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COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND

Amanda and I wanted to take graduation pictures together, but due to finals week, we waited until the day before commencement to take our pictures. Amanda’s friend, Chris, was kind enough to run around and take pictures for us.

A few of my favorites from the shoot. :)

I think we were on campus for about 5 hours. The three of us were sweating like crazy since it was 100+ degrees that day. At around 8pm, I met up with Lisa and Hanna at Yogurtland. I haven’t seen these two in about a year! It was nice catching up right before graduation, as I have known them for 3/4 of my college career.

I will definitely miss these two gorgeous ladies!

Amanda came over to decorate caps around 9pm, after I got back from Yogurtland. Alice, Cathy, Karen, and Teresa arrived half an hour later. I had suggested they all sleep over since I wouldn’t see much of them the next day. The other 4 kept Amanda and I company while we finished decorating our caps. I was surprised when Karen asked if I wanted to open my gift. Apparently, they were carrying it when they walked in, but I didn’t notice at all!

That’s how surprised I was! Photo(s) courtesy of Karen.

Personalized business card holder.

Super adorable business cards!

I received a card, the business cards and the card holder from Cathy, Karen, and Teresa. Karen got the outfit design from something I own, and Amanda helped design it. Apparently they had planned this gift shortly after my birthday. I don’t know how Amanda was so tight-lipped about it even though I saw her on a weekly basis! I was so touched! They’re all pushing for me to find a job, so that I’ll be able to stay in the States. Alice also gifted me with a book with travel suggestions, and Amanda gave me a candle with a very sentimental note attached. I don’t deserve such great friends, but I’m lucky that I have them! <3

After Amanda and I finished decorating around 12:30am, Alice, Cathy, Karen, Teresa, and I made a trip to Teabo. We hung out until they closed, then wandered to Safeway so Teresa could purchase flowers for Amanda. Ended the night at 4am and I had to be up at 9:30am the next day. Well-worth it though!

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My parents and family friend arrived in Davis around 10:30am. I took them to Tommy J’s for lunch before commencement at 2pm.

Mommy & Daddy! <3

Ran into Jenny and ended up sitting with her.

During the two-hour ceremony, Alice and Teresa were constantly taking pictures. They’re quite good at being the paparazzi. XD It felt quite surreal walking across that stage, as well as receiving the alumni pin, and seeing my name printed in the brochure. I’m glad so many people came to find me, since I refused to walk over to the APhiO tree. :p

Thanks for putting up with my unreasonable self! <3

Thank you for the flower lei and everything else! <3

There are so many more pictures, but I got lazy to upload them. XD

HUGE thank you to Alice, Cathy, Karen, Minh, and Teresa for coming such a long way, just for me. Karen and Teresa, can you believe I’m done?! It feels like yesterday that I just met you two! I’m glad I decided to attend UC Davis. Though it’s been a bumpy four years, I wouldn’t change a thing.

My biggest supporters since Day 1. <3 <3 <3

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR – WHAT A FUN AF[FAIR]

Henry was kind enough to drive Davis people to the State Fair this past Saturday. We left Davis at 12:30pm. We were running late, so it was a good thing the rest of our party was running late as well. We were famished by the time we arrived around 1:30pm. The fair seemed more packed this year than last since the regular lot was full. We had to park at Kaiser, which turned out to be a good thing, since it was easy to leave later that night.

I’m not quite sure how we always manage to spend about 8 hours at the fair. No wonder we’re always so tired and sore afterwards. :O We got our pictures taken as soon as we entered the fair.

Super blurry since they’re just proofs. :(

Next stop was food and drinks. Thankfully, it wasn’t in the hundreds this year.

Deep fried watermelon and they’re award winning?! O.o

Animal fries that I wished were more satisfying. :(

We spent the next several hours checking out the animals and exhibits. I wish we had time to get a personalized can of Coke! Second time that we’ve missed out on something Coke-related. First time was two weeks ago when we ran out of time to taste-test at World of Coca-Cola.

It felt nice to pet this cow…as weird as that sounds! XD

I don’t usually like goat cheese, but this was surprisingly good!

Story of my life. XD

Tribute to 9/11. Can’t believe it’s about to be 13 years! :O

Such a cool chessboard…

…and such pretty chess pieces!

Too bad I couldn’t capture the beauty of this piece! It is actually 3D. :O

Cute comics. We stood here for awhile reading.

Tapigami is where everything is created out of tape. Pricey, but cool concept.

Henry wanted to try the world’s hottest ice cream. Apparently, the ice cream contains ghost chili peppers which are illegal. My tongue and throat burned for a good 5 minutes from taking a tiny bite. I have no idea how Henry managed to finish the entire scoop! O.o Those of us who tried bites of that ice cream, washed the burn away with sticks of honey.

The day seemed like a blur now. I thought the exhibits, from the past two years, were more hands-on and that made it more fun. However, the hypnosis show this year was the best! She had a really great set of volunteers on stage, and she even added a new segment. It was interesting that the age group was much younger this year. Henry didn’t fall asleep at the show this year. That’s how you know it was good! XD

Henry was wide-awake to take a selfie during the show. XD

After the show, we wandered around to find tater twists. I had seen them in previous years and finally decided to try one this year. It was quite a walk. Who knew only one or two vendors would sell them at such a large fair? =/ I think I hyped it up too much for myself. It was good, but not mind-blowing. And definitely not worth the money!

Huge!

Karen suggested going on rides this year. We ended up purchasing 80 tickets for $70, for the 8 of us. Quite pricey at nearly $5 a ride, but it was worth it. We chose bumper cars and the Gravitron. Bumper cars were too slow for my liking, but it was pretty fun even though all 7 of them sandwiched me! The Gravitron was such a mind-blowing experience. It was way beyond what I had imagined from Adrian, Cathy, and Karen’s descriptions. I was pretty disoriented walking out of that thing, so don’t go on a full stomach! XD I wouldn’t mind spending $10 to ride that one twice next time!

We left the fair around 10:30pm, and caught the fireworks show right outside. Their fireworks were majestic! Our original plan was to dine at Elephant Bar, but we ended up at BJ’s since Elephant Bar closed at 11pm. Unfortunately, Adrian, Cathy, and Karen were stuck in the fair parking lot for nearly an hour. Crazy!

Not sure if everything we ordered was really good, or we were just famished. We even had room for pizookies!

After we got back to Davis, Alex and Tony surprised Henry with a monitor, since Henry is turning 26 soon. I can’t believe Henry was only 22 when I met him. :O The monitor was also from Karen, but she couldn’t be here to see his reaction. Good thing Alex recorded the entire thing! Henry’s face was priceless when he opened the first troll package. He was definitely shocked when he unwrapped the monitor. It’s cute seeing what a great relationship he has with Alex, Karen, and Tony!

Another fun-filled event checked off my summer schedule. Can’t believe I’ll be done with school next week!

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INK’D THOUGHTS

I’ve thought about getting a tattoo, on and off, in the past four years. The pain and permanence have always stopped me, and probably always will. However, if I were to actually get any, they would be small ones. I like these two designs and their locations:

I like these since they are aesthetically pleasing. Definitely not reason enough, for me, to actually act on it! XD