Sooo I was thinking my entire life over, and I discovered just how much I really want to travel. I figured that if I moved out, I’d be spending all my money on rent; and if I wanted to travel often, I’d be paying rent for a place that I barely slept in! It will suck not having a place to myself for the next 2.5 years, but I think all the money I’d be spending on traveling (instead of rent) will be worthwhile in the end. USA, Canada, and South America sound like some good places to start my travels. I’m still debating if I should travel the US before or after I turn 21, just to fully experience each city. Canada/South America/Europe should be fully accessible for 19-20 year olds. I don’t want to miss a chance of visiting famous/historical pubs/bars around the globe! haha
Also, this company called Vector Marketing (Cutco Knives) sounds extremely promising. Yes, I’d be a knives salesman. BUT 2 close friends who joined Vector have been pretty successful, and I feel like the job reqs are right up my alley. Any job that allows me to travel more and spend less hours enslaved at work, sounds like the job for me right now. OG has really been tying me down since I rarely get weekends off. The money is good but it’s worthless to me if I can’t use it to travel.
The new skatepark was delayed until late March, however I feel like it will definitely be open by April. It’s already skate-able! A few friends and I have been talking directly to an ex-pro skateboarder, Jordan Richter, about opening a youth group for kids in fremont. Pretty much a Fremont Skate-Camp at Lake Elizabeth. Jordan is really into the idea and considers it a foundation for future cities; lucky for us, he doesn’t know too much about business so he’s literally putting me and my friends in charge. Jordan has tons of connections with pro skateboard companies, magazines, and can even get us custom boards for the skate camp! Currently I’m a volunteer instructor, but if these skate-lessons really take off, it can really be the start of something big.
Too many options on my plate at the moment; hopefully everything will work out well. I’m just trying to find time for it all!
BTW, Pinterest is AWESOME. You can’t really blog with it, but I do suggest you check it out if you’re in need of some motivation or to simply be further immersed in your interests!
Firstly, your car accident is pretty scary to read about. You came out very lucky in a situation like that. I hope your MRI goes as well as it can. I can’t say much more until I hear about your results..you’re really scaring me, Rosie!
On a lighter but dull note, I can’t believe the wilderness class was worth dropping. That leaves me with no hope for future students, who would otherwise need a class like that to interest them. Hopefully that’s just your teacher.
hurray for burning it down; it’s good therapy! I wouldn’t say it “turns my brain off” but it does help sort out problems and whatnot, not to mention feeling sort of like a mini-vacation. Also, you should write things down when you are stoned, so you can remember all your crazy ideas. It makes all the difference!
I did end up going 2.5 weeks on my tolerance break; and it was totally worth it. Currently I just vape at night to go to bed.
I have Geography 7:30-11:15am and Business Calculus 6:45-9:30pm on M/W, which really is the toughest part of my week. Olive garden and my online business law class take up all my spare time. I’m trying for the 4.0 but Calc is kickin my ass down to a B pretty hard haha.
I took the bike out of storage! Harris is letting me keep it at his house. I’ve been riding it to school and it has been dope. lol. and riding doesn’t separate you from the problems; it just helps you put it all into perspective! Freedom is addicting.
I was thinking of selling my fixie in order to buy a mountain bike or a road bike. If you can ride a 56cm frame, it should be gravyyy.
On the relationship note, I found myself an adventure buddy! She loves photography, travel, and anything outdoors. Our parents are both active around Fremont and knew of each other even before we met, so it was kind of crazy how quick this all happened.
This year has started out to be pretty crazy for me; I’m just trying to find time to live. The next 6months of my life will be extremely pivotal, and I think it has already started! Paying off the car, plus tons of traveling is the goal. Anyways, I need to get to bed, more on college, marketing, and skateboards when I have extra free time! Too much has been planned in my near future.
Well for one, I dropped that wilderness class. It was bullshit because lectures were so boring and I never went to class. So no grand canyon or anything but it’s OK.
I have been smoking wayyyyyy too much lately. Lol. I think I was high for the whole weekend and I really don’t remember much of it. Yesterday I drank a couple shots of saki when I went out to eat with a friend. I think I’m hung over. I have no idea why people drink in the middle of the week lol. I’ll try to refrain from that from now on. But hey, it was really good with all that sushi. Plus my friend made my name in graffiti and it looks sick. I definitely need to show you it.
Hmm what else…. oh I’ve actually been having a really hard time at school lately. My depression is kicking me in the ass and it’s been sucking. I’m always so frustrated and agitated. It sucks. I wish I could just turn my brain off sometimes. But you’re right about headphones solving everything. Nujabes helps take me away from my crazy thoughts thankfully. ( you should listen to him) Sigh and it’s been taking a toll on my relationship with the guy I was seeing. Now we’re on a break and I’ve been trying to stay single but for some reason guys are popping out of no where…. I wish I had a motorcycle so that I could just get away. But isn’t that running away from my problems? lol.
Oh and I got in a car accident the other day. My life has been hell. I almost had a head on collision with the car in the opposite lane because I blacked out. Thankfully nothing happened because the other guy was smart enough to quickly turn away. He crashed into the curb and his bumper got fucked up but it was fine. Stupid migraines. My sister is making me get an MRI to get it all checked it out but to be honest I’m pretty scared what I’m going to find. I really hope life has been going a lot better for you!
