December 22, 2009

Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Author

Some of my favorites:

Chuck Klosterman

Boys who don’t read.

Chuck Palahniuk

Boys who can’t read.

Leo Tolstoy

Guys I want to date.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Guys I want to sleep with. (The difference between the two Russian authors lies in the fact that I think the Underground Man is sexier than Pierre Buzukhov).

Jane Austen (or Bronte Sisters)

Girls who made out with other girls in college when they were going through a “phase”.

Haruki Murakami

People who like good music.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Men who can’t lie but will instead be silent if they know you don’t want to hear the truth.

From here.

December 14, 2009


Krystle: Cliff's Notes on Crack, Take 2

I. Currently, It's Finals Week
A. Two Exams
i. Japanese
- Just started hard-core studying... today. It's on Wednesday.
ii. Biochemistry
- Shit.
B. Two Papers
i. Politics
- Really interested in it, but also really stuck on it
ii. Cancer Biology
- Ditto.

II. In the Past Semester, I've Had...
A. Radio Show
i. AWESOME. Thanks for tuning in, guys. I'll be returning next semester: stay tuned in for times.
B. Phone-a-thon job
i. Also awesome. Also pays ridiculously well.
ii. I love my co-workers.
C. Bio 101 TA position
i. Quite a learning experience, but in the best way possible.
ii. Also pays ridiculously well.
iii. Two jobs = awesome.
D. Classes?
i. Biochem- AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH i'm just not chemistry-minded. JUST PASS ME PLEAAASEEE.
ii. Cancer biology- it's been boot camp, but i feel good about it at this end of things.
iii. Japanese- I think I'm pretty solid here.
iv. Politics of Corruption- I love being a politics minor.

III. Next Semester
A. Classes
i. Biochemistry II- Oh lord.
ii. Japanese 102- WHOOOO
iii. Modern Japanese Literature- Holler.
iv. Art 101- HOLLER.
v. Biology Research Proposal Seminar- Involves writing my summer research proposal for biology research... and possibly my senior thesis. JESUS CHRIST I'M OLD.
vi. Yes, this is academic overload, and I mean actual academic overload as in "too many credits."
B. Jobs
i. Still working at the phone-a-thon
ii. Just found out today that I have a new bio TA position, except instead of 101, they've booted me up to 311 (genetics). It's going to be a busy semester.
C. Other stuff
i. DJ-ing. :)
ii. Possibly yoga classes at the studio close to campus. See below.
iii. Due to unfortunate puddle-jumping accident, I may have to renege on my half-marathon until the next year (2011). I'm going to try running tomorrow and see how my knee feels after that.

IV. Life
A. Who Knows?
i. and it's perfectly fine.

December 11, 2009

almost there!

October 18, 2009

things in my closet i am loving right now

My navy-blue Hunter wellies I got because
1. it's amazing I've gone three years here in the PNW without rainboots;
2. i got PAID, son;
3. and i'm going on a train/walk daycation to Portland tomorrow, and it's going to rain.
4. the salesman at nordstrom was sweet.
Plaid. It is my goal in Portland tomorrow to find more plaid shirts at my favorite vintage store, buffalo. Well that, and pants... because all of mine have holes in them. Agh.

Cable-knit tights. Definitely will help me stretch out my love of shorts for a week or two into the fall.
This awesome dress I got from Gap. The silhouette is definitely not the same on me-- I got it in a larger size on accident, but I like it-- the length skims the tops of my knees, and the cut of it, while a little large, is pretty interesting and flattering. It took me a while to get used to it, though. My initial reaction was "I LOOK LIKE A GRANDMA."

Anyhow. End of my consumerist rambling. I'm on fall break right now, so I have quite a bit of extra time to shop. :)


October 07, 2009

tell me why

is it possible to work your ass off but still feel so frustrated?

I'm doing something wrong. Maybe I'm trying to pursue something not quite meant for me.

But how was that possible in the first place?

