Archive for Tram

Rough Beginning

Posted in Belleville, Family, Friends, Home, Stuff with tags , , , on April 16, 2010 by Jeremy

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My friends Tram and Kristine invited me today to go to Boston for the weekend.  Kristine was to drive all the way from Jersey and we would get there in a few hours.  I agreed to come, excited by the prospect of being in another state for the beginning of spring break.

Through a series of unfortunate events, I ended up ruining the entire trip for all of us.  It was a battle between me and my parents.  I lost.

And there’s my new car, taken from my room, in which I stayed all night, doing my homework, angry.

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The New York City Massacre

Posted in Friends, Out of State, Out of Town with tags , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by Jeremy

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I wasn’t too excited when Tram first invited me to the annual pillow fight in New York City.  I’ve known about the event before, but something about it just wasn’t making me jump out of my seat.

Still, I thought, “Why be a party pooper?  It’s a new experience.  Go for it!”

So, after serving Saturday detention in school this morning, I got prepared to commute to New York with a few friends via train.  I had a pillow in one hand and a backpack on my back.

It was really hot when the fight started.  Everyone was literally right next to each other, with a pillow in each one’s hand.  They were all pushing and shoving, trying to smack the next person with his or her pillow.  I felt a little lost at first, letting the wave of people carry me wherever, trying to hang on to my friends.

Out of nowhere, I see a bunch of stuff scattered on the floor.  It took me a second to realize that my backpack burst open and all the stuff on the ground were mine.  I quickly scrambled to pick them all up with the help of some people around.  Sarah then came up to me and asked if her SLR camera, which she asked me to hold back at the train station, was still in my bag.  I dug my hand into my backpack and discovered that it wasn’t.  Panicking, we searched the area for her camera to no avail.  We exited the crowd, and Sarah, devastated, left the pillow fight to notify the police.  I stood at the edge, confused, sweating, feeling sorry for what happened since I was the one holding her camera.

I didn’t want to be there anymore.  It didn’t feel fun after all.  But then, I realized that it’s really up to me whether this becomes a waste of time.  That is, if I stand brooding outside the crowd, then I definitely wouldn’t have fun.  So, trying to fight the negative thoughts, I charged into the crowd and attempted to smack people with my pillow.  Still it wasn’t fulfilling.

When I found Tram and Val later, Sarah called and told me her mom told her to go home.  We met up to say goodbye, all of us feeling sorry for what happened.

Tram, excited and energetic, pulled me back into the crowds.  Once I allowed myself to get absorbed into the enthusiastic and aggressive atmosphere, I started to have some fun.  Tram’s energy was so infectious that I couldn’t help feeling the same way.  For a long while, Tram and I were picking out random targets and ganged up on them.  One time, Tram coaxed a bunch of people to gang up on me.

Later on, we met up with Kelly, Narmin, her boyfriend, and two other friends.  By this time, the number of people at the fight was dwindling, yet Tram was still ready to tackle more people.  After a while, we decided to make our way to Brooklyn where we visited a thrift shop, met up with Bryan, and ate dinner.

It was a really long day.

Madame Gertrude

Posted in Friends, Out of Town, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , on March 30, 2010 by Jeremy

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Three cat-lovers in an animal shelter in a room full of cats.  It was a pleasant way to spend our early afternoon.

Brumal Frolicking

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Out of Town with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by Jeremy

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I miss laughing with Tram and Michi about fabricated situations.  The Dao House is going down!  Do not go to that restaurant!  Here are the scores:

  • Food: B+ (The food was one of the few good parts of the experience.  We had a three-course meal that composed of beef stew, egg rolls, chicken, and potatoes.  Pretty good.)
  • Price: A+ (This is probably the best part because all the food was free.  However, the bold waitress dared to ask us for tip, to which I replied, “What’s 15% of free?”  Besides, the service was terrible, but we’ll get to that later.)
  • Atmosphere: F+ (We ate in the kitchen!  What kind of restaurant brings its customers to the kitchen to be fed?  There was no theme in the decoration.  There seemed to have been an attempt to portray a winter scenery outside, but the designer must have been confused for there were hints of spring in the overall picture.  There was also a random statue of Mary in the garden.  It was just not cohesive.)
  • Pest Control: C (A few feet away from our table was a bowl, filled with cat food.  To our horror, we encountered a few critters lounging around the kitchen, including a stray cat that loitered around the premises.  The only employee did not do anything to rid the restaurant of such creatures, which my colleague and I believe to be hazards to our health.  Let’s not forget the random arrival of the employee’s grandmother, who out of nowhere stole one of our egg rolls and fled.)
  • Facilities: C (Believing that the “Dao House” offered a homey experience, my colleague and I proceeded to the bedrooms of the edifice to seek some comfort.  To our shock and surprise, some of the available rooms were already occupied by a toddler and a baby!  My partner, who was in desperate need of a comfortable bed, schemed to snatch the baby in the room in which she wanted to sleep and dump it into a less cozy room.  However, due to our compassion and undying respect even for the lowliest establishments, we decided against this plan.  We went to the living room, where the employee tried to entertain us with some television, but as expected, it was not functioning.)
  • Service: F- (The waitress, aside from being the only employee in that establishment, hired and fired herself several times during our stay, leaving us to tend to ourselves for most of the meal.  She had the nerve to ask us whether the food was good enough to be served.  She made us retrieve our own napkins, drinks, and sauce.  In addition, she had the audacity to dine with us, saying that it was a “family” restaurant or something.)

After we finished role-playing, we successfully took a nap.  Later on, we went to the movies and watched “Shutter Island.”

I still can’t critique movies.

A “Good Surprise”

Posted in Friends, Out of Town with tags , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by Jeremy

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Whatever you think, this is the last thing I want you to do to me.

Recommended Reading?

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Home, Out of Town with tags , , , , on January 6, 2010 by Jeremy

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It’s Tram’s birthday today, but the celebration should be next week.

Meanwhile, I’m adding another book to my short reading queue.  Maybe reading with a friend can serve as motivation.

All Things Considered

Posted in Belleville, Friends with tags , , , on December 13, 2009 by Jeremy

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It’s heartwarming to see rocky friendships strengthened once again.  Just a dash of honesty and a nice talking session.