Saturday, August 9, 2003

Today my aunt and uncle from Carpenteria, CA (that's in Southern California, near Santa Barbara, for those not familiar with the city), came up. For what reason, I still have no idea. ^_^; Honestly, I don't think there's any special occasion that's happening. They just, you know, kinda came.... I'm assuming they're here for the hell of it, but I'm not certain. Well, anyway, because they're around here, the family decided to go out to eat! FOOD!!! XD We went to this one place called... um... Banana something.... It's a Malaysian restaurant. Let met just inform you peoples that I have never had Malaysian food before. At least, not to my recollection. It's pretty good stuff. We had a variety of food, predominantly seafood. The crab was nice. ^_^ It was chili crab and actually kinda lived up to its name; it was not the pathetic "spicy" I usually have at asian restaurants. As far as I'm concerned, most asians cannot do spicy right, but these guys didn't do such a bad job. Definately not as good as I wanted it to be, but not bad by any means. Another highlight of the meal was one of the appetizers. They served us what seemed to be plain crepes and a curry sauce. You dip the crepes into the sauce and eat it. It was pretty good. I didn't know crepes went so well with curry.... Finally, the last notable note of the meal would have to be the desert: fried bananas and ice cream. I've never had fried bananas before. They're alright for a little while, but definately not something to write home about and not something I'd be able to eat a lot of. The ice cream was great though. It had a mango-y flavor. ^_^

After our little dinner festivities, we went back to my grandparents' house for a roaring game of... Bingo.... Yes, you read correctly, Bingo. I still don't understand it, but my family finds Bingo to be an exciting gambling game. If it were up to me, we'd be playing Thirteen, but it isn't up to me, so we played Bingo. There were eight players and each person bet a dollar a game. I won the first game. ^_^ By the time I got a Bingo, I had six other ways with which I could have won. XD Unfortunately, after that one game, I lost all the others. -_- At least we only played eight games. That means that I won one dollar. ^_^; I guess it's better than nothing though....

Posted by Tsubasa @ 10:51 PM PST [Link]

Thursday was my last day of the summer quarter! XD That's great news already, but what makes it better is the fact that my two finals were super easy. XD XD XD For my socio final, we were given five topics to write two three to five page essays about. We were given the choice of what two topics we wanted from the five total. Well, I already handle essay tests easily, but this is one of those "you can be general because I want you to demonstrate only an understanding of the subject material" tests. XD Needless to say, I'm certain that I did fabulously. I managed to finish the class without taking any notes; which, some of you may remember, was my goal. Then as for my art final, um... there wasn't much.... We had to do a final project at home, so by the time we actually got to the class, we didn't need to do anything besides display it in front of the class and explain what we drew about. That went rather smoothly and before I knew it, the class was over. That signified the beginning of my summer break. XD If I can recall correctly, I get a month or a month and a half off now. Sweet.

Yesterday, I went to San Francisco with a group of my friends. There were, like, twenty-two other people I think. Yes, we are insane. ^_^; First, we made our way to Japantown and got something to eat because, by the time we got there, it was already about lunch time. I don't know the name of the restaurant where most of us dined, but it was some noodle joint. I got udon and some rice with unagi/eel. It was a lunch special. ^_^ What peeved me about the lunch specials was that there was no way to refer to them with a name! There were pictures of them on the front of the menu, but no text whatsoever! -_- How do they expect me to recognize when mine has arrived without a name when there's the possibility that it could be someone else's at the table? There were, ten plus people there. -_- I eventually got it though, so that was some good eating. Directly afterwards, there was some playing in the Kinokuniya. From what I heard, I imagined that it was quite a bit larger than the San Jose one, but it isn't. Hell, after the San Jose one moved to that new space, I think it's the same size as the San Francisco one. The San Francisco one did have a better collection of bishoujo-game CG artbooks though. ^_^ I wanted that Carnellian artbook, but I didn't have the kind of money to just spend about freely like that. Instead, I picked up the Kanon&AIR book by Izumi Rei. It's one of those fanbooks that get professionally published and has the Kanon and AIR characters interacting. It's a fun book and I really like it, even though I haven't played AIR. ^_^;; After our little Japantown outing, we made way to Fisherman's Wharf. There, we split up and decided to meet up at a pre-arranged time. I stayed with the group that decided to head to the arcade. XD There was little variety in terms of games, but at the least, they did have Soul Calibur II. A couple of the guys and I had some fun playing each other. Before we knew it though, we had to be back in the meeting spot. By then, it was getting kinda late and approaching dusk. Some of us had to leave and some people were kinda tired. You may be asking: "already!?" Well, try managing twenty-three people sometime. ^_^; So, after a quick stop to a Disney store and Borders, we made our way home. Before I left, we all made a trip to Mipitas Tapioca Express though. ^_^ The others were going to do something afterwards, but I couldn't go with them, so I came home where I showered, ate, and fell asleep because I was bored and my sister was using the computer (thus no entry yesterday).

Posted by Tsubasa @ 07:31 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Today marked the first time I've been to San Francisco in... a while.... I honestly don't remember when was the last time I went there. So why did I go? Well, for my drawing class, my teacher arranged a field trip to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to view some exhibit about Marc Chagall's works. We arranged to arrive separately and meet there, but those who did not have a ride were provided a ride with either the teacher, his friends, or one of the people in the class who didn't mind driving. Considering how I fear driving in the city, I opted to take a ride, and thus, I got there with the help of Mr. Teacher Man's friend. As we approached the building, we were happily greeted by a very long and intimidating line. Apparently it was for the Chagall exhibit. -_- We heard that we'd have to wait at least an hour and a half to even get in, so we said screw it and just took around the museum, sans the main exhibit. Now I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't understand modern art. There were a number of them I questioned as art. For example, there was more than one where it seemed like the artist was going: "lets take the canvas and paint it one solid color!" Yes, and I'm being quite literal. There were a few "art pieces" that consisted of just a single color painted evenly. Then there were those that looked like they consisted of random strokes. You get the idea.

I was just watching Last Comic Standing. Yes, I was watching TV. *waits for gasps* Well, my sister seems to like having the TV playing in the background when she's on the computer and it was on NBC when we saw a commercial for the last show, which was tonight. Apparently there was a Viet guy! His name is Dat Pham. Feeling the need to support the fellow, we tuned in and watched it. The man is funny. Sure, the other comics were funny too, but it's such a refreshing thing to hear jokes about your own culture. The Vietnamese are more or less completely overlooked by the media, but this guy made it to a national TV show. Not only that, but he won! XD He'll have his own show in Comedy Central! XD Yay! XD

Posted by Tsubasa @ 10:23 PM PST [Link]

Monday, August 4, 2003

The sister returned from Davis today. While my school has only one summer quarter, UC Davis' is divided into two. She took classes for the first summer session and opted to come home for the second. That means that she'll be around for the next month or so. I won't be all by myself around the house now! Besides, she brought home her computer and there're quite a few Naruto episodes on it! XD I've been meaning to read the manga for forever, but never did get to it. Yeah, siblings are good for something. XD j/k The sister is cool. I'm glad to have her around.

Been putting off my art final project. I have to draw an image that's at least the size of four 18"x24" sheets of paper taped together. -_- That sounds like an awful lot of work. That's why I've been putting it off. Of course, the longer I put it off, the worse it gets, but oh well. I have until Thursday to finish it. I'll do it tomorrow....

Posted by Tsubasa @ 09:51 PM PST [Link]

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