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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Favorite Japanese Snacks & Drinks

As I’m getting older, I’m learning about the importance of eating healthy and taking care of my body. During my college days, I used to be able to eat A LOT – not exaggerating. Every meal, I ate large portions. And I can’t even explain how my sister and I were able to eat all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ every other week, and eating fast food and instant noodles almost every dinner. Now, I can’t eat as much as I did before. My portions sized decreased, and I’m always leaning towards healthier options. But every now and then, I do have the urge to indulge in something sweet and savory. These are a few of my favorite (healthy & unhealthy) snacks and drinks that I like to purchase at my local Asian market.

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Ramen & Potted Plant Macchiato

Sunday is usually my stay-at-home day – cleaning, watching shows, and cooking. But on this day, I had a strong craving for Japanese ramen – probably from watching so many ramen videos on YouTube.  So, when a friend asked in our group chat if we wanted all-you-can-eat sushi, most of us were unavailable. So, I suggested ramen since it would only be us two going out to eat. Of course, planning last minute we went to our usual spot, Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen.

I ordered my ramen with extra bean sprouts, a soft-cooked egg (onsen tamago), and spicy miso paste.

After we went to Macchiato in Monterey Park. We were lucky enough to get the last open table – there are many high school and college students studying in this cafe. I ordered my favorite Potted Plant Macchiato, which is made of coffee and cream, and topped with whipped cream and Oreo. This is one of my favorite drinks, and I always recommend this when I bring my friends.

My dog is the most tired on Sundays. He had a long weekend at my parents house barking at all the neighborhood cats. When we’re back at my apartment, he’s instantly a couch potato.

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– Cindy