3.31.2010

bawwwston with my sistahs

Chi Hai, Bao and I decided that instead of birthday presents, we would spend the money on a trip. It was the end weekend of Bao's spring break, and we decided to meet each other in Boston. I honestly feel like we could meet anywhere and it would just be one of the most fun weekends ever.

Both my sisters were sleep deprived when they picked me up at 8am, and I give them much credit because as soon as I landed, our trip started. We were in Boston for a short 48 hours, but managed to pack in a lot of sight seeing and a lot more inside jokes. No wonder I always got in trouble for laughing too much while growing up. Its hard not to laugh when I'm with my sisters.

Here are some photos of our trip that really don't do it any justice. I had such a great time, ate some of the best food, and laughed harder than I've laughed in quite a while.

Boston greeted us with snow. Here I am with Chi 2 in front of the Boston Public Library:

We had lunch here. Oysters and cocktails (easy on the fruit salad, Chi Hai)

Thank goodness Chi Hai's iphone helped us get here...

Toni Braxton + dinner at Giacomos= BEST NIGHT EVER!!

The next morning we got some Dunkin Donuts coffee and Bagels to start our day.

Walking the freedom trail and loving it

Stopped for some chowda at Quincey Market

Awesome sushi at FuGakYu

I tried to choose photos that had more than one of us in there, and now it looks like all we did during our trip was eat. The funny part about that is, there are a lot of other things we ate that I didn't highlight in this blog post (cannolis, macarons, and the best breakfast ever at bambara). Take a look at Chi Hai's post for reveiws on all the things we saw and ate. And on that note, I leave with a question for Bao:

Did you LOOOOOOOVE this trip?!?!?!

3.25.2010

guten tag & bon jour!

Well when "snowpocalypse" hit the DC area, Eric and I had to cancel our trip to Utah. We decided to use the money we got back from that trip towards tickets to Germany to visit Andrea and Zack while they were still there. This was my first time in Europe and I am simply in awe of everything we saw. To say the vacation was amazing is a complete understatement. I had such a great time!

We flew into Nurnberg and drove to Bamberg where Andrea and Zack currently live. Eric and I napped until they came home from work. They woke us up, put Eric in lederhosen, and took us to a local brewery where we ate delicious food and drank delicious beer. It was also St. Patrick's day so we met up with a few of their friends to celebrate:


The next day, Eric and I left and headed to Frankfurt. On the way there, we stopped by Rothenburg ob der Tauber and ate lunch and walked around. It was such a cute little town. There were several shops and museums, and we decided to stop by the punishment and torture museum.



We made it to Frankfurt, stayed the night, and visited the zoo the next morning before continuing our journey to Paris.





We finally made it to Paris, and packed the two days with site-seeing. We had dinner at the Eiffel Tower (one of my "bucket list" items) and we also watched a show at the Moulin Rouge. We saw the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Opera House, and the Arc de Triumph. We also fit in eating pastries and drinking beer (while wearing ties and barretts!)








After Paris, Eric and I headed to Friedrichshafen to visit Eric's buddy Phil and his wife Kati. Our visit with them was way too short. We woke up early next morning and headed to Schwangau to visit two castles of King Ludwig II. I fell absolutely in love with the castles. The first is Hohenschwangau and the second is Neuschwanstein. The photos do not do them justice!





I cannot say enough wonderful things about our vacation. I imagine it will be quite a while until we'll get to visit again, but I really can't wait until that day comes again. 

Thanks to Andrea, Zack, Phil, and Kati for your hospitality! It was so much fun to hang out with you guys!

Auf wiedersehen & Au Revoir!

3.09.2010

sweet, sweet angel

about a week ago, i wrote a post about praying for baby layla grace and the marsh family. it was announced on their twitter page today that layla grace went to Heaven early this morning. i don't know layla or the marsh family, but their story has moved me in a way i am unable to describe.

i was driving back from an appointment when "i'll be missing you" was playing on the radio. for those who don't know, one of my closest friends passed away when we were 16 and i made it a vow to not change the radio station whenever that song was played, in his memory. and as the song played, i immediately felt compelled to check the marsh family twitter page to find that layla too has joined the other angels in Heaven.

for a whole week, i checked up on layla as if she were my family. i prayed with thousands of others for a miracle as much as i prayed for her peace. and i am as heartbroken as i am relieved to hear of her passing. this two year old girl has touched so many people in her short, precious life. i am sad for the marsh family but i am thankful to have been one of the many people touched by their sweet angel, layla grace.

3.03.2010

layla grace

family and friends, with all my heart, i ask you to take a moment to pray for layla grace and her family. layla is a beautiful young girl who is battling a cancerous tumor in her abdomen (stage 4 neuroblastoma). i was made aware of her life and her story through my sister's blog, and i immediately felt compelled to spread the word and ask for prayers.

i really want to write so much more but i don't even have the words to describe what i feel right now. i just ask that you continue to pray for her and her family.

3.02.2010

moms know best

this past weekend, eric's mom flew in to pay us a visit. if you ask me, she didn't stay nearly long enough, but we spent her time well and it was a visit packed with fun and laughter. eric and i picked her up at reagan national airport and headed straight to old town for lunch. afterwards, we dropped off eric at work and spent some girl time at yvonne's hair and nails (for those of you who follow my blog, this is indeed the spa where bao and i experienced the fish pedicure). i then took her to grand mart where she got to see the wonderful chaos that is an international supermarket. we met up with eric and headed to national harbour where coincidentally it was restaurant week. we ate at bond 45 and shared the entire restaurant week menu-- it was delicious. it was freezing out, so instead of walking outdoors, we did the next best thing-- walked indoors at the gaylord national.

we kicked off the next day in china town and had dim sum (for her first time!) 

afterwards, we visited the newseum (that is not a typo!) 

it was such an interesting museum! its hard to describe it, but its basically filled with all the big events that were ever documented, it was jam packed with history-- it covered just about every major event you could ever think of. i was extremely moved by their tribute to 9/11. for you locals, i highly recommend you visit the newseum; you won't be disappointed! 

that night, we put together a meal with the groceries we bought at the market. eric grilled some bulgolgi and i made some kimchi fried rice. we just sat around, ate dinner, and ended the evening watching "bedtime stories". 

the next morning, we got up, attended church, and ate brunch at the silver diner. we had a few hours to sit around and chit chat (indy had a few more hours to sit on grandma's lap) and it was time to say good-bye. the weekend was a lot of fun, and you know how time flies when that happens!