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First Week of School Adventures
September 27, 2014
Move-In!

Tuesday was move-in day to the school’s apartments/village! Surprisingly, I only needed to make one trip to school with all of my packed things. The only thing I forgot was my Magic Bullet blender :(. It took me ~35 minutes to check-in and ~20 minutes to unload everything from my car to my room. My room is a bit bigger than I imagined and with the way we arranged the furniture, we have a neat space in the middle of the room! My desk is a bit packed because I brought my desktop, but no worries; I can make-do with space. At first, I thought I would have too many clothes in my half of the closet but it turns out I have some room for more clothes (even without using those space savers).

There was some extra stuff we had to buy from Target/IKEA. I bought some kitchenware and some room accessories. The “best” part was setting up a snack section on the door with goodies other than Rice Krispies (I had a thing for RK’s at work *_*).

My room/housemates are friendly and everything in the complex looks good so far! The two ~complains~ I have is that our/my room’s light at night comes from a floor lamp and the bathroom doesn’t have a lock. Every room in the village that has my room’s setup are powered by a floor lamp while the other room is powered by a ceiling lamp. But I can live with these flaws. At least the air conditioner works because it was ~105F on Wednesday!!

Shabu-Shabu

During the evening of move-in day, my boyfriend and I went to Jazz Cat for shabu-shabu (like a Japanese hot pot). I ordered a T-Rex beef plate (more beef, fewer veggies) with a side order of seafood, miso+kelp soup base, and ponzu sauce. It was so delicious and there was so many foods! I think next time, I won’t order a seafood side because I was already full enough with the beef. We both really liked the place and we managed to get there before a loooong waiting list started to form.

First Day of School

I kind of dislike my schedule because my classes run from 5PM or 6PM and ends at 10PM on Mondays~Thursdays. It’s late for my taste but at least I live on campus and still got all of my classes. Regardless of that, my first two classes seem doable so far. My intro to CIS class might be my favorite this quarter because the overall/final project in this class is to create a responsive website of any sort for any client. I suppose those countless theme-making experiments for this blog will finally come in handy ;D.

Adventures with Mickey & Friends

To end the adventure-packed week, my boyfriend and I went to Disneyland and Disney California Adventures on Friday! I haven’t been to Disney for over a couple of years *o*. Annnd this was our first time going to Disney together so it was even more special^2. We got there at 8am expecting every ride to be packed with an hour wait but it turns out most rides were really short and we had to wait for a few minutes.

Disneyland Rides

  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Pirate of the Caribbean {my work produced one of the special effect systems during the battleship fight and I screamed the company’s name out of a dare by a coworker}
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder
  • Matterhorn {20 minutes}
  • Superhero Exhibit {too lazy to find the name}
  • Autopia
  • Monorail

Disney California Adventure Rides

  • California Screamin’ {TWICE IN A ROW}
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel {we went for the swinging option and the other person sitting with us was freaking out the whole way through XD}
  • Goofy conducting a water effects show
  • Tower of Terror {30 minutes}
  • Radiator Springs Racers {50 minutes}

As far as spending goes, I can see how a family can spend around $500 every time they’re at Disney (according to one of my cast member friends). My boyfriend and I had pizza+pasta at Tomorrowland, got a margarita+milkshake at Pacific Wharf, and a bbq turkey leg from the pier (as a to-go meal for me). I had a set of Disney pins from a while back but didn’t buy any new ones or traded them {darn my pickiness} *o*. On the other hand, my boyfriend and I got matching leather bracelets with each other’s names on it {mine has his name and his has mine} ☺. We also got matching keychains too with our first initial on it! At the end of our Disney adventures, we went to the souvenir shop and bought each other goodies. He bought me two Disney shots cups and I bought him a Stitch mug. Great day, most definitely ☺!

Great week too!

PS. Sorry for the uber potato pics. I wasn’t too picky with the pictures and still haven’t justified buying an actual camera. ~thug life~

19 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ September 28, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I’m glad everything is going well for you when you moved in and got settled with your new classes. I wouldn’t like having a bathroom without a lock, so I’d definitely consider that to be a flaw!

    The shabu-shabu looks yummy. I had it once at home when my mum and aunt decided to make it XD.

