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Laundry On Sundaes

Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.

This week I’m wearing this super cute and girly mani.

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I used 2 coats of Zoya’s Jessika, a light sheer pink, and then layered e.l.f.’s Fairy Dust and Golden Goddess (1 coat each) on top.

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The effect is neutral and subtle from far away but shines and glitters like crazy when up close (the photos don’t do it justice!).

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Plaj is apparently SF’s only Scandinavian restaurant and another one of the places that Yufei’s been to with his friends and that I’d been bugging him to take me. I had never had Scandinavian food before (Swedish meatballs from IKEA doesn’t count…) and I was pretty excited.

We started with some rye bread and butter.

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We ordered 3 dishes to share. First up was the smoked halibut & salmon fritters with dill aioli.

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It was really good! Crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside, and the aioli was perfect.

Next we had Swedish meatballs with potato puree, pan gravy, lingonberry, and pickled cucumber.

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Solid dish. I would have ordered something more adventurous but Yufei insisted on meatballs.

Lastly, we had the braised ox cheek with parsnip puree, pear, and chard.

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Another fantastic dish. The meat was so tender it literally melts in your mouth.

We decided to go for dessert too since the savory dishes were pretty small. Yufei got the chocolate kladdkaka (a brownie-like cake) with vanilla cream and house-made hazelnut ice cream.

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I got the spiced apple pie with granola crust and house-made vanilla ice cream.

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Both desserts were good.. I probably should have gone with something a little more exotic than apple pie though, in hindsight. We also had some cocktails with our dinner and they were great as well. Overall an excellent dinner and an interesting new experience!

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I decided to treat myself to a salon manicure after my last final las quarter. I went to Sensi and ran into FIVE of my classmates there. I guess great minds thing alike! Dentistry is pretty harsh on the hands though. I think I might make this a quarterly tradition now!

Anyway, the color I chose was OPI’s AmazOn, AmazOFF (btw, I would love to work as a nail polish namer. I freaking love puns.) It’s a dark teal color that’s almost forest green. I took these photos on the flight to New York.

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Love the color and the nail tech at Sensi did a meticulous job. Now that I’m back in SF and it actually feels like spring, I can’t wait to start wearing pretty pastels on my nails soon!

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One big change from last quarter: I got braces! Being in dental school, you become super conscious of you teeth feel the pressure to have a perfect smile. I’ve been thinking about braces for a while now and this is as good a time as any! There are now quite a few of us in my class who have braces now, so that makes it more bearable. I considered getting them done by an ortho resident at UCSF, but they don’t take my insurance and it ended up being too expensive. So I’m getting them done at my regular general dentist.

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I got my upper first premolars extracted in the same appointment I got my braces on the upper teeth, and I was so miserable for a few days. But after a week I was fine. Right now I only have braces on my upper teeth and I’ll get the lower ones once school is out for summer. I can’t wait to start seeing changes in my smile!

I really love this draped blouse from H&M this season. Here I am wearing it to get ice cream at Smitten. I got the floral one online and loved it so much that I wanted to get it in other colors too. It’s so flowy and light and perfect for spring. But they were all pretty much sold out online in my size and the colors I wanted, and I have not succeeded in finding them in stores…

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To celebrate the end of the quarter, some friends and I went to Biergarten after our last final.

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It was a beautiful afternoon to visit and there were lots of people already at 4:30. Lots of beer was had and Yufei and I decided to get dinner there too. I got the Frankfurter with curried potatoes and he got the pork belly sliders. Yum.

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I can’t believe spring break is already coming to an end… it felt SO short. Now I have to take a deep breath and brace myself for the last quarter of D1 year!

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I’ll be the firs to admit it: this quarter of dental school has been hard for me and I’ve whined a lot about it. I’m not going to discuss the terribleness that was microbiology and pharmacology that we had to learn for the most part of the quarter for BMS (Biomedical Sciences, the basic sciences course stream at UCSF); it sucked and I hated it. But there was also a lot more lab-work we had to to do for PRDS (Preventative and Restorative Dental Sciences). We were in simlab A LOT. Lots of nights and weekends. But looking back, I realize how much I learned and improved on my hand skills. I looked at the first amalgam prep on a maxillary tooth I ever did last quarter and compared it to this quarter’s and it was laughable how bad it was (like, really, it’s embarrassing. But I’m keeping it forever as a reminder of how far I’ve come). I was so proud when I waxed my first tooth last quarter and someone on Facebook asked me if if was supposed to go into someone’s mouth. I laughed and said no. But now, I’ve learned how to do many procedures that ARE supposed to go into someone’s mouth. It’s pretty amazing when I think about it, actually. I’m proud of the work I’ve done this quarter, and here’s some of it!

