Today, I am SQUEALING IN EXCITEMENT!

Charkie put a ban on my use of all-caps for the application process (“all-caps should only be used to report acceptances”). Party Pooper. 😛 But I’m going to break this rule just for now. Somehow despite all my claims to be in love with Taylor Swift, I missed the fact that she co-wrote a song with Jack Antonoffguitarist from fun., for the British film One Chance! I believe it’s up on iTunes today. AHHHHHH *squeal*

Enjoy! I suppose I should get back to work now.

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Today, I am enjoying the comfort of home and prepping…

Ahhhhh, tomorrow is TBD (THE BIG DAY). Sorry… not my wedding. I hope I didn’t get your hopes up. An interview! Epp! Excited, nervous, flurries of little butterflies hitting the lining of my stomach. OH NO. I found this photo on my computer as I was cleaning it up. It’s of a sign in a bathroom (I can’t remember which bathroom now… was it Parker & Otis?) of a brunch place that I dined in with Markie back in April (DURHAM).

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I’ll try to remember that whenever I get nervous or am feeling down. Also reminds me of a similar message of J. Cole’s song with TLC “Crooked Smile.” The MV is worth a watch; it’s sad, but it’s based on a true story. I won’t say much about it, however, it’s worth watching and then doing some research afterwards, whether you want to use news articles or Wiki or google.. up to you! But always remember, you look lovely! Ahhhh… good luck to me, have a lovely Friday and a lovely weekend!

J. Cole ft TLC – Crooked Smile (<– click on link to watch music video)

Today, I’m feeling 22…

So as the Arkies know, I will be growing a bit older on Saturday. To celebrate this (why do we celebrate aging?), I will be leading an excursion to a farm where we will pick raspberries [hopefully], shop at a farmer’s market, go on an awesome hayride, and sit and laugh around a bonfire. It seems like the perfect fall outdoors activity and I am oh so excited! But until then, I will still feel 22 for 2 days hehe. So, now celebrating the past year… I think of Taylor Swift’s song “22.”

image via deviantart.net

I’ve definitely “dressed up like a hipster” (if one can do that. humph.) and made fun of my ex’s and had breakfast (Tastee Diner) at midnight… and fallen in love with strangers (pretty hair, pretty accent, oh you so pretty… ). The year gave me the chance to experience heartbreak, rekindle the flame, and then experience heartbreak a second time around. But such is what happens with growing older. I’ve figured out an idea of which direction (this would be life/career wise) I’m headed in now… and working on what needs to be done to go in that direction.

So with that, I’m excited for this 22, part II… with my lovely -arkies by my side 🙂

I don’t know about you (I don’t know about you)
But I’m feeling 22
Everything will be alright
If you keep me next to you
You don’t know about me (you don’t know about me)
But I’ll bet you want to
Everything will be alright
If we just keep dancing like we’re
22, ooh-ooh, yeah, yeah

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Today, it is Day 6, the end of a mixtape, the beginning of a new week…

Today it is Monday (I am not Rebecca Black, otherwise that should have gone “Yesterday, it was Sunday, today it is monday, tomorrow is tuesday and then comes Wednesday… ” Yeah. End of that). This past weekend, I spent time just enjoying Bethesda. It was a trip to La Madeleine and Tastee Diner and Sala Thai again (TOM KHA and DRUNKEN CHICKEN = SO GOOD). Anyways, this is the end of my mixtape. Hope you’ve enjoyed. 🙂

Xin Hai Shi Re De

心還是熱的 
The Heart is Still Warm

(I) have once romantically believed, have also grievingly suspected before
I have faced myself, who got plundered by love
I did not know how to protect (myself)

(I) have wilfully let someone down, (I) have also broken down before when I got abandoned
(I) have tasted the sweet and sour consequence
(I) have learnt that I have to make decisions

The heart is still warm, I do not have to be afraid anymore
A story that brings tears, when I think about it again I would smile
I will proudly remember that I have bravely acted on impulse before
(I) have left a brilliant moment

To overlook always make one dazed, when I look back that is when I finally understand
What I have obtained is even more precious than what I have lost
It is already considered a fulfilled dream

