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I’ve been neglecting this blog for some time now, because soon after my birthday I freaked out and realized that my DAT was in less than 2 months (now more like 2 weeks)… so I’ve been very busy studying. And now it’s finals week and I’m dying because I have so many and they’re all worth so much of my grade. But I really don’t want to study anymore so I’m using this to procrastinate.
Here are some photos from my birthday dinner last month:
We went to Symposium, a tiny Greek restaurant (the photo on the website makes it look deceivingly large) near Columbia. It was the first time since I started college that I’ve been able to celebrate my birthday with a group of friends, and it was excellent! Great food, great sangria, great company. And the delicious strawberry mousse cake was from Artopolis.
22 is a rather unmonumental age, I must say. But that’s just fine with me. Turning 20 and 21 felt like such a huge deal that it made me nervous and agitated that I still hadn’t figured out my life. But I actually felt surprisingly okay with this last birthday. Maybe it’ shouldn’t be so surprising, since I finally do have some idea of where I want my life to go, even if I haven’t ironed out every wrinkle in my future plan yet. But I finally feel like I have a goal and am making progress, so that it no longer feels like time is passing me by. It’s a good feeling!
So right now I’m focusing on finishing finals (with decent grades, hoping for straight A- this semester, haha), then it’ll be onto the DAT, and then doing the pre-health application and other stuff for applying to dental school, and finding a job for both next semester and my gap year, all while enjoying my last semester in college! And then it’s onto the real world… but let’s not get too far ahead yet.
I probably won’t be back until after my DAT on Jan. 7, so I guess I’ll wish anyone who’s reading a very Merry Christmas, and see you in 2012!
For the first time in more than 2 and a half years together, I was finally able to celebrate Yufei’s birthday with him! For the last 2 years, we were always half a globe from each other on the special day – first me in China and him in Canada, then me in Austria and him in New York. But this year we’re finally together in San Francisco! So of course we had to celebrate – with lots of delicious food!
After sleeping in until a luxuriously late hour, which is highly suggested for one’s birthday, we got ready and headed to Burma Superstar, one of an oddly large number of Burmese restaurants in the city. Neither of us had had Burmese food before, but I really wanted to try it out, so I took Yufei there for lunch. The place had great reviews online, and there was a line when we got there at past 1pm on a Monday morning – this place better be good! After about 20 minutes, we got seated in a corner of the restaurant.
We started with chicken samusas and a Burmese salad:
The sambusas were nice and hot and crispy and we both liked them. The salad had an interesting freshness to it, which I enjoyed more than Yufei. For our mains, Yufei got the nan gyi dok noodles, with flour noodles instead of rice noodles:
It had a nice coconut curry sauce and was really good! I stole a lot from Yufei’s plate. I got a Burnese chicken curry dish with tan poi rice:
The curry was delicious and the rice was very interesting – it had huge raisins in it! I’m always adamant about having dessert, so even though we were both quite full, we ordered a fried banana and ice cream dessert to share:
Which was a good call because it was so yummy! After lunch we decided to go to Golden Gate Park since we were nearby. We visited the California Academy of Sciences first (we are such nerds), where they had this really cool green roof:
The museum itself was pretty cool, but we ran out of time before they closed so we didn’t get to see everything. We walked around the park for a bit and then went to to Japanese tea garden.
It was quite a lovely place, but a little too crowded when we were there, which kind of takes away the serenity of the garden. But it was still a nice place to spend an afternoon. By then it was starting to get late and we hopped on a bus to go to dinner. I had made reservations at Frascati, a Mediterranean style bistro on Russian Hill. We were greeted warmly upon arrival, and they even wished Yufei a happy birthday (always a good sign when they actually pay attention to what you mention during the reservation). We were seated upstairs, which is smaller and more private than the first floor. We started with a couple of appetizers, the gnocchi and the duck confit salad:
Both were delicious! The salad had quite a lot of duck in it, which was great. And of course since we’re finally both legal, we each had a glass of chardonnay with our meal. Yufei ordered the duck breast for his main:
And I had the wild California salmon:
Both dishes were fantastic! And of course, we had to have dessert again at dinner, so Yufei got the affogato and I had the blueberry cobbler. Yufei’s dessert came with a birthday candle, which got blown out since it was a little drafty, but our server did his best trying to re-light it (and it was on the house!).
The meal was absolutely wonderful, the service was great, and we both had an excellent time. We were much too full and a little tired to go through with plans of hitting a bar, so we just walked home and watched a movie on the couch. It was a a day well spent – and I hope that I’ll be able to spend many more of Yufei’s birthdays like this!
So… my surprise birthday trip this year was to… DISNEYLAND! I had never been to Disneyland before, and growing up amongst my friends in Canada, I always felt like something was missing from my childhood because of that. But finally, in the last few days before turning 21, I finally made up for it! After all the stress of midterms, it was such a fun-filled getaway for 2 days. I was happy and excited pretty much the entire time and now I miss it incredibly much and want to go back. I guess the next best thing would be to relive the experience by sharing it here, mostly through photos (though we went on way more rides than I could post here, so I had to pick and choose). Here goes :)
The entrance to Disneyland Park, all decked out for Halloween!
A street party? Why yes!
We rode Dumbo!
Autopia, where my lack of driving skills became totally exposed:
Mickey, Walt, and the Disney castle at night:
Day 2! Spiky stole my Minnie ears in the morning:
Haunted Mansion Holiday:
Forgot to zoom out for this picture, but I think the result is super cute!
After Splash Mountain, where the titular passport (and my clothes) got half soaked:
Spinning away in a teacup in the Mad Tea Party:
We met Mickey!!
Inside Minnie’s house:
Paradise Pier in California Adventure:
Silly Symphony Swing:
Mickey’s Fun Wheel at night! I loved the swinging gondola!
Toy Story Mania! Waited in line forever for this one, but it was super fun!
World of Color, Disneyland’s new live show with water, lights, fire, and music and video from beloved Disney movies! What a great way to end the night.
The next day we reluctantly left Disneyland and headed back to LA. Not ready to give up any chance to enjoy sunny California, we went to Venice beach to soak up as much sun as we could.
And that was it! After a mad race to the airport and getting to the gate merely 10 minutes before take-off, a feat I’d rather not repeat, we were back to cold cold New York City. We had a super time on the trip thanks to my wonderful boyfriend Yufei, definitely a birthday celebration to remember for years to come!
It’s finally here! After finishing a 6 page paper, studying for a quiz, and a Friday morning class in the last 24 hours, I finally have my fall break!
I wish I could tell you what I’ll be doing for the next 4 days, but I really can’t. Yufei is taking me on my annual surprise birthday trip tomorrow, so I’ll be away in a mystery location for the next 3 days. Really curious as to where we’ll be going but also super excited because I know it’s going to be awesome!
And since I’ll be away on Halloween and not sure what I’ll be doing, instead of a full-on costume I got these adorable Hello Kitty ears from this Etsy shop:
They’re handmade from felt and fabric and are attached to alligator clips. I did prepare something more costume-y but I won’t be able to wear it out anymore, though I still might dress up and take a few photos later just for the fun of it :)
I’m going to pack my bags now – look out for a new travel post soon!