hikarii: (tsubasa)
2017-01-21 10:50 pm
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Castle Escape Room + Chill session with friends

I noticed I have a lot of dead images in the past few posts about my travels O_O Yow, I should get that fixed soon, and I mean soon not put-off soon. I have a few days of my break left before school starts. I don't know what to expect this semester and I'm really scared.. I'm starting my Master's Project and though it's a one unit class, I'm told it requires lots of time and work, more than a regular 3 unit class. I lightened my load to be below what classifies as a full time student to prepare, but my schedule looks so bare I'm wondering if I'm going too easy on myself..

But what I really wanted to write about today was events from last weekend! Three other friends and I bought a Groupon together to do a Castle Escape game. My friend Helen has done it a few times, but for the other three including me it was going to be a brand new experience. We wanted to see how we would work as a team. The place we went to wasn't exactly decked out as amazingly as the ones Helen had been to, but it was still fun for us first-timers. I noticed that our friend Jessica was really jumpy at anything scary! I had previously wanted to do a scary-themed one, but the way Jessica got spooked over nothing made me realize that's a no-go for future escape game plans. Both Jessica and Helen overthink things, and for this escape game, there were a lot of red herrings that they spend time on trying to figure out the meaning of the puzzle. As for me, I seem to resort to brute force when I can't open anything! Locked chests, hidden compartments... I would try to forcibly open them. XD It wasn't a bad thing since we got a hold of some key items that way.. We made it out but we had to ask for help twice. We took a pic after but I haven't seen it uploaded on their website yet!

After that we returned to base and wrote a letter to our friend in the next state over. We took turns writing it so it will probably be very confusing for her. XD We decided to have dinner at a new restaurant called Sizzle Spot that opened up nearby. They serve Japanese-Vietnamese food fusion which sounded very unique to me so I really wanted to try it. It was REALLY good in my opinion. They did mess up Helen's order but she still had a good time. I'd like to come back with my family sometime too!

When we finished dinner we returned to play card games: BS (I won) and blackjack since I was talking about casinos. We finished the rest of our hangout session talking about SAD ADULT LIFE RESPONSIBILITIES and then went home since everyone was tired and also down with the flu. Except me. I've been surrounded with sick family members and friends that I'm terribly worried I'll catch something! As of now, I SEEM to be okay!




hikarii: (glasses)
2012-05-31 10:15 pm
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Today wasn't so bad.. !!

I went to class as usual, skipping the FST class that I no longer need to show up for! I keep checking the grade book to make sure I still have that A! I went to transfer hour today, and because there was free pizza and a presentation, I decided to show up late for my tractor lab.. I got to ride the tractors so much today! I really enjoyed it! I was beginning to complain about how I don't get to ride tractors all that much in this class, but today made up for it.. even though the assignment for lab today wasn't all that exciting. I mostly enjoyed myself because I picked up flags and was allowed to ride for fun!

Today was really warm! I returned to my apartment and checked my email only to remember that there was some movie showing with free pizza at 7 pm. It was a little after 6 pm when I found that email, and I debated whether to go or not. I was kind of pizza'd out, but the organization that was hosting the movie, as well as the movie we were going to watch, sounded interesting. I thought I'd go, even if it meant having pizza again for dinner.

The organization, called University Allied for Essential Medicine, was showing part 3 of the PBS program called "RX For Survival". I learned from the group's crash course that the organization actually exists in many other UC campuses-- it's just brand new and started at Davis. Well, I was very intrigued, and the movie we watched really reached out to me. It was about the poorer parts of the world where medicine doesn't reach because of transportation issues and lack of availability. Doctors without Borders was also mentioned in it.

Well, it truly got me thinking. I think I know what I want to do. Well, I know what I want to do, but I wasn't too sure on my reasons why. I also wasn't sure on what I need to do. I understand now, and in order to make that dream a reality, I have to do whatever it takes. I've been really bummed out for the past week, and my sister can attest to that, but I think I'm ready to fight again. I'm ready to fly and aim for this goal. When there's a will, there's a way. I checked the mirror when I got home, and I saw a cute girl with bright eyes. I can really feel my vigor returning to me.

