Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy 5 years

Five years have passed, that is half a decade.

In lieu of our five year mark, we did what the movies do and we dressed up, heels and slacks, and the whole nine yards. He took me to a fancy restaurant where we exchanged gifts, gave kisses, and touched based on the past five years.

We both had responsibilities in the morning so we had to cut the night short and make way for the normality of the coming day. He slept over though and we planned the continuance of our five years for the weekend of.

Nonetheless, it has been five years, and I dearly love this guy of mine.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sundays with my lady

Today my lady friend and I adventured off to a nice place on this side of California.

I wanted to take her to Philz Coffee because she is my coffee mate and she is just good company.

At first, I was confused, more angry, on why a city would put two of the same coffee shops in one area, just down the street from one another. But then I thought about my area, and all the Starbucks and Sujus we have. I digress.

We ended up at the more modern Philz Coffee where we ordered coffee anyway, which we should not have. I got the both of us what was suppose to be a Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, but really tasted like run down cigarette water. We drank it anyway, because we are coffee people.

Half way through the cup, I was disappointed with her Philz Coffee experience, so obviously I demanded that we go to the hip Philz Coffee that had shady otudoor seating and REAL mint mojitos. So she agreed.

We shared a large the second time around, and lounged.

She then took me to IKEA where she discovered that it was my first time there. God, it was amazing. Since I treated her to coffee, she treated me to macaroni and cheese, and she helped herself to fifteen meatballs. Fifteen meatballs. Fifteen.

We ended the night getting our book fix at the only bookstore in town.

She is such a fun lady. Fine lady. Super fine.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Time To Kill

I took my partner shopping.

We have been shopping a lot lately, we do not know what to do with our money since we never really have time to go out together on adventures.

Great Mall is my favorite, Valley Fair is his, so he went to work, we took him to Valley Fair for a shopping spree.

I find it ridiculous that clothing for men is so much more expensive than clothing for women. Not to mention the variety that women have. I could buy a good quality coat for $20, and the cheapest my partner could find one for is $120. Who cares, we buy them anyway.

After shopping, I picked up my gradmum from the airport. I think she should just stay in San Diego. She has been there about three times this year, and this year is not even over yet. It would just be convenient for her.

Anyway, yay to new stuff.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Noyce

I like the three hour gap I have in between class and work. It gives me some alone time away from homework, people, and the outside world in general. I usually like to take power naps, or catch up on my favorite series, but today I went out and about to buy gifts for little Noyce, who is not so little anymore.

I find it amazing to watch someone you have known for so long grow into such a lady. I have watched Noyce grow throughout the years and she has blossomed. She is going to make a fine woman.

I bought her a couple of gifts for when she moves into her new Hansel and Gretel house. I love buying presents. Not to receive something in return, not for the pride, or for the feeling of surprising someone. There is just some kind of satisfaction knowing that someone else knows that I was thinking about him/her. That someone took the time and effort to make a special day a little more special.

Presents are just great. Noyce is great. Happy birthday.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Blind side

Today I went to the optometrist. My eyesight got worse. It always gets worse. So there I was, sitting in the chairy chair, trying to figure out what factors contribute to my poor vision.

Perhaps I am just getting old. On the plus side, new glasses.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

3 Adventures, 1 Day

I love the start of new mods at university, it means no homework for the first week. I have been partying like a rockstar!

Today, mis amigos and I went on a day trip to three places.

Location #1: Sausalito, CA.
We visited Muir Woods to admire the Redwood Trees that were starred in Planet of the Apes. Besides the swerved roads and the amount of pain pushing my nasal because of the change in pressure, the Redwoods were beautiful and the two mile hike around the forest was peaceful. You are not allowed to take the leaves from the forest, walk on the forest ground, or touch the plants that are not in the man made path in hopes of preserving the natural state of the forest. My favorite thing about Muir Woods was the location. It is on top of the hills, away from the city, and the walk was so shady and relaxing, I was practically sleep walking. I also liked the little hidden areas in between branches, in tree barks, and in random holes in the dirt. The whole time, we were conversing on where we would hide/survive if we were in the Hunger Games.

