Friday, December 17, 2010

A must see show! "The Addams Family: A new musical" with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth!

This was a really fun and funny musical playing right now on Broadway.
Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth were phenomal and so was the rest of the cast! Good times!
I think no one can replace Nathan Lane's character as Gomez however he will be replaced May 2011 and I am sure, it just won't be the same!

Today's "International" holiday potluck 2010!

A great work party for the whole division!!
Best potluck everrrr! Nothing bad can come of 20-30 people bringing their favorites dishes from their own country or another's..

I made my jap chicken curry dish but since I was out the night before, I had to go to a dorm room inhabited by 6 guys and cook using whatever I could find. They had no peeler so peeling the potatoes and carrot was a bitch! *Le Willy waller please!*

Here's some of what I ate today!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My "holiday" wish list 1

I never really made a Holiday wish list since I never really expect anything for Christmas. However, I want to make a list today just for fun to see what shiny new things can make my heart content! I also think it's an overall wish list that I am capable of making reality if I skip a couple of meals or save enough of the green stuff $$.

-Ipad 2 (It would arrive way after Xmas but that's the point) or ipod touch

-Chloe paraty handbag

-Awesome portable sewing machine - So i can get my sewing on and make my own dresses..suuure.Hello Kitty not included.

-Point and shoot cam- because my cellphone camera shouldn't be what I rely on for capturing memorable moments although it has rarely disappointed me.

-Another winter coat that I can wear and not be afraid of sitting on the subway with. teehee.

-Super sexy stilettos a la brand name. Red bottom maybe? possibly?

-Macbook air with stuff to plug into it. Because my macbook is just about going to die soon..i hope :)

-Frank Gehry for Tiffany

-In my dreams..this watch is more expensive than a Honda

-Mad Men all seasons dvd.

-Hanging out with parents

My new nail nails are happy

My nails are happy until my color chips..

i heart etsy

you like? i like

Happy 1

Dave got two tickets for "The Phantom of the Opera" this past Saturday.
I think I can watch this musical again and again! The first time I saw it, I cried because I loved the music. The second time, I cried because of the story and its sad ending.

Best show ever!


Now that I am in NY, I should really take advantage of all these shows and watch all the great musicals out there that can touch my soul and heart. Fantastic!

Afterwards, we stayed around to wait for Al Pacino to step out from his Broadway show "The Merchant of Venice" next door from the Majestic. Here's the video:

We then went to see George's fight against Josh Koscheck. Live eye swelling action! Awesomeness!
And ate some K food in K town at 1 a.m.!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Naps ruin bedtime

which ruins waking up happily in the morning for work...

Pewok demonstrating the art of napping anywhere, everywhere, whenever..

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New York! Day 270, week 40, month 9 ish..

Well, well , I actually just did the math of how many days since I have been in New York. Time passes so fast when you're having fun!
I landed March 3rd 2010 with two suitcases with no job nor friends. Ok, I have two friends living in NY whom I've known since I had my baby teeth but I have no new NY friends...ACtually I do, ..ok, I should really make an effort to meet up with more people huh. Anyway... I still don't have new new friends unless coworkers count?

I looked back at my calendar today... I used to mark everything I did on a daily basis because before I had a job, I had nothing to do really. Here's one snapshot from March. I had pedi/manis, shopping and massages on my calendar. Neat! Interviews during week 2 and 3. March ended with doctor visits and pee tests because I was going to start working beginning of April!

I had to write my work appraisal this week which is due before end of 2010. They skipped my appraisal after my probation period because I was doing so well. I think it's because my boss #1 was just too busy for me. So, for my work appraisal, I have to list my job responsibilities in order of priority and explain my performance for each responsibility. My boss #1 (administrative side) would then evaluate me (M = Meets Expectations; S = Significantly Exceeds Expectations; E = Exceeds Expectations;
N = Needs Improvement; U = Unacceptable Performance) and then boss #2 (scientist side) would christian it. I think everything I do is pretty important for the lab/division to run smoothly so I just started listing things I do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis and what I foresee doing annually. This is my first job appraisal and i'm not even sure if I'm doing this right. I decided to write 10 main things and leave out the little bitch work I make myself do (like clean up after the lazy ass doctors) so it doesn't sound like I'm trying too hard.

I recently requested to get my own business card just because I "needed" one. I really just wanted to have my own business cards because truth be told, I would probably be the first lab manager/researcher to get their own business card! Who is really going to ask me for a card at work except if I shove it down their throats? Actually, I can give it to all those pharmaceutical sales rep that constantly harass me and ask me to scribble my email and name in their unorganized agendas so they can contact me with promotions of stupid shit they sell. It would also come useful during social networking event but honestly, I barely attend those anymore. Anyway, business cards should be automatically given to you as part of a benefit in working for a big corporation so I wanted MINE. I told them to write my title as "Division lab manager" but then I realize that that's not the title that's going to win me a bigger paycheck on my future job hunts. I was hired as a Sr. Researcher and so I decided to stick with that even though at the moment, I am just a super junior researcher/division lab manager. It should take me at least 3-5 years before I can live up to my Sr Research Associate title and I am not getting paid as one anyway..yet! But the title is mega important and I realize, with the words of wisdom from Dave, that I now have to live up to the title that was given to me. Nothing I have learned during my masters applies to what I am doing here because it's a completely different field..but that's okay! I can learn. I wish I can learn faster but my brain isn't as quick as it once was anymore. Living in a new city is completely distracting and going to a library or coffee shop to study while there's fun things to do in the city is merely impossible!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mackage sample sale

Do not tell anyone how I managed to go to the sample sale on a work day at 12 in the afternoon...but you may guess!

Even though I was able to go early to avoid waiting too long in line, I knew I'd do something stupid on the day of the sale...I thought that I would probably forget my wallet, not be able to withdraw enough cash or something absent-minded. Well, the stupid thing I did was not write down the address and circle 2-3 blocks over and over again and got lost. When I finally found the godamn place, it was almost noon (sale started at 12 p.m.) and the lineup was already super long. I was sooo frustrated because I was around the area 30 mins in advance. However, I still go there in time to grab myself a new coat which was the last of its kind at the sale and make it my latest Mackage adoptions. Thank god I still fit in XS but barely!

This coat not only makes me feel like a wonderful ladylike chic gal but it's telling me to take the gym more seriously or risk not fitting in it anymore!

I also adopted new leather gloves. Everything was 50% off. My supersized fuzzy wool mittens just won't do for my new coat!

btw, there's a sale going on now on their online boutique for Black Friday weekend. It's not as good as the deal I got at the sample sale but it's something!

xx Keiko

4 ramen places within 12 days..sure, why not? Don't judge!

* star - Minca on 536 E 5th St
*** stars - Hide Chan on 248 E 52nd St
**- Some place in LES
***** stars -Totto Ramen on 366 West 52nd Street

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friendly visits

Always a pleasure to have B around ...not crazy baby zombies...

Chelsea market

Friendly visits

Xiang: -Guess where I am?
Hsin jokingly: -New York?
XIang: YES, i'm in NY
Hsin: NO you're not! you liar!

Cosmo a la sex and the city on top of 235 th

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Most memorable Chicago Oct

The bean

The bean

The bean

Pic with bean

Pics with Beanie

creepy alley

Creepy alley with Thompson in it

Meeting Michael Jordon

Biggest eyeball in the world

Hot Doug's- a hot dog menu which includes alligator, rabbit, foie gras and deer meat!

And ordering practically everything off the menu

Super architecture

Architecture boat tour