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Bill's Bachelor Party!
A TV commercial was filmed at our house! Time Warner Cable
filmed a humorous commercial marketing, what else –
Time Warner Cable. It was surprisingly great fun having dozens
of film crew, actors/actresses, etc. running through our house.
The only downfall was that filming started at 2:00pm on a
Friday and did not end until 6am Saturday morning. So we didn’t
sleep a wink. Overall, we’d most likely do it all over
again if given the opportunity
Happy Birthday Joan! Our good friend Joan celebrated
her birthday in their newly remodeled home – one
word… WOW! What a beautiful remodel! It was great
fun seeing Chuck, Joan, some old swing dancing friends,
and meeting new ones as well. We
posted a few pics here… don’t be fooled;
it wasn’t just all dogs at the party. hehe
We celebrated our 2-year wedding anniversary
on August 23! Yay Us!
Chaya was spayed. It was a tough decision but we finally
decided that we would not be breeding her with Coco. Surgery
went well and she’s back to being crazy as usual.
Beach BBQ! At the end of August we had a fun Beach Day
at Huntington Beach – check
out the pics here.
Concerts!!! We went to a plethora of concerts in the last
few months including: The Killers, Tegan and Sara, Tiesto,
Coldplay, and the Dave Matthews Band. We had a great time
at all of them, even at the Tiesto concert where someone
(<cough> Cheryll <cough>) had tee many martoonis
that night! Here are some pictures
from the Tiesto show.
Batman Begins – 2 thumbs way up! Cheryll just
adores Christian Bale
Wedding Crashers – 2 thumbs up! Raunchy humor
at its best!
March of the Penguins – 2 thumbs up! Probably
one of the most entertaining documentaries we’ve
Constantine (on DVD) – 2 thumbs in between –
we both thought this movie had potential but with Keanu
Reeve’s acting and the mis-Direction, it got a
bit lost in itself
06.12.05 ~ Hello friends and family! Well
it's been almost 5 months since our last post (kinda embarasssing),
but we've been keeping busy with lots of fun and exciting
things. Some of the things we've done recently are - started
to play tennis, installed hard-wood floors in our home, and
we also recently went to Disneyland and California Adventures
- Tower of Terror is such a great ride!
Quick recap of our weekend - Friday we went
to see "Mr & Mrs. Smith". Overall we liked it,
the entertainment and "eye candy" value was very
high. Last night (Saturday) we decided to celebrate, a few
days early, Evan and Jeff's b-days, so we took Evan to Burke
Williams and spent a few hours relaxing and enjoying massages,
and then we had dinner at Table
. The food there is absolutely amazing and so is the
ambiance, the only negative thing was that we had to wait
40 minutes even though we had reservations
01.27.05 ~ Hello everyone! Hope all is well
for all of our friends and family. It's been a while since
our last update so we have LOTS to share. Over the holidays
we took a two week trip overseas to the Philippines and Hong
Kong. Our main purpose was to visit family, but we also did
some diving and TONS of shopping (just ask Cheryll, hehe).
We just uploaded all of our pictures from our trip - they
are under the "Trips and Vacations" folder. Click
here to see them now
. Here are some of our favorite photos:
Diving - sea coral
12.01.04 ~ Happy Holidays to everyone! It's
hard to believe that it's already December 1st! We hope all
of our friends and family had a safe and festive Thanksgiving.
We had a very low-key Thanksgiving; six people including ourselves.
It was defintely nice to get some R & R. So tonight we
put up X-mas lights inside and outside our house. A few of
our neighbors had their lights up the day after Thanksgiving,
so we felt motivated to get ours up.
In other news, a new PC game came out last week - World
. Jeff bought two copies the day it came out,
one for each of us and we have been hooked solid on it since.
It is an amazing game with very detailed character development
and play. It's an MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role
Playing Game, so there are thousands of other people playing
the game same time as you.
11.08.04 ~ What a pleasant weekend! It's definitely
getting colder, winter is upon us. So we had our final golf
lesson yesterday - overall we feel that it was worth it. We'll
probably sign up for the intermediate class sometime soon,
but after we practice some more of what we learned in the
intro. If anyone is interested in the program that we just
completed it's the Nike
Golf Learning Series
. We just completed the Tee It Up
1: The Front Nine class.
A bunch of Jeff's relatives were in town
this weekend including his Grandma, Aunts, Uncle, and Cousin
Ed. We had dinner with them on Saturday night. It was really
nice seeing them and catching up. We're hoping another big
event (e.g. wedding) will take place in the next year or
so to bring us all together again. Click
here to see all the photos from dinner
Dinner with Grandma Hao Bu and Aunts
11.06.04 ~ Wow, it's hard to believe we're
in November already - we really love this time of year, the
dangerous part about it is that it makes us feel like shopping!
