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I really am terrible at updating this on a regular basis. I blame tumblr and twitter.

Still in SF (btw, summer in SF sucks balls it's been fucking foggy and windy this entire week), going to SJSU in the fall. I've been trying to find places in the area to live at, but so far everything I've seen has been subpar. My parents seem to think I have too high standards, which might be true, but some of these places are fucking skeezy. (Welcome to SJ.)

Been hitting up the San Mateo farmers market like a fiend. Have I mentioned that I love summer and all the wonderful fruits? Plums, peaches, nectarines, pluots. Sweet, sugary, fruity goodness. There are also a bunch of vendors with fresh peas. Holy crap. The only time I ever ate peas was at my grandparents' in PA during the summer. Fresh peas are mindblowing. So much better than frozen peas. Also got to experience fresh garbanzo beans. Saute them with butter, garlic and a little lemon juice. Omnoms.

Went to Vegas last weekend for a little Dillingham reunion. Had an insanely funtime. Was good seeing everyone. I do have to say that I'm really glad that Becky and Andy ended up visiting LV that same weekend though because Saturday night with them was kind of awesome. Hit up Tao. Becky worked her insane magic and got us in free, plus free drinks for all the girls before 11. Yeah, it was basically an hour and a half of going to the bar, downing our drinks and finding another bartender for more. Then after 11, Becky caught the attention of this group of guys who had gotten bottle service. Yay more free booze! NGL, definitely woke up with a hangover, lol.

Then on Monday Becky and I took her sister out to celebrate her 21st bday. OH MAN THAT WAS FUCKING HILARIOUS. (Btw, Firehouse No. 1 best bar in downtown SJ. Their music selection FTW. Also, cheap drinks.) Her sister is such a light weight, so her filters were gone like that: "I burped earlier and it tasted like nipple." (Okay, not as bad as it sounds. Her first shot was a buttery nipple.) Still, GOOD. TIMES. I don't think I stopped laughing from when we sat down at the bar until I dropped them off.

So I found a show that fills my poorly written girl-drama slot that Gossip Girl vacated after their season finale, Pretty Little Liars. This show is like crack. The writing is cringe worthy but I CAN'T STOP WATCHING. (The hot chicks may have something to do with that, and the dude who kind of looks like Tom Welling. Bonus points for one of the hot chicks playing a lesbian-in-training and the love interest being Kendra from BtVS.) No srsly, this shit is just so heavy-handed that you can pretty much see everything about two minutes before it happens. There was some decent writing at the beginning of this week's ep, so we'll see what happens. Also, I love how half of the girls have totally pedobears as love interests. No really, one is the girl's teacher and the other is the older sister's fiancé. Did no one else realize this? The actresses may look like they're over 18, but they're definitely playing 16 year olds, though I guess that's legal in some states.

Anyway, if you want a summertime Gossip Girl-like show to watch I'd definitely recommend Pretty Little Liars, just not entirely sure why beyond the hot chicks and a Tom Welling lookalike.
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Been spending a lot of time with my aunt. Mostly trying out different restaurants around the city. Got roast duck won ton, which wasn't bad. The roast duck was tasty nomnomz, the wonton was kind of meh. I like the kine I make better. Also hit up the roast duck place on Irving to get regular roast duck. That was total nomz. Also went and got crab from Crustacean. HOLY CRAP. Once I got over the whole getting my hands dirty part, which thankfully eating shrimp/prawns in HI has broken me of, it's a lot easier. It was kind of weird being in a nice restaurant wearing something nicer than a t-shirt, cracking crab open and getting your hands all dirty. Whatever.

Still looking for a jorb. I emailed my old boss back in HI and asked if he's heard of anything. He hasn't but he's going to try bug the hiring manager back at my old work to see if they can hire me. I'd have to move back home, but at this point it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I've been interviewing with this other company in SJ for some software engineer position so we'll see how that goes, but I'm not holding my breath.

Got all my grad apps in a couple of weeks ago. UH in their brilliance decided to close their application site for most of February, at the height of application season. Thank god that wasn't due until middle of March. Speaking of really, really smart things the HI gov does. They recently repaved most of the streets around my parents house. Wonderful right? Only now board of water supply is digging everything up and moving the water mains. Really guys?! Really?! Why didn't you think about doing this BEFORE they repaved? Streets are maintained by city and county. Board of water supply is part of city and county. You would think they would have the brains to coordinate this kind of thing. Go HI they go try stay smart.

