Tuesday, March 18, 2008


A few weeks ago, Rob and I visited Boston for his dental school interview. We visited a few schools - Harvard, MIT, and Tufts.

Despite the fact that Boston is so close to me, it was my first visit. Boston was a friendlier, and much smaller version of New York City. My first impression of Harvard was that it isn't what it is cracked up to be. It wasn't as beautiful as I had imagined it. However, the campus town surrounding it was trendy and entertaining.

We did the typical tourists things. Rob ate a lobster a day. We ordered New England clam chowder whenever we can.

On the other hand, we visited Rob's cousin - Derek, a freshman MIT student, who needs rest or drugs. We also went to ice skate in a park that resembles a mini version of Central Park. The entire city was New York and San Francisco slapped together and thrown into snow.

Most interestingly, we randomly walked into a restaurant called, "Dick's Last Resort." The theme of the restaurant is ridicule and horrendous service. For examples, customers had dozens of balloons tied to their long hair; slow or no service; utensils and entrees thrown at you, etc. Worst of all, we STILL had to pay 15% tips!

Because we flew there, our trip was by foot or public transportation. When we walked, we often got lost. Their idea of a train is a bus inside a tunnel. We unintentionally visited all of their landmarks.

At last, we ended the trip with a show to the Blue Man Group. We have seen it before, but we couldn't help ourselves when the student discount (I saved my student IDs!) was almost 1/4 of what we had paid in New York. Looking back, that night in New York was the most romantic date that we have had.

Shooting Range

A few weeks ago, a group of us went to the shooting range. As if I haven't heard enough stereotypes about the US and guns! I shot guns and rifles. It was an interesting experience. It was so scary pulling the trigger for the first time though.

Honestly, while I was firing, I don't think I knew where I was pointing to!

That's me wearing glasses and googles that they gave me at the same time!

Chinese New Year Parade

It's hard to tell... but we were on a float at the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing, NY. I have never been to a parade hosted by the city. And now, we were in one! However, it wasn't as cool as the ones that you would see on TV. People did wave to us though!

In other Chinese news, we went to the some cocktail party for the Chinese small business community. It was so stressful finding a dress! I feel obligated to buy a dress each time we go to a formal event. Not long before this, we attended a Chinese American Dental Association cocktail party for NYU and Columbia University.

Too bad I didn't take many pictures, and I was pretty wrapped up for pictures due to the air conditioning.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Congratulations to Me and Hubby!

I officially finished paying off of my student loan last week. Luckily, my university wasn't that expensive. By the time I graduated (minus scholarships and grants), I was in a debt of $13,000. My loan kicked in in November. It took me 4 months!

Now, time to save... for what first?

In US, the university ranking is as follow:
1. Princeton
2. Harvard
3. Yale
4. Stanford
5. U Penn

And, my babe just got in to UPenn for Dental School!! That's how many Porsche until you graduate? I take full credit for all of those essays and surveys that I helped write and revise!


I always had random mention about how fast I typed. I was always the fastest typist when I took my typing class in 6th class. It was all natural - just like the kids nowadays that spend endless hours in front of their computers.

Soon, everyone else caught up to speed. It was like my height. I grew quickly as a child. Soon, I stopped growing while everyone grew taller than me.

In high school, I estimated that I typed 75 wpm. However, I didn't think it was true. To end my curiosity, I took 3 random tests. I didn't try more than once on any of the tests. My scores were as follow:

81 WPM,

74 WPM, and

102 WPM!!