Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Took a personality test... Do you think it's true? Hmm..

Your view on yourself:

You are down-to-earth and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties.

The type of girlfriend/boyfriend you are looking for:

You are a true romantic. When you are in love, you will do anything and everything to keep your love true.

Your readiness to commit to a relationship:

You are ready to commit as soon as you meet the right person. And you believe you will pretty much know as soon as you might that person.

The seriousness of your love:

Your have very sensible tactics when approaching the opposite sex. In many ways people find your straightforwardness attractive, so you will find yourself with plenty of dates.

Your views on education

Education is very important in life. You want to study hard and learn as much as you can.

The right job for you:

You're a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. Find a regular job doing just that and you'll be set for life.

How do you view success:

You are afraid of failure and scared to have a go at the career you would like to have in case you don't succeed. Don't give up when you haven't yet even started! Be courageous.

What are you most afraid of:

You are afraid of having no one to rely on in times of trouble. You don't ever want to be unable to take care of yourself. Independence is important to you.

Who is your true self:

You are mature, reasonable, honest and give good advice. People ask for your comments on all sorts of different issues. Sometimes you might find yourself in a dilemma when trapped with a problem, which your heart rather than your head needs to solve.

Friday, June 4, 2010


So I haven't been updating and I've been meaning to write in here.

Right now I'm in South Korea! I came to visit Andrew who has been teaching English here since February. I made it here in two flights. My first flight was to Seattle and a little over 2 hours long. It wasn't too bad, I mostly slept. There wasn't much to do. The landing was the smoothest landing I have ever had in my life. It didn't bump at all, mostly just shake side to side when he was braking. On the flight I did hear that the girl behind me was also headed to Seoul and possibly on the same flight as me. So when I got off the plane I went up to her and asked. We ended up hanging out and I bought her lunch. She didn't have any money or a card and hadn't eaten breakfast. How could I not? If that was me I'd feel terrible and be starving. She was really nice, her name is Ivy. Turns out she lives pretty close to me. Maybe like 5 minutes away? Small world!

My second flight was over 11 hours long. I slept A LOT. I was on Asiana and their service was terrific. They spoke English to me of course, but spoke Korean to those who looked Korean. It was kind of amusing. I had my own personal tv screen and could watch a variety of movies. They had some recent releases: Leap Year, Valentine's Day, Dear John... and some other ones. They also had some older movies, Korean movies, and news. I mostly napped, watched Dear John, ate, napped more. I was really surprised that I didn't feel sick at all. I also wasn't grossed out/felt nauseous at the sight of airplane food. My first meal was Western style beef steak, although I could have chosen Korean Kimbap. My meal included macaroni (which was bland), salad (which was okay with the dressing), apple pie slice (it wasn't an actually pie slice, but more of a brownie cut), and a roll covered in sesame seeds (I didn't eat this as it was super hard and looked unappealing). The beef steak was okay, a bit tough to eat. It had carrots (which were eh), broccoli crowns (which were okay) and potatoes (which were DELICIOUS). I missed the second meal as I had fallen asleep and woke up after they had already served everyone. I probably could have asked for a meal, but I didn't feel like asking. I just knew they had served meals as the girl next to me had a hamburger. So my third meal (which I woke up for just in time!) was beef again, the other option was a cod fillet. This beef was waaay better than the last one, it was delicious and fell apart pretty easily. It came with pieces of fruit and something else I can't remember at the moment. I think that's in part to me not eating it. The beef came with carrots and broccoli again and unfortunately not potatoes. Instead I had noodles, plain noodles. I had bread again and while this piece came wrapped and looked a bit better it was still hard. Anyways I spent most of my flight sleeping and rewatched parts of Leap Year. I almost finished watched all of Valentine's Day again.

I should note that thankfully there wasn't a person sitting directly next to me (I had a window seat with limited underseat storage). Therefore the girl with the aisle seat and I had more space, and I took up most of the underseat storage. :D This girl was very nice, she spoke some English so she helped me fill out my customs forms. I didn't really speak to her much as I was tired and she looked pretty engrossed in her films. The landing was fine, not as smooth, but not too bad. It was weird coming into Incheon airport. I was the foreigner there, the one unable to read all the signs. I felt a bit out of place, I had to figure out a lot of things on my own. I noticed I hadn't received a health inspection form so I proceeded to fill one out before I could pass to go through customs. My cheeks started to feel flushed, I'm not sure if this is because I was nervous and somewhat confused. Anyway, when I proceeded through the woman took my health inspection form and asked if I was transferring. I said no and she took my temperature. Yep, I had my temperature checked just as I had heard. She checked in both ears and I was a little grossed out because I'm pretty sure she didn't clean it before or after sticking it in my ears.

