I was originally going to make a post the night I got back from the GRE but I was way too exhausted plus I had a headache for hours afterward. The test itself wasn’t too bad, but I just wasn’t mentally or physically prepared for the 4.5 hour test. I bolded some of the things that I think might be most important/helpful: (more…)
Hello everyone! So that was a slight blogging fail. I’m back at home – here are some highlights from the rest of my trip, starting from the rest of Tokyo. Let’s see, what have I been up to…
It’s been a long time since I’ve stumbled upon a clothing site/brand where I want every single thing and not wait for things to go on sale (last time this happened was the Madewell site two years ago or so). Jack Wills is my new crack brand. Sadly, their US stores are only in a few college towns on the east coast. Can’t wait for my paycheck so I can get something. Their motto “Fabulously British” can’t ring more true:
From their Fall 2013 Lookbook
I initially told myself I would spend a month studying for this test. But due to unforseen (aka procrastination) circumstances, I have one week between my final (summer school) and my scheduled GRE test date (8/26).
So. The books are Barron’s New GRE (no CD, 19th ed) and The Princeton Review (TPR)’s Cracking the GRE (2013). I bought two because together, they were barely over $25 and I needed $25 for free shipping on Amazon. I actually think I’ll only have time to go through Barron’s and I’ll skim over the questions in TPR’s if I have time.
While today technically isn’t the first day I’m studying for the GRE (more like day 4), I have now until next Monday devoted to only studying for the GRE. Let’s hope I can get my act together. 90th percentile, here I come.
I think I’m in love. Hitting stores Sep 15. I CANNOT wait. Tammy, we’re going shopping together. (more…)
Grégoire will always have a special place in my heart that no other little Berkeley restaurant can touch (sorry Slow). I first tried Grégoire when my “foodie” friend found out I had never been there. Then she literally dragged me over to North Berkeley, where I had rarely ventured, where I got my first taste of what Grégoire.
To sum up Grégoire, it’s affordable gourmet French food which sounds like an oxymoron but pretty accurate in this case. Lunch usually consists of sandwiches and salads (~$8-10) and dinner consists of entrees (~$10-25). Desserts are available during both times. The menu changes every month with a few constant menu items like the crispy potato puffs and housemade fries. You can check their soup of the day on their menu page (link below). (more…)
So, I am in Tokyo for a short while. This is a picture of the bathroom in Narita Airport.
The panel of buttons is part of the famed Japanese toilet.
Of course I tried a few, turning down the water pressure like a wuss. It was quite tickly. In retrospect, the bidet option may have been more pleasant than the spray, but that’s just judging from the cartoons.
The subway system is slightly confusing on a high level but intuitive on a more detailed level. There are three subway/rail systems in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and since they’re run by different companies, you can’t transfer from one system to another for free. Somewhat annoyingly, the Tokyo metro map shows subway lines from two different companies with little differentiation, so you have to make sure beforehand that your route is all in one system. However, the routes and stations are all very intuitively colored, named and numbered.
Just remember on escalators: stand on the left, walk on the right. In Japan cars drive on the left side of the road, and unlike London, Tokyo does not remind you to look right when you cross the street. However, when walking up and down stairs, you sometimes should walk on the right and sometimes on the left. You know what, just follow the signs.
After checking in at the hotel, we went to dinner at Maruka in Chiyoda. I accidentally ordered udon for us, with nothing on it.
I was wondering why this photo was so dark, but then I realized my camera was on shutter priority from earlier today. Fail. I had seen from sources that the “kake” (かけ) udon included a raw/soft-boiled egg, but with my non-existent Japanese skills that piece of information did not make it over. The noodles and broth were lovely, though. The chicken tempura in the background was also quite good after I added sauce.
Anyways, I’m off to bed to get ready for another exciting day filled with miscommunication and awesome, randomly-ordered food!