Thursday, April 26, 2018

First Ladies and American Women

Today I went to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library to listen to the lecture that Jill Abraham Hummer discussed her new book, First Ladies and American Women.

During her lecture, Dr. Hummer explored how background, personality, ambitions, and her respective relationship to the president shaped each first lady's response to women in society and to the broader political context in which each administration functioned - and how, in turn, these singular responses reflect the changing role of women in American society over a century,

What I like most is one of the quotes by Betty Ford
"The greatest desire of my life was to be half as perfect as my mother was".

Mother's day is coming and I know what to say now 😏

Saturday, April 21, 2018

If possible, I choose to be a lifelong time student always being passionate learning something new






























































































Today I attended my Master of Science - Information Systems Commencement
The speech given by Donna Inch: she cited a quote by Henry Ford:

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
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So what's next?



Thursday, April 19, 2018

A thank you letter to my 2000 Toyota Corolla

Dear my 2000 Toyota Corolla,

First of all, happy birthday to your 18 years old, you're a grown up dude now.

The first time I met you, you've already been 14 years old. When your previous owner handed your key to me, I could feel that you were saying hi to me. I have to confess that at the beginning I didn't like you that much because I was new to drive without any experiences. I didn't know how to run you very well while driving you while giving you scars on your skin. So sorry about that, but I know you never blame me for my mistakes.

Thank you for accompanying me when I'm learning how to drive for a long time. Thank you for still being there waiting for me to run you when I failed twice about the driver license's test, thank you for helping me pass the driver test in the winter with icy roads. Thank you for being my good friend taking me almost every city of Michigan, yeah, almost everywhere, taking me to work, taking me to business meetings, taking me to school, taking to hang out with my friends or just simply taking me to wander around. You're thirsty all the time, I have to give you oil and gas very often, you know that dude???

But the most important is, thank you for fully protecting me while I had a car accident. Of course your "butt" was not as sexy as before, but with your protection, I'm so healthy.

In January, the auto guy told me that it's time for you to take a good rest now. But I'm afraid I still need your help at that time, so I asked you "dude, can you hold on until April after my graduation?" You thought for a moment telling me "I'll try".

It's almost May now, every time I'm driving you, I could feel that you're telling me softly that you want to fall a long-term sleep like the Sleeping Beauty. I have to let you go now but the auto guy couldn't understand why I couldn't stop crying.

Thank you for being my good friend for 4 years and I know you wouldn't like me to post your picture online since you're not that looking anymore.

But in my deep heart, you're always look like the first day you were born.

















Wish all the best to both of us, maybe one day one of your pieces will come back to me in another way.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Although I couldn't carry a tune, I love to sing for my friends.






















Vishu day 2018 and I'm really happy to be with my Mom and my classmates, and their families together eating authentic Indian food.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

My random thoughts about American Apparel

When I first arrived at Michigan several years ago, I couldn't wait to go to downtown Ann Arbor to check the physical store of American Apparel, which was a super popular fashion store back then and countless celebrity from all over the world wore its collection.

Back then, I didn't get the point why they were so popular. Their style is basic, I mean super basic, you could buy almost everything, same style, maybe better quality outfit in H&M and forever 21 with a much cheaper price. Now, I can understand the marketing plan at that time was awesome.

This is the white tennis skirt I purchased several years ago before this tennis skirt style was booming in South Korea. 90% of the Kpop girl team would like to wear them dancing together in their music MVs in different colors or various plaid style.






















 And this skirt























When it was becoming too popular, I lost interest in it. Until one day I walked around downtown Ann Arbor, the store was on clearance and then it shut down. Then the location at Royal Oak was closed, and then the one at Boston was closed too during my vacation there.

Last summer when I was doing an internship at IndustryStar, I heard the vice president said he would like to buy some basics when American Apparel was still there across the street.

Today I just become curious and then searched this article about its failure https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/01/american-apparel-gildan/513128/

Earlier this year, I received the email from American Apparel that it's coming back. When I checked the reviews: previous customers who love this store said the quality and measurement are not as good as before.

A singer I like was wearing a royal blue dress made by American Apparel.




Like I said from my previous blog, royal blue is my recent favorite color, so.... purchased it for the half price :)




























Thursday, March 22, 2018