I quit the 30 Day Ab Challenge

It rained this morning, so it’s slightly getting cooler.  I don’t know how to dress for this weather.  It was only about 60 degrees, so I put on a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt to go to H&M to look for a bridesmaid dress.  Turns out the green retro dress was very poorly made and not wearable, so we had to go with another option.  Still not confirmed as the final option yet, but I found a purple satin wrap dress online at H&M that might be passable as a bridesmaid dress, so I went to check it out.   Continue reading

My first-ever keratin hair treatment

Summer’s finally arrived in Switzerland, and I’ve been too busy trying to enjoy the nice weather to write any blog posts lately.  But now I’m home alone on a Friday night, and I really don’t feel like working on any items from my to-do list, so it’s time to write a blog post!

Today I got my first-ever keratin hair treatment.  My friend E- was telling me about it for some time now, recommending it to bring some shine to and to tame my frizzy, damaged hair.  My natural hair is a bit wavy and quite dry, although I do have an oily scalp.  E- did the keratin treatment years ago in Hong Kong said it gave her fantastic results, so when I saw a Zürich Groupon offer for Keratin, wash, haircut, and blowdry for only CHF 159 instead of CHF 610, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out.   Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – Part Deux

It’s 11 pm and my eyes are burning.  I think it’s time to pound out this blog post and get myself to bed.  The Yelp reviews will have to wait until tomorrow.  😛

This past Monday, I wrote a post on the Six Degrees of Separation.  At the time, I wanted to share a commercial directed by my brother’s wife’s brother, but I wasn’t sure if I could, due to any privacy issues or whatnot.  But now I have permission to share, so here it is–a lovely Longines commercial with Hong Kong singer/dancer/actor Aaron Kwok, directed by Jimmy Lu and Sharon Yeung.

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Duanwu Festival (端午节)

Today is Duanwu Festival (端午节, Duānwǔ Jié), also known as Dragon Boat Festival (龍舟節) and the Double Fifth (雙五節).  It’s the 5th day of the 5th month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar.  I affectionately dub it Zhongzi (粽子) Day, in honor of the lovely packets of glutinous rice, also known as Bachang (肉粽) in Taiwanese.  Traditionally, we celebrate this day by eating yummy zhongzi and racing dragon boats.

So what did I do today to celebrate in Switzerland?  Nothing.  This event isn’t really celebrated here.  Aww…  shucks.  :/   Continue reading

New Goal: 30 Day Ab Challenge

Warm weather has finally arrived in Zürich, and I’m starting to go out with friends again.  But after all the drinks and dinners, I’ve pretty much lost all the progress I made with the 30 Day Squat Challenge, and my weight and waistline is slowly creeping up again.  I can’t help it;  I just love food too much.

I was going to let it all slide, given that I’m older now and have learned to embrace my more womanly body…  but there is nothing like hanging out with girlfriends to make one suddenly self-conscious about one’s figure.  😛

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Six Degrees of Separation

Yeah…  I’m avoiding doing my German homework again by writing another blog post.  Tee-hee-hee…

I guess the joke’s on me though, because my German still sucks.  :O

Anyway, I’m just going write this post and then will focus on studying German again.  I promise.  Ok, well…  maybe tomorrow.  But I will definitely get to die Deutsch lernen by the end of this week.

So…  last week I was having lunch with my coworkers when one of them mentioned that she had watched Fast & Furious 6 over the weekend.

“Did you know that the director’s my cousin’s cousin?” I mentioned to the group.  “Yeah, the director is Justin Lin, and I’m distantly related to him by marriage–not by blood though.”   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Coca Cola Barbecue Chicken

???????????????????????????????Since U.S. Men’s soccer is playing against Germany today, I figured that it would be fitting to do a good ol’ American style meal for dinner.  In comes the Slow Cooker Coca Cola Barbecue Chicken recipe that I found on Pinterest, courtesy of Six Sisters’ Stuff website.  (Oo…  side note:  USA just scored again.  2-0 to Germany.  Yay!)   Continue reading

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

???????????????????????????????I used to volunteer quite a bit in the United States.  I think it was ingrained in us as Americans to help others out when possible.  As a Girl Scout, I remember visiting the local retirement home and celebrating the 102nd birthday of one of the residents and singing Xmas carols at the mall during the holidays.

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