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About: I was born in Monterey Park, California. Most of my childhood was spent in Alhambra, California. Now I live in Duluth, GA and spend most of my time in Augusta, GA. Why you ask? Well my life story has that answer, so you'll have to get to know me if you really, really want to know. And even if you don't, I'll probably just tell you cause I hate awkward silences, and I'll do and say anything just for it to go away.

Anyway, my grandparents are from China, but my parents are both from Taiwan...so I guess that makes me Taiwanese? I don't really care to distinguish though. So to all my brothers and sisters from both China and Taiwan, please don't be offended. Cause I mean if you really wanted me to label myself as something, technically it would be American?

Moving on...so I used to love swimming, and I also used to be good at it. Now I'm just your typical Asian American trying to make his/her parents proud by finding a career that both I can enjoy and that they can be proud of. And as you can tell by my blog title and url, I'm trying to be a dentist. Trying is the key word. So yeah, I've just started my second year of dental school, and I'll probably be blogging a lot about how much I hate it. And don't get me wrong, I love dentistry and all that it entails, but I'm just not really a big fan of the whole school thing. Anyway, I could honestly just go on forever about random things, but lucky for you, it's lunch time.

long time no blog…just been busy not worrying about school…but now the one-week break is coming to an end and that depresses me. got a couple random things from finals week to blog about, but i’ll do that later cause i don’t wanna think about finals/school at the moment.

so i got a haircut the other day…and it came out a lot shorter than i wanted. it’s cause the krn guy who cut it didn’t really know english…and i definitely didn’t know krn…so some confusion went on as to what i wanted my hair to look like. anyway, i came back home and messed around with my hair (hoping it would just magically grow back…) and loose ends started falling out here and there. and see how it landed on my sink? that little asian looking face is probably how my face looked like based on my level of dissatisfaction. so yeah, gonna start the semester off looking like a completely different person…(and if you’re thinking i made that face on my own, that’s stupid…cause who has the time to do that…but i thought it was weird too when that face came out of nowhere…it was kinda creepy actually)

second pic…i’m pretty sure in 2000 (during the whole Y2K thing) was when i started teaching my mom how to use the internet and use an email account, etc. well just yesterday i saw her inbox and it looks like i forgot to teach her how to keep her inbox more organized or at least up-to-date. she always complains about my messy room…well i see a really messy inbox here. 2,000 unread messages? that’s pretty overwhelming…and definitely too much to overcome at this point. good thing gmail pretty much has unlimited storage space. props to google. you get a +1 for that. 

money and magic. always a win.
hahahaha…now if it only had background music to go along with it.

hahahaha…now if it only had background music to go along with it.

(Source: mikeweed)

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” —Bob Marley
tomorrow will be our last class of the summer semester.
yesterday was the last day of dentures.
this picture was taken today.
and yes, that’s our dentures textbook for the semester…and mine is still in its shrink wrap. amused? kinda. surprised? not the least bit. better late than never i always say. but of course that’s not always true. sometimes it’s just too late. like for the guy i saw in the restroom today. his dental appointment was today and he’s in there brushing the crap out (or i should say off) of his teeth when’s it’s clearly too late already. he also asked if i had any floss on me…as if running a piece of thread through his teeth and gums for the first time would make a difference. but let’s be honest, only a very small population of people are avid/religious flossers. heck, i know some dental students that don’t even own floss and also ones that don’t bother brushing at night cause they’re just overcome with laziness after a night’s worth of studying. don’t worry, i won’t name names…but come on now. that’s like a personal trainer not working out and staying fit…or a dietitian pulling up at the mcdonald’s drive thru for lunch every day.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

haha didn’t mean to get all serious, but i’ve always liked that quote, and i never really get to use it. and now that i think of it, i don’t even think the saying really makes much sense in this context. oh well…too late now. legit bloggers don’t ever backspace anyway.
but back to the picture. as you all know, i’m a very positive person…cause all i blog about is how awesome my life is, obviously. so what’s the silver lining in all of this? well since the book is still in its wrap…and knowing that the odds of me studying from that book during finals is slim to none…i can probably just sell the book as new and make some good money. and whatever i get from that will go straight to the “how the hell am i gonna pay off all my student loans??” jar.
class is over. i’m out.

tomorrow will be our last class of the summer semester.

yesterday was the last day of dentures.

this picture was taken today.

