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New journal. [11 Apr 2006|09:53pm]
Seeing as I kind of feel like I've outgrown this LJ -- as in my interests have shifted slightly and I joined way too many communities to escape, I'm permanently moving to another.

Go add urbanrevolver if you would, please.
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NOT good. [04 Apr 2006|07:46pm]
This is the worst possible time to get a headache.

I've still got to read some pages in social justice, and I also need to do the notebook assignment for history: "Do you think the dropping of atomic bombs in Japan was necessary to end WWII in a timely fashion?"

I also have to finish up art and write my English essay analyzing At the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec.

It's actually not a lot; it's just the essay I'm worried about, since it's due online tomorrow morning at 7:35. But agh, my headache isn't going away.

If there is a higher being up there, please make this headache stop!
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[19 Mar 2006|10:30pm]
I had some seriously orgasmically good sushi yesterday. And I bought a shirt at Urban Outfitters too! Nevermind the fact that their clothes are kind of low quality; I can fix the seams. I'm going to go shopping in the city with my sister next week, too. Therefore I'm excited!

In other words, I am finally owning up to my girliness. :D

Also, in my halau we just learned a routine for the techno mix of Tahiti Tahiti. I've gotta think of two sixteen-count solos. >_> But at least I don't have three solos. I'll probably watch some Tahitian videos on youtube.

Buuuuut, here's my wish list!

I'd really like a genie right about now!Collapse )
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It's been a while since I updated... [15 Mar 2006|03:38pm]
But I've just been too lazy. Been working on school, writing, dance, blah blah blah.

In any case, I'm not doing too shabby for 4th quarter. I'm getting all my homework in at least.

And after eating my Sac's dog, I'm going to finish the world of Hoovervilles. Isn't the Great Depression awesome?
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Very satisfied. [02 Mar 2006|09:18pm]
Today I went to St. Anthony's with my religion class. Let me say this right now: Solidarity, ladies and gents, is one of the most rewarding experiences you could ever have. I realize that not all of the people who read this are Christian, or even religious at all. I'm really not religious; I'd say I'm more spiritual. However, I do think that as human beings, he have the tendency to want to help other people, probably because if we are in need, we want someone to help us.

At St. Anthony's in the dinner hall, I served trays of food to people and bussed tables. The foundation is situated right in the tenderloin district and it's the poorest area in San Francisco. Different people came in to get food -- the working poor, homeless, mentally ill, addictively ill, disabled, handicapped, immigrants who speak little English, the elderly -- generally the types of people that most of us overlook. Usually we stereotype these people into being stupid, lazy, rude, greedy, selfish, and seriously unpleasant. However, the guests I served today were not like that at all. The people I encountered were polite, wise, funny, and educated, just like you or me. If you warm up to them, they can be very lively and fun to be around if you're willing to break down your barriers and go past your comfort zones. Plus, they give all sorts of advice... Some funny, some serious. There were the usual "Stay in school" and "Don't do drugs" and the more interesting ones entailed "Read books, eat food" and "Don't have 600 wives."

It was an extremely rewarding experience. I really hope I can go back there again for my senior year Christian service requirement. All day, I could sense myself just smiling like a maniac. Helping people out -- and seeing their delighted reactions was all worth the hard work.

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At the same time, though, after being on my feet all day and going to hula, I'm super-burnt out. I may ask my dad if I can go to school later.
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Scheduled my classes today... [28 Feb 2006|04:26pm]
Today I scheduled my senior year classes. Hopefully I get all my first choices...

Christian Living
World Religions
AP English
Advanced Mathematics
Civics
Economics
Art and Society
Psychology
Ethnic Studies
free period

And my alternate class is Art III. My art teacher convinced me to take Art and Society instead of Art III. The way he was talking had me thinking that he doesn't want to deal with an Art III class, haha. Plus apparently he thinks I would like the Art and Society projects better than the Art III ones.
My counselor told me that I wasn't recommended for Spanish IV. Not a big deal, considering I don't even like Spanish. So no Spanish and no science next year -- plus I get a free period! I seriously don't think it matters since I'm going to JC first.

