Archive for March, 2005

First Day of School

Yesterday was the first day of Spring Quarter. It was weird making my way to the bottom floor of the Chemistry Library for my first class. It was also weird not having class ’til 1:30PM, haha. I still don’t know how I’m going to make it from the Chem Library to Balmer in ten minutes, having all your INFO classes in MGH all day really does spoil you. After class I went up to the iSchool to get an add code for my Independent Study and popped into one of the labs.

While uploading some more old photos to my Flickr account, I started chatting online to Tho and David about being hungry. It took us like forty-five minutes to figure out what we wanted to do for dinner, only to find that Tho wasn’t really chatting from home like he said, but was actually in the lab below me in Mary Gates! AAaar! So once I found him, we picked up Teresa, drove up to Lynnwood to get David and went out to dinner.

We went to this new Cambodian restaurant that David had suggested and the food really hit the spot; I had been craving some sort of beef/rice combo all week. I still don’t know what is definitively Cambodian, as it all looks either Thai, Chinese, or Vietamese to me, but no complaints. After some dessert that resembled Halo Halo in a bowl, we headed over to the Alderwood Shopping Center to check out the new theater. Hopefully Dave will have a new review up on it soon.

Justin joined us there and we all saw Million Dollar Baby. A movie has yet to make me cry, but this came pretty freakin’ close. Like all the reviews say, it’s good. The boxing matches were pretty off the hook. Caught my self yelling “YEA!” at certain points during the fights. Feeling emotionally drained afterward, I was reluctant to end the night. Watching drama tends to leave me feeling funny afterward. So after a failed attempt to find an open bubble tea joint, it was off to the nearest Denny’s for dessert.

There I had a fudge brownie a la mode and got to hear David retell one of his latest WoW stories. After hanging out for a bit, Tho drove Teresa and I home around 1am. It was a good night out. Hoorah for the first couple days of the quarter. They always tend to seem more filled with possibility, along with the accompanying optimism on class load, haha.

Anniversary

Happy one year, Ryan Prins. :O)
<3 Himay

my flowers

<– I got lilies! =)

To celebrate, on Saturday Ryan and I went to the Washington State History Museum where we learned fun state facts. I know you’re dying to know, so here are two off the top of my head:

  • My home county (Kitsap) was actually orginally named “Slaughter County” after its founder.
  • Nearly 1/3 of the residents in Hoovervilles in Washington were Filipinos! *Gasp*

Okay well there was a lot more, but I figured I’d spare you all the excitement. It was pretty cool though. I had never really liked Washington state history in particular. Growing up, you could only hear so much about glacier formation and Lewis and Clark ’til you were convinced that that was all the history your state possessed. Going to this museum for the first time, it was good to learn other things and see national history (something I’m much more interested in) played out in a local context.

The touring Smithsonian 9/11 exhibit was the real reason we came out to the musuem and it lived up to its hype. I’d recommend checking it out. What I found to be particularly cool was just the collection itself and the stories that corresponded to each item.

After the musuem, it was dinner at Tacoma’s Old Spaghetti Factory and then Garden State on DVD. While I did have my heart set on re-watching The Last Samurai (which was unavailable), Garden State was good. Was prompted to rent it based on Kevin’s review months ago. Anyway, that was our day yesterday. For lack of a better concluding remark…the end!

Frickin’ Flickr

AH!

I have a Flickr Pro Account.

Kay, so I couldn’t sleep and I got impulsive. Well not really, have been sitting on this for months now off and on and finally just caved.

/me pauses and tries to sense buyer’s remorse…

Guess not. Hehe, time to upload! Anyway, feel free to check it out now and then over the next couple days as I spend the remainder of my break organizing and uploading fotografias, ha.

Cancun, woOO!

Friday after my last final, I left with Ryan and David from Seattle to meet the rest of the INFO crew for…SPRING BREAK 2005 – Cannon Beach! Little did we know the trip would be renamed, “Storm Kimiko – Wind Blast Battle 2005,” but I’ll get to that later.

After a pretty chill drive down to the Oregon coast, we met up with the rest of the crew at our inn, and the twelve of us settled into the our two rooms. The night was pretty chill, had an adventure driving across the street to the market, and had a microwave burrito, Jessica’s beef jerky, and Sean’s Pringles for dinner. Later, went out and had my first look at the Oregon coast, albeit it a dark one, it was pretty awesome to be by the ocean. The beach was a quick three-minute walk away and it was fun running around with Anthony and Tho that night, goofing off, parrying attacks. It was a great way to start the trip.

The next morning we were up way early, and you could see in everyone’s faces that no one got much sleep the previous night. Our room (Ryan, David, Kat, Kevin, Darrin and I) went out to Pig ‘N Pancake for breakfast. There’s something innately good about starting the day off with chicken fried steak. Needless to say, it was a good breakfast. Afterward we walked around checking out the little shops and galleries and after running into the rest of the crew, got into our cars and hit up Seaside (as recommended by a cashier) to entertain ourselves. The weather was wet and cold, as expected, but nothing too unordinary.

