Sunday, July 28, 2013

I'm back home, however this sun flower field obviously wasn't from my backyard.

I put up a humming bird feeder before I left town, the morning after I came back home, there were already many humming birds visiting the feeder. There are organic nectar recipes on the internet, also instructions on how often to change it out. It's been providing so much entertainment for me watching the birds come and go!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

On the road again... I'm in Napa Valley this week!

I found this giant wild grapevine on the side of road. It seems that grapevine grow quite tall with tiny fruits if left to grow on its own.

I'm learning to love traveling.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

This orchid's roots was exploding in the little plastic pot that it came with. I cut open the pot and replanted it. For some reason, it's very satisfying to keep my orchids alive and happy!

Today I'm watching Tootsie with my boys:)

Made a trip to Mitsuwa this morning and cooked a delicious Sunday lunch! I'm trying to cook more often at home and eat healthier food!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

For some reason, every time when I'm back from vacationing in Paris, I will always noticeably loose a little weight without trying. While it doesn't get me back down to my ideal weight, it's such a nice jump start, as I had been in a rot trying to loose weight before my trip.

I credit most of it to walking everywhere and also avoiding fast foods. The entire two weeks while I was in France, I had no fast food, there simply was none. I saw perhaps one U.S. fast food joint, but that was all. In the city, everywhere I wanted to go, there was the metro, and it was so much fun to walk through the city while eyeing all sorts of shops!

I also got used to having much smaller portions when I got back home. I noticed that while I was in Paris, the portion of foods were smaller, perhaps it was just my perception? The butter croissant was tiny compared to the US ones, but it was very crispy and tasty! There was no franken sized strawberries, the strawberries were small but very flavorful. I got used to having just a small amount of food each meal. I started drinking dark smoky espresso and got used to savoring tiny sips of it sitting at a cafe, instead of having a bland Starbucks on the go.  I know it sounds like silly little improvements, but it seems to be helping me.

Since I came back home, I've been rethinking about my lifestyle here in the States. There are a lot of things in my life that's noticeably missing back home, and food is just one part of it, albeit a big part.  There is so much improvement to be made in my life, and it took me traveling to another part of the world to realize that.  I will be looking forward to make some positive changes from now on, and I'm pretty excited about it!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Belle de jour is one of my favorite classic movie. It's just natural to watch the movie many times and  fall in love with the fashion.  

During my recent visit to Paris, I made sure to stop by a Roger Vivier shop. 

After having a lot of fun trying on different colors, I finally came home with my new pair of Roger Vivier shoes, I simply couldn't be happier!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Some more pictures from my stay in Paris. There's something about being able to find my way in a strange city on my own that gives me confidence.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


I was on a helicopter ride in the wine country, of course it was quite beautiful.


I was in the French country side for one week and Paris for another. Being in France has changed my perspective of many things... namely, it has changed my view on the city that I've lived for half of my life. Maybe it's time for a move!

Well, it certainly has been a while since I checked in here, but today feels like the right time to pick it up again!  Mostly I...