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Sunday, May 15th, 2005
1:33 am
hmmm, don't know how accurate this thing is. i suppose i'm liberal in the social sense, not in the economic sense. still, that should not be #1.

Your dating personality profile:

Liberal - Politics matters to you, and you aren't afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.
Romantic - You know exactly how to melt your date's heart. Romance comes naturally to you and is an important component of any relationship you have.
Adventurous - Just sitting around the house is not something that appeals to you. You love to be out trying new things and really experiencing life.
Your date match profile:

Intellectual - You seek out intelligence. Idle chit-chat is not what you are after. You prefer your date who can stimulate your mind.
Romantic - You need someone with a traditional understanding of romance. A true romantic is a must-have in any potential date.
Practical - You are drawn to people who are sensible and smart. Flashy, materialistic people turn you off. You appreciate the simpler side of living.
Your Top Ten Traits

1. Liberal
2. Romantic
3. Adventurous
4. Sensual
5. Intellectual
6. Athletic
7. Shy
8. Big-Hearted
9. Practical
10. Wealthy/Ambitious
Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Intellectual
2. Romantic
3. Practical
4. Sensual
5. Adventurous
6. Conservative
7. Traditional
8. Big-Hearted
9. Athletic
10. Shy

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005
12:44 am - Air / Fire
one night
i hope to just sleep
with you
without the burning passion
without the empty morning
and just dream
of holding hands and walking
of talking, over tea or coffee
of being in love and happy

but tonight
i shall brush aside my ideals
give into your shoulders
your body that fits so well with mine
feel these rough linens
share this pillow
and indulge
in a warmth
that is all too cold by morning.

current mood: disappointed

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Sunday, March 20th, 2005
8:33 pm - nemo episode revisited
i found a poem that i (probably) wrote after the whole nemo episode but never posted, since i had intended to revise it originally. that never happened, so here's the crude version:

Like an angelfish,
It is better I leave you
In the sea, peacefully,
And never see you again,
Than to place you by me,
Be together momentarily,
Then watch you struggle
And perish on the beach.

Here in the frosty winter,
Far away from my island paradise,
I only have the clownfish
that is you, to me.

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
11:38 pm - vote of confidence
sida is so sweet sometimes :)

sidawang85: what happened with your memo?
zdynastyprincess: what memo?
sidawang85: your stuffed memo, i heard you freeked out when people stole it?
sidawang85: or something
zdynastyprincess: NEMO?!
zdynastyprincess: OMG
zdynastyprincess: SIDA
zdynastyprincess: WTF
sidawang85: hehe, you know what i mean
sidawang85: :-P
zdynastyprincess: yeah i flipped
zdynastyprincess: it was horrible
zdynastyprincess: completely overreacted
zdynastyprincess: nemo means too much to me and i know it
sidawang85: :-)
sidawang85: i think it's cute
zdynastyprincess: well duh nemo is cute
sidawang85: your first bf gave it to you right?
zdynastyprincess: yeah
sidawang85: no nemo is cute, you are cute
sidawang85: :-)
zdynastyprincess: um ok
sidawang85: *not
zdynastyprincess: thanx :-)
zdynastyprincess: like the way i feel about nemo is cute?
sidawang85: yeah
sidawang85: i think it's really cool that you care so much about what it means to you
zdynastyprincess: um no
zdynastyprincess: it's really bad
zdynastyprincess: it means i'm stuck in the past
sidawang85: no
sidawang85: it doesn't
zdynastyprincess: y not?
sidawang85: it means that you charish what you had
sidawang85: not that you obsess over it
zdynastyprincess: i guess
zdynastyprincess: yeah...it's not like i'm not open to new guys
zdynastyprincess: awww thanx sida for the vote of confidence :-)
sidawang85: :-)

current mood: grateful

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Sunday, February 27th, 2005
2:17 am - early sunday morning
while i was getting ready for bed, reflecting over conversations with young and history with chan, i found myself speaking a stream of chinese to no one in particular. i don't claim it is a poem; the line breaks are for the natural pauses. it is as follows: (tell me if you can't see it, i'll translate)


p.s. get well soon jen!

current mood: down

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
2:22 am - screaming is beautiful
I found beauty today
in astronomy class;
in particles and anti-particles:
a perfect pair.
And I thought to myself,
nature is beautiful.

But when the two meet,
they annihilate each other,
as do we.
So to forgot the pain,
I scream, and scream, and scream.
screaming is beautiful

current mood: lachrymose

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1:56 am - nemo/screaming is beautiful
after a long and tiring day (left my room before 9am and returned only around 11pm, with the exception of one hour in the afternoon spent here), i come back to my room to find nemo gone. above his place on my pillow is a ransom note taped to my dresser, stating something like "nemo has been taken to the high dive. bring 7 gazillion dollars and 2 choco-tacos or nemo will perform a 10.01," complete with a picture of someone dangling nemo precariously out of a window. at first i thought it was funny, then the reality of nemo being gone hit me.

i completely flipped out. i got really angry and was all ready to beat the shit out of whoever stole nemo. i even called chan, whom i haven't called in a year and a half. so jerome stole him. i went into his room, slammed my water bottle into his arm, and demanded for nemo back. it was supposed to be a joke, that was his intention, and he told me to calm down. but i wouldn't, i just stared back in utter fury and hatred. and i got nemo back.

i found nemo. so why was i crying?

because i realized i had completely overreacted, that nemo means too much to me, far too much. jen said, "i understand now that nemo is sacrosanct." nemo is all i have left of chan, or rather, the idea of what chan once was to me. nemo is first love. nemo is bygone times when i used to be happy, the right way. and so it hit me that i'm not happy now, just content, only complacent. i have fun, but that's not the same as that warm fuzzy feeling. no one can take away my memories, but memories fade, and nemo will always be there. nemo is baggage. i even thought of throwing him away, to rid me of fruitless longing, but that just wouldn't be right.
one day, i will give nemo to my kid. and nemo will be ruined. he won't be fuzzy anymore. and i'll be ok.

