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Monday, May 30, 2016

Day Trip to Galena, IL

Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois. It is named for the mineral galena, which was mined by Native Americans in the area for over 1000 years. Galena was the home of Ulysses S. Grant and eight other Civil War generals. Today, the city is a tourist destination known for its history, architecture, and resorts. TripAdvisor listed Galena among its top-ten "Charming Small Towns". <Source>


Galena's Oldest House
John Dowling arrived in Galena with his son Nicholas in 1826. The limestone house was built in 1826-27 in the single-pen style. John served on the 1834 fire committee and was elected to the 1838 town board of trustees. Nicholas was elected alderman in 1841, serving until his election as mayor in 1843. The building sat abandoned for several decades. It was rehabilitated by William McCauley in the 1960s. In the 1970s, the building was opened to the public. <Source>


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ring upgrade ♥

 06/08/2016 — 4.0mm morganite, diamond accent stones, sterling silver plated with rose rhodium, size 5
 03/18/2016 — 5.5mm morganite, diamond accent stones, 10k rose gold, size 3.5 with sizing beads

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring trip to Universal Orlando Resort



This video is a compilation of 100+ short clips we took at Universal, the total length is 36 minutes, even my mom didn't want to watch at first wtf. She eventually did, because I forced her to play the video from start to finish when we skyped lololol. Videos and photos were mostly taken with my phone HTC Desire Eye— both front and back cameras are 13MP. I only whipped out my Cybershot when Eye died. 

It had been almost 3 years since I last went on a vacation with WSK! For the record, we had already been to Universal's Islands of Adventure in March 2013. Two months later, Universal announced that they would be expanding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In July 2014, King's Cross Station and Diagon Alley officially opened. Diagon Alley is located at Universal Studios Florida (we didn't visit the last time we went), and a park-to-park ticket is necessary to ride the Hogwarts Express that connects Diagon Alley with the existing Hogsmeade located at Islands of Adventure. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Meet Tigger! ^..^ฅ


Lol it's true what they said about parental differential treatment... look at how I'm only drafting this now after having Tigger for 6 months. *guilty*

To be honest, getting a second cat had always been part of the plan, but getting specifically Tigger wasn't what I expected. Not long after we got Nosie, Kit and I agreed on finding him a feline companion once I get a full-time job, but the initial plan was to adopt from DCFOF where we adopted Nosie from. Before Kit came back for his masters program, Spencer once asked me if I could take in a kitten for a month, because the owners were going on vacation. I rejected because I didn't want Nosie to become bonded with a kitten that had to be given back eventually.

After Kit came back, we went to an adoption fair to see if DCFOF had any new kittens not cataloged on the website, but there wasn't any at the fair. After we moved, I emailed DCFOF coordinator to arrange for meeting with a young adult white/grey tabby. Before we finalized on a date and time, Kit suddenly told me Danny and Effy had to find a home for their kitten or give him away, because their apartment doesn't allow furry pets. I agreed on giving it a try to see if Nosie would accept their kitten into our household.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Song ruined: Crazy in love (acoustic)



(recorded on July 20, 2015)


My first-hand encounter with a friend's psychosis

I had contemplated for more than 2 years whether to tell the story here, I guess circumstances are different now and I am no longer held back by the considerations I used to have for all parties involved. I am no longer afraid to deal with any backlash— that is, if anyone who still reads my blog decides to give me any.

This happened in January 2014.

I'd known her since INTI International University. I'd never talked to her back then though. My first actual conversation with her was during a group dinner as she sat right next to me. Following that, she started to have more interactions with me, though most of the conversations we had were actually just her ranting on about her life— roommate problems, boy problems, study problems. A few month prior to the incident, she started to call me on the phone and talk for hours. I would listen and provide emphatic comments.

One day, out of a sudden, almost everyone on her Facebook friend list was invited to a Facebook event page she created. On the event page, she claimed that she was diagnosed with terminal stage of stomach cancer and was hosting a farewell dinner prior to her departure to the UK for a surgery with very low success rate, and that she would welcome monetary donations to afford the surgery.