Monday, December 31, 2012

Another Year

My view at the Brothers Drake Meadery.

Best wishes to you and yours in this coming new year. 2012 was a banner year for myself, family and friends. 2013 promises to be even more amazing.

Here's to never limiting expectations, challenging yourself daily and always being open to opportunity and greatness.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry and Bright

I've been taking some photos of holiday decorations around the neighborhood. Some are sweet and pretty. Some are creepy, including the caroling dolls that my landlady decided to put up all around the common areas of the apartment.

And some are just so awesome that you wish you had thought of it first.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Photo care of Christa Kimble

I haven't written here in a while. I don't know whether it's because things have become exponentially busier post-wedding and pre-holiday or because I needed a break from the blog. Whatevs.

This is what has been occupying my time:

- Looking at the wedding photos that we recently received from our photographer, Christa Kimble.
- Rearranging furniture and organizing the crap out of the apartment
- Getting a new job
- Spending a few days in bed due to a nasty fever. Being sick is the worst.
- Working extra hours with Fred Flare for the busy holiday season
- Attended a screening of this movie followed by a Q&A led by Alan Cumming
- Went to Murray Hill's annual Christmas show and ran into a friend of mine from Columbus whom I had not seen in years. At the after party I ran into Alan Cumming - twice in one week! What a dreamboat and a genuinely nice man.
- Preparing for the holiday and another road trip back to Ohio to spend time with our family and friends. 

Oh so exciting, right? I'll be writing again at some point. Until then you can pop over to my Instagram account if you're really curious about what I'm up to. xoxo

Monday, December 10, 2012

What I Saw: The Event of a Thread

Ann Hamilton's installation, The Event of a Thread, is currently open to the public at the Park Avenue Armory. There are a number of swings suspended throughout the entire space. Each swing's chains are connected to wires that are then connected to pulleys and an enormous piece of white silk that spans across the length of the space. The swinging motion causes the silk to continuously undulate and move. It's beautiful and the sheer size of the space and the installation itself is amazing.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I'm A Convert

Aida was incredible. The production was excellent. The sets were breathtaking and the performances were epic. I love opera.

This was my first time at the opera and our very generous friend got us some seats that we will likely never be able to afford again. His reasoning was that it was his night to introduce us newbies to an art form that he is incredibly passionate about and wanted our first experience to be amazing.

It really was amazing.

Growing up my dad had always put forth an effort to bring some culture into our daily lives. That would likely explain why I didn't know that the radio had actual pop music available on it until I was in the fourth grade. Up until that point I thought that only broadcast Korean hymns and classical music.

My brother and I both started piano lessons very early on in life (four for me, six for him) and I went on to play flute and study at the Cleveland Institute of Music and perform with the regional symphonic band. We watched operas that aired on PBS and I remember my dad struggling to explain to us why this kind of performance was significant to him. I didn't understand how much he had really done to open our worldview until I was an adult. Up until that point practicing and going to lessons twice a week seemed more of a chore than a privilege but I fully appreciate what my parents provided for us.

I hope that someday I can bring my parents to Lincoln Center to experience an opera as Jon and I did last night. It felt very grown up and grand but the beauty of the opera in such an iconic setting was accessible and something that I'll always remember.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A First

From this Saturday, a friend's cat amongst good company.

Saturday was both fun and frustrating. Dancing was fun. The crowd that the venue brought was not. It was so strange to be at a club where people were there to be seen and not to dance. I've never been in that kind of environment before and let me tell you, that scene totally sucks. The venue was the same venue where Chris Brown and Drake notoriously trashed a few months ago because of Rihanna (Really guys?) and that should have been an indication to us of the kind of people that we would have to put up with. Our friends left early because after waiting half an hour for the bartender's attention the night ceased to be enjoyable and turned frustrating and infuriating instead. The fun part for me was dancing with Jon and the others who clearly came just to dance. We didn't know these people but towards the end of the night we were all dancing next to each other, holding our ground and having fun.

Tonight Jon and I are meeting up with some friends in the city for our very first opera with the Metropolitan Opera. I am really excited to see Aida for the first time and to attend what I'm sure will be beautiful and moving. The opportunities to do something completely novel in this city will never stop and I feel lucky to partake.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Weekend

Taking a little break at Fred Flare. Wearing this dress.

