NYU 181st Commencement Ceremony!
so may 3 was the best night ever.
that night we had the CAW sunset cruise. i actually didnt want to go cause i was so tired and i had so much crap to do (and i still do), and even mickey texted me before and was like “i dont even care about the cruise anymore.” i mean literally the past 2 weeks have been like events after events after events, and we were just so pooped lol.
anyways, fast forward and we are on the cruise and we’re standing by the door to “welcome” people. mickey and i were joking/half hoping that maybe laf guy would come…but nahh what are the odds. plus, he seems like he’s too cool for CSC, and he’s not even a commuter! anyways, irina comes up to talk to us so i turn around and face my back to the door, and right when i turn around GUESS WHO’S BACK I SEE?! LAF GUYYYY! mickey and i were just like “:O…..” literally. we could not believe it!
so then of course we start freaking out and checking ourselves in the mirror LOL we were not expecting this at all…and we became so self-concious! it was like omg, he’s there, walk away. or omg, he’s coming, look the other way! or omg, he’s glancing our way! look away! run away! avoid eye contact!
the entire night was sooo uncomfortable just knowing he was there. mickey and i were like…we even wish that laf guy wasn’t there, so we wouldnt have to be so self-concious the entire time! the worst part was that there weren’t a lot of people on the cruise…it was like half-filled and we had the whole floor to ourselves. so it was like really easy to spot people..and i remember at one point when people started dancing, irina grabbed mickey onto the dance floor and she was dancing like right next to laf guy! and i remember feeling so awkward, and i didnt know what to do with myself, and it seemed like everyone was dancing, and i didnt want to stand out, but i didnt want to risk laf guy seeing me like an idiot on the dance floor, so i ran away to the bathroom hahaha
anyways, so mickey and i sat at our table for the majority of the time just glancing over to laf guy and silently stalking him like we’re so used to. so then mickey goes “ahhh i wish something magical would happen tonight” (regarding laf guy) and i remember giggling and laughing so badly because 1) she used the word ‘magical’ and 2) i was secretly hoping that too LOL but the thing is, i think i hoped “something” would happen, but i also didnt want it to happen…because i would be way too nervous and probably throw up. if that makes sense haha
so okay, fast forward more. the last song is being played and me and mickey are hanging by the wall near the dance floor getting ready to bounce (LOL). like seriously at this point we just really wanted to leave. but then this guy walks by..and i dont know what happens, but somehow he and mickey start talking. mickey had pointed him out earlier, saying how he is laf guy’s friend, and reminded me that he was at the carnival the previous day. i remembered him cause i was hosting a game at the carnival, and he kept playing my game, and he was wearing a suit, so obviously he stands out/i remembered him.
so the guy walks by and talks to us about the carnival, and turns out he remembered me too! i was so shocked! haha. so then we just keep talking and talking, and mickey just keeps egging him on. she was really good, i have to say haha. and then he starts really flirting…..like really flirting. and i think at this point, inside i was secretly hoping laf guy would see and somehow come over..so then i start talking a lot. so me and mickey were like totally totally egging this guy on, and talking to him, and keeping the conversation going…and then it happened. out of the corner of my eye, i see this tall asian guy in a white collared shirt walk over…..and….it happened! iT HAPPPENEDDDDDDD LAFFFF GUYYYYYYY. omg i’m smiling just thinking about it. he walks over to us and looks at us, and shakes our hand…and…WE TOUCHED HIS HANDDD *squeal* *squeal* omg. i dont know how mickey remained so composed. i wanted to laugh, or scream, or faint. he was literally inches away from us, staring at us. and the tension…oh god. it was just so surreal.
then laf guy just stands there and watches us and we’re like in a semi-group talking. but his friend (his friend’s name is william) is suchhhhh a big flirt. he just kept talking and talking and flirting and flirting and most of the time laf guy was just standing there, staring, and you could tell he was kind of in an “awkward” situation. like, his friend was doing all the talking, and he’s just standing there and nobody is paying any attention to him (except of course me and mickey are secretly paying attention to him but we’re not just showing it since we were looking at his friend). like i was so scared laf guy would get bored and walk away, but he still just stood there! and i feel soooo bad. like any other person would think that me and mickey were into his friend, cause the entire time we just looked at him/paid attention to him/talked to him/flirted. but it’s not our fault! his friend would NOT shut up!!!!!!!!!! like…omg. i cant even describe. it was full-on flirting. at one point he turned around and told mickey to spank him on the butt. it was awkward, LOL.
