Garden of fresh vegetables & herbs

This past weekend I went home to visit my parents. Usually, I would stay indoors and be lazy while my mom spoils me with her amazing food. I have yet to reach her level of cooking skills, but a lot of my friends (and ex-boyfriends) has complimented my cooking skills (lets just say my ex gained a few extra pounds when we were dating haha).

It’s amazing how fresh vegetables and herbs can really transform your dishes, and I really appreciate it when my mom gives us bags loaded with veggies/herbs for my sister and I to bring back to our apartment. It saves us time on grocery shopping, and on grocery expenses. But sometimes, our mom gives us a little too much. She would usually give a bag of cucumbers, herbs, or zip lock bags of Thai Chili Peppers (which I still haven’t used them all up yet). When we tell her we don’t need any of it she says, “I still have more in the garden, so take it.” And often, she would make us feel guilty by saying, “do you want me to finish all these ingredients by herself?”

Currently, my parents’ garden consist of a mango tree, tomato tree, lime tree, and orange tree. Corn, Lemon grass (mom uses this for her amazing Thai curry/soup), cucumber, Thai basil, Thai chili peppers, mint, green onions and many more. One of my favorite vegetables from my parents’ backyard is green papaya. I love it when my mom asks me if I want to make Thai papaya salad. When I feel like making it, she would then go out to pick a papaya (I was too short to reach for one myself), and we would start preparing the dish.

It’s a very nice feeling to just go out into a garden and carefully pick your vegetable/ herb. I’m still a newbie at picking vegetables and herbs, so when my mom asks me to go out and pick stuff for her, I’m yelling across the garden into the house, “mommy how can you tell which one is good or not?!” and she would respond by telling me to look at shape, size, color etc.

Note: this is only a small portion of my parents’ garden. I was too scared to go to the other side because of the bees.

This week, my mom gave us eight cucumbers. She said to just eat them on the side with ours meals or something. Eight cucumber is a lot, and on top of other vegetables that I would like to eat, I’m worried that I won’t use them all in time before it spoils. I’ve been looking up some recipes online but I haven’t really found something that I’m interested in making. For now, I might buy humus, and eat it with the cucumbers. Hopefully, when I visit my parents again they won’t give us too much stuff to bring back.

– Stories by Cindy

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Lazy day – Curry + Ramen

At the beginning of 2017, one of my New Year Resolution was to eat healthier. It started off great, but recently I’m having difficulties staying consistent. There are weeks where I’ll cook healthy meals everyday, and then there are weeks where I’ll eat instant ramen 3-5 times a week.

This week one of my lazy cooking is Japanese curry. I woke up at 6 am to make this curry with ground pork and a lot of mushrooms. Sadly, there was no other vegetables in my refrigerator – it’s a sign that I need to do some grocery shopping. Making curry does not require a lot of time which is why I consider it my lazy day food. I would just throw anything that I find in the refrigerator (preferable vegetables since I’m trying to eat more vegetables), and use Japanese curry roux – Vermont or Golden Curry brand. With just 3 ingredients (including the roux) I was able to finish cooking this in about 30 minutes (without forgetting to cook the rice). My favorite recipes are from the website Just One Cookbook.

When I come home from work, of course I have to give my spoiled dog (Chibi) attention. He usually jumps around on the couch or bark at my sister and I until we sit down on the floor. After, he would crawl onto our lap and turn onto his back for a belly rub. When I get home I’m usually starving, so I made instant kimchi ramen because it’s the quickest option. To make it ‘healthier,’ I added fermented kimchi and some bean sprouts. After, I was just lounging around the house watching Youtube videos, and shows on DramaFever. I should really start being more productive, but there’s something about summer that makes you want to be lazy.

– Cindy

626 Night Market + Video Diary

On Saturday July 22, 2017, I went to 626 Night Market located at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, CA. 626 Night Market is an event held every summer with hundreds of vendors – food, entertainment, arts, crafts, and merchandise. Admission is $5 (cash only), and all vendors only take cash. If you don’t have cash, there are ATM machines throughout the site.

