Tuesday, January 1, 2013


It feels like 2012 has just started, and now 2013 is here. I can hardly believe how fast time goes. So without further ado: happy New Year!

Holiday party report

A nice thing is that we had a party the day after Christmas. Like always, Mom made lots of delicious food. The best part is that our family friend Winnie gave me a gift tower from Harry & David. That was so sweet of her. Thanks, Winnie!

I saw The Avengers on DVD after dinner. Though it was one of the best movies ever, nobody else wanted to watch it with me. One of the women actually thought it was a children's film. Damn generation gap - no wonder we whippersnappers can't stand old people sometimes. :-)

New Year's Eve report

To be honest, New Year's Eve kind of sucked. Because we didn't have anyone over or vice versa, my family went to look for local events instead. I found a mixer for entrepreneurs that was advertised on Meetup. We figured this would be a good opportunity for Dad to find connections as he has been active with startup companies for years. However, the event had low attendance and the host was a bit rude. It wasn't long before we decided to leave.

Some places in Mountain View were also supposed to have special events. Yet there was barely anyone on Castro Street when we arrived. The restaurants were virtually empty - even during the Times Square ball drop. The three of us went home shortly afterwards.

Though I put on some music from WiLD 94.4 and watched the West Coast countdown online after getting home, the rest of the evening was uneventful. I hope New Year's Eve will be more exciting next time.

2012 in review

All that having been said, 2012 wasn't too bad. The best part was our trip to Las Vegas with Jim. Valley of Fire State Park was one of the most amazing places we've ever visited. Another highlight was getting my current job last summer. I've only been at Lab126 for six months but am loving it so far.

Speaking of careers, the worst thing that happened was that Dad lost his job again. His contract was terminated out of the blue for no given reason. I hate office politics. :-(

Last but not least, my New Year's resolutions for 2013 are to improve my social skills, be more generous to myself, not stay up too late and learn CUDA programming. Wish me luck!

January 2 update: I'm now back in the office as my break has ended. It's so hard to return to work just after the new year. On the other hand, I'm thrilled to see my colleagues again. :-)

Currently listening to: "Va Va Voom" by Nicki Minaj

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