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Microbial Biology major
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Forestry and Natural Resources major
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Conservation Resource Studies major
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Molecular Environmental Biology major
Kay Jiaqi Yang
Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics major
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Microbial Biology major
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Nutritional Science - Dietetics major
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Environmental Sciences major
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Environmental Sciences major
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Environmental Sciences major

May 1, 2007

Fun Stuff

I usually find time to shop maybe a couple times a semester. When the urge hits me, I find myself heading to Emeryville's Bay Street (you can catch the F from Bancroft going toward SF and get off at Bay Street). I like Banana Republic, B&N, Gap, and the cute, pink bakery shop they have. And, I have a car here, so it makes going to Emeryville all the more tempting. However, I don't like to drive to SF. It makes me very nervous! I'm from Orange County, where one lane of a road can really fit two cars side-by-side. But anywho, I do enjoy shopping on Market. You can easily catch the BART, although I would recommend waiting a bit, considering the recent freeway loss will increase public transportation use.

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March 15, 2007

These are a few of my favorite things...

So immediately after starting to think about what are my favorite things, I broke out into the song "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music." So I think I will start off by writing my own version of that song, so here it goes (and just to let you know by no means will I sing this for you if you come to my office hours..) :


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March 12, 2007

My Favorite Music, Movies, and Food!

Music is one of my passions in life. I have played some sort of instrument ever since I can remember, and finally settled on the saxophone in fifth grade. Since then, I have played in various wind and jazz ensembles, and have cheered on the Bears as a member of the Cal Band. When I am not playing music, I usually have something on to listen to. I really enjoy jazz and like going to jazz clubs when I can find the time. One of my favorite activities of the summer is going to the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, dancing, and listening to jazz on a warm summer night. I also like blue grass, rock, and classic rock, and try to go to music festivals and concerts as often as I can.

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Favorite Pastimes

Music: I like singing and dancing with my friends. Just this past Sunday, some of my friends and a few of their friends gathered at the WWI Memorial Oak Grove on campus and sang devotional songs. The trees give off such high energy, which energized our voices and our drum-playing. I also like to watch my buddies sing at open mic nights around Berkeley.

Movies: I rarely watch t.v. or go to the movies. The last movie I saw in the theater was Blood Diamonds with Leonardo DiCaprio. I like movies that have a socio-environmental message, make you think about things you hadn't thought about, or demonstrate the ingenuity of people (i.e. Catch Me if You Can, coincidentally also with DiCaprio). My favorite movies are Back to the Future, Pleasantville, and The Wizard of Oz. I enjoy watching any black and white film, especially slap-stick comedies. The Pacific Film Archive (PFA) is a great cultural campus resource. I've seen great films there, including The Beatles' Hard Day's Night and Ich moechte kein Mann sein (a silent film).

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Check out my current Favorites!

Hi everyone! How is school? How were/are the midterms? Don’t forget to relax and always take a break from studying! Today I’m going to list out some of my favorite shows, music, and food!

First, I’ll tell you my current favorite show. I love Grey’s Anatomy! It’s a medical drama describing five surgery interns’ complicated relationships, their excitement, stress, ups and downs as rookie surgeons, and some ethical/debatable issues in healthcare and medicine. Seriously, this show is such a lacrimal gland stimulator. I cry during every episode! Oh, and did you know that you can watch full episodes for the entire season online at http://dynamic.abc.go.com/streaming/landing? Many other shows such as Desperate Housewife and Ugly Betty are on there. Go check it out if you have time!

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March 11, 2007


Hey guys! So this is a fun topic to write about. My favorite movie would have to be the one I saw yesterday, 300. It is an action-packed flick about courage, honor, and loyalty with stunning graphics and a bit of history as well. Although I am easily satisfied with movies, moments from this movie really touch me and without putting up any spoilers, I highly recommend that you go see it. I went to the Metreon in hopes of seeing it a la imax, but unfortunately, tickets were sold out by the time I arrived...I recommend you make reservations early!

