When did Valentine’s Day become a holiday just for couples? A day celebrating love should extend far past just your significant other. What about family and friends? My number one Valentine is my mommy. My dad’s not very good with the sentimental, anniversary, Valentine’s, etc stuff. It’s really sad; it makes me wonder if all relationships fade out like that. So for Valentine’s Day I celebrate with Mommy, making an effort to replace that romanticism void in my parents’ relationship.
I‘ve never celebrated VDay with a significant other, even when I was with someone at the time. Maybe I’ve gone so long without celebrating it that it’s a habit to just avoid it. Maybe I’m waiting for just one; one day that will be super special. This year I rejected all my VDay dates to celebrate Single Awareness Day (S.A.D). Going out with someone on VDay makes it seems more serious; I really not looking for something more at the moment. Also even if I was with someone, I don’t believe that there should be a predetermined day for you to express your love for whoever. Those are what anniversaries are for. A marketing ploy (a successful one) of American industry to get you to spend money on showering your loved ones with flowers, candy, cards, & gifts. I would hope that people would express their love and appreciation for loved ones 365 days a year.
Who needs men anyway? I can buy myself stuff. Single ladies should not feel insecure that we don’t have a date on VDay. It’s not because we can’t get some but maybe we choose not to. We shouldn’t have to stay in and not do anything because there’s no potential date. This is why I decided to make an event for my single girl friends to go out and have fun. We can get dolled up for ourselves and celebrate that we are independent, young women. Girls Night Out!
I make a facebook event for a GNO for SAD. Dinner’s reserved for 10 at Otaru. It was really hard to find a restaurant that wasn’t booked for VDay, but I’m glad I lucked out. It was also convenient that it was a Monday night so there was a $20 special for unlimited sushi and sake. Worddd. My friend Guy decides to make an event for the single guys just like mine. He’s planning to crash my event, and I’m inviting the challenge. I love challenges and especially pranking. I was curious, and it’ll be fun to see what they’re going to do, so I leave my fb event public. At first the plan was to put fake plans on the fb event and go somewhere else for dinner. The guys show up to crash, but I leave a note with the hostess at that restaurant saying “Haha suckahs. If you still want to see us, we’re at ____”. Then they would go to the real location, and we’ll actually be there. Maybe pwn them good and not even give a location.
In the end, Guy and I decide to team up and scheme this whole S.A.D. event to make it fun for everyone. The plotting goes down. We did all the planning and preparing in two hours the day of VDay. We head to Walmart and buy candles, balloons, VDay cards, roses (fake ones because real ones die and are more expensive, and a big heart balloon (couldn’t find a heart piñata). We head back to my apartment, attached the VDay cards to the roses, and blew up the balloons. On the back of each VDay card, we wrote one word. 12 roses, 12 cards, 12 words. The message to be unscrambled was “Beautiful ladies! Happy Single Awareness Day continues, we will see you tonight.”
The girls get ready at my place. I offer to drive, so they have to come back with me to the apartment. Plus they left stuff in my room. Muahaha. We head to Otaru for dinner at 7:30 pm. The guys, meanwhile, eat at a Hooters nearby. Otaru was pretty awesome; that unlimited sushi deal was the bomb. It was good-quality sushi unlike those sushi buffets. Thumbs up! The place was pretty photogenic too for us females to camera-whore. Yay success on restaurant choice. There was a bossa nova singer who sang me a birthday song. Triple win.
Towards the end of our dinner, I text Guy to start heading over with the guys to hand out roses. Instead of 12 girls, we had 7 girls, so I told him to cut the message down to 7 words. The guys come in, hand each girl one rose, and leave. It makes them so much more suave and gentlemen-like instead of plain-out crashing our dinner. Lol the girls were bummed that they didn’t get to take pictures with the guys before they left. Anyway I pretend to be surprised and aww’ed while secretly aiding the girls. The girls realize that there’s a message to be unscrambled. It took longer than I expected for them to unscramble it, but they do.
Girls: How did they know where we were?
Me: Uhh the facebook event is public.
Girls: Oh yeahhh
Girls: How did they know how many roses to give out?
Me: Oh they probably counted outside and wrote a message real quick.
Girl: Yeah yeah I thought I saw someone familiar outside.
Lol I’m good. Cunning, eh? Guy tells the guys that there’s a party on campus. He doesn’t tell them where exactly besides the fact that they should just head to UTD and wait for his call. He leaves in a hurry to pick up an imaginary friend. He instead heads straight to my apartment to set up the surprise.
