Monthly Archives: November 2010

Somebody told me…

The winter is finally here!

one foggy morning - today was actually very sunny but with a very chilly wind!

I need to start shopping at Albertsons.

Company's Thanksgiving gift for employees, $20 gift card at Albertsons and its affiliates (which I've never heard of)

I want to win this Magic Bullet from Katie’s giveaway!

I still have Starbucks $10 gift card given by my manager last year’s Christmas.

I don't drink coffee hence I don't go Starbucks. Eeh..

Today, I realized I didn’t bring my wallet AT ALL until I went to a market to get some groceries per parents request. ARGH!! I took a little detour after got off from work and just to find out I didn’t have it in my bag and I had to drove back home ASAP. Not to mention I saw police stopping someone on the side road. Ugh..!

How could I forget this big fat wallet? Because my bag is too big and has too many stuff in there to notice..haha

I had to lie to my parents said that the market didn’t carry the jicama and pretended to forget to get the pineapples for the juice. LOL…tomorrow I have to go get those for sure. 😛

1. How many times have you forgotten to bring your wallet?
For me, a couple of times before. There were times I wasn’t driving, which wasn’t quite a big deal, and there were times that I drove and I was a little nervous about it. And seriously today I felt totally like a dope when I couldn’t find my wallet. Good thing I was still in the parking lot, not in front of the cashier!!

2. What’s your Thanksgiving plan?
I will tag along with hubby to his parents’ house (bringing half of the Asian style turkey (sorry for non meat eaters)) for a dinner, and my parents and bro will go to my aunt’s house for a gathering. Truth to be told, I rather go to the in-laws place..haha…because I don’t have to do dishes or helping out. I have to wash dishes/helping out at my aunt’s place. Ya know, my family side is a very traditional Asian people (women do kitchen stuff, men just sit around in the living room waiting for the food to be ready). Not for me. Besides in traditional Asian thing, the wife supposedly goes with the husband’s family side, right? So I am not wrong either to go to my in-law’s place..haha.


Posted by on November 22, 2010 in food


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Everyone’s out watching Harry Potter The Deathly Hallows!

Hi Friends, how are you doing? It’s Friday again and next week will be Thanksgiving week – meaning a short week!! But for me I won’t be having a long Thanksgiving weekend because I have to work on Friday after the Thanksgiving (known as Black Friday). I am working in a retail industry thus it’s the busiest time for us.

Anyway, I am not complaining. Besides, the traffic will be much better 😀

Last Saturday I had to go to a dentist for my yearly teeth cleaning.

to be honest, I dislike going to a dentist..urgh!

Afterward Met up with my friend, her hubby and her kid for a lunch at this Japanese restaurant.

so empty and it was lunch time! woohoo!

According to my friend, this place is crowded during dinner time - mostly young people who enjoy drinking

lunch menu was pretty cheap. all of us picked #7

free refill of miso soup

The lunch set - K and I asked more salads for twice..hehe..I didn't finish the rice

couldn't remember the last time I had BBQ meat - I'm not much a meat eater.

On our way to my in-law’s place for dinner, we stopped by at this newly opened Chinese market and it was super crowded! Just because you’ll get some gift by spending a certain amount. The cashier lines were full! We had to wait at least 30 minutes!

it's like a zoo. Why there were so many people?? It's not like the market was giving away the stuff for free..haha

our grocery loot

the gift - but I gave it was way too sweet for me to drink

Got this cute earrings from my sister-in-law to be 🙂

i love dangling earrings!

Questions for today:
1. Anyone out there going to watch Harry Potter this weekend?
I am not going to. In fact I’m going to wait at least a month later to watch it in the theater, when the crowd has died down. I don’t like to be in a crowded place as much. I know it’ll be fun seeing other fans, but crowded and noisy thing are just not for me. 🙂

2. Do you dislike going to a dentist/doctor?
Not so much for a doctor visit, but dentist, yeah. I used to have braces on when I was little and had it for a loong time. Just remembering those dentist visits already makes me cringe. Also 2 weeks later I have to go back to the dentist so he can take out my permanent retainer and order a new one for me. URGH!

