May 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Sooo I’m studying abroad in China this summer!!! I’m so freaking excited :D

My family is going back this year, too, so we’re going to leave together and go to Hong Kong, then Guangzhou, Shanghai for the Expo 2010, my hometown, and then I’m going to meet all the students at Beijing.  My dad didn’t realize that I will be arriving earlier than expected, so our trips before my study abroad will be a little tight.  I still think it’s going to be super fun though :D YAY!



June 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

OMG I can’t believe that I didn’t update just a few days ago, but yeah I just left HAWAII like a day and a half ago!!!!! It was unbelievably amazing and so much fuuuun. I was planning to write about some of it on my plane rides, but then I would have to either attach the paper to my journal or retype it up here and I was like, nahhh. So here I am now finally saying at least something about it. The last time I was on here I had just finished orientation, and let me tell you how awesome it was getting to know all these new people. Our Patriot Leader, Emily, was really nice, and she was persistent on telling us not to party too much and get our heads straight in college, which I found really surprising because she didn’t look quite the type to do that.

Ahh I can’t do this anymore, I’ve go to go shower and get up early again the next morning to go to Pittsburg, and then to Niagara Falls!!!! I’m freaking excited. :)

GMU Orientation!!! and some other stuff

June 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

I completed my orientation today, and it’s hard to put in words how exhausted I am! But I figured that I’ve stalled updating long enough, and I wanted to come back before I completely ditch this whole month. Seriously, I need to update more often because there is always so much I want to say but I’m always like “oh, I’ll put it on WordPress later…” which turns into days, then weeks, but hopefully not months.

Because I’m so tired right now, I just wanted to leave a “hey, I’m still here” comment and I’ll elaborate more about this and all other things later on. Until then, HAWAII HERE I COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We’ll be staying in Maui for 2.5 days and then at Honolulu for 2 days. I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!

D.C. Part 3

April 15, 2009 § Leave a comment

I’m really pushing my crunch time for my piano recital. I know that I can get the Queen of Sheeba together, but it’s just so hard to pull through more than 30 minutes every time I go up to the piano. But as soon as Alicia and Michelle are done with Wii, I’m going to play through it with no hesitations (hopefully) and show Mrs. Roma that I AM working hard.

But for now, I’ll finish talking about my trip! So the next day, I woke up around 9:00 and basically just started packing all my stuff to leave. As much as I had made sure I had everything in my bags, I still managed to leave my cell phone charger at Helen’s house. I’m on Spring Break, and I have limited cell phone battery. WHAT?? But it’s ok, good thing I’m not obsessed with texting. Otherwise, I don’t know how I would survive. In the process of my packing, I was also watching bits and pieces of Sex and the City, which is awesome! It was the first time I had seen it, so I wish I could have sat through the whole thing. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll be able to watch it again sometime. We finally ate our delicious hot pot at around 10:30, and we had sooo much food! Helen put in a spicy mix into the water, so it was different from what I usually have at home, but it was really good. We ate lamb, white mushrooms, field greens, lobster balls, and fish dumplings. I think my favorite would be the lobster balls, but Courtney, Helen’s roommate, said that the texture is really weird haha. I was so full by the time we were all done. It was good to have a happy stomach just before leaving to go sight seeing.

Oh, and of course Helen’s cool roommate! We met her Saturday morning, but we had to leave right away to Todai. We talked to her a little that night and she had some wonton soup with us. She also had some of the hot pot with us, and she was surprisingly pretty open about trying all the stuff we were having. I think Helen said that she’s a childcare consultant major, or something of the sort. It was nice being able to meet someone who was willing to know about Chinese culture.