This weekend I'll be spending some time with friends and working on Sunday for Fred Flare holiday shopping madness. I'm especially looking forward to Saturday night when we head to Soho to dance to Jon's fave DJ, Miguel Migs. This guy has been around forever and I remember dancing to his sets waaayyyy back in my early college years when I was a crazy party kid.

I'm thankful to be back in Brooklyn and thankful to have some fun with my family and friends before the holiday madness begins. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I Saw: Montreal

We have the great fortune of being a reasonable drive away from Montreal so this was the easy choice for our trip over the Thanksgiving weekend. We stayed in The Plateau area of Montreal in an adorable apartment thanks to trusty Airbnb. I used Airbnb when I came to Brooklyn to look for an apartment and had such a positive experience. Naturally we used it when looking for a place to stay in Montreal. When you are traveling it's really nice to have a place that feels homey and allows you to live like a local. This neighborhood was beautiful and the apartment was very close to the bus and Metro system. It reminded me a lot of Brooklyn.

Our apartment for the long weekend.

So what did we do? We did a lot of walking and A LOT of eating. The food scene here is truly an amalgamation of the new and the old and it's executed perfectly. There is a young community of chefs who own and operate some of the best restaurants in the city. We had our Thanksgiving dinner at Lawrence, another amazing dinner at Liverpool House (sister restaurant to Joe Beef) and a perfect brunch at Jaime Oliver's new North American venture Maison Publique. We hiked to the top of Mont Royal and saw Montreal from the best view in the city. We braved the cold and walked through Old Montreal. We sat in Notre Dame Cathedral for an historic light show (yes, that is a real thing and yes, it was as hilarious and awesomely cheesy as it sounds). We climbed the steps to the top of Saint Joseph's Oratory for another beautiful view of Montreal. We found ourselves at a burlesque show and stood amongst the rockabilly crowd of Montreal while watching an impressive hula hooping burlesque performer (she stripped while hula hooping!). We ate three different kinds of poutine. We went to the Jean-Talon Marche and ate some more. We saw some beautiful and impressive street art. We ate Montreal style bagels and ended up buying a dozen to bring back to Brooklyn. They are that good.

Jon's traveling buddy Karl with all of Montreal in the background. 

The city is very bike friendly with designated bike lanes everywhere. Montreal has a Bixi bike rental system but it appeared to be the off season as every station was bereft of bikes. We want to come back in the spring and are considering bringing our own bikes with us. The people of Montreal are incredibly friendly and we had a number of great conversations with the locals. It was great being in a different country and pretty astounding to be in the midst of what is a truly bilingual city. I don't think we could have asked for a better trip away.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Family Motto

In just a couple of days we're off to Montreal for an extended weekend away. When people hear that Jon and I are taking a trip they assume that this is our honeymoon. To my dismay I have to correct them and use the word "minimoon." Dudes, I don't like that word AT ALL but people know exactly what I'm talking about when I say it. It's a quick trip to have some time for ourselves right after the wedding. Our hopes are to plan a much longer trip sometime next year. Like four weeks long.

Jon is a very experienced traveler. His kind of traveling is the one of backpacks, solo trips, hostel frequenting and long-term travel that I've so often admired but have never attempted. He's often said to me that he's never felt the desire to travel with someone and that he's always preferred to go it alone but when he met me those things changed. He told me that he wished I could have been with him on his past trips to have shared in the sights and experiences in places like Thailand, Morocco, Mongolia and more. His job is unique in that he's been able to keep a full-time job while traveling for weeks at a time. My work life will likely never be that flexible but it's a goal to land a job that affords me that kind of freedom.

We've decided to make a list of things we want to accomplish next year and another list of things that we want to accomplish in our married life. The main thing is to be adventurous in our life together regardless of where we are. Of all the places Jon has been and of all the things that I've experienced I can definitely say that marriage is our biggest adventure. Whatever else comes our way will be done together as a unit and as our little family of two. Wherever we are I know that as long I'm with him I'm home.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Weekend

I'll be attempting to start off my holiday shopping this weekend in the hopes of beating the insane crowds that will descend upon the city in the coming weeks. I'll also be reading up on Montreal and figuring out what Canadian goodies I should buy when Jon and I head out for a quick trip next week. Bag of milk? Hm, we'll see about that one.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Are you on Instagram? I finally succumbed and made an account.

