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Adventures in College Town
July 11, 2014

I spent the past few days out of town and had a great time. The main highlight of the week was attending my school’s orientation. Most of the orientation was spent listening through countless of presentations from safety to academic success. It was boring considering how I already knew most of the stuff beforehand but thankfully, a couple of my friends were there and made the experience a bit better. Moving on to the actual highlights, I got my class schedule (for the fall) and student ID card! Despite of all of the good classes being full, I enrolled in the classes I wanted for the most part.

Here’s a list of my classes for the fall:

  1. Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems
  2. Management Information Systems
  3. Organizational Behavior
  4. To Be Determined (when open registration starts)

It looks like I ended up with night classes once again… But I’m hoping it shouldn’t be too bad considering how it’s not one of those “7am~10pm” schedules I had before and I’m living on campus this time.

Since my boyfriend lives near the school, I got to spend some time with him ☺♥. As always, I enjoyed the times spent. Here are some pictures of the food we ate together (don’t mind the photo quality):

Mini Chirashi Platter

On the first night, we had a mini chirashi platter of some sort. The platter includes cucumber, baby octopus (Chuka Idako), salmon eggs, salmon sashimi, and yellowtail sashimi.

Taco Tuesday

The next day, we prepared homemade tacos. My boyfriend’s roommate joined us to help finish some tacos. Overall, it was delicious and much cheaper compared to the tacos I had last week.

Riverside Bound!

For a while, people raved about the awesome all you can eat sushi places in Riverside. Considering how we were 30 miles from the place (compared to LA being ~60), my boyfriend and I seized the opportunity and took a small road trip there with his roommate and another guest. This sushi place was okay; the sushi chefs at the bar were entertaining except the menu was really limited. I was a bit saddened that they didn’t have salmon eggs (that addiction) but at least the other items on the menu were appetizing and had some earlier in the week. Even though this wasn’t my first choice of sushi place to go to, I made the best out of the experience.

↑ My phone didn’t want to focus on the first sushi piece :(. But I started off the meal with a couple of spicy scallops and salmon nigiri.

↑ I got a chance to take a picture of my boyfriend’s order of his California eel roll as well as ate a piece from it :P.

↑ I ordered a few hand rolls before asking the sushi chef for a “chef’s special”. The only things I recognize from the hand roll was the spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and cucumbers/carrots. This was probably the best hand roll of the night.

↑ We got some baked mussel because it’s the next best thing to “remedy” my oyster cravings.

↑ My boyfriend and his roommate gave the sushi chefs a challenge to make the spiciest sushi. For sure, it had jalapenos and spicy tuna.

↑ My boyfriend let me try some of his volcano roll (or something). I don’t know what the thin pieces on top were but it gave the volcano effect where they were moving around due to the heat.

↑ I was curious about what the fish was from the display and it turns out to be albacore.. So the sushi chef made a few nigiri pieces for me to try out. It had a strong taste *o*.

↑ At the end, we all took “quail egg shots” because it’s the tradition between the guys. It’s basically quail egg with ponzu sauce, smelt eggs, and a few other things. I was a bit skeptical about consuming a good amount of ponzu sauce at once but gotta respect the tradition.

I didn’t have a chance to take pictures of everything we ordered but you got a hint of most of the orders we made.

This was a nice week for me; especially to get away from home/LA temporarily. Now that I’m back home, I’m going back to work on Monday ☺.

20 Responses

  1. Jamie ☆ July 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Congratulations on getting the classes you needed as well. Yay for the both of us! I’m thinking that I’m going to go ahead with the transfer over to a four year. I’m thinking either San Diego State, or U.C.Riverside, or U.C. San Diego. Not sure which. But, I guess that’s what junior college is there for…right? I had a hard time picking out my classes. Why? I’m a new student, and don’t have a good chance of getting in the actual classes that I need. But, I guess that goes for all students? So, I had some complications with the time schedule. But I did add on a lab. Sounds like you’ll be busy. Especially with the new job and all. But you can do this!

    Wow! Those pictures look almost like they’re popping right out you. I miss eating Sushi. To be honest. My boyfriend and I have yet to go to a Sushi restaurant. Every month, we keep saying “SOON”, but it hasn’t happened yet. I think we’re both kind of scared of eating raw fish and possibly something bad will happen. I refuse to tell the story as I know there are some people here that likes/loves sushi. My friend at the time ruined Sushi for me when she told me. But I do miss that California Eel! Yum, Yum!

    It’s always nice to get away from home. Sometimes, Tristan and I crave going out because we get away. Especially, when his Aunt takes us to Long Beach, for a day. It’s quite relaxing.