Location #2: San Francisco, CA.
According to my previous post, this is my second time in San Francisco this week, which is a lot considering the fact that I have been planning on taking a day trip there, but instead I took two unplanned ones. My friends and I went to Pier 39 for some good old fashion tourist sights. We ate, a lot, and we shopped. I bought $25 worth of fresh, organic cherries, apples, figs, and plapples. Yes, plapples. A plapple is a hybrid mix of pears and apples. Looks like an apple, tastes like an apple, but has the soft, seedy texture, and slight sour aftertaste, of a pear. It is so delicious. I also purchased $10 worth of gourmet chocolate (that I ended up giving to my litter sister), and I finally got my churro fix that I anticipated for throughout the whole trip.

Location #3: Palo Alto, CA.
We ended the trip in between Palo Alto and Mountain View where I had Phil's Coffee for the first time. My friend said, 'This coffee will blow your mind,' and indeed it did. It blew my mind so hard, that I am going back for more next weekend despite the distance. I had the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, and let me tell as to why I loved it to life. I am a lover of coffee, but I like my coffee a certain way. Either the way I make it in the morning, black with sugar. Or, iced, and more on the watery side than creamy side. For example, I hate mochas. Thick, chocolatey goodness, is not goodness at all to me. McDonals Hazelnut Iced Coffee on the other hand, pure perfection. I digress. The Mint Mojito at Phil's was the perfect balance of creamy, watery, and minty. Here is the punch: Phil's coffee uses actual mint leaves and none of that mint syrup extract crap. When you drink the coffee, you get little bits of mint leaves in your mouth that you nibble on and it leaves your breath fresh and clean, unlike drinking regular, thick coffee where your breath is left passing people out from the smell. It was so delicious, I highly recommend it. It was a nice way to end the day.

I thought the coffee saved my life because I went home knowing I had a test to study for. So I studied, I memorized everything, only to find out that the test is not until Wednesday. Well, at least that means I get to relax until then.


Saturday, September 8, 2012


I did absolutely nothing today!

Just kidding. It probably feels that way because I spent the whole morning/afternoon lounging around my house.

I made an appointment with my optometrist, and I scored an appointment on the same day. The style of my glasses are really outdated and I kind of miss wearing contact lenses. After the optometrist, I took my sister out to eat.

I spent the rest of my afternoon lounging around my house again until my partner got out of work. We ate our usual pho place and talked about how many years we have been going to that place.

The last activity for the night was going to the house of mi amigo to watch movies and eat junk. We watched Mr. Nobody, which was surprisingly good, and we ate homemade cookies, pesto pizza, and pasta.

I then went home and fell asleep with my lover at my side.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bon anniversaire

When I was a child, I did not realize it before, but my mother took my sisters and I on a lot of adventures. Perhaps that is why I am adventurous till today, I got it from my mother. One of our most noted adventures, was going to a corner cafe on Market Street, buying coffee and doughnuts, and walking the streets of San Francisco. We always ended the night at Twin Peaks, freezing our bahamas off.

Well after years of school, work, and seeing other people, we finally had the time and interest of going back to that corner cafe. It was strange. When I was a child, I never bothered trying to figure out where I was while my parents drove. I always sat, and enjoyed the ride, because that is what my mother always told me to do. 'Where are we going?' Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. So last night, when we were taking turns, going over pot holes and speed bumps, making U-turns, and driving on railroads, I thought it so amazing how I always knew where we were. I knew the buildings, the turns, the signs, and the directions.

My favorite thing about tonight is probably being able to share it with new people, like my partner. He has never been, and he kind of panicked because he is unfamiliar with the streets of the city, but he made it through. He also finally got to experience the view from the top of Twin Peaks.

