Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Vexing Issue: Mac or PC?

So I've been a steady PC user my entire life. I find comfort in the start menu and the familiarity of the operating system. I never thought about switching over operating systems or even getting a new laptop for that matter. Until last week when my fan on my PC started to give out. It was in terrible shape. It rattled and roared and made it impossible for me to open my computer during class which is imperative when you want to go online shopping during lecture, am I right?

Well, I'm the type of person that likes to be knowledgeable in all things techie. So I began my research on finding the newest and perfect PC that best suits me. But as I looked, I couldn't really find one that fit my screen size preference, price range, and to top it all off - only terrible comments on Windows 8. There were all these complaints of the misbehaving mouse track pad, difficult to use, and reoccurring hardware problems.

With not much patience for researching on my roaring laptop, I decided to resort to my techie cousin who recommended a mac. Now, I'm neither an advocate nor a protester of mac books but my opinion is that they're not all that perfect as most mac users make it out to be. Yes, there are significant benefits to their durable and reliable machines, but it does not spare them from faulty areas too. I've heard of cracked screens, software issues, and all sorts of hardware issues. I've heard of horror stories of bringing it to the genius bar and having to cough up hundreds of dollars to fix their computer issues. While, on my side, I've never any computer issue that cost me more than $50.

I love my PC. If it didn't cost so much to replace the fan, I would keep it forever. It's still as fast, still as operational, and battery is not an issue. Maybe after nearly 5 years, it might be time to retire this laptop and look at updated options.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Spectacular!

It has been awhile, hasn't it? Needless to say, I've been caught up this semester with a tremendous amount of work. But now that it has pretty much all settled down, I'm ready to get back to blogging! <3

This past Saturday, my family and I took a trip to the city to watch the Christmas Spectacular! This was my first time seeing it and I was excited that we were able to score some good orchestra seats.

Being in the city just around this time of the year is just such a great feeling. Christmas music is playing along the streets and all the street decor are out. There are also these little shops that are set up near Bryant Park for the holidays. You can buy a bunch of self-crafted and small branded stores trying to sell their trinkets as gifts for the holidays. I suggest checking them out and maybe grabbing some unique presents.

I've never been inside Radio City so when I stepped in I was greeted by a beautiful chandelier which I hear is made up of mostly Swarovski crystals if not entirely. The stage and amphitheatre were so pretty. The Rockettes put on such a great show as usual. Looking stunning and precise as ever. I was also impressed by the little girl that played Clara during the Nutcracker piece.

We ended up eating at Ruby Foo's for dinner which was nearby. I've never eaten there but I was pleasantly surprised because I didn't expect much when I sat down. Their sushi were pretty unique and their soups are delicious.

I definitely think the Christmas Spectacular is a must see during the holidays. Although it felt a lot shorter (90 minutes) than I imagined it to be, it definitely gets the whole family to spend time together to watch an amazing show.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bridal shower happiness

A couple weeks ago, I went to Craftbar NYC to celebrate my cousin's bridal shower. Bridal showers are really those events that sets your whole life in perspective before you reach a milestone. You know it's like when you go to your high school graduation rehearsal or when you have that last get together with your friends before you all go your separate ways until next summer. Even though this isn't my bridal shower, it still makes me think.

I've seen my cousin grow up. I've seen her graduate, I've seen her get on the Dean's List for the first time, and I remember that first Christmas when she was able to afford to get everyone Christmas gifts with her own money. Now, she's going to get married in just a few days. It doesn't seem that long ago that she wasn't engaged or even dating her current fiance. It makes me think where I'd be in ten years or even five.

I can't wait until that period of my life where all my friends are starting to get married and I just get invited non-stop to all these cute and creative bridal showers and that staring in awe later at the actual wedding!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

End of summer 2014

This is my friend's dog picture above. But that's exactly how I feel about this past summer coming to a close. I'm honestly sad to see this summer go! I'm going to miss hanging out with friends and visiting places. It always seems that in retrospect, the summer seemed too short no matter how long it actually was. (4 months.)

Something I noticed with college summers are that May is spent being absolutely lazy. You're home, eating, catching up on TV shows, and NOT unpacking. You're also slowly waiting for all your friends to make their way back from home. Then June/July is spent working, interning, and volunteering. Everyone gets caught up in something else whether it's family related or their juggling different schedules. August then rolls around and everyone panics and starts to hangout. Then before you know it, everyone's setting off for Fall.

So I guess, here's to another year at school!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Exploring central park

I was in need of an adventure. So Mark and I decided to take on the streets of New York City, yet again. But the city has yet to dull with each trip. We set off first to SoHo. We went in the little shops and walked around for a bit. Easily arguing over when to cross the streets in our attempt at becoming skilled and natural New Yorkers.

I was treated to a lovely lunch at macbar which is absolute heaven if you're a mac'n'cheese fan. They offer an assortment of mac'n'cheese in different flavors. It's the best place to get your favorite kind of comfort food. But if you plan on eating here, make sure you call in and get your order in early! Otherwise you might have to wait 15-20+ minutes.

After getting food, we headed to the upper east side where we visited this cute little bakery right after Park Ave called Bel Ami. I googled this bakery because I'm always craving macaroons as a small dessert when walking in the city. I got Jasmine, Green Tea, and Lavender&Honey flavors and the green tea was my favorite! Macaroons are so good.

We walked a couple blocks to Central Park where we visited the Central Park Zoo for the first time! I was kind of impressed by this little monkey I have pictured below haha. We grabbed from yummy dippin dots and enjoyed the rest of our stay from there. A lot of the zoo was still under construction which kind of made the zoo a little smaller than it is usually.

Boy, do I love the city.