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Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018

This holiday, my husband and I spent our free time geeking out over building our first gaming PC. I'd had a desktop computer when I was a kid and my dad gave me the parts to put it together, but that was a long time ago. Quang hadn't put together a computer before and he did all the research to find the right components for our price point and tier.

Here's the specs for what we built:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600, 3.2Ghz, 6-core
  • Motherboard: ASUS Prime X370 PRO ATX AM4
  • ...
Posted on Monday, January 1, 2018

Use this form to calculate the one-time upload cost and recurring monthly cost of storing your data in Amazon Glacier as of 1/1/2018. This is specifically using S3 bucket to store the data and making a lifecycle request to convert that data to Glacier tier (the way Arq Backup client executes backup). It does not estimate retrieval costs, deletion costs, or additional incremental backups. It is also based on US West Coast Oregon region pricing. YMMV depending on region your DC is. You can check the...

Posted on Monday, January 1, 2018

I've been backing up my home data to a Drobo 5N NAS for a few years now, but never felt fully comfortable about the idea that if my home were to burn down, that data would be gone.

I messed around with CrashPlan before, thinking I would take advantage of the unlimited space but I think they stopped offering that. Also I wasn't able to get the headless agent on the machine and the steps were just a little too inelegant/homegrown/unsupported. Still, at...

Posted on Saturday, November 25, 2017

I’ve been at Pinterest since around December 2014 and have been loving it on the web platform team. A few months ago (June-ish?) we had our first reorg ever and I found myself, for the first time, on a new team. Our team had had some minor churn but nothing quite as large as this. Focusing on performance has been a pretty interesting change of pace.

The first order of business was to basically solve the problem of how do we make sure our site doesn’t get slower before developers release code into production. Turns out the standard operating procedure had...

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

My husband got a Cintiq awhile back, and when I first tried it I didn't really enjoy the digital feel of it. I like to feel ink bleeding into the grain of the paper, and watch the water drip through a wash. Plus, it was taking up so much space on the tiny desk that we share!

I recently got fed up with it and decided to change the setup. I wanted to recover the desk space but we didn't have enough space to move the giant tablet over to the side. I bought a small table from Amazon and invested in the...

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

I'm beginning to feel that itch again to immerse myself in something completely new (yet tangential to what I've already been doing). I'm a full-time software engineer, but I feel that it might be time to broaden beyond a specialization in web. So I'm going to try to pick up C++ and hopefully get a task at work that can exercise what I'm learning.

Having these feelings really puts me in a bind when it comes to being passionate about the work I need to do right now. I've consulted with some people that I would consider my mentors and I have been told that this feeling is normal. (It...

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017

I am still recovering from the awesome experience I had at the React Amsterdam 2017 conference. It was my first time speaking at such a large conference-- one that claims to only have had 150 attendees last year. At over 1000 attendees this year, I can say it was thrilling to get the opportunity to share Pinterest's migration story with such a large crowd. Here is a link to the video of...

Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I'm trying out a new way to organize my learning style when it comes to staying on top of all the front-end tech and javascript buzz going on. The good news, at least according to my recent readings, is the Javascript ecosystem is slowing down. However, the problem of information overload continues. I often find myself spending hours skimming many, many articles, but not feeling like I'm truly learning on my own.

Learning on the Side

At work, as a platform...

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

Well, it's my annual blog post!

Today, friends of ours gave birth to their first baby. It made me reflect on our family as we approach the one year mark since the birth of our son (weird, "our son"), and how crazy yet not-that-crazy it's been. We've been quick to settle into our new routine I think, and I'm starting to approach a mindset where it's hard to imagine how my life was before Miles. Weird, again.

Not to say I'm not doing the same things-- Quang and I take turns going out with friends, I'm still working harder than I probably should and worrying at about the same...

Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015

When I built my first ReactJS CRUD application, I was mainly tinkering with the React framework and had all my components in one giant file. I got to the point where I decided I wanted to configure a build system to compile and watch for changes in the codebase, and followed this great blog article on converting my huge file to CommonJS modules and got my app all set up. Here is my folder structure when I started the new config:...

Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2015

This is a little late, but something I drew in March

while staying at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa.


Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015


my first bus blog. I've been reading a lot on the bus, which is pretty much the only time I am able to read. just finished this book which I thought was quite profound so didn't want to go on to the next without jotting a few thoughts down. 

format of the book was mainly narrative in the first half, a little more technical analysis in the second half. premise was the idea that meaning is an essential driver of an individual's will to live, and a lack of meaning could actually be fatal. also that meaning can be derived in three main ways: achievement or deed,...

