July 25, 2011

Asian Painter

So I'm going to help my brother paint his new house.... and my mom thought it would be helpful to make this whole darn outfit so that I wouldn't get dirty.

July 24, 2011

Stank Face

I know this is late, but I would like to wish one of the COOLEST & CUTEST girl that I know a very Happy 21st Birthday. 

We met in Geometry class in the 7th grade. Funny Story: she had thought that I was some pretentious f*ck, and I had believed the same about her. But that was only because we were intimidated by each other and...... we might have had a serious case of the stank face. I'm so glad we got over that, because I would have never had such a great friend. 

Happy 21st Birthday AshLee!

July 21, 2011

Yum, Food!

Entertaining friends is so fun! Especially when I get to make them a full blown dinner. I haven't seen my friend Robin for a while, so I decided to make this Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta. This dish looks so professional, yet it is so simple to make. Get the recipe @ Evil Shenanigans!

Yummmm!! It was as good as it looked.
I served it with some salad and baked zucchini with cheese.
My test monkeys.
Then we had some artisan chocolate I had got from the Hollywood Farmers Market the other day. I was attracted to the packaging on this without noticing what the animals were doing. I had to get it once one of the workers told me the naughty things these animals were engaging in.

"You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals."
Look how simple the ingredients are!
After Dinner, we grabbed some shaved ice and watched Buried Alive. FUN!

July 03, 2011

The Nakayama's Orchard

My artsy friends and I went to visit our friend Shihori at her parent's Orange Orchard. I was born and raised in the urban city, and visiting the farm was a nice change to what I'm use to. It's a completely different life style, but I enjoyed staying there. The best part of the trip was the food. The Nakayama's have a garden in their backyard, so everything we ate was fresh. I liked it so much that I am now inspired to cook more often with fresh vegetables. I am much more appreciative of fresh foods and know that I should take complete advantage of it since I live in California; where vegetables are easily accessible compared to cold places. Here are some pictures that were taken by Jenny, Shihori, and me, Enjoy!

I've been driving for more than an hour from LA to Filmore. We went from metropolitan to suburbia to the boonies. I cut through mountains and went up and down on weaving paths. We would have past the property if it wasn't for this big fluorescent arrow.
We drove in and found acres of baby orange trees!

We drive slowly into the orchard, and finally reach their house. We're greeted by Emma, their hyper cocker spaniel and Mrs. Nakayama who had just been gardening in the back yard.
Once we settled in, all of us girls pitched our tent. Girl POWER!
Sweating in 90 degree humid weather, we cooled down to Mrs. Nakayama's light lunch!
After lunch, we headed straight to Ventura Beach to escape the Valley heat. 

Sponge Bob and Patrick stuck at shell city!

The beach was nice, but the Nakayama's backyard was even better!
Math Club
Shihori & Emma
Picking strawberries and plums in the garden.

While we got a grand tour of the Orchard and the backyard, Mrs. Nakayama prepares us a great Summer dinner. All the vegetables were hand picked straight from the garden and into our meals: Tempura Eggplant, Chili, Bell Pepper, & String Beans. Zucchini topped with Cheddar and Grape Tomatoes, Garden Salad, Japanese Seaweed Rice Ball, Garlic and Basil Crostini's, Sausages, and Cucumbers marinated in Sesame oil and Basil. 
After dinner, Mr Nakayama lit the dry wood with a blow torch. We made smores with Meji chocolate and Ritz crackers.
See Shihori here? She has the skill to make the perfect smore.
After the bond fire, we drove into town and bought some TNT fireworks. Here are Melanie and Jenny ripping into the family pack!
Not the cool loud flying ones, but these will do.
After a long day filled of fun and great food, we camped out at the front yard, told lame scary stories and freaked every time we heard noises, even if they were just jack rabbits. The next morning,  I woke up to sweet Emma's slobbery kisses and had toast with homemade strawberry jam. We exchanged pictures and played Slap Jack.  
After so much fun, we had to part ways. We left with fresh souvenirs and drove off into the sun.
I hope everybody has an awesome 4th of July!

July 01, 2011

California Girls

I've been on Summer vacation since May and California is starting to feel the heat. A great way to kick off the summer with this hot weather is to go to the beach!

Welcome to Manhattan Beach!
It is one of the most expensive American coastal towns to live in. There are a bunch of beautiful homes, cute boutiques, and quaint restaurants that line Manhattan Ave. You can see the locals riding their cruisers, sun baked surfers waxing their boards, and some men having a bruski in their balconies while they watch the ladies pass by in their skimpy bikinis.

Watch out for these bastards. We saw one fly past us and pooped with no regard of the people below them. Then there was this one seagull that kept taunting us by flying over us a few times.
"Ashley MAD! Tan not on Ashley!"
We tried to be cute, instead we came out looking awkward and unattractive.
We're not tigers, we're grabbing air boobies.
Lady who was mesmerized by the waves.
Good bye! See you in a few weeks!


Inspired by Tiffany Ford's Blog Entry, check it out!

"What would you change your name to?
Pick THREE things you'd change about your physical appearance 
and ONE thing you'd change about your personality"

In a perfect world, my name would be Charlotte Lam.

Charlotte would have luscious long hair, green eyes, and some booty.

She would also be as charming as Princess Diana.
Unfortunately, I can't have EVERYTHING.

But don't get me wrong....

This is cool too!