// written on monday 6/23 //

maaaaaaaaaan i love summertime.
schedule is good (busy not crazy) and weather is great.  i'm trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible.  sunshine makes me happy!

i forgot to mention on yesterday's ride

 i was so moved by the scenery i took a picture:

cockpit view

seriously, i never get tired of looking at the ocean

on today's ride

i ran into Ms. Coffee Sunday ( http://coffeesundays.com ) !  she's such a classy babe.  i look like a hobo today, compared to her all black get up and gold spiky shoes!
motivation for me to stop by nordstrom rack on my way home... but i was uninspired.

instead i've reached a point in my life where i am considering whether or not i should buy stretchy-padded bicycle pants. (OMG, CADENCE, WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME? http://instagram.com/p/pniZVIhq3_/ )

tomorrow, i will pick up iron man 3 from the library and maybe go to yoga... we might have an extra aerial practice tomorrow since the event is coming up (getting nervy excited.  july 19th means only two more regular practice days left ahahahahghahahahahahahgahgahgha).  i'm off tonite so i will be playing tf2 with tacocat!  tomorrow nite i'm also off (hence the extra yoga) but will be at kcc during the day.  the 140s are beginning their unknowns already, they've come so far in three weeks!  there was an extra sample (one person dropped the lab) so i'm going to do an unk along with them.  fun times, i miss clinical micro work. :3

summer beats i'm chilling with:

S T A Y   C O O L .


It's friday5 time!  The annual scattergories post!
join the fun or see others' answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1029
I got this letter from the random generator ( http://www.dave-reed.com/Nifty/randSeq.html ): C   
Perfect!!!  /(   * u* )/
  1. What article of clothing, whose name begins with the letter, have you never worn?


    per encyclopedia britannica: ( http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/141681/crakow )

    crakow, also spelled crackowe,  long, pointed, spiked shoe worn by both men and women first in the mid-14th century and then condemned by law. Crakows were named after the city of Kraków (Cracow), Pol., and they were also known as poulaines (Polish). Crakows were admired on the feet of the courtiers of Anne of Bohemia, who married Richard II of England. The exaggerated toes were imitated even in armor.


    i'd try them if i had the chance!
  2. What book, whose title begins with the letter, are you looking forward to reading?

    Corpse: Nature, Forensics, And The Struggle To Pinpoint Time Of Death

  3. What mode of transportation, whose name begins with the letter, seems like it would be fun?

  4. What form of exercise, whose name begins with the letter, have you recently engaged in?

    cycling! ♥

  5. What fictional character, whose name begins with the letter, would be good company on a long trip?

    Cuthbert Allgood tells great jokes and is a sharp shooter in case we run into danger!
    but i would also settle for the technologically capable, Cortana!  (assuming i travel in a spartan suit)

Music selection for today is Metric!  

There is this verse:

There's a place that ends here, I know when they close the gates I'll cry.
I'm so tired of never sleeping, a whole world wants what we're on... 

I can't stop thinking about it for some reason.  


i recently used google spreadsheet to plan a family party.  really useful for real time editing of menu, head count, supplies needed, etc.  one day i checked the sheet and saw my aunty had written she will be bringing "Romantic Chicken".


i thought, surely this must be a typo.  she probably meant Rosemary chicken, right?  but rosemary is a little far off from romantic.  hmmm.  maybe she meant romantic like Roman (like greek, latin, german, roman?) like the country?  How does one prepare a romantic chicken?  do they kiss before you cook it?

when i saw her next i asked about romantic chicken.  apparently, it is a recipe from my popo.  it's just steamed chicken.  usually includes lup cheong. ginger, fungus, mushrooms, water chest nuts, black beans, haoyou, onions, etc. - all that good steamed chinese stuff.  but popo added a little wine to the sauce to make it "romantic".

LOL!  :'D

so that's the story of romantic chicken.

if you would like to try, i can give you my approximate recipe... i've made it a few times myself but haven't really measured the ingredients (in true home-cooking-comfort-food-learned-from-mom fashion)!  i guess it's not real romantic chicken because i don't add dao si or wine, but i prefer it this way!


