Dec 31, 2010

Ups and Downs in 2010!

2010 was (still 'is' at the moment) definitely one the most exciting and meaningful year to me. Even if Elisa didn't tag me, I was gonna to do a memory type of post in the last day of 2010! Time can only proceed - there is no turning back! Live the fullest, you people! It's the toughest to really narrow down 5 Ups and Downs I had this year.. so I had all UPS LOL

1) Study Abroad in Beijing & Shanghai
I had the most amazing time studying abroad in Shanghai and Beijing! I had never actually been to China because my parents thought it was too dangerous for me to go and I also had no desire to go ever since childhood. However, I was going to graduate early in the States so I thought I could use the extra time I had to improve my Mandarin.
Temple of Heaven!

"If you had to go to China to learn Mandarin, you better go to some famous school". Just kidding. My parents never give me any pressure. Though I went to Peking University (one of the top universities for liberal arts), the host program sucked. Regardless I learned a lot about myself and had a lot of fun meeting people from all over the world! The way I see things are different now. Though I am already an international student in the States at the first place, being and working in mainland China definitely put me further out there to take on challenges and changes. I am no longer fear (sounds soooo cheesy but true LOL) Even up to this point, I still have such strong desire to work in Shanghai. Without my experience in China, I wouldn't have had the skill-set to take on this career path I am on right now.

"If I can survive through China, there's nothing I cannot do"
The Great Wall
typical night out in Beijing!
My best friend Tedi and I went hotpot literally 5 times a week
at the end of the semester the staff would give us seats right when we walked in
*Hot Pot VIP Status*
Bird's Nest built for the Beijing Olympics 2008
Celebrating friend's birthday in Wudaokou - a place that was really close to our campus
Chinese Oprea
Exploring Beijing
REvisited Shanghai and the Bund
Zapatas - best Mexican food in Shanghai
Drinking with strangers in Shanghai (please don't do it)
Chengdu, Sizhuan (3 hour flight from Beijing) - an amazing time being ZEN
Visited friends in Hangzhou (1.5 hour flight from Beijing)
2) Back to School & Graduation Marathon
After all it was time to go back to UMass to wrap up my degree lol It was my last semester and of course I was trying to utilize my time best to fit my senoritas in! For your reference I got a 4.0 in my last college semester - I played hard, but worked even harder!

As for graduation, since a lot of my friends are international students and probably not going to be in the States for awhile, we had activities lined up for 3 days LOL It was the best graduation I could have ever asked. Our last gathering before we split :(

Mohegan Sun Casino - won $400!
Restaurant Week in Boston
Club in Amherst
Graduation after 2 hours of sleep haha
Graduation Party
at Boston Common the morning after graduation
3) Traveling (SHA, PEK, HKG, INC, MV, YYZ, NYC)
Besides Beijing and Shanghai, I got a lot of my unmet need to travel out of my system this year. I went to Hong Kong and Korea twice, spent a weekend on Martha's Vinyard - an island off Massachusetts,  went to New York 4 times this summer, July 4th weekend in Toronto Canada, 3 weeks in the fall in California - LA, San Diego and Las Vegas, was in Hong Kong for thanksgiving. Though I didn't go anywhere crazy or too special, I am glad I stuck with what I planned and traveled to places, esprcially to see important friends. All the memories are worthwhile <3

Seoul in Janruary
Authentic Korean BBQ - Best I've had in my life!
1881 Hertiage in Hong Kong in November
Nice dinner with dear friends in Hong Kong :)
Martha's Vineyard in August
Meet up with my best friend from Hong Kong in Toronto in July
In front of Toronto CN Tower in July
Surprise birthday visit in New York in July
:) So much fun in New York
Tryst - Las Vegas in September
San Diego 
4) New Car & New Apartment = New Life
This is probably one of few bad things not living with my parents. After graduation I was in a crazy panic about not being able to find a job. My parents live in Hong Kong. So unlike other people, I don't have *home* I could just chill at after graduation. I had to manage everything on my own, from moving out from the apartment I stayed at in school to a summer sublet, to sign a lease for a studio in the heart of Boston... those of you who live with parents should really be thankful that everything is taken care of for you. Though my parents aren't here with me, they were nice enough to give me money I need for rents, expenses, and a new car even if I was to go on jobless for a year. I already don't have loads I need to pay off for school to begin with. It truly is a beginning of a new life, I really can't thank them enough.

You have all seen my new car from the shoveling post below HAHA It's a brand new white 2010 Honda Fit Sport. I don't like to do financing on material goods so within my budget that's the best I could get. I am so happy with my purchase! As for my apartment, I still don't have time to really settle down due to all the traveling. I literally started working the day after I got back from Hong Kong for thanksgiving but here is a snapshot.

5) Blogger's LOVE
It's crazy but I really don't have much downs this year - so I will have to make my last point as an 'up' again. As cheesy as it sounds, one of my ups is really to just have you all with me, well, at least from April when I started writing here. I know I know.. I post mostly pictures (because I know my grammar is still really poor) but I honestly, humbly appreciate the friendships you all have given me. I cannot believe 8 months of blogging has flew by and at the same time I cannot believe how many good friends I have made through here! I really try my best to reply to all the comments / suggestions you give me. Thank you SO much for all your support. This blog makes me further realize how amazing a lot of people are in this world. Love you all <3

I was originally going to tag 5 bloggers (though i never thought the rules for these tags were fair) but I really recommand you all do it! Take some time today to think about what you have learned, who you have met, what has changed you. Most importantly, how could we become better human beings and what contributions we could give back to the society we live in. We cannot just take and not give.

