Eating through the End of Summer 2017

So, end of summer and beginning of fall/winter is here. Basically, there was a lot of eating mixed into adventure.

We went to the San Diego Safari Park!

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but secretly, my fav part of that trip was dinner…we found this mom and pop Mediterranean restaurant called Ali Baba and everyone needs to go here. We got a platter for two to share between us four girls and no regrets…like NONE. These pictures don’t do it justice, but I wanted to post them so I can look back and drool over the amazing-ness.

Then a couple weeks later, Maester Bud hosted a Game of Thrones dinner party and it was also, the best meal of my life. Maester Bud knows how to throw a party, my fellow peeps. It was an honor to a guest in the House of Bud.

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Like, look at this Ice King menu design.

That night was just . Words can’t even describe. Thank you Maester Bud for an evening of unforgettable festivities.

Festivities continued with JJ & Lucy’s show-stopping wedding at Los Willows in Fallbrook, CA. It was a beautiful venue and filled with so much love, sweetness, laughter, …and food. 🙂

Then one night, Lynnette and I attempted to study together…and this ended up happening at 9 p.m. I haven’t been out for late-night eats in so long. You end up ordering crazy stuff past 7 p.m. guys. It was a glorious mistake that neither of us regretted at Cafe Gunul in Buena Park, CA.

We made the high school kids play chubby bunny & stuff their faces with marshmallows.

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this has nothing to do with food, but i love this photo and family – the lee family comes to visit me at work from time to time! they get to play in the fountain and i get to see some of the cutest kids grow up!

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also, nothing to do with food but the solar eclipse happened! do you remember?! the whole nation went crazy watching it.

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Noelle turned one!! such a sweet and lovely one. I love her so much!!

and one last favorite thing, Camel started in AOK!!!

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story of my life – taking them creeper photos of cambam

this guy went to hong kong & he was looking forward to eating at cafe de coral so much that he made his own snap filter.

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NFL season has started …meaning he gets to watch football & i get to eat happy hour food. Tried out Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Fridays, and Applebee’s for their NFL happy hour and I think Applebee’s won.  I was surprised…but their spinach & artichoke dip + Asian steak taco appetizer is on point.

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before summer ended, we had spring rolls in our casa! super yums! and good family time!

Super Roxy and I went to eat! And so many funny adventures happen with Roxy! The first time we tried to study, but ended up at an AYCE shabu shabu buffet.  Then later we went to Kaleo together and her car GPS wouldn’t work so I ended up driving her back with JW behind me to take me home – when all we had to do was plug her phone into her GPS for it to work. Good times with the Roxy. IMG_2770

and our favorite military couple Cow and Rob came back to visit!! We did poke lunch & a Mediterranean spread dinner complete with pita, chicken, microwaved beets, hummus, garlic spread, homemade falafels, Costco cheesecake, and a peach crostata (inspired by Maester Bud). ❤

And finally, the cool kids night out at AFF – after Friday fellowship. After a fun night working with high school & college kids, us counselor get in some good ole hang out time. #tcsjj

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My heart is so full, guys!! Lots of food, people, and love! Winter is coming and lots more adventures to come! Thanks for following along.

Till next time,
the sabster

 

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Best Day Ever 2017

This was one of the best days in a long time.

The day started off bright and early with an early morning blood donation – GO DONATE MY FRIENDS. The guy that took my blood reminded me of Jeff Tran in a funny way.

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give your blooooddah!

Then, it was time for a “treat-yo-self” day surprise with the bffl! Her [so so so sweet] husband wanted to surprise her with a morning out to brunch and pampering, and asked me to come take her out while he watched baby! ❤ She totally didn’t know what was going on…

SURPRISE!!!! Yes, a crazy lady at your door! Daniel’s surprises – always executed so well. (Her engagement story was another of his brilliantly planned surprise moments.)

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Daniel’s surprise!

He knew how much she loved brunch & treated us to an amazing brunch spread at Fig+Olive in Newport Beach.

Girl time would not be complete without getting our nails done!!! Girl’s night!! Woot woot!! It was so relaxing!!

