Monday, September 27, 2010

just moved to Santa Cruz

I finished moving into my rented room today with the help of my parents. The weather was unbearably hot; I'm glad we didn't have to spend too much time outside. I just got the Wi-Fi password from the landlady and am finally able to post this.

Speaking of which, the homeowner is a woman named Connie. She's really nice and always took the time to answer our questions. This is her first time leasing a room, so we're kind of in the same boat. Her husband Mel passed away seven years ago; Connie says he was an amazing artist and dancer. It's too bad I'll never get to know him. :-(

Connie has three daughters, all of whom are quite attractive. I'm actually staying in the eldest's room. The girls are all away at college at the moment, but I'm sure I'll get to know them better soon enough. The family also has two cats, Tommy and Zoe. They're from the same litter but look very different. Though I'm not exactly a pet person, cats are so darn cute!

In any case, the place is comfortable and has everything I need. It's like my home away from home. I'm still a little nervous as this is my first time renting a room, but that shouldn't be a problem as long as I stay on Connie's good side.

An advantage of living in a home (as opposed to a dorm) is that we didn't have to do too much moving. The bus stop across the street is also extremely convenient. The neighborhood is probably pretty safe as the campus police department is just around the corner. The downside is that there are no nearby grocery stores or cafeterias, but that's a relatively minor thing. I'm blessed to find such a great place to live.

One of the best things about UC Santa Cruz is the beautiful campus. As a nature lover, I'll get to enjoy the great outdoors whenever I head out to class. Life is good.

In other news...

I bumped into my old FAIM 609 professor from St. Mary's College of California at Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon. Small world indeed.

Currently listening to: Tower of Heaven soundtrack - "Stairway to Revelation"

Friday, September 24, 2010

last day of graduate classes + farewell party

Yesterday was the last class at St. Mary's College of California. In other words, I'm done with graduate school!

Our class was supposed to take the FAIM 610 final on Tuesday and the FAIM 609 one on Thursday as per the original schedule. But because FAIM 609 was a tough course, everyone wanted to get that out of the way first. The professors were more than happy to accommodate our request. The other exam was indeed much easier, meaning Prof. Knapp really wanted us to pass.

The nice thing is that there was a party after the FAIM 610 final. From what I heard, the previous cohorts got a fancy dinner. However, there were only sandwiches and drinks - and they quickly ran out. Damn economic recession. On the other hand, the other classes were invited to join us. Katie even brought her roommate Anna to crash the party. The more the merrier!

Speaking of which, Anna kept hitting on me and Anthony the whole time. She was very sociable; talking to her was one of the highlights of the evening. The girls invited me to hang out at their apartment afterwards. Though that sounded fun, I declined as it was well past midnight.

On the whole, the party was a great way to end the program. I'm definitely looking forward to graduation. In the meantime, be sure to check out my pictures from last night here.

Currently playing: My First Quantum Translocator

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oh hai, UCSC!

I recently mentioned that a few UC Santa Cruz professors were interested in having me as an intern. From our discussions, they were more than happy to proceed with the plan. If everything goes well, my internship will start next week - which is right after the quarter ends.

For those wondering, I'll be doing mobile interaction studies with the professors and their graduate students. The professors have also suggested taking some classes, so I'm trying to enroll in CMPE 107 and CMPS 101 at the moment. I've actually already attended the lectures this morning. It's like being back in college!

According to Prof. Tantalo, CMPS 101 is a difficult course and many students don't pass. I can't say I like the sound of that. On the other hand, the class shouldn't be too bad compared to what I went through at Berkeley.

Given that I'll be at UC Santa Cruz most of the time, I've rented a room near campus and will be moving there in a few days. I'm kind of nervous as this is something I've never done before. Let's hope I don't get on the landlady's bad side. *fingers crossed*

In other news...

1. I just got back from the Secure World Expo in Santa Clara with Dad. The conference was very small but still had some nice swag.

2. Tonight is the last class at St. Mary's College of California. I'm not out of the woods yet as we still have to take the FAIM 610 final. On the other hand, there is supposed to be a big party afterwards. I guess I'll find out in a few hours.

Currently playing: The Room Tribute

Friday, September 10, 2010

check out my new cooking blog!

I recently started a cooking blog with my mother. Every few days, I'll post a new recipe that she teaches me. Each recipe will feature a short story to go along with it. You can read our new blog here.

While I aspire to be as good as Mom, the dishes will be simple at first as I don't have level 99 cooking in real life. Couldn't resist the RuneScape reference. xD

Currently playing: Pixel Purge