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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!