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My boyfriend has been out of the country for two weeks so far (4 weeks total), and I’m still at home figuring out what to do with myself. I thought I’d go bat-poop insane, but I’m surprisingly okay. I had the chance to be pretty productive and see my good friends a couple times in the meantime, but it has come to a stop in the last few days ever since I came down with a really annoying cold (in the middle of summer weather too, ridiculous!). -_- Having a cold during 95 degree F weather, ughhhhhh!

It was my first time visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, which I super enjoyed. That day was super eventful…we went to LACMA, had lunch, saw Blue Jasmin the movie, and went to a gay bar (“there’s a first for everything” was our motto for that night :p ).

I went to volunteer at the soup kitchen I’ve been wanting to volunteer at for the longest time, finally.┬áMost of the volunteers seem to be in high school for required volunteer hours, but some are also there out of free will or older (college or older adults). I picked the afternoon shift because I don’t like being late, so I figured starting at noon (12-4pm shift) would give me plenty of time to sleep enough, eat a quick lunch, and leave early for the place. It was the perfect time to go in terms of all of the above, but I think I’ll prefer morning shifts instead.

I had fun prepping vegetables and making pigs in a blanket, but I spent most of my hours drying an endless amount of dishes and doing other cleaning errands. It felt like the trays and things to be dried were never-ending, haha. It was still a great experience though! I talked briefly with some of the other volunteer girls and the older chef/workers seem like very nice people. It felt good to have been a part of helping less fortunate people enjoy a great meal. I’d like it even better if I had some friends or family with me, but for now I guess I’ll just have to hope I can meet more friendly volunteers in the future.

I definitely would like to continue coming in to help out, hopefully a morning shift so I could do more of the actual food prep. ^_^ I used to think it was a bummer having to do so many endless chores at home, but you really have things put into perspective when you work at a soup kitchen haha ^_^

I also started volunteering at a cancer foundation. From first impressions, the staff/volunteers make it seem like a nice family environment and it seems like a great organization to be involved with.

I’ve also been continuing my job search. I finally got a job interview (it’s just the movie theater, nothing much), but the reference requirements proved more than I could provide…so I kind of had to let that go… D: *sigh* I really need the experience (I’ve never worked a paid day in my life) and I need some money coming in right now. The search continues and I just have to keep trying.

I also bought a math practice book to help me improve on the math section of my OAT. It’s called the Math Destroyer. Serious business. And it was pricy too, so I hope it helps.

…I realize this is all so painfully boring. So I decided to insert some pics from my LACMA trip. And a picture of that massive chocolate cake we shared during dinner once (my friend treated us out to dinner on his first paycheck haha ^_^ )

Tiny little sculptures

Autopia!

Me with a giant painting!

Giant Chocolate Cake

I went to the beach, finally! First and probably the last time this summer – it’s crazy how fast time flies. Luckily it still feels like lovely summer weather even though it’s August. It’s the perfect kind of weather, too, since it’s no longer scorching hot. It’s one of the best things, being able to lay in the shade and listen to the gentle waves crashing.

Nice & Sunny

 

Rocky area at the beach

 

Awesome rock

My favorite parts about the beach are: taking a walk/dip along the water, napping in the shade with a cool breeze while it’s still sunny, and eating the food we packed. The highlight of our walk is always the rocky area where there are so many little tide pools.

Listening to my iPod with my little speaker

I always feel anger rising up in me when I see kids and even adults not treating the beach with respect. Some people poke at or try to pick up the sea creatures (sometimes that can mean life or death since they live in a harsh environment and rely on keeping their location) and others leave their trash around – plastics, cups, etc. It makes me feel like an old person but I just want to go up to them and lecture them about it. *puts on old lady glasses and a death glare*

Sea Anemones Under Water

This year my boyfriend and I made a ton of food to last us both lunch and dinner at the beach. We made scotch eggs, Kimchi fried rice, spam musubi, and dumplings (the frozen kind) the night before. The beach we go to has one nice restaurant (a bit pricey) on the shore… Otherwise there is no restaurant or stores within walking distance. We’d like to check out the restaurant one day, but till then, we’ve had a lot of fun bringing along our own food. Since the beach closes at sundown, we usually have our dinner during sunset at the picnic area and watch the sun go down.

Dinner!

By the end of the day we always feel really tired, and really happy.

Sunset

 

Sunset

  1. Be Asian
  2. Have a sheepish smile on your face
  3. Slap some cutesy stickers on there
  4. Don’t wear makeup
  5. Fix your hair into something that resembles anime hair
  6. Reap the benefits(???)

But seriously though, I decided to take this picture of myself when I woke up one morning and found my hair like that. It was exactly like that when I woke up and I did not do anything to it. Sometimes I sleep with my hair in a ponytail and end up sliding the hairtie away from my head so that it doesn’t bother me when I sleep. When I saw myself in the mirror, I thought, Whoa, I woke up as an anime character! Nice. Unlimited ootoro & taiyaki for me!

 

Into the age-subtracting-machine we go! …although I guess the machine doesn’t fix morning baggy eyes :p

Sometimes I’m a proponent of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and that’s how I feel about this whole Google chat thing. I noticed Google didn’t put out any improvements for Google Talk, the messenger client, for a really long time. I had always assumed that it was because maybe they also believed in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but now I am learning they were working on a whole new project altogether and are looking to phase out Google Talk with Google Hangouts. Maybe I’m just grumpy this morning but I feel like complaining about this new development! Long, long rant. And lots of rage!!!