After finishing our filling hot pot meal, Auntie Jing, Cutie, and I headed out to downtown D.C. I didn’t get my chance to show off my dress because it was so cold, and I got a stain on it while eating the hot pot, so I think the weekend was just not meant for me to wear that dress. :( But I’m glad I changed, because it was windy and chilly, so I would have been freezing. First we went to the Tidal Basin planning to walk around and see the cherry blossoms. Unfortunately, parking was filled up everywhere around that area, so we couldn’t get out to stroll. Cutie sprained her leg a few years ago and it’s still not properly healed, so it’s not like we could have gone too far anyway. Then we drove to the Capitol Hill, and we were able to find a parking spot there. We took some pictures for Cutie, and I saved my opportunity for another time with nicer weather, and when I wore something cuter hehee. I took some pictures of the tulips in the garden in front of it because they were so colorful! There was a spot when we walked up to the very front of the Capitol where the sun was shining on us just right, and it felt so good to just look out at The Mall from it. I definitely kept thinking that it was The Lawn, because I remember someone saying how Thomas Jefferson named UVA’s Lawn after it, but I was wrong. I’m going to have to look up where I thought that was true.

By the time we returned to the car, it was almost time to drive back to Charlottesville, but we made a quick drive past the White House once again, and then we made a detour to H&M. Even though Auntie and Cutie wanted to go in, we were parked in a spot that we weren’t sure was legal, so they had to stay in the car while I went shopping…again! I had 20 minutes and I wasn’t sure if I could make it, but I ended up buying a magenta medium-sleeved shirt with swirls, and a purple short sleeve sweater to pull over dresses. I’m officially obsessed with shopping. Mom is so worried about me when I’m on my own. Ahh I need to manage my money better! I left my phone in my big black jacket, so I didn’t know the time when I was making my purchases, but I came back exactly 20 minutes later. I’m so good.

We started driving back to Charlottesville, and we stopped midway to meet up with another Auntie who was helping to move in a couch for Auntie Jing. Oh yeah, there was this really complicated process of communication between Dad and Auntie Jing about how I would come back home. First, Dad said that he could pick me up at Charlottesville because he would be coming back from Ohio that day. It turns out that he already arrived home Saturday night, so he was wondering if Auntie Jing could drive me home. Well, since Auntie Jing thought that Dad would pick me up at UVA, she planned a project study session with her friends, and they were supposed to meet up at 9:00 that night. But if she were to take me home, she would arrive late to her meeting because she would be wasting 4 extra hours driving on the road. Dad finally ended up saying that he could pick me up at Charlottesville. We all felt bad but it was the only satisfactory option.

It was fun on the way back though; Dad took a detour on the Blue Ridge Parkway so we got to see some pretty scenery. It’s ironic how I probably have more pictures of just the mountains than all of D.C. I’ll have plenty of other days to take those pictures though. ;) Uncle Xu, Dad’s customer from Ohio, was really nice, and he has a daughter the same age as me. She’s thinking about going to University of Southern California or a college I forget the name of from Pennsylvania next year. She sounds pretty cool. He gave me her email address when we returned to his hotel so that I can contact her. We stopped for some Hardee’s, and I listened to my iPod almost the whole way. We got home at around 11:00, and as tired as I was, I still unpacked everything from the trip and organized my new clothes (that I’m so excited to wear!). OMG this weekend was probably the most fun and stress-free time I’ve ever had my whole senior year. I’m so thankful for Auntie Jing’s willingness to take me with her and her friends. I’m honored to know that she can trust me to meet and respect her friends. It feels so good!

So I finally finished! A 3-day trip summed up in 3 entries…I hope that I put enough details in so that I can remember everything from it. I remember just last year I would talk about what I did on certain days, but I never elaborated. I’m trying to change that now, so I can look back and reminisce. Yay I’m done! I hope that I can improve on the Queen of Sheeba now.

D.C. Part 2

April 15, 2009 § Leave a comment

I was planning on practicing piano, but Mom is sleeping so I’m taking this perfect time to (attempt to) wrap up my trip about D.C.! So I updated the first time before we went out on Saturday, which means that we didn’t exactly follow through the plans I wrote out for the day.