October 01, 2009

Life Update

as inspired by Maura


I. Krystle Has
A. Two jobs.
a. Biology 101 TA
- Science? Awesome. Getting paid to look at pond scum and all the little critters living in it? Even more awesome.
b. Alumni Caller
- New people to meet! Yay.
- Also pays awesome.
B. A radio show.
a. This is Science: Mondays and Wednesdays at KUPS 90.1 FM, 10-11 AM. Stream online here.

II. Krystle Is
A. Busy
a. Two four-hundred level classes
- Biochemistry
- Cancer Biology
b. One three-hundred level class
- The Politics of Corruption
c. Finally finishing up my foreign language requirement
- Japanese.
i. I wonder if I would have liked it as much as I do now if I took it back in Japan. Hmm.
B. Braindead
a. I had three exams yesterday... for both of my four hundred level classes and my japanese class.
b. I didn't do anything today.
- But it's alright.

III. Overall
It's a reflective time in my life, but having music and good company is keeping everything in perspective.


Speech Debelle

The Blue Scholars

Only two of a ton of new artists I'm loving.

I love being a radio DJ. The music library is AMAZING. CDs stacked from the floor to the ceiling on all of the walls not occupied by the transmitter and the equipment.

September 16, 2009

Show #1: Hello!

Osaka Loop Line 4:02 Discovery LP (Bonus Track Version)
Down Boy 3:54 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Is Is (EP)
Gifted (feat. Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li) 3:39 N.A.S.A.
Souled Out!!! 3:29 Conor Oberst
Sway 3:34 The Kooks
Pot Of Gold f. Daniel Merriweather (prod Mark Ronson) 3:46 Wale
2 Weeks 'til Prom 3:24 Lil Wayne and Grizzly Bear
Tokyo 2:53 Telekinesis!
Come Around [Ft. Timbaland] 3:54 M.I.A.
The View from the Afternoon 3:38 Arctic Monkeys
It's Not My Fault (It's My Fault) 2:34 Discovery
Headdress 4:38 Amazing Baby
One Day You'll Be There 3:51 +/-

90.1, Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 AM Western.


You're probably confused. Here's an outline of the past two weeks.

Krystle: Cliff's Notes on Crack

1. Week 1
A. Picked up at airport by car full of crazy college kids.
- Cried a little
- Listened to gangster rap all the way home
B. Move in
- AWESOME, in terms of room and roommate.
C. Classes
a. Biochemistry
- Scary as heck.
b. Japanese
- Definitely not a piece of cake, but still really fun.
c. Corruptions of the Republic
- I've never had to do so much reading in a single night in my entire life. But definitely worth it.
d. Cancer Biology
- It's really really interesting... I just have a very hard time staying awake at 2 in the afternoon. FOOD COMA.
E. Other things
- Percussion ensemble: still getting four-mallet callouses back. Painful process.
- Biol 101 TA-ing: lots of fun so far. plus I get paid. :)
D. First Weekend
- I'm a lightweight.
- Awesome dancing and people.
- Definitely shed a tear.
- Getting old. Old old old.
c. Awesome ride back to Tacoma from Seattle with military family that made me miss the military community. Strange juxtaposition.
2. Week 2
A. Work starts to pile up, but nothing too bad.
B. Submit applications for:
- Phone-a-thon job
- KUPS DJ position
a. interview for position on Tuesday. Nervous wreck. Babble a lot.
C. Study, study, study
- I suck at biochemistry.
D. The Weekend
- Chiillllll. Very much needed. Watched lots of movies. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is great.
3. Week 3... so far!
A. Monday
- Study, study, study. Maybe I don't suck so much at biochemistry.
- Get phone call from radio station saying I got position! Jump around chemistry resource room like a five year old while everyone around me is trying to study amino acids.
- Stay up until 3 AM paper writing + life.
B. Tuesday
- Too tired to do anything efficiently.
- Have phone interview for phone-a-thon job. Scary, but good.
- Make above CD for tomorrow's show.

Now you're all caught up.

August 27, 2009

so knock me out and shoot me down

N.A.S.A.: another awesome summer find. They have such an incredible, spacey sound, and their collaborations are killer.

This video is ridiculously AWESOME.

