends over dinner.

Huge congrats to the best friend for purchasing her first place! It’s a gorgeous apartment in Manhattan.!!

 

Weekend outing with my favorite couple! We bought a deal on Groupon for a 4 hour training session at a shooting range for $39. The deal included 2 videos (probably was filmed in the 80s) and an hour at the range. The other two hours were spent lingering around and driving to the range. Wish we had met at NCC instead of going through the entire process. We had the luxury of shooting a .22 rifle and 12-gauge shotgun (about 60 rounds for rifle, 3–4 rounds for shotgun). At the debrief, we were told that there are 3 guarantees in life: 1 – taxes, 2 – death, and 3 – a bruise on your shoulder. Thought the instructor was joking with us until I saw the shotgun in action. After my first shot, I probably jumped back a few inches from the recoil. Seemed fine after first two shots but after playing with the sniper, my arm started to get tired so I wasn’t interested in shooting anymore. Instead, the instructor told me that I have to complete the session and so I did. Not to sound like a baby, but my arm is pretty bruised. Looks like it went through a tough beating. Nonetheless, I had a great time.

 

We made it to ONE year! wheeeeeeeee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a lovely first time at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Our first course were the fresh vegetables from the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner started at 6pm and we didn’t leave till it was 10pm! That’s some serious dining.He gave me a mini speech which I’ve saved. 🙂

 

Some of our favorite dishes from the night! Chocolate live, fresh summer salad, and organic chicken. The ambiance of the barn is so beautiful.

 

Brief visit to the greenhouse / farm. It’s pretty amazing to see how many animals and vegetables they stored. Would like to have a green house one day to grow vegetables. This probably means I’d have to work from home!

 

 

 

Now that we’ve gone through the photos, I can speak a little more about us. Feel free to drop off at any point. It never crossed my mind that we would not make it to one year but nonetheless, we did and it was worth celebrating. After our first month celebration at Annisa, Kevin told me to not get used to this ‘happy anniversary’ stuff because it’s really for high-schoolers. Anyhow, it is an accomplished milestone which I’m happy about but I’m sure there’s more to look forward to. We both have big goals we’re working towards and hopefully none of this will get in the way our relationship. Open communication really is key because once you start sharing thoughts and ideas with the other one, it helps with the decision-making process.

Thank you for being so patient and supportive throughout. It certainly takes a lot of effort to keep me grounded and focused.

 

 

 

Cruising though the Mediterranean

It’s been years since Ive taken a cruise and I’ve finally decided to go on vacation with my parents! I live with them so I really don’t need to take time off to spend it with them but anyhow told them that I’d go on a cruise with them if they decide to go around the Mediterranean. Surprisingly, she agreed mainly because we had way too many miles to burn. We picked a boat based on the itinerary and ship’s reputation (this was before the Costa incident earlier this year). I knew Santorini had to be a destination because it’s probably the most spoked about destination. After some research, we came across the Costa Fascinosa which is supposed to make its debut in May 2012. Brand new ship, great itinerary, different sites, okay I’m in! Amy suggested to upgrade to a balcony but the price difference between interior and balcony was $400 pp which wasn’t worth it since we wouldn’t be on the boat for long (we’ll be on land for the most part). Maybe if I were to take an around the world trip, I’d upgrade to a balcony room. Retirement gift ?

Our itinerary as follows:
1 Venice – spent a few extra days here bc dad and Kevin have never been but not much to see
2 Bari – a very not so exciting city that can be explored in an hour by foot
3 Olympia / katakolon – first Olympic torch was lit.. Not many remains of the ruins are left
4 Santorini – breathtaking !!
5 at sea – Italian independence day
6 Dubrovnik – stunning views “Adriatic pearl”

I couldn’t have asked for a better itinerary. We spent a majority of the time on land so I didn’t feel bored at all. The food was absolutely delicious. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t recognize me after the huge weight gain!! On a typical night, I’d order 2 appetizers, soup, salad, pasta, main course, ice cream and 2 desserts. Mom has been on 13 cruises and she says Costa has the best food by far. I thought maybe its because the Italians really value their meals so it’s important the chefs place a heavy emphasis on the quality of the food. The service was impeccable. Only thing we were missing were our friends. It wouldve been really fun had our friends been there with us because we partied at night! What’s awesome are the many night clubs that we got to choose from. What’s funny is that Kevin and I started jumping to techno/house music to “no hablo americano” the one song that we knew and everyone was doing their side to side swings. Anyway, we left after a few songs. The next night, some lady came up to Kevin and said hey why didn’t you stay at the club? You’re one of the few that actually knew how to dance! Lmao….

After this experience, I’d definitely go on a cruise again. It’s really headache free. No need to think about meals, agendas, programmes, or activities! Next time, we’ll need to bring more people! Oh maybe we’ll learn some Italian too. The most painful part of this ship was that everyone spoke Italian so we had to wait for the English translation. The loud speaker would broadcast the announcement in Italian, French, German, Spanish, then English! We joked a few times that we’d be the last to evacuate during an emergency because we have no idea what they’re saying.

Photos will be on Facebook shortly…!

Roaming in Rome

After missing our first flight from New York, I vouch to never show up “late” to the airport even if that means getting there two hours in advance.
 
We made it Rome! Arrived early and met my parents at their hotel. We spent the day exploring the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps. It was a long hot restless day especially since we only got two hours of sleep on the airplane. The sites were pretty amazing but I’m not sure I loved it. Kevin enjoyed the sites but would have preferred an extra day to slowly appreciate all the sites.
 
Lunch was at a restaurant close by the colosseum which was pretty decent. Even with the favorable exchange rate (€1 to $1.25), lunch ended up to be €60 when we only ordered a few plates of pasta! A few summers ago when I was here in Europe, I was getting €1 to $1.60! Oh man, hope things will start to recover for the European Union. Guess more shopping for me.
 
 
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one of my favorite photos b/c mom reminds me of the leaning tower of pisa! lol Image
 
Pretty pumped about the cruise tomorrow. I’m so glad we made it to Venice!
 
good night all.