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Tuesday, August 10th, 2004
11:44 am
Went out with friends again last night. Started the afternoon with a few hours at the pool hall where we each tried to show off those hard learned skills we acquired those drunken college nights. After we had each won some and lost some, we headed over to Applebees for supper. All you can eat ribs night was pretty mad; although I was slightly annoyed that the Sprite I ordered was more expensive than the rootbeer my friend had. We had originally intended to go to the bowling alley after supper, but it wasn't quite late enough for their special price, so we decided to fit in a movie while we waited. We headed over to Pix's house and watched X2. The movie was insane, with incredible special effects and action sequences. Because the movie ended at 1130, no one made the effort to suggest that we head over to the bowling alley; I suppose it was a bit late to start a game. So instead, we sat down for another exciting movie. I had never known, many of us present were fanatics of Mel Brooks films. So Ryan whips out his Spaceballs DVD and put it in. Although absolutely hilarious, a few of us had fallen asleep, awaking occasionally to the sounds of the movie.

(7 Blessings | Bless Me)

Monday, August 9th, 2004
1:18 am
Summer School is finally over! 6 weeks of Calculus and Physics goodness, not to mention making comrades with my brothers and sisters in arms. The prospect of freedom and independence is on my mind. Finally got my license, registered to vote, got an ATM card and car keys; I suppose I should be more independent than I ever was, but sometimes I wonder if this is truly the case, giving out my information on more and more official documents.

Saw most of the cool summer films that have been out. Some of them special effects folks are truly incredible.

My mother wants me to take the CBEST. She says it's good if I really wanted to become a teacher. I think it'd be mighty cool, getting the chance to "molest" the minds of the youth like an ecentric teacher from Prospect.

It's still rather difficult to think that summer is half over already. I feel like I've wasted a lot of it already. Although I think it'd be fun to go back to school again; don't to tease those folks with earlier starting dates either. =)

Sometimes when I wonder why it's so difficult to understand someone else, I find myself questioning whether I know myself.

(4 Blessings | Bless Me)

Saturday, June 5th, 2004
10:54 pm - O.o
I was searching online for Charlotte Church songs... and I came across a song that I had never ever heard of. That was quite a pleasant surprise. =) Westenra's music reminds me of Church's music.

Best of luck on finals for those who are taking them soon!

(5 Blessings | Bless Me)

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
1:42 pm
Hair dryers are sorta noisy. I just use my desktop lamp.

(2 Blessings | Bless Me)

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
3:17 am - Hmm
It certainly has been a while... I doubt I'll ever tire of saying that. Much has happened in the past year, and it's great to come back and find out that there are still those gracious folks who have yet to remove me from their friends list =). We've 14 more school days left, and then finals week; I reckon we shall have at least that many midterms, quizzes and finals to fill these remaining days.

Today, I realised that I was mathematically inane, and cursed myself for realising it so late. I reckon if they don't offer a C or better grade for a 2 out of 20 that I may very well decide to drop the course. Hopefully, it shall be at least a bit easier the second time around, although I've still not given up hope that the final may bring about some better news.

Yesterday, I stumbled across the music of Hayley Westenra. I don't know if it was that my computer had been out for almost a month and that I was entirely music deprived or that her music was simply the right type for the right moment, the fact was, I was entirely entranced by the music. It was very well comparable to the first time I heard the Voice of an Angel. She has some lovely songs and I strongly recommend it, if you folks haven't already tried.

I realised that I've changed quite a bit in the last year; I imagine others have found change in their habits and beliefs as well. Being as the year is almost over, I look back and recall some of the most interesting things that have passed.

I took up smoking again, but only for a while; it had been twelve years since I've done it, but part of me still goes giddy when I think of my granddad and his army folks, smoking over a bottle of beer and a game of cards. Haven't been so daring as to try cannibis, although the occasion did arise on a few occasions. The Hookah is very cool.

I turned 18 and discovered the wonders of plastic. It wasn't until my brother called me a month after my 18th birthday that I realised how much I had spent. Before I knew what had passed, my college account was short nearly $400. Well... at least I won't be needing any more DVDs for the next... year?

