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Dallas here we come again. I don’t remember exactly why we drove up this time but it was a busy trip. First we met Steven at Ten on Main Street. Frank a.k.a D.J. Love was D.J.ing that night and I finally got to see him in action. Check it out.

Frank a.k.a D.J. Love @ Ten on Main from Doan Chung on Vimeo.

The next day we met everyone at La Cubanita.

Me and pops.

My order and it was so good.

Mable was in town, yay! Wow, they totally already look like a family.

After brunch we headed to Dallas Black Dance Theatre where Nycole teaches dance.

We got the V.I.P tour of the place and even got the see her students perform an African dance for us. Check it.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre from Doan Chung on Vimeo.

Then a bunch of us went to the mall with where we met Bernh and her family for movie time fun.

For dinner we went to Benihana or was it Kobe steak house?

The next day we ate at some well known burger joint.

But the best part of our trip was going to Sprinkles. Can you believe I never heard about this place until today?

It was amazing.

And later we went out for Vietnamese, another one of my favorites.

The next morning we took pops out to Cafe Brazil.

Ray’s food.

My food. What can I say, I like salads.

Game Night @ the Semmlers

Game Night @ the Semmlers

It’s game night @ the Semmlers again. It’s not often that we get to hang out with our good friends Chris and Tiffany so when they invited  us over for game night and even offered to make us dinner we were so there. Really, you guys had me at dinner.

Snapped a photo of Noah before his bedtime.

Dinner @ the Semmlers

Dinner @ the Semmlers

I forgot Chris just had knee surgury so he’s cooking with crutches and all. I almost felt bad for the guy and then I forgot he’s indestructible. Carry on, carry on. Bread, shrimp fettuccine, and steaks and wine for dinner tonight. And for dessert we had strawberry short cake ala mode. It was money.

The Semmlers

The Semmlers

Aren’t they just the cutest?

Semmlers

Semmlers

Are right already, get a room, or go to your room and I’ll help myself to more strawberry short cake ala mode. So dirty.

Semmlers

Semmlers

After dinner we played Pictionary Man. It’s a lot like Pictionary, but with a man and a block.  Here check it out.


Pictionary Man from Doan Chung on Vimeo.

I’m not gonna lie, they sucked donkey balls. I don’t know if the girls did that bad, probably not. But just so I don’t have to hear Ray cry, here’s another video where they stepped it up a bit.


Ray Plays Pictionary Man from Doan Chung on Vimeo.

Good job boys, way to not completely suck.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

Yeah, so I’m a little late on current news, what can I say, I’ve been busy making shit happen but a lot has happen since and I finally got some time to tell you all about it.

First Chris flew in but he flew in for a different conference, it just so happens that his ran into the week SXSW began. One of the first things we did was go to Buffalo Billiards for a few games of pool,

Buffalo Billiards

Buffalo Billiards

where Ray opened a can of whoop ass on us, as usual and Chris and I played the longest game of pool in history. To make Chris feel better about loosing so bad Ray let him teach him how to play foosball and pretend to really care.

Buffaalo Billiards

Buffaalo Billiards

What a boring game.

Foosball

Foosball

Chris knew more about the bar scene downtown than we did, which really doesn’t surprise me. He took us to one of his favorite bars called Legends Sports Bar to end the night.

Legends Sports Bar and Grill

Legends Sports Bar and Grill

The next day Beau flew in and that’s when South By South West really started for us.

Beau, the Victim

Beau, the Victim

Beau is a super nerd and definitely one of the smartest friends we have. He was way more involved in SXSW and was even there to represent Word Press.


Beau, the Super Nerd

We bar hopped to a bunch of random bars that I don’t really remember, but what I do remember is that is was cold as fuck.

Beau, the Alcoholic

Beau, the Alcoholic

So the best thing about the picture right above is the man standing behind Beau. I was actually trying to slyly take a photo of him by pretending to take a photo of Beau. I obviously wasn’t that sly because the dude knew and looked right at me and smiled for the photo. Unfortunately he’s not in focus but if he were you’d see that he had a tiny telescope attached on the right part of his glasses. He just walked around the bar like that the whole time. It was weird, creepy and hilarious.

