8/31 and 9/1 and 9/2

I just realized that I had been posting the month of April in my last couple of posts…wonder why…
Anyways, here’s up till today:

8/31 (last day of summer!!!)
1. papaya boats for breakfast! and bananas omnomnomnom
2. a good chat with my cousin, who I hadn’t talked with in FOREVER!
3. Aunt gave us mixed salad greens wee so pretty

9/1
1. seeing old faces and a new face
2. friend R helped me bunches in the first computer science class. I really need to study for myself now!
3. Mom and Dad went out to get print paper, a variety of fruits, and my glasses (which came). I am so grateful to have two amazing parents who do so much for me. <3


9/2
1. gave my HR teacher Teddy Grahams bought in the United States. Her reaction “OH MY GOD” was just too fulfilling. ;) Also gave friend M more cranes we folded for her.
2. bodily sustaining capabilities suddenly ran out during psych class, but I could goooo hoooome and rest, which is always a delight.
3. getting back in the zone with the daily bulletin, also looked up some colleges and understood some CS (just some, perks of reading after experimenting)

Positivity actually has been a little challenging because I’ve been feeling so fatigued, but I suspect it’s the product of worrying too much. Anxiety really consumes all your energy. I try to convince myself that there ain’t anything to freak out about…it’s hard though. Any tips?

8/29 and 8/30

so still listless almost all day and feeling fat/bloated
but good things still happen!

8/29
1. went to the traditional market with Mom in the morning - loving the fresh food
2. made a layered potato, tomato, and eggplant bake (with caramelized onions) for a dinner dish and it was good.
3. SNL clip of “Amazing Spider-Man” stars would be disturbing yet still cute and thus hilarious I love them

8/30
1. well I couldn’t sleep last night until almost 4am but chatted with IOI friends. in the morning, got up and did a kettlebell workout anyway (it’s been too long since I last did movement…a few days ago)
2. went to the Qing Da library, met with friend J :) and did a little teensy bit of work and a lot lot lot of storytelling hehe.
3. came to Taipei. so tired. after a stuco meeting went with Dad to 7-11. walking in the cool night breeze swishing my new red skirt made me feel nice no matter how tired

4/27 and 4/28

these have been 2 lazy, tired, and unproductive days (is it delayed jet lag?), but here’s what came up:

4/27
1. chatted with IOI friends really early in the morning and viewed one’s #ALSicebucketchallenge ^^ it seems we all wear our IOI T-shirts to get splashed and recorded
2. banana ice cream banana banana banana banana
3. feeling high—actually more like drunk—off the complexity of life

4/28
1. once again returned and waited forever at the eye doctor’s (though it was probably where I got the most work done), but ordered new glasses! Since I lost my tiny pink plastic Pompompurin backup glasses I got in 3rd grade at Facebook in Palo Alto, I needed a new pair of backup. These are Harry Potter glasses that make me look like a Korean girl. Cool, yeah?
2. navel oranges give me energy
3. earlier bedtime (b/c not getting work done…hopefully can get Work done in the early morning!)

4/26

1. went to school and endured 3~4 hours of textbook distribution, but in the meantime got to meet n’ greet so many familiar faces; some I haven’t seen in a month, some others in more than a year!
[catching up with a bunch, big news from classmates, sharing with teachers, deep talk with reinstalled disciplinarian, ioi gossip with friends]

2. Costco grocery shopping with Mom: bought a lot of bananas and salads, and ran into: classmate, other classmate’s parents, former dance teacher’s teacher from years ago, future government teacher…the meeting just goes on and on.

3. an evening walk with the brother and the dogs. Taiwan humidity MELTS you, really! mahgahhh terrible I tell you. I was a sticky mess in minutes and a rainforest waterfall of reeking skin bacteria fart in half an hour (sorrygraphicdescriptions). It was the most heart-pounding walk too: university dogs barking at us, frogs (or snakes?:o) leaping all around in the grassy darkness, reckless motorcycles surrounding+ambushing us on the streets. But, you know, that’s quality time with the bro and dogs.


didn’t manage to achieve my academic progress goal today, but I’m really, really tired now so I think I’ll go sleep first.
Solution to everything: sleep.

burdge
im5-official:

Ahh yes, The dreaded school. When it comes around we all dread, new teachers, new schedule, some new unfamiliar faces, the MASSIVE amount of homework load, less time on tumblr. Here is another long post with a few sites and others to help you out here!