"don't you find it remotely funny?"
"someone went through a lot of thought to amuse you. you should appreciate it."
"well i don't!"

crying and the shower didn't wash away much on my mind. so i just screamed. screamed my heart out. the air in the room was vibrating it was so strong. high-pitched too (which is strange because my tae kwon do screams are lower), like out of a horror movie. but it worked, and i calmed down. two hours later, i've actually gotten a decent amount of work done...

screaming is beautiful

current mood: melancholy

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Thursday, January 27th, 2005
1:08 am - rina is right on!
"you go out with boys just because they like you and they're nice to you and they feed you a lot. but then, after awhile, you realize that they're boring and/or not that interesting and/or not cute, and then you get sick of them"
hehehehe ;D

current mood: giggly

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Monday, January 17th, 2005
8:02 pm - fun quotes!
alex chan: hey, does anyone want to go to the gym?
mike woodford: oh, you mean van pelt*?
*van pelt is the name of the library; the gym is named pottruck

while eating caesar salad at dinner

me: the croutons are soggy, but that makes them easier to pick up.
jen: WHAT?! korean boys are soggy and that makes them easier to pick up?!

jerome: how long was my nap?
jen: it was pretty good.
jerome: i didn't ask for the quality, i asked for the quantity!

current mood: amused

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Friday, January 14th, 2005
5:01 pm - i am an artist!
yeah, so i was really bored two nights ago (or rather, just trying to avoid work) so i went on art.com's artPad and painted people paintings. how relaxing and fun! :D you should try it sometime.

for junyoung (#1):

for junyoung (#2):
junyoung asked me to paint him another one, but i refused unless he painted me one first (he painted me korea http://artpad.art.com/gallery/?ia8nu1135hl8). this second piece represents our adventures in k-town (koreatown bitches!), where we ate yummy kalbi but ran out of lettuce.

from junyoung:
kareoke in k-town!

for jerome:
that perrier bottle contained chinese rice wine...

for albert:
wrestling guys on beds is bad...

from albert:

in other news, i have been playing lots of DDR to amuse myself, sharpen my reflexes, and stay in shape :)

current mood: tired

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
3:42 pm - classes are over!
classes ended last thursday for me so i've been partying it up ever since. friday night i got rather tipsy off of too much red bull and vodka while pregaming in ryan's room, then went to sigma nu with a huge mob of huntsman kids (jen, jenn q, jenn q's rutgers friend dan, jerome, rina, ryan, ryan's princeton friend aaron (who knows maurice *GASP*), arthur, patrick, junyoung, lingling, sonya, chita, alex wilson, skye, and probably some more people that i unfortunately forgot). it's so much fun when you go out with a big group of people! chita always makes dancing more fun, and it's great when you can dance with guys you know and not random strangers. i danced with patrick, jerome, arthur, and ryan; the first three are pretty good dancers. at one point while i was dancing with arthur i asked if i could jump on him, he said ok, and so i was pretty much straddling him while dancing. at the end--arthur: "i've never done that before," me: "neither have i." hehe, pretty scandalous. i also ran into stephanie castellano (from ransom) and billy hanafee (from LM) dancing with each other. and they had just met. how small this world is. side story: jerome was soooooo drunk. he was carrying around a perrier bottle with chinese rice wine in it and we had to forcefully remove it from him. what a silly kid, so funny when drunk

saturday night, after much deliberation, i decided to ditch koreatown for shampoo (a club)! there was a big penn asian party there--so much fun! this time it i went with jen, jenn q, jeanne, mimi, rina, arthur, and patrick. more dancing with arthur and patrick. not as scandalous. although i did go dance on stage with jenn q and ended up grinding with some random indian kid in my finance class (who has green eyes! ooooo, how pretty! too bad the rest of his face is not as pretty...). ran into tons of people i know: tae kwon do people (celica, tina, james my instructor!!!), old high school people whom i haven't seen in years (liz dellapenna, melissa argenio), sida, gaelle, etc. and i danced with phillip! ok, so phillip isn't exactly the best dancer, but he's a lot of fun to dance with! like we did this leaning back thing, body rolls, yeah ok, you had to be there to know what i'm talking about. but alas, phillip is gay. i found out yesterday. what a loss. i definitely thought he was the cutest (i.e. adorable) guy ever. but anyway, due to my scandalous dancing with multiple guys over the past two days, i got called a whore by my roommate. :( but she wasn't serious :)

sunday night was my management team get together. lots of drinking and playing kings and "never have i." found out some interesting things about my teammates and my TA. i feel so inexperienced :P then orestis started talking about politics, matt got drunk and belligerent and josh got so scared that matt was going to beat him up, and everything kind of fell apart from there. o well, still a fun night.

and last night, i hung out with jake! jake lader, my friend from camp from god knows how long ago (i think summer after 7th grade). the only time i saw him between then and yesterday was when we ran into each other in narberth at the showing of the first harry potter movie. now he goes to tulane but he's back home to the suburbs of philly because winter break has come for him. lucky bastard. but yeah, he picked me up last night around 9:30, we went downtown in the hopes of checking out this hooka bar, found that it was closed, walked around rittenhouse square, and ended up in cosi. i had a hazelnut cappucino (so good! and i didn't know that it came in such a gigantic mug) and we shared s'mores! YUMMY! OMG I HAVE NEVER HAD REAL S'MORES AND IT WAS DELICIEUX! he paid which was really nice and just being in a car again is awesome. it was so nice seeing him again after so long! the conversation just flowed and i'm amazed how we're still such friends after not having talked for so long! :D

then i came back and played pirates on arthur's computer. for more than three hours. noooooooooo! so addicting!

current mood: bouncy

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Sunday, December 5th, 2004
4:51 pm - tae kwon do
yesterday was the tae kwon do belt test and team test. the belt test wasn't that bad. i didn't mess up majorly anywhere so i'm pretty sure i passed. part of the test was breaking wooden blocks! first with a hammer punch and then with an axe kick. keep in mind that we've never practiced this before...and i did it! i broke both blocks! ahhhhh! how cool! i used to watch movies and stare in awe when people broke blocks but now I CAN DO IT TOO! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! i have my broken block pieces sitting on my table--i'm breathing in sawdust right now--and i want to display them on my wall. but they didn't give us our yellow belts :( i want my yellow belt.

then came the horrid, horrendous, horrible TEAM TEST! 1.5 hours of non-stop intense conditioning in the gym. this program consisted of normal jogging, jogging but raising our knees to waist level, push ups, more push ups (on our knuckles), staying in push up position for long periods of time, lying on the floor and keeping our legs straight and feet six inches above the floor (also legs straight at 45 degrees and 90 degrees), jumping up and bringing our knees up to our chest, jumping up and touching our toes, mountain climbing, getting in large and larger circles (with arms on each others' shoulders) and doing squats together (100 altogether), and much more. everyone was dead after 10 minutes, but we kept going for an hour and half. so, you think it's over after 90 minutes of torture? NO, YOU'RE WRONG! then we went to the highrises and ran up and down the steps TWICE. no, not once, twice. 24 flights of stairs baby! JESUS. and when we came down, we had to get back into push up position and stay there until everyone had made it back down. i should've taken my time coming down...but then it was finally over! and to my great surprise, i was still alive and in one piece and with energy to spare! i thought i would've been a complete wreck and collapsed on the floor. wow, i'm so proud of myself! then we went to wawa and young bought us drinks (no, not alcohol, fool!). i love young, he was so encouraging throughout the entire team test. and much thanks to andrew as well--the two of us cheering each other on really helped in dire times.

