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I refuse to be over a year late in posting on here so here I am again trying to catch up on blogging! Last year over Christmas break, I went to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon with Yufei and his parents. I was unfortunately very sick with the flu, and all the bright lights, loud noises, and cigarette smoke filled air in Vegas did not help with that. Nonetheless, we had a fun time.

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Photo-ception!

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Cirque du Soleil Zarkana.

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The Hoover Dam!

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Met these guys on horses on our hike in the Grand Canyon.

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The aptly named Ooh Aah Point at the Grand Canyon!

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We rode on the High Roller, the giant ferris wheel (we like to ride ferris wheels everywhere we go). It’s kind of expensive but the night view of the Vegas Strip can’t be beat!

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Didn’t actually go into this place but I had to take a photo with the giant boba cup!

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The next day we went to Universal Studios! Got the front of line pass, which was totally worth it because we had limited time there. As someone who doesn’t like roller coasters (or any ride that turns you upside down), I really enjoyed all the rides at Universal!

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Venice beach in the afternoon.

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Yet another sunset on the beach. This never gets old.

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For our journey back to SF, we took Amtrak.

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The view was quite scenic for several stretches of the ride.

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There’s always something magical and oldschool about train travel, don’t you think?

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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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Yufei and I went to Las Vegas last month for the first time ever! It was our first short trip since we moved to SF, and just in time too since we were tired of the non-existent summer weather here! Vegas definitely gave me the dose of summer I wanted; the temperature was over 100F (40C) pretty much the whole time we were there.

We stayed for 3 nights at 2 different hotels: first night at the Westin Las Vegas and the last 2 nights at Bally’s. The Westin was a little bit off the strip, but still within walking distance. It had a small casino, a small pool, and a little restaurant, but none of the sprawling mall-like features of the larger resorts. We really liked it!

Lounging by the pool at the Westin:

We got there pretty early that first day, so we kind of just wandered around the strip.

Ran into Mario and Luigi!

We had a huge lunch at the buffet at the Bellagio and a late dinner at the restaurant in the Westin. I also realized very early on during the trip that I am definitely not made for gambling. I’m way too emotionally involved to be any good at it (i.e. I will sulk for hours if I lose like $50). So for the rest of the trip after that first night I left all the money-winning and losing to Yufei, haha.

Later that night we ventured out again and watched the Bellagio fountains:

And then we walked around in the Bellagio and decided to visit one of the clubs there, Hyde. It kind of half inside and half outside, with a side open to the fountains and the Eiffel Tower so the view was nice.

We got back pretty late that night so we slept in and got up in time for the free breakfast at the Westin. Then we relaxed at the pool for one last time and then checked out and moved to Bally’s across the street. Then it’s off to do more wandering and exploring!

In front of Caesar’s Palace:

Inside Paris:

An interesting note: the whole time I was in Vegas, I knew there was something familiar about it even though I’d never been there before. I didn’t realize what it was until I read somewhere that Las Vegas is like Disneyland for adults, which is exactly it! Then for dinner we ate at the buffet at Paris. I just want to take a moment to complain about the crazy lines for buffets in Vegas, ugh! But I think all the seafood I ate made up for it.

After dinner, we decided to go downtown and check out the scene there.

Fremont Street was pretty fun for a bit, but there wasn’t too much to do around there so we left and went back to the strip after about an hour.

The next day brought more exploring. We walked all the way up to the south end of the strip and reminisced about NYC by New York, New York (“where’s Columbia?!”).

We got tickets to see Mystère by the Cirque de Soleil that night. (Sneaked a photo of the set before the show started.)

It was our first time seeing the Cirque du Soleil, and it was an interesting experience. The show itself was pretty fun to watch, though it was at times bizzarre and confusing. The only thing that sucked was this really rude lady sitting next to us who kept being very vocal about her opinions, so annoying.

After the show, we walked over to Encore to see if we could get into XS, but alas, not a chance. The lines were huge.

So we just had a drink in the bar next door instead. We really liked the whole vibe of Encore, very glitzy and glittery, with lots of gold and red. Here I am with a pretty peacock light.

After our last night in Vegas, we packed our bags and left them at the hotel, since our flight was not until later that night. We decided to check out the flamingo sanctuary at (where else) the Flamingo.

And then we took the bus to the Stratosphere.

I was too chicken to go on any of the rides at the top, so we just had lunch at the rotating restaurant, Top of the World. The views were great and the food and service were really good as well. Prices were actually very reasonable too. I ordered the Banh mi sandwich and Yufei had the burger, and both were delicious.

After lunch, we hung around in the Stratosphere for a while longer, including taking a quick nap by their pool. And then it was time to go back and pick up our bags! One last walk around the strip!

We were quite reluctant to leave; I was especially unenthused about returning to the cold weather and working at 8am the next day. Anyway, so concluded our first trip to Las Vegas. Probably not our last though, especially if we stay in the west!

