Thursday, December 30, 2010

I suppose it was a day to remember

worst day ever.




cannot count them all.



just wanted to say that if this is a test to my resolution to becoming a better person. i failed today.



and i don't even care.






BUT





I'm no child anymore, I learn from my mistakes, admit them and move on. Therefore, yes today was shitastic. No, I cannot change whatever happened because it already happened. Does it matter anymore? No.




I learn to relax, collect myself, and laugh it off. So Ha-ha to you crapamolie day!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A helping hand


LA Food Bank



We made the journey through the glorious 10 freeway and arrived at the LA Food Bank around 9am.


The four hours spent there involved sorting, throwing, boxing, and latex gloves but at the end of the shift it felt worth it. It's good to lend a helping hand because every bit makes a difference. =)

We were awarded a spoon pen at the end of the day. Joyous.


If YOU ever want to help, don't hesitate! The efforts go towards homeless, low income families, single mothers, children...everyone!




We had lunch in Little Tokyo after and walked around a bit. It's quite nice to find little cultural niches such as these to remind us that we have such unique qualities we can share with each other. That is one of the greatest parts of living in LA, you just have a variety of cultural customs. You can drive 20 minutes to downtown to eat Korean BBQ, then drive a few minutes to get to Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Little Armenia, and end your evening with a taco truck.



Anything is possible!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

RAK- Random Act of Kindness



Ah Christmas is over. All the gifts have been opened, all the leftovers have been left, and all the drinks have been drunken.



Hellooo 2011, we're ready for you!



Christmas was fun, a few of our relatives came from various locations to feast with us and although the size of the party had decimated, the festivities were still lively.


We all had so much fun we could not contain ourselves.





We woke up to morning training and I quickly realized my loss of fitness over break. I need some work!



Sometimes humanity is disappointing. My parents had taken my car to the nearest Bed Bath and Beyond only to find the need for a jump start as the battery stalled. My dad walked up to some guy who was leaving with his family and asked if he could just help them jumpstart the car. So the guy nodded yes and proceeded to drive off.


Ass.



Luckily a pair of guys were driving by and saw my little car's hood standing up like a white flag waving for mercy. Without question, they drove straight to my parents and popped the hood to help.


Why can't we all just lend a helping hand to each other like this? Sometimes we find jerks who find humor in misery but then yin has a yang and kindness does exist.



This new year I urge everyone to make it a point to spread kindness. Do good. Do help. Do care. If we all sit back and wait for something to happen, nothing will. SOooo- one random act of kindness and not only will you feel so much happier, you will make someone else feel happier too.



<3


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas (fo real)

This is Christmas day. It calls for the most important ingredient to make the night of value.








...a rap song.





Yo.
Shawty-
This is a Ophe-phoo Production.

It was an early sunset,
and I knew it'd be a night I couldn't forget.
The err (air) was aiite,
I knew the festivities would be so tight.
The dinner was cooking and smelling soo fine,
I knew that it would soon be mine.
uh-

Thanks Mamaaa
Don't know what I'd do without yaaa.
Alright, let's go.

As usual the Lakers had lost the game,
It's like ehh-vrythin (everything) wad the same.
Presents wrapped undah (under) the tree,
Seems like a happy Christmas to me.
Check it.

Thanks Mamaaa,
Don't know what I'd do without yaaa.
You made all the food,
And we know it's gonna be good.
Thanks Mamaaa,
Don't know what I'd do without yaaa.
Oh yeah and thanks Dad,
You make me so Glad- like the cleanser- uh.
Like the cleanser yeah.
Like the cleanser.



Merry Christmas everyone

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!

It's time for cheer and happiness. Let's all remember what to be grateful for.






In honor of it being Christmas Eve and all, here is my holiday contribution:




The lights that litter glitter throughout the neighborhood,
Spread cheer and love and good.
Happy smiles exchanged with both strangers and friends,
Time to make new choices and amends.
Traveling back and forth to share,
That joy of the season with those you care.
Tis the season where drinking is celebrated,
Where you can eat and eat until satiated.

Laughter surrounds the dinner table,
While Home Alone plays on cable.
A witty remark is followed with sarcastic returns,
It's all in good humor to take turn with burns.
Every year relatives ask how old you are,
What you are doing or making and how life is so far.
You answer patiently but you know they always forget,
They'll ask you the same things next year I bet.

