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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A glimpse of us

Hi world,

Rehearsals at the Fulton have been nothing but amazing. I am truly blessed to be a part of this production with the most lovable and talented people in the world. I am grateful and definitely will be sad when I part with them. 

Some photo updates :)



















Hope you had a wonderful Memorial day weekend :)



xoxo

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Week One

Hi all,


Hope all is well. I am myself :)
I have been in Lancaster for rehearsals for about 5 days now and obviously, I am loving it. I've been extremely good to myself. Eating healthy, exercising, sleeping 8 hours a day... Oh what a life! We finished blocking the entire show and have ran through both Act One and Two. I am pretty surprised. It is only day 5 after all. 

I love my cast. everyone is extremely talented, professional, and supportive of each other. I cried a couple times during the run through. Our leads are extremely good. can't wait to put everything together!!!



Here's my typical lunch.
Fruit and veggie smoothie. I usually just get a bunch of stuff that I can find and stuff em in the food processor. This week my ingredients are pineapple, kiwi, tomato, carrots, lemon, beet root, flax and sesame seeds, arugula, spinach, wildflower honey, sea salt and yogurt.

Phew... that was a mouthful.



I love that the party apartment is right above mine ;)


The theatre. It is beautiful inside. I left my phone in my bag when they were giving us a tour of the theatre. It is gorgeous inside. Just so you know, Lancaster is one of the oldest inland city of America. Settled in 1718. Hence, we do hear a lot of ghost stories from people who have worked and lived here. 




I am very happy that they have a farmer's market 2 minutes away from the theatre. Cheap and fresh produce, jams, breads, cheeses, and Amish dolls. Yes, Lancaster also has a huge Amish community.



Definitely stocking up on some of these before getting back to the city ;)






Till then,
I am off to a Sunday Funday party by my lovely neighbors upstairs. Monday Off-day!

xoxo

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A little advice.


I've been catching up with a specific individual that I have not seen in 6 months and it seems so refreshing to talk to a person who looks at life in such a different light.

I generally tend to be a little more self-conscious whenever I do things. As much as I hate to admit, I can be a big (pardon my french) pussy scary-cat when it comes to putting myself out there. My dear sisters Lynn and Cheryl knows, and have tried pushing me to do all those Youtube Videos and etc. I try, but I also know that deep down inside, I don't try hard enough because I am afraid as of what my peers would think of me. I have many friends who are in the same field as me subscribing to my channel and many of them do sing better, how can I not feel self conscious whenever I do a cover of a song?

So J, whom I met for dinner on Friday basically laid down everything on the table and gave me a lecture on how we only live once and God took 9 months to form us to the best we can be. There is no need to look down on ourselves because we already have other people doing that for us. I guess the whole Asian way of being humble and gracious has caught on to me and somehow took a little more space than it should. There should be a balance between humility and confidence (which I lack). J is seriously an inspiration, she strives hard to reach her goals and it made me realize that i am not trying hard enough. I needed 10 % of her persistence and that'll do it for me.





“You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.” 
― Marilyn Monroe


“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest.” 
― Marilyn Monroe



“This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, somg go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And babve, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up becuase if you give up, you'll never find your soul mate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” 
― Marilyn Monroe





As of now, I am in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 


View from my room. A cafe (Yay coffee!), and a creamery (Death to my diet!)



My cute little room with a mini bed and yes, a HUGE window!!








Starting rehearsals tomorrow for my dream musical, Miss Saigon. Wish me luck! :)
xoxo









Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mummy Dearest



Thank you for always supporting me in my dreams.
Thank you for being so encouraging, believing that I can stand out in this competitive world.
Thank you for your hardcore 'training' you put us through since we were kids. 
Thank you for standing by dad all these years.
Thank you for being my mum.



SUPER OLD VIDEO ALERT.
You can tell by seeing how much thinner my face looks and how much I was so off tuned.






I remember recording this video when our camera battery was running really low. We did like 2 takes and it died. We could have done a better take but oh what the heck. we had no choice. Lol.





FROM LAST YEAR.



With the sisters.




















There's no words I can say to describe how much I appreciate you.
I love you.











Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Sunny Brooklyn Days

Spent a day yesterday in Willamsburg 


I love the graffiti on the walls. 
As long as it is done on temporary boards and not on monument buildings :) 


Williamsburg Waterfront aka. East Rive Ferry State Park. 


Brooklyn Flea on Sundays
Smorgasburg on Saturdays

We need to go there more often just to sit, tan, and eat all day.


Sixpoint Beer.
Would you like a pint or a litre?



No. Not really.



I need more sunny days.
One more week to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for Miss Saigon rehearsals!!!!




Happy Monday.
xoxo.



Friday, May 04, 2012

Vote Vote Vote

I took part in this competition and I hope that you all can support me and help me win airplane tickets by voting for me!!!!!!!




               
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Happy Friday :)

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

When life gives you lemons,



you make Lemon Bars!!




So when mom and dad came to visit a little more than a month ago, they loaded up our fridge with fruits and veggies to make fresh juice in the morning. We had apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, kiwi... and shit tonnes of lemons.



Our little fresh veggie corner was full to the brim!


Unfortunately, mom and dad were both getting over a severe cough so we ended up not blending juices for breakfast. I don't know how to explain this weird habit/tradition/belief that we grew up with. Americans don't seem to have heard of not drinking or eating anything cold if you have a cough. There are no real scientific explanations to the whole don't eat too much fruit X, Y, Z because it is 'heaty' for your body.

On the contrary, if you ask an Asian about the whole hot and cold habit/tradition/belief, most of the time, they would say that they do it because it is what they grew up with.
'Don't drink ice water because you are coughing', 'No ice-cream because you are coughing', 'Chocolate is heaty for you', etc.




It's basically and Yin and Yang balance in your body.
You can read about it more over here. Chinese food therapyHeaty food examplesHeaty & Cooling Foods



Anyways, back on Lemon Bars!

I was being productive in my off day today. I did Pilates on the mat at home, took a really nice a relaxing shower (something I probably do only once a week), played the piano, did the laundry, washed the dishes, caught up with my weekly guilty pleasure of SMASH, met up with friends, and baked!


Lemon Bars

One 9x13 inch pan

Crust

2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder


Lemon Topping

2 lemon, washed with baked soda (just a thing I do), then cut skin off (including white parts)
2 cup sugar
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 large eggs, room temperature
8 teaspoons corn starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter


Optional: powdered sugar, for serving

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

2. Overturn an 9x13 inch pan on the counter, line with parchment paper to fit (use tape on the outside if necessary)

3. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, 2 sticks of melted butter, and vanilla, stirring just until smooth.

4. Smooth the batter into the bottom of the pan, using your hands or a small offset spatula to get it as level as possible.

5. Bake the crust for 24 minutes, or until it’s golden brown.

6. While the crust is cooking, cut the lemon in half, remove the seeds, and cut the lemon into chunks.

7. Put the chunks of lemon in a food processor or blender along with the sugar and lemon juice, and let it run until the lemon is completely broken up. Add the eggs, corn starch, salt, and 6 tablespoons of melted butter, and blend until almost smooth. (A few tiny bits of lemon pieces are normal and encouraged.)

8. When the crust comes out of the oven, reduce the heat of the oven to 300ºF (150ºC). Pour the lemon filling over the hot crust and bake for 25 minutes or just until the filling stops jiggling and is barely set.

9. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Once cool, carefully lift out the bars grasping the foil. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut the bars into squares or rectangles. Sift powdered sugar over the top just before serving, if desired.

Storage: The bars will keep in an airtight container at room temperature up to three days or store in fridge. You can freeze the lemon bars as well for up to one month, wrapped with cling film, letting them come to room temperature before serving.




Turned out pretty yummy.
Look at ma babies, so pretty :)




Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Yawn.

I was just talking to a colleague yesterday when he asked me, "How was your weekend?" 
My reply was, "Uhhhhhhhh.... I don't know"



Turns out that I could not even recall what I did just a couple days ago, and now I know why. I've been assigned to work all weekend. Duh. Can't complain though, I love the fact that I know that I have money coming in since I am broke as heck. Boo.




I would love a cocktail please and thank you.




Cheers to the rest of the week.