joody park

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The weekend is here! Do you have big plans?

Here are some links that caught my eye this week:

- A charming and heartwarming New York Times article about what you learn when you turn 40.

- This article sharing photo the moment she / he said yes to the proposal. It’s so sweet!

- Men trying women’s sexy Halloween costumes and realized how ridiculous it is.

- Finally got my book, Being Mortal and so excited to read this over the weekend!

- What happens when a group of second graders are treated to a $220 tasting menu at Daniel.


Have a lovely weekend!



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A couple weeks ago, my friend Amy sent me a link to an amazing New York Times article. It talked about what the writer, Pamela Druckerman, learned in her forties. It is heart warming, funny and insightful.

Here are some of my favorite lines from her article:

“There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.”

“There are no soul mates. Not in the traditional sense, at least. In my 20s someone told me that each person has not one but 30 soul mates walking the earth. (“Yes,” said a colleague, when I informed him of this, “and I’m trying to sleep with all of them.”) In fact, “soul mate” isn’t a pre-existing condition. It’s an earned title. They’re made over time.”

•”You will miss out on some near soul mates. This goes for friendships, too. There will be unforgettable people with whom you have shared an excellent evening or a few days. Now they live in Hong Kong, and you will never see them again. That’s just how life is.”

Here are the two funniest lines:

“When you’re wondering whether she’s his daughter or his girlfriend, she’s his girlfriend.”

•”When you’re unsure if it’s a woman or a man, it’s a woman.”

What lessons did you learned that you’d like to share?

PS: Here’s a post I wrote for 20’s Inc about things I learned when I turned 25 and a post about what I read in Marie Claire about what you should have and know by the time you turn 30.

(Photo – Marie Assénat via New York Times.)

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This October marks my 4th year living in San Francisco. Can you believe it?! Living in a city that’s just 7×7, you’d think I would have seen every little corner of this gorgeous city by the Bay, but now I am starting to see the true beauty of this city. Otto is born and raised here in San Francisco, so that means he introduces me to all these gorgeous places. One of the new place we visited is the labyrinth at Land’s End.

One gloomy sunday, before we went over to Otto’s parents for brunch, we went on a short hike to the labyrinth. Here are some shots of the trail:

We parked by the golf course parking lot and walked down the hill. Much of the trail was covered with sand, but the hike down was easy as it was all down hill.


The labyrinth and the view was so magical!


When it came time to hike back UP to our car, I thought I was dying. The uphill (stairs) and the sand trail felt like I was on the StairMaster with no end in sight!


Looking back, the pain and sweat was all worth it for the amazing view you can only get from Land’s End. If you are looking to spend some time outdoors this weekend, head on over to Land’s End!

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During my short trip to Atlanta, Jenni and I stopped by the lovely chocolate company, Cacao. The store has been dubbed to make the “best chocolate” by many food and travel magazine such as Food & Wine, bon appétit and Travel + Leisure. It definitely deserved all the accolade!

The store is adorable and the chocolate selections were fantastic. Since Otto loves whisky and bourbon, I was excited to see that they had truffles filled with Laphroaig as well as bourbon. He loved them!

I also picked up some chocolate bars as well as European style drinking chocolate. YUM!

If you are ever in Atlanta, definitely stop it. And if you have some whisky or bourbon lovers to give presents to this holiday season, definitely check-out their website!


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One of my newest obsession is watching Buzzfeed videos. They are oh-so-funny and light up my day! So now that it’s almost Halloween, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Buzzfeed video. It’s a video of grown men getting scared (to death!!) at the haunted house.

Need another one? Here’s a video of Buzzfeed staff trying exotic Asian food, like live octopus. Hillllarious!


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There’s something magical about autumn and reading. Perhaps it’s the chilly air, the warm cozy blanket or a cup of tea (or a fall cocktail) that motivates me to curl up on the couch and immerse myself in a good book. I just finished reading I’ll Drink to That by the famous Betty Halbreich of Bergdorfs. Having walked past Bergdorfs every weekend when I (briefly) lived in New York, I was fascinated to read the stories about the store and the amazing life of Betty. It was one of those books I couldn’t wait to get home to read!


I am also hooked in reading the New York Times’ Sunday paper. A couple weekends ago, Otto and I went to Golden Gate Park to watch our friend play tennis and read the paper. I was trying to recreate the summer I lived in New York. Emily (my roommate) and I used to get the Sunday paper and walk to Central Park from our apartment every Sunday. We’d spend all day reading the paper and talk about the new restaurant the paper mentioned or an artist’s painting Emily was excited to see.

So what am I reading next? I just got done reading the sample version of Being Moral by Atul Gawande. It’s a book that shines light on how a patient can spend their last days, weeks or months in a more dignified way. Instead of opting for a dangerous surgery or continuing a painful treatment, he suggests looking at alternatives. I truly enjoyed the sample and now waiting for it to arrive.

