Sunday, September 30, 2012

Let's Embrace Technology

Before you read this, you should know, that I absolutely love technology :) 

Greetings from the Pear Festival

Oh my goodness. Yesterday was just one of the longest days ever. I miss the pro host who recently went off to college. He was so good at working Garage Band and recording and such. Some video people wanted to make some sort of video for our booth at the Pear Festival and it took them forever to set up a scene and get the right shots. In the time that we could've finished three shows, we barely got through 2 because of those people. Sighhhs.

Other than that, my weekend was just okay. Nothing spectacular this weekend. School is taking an emotional toll on me. But yeah, I have some app reviews for this week.

Tiny Tower
It's a really fun game that happens to be really addictive as well. Sometimes you just have to delete it, probably at one point.

Fashion Story
Also a really fun game that needs to be deleted at one point. :) I like most of the ___ Story games.

Sorry for such a short blog. xx

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday is All About Me

Hey guys! I hope you enjoyed the latest installment of Coffee Shop. I hope you also checked my story based on A Separate Peace. It's my friend's birthday today :) Happy birthday L! But as usual, Friday means question time.

Q1: What is the most stressful thing right now?
A1: I would say coming up with an Individual Event speech (youtube it if you don't know) for public speaking. We have to memorize a ten minute speech and I really want to do an original prose and poetry speech because I can write funny stuff, whether you agree with that or not. However, I really can't act and I'm not all that confident with different voices, which is a big problem for people doing OPP. I wish I was naturally confident and funny but then again who doesn't. I've never really been all that good at acting. I think I've become too self conscience to be good because acting really is an all or nothing type of thing: you can't be mediocre at acting, you're good or you aren't. Especially in most public speaking IE's, you're by yourself so you have to be all the characters. Right now, I'm just focusing on writing a story that I love.

Q2: Favorite Youtube stars?
A2: I have a lot but I'll pick a couple that I love. I love Wongfu Productions. It's sort of my fantasy to meet them or go to one of their ISA concerts. I miss their old stuff and their weekly updates but I'm looking forward to their future projects. Going along with Wongfu, I am a fan of David Choi and Nigahiga. I watched a lot of Internet Icon but since I was in Korea I wasn't able to watch the last half. When I came back, I just didn't want to watch it. It's one of those competition shows where you want to watch it in the moment. I also am a huge fan of Vlogbrothers and their other channel CrashCourse. I watch Jenna Marbles and David So sometimes but their cursing gets to me. There are so many others too. :) I love Youtube.

Q3: Favorite Korean dramas?
A3: These are my guilty pleasure... I like a couple, not too many. I like Baker King, Kim Takgu. I don't know the official titles in English. I was a fan of Secret Garden and Protect the Boss. King 2 Hearts. Big. The one that I love right now, that just ended, is Reply 1997.

Q4: Most exciting thing this week?
A4: Hmm, well there was a 2.7 earthquake during 2nd period when I was writing an English essay. Yesterday, TG helped me find useful and fun gifts for my friend L. He's just so nice. I don't know that many other people who would help me to that extent. Today the school newspaper was distributed and it was my first time taking part in that! That was really exciting too.

Yes, I hope you had an exciting week. I'll be at a fair tomorrow!!!! Maybe that's the highlight of the weekend. :) I realized another thing. If you guys do have questions for these Friday questionnaires or in general, feel free to comment. If you feel really shy, you can email me at My email is peculiar and that's a story for another time.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Midsummer Night Gala

Another Coffee Shop chapter! Do you guys like this font? I hope you enjoy. It's L's birthday tomorrow so I'm still working really hard! High school junior year is a bad time to procrastinate on friends' gifts. Moral of story: friends are more important than grades...? hahah... um actually I don't know. JK, you need a healthy balance xx 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Advice from the Heart

First, I'm had a weird dream last night. When I dream, it's a weird and complicated story somewhat based on my experiences. I haven't dreamed in a while but last night, out of nowhere, this dream popped into my brain.

