Moody (rant)

I’ve been so irritated/tired/moody lately.

Ever since the florist gig, I’ve been tired. My sleep pattern has returned to normal, but it doesn’t feel like it. I’ve been easily annoyed at and by people. I’m troubled.

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CCA Outing

On Friday I went out to Charisse’s place with Charlene. It was a chill-kind of day. We went to the grocers near by and visited the Guitar Shack store too. Charisse and I bought picks 😛 Then we went back to her house and then carried our stuff to the park near her house. There we had (somewhat of) a picnic 🙂

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We played frisbee after our lunch, and then had a short photo shoot/guitar session. I took so many pictures of the trees. Here are only some of my liked ones. Most of them were taken with my phone, even though I had my camera with me, lol. It seems like my Galaxy Nexus is better than my camera…

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I wish I’d dressed up a bit that day so I could have taken more pictures of myself with the trees 😦

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I took quite a lot of pictures of Charlene since she was lounging. Charisse was up and photographing too, lol.

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There weren’t a lot of trees, but they were enough.

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Job as a Florist Help

This past week, I was busy working at a Florist Shop with Charlene. Her friend asked her if she was up for the gig, and she was allowed to bring one friend. So she asked me, and of course, being unemployed and in need of quick money (and with the opportunity of working in a florist shop!?!) – I said yes. Charlene worked from Monday-Saturday, 8am to 5pm, sometimes a bit more. And I started from Wednesday. It was a pre-Mother’s Day temp job.

Charlene and I wore our matching shoes on my first day (her third day) to work

Charlene and I wore our matching shoes on my first day (her third day) to work

We took the bus together every day. Commuting on the public bus and subway from 6:30am in the morning was tough though. Now that I think about it, if I didn’t have my friend to go with in the morning, it would have been bland. Getting up in the morning is already hard enough, but to wake up even earlier?! Good thing Charlene and I live three bus stops away, so I called and coordinated our departure time together every morning. I’d get on the bus at the stop near me, and then call her to get out. Lol, one time I was running late and I barely caught the bus. I called Charlene, all out of breath, and all I said was “Run.” She quickly rushed down her three storey townhouse and reached the bus stop, really close to missing it. Haha, good memories. XD

Charlene and I downstairs before work, lol, look at how pale I look compared to Charlene's fair complexion, geez.

Charlene and I downstairs before work, lol, look at how pale I look compared to Charlene’s fair complexion, geez.

Overall, working at the shop was a good experience. I liked working with flowers, and I liked that I got the packaging station. In the beginning Charlene and I were hoping to work together downstairs in the production line. That was where they brought in the flowers and refreshed it. I wanted to work with the flowers on a first-hand basis, so I was hoping to work downstairs too. That was only until I got placed upstairs “with the designers” (as Charlene had called it) and was assigned to do packaging. I accepted my fate and followed the (very lovely and nice) manager upstairs. Packaging was less tolling on the body and cleaner than moving flowers around. I do think that Charlene worked more than me in the one week we worked there. But I think she also got to do a larger variety of jobs, which can be a good thing if you look at it in the resume-building way.

Still, I was glad I got placed upstairs. I still had the opportunity to work with flowers — I was packaging them! My job was to confirm the status of the order, pack the order (flowers in pots, vases, tins, etc.) into a plastic wrap and put it in boxes in order to delivery them safely.

One of my early packages :)

One of my early packages 🙂

I had the chance to work by myself on the first day. On the second day came another girl who had worked there since three years ago. She was a lot better and experienced than I was at the skill, so I felt a bit threatened and inferior. That, and the fact that she was older and had a tough-chick kind of feel made it hard for me to be comfortable. But on the third day I felt better working with her, and I think she, too, was a bit less scary and more chipper. (She credited that to caffeine though) By the end, I could make mistakes and not feel completely dejected. And by the time Charlene and her friend moved upstairs to help with the large amounts of orders, I felt more at ease with the girl, she seemed less scary.

Often times it would be slow in the morning. The only times I had the time to glance at the clock was once at 9:30am, twice at 10:30am, and once on the second last day at 3:30pm. Otherwise I would be too busy to even think about what time it is. The orders would pile up and I would continue packing until they were finished. Most of the days I didn’t even realize it was noon. Charlene and her friend came to get me for lunch, lol.