I never liked the idea of saying the reason why I'd want to become a physician is to help people. Sure, of course, that is the ultimate goal, but I feel for me, that there's a sort of plasticity in saying that. I've been told, or rather, I'm there when people tell others, that there needs to be a reason beyond that. Starting last year, I was never too sure what it was for me. Taking the writing in health class made me realize doctors need to be cultured and have a wide variety of tastes to be able to connect with a patient. That really opened my eyes and made me interested in the field but... but what else? I hear again about how in the personal statement for medical school, I need to state why I want to be a physician and why I must go to medical school. That worried me again, because if I think about the communication and relating aspect that drew me in, I have to ask myself, yeah, why? Because obviously, if I want to just talk and relate to people, there are plenty of other jobs that can do that!

But after watching that movie, I see now. I never thought too much about teaching because to me that makes it sound like I have to be qualified to do it. But if I think about it, I've done some teaching! I enjoy sharing what I know with other people to help them along. I like letting people know what I know. I was even considering taking up tutoring again more recently.. Looking at this aspect again, while brushing my teeth, I thought about how I like to educate, on the communicating level. I like to relate and share what I know. At the same time I enjoy forming relationships with people. To me, because of that one class, I feel that an important task of doctors is to make their patients feel comfortable. The patient must be able to trust the doctor. I know the feeling all too well when we don't want to admit that we haven't been doing as much exercise as we should when they ask!

If I also think about it, I think I really like sharing the love. I think what I want to do, alongside the teaching, the helping, the doctoring... is to give love with those actions. It's the act of God's grace, I believe, and ultimately it's important to love others and teach them how to love themselves and others... and one way to start, I think, is to take care of health!

I think I can say I leveled up in maturity today! I'm always surprised at how there is always room for me to grow as a person, because I feel I'm a very mature individual. Whenever I learn new things or realize something that I know just helped me see a new perspective or gain a new life lesson, I'm just blown away by how I've just made room to grow, and there is still yet more room for me to grow in upcoming years.

Despite saying all that, I really have to focus on my studies! I can't even begin thinking like this if I'm not doing well academically!

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2012-05-30 10:08 pm
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I woke up with a headache. I never feel like eating breakfast in the morning, but I know I have to or I won’t last the day! I got to sit in on a surgery the surgeon deemed as challenging today. It lasted for over an hour and a half and ended up being the only procedure I got to see. I actually was allowed in the operating room around 7:30 AM, but the doctor was at a meeting and didn’t arrive until 8. While waiting for him, I was talking to the scrub nurse. We were just talking about things like what I’m doing, why I’m there, and my plans for the future. He asked me what I like to do as a hobby, and I answered drawing! I showed him my deviantART, and he told me about how his kids like to draw too and asked questions like where I get ideas to draw. After that, we talked a bit about my hometown, which I was surprised he knew the name of! Not many people do, so I tend to pick the big city that’s 15 minutes away from where I live.

My discussion section for my ecology class took place at the duck pond today. We were supposed to conduct an experiment. The TA arrived late, but while waiting for her, I noticed a classmate that was also in my other class. I was feeling crummy about the score I got from the midterm we just took, and I just wanted to blow off some disappointment about it. So I went ahead and said aloud, “Man, that midterm! I didn’t do so well. I got a 58.”

I noticed she had a tissue out, so I added, “Oh, do you have allergies? I was worried I’d get allergies, too. Last time I was here for the group project we did for this class, my allergies started acting up like crazy!”

She told me that she didn’t have allergies, actually. She was kind of crying about something else. I asked her if she was okay, because I felt that I should always ask someone who’s sad if they might want to talk about it! She said she did, and then we ended up striking a conversation about how hard school was and how we’re studying but the results are not what we expect! We ended up having a lot of things in common, and I was just happy to be able to talk about what’s been eating me for the past week! I kept reassuring her that whatever she was feeling, I hit the exact same all-time low last week.

Really, I never forget that I’m not the only one with whatever problems I might have. I know there are always others who are in the same boat, but to be able to find someone else who is going through the same thing is really nice sometimes. I don’t mean it in a negative way, because of course I want the other person to have the best thing going for them, but sometimes it’s… reassuring to have someone who is going through the exact same thing and can listen to your plans seriously. I’ve been asking others for opinions, but of course depending on where the person I’m asking stands academically, how they feel about my situation is of course going to be different than mine.

