And so it begins

If I were to list the milestones of my life – points on my timeline that gets a huge star that marks the beginning or ending of huge events – today would be well on top of it.

Orientation to UBC med school took place over a 3-day period that ended this Friday. I met dozens of amazing people that I couldn’t wait to get to know better, saw hundreds more whom I haven’t even talked to yet, heard from faculty, staff, and senior students and tried to picture what my next four years would look like, went into the anatomy lab with dozens of cadavers in body bags and got excited for next Friday’s real anatomy lab, but today, the feeling of a new beginning finally set in.

Since Charlie got a year-round residence and he finished his NSERC last Friday, and my residence in Marine Drive doesn’t open until this Saturday, I generously invited myself into his room and moved in today. As I usually do at the start of the school year, I try to set up a healthy exercise routine and mentality, so I headed out for a run.

But this run brought with it more significance than I expected. Just for fun, I ran around campus in a “flash back of undergrad” style. Starting with Totem Park, I ran past the roads where I first tasted independence and university life, and remembered walking with roommate David on Lower Mall to LSK early in the morning, chasing the ever-faster Carolyn and May. I also remembered Shad Valley and the alumni bbq, and realized I probably won’t have a chance to work in a summer camp again.

I went to Vanier, where I spent a spectacular 2nd year. I was on top of my game in many respects, but one thing I remembered most vividly was playing pingpong in KU with my closest friends, listtening to David Tao’s then newest album. I went to Rose Garden, went to Gage towers and thought about my one crazy year with RC, and skipped Fair View where I spent my dark 3rd year.

It felt like a quick, 30-minute review of how I spent my undergrad and how I got to where I am. I thought about the people I met, fading in and out of my life, each making their own marks. For each person, I felt grateful for their playing a part in my growth. Without any of them, I wouldn’t be the same. And since I wouldn’t trade anything for what I have right now, I wouldn’t trade anything for what I had in the past either.

Tina just came back from a retreat and was about to meet me for dinner. So at the end, I wasn’t just running back to my temporary residence; I was running to see her. I will share with her stories of my orientation, my new friends, and I will learn from her what she did at the retreat.

Tomorrow, my first class for med school starts at 8am. Today, I’m ready for it.

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So, what was I really ‘laffing at’?

After dozens of creative (and sometimes borderline appropriate) submissions and a staggering 8… votes, the winner of the first random Write a Caption contest is:

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“什麼原來這不是抹茶冰淇淋而是wasabi嗎哦嗚啊啊啊啊啊! (嗆死淚目貌)”

(What!? This is not Macha but WASABI!!?? owaejifa;owiejfaig)

By our one and only 小N~~~~ XD

Please come to the backstage to pick up your prize.

The real story behind this random picture is really not very exciting, much less so than any of the submissions. But heck, I think you all deserve to know it.

****** sitting comfortably ready for a story *******

I went to study with Tina in the library after work.

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and then we headed out for dinner at Lok’s restaurant in Kerrisdale. Tina must have thought the occasion was very exciting because she whipped out her camera:

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I was cold first but the corn soup warmed me up, so I took off my sweater:

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I thought it was impolite to not take pictures of people who takes pictures of me.

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I also took one of Tina with flash on and I asked her to make a “I’m so full” expression, and it turned out to be the most hallirious picture of her that none of you is allowed to see. I laughed so loud I probably confused some of the waitresses.

So Tina said: “Well, if I take a picture of you with flash on, you will look funny too!”

********* end of story *********

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Write a Caption contest – vote!

Hello good sirs and ladies. Here we are, at the exciting voting phase of the random Write a Caption contest. Kinda like the talent shows on TV like So you think you can dance but with 1,000,000 times fewer audience.