We also saw a raccoon. 'I look like a raccoon in the morning when I forget to take my eyeliner off the night before.'

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Today was such a great day.

I was suppose to wake up an hour earlier than usual, but since I stayed up at such an unreasonable time for the nonsense things I was doing in the first place, I decided to hit the snooze button for another hour. Oh yes, I was suppose to wake up an hour earlier so I could go running around my neighborhood. I digress.

Today was such a great day.

Since the new mod at university started, everything in the class is switching up: the new students, the lectures, and the labs. Today for lab, we had hands on training for IV compounding. Our teacher gave us syringes, needles, vials, and IV bags with solution that glowed in the dark. To summarize it all up, we have to transfer the vial solution into the IV bag without spilling or squirting everywhere. The vial was considered 'chemotherapy' and since chemotherapy can cause cancer as well as treat it, spilling the glow in the dark solutions meant that we were exposing the cancer to our coworkers. So each person transferred the solutions, then when finished, the teacher went over our work pads with a black light to search for any spilled solution. I passed with flying colors but the girl next to me on the other hand ....let us just say, everything the teacher does, she does the opposite. For example, when capping the needles, we are not suppose to cap it the way you cap a pen. We have to scoop the cap from the table to prevent getting stabbed from the needle. To demonstrate how terrible the girl next to me was, imagine being pierced twice, and blood filling up both of her gloves.

I stayed up two hours past my comfortable bed time and every time I stay up, I always feel the need to nap before work. So after class I took a much needed two hour nap to make up for the two hours of doing nothing (even though it is psychologically proven that you can never catch up on sleep).

Payday is always suppose to be the fifth of every month, but this month, they were two days late even though they had a four day weekend to finish the paycheck of everyone. I am not complaining though because since I always close, I got my paycheck a day earlier than everyone else. I was also treated to some Moon Cake from my main boss. Because I stay at work so late, my bosses always feed me with a variety of Chinese food I have never tried. It is so nice of them.

Here is a photo of some dinner they treated to me a couple of weeks ago.

It is almost nine o'clock and I am just waiting on everyone to come home so we can celebrate a birthday with lasagna, ice cream cake (courtesy of me), and bowling. I love no homework nights.

Today was such a great day.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Welcome back!

Today ....was the first day of school!

For all the little children at my work. This year was so much more organized than last year. Last year there were children running around everywhere! There were name tags, and yelling, and arguments, but this year, it was exciting!

My favorite thing about my job is seeing how the children have grown. My babies that were second graders when I first started, had their first day of fourth grade today. Oh my goodness, I wanted to tear up. And two of my girls who I love dearly (and who did not come over the summer) came back today.

I will call the first one ATu, and the second one JWu.

ATu came back today with a haircut exactly like mine! It was so funny. JWu came back and the first thing she said to me was, 'I stayed home all summer ....and got fat.'

My second graders last year started third grade today and all the teachers that taught them over the summer always come up to me at work to say what a good job the other two teachers and I did on making them the well behaved students they are, chuckle~

I see the first graders now, and they are not babies anymore. They use the bathroom by themselves, they speak in full sentences, and they know how to hold a pencil. It is so overwhelming.

I get really scared when I realize how tall the students are growing. One of the third graders last year left for summer at the height of my shoulders, and she came back taller than me! I had to look up to her when I said hi.

I am also very satisfied with my second graders now. They are all dolls. They are also really smart. This batch of children know more multiplication tables now, than my second graders last year knew by the end of second grade.

Another nice thing about today was, my favorite coworker, Richard, is back from Taiwan. Which means my other favorite coworker, Douglas, will be leaving for school soon, cries~ I like having Richard around. Brian and Richard talk all the time, so having Richard around feels familiar, like having Brian at work again.

I have a feeling that this school year is going to be a good one. My job is so rewarding.

I love seeing them grow to be such beautiful, intelligent, and funny children. Happy first day of school!