Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Almost New Years!

Sigh, another year is upon us and what have we learned?


...

Well, I honestly don't know what you learned, but I do know what I've learned from 2009 so here it is!


What I've learned from 2009.
By Ophelia N.


What I've learned from 2009,
Are a lot of hidden strengths of mine.
I'm able to jump enormous heights,
I'm able to fight for my own rights,
I'm able to see through the smoke,
I'm able to laugh until till I choke,
I'm able to smile when times are gray,
I'm able to watch what I say,
I'm able to learn from every play,
I'm able to LIVE every day.

What I've learned from this year,
Is that there is little to fear.
Through life's challenges and pain,
Patient and calm you must remain.
Things may seem impossible for a bit,
It will take awhile for reality to hit.
Most of life's dilemmas are so small,
You may succeed or you may fall,
What's important is what you take away,
And let it grow with you day to day.
For there is a lesson at the end of every journey,
That is truth, take it from me.


Happy 2010! Everyone please be safe and have a lot of fun!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I stole it back from the Grinch

I honestly do not care how tacky Christmas decorations look when littered throughout the shops and streets in my city, I find the look genuinely festive. It's almost Christmas time and yet again I am unprepared with all the expected gifts, a bit tired from post-semester stress, and still bloated from those Thanksgiving meals.

Despite all that, I am so delighted that tis season has returned to bring joy and smiles to everyone's faces. This is the time of giving and receiving but the giving and receiving I am referring to is not in terms of physical gifts, I am actually referring to love. Yes, corny I know, but necessary to say!

In my youth, I looked forward to the month of twinkly lights that adorned the rooftops and lawns of every house except my own (we're the typical Asian family you know), the month of unexpected visitors who bring an array of Disney sing-a-long songs, and the month of large endless meals filled with a variety of meat, potatoes, and sushi? Every Christmas Day would be filled with tension of the prospect of opening one gift at 12am. Finally when the clock struck, we were allowed to choose one gift to open that night and though we all did follow that rule, we also followed that with pleas to open the rest of the gifts. None of them made it for Boxing Day...Boxing Day for us was really Clean Up Day. Now that I think of it, we suck.

In any case, as I've grown through the years (not much vertically) I have learned the true importance of Christmas and it does not involve gifts anymore. Truth is: Christmas = money! Just kidding, Christmas = appreciation for family and friends...really for anyone and everyone who has touched our lives. For my Christmas gift, I just want to wish everyone happiness and love and send out all my thanks for playing a role in my life. I truly appreciate everyone and hope you all have a beautiful holiday filled with happiness and comfort. Merry Christmas to all and to all a funtabulous night!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

END OF FINALS

I'm done! I'm done!
Enough of this fun!
I've got to run!
And catch some sun!


ok..enough, I'm going to sleep

Monday, November 16, 2009

Another weekend gone

Everytime we receive a new project, there is a mixture of annoyance and excitement followed almost immediately with frustration and exhaustion. That is the life right? Hmm, maybe not.

At the end of every project I think everyone is ready to let go of all that stress and just enjoy the rest of their weekend. It is definitely difficult to push aside everything that just happened, it is difficult to ignore all the work that still lies ahead, and mostly it is difficult to get back into the swing of things. I think this weekend was a great example of that.

I finished my 4 week long project presentation on Thursday and though I did seem to have a good amount of sleep under my belt, I still felt exhausted. Friday approached and instead of looking forward to all the possibilities my weekend held, I was just looking forward to crashing in bed. I thoroughly enjoyed not having to care about work and not having to think about what was the next thing on the agenda. But now it's Monday and I have to switch the school button back on. Ugh. UGH you hear?

But we must go forward and we must continue on with our responsibilities. It's never easy but it's necessary. Life never stops and no matter how much we dread it, we cannot let go.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Yays for Holidays!

So the holiday season is quickly approaching us. And I must say, I AM SO READY! I love the holidays, I love the idea of families coming together to spend warm cozy nights chatting by the dinner table, while the youngins stuff their faces with food.

Nowadays a lot of us have lost that family spirit and I am quite saddened by it. I see people sitting at restaurants staring at their food while the little kids stare at their Nintendo DS screens. Boo. We need to grab those little devices and keep them away from the tables. We need to put an attempt to making conversations instead of silently sending signals while staring at our food. We need to put away petty arguments and try to enjoy a meal with one another.

I also love the aspect of giving during the holidays, but sometimes that can become tainted by the status of our current economic devastation. People become more focused on the money part of gift giving. Sometimes it isn't even about the money, many people have given up to just defaulting with a gift card to their family members. Since our family has decided to do Secret Santa gifts, our Christmases have consisted of each of us exchanging gift cards. Boo.

I say, let's do something more meaningful. If not with your cousins and coworkers, at least with your best friends and immediate family members. Not that spending money really equates to a great Christmas gesture, but let's try to make more of an effort. I say, let's just spend time to do something meaningful, spend time to say something loving, or just spend time with loved ones. The best thing you can give to those you love is...love.

Yay for the holidays coming, I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One of those weeks

You know how sometimes you feel like you are a bit off? Well, that is how I have been feeling this week..just a bit - off. It is frustrating to figure out the tiny insignificant details of a large idea. It is frustrating to sit on terribly uncomfortable chairs in the studio. It is annoying to be annoyed by annoying people. =)

Oh yes, and if this wasn't frustrating enough already, I tried to open the door and had that stupid heavy doorknob fall onto my foot. Hello, bruise.

Other than that, I'm fine. =D

Friday, October 30, 2009

Hmmm... me thinks that I have not put much effort into updating this blog... hmmm...


How is everyone doing during this lovely Fall weather? This little chica is not so happy with it because it is so chilly to fall asleep and too chilly to get up in the mornings. I seriously question my attendance during the rest of the semester. I wonder if I can use the cold as my excuse to ditch..


Well, today's blog post is going to be my take on design. More specifically, the influence and inspiration of design. I just finished watching Project Runway where the designers on the show are accusing one another for copying each others ideas and looks and causing a lot of unnecessary drama. It got me thinking, what are my inspirations? Where am I pulling my design ideas from? I am starting to feel like I've already done an entry like this but anyway..

I feel like all design, like all trends and styles, are sort of rotated on a circular wheel. We always pull inspiration from older sources and they pull their inspiration from even older sources. It is not that we really copy someone else's work, the real definition of the source of inspiration is taking an admired piece to extract to manipulate it into what it means to you as the designer.

The most difficult part of doing that is taking enough of the piece to push you into your own direction and not mimic what you've already seen.

Design is always in a cycle. We look back at modernists like Le Corbusier and Mies Van Der Rohe for direction. Their work may have pulled from the basic forms of geometry that the Romans and Greeks used in their architecture. Even further, the Romans and Greeks may have looked at how past societies developed their understanding of structure from looking at the organic building structures in nature. As we progress into the future, we are constantly glancing back at the great accomplishments before us for guides.

So in my opinion, creativity is not really developing something new. I do not really believe anyone can invent anything radically new. Instead, I believe creativity is taking what you see, what you are influenced by and incorporating it into a product that screams your voice, your views. Creativity stems from the individual's personal outcome.

