Glen’s Spring Break 2012 Recap

Can’t believe spring break is over! Went by too fast. The good thing was that break this year was nice and enjoyable, as breaks usually are. The bad thing was that I got sick near the start of break, so I spent most of break sick and (partially) bedridden.

Let’s start from the beginning.

After a weekend spent with family and friends from church, I was ready to start my week that Monday with a nice basketball session with some high school buddies at the youth center gym. After one game, I started feeling a bit queasy, so I sat out for the rest of the session and enjoyed a nice all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ lunch afterward. $10!

The next day, I woke up feeling really, really sick. Turns out I had the flu. Congestion, sinus inflammation, sore throat, shivers. I spent most of the day in bed, trying to sleep but finding it hard to. The next couple of days were spent getting some much-needed rest.

And rest I did. I think for most of break, I had at least 8 hours of sleep every night, plus 2-3 hour naps in the afternoon. I definitely felt well-rested!

Another positive thing from getting sick was that I got to watch a bunch of good movies at home. I watched the Goodfellas, Carrie, and Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2. Mini-review time!

The Goodfellas is a classic mob film directed by Scorsese and ranks up there with The Godfather as far as mob films go. Carrie is a classic Stephen King horror film about an outcast high school girl with telekinetic powers. A good depiction of common adolescent themes mixed with good-old horror. As for Kill Bill? I don’t need to say much, except that I have new-found appreciation and admiration for Tarantino with each subsequent viewing of his films.

Apart from movies, I also caught up on some TV shows, mostly SNL, South Park, the Simpsons, and the Colbert Report.

Oh, and food and friends, of course. I love breaks because it’s a good opportunity to (slightly) splurge, try new restaurants, and revisit favorites. I have some pretty good reviews coming up on my food blog – stay tuned!

On Friday, I went to Universal Studios with Patrick and Kevin. It was my second visit since the new year, because I have the five-entry special ticket from Costco. Had lots of fun on rides such as Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park, and the Simpsons Ride. The Studio Tour was great as usual, and this time, we got the best seats on the tram to enjoy the various sets and mini-shows. We also watched a couple of classic shows including Water World and the Blues Brothers. All in all, a really fun day!

Saturday was spent with family. For lunch, I enjoyed baked goodies at 85 Degree Bakery and boba from Half & Half. Originally, we had planned to drive to Santa Monica, but the weather wasn’t too great, so we decided to stop by Ontario Mills mall to watch a movie and shop. My brother and I watched The Lorax, which I thought was a well-made and funny film with a very important core message of environmentalism.

After a six-hour drive with a stop at In N Out, James, Kevin, Kim, and I finally returned to Berkeley Sunday evening, marking the end of a great break!

Summer time soon at

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