i came back to the dorm, heard gaurav laughing at the idea that i'm in tae kwon do, walked over to his room, and punched him in the back. HA! serves him right!

then was the tae kwon do banquet at the spaghetti warehouse! i finally bonded with non-huntsman people and met phillip, celica's friend. mmmmm, i had meat lasagne, yummy! it took them forever to get us seated, though, so in the meantime, we played this random love meter thing. celica got "passionate," i got "sexy," maggie's boyfriend got "clammy," so did stas, mike somehow got "hot stuff," alex got "sexy," and andrew broke the machine and was off the charts! now does that mean he was even higher than "uncontrollable," or so low he couldn't even make "blah"? hehe. we'll see ;D

then celica, bhavna, phillip, and myself came back to my room and watch the "talented mr. ripley." frustrating movie, but good times!

current mood: bouncy

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Sunday, November 28th, 2004
11:01 am - thanksgiving break
when i first arrived tuesday night, my house didn't seem all that home-like. it smelled like...china. i told my parents and they gave my a weird look. now it is five days later and i've finally gotten back used to the rhythm here, but i'm leaving again.

thanksgiving dinner was spent at a family friend's house. several chinese families were there and i met a pretty cool kid who goes to UF. he's a freshman, really tall for a chinese guy (i'm guessing 6'1"-ish), had rather long hair, and intends on majoring in chemistry (for chemistry and not premed! how exciting!). the food was surprisingly good--it was chinese food and most of the time, chinese food cooked by other families is not to my taste. but i suppose it's because they are shanghainese so their food is similar to what we eat at home. anyway, there was turkey (i think), as well as vegetarian turkey (haha tofurkey LOL). there wasn't mashed potatoes or any of that other traditional american stuff, but i didn't really miss it.

yesterday i went to dimsum at tropical chinese. oh, the memories! only it was not like tradition because i went with my family and not ploppy, darnold, and talyah. when we got octopus i thought of talyah, when we ordered cold beef i thought of ploppy ("cold beef! more cold beef!"). i totally forgot about the pork buns (*squeezing hand motion*) until we left, though :( in any case, i got to use my korean skills by saying gahm sah hahm ni da (thank you) to the korean waiter who couldn't speak chinese. ha, i win!

i will miss this weather and waking up late and going shopping without needing to worry about cash!
and the family.

current mood: awake

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Monday, November 22nd, 2004
12:11 pm
everything was fine until you walked in,
then all those feelings came rushing back.

and sorry jerome, sorry alex, sorry that i'm still so dependent on the former...

current mood: tormented

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
12:15 am - right on
so instead of getting back to work like i said i would, i went and took a quiz that michelle had a link to on her lj [http://hokev.brinkster.net/quiz/default.asp?quiz=Better+Relationship&page=1]. i'm supposedly a firebrand (same as michelle!), but damn, this thing is accurate:

eXpressive: 6/10
Practical: 4/10
Physical: 7/10
Giver: 3/10

You are a XSYT--Expressive Sentimental Physical Taker. This makes you a Firebrand.

You are volatile, sexy and sexually driven. You're magnetic and fascinating, but you don't really enjoy playing the field -- it makes you nervous and preys on your insecurites. But when you fall for someone you fall hard.

You tend to over-analyze things, so the slightest comment or action from your significant other can send you into a tailspin. You crave attention and validation from your loved ones, so if your friends don't like your partner or your partner doesn't like your friends it makes you suffer. Unfortunately the two are often in conflict -- you have excellent insight with your friends, but in a relationship you are blind. Trust your friends!

You blow hot and cold, with big highs and big lows. This makes the bad times very bad but the good times very good, so you tend to stay in a problem relationship much longer than you should. But when a relationship fails, you hold a grudge. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but make sure your grudge doesn't cloud your vision the other way!

What would help you most in your relationships is confidence. You need someone who can help you feel good about yourself and not worse.

You can be needy and jealous. Fortunately you are cute as hell.

Of the 154042 people who have taken this quiz, 5.6 % are this type.

current mood: surprised

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Monday, November 15th, 2004
11:51 pm - life update
fuck work, i'm taking a break!

so, last friday i went ice skating for freeeeeeeeee! at the penn ice rink. i went with a bunch of fellow huntsmanites (jen, yang, russell, junyoung, alex wilson, and jerome); we were lazy asses and took the penn transit bus there and back. and skating was sooooo much fun! i learned how to skate backwards and how to turn in a circle (sort of), watched russell and lingling with their amazing skating skills (they had taken lessons), played tag with yusha and sida (sarahe, i know you're jealous that you missed this), and got revenge for albert pocking me by crashing into him and then both falling over (not recommended). my ankles were killing me by the end, but it was well worth it :)

and then, tae kwon do tournament! 5+ hour drive up to MIT saturday night and then 5+ hour drive down sunday night. i competed in poomse (forms), got distracted by the different poomse the other girl was doing and lost my focus, i.e. didn't do nearly as well as i could have. watched the black and color belts spar. wow, they are so inspiring! i realized through the course of the tournament that the mental part (focus, concentration) is very important in tae kwon do--james (instructor) later said that tae kwon do is half physical, half mental. also, just yelling when you attack adds a lot. some people had some wild and crazy (and scary) screams! i came back very motivated to do my best in tkd, stick with it, and try to become a black belt when i graduate.

and, today we won our first intramural volleyball match! against SWAT, which is really good and has supposedly won all its matches so far (and has intimidating tall people). go ISB (intramural sport BIOTCH)! except only four of our real players (russell, anna, yang, and myself) were there. kira and kyle (omg jump serve and spiking omg!) helped us out. yeah, kyle is the national decathalon champion--comes in handy! i really like this team...i doubt we can keep it though :(

gah, back to work. math midterm studying, here i come!

current mood: predatory

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Monday, November 1st, 2004
7:52 pm - fortune cookie fortune
usually i hate fortune cookie fortunes that don't give me a fortune, but rather just tell me some random truth about society, life, or myself. but for the crappy mood i'm in right now, this fortune i just got really helped: "You have a capacity for enjoying life." makes me try to be more optimistic :)

current mood: hopeful

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Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
3:36 am - A Dream of Love
Dancing in and out of the shadows,
I lost my balance
and I saw stars.
Saw Saturn and Orion,
sparkling through tears,
looked vainly for Venus,
and Oh! how I wished
the hunter's arrow was Cupid's!