Have you been to Vegas before? Do you have suggestions for places to stay or visit? Fun things to do? Let me know in the comments!

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Whoops, it’s been more than a month since my last post! I had been complaining about having no job and nothing to do when I first got to San Francisco, but over the last month or so I’ve been so busy that I literally did not have time to update this blog. I had 3 part-time jobs, working as a SAT instructor at 2 different test prep companies and a content writer at my aunt’s educational app company. And I was working to finish my dental school applications. So I was super busy and stressed out all the time. But summer SAT classes are over now and for the first time in a while, I’m currently writing this lying in bed at 10 in the morning! Ahh it feels nice to not have to get up at 7!

Anyways, I have managed to have some fun in SF as well, so here are some cool things I’ve done over the past month or so.

Visiting the Palace of Fine Arts on a sunny afternoon:

Seeing the American Idiot musical:

Viewing big art at the SFMOMA:

Watching the sun set behind the Ferry Building:

And one of the most fun happy hour ideas ever: So You Think You Can Paint every Thursday at Club Six, with cheap drinks, music, and free painting supplies and lots of boards on the walls for you to paint on.

My masterpiece from my first visit:

There are some really amazing artists there every time:

So that’s a little taste of my life in SF lately. Now I’m experiencing a little break from working, but I’m still busy trying to finish supplemental applications for dental schools and such. But hopefully I will have more time to write more posts! I have a few posts coming up about SF food and Yufei and my trip to Las Vegas last week, so look forward to them!

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I realized that many of the search terms that lead to my blog the most have to do with the style choices of a certain Robin Scherbatsky, so I decided to dedicate a post to it. Here I gathered the websites that I use to find where certain pieces worn by Robin came from, and I hope you find it helpful!

1. Worn on TV

A relatively new site that identifies stuff from Robin (and Lily) from mainly this past season (season 7). I love that they not only give you an exact match, but also similar, less expensive styles.

2. CelebStyle

Kind of the opposite of #1, this site only has stuff from older seasons. But it gives exact matches for entire outfits!

3. Coolspotters

Gives you exact product matches as well. It’s a little behind on the updating, but it might be helpful to check the page for Cobie Smulders (here) as well since sometimes they’ll have stuff on that page that’s not on the Robin one.

4. The Look 4 Less

Search for “Cobie Smulders” or “HIMYM” in the search box and you will get quite a few posts dedicated to finding both exact matches and similar looks from Robin. You can also send in requests!

5. HIMYM Style Livejournal

Fan-powered page for identifying clothes worn on the show (goes all the way back to season 1!). You can also post requests.

And there you have it! My secret’s out! I personally love the sites where they give you similar looks, because all the stuff they actually wear on the show are usually super pricey. Have fun dressing like Robin!

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My ceiling light stopped working last night. It turns off by itself after 2 seconds of being on, and I have no clue what’s wrong. My room is already dark since it’s shafted, and now I only have my little desk lamp for illumination. And knowing Columbia, facilities will take at least a week to fix this. And I HATE the dark. After daylight savings last week, I’m already feeling a little SAD-ish, and now this just makes it worse.

And then last night I left my window open just a crack, and somehow despite the fact that it’s already mid-November, there are apparently still mosquitoes in New York, and I got bitten in at least 10 places. Consequently I barely slept. And I woke up this morning with 6 bites on MY FACE. And they’re itchy and they burn and they make me look like I’m breaking out like crazy.

And when I got up last night to spray bug spray on me and accidentally got some on my glasses, and this morning I find this huge crack on one of the lenses of my $700 Prada glasses. I have no idea if it’s the bug spray that somehow did it, but it makes no sense. And I have to wait until Christmas to get new glasses. And now I know I HAVE TO get glasses, instead of having the choice of getting sunglasses or prescription sunglasses. And I just used the word “glasses” way too many times in this paragraph.

And then I was looking forward to watching HIMYM tonight because I thought it might make my day better, but NO. Gosh it’s so heartbreaking. Especially after the ending of last week’s episode. I feel so awful for Barney… ugh.. I can’t even. And Robin… homegirl needs to sort things out. Seriously. And even though I still have faith in the writers to turn this around, I also have no idea what’s going to happen next, and it scares me. Robin’s really going to have to redeem herself. She has some soul-searching and growing up to do before she can do that though. But gosh… so sad for Barney. Would he still believe in him and Robin after this? I’m scared. Ted, please fix this! :(

And then I hear that Community is being pulled from NBC’s mid-season schedule. WTF. Why don’t more people watch this show?! It is so funny and so clever and so original. UGH. Praying it doesn’t get cancelled.

So pretty much tonight I’m sitting in my dark dorm room wearing my cracked glasses with red itching bites all over my face being sad about TV shows.

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