Tuesday, March 27, 2007

next steps

everything is going along according to plan... hehehe ^_^

i just received a letter from the Director of Education at PCI today. yay!! the letter basically is saying that i've completed the admission process. so the next step would be to make another appointment with nancy to get the student kit, uniform, and choose payment plan. soon it'll be time to make payments.... yaikss!! hopefully we won't have to dig into our saving too soon....

i also had a meeting with my supervisor today. my proposal for telecommuting is getting close to get approved. she's ok-ed my proposal, so the next thing to do is to draft an actual agreement and submit it to her. she will then forward it to the director, assistant director, and deputy director for their comments and approvals.

yeah... everything seems to be coming together nicely ... hehehe

and in two weeks i'm gonna be on a cruise to mexico....yay!!

Monday, March 26, 2007

productive weekend

this past weekend had been a nice and productive weekend. it's not too busy that we ended up all tired and stuff, but it's not too laid back either.

on saturday, i went to PCI with my friend to take their math and english test, which is one of the requirements for admission. the test was pretty basic. each section was 20 minutes, without a break in between. first test was the english test. it started off very easy. typical standard grammatical questions, like "which of the following sentence is a complete sentance?". so i thought "hey this is pretty easy.' but as i flipped through the pages, the questions became more and more complex. many of them involved a story or a set of instruction that we used to answer the questions that follows. there were 50 questions that we need to complete in 20 minutes. the part that i had to struggle the most was the vocabulary. what the heck is "futile" or "rectify" anyway? ^_^

fu·tile adj
1. with no practical effect or useful result
2. lacking serious value, substance, or a sense of responsibility

rec·ti·fy vt
1. to put something right
2. to purify a substance, especially by distillation
3. to convert alternating current to direct current
4. to find the length of a curve

and then on to the math portion. after finishing the english portion, i knew that i should spend as little time as possible in each question as time is very limited. so i stormed through the first few questions, which were very easy (ex. 1/3 + 1/4). just like the english portion, the questions got tougher as i flipped through the pages. not super hard like calculus, but definitely require a pencil and a scratch paper. some of the questions involve multiplying or dividing decimal numbers with percentages. i got really dizzy by the time i finished all the questions. ^_^ boy, i'm so dependent on technology! i kept thinking to myself, "man, i should've played brain age more often!!"

anyway, all in all the tests weren't that difficult. they're just very time intensive, so i really had to keep an eye on my watch all the time. they gave us the results immediately. i scored 450/500 in both. not bad.. .considering that i haven't done that for years and i didn't practice at all. hehehehe....

after the test, we filled out some applications, agreement forms, and paid the $75 fee. according to nancy, everything will be reviewed by the director of education, and by next week we'll know whether we're approved for admission or not. Then we'll make another appointment where we can order our uniform and get our student supply kit. YAY! i am sooooo excited about this!!

after that, i went home, grabbed some lunch, and did our taxes. we're breaking even this year, we gotta pay for our federal tax, but we're getting some money back on the state tax. darn!! can't believe how much tax they're taking from us.... >_<

then on sunday we went to a bridal fair. this one is a fairly small one, hosted by the great bridal fair, at the fairmont in san jose. we only spent about a couple hours there. not much to see, but we did find a dj that we like. they did the music for the fashion show too. they're pretty funny so we're probably going to book them. hopefully they're still available for our date.

and now it's monday again, and i'm back in the office *blah!*. i have this gigantic fever blister in my mouth that is just KILLING me!!!! it hurts so bad that my check is swollen and my head hurts too. it's like getting my wisdom tooth taken out all over again!!! argh!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Waiting for the World to Change by John Mayer

me and all my friends
we're all misunderstood
they say we stand for nothing and
there's no way we ever could
now we see everything that's going wrong
with the world and those who lead it
we just feel like we don't have the means
to rise above and beat it

so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

it's hard to beat the system
when we're standing at a distance
so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change
now if we had the power
to bring our neighbors home from war
they would have never missed a Christmas
no more ribbons on their door
and when you trust your television
[ these lyrics found on http://www.completealbumlyrics.com ]
what you get is what you got
cause when they own the information, oh
they can bend it all they want

that's why we're waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

it's not that we don't care,
we just know that the fight ain't fair
so we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

and we're still waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
one day our generation
is gonna rule the population
so we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I've been dreaming of?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute why don't we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don't we go
Somewhere only we know?

[break]

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

So if you have a minute why don't we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don't we go
So why don't we go

This could be the end of everything
So why don't we go
Somewhere only we know?