Anyways, yes! We are getting 4.0’s! We have to! Plus isn’t this your last semester at Ohlone? Did you hear back from the other school yet? I’m pretty excited for you.
Well let’s see what else has been on my mind….oh! I really want a fixed gear bike but I know absolutely nothing about bicycles!!!!!! HELP MEEE! lol.
Don’t let those classes get behind ya! Aren’t we both supposed to be earning 4.0’s this term? lol
I aced my Intro to Computers class last semester, and indeed enjoyed it; especially since it was online. You’ll know how to build your own computer soon enough
Psychological Stats sounds like a class where you’ll learn some interesting facts, so feel free to share!
Your environmental class still sounds too good to be true. I still haven’t been to Joshua Tree or the Grand Canyon, so ya better go to both and tell me how awesome it is!
Winter break has been pretty chill, although work hours are starting to get to me since the OG knows I’m on break. Hopefully my schedule will ease up once they work around my classes. I see myself going to Tahoe another 1-2 times before spring term, I just hope I still have time to go up once the homework starts flooding in.
I’m glad your brownie worked! edibles are extremely convenient when they work as planned lol. Speaking of which, I had 3 brownies Friday night that worked way too well. I ended up going to sleep for 10 hours, then woke up to decide that I’d start my tolerance break this week. I’m currently 1 day in. I’ve drastically cut back as of late, but I had still been vaping each night before bed. This week, I break my binge!
Wow, you know, I’ve never heard of Sunshine before…but yeah, I’ll give it a whirl
Anyways, I’m back in school, exhausted as hell already. I’m already behind in readings and stuff when it’s only been three days of school. I have no idea how that happened.
My classes are pretty chill. I’m taking taking
1. Intro to Computing
I have no idea what the teacher is saying and I really wish I was more tech savy. I think you would enjoy the class. Anyways, I’ve had the professor before and she’s great. Very quirky and weird at the same time, but never a dull day.
2. Psychological Statistics
Just a stats class. I like the teacher though because she cuts to the chase and lecture always ends early lol
3. Writing/History Class
Blehhhh. Same old, same old.
4. Environmental Class
SO. MANY. OUTINGS. There’s one for every weekend! And our only homework is a nature journal….it’s insane. The professor is a super introvert who likes to avoid the world as much as possible but he’s still a friendly guy. There’s two big camping trips: Joshua Tree Park and the Grand Canyon. It sounds pretty exciting. It’s that the teacher makes me sleepy sometimes. lol
Hope you’re break is going smoothly. Oh and thanks again for the brownies. Saved my life. I almost died on that bus ride. I am wayyyyy to claustrophobic. Only ate half and I was good. I still have the other half left….tried to trick my friend into eating it but it didn’t work….lol
Oh well…I’m off to bed. I’ll post a movie list….you have no idea how much a movie nut I am lol
Yeah, thanks for giving me a heads up on the program. I’ll definitely have to go to a San Diego ROTC office to check it out and find out the details for myself. But that part about not being able to go to Mexico is so strange! And the part about your cousin having such a beck-and-call kind of job kinda sucks.
Life decisions suck. I never thought that making these choices were so hard. I mean having my parents, it’s always been on them and my family, but this….this is just crazy to me. Absurd and exciting at the same time. We’re getting so old! Soon, you’ll be moved out of your parents place and on to new and better things! You’ll even have you’re own place! I hope I won’t be forced to come over and help clean you’re place up again lol.
By the way, I don’t remember if I responded to you telling me you were going to come down to San Diego, but yeah, you’re more than welcome to :) I really want you to catch onto that college vibe and freedom.
Hope you’re Christmas went well! Get anything cool or new? And what did you end up getting your mom anyways?
Being around people you aren’t very close with is extremely tiring. I find it’s always tough finding the perfect mix between being polite and being yourself. I also feel that conversation becomes more complicated and less rewarding when in those situations. As a marketing major, I intend to overcome all obstacles of this manner asap because it will probably be a big part of my career haha.
As for this mystery man, I hope he’s keeping you happy; as cheesy it sounds I actually do believe the world runs on happiness. [and I can elaborate on that, but that’s for another time] lol. “Your” dog sounds like a huge plus! I’m jealous of how much you can take her everywhere. Getting a dog seems to be another reason for me to choose Sac state, which I’ll visit by the end of winter break.
I’ll probably text you on Wednesday to confirm Thurs/Fri.
Now I have to go to work, blahhh.
I hope your relaxation has gone as well as planned! haha. Merry Christmas!
I decided to separate this last part because I ended up typing a lot more than expected, but I guess I should’ve saw that coming.
In my opinion, there are various ways to do almost everything in life. Whatever the path may be, I believe that making thoughtful decisions along the way can really help increase the overall benefit of one’s experience. Honestly, if medical school was free, I think you’d have no mental conflict in enrolling. I feel your conflict is based more on which path you’ll choose, as opposed to which goal.
