A picture of something I wish I was better at

Reading. I envy bookworms.

Maybe I would read more if I had a library that looks like this.

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A picture of your favorite band

If you don’t know who they are, then you should. They’re a rock band. They’re British. My favorite album is Absolution and one of my favorite songs on the album is “Butterflies & Hurricanes“. It’s a great blend of classical and rock. Matt Bellamy is a genius. He is the driving force behind the band’s amazing lyrics and musical composition. They’re the best.

A picture of the person I did the craziest things with

Miss Tiffany, before she became a Mrs., was the instigator of anything crazy during our youth.  Since she’s now a wife and mother of two beautiful little girls I won’t disclose on a public forum our crazy adventures, but sometimes I wonder what other mischief she would have gotten me into if she didn’t get hitched at such an early age. Can you imagine what we would have been like in our 20’s with disposal income?

Look how young we look in this picture!

A picture of my biggest insecurity

My teeth are one of my biggest physical insecurities. I’m not trying to fish for compliments here. I know my teeth aren’t the ugliest. And I don’t have any other major body image issues. I just wish I had perfect sparkling white teeth because I think it makes a person look better. I would love to have veneers one day! But it’s expensive so unless I strike at gold, it probably won’t happen. I’m very grateful for the braces I had as a kid because without those I would have buck teeth, which would be worse! Also, I rarely believe a guy when he says he likes my smile.

My teeth look similar to Alyson Hannigan except I have a small chip at the bottom of my right big front tooth. It’s not noticeable in pictures but it is in person.

My dream teeth

A picture of someone who inspires me

My cute parents!

They’re not perfect parents but they’re the still the best in my book! Surprisingly, they’re not your typical first generation Asian parents. They never forced my sister and I do anything we didn’t want to do and never had unrealistic expectations of us. Instead, they always motivated us to do our best. They encouraged us to face our fears, seize opportunities and gave us the freedom to choose our own path in life. They inspire me to treat my future kids the same way.

Their relationship is also an inspiration. They don’t have the perfect marriage but after being together for more than 40 years they’re still deeply in love and it shows. I hope my marriage endures the test of time like theirs.

Plus, they’re the coolest! They’re wise, understanding and open-minded. For example, when I got my first boyfriend in high school my mom took me to a coffee shop and had “the talk” with me. She told me that she didn’t want me to have sex at a young age but if I did, then she wanted to make sure I knew how to protect myself. She even offered to buy me condoms if I was too embarrassed to buy them for myself. It was a slightly awkward conversation but I was so grateful for her openness.

Samples of their cute/funny/coolness:

Me: Mommy, come to my bday party. It’s at a bar in Little Tokyo. You don’t have to stay the whole time.
Mommy: Okay. Sounds fun.
Daddy: Is she cool enough to go?
Mommy: I’m already very cool!
Me: Hahaha yeah she’s already cool.

Sister: Dad, is the wine good?
Daddy: All alcohol tastes good.

Me: Mommy, did you and Daddy ever break up during the 10 years you were dating?
Mommy: Yes, there was one time.
Me: Wow only once! Did you date other people?
Mommy: No. But Dad did.
Daddy: I dated a ballerina. She had a really nice body.
Me: Dad! You shouldn’t say that! Hahaha!
Daddy: So one day I was about to kiss the ballerina and when I closed my eyes…mom’s face showed up! So, that’s when I knew that I had to get back together with her.