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Unfortunately, the only thing I have been able to draw is this. My original resolution was one final piece of artwork per month. It's almost the end of February and I have yet to produce one.

But! I will post this sketch as my January piece. Maybe I can compromise and say at least one drawing I'm okay with posting online per month. I'm still aiming for a final work of some sort in March.



Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Where is the year going? It's already mid-February and it feels like just last weekend I was craving a champagne to ring in the new year. Or to ring in my 30th. Despite the sobriety, I already have a lot to be thankful for and feeling so loved with friends, family, good food, a beautiful city, and a new little one to share this love.

Two and a half more months and he'll be here, if all goes well.

I haven't done very much with the art I was hoping to do -- a piece per month was my new year's resolution. I'll post a scan of what I drew in January.

I also had another...

Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2015

It's been awhile since I've posted a life update, so here goes. After getting married in February to Q, we are happily situated in our two-bedroom home in San Francisco awaiting the arrival of our son, due in May. We are both so thrilled and of course also nervous. Who can predict what can go wrong? At the same time, we're confident that whatever comes to pass, we can handle it together.

I haven't really gathered my thoughts on how I'm feeling, or rather, how being pregnant feels to me. I feel mostly the same besides the physical limitations (can't bend down too much, back hurts,...

Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2015

I'm not sure how long I've had my old site up, which you can see here, but I know it's been a few years which seems to be how often I undertake a redesign. This is my 5th redesign, and I kind of wish I kept screenshots of the older ones. I'm sure I could find them if I looked hard enough. 

As I always say with each redesign, this one has to be my favorite. I went from static .html files which had to be tediously and manually updated, to a few Wordpress sites that were easy enough to update but I never felt that good about...

Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2015

High above even the thinnest clouds, too far up to be seen by eyes peering up from the ground, the airplane passenger had a passing thought: we are flying much higher, I think, than normal flights do.

However, this thought came and went as a silly flash of paranoia; reason suggested that the pilots, certified and trustworthy, knew very well at what altitude the aircraft was steadily flying. And this reason was justified by the silence of the cockpit radio, the calm and mellifluous murmur of conversation among the other occupants, and the comforting consistency of the hum of the...

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I haven't written a public post in a long time, and I am re-vowing to write daily even if it's just a little snippet of what I'm doing. Problem is, I'm doing a lot of things. So I'm going to try to find a good way to post on all the things separately in such a way that I can view them separately (ie., using Drupal content types and Views).


Updating this site

This has been on my list for a long time. I've been a Drupal fan for awhile and I don't know why I'm still basing my site on WordPress, which I find to be cumbersome to really...

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

About a month ago, I noticed a lot of recruiters reaching out. I don't think it was just to me-- a friend told me first quarter is when recruiting season really gets busy. But it did get me a few interviews that I went into thinking I would just see what's out there. I didn't really expect to be leaving my job, but I guess having those conversations and re-assessing my skillset led me to think a little more deeply about what I wanted and how much I think I'd grown.

Looking back on my year (and on the last time I wrote in this blog), I think I've honestly been trying to keep up an...

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012

This holiday season almost every weekend consists of a flight, so I'm enjoying the last two weekends we have here in San Francisco. On Saturday, we got to see some hand-made planes flop into the water in Red Bull's "Flugtag" event at AT&T Park. It was neat to be able to just walk in and hang out in the outfield. Afterwards, we went to a cooking class in a nice apartment in SOMA, where we drank lots of wine and ate the best pear tart we'd ever had.

Today, we went to a couple bars during the day and then stuffed ourselves at Tony Napoletano in North Beach ... really stuffed...

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012

I find it so hard to come up with titles. Well, elections over so NPR is now turning its talk to scary projections of the "fiscal cliff" and the way Republicans are re-examining their strategy and the "changing demographic." I heard someone on the radio say today something to the effect of: (paraphrase) the party has a way of talking that is very aggressive towards gays, women, minorities, poor, etc. and it's a habit, like smoking. The party was filled with too many cliches, talking points. And what they need to do is apply something akin to "the patch," and really stop that line of...

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

nice and chilly while I'm cozy inside. I heart sf!


Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012




Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I got almost all the things I needed to get done on my to-do list. This includes: Photoshop comps for Intel Recommended Reading flow, Huawei email draft, helping out with Nephoscale email (not on my list but I knew I would need to), troubleshoot a data problem with a landing page, DailyStrength scheduling, Karen's YouTube video, fixed Analyst Solution bug, and got part 1A out of 4 parts of javascript homework done. Plus I worked out. Not bad for one day.

