Dec 31, 2012

My 2013 New Year Resolutions

1. Consume less
  • air dry my laundry
  • take shorter showers
  • recycle more
2. Eat healthy and exercise
  • eat less processed foods
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
3. Get a job ✓ (June 2013 lifeguard!)
  • so that I don't have to take my parent's money all the time
  • and to occupy my free time
4. Blog at least 2x a week

5. Think more positively 

A Look Back: 2012

January: 
I started my blog! Part of the reason was because I wanted to record where I traveled or else I wouldn't remember it a few months down the road. You see, I have terrible memory. It's really something that I wish I could change about myself. :/
February:
During February/presidents day break, I legitimately began my blog by blogging about something haha! I also visited a few colleges.
March: 
Junior year stress & swimming champs (we placed 2nd! woo)
April:
Family emergencies (and tragedy) caused me to travel to Vancouver during the April/spring/Easter break. On top of that, AP exams were coming up and I had a whole load of work to study.
May:
Terrible month, AP week(s) was stressful. Then, I went to Vancouver again where I got robbed and stranded (and as a result missed a lot of school) - a whole load of stress, just when I thought I could relax.
June: 
Still recovering from May, I had a load of school work to make up, along with SAT subject tests and the ACT to study for. Then, I got rejected for an intern I applied to. :( But I  finally finished junior year and toured the East Coast of Canada with my aunts and uncle. :)
July: 
It was a hard month, my grades were not what I expected and I was very confused. So, I basically spent my depressing days on the computer haha and swimming in the morning.
August:
I became more busy by volunteering. I also procrastinated all my summer work especially since I hate reading! 
September:
School started and senior year, by far, is much harder than junior year. I visited Yale with Michelle and it was soooo pretty (kind of like Hogwarts)! 
October:
My last tennis season ended! I went to Homecoming (it was my first time) saw Taken 2 and got froyo.
November:
Hurricane Sandy hit! Making me miss a lot of school D: But I finally sent all my college apps in! *hurray* I did not go Black Friday shopping, instead I stayed home and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on tv and cooked for Thanksgiving!  
December:
The world did not end. I went into Manhattan for my friend's birthday (which is on Christmas Eve!) and also went to PA for 2 days to ski :) 

Overall, 2012 was a bad year. It was stressful, depressing and upsetting. Hopefully, 2013 will be better for me and everyone else. Hopefully, Obama puts strict regulations regarding the environment because I'm scared of an apoclapse due to global warming and its effects.

Dec 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
This will be my last blogmas! I will continue to blog until New Years, though. However, I don't think I will do this again next year, it was a lot of work!
On Christmas Eve, it was my friend's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) 
Hope you have a great holiday season :) xx

Dec 24, 2012

Blurry Skyline

...I was trying to figure out how to take night pictures with a DSLR while moving in a car  lol... Obviously I failed but I think you have to make the ISO higher. :) I still like the picture though. 

Dec 23, 2012

Dinner at Red Egg

I went out for dinner the other night in Chinatown at the restaurant Red Egg on Centre St (off of Canal St).
It's an mix of an asian food with western design. I really like the restaurant, they have really good authentic food, the price is decent, the waiters/waitresses are really nice, and I love the decor. Check it out if you happen to be in the area. If you are Cantonese (like me!) you may hear their commercials all the time on the radio 1480 AM.
  My mom said she thought it was a strippers club haha. I mean... on the outside, it kind of does.
It's very off to a quiet street which makes it harder to find. It doesn't help that the outside does not look like a restaurant. 
It's poorly lit in there (not like the traditional Asian restaurants) but I like it. The lights are dope (although they are probably not energy efficient boo!). 
xx

Dec 22, 2012

Positively Positive

Hello :)
My inspirational English teacher has a blog where she has links to inspirational/existential things and one website is called http://www.positivelypositive.com/
It's very inspiring haha and makes me have a happier / more positive outlook on life. 
Check it out! Here are two interesting articles I like:
xx

Dec 21, 2012

The World Ending?

The world was suppose to end today...anyways 
I haven't got much to talk about. 

