A meme: Saturday 6

Having had a slight pang of nostalgia for my blogging days closely knit to an online community…I shall do a blog meme!

From the Saturday Six:

Name 6 things that you would add at the top of your bucket list?

1. See the town where my father was born near Canton, China
2. Visit Lima, Peru where my grandfather spent the majority of his professional life
3. Deliver a talk at a conference that is convincing and admirable
4. Go on a safari
5. Do the Lord of the Rings tour
6. Change one person’s life

Someone asked me this question a few weeks ago:

If you could be granted with a job or a boyfriend, which one would you choose?

If you know me well enough, you would know what I chose…almost immediately.

AND then a Friday Five

1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]?
My summer has already started (since the end of May)! Spent the first weekend at my sister\’s place in San Diego (yo lady!). Then lounged around the house doing nothing. Attempted to sublease my apartment with success. :D Two months of internship, which I am still in the process in. Then a week off to MINNY SODA to spend time with some crazy 50 year old rapists that I met online. Then right after that, I head back to work in Berkeley as a residential computing consultant-have to help residents move in. That\’s probably when summer is over…because once residents finish moving into the dorms, school starts over again!
Tight schedule, but yes I can do it!

2. What was your first summer job?
*cough* A summer job? ME? ME THE SPOILED BRAT!??!?! Most of the jobs I have had were usually yearlong and never was only isolated to the summer. The first real \”summer job\” was last year when I had an internship in Bayer. Previous to that, I was a tutor for rich kids, volunteer, and yet another intern on campus.
The years all before that…I usually spent my summers doing essentially nothing. My middle school summer years were dull except for two weeks where I spent at Girl Scout Day Camp. Then the following years, I usually had summer school in a community college (20-30 minutes away from my house).

3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go?
Not here.

4. What was your worst vacation ever?
I can\’t say what makes a vacation the worst one I have ever been on. Because then I can say that about all my vacations. I could say that China was the worst, but then there were the upsides. I just didn\’t like the capitialistic gung-ho environment. Let\’s move on!

5. What was your best vacation ever?
Either one of the three cruises (Alaska, Carribean, Ensenda/Catalina) or New Jersey. I am leaning toward the cruises, especially Alaska. The cruise through Southern Alaska…had occured just when I needed a break from my daily life. It was shortly after the disaster of my college freshman year. The trip was where I was able to prove myself wrong…that I wasn\’t always a crisis-prone someone (although I do like being one). Also, during that time, our parents gave my sister and me more independence than we ever had. AND WE MET THE WEIRDEST PEOPLE EVER ON THAT SHIP. forever alaska!

Out of boredom, a friday five!

1. What\’s one thing you\’ve always wanted to do, but never have?
I have done most things that I wanted to do. Be part of a band! You know that person that hangs out with the band aka THE DRUMMER.

2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest?
I rarely have opinions about things like that, because I am not really sure what to think. Because in one case, those \”fashion\” items can be good in one context and horrible in another. But as most people know, I have trouble lying.

3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn\’t? What happened?
There are probably many things that I discover about someone…and then I integrate it into my \”judgment\” of that person. Sometimes it improves the judgment and sometimes it worsens the judgment. Oh critical me! Mostly because I am oblivious, things that I discover about someone don\’t affect me until later…after I have thought about it so thorougly.

4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why?
the matrix? :D But isn\’t that the world that I am living in right now…?

5. What\’s one talent/skill you don\’t have but always wanted?

I bought daffodils last Friday and apparently I have forgotten about them. whooops.

And speaking of which…it\’s the return of the Friday Five (although today is saturday…)!

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?
I used to dislike the very thought of picking up a piece of plastic and use it to communicate with somebody. But I have gotten used to it. It\’s better than talking to someone online, because on the phone, more of the real person is reflected. You can hear the tone. You can hear the intention in the voice. Everything but the image is there.

