February 19, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year | 新年快樂!

This is my favorite picture from our mini Chinese New Year celebration yesterday. Two cousins, fake flowers, and lots of love. Perfect in my book!

My family is doing a bigger celebration this Saturday so more to come soon.

In the meantime, 新年快樂 | xīnnián kuàilè! I wish you all good fortune and happiness!

February 14, 2015

The Best Excuse for Procrastination

My friend, Erin, and I were texting a couple of weeks ago.

We were having one of those deep, philosophical conversations that you can only have over text.

Yep, pretty much.

Reincarnation: the best excuse for procrastination.

January 27, 2015

The Chinese Word for Good-bye

I love the Chinese word for good-bye.




Whenever I have the opportunity to say 再見 instead of good-bye, I use it.

再 zài = again
見 jiàn = meet

再見 literally means: Let's meet again.

And I love that sentiment more than: Have a good bye.

Unless, I dislike you.

In which case, bad-bye.

January 20, 2015

Why I Can't Take My Mom to Some Places

A few years ago, my mom and I went to Hokkaido Island on a tour with my aunts and grandmother.

It was three generations of Chen women vacationing together for the first time and I loved it.

I also loved the lavender farms and hot springs that Hokkaido is known for.

Especially the hot springs.

Because it's every girl's dream to see her mom and aunts buck-naked.

Every single day.

It was a special feature I hadn't planned for.

My mom and her sisters were also in nirvana because of the fresh seafood they got to eat at almost every meal.

I was not quite so happy; seafood and I don't get along very well.

One day, we went to this attraction where there was a fish tank by the entrance.

The surroundings were pretty plain and non-descript.

My mom asked:

我們要吃飯了嗎?(Wǒmen yào chīfànle ma?) Are we going to eat now?

I think my mom had sushi dreams.

I replied, "We're not going to eat, but yeah we'll kinda see some sushi and sashimi around."

Because we were at the aquarium.

January 14, 2015

Modesty and Dim Lightbulbs

I'm not too modest to say:

In a box of dim lightbulbs...

...I shine the brightest.

It's all about perspective, you know.

Did I just humble-brag?