The tree stands naked awaiting its armor of lights,
So that it could stand heroically through the nights.
The oven houses the pot roast awaiting its fate,
Too bad to all those who arrive too late.
For now it's time to return to my family-
and their insanity







Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Three Os are a trio




It's a gloomy thundery day and I cannot help but feel sleepy sleepy sleepy.



Frodo and I drove through terrible LA traffic to pick up Olivia yesterday and if you thought LAX could be a b*(*#&%(@#&% during regular hours, you should go visit it during rainstorms. People get brake happy and must find a great thrill in cutting lanes. It must make them feel excited to drive diagonally. UGH.




It's almost Christmas and the house's a mess! Do you all do a once-over sweep of your casa during the holidays? It seems fitting to renew my leaky house's condition and have it brand spanking new for the new year.



I guess I don't have much to share except now that I'm done I must take care of all things I've neglected. Bring on the Hoover!

Monday, December 20, 2010

A look back on the semester

It's so incredibly liberating to be doney done done. Donezos!




I decided it would be nice to put a few images of this semester's projects so you can see where my energy went.




Project one: Le Bourget Airport in Paris France






Project two: Riyadh Women's University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia







Project three: Golden West College Library in Huntington Beach, CA









Right now I am completely obsessed with watching ShayTards on youtube. They have been my background friends for the past few weeks and I believe I am very very very (did I mention very?) close to finishing all 680 something videos!


If you haven't watched them, go check them out! They are a fantastic family who have filmed their lives every day for the past few years and they deserve every view. Oh the hilarity.




It's almost Christmas and I'm not ready! Eeeeee!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Almost there






Gahh I'm getting closer to finishing...





Just wanted to post a pic of my "money shot" in this college library we're designing. Hope you all are having a great week and good luck on all finals/work/whateveryouaredoingifyouaren'tworkingordoingfinals.





Be back in a week or so! <3

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MIA


Finals are next week...






Projects are due soon...






I'm stressed.





Posts will resume after the 20th! For now, here's me in Sketchup version. I'm much more into posing here.






<3!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A trip to Home Depot

It's that time again! You know that time! That time?





...


Anyway, to switch gears, we went to Home Depot to buy our 2010 xmas tree home today!







It took little to no debate over which tree to bring back since the conversation went mostly like this:


Dad: "How about this tree?"

Odo: "I don't know, I don't like the light colored leaves."

Dad: "Okay then, which tree?"

Odo: "How about this one that I am holding?"

Dad: "Which tree should we get?"

Odo: "How about this one I have??"

Dad (still holding original tree) : "So which one?"




...that was my long transition story to basically tell you all that we got the tree Papa John wanted.



I saw this really cool display wall with various cut pieces of the trunk bases. People signed them and drew pictures and left messages. It was such a simple move but so full of impact. I was truly touched.






And then this happened.




Friday, December 3, 2010

Oooh boy, here I am again..sitting here staring at Illustrator while listening to the sounds of my own crunching while eating Have'A Corn Chips.



Welcome to my Thursday!



Meng Meng and I hit up the Cerritos mall today to do some Christmas shopping per her logic, "I won't have time later." We DID manage to find some good deals and even though we walked half way around the world to find Bath and Body Works, I still had a really nice break away from projects.

...at least for that moment.




The candle flavor of the day is.... Japanese Cherry Blossom! Try it out at B&BW, it smells lovely. Even better, try Sea Island Cotton. Mmmmm




Ok, enough of this stalling, back to homework!



ps. "stalling" sounds like "Stalin" which is completely different.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hold strong!

Oh crap.



Yes, that IS how I'm feeling right now!


I come back from break feeling like I am ready to conquer my projects, ready to start the race, ready to show the project who's boss.



And then I come home to find that the project's terrorizing me, the race is half over, and my project is that tyrant that throws rocks at me. Eep!



Well, we must do as students do and just work irrational hours while snacking and coffee-ing. I'm going to coin the term "coffee-ing" and incorporate that into my daily verbiage somehow.




If there are any of you out there who are flailing, listen up!

