Today I went to Koreatown with my friend Gabriela, a SURF student from Brazil. The Koreatown of LA is the biggest of any American city. The food here is THE BOMBDOTCOM. You can ask any Uber driver. Gabriela was eager to try authentic Korean food, and I needed to go for a touch up for my eyebrows.
Why go into K-town for eyebrows you ask? Well, first let me explain microblading, which is super trendy these days. If you already know what I am talking about, skip this paragraph. Essentially, microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo. Hair-like strokes are draw with a thin blade to mimic natural hairs. The ink doesn’t go as deep as ink for a typical tattoo. Numbing cream is used so it’s not that painful. Results last up to two years before touch ups are needed. Here is a Buzzfeed video on the experience.
I decided to get my eyebrows microbladed because I have naturally thin eyebrows and it saves me so much time to not have to fill them in. Also, I can rub my face, sweat and swim without makeup streaking across my face.
The salon I went to is super intimate and cute. The set up can seem intimidating and the color options can be overwhelming, but an experienced eyebrow artist will help you through all of it.
Voila, the results! My eyebrows will scab a bit this week and the stokes will fade in color overtime. In the meantime, they are on fleek :)
If you are reading this post just for the food, here is the delicious bibimbap that was enjoyed along with some banchan (side-dishes) at Hangari Bajirak Kalgooksoo restaurant. We will be back soon to try their hand-cut noodles.
Afterwards, we went grocery shopping at Zion Market. Asian grocery stores are so much cheaper than Vons or Pavillions etc. I bought 2 lbs of organic grapes for $1.49. Grapes are especially delicious when frozen -- the perfect healthy snack.
SURF, short for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is a quintessential experience for any Caltech student. It is a widely accessible research fellowship for Caltech students that funds your proposed research for one summer term. While many of my classmates did their first SURF the summer after their freshman year, I sent in my first application to the program as a sophomore. As a CS major, I was trying to chase meaningful work that intersected computation with the field of neuroscience. I ended up doing a SURF at the Stanford School of Medicine that first year, studying hand gestures in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve been working in the research space of applying computational analyses to ASD.
This summer, from the confines of my Brooklyn apartment, you could find me typing away on a tiny 13-inch laptop screen. At times I was looking for answers on countless Stack Exchange pages, editing a Jupyter notebook, or making blood flow measurements on a software called Arterys. This was my 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) experience.
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.