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March 10, 2007

Favorites of all Time

So I’m sure everyone has his or her favorites. My favorites, I have to say, all have some sort or romantic theme associated to it because I happen to be a romantic at heart. But being at Cal, I have really begun to expand my likes and dislikes. So here goes!

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March 8, 2007

My favorite....

Going to school in the Bay Area has its major advantages. For instance, I can get Italian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, American, or Mexican food all within a couple of blocks. Where else can I do that? Berkeley is an amazing city for finding little places to go between classes and for late night coffee runs. I can’t say where my favorite place is because there are so many!

What I can say is that my favorite band, Rancid, indeed comes from Berkeley! They are incredibly talented and every album has a completely different sound. They have been around for a long time, but still haven’t gotten too big—I can still go see them at the Warfield in San Francisco. The lead singer was raised in Albany, where I’m from, and it’s cool to listen to him singing about the same places I go to too.

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Favorite things

When I don't have to prepare for a midterm or when I have some free time, I often feel the urge to destress. Below are a few things that I like to do to help relax and rejuvenate myself after a midterm or stressful day.

~ Read a novel over the weekend. Some of my favorite authors are Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Charlotte Bronte, Amy Tan. I like to read books that leave you with a new perspective on life and the intricate relationships between people in general.

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Music & Lyrics—cherish your lyrics and sing your beautiful songs!

Having watched the movie Music and Lyrics lately, I found it relaxing and meaningful. During this stressful time of the semester, it eased my mind and allowed me some time to reflect. The movie is a love story about writing lyrics and songs. It mentioned an idea that every person you meet in life is like a melody and the interaction or the experience is the lyrics of the song. A song would need both to become a song. Even though it was describing love in the movie, it reminded me a lot when I think of every person who I met in my life. Everyone in your life is precious, no matter if that person has given you happiness or pain. I am thankful for each of them.

When I experience joy, I am thankful that the people gave me a wonderful memory and made my day happy. When I got hurt by a person, I learned how to be strong and not giving up. After years and years, there are wonderful songs in my life I can share. These are the things that molded me and shaped me. I am thankful for every person and everything in my life, both good and bad.

I love my music and lyrics in my songs. How about you?

My Most Favorites

So, when I'm not sitting in front of my computer crying over the paper I have to write or spending yet another sad weekend in the depths of the main stacks, I do enjoy having some down time and doing what I love most..which includes:

1. Eating. Food always seems to be number one in my life. I can't say that I have a favorite place to eat because there are so many great places around Berkeley. I love the restaurants down College Avenue. La Mediterranee is a really nice place to have lunch on a sunny afternoon. And further down College is an adorable chocolate cafe called Bittersweet. They have great hot cocoa and a lot of exotic chocolates too.

2. Watching movies. I love watching movies, whether it's going out to the theatre or watching it at home with a bunch of friends. I really like indie films. Some of my favorites are Garden State, Amelie, and Little Miss Sunshine. But once in a while I go for the chick flicks too. I can watch Love Actually over and over again. And I love this movie called Sabrina Goes to Rome, based on the TV series Sabrina. It's really embarrassing to tell people but it's one of my favorite movies.

3. Listening to some good music. Deep down I'm a mellow person, so I love mellow music. My favorite artists include Jack Johnson, Copeland, Bright Eyes, and Death Cab. They're perfect to listen to when you're just laying on your bed, looking out the window at the trees and blue sky and daydreaming.

4. Watching TV. I actually rarely ever find time to watch TV when I'm in school, but I do have a few favorite TV shows. I love The Office. I like the American version, but in my mind there's no competing with the original British version. I also love Arrested Development, but sadly, it's cancelled. And Simpsons and Conan are great too.

These are a few of my favorite things...

What do I like? Well there's a lot, but here is a a few of them.

TV Shows
My number one favorite show of all time is FRIENDS. I have all ten seasons on DVD!! The re-runs still make me laugh!! I also enjoy watching Smallville, Charmed, Will & Grace, and Dancing with the Stars. More recently I've become addicted to Heroes and Ugly Betty, which I make sure I'm up to date on via the full episodes online.