Now I'm off to do that cursed proposal for social justice.
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School. [23 Feb 2006|08:43pm]
I don't really care anymore.

True, I'm not a senior yet, but it sure feels like senioritis to me. Or maybe I just gave myself an honest reality check. I'm not all worked up to get on the Honor Roll. I'm not obsessed with getting into Honors and AP classes or becoming a member of CSF and NHS. I don't really care that I won't get any cords (exept for maybe NAHS) around my neck when I walk for graduation next year. I'd just like to get C's or above -- nice average passing grades -- preferably B's and above, but since any kind of math is the bane of my existence, that's probably not going to happen. I recognize my strong points as well as my weak points.

Of course, that doesn't mean that I'm not going to try my best. It would be foolish not to do so, but I find that some people are so hung up on proving themselves in high school that they almost tend to lose their personalities -- I see it every day at school, it's really very sad. I guess what I'm trying to say is that one should do his best when it comes to school, but he shouldn't obsess over it. Obsessing will do nothing. Some people say that their parents pressure them to do well, especially Asian parents. My word on it? Just try your best. Chances are your parents are only pressuring you for their OWN pride, that way they could say, "My son/daughter has accomplished this, this, and this!"

When it comes down to it? Once you get into college, people won't give a crap if you had a 4.0 for six straight semesters, were a member of NHS, NAHS, and CSF, were in drumline and Jazz Tech and insert other club here. All your accomplishments aren't going to matter. You're not going to be given special treatment in college or in life.

Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying you shouldn't try hard in school. Try hard, but don't obsess over it. And don't be all, "But I need to in order to become a doctor/bioengineer/blahblahblah!" I guarantee that 90 percent or more of us still in high school are not going to end up becoming what we initially say we want to become. Sad, but true.
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Growing up stuff. [21 Feb 2006|06:49pm]
My mom agreed to buying me a car early, that way I can drive to school for the majority of senior year. It's more convenient if they don't have to worry about me, especially since I have a bit more of a social life now. She says that me driving next year won't be a problem as long as I prove myself to be a competent driver.

So this really motivates me to get off my lazy arse and start training again. And also, get my permit FINALLY. >_> I'd like to get it before the end of February so that I can pretty much reserve my spot in the parking lot come September.

That also means I can get a GOB next year. Wooo~

Anyway... it's the time in my life when colleges start sending me crap, attempting to coax me into going to their schools. Since I don't plan to settle down until I'm AT LEAST 30, I figure I have about 10 years left to really figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. Right now I'm seriously considering extensive study of a foreign language so I can be a bilingual flight attendant -- not for United, though, because United's full of elitist bastards who take old nasty flight attendants (or seniority, as they call it) over bilingual ones. For example, learning Japanese and applying at ANA. I think my dad advised me to apply to Thai Airways though, since it's Asia's major airline.

Eh, whatever. I've still got a while to think about it.
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I went to class on Friday... for FUN?? [20 Feb 2006|09:52am]
Yeah, well. My English teacher advised that during our five-day weekend we go sit in one of the lecture halls at a UC or CSU and see how college classes really are. I took her advice and tagged along to my sister's organic chemistry and government classes. I had no idea what was going on during ochem, seeing as I've never even taken regular chemistry (yeah, shut up) but I recognized about half the concepts that were discussed in government. I guess that helped keep my attention.

Then on Saturday my sister and I ventured into mid town Sacramento. We checked out a few boutiques and eclectic clothing stores. I must admit, they have some cute clothes... but I wouldn't pay $29 for a sheer-like printed shirt that I could easily replicate myself.

Speaking of clothes, though, I bought myself some black leggings over the weekend. The leggings thing has been in style in Japan for the past couple of years, but now America's getting into it. I figure I should abuse the trend as much as I can before everyone else starts dressing similarly. Also, I found out that I have a strange liking for lace camis.

...Good lord, I'm talking like a regular teenage girl. It's a bit scary.

