Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shades of Cool, Shades of Blue

Before I realized it, July has come and almost gone. Summer is flying by at the speed of light and the days are warming up quite nicely (though I prefer autumn weather).

I am now 27 years old (officially in my late 20's) and even though each year gets less special, this birthday was made sweet by a couple close friends and my family of course. What's new with me? A couple golden highlights, a few outings since my last update, and I finally booked my vacation to China.  

It has been 3 years since I last saw my grandparents and this year, seeing them healthy and happy is particularly important for me. I want them to know that I'm doing well also, that my personal issues are put behind me, and that I still think of them often. The older they get, the more afraid I sometimes feel that if I don't make it to China more often, I'll never see one of them again. SOON we shall meet again!!! I'm very excited and will do my best to lose more weight so that for once (when I'm in CHina), no one will make a stupid remark about my "healthy" or "sturdy" body size...hahaha. Can't believe it's less than 1 month until my tattoo (I get cold shivers just thinking about needles puncturing close to my ribs eeek >.<).

Music I have been listening to lately : Lana Del Rey's new album, particularly "Shades of Cool", "West Coast", "Money Power Glory", "Don't Go" by Wretch 32, "Illest" by Far East Movement, some Amy WInehouse, and of course the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It's funny for me to look back and see what music was favored at certain points over the years. Oh and I still have 1 Britney song on my CD's too hahaha. 

Recent photos- all blue everything. Cause blue is just the coolest color ever :p

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tea-party at the Mandarin Oriental

K's white peach tea

Cherry and Apricot Jam with Cream
my Lychee white tea

those are sugared rose petals on top of the tarts
these scones were the best ever! Sooo good I could have eaten 20- sadly everyone only got 2 T.T 
chocolate lollipop with mango in the center 
the little cake on the left was the only item I didn't find tasty...weird spongy texture 
our fabulous view

On my 2nd day in Vegas, we took the elevator up the Mandarin Oriental hotel to have afternoon tea at 1 pm. The place is pretty small and I can see how you need reservations early on. We were promptly seated and I excitedly took my place on the blue sofa. All 4 of us ordered the prix fixe again and we each chose a different kind of tea: I went with the lychee white tea, which was pretty good but not quite as fragrant as the white peach tea my friend ordered. The best part of this tea party consisted of 3 layers of little sandwiches, scones, deviled eggs, and various sweets. My favorite was clearly the scone- so soft and light and paired with the cherry jam and cream- just heavenly... Next time I think I'd order just the little savory sandwiches and these scones to go with my tea =^.o=

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Saint in Sin City

This weekend was my 1st time in Las Vegas, a place known for debauchery and every sort of entertainment you can imagine. So what would you say if I told you I had a total of 1 alcoholic beverages (grey goose cranberry naturally), did NOT dance on any tables, only gambled away 60$, and didn't even visit a club, strip club,  or Thunder Down Under show? I'd say I probably need to go to Vegas again XD- however for my 1st visit, it was a very fun and pleasant PG experience and the food here was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. (I apologize in advance for image quality here- only used iphone upon arrival -.-)

1st Dinner in Vegas: RAKU Japanese Grill (also the 1st time I did not have any sushi at a Japanese place)
this grossed me out a little (raw egg!) so it was the only dish I didn't touch :p
Kobe Steak and pig ear- soo soo good 

intestine on a stick that actually tasted really good! (and I usually stay away from any kinda intestine)
One of Raku's signature dishes: the TOFU! It twas everything tofu should be...let's leave it at that ;) 

fried rice balls...yummy
Next Stop: Sweets Raku (in the same stripmall)
these candy tin boxes on the wall were adorable

Surprise! the menu is edible too =^.^=
we all ordered the prix fixe so we could try as many different desserts as possible

the fairest of them all: this was the most beautiful creation (they were allll delicious though) and I wish I could come here every day...or have them open a new location closer by!
my favorite judging on taste alone- the pear inside was excellent

What I ordered: chocolate lovers AHOY 


everything prepared right in front of you and their work is stunningly delicate and beautiful as well as tasty 

I didn't want this dreamy meal to end but alas- at least we end on a delicious note: the best creampuff I have ever had (look at the tiny cubed marshmallows!) I knew the Japanese had a penchant for creating the most adorable things on earth (hello Hayao Miyazaki, Totoro, riceballs, bento boxes, and HelloKitty...) but this Sweets Raku place is really special. You MUST come here if you're in Vegas~ promise it will be one of the most heavenly dessert places you will ever experience in life ;) 

Sony RX100ii: test shoot

SO...I took my new camera out for a test shoot: the sky was bright, the water clear- the subjects were my best friend and her pup. The verdict? I really really really love this camera. I'm still not very adept at handling it but the image quality is fantastic. Still, the price was a bit daunting for a point and shoot and I'm pretty sure that I will be able to take better pics with a Nikon D90 (next year perhaps)... however this little camera is perfect for 2014- where I go, it will go- and it won't be bothersome to schlepp around because it actually fits in most of my purses. Added bonus: the WiFI comes in very handy to transfer photos to my phone easily. 

I hereby give the Sony RX100ii ***** stars and recommend it to those who want an alternative to their DLSR or who like me, just need a small, capable camera to capture important moments. Also, highly suggest getting a tripod if you want to take selfies and post daily fashion looks- the one I ordered is a "Proline Dolica". I know I haven't posted any outfit pics or anything yet but that's because I'm trying to get into tip top shape :p