It's scary and stressful and difficult but it's just another speed bump you have to roll over. Pushy your tushy and it's going to be over in no time. Soon it's going to be Christmas and you will be groaning over bloated stomachs!


Stay strong!







Because that's what the salt and pepper shaker man says.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

And this chick turns 19



woot woot to Odona! Happy birthday to youuuuu










We're back from San Jose and it was a nice getaway where we spent a lot of time with family and hung around eating. Well, it really was eat - sleep - eat - sleep. Ahh the life =)



I'm sad the first wave of holidays is over but only a few more weeks till xmas so.. here starts the countdown!




And in honor of Frodo, here is the evolution of her name:


Odona
-> Ying Chee (chinese name) = Ching = Chingo = Yingo = Cheese = Chingaling (Olivia's creation)
-> Odo = Frodo = Frodona = Fro = Fro Fro


Either way, what a weirdo...er, weirdona

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Popping bottles in the ice, like a blizzard...





My post is a wee bit late seeing that yesterday was actually Thanksgiving! And what a feast, my pants do not appreciate that.


...But how could I say no?! Look at what we had!






I am grateful of family traditions that have us drive the necessary 5-8 hours (it varies) to get to an incredibly cold house with no central heating. It's all worth it though to see the family that you see every once or twice a year. And it's always a treat to get away from home for just a little bit.



See the excitement?



Thursday, November 25, 2010


And we're here! 7 hours later...blegh



...that photo was taken before the trip so I guess I don't have an excuse for looking so bad... err




I have nothing to say but - it's sooo freaking cold!

Monday, November 22, 2010


It was a fundraising day today! 7 soups, 2 types of bread, and some lemonade. Welcome to the IA Fundraiser.



It's odd how some things sound so simple yet are so effective.




We basically spent our day slaving away at our tables with autocad, sketching, 3dmax (not me), and lots of evenly calculated sighing. After working on our library came the building codes lecture. Type 1 buildings are noncombustible and the means of egress is based on the maximum number of occupants and the number of toilets are based on the ....



say "Whaaa???"




Tomorrow is day 2 of the Crock Pot soup party and a possible jury duty call =/ wish me luck!


Jeanne and I went to Target and I found this by Mulberry. Cutie, welcome to my home






It's almost Thanksgiving!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Really working on thesis now

From now till the end of my school year I will be embarking on a mission to fulfilling my thesis project: a taekwondo training facility that offers an large range of activities for both children and adults.



I spent last night interviewing fellow tkd members for my thesis project and here are my results:


Master wants a large space where adults and children have separate training areas to help better their personal fitness regimen

Anthony, 17, enjoys the facilities that currently exists but is excited at the prospect of the studio expanding. Also, he would like a pine freshener in the locker room.

Sean, 12, is interested in having an after school program where he can do his homework with a mentor/tutor. He also really likes training with people older than him because "they might teach us something we don't know."

James, 26, and Jimmy, 28, have concluded that they want a two story building with a large waterfall and holographic trees for accent.




Progress on project : 20%

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Another visit to downtown LA

I don't have photos today! The blog always feels a slight bit emptier without pictures but I digress-



We made our way downtown today for a firm visit with Steinberg Architects. Every time we travel downtown I realize more and more that it is a place I have little interest working in. Of course sometimes beggars cannot be choosers so if I do end up in the maze of skyscrapers and impatient pedestrians.



The entrance to the building echoed the history of the city and with every step I could sense a tinge of excitement. Then we entered the firm's foyer and... well, it stopped.




It was a day of many personalities and a lot of private discussions. I must say it is difficult to work with others but the key is yelling or crying or silent treatments or any temper tantrums do not solve anything. Attitude deserves a slap on the cheek followed by a punch to the face.



Well, I was not personally involved but at the end of the day I am brought in as a mediator and so now I must plan out my next act.


My experience with group frustrations is to never take things too personally or too seriously. Life is seriously just too short.



Of course that is easier said than done but well, you can either learn to accept that later on in life or spend the majority of your life with frustration before accepting the facts.


x

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Look at what I can do with my new camera!




