Dim Sum = YUM!!

If there’s one thing that I think Seattle’s lacking, it would be a good dim sum place. Being on Castro Street in Mountain View (California) made up for the lack of dim sum in my life. With so many options for places to dine, I couldn’t help but want to indulge in some good dim sum. Not to mention, it’s quite fun for me to exercise my Cantonese every now and then. hehe

Fried Shrimp Balls

I find that going with a group of four to be the perfect number of people to have dim sum with. For some reason, the majority of the dishes are plated in servings of four (minus the sweet treats), which worked out perfectly for us.

Shrimp in Rice Noodle Rolls

Deep-fried rolls

Chinese Broccoli

So the next two photos have a bit of a charming back-story. One of my friends is in looove with these steamed custard buns. He thinks they’re the best thing in the world and kept raving about them throughout the meal until we were able to flag down a server to grab an order of these.

Steamed Custard Buns

While they are delicious, they weren’t as amazing as he made them out to be. I mean, they were tasty, but not to die for. Needless to say, I was a little less than impressed and needed something else to fill my dessert stomach with. (Yes, I believe that everyone has two stomachs: one for regular food and one for desserts!)

Yummy custard filling

To end the meal off right, we all ordered a serving of mango pudding. YUM YUM YUM! I can’t say enough how much I love mango pudding. Something about this dish just hits the spot every time. : )

Mango Pudding

*If you’re interested, you can see the name of each dish by mousing-over the photos.

Driving-filled Adventures!

So this past weekend was spent in California and now I finally have some photos to share!

Saturday was a busy day for myself, my roommate, and our Californian hosts. We rented a car and drove down to Pismo Beach. Our day started off at 6:30am but we didn’t end up leaving the house close to 7:30 since the majority of my car-mates aren’t morning people. We went for some early morning McDonald’s (the breakfast of champions!) and then hit the road for a 3+ hour drive. I couldn’t take any photos on the way there (since I was driving), but rest assured that the scenery along Hwy 101 was gorgeous.

Arriving at the beach

We arrived around noon but couldn’t head to the beach to pick up our ATVs until 2:30pm. Thanks to the July 4th long weekend, the majority of the ATVs were reserved until later in the afternoon. It was about a two mile walk down the beach to the rental area. If you’re wondering why we didn’t park closer to the rentals, it’s because the first time I went ATVing in 2009, my friend decided to drive his car onto the beach and ended up having to get someone to tow it out of the sand. Since this car was a rental, we figured it’d be safer to keep the bumper in tact when returning it. haha

Water front

I didn’t end up taking too many photos when out on the sand dunes, mainly because I was too busy having fun. We rented the ATVs for 2 hours, which was plenty enough time considering how tired my foot got from switching gears on the semi-automatic 250cc ATVs. Needless to say, it was fun times all around!

suiting up to go ATVing

The drive home was pretty amazing. I got the luxury of being a passenger so I snapped a couple of photos of the garlic farms we passed. We drove for miles watching huge patches of farmland getting watered and it pretty awesome!

Sprinklers!!

night driving

The night ended off with a trip to the Cheesecake Factory. We made it back to the Bay Area just before 10pm and indulged in some delicious food. Nothing like wrapping up a fun-filled day with some yummy eats!

Playing a game of Catch Up

I was hoping to have some photos from my weekend posted by tonight, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised with how little time I’ve had to sit down and transfer pictures (story of my life!). As soon as I got back in to Seattle on Tuesday evening, I had to furiously unpack and get ready for a full day on Wednesday. Last night was spent watching Kooza, one of the many Cirque du Soleil installments. This would mark my third Cirque show and I absolutely LOVED it. Highly recommend any of the shows if you’re ever in the Las Vegas area (or happen to catch a show tent in another state… like Washington!).

Circus shows aside, I’ve been hard at work on a side project. Here’s a sneak peek:
July Project

Can you guess where this is going? More details to come as the event draws closer, but for now, this is the preliminary design for a display I’m hoping to finish by next weekend. Yes, if you’re going to force me to say it, I have an affinity for doilies. Doilies appeal to the inner granny in me! What more can I say?

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Since this post is so appropriately titled, I will just go ahead and brain-dump everything that I’ve been meaning to write about while I was laptop-less in California. ¬†While I was away, the lovely Erica nominated me for “The Versatile Blogger” blog award! Thanks so much, Erica!

Rules: Thank person who nominated you | Share 7 facts about yourself | Nominate 15 others | Contact nominees

So, 7 things about myself…

  1. I hated the color pink until I was 16. I was a huge tomboy until I embraced the color pink. Nowadays, pink is one of the more prominent colors in my wardrobe.
  2. I can’t wear contacts because I have severe astigmatism. I will forever be a four-eyes and I’m more than ok with that! (Glasses are my favorite accessory!)
  3. I love to play sports despite the fact that I am extremely accident prone (and not exactly the most athletically inclined).
  4. To this day, I can still recite the daily McValue Deal Meals offered by McDonald’s back in 2004-2006. I can thank my inner junk foodie for the 4 days a week I used to visit McD’s back in the day.
  5. My internal clock doesn’t allow me to sleep in past 8:30am. If I’m lucky, sometimes I get to sleep in until 9! No matter what time I sleep, I wake up at 8:30. This is terribly inconvenient when I sleep at 3am and still feel exhausted but can’t fall back asleep.
  6. Chocolate is my biggest vice. I have to have at least one piece of chocolate a day. Sigh.
  7. Whenever I really like a song, I play it on repeat for days until I get it out of my system. This really annoyed one of my old roommates… especially since I refused to used headphones and blasted ONE song on repeat for over a week straight. hahaha!

I know I’m supposed to tag 15 people, but I figured I would leave this one open-ended for those who want to share 7 random facts about¬†themselves on their blogs. Feel free to post them on your own blogs/in the comments!

howdy.

hello! I know it’s been a while. I’m not a bag blogger, I promise.

I spent the long weekend in California and couldn’t fit my laptop in my carry-ons.

home sweet home

Just wanted to stop by and say hi! I’ll be back to my regularly blogging this week. Until then, I leave you with this horrendous photo of my current state. This is what I look like after sitting in an airport waiting for a delayed flight, having to sit next to a woman on the plane moisturizing her feet and putting them on the seat between us (um, ew?) and then having to deal with a not-so-great cab driver. Ended my extended 5-day long weekend with a BANG!

p.s. I chopped off about 4″ of my hair.

Lomography

I got a vistaquest vq1015 r2 camera back in May and haven’t quite figured out how to take proper photos with it yet. At first, I realized that I had the shutter speed set way too slow and all my photos were overexposed to the point that I would just end up with frames of white light.

Now, my photos are a little too dark (the photos below have zero post-processing). I can’t figure out that sweet spot for shutter speed. oh well… I still think they’re quite cute.

Aviators

Forest

Beach at Golden Gardens

I hope all my fellow Canadians have a wonderful Canada Day! I’m sad to say that I won’t be celebrating Canada Day this year and instead I’m hoping to see some Independence Day fireworks! Do you guys have any big plans for the weekend?

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