What’s Up | 08/16/12

It’s been a while since I’ve written a proper What’s Up update, and this will probably just cover the past weekend and the week to come.

On Saturday, I went dragon boating for the first time. Some of my friends from church and I drove over to Foster City to attend the free weekend lessons that the Bay Area Dragons (BAD) gives.

Definitely a really fun (and tiring) experience. Dragon boats are boats where people pair up and each rows on one side. I was part of a group made up of intermediate rowers, and we definitely hit the water running.

We learned how to do a proper stroke, and the secret was using your core (rotating your body while keeping your arms extended), instead of just using your arms and wasting energy.

By the end of the session, we raced another boat, rowing at full power for about a minute and a half straight. It was utterly exhausting, but the yells and the adrenaline rush kept everyone in the boat going, and we hit a top speed of 16-17 mph, which was quite impressive.

Teamwork was the most important thing. The strokes had to be perfectly in sync, or the boat would experience drag and slow down. It felt pretty good to be in sync, and I could see how tough training gets for competitive dragon boaters.

That evening, I caught a late showing of the new Bourne movie, Bourne Legacy, with a friend. This was sort of a spin-off of the original trilogy, and some elements of the story were definitely intertwined with the events from the final Bourne movie. The lead actors/actresses (Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz) were great, but the film couldn’t match the compelling story from the Matt Damon-led Bourne movies. Overall still enjoyable, though.

Sunday was a really chill day. I woke up, ate a huge breakfast (made a ham and cheese omelette plus dino-nuggets), fell asleep for another two hours, caught Sunday church service, enjoyed a nice Thai dinner, and played ball.

On Monday, I went to happy hour with a friend in the city after work and checked out his apartment – pretty awesome that he gets to experience the awesome sights and sounds of San Francisco! That night, I drove up to Grizzly Peak with another friend to catch the tail-end of the Perseid meteor shower. I spotted one shooting star, and missed another two that she spotted. No matter, it was relaxing, and staring at the stars is simply breathtaking. Definitely makes you feel small in the grand scheme of things.

This week is my last week interning at Macy’s.com. It’s been an amazing ride, and I don’t want to talk too much about my experience since it hasn’t officially ended yet (although a post will definitely come). We’re presenting our final intern presentation to the entire company tomorrow, and we finish on Friday. So I’m excited and a little antsy, but I know we’ll do a great job.

Driving back to SoCal on Saturday, and I’ll finally spend more than a weekend at home. I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and spending time with family, and of course eating lots of great food. Can’t wait for carne asada chili cheese fries and Half & Half boba. As much as I love the Bay Area, home will always have a special place in my heart (and stomach).

Alrighty, time for some sleep before the big day tomorrow. Finishing this summer in the best possible way.

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