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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Last week my friend Jin and I went to Chicago for a pre-med/dental school trip and we had a lot of fun. We both arrived on Monday afternoon and were famished, so we headed out to find a place to have a late lunch. Jin’s coworker suggested The Purple Pig as a must-have in Chicago, and it was within walking distance of our hotel, so we decided to try there.

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Even though it was mid-afternoon already, they were still packed and we had a short wait before being seated at a communal table. We got 3 things to share. First up was the fried pig’s ear with crispy kale, pickled cherry peppers, and a fried egg on top.

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It was crispy and delicious but a little bit too salty on its own. The second dish we got was the roasted bone marrow.

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It was my first time having bone marrow so I was pretty excited. Smeared onto the bread that came with it, it was really yummy! Our third dish was recommended by our server, the “JLT” – an open faced sandwich with pork jowl, tomato, frisée, and a fried duck egg on top.

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I think this was probably my favorite of the three dishes we ordered. It had a good balance of flavors and the pork jowl was really tasty. Overall the meal was pretty good, but everything together with all the friedness and greasiness and saltiness was a bit too heavy for us (a theme that showed up again and again during a lot of our meals in Chicago, as we soon found out).

After lunch we walked to Millennium Park and checked out Cloud Gate, aka The Bean. It was pretty cool to see it in person after seeing it in movies like Source Code and The Vow. It was so shiny!

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The underside of it. Such cool reflections/distortions. It’s very disorienting and mesmerizing.

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We just walked around the park, which was quite large. We came across this little waterway with a wooden board walk. A lot of people put their feet in the water and relaxed so we did the same. It was so nice to rest in the shade for a while on this hot day.

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We also went to the Crown Fountain, where there were a lot of kids splashing around in the water. If I were dressed appropriately I would have probably done the same!

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I saw this cute and simple nail tutorial on Bubzbeauty the other day and decided to try it for this week.

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I decided not to do the additional polka dots on the upper half of the nails to keep it simple. This was a really easy nail look to do especially since you didn’t have to worry about the cuticles. Also it wouldn’t show if your nails grew out! The colors I used are Wednesday from Zoya and Blue Jeans from e.l.f.

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A collection of random outings around SF over the past couple of months!

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze at Pier 39. I got a deal on Living Social for $5 for 2 tickets, so Yufei and I checked it out. It was actually a lot of fun! Lots of laughs and confusion as we tried to find our way out.

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SF Pride Parade 2013. We went with my friend Ying when she was visiting me a few weeks ago.

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Concert in Golden Gate Park. The band played a lot of music from the James Bond soundtracks and it was awesome.

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On top of the observation tower at the De Young Museum. Great views of the city!

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Went hiking again with Ying in Lands End. We went in the other direction this time and watched the sunset over Sutro Baths.

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Cute sleeping sea otters at the Aquarium of the Bay.

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Lombard Street in bloom.

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Yufei and I went boating in Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park and saw this majestic bird. A heron?

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This happened a while ago but I just got around to blogging it now. Yufei and I decided to get lunch at Sutro’s at the Cliff House followed by a hike in Lands End on a particularly sunny day.

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I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was actually Dine About Town, SF’s version of Restaurant Week. So I decided to get the special Dine About Town 2-course prix-fixe lunch. I got the corn soup with shrimp toast for my appetizer:

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And cod with a salad for my main course.

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Both dishes were really yummy and a pretty good deal too. Yufei didn’t see what he liked on the Dine About Town menu, so he just ordered steak frites from the regular lunch menu.

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They gave him a VERY generous serving of crispy fries, which I shared. It was a gorgeous day out and the dining room looked right out onto the ocean, but too bad we couldn’t get seated by the window.

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After a delicious meal, we headed out and were greeted with this view of Sutro Baths.

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The hiking trail started right around this cluster of majestic cypress trees.

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It was a pretty leisurely hike, mostly flat with a small section of steps, but there were so many spots with beautiful views of the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Isn’t it amazing? I think it’s become one of my favorite spots in the city. It makes me feel so grateful for living in a big city that still has places with such natural beauty!

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Yay! We’re finally all moved in and cleaned up all the mess! I honestly never want to move ever again, and this is saying something for someone who’s moved more than a dozen times in her life. I hate all the work that goes into moving. This is our old place in the midst of my packing frenzy last week.

