Countdown Begins

I know my last post is still in reno mode. We have completed the renovations and my closest friends Hana, Monica, and Rachana threw a very lovely baby shower in our newly renovated place. The renovation completed the night before the baby shower. Being pretty pregnant at that time, Andrew and I had to clean and put everything back. It was a bit stressful.

I do promise to post pictures of the final renovation but I am waiting for cleaners to come and make the place sparkle before I take the final pictures.

This post is to commemorate my 39th week of being pregnant. One more week until the due date but I have been told that I am most likely going to be late. :P

Unless the little guy comes out being bigger than a newborn size (7.5 pds or less), below is his “going home” outfit. It’s all from Baby Gap.


Reno – Week 5

Progress is being made! The kitchen cabinets are up and some of the doors are on. The bathroom floor has been put in the herringbone pattern that I wanted and the beadboard is up. Bathroom is half way complete! Just paint and putting the toilet, tub, and vanity in. There’s still a bit to do in the kitchen. The back of the house is complete though. They re-stuccoed and painted the outside. 

We have 1.5 weeks to go so hopefully everything gets finish in time…

Kitchen - Window Side

Kitchen - Other Side



Reno Wk 4

So…the renovation is going a little slower than planned. The renovations will probably finish only a few days before the baby shower but if we can just make sure it sticks to the few days before, we should be ok….

It is coming along though…


Base cabinets are in, along with the new wood floors. We still have upper cabinets to install, refinish floors, install doors and hardware, paint, and add the appliances.


Kitchen Door



One of the doors has been walled up, entry to toilet area has been made, subfloors in. We still need to install tile floors, put sink, toilet, and tub back in. Oh and the new medicine cabinet will be installed as well.



The bedroom downstairs had the door to the back removed and walled up and the closet is gone. The space we thought we lost is not as much as we thought. That’s the good news. We’ve got 3 weeks to go so I hope this week, we make a lot more progress!

Then we can move on to prepping for the baby….

Demolition Day

Since moving in with my parents, I haven’t been up to see the house often. I did want to post a few pics of the demolition just so you can see what the progress looks like.

Built in Before



























Built in After



Kitchen from Dining Room



Opening from Toilet into Tub and Sink room



























And there you have it. The demo took awhile because they stopped in between to finish up another job. They re-piped most of the house and installed our new tankless water heater which have pros and cons but for us it is worth the investment. This week they took out the awful tile floors in the kitchen. In the bathroom, they made a hole in the wall so that our bathroom becomes one room. They created a venting system so we could install a fan and moved our pedastal tub outside. Renovating an old house with more modern conveniences is A LOT of work. A LOT more than I think we were anticipating. We are just really excited for this to be over. I know Yap really really is looking forward to it.

Renovation Begins

We have started our renovation to our Kitchen and Bathroom.

Our house was originally built in 1915 and was once a summer home for people.
That being said, the kitchen is tiny and the bathroom is separated in two with the toilet in one space and the sink and bathtub in another. That has some positives in itself but Yap and I decided that it would be best to join it as one room.

For the Kitchen, we are taking some space from the guest room closet so that the Kitchen becomes a rectangular space and we can make our galley kitchen extend on both sides. There will be a door with a side light that will lead out to the deck that Yap is rebuilding.The entrance into the Kitchen will be extended and it will feel so much more spacious.

As for the bathroom, we are closing up the door leading to the toilet and cutting a hole between the toilet room and bathtub and sink. We are going to refinish the pedastal tub to keep the feel of the house. Plus its much cheaper to refinish a tub then to buy a whole new one and try to remove a super heavy pedastal tub. Also, we got some good deals on some really nice finishes that will match the tub.

Below are some pictures of what our Kitchen and Bathroom look like BEFORE the renovation started. There is one photo of the demo of our Kitchen.

Bathroom Sink and Tub



























Bathroom Toilet



























View of Kitchen Sink (Before)



























View of Kitchen Sink (After – Demo)


More pictures of the progress to come!

It’s Really Been Awhile

I know I said this in my last post but it really has been awhile!

Between November and now so much has happened.

December was not only filled with celebrating the holidays but Yap and I went to Canada to visit the family. In January, we celebrated his grandma’s 100th birthday. Pretty big milestone. Pictures of that event to come in a later post.

Not only was January a celebration of Yap’s grandma’s birthday but we found out that we are having a baby! :D

We found out right before Yap went on his annual hockey tournament to Chicago. Literally a few hours before he hopped on the plane. I told him I could not wait to find out until he got back so I took a test and yep, I was right. 

February-March was a blur of nausea and discomfort.

April – we decided that we were going to renovate the house before the kid is born and go to Korea. We are kind of nuts.

May – 2 weeks in Korea with my mom and dad and Yap. Celebrated my birthday.

And now here I am and its the end of May and I am 24 weeks into my pregnancy and things are good. 

We are going to start the renovations soon so I am going to pack up and move in with my parents for a little while until part of the renovations are done.

First half of 2014 has been a blur and I am pretty sure the next half will be too. But at least we will have a house that’s renovated and a new baby to enjoy it with.

Here’s to the rest of 2014. Cheers!

It’s been awhile

I haven’t posted anything on my blog since January of this year!

Keeping up with the blog felt like a chore and I didn’t find I had a lot of inspiration.

But I am giving it another go and we’ll see how well I fare this time. :)

Look out for new posts coming soon. 


