Since I was sick, I was too lazy to blog, even though I had all the time in the world...
     So on Tuesday, I did... Absolutely. N.O.T.H.I.N.G; Nothing. Okay okay, maybe saying "Nothing" might be a little too strong... I didn't really do absolutely nothing. I did something; like surf the net, worked on my portfolio, stalked people on Facebook, comment on things on Facebook, watched a crapload of CSI (LV/NY), drank so much tea that my salivary glands were starting to secrete tea... Oh! and also go to "Pizza night", instead, we went to iHop for their National Free Pancake Day. All I got were the Free Pancakes and hot tea, sadly I only finished 2 of the 3 pancakes, but thanks to Vince, he finished it for me! Along with his 5 other pancakes, eggs and bacon thingy... The guys, Darren, Alan, and Vince, were all competeting to see who could finish the fastest. Guess who won? Yup, the one and only FATASS; Darren.
     After our meal, we headed back to Darren's for a little, then all went our seperate ways. I didn't really do much at home afterwards. I talked to Blake before I went to bed (of course) and slept.
     This morning, when I got to school, I found Patty in the parking lot and we walked to class together. She filled me in on EVERYTHING that I missed out on. You gotta love Patty. Lol. In class, I basically stayed awake the whole time. I couldn't fall asleep at all! Oh well, I learned about Venus though. I wish I could stay awake like that. I guess 11 hours of sleep might do you in. Right?
     After school, I went to Blake's and made myself a grilled cheese sandwhich. It was absolutely delicious! We then finished the last episode of HIMYM S3. He made me another grilled cheese (with turkey) then we departed.
     School was pretty productive. I got everything ready for tomorrow's final. It is now a test of zen mixed with simplicity and elegance. Oxymoron much? I told Chef that my interview for Left Bank is tomorrow so he made some calls to put in a good word for you. I guess that's what happens when you have a chef with hook ups right? I didn't find it neccesary because I think I'd do well, but he did it on his impulse. I think Nancy was a bit disastisfied by that because she can't really get any hookups to. C'est la vie. She's getting better though, she actually cleaned all of her own dishes. Jasmine was also in class, but left early of course... I'm so ready for this final and my interview. No stress!
     Anyways, not much to do now. I found myself a hairstylist! The one, the only, TJ! I can't wait to see the wonders he can do to make shorthair beautiful.
     I guess that's all I have to say for now... Can't wait for tomorrow!
     -Banhzaii
 
 
     Nothing really important happened yesterday.. Oh! Chef got really mad at Nancy because she left early. I felt like she was totally disrespectful because she left early for an "emergency" and she didn't even tell him. The class was still a bit messy too! Ughh..
     Anyways, this morning I carpooled with Darren and we had a heart to heart talk. It was nice. We established that we're that far into our friendship that if we have a problem with each other, we'll talk it out and we wont have hard feelings about it.
     At school, we worked on plating, then chocolate. Nancy kept complaining about how Chef went and talked to her before class. Oiy vey.. Anyways... After class, I went over to Carlos' and helped him with his Pate a Choux. Anthony was home too. We just made pate a choux, talked and just hung out.
     Carlos is hecka funny. While we were walking to my car with all my stuff, he was like, "Did you know that Anthony had a little crush on you? He was gonna ask you out and stuff but I told him that Blake liked you." I was like, "Whatt? I barely talked to him back then!" haha. There was more to it, but yea, that was pretty much it. Funny funny.
     Anyways, just watching Good Eats: Chocolate. Perfect! Lol. Sometimes I feel like I have perfect timing on a lot of things in life. Well... Bed tim efor me! I'm exhausted here. Night loves.
     -Banhzaii
 
