Valentine’s Day 2k16

Happy belated Valentine’s Day everyone!

I didn’t really think of writing about Valentine’s Day until now, a couple days late. Honestly, Valentine’s Day was only a big deal during last year, my first Valentine’s Day with a boo. I told my boo that this year, I didn’t mind not celebrating Valentine’s Day as boo has 2 midterms this week. But you know what, a lot of people seem to celebrate Valentine’s Day(whether, single, taken, or somewhere in between) and it’s caught on to me I guess. Why pass on an opportunity to celebrate love? 😉

My Valentine’s Day was pretty simple but fun. As this weekend I came home to celebrate Lunar New Year, we invited 2 of my cousins over to celebrate Tet with us. We had a feast with banh tet, banh chung(and dua mon of course), cha gio(eggrolls), com chien(fried rice), banh bot loc, and lots of sweet like mut dua.

Food. Lots of food.

After such a satisfying meal, we couldn’t help but get even more full by going to 7 leaves, one of my favorite boba/milk tea places. It was a hot day so a mung bean milk tea with boba was pretty yummy(not to say that it wouldn’t be yummy in cold weather too haha).

I also went shopping with my cousin at South Coast Plaza, which was as crowded as ever on this three day weekend. It was cool though ’cause at one of the info desks they were handing out single roses. For free! So of course I had to go get one amidst a huge flock of women who also wanted one. It was cool that there was a little water holder thing at the bottom of the rose stem. And people kept asking me where I got the rose.

Nordstrom rack was having a “clear the rack” sale so I ended up getting a pair of shoes(in brown) and high-waisted jeans.

Overall, a pretty good Valentine’s Day spent with my family (:

Lucky for me, boo took me on a random/unexpected Valentine’s Day dinner tonight to catch up after the long weekend. So no flowers or chocolate this year, but I couldn’t be happier with this really peaceful and happy Valentine’s Day.

Hope everyone has an amazing week. Always remember that you are so loved!

 

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Chúc mừng năm mới!

Happy Lunar New Year!

The warmer weather really makes it feel like xuân(spring) is here. It’s interesting how Tết is usually in January or February but it’s considered spring… I guess maybe in Vietnam it is considered spring? Anyways, southern California is having a very warm week, with temperatures in the 80s, so it feels almost like spring or summer.

Tết is one of the most important holidays celebrated by the Vietnamese, according to my parents. It was a day where everyone got a new pair of clothes to wear, and many red envelopes(lì xì) were given to children by their elders(not without a warm wishing of good health, lots of money, a happy life, etc to your elders of course). It was like a national holiday, and people didn’t have to go to work or school for a couple days(or week? I don’t remember haha) so they could celebrate with their families and neighbors.

Tết holds a special place in my heart, and I have so so many memories from the past years. Fun fact, I actually wrote one of my college application essays about my Tết experience in San Jose.

What I love most about Tết is its vibrancy and traditions. I’m lucky to have grown up in Orange County, where there is a huge Vietnamese population and where Tết is celebrated largely. I also have lots of family in San Jose, where I’ve been lucky enough to go to celebrate this holiday. The cool thing about San Jose is the fact that they let you light firecrackers in your own home. I remember my uncles tying up the firecracker in front of my grandma’s house and lighting it to ring in the new year. The firecrackers are really loud and leave little red shrapnels and smoke behind, but it’s a really fun experience to have.

Next week, I will be going home to celebrate with my friends and family in Orange County. I’m looking forward to eating my favorite Tết foods, bánh tét and mứt dừa, as well as going to the festivals and seeing firecrackers and múa lân(lion dance).

I haven’t been keeping track, but apparently it is the Year of the Monkey this year. This is your year, people born in the year of the monkey 😉