ANYWAYS, so then at some random points laf guy would try to talk to us..and ahhhh…he actually wanted to know more about us! which is the best part! unlike his flirty friend! laf guy asked us what school we went to, what high school, what year, etc etc. like genuine-get-to-know-you questions. and it was so funny because everytime we would ask the question back, in my head i was secretly like oh god i know the answer to that question! LOL at one point i was biting my lip because i almost said out loud “mickey why are you asking that, we know the answer to that question” LOL like..when mickey asked him “what’s your name?” i was like jeff, duh LOL and i asked “what school do you go to?” and in my head i was like stern, duh LOL
but yeah it was a moment i will never forget. it’s not like this always happens. a guy you’ve been secretly stalking and admiring from afar for the past 2 years (and we are in different years too and attend such a big school) actually comes up to talk to you! like we seriously had no opportunities to talk to him, but the gods listen! and some parts it was awkward cause laf guy couldn’t hear me speak (cause it was so damn loud) but he seemed genuinely interested! he would ask his friend to repeat it and he seemed like he really wanted to listen and talk more. ahhhhh. i cant believe it. i’ve been giddy and on cloud 9 ever since.
i’m just wondering if he remembers us. cause if he did, he played it really well haha. mickey played it really well. she was SOOOO good! like she kept leading the conversation and talking, and was flirting moderately, but yeah it was definitely such a big rush. i think mickey & i work well together haha. i guess we are what they say each other’s ‘wingwoman’ hahaha.
i’m just laughing at how everything turned out. if we didn’t go to carnival and meet his friend, this wouldn’t happen. and in the beginning, i kept telling mickey that this cruise would probably be the last time we would ever, ever see laf guy ever, and it was just the perfect way to end the night. and dude come on, it’s LAF GUY!!!!! i can now graduate happy, haha.
god i really don’t like this cause my eyes are closed in one picture. i wanted to take more photobooth pictures!!! i wanted to keep one! sighhhh mickey & i went to wait in line again, but right when we got up to the booth, the guy freaking closed it down! i was so mad! we even planned on what faces to do this time but nooooo. ahh oh well..i hope they have a photobooth at grad alley!
ahhh been getting behind in documenting stuff so just gonna make a bunch of mini entries now:
March 28, 2013: Dave & Busters Senior Event
okay so stern throws a bunch of events for us as seniors and best of all, they’re free! we missed a couple cause of CSC meetings, but we decided to go to the dave and busters one and skip the meeting. it was a lot of fun! they gave us free food and $10 card to play per person. usually im super lucky at arcades, but i wasn’t that lucky this time. mickey was lucky lol. she won a bunch of tickets and played this one game and won 500!!! i played the same game and ended up with only 4 tickets LOL. and i played deal or no deal (cause of course i have to *nudge nudge teef) and i was getting lucky cause at the end there were only 2 suitcases: mines and the 250 ticket case (the highest ticket one) and the banker offered me 128 tickets and i said NO DEAL! and i opened up my briefcase and it had only 6 tickets LOL :(
April 4, 2013: Elegance
CSC was planning on going to Elegance at the MET together as sort of a “bonding” event. first of all, i have to say it was such a hassle getting ready at NYU, haha. i thought it wud be easy…but no. everything was falling, it was hard to get stuff out of my backpack, i couldn’t put on my stockings…and yeah haha. we ended up taking a taxi there because apparently if you take the subway from NYU it takes like over 40 minutes! and thank god we took a taxi cause it was so cold i couldn’t imagine walking in my dress…and it only ended up being $5 per person, which isnt bad at all!
