I know we already talked a bit about tea, but check out how beautiful this flower Cha (say it “Chah”) is.

One is chrysanthemum and I believe the other is roses.  Smells amazing, tastes great and looks beautiful.

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Hen Party

This weekend I went to a Hen party, aka Bachelorette party. It was pretty awesome. We ate at amazing Italian food, drank lovely sangria and donned fun costumes. I wore cat ears. After dinner we headed to a swanky nightclub where we received free entry, sat in the best seats and our lovely bride to be ordered a bottle of Heungban (say Heng Bahn).

Bottles be poppin.

I could tell you more, but what happens at Hen parties, stays safe and secret. Happy mumbling monday!


My most favorite thing to say lately is more of an expression than an actual word or phrase.  Instead of saying, “Wow!”, try replacing it with “Whaa!” Start by saying water, but don’t finish with the ‘ter’, just leave it hanging.  Now try saying it with excited eyes!
There you have it, my favorite new thing to say.

Happy Mumbling Monday. WHAAH!

Whaa! Don’t these flowers look like Lego Flowers?


A word I really like to hear, as well as say, is “Zenga”. Say it almost like Jenga (that ultra hip game we all used to play), but put a zee sound at the beginning and add an ‘ahh’ to the end.  It means, “Really”, used most often to confirm something in the same way English speakers use it.

“I held a snake.” -Nicole
“Zengahh!?” -you, the loyal reader

Action: Nicole attaches a photo of herself holding a little red snake for proof.

“How cool, what was it like?” -you, again.
“It was really strong and muscle-y, mostly just awesome.” -Nicole
“Zengahh!” -you, because you also now love saying this word and are mega impressed that I held  tiny snake.

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I used to be an early bird

Our attempt at light painting.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been woken up by me in the morning.  In any form: text, phone call, knock on your door, pillow being lobbed at you…

Put your hand down, you look ridiculous.

I’m known for being an up-and-at-’em kind of girl.  I like to wake up early, seize the day, then later if the day is decidedly not worth seizing, I will take a nap.

Not the case here.  My partner in crime happens to be a night owl, which never used to keep me from crawling into bed at 10:30.  Because I have no early morning activities (job, farmers market to attend, etc.), I’ve found myself staying up late.  *GASP*

This results in me sleeping in.  Confession.  It got out of hand today.  I didn’t pull myself out of bed until 11:00– just in time to start cooking brunch.  Mind you, I was awake, just not up and at ’em.

This means I didn’t get to use the phrase, “Jousan” (say it like: Joe-sahn) today.  There you have it, a confession and a Mumbling Monday all in one.

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PS: The photo is from my pal and my attempt at light painting.  She made the face, while I ran around and did those little red squiggly lines.  We are planning on getting a bunch more girls recruited with more colors to do this with us, I’ll put up more pictures when we have them.  Late night activities like this are just another reason I sleep in.  Excuses, excuses.


EDIT: I have been up and busy since before 7am today (the very next day).  Apparently a confession was all I needed to shame myself into action.

Moe Mon Tai

If you happen to get yourself into a situation that you aren’t necessarily fond of, but it’s not the end of the world, go ahead and try out the phrase for “No Problem”.

Say it like this: Moe Mon Tai.

I believe it’s normally used to diffuse a situation, but I haven’t gotten myself into any real issues with anyone, so I like to use it when something small happens, like when the magazine stand doesn’t have any Ying Mon magazines.

“Ying Mon?” -Me, pointing at the magazines.

“No.”-Handy magazine stand dude/lady

“Moe Mon Tai. Ng Goy” -Me

WHOA.  Did I just toss you a 2-fer?  Sure did.  “Ng Goy” means a plethora of things, I use it all the time, and just hope it’s the right situation.
Try pronouncing the Ng part as if you just said “Sing” but with out the S and the I.  Goy is pronounced more like “Guy” but that’s just how I hear it.  It can mean any thing from “Thank you, Please excuse me, Please, Can I, Oops…” and that’s all I know of right now.  If you want someone to get out of your way,  you toss a “Je Je” on the end.
Say that like, “Ng Guy zhee zhee.”.

Thanks for tuning into Mumbling Monday.  Tune in next week to see if I’ve learned anything new or if I just let this week’s 2-fer ride out.

Motivating Lamma Street art