【S】Anxiety & Excitement of a Recent Graduate

As most of my friends and I have graduated or are graduating, I have realized that the center of our conversation during our regular “catch-up dates” has shifted from gossips and boys to our future plan. 

“So what are you doing after graduation?” I don’t remember how many times I have asked or been asked this question, and I have to say, this question can be a little daunting for people who don’t have plans yet. Many of us don’t have the answer to this question yet, and for some of us that do have jobs/internships/other plans, we still doubt whether or not this is the right path to follow sometimes…Though the fact that we are becoming “real, independent adults” is exciting, it’s also a little scary thinking that whatever we are doing now could really impact what our future looks like.

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【S】Birthday Project/Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish

I’m not sure why it took me so long to write a post on this, but I’m finally writing it. Maybe it was because I talked too much about it when my birthday was coming up, and I didn’t really want to bore or annoy my friends with all the similar posts… 😛 But, thinking back to the whole process, I have to say this has been such a wonderful experience. In fact, I consider it as one of my favorite achievements this year, so I’d hate to let it just slip away and forget about how amazing it made me feel.

And I know both Nora and I have said many times how happy and proud we are to have fundraised $1,570 for our birthday, but in this post I want to write about the “whole story”, including some challenges that we had, but how glad I am that we didn’t just give up.

For our birthday this year (March 19th 2013), Nora and I decided to do something different. Basically, our birthday wish was to raise $1,000 for Make-A-Wish. So instead of having parties with gifts, we asked our friends to help us fulfill this wish by donating with us. You can learn about it from our fundraising site

And this is the video that touched me and inspired me to contribute and make a difference for these children.

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【S】Fashion Inspiration: “500 Days of Summer”

Today I’m going to an event on campus talking about Fashion and Blogging. Both are such passions of mine, but for some reason I haven’t blogged about fashion since forever. Maybe it’s just because there are so many brilliant fashion bloggers out there that I feel I’m not unique or confident enough to offer something new. And I don’t really consider myself “fashionable”, but I do appreciate the beauty of it. I guess I’ll ask for tonight’s speakers’ opinions. 

On top of the regular posts that I have written for College Fashion two years ago, I suddenly remember I’ve written a post on fashion inspired by “500 Days of Summer” for our Fashion Club blog. 

Before I can’t find it anymore, I thought I might as well share it here. It might be a good start? Plus I still love Zooey’s style in this movie. 🙂 Keep in mind though- I wrote this when I was a Freshman in college…So yea, that’s enough said I guess. 

Interestingly, 500 Days of Summer is now one of my favorite movies, but when I first watched it I didn’t actually completely understand the meaning. Funny how our own experiences change the way we see a movie…right?

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【S】Top Pot Doughnut (Bellevue)

I’ve always heard about Top Pot and seen their signs around, but I never got a chance to try their coffee or doughnut. Quite frankly, I’m not a huge fan of doughnut, because almost always they are too sweet for me (so yea, I admit I’m never crazy about all the Krispy Kreme sale on campus…)

In fact, the only type that I really like may be the very basic one that I grew up with (shown below). It’s just much simpler and not overpoweringly sweet. Does anyone feel the same way as I do? 🙂

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【S】Dining @ Malibu Beach: Carbon Beach Club ♥

We dined at the terrace for lunch on our second day there (read about my experience in Malibu Beach Inn here if you haven’t^^). I didn’t expect much from the restaurant because I imagined people mostly come here for the view. But surprisingly, the food was…amazing.

I finally had gazpacho (Spanish cold soup) for the first time since I left Spain, and it was the perfect choice under a sunny weather. The fish taco was amazing too- it was slightly raw in the middle, and I loved how fresh it tasted.  The squid was our favorite— very chewy and just spicy enough to add some flavor. We also ordered a plate of Mediterranean platter: delicious but probably unnecessary…because in the end both of us were a little too full… 

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【S】Malibu Beach!

I feel like our blog has been too nerdy lately…most of my posts are what I learned from the events/conference I’ve gone to or the books that I’ve read. And Nora wrote about study tips for CPA. Hahaha…what can I say? I guess even though I’ve graduated, I’m still a student at heart and I’m always eager to learn… 🙂

To lighten up the atmosphere, I decided to share my experience in Malibu over Spring break here! 😉

Since I live in Seattle, all I wanted for spring break was somewhere with sun and beach where I could completely relax. Malibu seemed like a great choice because one, it’s relatively close to LAX airport, and two, it’s not as touristy and crowded. And because flight tickets aren’t too bad from Seattle to LA, we treated ourselves to a luxurious inn with private beach in Malibu after a few day stay in LA and Irvine. It is kind of a splurge for me, but it really is worth every penny, especially because it is my last spring break ever…:O Continue reading

【S】Social Media One-Night Stand III

Finally, my last post on Social Media One Night Stand. I took so much notes that I had to separate them into 3 posts…

Read Post I on some Twitter Tips and Post II on other important concepts on how to manage your social media channels if you haven’t. For this post, I want to share some online tools that Sree introduced us to. I personally am not using all of them, but feel free to click and learn more about these sites if you are interested. Depending on your needs, I think you will at least find 1-3 sites that you will find useful. Continue reading

【S】Social Media One-Night Stand II

Following my last post on the Twitter Tips that I learned from Social Media One Night Stand, this post will focus on some of the general/important concepts to succeed in social media.

Below are some of my biggest takeaways that I’d like to share with you-

  • “Social media is your embassy. Your website is your home country.” -@jimrosenberg

If you have a website, you’d like what you post on your social media channels to eventually lead people to your website and increase traffic or even customers.

  • Always BCollecting: You can decide what you want to do with this information later on. You don’t have to share right away. But always be prepared to collect information.

For example, this picture was taken many months ago before publishing it here- but it happened to fit perfectly with the theme. And obviously, it got a lot of attention.  Continue reading