While most people freak out about turning a year older, I have fully embraced it. I just feel like every year, my life gets better and better. I’m more successful at work, I have a deeper connection with my friends and family, and I’m learning more. During my 28th year on Earth, I started a new job at Stanford Children’s Hospital, I started taking classes for project management, and I met Phil. 🙂
Before going out for drinks, I joined Steph and her church friends in making some 粽子 (zong zi) or “rice dumplings.” It’s basically glutinous rice stuffed with meat, mushrooms, and other fillings wrapped in bamboo leaves. Clement taught a bunch of us how to prep all the material and wrap the zong zi. Pretty fun experience!
With wedding season upon us, that means bridal showers are upon us too. Tina’s sister Linda is getting married in exactly two weeks, so last month, we celebrated her! Bridal showers originated back in the 1890s, and its customs and gift giving traditions have changed throughout the years. Tina and Linda’s friends threw her a cute brunch bridal party with tons of eye pleasing and delicious food and fun games.
“Thanks a latte for coming” and “Hugs and kisses for the soon-to-be Mrs.”
During the second week of March, my blog friend Starr came to visit San Francisco since her boyfriend was here for a work conference. I was stoked! Double stoked because I would be seeing her two weeks after in D.C.
Phil and I were planning to meet up with Starr and Ben for a later dinner, so Phil and I went up to the city to hang out for a bit.
Happy April (Fool’s Day), everyone! I can’t believe March just ended and a quarter of the year is basically done… time sure flies! One of the first fun things I did this month was a sake tasting and selfie scavenger hunt in Berkeley. I was just scrolling through the events tab on the Yelp app one day and saw this event listed. The listing said it was a singles event for people to mingle, but my girlfriends and I were just interested in the sake tasting part. I mean, who knew there was a sake tasting room so close to us?
Steph, Sing, and I decided to get brunch before the event, so we headed over to Bette’s Oceanview Diner. With over 1.6K reviews on Yelp, it’s no wonder this place had a huge line! (The diner is also very small, so the turnover rate is pretty low.) I was really looking forward to eating their popular souffle pancake, but after seeing how we’d have to wait 40+ minutes, we wandered over to Cafe M, which is just a block away. I really liked their high ceilings and kitchen decor.
February always passed by so quickly, even though it’s only two or three days shorter than the rest of the months. Besides work and classes, I did get to squeeze in a few fun things!
At the beginning of the month, my siblings and I went over to Phil’s place to watch the Superbowl. We brought some wings and pizza, Phil and Eric set up all the snacks, and then we realized Phil doesn’t have a TV subscription. (He pays for Hulu, Showtime, and other TV apps.) We were mad scrambling to figure out how to get a stream or somehow get one of his apps to work. In the end, we were able to (whew), and we didn’t kill Phil. It was just hilarious that we all decided to watch at his place when he didn’t even have the “regular” way to watch the Superbowl, hah.
Also, boo Patriots for their comeback and winning it. 🙁