With the cold wind whipping around me,
all I wanted
was to fall into you.

current mood: yearning

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Monday, October 18th, 2004
7:31 pm - pictures! finally
ninja night photos! follow the frame numbers, don't watch the out-of-order slideshow!

p.s. we were all sober. who needs frat parties when you can have this much fun without even leaving your room/hall? huntsman ROCKS.

current mood: mischievous

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
12:22 am - no more naps
i took a nap this evening and had the most awful nightmare. first i couldn't see right, like one of my eyes wasn't working, so i looked in the mirror, and although my left eye was still there, the pupil wasn't, so it was just an eyeball of gaping whiteness and blood vessels. then i woke up, or at least i saw my exact real world surroundings, lighting and all, but couldn't move! after some seconds of struggling and trying to call out to jen for help, i told myself to go back to sleep so that hopefully when i became conscious again, i could move. maybe it was just an image in my mind, but when i "woke up" a second time, the paralysis was still there. again, go back to sleep, go back to sleep. if i still couldn't move afterwards, i rationalized that when my roommate tried to wake me up like i asked her to, she would realize something was wrong and take me to the hospital. after all, i noticed i was still breathing and could at least last that long. luckily, when i next woke up, i had control of my body again and so immediately jolted up to scream, "jen! i had the most awful nightmare!"

p.s. jen and i think our room might be haunted, what with the collection of weird dreams we've had here, the voices that we've heard, and the mysterious shift in my bed's position (we're talking a sudden 1/2 foot change here).
p.p.s. jerome was in my dream. i forgot what he was doing there. the voices jen heard involved jerome too.
p.p.p.s. therefore, jerome is haunting our room?

current mood: scared

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
5:49 pm - you know i'm tired when i say stuff like:
jen (roommate) says, "i need to do my history paper"
lisa is eating her yummy coconut pocky and asks, "why is my history paper so sweet?"

current mood: tired

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Monday, September 27th, 2004
2:23 am - the sweetest thing
JYL52: i'm listening to "losing lisa" by bed folds, and i thought of you

awwww, that brightened my day :)

p.s. and then at 2 in the morning, right when i was about to go to sleep:
alexpasch85: hola sexy

current mood: refreshed

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Sunday, September 26th, 2004
1:39 pm - paper postponing
*this is all a horrible/immoral/inefficient waste of my labor in an attempt to not do my history paper, which is due on wednesday*

last night i played a whole hour of huntsman hacky with (hybrid) patrick, arthur, alex (p), junyoung, jen, and xiang. huntsman hacky consists of tossing around an empty plastic bottle and trying to keep it in the air for as long as possible. it was incredibly stupid, and fun, and a workout. we all got hurt at some point or other when our head/foot/wrist/etc. came into contact with the bottle cap. but that is part of the risk and danger that makes huntsman hacky a step above the rest! here are two quotes (authored by junyoung) that we will use to recruit new members:
1) "i laughed so hard, i swallowed my gum!"
2) "you can't leave until you bleed!"
yes, that's what your $40,000 a year is going towards, parents! improving reflexes at 1 in the morning and do i hear networking? yes, networking with the best and the brightest!
then we heard russell and linda's amazingly hilarious subway story, which they acted out for us. i don't think i've ever laughed so hard in my life (both my throat and stomach hurt afterwards). linda bending down and saying "don't mess with me, woman!" is classic. i guess you had to be there...
and then xiang and i drank milk and ate the brownies and lemon merengue pie that she stole from the dining hall yesterday. mmmmm, yummy! and then i suddenly got sleepy.

current mood: lazy

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
1:31 am - random musings
the head of penn chamber music is adrien brody-esque :) and might be serving us alcohol during the social at his house ;D

i like hearing/sharing stories with my hallmates about our relationship troubles. relationships involving depression, sad and touching ones, and of course, my slightly-scary-and-on-the-abusive-side one. go chan!

i don't understand how my history teacher intends on discussing through all of our readings (sometimes around 100 pages) in one 1.5 hour class. moreover, we are behind, and i don't understand how he plans on catching up...

i wish people wrote me poetry. or that at least i inspired some. chan once said in response to my asking him what he would do if i died that he would write the most beautiful poetry (or was it literature in general?) ever. too bad our creative writing is inextricably tied to depression. jerome's isn't. i'm jealous.

i have a stomach ache :(

current mood: sleepy

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Saturday, September 18th, 2004
11:07 am - PYO audition
so i went in not caring at all and came out nervous as hell. right before me was this amazing girl (made pyo last year, but turned it down to be fourth chair in pyao) playing ziegunerweisen. i played about a page and a half of the bach, started out sounding really good, messed up twice (ahhh!). primavera wasn't as scary as anticipated--he asked how the family was because of the hurricane and said thank you. he actually came across as being caring. but since he didn't say anything about my playing, i have no idea if i got in or not (they will call in a few days if i'm in, send a letter if not). scaglione, on the other hand, looked really stupid. hehe ;D

p.s. the weather was awful. rain everywhere. my never having gone there before did not help in the least.

current mood: dreary

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Saturday, September 11th, 2004
10:44 pm - september 11 and september 11 eve
the last two days were much fun. i don't have classes on fridays so i didn't get up until 10:45am. last night i went to FPAN, a performing arts night where all of penn's performing arts groups do a showcase to recruit and entertain the freshmen. some of the groups were truly amazing and some were very funny. however, it ran for like four hours and sitting through the entirety of it was tough. then we went to a house party, which got of kind of fun, but casual conversation only cures boredom for so long. when i returned to my dorm room, my roommate and her boyfriend were cuddling on her bed, so feeling rather awkward and sexiled again, i went with rina to hang out with people on the fourth floor. we ended up chilling in jerome and jon's room with them and mike, enjoying bai jiu (chinese rice wine). didn't come back to my room until around 4, by which time my roommate was getting worried over my whereabouts and whether rina had eaten me. hehe :D i love jen (my roommate)!
this afternoon, at 5, i headed over to the gym with rina and russell, only to stop at a volleyball game and get invited to join in. it was sooooo much fun! i haven't played volleyball in so long and i absolutely love that game! at first, i was really bad at bumping, first missing the ball alltogether and then sending it in wrong directions. but i soon found my old skills and one of the post-seniors we were playing with, who had been in volleyball before, said i was a good setter. yay for me! we were later joined by jeanne and arthur and played almost until 7:30. then we walked all around campus (to the food trucks area but only the indian food truck was still there so we walked to 1920 commons saw a chinese food truck on the way but there was a huge line 1920 commons was closing in five minutes so we walked to 40th street but then we realized we didn't have enough money since russell had two dollars and arthur four and me nothing and rina with a credit card so we decided to go to hill because sida informed me that it would be open until 9 stopped at the food court to realize again we didn't have enough money found hill dining hall already closed split up with russell going to starbucks and jeanne and rina staying with him to go the food court and arthur and i running back to the dorm to get cash only to be too lazy to go back out and ordering a pizza from papa john's instead). then sida came by with yusha, who was staying here for the night, and we played some pool and ping pong. after they left, ryan taught me all these spins in ping pong and i attempted to learn them. fun times! now, i must (no more postponing!) do my history reading!

current mood: excited

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Friday, September 10th, 2004
12:42 am
today was exhausting. four 1.5-hour classes, three of them back to back. and i didn't get to go to the gym even though i really wanted to (maybe doing some yoga later will make me feel better). i had this image in my head and coldplay in my ears--so much for no more inspired, depressing poetry. but it didn't come out as i had hoped. so sorry, self.

