Archive for November, 2012

Back from NY

November 29th, 2012

If you celebrated the US Thanksgiving, I hope you had a good one! As for me, I was in New York and New Jersey to see my relatives. My parents, brother, and I arrived on Thursday, which we spent with my mom’s side of the family. Since my grandpa lives in Brooklyn, we mainly stayed at his place.

Friday was when we celebrated Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of the family. He has 5 siblings, all married and with 2 kids each. Only one cousin couldn’t make it, so it was a large gathering of over 20 people. I’m actually really close to my dad’s side of the family, and I know every cousin on that side fairly well. Despite the age gap of cousins from age 14 to 29, we all had fun playing games like Mafia and Cards Against Humanity (CAH).

(By the way, if you know Apples to Apples, CAH is the same thing except with offensive and inappropriate cards. If you’re horrible and immature like me, you should look into it XD)

The dinner was an odd mix of Chinese food, pasta, and American food like mashed potatoes and turkey… all of which we were eating with chopsticks.

Me: *wiping mashed potatoes off my jeans* Doh, good thing I packed another pair of jeans.
Cousin: It’s ok. It’s just a small spot.
Me: The mashed potatoes slipped through my chopsticks.
Cousin: …gee, I wonder how that could have happened.

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Crafting a cake

November 19th, 2012

The past week I have been busy doing cake work for my husband’s birthday cake. I am happy to show this year’s cake, which is… Minecraft! (See past cakes.)

Though simple looking, it actually took a long time to make. I spent Tue-Thur making the figures. They needed time to dry between sculpting, painting, and assembly, so I couldn’t do it all at once. I baked all of the cakes (5 of them) Fri-Sat. I also made the top 2 layers on Sat, which surprisingly took several hours to do. Sun was for covering the bottom cake and putting it all together… before it was eaten up a few hours later.

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Rosetta Stone Japanese – update #1

November 8th, 2012

I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I are using Rosetta Stone to learn Japanese. Well, here’s my first update on it! Some background: I have not taken Japanese classes or tried to teach myself Japanese before starting this.

Note: This entry is kind of long since I will be showing how the program works.

My current progress
It’s been a little over a month, though I haven’t been doing it every day. So far, I can hold small conversations, like general greetings, what things are, where things are, what people are doing, etc. It hasn’t covered different tenses yet, so it’s all in present tense right now. I’ve also learned some counter words, like the different ways of saying “3 of something” based on what that “something” is. As for reading, I have details on that later in this entry.

The immersion method
Is what Rosetta Stone uses. It’s like how we learned our first language, or in my case, my first 2 languages since I grew up with English and Chinese (Cantonese). Until I took Chinese (Mandarin) in college, I wasn’t really aware of the Chinese grammar rules. I just knew how to form sentences based on what I grew up with, and this is the point of Rosetta Stone. It’s learning through associating what you hear with what you see, figuring out through context, and recognizing patterns.

The lessons do not have English. In other words, no English translations or explanations. It’s learning Japanese with Japanese… and a lot of pictures.

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