Tuesday, April 26, 2011


We're counting down to two weeks before our Final Presentation and approximately a little less than a month till our Professional Show and Graduation.

I capitalized all those events so they seem more important.

I suppose every college student will feel this but I'll mention it anyway.

Where do I go from here?

I'm not naiive. I know eventually I will find work and start earning my living. Eventually I'll find my niche, a comfortable reliable schedule, and actually be able to enjoy my weekends without much concern. (Well...let's hope so anyway)

But all those are prefaced with the word, eventually. Eventually these things will happen. But when? Where? How? Who knows.

I do believe you will have to work hard at something to earn it. I know that life is not always a puffy cloud of carefree bliss. Also, I'd like to point out that people have warned me against taking school for granted for 7 years now. 

Trust me when I say, I don't. 

I was never that student who was dying to get school over with so that I could finally find freedom. I was also never that student who craved school. As usual, I'm in the middle. 

My underlying statement here is to just share my anxiousness and nervousness about moving on from my school career. My future has a few gaps that I'm not sure how they will be filled.

Well, if you are still in school, you should not take it for granted either! You have your whole life to work and grow up but your youth and your freedom is limited. 

I'm not sure how much of this really made sense but I do hope you enjoy sharing this blog with me.

Best part of graduation: not having to explain why I'm still in school to anyone anymore.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

5 Things

This will be the part of my blog where I share a few (five to be exact) things that have made me smile from the loverly month of April.

*all photos are old and may be recycled from previous posts*

Beautiful sunsets

Open roads

Innocent curiosity



Monday, April 18, 2011

Chilly in my room

Why was it 93 degrees yesterday and 68 degrees today? 

Because we live in LA.

Welcome to the city of fickle weather. Sunshine is never required but definitely expected. 

I was looking back at the Davis trip photos from a few weeks ago and found these beautiful reminders. What does it remind me of? Ice cream.

I have a love-hate relationship with road trips. I love the first few hours of controlled temperature and sunshine and happy discussion. Then I hate the restless, painful, boring last few hours. But I guess this trip wasn't that bad because I also found this picture.

Um... are you still going to read my blog?

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Bunch of Boring Facts About Me

1. I am right hand dominant but when I use utensils, I have to cut tougher things with my left hand.

2. I hate the following in no particular order:

rubber bands
metal on metal sounds/nails on chalkboard
people trying to pop balloons
being called girly
being referred to as the "Asian group"
sneeze-coughing-choking ...ugh, worst combo ever!
teenagers (specifically the dramatic, judgmental, I'm better than you type)
driving (on some days)
flaky people
flaky skin
ok, enough..

3. I typically sneeze at least three times in a row. Six consecutive sneezes is my current record.

4. I don't care if it's "who" or "whom"

5. I prefer square nails to round nails. Sharper for attacks!

6. I was going to go to school to be a Business major (default Asian mentality other than science) and then changed my mind to doing some kind of Art major and then switched to Journalism and finally found Design

7. I am actual decent on certain types of video games, ie. Elite Beat Agents, Puyo Puyo, Tetris, Super Mario

8. I am just as short as I look in pictures.

But I like it =)

9. I eat slowly. Ask anyone, EVERYONE ALWAYS NOTICES!

10. On many separate occasions, different people from different groups have approached me to tell me with a big genuine smile that, "I use to think you looked like you would be such a b**** but you're actually really nice and sweet!"

I don't really know how I'm suppose to respond to that. I often end up laughing but I don't really know why.

11. I still get nervous calling people on the phone. Not sure why I can't get rid of that but I'm much better face to face.

12. I dislike peas very very very much. Specifically the ones you find in the frozen food aisle where it's in a bag with carrots. I will pick out every single pea from my bowl of rice until it is green-free. And then Jimmy puts them back. Jerk.

13. I like to make videos for youtube

14. I used to be the second tallest person in my class. Of course that was in 4rth grade...but 5'2" in 4rth grade was pretty good back then! Perhaps it's also because my class was mostly Asian.

15. I am bossy.
I'm the oldest of three but even before that, my Pre-school teacher told my mom that I use to organize my classmates to play "House" .... and I do remember saying, "You be the Mom, you be the Dad, you be the dog"

16. I hate being woken up unexpectedly because I have a very very difficult time going back to sleep. If I am woken up around 7am, I cannot go back to sleep until 8:30 or so.

17. I love exercise and outdoor activities but I completely despise running. Unless it's part of the game/sport like flag football.

18. I want to keep my initials forever because they spell:    O.W.N.    N.O.W.     W.O.N.  

19. Sometimes I think my dad raised us girls to be like boys. I can't stand girly girls...especially when they say crap like, "Oh I can't do it, let's let the boys do it."

20. I like to try everything at least once (minus drugs or smoking) but I will pick up and drop hobbies very quickly, buy lots of different products, attend different activities, taste different foods...just to try it all. 

