the studio of universes (aug 6)

nine years ago, this video came out:

do you remember that glorious song? ron, ron, ron WEASLY. singing our song. all day long. at HOGGGGWARTS! it’s okay if you don’t remember. means you were probably being productive in life.

some of the old college-mates wanted to check out HARRYPOTTERWORLD at universal studios, hollywood a couple weekends ago. so we became season pass holders to the glorious place that is the studio of universes, Universal Studios Hollywood.

trying to figure out which pass to buy? us too. here’s a simple comparison as of Aug 2016.Universal chart

some snapshots of the day:

our first ride – the Walking Dead maze. i saw nothing inside bc my eyes were closed the whole time


harry potter world!

uhm, this was necessary for all those 3-D simulation rides. ain’t in my 20s no more folks.


takin it easy. bc we old. and need breaks.


ended the night with some buca at universal city walk! so yummzz!


…i’ll be back…


Port of Long Beach tour (july 28)

ports ports ports ports. i think i have a thing. for ports. like ocean ports.

the Queen Mary & sunset

ports are one big efficiency monster. from the time your shipped goods you ordered of Amazon reach the pier to the dissemination of those goods to land locked United States of Amurrrica, every part of the process is analyzed to be done as cost- and space-efficient as possible.

between May – Sept, the Port of Long Beach offers free morning & sunset tours for the general public. the boat tour spans 1.5 hours and staff from the port explain the processes of the port along the way.  this is a great local activity for parents, kids, and grandparents – the whole fambam! 

apparently, getting tickets for the boat tour is a highly competitive ordeal. you try for a ticket the first monday of the prior month at 8 a.m.  (i tried to get tickets on the first tuesday and was denied  because they ran out)  luckily, my old graduate school professor, also former Port official, invited me on the tour and gave us a private lecture on how they work (woot!!).


crew of Shen


for more information and to try your luck at scoring some tickets visit: Port of Long Beach Harbor Tours

so even if you think ports are lame, who can say no to a free boat ride…as the sunsets. amiright?5D3B9872

#kimtransfer wedding (06.04.2016)

this past weekend, we got to celebrate @tifftran’s wedding! it was such a beautiful, sweet,  and Christ-centered day! what an honor it was to be by her side to share this moment with her!

beautiful, just beautiful

every part of this wedding was so special and perfect! just take a look at all her details:

’twas a beautiful day to share with the Kims!

bffl love ❤

vday & tidepools. (feb 14/15)

I’m so lucky. I’m really liking this guy.


Liking him has been a growing process for me. He’s a pretty logical engeineery guy, always (over)thinking, more cautious about life as a whole. but he has continually surprised me with his sweetness, tenderness, thoughtfulness, and goofiness. I can be a total weird dork around him and he’s cool with it (…so far). And I appreciate how he thinks about our relationship and does his best to figure out how to date in a way that encourages and builds each other up in the Lord.

Valentine’s day is not his thing, but out of the kindness of his soul, he made dinner (homemade carne asada tacos with guac, pico de gallo, IMG_5987beans, tortilla, and toasted Superior! chips…YUM!) and got stuff for strawberries (although I kind of derailed his plans by bringing some of my own) and got me tulips! The best part of it was just being with him and being able to be thankful for how much effort he put into all of it! (Like borrowing a grill and trial-running everything a day before.)

The day after V-day was Presidents’ Day, and we got to spend the whole day together (woot! government workers). The day consisted of tidepooling, Mitsuwa (he loved it and takoyaki), museum exhibits at Bodies! and Titanic! in Buena Park, friendship braceletting at my house, watching Parks & Rec together, and being attacked by Bolo.

It’s been two months with this fellow, and I can say it’s been pretty .