Another year, another 31st of December, which means it is time, once again, to look back and see where my head was at this time last year. In a sense, readdressing my resolutions is like opening up a yearly time capsule. Let’s take a look at my 14 resolutions made on December 31, 2013:

1) Get a tattoo.

  • [x] On July 5, 2014, I got my first tattoo. And I know, on the grand scheme of things, this is somewhat trivial, but this was a major step for someone who always dreamed, but never followed through.

2) Apply to medical school.

  • [~] TBA

3) Develop a greater understanding for my culture, language, and religion.

  • [~] This is definitely an ongoing resolution, but I have made strides this year!

4) Go on an overseas medical trip.

  • [x] Made it happen! I went to Thailand and then some.

5) Learn how to play “Stop This Train” on the guitar.

  • [  ] Not yet.

6) Shed 10-20 lbs.

  • [~] I lost 20 lbs in Thailand when I was the happiest and experiencing minimal stress. It gave me great insight on how my life has to change to get to that point once again.

7) Attend at least one concert.

  • [x] The one and only, Jason Mraz.

8) Exercise a least five times a week and continue to make healthy food choices.

  • [~] Again, another ongoing process.

9) Learn to study smart and excel in future classes.

  • [x] YES. If I learned anything this year, it was that I had the potential all along.

10) Pay off my credit card debt and loans.

  • [x] Done and done.

11) Read at least two new books every month.

  • [x] Take a look at the right at my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge!

12) Prioritize myself first when necessary, but be a better friend, sister, daughter, and community citizen.

  • [x] Learning when to say no and when to say yes.

13) Learn to stay calm and curb my anger.

  • [~] Ongoing process.

14) Stay optimistic, everything happens for a reason.

  • [x] If there is was one word to describe this year, it would be “acceptance“. I took me quite a while to come to the realization that regardless of who I was or am or where I come from, my story is one and only. There is no set path in this life, but if I remain hopeful, what will be, will be.

8/14 done properly. 5/14 are ongoing. And only 1 that has yet to be completed. 2014 may not have been significant in terms of life events, but this first gap year of mine provided me with some much-needed reassurance. I not only know what I want out of life, but I am a little more aware of how I should go about to do so. Here’s to hoping that 2015 will continue to provide me with the determination to manifest my desires and the encouragement to turn ideas into ideals.

And with that I leave you with my 2015 resolutions and my best wishes for an extraordinary new year!




Happy New Year,



“This Is The New Year” (almost)

I know it’s an overdone thought – to make resolutions by the 1st of the year. And while I do agree that resolution-making can happen any time, what I like most about my New Year’s resolutions, is that I can look back and see where my head was at this time last year. Let’s take a look at my 13 resolutions made on December 31, 2012:
1.) Get accepted into a Child Life Masters Program

  • [  ] Not only did I switch from Chid Life to Developmental Psychology, but as we all know, I ended up deferring my acceptance.

2.) Keep tabs on UCLA Happenings and attend more events – it’s my senior year!

  • [~] While I did not really keep tabs, I did attend more events and ended my year with an event in Royce Hall.

3.) Have two more successful quarters for CEC and leave behind a positive legacy

  • [X] It depends on what you define as “positive legacy”, but personally, I gave CEC my all and looking back, I’m proud of what I accomplished.

4.) Learn how to play “Stop This Train” on guitar

  • [~] I took some steps towards this goal. I enrolled in guitar lessons and have learned a few songs including “Stay” by Rihanna.

5.) Take advantage of megabus’s $1 offer and take a semi-spontaneous trip to San Francisco

  • [X] I did ride the Megabus, but to Vegas, not SF. It was definitely not spontaneous, not did it cost me a mere $1. More like that + 40 more smackaroos. And to be honest, it wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be. (*Sidenote: But I DID take a spontaneous trip to Davis via the Amtrak and while it wasn’t cheap, it was an amazing trip with one of my best friends*)

6.) Take a trip to Las Vegas, post-21

  • [X] Yessir and it was quite an experience.

7.) Exercise at least twice a week and slowly expand that to every day

  • [~] This didn’t really kick in until the latter half of the year, but better late than never!

8.) Follow a healthier eating regimen – take multiple trips to Ralphs and be conscious of all foods

  • [~] Still working on this, but I have definitely made changes in the houeshold. Now to get my mother to use brown rice instead of white.

9.) As always, go to at least one concert

  • [X] Not only did I go to multiple concerts, but I attended the CONCERT of concerts – Coachella. Check and mate.

10.) Attempt to do better in school – whether this means, procrastinate less, prioritize/focus more, or simply, thrive in new setting

  • [  ] I’m still working on this. Study smart, procrastinate less, concentration endurance – tips are welcome!

11.) Write consistently in this blog, every day, for the entire year

  • [  ] Oh, I wrote this with the intention of having a separate 2013 blog that represented blogging for 365 days. But by Day 22 I realized that I didn’t have the time, nor that interesting of a life, to fulfill this.