Thanks for reading if you've gotten this far. We are now that much closer so I can actually call you a friend. Share one fact about you! I wanted to share twenty facts about me but I just want to know one from you.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Imperfect Perfect

We all know (I hope at least) that none of us were born perfect. 

I am sure we can name our own imperfections faster than anyone else can. My right eye is smaller than my left, my forehead is too large, and my bottom half is much fuller than my top.

But then why do people judge others immediately?

"Oh wow, look at her toothy smile."

"Her eyes are too small."

"She is too fat/skinny/tall/short."

This post is dedicated to all the nontraditional notions of beauty that go under appreciated. These are beautiful women who may not fit the cookie cutter image that traditional media prefers but they are perfect in just the way they are!

Of course these women represented are not the only beautiful women out there but I cannot showcase everyone... and if I can be completely honest, I do need to get back to work. So love your imperfections and accept everyone else's! 


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Life Lessons. Argue less, laugh more

Running on 4 hours of sleep for 22 hours does not feel great.

It's even worse when you pass that "Walking Zombie" mode and then become energized again. It's worse because you want to sleep but no longer can.

Anyway, while being sleep deprived and exhausted, I contemplated on whether or not I should comment on this topic. Alas, my moral responsibility stepped into play and I feel that there are times when writing out your thoughts and emotions help put a better perspective on your personal life.

It is absolutely crucial in life to be able to communicate. Communicate emotions and opinions with one another. Social interactions guide our growth and opens our eyes to new perspectives.

The only problem lies in the execution. 

If you believe angry yelling and fighting are the only solutions, then you are jaded. Life brings hardships and obstacles yet the way to solve it should not have to involve anger. 

Anger is really like a drug, it makes you crazy. So heated with frustration that your outlook is clouded. Your deductive reasoning wanes away while emotions take over. Yelling ensues, fighting, and suddenly an explosion of negativity suffocates you.

It is easy to overreact, jump out of your seat and point fingers. "He said that!" "She is so wrong!" 

It is difficult to say that anyone and everyone can always control his or her emotions and handle every situation calmly. But the point is that it should be something you strive for. 

You may notice that in an argument, the loudest person with the most emotion is never the reasonable one. It is always the calm and quieter individual who holds more strength in their argument. I use to be such a temperamental teenager. Ready to fight about everything, taking all situations too personally, easily offended and reluctant to apologize. But life goes on, you grow up and you learn.

I guess my point is that there have been numerous situations over the past few days where a number of people have been unnecessarily aggressive. The pattern repeats. But my outlook in life is that it is okay to be upset, in fact, you should let all the frustrations out (privately) but as time passes and you have allowed yourself to calm down, you need to look back on the situation and point out the faults. 

No, not only the faults of the other party. But your own faults. Where did you go wrong? What should have you done? Do any of the things that you complain about apply to you? Perhaps you are frustrated with someone for doing something that you yourself are guilty of doing.

I try to remind myself of this mentality whenever a situation occurs. And I suggest you do too. You are not perfect and you are not always right. If you can actually find a fault, big or small, in every situation that you can learn from then I believe you will be a better person for it. 

I believe success in life is about living and learning. Listening plays a large role. Sometimes it is better to be indifferent and take your personal opinions away. Treat a situation as an outsider, don't take it personally. Let's make it not an "argument" every time but more of a "discussion." The less fighting in life, the more peaceful.

I have faith in change, in the betterment of people. I have to choose to be a better person and continue to learn from my mistakes. With that, I feel happier and the mere fact that I'm trying feels satisfying.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Back to school

School's back. With a bang. Bang!

We (Irene and I) started off our morning by sitting in traffic and waiting for brutal stoplights to give us the proper signals to continue onward. About forty minutes later we were standing in front of the Pinkberry headquarters in Los Angeles. 

What I can tell you about the company is this, they have a clear brand statement with specific color schemes, material palettes, and even shapes. You walk in the room, you know it's Pinkberry.

No, we aren't quitting school and trying to apply to all frozen yogurt retailers. We are actually participating in an event...which I should probably disclose later.

Anyway, we sat through another hour of traffic before returning home where I found a lovely parking ticket waiting for me.

$53. Boo...

So, lots of work to do this week and really not enough time to do it. On the upside, Olivia & Odona's Collegiate tournament is this weekend and then Olivia turns 21! What/??!?!?!?!

I'm going to edit my vlog and go sleepy bye bye now...z.zzzzzzzzzz

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 11 of SB

There is currently a helicopter circling above the house. Holy good luck, Batman.

Well, today was exhausting with enough tournament time to last the rest of the year. CUTA, I believe it's called, was the most disorganized tkd tournament I've ever been to. And that is saying quite a lot...

