Monthly Archives: June 2015

Real Men Do Housework

kris doing dishes

I love this photo of Kris helping me doing the dinner dishes. He looks happy, content and frankly so adorable. I think his expression encapsulates very accurately how happy we are, even when we’re doing mundane things like dishes. According to him, he doesn’t like it because its kinda ‘cutesy’. I think its VERY¬†CUTE. I don’t care that American Culture patronizes the concept of cute, I run half of an ASIAN household and that’s that! I’ve already given up my ‘s-es’ for ‘z-es’, and I refuse to give up anymore. ūüėõ

He’s also sick today, I mandated that he rest at home instead of spreading the virus around in the office but turns out there are quite a few sick puppies in the office already. Its my belief that if you’re sick, work from home, because why get everyone else (and their families) sick too? But, I’m not the boss so I have very little clout in that. Instead of resting, like he should, he has still been working, checking emails and going on long conference¬†calls.

When he succeeds/achieves his goals from this business, I will punch anybody who says ‘He’s lucky/He was at the right place at the right time’. The only reason for his success, is because he lives and breathes NSONE. Frankly,¬†I cannot think of anybody I know who works as hard as he does. Get well soon Hubbabot! #FIGHTING!!! (Which is Korean for: GOOD GOING/GOOD JOB/CONTINUE TO PERSERVER)

Learning Korean is hard, but I WILL NOT GIVE UP either! #FIGHTING!

Love is giving up the last cookie!

This morning, I had a slightly deep conversation with my sister Iris, who by the way is the best sister one could ever have!

We were talking about relationships and I described my relationship with Kris, in a way that I felt worthy to pen down and remember when the need calls for it.

Here it goes….

“His love for me is empowering instead of suffocating. Instead of overpowering me with love and protection, his love¬†gives me courage to be better and braver. I feel that in a way, he inspires me to be a better version of myself.”

Never underestimate the power of love, no really. Friends from back home have been remarking about how much happier and at peace with myself I seem after moving here. I don’t think its just NYC per se, though I think for all the faults that it has, its a pretty dope place to be in. An American once told me, “Being in NYC gives you street creed with the rest of America.” Interestingly enough, just two hours ago, another American told me the same thing. Not in the same words, but same ¬†exact sentiments. I never understood what it meant before, but now I do. I digress.

My formula for being happy is simple, I re-evaluate my life from time to time. If I feel like I’m happy, I maintain status quo. If I’m not, then I¬†make a change. Its really as simple as that. Do the things you love! Also, find someone you who loves ¬†and respect you for who you are**, then attempt to love him back twice as much.

**Someone who loves you for who you are and not for the digits in your bank account, not for how you look/dress, not for what title you have have in your career, but truly love you for YOU. Someone who loves you for your bad jokes, who loves you without the makeup and fancy clothes, someone who loves you even when you feel completely unlovable!

“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien

I did a quick run to Boston the other day, just for the heck of it really.

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Boston was every bit as I remembered, quirky, playful yet retaining this old world intellectual charm.

The highlight for my trip this time was browsing the used books section of the Harvard Book Store and then proceeding to the ‘Hahvahd Yahd’ to devour my newly purchased books, people watch and enjoy a nice cold Froyo. The weather was 28 deg c, but felt like 32 deg c. HOT and HUMID!

 

 

Surround yourself

Surround yourself with nature and the beauty that it provides.

Surround yourself with family who will always be there for you.

Surround yourself with people who love you tenderly, unconditionally.

Surround yourself with people who treat you kindly and with respect.

Surround yourself with wisdom and knowledge that can be acquired through books, experiences and an open mind.

Surround yourself with like minded people.

Surround yourself with people with contrasting viewpoints as they challenge you, to think differently about important issues.

Surround yourself with the above, but ultimately surround yourself with You.

For if you cannot be steadfast with your soul, firm in your beliefs, then you will be surrounded by an emptiness that sways with the tides.