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I saw this on Pinterest and laughed. Too bad Agent Romanoff hasn’t done this sort of pose because it’d be great. And it segues into today’s post.

I went on a ringtone spree the other day and it was glorious. It started when my phone rang while I was in the kitchen. I heard this unfamiliar ring and was confused over the sound because my ringtone was Peanut Butter Jelly Time from Family Guy.

But when I returned to my room, I saw that I missed a call. It was a wrong number so I wasn’t too worried about it, but I checked my settings and saw that my phone wasn’t set to my normal ringtone. Okay, that happens from time to time. Time to return it back to…oh wait. That’s when it occurred to me that I should change my ringtone. While Peanut Butter Jelly Time worked for me over the years, it was time for a change.

I’ve been getting into watching a bunch of anime again and I decided to look for anime ringtones. There was an opening song to an anime I really enjoy that I wanted as my ringtone, but alas, I couldn’t find it on the ringtone app. But I found three anime ringtones that I knew I wanted.

My default ringtone was going to the opening song for Hikaru no Go. It’s upbeat, cheery, and every time I hear it, it reminds me of how much I love the heck out of this anime.

My text notification needed a new update as well. I searched and found the Haikyuu!! opening song for the second half of season 1. It’s the one I hear the most because people tend to text me instead of calling me. It’s a great song, so I don’t mind hearing it so often.

Then I found an ending song from Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma that was perfect for one of my friends because she loves food and even went to culinary school.

But that wasn’t all. I hadn’t set a personal ringtone for my mom just yet and now was the perfect time. My mom is a huge fan of Journey and while I tried and failed to find a specific song from their previous lead singer, I did find the intro to Don’t Stop Believing. New ringtone. 🙂

At one point, I stopped looking for ringtones for specific contacts in my phone and just started listening to all the ringtones available in my ringtone app. Oops. But now my phone has new ringtones and I’m pretty happy with my selection.

Crocheting For Charity

I believe in giving back to the community. Maybe it’s because of my Filipino upbringing in general or how my mother raised my sisters and I, but I know that one of the items on my list for when I’m rich (or, at least, when I’m settled in my career after graduate school) is to donate to charities, both local and national. I’ve even taken tentative steps into looking how I can do some pro bono work after I get my doctorate.

But in the here and now, I’m a broke grad student. I try to donate here and there, but the best I can do is $5 at a time which is something, but it isn’t much.

The drive to help is still inside me though. One day, while I was cleaning out my closet, I saw a box of yarn and my crochet hooks, and an idea hit me. I could crochet! It’d been years sine I crocheted anything, but I could make hats and scarves. While it doesn’t snow where I live, I think it gets pretty cold in the winter time and I have a box full of yarn to use.

My goal is to crochet 25 hats for charity. I’ve never crocheted that many hats before, so 25 is a good number to strive for. There is a local women’s shelter that I’ve donated money to before and I’d like to donate my hats there.

Since it’s been awhile since I’ve crocheted, this hat came out a little wonky, but it covers my head and most of my ears. Hat 1 complete!

Second hat in the making. I don’t know why this hat is coming out differently than the first, but it is. Currently, it’s barely fitting my own head, so I’m adding extra stitches in each row to widen its circumference. I think it’s working.

Here are some links for charities that you can donate your crochet items to, both on the local and national level.

10 Charities that Accept Crochet Donations

Giving Back: 7 Ways to Knit and Crochet for Charity

You can even donate granny squares to help build quilts, so you don’t have to crochet the entire quilt on your own. I don’t know how to make a granny square, but I hope to learn someday.

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I love that I can give back to my community in a simple but needed way, especially when I’m a broke grad student with a ton of yarn to use.

Do you crochet or knit for charity?

Boba Tea

I have a confession to make. I don’t like boba tea. I know, I know, that makes me a fail Asian. But to be fair, I don’t like fruit all that much and boba tea flavors are usually fruit flavors.

What is boba tea, you might be asking? Boba tea is a type of drink that is also known as bubble tea or pearl tea. It was created in Taiwan and most boba teas are tea based with milk or fruit mixed into it and contain tapioca balls or fruit jelly that you can chew.

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There are a ton of flavors for boba tea. Some popular flavors are:

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If you’ve never tried boba tea, but you enjoy both tea and fruit, here are some places I found through Yelp in a few cities:

Brew Tea Bar – Southwest Las Vegas, NV
Kung Fu Tea – Chinatown in Las Vegas, NV
Bubble U – Chinatown in Los Angeles, CA
Home Brewed Bar – Pasadena, CA
Little Heaven Deli – Mission in San Francisco, CA
5 Sweets – Ingleside in San Francisco, CA
Sharetea – Renton, WA
Pearls Tea & Cafe – Cottage Grove in Seattle, WA

If you’re not in those cities, but there is a boba tea shop near your location, even better. Hopefully, it’s to your liking because if I can’t drink boba tea, I want someone else to drink it for me!

