I am woman, hear me ro….scream like a little girl!

Today the last day with PwC and I am consumed with every emotion under the sun. A part of me is doing carwheels up and down Figueroa but another part of me is curled up in a ball rocking back and forth and wanting to breathe into a brown paper bag of sorts. How do I convey the significance of this decision? of this event? Oh PwC, thank you… and farewell!

You did me good, you did. You are my big girl job, one that paid the bill; not just rent but my endless NYU debt. You taught me to leave home and live out of a suitcase. You taught me to fly unafraid. You taught me to network like I’m not unnerved shaking the hands of movers and shakers in all the important companies. You taught me EXCEL! I am an excel wizard y’all. As I’m drafting this (just sent out my farewell email to the firm), my sametime and email inbox are blowing up and the incoming best wishes makes me so warm and fuzzy and incredible nostalgic.

I do hope I don’t cry today (not that I haven’t cried here before-albeit under different circumstances). So yeah… if I were completely honest, these past 3 years have been tough! Working here was one of the hardest and most trying experiences I’ve yet to experience for a prolonged period of time, but it was also worth its weight in importance. I grew up, really grew up. The firm developed and stretched me in ways I never would’ve sought after. All that traveling made me platinum for just about every hotel and every airline. Boy did we take advantage of that in all our personal travels. It also brought some amazing people into my life. Ellena, Dora, Kim, Mandy, Hayley, Darren. I’m grateful to know you guys. You friendships mean so much to me. I can go on….I can go on and on….

I always knew I’d leave the firm. My last day was something I fantasized about– something I did quite often during trying times like when I clocked in my 74th hour in a single week for the 4th week running. But when it came down to it, it was one of the hardest decision to go through with. As silly and outrageous as it sounds, I found a huge part of my identity attached to this company and my job title. And just as bewildering, I truly took tremendous pride in my crazy hours. Army strong!!! Needless to say, this decision, today, is a momentous one and one deserving some sobby crazy tears and some wild dancing in celebration. I will be doing both and you are welcome to join me.

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it POURED on the way to the car. BYEEEEEEEEEE

In the meantime, I’ll be spending some long awaited time becoming acquainted with my couch for napping and reading and with my brand new puppy at heart, Kimchi. I will also be diving, with an immense focus and drive, into starting my own business in newborn photography. Don’t laugh please…I’m feeling fragile. More to come on that but if you are an expecting parents, call me immediately.

Any second now, I’ll go through SameTime withdrawal…. so please keep in touch my PwC family. I will miss you all, find me on facebook, and book me to photograph this growing PwC family!!! jk-kind of.

Thank you for an incredible chapter of my life. I will miss you, farewell and good luck. 

Michael-ism Part III

Mike trips and almost falls inside the toilet, “BABE! If I didn’t have good coordination, I’d be inside the toilet! Thennnnnnnnn what would you have?! Not Maaaaaa-chal but maaaaaaaaaa-tong(Chinese word for toilet)!”

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“Why are you so cute?” “That’s my other talent”

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“Babe, on a scale of 1 to 1000 how cute am I?

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“I want to be a shark!” Puts hand on top of his head like a fin “I did it!!!!!”

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On being replaced by a baby if we ever have one and on concerns about being casted into oblivion, “No, I’m at least 3x cuter than a baby. I can do everything they do except better” *pouts his lips and make a whimper noise

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“Tell him to practice his mandarin when he asks her so he can be smooth like F4″

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“Bomb to the half show to the 2 times 3rd power”

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José Andrés – The Bazaar

Currently craving and craving Bazaar… I won’t bore you with the full review but here are some photos to wet your palate.

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Who wants to go on a double date???

Eureka! Indian Wells

New review up on Yelp!

Check it friends and loved ones and foodies near and far:

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Oh dangggggg yo. It hit the spot.

Hear Him Roar!

Michael Wang, on the evening of the 18th of November, passed his PMP exam. I’m going to whip up a grand grand meal for this grand grand man of mine. I’m so proud of you, is there anything you can’t do? Just today, for a day, USC can be > NYU.

Hear him roar, ROARRRRRRRRRR!

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No more studying!! No more watching Mike play with his flashcards while I twiddle my thumb!!! I declare a new nocturnal routine of endlessly pigging out together on the couch while massaging each other while marathoning Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Close friends welcome.

You are my hero! See you soon, get ready to feast!

Gadget Rave: Essential Oil Diffuser by Deneve

We’ve been going to a Sparadise in Hollywood for a couple of times and last time in, we noticed a few glowy, misting orbs that emitted the most amazing essential oils. I inquired about them and was told that they were essential oil diffusers. Apparently, all you do is turn on after water and a few drops of essential oils are added (they used lemongrass) and a fine mist start diffusing from the little machines.

Needless to say, we picked one up right away after purchasing a small vile of lavender oil over our anniversary weekend in Solvang. The guy who worked in the lavender farm’s gift shop raved about the benefits of lavender (which are many) so for those who have trouble falling asleep especially, this combo is for you.