Randomly marathoned Babylon 5 last week. Dude, I forgot how awesome that series is. Still working on season 5. For some reason it's not as exciting as seasons 2-4. Londo and G'Kar remain my favorites. Londo actually makes me very sad. His character arc is just depressing when you think about it. Talk about tragedy.

I also marathoned Pirates of the Caribbean. I forgot how terrible the second movie was. And the third wasn't that much better. Did love the UST between Elizabeth and Jack though. Actually Elizabeth had more chemistry with Jack and Barbossa than she did with Will. Could be because Orlando Bloom can only make that one face. Lol, Erin you know which one I'm talking about.

I've also been watching Skins. Wow, talk about shitty. Series 4 is some grade A crap. I'm not entirely sure I even care anymore. So far the only good episodes have been Katie's and JJ's. That's 2 out of 6, I haven't seen tonight's ep yet, but I've heard it's another hour of, "LOL WTF IS THIS REAL LIFE?". I really don't know how they could have gone so wrong. I mean really, series 3 was good, so they had a solid foundation. You'd figure it'd e hard to screw up, but they've somehow managed. I have no idea why they decided to go in the direction they did, but I think a preschooler could have written a better series.
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Finally got everything settled from my trip to Kenya and London. It was pretty awesome. Spent about two weeks on safari, two game drives a day, and then another five days in London on the way back. Met some interesting people. I think the worst part was that there's no decent internet out in the bush.

Spent a couple of days in Nairobi. Caught up with Elliott, which was fun. Wandered around the city for a good long time. Saw some baby elephants and got to feed a giraffe.

Amboseli was the first park we flew to. It's close to Mt. Kilimanjaro so that was neat. The cinder cones on Kilimanjaro reminded me of the ones on Mauna Kea. I miss the big island. Apparently Amboseli got hit pretty bad during the drought, so there were bones all over the place. I felt a little bit like AlternaAgron because I'd always want to stop and snap a pic. Saw tons of different types of birds, elephants upon elephants, hyenas, lions (with a bitty 4-6 week cub), zebra, wildebeest, ostrich (though I guess you could count them among the birds), cape buffalo, and hippo.

Went to Maasai Mara after that. Holy crap the Mara is huge, probably bigger than the island of Oahu. The flies were a lot worse in the Mara than Amboseli, and they were ridiculously aggressive. Fuck. Stayed in a permanent tent camp for about five nights. If camping were always like that I totally wouldn't mind. The cats in the Mara were amazing. Got to sit on a lion kill for two days and watch the progression of that. Saw a leopard up in a tree with a kill. Watched cheetahs laze around. Tons more hippos, they make the best noise.

Crossed over to Tanzania for five minutes on our way to the other lodge in the Mara that we stayed at. They had a bunch of giraffes in the area and some crocs. Was a little more difficult to see stuff because the grass was higher, but we managed to round out the big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo) with a rhino sighting late one morning.

Food was surprisingly better than expected. Big Indian influence, which rocked. Got tired of the boxed breakfast pretty quick, but I've never been a big breakfast person. Speaking of, the hotel in Nairobi had the best breakfast buffet I've encountered. Holy crap.

London was a complete change from Kenya in many, many ways. Cold and rainy after two weeks of the nice warm sun, in a word, BLEW. Oh well, it helped me adjust to coming back to SF I guess. Hit up St. Paul's, Harrods (ZOMG they have tea and chocolate in the same section, HEAVEN!), Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Van Gogh exhibit (as amazing as his paintings are, I kind of really loved the drawing/sketches he did more, and seeing them side by side was really neat).

Sadly, the food wasn't as good as we had hoped. Okay, no rephrase, the dinners weren't as good as we'd hoped. Ate at Racine, Le Gavroche, Chutney Mary, and Bibendum. Racine was okay, lots of butter, maybe too much. My meal at Le Gavroche was good, but the main that my parents got was salty. The potatoes were so salty they were inedible, and for a restaurant of the caliber that's just EPIC FAIL. Chutney Mary's appetizers were pretty amazing. Finally got to try chaat, and I'm sure the version I got isn't the street food version, but I still loved it. The mains were much less impressive. Bibendum was okay. Had an ahi dish that was kind of flavorless and bleh. Plus the fish my mom got tasted like it was previously frozen (like my ahi) and that's kind of unacceptable given that it was cod and this is England. I'll let them get away with ahi, but cod, really guys?