I pretty much told her we can talk about anything! I’m not one to be easily offended, and I’m open about a lot of things. She asked what my plans for the rest of the day were, and I mentioned about attending a workshop about med school application in the next hour. She said she was thinking about doing the same thing! To kill the hour gap, we both went to the bookstore. I had a gift card to spend, but I wanted to see if there was something I would want to buy, first! I didn’t get anything in the end, and we both headed to the workshop.

After that, I waited with her for her bus, since she missed it by a minute because of the workshop! She really worried about taking too much of my time, and I kept saying that it was fine. I don’t offer things if it’s really no big deal. I told her I do the same for everyone. (X

hikarii: (hmm)
2012-04-03 09:48 pm
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I consider myself a pretty lucky person, 'cause things tend to go my way!

I hate it when I spill a cup of water. It's such a waste! I let it sit, too, to let nature take its course in letting it evaporate. XD

I left for my first class of the day 10 minutes earlier than I normally would to buy a few scantrons from the bookstore. An email I received yesterday from the professor of the class said that we would have a quiz on the first day of class. No way! I got to class on time, though. The class, called Food, Folklore, and Health, seems pretty fun! We learn about things like how shellfish shouldn't be consumed in any month without the letter 'R' in it (e.g. August) and how honey is dangerous as a sweetener in baby formula. There was quite a bit of attendance checking procedures, though. We were to fill out a questionnaire and sign the back of the quiz when we turned it in to secure our spot in the class. Anyone who didn't wasn't going to be considered as registered! I knew some frazzled students, if they're anything like me, would forget to bring a scantron, so sure enough, I handed out some of my extras. I quite like the professor for this class. She has a really gentle air about her and she seems to love the subject.

After that was my Population and Ecology class. When Professor Gaylord introduced his name, I immediately wondered if other students might be having the same wonderment as I did. He is a very serious-looking man by nature. He does not hesitate in making full use of his teaching hour. I really liked how prompt he was, and his handwriting on the chalkboard. In fact, I was admiring how neat his letters were and how he didn't flinch even as the chalk broke several times while he wrote. I also quite like his.. I don't know if I can call it a sense of humor because he didn't really crack jokes, but the things he laughed at, I thought it was very characteristic of him. I was also incredibly inspired when he told us that he and Professor Williams both drive 2 hours both ways to go to the university's marine biology lab, saying, "I'm not telling you this so you can weep for us, but we both really love teaching." It was at that moment I couldn't help but think that these are some wonderful people who love their job before me. I hope I can work hard in this class!

I got back to my apartment after both classes and spent another half hour reading my "Getting into Medical School" book I borrowed from the library. There's still things I'm not quite sure how to handle, but it has been very useful in informing me on what I to do. I definitely know the "Don'ts," but it's always useful to get the extremely helpful tips.

Around 2:30 PM I went and met up with the guy I was going to carpool with some others to go to an internship orientation in a city about 20 minutes away. It was kind of funny because... Well, we got there okay! It was a really long orientation and we got back okay. I'm extremely bummed out that I don't get a yellow polo volunteer shirt because I'm assigned to the surgical department in my internship! I get a loaned scrub. )=

I'm pretty nervous for my internship, which starts next week. There's a lot of precautions to take, like always washing hands and changing gloves so as to not spread germs to different patients and protecting the patients' privacy by never commenting on their concerns. I also hope the people I'll be working for like me! I just really want to be able to do the job right! I'm really hoping though, that.. I'll like working at the clinic. I'll find out soon enough!
hikarii: (koichi)
2011-06-01 12:08 pm
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GET BENT GET BENT GET BENT GET BENT

Wow, it's drizzling right now.. a complete 180 degrees from the sunny sky present this morning! Crazy how fast the weather can change within a short time..

My friend W made my morning by saying that the last biochem class was today. Biochem is the only class I have on Friday, so if that's done, I have a free Friday! I could go home Thursday, but the train wouldn't take me home until midnight, if I left at 8 PM. I'll decide on that later.

So, as expected of a last class, you'd think there would be people who don't show up, right? The powerpoint lecture we were looking at wasn't going to be uploaded on the course website, I guess, 'cause a girl asked the professor if he'd put it online. He then asked if we wanted to, because he planned not to so people who attended class would be at an advantage.

