Category Archives: School

Worst Superbowl 2013 commercial of the Year

besides all those stupid local Hawaiian ones that I had to see repeatedly,

HAS to be this Dodge commercial.

Hands down.

Worst commercial, not only for the Superbowl, but seriously

OF ALL TIME.

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Fashion NO of the Day

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-Fake light blue sleeveless jean jacket

-Orange, Blue & Purple beach backpack

-Leopard jeans folded up

-Matching light blue tennis shoes

-Brown cowboy belt

-Pink (I’ve had it since high school) gel watch

What is she trying to pull off? The only two things that “match” is the color of the shoes with the vest/jacket and even that is a big FASHION NO. It looks like she’s going for a Peggy Bundy meets the 80s look. Too bad that SOUNDS cooler than it actually looks, at least on her anyways.

Ladies, when you’re going to wear a print, especially an animal print, it looks best if you match it with solid colors like white, black, grey and so on. The light blue makes everything muddled and confusing. People won’t know where to look or what to think of you. If you want to go beyond just the one animal print item the key is with the accessories. With basic solid colors you can wear accessories to bump the whole look.

Just saying ladies. Don’t make me take a picture of you on campus!

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Comet Lecture

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I listened to a lecture on why Comets are so great and it was pretty interesting!

The picture above is of Comet Hyakutake seen from Hawaii in 1996.

Beautiful shot isn’t it?

Hawaii is the home of many of the world’s finest observatories and what better way to get ready for comet viewings coming up in March than to have a lecture to explain what it is that we will see.

I won’t go over the WHOLE lecture with you guys but I know it’s cool to learn a neat fact here and there so here are some cool ones that you can share with your friends and family.

-Comets are made completely out of ice and when they get in close proximity of the Sun the ice on the surface starts to sublimate, turning directly from a solid to a gas. The gas then streams away creating comet dust which are the tails and comas of the comet.

-And these same comet tails always point away from the sun. 

-Comets also have orbits but the paths deviate from the traditional circular orbit. Which means that there is no set orbit for comets.

Hope you guys learned a little something!

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Plato’s Closet – Honolulu

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So I went and checked out Plato’s Closet so that I could do a review for the University Newspaper. This is the first Plato’s Closet and buy/sell vintage/consignment/brand store in this neck of the woods and I loved it!

Here is the information for the location:

Plato’s Closet

1161 S. Beretania
Honolulu, HI 96814

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-8 pm & Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

Telephone #: (808) 523-8885

Credit Cards: Yes

Parking: Private Lot

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Here is what I wrote for the draft. They’ll edit it before it goes in the paper but I say what I wrote is good enough for my blog!

Being from Los Angeles I love thrift stores and consignment shops so I knew that I had to give this place a visit. Very much like Crossroads and Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet offers a variety of name brand clothing at more than reasonable pricing. It was like every college girl’s dream! Tons of outfits to choose from, all in either new or slightly used condition, with more than affordable prices. I would say shopping at Plato’s Closet is a lot cheaper than shopping at Forever 21 with a better selection of styles for both men and women. Plato’s Closet has done very well in the states and it was about time that they opened one in Honolulu. All the employees were more than helpful and very friendly as well. And for those of you who are worried about parking they have a private lot right in front of the store and for those students without cars it’s only about a 1.7 mile walk from campus.


The store itself is packed wall to wall with clothing and accessories. And the atmosphere is very welcoming as every customer is greeted as they walk through the door. Whether you are looking for shoes for a friend’s wedding or a clubbing outfit for the weekends, this is definitely the place to go. I saw plenty of clothes with the tags still attached selling for a mere fraction of what the original retail price was. I saw Women’s Air Jordan’s from $12-$21, a new Bebe dress for $18 and even Betsey Johnson purses for half what they would charge at Ross. And of course I couldn’t leave the store without picking up a few things for myself.


The only downside to Plato’s Closet would be to potential sellers. I have read reviews as well as asked people what their experience has been with selling their items to Plato’s Closet and more people have been disappointed with the amount of product that the store chooses to buy and for how much. Because the store sells their merchandise for such a low price it is hard for sellers to get what they think is fair for their new or gently used items. If you just want to get rid of some clothes or need quick cash then it might not hurt giving Plato’s Closet a try but most people have just found it easier to donate their unwanted items to Goodwill. I am sure that as they get more business they will be open to buying more from customers as times go on but I’ve heard that they have been pretty picky about what they choose to purchase from customers.


