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Some better things recently:

- went to California Extreme, a convention of pinball and classic arcade games
- saw one of my favorite directors, Johnnie To, give a talk at SFMOMA
- randomly received free dinner and something else free/nice that I forgot
- passed a promotion interview, so now I'm Advanced Associate/Division Advisor
- visited Angel Island again. I think I really like being near/on water.
- was able to stand in the home pub of the Bay Area Gooners and watch Arsenal win the first match of the season!

would have been able to finish my short film too if the headset mic was better. Need to research and buy an actual microphone now. Also need to go through so many photos...
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I was going to continue with my practice of setting 101 goals for the new year, but then I can't remember if I clicked "revert to previous draft" when I opened this page or not, so, my goal for the year is...accomplish something.

I did write about my media highlights and favorite music of 2015.

Goals actually accomplished in 2015:

  • I was able to show [livejournal.com profile] whomp around San Francisco, and I also reconnected with many relatives on both sides of my family! I'm a really social person, and it was great to see and talk with them.

  • With the family, I returned to Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. New places we visited included Yosemite and Mammoth, other towns in Gold Country, Also did more local tourism, including the Renaissance Fair at Casa de Fruta. All the hyperlinks in this paragraph link to pictures!

  • I did get to speak Spanish more, especially in Puerto Rico, and I used Japanese a little at work (although, when one customer asked me a question in Japanese, I answered in Spanish. I corrected myself and she was fine with it, but yeah). I even had a simple conversation in Norwegian! Although I can't say more because we can't post about specific customers on the internet. Even a few phrases of Tagalog helped once. I am now on over 80 days of practicing Gaeilge and Norsk on Duolingo.

  • Finally visited New People when we went to a festival in Japantown. My mom bought me this Omocat sweater...partly because I forgot to wear warm enough clothing for that windy day...

  • I did start lifting 20-pound free weights, and while I didn't get to 25-pound, I did move from 10 reps to 15 reps over the course of the year.

  • I bought some nice and often useful clothes (many via work discount), as well as 2 CDs, nice yearly agendas (classic art for 2015, and a slim Star Wars one with Rey and BB-8 on the cover for 2016 through 2017), and the Universal classic Horror DVD set. Also received a new photo camera and mini-tripod prior to our Las Vegas trip.

  • I did read at least one book from every continent except Antarctica, but I think that's less of a feat because diverse selection is pretty much my general taste when I go to the libraries here. Also read five non-fiction books, as well as five books published in 2015. Now I want to read more from before 1900.


I think I'll just dump my list of TV watched from October through December here. So much I still have to catch up on...
the episodes )
chrryblssmninja: (tropospheres_szsclay)
this is a much less comprehensive life update than I wished to post but

yesterday was a good day overall! My brother went to Best Buy to pick up an Xbox One/Assassins Creed bundle and while I was waiting, I started playing around with the cameras and now I wish I could start shooting video projects again! (I've also been re-subtitling clips for my telecommute boss recently, so I'm starting to fall into the editing rhythm too.)

Then we went to church at the Oakland cathedral before dropping into Cat Town Cafe (although the Cat Zone was too full for us to go visit the cats). Pics and info on the first page of this tag, along with pictures from when I finally got to hang! out! with! a! friend! (not related to work!) two weeks earlier.

After that, we ate at the larger Isla location in Newark. I had sinampalukang manok and had two bowls of broth after finishing the rice. Halo-halo for dessert! And then pearl tea from Fantasia afterward.

We stopped at Home Depot before heading home, where I went online and then watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine before falling asleep for six hours! There's an exclamation point there because, even without an alarm clock, my sleep's been broken up into two-to-four-hour increments. Then after some time online, I started going through boxes to find books for a book meme.

So, now my plans for media/creative work:
- Complete all my writing project promises
- try and watch a noir movie a day for Noirvember (still on my second movie though)
- watch other movies during the free month of Hulu Plus my brother won from the McDonald's Monopoly contest
- get back into shooting and editing personal video projects
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
ok so we rented a car for two days.

First we went to Dixon so I could drop off a completed work application BUT I only found out when turning it in that I had brought the copy my dad told me to make of the completed application instead of the one I actually wrote on with blue pen. When I was at the desk, I asked the person there if photocopies were ok and she said yes but what if that gives a bad impression?

