As my 2013 graduation came closer and closer, it was inevitable that goodbyes would have be made. A chapter of our lives would close and new beginnings would appear. During this period of inevitable ‘doom,’ one could say, it became ever more apparent that a display of appreciation for those who made my university experience that much more special was overdue. Read More
I have joined tumblr. Sh*t.
Not that that’s a bad thing, really. Tons of friends use tumblr and it definitely serves as a venue for enlightenment, particularly in relation to today’s pop culture. There’s just so much information circulating around the tumblr-sphere that as you probably already know, it can suck the time out of you. Tumblr itself is a pretty ingenious platform and social medium. The easy reblogging set up and Facebook/Twitter-esque feed makes it simple to sift through any of the things your friends (or those you follow) are sharing. The generally more lax and informal nature of tumblr also lends itself to being updated far more frequently than your standard blog. The order of online formality probably progresses from xanga, facebook, tumblr, blogs, professional/company websites. Tumblr sits at a healthy medium between Facebook and blogs, which is good news for me, since I’ve been slacking on the post-a-blog-every-three-days rule that I set for myself. Shameful. Read More
Strange thing, time. It weighs most on those who have it least. Nothing is lighter than being young with the world on your shoulder; it gives you a feeling of possibility so seductive, you know there must be something more important you could be doing than studying for exams or working at your job. Read More
Happy Father’s Day, everyone. Here’s to those important guy figures in our lives, who helped us make us who we are today, regardless of how big or small those contributions were. I’m sharing a video that izthakkim shared with me on the 1st of January this year. What a way to start the new year, eh? The video is truly intense, and I’m amazed at how well it was was done. I was watching 那些年，我們一起追的女孩 (You Are the Apple of My Eye) (2011) (lol…translation…) with my parents a couple nights ago, and after getting into a somewhat heated discussion about the director’s artistic direction in the ending sequences, my mother mentioned how she was more of a family-drama oriented movie, rather than young sappy love. Ah, what the heck. Who can blame her? Read More
Every May/June is a time for celebration: schools let out, families reunite, summer begins, andglasses graduate. This past May/June, the University of Virginia’s Class of 2012 walked the Lawn and wore the Honors of Honors, marking a very large milestone in thousands of student’s lives. However, there was another cLass that requires just as much praise and excitement. Read More
What’s so hard about constantly updating a blog? Nothing to write about? Nothing interesting to discuss? Actually, what’s so difficult about doing something consistently and habitually? I’ve never been very good at daily routines, ever since I was little, and it’s pretty obvious with my study habits, less than favorable inclination to practice cello, as well as other things. Even now, after having, again, been absent wordpress nearly another month, I remind myself every day, “Hey, perhaps I should write something…anything…on the blog…just because…” And every time I get back to my computer, I decide to put it off another day. Read More
On the eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with family. Pigs, ducks, chicken, and sweet delicacies line the table. Children and adults set off firecrackers into the allies and night skies. The next morning, children greet their parents, parents greet relatives, and wishes for a healthy and happy new year are exchanged. Money is received in red paper envelopes, lanterns are raised, and couplets are hung. The Chinese New Year tradition invites one and all to reconcile, forget all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. Read More
Toro and I would like to present to you a chronicling of our adventures in California as we spend some time helping our mother move into her new apartment. Though, due to really sporadic internet availability as we frolick between homes, furniture stores, and restaurants, we will not be able to post an immediate photo-diary of our wonderful excursions (since we’re basically shopping/building furniture the entire time). Additionally, my travelling laptop doesn’t handle masses of picture editing too kindly, so it even may have to wait until school starts up again next week. Regardless, Toro is quite excited to personally show you what we’ve been doing, from pointing out the lack of any green vegetation in Fremont to experiencing our very first trip (ever) to IKEA (zomg).
While many of us celebrated the new year with food and drink, many high school seniors (and their families for that matter) spent hours and days up to the new year working on something called College Applications. Granted, not every high school student entertains college applications up until the very last minute; many wish to knock it out as quickly as possible. But for those of us who have a tendency to procrastinate (or don’t find our work complete until the deadline arrives), working until the last minute is part of our work method.
Welcoming the New Year has always been like saying hi to an old friend from many years past; you’re elated to see one another, yet both companions have changed considerably over the years that whether the two of you will still share a friendship similar to the previous is unknown. You would imagine that after 2012 years (not counting the innumerable years before 0 AD) and having experienced ~20 of them personally, one would be smart enough to know what to do.
Evidently such was not meant to be. Each year brings a multitude of new changes and new ideas and we, as slaves of time, can only hope to treat each moment our own way. It’s intimidating at times to imagine how quickly (or slowly) time progresses, a revelation that shocks you into either omfg-i-am-failing-life mode or what-am-i-doing-with-my-life mode. This continual passage of time, however, reveals at least one thing: that we have more of it under our belt. Each passing year indicates another 365 (or 366) days of experience which can inform our future decisions. We grow 365/366 days more mature and are more ready for life’s uncertainties. It is 365/366 more days of testament that show our willingness to continue being steadfast, overcome challenges, and reach the success that lies at the end of our paths.
We may be getting older, but maybe that a good thing.
Here’s to our futures, and year #2012.
Happy New Year.