Then it was time to go wedding dress shopping with the lady of the hour! It was a lot of fun to see Rachel trying on some of the most beautiful gown!!  We all can’t wait for her and Josh’s special day!! After dress shopping, Josh & Rachel took us to eat at Mr. Bossom and dude, it was AMAZING-ly delicious, like so good.

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Mr. Bossam is a winner winner chicken dinner.

let this video convince you that you need to go:

Despite being so full, we stopped by Kung Fu Tea to end off the night. ☕

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uhm, cutest couple ever!

It was just one of those days filled with so much love and fun, and I was so thankful to share it with such wonderful people! ❤ ❤ ❤

summer 2017

summer has come full force! here’s what’s been going on!

1. Church – Lots of things have been going on at church!

 

Our church participated in the City of Fountain Valley 60th Anniversary Parade! Parades don’t happen anymore. (Only at Disneyland.) But something about a community parades brings you back to the grass roots of knowing your community, supporting your neighbors, and furthering a sense of civic pride.

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ain’t they sweet!?!?

Once a month, the jr. high/high school girls started doing our own girls Bible study. This is not a photo of us doing Bible study…it’s a photo of GIRLS PIZZZAA PARTAAAY!

 

and finally there was the thing that happened called Family Camp 2017.

Highlights from Fam Camp:

+ Pastor Jay speaking about God in our worklife
+ Girls learning to seek God in schoollife
+ Return of some of the older HS girls
+ Co-counseloring and tag-team with best friend Camel
+ Minor boba-poisoning from drinking days-old non-refrigerated boba (my bad…)
+ Forced rest as a result

Then these HS kids jumped right in to start VBS prep. Kudos to them.

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the boys & their elephant

I also enlisted their help to make these (super easy but oh-so time-consuming) jellyfish which I adapted from:

DIY Jellyfish – Blog A La Cart
DIY Jellyfish – Paper Lantern

We previously made them for gusano’s baby shower. You can see them in the back. This was at the peak of my crafting career.

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jelly jelly jelly fish

2. Work 

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go to your community meetings folks. voice your opinions. everything counts.

We put together (and I attended my first) public workshop meeting!! Yes. Go community builders!

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we look good…haha

After-work happy hour times with the co-works to celebrate Nate’s bday. They’re pretty awesome.

3. Volunteering for Special Olympics Southern California Games

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I love volunteering for Special Olympics! They have their Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach every year and it’s HUGE and it’s tons of fun.  I ended up helping keep score for gymnastics. Dude, these athletes are so impressive! Take a look:

To volunteer, check out the opportunities here: Southern California Special Olympics Volunteer

4. Friendsss!!

More and more I have really come to value friendships in my life. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m almost 30 . Maybe it’s the fact that I’m without children and technically still single. I’m sure those things all played a factor.  Whatever it is, it’s made me grateful for the friends I have who love and care so much for me despite ..me. I have to give it to God who kept me single till now thus forcing me to see how my friends have loved me and that in some ways, I need friends (and not just a significant other) in my life to challenge me, love me, and encourage me. Plus as I have come to see, your significant other will make you Person Facepalming on Google Android 7.1much…so you’ll need your friends to help you laugh through those moments.

So, to celebrate friends, Cam + Gen + I + JW took our free harbor tour of the Port of Long Beach 

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note: genelle

Choey + JessL + EW + I celebrated Esther’s 28 with delicious pasta and a Bruster’s ice cream cake! I think I found my new favorite cake. 

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the most beautiful ladies inside and out

We celebrated new seasons for #fcbcfinest… more deets on that later on 

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Caught up with my old discipler!

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look how adorable baby Elise is!

Also, post-crying Noelle 珞 who gets cuter and cuter day by day

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where’s momma??

speaking of…. 5. Relationships

Joe Walnut

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@ the dodger game

“I love you” – as this is a blog to record the life of a Sabster, I will record both big and small and embarrassing moments, including the moment of the Sabster and Walnut’s first “i love you”:

It was a warm summer night, and the Sabster and Walnut were … Facetiming.  While on the Facetime, the Sabster was quite tired and started zoning in and out on the Walnut. Thus, the Sabster needed to go to bed so she half-asleep nonchalantly blurted out”kgoodnightiloveyou”. She froze as she had surprised herself.  In a split second, she thought to herself, “Did I just say that? Oh wait, he’s not responding. Maybe he didn’t notice. Maybe I didn’t really just say it…”

“YOU SAID IT FIRST!!!!!!!” exclaimed the Walnut, capitalizing on the moment.
Person Facepalming on Google Android 7.1” went the Sabster.
“I love you, too” replied the Walnut.
and there goes our highly romantic love story.

