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Brophy Bros Seafood Restaurant

After a successful day of shopping the 4th of July weekend sales up and down State St. (bought my first fedora at Urban AND my first designer purchase – flats from Betsey!!), my parents and I decided to fuel up at Brophy Bros located right on the Santa Barbara harbor.

Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, you could say we are sort of seafood snobs. We were quite dissapointed that they had run out of oysters. Like really? The ceviche was OK – the fish was not chunky and its greyish hue was a little off putting.


I will say that the rest of the dishes were excellent. Super creamy clam chowdah. Plump shrimp with hearty portions.



I tend to only eat half my meal when I go out (I love me some leftovers!) but unfortunately our hotel room did not have a mini fridge. I hate wasting food. I did bring it to go but seafood, especially shrimp spoils fast. If you’re in town I’d definitely recommend coming here to dine by the sea. See Brophy Bros on Yelp.

Graduation + Life After College

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

Everyone by now is a week into Fall Quarter, adjusting from summer break, and getting into the groove. Likewise, I am more settled living at home, working my first post-grad job (!!!) and back into blogging.

So, what have I been up to since I last posted…

Well, I graduated! After I picked up my cap and gown, my friend Todd and I did a photo shoot around campus to commemorate the occasion. Here’s a select few:

Graduation day itself was pretty amazing. My friends and I scored front row seats! It was funny because the back row had filled up for the middle column and we were very hesitant on what to do and the ushers kept motioning us forward until we were like,”Ohhh!”

Melanie, Me & Jessie (Thanks Martin Wong for the photo!)

How my cap was decorated:)To infinity & beyond!

Graduation was just how I expected it to be – unmemorable speeches, a long long list of names and yet one of the happiest surreal moments of my life. I contemplated recording myself receiving my “diploma” but I am glad I decided to just live it with my fullest attention. I swear, I think I walked ahead before my name was even announced because of the adreneline running through me. It was almost an out of body experience with slow motion smiles and nodding, looking to the crowd, and BAM – over in an instant!

Here’s a little video from the day:

I am grateful to have experienced the whole thing with my lovely roomie Melanie & to have had quite a few friends in my half of the L&S commencement ceremony – more people to cheer for. Also, loved that my family had a great view of us from right behind the stage and lots of friends came to greet me afterwards with flowers and hugs. When all the photo taking was done, my family and I headed over to Fenton’s in Vacaville to celebrate with their biggest sundae – The Banana Special.

That’s it folks! My summer was spent enjoying my last days in Davis, moving my stuff back home, venturing off to New York for three weeks, working in Detroit for AAJA Voices on scholarship with a wonderful bunch of people, then flying back home on a Sunday mid-August only to land a job the Friday afterwards.

I feel pretty lucky to have found a job that I love right out of college. But I also know that I put in the work to really discover who I am and what I want out of a career and UC Davis definitely helped me do that. Interning at UComm, starting this blog, joining AggieTV, minoring in writing – all of these things helped me explore my interests and at the same time build a portfolio for a job I never knew I would want when I first started college. That’s my biggest advice – get to know yourself through trial and error. College is a buffet, try a little bit of everything and go back for the stuff your gut loved. Trust your gut instinct! 😉 (oh ho ho!)

If you ever want to talk anything UCD related, career advice, which restaurants you must try, feel free to contact me any time. I love receiving messages and love talking about Davis. Email me at rcagana @ ucdavis dot edu. Tweet me @RachelAgana. And to follow my life after college http://blog.rachelagana.com/ (It will soon be filled with my summer adventures)

Go Aggies!

Karen Trinh - October 1, 2011 - 1:07 am

I absolutely love the pics with the chalk drawings on the wall! Where do you work now? You ARE definitely really lucky to have landed a job so soon. Seems like it’s something you love too. Congrats to you! :)

Rachel - October 1, 2011 - 1:16 am

Thank youuu! I took the chalk photos at the Death Star 😀 I’m doing social media marketing for this green lighting company in Emeryville called Elemental LED. So I am the person behind their FB https://www.facebook.com/elementalled and Twitter etc. I will be starting to blog, produce videos and write press releases too :) I love it! We do lots of community outreach which is fun, and install lights in cool places like the Chabot Space & Science Center. I even got to visit Google for a YouTube summit! I’m having a good time and learning lots too.

Vincent V-Train Trinh - October 1, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Yay you finished your blog! I love the videos and the pictures. I’m glad that we’ve met, you’re an inspiration to me :)

I also love your white t-shirt with all them cameras. Very savvy!

Solvang, California

On our way down to Santa Barbara, my family and I stopped by this quaint little Danish town. It was as if we were transplanted into one of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.


A stork perched on a rooftop is believed to bring good luck.


Danish waffle.

christie - July 4, 2011 - 8:00 am

cutest town!!

Teresa - July 5, 2011 - 5:52 pm

I love Solvang!

ellatran91 - July 5, 2011 - 8:38 pm

Wow ! such a beautiful town 😉 looks like u had fun

KPOP Takeover Giveaway

As you may know I blog for MYX TV, and in a couple weekends they’re holding the first ever Kpop dance convention in the U.S. You’ll be able to learn how to move by ABDC’s Season 5 Champions Poreotics and choreographers of your fave KPOP stars like 2NE1, JYP and Taeyang.

I’m giving away TWO of the classes for Saturday June 18th

1:30pm-2:45pm | Beginner’s hip hop class with Chad Mayate of Poreotics

4:00pm-4:15pm | “Better Together” – Se7en with Mari and Keone of Movement Lifestyle

To qualify all you have to do is comment below with:

1) Name of your favorite KPOP song

2) Why you want to attend KPOP Takeover

I’ll use Random.org to select the two winners on Sunday 12PM PST and contact you to get your address to ship the tickets to you. Good luck!

