lost in translation.

LISTEN: 郭靜 (Claire Kuo) – “在树上唱歌 (Singing in the Trees)”

Over the course of this past week, I’ve realized that there are moments when I want to use a certain Chinese phrase to convey myself, but was unable to do so because it was hard to translate them smoothly to English. I’m aware that a certain amount of idea or expression is lost in translation going from one language to any other language. But at the right moments, being able to use these phrase seems very 妙 (meaning clever or ingenious); so I’m saddened that I can’t use them. Here is a list of a couple of common phrases (to me) that I can think of…

  1. 大惊小怪
  2. 难怪
  3. 过奖
  4. 随便
  5. 不见得
  6. 胡说八道
  7. 矛盾
  8. 过瘾
  9. 你客气了
  10. 少来
  11. 后会有期
  12. 不至于
  13. 不好意思
  14. 脸皮很厚

Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary to My Parents

peeping peas

Peeping Peas

LISTEN: MC Mong (feat. Navi) – “Simple Love”

Guess what I made this weekend?

韩国泡菜 or Korean kimchi.

They’re still fermenting so I haven’t tasted it fully yet…
But I stole some earlier and they taste pretty good. =]

I know there are lots of different ways to make kimchi..
Some add apples, fish, oysters.. And others leave certain things out..
So the one I made may not be the best tasting, but it’s not bad.

Some day, once I gain enough experience under my belt…
I’m going to invite my friends to a full-course meal – made by me.

Mark my words. =]

My goal in the near future: learn to make sushi rolls.


Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

LISTEN: 梁靜茹 (Fish Leong) – “如果没有 (There Are No If’s)”

In addition to my recent “spring renewal” plan..
I have also reorganized, redecorated, and cleaned my room/bathroom.
As an effect, I have maximized the space in my room, and it looks so nice.

Room angle 1

  1. Changed out to a new bookcase.
  2. Attempted to actually fill it with books I use.
  3. Moved over the board from behind the door so it’s out in the open.
  4. Added an oil diffuser in a pretty vase to accentuate the olfactory senses.
  5. Decluttered the top of my dresser.
  6. Threw out the junk filling up my dresser drawers (which you can’t see).

Room angle 2

  1. Bought a set of 4 pictures from Target for the wall.
  2. Turned my bed horizontal to maximize space.
  3. Cleaned out the drawers of my bedside drawer (which you can’t see).
  4. Moved my stereo beside my bed so I can turn it on first thing in the morning.

Room angle 3

  1. Gathered all my teddy bears and housed them in a crate.
  2. Reorganized my files in my drawers (which you can’t see).
  3. Decluttered the top of my desk.
  4. Added a real plant for my CO2 needs.
  5. Bought a set of 2 inspirational frames from Target for wall decoration.

It even looks like there’s too much empty space, but I love it.
Simple and mature and modern.
I’m still missing a decorative rug and a new chair mat.
Total cost = $135. My goal was under $100, but still that’s pretty good.
I’m happy.

a slow process of renewal

abstract art by ivusko

abstract art by ivusko

LISTEN: J-Walk (feat. Brown Eyed Girls) – “사랑한다 외쳐요 (Shout Out Love)”

I did a couple of things this weekend that I haven’t done in a long time..

  • I went to the gym.
  • I biked around the neighborhood with my parents.
  • I stepped into a church.
  • I picked up my bible.

It’s weird, I feel like my life these days is finally coming together (even though there is still a long way to go). Dramatically, I guess you could say I’m “finding” myself. Since I’ve been living at home, I’ve always felt hindered to become independent with the overarching limitations set by my parents. Sure, I am 23 years old now, and I could always move out and rent my own place. But that doesn’t solve the issue, because I felt those same obstructions when I was away at school for college. Every bit of independence I ever felt before was either achieved secretly without the knowledge of my parents or earned only temporarily. I’m not sure how I got here – but these days I have my own independence with the support and acknowledgment of my parents behind me, and I’ve never felt so free and relaxed. Hello world!

Today, walking into the church for the first time since I’ve been out of school, I realized how awkward I felt, and how much I’ve missed fellowship. When I opened my bible, I saw my bookmark, and I noticed how far I’ve come to reading more than half of the book. I only have so little left, and it’s the New Testament, so I have the best yet to read! This afternoon, both my parents and I took our dusty bikes from the storage and rode around our neighborhood – for the first time, completely carefree, simply enjoying being together, and cherishing the opportunity. The three of us have come a long way this past year..

Today is Easter, I hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m thankful for this day to remind me how much I am blessed by my Heavenly Father. And I only wish this and more for you.

Anyways, I also did succeed in making Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay biscuits, thanks to these instructions here.

Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I’m totally crushing~

Strawberry & Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

My latest recipe attempt – Strawberry & Almond Shortbread Thumbprints.
Next time, Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay biscuits!

But that’s not the main feature of this post…

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Happy 2-14!

Chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries – a success!
Easy, I know, but I had to start somewhere..
And I’m experimenting.

Happy Valentine’s to you!

Below, a beautiful piano piece by Yiruma..
The same person who composed “Kiss the Rain”.

LISTEN: Yiruma – “Love”