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.