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AggieTV Presents: UC Davis LipDub – Queen Bicycle Race & Don’t Stop Me Now

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

For the past 6 months my life has been consumed in planning this music video. It is our love letter to Davis showcasing all the unique parts of campus. You can spot me at 28 seconds and a couple other places. Share with friends and family!

Press coverage:

KCRA | Davis Students Make Music Video On Campus

The Sacramento Bee | Lip-dub ‘happening’ takes UC Davis by storm


The California Aggie | UC Davis LipDub a success

WonderCon 2011

For my friends who do not know, WonderCon is a mini version of Comic-Con but even cooler because it’s in SF. It’s a gathering of geekery including comic book, video gaming, anime, television and film. The last time I went was three years ago when I still had my magenta hair. That was an epic day – asked Andrew Stanton a question about WALL*E, sat front row to see John Cho talk about Harold and Kumar 2, and infamously meeting Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway:


Lita, Neil, Peter and I with a Storm Trooper & R2D2.

After receiving our badges we headed to the DC Universe panel to guarantee a close seat for the Super panel. They started off playing the Green Lantern trailer which somehow had more footage than was shown on Friday’s GL panel with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.


Here’s another trailer:


I do not follow any comic books but even if I did I would say the discussion was lack luster. Every time the moderator asked a question all the artists were very vague and just encouraged everyone to buy the next issue for the answer. Understandably, they did not want to give away any key plot points.


The most entertaining part of the panel was the Q&A with the audience. The best questions were asked by a couple kids under 10 and the moderator gave each of them the new Green Lantern ring.


Photo Credit: Jody Jill, Examiner

Next up was the panel for Super with director James Gunn and star Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute on The Office).


After the panel, we walked across the street to place with tapas Peter recommended.


Mmm, paella.


Fun to see other WonderCon attendees in the restaurant.

I was so stoked I Heart Guts had set up a booth. I learned about them after my friend Sharon received their journal as a going away to med school gift.


I’ve been wanting to get something from them for a while but didn’t want to pay shipping. I purchased the testical and ovary plushies and named them Elvis & Olivia respectively. My bf and I thought it’d be funny if we each kept one. Had to get the Heart of Gold pin, too!

My family and I are really big Seinfeld fans. My cousin even played the Chinese delivery man in the episode Elaine gets blacklisted for ordering outside their limit. So I was thrilled to meet Larry Thomas who played the Soup Nazi.

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For all my fellow peeps on Tumblr:)


We tried out the Nintendo 3DS – trippyyy. I wouldn’t be able to play for long though out of fatigue.


Nerdy shirts galore.

My favorite part of WonderCon was meeting all the artists.


Brian Kolm of Atomic Bear Press. He gave me some tips on painting with watercolors which I’ve been meaning to get back into. I want to paint succulents and sea creatures.


Debbie Huey of Bumperboy and his Bumperfriends.


I got to meet Peter Chan who works with Kei and Bobby for Imaginism Studios.

Beautiful concept artwork. If I was a bigger Alice in Wonderland fan, I would have bought a print in a heartbeat.


Paul Friedrich‘s painting are so funny.


Shing Yin Khor of sawdust bear and the web comic marlow the monster.



Lady being drawn as a super hero.


Colorist Jeff Balke working on the Hulk.

Who knew coloring could be a career?

Neil ended up buying his signed drawing as a souvenir.


Nice bumping into my cousin Ryan as I was heading out. What a fun and inspiring con! I may have to take up Lita’s offer on attending Comic Con this summer.

CouturePetite - May 31, 2011 - 11:28 pm

:O You are so lucky to have gone! I’ve never been to a Comic convention – only Anime ones. You look like you had an amazing time.My friend retweeted your appearance on TV so I went to MYX TV to check out some of the bloggers. I must say, you were one of the most relatable bloggers on there – especially because of this post. ^_^ I am excited to read more of your blog posts!<3>http://couture-petite.com

Davis Eats: Mikuni’s

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

I’ve been wanting to go to Mikuni’s ever since my roomie Melanie told me they have $5 rolls on their happy hour menu. Happy hour is 4:30-6:00PM during weekdays.

Last Thursday was a beautiful, sundress weather day. My friends and I made it just in time for happy hour. It was the last day to buy a Rescue Roll to go towards the American Red Cross for Japan disaster relief and so a perfect day to go.

Spicy Scallop Hand Roll – $3. Amazing! There were chunks of scallops all the way to the bottom.

Spicy Tuna Roll $5

Fair Oaks & No. 8 Rolls. Unagi and shrimp tempura goodness. Both $5

Rescue Roll $5

Lauren, Todd & I ready to get our grub on – AggieTV fo lyfe. Lovely place to eat quality sushi on a budget. I’ll never go to Oshio’s for a $5 roll again. We were so full at the end we sadly had to skip dessert. What is your favorite thing to order at Mikuni’s?