3. Can you wear fake jewelries?
I can’t. I have to wear gold or I’ll get itchy. The earrings that I got weren’t gold but I think I could wear them for a short of time. But today I felt a bit itchy. Kinda bummer because there are so many cute jewelries that are not gold. And gold are expensive!!
Have a good weekend!


Posted by on November 19, 2010 in food


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Friday I’m in Love!!

“I don’t care if Monday’s blue”
“Tuesday’s gray and Wednesday’s doom”
“Thursday I don’t care about you”
“It’s Friday I’m in love”

How’s your week been going so far? Mine is okay and for sure this week I am exercising almost ( I took Monday as my rest day) daily with today as my rest day. It makes me feel good even though it’s only a short exercise, as long I push to my maximum effort, I still get the endorphin 😀 I am not a big fan of long exercise per say so that’s why I’ve been following this gorgeous girl’s workout video.

“Monday you could fall apart”
“Tuesday Wednesday break my heart”
“Oh Thursday doesn’t even start”
“It’s Friday I’m in love”

Another good news is my brother is getting much better day to day. His temperature has been pretty stable for the past 3 weeks. The only thing that was still bugging my parents were his high heart rate. It’s true it’s been slowly going down but recently he redid heart echo reading and there was something different there (too much complicated medical term and I won’t bother trying to post it here). So long story short after we got referred by one of my cousin’s friend recommendation, we drove all the way down to UCLA Medical Center to see a Cardiologist.

The commute took us about an hour one way (yay to the traffic on 405, 10 and 105)
And as I drove down to this area, I was thinking of these ladies. (maybe next time I come up here we could do a little blogger meet up? :D)

Boy! This doesn’t look like a hospital/health center at all! The bright and modern interior reminds me a lot of an ad agency!

Cardiologist said we don’t have to worry about the heart condition at all. My brother is totally fine. That put my parents into an ease. For sure they finally can go back home in December without much worries anymore.


“Saturdaaaay, wait”
“Sunday always comes too late”
“But Friday never hesitates”

Next day I had to replenish my car’s gas tank in the freezing morning temperature on my way to work

That morning I made steamed sweet potatoes for my b-fast. Left them too long and got mushy! Ugh!!!

I took one, and I think my family finished the other one. It was meant for K to bring, but by the time he was about to leave, they weren’t done yet! FAIL. It took me a whole morning to finish those. They were filling!

And I made Chicken with Portabello Mushrooms. Was okay, family didn’t enjoy it as much (tasteless – haha I have a very light taste buds so didn’t put much salt and seasonings – maybe next time)

First time cooking using Portabello mushrooms..they are good!


Something to talk about:
1. I am still pretty new in blogging world and I realize the way I interact in blogging community doesn’t differ much from how I interact in real life. For example, no matter what I still need to reach out to other people’s blog if I want to have more readerships. Same thing in real life too, right? I have to start go out and meet more people if I want to increase my community circle. Unfortunately, I am not that type of person. I interact better in smaller community. When I first started this blog, I felt like I had to keep searching for new blog and put comments on every single blog so I’ll get more readers come to my blog. After a while, it just wore me up. I can’t do it. But I don’t care anymore how many readers I have here. This is my blog and who cares if there’re anyone reading, commenting or not. I will comment and read other blogs ONLY IF I have the time to do it. I don’t have to make it as my daily duties. I’m sure every bloggers have this kind of issue someway in their blogging path. But I won’t lie that I DO ENVY those popular bloggers who always have LOTS of comments on his/her blog. So I’d LOOOOVE to hear your thoughts on this matter.

2. I know there were some posts that I was venting off so much and full of negative thoughts and would like to thank those who’ve been encouraging and understanding my situation. I don’t do this enough but I thank EVERYONE for sticking around with me going thru the tough time. Now the situation keeps getting better 🙂

3. What’s everyone’s plan this coming weekend? I have a dentist appointment tomorrow and meet up with one of my friend afterward since she lives around that area.

“Monday you could hold your hands”
“Tuesday Wednesday stay in bed”
“Thursday watch the walls instead”
“It’s Friday I’m in love”

Have a good weekend, everyone! 😀


Posted by on November 12, 2010 in food


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From Summer November to Insomnia

Hey everyone, how are you?? Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep (for those in the US). As for me, I did but for some reason I couldn’t sleep now thus I decided to update this blog! I know it’s Sunday night and I even planned to get up early tomorrow and work out but don’t think it’ll happen.

