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Jul 22, 2014

Monday 7/6/14

Spent a good 2 hours in bed, bath and beyond trying to help my sister buy a bridal shower gift.

Finally found something she deemed acceptable.

Saw this on the way out (why put things behind the check out counters?! How are we supposed to see and buy this. We’ve already checked out and are not about to go back in line!). But I think I may need to purchase one of these for outings. It’s perfect! Picnics, beaches, star gazing, it’s great for anything when we need to sit!

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Jul 11, 2014

Saturday 7/5/14

Lunch at an Indian place that got new management so we thought we’d give it a second try. (The first try was terrrrible).

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They had this lunch special where you could order 2 of the items on the lunch menu for $8.99, 3 for $9.99, or 4 for $11.99.

We wanted to order 4 and just share those 4, but the waiter was really rude about telling us that we couldn’t do that and that we each had to order something. It was not as good of a lunch deal that way. The most bang for your buck would be the 3 for $9.99. He said that we could order and then share, but we both had to order. This kind of pissed me off because…who are you to tell anyone that you can or cannot share food. Like no shit we can share what we ordered, it’s our food. And then of course when an Indian family came in and they wanted to do the same thing, he let them. Only 2 of the 3 people ordered something and he was about to say you can’t do that, you can just share what you each ordered, and the guy was like yeah that’s what we’re doing (except they weren’t cuz all 3 didn’t order their own). And of course the waiter let them only order 2 instead of 3. That also pissed me off. Just because they’re Indian, and older adults, they can get away with that.

Anyways, the portions were somewhat small, but with Indian food, what seems like a little bit always goes a long way. We ended up being quite full and satisfied. Everything was quite good. The new chef was sooo much better than the old one. Quite a step up. We got the butter chicken, chicken curry, lamb curry, roasted eggplant (so good!), and spinach and potatoes. The butter chicken, lamb curry, and roasted eggplant were my favorites :D but everything was good!

We got some bubble tea and then off to the farm for some blueberry picking! :D

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We went to homestead farm for some fruity goodness.

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Fruits of our labor!

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Blueberry peach smoothie!

Boyfriend wanted bbq, so we drove all the way to Glen Burnie to try Mission BBQ. 

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The cornbread was really good!

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The meat wasn’t bad. The pulled pork I thought could be a little more moist, but it was pretty good, and it was great with the sauces! The brisket was nice and moist (we got the “moist brisket”) and was one of the better ones we’ve had around our area. The sauces though, oh my god. THOSE were good! It made the meal that much better, and of course it’s hard to pick just one, so we had to have all of them!

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Half rack of ribs that was also pretty good. All in all, this was one of the better bbq’s we’ve had. (There really isn’t much good bbq in the moco area, but I guess we have a bunch yet to try. Looking at yelp, the places in Moco didn’t look too promising though.)

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Jul 11, 2014

Friday 7/4/14

Happy Independence Day USA!

Decided to go to DC for the fireworks for the first time, so boyfriend and I thought we’d make a day of it.

First stop. Amsterdam Falafel for lunch!

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So good!! Falafels were good, and you don’t think it’s a lot of food, but you just stack on the free toppings from their super generous and awesome toppings bar and you’re stuffed!

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I’d highly recommend this place if you’re around Adams Morgan in DC.

Then, instead of metroing to the Smithsonian area, boyfriend and I decide that we could walk the 3.something miles since it was such a nice day.

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But of course, a brief detour for froyo at Pinkberry.

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WE MADE IT!

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Caught the tail end of the parade.

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Not really sure why there’s an Indian cart, but sure.

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Folklife Festival on the mall!

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It was awesome they provided free filtered water :D

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Made some playdough moon cakes XD

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Doggie!

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Omg, she was doing paper cutting free hand, cutting tiny tiny pieces out. Those scissors must be crazy sharp. This was so insane and pro.

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OH. MY. GOD. THIS HUSKY PUPPY <3 I WAS IN LOVEEE. His coat was sooo soft, and he was just ADORABLE. He was so friendlyyyy and he kept jumping on me and licking my face. I WANT THIS PUPPY!!