The lunches were spectacular. Had some amazing fish and chips from Bunch of Grapes. One order was enough to feed the three of us. Ate some of the best dim sum I've ever had at Hakkasan. Holy crap the atmosphere of that place was awesome. Bitch to find because there isn't much of a sign. Definitely want to hit that place up the next time I'm in town.
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Took the GRE today, it went a little worse than I had imagined, but not as bad as it could have gone. Actually, given that I only started studying for it on Tuesday, it went kind of okay. My main beef with the GRE is that you only need to know high school math, but you're expected to know college level vocab words. WTF? How is this not skewed towards lit/philosophy majors? I mean, shit the least they could do was include some trig on the test, but no, not even that. Wait, didn't the SAT have trig on it? Like one or two questions? Point being, if you're a science/engineering major you get screwed. (Unless you study, which I should have started earlier, but shh, let me rant.) I mean really, how many times did I come across the word, obdurate, in my CS classes? Oh that's right, none. Whatever, at least I know what I need to work on. (Side note: some of the vocab words reminded me of the days when I used to RPG, LOL.)

In other news, I get to go home on Wednesday! That's right, two trips home in the span of a month! Sweet! This is, of course, my xmas gift from my mom (this plus the airfare for our trip in February), so between that and the xmas/grad gift my dad shipped to me (14 piece All-Clad set, OMG I was in culinary HEAVEN), there won't be anything under the tree this year for me. But it's totally worth it, I smile every time I think about using those glorious, shiny pots and pans. I need more people to cook for, so hit me up if you're in SF and want an awesome meal. Also, I was back home when we got the tree and since Star got bought out by Times, there aren't any places to get Charlie Brown trees so we only have one tree this year, and it's kind of short compared to our previous trees. Sad panda says boo. I'm actually ridiculously excited to go back home because a bunch of my high school friends are going to be there. It was great seeing the people who live there when I went back for Thanksgiving, but I kind of really love it when everyone gets together and we all hang out and make fun of Jaimie, lol.

Oh so if you guys haven't seen Bitch Slap yet you totally should. It is the most cracktacular movie I have ever seen. I swear it's like someone took an awesome, cracktastic fic and turned it into a movie. It is the B movie to end all B movies. Don't believe me?

Watch the trailer )

I really, really can't wait to get this on DVD because I bet the extras are going to be AMAZING.

Still torn about the grad school vs. culinary school thing. Had to do a programming asg as part of a job interview and I remembered why/how much I love programming. I think I'd be happy doing either so I guess we'll go with the one that will theoretically give me more $$, assuming I ever get a job.

Oh oh, speaking of food, two words: HONEY BEANS. Why yes, those are two of my favorite foods in one dish. I gave my parents beans for xmas last year and they only used a half pound from each bag. Definitely going to be showing them the awesomeness that is beans, sweet and savory.
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I'm home! I'm home! I'm home! Shut up and let me be excited. Last time I went home was winter break, so it's almost been a year. It's a little weird though. I forgot how humid HI is. Plus the traffic and stupid freeway speed limits (55mph vs. CA's 65mph). I'm wearing a t-shirt and short and I'm hot, which is a nice change from wearing long sleeves, a hoodie, sweats, and booties for my feet to feel comfortable. (Of course, I could turn on the heat, but it's not that bad yet.) OMG I forgot how small and round my cats here are. And they're so nice and love skritches. Unlike my temperamental, butthead of a cat back in SF. I miss him though.

Ate Vietnamese food for lunch, and I get sushi for dinner. I love being home. Happy stomach == happy me.
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Went out last night to Ana Mandara to celebrate Heidi's bday. Had a pretty awesome time. I didn't have to drive, so I got to drink and ended up splitting drinks with Becky, who didn't really want to drink that much (so of course she starts out with an AMF and follows that up with a Tokyo tea, lol). The bartenders are actually pretty good and pour a fair amount of booze. Music was surprisingly loud even for a club, but you got used to it. Dance floor was packed and got ridiculously hot towards the end of the night, but we were all having too much fun to stop.

Andy, Becky, Kat, Misha, and I all hung out in Andy's car for a bit before heading to my place for food (my spaghetti > Denny's). Started talking about random shit and somehow the topic of Crystal came up. I guess at some point she had told Misha that she likes jujitsu more than kempo because she sweats in jujitsu (attractive... /sarcasm), and Misha was telling Becky and me that he was thinking clearly she didn't try hard enough in kempo because if you're doing it right you work up a sweat, and with jujitsu it's harder to slack off because if you slack off you get pinned. (He's totally right about the sweat thing too, even on the cold days I'll sweat if I apply myself.) Misha was all, "if you're just doing 'ha ha ha' *flimsy punching motions* of course you're not going to sweat because you're not doing anything." Becky and I were LOL-ing SO HARD. I'm kind of sad that no one hangs out with her so much anymore because I don't get to hear these gems about her being a crazy bitch and/or a dumbass.