I have to keep remembering that when I start something, even if it's a small start, it's easier to continue. If I put off even...

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

After 5 years at the same hosting company and finally being fed up with random downtime, slow performance, and limited server offering (AuraDev), I finally cut the cord and went to an unmanaged server at Linode. The setup and migration took less than a day, and it felt great to be able to set up a completely blank Ubuntu installation and have total control.

Linode had excellent instructions that showed me how to install and secure my LAMP stack and set up my domain names, and I took the knowledge I'd gained this past year setting up dozens of Drupal/WordPress sites...

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I'm creating a mood board for a client and found a really fun tool to compare typefaces with each other in layout easily and quickly:

I found these two combinations that I really like and may incorporate soon if the client doesn't like them haha:

Leckerli One & Raleway


Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012

totally inspired by Aron Bothman, someone I went to Cal with. He does these gouache paintings that are simple, but stunning and I think compositionally brilliant. colored pencil has always been my medium of choice. here's the start of my first one:


Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Just finished my first homework assignment for Javascript. It was a fairly simple one-- I suspect the next homework is going to be much harder.

For this first one, we had to code a simple site that included a table that lists our homework and blank pages that were "Under Construction" which will be replaced as we complete subsequent homework assignments.

We also had to use HTML5 or XHTML (our choice) and have it validated by W3C. You can see my page here.

I think I'm going to use the boilerplate I used in this...

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012

Just got back from my first in-person class at CCSF-- GRPH 35, Introduction to Graphic Design. I'm also taking CNIT 133 which is Javascript, but it's an online only course.

After working from home today, I found it difficult to hop on my bike and ride all the way to the Mission campus. I was feeling lethargic and tempted to just stay home and crack open a beer... but I did it, after Quang made me wear a helmet for the first time. I know, I know, I should... and I did... and it wasn't that bad. I bought my own helmet and I do plan on wearing it.

The 3.5 mile ride to the...

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012


  • Photoshop (Slice tool)
  • HTML/CSS Development
  • Cross-email client compatibility (Outlook, Gmail)

HTML emails are so much more than meets the eye, especially when it comes to complicated designs that require some pretty nasty tables (if you're doing it by hand) to make it look right. I found a nice resource that explains CSS support for various popular email clients out there, which is useful if you're coding emails by hand. It's also useful if you're not, because...

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012

Not sure how I did it, but I was pretty pissed when I first got my new iPhone 4s (long awaited upgrade since I've been using my 3G for about 3 years). it would go from a full charge around 6am to zero after 3 hours of usage at around 4, less than 10 hours of standby.

after reading a ton of forums, I did a series of resetting network settings, restoring my iPhone, backing up then re-restoring, and finally resetting all from my phone.

now, I seem able to go at least a day and a half with heavy usage. I turned off push for email, with about 5 gmail accounts installed which are...

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012

with Quang Maggie joe Megan and matt at marine green checking out the festivities. wish I hadnt eaten before we walked over. I love living here.

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011


Maggie jumped out a 4th story window left open last week at a friends while we were in va. shattered her leg and broke her paws. thank god I have insurance this time around. she had a successful surgery and we are taking care of her basically 24/7 helping her walk, eat, poop, haha. its been a challenge but our spirits are up and so are hers. today...

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011

so the bad thing about blogging on the iPad is that punctuation and capitalization sort of go out the window. but thats pretty much the only real bad thing.

I think we, yes we, are finally starting to settle into some kind of routine. its not a rigid one, but it is a comforting one. heres a brief summary of a typical week that I imagine wont vary too much in the coming months besides some occasional travel.

quang has found a promising internship at a gaming company that has him working about 30 hours a week in soma. this has been his first week on the job and it took a...

Posted on Sunday, August 7, 2011

how stressful its been lately. weve just moved from my 1 bedroom to our 2 bedroom down the hall. its strange catching myself saying we instead of I, our instead of my. not that were married or anything, it just seems like more and more things, days, aspects of our lives, are shared, and its starting to reflect in the way I even communicate with others.

i dont mind, though. its different, from what Im used to anyway, getting accustomed to my first normal-distance relationship in oh, I dont know, 5-6 years. Ive had roommates, but its not the same.

the apartment itself is...

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Yesterday, United informed me that I had 11K miles in my account which would expire in August. I honestly don't know what to do with mileage since I fly so many different airlines-- and while I do fly often, I don't fly often enough for them to add up to anything substantial.

