Archive for November, 2009

November 30

We are only this young for so many twisted nights.
I want you to have them.
I want you to have it.
Why am I crying, and
Why am I afraid to say
I love you? You know I do.

le love

November 29

I stuffed my face in Boston. Everyday, all day long. It was a little ridiculous, but it was all worth it. I had the best lobster, clam chowder, oysters, and the best sandwich of my life.

Here are a few of the things I ate. I’m surprised I even remember to take pictures, I was took busy eating. First, I have to start with Neptune’s, because that is what Boston is: Lobster, oysters, cramped space, and wonderful people…

stuffing my face

the best hot lobster roll. I was supposed to share this, but he ended up ordering the sandwich because I gobbled up the lobster in 5 min flat. The sandwich is a venison/tuna tartar…and it was amazing.

the next day, we choose giacomo’s for dinner in little italy. the area was so cute, and while we waited outside in line, we grabbed some pastries from Mike’s Pastry across the way.

Giacomo’s, the italian place that serves no meatballs…but the seafood makes up for it. do you SEE the lobster on my platter?!

wagamama is a london chain. they are asian fusion and are hugely popular in the east coast.
although it looks like i finished off the bowl, i didn’t really eat much of it

faneuil hall lobster with corn and clam chowder. what more can u ask for?
this was cooked and taken apart in front of me. i ate it the minute i could

oyster bar at union oyster house was the best thing ever
they hooked us up so much…they even gave us warm corn bread

he let me hold this giant lobster…and the lobster literally spread eagle

sam lagrasse’s was the best corned beef / pastrami sandwich…give me a moment to reminisce…
November 28

We went to Hahvad on the last day before going back to California. Harvard is so beautiful. The old buildings, the fall leaves, the SMELL of knowledge and snootiness are everywhere. Students all bundled up as they walk to and from campus make me miss my alma mater UCLA and how i use to climb Janss Steps to get to the history buildings across campus. I had the same snooty confidence walking through the Powell quad, that this is my school, my classroom, my library…I guess that’s why I love people watching here.

I knew that I didn’t want to spend as much time there other than to see the Memorial Hall and walk around the yard, but I was a little disappointed that I was not able to get inside the library. booo. I do understand though. Studying in Royce Hall or Powell library at UCLA is annoying when tourists come inside to check out the library. They take pictures, talk, and clamor up and down the hallways. bah, i still wish i was able to see it at least.

booface for not being allowed in

we went inside the Memorial Hall and there was a philharmonic playing. the sounds just vibrated through the halls, and it was just absolutely breathtaking.

November 28

We spent a whole day walking the Freedom Trail and didn’t even finish. We barely got 2/3 of the way through when we trailed off the red line and went to eat/shop/wander elsewhere. I love the fact that they have something like this in Boston for tourists. We got on and off the trail the whole time we were there, and finished it off with Bunker Hill.

where to guys?!

its amazing how old these gravestones are…

walking granary burial grounds

I don’t know why this donkey is here on the red line, and I’m sure it’s wondering the same about me..

faneuil hall is so fun. there are a ton of places to eat and shop inside

cheers bar

the waterfront

we stopped into a hotel for a bathroom break, but ended up in the coolest lobby library ever
I found a book on Goblins

Onmi Parker Hotel for some good ole’ Boston Creme Pie

Holocaust Memorial
this place is more beautiful at night and the steam is blowing

Bunker Hill Monument

I did the 294 steps to the top and this is my “I’m at the top” picture
it’s basically me huffing and puffing for air

November 25
We had such a great time at the Samuel Adams Brewery. The tour was croisin and filled with tons of great beer. The tour guide Nick was funny and at the end of the tour, the gorilla pod came out and grabbed people’s attention. We got some great group shots with it!

It was quite a road to the brewery, and here I am, following the map!

we love the gorilla pod!

vintage chairs in the brewery

eating barley

testing beer for clarity…whatever. It tasted good.

Nick, the tour guide

November 23

Boston is absolutely lovely. I am so happy to see the last of the fall leaves falling. Living in Southern California, we get one season: spring year around at a perfect 70 degrees. Although I’m not complaining by any means, I love watching the changing of the colors … and my favorite season is Autumn. The yellows, oranges, and browns are so amazing and comforting. I’m always reminded of gingerbread and cinnamon and apple cider when I think of Autumn. I’ve decided my wedding will be in this color scheme.

Boston wasn’t as chilly as I thought. I wore my thick jacket the first day and sweated my way through the Freedom Trail. The next day, I wore the thinner Benetton trench, and that was perfect with my banana fall scarf.

Here are some of my favorites of the autumn colors. Mon chou took these of me when he saw me prancing around, picking up leaves wherever I went. To him, it just means that he has to rake them up because he sees it everyday, but to me, they are just the best thing to prance and take pictures in!

i found this maple leaf outside Sam Adam Brewery
sunset was right behind me, and we took advantage of the light

We went to Bunker Hill to see the monument and obelisk. On our way out, the neighborhood yard had tons of raked leaves. Since they were dry and packed, i laid down and mon chou took these from above.

This series below is in Harvard yard. We walked around the yard, and saw this side walkway that no one was in. I happily took the photo op.

so happy

gathering leaves

he’s making fun of me ^_^

this grave is from 1795. isn’t that amazing..
wearing: nordstrom flat boots, no brand skinny jeans, hand me down sweater shirt, benetton trench coat, and banana republic fall scarf
November 12

i am 27 years old now.

To celebrate this day, my cousins, brothers, and friends all came out for 2 days this past weekend. I had the best time, and I am still reeling from the weekend. We went K1 Racing in Irvine, and then had a huge dinner at Habana in Costa Mesa, and then danced the last bit of the night away at iLounge in Irvine. The next day, we had brunch at Break of Dawn, shopped, and then finished the night at Cafe Artist for some good ole’ Viet food.

Here are some of the group pics of the weekend, and some of my favorites…

prom style posing

my amazing girls

me and tien at habana

after dinner madness

grope the birthday girl pose

still can’t believe they picked me up. but i’m very glad they did not hold me sideways

hehehehehhehe that’s right

@ break of dawn for breakfast!

with deedo too. he didn’t get the memo for white

sibling rivalry

yay to everyone that made it to race!!! it was a very painful experience but so incredibly fun
November 10
every time i show this picture, someone snorts in laughter