Thursday, February 15, 2018

Traveling during Winter break and J-term ✈ - - - ✈

Hello everyone ~ πŸ‘‹  I am back again after the break πŸ˜‹ .

SO this blog is to brag about how great my J-term break was haha πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ™ˆ . During the break I went back to my hometown in Vietnam and I was able to travel so much during this time πŸ˜† . 

In Jiufen Old Street

First, I went to Taiwan with my sister, it was the first trip ever that is just the two of us. Although we did argue for some time for like where we need to go next *πŸ˜’ * just like some other travelers, we had so much fun together! πŸ’• πŸ’•  It’s always going to be my favorite trip πŸ’› . Taiwan is truly pretty and cute! Definitely wanna go back there in the future 😍 .

Then I spend New Year Eve in Nha Trang with my family. We had so much seafood during this time, they taste so gooddd. Love that family time πŸ’– .
Vinpearland Nha Trang 
I also went to the northernmost point in Vietnam, Lung Cu Flag Tower. Got to see this proudly with my own eyes and not through TV like before 😌 .

My family's first dinner in Japan  .
My last trip was to Sapporo, Kyoto and Osaka in Japan! This trip has so much memorable moments πŸ’  . Our flight was delayed from Sapporo to Osaka due to a snow storm, and at first they said there would be no flight until 3 days later!πŸ˜₯ So then we had to spend a day in the airport, but luckily we found another airline that was still able to take off. It was so crazy but I’m glad I was with my family, and we even took a picture eating and sleeping in one of the couch in the airport haha πŸ™‹ . Other than that pretty big deal incident, everything was just perfect 😻 . Every single thing I had in Japan was bomb, they taste soooo amazing that I just wanna be there forever πŸ˜† . Anywhere I went was like art, beautiful houses and beautiful nature. It was a great time ❤ .

Arashiyama area 

Then I came back home and pack to leave for the US. Now I’m back to school. Haizzz 😩 .

Bonus: My family year end feast this year 
Anyway you all, tomorrow, Friday Feb 16 is Lunar New Year yayyy πŸ’ƒ πŸ’ƒ πŸ’ƒ . This is the best time to be with your family. I’m sad that I had to leave one week earlier than the New Year's days πŸ˜” . In Vietnam, we called Lunar New Year TαΊΏt. This year the broadcasting in Vietnam has this quote, “Tet is hope, Tet is to be back home.” πŸ’œ  I hope everyone to have a Happy New Year (Dog year this year! ) with lots of luck and all the best .

Bye everyone, good luck with study for this term, you can do it πŸ’ͺ πŸ’ͺ πŸ’ͺ .

~Cloud~ ☁

Monday, December 4, 2017

Finals and preparation for Holiday

Here is the time of the semester when all the assignments, essays and exams are catching up on us.  Different people have their own way to stay awake and stay alert, and stay focused or stay on top of everything (hopefully). 

Personally, I study better at the library where there are no distractions. When I study at home, the bed is always tempting because of deprivation of sleep during finals or preparation for finals. Second floor of the library is usually my first option to go to. However, if it gets too loud, I will move up to third floor even though I tend to get too cold on the third floor. During my study, I tend to use a large amount of sketch paper but it is not really environmentally friendly. Fortunately, the library usually has standing whiteboards on the first and second floors, and for the third floor, most of the study rooms are equipped with whiteboards and computers. In addition, we can borrow markers from the library front desk. 

For efficient study, I am going to list some of the places that you can consider:

  1.  Library
Dead Week hours:

December 4th (Monday)
December 5th (Tuesday)
December 6th (Wednesday)
December 7th (Thursday)
December 8th (Friday)
December 9th (Saturday)
Open at 7am
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Close at 10:00pm

Final Week hours:

December 10th (Sunday)
December 11th (Monday)
December 12th (Tuesday)
December 13th (Wednesday)
December 14th (Thursday)
December 15th (Friday)
Open at 10:00am
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Close at 8:00pm

2. Kreidler Lounge
Dead Week: Monday to Friday (From 8:00am to 5:00pm)
                    Sunday (From 9:00am to 3:00pm)
                    (PS: FOOD in Kreidler lounge on SUNDAY, 12/10/2017)
3. The Cave:
Dead Week: Monday to Friday (From 8:00am- 5:00pm)
                    Saturday (From 9:00 to 3:00pm)
                     (PS: FOOD in The Cave on SATURDAY, 12/9/2017)

  4. Morken

Comment down below if you have a favorite place to study on campus! 

FINALS WEEK and Post-Finals

End of semester celebration - Wednesday, Dec 13th from 12-2pm in the dCenter

Lots of students have planned for their winter break travels even before the finals are over. Some students might go back to their home countries to spend new year with their family and friends. Some students might decide to go to other countries, or travel around the U.S. ANYWAY, prior to your traveling, please make sure to check your passport, U.S. visa expiration date, and check whether or not you need a new travel signature on your I-20 (Yes, if your I-20 was signed almost a year or more than a year ago). If you are leaving during winter break, make sure to check before the office is closed (From December 22nd to January 2nd)

Go here to  Request Travel Signature

If you have any questions in regards to your I-20, you can make an appointment with Heather Jacobson.

Good luck with finals, everyone!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Vietnamese Thanksgiving version πŸ‚ πŸ‚ πŸ‚

Hello everyone~✌

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break. 😌  This semester has been really busy for me since it’s my junior year. It’s probably gonna get busier later on too πŸ˜₯ 😭 BUT, i did have some fun during those stress hours! I got to help out with Around the World this year again and it was super fun. πŸ˜†  We have 17 countries represented this year and many people came to learn about different cultures and try all different kind of traditional food! It was a lot of work to prep with my people in the ISC office but it was worth it, i think the event turned out good~

Since I have so many assignments this semester, I didn’t get to go to Oregon with my roomie, Michelle. πŸ˜”  However, I had a great time eating out in a Korean Chinese restaurant with my other roomie, Camille, got to try jjamppong and sweet and sour pork Korean version! They were super yummy!