Now I'm hella tired because I didn't go to sleep until 5am and woke up around 7:30am because my aunt and baby cousin live above me and my baby cousin walks like a charging rhinoceros. I didn't actually get out of bed until 10am, but I'm not sure how much good those 2.5 hours of dozing off and on did me.

Ended up going to see White on Rice with my other aunt. It was okay. Lots of awkward Asian humor bits. Lynn Chen was gorgeous, as was James Kyson Lee (guy who plays Ando on Heroes). Hooray for good looking Asian people. Went to Straits for lunch. Was pretty good, a little bit slow and they screwed up on our entrée order so we had to wait while they fixed it. Also had to wait 30-45 mins for dessert because their oven wasn't heating right, but we did get 50% off the whole meal and an extra dessert because of that. I had ordered the lava cake, which I guess they make fresh because of the gooey, delicious center, but it was so totally worth it. That + vanilla gelato + thai tea caramel = TOTAL. NOMZ. Actually the gelato wasn't that special but the lava cake and thai tea caramel were amazing.

Next weekend is the SF Greek food festival. Still debating if I want to go or not.
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Wow, so I haven't done a RL update since I moved, and coincidentally, I've moved again. This time I'm in SF. My aunt's tenant moved out so she's letting me stay in her apartment for "cheap" (rent in SF is never cheap). Got all my stuff moved in and unpacked yesterday. Gave the place a through cleaning this morning. Yeah, I probably should have done that in reverse order, but I didn't really think of that until I had already set up the move-in date. Also I didn't figure that walking around in the place while I unpacked and put everything away would turn my feet black. EW. Fucking haoles and their wearing shoes indoors. At least I got to test out my shiny new Kirby with its carpet shampooer attachment!

Haven't really been up to anything exciting recently. Went to the Eat Real Food Festival last weekend in Oakland. It was amazing! Tons of vendors and cheap food. Everything was $5 or under. Ate an empanada, pupusa, paella, basil gelato, yogurt gelato, goat's milk ice cream bar, taco, and bought a really cool t-shirt. Tried out the SF Street Food Festival the weekend before and that kind of blew. Parking in SF is a bitch, who would have guessed? Lol. The SF one was hella crowded and only had about 15 vendors. Tried a ceviche and pulled pork sammich. Both were good, but there were way too many people to be worth it. I'd hit the Oakland one up again, but probably not the SF one unless I went right when it opened.

Staying with the Stucky's was certainly an interesting experience. They're good people. The wife bitched to me a lot about whatever was going on that day. Got to use those nodding, smiling and "mmm"-ing skills I've perfected over the years. Their dogs were fucking annoying. They tend to spoil them by giving them kitchen scraps whenever they're in the kitchen or even eating, so I had to put up with the dogs fucking begging every time I was prepping/making dinner. And the thing is they're small (pugs), so I had to resist the urge to kick them whenever they came sniffing for scraps or treats. I'll put up with misbehaved cats because they're sneaky about it, but misbehaved dogs just irk me. The Stucky's have an amazing garden. I got to eat fresh tomatoes pretty much every night. I love me some homegrown tomatoes. They also have a bitty fig tree, but the figs weren't ripe when I moved out. *tear*

Been going out with Becky a bunch for the past couple weeks. We've found a pool hall in SJ that let's women play free on Tuesday and Thursday nights, so we've been doing that. Also hit the bars a couple of times. True story: went to Motif this past Thursday, not five seconds on the "dance floor" some guy hits on Becky. I rolled my eyes and bust out laughing. And dude, she needs to stop picking up incredibly gorgeous, and unfortunately very, very straight Asian girls. Met up with a random group of people last Thursday as we were walking to Loft, turned out they were going there too. Two girls and a bunch of guys, one of the girls was, as Andy put it, "a very tall glass of water". Ended up hanging with them the rest of the night. Saw the two girls on Saturday and Andy, the lucky dog, spent most of the night with aforementioned ridiculously hot girl.

Also got a random chick to buy me a drink on Thursday. Actually she was supposed to buy Thanh (hot girl) a drink because it was her birthday; Thanh freaked out because some random chick offered to buy her a drink and grabbed me and asked what I drank. The random chick figured the shot of tequila was for me and still offered to buy me a drink. After impressing both of them with my ability to pound back tequila shots and chatting with the random chick for a bit before she figured out I wasn't interested, Thanh and Tina turned to me and asked if random chick was gay/bi. I said she made my gaydar ping, and then they asked me if I'm gay/bi. Lol, I didn't know you had to be gay/bi to have a gaydar. Silly sheltered Asian girls.