What books are you reading?





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We all have little hacks to keep the home clean. Today, I want to share how to remove bad smell out of garbage disposal. Oh, did I mention it’s all natural? It’s really simple and requires just ONE ingredient: citrus rind.

1) Run hot water in your kitchen sink

2) Turn on the garbage disposal

3) Drop the citrus rinds one by one

4) Keep the hot water running and turn off

That’s it! This new tricks works oh-so-perfectly for me. With my recent obsession with freshly squeezed orange juice, I always have orange rind around the house. So after I juice my oranges, I keep some rind in a ziploc bag and store them in the fridge. That way, whenever the garbage disposal is getting a wee-bit stinky, I drop a couple rinds and return back to an odor-free kitchen.

What are some clever tricks you have around the house?


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San Francisco is an amazing city for dogs. We have so many parks and beaches for them to run free and explore. One of our new places to go with Timmie & Teddy is Fort Funston! It is definitely one of the best places to take your dog in San Francisco.

Before we moved to our new place, we used to take the boys to Crissy Field. But recently, there’s been a TON of kite surfers. Timmie is not a fan of those kites and keeps barking at them. He is really sensitive to noise and sound of the ginormous kites fluttering in the wind startles him. Clearly, he is a suburban dog! So we decided to explore some where new and took them to Fort Funston.

Fort Funston doesn’t have kite surfers but rather hang-gliders. Timmie thinks they are the strangest birds in the world and is mesmerized by them. It’s actually quite adorable watching him stare at those hang gliders in the sky. No matter how old the boys get, seeing them experience something for the first time is always magical.


The actual sandy hike down to the beach is a little tough for smaller dogs like mine, but the rest of the paved path is such a pleasant walk. The dogs can roam without a leash (woohoo!) as long as they are on best behavior, of course. I was extra cautious as there were bigger dogs also at Fort Funston. Timmie had so much fun socializing with other dogs and was so tired after a fun day at the beach.

What are some of our favorite places to take your dogs in San Francisco? I’d love to know!


- joody



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Whenever I go shopping, I am never really jealous of the options the guy’s have. The girl’s clothes are so much more fun. It’s the language we are ALL fluent in and let’s not get started on accessories and bags. So all this time, I thought we, girls, had the whole thing figured out. In this game of shop-till-you-drop, I thought we had the upper hand… till I went into Tweeds in Atlanta.

The name seems innocent enough. Tweeds. Like a tweed jacket. Something an Econ professor or a Chemistry professor with crazy hair would wear with those patches on their elbows. Don’t forget the chalk dust sprinkled along his sleeve. Innocent enough. But the moment I walked into this well manicured, designed and decorated store, I knew I had died and gone to heaven. Tweeds is a store in Atlanta where I imagine the hipsters would shop at. The kind of guys here in San Francisco who go to Welcome Stranger, have a mustache and drink those fancy drip Blue Bottle Coffee who want something a little classy than a shirt and a hoody.

I think I lack the words to describe this phenomenon Tweeds has created. These emotions I have yet been able to comprehend and put into words… I believe this emotion is called jealousy? They’ve made me want to buy men’s clothing for myself. See those PJ bottoms? I was trying to justify why I needed those. Not for Otto, but for me.



I’m trying to prevent myself from pulling the trigger to purchase the watch. I simply adore everything this store carries. I just might need to get that watch. Well, a trip to visit what Tweeds carries for the winter would be reason ENOUGH to book a ticket out to Atlanta. Well done Tweeds. Well done.


- joody




A couple weekends ago, my best friend, Jenni, was invited to a wedding in Atlanta. Atlanta happens to be one of the cities I’ve always wanted to visit, so I humbly offered to be her plus one to this affair. It was the best decision ever.

We first started off our trip with a quick drive out to Serenbe. Jenni tells me Serenbe is Atlanta’s Hamptons. A lot of the wealthy folks have weekend / summer homes in this community. I loved all the adorable shops, the opened roads and the abundant greenery. We saw a couple getting their wedding photos taken during the Golden Hour. I imagine Serenbe would be a gorgeous place to have a wedding!


We ended the day with a Southern dinner at South City Kitchen. It was AUH-MAZING! Fried chicken, pork belly, catfish and fried green tomato. Yum yum yum.

The next morning, we went off to the wedding! The wedding took place at around 10AM at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. After the wedding, we went out for Korean BBQ to pay homage to our people. We really only had one day to explore the city. We drove to the different neighborhoods and checked out some cool stores. I cannot wait to share the photos!

It was a terribly short trip, but I loved it and think it’s definitely worth a trip back. Stay tuned for more posts highlighting some of my favorite spots in Atlanta.


- joody



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