Cheek Swabs in the Club & Donuts with Dan

Today, I signed up to be a bone marrow donor in a night club. At Shine Lounge in San Francisco, I did my 4 cheek swabs, filled out my paper work, and officially joined the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. It was quite an interesting location to sign up, but I’m so glad K & I were finally able to make this drive together.

Donor Form.

We signed up in support of Jeremy Kong, an adorable 2 year old who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He is in a desperate search for a bone marrow match. However, ethnicity is a key factor in finding the match. Currently, only 7% of the national bone marrow registry is Asian, and only a bit more than 1% is Chinese. Jeremy is ethnically Cantonese, and he is desperately looking for a match. If you are reading this and you want to help, please learn more about how you can help at: http://www.aadp.org/

Jeremy’s personal story and blog can be found at: http://thekongfamily.net/jeremy/

In support of Team Jeremy

I pray that this adorable little boy with a beautiful heart will find his match soon.

To celebrate a lovely night, we decided to say hi to Dan, now a very new SF resident, and show him one of the late night treasures of SF – Bob’s Donuts. Open 24/7, hole-in-the-wall, heavenly smell of freshly made baked goodness, crazy long lines at 2am — that’s what I’m talking about. We drooled over the giant donut in line as the irresistible smell wafted up our nostrils and set our senses on fire. One old fashioned, one lemon meringue, and one chocolate glazed donut for breakfast later…I was a very very happy camper.

Dan & I happily chomping away!

GIANT DONUT.

Happy Fatty Back at Home.

🙂

M

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Simple Birthday Celebrations

Happy Birthday Auntie Sheron!

After work, K and I headed up to Pacifica together. He brought the cake and I took care of the present – a warm and snuggly bathrobe in her favorite color :). We sang Happy Birthday, cut and ate the cake, and sat back on the sofas to watch The Avengers together.

Delicious PB Cake & Our Napa Valley Dessert Wine = Match Made in Heaven

Days like this make me so so happy.

M

Celebrating 1.5 Years in Napa: Castello di Amorosa, Getting Drunk off Wine Tasting, and A Drive to Remember

Today was incredible. 1.5 years with my one and only Mr. Potatohead.

Things didn’t go quite as planned. We woke up 2 hours behind schedule, I ended up taking an important call in the car while parked in the parking lot of a random Burger King (not ghetto at all), and the Napa Castle of Love took 2 hours longer than we had expected to get there. But thats okay, since we do things the Potatohead way. We improvise :P. Many hurdles, GPS fails, and 1 lane-d highways later, we finally arrived at the legendary Castello di Amorosa. Or so we thought. We turned into this random fork in the road and ended up in this shady deserted forrest area. Sure didn’t look like any Castle of Love….

Thankfully, we managed to roll onto the correct long winding driveway up to the correct castle a while later. We opted for the guided tour, for the 2 hours of so, we learned a LOT about medieval castles, the art of winemaking, different types of wine, the history of Napa Valley…and most importantly, drank a ton of wine.

Castello di Amorosa & Moi

Potatoheads @ Castle of Love.

This castle has a moat, drawbridge, stables, everything a castle should have, AND is constructed with authentic materials imported from Europe.

Stunning

 

Me and my Knight in Shining Armor 🙂

Wine Cellar! Each of these French Oak Barrels are worth $1200…EMPTY.

Wannabe alcholics

In the ancient times knights would plot in these chambers. The king would listen in to all their secrets utilizing the acoustics of the wall and the chandeliers. Shhh!

🙂 Classy potato.

America’s Best Dessert Wine. Il Passito.

Ideal World: Classy Wine Drinker. Reality: One Shot Wonder.

Grapes in the vineyard!

Castello di Amorosa was incredible. The architectural mastery, the authenticity and sharp attention to intricate detail, the scientific fermentation process, the informative tour guide, and not to mention, the incredible wines. I was blown away! My new favorite dessert wines in the whole wide world are Raggio del Sol, a sweet dessert wine with apricot flavors, and La Fantasia, a delicious strawberry-licious concoction. We ended up taking a bottle of La Fantasia home, along with 2 Castello di Amorosa wine glasses.

For dinner, we dined in nearby downtown Calistoga, a quaint town of only 5,500 or so people. Our dinner at Bosko’s Trattoria featured Chicken Marsala, The Godfather pasta, and delicious focaccia bread with garlic, butter, and cheese. Can’t ever go wrong with that combo. 🙂 After dinner, we took a nice little stroll around downtown.Calistoga may be small, but it has many quaint little shops and restaurants, including a train mall – modified from  a real train on train tracks. So cool!