Anyhow, last night we went to see The
. Cheryll has been so anxious to see the movie
and it finally opened. We both really enjoyed it - two thumbs
way up! We're definitely going to see it again sometime soon.
Earlier this week our favorite DJ - DJ
Tiesto released his "Parade
of the Athletes" CD. He performed for the opening
ceremonies of the Olympics and created a special set for it.
It is really awesome!
10.31.04 ~ Happy Halloween! This weekend went
by so quickly (as they always seem to do), but largely due
to all the activities we had going on. Thankfully we all had
an extra hour of sleep - yes!
Today we had our third golf lesson, it was
focused on putting and pitching. Afterwards we met up with
Evan and Erik to play a round of golf. Unfortunately, we had
to stop after the 16th hole because it was getting too dark.
Since we turned the clocks back today it's definitely getting
much darker earlier. We did make it back home in time however
to give out plenty of cavities, we mean candy, to all the
kids in the neighborhood.
Yesterday we had a belated birthday party
for Cheryll's Dad. We invited several friends of his to come
over for some BBQ and drinks.
Friday night Paul, Elisa, and Sara came over
with their pumpkins to carve. We expected nothing less than
awesome pumpkins from the artistic family. Click
here to see all the pumpkin carving photos
. After pumkin
carving we watched The Butterfly Effect - two thumbs up from
us. The DVD has two versions - a theatrical version and a
director's cut. We had watched the director's cut earlier
in the week and after watching the theatrical version with
our friends, we agree that we like the director's cut better.
The two versions are really very different.
Can you guess who's is who's?
10.25.04 ~ Yesterday morning we had our second
golf lesson - putting and chipping. It was a beautiful day
to be outside, so beautiful that we met up with Evan and played
18 holes of golf! Jeff applied his chipping lesson on the
18th hole and actually chipped the ball in from about 25 feet
away. Afterwards we had dinner at PF Changs - Oolong Seabass,
Pin Rice Noodle Soup, Changs Spicy Shrimp (with sauce on the
side - an absolute must), Dan-dan noodles, Szechuan Pork,
and Salt and Pepper Calamari - WOW we feasted - oh and we
can't forget the Washington Apple Martinis - yum!
10.23.04 ~ Happy Birthday to Cheryll's Dad!
We went to dim sum this morning and ordered noodles (Hong
Kong style) especially for Cheryll's Dad (it's an asian sign
of longevity and is an absolute must on your birthday). Dad
- may your life be long, healthy, and prosperous!
10.22.04 ~ GO LAKERS! As an early birthday
present, we took Cheryll's Dad to see a Laker game tonight.
It was a double-header: Golden State vs Denver and Lakers
vs Clippers. Although it's still pre-season, the vibe, energy,
and gameplay was fantastic. It was our very first Laker game
in person and we had awesome seats. We got to see Derek Fisher
play, but unfortunately Golden State lost. We also saw some
celebs - Lisa Leslie, Magic Johnson, and of course the entire
Laker team including the injured players - Vlade Divac, Kareem
Rush, Luke Walton, and Devean George. Click
here to see all the photos from tonight's game
. The Lakers
beat the Clippers 113-102. Now if only we can get the same
seats again during the regular season...
Also we just uploaded two videos that we took
with our digital camera from tonight. You can watch them streamed
to your computer. Video
is the Lakers warming up and Video
is Kobe getting fouled but making the shot and then
making the extra point. In order to view the videos you will
need to download and install the free
. We also listed the videos for access anytime
on our Videos page
Kobe entering the court after half-time
10.21.04 ~ Tonight we went out to the Pantages
Theatre to see Twyla Tharpe and Billy Joel's "Movin'
Out". It was surprisingly good. A lot of songs we recognized
- a major blast from the past. During intermission we were
really thirsty, so Jeff bought a soda - a small coke with
ice was $4. The guy next to him bought two bottle waters -
guess how much?....$12! That better be the best darn water
that guy's ever had! The only bad part about tonight is that
we can't get the "Movin' Out" song out of our heads
now! "I'm...movin out!...badada da da dada...badada da
da dada...badada da da dada...."
10.20.04 ~ Hi everybody! Just a few "small"
updates since our last post.
Mike, Alice, and Andrew Jason!
We just started to pick up golf. So far
we're really bad, but hopefully we'll improve now that
we've signed up for lessons. It rained hard this past
Sunday so our lesson was cancelled - BAH! We want to be
really good already, but we know it will take time.
We went pumpkin patching with Paul and
Elisa last Saturday. The temperature is starting to cool
a bit, which made for a perfect Fall day. All of us bought
pumpkins in varying sizes. They also had a bunch of really
old washing machines on display from the early 1900's.