Okay, back to geekiness. And what better than a few memesCollapse )
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Random stuff [13 Feb 2006|04:09pm]
Tomorrow and Wednesday, and then I'll have myself a five-day weekend. Woooo~

I'm starting to see the difference between the Honors and regular English classes. Or, as Ms. Roche put it, The Scarlet Letter by day, O Pioneers! and My Name is Asher Lev by night from the rest of February well into March, I imagine.

In any case, it's a very rewarding experience to talk to people you don't normally talk to. Even if the subject of conversation is completely mundane, I find that it's interesting talking to different people.

Lastly, whose butt do I have to kiss to get a pair of plain black cotton mary janes like this pair: http://www.pearlriver.com/asp/v2ShowPic.asp?pic=/product/ft03b.jpg&bshrink=&sName=Pearl%20River
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Letter meme. [12 Feb 2006|04:40pm]
If anyone's actually bored enough to do this. =P

Leave a list of fictional characters in your journal that you would like a message from. It is your readers' mission, should it not upset them terribly to choose to accept it, to write you an in-character "letter" from a character on that list. They then post their own original list in their own original journal and it is absolutely essential that the process be respected and continues!

>> BLEACH
1. Abarai Renji
2. Aizen Sousuke
3. Hitsugaya Toushiro
4. Shiba Kaien
5. Urahara Kisuke
6. Zaraki Kenpachi

>> DETECTIVE CONAN + MAGIC KAITOU
1. Hattori Heiji
2. Kaitou Kid / Kuroba Kaito

>> NARUTO
1. Hyuuga Neji
2. Inuzuka Kiba
3. Morino Ibiki [I wonder if anyone would be crazy enough to pull this off.]
4. Rock Lee
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Yay class scheduling! [08 Feb 2006|04:19pm]
So our counselor came to talk to us about scheduling our classes for next year. I think I'll allow myself a free period.

...Dude, scheduling senior classes already? It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in Mrs. Boyette's classroom scared out of my wits listening to her say, "Young people, copy down what's on the board. VERBATIM."

And... here's the classes I'll probably be taking next year:

Christian Living
World Religions
AP English Lit and Composition
Advanced Mathematics [Because my incompetent arse cannot get higher than a C- in Algebra II.]
Civics
Economics
Psychology
Ethnic Studies
Art III
Literature and Art Through Film

Yeah, most of those are semester classes, so that's why there are so many. I'd also like to get more involved next year... So I might join Campus Ministry again and NAHS, if I can.

Lastly, I'm hungry. I am going to go eat now. *nods*
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[05 Feb 2006|05:54pm]
[ mood | productive ]

Ahh, I'm satisfied. I just had a good plate of rice, stuffed eggplant, and salt & pepper fried chicken. (mmmm.... MSG...)

Alright, anyway. Wow, it's already February. Time flies. Feels like it was just yesterday that I failed my first algebra II quiz... (Why I chose that particular memory, even I don't know.)

I went back to thinking what I'm going to do after high school. Of course, I'm going to community first to get my general ed stuff out of the way. Remember how I said I wanted to become a fashion designer? Well... I don't think I have what it takes. A fashion designer has to have her eye out and predict future trends, in addition to having an insane and unlimited creativity, both of which I don't have. Also, if I were to design a collection that completely flopped, my career would be done for. So instead, I'm looking into archaelogy. It's another thing I've been interested in but never really acted on. For now I'm saying that I'm sticking to fashion design though. Just so I can purposely jinx myself.

Well, I just wanted to give a short update. Now, I am to write a letter to some person/people concerning a current social justice issue. Heh, Ms. Steiert actually thinks we can make a difference with this stuff. It amuses me, really.

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[23 Jan 2006|05:20pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

I'm wondering if I should audition for my school's musical -- this time it's Little Shop of Horrors.

What songs does Ms. J know? I can only think of a few that I can actually sing decently.

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[16 Jan 2006|05:36pm]
I've been feeling a bit unsettled lately. I'm not sure why -- I've been doing my homework lately. And there isn't really a lot of friends drama. Hmm... maybe it's because I feel like I'm forgetting something? Whatever.