So go forth, people! Whether you are a designer, writer, musician, actor, or artist, you can be creative and innovative by making your mark through your work.


I'll try to keep posting if anyone is still reading these! <3!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sigh, the inevitable time has come again. Fall. Yes, it has been Fall for some time now but we live in L.A. and Fall often equals to a short month in November. I already miss the sunshine!

Anyway, it has been quite stressful with my life right now. School has taken a strong grasp of me and not is threatening not to let go until Christmas arrives. I think it is always like this though. Once the semester begins, we all are enjoying the first few weeks of light projects and small complaints. Then comes the storm, we become prisoners of our studios under an avalanche of work...only to be awarded with more! What kind of reward is that?

But I suppose the important underlining point of this is really if you enjoy what you are doing, it is all worth it at the end of the day. When you spend 12+ hours a day working on a project for a month, then it had better be worth the trouble. Sometimes it may feel frustrating and stressful but complaints all aside, if you genuinely love it and cannot really imagine doing anything else (besides bumming it at home) then you know you have chosen the right path. That is how I feel at least.

I hope everyone is having a nice Fall. I always know it's Fall when I begin to change IN bed =)

Monday, September 28, 2009

The I Everything

Warning: The following blog post is a short and nonsensical rant made by yours truly. I have nothing personal against Apple as I am currently typing this post through my MacPro. Thank you for your time.



Have you noticed the incredible power that Apple has on the society we live in today? It seems like they are taking over
the world! Have they been taking tips from the ever apparent, Donald Trump, and put their name on everything? It's I-this and I-that, yes it worked for the iPhone and the iTunes but come on..enough is enough. Do we really need it to be iDVD and iMovie? Do we have to put 'i' in everything to make it "cutting edge" and trendy?

I refuse!


I'm going to put an 'O' in the beginning of everything from now on to make sure that I put my mark and make things up-to-date. From now on everything will be OMovie and OPhotos and Oohmygoshthatcangetsoannoying.

This rant goes hand in hand with the common complaint that things do not have to be shrunken to be updated. The tiny unmanageable keyboards on cellphones, the reduced sizes on soda cans do not make them healthier or more affordable, and even the teeny tiny mp3 players that fit a million songs..yes, that one! It fits a lot of songs, can fit anywhere from your purse to your pocket to your shoe. But while in some ways it may seem to be a convenience, it is also a burden because we end up losing things so much easier. I have to admit that I find it hilarious when I see people holding tiny tiny mp3 players with giant headphones on their heads. Heeheehee. I don't know why, but it looks funny to me.

Anyway, enough ranting from me. I hope everyone has an awesome week now that fall is officially making its presence known. Brr...but it also means that it feels oh-so-nice to sleep in underneath the warm covers. =) Have a great week and take care!

Monday, September 21, 2009

LAX

Guess which magical place I was able to visit last night? Yup, you guessed it ... well, basically because it is the title of this blog post.

I got the very glamorous opportunity to go to the airport last night! And boy was it a dream come true!

...not.



I seriously dread going to the airport by now because I have been there enough times to start a club. (That didn't even really make any sense but that is what the airport does to me.) It has been a consistent three or four years where I am at the airport approximately fifteen times a year?! I cannot really complain because some people travel for a living and they get to experience various cultures, different sights and sounds, delectable foods! But to deal with the pushy backed up traffic, grouchy tired people, and unpredictable delayed flights is another story. I think after battling four different cars for the right of way to turn into a lane, I have concluded that I don't want to travel for a living. I don't want to make the airport my most commonly seen friend.

You suck, LAX traffic!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kanye is a Moment Stealer

If you did not catch Sunday's VMA drama then you need to quickly Google search it and be as annoyed as the rest of us are. Taylor Swift's biggest moment of the night was rudely interrupted by the ever attention hogging 5'7" American boy. hehe. Anyway, after witnessing Taylor's awkward reaction I started to remember all the times where something unexpected would happen to myself and how I would react awkwardly to it.

When I was giving a speech/lecture/whatever it was called, I was interrupted by a lovely gentleman in the end of the classroom. He was looking at the slides I showing and I suppose it reminded him of something so he blurted out a reply. Unfortunately, I could not hear what he had said while everyone else was nodding and smiling. After that, I lost my place and realized waaaayyy too late that not only had he interrupted with a reply but that 'reply' was actually a question that I had not heard. So in the end, I could offer no answer and no smooth transition. Great.

Well, it's not like my experience was anything like Taylor Swift's experience but I still understand the caught-off-guard-look and awkward attempt to move on. But I am glad that Beyonce was the classy lady she is to give her spotlight moment back to Taylor. That is how the ladies do it because we stick together and support one another. Take that, Kanye. Learn what makes us stronger.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dumb It Down

Have you ever heard that phrase? Perhaps in class or perhaps at your current occupation if you are involved in any sort of complicated jargon? I've heard it before every project presentation the teacher will go on about having everyone describe it as if they were someone who was not aware of the product/procedure/whatever and they will somehow conclude with, "try to dumb it down."

I understand the concept. And at times, I do see the real need for people to act on it. For example, if I were to ask a nuclear physicist what their job entailed, I would appreciate the abridged or Dumbed Downed Version or DDV as we call it.


BUT


yes, I know you suspected my usual "but" interrupting the flow of my entries...

BUT sometimes I feel that certain things are TOO dumbed down. I say this only because I have just recently purchased the C.O. Bigelow Lip Balm from Bath and Body Works.
I turned it around to see that they have included directions that say: Directions For Use: Glide some on anytime your lips are in need of moisture.

This to me is a Duh Moment which means, how else would anyone use this lip balm? Perhaps it has to be written to avoid any sort of confusion and prevent any legal actions...but seriously? I am insulted! So anyway, I just put some on my legs and went on with my day.

Cha cha cha-- Charmin!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Inevitable

Life is like this, I feel. What is suppose to happen, will inevitably happen at one time or another. No, this is not going to be a philosophical spiel because my ultimate complaint isn't life's predestined sequences. Instead, I have a gripe about mornings.

I have never been a so-called, "morning person" due to the fact that at any given time, I would rather sleep till my buddy, Noon rolls around. I cannot grasp the concept of why anyone would force themselves up pre-sun in frosty and gloomy weather. I have to wake up every weekday morning around 6:45am - 7am and well, "it ain't no picnic." I walk into the shivering morning cold to see other sleep deprived neighbors slowly maneuvering around their lawns to retrieve newspapers that they are probably going to read at a later time (when it's no longer subzero temperatures) and you wonder why I complain.


The biggest complaint from me about the inevitable is the ultimately inevitable event that occurs every morning when I have my breakfast. I am often sleepy and not quite aware of my surroundings yet despite all that, I somehow coordinate myself enough to grab a bowl of cereal. I cannot stress how often this happens where my milk ratio is completely off with my cereal ratio and it drives me nuts!



Look at this pathetic attempt to eat my Special K cereal. Where's the cereal? I believe either my sleepiness is to blame or my inability to measure a balanced breakfast. Either way, I am usually left with way too much milk and little tolerance. Sigh, perhaps I should start to switch to eating eggs in the morning instead.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

It's that time again.

