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Let’s Pretend We’re in Antarctica

In Beautiful, Current Obsession, Life, Music on November 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Song of the moment: of montreal wraith pinned to the mist and other games

Let’s pretend we don’t exist.
Let’s pretend we’re in antarctica.
Let’s have bizarre celebrations.

I really wish I was in antarctica…

In the midst of thousands of deadlines pouring down on me, there’s nothing more I would love to do than crawl up besides a fireplace, sip hot chocolate, stare at the crazy storm brewing outside, and pretend to be somewhere else.

Being in school sucks major monkey butt this time of the year. While everyone is getting ready for end of the year celebrations and scheduling holiday parties, I’m stuck here in rainy boston preparing for my final exams, projects, papers, and applying to stupid grad school. just kidding I love you grad school. please love me back.

For all of you who are still in school struggling to meet deadlines,
you’re cordially invited to:

Sue’s Bizarre Celebrations

we’ll pretend we don’t exist. and we’ll pretend we’re in antarctica.
sounds like a party doesn’t it?

Grass is Greener on the Summery Side

In Beautiful, Current Obsession, Life on November 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Black Friday.

As if it’s trying to live upto the name, Black Friday here in Boston is pretty dreary. It’s been raining all day.

Wet.

Cold.

Dark.

My family and I had brunch at my favorite place in the South End, and the scenery was beautiful in a very New England-y way. As I stared at the rain washing away all the colors of the streets, I felt a pang of nostalgia for my last summer. Frolicking in the never ending luscious green grass fields, driving on a narrow straight road with nothing but grass fields and the clear blue sky, and feeling so liberated

So I decided to search through my yet to be organized 13,546 pictures (remnants of last summer’s wanderlust in european countrysides). I’ve selected quite a few beautiful pieces, and as soon as I’m done editing them and designing the layout, you’ll get to see my summer 2009 photo-journal!

Above is the working cover page. The colors have NOT been tampered with. Isn’t it just great? Oh how I love nature.

The Perfect Thanksgiving

In Beautiful, Life, Think about this on November 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm

This Thanksgiving was the first time my family came out to see me (instead of the other way around). And this was the first Thanksgiving dinner I have ever organized! Everything was done my way (I had my sister as an assistant and my parents were tucked away sipping on their wine and browsing my photography books). Simple and Streamlined.

Here’s HOW TO: Do Thanksgiving Dinner for Four in Two Hours

1. Turkey: How on earth do you cook a turkey in two hours? You don’t. Marinate 4 chicken-breasts for 30 min (1/2 cup red wine, 2tbsp balsamic vinegar, 3 tbsp olive oil, generous amounts of salt and lemon pepper, tad bit of ginger powder, handfuls of oregano, rosemary, and other fresh/dried herbs, and tad bit of garlic). Bake. Once done, cover in deli-sliced herb roasted turkey meat.

2. Veggies: While the “turken” is being marinated, peel the skin of 6 sweet potatoes, and chop into big chunks. Wash golden potatoes and chop. Cover the bottom of a roasting pan with bit of olive oil, toss in potatoes and sweet potatoes, sprinkle with salt. Just on the potato half, sprinkle with pepper and rosemary. Bake. Toss cut sweet corn with olive oil and tiny bit of salt. Bake. Cook string beans in boiling water. Stir-fry thinly sliced onion (in crescent strips) with olive oil salt and lots of black pepper, throw in cooked string beans.

3. Gravy: Trader Joe’s ready made.

4. Pumpkin Bread: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread Mix (I had my sister do this while I made the dinner)

5. Wine: a recommended red from  Central Bottle and a bottle of sparkling pomegranate juice for my little sis.

6. Table Set up: All main dishes in plain white plates garnished with mint leaves and lemons. Pumpkins and Apples and orange candle sticks as a center piece.

It took a total of two hours to prepare!!!! Super simple, no stress thanksgiving dinner. And mother approved! (My mum who was having anxiety attacks at the thought of leaving the big dinner in my hands was very impressed with the final outcome)

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

Photo Credit: marketcook.files.wordpress.com

DAUL KIM

In Beautiful, Life, Think about this on November 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

DAUL KIM. http://iliketoforkmyself.blogspot.com/

I can’t seem to conjure up anything besides mumbles and jumbles of my emotions. But one thing that I can say clearly without being emotionally distraught is that you’ve been such an inspiration and that you will always be remembered with fondness. bye love.

President Jamil Mahuad

In Life, Think about this on November 11, 2009 at 2:31 am

We had a surprise guest today for our negotiation class!!!

Prof. Shapiro asked us to stand up in middle of lecture to welcome a guest and all of us were totally dumbfounded when this friendly older gentleman in a grey suit walked in. Everyone was whispering who is that? when Prof. Shapiro introduced him as the former president of Ecuador who worked with the former president of Peru to negotiate a border dispute and sign a peace treaty. We worked through this very case with him and he gave a really inspiring speech at the end about coexistence and understanding.

I am still totally in shock, awed, and inspired. On cloud 9 right now. He shook my hand!!! And said it was a pleasure to meet me and asked me where I was from. My friends will probably think I’m nuts for still gushing about him when I didn’t even bother seeing the broadcasted speech when President Obama came to our campus.

But honestly, having such a close encounter with someone with such amazing experiences and beliefs that you look up to is an incredibly uplifting experience. My goal in life is to add positive value (interpret that however you will because its still very ambiguous to me) to humanity and meeting President Jamil Mahuad motivated me to keep on going.

I hope someone someday will inspire you to do something that you love and truly believe in!

. . . . . . .

A short plug for Prof. Daniel Shapiro (Below on the right) who is one of the most amazing professors I have ever met.

photo credit: Harvard Gazette

If you’re interested in gaining Negotiation tactics or reading more about power, emotions and relationships during a negotiation, it might be VERY worthwhile to check out his book “Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate.” Prof. Shapiro is an expert on Middle East foreign policy issues and he currently serves on President Obama’s National Security Council.

Gazelle

In Beautiful, Current Obsession, Fashion on November 10, 2009 at 3:53 am

gazelle

 

I am not entirely sure where I came upon this image while aimlessly browsing, but I did find it so striking that I saved it. Almost a week later, I am still amused. For some reason, she really reminds me of a gazelle. Maybe it’s the slender yet somewhat awkward pose? Maybe its the pattern of the boots that seems to somehow match the antelopes?

Nonetheless, amongst all the lust around black leather thigh highs (thank you  prada, hussein chalayan, givenchy, stella mccartney), this bemusing pattern was definitely refreshing.

Message from Alexander Wang

In Beautiful, Current Obsession, Fashion, Life on November 10, 2009 at 3:42 am

messagefrommrwangtequila shots for those who don’t fall!!!

so cute!

I’m pretty sure this just validates all hype around alex himself and his line. A lot of my friends are going to be strutting it for a charity fashion show this week and I want relay this message on to them! Kisses and best of luck girls. (tequila shots for those who fall! )