 
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     After school, I hung out with Patty. We went to Target, where I bought chips and trail mix. I was craving them! We went over to a scrapbooking store too. Ideas are popping in my head!
    Class was alright. I really felt bad for Lynn; We did worked in pairs to make a chocolate mousse (because it produced way too much) so Serena and I worked together while Lynn and Nancy worked together. I felt so bad because Lynn was doing most of the work; she scaled out everything, then she washed the dishes as Nancy casually made the mousse. Serena and I were kinda like, "WTF?" I felt bad so I helped Lynn a little. After class, I accompanied her to the store room and we talked about Jasmine. I told her not to worry about her anymore and she said that she'll probably just forget about it because her life is chaotic as is. Poor Lynn...
     After class, I had a meeting with Molly about my resume and portfolio and stuff like that. I'm excited to see the outcome of it! I hope I get a job! Lol.
     After that, I met up with Blake; he took care of Milo for me, then I dropped him home and headed to pizza night. It as pretty fun. I had to cut it short because I had to study for Astro.. Ughh! Lol.
     Now I'm at home. Maybe I'll do my Resume tomorrow in class or something.
     -Banhzaii
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     At PCI, Serena talked to me about typing up recipes for Lynn and putting them all together in a binder for her so she'll be more organized and stuff. I'm working on section 102 right now. FML!
     In class, we made chocolate Bombe, chocolate charlotte russe cake and baba. The chocolate mousse that we used is delicious! It's so rich and flavorful. "miyam miyam!"
     After class, Serena and I talked to Chef Stephany about the issue. She said that she knew it was going to happen and that we'll all go talk to Chef Alex about it. After that, Serena and I stayed after class and made croissants. I hope they turn out well! It was so peaceful after class, no wonder she likes it so much! I really look up to Serena, she's so knowledgable and wise. It was funny because she was like, "Something I think the things that Nancy say are funny" and I'm like, "What do you mean?" and she told me about today when Nancy was basically bragging about how everybody should know her in Redwood city because of her ex. I was like, "OMG! Forreals!" We talked about how we feel like she's a self-centered person. I can't believe she agreed with me! Lol! We are too much alike.
     This is how I fail at life. After making croissants, Amanda texted me asking me to play softball with her. When I got out I texted her and she didn't respond back so I was just about to head home until she responded. For some reason, I don't know why, I met her, her mom and her sister at Safeway and chilled with them till 8. I drove Amanda home while she was talking only about herself. It's so ironic because she was talking about how Kira never shuts up about herself and how she's so disgusted and how she doesn't care, yet she does the exact same thing... Whatever. So yea, I dropped her off and went straight home.
     After typing up the first recipe on Classic Puff Pastry and all the things you can do with it, I accidentally deleted it! FML! It took me over 2 hours to write it! So I had to speed type it. Ughh. I hate retyping!!! Anyways, I should go to bed now... I hope I don't fall asleep in class!
     -Banhzaii
 
 
     Dishwashing is one of those chores which I despise so much. It's so disgusting. These past couple of months, a classmate and I have been constantly doing the dishes. Why? Let's start from the beginning... or the end.
     So Friday after class, when Nancy and Chef left, Serena and I had a talk. We talked about how we felt like Nancy was taking total advantage of us. I understand that she has to leave early on Mondays and Wednesdays to pick up her kids. Totally understand, but the fact that she's the slowest in class and doesn't do ANY of her dishes is what makes me mad. At first, I didn't want to say anything, I didn't want to start any unneccesary drama. But I'm glad that Serena brought it up. At first we were cool with it, doing the dishes and everything, she helped out and did some dishes on occasion, but it has come to the point where she almost never does any of her dishes!
     Everyday in class, while we scale out our ingredients, I try to think of ingredients that can be put together to eliminate dishes. Serena does that also. But Nancy, she scales out every little thing, from spices to salt, seperately in their own individual container. It drives me insane! Mainly because she doesn't do her DISHES! We feel like we're being pentalized for being the fastest in class. Because we're the fastest, we usually go straight to the dishes, but this past week, I've been trying something different.
     Cleaning as I go. Chef doesn't stress that out to us, but I know it's something we definately need to work on. So last week in class, I washed all of my dishes once I got something done. I cleaned it then reused some of the mixing bowls or tools that I had previously used. I feel that it eliminates dishes that don't even need scrubbing, just a good rinse down is good. I also noticed that Serena does the same thing too, and we're still the fastest, yet after class, there are still mounds on dirty dishes.
     Now, you might say, "Well... What about Lynn?" Lynn is very active in our class. Even though she is slow, she still cleans her own tools, she also cleans the back table with all of the ingredients, brings the food back to the store room, and puts back the towels. But Nancy on the other hand... While she has time to do her dishes, she decides to use that time to watch chocolate set, a.k.a. Dry. W.T.F...
     You might think this rant is pointless but really, this is 5 months of frustration built up. I didn't want to say anything because she could easily pull the senority card on me and say something about her kids. Really though, I understand that, but she needs to work on her time management skills. If she knows she has to leave early, then she should work faster, or something to improve. She could easily make an ultimatum for our class. No dishwashing for her when she leaves early, and she'll do the rest the other days. Right? But no... Iono. This is just really frustrating, Serena and I are going to talk to Chef Stephany about it because Serena thinks that Chef has noticed it too, but hasn't said anything. I talked to Lynn about cleaning as I go and I stressed to her about how frustrated I was kinda getting when I saw the mounds of dishes and she says that she'll help with dishwashing more. I'm not sure what to expect with Nancy. She could pull the innocent card on me, or she'll fight it. We'll see...
     This is just a pet peeve of mine, but remember how I absolutely can't stand self-centered people? Well Nancy is one of those people. All she talks about is her and her kids and whatever they do that's irrevelant to school. It's just me though...
     -Banhzaiii
 
