Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Nothing more gorgeous than a 100 dollar bill"




Pupusas con carne y pollo.

Title is a lyric from Lana del rey. That girl is pure poetic genius, I tell you. But something about that song makes me think she was singing about a prostitute on pay day. Finally done with finals and I'm back! I've got a long to-do list for tomorrow, some of which include getting more gifts and selling my Nikon zoom lens. Zoom lens? Say what? Yes, you read right. I'm getting rid of it. I only used it 3 times in the 2-3 years I've had it. Might put it up on Craigslist as I'm paranoid about it breaking during the shipping process. That said, anyone want a zoom lens??

The photos above were taken when I had lunch with Mina last week. We had pupusas in the Mission. We usually go to Balompie but we wanted to try someplace new. Muy delicioso. Also, every time I am in the Mission I get hit on. Kind of annoying... Thrift town is another interesting place. I can't remember if I have ever stepped in there. Then it was on the 14-Mission to get downtown. It hasn't changed; it's still dirty, smelly and ghetto as ever. It's funny, I haven't been in the Mission for so long but it looks like they've cleaned it up! Especially the areas around Valencia street. It makes the area look very hip, while at the same time preserving the culture on Mission street. Mama likes.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Notes from SOC 392: Research Methods


2:40
she said beirut just like Robb tried to impose his 50's hipsterness in 1706. it was probably two summers ago when they had that huge concert for hipsters in GG park. i haven't checked out the actual band itself but it sounds real folksy.

she also mentions big red which brings to mind 2 things: red riding hood and dr. who. if you're not a fan of either than you can disregard this.

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I can usually tell when my mind is drifting
away when the words on my notebook aren't
sitting on the lines. Just a realization. Adding
on to me looking out the window and doodling.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tomorrow is Another Day

This is the moon tonight, guys. A beautiful sight, one that I lugged out my zoom lens for.

Anxiety becomes me. First day back at school from break, if I could hardly call it that. Today I got a HUGE paper back from a major class with comments that said "Your tables are admirable... but you basically need to do this over. It is somewhat complicated so I'm not failing you, but if you don't re-do it, you risk not passing the final paper". That was the basic synopsis of my day. Thank you for raining on my parade, heavens above! [end sarcasm.] The worst parts is me waiting till Thursday to actually talk to the professor and me doing the entire thing again which took an immense chunk of time... I can't even put a number on it but to do all the tables with all forty responders and their answers... it was too long. Torturous, I might say. Then again, it is a requirement to pass and graduate on time so I say FINE! 

To counter all the negativity from today, I found photos from this past summer that I forgot on my DSLR. It made me slightly happy.

With two and half more weeks left in the semester, I am going to whine a lot about homework and such. I can't risk anything, either. I have to finish strong. I can do this. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this! 

That is, right after I unwind a little with the latest episode of Once Upon a Time...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Post Before A Major Holiday?


Quite surprising as I never do anymore. But yet, here I am! You know what this is- the post that is going to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! But in all seriousness, why are we only super thankful on one day of the year? Come on people, it should be everyday.

My immediate family does not celebrate Thanksgiving. We usually just get invited to go to someone's house and eat massive amounts of food. But that's what the holiday is, according to my sister, "A perfect excuse to sit around and eat a shit ton." Hey, she's right.

My plans for tomorrow are still hazy, as per usual. One plan is to go see my family tomorrow night in the East Bay. But here's the thing: they want to go shopping! The very thing I am trying so hard to avoid. I'm decluttering!! That means getting rid of stuff, not getting rid of stuff and accumulating more things. Or... I could bring my list of christmas gifts to buy but I know I'll see something for very cheap and want it for myself. Gah. And people get ruthless and the lines are long. So much for boycotting Black Friday....

I love the holidays but my holiday anxieties have started (conveniently) today. I'm already super stressed out with my current homework load, which made it difficult to study. My room's a mess, dirty dishes need to be washed, bla bla bla.

I still hope I eat and have a belly as big as Santa's tomorrow. If not, that's okay too. I'm sure there are lots of leftover food from dinners tomorrow that probably will end up at the landfill. If you are one of those... please, don't? For the children. In Africa?


Friday, November 16, 2012

Today: It's Friday!

Lois Lowry, author of "The Giver" in the turtleneck. Earlier last month she was in the San Francisco Public Library promoting her new book, "Son". I was thrilled when she signed my books.  

Today:
  • is finally Friday, which marks the start of Thanksgiving break!
  • rained on me... which means a greater urge for me to do laundry.
  • I realized I really liked wedges. Height and comfort? I'm in. Now to find the perfect ones.
  • I bought a skirt, so one current item has to go. It's just the way it goes. 
  • I am not doing anything related to school. No schoolwork for at least 2 days. 
  • I just felt like posting. 

I like this concise and to the point kind of writing. It just may be the start to a series... 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Summer memories...

Feels like I haven't slept in my bed in days. What I've been sleeping in really are piles of clothes and schoolwork... I feel like everything I clean my room it just gets messy again. Decluttering is not easy. 
As I'm sitting on my bed thinking how cold it is outside, I can't help but think of everything that is opposite of what it is now. Here are some pictures from a summer trip where it was hot, sunny and I got tanned. Pretty good summer, I would say.

