Monday, November 29, 2004

My Thanksgiving Weekend

in bullet format:

  • had dinner with Hoho, Jason and Damy Wednesday night -- stuffed chicken (eh), and pizza *yum*
  • cooked Thursday morning, finished off two pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce and rushed home
  • dinner with the fam and Damy - *fun*
  • all day shopping with Damy on Friday, dinner with the other two at Macaroni Grill
  • MJ at Hoho's house
  • Saturday was game-day Notre Dame game was AWESOME! BEAT THE BRUINS!!!
  • more MJ at Jason's house
  • Sunday was sleeping, spending time with the sister shopping, more MJ and shabushabu at Jason's house
The end result:

  1. most of my Christmas shopping is done
  2. I'm about 50 pounds heavier
  3. Feeling pretty sick after the game -- not really a good thing to sit out in the rain for four hours and in the freezing cold, although I totally think it was worth it :)
  4. Having the BEST time with the BEST friends I could possibly ask for
  5. Being extremely thankful for EVERYTHING this Thanksgiving :)
How was your holiday? :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2004



and i'mma ditch class today as my reward! :) first class ditched (except for death and dying reasons) in my ENTIRE COLLEGE CAREER!! =D

Tuesday, November 23, 2004


of relief.

I just finished that damn midterm. Duuuude it was brutal. Three questions, only, all essay, all very integrated (is that the right word?)

Seven pages letter, I think I did ok. I hope. My hand is cramped, but I'm pretty confident that I at least knew SOMETHING. And I think I knew some more than that, too. Whether or not I knew everything is the question.

Now time to finish my paper. One more late night and I can get some serious R&R during Thanksgiving weekend. After that, it's American Studies Final Paper, Journalism 310 Final Project, Geography presentation AND Final Paper, and Journalism 472 Final Paper. Then it's work work work because I've got the Oshogatsu Workshops.

Any of you know any children between the ages of 7-12 that would be interested? I've still got some spots to fill. :)

and now a message from our sponsor, end of the semester...



Sunday, November 21, 2004


I am SO PROUD of my sister. She took third place drum major at Arcadia Festival of Bands yesterday. All you band nerds from SHS know how cool that is. :) Seriously brought me to tears. I'm so glad she placed -- she's been working so hard and she really deserves some credit.

Me and my drum major sister :)

Look at her go!

Marching...whooooa hardcore :P

Friday, November 19, 2004


My intention was to stay up tonight and write my paper for my American Studies class. But I find myself completely distracted. I've spent most of my evening looking up career-related stuff. I got an outline done, but that's it.

I'm feeling really stressed out lately about a lot of things. Just really antsy. I'm constantly worrying about one thing or another -- most things that I don't have any control over. I want to go to sleep -- not because I'm tired, but because that's the only time I'm not stressing.

Someone calm me down :(

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg...

....for reminding me how IMPORTANT it is to support the arts community and make it available to EVERYONE.

New York Daily News
Mike: If tix too pricey, stay HoMA


Mayor Bloomberg had little sympathy yesterday for New Yorkers who find the new $20 admission to the Museum of Modern Art a bit steep. "Some things people can afford, some things people can't," said Bloomberg, whose estimated personal fortune is $4.9 billion.

"MoMA is a private institution. It's not a city institution. And they have a right to set their own pricing policies."

Over the past five years, the city funneled $65 million in taxpayer money to help fund MoMA's expansion.

Despite the taxpayers' contribution, Bloomberg - who was in last week's Forbes 400 list of richest Americans - said the city should not be involved in "pressuring" private groups about fees. Besides, he said, there are plenty to choose from. "If you can't afford [admissions] at any one, you can go to another one," he said.

Ed Skyler, Bloomberg's press secretary, later offered a tamer response. "MoMA is a great institution, and it would be incredibly disappointing if this increase prevented people from enjoying it," he said.

