Lunar New Year

"Money for the Unmarried" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Money for the Unmarried” Cedar Park, 2018

Every year, we head down to my cousin’s house in San Antonio to celebrate Lunar New Year with good food, games, and the handing out of the red envelopes to the unmarried relatives. It’s so much fun when all the kids line up to receive their loot! This year, there were about 29 unmarried at the party, ranging from a newborn up to some in their mid-20s (I’m guessing).

And for the past couple years, my cousin has been bringing over some different whiskeys for us to taste. This year we had some cognac, which is new! It was delicious. 😄

"Handouts" San Antonio, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/75 sec, ISO6400
“Handouts” San Antonio, 2018

I hope you had a nice Saturday, and if you celebrate the Lunar New Year, gung hay fat choy!


Late-night Movie

"Late-night Movie" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/4 sec, ISO3200
“Late-night Movie” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight Bay and I went to see the 10:10 pm showing of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”. I’ve gone to a few late-night movies after getting my Moviepass and I enjoy the experience, especially leaving the theater to a ghost town parking lot. It’s really eerie and fun! After spending two hours immersed in a movie, then being thrust back into the real world can be disorienting. And when the real world looks deserted and different from when you last saw it, well, that’s strange and interesting to me.

The movie itself was ok, with plenty of action and I was surprised that the special effects were so good. The story was kind of lame, but still a lot better than the second movie of the series. I think the Maze Runner movies are better rental or discount-theater candidates. But with Moviepass, there are no regrets seeing it on the big screen! 😀

Tonight’s photo is the reflection on the theater ceiling. Too artsy-fartsy?

I hope you had a nice Friday!


Thursday Dinner and a Movie

"Kimchee Nabé" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Kimchee Nabé” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。 How’s it going?

Tonight’s dinner was a kimchee nabé, which is a hotpot dish with tofu, pork, napa cabbage, and mushrooms. The broth’s main flavor comes from kimchee, and is enriched with a little cream. It was awesome! Not only delicious, but it really warms up your belly. 🔥🍲

It was the first time using a new nabé pot that Mariko got for her birthday, and she bought the ingredients from a new market that just opened today! Mariko said that the grand opening of H-Mart was crazy! I’ll wait until the crowds die down a bit before I go, but it’s really nice to have this popular Asian market just 10 minutes away. We used to make a stop at the H-Mart in Carrollton (Dallas) when we visited up north, but now we don’t need to make that long trip anymore. Yay! Actually, it just means that when we visit Dallas, we can skip H-Mart and just do Daiso.

After dinner I decided to use my Moviepass to see “Early Man”. I love all the movies from Nick Park, and this one didn’t disappoint. I was laughing from the very start! And I was excited even before the movie started because one of the previews was for another Nick Park movie, “Shaun the Sheep in Farmageddon”. Can’t wait! 😄

Here’s a short video that I took during the pre-show at the theater. I’ve been making a short video every day this year for my “1 Second Everyday” project. It’s pretty fun so far.

Hope you had a nice Thursday!


Valentines Day

"Valentines Fondue" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/17 sec, ISO400
“Valentines Fondue” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight we celebrated Valentines Day as we normally do: by enjoying a yummy fondue dinner! I don’t know when we started this tradition exactly, but it’s been at least several years.

For the main course, we have two cheese fondues, one for the kids with no alcohol, and then the adult’s version which includes white wine. We use Emmentaler, Gruyere, and Cheddar, but I don’t remember which goes into which, but both are delicious! This year we had bratwurst, baguette cubes, apples, cauliflower, carrots, and potatoes for dipping. It doesn’t look like a lot of food when you put it on the table, but it is really filling!

For the dessert portion, we had a chocolate fondue with marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, and brownies.

I only had a little of the dessert (I was so full) but the chocolate/banana combo was super. 😍

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!


"Valentines Cat" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Valentines Cat” Cedar Park, 2018

Olympic Fever

"Olympic Gear" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Olympic Gear” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Koa and I have been watching a lot of Winter Olympics and it has been so exciting and fun! Especially because Team USA has been doing great in snowboarding! 🏂 Last night was awesome when Chloe Kim (from my hometown, Torrance) won the gold, and tonight we witnessed an epic final run by Shaun White to win his gold medal. Koa and I were yelling and celebrating when he landed that final trick. It was amazing! Add to that Mirai Nagasu’s triple-axel ⛸️ and this Winter Olympics has been fantastic, and we’re not even at the halfway point!

Tonight’s photo is of some of the Team USA gear that I picked up to wear as we cheer on the American athletes. Go USA! 🇺🇸

I hope you had a nice Tuesday!


11:59 Photo

"Glasses and Watch" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Glasses and Watch” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

For a while now (maybe a couple years?) I’ve been posting to the blog every day, and also taking a photo which is included in the post. But sometimes I don’t get around to taking a photo until late in the day. Amongst people doing a 365 project, these are called 11:59pm photos.

That’s kind of what happened with this photo, although it was 10:50pm, not 11:59. (hey, I was getting sleepy!) I originally planned on posting post a photo from Koa’s evening band concert performance but the photos were all blurry and I just couldn’t use them. However, I quite like my 11:59 photo because the Fujifilm X100T‘s lens is really good and produces some (I think) unique-looking images. It makes even the most mundane subject matter look decent. 😆 Just another reason why the Fujifilm X100T is my favorite camera. 📸

I hope you had a nice Monday!



"Round" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Round” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today in Austin the temperatures hung around freezing all day, but we got a lot done. A few things we did:

  • Koa and I got haircuts
  • Bay and I went to the post office to buy postage to mail one of his paintings that he sold
  • Bay and I spent an hour practicing driving (he’s improving a lot!)
  • I worked on a friend’s website
  • Shopping for some Team USA Olympics gear
  • Tried Taco Bell’s new “nacho fries”

Then in the evening, it was time to relax with a wonderful dinner of “Taco Rice”, which is basically rice with seasoned ground beef, cheese, lettuce, jalapeños. Yum!

And of course we watched a bunch of Olympic events, most notably the Women’s slope-style and half-pipe events. After seeing those events, Koa really wants to learn how to snowboard. He was amazed when I told him I snowboarded a lot in Southern California. I think it was a combination of “there’s snow in Southern California?” and “my dad knows how to snowboard?” Hey, I used to be cool. 😆

Today’s photo is… well, it needs no explanation. 😺

I hope you had a nice Sunday!


2018 Winter Olympics Are Here!

"2018 Olympics" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“2018 Olympics” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

The 2018 Winter Olympics have started! And they totally snuck up on me this time around, which is odd because I see news about it every morning on NHK while I am making breakfast for the kids. Plus I am usually pretty excited about the games. So I was wondering about my lack of interest and what changed within me. But that didn’t last long at all.

I watched the intro that NBC put together which featured Team USA, and after that, I was pumped and excited! I enjoyed the opening ceremonies, especially watching the North and South Korean athletes bring the Olympic flame up to the cauldron together. It was pretty powerful and I felt the tears welling up, even though I am not Korean. I also felt that way watching the Korean Women’s Hockey team take the ice for the first time. It was amazing! Sure, there are a lot of politics woven into the event, but maybe we get a glimpse of regular athletes existing outside of the political arena. One can hope…

In other Olympic news, Koa and I watched the 17-year-old American snowboarder Red Gerard kill it on the slopestyle to bring home the gold. That was amazing!

I thought I preferred the Summer games over the Winter, but there’s so much energy at these games in Pyeongchang, I may have to rethink that!

I hope you had a nice Saturday.