Yes, that is the only picture I will show displaying my new camera's abilities. =)


*btw it is a Canon EOS Rebel T2i



This past weekend was a celebration for my friend's belated birthday lunch! After our sushi belt lunch we walked around the Atlantic Square Plaza and found an open house for brand new luxury condominiums. I had to snap a few pictures.








Honestly they are so so overpriced but still quite fun to walk through. Tomorrow's our firm visit to Steinberg Architects so hopefully I will return with great things to share.


=D

Monday, November 15, 2010

New York

It has always been a place of interest. I've seen tons of movies based in New York and I always hear the wonderful and horrible things that happen in such a large city.


I was excited to experience the city myself and as I awoke early Tuesday morning (11/9) at 4:30 am, I was a bit giddy.


Yes, this will be quite the recap and a superbly loooonnnngggg entry so if you are not interested, there are pictures sprinkled throughout so you can just skim through =)




So we arrived in NY around 3pm and was immediately thrown into the chaos of activity. We were greeted with Metrocard machines where you could purchase your metro cards and reload them as necessary for each subway ride. It was quite the challenge getting through the subway entrances and stairs with our inconvenient check in luggage.


Walk, walk, walk, slide card, walk through, BAM...luggage stuck.

Embarrassing!







The city was so beautiful as every building varies in architectural design from another. We all found it difficult to not gape and immediately snap photos while walking towards our hotel. I ALWAYS had the urge to increase the 'I'm A Tourist!' status.


The hotel was...uh... not worth it.


...look at this nice building instead!





Second day, Wednesday (11/10) was the first of our many sightseeing days. We took the Metro - metro? subway? difference? - and walked towards Destination 1 of the day: the Guggenheim.





The interior architecture was amazingly beautiful with the spiraling walkways and gorgeous circular ceiling detail.





The space itself? Awful! As you walk throughout the museum you begin to feel uncomfortable with the lighting and the placement of the art. Once I walked up to the third level or so I was ready to go.


At least it looked nice!


Next we walked through Central Park and this was when my camera became too temperamental to retain enough battery for me to use.

"Stupid camera! You're getting Time-Out!"





We walked throughout the space seeing the Rose Center, Dakota House, Strawberry Fields, 41 Cooper Square, and ended our night in Chinatown. =)




Look at the awesomeness of our hotel!



That was sarcasm in case you cannot tell.



It had one main elevator for all guests and residences to use but this was not just a regular hotel, it was one shared with lower income housing so the space was a bit dilapidated and scary.


Think The Shining and add in babies screaming plus mommies yelling. <3>


Day 3 Thursday (11/11) Veteran's Day. I didn't realize it was Veteran's Day despite the fact that many men and women from the armed forces were swarming through the streets and crowding in all restaurants, stores, and drink places... Anyway, we made our way through the streets and found random treasures like this:






NY is full of randomly placed parks and sitting areas for busy bees to settle down for a meal or just to rest. It can be located between tally tall tall skyscrapers or just in the middle of streets. Beautiful =)



When we finally arrived at the MOMA, we were greeted by a large line of people outside the entrance. It was definitely worth it though! I really enjoyed the space and the art, it is now my new favorite museum!










After this was a walk toward the Rockefeller Center and then enjoying a good ole hot dog from the street carts. Soon we had to go to our first firm visit and found the Flatiron Building right next to the subway exit.






After the firm visit, we treaded through Chelsea Park to see the Highline Park. This was a former railroad system that was transformed into a beautiful park for all visitors and natives to enjoy. Night view!





We ended this night with a delicious dinner at a randomly found French restaurant and some shopping.



Friday! Day 4 (11/12) a long walk towards Madisson Garden.




We arrived at the Center of Architecture to view the interesting details of famous architecture throughout the country.





We even found a floor of student work! So cute =)






Then it was lunch at an Indian restaurant in Greenwich Village followed by a walk to the Meatpacking District for firm visit #2.



I didn't manage to capture any pictures in the firm but we walked to the Highline again afterward with the rest of our class and enjoyed the park in the daytime. Equally beautiful in my opinion.






Then we took a metro toward Staten Island where we could see the Statue of Liberty from afar. We managed to catch the gorgeous sunset on our last full day of New York.





Oh it was a nice trip and I will be very happy to return for another visit. Till next time, New York.