MoMA will reopen Nov. 20. The price of an adult ticket, which was $12, will now be $20. Ruth Kaplan, a spokeswoman for MoMA, noted that admission is free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Do you really want to read this? :P

***This is super long-winded and really boring, but FYI, I'm writing this more for myself to clear my head. The following is only for the brave who REALLY want to get in my thoughts.***

I know that I've blogged about this SO many times before, and I'm sure you're getting sick of reading it (if there even is a "you"), but I think the amount that I'm fretting over it is just a testiment to how important this is to me, and how confused I really am.

I'm back to the same old teaching v. museum education what do I want to DO with my life question. I have known for a super long time now that I either want to be a teacher, or work in educational programming for a museum/non-profit, or something similar.

Now that I'm coming up on my last semester, I'm starting to get REALLY nervous about everything that's going to happen come May 14. I like having a plan and knowing what I'm going to do. I like knowing where I'm going. And I think that's why I feel so much pressure to have a job and know what's going to happen once I'm done here.

The last couple of months I've been starting to move seriously on searching for a career and trying to get advice on what I should do, and how I should do it. I've been pouring over articles and talking to everyone I possibly can. I even trekked over to the Career Center on campus (even though they ended up being hardly any help.)
The hardest thing about this "quest" is that the kind of information I am looking for regarding museum education isn't readily available. The fact of the matter is, museum education isn't a "normal" career, and most people don't even think about it, much less talk about it in a career center. When I tell people it's what I want to do, I get a lot of blank stares and "huh's?"

Luckily, though, the woman I work under now turned out to be super helpful. We started talking about me graduating and what I wanted to do, and she gave me a lot of insight and advice, which I'm super grateful for. And I realized a lot about myself in talking to her.

First, I'm feeling an intense pressure to find a job, and quickly. She pointed out that it isn't necessary to know exactly what I'm going to do right away. She told me about how she went from one job to another, and how she started with an internship after she graduated -- that it took a couple of years for her to get the job she is at now. And I realized that I could do the same thing.

As for the pull between teaching and museum work, I think I've narrowed it down.

With teaching, I feel like I could have a lot more impact on kids -- which is what I want to do in the first place. I can have more time to educate kids in a long-term setting. There's the fact that, in a sense, it's more "practical." I know that there is a need for teachers, so it'll be easier for me to find an opening. It's very structured -- I know exactly what I need to do to get my credential and get started. And there's a lot of guidance. The thing is, though, it's a long process -- and I'm afraid to start that process when I'm having doubts. I'm afraid that I'd get bored with teaching. I don't know if I could really handle it, or see myself doing it. Then there's the fact that I have virtually no knowledge about education, unlike my other friends who've majored in education, etc.

As for museum education, I think it's a bit more comprehensive. I get to work with kids, but I also get to work in a non-profit setting, and I can utilize my other skills like writing, marketing, public relations, etc. I get to teach, but I also get to challenge myself. And I think, (and this isn't to say that teacher's aren't intellectual), but I feel that being involved in educational programming requires a little more creativity, more thought, more intensive work -- at least, more of the kind that I seek. I suppose in a sense, that it has more to do with administration than teaching. There's the fact that it doesn't require as much training as getting a credential does. The downside, though, is that I'd have to wait for an opening and hope I get lucky (unlike teaching, where I can just apply and most likely have a shot).

So those are the pro's and con's. My friends, especially HoHo, and Damy, my parents, and even strangers have been really great about listening to me ramble about all this. And after much thought and deliberation, and hearing people's opinions and advice, I've come up with this:

There is a job for a part-time museum educator at a new museum in Pasadena that I'm interested in. My plan is to apply (and hopefully get) that job and start working by next semester. This could get my foot in the door there, help me get some more experience and actual professional training, and *cross fingers* HOPEFULLY move up for a full-time position with more programming work there soon after I graduate. At the same time, while I'm working the part-time job, I am going to take the CSET, and work on getting reccomendations, etc. for the LAUSD internship program. This way, if the museum work doesn't pan out, or if I decide I don't like it, I can start the process for teaching knowing that I gave museum work a shot and with full confidence that teaching is the better fit for me.

