Sunday, January 28, 2007

Listen to: John Legend

john legend finally released the video for my favorite song off his new album:so kinky!
Christina was in town for a couple of weeks for job training and I finally got to meet up with her for lunch at West Egg. I love that place for brunch, and it's always crowded. Got to catch up on how she was doing and how her trip to India went. I showed her around Michigan Ave. in the super snowy weather but everything was closed! Stupid stores opening at noon on Sunday. Who knew? Anyways, everyone must go to the nearest North Face. They're having their annual sale which is perfect timing for this extra cold 10 degree weather we're having.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Peruvian in Chicago

So last weekend was a blast. And I owe it all to Miss Jessica. During the break I visited Jess for Thanksgiving, she received an email saying she got an interview at U. of Chicago's optometry school. I was so excited that she could visit Chicago and see what an "average" day a Northwestern med student goes through. I also met up with Erin, who is a good friend of Jess's too! I should see her more because she goes to school in the loop. First we headed to Duke of Perth, an awesome Scottish Pub. Really good, cheap beer, but nothing can beat Brewer's Art. Later that night, we must TONS of people at the Apartment and Halligan's across the street.The music at the Apartment that night was AWESOME. Missed dancing so much! Erin got hit on by the obligatory black man, since she always gets hit on by black men whenever she goes out.I was so surprised how young the crowd was and how PACKED it was. Definitely coming back. Just tilt your head a bit...Woke up early the next day to check out the sites in Chicago. Went to DUE, which is exactly the same as Uno, but across the street. Apparently, Uno was so popular, they had to build another one to manage the crowd.Mmmm. I love Chicago pizza.The day was pretty cold, but we still got to see all the site around town.One obligatory shot of the bean, of course.Crowne fountain...This face was the nicer looking one. The one across from it looked bitchy.Ice skating at Millennium Park! Reminded me of the Lake House. Pretty good price for skating, but the ice got so choppy and rocky so quickly. So hard to skate on. But success! We didn't fall! Well Jess did once.On the way home, we stopped by the chocolate bar, Moonstruck. Had their Mexican Hot Cocoa, and it was DELICIOUS. Reminded me of Chocolat. Spicy and sweet. This is me apparently falling asleep. I was tired.Went to one of my favorite cheap places to eat, Bijans.So good.Later that day, we went to InVivo, which is basically the med school version of SNL. The show was 4 hours, but it felt so much shorter, cuz it was HILARIOUS. This was the best skit, like The Office:We said goodbye to Erin and we went up the Hancock to enjoy the view at the 95th floor. We're to cheap to sit at the bar, so I told her to go to the women's bathroom, which is the BEST view inside the building. Apprently it was good. Damn the men's bathroom and their lack of windows! The aftershow party was the next destination and the best part was that Jess knew Kida! Apparently they took an MCAT class together in Baltimore . SMALL WORLD.After that progressive party, we headed out to Mother's. Again, AWESOME MUSIC. Jess and I have the best of luck with good dance music. Olivia: see what I'm wearing? I'm all for engineering experiences for girls.So happy Jess visited and please visit again!!!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Listen to: James Morrison

marry me please.his voice melts my heart like no other.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Body Worlds 2

Today, I was invited to a free Bodyworlds 2 private gala opening at the Museum of Science and Industry in South Chicago. The who's who of Chicago was there. Press. Museum donors and friends. et moi. Stay tuned for more info.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Listen to: Kings of Convenience

I've been a fan of Kings of Convenience since they released their first album, Quiet is the New Loud, in 2001. Their second album, Riot on an Empty Street got me through studying MCATs summer of 2004. Something about their laidback melodies and their Scandinavian looks... I love them. Hope they release another album soon. Man, I wish I could dance like Erland.Another awesome video:

Vote for Tony Chung!

Whoa. One of my friends from high school is a Taiwanese pop star. POP STAR. So freakin' cool. I remember Tony way back when in Brit Lit where we would talk about Björk and webdesign. Fast forward 4 years, and he already has an album on iTunes.

Now he's entering the LeBron James theme song competition. Go watch his request for his vote:And VOTE! He's really made an amazing entry, and I hope he wins! The last time I checked, he's in #13 place. Let's bring that up.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Listen to: Bloc Party

Lots of press about this band lately. Got their new album in November, and was a slow grower for me to like it. I REALLY liked Silent Alarm, so it was bound to follow that up. Their first US single has just released their new video for my favorite song, "I Still Remember", on their new album coming out next month. I wanna see them at Congress Theater in March. Who wants to go??