Hm, I was a little confused trying to find the line to get my passport checked. I stood in line and the guy who was in charge of my line was taking forever. I ended up getting directed through to the Korean passport line since they had cleared all Korean passports. I went through and headed down to baggage claim (which I found by following people downstairs). Oh man, I was reading the signs for which baggage claim number to head to and it was all in Korean. I thankfully remembered my flight number after having to write it down a bunch of times on my forms. I picked up my bag and headed through customs. The man looked at my form and sent me down to the nothing to declare line. I then exchanged money at a crappy rate, 1155, when it was really at about 1200. Oh well. once I was out, oh man that's when I really got lost. I had to find a phone or someone who spoke English to borrow their phone. I also needed to find where to buy my bus ticket and where to wait for that bus. A man came up to me and asked if I needed a taxi and I said I no bus. I told him I was going to Wonju and he told me I needed to go further down. Then I saw a woman who was standing there with Travel Information pertaining to buses, etc and she told me where to go.

Afterward, I noticed some pay phones. This was really challenging as it did not say how much money to put in, only that it took 10, 50, and 100 won coins. At this point Ivy saw me and went and asked how much to put in, it's 200 won btw. She also needed some money to call her dad and sister to find out where they were. I made my call, talked to Andrew, and then went to get my bus ticket. After I got my bus ticket I called Andrew again to let him know what time my bus was. We talked until I ran out of coins. I waited for my bus, which was early and it also left right on time. Not that many people on my bus and I'm pretty sure none of them really spoke English.

The bus ride was fine, I mostly looked out the window. It was really exciting! I was really in Korea and on my way. The supposed 3 hour bus right was a lot quicker than they stated. Maybe we didn't run into traffic? We got there in just a little over 2 hours. Also about 5 minutes before we reached the bus station the baby on board threw up. A little gross. Since I had gotten to the bus station early. I needed to find a phone or somewhere to wait for Andrew who got out of class at 10. I had finally managed to work up the courage to ask someone for a phone and she said phone? outside. So I headed outside and didn't see any phones near there. I noticed one girl waiting for the bus had her phone out and wasn't using it so I proceeded to mime and ask her to use her phone. It went something like:

Me: Can I use your phone? *makes a phone with hand and puts it up to ear*
Girl: Phone? *holds hers up*
Me: Yes. Can I use it?
Girl: *confused*
Me: Can I use? *points to self*
Girl: Oh *nods and hands me phone*
Me: Uhh how do I use it?
Girl: *unlocks phone and takes it to the phone screen*

Anyways I made my call and gave it back to her and said my thanks. We both bowed a little. :) So I'm waiting there and these two men in suits are waiting for the bus. I look really out of place, not only because I'm clearly not Korean, but also because I have a HUGE luggage and a full backpack. I notice one guy is inching closer and closer to me. I start to panic a little and put on my best serious face and ignore him. He gets pretty close to my bag and steps side to side. I can tell he's starting to check out the tag. He steps back and stares at my bag and then just stands somewhat near me. I look around hoping Andrew will get there soon. He was trying to find someone to cover his class so he could come get me. Anyways the guy in a suit says something to me in Korean. Normally I'd be friendly, but I had just recently heard some creepy stories about Korean men so I didn't smile or try to really communicate. He repeated himself a little louder (he had spoken somewhat softly). I just shook my head and made a gesture to show I didn't know what he meant. Andrew called the girl's phone and thankfully she was still waiting for her bus. He started explaining that his boss was going to come and get me. She would tell the taxi driver how to get to Andrew's school and I would meet him there. In the middle of the conversation the girl was like "bus" and pointed that her bus was coming. I had to hand her, her phone and she ran off to get on her bus. Thank you random girl! You were nice and totally saved me. :)

Eventually Andrew's boss Annie came and I took a taxi to Andrew's school. We walked back to his apt and he showed me around a bit. His friend James called to ask if we wanted to eat with them, but Andrew wanted to eat something else so we did our own thing. We went to a place that served Dakk Galbi (I think this is how you spell it). We sat on the floor with mats over a low table that had a big round cooking pan in the center of it. She served us banchan (or is it panchan?) which is all the side dishes. Dakk galbi is basically cabbage, mushroom, sliced hot sauce covered chicken, sweet potatoes, dakk or dak? which is this rice cake in almost a penne pasta shape (not hollow though). This could be completely wrong from what it really is, but this is what we ate. Oh man I had to get used to using chopsticks. I also need to learn Korean manners, like pouring drinks for my company and accepting drinks with either both hands or having one hand support the other. It's just habit to take a cup with one hand. Also when eating with Andrew everyone spoke to me first, maybe because I am Asian? But they quickly realized I was confused and Andrew responded so they'd just ask him questions.