August 25, 2009


i woke up today and i had a seriously bad case of homesickness,
which is odd since i am at home.

but then i thought of boxed lipton milk tea, vending machines, UFO catchers, yellow-plate cars, concrete, trains, poiful gummies, and hyaku yen stores.

i keep writing about this. i am a city girl at heart. and now more than ever, i need to go home.

August 24, 2009

aw maaaaaan.

Not feeling good at all. No appetite and food tastes funny. Must be a post-tonsillectomy deal-- apparently, it's normal for your tastebuds to go on the fritz for a while.

Plus, I've felt like hurling all day. BLEARGH.

Good news: I have a fully functional computer and iphone. Rejoice!

August 23, 2009


My mac and I are reunited. :)

August 21, 2009

world's softest moccasins

They're like butter to my feet. I haven't worn them out yet, so I've been wearing them everywhere in the house. Ohhhhhhh soooooo gooooood.

August 20, 2009

I Spy: Heading Back to the PNW Edition

Sorry I've been away for a while-- my (usually) trusty mac is down and is heading to the genius bar this Saturday. Bleargh. In addition to that, I'm in the very slow process of packing up to move back West. You know what that means: I SPY!

I spy with my little eye: my eventual alma mater, hair products (2), a childhood friend, awesome people, and the eighth wonder of the world (post-running).

I spy: six shoes, three toes, Harold and Kumar, and my new phone. :)

I spy: pandas (2), the best band in the world, and a crapload of clothes. Hahaha.

Also... I finally got my hair cut! This is the shortest its ever been. I was really nervous, but the stylist was amazing-- she kept telling jokes and kept me talking the entire time. My dad told me a I look like a boy when he first saw me, and my mom said that I looked like "oh, what's her name? Lindsay Lohan's girlfriend?" (answer: Sam Ronson, which is fine. I like her hair. I just thought it tickling that my mom had any idea about those sort of things. She must watch too much E! News when I'm away.)

However, the downside to it is that I wake up in the morning looking like an emo kid, sans eyeliner and highlights. Not that I have anything against them as a whole-- their hair isn't just for me, though.

Alright, that's all for now! Oh, and soon-to-be update on my craft blog!

August 12, 2009

i love me some internet shopping + sister + other news (yes, it's one of those posts)

{photos from modcloth}

I haven't shopped in a while, so this is a nice change.

The shoes are for the wedding I'll be going to in September. However, I can also see myself wearing them with my straight-leg jeans, crisp blue button-up and wool pinstriped vest for class-- in this economy, versatility is a must!

As for the shirt, I've been admiring it for quite some time on modcloth, and when I saw that there was only one medium left...! I couldn't let it be one of those pieces that got away. It's a very romantic, feminine shirt, and the construction is so old-world and gorgeous looking. This shirt will be best friends with my high-waisted trouser jeans.


I'm feeling much better now. I only take vicodin twice a day, and at half the dose I was doing a week ago. I'm so much better for it-- the vicodin was making me feel wonky. I have my post-op appointment tomorrow.

{picture by my sister}

My sister's been away at day-time marching band training, so I've had the house to myself for a good chunk of time this week. I didn't realize until I woke up on Monday and didn't have my sister to abruptly wake up by tickling that I'd be a little lonely. Max makes good company, although he constantly makes me feel guilty for not letting him outside. We're in the process of fencing off the area underneath our porch, and as a result, we had to apply lawn killer to the earth underneath. Lawn killer + cat that eats anything = not so good.

But my sister. She'll be done on friday-- they're ending with a season preview performance, which I'm looking forward to. My sister + big snare drum harness + marching = pretty awesome and possibly pretty interesting. She's a bean pole, although a bean pole that's determined to be awesome at playing the drums. Which she is.

(Can you tell I'm proud?)


In other news, my phone (a two-year old razr) has unexpectedly crapped out on me. I've taken pretty good care of it, so I'm fairly bewildered. The key pad just randomly decides not to work, although the times it doesn't work tend to be the times I need it the most. However, I managed to catch my phone off-guard and wrote down all my numbers. So it could be worse. But now I'm in need of a new phone, which is looking like it'll be an iPhone. Maybe. I'm a bit on the fence because although the phone itself is pretty affordable (in comparison to the olden days), the plan is kind of pricey (I inquired a while ago at an at&t store). However, I am quite a pedestrian and the google maps feature would be a magnificent thing to have whenever I make trips to seattle.