I think even after all that, the class seemed like they still wanted him to put it up, but then the TA (Who I believe, from her overseeing my testing section and her mannerism when I talk to her, is a real bitch) spoke, saying "If I were you guys I wouldn't want it uploaded so everyone here would have an advantage."
GET ANGRY )

My Animal Behavior class is having its final tomorrow. I have no idea how to study from this, because judging from the last two exams I took that didn't end so hot, no high level of critical thinking is going to help me, even though the professor said the class was designed for that. All the multiple choice questions really blow, but not as much as the true/false portion. You have to put a reason why a question is false if you think it's false. On a level where this allows the only "free response" and is what I think the ONLY critical thinking portion of the class, even if you have a good reason and basis for why you think a statement was false, (be it too strong, too general, etc.), if the answer key says true than your argument basically got you no points.

I am very unhappy with this class, and it's not because I'm not an avid animal lover. This class will disappoint animal enthusiasts. I really don't recommend it if you attend the same university I do...

Speaking of which, I drew this  when I thought about that class.

Sometimes I feel cool because my posture looks all relaxed when I'm sitting in class, but then I probably look really stupid in actuality! I hate those moments in class where I'm really tired and I just want to close my eyes for a bit, but then because I sit at the very front, I wonder if the professor thinks I've fallen asleep when I'm still listening to every word he or she says!

Should I go ahead and share this too, since I'm at it?

I wasn't going to post so soon again, but I thought I'd update again with my life for those who care. I mean, I'm interested in people's lives, so.. Maybe someone must feel the same for me? Hahah.

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2011-02-13 09:19 pm

I had an incredibly tiring, event-filled, fun weekend.

The Pokemon B/W Tour was here in SJ !! I went on both days, much to everyone's (including my own) surprise. Sunday's visit was totally last minute and decided on the fly.
 
Pokemon B/W Tour @ Oakridge !! ) 
I think it was more fun on Sunday! Saturday was really tiring, but being with my family and doing everything together really made it feel like a special event. My parents are sooo funny. When I bought Snivy, they noticed Pikachu was out of stock. On the way to the parking lot my mom was wondering why anyone would even buy Pikachu-- he's so old! Then mom and dad, who were trailing behind me and my sister, were discussing about how there were so many children who were into Pokemon-- a franchise that's been around before they were born. They're growing up not knowing the original 150 like we did.

On other non-Pokemon related news...

After we returned from the Pokemon B/W Tour on Saturday, we had a huge family reunion dinner at a Chinese restaurant with a 7 course meal for Chinese New Year. I was pretty disappointed that I could still eat more at the end, though. XD My sister got to dress up all nice and pretty, so I'm glad for her. I finally got to see my childhood friend and discuss a little about school with her and.. I was the last winner for the raffle that only adults could answer! (My cousin's cousin was totally telling me the raffle was for adults, and I had to restate that I was 20.) My name was being pronounced wrong by the announcers, but I corrected them when I went up. The prize was a SuperLotto Plus ticket that didn't win me anything, though. But hey, it's winning the raffle that's fun!

When I got back to my apartment, I got some incoming packages. ^^; That's always fun!

Oooh, and my sister drew me a super wonderful picture of my deaaarrr Ted from Suikoden I/IV. I always liked him for some reason-- even though he was absent after a few minutes into the first game. XD He's definitely ranked at one of the slots at the veerrry top of my favorites in my mind! I didn't know if I should share it or not, 'cause it's her art, BUT HECK IT'S MY EARLY BDAY PRESENT AND I WISH TO SHARE IT BECAUSE I LOVE IT (and my sister) SO.

BAMF. 8D
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2011-02-06 10:08 pm
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In reality I didn't do THAT much today.

Here's stuff about life )

Oooh, guys, guess what I just found out about?



I SO need to go home this weekend! I'm already looking for carpools back to SJ. XD I was wondering what everyone at [livejournal.com profile] pkmncollectors was up about !! I had to go and Google it. Now I'm just spreading the word around so potential fans don't miss out on a fun event. I know I'd be devastated if it happened at a mall 30 minutes away from me and I didn't know about it! Check out pictures here and here! It looks like a really fun event. Go for the free stuff, at the very least! I think my sister will hate me if I wore my Ash cap and brought my Pikachu plush. XDD

On one final note, I'll finish up with this!
'cause you know, sometimes bandwagons are fun to join in, even though you don't really care for the true results!