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
My sister. She called my apartment phone on the way back from her review session. We talked about random stuff. It\’s always interesting to talk to her on the phone. No silences. No gaps. It\’s like an immediate understanding. YO LADY. And surprisingly, yesterday I basically sat back and listened to her complain about her former friends. *pat pat lady!*

3. About how many telephones do you have at home?
In my apartment, I have a phone (with an answering machine) and my roommate has her own phone in her room. Then I have my cellphone that has no reception in my apartment. And my roommate has her own cell. At my house, there is a phone upstairs in my parents\’ bedroom and one in their \”office\” aka play room. Then there is one downstairs in the kitchen. There\’s no phones on my sister and my floor at all although there\’s a total of three phone jacks there. One jack to the regular line in each of our rooms. Then a jack to a private line for the sweet nectar of the internet…

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?
I think that would be me? :) I know when I call my friends now, i expect them to recognize who I am. And because I got influenced heavily by a former friend, I sometimes spontaneously say, \”OKAY BYE.\” I know it probably is harsh to some people…but timid as I am…i don\’t know what\’s the best way to say \”good bye\”.

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not?
It depends on the situation. If it\’s of importance (I 8 U. U 8 ME. I THINK WE SHOULD TALK or I want to know how you\’re feeling), I would normally call. For work, I usually call because I want an immediate response. Writing a letter means a slow response. I write an e-mail when I want to be as articulate as possible. But I find it much better to talk to anybody on the phone, because it means both people are really aware and..active.

Friday Five!

When was the last time you…

1. …sent a handwritten letter?
I wrote one to Hannibal Lector. As a response to this apologizing for the guests\’ rudeness. Okay, so I still shower late in the morning. And by the way, Yeh are you still up for it? :p
As for a real letter, the last one was when I wrote to Naim. :D I still have some stuff left to use!

2. …baked something from scratch or made something by hand?
From scratch? *laughs* Eh, that must have been a long time, since I haven\’t gotten the patience to do it for awhile. My cooking phase started in middle school and died by the end of high school. Fried rice is the most recent thing I can think of. If you can count that. As for making something from scratch, aha! CREPES. I made that during winter break with my sister. They\’re good. They take practice to make in a good shape. Reminds me, I need to get powder sugar…

If anybody is interested, the recipe is this (I copied it from somewhere, but I am too lazy to find the source):

4 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter

Measure all ingredients in to blender jar; blend for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides. Blend for 15 seconds more. Cover and let sit for 1 hour. (This helps the flour absorb more of the liquids.)
Makes 12-14 crepes.

3. …camped in a tent?
A tent? ME?! Seriously. :p I have slept in a cabin with only a stove for heat…during girl scouts. The last time I did that was…probably…uh. Sixth grade? I am not even sure. I know we slept in a cabin about two miles away from my house. And we also went to Half Moon Bay.

4. …volunteered your time to church, school, or community?
I actually would have participated in circle k at Berkeley, but I was too lazy to do anything. And besides, social anxiety was hitting me hard. The last time that I can distinctly remember was when I volunteered at the local food bank. Both the one in Concord and the one in Oakland. In January, I did it for the 20 hours of punishment. Then I kept Sri company while he did his own 20 hours of punishment. I think I was too nice.
If you count this time, then maybe I did kinda volunteered…

5. …helped a stranger?
Me generous? Only with my time. Maybe it was in class yesterday when the guy in class asked me what the instructor just said. I said, \”Logic gates.\” Oh and how I sometimes stop at the crosswalk while driving to let the pedestrians go across first. That does count…right?

Seriously, I must be crazy. :p

My first Friday Five in a long time.

1. Do you live in a house, an apartment or a condo?
In this place I call \”home\”, I live in a house that\’s three stories. Four bedrooms, three bath, one kitchen, one living room, one family room, one dining room, one laundry room, an \”office\”, three car garage, two patios and a nice little private driveway. Out in berkeley, I had lived in an apartment. One bedroom, one kitchen, one bathroom, one living room and too many noisy neighbors. Oh and a parking spot that doesn\’t exist.

2. Do you rent or own?
My parents own the house I call \”home\” and three other houses somewhere out there. I used to live in two of these three. My parents rent the apartment I live in Berkeley. For some extraneous price that is more than the rent they charge for the houses. :p

3. Does anyone else live with you?
In this place I call \”home\”, there\’s my mother and my father. My younger sister. Me. And my dreams. In Berkeley, I used to live with two roommates. Yes that\’s right three girls in an one bedroom apartment. Oh and the sex-crazed neighbors. If I can hear them, I am sure that I am living with them although I only saw their faces about eight times the entire year I lived there.