    And, DISNEYLAND! You know when I went to Japan, I could have fitted Disneyland into my itinerary, but I didn’t, of which I now regret a lot! Next time I go somewhere that has Disneyland nearby, I’ll be sure to go. Your photos are making me want to go! I’d enjoy the rides the most 😀

    Anyway, good luck with your semester! Enjoy the campus life! ^^

  2. Alice B ☆ September 28, 2014 at 1:53 am

    wait, first of all.. why are you in a village? did I miss something? 😮

    my mother likes to call us in for shabu shabu out of the blue (does that rhyme? that sounds rhyme-ish) last week she called us in for shabu shabu and yesterday she did that again. I seriously have no idea why. my mom just like shopping for the ingredients, I guess – all the meatballs and stuff. my family and I have stopped going out for shabu shabu now because all the ingredients (the meatballs, etc) are available in the market so it’s cheaper to just buy them raw and make homemade shabu shabu, with the difference being homemade shabu shabu doesn’t have meat which still works because we have crab sticks and meatballs etc going on.

    all you can eat shabu shabu resto, though… are cool, especially if they use wagyu beef. when my dad and I go to such restaurant, we really abuse their beef because we’re strong eaters like that? LOL

    have you tried sukiyaki before? I’ve always wanted to try sukiyaki but my mom, after hearing that sukiyaki is sweeter (while shabu shabu is more of a savory) said no. what a party pooper 😛

    ugh my monday schedule sucks too; it starts at 2.30 pm and finished at 6.10 pm =__= but yours is insane, man… wow 10 pm… I’d crash on the asphalt and sleep there if I were you. lol

    oh ohhh how’s the MIS class? I’m excited for this because we’re taking the same class this year haha how weirddd… my MIS class is so packed and crowded and BORINGGGG -__- then again i guess it is, because it’s all theory and business-related. sigh

    I’ve never been to disneyland in my entire lifetime, omg. *loser* not even the one in HK. my friend said the one in HK sucks so if i were to dream about going to one, Japan has the best…hm, i don’t know. do you guys have disneysea there? friend told me the disneysea in Japan is the one for exciting rides while disneyland is for babies omg ;A;

    • Nancy ☆ October 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      The village is a fancy word for “apartments” at school, XD. It’s true that it’s cheaper to make shabu at home; I totally wouldn’t mind making some if I could have a portable stove in the kitchen table! I haven’t tried sukiyaki before but I’m down!

      MIS is fun!… But boring because it’s from 8PM~10PM. I care more about getting out than paying attention buuuuut it’s still interesting!

      We don’t have Disneysea :(. We just have Disneyland and Disney California adventures. I need to check out Disneysea because some rides here are pretty thrilling unless I’m missing out on the good stuff XD.

  3. Robin ☆ September 28, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Would you be allowed to install a chain lock from a hardware store on the bathroom door? Better than nothing.

    I want to go to Disneyland with my husband someday. It’s one of those trips that just seems special when you go as an adult.

    • Nancy ☆ October 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Sadly not :(. We can’t make adjustments that would involve modifying furniture/features. My boyfriend suggested to put a door stopper on the inside but I haven’t gotten to that part yet *o*. And yes! You must go to Disneyland! It’s special for anyone of all ages 😀

  4. Holly ☆ September 28, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Congrats on moving into your new home at school! Just wondering, do you have to share a room with someone else?

    I find it amusing that your room has air conditioning because it gets so warm, because my flat in halls of residence was so cold that even with the heater on I could have got frost bite!

    I’m dead by 3pm so I have no idea how you managed to keep going until 10pm. That’s usually when my bed is calling. I’ve got some serious admiration for you!

    I went to Disneyland Paris 13 years ago and I’m dying to go back. I wasn’t tall enough at the time to ride Space Mountain, so I’ve added a ride on Space Mountain to my bucket list. 😛

    • Nancy ☆ October 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      My little complex has 2 rooms, 2 people per room. I’m sharing my room with another person, yes ☺. Hope you’ll get to go to Disneyland again soon! Space Mountain is sooooooo fun to ride on!

  5. Cat ☆ September 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    It sounds like move-in day went well! That’s good that the room is bigger than you thought and that your roommates are nice 🙂 Wow, your classes are at late times though. I’d be tired if my classes ended at 10pm!

    haha, did they really name it T-rex beef plate? That sounds good though. Once it gets colder here, I’m pretty sure I’ll be craving hot pot XD

    Ooh, sounds like you guys had an awesome time at Disney Land. I haven’t been to a Disney park in… maybe 10 years? And that was Disney World. It’s been even longer since I was last at Disney Land. It’s been a while for me! That’s cute that you guys got matching bracelets!