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2011-02-05 10:44 pm
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Practice MCAT...

I took a practice MCAT test today. I wasn't prepared for anything. I just wanted to see what it would be like to get an idea of what I'll be in for. Oh my stars it was very, very, verrry hard. The only part I felt good about was the verbal one, but even that it looks like I scored the same as I did for the biology section-- and I was just guessing on those. My total score was 14. That's far from the minimal target of 24! After reading the first page, I could only think, "I need to enroll in a course to take this test. I need help. I can't do this on my own."

I was thinking I'd eventually sign up, just not that day, but they had to do special offers like OH IF I SIGN UP NOW I CAN GET $100 OFF. AND IF YOU AHVE A CLUB REFERRAL YOU GET ANTOEHR $150. That's $250 off a course costing $2,000 right there, so I bit. @_@ It sounded good, too. I mean, I had to put a $299 deposit that was totally refundable, and I could take the class over and over as many times as I wanted until I was confident to take the test. It just sounded really good..

Anyway, all I did after that was watch Pokemon movie 11 and 13. ^^; I haven't seen Pokemon in awhile, and I missed out on those movies, so why not? I also caved and had two bowls of ice cream. I'm disappointed with myself now. XD Well, I'll try to make it up and do some homework now..
hikarii: (tsubasa)
2011-02-02 04:25 pm
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Time to study for Ochem!


 
If I let you borrow my pen, please don't chew on it. First of all, it's my pen, and second of all.. It's not my pen..
I found a pen today on the ground and was just reminded of a true story that really happened.

I've been playing Pokemon again )
To those who are worried about my studies.. I draw before class starts. XD
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2011-02-01 10:00 pm
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I'll never believe some people...


That's the only interesting thing that I can think of that happened today. I drew in my planner, so forgive the numbers and days. XD
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2011-01-29 11:52 pm
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B-ball again !!

My parents came to visit me today! My mom just really brought me some stuff I said I'd like for her to bring along if she came. We picked up a large Hawaiian and Ham pizza from Little Caesar's, then I took my sister with me to the basketball game that was going on tonight. This time, a drawstring bag was being given away! I wanted one of those! I also got the T-shirt I've been wondering where everyone was getting. Apparently I was supposed to receive it in my first game, but I never did. I also was able to contact the girl who found my Pokewalker at this point. ^^ I should get it back on Monday.

The game was really intense. We were up against UCI this time, and the game prolonged into two over times, so the scores were really, really close. I believe the end result was something like 108-106? We won in the last few seconds. What happened was that when UCI made the shot, the crowd let out a huge groan because it looked like it was over for us. That must have been when UCI's team let their guard down, because one of our guys threw the basketball across the court to another one of our guys, who made the basket and brought us up ahead with 2 seconds left in the game. UCI tried to make a long shot in those 2 seconds, but it didn't happen. I'm soooo happy for us. I supported our team to the end, and so did everyone else! When we won, almost everyone in the stands ran towards our players. Screams and shouts, it was great. It was sad to see UCI's team just leave, though. I feel even worse that one of their best players seriously cramped up near the end of the game. I didn't want something bad to happen. I don't try to dwell on it too much, because it's reality. I know basketball teams have seen worse, and are probably used to common occurrences such as that.

I don't mean to blog a lot-- but since I'm away from my family and my sister no longer does Facebook or dA, I want to keep 'em updated with what's happening.. and it's fun to look back on fun times in the future! This is to make up for my long periods of absence.

Oh, a bunch of my packages came today. XD Everything I've been waiting for! Fuuun. It's like Christmas. I wish they could have spread out a little so I could be happy about it in small bouts!

I realized all the icons on my journal entries never change. While I like my default lots, I think variety is a nice spice. I just forget to switch things up sometimes!
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2011-01-27 09:47 pm
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Midterm, then fun!

I had my genetics midterm today. I was feeling okay-pretty good about it and took my time with the test, but when 10 minutes were left, I started second guessing myself and everything! I did catch a question where I misread something, but what if there were others? I didn't have enough time to get to it!

