Saturday, March 20, 2010


Just a recap of events that I need to remind myself to blog about later: 

Friday: 1040 Documentary Premier.
Saturday: Viva Event
Monday:  Already forgot.
Tuesday:  Saw Wayne Brady with Bobby in the Valley!
Wednesday:  St. Patrick's Day with Melissa.
Thursday:  Malibu with the P* Girls.  Saw Nicolette Sheradon (spelling??) from Desperate Housewives.  Palamino's in Westwood = new favorite. 
Friday: Vaccine update.  =(  I don't like needles.  Girls Night tonight.
Saturday: Craft Fair with Mom and Amah.  Early birthday dinner with the sister and fam.
Sunday: Craft Fair again?  Leaving for Arizona with Dad until Wednesday.
Thursday: San Diego

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Default Drinks and Kryptonite

Does the title make sense?  Doesn't it seem like everyone has their default drink whenever they go out?  Whenever someone asks you, "Hey, wadaya want??"  You have 2 seconds to answer or you're not getting a drink from the bar.

I always tend to blurt out,

"Jager Bomb!"


"Vodka Tonic."

OR, if it's further progressed into the night,


These are my default drinks.

On the flip side, there is my Kryptonite of the bar:

Jack Daniels.

Ugh.  Just saying his name makes me sick.  The man is not my friend.  I've had a serious experience of food aversion with that one!  Just one shot in college and it's a lesson well-learned.  I remember that it burned my insides out and left me gasping for air.  And I'm definitely not one of those graceful, cute shot-takers; I make this thizz face that even NorCal would be turned off by.  

Anyways, don't get me wrong, I'm not an avid drinker and I'm definitely not a fan, but it was just something I noticed.  Does everyone have a default drink?  Kryptonite?

In addition, I was browsing through my YouTube subscriptions and saw that WongFu Productions released another short clip.  If you don't know WongFu, they're a trio of UCSD alumni who are independent film makers and have created quite a dedicated following over the past few years.  Not to mention one of them hails from 6th College (what what) and might have been my Freshman crush.  *cough*  Anyways.  Moving on:

This video was talking about how Ke$ha's song about brushing your teeth with a bottle of Jack is completely ridonkulous and, obviously, I completely agree!  Though I have to admit, that song is so catchy and I'm definitely guilty of overplaying that song on a girls' night out.

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target

Current Song:  My Time With You - Kina Grannis and David Choi

I was pretty skeptical about Gaultier designing for Target.  Only because I've been disappointed with the previous designers of lines like GO International and such because of how their designs always have so much potential;  they are fresh, attractive and photos.  Every time I look at the product in person, I'm so disappointed that they didn't carry through in quality and fabric choice.  However, I have high hopes for Gaultier.  One, "affordable" is a relative term.  His items range up to $200!  Two, the reviews look promising for a few pieces.  I was so curious to the turn out of his items that I ordered two from the Target site (free shipping, gotta love it).  They should be here within the week so I can report on how they end up!

These were my two favorite pieces:

Leather Moto Jacket.  I'm always skeptical of "cheap" leather because that's often how it looks.  But I'm really liking the detailing of the shoulders and the colors.  Might be tricky to match but it looks promising!

Mint Ash Green Dress.  I'm loving the color mint right now.  I'm afraid this dress will look boxy on me, but I loved the color so much I had to check it out anyways.

Either way, I'll be returning these items...they're still too expensive for my current budget!  Don't judge me for my curiosity!  You can see all the items here.

Also, seriously check out these two artists: Kina Grannis and David Choi.  Kina has a beautiful song that I listed on my last post called Valentine on her debut album and its just lovely!  David also has a song I like called Won't Even Start and it moved me to TEARS!  So sad but catchy.  They happened to do a duet called My Time With You and it is perfect it its happy, upbeat way.  Ch-ch-check it out!

100 Ways to Look Younger

With my impeding birthday sneaking up on me, I'm noticing articles like this and actually reading them.  Which is ridiculous, because I'm not old!

100 Ways to Look Younger

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Current Playlist

I haven't made a playlist in a long time.  Partly due to laziness and partly due to the fact that I've been trying to avoid downloading onto my Mac.  I didn't choose the songs for their lyrics, I chose them because they're the songs I like to hear in my head at the moment, haha.

Telephone - Lady Gaga and Beyonce 
WHY Beyonce is in it baffles me.  Besides their star power, they are on completely different spectrums of the music arena!

Valentine - Kinna Gravis 
Thanks to Jean for this lovely gem!  I think it's my favorite at the moment.  I put the music video at the bottom of this post.

Game of Love - Santana ft. Michelle Branch 
Fun and spunky song!  Who doesn't love Santana?

Forever Love (Digame) - Anna Nalick 
So so beautiful.

Spotlight - Gucci Mane ft. Usher
It's just such a catchy beat...Gucci Mane just sounds ridiculous though.

Photograph - Rihanna
Such a pretty song, especially when she usually seems to try so hard at being hard.