This new messenger is supposed to be cross platform and totally improved. I would welcome any “improvements,” but I can’t help but feel peeved out by it all because they replaced some really simple and fundamental things that shouldn’t have been scrapped. The whole reason why I chose to use Google Talk over other clients in the first place is because it was so simple. There were no extra frills and that’s what I loved about it. Sometimes you just want to be able to chat with someone on a simple interface and that is it. The new focus will be a “recent conversations list” where the set up is more like text messaging. There is no more having a contact list organized by people you like to talk to and by who is online. There is no more having an “active” or “idle/away” or “invisible” status anymore. What? But all of those things are the basis of Google Talk and “chatting!” Their reasoning behind the abandonment of any actual status anymore is probably that you can send “offline” messages even when the person is not online (like text messaging). OK, cool, but maybe I’d actually text the person if they weren’t online and I would want to use my messenger to, you know, actually chat with them if I can see them online???

They are replacing this client with something so completely different. Google Hangout is more like a new messaging app, not an improvement on Google Talk (because they have started a new, different system and concept…rather than actually taking GT features and improving them) so I’m not sure why they are lumping the two together. They are targeting a different audience than original Google Talk users…although I realize the number of GT users is probably pretty low. Most people have moved on from AIM (anyone use that anymore?) straight to FaceBook Messenger (ugh, count me out). In the end, I realize it’s because Google won’t want to support Google Talk anymore, so might as well throw old GT users into the new interface to get it started. A Google+ account seems to be necessary (I’m not sure yet though). If not, at the very least they seem to be trying really hard to pushing Google+ at everyone.

On the positive side, I guess it’s cool that this will be something users of all devices can get in on. Apple, Android, and computer users. But then I’m already back to the negative side!!! Google is forcing you to use Chrome (and a Google+ account I assume) if you want to be able to use Google Hangout on your computer. *insert grumble here* What happened to options, man? I fired up Chrome for the first time in ages to give Google Hangout on my MacBook a try and was bombarded with maybe a hundred individual popups asking me permission to give keychain access to all websites that I had login info saved for. *rips hair out* After I manually clicked away all those pop ups and accessed the Google Hangout page, the button to download the desktop app doesn’t work for me! WOW. Can I have a major tantrum right now??? So currently I can only use it on my phone.

It feels like your every move is being watched! Google Hangout has taken the same approach as FaceBook messages where it will mark each message you send as read when someone reads it. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t like to respond to people. Not because of the person, specifically. But sometimes, someone I normally talk to will send me a message that I am not ready to respond to yet (for ex: [insert request or personal question here]). I’ll get back to you, but at least give me the privilege of deciding when I’ll respond without making me feel awkward for having read a message and not responding yet! Or when someone reads my message and doesn’t respond right away after they read it, I can assume it’s because of the reasons I mentioned above, or perhaps they read my message but can’t reply instantly because if you’re at work, for example, reading a message is much quicker than composing a reply message. In the end, I’d rather just not need to know whether or not messages are being read. I only care about your reply if you’ll send me one. If it is urgent, send me a text or a phone call, man!

Additionally, all images sent by either party in the conversation will be saved automatically into a private album through Google Hangout – hopefully we’ll have some options regarding this at least. I guess I’m just one of those people who feels like they’re being watched/judged when everything is just so immediate and lacking privacy. I mean, I got freaked out when FaceBook got super stalker-friendly with activity feeds within your news feed page and etc. Now the chat program that I loved is becoming eerily similar.

So, if you couldn’t tell, I am more peeved than I should be over this whole development. I’m sure in due time I’ll ironically jump on the bandwagon just like everyone else and get used to it, but for now I’m going to mope over the slow (or quick?) death of Google Talk. -_-

I’m currently typing this from my phone! I decided to give SwiftKey a try since I’ve had to use my phone a lot more lately and the typos that came with it were pretty annoying. No matter which mode I use – the hunt and peck method or the swiping mode – it seems to catch my typos very well and correct it properly. The phone’s default autocorrect wasn’t the greatest at correcting and I would send out a lot of errors. SwiftKey is also great at being smart with punctuations. If you type a sentence and put a space before adding the punctuation, it will automatically place the punctuation mark in the proper location. You can also edit any word you’ve typed in your previous text by just tapping on it, and it will give some suggestions. Less typos would make it more appealing for me to use my phone more for typing, like blogging more using the mobile app for example.

Typing using SwiftKey on WordPress mobile app

And the reason why I’ve had to use my phone a lot more lately is only because my dad has been trying to fix the power along my brother’s area of our house because about a month ago the power supply fried alongside his room. Whenever my dad tries to fix it, he has to turn off the power, which connects to our router and renders us Internet-less for however long my dad decides to tinker with the power. Sometimes he’s gone at it from when he gets home from work until 2am (by the way it has been almost a month now and it doesn’t look like they’ve been able to fix it). In that time I just end up using my phone, which made me realize how cumbersome typing on a touchscreen can be a lot of the time.

Anyway, I had the trial version of SwiftKey for a short while and decided to just buy it when I saw that it was on sale for half price in the app store for two bucks. It could use some greater customization and improvements but it seems like a worthy app to have if you’re into having a smarter autocorrect and word prediction, along with some customization with the look & layout of the keyboard. Currently my theme is the royal purple… Which is cool since I adore purple, haha. :)

Still trying to figure out if I want to try the hunt and peck method or the swipe method. I can’t tell if I’m better at one or the other. For the hunt and peck method, I actually don’t need to look at my thumbs anymore if I use SwiftKey! Its autocorrect is super good so I can just type away without looking at the keyboard, which kind of makes typing less of a hassle and brings back memories of when I never had to look at my keyboard on my slider phone. For the swiping method it’s super cool to be able to type with just using one finger. If you get used to the gestures, I can see how you wouldn’t have to look at the keyboard much either and it is pretty fast one you get used to it. I feel like the swipe method leaves me with more typos though. I suppose I’ll just keep switching between the two and see which one is best for me.

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