Also, I've been searching for that second job as a coffee barista. I've only submitted a resume to one place, but their correspondence seems to be rather spotty. I imagine the owner must be busy-- I gathered from the job posting that the cafe is in its beginning stages. So I'm trying not to sweat it. The cafe is about three miles away from campus, which is not so bad. Any excuse to get off-campus plus + regularly have a 3-mile bike ride is awesome. The route looks like a straight shot, so it would be a rather pleasant 3-mile ride, too. I'm crossing my fingers.

Still, if it doesn't pull through, that leaves more time to volunteering or even getting back into the swing of doing lab research. And there's always a possibility of taking a second TA job the following semester. Or I could even take a biology colloquium course to prep for applying for summer research, but phew, that's thinking way ahead.

Ah. More money, more worries, that's for sure. But I'm doing well all the same. In any case, I believe it's good to have a little stress about those important things-- although the fear of falling between the cracks is always in the back of your mind, the likelihood of it actually happening is greatly diminished. And that's what matters.

August 11, 2009


You know when Dane Cook tells you off, it's bad.

new blood

Have you ever been to the website RCRD LBL? I stumbled upon it recently, and it's awesome-- they have a mp3 of the day newsletter you can sign up for. They have a bunch of songs from well-known to brand-new artists up on their site, and there are quite a few gems in there. A lot of them are remixes, and those are always worth a listen-- I'm really digging !Illmind's remix of Common's "I Want You." It's such a sweet, googly-eyed remix.

------- edit--------
Also, the Diplo remix of Private's "My Secret Lover" has been on repeat on my iTunes. It's addictive.

August 10, 2009

haircut 2

My hair's been acting the fool lately.

Well sort of. I stopped conditioning it every day to let the natural oils do their work, and as a result, my normally fine hair has gotten a bit thicker and much healthier. Which is what I wanted, but I didn't realize that as a result my hair would assume a triangular shape. Think Mia from the Princess Diaries movie, pre-make over.

I love the princess diaries. It's one of my favorite book series/movies of all time.
Who doesn't love make-over sequences?

But anyhow, here are a few pictures of haircuts I like. I like not having to condition regularly-- my hair got oily pretty quickly when regular conditioning was the norm-- so my solution is to cut it short. Really short.

What do you think?

{pictures from google, the sartorialist, karlas closet, bumble and bumble}

ooooooh ahhhhh

One of my secret loves: the Sartorialist.

As such, I'm really excited for the Sartorialist book to come out! There's a sneak peak up on A Cup of Jo.

Science Students for the Conservation of Sanity: Some NYT Awesomeness

How cool is this? The manufacturing of molecule-sized machines from DNA for medical use is awesoooooome! But their use of the phrase "curvy DNA"... is that a colloquial term?

movie theater time!

Meryl Streep looks super-happy in these pictures.
feel-good movie + happy characters + food = excitement!

Julia & Julia looks scrumptious-- any movie about cooking can count me in! Oh, and any movie with Meryl Streep in it, too. It's a shame that movie theaters don't allow outside food; popcorn just wouldn't cut it here. Eating macarons or something totally cooking-channel worthy during the movie would totally round out the movie-going experience.

Lately, I've been uber-obsessed with macarons-- as soon as I can eat solids again, I'm totally making these!

Another one I'm excited for: Eat, Pray, Love. After seeing the book pretty much EVERYWHERE for the past year or so, I caved in a few months ago and got myself a copy. Best impulse buy ever! It was like taking a nice bubble bath, except the bubbles didn't run out, the water stayed warm, and my fingers didn't get raisin-y. After reading it, I felt refreshed.

{Picture from here.}

So the movie is definitely something I'm looking forward too, especially since one of my favorite actresses-- Julia Roberts-- is playing Liz Gilbert, the author and main character of the book.

