Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blue Moon Cafe and Karaoke

I got to admit that I really don't like karaoke -ing. My vocal abilities aren't really good and I think its kind of embarrassing. But, I do like hanging out with friends and having a good time. Another confession, this blog post is a few weeks outdated. A few weeks ago, I went karaoke-ing with two of my friends. And one of them was going to karaoke with her co-worker and his friends.


When we arrived at Blue Moon cafe, we decided to eat before going into the karaoke room. I think they had a pretty diverse menu for being a karaoke place. I decided to have porridge since I wanted something kind of warm and I really haven't had it in a while since the only food my mother ever makes now is fish. My other two friends shared a crepe and boba.


 We eventually joined in the karaoke room and there was about 6-9 people already in there. I'm glad that people were already singing and didn't invite us to sing. Although they did offer us drinks when we arrived.

I found that night to be interesting. It seemed that my friends were having a good time. Also, if I ever do get past my little fear of karaoke-ing I know where to go.

Oscar's Very Mexican Food

I was first introduced to Oscars Very Mexican Food by one of my best friends. The burrito place is right across from her high school, McClatchy High School. It is also close to a lightrail stop, so if you are ever wondering how to get there from Downtown Sacramento or Meadowview without driving, that's how. Although they have their own parking lot, it can get packed sometimes. I think you can park on the street though.

I remember my first experience here because the burrito came with fries. It's popularly known as the California Burrito. I absolutely love fries! I think the burritos here are delicious.


Although I've ordered their beef tacos about two times now, I haven't had the opportunity to actually eat it since I gave it to my sisters. But, they seem to finish the orders just fine. But, didn't really give me their opinions on it.


What I like about this place is that their prices are reasonable. Their burritos are regular size and they are about $4-5, which I think is a good deal. Definitely cheaper than Chiptole. I went there in about the middle of July and the place said it was closing in August for rebuilding and won't open again until Oct/November. However, I went there again about a week later and didn't see the sign, so I wouldn't be sure if they were doing construction or not.

The Cheesecake Factory

Today, I went to the cheesecake factory. It's a place I never been to, but I was always impressed by the exterior decor of the place. When I went inside, I was also impressed by the interior. I also had a glance of the cheesecake before I sat down and they all just looked delicious.

My friend informed me that they were still having a half off offer on Facebook for the cheesecakes because of National Cheesecake Day, which was actually yesterday. I was unsure of whether I should go or not since I'm not a big fan of cheesecake, but I decided to go anyways.


There's this episode on The Simpsons, in which, Marge decides to order a Long Island Iced Tea, so I always wanted to try it because of that. I ordered it and it was a bit sour than I expected. It was also $10, which makes it the most expensive drink I ordered so far. I think when I drank it the top had the most alcohol and when I got to the bottom, it was mostly just the ice and a bit of flavor/alcohol left. I was kind of disappointed.


When we looked over the menu, we noticed they actually had a lot of choices for appetizers. We ended up ordering the Thai lettuce wraps. It looked huge when we got them. I think for the three of us, each person had at least two lettuce wraps. I think it was a nice appetizer and actually made me feel a bit full and the dessert didn't even arrive yet.

I didn't take a picture of the bread individually, but we did get it as a sort of appetizer and it was on the house. Not the most delicious I ever had, but I love eating bread.


I ordered the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake. I ordered that cake since everything about the description sounded good. Also, when I took a look at the cheesecakes, I thought to myself: yup, that's the cake I want. I loved the whip cream that came with the cakes. Yum!


One of my friends ordered the Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake. It wouldn't be the type of cake that I would choose right off the bat. In the picture, it looks delicious. When I tasted it, I tasted the lemon first; then, the raspberry.


My other friend ordered the Red Velvet Cheesecake. I think this cake was good. It was moist and I could really taste the cheese in the cake.

Arigatos

I first heard about Arigatos through some friends. I think some of them really like the place. Apparently, it seems like a popular sushi place. It's in the Arden area. It's not a buffet, but there is always a half off special for the rolls.

The first time I went there I wasn't really impressed with the sushi that I ate. I really did expect more since people favored the place. I didn't see what made it so likeable, besides it always being half off.

The rolls I ordered
The second time I went to Arigatos, I ordered two rolls. I would mention the name of the rolls, except I forgot their names. But, I do know that I only order rolls if they include shrimp because I love shrimp in my sushi. Although I did consume the entirety of my rolls, I found the roll to be plain and not very sophisticated or special. I was also disappointed in the size of the roll, but I guess that's why it was half off.

The roll my friend ordered
One of my friends ordered a bento box, but I didn't take a picture of that. And, my other friend ordered a sushi roll with fish.

The second time around I still did not find Arigato's impressive. I would prefer to go to Tokyo Fro's, which is just down the street and has better tasting rolls and a happy hour special with half off rolls.