I was in Korea during winter. I don't remember why I was staying with my aunt but my parents weren't there. I was with my cousins and we lived in an apartment that was built like a hotel. It wasn't fancy like a hotel but several families shared a living room like a suite room, where everybody has their own kitchen and bedrooms but also a communal living room? It was like that. I had been going to school for about a week, maybe longer. I was wearing my uniform and everything was okay.. I met a couple people including this guy.. My dreams never give me a clear picture of my love interests. He was pretty good looking that's all I remember, not from his face but I remember my reaction. I think we shared a class. TG was in my dream momentarily. He was talking to me about public speaking which I thought was weird when I woke up since I thought that he didn't take public speaking (funny story). TG was helping me with something related to public speaking. But anyways, it was this one day that we were supposed to go on a field trip to the train station to ride trains and etc. It was super sunny and I didn't think it was winter. I was getting ready and it took me a really long time even though it was just a uniform and a circle scarf. My cousins were really impatient. The guy that was my love interest (not TG, I'm not sure what purpose TG served) had invited me on some sort of date so I was taking longer. My cousins were making fun of me haha. There was this other really random scene where there was this girl who wouldn't call me unni (korean "formal" term for girls for older girls) and I was so sad. She ran away from me afterwards... But yeah, it was strange. Maybe TG was my love interest. I can't even remember.

So today was a Christian Club early morning meeting :) On Wednesdays we have a half hour late start. I wasn't planning on going but I was able to leave the house early because my parents forgot about the late start. It just so happened that I was able to make it. And then TG gave me advice about public speaking... because he asked what I had first period. Deja vu moment. I've never had one until now.

My friend L (the one who I wrote the story for) thinks that I purposely got up earlier or something but I really didn't. Fate wants us to spend more time together ;) and the fact that this was a total coincidence.

That would be my number one advice today: let things fall into place. I'm not saying you should make zero effort. (My advice is geared more towards girls but I'm sure guys can pick up a couple tips).  You shouldn't try to be way too obsessive and make all the events fall into place. If he likes talking to you and you like talking to him, then chances are that there will be more opportunities to talk to him. The worst thing to do is probably text or Facebook for homework help with the purpose of starting a conversation. It doesn't work. I promise, unless you are a super lucky person. If you do need homework help, go ahead. It's really awkward to try to start a how are you? conversation after talking about math problems and English essays. If you do want to talk to him more, try to get to know him (or her, sorry!) on a personal basis. I found that it helps if you're actually interested in their lives and personalities, and you shouldn't just ask random get-to-know-you questions when you're not interested. It sounds scripted and awkward.

Point is: be real to yourself and take things slowly. Get to know him and let events unfold. Maybe it won't always be the way you want them to but let it do its thing. It took me a long time to learn that.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Celebrity Life

Hi guys! I changed the font on this one.. I might change the font on all of them. I'm not totally sure yet. I like things to be uniform and the same though. My life is incredibly boring and busy so here's some Coffee Shop. I don't know what I'll do after 30 pages more when it's almost over. I still have to think of an ending so there may be a Coffee Shop hiatus for a while. I know, sorry. Here's a brief schedule of things to come. 
Wed: Advice for relationships and just random stories that I may have on the topic
Thurs: Ummmm.... Thursdays are the worst since it's I do radio that day. Um I'm not sure.. surprise!
Fri: Q&A. Remember you can submit questions if you're curious about something that I do. 
Sat: It was the Coffee Shop day but now I post Coffee Shop a lot on every day... there will be something cool on Saturdays though. At least I hope! 
Sun: App reviews! 
Mon: You're stuck with my life as of now. 
Tue: My so incredibly cool life.

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Separate Peace Story

Hi guys! I know this is a second long post but I really really love this piece that I wrote. I dedicate it to my friend L who inspired me to write this. It was a long night and we were both pretty tired. I was talking to her through google chat and she was required to read A Separate Peace for English Class. I had read it towards the beginning of the year and her conversation inspired me to do this. I hope you guys enjoy it even though it's not Coffee Shop and even if you haven't read A Separate Peace. I didn't like it but I do know a couple people who did. I really took some time to write this and I feel like a little bit of soul is in here. I would love any constructive criticism. It was all in good fun. Please don't be offended for any reason. xx
(It would be dishonest and bad if I put a coffee shop tag right? heheheh ;))

And Into the Oven

I hope any confusions were cleared up. This chapter goes after Out of the Frying Pan chapter. Sorry I uploaded the wrong chapter that one time. The story is almost over :( I know some of you are probably sad. Only 46 more pages.. I'll try to write more but the story is pretty much done. I don't know if I'll write anything new. I don't normally have the time or energy. I am so unproductive and today is the night where I spend 3 hours fro 6-9 working on the school newspaper before it goes to press! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Equinox Weekend

I hope you guys are having a great weekend! I don't have that much time so I'll cut right to the chase. Today was such a wonderful day! The colors on the leaves are changing and it's time to pull out all the fall clothes. I love my circle scarf but I'm still looking for ways to pair summery things to get a more autumn oriented look. I have some really cool boots that I hope to wear :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Public Speaking, yo!

