December 2016 Favorites

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I know 2017 is already here but I kind of want to rewind back to December again in some ways because December was an unexpectedly good month for me. That’s the thing about the Christmas season, everyone just seems to be in a better mood than usual and you are just extra cruel to do anything bad to someone at Christmas so usually they just wait until the 26th to do something mean. At least in my experience. Maybe you’re the Grinch. I don’t know. Over Christmas, it was almost a constant influx of guests at my house and I got to spend time with family that I hadn’t seen in a really long time (3 years in fact). It’s crazy how someone can change in that time and your perceptions of them are kind of blown out of the water.

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Our family photo is so on point. My cousin in the back is posing like a fucking bodyguard. My brother is separated from us by the stairs…

Of course, the more important part is getting to eat all the food..

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Do you know how you can tell this is a Viet gathering? All of those aluminum trays..

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Mama D’s pasta. It was so delicious and the service was even better than the food.

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Omg this is making my mouth water. Cream Pan’s strawberry croissant with cream inside and powdered sugar on top. 

I also got to enjoy the season with my friends. We went ice skating and I suck at ice skating so, so much that it was shameful. I had to have someone holding me throughout most of the allotted time  but it was still fun nonetheless.

I also went to see the Christmas lights near my hometown. It is insane how creative and decorative people get with their Christmas lights.

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This was the sweepstakes winner for this neighborhood.

There are some crazy lights during this time of year. I also went to see a single house where the whole house was covered in lights and it changes colors and you can even tune into a certain radio station to listen to it while you watch it.

I did my annual tradition of Secret Santa; I got Exploding Kittens that I’ve been wanting for a while. This is so fun and very nearly the perfect icebreaker. The rules are so simple anyone can play and there’s both luck and strategy involved. Basically your goal is to not draw an exploding kitten. I played a lot of games in general in December like poker, Heads Up, Monopoly, and Forbidden Island but this one’s my favorite.

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I actually didn’t listen to a lot of Christmas music in December which is kind of unforgivable but I did listen to Pentatonix’s Christmas album with Hallelujah being my favorite out of the songs. In terms of other music, I fell in love with The Weeknd’s new album Starboy. I honestly like all the songs but my favorites are Six Feet Under and Party Monster. I also liked the hip hop song Black Barbie by Nicki Minaj and Mike Will Made It. It was nice to go back to popular hip hop last month.

Writing this post made me really happy. I mean writing on this blog makes me happy in general but it was nice to go back down memory lane. Wow, I’m making it seem like this was 10 years ago even though it was only last month. But yeah, that was my December. Let me know what your last month of 2016 was like =)

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The Last Bookstore and LA!

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I meant to write this in November when I actually went but here we are in January and I’m just now writing it. Wonderful timing, Carolyn.

Anyways, The Last Bookstore! And LA! I’ve only been to LA once before this about 4 years ago and even then I only went on the UCLA campus and didn’t get to really explore the city.

I don’t know if the Last Bookstore is just famous here in SoCal or if everyone else knows about it but it’s a pretty big deal here.

Inside, the lighting is fairly dim and the first thing you see, obviously, is just rows of tall bookshelves and stands with books on them. It’s interesting that they sell both used and new books. So far, a fairly typical bookstore. But it gets really interesting as you go up to the second and third floors. It just has a more vintage looking feel to it as you go up. The bookshelves seem dustier, the lighting is a little dimmer. The cool part is that the bookshelves are not perfectly straight and they’re oriented in a way that makes you feel like you’re walking though a maze of bookshelves.

But I guess the Last Bookstore has a lot more to offer than just books, they also have a section rare or special collector books that can be up to $500 and there’s also a lot of coffee table books. They also have a section for vinyl CDs and an art gallery section that showcases a lot of original paintings and art.

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And of course, I had to take the iconic book circle picture..

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There are so many things to do here (if you can get through all that traffic..heh). There’s parks like Echo and Grand Park.

Echo Park

Echo Park

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The water was really cold but you do what you have to for the picture 😉

Grand Park is really cool because there’s little shelves meant to trade books with other people. The types of books in there were another story -_- (ain’t nobody got time for all them history textbooks)

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There’s some awesome food places like:

Guisados (tacos)-Really generous with the spice but really good nonetheless.

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A Ramen/udon place that I forgot the name of..It was really good though

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Coco’s bc boba (do i need to explain myself no i don’t); Korean food at a stand near the Fat Sali’s (also forgot the name of)

Another ramen place where your noodles don’t come with the broth and you have to dip your ramen into the soup and eat it like that (hence the name dipping ramen). I would go here less for the taste than the novelty of it.

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Donut place in Little Tokyo (Bacon doughnuts people) I’ll let you think of that what you will..but the combination actually tasted pretty good..

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From left to right: Me, my friend, my other friend

 

Well that was my day in LA! I actually ended up spending the weekend there but I didn’t get that many pictures (fail) and my friend and I took the bus to Santa Monica and we just went to the beach and the outlet mall. For this trip, I really wanted to go to the Broad Museum and the bench that was featured in 500 Days of Summer but I didn’t end having the chance to..Let me know if you’ve been to LA and what you did there so I have ideas for my next trip 😉

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