Another guest blogger, Teresa, currently lives in Cairo. I thought it would be interesting to get a first hand perspective of what was happening in the city and throughout the country right now, as this country holds a special place in my heart. I truly hope things get better on this side of the world. [Read more…]
This week’s Tuesday Tidbits is devoted to all the things I am excited to do this holiday season!
1. Our annual holiday party. Ever since we moved to D.C. in 2006 we have always hosted some kind of holiday party in December. This year is no different, though we are trying something new this year. Instead of hosting it at our place as we always have, we are renting a portion of a restaurant for our party this year. Can’t wait! [Read more…]
Tommy surprised me with two tickets to see Tap Dogs at Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda on Saturday night. I was excited for two reasons: I had never heard of Tap Dogs before and was looking forward to seeing the show and because I had never been to Strathmore before. As you know, I love going to new places! [Read more…]
I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!
Tommy, Violet and I were in bed by 9:36pm if that is any indication of how our Thanksgiving went. Our bellies were full and Tommy and all the other Redskins fans were happy with the final score of the football game. Cowboys fans? Not so much. [Read more…]
Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe Turkey day is upon us – my how time has flown. I cannot wait for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and PUMPKIN PIE!
I know I am not alone in saying that I have plenty to be thankful for this year: [Read more…]
For those who have read my blog before – it is no secret that travel is one of my passions. I just love jetting off and exploring new and old destinations. I have given this list a lot of thought and trimming it down to just six places in total for domestic and international travel was super tough. You’ll see that a lot of these places have significant meaning. My one rule for this list was that I only chose places where I have never been before. Hopefully I can get cracking on this list in 2013! [Read more…]
This week’s “Tuesday Tidbits” is devoted to the grand opening of Canal Park and the latest going-ons around the Navy Yard – Ballpark area.
1. This past weekend was the grand opening of Canal Park. Along with a ribbon – cutting ceremony on Friday, the long anticipated ice – skating rink opened to the public. Unfortunately the restaurant, The Park Tavern, that shares the same space with the rink isn’t open just yet. Though I did peak inside this weekend and it looks great. Can’t wait to eat a meal here! [Read more…]
We spent the next several days visiting with another family friend (Meg and I actually stayed at her flat while my parents stayed at a nearby hotel) touring Hanoi. Coming to Vietnam for the first time held a special place in Meg and my heart for different reasons. For Meg, as you learned in her post about Luang Prabang, it was because she had a long-lasting interest in Communist revolutions and the war in Vietnam since high school. For me, because I am ethnically Vietnamese, but had never been to Vietnam before. (My birth mom had me in Houston, Texas where my parents adopted me). So I was curious to see the Vietnamese culture firsthand. I also wanted to see if I saw striking physical similarities between people I saw in Hanoi and me. Ironically, several people we came across in the city didn’t believe I was Vietnamese! They thought I was either from Singapore or Hawaii. “Somewhere near water”, as they explained. My parents, Meg, and I thought maybe it was because we were in Northern Vietnam and my birth mom was from Southern Vietnam? I guess we’ll all have to take another trip back to Vietnam to investigate. 😉 [Read more…]
After our amazing time in Luang Prabang, we made our way to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital and, due to economic growth in recent times, it has now become the economic center of Laos.