DC Fun! *updated as I go :D*

Company softball

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Real world cooking excursions

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Jazz in the Garden

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Google Search fun

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The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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National Aboretum - Summer

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Busboys and Poets - A Reading Is Sexy Experience

imagePotluck for Sammy!

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Patapsco Valley State Park

U St Music Hall - Kill Paris

National Building Museum - canned food…art exhibit?

A beautiful afternoon Labor Day bike ride with a friend.

"For U.S. Citizen only!"

I got an email today from some company and it was hilarious.  They were looking for someone to fill some managerial position and this was their email:

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Hi! 

For U.S. Citizen only!

I am HR specialist of company Aldi Quality Control. I found your resume through recruitment agency.

We are in search for a quality assurance manager in our company. 
You will be receiving household and kitchen appliances that you will need to test and write a brief inspection reviews about in accordance with our instructions..


string]Role|Name[/string]: Quality Control Inspector
Employment: Part-time 

* Familiar with Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Office
* Computer skills
* Access to printer and scanner
* Previous experience in working with household and kitchen appliances.
* Set your own hours and work pace 
* Steady long-term income.


This is a full-time work, you are to stay at home during the working hours. The pay is about $1500 per month for this position.

If you are interested in this position, please inform me about that in your reply – I will send you the detailed information.


Please do not contact unless you are 21 years old. 
Please do not contact if you are not a USA Lawful Permanent Resident.


P.S. We are in search for a goods quality inspector in the nearest time, so I ask you to reply to me within the next 24 hours after you got this email, otherwise I will have to consider the other candidatures.

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I am so sick of spam companies looking to take advantage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for a position.  I wrote about my experience with spam marketing companies in NYC in an earlier post and am glad I was able to learn a very valuable life lesson.  I am content with the job I have now and am happy where I am in life.

Naturally, this was my response:

Hi “Steven”,
First off, why is this job posting discriminatory towards those who are not exactly US citizens but perhaps a permanent resident?
Secondly, which recruitment agency do you speak of?
Third, what position is: string]Role|Name[/string]: Quality Control Inspector?
​​Fourth, is this part-time or full-time?  You state part-time then contradict yourself in your next sentence.
Fifth, why must a candidate be 21 and over?
Sixth, this is the most disjointed email from a company and is written in poor English.
ps. A reputable company does not try to rush through a recruitment process in a few days and disregard a potential employee’s issue of relocating, leaving their current job, etc.
Now, how can you say you aren’t a scam?
HA. HA. HA.

My Landlord Is An Idiot

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This blog got serious for a while, but I felt compelled to share my story as it’s an important thing to be aware of.  Now, why my landlord is not the brightest of people:

- putting in leftover pizza in the microwave and forgetting it for a few days

- putting “leftover” cereal that is still in milk in the fridge

- putting a lunch box in the washer only for it to sit in there for a several days after it is cleaned to grow mold

- the fact she is using paper fare metro cards that take an extra dollar off the balance for every ride instead of the Smartrip card that costs a one-time fee of $2 to purchase when she clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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…I am amazed.

"The secret of life is honest and fair dealing.  If you can fake that, you’ve got it made." - Groucho Marx

Harassment is NOT ok.

70-99% of women experience street harassment at some point during their lives - Hollaback.

Harassment has become an ever pressing issue in my mind ever since I took the metro this Sunday up to Maryland to meet my family visiting in that weekend for din sum.  On the way to AND back I was approached by black men jeering and leering at me in a way that made me uncomfortable.  

The first one was a middle-aged black man who begins by sitting on the other end of the bench next to me, starts with a casual hello, and then proceeds to guess my ethnicity as if it were a guess game.  I posted this as a Facebook status.  Although it seems light-hearted and even funny, it is my first experience of prolonged harassment besides the usual (it’s sad this has become the norm!) cat calls on the streets.  Upon failing to guess correctly he continues to converse by asking if I go to church, where I’m from, where I’m going, and what my name is as I reply flatly in monosyllables and very vague answers, appearing to be constantly busy on my phone.  These may seem like harmless questions but I had seen his hungry eyes were on me like I was an object he very much desired behind the glass of a shop.  He then poses the difficult questions “Don’t you want to make friends?” and “Do you want to be my friend?”  I had no reply.  I thought there was no way to answer without sounding like a complete bitch by saying “not with you” and I wanted to avoid seeming bitchy.  My mistake.  As the metro arrives there are two doors to every car.  The left door of the car directly in front of me was obviously closer but I wanted to get away from this creep and deliberately walked down to the right door.  I sat down and figured he got the message and got on the closer door.  Wrong.  A few seconds later he comes in the right door and sits directly in front of me.  I am on my toes and tense at this point, wondering what’s the worse that could happen.  Sexual assault?  Should I yell if he tried anything?  If I was assertive would that cause him to become physical and violent?  There weren’t that many people in the car either.  To play it safe I continued my facade of being busy with my phone and avoid answering whenever possible.  Before the metro reaches the next stop he insists on giving me his number so I could call him (ha! fat chance you sleeze) and asking questions like “Will I ever see  you again?”  Again to play it safe I fake taking his number down.  He gets off at this stop.  I can breathe again.