College writing is very difficult. The high school techniques work for a three to five page essay, but stretching the same idea for ten or twelve pages creates a monotonous tone, and subsequently, lower marks.

Beer is uber.

Been taking Chinese and Psychology for three quarters now; they are both very interesting. I think I might consider majoring in one of them, although my dad says a Chinese student who majors in Chinese doesn't turn many heads. I don't want to turn heads, I guess I could go for psych?

The same food can be mixed in different dishes and served in multiple meals... with interestingly fancy names.

Yep, that's about it for now...

Can't wait to go home... =)

(6 Blessings | Bless Me)

3:12 am - O.o
Stolen from Yahoo News...

(5 Blessings | Bless Me)

Thursday, March 11th, 2004
1:46 am
Yay! I'm finally 18! I can finally do all the things I want to do! ... well... legally at least. =) Good luck on finals, people.

(8 Blessings | Bless Me)

Monday, February 2nd, 2004
11:30 pm
It's raining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I think Amanda Bynes is a really giddy actress, makes others feel that way too.

current mood: ecstatic

(1 Blessing | Bless Me)

Thursday, January 1st, 2004
12:31 pm - Happy New Year!
Thanks to everyone who came over last night. It was brill; I just hope everyone had at least some fun.

(1 Blessing | Bless Me)

Sunday, December 28th, 2003
1:57 am
So.. dizzy!

(Bless Me)

1:14 am
Caroline is totally cool!

(Bless Me)

Friday, December 26th, 2003
10:24 pm
I finally saw Love Actually. So beautiful and delightfully cute at the same time. In addition to the wicked accents, I thought several of the characters were simply adorable. Sorta makes me want to fall in love... or at least get an accent.

(2 Blessings | Bless Me)

Thursday, December 25th, 2003
4:17 pm
Merry Christmas~

(Bless Me)

3:44 pm - Winter Holidays
Winter holidays have been rather fun. It had been the first time in many years that my family has done something like this together. Naturally, everyone was rather excited about our skiing trip in Reno. We left on Sunday, packing quickly, excited with the anticipation of touching snow again; that was always something that we looked forward to. We met up with family friends and went skiing. My sister and mother had gotten ill of the altitude and my brother and father were complaining of the pain of the ski boots. More fun for me, I assumed. Going down the slopes was pretty fun... even crashing into the powdery snow was an experience. Returning to Hilton, we proceeded with the usual vacation routine... heading to the slots and midway. Very very cool.

On the third day, Wednesday morning, we packed up all our stuff and traded in whatever credits and tickets we had. It was time to go home. There was a bit of a storm up in the mountains of Reno; the rain turning to snow and ice. We had prepped putting on the snow chains, while the actual temperature and traffic of the moment did add an interesting aspect that none of us had prepared for. We we drove home, we stopped in Sacramento for lunch. Our family friends had recommended a good noodle place where they served great beef noodles. They lived up to their reputation, although my father was visibly upset upon finding a curly hair in his tea. However upset he was at the moment though, it was not nearly as upset as he was when we finally got home.

Perhaps it's because we remodelled... or perhaps it was because winter holidays are a popular time for thieves... or perhaps it was simply bad luck. Our house had been burglarised while we were gone. The back screen window had been open to our dismay; a kitchen window had been smashed to pieces. My mother's potted plants had been broken. All the drawers, closets and cupboards in our house had been opened and spilled out on the floor. It was a huge organisational disaster. Fortunately, we only had several thousand dollars at home, and that appeased the burglars. A Taiwanese ATM card with the money from the house we sold back home had also been picked, along with several thousand NTD, which led us to wonder if he was a HK or Taiwanese burglar. A few pieces of jewelry with sentimental value had been taken as well. But it seemed as though the burglar/s had only gone for jewelry and cash, so our TV and computers had been spared. A personal journal of mine had also been taken, I believe, although I have high hopes that after all the documents and tipped over bookshelves have been cleared that I may find it again. I'm glad that Blueberry, our parakeet had been unharmed as well; he chirped with delight upon our return.

