Ahh, the start of Memorial Day Weekend. School is almost over, but we still have the last few weeks to get through.
My day started today at six AM- June and I jogged around the Rose Bowl and then had brunch at Le Pain. Then Mock Trial met to decide next year’s team. I’m pretty excited! Our list is being finalized right now, and it is looking pretty damn strong!
Time to crack down on some SAT Physics. I have to get this test score.
Grand Challenge tomorrow! Again…haha on Friday, I raced Kosuke Kitajima in the 100 breast:
I can’t say much on here because this blog is way too public, but so many things happened this week that helped me realize that life is full of ups and downs. It brings you up to the top right before it pulls you all the way back down.
I think I let my ego take too much headway in my life this year, and I’m glad that many events this week acted as a check on that ego. I’m not gonna lie, I had a pretty good Junior year prior to May, but it’s only gone downhill. But then again, you take more from your losses than from your wins, and I’ll definitely gain from all these losses.
It’s important to just stay on your toes because you never know what life throws at you. So many things are out of your control, and although you try to care very little about it, there is still a small part of you holding onto that hope.
Take losses in stride, keep your head up high, and smile. That’s all that matters.
I’m not gonna lie….this thing stressed me out ALOT but I am happy to see that it went well and people enjoyed it :) We worked hard to put that thing on and alot of things went wrong last minute, so it was great that we ended up pulling through.
The end of the year is always bittersweet. I don’t even know what to feel right now; I can’t imagine speech without the people I’ve looked up to for the past two years. These people have been my role models, and have helped bring me to where I am today.
I guess the role has just been passed down to us, the future seniors. I hope people can view me as a role model; I’d like to inspire current and future speechies to strive everyday to be better.
Also, I don’t really know how to feel right now. I guess it was just…surprising? But it made me think….
I just got home from Michelle’s house because WE’VE BEEN PLANNING AND DOING SHIT FOR THIS FCKING SPEECH BANQUET WHICH IS SUCH A HASSLE.
I hope everybody likes it, because I’m afraid people will think it’s bad but hopefully it just turns out okay. AGH so much to do! Mock Trial + Speech + Swim all together at once is seriously like death. This week is so busy with extracurriculars!
It’s fun though. Mock Trial interviews have been thoroughly impressive and I’m excited for next year’s team.
But my daily schedule is so hectic. I have been driving everywhere, handling ALOT of money (yay for a rich team), and so much is going on. I’ve been having to write down a daily to-do list and set it as my phone wallpaper (thanks for the idea, Melissa and Celeste!)
The quote in the title is by Michelle, who tipped over a chair which had a plate of cherries resting on it and she freaked out.
By the way, I made the Senior Tribute video! I hope you guys like it :D hehe
Tumblr Challenge Day 12- Whatever tickles your fancy
"Every strike brings me closer to my next home run" - Babe Ruth
I love this quote; it really embodies that attitude of embracing failure that I try so hard to emulate in my life. Think about Babe’s quote, and apply it next time you “fail.” You’ll be pleasantly surprised in how different situations become just because of a whole new perspective.
I left the house at 4:45 AM this morning for swim practice and returned at 11 PM. It feels weird being out of the house for so long.
Practice was fun…caught up with Chris and learned a little more about college and the recruiting process. After school, we started mock trial tryouts. We had our first three applicants do interviews today and I’m pretty impressed, and it was fun as always. Then speech officers went banquet shopping. It was mildly productive….we could have done better but I’m proud of the team still. Hopefully we pull off a nice banquet and people will be happy :) Then Michelle and I did our APUSH project. Why is there work after AP tests :(
Long day, but fun day. Looking forward to a busy but eventful week!
Tumblr Challenge Day 7- A photo that makes you happy
Because so many pictures make me happy, I’m going to write one epic post with a bunch of photos that make me happy. I couldn’t include everything, but I tried. I tried to do in chronological order, and I purely relied on my Facebook uploads. Thanks for organizing all my pictures in one place, Facebook! LOL btw…this post took me HOURS.
