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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Study Tour in Hungary...(part 1)

was AWESOME!!

We went to Budapest as a study abroad thing over the Fall break. It was only for a week, which as great because drama was starting at the end of the week. We basically listened to various lectures during the day, and drank $2 bottles of wine +playing card games at night. By we, I mean the group of sober good kids who go sightseeing after the lectures during the day. Make no mistake, there's also that HUUUUUUGE group of getting hammered every night "popular" Greek ppl who spent their mornings puking their brains out.

However, I feel like it was the people that made my experience pleasurable. Budapest and Vienna were nothing like the Europe I imagined, especially for Vienna. I had this image of this rich cultural feel for all the European countries, but I guess globalization changed that. We had McD's, KFC, Subway, Nike, etc right across our hotel, which was Radisson. It was like we were still in the USA, except people were speaking a different language. Everything was grey and grafittied on, and according to some natives we spoke with, the grafitties really bothered them as well.

I'm still glad I went on this trip with everyone. I definitely bonded with a lot of people. I changed my opinions about a lot of them too. To be honest, I feel that this will be the last true vacation any of us will have for a very long time. After we graduate from our master program, we are either getting jobs or be too broke for any travelling. Either way, we won't have any time or resources for any international traveling. This will be the last time when we can be us, completely free of worry and reservations. I'm glad we had the chance to release our youth.

Picture time!

Emily and I ran into some of our classmates unexpectedly in Charlette airport in North Carolina.



YAY! We made it to Munich!


On our way to Budapest. That 3 hr bus ride was like a lullaby.


Some pics of the artitecture/sculptures.

House of Terror! Imagine my disappointment when I found out it wasn't a haunted house, but instead it's about Communism (which is still pretty scary).








One of their famous spas.


People shots!

My friends and I in front of Hero's Square.


Our little tour group in front of the Parliament.


This is our failed attempt at showing "More bars in more places".


After visiting the State park, my friends and I are convinced that Harry Potter characters were inspired by the statues here. Case in point, this Anonymous statue is EXACTLY like Voldemor.


At one of our business meetings.


Camwhores will be camwhores no matter where they are. This was after a Porche lecture.


This chocolate is OFF THE HOOK!! It has chocolate, almond, and hazelnut cream all in one. AMAZINGNESS!



Business FOTD:



What I used:

Face:
--Coverblend concealor in Beige
--Clarins pressed powder

Cheeks:
--MAC Emote to contour
--blush from LORAC Snake Charmer quad
--highlighter from LORACE Snake Charmer quad

Eyes:
--Stila smudgepot in Black
--Rimmel LashMaxx mascara

Lips:
--massive dose of lipbalm.

Not to business like:


Anyway, more updates to come. Please stay tuned. Oh, and btw, I'm going to Universal Halloween Horror Night tomorrow, may I get a "HELL YEAH!"?

<3
Tao

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hi honey, I'm home!

But I'm totally exhausted, so please give me a few days to recoup. I will be back to my normal self sometime next week. So expect a lot of pictures and videos.

My lost my voice though. Late nights+freezingness+surrounded by sick people=I sound like Lindsay Lohan. I'm not sick sick, I just lost my voice.

Oh, and FYI, I officially abhor babies now. Especially babies on international flights. 10 hrs w/ 2 babies sitting right behind me? I think that just made me sterile.

Anyways, I love you all, and I will see you soon!

<3
Tao

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One last post before I go....

Hey guys! Thank you so so so much for the support I've received after the last post. I'm really appreciative of all the positive comment. I'm really sorry that I caused some of you to be really worried... I want to let all of you know that I truly truly love each and every one of you. I wouldn't be here without all of your support.

Tomorrow morning (8 am to be exact) I'm leaving for Budapest, Hungary. It's a required study tour for our program, which is why we had to be $3000+ for 1 week... I know, my wallet is in some seriously need of CPR. Those of you who know me well know that I'm not one to travel, but I'm actually kinda excited because this would be the first time I would be traveling with friends. The thing is....IT'S ONLY 40 DEGREES OVER THERE!!!! Holy freezingness!! I don't even have that many winter clothes...

Anyway, before I leave, I want to introduce you to one of my favorite lipglosses ever.

Black Radiance Perfect Tone Lipgloss


Yes, it's one of those color-changing lipglosses. The difference is that this actually is a great lipgloss. The texture is amazing!!! The color is very natural looking as well. It doesn't turn bright fuchsia like the rest of mood changing glosses. The best part? It's only $4.95!! It's a freaking steal! I found mine at Walmart along with the rest of the Black Radiance products.

My lips before: Pale and dry looking


After: I only applied it to my bottom lips, as you can easily tell.




After: The whole lips applied. Juicy much?





The rest of the FOTD:

Close ups: Indoor



Close ups: Outdoor



What I used:
Face:
--MAC Face & Body foundation in C300
--MAC Emote to contour
--La Femme blush in Nectar Peach
--Maybelline expert quad in Sunlit Bronze (brow bone color as highlight)

Eyes:
--Maybelline expert quad in Sunlit Bronze
--Stila smudgepot in Black
--L'oreal extra collagen mascara

Lips:
--Black Radiance Perfect Tone lip gloss

More pics:

Overall look w/o the lips:


I love the glow the e/s gives!


I LOOOOOOOVE how this pic came out! NO PS USED!


Anyway, I will make sure to take lots and lots of pics. I will be back before you know it!
<3
Tao

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I think I'm going crazy...

I haven't slept in 6 days...I am exhausted but my mind won't shut up.


Everything's falling apart.



Help me.