Thank you, everyone, for all the birthday wishes! I feel so young turning 21 again for the 7th straight year! My phone would NOT stop buzzing all day cuz of all the @replies, facebook notifications, tumblr posts and text messages...birthdays like yesterday remind me how blessed I am.
Hopefully I got everyone in here that gave me a shoutout (over 240!?!). Love you all! <33
Dad: hurry up! Mel: hold on! Mel: i need to take a shit after michael Dad: why don't you use the upstairs toilet? Mel: that toilet sucks! Mel: it always fucking clogs! Dad: the problem isn't the toilet, son. Dad: the problem is your butt. Mark: we don't shit little pebbles like you, dad
Here's the cliff's notes version of the trip: 14 hour direct flight, 3 days in Manila, 3 days in Boracay, and then 3 days in Davao. No detailed stories here (except for The Massage incident)...just a bunch of pics, thoughts and random observations...
yeah yeah, i've been neglecting my blog for the past several weeks. for those of you that are feeling mel my finger withdrawal, here's what i've been up to:
entrepeneurship class (EBZ306) was aight. i had the professor in the past and he knows i know my shit. finished with an A-.
internet law class (FRL410) was cool. class was mostly computer geeks like me, along with a nice ratio of girls. lotsa times our discussions went off track and bunch of us tech saavy guys ended up talking about the not-so-legal stuff we've done on the internet. on a side note, the classroom's theromostat was broken, so the whole quarter we were freezing our asses off. (oh yeah, on another sidenote...god bless hard nipples. ) exams were easy and the 20 page research paper was a breeeeeeze. finished with an A.
finance class (FRL301) was a biaaaatch!! i retook the professor that completely and utterly failed me for the prerequisite finance class. the entire grading system was based on 3 exams. the first exam i got a 51%. :down: but hey, the class average was a 50%. the class average for the 2nd exam was a 50% too...but this time i scored a 28%. i know the professor curves at the end of the quarter, so basically i had one last chance -- the final exam. i studied my ass off and...
i got a 100%!! in your mouth, biaaaaatch!!!
volleyball class is always fun. my original volleyball coach was laid off so we ended up with the weight-lifting coach. my god, she has to be the buffest woman i've even met. i got pretty tight with her...but it wierded me out when she started saying things like "you have great arms." these pathetic things??? here i am, standing in front of Ms. Weight-Lifting of OC, getting complimented for my arms. "you have great calves too." i do???
she's cool though. finished with an A.
basketball class is always fun too...except this quarter, i sprained my ankle and i was out for 5 weeks. get this: i sprained my ankle walking to the gym to play basketball. walking. i stepped into a pot hole and totally jacked up my right ankle. butt its all good because when i got back, my team, Monstars Part II, marched onwards to our second straight championship. Spring 2005 & Fall 2005 Champs, baby!! that brings me to a total of 13 seasons, 5 finals appearances and 4 championships for me.
so yeah, a very productive quarter...i'm officially left with 7 classes before i graduate!!
5-Year Highschool Reunion
i forgot to make a post about this...but i had my 5-year reunion at Webb in october. i hardly took any pics but it was really chill seeing a bunch of familiar faces again. seriously, a bunch of these faces i haven't seen since graduation (or should i say, the after-grad party). one highlight was getting drunk with the dean.
oh yeah, the night before, some of the guys got drunk and snuck onto campus, knocking on the doors of freshmen in the dorms. wish i was there for that.
A great teacher once told me that your personality and character should be comprised of what you Like and Love, not that which you dislike and hate. Dwelling on these things only allows them to consume you. There are a lot of things to hate....but what a waste of life.
that's all for now. have a very merry christmas, stay away from yellow snow and use protection!!!
// ah man, the first day of class...summer is officially over. just a quick recap for shits and giggles.**one new toy that kept me entertained throughout the summer was my new digi cam. this baby entertained me when i was alone for several nights.
classes were actually really cool too, even though they were all freakin' freshmen classes. i've been pushing back my public speaking class for years because i dreaded the subject, but i managed to make the best of the situation with my speeches (How to Gain Weight Fast, Imperfection).
once again i maintained my straight A's and B's.
(on a sidenote, i slept in on the fisrt 40 minutes of my history exam. but the cool thing is i still pulled out with a B. )
almost everyday after class i'd kick it at the pool with chin, where he would teach me the art of the bellyflop.
we even collaborated on the invention of the backflop.
the crappy nights in my crappy apartment are finally over with. i'm finally living in the village with a buncha montecito crew OGs.
for phoebe's birthday, chin hooked us up with tickets for disneyland.
towards the end of august, some of the saudi crew was back in the states so we had a little saudi shindig at my place.
beginning of september, the highlight of my summer, was eating white castlejulie's wedding.
last weekend, mike and i decided to road trip over to arizona to visit chelsea. maaaan, that was a long ass drive...but it was worth it. (sorry, we only managed to take a very few pics)
summer's been great so far. here's what's been happening...
okay, not exactly the most wild summer trip to vegas...