Then we went to Berkeley to see if I could finally pick up my official transcript since my debts to the school (although not to other loans) have been paid. But I didn't know that they moved the Registrar into a student center that was only open until noon during spring break. So I got there late. There's a site where you can sign up for it to be sent to you, though.

Then I went to the comic store in Berkeley to see if I could pick up the Hawkeye #17 that I missed. I was so glad to find it that I didn't think to check to see if there was a newer issue out too. THERE WAS. I guess it might have been sold out by the time I got there, and that's the reason I didn't notice it, but still, I should have checked! I hope I'll be able to call and check in the morning if the store in Davis still has a few copies.

Then we went to the Goldilocks in Daly City and to some stores in San Francisco and it was ok. I got a cool Star Wars "Join the Rebellion" shirt to counter my brother's Empire shirt. Overall, I'm glad we had this opportunity, but I'm still fuming at myself for my mistakes.

argh I should work faster on my writing stuff for Film Antidote too but I'm just inching along

ETA: Wednesday was much better AND I did get Hawkeye #18.
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We got to drive to the Bay Area on Monday! Did some shopping, and I was finally able to buy Fantasia's mango pearl tea after three years of hoping to taste it again.
It was cool to drive with view of San Francisco while a version of the "Experiment in Terror" theme played on my phone, because that movie opens with the Bay Bridge! /no1curr

Random things I started watching during these Olympics that I never really paid attention to before: ski jumping, the Slovenian ski team in general, women's hockey, sliding events, extreme skiing events.

I also participated in this Film Antidote discussion on the idea of "the film canon."

At first I wasn't sure about True Detective, but with its inclusion of The Yellow King mythos and issues of subjectivity, along with great acting and production, I'm glad I went back to it.
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busy with stuff rn but I have to post this from a week ago:

From the Dublin (CA) Patch:
Chris Pine (who plays Captain James T. Kirk), Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Zach Quinto (Spock) have so far been spotted at: the Rose Hotel in downtown Pleasanton, Hooters in Dublin where they watched the Saturday night boxing match, Denny's, the Stoneridge Mall Apple store, the Regal Cinema in Dublin and Dean's Cafe in downtown Pleasanton.


lol whut Dublin and Pleasanton
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I don't watch much baseball, but...



CONGRATS GIANTS!!!
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For those in the Bay Area/NorCal and over 25 years of age, there's a casting call for paid extras for Moneyball, a movie about the Oakland A's, starring Brad Pitt.

^

17 March 2010 13:05
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Happy Saint Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] alexandria_skye!


Some free events around the Bay Area I found via bart.gov:

Obscura Day, March 20th

Get out, and get weird! OBSCURA DAY is a celebration of wondrous, curious, and esoteric places, celebrated in cities and towns all over the world. Choose from several events happening around the Bay Area, but don't forget to RSVP for your space. These events may fill up fast.
Local Events include:
Zymoglyphic Museum Opening in San Mateo
(already full)
Musee Mecanique and the Tombstones at Aquatic Park in San Francisco
Grand Tour of the Bone Room Natural Curiosities and Art in Berkeley
An Evening at the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco

There are also events in Palo Alto (full) and Mountain View.

Locations around the world include: Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Austin, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver, Melbourne, Seattle, Sydney, Brussels, Havana, Paris, Husavik (Iceland), Jerusalem, Rome, Turin, Tokyo, Warsaw, St, Petersburg, Joshua Tree, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Portland, New York City, London, Glasgow, Stockholm, Belgrade, Brooklyn, Dunedin (New Zealand), Nighoj (India), and Yverdon-les-Bains in Switzerland, among others.

Check the site for more locations and details.


- - -
The California Academy of the Sciences is free every third Wednesday of the month.

There's also a free mandolin concert at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco on March 18th.
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article on teen suicide and "clusters" of death at high schools

Over the past six months, four students at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif., have committed suicide in the same location, using the same method: stepping in front of an oncoming commuter train.

A fifth student was pulled from the tracks by his mother and a bystander moments before a train passed.



four now? I remember hearing about the first two...
chrryblssmninja: (wicked_signs_merlin)
I better post this now, before school starts.


My day at the Stanford Shopping Center with my good friend Loki.