Dec 20, 2012

Miss USA Won Miss Universe!

Last night I turned on the tv to discover that Miss Universe was on!
I only saw the parts during and after the evening gowns. 
I loved Miss Australia's dress! I thought Miss USA's dress and hair were very different than every other contestant's and that is what made her stand out. 
However, I believe that Miss Philippines had the better answer to her question and would have bet that she would have won, so I was a bit surprised that Miss USA won. However, Miss USA's answer was very down-to-Earth in the way that she didn't speak in such an elegant tone as everyone else did, it was more like she was just speaking heart-to-heart to a girlfriend. I absolutely loved Miss USA's make-up and Miss Venezuela's hair. Congratulations to all those women who competed and got so far! Congratulations to Miss USA / Universe (Olivia Culpo) ! She looked gorgeous :)
What did you think of the show? xx

Dec 18, 2012

Dinner Gala

This past weekend I went to a party at Grand Restaurant in the New World Mall in Flushing in Queens.
There's this KTV karaoke place in the restaurant but it temporarily closed down. I'm not sure why, it's really pretty but I think it had something to do with alcohol.
I love the restaurant's roof. It's really elegant and pretty. The food was ok. It could have been better.
In Flushing, there is a growing number of very fancy restaurants. Grand Restaurant is one of them and the food is average, nothing spectacular, the service is ok as well; I've never had a problem with their service, however, I've only eaten there for dinner and not lunch (when they serve dim sum). I love there decor, which is super Hong Kong-style. I only wish they didn't use so many different changing lights and colors.

Dec 16, 2012

Weekend Getaway

I went upstate for a mini vacation and stayed at an acquaintance's huge mansion!!
My favorite room! It has a vintage vibe, and that is my brother btw
The lovely sunrise! The air upstate is so crisp and clean! And the night we arrived, the sky was clear and you could see all the stars unlike the tri-state area. It felt like when I was in Yellowstone, the night sky was so beautiful and clear. I wish I could see more stars where I lived :/

Dec 15, 2012

Guest Post: Fun Holiday Treats


Hello jenndocuments readers!  My name is Michelle and I’m one of Jenn’s best friends J I volunteered to do a guest post for Jenn during her “Blogmas” series!

With the holidays quickly approaching, there are probably still a few of you out there scrambling to find the perfect gift.  Look no further than your own kitchen!  Personally, I love giving and receiving homemade gifts, so why not bake up some festive holiday treats for friends and family!  Here are a few holiday recipes that will be sure to put a smile on their faces and their tummies will thank you!
















ENJOY!!




Dec 13, 2012

10 Cheap Holiday Gift Ideas for Him

2. Chocolate / Candy / Baked goods
3. Magazine subscription to The Economist (for the intellectually-minded) or Sports-Illustrated (for sports fanatics).
4.  CD of past seasons of Walking Dead
5. Subscription to Netflix
6. Comedy show tickets
7. Legos
8. Beer and beer glasses
9. Camera accessories (tripod, memory cards, etc)
10. Electric razor / nose trimmer

Dec 12, 2012

10 Cheap Holiday Gift Ideas for Her

1. Gift card to Starbucks
2. Magazine subscription to W magazine / allure / Elle
3. Fragrances or candles from Bath and Body Works
4. Subscription to Birchbox
5. Bath sets from Lush
6. DIY fruit, food and chocolate basket
7. smartphone cases (for iPhone, Urban Outfitters has lots)
8. Socks / Scarves / Hats / Mittens
9. Calendar
10. Coupons. For example, "Hug." "Do whatever you want for a day." "Clean the house/apartment."

Dec 11, 2012

Beauty is Subjective

Someone may think something looks beautiful to them but another may think it looks ugly. For instance, upon asking a friend what he thought about my docs, he said they looked like Mario's (from Mario carts video game) shoes haha! I take no offense, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just my two cents, whatever you think is beautiful (tattoos clothing personalities food? Idk.. Etc) go ahead and do whatever you want. I guess what I'm trying to say is "Get busy living [life], or get busy dying." -The Shawshank Redemption