But overall, I had a great experience at Plato’s Closet and I can’t wait to go back soon to see what new things have come in. It’s refreshing to see a store that is affordable to the general public and to college students like myself.

And here’s what I got this time around. I picked out two dresses that I KNOW that I did NOT need to try on because I just had to have them!

I didn’t look at all the clothes or go through each rack because I knew this trip was more for school work than for pleasure but I’m sure I’ll be back there soon enough. There were sneakers and bags that I wanted but I knew that I had to pace myself.

I just need to keep reminding myself…I NEED TO SAVE FOR LAW SCHOOL!

It hasn’t been working TOO well but I’m trying. Slowly but surely. (Don’t call me Shirley!)

But anyways…

The first dress I fell in love with at first glance! And it’s by one of my favorite designers in LA!

The store on Melrose is called Voom and this lady makes all her clothes by hand! And they’re usually WAY too expensive for me to even consider buying anything. Her store MIGHT have closed down because of it. But I’m psyched to get a hold on this dress because I didn’t even know she had designs LIKE this.

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Excuse all the wrinkles.

But isn’t it just adorable?! When I saw the old school hand stitched puppies on there I KNEW this was for me!

I used to LOVE embroidery and stitch work so whenever I see dish towels or clothing with it, I can’t help but love it even more!

Paid $14 for a $100-$200 dress!!!

The next dress fits amazingly on me and the back is to die for!

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And guess what ladies?

It’s a Wet Seal dress! …I know right?

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And it only cost me $8!

I’m so happy with both dresses that I got and hopefully they’ll like my review too!

Yay for thrift store finds! Woo hoo!

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Nothing like some Mexican Corn and Peanut Butter Crunch cookies…

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My mother sent me a picture of my baby Wolfgang yesterday.

Isn’t he so precious? I just LOVE my big baby.

So yesterday Olivo went to school with me to check out the campus while I had my one class for the day.

I actually enjoyed my Science Fiction class yesterday. We got to discuss King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard and I totally got to rip this girl’s ideas TO SHREADS! So I was pretty happy.

What? She said something stupid without thinking. She gets what she deserves.

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After that Olivo and I went to The Tea Farm near campus. I really love the tea there so I had to take her since she’s a tea fanatic.

I had the Green Tea Lemonade, like I always do, and it was DELICIOUS!

If you have time you should check the place out. It has a simple yet pleasing interior design, a shelf full of books for customers to read from and exchange with if they like, food options and of course, delicious tea! If you’re in Honolulu, you MUST check it out!

I’m pretty sure I’ll write a complete Yelp review soon. I feel like I’m about to pass out right now so I’ll put it off till tomorrow.

And for those of you who are curious, here is my Yelp link:

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I have reviews for places in Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco as well as some that are scattered here and there within the continental US!

After that we took a trip to the post office and I mailed a box of cookies to my friend Kana, a Christmas gift that I had to exchange for a nephew and some post cards for friends. I love the post office but I hate it. Sending mail just costs an arm and a leg. It always makes me cringe and die a little bit on the inside…

Decided to make Mexican food so I made Chicken Quesadillas and some Mexican corn on the cob! I forgot to buy the lime so it wasn’t as AMAZING as it could have been but I was pretty happy with how it turned out. First time trying to make it and I’m glad it worked out…for the most part. I’ll remember to buy limes next time though.

I had to use Parmesan instead of Cotija cheese because I doubt I could get any of that in Hawaii.

Here is the recipe I used if anyone is curious.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons mayonnaise (fat free is fine)
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice (optional)
2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 ears corn, shucked

Directions:

1. Prepare grill.

2. Combine mayo and juice (if using) in a small bowl.

3.Combine cheese and seasonings in another small bowl.

4. Place corn on grill rack that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

5. Grill corn 12 minutes or until tender, turning frequently.

6. Remove from grill and brush with mayo mixture, and sprinkle with cheese mixture.

7. Serve immediately.

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Also made some Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies for the first time using the recipe on the box.

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I’ll post a recipe up soon! I love you box recipes!!!

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‘The Walking Dead’ Game Review

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I wrote a review for the ‘Walking Dead’ video game by Telltale games for my University paper and they published it today!

Hooray! Hoorah!

Here is a link to the online version of the article.

I’ll post the article on here as well!

