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Lexa James took me to this beautiful Japanese restaurant, Koi, for another late birthday dinner full of sushi.

We had champagne, sushi and had plenty of things to catch up on. Koi’s interior is gorgeous and well decorated. The food was also very good with one of the best spicy tuna over crispy rice that I’ve ever had. The spicy tuna itself was masterfully pureed and just melted together with the jalapeño. Perfect crispy rice is also hard to find, a lot of other restaurants make them too chewy…. but this one was by far, the best.

Koi Dinner

Doesn’t that look like perfection? But the favorite of the night was the yellowtail taretare. I can pretty much eat anything in taretare form.

Koi Dinner

This restaurant would be the perfect place for a quiet but elegant date night — an excuse to get dressed up! Their cocktails are also pretty damn good and the service was very good and attentive.

It was an amazing birthday dinner and my favorite part was my company, of course.

spq-year30YEAR 30 LESSON: Be open to people and random friendships. They can become your most loyal and best friends.

Sometimes, you will meet someone from Twitter at a very unlikely dinner and hit it off. That’s how I met Lexa, aka @hotttasian! I don’t think we could have met any other way than we did, which is why I still love Twitter.

Koi Dinner

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JGL-Cake

Two of my dearest girly-friends, Marie and Irene, planned this little surprise for me. I met them at Asanebo, a small, traditional Japanese restaurant in Studio City, for a bit of a pow-wow and late celebration of my birthday. The food and service here is perfection, by the way. Loved every single thing that we ate and you really can’t go wrong with truffle and sushi.

Irene even tried uni for the first time ever and good thing her first were definitely high quality!

Sushi & JGL Cake

At the end of our seafood binge, I had asked for the dessert menu and did not expect our server to bring out a Joseph Gordon-Levitt cake instead! I started laughing (quite hysterically…) and all three of us were in a fit of giggles for the next 10-20 minutes. We definitely needed that laughing fit to wrap up the night.

Sushi & JGL Cake

The cake was a s’mores cake, by the way, and it was absolutely delicious. I ended up eating JGL’s head later on, in my own creeper time.

Sushi & JGL Cake

Sushi & JGL Cake

Sushi & JGL Cake

Sushi & JGL Cake

Sushi & JGL Cake

spq-year30YEAR 30 LESSON: Don’t ever take friends for granted, especially when they show their love by going out of their way to get you a Joseph Gordon-Levitt cake for your birthday.

Sushi & JGL Cake

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turning30

I have been 30 years old for two weeks now and it has been a bit of a scramble. First things – how did I celebrate? Quietly and I almost flew under the radar. The day before, I had my boyfriend take me to brunch at our favorite restaurant, The Factory Gastrobar, where I had a lot of guava mimosas. Nothing is better than guava juice and adding champagne in it makes it a bit more amazing.

Then I spent the rest of it mostly with family. On my actual, I had a great workout in the morning then a nice dinner with my mom and the boy. I had tons of fresh, raw oysters which made me very happy. Plus, oyster shots. I love me some oyster shots.

30 somethin'

We all go through our mini-crisis each time we reach a new era in our lives. Mine is the pursuit of happiness without falling into frivolity. I am trying to not prioritize fleeting and material happiness, though I wouldn’t say no to a new Betsey Johnson purse.

My days are spent in a very unsatisfying day job where I am stretched to the limit, challenged in many ways but I leave feeling less and less motivated each day. I find joy in my hobbies – in my websites, projects and this blog. But will that be enough for a lifetime of office jobs to only spend 3-4 hours per day on what I am actually passionate about?

As adults, we are all pretty much forced into financial responsibility because we have no choice. There are bills to pay and an endless amount of “things” that we “need” to live a civilized life. I have thoughts of running away in a cave . . . with internet access, of course.

The monotony of life does not mean we can’t keep our eyes opened. I had already put out in the universe (if you believe that hippy-dippy-crap) that I need a change. It always amazes me how the universe usually responds back pretty fast. I am finding the opened doors and taking a peek into each of them. I am looking for my happiness. I am also cultivating it on my own.

I have ideas brewing but it’s a matter of execution and finding the courage to take several leaps. Time to settle in and plan it all out.

Keep creating, keep moving forward. Let’s keep going, everyone. Wish me luck!

spq-year30

 

 

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picnic with poe!

picnic with poe!

picnic with poe!

picnic with poe!

picnic with poe!

picnic with poe!

picnic with poe!

picnic with poe!

