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January 24, 2012

Hi Everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful winterbreak/holiday. As some of you may have heard, Seattle had a huge snowstorm this break. We got about 6 inches. Now before anyone from Anchorage or Boston scoffs, 6 inches of snow is a HUGE deal in Seattle. Us Seattleites don't know how to prepare for or function in snow. I think Washington state may have two snow plows. Seattle also has seven major hills. The woman in the video below is reporting from Queen Anne Hill, one of the best sledding hills in Seattle. I thought this was funny the first time I saw it live on the news. And next thing I know, it's on The Daily What! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jmei9yWxhyM Seattleites are probably some of the worst snow drivers, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6zlkP8thkk Seattle has the second highest percent of bike commuters in the US, though! (Second to Portland - please refer to Portlandia to learn more about the...

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January 16, 2012

Winter in Seattle has been mild and un-snowy, until today! Not that snow here is impressive in any way, but it's pretty.

Actually from the 2009 snow storm but, the sentiment is fitting.

Snow in Seattle means everyone's driving 200% slower than usual, which can be frustrating, but it also means you see cars covered in varying depths of snow, which encourages me to guess where they came from. My neighborhood is surrounded on three sides by water so, we only got a few centimeters of snow and a dusting of hail on top of that, but some of the cars I saw while my dad and I were buying closet-storage supplies had snow four inches or so thick!... Read More

January 16, 2012

My goodness, it's been a while. Winter break is almost over! Although I want more time to sleep and listen to music and watch movies, I am really excited to be coming back to Oxy for the Spring Semester. My class schedule for next semester is great - I have no morning classes so late nights will be a little easier to endure knowing that my day starts a little later than it did last semester. These are my classes: MWF 12:30 - 1:25 PM - Urban Fictions: The Modern City in Literature and Other Arts MWF 2:30 - 3:25 PM - Beginning French II MWF 3:30 - 4:25 PM - Statistics 146 TR 5:00 - 6:30 PM - Stupidity 180 R 1:30 - 2:55 PM - Statistics Lab I'm psyched especially for Stupidity and Urban Fictions because I'm sure Stupidity will challenge me mentally and Urban Fictions will involve a lot of media work. It was really great to get these 5 weeks to visit my family and friends in Singapore. Most of my friends go to college in the States, so they...

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January 14, 2012

Hi everybody! I apologize for not having posted at all this winter break. However, you don't know this, but you are actually thanking me, because had I posted it would have gone something like: work work work sleep work work sleep work sleep sleep work... etc. Very boring. I spent this break as I spend most breaks: waitressing. It's actually pretty fun and definitely good money, but the long hours on your feet get VERY long when working 40 hours a week. Other than my job, I spent a lot of time shopping and Netflixing and getting coffee with girlfriends. Things I've picked up this break include a few OPI nail polishes (is anybody surprised... no) and this monster of a chair (literally, it's called the Monster Butterfly chair): My roommate is pretty excited. We had this gorgeous sunset in Seattle last night. I didn't manage to take a picture because I...

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January 13, 2012

Well, I've returned from Cape Town. It was INCREDIBLE. The only problem is that when my friends ask me how it was, I really don't know how to formulate a semi-coherent response. It's so difficult to condense five months of experience without rambling about my host family for twenty minutes, or my trip to Turkey and my SURPRISE overnight layover in Amsterdam (where I was able to meet up with one of my best friends, another Oxy student abroad for the semester, and crash at her Dutch apartment for the night!). Or I could talk about the oh-so-wonderful minibuses of Cape Town.

The classic CPT minibus - sometimes...

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January 13, 2012

Wow, it’s been a good while since I’ve last posted. Sorry about that. Over break, I’ve been working, catching up with family and friends, and relaxing. The holidays were really nice, seeing as how I haven’t seen some of my family in over a year because they live out of state. This year was my family’s turn to host so I didn’t have to do any traveling during the busy holiday season. As always with my family there was lots of food. I definitely ate my share. Over break I was also able to catch up with some of my friends who I haven’t seen in a while because they went to the East Coast for college. The weather in Los Angeles is just about always great even in the winter, so my friends and I went to a restaurant in Redondo Beach by the water and ended up hanging at the beach for a good while because it was so nice outside. Lots of good laughs and good vibes. Overall a great time.  

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January 12, 2012

In my first post, I explained how Oxy gave me the hook-ups to travel to Ghana to do some good. The trip gave me insight into the practical side of local development projects and also inspired me to examine further the role that traditional chief figures are playing in the emerging microfinance industry in the region. So as soon as I got back to school that fall, I began working with my Economics professor to prepare my research proposal. After several months of prep work and feedback from several professors and administrators, I learned that Oxy’s International Programs Office (IPO) had accepted my proposal. In other words, the school would be funding the research project under its Summer Research Abroad program along with ten other students traveling to different countries to conduct independent research in their...

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January 11, 2012

After a very relaxing winter break I am happy that soon we will all be returning to Oxy for the Spring semester. A new year, a new blog! This winter break seems longer than others which I was happy for because I needed a break after fall semester. Before winter break started, my mom, sister, cousin, and I enjoyed a getaway to Disneyland! I hadn’t been there since Gradnite, which is a tradition at my high school (the night of graduation you enjoy at Disneyland with hundreds of other graduated high school students) and noticed that things hadn’t changed. My mom hadn’t been to Disneyland in years and I know she was the one who enjoyed it the most. Unfortunately the week that followed that day was finals week, but I made it through! My winter break was not filled with a lot of travel, just family time and hanging out with old friends. But I am actually ready to start the new semester. The beginning of this semester will be hectic. I...

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January 8, 2012

I just got back down to the beautiful Los Angeles area this past week to find that it feels more like summer vacation down here than a winter one.  Clear skies, and 80 degree weather... can't complain i guess.  Over this break I travelled to Northern California to a fishing lodge outside of Redding, California, for a Christmas family reunion.  The fishing lodge is called Clearwater Lodge and it is located in the small town of fall river mills.  Although it was freezing cold up there, the scenery was beautiful and it is always nice to spend some quality family time in the middle of nowhere. Besides that I was in my home town of San Luis Obispo waiting for any kind of storm...

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January 8, 2012

Even though it makes me sad as I help my friends pack up to go back into their next semester – or quarter – of college, I feel lucky that I have two more weeks of break left. I can remember how happy I was when I walked out from my calculus final as the clock struck 9:30 p.m. I was ready to head back home and celebrate the holidays with my family, which was in deep contrast to the time I would be spending away from the friends that I made. I hope that you guys have been having a great break! Christmas hit at just about the right time and I was more than happy to see almost-forgotten faces and eat some serious food [slow-cooked beef brisket, c’mon…]. Even though I go to school a few blocks away from home, I’ve only been back 3 times throughout the whole semester. It was tempting to want to escape back home whenever I got stressed or wanted to get off campus for a day or two, but I knew that it did not help my transition...

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