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And I love it:

Happy Belated Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you are all still gorging on the leftovers and still glowing from family drama. ;D
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First, I finally decided on where to go on summer vacation and managed to convince my school that no matter what, I WILL take a week off.

I'll be going to China from August 5th through the 16th. My friend and I are hoping to avoid taking a tour, so has anyone traveled China without a tour? My friend's Caucasian, and while I can understand Cantonese, I can't speak much, read, or write it.

In thanks for you reading this, watch some crazy cool video a friend linked me to:
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Saw it in the popular hangout area near my neighborhood in Seoul: Rodeo Street, Cheonho. About a 30 minute walk from my apartment.

My friend is very talkative. XD We were eating post-dinner ice cream cones and just wandering the street. The Garfield is always out, promoting a cat cafe that's located in an odd location. The Luigi is new since I last visited the place, but he was promoting a new DVD bang (room) place. It's habit for me to look for Garfield whenever I'm at Rodeo Street now. He was really cool and I took a picture with him too!
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I think it speaks for itself. <3

And by the same creator, a different kind of soundtrack (with bonus Arthur and Eames ;D)
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Blew. My. Mind.

Good dancing AND good costumes! <3
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There are no words.

Also, flying to Toyko for ten days tomorrow! If any of you guys on my flist are in Tokyo from Jan 22-Feb 2, please please please message me because I am all by my lonesome since my travel buddy's finances couldn't handle it and she dropped out. I am very silly, since all my venting is done through the written medium, and easy-going! And, if you ever come to Seoul, I can return the favor! ;)
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Hope everyone online had a wonderful Christmas and is still feeling the holiday cheer!

Over in Korea, a group of friends in my area (Gil-dong in Gangdong-gu) arranged a potluck and a Yankee Swap. On Christmas Eve, I watched Gremlins and Die Hard 1 with a few friends in my officetel. John McClane's reputation is deserved and I felt more stupid people should've died in the other movie. My Christmas morning went like this:
  • 3:oo am - go to sleep

  • 11:00 am - wake up XD

  • 12:30 pm - hop onto subway

  • 1:00 pm - after one transfer, arrive at Costco

  • 1:00 pm ~ 2:00 pm - Wait 30 mins for 2 rotisserie chickens, hunt down the marshmallows so a friend could make her candied yams, and grab 4 bottles of sparkling cider. As this is Korea, everything ended up 37,000 won, and the marshmallows were the most expensive

  • 2:30 pm - drop off foodstuffs, grab my gift for the Swap

  • 2:45 pm - open the cider, relax/convo/games/carols with good friends

The next day was Christmas for the West Coast in the States, so I Skyped home and ended up watching presents get opened, spoke the most Chinese I'd ever spoken in 5 years with my grandparents, and enviously watched my sister eat three kinds of dessert. It was roughly 4 hours and for the family Christmas picture, my sister held her laptop up while I looked a the camera through my laptop camera and smiled hard enough for my cheeks to hurt. Who needs care packages when it's obvious I'm loved? <3

The next day, I found out my friend who I was going to spend my vacation in Tokyo from Jan 22~ Feb 2 with had to use her vacation funds for a family emergency and would not be going with me. Still ridiculously happy, but now worrying a bit how I might navigate the Tokyo subway by myself. XD

Merry Christmas everyone, and have a Happy New Year!
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Too much awesome has gone on in my IRL teaching English in Korea to blog briefly, so I'll just share an Inception video someone made clarifying how time and what was going on during the inception operation.

Level 1: Yusuf
Level 2: Arthur
Level 3: Eames (and Saito)
Level 4: Dom (Ariadne, and Saito)
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The video speaks for itself.
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Okay, so I haven't posted anything substantial in the past two months or so and it's because my life has just been that incredible busy.

Early June:
  • Finals

  • Finishing up my last quarter of undergrad

  • Taking care of financial aid (which I'm STILL not finished with)

  • Finding work in the summer

  • Running around getting legal documents for one of my job applications

  • Graduating


So yeah, I'm the proud owner of two Bachelors of Arts; one in English, and one in Design.

Late June-Early July:
  • TAing for DES 117, a web design course

  • Logo clean up for the Yolo County Visitor's Bureau (unpaid)

  • Scrambling to create a departmental brochure, conference program, and flyer for Food Science when no one would e-mail me back in time or kept sending me corrections after corrections from the copy THEY gave me

The last one I did for $8.50 an hour, the university so takes advantage of its student assistants and has caused me the most grief. I even worked through a weekend vacation with my family to Lake Tahoe, that was how tight this project was. Honestly, I asked in early June, May even, if there were any projects and they slam this all at me late June and it's needed for the IFT conference this past weekend. Design should be made at the drop of a hat, my God!

But the whole reason I got off my butt and posted pertains to
  • Running around getting legal documents for one of my job applications

because guess what? I GOT IT! I'm going to go to Korea (South, needless to say) for a year in testing my teaching abilities. Salary is a modest $2k per month, but housing is included and I never had a chance to study abroad. In addition, this ESL job will help me learn whether teaching is a possible career for me.

Of course, I only found this out yesterday and that I'll be leaving the States August 17th. This means giving my notice to two of my obligations, clean and move out of apartment, and pack for it. I need to get a laptop with video capabilities (Skype! and sys reqs for CS5) and maybe a new camera as my point-and-shoot is about 5-years-old. Any one ever been there and have suggestions and/or advice for this Asian American, recent college graduate girl? I normally find lectures tolerable at best, but any ranting/essays you have would be awesome!

