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Personal Update: Thomas, Revisited

About a month and a half into summer vacation, I still have not published much on this blog. I ask myself why: is it a bad case of writer’s block, or have I lost interest? At first I wondered whether I was just waiting until after I got my license to start anything serious, but even after attaining it after endangering the lives of me and my examiner, here I am writing this post. Continue reading



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Personal Update: July Adventures

Contrary to the excitement promised in the title, it’s time for a dear diary post! If only I were a celebrity who was famous for no real reason, then I could get away with writing these and still be loved… or at least liked… by someone…

Do not play Candy Crush. This is not a warning, this is a promise: if you play this wretched game, you will live to regret it.

Do not play Candy Crush. This is not a warning, this is a promise: if you play this wretched game, you will live to regret it.

What have I done all summer? Continue reading


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Personal Update: Summer’s Closing

It’s been awhile since I’ve published a post about nothing in particular. Dear diary, here I come!

Currently, it is the morning of August 25, 2012. That means that in ten days (or, the morning of the September 4, I can’t do math) I’ll be back in school. Where has this summer gone? Continue reading


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My 2011-2012 School Year Resolutions

As an Asian a hard-working student, the end of summer and the beginning of the school year is an important time. Summer break is rapidly coming to a close, with only a little more than a week before school starts (September 6, for me). I figured this was a good time to write down some of my priorities – academic and non-academic – so I can come back to this post at the end of the calendar year and evaluate my failure success.

Before I forget, I’ll be a junior in high school. And you know what that means…

I'll get through these... eventually.

1. Study and succeed on the SAT, especially math. Okay, I’ve taken the SAT once already and scored decently… excluding the math section. I received a 590 (72%), paling in comparison to my performance on the reading and writing sections. I’m aiming for a 650, and people I’ve talked to say that to achieve that score only requires a lot of practice. Which brings us to #2…

The summer assignment I finally finished yesterday. Expect a review soon...

2. Stop procrastination. This is probably the most unrealistic goal on the list – I doubt anyone could completely staunch the desire to put things off until the next day, but it’s worth a shot. With three AP classes and two honors courses I’ll need to get things done as soon as possible, and hopefully after posting this I’ll at least get things done sooner than I usually do. Because when it all piles up, things turn nasty…

3. Don’t overreact. The Rapture turned out to be fake, and I bet I’ll live through 2012 and beyond. However, sometimes in my most stressed-out moments I cannot help but feel like the world is ending and everything I’ve worked for will turn into dust. It’s one of the few things I admit to inheriting from my mom: the tendency to blow things out of proportion when I’m overwhelmed. Thankfully, I’ve learned a few methods to cope with this, like focusing my attention on something else and transitioning into another activity. Speaking of activities…

4. Continue blogging. I might not be able to post daily or every other day like I have been lately, but I’ll definitely continue to post once a week or more. I love sharing my thoughts on various subjects through this blog, and I’m so appreciative of all the feedback I’ve received and the readers I’ve gained.

5. Stop self-deprecating. More on that here.

Enough about me. What are your school year/end of summer resolutions? Do we have any in common?


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Summer/ 10,000 views/ So You Think You Can Dance Season 8

So this post is a huge personal update, including some stuff about So You Think You Can Dance season 8.

First off, summer has arrived! As most of my readers know, I’m in high school – I took my last exams today and now I’m free for a few months. Not free, exactly…

I want to be active this summer, so here are some of my plans:
– Volunteer at my local library a couple hours every week (like I’ve been doing)
– Catch up on my reading, keep up with my goal to read 100 books this year
– Volunteer as a CIT (Counselor-In-Training) at a day camp for young children for two weeks
– Participate in a tennis camp for two or three weeks, and stay in shape through running the rest of the summer
– Study for the SAT, especially math
– Write more blog posts, short stories, and possibly start a novel
– Enjoy my cruise trip that will take place in late July
-… and more! Summer homework, hanging out with friends, etc.

Gone with the Wind. So long, yet so worth it.

This blog reached 10,000 views a couple of days ago, so thank you so to all my subscribers and commenters for the support as well as those who just drop in to read a post or two. It’s really appreciated. This blog has served as a special and fantastic way to express myself, my opinions, and share what I think about a myriad of subjects.

Finally, So You Think You Can Dance season eight is underway! SYTYCD is literally the only television show I watch, and I always enjoy cheering for my favorites as they rock the dance floor (and imitating them… poorly). Lady Gaga is going to make an appearance as a guest judge later on in the season – I’m looking forward to the constructive criticism she’ll give the contestants. Here are my two current favorites of season eight:

Iveta Lukosuite! While I was slightly disappointed there would only be one dancer specializing in ballroom this year, her fierceness and experience make up for it. Image via FOX.

Yeah, he has a bullet in his arm, that's cool. But dang, he's HOT. Marko Germar is a competitor to watch out for this season. Image via FOX.

What are your plans for the summer? Anything noteworthy? Also, if you watch So You Think You Can Dance, who are your favorite contestants this season?


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