So my friend Misty from NorCal was in LA for vacation, so Ivana, Celeste, and I took her on an epic day-long adventure around LA.
It started with brunch at 9 AM (which is very early for break). We went to Le Pain in Old Town and I had a grilled ham and gruyère omelette. Next, we visited the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center because Misty wanted to see where I swim and we ran into Coach Kristine LOL. Then we went to the Huntington Library (my first time there!) and saw the new Japanese and Chinese gardens…so pretty! Took a detour to Half & Half before going to Cue, EE Convenience Store, and then Arcadia High because Misty wanted to see what our school was like. We then drove up to Chantry and looked at the aerial view of the San Gabriel Valley. Drove down the mountain and to Krikorian to see Black Swan (I thought it was okay, but I think they tried too hard to be sophisticated and abstract. It wasn’t my favorite movie because I wasn’t personally moved by the message, but overall, it was okay). We then drove to Artesia to eat at Mr. Lee’s BBQ (all-you-can-eat KBBQ….I still smell like KBBQ). Came back to Arcadia to get shaved snow at Tasty to Go before heading home.
An adventure that lasted over 12 hours! It was a really good break from college apps and everything, and it was awesome seeing Misty again!
Now that my head is cleared, it’s time to get back to work! Most of this break has been devoted to writing essays…with less than a week left, it’s crunch time!
Tomorrow, winter training for Rose Bowl starts. It’s always one of the hardest weeks of training in the year (if not the hardest), so it’s dubbed hell week. Expect complaining in the next several days of constant pain and soreness!
I didn’t exactly have the best day today. There were many things that didn’t go as planned, and not everything fell in place as I had hoped.
But at the end of the day, I still smiled because I realize that I am lucky to have such great friends….
There’s the person who I stay up with quite frequently to college-app with…who has read practically every draft of all my essays and given me honest feedback (it is now mutualism instead of parasitism)
There’s the person I always call whenever I have a problem or just need somebody to talk to…the person who always knows how I’m feeling regardless of whether or not I can actually put my emotions into words.
There’s the person who can always make me laugh…who I called today because I just needed to get college apps off my mind. The person who is always supportive and always genuine…and who will go stalk Christmas trees with me next week :P
There’s the person 400 miles North who IM’s me to tell me that everything will be alright.
There’s the person who is my twin from a different high school who I can always go to with my problems.
There’s the out-of-the-blue text messages of support.
And there’s the person across the country, who is currently in the middle of finals, but took the time to read my essays and send them back to me with a copious amount of comments at around 4 AM.
Without these people, I don’t know what I would do. They help me keep my sanity in times of distress and desperation. It’s times like these when I really appreciate the all these people in my life.
Of course, I’m leaving dozens of people out, but in the last 24 hours or so, these specific people have really shown me what friendship is about. While they may not see the significance of their actions, collectively, I sleep tonight a happier person.
And that’s what true friendship is about….being there for someone when they most need it. And while you might not realize it at the time, your act of kindness and friendship will go a long way.
Don’t be afraid to lend a helping hand. Be there for somebody and they’ll be there for you.
Only in Southern California will it get to 85 degrees in mid-December….
I’m also starting to come down with a mild cold…let’s hope it stays mild!
So much stuff happening in the coming days and weeks! Like I posted last night, it’s crazy to think how fast time flies.
Today, I was talking to Irene about college apps (as usual) and we began to drift towards talking about the future. Suddenly, we were talking about graduation, which reminded me of one night in Sophomore year when Irene and I were up late studying for AP Bio, when we promised each other that we would try our best to get straight A’s and become salutatorians together. At the time, I thought the idea was a good goal but little unrealistic. Two years later, we’re both on track to fulfill those promises.
Then I remembered that one day in the summer before Junior year when Michelle, Irene, and I met to finish our homework. It turned into a relatively unproductive day, but I distinctly remember talking about how fast our lives were moving and how Junior year was already starting (which was a really scary thought).
And now, we’re almost 7/8’s done with high school. We bought our caps and gowns last month. We’re finishing up our college applications….
Irene Liu: INVITE ME TO YOUR WEDDING!!!!!
Irene Liu: i wanna be like a major part… like a real guest
Irene Liu: like sitting the front
Irene Liu: hahahhaha!!!
Irene Liu: oh, can you have a really fancy traditional american wedding
Irene Liu: thanks
Growing up is so exciting, but so scary. All I hear from my older friends is that every year goes by faster and faster.
We will never know what the future holds, and that’s what makes it so frightening. But we really have no reason to be scared of the future because no matter what, we’ll have the time of our lives. So it’s time we welcomed the future with open arms.
It’s hard to believe that it’s mid-December already. Time flies when life is busy!
So this is the last week of school before break! I always love this week because it’s Secret Santa week for Speech (or should I say…Secret Speechie? :P) and everybody’s holiday spirit really starts to show.
I just remembered that I still haven’t made the DigiPhoto Christmas cards I promised….gotta get on that this week! :/
It’s also nearing the end of college application season! It’s crazy to see some admission decisions come out already….something we’ve waited for for quite a while now! MIT comes out this Thursday… so cross your fingers! Congrats to those who have already gotten accepted, good luck to those who have decisions coming out this week! To those who weren’t as happy with the outcome- don’t even worry about it. There’s still a lot of time and a lot of opportunities. No matter what happens this year, we’ll all end up in great institutions with great opportunities lying ahead of us. This is just a small stepping stone.
Anyway, this year’s holiday season will be great and I’m looking forward to it! It’ll be a good break from this hectic fall season soon enough, the long-awaited second semester senior year will be here :)
It’s been a loooooooooooooong day (6:30 AM until midnight), but definitely a fun and successful Fall Varsity!
Jon Ma - 6th (Humor)
Kate Zha - 1st (Drama)
Farihah Chowdhury - 6th (Oratorical)
Nadia Saleh - 3rd (Oratorical)
Ashley Golinski - 7th (Thematic)
Jon Ma & Andy Qin - 6th (Duo)
Andy Qin - 7th (Oratory)
Nancy Xiao - 1st (Advocacy)
Mary Guyer - 2nd (Advocacy)
Alison Chang - 6th (Advocacy)
It was exciting to take home second place in Sweepstakes, and I’m proud of everybody who competed today. This group is so energetic and enthusiastic and I was glad to see the majority of our team stay for the entire tournament and even go to a late dinner at Denny’s.
I’m especially proud of the OA’ers who I’ve worked closely with for the last few months. It was really cool to see 3 Arcadia’s in finals as well as Arcadia closing out top 2.
As for my own performance, I would be lying to say that I am satisfied. It was a little bit difficult to find out that I wasn’t going to be competing in finals, but c’est la vie! You win some, and you lose some, but having fun with this team is what matters in the end. And we cannot lose sight of the greater purpose of Oratory- the message I convey in my speech. Even though I wasn’t one of the finalists today, it was meaningful to have multiple people approach me throughout the tournament to tell me that my message was inspiring.
Today was my last Fall Varsity and this team made it worthwhile. I am so glad that we started off these league tournaments with a bang and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for us!
hi ray :) I always knew you'd do great things, and I know you'll do so much more. Is it weird that I'm so excited to see how everyone will turn out? I'm just convinced that we are all going to become such...fantastic, moving, life changing, motivating people, even more so than we are now. It makes me want to crash all future Arcadia alumni gatherings, just to see how wonderful everyone has become. I'll be the creepster in the corner pretending to fit in :)
Hey! Thanks and I hope you’re doing well too :) It’s pretty amazing to see how everybody has changed in just a few years! You’re definitely invited to our Arcadia alumni gatherings :P