Wednesday, February 28, 2007

More random stuff...

o I have a solid A in my anatomy class after blasting through my lab practical, and hoping to get at least an A in my lecture exam. Also started looking at cadaver prosections, and surprisingly, I wasn't as disturbed about it as I thought I was. Except for the smell for formalin, which I can't stand. Thank god for Vicks!

o Speaking of Vicks, I saw a couple of videos from the woman who runs HappySlip.com, a series of hilarious vidoes about life seen through a Filipina American's eyes. Here's Peelings below....



o In anatomy, one of the things that we were able to look at was a hemisected head in a bucket. Hmm. Head in a bucket. Maybe later.

o For some reason, I'm mildly trippin' that I'll be 33 next Wednesday. And did I mention to buy me something off my Amazon Wish List?

o This woman that I knew from junior high school asked me to add her on MySpace. Considering she was one of the people who was really responsible for making my life miserable in junior high, and that she's never apologized for what she did to me, it took me a while to figure out how to respond.

I told her off. In a nice way, of course (no mentioning of fucking herself with a large saguaro cactus since she lives in Arizona, though I really, really wanted to), and to stop bugging me.

A couple things shocked me about this--that I had held such a grudge against her and the group of people that she represented (rich privilged clueless white teenagers who have no idea how cruel they can be and their followers), and the fact that I only felt a little twinge of guilt after I sent it off and blocked her ass.

Then I got over it.

o My ass is feeling much better. And I get my sebaceous cyst removed tomorrow morning. I was reading some stuff online about how these cysts can be removed and came across this article where it said:

Vigorous expression of the cyst contents can cause material to literally fly across the room.

WTF?!

I guess this is one case where splattering against the wall would not be something to be proud of.

o And with that, I'm going to bed.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Buy me something, dammit.

It's my birthday on March 7. And I'm turning 33. :)

Should be good for something right? Check out my Amazon wish list in the sidebar. :)

The DDR Supernova machine would be really nice...

Friday, February 23, 2007

More than I EVER wanted to know about my body...

The past few days I had been suffering from a painful spot...on my butt. I begged my doctor to schedule me to see him, since it basically hurt to do anything involving my legs or my backside, but I couldn't see someone until this morning, where I was seen by one of the nurse practitioners on staff.

Sure enough, she told me it was an abscess and told me that she would have to open it. Which is fine, and I tolerated the shots of anesthetic so I wouldn't even feel her cutting the sore open, even if it did feel like a large insect was stabbing me in the butt.

What was probably most disgusting was that she decided to give me a play-by-play detail of everything that she was doing...

"Yup, the blood's coming out...Ooh! I can see the pus coming out! Wow, it's really smelly!"

"Wow, it is really deep in there." (this was said while she was squeezing my buttocks to get more of the abscess out)

"Ooh, it looks like cottage cheese!" And she then proceeds to show me a bloody lump of cheesy material.

Like I REALLY needed to see that, especially since it's coming from my backside. And as if I needed any more incentive not to eat cottage cheese. Blech.

At least I feel a lot better and I can walk without screaming in pain.

Next week, I get to see a surgeon so that he can remove the original thing that was causing me all this grief in the first place--a sebaceous cyst, which apparently can grow not only sebum (the stuff in pimples), but hair and teeth.

I just hope HE doesn't give me a play-by-play of what comes out of my backside.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

me @ Pinkberry, Larchmont, Los Angeles


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Originally uploaded by AiYahh.
Me eating a plain yogurt with blackberries, mango, Korean mochi and Cap'n Crunch. Yup, it's good :)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Inihaw na liempo & tuna sisig, Tribu Grill, South San Francisco

Lunch after my anatomy midterm. At least there weren't any animal parts that resembled anything that I had to study for. :)

Inihaw na liempo is grilled pork belly and served with a vinegar and garlic sauce, while tuna sisig was grilled then chopped tuna served with a chili mayo sauce. There's also bagoong fried rice and deep fried tilapia with a mango salsa too. Yum!

Wish me luck tomorrow!

So I'm taking an anatomy class right now and I have my first major exam tomorrow morning (a lab practical identifying bones and muscles), and it's a bit of a turning point for me.

About 15 years ago (good Lord, has it been THAT long?!), I was enrolled in UC Riverside's Biomedical Sciences program, which at the time was a highly structured, highly competitive premed program where 15 applicants (out of 400) would start their 1st year of medical school in conjunction with UCLA during their 4th year of college at UCR.