Understanding More of What I Want

There's this one question that I couldn't seem to answer. What do I want to do in the future? Truthfully, I really don't know. And, I still don't know the answer to that question.

However, I am realizing more of what I like and don't like. While I was still a senior, I considered a career in sales. But, now that I think of it, I'm not so sure. I don't want my career to be focused on selling things to people. I want to do more than that. I want to be able to do some research on the side or more research. As of now, state government jobs seem very appealing to me. So, I decided to do another internship that would allow me to intern in state government, while being able to learn more about the legislative process. Hopefully, I get a response back soon from one of them although I only applied to them recently. I think my goal for now is to intern for about 3 months. Then, apply and hopefully be able to get a position with the state afterwards.

I also realized that taking on a internship that relates to legislative affairs would probably require about 10+ hours a week. So, I hope to intern for about 3 days a week. On one of those days, I could also show up to my APSEA internship meeting afterwards. I'm also thinking of accepting another internship related to food and health and that is also about 4-10 days a week and is mostly in the afternoon. I think its best for me to plan ahead and try to take on more experience and be productive; and, it will make me more competitive later. Plus, there's not rush for me now and I feel like there's still a lot out there for me to do.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

California State Fair + Hot Chelle Rae

On Tuesday, I went to the State Fair. I went during the evening though. I couldn't stay in the sunlight for too long. Me and my family decided to go on Tuesday because Hot Chelle Rae was coming. Also, people 12 or under get in for free and rides are a dollar.

When I got there, my sister bought the funnel cake. And, my other sister got cotton candy. I wasn't really in the mood for fair food, but if I was there would definitely be a lot of food I want to try.

I think I only went on the bumper cars ride. I wasn't really interested in any of the rides.


Mark S. Allen from Good Day Sacramento showed up before the concert started. I think he's great that he shows up to some public events. Hot Chelle Rae performed at 8pm at the Golden 1 Stage. The front left and middle section was saved for those who purchased tickets. However, The front right and back seating areas were saved with those who came in and had a pink wristlet on them. I got one and at first I was seated in the middle, but as the concert went on people left and I eventually ended up getting closer. Towards the end, the band left and I just knew they were going to have an encore and stayed. However, others left and the Hot Chelle Rae came back on stage and played one last song, "Tonight, Tonight".


Another view of the concert as it got darker. I thought that they performed beautifully. I was surprised that they played Teenage Dream, but they did a pretty good job. They played all the songs that I wanted to hear from them and plus some more.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Persistent, but progressing

It's been about 10 days since I haven't updated this blog. It seems like eternity! I usually try to blog within a week. Blogging hasn't been the only thing I haven't updated lately, I also been spending less time on social media sites.

Sadly, I haven't heard back from any jobs yet, but that just means I'm going to be more aggressive. I'm going to call some places next week. On the other hand, I landed myself an internship with Asian Pacific State Employees Association (APSEA) as an Event Planner Intern, but I'm going to help out with other tasks as well. The internship is about 4-6 hours a week and only require me to attend meetings, so I have a lot of time left on my hands. With the time I have left, I spend it working at the restaurant. I don't see myself working at the restaurant in the future although it's nice to get some extra cash every once in a while.

I've also had the opportunity to meet with some high school friends the past couple of weeks. It was nice hanging out with them, but it seems that they haven't changed much. I'm also going to see more on the potluck this upcoming Friday.

I haven't watched a movie in theaters for about 2 weeks and that also feels like eternity. I want to watch the Amazing Spider Man, Dark Knight Rises, Brave, and Ted.

On another note, I got surgery the other day. I feel kind of weird with it, especially since it is in my face in such a visible area.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Original Perry's

Original Perry's is one of those restaurants that I've always wanted to visit ever since I could remember. It's one of those restaurants that you would notice as you get off the freeway. I made my first visit to Original Perry's last week after I went swimming. When I entered, I immediately noticed that there were mostly seniors that dined at the restaurant. Then, I realized that seniors really love original (homely) places and breakfast food, which was why there was a lot of them there.

When I was there I was surprised they had a kids menu and with pretty reasonable prices. It also said that kids eat free with a paying adults on Tuesdays after 4-10pm. I would show my picture of what I ordered from the kid's menu for Emily, but I didn't remember to take a picture of it.


Cindy also ordered this dessert. I forgot what it was called. But, it was delicious! My favorite part is the cookie with the chocolate. Mhmmm...


 A chicken strip sandwich with fries. The sandwich seemed much bigger than expected. I didn't eat the sandwich although Cindy offered it to me. I did, however, tried the fries.


I think the pancakes came with one of Cindy's order. I didn't get to the pancake at the place because there was already so much food for the three of us.


