Archive for May, 2009

Encore: Wolverine

My mother has the biggest crush on Hugh Jackman.


So, naturally, on her birthday we took her to watch Wolverine.  Nevermind that I’ve already seen it and wasn’t totally impressed.  Anything for mom. *coughs* not-that-I-don’t-have-the-second-biggest-crush-on-hugh-jackman-or-anything *coughs*

And surprise, surprise: Wolverine is actually really good when you don’t expect it to be.

Just sayin.

Encore gets a B+.

whaddya know.

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My grades seriously suck this semester. Unfortunately, I don’t have anyone else to blame but me. I would really hate to see my mom’s face when she finds out. I may be hella old, but I’m still in school, which means my grades still fall under my mother’s jurisdiction. It’s really quite sad.

Even worse, I feel awful about my grades. I should have and could have done better.

But I was too distracted.

Everything was just crashing all around me this semester. I can actually honestly say, that the last five months have been the worst five months I’ve had in recent memory. Maybe in the last 10 years.

I was in school from 10 am to 8 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays…back-to-back-to-back classes. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I worked from 9 am to 7 pm. I’ve even stayed as late as 8:30 pm once. Add to that the fact that I have to freakin’ read for four classes when I got home…

But really, what totally destroyed me this semester were the emotional distractions.

I broke up with my boyfriend. And before that, I was so busy spending time, energy and money on saving the relationship that I put school in the backburner. I really thought he was more important than any of the other priorities in my life.

Maybe I was wrong, maybe I was right. I don’t really know whether I regret doing everything I did this semester.

Timewise, I was just stretched so thin I was EXHAUSTED keeping everything together. I needed Time to read. I needed Time to be in school. I needed Time to be at work. I needed Time to sleep. I needed Time to spend with him because I thought that time together was what we needed because our relationship was falling apart (and I didn’t really understand why) Time…time…time. Unfortunately, time is the one thing everyone gets the same amount of, no matter how much more or less you need it than the person next to you.

Moneywise, as a rule, Law students are generally broke. Because I wanted to be able to provide for myself and show him that I can be supportive of his interests, I bled holes in my pockets, in my credit cards, and in my ulcers.

And emotionally, energy-wise…I was DRAINED to the bone. To the breaking point. To the point of desperation that sometimes, if I even thought about it, I would burst into tears, and then have to quickly wipe them off and pretend to be happy with the way things were.

And when we finally broke up…I fell into a state of such deep depression that even the thought of waking up the next day was the most difficult thing in the world. Now add to that mix the fact that I had to face nine hours of law school lectures, or nine hours of briefs, memos, depositions, and crying clients…I was in pretty bad shape.

Note to future law students: don’t ever try this in law school.

It was a disaster…no scratch that…I was a disaster.

Like I said…worst semester of my life.

And now, I have the grades to prove it.

Life sucks.

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I was driving home from San Francisco tonight, and I heard a song on the radio that continues to permeate my sleep-deprived mind. The words just floated in my head until the melody disappeared and the words were left behind…I don’t know how it goes anymore, but the words that stuck to me and wouldn’t let go just feels the way I feel.

You were wrong.
You were right.
You are gone tonight.

I never had a chance
On this suicide romance.

Shotgun fire.

I don’t know where I’m going.

You were bound.
Now you’re free.
You wear black for me.

It’s not easy tonight.

Those words just keep floating in my head, a reminder that despite the outward, superficial peace that I seem to have found, inside I’m still dark and angry. And sometimes, in the dark, like driving home late at night, seeing only the inky black of the road ahead…it’s not easy to stave off the darkness.

Maybe he was wrong. Maybe he was right.
It’s just not easy tonight.

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It’s the first day of Law School and I’m sitting in this large classroom filled with bright young students typing furiously away on their laptops learning something along the lines of Legal Methods.  The instructor is talking about some magical moment when a student actually begins to understand the root of a law school problem…that moment when the professor’s Socratic method stops being torturous and becomes logical…she grins slightly and declares, “It’s like having a Vulcan mind-meld with your professor.”

Yeah, that went right over my head.

Until last night.

I saw Star Trek and I had a moment of pure clarity when Mr. Nimoy performs the Vulcan Mind Meld on Chris Pine.  Aha!  So that’s what a Vulcan Mind Meld is!  Leave it to me to not even bother to look it up for a whole year and a half since Legal Methods class.  But watching the movie felt like a piece of a giant pop culture puzzle just started to click into place for me, and while I’m generations late, I’m signing up for the Star Fleet!!!

I loved the movie, especially Spock.  I really enjoyed how he tried so very hard to be the stoic Vulcan, but always, always manages to give in to his human nature so very effortlessly.  Mmm…I like me them tortured ones.

Chris Pine was very foine eye-candy as well. I cannot complain there.  I didn’t even mind the several times he was choked in the movie.  He definitely has his comic timing down pat.

And speaking of flawless comic timing…what about John Cho and his fencing?  Loved it.  Love him!

The movie definitely had great character development, a storyline that wasn’t entirely confusing, excellent comedic & dramatic performances and fabulous special effects.