NYU reserved the “egyptian wing” and it was cool to walk through the pyramids and see the mummies and what not. the actual venue where the dance floor is was also really cool! it’s like really open and sleek, and theres water and like egyptian statues…and yeah, i’m not doing a really goodjob describing the place but it was cool! and i guess the highlight of elegance was that laf guy was there LOL so the whole entire time me and mickey honestly didnt really care much about “dancing” or whatever, but just stalking laf guy LOL and it was so exciting cause he was near us a couple times, so close, i could practically poke him! hahaha!
April 6, 2013: Belated CNY Ma Association
so the MA association finally had their chinese new year celebration…even though its already april LOL. i invited gretch, but since i was at the city for the CSC retreat the whole day, my parents had to pick up gretch by themselves and i was hoping it was not awkward haha. anyways, i had a fun time! there was this guy who was sitting at our table that was really funny LOL i just remember laughing so much hahhaa. especially when he tried to give his grandma some food, he couldn’t use his chopsticks to pick up the mushrooms cause it kept falling and at one point he literally just used his hands to pick it up and put it on his plate LOL and then gretch told me that the guy had dropped food again, because she saw his grandma literally catching a mushroom in mid-air with both of her hands and i just thought that was the funniest thing ever LOLOLOL
and omg, at the end my mom went up to the stage to make a speech and omg…..i cant even LOLOL i literally “ran away.” now gretch knows/feels my pain when my mom puts my dad & i in these situations LOL. like it’s instinct now to literally say out loud “run away run away” and literally…run away. when my mom got upstage, i got out of my seat, and ran away to the bathroom LOL. and omg when i got out of the bathroom, she was still on stage making her speech, and her voice just kept getting louder and louder LOLOL and everyone was like..already leaving the restaurant and not paying attention..at all! omg, gretch. i cant even write this. i’m laughing/cringing. and then when we left the restaurant, my mom saw these white guys by the streets and went up to them and asked if they were lost/needed help, and when gretch looked at me, i was already 5-6 feet away from my mom (i had ran away) LOL.
but OMG the little boy. there was this little boy prolly 5-6 years old(?) at the restaurant, who was trying to put on his jacket, and he had one arm in and then he was going around, literally, walking in a circle, trying to get his other arm in his jacket. i was right next to him and i saw him go around and around in a circle a good 3-4 times and at first i had no idea what he was doing, and then i realized he was trying to put on his jacket!!!!!! it was the cutest thing ever. no lie. haha. and then i helped him put it on haha
April 9, 2013: Katie Show Part 2
omg, this has become such a long entry. ahh oh well. OKAY! so i went to the katie show a second time LOL. omg…i dont even know how to begin to describe it. so anyways, we got these tickets from the first show i went to. they were handing out these fliers that said “CALLING ALL COLLEGE GROUPS!” so mickey & i wanted to go together as part of CSC, but then nobody from CSC could go, and then we almost didnt go, but then we finally got friends to come, and blah blah blah..but basically i was emailing the katie lady like for the past month and we had sent about 40 emails back and forth. anyways, mickey ended up getting there really early because of lesson learned last time, lol. and she texted me and she was like “omg…they’re all old people here!” and like wth! i couldn’t understand! like……i was expecting this to be another “college edition” show because they specifically asked us to bring college group/college friends…but like…it was all old people! LOL and there were NO other college groups besides us! i didnt understand! it was basically any other show, so i was like…i could have even brought my mom! why did they purposely request me to bring COLLEGE friends..? me and mickey thought/brainstormed every possible reason…were we “guests” who were going to speak from the audience..? i mean there had to be a reason why we were the ONLY college group!
