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 ūüôā

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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.¬†ÔėϬ†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‚Äôs 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 ūüôā

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

Ôéā¬†Ôėė

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!

yosemite (2017)

One of the reasons I love traveling is being able to see God’s faithfulness along the¬†journey, every step of the way. ¬†So, when Camel invited me to join her on an adventure to Yosemite National Park a couple weeks back, the only answer possible was “yes”.

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Here we go adventuring to Yosemite (aka let me show you how faithful my God is)


DAY 1: FRIDAY MARCH 31

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started the journey off at 6 am on fri march 31st. miracle #1, camel arrived at my house on time.

bakerfield

thus we headed out for a ~5 hour drive to yosemite. ¬†miracle#2: two/three hours north, i realized i left my hiking shoes in the driveway of my house right before we passed Bakersfield.¬†ÔėϬ† so thankfully we were able to pitstop in Bakersfield so i could…

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grab a pair of sneakers at the place that has everything you could need in the world. miracle#3: these babies survived at least 24 miles of hiking over two days without giving me blisters or bloody toes.

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we drove straight up to yosemite when our awesome Yosemite guide and driver, Kristin, noticed her car was almost out of gas… and we had driven past the nearest gas station a while back… miracle#4: gas station in the nick of time (ie gas meter had been resting on E for while, gas light turned on, triple A card was in hand ready to be called…)

but then we got to yosemite and it was amazing.

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tunnel view

miracle #5:

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miracle #5

our fifth miracle came in the form of a beautiful human being: our wonderful personal unofficial Yosemite adventure guide, park ranger, trail master, driver, humble leader, and selfless host. without her, we would have probably died somewhere.

five miracles have passed and now it was time to hike the upper yosemite falls trail.

Upper Yosemite Falls Trail
(map and stats courtesty of YosemiteHikes and National Park Service)
Distance:
7.2 miles round trip
Elevation:
6,526 feet [2,700 ft elevation gain]
Difficulty: Strenuous [might i add: extremely challenging, tortuous, death level]
Round Trip Time: 6-8 hours from trailhead

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upper yosemite falls hike: you get to go to the top of the waterfall!

day 1. still friday. 1:30 pm. hike 1.

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a little late start but here we go.  path looked alright as we headed up.

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lunched midpoint w/ some Trader Joe salads – however, per our Yosemite National Park tour guide¬†Kristin noting afterwards, eating lunch in the middle of an intense hike isn’t the brightest idea…¬†Ôė¨…our bad…

despite all body’s energy being utilized to digest our salads, we continued our journey up the mountain – no turning back. ¬†miracle#6: we I¬†made it to the top… normally I don’t like to call myself out on these things but Camel + Kristin made it up fine. ¬†I, on the other hand, was praying every 5 minutes “O Lord, help me up this mountain please. All I need to do is live.” and the Lord answered.

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amazing view, you need to climb this for yourself

Despite telling my group to leave me behind every ten minutes, they [so kindly and lovingly] hauled my butt with them up the the mountain for an amazing, beautiful, indescribable, breathtaking view.

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was it worth it? heck yeah

most people aim to be at the bottom of the mountain by 5 pm before dark…we started heading down the mountain around 5 pm (oops heh…a little late!¬†ÔėĮ) miracle#7: we miraculously made it down without any injuries around 7/7:30 just as dark dusk -the point where it becomes pitch black- crept upon the mountains and and our Camel + my¬†chances of survival¬†drop exponentially…Kristin would probably survive.

day 1 hike: completed
body fatigue level: 95%

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MIRACLE #8: this wonderful hotel/motel situation just 20 min outside the park complete with private jacuzzi used as our hot tub. thank you Uncle Al for finding us our housing accommodations.

When we drove into our hotel lot around 8:30 pm, we asked the front desk¬†if there were any local places open for dinner because we were starving from our 1,000,000,000,000 mile hike… the front desk bluntly told us the hotel’s restaurant closed at 8:30. way to DISSSSAAAAPOINT.

But, BY THE MIRACLE OF GOD, while driving by, Kristin noticed the restaurant¬†still looking busy. ¬†Because, according to the philosophy of Camel, the worst that could happen is¬†a “NO”, we went in around 8:50…and found out¬†the restaurant had decided to stay open until 9 pm because it was hoppin – thank you hotel guests.

miracle #9: with ten minutes to spare, we had a dinner of champions complete with clam chowder, endless salad bar, beets, buffalo wings, chicken tenders, and burger.

bellies full & bodies clean – we went to bed exhausted ready to take on day 2.


DAY 2: SATURDAY APRIL 1

we woke up. and everything hurt.
luckily, 2/3rds of the adventure crew comprised on physical therapists.
morning time was for body fixing & breakfast.

day 2. hike 2. also 1:30 pm.

Vernal Falls & Nevada Falls Trail
(map and stats courtesty of YosemiteHikes and National Park Service)

Vernal Fall Footbridge
Distance: 1.6 mi round trip
Elevation Gain: 400 ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Round Trip Time: 1-1.5 hours (from trailhead)

Top of Vernal Fall
Distance: 2.4 mi round trip (via Mist Trail)
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
Difficulty: Strenuous
Round Trip Time: 3 hours (from trailhead)

Top of Nevada Fall
Distance: 5.4 mi round trip (via Mist Trail)
Elevation Gain: 2000 ft
Difficulty: Strenuous
Round Trip Time: 5-6 hours (from trailhead)

to get to our hike, we got to take the national park shuttle. except, every bus that passed was completely full. miracle #10: Camel managed to get the bus driver to squeeze on three small girls onto the bus. miracles happen.

this was a gorgeous + steep hike. lots of rushing water and rainbows!