There were only 3 things I didn’t like about the movie.  I despised the kid who played young Kirk (really bad acting, kid), there should have been more fun training scenes, and finally….the movie should have been longer!

For all of the above, I give Star Trek a solid A.

PS, all this while, every time they said, “Beam me up, Scotty,” I thought “scotty” was a machine.  Nope. Another puzzle piece clicked in place.  Scotty=person/ship engineer. gotcha. thanks.

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I watched Wolverine at the 12:09 AM showing the day it opened.  The night before my first law school final of the semester. Yeah, I wanted to watch it that bad.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t as awesome as I expected.

My friend asked me what I thought…and it was really quite sad when all I could muster was, “It was okay.”  He sighed and said the same thing.  But neither of us could really pinpoint what was so wrong.  It had ALL the right ingredients to be fantastic:

  2. Special Effects
  3. Awesome fight scenes
  4. A great back story

But at the end of it, I was left distinctly unsatisfied.  I felt like the movie never really reached a climax.  There was so much room for so much more plot development that by simply touching on everything, I was left dissatisfied.  It was all flash and no content.  It was reducing an epic poem like The Odyssey into a limerick.

Plus, I was a fan of the comics, the old cartoons, the trading cards and the like…and I was unhappy with some of the changes they made to the storyline and the characters.   For example, as hot as Daniel Henney was as Agent Zero, the comic book character was supposed to be a guy named David North who is East German.  Not half-Korean, half-British hotness.  Not that I’m really complaining about that choice, but simply to emphasize the difference in their adaptation of the comics.

I was also pretty sure it was not Silver Fox that led to Wolverine’s demise, but Lady Deathstrike, as Yuriko Oyama, Wolverine’s fiancee.  I also thought it was her father who invented adamantium in the first place.  *shrug*

However, there’s still Hugh Jackman.  One can never go wrong there.  He was all rippling muscle and thrilling snarls.  Anger and testosterone. Animal magnetism and … um … facial hair.  Suffice it to say, I at least enjoyed having him on screen 90% of the time.

Liev Schrieber was also really really good in his role as Sabretooth.  He was that kind of character that really had no qualms about killing for the heck of it, where everything served no greater purpose than his own.

Ryan Reynolds, as always, also adds humor & his hot body to the movie as Deadpool.

However, aside from those three, I didn’t think the rest of the roles were very well-acted.

It’s still a popcorn-munching fun of a blockbuster movie for sure, though!  I’d still recommend watching it in theaters for the special effects, and waiting for the DVD which will hopefully have better character development in the deleted scenes.

Grade: B-

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One more Law School final and five days separate me from FREEEEDOOOMMM!!!

…so close…

Summer Time

End of Finals Party!!!

Boxing with Simone

(Although not with Simone, since I can’t make her classes, I signed up for Boxing classes and begin on June 1, 2009, Monday. *Sizzles with excitement*)

Dancing (couple of times with my girls…and hopefully more before summer ends)


San Diego Padres Game & Sea World with Chris (June 19-20)

Dodger Game

A’s Game (June 19)

Brothers visit — still convincing them to come visit!


Yosemite Camping

King’s Canyon

Hike Mariposa Grove

Catalina Island

Go to one of those Outdoor concerts

Surfing lessons with Behar

Visit Alice in Fresno PLUS Whitewater Rafting (June 6, 2009)

Visit Jessica in Sacramento

Pagan Luau


Seattle with Hels

Universal Studios (May 30, 2009)

Roadtrip to the Grand Canyon

New York with Hansen or Justine

Huntington Library/Gardens picnic

Beach days! (@ Newport Beach, @ La Jolla, and more as the summer continues!)

Write the next great Filipino-Chinese-American novel =)

MPRE (August 7) à sigh

There’s not enough days and not enough money to do all of those, but hey, if I can cross off some of those on the list, I will be a lucky ducky!

Here’s to hoping everyone! Join me, add to the list, and plan with me!!!

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i love it.

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i love my fashionable girlfriends.  while i’m mostly still a sweats/jeans/t-shirt kind of girl, i’ve definitely learned from them.

Purdy Ladies

Purdy Ladies

What I’m wearing:

F21 Black & White print pleated skirt, F21 ruffled halter top, F21 wide yellow belt (which roomie lent). also, can’t see it, but i had the most fabulous pouf in my hair courtesy of miss EV.

dinner was at Blue Dahlia in Downtown LA.

  • the place was really cute, with a back patio that was lit up with string lights and japanese lanterns
  • service was pretty awful, with our waiter taking YEARS to take our order & get our orders out.
  • but the wine list is commendable. we ordered A. Mano fiano-greco
  • i ordered the ahi tuna salad which was fabulous — despite the fact that the food came out almost an hour and a half after we ordered it.  sigh.  i swear, i think our waiter was just a spazz.

wine ahi tuna salad

When we got home, we hung out, pulled out the microwave popcorn, and what else? Watched Sex and the City: the Movie!

movie time

love u girls!

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Wraparound Mortgages. What did I really know about them?
And why refer to issues by cases? Why not ask about the issue itself?!?! Mofo.

Ultimate fail.

I’d be lucky if i got half right.

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