Gotta get to sleep soon. Have to go to SC to take my cat to the vet so they can draw blood and send it to some place in Kansas to determine if he has enough rabies antibodies or whatever so I can bring him to HI if I can't find a job up here. And then he gets to come with me to SF! Yay! I get to have my kitteh back with me being loud and annoying and an ass. Might have to set up some sort of bed for him in the living room since the floor is ridiculously cold and stupidly un-carpeted. I'll have to wait and see where he likes to hang out and then line a box with a blanket or something, we'll see. I'm so excited to have my cat back! Kitteh! Kitteh! Kitteh!
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Got ridiculously drunk last night, mostly because I was a dumbass and didn't do my normal take a shot, down half a bottle of water approach. Though I guess Frank tried that and it didn't work so well for him. We had an impromptu party at my place. And by we I mean me and my two housemates, lol. Frank came home from work and was like 1) what's Becky doing tonight? 2) we should watch The Dark Knight 3) dance party. So we ended up starting at 5:30 because Frank wanted to see what drinking was like when he wasn't already tired. This led to me making spaghetti with four shots in me, lolz (hey, I needed to eat dinner and didn't have any leftovers). Actually it turned out pretty good. Spaghetti is pretty hard to fuck up, but I'm sure someone has managed it. More importantly, I didn't slice myself while chopping onions and mincing garlic. Clearly, this means my cooking skillz are ftw.

Anyways, only got two out of three. Becky came down for a bit, unfortunately it was kind of later in the night so she missed some of the drunken antics, but I'm sure it was still amusing for her. She also made herself a drink and then only had half of it because she had to go back up to campus to get work done, so I made the attempt at finishing it, which may have led to the ridiculous part I mentioned in the first sentence, lolz. Didn't get around to watching Dark Knight because it was already hella late when Becky came over so we just put on our "Club Kitchen" mix, which took forever because we had to find Frank's nano and then Melissa kept getting distracted from putting the playlist on it, and danced for a bit. I have to say that last night was probably the most amusing night this quarter. Good times.
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I loved my trip to Japan. I really did, and I'd go back in a heartbeat, but the thing is I really miss home. Okay, maybe not so much home home but more the food (and my cats!). I mean I've been craving butter garlic prawns for the past couple days, and yeah sure I can just hop up to SJ, go get some prawns and make fresh but really it's not the same (possibly because I don't use enough garlic and/or butter). And don't even get me started on Jimbo's tendon combo. HOLY FUCK I'VE BEEN CRAVING THAT FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS (this is Jaimie's fault, though I was the one to expose her to the wonders that is Jimbo's, so maybe partially my fault too). And then there's the shave ice, because for some reason no one up here can get it right. It's not that hard, srsly. And POKE! Again, this is something I could make myself, but sashimi grade fish up here is ridiculously expensive (blah blah, excuses excuses) it's no $9.99/lb ($13.99/lb during peak times like New Year's), or at least it wasn't last time I checked, but that was a while ago so maybe it's changed. And dooooood I want to go back to Sushi Izakaya Gaku liek woah. The NOMZ.
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TV news junkies and everyone on afterellen.com know of Rachel Maddow's many skills, but what they don't know is that Maddow is afraid to be in the kitchen. She was on The Martha Stewart Show yesterday and it was all awkward and adorable.



Despite her failings as a 1337 master chef, she can mix a mean drink. I'll let her tend my bar any day.



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So I had the most amazing start to my weekend yesterday. Becky in all her impulsiveness decided she wanted Lao food, and the closest place happened to be in Oakland so we ended up going yesterday. It was actually pretty good. After that we hit up the mochi place in SF, followed by some oysters, pizza and dessert from Zuni's. It was a pretty awesome day. I was dead tired by the end of it though, which was kind of strange because we were back in SC by 7:00pm and didn't leave until 11:00am, meaning I woke up at a normal hour. Could be because we spent the whole day eating, lol.

Anyways, came back, showered, hung out on the intarwebs, watched The Hole with Erin and Dave (haha, Keira Knightley when she's like 16), and knocked out by midnight, lol.

Also, SF chron put out an article on dim sum in the Bay Area and now I'm craving it like woah. Hopefully will be able to grab some this weekend. OMNOMNOM.
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It's good to be back in SC, aside from the cold, which I could do without. Though, on the plus side of that I did get a new jacket (after 24 hours of deliberation, turned out to be a good thing too because it was $20 cheaper the second day I went), which keeps me nice and toasty and warm. Mmm warm...