One the way back to DC from Maryland I am approached yet again by a black male.  Luckily this one realized quickly he wasn’t going to get anything out of me.  After a “hey” and “how you doin?” (yes, these were all spoken in ebonics aka broken ghetto English) and receiving snappy one word answers he moved on and wandered off.  After these two incidents on the same day I really had to reflect on these experiences.  I spent time on Google searching for information on other women’s experiences and how they dealt with them.  I realized I was too nice.  Far too nice.  I should’ve told to first black man upfront to leave me alone.  That I was not interested in being dragged into a conversation with him.  I should’ve moved to the other end of the car when he came and sat in front of me.  If he tried to touch me I should yell, call him out, and cause a scene.  No one should have the right to make me feel uncomfortable or threatened in a public space.  I shouldn’t have treated these men politely with some respect when they were treating me as an object to be gained.  And to those who blame the victims by what they were wearing, I was in a pair of thick leggings, flip flops, and a long sleeve shirt.  What a girl wears does not excuse the behavior of these men, nor does a girl deserve any sort of harassment based on her clothing.

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I realize my experiences with harassment and cat calls are PG13 compared to what other women have experienced.  The typical cat calls I’ve gotten are “hey”, “damn”, “beautiful” or “how you doin?”.  The other variations being “you gorgeous sweetheart” as I’m peddling uphill back home all sweaty in work clothes, “*something something* until I steal that bike” as I walk my bike up a steep hill, and “Mmm dem legs” just this morning.  I was biking in leggings for those who still have the nerve to imply the prevention of harassment is a woman’s responsibility (also, you’re condemning your gender to be nothing but sex-driven pigs).

Thankfully I have not been physically harassed or assaulted, only verbally.  Some of the reactions, mostly from men, I’ve read accuse the women who receive cat calls for having a stick up their ass.  For not being able to take a joke.  That we women should take these as compliments.  These are NOT compliments!  Since when is “damn look at those titties” or “suck my dick beautiful” a compliment?  Reading comments made to women like the ones in the comic or twitter link above and calling women you don’t know “baby”, “shawty”, and “sexy” or “bitch”, “slut”, and “whore” make women feel scared and threatened, not endeared.  I am another human being and you’re treating me like a piece of meat, just walking dismembered face, tits, vagina, and ass.

Laura Bates is making a difference on this issue and the backlash she gets online from men detailing exactly how they want to rape her or disembowel her proves her project Everyday Sexism is needed in today’s society.

This woman actually confronted her cat callers and their excuses for cat calling is whats wrong with the world.  One guy states “What’s the purpose of a woman to be on this Earth but for a man?” and uses the bible as an excuse for his behavior.  Other guys simply see nothing wrong with it.  They see nothing wrong with verbally or even physically harassing women just trying to get through their day.  They don’t think it’s an issue that their actions affect women emotionally, causing her to feel ashamed, making it a situation where she self-blames, and creating a world where she feels constantly threatened.  Men in general don’t see the harassment because other men only do it when a woman is alone.  When she is in the company of a man, whether it be a coworker, friend, boyfriend, etc, the other men acknowledge that she “belongs” to him and there is a bro respect for that man’s “property”.  If you have any doubt just ask some of your female friends.  Almost each and every one will have a story to tell.

I have been fortunate enough to not have experienced much harassment until now in my 20s.  Only once at UVa I encountered it when I was wearing black heeled boots and a pair of black male football players looked me up and down as they pass and made a remark on their desire to sleep with me.  I have not worn those boots for the entire next winter season because of the discomfort that incident made me feel.  Thinking back an incident in New Jersey qualifies for harassment.  I was in my car with the windows up, and another car with four black men kept pointing at me and laughing out their windows.  They actually made the effort to stay around my car for a whole block to continue pointing and laughing.  I wasn’t able to hear anything they said, but I should’ve gone through with the urge to give them the finger.  I’ve read so many stories of girls who have experienced harassment since grade school and it has just become a “normal” thing they deal with on a daily basis.  These encounters make it difficult for women to accept a genuine compliment from a respectful man, and in the long-run may affect her view on men entirely.

