• BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    What I Read in September 2022

    Happy Fall, friends! For some reason, I always think of fall as the season of reading. I’ve been spending more time reading at home which has been nice. Here’s what I read in September: FIONA AND JANE by Jean Chen Ho – 4 stars Fiona and Jane have been best friends since second grade and while they change and drift apart through college years and adulthood, they remain present in each other’s lives and minds. Fiona and Jane is told in alternating POVs from Fiona and Jane. Some of the stories are about their friendship; some are about respective families/lives at the time. The narrative jumps a few years here…

  • LIFESTYLE,  PERSONAL

    Monthly Mumbles 2022.09.25

    Hello, friends! It’s once again time for me to ramble about random things! Life has been busy but good, and I’m excited as we get ready for Q4 and the holiday season. Here are the highlights from August and September: While shopping at either Lowe’s or Home Depot, we got a little sunflower growing kit. Alex got around to planting it a bit late in the season but we had three sunflowers in bloom for a while! My older sister Jiyoung and her husband Daniel bought a house at the beginning of summer and hosted the whole family for a housewarming party at the beginning of August! They have these…

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING

    Yamazushi Dinner

    I had first learned about Yamazushi years ago on Bull City subreddit. Located in an unassuming spot at Woodcroft Shopping Center, Yamazushi is known for their Kaiseki, or traditional Japanese multi-course dinner. I finally had a chance to experience Yamazushi this past week so I thought I’d document this on the blog to share with you! WHAT YOU’RE SIGNING UP FOR & RESERVATION PROCESS Yamazushi does Kaiseki-style dinners exclusively with specific menu items changing seasonally. At $150 price tag per person (and 20% gratuity), it’s not an everyday or even a casual date night spot (definitely the most expensive meal I’ve personally had in life so far!). They’re only open…

  • BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    What I Read in August 2022

    Happy September, friends! I said this in last month’s book review post too but I have been reading more recently because that seems to be what I need from myself these days. I read 12 books in August which I think is a record for me, probably since I was in elementary school haha. I’ve been listening to audiobooks nonstop which is helping me read a lot more! I’ve noted all the books I listened to on audio in my reviews: THE BEST WE COULD DO by Thi Bui – 4 stars The Best We Could Do begins with the author giving birth, an event which prompts her to reflect…

  • LIFESTYLE,  PERSONAL

    Celebrating Small Wins

    Hi, friends! This post was originally what I wrote as a caption for an IG post recently but I decided that I want to share it on the blog and allow myself to be more open and vulnerable while also fully celebrating. I recently had a small win but I wasn’t allowing myself to celebrate it. It was not what I had been working towards or even something that I was really considering. It all happened really fast, and initially I felt grumpy and almost annoyed by it? I definitely called it a consolation prize more than once. Because it all happened really fast and it came with so much…