* * *

fatigue, hunger
and the flower wilts
in my mind's eye
bends, shrinks
drained of color
et les filles, elles me manquent.

wandering, listless
through halls
and rooms
et les physiciens, ils me manquent.

and this rain,
and this cold,
et les jours sans souci, je manque.

* * *

what an awful way to come back. sarahe needs to write more so i have examples to go off of. and where is talyah? i miss her...and ploppy and our careless days, too.

current mood: drained

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Thursday, September 9th, 2004
12:30 am - penn orchestra audition
i went into the audition this afternoon not so nervous, since i didn't think it would be difficult to get in and didn't care if i didn't anyway. i played pretty well--had little shifting problems on the second movement of mozart concerto no. 3, since i didn't really practice it, but bach sounded great. and i got in!
there were three people listening to me: one from the orchestra, one from chamber music, and one from the baroque ensemble. for now, i'm just going to do chamber because i don't want to be too involved first semester in case i get overwhelmed. eddie got in, too, and we're going to be in the same chamber group, how exciting! and the chamber guy was cute, and had an accent! *sigh* i hope he coaches us. ok, i must stop. but what's most exciting is that the three of them were discussing and said i would probably get into PYO (philadelphia youth orchestra). AHHHHHHHH! amazing!

also, classes started today. i don't feel like talking about that.

p.s. i talked to chan last night and we had our first philosophical conversation in ages. it's taken a full year but i'm so glad we can be friends and just talk again. those philosophical conversations, or rather arguments, i missed them so much! one reason why i loved him so much was because he was like my best friend and we could talk about anything.

current mood: exhilarated

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
10:51 pm - belated penn update!
so. i moved in september 1st, and ever since, have been busy running around non-stop to all the events that are (and many that are not) in new student orientation. some random ones that i happen to remember: pennfest (where i jumped around and did a flip in a bounce house, got a temporary flower tattoo, and a caricature/portrait), dinner and social at the philadelphia museum of art, too many wharton activities, walking across campus to practice with eddie, visiting friends in other dorms, eating a genuine philly cheesecake for the first time in years, and a beautiful convocation tonight. and yesterday, i was pressured into wearing a toga to the toga party, but i'm very glad i did! the dancing was better than it was at the library social...afterwards, we sat around the fountain and sang disney/old pop songs (ex. backstreet boys, 'n sync, britney spears), then jumped in at the end of row, row, row your boat. here are some pictures:

my tattoo (on my ankle)

mimi, xiang, me, alex (one of the few guys who dressed up), archita, skye, and rina all ready for the toga party

all wet after the toga party (girls having jumped into the fountain and alex, who had missed out, but got attacked with a group hug from us girls, standing in sound of music fashion)

i love my hallmates and the huntsman kids! but yeah, classes start tomorrow :( math 104 in the morning and history 107 in the afternoon. and, i have my audition for penn chamber music! wish me luck!

current mood: cheerful

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Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
11:54 pm - 6 years
i subscribe to the new york time's daily headlines e-mail, which includes a "on this day" section. This is what it said these past two days:

"On Sept. 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland."
"On Sept. 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II."

Almost six years exactly...isn't that weird?

p.s. i'll update about penn soon!

current mood: cheerful

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Friday, August 27th, 2004
10:07 pm - i'm leaving...
sitting at an unknown japanese restaurant picked out by dad, mom brushes away a strand of my almost-long hair as it falls precariously near the udon soup i'm eating. and it hits me--when i go to college, she won't be able to do that anymore. and i tell her, sounding as if i don't appreciate the gesture. but that is not my meaning at all--"it's..." and i stumble through chinese words in my head, only to settle on an english adjective instead--"sad," mom, sad.

current mood: sad

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12:16 am - this is what happens when you leave away messages on all day
author's note: sorry if this is turning into an ian shrine...i promise i will write non-ian-related entries soon

fromageinabox: hurray ian*

Auto response from zdynastyprincess: packing

fromageinabox: guess what i watched access hollywood last night
fromageinabox: and he was going to a party
fromageinabox: and he looked better
fromageinabox is away at 12:53:44 PM.
fromageinabox returned at 1:24:47 PM.
fromageinabox signed off at 1:29:11 PM.
fromageinabox signed on at 2:18:43 PM.
fromageinabox signed off at 2:18:58 PM.
fromageinabox signed on at 7:22:01 PM.
fromageinabox is away at 7:34:53 PM.
fromageinabox returned at 8:18:06 PM.
fromageinabox: well it was only for like 1 minute

Auto response from zdynastyprincess: more packing...(hey sarahe--don't tell me u saw ian if u don't have a tape to back it up, or else i'm gonna cry, or kill u)

fromageinabox: but his hair was all combed and stuff
fromageinabox: and the lady was like
fromageinabox: so...do the ladies go crazy for the thorpedo back in australia?
fromageinabox: and he was all trying to be modest and he was like "hummm, i don't watch myself on tv...i don't really know....hum" in that lovely aussie accent
fromageinabox: and then they showed him dancing at some party
fromageinabox: and it was funny
fromageinabox: not in a bahahahaa-look-you-can't-dance way
fromageinabox: but it was still funny
fromageinabox: ok i feel like i'm talking to myself
fromageinabox: KEEP PACKING
fromageinabox is away at 8:20:22 PM.
zdynastyprincess: YO!

Auto response from fromageinabox: you wanna get boned,
you wanna get stoned
you wanna get a room like no one else

you wanna be rich
you wanna be kitch
you wanna be the bastard of yourself

you wanna get burned
you wanna get turned
you wanna get fucked inside out

that's right.

zdynastyprincess: come back and talk to me!
zdynastyprincess: i watched access hollywood tonight...michael was on but not ian
zdynastyprincess: how not cool
fromageinabox: what!!!