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Anime Expo 2017 Photo Diary + Video

On June 30 to July 4, I volunteered at Anime Expo (AX) in the Press Relations department. It was a very busy schedule but I was still able to find time to cosplay and going around the exhibit hall to shop. This year AX 2017, there was about six world premieres – CardCaptor Sakura Prologue, Tokyo Ghoul Live Action, Welcome to the Ballroom, etc. There was more screenings, panels, and concerts, and the convention site extended to the JW Marriot by the LA Live for even more space. AX 2017 was fun and tiring, and it was tough going back to work on July 5th. I’ve been cosplaying for about 5 years now, and I felt that each year I’m improving my makeup, wig styling, and costume details (read about my first cosplay experience here). Here are some photos I’ve taken at AX 2017 located at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Day 1: A crowd waiting to get into the Exhibit Hall after the Ribbon Cutting

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Wedding Guest Outfit + Traditional Cambodian Wedding Ceremony

Last weekend, my best friend since middle school got married. She had two weddings, and the one I attended was her traditional Cambodian (Khmer) wedding ceremony. I haven’t been to a traditional Khmer wedding since I was 9 when my aunt got married, so it was pretty hard figuring out the appropriate attire. I decided to wear this mock one-piece water-color flower dress from Liz Liza. I ordered this dress from Tokyo Otaku Mode because the main Liz Lisa website, Tokyo Kawaii Life, no longer sells it. This dress runs pretty small so it’s perfect for petites. I’m 4’10, and the length stops right above my knees. I love dresses that looks like a two-piece because it saves me a lot of time when deciding on what to wear.

Liz Lisa Dress: One-size | Total Length: 32.4 inches or 84.2 cm


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Burberry | The Chelsea – Short Heritage Trench Coat in Black

Trench coat shopping is one of my biggest nightmare. It’s either too long in length, the fit is awkward, or the length of the sleeves were always too long. I’m about 4’10”, and wearing coats that past my waist makes me look even shorter. Back in January I decided to give Burberry trench coat a try as well as to treat myself to a nice birthday gift.

When I went in, of course they questioned my age (not literally) by giving me weird stares and a hesitant “hello,” but I’m happy I didn’t get any rude sales associates. The SA that helped me was very nice, and she took my height into consideration and was very patient with me. I was interested in buying The Chelsea – Heritage Trench Coat in black since I love wearing white, grey, and black. I never knew they came in 4 sizes (shown below) – short, mid, long, x-long.

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Work Outfit: Not So Mini, Mini Skirt

Mini pencil skirt is a great alternative for ladies under 5 feet who are looking for work outfits. At 4’10, I struggle with finding skirts that are at the perfect length. But I noticed that most mini skirts are actually the perfect length on me. Mini skirts, and mini dresses, usually stops above my knees or below my mid-thighs. I bought this skirt from Uniqlo last winter because I thought I could wear it casually out to lunch or dinner with friends. But after a few uses, I realized that it can also work for business casual attires. Today, I wore it with a white lace-up crop top T-shirt from Romwe, grey heels, and a gray cardigan.

Work ootd: 05/02/17 | Top: Romwe | Skirt: Uniqlo | Cardigan: Forever21 | Heels: Yesstyle

– Cindy

 

Titan Con 2017 Cosplay: Tomoyo Daidouji

Cosplaying and attending anime conventions is one of my favorite hobbies. I love being able to dress up as my favorite character and take pictures of other cosplayers. Since 2013, I have always cosplay as Sakura Kimonoto from Cardcaptor Sakura. For Titan Con, I decided to go as Sakura’s best friend, Tomoyo Daidouji. Since this was a last minute decision to attend, I decided to go for something simple.

Tomoyo is an elementary school girl in the anime, so my height at 4’10 and my baby face worked out for this school girl cosplay. Here are a few photos from Titan Con 2017.

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– Cindy