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My sleep schedule since I got back on Tuesday:





UGH.  I feel sick, nauseated and drugged.  Let’s see if I will finally fall asleep at work, sitting at my desk.  I should’ve taken an Ambien or Nyquil to assist in the transition back.

And I realize that there’s something wonky with the chart, and that the AM part should maybe be first and match up to the dates, but I don’t have enough brain capacity right now to figure it out.  =/


Things To Eat in Taiwan

I make lists for everything, so why would wouldn’t I have one for the things I CAN’T WAIT TO EAT in Taipei?!

Some of these things are not easily found here, yes even in NYC, so I am super excited to have:

大腸包小腸 [Little Sausage in Big Sausage]
Taiwanese pork sausage with a bigger “sausage” made out of sticky rice wrapped around it.  It’s the Taiwanese version of the American hot dog!  Found at street markets and I have not been able to find it in the US.  Ever.  Not even in Arcadia, CA. Though I was there only once.

木瓜牛奶 [Papaya Milk]
Before living in Taipei back in 2002, I didn’t like papaya all that much.  Then I discovered this drink – we lived above a bubble tea place – and had to restrict myself to one per day, and then only on the days I went to the gym.  Yes, it’s so good that I used it as a reward for working out.  It’s possible to find the drink here, but it tends to be powdered papaya mix and not the fruit.  Even making it at home isn’t that same.  I’m convinced the milk is different there.  Probably extra full-fat.  =P

蚵仔麵線 [Oyster Vermicelli] or with large intestine, which I prefer
There’s a place called Ximending, which is kind of like the Taiwan Harajuku, and there’s a shop called 阿宗面線 that specializes in this dish, but with the intestines.  It’s not really vermicelli but a type of thin noodle called misua.  It’s SO good with lots of black vinegar and cilantro and chili.

燒仙草 [Hot Grass Jelly]
This is also another dish that has gotten easier to find here but it’s only available in Taipei in the winter.  When hot the jelly is more of a gooey soup, and the vendor/shops will add things into it, as you would for shaved ice.  I would always add mung bean, red (azuki) bean, boba or the sweet potato balls.  YUM.  When I left Taipei, I was desperate to find it in some form, and was able to find a mix.  Now I think Chinatown shops sell it in packets.

燒餅油條 [Fried cruller in this flaky flatbread] with 豆漿 [Soy Milk]
A typical Taiwanese breakfast.  You can dip the cruller sandwich into the hot and slightly sweetened soy milk.  The combination just melts in your mouth, its so good.  We used to eat this at home when we were younger – until my mom probably decided it was too much of a pain to go to Flushing each weekend to get the goods.

Here are some others that can be found here or my mom can make it for me:
皮蛋瘦肉粥 [Century Egg with Pork Rice Porridge]
牛肉麵 [Beef Noodle Soup]
包子 [Buns….any kind!]
豬血糕 [Pork Blood & Rice] – kind of like soondae?

To be edited….with more selections and pictures (hopefully) when I return!

A Packing List

I hate packing light.  But this trip to Thailand/Taiwan and its mulitple flights with its different checked baggage limitations means I can only do the ONE checked bag.  And that’s the biggest suitcase we own.  Whenever I plan for a trip, I inventory the clothes so I know I have enough outfits to last me the entire trip.  On this one, I’ll definitely need to rewear things a few times and try to find somewhere to do laundry.

That’s 1 medium hardcase, 1 small carry on, 1 camera bag, 1 duffel carry on and a backpack (not pictured).

Want to see what’s in them?  I only inventoried my stuff, not Pooh’s.  He has so little its ridiculous.  Except for the shoes–he’s got five pairs, same as me. 

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I wish I was here:







When it comes to vacation planning, I am not in the habit of having to really plan since  our trips are usually domestic.  But I realized today that our Taiwan/Thailand trip will require a bit of looking ahead.

l:  Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei (I used to live right across the street!)
r:  Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) at the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Need to do:
– check visa requirements
– book our Krabi flights already
– research airport hotels for our 2 layovers in Bangkok
– draft itinerary for the trip
– figure out what day to go see Grandma in south Taiwan
– get cousin Lily’s itinerary

Need to buy:
– travel journal
– small cross body bag
– electric adapter/converter
– travel pillow (for Pooh; I have one)
– 32G compact flash card
– travel guides for Taiwan and Thailand
– presents for Oliver & Isaac

Bon appétit!

This takes meal planning to a whole new (international) level – I think I have finally nailed down where we’ll be eating in Paris! Reservations have been made for the places that will accept them this far in advance. When we went last year, I did next to no planning beforehand, and we ended up stepping into random restaurants here and there, with some mixed results. This time, I can’t wait for what’s in store for us!


Lunch at Alain Ducasse and Eric Kayser’s be boulangépicier

Dinner at Au Fil des Saisons


Lunch at La Table de Joël Robuchon

Dinner at Les Papilles


Lunch at L’As du Falafel (Dessert at Berthillon!)

Dinner at Bistrot Paul Bert

Of course the days will also be sprinkled with visits to various boulangeries, pâtisseries, confiseries, etc! So excited – I can’t believe the trip is less than a month away! Allons-y!

Serendipity in NYC

No, not Serendipity 3…or even the 2001 Cusack/Beckinsale flick (although that movie will always hold a special place in my heart because Beam dragged me out to see it with her the night before my LSATs, as a way to get my mind off of the test and just R-E-L-A-X).

1. the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

I stumbled across a folder of my photos from our fall trip to NY, and found this from the Guggenheim:

It makes me laugh because it was SO cold and rainy that day, and we were SO miserably hung over from a rousing night in K-town the night before. Apparently, Roo had taken the camera at some point on Friday and messed with the settings, so there is an entire series of photos that came out completely overexposed. It wasn’t until Saturday evening that I realized! The photo turned out pretty cool, though! Is it too late to claim it was done on purpose in pursuit of a great shot? Hey, WHY NOT!