June 20, 2008

  • 1st Annual South Padre Trip with the Gang!

    We were missing a few people, but we still managed to have a GRAND time. 9 of us in a 15 passenger van (perfect amount of space for us to be comfy) Laying out the whole weekend (though I’m still not dark enough), relaxing, eating, makeup 101, makeovers!, ruleless midnight volleyball, walking along the beach in the wee hours of the morn, souvenir shopping, & polar bears – what?

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    :: Before we headed out, we stopped by Sonic to get a bite to eat – Phat lost 2 tator tots and Michelle wanted to save them, but failed ::

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    :: PINK Wal-Mart!!!!! ::

     

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    :: Sandra & me getting our tan on ::

     

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    :: Dinner at Louie’s ::

     

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    :: Angie & me ::

     

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    :: The boys ‘trying’ to be ganksta ::

     

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    :: Bdubb! ::

     

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    :: RANDOM!!! too bad we didn’t see any! ::

     

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    :: The view from the front of our condo ::

     

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    :: The boys on the balcony overlooking the beach ::

     

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    :: Post midnight walk along the beach ::

     

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    :: On Sunday morning I woke up early to go lay out and this is what greeted me ::

     

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    :: love this ‘model’ pic of Nini (and to think it was totally accidental) ::

     

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    :: Somehow we got our hands on a shopping cart to bring all our stuff downstairs ::

     

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    :: The whities standing in the only shade they could find ::

     

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    :: The Chungs always looking for shade! ::

     

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    :: We finished the trip with a nice meal at “Mamacitas” ::

    Thanks to everyone who came out – it wouldn’t have been the same without you all & thanks to Nini for putting it together and for Quan for driving most of the way! Can’t wait til our 2nd annual trip!!

June 13, 2008

June 3, 2008

  • Weekend getaway with the girls.

    It’s been awhile (ok maybe the first time ever) the 3 of us had the chance to take a mini trip together. It was only an overnight trip, but we did so much! 

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    :: just the 3 of us ::

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    :: while thuy drove, she had her nails buffed by melissa ::

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    :: girls and all our stuff ::

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    :: melissa packed enough for a week long trip – her luggage tripled mine and thuy’s, but we still love her ::

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    :: first eating stop : madam mam’s! i can never get over how good their pad thai is ::

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    :: then off to momokos where we got the new york manhatten (marg introduced me to that drink) ::

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    :: then we went to FlipHappy Crepes! ::

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    :: thuy is HAPPY! ::

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    :: this little trailer can whip up some mean crepes! ::

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    :: but surprisingly enough – it looks better than it tastes – or maybe it was because i got eaten alive by the mosquitos so i couldn’t enjoy it as much as i should have ::

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    :: but being there still made me happy ::

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    :: such a cute pic of thuy ::

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    :: after our crepe stop – we had to pee really bad so we stopped by the nearest fast food place (which happened to be taco bell) and melissa parked as though she OWNED the place ::

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    :: and thuy got these guys to take a picture of us – we told them we had never been to a taco bell before (and they believed us!) ::

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    :: then off to mt. bonnell to enjoy the sunset ::

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    :: and a beautiful sunset it was ::

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    :: can you believe we’ve been friends since we were 3? ::

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    :: afterwards we stopped by coco’s – when thuy stepped out of the car, she tripped – ended up she tripped b/c she had her flip flops on the wrong foot. it was really funny ::

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    :: the soup tastes just like how i remember ::

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    :: then we went back to the hotel to get ready to go out to 4th street – it ended up taking us about 3 hours to get ready, but hey that’s the best part of going out! ::

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    :: thuys’ after pic ::

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    :: melissa’s after pic ::

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    :: my after pic ::

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    :: all ready to go! ::

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    :: we went to meet up doah & janae where miss doah got us in VIP (b/c she rolls like that) thanks, doah! ::

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    :: melissa getting crazy ::

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    :: then we met up another old high school friend, mai ::

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    :: the next morning we woke up and thuy & melissa went downstairs to make us texas shaped waffles – how cute! ::

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    :: then we stopped by highland mall to see what forever 21 had – we ended up getting there before it even opened – we ended up being the first ones in the store – we’re what you would call “true shoppers” ::

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    :: then off to “shanghai” for dim sum ::

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    :: we met up mai, bao tran, and their friends right before we headed back to houston ::

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    :: what a lovely trip with such lovely girls – can’t wait til we do it again! ::

May 22, 2008

  • may

    Just a tiny summary of some of the stuff I’ve been up to – sorry I’ve been so bad at updating!

