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My 2015 Scrapbook

My year summarized in 100+ photos.

I know, I’m super late. We’re like a third of the way through 2016 already (WHAT?!), and I’m just now getting around to this. But 2015 was an incredible year and I wanted to share it with you.

  • I went to four countries in 2015 – Sweden, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.
  • New York for the first time.
  • Texas for the first time.
  • Salt Lake City for the first time.
  • Los Angeles, seven times.
  • Orlando, Florida.
  • I went to some beautiful weddings, on fantastic hikes, to amazing concerts.
  • I laughed a lot in 2015 and got to spend a lot of time with the people I love most in the world.

Here is my year in photos, pretty much in chronological order:

(And oh-my-gahhh, I’m sorry this looks so bad on mobile devices. WHY are the photos different sizes?! So annoying. Looks fine on my desktop though.)

New Year’s Pajama Party, Agoura Hills
Redwood City with the Townsends
Half Moon Bay, California
Golden Retriever Sandwich
DIY housework party for Co Trang, Seattle
Amanda’s housewarming, Santa Monica
Zachary’s 1st birthday, Redondo Beach
Vy and me in Leavenworth, Washington
Leavenworth walk with the cousins
Wine-tasting with the cousins
A Seattle smooch for Stan Lee
Stan Lee’s Mini-Me
Seattle with my wifey
Anthony Mackie at Emerald City Comicon
Michael Rooker at MegaCon
Lou Ferrigno at Megacon
My relatives in Orlando, Florida
Noah: “Whatchu lookin’ at, Auntie T?”
Mom and dad in the newspaper
Mom and dad’s escape story
Honoring Fern Powers, refugee sponsor
Fern’s 80th birthday
Tolmie Peak, Mount Rainier
Mount Ellinor, Olympic Mountains
The OG Karaoke Krub at Rockbox, Seattle
Daren the Blues Man at Charlie’s, Olympia
The parentals and me in Seattle
Northern Sweden
Jared and Jeanette’s Swedish Wedding
The Best (Wo)man
Bella and me at Grundsunda
Family dinner in Örnsköldsvik
Stockholm meet-up with Tomas & Casper
Stockholm reunion with Agneta
South Kensington, London with Vneet
London layover with Joolz
Pei’s “25th” Birthday, Seattle
Family fun at the fair, Puyallup
Santa Barbara with Chandra
Venice Beach with my sister
My best uglyface of all time
Tina’s Boiling Crab cherry – popped
Leo Birthday Trifecta, DTLA
Amanda’s and Eliza’s skydive, Oceanside
First time in Texas
Jared’s pre-wedding dinner party
Jared and Jeanette’s Dallas Wedding
Madhattering with Jane
My relatives in Houston, Texas
Learning to make Bánh Khọt in Houston
Anthony and me in Houston
Couchsurfing with DJ in Austin, Texas
Austin with my Swedes
Delivering Meals on Wheels in Austin
My Austin butterfly wings
Reunion with Dr. Jae in Austin
Kelly Clarkson concert at Staples Center
Taylor Swift concert at Staples Center
All smiles with the Mussie brothers
Infinity Mirrored Room at The Broad
First time in Brooklyn, New York
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
“Best Time Ever” with Neil Patrick Harris
…and Little NPH
My great-aunt’s garden on Long Island, NY
My New York cousins
“Framily” Reunion, Salt Lake City
Parkin Wedding, Salt Lake City
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Brighton Lakes Trail, Cottonwood Canyon
18-Hr Flight to Vietnam w/Mom & Aunt Hai
Mekong Delta with Cousin Nhi
Offering gifts at a traditional wedding
My cousin Lộc, the groom
Floating market in Cần Thơ
Củ Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
My Saigon “Framily”
More cousins in Vietnam
Vietnam countryside for my 36th bday
My birthday karaoke system
Bánh tráng nướng with cousin Bear
My guilty pleasure at the Saigon airport
Ping pong with Aunt Linh in Saigon
Hội An night market with my cousins
Floating in a bamboo basket with my sister
Fishing in a water coconut village
Overnight bus ride Hội An -> Nha Trang
Sea snails for dinner in Nha Trang
Nha Trang outing with the cousins
Monkey Island with our Nha Trang boys
Canyoning & cliff jumping in Đà Lạt
Chiang Rai Night Market
Golden Triangle – Thailand/Myanmar/Laos
White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand
Crossing the border from Thailand to Laos
Campfire with my Khmu hilltribe friends
A sweet Khmu village girl and me
Trekking with a Hmong tribe in Laos
Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang
Book of Mormon, Seattle
Learning to sail a Catalina 25
Ice skating with the Chou gals
Tis the season with a Yorkshireman
Christmas with the fam bam

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS ON 2015

What I’m most proud of: Writing that piece about my parents’ escape from Vietnam, and the follow-up piece about how they achieved the American Dream. I learned a lot while researching and writing those, and I feel more connected to my family and my culture than ever before.

The Dress: It was white & gold. I don’t care what anyone says.

My obsession of the year: Bitmoji.

Serial Podcast: Ok, so this came out in 2014, but I didn’t listen to it til 2015. And um…Adnan is guilty as fock. There, I said it.

Best thing I ate: It’s a four-way tie between the smoked hamachi tartare at Commonwealth in Burbank, California; Mormor and Ivan’s homemade Swedish sill; bánh tráng nướng in Nha Trang, Vietnam; and fresh uni, straight out of the shell – also in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Best cocktail I had: Spring Sensation at Auction House in Manhattan’s Upper East Side (42 Below Manuka Honey Vodka | fresh cucumber lime juice | St Germain | ginger ale).

Best live performance I saw: It’s a tie between Stay Human at the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC, and Book of Mormon at the Seattle Paramount.

Best hike I did: Two days to the remote Khmu and Hmong hilltribe villages in Laos.

My favorite newsmakers of the year: Obergefell v. Hodges, Bernie Sanders, Justin Trudeau.

News stories I’m embarrassed to admit I obsessed over: Brian Williams’ fall from grace, Deflategate, Rachel Dolezal, Cecil the Lion, the New York prison escape, and yes, the rise of Drumpf (*shudder*).

My biggest crush of the year: Stay Human’s Jazz Cowboy Percussionist. And Stephen Colbert (although that’s EVERY year).

The best new people to enter my life in 2015: The Yorkshireman, the Barbee Man and my bestie Joshua.

The people who moved me most and touched my heart in 2015: Fern Powers, Scott Young, Cheré Johnson, the Earles family and my Swedish family in Kvarnbacken.

Thank you to everyone who brought love, laughter and joy into my life last year. I am grateful. So very grateful.


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