The only down part was that working from 8am to 5pm was tiring. My feet really, really hurt by the end of the day. Even with the break we got at noon time, it was kind of tough. I’ve worked as a Waitress before, but for some reason, my feet were really in agony. I had experience with 11-hour shifts at the restaurant before, so it wasn’t like I hadn’t worked. But perhaps it was because I hadn’t worked in over a year and a half. However, I still liked it better than Customer Service or Retail (referring to my job as a Waitress before). I liked what I was working with (flowers, gifts, and well-wishes), and I liked what I was doing (packing them), and the people were nice. The experience made me think that maybe I would be better suited at factory or labour work.

Also, I went bareface all four days I worked there. I had attempted some eyeliner on the first day but by noon it was hardly on anyway. And I’d already started with a barefaced impression so I’d figure it would be fine to continue on that way. It was kind of good, since it saved me time in the morning + I didn’t have to worry about my face, and/or feel murky about it.

Anyhow, I hope I get called back next occasion. It will probably be pre-Christmas, or Valentine’s Day, which I would have to skip since I’d be in Korea, but I’d definitely want to do it again next Mother’s Day and the holidays after that, if possible.

Confirmation of Nomination

Today I received this email from Beth, the International Office Coordinator:

Hello Andrea

According to the grades currently posted on your student record, you have obtained the required minimum 6.0/B GPA for this academic year and have met the condition on your exchange nomination. However, please let us know if there are any errors on the grades posted.

We will now adjust your status to YES (confirmed). Please connect with Norma if you still need to complete documents for your host university.

Congratulations!

Regards

Beth

😀

Spending all those 11:11 wishes on “Please get me accepted to Exchange, Please get me accepted to Exchange…” were worth it.

Success. 

Change in Summer Plans

So I’ve decided that I won’t be going to Ehwa’s Korean Language Program in June-August. In stead, I’ll do their Winter 2013 program (December-February). The benefit of doing it this way would be:

  1. Cheaper roundtrip airfare (September ’13 – February ’14, rather than June-December ’13)
  2. No rush in planning housing and visa (I can look around for goshitels and hasukjibs in person, and continue on a student visa from Hanyang)
  3. Won’t have to skip the last three classes of guitar (which, I found out on the first day (yesterday) I can’t afford to do anyway, since I joined the more academic/serious guitar instructor this time, and he actually has tests and performances)

So now I have June-August free… and I’ll be in Toronto… which I was hoping against. It does give me time to save up more, but that is only if I find myself a job. And if I don’t… to be quite honest, I am pretty sure I’d be spending more money than saving during the next three months. I’ve already been going out with friends more often this past month of vacation. Plans are being made spontaneously almost every week. My money is going to fly out the window, I know it. I just hope that I’ll have enough left by the end, at least the amount I started with.

OCAD’s 98th Annual Graduate Exhibition (GradEx)

NOTE: This will be an image-heavy post.

On May 2nd to May 5th was the Annual Graduate Exhibition at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design).

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (all are welcome!)
Friday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The class of 2013, an eclectic mix of more than 550 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs, present their final thesis work to an audience of more than 26,000 guests.
OCAD University’s students work in a broad spectrum of disciplines, ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art; to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the Faculty of Design. OCAD U’s annual “GradEx” transforms the university’s main building and the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design into one of Toronto’s largest and most anticipated exhibitions of emerging talent.

(Taken from their event page on Facebook)

One of the graduates, and one of my very good friends, Awuradwoa Afful invited me to view the exhibition. She had three paintings, and one of her animations on exhibit on the fourth level of OCAD. (( Click to go to her art blog! ))

Charisse and I were fawning over how cool her display was when she asked us to snap a polaroid for her personal collection. We immediately took to the idea and made her stand with her paintings to snap photos for our own collections, lol.

Here are some pictures of the artist with her Pour Paintings!

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And here is her animation that she submitted. It was playing in another room on the fourth floor where other animated art were being featured.

