Feeling Slightly Relieved

6:34:00 PM mandy 5 Comments

High school students in the U.S. are probably familiar with all the stress of junior year. One of the major stress contributor is the SAT. A standardized test that us students should try and do very well on if we want to go into a "good" college. To prove we have the ability to take a test under time pressure. I'm not sure if other countries also have to take these kind of tests. But they probably take something similar. (I'm assuming.)

March is one of the less hectic months this year. So I chose to take it this month. Some other classmates that were also taking it this month took a day off yesterday to cram vocabulary (it's a pretty big portion of the test). I wonder how they did...maybe all that extra cramming helped? My short vocab cramming definitely didn't help me much. Whenever I got to one that I really didn't understand, I chose not to answer it. Better than getting 1/4 point deducted for a wrong answer. One of the vocabulary questions had Anna Sui in it :P I just felt like throwing that in. It was amusing when I was reading that problem ^__^ The test itself was kind of like the practice ones that I was given at the prep school that I went to. It was a bit more nerve wrecking since this was the actual test that was going to determine my future (so important!). And like on the practice exams, I wasn't able to finish my essay. I was close but no dice. I just hope with all my might that it doesn't affect my score too much. It was a rather hard topic to discuss about too. Ahh..thinking back the English section (Reading, Writing, Essay) is really going to bring down my score. The math sections on the other hand were kind of easy IMO. But I could be wrong. Better not jinx anything...it was average :]

Now I'm going to be on the edge of my seat waiting for the scores to come out. I don't even know how long it usually takes for the scores to release. If anyone knows, can you tell me? The only good thing is if my score isn't as expected, I can take it 1 more time before college applications in September. But the only downside to that is...the possibility of doing worse than before >__<

Sorry if this post wasn't very interesting. I just felt like it belonged since it's my first time taking the SAT and this blog is filled with my firsts. ^__^ You're very welcomed to share your test taking experiences :]


Another Year Older + Small Bday Haul

11:14:00 PM mandy 9 Comments

Today felt like any other day. The only difference was it's my birthday. Unlike when I was little, I had no party and didn't hang out with friends. Instead, I did what I also do on Saturdays and went out for dinner with most of my family. Why most and not all? My uncle, grandma, and mom are all angry with each other and got into a huge fight over something that others would think is really stupid. Usually, when my family members get into fights, they would still go to each others' house for dinner or go out to each together for someone's birthday...but this time my uncle, his wife, and my baby cousin didn't come. Gee what a great way to say Happy Birthday. Here's your present, but I'm not going to celebrate your birthday with you. Yes, birthdays are supposed to be a happy occasion. Even if I don't do anything exciting, I still want to enjoy a meal with my family. But it didn't happen. And I think the situation got even worse. Now my parents aren't planning to go to my uncle's wife's birthday dinner because they didn't come to mine. Boy...and I thought kids were immature and are vengeful. I hope things get better. I hate seeing my family fight and getting all upset with each other. Ruin my big happy family picture :X


Onto something more beauty/present related :]
Very teeny weeny birthday haul.

Top: Sephora Birthday Gift
Bottom L to R: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Sand & Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine

Inside look at the lip butter before I start to use it.
Doesn't it look all pretty? Tempting isn't it :P

I didn't get any presents, just birthday money for I good luck (I think since it was in a red envelope and all).
I did mention to my mom about getting a DSLR but I'm probably not going to be getting that. I'd be ecstatic but would feel bad because those are pretty expensive.

So yes...my happy, happy birthday.
I think the happiest parts of my birthday was when I was napping lol
Nothing to worry about but be happy for me.
Did any of you guys have bad celebration experiences?