Ah, at the beginning of every Spring, I am refreshed by the regrowth and reminded of the glorious sunny weather ahead. At the beginning of Summer, I am reminded of the happy carefree beach bumming days laying ahead. At the beginning of Fall, I am reminded...well, I am reminded that I am still not ready to be back in school.

Yes, it is true what you have read, I am back in school again.

Ick.

It's not horrible, just incredibly draining because my body and mind have not yet adjusted. Plus all the immediate moving, constant driving, and long hours make it a bit unbearable for the moment. There is always one thing to pick me up though... here comes my song:

Oh, coffee how you complete me.
When my days are long, you set me free.
You fill my heart (and stomach) with glee.
How I cannot get along without thee.
I need a picture of you on my tee.
And only then will you see,
After each long class I'll need coffee!

Ok, everyone, take care!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ran are ger

Ran are ger? Get it? It spells 'rearrange' which you must do in order to understand the..never mind.

I did something revolutionary today. Well, not really, but I did move around two pieces of furniture in my room today and that was a big deal! They have been collecting dust in the same positions for the past 12 years or so and it definitely showed when I moved them around. Eek.

Now that I've placed them in different position, I feel like my room has magically expanded and is much cooler! Er..cooler as in air circulation not as in Cool School! yes.. I did just type that.

Have you ever thought of the possibilities of how your life would alter if you just changed one tiny detail? I often ponder the possibilities if I had been somewhere a second earlier perhaps I would have run into someone I knew. Or on a micro-level if I chose to buy the red pen instead of the black. What would happen? Would it somehow have changed the world? Would it somehow snowball into creating larger effects like not having invented the iphone or not having Obama as the president or not having the economy fall into a recession? Wow, all that from a pen.

At the end of the day, our choices have been chosen, life is as it is and for better or worse: we cannot change that.

I do believe that everything happens for a reason, I believe that everyone's fate or path has been predetermined and it is difficult to see until we experience it. If you are rejected from a school or job, it is possible that you were destined to belong to another. Don't you ever think that way? If you had not lost your glasses, then maybe you would have never found a better alternative by getting contacts. Er... crappy example but you get what I mean.

At the end of the day I just wanted to share my news that I rearranged my room furniture. And you know what? That one little insignificant detail has completely changed my mood. So I encourage everyone to make a tiny adjustment in your lives because one little change can make a world of difference.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Skincare smells!

Since I started off my blog with a post on bad smelling things, now is the time to discuss good smelling things. You see how relevant my entries are to the importance of ... life? Anyway, I am starting to notice that out of our five senses (five is it?) we usually tend to hone in on one or two specifically. What I mean by this is that we usually are more sensitive in smell and sight or in sound and touch or in taste and touch. It seems more rare for all five senses to be equally balanced.

With that said, I noticed that I have neglected my interest in smells. Sounds weird. But unless it involves food, I usually just sniff something with a bit of disinterest and decide if it is a good smell or bad smell. Lately I have been putting more attention in skin care since the many hours of sun damage, lack of sleep, and neglected lotioning have begun to catch up and I am starting to hone in on smells.


Some products use more of a natural scent without bothering to put a lot of chemicals to neutralize any sort of organic fragrances which is good because that means less chemicals to mess with our skin, but also bad because sometimes it smells kind of medicinal. Other products boost overly floral scents, *ahem* Bath and Body Works, and though they smell nice I question what exactly is in it. Now I wonder what kinds of scents everyone prefers. There are a variety of smells offered with skincare products such as fruits, floral, spices, candies, and other organic scents. I do not like the chocolate smells (sorry, May!) that come with lotions or bath products but I love fruity, other candies, and organic smells like honey and grapefruit!

Here are some products I purchased, mostly tried, sniffed, and loved:


LUSH: Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

Now, I have not yet tried it but I purchased it and am loving the scent. I have tried the Rock Star Soap and I think that Lush soaps are pretty nice. They are all handmade and organic so you can be sure that they are rid of harmful chemicals. They charge by the pound so I am not sure how to list how much it costs...pretty pricey but worth trying because it's different.
0.300lb was $11.34




SEPHORA: Lip Attitude Glamour Lipstick $12

This lipstick offers a candy smell that is awesome! It is not overly strong and you will like opening the container just to smell it! What? Doesn't everyone do that? In addition to the smell, this lipstick is high end in quality and staying power where the glossy finish makes lipgloss
unnecessary for hours. It may seem pricey to drugstore fans but for the quality of the product, you should reconsider. Besides, if you buy something for $4 that will last you two months versus something for $12 that will last you six months, what makes more sense?



BURT'S BEESWAX: Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme $6

I'm not sure how many times I mentioned this product only to receive an excited, "I love that product!" Well, I'm afraid I have to join the bandwagon here because I do like this product and it smells like grapes! Just kidding, as the packaging says, it smells like oranges. Despite its delectable scent, it is also quite effective in softening the cuticles. It's also conveniently available at Target stores which we all love!




Okay and the final two that I can think of right now aren't exactly skincare but...


Victoria's Secret has a new line out called their Naturally Victoria's Secret. Creativity wins! Anyway, I tried some of the lotions in the store and I quite liked them but the only thing I ended up purchasing was actually a candle! I really am in love with the Honeysuckle & White Patchouli scent. I would strongly recommend it!



And the last thing I am mentioning when talking about smells is of course a perfume. And this one in particular is from Bath and Body Works and it is their Black Amethyst roll on perfume. It is $7.50 and is very portable for easy touch-ups! I liked this scent in particular but my sisters also purchased ones in other colors and I love them too! I know that they have deals here and there so you should look them up because we were able to get them at Buy 2 & Get One Free.



Anyway, that ends a very odd post about smells and bath/skin stuff. Please let me know what scents in products you all enjoy! Remember this, sharing is caring. But hoarding is rewarding! Heheh bye!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shoes : can they heel the sole?

So in the event of Fall quickly approaching, all students suddenly feel a similar pang of regret that they have not accomplished enough during their summer breaks. I am one of them. Although, I think most people worry if they have not done anything productive during break while I consider if I have not had enough fun yet.

I don't consider it irresponsible. I feel that summer breaks for students are to have fun and more importantly to catch up on stress-free sleep! Summer school is sometimes necessary and of course work, yes I do work part time, but everyone needs to put time aside for fun. I generally do not make that effort during the school year because I am often tired, stressed, and preoccupied to the point that going out to dinner becomes an obligation rather than a happy event. Don't let this happen to you!

Anyway, the main point of this was to talk about shoes. (How the heck do I always manage to stray so far?) During this summer, I have taken my sisters (Jeanne is an extended sister) out to shopping areas to spend our relaxing afternoons since they are going back to school soon. And through these shopping trips I have purchased a few pairs of shoes. Three to be exact. WOW, that is a lot even for me. And they are very different in terms of style and comfort. I decided to do some shoe-research to determine what makes a good pair of shoes and here are the pro and cons of my purchases.

First off came this beautiful pair of heels from Nine West.

Heels are beautiful additions to spice up (not food) an outfit whether it be a formal dress or a night going out with skinny jeans. They actually serve a purpose as well, they give force you to fix your posture. It is best to shift your weight to the back of the heel to straighten your back and tighten your abdomen. So actually, it is good to wear heels! Just as long as they are not too high and support your arch.



Then I bought this lovely pair from a brand called, Liliana.

This of course stands for all the flat pairs that are cute paired with a nice pair of capris, skinny jeans, or sundress. Flats are nice but not when they are too flat. If you squint at the loverly picture, you will see a minuscule heel that really does not serve enough to support one's arch. Unfortunately, there is also no padding to support the soles of the feet. So though this pair is incredibly cute, I realistically named them my "don't you dare walk far distances in these shoes" shoes. They are great for casual outings to add a bit of interest but definitely not fitted for far walks. Do not run a 10k with these!



And finally, I purchased flats from Bakers shoes.
Ah flats, the dependable friend of sandals. I consider flats to be more versatile throughout the seasons because they can be worn in the spring through winter with ease while being both formal and casual. These in particular are cushioned and offer enough overall support. There is an arch that supports your tired feet while the front should have support for the balls of your feet. It is best to find good quality flats to last you for a long while, these are leather and comfy!


Finally, shoes are just like accessories, they add sparkle to an outfit. But do not forget the practicality of these mighty feet protectors. Here are some basic rules to go by: Ophe-style.

A.) Do not skimp on quality and only focus on price. I would advise that you spend money on shoes that have decent quality and will last you a long time. There have been too many ocassions where I purchase a trendy item and can only wear it once or twice for appropriate events.

B.) Comfort is key. Do not purchase anything that is too painful to wear because your feet will never shrink to fit them.

C.) Do not always purchase expensive trendy shoes because styles change with seasons! Why waste the money and not wear them again? Unless you love them to death and will wear them no matter what the trend is, do not indulge in overly trendy items!

D.) Colors should be considered. Do they match anything you have? Or are they shoes that you will have to find something to match them?

and finally,
E.) Go have some fun! Do not always go with something plain and simple and... should I say it? Boring. Try different styles even if you do not plan to purchase them because you may be surprised. Shoes can make an plain outfit more interesting! So go out there and be thoughtful when buying shoes so you can choose items that will last and make the best bang for your buck.

Shoe-tastic!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Life of a Design Student

So I often get asked by friends and family to help give design tips and advice. It is such a flattering thing to be asked and I always feel very honored. Here's the problem.

So let's say my dad will ask me to choose an appropriate piece of furniture for our living room. I go through many magazines and many websites for inspiration before I make any sort of decision. I would then excitedly run to my dad and announce my advice only to be greeted by a puzzled frown. He would list all the reasons why my choice would not work and spend a lot of time afterward to give me a variety of the same type of furniture from his special 'dad' catalog. Right when we approach the furniture store, he will see what I chose and reluctantly agree to purchase it. Once it is settled in the room his eyes will light up with excitement and suddenly start congratulating my choice.

This drives me insane! And yes, it DOES happen all the time. It is such a flattering thing to be asked for design decisions as I am still a student. But I think all the second-guessing and snide looks kind of ruin the moment. Don't get me wrong, it is frustrating but funny and I am happy as long as everyone is happy at the end of the day.

By the way, the furniture story was not true. It was actually a paint story...yes...he asked me to design a paint color. ???

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Sunday Afternoon

Not really sure what to write about today so here goes a regular journal-type entry.

So today was another busy Sunday that began with a furry of house searching and ended with a loverly BBQ at a fellow tkd-er's house. The house hunting in Long Beach was long with few possibilities and though many of the houses were quite nice, one stuck out in particular. No, I do not mean this in a good way. After looking at four Open Houses, our Realtor (a.k.a. Aunt Rebecca) took us to look at condominiums in the same community.

Our first obstacle was presented when we drove up to the driveway and realized that a large iron gate decidedly neglected our presence. Despite all our verbal abuse, it stayed strongly shut so we had no choice but to wait it out. Luckily, a few cars showed up and used some sort of magically box-shaped device to command the evil gate to open its filthy trap and we were able to sneak through. Once inside, we realized that it was certain: this is a place that we were not meant to be in - oops. We quickly parked our cars and scrambled inside to take a gander (yes, I said to 'take a gander') and misdirected ourselves towards a different unit that was opened for viewing. So we walked inside the holy grounds and quickly walked out. Too much for me. I noticed a tall figure walk by and quickly escape into a door so I assumed he was a resident just making his way into his house and thought nothing of it. The next unit was on the same floor but in the opposite direction so we trekked over there and arrived at unit 349. As Aunt Rebecca tried to open the lock box, I noticed the tall bearded figure walk towards us again. Weird. So we all scooted aside as he made his way past us and into some other door. After Aunt Rebecca opened the door to the vacant condo, we walked around admiring the hardwood floors and newly painted bedrooms when suddenly Senior Creepo, the tall gayish actor-wannabe, walked into the room and everyone was suddenly silent.

"Hello, can I help you?"

Senior Creepo, "Oh no, I live here on the first floor."

So uncomfortable! He just kept walking around with a closed cell phone to his ear while he peered into each room diligently. As we made our way out he still had not moved so my dad actually had to stand there to make sure he left before we locked him in there. Though now that I think about it, that might have been the better choice!

After that, I had no interest in any of those units. Not now, not ever.

Onto part two of Sunday.
We arrived at Ling's house around 5pm and found everyone crowding around the flat screen tv while taking turns playing Tekken 5. The BBQ was delicious and fulfilling. At the end of the night, Ling informed us that he and his girlfriend, Sammy, were going to also include a 6 pound pasta they had purchased at Costco but could not do so since they could not figure out how to use their high tech oven.

We laughed and exclaimed that we would help them figure it out just for the heck of it since we had prior baking knowledge. Oh what fools we were. That piece of machinery was deliberately ignoring our requests and would not preheat for anything. After sixty-thousand tries by about ten different people, we have come to the result that it is busted.

So the conclusion of this blog today is: How can technology make our lives better if we cannot understand how to make it work?

Technology = Tech No Know Logy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DC0k1IEDbY

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I like it! Or do I?

So do you ever find that you are jet set on choosing one item for lunch and then you see that everyone else on your table has chosen another item? Do you change your mind because hey, maybe their item is so delicious that you would be a fool to choose otherwise? OR are you one of those people who are given a menu and it takes you forever and a day to choose anything? Do you even end up choosing something for yourself or do you just follow someone's advice instead?

Choices choices but which one is right?

It is indeed difficult to make your own choice but I am not sure which is worse. Not having a strong opinion and being swayed by others or having a strong opinion but changing it because you let yourself be swayed by others. I am the latter of course. I look at two colors and choose green with a confident grin. And then I look at the yellow and think, maybe I am wrong again?

Then again, what dignifies that any choice is bad or good? What determines if something is chic or sophisticated? Is it really based on the standards of society?

