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Posted on Aug 12, 2013 in Blogging | 4 comments

Tea Ceremony, Part II

Hey strangers,

So as some of you might remember, I’ve spent the past 30 days on the road and back again, literally. After my legendary trip to Ireland, I was back in town for a mere 4 days before flying down to Houston for my grandmother’s 83rd birthday. (This was a precursor to the giant family reunion for my Dad’s side that we attended in Oregon afterwards.)

Since my grandmother is not able to travel, my brother and his wife also did another traditional tea ceremony, just like the one that was performed at their rehearsal dinner back in May.

My aunt and uncle weren’t able to attend the wedding either, so they were also tea-ceremonied. And since I guess it’s Chinese tradition to serve tea to ALL your elders — even if you’ve already done it for them — my parents got a second turn! 🙂

It’s tradition for the bride and groom to be given a gift from their elders, and I guess in particular it’s very common for the bride to be given jewelry. Which, all I can say is, I can’t WAIT for my own wedding tea ceremony if it means I get bangin’ jewelry like Tay did!

I played the role of photographer for the day, of course, so I’m actually only in one of the pictures. And, in true fashion, it’s the photo with food, hahaha.

A dim sum feast!

So there you go: Just one half of my SUPERDUPER family-filled week! Hopefully by next time, the photos from Oregon will be edited and you guys can see the white side of my fam, hahahaha.


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Posted on May 10, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 15 comments

Dios, er, I mean, Dia de la Madre

Wow, saying it in what is probably incredibly incorrectly constructed Spanish makes Mother’s Day seem so much cooler, don’tcha think? Heh. (Gracias for the correction, Liz!) Before doing my little Mama’s Day recap for you, I just wanted to thank you all for being so supportive about my weigh-in from yesterday. I am admittedly still a little down in the dumps, but I figure I’ll give it a few days and maybe take another crack at weighing in later in the week to see if things have changed at all.

Anyway, here’s that belated Mother’s Day recap I promised you since I was too lazy/tired (mostly the former) to upload my photos in time, haha:


On Sunday my brother, my sister and her hubs, Steve and I all ventured to church and a Mother’s Day lunch with my mama at Red Pearl, a dim sum restaurant on the Columbia waterfront up in Maryland.


It was in an absolutely beautiful location that has a lot of restaurants that I really want to try out now! The restaurant came as a recommendation from a friend that I went to high school with back in Taiwan, who’s living in the area now — I love it when the world is small. 🙂


While we were waiting for our table (naturally things were crazy with it being Mother’s Day and all) we took advantage of both the beautiful weather and scenery outside with a little photoshoot biz-naz:

Columbia or Narnia?

My brother (with his mad photog skillz) took my mom down to the water to get some portrait shots of her first:


But I didn’t want to be left out, of course!


And eventually, neither did Jenny, though she didn’t exactly have the best footwear for the task…


I guess that’s just another price we pay to look awesome in heels, eh?


Yipes. It all worked out, of course!


And after about 20 minutes of pretending like we’re models, we headed inside for dim summmmm! For those of you who are unfamiliar with dim sum, it’s a Cantonese cuisine where traditionally small plates of food are pushed around on serving carts, and you simply pick and choose what you want to chow down on! You can also order additional things off a menu or, if you’re my mom, don’t bother with a menu and just tell the server whatever you want and they’ll make it for you, hahaha. But to be fair, mastery of at least one of the Chinese dialects is kind of a requirement for being able to do that…

Get Sum!

It’s always a really fun experience, and this particular restaurant was quite good! As we have already established, the food was all a bit salty, but dim sum tends to be in general. Still good stuff!


So that concludes our Mother’s Day celebration with the amazing woman who gave birth to us, raised us, loved (and loves) us, and generally puts up with us! Thanks Mommy. I love you! 🙂

Before I let you guys get outta here, I wanted to let you know that I took you up on some of your advice about hydrating better when not at work.

I picked up a little water bottle that should fit in pretty much any bag I have, so hopefully having constant access will help improve my hydration habits on the weekends. Plus, look how cute! (And yes, that may or may not but definitely is High School Musical 3 playing in the background. Don’t judge! I was muy depressamundo yesterday, guys.)

Also, take a closer look at these stinkers:

Lazy bums. 🙂

Since I know that a big part of recovering from yesterday’s weigh-in (regardless of whether it was water weight or not) is making sure I continue working out regularly, I’m putting together a playlist of songs to help motivate me and pump me up. So I need your suggestions! What are your favorite songs to work out to? I want to know!

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Posted on May 9, 2011 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins | 14 comments

Donald Glover is the Man (Weigh-in)

Gooooood morning, friends! I hope everyone had an astronomically fantastic weekend. Yes, I really do hope it was THAT fantastic. I had a wonderful weekend with the boyf visiting and, of course, celebrating Mother’s Day with, uh, y’know, my mom!

