Food – Ispahan Rose et Framboise

I would like to think I’m one of the first person who started the macaron trend. I had them before the trend started, didn’t really care much for them.

first opened from the box

first opened from the box

Back in 2008 – when cupcakes were the “trendy treats of the moment” – I traveled by myself to London as a spur of the moment trip (you know, try local stuff and staying in hostel etc.) I passed by a few Laduree’s a few times. I knew they were selling macarons but didn’t go in there because I didn’t care for them. As I was wandering around streets of London, I just decided to stop at the side of a street just trying to enjoy the city and look around, get a drink of water. Then I decided to go into this Laduree store because the decor outside intrigued me a few time I passed by there (it has a “crumbled” looking gold walls). Since it’s such a small store, it’s weird not to buy anything there – so I decided to buy a few macarons. I specifically remembered I bought the black licorice (4th from the L), salted caramel (3rd from the R), then I think I bought a raspberry and something else. I put it in my handbag and left.

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Starstruck moment – Jonah Hill

Hi! I haven’t been updating any posts in a while. I had a baby boy back in April, things have been hectic and tiring. I went back to work with demanding projects and bosses. I will update a life lately post soon! (hopefully)

I work down town NYC and frequently bump into celebrities. I haven’t in a while because I haven’t taken walks in the middle of the day because of the work load I have. On my way to work, I was standing literally shoulder to shoulder with this guy wearing sunglasses with a french bulldog. It didn’t really caught my eye at first, but then somehow I had a feeling that he isn’t just “some guy”.

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My crock pot experience – I

I started using crock pot about a couple months ago when I decided to cook dinners on the weekdays for my family. My live-in mother in law would usually cook our dinners back then but I have decided that I should start cooking partly because I feel that I can incorporate non Asian vegetables in our meals for a more diverse nutrition (my MIL cooks Asian food). At the same time, I have received enough thank you points to redeem a gift card from Best Buy. I decide to used that gift card to buy a crock pot because I have heard so many good things about it – for people with busy lifestyles.

via Amazon

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Fashion – Birkenstocks under $20 from Madewell!

I shop mainly online for clothes, but I do shop in stores once in a while. Got an email yesterday from Madewell for 40% of sale. I personally think Madewell is costly for me (but their quality is one of the best but far comparing with other brands like J.Crew & Ann Taylor – hence the name Made well) – but I have found pieces that are too-cheap-to-be-true from there and get compliments here and there. When I say cheap, I mean under $20 cheap. From Madewell!? who knew!?

First up, these Birkenstock Madrid EVA sandals:


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Purple W Party – 3rd birthday (behind the scenes)

I asked my daughter what kind of party she wants for her birthday. She gave me the deer in the headlights eyes, then she said “birthday party!” I don’t think she understood my question, so instead, I thought about the things she likes and tell her the names of the party. She’s been really into Frozen’s Elsa (although she has never seen the movie). Her other favorite is the color purple and she’s OBSESSED with the letter W  (I have no idea why! Every time she draws she’s always asking for W and only points out w’s from words she sees – weird)

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Food – Easy Dumplings

My toddler (going to be 3 soon!) doesn’t really eat meat unless it’s totally grounded up or minced! I often have backup meals just in case she doesn’t eat what we eat at the dinner table. I need something that’s freezable (so it will last longer), easy to heat up (without adding anything extra), and she will definitely eat (by herself or me feeding her). Dumplings is a good choice for me.

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