130. I like to hike with boys named Mike who ride on bikes

September 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Looking over the Hollywood Hills in California


I’m procrastinating. Which means I’m in the mood for haiku which are admittedly pretty terrible :)


I like to hike with

boys named Mike who ride on bikes

and who study Psych.


Yoga I practice

Yoda I don’t understand.

Conjoined twins they are.


Sometimes these cells are

Misaligned with the brain and

Pull towards unknown.


Caffeine I consume –

Contemporary crazy,

Temporary time


Fa la la la la –

Haiku versus interview.



The day comes to fly –

fall forward and flip over to

Wet moss oblivion.


Hello How are You

is difficult to utter

around you.  Dammit.


Hokay I am done

Being a ridiculous.

Prep for life now please.

Street art in Runyon Canyon, California

Street art on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

Last but not least, please help me prepare for my interview by filling out this one-question survey (click for link)!  I really appreciate your input :)

Adios amigos!



128. Cannot. Fall. Asleep. (a.k.a Job Search Progress Report)

September 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

So.  It’s way past my bedtime but I. am. restless.

This morning, I was officially notified that I will be flown out in a couple of days for a 4-8 hour onsite interview at the company headquarters.  From what I hear, the day will consist of a company tour and a series of interviews with multiple people from various departments.  To add on to that, if, at anytime during the process, someone doesn’t like you or they decide you aren’t a fit for the company, they’ll just up and tell you to leave.

And then that’s it.  This arduous (yet amusingly enjoyable) process of researching + cover letter video making + cover letter writing + resume renovating + questionnaire filling + interviewings at different corners of the world + online testing will come to a total halt and I’ll be at ground zero.

I think the shock of that realization is getting to me.

I’ve been in a funk all day and now I cannot fall asleep – and trust me, I’ve definitely tried to remedy my predicament with various methods of relaxation.  I ate a big hearty dinner and drank wine to calm my nerves and induce food coma but that just made me feel full and bloated.  I went to the gym to tire myself out but that backfired because I ended up reenergizing myself.  I tried to bore myself to sleep by taking personality tests and watching MTV yet I’m still awake.  I daydreamed about knights in shining armor (or, in my case, matte-toned skin with articulate expression) but that just highlighted my lack of a knight and got me depressed.  Even yoga didn’t have its usual calming effect.  And now, here I am, on the blog, posting some pictures of stuff and a puppy dog.

I. Stuff in cubbies

II. Puppy dog (which is actually misleading because this puppy dog is super old)

Say hi to Boo and check out his own blog here.

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Le sigh.  I wish for such sound sleep as puppy pictured above.

Ooh lala so many alliterations in that last sentence!


Good night, internet world.  I’m going to crawl into bed and stare at the ceiling  :)

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120. Can you imagine doing this for a living?

August 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

Guards at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

No movement.  Not even an eye-blink.

But if you watch closely you see the inevitable sway of breath.

118. Taroko-a-go-go

August 4, 2011 § 4 Comments

On my second day in Taiwan, I visited Taroko National Park, located near the city of Hualien and full of gorgeous gorges and beautifully powerful mountains and fine-tuned natural art and soulfully deep rivers and breezy quietly fresh caves.  I was so happy that my whole body was singing for joy.  I didn’t know that was even capable of happening.  Seriously.  The more I spend time in nature, the more I realize how much I am connected with it and adore it and am energized by it.

So much better than Disneyland.

…and take a look at this ridiculous pair of trees!  The skinnier one on the left completely wrapped itself all over and around the thicker one.  Is this what love is?  lol.  Click image to enlarge.

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Ended the day with a beautiful bicycle ride along the beach of Taiwan’s eastern coast.