In the City: Part 1 from Awuradwoa Afful on Vimeo.

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Outing with Amnesiacs, Bunnies, and J

On Thursday I went out to meet my friends whom I call the Amnesiacs (Charisse & Liana), Bunnies (Roshan & Charlene), and  Josephine. Originally it was supposed to be Js, as in Josephine & Jessica (and previously Jean, as Charisse pointed out), but unfortunately, Jessica couldn’t make it. She had been the one to arrange the meeting and plan it since each of us were going off on trips at various times during the summer. It was a good chance to have a group gathering. Had she been there as well, it would have been the seven of us, which would have made the outing more memorable, since all the members of our high school group would have been present.

Unfortunately, Jessica rear ended a car on the way to meet us and so she couldn’t make it. 😦 But at least she wasn’t physically hurt, which is good. The last time a person around me got in a car accident it was my mother (around two years ago) and she’s still suffering from the effects of that. So car accidents are just– they’re just, no.

Anyway, so we all arrived on time (which — I must specifically mention because it is a feat in itself – that we set an pre-noon time and rushed to actually keep to the plan). (Though the main reason we’d rushed was to not anger Jessica since it was her planned event -_-. But anyway, moving along…) We started with ramen at Ajisen in North York. It was my second time going to a Japanese Ramen place in Toronto. The first time I had gone to one it was in downtown, and I had refrained from trying the ramen because of the heavy pork stock and mainly meat-ingredients. This time, however, I decided I would give it a try since they have soy and chicken alternatives. I opted for the chicken ramen.

Ajisen Shoyu BBQ Chicken Ramen

Then we walked north to a “hidden cafe” (as I had told them, lol) that I had found on the outing with Eri-chan before. I led them to Cafe Bene, where we spent the next hour or two.

*NOTE:   HOLY— my god, I can’t even — I was writing up to here when the centipede attack happened, by the way. x____x;;;;;

Anyway. Back to the original post…

So we went to Cafe Bene. We were led to the same place Eri and I were placed last time. Except this time the tables had to be joined together for the six or us.

We had this joke of a thing running about how the waiter was paying me extra attention which, to be honest, was flattering of course. But since I’m awkward with the attention I pretended to not like it 😛 tehe

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Roshan was nicer to me that day~ usually we have a love-hate / tough love kind of relationship, but she was nice for some reason! We even chatted on the walk to the cafe. Maybe she was feeling nice that day, lols. (Roshan, Charlene, and I have been friends since we were age 12, and our chats during commutes have lessened, thus the special mention.)

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With Liana

With Liana

With Charisse

With Charisse

Charisse, Charlene, and I ordered the exact same Chocolate cakes (lol) and Roshan, Liana, and Josephine got bubble teas.

Liana with her Chocolate bubble tea

Liana with her Chocolate bubble tea

After lounging around for what seemed to be almost two hours, half of us decided on noraebang (karaoke). Charisse suggested it first, while Liana was a-okay with it. I was on the borderline, because I was indeed tired that day due to lack of proper sleep, and I also was trying to save money. Plus, I had gone for karaoke just a couple of weeks back with Japanese literature classmates. Still, in the end I decided to go for it. Charlene came along for the first time. At first she was on the borderline too, but she slowly started walking away from the station entrance with the rest of us, lols. So in the end, Roshan and Josephine left early.

Noraebang was good, we went to our usual place – Shout! Karaoke, at the intersection of Yonge & Finch, right across the street from the Starbucks.

Charlene and I in the dark noraebang, with Charisse photobombing in the back, haha

Charlene and I in the dark noraebang, with Charisse photobombing in the back, haha

It was Charlene’s first time but she blended right in! Charisse and Charlene covered English songs, while Liana and I did the Korean/Japanese ones. It’s good that we all had similar taste in music. Even the English songs were ones that I was acquainted with, which was good because I could enjoy it too. We stayed from 3pm to 6:30pm, for only $20. (which we split into $5/per person) which was a good deal!

There is even a 2 second video clip that I accidentally took on Charisse’s phone whilst trying to take a picture, haha.

Overall, it was a good day. We went to the Korean food cart afterwards, and then headed home.

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