June 5, 2010

If it weren’t for the pictures, I’m not sure I’d believe our wedding day has already come and gone.  It was a beautiful blur or events that began at 530am for me.  We had unbelievably gorgeous weather that Saturday, which allowed us to take all our outdoor photos before the ceremony.  We started at UW where Dan and I first met:

We then moved on to the sculpture park for quick photos on the beach:

After several hours of taking photos and traveling around in a shuttle bus, (great job wedding party!) we went back to the hotel to take some family photos:

Finally, the ceremony is about to begin and it was a very emotional time.

I can’t really describe the feeling when you walk down the aisle with your father.  In between all of the emotions of happiness and sadness, I was trying to tell myself to remember the moment, remember Dan’s face, try to smile through the tears, etc.  And just like that, the ceremony is over and we’re married.

We feel so lucky that we were able to have both our parents with us and our sisters, and close friends to share in our day.  Even though I anticipated it, nothing went wrong and the whole day was just perfect.

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes and for thinking of us.  Here’s the one professional photo we have so far- I will post them when we get the final images!


If you’ve been following our story so far, we hadn’t found a first song for our wedding.  We had several in the running, but none that really spoke to both of us.  This past weekend, we decided to do something completely different.  It’s a song you won’t find on any wedding top 10 list.  It’s called Praan, by Garry Schyman.

Why does this song sound familiar though?  If you’re one of the 28.8MM people who has seen the video Where the Hell is Matt 2008, it’s the music in the background.  [The YouTube video is posted at the end of this blog.]  Dan and I loved this video when we first saw it, and eventually, I even met the guy because he came to Amazon to share his story!  Matt is actually from Seattle, where the video ends at Gasworks Park.  The mp3 was #1 on Amazon for a few weeks.  I even got an autograph for Dan:

According to http://www.happyzebra.com, the distance from Taegu, South Korea where I was born, to Seattle (Dan was born in Puyallup, close enough) is 5,242 miles.  I noticed this as we were putting together our slideshow and noting the cities where we were born.  Isn’t it amazing we “found” each other halfway around the world?

We finally found a song which speaks to both of us and while it’s going to be very unconventional, hopefully it’ll put a smile on your face and a feeling of love and hope.  (if you feel like doing the jig during our first dance, feel free 🙂 )

Day 11

Happiness level has stagnated and at least it hasn’t gotten worse, though still much lower than normal.  I think the first week is harder because it’s new and the second week you just suck it up and do it.

Over the weekend Dan and I went to Cafe Flora, a vegan restaurant that serves a lot of gluten-free foods as well.

We sat in this atrium which had a nice ambiance.  I could still only eat a couple things off the menu.  I chose the:

Buckwheat crepes filled with split pea artichoke stew, ginger coriander carrot sauce, and a petite citrus bell
pepper salad. (vegan & gluten free)

It was interesting and not bad, but not something I would choose again if I wasn’t on this detox.

2 days ago, my caffeine withdrawal headaches came back and lingered for over a day.  I’ve felt bloated for over a week.  Now it’s Day 11 and I still don’t feel that renewed sense of energy, vitality, and focus.  Where is it?! This cleanse is almost over!

I did lose about 5 pounds and I know I’m eating healthier cuz I have to, but so far, not worth it.  Last night I made Dan a very healthy meal which included salmon, baby red potatoes, and green beans.  But it was kinda bland without all the glorious sauces that could have been added.  I also was dying for a glass of red wine.  But I was good.

I am thinking that maybe this ‘enlightenment’ comes only after you’ve finished the cleanse, in terms of appreciating the foods you were taking for granted, and taking a step back and trying to cut part of it out slowly and reasonably.  I promise after this detox to appreciate sugar, wheat, dairy, red meat, caffeine, and alcohol a lot more!

Day 3 I started to get a headache so much so that I took off work early to go home and take a nap.  I felt a little better but drugs did not help and I knew it was from lack of caffeine.

Day 4 I wake up with a sore throat.  I know this is probably completely unrelated to the detox, but I secretly feel like the meat, caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and wheat have been protecting me all along!  They were keeping my body safe and warm.

Also, I faced my first real temptations.  After work we had a goodbye party for a coworker on Amazon’s tab. No alcohol 😦 that was really hard.  Then off to a friends seis de mayo party.  Homemade enchiladas hot out of the oven, rice, chips and salsa, trophy cupcakes, and skinny girl margaritas.  Are you kidding me?!

Surprisingly, the alcohol was the easiest to resist of them all.  I was dying to have a cheesy enchilda but hooray for me, I didn’t cheat!  I ate the cliff bar and rice cakes I brought with me. It sucked. A lot.

Today is Day 5 and I’m on cold meds.  My body doesn’t feel any different and I am waiting for the vivid enlightenment, extra energy, newfound vitality and focus to kick in.  Meanwhile, happiness level, way down.  The weekend will be hard.