I question this because I found myself on the Las Vegas strip last weekend walking around and observing the architecture. If you have not been there I am not sure if you know that many renowned designers have banned together to add their individual massive structural elements to the happening Vegas strip. As I walked by these structures I was impressed and amazed by their contorting geometric forms and interplay with contrasting materials. However, I stopped in mid-amazement to question myself, what makes these structures so impressive? Is it really that they are impressive to me or is it just that I understand what impresses the mass public and I am just giving into their standards?

When an untrained eye looks at a Frank Gehry creation, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, do they just go "ooh" and "ah" because it is different and so-called, "design?" Because if that is the case, anyone can go out there and crumble pieces of paper together and tear them apart to create their versions of design structures but it is not so simple. Of course, I do have respect for Frank Gehry's creations, I am not attacking anyone. I am merely making a point.

If you do read about a designer's motives and reasons for creating their versions of art, you will begin to either respect the design or dislike it. Either way, you should not make an opinion upon first judgment because then it would not be your opinion.

So now I figure that I have an opinion on food, colors, book, or whatever because these common things have interjected throughout my life. Design, however, I am going to not just succumb to standards set out by existing designers and critics by just gazing in admiration at everything they say you should gaze at. I will do my research, read on my own (ick for reading on my own! haha) and form my own opinion. This way I will own it. Sounds weird? YOU'RE weird!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Awww So Sweet =D


I love friends who love me too =)

It is easy to neglect the ones we love and are comfortable with because we are constantly
surrounding one another with support, care, and love. Do you consistently tell your parents and siblings that you love them? Probably not because it may seem weird and drama/soap opera-like to do that out of the blue. But why wait till you are in a serious situation or battling a life-threatening disease before you tell someone that you love them?

Well, I honestly often forget to thank my family and friends verbally for what they do for me. Whether it be offering a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, a hand to slap some sense into me...well, that one is a bit difficult to say thank you to but anyway... Every little thing big or small is deeply appreciated and I do think that it is necessary to remember and appreciate.

My friends have lately gone traveling or just random shopping and have brought back things that reminded them of me.


The t-shirt was a gift from Ms. May Sun on behalf of my inability to text out to others. THANK YOU MAY! I appreciate the spontaneous gift and will have to figure out a way to thank you every day. (I am a rhyming genius!)


The bone shaped paper clips was from Val! My Val gal who just saw them and thought that I would like them, well yes I do! So thank you thank you. =D


Nothing was asked for, it was all out of the blue. It is such a beautiful surprise and wonderful feeling when I receive something for no reason other than for just being a friend. I am so grateful and I have resolved that I am going to start making an effort to thank everyone I love in my life.

Thank you, everyone. Thank you so much.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

We Are The Champions!

We are the champions! No time for losers 'cause we are the champions... of the world!

Does that pump you up? Ready to run the 26 miles? Ready to bungee jump off the Golden Gate Bridge?

My blog question (blogtion) (sorry) for the day is: Do motivational songs or speeches really work?

I admit first-hand that I am a victim of over thinking everything. It is probably called the Over Thinking Everything Disease = OTED... well, I did say 'probably.' I have been in countless situations where motivational speeches are given to really get everyone worked up. I look around at the widened eyes, at the tensed up faces, at the growing crowd that is hungry for the verbal encouragement. Then I look at the speaker and admire their passion, their fire, their excitement! I am proud to be standing in the middle of history (however small or large) in the making.

But.

Yes, there is almost always a 'but' to my blogs.

I am the type of person who is standing in the middle of an excited crowd or in front of a encouraging authority figure and instead of digesting their words and emotions, I am admiring the situation. I look at the people and feel happy that they are being motivated but not really taking in enough of the words to feel it myself. Sense the loss of connection here?

I always wonder if these speeches actually work on people because they seldom work on myself. Do people just hear the words and try to let themselves be sort of tricked to believe what they are suppose to believe? Is that motivation or brain washing? If I really did not believe in a cause but someone is spouting on about the difference we can make by raising awareness, I most likely will try to spread the word and raise money because it seems like the right thing to do. But when I look back, wait a minute, did I really believe in that cause? Or was it out of guilt?

I believe I am now straying from the main topic so... I find myself feeling that rush to make a change in the world and in the midst of doing so I would usually begin thinking like... well, let me offer an example:

Speaker: "We need to be the ones to stand up and make things right again! We are the new generation, let us not watch our planet become destroyed by ____(you name it!)!"

Me: Wow, she is so right! Let's go out there and clean up parks or start recycling programs or... wow, that speech was really done well, I think I am being motivated! Look, those people are motivated too! Well, she definitely is a good speaker, look at how her gestures really reenforce her words. Good job, lady! Oh and that person over there looks impressed. I wonder if they will go home and share this speech with their families. I wonder how many people are here, are they really listening? ...etc...nonsensical train of thought continues

I do like these speeches and after trying to give many of them in my classes to my students, I do wonder how many of them absorb what I am saying. Do they start to become distracted by the speech itself like I tend to?

Oh well, I suppose I will know someday when either someone shows vast improvement in their attitude and discipline or when someone falls asleep standing up while I am speaking.

How is everyone else suriving the heat?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cool as a Cucumber

Ways you can use a physically chilled cucumber:

- Cut it into slices and place them on your eyes to depuff and de-swell?
*However, if you have folded saggy eyes like mine, the cucumber can depuff your eyes so much so that you lose your eyelid. Argh.

- Cut into pieces to use in salads and sandwiches for a crunchy and refreshing texture.

- Soak in pickled juice to help it transition into a pickle. But then again, why would anyone want to do that?

(This is where it goes Ophe-ized)

- Cut into a wedge shape and use it as a doorstop.

- Hold it firmly with a tight grip to use against attackers.

- Clean it, grab it, and take a bite. Makes you feel like you own the world.

- Decorate them and make them into Veggie Tales characters. One can be named Cu Cu.


Ok, that is no longer making sense. Time to end the blog post!

Carrot Cake AGAIN?

After every meal, every drink, every ... breath? After every other minute, carrot cake is offered to me. Again and again. And who is this mystery figure who made this delicious but terribly haunting carrot cake?


OLIVIA.


Enough said.


SO MUCH CARROT CAKE!

LA is One Hot Muggy Sauna

This Friday is the day Olivia's friends finally pay us a visit from North Cal. (By the way, I know that most North Cal people are haters of us So Cal people but we're cool ;D ) Anyway, for the past few weeks, I have listened *eavesdropped* on her conversations with her friends and have had to listen to many reassurances that coming to LA will not suffocate their delicated I'm-use-to-60-degree-weather bodies.

Well, yes it is quite hot. Let me rephrase that, it is freaking hot! But there will be no body melting here.

Since her friends have been so kind to agree to visit for the weekend, we have been desperately trying to figure out what fun things we can entertain them with. Unfortunately, every suggestion thrown out there has been considered, shot down, reconsidered, and then laughed at. So Mimi and Anna, if you two are reading this, you basically will come here and sit in silence till it is time for you to go back home.

Every suggestion had to involve either hitting the beach (not literally because I'm not sure how that can be done) or going to a mall/movie theater in order to escape the heat. Now this is the part of the brainstorming where we realize, is that all we do in the summer? Head to a beach or head to a mall? Riveting.

