buko_in_taiwan (buko_in_taiwan) wrote,

Coming Home, Modeling, Peanut Butter

Return Trip Home
     The plane ticket back has been purchased! If you are viewing my journal from my website, then you have already noticed that I added a live counter for when I leave Taiwan. If you are reading this via Livejournal, go to http://www.bukoism.com/taiwan/ to see how many days, hours, minutes and seconds I have until I leave!
     Here is the itinerary from Taipei, Taiwan all the way to Savannah, Georgia for Catt's graduation.

          May 25th at 12:10 PM, Depart Taipei
     (One hour and forty minutes flight time)
          May 25th at 1:50 PM, Arrive Hong Kong

          May 25th at 2:55 PM, Depart Hong Kong
     (Eighteen hours and forty minutes flight time)
          May 25th at 9:40 PM, Arrive New York City (JFK)

     From there, my dad is driving down to NYC to meet me at the airport. We are then driving that night from NYC back to Boston, which should take between four and five hours, I think. The next morning we have to be at the airport by nine in the morning for our flight down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I don't know how long that will take because I don't know how many connections we have. It doesn't stop there. My sister is graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design on May 28th. So, I'll have like one day to rest, and then we all have to drive the four hours down to Savannah from Pawleys Island for the graduation and back that night.
     After that, I'm going to hang around in South Carolina for a few days, and then I am driving up to Boston. I plan on living there for the summer. I'm trying really hard to find an internship right now, but all I am getting is job offers from summer camps in New England. Hmm, I think that is about it. Oh, I want to get to Boston before the forth of June so I can go to gay pride. I haven't been to a pride before, at least one that was in English, and really want to see what it's like.

     I went to the modeling place. Turns out, that I need to have an ARC (Alien Resident Certificate) in order to be an actual model. Without one, I can be in the background of tv commercials and print ads, but my face cannot be identifiable. So, they went ahead and measured every inch of my body and did a little talent profile photo-shoot. The photographer was really funny. I walked into the room, and he just stands there and holds out a white-board with a marker on it. I stared at him, and he looked at the board. I then said in Chinese, "I speak Chinese." He let out this giant breath of relief and asked me to write my name and weight on the board. So, I did, and then held it up against my chest. He took one picture like that, and then started yelling all sorts of instructions out at me. I had to stand with my hands on my hips, with my hands behind my head, and then one with my hand scratching my head. Then, I had to lay on my side, leaning on this cushion thing. I had to look at the camera, above the camera, to the right of the camera, to the left of the camera, and then smile but not show my teeth, smile showing all of my teeth, smile showing some of my teeth, and then look serious. The last thing he did was ask me to look like I was just about to cry. However, when he said it, it was so cute and sad sounding that I burst out laughing. He replied with "Did you understand me?" I said I did, but I couldn't stop laughing. I eventually calmed down, and he got a shot of me looking all sad leaning against an ugly brown foot cushion.

Peanut Butter
     Back in the days, you know, when I lived in the United States, I never really had any special feelings towards peanut butter. However, in my time abroad, I have developed this huge love of it. At first, I didn't even realize you could buy it here because I almost never see it. Then, on halloween this guy gave me a candy that had chocolate and peanut butter in it, and I realized how much I actually do miss peanut butter. From that point on, I instructed every person who came to visit me to bring lots of Reces-Pieces or peanut butter M&Ms, because they don't sell them here.
     Every now and then, I will buy a jar of peanut butter and just sit in my room eating it by the spoonful. When I remember, I'll invest in some bread and eat it on toast. Though, just this past weekend, I was looking for gram crackers to eat it on as per the suggestion of Jessica Anderson. I stood in the cookie and cracker isle at the grocery store and couldn't find anything that resembled gram crackers. It was then that I saw Oreos. I thought to myself, "well, I do enjoy chocolate with peanut butter, why not try mixing Oreos with peanut butter?" Turns out to be the best grocery shopping decision I have made in my life so far.
     One more thing about peanut butter. I don't know why, but it makes me hurt inside. It feels like when I eat it, it sticks to all of my insides and makes my chest cave in. I think I should stop eating it by the spoon, that's when I get the most pain. But the Oreo/peanut butter and pb on toast concoctions both cause the chest pains as well. Eh, who cares. I am liking peanut butter way too much right now to let silly chest pains worry me.
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haha. i could have gotten a pseudo-nice scholarship to savannah. and i developed a similar craving for penut butter when i was in iran, actually. well. Penut butter and marshmallows.
scad is a hella cool place.

pb and marshmallows. i need to try that one.
You know, I was looking for jobs for this summer on craigslist and I'm pretty sure I remember seeing something about an internship doing something with Mandarin Chinese. You might want to search for that?

For some reason I remembered you saying you were coming home in August. But I'm sure you must be looking forward to it...I come back the day after you do, and oh god I can't waaaaaait.