The heart is still warm, the eyes are even clearer
The tortuous history have shaped me to who I am
I have made a promise for my belief, still bravely staying persistent
A suave silence

The old scars have peeled off, a new life has begun
Love is like flowers that would blossom constantly
The fragility that got blown dry by the wind, is what can be made to a rope
So that (I) can climb up to maturity

The heart is still warm, the eyes are even clearer
The tortuous history have shaped me to who I am
I have made a promise for my belief, still bravely staying persistent
A suave silence

The heart is still warm, it cannot be brought down by anyone
If the chest do not have clouds then the world will have a clear sky
Translated by Transition @ Asianfanatics.net
Please credit the translator & link back tohttp://bananaxmushroom.blogspot.com/ (and include this note) if/when transferring elsewhere.

Today, I am wishing for happiness….

Well I skipped a day (yesterday, but I did post 2 songs on Saturday :P) … but I’ll go ahead and make this Day 5. The weekend was an interesting one… I pulled an almost all-nighter, reminding me that I AM STILL YOUNG. I CAN STILL DO THIS 😀  Ju and Z and I came to our apartment Saturday evening, opened a bottle of wine (none of us had ever opened a bottle and it was quite interesting). We just sat and talked and at 4 am decide to watch an episode of Castle… which then turned into a slumber party in the middle of our apartment. Yesterday, we took a trip to the Great Wall (hahah supermarket) and Costco. My oh my, the Costco, at least the one in Gaithersburg, is viscious! I do not want to go back! I almost got injured trying to get samples! !!! One must learn to protect themselves, as I have done today… because we are all wishing for happiness, aren’t we? And so I have taken actions to protect myself 🙂 And it’s a almost sigh of relief.

Note: This song is from the mini-drama /mini-film that Rainie was in – “Wishing for Happiness” – if you’re interested, here’s Part 1 w/ English subs… and there should be 3 parts I think (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-klB8LyHpL8). And the song, the last two verses 🙂 are wonderful…

Wishing for Happiness – Rainie Yang

The fog in the heart,
The secret in the eyes.
The passion that didn’t have a chance to light
Has been extinguished by rumors.
Turn around and go back to loneliness.

The jungle of life,
The game of the being strong
Takes all the courage during the day,
Leaving the nights restless,
Not knowing where I went wrong.

I’m just a person wishing for happiness.
Why can’t I meet a fate that will take root?
Learning to quit pessimistic thoughts,
Not even hating those who betray me,
Making my soul whole, beautiful.

Still by myself.

I’m just a person wishing for happiness.
Why can’t I meet a fate that will take root?
Learning to quit pessimistic thoughts,
Not even hating those who betray me,
Making my soul whole, beautiful.

Solitarily being a person wishing for happiness.
Waiting for a heart to accept my honesty,
Understanding that the sweetness of love has a bitter component,
Who’ll argue with me, but our love will not suffer.
There’ll be no distrust.

I believe a person wishing for happiness
Must also be able to make others happy.
I’m not afraid of sacrifice and am willing to take responsibility.
The warm honesty gently mesmerizes.
Who is that person who can make me reach my passion?

A person wishing for happiness

English Translations from: http://chinesepandamusic.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/rainie-yang-%E6%9D%A8%E4%B8%9E%E7%90%B3-wishing-for-happiness-%E6%83%B3%E5%B9%B8%E7%A6%8F%E7%9A%84%E4%BA%BA-song/

Today, I take a breath and love myself on Day 4…

So here I am typing away in the Bethesda library. It’s so adorable! (By the way, a librarian is telling a man that he cannot sleep in the chair. Downgrade from Perkins @DUKE. LOL) But it’s quite cute. A glass enclosed room reminds me almost of Vondy@Perkins @Duke. I find myself missing the mediocre White Chocolate Mochas that could only be saved by exactly 3 packets of Splenda. And mera Charkie, Arkie aur Markie kaha hai?! (where are my ….?)  Today is a slightly more productive day, as I sit and read about Representation of Compounds and Types of Chemical Reactions… and with my Pandora Radio “Explosions in the sky” station on, I find myself finally breathing and continuing Operation: Forward.

