The Ugly Christmas Sweater DIY of 2013

I’m a little absent-minded these days, but the least I could do is wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! To go along with the festive times, today I am featuring my ugly DIY sweater for the year!

Coincidentally, two weeks ago I had an Ugly Sweater contest sitewide at work AND a holiday party with the same theme to attend on the same Friday. I figured I should put some effort into finding a pretty darn good bad sweater.

Featured today is my own crafted sweater vest (EW!). I found this utterly tacky/kid-friendly vest at Goodwill with a Thanksgiving and fall theme. With 3 items from the dollar store, I added some festive cheer. Enjoy!

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Figure 1a. and 1.b. Before front and back! I bought this thing because of the lonely floating head. Makes me laugh every time!

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Figure 2. Festive savior! A reindeer felt bag, a snowman felt bag, and a Christmas stocking.

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Figure 3. Final product!

Happy Holidays to all ❤


Mighty Fast Crafting – The Instant Book

My family and I usually do a yearly giant gift exchange among the cousins. This year I received someone who likes both anime & music, so I wanted to give a mixed CD of songs inspired by one of my favorite animes along with whatever gift I bought. I didn’t want to just attach the CD to a card, so made him a card booklet to hold the CD. It’s sorta like a scrapbook, but much shorter and not as fancy (well the one I made wasn’t fancy at least).

Video tutorial I followed!

Now the video says that instant books can be made with only one sheet of paper. I needed to make my slightly bigger than the width that 1 piece of scrap paper would give me, so I taped 2 sheets together and followed the instructions in the video. Here are my results.

1) My “blue print” & tools in preparation.


2) Back of envelope I made & “seal” I cut from some scrap paper.

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3) Cover of booklet


4) I’ll just show the last two pages because I want to show where the CD is stored.


The “wrapped gift” on top is actually a tab that you pull out to reveal a folder which contains the CD.


Sorry for my distracting black hoodie in this pic.

On a side note, this was a really cheap project that is still very thoughtful. I didn’t have to buy anything since I had paper lying around the house, 1 sheet of stickers, and basic craft supplies (glue, scissors, ruler, markers, ect.). Hope this inspires you guys for last minute/belated/future presents 🙂

Picking Up Where I Left Off

I can’t believe it, WINTER BREAK IS OVER. It’s the longest break I have since I am still in session during summer, so it felt amazing to see my family, hang out with a few close friends, and do some old fashion relaxing.

The minute I handed in my last Ethics paper, my friends and I partied down Christmas style. And by partied I mean stuff my face food and drink and watch “Super 8” in the apartment. Did I mention it was also to celebrate John’s 22nd Birthday, and I was still super sick?


Christmas is always a fun event at because my family goes from being all fancy for Church, then bums it out when we open presents.

Among the many presents I was fortunate to receive, my sister and bro-in-law got me a Kidrobot/Swatch watch! Kidrobot is one those designer items (along with Toki Doki) that I’ve been wanted stuff from for a while, but it’s so expensive! I also got a new Harajuku laptop bag for my (5 months old) new laptop! Other present highlights were the beautiful jewelry my parents got me and *breathe* a Juicy Couture bag and Betsy Johnson jewelry set. I am still in utter shock to own something so expensive as a student.

I finally got to meet John’s puppy JJ after a year of waiting! He is truly the most adorable, energetic puppy ever ❤ ❤ ❤ !!!! I could not stop hugging him (and John of course) >:D

I failed at ice skating with Scott and Kirsten, and got to talk to Mario at Nintendo World (he asked why a “princess” like me would leave my “plumber” in Philly XD Way to be awkward in front of little kids, Mario). I also got to see this cool frozen fountain at Bryant park (why don’t they turn it off in the winter???).

Kirsten was nice enough to add to our Giant Microbes collection in the apartment and even decorated the bag with science!

As I haven’t been spamming your subscription page or e-mail, you can tell my lack of posts indicate that I have been back in classes as of Monday!

I must say, coming back to campus has felt oh so surreal. It was as if winter break never happened, like it was all a dream. It was like someone literally pressed [PLAY] on my life at school. When I came back to Philly, it was as if I picked up where I left off before break.