Visit http://myx.tv/kpoptakeover/ to learn more information. Other classes start at $30!

Christine Kwon - June 7, 2011 - 7:20 pm

Hi Rachel :) lol umIt can be any kpop song then, i like again and again by 2pm and.. I LOVE DANCING and since its in la…. I AM EVEN MORE INTERESTED AND STOKKED

Clement - June 7, 2011 - 7:36 pm

1) TTL (Time To Love) by T-ara2) OMG Poreotics!!!!!

Toby Chang - June 7, 2011 - 7:47 pm

1. Can’t Nobody – 2ne12. I really want to learn how to dance. And to meet Mari and Keone. They are such great dancers. Ahhh so excited

Lyia Jalao - June 7, 2011 - 7:52 pm

1. I don’t care – 2ne1 (b/c its a cheeky, girl power song)2. I want to attend KPOP takeover b/c I love dancing! I do a little hip hop myself, but I’ve been out of it for a while and I would love to learn new things b/c I’ve been so stagnant in my dancing! This would be a great transition back into dancing! On top of that, Korea is not coming out with the some of the hottest music but also the hottest dance moves! I’m really excited that this is happening, even if I don’t win.- Lyia

Lyia - June 7, 2011 - 7:53 pm

*not only coming out with the hottest music, but also the hottest dance moves!

Lita Cho - June 7, 2011 - 7:53 pm

1. Wedding Dress – Taeyang2. Always wanted to learn hip hop. I remember trying to learn a dance from a BoA video and failed miserably. Getting some outside help would be good! I also just want to attend and see what it is like!

Valerie Francisco - June 8, 2011 - 12:05 am

1) “Look Only At Me” – Taeyang2) I love dancing! I’ve been to workshops before, and it is truly a fun experience learning from such talented artists. In going to K-Pop Takeover, I’ll finally have the chance to meet my favorite choreographers I’ve been a huge fan of all this time.

Laurence Bacud - June 8, 2011 - 12:14 am

1) “You’re My” – Taeyang2) I love breakdancing, but I want to experience different styles of dance, so this would be a perfect opportunity!

Melissa Tran - June 8, 2011 - 1:55 am

1) “Can’t Nobody” -2NE1; It is my favorite song because music fuels my passion to succeed. This song really pumps me up before a class presentation, a midterm, a final, or even at the gym. I really admire 2NE1’s “can do” attitude. They inspire me to become a more confident woman :)2)Kpop+dancing+new experiences. What is there not to be more excited about?! As an avid listener of kpop for the last 3 years, I have an active collector of kpop memorabilia: CDs, posters, magazines, etc. and am an active reader of allkpop.com and KoreanAm magazine. Furthermore, I have gone as far as to learn the dance moves to: Taeyang’s “I Need A Girl”, 2NE1’s “Fire”, and 2PM’s “Again & Again”, and Miss A’s “Bad Girl Good Girl”. KPOP Takeover would be the cherry on top to my kpop craze.

James Tran - June 8, 2011 - 6:34 am

1) My favorite K-pop song would have to be “Rainism” by 비 (Rain). The choreography is just amazing. It’s a fun song to dance to even though I haven’t had the time to learn the actual dance. The moves are so iconic and smooth. Anyone could agree that this is an amazing dance song.2) Attending K-Pop takeover would be most enjoyable. I love to dance. I’m not pro but I’m willing to learn it if given the opportunity. Plus enjoy listening to K-pop music and it’d be cool to learn some new moves that I haven’t already attempted with several K-pop songs.

Rebecca - June 11, 2011 - 8:21 pm

1) Currently, Big Bang- Stupid Liar 2) i want to attend to learn awesome dance movies and socialize with others who enjoy KPOP music! Mostly just to go and have fun.. :)

Rachel - June 14, 2011 - 8:57 am


Picking up my Cap and Gown

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

Graduation is coming up but I don’t think it will hit me until the day of. Or probably not until I actually move out of Davis. Going to pick up my cap and gown yesterday made it a little more real.

II came almost 30 minutes before doors would open and to my surprise there was already a line.

Thankfully, I was able to wait in line and catch up with my friend Athena. We both met at Diablo Valley College and look at us now!

They had music playing and the line was divided as if we were about to ride an attraction at Disneyland.

Bumped into my TCS 191 buddy Jessy:)

I bought the Grad Pack which, in addition to the cap and gown, came with a blue stole with the a gold UCD seal, a blue and gold souvenire tassel, a fancy UCD keychain, a padded diploma cover and one year Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) membership.

Go Ags!

You can still pick up your cap and gown:

Today, Thursday, June 2nd 9AM -4PM

Friday, June 3rd 9AM to 3PM

and during normal open hours at the bookstore

Late Rental/Pickup will begin on Saturday, June 4th at the bookstore, during normal open hours.

I have a bunch of little Toy Story alien figurines that I may glue onto my hat. How will you be decorating your cap? Please share any photos of crazy awesome graduation caps from the past:)


L - June 9, 2011 - 9:39 pm

Are we allowed to decorate our cap? If so can you tell me where you found the information where it tells us that its fine to do so? i don’t want to spend all my time and energy and find out that I can’t wear it.

Rachel - June 10, 2011 - 12:20 am

Yes, you are allowed to decorate your cap. You only have to return the gown. I don’t know where it says you can do it but I verified it with my friends who graduated last year.

Karen - June 10, 2011 - 8:40 pm

nice shirt! 😉 and i’d like to decorate my hat but i don’t know how i’d do it. hmm…

Rachel - June 10, 2011 - 11:17 pm

thank ya :) yeah I’m not so sure anymore too because it won’t look great from above, only from the side *sigh* one of my friends painted the nyan cat and that was pretty funny