If you choose not to join the military, you’ll have the freedom to do whatever you want to do in your spare time when you’re not studying/working for school. Which I assume is how you’re currently living. We both know medical school is expensive, but it’s there for a reason; and I’m sure you’ll profit only a few years after graduation. Waiting for that to actually happen sounds like the hardest part in my opinion. Although I’m playing the waiting game myself, aiming for a marketing degree.
If you choose to join, you receive all the wonderful benefits of money/school/career/travel opportunity; but [depending on how many years you expect to be in the service] you’ll have to abide by their guidelines and be restricted of certain freedoms.
Sadly, everyone I know who joined was mislead in random ways and each person was affected differently. My cousin was promised constant work and money [away from home], although he now sits at home the majority of the year; only to be sent across the US at a phone-calls notice, not knowing when he’ll actually return. Trace joined trying to get a steady job and stay away from college [he said his brain isn’t wired for “studying”], now he’s stuck in military training school and only returned to Fremont for a total of 2 weeks within the last 9 months. Also, you are not allowed to go to Mexico once you join the service. I couldn’t believe my cousin when he told me about how many people of Mexican-descent at boot camp burst into tears when they heard this news. All of them had no idea that they wouldn’t be able to visit their families again [unless their families decide to visit the US], but regardless of the news they ALL still completed boot camp. They continue to support the military, however I truly hope it’s due to honesty and not simply exposure. I just don’t want you to get into something you’re not prepared for. I know you’re smart so I can only hope you ask every thoughtful question that comes to mind before you decide to join.
Both paths have their pros and cons, but I know you’ll take full advantage of either situation, regardless of which you choose.
I realize that it’s tiring to be around people. Having to be polite, greet them and welcome them…Tiring. I don’t know why I let my parents throw me a birthday party. But hey, at least I got some cash out of it and the house is pristine. (Hasn’t been in a couple of months)
I think you’re right about the whole planning thing. But the bad thing is that I get really confused by realizing I have more options than I first was aware of.
Example: Med School
I’ve actually been about 70% to 80% sure about going…but then I realized my downfall————finances. I could always get loans and whatnot but that’s so painful because when I’m finally done with school, I’ll be using all my earnings to pay for my loans….The loophole? ROTC or NROTC. Not sure which yet. But it’s definitely an idea because they would be paying for med school entirely. I would get a discount on housing, training, something on my resume, a monthly stipend and a guaranteed job after it all. The only problem is the commitment. Yeah…. the C word….one of my greatest fears in life. So who knows….I don’t even know if I want to spend that much time in school. I’m worried about missing out on my youth and being able to travel and all that while I’m young…blehhhh I hate making decisions for myself….
Anyways sorry about all that venting…but yeah, I can imagine you at Sac because it’s semester system and it’s a change of scenery: something I think you’ve been dying for. But that’s just my idea. Have you gone and visited yet? That would help your decision too and I heard the snow is amazing :)
I actually might go on a camping/road trip before I go back to school. Probably San Diego County. Oh I forgot to tell you that I’ve been “talking” to someone…whatever the hell that means. Then again I am the one who told him I’m not ready nor do I want a serious relationship at the moment. I really don’t want to be that girl whose life revolves around her boyfriend or some boring shit like that. But yeah, we’re really good friends and sometimes I forget that we have something more than that going on, so it’s nice. He has a puppy which is now partially mine because I registered her as my service dog :) Best thing ever. I can bring her to class, the library and on the school shuttle with me. AND no one can give me shit for it. Although, I’ve gotten into some occasional conflicts. I’ll post a pic of her, she’s really gorgeous. A little devil some days but she really does mean well. German shepherd mix, now about 5 months old. Orphan saved from Mexico by a random, cool surfer chick.
I’ll have to let you know which day later because my sister is coming back on Wednesday and I might have to go hang out with my cousins and stuff. So yeah.
Ridiculously long post, but hope you have an awesome Christmas :)
2014 is only a year away! I feel that planning long-term goals makes short-term decisions much easier. Also, the more time I spend deciding/planning, the more I know what I really want. I usually try to plan as much in advance as possible, but currently I’m at a standstill until I decide between CSUEB or CSUS. On that note, Sac goes by semesters and East Bay goes by quarters. hmm.
I’m just trying to get as much money for my gti as possible. I miss having the ability to sleep in my car like I did with the van lol. Hopefully my future Subaru will push me towards camping/backpacking more often.
I’ve never really had a problem with verizon’s minutes/data plan, and you know how much I [hate to] use my phone. 2GB a month for data works pretty well. Up to you though, the only real reason to get Verizon is if you want/need service everywhere/anywhere. Btw, most droids have Corning Gorilla Glass. There is no substitute!
Thursday and Friday both work, it just depends if you’d like to hang out before 3pm or after 5pm? I say we eattt either way lol
Borrowing my camera is chill for a few days. I’ll talk to ya about lenses/flash when I see ya?
and I’ve only heard of Battlestar Galactica from The Office. haha but I’ll definitely give it a try if you liked it.
Time to go to eat dinner w/Trace and the guys! We haven’t seen him in monthsss
Yeah, I think I’ve been going crazy planning and “researching” since I’ve finished finals. Think I’m going overboard, planning 2014? lol
And congrats on the 3.75! Yeah, I think the quarter system is something way different from semester. I can’t even imagine have 6 months of the same material. But I think you’ll do fine when you transfer or at least I hope… For some reason I can imagine you getting distracted by the change in scenery.