I ended up watching (and finishing) the same movie and had the same exact dinner on the same day of the week before I left for Winter break: in the middle of watching “Big” eating the O-Burger from Baby Blues BBQ on a Saturday night without the girls at home.

And the corner of the Sciences building, across the bookstore where I said good bye and “Merry Chrismas” to friends before the holiday break, I inevitably met again at the same said area to greet for the new year and start of the term.

Academically, the term does not seem too hard nor too easy. I don’t really feel like going into detail what I’m taking but generally I am taking another two core science classes, a lab course, a history course (about science) and Stats with a lab. I’m really excited for a few activities of mine to start.

On Tuesday next week, I will be getting trained in the Paleo lab. During my Evolution class last year, my professor said he needed some volunteers to clean up some fossils, so of course I jumped at the chance of possibility looking (and even touching) dino bones. I’m in the midst of paperwork and enrollment for that pre-med/pre-pa program at VA. I’ll be returning yet again for my workstudy at the university lab. Awaiting job interview stuff. I should by the end of next week about that.

And that’s my quick end of my first week of school update! And to end here is a song that’s been stuck in my head for a month now.

Santa Gave Me the NBA & a Dental Surgery

So, Christmas has come and gone oh so very fast. I am very blessed to have received so many great presents and love from my family & friends. I could write hundreds of posts on how much I love what I received this Christmas. More importantly, I had time to relax and catch up with the people I love. Heaven knows that all I do is work, study, and breath most days of the year.

However, there are two things that only Santa could give to me this Christmas.

  1. The NBA lock-out ended.
    The day after Thanksgiving, I saw this from the New York Post:

    Joy to the world! I will have an NBA season to watch this year! And what is better yet? We [the New York Knicks] nabbed Tyson Chandler from the previous champs, Dallas Mavericks. We haven’t had an amazing center since good ol’ Patrick Ewing, and now we have the 2nd best center in the NBA currently (right behind the Magic’s wonderful Dwight Howard of course). With Carmelo Anthony & Amare Stoudemire for the offensive and Chandler for the defensive, the Knicks look like they have a fighting chance for the Playoffs this year!

    Cutting out about 20 or so games this year, this NBA season will only have 66 games. The first round of games was today, on Christmas day. While I couldn’t watch the games properly or in their entirety because I was visiting relatives, I was able to peak in here and there at the score and watched the highlights later at night.

    Game 1: New York Knicks versus Boston Celtics
    Starting the season strong, the Knicks beat the Boston Celts by 2 points in a 106-104 game. I was really excited when I heard two of my most favorite teams to watch were playing against each other. I was sad to hear the Celtics Paul Pierce was injured, but Rondo really made up for his absence. Sadly, the Celtics looked a little less energetic playing this first game at the Garden. I was even more disappointed to see Kevin Garnett smack a Knicks player in the highlights >.< Aniket probs won’t be happy to see that. On a brighter note, Carmelo really brought holiday cheer like a true Santa to my family when he scored 37 points this game.

    Game 2: Dallas Mavericks versus Miami Heat
    It’s a re-match of last year’s NBA finals! Former champs Dallas Mavericks playing Miami Heat in the Dallas home court. Sadly, from what I saw it was a disaster for the Mavs. I couldn’t even watch the highlights. Dallas lost to Miami by 11 points 105-94, and it’s really depressing to say that I was relieved that the Mavericks caught up and lessened the Heat’s lead to only 11 points. Maybe Dallas misses Chandler?

    Game 3: Chicago Bulls versus LA Lakers
    I didn’t even watch this game at all. All I know are two very important things: 1) LA Lakers lost by 1 point; 2) my NBA crush Derrick Rose saves the day again for the Bulls ❤

  2. A (Virtually) Painless Wisdom Tooth Extraction

    I don’t want to jix it, but I got a top wisdom tooth yanked out last week on Wednesday (just in time for the holidays!) and it was pretty painless for the most part. The dental assistant applauded me because I wanted to get the procedure done just a few days before Christmas food and cheer, and he quickly tried to tease and scare me before the extraction started. He introduced me to my “torture chamber” aka the dental chair and asked me to “sign my life away” aka sign some surgical standard waivers. Luckily, the longest part was waiting for my dental surgeon. He literally shot in some Novocaine into my palate and gums, waited 10 minutes, stuck some metal thing in my mouth, and my tooth popped out in a matter of seconds. In fact, I gave the entire dental office a laugh because it was probably the easiest extraction in the history of forever.