Awesome gavel! You should join Public Speaking and become a Presiding Officer just so you can get this amazing gavel!!! I was super excited to take this home with me!


Guys, I'm terribly sorry! I thought I had posted this but it looks like I skipped a chapter. This chapter goes after The Sunshine Bistro!! Sorry! again. I hope you still enjoy it. xx

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fridays Bring Good Fortune

Hi everyone! I love Fridays and it's hard not to love them. Today was an especially good Friday! So I don't remember if I mentioned this or not but, today was Club Day. Club Day at my school means all the clubs set up tables and recruit any willing people. All the club tables were in a circle on the Quad. The Quad is a stretch of grass that some people sit on to eat lunch and a lot of school events are hosted there. I thought my club's table was next to the Students Against Drunk Driving club but actually we were next to Christian Club. TG runs Christian Club and it was fun just hanging out with him, indirectly.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Out of the Frying Pan

Hi guys! Here's another chapter. My life is boring but Claire's isn't, so I hope you enjoy it! Tomorrow is Club Day at my school and my lovely club will make its debut. Ha. Oh joys! xx 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Wednesday Romance

Hi everybody! I don't how many of you are having romantic problems. But I know I do and a lot of teens do so I'm starting a Wednesday segment all about love and the problems of it. I always looked for blogs to help me with this and all over Yahoo answers and questions but never quite found what I'm looking for. Hopefully this will help yours and make you feel comforted that you definitely aren't alone in the face of rejection, anxiety, happiness, and maybe even a relationship.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Sunshine Bistro

I hope you enjoy yet another chapter! I'm sorry if you think that these interesting titles (sometimes, not so much today) are about my life. I do put labels on them but I'm not sure what else to do. I found that it's really annoying to have a super long title fully describing that it's part of Coffee Shop. I'm open to any of your suggestions. 
The story that I've written is almost done now... I haven't had the time to sit down and write, nor the energy. I'm oddly not enthusiastic to write on Pages or Open Office. I miss my Microsoft Word. 
I'm thinking about doing book recommendations too on some day of the week. I don't read for fun anymore so I'm not sure if you'd like that since Sparknotes is so handy. I put up some of my favorite links so check that out. I depend on those links for everything. 
Just to clarify the schedule that's already up so far, this sentence is placed. Fridays are question days and I'd love to answer any questions. If there aren't questions (which is common), then I pick some random personality questions and answer them. Saturdays is usually my Coffee Shop day but on days that I don't have much to say, I place one randomly. I'm not sure what I'll be doing when Coffee Shop runs dry. Sundays is my app day now! xx

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hair Cuts are Awful

People always say that hair cuts don't really matter since hair grows out anyway. That statement is half true. Yes, if you wait over a month, your hair will grow back to normal. But what about the month where your hair is awful? I've had my share of haircuts. I never really like my hair cut until a certain amount of time passes away. I've gotten several perms (understatement!) to my hair. One year my hair was perfectly straight, too straight, another curly curly, the next year a sort of in between of curly and straight. This year it's a nice wave curl thing. My natural hair is just weird now though because none of the perms have fully left my hair. It's just a melting pot of different hair types. I don't even know what to tell people about my natural hair anymore. I really love the hair I have now though, maybe you'll agree. I guess you guys don't have more to compare it to.

Friday, September 14, 2012

I am not Functional

Hi everybody! I hope you had a good day. Sorry this is so late. I had a four hour nap and I really miss sleep. When I say that I'm not functional, I say that because it's so true. I can't do math and I can't really focus on anything. Do you guys feel like that during a long week? I feel like one week spans forever. It's just a mismatch of testing, homework, and other projects.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Can You Keep a Secret?