Sometimes I do have this insomnia when I can’t just fall asleep because of my snoring hubby. Anyway let’s recap a bit, shall we?

candies from Halloween - untouched! No trick or treaters came by to our house

So we had all these candies lying around since nobody came on Halloween day. I didn’t have any of these, but my hubby, mom and brother been nibbling on those a lot. Good thing I didn’t have much sweet tooth.


Unless it involves Loacker Dark Chocolate! I can hardly resist these!

I admit that I ate majority of this dark chocolate covered wafers! 😀

And I finally tried to strain my yogurt like Tra did so it became creamier! No more watery yogurt for me!
Thanks Tra for the tip! 🙂

strain strain- getting rid of the excess water

mixed in some Kashi cereal..hmm hmm hmm....creamy and crunchy!

I don’t have Tofu Press as many other bloggers who like the tofu to be nice and firm. Heck, just prepared a big dish and put something extra heavy on top of the tofu, you get your DIY Tofu Press!

filled in a pyrex container with water and put extra other stuff on top of it. See the water from the tofu?? It got the job done!

Why spend extra $$ just to strain your tofu? In fact the DIY one can do more than 1 tofu! This is the second pressing. The first one had lots more water which I had to throw away or it'd spill out

For a little change of my usual toasted wheat bread with PB, oats or cereal, I ate purple yam for b-fast instead.

one for me, one for hubby. Who says a man/woman only can live with bread/cereal/oats for b-fast? 😀

I don’t usually spend $$ for b-fast but I’ve been having this Subway coupon for a while and it’s getting closer to the expiration date. I got the Egg white Wheat muffin breakfast sandwich.

$1.49 for breakfast sandwich. After tax it was $1.62. Not bad. Usually it costs around $2.00.

The combo was only some steak meat and lettuce. No mayo or cheese as I dislike them all. No tomatoes b/c I don't like to be messy eating at my work desk.

My impression? I’m glad I always make my own b-fast The sandwich just tasted meh for me. It was pretty bland without the addition of mayo or cheese. The steak meat was kinda salty and so did the egg white. The wheat muffin was a bit chewy prolly because I ate it 20 mins later after I got to the office.

Our SoCal weather has been really weird! I call it Summer in November. It was 80-90°F in November and this is in the US!

bright, hot, sunny and very dry! Much like summer! Weird weather. Is 2012 movie coming true?

But I will miss this daylight home commute after the time change though.

sunsets over the hills.

While shopping our grocery this weekend, I saw this lopsided apple and thought it was cute.

I know we just got 4 kitchen rugs last week, but after seeing these we couldn’t resist to get it. It’s more durable, bigger and not to mention it’s easier to clean! Just wipe with damp cloth and be done with it! Dirts won’t stuck on it as much and it’s made of rubber/PVC.

color matches better with the dark wood floor. They're $20 total we spent $60 by getting 3 of these. Oh well.

It was my mom’s birthday today (technically it should be on the 8 but it’s already Nov 8 in Asia. Since she was born in Asia, we use Asian time) so I decided to take her out for a little shoe shopping. But instead getting the shoes, she found some winter clothing. There weren’t much shoes that she liked.

Got all of these at Ross. I offered to pay for all of these and said they'll be for her b'day gift. I know it wasn't much, but at least they'll be useful for her. My mom is afraid of cold weather a lot so she needs more warm clothing 🙂

Got this Chocolate cake. 7 candles 🙂 - Happy birthday MOM!

perfect cake. Everyone got 1 slice and 1 slice left for whoever wants to eat it for b-fast tomorrow morning. this cake taste really light and not sweet at all. Kudos to Asian Bakery!

And while driving earlier, I notice the weather might be cooler again. I heard rain is coming.

Questions of the day:
1. What do you do when you can’t sleep?
You know what I do..haha!

2. Does your significant other or whoever share the same room with you snore? What do you do?
Mine does! Usually the remedy is I go to sleep first. There are times when I’m tired enough I still be able to go to sleep even though he’s kinda snoring.


Posted by on November 8, 2010 in food


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