Classes look like they're going to be okay. Mackey is still Mackey and my Databases prof seems to be pretty nice. Go only taking two classes! (Plus some bullshit ISM seminar so I'm a full time student but whatever.) Haven't really gotten into much of the material so I can't say how the classes are going to go, but they seem to be interesting enough.

Finally went back to kempo last night after a two-ish month hiatus because of school, travel and general laziness. It was surprisingly fun. I didn't realize how much I missed it. Though I didn't really miss the whole deliberating on where to go eat thing, which is an amusing story in and of itself. We decided to go eat viet food, which turned out to be closed, so someone suggested Chinese, and someone else said P.F. Chang's, causing both Ben and me to grimace. You see, if the guys in NC, as great as they are, think P.F. Chang's is an "okay" place, then by my standards (admittedly higher than most people my age due to general food snobbery) it's probably going to be a step above barely edible. And sadly that was true. Now, I don't tend to take much issue with meh tasting food, if it's cheap. This wasn't. I mean for the amount and quality of the food, we were ripped off. Which is funny because we were led to believe that they serve large portions. I mean I think everyone would have been happier if we had hit Panda Express (cheaper, more food, same quality level).

Dinner aside the rest of the night went great. Hit a couple of bars on Santana Row and then came back to SC and went to the Red. LOL. Just like the good ole days. I was also vaguely amused at what a couple of drinks and the atmosphere of a bar does to loosen the tongue. Haha, I love it when people agree with me about shit. It pays to not change who you are.
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It feels good to be back, especially once my body adjusted to the humidity. It's actually kind of nice really. As soon as I got off the plane and got my luggage we picked up my mom and grandparents and headed out to dinner. Naturally, the first place I stop to go eat at is a sushi place, Sushu Izakaya Gaku. OMFG the food was amazing. So pretty and tasty and holy crap I want to go back. Plus, our waitress was a hella cute local girl. Have I mentioned that local guys and girls >>> mainland guys and girls? No? Well it's true. Anyways, that was an awesome meal.

Spent yesterday being Jaimie's bitch (holding her purse, jacket, glasses, etc. ah how I missed this... haha) while she shopped for cold weather clothes. I guess I know how Becky feels when she's being my bitch, LOL. Also, Jaimie can't shop for cold weather clothes. She wants everything to be cute and well, cold weather clothes != cute for the most part. Annie and I kept trying to stress functionality over appearance, not sure if it worked or not. But we did manage to find a nice puffer jacket, pea coat and "sweater" (it was only kind of a sweater). Grabbed lunch at Jimbo's, omnomnom udon and donburi, and dinner at Shabu Shabu House, oh how I've missed their ginger onion sauce.

Spent most of today lazing about the house. (I should probably wrap up my parents' gifts soonish.) Going out for drinks and pupus tonight with a bunch of friends and I get a massage tomorrow. I love spoiling myself.

Also, shh, but I got to see her engagement ring. FUCKING GORGEOUS! I want the pretty.
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Second thing first, 'spoiler' if you haven't been watching the past month or seen 'Six Months Ago' from season one )
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IRL, I win. No really, I do. People should erect statues in my honor because I can make a mean pot of beans. Haha, yeah I finally got my beans, which made me so incredibly happy. You have NO IDEA! But yeah, soaked them yesterday afternoon and made them up last night. Thought the ham hock would be too strong, but it ended up blending really nice. Even Becky, whose opinion of beans is similar to mine (don't really care for them, but will eat them; sidenote: crazy how much we think alike, you should really see our AIM convs, lol), thought they were nomnoms. Melissa and Frank seemed to enjoy them too. Lol, Melissa didn't want to eat them burrito-style because she didn't want the tortilla to cover up the beans' flavor. I guess the true test would be giving them to Thai.

First an awesome pot of oxtail stew and now an amazing pot of beans. I am Made. Of. Win.

Also, going to see the xmas lights in Los Gatos this weekend or sometime next week, anyone interested? Oh and going out Thursday night after finals, because duh, done with finals = party time. So far my housemates and Becky are going, but we could always do with more people for some drinking and dancing.

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The Vince Guaraldi Trio station on pandora? FTW! I love jazz and piano so much. The combination makes me swoon. Dude I should totally talk to Kyle about his jazz collection. That would be epic sweetness.

