Photo Shoot in NYC – March 2010

Ray is thoroughly enjoying his new camera.  On a couple of beautiful weekends in March, we went to the Central Park Zoo, Top of the Rock Observation Deck at 30 Rockefeller, Flushing Chinatown and did a little doggie photo shoot at home.

The Central Park Zoo was amazing.  This zoo was right in the middle of the bustling city and yet, it was able to house all these amazing species.

Ray was so excited that he would be taking a bunch of animal pics…

Some of the birds could fly freely in the bird area and flew right passed us.

A family of snow monkeys… this was our favorite attraction.  These monkeys are so playful and agile.

This is probably Papa monkey…

They help clean each other…

A very pregnant me in front of the sea lion performance… whew! The day was pretty warm and we had to keep taking breaks in between the attractions.

Polar bears outdoors just hanging and lounging around. They are so cute.

Beautiful view of this building right across the street from the sea lion display.

Ray didn’t take the beautiful flowers for granted and captured some great pics.

We had another camera with us so I could take pictures of Ray taking pictures of other things.. that was pretty fun, actually.

Here is a view of the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center…

This view overlooks Central Park…

Ray chilling and letting me try out the camera….

A view of the Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock.

We stayed there for a couple of hours in order to capture the view as the sun began to set.

A view of the Empire State building and city lights at night…

Our doggie photo at home… this is our favorite recent picture of Pok’e….

Cappy waiting patiently for us to take a GQ pic of him…

Pok’e surrounded by some toys…

Our train ride on the way to Flushing Chinatown.  We love going there but it’s quite a bit of train ride so we don’t go frequently.  Flushing Chinatown has some of the best chinese food.  It’s also the only Chinatown I am aware of where mandarin is the predominant dialect.  Ray loves that he can communicate on his own and not have to ask me to translate.  At this Chinatown, I am reliant on him to help us order food and ask questions.

This is our favorite dish from one of the vendors at the Flushing Mall. It’s a cold, spicy vegetarian noodle dish and it’s less than $5! Only in Chinatown can you get such a great deal on food..

This Flushing Mall is practically carb heaven.  It was hard to find a pure protein dish.

We really enjoyed spending the weekends sightseeing and taking all these pictures.  There’s just so much to do and see in NYC and it’s the perfect place for Ray to make use of his camera.

FiberScrumptious Taste Testing Phase 2 March 2010

In December 2009, I officially incorporated my company, FiberScrumptious, Inc.  The goal of this company will be to sell high-fiber healthy muffins based on distribution to different health food stores, and hopefully, even to Costco one day.  My product is mainly about promoting the health benefits of consuming fiber on a regular basis and incorporating them into your lifestyle, while attempting to take away some of the negative perceptions of the taste of a high-fiber product.

On the evening of March 4, I conducted phase 2 of my high-fiber muffin taste testing at our apartment; I did phase 1 taste testing back in December 2009.  For phase 2, about 8-10 girls showed up.  One of my three target audience is women between 20-30 years old who are interested in healthy-eating and high-fiber products. The taste testing session was very successful and I received great feedback through speaking to the testers and a survey.  I had 12 flavors in total and one of the goals of the testing was to help determine the best 6 flavors to use going forward.  I received great comments and helpful suggestions on how to improve the muffins since this was going to be the last taste testing before pushing the product into our next stage, which is to submit a sample to get an accurate nutritional analysis.

The testing was also very fun because it was the first time I had a chance to meet some of the taste testers.  Everyone was great and friendly.  I am so thankful to have them provide valuable feedback!

Ray’s New Toy – February 2010

Ray has wanted this for some time… a brand new SLR camera.  We finally decided to get one, with the extra push of knowing we will take baby pictures soon.  He did quite a bit of research and asking around, and then finally deciding on whether he will be with the Canon or Nikon party. Little beknownst to us, there is a huge divide in the camera world and the rivalry between Canon and Nikon. Ray finally went with Canon. We ended up buying the Canon Rebel Xsi Digital SLR.  Instantly, as soon as the parts were put together, Ray started snapping away and became the little kid in the candy store. It’s very fun watching him have such a great time with the camera. He took pictures of everything! EVERYTHING! It’s so nice to know he is having so much fun.

We did a lot of walking around the city so that he can capture as many photos and shots as possible.

Times Square at night….

The subway station near our place…

A very colorfully-dressed musician on the street on the Upper West Side… he played really well!

Indian Food at a store near Penn Station…

Our apartment…

Empire State Building on a foggy and misty day…

Columbus Circle…

I tried to use the new camera, but apparently, unless you are using the automatic focus mode, you need to have some skills in order to take a decent picture. I, apparently, didn’t have those skills and Ray is trying to teach me. 🙂 Thank goodness he is pretty patient with me… the camera is too complicated for me and I just don’t really get it. In the picture above, I took it, and he told me it was no good. To me, it was good. I didn’t know what he was talking about and why he thought it was no good?  That’s what I meant… I don’t know what’s a good picture and what’s not.  He said he’ll teach me more along the way and explain to me how to take a good picture. 🙂 Oh boy… Good luck, huney, on teaching your tech-unsavvy wife!

Del Frisco – February 2010

Numerous people have told us about Del Frisco and that it has one of the best steaks in the city.  We live right up street from it and have passed it countless times over the past year.  We finally decided to see what the hype was all about….

We got some crab cakes and shrimp cocktail for appetizers… they were so fresh and scrumptious!

I got the sirloin steak and it was good, but Ray’s $90 Wagyu Beef was better…

Even the side dishes were pretty amazing. We got some asparagus and potatoes au gratin.  The best part was that we took the bone home for the dogs and Pok’e had a feast! Del Frisco lived up to its hype! Next time, we have to try their infamous Double Eagle Steak.

Valentine’s Day February 2010

We love Valentine’s Day. It’s always romantic and no matter which city we are living in at the time, we find something fun to do and really enjoy each others’ company.  This year, we started off with making a nice breakfast at home.  Shortly before we got out of bed, someone knocked on our door and it turned out to be a flower delivery guy.  Ray had a nice arrangement delivered for me and it was so sweet of him.  What a nice way to start the day. 🙂 We spent the rest of the morning and afternoon walking around the city.  Later on that night, we dined at a nice seafood restaurant near our place called City Lobster.  We passed by that place many times throughout the year and finally had a chance to try it.   Ray had a nice 2-pound lobster meal, while I got a fresh lobster salad.  Very delicious.  The sides were also really good. The best part of it all was that it was only a 5-minute walk from our place and we took a nice stroll home after dinner.

This is our second year celebrating Valentine’s Day in New York City.  It’s really a great city to spend this special occasion in because there’s always so many options and places to go and things to do.  A lot has happened in a year.  Last year, we spent Valentine’s Day riding a horse carriage in Central Park and we lived out of a hotel. This year, we are actually settled in to our apartment and no longer feel like a tourist. 🙂