Hm, we also got ice cream from Baskin Robbins. I had some green tea and it was delicious! I wish we had green tea ice cream more easily available at home. :( I also really wanted to play a crane machine just because they were scattered randomly on the street. It was just really crazy not being able to communicate or understand what people were saying. I don't think I've been that kind of foreigner in a very, very long time. We normally just vacation in places that speak English. So it was very weird to just experience how lost and somewhat scared that feels like. I'm not a super outgoing person, especially if I'm out of my comfort zone. So I get somewhat scared asking people questions. It's obviously even harder when you don't speak the same language. haha.

All in all this is a pretty interesting experience. I hope it only gets better. :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fresh Mix Summer Slouch

I've been terrible about updating. I get nervous about saying the right thing or posting things that sound dumb. I should really just post anything I feel like. I go through phases of wanting to post 20 things in one day and then never posting for a month. Confusion!

Anyway, I offer up a completed project, Fresh Mix Summer (Ravelry link).

Started & Completed: September 3rd-5th, 2009
Pattern: Indian Summer
Yarn: 1 skein of Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Frappe in Fresh Mix
Needles: US 6 & US 8
Modifications: Used the US 8 for lacy portion, US 6 for ribbing and decreases.
Notes: I love this hat. I don't normally wear hats too often, but this is just too adorable. It's not too hot, but it's not super breezy either. I also love how the variegated yarn looks in this pattern. Normally there's issues with pooling so I try to stay away from variegated yarns, but the lace portion spreads out the color. The only problem I have with it is the ribbing has stretched out after two uses. I'm going to wash it and maybe pop it into the dryer for a bit to see if it regains some shape. All in all I still love this hat and it only cost me $2.16!

Also forgot to mention this was knit for the HPKCHC for Herbology Sept 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

New Parfum err Toilette Spray

I promised myself I would blog this week. I even have a finished object (FO) to post that I absolutely adore. I just haven't gotten around to taking pictures. I only just finished it yesterday, but I want to say something! What's a short thing to add that has happened to me recently?

I've acquired a new perfume. See my mom, sister, and I managed to spend $300 dollars or more at Ulta and I hit Level 6 in the Rewards program. What does that mean for me? I could choose a Cut & Style at the Salon (my hair looks pretty much the same when it gets cut so pass), a Hot Tools straightener/curling iron (I have both and you couldn't pick ceramic anyways) I forget what the other choice was... and up to $45.00 or a perfume. I thought I could only choose one that was $45.00 or less, but you can apparently pay the difference.

I took the bf with me and we both agreed a lot of things were unappealing. I showed him the one I wear now, Princess by Vera Wang, but the bottle in the store smelled (smelt?) different. He said it was too chemical-y. (As if!) Then I saw this...

Daisy by Marc Jacobs. One sniff and I was in love. I normally don't like floral scents, but I liked this one immediately. Bf said he liked it, reminded him of a perfume he bought me for Valentine's Day when we first started dating. I wasn't too fond of that one then, but I swear this one smells different. So all in all I paid about $13.00 for this perfume, in all it's cute bottle glory.

PS. Bf says girl perfume bottles are better looking than guy ones. Why is that? Because girls are awesome. ;)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Zoo animals

The 31st was my birthday and in celebration of my birthday the bf and I went to the zoo.

This is Mr. Coyote. He's looking straight at me. He would be looking away and whenever I lifted my camera up to take a photo he turned his head slightly to look at me. It was a little freaky, a little intense.

Since it was a small zoo there weren't that many animals there. The Orange County Zoo features mostly animals from the Southwest. I loved the little fox that was snoozing on a platform in his cage, the ocelot rubbing against a rock, and the bobcats snuggling in their hammock. But what is a zoo without a little petting zoo? This is Mr. Goat who hangs out in the petting zoo. He likes to be brushed.

All in all I had fun on our short trip to the zoo. I'm hoping to plan some sort of day trip down to San Diego with Andrew, Rose, and Wolf to see the zoo there this summer.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Flowers will cheer me up

I'm not really sure how to jazz this blog up at the moment, but I'm feeling down so I'm posting a photo I took last weekend that I really like.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Passing Thoughts is exactly that, just passing thoughts. I'll be writing about my daily life, knitting, fashion, WoW, crochet, jewelry making, and any random thing that pops into my head. I'm terrible at censoring myself so posts might be a bit long-winded.

What can I tell you about myself? I'm Tiffany, a 21 year old (soon to be 22 on the 31st) student from Southern California. I'm starting this blog to have a place to share my thoughts and photos on various subjects and interests of mine.

So here I go, venturing off into the unknown and hopefully remember a few details to share.