College needs:
Advice on college
Alternatives to buying expensive textbooks
AP Cram Packets
Cheat sheet for becoming an adult
Dorm room survival
Free online college classes
How to survive college masterpost
Food
cheap &amp; healthy snacks
chocolate muffin in a mug tutorial
Coffee recipes to help stay awake
Every Starbucks drink and pasty FTW
For the vegans you bad ass motherfuckers
Herearesomedeliciousfood
macaroni cheese / mac&amp;cheese in a cup
quick and easy soup recipes
study snacks
Study snack
thousands of quick and easy snack recipes
Yummy cheesiness!
40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
Helpful sites:
Challenge your brain
Feed the hungry while using your vocabulary
Free online textbooks
Grade calculator
Quizlet
Rape Escape
Whole page dedicated to studying/organizing
High school needs:
For Juniors or Seniors With Low Income Families Looking For Scholarships
How to survive freshman year
Mental health resources:
a website that is always relevant.
falling asleep tips
How long to sleep
how to talk to and help an anxiety-ridden friend
how to wake up in the morning
keep taking your mind off of it
mental illness recovery tips
need a motivational speech? i like this one for myself.
not having a good day? :c
picking up a hobby can relax you during the school year!!
seriously just please try to relax ily
take your mind off of it
tips on self-love
when to go to sleep/wake up
working out is a total stress-buster.
Misc resources:
download free books
express yourself with make-up 
Hobbies masterpost
I fucking love to study to this.
please remember this.
Sick ass movie list I have more but, this is a school one so message me for more.
Sites to help you not get distracted with other sites. (Mac)(PC)
Various ways to where a scarf
What’s the fucking weather
Motivation:
earn a cute kitten picture after writing
how to get motivated
Procrastinator? 
Music/Sound:
calm/nature sounds
chill playlist
coffee shop blues
coffee shop sounds
concentration playlist
relaxation
study playlist
4hours of classical music
School resources:
An already typed essay at your fingertips(type the subject and press random stuff and an essay forms. TO KIND OF HELP)
bibliography maker
educational links fucking galore
my favorite tutoring website
online ruler
pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
Social media citing
study like a college kid
Time Management
Psychology Lectures by a Professor from Yale University
Stress relief:
Calm
compliments generator
how long to nap
go to a quiet place
learn more about anxiety.
panic and anxiety information masterpost
Relaxation techniques
Stress Analyst
the thoughts room
take a guided relaxation
yoga poses
Studying/school help:English/History:
Best place to get help for English
essay structure guide
essay writing help
free microsoft word alternative
Grammar and spell checker
Graphic Essay Organizer
Help on reading/researching
Make a kick ass essay
Masterpost of writing software
microsoft word equivalent
more essay writing help
On books you you don’t want to read
Tip of my tongue
Foreign Languages:
Learn, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, German, Italian
Geography:
learn geography
Math/Science:
calculators (includes graphing, geometric, stats etc)
College/high school Chemistry notes
math problem solver (2)
Periodic Table
Thinking/memorizing
This is the math god
Study Needs:
Answers to the textbook
Beneficial studying tips
Crash course in any subject with John Green
Free Educational resources for anyone and everyone 
help in a ton of subjects
Helps you in any subject
homework help
how to google
how to study, Study guide
finals survival guide
improve your studying skills
Learning Websites Masterpage
Looking for a word
make flash cards
One of the best learning websites
Scholarpedia
Tips before/during an exam
Tips on Exams
TIPS:
Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you. 
Be kind to one another.
I think that about does it. So yeah:)

im5-official:

Ahh yes, The dreaded school. When it comes around we all dread, new teachers, new schedule, some new unfamiliar faces, the MASSIVE amount of homework load, less time on tumblr. Here is another long post with a few sites and others to help you out here!

