Christmas Dinner

This break has been going by so fast. Christmas break is always a nice time with family and friends. It certainly is nice to see how much my cousins have grown since the years before. IMG_2261 IMG_2263 Especially my cousin Nathan. He’s changed so much. His voice is so deep and he lost some weight.IMG_2259IMG_2258IMG_2256IMG_2255IMG_2252 The ladies all did a very good job at cooking. The dishes were delicious even when I didn’t have much of an appetite.IMG_2249IMG_2269IMG_2268The main dish was the prime rib. Very delicious and tender, only thing missing was horse radish, sigh. IMG_2265Until next time!

The Road

Ever since I’ve moved to Socal I’ve been driving alot. Everywhere in Socal is so wide spead apart. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the different landscapes I drive around everyday. As a photography enthusiast I had to take these Iphone shots. Follow me on Instragram for more. @marvtchanProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset

Back Home

So currently I’m back home in the Bay Area. I just want to say that Riverside is getting alot better as time is going. I’ve been getting to know some real amazing people and everything is just getting more enjoyable. I’ve also been able to reconnect and spend alot more time with my grandparents which we both really enjoy. Finals wasn’t bad at all. I actually really enjoyed it. Towards the end of the quarter I was actually getting really lazy but then when finals came I stepped it up and I actually aced my finals!! It felt amazing. Now that I’m back home I also realized that going away for school also makes me appreciate alot of things just because I’ve been away from it for so long. College is actually going really well for me. Sometimes I even miss it when I’m away for a couple days.

Homesick

Damn I really took the bay area for granted. I realized that even I told myself not to take it for granted while I was there I still find myself missing home. Maybe I didn’t take it for granted but still I miss the bay area alot. It’s a very special place and it’s my home. I realized that it’s good to be away from home because without this experience I really would have never knew how special of a place the bay area was. Even when exploring out of the country I would miss home but in college it sucks. People say they have alot more freedom here but for me it’s totally different. Back at home everyone trusted me and I could do whatever I wanted. In college I am overwatched by RAs and other officials. This makes me really want to drop out because it makes me realize that school is also as oppressive. I feel like our whole lives has lead us to believe that in order to live a successful life we need to conform and work for companies we don’t want to, and do jobs we don’t enjoy. But in all honesty if you work towards something and if you work hard enough money will still come. There are ways to make livings off of passions. I believe that that idea is more successful than any corporate job out there. I want to pursue my interest in photography. I want to make that my living, I don’t want to be a conformist instead I want to live off of my passion and do something I really enjoy.

College

10685652186_233e1c9470_oRecently I’ve been obsessed with my work and creative outlet. Right now it is 3:09 am and I can not fall asleep no matter how hard I try. It seems like this surge of motivation is part of a college thing. It’s almost as if there’s nothing else to do but fulfill dreams and complete my identity.

I’ve been noticing how powerful social media is in this generation. I want to put myself out there and learn to market my talent and hardwork. I began by brainstorming ideas late at night especially around this time. I want to create a series of photos called the “College” series. Before I came to college I had so many ideas that proved to be only myths. I want to represent college through my eyes with this series. Here is my first piece.

 

Weekends

Weekends here are getting more and more fun. Getting closer to everyone in the hall has made everything seem so much homier. There’s actually a lot of things to do here and instead of feeling gloomy and reminiscent it’s actually a lot more fun to explore and learn new things. Especially since studying takes such a toll on me. Going out and exploring is a nice get away and it is actually what I came down here to do. IMG_9928 IMG_9908 IMG_9911 (2) IMG_9909 IMG_9845 IMG_9855 IMG_9861 IMG_9835 IMG_9840 IMG_9841 IMG_9798 IMG_9758 IMG_9747 IMG_9894 IMG_9830Also getting back in touch with my creative side (photography) has reopened the world I used to dream of living. I’ve been so preoccupied that taking pictures has become a nuisance instead of a fun hobby. I need to change that thought process and make it more of an everyday habit. Photography is essentially what I love doing and it also may be what I may be doing for the rest of my life.

 

Typical Day in Class

IMG_9696 IMG_9698 Math at 8-9:30. Psych from 5-6:30.IMG_9701 IMG_9705 IMG_9706 IMG_9707 Typical scenery to and from class.IMG_9708I actually really enjoy class. Ever since class started the weeks have been going by so much faster. Also i feel so much more productive although i sleep so much more. I think I’ve averaged about 3-5 hour naps a day. I’m still so excited to go back to the bay area. Sometimes I don’t even want to do anything but stay in bed and sleep.

Round 1

It was time again to take a break from campus.I know breaks from campus happen very often for me but i just can’t take being in my dorm for too long. It’s just too boring and depressing. Makes me miss home also. I’ve been missing my dogs the most. But it’s been getting better and better. Especially since class started. I’ve been preoccupied with bunch of school work. I’m actually having fun now. IMG_2249

The various things i walk past everyday on my “scenic” route.IMG_2252

Eating at Ten Ren again. This place isn’t really bomb at all but it’s so close to school and slightly fulfills chinese food cravings.IMG_2254

This mall is only 10 minutes away and includes a pretty nice arcade/bowling alley/ pool hall/ dart game place. I really need to play darts next time. Looks fun.IMG_2255 IMG_2258 IMG_2259 IMG_2260 IMG_2262 IMG_2264 IMG_2265 IMG_2267 IMG_2269

Dorm Life

It’s been officially a week of college now and its been going by so slow. I’ve been getting super homesick sometimes out of no where. School is fun though. Professors are extremely chill and the workload although its more than high school, seems much easier.

People here are pretty chill, most of them will talk back and make an effort to become friends. Roommates are chill too. I can’t imagine there to be much drama the upcoming year with any of them. The gym sucks though, I miss 24. Although 24 would get super packed sometimes, this gym is gets even more packed. We have abut 10 benches and they still get packed. It’s also very small and condensed. There definitely are alot more big guys here too.

Really looking forward to go back home.

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Our hall theme is Lilo and Stitch lolIMG_2227 IMG_2235 IMG_2236

My roommatesIMG_2237 IMG_2238

We went to visit UCI this weekend. Damn i would have loved to go here. Even the food spots nearby were amazing.IMG_2239 IMG_2243 IMG_2245 IMG_2246 IMG_2247 IMG_2248