• TRAVEL,  WEST COAST

    2023 LA Trip Recap

    Last week, I went to LA for the first time since I first came to the United States, which was back in 2016. So basically, I was visiting for the first time haha. I don’t think I’ll ever move there (due to the cost of living, traffic, PARKING, etc.) but I had a blast and can’t wait to go back! In today’s blog post, I’m sharing my very favorites/highlights of the trip! THINGS WE ATE Hanu KBBQ – While this is not an all-you-can-eat place, Hanu provided super KBBQ experience (I would say top two for me). They have an extensive selection of banchans and the service was so friendly…

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING,  THINGS TO DO

    Afternoon (Tea) at Fearrington

    At the end of October, my sisters and I treated our mom to an afternoon at Fearrington House in Pittsboro! This was our second year of doing an afternoon tea for our mom’s birthdays after the inaugural tea at Sugar Magnolia in 2021. It has taken me a few months but I’m sharing more about the Fearrington House’s afternoon tea as well as the Fearrington Village itself. Located in Pittsboro, Fearrington House is about half an hour away from me in Durham. The drive might be closer to an hour if you’re in Raleigh or somewhere else in the Triangle area. Don’t let the distance deter you though! You can…

  • BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    My Favorite Books from 2022

    Happy new year, friends! I somehow read a total of 100 books in 2022, which is truly a record for me. I don’t think I’ve read more than 50 books since I was in elementary school (when I used to read a book a day #nerd). Today, I’m sharing my top 10 favorite books of the 100 books I read last year. Here we go! TOP 10 FAVORITE BOOKS (in the order I read them) BEASTS OF A LITTLE LAND by Juhea Kim Spanning over several decades during the 20th century Korea, Beats of A Little Land chronicles the lives of Jade and JungHo. Born into a poor family, Jade…

  • LIFESTYLE,  PERSONAL

    2022 Reflections & 2023 Intentions

    Happy new year, friends! I know we’re already a week into 2023 but I wanted to take some time to reflect on last year and write about my intentions and goals for the new year. Because I was out of town most of the last couple of weeks in December, I am finally sitting down to do so. Personal Last year, I didn’t set specific goals but did choose a word of the year, which was “rest.” For a long time, I couldn’t and wouldn’t let myself rest. I think this had begun in college. I used to literally calculate how much my family was paying every hour for my…

  • BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    What I Read in December 2022

    Happy New Year, friends! Somehow I ended up reading 100(!) books in 2022, squeezing in one last book while trying to stay up until the midnight countdown. I will share my top favorite books from 2022 as well as my reading goals (or intentions, more so) for 2023 in a separate post soon! For today, here are the books I read in December and my thoughts on them: Solito by Javier Zamora – 5 stars As an immigrant myself, I always gravitate towards stories told by other immigrants. In Solito, Zamora chronicles his journey from El Salvador to the US as a little kid. The book is written matter-of-factly with…