Interesting train of thought, huh? I guess to a lot of people this is a lot of stupid worry and apprehension, but if you know me at all you know how worried and stressed out I've been over this. And I'm so relieved now that I have a PLAN. I feel like this huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I just hope I can still be happy with this plan in a couple of weeks...I'd hate to change my mind again! :P

Monday, November 15, 2004

Fight On!

For the past two football seasons, Damy has accompanied me to all of the home games :) He's such a sweetie -- I know he doesn't like having to get there early and spending all day @ the Colliseum, but he knows I can't give it up so he comes along :)

This past Saturday was USC Homecoming v. Arizona -- we won, 49-9 and it was a pretty awesome game. It started at 7:15 pm, though, so it was super-late. Damy kindly gave up two of his extra tickets to my parents, who also enjoyed the game. It's so fun to see my Dad get all into the game and all of the USC traditions -- it's times like those that I really feel I've made them proud. Even my mom said she was really impressed with all of the support our school shows the team. I think she had fun, too :)

I <3 my Roomie :)

Trojan Parents :)

Me and Damy @ the game :)


I just went to the Career Office. No help at all -____- I made an appointment with a professional career advisor, but I have a feeling it will be the same result. The fact of the matter is, I can't pinpoint exactly what it is I want to do, and no one, not even a career advisor or a test, can tell me what to do.

I was so discouraged after my advisement meeting that I totally forgot to pick up the results of my Japanese placement exam. (.__.) Stuuuuuuuuuupid. Now I have to wait until tomorrow. Fark.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

(It's really INCREDIBLE.)


Damy took me out last night for our "anniversary" as he calls it. To be quite frank, I don't consider another 30 days as another anniversary -- just another 30 days. But since I get dinner and a movie out of it, I won't complain :)

Last night was an Entertainment Book provided night. :) I love that thing! (Selfish plug -- my sister's selling them if anyone wants one!)

First, we went to eat at The Kitchen in Old Town Pasadena. Price was good, food was delish :) We had the calamari as an appetizer and then Damy had the chicken marsala, me the chicken parmesan. Super good. :) And buy one get one free!! *woot*woot* -- we had dinner for only $22 :)

I had noticed on the way in that the movie theater was a United Artist. So I double checked my book, and yep - discounted! :) So we saw The Incredibles for only $12 :)

The movie was sooooooooo good. HoHo and Jason are going to regret missing out, I tell you. No way that The Grudge is better than The Incredibles. The plot was so creative and imaginative, and the dialogue was SO well written. And of course, Pixar always does a number on the animation. But really it was just wonderfully executed, I think that was one of the best movies I've seen in a really long time!

All in all it was a reaaaaaally good night with my Damy. :) And when I went back to calculate the prices and how much we had saved, I told Damy that I was too valuable to let go :) I'm budget lady! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

mooooore pictures! :)

This is quite possibly, one of my most favorite sets of pictures from this whole trip. You can obviously see why :)

Five years ago when I went to Japan I was lucky that it was the 25th Anniversary of Hello Kitty. So of course, knowing that it was exactly 5 years later for this return trip, I was really looking forward to being around for the 30th Anniversary! :) All of the Sanrio stores, Department Stores, etc. in Japan go all out for the Hello Kitty anniversaries since she's such a well-known icon in Japan. One of the "celebrations" I visited was while I was in Nagoya -- so the pictures below are from the exhibit, the fair, etc. It was waaaaaay cool.

The other pictures are pictures from around Nagoya, when we were riding to dinner, etc. *sigh* I miss it so mucccch!!! :(

Lookie this little car we saw on the way to dinner! :)

The view from the city building where the Hello Kitty fair was. You can see how vast and crowded the city of Nagoya is, and then this is Nagoya Castle, which is still kept the way it was, very serene in the middle of this crowded bustling city.

Kitty was inviting us in :)

The very first Hello Kitty item EVER. OOohhh....AAAhhh.....

