Jessica Yeung


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Disney’s Frozen!

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Wine and Food Pairing

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Hi everyone, So this past Friday was the start of Chinese New Year! I learned that the celebration actually lasts 15 days in China. Before coming to Caltech, my family and I have gone to a few Chinese New Year celebrations, but we aren’t very traditional and we do not celebrate for 15 days. I do remember receiving red pockets filled with money as a kid from my parents and other family friends. And every year, I express special greetings of luck and prosperity to my parents. At Caltech this year, the Chinese language classes had a combined celebration with some traditional desserts and snacks. Our teachers came up with some questions and riddles about Chinese New Year to discuss. For instance, some questions were: Why is the Chinese word for year ‘nian’? What colors are traditionally used for Chinese New Year and why? What types of foods are traditionally eaten? And speaking of food, this weekend was celebrated with a lot of food. Avery had Formal Dinner on Friday. A few of my friends decided to celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday with Dim Sum. On Saturday night, The Caltech Chinese Student Association also decided to host a cooking party at Tom Mannion’s house. I helped with wrapping spring rolls. We had dumplings, winter melon soup, noodles, and many other dishes. After dinner, my roommate Stephanie decided to host Disney Trivia Night in our apartment. Stephanie has such a deep love of Disney and was super excited to share this with everyone. It was a blast- we teamed up in groups of two or three and went through categories and questions she had come up with on a PowerPoint, sort of like Jeopardy. We wrote our answers down on sheets of paper and graded them by ourselves after each round- yay Caltech Honor Code! : ) At the end, Steph had gotten prizes for the top three teams (from the Disney Store, of course :P). We also had chocolate fondue and other snacks for everyone. And speaking of desserts, I made mango pudding on Sunday with Erica for Hill Community Church (HCC). HCC isn’t affiliated with Caltech, but a lot of Christian students go here. We usually try to cook once a term, so we decided to prepare a Chinese New Year meal to serve after this service. Although weekend was pretty eventful, I had a lot of fun and was glad to celebrate Chinese New Year with friends here, since I wouldn’t be able to go back to Florida to celebrate with my family. I hope you had a lovely weekend as well!

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Saudi Arabia!

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Explore LA and more

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Making Dumplings

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Happy New Year!

Hiya, How has your break been? I’ve enjoyed spending time with my family and catching up with a few childhood/high school friends. Since it’s my last year at Caltech, I decided to fly back to Pasadena on New Year’s Eve to see the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day. I’ve never been to the Rose Bowl Parade before or see a live parade before outside of theme parks such as Disney, so I was glad to get a chance to see it this year. I was, however, a bit sad to leave Florida so soon, especially since my parents were really happy to see me back home. Anyways, I saw a ton of Michigan State fans at the airport and all of them were really excited to go to the Rose Bowl game against Stanford. My connection to LAX was through Minnesota out of all places, so I got to see some snow this winter! : ) There were so many issues with flights getting delayed and my own flight was overbooked, but thankfully I made it back to Tech safely in time for New Year’s. I checked out Colorado Blvd., just several blocks North of campus and we saw a ton of people camped out for the Rose Bowl parade. It was interesting seeing all the people waiting for midnight, along with bonfires, RVs, chairs, and air mattresses. A few friends and I celebrated at midnight with watching the ball drop again since I had missed it at 9:00 PST riding on the shuttle. I was pretty tired from the flight, so I ended up showering, unpacking, and heading to bed so that I could wake up early for the parade. The floats were really neat and elaborate. I really liked the floats that took a lot of engineering and mechanical skill to build. The parade lasted about two hours and then we went to get Korean tofu soup at A Ri Rang for lunch. Then, a few of us drove down to Irvine for Vivian and Peter’s wedding (Congrats you two!). The wedding was very sweet and the bride looked stunningly gorgeous and perfect in her dress. New Year’s Day was thus pretty eventful for me, but I had fun watching the parade and witnessing the wedding. I look forward to enjoying the rest of my break before classes start on Monday.

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Disney!