Not to say men don’t ever get cat called by women or even other men, but it happens far less often.  This is a human rights issue that affects women from around the world of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and races and needs to be taken seriously.

Just set up my retirement plan…wait what?!

Real life is overrated…you have to work so much for literally everything!  Want a cupcake?  Bike 2+miles for it.  Want to read some good books?  Bike a few miles, borrow them from the library, and keep an eye on the due date like a hawk.  Want to wear a fancy dress?  Better be prepared to hand wash it in the sink later.  Ugh.

And another stark contrast to note between school and the real world:

*when you’re 21*

In school: “lol you’re so old!”

In the real world: “omg you’re so young!”

Since I haven’t had much to post on this blog spending all my time either at work, happy hours, or different places meeting cool new people, I was nostalgic and decided to include a piece from the old Myspace middle school days :D

1. Are you a morning or night person?

Night, but ever since I’ve started working my biological clock is slowly but surely switching me over to a midmorning person…not sure how I feel about this…

2. Which do you prefer, sweet or salty foods?

Both, but more so sweet, and on occasion spicy too.

3.  What is your life theme song?

Ain’t It Fun - Paramore, and it probably is for all recent college grads for years to come.

4. What’s the worst dare you’ve had to do?

Kiss someone.  Not that daring of a dare if you ask me.

5. Autobots or Decepticons?

Decepticons are more badass.

6. What was your favorite childhood television program?

Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh comprised of my entire childhood.

7. Are you a collector of anything?

No, I’m not a hoarder of anything.

8. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

The African Fishing Eagle: powerful and free.  Plus nothing is daring enough to mess with you.

9. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Time control.  There never seems to be enough hours in a day.

10. What is usually your first thought when you wake up?

"What time is it?"

11. What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?

Nothing, you can’t sleep if you’re thinking and contemplating things in your life.

12. What’s your favorite color?

Dark purple

13. What’s your favorite animal?

I’m stuck between cats, quokkas, or hedgehogs…which is cuter?

14. Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?

Yes, given how large the universe is and how humans have not even been able to explore 1/100th of it there’s bound to be other life forms out there in a distant universe.

15. Do you believe in ghosts?

Possibly after watching The Haunted on The Animal Planet.  Most seem to not mean any harm.

16. Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? Which one(s)?

Oh yes…Pokemon, Spyro, Mario Kart, Dynasty Warriors, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Dragons: Rise of Berk, Asphalt 8, Candy Crush,…there probably would be more if only I owned gaming consoles and played more.

17. You’re given 1 million dollars, what do you spend it on?

A nice apartment for myself, a fancy bike, my brother’s tuition, my Dad’s retirement, sending my sick Grandmother to a world-known famous neurologist for treatment, and saving/investing the rest.

18. Have any bad habits?

I still sometimes bite my nails…I find nail polish helps though.

19. What are your pet peeves?

Nosiness, stupidity, and those who chew their food with their mouths wide open…disgusting.  I don’t want to see you masticating your food.

20. List 3 of your best personality traits.

Fun-loving, dedicated, and standing up for what I believe in.

21. List 3 of your worst personality traits.

Lazy, stubborn, and little tolerance for the pet peeves listed above.

22. Have any celebrity crushes?

Lee Minho,  Jiro Wang, Kim Hyun Joong, Danson Tang, Jung Yonghwa,…you get the picture.

23. List 1 thing you wish you could change about yourself.

I’m happy how I am, but I wouldn’t mind being taller…say 5’7 :D

24. Any tattoos or piercings?

Only ears.  I don’t think I’ll be getting a tattoo anytime soon.

25. What’s the first thing you notice in the opposite sex?

Their face, and probably height if they’re either extremely tall or short.

26. What personality traits do you look for in a partner?

Sense of humor, considerate, compatibility, morals, passions, and their drive for success in life.

27. Speaking of partners, describe your ideal type.

Someone at least 4” taller than me, someone not too buff or scrawny, someone with a cute face (not a baby face though), someone with a strong jaw line, someone with good hygiene, someone without too much facial hair, someone with nice skin, someone with a sense of style…

Basically someone like Jung Yonghwa, but obviously I don’t expect them to look like a celebrity (but you can use him as a reference point hehe).

28. Are you mostly a clean or messy person?

I consider myself relatively clean.

29. Do you see yourself getting married in the next 5 years?

Probably not.  Let me find a good guy first and then I’ll let you know.

30. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I would say Taiwan, but there are so many cons about my homeland (see Taiwan posts for the cons).  If only there was a place with all the physical surroundings of Taiwan with an American society/culture.  I would definitely move to this place.

31. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’ve been wanting to visit Europe for a while, and the other East Asian countries like Japan and Korea.

32. List 5 goals on your life’s to-do list:

1. Ascend the corporate ladder and find happiness in my career and what I do.

2. Find the right guy and only be married once.

3. Travel and see the world as much as possible while I’m young.

4. Continue a fit and healthy lifestyle.

5. Stay in touch with friends as we each pursue our own lives.

33. Name 1 regret you have.

Loosing touch with close friends from middle school after starting different high schools.

34. Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid.

The innocence of everything.

35. Name 1 thing you love about being an adult.

Calling all my own shots and there’s no one there to object and tell me otherwise.

36. What’s your favorite song of the moment?

Omg so many…but I’m going to have to say I’m Your Man - Kim Hyun Joong…I imagine he’s singing it to me hahaha.

37. What’s your favorite song of all time?

Wouldn’t say they are my favorite of all time since my list of favorite songs changes so often but here are a few on my most played list:

We Remain - Christina Aguilera

Say Something - Pentatonix

Janus - Boyfriend

佳聽眾 - 韓庚&蕭亞軒

Crushcrushcrush - Paramore

Please - Kim Hyun Joong

38. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

I usually hang out with friends or just chill in my room for some me time during school, but now in the real world I use my Saturdays to run errands and try exploring the city more.

39. What’s your favorite thing to do during the weekdays?

Happy hours.  Nuff said.

40. Have any hidden talents?

I can move my ears.

41. You’re about to walk the green mile, what do you have as your last meal?

Some salmon and yellowtail sashimi, some kbbq, some peking duck, and some Taiwanese egg pancakes and bubble tea.  Also, afterwards I might as well take as many tasty shots as possible since I’m gonna die anyway, might as well die happy.

42. What would be your dream job?

A job I where I can wake up in the morning and look forward to work.

43. Which would you rather have, 100 million dollars or true love?

100 million dollars, then I can travel the world and live without worrying about financials.  Love will happen when it happens.  I don’t believe there’s only one person out there for you.

44. If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be?

1. To eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and still be healthy.

2. My parents’ bank account to be infinite.  Then they don’t have to work, my brother’s tuition is covered, and my whole family can live without worries.

3. Happiness and success in everything I do.

45) Ever wish you were born the opposite sex? If so, why?

No, there are so many more options in everything as a girl.

46. Name 1 thing not many people know about you.

I saved my best friend from high school’s life from drowning at the beach.

47. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

Lord Voldemort.

48. Do you believe in the afterlife?

I don’t believe it matters whether I believe in it or not.  I’ll see when I get there.

49. On the topic of abortion, how do you feel about cookies?

I believe all cookies should be treated equally :P

DC Noms *updated as I go ;]*

Teaism - Bubble Tea (not pictured: Salty Oat Cookie)

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West Wing Cafe - P4 Panini, Fresh Mozzarella Panini

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Vapiano Happy Hour - Strawberry Basil Sangria

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Watermelon and Pitchers of Sangria

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Honey Pig KBBQ - Fresh Pork Belly, Boneless Rib, and Seafood Tofu Soup

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Shilla - Sweet Bread, some other delicious cream bread, and Taro Boba

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Oriental East - many noms

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Round 2!

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Lost Society Happy Hour - MERtini and Pinot Grigio

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Panda Gourmet - many noms

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Red Apron - Porkstrami

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Ping Pong Din Sum Happy Hour - Lychee and Roses Martini, Hibiscus Mojito, and Signature Ping Pong Cocktail

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China Canteen - many noms

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MGM Roast Beef - Open Face Beef Brisket and The Belly Buster

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Oceanaire Seafood Room - a free appetizer!, Clam Chowder, Swordfish, and Key Lime Pie

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Einstein Bagels - jalapeno bagel with bacon, eggs, and cheese

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Zaytinya - free bread, Kibbeh Nayeh, Fattoush, Kotopoulo Youvetsi, Horta Salata, Seared Skuna Bay Salmon, Adana Kebab, Seared Halloumi, Urfa Biftek, Greek Yogurt and Apricots, and Turkish Delight

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Good Stuff Eatery - Michelle Melt

Taipei Cafe - Beef Noodle Soup, Oh Ah Jian, Spicy Pork Ears, Salt and Pepper Ribs, and Pork Chops on Rice

Shin Chon - Spicy Samgyeobsal, Bulgogi, Duck BBQ, Mandu, Haemul Pajeon, Dolsot Bibimbap, and Spicy Cod Heads