[Journal] Cornbread and Kimbap

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I made kimbap and cornbread today. The cornbread is my 15th try… So many ones went to waste… My coworkers were so kind as to eat most of them as they were great scones according to them. But today was a breakthrough. As I was about to give up, I tried a few things. It turns out that it paid off!! I finally got the color right. I have an idea of how to proceed but I’m worried how many ingredients I’ll waste. If my guess is correct, I will need to up the amount of dry ingredients and butter. 

I also made a lot of kimbap and fruits. Most are for my mom who was recently diagnosed This past week with tendonitis, arthritis, and something I can’t even mention… I feel so bad that I’m not able to do much and there is no surgery available for her. But if I can make her day better by making some good Korean food with quality ingredients and my time, I will do so. 

Here are pictures of my cooking experience. 

   
       

  

  

  

  

  

  

   
 

[Journal] Uplifting Stories

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In the technological world we live in today, we have easier and simpler access to news, videos, and media. In spite of using that power for something good or nice, there are horror stories, graphic images, and sad news all over the internet. But there are also a fair amount of sites which don’t promote such content.

I’m a big sucker for anything funny or uplifting. One of my favorite sites to visit is http://www.upworthy.com. This website shares stories that can either teach us something or make us feel something nice. Many of the stories I read on that site inspire me to be a better person and to think about the world differently. I read one story this morning about the power of family and love.

http://www.upworthy.com/she-needed-a-home-cooked-meal-when-i-saw-how-her-mom-made-that-happen-wow?c=upw1&u=4a4c777951f2f6ab48f4525ff33c3ffae439f4ea

For many, this story will resonate with how simple gestures or reminders of home can make the biggest difference to a person. While we are just 1 out of the billions of people on Earth, each of us have a unique human experience. And sometimes, it’s those experiences that make life valuable and worth living.

This blog I am writing now is modeled after the “feel-good” mindset. I try to not talk about things that upset people or about negative experiences. This blog is meant to show people my human experience as seen through me.

While life is filled with both good and bad times, it’s important to embrace every moment as something to cherish because it makes the people we are or will become. I believe that we should try to fill our time with as much good energy as we can. This can be done by reading about good stories, doing a good deed, or even sharing uplifting content etc.

In this post, I will post a few pictures I found. They are sure to give you a smile or warm feeling~ You can probably tell right away what’s my favorite animal / pet!

[Holiday] White Day Weekend

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In Korea, every month on the 14th is a love holiday. Those are days which celebrate love in some way or fashion. March 14 is known as white day. Normally, this is the day when men reciprocate for the gifts they received from women on Valentine’s Day.

My significant other and I celebrate every holiday equally and always acknowledge that spending time together is a gift more precious than something material. Spending time and making memories are things that one will remember in the long run.

On March 13th, after a long day of gruesome work, I took A out for a special date broken up into three fun activities.

First, we went to a sushi place and ordered tons of food. We ordered two different rolls, a sampler, and a nabe. The food was good. But I found out that day that a waitress I knew was planning to retire that same night…

After, we drove around and eventually decided to get jamba juice and catch the premiere of Cinderella which was an amazing movie. Also because there was the short film Frozen which aired right before the movie. There is seriously not a single Disney movie I cannot like.

Here’s a song from that movie. It’s pretty good!

Then it was bedtime after…

The next day I woke up and did my normal things. I ran some errands and picked up my brother. After meeting A, we decided to go for a drive. Then we had some personal time to ourselves and went to grab some dinner. We went to the hong kong bistro which was amazing!!

The seafood over rice was amazing! It was gooey and yummy.

After, A bought me some gifts. As many would know, I’m a huge fan of Line bear, tarepanda, and rilakkuma. I don’t know what it is, but bears are awesome!

2015 white day was amazing! I can’t wait till my next adventure with A. I’m planning a special activity for next week. For those who have found someone special, it’s important to build those memories and to cherish that person you care so much for. You never know what tomorrow will bring so you want to make the most of today.

And for those who are still searching for love, don’t rush but keep the doors open because you never know who will cross your path. Never give up on love because everyone deserves a partner to find that deeper happiness with. And always remember that love is something that two people need to work to protect and build. There will be hard times and good times. It’s important to appreciate every moment and have trust in the person you love.

[Holiday] Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day weekend has officially passed. This year will be one to remember for me. I will refer to my other half as “A” in my entries. I told A about how I really wanted to leave town but everything was pretty last minute. Day before Valentine’s Day, we planned dinner and a movie, but it didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Instead, I picked up a Valentine’s Day card.

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The next morning, we got up bright and early to get breakfast. While A got dim sum, I picked us up some pastries and water.

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Then afterwards, we ran some errands and I dropped A off at SJC to get a car rental. I went to go pick up some chocolate strawberries afterwards.

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And then we got home and had some pizza before leaving!

We drove up past half moon bay to see the sunset which was beautiful. I have the pictures on my Galaxy NX. Then, we went to have some clam chowder and gumbo at a seafood restaurant in Half Moon Bay. Sadly, the food wasn’t that great. I would’ve taken a Santa Cruz chowder any day. But I did remember the point of the trip is not what we do, but who we do it with.

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That following night. We drove to Santa Cruz to stargaze and camp. We stopped by Safeway first to get water.

I saw a group of middle schoolers outside who were probably smoking tons of weed. Then they went to Safeway to buy tons of junk food… Man.. kids these days..

Then we drove off. Lately, I’ve been feeling bad.. Coughing and sore throat followed by migraines. While camping out near the cliffs, I started to get super pain in my throat. I pretty much ruined the night with waking up every hour. The following morning, we went to 24 hr fitness. A wanted to work out but I just went for the showers.

We headed to The Buttery which is a famous cafe in Santa Cruz. Their food was amazing.

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Then finally, we went around the Santa Cruz cliffs to beach gaze. Then went to another beach to hang out and relax. I got in the water and got super soaked by waves. A decided to nap and enjoy the air. I went ahead and fed the birds and hung out.

After a few hours, we headed back to bay. We grabbed some fast food at a Chinese place and then went to unpack. I went to get Che from Sweet Cup and some dinner from Fresh and Easy. We took our dinner to the Drive In to watch Kingsman which was an amazing movie!! I want to be a gentleman spy too!!

The next morning, I went to pick up A after dropping off the rental car. We went to eat Pho at the famous Pho Kim Long.

And that was my Valentine’s Day weekend.