It was pretty cool to see what was considered "high-tech"
back then. There was also a popcorn vendor who sold the
tastiest popcorn ever! We'll probably carve our pumpkins
the weekend of Halloween - FUN! Click
here to see all the pumpkin patching photos.
Paul and Jeff - DAH! Pumpkins
bill, mike, alice (bearing andrew),
jen, jen, christina, irmalinda
best train buddies...forever
09.24.04 ~ Tonight we went to see The Forgotten
with Paul and Elisa... BLEH! I dont' think we'll be adding
this one to our DVD collection. After the movie, we had planned
on meeting up with Cheryll's Dad at the Yardhouse for some
drinks and some grub when the bouncer wouldn't let Cheryll
in due to an expired driver's license! Can you believe it?
The license was 5 days expired and he would not let her in.
So we had to find another place to have drinks and grub (where
we wouldn't get carded!) The only good thing about that was
it made Cheryll feel young again ;o)
09.20.04 ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHERYLL! Another
birthday, come and gone and what an awesome birthday weekend
it was! First, on Saturday night, Jeff took Cheryll to a surprise
dinner with some friends at Trattoria Sorriso. Then on Sunday,
Jeff surprised Cheryll and treated her to a wonderful 80 minute
massage at Burke Williams. That evening, another surprise
was in store -- box seats (and dinner in our box!) at the
Hollywood Bowl for the Summer Series Fireworks Finale! That
night was themed "A Night at the Moulin Rouge" and
the show was fantastic! They had actual Moulin Rouge Can Can
dancers fly in from Montmartre to perform that night. They
were so much fun to watch that it made Cheryll want to be
a Can Can dancer when she grows up... ;o) Today, we celebrated
Cheryll's birthday with family and enjoyed one of the best
dinners we've had in a while -- we went to a place in Santa
Monica called The Lobster and we all agreed this place gets
5 out of 5 stars. The food was magnificent, the drinks were
yummy, the ambience was lovely (180 degree view of the ocean)
and the service was superb. To top it off, Tim Duncan of the
San Antonio Spurs was sitting a couple tables down from us!
Needless to say, it was quite a memorable birthday weekend!
here to see all the birthday photos
Happy Birthday Cheryll!
09.12.04 ~Weekends always go by too quickly.
Friday night we had dinner at Houstons - Hawaiin Rib-eye yummm!
Saturday we had breakfast at our favorite breakfast (and lunch)
place -- Julienne's. Saturday night we saw Collateral with
Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx -- it gets two thumbs up from us.
09.06.04 ~ Hi everyone! WOW, it's been well
over two months since our last update to our site. A lot has
happened since June so there's going to be plenty of stuff
to share including loads of pictures. We hope that we haven't
taken too long of a break such that none of our family and
friends visit anymore. Anyhow, we're going to start things
up again - thanks to everyone for your patience and without
further adieu, here's a summary of what we've been up to the
last couple months...
We finally moved in to our new house in
early July (hence the hiatus from our website updates)
and we have just been busy, busy, busy unpacking and doing
house stuff. Yes, we have become THAT couple that now
makes Home Depot our second home!
Jeff's parents came to visit us for a
few days in late July to go to a wedding plus see the
new house and spend some time with us. It was a fun few
days spent eating great food, seeing some movies, and
having some much needed catch-up time.
In late July, Paul and Elisa invited us
to see Russell Malone at the Jazz Bakery. (Russell Malone
used to play guitar for Harry Connick's band) Wow! What
a great show! He and his band members are very talented.
Friday, August 20 - we had some of Cheryll's
old coworkers come to the new house for some dinner and
some catch up time. Thanks guys for coming over, we had
a great time!
On Monday, August 23, we celebrated our
one year wedding anniversary! WOOHOO! We can't believe
how fast the year went. To celebrate the occasion, we
decided to do something low key so we treated ourselves
to a "Spa Day" at Burke Williams Spa as well
as a romantic dinner at this fabulous French-Vietnamese
restaurant on the west side called Michelia. The restaurant
was so charming... the chef/owner (a petite Vietnamese
woman) even came out and greeted each of her guests ensuring
that everyone was enjoying themselves. This place gets
two thumbs up from us.
You can never get enough magic in Jeff's
life... we went to the Magic
once again, this time with Evan and Evan's
Dad, who had never been before. John George was performing
that week and he was amazing, as always.
We saw the Dave Matthews Band in concert
on Saturday night, August 28. As always, Dave put on an
Yesterday we had a little Labor Day BBQ
-- thanks to all of our friends and family that came by.
The weather was perfect, the food was bountiful, and the
company was as always great. There was some drama in the
early evening, Coco had stepped on a sharp thorn and got
it stuck in his front paw and it took three people to
hold him down while Jeff plucked it out with tweezers.
He was definitely in a lot of pain, but by the end of
the night he was walking on all fours again. Click
here to see all the photos from the BBQ.