 
     Jimmy and I are in the computer lab skipping astro. We totally walked in, signed in, sat down, and then got up and left. The teacher saw us but there's not much you can do I guess. I do feel kinda bad...
     Recap on yesterday. School was boring. I'll stop blogging about it again unless something significant happens or something. At PCI, we had Chef Stephany again. We just did our thing. After class, Lynn went with me to take out the garbage. I was talking to her about how I really wanted my cake out in the lobby so whoever leaves the elevator will always see it. So Lynn mischeviously wanted to switch my cake with Jasmine's cake. I felt bad at first, but now I'm glad mines is in the front. Chef Stephany noticed that my cake wasn't where it used to and she asked me if it got moved. I told her it did and she was so happy for me! She was like, "YAY! I'm so glad your cake got out front, Jasmine's cake didn't deserve to be there." Now that I think of it, I'm happy my cake is out there. Jasmine didn't really work that hard on her cake in general and you could see it. She had a negative attitude on it and it just wasn't cool...
     Anyways, after class, I stayed a bit, then as I was leaving, I bumped into Molly, who is a staff at PCI. She was like, "Jessica! You cake was favorited 3 times by other baking and pastry alumni's!" I was so shocked I was like, "W-whaat?! Really???" Lol. I'll upload pics of my cake later. It's totally different from everyone else's, maybe that's why they liked it? Iono.
    So after class, I met up with Rachelle and Kim at Sunnyvale. We took black belt class and we totally rocked it. Stephanie was there too. KJN was so stoked that we were there. He brags about his Milpitas team all the time! Lol. It was pretty fun. I'm all sore now.
     So today, I skipped astro and hung out with Jimmy in the computer lab. Not much after. I went to Blake's and we watched HIMYM with Sky. PCI was tiring. There were just 3 people in class today. We glazed our Chocolate mousse cake and made caramel pear cake. After class, I talked with Serena and we were talking about how Nancy gets away with everything. But I'll rant about that later. It's a confusing story.
     So as I was driving home, Kim called and we decided to go get some drinks and talk. It was nice, we went to Sweethearts for about an hour and just drove around looking for things to do. There is absoulely NOTHING to do around here! So boring!!! Lol. So yea. Eventually we just went home. Now I'm at home with nothing to do, except shower. Maybe I'll clean or rant later. We'll see.
      -Banhzaii
 
