Chinese Banquet: Nom Nom!

I went to a Chinese dinner banquet to celebrate Jenny’s PhD thesis in Chinatown with her family and friends.  There was so much food!  I regret not putting on some pants with elastic bands…

A “Well Read” wine.  I mixed this with some Coke. Calimocho, so refreshing!

Soups on.

You can’t go wrong with Lobster.

Double tiered food.

Chinatown Cake. Not too sweet. Fresh, soft, yummy.

Party favors!

Ginger Phoenix: sake, sparkling wine, muddled ginger. Spicy, sweet, smooth, refreshing.

Blue jello lemon wedge shots.

Ceiling lights. 90 degree turn.

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Don’t judge a bookshelf by its books…

Okay, maybe you can judge a bookshelf by its books, but also judge a bookshelf by how pretty it is!

Anyways, this whole thing started because I’m in the process of moving in with my boyfriend and I need space to put all my books and random crap.  I hate moving.  The very idea of moving makes me want to vomit.  Nonetheless, things happen, life changes, people have to move and life must go on!  Since I was using a custom built bookshelf at my old apartment, I needed a replacement space to put all my stuff.  However, I’m a broke graduate student, and I needed something that didn’t hurt the tiny piggy  bank. Solution: Ikea “as is” furniture!

I found this gem in the “as is” section of Ikea – the graveyard of DIY idiots:EXPEDIT Bookcase, black-brown Width: 31 1/8 " Depth: 15 3/8 " Height: 58 5/8 " Max load/shelf: 29 lb  Width: 79 cm Depth: 39 cm Height: 149 cm Max load/shelf: 13 kg

This EXPEDIT bookshelf was only $42 marked down from $69.99. Yay!  It only had a tiny scratch on one of the shelves.  I could also have gone to craigslist, but didn’t want the bother of having to deal with another human being (I was having a bad week okay?).

My old roommate from Valencia, Spain got me this Spanish tile of a castillo.

My ex-boyfriend got me this from Thailand (don’t tell D*rek!).

Flowers in Millennium Park.

I love me some Tina Fey.

Bookshelf Bonsai!

Dala from Stockholm.

As an aside, I think eReaders and kindles and nooks, nookies, snookies and ipads are all amazing wonderful things! I just hope they don’t completely replace printed edition books.  Holding a book, bending its pages and placing it on a bookshelf to share with friends are all good things (I hope I’m not sounding like Martha Stewart…).  Read on friends!  Eat the burnt cheese!

From the archives: Weekend in Paris

Le map et le petit déjeuner.

Okay, that’s all the French I know! Give me a break!  These are some old photos from a brief trip to Paris last year (June 2010).  D*rek’s favorite food of all time is a simple French breakfast: croissant and cafe.  I’d much rather prefer spam, fried eggs and fried rice or eggs benedict, haha.  We started off the day with some breakfast and then hit the maps to see which POIs we wanted to hit up during our short visit.  D*erek being the vacation planner and tour guide, had all the ins and outs to navigating the bustling streets of gay Paris!

Notre Dame.

Here’s a great shot I got from below the gates of Notre Dame.  The weather was gorgeous – not too hot and not too cold.  Walking around the city and taking snap shots left and right was so much fun.  Earlier, D*rek and I polished off a bottle of champagne in one of the nearby parks – if only I could do this every single day!  The champagne bottle exploded onto my shirt (I must have been cheerfully skipping on the way to the park with the bottle in my backpack).  A petite old French madame let out a shriek of laughter when she saw me covered in spirits.  C’est la vie!?  The baguette we scarfed down didn’t quite stick to my stomach as much as  I had hoped and I was a drunk tourist for the rest of the afternoon.  Later on, I stumbled into a random technical university desperately searching for a toilet to relieve myself. “Où sont les toilettes?”  A friendly janitor showed me the way to the nearest restroom and was a gentleman about my obvious inebriation and flushed Asian red face (maybe this wasn’t the first time it’s happened to him?).

Metro.

The Paris public transportation system is amazing!  Why can’t the United States improve urban public transit?

Summer twilight.