Cheryll, Justin, Danube, Bjorn (we think),
there's a snake under our bed!
ahhh sun-shiney day
06.21.04 ~ <YAWN!> Wow we're totally
exhausted. Quick recap of our week / weekend - on Wednesday
the 16th (Jeff's B-day) we flew to Vegas to celebrate with
Evan who also shares the same birthday. We went to our favorite
restaurant of all time - Delmonico
at the Venetian and had probably one of the best dinners EVER.
We pretty much dine there every time we go to Vegas, but this
time we decided to change up the experience and requested
to dine in the kitchen. The restaurant has a "special"
table that is located in a glass room inside the kitchen,
where the chef prepares six dishes of his/her choosing, that
are not on the menu, and personally presents each one to us
as they are served. The experience is coupled with front-row
view of all the kitchen action and, as always, the excellent
service we have become spoiled by. Among some of the dishes
were - antipasto, foie gras, swordfish, and petit filet. Click
here to see all the photos from dinner at Delmonico
played poker for the entire weekend only stopping to eat and
sleep (which was barely any). On Thursday, Jeff entered a
No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament and finished 15th place
out of about 100, unfortunately only the top nine places paid.
We got back from Vegas on Saturday and with less than three
hours of sleep, we went straight to our new home to meet up
with our friend Erik, who is helping us paint the inside.
Jeff's Aunt Gina was in town so that night she took us out
for dinner. Sunday we had to get up at 7am to go back to our
new home to meet up with workers who are refinishing the hardwood
floors. Sunday night, Cheryll took Jeff for a romantic Birthday
dinner at Dolce
here to see all the photos from Dolce
The Birthday Boys!
Do I look 30?
We also just uploaded some pics of Coco and Chaya chilling
on our bed. Click
here to see all the pics.
"Hey you're on MY side of the bed"
06.16.04 ~ Happy 30th Birthday Jeff!
06.09.04 ~ Real quick update since it's getting
late. We just got back from seeing Velvet
at the Wiltern - what an awesome show. Also DJ
new album, Just Be, came out and it is off-da-hook!
Tracks 1, 2, and 3 have been on repeat for the past two days.
Everybody and anybody must go out and get the album and immediately
start jumping to "Traffic" (track 3). Oh one last
bit of exciting news...we closed escrow yesterday!!! We are
06.06.04 ~ Last night we had a dinner at Sorriso
with friends whom Jeff had grown up with (Paul, Dave, and
Max). It's really great to have us all together in California.
Congratulations to Dave and Aliza who recently got married!
here to see all the photos from dinner.
and Elisa came over for a "Cities and Knights" rematch.
We only played one game, which lasted about three hours -
Cheryll won by a slim margin.
Dinner with long-time friends
06.04.04 ~ Friday! Yay! We've got a few things
in store for us for the upcoming weekend -- 1) Harry Potter
(of course) tonight 2) Now that we're closing escrow, we've
got tons of packing to do 3) Our puppy training class for
Chaya ends on Wednesday so that means we have FINALS! Ack!
We are SOOO going to fail. Our instructor gave us a list of
things that Chaya will need to know how to do by Wednesday
and she is able to do only half of the things on the list
-- and that's if she's in a good mood! So we've got some cramming
to do this weekend in hopes of passing the class! Other than
that, if we have any spare time left we'll start thinking
about paint colors for the house.
We just got back from the premier of Harry Potter 3. Wow!
It is by far the best movie of the three. It is also our favorite
book in the series. The director did a great job. The special
effects were perfect. Of course, our "movie curse"
continues to follow us - the girl sitting next to Jeff spent
most of the time during the movie talking to her friends,
talking to the characters on the screen, and laughing way
too loudly during not-so-funny moments (it was kind of a twitchy
nervous laugh). Besides that we are definitely planning on
seeing it again before it leaves the theatres - maybe tomorrow
Harry Potter 3 opening day, and the long line...
06.03.04 ~ So excited - Harry Potter 3 opening
day is tomorrow. After dinner this evening, we went to the
theatre and picked up tickets for tomorrow's premier. But
even more exciting is that this evening, prior to dinner,
we had the final walkthrough of our NEW HOME! Yes, we're finally
going to be home owners, it's a very exciting time in our
lives. More details will be coming shortly.
06.01.04 ~ It's hard to believe we've started
into another month already! This month is even more special
because in 16 days Jeff turns 30! Which, from Jeff's perspective,
is something even harder to believe. What to do from now
until the big 3-0? Let's see.....sky dive, drive a sweet
car around a racetrack, climb Mt. (insert name of something
huge), travel through Europe, get extremely drunk on cheap
beer (because doing that after 30 sounds like you have a
problem rather than just partying hard), volunteer somewhere.