A Subaru sounds awesome. So wait, what’s going to happen to your volks? Or are you just going to sell it?
And yes, first world problems suck. Lol. I’m actually now considering switching to virgin mobile or sprint because Verizon is whack with that shared data plan. I just would really like GPS and nice camera phone lol. And I think I’m scared of droids because they sound like they might come to life and start to attack us and take over Earth. Just a theory….lol
Your schedule looks really easy especially since I have no schedule lol. How does Thursday or Friday sound to you?
By the way, do you think I could borrow your camera over the weekend? I want to take some family photos and if you don’t trust me, I totally understand lol. That thing is like your baby of course.
Side note #2 Have you seen Battlestar Galactica? It’s a pretty epic show. Pretty mind fucking actually.
Your environmental wilderness class sounds like the most enjoyable class in existence. Seriously. Also, New Zealand sound like a hell of an adventure. I don’t know much about the island, but I do know there are breathtaking landscapes! and kiwis. ha. I hope you takes tons of photos and fully experience wherever you end up studying abroad; but I probably don’t have to tell you that.
Congrats on the 3.6 though! I can’t imagine the UC workload. I hope my gpa continues to stay strong when I transfer. I just found out I got a B in the class I was waiting to hear from, so 3.75 is now my current ”high-score”. lol woot.
Yes, I still work at OG and I’ve been saving everything. After I buy my Subaru I’ll be deciding whether to save up for rent, or to save up for land. Gonna be a tough choice but I’ll figure it out soon enough.
As for your iPhone, I don’t know of any loopholes to get you the phone sooner for cheap. I’d say wait it out, but then you might be tempted to get the iPhone 6 haha. First world problems, eh?
Speaking of which, I HAVE NO IDEA what to get my mom for xmas. I will spend the next 3 days trying to figure it out. Also, here’s my fairly-random work schedule:
I have been so exhausted after finals lol I was only sleeping two hours a day and barely eating anything. Now I’m just taking it easy. Probably going to start hanging out with people after Christmas so I hope you’re free!
Wow 3 A’s…congrats man! I just found out I got a 3.6 :) I’m pretty happy with myself. I’m hoping to get my B changed to an A- but who knows. It would be amazing to get a 3.9 though. I’m really just looking forward to next quarter because I’m taking this environmental wilderness class and we get to go on hiking and camping trips.
Still working at Olive Garden? I hope you’ve saved up a lot. I’m so desperate to earn some money lol. It sucks being broke. Lol especially since I want a bike and everything. But my mom is throwing me a birthday party so hopefully I’ll get some cash out of that. Then Chinese New Year too :)
I’ve basically been sleeping and “researching” all break so far. I think I’ve decided to go to New Zealand to study abroad. It’s gorgeous really. So many outdoor activities and the US dollar is worth more surprisingly. Plus Lord of the Rings and Narnia was filmed there so it’s a pretty epic place :)
Last update, I’m suppose to be getting an Iphone 5 for my birthday, but my contract doesn’t end til June. So if I get it now, it would be 600 at full retail value or I could wait and it would be 200. Any suggestions or loop holes? I seriously need GPS because I keep on getting lost and I think it’s time I caught up with our generation in terms of technology lol
No need for apologies, I got pretty busy towards finals myself. I’m still waiting on grades for 1 of my classes, however I earned 3 A’s this semester! I’m stoked that I’ve finally been able to pull off a good gpa while employed. Oh and it might be time for me to get a new car, I’ll be finishing all necessary repairs over break and hoping to have a Subaru by the end of January (we’ll see how that goes). Not much else has changed, I’m still itching to get my bike out of storage when the weather clears but it looks like I’ll be going to Tahoe for a few more months instead.
Your dream bike looks awesome, not to mention 60+ mpg! Black is the way to go, lol. You seem to have a pretty busy winter break schedule ahead of ya. Feel free to hit me up during any down-time, as I’m not doing much else other than work. I also have all of today [Wed] and tomorrow [Thurs] off, yaaay finally no responsibilities for a few hours!
I really can’t even apologize. Lol. Just got really busy towards the end of the quarter. 10 weeks to learn all that crap is really hard. But I finished finals last one, had one on my birthday and came back to Fremont on Sunday. Yessssss, I am back in Fremont and strangely enough I did miss it.
This is actually the first time I’ve missed home. I think it’s only cause I wanted to work on my projects and my room. lol Oh and being able to drive anywhere I want and not getting lost is amazing! My friend is actually staying with my until tomorrow so sorry for not telling you sooner. I’m in such a lazy mood. I promised to hang out with some people but I need a break before I do that. Lol.
Anyways projects before I leave
1. Paint my room (maybe because I’ll be upset if I don’t get to sleep in it)
2. Work on organizing my dad’s office area
3. Clean, clean, clean
I’m trying to not set my hopes to high but yeah.
Oh, and I’m planning out my “motorcycle” dream. I’m figuring out how much everything is going to cost and when I can get it.
I’m excited but it’s going to be a terrible waiting game.
Anyways, I figure you’ve gone to the snow? I’ll be in Fremont til the 6th of January or so. Maybe earlier. Not sure. Let me know if you’re in town!