It feels like I finally have a minute to breathe since the wedding. That is until we leave for Montreal next week for a long weekend. And then travel back to Ohio for the holidays in December.


Right now I'm gearing up for a major organization of the apartment. The culmination of Jon moving in right before the wedding and packages being delivered to the apartment daily as well as the plethora of left over alcohol from the wedding has resulted in piles of boxes in nearly every single room. Seriously. Piles and piles.

It does feel good to be back to Brooklyn, even with this daunting pile of stuff that I've tried to ignore for the last few days in an attempt to just relax and revel in not having wedding related activities. We were lucky to leave New York when we did which allowed us to avoid the hurricane, and even luckier to come back to the city when things were pretty much running as normal. I'm very thankful for how it all played out.

The plan is to turn on some music and to drink some of that leftover alcohol while tackling this mess. Even if one small corner of the apartment is cleared it's progress and a step back to normal life.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Weekend

We're on our way to Cleveland today for the last of the wedding festivities. One more large event and then we can go back to normal life.

The wedding last weekend was an amazing event and I'm happy to say that every single detail that we had been planning for the last year came together to create something beautiful and amazing. The most important thing were the people who attended. Having all of our much loved friends and family together under one roof, people who know us from all the different stages of our lives, was significant and something that we'll not soon forget.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Paebaek

Photos courtesy of Joe Hedges

Jon and I had the great fortune to have our Paebaek the day before the wedding. Paebaek is the traditional Korean wedding ceremony where the bride and groom bow and show their respect for their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Dates and chestnuts are then thrown and however many are caught by the couple represents how many boys and girls they will have, dates representing girls and chestnuts representing boys.

Jon and I had no idea what to expect from the ceremony. Paebaek is a very traditional Korean event and most Korean-Americans have never seen one in person, myself included. It was an incredibly emotional and powerful ceremony. It was overwhelming to walk in and to be surrounded by our families and closest friends. It was also hilarious because thanks to Jon's large extended family we are due to have at least seventy children. Also, my mother threw the chestnuts and dates two at a time and never missed. Clearly she had been practicing.

It was truly a gift to have this time with our families. After we bowed and caught our future "children" each relative came up to us and we had a few minutes to speak to each other, receiving their blessings and advice for a long and happy marriage.

Thank you to our friend Joe Hedges for these beautiful photos from the ceremony.

More soon!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Crafting Olympics

Just a couple shots of some of the finished decorations for the wedding. Nearly everything is done and I'm excited to see everything up and in place for the big event.

We were lucky and got out of New York just in time to miss the hurricane. Thankfully my apartment and cat are safe and sound as well as my loved ones back in New York.

More soon!

Friday, October 26, 2012

On Our Way

We'll soon be on our way to Ohio and in about a week we'll be celebrating with our family and friends and then returning to Brooklyn as husband and wife.  

More soon!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What I Saw: Fuerza Bruta

Saturday night we took a break from wedding planning and headed into the city for Fuerza Bruta.

One word: AMAZING

This show is unlike anything I've experienced before. It's visually stunning and incredibly creative. At times it felt like you had stepped into someone's dream.

The show closes November 11th so there are only a few weeks left to see this show January of 2013, extended due to the demand of tickets!. Tickets are normally $79 but we found ours for $40 here but the discount is only valid until this Saturday. If you buy tickets to the 10pm showing on Saturday there is a free dance party that happens afterward. We went to the 7pm showing and had dinner at Jeepney, a new filipino gastropub that is currently in their soft opening. The grand opening happens in November. Everything we had was delicious and the staff was attentive and kind. If you go remember to bring cash and the half orders of the entrees are more than enough to satisfy your appetite. Also, the avocado shake is delicious so make sure you order it. It was a great evening!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Latest

The crafting, it never ends. At least that's what it feels like but the end is in sight. The felt board for the escort cards is finished. The tags are finished and Jon is writing out the names. The garlands are almost all dyed and once those are done we just need to figure out how we're going to display them.

Two weeks from today to get it all done. TWO WEEKS.