Although I’ve worked in San Francisco for two years, I’m a little embarrassed to say, I still haven’t seen a lot of the must sees or done a lot of the must do’s. I’ve been wanting to go to Academy of Sciences or the Exploratorium for ever, and it finally happened all thanks to my sister’s planning. Since one of her friends from SoCal was visiting, she gathered her sorority sisters, coworkers, and others, and we all went for a night of fun!
I had the honor of teaching Shannon and Yas how to ride the BART! I must’ve scared them a little with stories of some shady business that I’ve witness when the BART used to own my soul. They didn’t think it was too bad on our way up. But on our way back, some guy was puking and dry heaving close to us, hah.
To be honest, I can’t really remember all the fun things I did in July… But like usual, I just ate at a lot of good restaurants, went to San Francisco a couple of times, and celebrated some important birthdays!
My siblings and I went to check out the Taiwanese Night Market in Sunnyvale, and it turned out to be a huge fail. (Like, I am legit embarrassed that even happened. There were at most 5 food stands and a lot of hangry customers. The real night markets in Taiwan are nothing like this!) We ended up heading over to To Bang for some KBBQ since we didn’t want to pay for small overpriced food. You really can’t fail with Korean BBQ, amrite?
Steph and I are attempting to travel somewhere once a month this year, so for July, we headed down to Orange County/Los Angeles. And like real adults, we didn’t take Friday off to enjoy a longer weekend (which was a first!). On the plane, I started diving into Street of Eternal Happiness. I had high expectations for this book because Starr really enjoyed it. And she definitely didn’t lie – it is pretty good! I wish my flight was longer so I could’ve read more. I ended up forgetting my copy on Jason’s car, so I was scrambling to find a kindle version when I got back to the bay. I ended up just borrowing it from my library. The librarian I chatted with also put it on her list of books to read cause she thought the book sounded really interesting!
After we arrived at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Jason picked us up, and we headed over to Anaheim Packing District to meet up with Kat. We had reservations at The Blind Rabbit, but since we still had a little bit of time, we decided to get some food to fuel up before the drinking began.
I know, I know. I’ve been saying I need to be better about updating my blog more regularly, yet I went through all of August with zero posts… oops. I can’t believe summer flew by, and in a blink of an eye, it’d be autumn! Last week, my baby brothers moved back to Berkeley and my sister started her master’s program, so life has gotten a bit quieter. Although some people may enjoy that, I don’t prefer it. I miss running errands with my brothers, going on trips with my siblings, or eating dinner with my entire family. Separation anxiety much?
At the beginning of July, my brother Neil asked if I wanted to go on a hike in Sunol. He informed me that a lot of people in the bay has been to this “Little Yosemite” in Sunol Regional Park. Sunol is basically in our backyard, but I’ve never taken the time to explore the area. I was intrigued and agreed after he said it was not a strenuous hike at all. From Fremont, you can get to the park via freeway (20 minutes) or the scenic route on the 84 (34 minutes). We drove the scenic route there which was nice because there weren’t that many cars in the morning.
I literally cannot believe July is almost over. Didn’t I just start my job at Stanford? Didn’t I just celebrate my birthday? Didn’t we just ring in the new year? I’m definitely not going to check on the statuses of my new year resolutions… at least, not yet. So last month, I felt like I ate out a lot – tried new restaurants and went back to a lot of restaurants I’m a fan of. For the sake of trying to use better photos, I’m only posting the “good” (in my eye) food photos.🙂
Hog doggity dog! When I heard Dog Haus was opening their first NorCal location in Fremont, I was stoked. A fancy schmancy hot dog served on Hawaiian bread? Sold! As I scanned their menu, I wanted to order everything! I wanted to try all their specialty hot dogs, sausages, sliders, burgers, and sides. Everything sounded so delicious. But since it was my first time, I decided to try their Downtown Dog (smoked bacon wrapped dog, caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard, and ketchup). I gobbled it up quickly as Jackie and Jenny were chatting it up. It’s always fun catching up with those two!
I wanted to laze around and watch television, but Evonne reminded me that my blog is “hella hella behind.” So here I am, melting in this heat, writing my blog with The Bachelorette playing in the background. (Don’t judge.) I found out not one, but two!, of my coworkers watch The Bachelorette. (Don’t judge my coworkers.)
So back in June, my siblings and I were talking about possibly going to Asia together. Originally, we planned to go to Shanghai, Hong Kong, then Taiwan. But after a few weeks of discussions, we decided to switch Shanghai out for Japan. I mean, the fact that Steph is still talking about how delicious Ichiran Ramen is… we had to go back to Tokyo!
On Saturday, we all got up early to get ready for Tina’s cousin Mike and Hannah’s Big Day!
The staircase at the hotel felt kind of Gossip Girl-ish. It was fancy!