I just "winterized" the bike and left it in storage :(
It feels weird not being able to ride until March/April. At least I used my bike as much as possible, and also completed my goal of circumnavigating the bay! I’ve put 1,000miles on it and am still thinking about selling it in the spring. Until then, I’ll be snowboarding. I expect my first trip of the season to be within the next 3-4 weeks, so it’s not too bad of a wait.
Gahh so jealous of the college atmosphere. I wonder if there will be people like that on the CSU level ha. I guess I’ll find out soon enough. I’m not big on frats, but people say the networking helps and some frats are a lot less active than others. I still don’t know if I’d ever join, I’d have to research the frats at my future school. Ed joined a frat at SJSU and they put him through quite a lot of useless hazing; it sounded more like a friend-club than people actually working towards their majors.
Keep me updated on your thoughts of Spain. Technically that’s just as much my home country as Italy or the Philippines haha. If you get your own place there, I’ll fly out n visit? The fresh produce sounds like you’ll be cooking up a cheap feast on the daily! If not, then I’ll cook for ya! lol. Barcelona is actually the urban-skate-heaven of the world. Tons of my favorite skate videos have been shot there. Smooth concrete/marble all around the city and locals just gather around to watch skaters [probably waiting for them to fall]. Also if you go during the WRC [world rally cross] time of year, the entire city of Tarragona [North East Spain] closes all their roads for the multiple-day event! Actually, this year’s Rally de Espana is Nov8-11! So in two weeks I’ll post some footage of rally cars flying through Spain haha.
I’ve definitely heard of aerial silk acrobatics, but you did not tell me you were interested in trying it! Seems like you’re going to be a ninja within the next few years ha. I’m just curious as to how/where you would practice such a thing?
Get a motorcycle! “Starter” cruiser and crotchrocket bikes get like 50-60mpg! Also you’d be able to ride in any country you visit! Unless you go to Vietnam or something, traffic there is insaaane.
Escape from Wonderland, eh? Those Insomniac events look crazy. I drove by Beyond Wonderland while it was going on at Oracle arena; you could see/hear everything from 880, even at +80mph haha. Lasers were dope. Tell me how it goes! I don’t normally go to those events but wouldn’t mind trying it out. I feel like if I went I’d try to network more than else lol. Have fun not worrying about curfew! :P and knowing you, you’ll have a pretty badass costume so I’ll be waiting on picsss.
I’ll be riding the bike all day to take advantage of the good weather! woot
Like I’ve said to you before, being surrounded by people who have such high goals is so motivating, scary at the same time. For example, I met this girl yesterday. Third year. Human bio major (one of the hardest majors at UCSD). She’s co-president of Habitat for Humanity, leader in her sorority, workings 20 hours a week, taking a decent amount of units AND she has a boyfriend. I have no idea how some people do it. But I think I’ll get there one day too. BTW what’s your opinion of frats? I’ve never heard of you talk about them. However, I really doubt that that’s your crowd.
Spain really is calling my name. I really am thinking about it. There’s an info session for people in Human Dev to go abroad so I think I’ll go and see what’s up. New cultures sound so amazing. And the way your dad still remembers his time abroad makes it sound even better. Like a trip you can’t forget. I’m pretty sure pictures won’t suffice either. I’ll just have to see!
By the way, did I tell you I’m going to try aerial silk acrobatics? I think that’s what it’s called. It’s how the people in the circus hang on big chunks of fabric and kind of dance. It’s really graceful and impressive. Takes a lot of ab work.
I brought my helmet with me and it’s sitting in my closet, constantly reminding me that I definitely need to get a bike. I could go super Asian too. That would awesome haha.
Oh and I’ve just always hated snails. The slime they excrete is just so disgusting to me. I can’t help it. I think I used to salt them and burn them. haha I know…pretty fucked up. I would rather fight an assailant then be stuck in a room full of snails.
OH YEAHHHH. I’m going to Escape from Wonderland. hahha I’m pretty excited. Still got to put my costume together. It’s gonna be insane! 4 PM to 2AM yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
I’m stoked to read that you’re motivated! (I often feel I’m surrounded by directionless people in Fremont..). And I know I should travel! I still have to learn mountain biking/dirt biking/hang gliding/kayaking/surfing/rock climbing/piloting to help make the most of my travels depending on the destination! hehe. Growing up on a skateboard, I always tend to incorporate sports in my travel; just to further experience the different “local vibes” ha. I say Spain sounds awesome if it doesn’t intervene with your long-term goals. My dad studied in Italy for 2 years and loved it! I would spend a semester abroad if I had the opportunity to go somewhere I highly sought to travel.
Human Dev sounds interesting so feel free to “over” share. I’ve heard of phantom limbs! I’ve read that they have therapy sessions in which they cover their wrist [where their hand used to be] with a box that uses a mirror to reflect an image of their (only remaining) hand. The sight is said to settle their “cravings”/discomfort. As for apotemnophilia, that sounds like some vitally discomforting stuff! Physical trauma [esp. during development] seems to always lead to crazy disorders. Neurology has always fascinated me but I always decided to just wait until somebody like you would come around and entertain me with their information haha.