    I honestly had no idea that the Starbucks Barista’s, did that! One of the Barista’s actually yelled out “Jamie or Jaime!?” I got a little irritated. But what can you do? Thank you! Yeah, I wrote that poem, while I was at school waiting for my boyfriend to finish his assessment test.

    • Nancy ☆ July 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Depending on your major, there’s a school for you. It’s always hard to get the classes you need at first but the more classes you complete and programs you take part in (such as EOP/Honors/Graduation Pledge), you’ll get an earlier registration date. But assuming you haven’t completed all of your class requirements yet, there should be a bigger variety of classes to choose from. Good luck to the both of you!

      • Jamie ☆ July 11, 2014 at 11:09 pm

        This is very true. It’s always harder for new students to receive or get into the class(es) of their choice.

        Right now…I’m taking Anthropology and a lab for it, Sociology, Music Appreciation, And Introduction To Theater. Basically, the only two classes that really matter are Anthropology, and Sociology. The others do matter, but to me, not as much.

        I’m actually looking to transfer. That’s my goal anyways. If not, I will get an Associates. But I do have high hopes of passing all my classes with at least an A or a B, so I can get into a really good school. I’m going to have to pass anyway, I received the grant. :).

  2. Tara ☆ July 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Glad you enjoyed your time out of your home area! Sounds like your new college adventure is off to a decent start 🙂 I hope your schedule will not be too crazy this semester!

    And oooh, foooooood. Not something I’ll ever eat, but I still appreciate how they all look so nommy! The tacos, on the other hand, are something I will eat, so if I’m ever in Cali, I’ll visit you for some delicious taco! XD

    • Nancy ☆ July 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      YES! If you decide to fly back here, make sure to give LA a stop and I’ll make you tacos and any food you’d like (that I can make XD). (Or more preferably, stop by the Ontario airport in SoCal :P. It’s much closer)

  3. Michelle ☆ July 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Love the new layout! ^.^ Congrats on getting the classes needed. You’re amazing and I admire you for your strength and knowledge.

    Good luck on your job and boy does that look yummy. Yum!

  4. Robin ☆ July 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Ooooh, the tacos and sushi look so good!

    Do you want to leave L.A. someday? I have never been. I know it must have a lot of interesting places, but I don’t know if I could deal with the crowds and rush-rush.

    • Nancy ☆ July 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I’d like to leave LA to travel for a bit. As for leaving LA to live somewhere else, I wouldn’t mind if I’m living at another city ~40 miles away. But that might change later on if I find a reason to leave.

  5. Julia ☆ July 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Yay for getting in to all your classes! What’s “Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems” about? Haha, I’m curious because I’m a computer science major.

    That food looks sooo delicious. Now I know where to go to find good AYCE sushi when I’m in California is the Fall 🙂

  6. Holly ☆ July 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Sounds like you had a good time out of town. 🙂

    The management information systems class should be interesting. It was always one of my favourite topics when I studied IT at college.

    All the sushi looks so pretty! And yay for mussels. 😀 My favourite seafood.

  7. Cat ☆ July 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I’m glad you were still able to get the classes you wanted!

    Yum, all of the food looks good. We love making tacos at home. It’s definitely cheaper than eating out 🙂 On the volcano roll, the thin flaky pieces remind me of bonito flakes? The albacore nigiri looks good too! I don’t get it often, but it’s one of the pieces that I like.

    I’m glad you had a good week!

  8. Chelsey ☆ July 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I hope you had a great day at work!
    I just attended my college orientation a week ago, so I feel like I can totally relate to much of what you said! Some of the lectures were ridiculously boring and I ended up skipping out on a few. It’s great that you got to bring your friends cause jeez. I don’t know how anyone could survive some of those orientation lectures.
    Anyway, I’m glad you got most of the classes you wanted! Class sign-ups is a pain in the butt. It seems like the good classes are almost always taken first. I can’t wait for the day I’m a senior and get first priority.

    I LOVE all the food porn pics … looks absolutely delicious! I’ve always been scared to try sushi because of the raw fish, but now I’m awfully tempted to try. (:

  9. Christa ☆ July 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Hand rolls are great, but everyone always laughs at me when I order them because they question if I can eat one. haha. I have yet to make sushi at home – I haven’t yet because it’s just kind of sad to make it for myself.

  10. Alice B ☆ July 16, 2014 at 4:01 am

    LOL omg i had to stop reading and laugh because NANCE, I’m taking management information system too in the upcoming semester hahaha oh my…what is coincidence… I took management IS as one of my elective classes for the upcoming semester since I don’t really have any other choice. I wanted to pick something from computer science but a) a pre-requisite class is required (which isn’t something I took due to difference in major) or b) bad scheduling that clashed with my core (design) classes.