Due to this incident did come some good though. I get to put on my toolbelt again... maybe putting in a super cool house security network... but that may only be an idea. We are however, for certain, getting a new puppy! =D! ...perhaps as a New Year's gift or something? Yea... it should be pretty cool.

(1 Blessing | Bless Me)

Saturday, December 20th, 2003
12:26 am
Can someone tell me what the hell is wrong with my head?!

(3 Blessings | Bless Me)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
4:27 am
The inspirational effects of the Last Samurai have all but worn off... The Return of the King was the most exciting and beautiful conclusion to a story that many of us were dying to find out... Gotta go see it again when I'm more awake.. O.o

Felt really bad about not showing up for Mock Trial... I wasn't sure which room it was held in. The good thing was, I suppose, I did meet Mr. Barnes at the theater... for the 12:01 show. Very cool indeed.

(Bless Me)

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003
8:40 pm
=) The Last Samurai is so beautiful... and Lord of the Rings is tonight!

(2 Blessings | Bless Me)

Saturday, November 1st, 2003
11:14 pm - Halloween
Happy Halloween, everyone. =) Halloween was very exciting and insightful. The day passed as any other day, with only the occasional costumed individual crossing my path. I would have expected a lot more people in costume, but I assumed there wasn't a sufficient number of brave Halloween fans in costumes to convince the other people from wearing theirs. At about 5, I headed over to the CalPIRG office, concealing my costume withing my coat. I had also brought an extra costume, just in case anyone needed one; none did. At the office, I was greeted by a beautiful lady in a Renaissance dress. How very cool, I thought. Soon, a mermaid, a witch, a cowgirl and three detectives - complete with bowlers, came into the office. We were also joined by our fairy godmother and her two friends, one in an elegant ballroom dress, the other in football attire. As we headed out, our supervisor, Cowgirl Kate, deligated roles for each of us. Wearing my medieval costume, with my bag in hand, I followed the mermaid out to the streets. We split into 3 groups of four, each taking a small section of the La Jolla streets. The people here generally tended to be senior citizens. Their yards were large and ornate, well decorated for Halloween, even as the streets showed not a trace of a single trick or treating child. One house we went to had a curtain wall style of shrub and fence, leading us into a wild organic maze that tested both our wits and our night vision. On a few occasions, we'd end up in someone's backyard, knocking on back doors or side doors. There were always too many doors or too few. However, when we did manage to get to the front door, the people were always very generous. Upon hearing our intent most were more than generous. Some even gave us both candy and cans. At one house, we collected a man's last two cans, cans of helix snails from France. At another home, the old resident handed us, with shaky hands, a large can of lentils, proudly stating that Trader Joe's Lentil soup was his favourite kind and that he's now giving it to us. One old couple had more than cans or candy to share. The old woman spoke of how the guns would sound at 5 am from the site that is now our University Center. The folks here do not give pieces of candy, they gave us small ziplock bags of them. At one house, we received See's Candy Bars in addition to cans. As we carried our bags back towards the school, Kelly, our mermaid started talking about her sister. She had told us that her sister had invited her to a ritual for Saturday and that she was to go in Medieval attire. I found it rather cool; her sister had been extensively studying and practicing Wicca for a year. Upon arriving back at the school, we counted the cans of our effort. A total of 102 from two of the three groups. The third group had not yet returned. As we shared candies and stories, some talked about parties and events to attend for the night. Fairly soon, I was out of the office and was on my way back to my room. A clown greeted me at the door. Upon closer inspection, I realised he was my suitemate Randy, who was wearing an inflatable clown suit. Two other suitemates were dressed up as 50's charaters, complete with a pack of smokes rolled up in the sleeves of their shirts. In the restroom, Natalie and Mindy were doing their makeup. There were also small canisters of paints, leftovers from the clown. We headed upstairs to visit the girls and see their costumes. It was the first time I had been upstairs and the immediate smell of frangrant perfume struck me. Michelle, my chemistry buddy, was sitting along with her mates, watching a movie on the tele. Kathryn was doing her makeup and Randy was talking with his friends. This group soon left for a party. My friends and I decided to head out as well; I think the final destination was at a night club. As we made our first stop at a 7-11, I was beginning to wonder why we were here. A friend of Randy, our driver, drove up and Randy handed him a bit of cash. He headed into the 7-11 and, within 5 minutes, was out with a 12 pack and a 6 pack of beer. They slipped the merchandise into the trunk and we were off again. It took us a while to get to the club, but we did get a rather extensive tour of the area near UCSD. We arrived at a night club, but we had to be 18 or older with ID to prove. I was the only one under 18 and I didn't want to be keeping people out. There was no food and the admission was $6. However, whether it be good fortune or not, the club stopped letting people in. And being the impatient students standing in a parking lot at a late hour, we decided to go back to campus. On the way to the parking lot, I finally manage to make a dog from one of Randy's clown balloons. We sped back to the campus and Randy drove off to one of his private parties. The four of us walked back to campus, feeling a bit tired, but still anxious to make this evening a memorable halloween night. Leera, the only girl with us, received a call from Stephanie, one of the girls at Muir whom we had visited earlier in the evening. Apparently, she and a band of her mates were at the cliffs; she had asked if we wished to join her. Seeing that it was only about 2, we headed out towards the cliffs, crossing the streets with haste and care. It was maybe a 10 minute walk, but it seemed almost an eternity, walking in the dimly lit streets of La Jolla. We were greeted by friendly faces when we finally arrived at the cliffs. the wind was rather chilly, even in my thick coat. I can imagine what the others felt, being in shorts and miniskirts. Stephanie was there and she offered me a sip of her lemon beer. Memories of Germany came back as vividly as ever and I tried some. Tasted rather good, I thought. She had a bottle of some harder stuff in her pack. She took out a shot glass and what looked like a half gallon of some clear alcohol. She told me that I'd have to drink the whole shot at once because it had a really bad taste. Recalling my time back in Germany, I thought I would have properly gauged my alcohol tolerance, but I guess I didn't. Alcohol tasted like drinking hot soup, followed by a burning sensation in the stomach and a pungant smell in the nasal and oral cavities. I quickly had another sip of the weaker alcohol, which cooled me a bit, but my stomach felt really hot. I thought I could take one shot of this weak 40 proof drink, but either because of lack of sleep or the alcohol, I felt sleepy. Stephanie and her party had to leave, but she offered us invites to her room in case we ever needed another taste. I kept that in mind as we sat on a log on the side of the cliffs, admiring the stars and the occasional blinking of the small ships out at sea. On the lower sections of the cliffs were "stoners" who apparently had too happy a halloween. As all fun evenings run their course, we were soon back on school grounds. We paid the Muir people another visit as we dropped Leera off. Stephanie was still there, only this time without her pack of alcohol. We wished each other a goodnight and headed off to our rooms. It has been a long day.