Enjoy! xx

Once in a Lifetime

I had the most fantastic day today. Seriously fantastic! To start the it off, my bio friend brought me cupcakes for a belated birthday present. We've been in the same science class for 3 years now!
And then at lunch, I was at my locker and I was walking with one of my friends (friend 1). Another friend (friend 2), whose locker is there too, was there and we were all talking. Then TG comes along randomly too! He just starts talking and asks friend 2 how she thought the AP physics test was. Friend 2 left but TG just stayed and started talking to me and friend 1. I thought he'd leave but we spent like 20 minutes of lunch talking. A couple other people joined us after that.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Love Notes and City Lights

The titles for the chapters of my Coffee Shop story are infinitely better than the ones I make for my blog posts. Sorry about that. I guess I'm more creative when it comes to other people's lives. I love helping people so if you have any issues bothering you, feel free to ask. I overanalyze everything so it might entertain you if nothing more.

Since it is my birthday I decided that readers should get a treat (possibly if you think so?) too! So here's another chapter. :) Enjoy! xx

Birthday! Birthday!

The wonderful cake that my dad got me :) 

I had a pretty good day so far! It's been a long time since my birthday was on a school day. I have such wonderful friends who bake my such goodies. I'm having a birthday scavenger hunt in downtown San Francisco this Sunday so I'm looking forward to that. There's not much else in my life and I'm getting increasingly busy.

I think I'm going to start my math tutoring again. In my church, there is this wonderful lady who is an absolutely fantastic math tutor. She helped me so much last year and I'm forever grateful to her. Math is starting to get tough. :( and so is bio. I guess now, we're actually getting into the harder stuff and stopping the review period.

I don't have that much time to blog but I still will blog about any interesting things about my life :)
You probably don't want to hear a million posts about me whining about homework & tests.

TG said happy birthday to me :) It was more like I sort of forced it out of him. I waved hi and he's really nice so he always says hi back. Well actually, almost everybody says hi back if you wave to them unless they're mean people. I was holding cupcakes that my friend made me and he asked whose birthday it was. I told him it was mine because there isn't a reason to lie to him. So he said happy birthday. :) haha whatever, the only thing that matters is that I got a happy birthday from him!

My parents are to-going dinner from my favorite restaurant so that'll be fun :)
Yeah, it's my birthday so far. I'll update if there's anything else interesting which I don't suspect there will be.

You know the guy from my post about infatuation? He posted happy birthday! AND said that he'd buy me lunch :) so I guess he's not creeped out by me. I'm so freaking busy though...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Falling Miserably

I hate liking someone as a crush. It's the most awful feeling there is knowing that someone else controls your emotions. Yet, it's happening again. My foot is caught in quicksand and it's pulling me in secretly and subtly. I'm not doing anything to myself but every day I find that I'm an inch deeper than where I used to be.

Woes of the Outside

As always, I hope you enjoy! My schedule is cramped, seriously! I just came home from a meeting with the radio staff. I have a test tomorrow in math (ahhh!) and a whole bunch of other homework I have to do. It's also my birthday tomorrow, which doesn't mean much in the school sphere of work. I'll try my best to squeeze in a post though! By the way, this is chapter 5 of Coffee Shop. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Addiction to Apps

We have established that I am a geek. Well I have a 4th generation iPod and the Samsung Infuse, which is just like the Samsung Galaxy II except for a mere rearrangement of buttons. I have a lot of access to apps and I have played all the ones that make it to the top 10 for free and paid.

My addiction at the moment is with a game called Happy Street. It's a bit like Animal Crossing because your residents are animals that speak gibberish. You have to use the 'flooze' currency to stretch out your street and all sorts of other resources. It's really fun compared to all other games of this genre.

It's really fun though and I recommend it! I think I'll do a weekly app every Sunday! I would love any recommendations for your favorite apps. I don't play any military/shooting games though. Violence is icky. I do play things like Tower Defense and that Bloons game! I love the Bloon tower defense game :)

So yes, what's your favorite app? They won't all be games for those who are pursue more useful apps.

Reclaiming Childhood

Wonderful gifts :) 

I don't mean literally going back in time to childhood. I wish I could. Maybe I would've done things different but as Aristotle says one can only be happy after living a full life. I agree with that completely. Only after all the hardships pass can you start to smile and laugh about it. I absolutely hated taking European history but now I would still put it on my sophomore schedule had I the chance to go back. But happiness and Aristotle aren't part of this blog. They actually belong in my English homework.