What is your favorite boba tea flavor?

Jamie Chung To Play Blink

I love Jamie Chung and I’ve watched her in a bunch of movies and shows. I love and have been a fan of X-Men since I was a young girl. Now these two great flavors are coming together as Jamie Chung is going to play the character Blink in a new Marvel pilot on Fox.

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Jamie Chung to Play Blink in Fox’s Marvel Pilot From Bryan Singer

According to the article:
The pilot from 20th Century Fox TV and Marvel Television will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

That sounds intriguing and I’m curious how the show will advance this story. I also want to know how developed Blink’s storyline will be in the series because I want her to be one of the main characters and not just a supporting character. Blink has been seen in the live action x-Men movie, played by Fan Bingbing in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), but I’m hoping death won’t be in this Blink’s future.

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The article doesn’t list a title for the series or when it’ll air, but I’m going to keep a look out for it when it gets greenlit.

Review: Legally Blonde (2001)

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I wanted something light and cheerful to watch on Netflix and came across Legally Blonde. I’ve watched it a few times before and the movie never fails to make me smile and energize me for whatever task I need to do at the moment. My thinking is, if Elle Woods can do it, then so can I. In one word, the movie is adorable. I love that Elle went to law school to get back Warner and realized what she really wanted, and was good at, was becoming a lawyer (and still got a guy, but a better one to boot!).

It starts off with Elle thinking that her college boyfriend was going to propose to her, her sorority supporting her, and she’s going shopping for a new dress. You see a hint of her brilliance with the saleswoman, but it’s something you can pass off as nothing (for now).

Every time I see Warner, I just think sleazy and Elle, you could have done way better. And you will in grad school. Also, what asshole of a guy takes his girlfriend to a fancy restaurant just to break up with her and for pretty shallow reasons? Warner, that’s who.

Poor, Elle. She’s grieving for her lost love in her room and all I can think about is how not worth it Warner is. But like Selena Gomez, the heart wants what the heart wants. Elle has good friends as they take her out to get a medi and pedi. It’s here where she gets the idea to become a law student in order to get Warner back. It makes me laugh that her parents are trying to talk her out of law school, but she’s dead set on it. Her counselor also tries to gently talk her out of it.

“I don’t need back ups. I’m going to Harvard.”

Get it, girl.

I love this montage as she works on the requirements she needs in order to get into Harvard. The video essay makes me laugh because it’s ridiculous, but the parts where Elle is trying really hard to study for the LSAT makes me smile. It’s hard to focus on an exam like that. I know from experience, though not the LSAT.


That’s really amazing, and her entire sorority celebrates her victory. As a point of reference, 180 is the highest score you can get on the LSAT. Elle did very, very well.

“Elle Woods, welcome to Harvard.”

I admit, these next several scenes makes me wince for Elle because she (on the outside) doesn’t fit in and people purposely try to push her out. Elle refuses to take that lying down though because she has a mission.

As her fellow classmates gather around on the grass to introduce each other, you can see how different Elle is from everyone else. They look at her like an alien. Warner is so shocked that Elle is there at Harvard Law and she acts like it was nothing to get in. Awesome.

The scene of her first class makes me wince because Elle was so ill prepared and the professor humiliates her for it. She meets Emmett briefly as he helps her out with some class advice. Then Elle gets the surprise of her life when she finds out that Warner is engaged to the girl who helped humiliate her in class. Vivian Kensington.

Elle escapes to a nail salon and meets Paulette. Paulette gives Elle the advice of stealing Warner back from Vivian, and Elle takes it.

“I’m never going to be good enough for you, am I?”

This is where Elle gets serious about becoming a lawyer and I love it. She’s always had the brains, but now she has the right motivation to back them up, and it pays off.

I don’t understand why Professor Callahan took on this case when he clearly thought she was guilty. Then again, lawyers take on guilty people for their cases all the time, so why couldn’t he be a better lawyer and figure out how to win his case? And in this case, she was innocent, so it should make his work that much easier because he wouldn’t have to work around his client’s guilt. I also don’t understand how they couldn’t find out where she was when her husband was murdered. Couldn’t they look into her credit card records? Maybe I’m so used to other shows where it’s easy to find out all this sort of information on people, so maybe it’s not something lawyers can access.

It took Elle awhile to get comfortable when she was questioning the witness, but she did it with confidence and style. She knows hair care and managed to get Chutney to confess that she was the murderer.

I’m glad that Legally Blonde didn’t have Elle return to Warner, especially since he wasn’t worth her time whatsoever. The movie romance between Elle and Emmett takes a backseat, but I’m okay with that. This story was about Elle finding her place in the world, not finding herself a man.