Maxillary and mandibular casts and die with wax-up of #30 (lower right first molar):

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Close-up of my wax-up:

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Calss V amalgam restoration on #27 (lower right canine):

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Class II amalgam restorations on #12 (upper left first premolar) and #14 (upper left first molar):

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Class II amalgam prep on #30 (lower right first molar) and class II amalgam restoration on #18 (lower left second molar):

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Gold full veneer crown prep on #3 (upper right first molar):

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Acrylic temporary crown on the same tooth:

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Class II preps on natural teeth:

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Looking forward to learning more procedures next quarter!!

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Yufei and I are going to New York for a few days over my spring break next week and I’m so so so excited. This would be the first time I’ve properly been back in NYC since graduation almost 2 years ago (my NYU interview doesn’t count… I barely had time to do anything). As much as I like living in San Francisco, New York will always holds a special place in my heart. Here’s why:

1. The subway. You know, an actual functional, reliable public transit system that gets you where you need to be, when you need to be there. Unlike whatever you call Muni.

2. The subway (and subway station) performers. Steelpan players, mariachi bands, a capella groups, break dancers, string quartets… so much talent all within the subway system. Commutes are never boring.

3. HALAL CARTS. The first thing I’m eating in New York is a good combo over rice. With lots of white sauce.

4. The food in general. Actually, we planned our entire itinerary around food.

5. The fact that it’s where Yufei and I met and fell in love and had a lot of our relationship milestones. Our story will always be inextricably tied to New York.

6. It’s truly the city that never sleeps. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been stuck in SF with nothing to eat at a very reasonable hour of 10pm. That would NEVER happen in New York. The city never feels dead or lonely and you’ll never find yourself with nothing to do at any hour of the day.

7. Columbia. I loved (love) everything about it. Low steps at sunset. The lawns on a warm sunny day. The trees lining College Walk transforming from lush foliage in the summer to golden flurries of falling leaves in autumn, from barren branches wrapped in thousands of sparkling lights in the winter to pink cotton candy-like blossoms in the spring. The hallowed halls of Havenmeyer and Hamilton and the shiny new ones of Lerner and the Northwest Corner Building. And, of course, the people who made my time there so memorable. Oh, and the top notch education I got.

8. Throughout the 4 years I spent in New York, I’ve flown in and out of the city more times than I can count. But every single time I return, when the plane descends and the island of Manhattan comes into view, my heart skips a beat. Every. Single. Time.

9. The fact that there’s nowhere else on earth where life feels more vibrant, magical, and full of possibilities than New York City.

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Part 1

For Saturday night, the day after Valentine’s Day, we had dinner reservations at The Spinnaker in Sausalito.

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The restaurant sits over the water with views of – what’s that in the distance?

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The San Francisco skyline! We were a little early for our reservation, so we sat in the lounge area with some drinks and watched the city transform from day to night while we waited for our table.

Once we got seated, we shared a bruschetta made with hot focaccia bread with garlic, olive oil, fresh tomato, pesto, and parmesan cheese.

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It was very different from a regular bruschetta but it was so divine. I can still taste its warm soft cheesiness now.

It was dungeness crab season and they had a special with half a crab and tons of other seafood in this tomato broth and I knew I had to get it.

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It was so good! So deliciously satisfying. The non-seafood offering at the restaurant was a little thin but Yufei managed to get a decent steak.

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After dinner, we drove back home to SF. The next day, we went to the East Bay to visit my parents for lunch and then headed to the Oakland Zoo!

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We bought these Travelzoo vouchers a long time ago and it was the last weekend before they expired. The zoo was pretty small so it didn’t take long to walk through and see everything, but it was so warm and sunny outside so it was still a nice day for the zoo. Too bad there were such huge crowds of families with young children everywhere.

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The most entertaining was definitely this family of baboons. The babies were so rambunctious!

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I had so much fun this weekend, definitely a well-deserved break from school. Thanks Yufei for spending this weekend with me celebrating our 6th Valentine’s Day together!

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