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Spring is here!

And now that the weather has been getting so much nicer, I’ve been wearing more dresses and skirts. And I love wearing dresses and skirts~

The only problem is that local weather reporters tend to leave out warnings when wind speeds are a bit high for the day.

Sigh…

My lovely fellow commuters at the bus stop unintentionally saw another side of me that neither one of us was expecting.

Remind me to always wear shorts underneath my dresses from here on out.

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This week, I got a fantastic gift in the mail.

My very good friend and 오빠, Captain Jason Kim, is officially back in the US from his year of dutiful service in Qatar and Afghanistan! YAY~

I want to sincerely thank you for your amazing sacrifice and effort in defending our country’s freedom. Welcome home, my brother~

During his deployment, I had the honor of being his penpal (while the wonders of WordPress and the Internet also kept us connected on a weekly basis). I knew he was coming home in early April, but what I didn’t expect was such a wonderful gift delivered onto my doorstep.

To Captain Jason Kim, all of the soldiers that served with him in Afghanistan and Qatar, and the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron…thank you for the honor of this flag and for allowing me the opportunity to be your cheerleader.

It’s as big as I am! I love it~

Ready for a new week, my lovely readers? Here we go!

My long work hours are finally over! (For now!)

So now, I get to catch up on my sleep. As you know, sleep is very important to me.

And my body tends to seek it out one way or another. Many times unintentionally.

My mom was telling some of my friends a story about how my narcoleptic ways preceded my working days…it all started when I was a wee little Whang.

True story. I was a heavy sleeper, and would actually sleep through falls like that. Fortunately, my mom would usually catch me before I would eat it.

Anyways, with my schedule opening up, I’m hoping to get into the habit of updating more than once a week again.

Thanks for your patience, my lovelies!

To all my lovely readers, Happy Valentine’s Day~

While it may be another year of a solo Valentine’s Day (25 years must be a record somewhere, right?), Goonies never say die! So here’s hoping for next year! Again!

As my gift to you, my virtual valentines, I’ll give you a fun little cultural tidbit/lesson about how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in South Korea!

(^_^)

Did you know that, in Korea, there’s a day that allows all the single ladies and men to celebrate their singleness together?

Here’s how it breaks down:

February 14 (Valentine’s Day): Women give chocolate to men.

March 14 (White Day): Men give non-chocolate candy to women.

April 14 (Black Day): Those who did not receive anything on the 14th of February or March go to a Korean restaurant to eat black bean noodles called Jajangmyeon (짜장면) to “mourn” their single life together.

If you’re like me, the idea of Black Day is kind of hilarious.

Buuut…since I do enjoy Jajangmyeon, Black Day is certainly something that I can look forward to this year~

Love your faces. For those of you who do have Valentines this year, have a beautiful day together~

And to my fellow singles out there, don’t give up hope! Let’s go eat some noodles in April and look forward to next year!

Is it just me, or was January a really really long month?

Even after the hustle and bustle of the holidays died down, the combination of work, fundraising, studying, church activities, and getting ready for my February trip to Haiti has generated a little bit of stress.

And (unfortunately) this week, it’s beginning to show on my face. I finally decided to take a minute to just stop what I was doing and get things under control. Mini-Grace tagged along. Again.

Ew. I wish my face understood that I am way too old to be breaking out like a teenager. Despite temporarily deactivating my Facebook account, which has not-so-surprisingly opened up my schedule considerably, I still find myself wishing that there were more hours in the day.

On the bright side,  I am super pumped about returning to Haiti! I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with my church in order to partner up with Grace International (as well as another non-profit called Beyond All Boundaries) on a much larger scale. This trip coming up at the end of February will symbolize the start of something amazing for Haiti, especially for the children.

[If you are in the DC/VA/MD area and are interested in joining me on future trips to Haiti, check out the pamphlet I made below and shoot me an e-mail!]

As ususal, I love your faces. If you live around the DC area, enjoy the beautiful weather this week~

Finally did it.

iConformed.

To all those people thinking, “Oh, you’re just getting an iPhone because of herd mentality,” I’ve been putting off getting an iPhone for the longest time because I really did want to give Android a chance.

