Category: Lifestyle

A Great Thanksgiving + Black Friday

Last week, I had a great Thanksgiving lunch/dinner. Growing up in a traditional Asian family household, I’ve never really had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Since graduating, I was able to experience it during my company’s Thanksgiving Luncheon. It was a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, ham, roast beef, mash potatoes, stuffing, mac & cheese, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie (my favorite).

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A Walk Around Campus

On Sunday, we took our dog Chibi to our university campus. We thought it would be nice to give him an extra-long outing, and a bath before Thanksgiving. Chibi is a 4-year-old Maltese, and he’s very photogenic. Of course, during the walk, my sister Wendy, her boyfriend Danny (travelingwithtech.com) and I, had our phones and film cameras ready to take photos of him and the campus.

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Umaru-Chan Cosplay + Chicken & Beer for Halloween

Super late post, but better late than never. Two weeks ago, my friend asked my sister and I to come over for a small Halloween party – mainly just eating and watching movies while her parents gave out candies to the trick or treaters. I dressed up as Umaru-Chan from the anime Himouto! Umaru-Chan – yes, I even brought the plush with me. But, I did have to opt out the wig because it was heavy, and I didn’t want a headache. I will be cosplaying as Umaru-chan for upcoming conventions in January.

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Mushroom Eggs Benedict & Cafe Latte

Sometimes, catching up with a friend over a cup of coffee and good food is the best way to de-stress. On this day, I decided to go to Aroma Craft Cafe with one of my good friend. We went right when it opened (at 10 a.m.) because this small little coffee shop gets pack quickly, even on a weekday.

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Fresh Vegetables & Herbs – A Glimpse of my Parents’ Garden

A few weeks ago, I wrote a brief post about my parents’ garden (check it out here). I didn’t take many photos then because I was a chicken, and ran away when I spotted a bumble bee. On this day, I woke up around 8 am on a Saturday morning, let the dog out, and took more photos of my parents’ garden.

These cucumbers are so good, and I was very happy my mom had a few left for my sister and I to take back to our apartment. Before coming home to visit my parents, my mom told me that some of her relatives were asking for some of her veggies, and I was worried there wouldn’t be any left for my sister and I.

Next to the cucumbers are the long green beans. My favorite Chinese dish is Sichuan stir-fry green beans, so I’m looking forward to making that this week for lunch/dinner. Of course, right when I took these photos (of the cucumbers and green beans) a few bumble bees flew near my ear and landed on the flower. It took so much will-power to not scream, and wake up the neighbors.

Towards the back of their garden, they have a persimmon tree.

Of course, we have a lot of Thai basil.

They also grew some peppermints.

There’s also a Kaffir lime tree. As a child, I used to pick the lime leaves because it smells nice. As I grew older, I learned that the leaves are used in most Southeast Asian Cuisines.

Lemongrass, also used in many Southeast Asian cuisines.

Papaya tree.

In the front yard, we have a pomegranate tree. I think there was a plum tree next to it, and a banana tree too. I wasn’t sure because again, I saw a bee and maybe a spider – nope I’m not staying long (terrified of bees and spiders haha).

Before I left my parents house, mom packed some cucumbers and long green beans for my sister and I.

– Cindy

Japanese Hamburger Steak

This past weekend, I was craving hamburger steak, so I decided to go to a Japanese restaurant called Midoh Japanese Kitchen in Rowland Heights. When you hear ‘Japanese Restaurant,’ most people assume it’s sushi. This restaurant, however, doesn’t sell sushi – they have Hamburger Steak, Tonkatsu dishes, Curry, Udon, and many more. There was a long wait because they were short on staff, but in the meantime, it’s nice to watch some Hayao Miyazaki movies while you wait.

Their Hamburger Steak comes in the hot skillet during dinner time. I went to Midoh for lunch, so it’s served on a normal plate. The patty is made of pork and beef, and cooked well-done. It comes with rice, and some potato wedges, steamed carrots, and string beans on the side. You also get a small salad, and your choice of miso soup or corn soup. You also have four different sauces to choose from – Demi-glace, Onion, Teriyaki, and Ponzu. I went with the ponzu sauce. 

– Cindy

Diving into the world of film photography

During my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to be a student assistant in my professor’s film class. I learned a lot about film photography, especially developing black and white film in the dark room. Being a student assistant in that class, gave me a new perspective in photography. When enrolled in the class, students were able to borrow a film camera for the entire quarter. This class really got me into film photography, but I never really went through with buying a film camera of my own. Two-years later, I finally bought my first film camera. When taking photos, I usually use my iPhone 7, and sometimes my Canon T5i (when traveling). Starting film is a bit nerve-wrecking because I won’t really know how my photos will turn out until it’s developed. But as a beginner, I’m not that afraid of making a mistake because every mistake I make is a lesson. I can’t wait start shooting, and learning more about film.

Canon AE-1