Maria Maria

Maria Maria

Later on Ray, Chris and I had dinner at Maria Maria. It was a cute place but the service was shitty. There was a long piece of hair in my appetizer and  on top of having meat in my entree it was super salty. I sent my meal back and got dessert instead. After dinner we went around to a few more bars that I don’t remember. I took a cab home shortly after though because too much drinking fuels my fire. I’m not much of a drinker and sometimes being around certain people I can’t help but to get rubbed the wrong way where all I want to do is connect faces to my dark, brown, sexy boots. Going home was definitely the right choice because the Universe saw my nasty mood and delivered the perfect cab driver right to me. By the time I arrived at my destination I was in a completely different state of mind. It’s funny how different people can manage to bring out the best and worst in some. Ray stumbled home with Beau, Chris and our good friend Steven Ray some time later that night.

Ray Hernandez, photo by Beau Lebens

Ray Hernandez, photo by Beau Lebens

The next day I was on my own because the boys went off to do what they do best, be super nerds. They created a “Photo with Beau Scavenger Hunt Contest” that night that I followed on FaceBook every time they tweet about it. At around 3 in the morning the boys stumbled in and Ray got scalded for not calling me all day and night. Bad husband.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon, photo by Beau Lebens

WordPress BBQ Luncheon, photo by Beau Lebens

I did tag along the next day though. I was actually signed up for one event, the Word Press BBQ Luncheon. They had me at free food and organic vegan cupcakes.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

I took the last of the cupcakes.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

Sorry Chris.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

We hit the bars after the barbecue.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Later on that night we ended up at the Tumblr party.

SXSW Tumblr Party

SXSW Tumblr Party

They had me at open bar.

SXSW Tumblr Party

SXSW Tumblr Party

Ray was a fan of the open bar too.

SXSW Tumblr Party

SXSW Tumblr Party

Steven was planning on leaving that night back to Dallas so we didn’t want to stay out too late. We sobered up at the coffee shop next door and bid one another farewell. I was ready to be home, but poor Ray, he had to head back out in a few hours to pick up drunken Beau.

The next day we grabbed lunch at Woodland Restaurant on South Congress and drove the last of our guests to the airport.

Woodland Restaurant

Woodland Restaurant

Creamy Tomato Soup @ Woodland Restaurant

Woodland Restaurant

Woodland Restaurant

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Cover 3

Ray and I had dinner or lunch here a while back. It’s a nice sports bar, the kind of place where you see a lot of pretentious assholes in suits.

I like the big screens they had throughout the place.

Cover 3

Cover 3

Cover 3

Cover 3

Food wasn’t bad either.

Cover 3

Cover 3

Cover 3

Cover 3

So the whole reason why we had to leave Dallas after only one day was because the next day was the Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show. I’ve never been to one but I watch them all the time on the Food Network wishing that I had. Well a lot of crazy things happen here in Austin and it just so happens that they have their own cake club called That Takes the Cake and they were putting on the Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show. So sorry Bea and Mable, I know your in town, but cake awaits me so I must go.

Retro Nintendo. I’m sure this brought back fond memories for Ray.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Of course being in Austin the theme was music this year. Humm, I wonder what it was last year?

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Harley-Davidson Motor Cycles. I took this photo for Guav.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Pretty jukebox.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Naughty mice.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Can you Believe this horse is a cake too?

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

The Beatles and The Yellow Submarine.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Yes this duck is a delicious cake too.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

This was my favorite. Looks just like a real porcelain doll.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

This one was interesting.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Kinda freaky if you ask me.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Yep, definitely creepy.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

This is one way to make your kids eat their veggies.

Ausit Cake and Sugar Art Show

Ausit Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

This was Ray’s favorite.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Looks just like a real Coach Handbag. Nope, ladies this one is a knock off. Here let me get rid of it for you.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Guitar Hero. If you don’t like this one your lame.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

This is another one of my favorites. So so cute.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Seriously, how cute is this.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

But if I had to pick I think this would be the one for me. I could totally relate.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

I was kinda disappointed because I was hoping to there would be samples of all kinds of delicious goodness here but just a lot of eye candy instead. So I made Ray do a search for Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop, a cupcake place I recently read about in Tasty Touring, a local Austin blog. I’m gonna have my cake and eat it too, even if it’s a cupcake.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Juicy Fruit the tastes is gonna move ya. Burgers and gum on this one.

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Austin Cake and Sugar Art Show

Yay we found Sugar Mama’s and it was glorious!

Sugar Mamas, Austin TX

Sugar Mama's, Austin TX

Glorious I tell you glorious!

Sugar Mamas

Sugar Mama's

I can’t decide. I want them all in my mouth.

