Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Growing up or just learning how to use makeup correctly?

I recently posted a photo of Yilun and I on Facebook and it received a plethora of comments about our appearance.

My caption for the photo was that we look like grown ups! (Very true in my opinion because we pretty much look like kids at all other times :P )

My friend Karen noted that I am "growing up beautifully". A wonderfulll comment which I accept with great shyness.. but, when I look in the mirror, I don't think of myself growing up, really. I just see myself as an woman who simply finally understands how to:

1) Use makeup
2) Make the best out of my very flat straight hair

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Is that really growing up? Maybeeee, but when I look in the mirror bare face, I'm still a baby. :P -- And i'm ok with that :)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello Hello!

Hi Blogger,

I'm sorry I've lost touch with you for so many years :( I've been jumping from one website to another looking for ways to create a blog website that is easier to maintain and to edit without code..to no avail.

During my time away, I chanced upon Squarespace and Wordpress but even those seemed a little bit boring and impersonal. Maybe I'm just being picky.

Anyhow, a lot has changed since I last blogged on this website.

Firstly, it is no longer 2013. It's 2015! Welcome, blog! :)

Secondly, I am no longer a sophomore in college, I AM A SENIOR! How frightening is that?

Third, I no longer live with the same roommates I lived with in Sophomore and Junior year. :O Even though I love love loveee my roommate Jacky, I decided to make the change to live with two new friends I met along the course of my journey at UCSB. (Nikki and Kim)

Unfortunately, even the paragraph above is no longer entirely valid because my roommate, Nikki, moved out last quarter after taking her last courses at UCSB. :'( Many sad faces.

So, I am all aloneee in this huge room with more desk space than I could have ever imagined. :) At least I have Kim who is outside watching Friends. hehe.

Oh yes, what other updates do I have for you?

I remember writing a little post about not wanting to party or drink alcohol of any sort. Well, now that I am "of age," I decided to live a little and it's not all that bad as long as you have good friends by your side, you pace yourself, and remember to not go a little too crazy when Taylor Swift songs appear in the clubs. ;)

My little sister is now 14! She's taller than me and has a larger appetite than me too. I sometimes steal her clothes because we have the same size now :)

I've picked up photography as a real real real hobby and Instagram is my all time favorite social media platform. :)

I tried to take nice pictures for a week :) Yilun was my resident photographer in charge of OOTD's and such. He's gotten very good at photography as of late, this makes me very happy! No need for a tripod when he is around.

I finally got straight A's in college and received Dean's honor!! I almost got it again last quarter but I just hadddd to follow Nikki into an Urban Environment class :( Also, I was taking 3 other extension courses.  That's 7 classes in total!! What were the odds of me getting A's in everything but Urban Environment?!

Lastly, I should be getting ready to go to class and buy a bike lock soon. Class is at 2 and today is the very first day of my last quarter. Wish me luck!

Love you all, whoever is reading. :)

Nicole

P.S. I'm working on changing my blog layout because it seems a bit boring.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Reveal Travel Diary: London Part 1

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When I think of london, I imagine a feast of tea and crumpets, individuals roaming around speaking in the most adorable of accents, wizards, witches and fairytales just waiting to occur.

While I didn't actually come across any mystical creatures, my trip to London was nothing short of magical. (It's been a childhood dream of mine to visit this place!)
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The 10 hour journey to the UK started in San Francisco where I boarded a plane with my cousin and traveled approximately 5731 miles across the Atlantic ocean.

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The plane ride was such a breeze with so many movies to watch and new books in my iPad to pass the time. My current favorites? "A Fault in Our Stars," by John Green and, "Beautiful Disaster," by Jamie McGuire.

During the the flight, I kept a constant habit of asking for water whenever refreshments were served. Keeping yourself hydrated is so important when you're up in the air and the humidity is low. (Dehydration makes your skin dry and your body more prone to illnesses! I'm sure nobody likes getting sick and having bad skin :P )

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The Tube was a lifesaver throughout this trip and so simple to use.  But beware! When topping up your Oyster card, don't forget to tap your card before AND after inserting your money. Otherwise, those pounds will go to waste.

Now onto the good stuff. Where I went!

teaOn the very first morning, we had breakfast at a restaurant called Richoux. We ordered florentine eggs and a breakfast set. I love the fact that breakfast always comes with juice and tea or coffee! Our florentine eggs was so delicious. I think I have a thing for poached eggs and mushrooms now. :)



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trafalgarA few tube stops later, we arrived at Trafalgar square.  The first of 'many' touristy photos was in line.

My next (line) of action was to conquer the copper lions. The kids were doing it, so I thought to myself, "How hard could it be?" and then.. it started to drizzle.

lionWhat's worse than unskillfully climbing onto a gigantic copper lion? A slippery gigantic copper lion. But I was determined, and with the help of my cousin, I eventually managed to get on.

Convent Garden, a market place that turned into a popular shopping area was conveniently in walking distance of the square.

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We had the first of many many freshly squeezed juices here. Orange and apple juice never tasted this great!

Soho was next

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After hours of walking, we settled at a cute smoothie bar called Joe & the Juice. I ordered a raspberry milkshake. Our smoothie was so fresh, energizing and perfectly sweet. The vanilla milk blend instead of ice cream really hit the spot. 

A few more shops and a very sore pair of feet later, we headed back to the hotel to rest up for the next day! :)

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Stay tuned for part 2!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

If you don't know about my love for sad songs, you don't know me.

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Chloe finally made me a playlist!! She's been reluctant to feed my crave for depressing songs because she thinks its not good for me but honestly, I don't like sad songs because I'm a sad person. I just enjoy the way sad melodies make me feel. 

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Anyways, today I went to the Rennegade Craft Fair with Shixian, Chloe, Haley, Jule and Janina. :) It was fun wandering around the fair for the first 2 hours but after that it got a bit dreary. The crafts being sold were super cute but also super expensive. I had my eye on a llama plush but it was 40 so I had to leave it :''( Maybe another day.

I didn't feel like lugging around the heavy dslr everywhere today so I don't have any pictures to show you but these photobooth photos aren't a bad replacement, right? ;)

I love photobooths! Hope I find more in Paris. (Speaking of Paris, I leave for Europe next week! How exciting. My first time in a continent other than Asia and the USA) 

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This was my favorite photo! It turned well due to careful planning and ducking

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lately

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Breakfast at La Note in Berkeley with my Auntie and Shixian. The gingerbread pancakes were the bomb :) and I love caramelized pears!

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Shixian took this cute shot of my parents! I think it's interesting how different our perspectives are when it comes to photography.

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Mommy's delicious shrimp grilled with white wine, olive oil and garlic

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After dropping my bed off in Santa Barbara, we made an impromptu trip to Las Vegas and stayed at The Palazzo. (Venetian's sister hotel) All the rooms are suites!

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My family and I took a dip in the pool before our 13 hour ride home..  I love these pictures of my little sister. She's adorbs.

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I love my mom's cooking. She's always testing out different recipes with her own spin. My favorite dish at the moment is her baked salmon. It's super simple. It only consists of black pepper and lemon juice!

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Yilun and I created a blog together! It's our summer project. (I hope it survives!) This is a picture from his origami post. I think I have a thing for elephants. Some of my favorite things from Yilun include a stuffed animal elephant and this paper elephant.

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Shixian and I have been experimenting with makeup. My skin sucks :'(

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A photo from my Reveal photo adventure in SF at the Palace of Fine Arts. I love the color contrast between this cork ipad folio and the green grass.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013