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Cheers to 2015!

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Dear readers,

This my 50th post – wow!

Taking this time to wish everyone a joyous, healthy and prosperous year 2015. May this year be filled with wonder and grace and all your wishes and dreams come true.

This year, I am anticipating a few big life changes including a move to a new city! More to come on that… I’m also leaving for the Philippines tomorrow. I am going to be writing about my experience of living abroad at http://euninthephilippines.wordpress.com. I am nervous and more importantly excited and thankful for the amazing adventures ahead. As my friend M constantly reminds me, He makes no mistakes and everything has its perfect timing. Amen to that.

“I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

Our time is a gift and I pray that every moment is like a miracle in your life. Happy new year! :)

Toodles noodles! <3

Eunice

Written by eunicemoon

01/01/2015 at 1:56 PM

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Christmas Time In New York

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Breathtakingly beautiful stars hanging from the ceiling at the Time Warner building at 10 Columbus Circle.

New York, NY, where dreams are made up, these streets will make you feel brand new, and big lights will inspire you. There has got to be a point where I say I’ve had enough of NYC. Until then it’s my favorite U.S. city other than my home sweet home, San Francisco!

Thanks to AA’s sweet flight deals and my random urge to see the xmas lights in NY, I had a really nice time in Big Apple in early December. A few highlights: visiting Columbus Circle (multiple times), catching up with my gals B, V and F, seeing the Henri Matisse exhibition at MoMA, and reading (and finishing my book!) at random cafes. I would have loved to get an original cronut at Dominique Ansel but the thought of taking the subway and waiting in line at 6AM in the temperature 30s sounded unappealing.

Three food & beverage spots I enjoyed and would love to go back to:

  • ABC Kitchen (35 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003) in Union Square. It’s an American restaurant, one of Chef Jean-Georges’s restaurants. It’s a large venue but B and I had to wait an hour+ for a table. Drinks, foods, service, ambiance and location, they were all very good.
  • Whitehall (19 Greenwich Ave New York, NY 10014) in West Village. It’s a british pub slash restaurant that had cozy ambiance with brick walls and fresh pine wreaths in celebration of the holiday season. You know me loving everything british. This place gets an A+.
  • Cafe Grumpy (200 W 39th St New York, NY 10018) in Midtown. Service was meh but the place was good for reading and they had a delicious rosemary currant scone that paired well with my hot coffee, so. Recommend.

More pictures:

Special exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.

An elementary school field trip I suppose. The curator was asking some really open-ended questions about the artwork and these kids’ answers were darling.

See right. My absolutely favorite thing: A 36 foot tall rose by Isa Genzken. WOW.

Inside of the Grand Central Terminal. Look at that symmetry.

Times Square. I have many snaps (all from similar angles) of this – that’s for sure!

Empire State Building, wow!

Celebrating B’s birthday at ABC Kitchen!

Lots of walking. Always in this city.

Lunch at Ciao for Now, a small cafe in East Village. I got to eavesdrop on a conversation between two moms and then had the entire restaurant to myself for a good hour. Topped that treat off with a warm apple turnover. HEH.

In good company. Always okay.

A little bit of decadent, a whole lot delicious

Rainy night that night.

Last day in NY. The lady did not take Photo 101. Angle, lights, timing, not perfect.

Christmas decor sighting during the day. A must.

A picture of the nutcracker. Obvi.

Breathtakingly beautiful stars hanging from the ceiling at the Time Warner building at 10 Columbus Circle.

Times Square, the iconic.

Overwhelmed, overjoyed and overly excited and rejuvenated in this city. Every time. :)

Written by eunicemoon

12/31/2014 at 5:01 PM

A day in Chicago

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A glorious Wednesday in Chicago! What a trip.

Happy be-lated hump day! My short one-hour layover had turned into a full-day adventure and I had a nice time with A in this windy city! This year, very unexpectedly, I spent more than a month (in total) in Chicago! Well.. in the Chicago area since I spent majority of that time in St. Charles, IL. Oh, where this job takes me… We started the day at Millennium Park, walked to Navy Pier and around and around and then ended the night at… Millennium Park. HEHE. That is all for this post. For recommendations, see my older Chicago posts – dang, I’ve written heaps there!

Welcome to Chicago! To me. By me.

Millenium Park

Wrigley Building, Magnificent Mile.

A reflection of the building

Navy Pier with A

Ice rink at the Millennium Park

The Bean at the Millenium Park

A flat city Chicago is.

Farewell!

