October 17, 2016 § Leave a comment
I’ve always dreamed of telling people that I have a green thumb. That I have the capability of creating a stunning garden that is fit for a full-page spread in Better Homes and Gardens magazine one day.
The truth is I haven’t REALLY had much experience taking care of plants. Growing up, I would occasionally help my parents water the tiny flowerbed in the backyard of our Miami home. There was an abundance of sunshine and water, and the vegetation grew as if someone placed an Engorgement Charm on it. As an adult, I like having green plants around the house, but usually opting for durable houseplants, like aloe or philodendron heartleaf, that don’t die easily from negligent care. To be fair, my small Taipei apartment hardly gets any natural light. Even my mother, who is a self-claimed gardening guru, has difficultly keeping plants alive in the apartment. Since moving in, I’ve kept away from plants and gardening, wistfully thinking that I’ll get another shot of it in a not-too-distant-future, when I find a new apartment that has more space and sunlight.
I stumbled across a tiny succulent nursery near Dahu park (大湖公園) during a family outing back in April. My inner-hipster immediately fell in love with the succulents and all the wondrous colors and variety that they come in. The small ones cost about NT. 50-100 (USD $1.50 – $3), a fair price. I decided to get 4 – two for my mom, and one each for myself and my boyfriend.
Succulents are considered low-maintenance. Idiot proof even. The instructions I received were to water them once a week and make sure they receive a lot of sunlight. Easy right?
June 28, 2015 § 1 Comment
There’s no nice way to put it. I’m having a pretty shitty few days. This GIF is for the for my shitty feelings that I’ve been dealing with:
This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for over two months. It could have joined the graveyard of unfinished posts but I am determined to resurrect it from the dead. GIFs hold a special place in my heart mostly because they are such excellent forms of expressing and convey emotions. This also gives me a chance to share some of my favorite GIFs in existence.
March 31, 2012 § 5 Comments
Being completely and utterly swamped at work these past few weeks has left me exhausted and frustrated. With long hours, bitchy clients and unsympathetic bosses, it’s been hard to feel excited and inspired about anything lately. It’s like you develop tunnel vision when you’re stressed; all you can see are the things that bother and irritate you the most. Thus, it’s even important when you’re stressed out to take a step back, chillax and start appreciating the little things in life that are awesome. So despite being unbelievably bitter these days, I still want to share some of the more awesome things that life holds.
One thing that I have been getting ridiculously addicted to is that Draw Something game. I didn’t even know about it until my Taiwanese coworker ran over to my cubicle last week and asked me what “Tebow” was. I enthusiastically demonstrated what Tebowing was in the middle of the office, only to receive the most quizzical looks ever. Only one coworker (who’s from Boston) burst into a laughing fit that could have been easily mistaken as a seizure. (Glad someone appreciated my Tebowing at least)
It’s amazing how differently people draw to convey a word. Some people are naturally great at drawing while others scrap by with just simple lines and shapes. Regardless of how good the drawing is, everyone seems to get their point across (usually). That’s probably why the game is so popular; everyone can play and it’s surprisingly fun to see what your friends draw.
I’ve decided to document several common trends that I’ve noticed during these past few days while playing.
1) The two-step: You draw something and you try so hard to make it look good the first time. However, the harder you try to draw within the lines, the more of a mess you make. Then you gotta start over and try something new.
But sometimes the first drawing was actually better than your second one