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Life update

Apologies for being so absent on this blog. Life got in the way.

This summer has been quite eventful. Here a few things that happened (hence, the absence from the blog)
1. Work became super busy as we doubled our team from 4 to 8 in a matter of 1.5 months. Lots of training but lots of fun growing our family at work.
2. A plethora of friends came to visit this summer (hosted friends every single weekend in August and still hosting a few more in Sept!). It was really great just to catch up with friends that I’ve been limited to seeing just 2-3 times a year now that I live in NorCal and don’t have the time to fly home.
3. Had a family reunion that took me on a mini tour of Asia including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan. It was hectic having 19 people under one roof but it was definitely a memorable trip.
4. I got engaged. After 3 years of dating, the love of my life popped the question (on my birthday no less) and we are getting hitched next summer. Wedding planning has officially begun and I am terribly bad at it.
So there you have it. That’s my summer in a nut shell. I’m looking forward to an upcoming trip to NYC/DC and a number of other things. I’m really thankful for where God has taken me on this journey. This year has been a huge blessing in terms of friends, family, and the lovely fiancee. And we still have 4 months to go!
I’m definitely excited to see how the rest of the year will pan out but 2011 is shaping up to be pretty awesome. I’m speechless with how much God has blessed me.
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Every year, I’ll go through all my photo albums on Facebook and reminisce about the friendships that were during those time periods. There would be phases where one year would be dedicated to one group of friends and another year, another group of friends. But what I love most is having continued friendship with the same people throughout the years.

I found this image from back in 2007 (yes, I realize it wasn’t that long ago) and it made me happy to see that our friendships remain strongly intact, regardless of how little we see each other due to distance.

2007

2011

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Pretty much sums it up

Saw this on my friend’s blog yesterday and it perfectly summed up exactly how I’ve been feeling for a while.

There’s so much I want to do, so much I want to learn, and so many people I want to encounter.

But through all of this, maybe what I really need to be doing is slow down and let my soul stand still for a while.

 

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A few nights ago, I had dinner with a couple old friends. Nothing fancy. Just some pasta, salad and a whole lot of desserts. We had banana cream pie and strawberry pie from Marie Callendars and an assortment of pastries that included white chocolate cheesecake, tiramisu, blueberry cheese cake, and some fruit cake. Needless to say, it was the main course for the night. We didn’t do except sit around a table for 3-4 hours. Still, it was the most fun I’ve had in weeks.

I feel like we busy our lives with so much “stuff” like going to music concerts, going out with friends, getting happy hour with co-workers or doing ANYTHING. Sometimes, the best things are doing nothing at all.

All it requires is a few good friends and a few good desserts.

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Birthdays over the Years

This past weekend marked another birthday. As I reflected on turning another year older, I thought the best way to see changes would be to physically see the changes. I went through my photos and found birthday pictures dating back to high school days. Each year, the people in the picture varied bit by bit and each birthday served as a reminder of the friends who came and went and of those who stayed. Either way, it brought back good memories and lots of laughs (as I laughed by myself in my room).

2003 – Young and naive

2005 – Still young, less naive, but still stupid

2006 – Okay so not much as changed from year to year

2007 – The start of cementing solid friendships

2008 – This was a good year

2009 – First birthday away from home, still a good one nonetheless

2010 – First birthday with a mix of people. Some, I had known for years. Others, I had known for less than 8 months. Good times

While it’s always good to make new friends, it feels even better to know that some friendships stay strong throughout the years. Here’s to my friends to making it all worthwhile.

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(via Flickr)

I have learned that good conversation, good company and good food will always be the one thing that makes me happier than anything else.

I had an overload of that in my last trip home and I’m still on a high from it. I don’t think I can ever get enough of it.

And without the girlfriends in my life, this wouldn’t be possible.

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Girl Power!

“Women and girls are one of the world’s greatest untapped resources. Remember the proverb, ‘Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime?’ Well, if you teach a woman to fish, she’ll feed the whole village.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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