Auto response from zdynastyprincess: still PACKING ahhhhh! sarahe, we seemed to have missed each other again :-(

fromageinabox returned at 8:43:03 PM.
fromageinabox: LISA
fromageinabox: THIS IS NOT FAIR
fromageinabox: if it makes you feel better i'm making my resume
fromageinabox is away at 8:48:57 PM.
fromageinabox returned at 8:48:59 PM.
fromageinabox is away at 8:50:17 PM.
fromageinabox: ok lisae i have to go but THIS IS NOT OVER

Auto response from zdynastyprincess: still PACKING ahhhhh! sarahe, we seemed to have missed each other again :-(

fromageinabox returned at 9:52:23 PM.
fromageinabox signed off at 9:52:29 PM.

*i have a new buddy icon--of yummy ian thorpe! IM me (sn zdynastyprincess) to see!

current mood: tired

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Friday, August 20th, 2004
11:32 pm - pinky swear!
fromageinabox: ok in four years
zdynastyprincess: ian will b old...
fromageinabox: we are going to watch them [ian thorpe and michael phelps] TOGETHER
zdynastyprincess: OK
fromageinabox: we will be LEGAL
zdynastyprincess: HEY!
zdynastyprincess: we'll go to beijing, k?
zdynastyprincess: and c them LIVE
zdynastyprincess: in person
fromageinabox: YES
fromageinabox: we can GET DRUNK WITH THEM
zdynastyprincess: YES!!!!
zdynastyprincess: dude, china has no drinking age anyway
fromageinabox: because that's a good idea and everything
fromageinabox: yeah but still
fromageinabox: bahahaha
zdynastyprincess: ok, let's make this final
zdynastyprincess: RIGHT NOW
zdynastyprincess: WE'RE GOING!!!
fromageinabox: pinky swear
zdynastyprincess: pinky swear!
zdynastyprincess: omg, i just had the worst thot ever
fromageinabox: what
fromageinabox: what if one of them dies!!!!
zdynastyprincess: what if...1 of them didn't qualify?!?!?!?!
fromageinabox: no that wouldn't happen
fromageinabox: ok your thought was worse

see siren47's livejournal for more context.

current mood: obsessed

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2004
9:24 pm - michael phelps v. ian thorpe!
zdynastyprincess: btw, have u been watching the olympics?
Gambiteer1031: some
Gambiteer1031: i watched b-ball, some swimming, some gymnastics
zdynastyprincess: omg, i'm so obsessed w/ michael phelps v ian thorpe
zdynastyprincess: like GAAAAAAAAAAAH!
zdynastyprincess: and i know like nothing about swimming
Gambiteer1031: so why so obsessed :-)
zdynastyprincess: coz...it's like this intense rivalry
zdynastyprincess: but friendly...
zdynastyprincess: and they're both so good!
zdynastyprincess: and kinda cute/hot...
zdynastyprincess: anyway, watching them is inspirational
Gambiteer1031: i figured that would be at the bottom somewhere...:-)
zdynastyprincess: hahahaha
zdynastyprincess: who do u like better?
Gambiteer1031: i dunnow...thorpe's prbably cooler
zdynastyprincess: YES!
zdynastyprincess: U AGREE!
zdynastyprincess: if u didn't, i might've had to kill u...
Gambiteer1031: lol
Gambiteer1031: it might just be cause he's australian
zdynastyprincess: and he has a cool nickname
Gambiteer1031: the thorpedo?
Gambiteer1031: lol
zdynastyprincess: and he swims in that body suit...which is kinda weird, but original

current mood: weird

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3:03 pm - everyone is leaving!
evan, bobby, and ploppy are leaving tomorrow! i didn't realize how sad i'd get until i hugged ploppy goodbye, and it was such a tight hug, it suddenly hit me how much i'd miss him (and everyone else)! like i felt empty inside...
and then they signed on to AIM and the void was miraculously filled again! LOL ;D

current mood: nostalgic

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Monday, August 9th, 2004
11:38 pm - poem for yoni
wow, i'm on a roll--i wrote a second poem tonight! this one was inspired by yoni's troubles/complaining about his mini ipod taking forever to ship and get to him, etc.

dear mini iPod,

you are blue, and I am too
waited three weeks, then finally a sign
two days ago, you were picked up in Shanghai
across the Pacific, now in Anchorage
still cross-country! Alaska! what sacrilege!
I'm fed up with FedEx, here on Miami Beach
my iPod yet far out of my reach!

sincerely yours,

current mood: bahahaha!

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10:47 pm - ode to boredom
i have returned from my much-too-prolonged hiatus* from poetry writing to present you with a most silly poem! behold:

wave a flag before my eyes
bring me a most welcome surprise
douse my languid being with ice
burn my torpid mind will suffice!
with flames, with fury,
with spice, with mace
anything insufferable boredom to erase!
for if allowed this consumption to wax
i will lose what remaining syntax!

*i have abstained from penning verse mostly because of an aversion to the "you" subject that keeps invading my poems, which gives them a familiar-to-the-point-of-clithe-for-me accusatory tone. alas, i have escaped only to be trapped in the "i" subject!

humming "i'm gonna buy a gun and start a war, if you can tell me something worth fighting for"...i'm not interested in being a freedom fighter.

current mood: bored

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Thursday, August 5th, 2004
9:48 pm - cheap survey no. 2, swiped from rojas
Have you ever...

[x] been drunk.
[] smoked pot.
[x] kissed a member of the opposite sex.
[x] rode in a taxi.
[] shoplifted.
[] been fired.
[] been in a fist fight.
[] had sex.
[] had a threesome - kissing or otherwise
[] snuck out of your parent's house.
[] been arrested.
[] made out with a stranger.
[] stole something from your job.
[] celebrated new years in times square.
[] went on a blind date.
[x] lied to a friend.
[x] had a crush on a teacher. (well, i thought he was cute)
[]celebrated mardi-gras in new orleans.
[] been to europe.
[] skipped school
[] thrown up from drinking.
[] lost your sibling.
[x] played 'clue'.
[] had a sleepover party.
[] went ice skating.
[] had a sweet sixteen.
[] had a quinceanera.
[x] had a car.
[x] drove.

Do you...
[] have a bf.
[] have a gf.
[x] have a crush.
[x] feel loved.
[] feel lonely.
[x] feel happy.
[] hate yourself.
[] think your attractive.
[] have a dog.
[x] have your own room.
[x] listen to rap.
[x] listen to rock.
[] listen to soul.
[x] listen to techno.
[x] listen to reggae.
[] paint your nails.
[x] have more than 1 best friend.
[x] play an instrument.
[x] have slippers.
[] wear boxers.
[x] wear thongs.
[x] wear black eyeliner. (on occasion)
[x] like the color blue.
[] like the color yellow.
[x] like to read.
[x] like to write.
[x] have long hair. (ish)
[] have short hair.
[x] have a cell phone.
[x] have a laptop.
[] have a pager.