12.) Finally close that “7-year” chapter and do what I need to do to move on.

  • [X] Done and done.

13.) Never lose faith. Everything happens for a reason, so keep powering through.

  • [X] Losing faith in life is like losing the will to live. With everything thrown at me this year, I think I’ve managed to say afloat, no?

6/13 done properly. 4/13 done so so. And 3 that were just not completed – but I wouldn’t count them as failures. 2013 will always be significant to me as this was the year I graduated UCLA and came out as a recipient of a Bachelor’s Degree.

This time last year, I was trying to rebuild an image that had been demolished by certain events. I wanted to keep moving forward despite all the signs telling me to slow down. This year, I’m hoping to discover myself  and really focus on my emotional, physical, and psychological well-being, while keeping in mind of my friends and family who have been with me through thick and thin. Here’s to hoping that 2014 not only brings me one step closer to an acceptance to medical school, but an awareness of who I am .

One key lesson for the year:

Value yourself. The more you ­elevate your self-worth, the more you will ­attract what you desire.

And with that I leave you with my 2014 resolutions and my sincere wishes for a wonderful new year. Cheers!
Au revoir, 2013.
Au revoir, 2013.

Happy New Year,


Wisdom Teeth Extraction Pt. 1


Upper right tooth, large and intact. Lower right tooth, bloody and in shambles.

Today I got my wisdom teeth out. Well, not all four. Just the right side. And let me tell you, once the anesthesia started to wear off a few hours later, that pain kicked in like no other. So now I’m here, sipping soup, barely parting my lips to eat mashed potatoes.

I was a little bummed that I wasn’t given my tooth after the surgery. We ended up going to good ol’ KS Prasad rather than Dr. Chew, and he insisted that only two teeth should be taken out and wasn’t really into the whole sentimental value. All in all, it was an interesting procedure. For the bottom right wisdom tooth – since it was growing horizontally and on the nerve – he cracked it in several places and had to slowly chip away to get every piece out without damaging the nerve (although there is like a 40% change of permanent nerve damage!). For the top one, he simply turned my head once, and pulled it out. Maybe that’s why my bottom jaw hurts more than the top currently.

That’s alright – my mother and sister are doting on me and it’s great to have an excuse to be in bed in my pajamas. Hopefully I get much better by tomorrow so that I can go in on Friday and get the last two pulled out and over with. Then I can start the school year off without having to work about appointments.

See, I'm smiling.
See, I’m smiling.

Another odd, but nice thing that happened today was during the time that we had left Dr. Chew’s office and were waiting for Prasad to open up, my father took me out for breakfast at Denny’s. Now this was after a somewhat ugly fight on New Year’s Day, so it did caught me off guard. And although we only exchanged a few words during the entire meal, it was nice to do something, just the two of us. Even if the tone was somber due to it being my “last meal” of the day. Which, with what else I’ve had today, pretty much sums it up.

My mother also translated a few horoscopes that were being read on a SunTV program special. According to her, this year is supposed to be a 79/100 in terms of being good. Also, I should be wary until March 3rd or so. After that, I can travel and what not and it’s smooth sailing until the end. But most importantly, “what I have been dreaming about – but haven’t said out loud – for the past few years, will finally come true”. We all know my mother, so we know to keep things in perspective when hearing these “predictions”. But it’s a great way to pass the time – especially when one is bedridden such as myself.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what’s to happen.

Chipmunk over and out,



So it’s Sunday night and the time is nearing midnight. Lydia just told me that the brain repairs itself between the 11 pm – 2 am and even though I’ve taken Biology for 3 years, I can’t seem to remember if this information is true or not. I’m afraid to look because that means my staying up is actually detrimental to my mental health. Which ultimately means I’m screwed. So while I’m avoiding this, I started to think about horoscopes and the truth in their words.

Have you ever went through an entire day and then looked up your horoscope for that day and was taken back by how similar the two were? I know that personally, there would be times like that and I would then read the following days’ horoscopes in order to gain some insight for the future. Likewise, I often think about the compatibility of certain signs in the back of my head when I meet a special someone. However, this is where I do draw the line. Although horoscopes are often accurate and are not some cheap, viewer attraction, I do believe that when dealing with the signs, we should tread with caution. Although I am staunch in my belief that my soulmate is a Leo whereas Freddie believes that a Gemini’s soulmate is an Aries, I am not going to go up to someone I think is great and say “Hey, you’re wonderful and all, but you’re not a Leo, so this won’t work out”. That’s just plain idiotic. On the contrary however, I do believe there is some truth in those daily readings and such, and overall, they provide us with valuable information that we may be too stubborn to see.

So what’s the final conclusion? Read your horoscopes but take them lightly. And if you’re strictly a practical person, then hey, you’ll at least get a good laugh out of it. Because what’s the worse that can happen by just reading them?

<3 A.