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Archive for December, 2013

This is just a reminder that the college campus will be closed starting Monday, December 23, 2013 until Wednesday, January 1, 2014. That means the International Student Center will be closed during those days as well. We will be back in the office on Thursday, January 2. We wish all our continuing and new students a Happy Holiday and an enjoyable break. We look forward to seeing all of you again in the new year!

Nebraska is as slow-paced as the small-town life it depicts, and about as interesting, featuring a premise of an old man who, convinced he’s won a million dollars, makes his son drive him to Nebraska to collect his winnings. Recommended only if you want a glimpse of small-town American life. Makes me awfully glad I decided not to go to Minot.

Courtesy of Sharon Ho, Singapore

Review of Twin Peaks in San Francisco
Want to catch a panoramic view of San Francisco at night? Head over to Twin Peaks, the second highest point in the city (925ft), and be dazzled by the city lights below. Be sure to bundle up and go on a clear night because a fog will obscure the view.

Review of Treasure Island view of the San Francisco night skyline
Want to see a picture-postcard view of the San Francisco night skyline? Head over to Treasure Island, where you can see the full expanse of the skyline in all its glory and let it take your breath away; definitely lovelier to see it in person than on a mere postcard.

Reviews courtesy of Sharon Ho, Singapore.
Visit Sharon’s blog for more great reviews.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Despite being superior to the first Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug nevertheless still disappoints. While still entertaining, the movie is bloated, overlong and suffers from middle-movie narrative issues. This is what happens when a 300-odd page book is stretched into three movies each spanning about 3 hours.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Catching Fire is the best young adult book-to-movie adaptation there is. Directed by Francis Lawrence of I am Legend fame, the movie is vastly superior to The Hunger Games. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen is the heart and soul of the movie. Emotionally thrilling for both fans and newcomers alike.

Reviews courtesy of Sharon Ho, Singapore.
Visit Sharon’s blog for a more in-depth look at these two movies.

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It was so much fun to participate in Black Friday here in my first year in college! It was a very crazy day!! I went to San Francisco with my friends on Thursday night. We left San Mateo at five in the afternoon and we stayed there untill midnight!! It was very interesting to me to be in San Francisco but surrounded by many people speaking in Chinese around me!! There were a lot of people waiting in line to get in the big shopping mall like Macy’s, and most of them were Asian! I could not remember that I was in America for a moment, because almost 90% of people were using Chinese! It was so weird! I think maybe there were so many Asians because most of the Americans were having a “turkey time” at home with their family!

We went back to San Mateo at 11 p.m. by BART, and then we drove to Gilroy right after we got home! We were going to the outlet shopping center!! And no surprise at all there were a bunch of people already there!!! All of the stores were full of people and we definitely decided to join them!! I couldn’t remember which store we started from or which one we ended at because we didn’t stop shopping!! We really got some good deals! A lot of stuff had big sales, at least 50% off!! My friend got a hat for five dollars! I also got some other good deals! I got a sweater for twelve dollars, and a pair of boots for forty-three dollars!! It was a long and crazy day, but I enjoyed it a lot! We left the outlets at 7 a.m. because our friend — the driver — was exhausted. I actually didn’t think there would be an end to our shopping, but we got in the car and went back home.

Courtesy of Winnie Wu, Taiwan