Day 126 - Mother's Day
photo by ben powell photography

My family took my beautiful mama to a Mother’s Day lunch at a Chinese Dim Sum restaurant called Red Pearl at the Columbia waterfront. It was a beautiful day with beautiful company, and we took advantage of the wait for the restaurant to take portraits by the water, but the full recap of that will have to wait until tomorrow because I got home so late last night that I didn’t have the energy to upload my photos from the day, haha. Why was I so tired, you ask?

Well, as part of said wonderful weekend, Steve and I went to see Donald Glover perform at The Black Cat in DC! You know, that guy from NBC’s absolutely hilarious show, Community? Which, by the way, if you don’t already watch, you absolutely need to. This past Thursday’s episode was the best yet.

The show was half stand-up comedy and half rap concert. I know, it sounds crazy. But it was awesome! And I say that as a total rap neophyte (er, obviously. I mean… are you surprised?) His, uh, rapping name (?) is Childish Gambino and he is quite the wordsmith, I’ll admit, if not a rather vulgar one. But once again, are you surprised? I’m afraid all I have are some rather poor quality iPhone pics to show off from the concert, but unlike one person standing near the front I wasn’t going to try to sneak my DSLR into the venue.

For me, the real star of the show was the guy standing to the right of Donald in that last pic. That guy was AWESOME. He played violin, drums, keys, and sang backup vocals for him throughout the show, and he seriously WAILED on the violin. I’m sure that any classical violinists in the crowd were cringing (you know, ’cause I’m sure there were so many of them there, hahaha) but he rocked the crap out of that thing. Seriously.

Oh yeah, and I finally got to pay a visit to the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl, which is right across the street from the U-St Metro stop:

I got the half-smoke made even famous-er by the one and only Bill Cosby, who is apparently obsessed with ’em. It’s a sausage link in a bun with chili on it but to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. I guess the hype kind of set my expectations to be absolutely blown out of the water and it’s hard to meet that. Ah well, can’t win ’em all.

So anyway, that’s the short li’l recap you get of yesternight’s adventures. I promise you’ll get the full Mother’s Day recap tomorrow, just when you’re sick and tired of reading about people’s Mother’s Days on blogs. Hehe.

Moving on, here’s the sad, sad, SAD news that this morning brought me:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs.
Last Week’s Weight: 195.6 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 199.6 lbs
This Week’s Loss: +4.0 lbs
Total Loss-to-Date: 46.4 lbs.


What the BLEEP?!!?!?!?

Eeeeyeah. I’m PRETTY SURE I didn’t consume an extra 14,000 calories this week so I am NOT sure what is happening right now. My theories are as follows:

1. Lack of sleep. As mentioned, I got home really late following the concert last night. So perhaps in the 4.5 hours of sleep I was able to glean throughout the night, my body stopped functioning properly.

2. Salty, salty food. Dim sum is not exactly known for being light in the sodium arena (fact: I had my mom ask our server if they had low-sodium soy sauce and he didn’t even know what that was.) Also, I can’t say that having what is essentially a chili-covered hot dog for dinner did much for my body salt levels either. Plus, as usual, I didn’t drink nearly enough water over the weekend in general, let alone at the hot show with tons of Donald-lovers crowded together. Dehydration = water retention = water weight gain, right?

3. This is guaranteed to be TMI but I MUST JUSTIFY. I literally just got my montly visit from Dot. So. You know. There’s that.

I’m going to assume it’s actually a combination of all three of these factors because I need something to keep me from going absolutely crazy. This is not a good way to start a Monday, btdubs. When I saw the number on the scale this morning it took all my power not to scream out in agonizing frustration (I’m sure my roommates would have loved me if I had, haha), so I quickly had to hatch a recovery plan (aside from my immediate thought of “That’s it! I am not eating again until Wednesday!” that is.) My solutions are thus:

1. Hydrate like a mothereffer.

2. Back to hot yoga as fast as I can (I didn’t go at all last week, oops!)

3. Back on the calorie-counting train full-time.

I’ve admitted that I’ve become rather lax in counting all of my calories, trying to transition to a more intuitive style of eating. Well, I think it’s pretty obvious that isn’t really working for me right now. Maybe it’ll work when I actually get to a maintenance weight, but I’m still trying to lose here! So back to square one I go, and I’ll go there happily if it means I can rid myself of this temporary weight gain (please oh please Lord let it be temporary!) and actually start losing regularly again.

How can I be better about hydrating? I’m really good about drinking water throughout the day when I’m at work, since I have a water bottle and close access to the water fountain in the kitchen. I drink it all day long! But as soon as I get home I never think about it, and it’s especially bad on the weekend. Thoughts? I obviously need some help here!

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