Young and Beautiful by Rosendale X Mona

I know I haven’t been updating now that I’m settled back into a routine in my comfortable bubble called Silicon Valley. However, I’m getting back into music and other things that add a bit of color to the mundane. Please enjoy my newest cover!


Date with My Best Friend’s Mommy!

First of all, woke up to an adorable 50 year anniversary picture from my grandparents. I miss them so so much!!

Now thats love.

After a long day at work, I headed to the flower shop to pick up a pretty bouquet for my date of the night: my best friend’s mommy Ms. Marina. 🙂

I felt so happy to be back in that familiar and cozy apartment, with my best friend’s beloved cat and her sweet Mommy. We had Elena’s favorite tea, and delicious chocolate cake. For the next few hours, I learned so much about Ms. Marina’s amazing life experiences in Russia, her immigration here, and her students. It was amazing.


Its always so unbelievable how much we can learn from our parents. Sometimes, it takes years to truly appreciate those lessons.


Musical Wednesdays!

Music makes the world go round. Today, I had the honor of joining in a big K fest at Music Tunnel with my friends John, Richard, Andrew, and Jason. We enjoyed a nice gyro lunch at Yiassoo, and headed over to Music Tunnel for some vocal adrenaline.

Great voices, epic harmonies.

Our epic music session was followed by a fun dinner & dessert session with my good friend Alan, also a Group K songmaster.

DinDin and Lattea Honey Toast with Alan!

Man, I’m loving vacation.



Festive Tuesdays

One word to describe today: festive. I had so much fun at today’s Holiday Potluck at work. We played little holiday games, my Vice President blasted holiday jams from her Ipad, and everyone pigged out on the diverse food offerings – Afghan fried rice, green bean casserole, salads, to homemade peppermint bark cookies and a delicious vanilla cake. Even though we hunkered down to business for the next few hours, it was pretty obvious everyone was in high spirits.

YUMMY! Not even half of the table. I contributed the three large cartons of panda express.

After a great day at work, I headed to Saratoga to meet up with my childhood friend Jonathan. Its been….11 years? 11 years since I moved across the country from New York to California. JJ has been there from the start.

We grabbed Baskin Robbins and took a drive down memory lane through Saratoga, grabbing a bite at a lovely old Thai bistro JJ used to frequent. Then, we headed to Flames in downtown San Jose to meet up with John and his friends for happy hour. It was already 9pm, but they had just gotten off class. The life of a mechanical engineering grad student….must be tough.

Today was a good day. 🙂


Moody Mondays

After that epic Sunday, it was back to the working grind on Monday. Things were interesting and I learned some new things about merchandising & black box analysis, yet my mind couldn’t help but drift back to yesterday’s magical Disney characters and delicious food.

Solution to clear the Monday blues? More eating:

Butternut Squash Soup for the Soul

My lovely partner in crime!



Castro Nights with Yifan

Today was crazy and hectic…until K came to visit and took me out to Neiman Marcus Cafe. 🙂 There’s nothing like the fantastic combo of hot bread pudding, chicken broth, gourmet food, and great company to turn around my day!

Neiman Marcus Cafe! 🙂

After I returned to work happy and content, I discovered these:

Nomnomnom! On the company har har

More yum for my tum.

After work, I headed for my favorite South Bay street to unwind and catch up with my dear old friend Yifan. We opted to try something new and checked out Agave. Chill ambience with sports fans peppering the latin music with grunts and cheers as their eyes remained glued to the giant TV that just happened to be placed above my head. Haha!

Catching up with Yifan always keeps me grounded. He is always able to draw from his experiences and enlighten me with his insight. I’m in the process of making a lot of huge decisions in my life right now, and a different perspective with solid arguments was great to hear. As for Agave, my rating would be 2 out of 5. Overpriced, slow service, and pretty stingy. We ordered a simple guacamole & chips appetizer, and it was tiny. We quickly ran out of guacamole (I am guacamole nomnom monster) and asked for a refill. Our server flashed an apologetic smile and replied that he would need to place a whole new order in. Then he promptly started to sell their special steak, obviously the most expensive item on the menu. Shakes my head.

After walking off some calories, we headed to Red Rock Cafe for some open-mic night goodness. Today was Teen Open Mic Night, so obviously we felt slightly like pedos. Even more so when the average age was 16 and the only other adults were parents. Awkward…Nevertheless, we had a blast. Music knows no age, and there were some surprisingly amazing voices on the stage. I walked out impressed by all of this budding music talent in the South Bay.

RRC! 🙂


Our next stop was Century Theaters for 7 Psychopaths. It was eccentric, loosely tied together, overrun with motifs, wonderful, and hilarious. It also actually made me think. Walking of that theater, Yifan and I found ourselves analyzing film elements and suddenly felt super nostalgic about the days we taught Chinese Cinema Decal at Berkeley. Good times, good times indeed.