She was going to Hong Kong the next day, so I wanted to fill the afternoon with many cool things.

flower at Stanford Shopping Center

this is probably the best picture I will ever take in my life.


Good times, even with my complaining about the recent super-gentrification of the already upper-class-skewing mall.
Like, for instance, this thing I've been complaining about for a year now...WHY DID YOU TAKE OUT COOL BEATNIK-ISH CAFE I'VE BEEN TO SINCE I WAS BORN! AND REPLACED IT WITH A LUXURY BEDDING STORE?!
there's a lot more I can complain about. oh boy.
okay I better stop now.

Palo Alto, Stanford, murals with cats and dead fish, and EPIC BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING YOU MUST SERIOUSLY DO THIS AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFE )
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so, I happen to have these chocolates right now:





The peanut butter one was a gift from [livejournal.com profile] gossy16. Even though I'm a dark chocolate girl, I do like milk chocolate with peanut butter. :)

Got the other two yesterday when I had lunch with my friend "Loki" at Stanford Shopping Center. I had to show her where the Amedei, so I bought one for her and one for myself.
Later on, my family needed something from the grocery there. We were low on cash, so I needed to get over the credit limit. I got the Cowgirl lavender chocolate, and my brother made me buy him some bacon chocolate.


Oh, and Loki and I had epic balsamic vinegar tasting in that grocery. One of those flavors knocked me backwards, physically. trufax.


Full write-up to come, sometime.


Oh, and I took this picture for [livejournal.com profile] croakvegas:
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some of you original Gundam fans might appreciate this:





taken around the Oakland Colliseum
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_burybody)
via [livejournal.com profile] aroundfremont:

Taiwan creates a Napa Valley of Tea

lol there's a misspelled word under the photos flash device

He would patiently explain to Westerners unaccustomed to Asian tea that their brew, full of complex flavors, does not need milk and sugar.
Taiwanese drink tea much like Californians sip wine. They sniff for aroma, slurp for taste and carefully eye the color

I guess I became Taiwanese in my tea habits without noticing. THE CUPERTINO INFLUENCE, I SAY


Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wintersweet, I found out that an Asian shopping center I've passed by is called Little Taipei. Now I want to visit. Asian shopping centers make me feel at home. THE CUPERTINO INFLUENCE YET AGAIN

XD this comment:
The best thing is that since this surrounding area as a whole is home to some of the wealthiest Chinese people in the US, and one of the highest ranking high schools in the state (Mission San Jose), there are never any thugs or trouble makers hanging around the premises.

ahahahahaha "trouble makers" and giving props to Mission
sorry Mission flisters, but I have to say this: WHERE IS YOUR SEPARATE SCHOOL DISTRICT NOW?! HAHAHAHA WERE YOU TOO GOOD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH IRVINGTON, WASHINGTON, AMERICAN, OR -LE GASP- KENNEDY?

seriously, every time I mentioned I was from Kennedy, I got this "oh" reaction like "but you know things..."
How many spelling and grammar and even content errors did those non-Kennedy people make in their articles for Youth Today? I still haven't forgiven them for messing up my articles without at least double-checking facts with me.

Wow. This post took an unexpected turn.
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_rainbowfart)
so I'm finally going through and posting random pictures I took.

stuff 063
Freakshow leads you in...

there's a ton of pictures, so today I'll start with those taken right after Christmas


Christmas in the Park )
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_rainbowfart)
my unicorn is awesome. It farts rainbows.



so we went to the First Communion of the daughter of some family friends in Alameda. During the reception, I watched over the little 6-year-old daughter of some other family friends, while her older brother watched over her twin. Lol that little guy. So random.
- "I came from this." -points to the table umbrella-
- One of my friends: "Look, there's girls." The little kid turns his head right away.
- "I wouldn't mind if any of you died."
- "So I ate one of my nose hairs..."

seriously, there was so much crazy. We were all laughing so hard. The older brother tried to catch some of it on video, but the prime lolz happened when the camera was off. I told the other guys I was with that I remember when they were his age. They weren't as random.

Since their family was going to Japan for vacation, I taught the little girl a few phrases. She already knew "Konnichiwa," and was eager to learn. She also wanted to play with the Communion girl and her friends, but I guess they were already too into their own games. They kept on running back and forth to the bathroom to play, and of course the little girl followed. But she wanted me with her, so okay. She wanted to play hide and seek too, but there aren't many places to hide in a restaurant patio.

