Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
Went for a walk in the cold with my hands behind my back. Felt like an old Chinese uncle.
Monday, January 14th, 2019
Went to work late… because I stayed up too late watching Shokugeki no Souma. Used the snow as an excuse.
Monday, January 21st, 2019
Really really windy today in DC. Dim sum this morning in 7 corners with the Cody group. Got totally mobbed by all the food cart ladies.
Called Michelle. I want to drink with her friends.
Took a really nice nap this afternoon on the Paul side of the couch.
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Wow! Today was a great day.
- Woke up next to Michelle
- Nasher brunch with Michelle and her friends
- Running with Michelle and helped these adorable little kids look for their soccer ball
- Eileen Chow commented “すごい” on my apple salad insta pic
Monday, February 18th, 2019
Made chicken tikka for dinner with Pulkit. Man I love cooking with friends.
Drank like two bottles of wine and then drunk called Michelle while hiccuping, and then Pulkit and I did this misty late night Hudson River Greenway life talk.
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
Walked from Mong Kok to Tsim Sha Tsui. Then walked from Central to Victoria Peak.
Walking up was fun. Walking down was rip knees.
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Omg. Become a better Brian.
Treat your family better. Your dad is literally drying your shoes right now with a hairdryer, even though during the day you were super impatient with him.
Sunday, March 10th, 2019
Walked up Victoria Peak again. Shoes, socks, bag got so wrecked by the rain lol.
So so so foggy at the top. Had to use my phone flashlight to avoid getting hit by cars.
But the view when the fog cleared was so amazing. The city. The lights. The harbor.
Dang, I’m afraid I’ll forget the feeling of adventures like these.
Sunday, April 14th, 2019
“Gabriel doesn’t seem old, because he’s not grumpy.”
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
All caught up in the Komi San manga now. Actually way too wholesome and relatable.
Sunday, May 12th, 2019
So my life feels like a mess right now:
- Going through Michelle withdrawal
- Haven’t called Mom yet even though today is Mother’s Day
- Bought smoked salmon “bits and pieces” from Trader Joe’s because it was cheap but it tastes so awful
- Spring mix spinach is soggy and gross and makes me gag
- House is messy and my head is going crazy
Well what can I do to make it better?
- Call my Mom
- Go vegetarian this week but throw out the spinach lol
- Get more sleep
- Call Michelle
- Clean the house
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
I think I lost my camera outside Pulkit’s apartment.
Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
Went tubing today. Lol. Not doing that again.
Banging on rocks and getting scratches and almost losing my flip flops. Oh well. Still kinda fun, haha.
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Fun times last night with the Seattle APO crew! Siva, John Dai, Rhondu, Daniel, Haozhang, and Joyce Er.
Racha Thai (coconut milk rip stomach)→Molly Moon (ice cream rip stomach)→Kerry Park (amazing view)→ Seattle Center (no bathrooms)→Siva saved me with these secret Amazon locker room downtown where I could use the bathroom. Thank you Siva.
Friday, July 5th, 2019
Tea + good life chat with Angus at his house. Excited for good food tomorrow.
Also, I love his cast iron chicken fryer. Most beautiful pan ever.
Monday, August 5th, 2019
Wooo! Going to start new Saw character in Gloomhaven.
Randomly decided to go on a NYC trip in the middle of the week with Priyansh tomorrow lol. Haven’t felt this alive in a long while.
What to do:
- Have fun with Priyansh
- Say hello Ken
- Good Wednesday lunch
- Lots of bubble tea/etc. with Priyansh
Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Basically reliving 2017 today. Got lunch with Will Ye at Num Pang. Sandwich was okay and broccoli was meh. Rip. Not as good as I remembered.
Best part of the day was the huge rain.
Late night walk and chats with Priyansh.
I wish Michelle was here.
Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Came back home after Edens and West Union.
Lying in bed with Michelle and idk why, but just laughing at these pics of really cheesy hoagies from some Brooklyn deli.
Saturday, September 7th, 2019
“Brian wants to be good at everything”
Running, lifting, table tennis, foosball.
Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese.
Photography, street sketching, writing, blogging, reading more poetry and fiction and essays and plays.
Piano, cello, and guitar.
Thursday, September 12th, 2019
Couldn’t sleep at all on my red-eye bus because they turn all the lights on at Philly and Baltimore.
Felt like I had a hangover when I got to DC at 5am.
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
September went by fast, huh. Labor Day in Durham. Deerioca NYC adventure with Priyansh. More time with Michelle. Retiring Sawbones. Already a bunch of cooking nights at 2k.
This was a good month.
Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Good sleep and nap at Michelle’s place. I love Michelle and her apartment. So homey.
Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Literally spent the whole weekend in DC just trying to beat Slay the Spire with Sid in Priyansh’s living room lol.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
Ran 6 x 800s today. Nice!
Swam. Also did two hours of ping pong. And biked to and from work.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
Oof my legs.
Friday, November 1st, 2019
Fun time just chilling in the Arts Theme House hallway with Michelle’s friends yelling in the background. Haha Michelle actually thought the Lang Dorm Halloween party was going to be like wholesome board games or something and not just drinking in people’s rooms lol. So pure.
Got a really good mojito from Ava. Also grabbed a bunch of kasugai gummies hehe.
Went to the Nasher, briefly, before going back to Michelle’s place.
Friday, November 8th, 2019
Michelle’s birthday + Chris and Pulkit visiting!!!
07:40 — Woke up. Drank some water.
08:00 — Posted my brotherhood week challenge.
08:15 — Walked to work.
08:45 — Talked to Ryan and Mike about Gloomhaven and board games.
Sunday, November 17th, 2019
Felt dead the whole day. Took like maximum physical and mental damage from the Michaela house wine drunk hangover. I don’t think I’d ever drank or thrown up so much wine before in my life. Rip stomach.
Friday, November 22nd, 2019
I’ll miss my DC runs.
So awesome. Fall weather. 50 degrees. Mmm.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
Yay Michelle is coming to visit today.
Mom’s mustard greens soup is so good.
Smokey tried to bite me.
Monday, December 2nd, 2019
Got kulfi and Cadbury chocolate from Royal Bazaar and the cashier said “Oh, today is candy day”.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Blew through like 50+ chapters of the Quintuplet manga today. I’m actually enjoying this way too much.
Sunday, December 8th, 2019
Albany → Philly → RVA
Thank you Dad for waking up super early with me and taking me to the airport.
Thank you Auntie Shao and Uncle Jianhua for hosting me on such short notice so I could visit grandma.
Thank you Michelle for being flexible and still finding a way to visit me this weekend.
And thank you 奶奶 for everything you do for our family. I know you will get better soon.
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
I love my Istanbul Airbnb cats even though Tommy clawed my leg when I tried to take a cough drop away from him, and now I have these holes in my pants.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Honestly the best part about this cruise is just staying on the boat and doing nothing other than eating baba ghanoush at every meal and watching the scenery on the banks of the Nile and drinking tea and playing piano and cards with Pulkit, Aayu, and Mona, and having Wi-Fi most of the time (okay and also going into tombs and exploring souqs) and being in almost the same time zone as Michelle so I can call her again and just hanging out with Pulkit and his family all the time.