Are you...
[] ugly.
[] pretty.
[x] ok.
[x] bored.
[x] happy.
[] bilingual. (i'm trilingual, BIOTCH! hehe)
[] white.
[] black.
[] mexican.
[x] asian.
[x] short.
[] grounded.
[] sick.
[x] a virgin.
[x] lazy.
[x] single.
[] taken.
[] talking to someone.
[x] IMing someone.
[] scared to die.
[] tired.
[] sleepy.
[] annoyed.
[] hungry.
[x] thirsty.
[] on the phone.
[] in your room.
[x] drinking something.
[] eating something.
[] in your pjs.
[x] ticklish.
[x] listening to music.
[] homophobic.
[] racist

current mood: lazy

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9:28 pm - oh, heathcliff!
wuthering heights is sooooooo good! despite my lack of dedication at the start, i loved the rest of it! the ending is sweet--almost bordering on maudlin and cheesiness--yet so sad. i just finished it, and i have all this emotion inside of me, trying to burst out, but torn whether to cry or rejoice! ahhh, it's times like these that make me like being a girl. wuthering heights is such a melodramatic girl book! you should read it, if you're a girl! ;D

current mood: enthralled

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1:20 pm - harold and kumar go to white castle is the funniest movie EVER!
if you are asian and you don't see harold and kumar and/or don't like it, i am not your friend anymore.

current mood: high - actually i don't smoke

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Wednesday, August 4th, 2004
1:03 pm
i saw the manchurian candidate monday night (it was not very good, but that is not my point here). it was set in present day, complete with war on terror, vexing politicians, etc. what was weird, though, is that i found the world of the movie, with its war, much more frightening than our world with the same war. maybe it's because i think bush is a joke...

current mood: weird

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Saturday, July 31st, 2004
11:14 pm - LOL!

If you made an anime, what would it be like?
Full Name
Your Anime's plot is a mystery with interesting plot twists (Oh my gosh! He killed Kenny!)
Your Anime is known for its line of panty wear.
Will your Anime be sent to America? Yes, but the company that dubbed your anime suffered under a terrible accident before it was put on the air.
Number of Episodes: 6
What people think of it: Even God himself enjoys watching your anime.
This fun quiz by cyrad - Taken 2242 Times.
New - COOL Dating Tips and Romance Advice!

i kind of like rojas' (the fiery fox's) results better...but he only put his first name...and besides, even god himself enjoys watching my anime! bahahahaha! beat that!

current mood: amused

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
12:19 am - after all, i'm a girl
i went to the doctor's today. i got four shots: PPD (tuberculosis), varicella (chicken pox vaccine), meningitis, and tetanus. i'm covered in band-aids. or to be politically correct, bandages of the curad brand.
also, my doctor informed me that i am now 100 pounds (but still 4'11.25"). ew. but being the optimistic person that i am, i thought maybe i gained some muscle from all the exercise i've been doing, thus the added weight. dad's response was, "muscle in your tummy?" (he was not referring to abs.) ok, very not supportive.
then i remembered i had once promised myself not to break 100 pounds without first breaking five feet, which means...I HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT!!!

when i looked in the mirror tonight, i thought to myself, "i look meaty. ewwwwww."

current mood: distressed

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Sunday, July 25th, 2004
9:31 pm - laziest survey ever/stolen from michelle
key: bold=true, ()=my comments

01. I miss somebody right now.
02. I don't watch much TV these days.
03. I love olives.
04. I love sleeping.
05. I own lots of books.
06. I wear glasses or contact lenses.
07. I love to play video games.

08. I've tried marijuana.
09. I've watched porn movies.
10. I have been in a threesome.
11. I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship.
12. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.

13. I have acne free skin.
14. I like and respect Al Sharpton.
15. I curse frequently.
16. I have changed a lot mentally over the last year.
17. I have a hobby.

18. I've been told I: (women) have an applebottom, (men) am packing.
19. I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
20. I'm really, really smart. (i'm not really, really arrogant)
21. I've never broken someone's bones.
22. I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal.

23. I hate the rain.
24. I'm paranoid at times.
25. I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
26. I need money right now!
27. I love Sushi.

28. I talk really, really fast.
29. I have fresh breath in the morning.
30. I have semi-long hair.
31. I have lost money in Las Vegas.
32. I have at least one brother and/or one sister.
33. I was born in a country outside of the U.S.
34. I shave my legs (females) or face (males) on a regular basis.

35. I have a twin.
36. I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past. (do fake eye creases count? hehe. talyah knows what i'm talking about)
37. I couldn't survive without Caller I.D.
38. I like the way that I look sometimes.
39. I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months. (i figure this has probably happened, although i don't remember the specifics)

40. I know how to cornrow.
41. I am usually pessimistic.
42. I have a lot of mood swings.
43. I think prostitution should be legalized.
44. I think Britney Spears is hot.
45. I have been pulled over for speeding.
46. I have a hidden talent.
47. I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar I have.
48. I think that I'm popular.
49. I am currently single. (i can't decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing)
50. I have kissed someone of the same sex.
51. I enjoy talking on the phone.
52. I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.
53. I love to shop.
54. I would rather shop than eat. (HELL NO!)
55. I would classify myself as ghetto.
56. I'm bourgie and have worn a sweater tied around my shoulders.
57. I'm obsessed with my Xanga or Livejournal.
58. I don't hate anyone. I dislike them.
59. I'm a pretty good dancer.
60. I don't think Mike Tyson raped Desiree Washington.
61. I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.
62. I have a cell phone.
63. I believe in God. Buddha.
64. I watch MTV on a daily basis. (the summer has its price...)

65. I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months. (i do not enjoy losing my memory)
66. I love drama.
67. I have never been in a real relationship before.
68. I've rejected someone before.
69. I currently have a crush on someone. (yeah, i think corey butler is the cutest person ever!)

70. I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.
71. I want to have children in the future.
72. I have changed a diaper before.

73. I've called the cops on a friend before.
74. I bite my nails.
75. I am a member of the Tom Green fan club.
76. I'm not allergic to anything.
77. I have a lot to learn.
78. I have dated someone at least 10 years older or younger.
79. I plan on seeing Ice Cube's newest "Friday" movie.
80. I am very shy around the opposite sex sometimes.
81. I'm online 24/7, even as an away message.
82. I have at least 5 away messages saved.
83. I have tried alcohol or drugs before.