We did go to the Asian buffet as Auntie Jing had said, which was fantastic! It was about 10 minutes away from Vienna, and not far from Fairfax, so I’m planning on going again sometime next year. ;) It’s called Todai, and its focus was variations of sushi and salads. Their green tea ice cream was also to die for. Each time I was full, I would eat that ice cream and then I was able to eat more. It was so bad! Good thing I had worked out a little bit before that. Oh, and I thought that I would gain weight from this weekend, but it turns out that I’m 125 lbs. which is 4 less than when I went to the doctor! I hope to be 119 by Prom. Helen treated us for our meal, so I said, “Should I be the one treating everyone tonight?” I felt so young being pampered like this! Ok back to the buffet. There were also other main dishes that you would find at any other restaurant, so I didn’t get much of that. They had fresh stir-fry and omg, fresh made crepes! Auntie Jing got one for us to share and it was heavenly. We spent about 2 hours at Todai because it was just that good!

After that, we decided to go shopping instead of going to downtown D.C. because of the rain, and then go sight seeing on Sunday. I was kind of upset because I was wearing this really cute plum dress I bought from American Eagle and I was planning on taking pictures with it. But then I figured that it would still look sluggish with the weather, so I changed into jeans and planned on wearing it for Sunday.

OMG SHOPPING WAS AWESOME! We went to Leesburg Premium Outlet Mall, which was about 45 minutes away, so I had a nice nap in the car. I had about $100 from my birthday, and I was thinking about going shopping here during break, but no way was I going to hold back now that we were in Leesburg. Sunday night when we came back, I counted my purchases, and it turns out that I went to 7 stores and bought 16 items, with a total of about $290 (This includes going to H&M on Sunday). That’s about $17 for each clothing item I bought. But they were all brand stores, and I was totally excited about everything I got.

First I went to Juicy Couture, but I don’t think their style matches mine. Lacoste was where I started my splurging. I got a black and gray striped hoodie for about $44. There was a really cute employee there. He wore a white polo and was helping out with the dressing rooms. I wasn’t sure if he was gay or not, but hellooo cutie! I was really determined to buy some shoes there, but I ended up just buying clothes. This happened when I went to G.H. Bass, where I found really cute flip flops, but I wasn’t going to spend $30 on just one pair. However, I did find an oh-so-cute coral dress for $21! I remember finding a fancy coral dress at The Limited last year and I really wanted it, but it was $70, so I passed up that lovely dress. But I’m just as happy getting this one because it’s more casual so I can wear it more often. Then I got another dress at Anne Klein, along with an orange beaded top. The dress is black, and it covers well in the front, with a nice v-shaped back. I’m positive that this is going to be my graduation dress! I have another one but it’s pretty low-cut in the front, so now I don’t have to worry about that with the one I just bought. The funny thing is that the dress was cheaper than the orange top. I still like both though. If I remember correctly, I went to J. Crew and I bought a bunch of cute basics. I got a new white denim skirt, because the one I got in China is getting a little short. I also got a pair of dark brown twill shorts, a pink scoop neck tee, a blue v-neck tee, and a gray and white striped cardigan that I can wear for the summer. Yeah, I found out Sunday night that all I got at J. Crew were very bland, but I needed that stuff for my wardrobe. I headed over to Calvin Klein and bought a really cute graphic tee. It’s pink and gray graphics, and I just love it. :D I got a preferred member card there, so that if I were to shopping in the future at a Calvin Klein store (aka in the fall), I can use that card, and for every $500 I spend there I’ll get $50 back. Woot!

Oh yeah, and this whole time I was shopping, I went alone while Auntie Jing, Cutie, and Helen went to other places. I bumped into them at J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, and CK, but I continued with my own shopping spree. I looked around at BCBG because they told me that they had really cute dresses, but I think I had enough dress-browsing for the day. So I went over to Ann Taylor, and I got four new things. :/ I got a blue medium-sleeved knit top that would probably make me look like a mature college student, so if I ever get that job at Hotel Roanoke, I can wear it for that. I also got a pink knit tank top, which is simply love! I’ve also been looking everywhere for a light-weight white jacket, but I couldn’t seem to find one at any store that would fit my body. I did find a nice white sweater that I can casually pull over for that autumn breeze. The top I found at Anne Klein is a white tee with a yellow flower and black accents on it. The second I saw it, I thought “tee from CK.” I usually wear really basic or structured styles, so I think I’ve loosened up a lot lately. It’s really cute, and I’m looking forward to wearing it!