current mood: sleepy

(7 Blessings | Bless Me)

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003
12:56 am - Fires
Wow... school has been rather hectic. I thought the drama was a high school thing; it isn't. But overall, settling in here at SD has been rather exciting and fun. I made a few good friends in all of my classes to help me pass the hours of study. Also, living by myself, I've learned how important money is in daily life. Home is beginning to sound really good, while just a month ago, I was so anxious to leave. I'm glad that most of the people I've befriended have been generous enough to keep in touch in college; I still smile whenever I hear their voice. This weekend, a large fire in San Diego has darkened the skies with smoke and ash. As a result, school has been cancelled until Wednesday... or so says the current report. Hopefully the skies and air shall clear up a bit that it may be okay to go to class again... although it may be too early to predict the path of the fire. My suitemates and I have come up with a lot of different ways to pass the time spent inside the suite. Apparently, they've taken on archery fairly well... Yea... very very cool =). Katie also has been rather kind, inviting us over for a showing of Coyote Ugly. She also took a photo of me sleeping... which wasn't very nice, but amusing nevertheless. She has really cool and close suitemates as well. Today we enjoyed an exciting game of Rummikub and had supper early. I hope the skies shall clear soon. Missing school is great... but simply not worth the expenses in the house and forest damage.

(1 Blessing | Bless Me)

Saturday, September 20th, 2003
6:10 am
It's off to school we go!

(Bless Me)

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