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It seemed like he was tuning the individual tubes of this bamboo instrument!

Off to Kenya

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Rock sculpting! He was making an elephant.

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Smithsonian Castle! (just some like visitors info and stuff)

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Visited the Louvre! Jk.

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Rainbow!

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National Archives/

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Plopped down by this tree to wait for the next 3-ish hours?

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Then we moved to claim our spot on the mall.

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Bored.

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Sun setting.

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And it begins!! :D

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I loved the smileyfaces!

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and the stars!! 

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This ended up looking like saturn XD

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So, after the fireworks, the mob of people everywhere was, of course, insane. Boyfriend and I had already decided beforehand that we would avoid the crowded metro for a bit by finding a bit of late night dinner. Of course, boyfriend started craving ben’s chili bowl when we mentioned it/it came up somehow so we started our 2-ish mile trek to Ben’s Chili Bowl. (So much walking!! Ended the day with 26,000 steps XD)

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And there was a crazy long line looping outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl.

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After our super healthy lunch, we had some unhealthy dinner XD

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So delicious and satisfying!! 

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Jul 09, 2014

Thursday 7/3/14

Drove all the way out to Clarendon, VA in a storm to go get a case for my new camera from craigslist. I should have taken a picture of the crazyness of the storm. We took the back roads because google maps said that 66 was completely jammed. There was crazy amounts of flooding in the back roads. It was scary, yet cool. Good thing boyfriend drove his car. Mine would have drowned / gotten swept away.

And then, dinner per sister’s recommendation!

Wish I got a better picture, but here’s a sneak peak of the dinner before we dug in and got completely dirty haha. We got the Bayou bag, which had everything! Shrimp, mussels, crawfish, clams, snow crab legs, sausage, potato, and corn. It was a mix bag of everything! First time trying crawfish, and it wasn’t too hard to eat, but it really has no meat lol. It’s was a good experience to at least try. Definitely get all shrimp next time. Seems most worth it XD. And also their OH DANG sauce is AMAZING. Garlicy-lemony-buttery. PERFECTION with seafood. :D (Although it does get kind of heavy and salty the more you eat it, but it was still delicious!)

:D yummy, seafooood. I want more seafood now. Amazing rec from my sister <3

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Jul 08, 2014

Tuesday 7/1/14

Got into a bit of a …argument/fight? I can’t think of the right word right now, but it wasn’t really an argument. Either way, we were upset.

After his vball practice, boyfriend surprised me and stopped by my house to drop off korean food takeout from Arirang. <3

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Total surprise. Unfortunately, I already ate dinner, but it’s the thought that counts <3 

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Jul 08, 2014

Monday 6/30/14

Froyo date with sister and friend as a rain checked date from a missed froyo outing for my wisdom teeth. I’m sorry but sweet frog sucks. It is not good froyo. Only original was somewhat decent.

I miss caliyogurt and it’s good fruit flavored froyo :[

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Jul 08, 2014

Sunday 6/29/14

Before our trapped in a room with a zombie event, boyfriend wanted to get African food around CP area. Unfortunately, the place closed and some other place replaced it, that of course wasn’t open yet either.

We managed to find a little Filipino shop! First time trying Filipino food!

Fried plantain, that was really good.

The pork (on the right) was really really good. It was super tender, and not too sweet though it was with pineapple. The beef (on the left) was not bad. Some pieces were tougher than others, and of course the pieces with fat were nice and soft/tender. Only problem was that it was supremely salty :/

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie was quite scary (I’m a scaredy cat). I would of course open the cabinet that the zombie was hiding in within the first 30 seconds of being trapped in the room. That zombie also moved wayy too fast and zombies should not be able to think and thwart us and intentionally sabotage us. I was pretty useless in finding and figuring out clues. I was given the award of “screamer”. It was not my fault the zombie seemed to keep lunging at me in the first like 30 min. Yes, I am a scaredy cat and I will scream XD. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to escape the room so we were zombie meat. (Unfortunately I didn’t take anyyy pictures of the ghettoness of the whole thing/of the creepy decorations and stuff XD but it was an experience to say the least.