Sweet and sour porkπŸ‘Œ

On Thanksgiving day, I made this rice noodle soup that I have been craving so bad in Vietnam. It turned out really good too! (Camille approved~ πŸ˜‚ πŸ™ˆ) I forgot to take a picture but I found one online haha πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜† 

Thanksgiving dinnerπŸ™ˆ

Got to watch two movies in some free time, Midnight Runners (Korean movie) and Bad Genius (Thai movie), they were both so good πŸ’£ πŸ’£ πŸ’£ 😍 

So that’s my Vietnamese Thanksgiving version. πŸ˜‹  We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Vietnam so every year my Thanksgiving is a different version. I normally spent time with my friends’ family but this year I got to make my own.   I do need this relax time though. πŸ˜†

ChαΊ₯m dα»©t ở Δ‘Γ’y thΓ΄i nhỉ? 😏
Feature my little brother, Ace😹

See ya~~~

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

An Eventful Fall thus far!

Hi again,

It's Joel here and this week I'm back with another blog post!

As a full-time student, ROTC cadet, International Student Services Intern, a National Guardsman and a Computer Science department grader, I have my hands constantly full. I also dedicate about 90 - 120 minutes to working out daily so there's never a dull moment in life. With that said however, this is the kind of life I enjoy!

Another benefit of being so busy is that I get to talk about things I've done over the past couple months, which is a long list. This week, I'm going to highlight the month of October, as it was by far the most hectic month.

A great thing about being in the Army is that I constantly get to do cool stuff. And that's what I did October 13th - 15th. I had my National Guard drill weekend then, and that weekend was individual weapons qualification time, which meant I got to shoot a M4 rifle with over a couple hundred rounds. Best part was it was all paid for by the government, talk about a gun-lovers' paradise!

We also did movement to contact drills as squads, and we have patrol base operations. I did not take pictures then as it isn't very appropriate with military personnel all around, but I can describe what we did. Movement to contact is essentially the methods and procedures a squad will take when enemy contact is imminent. There is a certain way we move and communicate, in order to minimize noise and light, but still effectively communicate before engaging the enemy. Once the firefight begins however, noise and light discipline just goes out the window!

A patrol base looks just like the image below:

It's basically an area that a platoon would occupy, in order to bed down for the night and to conduct weapon maintenance and personal hygiene. It is usually placed in areas that are nasty, just so it would be less likely for the enemy to want to come across that area. We set up patrol bases every night when I was out in the field at Fort Knox, KY over the summer so this was a great refresher!

2 weekends later, I had to go out to the field again, this time however, with PLU ROTC. We had Lute Forge, which is our field training exercise in the Fall. I was a lane walker with a squad, which meant I was the primary advisor attached to a squad and followed them wherever they went.

Here's a picture of me at Forge demonstrating clearing a weapon:

We also spent a night in the field at Lute Forge in a patrol base.

On October 31st, Halloween, PLU ROTC had a battalion fun run and I came in a sumo costume and ran 2 miles with everyone else! It was very challenging but definitely a fun experience.

The next weekend, I had drill weekend again for the month of November. This was a 3 day event, and this time we did medical readiness stuff, more patrol bases and more movement to contact. We also had our M320 qualification range, which is essentially a grenade launcher that looks just like this:

As you can see, most of my weekends are occupied with the Army, and it is sometimes a struggle to find time in order to complete huge assignments and to study for exams. However, I'm doing well this semester and am enjoying myself.

Take care for now!

Joel Goh

Friday, November 10, 2017

Intramural Sports at PLU!

Hello again! We're back this week with another edition of Guest Blog Posts! This time, we'll introduce a fellow Lute, Tiffany, who just recently came to PLU in Fall 2017. Tiffany talks about her experience playing intramural sports here at PLU as a new international student:

Hi, everyone!

I am Tiffany Huang. I am an international student from China. I spent all my past years in China. This is my first time to come to America and to study abroad. I am still trying to get used to my new school life at PLU.

Life here is totally different from the life that I had in China. I am experiencing a lot of new things here and having a lot of fun. I would like to share my story of participating in the intramural sports games at PLU.

PLU Intramurals!

My friends created a team for the intramural soccer league. When they invited me to join the team, I accepted it. After that I also joined their badminton and the basketball intramural teams. I am never good at sports. I only played badminton,when I was in China. I have never played soccer and basketball. When I told my Chinese friends I am in a soccer and basketball team now, they all laughed at me. They couldn’t imagine that I would ever play soccer.

Intramural Soccer on Foss Field!
Our team name is The Vegetables, which means we don’t really care about the result of the game, and we just want to enjoy the game and be happy, just like vegetables. As I don’t know how to play soccer, I didn’t help a lot for our soccer games, but I really enjoy every game with our team members. My job mostly is the cheerleader. I was there to support our team every game, although I didn’t play. I met a lot of wonderful friends from our Vegetables team. It is a really happy thing to see us making progress, and experiencing wins and losses with my friends. We made it way farther than we expected to. We almost became the champions, but lost the championship games at the end. I still think the Vegetables are all champions.

Now we have also created our basketball team. We won the first game on Tuesday. This is also my first time playing basketball. I think it is super interesting and fun. I can’t wait for the next game. Now my Japanese friend, Yohei, is my basketball teacher. He teaches me to play basketball every week. I hope we can become the champions this time for the basketball intramural league.

Basketball's an intense sport!
Don’t just study at university. Come to join us! Intramural sports are a great chance for students to do some sports, make more friends and have a lot of fun.