After that midterm was done I decided to go to the basketball game tonight! First 800 fans get a T-shirt! This is the second time I've done this-- it would have been third if I had remembered there was a game last week, too. I want free T-shirts with my school's name on it! It was UCD vs UCR, and it must be pretty big 'cause it was being televised on channel Fox40! I told my daddy about it and he said he'd watch, but I don't think he did. Anyway, while standing in line, some people were telling us to look excited when the camera comes, so I did! The gorilla or something was the main face for this game for some reason, so some sponsors were holding gorilla stuffed animals. I was looking all excited and then one of the girls gave me the green gorilla stufftie. I don't know why, but I was soooo happy! I felt really lucky 'cause she didn't give it to anyone else in that entire section of that line. Later, they threw a few out mid-game. I'm thinking she gave me the green one to match with my green jacket. XD

Anyway, the game was really fun! I actually stayed the whole time. Everyone must have been pumped or something because the whole crowd stood the entire time.. I wanted to sit, but I didn't want to be a downer so I stood with everyone else.. It was an amazing game. I was worried 'cause last time I went ot a game, we lost, and UCR's team looked like they were really good. Like, their players were buff with tattoos and everything. This one guy had some face mask on for who knows what. It's a funny contrast, but UCR's team was, for lack of a better word, all black. From their dark uniforms to their black guys, it was totally on the other side of the spectrum in comparison to UCD's white guys, complete with white uniforms.

In any case, I'm starting to become a real fan of our basketball team! I'm going again on Saturday to try and get a free drawstring bag. @_@

I lost my Pokewalker on the way back.. I realized this when I walked some ways, then decided if I should give up on it or run back and ask for it. I decided on the latter. I ran there and had to knock and let the people know I lost something to get in. I looked around the stands to no avail, then asked the students who were part of this staff thing. Maybe it was ASB? I said I lost a Pokewalker, and two of them mentions J found something like that. Unfortunately, J just left. So I gave them my number or something. I hope J calls back! I'm waiting until then. ^^;

Well, the water in my apartment will be shut down tomorrow for maintenance, so I'd better wash up now!
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2011-01-25 06:26 pm
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Nothing special about the way I dress or look..

Yet I wonder how people are able to remember my face? I'd be talking to my classmates in one class period, and all of a sudden they'd ask me about another class I'm in. "..? You're in my class?" is how I end up responding. There's over 100 people in the classes I'm in.. how can they possibly remember? I always ask them where they sit, because I really don't notice them. ^^; I mean, it's good to make connections, but HOW? If it's because I came through the door, I don't notice people who enter the classroom, either. XD

Later in the same class this other guy mentions he's seen me in the other ochem class lecture. I then asked him what he was doing there, to which he says, "Looking for you." Funny guy. Good response.

Now I'm just concerned, because how am I supposed to ninja around if people know who I am? My ultimate fear is if this tutor starts noticing I've been showing up to her section every day...
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2011-01-23 11:24 am
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Foggy Day

The only reason I realized it was foggy today was because somebody on my Facebook list had "holy fog" as his status. I checked outside, and sure enough, it's all gray outside! I should have dressed warmer on the bike ride to church, though. My glasses fogged up.

Today in church, an old man came by and shook my hand after the bread and wine were delivered. He said, "Good to see you again."

I was really happy, because I come to church alone and while I'm all right with saying hello and exchanging blessings with everyone around me, I don't really do much so I don't think I'm someone that's memorable at all. So I was really.. flattered to be remembered. Next time I should go over and shake his hand so he doesn't have to trouble himself with walking so far. His steps are imperfect. He wobbles, but he still crossed from the other section of the small church.

At the end of mass, it was announced that he recently turned 83. That's amazing.

I was just thinking how small things like this in life can really get me, heh. I need to work hard today on my studies to further uplift my spirits.
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2011-01-19 09:34 pm
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Donated blood for the first time today

I was going to do it back in September or October, but I chickened out. I might have forgotten about it then, too. I almost forgot this time. ^^;

Anyway, I headed over to the place where BloodSource was, and was totally nervous. I asked a bunch of funny questions, (What does "Have you made contact with a sick person mean? Does talking to them count?") and asked a bunch of other students who have done it before about what it was like. I got nervous after each step, because something could happen that would make me unable to donate. I hear a lot of students who are unable to donate blood because they don't have enough iron in their blood, but I didn't have that problem. When a drop of my blood was dropped in some water, it totally sank.