I've been to too many tournaments to count. I've been delayed, reject, ignored, forced to watch good and bad opening ceremony demonstrations, sat through long speeches and referee oaths and high pitched national songs. But dang people, this place took the cake.

First there was a gigantic delay (which is no surprise for any tournament) that caused our competitors to be held in the waiting areas for about three hours before being moved around for more waiting. Secondly, the venue could not accommodate the amount of people attending. Everyone looked like cattle walking through the rings while trying to catch glimpses of their children. It was so crowded with over 1100 competitors that the fire marshal threatened to shut down the place at least three times. Of course, in terms of tkd tournamenting, this is still not anything different.

The worst part was when they took away two large competition rings to make way for bleacher seating (much needed) and decided to throw those rings into two separate rooms. Rooms that had been used for Holding Areas and now too tight of a space to allow competitors, coaches, and parents to participate. So any person who was not competing was not allowed in the room. Ridiculous.

We waited and waited and I believe around 4pm, our first sparring competitor stepped up....he's 8 years old so we were really starting from the bottom up. Eep.

With the lack of sleep and abundance of work piling up at home, I could not stay any longer so I had to pull out and rush back. Unfortunately, it was enough of a wait to (again) hinder my progress...bugger. I only complain because I'm stressed and I'm sure it will not get any better than it is right now but I will pick up speed and finish strong. It's 3am now and I need to get up in a few hours so... 

Alifr out!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day 10 of SB

Food Truck Festival Fun

This may be a bit alarming for some to read but I've never tried food trucks before. Of course being very aware of the food truck craze that hit off some time last year with Kogi Trucks and Nom Nom Trucks, I've just honestly been too lazy to actively search for availability. 

If it isn't right outside my door, I'm not that interested.

However, when Fro told us about this festival in Santa Anita Park, we all felt that it was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. 

The air was filled with greasy fried goodness as we walked through the underground walkway towards the 80 trucks. I was instantly overwhelmed with the variety and with the throngs of bodies trying to squeeze into long snake-like lines. 

Our strategy was to split up, divide and conquer. In doing so, an hour of line standing equated to a variety of dishes from about 5 different people. I believe we ended up eating from eight different vendors by the end of the day.

It's definitely a fun experience to do something different, this fulfills my personal quota of Varied Experiences. 

Since we've returned home, I've been sitting in front of my desk working for the past seven hours. Enough. Must sleep. Tomorrow tourney. Zzzzz

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 9 of SB

Oh homework fun.

Frodo was at the DMV today for SIX hours! Not exactly the record you would think of trying to break but...congrats to her anyway. 

In other news, she has her permit now (again) and has also opened a new bank account. These were things we've been bothering her to get done and she has put it off for months and months and finally decides to complete everything in one day. Crazy!

I've spent most of the day trying to figure out my ceiling details and once I decide on what I wanted to do...I couldn't figure out how to do it. And it continues.

I'm starting to really look forward to free weekends again. My mom just shared a newspaper article about Pasadena's Food Tour where you get a historic walking tour AND delectable taste tests. I believe the site is www.visitpasadena.com  In any case, this sounds like a fun family and friend activity on a free weekend. It's $50 per person though but it is a 3 hour walking tour so I think it's justified. Woohoo to new activities!

I've been thinking about life outside of school/work/other financial responsibilities and how you really need to figure out ways to enjoy life. It's not healthy to always work and stay indoors so looking towards fun fitness activities such as biking, hiking, or even just walking through a park are great. 

I am especially interested in trying new activities in the cities surrounding us. There are endless options so we need to get out of our rut and try something new every so often! You cannot work all your life and not have fun. What are you saving your money for? Your funeral? Go out there, live a little (or a lot) and exercise laughter.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 8 of SB

Holy hot grilled barbecued Thursday.

That's my way of saying it was quite scorching today. Can it ever be "quite" scorching? Well it was.

Welcome to CA weather, ladies and gents, the type of weather that flip flops more than a floppy disk! *insert comedic cymbal sound* It was so hot, we could go outside and pop popcorn! *badum-psh*

Anyway, we headed to the Ontario Mills Outlet Mall today which was a good half hour drive uphill. My poor little Corolla really could not keep up with the big boys while puttering up that glorious 10 fwy hill. I would have gone outside and pushed the car to speed up the process but I really did not want anyone to see my face...

I soon found myself surrounded by big "50% off!" sale signs and excited rushed over to get a glimpse. However the big discount really left me with items that would be considered regular priced at other stores. Nevertheless, it's incredibly difficult to find comfortable Petite sizes without the clothes costing an arm, a leg, two teeth, some hair, and an elbow so I decided to purchase a few items.

I'm buying a lot of business attire yet... I don't exactly have a job to wear them to quite yet sooo... a tad overzealous? It's okay, if nothing works out, I can at least trick people into thinking I'm a really professional woman while I'm buying groceries. 

How did everyone else survive the heat?