what happened

A look back at 2011!

Continuing the tradition of reflecting at the end of each year (See 2010’s), here’s are some highlights from this year’s!  I will treasure all the friendships, food and fun I experienced in 2011!


Wonton making & movie “Notebook” (All pictures)

Vietnamese egg roll making & movie “Julie & Julia”: (All pictures)


Look at all the cereal we gathered for Compassion Network!!


Lent: First time experimenting healthy changes including going off Facebook and computer games for a month.


Tap Dancing!  It was so difficult!!!

more fellowship dinner!

Cherry Blossom Festival (See all photos): We go every year, but it’s always so beautiful and fun!


Started using Adobe Lightroom to post-process my pictures.  Dramatically better!


Hosted by Because Justice Matters ( 2 days in San Francisco experiencing God working in the Tenderloin district’s homeless, drug addicts, strip clubs and sex trafficking massage parlours.


Great Urban Race: San Francisco 2011 with Joseph was a blast!  We were Team Portal, and we had complementing team tshirts!  We finished on time and solved all the clues!  Again in 2012!

Hip Hop!


Church camping (All pictures).  Pie Irons = amazingly easy camping food!

Because Justice Matters – Family Fun Day (See all photos): Reaching out to the low income, immigrant families in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco!

City Impact Conference – My 2nd opportunity to love on the people and families of the Tenderloin district!  God is doing something big there.


Hunger Challenge [intro, Day 0, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3&4, Day 5, Day 6]: Surviving as someone on food stamps ($4.72/day) is hard.  This week-long experiment reminded me how difficult surviving can be.

Tomales Bay Oysters (See all photos): Fresh oysters, sunny day! So good!!!


Food trucks: a new obsession!

Charities: Added a permanent page for visitors to consider donating to my recommended charities!


Also began renting a room in a new home with 3 roommates!


Warrior Dash [See photos, more, and more]: Dressing up as Stephen Chow’s movie characters and running through obstacle course was quite memorable!

Thomas Keller’s French Laundry: A once in a lifetime meal…4 hours long, 10+ courses!



Europe 2011 – Two weeks away in Germany and France.  Absolutely magical!

[Please fasten your seatbeltsHow I Did ItEiffel TowerQuick TourPere Lachaise CemeteryMont Saint Michel]


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2011 will always be remembered as an awesome year for me!