✈ throwbacks on a Monday. 🗽
#NYC #TheMet

✈ throwbacks on a Monday. 🗽
#NYC #TheMet

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Photos of Jimmy Fallon doing the Polar Plunge

His expression!

(Source: beeishappy, via splitsider)

Tuesday Thoughts
I’ve finally decided to pull myself out of my pathetic post-vacation misery. Something that should’ve been done the minute my jet lag diminished… Oh wells, better late than never? 
These past 2 weeks have been depressive, weepy, and just infinitely dark. I have no reasonable explanations, just weak excuses. 
But there really isn’t time for that apathy, school work is piling up and of course, it’s no good to start a term playing catch up. 
Does it sound horrible to say that I’ll will myself to smile more this week? Well, it needs to be done (that risorius muscle’s gettin’ lazy). Concentrate on day-to-day activities, and just live in the now without judging my surrounding. 
Mindfulness?

Tuesday Thoughts

I’ve finally decided to pull myself out of my pathetic post-vacation misery. Something that should’ve been done the minute my jet lag diminished… Oh wells, better late than never?

These past 2 weeks have been depressive, weepy, and just infinitely dark. I have no reasonable explanations, just weak excuses.

But there really isn’t time for that apathy, school work is piling up and of course, it’s no good to start a term playing catch up.

Does it sound horrible to say that I’ll will myself to smile more this week? Well, it needs to be done (that risorius muscle’s gettin’ lazy). Concentrate on day-to-day activities, and just live in the now without judging my surrounding.

Mindfulness?

iamyoustudio:


If you keep these things in your kitchen you will never stress about what to eat again….  Because, let’s be honest, cooking in modern, urban environments is not necessarily a piece of cake.  In fact, it can often be a confusing, expensive, tiring pain in the …… Which is why I am here to help.  Here is a list of things I keep in the kitchen, so that I can make any of my 10 minute meals on the fly, without mess or hassle, but full of goodness, nutrients, and relaxing hotness inside and out.
Avocado
Baby Spinach, 1 large box
Tomatoes, box of baby or 1 large
Corn Tortillas
Quinoa, prepared or dry
Almonds
Peas, fresh or frozen
Zucchini
Broccoli, fresh or frozen
Tomato Soup, Organic Pre Made
Eggs, organic cage free
Quinoa, prepared or dry
Pepper, black and red
Onion, white or red
Garlic, pre peeled
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Lemon
Orange
Blueberries

These items can be re worked into a myriad of different meals and snacks, as you can see here, and do not go bad easily.. so you can buy them once every couple weeks and be good to go!  Happy eating! 

iamyoustudio:

If you keep these things in your kitchen you will never stress about what to eat again….  Because, let’s be honest, cooking in modern, urban environments is not necessarily a piece of cake.  In fact, it can often be a confusing, expensive, tiring pain in the …… Which is why I am here to help.  Here is a list of things I keep in the kitchen, so that I can make any of my 10 minute meals on the fly, without mess or hassle, but full of goodness, nutrients, and relaxing hotness inside and out.

  • Avocado
  • Baby Spinach, 1 large box
  • Tomatoes, box of baby or 1 large
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Quinoa, prepared or dry
  • Almonds
  • Peas, fresh or frozen
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli, fresh or frozen
  • Tomato Soup, Organic Pre Made
  • Eggs, organic cage free
  • Quinoa, prepared or dry
  • Pepper, black and red
  • Onion, white or red
  • Garlic, pre peeled
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Blueberries

These items can be re worked into a myriad of different meals and snacks, as you can see here, and do not go bad easily.. so you can buy them once every couple weeks and be good to go!  Happy eating! 

5 and a half days…
I’ve been home for less than a week but it sure feels like it’s been months. Everyday is a long drag with the nights feeling more stretched out than usual…have I mentioned its only been Day 2 of classes?

5 and a half days…

I’ve been home for less than a week but it sure feels like it’s been months. Everyday is a long drag with the nights feeling more stretched out than usual…have I mentioned its only been Day 2 of classes?

Goodbye, 2013! (Taiwan, last minute thoughts of the year…etc)

Haaaa…way to keep up with the posts. 

I’m still under the weather, struggling to recovery fully from something like the Norwalk virus. Ugh. 

But that hasn’t stopped me from going places!

My first week back, I went hiking up 雞籠山 (Chicken Coop Mountain) in the countryside of Tainan. It’s about an hour drive from the city, a local favorite among other mountains within the vicinity. It was a nice short hike, about an hour. The weather was a little damp and the fog at the top was incredible but with some optimism, some sun came through and we were treated to a rainbow at the apex!  