At the time, I was going through a lot of shit--dealing with more personal issues, the major ones being religion and sexuality, and my growing political consciousness, and the realization that I really didn't care about science at the time. It also didn't help that the lab portion of the anatomy class was cat dissections, and I didn't realize that I was extremely allergic to cats until after I took the class.

Subsequently, I got a D, and because of that (along with a C in organic chemistry and a B in physics), I dropped out of the program, knowing that there was no way in hell that I'd make it into the 4th year.

Looking back, it's now an absolute shock to me that I was able to complete my degree in chemistry along with ethnic studies in 4 years, and I have no idea how the hell I did it.

Fifteen years later, I've resolved most of those issues, and taking these classes again (anatomy, organic chemistry, bio, etc.) is actually very enjoyable to me. I'm really interested in the material and I'm learning a lot. I'm in a totally different space emotionally and mentally, and I can focus on getting my shit done.

And did I mention that I have the highest grade in the class coming into this practical?

Anyway, wish me luck tomorrow. Even though I've been studying my ass off the past couple weeks for this (and really needed the minitrip to LA last weekend), it wouldn't help to have a few good wishes coming into this.

And is it strange to be excited about looking at cadaver prosections next week?

Update (4:49 PM, 2/21/07): The exam was actually a lot easier than I expected. I got everything right until the last question, when I got confused about a hole in the temporal bone and totally named it wrong. Argh! I know I got at least 2 others wrong, but I got all the extra credit right, so hopefully I'll be over 100%. Yippee!

Monday, February 19, 2007

If you like Filipino food, eat at Tribu Grill...

Just took my friend to Tribu Grill in South San Francisco, easily the best Filipino restaurant in South City/Daly City, if not the Bay Area.

I'm usually hesitant to try Filipino restaurants because most of the food is not much better than what I can cook at home, the presentation is usually nonexistent, and the service leaves a lot to be desired. With Tribu Grill, there were a number of things going for it, even before our food arrived. It was refreshingly unpretentious, with bright pale yellows and oranges dominating the eating area, with warmly lacquered tables, chairs and benches for people to sit. The tablecloths were just butcher paper, but accompanying each table were crayons for kids (or anyone else, for that matter) to draw and doodle. The food I saw on the tables looked like the chefs were paying attention to the presentation, and the smell of barbecue and the lull of conversation readily gave it a down to earth feel that never stooped to being ghetto.

As I was taking out a friend who was recently laid off, and also because I had worked out really hard this morning, we ordered 4 things: ribeye salpicao, fried ribeye steak with garlic garnished with more fried crispy garlic on top; sizzling bangus belly (which was recommended from a friend who had gone there earlier); bagoong fried rice; and my friend ordered a plate lunch of chicken and pork adobo. I also ordered a calamansi slush to drink, while the friend ordered the water.

The drinks were probably the only misstep of the entire meal--the calamansi slush had too much ice/water and not enough calamansi syrup which watered down quickly, and my friend waited till nearly the end of his meal to get his water.

The food, however, came out quickly. First came the bangus belly, sizzling on a hot sizzling plate with soy sauce, onions, and lemon. The smell alone got us going. Next came the bagoong fried rice, a huge bowl of rice fried with bagoong, and four different kinds of toppings on top, slightly ripe mango, diced Roma tomatoes, scrambled eggs, and pork adobo. The presentation was the most stunning with the rice bowl, bright mango and tomato dice nestled next to the pork adobo and soft scrambled eggs. Finally, the ribeye salpico with fried garlic.

All four of the dishes were incredible. The bangus belly was nicely well done with a few bones still around the fins of the fish, and the stomach itself was wonderfuly creamy. The adobo was not too fatty, which can be a problem with pork adobo and the vegetable condiments that came along with it, diced tomato and onions, along with carrots, was a fresh counterpoint to the adobo. The ribeye was well done and juicy, with the garlic lending some sweet and deep notes to the meat. The bagoong fried rice was the best surprise, with the mango and tomatoes complimenting the saltiness and fish flavors of the fried rice, and the pork and eggs lending a lot of depth as well.

When we finished the meal, we were surprised to find that we weren't bloated. The freshness of the ingredients made the meal a lot lighter than expected.