and yes, that’s our dentures textbook for the semester…and mine is still in its shrink wrap. amused? kinda. surprised? not the least bit. better late than never i always say. but of course that’s not always true. sometimes it’s just too late. like for the guy i saw in the restroom today. his dental appointment was today and he’s in there brushing the crap out (or i should say off) of his teeth when’s it’s clearly too late already. he also asked if i had any floss on me…as if running a piece of thread through his teeth and gums for the first time would make a difference. but let’s be honest, only a very small population of people are avid/religious flossers. heck, i know some dental students that don’t even own floss and also ones that don’t bother brushing at night cause they’re just overcome with laziness after a night’s worth of studying. don’t worry, i won’t name names…but come on now. that’s like a personal trainer not working out and staying fit…or a dietitian pulling up at the mcdonald’s drive thru for lunch every day.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

haha didn’t mean to get all serious, but i’ve always liked that quote, and i never really get to use it. and now that i think of it, i don’t even think the saying really makes much sense in this context. oh well…too late now. legit bloggers don’t ever backspace anyway.

but back to the picture. as you all know, i’m a very positive person…cause all i blog about is how awesome my life is, obviously. so what’s the silver lining in all of this? well since the book is still in its wrap…and knowing that the odds of me studying from that book during finals is slim to none…i can probably just sell the book as new and make some good money. and whatever i get from that will go straight to the “how the hell am i gonna pay off all my student loans??” jar.

class is over. i’m out.

haven’t had much time to blog lately cause finals are approaching…and this is cliche, but i’m gonna say it anyway.

it’s the beginning of the end..

now that that’s out of the way, here’s a bunch of random photos i wanted to blog about…separately at first…but for the sake of time, let’s just try and tie them all together.

so i’ve been trying to keep up with my insanity workouts, but a week of tests has set me back a bit, and i can feel the fat finding its way back to the region i’ve already designated for a six-pack of abs. and even though i’m not seeing the results yet, i do feel a bit more energized and awake lately…as energized and awake one can feel in dental school i guess. on top of this, working out has made me more conscious about what i’m eating. so yeah, i’m definitely trying to eat healthier lately…but of course, the proof is in the pudding. man, some pudding sounds pretty good (and fattening) right about now. haha i kinda feel like a girl talking about all this…but it’s not like i’m counting calories or anything, so don’t judge.

exhibit a: krispy kreme…saw a box at kroger while grocery shopping…and yes, i passed it up. even though it looked heavenly next to the carton of milk that was in my shopping cart.

exhibit b: lunch at terrace dining. passed up on my usual veggie burger (which is already pretty healthy right?) for some salmon and vegetables. i told the lady to hold the cheese…but i guess that wasn’t an option. and let’s just say for the sake of argument that that cornbread was made with whole wheat flower and very little butter…or no, let’s say margarine.

exhibit c: terrace again. forgot what the sandwich was called…lumberjack something, but it seemed healthy. the salad was good, but the sandwich was interesting? apparently i’ve only heard of horseradish and never really gotten a good grasp on what it actually tastes like. cause the entire time i was trying to figure out what was so annoyingly spicy and pungent about this sandwich…then my friend, who i now consider a food connoisseur, enlightened me.

ok, and last couple of pics. kimbap and setting teeth for dentures. i usually don’t buy “sushi” at school cause it’s so expensive, but i was short on time that day (guess why…cramming for a test? good guess!). anyway, i guess (yes, i overuse this word a lot) you could call this korean sushi…but it’s not really sushi cause there isn’t raw fish. and i’m not trying to be all asian by distinguishing the difference (i’m not even korean btw), but i heard a caucasian once tell a friend, “this is either a california roll or a rainbow roll. i’m pretty sure this is a rainbow roll though.” facepalm -.- and i can’t really project tone in a blog, but he sounded pretty damn confident about it too. almost felt like poking him in the eyes with a pair of chopsticks…but you know, gotta stay tranquil like the chinese. and i’m taiwanese btw, kinda just made that decision/realization the other day…that’s another story though, so save the rioting for later. oh, and forgot to talk about the last pick, but that’s just one of the current projects we’re working on for dentures. it looks like crap…and it looks like something that wouldn’t be that difficult to do either. i concur with the former, and say screw you to the latter. 