Wrapping up our trip to Asia…

We headed back to Geoje-do after touring Japan.

After a couple of days of recovering from the worst food poisoning in my life, we headed out to the P.O.W camp museum in Geoje-do.

Here is a pic of me standing in line to get food with prisoner statues



Vietnamese style Shabu Shabu for lunch.



Korean BBQ at Michael Jackson restaurant (called that because you wear one white glove to eat).

Korean BBQ glove


The next day for lunch we had 2PM Pizza, called that because 2PM (Korean boy band) endorses it.

2PM Pizza


Duck BBQ. If you like duck, this is awesome. (I don’t, so it wasn’t so awesome for me).

duck bbq


My cousin’s boyfriend used to work at NekoManma in Seoul. This place is really good. I can’t even tell you what the picture below was but it was a fish dish and it was my favorite of the night.



After this we went and got Korean style shaved ice called patbingsu



After a super gluttonous meal and dessert, we went to Cheonggyecheon stream. This is a revitalized man-made stream where everyone hangs out at night.



The next day we got seafood fried pancakes called haemul pajun.



Watching Pungmul at the Folk Village

drummer dancers


A form of public punishment simulated by a father and son.



Gyeoungbokgung Palace, built in the 1300s, home to kings and queens, and destroyed many times.



Bukchon Village, traditional korean wooden homes called hanok.



After another week in Korea, we were ready to go home and see our dog and loved ones.



I can’t wait to go back. It was such an amazing trip and it really made me appreciate a part of who I am.



It’s been awhile friends but I promised my friend a LONG time ago that I would finish up my Asia trip. So here goes:

After KOREA WEEK 1, we headed off to Japan.

First stop was Osaka. I absolutely love that Japan cities feel really vibrant with color, people, and life. People are extremely nice…perhaps a little too nice?

Japan 1

Food! Takoyaki (T) and Okonomiyako (B)

takoyaki okonomoyaki

Tonkatsu with Indian spices……so good.


We headed next to Kyoto …. no trip to Japan is complete without a picture of plush sushi ^_^ sushi dolls

Meal at Giro Giro (this is one dish of 7-8).


Nijo Castle (no not the one in Fremont… ;) )


Train station leaving Kyoto and heading to Tokyo



TOKYO! We met up with Yap’s friend Munehisa and his wife. First night, yakitori!


We went to Tsukiji Market and went through the Fish Market and ate sushi at 6AM. So early. sushi

And this guy made it. He looks totally legit.


Hello Kitty market because it REALLY isn’t complete without seeing that.

hello kitty

Sukiyaki at a restaurant there since the 1800’s.


People write wishes and put them up near temples. I hope they come true. wishes                        

Beach town Enoshima.


And finally Shibuya. After this I don’t want to remember the rest of the days in Japan because I got massive food poisoning and I’d rather not talk about it. shibuya

Korea Week 1

I decided 2012 would be the year I would return to Korea. The last time I was there I just graduated Junior High.

After a 14 hour flight, we landed in Incheon airport, we rushed to get to the train station to make our 6pm train to Busan. We missed it because of being delayed in SFO. (Grrr….) After finding out that all other trains were sold out going to Busan, we went to Seoul and found a hotel to stay for the night.

We were so jetlagged that we missed dinner. The next we woke up at 3AM and had to keep ourselves occupied to not think of our hunger. At 7AM, we decided to wander around and find some food. Since our hotel was near Namdaemun market, we headed over there and found a small alley way of restaurants.

Our first meal in Korea, Kimchi fried rice and spicy rice cakes (dukbokki).







After our meal, we finally made it down to Busan and met up with my aunt and her family. My aunt lives Geoje-do, the second biggest island off of South Korea. She took us around the island and neighboring islands. Below is a picture of one of the Buddhist temples we visited. In Korea, they were celebrating Buddha’s birthday which happened to be on May 28th this year.











A meal in Geoje-do, the restaurant specialized in oysters. Since it was not oyster season, they did not serve any raw. It was all cooked oysters but still delicious. We had oysters six different ways, either steamed, in a salad, fried rice, mixed with spicy sauce, etc.











After spending some time in Geoje-do, we headed over to Jeju-do with my aunt. Jeju-do is one of the natural 7 wonders of the world and is the biggest island off of South Korea. It is known as the “Hawaii” of South Korea. It’s such a beautiful island based off volcanic formations with such attractions as lava tubes, submarine rides, horse back riding, folk villages (that people still reside in!), and teddy bear museums.











Jeju-do is known for their black pig. I am not a fan of pork so Yap had a plate of pork belly from the famous black pig.







Another meal in Jeju-do, king crab…..that was amazing!! They took the bell part of the crab and made fried rice with. I hate the bell part of the crab but as fried rice it was actually good.







It was such an amazing start to being back in Asia. It was also fun because Yap has never been to Asia. It was fun to see what he thought (mostly good) and to experience Asia as an adult was so much more fun. We had some challenges, Yap is a big guy and sitting on the floor and eating was difficult, but we totally embraced the culture, the people, and the food (duh). We were excited to go to Japan. The frenetic pace and more amazing food was exciting us for more new experiences. I have never been to Japan so I was really looking forward to seeing what it would be like.

After Jeju-do, we hopped on a plane to Osaka, Japan. And thus began our 1 week journey in Japan.