Me and all my Hello Kitty friends! :)


Less expensive Hello Kitty figurine -- I think just a few hundred dollars.

Hello Kitty ROYAL TIARA -- wouldn't this look cute on my head at my wedding? =D

Another Hello Kitty figurine, with GOLD

Hello Kitty platinum figurine encrusted with diamonds. I want it, but I would have to sell my soul for it...THOUSANDS of dollars.

The cafe in the building was making special Hello Kitty food for the fair :)


Me, My sister, and HELLO KITTY!!!

The Hello Kitty Fair ENTRANCE :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


I woke up this morning feeling sick. I have another interview for my group project today at 2. Although I COULD rush to work right after and still get a few hours in, I just don't feel like it. So I just e-mailed to work and told them that I wouldn't make it. :P I'm so terrible =X Especially since our office is closed tomorrow, which means I'm only going to get in one day this week.

Eh. I deserve a break every so often :)

Time for the interview! :)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

July 20, 2004 - Japan pictures set 3

More pictures! =D

Shirakawago is the next place we went to after Takayama. It's a similar kind of place -- it's registered as a historical spot of Japan, and again, it was popular with tourists so there were quite a few gaijin there as well. This place is famous for the kind of roofing that the houses have -- notice that they're all made out of thick plants, instead of tile because they're up in the mountains.

I really enjoyed this part of the trip because it was just sooooo beautiful up there. The air was incredible, and it was slightly rainy that day so everything just seemed fresh and crisp...and absolutely pristine.

Annie, Mommy, Me

Koi in the rain in Shirakawago

Annie, Me, Mommy, K-san, S-san

Shirakawago ~ July 20, 2004


hahaha...gabby blogged this and i think it's hilarious :) and hey if we reallie were the united states of canada we would be the USC!!! :)

Wednesday, November 03, 2004


I've never been very into politics. I find it really complex, with a lot of loopholes and things, and I don't think it makes sense to the "normal, average" person. That being said, though, when something like an election comes up, I try really hard to be informed and learn as much as I can to vote according to what I think is most important.

I'm not sure how I feel about the results of the election. I voted for Kerry, even though none of the candidates really thrilled me this time around. I voted for Kerry because I feel like the last four years have had too many mistakes, and because I feel like Bush doesn't really have the country's best interests at heart. But I had a feeling that Bush was going to win anyway.

The thing is, some people are really happy -- others are REALLY upset...and I don't think it needs to be that way. People who cared enough to vote, voted...and the results are fair and out. I'm more upset by the fact that I still don't see any candidates or people "up there" who really seem to care about hte people who need their help the most. I don't see the poor or the lower class population being represented. I don't see women represented enough, and certainly not minorities enough.

I realize that the U.S. has a system that others would die for. I realize that the system we do have is because so many people have fought for it. And I'm grateful that I even have the chance to vote. But I still need to see a lot more before I'm truly satisfied with it. And because I'm not satisfied with the system itself, I can't be mad that Bush won -- Bush won because of the system...and no one seems to crticize the system -- only the people they don't like. I think that's only a small part of the real problem -- the real problem is the fact that people aren't educated enough, that people can't empathize enough, and the fact that the system doesn't either.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

moooore pictures! :)

So I just published a bunch of pictures under this entry. They're a sampling of my second day in Japan, the day after we visited Mt. Fuji. My momma's cousin, K, and her husband took me, my momma and me to Hida Takayama, which is this cute little tourist place a few hours away from Nagano (where the Olympics were, do you remember?)

It's up in the mountains, so it's a really beautiful area away from the city. And the best thing about it is that it's completely restored - all of the buildings, the decorations, everything is preserved. It was a really cute, cozy place that had a very traditional feel to it. I loved it :) And the inn we stayed at was really nice, too....

Hida Takayama, July 18, 2004

My sister, me, and my momma....doesn't that look sooooooo Japanese?

My sister and my momma in our room at the inn

My sister and Moi in our yukata :)

Monday, November 01, 2004




Happy Birthday,

HELLO KITTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!