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Of the manyyyyyyy choices you have in essential oil diffusers, we picked the Deneve. It was the most aesthetically pleasing exterior to me and very highly reviewed on Amazon.com. We wanted a quieter model since the one in the Thai spa was pretty loud. The set-up is essentially non-existent. All you have to do is take it out of the box, plug in, add water and go. The mist came out so quickly after I turned it on that I gasped. It was great fun watching Mike’s reaction the first time he worked the machine. The amount of time it takes for the mist to come out (no time at all) really caught him by surprise too. We’ve been using it every night since we got it (it has an auto shut-off) and will be using it FOREVER. This could be in my head but I feel like I’m sleeping better (I had no trouble sleeping historically though).

For those looking for an essential oil diffuser, I can’t rave enough about this one. For those who have not considered it, you don’t know what you’re missing….

Does anyone have another that they love, wouldn’t mind trying a few others in other rooms. In the bedroom, we’ll stick with the Deneve.

Amazon, with each awesome purchase, we fall more deeply in love with you. For the endless awesome products you offer, we extend the most sincere gratitude.

-Sleeping Wangs.

Michael-ism Part II

M: “Ow! You hurt my interstacial rib!”
L: “Your what?”
M: “My interstacial rib! Part of the interstacial, part of the equilibrium of my skeletal function”

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L: “You have the most beautiful and gentle brown eyes I’ver ever seen.”
M: “Yea, I do”

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when I poked him too hard, “OW! My intermedial species” sigh….if only his in-laws who are both doctors knew that Mike, and not their own daughter is more gifted in the medical sciences

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“My goal in life is to look cute, I just have to be careful at work”

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another time that I was playing rough, “Ahhhhhh! my articularventricular vein!”

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I pointed to some scrapes on his arm, “What happened?!” “I got in a fight with a bobcat”

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I love you husband. You make me laugh sometimes.

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More Michael-isms here.

Planted a Hershey’s Kiss on Mike

Husband and I visited my hometown in Hershey, PA while in NYC for the Jung wedding this past summer. Gosh, Hershey…I’ve missed you. Even though I was there for just a few short years, they were nonetheless pivotal and life defining. Afterall, Hershey was where I:

-graduated high school
-fell in love for the first time
-became a big sister
-got my driver’s license
-held my first job

oh innocent, naive, bright-eyed Lucy….how far you’ve come, how much you’ve grown (more growing always appreciated I know!) I can’t describe how I felt as we drove to Hershey High, Hershey School of Dance, the Pantry, the Outlets, Hotel Hershey, Hershey Park… in the blink of an eye, I traveled back in time, yet holding Mike’s hand, I know that I’ve moved on from this beautiful place. As old memories washed me anew, I’m reminded of school dances, tennis games, lunchtime, Prod, Key Club, Student Council, Band, field hockey, dance recitals, and feeling 16 going on 25 (and how wrong I was) Husband, it was a pleasure to show you where I came from. I hope you loved Hershey as much as I miss it.

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2. Mike in front of our old house 4. Mike in front of Hershey High

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My 2nd great love after Michael Wang – the food. Oh Hershey, you did me proud.

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Wang Traditions – Pumpkin Carving

Growing up in a first generation immigrant family we didn’t do much during American holidays. For years and years I envied my friends whose families had traditions and longed to participate. As I grew up, I realized that it wasn’t the easter basket or stockings over the mantel that I desired but what those family traditions signified. They marked time and memories and growth and celebration. They represented quality time with people that are important and added a depth of flavor to every day life. They broke up the mundane and gave distinction to who you are and who your family is.

Rounding out our first year of marriage we decided to host our first ever pumpkin carving party and thoroughly enjoyed our time with friends. Ok…maybe we enjoyed the food the most. Mike carved a VW and I chose a Sanrio character. I’m thinking I’ll do a different Sanrio character each year going forward but for now enjoy badtz maru!

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Wishing everyone a happy and safe Halloween!

~Mrs. Maru

P.S. we’re best friends with this Disney princess and her prince charming. That’s all.

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LA Bucket List

The season is changing. I can’t believe November is soon upon us…Truth be told, I haven’t liked living in Los Angeles. I can’t help but miss the pace and convenience of my beloved New York and hard as I tried, I couldn’t get over the endless traffic that inevitably seeped into all aspects of my life. Yet, it’s undeniable that this forever sunny city offers endless entertainment that we’ve never capitalize on. Ergo…

The Wangs are coming up with a LA bucket list. We hope to check off this list in the next few months and hope that some of you will join us as explore and discover beautiful LA.

LA Bucket List:

-go camping
-go see Hunger Games, Catching Fire Part I with a group
-hike by the beach at sunrise/sunset
-LACMA (and obligatory photo opp)
-Langham Hotel – DONE!
-San Diego
-Palm Springs
-Getty Villa
-Discover at Terranea with Ellena and Dora

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