Monday, April 18, 2011

Crusing with Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad came to DC and it was a relief to see them. Finally, someone who knew me! It was so much fun to go with them downtown and tour all the sights and laugh at ourselves getting lost and riding around on the famous Trolley Tours bus. It was really fun. Here are some pics, but bear in mind the really good pics reside in mom and dads camera:Food at the end of the day!

DC Young Single Adult Institute Choir

I feel so lucky to have been able to participate in the DC Regional Institute Choir. It has been so uplifting and fun. I love to sing and the songs we have chosen to sing are all new to me, but very fun. More than the fun, this choir is accompanied by an orchestra, narration, and slide show. A sound system and speakers are also set up for us at every performance. Yesterday was our first performance and it was so much fun. I haven't performed anything for a really long time, but this was really fun. There's nothing like being the one singing the words. I know you can feel the spirit when you listen to people sing, but when you're singing, it's another level of "feeling it". It's like the concept of "flow" described by Daniel Pink, when you're totally in the moment that you almost lose yourself in whatever you are doing. It's a natural high that everyone should experience in their lifetime. This Saturday we will be performing at the DC Visitors Center at the Temple. I'm excited. We practiced for so long and now we get to reap the rewards. This picture shows me in the Soprano section. The girl sitting on my right sat next to me and when she found out I was a 1st Soprano, she said "Good. Divas!" It was hilarious. The top picture is Brother Toma our choir director. He has also been my institute teacher since I got here. He's inspiring.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dinner with Megan

My friend Megan is the best. She has been such a great friend. She is so willing to help and so fun to be around. I am so lucky to have met her. We were introduced by a mutual friend and we first met through the phone and now that I live here, she is in my ward and I'm always wishing that I had more free to time to spend with her. She is the type of person you would like to hang out with for fun. Last week we went to dinner. Megan treated me to dinner. I met her at her place and then we took the path next to her house and walked for a few minutes (enjoying the sun and the conversation) down to the Vienna Inn. This restaurant is one of the best. I ordered a quesadilla. The price was way low and the atmosphere was way relaxed and almost contradictory to the usual DC standard. I loved it! We had so much fun eating and talking about good sightseeing and monuments and memorials to visit. Our walk back home was fun too. I got scared a couple of times since it was dark. It was the perfect dinner outing. And I still got home in time to take a shower and get some sleep:)

The Cherry Blossom Festival

I was lucky enough to be in DC during the cherry blossom festival. What a time to go downtown. On one trip down to DC, the metro train we took was packed with people holding on to the metal poll for dear life. It was so much fun to be part of this festival. I was secretly celebrating the arrival of spring and soon summer. I just love summer. I live for summertime. During the festival you can watch shows on the stage in front of the Washington Monument and enjoy the cherry blossom trees which I learned were given to the us as a gift by the Japanese. I will never forget the Cherry Blossom Festival because it comes at the same time that the YW General Conference is help. Funny!