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    :: lisa. me. van @ lisa’s going away from the marriot party at two rows ::

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    :: The birthday boy as red as the tissue paper ::

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    :: Minh’s bday dinner at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse – look at our porterhouse steak for two! (yes we are matching, but not on purpose!)::

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    :: with the bday boy ::

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    :: Minh’s bday group pic ::

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    :: out with Sophie (my french student) ::

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    :: Sophie with my boys ::

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    :: Catherine, Nini, Sandra, me at Fame celebrating Sandra’s graduation from pharmacy school ::

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    :: Miss Trinh – I haven’t seen her in ages! ::

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    :: On Mother’s Day at church – we had a mini reunion – most of us have known eachother since we were kids ::

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    :: At Sasaki Japanese Restaurant with Benny & Florence – my Japanese class mates ::

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    :: I grew up with these girls and haven’t seen them in about 10 years! Diem & Mai (they are sisters) ::

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    :: Field day at Hermann Park for Sandra’s Birthday ::

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    :: That night I had to go to a wedding where I was the wedding planner and makeup artist – I got to work with Grady again! ::

     

    PASADENA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL 2008

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    :: me and the boy ::

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May 8, 2008

  • taken.

    For those of you who keep up with my facebook, you probably already know the crazy news.. but for those of you who don’t – yes it’s true.. I finally found someone. Unbelieveable right? I’ve been single for 6 years. In that time, I have not dated anyone. It got to a point where some of my friends were a little worried about me. hahaha. I assured them that I was fine, but I just needed to focus on things I wanted to do and I didn’t have time to waste on guys who weren’t worth it to me. I am really picky and never thought that I’d find the right guy..

    We have the same group of friends. While I was away, they replaced me with him. hahaha. We met when I moved back through one of my close friends, Bao. At that time, we didn’t think anything of eachother. We always went to the same group outings, birthdays, etc. We had small talk, but never really knew eachother well. One day, we ended up hanging out one on one and had amazing conversation. We felt like we’d been close for years. We started hanging out everyday after that and realized that we are what the other was looking for. It’s been crazy. I really never thought I’d meet the right guy much less a guy I already knew, but you really never know. God surprises you when you least expect it.  

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May 1, 2008

April 24, 2008

  • new do!

    A much needed day of pampering.. when I stepped out of the salon, I ran into a guy that looked at me and said ”Wow – you got your hair and makeup done – it looks nice, Where are you headed tonight?” I looked at him and said “Nowhere.”

    Sometimes you don’t need a reason to feel pretty.

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    it’s been awhile since I liked my hair turns out after a trip to the salon. thanks to the ladies at renee rae makeup studio: sandra & jennifer!

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    then afterwards a night with the girls. <3

April 16, 2008

  • houston’s japan fest

    In Japan, there were festivals almost every weekend – in Texas, not so much. You betcha I was super excited about the Japan Fest that was at Hermann Park a couple weeks ago! I knew it couldn’t be that good, but I was excited about it anyway because being around anything Japanese makes me happy. =) It ended up being a BEAUTIFUL day out so although there wasn’t craziness going on at the fest, our lil group managed to enjoy eachother’s company in nature. It was wonderful seeing so many friends come out even though we all didn’t get to hang out much.

