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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Wow, this year really flew by! As I didn’t really post on this site in 2019 (although there are lots of unpublished drafts), I’ve decided that my end-of-year project is to publish recap posts of each month. I’ll be updating this post with links to each month as I go along.