Cream of the Crop as Shown by Google

I have faith that the readers of UBC blogs like mine are the cream of the crop of the student population here at this lovely university (slight sarcasm intended). As to how you guys got here, some were via Twitter, Facebook, my email signature, and a plethora of places filled shameless self-promotion; while others found it through search engines like Google. I’m quite happy that I come up first when I search “Phoebe Yu”, but what keywords did other people search to get to this blog? Some had mindnumbing questions, others were just curious. I will try my best to appease such curiosities. Much thanks to Google Analytics for stat tracking.

Bring on the keywords!

480 ubc runs on weekends
No, it doesn’t. You’ll have to take the 98 B-Line and then the 25/41/49/99 bus.

phoebe yu birthday
I’m flattered you’re trying to find someone’s birthday on Google, wait, on Google, seriously?!

chinese girls ubc commerce
Umm… *gulp*. There are a lot of us here… but we’re not sure if we want YOU here…

at ubc we like them yong [sic]
-Disturbed- (this is actually a line from a Sauder Frosh cheer, haha you’ll see)

mean things to do to someone to get them back

  1. Tell them to Google stupid things
  2. Get that featured on a blog

Oh wait, you just did that. Cream of the crop indeed.

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Last Day of Classes?!

Wow, where has the time gone?! It seems only yesterday when we eager first years embarked on Frosh and started our university experience. Alas alas, time was inversely proportional to the amount of fun we had so now here we are, at the end of the term.

I had an unusually giddy day today. Despite all the workload (compsci assignment that required 30h+ of work anyone?) that sort of built up near the end, I had a huge grin plastered on my face throughout much of the day… probably because of the “insignificant” moments which made me cheerful.

Moment one. At the end of the Compsci 111 lecture this morning, everyone stood up and applauded while the professor tried to make his humble exit. Compsci was my favourite class this term (OB falls a close second) because the prof made it fun and inspirational, yes, inspirational. I didn’t know it was a tradition in university to clap at the end, nevertheless it was still more special than the other classes.

Moment two. Looking out the rain-splattered bus window and seeing fog descending upon Pacific Spirit Park… then later seeing distorted colours of pink and yellow – lights from the neon signs along Granville Street.

Moment three. I didn’t have to wait for more than two minutes for any of the SEVEN buses I took today. I also didn’t get splashed by any passing vehicles, which is a first. Hallelujah.

Word of the Day

Lame /leɪm/:

(adj) Walking around campus for an hour at night trying to find parties and failing to do so

That pretty much sums up Part 1 of A Commuter Student’s Tale of Experiencing UBC Nightlife, a bestseller no doubt. And the party we were originally eyeing was the Soc Student’s Midnight Terror De-Stresser/Bzzr Garden which turned 1) to be really really empty even at 10pm and 2) was for 19+ despite what was stated on the promo pages. Grr.


This is what my schedule looked like this past weekend.

Classes 9am – 12pm
Work in Richmond 1pm – 4:30pm
Meeting (back to UBC) 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Wandering around campus looking for parties (more about this next entry) 7:30pm – 9pm
Work on contract job 10pm-2am

Volunteer 7am – 12:30pm
Work in Richmond 2pm – 10pm

Volunteer 7am – 12:30pm
Group project 1:30pm – 6pm
Got home 7pm

Three Day Total

Spent working: 13.5 hours
Spent volunteering: 11 hours
Spent bussing: 8 hours
Spent sleeping: 10 hours

Although I’m exhausted and am coming down with a cold, I loved every minute of my weekend, especially the volunteering part. I only wish I live closer to the school =(

How was your weekend?

Overhead on the Bus

Listening to: Music of the Night by Paul Potts


On the 480 UBC bus the other day, two guys were talking.

Guy 1: Hey have you ever noticed that in UBC, NO ONE EVER RUNS TO CLASS?!
Guy 2: Yea dude. Do YOU want to be the guy running like crazy?
Guy 1: Haha… well sometimes they do like these short sprints … for a block or so and then they stop because they realize they look like an idiot.

Wow, how amazingly true and accurate is this?! Personally, I absolutely hate showing up to class late so for the first week or so, I always did an odd combination of jogging and speedwalking when I had back-to-back classes in Buchanan and ICICS (south tip of campus, argh!). However, any time I did this I felt extremely out of place amongst the casually-strolling student population. In fact, I fully expected someone to come up to me and say “Where’s the fire?!”

Am I in the minority for being so self-conscious?

So the next time you have a break, stand at a busy location (the bookstore intersection is great) on the hour and observe the frantic decision-making that’s going on in the heads of students late for class.

How long will it take me to get to Econ if I speedwalk? Am I late? Should I run? Will I look like an idiot? Wait better question, will anyone NOTICE me looking like an idiot? Screw this I’m running… uh-oh uh-oh abnormally long scarf getting caught in boots… coffee spilling… INCOMING TREE!! WHAM.