The ending graduation scene was beautiful as Elle speaks to her graduating class and reveals the things she learned at Harvard. Everything ends well, and I like that in a story.

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Legally Blonde wasn’t a movie I watched right away when it first came out in 2001 because I saw a dumb blonde and law school, and thought “No, thanks.” I’ve since learned my lesson.

My rating for this movie is a 9 out of 10, and something I have no problems rewatching time and time again.

10 Ways To Destress

Stress is everywhere and not all of it is bad. However, too much stress can wreck havoc on your body. Whether it’s stress from family, work, school, or life trying to beat you down, don’t let stress win. You can overcome stress.

Here are 10 ways to destress and help you relax.

1. Pamper yourself
Whether it’s picking up a face mask from the dollar store or a beauty shop (depending on your budget), slipping your feet into hot water and Epsom salt, or painting your nails your favorite color, just pamper yourself. If you have the extra money for it, go out to a salon or spa for your pampering. Just let your mind go blank and beauty yourself up for a few minutes. Afterward, you’ll feel refreshed.

2. Take a nap
It can be hard to find the time to take a nap, but it is well worth it in this fast paced world. More than likely, if you’re like me, you’re sleep deprived and haven’t been getting enough hours of rest. Find 30 minutes in the day to take a nap.

3. Take a hot shower
Sometimes all you need is to hop in the shower and let that hot water run down your body. If you have a tub and you prefer it, take a hot bath instead. The point is to step away from the world and unwind.

4. Eat your favorite dessert
I always keep a carton of my favorite ice cream in the freezer for stressful occasions. There have been times when I splurge and pick myself some cupcakes or cheesecake slices from the store to eat. I don’t do it that often, but eating dessert helps me to destress from my day.

5. Dance it out
Exercise is always a great way to destress and my preferred method is turning on my favorite music and dancing in my living room. I won’t win any awards for my dancing, but at the end of it, I feel a lot better.

6. Binge watch a show
I have a queue on both Netflix and Hulu a mile long, so when I just want to unwind, I pick something new and sit down on my couch. Then I let the show distract me from whatever it was that was stressing me out.

7. Go for a drive
There’s a lot of beauty in the world and so many places within my city that I haven’t explored yet. Sometimes, when being at home is too much, I get into my car and just start driving in no particular direction to see what’s out there.

8. Go for a run
Another exercising technique. I’m not much of a runner anymore, so I walk around my apartment complex, but that may not be the case for you. Let the sun and wind on your skin while you run away your stress.

9. Drink tea
I love tea and I drink it whenever I can. My favorite tea is green tea and I feel a lot better when I take a sip of that hot liquid.

10. Meditate
I like to find meditation videos on Youtube in order to destress. My favorites tend to be sounds of the ocean because I was born and raised in Hawaii and I love the ocean. 15 minutes of meditation and I am calm.

How do you destress?

Packing Checklist For A Trip

I’ll be visiting my family in the Philippines in a couple of weeks and I’m excited. I love traveling. Before I even graduated high school, I had visited more foreign countries than I had states in the US (that has since changed, decades later). I love learning about different cultures, meeting interesting people, seeing beautiful places, and eating delicious foods.

I’ve traveled so much over my lifetime that flying on a plane and packing is second nature to me. I still make lists though, for my peace of mind, and I make sure everything I need to pack is at least in one area so I can put everything into my backpack and luggage without a lot of hassle. If I have to go searching for an item, chances are, I’ll forget to pack that item for my trip.

Before you leave for your trip, don’t forget to call your credit card company to let them know how long you’re going to be gone and where you’re going.

Also, if you’re going to a foreign country, don’t forget your passport and double check if it’s a country you’ll need a visa in. Traveling to the Philippines doesn’t require a visa, just a passport, but you’re only allowed to stay for a month.

Agent Romanoff is staying home during my trip, so I asked a friend if she could watch my cat while I’m gone. As much as I love my baby spy cat, she is not independent enough to take care of herself for two weeks.

The days leading up to my trip, I’ll be cleaning out my fridge and taking out the trash. I don’t want to return to awful, smelly surprises.

Here’s my packing checklist for my trip:

1. Passport
2. Clothes
-X shirts
-X pants
-X pairs of socks
-X underwear
-X footwear
3. Toiletry
-toothbrush, toothpaste
-face wash
-deodorant, body spray
4. Money, both US dollars and Philippine pesos + credit card
5. Camera + charger
6. iPod + charger (filled with new music for the trip)
7. Phone + charger (my phone will be on airplane mode the entire time with wifi allowed)
8. iPad + charger
9. Medicine
10. Neck pillow
11. Snacks + food
12. Adapter + converter (since the Philippines has a different voltage than the United States)

What does your packing checklist look like?