Radiolab is indeed the most well-produced podcast I’ve ever heard! Listened to it while eating and dressing up for work [which does take time…especially with gel ha]
I don’t plan on going through bikes, I just didn’t have the balls to get the big/heavy/fast 1100 as my first bike. Most people would consider that insane anyway. As with my future car; my future “dream” Harley would be bought new off-the-lot and I would probably only have 1-2 [more] in a lifetime because I would maintain them to pass on to a son or a friend’s son or something! Not just to save money, but because it’d make a great story.
I can’t believe you’re afraid of snails. You own a machete.If anything ever scares you, put that into perspective. You could run home and get the machete before the snail moves a foot. [it’s last foot..]
woah it’s 2am. at least I don’t work until noon tomorrow, woot. off to bed then, night! I’ll post/like stuff a bit more frequently now that midterms are over.
I can’t believe you listened to an hour long podcast. Then again, radiolab is pretty interested. I really appreciate how they edit out the random, unnecessary crap.
Wow… 700 miles? that’s insane. A starter bike… lol that’s hilarious. I wonder how many bikes you’ll have owned by the time you retire….but sounds awesome. Except for dirt biking in the rain… that does not sound very safe…
You really enjoy working as a waiter from the sounds of it lol. A lot of people can’t stand customer service. But sounds like you’re doing great. I think I would drop a lot of things and be pretty forgetful. I get sleepy in Olive Garden too, so that just makes it worse.
Sorry for breaking apart my responses. It gets a little overwhelming to answer all your questions lol. Not that I don’t like them, just that we really do talk a lot. haha. Anyways story of the day: (literally happened 20min ago)
I was walking from the front office of my complex to my apt and it’s kind of been sprinkling here so the ground is wet. I see a whole bunch of snails, which I am deadly afraid of…like I start to hyperventilate if I even get close to them… So I tippy-toe to avoid them. Just casting my eyes down and holding my breath, praying that I make it home slug-free. I turn the corner and I scream——> it was a dog (corgi) looking up at me. My heart probably stopped for a good couple of minutes. A couple of feet behind the dog is it’s owner telling me that the dog is really friendly….(he thought I was scared of dogs) and I’m there hunched over, apologizing to the dog and the owner for screaming in their faces… I felt like an idiot. Even worse is that I try to explain that it wasn’t the dog that scared me….When will I ever stop embarrassing myself?
So i have actually tried multiple times to respond to your last big text, but it’s so big that I actually need a good amount of time to cover all your questions and everything.
My transition from Burma is really not that difficult because the trip motivated to work hard and see my goals (seeing and being with my family again). The same thing happened when I went last time. You really should travel. Like go backpacking? That would be awesome, so much freedom and self-growth. And adventure more importantly.
Suki is now 67, so it’s a little scary not knowing the future democratic leader of Burma. I mean you can only ask one woman for so much. I mean, I think I remember telling you this, but she was stuck under house arrest while her husband passed away in London. Can you imagine how understanding her husband could have been? Lying on his dead bed? It’s pretty eye opening.
My sister and I are chill. Not fighting. We still argue and stuff occasionally. She still gives me shit occasionally, but I think that’s just her older sister role showing.
I forget the name of the yoga I do, but it’s pretty active. We are constantly changing poses, but that might be because of the type of yoga. The room is suppose to be like 100 degrees, so in order to mimic that kind of heat, after every pose we do these core poses to keep the heat in our bodies.
Not really sure about graduation. Yes, 2014 sounds great and all. Especially being able to say that I finished college in three years is awesome but IDK. I’m having second thoughts, mostly because my roommate from Spain, is really encouraging me to go to Barcelona for a semester or something. She says it really is like nothing else she’s experienced. Like being able to get fresh, organic produce for cheap. And seeing all the history buildings and indulging in the culture. She’s really pulling me in lol. And I mean, I am in college for for so long until I get thrown into the “real world” So I think I’ll wait to see where life takes me.
Human Development really is awesome. It basically covers all the bases I like. Like have you ever heard of phantom limbs? It’s when a person who had a limb amputated feels as if it is still there. There’s also apotemnophilia in which a person feels as if they should have never had a specific limb. They try to have it amputated although it’s perfectly healthy. It’s usually caused by some type of physical trauma supposedly. But neurologically it’s proven that in the right parietal lobe, which contains the awareness of oneself, the person has less activity there. So it’s still kind of ambiguous. Sorry for over sharing. Just thought you might be interested.
so far my highest tip from a single table, and it was only a table of 2! also had a “thanks, great service” compliment written on another receipt. Great lunch shift at work today. Tips offer both financial and moral support! haha
because I’ll just be “liking” things from my tumblr for you to see on here. A man just skydived from space, you gotta see what a human looks like when breaking the speed of sound in free-fall. It’s historical!
I think it’s safe to say we’ve made a habit of living very busy lifestyles. I was wondering how you’d transition from your leisurely[?] vacation back to CA life, but you seem to be back to your busy/ambitious self! Assuming you’ve caught up on your schoolwork by now, haha. I hope the homesickness isn’t affecting you too much. Your undying affection for Burma will surely lead you back there as soon as life gives you the opportunity. I still commend you for being able to work/save for your last trip, you’re really motivating me to travel soon. Although I still have a lot of California to explore, and Canada/Alaska/Hawaii are still on my “to-go” list before I really start venturing across the planet. Btw, I actually watched videos of Aung San Suu Kyi in my previous “research”, although they were dated and it was still before the election. It’s good to hear she won, and I hope modernization does Burma well. Developing economies are always exciting to me.
