Month: July 2013

Movies of the moment

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a film buff, but the fact remains that in the not-too-distant past, I once watched 100 movies in one year (precisely between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011). This is largely due to my relatively freer schedule during summer and winter vacations. When I hit my stride I’d watch 4-5 movies a week; one week apparently I hit 8 movies. I do not know how it happened. Unfortunately I studied abroad soon after, resulting in a near-drought in the movies department for three months.* My record never recovered, and as of today, I have watched a paltry 29 movies in the past year.

Let’s go over some of the movies I’ve watched recently, shall we? (Spoilers ahead!)

Feminist manifestos

Two books I’ve been reading these days are The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.


Both books are very interesting reads, but it’s especially interesting to read them both side by side. Lean In was written about 50 years after The Feminine Mystique, and it’s interesting to see how times have changed for women, but also stayed the same. One of the topics Friedan rails about is that the progress made by women in her mother’s generation seems to be lost in her own generation. From the 1920s to the 1940s, women fought for the right to vote, have access to higher education, and get jobs in traditionally male-dominated areas; during the Great Depression and World War II, especially, women were needed in the workforce to bring in income for the family. However, when the ’50s rolled around, women became increasingly focused on the security of a home and a husband, preferring to be a housewife with a bunch of kids (hello, baby boomers!) than a doctor or journalist. Women seemed to be getting married earlier and earlier, dropping out of college or high school to start a family. This generation noticed that their mothers were unhappy in marriage, because they often had to give up their career ambitions to start a family. The girls blamed education and the career mindset for making their mothers dissatisfied with what should have been the ideal home life, with cute kids, hot husband, and modern conveniences. To avoid this, girls figured they would just get married early and be grateful for the housewife life.

(Interestingly, in an interview on Fresh Air, Terry Gross asked Lena Dunham about how young women referred to themselves nowadays – as “girls.” Terry said that when she was in her early twenties, they always called themselves “women.” “Girls” makes it sound like we don’t want to grow up, which I guess is pretty fitting of our generation. Even females who have long been adults call themselves girls. I’ve been legally an adult for a few years and I still cringe when someone calls me “ma’am.”)

Sandberg laments that women nowadays are outcompeting men in education, but the gender disparity at the top of the corporate ladder is still stubbornly male-dominated. One reason she cites is a lack of ambition in females. “Many of these girls watched their mothers try to ‘do it all’ and then decide that something had to give. That something was usually their careers” (Sandberg, 15).

I don’t know if I consider myself ambitious. I guess? As someone who was always taught to be the best at anything I attempted (but mostly math and science, let’s be real), how could I not aim as high as I could? (Succeeding is another story.)

Ambitiously yours,

Weekend recap of sorts…

Hello, it’s been a while and I really have no reason other than laziness. Too lazy to take pictures and write. I took pictures of some stuff with my nice camera (vs. my iPhone) when I went home this past weekend, but of course, I forgot to upload the pictures and I left my camera at home. So I can’t even blog about the things I want to just yet. Patience. (more…)

Sweet things

Tonight we throw caution to the winds. Tonight we eat ALL THE SWEETS.

On my way to/from lab this evening, I stopped by three sweet shops.

First stop: Tin Pot Creamery.

Tin Pot Creamery opened over Memorial Day weekend in Town & Country, a fact I was not aware of until I was browsing aimlessly through a decrepit copy of the local newspaper a few days ago. People compared it to Bi-Rite in SF, and naturally I was intrigued. (more…)

TV world: cancelled.

Top 5 shows that met their early demise

If there’s one entertainment related thing I know about, it’s TV shows. Now I’m sure most people who’ve grown up with the habit of watching television know of at least one show that has met its demise way too early on. I’m just going to go through some of my favorite shows (two season or fewer, so VMars won’t count). So after a week of typing and wikipedia-ing, I give you, without further ado, my list of top 5 shows that were cancelled too early. Gird your loins for a wall of text to follow. (more…)

Berkeley eats: Slow

I went to Slow, in Berkeley, for the first time today for lunch and it was DELECTABLE. I first heard about Slow a few months ago when it either first opened or suddenly became quite popular. It’s one of those small restaurants that serve “gourmet food at reasonable prices.” I like how they use local ingredients and you could tell everything was quite fresh. (more…)

Things I Want: OXFORDS.

In case anyone has also been browsing Marais USA for the past couple of years and salivating at their simple designs but never wanting to spend full price, they’re currently having a promotion. Use the code SUMMER at checkout to get 50% off everything. Including sale items.

I just spent an hour looking at everything and I’m actually jonesing to buy something. Especially those beautiful oxfords. Oxfords are one of my shoe weaknesses (along with mary-janes, ankle boots and chelsea boots) and Marais USA has all of these. ALL OF THEM.

I am definitely getting one of these oxfords and I really want both. I emailed Tammy about them to ask her for her opinion but she’s currently biking and can’t answer at the moment without getting injured.

Just look at these beauties: (more…)

July 2013: Currently listening to

After seeing Tammy’s music post, I started on an entertainment post of my own about TV shows but it’s proving more difficult to write than I anticipated. As a science major, I haven’t written a proper essay in so long… I’ve forgotten what it’s like to write in prose or even in actual English and not scientifically.

So while I finish typing up my now ginormous TV show post, here’s a short list of songs I particularly enjoy hearing on my Pandora stations. I might make this into an 8tracks playlist later or something.

Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys
Even Flow by Pearl Jam
Breakeven by The Script
An End Has a Start by Editors
Bones by Saves the Day
Bukowski by Modest Mouse
Summer Skin by Death Cab For Cutie
Midnight in Her Eyes by The Black Keys
Low by Coldplay
Apartment Story by The National
Come As You Are (MTV Unplugged) by Nirvana

That’s all for now. Hoping to get my other post up and published in a few days.


Music – July 2013

Some songs I’ve been listening to this month:

The Beatles – Words of Love
Buddy Holly – Dearest
Imagine Dragons – Demons
Mika – Origin of Love
Mumford & Sons – Lovers’ Eyes
The Naked & Famous – Young Blood
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Sara Bareilles – Brave
The Shins – Australia
Sia – The Co-Dependent
The Strokes – One Way Trigger
Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)
Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers
The Velvet Underground – I’m Sticking With You

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist has some good songs too:
Bishop Allen – Middle Management
We Are Scientists – After Hours
Richard Hawley – Baby You’re My Light