There is nothing more in this world than I love than my pets and my dog, Poe, holds a very special place in my heart. This boy was a rescue and when he first arrived at our house, he was deathly afraid of people. He has come a long way and he is now the most loving, Golden Retriever in the entire world.
My favorite local restaurant, The Factory Gastropub, hosted a community event called Yappy Hour, along with Go Fetch. We put the leash on one excited dog and walked him over to the restaurant where he got to meet new friends, both humans, dogs… and one pig named Hamlet!
I was never much for New Year’s resolutions. Mostly because I don’t like following the herd. Never been much of a “I want to do what everyone else is doing” type.
2014 was a pretty okay year — not too rough and full of fun memories.
Am I excited for 2015? I’m not really sure. I am going forth into my 30+ years starting in February and I feel like I’m at an age when things are just “is.” There is no “what ifs” anymore, just what I am now.
Not that I won’t be going through changes or pursuing things that make me happy… but that’s not a “new year” thing. That’s a constant thing.
I don’t want to get too serious on my New Year post… since everyone is doing it on their Facebook. Again, refusing to do what everyone else is doing. So I suppose all I can say is… stay alive and see you IN THE FUTURE!
I have never been one of those people who has “school spirit” or obnoxious “pride” in whatever town I happen to be living in. You won’t see me hashtagging: #insertcitynamehereStrong It’s never been in my personality to take on those feelings in order to feel like I might belong somewhere. Perhaps a part of me have always enjoyed being a transient outsider in most aspects of my life.
Although, I have to admit that after living in Long Beach, California since I was 12 years old, this town truly holds a special place in my heart. Long Beach is technically a part of the Los Angeles county — although Orange County (ew) constantly tries to take ownership of it (nope!). That is one thing I will fight people on the streets over. Long Beach is NOT Orange County and never will be. In fact, Long Beach is definitely its own entity.
But we are quiet and unassuming and only people who live here know the beauty of this city.
This past Labor Day weekend, I had cousins from Canada visit for a couple of days and it gave me a reason to dig up something fun to do in Long Beach. We ended up checking out the Art Deco event on the Queen Mary briefly and joined a Prohibition cocktail tasting class.
The event was relaxed and welcoming. Not as stressful as trying to attend an event anywhere else in Los Angeles. At least on my experience! No one made us feel like we were uncouth and did not belong there. It was cool without being too cool. The Queen Mary, despite being a bit tourist-y, is actually a neat place to hang out even for locals. I wouldn’t mind getting dressed up and having brunch there or just hanging out at the cool bar on the ship.
In conclusion, I do appreciate you, Long Beach. Sorry I don’t show it enough some days!
Yup — I have not posted here for a really long time. Why? My blog’s WordPress theme is wonky because I can’t be bothered to attempt manually updating it. That will only make sense to the people who struggle with WordPress updates on a regular basis. I am going to attempt a blog post and hope that it doesn’t get deleted like my last attempt.
I have plenty to post about but my mind is distracted and scattered. I haven’t even talked about our trip to Costa Rica for a friend’s wedding, which was a lot of fun. We did stay at a super-touristy-resort-hotel, which I try to avoid when I travel but I am glad I made an exception for this one. It was a man-made paradise but who can say no to a beautiful beach cove, swimming pools and all inclusive food and drinks all day long?
The Hilton Papagayo wasn’t too shabby, if you’re looking for a week of feeling spoiled and pampered. The long sunsets alone are worth the trip.
It was also my first time zip lining through a real forest and scaling and climbing up cliff sides that were kind of scary. I wouldn’t mind going back although I’m fine avoiding getting eaten alive by mosquitos for now. Note to self, bring stronger anti-bug sprays next time.
At my former job, they held tons of events at Schooner at Sunset on PCH. It wasn’t until recently that I got to finally go there and enjoy their food.
Then we got to enjoy the beach afterwards, which was right across the street from the restaurant. The food here was pretty delicious, especially if you’re a fan of sea food and bar food.
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.
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.
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.
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.