When it was finally time, the nurse asked me if I've drank any water today. I didn't think so, so I told her. She then told me I'm supposed to drink 2-3 bottles of water because they take an equivalent of 1 bottle of blood from you. She had me drink a bottle of water right there and then, and we started.

I'll be honest. I don't see how the finger poking part was the worst, because putting the needle in the spot under my elbow hurts more, I think (Even though it's not a lot.) I was sad when the nurse was like, "Oh, see? When I put the needle in, your vein got all flat." so then I guess she had to adjust it and stuff and I was just.. owww. XD; I got bored while waiting, though, and after some point my arm hurt and I wanted to move it, but I think the nurse told me not to so I tried to follow orders.

The guy next to me started later than me, but his blood was drawn faster than mine! I asked the nurse how I could do that too, and she told me that water does the trick. Next time, then.. I'm pretty sure next time will be less painful. If only the girls at the pre-registration booth had told me about drinking water! I could have had two bottles while I waited!

Anyway, I came back to my apartment, got the mail, and look what came in today!


It's so cute. XD I think $8 is a steal! (Or so Tom Nook says!) I finished up drawing pictures to send to [livejournal.com profile] ars_arcanium  and I'll be mailing it out tomorrow. Now I should just get back to work! Oh no, it's 10 PM already!
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2010-08-14 09:10 pm
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I usually have a one-track mind..

This entry might end up being sporadic because I'm not quite sure what I want to focus on. I realized that even if someone's previous journal entry for anything hasn't been updated for a , whether it's on dA or LJ or wherever, that doesn't mean the person is inactive. For all I know, they could still be poking around here and there. I used to think there was no point trying to add someone like that to a friends list, but I have to admit that I'm guilty of doing the same now. I think I blog a lot, but it turns out I don't as much as I'd like to. There have been soe events happening in the past few weeks that I thought about blogging, but I get a little lazy when I actually have to hit "Post a new entry" and.. sit to write about my day.

On Wednesday evening, my mom brought in a good-sized package that [livejournal.com profile] heart283 sent me! She gave me a bunch of T+T, Tackey, TOKIO, and some Kinki Kids CDs and CD/DVDs. She was really, really generous. My sister was the first to open it, so when she peered inside, she shouted out, "Whoooa! That's a LOT!"

Just looking at the collection she gave me made me think about how JE is totally getting rich from their fans. @_@ I knew about this, and I'm a part of it, but wow.. When I think about how many other fans take part in this.. It's scary!

I've already given her my thanks, but I don't feel it's enough-- I want to do more somehow. She wouldn't even let me pay shipping though I was fully willing too. XD My sister said I should draw her something, but I'm a little nervous about that. XD How do people who don't draw feel about receiving art from others? I draw, so I appreciate anything people draw for me, but I don't know if it's the same coming from someone who doesn't.. ^^; But for all I know, she could secretly draw, too. Waah.

In any case, I'll say it again. Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] heart283 ! This is one of the kindest things anyone has ever done for me. My sister and I are really grateful. ^^

I'm just sitting here at grandma's right now, bored. XD My sister starts school again next week.. I don't go until mid September.. HEe. Lucky me, I know. I'm totally enjoying my summer break. ^^ I have to get my presentation about my internship done by Friday, though!

Side note: WHOA! I just accidentally clicked a different link, and by the time I hit back, this post thing was clear! I was about to be all depressed until I hit CTRL + V, and whoo. I saved my entry. Yessss!

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2010-07-06 08:52 pm
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After the storm

For some reason, I feel way more excited about the deep sea fishing experience today than yesterday! Now that my ill feelings towards the rocking boat have eased, I can really reflect on the fishing trip much better! I realized I had a lot more fun than I thought I did.