Which brings me to another topic regarding the beach and the blazing heat. Everyone MUST wear sunblock before leaving the house! We recently graced the beach with our presence and the sun basically slapped us all on the face (back, shoulders, arms, legs, chest) for not putting on enough sunblock. Now, trust me when I say that we reapplied. A LOT. But it wasn't enough to prevent the sun's damaging rays to burn, baby, burn. So wherever you are planning to go, whether it be the beach or mall or beach mall (wouldn't that be cool?) please make sure you are covered with sticky, smelly, uncomfortable sunblock or else you will be burnt like ...well, burnt stuff.

Now if you are burned and this blog post is a bit late for you, here are some suggestions to save your skin. First of all, go find aloe vera. If you don't grow this in your garden, go buy some lotion or gel that has this plant. If you DO own some, go cut a few pieces, split them open, and plant them on your face! (tee hee, get it?) The aloe vera will cool down your skin and protect the moisture. After softly showering, don't scrub too hard or exfoliate, make sure you put on face lotion and body lotion. Good luck!

Anyhoo, back to our first issue, now that we are down to the same two reject suggestions, I suppose we will have to rely on our entertainment skills to fight off Olivia's friends' boredom. Maybe I should spend the weekend teaching them how to avoid sunburn! Genius!

Redefining my Project 10 Pan

Ok, so it's been close to a month and I realized that if I pulled a fully committed Project 10 Pan, it would take me like 2 years to finish. Yes, that IS a long time! So because of my lack of consistent makeup usage, I decided to redefine this project and make it workable for me.

First of all, I am drastically cutting spending on makeup but I am allowing myself opportunities to not miss out on. =)

1. If I find discounted prices on brands I am committed to (ie. MAC) at places like the Cosmetic Company Store, then I allow myself to buy what I can afford.
2. If there are limited edition items that will slip slip slip away from me forever, then I will consider purchasing them.

That is all! So no more purchasing any full priced items unless it is limited edition and really favored. So, that is my new commitment and I think I can do this with a lot more ease. So I wonder if anyone else has started their own project and how that is going?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hole-y Back

You lay down on a massage table and expect to go, "Ahhh..." unlike my experience which pretty much went, "AHHHHH!!!"

I just had acupuncture done on my sore and damaged back this evening and the result is that I feel more sore and damaged. I still cannot relax fully to enjoy it yet. "It takes a few days," they all say. Yes, a few days before I slap you silly for lying to me..

What is acupuncture? Well, it's very simple! Basically it is the acute puncturing of your back/legs/arms/hands/head/itreallygoesonfromhere.

Just kidding. Mostly, anyway.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice used to relieve muscles and tendons that might have experienced cramping, soreness, or any sort of damage from day to day activities. An acupuncturist typically will pinpoint the exact areas of stress and cramping before inserting tiny needles into the problematic area.

It is also crucial not to only focus on one area because as our friend explained, once one spot of the body is injured, another area of the body will overcompensate for the loss of strength in that area and therefore everything becomes uneven. For example, if your right shoulder hurts, your left shoulder muscle will work double time to make up for the loss and soon enough, your left shoulder might start hurting too! Can we say counterproductive?

Yes, this does sound incredibly painful and does not feel any better BUT it is true that you cannot prevent any more damage to yourself before taking care of the damage already caused. Makes any sense yet?

Anyway, after my what-felt-like-an-eternity acupuncture experience came the acupressure. Ouch ouch. Acupressure, in case you did not know, is accusing pressure on someone. Ok, just kidding again.

It is using extreme pressure to reinforce the acupuncture areas, specifically my back in this case, and oh yes, it is used to torture people. Again, only half-kidding. =)

My assessment of the overall experience? Painful but I feel ok, I guess we'll have to see in a couple of days.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I think the heat's getting to me.

Has anyone tried Naked juice? It's really fun to play on words because people always slip (and not always inadvertently) and say things like, "I really want to get Naked today" or "Do you want to drink Naked?" Heheh

Well, if you haven't tried the variety of flavors, I suggest you check them out at your local Costco in case they are offering samples for passersby to try out. It is pretty good but takes time to get use to, I know what you might be thinking, "Why? It's just juice!" No, my friend, that it is not.

Naked Juice is quite unique in its blend of flavor and consistency. There is one that combines all green veggies together to create a very specific taste that I cannot describe. It's not bad but looks awful. The consistency is also something to get use to as it is more smoothie-like than juice but not thick enough to really be in the smoothie family.

Oye, I am just sitting here in the enjoyable *sarcasm* heat sipping my syrup juice while watching MythBusters which btw is an awesome show.


Just thought I'd share. What is everyone else doing in this heat?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Welcome Back, Stella!

It was merely noon when my sister's friend dropped off our hamster friend, Stella. I did not take much notice to the familiar large multi-colored, multi-tiered, multi-difficult-to-clean cage for the majority of the day. It was not until an hour ago when I heard her scurrying around her cage from one end to the next and straight to the wheel did I actually take a gander at her cute face and thought, "Oh my."

Stella has grown!

Are dwarf hamsters suppose to be the size of my LG chocolate phone? Err, probably not.

I could not help but stare at the frantically pacing ball of fur and think, what is her daily life like? She sleeps through most of the day and spends most of her nights just running around the cage without much of a goal. Well, unless her ultimate goal was to run around the cage of course. Otherwise, what is she thinking?

Could she possibly be pondering the economic crisis that surrounds us today? Is she concerned about all the education funding that has recently been cut? Or maybe she is just wondering if she should bring her food to the north side of the cage or the south side of the cage.

Who knows? *cue eerie Twilight music

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Ah, just finished a lengthy group discussion in the remnants of my living room. I say that because if you could see it... Anyway, I find that from time to time, I get into serious/fun discussions with people about social norms, values, or just about life and all those who surround us.

It's not really that odd because I believe a good healthy relationship (whether it be with family, friends, or boyfriend/girlfriend) it is important not to shy away from serious topics. It is necessary to share ideas, views, and opinions on things because it allows other to understand you as an individual. After all, you cannot always play the role of the constant nodder. And no, that's not a word.

Anyway, this particular discussion focused around the friends who surround us and their particular role in our lives. It is evident that we go through life picking and choosing our counterparts, seeing which people fit into our jigsaw of life. It is true that it is a trying process, some pieces seem to fit but in the end when the eyes begin to really focus, some just don't fit at all.

That is how I feel that everyone forms their circles of friends, the closest ring is the closest friends, the next comprises of those who are good acquaintances, and so on and so forth. It may seem cruel but it is a necessary practice to partake in because you should always surround yourself with good people. But sometimes good people may not share the same humor or outlook on life and so they are pushed to that second ring.

From the very beginning we form our friendships with those we associate with most frequently. And as we grow older, we expand our circle to include others. But there are also times when we realize certain friendships are no longer beneficial so we slowly let go of one another. It seems so sad to type out but it's true! If you really had an interest in maintaining a friendship, you would sought out that person right?

Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself, what I am really trying to say is that each one of us plays an important role in society. (Yes, I did stray far!) We are always evolving and learning different things in life, things that maybe our friends/family members have not given attention to yet. Well, our important role is to positively influence each other so we can all continue to better ourselves. Even with your own social peers, you may see flaws in each other that could stand to be corrected while maintaining the friendship, would you point it out?