Anyway. I went to SacAnime on Saturday and was lucky enough to go to the Katie Bair Wig Styling Panel. I learned a lot about wigs, what kinds of tools I need to style them, how to make gravity-defying bangs, spikes, and all that good stuff. I learned a lot of useful tricks for when I style my Hitsugaya wig -- which, btw, I still need to buy. Those cheapo Halloween wigs won't do any good for me. I need a thicker wig, something like the ones from Amphigory.

...And I really need to do my homework.
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Year's Recap. [10 Jan 2006|08:55pm]
Now comes the time where I recap what's happened to me this year. Hey, it was bound to happen.

Oh yes, and Chiharu, here's the story about the Korean guy and his girlfriend. I stole it from my sister's journal because I was lazy, haha.

"My sisters, Harry and I were standing in line for the Mickey and Friends tram. We noticed this asian girl, who didn't seem to speak very good english, approach the tram, shriek, stomp and cry to her boyfriend who was already sitting inside. The boyfriend hung his head in shame, stuffed his hands in his pockets, disembarked the tram and walked away. The girl, whose face was covered with tears, followed him.

So, what happened? Did they have a fight and he decided to leave without her, only feeling guilty when she found him and started a display of hysterics? Did they lose each other in the crowds and he just assumed she was already at the parking lot, waiting for him? Was he trying to play a joke on this girl who seemed to know very little english? You decide."

Okay. Anyway. Recap!

What happened in 2005?Collapse )
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Happy New Year and stuff [01 Jan 2006|05:39pm]
Well, it looks like 2006 has arrived already. Seriously? Wow. Just another semester and I'm going to be a senior. (Woo-hoo!)

Hope you all had a happy new year. I spent mine camping out at Disneyland watching a fireworks show and then watching Fantasmic. Haha. I know, weird. But I did have an awesome day. There's a funny story I'd like to tell regarding a Korean man leaving his girlfriend by boarding the tram, but I'm a bit lazy right now to tell the whole story (in addition to the whole day).

Just wanted to get the greeting out there. Later.
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[28 Dec 2005|12:38am]
Dude, this is awesome. Harry fixed my Norton Antivirus settings and did a couple things to get my computer running nicely again. I can sign onto MSN Messenger now, wooooo!

Haha. To be excited over something like that, I must be a total loser.
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Woooo, presents! [25 Dec 2005|02:43pm]
Merry Christmas everyone! I would alternate colors in red and green, but I know that's a bitch to read, so I'll refrain from doing so.

I was hoping to write a Christmas fic or two, but oh well. I'm kind of sick, so I had an excuse. And I also got out of going to Church. Of course, that was in exchange for sitting at home for an hour, constantly wiping my forehead, attempting to myself of my fever. And coughing. Oh yes, the coughing. In any case, our Christmas lunch was good. Honey-baked ham, yummmmmm.

I'm perfectly content with my presents this year. :D

1. A squishy pudge plane/stress reliever (gag gift)
2. Bobbins
3. Automated fabric scissors
4. Ipu [Yes! Now I get to practice fundamentals without bothering to play the CD!]
5. Pad and bag for the ipu [don't know what it's called. o_O;;]
6. Plenty of fabric for t-shirts, bags, and skirts
7. External harddrive - 80 GB [Hello, Asian dramas!]
8. Hancock Fabrics giftcard with $50 [^_^]
9. $50 from my parents Santa


P.S. I named my ipu Horohoro; even I'm not sure why. xD
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Man, I suck. [21 Dec 2005|08:58pm]
Just got back from a particularly difficult hula class. It's probably just because I'm a beginner, but I'm having a hard time learning the routine (probably because it's our performance song and it's fairly complication). T_T

In other news... I'm finally out of school!!

Until January 5th, however, which is when I get back. >P

Ii'm thinking about going to FIDM after high school. Well, more specifically, after a couple years at community college. Fashion design has always been a passion of mine, but I've never really taken the initiative to put the ideas into action, until this year, when I got a sewing machine. I recently discovered that psychology, though interesting to me, isn't necessarily what I want to do for the rest of my life. I just don't have a strong enough passion for it.

memes stolen from ChiharuuuuuuCollapse )
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