Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What It's Like Being the Single Sister

The one great thing about living in NYC is that it's full of single people.

Oh, you're single and have been an adult for many years?! I'm single and i'm a new adult! 

And so it's great living in NYC because you get all this 'single power'. That's when you feel even more energized and powerful and independent because you're a single female.

BUT there's nothing like spending a week with family to reel you back to life outside single-full-NYC and remind you what it's like to be THE ONLY single person in your family. AND now that sister #2 has a baby of her own, I'm starting to notice subtle changes in the way life used to work:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Adventuring with Mozart

Last weekend, due to a series of very fortunate events and a stellar friend who works for the NYC philharmonic, I got to see the NYC Philharmonic play Mozart at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

My First Portrait Shoot!

Last weekend my coworker asked me if I could take some fall photos of his children... knowing full well that I was a beginner but wanting to practice my photography. I told him I'd gladly do it, but that as a beginner I could guarantee only 1, maybe 2 "nice" photos....

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Weekend Getaways

This month has been such a busy month, with over the last 3 weekends spent outside of New York (each weekend in a different state)! And as much as I'm starting to slowly (maybe painstakingly?) enjoy NYC life,  being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city is so so so nice.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Maple Ice Cream & a NYC Escape

Last labor day weekend, I remember I spent it with some children at a bbq and had a glimpse of my potential future life. This labor day, I spent it with ice cream and nature... AND IT WAS THE BEST! :)

If you haven't been to Corner of Vermont in Park Slope in Brooklyn, YOU NEED TO GO THIS INSTANT! They serve maple everything! And their maple soft serve ice cream...it's like eating super creamy syrup... but a hundred times better! They also had maple cotton candy, but I decided I'd "eat responsibly". Next time though, when I feel like going a little crazy.

Then ended the long weekend with a much needed escape from NYC to Kent Falls State Park in connecticut for a little hike and some nature loving!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

On Our Path to Losing Humanity

I usually try and stay away from political posts (even though I have a bachelors in international studies and a masters in public policy) because it's always a touchy subject.... like the dinner conversation topic you're never supposed to have. But in light of recent events... 

The one very thing I hate about NYC is that it often makes me feel ashamed of myself. It's not just because I've become a little bit more aggressive, or because I more easily lose my patience, but how NYC has changed the way I view and act towards those that are less fortunate than I am.

On a given day I pass by at least 3 homeless people, most of whom I encounter in the subways or at the subway stop. And in the beginning, new to the city, it bothered me to see so many homeless people in a city consisting of luxury penthouses and salaries well above the national average. It bothered me how people were able to walk right past someone without acknowledging their existence. And so, I would hand out dollar bills here and there knowing that it didn't amount to much.

But slowly, I begin to act the same. When speeches are made in subways asking for money, we take out our phones and pretend that there's something more important on our screens (even though there's no wifi). When we pass by someone who is clearly in need of shelter or medical help, we keep our eyes forward and keep walking. We stop caring because in truth, we believe that our needs are greater than the needs of others. The $5 we could spend giving to a person in need is $5 better spent on our lattes.

This act of "determining greater need" isn't just confined to NYC. In fact, if you've opened up the news you'll read that refugees/migrants are pouring into Germany, France, and Hungary. And in response, politicians have begun to set up stricter boarder controls, placed caps on the numbers admitted. David Cameron has gone as far as to say that Britain should not take on any more refugees. Hungary has gone on to say that it is Europe's moral duty to tell refugees not to come and that the refugee crisis is a "German" problem. The result has been hundreds of deaths by suffocation in hot trucks and drowning.

From a political/economical/security perspective, I understand the stress that the countries taking in refugees are in. Germany is expected to over 800,000 refugees/migrants this year, double that of last year. This is why, in a little over 10 days, when EU ministers meet to discuss plans on how Europe as a whole should proceed, the outcome of the meeting is crucial. Not only will their decisions impact the lives of thousands of refugees/migrants, but it will also set the tone of how we, as individuals, will view and treat the needs of other individuals.

When it became easy to "ignore" that guy in the subway asking for money, I realized that it was easier to do because I had stripped the guy of his humanity...who he is/was and everything that made him a person. I had re-labeled him as "just another someone looking for money".... And so I will be praying for the next couple of weeks for Europe and for the EU ministers gathering on the 14th. I will pray that they do not strip the humanity of and negatively redefine the very people whose lives matter. Otherwise, we too will slowly follow suit and start believing that our needs are greater.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Transforming into a "Yogi Girl"... Just Kidding.

One thing you'll notice when you ride the subway in NYC is all the girls in their yoga pants and yoga mats carrying their yoga water bottles in their yoga shirts. So naturally, because it's the "nyc thing to do", I too decided I'd try this yoga thing.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Battery Park Friend Date

Good friends are hard to come by. Thankfully I have one right here in nyc! It's funny because we knew each other back in middle school. We always rode the bus together (though now she claims she doesn't remember our sacred bus rides...) and we were neighbors. A year later she moved away and we kept in touch here and there through AIM and later facebook. It wasn't until 11 years later that we met again in Korea and then again when we both moved to NYC.