For now the only thing we have planned is see Harry Potter
Prisoner of Azkaban on opening night - now that's a must
before you turn 30! Anyone have any other suggestions?
05.31.04 ~ Finally a long-weekend! We just
finished watching the Lakers beat the Timberwolves and win
the Western Conference! Who would've thought that Kareem
Rush would turn out to be the 3-point King! What an awesome
victory, now on to the Finals...
So we had an excellent weekend hanging out with friends
and playing our favorite board game, Settlers
of Catan - Cities and Knights Expansion
Friday we hung out with Evan and lavished on a decadent
meal at Morels restaurant at the Grove (can anyone say "cheese
overload!"). We then met up with Erik back at our place
and watched a few episodes of The
, which is now our favorite animated show
(we liked it so much we went out and bought two DVD box
sets). We then taught Erik how to play Settlers of Catan
and played that until the wee hours of the night. Surprisingly
Erik, having just learned the game, beat us all.
Saturday Paul and Elisa came over and we watched the Laker
game and had some real good BBQ. We then taught them the
Cities and Knights Expansion (they are already seasoned
SofC players) and played that until real late. One of the
only problems with the game is that it can take up to three
hours to finish one game. At the end of the night only two
games had been completed - Cheryll won the first and Jeff
won the second, but both games went down to the wire. We're
almost certain that a rematch is in order very soon. :)
Today we did some shopping in Old Town and while we were
crossing the street Cheryll heard her name being called
from a car window. It turned out to be one of Cheryll's
"Wedding Channel" friends that had recently returned
from her honeymoon - small world! We enjoyed the rest of
the day strolling and enjoying the not-so-crowded weekend
(it seems that everyone either left LA for the long weekend
or just spent more time at home). It was quite nice to not
have to fight for parking spaces and wait in lines at restaurants,
for the entire weekend
. But like always,
the weekends and long-weekends always go by too quickly...
05.24.04 ~ Hung out at Ben
this past Friday night. It was cool meeting
new friends and playing a large team game of Taboo. We
had lunch with Ilir in Beverly Hills on Saturday and watched
Kill Bill Vol. 1 again that night. Sunday we went to the
at the Long Beach Convention center and then
watched the Lakers lose to the Timberwolves - it was just
an off night for them.
05.19.04 ~ With respect to recent events,
we took an extended hiatus from updating our website to
spend time with family. We are now slowly trying to get
back to our day-to-day activities. Thank you to all of
our close friends and family who have given us so much
love and support through these difficult times especially
over the last several months.
So instead of recapping day-by-day entries for the last
two months, we wanted to just sum it all up:
We have been house-hunting (more
exciting details to come later)
Freddy's Last Day!
We started puppy training class for
Chaya. It's actually training for us to become better
pet-owners. Sit Cheryll Sit! So far Chaya knows - "Watch
Me", "Sit", "Down", and she's
slowly getting "Stay". She is however really
good at "Bite Daddy's Nose" and "Scratch
his legs so that they bleed". We definitely have
good days and bad days.
We have started Bikram
again! We went three days one week and then
four days straight in the next. It has been quite a
long time since we've done anything physical, so we're
happy to be back in it again.
Movies we have seen (in no particular
- two thumbs up (Cheryll's is way up for Brad
Pitt and her honey Orlando Bloom, but he was
kinda a pansy in the movie)
- two thumbs up! Too bad we didn't
see this one in the theater. No wonder Ken
Watanabe was nominated he is fantastic in
the movie as is Tom Cruise
- two thumbs down! This was a long-awaited
movie for Jeff, having read the book twice
it was quite a let-down to have so much get
left out, but that is the problem with novels
that are on the bigscreen
Bill Vol 1 and 2
- two thumbs up! Cheryll
is determined to be "Go-Go" this
coming Halloween. Jeff will be "Pai Mei"
to keep the theme going.
Go Go Yubari
Movies that we are looking forward
03.10.04 ~ Hello everyone! So things have
definitely been hectic for us lately (which is why we have
neglected our website udpates). One of the reasons we have
been busy is that we have a NEW addition to the family. Her
name is Chaya, she was born on November 12, 2003. It took
Coco sometime to get used to her, but I think they're now
closer to pals than mortal enemies, but there's still a long
way to go. Click
here for some pictures
03.07.04 ~ Happy Birthday Cheryll's Mom! Today
is a very special day, Cheryll's mom turns 60 years young.
You go Mom!
03.06.04 ~ Happy Birthday Margaret Jung! Tonight
was Margaret's 40th birthday. We went over to Jeff's cousin
Bill's house for a surprise Hawaiian themed birthday party.
03.05.04 ~ We had dinner with Chuck and Joan
tonight at Morels Steakhouse located at the Grove in LA. It
was the first time we had been there (both the Grove and the
restaurant) and what a great time we had. The food was SO
good. We started with fondue, then french onion soup (Jeff's
favorite), and then we had the bone-in rib steak. We will
definitely be heading back there again soon.
