Happy 2011! I’ve been meaning to post this sooner but it looks like the new year decided to bite me in the ass and give me a 103° fever. I suppose that I’m not getting off to a great start with this whole new year spirit, what with me being confined to a bed for the bulk of the day.
Anyway. I’ve got 357 more days to appreciate whatever the year has to throw my way, so no matter. Instead, I’ll talk about 2010, which was actually a pretty good year. Like most years, I did an absolutely shit job at remembering — let alone keeping — my resolutions, and there are still areas in dire need of self-improvement. However, 2010 wasn’t like 2009, which got off to a fantastic start only to fizzle out come September. Nor was it like 2007, which swung to pendulum-esque extremes of highs and lows. Nor was it like 2006, which uh — plain sucked, end of story. The fact that I made it through 2010 alive and enjoyed myself along the duration of the ride is probably a Very Good Thing, because usually during intropsective times like these, I tend to launch into hyper-critical mode where I’m like THIS YEAR COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF I (verb) AND IF I HAD BEEN MORE (adjective). Yeah, my super-deep entries about Life and Other Facets of the Universe are, in fact, glorified Mad Libs games. What about it.
Since pictures do a better job of speaking a thousand words or whatever, and I’m feeling inarticulate at the moment, I’m going to pilfer through my Flickr and present to you my year in pictures. So, let’s do the Time Warp (…AGAIN!) and relive my 2010. It’s picture-heavy and it errs on this side of rambly, so don’t say that I didn’t warn you!
Sun 11 Jan 2009 at 10:02 pm ♥ Filed under Shanghai 2008, Travel
New layout! (Here‘s a link for those of you on feeds.) I was inspired by the Dior Cherie ads, hence the pastel colors1 and balloons. And it’s been far too long since I’ve made my own template; the last2 layout for the blog was a modified template.
Since the firewalls here aren’t too fond of my website3, I’m going to delay the Australia and Shanghai photos and maybe give an update or two on my life. I have one more week of break left before I head back to NY. There are many things I’m looking forward to, such as watching the inauguration on TV and my 20th birthday among other things. But as far as break-after-Australia goes, not much has happened.
Except for a car accident that happened the other day. In China, the Asian-driver stereotype is quite true to a frightening degree4, yet the amazing thing is that I have never seen a car accident occur there. Ever. Anyway, that day I wanted to go get KFC, which is 10 minutes away by car, whereas my dad insisted that I get some exercise and walk to the nearby grocery store for food. Since I hadn’t had Chinese KFC in ages, there was no way I was going to pass it up. So as we’re driving out of the neighborhood, we have to take a U-turn at the end of the divided street. As we’re taking the U-turn, another car also attempting a U-turn rear-ends us. Nothing serious though, considering that nobody was hurt and both cars got scratched and nothing more. But before that, I had never been in a car collision of any sort nor had I ever seen one in China. There’s a first5 for everything, I suppose.
Oh yeah, and when my dad heard about what happened, he spared me the if-you-had-walked-this-wouldn’t-have-happened talk. I can’t exactly say that the KFC was worth all the trouble though.
1: Is it spring yet? Because that’s usually the season for pastels and I could really use warmer weather these days.
2: And first.
3: Unless you have dialup or an equally bad firewall, you have no idea how slowly my site loads here. I’ve had this “Add New Post” page opened up for a good 15 minutes, and the page is still loading. Thank goodness for XXAMP otherwise I would never get around to uploading the layout. When I first posted my last entry, the site lagged for so long that half my entry got cut off!
4: Passengers yield to cars, not the other way around.
5: And last.
Wed 24 Dec 2008 at 12:40 am ♥ Filed under Shanghai 2008
Photos from the Shanghai Museum visit yesterday. I kind of want to visit the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum now; I went seven years ago and I thought it was awesome! Anyhoo, I figured that I should probably post these photos before I leave for Australia.