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being 10

being 10

February 11, 2014 |  Category:   family favorite posts life remembering

I remember being 10, do you? It’s when memories start to have real traction and you can recount the details that make distant memories still alive.   I turned 10 the year we entered a new decade, the 80s. Life then was all about living on rollerskates every free minute that I wasn’t in school, skating around in circles in my basement to Donna Summer, Blondie and the Jackson Five.   I begged my mom for Jordache and Sasson jeans, Nike sneaks tricked out with the fattest color laces you can find and knee high tube socks with 3 stripes, not two. I also wore a lot of feathers, brightly colored and on clips that we attached to our hair.… CONTINUE READING

a day in the city, in which we survive pre-holiday madness midtown

a day in the city, in which we survive pre-holiday madness midtown

November 18, 2013 |  Category:   favorite posts holidays life nyc

The girls sometime play this game on the subway, in which they pretend to be strangers who meet on the train and become friends. Their ability to stay in character for extended periods of time can be quite impressive. I felt like we were role playing a bit on Saturday, the girls and I, pretending to be fancy New Yorkers as we got ready to head into Midtown. Maybe it’s because the girls wanted to wear dresses and I wore high heel boots, but we were already feeling a little fancy when we stepped out the door in the morning. “Girls!”, I said. “We’re spending the day in the city!”   Sometimes when I’m procrastinating and daydreaming, I wonder what… CONTINUE READING

I’m too old for the pit

I’m too old for the pit

October 3, 2013 |  Category:   favorite posts life

It’s still summer in NY. 80 degrees and warm with only a slight temperature drop in the evenings. I took a break last night to see a show I bought tickets for a few months ago. I really needed the break even though the thought of being packed in a crowd standing for a few hours in a stuffy room wasn’t particularly appealing. I had one of those moments walking around the city last night where I felt really happy to be living in NY. I don’t know why, but seeing how alive the streets were made me glad to be out in the world. Have you ever been to a concert by yourself? I started doing this because I… CONTINUE READING

sucked into the crazy. yes, Disney.

sucked into the crazy. yes, Disney.

January 24, 2013 |  Category:   favorite posts life travels

So…we’re going to Disney World next month (thanks again to everyone who weighed in with Disney advice, btw). I pulled the trigger and exchanged our cancelled trip tickets from November and felt pretty good about myself for redeeming those doomed airplane tickets before it was too late. At the time of that advice seeking post, the whole Disney experience was overwhelming to the point where I just didn’t know where to start. I knew nothing about Disney except for a few fuzzy memories from my 14 year old self, namely the time we all rode Space Mountain and my mom turned white as a sheet and couldn’t move afterwards (I seriously thought she was going to die from that ride).… CONTINUE READING

eat, pay, leave. it’s not that complicated.

eat, pay, leave. it’s not that complicated.

January 11, 2013 |  Category:   cooking dining out favorite posts growing up half life nyc remembering

I don’t know why we don’t eat in Chinatown more often. Believe it or not, it’s been well over a year since we’ve eaten at any Chinatown restaurant which seems so utterly crazy since dumplings and dim sum are probably Mia’s favorite food (Claudine, not so much). We do eat plenty of dumplings and have even made our own quite a few times, but dim sum only seems to be a once a year thing for us. Why is that?   But sometimes when you have a craving there is no stopping it, which is what happened last weekend with soup dumplings. We decided to go to Shanghai Cafe again on Mott Street above Canal because we almost always get… CONTINUE READING

when you’re the breadwinner in the family

when you’re the breadwinner in the family

June 30, 2011 |  Category:   family favorite posts life me nyc rambling

Actually, it’s all I’ve ever known. My mom was always the breadwinner of our family and the one who made all the financial decisions. Maybe on the exterior it appeared like my dad was the head of the family, but in truth, my mom quietly ruled the household finances behind the scenes. It made for an uncomfortable dynamic, a reversal of roles in a culture where traditionally, the man is seen as the patriarch. It became even more magnified when my mom started earning big money when she switched careers to real estate from nursing. Nobody was fooled after that into thinking my mom wasn’t the money maker. As a girl growing up, my parents’ relationship was confusing and difficult… CONTINUE READING

neither one, or the other

neither one, or the other

March 24, 2011 |  Category:   family favorite posts growing up half life me remembering