so yeah, the previous night i had a “nightmare” that we went to the show and there were no guest celebrities LOL and mickey was like dont say that! and turns out it came true LOL there were no guest celebrities. and the thing is, we had NO idea what to expect. for the first show, i knew exactly what the topic was, who was going to be a guest star, etc, etc. we knew absolutely nothing about this second show. turns out, the topic is……”escaping your religion!” LOL when the comedian-warm-up-guy told us in the beginning of the show, everyone in the audience literally giggled or laughed and he was like..no that wasn’t a joke..i was being serious LOLOL!!! like seriously god! what are the odds! out of all the topics, we had to end up at a show about RELIGION..?!?!?! (and thats prolly why the lady never told me the topic! she knew that if she did, we prolly would have bailed lol)
oh yeah, and i forgot to mention, before we actually went into the studio, me and mickey kept joking that they were gonna sit us in the front row to promote “diversity” since we were all asians LOL (it was me, mickey, derek, and shinq). and turns out..they did make us sit in the front row HAHA. omg, so it was like so much pressure! they kept telling us we had to look forward, we couldn’t look distracted/look elsewhere, and omg, the whole time i just felt so restrained and restricted to look “right.” and to make it worst, the topic of the show was SO DAMN SERIOUS. and SOOOOO like…gloom and serious and…JUST SO SERIOUS! it was basically 4 guests who came to tell their stories about how they were being tormented by their religion, and there were stories about being sexually harassed, molested..and even raped. and it was just so bad, because we couldn’t smile or laugh, and i remember mickey telling me that she is like the type of person who cant help herself and laugh/giggle/smile when something “bad” happens, and i used to think it was so absurd, but it was actually happening to me LOL like..omg, the situation was just sooo…tense! like, okay so the first guest says her story and then she tells the audience about how she was raped and then its like…silence….and i couldn’t help it and my lips started curling upwards, and a giggle was trying to come out and i had to bite my cheeks! like i think cause you dont know what else to do, you cant exactly “clap” at that moment, so my body just wants to laugh out loud. it was sooo bad. and afterwards i was talking to mickey and she felt exactly the same way LOL. she was trying to hold back laugher the whole entire time. and the fact we were sitting in the FRONT row just made it 10000x worse.
but yeah…i cant believe it. lol. and everything we “guessed” actually happened. we sat in front. there were no celebrities. and mickey said maybe we would get a free book…and yep, all we got was a free book about a person escaping their religion LOL. and at one point i think katie was saying yeah you go girl! and everyone in the audience (basically all girls) started clapping and applauding and i was sitting next to derek (he’s a guy LOL, like the only guy in the audience LOL) and he started clapping too and i just thought that was the most hilarious thing ever, and i wanted to laugh, but then i had to stop myself hahaha
okay, so then we came to the conclusion that the lady at the katie show basically “used” us LOL they were prolly trying to appeal to a lower demographic, so thats why they’re trying to recruit “college” students to go to their other normal shows, and that’s why they put us right in the front row…so that our faces would be shown on tv, and people can see ohhh katie actually has young fans! LOL SO YEAH. THEY USED US. LOL
(and oh yeah it was my dad’s birthday so we celebrated at the usual place- minado!)
April 11, 2013: Failed Milkshake Day
okay, last mini-entry! so yesterday was failed milkshake day. LOL. for the longest time, mickey was craving a milkshake. last week we went to tea kettle and mickey ordered a milkshake, and it was the most horrible thing ever. and she kept complaining and saying how her craving wasn’t satisfied, and then i got a craving for milkshake, so yesterday, we decided to finally set out to satisfy both our cravings.
we ran into natalie and her friend recommended a “juice” place that was pretty good. we went all the way there, and they didnt have any damn milkshakes! all they had were smoothies and it was soo expensive, so we left and i yelped for a place. we were outside looking at the menu, and it was pretty expensive, but we decided heck, why not, so we finally went in, got seated, ordered our two milkshakes but guess what…the waiter said they had everything BUT milkshakes because apparently some refrigerator was broken or whatever, and it was just too funny. like what are the odds!!! LOL it was like the gods didnt want us to get our damn milkshakes! so we got up and literally ran out because we werent even hungry and we just wanted our milkshakes!
finally, we decided to go to potbelly and mickey was like okay, for sure they’re gonna have them cause i went there last time and its pretty popular and its cheap too! on the way there, she was telling me how she had vanilla last time and didnt like it, and it just tasted like plain vanilla icecream, and she wont get it again. when we got there, i ordered cookies and cream, and she ordered coffee. we got our milkshakes, it came with mini cookies, and we were finally happy! but then mickey took a sip and guess what…it was vanilla. LOL!