Monday, January 15, 2007

Golden Globes!

edit: 7 right! 11 wrong. great show.

oooOOOOOooooh. awards season has BEGUN. Here are my predictions. I obviously haven't seen all these movies or TV shows, so they are obviously biased. What do you think?
Best Picture - Drama
The Departed
Little Children
The Queen

Best Picture - Musical or Comedy
The Devil Wears Prada
Little Miss Sunshine
Thank You For Smoking

Best Actress, Film - Drama
Penélope Cruz (Volver)
Judi Dench (Notes On A Scandal)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherrybaby)
Helen Mirren (The Queen)
Kate Winslet (Little Children)

Best Actor, Film - Drama
Leonardo Dicaprio (Blood Diamond)
Leonardo Dicaprio (The Departed)
Peter O'Toole (Venus)
Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness)
Forest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland)

Best Actress, Film - Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening (Running With Scissors)
Toni Collete (Little Miss Sunshine)
Beyoncé Knowles (Dreamgirls)
Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada)
Renee Zellweger (Miss Potter)

Best Actor, Film - Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat)
Johnny Depp (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest)
Aaron Eckhart (Thank You For Smoking)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots)
Will Ferrell (Stranger Than Action)

Best Director, Film
Clint Eastwood (Flags Of Our Fathers)
Clint Eastwood (Letters From Iwo Jima)
Stephen Frears (The Queen)
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (Babel)
Martin Scorsese (The Departed)

Best TV Series - Drama
24 (FOX)
Big Love (HBO)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Heroes (NBC)
Lost (ABC)

Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Entourage (HBO)
The Office (NBC)
Ugly Betty (ABC)

Best Actor, TV - Drama
Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Hugh Laurie (HOUSE)
Bill Paxton (Big Love)
Kiefer Sutherland (24)

Best Actress, TV - Drama
Patricia Arquette (Medium)
Edie Falco (The Sopranos)
Evangeline Lilly (Lost)
Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Best Actress, TV - Musical or Comedy
Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives)
America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures Of Old Christine)
Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)

Best Actor, TV - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Zach Braff (Scrubs)
Steve Carrell (The Office)
Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)

Best Animated Film
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best Screenplay
Gillermo Arriaga (Babel)
Todd Field & Tom Perrota (Little Children)
Patrick Marber (Notes On A Scandal)
William Monahan (The Departed)
Peter Morgan (The Queen)

Supporting Actress Film
Adriana Barraza (Babel)
Cate Blanchett (Notes On A Scandal)
Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada)
Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)
Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)

Supporting Actor Film
Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland)
Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls)
Jack Nicholson (The Departed)
Brad Pitt (Babel)
Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)

Supporting Actress TV
Emily Blunt (Gideon's Daughter)
Toni Collette (Tsunami, the Aftermath)
Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy)
Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip)
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)

Supporting Actor TV
Thomas Haden Church (Broken Trail)
Jeremy Irons (Elizabeth I)
Justin Kirk (Weeds)
Masi Oka (Heroes)
Jeremy Piven (Entourage)

Listen to: Grace Kelly

Mika's last song "Relax (Take it Easy)" grew old a little to soon in my playlist, but I'm hooked to his new single "Grace Kelly". Don't you want him?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Listen to: Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No

SEXINESS. These two are just HOTT together. I'm so happy they reunited for this song. The video was all the more sexier cuz the dance didn't look contrived or staged.And my song of 2005.

Listen to: Catch You, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY!!!

been a fan of Sophie Ellis-Bextor since her "Murder on the Dancefloor" days. that goes way back. wasn't really impressed with her first single but that all changed when i saw this awesome video. this continues my love for sophie muller as a director. "my love's gonna catch you."

happy birthday amy!!! :-D you are like my favorite person i met at school, and i can't wait what adventures we shall have next!

Friday, January 12, 2007

OMG. This is the BEST drunken video EVER.


Listen to: Chick Fit

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Been obsessed with this song since November, and they finally released the video for the single. I wasn't really impressed with "Rock Steady", but that video is so much better than this dull crap of a video. Oh well, they bring me back to those "Never Ever" days.

Bulls Game

Rachel organized for Bennetters to go the United Center to watch the Bulls because she has the hook up last night. I've never been to a basketball game, but I'll definitely say that it is probably the best sports to watch, just because everything is so fast paced. Too bad the Bulls lost to the Nets 86-83, and they had like a 20 point lead in the first half! LAME. The second half was a lot more fun to watch because it was so close. Dennis likes sports? SHOCKER.I thought we would have bad seats since the section we got was in the nose bleeds. But we could actually see everything. Best part was when they had indoor fireworks.Taken from the website where they want us to spend big $$$ for a picture.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Scrubs vs. Grey's Anatomy vs. House

Must read this:

Which show would you choose? This med school student says GREY'S ANATOMY ALL THE WAY.

Monday, January 08, 2007

parents = LAME.

omg. funniest music video EVER. thanks judy!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Update! Booze. Food. Movies. Blue Men.

I guess an update is in order since I haven't done it for awhile.