Love, it's a special day
We should celebrate and appreciate
That you and me found something pretty neat
And I know some say this day is arbitrary

But it's a good excuse, put our love to use
Baby, I know what to do
Baby, I...
I will love you
I'll love you, I'll love you

Love, I don't need those things
I don't need no ring
I don't need anything
But you with me
'Cause in your company
I feel happy, oh so happy and complete

And it's a good excuse, put our love to use
Baby, I know what to do
Baby, I...
I will love you
I'll love you, I'll love you

Yeah, it's a good excuse, put our love to use
Baby, I know what to do
Baby, I...
I will love you
I'll love you, I'll love you

So won't you be my honey bee?
Giving me kisses all the time
Be mine, be my Valentine

So won't you be my honey bee?
Giving sweet kisses all the time
Be mine, be my Valentine

Oh, be my Valentine

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Love Gives Me Hope

I seem to have this notion that long-distance relationships are inherently romantic.  It's like the soul's recognition of the one missing.  The fact that it takes extra effort in communication, energy and effort to maintain that unrelenting trust in each other and with the security of knowing that someone thinks you are the most amazing person they have ever known.  So much that they have chosen you to be the one they keep close in heart and mind.  Because if someone loved you that much, they would make time for you, despite hardships.  Love has persevered through war, battlefields, through fragile paper letters and unreliable transportation.  Nowadays, there is the internet, email, instant message, phone calls, and even snail mail if you want the extra postage.  And yet it seems that where there is so much more accessibility to express that love, it is becoming a dying concept.

Which is why I love this webite:  Love Gives Me Hope.  If you want to be moved to tears and be filled with optimism, this site is for you.  I guess it either gives me hope or makes me feel hopeless.  

Fabrics, buttons, oh my!

One of my favorite activities to do with my mom and grandma is to go down to the garment district in LA. It's been an activity of ours for as long as I can remember and I'm going to really miss it.  Amah always gets so into searching for the right fabrics and patterns to match whatever project she's working on and my mom is always searching for good deals with buttons, zippers, etc.  I always start out ambitious, wanting to make a dress, a skirt, maybe a bag...but then I always get really overwhelmed with the sheer amount of options I have.  The colors, the fabrics, the textures, the patterns and even the prices!  It really does take a strong mind to succeed on this shopping trip.

This shop is one of the most long-lasting and institutional shops around...super clean and organized.

...this shop, not so much.  Literally, piles of fabric and bolts with more piles of zippers, decals, sequins, buttons and odd ends alike strewn all over the place.

And of course, one of my favorite aspects of downtown?  The food!  As a tip, don't pay more than $3 for one of these babies.  And make sure you get the ones with avocado salsa!  You'll regret if you don't!

My Bacon-Wrapped Hotdog.

Mom's tacos.  Mmm!

Clean and Clever

I am a big fan of Esty and I love browsing people's shops just to see all sorts of creative output.  One seller that actually convinced me to buy some of her items is Soapopotamus.  She creates these amazing hand-made soaps into clever little items!  Here are the ones I bought:

A sugary cupcake with a bit of strawberry on top!  It smelled exactly like frosting, too! 

Toast and Jam.  Isn't this so cute?  It looks exactly like jam is spread all over toast.  I couldn't really tell the smell of this one but supposedly it smells toasty.

Rice Crispies!  I loved the idea how this one came in 4 pieces...they're great as "guest soaps" which are small and convenient. 

Last but not least: a Fried Egg!  This one was my favorite of the bunch just because it was so realistic!  It smelled like pepper, too!

If you also like Etsy, you can check out my own Etsy and also this hilarious site: Regretsy.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


I thought this was pretty clever and oh-so-fascinating.  If you're not so good at keeping up with all those pesky promises presidential candidates tend to make, well you're in luck; there are cooler cats who are making it easy for you!

Break Time

So today I decided to cut the bullsh*t. I brought my laptop to work so I could relax on my break. That would be pretty sad except that the other option would be to do so in the Apple store. I thought I'd have a little dignity and bring my own hardware.  Classy, right?

Tuesdays are pretty much the best day ever at the know why?  Because Hotdog on a Stick sells their hotdogs for $1!  Yeah, that's right.  Be jealous.  Honestly, I should have blogged about my life in retail because it's full of mundane surprises and incredible stories of how irrelevant details are suddenly the most important aspect of your job.  

But hey!  I put in my two weeks notice and my last day is officially March 10th.  That leaves me with a little more than five weeks left in the States before I leave for Asia.  

Yes, I said it, Asia.  After giving it a year to find something meaningful in California, I've decided that I'm not getting any younger (let's not even talk about it) and I need to go out and do something that excites me.  Cliche and idealistic-sounding, but true.  When $1 hotdogs become the highlight of your week and stickering T-shirts become a priority at work, it's time for a change.  At least in my book it is.  

So here's to an ending of another career option and the beginning to a new adventure.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Hello, again

Hello Blogger,

I think we're going to try this again. I know we never really got to know each other because, well, I wanted one thing and you did another. I can't make private posts on you and it seems like you were so limited in layout designs. But the past is the past and this year's break has given us both time to acclimate and reassess our compatibility. =)

Here's to new (yet another) beginnings.