Musings

Monday Musings 8.15.2016

Apologies for missing a week, but the amount of stuff that I have had in general these past two weeks has been ridiculous. To sum it up shortly, I finished up my physics classes at UD on Friday, emceed at the Chinese Festival of Delaware on Saturday, and have been working straight since then on my family’s installation of hardwood upstairs. I also go back to school in less than two weeks, so I’m starting to organize myself and figure out what I need to bring and prepare for. Some highlights I suppose…


my favorite picture …

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At Terrain at Styers, ga ga over their beautiful potted plants


Podcasts for later…

Gastropod – for all things food related

Come Reason – Christian apologetics!


Movies…

watched The Imitation Game – really good, Benedict Cumberbatch is the best and such a good celebration of the life of Alan Turing

want to watch When Harry Met Sally – am trying to get into good, old romantic comedies again


All things Chinese Festival!

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Such a good time emceeing for the first time (I’m the one in blue for all the pictures). It’s not one of my strong suits (being on stage), but I genuinely enjoyed it and had a good time with all the people. I also thought it was such a great way to give back to the Chinese community that I have been a part of for so many years.


Olympics!

  • my favorite sports to watch are swimming, gymnastics, and beach volleyball 
  • you should check out the story behind Shang Chunsong if you have the chance
  • also, being from two different cultures, I’m blessed to always have a team to root for 🙂 go USA and go China! 🙂

Praying for …

  • me and Jason’s relationship
  • strength in installing hardwood
  • preparation for school
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Monday Musings 8.1.16

And with that, we’re in August. I have one month left before I head back to school and it feels like summer has flown by. The tomatoes in my mother’s garden, however, have not taken notice, as they are just now beginning to ripen 🙂 Pretty little orange cherry tomatoes too! Other than that exciting news, its been the occasional hangout and more graduation parties. I’m looking forward to the end of my physics class and some time to enjoy myself at last.

Some randomness below 🙂


Reading…

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD OMG OMG OMG OMG

My boyfriend preordered this book for me, and I just got it in the mail today. After looking at the reviews and steeling myself for what’s to come, I am so looking forward to reading it.

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Not reading necessarily, but I have been journalling lately in this absolutely beautiful notebook that someone gave me. Look how gorgeous!


Eating…

at Terrain at Styers again… so expensive!! I got the trout with spinach and my friends all got some variety of peach salad with mac and cheese. The location, however, is insanely beautiful.

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Enjoying…

these beautiful flowers! (at UDIMG_5239.JPG

and this cupcake! (at a grad partyIMG_5279.JPG

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Praying…

for healing in sickness

for safety in travel

for peace in the world

for passion for the pursuit of God


Watching…

Suits – because it’s interesting seeing Mike in prison and how he deals with it

How I Met Your Mother – for relationship advice

Modern Family – for laughs

Monday Musings 7.25.16

Hello! Happy Monday to you 🙂 Did you know lemon is good for mosquito bite soothing and whitening skin?

This week has been sort of slow, but honestly, that’s how I like it. I like having time to myself to relax and to realign my goals, to allow for rest in the midst of socialization and events. The most I did was on Saturday, where I went and painted for my church, then went to a grad party, then went to a dinner party. I put down a couple pictures below of the happenings as well as some of my favorites, so if you would like to see, continue to scroll 🙂


Loving…

Romans 8:26-28 (NIV) on prayer

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) on strength

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.


Pics of the week…

I only have one pic of the week because I only went outside to do something interesting once 😛  A ton of the Polaroid pics that we took at my friend Angela’s graduation party.

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BUT I REALLY LIKE THIS OLD PIC, SO HERE IT IS ALSO…

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Watching…

The Incredibles and Brooklyn!

Decided to watch The Incredibles with some friends over at my house because I hadn’t seen it in quite a while. Watching it this time, so many years later, I was struck by both how it seemed to weave in some incredibly tough topics such as marriage issues and the threat towards children and also produce such an engaging and heartwarming story.

