The Life and Times
I mentioned in an older post that I am a fan of soccer. Well, I’m also a fan of the players.
Xabi Alonso in particular.
He is just the perfect specimen of a man – classy, manly, and he looks like he should be on the cover of GQ (and I’m sure he has).
Oh, also, his team won the Eurocup (Viva España!)
Enough talk – here’s a gallery of Xabi Alonso. And to my lady readers – you’re welcome.
It’s been almost a year since I’ve done a post about my favorite summer things. Wow my blog is over a year old!
Anyways, here they are:
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen
I personally tan very easily and since my father got skin cancer last year, I’ve been a bit paranoid about going into the sun without any kind of protection for my skin. Neutrogena makes the best sunscreen, in my humble opinion, and I always use at least SPF 50 or higher.
- Milani Illuminating Face Powder
I used to never use bronzer because I feel like my skin is tan enough already. And then I discovered Milani’s line of blush/bronzer/highlighters. I have this in Hermosa Rose and it looks quite lovely. I’m upset I never discovered this sooner.
- Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (SPF 18)
I never knew there were such things as SPF lipstick…but there is! I have discovered Rimmel London’s Moisture Renew lipsticks – they’re so pretty, the packaging is great, and they have a great finish! Best of all, they’re SPF 18. My favorite color from this line is Rose Blush.
What are some of your summer essentials this year?
How did you start off the year of the dragon? I started mine eating lots of good food with my roommates:
Happy Lunar New Year!
It was a long time coming but I finally made it to the White House on Thursday, January 12. Well, I made it to the Eisenhower Executive Office.
Lead by Eddie Lee, the associate director for the Office of Public Engagement, the White House held a leadership briefing for Asian-American and Pacific Islander youth from all over the country.
It was interesting to say the least. The briefing was extremely educational and informative, as you can imagine, but I learned a lot about myself that day:
- I realized I don’t identify myself as “Asian-American.” - I know this sounds weird but bear with me. My family mostly stopped associating with other Asians when I was small and because of this, I never grew up around a lot of Asians. Sure, we went shopping at Korean grocery stores at least once a week and I always eat rice and kimchi, but it never went beyond that. In high school, I was the only Asian among my group of friends so I was okay with being one of the minorities and, in fact, I was proud of my heritage. However, when I arrived at the conference and found myself in the middle of a sea of faces that looked like mine, I realized I was extremely uncomfortable and thought that I did not have as much in common with most Asians. I don’t identify myself as being Asian or even Asian-American. It’s only my ethnicity, not my identity. I am Deborah Yi and that’s how I identify myself. I wan to just leave it at that.
- The “model minority” stereotype is detrimental to our success - Just because I don’t consider myself really Asian doesn’t mean others feel that way either. And because people perceive me a certain way, they will hold certain beliefs that may not be in my favor. I used to think that the “model minority” stereotype was not too bad. I mean, as far as stereotypes go, it could be worse and I’d rather people assume I’m very smart than assume I’m a drug dealer or something. But then I found myself wanting to avoid the topic of my race when I started applying to colleges because I found that once I check “Asian” under the “ethnicity” box, I’d be opening myself up to a whole new world of competition and pedestal. This is not okay.
- There’s a reason why I don’t want to leave the DMV area - The DC, Maryland, and Virginia area is one of the most diverse and accepting community I have ever lived in. Because of the diversity found here, stereotypes and racism (though it may exist) is not as bad as some of the other places that I recently found out about. People I met at the briefing told me that theirs was the only Asian family ini the area and are subjected to some of the worst forms of racism every single day. It’s sad but it also made me feel quite fortunate to be from an area where diversity is the norm
All in all, it was an amazing eye-opening experience and I feel incredibly lucky to have gone, and though it was my first time at the White House, I hope that it will not be my last :]
I wanted to stay true to my New Years Resolutions so I decided to relax a little this past week. What was supposed to be a one-hour channel surfing session turned into a Community marathon.
Let me just say that I am SO disappointed this show is on hiatus because it is absolutely brilliant. How can something that is basically a repeat of every crazy TV show/movie plot line seem so new and refreshing? It is truly a travesty that Community got pulled out indefinitely, but I digress.
What I really wanted to talk about are the characters. I found myself being drawn to Annie, because I honestly see a lot of myself in her. She is truly a character that I could see myself being friends with. Best friends with, as a matter of fact.
Annie Edison, played by the beautiful and hilarious Alison Brie, is a straight-laced student who will stop at nothing to overachieve. Sounds kinda similar to a certain blogger, no? Let me convince you.
- She met her best friends in Spanish class – I met my best friends in Spain :O. Coincidence? Probably.
- I was also a nerd in high school who had a big crush on the star athlete who never noticed me. Story of my life.
- She is an overachiever.
- You know that episode where she has a rivalry with Asian Annie? That Asian Annie could have been me! ‘Nuff said.
- I have also worked on the school newspaper. In fact, I was the editor-in-chief of my high school newspaper
- We’re both shorties. We are actually the same height.
- I am also uncomfortable with my sexuality and if there were more people like us, we really wouldn’t have a need for STD fairs.
- I also dress like a travel agent to be taken more seriously.