At Seaside we engaged in $1.50 mini-golf, $1.50 bumpercars, and I bought myself a chai latte (the weather insisted) for $1.50. Yeah, go Seaside. Oh and I played Tho in Battle Toads at the arcade, ah hardcore. I’d also like to point out that in mini-golf I pulled two (count ‘em) hole-in-one’s! Yet, ultimately only placed third. Alas. I did buy a brand new trucker hat though; estaba contenta.

After an afternoon in Seaside we bummed around the inn. The weather ceased raining so we decided to finally hit the beach. The wind we experienced was insane. You couldn’t face it head on with your eyes open lest you wanted a sand blasted face. But words will not suffice!

Wind!

> Video 5.1 MB – The Wind!
> Video 2.84 MB – Me being a dork

After getting beat down with wind, we went back to the inn to recharge. Afterward it was off to dinner at Pub and Grub (the restaurant was chosen solely on the name) and I had some hella good BBQ chicken. Then it was to the local Safeway and Rite Aid for stuffs, where Ryan had a run in with the Oregon law. Imagine it pouring rain at night, getting into the car after buying a pack of beer, and looking outside your window to see Ryan suddenly surrounded by three police officers. A little odd. Once he ensured that we were indeed all of age and the beer was not stolen, we headed back to the inn. The night was pretty fun hanging out, minus the Real World drama that is inevitable when you have twelve folks sharing a small space, but otherwise fine.

Sunday started much later (thankfully) and we all headed out to Ecola State Park. This is where mother nature really pwned us. See here.

Ecola State Park

The view was pretty amazing. The weather, pretty miserable. It was drizzly, windy, and cold (like the entire trip) but being the adventerous folk that we are, we headed down closer to the view for photos. The route to the shore wasn’t exactly a route, nor a path for that matter. Its steepness deterred most of the crew from heading down (“How are you supposed to get back up?!”) but Darrin, Ryan, Tho, and Anthony plunged downward nonetheless.

> Video 9.74 MB, The Descent
> Flickr Pic of Ryan and Trevor

David and I followed suit later in the game but only made it halfway down before changing our course of action. The wind picked up and freezing rain started to fall. It was such an awesome trip running around, gripping onto rocks, jumping over streams of water. Sometime when the weather really got bad, climbed back up to the car. Jumped in completely soaked, hands numbed with cold, splattered with mud, out of breath and completely high off of the sequence of events.

Drove home, changed into dry clothes, and went out to Mexican food down the road for lunch. Afterward we all crashed at the inn, having one’s ass kicked my nature really takes the energy outta yah. We watched Space Balls and I nodded off. The sun came out as I woke up and hit the beach one last time to catch what sun we could of the trip. The views were great, but the wind and cold was still a bit much and as it started to rain again, we headed back.

Me and Ryan

The rest of the evening was pretty chill. Bowling and then time at the inn, eating leftovers and watching Naruto with David and Tho for a couple hours. It was a good night. Monday we left early, had lumpia at Anthony’s grandparents’ house in Portland and drove back up to Seattle.

Whew.

And that would be the weekend at Cannon Beach! The end!

Tengo Mariposas

Agh twenty-one more minutes til I get off work and walk out to take my exam. Am getting so ansy. Have been cramming so much that I feel like if I were to tilt my head, the five-asset Tobin model would fall right out. Just want to get this over with…

‘Cause afterward–it’s straight to Spring break at Cannon Beach for the weekend!!11

Darrin’s Sushi Night

Yesterday after work, went out with the INFO crew to Yamashiro Sushi Bistro. Darrin, our ethnic-food-phobic friend, had declared he would try sushi. The event invoked quite the crowd. So dinner at Yamashiro was had and Darrin tried everything like a champ. Besides that, him and Bree brought wrapped knick-knacks for us to play white elephant gift exchange with! It was awesome.

As for the actual meal, Ryan and I were pretty hungry and weren’t sure if we felt like sushi that night, so we ordered the chicken on the menu, along with wasabi mashed potatoes. Yup. We went to a sushi place and had chicken and potatoes! HAha, yeah. The chicken was good though, crispy and huge. In fact, we were only able to finish half of it. The wasabi mashed potatoes were pretty bomb too; who would’ve known? We also ordered some spider rolls just for the sake of ordering sushi. Needless to say, we had leftovers.

Afterward, we all headed over to Ryan’s for some Texas Hold’em and Krispy Kremes, where I got to show off my skills in poker and Gran Turismo (not really). Good times! I’m sure Ryan will post the photos on his Flickr account sooner or later.

Now back to studying econ. It’s funny how much easier it is to do this stuff now that Capstone is over. I just hope I can remember it all for tomorrow. Not to mention I’m now sick! Ack! Right in time for Spring break. mMhMm.