02.28.04 ~ We took Ilir out for lunch today
for a belated birthday. The food was excellent. Afterwards
we strolled Melrose and did some window shopping. One of the
stores we went to was the Optical
Shop of Aspen
. They had a real awesome line of sunglasses
. Jeff noticed that the salesman had on a really
cool bracelet which turned out to be also by Chrome Hearts.
We soon found out that there is a Chrome Hearts store down
the street (one of five in the world). We went over there
and checked out their apparel and jewelry. Very cool stuff,
but you probably don't want to wear too much of it unless
you are a serious rock-star.
02.23.04 ~ HAPPY 6 MONTH ANNIVERSARY TO US!
Yay! Not only are we celebrating our 6 month wedding anniversary,
but Cheryll's parents are also celebrating their 40th wedding
anniversary today! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD!
02.22.04 ~ Happy Birthday Ilir!
02.21.04 ~ Tonight we went to see John Mayer
at the Universal Amphitheatre. It was probably one of the
best concerts we have been to since Coldplay. John is such
an amazing guitarist and it really showed in his live performance.
Our new favorite song is a new one that he performed called
02.20.04 ~ It's a done deal. Today was Cheryll's
last day at work. She resigned from the company she had been
employed with for over 10 years. It was a day full of mixed
emotions but for the most part, she is very happy to be out.
The thing that saddens her most are some of the friends she
won't be seeing on a daily basis anymore. I guess it's time
to start a new chapter in the Book of Work-Life (her new job
starts March 1).
02.18.04 ~ Viva La Boheme! Tonight (as a Valentine's
gift) we went to see Baz Luhrmann's version of Pucini's La
Boheme at the Ahmanson. We had dinner at Nick and Stef's steakhouse
beforehand. The food was good, but the service was mediocre.
The show/opera was fantastic. We are both huge fans of RENT
so now we know where the inspiration came from. The talent
that they have on the show is amazing. What is even more incredible
is that they have eight rotating casts because the singing
is so demanding on the performers. The super/sub titles were
very good and funny. Our favorite was Act 2.
02.14.04 ~ Happy Valentine's Day! Tonight
we decided to have dinner at Sushi Roku and then catch Mystic
River (yes, the curse continues for Cheryll... a couple talked
incessantly throughout the movie, as expected.) We're trying
to see all of the Academy Award nominated films prior to the
Oscars. Now we only have to see Master and Commander left
and we're good to go!
02.07.04 ~ Happy Birthday Mike! Tonight we
went over to Alice and Mike's house to celebrate Mike's birthday
and play some poker.
01.24.04 ~ Jeff's former co-workers came over
tonight to play Settlers
, which has turned out to be a monthly affair.
Evan showed up at midnight to stiffen the competition. We
were up until 4am duking it out over cardboard hexagon tiles
and small wooden game pieces - sound like fun? It's actually
a great game, we highly recommend it!
01.16.04 ~ We went out to see Cold
this evening. We both really enjoyed it. Cheryll
has a movie theatre "curse" where she always ends
up sitting next to someone who has to talk during the movie
either on a cell phone, to themselves, or even to the actors
on the screen. It has gotten to the point where we expect
it to happen and just laugh when it does. Fortunately the
guy sitting next to Cheryll started to talk to himself at
the very end of the movie (in tagalog no less!).
01.12.04 ~ Happy Birthday Robby!
01.02.04 ~ We went to the YardHouse this evening
to celebrate the New Year with old friends and new friends.
We had a great time with lots of drinks and food (only soup
for Jeff as he still is recovering, but well enough to venture
out). Over 20 people showed up including - Paul, Elisa, Daisy,
Andy, Russ, Amber, Neil, and Christine.
01.01.04 ~ Happy New Year! Jeff's fever broke
early this morning, he's still not feeling that good so we're
enjoying the first day of 2004 at home and watching the Rose
Parade on television.
12.31.03 ~ Happy New Year's Eve! Ugh, we think
this is a first, Jeff is sick with the flu / virus and has
a 103 degree fever. Obviously we're both at home and celebrating
12.25.03 ~ It's Christmas once again and we'd
like to wish all of our family and friends a Merry Christmas.
We hope you all have a good holiday of rest and enjoyment.
12.21.03 ~ Happy Birthday Elisa! This afternoon
we went to visit Sheila and Mike at their home for a holiday
"open-house". Afterwards we went to ensushi for
a surpirse birthday dinner for Elisa. Good job planning Paul!