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Brooklyn, as well, was SO good. I watched it for the first time last week and to be honest, was a bit skeptical at first because I’m not a huge fan of period drama styles. But Saoirse Ronan blew me away and I loved the main character’s relationship with her man so much and brought me so many emotions and gah, so good. THIS PICTURE GIVES ME ALL THE FEELS (Would definitely recommend)

*pic taken from here*


Praying …

Sigh, so many prayer requests in my head that it is beginning to get difficult to keep track of them

  • praying for Jason and his relationship with Christ and his family
  • praying for Julie, for passion for God and for pride
  • praying for Hong, for pride and for compassion
  • praying for Natalie, for deeper understanding and truth in knowledge
  • praying for the English Ministry church and all its requests
  • praying for my family
  • praying for the world and for peace and love amidst all this violence

Enjoying…

Grad Parties! I had one last week, which I shared about, and I had another one this Saturday too. There was so much food and cute Polaroids and helium balloons 🙂 Some pics below…

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the one on the right is too exposed 😦 

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look at the giant balloon! 

 

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with the graduated girl 🙂 ❤ you angela 


Playing…

Was unsure about whether or not to include this, but why not… I confess I have been playing Pokemon Go quite addictively. Really nice for when you want to walk around and explore places and a great bonding experience, which also works when you are busy and you shouldn’t be playing games and you physically cannot play Pokemon Go because you are in the same place! Good job, Nintendo. You did good this time 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Musings 7.18.16

Hi hi hi sorry sorry sorry what’s up what’s up what’s up?!!

Goodness, I took a 2 week break from posting and it feels so weird coming back and pretending like nothing has happened. But many things have happened. And I have been thinking quite a lot about this blog. Thus, I thought why not combine this and make Mondays a scheduled time for me to talk about random things going on in my life? This would be sort of like weekly favorites, but also including random happenings or pretty pictures that I took during the week. And yes, I suppose Monday Musings does not fit super well but the alliteration! Gosh the alliteration, I’ll deal with the slight misnomer 😉

Anyways, to the juice…


Reading …

the sacred search – gary thomas

all about marriage and dating from a Christian perspective

crazy love – francis chan

what does it mean to be loved by God?

I’m reading the first one with a little accountability group. It’s cute and fun and I have never done something like this before, especially with girls in three different time zones, which is wild. I’m reading Crazy Love by myself and journaling. It’s been highly recommended and a huge Christian bestseller so I have huge expectations for it and am excited to get through it all. What’s interesting about these two books are that they were both gifted to me by two women that I admire so much in the Christian community. And especially Crazy Love, I had just been thinking about how much I wanted the book and that same day, she said that she wanted to give it away because she and her husband had finished reading it. Nuts right?


Enjoying …

homemade macarons from a graduation party!

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walks and flowers at the university of delaware

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ice cream and all its processes (Woodside Farm and Udairy Creamery  are the best!)

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Watching…

finding dory , central intelligence, legend of tarzan, alice through the looking glass

I have been watching so many movies this summer. Such a great way to hang out. Got to say, I think I liked Finding Dory and Legend of Tarzan the most. Finding Dory because I felt like the movie was just supposed to be liked. Obviously, it was super well known because of Finding Nemo, but they really brought out the acceptance of disabilities aspect and also the humor factor so much in this one that I really loved it. I also enjoyed Legend of Tarzan, but that may just have been because I think Margot Robbie is a beautiful woman and Alexander Skarsgard a handsome man.


Random pics that I love …

At the Container Store that just opened at Christiana Mall in DE

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and flowers always 🙂

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Have a good rest of the week 🙂 ❤

 

 

 

Reflections on the past year

I haven’t made a post yet about my reflections on freshmen year – this is mostly out of laziness and trying to think as little as possible. Also, the fact that I have to cover the entire year in ONE blog post. Anyway, here is my attempt, more than a full month after school has been let out, to make some sort of coherent statement about how I felt, how I changed, blah blah blah ha ha ha

Freshmen year was really cool in the sense that I got to experience and participate in things that I had never done before *cue random list below*

  • reading through all of Jane Austen’s works
    • for your information, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion are my favorite (in that order 😉
  • Learning how to use Indesign and Illustrator
  • Binding my first book in a bookbinding workshop
  • Learning how to weld metal
  • Get set up at a dance for the first time
  • Volunteer at my first Hackathon
  • Study in amazing places
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Aside from the cool experiences, I got to meet and become friends with so many incredible people at Yale – really awe-inspiring, crazy talented people. I made quite a few friends, but in this front, I am still dissatisfied. I feel that there are so many people that I have not yet meet and also a lot of people that I want to know better. I expected to be able to find that one person that I would hang out with the most , that would become my closest friend in college, but I have been unsuccessful in this front. Many of the friends that I have become friends with often have friends that they are closer to and it means lots of third-wheeling. I’ve been trying to improve myself and place myself into situations where I can really get to know more people … anyways, I am very excited for next year.

