The Proposal: After Party

link to my sister’s write up of the behind the scenes.
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photos used here and the Polaroids used in the proposal were printed at Shout out to them for being based in the SD area and delivering quality, speed, and great customer service.

Celebrating this day with our friends and our communities was a logical next step after the proposal. Getting her closest friends to hold the secret for a few weeks would be an exercise in trust but based on her reaction, they’re great secret keepers!

In my mind LA Eats has always been about enjoying food in the presence of friends, family, and the people we love. This day embodied all those qualities and more so I couldn’t think of a better project code name. Huge thanks to everyone for helping out and making this a reality!

Food: King’s Hawaiian BBQ, King’s Hawaiian Paradise Cake & Mocha Haupia Cake, Republic of Pie pies, Cream Pan Strawberry Croissants.

Decorations: and friends

Location: EFC Southbay. (K’s home church in LA)

Good job, Lawrence. Nice ring! Congrats to my cousin Katie! #shesaidyes #engagementring #putaringonit

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The Proposal


Project Pseudo-Name: LA Eats – The Real Deal
Location: Signal Hill Park (aka Hill Top Park), Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of my dear friends over at

It was not intended to be anything grand. The location gave a quiet nod to the city of Los Angeles that had been the location of our first date and many after. The intimacy and quietness allowed us to focus on the thing that mattered: us. A relationship we were proud to have forged through years of dates, calls, and mutual edification, made it much easier to see this as an exciting step on our journey together.

My friends would shoot from at a distance which allowed K to fully experience the moment, without a camera in our face. This was my way of physically capturing the moment while keeping the words spoken between K & I as words that were meant…for us. I hope I never forget her face as I knelt on one knee.

This shot is courtesy of a stranger! Her husband started pointing excitedly when they realized what was going on and afterwards, offered to email me the pictures. nice shot.


In 2010, the last voicemail I received from my dad was a birthday message with the final words “find yourself a good girl”. He would have been happy to see this day.

link to Part 2

LA Eats 2013 Itinerary


morning – Hollywood sign hike, Griffith Observatory
lunch: either La Brea/the Grove area (Milk), or downtown (TLT Food)
afternoon: secret xmas activity…(it’ll be fun & entertaining!) and hang out/explore.
evening/night: I think a lot of people already have plans so I’m leaving this open. if people want to do something, i’m totally down!

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morning (10am): mosaic church. would really like to worship there!
lunch: JTYH in Rosemead
afternoon: Half & Half & catch up
dinner: open! recommendations in the rosemead/alhambra/san gabriel area?
late night: drive home

LA Eats: Blockhead Shavery

11311 Mississippi Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Neighborhood: West Los Angeles
(310) 445-8725

Shaved snow has migrated westward, and this place hits the spot for anyone not located in the asia heartland of Arcadia/San Gabriel/Monterey Park. When originally planning this year’s itinerary, this was secretly the cornerstone of the trip.

At $3.50 a medium and $5.00 for a large this place is a really sweet deal. It’s a tiny place near the 405 that can probably sit at most 20 people.They differentiate themselves from Class 302 in a few ways, all which make this place slightly better.  The wait at Class 302 can be horrendous and they don’t let you take out, but here you pop in and pop out with your shaved snow to go in less than 5 minutes.

The menu is basic and flexible, C.Yung later told us that the spot in between Original and Green Tea was Taro! But it looks like they’re thinking of phasing it out.

The main point that I enjoyed was that this place does not drench their snow with condensed milk or syrup. The sweetness comes from the ingredients. Our group had quite varied tastes so we ordered everything but the original. The green tea was a delight and the black sesame is true to it’s flavor. These don’t taste like they’re made from powder or concentrate, they taste really fresh! For people who really like the distinct flavor of green tea and black sesame, these two flavors will be your solid winners. For me, strawberry really stood out.

That was an amazing treat. Next time I’m in the area, this is definitely worth repeating.