Game review: ‘The Walking Dead’

Zombies and apocalyptic themes remain popular in the video game world today, but if you’re tired of the run-and-gun gameplay typical of the genre, Telltale Games has taken advantage of the popularity of “The Walking Dead” television series and created a video game that will satisfy any zombie fanatic – even those who aren’t fans of the show.

“The Walking Dead” is a decision-based game that is more focused on actions and emotions than the typical first-person shooter. It is available for platforms such as iOS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and has five episodes that were released between April and November 2012.

While most “Walking Dead” fans are familiar with the characters from the television hit, this particular game is based on the original comic series by Robert Kirkman. Like the show, it has the same basic concept of a zombie wasteland, but also adds new story elements that allow the player to decide the outcomes to each story.

Gamers play from the point of view of Lee, a “criminal” charged with murder – the specific details are kept secret. It is the gamer’s job to choose which path Lee takes – whether it be one of aggressive, brutish behavior or compassion ¬– and if he is to do the right thing in any situation.

Each new decision has lasting consequences and changes the outcome of the overall story. While other action-based games are only fun the first time through, the same cannot be said about “The Walking Dead.” I’ve gone back several times to see what other alternative endings I could encounter, and I’ve watched many “Let’s Play” videos of situations that I haven’t even come close to yet.

Telltale Games has made a thrilling action-based game; players are made to anticipate each cliffhanger and life-changing event. With the use of quick-time events and timed responses, you have no time to zone out or get bored.

The action and situations presented are intensely realistic – whether it be jumping onto rooftops or deciding whom to side with in arguments among the group. I’ve flinched more than a couple of times when exploring unknown territories, having the lives of others solely in my hands and when hit with sudden “walker” attacks. A sense of urgency lurks in the background with risky and uncertain decision-making. Mix this with fear and anticipation, and you’re never sure what could happen next.

At the end of each episode, the game will display statistics of your actions compared to the choices that other gamers have made during the same situations. Were most people good, or did most people choose to sacrifice the safety of others for their own benefit? The outcomes can be surprising.

“The Walking Dead” is definitely one of the best games of 2012 and well worth the investment. It is suspenseful but also has a gripping storyline with developed characters. Fans of the television show, try out the game to get your “Walking Dead” fix before the series returns in February. For those of you who have already enjoyed “The Walking Dead” game series, look out for the second season, set for release sometime in 2013.

Five torches out of five

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Everyday life in Hawaii

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Thought I would just post some pictures of what I’ve been up to everyday while I’m here.

Nothing too crazy.

First picture is of some Taro Boba Milk Tea! Which was delicious! I ordered a small but it turned out to be pretty big.

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This was the picture from the first day of school.

It was raining pretty hard in the morning but there’s always a rainbow during/after so I thought it’d be cool to show you guys.

It sucked for me though. Unprepared. No umbrella. Wearing a see through shirt.

NOT A GOOD IDEA.

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And this was the second day of school.

Still raining. Still unprepared. But at least this time I was NOT wearing a see through shirt. Phew~

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Took me about 2-3 days of working on it after school but I finished the 1000 piece underwater puzzle that I had bought over Thanksgiving vacation in LA.

It was actually a lot of fun. (No Mark did not help me put it together).

I think this is what happens when you are an only child. Board games don’t really do it for you but a PUZZLE! Now THAT’S a WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY! Oh man did I love putting together puzzles when I was a kid.

No I did not have a sad childhood, thank you very much. I just like what I like. That’s all.

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Watched the Lakers vs Spurs game yesterday.

And I was like all other Lakers fans yesterday, greatly disappointed.

Man, being so many games under .500 SUCKS!

WE HAD IT TOO! I thought we were SO lucky when Parker through it out of bounds but NO. We have to F*** it up like we always do in the 4th quarter. Typical Lakers. *Sigh*

I like the Spurs though but this would have been a good win for the Lakers. A girl can dream.

And Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol are out for tomorrow’s game.

I thought the injuries would be not as frequent now that we’re back at a regular season but again I was mistaken.

UGH PLEASE SOMEONE JUST TAKE DH OFF OUR HANDS!

WE DON’T WANT HIM ANYMORE!

(And I NEVER wanted him in the first place!)

Gay.

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We went and had some yogurt yesterday so that made things a lot better.

Yogurt: Peppermint, Taro and Plain Tart with Rainbow Sprinkles and Mochi! YUM!

And I started writing and editing for the University paper! I am so excited!

I’ll post a link to the University blog to which I will probably be posting to.

Exciting!!!!!

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