12.20.03 ~ So we've been on the boardgame
kick lately. Sounds kinda geeky, but it's a great (and inexpensive)
means of entertainment. Long gone are the days of Monopoly,
Risk, and even Cranium! There's a whole slew of boardgames
that we have never heard of and have been around for quite
some time, but only recently have we begun to play and really
enjoy! They are all in the category of "strategy"
gaming, but would definitely appeal to all-ages. The games
, and Carcassonne
They all have won numerous awards and we definitely recommend
them to our friends. In fact today we went over to one of
Jeff's friends house and played Settlers of Catan until the
wee hours of the night. For more info check out boardgamegeek.com
we based our game decisions by the Top
and so far we're 3 for 3!
12.19.03 ~ We went over to John and Danube's
house this evening for our annual holiday dinner. Unfortuntely,
our entire annual holiday dinner crew could not attend so
basically it was just us along with Phil (one of John's best
friends) and the twins (of course). The twins are getting
to be so big and some of the stuff they were doing (e.g. responses,
interests, activities) were just amazing. We're both really
glad to be witnesses to their growing-up. Dinner was excellent
and so was the company.
12.17.03 ~ Tonight we saw Lord of the Rings:
Return of the King. It was nothing more than excellent! We
already want to see it again. We're contemplating watching
the first two movies (extended versions) back-to-back and
then going to see Return of the King again, but we're not
sure if we'll find 11 hours of non-stop free time. Something
to put on our calendar sometime soon. :-)
12.13.03 ~ We finally got our wedding video!
Wow, is all we can say. Now that we have finally received
the video, it was definitely worth it. We received two videos
on DVD, a 20 minute "Highlights" and a 2-hour "Full-length".
Both are great, but for most of our friends and family we'll
spare them and just show the 20 minutes.
12.12.03 ~ We both had the day off to go to
Disneyland. Yay! Cheryll's work has an outing to Disneyland
every year. We were really looking forward to the Haunted
Mansion ride because they modify it for the holidays with
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" theme. Last year
we went on the ride about seven times - we liked it that much!
This year after riding it once, we were let down somehow.
Something was definitely missing, which we have yet to put
our finger on. We're thinking maybe it was the music because
last year we came off the ride everytime singing and bouncing.
This year we got off disappointed and cranky. Oh well we still
had a great time. The corndogs and ice cream will always be
good at Disneyland. Yum!
10.22.03 ~ Yay! We got a low-res CD with all
the photos our photographer Marci
took for our wedding!
wedding party on manhattan beach
10.21.03 ~ We went to Boston this past weekend
for our second wedding reception. Thank you so much to Mom
and Dad for hosting such a wonderful banquet. And also THANK
YOU to all of our parents' friends and co-workers for being
there and making it such a memorable event. It was an immense
honor to have so many people celebrate with us. Click
here to see all the photos from the Banquet
Our Wedding Banquet in Boston
Saturday we went to see Tim's (Jeff's cousin) football game.
Currently a Senior, Tim is captain of his team. Although they
lost the game, the team they competed against is the biggest
in the league. Go #20! Click
here to see Tim's Football Game Photos.
tim, just short of a touchdown
On Saturday night we went to this excellent tapas restaurant
on Newbury St. called Tapeo.
When we walked into the restaurant, the place was jammed packed
and the wait was about 45 minutes. Luckily we found two seats
at the bar and so we ate our dinner there and had plenty of
sangrias - yum! Afterwards, we went to visit Tim at Cassava
Boba Lounge on Boylston St. Check
out our photos from the weekend here.
10.12.03 ~ In preparation for our upcoming
wedding banquet in Boston, Cheryll bought a dress today. We're
going to have to break out our winter clothes for the trip...
it's in the 40s already!
10.11.03 ~ Phew - what a hectic day! Today
we went to out to lunch and ran into Jeff's cousin Bill and
his significant other, Margaret. Then we drove an hour to
Riverside to see Sheila, Cheryll's sister. Then we attended
Brenna's birthday party also in Riverside which was very cool,
they had one of those huge bouncy castles and a real pony
giving rides to kids. Then we drove an hour and a half to
Chatsworth to see Evan and Adam perform at Eagles Bar and
Grill. Needless to say we had a really fun time seeinaya/eryone,
but man with all the driving we did today we could have made
it to Vegas.
10.10.03 ~ Happy Birthday John! We went over
to John and Danube's for dinner tonight and hung out with
their twin boys. They're getting much bigger and are starting
to fight over toys (referring to the twins that is, hehe).
10.03.03 ~ We met up with Paul, Elisa, and
Max tonight in Santa Monica. We had dinner at ensushi
then we went to 14
to see the band Rain Fur Rent perform. Sarah, Paul's
youngest sister, is the drummer in the band. They were really
awesome. After they played, Michael
, the lead singer from Rusted
came on and played solo acoustic. It was a huge treat
for Jeff because he listened to Rusted Root and went to a
few shows while in college.