so then she went up to the cashier and said this is vanilla, and they got so defensive they were like oh we make the coffee with vanilla icecream so thats why it might taste like vanilla but really its coffee! but i mean, we can make you another one if u want. so then mickey was like okay…..nevermind. and she came back and she was like no. this is vanilla! i KNOW its vanilla! so there was a lady before mickey who had ordered a vanilla milkshake and they had prolly mixed up the two cups! but seriously what are the odds! the one flavor that mickey had tried previously/didnt want again, and she ended up with it. and it was just so ridiculous how mickey was basically forced to drink a milkshake she didnt order LOL. i kept asking her if she wanted to tell them again, but she was like no no no. but yeah…it was pretty funny/ridiculous at the same time. it was like mickey had this craving for the longest time, and everything that could have possibly gone wrong, went wrong, and in the end, she didnt even satisfy her craving haha.
ok so since hurricane sandy, my mom’s laptop wasn’t connecting to wifi. whenever it did, it would say limited access, and it connected, but it wouldn’t actually go online online. i remember i spent like a whole weekend researching and trying to figure out what to do, but it just wouldn’t work! so i gave up and school rolled around and i got busy.
so since i’m on spring break, my dad wanted me to give it another shot, or else he would have to bring it to the store to get it fixed. i literally spent the wholeeee day doing anything and everything i could..from system restoring, to typing in command prompts, to downloading, redownloading, disabling, enabling, restoring it to factory settings, to downloading new software and updates and FINALLY FINALLLLYYYY i got it to work!!!!! i’ve never been so happy to see the page load!
ahhh getting super lazy! was gonna let this day past without a post, but ughhh i guess i’ll just type a quickie recap:
thursday was..fun thursday! lol, i always say “fun thursday” but its true. after class, me and mickey went to 16 handles to finally fulfill our froyo craving that we had since like..the beginning of the semester haha. then i walked mickey to work, and i decided to stop by dsw since i had like 2 hours to kill. and it was a badddd move..there were like 3 pairs of shoes i wanted to buy, and i kept going back and forth and trying every pair on, and trying to talk myself out of not buying, but i ended up buying 2 pairs -_- haha
then i met up with my dad at ed sullivan theater to pick up tickets. and holy crap! the line was so long! we’re supposed to get tickets from 3:30-4:30, and we came right on time, but the line was soooooo long! i was huffing and puffing cause i was running, and i went to the end of the line and asked the people if this was the right place. but then my dad was like no no no, we go somewhere else, this is the stand-by line! but he was wrong..haha, so then we ran all the way to the front, just to be sent all the way back again. (it was embarrassing haha)
ok so getting the tickets was itself a long ass process. they’re sooo strict! like we had to show our id’s literally 5x, and after getting our tickets, we still couldn’t just leave. and everyone working there was super young and hyper and trying to perk us up like ARE YOU READY?! WOOHOOO!! WHERE ARE YOU GUYS FROM?! DAVID YIPEEEE!!! and the workers just had these huge smiles plastered on their faces and looked like they were high on candy. but yeah…they hyped it up SO much! and it was so weird, cause they separate us into groups…but like, the couple in front of us had “red” written on the back of their tickets, while everyone else in our group had a number (ours was 81, and 82). and then the guy told the couple to come back at 5:10 and stand at the red-rope, and that we had to come back at 4:50 and stand by the blue-rope…like….i dont get it! it’s so weird! i dont understand their process..like they randomly pick people..to go in at different times..? like at first my dad said that they randomly picked people to talk to david letterman so that david could crack jokes at them thruout the show, and i guess that made sense..but thats not what happened. i just dont get how they randomly pick people to come at different times..
anyways, after we collect our tickets, they make us stand with our “group” in this hallway and they give us another prep talk. LIKE ARE YOU READY? WHO’S READY! LETS SEE SOME EXCITEMENT WOOHOOOOOOOO and then they let us go, and we had 50 minutes to kill, so me and my dad went to this burger/shake place thats pretty popular right next door.
