When I Say Burpee, You Say…

Good morning!

I’m posting this a little later than usual because I was running around like a chicken all afternoon and evening yesterday. After getting back from a music trip with the chorus, I went out to support my school’s track team at their sectional meet. From there I headed to a scholarship dinner, where— guess who!— Bill Cosby was the keynote speaker!


More details on the dinner some other time. But that guy is one heck of a comedian. Man, I miss The Cosby Show.

Anyway, today is Thursday, which is usually when I love to think out loud with Amanda, but I’m gonna mix things up today with a Spill It Sunday survey thanks to Arman and this week’s question-asker, Jen @ Chase the Red Grape.


PS— I know it’s not Sunday (I’m not THAT out of my mind…yet), but Arman didn’t oppress us with strict rules for when we post our Spill It Sunday answers. He just oppresses me by posting endless pictures of fantastic gelato that I CAN’T HAVE.

1) I am coming to visit! Where would you take me and what would we do?

If you’ve gotten to know my mom through my blog, you would know that she is the QUEEN of hosting visitors, so I’ve learned from the best.

I would take you to NYC (unless you would rather go hiking…?), where we would go wherever the heck you want (Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, Central Park, SoHo, Chinatown, Grand Central, etc.), but then I would be in charge of places to eat. Not that my family has any experience with that or anything. The Halal Food Cart, Rice to Riches, Pure Thai Cookhouse, Eataly. We’ve got you covered.

2) What is the one thing you never leave the supermarket without buying?

Bananas. You can never have too many. NEVER.

3)When I say burpees, you say…

Let’s do some right now!!! I ♥ burpees.

4) What is the first website you check in the day?

On most days, it’s Gmail. If I’m feeling like I might be popular, I check Facebook or WordPress.

5) Tell me about one act of kindness you have done recently?

Yesterday, I was walking to my car from school, and I came across two of my guy friends from chorus, walking home in their collared shirts, ties and dress pants (since we had just come back from a performance). I gave them a ride instead of letting them make the trek home on such a warm day. I could have been all fitness-y and told them they were getting good exercise, but they might have beat me up for being so obnoxious.

Kinda kidding.

6) You have a carton of eggs, what would you make with them?

If this carton has a dozen eggs: 6 eggs for a frittata, 2 eggs for muffins, 2 eggs sunny side up for yolk-y awesomeness, and 2 eggs for more muffins.
I need muffins as vehicles for nut butter.

7) Tell me about a sight you have seen that took your breath away?

The picture of the muffin above. Seriously.

But if I wanted to be more profound, I would have to say the views at the summit of a hike or the waterfalls in Puerto Rico are the best.

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circa 2010

8) You’re an elephant, what would you never forget?

Right now, it would be great if I didn’t forget the whole AP Bio curriculum. But in the long run, I don’t want to forget all the conversations I’ve had with my family and friends that have made me laugh until I’ve cried.

9) Reveal to me a ‘slang’ word or term that you use where you are from, and what it means!

I’m not that hip with slang (I just learned what “clutch” means a couple days ago), but I say “guatever” a lot. That’s not a southern NY thing, it’s just a me-and-my-friend-Charli thing. It means whatever, life goes on, we’re alright. Hashtag it. #guatever

10) Tell me a corny joke!

I think I’ve told this joke on here before, but I’ll say it again since it’s the ultimate corny joke:

What did the baby corn say to the mama corn?

Where’s Pop corn?!

Did you laugh? Pretend that you did if you didn’t.

Have a great day, everyone!

So tell me:

What do you always buy at the supermarket?

When I say burpees, you say____.

What sight have you seen that has taken your breath away? 


Spill It Sunday #3: All About Movies

I am currently soaking up some wonderful family time by the fire on this snowy Saturday evening. We had some comforting chili and cornbread, dessert, and are now watching Baby’s Day Out. It’s a pretty old movie (1994), but it never fails to make us laugh because it’s one of those unrealistic, ridiculous family comedies. The baby is so dang adorable too, so that’s an automatic plus.



Speaking of movies, this week’s Spill It Sunday is all about them! I’ve never been a huge movie person— I’m usually too antsy to sit for more than 2 hours. Like, how do some people just casually pop in a movie every night? Watching a movie has always been its own little special occasion in my mind, so I need to set aside a time for doing so. I also don’t have an interest in anything that is intensely confusing, scary, or vulgar. That covers about 85% of the films that are usually out in theaters, right? (Considering I get scared watching Harry Potter.)

Anyway, as I’ve said before, I really love typing up these posts. Arman is brilliant. Go check out his blog to see what other bloggers are spillin’!

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Favorite genre: As you’ll be able to tell, my movie preferences are not very profound. My favorite genre would have to be comedy because I like to leave my movie experience on a high note, rather than thinking, “Wow, I’m kind of questioning life right now.” I guess it’s obvious then that I also tend to like movies with happy endings and a little bit of romance. 
Favorite movies of all time:
1. Anne of Green Gables — Such a heartwarming classic. My mom and I love to watch the whole series around this time of year because it gives us major fuzzies. 🙂


2. Eight Below — It miiiight be because Paul Walker was in it (*sniff*), but I’ve loved this movie ever since I first watched it in fifth grade. I’m not even the biggest dog person, but I really enjoy the film’s lovely combo of action, romance, comedy, and drama, without being over the top with any of those.



3. The Hunger Games — Because I’m a stereotypical teenager, alright? 😉 And once I finish reading Catching Fire, I plan on watching that and hopefully loving it too.



Honorable Mention: FireproofLes Miserables (the old version), The Blind Side

Guilty Pleasure Movies:

1. The Princess Diaries — Both the first and the second movie! I’m pretty sure every girl my age has seen these movies at least once. It’s Anne Hathaway in her prime. 



2. Rush Hour — It’s my home boy Jackie Chan and the hilarious Chris Tucker! How could you not laugh when watching them fight crazy assassins together??



3. Surf’s Up — This is probably one of the funniest cartoons I’ve ever seen. My mom even loves it because the sarcasm and mannerisms of the animal characters are unexpected and hilarious!



Worst movie ever:

I’ve disliked plenty of movies in the past, but the one that sticks out in my mind is Cloud Atlas.




Seriously, what the heck is happening in that movie? I think I went to go see it in theaters last year with my dad, and I closed my eyes half of the time because of the violence and subtle horror. My dad also had enough of it about an hour and a half into the movie, so we left. I’m sure a lot of people understood the meaning of this movie and loved it. It was just SO confusing to me because the plot jumped back and forth between different time periods of the past, present, and future. Yet there was some sort of underlying secret of time and life that intertwined all of the people and why they were all dying…. or something. I have no idea. 

If I made a movie…

It would probably be about my grandparents’ generation. I think the drama and struggles of Asian families just a few generations ago is extremely fascinating and surprising in many instances. I’m blown away by some of the stories I hear from my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents either through oral storytelling or memoirs that my relatives have written. The movie would give insight into family tensions and betrayals, discipline in Asian families, duties of the children, life during wars, conversion stories, and other juicy details. Can I get a filmmaker to help me make this happen?  Daliza?! (<— my friend who wants to study film!)

Movies I Want to Watch:

  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Catching Fire
  • The Help
  • Bridesmaids

Well, that’s about as deep as my movie background goes! Just call me a movie guru. 😉

So tell me: What’s YOUR favorite movie? Least favorite? Guilty pleasure movie? Any suggestions on which ones I should watch??