I graduated…now what?!

Check it out! I got one of those dinky grad hats…WOOT! Peace out, SFU!
I graduated!
So…old news if you keep up with my Facebook profile, but yes, I can say that I finally did it! I graduated!!! 4.5 years later, ginormous word counts, and the wonderful memories I’ve created with all the people I have ever met at SFU — thank you!  I definitely feel accomplished and although I technically completed all my courses and requirements in December, I finally feel like, “Wow, now the real world is here”.  I have no excuses anymore, no more dilly-dallying. It is my time to carve out the person who I want to be.

Graduated from SFU

I have set new goals for myself, for my future, and my business. For myself, budgeting and saving money is a big one.  Definitely starting that next month (aka first pay cheque of July aka next week, eek!). Vancouver is an unaffordable city but I still am aiming to own my own place.  The dream was a house, but realistically (as realistic as I can be by living in this city), looking at a condo. Two years. 2014 is the goal.

Me and Sheri Fabian

Also starting on my next payday is enrolling in the real estate course at UBC. Yep. Trying to take my future seriously. Yep. It’s another 180 degrees. Yep. Yep. Yep. Realize that I don’t want to do anything in criminology at this point anymore…unless I want to relocate or subject myself to 12-hour shift work positions. For those who don’t know, my dad is a very well-known realtor in this city, especially in the Filipino community who is passionate about his occupation and is so very excited to help me embark on this new journey. I am glad to finally receive support from my family — means a lot to me. I plan to complete it by the end of this year, December 31st, 2012.

Me and my family at grad

Business-wise? I’m just running with it at the moment.  Ideally, I would still love to run Dolce Delights full-time. I have had a couple opportunities arise for me to grow the business — it’s just a matter of how I want to grow it. And honestly, the time is now to take risks, challenge myself, and see where this can go. But it needs to be planned. It needs to be calculated. And it needs to be smart. To be honest, I didn’t know what I was doing and I still kind of don’t know what I’m doing with the business. But it’s really time to start thinking and doing this thoroughly.

Juan and me

Although it really took me 4.5 years to complete my undergrad and a mere two hour ceremony for me to walk across that podium and stage, it was really a big milestone for me. And that simple stride pretty much signified a mark of change in my life. Time to start making “big” decisions and join the rest of the adults in this world… hooray?

SFU Criminology

Gosh, I am so backed up on posts at this point. Next post… my trip to Montreal! Stay tuned.

Spot & Ess.

I kid you not. I’ve been listening to the same three songs on repeat for the past week. Spot & Ess. Local artists from Delta apparently. Real hip hop. Love. Listen for yourself. Thank me later.

Back from Mexico.

…and alive. Despite the numerous delays, additional overnight stay in Cancun (all expenses paid for, thank you very much) and an extremely exhausting day of travel and appointments, I am finally home in Vancouver — with a sickly lip infection. Thanks Mexico, I appreciate it…not. Vacation pictures and updates tomorrow since it is WAY past my bed time. Hey, it’s way past midnight in Mexico time!

Wake up in the mornin’ feelin’ like P-Diddy…

Yeah. I seemed to think it was a cool idea to drink and party for 5 out of the 7 days of this week.  I came to a brutal realization this morning that my life is NOT a Ke$ha song. Or Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” song. Or even more closely related, Katy Perry‘s song, “Last Friday Night (TGIF)”. Seriously. I need to detox. My body is so exhausted. I can’t even eat real food or beverages anymore. FML.

Pictorials from birthday extravaganza weekend part 1 (part 2 to commence this Friday):
Seb's house partySeb’s house party. I wait every year for this party because I can literally drunkenly stumble home. I was sad because the cops came and broke up the party at like 1am and forced everyone inside which erupted an awesome Bruno Mars singalong. And I met a childhood friend! Win.
Me, Kryztal, Bianca, Beth, Kim, and Megan
Me and birthday girl!
Me in the DJ booth!Bianca’s birthday! Too much fun…from what I can remember. As you can see, I DID make it into Republic. Leaving is something I don’t remember. But I do remember the curb. And the random Meditteranean food. Flash of a cab. Destroying the cab. And then waking up to my credit card missing (which my neighbour found but by then I had already cancelled the card — and for a good reason). Yeah. All this happened like by 1am.

I blame this ALL on Ke$ha. But all in all, good times as always! Can’t wait to do it all (almost all) again this weekend!

Kid Cudi: The Cud Life.

So putting all news of the embarassing riots and atrocities that occurred after the Canucks’ disastrous loss of the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night aside, I am back to regular, normal life. Went to go see Kid Cudi in my hood at Deer Lake Park with the old Keggers. Pretty sick show minus all the teenagers everywhere and overpriced $7 beer. Seemed like a short set but I guess that’s what happens when you only know like two songs…ha.
Me, Garret, Justin, Frances
Kid Cudi Kid Cudi
Nico, me, RyanRound two tonight, round three tomorrow. Oh… summer’s begun, alright.

Online dating?!

Why is there such a social stigma around online dating? Is it because it’s looks desperate, that we must resort to the Internet because we fail to meet people in person? Or is it because are so many ridiculous dating sites out there like Plenty of Fish? Who knows, but if you’re on  POF, that is pure desperation, sorry. Anywhos, I have a hilarious story to share with you all. And why you shouldn’t online date in Vancouver.

So I signed up for an account on eHarmony (insert laughing and judgment) late last year one on of those nights I was feeling particularly bored and lonely. After seeing all those commercials and my aunt and cousin successfully finding love on it (and now married!), I decided to give it a go during one of those “Free Communication Weekends”. It’s actually pretty in-depth and the sign-up process is super long and in-depth — it took me like 15 minutes to sign up. Yeah, I got matches here and there but the limitations to free accounts is that you can’t see pictures (insert shallow comments here). So months pass by and I don’t really do anything about the matches because, well, I’m a starving student and am too lazy/poor to pay for an actual account. So a few days ago, a friend of mine messages me on Facebook and the conversation sort of went like this…

Him: hey
Me: hey! how’s it going?!
Him: so you’re on eH
Him: you’re one of my matches
*me thinking “What the hell is eH? …………OMFG YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME”
Me: OH. MY. GOD.

Turns out that eHarmony is SO good at matching people up, that it actually paired me up with one of my friends. HAHAHAHA. FML. I pretty much died of laughter. Oh, hellz no. So moral of the story: I probably won’t be online dating for a long time, atleast not in Vancouver. Way too small of a city!