Friday, September 12, 2014

Korean magazines are expensive to buy in NYC. 

While I absolutely love magazines and have been obsessed with them my entire life, paying close to $40 at the only Korean bookstore on 32nd Street to get a copy of the September issue of Vogue Korea seems a bit excessive. That's why when my friend got her dad to bring me back a copy from his travels, I was really excited and happy. Thanks again, Judy!

It doesn't matter that I can't read or understand any of the articles, but there's something about Korean magazines that I really love and appreciate. Their paper stock, always massive size and top notch level of quality just makes them a lot of fun to flip through.

And below is my favorite editorial from September issue of Vogue Korea. Kyung-Ah noona looks amazing. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A September stroll in SoHo.

Today, we remember those who perished 13 years ago.


Saturday, September 06, 2014

"She'll make her way."

From the song Wonder by Natalie Merchant.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Sometimes, I just need to turn the television off and step away from the screen.

I spent most of August just bumming at home, doing nothing but plopping myself on the couch for hours or sometimes days on end. I had been working a bit much since the spring, and wanted to take the month of August to just chill out a little. Waiting tables on top of being at my regular office-hours job just ended up being way too much face time with people, so it was nice to take a short break from such a busy schedule. Walking home around 5 to go zone out on the tv all night for an entire month was pure bliss. To do absolutely nothing until the next morning just to go home at 5 later that day to do the same thing again, it was something nice to look forward to. Watching all that television though did make me see that there's a difference between watching a show you like, and flipping through hours and channels of inane programming, which ultimately does get tiresome. I have to say that while relaxing was nice, trying to be productive just makes more sense. There's stuff I know I should be doing.

With Labor Day now behind us, the summer is over. And it's time to get back into work mode and stop doing things that will ultimately end up being pointless.

I've come to realize some things recently, and I really need to break out of my patterns. Trying new things and meeting new people wouldn't hurt.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thank you to Gwiran Noona for the package of goodies from Seoul.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"And then the Walkman made every block your own movie."

From the article, Heaven's Gait: What We Do When We walk, written by Adam Gopnik in the September 1, 2014 issue of The New Yorker.
Tonight is such a memorable night. 

Good can come from unfortunate events---and I'm grateful for that.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"So I take one look in the mirror and I say to myself,
'Baby girl, you can't survive like this.'"

From the song Jealous by Beyoncé.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The view from my block on a beautiful August evening. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"In a Bygone Hollywood, She Purred Every Word."

The title of an August 12, 2014 New York Time article written by Enid Nemy.

Woah, what a beautiful title. And rest in peace to both Lauren Bacall and Robbin Williams, both such losses to American film and culture.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Turn down for what?!"

From the song Turn Down For What by DJ Snake & Lil John,.
They're all distractions...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Every day, we're assaulted with facts, pseudofacts, news feeds and jibber-jabber, coming from all directions."

From the August 9, 2014 New York Times article, Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain, written by Daniel J. Levitin.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's like you tapping away on the keys of your keyboard. But just because it sounds like you're getting work done, it doesn't mean anything.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Growing up, I used to loathe hot weather because I sweat so easily. But after 2 years of living in Bangkok, New York's summer is a warm welcome of heat.

It's so nice to just walk to the West Side by the Hudson River and chill out alone after work.

"There are more than 3.4 million New York driver's licenses on file in the five boroughs, but the city is home to a surprising number of capable professionals, precocious 20-somethings and settled 50-somethings alike who can't do what the average 16-year-old in the Great Plains does daily. They cannot, or do not, drive."

From the August 6, 2014 New York Times article, For Nondrivers, a Summer Stuck in the Passenger Seat, written by Mathew Schneier.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happy birthday, Junho!

Dinner tonight at Root & Bone was really good. And it's so great to have Judy crash tonight afterwards, too! The cab ride home was so much fun. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Is this happiness?"

From the song Is The Happiness by Lana Del Rey.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"No need to ask,
I got you."

From the song I Got You by Leona Lewis. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sometimes, it's okay to just take a deep breath and chill out a little.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"An ambitious ethnic-studies major could stand outside the gay bar Metropolitan on a Saturday night and gather enough material for a thesis project."

From the July 15, 2014 essay titled "Let's Talk About Gays 'Stealing Black Female Culture'" by Daniel D'addario.

Monday, July 14, 2014

"These are the contents of my head."

From the song Why by Annie Lennox.
Sometimes, when it comes to having a nightcap, the real question is: why the hell not?

"Go get two cheesecakes and wait up for me. I have a feeling the four of us will be talking until dawn!"

Said by the character Sophia in the sitcom, The Golden Girls. Season 4, Episode 7.
Learning to not take things personally was a life lesson that took way too long to learn.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The weekend so far has been really nice.

My roommate went out of town for the weekend, and my bro-in-law also had a business trip, so my sister has been staying at my place with their dog since Friday evening. It feels like our childhood in Flushing again whenever we're alone together on weekends. This is something that we sort of grew up doing---and staying in for days and just ordering food while vegging in front of the television is our version of a real good time. At night booze is definitely had, so whatever we're eating ends up tasting even better!

It's kind of funny when I think about all the weekends we've spent together as shut-ins, hiding away from the world in the comfort of stretchy pants. Now that we've both become adults with our own lives, it's not like we're able to plan ahead for weekends like these. In some weird way, they just end up happening every once in a while, and I've come to really appreciate that. All of this has helped me realize how much I treasure time off where I'm able to spend it with the people I love, and that I need gatherings like these on a regular basis to feel normal and connected.

My brother-in-law just returned from his trip and has come over my place now, and the 3 of us plan to watch the World Cup finale at my place together. The Argentina vs. Germany game will be starting in about 15 minutes, and we're all excited. Unfortunately though, I have to be at work later today by 6:30pm so it'll be hard for me to get truly into it, but it should be a fun time nonetheless.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

"Cameras are on chefs' minds far more than they were a decade or so ago, when most pictures of food were taken in studios under blazing lamps. Digital cameras that capture high-resolution images in low light opened the game to anyone sitting in a restaurant, from a blogger with a tripod-mounted DSLR camera to an Instagrammer holding an iPhone at arm's length. As soon as those devices began plugging into the Internet and social media accounts, food photography stopped being just an illustration for a cookbook or magazine. Now the picture itself is the story."

From the July 8, 2014 New York Times article, Your Eyes Are Happier Than Your Stomach: Dishes Worthy of Instagram, but Not Your Appetite, written by Pete Wells.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

It's pretty late at night right now, but I still just can't seem to fall asleep.

I keep obsessing about this one thing in my head and I'm trying to think of other stuff to keep my thoughts occupied, but it's no use.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy Independence Day, America!

U-S-A! U-S-A!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

It was so great to get out of the city this past Saturday, even if it was just for one night.

Hyunha and I drove up to Beacon early on Saturday morning. Quality conversation along with the beautiful weather and scenery really made for a nice drive to the Hudson Valley. We started our day with a visit to Dia:Beacon, and then checked into a nearby motel to just chill and hang out until returning to NYC the next morning. 

I always know I'm having a good time while traveling when it feels like I've been away longer than I really have, and I can say that that was definitely the case for this trip. 

Thank you, Hyunha!