New Year's Day. :-(. Left California for Chicago. Teary-eyed, I said bye to my parents and flew off for another grueling semester of med school. Fun! It was good to be at home, but it was too cold. For some reason, houses in San Jose aren't insulated which makes outdoor temperature = indoor temperature = 40 degrees = ICE COLD. It's good to be back to my apartment where it is warm and cozy, even without turning on the heat.Anyways, the Southwest flight over was awesome. Since it was New Year's Day, free beer/wine/cocktails were given out. Woohoo! Saved my drink coupons. But I don't think I'll get another bloody mary on an airplane... I prefer the mix.While waiting for my luggage, I ran in to Jessica Eng (Mark's high school friend) and Jen! Dan drove us home and we all went out for dinner. Which calls up for the first round of NURD. I recommended we go out to eat at Bijan's Bistro on the corner of State and Erie. I've been meaning to go to this place because Jiyeon recommended it to me. The place is open 365 days a year, and closes everyday at 4am. CRAZY huh? The food is amazing too, taste-wise and price-wise. I got their shrimp BLT. Delicious. One of my favorite places to go now.

The next day, school started. URGH. This unit is cardiovascular-respiratory-renal, which is basically physfound 1+2 (Hopkins junior year BME hell classes) again, but a lot less stressful. BUT still as hard. I'm glad physfound is paying off in some way... PUHAHAHA. Look what I found as a definition in the JHU Newsletter: "Phys. Found. = Physiological Foundations. Every junior BME and premed has to take it. Though it's rumored to be the hardest undergraduate course in the nation, we still wish the BMEs would stop bitching."
Hmm... fun things to recommend. Oh yeah! I totally forgot to write about this. GO WATCH VOLVER! Chethana and I caught up on life and watched this amazing movie. Penelope Cruz really was a gem in this movie. I love Almodovar movies. I didn't expect the movie to deal with such dark and twisted issues of death, unexpected life, and abuse, but that's Almodovar! I hope she wins an Oscar for this. I'm sure she won't, but man she was so good, especially when she sang flamenco to her daughter. It had me in tears. GO WATCH IT! I would go watch it again, to catch all the subtle details.
Another movie to recommend? oh yeah. Michelle, Amy and I saw DREAMGIRLS! I just have to scream. AHHHHHHHHHH SO FREAKIN GOOD! I had high expectations for Jennifer Hudson's performance (acting and singing) in the film, and she fulfilled them. My jaw just dropped whenever Jennifer was singing in the film. Especially for "And I'm Telling You..." I love musicals, and this one reminded so much of Chicago. Like a 2 hour music video, the first half of the movie was constant singing/music/camera movement.Definitely don't like Beyonce stealing the limelight from Jennifer, because she was obviously the SUPPORTING role. Jennifer deserves to be in the best actress category! The Knowles family is EVIL. I'm sure they added the "Listen" song at the end, just so Beyonce could have her own solo in the film. Anyways, besides all the drama and negative press this movie is receiving, go watch it!I saw Blue Man Group too! Phi Rho organized this couple months ago, but I'm so glad I signed up finally at the last moment. I didn't know what to expect from the show. All I knew about the show was that it was similar to Stomp, where it was a percussion show with men in blue makeup. And Tobias from Arrested Development was part of the Blue Man Group in Arrested Development!But it was better than I expected it to be! Their music was awesome, and it was a great show. It was hilarious when they picked people from the audience, and made fun of people if they came late to their seats. Plus we sat in the poncho section (aka the first two rows). I'm glad that I didn't get splattered with mushed up bananas like Joe did. Liz, Jiyeon and I were hiding behind our ponchos to prevent anything like that from happening.Throughout the entire two hours, Jiyeon couldn't stop talking about how hot this one blue man was. I gotta hand it to her. He was pretty hot. STRONG profile. I'm glad she got a picture with him. I prefered the guy Kevin is standing with. It was cool to see how the blue stuff stayed on them. It seemed like they wore saran wrap around their heads, so they don't have to cover their entire head with the blue grease paint. Shudders. I'm going to get nightmares.Lise has been planning a Tapas trip for a couple months now, and we finally got to go yesterday. Nine of us went over to Tapas Gitana, which is where Lise worked last summer, and had been raving how good their tapas is. I was skeptical, because Cafe Iberico is pretty good tapas. But man. I was blown away by how amazing the tapas was. Every single item was definitely better than the Cafe Iberico equivalent. Too bad it's all the way in Northfield (further north than Evanston!) because I would come more often. Completely fell in love with their Gambas Marinadas (cold shrimp with three sauces), Tortilla Española, Montaditos de Cerdo (pork medallions on top of sweet caramel onions and croutons). That last one was my favorite and my mouth is salivating just thinking about it. So good! I wanna go back.Been going to the gym dailiy now, and this morning, Nancy coerced me into finally taking one of the kickboxing classes at Holmes Place with Master Kidd. I should ask him why he is named that. I'm sure he'll just beat me up. Man, do I SUCK at boxing. If I ever need to defend myself, I will just concede defeat. I need to learn all the choreographed footwork, because there is so much going on. But it was such a workout! So much more so than spinning, since you're using both upper and lower body. I'm totally sore. Wow, this was really long. The excitement of being back in Chicago should settle down now, since we're getting into the thick of things. Off to Matt's birthday party. Happy birthday to him!

Monday, January 01, 2007

happy new year!

taken from the AP

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Wasn't 2006 fantastic? I thought so. 2007 is around the corner and a new road is ahead of us. scary. wish you all a safe and bonne nouvelle année!