I got a Facebook at the end of 8th grade, so it starts in the spring of 2007…
April 2007- 8th Grade East Coast Trip
April 2007-8th grade East Coast Trip. We are RAY RAE REY (Ray Chao, Stevie Rae Gibbs, and Jamie Rey)
I don’t even remember what we did, but I remember thinking we were pretty damn cool. 8th Grade East Coast Trip. Taken April 2007.
Taken June 2007. Foothills Middle School promotion party! Look at our 8th grade family<3
This was taken at Los Amigos Varsity Relays in 2008. It was my freshman year, and this was arguably, the best swim team that Arcadia High has ever seen. I miss it terribly.
Here is 2008 Arcadia Swim at CIF. Even though I got last in both my events, I love this team so much.
July 2008. Summer club swim with Lang, when the giant panda invaded the Rose Bowl as a symbol of Beijing 08 for Diving Nationals.
What a historic day. The race that got me fully invested in politics. November 2008
My Mandarin class buddy!! Taken December 2008
Public Forum with Justine! I miss those days when we reigned the novice world of PF debate! LOLOL Taken January 2009
Chipotle runs during Cordero Final project! This was after our sleepover I believe! Taken January 2009.
All the food we ate at Berkeley 2009- Taken February 2009
The first edition of Arcadia Debate Forum! Taken at Berkeley in February of 2009, this was the tournament when I was inducted into the world of national circuit speech.
A trophy lightsaber fight with Jon Ma at Spring Novice at Long Beach Poly HS. Taken in February 2009.
State Quals 2009, one of the happiest days of my life. Taken February 2009
Erin, Alex, and Justine invaded my calendar with quotes. Taken in March of 2009. I miss Cordero’s class! Othello trailer project.
This picture reminds me of all the good times in Mandarin with our pizza parties!! Taken April 2009
This is a picture of Kate, Michelle, Irene, Jason, and I at the Renaissance Fair in the spring of 2009. We went because of extra credit for Cordero, and this picture reminds me so much of that epic Sophomore year in her class. This day was also super fun!
Taken in April of 2009, this picture brings back the memories from running for class council with Anne! Ray Chao and Anne Wu for Junior Boy’s and Girl’s Relations! :P (btw our sign is so beautiful LOL)
This picture was taken at Speech State Champs in 2009 at the state dance. Arcadia is the loudest, craziest, more obnoxious, and best team ever<3
This photo was taken in the spring of 2009 at CIF Prelims. Arcadia Swim 2009 was an awesome team as well, and this picture reminds me not only of them, but one of the best meets of my life (and good times with the suits LOL)
This picture was taken in the spring of 2009 at CIF Masters. These six swimmers represented Arcadia at the highest level swim meet that high school swim offers. We were all so close.
We love you, Ms. Barbour! Taken in May 2009 at the Speech Banquet, this picture is our farewell hug to Ms. Barbour who moved to England last July.
This picture was taken in the spring of 2009 at the Arcadia Swim Banquet. This is an ARCADIA RECORD HOLDING relay team! It feels good to be the fastest that Arcadia has ever seen…200 Yard Medley Relay: 1:38.32
Cordero Period 4! This was taken on the last day of school of 2009, and this class was the best class I’ve ever had, with the best teacher I’ve ever had. Epic memories
Taken in June 2009. This picture represents all the times TLau and I went out to have Pho to catch up. Thanks for listening to my stories!
This picture of Jason was taken in June 2009 at Jon Chan’s house. This brings back memories of working on speech in the summer of 2009.
This photo was taken in the summer of 2009- Rose Bowl National Group Beach Bonding Trip. This was an epic summer for swimming.
Taken in August 2009. In 2009, Disneyland gave free tickets to people on their birthdays, so Katie and I went together on our birthday! Two free tickets!
AMBER’S POSSE! Taken in August of 2009, it was the farewell dinner for our beloved coach and friend, Amber Horsley.
While Cal Phil was pretty hellish, I gotta admit it was fun and I learned so much as a person and leader. Taken in August of 2009.
Arcadia Mock Trial’s VICTORY dinner at Souplantation! Taken in November of 2009, the memories I made with this group will define the first semester of Junior year. I love them.
