Self-psychoanalysis via the Last 5 Books I’ve Read

I got this idea from The Daily Post. I think this might be hilarious. I will go with “self-psychoanalysis” of the last 5 books I’ve read/picked up.

Not sure if it’s something I would read cover to cover. It’s been too long. I think that’s my 2014 goal. Most of the books I’ve read lately are cookbooks and reference books.

1. Calculus the Easy Way by Douglass Downing- This is actually my dad’s book when he was in college. It helped me out with my college years. You see, my fiance is currently taking calculus and he’s spending a lot of time studying. I read him an excerpt and found it surprisingly entertaining. Maybe he’ll use this book to help him with his class because he had so much fun listening to me read it. For self-psychoanalysis, it tells people I hold onto things of value and I like math.

2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card- It reveals I only read books when there’s going to be a movie coming out soon or I’ve already seen the movie. I feel this is the first book of literature I intend to finish from cover to cover for 2014. My fiance had this book since…a while.

3. “Pure Vanilla“by Shauna Sever - Other than the fact that I love baking, I think I got this book because people do see me as “Vanilla”. This cookbook will show people to never underestimate vanilla again. I wonder if I keep cooking with vanilla, people will never underestimate me again… Maybe I am a complex and intriguing.

4. “It’s All Good” by Gwyneth Paltrow – It shows I love cooking and I bought this on impulse.

5. “Lonely Planet 1000 Ultimate Experiences” – This is a staple book in our living room. I’ve had this book for the past couple years. I bought this book when I decided to go on vacation to South East Asia in 2012. Then I went to NYC a couple months later. It’s a great book for our upcoming trips. I think we might inspire these experiences for our upcoming honeymoon. Who knows. Other revealing my love for travel — I am a bucket list freak.

Public speaking

As of Friday, I signed up for a Public Speaking Course through the University of Washington on Coursera. The course started last Monday and today is Sunday 10:11 PM and I finished the first week of the course. I need to finish my assignment which is due Tuesday.

I am taking a public speaking course to practice my public speaking. I have learned that writing is not the same as speaking. The job I am currently at — 7 months later, I learned I needed to work on my public speaking skills. I am speaking to more people nowadays – I would think it’s something I would pick up naturally, when really I need some extra practice. When I say “public speaking”, it does not necessarily mean speaking to 100 people. When I say “public speaking” — I mean the ability to get my point across at meeting (usually consists of 10 people at most). I guess there has been some situations when my mind has been so scattered and distracted that day and it shows during the meeting.

My boss told me the other day I was dragging during the meeting — which I tend to do. He knew I was nervous, which I was. I guess I was worried when I was leading the meeting it was very shorter than the previous meetings I’ve lead. I told him that after the meeting, I realized I shouldn’t have mentioned (fill in the blank) to (fill in the blank). (Fill in the blank) is so minor and didn’t affect the project — it’s useless to mention it. Every week, I’ve encountered major issues to report — I was uncomfortable that there were no issues to report this week.

He told me that knowing when and what to hold back takes practice too. In the past, I just haven’t had a lot of opportunities to do pubic speaking. I have a lot of catching up to do.

We created a food blog!

Khoi and I made a food blog called j+k eat _____”. I think it can be read as “j+k eat blank“. We are not sure how to title it yet. Maybe we’ll retitle it as “j+k eat [blank]“ because I think some people will read it as “j+k eat …” Then again, part of me thinks either title would work.

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Why did we create a food blog? 

This is my second attempt at food blogging. I created my first blog because a former coworker told me I should create a food blog since I post a lot of photos of my home-cooked meals on Instagram. What my former coworker does not realize is that the photos I posted are recipes I’ve done 2-3 times before I even take a picture. I have attempted plenty of recipes from Bon Appetit magazine but most of the recipes required a little bit of adjusting. Most of the time it’s because I thought the original recipe had too much salt or too much sugar. I adjusted the ingredients to my liking and then I share. Creating a blog dedicated to all my home cooking took a lot of work and I felt I was under pressure to create blog posts. I decided to let that go. I was not really interested in mixing my recipes blog to my personal blog either.

With attempt two, I decided to make it a little different. I still wanted to share photos of things I make but I did not want it to be the focus. I also wanted to share photos of food from restaurants we’ve visited. I think what makes it different is Khoi is part of it too. It helps when he writes and takes photos.

Khoi didn’t mind posting on this blog but I really want to leave this blog for my thoughts and non-food photos. It might be too confusing.


Saturday picnic at Lake Balboa

It was a good BBQ despite starting my day by going to the dentist early morning for a deep cleaning. I got 2 more treatments to go plus I have a follow-up cleaning. These frequent dentist visits — as in once a month dentist visits are wearing me out. I accidently scheduled a cleaning on the same day as Mr. Fish’s friends wedding. Got to reschedule it again!




Engagement photoshoot

So today did not rain and we actually went through an engagement photoshoot. It was surprisingly a lot of fun and our photographer helped us get comfortable in front of the camera.

Here’s some behind the scenes pics… No actual pics yet. I know I have been posting on Instagram and Facebook but hey, let a girl enjoy her moment in the spotlight. I don’t really mention wedding details on Facebook or Instagram so I sure when I posted some behind-the-scenes, it brought some people to a shock (I’ll talk more about that later).

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Yes, it is a Rent The Runway gown! I honestly wished I rented another gown for the day.2014-03-23 16.23.06 2014-03-23 16.46.15

I think we need to start dining more at Old Town Pasadena. I never knew this existed.