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Just looking at that picture makes me stressed out. Hopefully we won’t have to move again until 4 years later after I graduate. It’ll be the first time in 5 years when we haven’t had to pack up all of our belongings and move them!

Anyway, here are some photos of our new place. This is the little hallway right after you go through the front door:

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The main room of the studio:

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The other side of the main room. We actually managed to fit pretty much all of our furniture in here!

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The eat-in kitchen:

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The walk-in closet/my study. I can already see myself studying in the wee hours of the morning in the closet. Yufei thinks it looks like a refugee camp haha.

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And the bathroom:

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And that’s about it! It’s a nice and cozy little place that I’m excited to call home for the next 4 years!

Yufei and I love watching movies together. We see one almost every week when we’re together and we probably spend way too much money at theaters, but it’s one activity we both really enjoy. Over the past several years, we have seen a lot of movies together and I have been collecting the ticket stubs since (almost) the very beginning. I had been just keeping them in an envelope, but I wanted to find a cute way to organize and display them. So I decided to make my own movie ticket stubs album! It was a really quick and easy project and only took my an afternoon. See below for the tutorial.

Project: movie ticket stubs album
Difficulty level: easy

Step 1: Gather your materials. You need:
– movie ticket stubs (duh)
– a photo album of your choice. I got mine for like $1.99 at Goodwill. I chose a small 4×6 one, but you can do any size you want.
– printer paper
– a printer
– glue/tape/double-sided tape

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Step 2: Organize your ticket stubs. I did mine chronologically, but you can also do it by genre or whatever way you like.

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Step 3: Design and print the background for the album. I wanted a classic film strip for my background, so I simply searched for an image in Google and then arranged them in Photoshop. Then I printed off the designs on regular printer paper.

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Step 4: Cut the background pages and glue or tape the ticket stubs to them. Then simply slip them into the photo album. And you’re done!

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I still have most of the album pages left and I can’t wait to fill them up with more movie memories! Let me know if you try this DIY, and if you would like the film strip background just comment below and I would be happy to send it to you!

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About time I did an update on the final chapter of my pre-dental life. Last time I wrote about putting down my deposit at UCSF and getting wait-listed at Harvard. And I thought that was the end of it, so imagine my surprise when I got a call from Harvard at the end of May! I had gotten accepted! I was almost ready to e-mail Harvard to withdraw my spot. It was a good surprise but also created quite a dilema for me. It’s the pseudo-problem that any pre-dental student would love to have, to have to pick between 2 great schools. But it was a really tough choice all the same. I’m not going to go into all the factors that went into my decision, but I picked the school that most resonated with me during my interview, the one in the city that is more interesting and fun and offers more opportunities for Yufei’s future, the one that I knew all along what I was going to choose. Can you guess? It’s UCSF! Was it hard to give up on Harvard? Well, a little, though I think my mom was more torn up about that than I was (bless her Asian parent heart). I’m super happy with my choice, and it’s so nice to finally (finally!) have some closure to this whole admissions process. Now I could put everything behind me and move forward.

Speaking of moving, Yufei and I are actually moving this weekend. As soon as I decided to stay with UCSF, we began to look for an apartment closer to school. I really wanted a place that is within walking distance to school, which is very helpful according to the upperclassmen I talked to. It took a few weeks of searching and refreshing Craigslist, but we found a nice little studio apartment only a few blocks away from campus. It’s smaller than our current one-bedroom, but it’s in a nice area and cheaper and – did I mention it’s less than a 10-minute walk to school? I’m going to need all the sleep I can get when school starts. Ain’t nobody got time for commuting in the morning for 8am classes! I’m so excited to arrange and decorate our new place, and I’ll definitely post some photos when it’s all done.

I’m also looking to get involved with doing research at UCSF, and tomorrow I’m meeting someone from a team that uses Twitter for research on various health topics. How awesome is that? I’m really excited to learn more about it and help out. I always knew that I didn’t really want to do lab research again, but I’ve always been interested in the intersection between health and technology, and using social media as a way to survey and analyse health information is very cool. So, yeah, really excited about this opportunity!

Anyway, lots happening in the next little while. I’m a little overwhelmed but also very much energized. After a long year of not really doing much, I think I’m ready to dive into being somewhat busy again (I’m sure I will regret saying this when dental school starts, oh well)!

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