Popeyes for dinner! (FINALLY, SOLID FOOOD although I did very very slowly eat chipotle during the ride to the concert on Friday and nibbled slowly at the free food at the tea event on Saturday)

Their fries and mashed potatoes are delicious <3

Interesting game.

My friend made thai tea for us! So good!!! I need to find these tea leaves so I can make it at home!

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Jul 07, 2014

Saturday 6/28/14

Learned about the ancient art of tea brewing!

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Jul 07, 2014

Friday 6/27/14

Ready for a concert!

Of which, we actually got there early (learned from our mistake from the Maroon 5 concert). And for our earlyness, we got a bunch of free stuff :D :D I was a happy Ching, even though I was still swollen.

American Authors to open! They were actually really good! Downloaded their album after this (though I have still yet to listen to the album lol)

He’s pretty cute XD

We got free light up stick thingies! :D

THE SCRIPT THE SCRIPT! <3

Danny O’Donoghue!

One of his songs was about an ex and he was saying how payback is a bitch. The band said anyone who could call their ex and give them the phone…and then some dude epically tossed his phone on stage before they could finish saying what they were going to do. Basically he called the ex and the script serenaded (more like bashed because of the content of the song) the ex over the phone and told all of us to tell her “goodbye asshole” at the end of the song before he hung up. It was the most epic cell phone toss onstage xD

He kept running around the venue! So jelly of the people in the back who got to hang with him!

and for the main attraction, ONEREPUBLIC <3<3<3

Cellist!

RYAN TEDDER RYAN TEDDER <3<3

UGH SOO GOOD. SOOO GOOOD. I miss this already haha. Onerepublic and maroon5 concerts were AMAZING. So worth it! <3

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Jul 07, 2014

Thursday 6/26/14

Said crane and yummy tea from the previous night.

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Jul 07, 2014

Wednesday 6/25/14

Back at work today and it was kind of painful. Still super swollen.

Epic lightening and storming at night. I should have taken a video of the lightening show.

My friend came over to visit and she felt my pain just looking at my swollen cheeks. She brought me some yummy peach and mango white tea! And taught me how to make a crane XD

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Jul 07, 2014

Tuesday 6/24/14

Took the day off for more recovery time. Went to see How to Train Your Dragon 2! Which was very good XD

Made a berry-arugula smoothie since I could only manage liquids.

Clam chowder for lunch. Noms. The oysters were a little too chewy and the oyster crackers didn’t soften enough for me to eat either haha.

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Jul 07, 2014

Monday 6/23/14

X.x got all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed that morning. I was sooo out of it from the anesthesia. 

My mommy bought me the good chobani (pomegranate and passionfruit, my two favs!) and hagendaaz <3

Only silver lining to an otherwise painful day.

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Jul 02, 2014

Sunday 6/22/14

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 for Smorgasburg.

We bought a coconut (that was not cold or sweet) but we drank the coconut water and if you brought the finished coconut back he would cut off the top so you could eat the coconut meat! 

Then bus back home.

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Jul 02, 2014

Saturday 6/21/14

Grand Central.

Electric car charging stations!

Stumbled upon a big event in Central park and got free ice cream! it was…bacon and they sprinkled cabot cheese on it.. o.0

They were handing out free chocolate milk! I drank two of these..and either the milk was bad, or I’m lactose intolerant when I drink larger amounts of milk.

Famous Central Park Fountain.

Then lots of walking again to get to our Broadway show! PHANTOM! <3

It was good, everyone was good except Christine. She was some backup. Not even the understudy.

Some yoga event blocking up Times Square.

After pining and waiting for a year, FINALLY GOT TO TRY SPOT. THE GREEN TEA CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE AND GREEN TEA ICE CREAM WERE SO GOOOOD <3<3<3 SOO GOOD. Also got my mom hooked on lava cake.

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