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We also did a shoot in downtown LA because we wanted a photoshoot at The Last Bookstore. Unfortunately, that closed due to a wedding. We did take some pictures of us at the lobby.
2014-03-23 17.46.56Then we ended our day at the Disney Concert Hall.

Tuesday Ten: Green LA

Surprise! LA does have some green around and I’m not talking about kale salad and farmer’s markets.

All photos by me.

1. Temescal Canyon

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See, honey–This is how you take a photo doesn’t matter if it’s on a NEX-3 or a camera phone. Take notes… :-P

2. Plus they have pink flowers!


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3. Purple flowers that brighten sidewalks

purple flowers4. Trees that frame buildings.



5. Plants that climb walls.growing

6. Huntington Garden – enough said. It’s like you traveled all over the world without renewing your passport. huntingongardn1 huntington garden

7. Echo Parkechopark

8. Urban gardens

Location: Koreatown

9. Trees

Location: Topanga Beach

10. Many miles worth of hikes

Location: Santa Monica Mountains

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Location: Stony Point


StitchFix #4

I got my 4th Stitch Fix!

1. Olive and Oak – Kanani Chevron Pattern Sweater

Weird…they labeled this “light green” but it’s more like a light turquoise or light blue. Anyways I decided to keep this sweater because I thought it was a nice spring sweater to wear to work or the weekend.

Me trying it on.

Me actually wearing it for casual Friday. P.S. I am happy to be able to fit into my size 27 jeans again! :-) Plus I received plenty of compliments on this sweater.

2. Renee C – Cocoa Mixed Material Short Sleeve Shirt

This shirt was ok. It was interesting because it’s different in the back. But I wasn’t sure if I would keep it and my fiance thought it was “okay”. It took me a few days to decide…so pass.

I think my fiance needs to learn how to take better photos.

2. 41 Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse

FYI, my fiance took all the pictures of me trying it on. Honestly, when I first saw it off the box, I was not sure if I was going to like it because it was too dark. After trying it on, I decided to keep it. I would definitely get another one in a brighter color like red. This shirt pairs nicely with slim fit jeans or maybe a pencil shirt.

4. 41Hawthorn Topher Lurex Striped Fit and Flare Dress

The dress on the Stitch Fix card looked really cute, but in real life it was too sparkly to wear anywhere. Pass.

5. Mak Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-up Cardigan

I love the color but I wished the cardigan was a little longer.

Overall, it was a good Stitch Fix and I kept two items. Unfortunately, there won’t be a Stitch Fix in April. So look forward to #5 in May! Maybe next time I’ll pose in our porch.

Tuesday Ten: 10 Things I Miss About Being in my Home

Mr. Fish and I made an unplanned trip to San Diego because his mom wasn’t feeling well –depends on how you interpret it. Maybe she just misses us (as in Mr. Fish). It made me think about how we would go out of town to many weekends in a row at some point and how we’re glad to come home.

Anyways, it was a very unplanned trip and we already had our own set of plans this past weekend. I was already planning do some work (like as in work work, not as in house work or craftwork) and Mr. Fish wanted to see his friends in the OC. We talked about how people (including parents) just can’t make us go with a drop of a hat.

Here are 10 things I miss about being at home:

1. Sleeping comfortably – depends on how you interpret it ;-)

2. Walking around comfortably – see #1.

3. Weather  - We brought clothes for the cooler weather in San Diego and it so hot hot hot! We didn’t think we were coming back home to the cool Valley.

4. Not worrying about missing things – I always forget my lotion or my contact solution. We always make a trip to go to the pharmacy to buy the things we forgot at home.

5. Our TV – I’ve had every provider available and we could not figure out how to use the TV at my fiance’s sister’s house. Why go high-tech everything?

6. Silence – There’s good silence and then there’s awkward silence. When Mr. Fish and I go to his parent’s house when it’s silent — it’s awkward. Mr. Fish feels he’s speak to say something. Since Mr. Fish has a big family, having more people coming over still did not create as much noise.

7. Working out during commercials — for me it’s something to do. I am not the type that gets attracted to commercials easily so I find something productive to do in the next 2 minutes. Home is where I know I can do some squats or push-ups during commercial breaks.

8. Saving money- I know when we try to invite people over from San Diego to visit us, they don’t want to come over because they say it’s too far away and too expensive to make a trip. We’ve made a trip to SD too many times and it’s pricey. We really do prefer staying home and making some dinner .

9. Internet –

10. Just being comfortable – The first thing I look forward to coming home is vegging out on the couch.

Tuesday Ten: All things Wedding

1. Non-white wedding gowns (ivory, gold, blush, peach) – Maybe I am biased because my wedding gown is not going to be white and when I was looking for a dress I just gravitated towards non-white wedding gowns.

2. Lace

3. Hair knots – much cooler looking than updos.


4. Break-away bouquets – I think I am going to go for this. Instead of calling all the single ladies, I think I’ll call all the ladies and throw a bouquet that breaks into smaller bouquets each containing some meaning.

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5. Mixed vase centerpieces -


6. Dessert bars/cookie table – We’re thinking smaller cake and loads of cookies.

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7. Garden roses-

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8. Good food – Mr. Fish and I decided to splurge on food. We have guests who have traveled so far, let them travel far to get good food.

9. Food trucks – I’m thinking about doing this for the wedding dinner rehearsal.

10. Hashtags – I think it’s cool getting pictures from your guests point of view.