Omnom Day

Nov. 28th, 2008 03:02 pm
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This Thanksgiving was quite possibly the best one I've had since going to college. The previous two years were incredibly awkward for me and my freshman one, while fun, didn't have that Thanksgiving feel (which, now that I think about it, is most likely determined by the company, not the food). I guess I should start with my actual Thanksgiving dinner happened on Sunday (stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin crunch) and went pretty well. Becky and Ed came over to make the pumpkin crunch, wherein we all learned that Becky needs to have someone to hold her hand while baking. She's not very good at following instructions. I guess the good part is that it gave Ed and me fodder for the rest of the evening, lol.

As for yesterday, I don't think I've ever had a more relaxed Thanksgiving. First off, no stressful family bullshit (the thought of Christmas just makes me sigh deeply), which is always a plus. Secondly, didn't wake up until one in the afternoon, though I guess I should add that I didn't go to sleep until 6am, lol. Yeah, Mackey extended the due date on our assignment so it was due on Wednesday, which meant I spent the entire night programming. Surprisingly, this wasn't as arduous a task as you might think it is. I actually enjoyed every minute of it (that's what she said), once again proving to myself that I'm in the right major. Actually this entire quarter has been like that, amazing what changes when you don't have someone to drag you down. Started cooking dinner, oxtail stew (nomnoms), around 2:30, and watched Snatch with Melissa and Frank once the stew was in the oven. Oxtails turned out delicious and perfect and nommiful. I'm so going to enjoy those leftovers, especially since I've been craving it pretty much all quarter. We ended up watching Casino Royale after that. I don't think I could imagine a more awesome day.

And now I think I should be productive because I woke up at 1:30 this afternoon (hooray 12 hours of sleep!) and still haven't done much beyond eat breakfast, lol.
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"So is it the initial taste or the after taste that you don't like?" "I don't know; I haven't swallowed it."
"It's kind of snotty."
"It reminds me of mucus."
*face of utter disgust/horror*
"I don't like the after taste."
"I don't like the initial taste."
"It reminds me of baking soda or shampoo."
"It doesn't taste like anything."
"It looks like gak."
"If you have balls you'll try some."

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And this was to poi. LOLZ. All of these comments had me lol'ing, but it was Nancy's face of "OMG WHAT DID I JUST PUT IN MY MOUTH?!?!?!?!" that made me ROFL. Oh you silly haoles...

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Nov. 9th, 2008 02:24 am
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I'm going to try science! Lolz, yeah that was my evening. Or at least part of it. I was cleaning out the thermoses we have since I just got 2 gallons of vinegar from Costco and conveniently forgot that when you mix vinegar and baking soda you get a volcano. Haha, that was fun. Melissa has some awesome pictures, or maybe just two, of me trying science. (Points to everyone who gets the XKCD reference.)

Anyways, this week has been full of work and tasty nomnoms. Actually, more of the latter and less of the former. Made fresh pumpkin pie on Monday and whole chicken with ridiculously-bad-for-you-potatoes. Tuesday Becky made me the Laos version of pan-fried noodles. It was pretty good, and she even got Melissa to try some! She also made some summer rolls and brought them up to Baskin for snacky nomnoms while we were working late Wednesday night. Friday we went out with Ed to go eat sushi and froyo up in Los Gatos. And then today Becky and I spent 4+ hours in San Jose and yet didn't go to kempo. Lol. Yeah, I had to drop Melissa and Frank off to take the GRE, so we went grocery shopping and ate Korean noodles (omnomnoms) and hung out with Sakurai. Then we came back and I made takoyaki and Becky made pho.

And in keeping with tradition, since we didn't go out Thursday night, a group of us hit the bars last night for some drinks and some dancing. Everyone had a good time, so yay! Hopefully we can go out again this Thursday because Thursday night crowd > Friday night crowd. And we can get into Rosie's for free, which has better music than Blue Lagoon.

OS midterm on Thursday went well. Wewt!

Also, Becky left her Costco-sized handle of Grey Goose (courtesy of some guy she met once, I have no idea how she does it), in my room on top of my dresser. It makes me feel like an alky. Lol. It's kind of sad that we only used two shots of it tonight for our pomegranate martinis, which were awesome btw. (Melissa thinks we should invest in a shaker... lol.) I get the feeling that it's going to be sitting on my dresser for a very long time...

For final lolz, a group of us were hanging out the other night debating on what makes Erin "Asian", because she gets Asian glow when drunk, when someone brought up the topic of her skin tone. Basically, Erin has that yellow-brown tone that Asians get. I have it too, but not as bad. Oddly enough, Becky doesn't. This observation was followed by: "Crystal is hella yellow. I wanted to hail her when I first saw her." Yes, that's right, hail, like a taxi. Everyone lol'd at that.
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Green Day - Ha ha, You're Dead )

Frank said I should email that to Crystal. LOL.