The Riddle by Five for Fighting

There was a man back in '95
Whose heart ran out of summers
But before he died, I asked him

Wait, what's the sense in life
Come over me, Come over me

He said,

Son why you got to sing that tune
Catch a Dylan song or some eclipse of the moon
Let an angel swing and make you swoon
Then you will see... You will see

Then he said,

Here's a riddle for you
Find the Answer
There's a reason for the world
You and I...

Picked up my kid from school today

Did you learn anything cause in the world today
You can't live in a castle far away
Now talk to me, come talk to me

He said,

Dad I'm big but we're smaller than small
In the scheme of things, well we're nothing at all
Still every mother's child sings a lonely song
So play with me, come play with me

And Hey Dad
Here's a riddle for you
Find the Answer
There's a reason for the world
You and I...

I said,

Son for all I've told you
When you get right down to the
Reason for the world...
Who am I?

There are secrets that we still have left to find
There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
There are answers we're not wise enough to see

He said... You looking for a clue I Love You free...

The batter swings and the summer flies
As I look into my angel's eyes
A song plays on while the moon is hiding over me
Something comes over me

I guess we're big and I guess we're small
If you think about it man you know we got it all
Cause we're all we got on this bouncing ball
And I love you free
I love you freely

Here's a riddle for you
Find the Answer
There's a reason for the world
You and I...

How to Save a Live by The Fray

Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As she goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
And you begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
And pray to God he hears you

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

How to save a life
How to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

How to save a life

Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

I love, love, love this song...

Three little birds, sat on my window.
And they told me I don't need to worry.
Summer came like cinnamon
So sweet,
Little girls double-dutch on the concrete.

Maybe sometimes, we've got it wrong, but it's alright
The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same
Oh, don't you hesitate.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.

Blue as the sky, sunburnt and lonely,
Sipping tea in the bar by the roadside,
(just relax, just relax)
Don't you let those other boys fool you,
Got to love that afro hair do.

Maybe sometimes, we feel afraid, but it's alright
The more you stay the same, the more they seem to change.
Don't you think it's strange?

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.

'Twas more than I could take, pity for pity's sake
Some nights kept me awake, I thought that I was stronger
When you gonna realise, that you don't even have to try any longer?
Do what you want to.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

Oh, you're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

egocentric?

i heard on the news a few days/weeks ago that some people believe that technology makes people, especially teenagers, becoming more egocentric. the reporter said that according to some highly credentialed people (professors, researchers,etc), teenagers are becoming more self-centered due to online technology such as blogging, youtube, myspace, etc. myspace, for example, just based on the name implies that people nowadays want to have their own space to publish about their lives, their interest, their personality, etc. everything is about me - me - me.

then they concluded that people are no longer socializing, and not caring much about people around them anymore.

i disagree with that. i actually think it's the opposite. by sharing their lives in youtube or in blogs or onlike community, such as friendster or myspace, people are actually boardening up their network. sharing things that are personal is not always an easy thing. for me especially, these technology allows me to keep in touch with people from around the world. and this is a great thing!

just because people don't talk on the phone anymore, that doesn't mean that they're cutting down their social life. people are still socializing, but in a different way.

i know of some people who i think are very egocentric. and no, they don't have a blog, they don't use youtube, and they don't have a friendster or myspace account ^_^v

Friday, March 2, 2007

shaky shaky

another earthquake in the bay area happened yesterday evening. this time it was quite strong. according to the news, it was 4.2 magnitude coming from lafayette. it was pretty scary! my whole apartment was shaking, and it lasted for quite a while. previous ones only lasted for 1-5 seconds. this time felt much longer than that. long enough to make me hold on to hubby's arm tightly!

when it finally stopped, i was sooo happy and relieved. i don't know what to do if the big one really happens :-(. hide under the table? stand by the door frame? run outside?

afterwards, i mentioned to hubby that we should make a plan in case something bad really happens. plan that includes things such as where to meet if we're separated when the disaster happen, what to bring from our house, etc.

didn't really get a chance to talk about it much yesterday since it was getting late and i was pretty tired.

i'm at work now and i remember that my coworker once sent me a link to a site that talks abour disaster preparedness. Here's the site

UCOP also has a good site that covers a lot of information about disaster preparedness.

i really hope we would never have to go through any major natural disaster in our lifetime, but things are really hard to predict. so we gotta be prepared!!!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

excited!

my friend said that she's decided that she's gonna start culinary school in july with me! i'm so excited. it's really happening. ^_^

can't wait to make sugar flowers, chocolate confections, wedding cakes. woohoo!

everytime i think about this i always have a grin on my face. hee hee hee