Monday, October 29, 2012

Gtimes in Gtown: partners in crime, DC style

Oh it's that time of the year when school and exams are suffocating and there never seems to be enough time to do anything...until FALL BREAK
Georgetown <3
What an awesome 4 days in DC with my best (and worst) partner in crime Tammy :D During the day we sleep, eat, and shop. The weather was gorgeous, like true fall weather with the sunshine and slight breeze and autumn leaves falling. 


Watching DC CUPCAKES on TLC always made my mouth water; I finally got to taste its deliciousness after an hour long wait! I tried Maple Walnut, Red Velvet, and Key Lime Pie. Can't decide a favorite because all three were absolutely amazing :D 

M Street is definitely a place you'll not want to miss. The liveliness is incredible between the good food and awesome shopping, that's one thing Case Western cannot compete with. (We're gettin there with uptown developing!) And one thing I realized about DC is the time you spend on waiting, for EVERYTHINGGG. 

Pentagon City Mall!, VA

We Also took a little detour to Virginia to the Pentagon City Mall. My wallet definitely took a blow at this 170 store, 5 story premier shopping center. Especially at one of my favorite stores Francesca's Collections :D Now that's what I call a real mall. 

And when it gets dark... well let's just say chandeliers ain't all that fancy and Case girls aren't just talk either, we bring the game. Call it what you want Gtown peeps, we'll still knock it out and backwards pass till the table's clear. Our mentors have trained us well, all day every day over summer. BOOM

FYI, it was worth totes worth the $280 speeding ticket, damn pennsylvania construction can build another great wall with all that construction (oops.. still need to mail that check!)


Something charming, something yummy (Heck's Cafe)

     September is a festive month (as every other month it seems haha); as my friends' birthdays come one by one, of course we'd be out for some good foood :D

     Though a bit far from campus and requires a car, Heck's Cafe was well worth the drive, even in ridiculous Cleveland downpours. The 18th century brick stonehouse hosts an unique and welcoming atmosphere. The food was delicious, and the service was even better! No matter if you want to go for classiness and fine dining or a good hearty burger, the menu will have a variety for what you'd like.

Even with people like me.. who managed to do this with strange and extraordinary elbow skills, the staff was extremely friendly :)


Monday, September 17, 2012

AXOXO, A Sorority Girl After All

Life has been...busy, exhausting, exciting, but most importantly: GOOD :D

Though I feel like I never have enough time, I'm pretty sure that feeling will never change whether I have one thing going on or a million things going on, haha. I'm glad in a way that I don't have enough time to post more frequently. I like being busy, running around all the time, and seeing the liveliness around campus; it's very fulfilling!

One of my favorite quotes of all time goes: "If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page." 
~Mark Houlahan~
My newest page: ALPHA CHI OMEGA
I am so happy and grateful to be a part of the Zeta Upsilon chapter of AXO at Case Western Reserve University. I have met an extraordinary, sweet, and down to earth group of girls who have welcomed me with the utmost sincerity and happiness. 
I look forward to getting to know everyone, you bet I'll be at the house to study, hang out, and of courseee to eat chef Ron's amazinggg dinners!

At AXO, I am not afraid to be myself, the quirky, strange, hyper, and spontaneous self that I am. 

Proud to be an Alpha Chi sister!

Together let us seek the heights,

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New priorities. New look. New lifestyle.

Starting off the new semester fresh and re-energized!

New Priorities
1. Academics. *yes I am actually going to all my classes!
2. Health/Fitness *workout at least 4 days a week
3. Clubs/Activities/Social life
4. Work/Webstore/stock investments
5. Others *Layin low on the weekend ventures and the bad boys

New Look

Totes reenergized from home! <3 my besties
So I got a real  backpack (from adidas) and a pair of Cole Haan Nike Air flats that I can trudge around campus with without being destroyed by rain (which by the way has already started, what a great welcome back Cleveland). I finally feel like a student.

So I am really in love with my new hairstyle :) I've cut off 8 inches and it feels so fresh and light. I also got it colored to a light brownish shade and I think it's a good reflection of my personal growth and changes in personality.

New Lifestyle
My new motto is: focus on myself, care less about what people think of me, be less passive, justify my decisions only to myself and be clear on my priorities!

*Also, new fashion. I have been soooo obsessed with vintage/retro style lately (will do a post on vintage and work style later). Francesca's Collections is my new favorite store :D


*update: It's been 2 days and it already feels like a yearrr! Every day is so busy running around all over campus. Of course Cleveland welcomed us back by a horrendous thunderstorm Monday, what else is new? Though I am exhausted all the time, it feels great to be out and about all the time, seeing people, and being productive! Life has indeed been fulfilling. My birthday tomorrow, so excited! Definitely throwing a rager this weekend and its gonna be crazyayyy. 