    I end up taking something from the IS faculty (and journalism as the other one). do you have any idea what management IS will be talking about? I hope it involves security because it’d be fun to learn about network security (and how to uh…breach it) though I know it probably won’t be as specific as what computer science will be teaching, yeah? CS has specific data security subject, doesn’t it?

    I’m seriously asking why CS / IS classes are always in the evening/night time haha though I have this speculative joke where night time is the time IT people work haha very nocturnal.

    SAALMONNNN *grabby hands* I remember eating 1-1/2 kg of salmon sashimi with dad. we both finished them and my mother stared at us like crazy. I’m forever in love with salmon, especially when made sashimi.

    I love temaki <3 hand rolled sushi is like the key to feeling full fast, or so I think since it's all rice there…like a huge chunk of rice haha

    The thin pieces on top are katsuobushi— WAIT. uh what's the english name again…. I think they call it bonito flakes or something LOL.. I used to trick people who have no idea what they are and say that those are like alive jellyfish or something and they're disgusted (^___^)

    hm… never had quail egg shots thing before. how does it taste?

    (p.s: oh, i had to revert my url back to its original blogger one because stupid me forgot to pay for my domain LOL)

    • Nancy ☆ July 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Coincidence or great minds think alike? XD. I think it’s cool how you’re still taking these CS/IS classes even though you’re in a different major plan.. Unless it’s required, it’s still cool! I hate how these classes have prerequisites! Luckily for me, I got to skip a couple of classes for my programming ones because it was a “recommended prerequisite” instead. But I understand why it’s required :I. I struggled a bit more than others because I didn’t know what was going on. AND YES, WHY ARE THESE CS/IS CLASSES AT NIGHT? I also have a joke that IT people work at night too XD. But it’s kind of weird since I work as an IT for the company and I work from 8am-5pm. Welp, it’s better that way because I don’t like staying up XD.

      YES YES, SALMON SASHIMI IS AWESOME. I feel like I can eat a block of it as it is :I. If you told me the flakes are live jelly fishes, I wouldn’t be disgusted. I love most seafood :I.

      Quail egg shots…… It’s mostly quail eggs in ponzu sauce :I. So it tastes really soy-saucey sooo it’s not recommended to have it unless it’s some tradition the people you eat with have. I’ve never consumed so much of the sauce in one go.

  11. Georgie ☆ July 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Hmmm that quail egg has me curious. I think that might have been something I had in Japan (and looooved, cos it was super tasty) but I thought it was just normal poached kind of egg in soy sauce. LOL. Oh well, food that is yummy can’t be all that bad.

    You didn’t say much about the spicy sushi – maybe it wasn’t spicy enough for you? 😉 I had some “HOT” salsa today and it was a slight disappointment. I had about ten spoons before I felt any kind of spice, haha.

    It’s a shame there was not much on the menu, but maybe that is why they have all-you-can-eat. Not much demand, not many types, so it’s probably easy for them to do. I heard of a sushi eating competition here, where you had to eat 50 pieces of sushi in half an hour or something. Maybe an hour. I don’t quite remember. You had to pay to enter, but you got your money back if you won, and a gift voucher. If you lost, you just didn’t get the money back. XD

  12. Kya ☆ July 18, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I am glad that you could have some time off and really enjoy it. 😀 Hopefully once things are all back to ‘normal’ it won’t be so bad either.

    I am glad that you got some classes that are relevant and I hope you will like them!

    Ahhhh. All of that food. *dribble*

    I don’t think I could eat the baby octopus though. That’s just me. xD

  13. Jea ☆ July 20, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Friends always make boring stuff better. Glad you got through that orientation. I know how boring orientations can go. I’m glad that you got some of the classes you wanted. Good luck for Uni on the fall!

    The food photos made me so hungry (except the sushi). I honestly haven’t tried sushi yet. I don’t think I even have a plan of trying one. When I tried the green outer wrapper thing, it was horrible!

  14. Amy ☆ July 20, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Oh! I just registered for my first ever college class (and my only, for senior year, haha) and I feel so official. They took my picture and I have a fancy-shmancy card and everything! I’m pretty much stuck with evening classes because ALL OF THE LOCAL COLLEGES don’t have classes after like, 3PM and I can’t leave during school hours.

    Ufguhh, drooling at your food pics, as per usual. *A*

  15. jolene ☆ July 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

    ohmygossshhhhh all that food is making me so hungry! and some of my favourite food too. now i have to have sushi… real soon 😛

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