Random unrelated thought: Dude if Victoria's Secret has decent quality leather I want this SO BAD!

Moar randomness, I was sitting in OS today working on my project and half listening to Darrell's lecture when a sudden realization hit me: I kind of like like the guy in my OS and compilers class. Dude, I haven't felt like this in ages; it's weird. I guess we'll see how this plays out.

Dude, Kim, Becky and I found an awesome froyo place over in Scotts Valley (where Kim lives), yogizmo. Hooray for tasty nom noms that aren't over the hill. Also, we went to Rumble Fish, sushi place in Scotts Valley, which was pretty good. They were super nice too. We got an order of fresh oysters and one of them smelled bad, so they gave us two more plus three of their green mussels. Totally the place to go for sushi in the SC area.

And dude, three programming classes is totally bad for my brain. I'm all like !=, &&, #define, etc.

ETA
I think I may have found my new restaurant buddy in Kim. Apparently Becky mentioned Manresa to Kim (the whole concept including the price) and she seemed to be very interested. And then there's the fact that she's totally stoked to head up to SF and grab oysters from Zuni's and is basically willing to come up to SJ after kempo to go eat out with us on Saturdays. Sweet. Oh but dude, sad panda, she got contacts because she doesn't like wearing glasses. When she told me this I almost blurted out, "but you look amazing with glasses on!" Lol.
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because our Safeways are AWESOME and have POKE! (pronounced poh-ki) I have missed my spicy ahi poke. It's amazing and nommiful and perfect. And dude I totally could have had an awesome lunch. My grandmother had offered me leftover futomaki from last night's dinner at Yanagi Sushi (fuck yes for having incredible sushi that isn't fucking mainland-ized), and I turned it down because futomaki isn't my thing, but now that I think about it spicy poke + futomaki would have been amazing and almost as local as plate lunch, IMHO.

It makes me really sad that HI is in the middle of the ocean, and I'd end up getting paid half as much as on the mainland because I really like it here.
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Haha, I woke up at quarter to six this morning because I think my body is still on east coast time. Awesome. Either that or my new sleep schedule is actually close to a normal working person's because while I was in SC I'd start waking up around the same time... nah, I think it's the east coast thing.

Anyways, I guess I should do an update of SC since I haven't gotten around to it. Wasn't that bad of a trip. SC is totally different during the summer and once again confirms that wow I don't want to live there. Like I mentioned earlier I got my father to help my wash and wax my car. So it's all nice and happy and shiny (and currently sitting underneath a tree and will undoubtedly need another wash when I get back). Got to eat at Zuni's when I came in. Noms. Took my father to Cafe Brasil for breakfast one day. Moar noms.

Got to see some awesome exhibits up in SF, specifically the Chihuly one at the de Young and the Ming one at the Asian art museum. As awesome as the Chihuly stuff was, I have to say that I enjoyed the Ming one better, but that's because my father's friend is a librarian for the AAM and he took us around and explained all the stuff, making it a little more engaging and interesting. Also had dinner with said friend and his family: Fred's Steak, home grown tomatoes with fresh basil and fresh mozzarella. Dude, real Fred's Steak is vastly different from the knock-off marinade that I do. Not that the knock-off is bad, but there are some srs differences.

And, of course, the cherry on the top of my time in CA was the dinner at Manresa. It was awesome and amazing and I'll post about it on my wordpress (I still need to post about the time I went in June, lol). Sadly, I was stupid and didn't bring my camera so no pictures. Also, I stupidly went to Betty Burger for lunch that same day and therefore wasn't as hungry as I should have been when we went to Manresa.

On a related note, you know what I find incredibly attractive? People my age who are foodies. There was a table next to ours at Manresa with two girls that we're no older than 25 and they were talking pictures and writing down what the dishes were and discussing how awesome the food was and how excited they were. Neither was my type, but still I was kind of like dude, sweet. I am once again reminded that I need to find someone who is either well off or is willing to splurge on food just for the hell of it multiple times a year or, you know, some combination of the two. (Oh me and my continued spoiled upbringing... I think it's a curse of this family.)

But it's good to be back in HI. I missed my kittehs here so much. They're so different from my bastard cat (meant in the most loving way possible) in SC. They're so tiny! (Or he's just very large.) And omg, Mittens is so talkative! We think it's because she didn't like being all alone for that week or so that my mom was in PA and my dad in CA. But all of the cats are attention starved so they're all like, you wants to pets me yes? I can have loffs now? It's cute, and I feel compelled to oblige them. ^_^

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