I’m not a hopeless romantic, so Valentine’s Day has never been an important holiday for me. I’m down to just get dinner or something, but nothing fancy. Phil, on the other hand, went all out and got reservations at a super nice restaurant in Los Gatos called Hult’s Restaurant. Before we went out for dinner, we did catch up on the most recent episode of The Bachelor. That show is definitely the epitome of romantic shows to watch, right? Hahah! I like to make fun of Phil because even though I’m the one who got him to start watching it, he’s way more into it than I am.
For Valentine’s Day, Hult’s was doing a pre-fixe five course dinner. Not only did they have a rose for every girl who dined at the restaurant, they also gave everyone a glass of champagne to celebrate. When our server came over with our champagne, she looked at us and questioned if we were really 21. While Phil was trying to see if she really wanted to see our IDs, I was laughing at the side. In my head, I was thinking, “Girl, I’m closer to 31 than 21…” Regardless, it’s always flattering when people think I’m younger. 😉
The beginning of 2017 was spent in Asia, and then it was getting back to the real world full speed. Besides getting back into work mode, I started taking classes for the Project Management certificate. My work was paying for it, so why not? Online classes are cool because instead of going to class at a set time every week, I can do assignments whenever I wanted to. However, the only bad thing is that there is so much work! I felt like once I started this course (and then concurrently started the second class in March), I was just doing homework all the time. Hope this is worth it!
One of the times Steph and I dropped off Clay and Neil in Berkeley, we ended up trying Jayakarta Restaurant. Although you can choose your own spice level, this Indonesian restaurant is well known for their spiciest dishes. I like to enjoy my food, so I just went with the regular spice. Their highest level of spice is the spiciest level you could get in any restaurant in the bay area. Pretty nifty if you’re into spicy foods!
Back in October, my friend asked if I wanted to go to a Sharks game since his company has a suite. Since it was the opening night at SAP Center and the Sharks were playing the Kings, you bet I said yes! (Plus, who turns out going to a game for free…?) I end up meeting one of my friend’s coworkers, Phil, and we totally hit it off because we were both Taiwanese and went to the same high school… just not at the same time. I started college when he started high school, hah. I’ve always been open to dating younger guys, and I have, but four years is a pretty big difference. When he turned 25 in January, I made sure to remind him I was only three years older than him now. I mean, the three year difference would only last about two months, but it’s still better than nothing! :p
For his birthday dinner with his family, we went to Orchard City Kitchen in Campbell. His family’s been here before and raved about the food so I had high expectations. With tons of small and medium sized dishes, this place is great for groups because you can try a large variety of things.
When SF Restaurant Week rolled around in January, my little Gary and I decided to check out a new restaurant for our very overdue catch up dinner. Unfortunately, restaurant week was during one of the very rainy weeks that the bay area has been experiencing (yuck). When I got off BART in the city, I sighed with relief because it wasn’t raining. As I walked towards Gary’s office, the wind started blowing like crazy and the rain poured down in every direction. Luckily, my rain coat kept my upper body dry. My pants were completely soaked by the time I met up with Gary. I had to use the restroom to use paper towel to dry off everything I owned!
Luckily, when we left his office, it was just sprinkling. (And when I say luckily, I meant Gary didn’t have to hear me complain the whole ride to the restaurant, hah.)
Happy 2017! I really wanted to get this post out on the last day of 2016, but life happens aka I had to get on the airplane to Japan! But you know what they say: new year, new me. I’m really going to try and blog on a regular schedule. (Too ambitious? Maybe.) I’m thinking the first few weeks should be easy because I have all of my Asia trip to blog about, so we’ll see. 🙂
Although it’s a new year, I wanted to close out 2016 with a recap. It was a pretty eventful year for me because I almost completed my goal of traveling somewhere once a month, and I got a new job. The new job factor definitely changed my life a lot – I’m kept so busy at work I hardly get to keep up with my social media updates or chat with my friends during work hours. Maybe that’s a good thing, hah. However, I have bosses that support me 100%, and I’m constantly challenged at work so time flies by. I can’t believe more than half a year has passed with this team already!
At the end of 2014, I wished to ring in 2016 in Taiwan, which I did with my sister, and it was marvelous! During our trip, we befriended our airbnb host, and he invited us to his new year’s party on the rooftop of the building. We had this fantastic view of the Taipei 101 fireworks. This year when my siblings and I went to Asia, we decided to celebrate the countdown in Hong Kong (since we’ve never done it before). I kind of regret it because I saw a video of this year’s Taipei 101 fireworks, and they were way better than last year. Never doubting the beauty of Taiwan again! :p