 Tonight: Lincoln @BethesdaRowCinemas. Maybe a short review tomorrow? 🙂 And today marks Day 4 of this mixtape. As my emotions have changed, my original mixtape has also changed drastically  Since today is Saturday, 2 songs will appear… and neither of these songs were on my original list.

As for Hebe’s song LOVE! The lyrics are simple in both Chinese and English. None of the meaning has been lost here… but it is just lovely to listen to. ENJOY!

I love you
You love her
She loves her
She loves him

You love me
I love him
He loves him
He loves her

Why is it that in this world no one loves anyone anymore?
Why is it that no one in this world is happy?
Why is it that everyone loves other people but does not love themselves?

English Translation byhttp://ranwada.blogspot.com/2010/09/love-chinese-pinyin-english-translation.html#ixzz2DpVmLDV7

Today, I am busy on Day 3…

Today, I am busy at work. Somehow all month, we’ve had about 3 or 4 patients come in with the particular type of stroke we’re enrolling for (ICH’s)… but today, suddenly, 4 of them came in! Busy busy. I was going to post a different song… but I thought that I’d break the sadness with a happier one – Dr. Jolin. I’m usually not a fan of her… but I’m slowly starting to change my mind as with a lot of things lately, realizing that the mind needs to be changed first to bring the smile to this face to decrease my risk of wrinkles. Ya know – frowns are a risk factor for wrinkles. The mind can be changed … and that’s what so powerful about it.  And with this song, I want to welcome Charkie, Markie, Arkie to my world and want to give them love. For Charkie, for all the upcoming exams that she has, hoping that she’ll be able to tour a nearby city with her mama (and a present/postcard for me! HAHA), love for Markie on the job, hoping that everything is going smoothly and even if things are difficult at first, she will fall in place and we will learn crazy languages together, and Arkie for her upcoming finals and our journey together towards our career goals and wish that love will fly her way and everyone’s way. Okay, I’m emotional today. RAWR. Pregnant Man in the video! Stay tuned! Alright, going to take care of queries and try to approach some patients. Enjoy the song… and insert Dr. Jarkie into every place that you see “Dr. Jolin” 🙂

Jolin – Dr. Jolin

This city is filled with questions of to love or not to love
Finding a cure, finding a relief, finding yet another heartbreak
Gear up as a capsule locked in a shop for sale
The exclusive limited edition gift is your humour

Dressed in jelly beans for Paris Fashion Week
Everyone is lonely and collecting fake smiles
Whoever needs a soul after the taste of revelry
Yet every inch of numb nerves is filled with scars

Welcome to my side
Let illusions and loneliness come to an end
Start a new experience
Love be love
Wrong be wrong
Face up to my true self
Without forcing
Without holding back
The future is in my hands
I’ll Give You Love~ Love~ Love~ Love Love
Love~ Love~ Love~ Love Love

Put all day dreams and night dreams into a glass bottle
Add crystals and vitamins into a cactus’ drip
Owls’ tears are the best healing perfume
Dr. Jolin replicates the happy potion

Welcome to my side
Let illusions and loneliness come to an end
Start a new experience
Love be love
Wrong be wrong
Face up to my true self
Without forcing
Without holding back
The future is in my hands
I’ll Give You Love~ Love~ Love~ Love Love
Love~ Love~ Love~ Love Love
Say out your Love Love Love Love don’t say No No No

Dr. Jolin releases her magical powers and lights up the sky
Happiness seeps into your dream so you will never be lonely
Spread out your wings to fly
Happiness doesn’t stop to rest
The virus of love is spreading
Even the skin is following to smile too
We make happiness condense
Please follow me
Love be love
Wrong be wrong
Face up to my true self
Without forcing
Without holding back
The future is in my hands
I’ll Give You Love~ Love~ Love~ Love Love
Love~ Love~ Love~ Love Love
Read more: http://beautifulsonglyrics.blogspot.com/2012/09/jolin-tsai-dr-jolin-lyrics.html#ixzz2DinsNLwa
English translation from: carrotie.blogspot.com