Sunday, August 28, 2005

just moved back to Berkeley for the fall semester

I just moved back to Berkeley as the fall classes are starting tomorrow. For those curious, I'm enrolled in Music 26AC, Physics 7B, Economics 100A and Math 53 this semester. This is my first time taking four classes at once and will probably be challenging. However, I'm sure it's nothing I can't handle. :-)

I've also met my new roommate Alan. He's a cool guy who also loves MMORPGs. It looks we have much in common!

Currently listening to: "Hey Ya!" by OutKast

Sunday, August 21, 2005

one week of summer left

I just moved most of my stuff back to Berkeley in preparation for my sophomore year. The nice thing is that classes don't start until the 23rd. Though there's Welcome Week for the freshmen n00bs, that's not something I need to attend. ^_^

Having said that, summer is essentially over as I need to prepare for the classes. These breaks are never long enough. :\

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Central California was fun.

So my family went on a two-day trip to the Calaveras County area over the weekend. The trip almost didn't happen because most of the local hotels were fully booked, but my parents were able to book one in Jackson at the last minute. The vacation was pretty enjoyable!

Day 1

There were few attractions on the way to Jackson other than an Asian garden of sorts. The reason for coming here was that Mom wanted ideas for her Chinese paintings. The garden didn't have much except for water lilies, ponds and chicken coops. However, the water lilies were beautiful and made for some nice pictures.

Later in the evening, Dad and I watched Behind Enemy Lines on HBO before going to bed. The special effects were pretty awesome.

Day 2

The three of us visited Calaveras Big Trees State Park in the morning. It was really neat to walk through the hollowed-out sequoia trees. Though the scenery was amazing, my parents and I didn't spend too much time hiking given the high temperatures. On the other hand, Beaver Creek was a great place to cool off. I took off my shoes and waded into the water - something I hadn't done since I was a kid!

The other destination of the day was Columbia State Historic Park in the afternoon. We took a stroll through the park before stopping at the Jack Douglass Saloon for light snacks. It was lots of fun to listen to the live country band while enjoying my chili dog and tomato juice. This was no doubt the highlight of the trip.

On the whole, this trip was one of our best ones ever. It was certainly a great way to end summer!

Currently listening to: "Oh! Darling" by the Beatles

Historical note: Pictures from the trip are available here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

summer school over at last

First the good news: the Math 1A final wasn't too difficult. On the other hand, the Economics 1a final was quite challenging. I hope I didn't bomb it. In any case, I'm glad summer classes are over!

Though there are only two weeks before the fall semester begins, Dad has plans for a road trip to central California. The only problem is that all of the hotels we called were fully booked. I don't know if the trip is possible, but we're still exploring our options. *crosses fingers*

Update: We managed to find a hotel with available rooms after all. Sweet!

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Economics 1 final + headache = blah

The final exam for Economics 1 is tomorrow morning. This normally wouldn't be a problem, except I have a really bad headache right now from studying too much. I hope I won't bomb the exam as a result.

On the bright side, I'm done with summer school after this. :-)

Monday, August 1, 2005

1,300 skill total in RuneScape

I just reached 1,300 skill total in RuneScape with level 1 farming and slayer. This was a rather difficult goal because I haven't been a member for some time, hence the lack of XP in those skills. You can view the screenshot here.

I can't end this post without thanking Raynebird, Nomar5 and Flea110 for their moral support and encouragement. Reaching this milestone would have been much harder otherwise!

Currently playing: RuneScape