So I decided to get some magazines instead. Glamour, Men's Health, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Economist, and People. The description for The Economist was what sold me on that particular publication:

The Economist...

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011

lots to cover in this post since its been a long time and many many things have happened.

ill start with my new website, which I am quite happy with. though I did not use a cms backend-- its just CSS, HTML, and jquery-- I feel like it was the easiest way to throw something up there quickly while still exercising full creative control over the design. Ive talked before about my process-- to mock up my design in photoshop and then take that image apart and code the components. I wonder how much better Id be at web design if I had embraced that process earlier in my career. I still...

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011

so this is kind of cool. I dont know how people write for prolonged periods with this thing. I usually type faster than I think, and now find my thoughts impatiently queued as my fingers labor over this touch screen.

anyway, I survived camping and am back in the world of convenience and technology and autocorrect. today was a long day that started around 4:30 am and ends very soon. I am 3 hours shy of working almost 24 hours straight (with a slight diversion at a cocktail party during the evening, which was just what I needed). its been nonstop, but let me just say, as busy as work...

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011

Today marks day 1 of having my little sister as a roommate for the summer, and the last day of my bachelorette days in the city. Quang is here too, so we have a bit of a full house, at least for an apartment this size. Quang will be moving in late June, which is approaching quickly, and not quickly enough.

But while I do like having the company, I'm looking back on this almost-year of being alone, and I'm wondering if I prefer it that way, or if I'm looking forward to a summer with Liz, and a life with Quang. Not necessarily assessing the people specifically, just the concept of...

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011

I am going camping for the first time. Saturday morning at 5:30am, I'll be on my way to Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite. I hear it's gorgeous, and half of me is excited about it. The other half, kind of grossed out.

This may make me sound like the ultimate urbanite, but I have this strange habit that has developed over the past few years that I know I didn't used to have: I wash my hands a lot. And not even after the usual icky things like picking up dog poop, taking out the trash, going to the bathroom. Sometimes, even after typing for a bit, I'll want to wash my hands. Or putting my hand...

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011

It has been a long time since I've written. Yes, there has been a lot going on, but also, I feel there has been so much going on that every time I sit down to write, I feel I need to do a recap of everything, like they do in television series.

But like television series, I'll do a selective recap so that I can go to bed at a decent hour. Starting with the title of my blog. I've always wanted to start something of my own yet, in the past year as Editor at DailyStrength, I find I love what I do and don't want to jeopardize my dream job.

I love that I've grown into a position...

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2011

This weekend, a friend invited Quang and me to a basketball game he was coaching. The league is called J-League, and it’s a national league that only allows participants who are at least 1/8th Asian. The players in this tournament were 8th grade girls, and they were fierce. They were so fast, energetic, confident, hitting 3s, driving layups… It made me feel an inexplicable pride to watch these girls who were Chinese, Vietnamese, Philipino, Samoan, Japanese, Korean... playing their hearts out. And I say inexplicable because I can’t really explain it. It’s just… not...

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

warning: very nerdy post.

So out of pure interest, I decided it would be a cool (term used loosely) idea to try my hand at creating my very own WordPress template. The one you see here, minimalist as it is, was created by someone else, and I kind of wanted to know the nuts and bolts of it.

Over the weekend, I googled "how to create a wordpress template" and I spent a couple hours following (and not really following, ie., not understanding) this tutorial. (nerdsidenote: I noticed the...

Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2011

Beginning with my usual disclaimer: I can't pretend that I know all that much about US politics nor am I an avid follower of this Life Raft Debate that is held yearly at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. I just heard about it on This American Life, and it was so interesting to me.

The premise of the debate supposes that there has been a nuclear disaster, and the voting audience has the responsibility of rebuilding society. There is only one spot on the "raft" which will transport the new world's population, and a group of...

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I was thumbing through my RSS reader and happened upon the slew of iPad 2 announcement news pieces. I want one. I didn't get the first gen one because I figured there would be newer and better models coming up, and the early adopter fee of $499 was too rich for my blood.

9x faster processor? Front and back cameras? HDMI connectivity? Cooler case???

Sold. Although, I'm still skeptical as to whether or not I'll...

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Attended a conference on journalism in the Middle East hosted at the SF Chronicle today, biked through the Tenderloin at night to get there and back, which was interesting. The conference was a Meetup, and some know my short but funny history with (Still a Glam Girl at heart... haha)

The conference was a random thing to attend; I felt like I was surrounded by all these people who followed the Middle East the same way I follow fashion discount sites and blogs. But thanks to my patronage of NPR, I was at least conversant in the issues and I found the panelists fascinating...