ok, so much for my “quick” recap. anyways the burger place was really cool! they had this really high-tech drink dispenser that’s a freaking touch screen, and you pick which drink you want, then you press a button and the drink pours out!! so cool!!!!!!!!!!! but yeah, after we ate, we went back to the theater and we had to go thru security and everything and they made us take out our ids/tickets another like five times, no joke. and then we waited in line to go in the theater, and they had this guy and girl to ask us questions and basically give us another prep talk and tell us what we can do and what we cant do. but there were more WOOHOOO and ARE YOU GUYS READY?! and WE LIVE FOR YOUR LAUGHTERRRR!! and finally, finally, at like 5:50 we were allowed to go in.
my dad and i got to sit in the 2nd row, haha. but it was like all the way towards the right, and we were really close to the side. but actually, in the end, where you sit doesnt even matter cause the whole freaking time the show is filmed, the freaking cameras are right in front of david letterman’s face, or the orchestra’s face, or whoever is talking’s face, so you cant even get a good view no matter where you are! there were of course, more prep-talks, a comedian came out to warm up the crowd, and a funny video to introduce the show. however like many people katie couric had working for her for behind the scenes…david letterman had like 5000x more, lol. the stage was so big, and there were just sooo many people running around and i was just in awe, haha. and omg, i couldn’t believe it! david letterman uses freaking written cue cards!! HAHA he’s sooo old school! katie couric has a teleprompter and david letterman literally has an oak-tag-poster-thing with hand-written words on it…lol! it made me giggle! he’s prolly been doing this for such a long time and refuses to advance with technology. like during commercial breaks i actually saw people scrambling to write the cue cards..you would think they would have that prepared..?! and the guy was literally kneeling underneath the camera holding the cue cards, and changing it every second. it looked so hectic! imagine if he mixes the cards up hahaha
but yeah it was fun! the band played a couple songs for us in the beginning to get us excited and stuff, and all the high-young workers who we saw before were there clapping and dancing and smiling and making us move and have fun. and then david ran on stage, and talked to us a bit and took a couple questions before the show. i was so bummed though cause our “guest” celebrity was seth meyers and i didnt know him :( LOL and i kept kicking myself afterwards, i had soo much regret because i realized that since i picked the later show time on thursday, this was actually going to be aired on friday. and of course, friday’s show is usually the worst cause people dont watch on fridays so that’s why we had seth who my dad said is a native new yorker so its easy to get him like last minute. the earlier show had gerard butler!! and i watched the show and it seemed sooo much funnier!!! im so mad at myself! i shud have picked the earlier show!!! friday shows suck!!! and then they let us see a preview for next week and freaking selena gomez is in the next show!!!! ahhhh i was so mad, lol. the whole time i kept praying for a famous celeb i knew, and i was so disappointed!
the taping was actually super short compared to katie, there’s so many damn commercials! like…this experience was sooo different to katie’s, i cant even begin to explain. for one, the cue cards vs teleprompter. during the breaks, david had like SO many people running around, and so many people gathered at his table to like run through the jokes, fix cue cards, do this, do that. at katie’s show, during breaks, she was pretty much just chilling in her seat haha. at david, we had a live band play for us during commercial breaks. and david’s chair is like…really far off the stage. like even if ur sitting front row, you still wont be close to him, lol. and they make us laugh..A LOT. like force us to laugh, it was pretty funny. every joke we had to go HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA even tho it wasn’t funny. i was literally going HA-HA-HA-HA-HA fake laughing the whole time hahaha
overall, the experience was pretty cool and fun. afterwards, i went back to NYU for CSC meeting, then met up with my dad, he drove me back to DSW to pick up my shoes, and we got home around 10:30. but YESSS its finally spring break!!! woohoo!! i’ve watched like 7 movies in the past 2 days. i was so stressed last week, so i can do whatever i want now haha. and oh yeah, i watched the late show on friday, and i saw my dad and i on tv for like 2 seconds! i got really excited haha
I want an arrow tattoo because of the quote: An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.