It’s been a solid year since that last post and all I can say for now is I had an amazing Christmas (typing this in Lent, awkward) where I had the chance to do a road trip (ROAD TRIP!) of the American Southwest to visit my parents in Los Angeles. That adds four more states to my current list so here’s another lame picture to a lame post.Visited States Tracker

I think — and I’m positive this time — by the time I celebrate my second anniversary in Texas, I will be mentally and emotionally ready to blog about those two cross-country trips I’ve had thus far. Maybe I’ll even have a third one (and five more states?) done by the time my mom makes her reunion here with the Lone Star State in April.

For now just some few glimpses of how that Southwest road trip has showed me:

  1. NEVER REALLY MESS WITH TEXAS. Man, Texas is really HUGE (seriously, what were they thinking when they made Rhode Island a state?).
  2. New Mexico is actually pretty, or at least the upper slice by I-40 is. Breaking Bad had me think of the Land of Enchantment as the Land of Entrapment.
  3. The Grand Canyon is more than just a pretty fridge magnet. And I think I met my soulmate in Arizona! ❤
  4. Life is surprisingly cheap in Las Vegas. It still makes me wonder why old people are driven to give away those escort calling cards to married men in broad daylight though.
  5. The Beehive State is as pretty as that section in I-15 N/S which cuts through the mountains. Too bad we were not able to go north to Salt Lake City as my parents are too old for the cold (yes I said it!).
  6. I think I like the Oakland Bay Bridge more than the Golden Gate, to be honest. But then again, I’ve been reggae and calypso too, so please save me, San Francisco.
  7. After two weeks of being away, there’s still no place like Texas. The feeling of hearing country music again in Amarillo is actually refreshing. (Someone bribed me to add this last item, I swear.)

That’s it for now.



Apparently a whole year has flown by at Mach-5,000,000 speed and I haven’t put in anything here. Wow.

So I guess, howdy, y’all, greetings from Texas! 2014 was a wild one but I got to visit a lot of states. Here’s my colonial map so far.

Visited States Tracker

24 down, 26 to go.

The goal in 2015: conquer my research. And my fears. And my anxiety. But most of all, my research.

Maybe I’ll share about my 2,000-mile journey from the Empire State to the Lone Star state sometime. So I guess, never.


It was back to school for me in the teaching department today. New kids and new rules — I’m actually looking forward to a great semester ahead. It’s just annoying that I have to wake up at 5:30AM twice every week. Well at least, I get the best of the best parking space.

More Than 160 but Less Than 1,000

It’s been a while since I posted anything here. As I swim down the deepest waters of graduate school, I’m thinking of updating this with just random short posts. As the title says, slightly more than the Twitter limit but not exceeding one grand. Short and sweet. Presto zesto. However you want to say that.

This comes very timely because I just gave up on my journal-writing. Thirty bucks down Staples’ drain. Make no mistake — I still love journal-writing, it’s just that I’ve been too occupied the past days since Holy Week (yup that long). Lots of trials have popped out before my eyes this summer as well. God knows how much I want to blast July and early-August 2013 into smithereens.

So there you go. Hopefully I can do this small commitment to myself; writing out one’s thoughts for the day has been proven to be scientifically beneficial anyway. Sorry, no references here, I’m too lazy to even type this last sentence.

Seven Last Words, PhD Student Version

It’s Good Friday here and the Easter spirit is in the air. Before we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, we first commemorate his passion. Back in my pre-teen acolyte/sacristan/altar server days, I used to participate in this The Seven Last Words or Siete Palabras service at Good Friday noon.

Now that I’m a graduate student, I thought of coming up with our own version of the seven last words:

  1. My TA self, forgive them undergrads for they do not know what they are doing, or what they even have to do.
  2. I say to you, today you shall be with me in research funding paradise.
  3. PhD student, behold your postdoc. Postdoc, behold your slave.
  4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? — yes this one’s still the same haha!
  5. I thirst for positive results.
  6. It (my experiment) is finished — oh wait it isn’t yet.
  7. Thesis committee, into your hands I commend my doctoral dissertation.

This is just for laughs and I don’t mean to offend any religious feelings! I’m an observant Catholic and Holy Week for me is an amazing celebration of our faith.