Been sitting in my childhood bedroom reflecting on the year and I decided to pull together a little highlights reel of moments to remember. This post got really long…apologies in advance. All the posts in the last year are linked here as well, if you are bored or are curious to see more!
Happy New Year!
January is the month I was introduced to hot cheeto french fries at a Korean bar, was addicted to “sandisfying” kinetic sand, got Wag certified (yet, a year later I have not walked one dog), Zach ran his first Disney half marathon, getting addicted to Gillian Anderson in The Fall, hosting Zach’s cousins from Utah, ostrich farm love, and a trip to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.
I was really into the Wag hustle for the New Year. Wag is a dog walking app, like uber for dog walkers. So I became certified, this pic was when I took my dogs to test different harnesses on them because that’s one of the elements of the test. I still have not walked a dog, because…surprise. Turns out when I work is when most people want a dog walk.
A Day in my Life: January 17, 2017: Day off of work? Escape the city with your friends. Add in some free wine tasting, some steaks, fries, and a visit to Ostrichland.
Ending the month with 9 films at Sundance! You can read my not-professional reviews of movies that may have trickled out since I posted this.
The month started on the slopes in Park City, Utah. I’m still learning to ski, one day at a time…I also learned to embrace my Hufflepuffness at the Harry Potter world. It was also asian mamas first art show, a very special day. Spent Valentine’s Day at a garlic restaurant and even found Neko Atsume plushies. The month ended with a roadtrip with Kiki, Anders and Zach to Utah.
Took a day trip to San Diego with Tristan, Justin, Kiki, Ders and Zach and spent the day at the anthropology museum and most importantly, at a dog park slash biergarten that was life-changing. So cute!
This was one of those moments that was simple (a little pricey heh) but such a warm gesture I wanted to include. I had a really long, bad day at work and Zach ordered a delivery sushi box and it was just so surprising and touching I had to include it.
11 hour road trip to Utah to show Kiki and Ders around. Kiki and Ders hit the slopes for the first time, and we cook, made cocktails, and enjoy the snow.
First visit to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas!
March started with a long-awaited journey to see my high school friends up in Tahoe. Gabby and I ventured out there, stayed with Rachel, and we all hit the slopes (I forgot I skiied so much in 2017!) for a day. We got caught in a horrible storm that made us miss flights, but hey…it happens. I also took my little cousins to California Adventure for the first time, and Alex my little bro came to visit me. My mom had surgery for a broken arm, so I went home to help her recover. Notably, I downloaded and beat Pokemon Snap this month too.
It was nice to see a lot of friends from South Pas who have all slowly migrated up to the Bay Area over the years. (We also got trapped in an unfortunate 11 hour car ride through a storm and missed a flight, but it was worth it in the end).
Alex eating these Blue Star donuts is the origin of “so good” (said in a low Alex-style voice), his brilliant critique of every donut in a super endearing enthusiastic way was “so good.” It flowed out of him like a poem.
My retainer goes missing…was it a dog? A ghost? I still haven’t found it to this day. In April my parents took me and Zach on a cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Kiki leaves for the Philippines for three weeks (notable in my life where I see her every few days at LEAST). I get to see my little six-year-old cousin ball it up in a basketball tournament. And I turn 27 *ahhh*.
Embraced my Leia for cruise fashion purposes.
There was so much beauty in Mexico, I really would love to return and explore more of the cities and other coast. I have some travel photography posts from Mazatlan and Cabo, check them out! A favorite memory was walking and stumbling across the only microbrewery in Mazatlan, chatting with the brew master and just enjoying some quiet casual time in the city.
Celebrated with friends at Kevin’s brewery, Progress Brewing in South El Monte. I appreciate all the time spent with friends this year.
I finally purchased a griddle, my beloved Zojirushi grill and I can’t believe how long it took for me to finally buy it. I used the grill…a LOT this month. A work milestone for me was a work trip to shoot an interview for a web project, it was to Texas but it was special to be trusted enough to take it on. In mid-May, Kiki returns from her trip to the Philippines and we hike a lot inspiring a nice eczema flare on my cheeks. I also learned to cook a beginner version of a few Korean dishes.
I’ve got an entirely documented day about our first test drive with the grill and I am very enthusiastic the entire time.
Made it to El Paso, Texas with all my filming gear! Worked on interviewing artist Zeke Pena about his practice, but also about a recent project he worked on with the Getty. Check out the final piece here!
May was also the month that sleepywaldo.blog was born and I offically migrated off of livejournal to wordpress (shoutout to you if you came over here from LJ!)
Summer is here! Zach and I visit Knott’s Berry Farm to kick off the summer fun. Father’s Day celebrations include swimming and grilling and hanging with family. Dogsitting Bea, a very happy doggo belonging to a colleague at the Getty. We also managed to get to the beach and hang out there all day!
Hung out with my parents aboard the USS Iowa. I documented the full day here!