Teresa - April 4, 2011 - 1:34 pm

oh my goodness, JEALOUS. I need to take a weekday off and go to Davis now. 😛

justin - April 5, 2011 - 12:58 pm

happy hour sushi at mikuni?! I’m totally there!

ellatran - May 4, 2011 - 9:48 pm

Oh I love this restaurant =]
And the picture with AggieTV crew is just adorable !


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

Melanie and I met up to play badminton at the ARC. I don’t think I’ve played since high school – so fun! It was a pretty good work out when we were running from sides of the court. It was also relaxing when we got into the swing of rallying back and forth.

We’re planning on meeting up twice a week to get our work out on. What’s your favorite thing to do at the ARC? Reminder: I’m scouting new bloggers! Apply here: http://bit.ly/ucdblog

Teresa - April 1, 2011 - 1:01 pm

Aww I miss badminton at the ARC so much! One of my favorite Davis activities.

Melly Lee - April 21, 2011 - 10:35 pm

My partner Benny from OA and I also play badminton >:]

Rachel - April 22, 2011 - 6:25 am

yeah! i read in his bio that he was even sponsored for a while – crazy!

Life After College Book Launch Party

Last night, I attented the book launch party for Life After College by the amazing Jenny Blake. I stumbled upon her blog back in December and it was love at first scroll. Googler, life coach, and lover of yoga & cupcakes! I was overwhelmed with inspiration from all her sage advice. At the time, a fellow life coach Tia Sparkles had interviewed Jenny and was conducting a LAC book giveaway. A name was chosen at random out of all the commenters and I won! As fate would have it, I received my advanced copy a couple weeks ago during my last finals week ever. I was estatic when I found out Jenny was having a book signing while I was in the bay area. I could not miss an opportunity to meet the person who has been virtually ushering me into this new chapter of my life.


She shared the 10 life lessons she learned while creating the book including apreciating the beauty in imperfection, being open to serendipity, and enjoying the stops along the way in addition to the final destination. Her humor and insight enables her to be such an engaging speaker with colorful personal anecdotes. The moment she decided she was serious about writing a book was the combination of having “The Jealousies” and conceiving the format of the book. One piece of advice that stuck out was about the importance of sprints and recovery. You don’t have to be go, go, go all the time like in a marathon but can have spurts of productivity and then rest.



Since the book launch was at Books Inc. in Mountain View near Jenny’s hometown, all her friends and family were in attendance. It was wonderful to meet her core support system and hear stories of how Jenny was like growing up. In middle school, she would assign her friends writing exercises – love it! After the signing, we mosied on over to Zen Lounge for food, drinks and of course cupcakes!

I baked a batch of devil’s food and funfetti with M&M’s to match her book. I was thrilled she included Best of Bootie 2010 on her playlist. I actually chose to attend the book launch party instead of going to Bootie with my friends so it was fun to learn she loves their mashups as much as I do.


Jenny and her Library of Congress number framed by one of her childhood friends.

Me with Jenny and Gopi Kallayil – my role models! It was such a pleasure bumping into Gopi and his god daughter again. I met him last month at TEDxBerkeley where he spoke on Connecting the Internet to the Inner-net, advice on how to balance life with technology.


Gopi and me at TEDxBerkeley. After I left the conference, I realized that I had seen Gopi before -interviewing Jenny for his Change Makers show:

All in all, what a serendipitous,interconnected and fun night. Jenny’s book is selling for under $10 right now on Amazon & would make a great gift for yourself or any graduate you know.





kris - March 27, 2011 - 7:26 pm

check you out, rubbing elbows with some preeeetty impressive people 😉

Jenny Blake - March 29, 2011 - 2:25 am

Rachel — this is SUCH a cool post — I love it! The pictures you took and seeing the event through your eyes is so much fun. I don’t even remember that story my friends told you about writing prompts — hilarious! Thanks again for coming — it meant so much to have you there :DBig hugs!!

Teresa - March 31, 2011 - 3:29 am

I’d venture to say I wouldn’t be working at Google without Jenny’s guidance and insight. She’s a lovely person!

pie4all - March 31, 2011 - 6:55 am

Sounds like a great night!

Tia Sparkles - April 10, 2012 - 8:23 am

Oh yay Rachel, so glad you got to meet Jenny!! I remember the book giveaway and how excited you were to win :) WTG!

Rachel - April 10, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Thanks Tia 😀 Great to hear from you! Jenny is so wonderful and within a year has become full time self employed! So gutsy :) I still have an extra copy laying around – I really should do my own giveaway soon.