Out of curiosity, have you heard yet where you are living next year? Gill hasn't emailed me about that yet. I'm really antsy.
i've looked all over craigslist for chinese things. i dont qualify for any of them, sadly.

i just found out with this gay rights group in boston that's looking for college kids to help them organize the office and do street work. ill see what happens.

my original plan was to go home in august, but i don't have the money. my school here isnt recognized by the states, so every cent i have spent here has been mine and my parents. i eventually ran out of my own money, and started leeching off my parents, and they said they werent going to fund me to stay for the summer.

i have NO idea where i am living next year. i emailed gill and said id like an orchard, namely three, but i have no idea where i stand.
Oh really? That kinda sucks. But good luck with the gay rights group, that sounds like it has the potential to be a fun gig! Kinda sucks that you couldn't stay for the summer, but Boston is a great place to be I think. I'm just really really excited about it, because I've never spent more than a day there and I've always loved it.

I also wanted an Orchard, any room in any of them, but she was like "well better give me some backup choices!" And basically I said anything but Carriage, but god, I will go nuts if I end up in Hill House or one of those non-group mods. Really hope I'm in an Orchard. I really wish she would get back to me about that. The lottery's over, the legwork should be done by now, right? I might kill someone if I have to thesis in a sophomore-infested door (I'm sure the kids'll be cool, but I need a bit of isolation dammit).
what's the deal with carriage? why did everyone and their brother tell me to tell gill "anything but carriage" haha im so confused. i don't even know where it is.

yeah, if they put me in hill, im going to screw that and live off campus some how.

where are you staying in boston? what are you doing?

my knowledge of boston is so stupid. "i go here to hang out when it's nice out. i go here to go shopping. i go here to eat dinner a lot. i live here. ummm yeah" i tried giving a tour to a couple of people and both times we ended up just getting korean food and sitting in the park laughing at people
what's the deal with carriage? why did everyone and their brother tell me to tell gill "anything but carriage" haha im so confused. i don't even know where it is.

yeah, if they put me in hill, im going to screw that and live off campus some how.

Carriage is sucky because it's on Upper Campus, but has no other advantages. It's a small dorm with 12 or so single rooms, but it's really really isolating. I am going to have a car, but if I'm not going to live somewhere nice like Pibly, I don't want to deal with walking draB Ave or driving. Plus, even when I was in Carriage when I had a friend living there, it was creepy and depressing. I can't imagine LIVING there. I thought about living off campus (I miss my cat and wanted to bring her, if nothing else!), but after being a way for a year I don't like the idea of isolating myself from campus life. Plus I need to meet more people - all my close friends have transferred or graduated :-\ So living on campus seems a better option for me.

where are you staying in boston? what are you doing?

my knowledge of boston is so stupid. "i go here to hang out when it's nice out. i go here to go shopping. i go here to eat dinner a lot. i live here. ummm yeah" i tried giving a tour to a couple of people and both times we ended up just getting korean food and sitting in the park laughing at people

Heheh, I'm just about the same with my knowledge of Boston. I've been there like six or seven times I think, but I'm only just getting to know it. It's seriously my favorite U.S. city though. People always don't get why I don't love New York but I love Boston. Boston is so much more human - or something cliche like that, I can't explain.

I'm going to be with my boyfriend in Cambridge - we found a pretty cheap room with neat roommates (and they have a cat - a cat that will have kittens when we're there...I'm like EXPLODING in anticipation of teeny kittens!). I'm taking Latin at Harvard, because for the graduate stuff I want to do I need tons and tons of ancient language, but I haven't taken Latin yet and Chris won't be at the Rock in the fall to offer it then. Meanwhile I'm trying desperately to find a job that has hours flexible enough to fit my schedule, cos I need to pay the rent and eat somehow - my parents are being really nice paying for the expensive course (it allows me to be with John, the dates work out for me unlike most other places, and Harvard didn't require me to apply for admission, it was open to anyone, so it was a good choice) but I have to pay to live.
Well, I actually know Boston pretty well because I half live there, haha.

I am in a Orchard with Erin Morgan, Conrad Cregor, Jen Buckingham, Lauren Singer, Ilana Berger.
Did Gill email you? I'm going to get kind of bitter if she did, because I haven't heard yet. But seeing as all those people got the rooms, I'm sure I did too. I just dunno who I'll be with, other than Chelsea Palmer who told me she was in the same house as me. Anyway, should be interesting times.
yeah, I emailed Gill and asked her.

I am a little worried about the people I've been placed with just because I don't have a clue who one of them is, two of them gave me a lot of crap last year when I was coming out, and the other one I just generally don't like that much. I emailed Gill and asked her if she could do anything, but said if it was a big deal to not worry about it.
peanut butter makes the world go round
it. so. does.
Haha, I like peanut butter too, but don't have much more to say about it :P

It's always fun to surprise and impress people with your Chinese...and it's fun for me to read about it :D
haha, he wasn't so much surprised as he was relieved because a lot of the western models can speak chinese
Try a toasted peanut butter, nutella, and banana sandwich. Then you'll be proud to be an American.

OH my god.

I love it.
That is AMAZING. Oh my god, when will they bring it to the east coast? White chocolate and raspberry peanut butter...it makes me miss the kooky food in the States so much.
the other day i had a dream about you.
you came to visit me. and i took you to my school.
i know. exciting. what the hell.