Today is my birthday, and this is a photo of me looking very delighted at being presented with ice cream (yay my favorite)!
Teresa sneakily organized a surprise birthday dinner for me last Friday night at Crispo that was equal parts delicious and heaps of fun. Thanks Rahul, for catching this shot, and thanks Twu for being such a wonderful friend. I was caught very off-guard for this surprise! :)
I am so fortunate and grateful for the people in my life. Thanks all, for the birthday wishes. <3
Happy 21st ;) birthday to my BFF, Annie! Doesn’t it feel good to be legal?
Crispo made for an excellent group dinner spot - we were able to make an eight-person reservation the morning of. From your basic salads and pastas to unique dishes like bone marrow, caramelized brussels sprouts, and risotto balls, their menu has something for everyone. Despite the incredible variety (thank goodness for Foursquare tips to guide our way), the things they do well, they do really, really well. We also split several desserts - my favorite being the zeppole - deep-fried doughnuts with chocolate sauce. So heavenly!
January 31st, 2011: Apartment tour, pre-furniture! The night before we moved in, I shot this quick run-through of our new place. Unfortunately Rahul was still at work, but you’ll meet him soon!
To answer some questions: It’s a four-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse in Chelsea. My room (the wee one) was used by the former tenants as an office/storage, but I can definitely make it work. It’ll be cozy, but it’ll work. There are four of us living here: Bobby, Rahul, Teresa, and myself. Teresa was right, we couldn’t do it all in 2010, so 2011 is the year part three of The Dream comes true.
I’m very, very happy about all of this! Definitely looking forward to making this place our own. :)
It’s officially moving day! Today, Annie and I make part three of The Dream come true: Living in a QT apartment together in New York City.
We stopped by our new apartment last night to clean up a bit — and so Annie could see it for the very first time. (Yup, Bobby and I put an application in within 15 minutes of seeing the apartment without our other two roommates even catching a glimpse of the place — New York real estate moves fast.)
The previous tenants had been there for over five years and barely had it in them to hand over the keys to their beloved home. It was like the Friends season finale reenacted as they looked around the empty townhouse and reminisced for the last time. They gifted us with a little plant, showed us the secret to working the buzzer, and gave us tips on charming the super.
Seriously — just when you think life might not get any better…
The love of my life turns 25 today. Here’s us celebrating last night with massive amounts of paella and sangria at our favorite tapas spot, Yuca Bar, before we finished the night with champagne, dancing, Artichoke Basille’s, and an epic limo ride.
Isn’t she beautiful? (I’m such an obsessive friend. Heehee.)
October 7th, 2010: Sorry to have kept so quiet lately, but here it is, my huge news: I’m moving to New York next Wednesday! I’m going to be the newest member of Blip.tv’s Content team!
Ecstatic doesn’t even begin to describe it.
SUPER SUPER EXCITED THAT MY BFFL IS MOVING TO NYC!
I think *I’ve* been more anxious to make this announcement than Annie has. After the summer we spent makin’ trouble in the city together last year, we both had some far-off fantasy that one day, we’d work on the internet and live together in New York City.
And somewhere, somehow, the stars aligned…
Congrats, Annie, on a well-deserved new job! I can’t wait to spoon / shop / eat / dance / make dorky videos with you for the rest of my life, baby girl. <3
(The only thing missing from The Dream is sharing a QT apartment in the East Village. But we can’t make it all happen in 2010!)
Anonymous asked: Hi Teresa! Do you have any tips on getting to know people on the internet in a non-creepy way? Like, if you found a cool blog and happen to be in the same industry or college as them, how do you contact them to chat? Thanks and congratulations on your new job!
I’m honestly probably a pretty big creep, but since I meet people on the internet all the time, I expect the rest the world to be receptive to unsolicited lunch invites. Also, my creepy tactics are probably nullified by the fact that my photos indicate that I’m 15 years old and completely harmless. I generally just say hey, introduce myself and my background, and after a few friendly e-mails, suggest drinks or coffee at some point. People are usually flattered that they’re interesting enough to be e-mailed (and I always am!). I can’t really remember a time that someone hasn’t responded to me, but maybe I just block them from memory due to a bruised ego. Hee. Jk.
For everyone’s entertainment, I dug up the first e-mail exchange that started only the Greatest Internet Friendship of All Time.
Sorry to be an internet creeper (but I guess I am) — your cousin commented on my blog and mentioned you shared My Mom is a Fob with her. Thennn I checked you out on Facebook and found you were a super-Twitterer and I’m just excited because I love finding new media people, and I have encountered VERY few here at UCSD. So hi, I’m Teresa. :)
Annie Tsai to me
Good! I’m glad you approached me because I’m terrible at that, but I do my fair share of internet-creeping as well, lol. Hi, I’m Annie! I just transferred to UCSD from a CC in Los Angeles, and I’m majoring in Comm too… ugh. I’d love to commiserate with you about the failings of our program whenever you have time! :) annie
Then we met up on campus (she waved, I waved, we sprinted toward each other in slow-mo, had awesome best first-date conversation over paninis and went home with our hearts aflutter) have been e-unseparable BFFs ever since.
Tonight I went to the Downtown LA Art Walk with Annie and Jeanette. It’s a free, self-guided tour of several art exhibition venues in downtown LA and takes place on the second Thursday of every month. This might go without saying, but the highlight for me was the mobile food court — 18 very aromatic food trucks piled into one little pavilion. I had some amazing Korean BBQ tacos from Bool and a scoop of Aztec Sacrifice (spicy chocolate) ice cream from Lake Street Creamery. Just preppin’ my belly for the two upcoming weeks of unadulterated gluttony!
So ends the Southern California leg of my summer trip. Next up: A three-day stop in Washington DC, where we’ll be staying with one of my Cyprus girlfriends, Sam. It’s my first trip to the capital, so expect an onslaught of cheesetastic tourist photos.
The time has come, you guys. Annie and Teresa are graduating from college!
Dozens of internet-induced all-nighters, several career-related panic attacks, hundreds of questionable burritos, and a handful of poorly executed papers later, we’ve finally made it through four years of higher education. Annie and I will be graduating this Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with incredibly formidable Bachelor’s degrees in Communication.
More poignant thoughts to come. You know, when I have them.