Chris calls me:
Chris: yo Me: yo Chris: ...i got in an accident on the way to vegas...
so i drove up to vegas to help him out (along with his auntie and family friend). wasn't bad or anything cuz i was planning on going to vegas to visit my parents anyways.
so when i get there and i quickly realize something...chris' company doesn't really speak english... basically, the next couple days were those three speaking thai among themselves and me just nodding my head & smiling. is that what a foreign exchange student feels like?
anyways, it was still fun showing 'em around town.
Thank you Mr. Burglar...
i'd like to take a moment to thank the fuckers that broke into my parents house and stole my mom's jewelry and shit. because of you cocksuckers my parents are planning on selling that pleasant little house...and move into a brand-spankin' new luxury condo!!!
the new place is still under construction but is set to be liveable by May of next year.
COM 100: Public Speaking
god i love summer school. its just so much more chill than the rest of the year. and even better, i have some really kick ass teachers this quarter.
the classes i'm taking are classes that i've been putting off for the past 5 years because -- public speaking, u.s. history 201 and bio lab. i hate all of those with a passion...but when you have kick ass teachers like i do, i almost wish i took these classes a long time ago.
check out my communications professor, peter lee. the first day of class he tells us how its hard to (quantitatively) measure confidence; but his special way was with toilet paper.
Beginning of Public Speaking Class:
Peter Lee: ok, i want you to tear of a piece of toilet paper. if you're confident i want you to take about 3-5 squares of toilet paper. if you're not as confident, take 6-7. if you're not confident at all, take more.
After everyone has toilet paper:
Peter Lee: okay, now that everyone has toilet paper, i want each of you to stand up and tell me about yourselves. the more toilet paper you have, the longer you talk. go!!
one of my buddies warned me he was gonna do this a couple weeks ahead of time, so i cheated and only pulled 3 squares. so what did i say about myself?
Mel: hey everyone, my name is mel. i'm an e-business major and i'm starting my 6th year here. Mel: i was raised in saudi arabia and....ummm... Mel: (say something, damnit, just say something!!!) Mel: i'm not wearing any underwear. Mel:
the professor was laughing hard, which was good because it just shows how laid-back he is compared to those old school, strict professors that i just hate (and fail miserably).
i think the best introduction was the asian dude that went last.
Asian Dude: hey my name is Asian Dude: i'm from Asian Dude: ...that's it. Professor: nice try. you got more toilet paper than that, keep going. Asian Dude: ummmmmmmmmm Professor: just tell us one more thing about yourself Asian Dude: Professor: i don't care, man, just tell me a lie. Asian Dude: ok, i think you're cool.
this is gonna be a fun class, i just know it.
History 201: United States History
i hate feminists. they bitch about wanting to be treated equally as men yet you never see them say anything when they get free shit for showing a little cleavage. if men have to pay to get into clubs, shouldn't women too? especially since they should be "treated equally as men" or whatever.
but there are a couple feminists that i actually really like -- isabelle from berkley and dr. lamphier, my history professor this quarter.
dr. lamphier is like a feminist version of conan or something. she just has this uncanny ability to make history fun to learn...and then she has those random tangents to keep us entertained. like the first day of class, she was explaining how the two different aspects of history is like the two different aspects of love -- the dating phase and the commitment phase.
basically, in the dating phase you hear all the things that you want to hear; all the pleasant things. in the commitment phase you get the whole truth. although the whole truth might not be as pleasant as we'd like it to be (like in the dating phase), its still important to ultimately know the whole truth.
after elaborating on that, she went off on a tangent for a bit...
Dr. Lamphier: i remember the exact moment i realized that i was in the commitment phase. Dr. Lamphier: my husband (boyfriend at the time) and i pulled over to an arco to fill up on gas. Dr. Lamphier: as he got out of the car, he rips this HUUUUUUGE fart. Dr. Lamphier: of course i'm completely disgusted but he closes the door behind him and just starts laughing. Dr. Lamphier: it was that exact moment that i realized the romantic days were over....but i still loved him.
i know i'm just gonna love this class.
My New Pet
chin says i should name it "melvin" because he eats everything. i'm not so sure about that though because my venus fly trap is bolemic or something...the picky little fucker spits up the flies i feed him.
driving around and exploring the OC is fun.
the owner of my favorite hawaiian restaurant knows me now.
goal for summer: master the belly flop.
had my first visit to Marie Calendars
must figure out how to prevent chaffed nipples when i boogie board.
april says i should just rub vaseline on my nipples.
// i'm tired as hell so i'll just make this quick...
aced my accounting final. no more class on mondays, wednesdays or fridays. just a couple more weeks of projects and then...summer school.