So that was all the shopping I got accomplished in 5 hours. I think that’s pretty impressive, if you ask me. It was exactly 9:00 when we got in the car. We decided that we should get something small to eat, so we headed to the Great Wall Asian supermarket to buy food for our anticipated hot pot dinner. I called Mom and bought dried tofu, a bunch of Chinese vegetables, and fried bread to bring home. When we got back to Helen’s we were so tired-out that we just settled on having wonton soup and saved the hot-pot for the next morning. Helen got 7 PAIRS OF SHOES! Most of them were from Nine West, so I punched myself on the inside for not going there. All of her heels were so cute! I’m definitely going to Nine West next time I want to find heels.

This was all Saturday, and I still have one more day to go! But I really have to go practice my piano now because I have a lesson at 3:15, and the recital is in two weeks. Eek! A break is also much needed from elaborating from my awesome weekend. :)

In D.C.!

April 11, 2009 § Leave a comment

I just woke up a few minutes ago, and I’m in D.C. with Auntie Jing right now! We are staying in Helen’s, her former UVA classmate and Cathy Ren’s cousin, townhouse, and we picked up her other friend, Cutie who flew from Wyoming, at the Dulles Airport last night. It’s so amazing just hanging out with all these girls who have already graduated or have jobs now. When we were driving around last night, I was just thinking, “Barely anyone my age gets this kind of opportunity, to be going to D.C. by myself with people I just met.” It’s pretty awesome.

Auntie Jing came yesterday and we left around 2:30. I drove most of the time, but it wasn’t that bad. We talked the whole way I was driving, and then I took a 30 minute nap. We picked up Cutie, and then we went to this Chinese restaurant which sells spicy food as their specialty. It was DELICIOUS! Let’s see, there was the clear noodles with saurkraut, spicy fish cooked in oil, fried chicken cooked in oil, spicy eggplant, and beef cooked in oil. It was a little overwhelming having only spicy food, but it was SOO good. I had to do crunches last night to make myself feel better hahaha.

After dinner, we went to Helen’s townhouse to pick her up, and we went out for a bit. We passed by George Mason University, which I think came to be a bit dissappointing to Auntie Jing, but we didn’t really get to see much of the campus and it was at night, so it was hard to judge. I’m so excited I’m going back next Sunday though! The whole time we were driving into D.C., I was so excited just to say that I’m going to be able to come here anytime I want next year! Auntie wanted to see the White House, and it took forever to find it, because the GPS was too specific so it told us to go straight into the White House driveway. I was the first one that saw it, but Auntie had missed it every time it was visible, so we spent about a good 30 minutes just driving around the same block to catch a glimpse of it. And the expected reaction came when she finally saw it: she was not excited or impressed at all. It was kind of funny because we passed by Capital Hill, and she thought that was the White House, so she got all excited, but we were like nope, that’s not it. She wouldn’t leave D.C. until she saw the White House, so it was a big chunk of time that we could have used to…sleep? I don’t know haha.

We went to CVS afterwards to buy some tummy relieving med for Cutie, and then we finally got home at around 12:30. I was so exhausted! But of course, I had to check my usual, the email, weather, and I had to do those crunches. Now I’m starving! I can’t wait for breakfast this morning, because we’re going to this huge buffet, and it’s going to be amazing!!!

On our way to D.C., I was talking to Auntie about my rejection from UVA and how happy I am now that I didn’t get in, because I would basically be forced to go there. She said how if I really did get in, I probably wouldn’t be as happy as I am now. And that’s so true! I can totally see my life here at George Mason, and maybe even afterwards. UVA is just too cooped up for me, and I can’t ever possibly let that be my life, like what is now in Roanoke. AHH I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT GEORGE MASON!!! haha this trip just gets me more excited about living here starting in 5 months. WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!

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