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Things I like to do for fun

If theres one thing I learned in life, it's to have a balance. And that includes what I eat. I love to eat out with friends. I enjoy trying cuisines from different cultures and find that Berkeley is the perfect place to do it! I recently discovered how GLORIOUS the "Berkeley Guide to the Good Life" coupon book is. Not only does it summarize a majority of the restaurants around Berkeley, but it has really good deals. Ever walk past Adagia restaurant on Bancroft and College and wonder if you'd ever be able to try it on a student budget? Fear no more! Adagia offers to for one entrees for dinner and the first time experience is worth the price. Thanks to these hidden deals, I try to make it a point to use those coupons to encourage me to try new places at cheap prices.

I also enjoy reading. Over winter break, I began a reading Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series. It is a three part Fantasy series that had me enticed from beginning to end. Hopefully I'll be able to finish the book before the final Harry Potter book comes out. Can't wait for that!

Some of my favorite TV shows include LOST, Heroes, American Idol, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters. Buying the first season of LOST on DVD got me hooked...I hope everything is ok with Jack..... And it's obvious that I adore most of what ABC has to offer on T.V.

Shopping, spending time with family, running and enjoying the sun are other ways for me to relax and get away from the busyness of life. School can be pretty daunting at times, but it is good to take your mind off the stress, if even for a little bit!

fun things...

Studying, school, and other problems may be tooooo much to handle! Remember to take breaks and relax yourself! dont overwork yourself to the point where you can just shatter if someone gently pokes you. One of my favorite activites is eating out with friends! i love trying new food, trying new restaurants, and having looong chits and chats with buddies. It is a great way to bond and socialize. I really like korean food so we usually stop by a korean restaurant. I actually dont think i have any food items that i dont like! im just that versatile =)
other than eating and food, i also listening to a lot of music...i really like Chinese and Korean songs and also random songs on the radio. Im not really sure of the names or the radio station i listen to because the radio is just there in the bathroom of the dorm in live in =D
i recently also developed a habit of napping...before i just thought..what is the use? it just gets me more tired..but after napping for a while because of a tired day of classes, it actually keeps me awake and makes me more refreshed...i think im addicted to napping actually!
and i recently got addicted to libraries so whenever im free i would just walk to the library, take a walk around it, and come back out! hehe studying with friends is also fun. whenever bored, i know that there is someone there i can talk to and when i have to study, i know that theres someone there to motivate me! my list goes on and on, but the most important thing is to find what fun things work for you, stick with it, and relax and soothe yourself!

What to do when you're not at school...

...well, things to do when there's no midterm or paper due. Here's a scoop on movies, TV shows, music, and food that I enjoy watching, listening, and consuming.
I actually don't watch that many movies, but when I do, I usually opt for movies with cool plotlines or supposedly deep emotional messages. Gattaca, which deals head on with the concept of eugenics brought on by genetic selection, and Amelie, a whimsical somewhat sappy French movie, are two of my favorites. Occasionally, I do like watching superficial feel-good movies, like A Christmas Story (don't laugh) which appeals to me for no particular good reason. The Departed, with its intricate storyline, was also amazing. As for TV shows, I have a slight fascination with old-school cartoons. I watch Boomerang a lot (Channel 17), realizing that many of the themes in shows like Animaniacs and Looney Tunes go right over the heads of young viewers. I also watch stand-up on Comedy Central, which provides a good dose of laughter.
I listen to quite a bit of Euro music as well as light Indie. Like movies, I like music that has strong emotional messages, though mainstream cookie-cutter music has its place when I need something to keep we awake during studying or a jog. Food? I like all sorts, though healthy menu items are what I usually go for (salads, sandwiches, fish, low fat chicken etc) as a nutrisci major. But I do indulge: Thai food, pastas, and Hong Kong style dishes are all favorites. As they say, full stomach, happy heart.

March 7, 2007

All My Favorites

I’m sure just about everyone will agree that watching great movies or television shows, listening to your favorite music or eating good food are all great ways to have some fun and relieve stress too. Not only are these activities fun but they are things you can enjoy with others. I really enjoy mixing things up and having a variety in my life, which is the case with all my favorites.

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