I also remembered when I made my second catch of the day, the fish was still flopping around after I pulled my line out. Since my fishing pole was secured in the pole stand, I had to pull it out in order to bring the fish in. Unfortunately, in doing so, the fish fell off my hook and went right back into the water! Just when I thought all was lost, the boat's captain and deckhand Tori came to my aid. The captain went and speared the fish and brought it back into the boat for me. These hired guys on the boat are reaaally capable, and I'm really grateful. I mean come on, he brought out a spear!

My mom snagged some creepy octo-squid looking thing, and was told to throw it back, or it'd scare the fish away. XD

I had a busy day today.. I had to accompany my dad in doing some business stuff, and when I got home, we (Dad, sister, and I) went and visited Anderson Park. We've been living in Morgan Hill for about six years now, and we haven't ever visited that park all properly! When I saw the lake and people boating and fishing, I wished we could do the same sometime. You know, before I head off to college. We went and had some frozen yogurt then headed home, where I had to help my dad rotate the tires on the car.

I was quite fascinated at how careful my dad was with handling the car. He took every precaution to make sure it wouldn't tip over and hurt us. He said the car weighed like 5 tons (over exaggeration), and we could die if we were crushed by it. I didn't know that underneath the trunk of the car along with the spare tire were some tools! Good to know, in case I ever get a flat tire!
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2010-07-05 05:03 pm
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Lured in joining a trip planned at the last minute!

I went deep sea fishing!

Will you take the bait of an extended version? )

In short, I went on a boat that went around various spots in the Pacific Ocean around the Monterey Bay. We went far enough so as to be completely surrounded by water with no land or buildings in sight. The painful parts of this trip included getting up at 5, the cold AM, and possible seasickness. There was also traffic on the way home. I did manage to catch some fish, and I am definitely happy about that! 

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2010-06-16 07:26 pm
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In a little disbelief...

Two weeks back I left some things at my sister's friend's house to try and sell at her garage sale, and when I came to pick them up today, she told me she had donated everything to Goodwill. I couldn't believe it, because she had not informed my sister or me about this, and I had told her that we would pick them up. Tomo told me her friend was forgetful, but I'm shocked at the level of forgetfulness, or rather, the unreasonable thing she did. Isn't it common courtesy to set others' belongings aside until the person comes back to get it?

I guess I'm mostly upset because her answer was "I thought it was stuff you wanted to get rid of." My mom was really upset, because the oars, lights, door screens, were items she wanted back if we couldn't sell it. She was yelling at me on the phone and I thought she was mad at me, but once I got home, it was obvious that she was angry at my sister's friend. ^^;

In any case, nothing can be done now. It's a loss, but we can still be upset about it, right?

And now, a meme! )
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2010-05-04 07:16 pm
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Sometimes I really do realize how busy I am...

I got to end my tutoring shift early today because the math class I tutor for was having a test. I'm glad because now I have a bit more time to do some homework that will be due tomorrow. Except now I'm incredibly exhausted. The chemistry lab I had today took the full 3 hour time slot. My group was totally the last ones out.. All because the stupid electrolytic cell contraption thing wouldn't work properly!

I turned in my application to intern at a research lab over the summer. I found out about it kind of late, but the kind sir I handed it to told me I needed to get a resume, my unofficial transcript, and a letter of interest stating why I'd be a good intern candidate. When he told me this, my initial feeling was, "Whaaat? There's more I have to do?" but when he told me he'd tryt o get everything done within the next few days, I knew I couldn't dwell on that thought any longer.

Some people are just really amazing. They surprise me with what they're wiling to do to help me get things done. My UC Davis Transfer Agreement Guarantee would not have been made possible without the efforts of my counselor, who pushed to get everything done three days before the deadline! (I found out about that late, too). And now this kind sir.. I can't let anyone's efforts to help me go to waste. I'm really grateful. I'll do my best!

I've been wanting to talk about college, but I haven't gotten the time to. Even now, I don't think I can give proper details, but I feel opted to, since [livejournal.com profile] rurun did tell me to let her know what happens with me an college when I can. I received my formal acceptance from UC Davis two weeks back, and I sent my intent to register a few days ago. Already I've signed up for orientation and am working to have transcripts sent. It's exciting! I'm really going somewhere!

I'll end it here because I've got stuff to do and it's gotten a liiittle lengthy! I try very hard to keep my life story short so as to not bother/bore anyone. (My sister says no one wants to read long entry posts. I believe her, but I can't help it!)