 The first day there we were greeted by a deer outside the window of the house we were staying.





 Pictures at a fish hatchery. It was fun feeding the fish. They all jumped around when I threw the food in like it was nearing the end of the world.


 Touristy picture of moi, naturally. The pictures behind me were of clouds that had funky names.





 Bambi!!



 I had a re-realization here: Never go hiking when the sun is high in the sky. 


 A snake we found that I called "Ahas" - appropriately meaning "Snake" in tagalog.



 Clearly Layla is feeling the heat as well.


At least we reached the top! 
That was a tough hike.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Santa Cruz Triathlon

This post should probably have been put up 3 weeks ago because the Santa Cruz Triathlon was on September 23rd, but I am posting it now. A few others and myself woke up and made our way to Santa Cruz, an hour and a half away to see Nate compete in the triathlon. The start was delayed for an hour because of the fog. 


 The sun finally came out and the triathletes headed for toward the cold waters for the swim.


 Waiting for the swimmers to come out of the water...



 First one out of the water!


 And the bike!



 And the run!


 I just had to include this picture because of the guy in the tutu. 


 First place at 1:56.


Good day, good race, good man. He's an amazing athlete. We're so proud. 

My only regret is that I didn't bring my DSLR. They really should invent those in digital camera forms. 


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Grand Opening of Uniqlo

So if you were in or near the Bay Area last weekend, you know San Francisco had a busy week with the opening of Uniqlo, the events by Oracle, the Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival and Fleet Week.

Uniqlo opened up on October 5th, conveniently on a Friday. A friend and I moseyed into downtown after class around noon to find this line:

 Oof. It didn't hit us the line was this going to be this long, but there it was, screaming in your face. I casually asked a person near the front of line how long she was waiting. "An hour and a half," she said. 


 We walked past the store and looked constantly at the deals they had on pamphlets that were handed out, deciding on whether it was worth it. 



Obviously it was, as we jumped into line. And with time to kill, why not? Here's me as proof. Funny, I never fall in line for anything. Not even when the Harry Potter books came out. I thought about it, but this was a first. For the record, we only waited for about 40 minutes, which felt shorter with our conversation. One exciting thing? Their Heattech apparel. Tried mine on and it certainly keeps me warm without me getting too hot- perfect if you're always cold like me and don't want the multiple layers. 

But what's Uniqlo, really? 
A Japanese Gap without the weird sizing and probably better quality clothing too. 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dessert of My Summer



Okay, this is going to feel like a Yelp review. You ready?

Macarons were the desert of my summer. So incredibly delicious... I couldn't believe I waited that long to try them. Before I walked in, I was greeted by a sea of macarons propped with sticks so they looked like lollipops in the window. The inside of the store smelled warm, just like if you were to walk into a bakery. It was equally visually pleasing; mostly because the macarons were laid out on the counter according to color and flavor. And no, macarons are not the ones with coconut shavings. Those are macaroons! My favorite flavor(s) were green tea, lavender and red velvet. Mmmmm. A must-try!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stick Out Your Pinkies

Back in June. Tea time with Mina.

Rose Chai Tea

Chicken and Apple Sandwiches. 

 I love it when my food is aesthetically pleasing. And when the venue is good looking too. 
The above mentioned sandwiches? Strange combo? Yes, it was. Tasty? Yes, indeed!!


I wanted to steal those lovely mugs... 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

June flashback




Just thinking back to the start of summer... The month of June was full of graduations and meeting friends. I was about a month into my summer break then. 


A picture of people being taken


Graduations are always so cheesy but they are memorable!
Oh, and you should have seen the emotions on the faces of people graduating who graduated. All smiles... quite simply put. 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Travelling Jacket - Part II


Late May: Upon finishing my last paper of the spring semester, I packed some things and visited my dear friend, Mina, up in Davis. Now I've been to Davis once before but I don't think I've really seen it like this... 

Proof? Sort of like the obligatory tourist photo. Plus the travelling jacket makes an appearance. 

A card a few friends and I wrote a few years ago which Mina still keeps. How sweet! 



Clean buses... how I wish Muni was like this. 

Just had to stop to take a photo of this little guy.



A cow-car in cow-town! 

Davis is such a cute little town.






Lunch at Thai Canteen with friends. 



























































One thing- when I first boarded the bus I thought it was funny that the box where you normally would put your money in looked like a donation box.

Davis has that "college town" feel indeed. Downtown is right next to campus so if you fancy a break from eating "college" food, it is convenient. Shops aren't quite comparable to the big city but there are shops for "light shopping". Whatever that means. It's also a bike friendly city but difficult to get around if you don't bike or have a car. The buses are student-run and I love how it only costs $1 to ride; free with student ID but... bus service stops too early. I didn't smell cow scat either from the couple days I was there so I don't know what you people are talking about. Maybe I just was not quite in the right neighborhood.

It is a very cute town though.