Got Sick / An Epiphany
remember my new years resolution for 2005? to stop eating off the floor? well, in the past i used to get sick every month. if i didn't one month, i'd get sick twice the next month. no joke, ask alan & james...i'd always be sick when they did their monthly visits. anyways, ever since my new years resolution, 5 months and 19 days later...i got sick for the first time this year. something to tell your kids...
Kainoa's 2nd Birthday / My First Trip to Disneyland
got there @ 11:30am, stayed there til closing, a little bit past 10pm.
had my first funnel cake evar. oh, the heaven of mountain whipped cream...oh, the hell of lactose intolerance...
first ride we did was buzz lightyear. i kinda sucked the first time around.
my cousins shop too damn much. spent A LOT of time at the gift store.
tower of terror was pretty tight. note to self: when on one of these free-falling type rides, grab your handle bars for safety...not the penises of the guys next to you...
soarin' california was a ride. actually got my weakass all motion-sick.
strips, dips & chips are
i think i have a new fetish...the disneyland block party girls. (my camera was too slow and too weaksauce to keep up with all the hot performers. i only managed to get this one)
i can just see it now...
Mel's New Fantasy:
Mel: come on, baby. you know how i like it. Mel: put on that disney costume and to the locomotion again. Mel:
star (wars) tour is hella old. the little orientation/safety video has a chinese dude with a turqoise polo shirt, brown aviater sunglasses, a blue trucker hat and dinky green umbro shorts. the ride was aight. its just funny seeing how "futuristic" looked in the eyes of people in the 70s.
indiana jones was a fun ride. the only gay part was this freakin' eager beaver indian chick that kept cutting in front of people in line. seriously, this chick cut in front of 10 people, including us. its all good though, karma bit her in the ass when the lines split up...she ended up in the slow-as-hell line while we ended up in the fast lane.
note to self: when going down that final drop of the log ride on splash mountain, lifting up your shirt to expose your manbreasts to the in-action-camera while the person behind you squeezes your nipples is considered as a "safety violation." they will delete the photo and refuse to sell it to you after the ride.
note to self: the heaviest person should NEVER sit at the front of the log ride.
haven't updated in a long ass time, mainly cuz nothing exciting has been happening these past few weeks. here's a few randoms to show you that i'm still alive:
i won a 3 day, 2 night trip for two to just about anywhere in the states. there's all these wierd ass conditions and stipulations on it...which make it a lot less appealing. i don't think my hand counts as a person, so technically i'm single. ended up giving it to my parents.
Deland - Chapters. He's a friend of mine from cerritos and this is his first R&B album. its on sale @ tower records in lakewood and long beach. most of his success is in asia, which is pretty . i actually went out and bought his cd...instead of being the cheap ass and downloading it from limewire pro...
school is doing aight. i have some really cool teachers that are actually passionate about teaching. that makes learning so much more meaningful. oh yeah, i just found out that they chopped off 18 units from my major. that's a full quarter that i don't have to take!! well, at my pace its more like 2 quarters. that puts me in perfect schedule to graduate spring '06!!! yes, i'm actually gonna graduate!!!
impulse buy of the moment....an ipod shuffle. i fuckin' love the thing. yes, i already have a 20gb ipod right now but i wanted something smaller and lighter for when i go to the gym. and i wanted to have music with me when i chill at the bitch without being paranoid of losing/breaking my original $300 ipod. so cute and tiny...i named it Pecker.
met another guy that's born on march 20th.
cousin Joel and Ira had a baby shower for their future son, Marco de Guzman. he's gonna be the third addition to the next generation of scarfers in the family. anyways, there was this one game where they put melted chocolate bars in diapers and you had to guess which candy bar was which. is it wrong that i wanted to eat the chocolate right out of the diaper??
"Little Boy Blue because he was broke."
we had room selection for the village the other week. i finally got into an apartment with chin & jp, which has been the original plan since last summer. unfortunately some cockmaster named matt took the room that i wanted, so i'm stuck with the piece of shit shoebox sized room that faces the train tracks. i can just hear it now: CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! CHOOOOOO CHOOOOOOOO!!!!! CHOOOO CHOOOO CHOOOOOOOO!!!!! ah well, i know matt from the dorms and he's cool...and its damn good to be living with friends instead random dudes.
i've been on call for jury duty all this week. its wednesday now and they haven't called me in. being summoned for jury duty is ...but jury duty in COMPTON is a whole 'nother story. to all you non-cali people, i'm sure you've heard of compton, ca...its the hardcore, ghetto ass place that all of the rappers rap about...
anyways, that's all for now.
Songs of the Moment
The Starting Line - Bedroom Talk
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Rob Thomas - Streetcorner Symphony
Backstreet Boys - Never Gone (unreleased album but downloadable)