ok, i don’t think i’m making much sense anymore. i guess it’s difficult writing a blog when you’re low on sleep and a professor is lecturing to you about…well, i’m not exactly sure…guess i should start paying attention. man, i pretty much just wrote a bunch of nothingness…so bless your heart if you’ve read everything up to this point. i honestly could’ve just posted these pics and captioned it with something like “you are what you eat…and you need teeth to eat.” -.-

so i already posted this on facebook, but since i’m trying to take this whole blog thing seriously, i thought i should “tumble” it onto here as well. does tumblr even have it’s own verb? like how twitter has “tweet” and how i can say i spend all my time “facebooking” in class?
whatever. ok, story time.

so i’m paying at the cashier and he goes, “need shoes?”
i reply, “nope, got ‘em.”
he asks, “are they bowling shoes though?”
i answer, “uh…yup.”
halfway through my nearly strike-less game, this lady worker comes up and calls me out…”sir, are those bowling shoes?” i politely reply, “yes, you idiot..” (in my head of course) as i contemplate putting my BOWLING shoes in her freakin’ face.
what’s up with this place? does everyone just assume asians won’t pay for bowling shoes? yes, it was a dollar-a-game night, but damn, it’s not like i tried paying with a damn coupon or something -.-

anyway, i bet fred flintstone never got asked about his bowling shoes…then again, i’m no badass like mr. bedrock over here.

so i already posted this on facebook, but since i’m trying to take this whole blog thing seriously, i thought i should “tumble” it onto here as well. does tumblr even have it’s own verb? like how twitter has “tweet” and how i can say i spend all my time “facebooking” in class?

whatever. ok, story time.

so i’m paying at the cashier and he goes, “need shoes?”

i reply, “nope, got ‘em.”

he asks, “are they bowling shoes though?”

i answer, “uh…yup.”

halfway through my nearly strike-less game, this lady worker comes up and calls me out…”sir, are those bowling shoes?” i politely reply, “yes, you idiot..” (in my head of course) as i contemplate putting my BOWLING shoes in her freakin’ face.

what’s up with this place? does everyone just assume asians won’t pay for bowling shoes? yes, it was a dollar-a-game night, but damn, it’s not like i tried paying with a damn coupon or something -.-

anyway, i bet fred flintstone never got asked about his bowling shoes…then again, i’m no badass like mr. bedrock over here.

so i’m sitting here at the 2nd floor of the dental school trying to study, and i look out one of the few windows this school has, and i see our new building just a couple of streets down. i tell myself i can’t wait. i can’t wait because as materialistic as this sounds, new things are nice. i also can’t wait to walk into the new school cause i know that’ll mean this summer semester is over…but i guess that would mean another semester is starting…never mind, there are no win-wins in dental school…just glass half empties/glass half fulls. but hey, at least there will be plenty of windows in the new building…and an open space makes dental school a happier place.

so here are some pictures of our new building, courtesy of my classmate and friend, Mr. Polo. That’s actually his unofficial name…which is nice cause i can give him credit without completely disclosing who he is. now if this blog was famous, i’m sure he’d want his name on here…but of course, this is not the case. anyway, i don’t know much if anything about cameras and photography, but i think he took this with a pretty good camera and something about having it done in HDR he said. see, i wasn’t kidding when i said i don’t know a lick about photography. i appreciate the colors in these photos though…if that counts for anything…cause it sure as hell didn’t count for anything in my art appreciation class back in college. that class was no cakewalk..

anyway, this is is…in all its glory. one of the three reasons why i chose to take my talents to the city of disgusta. the other two were cause of MCG’s reputation clinically as well as its relatively cheap tuition costs. i’ll still be knee-high in loans by the time i graduate though. yup, can’t wait to go into the new building…and at the same time, i can’t wait to graduate and get out. this really is and will be the best and worst four years of my life.

ok, back to stu-dying..

pictures they need to run in our lab loops…but professors being inspirational and encouraging? yeah, that’ll be the day..

i’ve been asked to blog more often by a good friend of mine…and that made me feel special cause i thought no one was actually reading any of this. anyway, you now how busy we are with school, so no time to say much besides lab work is kicking my rear end (i’d much rather use an alternative, three-letter word…but i’m worried my mom will end up reading this blog. how? i have no clue, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she did. so hi mom!) anyway, i questioned if i could be a dentist today because this stuff is really harder than it looks…and i seem to not know what’s going on half the time..

anyway, here are some interesting/cool pics since i don’t have time to write anything interesting. a picture is worth a thousand words though right? :P 

"taste the rainbow" and "just chill" are some things i need to remember about life as i plow through dental school. ok, back to physiology and the female reproductive system. you’d think this stuff would interest me..

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