This was such a welcome surprise to how I've perceived Filipino restaurants that I hope people start franchising (hint hint). Again, this is easily the best Filipino restaurant in the Bay Area, and I will definitely be coming back. Pictures of my lunch are also in my Flickr.

An eating tour of SoCal in 2 days. Ow.

So the husband and I went to LA to visit friends and to get away from his family for the weekend and we spent the bulk of it driving around, and the rest of it eating.

And eating.
And eating.

The madness began on Friday afternoon driving down the 101 just past SLO (I prefer driving the 101 to the 5 to go from SF to LA b/c it's more scenic and there are enough turns every so often to keep you awake), when the husband says, "I want a cookie! COOKIE....COOKIE...."

So I hightail it over to Solvang to go to the first Danish bakery we see, and the husband grabs a chocolate cream tart, a rum ball and an apple pie square. He also ooh's and aah's over the ostrich farm a couple miles away on the 246 to get back onto the 101, where he begs me to stop so he can buy an ostrich egg. I politely decline and drive even faster to get back on the freeway.

After having dinner and drinks with a friend in WeHo Friday night, Saturday is when the gorgefest begins...

o Starting with dim sum at Ocean Star in Monterey Park;

o Ice cream mochi at Mikawaya in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA (the husband bought 2 mango, 2 green tea and 2 Kona coffee)

o After checking out Japanese video games in the LA Westside in Little Little Tokyo (Sawtelle and Olympic), the husband decides to try Pinkberrry Yogurt, an incredibly addictive frozen yogurt place, where he gets plain frozen yogurt with blueberries, almonds and cut up Korean mochi. Fucking incredible.

o Later on, we hang out with MusicChyck and her GirlFriend, where I treat them to Mexican food, and then they treat us to Scoops, the best gelato place that I've ever been to (Sorry, Naia). Run by a Korean American guy who's probably the most gelato-obsessed person I've ever met, he comes up with flavors that change on a daily basis, all of them outstanding. I have 2 scoops, a Pabst/avocado that has to be eaten to be believed (like a boozy tart green apple gelato is the best way to describe it), and a lemon/fennel/juniper berry concoction that made me want to kiss the gelato maker on the mouth and give him a little tongue. The husband has raspberry tiramisu and a lychee/mango sorbet that's just as incredible. Also met MC's friends Eric and JD, a too-cute-for-words awesome, progressive GWM couple who helped out the guy running Scoops when the lines were too long.

o After going out again to WeHo, the friend whose apartment we're staying in takes us to Sanamluang, the place to go for Asian fags and dykes after a long night of clubbing, and a place where I have many fond memories (the husband and I had our first meal together there). Best Thai food in LA after 2 AM (I've tried going there during the day, and it just didn't work--maybe it's just the energy of all the baby fags and dykes all around me that make the restaurant better), hands down.

After a restless night's sleep because of my gluttony, the madness began again this morning.

o After saying hi to Joz briefly, we went to Pinkberry AGAIN over in Larchmont. The husband gets plain yogurt with mango, raspberry and cut-up mochi; but I do him one better by adding Cap'n Crunch to mine. The Cap'n Crunch makes the yogurt absolutely sublime. You can also add Cocoa Pebbles or Fruity Pebbles as well. They have GOT to have a Pinkberry in SF, somewhere, anywhere. I'm addicted.

o Next stop, Hurry Curry of Tokyo in Sawtelle because I can't get decent Japanese wafu curry in SF. Their tonkatsu curry's good, but it's only got me craving CoCo Ichiban in Honolulu more. *sigh*

o The husband suggests going to Pinkberry yet again on Sawtelle. I think the look of pain in my face was enough to make him reconsider.

o Finally, for dinner, we end up going to Fat Cat's Cafe, a locals' greasy spoon up in Port San Luis (near SLO)/Avila Beach for their killer onion rings (best in the 805 and maybe in California) and a Fisherman's platter, where the fried seafood was so fresh that both the fried oysters and scallops sprayed juice everywhere when we bit into them.

I think I'm going to fast for the next couple of weeks to make up for all the food I ate this weekend. Blah.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

At Rona's party last month...


Cute Couple
Originally uploaded by mandirigma9.
I love this picture--I didn't realize how see-through the shirt was..and how candid both Howard and I look. :)

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Pic at King Wah Restaurant, Daly City


The Usual Suspects
Originally uploaded by AiYahh.
Just saw this on the husband's blog now and for some reason I really like it. Not sure why.