4. How many times have you moved in your life?
three times. First time to the other side of the city to a bigger house. Second time to a city thirty minutes away for a better school district. Third time…well to go to college.

5. What are your plans for this weekend?
Sleep. Then I am supposed to send out The Days of Protagonists. Yes I know some people are on my case now…

This week\’s Friday Five

1. What was the first thing you ever cooked?
Besides in a microwave, the first thing I ever cooked in the stove was scrambled eggs. All I basically did was crack open the egg in bowl…then whisk it. Then dump it into the oily pan…and cook.

2. What\’s your signature dish?
Fried rice. That\’s all I really make from scratch (if you can call it from scratch) as a college student…besides all the ramen I eat. And all the pasta. Let\’s not forget the frozen food. Mmmm…frozen corn dogs…frozen waffles…

3. Ever had a cooking disaster? (tasted like crap, didn\’t work, etc.) Describe.
In middle school, I subscribed to the Nickelodeon magazine. In one issue, they had a recipe for slime cookies. Now, I was curious to see how slime cookies tasted like. You know…maybe slime tasted sweet. Unfortunately…I followed the recipe closely and no slime didn\’t taste that sweet. Also because I didn\’t have any green food coloring, the slime was red. Bleh, well the cookies were dry…and nasty.

4. If skill and money were no object, what would make for your dream meal?
If I would make? I\’ll have someone make it! Okay, strawberry soup or coconut-peach soup. Yes, a chilled soup. Wait let\’s just skip directly to the dessert. Sweet crepes. Zabaione alla Gritti. Custard. Ice cream. :)

5. What are you doing this weekend?
Working in the basement of Soda with Karen (hopefully she can be my partner) on the CS project. Then Herb is visiting me on Sunday!!! :D For once, I am staying in Berkeley over the weekend because my parents are flying back up from San Diego and won\’t get back until late Saturday night. Oh and yes, dinner with the grandparents on Sunday too (second round of Chinese New Year celebration).

I am wasting time rather than trying to figure out the pre-lecture quiz for tomorrow\’s CS lecture. I have been meaning to do this Friday Five for awhile. Now I finally remembered! :) It\’s a bit risque this week, but hey…I have nothing to hide. It\’s weird though…most people were nineteen when they lost their virginity, but then they claim \”stupid kid mistake\”. *blink* I think my writing is becoming drier and drier. :p

1. What\’s the most romantic thing you\’ve ever done for someone else?
It was for Alan. I am sure most people have heard me brag about this before. For Christmas, I got a box (okay, the gift box from Sephora) and filled it up with Hershey\’s Kisses. Cuz yeah…haha, I was going to give him a \”real\” kiss for xmas. Then I stuffed that box into a larger box, surrounded by Hershey\’s Hugs since we hugged everytime we saw each other. :)
For V-day, I secretly had his friend order a bouquet of tulips and place on his desk before second period. He had told me before that he had never seen tulips in person before. So of course, I had to do something. ;)
Bleh, well…remember, he\’s my ex now. So no more of that for awhile.

2. [pardon the cosmo question] What are your erogenous zones?
Haha, okay honestly, I didn\’t know what erogenous meant so I promptly went to dictionary.com. Probably the back of my neck just like everyone else.

3. How old were you the first time you had sex? Care to expound?
Proud to be a virgin. :) I believe that sex should be an expression…of true and deep love.

4. What\’s the most unusual place you\’ve ever had sex?
See above.

5. Do you have plans for Valentine\’s Day or is it just another Thursday?
If I had never met Alan, Valentine\’s Day would be just another Thursday. But because of last year, it\’s all different to me. It\’s not bittersweet, but I am hooked to the prospect although I doubt that anything will happen. Xing and I had already discussed a girl\’s night out. Dress up to eat at a fancy restaurant thing. Yes total <3!!! Don\'t know if it\'s going to be happening. Otherwise I plan to spend my Thursday night in the labs of Soda...programming. :D