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This excitement carries over for my extracurriculars! I’m happy with the extracurriculars that I did this year, although for most of it, I spent it thinking that I didn’t do enough. My suite mates and other friends were typically involved in extremely time-consuming activities – sports, dance, improv, etc. but I had a bunch of small things. AIESEC, consulting, VITA. Looking back, I think I actually did do quite a lot and am happy with the friendships that I have made through it. I’m hoping next year that I can dive more deeply into these activities and also get into research, more volunteering, and maybe another job or something.

In terms of my spiritual life, I also struggled. The fellowships at Yale are small and not super strong. I also got somewhat caught between two fellowships, YFA and YSC, and making the change from one to another proved to be harder than I thought as I grew attached to the people that I met. Hopefully, I have made the right decision, but being able to have people like Julie and Hong to keep me accountable through weekly dinners is still very nice. I have been making attempts to learn more and understand more of Christianity and while intimidating and at times unsuccessful, I am continuing this process over the summer.

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Some lessons that I have learned and some things I would like to improve on

  1. Be independent, know what you want and don’t be afraid to say no or yes to things – don’t fall to peer pressure!
  2. try out more things, say yes to hanging out with people
  3. create events yourself
  4. always think of others, small gestures of kindness are so important
  5. stick to a routine – exercise regularly – read Bible regularly – eat regularly
  6. love more than you hate
  7. work as hard as possible and look for opportunities
  8. don’t forget to call mother 🙂 and drink lots of water!
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Heh these are just a couple of things that have been floating through my mind lately in the last month or so as I reflect. It’s not all encompassing and definitely doesn’t capture the amazingness of Yale, but I think it does capture most of the thoughts that I have had and the major points, lowered expectations but high hopes! I am looking quite forward to all the exciting things that will happen in the years to come and will try my best to make it the best years of my life 🙂 I will probably update this and add to it if anything else comes up in my mind, but for those of you that read this far… thanks so much for making it all the way haha ❤

 

Happy Father’s Day

Although Father’s Day was yesterday, I decided to just write a little something because I feel like it’s always the time to express appreciation for my dearest dad. For endless hard work, for patience and compassion, for kindness and wisdom, for selflessness and overwhelming love, thank you for being the best dad and the closest reflection of our Father in heaven. We may never express it very well, but in our hearts and in our minds, we always wonder how we could have possibly deserved the likes of you.

 

 

Musings Lately

I’m sure by now everyone has heard about the various shootings that have happened in the past couple of days – Christina Grimmie, the Orlando shooting, the one in Beirut, etc.

It makes my heart so so heavy. I remember waking up to a friend’s message saying that Christina Grimmie had been shot. It was like a dose of cold water spilling over me as I sat there still not comprehending that one of the very first YouTubers I ever followed had been shot. I remember someone had written somewhere that this kind person, this God lover, ball of energy true to herself person who had cared so much for others and her fans had been killed – and not even peacefully, but in the most violent way a person can die. What more is there except tears?

And then I heard about Orlando. This one hit me in a different way than Christina Grimmie’s death. I had not been on my phone or on any electronic device all day and so when I finally got on, I was confused at the posts and the statuses that people were putting up. The world was still reeling from one incident and now there was another one so soon? This one outraged me. I have friends who are part of the LGBTQ community. This was the largest mass shooting in United States history. That is insane. And I remember reading this post from Tim Be Told which captures so much how I feel…

Usually I feel like I can muster up enough strength to say something meaningful in the face of tragedy. But today I feel hopeless. It’s not violent people who are dying at the hands of violent men; it’s little children at school, families going to the movies, musicians sharing a song, or friends dancing at a club. I have no prayers tonight. Just tears and rage.

I cannot understand why terrible things happen to good people. In a book that I am currently reading, it says that it is because God has a plan and a purpose for these bumps and great pains in our life. But this is not the complete truth because how is dying a way to become greater? How is killing people a way to help these dead people become better? There is nothing for them. And I don’t understand and pray that God will one day answer my questions.

All I do know is this, that if God has a plan and a purpose, then I definitely think that this issue of gun control should be brought into greater awareness and with greater urgency towards those who have the power to change it for the better. The time for political correctness is over. We need to act.