Sugar Mamas

Sugar Mama's

This is how you end a cake convention Austin. Come follow me. I will teach you the way.

Hawaii Love

Hawaii Love

Happy Valentines Day to everyone I love.

Now that 2009 is here I want to take some time to reflect on 2008. I always knew 2008 was going to be a good year. I remember looking forward to it because it was 08 and 8 is just a good fucking number. It was only a year ago Ray and I were living the good o life in the rainbow state, Honolulu Hawaii.

It was almost a year ago that I started my first post on this blog, January 9th 2008. Since then I’ve written 121 post. I don’t really know who’s all reading it, but it sure has made my hand written journaling take back seat.

I cut my hair super short for the first time ever. It was kinda cute wasn’t it?

Ray got a new iPhone.

Ray and I ran in The Annual Great Aloha Run, just a little over 8 miles, and we all know eight is a good number to start with.

We voted for our first time for the Democratic Party. But just for the record, once Hillary was out of the election Ray and I voted again for our first time for President for Obama of course.

Ray bought me my first brand new computer. Mac 4 life baby!

MyBabyOurBaby Launched.

We finally found the dock where Lost, our favorite television series, was filmed at. We searched the island for it forever.

We went camping at Melekahana, our first time camping in Hawaii and Ray’s first time ever. He’s not a fan.

Rocked out at the Kokua Festival, a festival Jack Johnson puts on every year in Hawaii.

CheapPlacesToEatInOahuHawaii.com, my blog had become a major hit and one of Hawaii’s most popular food blog websites.

I called some lady a cunt on my last day of work, because she was.

We got to swim with dolphins.

We moved back to the main land, California first.

Ray got to meet some of my extended family.

Tried wake boarding for the first time.

Got to ride dirk bikes again.

Moved to Austin

Where we met the Semmlers, Shane’s older brother and his family and now mine.

Kidnapped Kuya Ben’s dogs.

Found the Agave Homes and fell in love.

Ray introduced me to Marcos. He works for NASA.

Went to our first roller derby.

Spent Bachelorette week in Florida with my best bud Jack Mother Fucking Dogg with a double G.

Got married, 080808.

Got my first tattoo with my old crew from V-Town.

Traveled to New York, but just for a couple of months.

I stopped eating meat.

Met Guav Mom and the Roses and I have to tell you I’m a fan. Hope we get to see them again soon.

I got to freelanced at Jimmy Z’s, thanks to Bea.

We got to be extras in Friday Night Lights.

I almost died from pneumonia.

I met the Semmler’s, the rest of Shane’s family, and now mine as well and went to my first professional basketball game. Go Mavericks!

As you can see I love recording my life and 2008 was a year worth recording. There was a lot of cherry popping going on and I got to meet a lot of people that will be in my life for the long haul. We also moved around a lot, Hawaii, California, Austin, New York, Dallas. Things are just never boring with us. I’m looking forward to a healthy, happy and prosperous year for 2009. I know great things are to come.

I miss my family.

Alright just so ya’ll know, I’m not in New York anymore. Ray and I left just in time to fly to California for Thanksgiving. I’ve just been so busy that blogging had to take back seat. Anyhow, here’s a quick recap of my crazy life in New York from where I left off.

A lot of random events took place when we got back from Syracuse. Luke, from Poland came to visit for about a week. Cloe dropped in from Brooklyn one night and we all had game night.

Jenga, Jenga, Jenga . . .

Chinese checkers is boring.

I got to work at Jimmy Z’s as a free lancer.

I got this fortune on my first day of work. Crazy.

Kola was fucking adorable in his superman costume.

Cloe was a sickle cell, I was a slutty rag doll and Bea was a naughty nurse for Halloween.

The boys were stealth ninjas.

With some of Bea’s friends from work.

It was a fun Halloween.

Ray and I went to Wall Street.

I got to touch the balls of a bull and absolutely loved every second of it.

Ray needs to learn how to do this. That’s the money pose.

We had lunch at the pier.

Got to see more of New York.

The next day Ray and I went to Bryant Park. They put up an ice skating ring there.

Went to F.A.O. Schwarz.

Went to Serendipity and had some dessert. Serendipity is one of the first movies that Ray and I watched when we were first dating.

Chris flew in.

And he brought Chip. Awesome.

Pigs.

Watched Obama become President. Fuck Yeah!

Damn I have a sexy husband

Went to a billiards with Spencer, Aaron and Vicki and then went out for pizza and garlic bread afterwards.