    As soon as they threw in the gauze, I was even talking with the surgeon and assistant about this FedEx deliver guy who threw a computer monitor over a fence!

    While I only got one tooth taken out, versus the two or all four most people do, I was surprised how not bad the after math was. My cheek wasn’t even all chipmunk after the second day. I only got a few fleeting headaches, so basic Tylenol was my painkiller. I was able to eat regular food by the third day or so. And as long as my clot doesn’t dislodge, I believe I am low risk for dry socket (SO PARANOID OF THIS). Thank you Santa for not letting me suffer!

    And here is a funny comic my dear Megan (who got all four out in one sitting! What a trooper!) showed me which reminded me of both our wisdom teeth extractions over break!


Writing this a bit head of time so it can be posted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Hope you are all with your loved ones, warm and safe, with good food and happy music 🙂

Don’t forget to leave some goodies for old Santa before going to bed!

I leave you with my father’s favorite holiday song, “Happy Christmas, the War is Over” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

“I guess there’s gotta be a break in the monotony, but Jesus, when it rains how it pours!”

A daily life update! Whoa! I suppose the best time since I’m submerging most of my hours into studying these days.

My finals schedule is thusly:

  1. Tuesday – Metabolism/Biochem @ 8am – 10am
  2. Wednesday – Organic Chem III @ 1030am – 1230pm
  3. Thursday – Human Physiology I @ 830am – 1030am
  4. Thursday – Physics III @ 1030am – 1230pm

I’m kinda freaking out about my two biology classes just because its just so much freaking memorization and comprehension. I’ve been studying since Monday, and I still don’t think I’ve studied enough yet. The week is just chock full of review & cram sessions, oh geez >.<

Though after Thursday life should be fun. Aniket’s coming over because he has an early train to take, and Megsy & I will be done with finals, as well as most of our friends 🙂 It’ll probs be a powwow tv night. Then I’m jumping on a bus Friday morning to NYC for mah flight to the Philippines later in the night! First time, and oh so exciting 😀 but nerve racking 😦

Meanwhile, rewind to Saturday & Sunday aka the weekend before hell week.

Went to see John’s new apartment, which was really nice. Then, went shopping with him, Ray, Naomi, and Megan at the Gal, and wandered into Christmas Village. They set up shops at City Hall every year for the holidays, and it’s always fun to go down & see the lights and trees.

And last night we did some baking to festive Christmas music while wearing Santa hats! It’s always hard to celebrate Christmas towards the end of fall term since our finals always come early in December, but we make do with what we have 🙂

And to finish off the entry randomly: pictures of my dorm! I don’t think I ever got to post these (so they are really outdated), so might as well now since I will be moving to some apartment in 2 months after break. Enjoy!

One of my favorite things in my room – I completely covered my closet wardrobe with my fave KawaiiNot comic strips!

Zoom! If you look at the top  my favorite stuffed animals reside there.

My desk! Where I did most of my studying for midterms. Not so much now 😛

Closer view of the upper portion of my desk where I keep my random knick-knacks & some photos & old cosplay items I am found of.

Close up of my corkboard & jewelry thinger.

Zoom! To the cluttered corner where I put my volunteering uniform stuff & IDs so I can just grab it when I go to work.

My corner of the room with my bed 🙂 Pink is not my favorite color, but I’m just surrounded by it >.<

Zoom! You can see some gaming posters of various Final Fantasy’s, decorations of city maps & photos, and my sister’s old hanging star lantern. Sephy & Setzer are on the bed of course 🙂

My teeny weeny side table with the ever important alarm clock!

I covered the little ceiling above my bed with glow in the dark stars in hopes to trick my mind whilst I slumber that I am staring above at celestial beings 😀

That’s all I got XD Nite all! G’luck to everyone on their exams & projects!