I really don't remember what we did last Mother's Day. But in my memory, I really enjoyed 2017's Mother's Day so much that I wanted to do the same thing this year. Only, nothing is the same of course, this year we have Kepler to being to UCLA. It's the first time we brought him there and he had a great time! He survived his first Bruin meeting and even got to romp with a new friend, another golden named Bingo. I fully enjoyed the day around campus. We had a slight drizzle at one point, but took refuge from the rain in Royce Hall. I got to enjoy coffee at Kerckhoff Coffee House, bringing back memories of my grad school days. The kids brought their scooter and skate board. Buzz rode his skateboard like a pro and when I see him riding across campus, I feel like his a college kid there! It's strange to think that in only about eight more years, he'll be off to college!

Posted on May 19, 2019


One thing I learned from our very first international trip with the kids is to be flexible, to go with the flow, to not have strict plans. Right off the bat, we had to change our plans due to the Boeing planes being grounded. We had to abandon Legoland in Billund, Denmark. But the kids were much more excited about Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park like Disneyland. We were extremely lucky with Tivoli Gardens, opening day was April 4th and we were leaving Denmark April 6th! We were also lucky that our Airbnb happens to be about two streets away from Tivoli Gardens. We went on opening day, which was a Thursday. I believe they had planned opening day to be on a Thursday so they can get ready for the weekend. The result for us was that the park was pretty empty. Most rides had practically no lines. At one point, the kids had a bumper car ride all to themselves! Then, later that evening, we were able to watch the opening night fireworks show from our Airbnb completely unobstructed since we were on the fifth floor. Earlier that evening, Mr. BAW and I were able to leave Tivoli Gardens to dine at a Michelin Star restaurant thanks to my In-Laws for staying with the kids at Tivoli.

Tivoli Gardens is much smaller than Disneyland. But of course, it's much older than Disneyland. In fact, it's the world's second oldest amusement park. I can definitely see where Disney got most of their ride ideas from! But in many ways, Tivoli Gardens is better than Disneyland for younger kids. The park is less overwhelming and the rides are much more kid-friendly. The kids had the best time!! They LOVED Tivoli Gardens. Enjoy our pictures from that fun day.

Posted on May 17, 2019


Right on cue, May Gray hit us hard. This year, the gloominess seems to be thicker, and heavier in terms of cloud cover. For the past few weeks, although we've not had rain, the skies have been covered with a thick blanket of puffy, gray clouds threatening rain each day. The cloud cover also stayed with us the entire day, not "burning off" like usual in the afternoon. In addition to May Gray, you may have also heard about California's Super Bloom out in Antelope Valley due to all the rain we've had. All this is giving me a super allegy season! The month of May has given me horrible allegies for weeks now. Every morning I wake up with my sinus all stuffed up. I've been miserable at work, sneezing at my desk most days. I can only take allergy meds and knock myself out if things get really bad. But most of the time, I just suffer through the day. I can't wait til May Gray and allergy season is over! So with that, I want to show you this huge set of pictures from our side trip to Sweden from April, when we encountered beautiful blue skies and I was allergy-free.

On April 2nd, we took a 40-minute train ride to Sweden and then hopped on a 20-minute bus ride to an amazing little town of Lund. We only spent a few hours in Lund, but judging from the number of pictures I took, you can tell that it was my favorite part of our Spring Break trip! Why, you asked? Well, it's because Lund is a university town, with Lund University situated at the city center. Lund is such a charming town and Lund University is one of the most beautiful universities I've ever been to thus far, and I've been a few. The entire time I was there, I just wanted to quit my job and enroll in classes at Lund and live the carefree life of a grad student again! Oh, if only I can study at one of those cute coffee shops in town and live in one of those adorable house along the university's edge!! I later read the university's brochure and discovered that Lund is most famous for sustainability studies, which makes me want to take classes there even more! The town center also is home to a beautiful church, inside displays a wooden model of the church itself! Other things we enjoyed in Lund was an international food festival, sipping coffee at the local coffee house, and strolling through a botanical garden. But perhaps what the kids enjoyed most was the enormous candy store! Enjoy the pictures of Lund and have a wonderful Mother's Day!


Posted on May 12, 2019



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