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At the top, there’s a gazebo and some random stairs that encircle the mountain top. I didn’t quite understand that layout but either way, we walked around for 10 minutes. When we decided to descend…that’s when the fog got cray! 

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Later that day, we went to check out 永興吊橋 (Yong Xin Suspension Bridge) which is apparently the longest suspension bridge…in Taiwan, of course =P 

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小流球 (Xiao Liu Qiu, “Little Okinawa”)

After Monday’s stunt of food poisoning/GI infection/Norwalk virus type of thing that I’m still recovering from, our original trip to Hualien had to be cancelled so I could bring down my fever and stop puking =( .

But I was well enough by Thursday to make it out to Taiwan’s little coral island! It was a pretty good day considering that it’s been pretty damn cold (Asian standards haha), there was some sun, some wind, and no other tourists around! For the first hour or so since our boat docked, it was just me and Mom, moped’ing around the island (which surprisingly, only takes about 30 minutes at most to circle the entire place) 

Scootering with Mother

The Vase Rock - an iconic landmark of Xiao Liu Qiu.

Sea turtles! So happy to have seen them! 

It’s almost midnight in Taiwan, I don’t know if I’m the type to do a reflections type of thing of what 2013 means to me but I do hope 2014 is equally, if not, even more legendary full of goals and postivity. 

Happy 2014! 

Tainan Public Meeting Hall
3rd day in Taiwan — Still adjusting as it is 6am right now 

Tainan Public Meeting Hall

3rd day in Taiwan — Still adjusting as it is 6am right now 

Just some thoughts
Photo: July 2013, English Bay — just a day out with the boyfriend :) 
I did so much laundry today. “So much” meaning 4 ‘extra large’ loads, my whole day was preoccupied by laundering… and Christmas music, of course! I am in the midst of packing (T-minus 4 days!) and thought I’d may as well vdo a major cleanup of the safety hazard my room has become. 
I went through all of my clothing and had the same annual conversation (sometimes debate) with myself, “Do I chuck it or keep it?”. In the past, I’ve ended up keeping almost everything that came into questioning, making it virtually impossible to be actually cleared out of junk. But this year, I thought the conversation should have more context and the question south is be “WHY was I keeping that shirt or those shorts” and that the reasoning behind it couldn’t be something menial like “oh I’ll wear it soon” or “there’ll be a party where that will come in handy” …. although I did keep a purple vintage Nike pullover for future use at… Perhaps a social event, ahem. 
A lot of these “whys” I asked myself pointed more or less to the fact that I am a little afraid of letting go. But letting go of what, exactly? That top that’s hasn’t seen the light of day since ‘09? I think I’m a little afraid of letting myself go. Yeah, yeah…cue the cheesiness and eye-rolling and disappointing head shaking. 
But given my current situation of not knowing what to do with my life and who I am as a person had made letting go of things a bit difficult. Yeah, you could even say I’m a hoarder! Today, I realized that letting go of that scarf doesn’t mean I’m not fun, or that giving away those jeans means admitting defeat to my genetically-inherited giant bum (actually it does mean that), but rather, it just means that I’m accepting change (again, eye-roll). 
I was amazed at some of the stuff I’ve bought over the years, especially stuff from high school…. Shit that doesn’t fit me, it’s too big, colors aren’t right, just looks lame, too long etc. It was really time to let go of that idiot.

Just some thoughts

Photo: July 2013, English Bay — just a day out with the boyfriend :)

I did so much laundry today. “So much” meaning 4 ‘extra large’ loads, my whole day was preoccupied by laundering… and Christmas music, of course! I am in the midst of packing (T-minus 4 days!) and thought I’d may as well vdo a major cleanup of the safety hazard my room has become.

I went through all of my clothing and had the same annual conversation (sometimes debate) with myself, “Do I chuck it or keep it?”. In the past, I’ve ended up keeping almost everything that came into questioning, making it virtually impossible to be actually cleared out of junk. But this year, I thought the conversation should have more context and the question south is be “WHY was I keeping that shirt or those shorts” and that the reasoning behind it couldn’t be something menial like “oh I’ll wear it soon” or “there’ll be a party where that will come in handy” …. although I did keep a purple vintage Nike pullover for future use at… Perhaps a social event, ahem.

A lot of these “whys” I asked myself pointed more or less to the fact that I am a little afraid of letting go. But letting go of what, exactly? That top that’s hasn’t seen the light of day since ‘09? I think I’m a little afraid of letting myself go. Yeah, yeah…cue the cheesiness and eye-rolling and disappointing head shaking.

But given my current situation of not knowing what to do with my life and who I am as a person had made letting go of things a bit difficult. Yeah, you could even say I’m a hoarder! Today, I realized that letting go of that scarf doesn’t mean I’m not fun, or that giving away those jeans means admitting defeat to my genetically-inherited giant bum (actually it does mean that), but rather, it just means that I’m accepting change (again, eye-roll).

