I know, I know. I’ve been saying I need to be better about updating my blog more regularly, yet I went through all of August with zero posts… oops. I can’t believe summer flew by, and in a blink of an eye, it’d be autumn! Last week, my baby brothers moved back to Berkeley and my sister started her master’s program, so life has gotten a bit quieter. Although some people may enjoy that, I don’t prefer it. I miss running errands with my brothers, going on trips with my siblings, or eating dinner with my entire family. Separation anxiety much?
At the beginning of July, my brother Neil asked if I wanted to go on a hike in Sunol. He informed me that a lot of people in the bay has been to this “Little Yosemite” in Sunol Regional Park. Sunol is basically in our backyard, but I’ve never taken the time to explore the area. I was intrigued and agreed after he said it was not a strenuous hike at all. From Fremont, you can get to the park via freeway (20 minutes) or the scenic route on the 84 (34 minutes). We drove the scenic route there which was nice because there weren’t that many cars in the morning.
I wanted to laze around and watch television, but Evonne reminded me that my blog is “hella hella behind.” So here I am, melting in this heat, writing my blog with The Bachelorette playing in the background. (Don’t judge.) I found out not one, but two!, of my coworkers watch The Bachelorette. (Don’t judge my coworkers.)
So back in June, my siblings and I were talking about possibly going to Asia together. Originally, we planned to go to Shanghai, Hong Kong, then Taiwan. But after a few weeks of discussions, we decided to switch Shanghai out for Japan. I mean, the fact that Steph is still talking about how delicious Ichiran Ramen is… we had to go back to Tokyo!
Since all of my siblings were not working or volunteering on Memorial Day, we decided to go to San Francisco for dim sum and to visit San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) since it just reopened in May. Steph and I had gotten membership for the museum, so we figured we should go check it out!
After much debate on what to eat in the city, we decided to get dim sum at the restaurant our family usually goes to when we visit SF: Lai Hong Lounge. The wait here is pretty horrendous, so we made sure to get there pretty early.
During the last week of January, people were enjoying Restaurant Week in both San Francisco and Berkeley. There were a ton of restaurants in San Francisco to choose from, but there weren’t any restaurant that I really, really wanted to try. Everyone goes to Roka Akor, but I already checked it out two years ago.
I really enjoyed dining at Joshu-ya Brasserie with Clay last year for Berkeley Restaurant Week, so I decided to check out what Berkeley had to offer this year. I’ve read all the rave reviews Tigerlily got on Yelp, so I made a reservation for me and my siblings!
Opened in January of 2015, Tigerlily serves Californian cuisine with an Indo-Asian twist. The restaurant is rustic and uses low light for that intimate feel. They pride themselves on serving food that uses produce from organic farms and whole spices. Chef Joel Lamica likes to use ingredients to their full potential and waste as little as possible.
It’s been pretty cold in the bay area lately, and with the rain, it feels even colder. This weather always makes me anti-social – I just want to stay in bed and watch Netflix.
I’ve started watching a true crime show on Netflix called Making a Murderer. This ten-part documentary tells the story of how Steven Avery is wrongfully convicted for the sexual assault of one woman, then convicted for the murder of another. The intriguing thing is that it seems as if the police set Avery up for these crimes. If you’re into the Serial podcast or enjoyed HBO’s The Jinx, you should definitely check this out.
Although I had no desire to venture out in the cold, my sister took us out to Cupertino for one of her church events.