dice boneless chicken and place in a mixing bowl with minced garlic, sliced (or minced) ginger, salt, and pepper (when my mom cooks chinese food she uses white pepper.  i think black pepper is fine but ???).  add haoyou to coat it.  rehydrate some black ear fungus (a.k.a. "mu er" i think?) and mix it in.  mix in sliced lup cheong, sliced water chest nuts (yeah, i just use the kind from the can), other mushrooms, sliced onions.  transfer to a pyrex plate and steam until chicken is cooked (OPTIMALLY 160ºF, PEOPLE.  CHICKEN SHOULD BE SOFT BUT NOT PINK, OK? just try not to over cook it so that it turns dry.  this PSA is brought to you by CAMPYLOBACTER! ™ found in 60% of grocery store chicken and causing gastroenteritis since the the dawn of time!).  before serving, top with fresh green onion and chinese parsley.  serve over rice!


a note,

other things you might want to add to the mixture: baby corn (yes, i love canned vegetables don't judge), bamboo shoots, won bok (known as Napa Cabbage to haoles), fried tofu, many kinds of fungus, carrots... the list goes on!  you can really put what ever you want in here. :)  and as long as you don't have a steaming dish that's too deep, it cooks really fast.

speaking of steaming, are you thinking,


then just put a sheet pan in your combi-oven  (haha, restaurant joke)
well, my friends, you can just microwave the whole thing.  yes.  microwave.  not kidding.
saran wrap or put a lid on the dish and zap it until 160ºF.  maybe add a little bit of water (like, a fourth of a cup for a whole bowl) and a tsp of oil so it doesn't get dry.  it's actually faster than steaming!  ahhh, technology!

ok, enough food talk.

how about some Les Savy Fav today?


i am back to #thatlife :
#workallnight #ialsohaveasecondjob #sleeponthebus #proteinbarforlunch #mybloodishalfcoffee #scienceeverything #myotherjacketisalabcoat #bicycleeverywhere #yogaismyvacation #longsocks #pinkvans #ordinarylife,

after spending a whole week in #bliss on the north shore.
i was #inabikinieveryday wearing #slippahs or #tabis or just #barefoot #lyingonthebeach for hours.  and #fishingwithmypops or winning lots of money playing #mahjong eating #hibachi #everythingonpaperplates while watching the #sunset on a porch then playing #soccer with my cousins by #moonlight sleeping at #midnight #myblanketisalsoatowel and #5AMwakeup to watch the #sunrise with a cup of #coffeewhilesittinginthesand and #whipforpapio again.
i had such an fun and carefree time, it's hard to believe that it was me on the beach and i wasn't just watching the facebook feed of some lucky bitch in paradise.  yes, it was me!  


5:50 AM

Tail Gating

I shall name him KAMABOKO

trapeze duet

more pictures in the coming days.  check my flickr set!

it was literally back to punching the clock as soon as i got back from my mini vacation, but i don't mind too much.  work hard to play hard, right?
and i'm not even stressing that much since it's still summer time.  yeah, i have two jobs but i'd take two jobs over one job + full time school any day! :P

so what does the #ordinarylife include?

finished the second set of DNA sequences.  discovered a bacteria in our stock labeled "B. megaterium" is actually B. cereus!

spreadsheet from hell

i rehabbed my geared bike (the white giant with the pink aerospoke) in preparation for tantalus attempt no. 2 (on sunday the 22nd per the infamous Sau.  i am getting nervous again!) . fresh tires, adjusted the toe clips and seat, wiped off the monkey pod leaves, greased the chain... looks ready for riding!

ipod photo dump

i watched Edge of Tomorrow.   it was an OK movie.  not 5 stars but not 1 star.  just. average.  kind of reminds me of matrix and source code mashed into one film starring mission impossible guy.

bought my pops a strawberry log cake for fathers day


and also took him to happy days restaurant for chinese food dinner.  he loves gai lan. 

i am 4/5 done with that Octopus! book.  seriously, i'm going to finish it soon.  i will finish at least one book this summer, if it's the last thing i do!

our aerial performance got pushed back to july so we have more time to perfect our routine.  posters coming soon, it's going to be fly!
i've been wearing long pants these past couple days.  at our last practice i was thinking i might have pulled a hamstring but figured it would go back to normal with a day of rest.  then i went to macys and was trying on some shoes and when i looked in the mirror... HOLY CRAP.


well, bruises aren't forever.  work hard to play hard, right?  ugh, but i can't wait to wear shorts again... 

le boyfriend got the Destiny alpha code for PS4 and let me play.  OMG.  I can't wait for this game to come out, even the alpha is like a whole game!  it's going to be so much fun!  i can only hope... they will let ps4 and xbox play together on the same server!  or else... we might have to get a divorce.  or i might have to get a ps4.  

ok music selection for today,
i was watching this video

and it made me want to listen to more Klaxons.  as a result i've been dancing around my room to 




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