She's one of those friends you know is meant to be in your life :)

Here's some pictures from our little friend date in the park where we watched the sunset!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Signs That You're Growing Up

The other day, when my friend turned 26, she labeled herself as being in her "late-20s" (even though that's NOT true at all. 26 is still mid-20s. right?????). Anyways, it kind of hit me how much I grew up over the last couple of years. For instance, 23 was only 3 years ago... but 23 me is SO different from 26 me...

Monday, July 6, 2015

What Being a Third Child is Like

This past weekend I babysat my niece who had a complete meltdown and scared me half to death with weird sobbing and twitching-like spasms. So obviously I consulted the higher power of the internets to see whether or not this was normal, to which I found a thread that basically read like this "my first kid did it, freaked out and went to the ER. My second kid does it too. Nothing to worry about."

Which got me thinking to how differently parents raise their kids as they become more comfortable at being parents and immune to "firsts" (love the commercial above).

Below is a snapshot of how my parents responded by the time they became pros at parenting and my two older sisters had allllllll been-there-and-done-that:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Why Being Unemployed Doesn't Make You a Failure

What looking for a job is like...

Last year, around this time, I just graduated from my masters and was unemployed. To many of those who are in the same boat now..here's a letter to you, from formerly unemployed me:

Friday, June 12, 2015

Which Person are YOU?

I ran across a facebook post from a friend with a link of a cute, fun illustration titled: Which one are you? 

Here's a couple of more illustrations and the ones I identify with!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Shakespeare in the Park Tips

Oh ROMEO, oh ROMEO, wherefore art thou ROMEO.

That's about the only Shakespeare line I know from heart. However, my one NYC bucket list item has always been to go see Shakespeare in the Park (SP). So when I heard last Friday that they were giving away tickets at the Harlem borough, close to my work, I literally ran all the way there. I never run. I was the 10th person or so in line before they ran out of tickets. BUT by the miracle of God, when I walked away from the booth, a kind man in his bicycle handed me a ticket!!! (It was like i was destined to go and it felt like I won the Golden Ticket). As a SP newbie, here are some tips for what I wish I knew beforehand:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Things I'm Learning as an Aunt

Whoever said that you need to have your own baby to understand motherhood is partially wrong. As a new auntie (almost 9 months) I'm learning loads about childrearing. Here are some things I've come to learn:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Being Thankful

I usually use my 45 minute commute to work as a time to reflect, read the bible, do a devotional, or let my mind just go numb as I stare at the wall. Yesterday's devotional was about being thankful and I realized that as social media presence increases, I often see myself comparing my average-fabulous life to someone else's more-fabulous life (seriously famous bloggers and instagrammers!ugh!) So I decided I'd start listing the things I was thankful for:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Why I Didn't Participate in TOMS #WithoutShoes

Every year TOMS has a one day campaign. This year, for May 5th, TOMS decided that for every instagram picture with the hashtag "WithoutShoes", and a picture of your bare feet, it would donate a pair of free shoes to a child in need....

Here's 3 reasons why i refused to participate.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Polaroid Zip Review

It's here! It's here! my polaroid zip is here! I can now print thousands of pictures and hold them in my little fingertips!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

10 Thoughts While Making Finger Puppets

Last week my sister and I put together an easter basket for the wee-little-one (my niece). It's actually kind of hard putting things into an easter basket for a kid that won't really know what to do with half the stuff in there... but one of the things i decided that would possibly be fun/stimulating(?) for her were homemade felt finger puppets! That, and, let's be real- more fun for me to make. =P

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review- A House in the Sky

When I was a kid (before college), I read on average 2 books a week-mystery novels were where it was at. Then college came along and there was no time for fun reading because you had to make time for fun drinks and not so fun studying. But now that i'm an ADULT - lololol gets me everytime- and I spend a little over 1.5 hours each day on the subway, I thought it was time to get back into reading.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chasing Fire and Ice- An Iceland adventure!

It's been exactly 11 days since I got back from my iceland trip. That's how many days it took me to recover from my "vacation" and have the strength to pull words out to blog about it. I put vacation in quotes because vacations are usually relaxing and entails lounging on the beach with copious amounts of alcohol in hand. Instead I was trudging through snow, battling a cold, fighting jet lag, hiking around. So nope, this was not a vacation...THIS WAS AN ADVENTURE.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Packing for Iceland!

It's here! It's finally here! Vacation!

After 5 months of work, tomorrow i'm taking my first grown-up vacation ever! And it's going to be an icelandic adventure!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

What Living in NYC is Really LIke...

Although i started off the new year promising myself to blog more, it's only until a month after that I'm starting to post a new entry.... fail. But really, 2015 new years resolution: blog more.

So in commemoration of having lived in nyc for 4 months now and to start off the first entry of 2015, here's what i expected from living in NYC when i first moved in vs. what life is really like for a broke 25 year old female:

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