Saturday, August 31, 2013

My First Bike Adventure

On Saturday morning I decided to bike out of campus to a place called "Pro-Copy" because that was the only place that sold the manual for my Chemistry Lab class. I google mapped my route and went. It wasn't so hard finding the place. I just drove through Holly St. and made a right turn, then a left turn and the place was on the right side. I chained my bike to the handicap sign, hope that's legal, and went in a bought my stuff. Then, since Subway was just next to Pro-Copy I decided to stop for lunch. I had a turkey breast sandwich and an orange soda. My bike was making weird noises the whole time, not a *clack* like before but a continuous rusty sound. So I decided to stop by Target and buy a new bike - yeah I know, drastic decision-. Also I had to make it before 4 PM because of the game. I stopped by a Starbucks so I had a safe place to google map. I typed "Target" and did not find the one I always go to. I remembered there was a Walgreens in front of the Target so I typed Walgreens. And before I remembered that there were several Walgreen's in the area I went for it. Before halfway the route I took to go to the Walgreen's I realized that I was getting farther rather than closer so in the middle of the sidewalk I decided to google map it again. And I found the one, it is located in "University Plaza" in Bruce B. Downs St., which does sounded familiar so I changed my route. After about 15 more minutes I reached Target! I rode about over half an hour through the outskirts of campus, INSANE! And this was my first bike adventure. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

My Classes - UPDATE

So initially I only had 6 classes which are:

  • Calculus I
  • Chemistry for Engineers
  • World Regional Geography
  • Intro to American Studies
  • Foundations of Engineers
  • Foundations of Engineers Lab
I wanted to enroll in the Chemistry for Engineers Lab too, at first but at orientation when I was registering they were all full. I had this hunch and decided to log in the page tonight to check if there were any spaces available. AND THERE WERE! 5 to be exact. So I enrolled and luckily the class with the 5 available spots are on Thursdays, my free days. Sadly, my classes are at 8 AM! Another thing I don't like is that I already missed the first class so I have no idea what I have to take or what I should know. On the good side, I don't need any extra books or anything. 

Now I have 7 classes this semester! I hope I can survive. 

Week #18 (08/26/2013 - 09/01/2013) - First Week of Classes at USF

Monday was my first day of classes at USF! I woke up to the alarm of my roommate about 7 AM and I had to wake up at 9:30, it was okay. I had a banana for breakfast and walked all the way to ULH, where my Chemistry for Engineers class is at. I walked because my bike was still making that weird *clack* sound. After class, which was really what I expected, I went to buy lunch at Pollo Tropical which is just behind the building. I had it to go and ate at my room. After that I had my Intro to American Studies at the CMC Building and it was this huge auditorium, bigger than the ULH one. The sits were comfier and I had a place to rest my head on. The professor was really cool and he even showed us some videos from the 1950s. When class was over I headed back to my dorm but I picked up the mail (my Forever 21 package and my Bruno Mars t-shirt for the concert), then I got my bike and went to the Rec Center in search for the repair shop. It took the guy about 20 minutes to repair it but I was happy to wait. When I got back I picked up my bag and went to Calculus one at the CIS Building. A two hour math class in a very uncomfortable char, i. e. HELL. We got a substitute teacher because Mr. Matthew Fleeman is in a conference in Montreal, Canada. We went right ahead and started with Limits after the introduction to the syllabus. After a very exhausting day I came back to my room and started doing some reading I had to do.

On Tuesday I woke up at 9 AM to go to the gym. I really did not much, I ran about a kilometer and a half on the track and did some other stuff for a very little amount of time. After the few burned calories I went to Bull's Champions in front of the Rec Center. I had some lettuce with chicken and mashed potatoes. I also grabbed meatloaf but I didn't like it. After lunch I came back to my room and got showered. At 11:30 I went out and when I was out I realized I left about half an hour later than I should have, so I stopped by Jamba Juice and ordered Strawberry Wild, which I didn't like so much. Class was really entertaining. I took my laptop and took notes on it. My professor is from South Korea and he seems pretty cool. He likes to talk about Harry Potter, Big Bang Theory and that kinds of stuff. After that I came to my room to chill and went out again at 3 PM for my Foundations of Engineering class at the BSN. The business building was HUGE! It looked like an airport wing or something and the auditorium had about 300 to 400 students! Before the class started a guy sat next to my and I introduced myself. We ended up talking and being good friends. He invited me a Jamba Juice and helped me with some papers I had to print at the library. He seems pretty awesome and thoughtful. His name is Ahmad and he is from Jerusalem but was born in California. I really admire the person he has become, and I'm really glad I have a friend like him. I came back and ate dinner after that at my dorm, and finally finished the Chemistry chapter I had to read. Now I'm off to bed for another exciting day, NOT.

