February 2019

This is the second post in my “2019 in Review” series! February brought snow, a trip to Thailand, and a live music show.


We had a couple days of snow in early February — a good opportunity for us to stay cozy indoors with the fireplace.

Bangkok, Thailand

Mid-month, I went on a work trip to Bangkok, Thailand — and I made a seemingly foolish decision to only stay there 3 nights with a 24 hour travel time both ways. But it was a formative experience for me, as I traveled overseas alone and solely represented my team. There were a lot of wrenches thrown into my trip, but my survival mode kicked in and I’m proud of how I overcame my challenges.

View the full album of photos of my journey.


I only seem to have documented a couple of meals prepared in February: I made Split Pea Soup early in the month (alongside Gouda cheese that I bought in Amsterdam!), and a 7-layer dip for Super Bowl Sunday.

Dining Out

We tried a couple of new spots in February: Heim Bakery & Cafe and Jackrabbit (a spot brought to us by San Francisco Chef, Chris Cosentino). Both were quite good, and the latter has great cocktails!


We saw Roma at the our favorite movie house, the Hollywood Theatre, where they were showing it in stunning 70mm. I really enjoyed the film’s visuals and storytelling.

We rarely go to see live music these days, but we always enjoy it when we do! On the last day of February, we went to see one of our favorite bands, Beirut, perform at the Schnitz.


I’m going to Graceland

Every time I’ve gone to a record shop in the past couple of years, I’ve kept my eye out for a copy of Paul Simon’s Graceland, and I finally found one in great condition at Little Axe Records!

And now for a couple of random snaps from the month that don’t fit anywhere else…

January 2019

Here’s the first of my Year in Review posts for 2019! Movies, food, and a trip to Amsterdam defined my month of January.

New Year’s

For many years now, we’ve spent the New Year’s holiday partaking in a movie marathon. The theme for this year was Ron Howard, so we watched Cocoon and Willow on New Year’s Eve. We toasted the stroke of midnight with glasses of Rosé Cava.

On New Year’s Day, we completed the marathon with Parenthood, Backdraft, and Apollo 13. I also cooked some Spice-Rubbed Picnic Chicken and Hoppin’ John.

Kitty Friends

I came down with a really nasty cold during the second week of January, but Ginger took good care of me while I watched soothing nature shows on Netflix.

After I got better, I hung out with a new co-worker (my teammate Andrea’s kitten, Trixie).

Magna Kusina

We went to the Magna Kusina preview (they were to open a brick and mortar location later in the year). Chef Carlo Lamagna provided his takes on Filipino food. We’re always happy to see more Filipino food in Portland!


In late January, I traveled to meet my team in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We are a global team spread across 4 countries, so we meet once a year to work synchronously.

For most of the week, we worked on a few projects at a co-working space. On our last full day, we went on a fantastic food tour all over Amsterdam, learning about the history of local cuisine, and tasting all sorts of specialties.

There are lots more photos of our Amsterdam trip to be seen in our team album.


Before my trip to Amsterdam, I got a neat set of monochrome + negative space nails from ChiChi of Best Nails Club!

Moments of Calm

Remember the 100 Day Project that I participated in last year? There were a few circumstances that drove me to pause my participation (including Ginger falling ill), and I never started it back up.

I salvaged what videos I saved locally and added them to a “Moments of Calm” YouTube playlist:

It’s kinda nice to revisit these and have them stored in a focused place. I hope to add more to this playlist in the future, in the 100 Day Project and beyond.

Five Ten Fiftyfold

The 100 Day Project Day 2: “Five Ten Fiftyfold”. I’ve often found moments of calm when I listen to Cocteau Twins. Their music saw me through some challenging times in the mid to late 90’s.