So after some people, including the family with the twins, left, we went to walk around the nice little part of Alameda we were in. I should have brought my camera, little stores and all. There was a co-op supermarket across the street. Alameda Natural Grocery. Inside, there were two people manning a table with samples of chocolate. Turns out one of them helped run the business and make the chocolates with her sister. They started when she was sixteen, and she's 24 now.

This is the business: Sôcôla Chocolates.
Named for the Vietnamese word for chocolate.
They make handmade chocolate truffles, with peach to guava to even Guinness, although that wasn't available for sampling.
To get the cute little promotional matchboxes, I had to say the words on the side of the matchbox: "Come on baby light my fire."
Their mascot is Harriet the Flying Alpaca.
After talking with them and trying some samples, I went to the nearby chocolate counter and bought two of their truffles: tamarind (with black sesame seed), which surprisingly worked well, and lychee, which was a nice cool-down. $2 for a small truffle, but hey they're good and handmade.

-checks site- whoa shoot they have bacon truffles as well. And durian!

They're based in Oakland, although that Alameda store and the Pasta Shop in Berkeley sells their stuff too. You can also order online.


Afterward, we walked around the Park St. Fair. I wore my bright colorful dress that I talked about a few weeks ago. I got two compliments from women at the reception, and when we were leaving the fair, some lady in a sleeveless colorful dress kept on looking at me, like I was competition or something. uh.


Nice day. Eventually, I'll return to paper-writing.
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I have so many pictures to post that I haven't even resized yet...I have 1+ GB of photos and video from Homecoming and tons from Christmas in the Park I haven't even sorted through...

But here's a few to get out of the way:

Two pictures of the Mining building on campus. I only had my cell phone camera then, and there are a few more pictures but my cell phone can't handle sending them all at once for some reason.

Here they are, in smaller sizes for flist convenience:
big picture mining building


more fun with light at night

swirly window


finally, the view from the foot of the Campanile. That's the Golden Gate Bridge. This is the view I get when I leave class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Sometimes it's too cloudy to see things, though.

home 135
chrryblssmninja: (ennife_wheat)
Watched the Worlds for women's figure skating (they didn't televise the others here; I'll catch them later). Yu-Na Kim was the most consistent to me, and she deserved to win. And hey Canada gets another medal after 21 years.
Also, I know Mao Asada is growing and getting pretty tall, but she looked scarily thin to me.

I wished they had televised the men's competition. They've been more exciting overall these past few years.



Went to Santana Row today with my friend Loki. Ate at Sino - (hey my mom suggested it first. We ate there before for my parents' anniversary; the hypertrendiness and popularity is evident but not like suffocating or anything), then browsed various stores before ending up at a cafe.

I went a bit photo-crazy.



hypercool restaurants and sunsets await )
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I cannot. get. this. poem. done.

so I'm messing around on LJ.

And I just finished the latest Flight of the Conchords ep and the Freaky song is finally out of my head - fantastic episode, btw, I like how it highlighted some of the side players


I wanted to start a food post for a while

chrryblssmninja's Adventures in Food
lol Part 1 I guess

visuals


Paradise orange blossom honey. Picture by Craig Lee - The Chronicle.

From this article
and I found this a week ago, so not related to Conchords ep

something I found myself


Blackberry tart from a bakery in Oakland's Rockridge district. Sorry for the low quality cell phone pic.


a cool restaurant

Sonoma Chicken Coop
reasonably-priced, nice homey atmosphere, and fantastic food. For the 1/4 chicken in your desired sauce you get pizza AND pasta as part of your sides. One time we were walking around downtown San Jose, and we saw this new place and walked in. Turned out the restaurant was still under construction, but the owner saw us and was really nice and gave as a little mini-tour/explanation.


I think later on I'll scan some of the food articles I've saved. But back to work.
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that was actually an earthquake?


I was in bed, and I thought it was just a very large beam dropping somewhere nearby


magnitude: 3.2

distance from: Fremont, CA - 10 km (6 miles) NNE (21 degrees)


haha you know you're Californian when...



ETA: lol some people on [livejournal.com profile] aroundfremont thought it was construction or a truck hitting a building

For those who felt it, take a few minutes to fill out this USGS "Did you feel it?" survey

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