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that’s my white T-shirt around his face -_-

but amiss all the “i love yous” and words of love… this guy def has a way of showing how much he cares.

I came home from Family Camp and found that all the fish in our fish tank had died – and not small little gold fish but BIG ginormous ugly fish you see in Chinese restaurant tanks. My dad, the official fish caretaker, was out of town for a couple more days, so the job of scooping the dead fish out of the tank fell upon me.

Fish-y smells and water are one of JW’s kryptonite – along with Trump and heat. But this guy tried so hard to be my man that night by attempting to scoop out all the dead fish for me.  (What really happened in the end: his girl ended up tag teaming in to scoop out the other 80% of the dead fish.)

I was reminded of two things that night:
1. Your heart behind the actions – it’s easy to love and serve when it’s doing things you enjoy and excel at, but a deeper love learns to sacrifice the “me” for the “you” and does things you hate to serve the other person.
2. Teamwork – means you do things together, no matter how hard or difficult. You buck up together, and you do it together. No complaining and whining.  Because as part of a team, you give your 100% no matter what your teammates do.

Also, ladies and gentlemen, she’s officially off the market. and I’m so happy and excited for them!! God is good!! ❤ ❤ ❤ sneak peak at the beginnings of 

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heh. heh. heh. do you spy the lovely couple?

Our dear and lovely Charity tied the knot with Chris!! Such a sweet and snazzy wedding!

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and last but not least, YES! Rachel and Josh got engaged! So excited for her in this new chapter of their lives. Can’t wait to celebrate with and for them all the way!!! #yuanmeover

 

 

lil bits of june

family time in mammoth!

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stephen came home!

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sister weekend @ the hyatt in long beach!! papa fung had a free night stay at the hyatt in long beach set to expire in a couple weeks. so we got to enjoy 🙂

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may day (05.2017)

may day.

let’s start with some fun:

lots of fun magical-ness at the happiest place on earth with lots of fun people!

side note: i have come to the personal realization that disney is not one of the things i’m chill about. i can fully admit now im one of those intense disney people. go hard or go home. for better or for worse. but im trying to work on my disney chilling skills. God showed me that i need to be not selfish and drag everyone on 9,587,466,244,551 rides in one day.

also, this month i found out we had a avocado tree at home!!! heh, i have no clue how i didn’t notice it before…but i now pledge to eat an avocado every day for the rest of my life

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avo-waffle ftw

then some un-expected not fun-ness:

this spring, i got a lot of bug bites. and they’re still at it eating me.  its lame. but the bug bites aren’t the worst. my body has terrible reactions to them. (see Exhibit A & B)

it sent me to the doctor’s for help and home for a day to recover.

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first sick day for being sick

this was a blessing in disguise because God forced me to rest.  i realized, during this time of bedridden-ness, i don’t really know how to rest. God used this to help me physically rest – i went from my napping on my bed to the couch back to my bed for the entire day.

but then, a week later, i woke up with hives all over my arms and legs….

and ended up at urgent care. turns out i was allergic to one of the meds the doctor had prescribed to prevent infections from my bug bites. #storyofmylife

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the sabster work place

also had one of those hard “i messed up”  weeks at work where my mistakes humbled me and taught me to stop being so prideful and come before God for everyday wisdom and guidance.

–> this tough  week sovereignly coincided with our small group’s study on Gideon’s life.  Gideon was one of those guys where God stripped away any possible manpower or human strength of the Israelite army so that the glory of the Lord could be blatantly and unmistakably displayed.  And when you read his story, you know it’s God doing the winning here.  Kinda saw that playing out in my life that week. which in the end im thankful for the tough times.