Cats Do The Weirdest Things

They’re cats, of course they’re going to do weird things! I love my cat, Agent Romanoff, and while I’ve only had her for almost a year now, I feel like there’s so many things I’m learning about her (and her learning about me).

There is one thing that Agent Romanoff constantly does that is pretty weird to me, but she’s so cute that I just let it ride. What is this thing that she does?

Well, a few months ago, I received a gift from Bath & Body Works from a friend and it came with a blue ribbon. I untied the ribbon from the plastic wrapper and dangled it above Agent Romanoff’s head because I figured she’d like it as a toy. She did, but she got bored of me dangling it pretty fast, so I dropped it on the floor for her to play with it when she wanted to.

That was when I began to notice that the ribbon would, more often than not, end up partially in Agent Romanoff’s water bowl. I admit, it took me weeks to realize Agent Romanoff was doing this on purpose. Every time I saw the ribbon in her water bowl, I’d take it out of the bowl and fill it back up again. Rinse repeat almost every other day until I realized that this wasn’t just an accident, but she did it with intent.

I could have thrown away the ribbon to stop Agent Romanoff from doing that, but I decided not to spoil her fun. Instead, I decided to see just how far my cat would go to dip her ribbon into her water bowl. I moved the ribbon across the living room and went to campus to go to my classes. When I came back, Agent Romanoff managed to drag the ribbon back to her water bowl.

Then I placed her ribbon on top of her scratcher to see what she’d do. I saw her stretch up on her hind legs to pull it down, but she waited until I was gone before she dragged the ribbon back to her water bowl.

I hid the ribbon behind my large notepad and waited until she discovered it. She did and dragged it out into the open, but again, she waited until I was gone (this time I was asleep) before dragging it into her water bowl.

I don’t know why Agent Romanoff does this, but she does it no matter what I do with the ribbon, so I’m just letting her continue on with her awesome self. Cats do the weirdest things!

What does your cat do constantly that’s weird?

Almost Happy Birthday To Agent Romanoff!

I’ve had my cat, Agent Romanoff, for almost a year now. She’s going to be three years old. I’ve been thinking about throwing her a birthday party because it’d be both fun and funny. Her ‘cake’ would be wet food decorated with cat treats. I’d pick up a new toy for her as her present. There would be lots of pictures taken, because of course. I can’t forget the laser pointer because Agent Romanoff loves chasing after that red dot.

Looking at Pinterest, I’m not the only one who has had this idea for their pet. It’s just that they’re way more creative than me.

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This cat has a cute bow and their very own birthday cake. Look how this cat is devouring their cake!

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This exchange cracks me up. The cat has a party hat on and there’s a Happy Birthday banner in the background. Agent Romanoff would never let me put a hat on her. I’m kind of jealous of these other owners.

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This owner took her cat’s birthday party to the next level. The cat has a tiara, a fancy dress, and decorations fit for any birthday party.

I doubt Agent Romanoff won’t mind that her own birthday party won’t be as festive as these other cats’ parties. She’s a simple cat who doesn’t have time for that.

But I think it’d be really cute and maybe someday down the line, she’ll let me at least put a party hat on her. I can wait until then.

How do you celebrate your cat’s birthday?

Review: Uber Eats

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Despite the fact that Uber Eats has been in my city for a couple of months now, I’ve only just found out that they’re here.

What’s Uber Eats, you’re asking? They’re part of Uber, the company that picks and drops you off when you request for a ride on your phone app. But instead of delivering people, Uber Eats delivers food.

You can use the website, which is how I order food, or you can use the Uber Eats app on your phone. Just type in your address for food delivery to see what open restaurants are available to you.

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Fortunately for me, there are plenty of restaurants available. My options range from Mexican to Mediterranean to Japanese and to even donuts! I like that I have a wide variety of options, so when I’m hungry but don’t want to leave my apartment, I don’t have to search for a restaurant with delivery service, or limiting myself to just pizza.

The delivery info is pretty simple. You’ve already given your address to see what restaurants are available to you for ordering, but you can also add in apartment number as well as a delivery note. If you’re like me and live in a gated apartment, don’t forget to add the gate code. I’ve forgotten a few times and have had the delivery person call me to ask for it so they could get inside. And if you know that it’s tricky to find the address you’re at, add in instructions how to get there! This helps both you (getting the food faster) and the driver (who doesn’t have to take as long to find you).

The cost depends on what you order. There is the cost of the food, tax, as well as a booking fee. Currently, there is no option to add tip for the delivery person, so if you want to tip them, you’ll have to do it in cash.

I love Uber and I’m glad there’s an Uber Eats in my area. There are also other food delivery services, like Postmates and Grubhub, but I like Uber Eats simply because I already used Uber in the first place. Now it’s time for me to order some food because I’m hungry.

Have you used Uber Eats or similar food delivery services before? How’d you like it?