 

Summer List To Do // Musings

I have a bit of time this summer after freshmen year. I’m taking two physics classes at the University of Delaware, but they both end before one every day, so I thought I would put the time to use focusing and honing in on certain skill sets and discovering more hobbies. I’ve decided to list them below for other people if they are interested and also to keep track myself when I go back and look at this at the end of the summer 🙂

  1. Knitting… crocheting?
    1. I figured it would be really cool to learn how to make my own scarves and hats. I mean, most grandmothers know how to knit and how did they learn? They must have started somewhere!
  2. Matlab
    1. Next semester, I am taking a full course on Matlab, which is a computer program for engineers that is really efficient for solving problems and data analysis. Unfortunately, I suck at computer programming, so I definitely need a head start when it comes to it. Always best to be prepared 🙂
  3. Adobe Creative Suite
    1. I have been dabbling quite a bit in design and photography this year – slowly dipping my toes into the graphic design world and into the world of creative possibilities. I’m really excited because I already have all the programs through a computer exchange program at my old school, so I really have everything I need to practice and explore. It’s also incredibly useful at college too for designing and advertising.
  4. Hand Lettering / Calligraphy
    1. People such as Jennet Liaw and Chasing Linen really inspire me to take something that I do feel I have a natural talent in (neat handwriting lol) and turn it into something that gives back. I started making congratulation cards for the seniors through hand lettering, and I feel like it’s something that with practice, I can begin to genuinely share with other people – maybe cards, later wedding invitations? Who knows!
  5. Photography
    1. I know how to use a camera, but I don’t consider myself a professional at all. I have been trying to learn how to change aperture, ISO, shutter speed all manually. I think I have been doing okay so far, but it’s a lot of practice makes perfect until I can get the perfect numbers etched into my mind so that it’s automatic. I have been shooting a lot recently, so look forward to seeing some more photos on the blog!
  6. Blogging
    1. Talking about the blog, I have been thinking a lot about what I want this blog to be. I started it a couple years ago and it has grown significantly from what I expected it to be – a personal space to post, like a journal. But it’s become so much more than that and the last couple of weeks, I have felt the pressure to gain more followers and fit more people’s interests by really just unleashing, I wouldn’t say bad quality, but really haphazard and not really thought out blog posts. All these things that I am learning above (with the exception of perhaps knitting and Matlab) will help me to really produce the best content possible for this space. I’ll probably go into this more in a separate post, but basically I want greater quality and greater cohesiveness in this blog and to really take it in a specific direction with a specific impact. I am not going to delete any posts because I think they all served their purpose, but just expect some changes – positive ones… this summer will be a great one 🙂

Life Lessons – My Conclusions before heading off to college

Some Life Lessons –

  1. Don’t be afraid to speak up
    1. I think when I was younger, I was afraid to talk to a lot of the older people in youth group. It was partly because I was intimidated, partly because I thought I didn’t have anything substantial to add, partly because I didn’t want them to judge me. Don’t be afraid to say what you think. This means in youth group, don’t be afraid to add on something that’s going on in your mind. It also means simply to have faith in yourself and your abilities.
  2. Hold on to your relationships.
    1. Especially when you’re going through some of those rough years in high school, it is crucial that you maintain good relationships. Your friends can hold you accountable, tell you when they think you’re doing something good or gently let you know if they think you’re doing something wrong. They’re also the ones you get to spend some of the best and happiest memories. Also, cherish your family relationships as well. I’ve been incredibly blessed to have an amazing family and this has been my foundation for getting me through so many things.
  3. Be true to who you are and your values
    1. There will most definitely be a moment in your life where your values will be put into question. Stay true to them. My dad often has told me to not simply just listen to what people tell you – whether that’s at school, in the news, in church – to make your decisions and your opinions for yourself. Stay true to them!
  4. Think big picture
    1. We have a lot of worries and a lot of stress especially in high school. But always, always, always think big picture. You’re happy, you’re healthy, you’re safe, and you have lots of people who love you and care about you. That’s really all that matters in the end yeah?
  5. Be committed
    1. Finally, I would like to stress how important it is to be committed to Jesus. Make it a habit – prayer, reading the Bible, going to church. You think these things are very straightforward routine concepts that every Christian follows, but that’s because they really actually help grow you spiritually. I found my faith to be strongest and when I was the happiest when I was really on top of those things. even when you don’t want to do certain things because you don’t have the time, do it do it do it I’ve learned the hard way. it is so important to be committed because having a faith in Jesus that grows and grows and grows will be a foundation to all those other values.