le cahier de kev

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A Month of Generosity

Here's a new entry just in time for Halloween.  It has been quite a month full of conversations with family and friends, but it really brought a whole new dynamic into our relationships.  It's interesting how different elements unfold through conversations unexpectedly.  I was talking to my aunt on the phone a few days ago and we were trying to put different things into perspective.  With so many things happening in a short amount of time, it makes it difficult to process your emotions when you have to make decisions at that moment.  For major decisions, I do not want to rush or "be put in a corner" since it might not reflect my best judgment. 


But one point that we definitely agreed on: if things don't go right the first time, we have to make sure it does for the next. So goes life, right? :)


So before I begin my entry, I just want to wish all of you a Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!

A decorated pumpkin from Chelsea Market



It was my best friend's birthday in early October.  She was visiting New York City so we planned a day together.  It was also our 10 year friendship anniversary so I made her a collage of pictures from each year from 2004 until 2014.  It turned out nicely and complimented my birthday gift for her.


I checked the weather on my phone, and it said that it was going to rain for the entire day.  My best friend and I talked about it on the phone, and we both said, "Oh great!" and laughed.  I met up with her around 1 PM at Starbucks on Fifth Avenue.  We exchanged gifts and caught up for a bit while we waited for the rain to take its course.  She gave me a gift from her cruise from Bermuda.  The paper gift bag was soaking wet and Jenny smiled and said, "I didn't think it was going to rain too hard!"  The cup was beautiful and I loved the swirl design.  It reminded me of a marble cake.  Jenny decided to open her gift when we sat down for brunch.  After the gifts, we headed out for brunch.  At that point, we were both hungry since we just had coffee in the morning.




She wanted to go to a French bistro so we chose one that had good food and a nice ambiance.  After discussion and narrowing down the choices from the menus, we chose Le Parisien. It was such a fun experience.  The place was very intimate.  By "intimate" I mean that the tables were packed close together.  When we came in, we sat at the corner next to another table, but as we sat down, a table near the window opened up (which provided a lot more privacy).  Jenny asked if we could sit there, so they cleaned it up and moved us.


We took a few pictures while we waited for our waiter.


Inside Le Parisien


The waiter came by after we finished deciding on what to get.  Jenny ordered the Poached Eggs with Salmon Gravlax on English Muffins with Hollandaise Sauce and an orange juice while I ordered the Classic Eggs Benedict with Ham and Hollandaise Sauce and a Sangria.  As we were waiting for our food, the friendly bartender saw us snapping pictures and he told us that he had an idea.  Since we were next to the window, he went outside, put a model of the Eiffel Tower, and snapped our picture.


Our window seat view

The breeze was refreshing!


The bartender said, "Very nice picture" with his French accent.  We thanked him and continued sharing our stories.  Jenny opened her gift which included, spa tems, an infinity scarf, fragrance, and the collage that I made her.  The infinity scarf was a pretty rare find, and I quickly grabbed it when I was sifting through the bunch while shopping.  It was white silk with a star pattern on the side.  I told her that it would compliment her doctor's coat.  :)


Our food came out a few minutes later and the dishes looked amazing.


My brunch

Classic Eggs Benedict, Ham, Hollandaise Sauce and a Sangria



Jenny's Brunch

Poached Eggs with Salmon Gravlax on English Muffins with Hollandaise Sauce

and Orange Juice



As we were eating our brunch, we were reminiscing through our 10 years.  It was really nice and we got to laugh at the crazy things that happened to us throughout the years.  Jenny and I also discussed vacations and places we'd like to visit in the next few years.  She then showed me pictures of her baby nephew and he was adorable.  Oh, how easy it is to share pictures with smartphones!


After brunch, we went to Karaoke Duet for two hours of karaoke.  Since it was a Saturday, there were a lot of reservations.  We were lucky to find a spot on short notice.  It was fun, but I had a mild headache from the change in weather so Jenny sang most of the time.  I did like the soap in the bathroom though. haha  The brand was Method soap which you can find in stores such as Target.  The scent reminded me of soap I used when I was in Canada.


After karaoke, we went outside and saw that the weather became nice.  It was quite unexpected.  The sun was shining and it was a lot warmer.  We decided to have a dinner picnic at the Highline since we had a picnic when we first met 10 years ago.  Since the Highline was near Chelsea Market, we planned on getting food there and then bringing it to the Highline.


I have not been to Chelsea Market in a long time, but it was as busy and festive as ever. 


Entering Chelsea Market

(Pardon my shirt, my bag pulled it down lol)





We took so many pictures, but I'll try to put the appetizing ones in the entry.  We walked through the shops to find some desserts.  Jenny was fine in terms of hunger, but my stomach was alternating between getting some dinner or to just get dessert.  While I was deciding, we first entered Amy's Bread which was a bakery filled with the aroma of fresh baked bread and pastries.



Jenny was raving about the Coconut Dream Bar so I bought one of those as well as a Blondie (basically a blonde brownie).  The people were really friendly and we happily took some more pictures after we bought our sweets.


We walked further ahead and took a picture next to a lighted falling water display.  I loved the bright color since it reminded me of an attraction at a theme park.



I asked Jenny if there was anything else she wanted for the picnic, but she said everything was fine and that we can just walk around to check if there's anything that would catch our eye.