Written by eunicemoon

12/08/2014 at 5:08 PM

Posted in Chicago, Midwest

A long weekend in the Pacific Northwest

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In celebration of her XXth birthday, Mrs. Moon decided to grace this Emerald City with her presence this past October. She came for a bit less than a week and we took a day trip to Portland and another one to Vancouver and spent a full weekend in good ol Seattle. We had a rental car and wanted to take it easy with sightseeing, so these trips were a breeze.

Happy birthday mommy!

Seattle: Hands down a special city that is so close to my heart always! See older posts for recommendations. You’ll notice a few repeatedly recommended venues: Shiro’s, Spur (for its Salmon Crostini, a bite of heaven), any of Tom Douglas’s restaurants (Serious Pie to name one) and Din Tai Fung in Bellevue (sesame buns for the win).

Actually, let me add one more to this list: Mamnoon (this middle eastern restaurant will blow you away with its utterly delicious foods and cocktails. It’s a completely renovated former garage across from Melrose Market and will not disappoint anyone. Says me.)

Portland: I like this city for its good and affordable restaurants and cafes, laid back and environmentally conscious culture, sales tax free shopping and International Rose Test Garden (oh man, this garden is one of the bests I’ve seen!) Let me explain and share photos from a few notable sites. Here I go! :)

  • Japanese Tea Garden: This is a traditional Japanese garden occupying 5.5 acres in the west hills of Portland. There’s an admission fee and a mini hilly trail everyone has to walk on to get to the main entrance. No dogs allowed (sadly, Kiwi couldn’t go in).

Japanese Tea Garden in Portland.

Japanese Tea Garden in Portland.

Japanese Tea Garden in Portland.

Japanese Tea Garden in Portland.

Japanese Tea Garden in Portland.

Japanese Tea Garden in Portland.

Japanese Tea Garden in Portland.

KOI fish!

Leaving the Japanese Tea Garden. A family portrait. :)

Left the Japanese Tea garden and onto the Portland Rose Garden, which was WOW!

  • International Rose Test Garden: One of the most gorgeous inspiring gardens I’ve been to. It is a ROSE garden. Came close to Palazzo e giardino Giusti in Verona in terms of awe. There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather. New rose cultivars are continually sent to the garden from many parts of the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland’s nickname, “City of Roses.”

Portland Rose Garden

My adorable Mrs. Moon

Portland Rose Garden was one of the most gorgeous gardens I’ve seen :)

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden

Our last stop was the Powell’s Bookstore, the largest independent bookstore in the US!

Vancouver: I really enjoyed the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver. You should make the reservation in advance.

  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Vancouver: I love a nice tea time in good company – it’s so perfect to connect and relax and enjoy the moment. After going through a few review searches, I found the Fairemont Vancouver to be the one to take my ma. This Fairmont was going through a renovation at the time when we went so the lobby entrance was covered in white canopy tents. We spent two hours on the top floor, chatting and sipping the tea and munching on goods. This is a fantastic mother-daughter thing to do in Vancouver.

Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel

My mommy and I

Do you like it? Yes!

  • Granville Island: A clear blue Canadian sky,  ocean, a congregated shopping district that features day vendors, artists, fresh flowers and plants, public market that sells local goods and foods… A perfect blend of things I adore! If you like farmers markets, then you’d enjoy a visit to this “island”.

At Granville Island :) for sightseeing

Fresh flowers!

Welcome to Granville Island!

Me & my mother. She was so happy. :) We had a really nice time.

A cool wall art! That is me.

<3

Inside of the Public Market! Fresh fruits and flowers – everywhere.

Granville Island

Our drive started in Seattle… En route to Vancouver!

A few minutes later… En route to Vancouver!

Then it started to get crazy… En route to Vancouver!

then we got to the border and the sun came out. Thank God!

Hello U.S. Canadian border! :) Weather, you are way too dramatic. ;)

Finishing the post with one of the first pictures my mom and I took when she arrived. :) At my favorite gastropub, Spur in Belltown.

So blessed.

Written by eunicemoon

10/15/2014 at 3:30 PM

Seattle, Washington

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This is a picture post.

Enjoy some gorgeous photos of the last Summer days in Seattle…

Love the ordinary <3


“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are, let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.” ~Mary Jean Iron

When sun comes down… ♪ ♫

Hi, it’s me! :)

Buona notte bello! <3

Written by eunicemoon

08/26/2014 at 10:22 AM

Posted in Pacific Coast, Seattle

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