Two Months In

Chong and I are having our house warming party on Friday, July 4th so it’s been hectic trying to take care of everything. We are finally unpacked although not all our stuff has found its home yet. I don’t know why I always end up throwing out a lot of things only to turn around and buy more stuff.  No more shopping! I’m pretty much done getting things for the house.  Next items will be to build Chong’s man cave in the basement and get me a KitchenAid mixer, which may have to wait until next year.

So as promised, here are some pictures to show what has been happening for the past two months. Here’s a peek in the master closet. There are rods on the right side and left side of the walls that aren’t shown and a small ironing board that drops down.


This doesn’t do justice to how big the room actually is.


Our trip to Duluth. We love the cabin that we stayed in. It’s huge and right next to the lake.

And of course, you’ve got to go to Betty’s Pie when you’re in Duluth.  Cherry berry crunch, 5 layer chocolate, coconut cream and French blueberry (which was REALLY good). I made a French blueberry pie for Mother’s Day but didn’t take a picture.

And since charcoal was on sale at Home Depot, we decided to get 7 packs.  I hope that’s enough for summer!




Two Weeks In

What a busy two weeks it’s been.  We’re still not fully unpacked yet–everything is at a half unpacked status.  For example, the master closet has most of our clothes but we keep finding more boxes with clothes hiding around the house or garage.  I never knew how much clothes we had until it was all in one room.  I really love our master closet.  It’s a walk in closet and has a built in storage dresser.  I’ll upload some pictures later this week from my phone.  I didn’t take any pictures during the move because everything was crazy.

Chong’s waiting for me to use my new steam mop in the bathroom so I’ll update later.  Good night!

Welcome home!

What a weekend it’s been. I just have one word to sum everything up: hectic. Chong and I are finally fully moved in but are still not done unpacking. Is there such a thing as being completed done unpacking?

I wanted to thank my parents, family and friends who helped us moved. It only took 3 hours to get everything moved to our new house. I also wanted to thank our great realtor, Steve, who is awesome and very, very patient. And also Rachel from our mortgage company. She was great and answered all our questions and was also very patient. The seller, who is also a real estate agent, was quite impressed with how fast Rachel and her company worked that he is now going to refer his clients to them.
Like I said, it’s been a very hectic three days. Lots of cleaning, shopping, and organizing. We haven’t even gotten any rooms in the house fully organized yet. Everything is half or almost done. We just got new rugs today and will pick them up tomorrow so hopefully the living room will be ready. We still don’t have any internet yet so I’m blogging from my phone. I have to call my internet provider later tonight.
I’ll post up pictures when everything looks more presentable. I have hundreds of boxes and bags everywhere. Chong and I are p Read more »

One More Week To Go

Sorry of the lack of updates. Chong and I have been extremely busy this past month trying to get everything in order. We’ve been packing, cleaning, and buying things that we think we need (more like what we want). Chong’s been getting all our paperwork ready and calling all the utility companies–I really do appreciate the fact that he knows what needs to get done and does it without having me to ask him. He’s in Michigan right now visiting his family while I’m in Minnesota finishing all the little things.  I wasn’t able to go with him due to my job but they will probably visit us this summer.  That’s it for now.  Will definitely update you when we close in 6 days.

Exciting News

Chong and I have some very exciting news to share.  No, we’re not pregnant or expecting our first child.  However…….we are expecting to be first time home owners soon!  Our offer has been accepted and our home inspection is scheduled for Monday.  We plan to close on April 25, which is also our 5 year anniversary.  What a great anniversary present to ourselves.

It’s been a very long and somewhat short journey but definitely a wild roller coaster ride.  We actually starting looking 2 years ago but decided to put it in the back burner 2 summers ago.  This February, we started the process again and actually found a few houses that we liked.  This is actually the second house that we both really like (Chong loves the house a little bit more than me) and the first house that we put an offer in.  There was already a first offer on the house, ours was the second offer and then we heard from our realtor, Steve, that there was a 3rd offer made after ours.  We didn’t hear anything (which was a bad sign) for two days.  Then we were notified that the sellers were going with someone else.  Our hopes were dashed but we moved on.

On Thursday, Chong called me early in the morning and said that Steve had just been contacted by the seller and the seller wanted to know if we were still interested in the house.  We jumped on the chance and made an offer.  Of course, they counter offered and we counter offered again.  They accepted our offer and the paperwork was signed on Thursday evening.  Can you believe that it’s only been a month since we got back into the house hunting game, 2 weeks since the house came on the market, 1.5 weeks since our hopes were dashed and 3 days ago when the paperwork was signed?  I’m so glad that part is over and will be relieved once we’re done with the closing.  The fun part was looking at all the houses, the nerve wrecking part was actually after we put the offer in since we didn’t want the house to fall through our hands again.

I promise more blog posts and videos for my YouTube channel in the near future.  I can’t wait to start sharing with you again!

Thanksgiving Desserts

Sharing some desserts that I made this year for Thanksgiving. I made caramel apple cheesecake bars and they were delicious…although no one ate a lot of it since they were hiding forgotten. I also tried my hand at making homemade pie crust. I’ve always been intimated in the past because of so many horror stories I’ve heard but there’s nothing to be scared about when making pie crust.  Will update with more details and pictures later.



Happy Thanksgiving 2013!!!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  The turkey is in the oven and the whole house smells wonderful.  The desserts are done; I just need to whip up some whipped cream for the pumpkin pie.  Will be making my sides when the turkey is 3/4 done.  Will share pictures when everything is ready. Enjoy the wonderful day!

Happy Birthday Chong!!!

Happy birthday! It’s too bad you came down with the flu today, of all days. I hope you get better soon. This is going to be a big year for both you and us. Lots of changes and new opportunities around the corner. I just want to say that I love you for the man you were yesterday, the man you are today and the man you’re growing into everyday.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Chong and I had our Christmas feast a little early this year, we did it on Saturday, December 22, 2012 .  We may do a smaller dinner tomorrow, maybe hot pot or rice rolls (Chong’s favorite). It’s already Monday and we still have a lot of leftover! Since I’ve been MIA for a while, I’m going to post Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2011.

Christmas 2012: cream cheese wontons, eggrolls, peanut sauce, lo mein, duck, Ho Ho chicken wings, baked spicy squid, Happy Family, Seafood Delight, papaya salad, purple sticky rice and jasmine rice. Not pictured: turtle cake and tiramisu cake (both from Byerly’s).

Christmas 2011: raw and cooked laab, papaya salad, eggrolls, Happy Family, Seafood Delight, spring rolls, duck, purple sticky rice and jasmine rice, classic vanilla cheesecake and an ice cream cake.

As you can see, we had similar food for both years and I think I might make it a tradition–to cook less and enjoy the company more.  The only food that were made this year were the eggrolls, cream cheese wontons, and the sticky and regular rice. It was a bit of a hassle to have people run around town to get the food but all in all, the food was worth it.

Chong and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


I bought a little ice orchid last year and after a week or two, the flowers started falling off and the stem turned gray and dried up. The leaves were still green and healthy so I chopped off the dead stem and kept watering the plant. Good thing I did because it’s finally growing another
stem-or at least I hope it’s a stem and not a root. I’ll have to wait to see what happens next.