Disney during the day was awesome, but Disney at night is even better! We went to a couple different evening and night shows, and they all completely blew my mind. Just the shows alone would have been well worth the price of the park entrance ticket.
One of the most awesome things as a SURF student at Caltech is that the Student-Faculty Programs Office arranges and hosts activities for us! These events are usually geared to help people chill out from work and socialize.
This half of the blog posts about my family’s visit focuses on the food!
It’s a good thing that they came during the summer. Otherwise, my desk would be unusable and completely covered in papers and food.When my family came over to visit, they brought a mountain of Asian snacks. I’m not even exaggerating! This picture only includes one half of the food and snacks my parents brought.
It’s not if you ask my younger brother. Haha.
Last weekend, my parents and little brother dropped by to visit me. Isn’t that sweet? :) While they were here, we explored the Getty Center in west LA. If you haven’t gone before or for a while, you should definitely check it out!
I really love the overall layout of the museum. It was designed to reflect and complement the surrounding hills, which makes it feel good to be walking around in this academic sort of environment. It also means that there are stunning views no matter where you look.
Today, we went to a Thai restuarnt off of Colorado called Chilly Mango. The place is a little far for walking, but it’s closer than going to Old Pasadena. Chilly Mango is clean and has cheap, simple, yet good food. And the portion sizes are very filling!
From July 4th-7th, there was aJapanese pop culture convention held at the Los Angeles Convention Center called Anime Expo or AX for short. It was the second anime convention that I’ve been to; the first one being Fanime in San Jose in 2011. AX was super exciting, and I’ve never seen so many people stuffed into one area before.I definitely enjoyed seeing everything going on at the event!
AX is the biggest anime convention held in the United States every year, and it hosts high-profile artists, actors, producers, and other individuals from the animation industry. There are a variety of activities for attendees to take part in, from sitting in on guest panels to competing in costume or videogame contests. The guest panels are really cool because you can hear what the guests were thinking, the troubles they encountered, and their approach towards tackling those problems while they were producing a show or voice-acting a particular character.
On Friday, a group of my friends and I went to a Korean Barbeque (KBBQ) restaurant called Oo-kook. For those not familar with KBBQ,Wikipedia describes it as:
"Gogigui literally "meat + roasting", or Korean barbecue refers to the Korean method of grilling beef, pork, chicken, or other types of meat. Such dishes are often prepared at the diner's table on gas or charcoal grills that are built into the table itself."
I've been to two other KBBQ places: Gaon and Road to Seoul. The nearest one to campus is Gaon, which is runs a little higher on the price range. The meat there is so-so, but the environment is clean and not too noisy. Service is a bit better/faster if you have a Korean in your group - though that seems to be true for a lot of KBBQ places?
Road to Seoul (RTS) has better meat than Gaon, but you have to shout for the person next to you to be able to hear you. What bugs me the most about RTS is that to celebrate a birthday, they flash on and off *all* of the lights and sing over the intercom. This happens several times a night, which can be very jarring. RTS is also pretty far from Caltech.
This is a picture Dr. Jason Alicea. Whoo!
Once every week during the SURF period, the Student Faculty Program (SFP) organizes these things called student-faculty dinners. Itencourages more personal interactions between students (from both Caltech and outside of Caltech) and our awesome professors.
I LOVE getting packages in the mail. It feels like someone sent me a present, even if I ordered the package myself. :P At Caltech, undergrads are given PO boxes for getting letters/postcards/etc. Anything that’s larger is picked up at the on-campus mail office, which is conveniently near most of the student houses.
Caltech InnoWorks Recap: I am the co-Director (with my friend Monisha) of a student club called Caltech InnoWorks. We aim to increase opportunties in science, math, and technology for local middle school students on the free or reduced lunch program. To this end, we run a free, completely hands-on, yearly summer camp. It’s a lot of prep work throughout the year, but also very rewarding. :) There’s a news article on us on the Caltech website:here.
Hello! My name is Huey-Ru, but I go by Debbie. :) I am a rising Junior, majoring in Computation and Neural Systems. It’s a fancy title for Neurobiology with some electrical enginneering, computer science, and applied math mixed in. This is my first time blogging for Caltech and my second Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Caltech.
Over the weekend, I went out for lunch at zpizza. I’ve been to one at home, but never in Pasadena. The service at the Pasadena location was great! The staff was super help and understanding. They offer a variety of unique pizzas (ie. Thai or Napoli), as well as the typical variety of cheese, pepperoni, etc. They also provide gluten-free crust on request, and apparently it actually tastes good.
On June 8-9th, there was an event in Pasadena called the 626 Night Market (NM). 626 is the area code for Pasadena. In their own words, the 626 NM is an “Asian food themed night market that showcases a variety of local businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists.” This event started last year, and it’s based on the existing night markets in Taiwan (and other parts of Asia). At 626 NM, you can eat all sorts of yummy foods, see live performances, and buy art/random merchandise.