God always uses everything for His good purposes 🙂

Anywho, other things that went down:

took my sister & her friend to IdentityLA at LA City Hall.
sister’s highlight: free community concert where famous Korean dude performed.
sabster’s highlight: tacos from the taco truck

i spend a lot of time with my church fam. the high school girls (L) are the sweetest bunch around. as the story of my life goes, God humbles me and makes me depend on Him as i figure out how to lead these girls toward Jesus. the lil kiddos (R) are just my favorite! silly, sassy, and high-energy they be.

the photo below is pretty epic because the three of us on the couch managed to pull of a complete bday surprise for Choey.  Choey is one of those who you just can’t surprise…except if you plan a surprise two weeks before her bday!!! so basically. it was awesome.
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thankful for her friendship

stephen, stanley, & alethia came back!!!! (more fam photos to come)

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fam bam + future fam bam

speaking of fam bams, one of the sweetest couples ever, started their own fam! congrats to craig and bernice! jwalnut and i had lots of fun celebrating together (#myfavoriteweddingdate)

the wedding festivities continued as we got to celebrate our dear friend Charity’s upcoming wedding at her bridal shower!! you are loved Charity!!

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ain’t she a beaut

and finally…

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fung fam bam in all their glory

happy bday jwal!

Welcome to 27 JW!

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stink eye-in’ from the age of three

To celebrate his 27, we day-tripped to the SAN DIEGO ZOO!!! Was an amazing day full of laughter, fun, and .

We started the day of bright and early at 6:15 AM on Friday and drove down to SD.  Stopped by Tan Hoang Huong Sandwiches & Coffee  in Tustin (right off the 5 fwy) for a quick breakfast of spring rolls and coffee/tea AND to grab sandwiches (with EGG!) for lunch later on the day!

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breakfast of champions

Made it to the zoo!

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Zootopia here we come!

Saw a bunch of animals! and took the same selfie 5,000,000 times.

a koala woke up to eat while we were there!! except it’s not the koala in this photo

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koala in the back! prob my fav animal of the day!

To JW’s dismay, we rode the SkyTram across the park. I think he was terrified.

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He firmly believes holding onto a pole is more comforting than my hand.

we ate our amazing, delicious, cheap sandwiches …with EGG!

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decided after lunch was rest time on the zoo bus tour.

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one of JW’s highlights was this tapir.

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Polar bear, polar bear, what do you see?
I see a sabster lookin’ at me!

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We got lost a bunch of times in the monkeys and bird atriums. Don’t have pictures of us there because we were trying to un-lost ourselves.

The last animal of the day was Xiao Li Wu, the panda! We look victorious here because we had just sprinted around the entire park so that we could make the final viewing of panda…who was still sleeping…but still so cute!

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to end the day, we celebrated with RIBSSSS at PHILZZZZ BBBBBBBBBQ!

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he’s so happy!

happy bday jwals

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a couple days later, he tried to imitate a koala bear:

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spring-ing into action [april 2017]

it’s been a busy month in the sabstering world…

Bernice’s bridal shower happened! God is so good to have let our lives cross paths.  I’ve been so blessed by her in our small group.  Can’t wait to celebrate her and Craig!

speaking of small group, Chris, also in our sg, just joined our church! yay Chris!

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AOK went ice skating. I’m a terrible ice skater but these girls kicked butt on the ice!

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Also, Eddie:

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he was SO happy to eat this pizza at the ice skating rink. go eddie!

couple of fun work things: making cards for administrative professionals’ day, City events, and celebrating Albert’s baby (they had the taco man come! so yummms!)

went back to school to attend an AICP info session for the planning certification exam! hoping to take it on Nov…pretty nervous!

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my favorite baby….she’s getting so big so fast!!

YAN girls reunion…it’s been two years since YAN! also this was a good day because Rachel and I had a girls day for her bday… Korean fusion chicken sandwiches from Holdaak in Fullerton, boba from GongCha, shopping!!, Starbucks, and getting our nails done. best day ever.

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YAN success story

also, more SHOPPING!!!

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i only went to get a gift for someone…but ended up with WAY more…

despite lots going on, somehow i still managed to embarrass my sister by picking her up from school one day like this:

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#embarassingmom #noshame

KALEO put on a #paintnite led by j.yee.  it was a blast. jwals even came with.

that’s a wrap folks for now… more to be coming soon! it’s a busy spring!