Monday, August 20, 2012

American Doctors vs Asian Doctors

Sighs... it seems that the short few days that I visit home are inevitably always time for doctor appointments (-_-) and I'm no fan of needles and test tubes. There are just so many things to check on... getting a physical, eye check up, teeth check up, ob/gyn, etc

And what is all this weird office hours shit with all you American doctors? This is not meant to be racist at all, just what the facts tell me. Okay, I get it, doctors are important to society and blah blah but seriously, why is it acceptable for doctors to take random days off when the rest of the world functions on a regular Mon-Fri 9am-5pm schedule? 

Here goes my phone ventures to make appointments with American doctors : 

Dentist: Beep, Beep, Beep, No Answer. "Hi Thanks for calling xyz dental office, the office is closed Aug 20th and will reopen on Tuesday Aug 21st. Please leave a message or call back when the office reopens." Really? Oh yea, just pick a random Monday and close the office. NBD

Ophthalmologist: Beep, Beep, Hello this is xyz's office. 
Me: Hi I'd like to make an appointment for an eye check. 
Receptionist: What's your first name, last name, phone #. Do you have your insurance? 
Me: Blah blah. Oh my family's been here for years, there should be insurance information in the system.
Receptionist: We don't keep a system or files. 
Me(mentally): o.O... what kind of doctor's office doesn't keep patient files?
Me: Oh, okay I'll check with my parents and bring the info when I come in. 
Receptionist: What time do you want?
Me: Is there anytime today or tomorrow?
Receptionist: Not today. Doctor's not in on tuesdays or Thursdays.
Me(mentally): why?!? 
Me: okay... what about Wed then (last day I'm home)

.... you get the idea

Here goes the call to my Chinese pediatrician: 
Pediatrics: Beep, Beep, Hello this is xyz's pediatrics office. 
me: Hi, I'd like to schedule and appointment for a physical. 
Receptionist: Okay, can I have your first and last name and what time?
me: blah blah, is there any time today or tomorrow?
Receptionist: Today there's 2 o'clock. 
me: great, I'll take it! Thanks, see you soon

I love my pediatrician! She's nice and awesome and SERIOUSLY. NEVER. AGES. (think my mom gets a hit mentally every time we go cuz I've been with her for 7 years and she looks exactly the same like she's 30 every. single. time. lolss

So there goes a morning of unproductive phone calls... and I probably won't be able to go to the beach because apparently no doctors are in the office on the same day. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Family time :D

If you're looking for a place to spend some family time, sesame place is a great option! It has a good mix of water slides for all ages, kids rides, boardwalk games, and entertainment in general. The theme park in located in Langhorne, PA and offers a lot of fun for the whole family, especially in the summer :)

Let me just tell you, having a 5 year old brother makes very few family events fun. But even I, who has generally stopped joining in on family outings, enjoyed a great day here. The water slides were fun, the rollercoaster isn't kingda ka or dragster, but it's better than I expected for a children's theme park, and I'm pretty exhausted by now and taking a break while my brother is climbing some obstacle course.

And just look at how happy my brother's smiling :D great chill day after a crazy night at the 2NE1 concert!


2NE1 2012 NJ CONCERT (photos and videos)

If you’re a music freak like me, you’d have been amazed just as I was at Korean girl band 2NE1’s New Evolution concert just now at Newark, NJ. This is their first global tour, and it was well worth the wait and excitement! Here are some photos and videos to capture a fraction of this remarkable night J

Opening- I AM THE BEST



You and I - Park Bom


Their unconventional style and perpetual strive for uniqueness is what appeals to me. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

College Packing 101

All you confuzzled little freshmans out there, staring at that birthday gift you know you won’t ever need but throw in your luggage anyways? DON’T. DO IT.

Here’s your guide to minimizing the pain and suffering of moving in and out of college dorms:

1)   If you think you’re going to sit around being sentimental, think again. Of course it happens to everyone, but eventually your new college environment will consume your brain. So, that teddy bear your friend gave you last Christmas? Leave it at home on your comfy bed and hug it in your sleep when you come home. Your twin bed will feel small enough without it.

2)  Shakespeare, you say? Perhaps some Jane Austen? Mix in some Stephanie Meyers or Stephen King and life is complete…NOT. Refrain from bringing heavy useless paper, that’s essentially what it’ll be, but with layers of dust collected throughout the year. I doubt you’ll ever finish reading your textbooks, don’t even bother with the free read.