And uh…this is kind of embarrassing but I’ve had the following dinner for two days in a row now: a microwavable boxed meal of rice, chicken, tofu, egg, and pork from 7-11.  Honestly though, I think I enjoy it so much because it offers a kimchi-like spicy cabbage substance. I guess I need some time to wean myself off of Korean food…

Boxed Taiwanese meal from 7-11

And this is for you JShay: Hualien mua-gee!  Commonly known as ‘mochi’ to westerners, it is a soft and glutinous rice ball filled with deliciousness.  It’s like an Asian version of the Dunkin Donuts munchkin with filling.  I purchased two varieties: (1) sesame-filled and (2) red bean-filled.  For your viewing pleasure:

Hualien Mochi. Yums.

Another thing I love about Taiwan: endless varieties of bottled unsweetened teas.  YUM.

Bottles of unsweetened tea galore!

…that being said, I am also obsessed with the slightly sweeter milk tea here.

And, I’m a sucker for odd design so here’s some bottled coffee that looks like shampoo:

Post-meal beverage or hair product?

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On a somewhat unrelated note…as predicted before (click here for link), I got past the initial screening for the latest job I applied for.  I have been working on the secondary application and am waiting to confirm a phone interview.  Yay?  Yikes?  I don’t know, no comment.  I’m trying not to be happy because I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch.  Or is it eggs?

via animals.desktopnexus.com

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Anyways, back to physical location.  Tomorrow I’ll be taking a 5-hour train to Kaohsiung, a city on the southern tip of Taiwan.  For the following couple of days I’ll be participating in a seminar on a mountaintop temple – internet availability is questionable so it might be a couple days until the next post.

Enjoy your today and have a pleasant tomorrow!


117. Hello Hualien! A fine start and an artsy mood

August 2, 2011 § 3 Comments


Got an upgrade to business class on my way to Taiwan.  Unnaturally, I wrote a hybrid poem-slash-rap about it. Enjoy.

Free upgrade to business class –

Got a plush seat under my ass;

Plenty of leg room I can do some

yoga up in here.

Champagne and orange juice in

fancy glasses always near.

Coat rack on the seats,

Good-looking flight attendants with

pitter-patter feet.

Girl next to me with duty-free galore is

flipping her hair and

flipping through magazines and

flipping through iphone tabs and

flipping tray tables and

flip flip flip flip flip.


Pitter-patter pitter-patter: “Excuse me miss,

would you care for some fine dime wine?” >:D

The seat-control panel for fancy people.  Wtf mate, does this make intuitive sense to anybody?

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After my flight to Taipei I hopped on a train to Hualien, a coastal city located in northeastern Taiwan.  Three hours on the train and I didn’t feel sleepy, didn’t feel like reading or writing, and didn’t even feel like daydreaming!  I eventually found myself doodling  ^^

[edited: after reconsidering, I removed my last doodle because it was pushing the envelope for a completely public audience.  Thanks for understanding!  ^^]

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Today was weird.  I was compelled to write poems and draw all day.  I almost felt possessed.  And I haven’t drawn in a long time so it was nice to see that I still had it within me :)

Anyways.  Here’s your first glimpse from Taiwan: a view of the eastern coast out into the Pacific Ocean.  The image does reality no justice at all because in reality the view is infinitely expansive and the gorgeous colors suck the life out of you and an automatic “WOW” escapes your lips as you start feeling all giddy inside.  It was a naturally-occurring larger-than-life-size Photoshop gradient with a million more fine-tuned colors illuminated by a shower of shimmering light.  ART IS NOTHING COMPARED TO NATURE.  NOTHING I SAY!!!!  :)

Okay people.  I’ve been commuting all day and my body is going to throw a fit if I sit still any longer.  Off I go to explore some more Connie/Jason/Julie-land.


Enjoy your day  :)

114. Dear babies: stop it.

July 28, 2011 § 6 Comments

This is what happens when your students play a competitive game with a box of cookies on the line:

I wonder why we bite our nails when we are nervous.  Is it a culturally learned emotional signal or is there something inherent about applying pressure from our teeth to our fingernails that induces some sort of soothing effect?  Does it induce a soothing effect at all?

112. The food you eat

July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Chocolate cake


Brussel sprout

Shrimp tail

Table salt

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