The Train Shops – a mall modified from real trains on train tracks. In Downtown Calistoga!

After an amazing day in Napa, we headed back to our car and started the drive back home. On the way, we decided to take a drive down memory lane at Berkeley….Another post for another day!

M

Tick Tock.

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The clock was definitely ticking as I spent all night laboring over my video I made for K & I’s 1.5 Year Anniversary. Frame by frame, picture by picture, I took 7:68 minutes of video to chronicle our incredible journey together in this past 1.5 year. Music, chronologically ordered photos, captions, witty interjections….you name it.

Finally, the fruits of my labor emerged in the form of an .m4v titled: 1.5 Years with You. Then, it was PTFO until 6AM, where my alarm clock mercilessly tore me away from my sweet sweet dream about devouring cotton candy flowers from a hippo. -_- Don’t ask.

I arrived just in time for the 8am training session I was scheduled to co-teach with my temporary mentor. We had a HUGE group of trainees, and pretty much everyone look liked they had just rolled out of bed. It was wayyy too early to be there. Nevertheless, we survived. The rest of the work day that followed flew by.

At 6 20 PM, I pulled out of my parking lot weary and ready for a break. 10 minutes later, I pulled into the parking lot of Disney Interactive to meet my friend Jack for dinner. A short walk and meal to SpiceKit turned into a 4 hour conversation about life, choices, career, and balance, a corporate tour of his ADORABLE office, and a boba run to Ocha. Our conversation really rejuvenated me and inspired me to think harder, farther, and deeper about my life and my choices for the present and future.

At 11Pm, I made my usual drive up the Peninsula to San Francisco, into K’s waiting arms 🙂

M

Work/Life Balance

This week as work has been super busy, but in a great way. I’ve gotten much better at interviewing people, and I’m learning a lot about all sorts of everything.

Chanel’s fabulous new lipsticks!

But of course, work/life balance is a must. I rewarded myself with a delicious lunch at Babbo’s with a special someone who dropped by to say hi 🙂

Nom. Foccacia burger with nomnom cheese and patty

Babbo’s Pizza with feta cheese and all that mediterranean goodness!

After work, I treated myself to a mani/pedi at Lavande. Pomegranate Green Tea with paraffin treatment = Heaven.

M

[Insightful Words] 26 Life Lessons Learned by 26

I’m stil a few years away from 26, but these ‘life lessons’ really hit home with me when I flopped onto my bed after a long but productive day at work and caught up on reading. I frequent this blog for inspiration and guidance. What’s your favorite one?

  1. Being an adult can be fun when you are acting like a child.
  2. Love has nothing to do with looks, but everything to do with time, trust, and interest.
  3. Laughing, crying, joy and anger… All are a vital.  All make us human.
  4. The greatest truths in life are uncovered with simple, steady awareness.
  5. Greed will bury even the lucky eventually.
  6. Bad things do happen to good people.
  7. Paving your own road is intelligent only if nobody has gone exactly where you are going.
  8. Uncertainty is caused by a lack of knowledge.  Hesitation is the product of fear.
  9. Time heals all wounds… regardless of how you feel right now.
  10. Most of the time what you are looking for is right in front of you.
  11. Your health is your life.
  12. Chance is a gift, so act on chance when given the opportunity.
  13. Kindness and hard work will take you further than intelligence.
  14. People deserve a second chance, but not a third.
  15. Marry your best friend.
  16. Take lots of pictures.  Someday you’ll be really glad you did.
  17. Money makes life easier only when the money is yours free and clear.
  18. Carelessness is the root of failure
  19. Your actions now create memories you will reminisce and talk about in your elder years.
  20. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will put things into perspective from an angle you can’t grasp now.
  21. Motivation comes in short bursts.  Act while it’s hot.
  22. Purposely ignoring the obvious is like walking backwards toward the enemy.
  23. Taking ownership of failure builds the foundation for success.
  24. First impressions are completely worthless 50% of the time.
  25. Personal glory lasts forever.
  26. If you never act, you will never know for sure.

Original Article from Mark & Angel Hack Life can be found at http://www.marcandangel.com/2008/02/06/26-life-lessons-learned-by-age-26/

Love it.

M