Virtual Breakfast Date

virtual breakfast date

…I would wish you a blessed Memorial Day (if you live in the US)! If you have the day off, I hope it’s filled with relaxation, sunshine, reflection, and good food! If you’re working/not living in the US, I hope you have a great day anyway 🙂

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Always grateful for the valiant and selfless men and women who protect our nation.

…I would tell you that I can check off week one of work at the rehab hospital! It was a looooong week, (but not luxuriously long like our time at Fiona’s summer house the week before). Starting a new job, meeting new people, and not doing anything stupid being on my best behavior is exhausting, which is to be expected. That being said, I am so stoked and thankful for this job. Example of excitement: I get to help with pool therapy!!!

…I would tell you that breakfasts this past week have been fabulous. With work, I’ve had to make a lot of quick yet filling breakfasts. And they must have the “trifecta” because I’m stubborn and obsessive.

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Greek yogurt with cinnamon, nutmeg, blueberries, banana, granola, and maple walnut peanut butter (probz one of my favorite peanut butters ever)

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overnight oats with berries and granola

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peanut butter banana toast + Greek yogurt with cinnamon, nutmeg, and berries

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Kylie’s “banana pudding

…I would tell you that weekend breakfast = pancakes.

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Kylie’s simple paleo pancake with Greek yogurt + maple peanut butter + maple syrup + glass o’ milk

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Davida’s green silver dollar banana pancakes with all the same works

…I would tell you that I will be that gal who wears dress pants with sneakers. I am on my feet all day at work, and I care about my feet (as a future physical therapist and as a bipedal human being), so fashion will have to take the back seat. Not that I’m fashionable anyway.

…I would tell you that I get employee gym perks! The employee gym is a dungeon, but it’s nice to have access to some heavier weights and machines.

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…I would tell you that moves and grooves have been downright sweat fests thanks to the hot weather.

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On Wednesday, I walked + did some random plyometrics and drills outside, and I’m pretty sure tiny bugs were flying into me and dying in my sweat.

…I would tell you that I had something akin to baby food before my workout yesterday.

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My girl Christina @foodietunes gave it to me one day this past semester (or two semesters ago?), and I actually really liked it!

…I would tell you that I had these Performix BCAAs (that I won from a Fit University giveaway) after a couple workouts this weekend. I need to go back into my exercise physiology notes to see what BCAAs actually do, haha. They’re super tasty though! “Blue Razz Ice” flavor— so nostalgic.

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thank you for sending me these, Sarah!

…I would tell you that I need to shower so badly as I type this, but I locked a fat fly in my bathroom, and I don’t want to deal with it right now.

…I would tell you that I saw Daliza this weekend!!! She got us into a movie for free since she works at the theater. We watched Love & Friendship, which is a smaller-scale movie based on an early Jane Austen novella.

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I was expecting the movie to be very serious, and I could barely understand the characters’ old-fashioned British accents at the beginning, but as the movie went on, I was pleased to discover that this film is HILARIOUS. If there’s a small indie-film-theater around you, check this out! (Julia, I feel like you’d love this!)

Then Daliza treated me to Cold Stone (I got “Cheesecake Fantasy” in a waffle cone, OMG), and we walked around, catching up and inadvertently pouring melted ice cream all over the streets/our hands/faces.

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…I would thank you all very deeply for your condolences and love regarding Katie’s passing ♥︎

…I would tell you that I’m going to go shower now and face that fly. With God, all things are possible. Matthew 19:26

If we were having breakfast, what would you tell me?

What is your favorite quick and filling breakfast?

What is the best movie you’ve watched recently?

What are you doing today?

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New Things in the New Year

Greetings from New York! Let’s talk about some new things that I’ve already experienced in this new year! (Has the word “new” lost its meaning yet? If not, it will after you finish reading this post.)

Our last day of 2015 and first day of 2016 was spent with family, friends, and food. Classic. December 31st included sore muscles in new places that have never really been sore before (maybe my subscapularis?. It also included a delicious Vietnamese lunch with my cousins.

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grilled chicken and shrimp vermicelli bowl at Saigon Star (one of our faves)

We counted down to the New Year with our other cousin’s family and all their cool kung fu friends. I helped out by cooking some rosemary roasted potatoes and a garden salad, and I got a new compliment from my little cousin: “These are the best potatoes ever!” I might never hear that again. #cherish

Also, check out this beautiful appetizer spread by my aunt!

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Do not be deceived. I ate this and much more.

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Camping out by the snacks. She’s my mini-me.

Dessert was mochi ice cream and freshly baked {Pillsbury} chocolate chip cookies. Perfection, I say.

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We learned some new moves and grooves with Just Dance on the wii. My mom filmed Ben and me dancing to “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga. I was doing the dance a lot better in my head.

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when around kung fu masters, you do active things always

When it came time to count down the last seconds until 2016, we poured some bubbly and watched the live Times Square ball drop on TV. It was great, except the TV kept freezing up, and of course it froze on the last 5 seconds of the countdown.

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“Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, fi- NOOOOOOO!”

Nevertheless, 2016 was still there and we all had a fun time celebrating.

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reppin’ my classiest wardrobe selection

On New Year’s Day, I got up early to try a new fitness class — the ever famous BodyPump! Now let me make this clear: I only tried this early (9:30AM lol) class on New Year’s because a) it was free with a gym trial pass; b) I don’t have BodyPump close to home; c) my cousin Liz came with me.