Fancy Food

Hi guys! This is chapter 4 of Coffee Shop! As I always, I hope you enjoy it. I'll probably post another thing about my personal life when I get home from Church. :) 

Friday, September 7, 2012

In A Crazy Nutshell

I hope you enjoy chapter two of my little novel. Warning: this chapter is a little risqué.

The History of Me

It would be be so awesome if you guys posted questions throughout the week about things you'd like to know about me. I picked a couple questions that are a bit deeper and more thought provoking than last week's questions. I hope you enjoy learning about me. I'd love to learn more about you.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


I made an incredibly bad decision today. I decided to be on Facebook while recording some parts of radio.

Lives of Nitrogenous Bases

Far, far away deep down in our DNA, there is a group of very shallow people. They eat only phosphate and sugar and it's rumored that their food source is the reason to their vanity. In this lovely valley of double helix hills and hydrogen bond bridges, there are two families that are very, very large: the Pyrimidines and the Purines. They are so large and they don't really know who's in their family.

Invisible Red Thread

I was browsing through Tumblr and I found this awesome post. I felt that I had the need to post it here.

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”

Could Have Been Worse

Today was a pretty bad day. I don't even have the energies or the stories to supply the blog with interesting news.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I am a Geek

It's really sad. I wanted to think of myself as being cool and trendy but the truth is I am so geeky. Here are some reasons why. Maybe this will regale you, I hope; because then someone is benefitting from my sad geeky life.

Cursed by Fate

In every single English class in high school, fate is a big deal. All serious, think-y books have that aspect. Take Romeo and Juliet for example. They were star-crossed lovers which means that basically fate did not want them to be together. Here's my five minute summary.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Daily Happenings

No rant today, folks! I don't feel super unhappy or happy about much. The sun continues to shine down upon this little town where I live. Sometimes, I wish I could be a woodland princess especially since I do live surrounded by mountains (not in a mountain). On Sundays, I talk to the little kids whenever I go to church. I asked a little girl if she was a princess because she was wearing a princess dress last Sunday. She replied so nonchalantly as if everyone knew this. I think she was actually annoyed that I had to ask her. Oh little children.

Monday, September 3, 2012

My Stomach Hates Trips

Because it was Labor Day, I went on a day trip to Russian River which is by Napa Valley. It takes 2 hours by car and my stomach was hurting so badly on the ride there. Lately that's been happening a ton... especiaally on vacations. This summer my stomach felt so queasy that I couldn't eat on the plane which is a first since maybe fourth or fifth grade.
I went hiking and saw lots of huge redwood trees in Armstrong Park. That's what the picture is of!
Sorry for the late post. I had no way of posting during the trip and just came home a hour ago. I also have two tests tomorrow so blogging isn't my top priority right now!
Good night!! xx

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Truth About Weight

Hello everyone! I just wanted to talk about a topic extremely important to me. I know usually don't do this but let's start now. I think this topic is really relevant to our lives in the 21st century. Weight.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Why People Don't Like Autumn

I love the month of September and that's probably because my birthday is in September. I love autumn though and probably would had my birthday been in February. Autumn just brings about a sense of nostalgia for me and I can never figure out why. I don't know how anyone can seriously hate autumn. The leaves are changing color and you get to wear scarves (!) and hoodies and boots.  Last fall/winter, I was really into guys who wore scarves but I think I'm sightly over that now. I'm still convincing myself that I need a circle scarf! I found the most beautiful one at Urban Outfitters but I have no money. I am still on the lookout though. Early autumn is perfect camping weather. The feel of leaves crunching under your shoes is a magical feeling. I always go out of my way to step on leaves...

All About Coffee

I don't know how many of you guys are interested in reading things other than blogs. I've been writing this one during the summer and I'm having a major form of writer's block, especially since I don't have that much time during the week to write. I don't have an official title for it so it's just called Coffee Shop (CS). I love the idea of coffee and it saddens me that I can't indulge in regular coffee. I can drink mochas and sweetened stuff like frappachinos though. So enjoy. I haven't done much, I pretty much woke up an hour ago. But another real blog about my day is coming soon :) once I've done anything memorable. Enjoy Coffee shop! I'll probably post a short chapter each week. The prologue short of clues you in on the synopsis.