Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 21+22, Los Angeles - i'm coming for you

Day 21: A Picture From My Day

So i'm cheating. This is actually from yesterday. Last night I ordered takeout from this tiny hole in the wall joint in Daly City. It's called Tani's Kitchen and they do up Japanese food home style. IT IS SO DAM GOOD. I got 2 orders of unagi don (1 for dad, 1 for my brother Dana) as well as 2 orders of the spicy hamburg steak (hamburger steak). The hamburger steak itself wasn't TOO spicy but it did had heat after awhile. It gave me heartburn :( But it was so dam good! I don't know how the heck they made a ground beef patty so tender.. Anywho, my mom didn't want anything. She made a giant pot of "jook" (rice porridge) and had some for dinner.
Once I got home with the food, I sat at my dad's computer desk to find myself face to face with this:
It's my mother's handwriting! I think she was drafting up an e-mail. Yes, my mother hand wrote a note before she typed it up as an e-mail. English is her 4th language so don't even try to clown on her grammar. 
I love these notes she leaves around.
My father never leaves any in English, he barely reads/writes/speaks any. If anything, I will find Chinese characters written on random things i.e. napkins, wrappers, my homework (when i was younger) etc.
On Tuesday I came home to an empty house and thought my family abandoned me.
Thankfully, my mother had left me a note:
Yup, my mom calls me Sue. 
She used to spell it out as SURE. It took her 10 years to learn that there is no R.
Yes my parents work out at the gym. they do from time to time (my mom actually works out every single morning at 6am..) but they went that night to swim in the pool and enjoy the heatwave. My brother was in another city (school) and my other brother had gone to the baseball game.

When I was younger I found these notes such a nuisance. Now, I cherish them. I realize that there will come a day when I won't see them anymore.

Day 22: What Makes Me Different 
What makes me different from everyone else? Well.... there's only ONE of me for starters! HAHAHAHA. I'm a little bit of everything. I'm apprehensive but reckless. I'm outgoing but shy. I'm reserved but rambunctious. I'm a walking contradiction...and I guess you'll just have to find out why for yourself.

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.
Day 02- A picture of something you cannot live without.
Day 03- A habit that you wish you didn’t have.
Day 04- List 15 songs that represent your life’s soundtrack.
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 06- A hobby you have.
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why.
Day 09- Something/someone you’re proud of.
Day 10- A story about a past relationship.
Day 11- A picture of something you dislike.
Day 12- A picture of your room & don’t cheat by cleaning it. Share a secret.
Day 13- Write a letter telling someone something you could never tell them.
Day 14- A picture of something you ate and 10 confessions.
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle & share the first 10 songs that play.
Day 16- Something you could live without.
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have.
Day 19- Nicknames you have & how or why you have them.
Day 20- If you had 3 wishes, what would they be.
Day 21- Share a picture from your day.
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else.
Day 23- What is something you crave.
Day 24- Share a story about your past that you are ashamed of.
Day 25- What I would find in your bag.
Day 26- Places you want to visit before you die.
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge?
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned.
Day 30- A picture of you today & 20 goals you want to accomplish



  1. Cute :) Moms are the best!

  2. HI SURE!!!
    How are you? I wonder who gave you your name :P hahahahahaa your mom's cute!! My dad can't speak english, my mom speaks a little and she's not shy to speak it and use all the words she can think of LOL

  3. lol. I love my fobby mom too! My dad can speak and write/read fluently in English. My mom can read and write really well in English but not so much when she's speaking it. hehe.

  4. LOL My mom is fobby, but I love her, too. She exercises at the YMCA every day after work. And she leaves short and sweet notes like your mom's and always writes "I love you" Signed, Mommy. LOL So cute...

    xo Chauie

  5. awwwww i looooove this post! my mom was like that at one point too.. she still leaves random korean notes everywhere but her english has gotten better. and it's so great that you've come to cherish these moments.. it's the little things that count right? :)

    and "there's only ONE of me for starters!" LOL true trueeeee.


  6. Aww I wish you could have been at the sleepover too! You're very close with Angelique right?

    Ooh you live in SF? I used to live across the street from Tani's Kitchen! Actually across from Walgreen's but it was a long, looooong time ago.

    Your mom's notes are so cute! That reminds me of when I used to leave notes as a kid for my family too, like "Going out. Be back later," hahaha.

    Yay to fellow walking contradiction! =)