It is difficult, especially from someone like me who is quite timid and afraid of confrontation. I have been teaching for the past 7-8 years and I know that just as an authority figure in classes, my actions and words influence those around me. The younger the student is, the more naive they are to quickly imitate. Well, if we do in fact become wiser with age, we should be able to spot our weaknesses and sought to fix them! GO TEAM!

But there truly something called 'tough love.' You may need to play the "bad cop" role to help someone see what they are blind to but you may be disliked for it. It is always hard to see why someone is treating you with such harshness without quickly jumping to the conclusion that they are doing it out of spite. This isn't always true, sometimes it's hardest to be mean to someone you like.

Most times we are quick to judge one another without taking a step back and looking at ourselves. We play an important role in each others lives, and though you may not be aware, it is always monkey see monkey do no matter what age. At a workplace, if you see a coworker consistently going up to their superior asking for more work and getting recognition, wouldn't it be silly not to try to do that yourself? See? We always try to imitate what strengths we see in each other. So that is my point, your weaknesses may seek a solution. But it is your strengths that will catch someone's attention. You should always be aware that your words and actions will affect someone.


So go out there and do some good for yourself. And some day, report back.

Also, there is nothing about peanut butter or jelly time anywhere in this post except this sentence but I thought it would capture your attention more. =)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Project 10 Pan

Yes, I am officially stating it. I, Ophelia, am officially on Project 10 Pan.

In case you do not know what Project 10 Pan is, it is a commitment that you put yourself through to finish 10 items from your makeup collection before purchasing anything else. This is very similar to ... a diet. Yes, I am on a makeup diet.

Not that my collection is really THAT huge, but big enough even for myself to know to stop.


Not everything but close enough.



..sigh =(

The reason why I am sharing this on my blog is that I realized since starting this commitment (a measly week ago) is that almost everyone I know has a similar obsession with things in their lives, not necessarily makeup of course. Some are obsessed with purchasing brand name purses, video games, airsoft accessories (*ahem), and even coffee. Perhaps it would be a good idea for everyone to step back once in awhile to look at what they have and decided whether or not to back off for a bit.

So, though I am not urging everyone to go on a Project whatever Pan, I am just saying that sometimes we urge to obtain something we want but not always what we need. AND make sure whatever you purchase you will use because it's easy to get excited, bring it home and not know what to do with it. Ok enough inward sighing. With a heavy heart, I turn back to my existing collection and read hungrily about upcoming collections with trepidation.



...gifts don't count as me cheating you know =D

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tips for Better Skin

It's time to smack that acne in the face! Yes, smack acne = smacne! Wow! I'm good...

I am not an expert on acne or skin care, but knowing the effects of the summer's effects on skin, I decided to do some research to aid any sweltering heat survivors.

***And if you already knew these things, well then la-dee-dah you show off... =) And if you didn't, don't worry! I learned a lot of this a lot later than I should have!

Smacne Tips 101 ..not really, but here's a few tips...


- Thou shalt moisturize every single day: morning AND night. Yes, I know that the last thing you want to do every morning or night is to slather any type of product on your face, but this is necessary.

Directions for the a.m. : Every morning when you wake up, wash your face with a mild cleanser and apply face lotion that has spf. (Face lotion is more gentle and spf is a must!)

Directions for the p.m. : After you shower at night or after you wash your face before sleeping, apply night cream after your face has dried. *It is more effective if you apply it after washing because your face will absorb the product more.


- Thou shalt wash your face with a gentle daily cleanser every day and exfoliate every once or twice a week. It is important to cleanse all the dirt and oils accumulated on your face and skin to prevent blockage from your pores. But you cannot exfoliate every single day in fear of drying out your skin too much by scrubbing off layers of skin too often.


- Thou shalt moisturize your face whether it is dry OR oily. A lot of people assume that because their face is oily, they do not need to moisturize but this is a false false falsie. ***I use Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion


- Thou shalt clean off all makeup before sleeping. This is a must.


- Thou shalt not wear makeup 24/7. Give your face a rest! Even though many of the products list the many ways it helps your face, the bottom line is that you are still placing chemicals on your face. Let's go au natural once in a while.. natural = beautiful!


- Thou shalt use a toner every once or twice a week to clean face and tighten skin. BUT do not overdo this one because I swore for almost 2 years that using a toner everyday to dry my skin would get rid of the acne but it got to a point where drying out my skin too much caused acne! Can someone say counter-productive? Oh, you can eh? Oils protect the skin so we just want to wash away dirt, not our skin protectors.


- Thou shalt drink lots and lots of liquid to stay hydrated and healthy.


- Thou shalt also sleep more to keep yourself healthy.


- Thou shalt not squeeze pimples! It scars! Ok, I know it's though not to so just do not squeeze them without cleaning your hands first and do not touch them till you see the whiteheads nearing the top! I read that pimples are pores clogged with bacteria so if you pop them and do not do it carefully, you can spread the bacteria to other parts of your face!


and finally,

- Thou shalt take a break once in a while to prevent stress and overexhaustion. Stress = acne! Stressne? Ok, I'll stop..for now. =)


I hope this helped someone in someway, if all else fails then we'll have to resort to the backup plan. And what is that exactly? Do you want to know? Come closer...

Let's just forget about it and just enjoy life =)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fireworks Day!

Happy Independence Day to those who celebrate it! I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable day of barbeques, swimming, and colorful fireworks!

To hide from the crowds of people gathering in parks and beaches, my family and I have decided to celebrate by buying takeout and watching the unrelated film, Independence Day.

Remember that film? Well, if not - what are you waiting for?

I could not think of a better time to share a fun story with everyone than this very day of firework-ing. Last night, my dad revealed to us that years ago (and when I say years ago, I do mean YEARS ago) he had a firecracker explode in his hands. While this surprised me, it did definitely was not considered a 'shocker.' My intellectually superior father never ceases to amaze me with all his infinite wisdom and methods. I gazed at him with admiration as he informed us all that every youthful boy in his neighborhood use to justify their means of existence by taking turns to throw firecrackers at one another during Chinese New Year celebrations.

"Did you have rules against hitting each other's heads or faces?"

"No, we just threw them."

Yes, boys will be boys... Or what I meant to say is: what?!

The male brain is either insanely creative or insanely foolish. I suppose I should just be happy that no limbs were lost but I heed this warning to all those who were planning anything crazy. Please be careful and have fun!

"Tonight we celebrate our Independence Day!"

Friday, July 3, 2009

Durian = Raw Sewage?

Could this be? Did you see? ..Er.. I mean, smell?

According to my recent fantastic Borders find, 101 Things You Need to Know ... and Some You Don't! by Richard Horne and Tracey Turner, I read a fact that I felt I had to share. Durian turns out to be one of the top three smelliest things known to date! Hahaha to my mom who always complains about having to eat it outside the office because of its unpleasant smell. =)

This book listed three items that contain high levels of sulfur that causes high levels of dissatisfaction and those are:
1. Skunks that release an odor as a type of attack when its safety is being threatened.
2. The Corpse Flower which blooms once every few years in order to attract beetles and flies. It was a recent attraction at the Arcadia Arboretum where I watched brave reporters get up close and personal only to turn to their cameras to confirm the flower's great stench.
3. DURIAN! They listed that it smells very much like raw sewage and is banned from public transportation in Singapore.