I run to the bathroom before we leave the restaurant, making a last call to Guy saying we’re on our way back. Once we got back to my apartment, I park and take off sprinting to my apartment saying I have to pee really badly. I get to the apt, and Guy is not ready! We frantically try to finish setting up. We light the candles and set the mood with some music. The girls get to my apt and are banging on the door and calling me wondering why I locked them out. They thought it was on accident. We stood them up outside until the guys came to join them outside. The guys take forever. I blame poor timing on Guy! But eventually most of the guys and all the girls are outside, so we open the door and welcome them with “Happy Single Awareness Day!” The girls were pretty surprised; the guys were probably just confused. They thought it was cute and sweet. We all then proceeded to play the 7 Deadly Sins game. Each person had one sin to perform. Some of the sins were pretty funny. Then I kicked everyone out around 11 because I needed to study for my test the next day.
I was super tired from the all-nighter, but it was worth it. I made people happy, which makes me happy. And that’s what I’ll remember, definitely not the test. I ended up getting a 97.5% though. What up? Lol. Usually VDay is just between significant others, but Guy and I made it special for more than one person. People had good laughs and met new people. It was fun and memorable. Plus I do love event planning, and I love surprises. In this case, I knew the whole plan, but everyone seems to enjoy the surprise. It’s cool being the puppet master; you know the whole picture while everyone doesn’t. It’s like “Dance, puppet, dance.” Haha. That was my Valentime’s 2011.
Departure: 7:25 pm ET. Arrival? 9:10 pm CT.
I am now on an airplane Dallas bound. It’s such a big plane yet there are so many empty seats; everyone got their own row. Probably because it’s Monday night. I took out my laptop to take notes of a case study, but I started camera-whoring with my webcam instead. Lol. One more hour to go! It’s been a pretty smooth ride. Man I’m dreading settling back to the real world. I’m going to be up super late because I have so much reading and studying to do. First exam Thursday and presentation tomorrow. I’m just going to wing my slides. Gosh I really have to pee. Brb…
…I am super tempted to buy some alcohol right now. I want to know what it feels like drinking flying. Haha maybe another time, I don’t want to puke.
I love flying. I love the aerial view of the city lights. Plus I’m a little bit closer to the stars. I wonder what it’ll be like to fly through space…
Aite back to reading.
So I’m supposed to be catching up on my reading/studying/homework for class this week, but it’s not happening. I’m zoned out to my music and surfing the web… I had so much time too, oh well it’a been a pretty good 11-day weekend.
I spent quality time with my family, especially my parents. I’m thankful that I have such loving parents. They do spoil me a bit, but I’m glad I turned out alright, knowing right from wrong and having values. The family is all over the place now. We all used to be settled in Kansas; now I’m in Dallas, Daddy’s in Atlanta, Mommy and Anh are still in Wichita. I guess the time and distance apart makes the times we are together so much better now. I didn’t have the smoothest childhood; I remember thinking about running away at times because I hated being at home, I hated my parents arguing, I hated being so suppressed. Fast forward to now, and I feel free. It’s sad to say but I think the distance actually helped my parents’ relationship. Less contact, less conflict. Anyway I’ll save that for another night’s post.
All I did in Atlanta was eat, sleep, visit relatives/family friends, shop, and explore the city (tried). We ate at two Viet and Chinese restaurants. The food was good, but the service sucks. Does anyone agree with me that Viet/Chinese places are really rude?? (**cough couch Bistros..beeches). I gambled at blackjack and won $8. Whoohoo lol. I wanted to visit the World of Coca-Cola again, but there was no time. :( It would’ve been helpful for my Strategic Management case study!!! Oh and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is relocating so it’s closed until next month. Disappointment (u___u)! We did make it downtown to Atlantic Station, which is basically like Firewheel. Lastly, I watched the SuperBowl at a relative’s house. I missed the first half and most of the commercials/performances because we were backtracking to find my mother’s lost wallet. Boo! Oh, and I don’t think I have ever been so annoyed of little kids. I think it was because I was watching the game and was already spazzing out in frustration and excitement. For some reason, this little boy really liked me and started climbing into my lap. No stranger danger fear for him. He was missing a few upper front teeth so he just had these vampire fangs lol. Super cute. I feel bad now that I didn’t play with him since we left after the game. Take care, little fella. Next time, a play date, I promise :)
Aite it’s 4 am ET now. I should get some sleep, so I can wake up early and make the most of my last day. Checking out Starfish Sushi for lunch. Nomnomnom. Then going back to the real world of school and work at night. Urgh my planner is now filled up with things I need to do and finish. Play hard, work harder. It’s going to be busy busy. Ahhh!
Currently listening to Seemingly Sleepy - Late Night Alumni
Aite I just finished my 10 days of posting after like two months lol. Anyway I thought about doing this photo challenge I saw on facebook. It’ll keep me blogging away. :) I’m going to try to take artsy-fartsy pictures everyday instead of posting pictures I find.