3)  Tempted to lug your entire lifetime’s wardrobe? Well… ain’t very useful to have your fur coats in August, so do yourself a favor and leave it for now. When you go home for fall break or Thanksgiving, swap the summer dresses for the coat. WALA!

4)  Divide and conquer. You mostly likely have a roommate. Let that be a plus to a more fulfilling living experience. If they’re bringing a fridge, why stuff your already overflowing car with one?

5)  The photos, albums, random key chains, etc that you usually decorate your room at home with? Well guess what, you ain’t livin in the freshman dorm forever. In 10 months when housing ruthlessly kicks you out within 24 hours of your last final, you’d be screaming in your head why the fuck you brought those crap.

6)   Oh gosh… from personal experience, PLEASE DON’T BE LIKE ME:

The Kleenex? I swear you will be able to find some place near campus to buy tissues if you really need that much, don’t waste your energy stocking up on those..
The dictionary? There's something called a computer and



If you don't want to end up like THIS:


Friday, August 10, 2012

From the other side: Fall 2012&freshman newbies

What is this other side? You know, that invisible line you've just crossed if you’re dreading the end of freshman summer like I am yet also anticipating life as a sophomore. It is a nonexistent line that most of us subconsciously cross as we evolve from confused stumbling freshman to been-there-done-that-know-it-all sophomores.

Like many others, summer sneaked up on me fast. As it daunts me that in just a few days our campus will be welcoming 1,500 fresh new faces, the largest class by far, I can’t help but feel a surge of sadness. There is no more freshman forgiveness, no more being lost on campus—feeling justified, no more steak and champagne dinner for Hudson relays, and so much more that are lost as we shed the title freshman.

Food Ventures: Sushi Rock Tsunami Night!
As my summer comes to an end, I begin to recollect the memories that I'll be left with after this surreal experience. They won't all be happy and sweet— there are undoubtedly tears and angst mixed in the bundle. Nevertheless, they are the memories that I will never forget, the memories that I will continue to learn and grow from, and the memories that will provide me with a lifetime's worth of stories to tell.

My freshman experience was indeed unique and irreplaceable. I've had my fair share of wild moments. Though at times it felt like an emotional rollercoaster, happy and ridiculously sad, the mere experience of all those emotions is what nurtures me to become stronger and smarter. Dramatic? Yes indeed. Regrets? Not at all. In 10 years, when life is about as routine and dull as can be and there is only reminiscing left, I’d rather laugh off all the stupid crazy things I've been through than sit and wonder what they could have felt like.

Upcoming: JERSEYSHORE HOME BOUND "recoup"!
That’s not to say I haven’t had amazing fun times, oh believe me I have… 

So as I'm sitting at my last day of work this summer, not sneaking out early for the first time, my thoughts ponder back to that invisible line as I prepare myself to bid farewell to an extraordinary freshman year. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Summer Lovin'

When it comes to spontaneity, I’d say I’m pretty darn good at it. (Oh, work? Nah, I’ll just take a casual stroll down to Mentor Headlands beach with housemate Tamsies and visiting friend Katie :D)

Gettin in the tan? Except not really  for Tammy, apparently she doesn't tan as you can see from her pale Asian skin. Katie, on the other hand, is already gorgeously tanned :D 
Me? I just get awkward bowtie tan lines..on top of the one from spring break at Miami Beach (-_-)

That awkward moment: Apparently people like to walk around with guitars and signs that say "god loves you"while handing out free cookies at the beach...
Cause that's obviously what we go to the beach for right?..derpp

Korea House
Hmm… Twilight moment of the day: There are 3 things I am absolutely positive. First, my stomach is a bottomless pit for food. Second, there’s a part of me that hates the previous statement. And third, I am unconditionally and irrevocably in love with food. Especially when I'm with all my housemates like a famiry :D (yes that was intentionally spelled with an Asaian accent). We ate at Korea House on Superior Avenue in Cleveland's Asiatown. The food was great, service was friendly, and with the most entertaining housemates in the world, can't get better than that, definitely check it out!

Luna's Bakery
Dessert anyone? 
My first time at Luna’s! Popular bakery and café on south side of campus offering amazing dark chocolate crepes that I still managed to stuff down after kbbq.

Life: Every second of this last week of summer work has been painfully hard to endure. With mixed emotions of excitement to go home and sentiments watching housemates pack/leave, I give little fucks about pretty much everything serious in life.

That phone call from your mother at 12am nagging yet again about the same thing she did the last 5 times she called? Sorry mom, not really coherent enough…