Beverly’s Baby Shower

I never knew it was tradition to throw a baby shower only for the first child. I learned that fact on the Real Housewives of Atlanta TV show. How embarrassing. But I wonder if it’s true for Asian babies.

Back in September I helped throw a baby shower for my dear friend Beverly and her due date is TODAY!!! We ate brunch at Brownstone Cafe in downtown Fullerton, played a few games and ate delicious taro brulee cake from 85 degrees bakery.

I can’t wait to meet the little one when he arrives into this beautiful world!

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What’s in a Name?

It’s surprising to me when friends my age don’t know why their parents chose their name….or…maybe…I’m the odd one for being curious.

My parents named me after a famous actress my father liked named Jennifer Jones. Recently, I decided to find out more about here and here’s a few interesting things that stood out to me on Wikipedia.

She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1943 The Song of Bernadette.

She started a foundation for mental health education after a close friend and her daughter committed suicide.

The most interesting part to me was the latter years of her life with her third marriage to multi-millionaire industrialist, art collector and philanthropist, Norton Simon. They met at a party hosted by fellow industrialist and art collector Walter Annenberg. Norton Simon appointed Jennifer Jones as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, President and Executive Officer of Norton Simon Museum before he passed away. After his passing, she began working with architect Frank Gehry and landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power on renovating the museum and gardens.

Learning about her life and legacy makes me love my name more! I’ve always been interested in visiting the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena but now it’s a must-see. I think I shall drag the bf one day since he lives in the area.

When My Mother Retires

…she should work at a Korean market.

  1. She speaks Korean and English.
  2. She’s friendly, kind and helpful.
  3. She’s cute and adorable.

Example A

A store worker was cooking samples of oyster mushrooms and a non-Korean woman asked her how she was making it but the worker’s English was limited so they had a hard time communicating. My mom overheard and stepped in to explain. She even threw in her own cooking tips. Hahaha. The worker was so impressed by my mom’s English! As my mom was explaining things, the worker asked me how long my mom has been living here and I said over 30 years. The worker was so shocked because she’s only been living here for 4 years. She said she hopes her English becomes as good as my mom’s.

Example B

During this same grocery store trip an elderly white man was looking for Japanese bread crumbs and another Korean store worker couldn’t really understand him so my mom stepped in to help. The worker told me and my sister that my mom was very kind for helping him. This is when I told my mom she should work at the store when she retires and she jokingly agreed. But I’m actually serious. She needs a part-time job or something to keep herself busy when she retires because she’s not the type to just sit at home, unless it’s the weekend.

YouOut

A new year means reflection time and today I want to reflect on my time as Co-Chair of the Youth Outreach Committee in APEX. Our committee consisted of only three people but were able to accomplish a lot in one year. Apple as our fabulous Director and Danric as Co-Chair #2, I’m #1. We loving called it “YouOut” since YO was already taken by the Youth Olympics Committee.

Apple, Danric and I met each other for the first time at the beginning of the year and we instantly bonded! It felt like we’ve been friends our whole lives so we easily worked together and played together 🙂

YouOut playing together: eating, drinking, dancing and even Knott’s Berry Farm!

Program 1: Kids Reading to Succeed

We started a new partnership with Kids Reading to Succeed. KRS is different from the Reading to Kids program because the kids read to you! Each volunteer is paired with a kid to discuss their reading material verbally and in writing. This helps the kids develop their reading comprehension and analytical skills.

After the reading hour, KRS brings in special guest speakers to demonstrate how reading plays an essential role in your everyday life and profession. One month they brought in people from the entertainment industry to share about how reading is a vital part in making a movie.  Then, they passed out scripts of a scene from the The Lion King and had the kids act it out in groups. It was so cute watching the kids applying their reading skills to a fun activity!

I believe this program helps inspire a love of reading.

Program 2: Career Seminars at KYCC and LTSC

Last year’s monthly career seminars at Koreatown Youth & Community Center were a success so we expanded it to also serve the Little Tokyo Service Center. Each month we brought in speakers to highlight a different industry which included Dance, Medical, Fashion, etc. And we did our best to pick a theme based on the kids interests. My favorite seminar was the one on Dance because it showed the kids that they can pursue their passion in the arts and still make a living. We brought in a professional salsa dancer, a dance instructor and a choreographer who each shared about their journey in their careers.Dance Speakers

Veterinarian Speakers

Program 3: Youth Mentorship Program

We created a new program this year to pair young professionals as a positive role model for at-risk youth. We did a three month pilot program with a few mentors and mentees and it went so well that all the participants want to continue meeting in the new year! I’m so proud of Danric and Apple! They put in a lot of work developing this new program and it was a great success. I can’t wait to see how it grows next year under a new Director.

The last AYM (APEX Youth Mentors) meeting

*tear* I’m going to miss my precious YouOut committee. We had a GREAT year and I’m so grateful for the work we did and most of all our friendship. *tear*

2011 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

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