Another documented day, mostly photos of my little cousins being crazy and me living for it.
Friends and co-workers flee Los Angeles for summer vacations and some friends come to LA to visit. I get a much-needed haircut (thank you Angelica!). Alyssa comes to town and we get together at Hamburger Mary’s Drag brunch (Zach got his face licked), Marie comes through for some vegging at home, it gets so hot in LA that I have to sleep on the floor in the living room. We celebrate my mom’s birthday with a boat of Japanese food and the annual Hollywood Bowl picnic gathering happens. I take my East-coast cousins to Disneyland and visit the new Marciano Foundation space at a Masonic temple.
Spent the first week of August at SIGGRAPH, a computer science conference downtown. I also convinced Tristan to start Game of Thrones with me as his Game of Thrones guide (#TristyWatchesGoT). The second week of August Zach and I venture up to San Francisco to hang with Lauren at Outsidelands where I test one of the Fujifilm cameras. Alex visits and we go to the OC Zine Fest (and stop by the amwa table) and try the best trendy OC foods including a poke donut. The partial solar eclipse happens and I try Himalayan food at a local place. The month ends with a journey to the 626 Night Market with Kiki and Selina where I get a little heat sick but get to enjoy some grilled squid nonetheless.
Trip planning amplifies! Check out all the SE Asia planning posts and travel posts here.
Documented an average LA weekend day where we made some shrimp tacos, had ramen with the D&D crew, and took the dogs out to the park.
I documented Outsidelands Day 3 of the music festival with a rented Fujifilm X-Pro2, I was curious if I liked it enough to buy before my trip to Southeast Asia, and it was a great field test.
Zach and I decided last minute to go to a taping of Let’s Make a Deal (spoiler: we didn’t win). An outdoor screening of Harry Potter complete with themed food and drinks. I successfully purchased my new baby, the Fujifilm X-T2. A trip to Colorado to learn more about my family history (and attend a conference). Getty projects start to heat up and a Rachel and Stu visit from San Francisco so we can introduce Stu to Disneyland. Sufi experiences back problems (he’s okay now!) and we visit the LA County Fair to eat some fried food. In the last week of September, we head to Hawaii to celebrate Alex and Jilly’s wedding and begin the journey to Thailand.
Labor day! I documented this day that started with family, and ended with karaoke.
Denver, Colorado. We traced the route of my grandma and her siblings—where they lived and grew up, the high schools they went to, and where the family farmed. The Louisville Museum even had their high school portraits! Pretty amazing.
The next week in Denver I attended a content strategy conference and had three days of intensive workshops. It was a great learning experience, very grateful to have been able to attend. I documented my last day in Denver here, a visit to the Clyfford Still Museum and the way home.
The trip is becoming real! Had to actually pack omg. I posted my 3 week packing list for monsoon season in Southeast Asia here if you’re curious what I fit in my bag.
We spent October 1 and 2 in the sky, flying from Hawaii to Bangkok (by way of Tokyo). We spent 20 days of the month traveling around Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia and it was such a memorable and incredible trip. I have so much to share! But so many photos to edit…I’m going through I promise! We got back to Los Angeles just in time to celebrate Halloween (I was a bat).
I’ve only edited the first day of Bangkok for now (19 more days to go!) and you can check out that post here.
Daylight savings is upon us and the days are shorter and the nights sadder. I celebrate my dad’s birthday (and my little cousin’s b-days too at the Bippity Boppity Boutique). I run my first ever 10K which I’m weirdly proud of, I trained and everything. Went on a farm retreat with amwa to nanum farms out in Lebec, California. Spent the month enjoying being home in Los Angeles, going out in the city and spending time in the apartment. Thanksgiving was lovely at home with family and Zach and I traveled up to the Bay Area for his high school friend’s wedding. And happy 5th anniversary to Zeen.
My great uncle Mo passed away in November—just wanted to remember him. He fought in the 442nd, the all Japanese batallion. He was also a sassy bachelor his whole life. He was passionate about collecting things and gave me an analog camera in high school when he learned I was interested in (one I later realized he saved the manual for, he also loved photography). Love you Uncle Mo.
Time to get into the holiday spirits, celebrating the season with friends seeing as many Christmas trees around the city as possible. Celebrating Zach’s birthday with a weekend in Vegas staying at the Flamingo. Many holiday parties and work before heading out to Zach’s sister’s farm for a few days. Home for the holidays with my family and the annual trip to San Luis Obispo with family friends.
It was wild to compile all the extra special things throughout the year, and a few things stand out: so happy and grateful to have a healthy family, healthy and happy friends, and the ability and privilege to travel and see new things but also get to go home and feel safe and loved. Thanks all for following me over to this new blog, I’m grateful hearing from you too. Happy New Year! May 2018 be healthy, successful, and happy for you and your loved ones.
Much love friends.