84. I have made a move on a friend's significant other in the past.
85. I own the "South Park" movie.
86. I have avoided assignments at work to be on Xanga or Livejournal.
87. When I was a kid I played "the birds and the bees" with a neighbor or chum.
88. I enjoy some country music.
89. I would die for my best friends.
90. I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza. (SIR PIZZA DOES!)
91. I watch soap operas whenever I can.
92. I'm obsessive, anal retentive, and often a perfectionist.
93. I have used my sexuality to advance my career.
94. I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all.
95. I know all the words to Slick Rick's "Children's Story".
96. Halloween is awesome because you get free candy.
97. I watch Spongebob Squarepants and I like it.

98. I have dated a close friend's ex.
99. I'm happy as of this moment.
100. I can't wait to go to college.
101. I'm a vegetarian.
102. I feel neglected.
103. I HATE liars.
104. I hate going to work.

current mood: bored

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
11:16 am - places i visited in china
here are the places i visited in china and their respective significances. and for the added touch of coherency, the list is in chronological order!

-- shanghai (first and last stop): good for shopping, seeing foreigners, skyscrapers, and starbucks

-- shandong province: taishan, one of china's five famous mountains; qufu, where confucius' temple (modelled like forbidden city), house (or should i say estate), and family cemetery (dug up during the cultural revolution) are located; jinan, capital of shandong and dubbed the spring city, where there is a famous lake and a really cool bubbling spring

-- xian: ancient capital of many dynasties; site of terra-cotta warriors, many emperors' tombs (including the a-team infamous qin shihuang di), and a grandiose fight between my parents (more about it later)

* * *due to a coughstupidcough decision on my dad's part to change his laptop's operation system without telling the rest of us, we lost almost all of the pictures taken at the above locations, since they had been stored in the laptop* * *

-- wenzhou, zhejiang province: return to the humid, developed southern coastal cities; the medical school my parents went to, with a brand new campus as well as some vestiges of what it used to look like in the late 70s/early 80s

-- linhai, zhejiang: mom's hometown, much development since our last visit in 2000

-- ningbo, zhejiang: dad's hometown, also chiang kai-shek's hometown; nice, developed city; the small suburb* of xiaogang, which is dad's real hometown, is still some 10 to 20 years behind

*suburbs in china tend to be a lot more squalid/poor/behind than the cities; the rich are all moving to the large metropolises

current mood: apathetic

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2004
5:15 pm
i hate my dad!

current mood: seething

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Monday, July 12th, 2004
5:06 pm - i practiced!
i practiced violin for the first time in over a month! i practiced scales seriously! and i think i actually improved on bach*!

*the two main reasons why i haven't practiced in so long are 1) my three-week trip to china without a violin, and 2) my seemingly inability to improve on bach=FRUSTRATION/depression!

current mood: jubilant

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Friday, July 9th, 2004
9:57 pm - random highlights of china trip
i'm back! (i actually got back wednesday night at around 9:30.) here are some random highlights from my trip--sorry for the lack of coherency, coherency will come later, after i process the three weeks myself.

-- first thing we see when we land in china at shanghai's pudong airport is this gigantic welcome sign sponsored by a wharton alumni association in shanghai, bearing the inscription, "Wharton, the best business school in the world." hehe, i love my school ;D

-- i ate a lot in china. virtually every day, someone was treating us to lunch or dinner or both. some of the weird stuff i ate: live shrimp (brought to you in a covered bowl, still jumping around and slowly suffocating in the soy sauce/chili mix), snake, donkey, rabbit and this vegetable that rabbits eat in the same meal, sushi-flavored Lays, and lots of lots of shellfish (very fresh, very good). luckily, i didn't gain any weight :)

-- china eastern airlines' safety video is anime! LOL. and chinese airline food is better.

-- yao ming is everywhere! as if he were the national symbol of china! at the airport, on billboards, at mcdonald's, along the street in never-ending signs, at the street corner, all over the tv, selling cell phones, smiling at you from life-size cutouts, etc., etc., etc.!

-- i finally found a starbucks--in shanghai. and it's still as overpriced as ever. but i don't care. i'll get my frappucino no matter what the cost!

-- there was a u-turn light in shanghai. how cool is that? there are also a lot of traffic lights with timers on them so you can see how long the green/yellow/red light will last. i like how the yellow light lasts 2 seconds.

-- i watched a lot of euro 2004--it seems all of china is obsessed with it (beckham is almost everywhere, being signed to pepsi and all)--the wimbledon finals (roddick: "i threw the kitchen sink at [federer] but he went to his bathroom and got his tub." lol), some anime, and a lot of random chinese shows.

-- chinese propaganda slogans sound decent and even heroic sometimes in the chinese, but sound ridiculous once translated into english. take this for example: "based on human with a principle of scientific development conception and constructing a modern coastal city proper in an overall way." yeah.

-- conclusion: the southern coastal area is much better than the northern central region. i'm not being biased, i'm being realistic. the north is years behind the south in development. and although the south has issues with english translations, at least it has english translations.

current mood: sleepy from jet lag

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
11:59 am - A-team nationals pictures!

i think jay was trying to dodge the flash here.

guy in an interesting model pose (says i). guy in a serial killer pose (says guy).

zach...this is what happens when jay is behind the camera.

seb after the HUGE chinese dinner. "look guys! i'm pregnant!"

talyah and i, ready to leave our mildew-infested room. (taken by ploppy)

ploppy had put a bag of gummy bears under his hat.

current mood: mellow

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Monday, June 14th, 2004
10:52 pm - A-team nationals
ROCKED! ok, so we didn't win (9 wins and 3 losses didn't place us in the finals) but we had sooooooo muuuuuch FUN! poker, 20 questions (or 21 questions), slumber parties (darnold slept in talyah's and my room because the university of maryland forgot to give him his own room), et cetera. darnold found out that i was 95 pounds and i found out that he used to weigh almost twice as much as me (185 pounds). we were both surprised. darnold also got to feel very awkward as it was that time of month for me.

i was really bored at one point (waiting for a meeting) so i made guy a paper crane family, with cranes of three different sizes. guy made me a piece of non-representational origami by crumbling up his piece of paper. guy kept his gift. i didn't.

the school paid for food! oh my vishnu how absolutely amazing! saturday night we went to this classy chinese restaurant called royal jade and in addition to each ordering an entree (including two peking ducks), we also ordered appetizers and soup and got free lime sherbet! YUMMY. then came the fortune cookies, at which time doc quoted some person who said that you can always add "in bed" to any fortune. guy's fortune said something like "you are attracted to chinese culture and treasures"...many jokes came out of that one! mine said something like "you will have a prosperous professional career." yeah.

after having unpacked from a-team, i am now packing for china. i leave early wednesday morning and won't be back until july 7. i think i will have internet access from time to time there. later!

current mood: cheerful

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