Hashbrowns and an omelet that Cindy ordered. I didn't try the omelet, but I had the hashbrowns from Emily's order.

I think my first time was a good experience although it is a slow atmosphere. I did enjoy the food there and they have pretty reasonable prices.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Movies About Time

I thought about something the other day: I really love movies about time. Well, that's sort of the commonality I came up with when I thought of three movies and why I like them so much. Among my favorite movies are Inception, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The Butterfly Effect. They all have to do with time in some way. In Inception, when you go into a dream it lasts a certain amount of time before the person wakes up. In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the baby was born old and as time progressed the person turned younger. In The Butterfly Effect, the person goes back in time numerous times to try and fix things. Each time the person goes back the history is rewritten according to the changes that happen when the person went back to change history.

Of course, I love other movies too. But, those movies really got me thinking after 5 minutes of watching the movie and still has my thoughts occasionally. I think its something about the messages that come from those movies and less about time. Although I am not sure of the popularity of those movies, I remembered that The Butterfly Effect was talked about a lot when it came out, but didn't watch it until a few years after it came out and on DVD. In addition, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was the first movie I reviewed for TUTD and I watched it in DVD. Inception was really popular when it came out and that was the only one out of the three that I watched in theaters.

Since I was intrigued by the "time factor" in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Butterfly Effect, and Inception I look forward to watching Looper, which is about a man going back in time to save himself, but his younger self has to stop time travelers. It just seemed very interesting when I watched it in theaters. Hopefully, I would not be disappointed when I watch it in theaters.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Growing up With Parents Who Never Attended High School or University

Although I was not considered the smartest in my family, there was still this expectation that I might possibly attend college or university. My parents knew that grades played a factor into getting into a good school. That, and a name of a few universities were pretty much the only thing my parents knew about higher education. Since my parents grew up knowing just those things, that's what I mostly knew until I entered high school. I was introduced to the high school and university requirements, met with some advisers, and had meetings with some programs, which taught me so much more than what my parents had ever knew. I started learning about other requirements, such as being more involved through community services, clubs, sports, and student government. I also learned that the personal statement played an important part in the UC applicants decisions. The knowledge that I earned about the application process gave me hope and furthered my interest and led me to believe that I could meet the pressures and doubts of family and others.

About a month before finals, my mom told me that my cousin (who also studies at UC Davis) was taking an exam and asked me why I don't have to study for exams. That was when it hit me. My mom had no idea what I've been through these rough four years. She doesn't even know what I have to do for my classes. My parents don't know that I have to read a book just about every week in university. They don't know that there's barely any homework and that the majority of my grade is based on either papers or exams. But, what they don't know is how much time and energy I spent on trying to get through those rough four years. They won't ever know how it feels to cram in a paper or study for an exam last minute and worry about passing a course.

There are of course some things that my parents have learned about the university as the years passed. My mom learned that I could get kicked out for bad grades during university. She also learned about credits. I didn't teach her about that, but she learned about it somehow. Throughout my time in UC Davis, she would ask me how many units I have and if that was enough. That question was second, as she asked for my grades almost every time she saw me. Other than that, my mom always asked me what my major was although I told her several times. And, she would give me the same type of responses each time whenever I answered her questions. I think it was because she didn't know much about college.

Since I am a first generation Chinese American, there are a lot of things that I have to learn for myself and my parents would not know. Yet, what my parents didn't know didn't scare me, it pressured me. It encouraged me and motivated me to reach for higher education. It's also probably what has sparked my interest in not just education, but travel, food, and culture.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Independence Day

I'm a bit late on blogging about this post since it's about 4th of July. Also, I have a lot of blogging to catch up on. I'm probably going to have like 3-4 next week.

On the 4th of July, we had a BBQ. It was nice having a BBQ since I really like BBQ food. Also, the type of BBQ that my mom makes is not the type I would eat when I go dine in at restaurants that serve BBQ. They have a different style. One of the differences includes that my mom makes noodles to eat with the BBQ. You won't be eating noodles with your BBQ if you were at a BBQ restaurant.

At night, I went jogging. I haven't went jogging in months, possibly years. But, it was a good run. I don't like jogging as much as I do rollerblading or ice skating though. I could skate for hours and still want to go on, but for jogging I just want to do it for like 30 minutes and no more.

When it was finally dark, fireworks were going off around the neighborhoods. There were so many illegal fireworks. I must admit that they are pretty to look up since they go up in the sky. But, it was kind of scary when a neighbor was lighting them and the fireworks came up. My family didn't buy any fireworks this year. But, our extended relatives did. The fireworks weren't as exciting as the illegal ones, but it is always exciting to light your own fireworks.

I don't know what it is about 4th of July. But, I consider it one of my favorite holidays. I think its because no one goes to work on that day. We all like fireworks. And, there is good food. Oh, and its a holiday during the summer time!