To DO:
  • Finished 27 sketches to be finalized for a small company

  • Finish laying out health journal issue

  • Call Aunt L for advice on airfare from SFO to ICN

  • Eat all the food in fridge and freezer

  • Go see Inception and/or Toy Story 3

  • Aforementioned stuff about apartment

  • Wait for contract/info packet and then apply for E2 visa
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A little bit of happy from worrying about post-grad plans and crunching deadlines for work:

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Just realized that the Holmes/Watson modern adaptation pops up in Psych and omg, if Shawn is Sherlock, the Lassiter must be Lestrade.

I, essentially, ship Sherlock Holmes and Lestrade.


And yet, I can't handle Gus!Watson because to me, he's the asexual straight man in both meanings!

On an irl note, went to the Spring Internship and Career Fair and out of the 50 people I talked to, only 3 had job openings for an English/Graphic Design major. One of the jobs was a secretarial-type position anyone with a brain could do. All they want are economists, scientists, and engineers!

The only redeeming factor were a few neat freebies I got. XD

Later tonight I saw a free screening of The Cove. It was after an hour's performance by Ernie Haltar (who sounds a lot better than his myspace live songs), who I drew from my spot halfway up the lecture hall while he strummed his guitar and sang. I think I'll scan it in and e-mail it to him as a thank you for showing up at my uni. He gave us a rundown of his near future plans and that man's racking up a TON Of frequent-flyer miles.

The Cove... I can't really describe it. It's a heart-rending documentary that had me in tears, fuming in rage, squeeing at the cuteness, gasping at the horror, and crying again in sheer happiness because the making of this documentary has already made a difference. I recommend it immensely! It was violent, but hugely eye-opening. It's not a movie for children who just want to see the pretty dolphins, okay?
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Awesome cutting and formatting work here:

Hm... I'm due for a rant sometime soon, aren't I? I haven't posted anything really meaningful recently.

But, oh well! On Sunday, a co-worker and I will watch How to Train a Dragon after a lunch of Thai and a stop at the local confectionery for FUDGE. With plans like this to look forward too, I'm feeling too good to rant.

The quarter's only started as well and every single class is fun and interesting! I'm doing well at work and while updating my resume so I could apply for that teaching ESL in Korea job, I've realized I've had enough jobs to merit a TWO-page resume! *beams*
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He gets it! Why can't the people for Prop 8 not?
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Guys, GUYS! Look what [ profile] blythely found!


Isn't it the most adorable, hottest, AND beautiful picture you've ever seen?


(btw, for those not keeping up with the winter olympics, these two are America's Johnny Weir and Switzerland's Stephane Lambiel)

They're practicing! For a routine in Russia or such like! <3

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I haven't ranted about Taylor Swift yet, have I? After watching her music video for "You Belong to Me", I was spitting flames. "Love Story" was cute and I adored her dress, but the mutilation of the Shakespeare play was barely tolerable.

"You Belong to Me" is unrealistic and is a contradiction unto itself. Here she is, this "geek" (yes, because geeks have glowing make-up and artistically tousled blond hair) whose entire high school career is spent pining for the boy-next-door, who, besides being blandly cute, doesn't portray any appealing characteristics besides being a fit jock, proximity, and an inability to sense emotions and culminates on prom night. Never mind friends and college acceptance--dude, did you see her house? That's upper-upper middle class right there.

Yet, when she appears in a glowing white dress, like some demented Cinderella, and he immediately ignores his current girlfriend? And the "bitch" just takes it while geek and jock waltz? That's the whole basis of there relationship? That's how his "eyes are opened"? By seeing how pretty the girl-next-door can be? Her being herself isn't enough? WTF, mate?

This article sums up some more very salient points of contention: Why Taylor Swift Offends Little Monsters, Feminists, and Weirdos. AKA, Why TS Offends anyone with a brain and personality.

Some of my favorite quotes/summations:

  1. Rather than choosing an established/evolved talent (Beyoncé) or a revolutionary (Lady Gaga), the Grammys chose someone who, according to her lyrics, has spent her entire life waiting for phone calls and dreaming about horses and sunsets.

  2. Swift simply hasn’t had the life experience and doesn’t inherently possess the emotional maturity to create great art.

  3. Here’s the rub: actual freaks make really awesome music. It’s edgy and complicated and it comes from a yearning, desperate, mixed-up place where pain & happiness have existed in equal parts for almost entire lifetimes. It’s not safe or sexless — it’s ugly, hopeful danger.

Beyonce or Lady Gaga are so much more deserving of the award than this little pink princess. It's like a modern version of Barbie personified. All plastic illusions. I liked her songs for the sugary-fluff bits they are, but when that wins an award like album of the YEAR--NO. Just, no. None of her albums deserve to be identified as the BEST out this year. Not when Lady Gaga put out something so much more awesome and Beyonce has been churning out incredible songs year after year!

Ah... That felt good.

On the other hand, watch this awesome "Logorama", an animated short film by a French firm H5:

It's kinda awesome.
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Okay, seriously? This should NOT be seen in public as there are extremely suggestive and obviously sexual motions. And religious, which will DEFINITELY get someone's gander up if they're not open-minded.

Okay, I warned you and I'm too lazy to cut this, so if you click play without reading this, you reap the consequences.


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