Taken after our second trial at LA County Courthouse, November 2010. Good evening, Your Honor….Ray Chao, for the People.
Taken in December 2009; this is my favorite picture of Arcadia’s first Speech and Debate NATIONAL team :)
Head Coach Chang and Head Coach Chao! Arcadia Debate Forum<3 Taken in December of 2009, Fullerton Invitational was one of the best speech tournaments of my life. Arcadia Debate Forum…2nd in sweeps! :)
I love this group. ‘Nuff said. Taken in February of 2010 at Berkeley Invitational
<3 Taken February 2010.
This was postings for Public Forum at Berkeley 2010. Just saying “Arcadia Debate Forum CC” makes me smile. I miss it :(
Taken in March 2010. RYLA! I will never forget the memories I’ve made with this group. We became so close in three days, it’s impossible to explain. Sao Paulo<3
BIG FISH by John August: “Hi, my name is Edward Bloom” “Sandra….Sandra Templeton” I love this kid. Taken at Speech Follies in March of 2010.
Taken in April 2010 in Bakersfield, CA. Speech State Champs 2010!! Arcadia<3
I walked in late to Woodin today and he said, “Ray, where’s my Starbucks?? You came late and didn’t bring me Starbucks!??”
It’s true. Mr. Woodin usually tells a student to text me when I’m late to tell me to bring him Starbucks. But today I was selfish and only bought something for myself LOL then Mr. Woodin spent the period telling me that I was “sanguine.”
Speech was fun because I was mentoring Bridget for her OO. It feels so nice to help people out, and I see alot of potential in Bridget; she just needs to get over the embarrassing/awkward feeling. We’re working all week so it’ll be interesting to see how she does at Novice Champs.
Finished Part 2 of the AP Physics Final in 3rd period today. It felt awesome to be done with that class, and I think I did alright…enough to keep my A at least, so I’m happy with that.
I went to Mandarin and found out that I had TWICE as many lines in the Oral than I originally thought. Thank goodness for the memorization skills I’ve learned from speech…I was able to pull through :D
APUSH was hilarious….Jimmy, Bryant, and I were joking around about LOST fantasies HAHAHA
AP Calc was lame because we had work to do :( Ms. Wang is funny but I wish we didn’t have to do problems and get GRADED WTF.
After school, I ditched swim practice because we were set for another aerobic workout, and ran four miles instead. I forgot how hard running is because I haven’t ran in a few months, but I got down to 27 minutes so that went alright. My legs hurt so much right now though :( LOL
So today was the deadline for Mock Trial Apps, and I’m very content with the applications we’ve received. I spent the last hour sorting applications out and reading through them all, and I think it’ll be a very competitive tryout process, and I wish we could include everybody because most people are very strong candidates. Twenty people in total turned in applications, and I’m excited to see how the interviews go next week. I’m impressed already!
Gov team interview and Speech Cabinet interview are both tomorrow. I’ll have to come dressed up for my speech interview because my Gov interview is right after….I hope I don’t come off as pretentious LOLLLLL :(
Aside from my lame life, four states held their primary elections today, and it’ll be interesting to see the results as they will be a good indication of possible results in November. I’m a little worried about the anti-incumbency spirit, but I guess that’s just part of the game of politics. Rand Paul, a Tea-Party backed candidate, already won the Republican primary in Kentucky against the Kentucky Secretary of State. I guess I underestimated the Tea Party movement….. we’ll see I guess.
So I went to a coffee shop today, a very traditional coffee shop. I saw the owner and his wife, and I have to say they look very similar. No, she wasn’t his sister. How do I know that? Oh maybe because he said “hello WIFE.” LOL. It got me thinking about marriage couples/ couples in general. Most…
hahaha, I heard somewhere that we are more attracted to people who look similar to ourselves….so you’re onto something, Jane!
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be the doubts of today" - President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
I love this quote, and it’s kinda become my motto for this year. Only now do I realize the importance of staying positive amidst setbacks and disappointment. Being optimistic really changes your ability of overcoming failure and reaching your goals. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will?
Think positive. Stay positive. Be positive. And that will give way for success to follow.
ahhh, the start of yet another week of school. T-minus four more weeks though! These days are such a blur.
