you say goodbye and i say hello.

Well hello.

As we are on a first date, here is probably what you would want to know about me:
My name is Karina. I’m a Norcal transplant Bruin alum living life in sunny LA. I like to watch sports, tailgate, bake, craft, be outdoors in the sunshine as much as possible, try new recipes, run (sometimes), and explore the city as much as this nightmare traffic will allow. I could eat only steak, bread, potatoes, cheese and Mexican food for the rest of my life and that would be perfectly alright with me. A perfect night consists of a blanket, a glass a wine, watching one of my teams or my DVR. Or happy hour. Or just wine.

Here is what I would never tell you on a first date:
I love all things pink, sparkly, and Taylor Swift. I like to drive fast, might have a mild case of road rage, and I can’t parallel park to save my life. I’m in bed by 10pm every weeknight like a grandma and sleep with two stuffed bears. I always have to have a plan and kinda can’t handle things when I don’t. I’m an ugly laugher and I squeal way too much when I’m excited about something.

And just for your reading pleasure, 5 things you would never ever need to know about me:

1. Which of the Disney princes would you marry?
Prince Charming, of course.

2. What trick or treating as a kid, what candy did you NOT like?

3. Is the glass half empty or half full? What’s in the glass?
Half full with Strawberry Lemonade. Or pink wine.

4. What’s your go-to karaoke song?
On Rock Band? “Dirty Little Secret” – All American Rejects

5. And finally, if my life was a movie, this would be the soundtrack a la Taylor Swift:
Opening Credits: Fearless
First Day of High School: Fifteen
First Date: Today Was a Fairytale
Falling In Love: Sparks Fly
Prom: Enchanted
Fighting: Forever & Always
Breaking Up: Last Kiss
Breakdown: Haunted
Making Up: Ours
Wedding: Love Story
Birth Of Child: Never Grow Up
Funeral: Safe & Sound
End Credits: Long Live

Till our next date :)


First Date Jitters

I have this friend who seems like she’s always going on first dates. I always tell her I am super jealous because I LOVE first dates, and she systematically throws daggers at me with her eyes, scoffs, and tells me to fetch her another beer. It’s true though– I do love first dates– or at least the anticipation that lead up to them… THE BUTTERFLIES! Oh, how they flutter. Yes, I watch a lot of romantic comedies, but that is beside the point. I do not spend hours getting ready (it takes me exactly 2 minutes to roll out of bed and head to class, 5 minutes to get dressed for lunch with friends, and maybe, if you’re really lucky, 20 minutes to get ready for an event that requires something fancier than jeans and a sweatshirt). I certainly don’t lay in bed on the phone with the Beastie pondering the potential direction my life could suddenly take off in after this magical first date: will he let me name our kids Draco and Hermione? Is Sandals really as cool of a honeymoon vacation as the catchy commercials lead us to believe? If he doesn’t like my homemade baked mac&cheese, can I divorce him? No, I’M NOT A CRAZY PERSON, and, contrary to what movies say, girls don’t actually do that!

The truth is, I like first dates because I only have so many interesting facts about myself, and only so many semi-true-semi-hyperbolized anecdotes, so the first date is really where I strive. I turn into your 90-year-old grandma a few dates later on and start telling the same (still hilarious) jokes. And since we’re already being honest, I’ll let you in on another secret: I haven’t been on that many first dates. Shocking, I know! More on that later. But that’s probably another reason I’m always jealous of my aforementioned friend. I feel like everyone is always going on first dates except for me!

Anyways, since this is THE PROJECT’S first official post, I figured we could share some details that we’d probably reveal on your typical first date.

Alexha’s Favorite Movies:

  1. The Little Rascals
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Crash
  4. Love Actually
  5. Bridesmaids (Beauty and the Beast until very recently)

Typical “lunch” question:

If I could have lunch with anyone, it would have to be Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling. Their sense of humor is so relate-able. At the risk of sounding like a feminist, I’d like to say that there are way too many depictions of unrealistic women on TV. Not in the typical sense this attack on social media is usually propaganda-ed:  “only supermodels are a size 2” and “women do more than just spend all day cooking in the kitchen.” No, I mean no one but Tina Fey will “shotgun” a pizza or show up to jury duty dressed as Princess Leia. THERE ARE REAL WOMEN OUT THERE WHO DO THIS, PEOPLE! And don’t even get me started on Mindy’s satirical portrayal as “the needy girlfriend” on The Office. Actually, do get me started [that’s what she said]. I’ll probably write another post on it, and it’ll be mostly videos, just like your favorite college class was. In the meantime, enjoy this “SH*T LIZ LEMON SAYS” video :)

Question UP FOR GRABS:

Since I am a lady, and a lady never reveals too much about herself, the last question I’ll answer for you this fine evening is this: my go-to karaoke song is SUNDAY MORNING by Maroon 5… unless I have a duet partner. Then it’s SUMMER LOVIN’ from GREASE.


Oh no, I hear a bell. That must mean our 5 minutes are up. Oh, you didn’t know this was speed dating? Well that explains why you spent this entire time looking dreamily into my eyes and scarfing down that ginormous piece of steak instead of sharing anything about yourself. I’d wipe that smear of beef juice dripping down your chin before my best friend comes over to talk to you next!

Hello, world!

Greetings, new friends! We are Karina and Alexha, otherwise known as the Bestie & Beastie. We are best friends living through the hardships of having a relationship span from opposite ends of a cultural war, and this is our attempt to document our struggles. Sure, NorCal vs. SoCal isn’t nearly as political as N. Korea and S. Korean, or nearly as violent as the Yankees and Confederates, but I think the battles between the Sacramento Kings and the Lakers, the Giants and the Dodgers, and the Sharks and LA Kings have enough bloodshed to constitute warfare. Somehow we make it work.


If I had to describe Karina in one word, it would be sunshine. Why? Because she’s obsessed with pink & orange (what she refers to as “colors of the sun”), she always manages to soak in hours of sunlight and out-golden-tan me every year, and because she’s my sunshine on a cloudy day.
In the words of Karina:
This is Alexha. Resident wine connoisseur, domestic goddess, and photography fiend. Lover of all things Tom Brady and Draco Malfoy. Oh, and my best friend.
You can follow my random thoughts on twitter @chimiDONGHA

In case you were wondering what we look like, HERE IS AN ADORABLE PICTURE OF US!
Don’t worry, there will be plenty more where this came from :)
Awesome, now we’re all friends. Let’s get this party started!