Last but not least, I hope you all have a wonderful new years!

Dec 27, 2010

Call me Shovel Pro!

Today was one of those days where I wake up early to watch the snow fall. The news last night hinted  that about 20 inches of snow was expected between mid night last night to this morning 7am in the East Coast of the US. When this kind of weather comes around at the mid night, there is of course nothing we could do but just pray to hope that digging out my car to work would not be as bad as everyone had warned me. And then, of course, I felt very helpless first thing in the morning looking outside from my apartment window, barely noticing the existence of my car-_-

I was one of those lucky ones - My boss worried about my safety and let me work from home. Sipping hot cocoa and trying to figure out what was wrong with my laptop vpn, I couldn't help but keep thinking about when was a good time to actually go get a shovel and dig my car out.

I couldn't wait til tomorrow because the snow would get hardened tonight when the temperature drops. nor I could wait til my Prince Charming to arrive to give me a kiss on the cheek and help me dig out my car wtf

I made up my mind, walked to the hardware store down the block from my apartment complex and got a snow shovel! What a shame! I have been driving for almost 6 years and this was my first time getting a shovel? Maybe my Prince Charming really existed wtfwtf

Anyway it took me literally an hour to un-bury my car. It was weird because I actually found it quite calming to just stand against the strong wind and shovel around. You know, how rare do I get a chance to do this? This is a special work day :)

And if you don't believe me then look at the pictures I took as follows:
The main streets are already cleaned by our awesome City of Boston!
But on my street....

Before (from my window)
After (from my window)

Though you are probably thinking it was still not a 'perfect' job but look at the other cars... NOT EVEN CLOSE LOL

Special Thank you to my rainboots
My good ol' pal :)

I hope you are having a cozy warm day!

Dec 26, 2010

All I want for christmas is you... AND this and that and this and that!

*Super heavy pictures loaded

Apology for not wishing you all a Merry Christmas earlier! But you know, Christmas is supposed to be packed with family and friends gatherings. Nonetheless, I hope Santa has treated you all well this year... as he treated me really well and let me participate in all these gatherings :)
A Christmas Tree is a must for this festive season!
And of course all the presents!! *greedy
Noodle bowls in between the gifts LOL

Sigh! How much I wish my parents were in the States so we could celebrate Christmas together... as well as to fulfill my materialistic desires LOL. Just Kidding la! True that they would buy me expensive gifts but things I get in the past recent Christmases from others are sentimental and truly what I wished for!

Narnia book.
Finally! I got the picture book set before but those were too nice to get my hands on reading. I am really not a fan of books that use shiny and nice paper, nor digital one like the kindle. I like reading books that I could bend.

One Year Subscription of Elle Magazine!
Microbes - Common Cold
Look at how tiny it is on my hand Haha

Cashmere Scarf from Lord & Taylor
the color I don't have yet!!
Laptop sound is fixed! Sticker is off!
feels like a new one!
(yes it was on my christmas wish list)

As I mention my parents and I don't spend Christmas together anymore >< so I have just been buying everything I wanted for myself for Christmas and here are some of the stuff I bought myself in my last trip to Asia couple weeks ago.

Hair Products:
Pantene Hair Time Renewal One Wash Treatment (for Dry Damage on Hair Tips)
Lucido-L Designing whip hair Foam (Silky Straight)
Liese Smooth Hair Cocktail
Lucido-L Hair Treatment Water (I love the same one in Pink! Read Review HERE)
Lucido-L Designing pump Hair Oil (Damaging Repair)

Liese Bubble Hair Dye
(Previous review on Glossy Brown HERE)
Stocking up on my favourite cleansing oil from Biore
(Read review HERE)
Maybelline Hyper Diamonds Eyeshadow Set in GY-1 (Limited Edition)
Majolica Majorca newest Mascara (Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On)
Kate Eyeshadow & Brow in BR-3

Cute kitchen and lunch tools
Etude House Haul
Collagen Moistfull cream set
Collagen Moistfull First Essence
LuciDarling Fantastic Rouge Gloss in 2
Laneige Haul
Hydra Solution Activator
Hydra Solution Cream
Hydra Solution Eye Cream
Missha Haul
Vita Moisture BB Cream
Luminous Color Lip Rouge in BE202

I also purchased A LOT of BB Creams this time because I was thinking I could get them cheaper directly from Korea for those of you who wanted them. So if you want to purchase any of them from me please let me know! I will give you wholesale price and I have both color no.21 and no.23 for both BB Creams available.

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
Read review HERE
Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream
My Beauty Diary Masks
Bird Nest - Hong Kong Drug Store Mannings Limited Edition
That's it for all my Christmas presents! I have tons and tons of reviews lined up already and I am hoping to post them up as soon as I can, though it can be tough with my work schedule these days. Well.. last but not least I wanna take a couple of minutes to thank you girls for all the support. I have so much fun blogging here! I hope you all have a wonderful and blissful time with family and friends. For those of you who are young and still on school vacation, make sure you take time to spend with your family and travel as much as you can.

Til next time, Take Care!
Oh and don't forget to join my giveaway! 6 more days to go only!
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