I love uplifting movies! Just thinking about these two (and macarons) makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

{images from google}

August 09, 2009

greetings from bed!

I'm on day six of recovery from my tonsillectomy. It's been downright nasty at times-- scabs, bad breath, and bad memory. The painkillers have made the days go by in a blur, but I've had my family and seasons of The Office to make life bearable. The second half of today I've been feeling comparatively good and haven't felt the need to take my pain medication, so I'm optimistic about the remainder of my recovery.

Anyhow, I just found what could be the cutest article on wikipedia. I can't stop going "awwwwwwwwwwww" as I read through it.

August 04, 2009

fall 2009

Fall has always been my favorite season. Crisp air, wood smoke and crunchy leaves are some of my favorite things about it. But my favorite is the clothes: long scarves that swallow you, earthy wool, and chunky cable-knit sweaters in rich plums and verdant greens. And plaids, greys, and leather.


How I wish I could dress everyday.
the usual

A pretty accurate depiction of how I dress everyday (with some additions: I only wished I owned that watch... or had a watch at all), right down to my backpack and the three things I always carry around. And yes, those are hair ties. At any given moment, there are at least a dozen strewn throughout my backpack and pockets. Not shown: huge binders full of bio and chem notes, enormous Kiki's Delivery service pencil case, and the belt I borrowed from my housemate.

speak see

A bunch of funny, sometimes poignant, little things I've found in the past week or so.

August 01, 2009


I love this picture of Michael. That look on his face totally says "EAT IT, CAVIC."

Maryland loves you!

July 31, 2009

Dear Cory

I didn't grow up in the Philippines,
nor did I have a fully Filipino upbringing,
but I still have enough pride
because of strong and amazing Filipinas such as
my aunt, who is beautiful and strong and who alone supports her five children while living in a foreign country, far away from family;
my librarian mentor, who lived through a revolution, and despite all the hardships she has seen, still has the biggest dreams and a heart of gold;
my cousins, who are too wise beyond their years but have the loudest laughs in the room;
and my mother, who is the most selfless, self-sacrificing, loving person I know;
to know that you,
Corazon Aquino,
who embodies all these strong Filipina women in my life,
who have taught me the importance of
inner strength,
and most importantly,
will be missed.
And if there is one thing I know for sure, it is that
I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.

July 30, 2009

you just keep on saying the same thing over and over doesn't mean anything

I haven't listened to an album where all the songs have been instant favorites in a long time. In fact, not since Weezer's Pinkerton.

Discovery's self-titled LP has just been doing it for me lately. Discovery is basically indie wunderkinds Ra Ra Riot and Vampire Weekend, both of which I don't really listen to, but when mixed together, oh boy. It started with Osaka Loop Line. I'm trying to work out a guitar tab for this sucker, but alas, my theory skillz are zero. Luckily, my future roommate/best bud is an insanely awesome music minor.

Now, I can't stop listening to their cover of the Jackson 5's I Want You Back. AHHHHH!!! This is like mixing... oh heck, I don't know. Red vines and Dr. Pepper. Yeah. Alone, they're pretty awesome. But when you mix them together (particularly, when you bite off both ends of the red vine and use it as a straw for the Dr. Pepper), IT'S AWESOME.

Looking at Weezer and Discovery, they're pretty different. It's interesting how tastes go in different directions as time goes on and you get older. Notice I didn't say change-- I still love Weezer with all my heart (although I do have a few bones to pick with Rivers concerning a couple of songs off the Red Album).

thinking of fall already...

I love elbow patches. Next time I go to the fabric store, I'm getting suede-ish brown fabric and sewing them onto my grey gap boyfriend cardigan.

i <3 sofia coppola

i've never been one to lust after designer things. my taste leans more towards practicality, in design and especially price.

but when i saw the new louis vuitton and sofia coppola collaboration, well. let's just say my heart hasn't ached for anything that much in a while.

I love the bags. They look roomy and simple enough for everyday use. I particularly like the red/jasper one. No-frills luxury is something I can get behind... when I'm done repaying my student loans. :)

p.s. i never thought it possible, but my hair is actually poofy right now. my head looks like a shiitake mushroom.