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this hike was not as bad, but still pretty killer. if upper yosemite was 90% difficult, vernal/nevada falls was 75% difficult. so it was also a miracle (#11) we I made it up and down alive.

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chillin on top of nevada falls

on our last day in yosemite, camel wanted to catch the sun as it fell upon half dome. due to my slow but steady hiking non-skills, adventure team had to adjust their pace. (did i tell you how thankful i am for them?) but, alas, sundown was approaching and time was running out. we needed to make the sunset. so for our last 2-3 miles, we booked it and (miracle #12:) ran the rest of the way down the mountain just in time to catch the sun falling upon the famed half dome.

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beautiful, just beautiful

our hiking totals for day 2.

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for our next night, we had the privilege and honor to be housed and fed by Yosemite Park guide Kristin’s absolutely delighting family … and we were so blessed by their family [grandma, uncles, sisters, brothers, parents all included) extending such warm hospitality and love. i can confidently say their love for us was one of the ways we saw God loving and taking care of us (miracle thanksgiving #13).


DAY 3 SUNDAY APRIL 2

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BSF time

By Day 3, Sunday, it was time to head home. Lovely morning spent eating dark chocolate oatmeal, trail mix, and God’s word before heading out.

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sorry team leader, we have failed you (Zzzzz…)

our fearless team leader led the way home as camel and i KO-ed. that’s a wonderful ending for a great trip.


JUST A COUPLE MORE PICS:

what can i say but that God is good to give me one heck of a bffl

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she’s my one and only, forever

i considered ending this post with a beautiful shot of yosemite, but, i thought this one was more fitting.

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YOSEMITTEEEE

march (2017) means…

march means…

time for movie season to begin!!

started off strong with Beauty & the Beast & go go PowerRangers. Both awesome flashback movies. Can’t wait for F8 of the Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor Ragnorak, and the Defender series on Netflix!!!

also time for some dim sum in rowland heights with the kaleo folk. pro tip: get here before 9:30 to decrease your waiting time. also, ask me about the story of the bao sometime.

lots of eating means I should probably exercise. JW and I found some trails for hiking in Rowland Heights.

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we also spent some time LA Galaxy-ing together.

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it’s a Joe sandwich!

and celebrating the other Joe’s birthday. also noted: JW and I were pretty annoyed with each other right¬†before the¬†bday celebrations. while it took us¬†a couple days to work it out, it makes me thankful that we are able to work stuff out and that he’s a pretty understanding guy. it kinda makes me wonder what i’ll think of our current arguments ten years from now…

there was lots of time to be spent with friends! feat. the fcbcfv crew (top left), sunovereden.blogspot.com (top right), the new genelle (bottom right), and the mowie3000bday bash (bottom left).

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bday boy – still so young

daddy’s bday!!!

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had first latte during sg bible study at in-sit coffee¬†in buena park. it’s the white one at the bottom left corner, an almond latte. i ‚̧ anything almond.

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terrible lighting but bathroom selfie in my sotela dress!!! Sotela is a sustainable, ethical, and modern clothing line designed to cater to a woman’s natural body changes over time. ¬†Meaning – one dress to rule them all!! The owner and designer is an amazing woman!! Hear her story and check them out!

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and to end this post – the cutest lil goober around, lin duo duo.

 

spring thing on march 11th

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Greetings from Liberty Station, San Diego.  To celebrate the birthdate of Camel, we headed down to San Diego for a day-cation!

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I’ve done the commute down to San Diego often while my brothers were at UCSD. What should have been a 1.5 hour commute…took us 3 hours.¬†Ôėį¬†<– That was basically me. Lesson learned: never leave for San Diego after 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

Nevertheless…

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and celebrated with some grub at Soda & Swine (probably the best pic I have of the day).

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According to rachel’s boss, BEST FRIES EVER.

Thennn, came time for some exploring. ¬†Camel and I had ended up at Liberty Public Market¬†for our lunch & afternoon festivities, and I had never heard of¬†Liberty Station or the Public Market beforehand. ¬†So after lunch, I had a couple hours to spare and went around exploring… and¬†guys, this place is¬†AMAZING.¬†

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the super cool 3-d site plan of liberty station (on-site)

How the Public Market came to be:

The Liberty Public Market is a small artisan market with food, pubs, breweries, boutiques, art galleries, etc. located on Liberty Station, a former 200 acre Naval Training Center/US Navy Base (1923-1997).  The former base was designed with a Spanish Colonial Revivial style and comprised of training centers, barracks, galleys, mess halls, classrooms, offices, fields, you name it.  When it was decommissioned, the land was turned over to the City of San Diego as a historically preserved site.  The City then established a commission group to provide direction on how the space should be utilized.

After lots of discussion, the City adopted the NTC Reuse Plan (1998) to adapt and reuse the historically preserved site as a mixed-use development inclusive of a retail/commercial district (Liberty Public Market), educational district, residential district, office district, non-profit promenade, and open park space.  They contracted with a developer to do their magic and lo and behold, Liberty Station came to be.

I wish I had more photos of the space, but I think I was too busy enjoying the moment there and didn’t take…any photos at all. ¬†So, you’ll just have to go there and check it out for yourself!

Anywho, Sunset Cliffs wasn’t too far from the former navy base so we stopped by after frolicking at Liberty Station in hopes of catching a glimpse of the sunset, but there were too many clouds and the evening midst had begun to set in = no sunset.

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So, we stopped by Oscar’s for their famous mexican seafood tacos¬†instead. If we couldn’t watch the sunset, then tacos it is. ¬†Our fav taco was the surf & turf. Their ceviche was also pretty bomb.

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Twas a day to remember with my favorite one and only.

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