Years later of crashing programs, dropped calls, and terrible battery life, my brick of a Droid forced me to turn to the “Dark Side” and go Apple.

But as you all know, I love me some Apples. And because I’m a Mac user to begin with, the switch has been incredibly refreshing.

Wuv. Twue Wuv.

Wait…does DC even count as “South?”

As you know, I am a clumsy person.

A very…VERY clumsy person.

On my way to work, I had another wipeout on the streets of DC. The laces on my high heel boots managed to get tangled and before I knew it, I had fallen off my bus and onto the sidewalk.

Fortunately, there were two other people walking by, who ran up to help pick up my bags (and body) off of the floor. It made me realize just how different DC was from NYC…

Despite the embarrassing tumble, I came to the realization that I am so blessed to be where I am today.

Last week, I was able to go to an Israel Houghton and New Breed concert in Gaithersberg, MD.

I was blown AWAY. I wish I had taken some pictures while I was there, but for once, I enjoyed the concert so much that I didn’t even touch my camera. 2 hours straight of non-stop worship. And it still ended too soon.

The Ravens may have lost today, but another week is on it’s way! Are you ready my lovely readers? Let’s see what God has in store!

This article is dedicated to my friend Jason Kim, who is dutifully and graciously serving our country in Afghanistan. Come home soon, brother!

I’m alive!

Sorry for not posting for a while. I realize that over the past two weeks, after the hullaballoo of the winter season, I’ve been incredibly uninspired!

I even tried Googling how I could possibly enhance my creative brain activity, and stumbled across this:

Which made me think…and I’ve come to realize that I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately.

And the effects of which are causing me to go a little…weird.

 

True story. I’m so ashamed. The office flag may not have been red, but my feelings about it certainly were.

What are some of the effects you experience with lack of sleep, and are they as weird as mine?

I’m 25 and I feel so alive!

I had the best birthday ever today. Which is saying a lot, because last year’s birthday was pretty sweet.

It started on Saturday, when I got to have the most amazing lunch extravaganza with my family at Azul 17, where the owner gave us a royal treatment to the most delicious Mexican food I have ever had in my life.

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If you’re ever in the Columbia, Maryland area, I highly recommend it. And if you want to see live Salsa dancing, be sure to make a reservation on Saturday night at 10 pm, and you’ll be given an extra treat~

On Sunday, my friend at New Hope surprised me with a beautiful birthday cake, and today, I was treated out for a delicious lunch at work by two of my co-workers.

And then, my other co-workers went even further by giving me beautiful flowers, cupcakes, and a whole lot of love. I also think that my face was a shade of maroon for the entirety of their gift giving. It was the first time I had ever been given flowers as a gift…I was incredibly grateful!

At the end of a wonderful day at work, I waited at the bus stop to catch my ride home.

Unfortunately, the beautiful snow that had been falling earlier had turned into very cold rain, the bus was 20 minutes late…and I forgot my umbrella yet again.

And that’s when I got an unexpected birthday gift…from a complete stranger~

I let her know that she and her kind gesture were like a surprise birthday present from God on my birthday, and how thankful I was. She laughed and told me that she was holding her umbrella anyway, and that it wasn’t a big deal, but it was a big deal for me…so random lady at the bus stop? I thank you for your kindness~

25 never felt so good and I am so blessed. Thank you all, and good night!

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PS: Happy 8th Birthday to Mini-Grace~

Is it just me or is it cold out here?

Brr…

I take public transportation to work, and that means a lot of waiting outside in the cold until the bus arrives.

Before I went to work today, my awesome mom handed me a little care package for the road.

 

Ahh…that moment when you realize no matter how crazy your mom may sound at first…she always ends up being right.

I felt pretty bad for the people standing in line with me. I kept fondling the toasty warm eggs in my pocket, and I’m sure that I made a pretty strange sight.

Anywhoo, stay warm, my lovely readers, and stay healthy~

Everyone seems to be getting sick, so pump that Purell! Wash them hands! And if you are sick, please don’t cough without covering your mouth with your sleeve! Thaaanks~

A Cartoon Stuck in a Real Girl’s Body

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