Wednesday was the concert day! However, I had classes to go. I had to read the first chapter before my Chemistry class which I did and the class was really easy because I had already read the whole material. Then I had my Intro to American Studies class, which I absolutely love. I like the professor, the topic and the classroom. The classroom is the big auditorium, and my favorite art is that I can rest my head haha. After AMS (Intro to American Studies) I had Calculus I, I decided to go walking and what was I thinking... When I came out I was on a rush because I had to go to the concert, and instead of walking I took the BullRunner because I was worn out from Math. Why did I do that? What happened was that I didn't know you had to pull a string if you wanted to get off somewhere so when the bus passed my stop I panicked. I realized what I had to do, way too late so I rode around through the off campus apartments for like 15 minutes extra. I decided to get off in MSC when we got back to campus and speed walked to my dorm. Changed clothes, got my ticket and headed out. You can read all about the concert here: Bruno Mars in Concert - Tampa 2013 and watch the video here: Youtube Video.

Thursday I had no classes so I decided to go with my mom to Busch Gardens to have some quality time before she left. As usual I got on my favorite roller coaster: Montu, Kumba, and Sheikra. I also got to ride in a new roller coaster called Cheetah Hunt. In my personal opinion it wasn't good, when the coaster rises it goes fast but by the fall it slows down. I also thought I had lost the factor of surprise and butterflies because of my last experience in Six Flags but I got to feel the butterflies this time and I was so happy. I also rode the wooden coaster. I have a soft spot for wooden coasters. They may seem not scary at all but I love them, the ensemble, the *clacks* it makes all the way, and the old/vintage style it has. After Busch Gardens I went to have some dinner with Ahmad, we had Pollo Tropical and it was fun. And finally after a long day I got to Skype with Momo. We started talking about 9 PM and I love when we talk for long periods of time.

On Friday I woke up Kaitlyn for one time. She always wakes me up because her schedule is earlier than mine but she has Fridays free so it was me who wake her up this time. Chemistry was okay, and Intro to American Studies too. We didn't have a lecture in the auditorium though. We were split up in little groups to have discussions. Our instructor is Viktoria, she is one of the Professor's grad student assistants, and she is pretty nice. The key factor to do well in AMS is participation which each day I'm feeling more comfortable with. For lunch I went to Panda Express with my mom, this would be the last time I saw her until December. Then we went to Target to buy some things I needed (Juice Boxes for when I'm thirsty) and for the first time I used my Target app and saved $1 :) At around 3 PM I handed in my FSU transcripts to transfer, which haven't been updated in my DegreeWorks and after that I went to the library to print my EGN lab homework, read some of the material of my Geography quiz next week and also print the material. I came back to the dorm and all three of my suitemates/roommates were getting ready for a sorority meeting, which is totally not my thing. They spend hours getting ready, omg haha. I had my first ramen for dinner and then I just chilled out on my first Friday night after classes started on campus.

Fun Fact about this week: I bought a Bruno Mars t-shirt at the concert and the next day I went to Busch Gardens with that t-shirt, me and my mom saw two other girls with a t-shirt from the concert too! #CRAZY

Bruno Mars in Concert - Tampa 2013 (Video)

These are some of the clips I got to film during his concert, I didn't get a chance to film "Locked Out of Heaven" because by "When I Was Your Man" my memory got full. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bruno Mars in Concert - Tampa 2013

Yesterday I went to a Bruno Mars Concert! And I was so excited. I went with my mom and we were in the floor, row 23. My seat was at the edge of the row so I had a perfect view of Bruno! The guest band introducing Bruno Mars was "Fitz and the Tantrums" which I had no idea who they were, but they were pretty awesome and the guy with the sax did amazing solos. When it was time, Bruno Mars came out and everybody got crazy, including me. I danced, which is not normal for me, and sang along all night. During the concert there was an outbreak: a big black woman was being pulled by a police man from the front, they passed right behind and in that second the woman began to kick and scream and tried to get out, which for me seems stupid. The police man got tough and took out his taser and put it on good use. The woman suddenly stopped kicking and the police men carried her out. It was freaking scare, that whole time I was like VERRRGAAAAA. Anyways, I loved the concert! He announced his final song was gonna be 'Just The Way You Are', and I was upset because he didn't perform 'Locked Out of Heaven' and he had already left the stage, but suddenly the drums start going crazy and it was Bruno Mars playing them as an intro to "Locked Out of Heaven"! That's was my favorite performance because of the dance, I thought before coming to the concert; but he did his moves in almost every song! I did two more songs and then left. I had the time of my life in that concert, I fist pumped, danced, sang, and smiled the whole time. 

First concert in the USA: SUCCESS!

P.S. I'll be posting a video of the clips I took in the concert later *editing*.

Monday, August 26, 2013

I'm Kinda Into Photography #12 - Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

On Sunday my mom and I decided to go to the zoo. Actually I decided and my mom tagged along. I love zoos and when I heard Lowry Park Zoo was voted #1 in America by Parents Magazine I really wanted to go. So I woke up at 8:45 in the morning and got ready. My mom got my the annual pass since it was only $35 more than the day pass which is $25. I took pictures with my new iPhone 5 and the photos exceeded my expectations, even the ones I zoomed in! So here are some of the pics I took on Sunday: