Tag Archives: food

favorites (new and old)

new favorite restaurant: tofu house (for soondubu!)

new favorite accessory: scarves (purple, burnt orange, bright pink, shiny blue, red, and various patterns)

new favorite grocery store: tie between Trader Joe’s and Ranch 99

new language I am learning: koine greek  (jury is still out on whether I know the verb tenses)

what I miss most:

quirky, artsy, every-week-eucharist, and God-seeking family: mosaic*

best anytime food: breakfast tacos the NYTimes agrees with me

crazy cool staff and students: UT Austin

a great gift from God with an orange/red room and a view of beautiful sunsets:  my mueller townhouse

That’s all for now.  I was procrastinating a paper earlier and started this.  Now I’m procrastinating studying the above-mentioned Greek verbs.

*9 years ago tonight I went to a house in East Austin for the 1st interest meeting for a new church.  It was an awkward hangout with the Seays and Vanderslices since no one else came.  I love that Mosaic has so many awkward stories in our history. 🙂


of food and friends

A lazy blog post – I just got back from Terraburger on the drag.  I love burgers, and this one did not disappoint.  It’s a tad on the pricey side ($8 combos on Sunday, other days, $8.75), but actually, that’s including tax so it ain’t bad.  Comes with a choice of sweet potato fries, regular, or half and half  (get sweet potato!), and also a drink.  They only serve cane sugar sweetened sodas, and they are good.  There’s parking in the back (woohoo!) and they also serve milkshakes and coffee.

It was really nice to sit with friends after church and just hang out – be silly, catch up, etc.  Food is good stuff, but good food with good people is what makes it great.  Oh, that, and the music they were playing – a Police cover album with just some really weird covers.  I can’t find it online (it’s not the reggae one, but there were reggae songs…)  It was hilarious to see what song would play next.

As a side note, I’m also currently hooked on the combination of Sweet Leaf tea (the regular) and milk.  Mix it up half/half and you have an approximation of Hong Kong lai cha (milk tea).  Yum.  (and thanks to Jocelyn for that tip – see, food and friends again!)

Off to write this paper on Philippians 3.  Perhaps in the best way, it has also been writing me.

(now listening:  Pandora station – The Police)

unidentified sushi help?

Still need help identifying this sushi.  Here is another shot (of the other side).  It is a little blurry because it was moving, but you can kinda see the little cartilagey-looking part facing us maybe?

USO - unidentified sushi object...

USO - unidentified sushi object...

see previous post for original shot.

She said it didn’t really taste like fish… it tasted very (insert Cantonese word here that I can’t really translate… ‘seng’)


what to say

I’m struggling with writer’s wave – there are so many possible things to write about it feels overwhelming.  How do I communicate so many feelings, experiences, and sensory experiences in just a few paragraphs?

Answer:  I don’t.  (A picture is worth a thousand words, right?)

But first, a few words:

1. It’s impossible to explain how great it is to be around extended family again.  My heart is full from the joy of being with them.

2. It’s great to know that my language skills haven’t deteriorated, in fact, I think they’ve gotten better from watching Cantonese dramas online!

3. And I’ve gotten to share all this with my sister, brother-in-law, and ever-awesome niece.

we like walking around malls

we like walking around malls

hanging out with my cousin a lot!

hanging out with my cousin a lot!

It was great to overlap in Hong Kong with Janna’s visit here.  One day we went back to Tao Fong Shan for a little retreat time.

at tao fong shan

view from the foot of the cross at tao fong shan

The next day, we ended up eating our way around town.  First, some sushi.

sushi is confusing sometimes

sushi is confusing sometimes

We need some help identifying the following item – apparently it did not taste so good.  Any experts out there?

unidentifed sushi.  please help!

unidentifed sushi. please help!

This next item is identified, and super-yummy.  Hui Lau Shan mango stuff.

dessert.  yum.

dessert. yum.

A little after this, we went and had early afternoon tea – nai cha and french toast.  YUM!  Then, we got a chance to visit the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES) office in Hong Kong… We got to chat with Carlson and Maureen, some amazing staff. And then as we were getting ready to leave, Gideon Yung happened to come by too.  He is the former IFES East Asia General Secretary who recently became the IFES Associate General Secretary.  (!)  It was fun to chat with all of the staff – super down-to-earth and encouraging to be around.

surprise meeting - Ting, Wesley, Janna, me, and Gideon Yung

surprise meeting - Ting, Wesley, Janna, me, and Gideon Yung

We joke that my niece looks like a Peanuts character – her head is really large, and her body (and particularly arms) are short in comparison.  (You know how the characters always have to reach their arms up really high to reach doorknobs, and can’t put their arms around their heads….)  So here she is, in the land of Peanuts characters.

my aunt, my niece, Sally, and my sister

my aunt, my niece, Sally, and my sister

Other things I hope to write about when I’m not so tired:

  • the wonders of public transportation (and why I love it)
  • immigration, language, and assimilation (you know, small topics)
  • the view from the other side of the world

good night all!