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Verdict? I enjoyed it! It could have been more challenging, but that’s because Liz and I stuck with lighter weights since it was our first time. I would do BodyPump (or other Les Mills classes) again, but I don’t know if I would actively seek it out.

Later that day, I watched a new movie. Guess which one.

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Star Warzzzzzz! I’ve never seen any other Star Wars movies, but I didn’t find it too difficult to follow the plot, and I actually loved the movie! BB8 (pictured above) is my favorite.

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Ate a banana from home and a whole small bag of popcorn.

My family and I departed Canada on Saturday, Subway sandwiches in tow. Thankfully, the drive was safe and pretty swift.

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road trip snacks!

Before hitting the road, I did this quick leg circuit. After the long trip, I was missing Just Dance with my cousin, so I did a random Shaun T dance DVD in the basement.

Yesterday involved Mass, buying new textbooks for the semester, Korean food, another new movie, errands, and a short workout.

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beloved Korean side dishes

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chicken bibimbap shared with Madre

After Mass and lunch, Pop and I watched the new film Brooklyn in theaters. We both loved it! It’s pretty much a rom com, but more old-timey (it takes place during the 1940s era of immigration in America).

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Highly recommend if you are up for a sweet, feel-good movie that’s not too intense.

And here we are at Monday. Best of luck to all those heading back to school or work!

……..I have two more weeks until I go back to school sorrysorrysorry.

May the force be with you.

So tell me:

What did you do for New Year’s?

Have you done anything new yet in 2016?

Did you watch Star Wars or Brooklyn?

What is the best thing you ate this weekend? The bibimbap for me!

Spill It Sunday #3: All About Movies

I am currently soaking up some wonderful family time by the fire on this snowy Saturday evening. We had some comforting chili and cornbread, dessert, and are now watching Baby’s Day Out. It’s a pretty old movie (1994), but it never fails to make us laugh because it’s one of those unrealistic, ridiculous family comedies. The baby is so dang adorable too, so that’s an automatic plus.

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Speaking of movies, this week’s Spill It Sunday is all about them! I’ve never been a huge movie person— I’m usually too antsy to sit for more than 2 hours. Like, how do some people just casually pop in a movie every night? Watching a movie has always been its own little special occasion in my mind, so I need to set aside a time for doing so. I also don’t have an interest in anything that is intensely confusing, scary, or vulgar. That covers about 85% of the films that are usually out in theaters, right? (Considering I get scared watching Harry Potter.)

Anyway, as I’ve said before, I really love typing up these posts. Arman is brilliant. Go check out his blog to see what other bloggers are spillin’!

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Favorite genre: As you’ll be able to tell, my movie preferences are not very profound. My favorite genre would have to be comedy because I like to leave my movie experience on a high note, rather than thinking, “Wow, I’m kind of questioning life right now.” I guess it’s obvious then that I also tend to like movies with happy endings and a little bit of romance. 
 
Favorite movies of all time:
1. Anne of Green Gables — Such a heartwarming classic. My mom and I love to watch the whole series around this time of year because it gives us major fuzzies. 🙂
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2. Eight Below — It miiiight be because Paul Walker was in it (*sniff*), but I’ve loved this movie ever since I first watched it in fifth grade. I’m not even the biggest dog person, but I really enjoy the film’s lovely combo of action, romance, comedy, and drama, without being over the top with any of those.

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3. The Hunger Games — Because I’m a stereotypical teenager, alright? 😉 And once I finish reading Catching Fire, I plan on watching that and hopefully loving it too.

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Honorable Mention: FireproofLes Miserables (the old version), The Blind Side

Guilty Pleasure Movies:

1. The Princess Diaries — Both the first and the second movie! I’m pretty sure every girl my age has seen these movies at least once. It’s Anne Hathaway in her prime. 

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2. Rush Hour — It’s my home boy Jackie Chan and the hilarious Chris Tucker! How could you not laugh when watching them fight crazy assassins together??

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3. Surf’s Up — This is probably one of the funniest cartoons I’ve ever seen. My mom even loves it because the sarcasm and mannerisms of the animal characters are unexpected and hilarious!

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Worst movie ever:

I’ve disliked plenty of movies in the past, but the one that sticks out in my mind is Cloud Atlas.

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Seriously, what the heck is happening in that movie? I think I went to go see it in theaters last year with my dad, and I closed my eyes half of the time because of the violence and subtle horror. My dad also had enough of it about an hour and a half into the movie, so we left. I’m sure a lot of people understood the meaning of this movie and loved it. It was just SO confusing to me because the plot jumped back and forth between different time periods of the past, present, and future. Yet there was some sort of underlying secret of time and life that intertwined all of the people and why they were all dying…. or something. I have no idea. 

If I made a movie…

It would probably be about my grandparents’ generation. I think the drama and struggles of Asian families just a few generations ago is extremely fascinating and surprising in many instances. I’m blown away by some of the stories I hear from my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents either through oral storytelling or memoirs that my relatives have written. The movie would give insight into family tensions and betrayals, discipline in Asian families, duties of the children, life during wars, conversion stories, and other juicy details. Can I get a filmmaker to help me make this happen?  Daliza?! (<— my friend who wants to study film!)

Movies I Want to Watch:

  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Catching Fire
  • The Help
  • Bridesmaids

Well, that’s about as deep as my movie background goes! Just call me a movie guru. 😉

So tell me: What’s YOUR favorite movie? Least favorite? Guilty pleasure movie? Any suggestions on which ones I should watch??