College needs:

Food

Helpful sites:

High school needs:

Mental health resources:

Misc resources:

Motivation:

Music/Sound:

School resources:

Stress relief:

Studying/school help:
English/History:

Foreign Languages:

Geography:

Math/Science:

Study Needs:

TIPS:

  1. Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
  2. Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
  3. Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
  4. Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
  5. If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
  6. Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
  7. Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
  8. Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
  9. Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
  10. Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
  11. College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
  12. Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you
  13. Be kind to one another.

I think that about does it. So yeah:)

4/25

1. simultaneously baking these biscotti (http://www.fullmeasureofhappiness.com/2012/02/11/chocolate-chip-biscotti/ - brother says they taste extremely similar to our beloved Nonni’s biscotti, which is synonymous with our childhood) and running with Dad n’ dogs + achieving_balance’s lower ab and back exercises.

2. putting on new red dress and new red shoes and visiting Grandma n’ Grandpa in Yangmei. And reading my current events there in the room with the AC.

3. turning the kitchen into a mini brownie factory at 10pm because tired, jet-lagged brains pine for chocolate and make bad decisions
http://www.cloudyapples.ca/healthy-strawberry-cream-chocolate-truffles/ (sans the cream)
http://www.bromabakery.com/2013/04/37-calorie-brownies-and-no-im-not.html
http://www.runningwithspoons.com/2013/12/10/lightened-up-chocolate-gingerbread-brownies/

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I wrote something and deleted it. oops.

this was the gist of it:

Little brother said I changed after coming back from camp. I say it’s this summer, during which there took place tons of great things I was very fortunate to experience. IOI, returning home, NSLC, and whirling around SoCal with sister E…It has made me a more open person, more willing to share. I would share my experiences, my thoughts and ideas, in hopes of inspiring or connecting with someone and add something to their day. Probably now I blabber two or three times as many words as I did before. People who have met with me these couple of days may or may not have noticed that.

Now that there’s no more IOI or old friends or NSLC or roaming around with sis, there is still fresh happiness manifesting itself in every single day we live. We just gotta keep our eyes and hearts open and discover it. Previously I did a #positivitychallenge (which wasn’t so challenging, really), and it felt like such a blessing, being able to share with everyone the highlights of my days. Sharing happiness is great. The “koala” within me (NSLC reference), however, wishes not to disturb others with things irrelevant to others, so I will share my “+”s here, on this platform, with my imaginary audience of whoever and real audience of 2. Hopefully those 2 won’t mind. ^^

so I’ll start where I left off. Here we are:

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4/21
1. organized the entire school’s books with friends! exhausting work! but we got it done!
2. Costco shopping with Mom and brother. so many blueberries for so cheap + found a new Kirkland brand of greek yogurt!
3. dinner cooked by Mom: tilapia, greens, eggs with onion, mussels oh yumsweethome

4/22
1. run/walk with Dad and dogs and brother (who’s never up at this hour! thank you, jet lag)
2. lazy time with lots of reading and lots of almonds+dates (combo is the da bomb)
3. friend M’s birthday party! met with friends I haven’t seen in a while! finished brother’s plate at the restaurant (usually it’s the other way around) and did the ice bucket challenge there too

4/23
1. chatting with IOI friend S 5am in the morning
2. Blogilates calendar moments before friend A comes over to film club fair video
3. LITERALLY whipping up light and airy sugar cookies moments before leaving for Taipei (and crashing on the car)
recipe: http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/2014/04/02/light-airy-sugar-cookies/

4/24
1. dim sum brunch with family (despite having breakfast of stinky tofu at 5am…this jet lag) + the mystery and good deed of the red pockets dropped on the MRT shuttle
2. cat pants and red-striped fake Toms from traditional market
3. visiting Grandma, who still goes back to my IOI pictures in addition to the States ones, and really loves my cookies ^^

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yep! short b/c rushed, but that’s not a bad thing, right?

btw Taiwan makes you sweat like crazy.