Family Celebrations – Gobble Gobble Vegas!

I absolutely LOVE the holidays! With my marriage, I’ve adopted into another family making holiday celebrations a bit of a juggle. Brad originates from the east coast as mine live on the west. I see my family much more as we’re only a few hours away, so seeing the east coast fam is always a pleasure! This year we’ve had the advantage of seeing my brother-in-law and his girlfriend as they’ve moved to Berkeley. Even though we have a blast with my side, it’s definitely nice having a part of Brad’s family closer instead of only once a year.

For an early Christmas present to the lovely couple, we ventured to Oakland for a Radiolab LIVE treat. The theme was Apocalyptical and it was amazing. If you’re a fan you should see them live at least once. If you’ve never listened to them.. you should. They’ll expand your world! “Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” Check them out here. The combination of sounds, imagery, music, and of course Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich interaction is priceless. Although, the ending was a depressing parkinsons story, my favorite was their discussion of the theoretical/proof of death about dinosaurs. Special guest star Reggie Watts beatboxed and sang making everything that came out of his mouth an intellectual hilarity. Check out his YouTube channel.

The next day we spent it in San Francisco where I reunited with a few old roommates and college friends. It’s always so exciting and fun seeing them as we try to stay in touch as much as possible. Before we headed back home we goofed around and took some awesome family photos to commemorate the holiday.

Now for Thanksgiving time! We set out to Las Vegas to meet my family. Stereotypical Asians LOVE the Vegas. I’m the only one in my family that doesn’t gamble, but I thoroughly enjoy the city for its architecture, food, freedom of drinking anywhere, the night life, shows, street entertainers, and who doesn’t love the flashing… lights! As for food we ventured away from the typical turkey and ate my two favorite meals. In one of the more darker alleyways you’ll find one of the better and cheaper Korean BBQ restaurants, Ginseng Korean BBQ II. My new favorite place is Carmine’s which we stumbled upon in the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops. They focus on family style meaning plates are based on 4-8 servings. Usually a seafood pasta plate can be anywhere from $20 – $30-something, but Carmine’s has a DELICIOUS bowl for only $50 that can feed up to 6 people.

If you’re looking for some cheaper good old fun it’s worth it to taxi to old town Vegas. They have an amazing digital ceiling that starts a fantastical musical light show. It’ll bring old people back to the hippie age! On the other end, we also went to The Mirage to enjoy the Cirque du Soleil Beatles LOVE. It went through their history and the depiction of their song meanings. You come out of the show feeling happy and good humming all of their classics for the rest of the night!

We flew back Friday and was completely exhausted. Nevertheless, we wanted a Thanksgiving celebration with our friends so Saturday our friends hosted a party with a 26lb turkey, delicious sides and fun games.
IMG_0747-1Now we’re into December and will have more celebrations to come! I hope you’re capturing the moments any way you can!


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