Monday, April 30, 2012

cool & sweet


I had a final project for my photography class and I really struggled on which idea to use. I had an idea that I could snap black and white portraits of friends laughing. The theme would be smiling eyes, but it was time-consuming. Maybe I could do it during my free time. So I chose to do this idea which I bought ice cream at different location and had each person holding the ice cream.
 
I have a love and hate relationship with this camera, but I decide not to purchase one for myself. I like simple and easy things so I won't be impatient and frustrated with myself over this camera. But this class had taught me a lot with new techniques and lessons from the famous photographers. Thank you, ART 151.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

the traveler

I love traveling. Traveling is in our blood. My little brother is studying abroad in Stockholm, starting this fall! Jealous to the max. I always want to study abroad, but those programs at the college I am attending, they suck. Let's hope I will be able to complete my dream by studying abroad in a beautiful country, far away from home (: I want to learn the new language, food, and culture. And share my culture with people of the beautiful country such as Spain, London, Australia, New Zealand, and more. 2013, please hurry!

Lately, I am struggling with myself. After visiting the workshops about grad schools, it hits me that I am so unprepared. It gave me thoughts about what to do after graduating from this school. Go straight to grad school or take a year off? It just feel funny if I don't apply this fall. There are several grad schools that interest me (: BUT. I haven't decided which program I want to be involved in. Oh great. Now I definitely understand why seniors don't want to leave the campus. If I am going to take a year break, I would like to travel and gain experience for my major and maybe finding myself. Just kidding! (: So. Let's hope I will make my own choice sooner.

Anyways, I am looking forward to this summer. I am so excited about flying to Kentucky for my friend's pageant, San Diego for adventures, and lastly, Vegas! But I bet I am going to be very exhausted when I am done with my trips. I am hoping I will make one last trip before my summer ends with my boy (:

Til next time.
 I miss the simplicity of the life.

go to meli's cafe


Oh my goodness. Wtf, the brunch at Meli's Cafe was so good. J and I ordered egg benedicts for our first time. I thought the portions would be small, but nope! The egg benedicts were H U G E. I ordered peanut butter shake after reading the raves on Yelp (My best friend!) So delicious (: Unbelievable, we can't finish our meals.
The wait was long, we were told that we had to wait for around forty minutes. Somehow, we got the table twenty minutes later (: Was it because the servers were afraid that we would go to different place for brunch? Or our faces showed the desperation and hunger? Well, thank you servers for filling us up! (:

Monday, April 16, 2012

dumped!


Someone, please please please get me this photography book! Professor was showing us examples of photography series on Google. Thanks, Google. So there was a blog post dedicated to Meg Wachter who did the series on food being dumped on her friends. Those emotions of joy, shock, and delight made me happy. It sounds stupid, but I want to look at those pictures whenever I feel down or stressed. See here for more of her work!

Lately, I am still thinking about my final project for photography class. So far, I have an idea, but I am not sure about it. Let's hope I can get an A on my project! Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

find the inspiration


Ellen Stohl.

Google her.

But wait. I want to tell you something about her before you google Ellen Stohl.

She visited the museum in Brazil by herself. She had a vodka shot with an actor from TV show, 24. She got stood up by Charlie Sheen. She was involved in a film in London. She did scuba diving and bungee jumping. She was a model for Playboy magazine.

She sounds like an awesome lady, right?

Now, google her!





Yes, she is in wheelchair. But who cares? She is a human and she didn't let her disability stop her. She was able to do things that she never thought she would do. Those activities I listed above, she did them after her accident. She was only eighteen when she was in car accident.

When she came into my class, I wonder what she would talk about. Mostly sex. Therefore, her story was inspirational and I admired her for her attitude. She is the professor at my school!

So, I totally agreed with her. Seriously, people with disabilities shouldn't let this stupid word stop them. They are just humans and they have the ability to do anything they want. Maybe there is the limit to some people, but so what? You only live once. Grab the perfect opportunity before it's too late. Don't say no. Say yes. Be the yes person. Okay, maybe not YES all time! You get the idea (:

I absolutely love to travel. I am flying to Kentucky this summer to support a friend. Then San Diego for Comic Con and more places to visit like Balboa Park and Potato Chip Mountain in San Diego! Then Las Vegas. Next summer, I really want to explore outside of the country before entering the graduate school. I kept hearing about London and I am dying to go there! I don't mind traveling to Europe by myself. London, Paris, Italy, Greece, and more. I am afraid, but I think it would be awesome going there by myself. So much to plan ahead of time, but hey, you only live once (:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

go to skydeck


Those lyrics described how I felt when I saw the view outside of 103th floor at Skydeck.

Such a feelin's comin' over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won't be surprised if it's a dream


The timing was perfect because the sun was going down into dusk. Dusk is my favorite time of the day (:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

go to lou malnatis pizzeria


Pizza, how I love thee! Few days ago, my mom and I were shopping at Costco and somehow pizza became our topic. Mom was telling me not to eat too much pizza because it was bad for me. Shush, I still love pizza. I want to do this Big Mama & Papa's Pizzeria challenge as soon as possible!

So, Lou Malnatis. I had a hard time picking which pizzeria to go since Chicago was famous for their deep dish pizza. What about Gino's East? Eh. With the recommendation from a friend, we chose to go to Lou Malnatis and I seriously wanted to hug and thank this friend! The pizza J and I ordered, it was so perfect. Not too thick crust and not too much cheese, it was absolutely perfect! I liked it when the cheese stretched! Yum! We ordered the infamous salad and chocolate chip pizza which was similar to BJ's pizookie. Fatty alert (: Go to this place when you are in Chicago!
 Excuse our faces -_- We had to fight against wind all night, but pizza made our night. See those buffalo wings? Other J ate them.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

go to the great bean


When we walked to Millenium Park, I was amazed by the sculptures hiding in this park. I want to visit there during summer! Lots of water will spray out of nowhere. But our eyes were set on the Great Bean (:

go to united center

Hello! I just came home from Chicago last night (: I am still jetlagged, wtf. But there were only two hours between California and Illinois. Le sigh. This trip was wonderful, I want to thank my friend, J for being patient with my friend, Other J and me. She gave us the tour and provided her house for us to sleep in and everything she did, I am grateful for her to make our trip pleasurable. I hope she had fun with us clueless ladies (: So. Probably, some of you saw pictures from Chicago on Instagram. Best. App. Ever. The first app I look at when I wake up in morning! However, I want to share about each place Other J and I went to. And where we ate at!

It was around 6 AM when my friend, J and I arrived in Chicago. It was so cold and rainy on the first day, but we weren't letting the weather ruining our day. The first thing we did, we drove to McDonald for breakfast! Breakfast is the champ at this fast food place (: After that, we went to United Center to snap pictures with Michael Jordan. I feel cool standing next to the statue of Michael Jordan! More to be coming so keep your eyes glued on here!
Good night (: