Cherry Blossoms Jersey City

Isn’t springtime just the best?  In Jersey City, it means pink cherry blossoms lining the streets, farmers markets opening for the season, kids on bikes and scooters, outdoor seating at the best restaurants… Everyone seems to have that extra spring in their step.   The frequent rains get forgotten the second the sun shines and the temperature rises to the double S’s weather.. sixties and sunny, seventies and sunny.

Saturday was “that” day in our house.  My mom and I ventured out of the house on the cold, rainy morning to cheer ourselves up with some yoga.  After class there were signs of sun, with the rain easing and the clouds clearing.  By the time it was noon, the entire city forgot about the rain and everyone was cheering how nice of a day it was.

 2016 Cherry Blossom with Mom Jersey City

It certainly helped that the Earth Day festival lined the streets near city hall, filling the air with delicious foods.  Milk Sugar Love debuted their new eco-friendly ice cream truck, Taproot Organics was restocked with my mom’s favorite Flora bar soap, and (my favorite) the city was giving away free plants again!

I can deal with a few months of “I can’t feel my face it’s so cold” weather every year if it means 6 months out of the year it’s “leave the windows open” weather like this…


halong bay, vietnam, 2008

it’s safe to say that i’m more than excited to be going to vietnam in march.  i AM a “phan” afterall, but this will be my first time visiting the country as a phan.  my last trip to the beautiful country was in 2008.  i booked the trip prior to meeting my vietnamese boyfriend (now husband), prior to knowing anything about asian culture (beyond the local “chinatown express” and “peking chinese” in my hometown), and prior to learning what the heck i was missing out on (did i seriously live 21 years of my life without eating pho!?!?)Read More →

life without cable is just normal life in our house.   we went for nearly 2 years without even an antenna to pick up some local channels.  some visitors didn’t know what to do with themselves when they found themselves the only ones awake in the apartment.  but for us, we usually turn on some music, get in some of our daily reads (and by daily reads i mean instagram, facebook, email, and a fitbit update… in that order), make coffee, etc.   literally the sound of commercials is now like nails on a chalkboard to me.

while we now have an antenna that picks up a few local channels (and by few i mean NOT abc… who wants to host an Oscars party for me?!?), those snow days and lazy sundays are still spent netflix-ing and hulu-ing…. only for shows that hung and i can BOTH enjoy though.  but let’s be real, i will never find those japanese cartoons even the slightest bit entertaining (sorry babes), and he will never enjoy watching anything that has anything to do with a housewife or a kardashian.

call the midwife

here comes my latest indulgence…Read More →

 photo 2015 Paris Honeymoon.jpg

2015… what a rollercoaster year.   i spent the majority of the year working more hours than i ever thought possible, and it really took a toll on me.  i didn’t even want to hear the words “work-life balance” when i was in so deep that i would walk into work on a friday saying “how is it friday ALREADY!?”  luckily things have taken a turn for the better, which means i have more time for things like getting in a good workout, preparing real meals, and having the occasional happy hour drink with a friend.  is that too much to ask?  for a 20-something with no kids, i’ll say no.

2015 wasn’t SO bad i suppose, when i consider some pretty exciting events.  Read More →