So Many Years Ago

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11comments No tags Permalink 0

Every now and then (usually triggered by a phone call from mom or dad), I take a few hours off to sit down and figure out where I’ve gone and where I’m going.

7 years ago, 2005: I started this blog. Just finished freshman year at NYU and was starting sophomore year as a transfer at Claremont McKenna. This blog was meant to be an extension of my Xanga (remember Xanga? ;) I didn’t even know what was until my friend Justin explained it to me. During summer I worked as a pastry cook at Alan Wong’s in Honolulu, and thought I was going to be a pastry chef one day.

6 years ago, 2006: Living in the inland empire, the 909. With braces, without a car (things to think about when transferring!!), and few friends. Could not understand what possessed me to transfer schools and did not fit in at CMC. Still set on being a chef (or at least doing something that involved dessert), I worked briefly at Chef Mavro and then Honolulu Coffee Company doing pastry production over the summer.

5 years ago, 2007: After that second year, decided that I had to graduate early. Took as many classes as possible (including summer school at UH!) and graduated in spring. Immediately moved back to NYC and started work as a hedge fund auditor with PwC.

4 years ago, 2008: Just broke up with my first boyfriend (we’re still friends today). Living in the East Village with not one, but three fabulous roommates. In what must be the world’s tiniest 4-bedroom on 13th Street. Shann, Steph, and Darien. All from Hawai’i and friends since middle school. How cool is that? We had the best time ever.

3 years ago, 2009: Left PwC and started real estate sales with Prudential. Built really thick skin, saw some amazing apartments. Learned how to work on my own, it’s all commission, no salary, and would do it again in a heartbeat. Met Pierre in a cab (no kidding). Took on more freelance writing work and projects…

2 years ago, 2010: …and once I had enough freelance work, I left Prudential. Real estate was a valuable stepping stone in learning how to manage your clients/workflow/schedule. Decided I had to take advantage of this schedule somehow and incorporate more travel into my life.

1 year ago, 2011: Pierre and I moved in together. Got to travel all over China, Hong Kong, and Mongolia with family. Wanderlust! Summer in Paris. Christmas back home in Honolulu. Travel doesn’t satisfy any itch, it just makes me want more of it.

This year, 2012: Cayman Islands, Aruba, St. Martin, Mexico City, Kentucky (so random), all over the South of France, Monaco, and back to Paris again. For the first time wondering, would I want to live anywhere else? If so, now is the time to do so…

I’ll be in London and France this September. Then planning to visit Hawai’i and explore the neighbor islands. I was born on Oahu and haven’t spent much time on the “other” islands. Lānaʻi! Kauaʻi! Maui! So much to see. And I hear the Four Seasons at Koele Lodge is pretty spectacular ;)

  • Unknown
    November 30, -0001

    Wow you went to CMC? While I was writing my senior thesis in 07, I realized I wanted to do something else so I graduated and immediately enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo…came back to CA, got a job as an analyst at an economic consulting firm with my degree…I have wanderlust too but my job sends me places periodically. I just started following your blog a few weeks ago but love it so far.

  • K and S
    August 15, 2012

    exciting, can't wait to see where you're off to next!

  • anonymous
    August 15, 2012

    I remember most of those stages of your adventure. I can't believe it has been that long!Alan

  • anonymous
    August 15, 2012

    Perhaps you could live a few years abroad? It could make seeing Europe so much easier :)I can say I've had the pleasure of vacationing at both Four Seasons in Lana'i. While both are beautiful (and very different), I preferred the one at Manele Bay. The spinner dolphins that visit the bay are amazing and it was the best snorkeling ever!Keep up the good work. I really enjoy your blog.

  • anonymous
    August 15, 2012

    Is Pierre going to Hawaii with you?I'm sure he would enjoy getting to know your family & the islands as much as you love France & his family.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 16, 2012

    Hi Kat! Me too, heheh ^_^ Hopefully there's a trip to Japan involved in the future!Hi Alan! And thank YOU for following along all these years :) There shall be more adventures to come!Hi Anon! I thought about it, but not sure if I would want to live abroad, or have a home base in the US and just travel abroad frequently. So many things to consider! And thanks for the Four Seasons tip…I've never seen a spinner dolphin! Will have to visit both hotels ^_^Hi Anon – We're working on that! :)Unknown – yup! No one on the East Coast seems to know of CMC haha. Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo must have been an amazing experience! Thank you for reading :)

  • S
    August 17, 2012

    Hi Kathy! Big fan of your blog. I love your dessert posts on SeriousEats. (I wish there were a Chicago version.) As someone who just finished college and just started working in a large corporation (first jobs!), your trajectory gives me some hope that you can actually do what you want.

  • anonymous
    August 20, 2012

    I've been following your blog for a while, and love every post of it. This is a lovely one.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 20, 2012

    Hi S! Everyone needs that first job…I feel like it builds character. And you can TOTALLY do what you want, there's nothing to stop you ^_^Thank you, Rosebud! ^_^

  • anonymous
    August 20, 2012

    Koele Lodge is wonderful! Huge fireplace in the lodge, cool evenings, surrounded by pine trees. When I lived in Hawaii, it was wonderful to escape to Koele and feel like I was at an English lodge!

  • Spin
    August 21, 2012

    Hi, I've been reading your blog since 2007/08 and its been lovely to see all these changes in your life and tastes. :)

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