what a weekend!

thursday (6/20): yelp event celebrating one of anson’s friends’ bday (denise). we went to tequila shots in milpitas (a little ghetto since bar is under a freeway). they had all their specials that day (usually one special each day) including $2 shots of strawberry shortcake, mint chocolate chip, and watermelon jolly rancher. we had the super nachos (too much sour cream) for $5 and $1 tacos (pretty spicy, but so good). fun experience and the bill was only $27 total. it was our first time doing shots…didn’t have much alcohol, but good fun except for the fact that spurs lost to heat in game 7 of the nba championship…

friday (6/21): after worship team, i went over to deborah’s for a women’s sleepover. i don’t think i’ve been to one since college (and i never went to many to begin with). we first updated what was going on in our lives and what we did before at a sleepover. then, we made craft magnets (i spelled out the word “Prison” with scrabble letters), made a magnet with our wedding date, and 4 other flower magnets to decorate our fridge. then, we went out and pranked two guys from church. we first filled up dixie cups full of water and put them all outside albert’s front porch. he came out, we waved, then ran. then, we put post its all over the windows of tim’s car. we went home and watched the rest of “hitch”, and slept around 3:15am.

saturday (6/22): anson, kevin, and i helped cindy move from her old apartment in san bruno to santa clara. both places had stairs, but kevin and anson did a good job of moving the heavy stuff. eunice and melinda joined us at the new apartment, and kevin and anson went with eunice to pick up her futon and bed. eunice and i made the place look much better by rearranging the furniture, cushions, etc. i really like their apartment since their balcony overlooks a fountain and a pond full of ducks! they also have a clubhouse and swimming pool there. for dinner, we ate at choi’s kitchen, then we went home…and i had a nap from 7pm to 2am, woke up to brush my teeth and took a shower…then went back to sleep =)

sunday (6/23): today was more relaxed. we still had to wake up early to go to worship team practice, but we didn’t stay for sunday school, so i was able to buy groceries and we ate lunch at bagel street cafe. after another 2 hour nap, anson and i went to lisa’s (anson’s ex-coworker) nonprofit dance presentation and watch a couple belly dancing performances while eating indian buffet. all in all, this weekend has been fun and crazy and relaxing…still more to come in the next few days!

the blogging life

grr myspace for deleting my entire blog from 2006 till present! i’m thankful that i used a couple hours at the beginning of the year to go through my whole blog and copy paste it to text file or else 6 years worth of blogging would have vanished. yes, i do have my physical blog, but searching through it is much easier using text file =) thanks to my husband, “life is so blog” has been reborn on wordpress! yay! it’s so use friendly!

i wanted to blog today…about my blogging. i have been blogging on myspace for 6 years and geocities (can’t find those enteries anymore…wahh) for a little longer. i’ve made the 6 years of entries into pdf. 162 pages! what’s funny is that half of the whole thing is the first 2 years (’06-’08) i’ve significantly been decreasing in writing in quantity and quality.

i see those entries in the past and i’m so emotional and they have some cool insights, some are dumb, but i had no filter. i wrote what i wanted and didn’t care of the consequences at that time. maybe it’s a reflection on life too. i use to say many things that i’d regret later, but i still said them cuz i knew that, in my heart, it was true. i felt so uninhibited. now as i’m older, i try to curb the things i say. i don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. i want to be nice, and i’ve become boring! well, i definitely still love my traveling documentation, but where are my inner thoughts? where is my spunkiness?

yes, i’ve just turned 28 and a third of our lives are over. doesn’t mean i have to be square! i need to put more of myself in these entries. i want to be productive and motivated. work is work, and everything else is my time to do beneficial things. there’s so much at your fingertips to learn. i’ve enrolled into some courses online. it’s amazing how some colleges offer classes for free to the general public. take advantage of it! learn more! do more! imma make it my motto!

update: house, finances, life, and summer events

so we have tried twice to buy a house: once in february during the same weekend we were in the bahamas…let’s not do that again, and the 2nd time last week. both were in santa clara. and both final prices were $100k or over the listing price. it’s such a seller’s market right now. people are bidding so much for homes and not even asking for contingencies on the contract. we bid $713k for a $629k listed house, and it sold for $751k! there were 16 offers, 6 of which were higher than our offer.

yesterday (sunday), i was bored so i made a spreadsheet of our estimated financial situation if we worked for about 20 years more to see if we could retire at age 50. from my calculations and conservative estimates of only 1% interest on our monetary assets, 2/3rds social security kicking in at age 67, inheritance from parents, expenses with 3% inflation, we’d have a comfortable life style for 35+ years. however, this doesn’t include some big expenses that we’d probably have to have in the future (i.e. cars, house, etc). i think that if we lived in oregon, the house thing won’t be much of a big deal, but living in the bay area would definitely make it harder. i also don’t know how it will be if our health deteriorates, and that is more likely to happen with old age. we’d still probably work a little after age 50, but i don’t think that i’d need to do full time work.

i don’t want our lives to be just about work (which right now, it usually is the primary focus). i like the european way in which your work doesn’t define who you are…or at least you aren’t working just for someone else’s benefit (corporation). if you know about computer stuff, make your own site! if you’re good at writing, write something that you’re proud of. it doesn’t have to be sold somewhere, but it helps enrich you. i want to keep learning despite my inner sins of laziness. i want to take a photography class and take nice pictures. i want to travel. i want to make my blog into a book…grammar mistakes and all! i want to enjoy all the things that God has to offer in this life.

 this summer, we’ll probably not travel as much (err…we did go to sacramento with my parents for my bday), but things are still getting filled up. last week, we went up to san mateo to go hiking and to celebrate anson’s bday at espetus ($100 gift card that we finally spent from justin and vicky). on saturday, we hung out with nathan and andrea, yesterday, we had a church clean up day. this month is filled with 2 yelp events, church picnic, and helping some church friends move. there will be an all church retreat in august. I’m going down solo to LA in september, and both anson and i will be going down for the holidays in november and christmas.