I have almost no homework every night. It’s pretty awesome. But my work habits are going down the drain, and that’s not a good habit to keep.
Late start today. Starbucks then parking, then APENG, where we sat and talked about colleges. So many conversations these days are revolved around colleges and college apps. SIGH. Speech was okay………speech…..sigh. LOL. AP Physics Final part 1, which I actually didn’t study at all for. NHS meeting then Mandarin boringness. APUSH where we talked about all our work for the rest of the year. And AP Calc practice problems LOL so pointless!
Went to swim. Found out I didn’t make CIF Masters for the first time in high school :X embarrassing hahaha then yoga for our conditioning day (thank god it wasn’t crossfit).
Days go by so fast now. Everything is a blur and before I know it, I’m back home typing at this page, writing a Tumblr post about my monotonous day.
I miss talking to you :( I wish you didn’t lose your phone as much hahaha
New discovery today. China Green Tips tea with a little bit of sugar from Starbucks is delicious and cheap (relatively haha). Not as good as Chai Tea Latte, but much more affordable.
Time to study for Gov team interview….LOL sighhhhh
Tumblr Challenge Day 2- Favorite Song: Let’s Get It Started by Black Eyed Peas
This song is suuuuuuper old, but recently I came across it on my “Pump Up” playlist at State Champs and CIF and I remembered it’s significance in my swimming career when I was younger. I used to listen to this song on repeat before my races at meets like JO’s when I was little, and recently at CIF, I played this song right before my races. I like the message, and I love the Black Eyed Peas, and this song definitely gets my adrenaline going.
Day 01 — Your favorite movie Day 02 — Your favorite song (at the moment) Day 03 — Your favorite television program Day 04 — Your favorite book Day 05 — Your favorite quote Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad Day 09 — A photo you took Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy Day 13 — A fictional book Day 14 — A non-fictional book Day 15 — A fanfic Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly) Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy Day 19 — A talent of yours Day 20 — A hobby of yours Day 21 — A recipe Day 22 — A website Day 23 — A YouTube video Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy Day 25 — Your day, in great detail Day 26 — Your week, in great detail Day 27 — This month, in great detail Day 28 — This year, in great detail Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Well, it didn’t go as planned. I definitely wasn’t happy with the results, but I tried my best and that’s all that matters.
I spent most of the day preparing and I was pretty excited when I got there. The finals heat was closely matched, and I hoped to move up a few places, but in the end, I gained 0.45 seconds to go a 1:00.33 and stayed in the same placing.
I guess CIF this year was pretty good for where I was at in terms of training. To be able to pull off a 59 in prelims after this long year of schoolwork, speech, and a bunch of other commitments….I’d say it’s a pretty good accomplishment. But after that Finals swim, I couldn’t help but feel really disappointed and a little angry, yet all my club coach did was lecture me about my dedication to swimming. It was honestly the last thing I needed at that point, but I knew that I deserved it, and there is no real substitute for hard work and training.
So, I guess I should be happy for where I am, but motivated to work hard next year. It’s really tough to balance everything with the high-commitment sport that swimming is. Almost everybody else on my club team has nothing other than school to balance with swimming since we’re expected to practice close to 25 hours a week, and that doesn’t include meets.
This will also be the first year that I don’t get to swim at the CIF Masters meet, where all four divisions are matched together for a really competitive meet. But again, I didn’t deserve to.
So back to the pool for some good ol’ summer training. Last year, summer training was the hardest thing of my life. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I’ll be missing some of it for speech, but all the hard work will go towards getting closer to my goals :)
Just kidding, but I am feeling pretty good. Aside from being a tiny bit sore, I’m pumped for tonight.
So here’s my goal for today. The school record is 59.19 set in 1983 by a guy named Jim Julian. The funny thing is that Jim Julian happens to be my club coach’s older brother.
Jim’s record has stood for 27 years, and is the oldest record in Arcadia Boy’s Swim history. Yesterday, I went a 59.88. I have to go 0.69 seconds faster tonight to finally put my name in the record books.
It’s a stretch, but I think I can do it. We’ll see tonight :)