Your life in SD sounds as chill as always. Hopefully you and your sister are still living smoothly (and not at each others throats) by the time I read your next letter/reply/post (lol). Also I was wondering if you were learning traditional yoga or if all yoga is that active? I still have to give yoga a chance one day, ha. So you plan to graduate by 2014, eh? and I thought I was ahead of the game for being able to finish by mid 2015. I like it when you one-up me, haha. From your description, Human Development sounds like a very useful/applicable major. If you find any interesting articles/videos pertaining to your major, feel free to post them! I’ve been very interested in my current Ecology/Human Studies class and it’s really opening my eyes to “scarcity” and how it affects society’s decisions/lifestyle. Maybe my future degree will land me a spot on the marketing team of an up-and-coming “green” company? (I hear there are travel benefits in my field as well, hehe)
I listened to an episode of RadioLab, btw! I believe it was titled “The Fact of the Matter” and they covered some real deep thoughts while providing 3 very different but equally interesting stories to support their claims. It’s good stuff! I’ll try to listen to more podcasts if I have the time; the one I listened to was an hour long! ha
School and work have been really taking up my time at the moment. I won’t hear back from Sac/EastBay until March-ish so I’m not letting it take over my life just yet. I’m currently just getting a lot of schoolwork/life-prep done, and saving up to check-off tons of stuff from my bucket-list. The best part is, I’m way ahead of schedule! In a nutshell, my list consists of snowboard, motorcycle, dirtbike, campgear, apartment/house, land, and travel. (Travel is only last because I know that’s how I’m going to be spending any/all of my disposable income; especially since I have the DSLR/GoPro to archive it foreverrr). I’ve already put over 700miles on the motorcycle since I bought it and am very comfortable riding now. Mostly I ride to school and around town, but I also went all the way to Santana Row/Westfield Mall in the West SJ/Santa Clara area. There were a lot of cars on 880 both ways, and I even road back at night twice! It’s a great bike, however I’m already pushing it to its limits because it’s more of a beginner cruiser. I’m currently deciding between storing it for the winter ($30 a month @ Eian’s house) and keeping it until my insurance runs out before selling it; OR selling it to my friend’s dad within the next few weeks. I’d use the money to buy my first dirtbike and ride all year long (rain won’t stop us!) while saving up for the bigger motorcycle so that I can purchase it while prices are cheap in the late winter, and have it ready once the weather is nice. Decisions, decisions. I’ll figure it out eventually; it’d be a lot easier if I had my own house with a garage for my bike lol. My parents are still clueless.
Other than that, I haven’t been doing much else than work. I’m getting a lot better at serving, and can handle 2-3 tables a time pretty smoothly. All servers are allowed up to 3 tables at a time, and most new servers stick to 1-2 tables for the first 2-3 weeks. My 3rd week starts tomorrow, so I’d consider myself well on track. It’s a lot harder than I expected, mainly because of the unlimited soup/salad/breadsticks/drink refills with every order. It’s definitely not a job where I can dominate and be the most efficient worker within the first month (like my previous job ha). But the hours are good (20-30 a week w/o interrupting school) and I’m averaging about 15 an hour with mostly lunch shifts. If I start working more night shifts, I could see myself earning upwards of 20 an hour although I don’t know if I’ll have that much time on my hands with all the schoolwork and whatnot. I have a lot more nice/helpful coworkers than stingy ones, and a lottt of people there burn; so my business seems to be “transitioning” more than it is “slowing”. Tons of potential, I’m just trying to stay on top of school/work/life while time passes by; it seems I’m never really “off the clock” anymore. Time to work until retirement!
I wasn’t expecting this post to be long at all, but hot damn look at all those words I typed! lol No need to rush replies, I understand we both need a little time to live ha. I’ll check this tumblr daily and post whenever something comes to mind, though I don’t mind waiting a week or so for a reply because we seem to get a lot of topics covered in each letter. Though I gotta admit I get pretty excited when I see a spontaneous fat body of text on this tumblr! lol
I worked all weekend, so cheers to any-possible-moment-of-free-time! :P
Sorry I’ve been so busy. I’ll probably reply once a week or every two weeks. Things have been pretty hectic and I’ve been pretty busy even though school just started. I think I’m behind in my school work already…I have no idea how that happened…Thank goodness I don’t have a Facebook otherwise I would be even more distracted.
But anyways, I’m so happy to hear that you’ve applied for schools! You must be stoked! I’m stoked for you. It’s a big change. Living on your own is awesome. I fucking love the no curfew shit (I know, I’m a little late on it). I come home past midnight and I expect to get yelled at even though I know my parents aren’t here. Lol. Not gonna lie though, living with my sister is a little ehh sometimes because she has her opinions. But still it’s nice to be able to yell at her or tell her to clean up her shit without being scared of her getting mad.