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I told myself I would go to bed 30 minutes ago, and here I am still up. I also told myself I would write today, but didnt. So I may as well write while Im still up.

This past weekend went by so quickly. Like everyone else, Quang and I were celebrating Valentines weekend and I am happy to report that everything went superbly. Why wouldnt it, you may ask? Lets just say last Valentines day didnt go as well, and Quang probably doesnt want me typing that but because this one went so well, I dont think it matters...

Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The blog was down for the past week so I haven't been able to get my writing in. That last entry was supposed to be a long one, telling of my scrumptious taco dinner (it had been the first time I'd ever made tacos!) and the exciting news I was following including the latest I'd been hearing on Egypt and also some interesting tech developments.

But that news has grown cold, and I'm about to settle into bed for tonight. Just wanted to get some words in before I did and see if I can pick back up my writing habit.

On a related note, I may become a writer on! I...

Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm hungry again. So I've been reading up about the burgeoning field of content strategy, and while it seems related to what I was talking about before about being an editor and journalism, etc., it has, in the last couple hours, piqued my interest almost as much as new media journalism has in the last weeks. What I seem to be doing right now is documenting an evolving exploration, and will continue to do so.

So, disclaimer, I just found out about this field so everything I say below is not necessarily out of authority, but rather cautious presuming.

I've bookmarked over 30...

Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011

Just got back from taking photos of Harry's to be put on their website (yay!) and having an early dinner with Danielle and Lauren at Johnny Rockets. It was a grey day today, but I found it so comfortable. Even the chill. It may be because for the past 5 days ever since Q left, I've been in my apartment alone with nothing but both my computer screen and Maggie staring at me hour after hour. I'll admit, I was going a little stir-crazy there for a second.

So it felt nice to get outside and walk around.

I don't regret this alone time, though. I know that the business of having a...

Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011

I've realized for some time now that it has been three months since I last wrote. Today, Saturday, I have spent every waking moment on this new website. Ever since I discovered the ability to embed fonts into my site without having to rely on my audience having those fonts installed, I have been coding away.

And here it is, about a third finished: (opens in a new window)

I started with the concept last night, in the middle of the night. I woke up, took out a sketchpad, and quickly drew some scribbles down....

Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

complete with roast duck and nunchuck chicken tacos!


Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm working at Royal Grounds Coffee on Polk street right now, and I suddenly felt the urge to blog. I've uploaded the photos that I've been neglecting in my iPhone... from Vegas to the drive down the 5 (yes, photo taken while driving), to a beautiful walk to the beach in Santa Monica, to a delicious lunch at my latest thin crust pizza go-to place in San Francisco (Caffe BaoNecci) and finally at a last hurrah dinner date in Saratoga at La Fondue (we ate kangaroo, which is apparently an everyday thing in Australia, according to our server).

I am so very lucky.

This week was my...

Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This is the song that I'm listening to, in my brand spanking new apartment in San Francisco, 1br, all by myself, in Pac Heights. I'm looking out at my view into the night sky and city skyline, looking at Maggie, at my phone that I'm about to call my boyfriend with, at my boxes, at my desk, and again at the city skyline settling under the purplish night sky-- or at least that's the hue I see when I look out my window while this dining area ceiling lamp shines light over yet more boxes where a comfortable little dining table will soon be. I'm falling for everything-- Quang, Maggie, SF,...

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Here she is InStyle's Look of the Day, and for some reason she didn't make today's look of the day! She was #5 on the slideshow! Why? This candid is stunning:

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010

This is a video I took of my newest SF apartment target...

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm in such leather-lust right now:





Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2010

Looking out the window of the plane as it lifted off in a LA-bound direction, I saw such a great view of the top of the clouds (which the photo doesn't do justice). It really, truly looked like you could swim in them. The tops of the mountains looked like peaks rising above the ocean, and each curve of each cloud looked like a cresting wave that didn't crash down. It was an eerie still-shot of some strange ocean from a different planet, frozen but still moving...

I took the first photo there only after we were allowed to use our "electronic devices," but the true picture I wanted to...

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010

And I missed it. The price of one apartment security deposit instead of two, and I missed it!

Why do I want one of these?

Because it's a classic. Because it would go with my laid back super lazy or structured shoulder boyfriend blazers and coral red ballet flats. Because it would go with anything that's in my current 20-something yuppie work-from-home style repertoire du jour, and it's something I will probably be wearing until I'm 80.

That's why.


Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010

its 553a, the second day Ive had to wake up so goddamn early. Im sitting at metro and first waiting for the airport shuttle to bus me to sjc where Ill be flying out to lax.

yesterdays apartment was thankfully nothing I fell in love with, meaning no double October rent for me just yet. it was nice, and truly a 2br, but I just didnt LOVE it. it had absolutely horrendous parking, which I was told is the moat notorious part of this part of the city to begin with, and the closets left much to be desired.

so, after a few staring matches with the other potential lessees, most of...

Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Im on the bart right now traveling to sf to go see about an apartment. its a 2br, more space than I need, but its pet friendly and its... 1950!! it seems just too good to be true. but Im sure it does not include parking and its probably in a noisy area. Ill probably also be paying an extra month of rent here. but for some reason, I have to see it. its a steal in this area which is really in the hub of everything -- north beach/telegraph hill.

Im sitting in one of the seats that ride backwards though on this Bart. I really hate that. I thought for some reason it was going the other...

Posted on Monday, September 6, 2010




Posted on Saturday, August 28, 2010

last Thursday I went with some girlfriends to get a manipedi at Deluxe Nails on main st, right at the border of Santa Monica and Venice. I decided that this area is, so far, my favorite area in LA. I should have taken a snapshot of the street and the cute shops and places to eat around here.

as I was taking a picture of my nails, I suddenly felt a little self conscious about my feet. I was thinking, some people have such weird feelings around feet. Im not sure I want to post this anymore.

but then I thought, oh well. I like my feet :) and I also like getting manipedis. even...

Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So I went to TJ Maxx with my mom the other day because she told me there were a lot more fashion brands there now. Not thinking I would spend a cent, since I am saving up to make the move to San Francisco in October, I walked out of there with a cloud of guilt followed by my mom's cloud of guilt (for taking me to begin with) and almost $600 worth of discounted Helmut Lang. At TJ Maxx!

Now, I've read a little about Helmut Lang and it's not the haute brand it used to be, since the designer doesn't even do the designing. But I love the pieces I got!

Here are a couple:


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Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

sitting at china palace waiting for food and thought Id post this one. minimum free delivery order is $100. I wonder how much delivery costs.

porrdige-- at least theyre consistent.

dim sun, and two sections of simmered items.

makes this place all the more endearing. wonder what other hidden gems are in this menu.


Posted on Monday, August 2, 2010

I'm back and decided to post a whole bunch of pictures I took during this trip. I find I'm using this to post photos more than I'm using Facebook...

Stop 1 on this photo journal: Hash House A Go Go in San Diego. Where the portions are huge. Texas huge.


And some "suit" asking people questions on the...

Posted on Sunday, August 1, 2010

I ran the longest Ive ever run in my vibram five fingers-- 5 miles! all part of my 10k training. starting at 2nd and Washington, I ran along ocean til San Vicente and hung a right up to 7th ave, then turned left and ran to pico (with a few extra turns to make it a full 5 miles) then up to 24th to meet with quang who was playing basketball with friends. We had lasagna and a godmother with the works sandwich at bay cities Italian deli. soo good esp after the workout.

too bad we were both completely hungover this morning. gonna catch up on pics soon. just wanted to brag about running...

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Posted on Friday, July 30, 2010

Every now and then I spit out an eloquent pearl of inspiring wisdom beyond my years. Well I just had another one, and here it is:

It is easier to create yourself, than to find yourself. Especially when often we don't know what it is we're looking for, or whether or not we've found it.

The "wisdom beyond my years" bit is completely tongue in cheek, as most people know I don't take myself that seriously. It's really just a follow-up for this affirmation by Thomas Szasz. I appreciate what...

Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Don't know why I'm up this late, but I need to post this photo I took earlier today of my two favorite people. I've decided I am going to draw it or paint it or something with it. I love my iPhone camera!

In other news, I got to interview Tony Robbins yesterday! And I was tasked with writing an article on him, which I felt very excited to do, if only for the challenge of it. The article can be found here.

Tomorrow is our road trip to LA/San Diego...

Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010

I have no idea what I did on Friday. I think I was working until late Friday night, and I know I ran 2 more miles in my Vibram's.

Saturday, Quang and I went to Marlo's housewarming party which was great food, great beer, and great company. I really like the layout of Marlo's new house, and I'm very impressed that he actually owns it. It's a three-story condo in what looks like a new San Jose development. It of course made me think of when I can one day own my own place, or if that's even in the cards for me. I have a feeling it is, though I used to not mind the idea of renting for...

Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010

This morning was the first time I ran in my Vibram Five Fingers on the common sidewalk streets! And let me tell you, though I felt maybe a tiny twinge of embarrassment in the very beginning, to run in those shoes seriously felt amazing! I ran 2 miles without any discomfort, and part of it was on the Guadelupe Trail next to my apartment complex.

I think my calves have definitely gotten stronger as a result of these shoes, and it's hard to describe the feeling of pushing off the forefoot and toes that makes the running seem so exhilarating. I just hope I can keep this up for 3 miles,...

Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010

I am counting calories, as I mentioned before, and I decided to update a page with the spreadsheet I'm keeping. It might help me keep up with it.

While I don't think counting daily calories is a good idea for everyone to do for the rest of their lives, I think it's a very good exercise to do for at least 4-6 months. By being overly obsessive for just that short period of time, it gives you a good grasp on how many calories different foods really have. And with...

Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Here are the fruits of my labor today during my second drawing class. I was a liiittle bored today but Im sure things will pick up. we drew from still life shapes which I took a picture of.



Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yesterday was awesome, but today was depressing for no good reason other than to offset yesterday.

Monday morning, woke up at 7:30a and made it to 24 Hour Fitness with Quang. Then had a nice breakfast, a great meeting, a yummy lunch, and a super productive day at the cafe where I got all my work done in time to relax before my basketball game. Another great win. I made two baskets again, and have definitely improved driving the ball and not getting so panicked that I get stuck. But I have many things to work on still which actually gets me excited. It was 4 on 4 for the first half...

Posted on Monday, July 19, 2010

My first real hike/run in my vibram five fingers (or, "toe-shoes," which is what we're calling them now). I signed up for this race: which is a 10K trail run through the Redwoods. I'm excited! It should be really pretty. It's the first race I've signed up for in awhile, after I humbly bowed out of the marathon I signed up and paid for in March :(

But I'm dusting my shoes off and going at it again, which I think is what matters.

In Los Gatos, which is where Quang and I went...

Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Cheesecake Factory is my favorite place to go to eat around here. I don't know what it is about that place - not only is the selection amazing, the cheesecake amazing, and the bread they serve in the beginning of meals amazing, I've just never had a bad time there. Ever. I love when he takes me out for no apparent reason, and I realize, to my delight, that I have a choice between dressing up and dressing down. True, the portion sizes are enormous and the calorie counts are just as enormous, but they repack the food for you and it reheats well. Yes, I heart TCF.

Went to a pool...

Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2010

Took my first drawing class today at the Campbell Community Rec center. I was... 20 minutes late, but hey, it's the first class! It felt really good to draw again. After a hard day at the cafe, where I was super productive might I add, it was nice to focus on something mindless yet stimulating and fulfilling at the same time - a conundrum that I don't think I'll find many other places.

I've taken art courses before, so the basics of shading, light, and shapes left a little challenge to be desired, but I took my work home and sprayed it anyway-- the images below aren't anything to...

Posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I seriously love the packaging of 5 gum. its like the iPhone of gum experiences. specifically, the react flavor. it tastes good, which is a basic requirement, but it is also attractive and fun to get a stick! these were my thoughts just now as I picked up the package, and admired its design before I slid open the flap and picked out a piece. even the black gum wrappers on each individual length of gum shone impressively against the sunrise gradient of the opening.

Is it just me or did that first paragraph sound a little too sexual?

in other thrilling news, I played another...

Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2010

I think they make a cream for this, but c'mon Heinz, keep it PG for the kids.


Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010

just got back from a small wine launch party of a design client of mine - toasted toad cellars. my girlfriend teny referred me to them to draw their toad logo, and it was so exciting to see the result on the wine bottle, wine glasses, tshirts... the wine was good too :)

the drive was fairly long coming from San Jose and driving to Antioch. it was me, my roommate, dyana and quang :) we stopped at a mexican place beforehand but I regret it because there were hors doevres pairings with the wine tastings. the owner was so friendly and pleasant, and clearly passionate and proud of his...

Posted on Friday, July 9, 2010

sitting here at amicis with overpriced parking and overpriced meals in overpriced SF. does anyone know what an hocf fee is?

about to schroeders in sf with quang to meet with his school friends. Im pretty exciting only because I havent gone out for a drink in awhile. I love going out with quang. cant explain it, just do.

Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2010

This is my new go-to place. The last time I said that, it was at Monsoon on 3rd street in Santa Monica and I got food poisoning right after. Tonight, at 11:30pm, Quang and I enjoyed a late-night dinner at China Palace in Milpitas, open til 3am might I add.