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Anyway, thanks to input from Erica, Lynn, Amah, 小N, Charlie and Joanne, we were able to gather the following candidate captions (in no particular order):

  1. E: “哇!點套餐就會送Hello Kitty! 賺到了賺到了!!!ㄎㄎㄎ.” (Wow, a set meal comes with Hello Kitty! Yes!! Hehehe…)
  2. E: “唉呦~人家素顏, 不要拍我啦~” (Aiyo~ no make up, no picture)
  3. L: “不要打我! 不要打我! I’m too smart to die!” (Don’t hit me! Don’t hit me! I’m too smart to die!)
  4. L: “好人總是被毆!!!” (Why do the good guys always get hit!!)
  5. L: “不要這樣啦!! 我好害羞!!” (Please don’t!! I’m shy!)
  6. E: “嗯~炒麵太辣了, 我不敢吃啦” (Hm… fried noodles too spicy, I can’t do this!)
  7. L: “BBBBRAIINNNN FREEEEEEZE!!!”
  8. E: “這不是肯德基!! 這不是肯德基!!” (This is not KFC!! This is not KFC!!)
  9. N: 什麼原來這不是抹茶冰淇淋而是wasabi嗎哦嗚啊啊啊啊啊! (嗆死淚目貌) (What!? This is not Macha but WASABI!!?? owaejifa;owiejfaig)
  10. N: 前面那一對好閃啊~ (*To the couple across the table* Dude, get a room!)
  11. N: 才吃一頓竟然也要 $3,000 CAD,這家好黑心 (哭哭)  (One dinner = $3000… *sobs*)
  12. A:阿你不是說不會開閃光燈,還給倫家打開 (Hey, you said you turned the flash off!)
  13. A: 這個罐頭好頑固,打不開打不開!!! (F-ing can… must… open…)
  14. L: 哇!! 這wasabi真嗆!!! 嗆到大腦啦!!! (This wasabi is this shit! Straight to the brain!!!)
  15. L: I finally conquered the WORLD!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! *playing Risk*
  16. J: “Oh great! You made me say ‘cheese’!”
  17. C: “Warning! Unexpected Flash May Cause Severe Seizure”
  18. A: “poor Billy is dealing with severe constipation”

Having a poll with 18 items is just crazy, so here’s a short list, created arbitrarily according to my amusement. Please give yourself a big pad on the back for every entry you submitted. You can also continue to create new captions, although they won’t be entered into the poll.

Winner will be announced next Monday 🙂

Happy voting!

I don’t think I’ve neglected my blog this long before

Hello everyone,

This is a(n):

  1. test to see if I can still log onto my WordPress account after 1+month of inactivity;
  2. confirmation that I am still alive;
  3. apology to those who checked this blog and found it becoming further and further out of date.

I could try to explain why, given the amount of free time I have every night after work, I failed to blog about such interesting things as:

  1. Kelowna road trip,
  2. Garibaldi hiking trips,
  3. My awesome kickass birthday presents,
  4. Losing my cell phone,
  5. Celebration of lights,
  6. Camping trip with Tina and David,
  7. Taking the CanadaLine on Day 1, etc…

But instead, I’ll just pretend I am not the laziest blogger who just let his life slip by without record, and bring your attention to a random “Write a Caption” game that got started on facebook. More specifically, on my current profile picture:

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So far, the only submissions come from only two friends:

E: “哇!點套餐就會送Hello Kitty! 賺到了賺到了!!!ㄎㄎㄎ.” (Wow, a set meal comes with Hello Kitty! Yes!! Hehehe…)

E: “唉呦~人家素顏, 不要拍我啦~” (Aiyo~ no make up, no picture)

L: “不要打我! 不要打我! I’m too smart to die!” (Don’t hit me! Don’t hit me! I’m too smart to die!)

L: “好人總是被毆!!!” (Why do the good guys always get hit!!)

L: “不要這樣啦!! 我好害羞!!” (Please don’t!! I’m shy!)

E: “嗯~炒麵太辣了, 我不敢吃啦” (Hm… fried noodles too spicy, I can’t do this!)

L: “BBBBRAIINNNN FREEEEEEZE!!!”

E: “這不是肯德基!! 這不是肯德基!!” (This is not KFC!! This is not KFC!!)

Yeah they are two prolific friends. I hope more of you can join in though, otherwise a contest of 2 contestants is just a bit sad. We can have a short list and a web poll later, so that ppl can vote for the best caption.

So! Please contribute! 😀