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31 Aug 2019

Chinatown Crusades

Bear with me if “crusade” isn’t the right word to use in this title scenario – it’s a Saturday morning! Naturally, I’m quite partial to Seattle’s International District, but there are so many hidden gems within San Francisco’s. Since Kevin lives over here, I’ve gotten more exposure to it in the last year then my entire six years of living in the Bay Area. Contrary to what you might believe, there are less tourists than you think in this area. The number one selling point is always the food. My favorite spot is Yin-Du for their $6.50 bowls of wonton soup – a staple for any winter day or any day for that matter.

Stumbled into the beautiful [Kim + Ono] boutique. This place is a literal dream and full of all things that I love.

25 Aug 2019

Down to Dallas

Top – Everlane / Denim – Frame / Scarf – Aritzia

Can we just marvel for one second at how long my legs look in this photo? I saw this and thought ‘am I the tallest Asian in the world?’ Have to hand it to my photographer and co-worker for capturing this shot when we were in Dallas at the start of the year for a work trip. Without saying too much, I currently work for a company involved with real estate and had the opportunity to check out some homes in the Dallas area. Growing up, I never had a huge fascination with home buying, but naturally it’s a milestone I’d like to hit in my adult years. We viewed two homes while we were here and upon leaving I started to wonder what I was still doing in San Francisco.

We didn’t have nearly enough time in Dallas as we would have hoped, but something tells me that we’ll be back. If not for a house, definitely for the food!

Hopped off the plane and headed straight for a cup of elote.

24 Aug 2019

Blog Roundup

  • Stop Calling Asian Women Adorable [New York Times]
  • Dr. Ruth Says ‘Make Time’ For Sex [New York Times]
  • A Bowl of Cut Fruits Is How Asian Moms Say: I Love You [Taste] This is my own mother! <3
  • Why Everyone Is Watching TV With Closed Captioning On These Days [Kottke]
  • How Complaining Turns Co-Workers Into Friends [The Cut]
  • How to Tip [Grub Street]
  • LA Ice Cream Truck Charges Influencers Double [Ohnotheydidnt]
  • This warms my heart every time [Instagram]
  • 100 Best Memes of All Time [Thrillist]
  • Iowa Official Resigns After Sending Agency-Wide Email About Tupac [Fader]
  • How to Deal With Anxiety At Work, According to Experts [Bustle]
  • Let Your White Jeans Get Stained [The Cut]
  • In Memoriam of 2019’s Celebrity Breakups [W Magazine]
24 Aug 2019

Thankful For My Adult Friendships

Too often on this blog, you see me preaching about what it means to enjoy time alone. Honestly, my alone time is what keeps me healthy, focused, and sane. I tell everyone that my last couple of years in my late 20’s have truly been my happiest, but I know that I couldn’t have gotten here without my adult friendships. It’s not just my girlfriends or the friends that I’ve known all my life, but it’s those friendships that I’ve had to work at. And it hasn’t been easy. For the record, it’s still a work in progress!

One of my love languages is quality time. It’s no surprise that that part of what makes relationships work for me also translates into friendships. In the last year, I’ve made an effort to keep my quality time with friends routine. I recognize that’s not a sexy way of describing this at all, but hear me out. With my guys friends, we have a common interest in chain restaurants so we make plans to catch up over a meal and at a different spot in the city. This satisfies a few things: quality time, hunger, and exploring new parts of town. For my girlfriend who stays active, we go to CorePower every weekend and follow it up with brunch. If you keep things on a regular schedule, there’s accountability here. Plus you’ve given yourself an amount of time that makes sense for you to catch up on things you’ve missed.

Adult friendships are vastly different than the friendships I had when I was in high school, college, or even my early 20’s. There’s so much depth to the conversations we’re having now and it feels like for the most part, we’re all on the same page. The meat of our discussions are around relationships, friendships (there it is again!) careers, and of course, always feeling like we never have it together. No matter what you believe, it’s true, no one has it together. It’s comforting to know that my friends feel the same way as I do despite what careers we’ve ended up in or our relationship status. In a way, it’s more universal than you think.