 
     It's like driving down a road with only a certain amount of road visible from your headlights; even though you can only see that bit, you follow your gut and continue to drive on it, hoping to not crash and putting in all of your focus to lead you to your destination because all you need to do is follow and commit to that road, and it will lead you anywhere.
     That was the task that the hobby class had to do today. A company decided to tests students from Santa Clara University to see if they were capable of follow directions with just a page of directions and the raw materials in front of them. They were not allowed help from any of the chefs unless they gave up a "chef card". Why do this? Because these students were potential candidates for them to hire, it was also a test to see who would step up to the plate and lead a group.
     I laughed as I watched my group make pizza. Tearing the dough with their hands and failing miserably on stretching out the dough. I helped them of course, for a sweet price of one chef card, after they got the hang of it, it was smooth sailing for them. It really showed their creativity too. At first, they were on shaky grounds, but they started to shape their pizzas, make a giant calzone and even do a deep dish, meat lovers style.
     After class, Nancy, Lynn and I met up at Elephant Bar with one of Nancy's friends. We just had appetizers and talked about life and our future plans. Nancy's friend was extremely knowledgeable and inspirational; he has great insight on life because of all the hardships he has gone through. What an amazing asian man!
     I got home around 9:30PM and I talked to my mom for a bit. It's slowly getting there. I just told her why I came home late, she also told me to make my uncle a cake for his birthday. I'm hoping to make the cake and glaze it. I need to go shopping first though...
     Long day, pretty tired, and just talking to my babe. The perfect thing to end a long and tiring day.
     -Banhzaii

p.s, I finally took that friken ServSafe test!!! I hope I passed because I'm tossing all those papers away.
 
 

Let's start with yesterday;

  • Venture Crew meeting with Blake; The "leaders" are so Immature. I think I'm going to quit...
  • Tomatina's with Blake, Sky and Em; Super fun and chill
  • Chili's with Blake, Sky and Em; Had some molten lava cake, YUM!

Today;

  • Driving to school was scary; My car literally shifted half a lane as I was on my way to De Anza.
  • According to my Astro Teach; "Tomorrow is going to be one of the biggest storms since '89!"
  • No French Test!; It got postponed to tomorrow due to some guy accidentally pulling the fire alarm next door (LOL!)
  • No ServSafe test!; Chef didn't order enough tests, I have to retake on Thursday now... More study time!!!
  • I bumped into the "she devil"; `nuff said
  • Spent time with my babe; He makes me smile
  • Our class was super empty; M.I.A Nancy et Jasmine
  • Pizza Night!; Avec Darren, Perry, Alan, Vince, Alex, Kenny, and Elizabeth plus deux Pizzas
  • Rockband at Darren's house; Hadn't had this much fun with them in a while.
     -Banhzaii
 
 
     I went to PCI super early! I ended up helping Amanda with her gingerbread house and stuff. OMG! Before class started, Blake came in all casually and everything and looked at Kira's "Who House" (That's what I call it). Then he turned and talked to me for a bit. Then he was like, "Oh, are you still mad at me?" and I said yes so he's like, "Okay, I have something for you" and he pulls out this paper card he made me! It was so cute! He drew a little stick figure of me and he wrote a little note inside. I thought it was so awesome! Especially since he really cared that I was "mad" at him in the first place. I really appreciated the little thing he made for me. I was like, "AWW!" and I gave him this really big hug. Lol.
     In class, we just made tarts and stuff. Nothing really special. I kinda felt like I was on Iron Chef or something because Chef was like, "I want to see what you guys can do with mangos, bananas, kiwis, apples, grapefruits, oranges, and some type of leafy thing. It was kinda stressful. Lol. I put too much fruits on mines because I thought it was a fruit tart but it's actually a banana tart or something and those don't have an excessive amount of fruits. Lol. Oh well!
     After class, I met up at Lynn's and transported our gingerbread to her house. We arrived at the Marriot somewhat late. Everybody was there and the whole village was set up. OMG! We had to assemble our stuff together so I was kinda worried and embarassed when everyone was looking. All in all, it turned out great. I really liked it! Then most of us stayed for this litte celebration thing they had for us. It was kinda nice.
     After, Lynn and I went to Alcapolco and met up with Nancy and her bf. We chatted and everything then we went to the karaoke bar. They carded me and told me I had to leave, but Nancy's bf convinced them to let me stay a little longer. Lol. He's pretty cool. Nancy sang karoke and then we left.
     I was going to go visit Blake, but I didn't know if he was off of work yet so I just went home instead. Ughh, I'm so tired! Eugene sounds weird when he's drunk! Lol. Sleep time while talking to Blake. Yay! Honestly, everytime I look at his card, it makes me smile like a retarded girl.
     -Banhzaii