I was amazed at some of the stuff I’ve bought over the years, especially stuff from high school…. Shit that doesn’t fit me, it’s too big, colors aren’t right, just looks lame, too long etc. It was really time to let go of that idiot.

Sheraton Wall Center
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This picture doesn’t do that lyric justice haha I’ll have to take a more splendid Christmas lights photo
That was from the night Dan and I (and several other friends) won tickets (again, for the umpteenth time) for Comedy Mix. Altogether, if people hadn’t bailed at the last minute we would’ve been a reservation of 24. Craaaay! That’s like half the audience! 
I’m writing this post after being a teensy bit inspired haha … and also because I have nothing better to do on the bus ride down the mountain
Here’s to 2 weeks of finals, last minute tasks and prep work, and packing!

Sheraton Wall Center

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This picture doesn’t do that lyric justice haha I’ll have to take a more splendid Christmas lights photo

That was from the night Dan and I (and several other friends) won tickets (again, for the umpteenth time) for Comedy Mix. Altogether, if people hadn’t bailed at the last minute we would’ve been a reservation of 24. Craaaay! That’s like half the audience!

I’m writing this post after being a teensy bit inspired haha … and also because I have nothing better to do on the bus ride down the mountain

Here’s to 2 weeks of finals, last minute tasks and prep work, and packing!

Firsts. 
First completed crochet’d scarf. 
First Christmas gift to give away this season! 
I’m so proud of my creation! Even if it was something as simple as a scarf but I mean 4 days ago, that was just a bundle of navy blue yarn all tangled up in an organized bun! And now, it’s been re-tangled in a series of organized stitches and loops! 
It had started with knitting which I had first picked up back in April, ironically it was shortly after I had poked fun at my friends for showing interest in AquaFit, pottery, knitting etc - “granny activities” as they’re called. I went with a green metal pair of 9mm needles and a beige ball of yarn with specks of browns and blues and yellows. And so, that project began… until summer came around… I had most of it done by May-ish but forgot all about it til fall and now, in November…. I am finally going to connect it to become the infinity/circle/Möbius scarf that it is. Finally. 
Amazingly, that cozy navy blue scarf tied with (last year’s - yeah I know… I’m one of those people) Christmas ribbon was a brand new project from…. Sunday! Yeah, it took my 4 days to complete it! That was the magic in crochet! I had watched a YouTube video of this girl completing a scarf in an hour with a jumbo19mm crochet needle… yes, that latter part was the key in making a “One-Hour scarf” as I learned later on through beginners’ frustration with my borrowed 7mm needle. Regardless, I discovered the next day (t’was a learning curve, ha!) that once you got the hang of it, you, like One-Hour Scarf Girl, could be zippity zappity zinging through with that crochet needle pulling the yarn along in fluid motion! 
And so I finished it earlier tonight! I’m going to finish my circle scarf soon! And will finish a light brown, twisted-yarn beanie that has yet to materialize through the needle!

Firsts.

First completed crochet’d scarf.
First Christmas gift to give away this season!

I’m so proud of my creation! Even if it was something as simple as a scarf but I mean 4 days ago, that was just a bundle of navy blue yarn all tangled up in an organized bun! And now, it’s been re-tangled in a series of organized stitches and loops!

It had started with knitting which I had first picked up back in April, ironically it was shortly after I had poked fun at my friends for showing interest in AquaFit, pottery, knitting etc - “granny activities” as they’re called. I went with a green metal pair of 9mm needles and a beige ball of yarn with specks of browns and blues and yellows. And so, that project began… until summer came around… I had most of it done by May-ish but forgot all about it til fall and now, in November…. I am finally going to connect it to become the infinity/circle/Möbius scarf that it is. Finally.

Amazingly, that cozy navy blue scarf tied with (last year’s - yeah I know… I’m one of those people) Christmas ribbon was a brand new project from…. Sunday! Yeah, it took my 4 days to complete it! That was the magic in crochet! I had watched a YouTube video of this girl completing a scarf in an hour with a jumbo19mm crochet needle… yes, that latter part was the key in making a “One-Hour scarf” as I learned later on through beginners’ frustration with my borrowed 7mm needle. Regardless, I discovered the next day (t’was a learning curve, ha!) that once you got the hang of it, you, like One-Hour Scarf Girl, could be zippity zappity zinging through with that crochet needle pulling the yarn along in fluid motion!

And so I finished it earlier tonight! I’m going to finish my circle scarf soon! And will finish a light brown, twisted-yarn beanie that has yet to materialize through the needle!