Showing posts from November, 2017

32 Days Til Mexico

Though I stayed in bed sick on Thanksgiving Day, most of America is probably in a food coma today or spending a ton of money on Black Friday. I did not get to partake in the catering order I had placed for my sister and my grandmother. Nonetheless, I have not been eating well at all and sadly not on my fitness game as much as I used to. Being sick did not help. With Wag!, I walk an average at least 5 miles per day. It's just not enough.

So, I am saying goodbye to fast food, donuts, crepes, etc as seen below and working towards my cruise on Holland America from San Diego to Mexico with my friend, Catherine. We will be going to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallerta. Vamanos!

Daily goals will be cardio, weightlifting and eating right. I ordered my Shredz BCAAs today and have a new shipment every month. I prefer the Fruit Flavor over the eFlow Nutrition that I got at the San Jose Fit Expo during the summer. So wish me luck! Find me on and see progress here. Gam…

Monster Pho 2 - Emeryville, California

No, Monster Pho 2 is not part of Emeryville neighbor, Pixar's Monsters Inc.. That would be cute with a 'Kitty' and 'Mike' restaurant in town, wouldn't it? Monster Pho has been around for a minute. And by that, I mean in 2014 and in Oakland, California when I still worked in at a law firm in town. I would send out our Legal Assistants to get lunch for the office and we would often go to Monster Pho. Not big on soup for lunch, I opted in for the rice plate. With the new opening of Monster Pho 2 in Emeryville, three years later, my order hasn't changed. Neither has their menu and I am phucking OK with that.

When visiting a good friend and my nephew, she was excited that I agreed to go back to Monster Pho. She was wanting pho. I usually like to try the hot and new restaurants in town when dining out with friends but it's been a long time since I've been to a Monster Pho. We packed up the baby, opted out of the dog-friendly patio seating and got a table …

7-Day Black & White Challenge

For fun, I used to participate in the Pic of the Day Instagram posts. My sister challenged me in the 7-day black and white photo challenge of  'Seven photos. Seven B&W photos of my life. No people, no pets, no explanation. Challenge someone new every day. I invite..." Here are my results.

Day 1

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Among the four weddings on my plate, working on call at the Hyatt for their banquets department, I am also a Wag! walker. I initially wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was researching potential careers when I was a Freshman at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, California. I obviously did not go in that direction but have always had a love for animals. In between jobs, I found a job walking a dog named Tahoe three days a week via Craigslist. While working at the law firm in Emeryville, I walked four dogs several times during the week that lived in the same building. I was always One Busy Bee.

Now, I am in my first month as a Dog Walker for Wag!, which is basically an Uber app for dog owners needing dog walkers. While working very long days for my restaurant in San Francisco, there would be some nights I'd have to call my roommate to take Bevo, my Boston Terrier, out. Once or twice, I've used Wag! Now, I am a Walker and have made decent money for 30 or 60 minutes with ador…

Stella & Dot's Black Friday Sale

Now thru Sunday, November 26th, take advantage of Stella & Dot jewelry, tops and handbags for sale! There are charms for $2.99! Create a customized gift for your friends and family. Get these items before they are sold out!

DOT DOLLARS - For every $50 you spend, you will receive $25 in Dot Dollars to spend beginning December 28th towards every $50 purchase. There is no maximum Dot Dollars you may earn.

Shop this special LINK for my Hostess' trunk show and take advantage of November's Trunk Show Exclusive Offers. When you spend $50, you may add one of each of the below items to your card for 50% off. While supplies last.

If you're interested in hosting an in-home or online trunk show, please contact me! The average hostess earns $250 in free jewelry plus 4 pieces at half off. Willing to travel with jewels!

Happy Holidays!

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Limon Rotisserie - Walnut Creek, California

"This chicken is so good."

"I've never had Peruvian food before."

"I have to come back to try their other items."

I love exposing my friends to new restaurants. I like that my friends come to me for recommendations on where to eat. Those friends even passed on my recommendations to those from Hawaii who will be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area in the near future. The power of word of mouth is so important. In this day of age where information can travel in a split second, business owners need to value every inquiry and customer in hopes of new business and to create repeat customers.

My friend Tara is one of my oldest friends. It was her birthday this past week and we decided to meet half way and have lunch. I opened my OpenTable app and found Limon has opened a location in Walnut Creek. I have been to the location on Valencia Street in San Francisco and had a delicious meal and excellent service there. I couldn't go wrong with Limon.

I grew up n…

Redbridge Boutique - Tracy, Ca - December 19th

It's time to shop for the holidays! Come to Tracy, California on Sunday, December 19th from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM and shop the below brands, including me with Stella & Dot. I am offering $10 off for every order over $50 ONLY at this event. At $50, you may also take advantage of our Trunk Shoe Exclusive offers seen below. Shipping starts at $5.95. I hope to see you there!

If you cannot stop by, please shop this LINK.

Also shop my Poshmark closet for items sold out and retired. Get $5 to spend when you join as a new user with my code ONEBUSYBEEBLOG.

HFWF17 - Jennifer Ackrill of SKY Waikiki & Top of Waikiki

On Media Day on Maui for the Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival, I was hoping to meet some women chefs. I believe Chef Niki Nakayama of n/naka in Los Angeles was scheduled to be in attendance but I didn't get to interview her. With "Michelin 'Can't Do Anything' to Change Lack of Female Representation, Says Director" (Eater NY Oct. 31, 2017), I really wish I had. Representing Oahu, I was lucky to meet the Director of Mixology of SKY Waikiki and Top of Waikiki, Jennifer Ackrill. You San Francisco Bay Area readers may recognize her from her time at Rye. After being convinced by her husband, Jennifer is now on Oahu living it up.

The Pennsylvania native knew a few of my colleagues. During a trip to check out the opening operations of a brewery in Waikiki that I was invited to while in Maui, my business partner suggested we go to the Top of Waikiki and see his friend, Jennifer. We enjoyed an amazing view and tasty cocktails on the deck of SKY Waikiki, then headed …

HFWF17 - Chef Floyd Cardoz of Paowalla

I have read a couple of Danny Meyer's books. Chef Floyd Cardoz worked with him at Tabla, which has closed. Now Chef has multiple restaurants, including The Bombay Canteen in Mumbai, India and "Paowalla, the Portugues word for breadmaker" (First We Feast) in New York City. The Top Chef Masters winner in 2011 sat across from me at the Media Day for the Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival and describes his food as 'modern Indian, lighter, not heavy.' Chef continues to say that India has several states (29, Wikipedia), dialects and religions. Why would Indian cuisine be any different?

Chef says popular dishes include a chili chicken and bacon cheese biryani. He likes to showcase local seafood such as crab and calamari. If you can, sit at the designated bread bar with a view of the wood burning oven and enjoy a lot of carbs.

This biochemist Chef is also an author. With his winnings from the Top Chef Masters competition, he donated the $110,000 to the Young Scientist Ca…


I do love that commission check when I was the Events Director for a local restaurant but I am now currently working for myself until another full time opportunity presents itself that I cannot refuse. I have three weddings to plan from May to September, my family reunion in August in Tahoe and have just completed a Travel Agent course awaiting to become certified.

In the mean time, I am going after the latest incentive from Stella & Dot to earn pieces from the 2018 collection for free. Besides my 25% commission for everything I sell, free product credit and business supply credits plus fun I have with fashionable ladies, I am happy to put in as much or as little into my flexible business with Stella & Dot.
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