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    :: me, marg, & melissa ::

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    :: lil ones playing ::

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    :: thatguybehindthecam ::

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    Ok so some of you might know I am not really a “dog person” – I mean it’s not that I don’t like them, just that I’m kinda scared of them. hahaa. Also I’m allergic to most dog hair. Then at the festival I saw THIS dog and man oh mannnnnnnnnnn.. he was the CUTEST thing EVERRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!!!!!!! We saw him from afar and really wanted to take a pic of him, but we were a little shy (me, shy? I  know right!?) So our friend David stopped by to talk to the owners as he was leaving and told them that we wanted to take a picture of the dog. The owners were super sweet and walked by us so that we could play with what we call “THE LION DOG” Not only is he CUTE, but he also had the CUTEST personality!!! He was shy, too!! While we were all googoogaga-ing over him, he ran behind his owner and hid. =)

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April 1, 2008

  • he will not get away with it…

    As I was sleeping peacefully this morning, my aunt runs into my room and says “Mylinh (my Vietnamese name) WAKE UP! Your mom is sick and needs you to pick her up from work!!!!” I jumped out of bed, brushed my teeth, threw on some clothes, and rushed out the door. I took my aunt with me in her car so that she could drive her car back while I drove my mom’s car back home. My mom was dizzy and was feeling weak from throwing up so she couldn’t drive.

    As we were pulling up to my neighborhood, we were stopped at the light. I was in the inner left lane and my aunt was in the lane next to me getting ready to turn. OUT OF NOWHERE this car comes SPEEDING down the street and HITS my aunt’s car. The force was really hard – hard enough to damage both cars pretty badly. The guy then proceeded to back up, and TAKE OFF!!!!!!!!!!!! He freaking did a HIT & RUN!!!!!! That bastard.

    The good news is – the first thing I think of when I see an accident is to get the license plate number and you betcha I remember that guys plates by heart. I kept repeating it to myself over and over and over until I was able to write it down. We also found out the lady that was working at the gas station at that corner was outside at the time of the accident and saw everything - she would be witness number 2.

    I called the police and they came about 2 hours later. By then we had managed to pull my aunt’s car over into a parking lot so that it wouldn’t cause traffic. Her muffler was dragging on the ground. So the police came, we made a police report – I gave him all the information I could remember. He ended up pulling up the license plate information and things seemed to match up – from the way I described the car to the race of the driver. The ambulance even came by to check out my aunt and mom to make sure everything was ok.

    The tow truck came and towed the car to a shop down the street. We called my aunt’s insurance, gave them all the information we knew and then headed over to a chiropractor. The chiropractor got some information and tomorrow my aunt and mom will go back for an xray and some treatment. They will also go see a doctor.

    On the way back to the car shop, the police called me and told me GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!! He went over to the guys house and found the car. The guy tried to hide it in the garage without anyone knowing. When the police came, the dad was home and he had no clue what his son did (the son was away at school). The police didn’t see the car parked outside so he asked to look in the garage. He found the damaged car (his whole bumper was falling off) and the car was exactly how I described it. He gave me all the insurance information and said that he will go find the guy tomorrow. He’s going to get what he deserves. Little did he know that he would get caught. He didn’t know who he was messing with! =/

    Although it really sucks that all this happened, we THANK GOD that

    1) My mom and aunt are ok.

    2) I remembered to get the guy’s license plate.

    3) We had a witness other than a family member who is willing to testify if it comes down to it.

    4) The police officer was wonderful and went to follow up on our case and FOUND the hit & run guy.

    So just remember – if ever you get into an accident – the first thing you should ALWAYS do is WRITE DOWN THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER!!!! It is very important – it doesn’t matter if you don’t remember much else. As long as you have that – somehow, someway – the guilty person will get what they deserve.

    PS. Although its not really funny, my mom, aunt, and I were able to laugh at the fact that we went to pick up my mom because she wasn’t feeling well and she came home feeling worse than she did before. =/

    UPDATE: Yesterday I ended up taking my mom and aunt to the ER because my aunt was throwing up a lot the night before and they were both having a lot of pain. The doctor there said they were ok, thank God! While I was in the ER – the police called me and told me GREAT NEWS! He ARRESTED THE GUY AND THREW HIM IN JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!! I feel like this happened on behalf of all the people who have ever been involved in a hit and run!!!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyyy! Good people can win in the end!!!! =)