Seriously, I only laugh about this because I know that my loverly boyfriend is a great durian fan..in fact, his left bicep reveals a tattoo of a large durian fruit. So it made me laugh that the beloved fruit that he constantly defends was being compared to raw sewage. Hahah

Actually I have tried durian milkshake (where it is properly diluted) and though it was not horrible, it did not turn out to be a favorite. I still feel that the smell is quite difficult to get use to but then again, it is always about personal preference. Though I like stinky tofu for its delectable name and taste, many may disagree. Seriously, if you do really like durian, then great! Since less people are able to tolerate it, it just means more for you! =) Well, preferably more for you but a few feet away from me =)

AND! Everyone should either look this book up because it contains many interesting facts and tidbits that you can use to apply in your daily lives. Need an example? Why? Wasn't the awesome smelliest fact enough? No? Ok, well for example, it lists a few ways to avoid being struck by lightning during a storm. So, during an indepth dinner conversation with friends or family, you can say: "Oh yes, that is interesting. Did you know that you are not suppose to leave your car during a lightning storm or touch anything metal inside the vehicle?" Your dinner conversations will become stellar!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Birthday!

First off, I just want to give a shoutout to one my best friends from high school: Happy Birthday Val!

And of course, because all things have some sort of relevance, my dedication to my friend has kick started a new blog post. Birthdays. We all celebrate them in large and small ways: every year in every way. As we continually grow older, I really believe that we should not take for granted what each year has taught us. Though it may seem difficult to grasp on first impression, each year does bring new wisdom through the happy and sad challenges of life.

As a child, birthdays meant more about the celebration of having attention, the proud feeling of becoming another year older than the peers who suddenly seem younger and immature, an indulgence on sugary birthday cakes and soda. Well my friends, those days are ...well, somewhat over.. I feel that now we should have the fun but also take the time to maturely reflect on our personal growth.

I'm sure everyone has heard the ole saying, "Another year older another year wiser." OR "Another year older and none the wiser." I don't think that we should be afraid of growth even if that equates to getting "older" because becoming older means becoming stronger in understanding who we really are and how to really allow ourselves to develop positively.

So it definitely is another year, another reminder to look back at the mistakes made or the triumphs achieved and smile. Besides, there's another thing to look forward to besides cake (which is really important by the way!) and that is enjoying life with the ones you value and remembering that every day counts, every day is another chance to better yourselves and to learn from the past. It would be very handy if we could have erasers for life, but reality shows us that we don't. It is mental, emotional, and physical growth that pulls us through so don't waste it and don't be too juvenile to realize it. I love you all and I hope that if your birthday IS coming up that you
thoroughly enjoy it! I will toast my Long Island to you! =)



HAPPY BDAY VAL!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

MY not-so-super superpower

I can make really weird faces!





My amazing talents never ceases to amaze me.



Though they might surprise you...


















As you can probably see, my summer has been awesome so far. =D




Last one is the scariest one of all...



AHHHHHHHH

Monday, June 29, 2009

Random Observation

After watching recent blockbuster hits such as Transformers and the Dark Knight, I began to focus on the recent trend of bringing back fascination with the super normal. Everyone seems to love the comic book kickbacks while the younger generation is intrigued with learning about the older generation's pastimes.

I'm sure everyone has either been asked this question or asked it themselves, "What super power would you have if you could have one?" And there are usually a range of answers from having the ability to fly to being self-healing. The possibilities seem endless in what we could potentially achieve with such superhuman powers. After being randomly asked this question for the upteenth time, I began to ask one myself:

Have you ever considered what your answers might say about yourself?

When someone says that they want to have the power to withstand all harm as in being invincible, does it point to some possible physical or emotional harm that lies in their subconscious? Having the ability to turn back time to correct injustices might point to an insecurity about their past mistakes. When you are asked this question, what do you helps you make one decision?

I'm not trying to psychoanalyze anyone, this is merely a social observation. Having seemingly endless possibilities, what makes one choose one super power over another? Besides, what is most interesting is that it is not the adults that commonly ask this question, it is the children. So, at a young age we are psychoanalyzing everyone and their strengths or weaknesses. Is that not true? Think back, when you were a tiny tot and you ran up breathlessly to ask a fellow classmate something. Whether it be a simple question like, "which pen do you want?" Whatever they answer with, you will always make a quick assumption about that classmate. You always quickly place them in a category in your head. In fact, everyone in class had a category: the nerd, the jock, the princess, the crybaby, the teacher's pet... At a young age, we mentally categorize our peers into whatever classifications made sense to ourselves. Soon, the categories transformed into, "which one can I trust to tell secrets to?" "which one can I rely on to help me with homework?"

So, what's the point of this? Nothing, I teach children from ages 5 and up so I have a chance to see how their little intelligent minds work. Then, they grow up and who knows what happens. =P


***this was not meant to set a serious tone for this blog, actually this blog will be, as I am, as random as possible...basically whatever is on my mind or in my life will be posted.

What the heck is an Alifr?

Yes, I am wondering the same thing. If you don't know the story already, let me bring you back to square one..the start of thing...back to zero... you get the idea.

On February 21st, a super amazingly talented gal (uh, that's me if you didn't get it) was born and named after a random name found in a book of names. Though this was by no means a new name, there have been a number of confused faces and questionable eyebrows raised. Fast forward through the years and here we are. I still get the occasional, "I'm sorry, what was your name again?" or maybe a, "How do you spell that?" It's fine, it doesn't bother me, not everyone knows how to really spell greatness (err.. again, that's me if you didn't get it.)

My name is Ophelia, yes the same name from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Yes, the same character who went crazy and committed suicide. No, no relation. Anyway, during the recent school semester, we were going through our portfolio process and the unavoidable need to pull 12 hour working schedules to meet deadlines. No sleep = need for coffee.

So we started to pour loads of money into coffee coffee coffee... in fact, people are starting to associate me with coffee. Coffee + Ophe = Cophee? Ew. Nevermind. It became a daily habit to visit the loverly and affordable, Starbucks and Coffee Bean. The process is usually like this:
"Hi, how can I help you?"
"Hello, I'd like a ____"
"Ok, and what is your name?"
"Ophelia"
*pause* "Ok, that'll be $384"

I do get misspellings almost 90% of the time, mostly seeing: Ofilia, Ophilia, Ofelia. None of which have been incredibly absurd or nonsensical, until one barrista boldly (or foolishly) wrote down, "Alifr."

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I don't think I need to tell you how odd it is to come up with Alifr since first it does not sound like Ophelia to me. And secondly, it does not make any sense in the English language to marry these letters together.

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Anyway, that is how my youtube channel name originated and how this blogspot name originated. So there you go. This non-name name given to my caramel frappacino will forever haunt me. But only with laughter.