Hiya, So I’m back home in Florida for Winter Break now and my family decided to take a trip to Orlando for a couple of days. What is in Orlando you might ask? Disney! Although we are Floridians, we don’t go to Disney World as often as you might think. Our family hasn’t gone there together since I was in elementary school and lines can get excessively long during school breaks. Luckily, the lines weren’t too bad when we went. We got parkhopper passes so that we could check out two parks in one day- EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. I didn’t remember the parks much at all, so it was refreshing getting to revisit and to explore the parks again. Plus, rides and attractions have been added or changed. Compared to Disneyland, I think Disney World is better because there are more parks and rides. I enjoyed the Star Tours ride that is in both Hollywood Studios in Disney World as well as Disneyland. I also found this funny door from Monsters University (see below). We didn’t end up staying late for the fireworks/lights shows. Instead, we went to Downtown Disney to have a late dinner at the House of Blues.I’m definitely enjoying the warm weather here, although I wish I could see snow :(See the snow…i mean sandman below from Disney? Or, perhaps it’s Olaf from Frozen? ;P)

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Pre-Thanksgiving Happenings

Hiya, So my roommate and I decided to pick up some holiday lights at Lowe’s and decorate our apartment. It’s been chilly the past couple of days and definitely feeling like winter already here in Pasadena.

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Baking = Chemistry + Food!

Hiya, Although I’m affiliated with Avery House, I am currently living off campus, which means I’m also off-board. My roommate Jessica (yes, she’s also a senior, an Averite, and chemistry major…confusing, I know right : P) and I have been cooking and baking up a storm together. Those of you who know me know how much I like to bake. Baking is like the chemistry of food, a combination of two of my favorite things. Jessica enjoys cooking, so I’ll be sharing with you throughout this year with our attempts and experiments :) Let me know if you have any suggestions and if you want to see more! I can also add recipes on here and explain how to make the things I post. For now, here’s a few things we made this past month! Bon appetit! :P Jessica first meal! honey glazed chicken, onions and red peppers, tomatoes and eggs,brown rice, broccoli

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More Celebrations!

Last Friday was Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) hosted by the Caltech Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The name is pretty self-explanatory, but we basically introduce high school girls to what engineering and science is like through lab tours, demonstrations, design contest, and more. As historian, I took photos during the design contest, in which the girls were given some materials to construct a structure that could hold to most weight (books). I think the girls had fun and hopefully some of them will put some serious thought into becoming scientists or engineers someday.

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VDay Brunch and CNY Hot Pot

So this past Sunday, the men of Avery made brunch for all the ladies. Tom Mannion hosted the event at his house. The guys made omlettes, eggs benedict, hash browns, and quiches. There were also croissants, bagels, and fresh fruit. Our frosh UCC Saurabh also came back to visit, so that was a nice surprise. He’s working for SIG in Philly now as a trader. I believe that the UCC/house system here at Caltech truly makes this small community feel like a family. Saurabh always took us on frosh walk and talks, and made sure each of us were doing well. Now as a junior, I try to do the same unofficially by walking around the house when taking a break from sets and talking to all the frosh I didn’t get to meet last term while abroad. The class of 2016 is pretty cool, and I can’t wait to meet all you prospective prefrosh in April for Prefrosh Weekend (PFW)! :)

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Calm before the storm?

Calm before the storm? Hiya, This past weekend my friend Erica got baptized! Her parents came down for the ceremony and provided dinner/desserts. Congrats :) I’m so glad to have met these girls frosh year and to have their support in all that I do.

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Boba

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Hanging out in Avery

The trustees and founders of Avery House don’t allow murals on our white walls, but we are allowed to decorate bulletin boards in each hallway as a compromise. Joe, our Resident Life Coordinator (RLC), gave us a bunch of paint and murals to paint on. Our Alley 6 took the initiative to go first. Jessica, Sophia, and I painted an impression of Avery with a tower for Alley 6 since the lounge closest to my alley is called Upper Guard Tower (UGT) and obviously because Alley 6 is the best ; P I haven’t really painted since art classes during high school, so it was a lot of fun to pick up a brush again and express our creativity.

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Resolutions?

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Home Sweet Home

Hi guys, So I’ve been enjoying spending time with my family and old friends here in Jacksonville. I’ve definitely been catching up on some sleep. I made the mistake of going to see *The Hobbit *with some friends the day after I got back-jetlag made me super sleepy during the long movie, but fortunately I stayed awake. It was pretty good. I also made some snickerdoodles (I know how much you guys loved them in London :P) for a Christmas party with some high school friends I haven’t seen in a year. It’s weird to think how fast time goes by and how people change. We reminisced about the past and updated each other about what’d we done in the past year.

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Traveling North

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