26 Things About Being 26

Birthday time!  I have reached the ordinary age of 26,  I am now officially closer to the 30s than to the 20s.  First year of adulting has such a learning curve.  Here is 26 things about being 26:

  1. Your alcohol tolerance is basically of non existence.  Not that I ever truly had a great one to begin with.  And now, you are back to square one.
  2. You have traded those loud college bars for those fancy and totally bougie cocktail lounges.  You are there for the atmosphere.
  3.  You think about travel a lot. You contemplate the idea of pulling out all your savings and travel for as long as possible on a daily basis.
  4. The topic of babies come up more often than ever.  Tho it might be a product of your wedding, but seriously.
  5. You are still get carded….in Europe.  The legal drinking age is 18.
  6. Your friendship circle have shrinked.  You are not sorry about it.
  7. You are starting to look at the nutrition label…jk.  Just the calories and then decide, screw it, you will eat oatmeal later to even it out.
  8. Target is your biggest addiction, but you have managed to walk out without a purchase a few times!
  9. You learned how to strategically load up your dishwasher to maximum each load and save money on dishwasher soap cubes.  Those add up.
  10. You now force yourself to drink water daily.  Still hates the [non] flavor.  It is not about you anymore.  It is about what your organ needs.
  11. You have a designated doctor that you spam with your own Web MD diagnosis.  A sneeze mean you are dying from some form of a deadly disease.
  12. Prevention is better than cure.  Until scientists figure out how to turn you immortal with no wrinkles, you have started using eye cream and anti wrinkle cream.
  13. You enjoy the outdoors and would drive 2 hours just to hike…maybe Instagram while you are at it.
  14. You take your weekend seriously and pack more activities than you can manage in those 48 hours.
  15. You take grocery shopping seriously.  No groceries actually mean no dinner.
  16. You miss your mother’s cooking.
  17. You eat more tacos than any other types of food.
  18. You have a weird obsession of taking photos of your feet/shoes with gorgeous floors.  It ranges from stunning ancient tile in Portugal to feet in sand to the floor at Whole Food.
  19. You know your period is coming when that pimple set up camp on your chin every month.
  20. You take your gummy vitamins everyday because they are basically doctor approved candies.
  21.  You don’t own a house, but you think you can handle a fixer upper.  Thanks Jo and Chip.
  22. You started to appreciate fruits.  Nature’s sweets.
  23. You thought at 16 that you will have your life together by 25..now you are 26 and life is a still a mystery.
  24. You wonder how you are actually doing financially compared to everyone else.
  25. You have officially been out of college for a whole school generation [4 years].  You know no one at your school campus.
  26. You own Spanx to literally hold everything together.

The end.  Until next year.


Smile #265 – Say Yes in 5 Days

This almost 2 years long project, AKA the wedding, is coming to a conclusion.  All the planning and DIY-ing will now be on display at our dream venue for all to share.  It feels a bit surreal.  All this work for this magical day.

However, even with all this time, there are still little things we forgot until the last minute.  Such as, a tie clip for the groom.  I am not well versed in men’s apparel, particularly formal style.  A tie clip never crossed my mind until a few nights ago over causal conversation with my dad.

Bubble checked off his last groom duty of ordering donuts.  I am having my final dress fitting with Mom tonight.  Then we just need to pack our bags and goooo!


Smile #261 – Say Yes in 30 Days

Time is narrowing.  Given the amount of time Bubble and I have allocated for our wedding, the whole planning process has been mostly stressed free.  We have booked all our vendors a year ago.  In between, we might have exchanged one or two emails.  But once we hit that 30 day mark is the day has come to empty our bank account.  Ouch!

As we fork our money over, Bubble and I are excited about the day.  Having all our closest friends and family gathered in under one roof to enjoy each other’s company is just wonderful!

…And we are also overdue for our vacation so that Honeymoon is much, much needed.  🙂




Say Yes to 100 Days




Today marks the 100 days until our wedding!

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In exactly 100 days, Bubble and I will be standing at the altar with our closest friends and family gather together.  We will watch all our planning come to life!

We.  Can’t.  Wait!  

Happy to report, most of our projects have been finalized.  We have accumulated so much decorations.  Gladly take any storage boxes or cardboard boxes if you have them!

The focus for the next 25 days are:

  • Send out invitations – Maybe I’ll share a sneak peek of the final version
  • Finalize all DIY projects
  • Bachelorette Mystery Trip
  • Engagement Photoshoot

Stay tuned!

Smile #245 – Say Yes to Cake Tasting

Agree or disagree, cake is THE reason why people come to weddings.  It is the focal point of the wedding, aside from the bride, of course.  (Sorry not sorry, grooms)  Cake cutting is a classic wedding moment, up there with the first kiss and first dance.

What could be better than sitting down with a cake consultant and sample different cake flavors.  It is basically a dream comes true.  Bubble can attest to that.

Let’s pig out!

This past weekend, Bubble and I scheduled a cake consultation and tasting at Publix Bakery.  Publix offers an incredible number of flavors and varieties.

We can customize any type of cake with any type of icing and any fillings.  The combination is endless!  We asked to sample three flavors – Marble with a raspberry filling and buttercream icing, vanilla cake with lemon icing and buttercream icing, and red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and cream cheese icing.

Wow oh wow, we had not expect them to actually bake us a cake of each flavor.  We thought it would be a slice or small bite size.  Oh no no no, it was a full 8in cake.  And Publix accidentally made an extra cake.  This one is red velvet with raspberry fillings and cream cheese icing.  Our pants are getting tighter as we speak.

Our consultant, Laura, served us a slice of each cake.  Bubble thought the red velvet was very smooth.  I liked the tartness from the lemon icing.  After sampling all the flavors, Bubble and I both agreed marble with a raspberry filling and buttercream icing is the best.  The frosting was not overwhelmingly sweet and it complemented the marble well.  Plus the chocolate and vanilla twirl looked gorgeous on the plate.


We flipped through Publix’s catalogue of cakes.  All the cakes look way too pretty to consume.  Laura explained the cake can be decorated to match our wedding colors and we can also bring in designs from Pinterest.

When we started to discuss the cost, to our surprise, wedding cake doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Well, at least at Publix.  I had read that wedding cake can cost some serious dough.  Publix’s cakes are fairly priced.  As a way of cutting down cost, Laura suggested the option of having a nice cake for photo purpose and supplement with a sheet cake.

Overall, this was a tasty learning experience.  We get to eat and learn about cakes.  It can’t get better than that.  We thank Laura for her time and she helped packed up all four cakes.  We have a quite a bit of designing to do, but the imminent task is …how to get rid of all these cakes!