moving 

2008年03月17日(月) 17時07分

I'm moving this blog!
it makes sense to have an English blog where the server speaks English.
Why did it take me so long to figure that out ..?

well, now we all confirm that Juli's an idiot.


http://bella-arte.blogspot.com/

such gifts the new year brings 

2008年01月06日(日) 20時28分
Happy New Year!
may this new year bring you endless happiness and joy.

I hope all of your new year started out much better than mine, i.e. without coughs, fever, sore throat, runny nose and mosquitos.

yes, we still have mosquitos. and all i can say about them is that they can either go freeze in the arctic or burn in hell, which ever they prefer. i prefer the "burn in hell", so that there's no defrosting option or Jurassic Park possibilities.

I'm down to only 2 weeks of Taiwan now, and I can't wait to get out of here. In no means do i dislike Taiwan ... this place grows on you, and you learn to like it (if you didn't to start with), but after more than a year of not seeing your friends, not being able to eat what you want, go where you want, do what you want ... stress does build up.

Stress like "i want to hug," "i want to drive," "i want to go eat an egg bagel BLT with avocado from Bagel Me!," "I want to go buy clothes that aren't screaming: I'm a princess, I'm so cute, I need to be pampered," "I don't want to be asked where i'm from, or if i'm an ABC," you know, small things like that. I just want to go home, where i can be me. like katherine from the civil engineering department said "I just want to go back to being normal"

and I agree.

unfortunately, i don't get to go home to california.
I get to go to japan.
why, you ask? becasue my grandmother just had surgery for cancer, and my grandfather's one year memorial is coming up. it's nothing like home, but i need to be somewhere where i don't feel like a lost sheep.

hear me baa.



karma 

2007年12月31日(月) 6時29分
it's my luck to get sick the night before my 2 presentations.

and it's my luck to get sick the one time i get to go have fun.




... i'm just going to go curl up and cry in the corner of my bed.

LIMIT 

2007年12月30日(日) 15時06分
I'm running out of time. and clean clothes.
Luckily, my dad went home on a sudden business trip, and he hauled back the clothes I ordered online.

I'm in a rush to finish two reports to be presented on Monday (yes, that's New Year's Eve) and I believe my classmates (well, my seniors now) are going to kidnap me to go celebrate New Year in Taipei for fireworks and more! . I effing LOVE them. They felt too sorry for me since this whole semester all I've been to are the airport, school, dorms, class, dad's condo, and the supermarket. Since all the other foreign students in my department (though there lies the differnce that they're 1 year exchange student, PhD candidate and a newly arrived freshie) are BUSY clubbing, traveling and drinking.

I think I'm going to kick them in the groin if they tell me "Oh, I'm busy ..." one. more. time. Seriously. Have I mentioned that I love my classmates?


I can't wait till the day I get to sleep long enough to get these circles under my eyes go away. At this rate, I'll turn into a real panda instead a metaphorical one

merry christmas! 

2007年12月25日(火) 22時31分
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!
hopefully, you're having a holiday season more at peace than mine ... midterm the day after Christmas is a first for me, as well as 2 presentations on new year's eve. not exactly my ideal holiday season ... textbooks aren't really the best christmas dates.b

since Christmas didn't exactly happen this year ...

I'm making Ken go buy tortillas, mexican blend cheese and taco seasoning on Christmas day. taco rice and quesadillas for me on new year's day!

mmm, I love my bro.

favorite quote 

2007年12月21日(金) 2時39分
dance

as though no one is watching you,

love

as though you have never been hurt before,

sing

as though no one can hear you,

live

as though heaven is on earth

-souza

yeah, it's overused ... but you need it sometimes.

MOO 

2007年12月19日(水) 19時38分
I got Fred's christmas card today, and it hit me right when i was getting homesick ... that first moo card on the cover?

you effing made me cry like a baby, Fred.

I was an emotional wreck in front of my classmates ... but eh. what's new? I guess even though i have dad in taiwan, Dads aren't the same as having mom or friends.

I really miss you guys. I wish i could fly back just to see and hug you. as in, I cry when i listen to "I'll be home for christmas" it's THAT bad, i know.

It's that time of year 

2007年12月11日(火) 18時44分
It's that time of year when people start singing Christmas songs and prepare for the holiday season. I just recieved my first Christmas card of the year from a felow Bolivian student. Which, reminds me that I should get my cards ready to send out too. I start missing the Christmas songs that I thought were so annoying, the smell of Christmas greens (although i promised myself that I would never make my own wreaths or garlands anymore after working 5 years at a florist) I miss the snowmen and santas that popped up all over the neighborhood after Thanksgiving.

All the things that made you smile, the hugs, the treats, the santa hats ... uh .. don't really exist here.

Instead of inhaling the fresh scent of pine, i smell the plug-in insect repellant. instead of washing off pine sap, I spray on insect repellant. yes, mosquitoes are still in season. and I'm still the flavour of the month, every month. I've killed 4 mosquitoes in the 2 hours that I've been preparing a presentation, and 6 bites in a 3 hour nap.

... when is it going to snow?

lost before translation 

2007年12月05日(水) 2時33分
I'm currently doing translataion work for a company that my roommate works for. I'll omit the details for privacy issues ... but I have to say this:

Guys ever heard of MARKET RESEARCH?


kitchen high 

2007年12月02日(日) 2時25分
I love it when my mom's in Taiwan visiting dad. There's always food in the fridge★ I don't have to worry about using up the ingredients knowing that dad's going to leave it there until I come back the next time.

Whether my mom's here or not, everytime I go back to my dad's condo I get this kitchen high where I lock myself into the kitchen and make something. All. night. long. I'll have music playing on my laptop where I search recipes online to see what I'll keep making that night. This time, it was the chicken pot pie that I've been craving for a while (pie dough from scratch, thank you), pasta alfredo and cheesecake. mmm, cheesecake

I still have half the pie dough left, and I'm thinking of baking apple pie. I've got cinnamon, butter, sugar and pie dough .. why not? oh .. um ... I don't have apples. Damn.
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