  6. Amanda ☆ September 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Glad your move-in went well! 🙂 I hate lighting in apartments. The lighting in mine sucked as well :/ and I thought it was the bulb so I found a stronger bulb that has more lumens but it’s still weak, sooo I’m inclined to think that it’s the room, ahah. It probably isn’t, but heck, I can’t figure out what it is!

    That shabu *-* so good! I saw your post and got super jealous ’cause I’ve been hunting for a decent shabu place. I love it when you get into a restaurant, get seated, and then large amounts of people start coming in after. It always feels like some kind of accomplishment to me.

    Yay, Disney! Shame we weren’t there together ’cause that would’ve been cool and awkward or something. Because I’m awkward, not because you are 😛 Glad you guys had fun! Don’t you love Disney in September?! When I went the lines were insanely short too! I’m pretty sure it’s cause a lot of kids are in school during this time so parents can’t do vacations and such to Disney. It got super packed around 4pm, though, which I’m guessing meant a lot of people got out of school and decided it was time to go. Darn AP holders.

    The matching bracelets are so cute! 🙂 I love getting a new set with my bf (almost) every time we go to Disney. They get super worn out when you wear them everyday, heh.

    Good luck with the new school year! ♥ I feel like you’d end up being somewhat a night owl with those late classes.

  7. Joy ☆ September 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I’m glad you had a mostly pleasant experience moving into school. I know too many people that ended up with roommates they just couldn’t get along with.

    The Japanese Hot Pot looks sooo good and your Disney trip looks like a lot of fun.

    It’s something I want to do with my husband but for some reason he’s anti-Disney. Like, who doesn’t like Disney?!

  8. Saki ☆ September 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I’m glad you had a good experience moving into school! Disneyland seems pretty much awesome, and I’m happy to hear you had fun! 🙂

  9. Elisia ☆ October 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Looks like you had an eventful week. Are you starting college? It’s been some time since I graduated from college but I still remember my first day and checking in to the dorms.

    Have never been to Disneyland but I’ve been to Disneyworld in Florida. Enjoyed myself there!

    Anyway, the main purpose of my comment is to let you know that I lost your comment on my blog. The webhosting company my blog is with had some issues with their server yesterday so they had to load a backup. As a result, I lost two of my most recent entries. Managed to recover them from Google’s cache, but I lost your comment. So sorry!

    • Nancy ☆ October 5, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      At this point, I already started college. I’m back to school as a junior ☺.

  10. Chynna ☆ October 2, 2014 at 7:11 am

    How exciting that you’re all moved in! Agh, makes me want to be a student again. Getting to decorate your room and everything.

    Shabu-shabu looks and sounds delicious. Like you got me drooling over here, girl.

    You’re so lucky that you get to just go to Disneyland. The nearest one for us is Paris and that’s long to get to us well. I miss Disneyland. I’ve been to the one in Paris and Florida. I just wanna go on holiday now D:

  11. Michelle ☆ October 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Ah, congrats on moving! You definitely have to post up pictures of your new place, after you decorate it of course. Also Disney amusement park?

    I’m so jelly. One day I’ll go to one, but I’m glad you guys had so much fun there. The pictures are amazing!

    • Nancy ☆ October 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Yes! Disneyland California and Disney California Adventures = the happiest place on Earth ☺. You must go whether it’s over here or Florida :D.

  12. Kya ☆ October 4, 2014 at 3:23 am

    That is good that you could move everything with just one trip and it didn’t take too long for check-in. 🙂 I am glad the room is bigger, hopefully it will be a space you are comfortable with. 😀

    Awww, that sounds like such an awesome idea to have a snack section on the door. 😀 It would be a lot of fun.

    Wow, that is so weird that is has a floor lamp, rather than a ceiling one. Is there any way that you could have additional lamps in there? Like from a thrift shop. I can understand if the space was too limited though.

    That is a late schedule for classes. But like you said, you are on campus so that is something positive. I am sure you will be able to do that final project without any problems. 😀

    Disneyland sounds and looks like an absolutely amazing place to go. Hopefully I can get to visit one, one day. 😀

    • Nancy ☆ October 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      I probably have to get the additional floor lamps approved by the staff here but I definitely will do that if starts to really bug me. So far, I’m kind of used to it *o*. And thank you for the positive reassurance 😀 😀

  13. Tess ☆ October 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    The beginning of school is always the most crunched and busy! Looks like life is flying by for you, moving into your new place and eatery and adventures!!
    The japanese hotpot look so delish it makes me crave some right now…

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