09.28.03 ~ Opening Day at Santa
was today so we went to bet on some ponies with
Paul, Elisa, and Evan. Jeff did pretty well, winning a couple
bucks for almost every race... Cheryll on the other hand,
lost a couple bucks for almost every race. Oh well, we'll
get 'em next time!
09.26.03 ~ Tonight we went to Paul and Elisa's
and they cooked us an awesome chili dinner in celebration
of Cheryll's birthday. After dinner, we hung out and watched
their very cute wedding video and then watched a few diving
videos from our honeymoon.
09.21.03 ~ We have begun the release of our
! Our trip
was definitely something we will never forget, and in an effort
to re-live our memories of paradise and to share with you
what we experienced, our day-by-day journal begins...
09.20.03 ~ Happy Birthday Cheryll! This evening
we went to see Cirque Du Soleil's "Varekai". We're
both huge fans of Cirque
Du Soleil shows
and this one was one of our most favorite
of the traveling shows. A lot of the same concepts, but just
taken to different levels of imagination and execution.
Also earlier this afternoon we went into Santa Monica for
some shopping and we stopped by the pier to see portions of
Bull Flugtag event
- it was definitely quite humorous!
09.17.03 ~ So last night Evan called us to
ask if we were interested in seeing The
with Jason Alexander and Martin Short at the
Pantages. He got fourth row, center seats! Of course we were
interested! ;) We really enjoyed the show and plan on seeing
it one more time before the LA stint ends. For those of you
who haven't seen it yet, go with an open mind and know you're
watching a Mel Brooks production, then sit back and enjoy!
09.13.03 ~ We
just uploaded all of our wedding pictures thus far!
it took a while, but there are a lot of them (and these do
not include the professional photos either, we should be getting
proofs soon for those). A huge THANK YOU goes out to Frank
and Ed, two of jeff's cousins, who each took great photos
with our digital cameras. Also thanks to everyone else who
has emailed us pictures so far. We welcome more so if you
have them send them our way please. :-)
Another thing you may or may not notice is that our
photo album has just been revised. Instead of the boring
folder icons, random thumbnails are now used to liven up the
folders. So now you'll get a different one each time you visit!
Hope you like it!
09.08.03 ~ Hi everyone! We just got back yesterday
from our honeymoon. We've got lots of pictures to share and
plenty of stories to tell, but for now here are a pair of
teaser photos...stay tuned for more. :-)
bora bora - "io orana!"
08.26.03 ~ Wow, we can't believe it's over.
Our Big-Day has come and gone so quickly. We leave for our
Honeymoon today - WOOHOO!
08.23.03 ~ Our Wedding Day! What a huge blur.
Everything went by so fast. We had a great time, thank you
so much to everyone who attended and made it such a magical
and unforgettable day. Here
are all the photos - ENJOY!!!
Altar at the Wayfarer's Chapel - Smooches!
08.22.03 ~ Our Rehearsal Dinner was tonight
at IL Fornaio in Manhattan Beach. It was really great to get
all of our relatives and some of our out-of-town friends together
before the BIG-Day - especially the ones whom have never met
and also those who got re-acquainted. We also celebrated Jeff's
Grandma's 83rd Birthday. Happy Birthday Hao Bu! Her birthday
is actually the 23rd (the same as our wedding day) but we
really wanted to give her the spotlight and make her birthday
special, thus we decided to celebrate tonight. See
the photos from the Rehearsal Dinner here.
elaine, mike, alice, jeff, cheryll, ed, miranda
frank, robby, hao bu, tim, bill
08.15.03 ~ Every year John and Danube rent
a beach house in Hermosa Beach for a week to frolic in the
sun and get some R&R. So tonight we went to visit them
and their twin boys in Hermosa Beach to celebrate Danube's
30th birthday. We had dinner at a yummy Cajun Restaurant where
we feasted on frog legs, hush puppies, seafood gumbo, and
jambalaya! It was quite nice to get out and take a break from
all of our wedding preparation. See
the photos from dinner tonight
Jeff, John, Bjorn, Wolfe, Danube, and Cheryll
08.14.03 ~ Happy 30th Birthday to Danube!
Sheila, Elisa, and Cheryll's parents came over tonight (without
us being home!) to help do wedding stuff! THANKS GUYS!! We
could not have done all of that without you!
08.09.03 ~ We had dinner tonight with Jeff's
grandma, Aunt, and cousins.
Dinner with relatives
08.08.03 ~ Happy Birthday Rusty! We went out
to dinner tonight with Rusty and Evan to celebrate.
08.01.03 ~ 23 more days til our BIG DAY!!!!
The countdown begins! Tonight we had dinner with Cheryll's
family at a local Japanese restaurant called Mizu-Sushi then
did some prep for the bridal shower tomorrow.
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