Thursday, October 15, 2009

new MacBook Pro

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was getting a MacBook Pro. Well, my new computer just arrived. Sweet!

Seeing that Macs have become popular again in recent years, my father figured a MacBook Pro would be a nice addition. He also felt it would be useful if I ever needed to work across platforms. The laptop has a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB of disk space. It makes my IBM ThinkPad T42 seem slow in comparison. The 13" screen is also nice. Thanks, Dad!

I haven't used an Apple product in ages and don't know too much about Macs at the moment. Looks like I'll have to start reading Mac OS X for Dummies soon. :P

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lobster Feed report

The Lobster Feed absolutely rocked. It was an epic birthday celebration!

I was hiking in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with my parents last weekend when a banner at the entrance caught our eye. Given that the park is one of our favorite weekend destinations, my father went to buy tickets right away. The fact that the event was on my 24th birthday was a deciding factor. :-)

Dad also invited his cousin Susan and her husband Tony to come along after finding out they were visiting from China. Our party had some tea before starting out as the Lobster Feed was in the evening. We then took the couple to Santana Row in San Jose so they could see what it was like.

It was still early when we arrived at the venue for the event. However, there was a problem: Dad didn't know Tony and Susan were coming and had only bought three tickets. It looked like two of us would have to miss out. But luck was on our side: my parents were about to give up their spots when a volunteer found two more tickets at the last minute - and only because two people didn't show up. That was a close call.

There was some free time, during which we went for a hike. The timing couldn't have been better: all of us got back to the picnic area just as the feast started. Had we returned a few minutes later, the lines would have been much longer.

At any rate, the lobsters were delicious. I was surprised at how fresh they tasted, considering that they were shipped from Maine. Though we enjoyed the meal, the food selection was limited. Aside from the corn, garlic bread and salad, there wasn't much else except ice cream and cookies for dessert.

A local band called Highway One played bluegrass after dinner. Some people got up to dance; there was an Irish couple who knew how to bust a move. Dad also asked the band to give me a birthday shout-out, to which they obliged. That made me blush. ^_^

I also couldn't resist the opportunity to show off my new 200 mW green laser. The steam from the pots made the beam highly visible. People definitely thought it was cool.

The Lobster Feed was overall awesome. Besides the small selection of food, the only downside is that the music was limited to bluegrass. Don't get me wrong - bluegrass is one of our favorite genres - but too much of the same stuff makes it repetitive. Other than that, I don't have any complaints.

While the tickets were $50 each, the important thing is that the profits go towards the park through the Mountain Parks Foundation. It's certainly nice to eat good food for a good cause. All of us were more than happy to give back to the place we love so much. I've posted some pictures from the event.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

officially 24 today

So I'm now officially 24 years old. Gosh, that makes me feel like an old man. ^_^

I mentioned yesterday that my family had an early celebration to accommodate the replacement of our refrigerator. The good news is that the delivery came in the morning, leaving the rest of the day free. As you could probably tell, the new fridge was more of a coincidence than a present. :P

Just because we already had a party doesn't mean the fun is over. Dad's cousin Susan and her husband Tony are visiting from China and coming over in the afternoon, and the plan is to take them to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park for the Lobster Feed. This is something I'm really excited about. I'll post a report of the event after getting home.

I got some nice presents as well: the store where we purchased the Lobster Feed tickets gave us two natural history books as part of a promotion. I also have a MacBook Pro that is due to arrive soon. This is going to be an awesome birthday for sure.

One thing I like to do on my birthday is to share three random facts about my childhood. So here they are:

  1. I sometimes pretended to be a guy named Winston when I was little.
  2. Shortly after I started middle school, Mom wanted me to attend the first LAYC dance so I could see what it was like. However, she didn't have school dances back in her day and assumed it would be a formal event. I ended up being the only one who showed up in a tuxedo. Awkward!
  3. I used to think hugs always went with kisses. There was this one time when one of my elementary school teachers gave me a hug while I was waiting for my mother. Three guesses as to what happened next. *blush*

Friday, October 9, 2009

birthday bash!

As some of you may know, I'm turning 24 tomorrow. However, our new refrigerator is arriving the same day and will likely take a while to set up. Therefore, my family decided to do an early celebration. :-)

Although I generally don't have birthday parties anymore, Mom invited the Chus and the Liangs over for lunch. The reason is that Wen-Ko and I share a birthday on the 10th as do Carol and Dad on the 16th. So we're really celebrating four birthdays at once!

Of note is that Wen-Ko brought a delicious green tea cake from Sogo Bakery. I've posted a picture of it here. She is definitely one of our more generous friends. But considering that it's her birthday too, I couldn't help but feel guilty about her buying the cake. Haha.

The gathering was overall quite enjoyable. The only downside is that there was nobody else my age; Emily had to work while Stacey was at school. Of course, that's not a problem as I'm sure our families will get together again in the future. :-)

Currently listening to: "Vad Heter Du?" by Caramell