New nice places to sleep?

/ Sunday, July 30, 2017 /
I like a good night's sleep just as much as the next person. I've slept in all sorts of places - on the bus, empty college classrooms, a friend's couch, on the floor, in the grass, etc.

And honestly, apart from sleeping on my Leesa mattress, I think the next best thing is sleeping on the ground.

Whaa? You like sleeping on the ground? Yeah, for some reason, I don't mind the hard pressure points of the ground. In fact, I kind of like it!

Reasons why:

  1. I feel like I'm living in a K-drama - a lot of people in Korea sleep on the floor due to a nice heating system. Granted, there is no such heating system in my home, but honestly, in the Texas Gulf Coast area, where there are 10 months of summer in a year, it doesn't matter.
  2. Privacy - I feel like I'm in my own cozy area when it's there. For some reason?
  3. Nostalgia- reminds me of those good ole' college days, when sleeping on the grass was quite the norm for some students. (One of my best friends completed a mission where she slept in EVERY single building on campus!)
  4. Cooling temperature - warm air rises and cold air sinks. When you're on the ground, in the hot summer, with the air conditioning running non-stop, every single degree counts.
  5. Incentive to vacuum - I'm encouraged to vacuum the carpet more often to create a cleaner ground to sleep on.
So yeah, bottom line is that I kind of like this new system of sleeping. Who knows how it will work out in the future?


/ Sunday, July 23, 2017 /

I like doing my own henna designs. I think it's really beautiful - not only for weddings, but also for everyday occasions - and these intricate designs are marvelous.

Souvenirs from Japan!

/ Sunday, July 16, 2017 /

My roommate took a trip to Japan and brought me back some awesome souvenirs!

Sushi erasers
Kit-Kats: dark chocolate, lychee, matcha, etc flavors


/ Sunday, July 2, 2017 /
Exams are super stressful for me.

Exams in high school, and even college, were relatively okay. As long as I studied for them - e.g. a week in advance - they turned out well.

Everything hit the fan during medical school.

On tests during pre-clinical classes, I would still be learning things for the test during the actual test. Things that weren't covered were extremely difficult to understand and memorize. How was I supposed to know all of these things? I'm not good at memorizing blatant details. As a result, this makes medical school studying extremely difficult, because a lot of it is just pure memorization.

Our board exams are extremely long. The first exam that we have is 8 hours long. The second is 9 hours. The third is a clinical exam that lasts about 9 hours as well. The next one is 17 hours long (albeit divided into 2 days, thank goodness).

And our last ones? Sometimes they last a week. Or whoever knows how long.

So thus, it's difficult, really really difficult, for me. Even if I prepare for half a year for these exams, it's still hard.

What can I do to improve this? Any advice?

Heart to heart: Insecurities

/ Sunday, June 25, 2017 /
I've always had insecurities. I think every person has them. We all have our weaknesses and strengths.

So thus, during this tropical storm (it's raining like crazy outside), I've decided to make this list of my insecurities. Some people may say that I'm a survivor, or that I have a lot of great attributes, etc, but in reality there are a lot of things that make me extremely human and weak.

  1. Height - I'm super short! I'm 5' 2''. Even petite clothing purchased in stores has to be hemmed to fit properly. It's really sad actually - lots of money/time wasted from either going to a tailor or me doing it myself. I don't like sitting behind tall peeps in movie theatres, it's hard to reach places, etc. I look like a midget.
  2. Scars - I have a ton of scars from my countless knee surgeries. I hate going to the beach because of these scars. These scars will probably never heal completely. They look gross!
  3. Insomnia - easily a problem for many peeps. Stress can really get to a person.
  4. Weight - this is something that's bothered me since the 2nd grade. I ballooned during high school and freshman 15. Afterward, during college and med school, I definitely lost weight. But to this day, I still have these thoughts, need to remind myself to watch my diet, etc.
  5. Ability to multitask - I can probably do 3 or more things at once. But in the hospital, often times you have to do 5 or 7 things at the same time - talking on the phone, typing things onto the computer, listening to conversations in the background of the team rooms, figuring out and typing in computer orders, writing, etc. It's really difficult to do this. I've trained myself to do several things at once - e.g. have casual conversations whilst typing or doing chores, but other than this it's really difficult, especially with things that are more brain-intensive.
So there you go. I'm not perfect. I'm a person with lots of flaws. I've failed and messed up, tripped and become broken along these years. I work hard and try to improve myself every day. I just hope it's enough.

I got married?

/ Sunday, June 4, 2017 /
I recently got married to Dan. Somehow we became adults and took the "next step" in our lives?

We met at a math competition in middle school (yeah I know, nerdy right). We went to HS and college together as well. It's always been interesting, considering that we've known each other for so long. Perhaps that was why it worked. We were in a long-distance for 5 years (and still are?!?!) but somehow it worked out.

Evolution of my haircuts and hair lengths

/ Sunday, May 28, 2017 /
I generally prefer a mid-length look. It isn't too long, it isn't too short, etc. I can tie it up in a ponytail and I can wear it in braids.

However, with miscommunication from various hairstylists and laziness, it's either become super short or super long. 

Here is the progression of my hairstyles/hair lengths throughout the years:

Mixed thoughts on flowers

/ Sunday, May 14, 2017 /
I really do like flowers. They make great gifts - but only occasionally. 
It's because they are so transient, in a way! They wilt and go bad after days, despite regular care.
I wish that they would last longer, but sadly that isn't the case.


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