We passed by the Italian food area, and I started to get really hungry!  The food looked and smelled delicious, but I had to restrain myself or else I'd overeat. haha  I forgot the name of the store selling this, but you will definitely notice it when you enter the Italian area.


Pizza and Pasta!



More Italian dishes

Vegetable dishes (butternut squash, eggplant, etc.)


We looked around the bakeries to see if they had any Italian style cheesecake.  We found a place that sold it, but it ended up being sold out!  By the time we walked some more, my hunger diminished a bit.  Instead, I started to crave some coffee.  If it's not one thing, it's another, right? :)


As we headed further in, we saw people sitting by Bar Suzette.  The crepes looked good from the menu (both savory and sweet selections), but I was now on my coffee hunt.


Bar Suzette


Near Bar Suzette was Doughnuttery, where they had an assortment of doughnuts in a variety of flavors such as green tea, apple cider, pumpkin pie, or cheddar jalapeno.


Donuts being made at Doughnuttery


Jenny looked around Doughnuttery, but wasn't in the mood for donuts.  We then went backward to check other shops again to see if there was anything else we could pick up.  At that point we were not too hungry so she helped me look for a coffee place.


We headed into Eleni's Cookie which is pretty bright and vibrant when you step inside.


Walking into Eleni's


The assortment of decorated cookies at Eleni's


When Jenny and I entered the store, they were having happy hour.  The saleswoman told us that the cupcakes at the front were all 50% off.  In addition, they served coffee.  Jenny pointed out the chocolate cheesecake cupcake that they had so I was able to satisfy my cheesecake craving after all. In terms of coffee, I asked for a mocha at first, but the other saleswoman told me that they did not have anymore.  I just settled for a regular coffee with milk.


Medium Coffee and Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcake


After our trip to Eleni's we headed out to the Highline.  We looked for the stairs to climb and then took pictures from above.  As Jenny took pictures, I recorded some video of us walking down the Highline.  I'll check to see if I can upload it.  Anyway, as we got to the middle with the seating area, we headed to the top and got our desserts ready.


Jenny with our food


Me with my food (I opened up my Blondie)


There were a lot of tourists walking and talking.  The weather was getting a little cooler, but Jenny and I enjoyed the calm night.  The desserts were really good!  Although the chocolate cheesecake cupcake was more chocolate than cheesecake, it was still pretty satisfying.


Jenny and I then talked about what she was going to do for her birthday celebration with family.  We then discussed meeting again in December to celebrate our holiday time together.  It was a really nice mini picnic, and we didn't feel too stuffed.


I attended a fashion marketing event called "The Future of Fashion Tech" at the Fashion Institute of Technology on October 7th.  The event was sold out so it was pretty packed.  FIT posted the talk online so here's the link.


I found it interesting because the applications of their discussion could be brought to other fields, not being limited to fashion.  Nowadays, people are utilizing their phones and other devices for services such as ordering take out or making an appointment so the speakers discussed how they are bringing their fashion services to the digital age.   One of the speakers, Alexandra Wilson, spoke about an app for iOS called Glamsquad where women can book appointments and a stylist will come to the client's appointment time to prep up the client's hair or make up.  These types of apps help provide convenience for services or last minute work, so in a sense, marketing your service or product to be convenient can help you gain more clients.


I took down some notes and focused on the business aspect and development of digital services.  Since many people nowadays have their phone next to them, developing an app can be pretty beneficial.  It was very informative and I highly recommend watching the video.  Here's a picture that I snapped at the end of the lecture.



The Future of Fashion Tech

The Museum at FIT

October 7, 2014



After the fashion event, I headed to Duane Reade to pick up a few things.  I went into the cookie aisle and found Pepperidge Farm's Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies.  It was the last one so I grabbed it and took a look.


Something to munch on after a stressful day :)


It was really delicious.  The cookies were soft, and I felt like I was munching on pumpkin pie.  The cheesecake flavor was a little more subtle, but nevertheless, it was satisfying.


The fundraiser for Breast Cancer Imperative was also held that week on October 9, 2014.  It took place at the Church of the Holy Apostles on 9th Avenue and 28th Street.  The weather was getting a little bit cooler, but it was a nice stroll.  I was working the registration desk and kept track of the donors and their donations.


At the registration desk


I saw a lot of old faces ranging from former coworkers to old acquaintances.  The fundraiser went by smoothly.  The program was amazing.  We played the video footage from Ms. Baquiran's work in the Philippines, there were singing presentations, dinner and drinks, and stories from people affected by cancer.


I was talking to one of my old acquaintances and we discussed cultural identity since we're both of mixed heritage.  It was interesting because we were examining what cultures we identify with, what languages we primarily speak with family and friends, what customs we observe, etc.  You can be of a certain ethnicity, but when you grow up in another culture (such as growing up in another country), how do you integrate your family culture with the dominant societal culture from that country?  My acquaintance and I are similar ethnicitywise, but different culturally.


After writing this entry, I realized just how much I had to condense from one month.  I remembered writing two entries a month before which alleviated having a lot of information on one entry.  I might do that for November and December.  Looking at this, it probably would've been easier if I split the events midway through October and then the final part of the end of the month.  Well, as I said in the beginning of this entry from my conversation with my aunt, if things don't work out the first time, you'll know how to tackle it the second time around.  :)


I hope you all have a nice and safe Halloween!

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