The menu prices were amazing ($5-$7), they served us free tea and free pearl...

Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I got it from Wal-Mart in the mail, and it arrived SO FAST. What do I need a sewing machine for? The list goes on and on-- hemming jeans, hemming dresses made for tall people, taking IN a lot of my clothes :) making some of my old tops more interesting... so many things I can do...

If only I knew how to use the thing...

My first project will be to hem a pair of jeans but keep the original hem. This tutorial seems like my guide: - its from 2005 but Ive seen it before, and Im really just...

Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2010

This is my third attempt to officially run in my shoes, and I'm a little concerned. Yesterday, I ran 1.5 miles and it felt so great I could have run more. Today, I slot in a 1.75 mile run and less than 1 mile in, my calves start screaming! I did use a different treadmill, but I'm afraid I'm overdoing it. Maybe I should have spaced a day in between the runs... I don't know. I'm just so impatient to start, and I didn't think one more measly mile would make my calves hurt so.

I ran the first mile, walked the next .25, and then ran the rest. I'm just glad I covered the distance....

Posted on Monday, July 5, 2010

boyfriend starting to wonder why I pull out my iPhone at every one of our dates. had a craving for cheesecake tonight. rasberry chocolate truffle cheesecake with a caramel macchiato royal. he had the pasta da Vinci. discussing life, gossip, and nothing in particular. hes staring at me as I type away. Ill stop being rude now. I love not missing him because hes right here.


Posted on Sunday, July 4, 2010

Im sick as a dog, but Im here with my boyfriend watching fireworks and I really couldnt ask for anything more.



Posted on Sunday, July 4, 2010

BBQ at the pool. life is good



Posted on Saturday, July 3, 2010

I haven't run in awhile. I used to average about 20-30 miles a week the year before last, when I trained for my first marathon. Now I'm down to struggling to get myself to jog around the block.

I've been through this before though-- before that marathon I went through a similar slump, and wondered how I was ever able to run long distances back in college. I go through these phases of running and not running, but every time I pick it back up, I lose a lot of weight! Which I'm looking forward to in this next phase :)

I ran in my VFFs (the toe-shoes) the day before yesterday on...

Posted on Saturday, July 3, 2010

I was thinking about the idea that when people see you "get in early" or work late, it's a good thing because then they will perceive that you are a hard worker.

Here I am, at around midnight, working away even though I've worked all day already. And we're supposed to be on holiday today. I'm not announcing this because I want everyone to think of me as a hard worker. I say it because, in fact: I really am one. I couldn't be anything else if I tried. All my life, this is what I've been. And ironically, this is probably why I don't care if people think or perceive whether I'm a hard...

Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2010

life is good.


Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2010

comfortable chairs, Internet ordering, great selection, and free wifi. my only gripe is the slightly pricey coffee, but other than that Im sold. specialtys on 1st and Trimble in San Jose might be my new place to work away from home!



Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2010




Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2010


Im not sure what made me want to get them. theyre weird looking and it took me a bit of apprehension before I could walk outside my apartment without feeling self conscious. but once I did, I realized how awesome it feels to walk in these!

My original intent was to be able to travel without having to pack my...

Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Im sitting in the dining room downstairs of the grand hyatt in Atlanta, just finishing up an egg white omelet with orange juice for breakfast. The book Im currently reading (one I keep picking up and meaning to read, but never really got into until now), Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, is on my lap. Im writing this from my iPhone via a WordPress app I forgot I installed. And Im about to go meet my boss for our first day of work here at our headquarters.

We both live in California, and I work from home most days. I love it. And I love my job as the editorial project manager of a...

Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Waist: 27.5 inches, weight: 115 lbs. There. I put it out there. I want to lose at least an inch and a half off my waist, maybe two, and 5 pounds.

Today, I ran 4 miles. Tomorrow, I'm playing volleyball at 7pm. On May 5th, I'm going to sign up for a basketball league. I'm going to run on more days than not each week, and I'm going to try to bike more.

Let's see how this goes.


Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008

Don't know what happened. Just see an "error connecting to database" message every time I try to access my old blog that apparently croaked on me with my negligence.

Oh well, as I'm wont to do, I shall start again.

Some advice for those who don't have time to read the newspaper, but want to be aware of the world around them anyway: listen to NPR. If you're in the bay area, 88.5 FM KQED is your good friend. 88.9 KUSP if you're in the Santa Cruz area. I'd unknowingly crept upon it with more and more frequency in the last year, and who knew sitting in a car could build such a...