There are a few things that pose as challenges. It is always distance and stages of life. With Mandi getting her PhD in New York, three hours difference may not seem like a lot. However, it is when you’re trying to catch up by phone and I’m home from work at 7PM. I haven’t been back to Seattle since the holidays, which means that when I see Veronica in October, I’ll be asking her what she did since January. When I learn that my own friends are growing out their families, I couldn’t be happier for them. This is a chapter, however, that I’m not able to relate to yet. And with that, I carry guilt. It feels like there’s more that I could be doing, but I don’t know how. I want to check in and visit, but I don’t want to overwhelm them as new parents.

In 2019, you may have noticed me distancing myself from social media a bit. There does seem to be one thing that it is good for though! A quick post or an Instagram story can instantly make that distance feel smaller. The positive light in this is that it allows people to know what you’re doing and what you’re up to. Yes, it is a double edged sword, but let’s just focus on the pros. It also lets people engage quicker than you would otherwise. On a story, Instagram allows quick reactions with emojis and while it may seem like a small gesture, it goes a long way. On my end, it tells me that my friends see me and that they are open for a conversation and we can chat instantly.

I’ll always feel these struggles of wanting to catch up with every friend on an appropriate timeline or being in two places at once. Technology is not that advanced yet so I have to make do with what I have. What I do know is that these are the most important friendships in my life. Not only have they stood the test of time and ended up being longer lasting than others, but they’re going to make it through the important chapters that are coming up next.

24 Aug 2019

Beauty For Breakfast Pt. 38

I have found my forever sunscreen! Now, I know we haven’t gotten to my Taiwan trip post yet, but I would’ve been fried if not for this. Of course, sunscreen was the one thing that I forgot to pack in my suitcase, but lucky for me I had this with Angel’s recommendation. Sunscreen is probably last on my list when I’m looking forward to shopping in part because I’ve never had a good one. Every thing I’ve bought has always been greasy, slimy and feels exactly like sunscreen. The difference in Biore is that it is lighter than your normal liquids and goes on smooth. It resembles something closer to my moisturizer that I use for my face than a typical body lotion.

I have no qualms when it comes to this sunscreen except that the container could be larger. I’m still using the same one that I purchased in Taiwan and milking it for every last drop, but will dread the day I actually run out. The good news is that you can buy this on [Amazon] no problem. The bad news is it won’t be as cheap as it was in Taiwan. I wish I had purchased myself a handful of these, but instead I just brought a couple back for Kevin.

17 Aug 2019

American Factory Trailer

It’s no surprise that since I work in recruiting that I have a natural curiosity for jobs. In my line of work, it’s quite siloed to technology, but these aren’t the only jobs that exist in our country. Factory work spans the United States and even though we don’t hear about it as much, it’s still vital to our day to day. This documentary will be released on Netflix August 21st and I’m looking forward to watching it!

09 Aug 2019

Summer’s End (Almost!)

We’ve been absent from Yow Yow! for the last couple of weeks, but for the best reason. Every year, I always head back to Seattle for a week and this year we opted for something different. Instead, I chose to try two weekend trips back-to-back! It was ambitious and I just left recovery mode this week, but it was much needed. The downside to these trips is that even though you’ve still got mostly a full work week in between, you still find yourself falling behind in work.

I couldn’t imagine a summer without any kind of vacation though. I’ve read that it’s actually healthy to take at least one vacation per quarter though my friends are all over the map with that. Many of them are traveling every other weekend for fun while others are traveling for work and planning their vacations in between. I’m convinced it’s not something that I’ll ever master, but I’m learning! My two weekend vacation could not have been more opposite from each other. First, we kicked things off in New York where I visited by two best friends and survived the hot and humid summer. Then I came back to a shortened work week and spent 48 hours in Vegas with 30 of my coworkers.

I couldn’t wait to get out of the office today to just come home and decompress. We all know that I always get a little home sick while I’m away too so a weekend (sort of!) in is much needed. For those of you that are here in the city this weekend, I hope you all have a blast at Outside Lands! Initially, I wanted to be there too, but your girl needs a break.


  • Headed out of the city tomorrow ✌🏽
  • Amazon owns this city
  • this dusty light setting
  • And this week I’m in a puffer in the PNW. 🥶
  • The standout dish of our @chinalivesf meal this week!
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  • Another smirk photo.
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  • Breaking my feed aesthetic to bring you the ✌🏽 things I loved in the last week: mango white claw and the largest pizza slice I’ve ever had wrapped in a paper towel for later

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