Day 01 - A picture of yourself
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you’ve been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show
Day 04 - A picture of your night
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory
Day 06 - A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate
Day 12 - A picture of something you love
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity
Day 19 - A picture and a letter
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change
Day 25 - A picture of your day
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you’re afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss
Day 31 - A picture of yourself
Currently listening to Photographs - Rihanna ft. Will.I.Am
Day Seven: VIP
10 important people in my life:
1. Someone above to bless me with what I have
3. My one and only brother
4. My triad
5. My best friends from home
6. My family, my close cousins
7. My best friends in Dallas
8. My uji. Thank you for being the best family away from home.
9. My ex-bfs. Every relationship helps me to know myself better and helps me learn new things.
10. Cau Dung (I miss you)
So I’m deciding to give this tumblr site a try. Let’s see how updating both my blogger and tumblr go.
I love Christmas; it’s the best holiday of the year. I don’t think it’s all about the presents, but it’s much more than that. It’s the festivity, especially the love and joy that’s in the air. People are happy. People are giving because it’s the holiday season. It’s not getting things in return but it’s giving as an act of kindness (volunteering, donating to people who are less fortunate, helping them have a happy holiday as well) or just as act of appreciation (giving my family presents to show them that I appreciate their love and support).
Anyway happy holidays everyone. May your holidays be filled with love and happiness.
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special
Next year I’ll give it to someone,
I’ll give it to someone special special
Someone who’ll give me something in return
I’ll give it to someone special.
Wow I am seriously injury-prone. I have powderpuff football next Thursday and a football tournament next weekend. This is the worst time to get a sprained ankle. Like really? Some higher power is messing with me for some reason. Two years ago at Asian Olympics, I jammed my finger. Yet I kept playing with it, so I ended up having to get an x-ray for fractures. I sprained different ankles during football and volleyball intramurals. I busted my lip going for an interception this year. Bleh.
So this time, it went down like this: Wednesday night practice one week before the Adobo Bowl. I’m placed at blocker so I get short dumps and then sprint off. Yada we practice offensive plays and run routes. Then on D, I dove for this guy’s flags. My head was under his elbow, so he smacks me on the head. I get a cut so it starts bleeding. I sit out for a bit. I go back for offense, and 10 minutes later I’m on the ground with a rolled ankle. I mean I guess I went out on my biggest play of practice, but still, that’s lame! It’s practice! We run this wall play, and I’m designated to get the ball. I ran a deep post left while all the other girls run right. I catch the ball and run. [my mind: “Why am I running? This is pretty much a TD, and it’s practice.”] Too late for thoughts because I get flagged; he fell, and I fell with him. Not sure what happened but I end up rolling my ankle. I get carried away like a maiden back to rest. Embarrassing. I sit out for awhile longer and decide my ankle’s not that bad. I could still flex it, so I go back for 10 more minutes of practice before I actually pack up and leave. I soon realize that it hurts to run or do any quick movements, so I just line up and catch balls without any running.
I limped around the rest of that night. My friend offered me a piggyback ride to my apartment, but I refused. 1) I didn’t think my injury was that bad. 2) I could still walk. 3) I hate feeling “fragile” or “weak”. Yes maybe I’m not physically strong as I am emotionally or mentally, but I’m not going to adhere to it. 4) I’m super stubborn. The next day, I crawled around. My ankle swelled up like crazy; it was purple, green, and fat. I couldn’t put any pressure or weight on it; it was pretty painful.
Now I’m currently on Day 4 of Recovery, and it sucks. I can walk but with a lil swagger. I’ve been a super bum and rejected all outings just so that I can rest. I must play football next week, or I will be insanely furious! The swelling’s gone down. I ice it and rub IcyHot cream onto it religiously. *sidenote* IcyHot cream is like “Dau” lol. Anyways I’m hoping I’ll be like Wolverine and have super-speedy healing powers. I need it hardcore and asap.
Day Four: Say
1. I wish you trusted me more; I know you know who and how I am so there’s no reason to doubt me.
2. Your love sometimes is very suffocating.
3. I know you love me alot, and that you always want the best for me. Your definition of “best” doesn’t always match mine.
4. I know it’s hard but try to be more open-minded.
5. I can take care of myself; please let me do so.
6. Stop being so over-dramatic and crazy sometimes.
7. I’m sorry for all the times I made you sad or upset. Please forgive and forget.
8. I can’t wait to get a legit job so that you can retire early.
9. Thank you for everything, especially your love and support.
10. I love you.
I love the nighttime; it’s my alone time, my “me” time. For being such a socialite, I’m secretly such a loner lol. Time to plug in my headphones, zone out to my music, doodle, design to my heart’s content, ponder, and blog excessively.