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the factory 1-19-14

Most days, I feel like my life and thoughts revolve around food. One of my favorite gastropub serves this delicious concoction of red wine mixed into milk chocolate. How did it taste? Strangely nostalgic of childhood with an adult twist.

I am approaching this crossroad in my adult life where I am trying to bring back a lot of those “childhood” feelings in creativity and “playing” with others. I have always been resistant of the average life structure of growing up. Career. Family. Retirement. I personally don’t think that path is going to be fulfilling for me. I mean . . . I am only willing to put up with a day job as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my own creative pursuits.

I have plenty of things I want to try this year. I had wanted to start a video blog and make a small attempt at, what the kids call these days, becoming a YouTuber. Then I realized, I need to organize my priorities. I love, love, love trying new things especially when it involves new technology, media and something artistic thrown in the mix but I suddenly remembered all the other things I have neglected lately.

This year, I am determined to draw more and give my illustrator side a kick in the butt. As much as I love playing with my cameras, I need to dial it back and go back to my basics. The stuff that made my childhood a million times better — drawing with a pencil and paper! I will never be the best artist out there but I can’t help but love the process even if it means it will never be a source of income for myself.

When I was in elementary school, I put aside journalism and archeology as career choices and dreamed about going to art school for animation. Animated shows and movies were a big influence on where I wanted to take my art. Obviously, this never happened but I don’t really regret it. It didn’t mean that I lost drawing skills because no matter what I do at this point, I can only get better at it.

spq-year30

Year 30, I will dedicate more time to the art I’ve always loved while finding time to pursue new things.

 

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Gizzy B's Berdday

Last month, one of my close friends, known as Gizzy B from Defective Geeks, celebrated her birthday and we dined at Steakhouse 55 inside the Disneyland Hotel. She loves Disneyland and this was the one place she hasn’t been to. Steakhouse 55 (formerly known as Granville’s)  is ‘old Hollywood’ and has been around for a very long time.

Four of us girl sat down and had a great time eating steak (well — one salmon dinner) and drinking delicious, strong cocktails. Our server, Oscar, was so dapper and amazing — he even took us to the wine room for a free sample tastings! He sure knew how to win over a group of ladies who doesn’t mind a few glasses of red wine.
Gizzy B's BerddayThis place is perfect for people who wants to get dolled up, eat some good food — the risotto was mind-bending delicious! — and drink a ‘truffle’ martini. Yup. Truffle martini. Have I said enough?

Afterwards, more people showed up to celebrate the birthday girl at Trader Sam’s.

I definitely enjoyed putting the event together, especially since it’s the least I could do for Gizzy B who works hard to produce material for Defective Geeks. Celebrating other people is my forte, but when I think about my own upcoming birthday, I just feel incredibly lazy about it. I am turning 30 in less than a month and I know this is a ‘big deal’… the ‘dirty thirty’ as most refer to it.

I have many fears involving throwing a party that pushes me into the center of attention. I am sure they are common fears that a lot of other introverted people share.

For me, I want to focus more on the year itself. What will it mean for me to start a new decade in my thirties? A friend told me recently that ‘everything will happen’ for me in my thirties. I believed her immediately and grew excited. As a creative person, this could mean a million different things and I am already jumping up and down my seat to pursue my ideas. I have never been an overachiever but I do enjoy getting things done. As an adult, it’s complicated to make time for everything because I feel like we revolve around our responsibilities in life and it’s mostly about money. It’s difficult for me because I don’t ever want to prioritize money in my life, not when it means I have to give up creative work. This is my challenge right now: to find time and energy when 90% of my week is sucked up by my day job and freelance work.

I am taking steps, so many different steps all over the place. Maybe I can say I am dancing all over the place until I find the right beat to the right music in my life. I am tempted to build an empire, not a huge one, but one that is fun and motivating enough. A place where I care about my work no matter how hard it is and how time consuming it may be.

It’s really hard to feel like I am wasting my time every day on a job that I don’t care about. Some days it really bums me out but I try to use it as a motivation tool to keep dancing, not to get tired and give up.

Let’s keep going, everyone. As the good Doctor would say . . . allons-y!

Hello 2014!

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it's a new year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope this next year will be a good one but I guess only we have the power to make it the best. I happily spent my New Year’s Eve with my boyfriend and a couple of close friends at a local gastropub where we enjoyed delicious food and a bottomless bar. I didn’t need too much excitement to ring in the new year.

This blog is constantly going through changes and transitions and even though Defective Geeks is my main priority, I would like to channel some more energy into this one.

Wish me luck as I try to come up with a game plan. I am turning 30 years old this year so I hope to do something special for 2014. Good luck to all of us this year!