I’m pretty homesick, but the thing is that I’m not homesick for Fremont. lol I really miss Burma. This happened to me last time too. I miss my baby cousins so much! It’s almost sickening (I think it’s my motherly hormones kicking in). But yeah, being in America is kinda awkward after getting used to Burma again. I mean, in Yangon (the capital which is called Rangoon in English) you wake up and hear these unclear voices shouting things in a weird tone. Kinda like a phrase of a lullaby being repeated but it’s really serene. It’s really the market people on streets with baskets on their heads selling food. Sometimes I wake up in SD and imagine I hear these people yelling and selling food. Lol I know.. it’s weird. I miss Burmese food and Indian food a lot too (Indian food is really common in Burma because they have a lot of influence on us). Oh and today I saw this girl with this purse with the image of Aung San Suu Kyi (look her up: you WILL like her). Gosh… I wish I could go back as if the trip were like just a couple hours by car. Sadface lol
Aside from that depressing part, I’ve realized that I can graduate by 2014…crazy I know. I’m not a hundred percent sure but I’m thinking about doing it. I’m actually changing my major to Human Development. Pretty new and badass major. Studying the growth of humans biologically, socially, culturally and psychologically. It almost feels like the major was made for me. I’m pretty stoked about it.
Oh and I went to my first yoga class today and I have to tell you… I got my ass handed to me on a platter. It was so much more difficult that people had explained to me. I thought there was a lot more meditation and relaxation. But the yoga I’m learning is pretty active. You go through poses pretty quickly, some make you carry your weight on your arms. Others really rely on balance, which I realize I seriously lack. But yeah it was pretty awesome. I have the class every Wednesday morning for this quarter so hopefully I get something out of it. (And I feel pretty badass carrying around my yoga mat)
Hmm I think that’s my biggest update of everything that’s been going on. Once again just to warn you, I suck at communication so I apologize ahead of time lol. I hope you’re still enjoying work? And the tips at Olive Garden are still growing? BTW I just read about Prop 30..shit is scary. Hope it doesn’t get passed. Oh and have you heard of Radiolab? They have some pretty cool stuff. I listened to a podcast for one of my classes, it was awesome! So you should check it out. Hope you’re still enjoying your bike before it starts raining (BTW it like sprinkled/rain for a bit today: WEIRD I know)!
PS. I’ll probably start writing really long posts because you don’t mind reading about all my crap lol.
I didn't know whether to text you back, or post on here..
but I decided to post; in hopes that we’ll both start using this tumblr again ha.
It’s great to hear that you had as much fun as you anticipated on your big adventure! I did a little research on Burma to try to get a better understanding of your blog post. I can understand how you’re sick of pagodas by now; I saw a photo of the land and they are EVERYWHERE! Fascinating geography. How was the weather? Research tells me it rains a lot, but videos on youtube show bright sunny days. Hopefully you had the chance to ride a row boat? Their one-legged rowing style looks AWESOME! It’s not every day I hear somebody talk about their fascination of a country I know so little about. Gotta admit I like your determination to live there; especially since you talk of doing it after only undergrad! If you end up living there, count on me visiting w/a mountain bike! [no need to watch the full video, just giving you an idea of what I’d like to do there ha]. Feel free to post more Burma stories/photos on the tumblr whenever they come to mind!
BTW, I saw the photos of your cousins before you replaced it with the badass stone dragon lol. They seem as energetic as you described :P It’s very motherly of you for wanting to teach them/other kids english. You’d be the hot teacher of the town, haha.
Sounds like you’re back to living life in SD! I’m forever jealous of the new home; especially w/the pool and gym. Nice to hear that you still see some people from Fremont every so often. I hope David didn’t talk about his “brain tumor” to ya :P we grew up playing sports together and he even lied to me about it! And yeah people stuck in the high school popularity-race gossip; but you should know I tend stay out of it. Plus you don’t really have reason to hide stuff from me so I’d expect anything crazy would’ve come up by now ha. The beach sounds legit; I’ve never seen a dog surf in person! I guess I really need to learn to surf now. btw, did ya hustle that “free” food? hahaha. Or maybe there is just random free food on the beach? :P
Thanks for the huge update! As you can tell from this post, the length was not an issue. I’m anxious to see my souvenirs; although I made you wait over 2 years for yours, so I guess it would still be fair if I didn’t receive them for another year or so, lol! I wish the last month of my life were as eventful as yours; maybe I’ll have more interesting things to post about once the snowboarding season starts up. Until then, I’d like to see how we end up using this tumblr. So far it’s been awesome :D
It was pretty awesome no lie. I was living like a rich bitch because everything is so cheap there. I still have to give you your souvenirs! But yeahh hmmm I went to some shrines which were in caves. Went to the beach. Went to a mountain temple. Hmmm played with my baby cousins…A LOT. lol I really miss them. They’re so cute and energetic. They’re still asking where me and my sister went lol. Hmmm I am SOOO sick of pagodas…I’m sorry I have probably seen more than an American has seen in a lifetime… what else can I tell you… oh I found a puppy that I really wanted to take home but my mom called me crazy.
You know, I’m actually thinking of living in Burma after I finish undergrad. I want to teach my baby cousins English and I could teach other kids and make bank. Plus I love the community there. Everyone is so caring and nice. It’s nothing like America.