When I wrote that Tiger Mom related post last month, I was reminded of the identity struggles I grew up with as a first generation Asian-American. I often felt that I was straddling between 2 cultures, never completely one nationality or the other. Often I felt like I was expected to behave one way with my family, which sometimes conflicted with what I felt was the “American” way of doing things. I’m a US citizen, but I wasn’t born here. I came to NYC in the 70s with my dad when I was 3 and reunited with my mom who had already been working here as a nurse for 2 years when she left Korea when I was a year… CONTINUE READING

little ladies who lunch for a good cause

little ladies who lunch for a good cause

March 12, 2011 |  Category:   favorite posts life outings

Where *are* we? I may have asked myself the same question a few times. Ok, full disclosure (and you know how I feel about sponsorships, ads on blogs, tie-ins with corporate entities, etc.etc. Why yes, I am a bore), but the girls and I were invited to a “Chari-Tea” party with Kelly Ripa on Thursday, sponsored by Electrolux to kick off their campaign to raise awareness and support for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. You don’t have to buy anything and you don’t even have to donate any money. All you have to do to participate is visit www.kelly-confidential.com , pick an outfit for a virtual tea party and Electrolux will donate $1 on your behalf for every visit. Look,… CONTINUE READING

how not to sell at markets

how not to sell at markets

December 21, 2010 |  Category:   favorite posts holidays life the biz

I have to be honest with you. I don’t *really* enjoy being behind the table at Fleas and Markets. Because of the way things have gone for us, however, I’ve been at the Flea a lot more than originally planned – 5 of the first 6 days – so that Mark can be at the kitchen to bake. It’s been stressful trying to juggle schedules because of my own client work, so on the slower weekdays I’ve been bringing my computer in and working while manning the table. I’m getting used to the selling thing by now, but I’m a terrible sales person, I think. This is related to that whole “I feel pushy promoting cookies” sort of thing that… CONTINUE READING

have you ever been to the epicenter of NYC hell?

have you ever been to the epicenter of NYC hell?

December 5, 2010 |  Category:   favorite posts holidays life nyc

If you would have asked me where that was 20 years ago, I would have said Times Square before the Disneyfication of the Guiliani years, though now it’s arguably a different kind of hell all its own. These days, however, I would have to say the Rockefeller Center area during the holidays is the epicenter of NYC hell. Don’t believe me? I dare you to go during any peak holiday weekend and disagree with me. It’s a funny thing. You’re at home, sort of bored and itching to feel the holiday spirit, so you start imagining this festive afternoon with your family, visiting the tree, sipping hot cocoa while watching the ice skaters glide across the rink, popping into a… CONTINUE READING

nostalgic for seattle + the longest post ever

nostalgic for seattle + the longest post ever

August 11, 2010 |  Category:   favorite posts life me remembering Seattle & the NW

We’re boarding a plane and heading to Seattle, Olympia and Portland in less than a week. We are really excited about this because It’s been exactly 2 years since our last NW trip and 2 years since we’ve been on an airplane (oh, and what do you mean we have to pay for luggage now? what, what, what??). You know I’m a New York City girl through and through, but lately I’ve been day dreaming about Seattle and getting all kinds of nostalgic. In a lot of ways it’s like going back home, certainly for Mark since that’s where he’s from and where his family lives, but I think it’s partly because moving to the NW was such an important… CONTINUE READING

new york city stories part 1

new york city stories part 1

April 10, 2010 |  Category:   favorite posts life nyc remembering

I had a day off one day last week and spent the day doing what I love, but rarely get to do anymore – walk around the city by myself for hours. No kids, no family, no friends. Maybe it’s because the big birthday is coming up, but I’ve been thinking and reflecting a lot about stuff that I’ve done in my life, the past, the city and other places I’ve lived. It’s really interesting to have this blog document the last 2 years of our lives. Maybe in 10 years if the site is still up or archived somewhere, I’ll laugh, cringe or roll my eyes at some of the stuff I’ve written. The only other time I had… CONTINUE READING

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