I hear it takes a week to 10 days to really start feeling good, so I guess I’ll keep waiting.  I did find that I lost 1-3 pounds today at the gym.  I can’t tell the difference but so far, still not worth it.  9 more days to go!

Supreme Cleanse

I am inviting you to take this journey with me, because I don’t want to do it alone…

I had a couple of colleagues try out this Supreme Cleanse awhile back, and they said great things about it.  It was a 2 week herbal program that is supposed to help you detox your system and revitalize you.  Accompanied with a strict diet and exercise, the goals are to ‘gain vitality and renewed energy’ in a safe, natural detoxification.

I’ve never dieted my whole life and thought if I can’t do something for 2 weeks right before the wedding, when can I?  The largest accomplishment of my life in terms of food was switching from whole milk in my coffee at sbux to non fat.  I was that girl that always got regular and often times, the baristas would make it non-fat when I didn’t say anything.  Were they trying to tell me something?  And then I’d always have to go back to the bar and say, no, I want the fat back in please.  Anyway, it took a whole year to wean off it.  I went to 2%, then to 1%, and now the taste of non-fat is good.

I’ve definitely started exercising a whole lot more in the past few years, though, with goals only to maintain my lifestyle of eating out and drinking.  My friend says maintenance is not a goal and I firmly beg to differ.

Anyway, I don’t have delusions and think that by doing this for 2 weeks I will lose 50 pounds.  And that’s not the goal.  I’ve been the same weight pretty much for the past 5-8 years or so- I’m not willing to make dramatic sacrifices to my daily life to lose a few pounds.  I’m testing my will power, and detoxing is always good for you.

Today is Day 1.  Oh, but the frustration begins Day-1, yesterday.  Going to the grocery store was not fun.  Here are the foods the cleanse wants you to avoid:

  • products containing refined sugars
  • dairy products
  • chocolate
  • soda and juice that is not 100% fruit or veg
  • alcohol
  • breads
  • fried foods
  • wheat
  • red meats
  • shellfish
  • soy
  • tobacco products

Did you know that EVERYTHING has sugar in it?  and EVERYTHING has wheat in it?  It’s pretty much impossible.  I will be making some small exceptions with foods cuz it’s just not going to happen and I’m not going to eat lettuce for 2 weeks straight.

I am already missing my daily morning coffee.  Wish me luck for the next 2 weeks!!

Penthouse 13

Welcome to our new home!  We closed on this 2bdrm/2bath condo almost 2 weeks ago and it’s just starting to sink in that we actually own a home and have a mortgage, and are really entering the real world.

Don’t let the title fool you though- we’re just on the 6th floor and there are 12 other penthouses, but apparently it sounded more glamorous than 613 so that’s our unit number.  We envision being here at least for the next 5 years and hope to save up to buy a house.  But for now, this is more space than we thought we would have and love being in the city.

I wanted to post some pictures of the unit as it was posted on redfin.  The sellers bought it a year ago to flip so they put in some model furniture.  Not ours 😦  Currently, the condo sits empty with a bottle of champagne in the fridge.

Dan did a great job painting over that ugly red accent wall- here is his first try ever with primer:

I will be moving in probably in the next few weeks, and Dan to follow suit in about 6-7 weeks until the wedding 🙂  Unlike many couples these days, we are going to wait to officially live together until we tie the knot.  Everyone pray that this doesn’t result in a short marriage!! haha

We are very blessed to be able to start our lives together with a new home and lots of new things to fill it from our friends and family.  We can’t wait to have you over!

Mo Money Mo Problems?

It’s like the more money we come across/the more problems we see

My friend and I were discussing how this could be true, but only over a certain threshold.  Because, a little mo money is going to solve a lot of problems for us right now.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Biggie is/was worth about $160 MM.  It doesn’t clarify if this includes all his post death sales, etc., but let’s use this number.  It probably wasn’t this much when he died either.

I think the dollar figure is far less than $160MM though, but not just a lil mo.  I’m thinking it’s got to be at least in the tens of millions for it to start being problematic.  Even if someone gave me $5 MM right now, I’d just buy a house and a car and most of it would be gone, no?  Perhaps it starts somewhere north of $50MM.

Another friend and I were discussing money over lunch as well, and it also matters where you think you’re at relative to your friends.  Guy Kawasaki recently tweeted an article about this- that you are more happy only relative to your friends and the people around you.  Even if you made a million dollars, if all your friends made 2 million, you would feel unhappy.

I definitely have monetary goals in my life and am working hard to achieve them.  Money isn’t everything, but it helps in a lot of different ways to achieve other life goals more comfortably.

On the topic of rap, here’s my all time favorite rap line, from Forgot about Dre.  It’s bolded but I added the lines around for context:

I told em all – all them little gangstas
Who you think helped mold em all?
Now you wanna run around talkin bout guns like I aint got none
What you think I sold em all?

Cause I stay well off
Now all I get is hate mail all day sayin dre fell off

Dre seems pretty insecure here and this line just cracks me up.  He must proclaim, yes, he indeed, still owns and possesses guns, so don’t mess with him.  I love it.