Dinnertime conversation at the Yu household.

Me: Hey Dad, did you know if you Google “Phoebe Yu” my blog will come up on the first page?
Dad: *puts down chopsticks* *walks over to computer and Googles* *stares in disbelief*

Dad: So do you have like a blog online where you keep your innermost thoughts?!
Me: uh… NO?!!! *shifty eyes*

Mum: How about you put some Chinese on one of your blogs and we can blog about UBC together!!

Family, can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Also, Phoebe wishes everyone good luck on their exam revision (yes, REVISION, like what Hermione says in Harry Potter… )

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.

Campus Events Forecast #2

First things first dear readers. I have a favour to ask that will take exactly one minute of your time. I’ve joined the UBC Votermedia Blog Awards with this blog under a new name – UBC Years (a continuation of IB Years I guess haha). You can show your love for this blog (you know it =P) by voting for me. The instructions are explained on the site, here’s a simplified version.

  1. Any UBC student can vote, sign in to CWL and enroll for the VoterMedia “course” on Vista 
  2. Click Begin Assessment, then pick how $200 should be distributed among the participants (if you really looooove UBC Years, then put 200/0/0/0/0 etc. or 150/10/10/10 etc. It doesn’t have to total $200)
  3. Click submit! Repeat in a week =D

Thank you!

Thank-a-thon [Facebook link]

Description in ten words or less: call sponsors/donors, thank them, make a difference!

My two cents: for one reason or another, volunteer often gets pushed to second (or third) place after high school. After all, why bothere when there are no more graduation requirements and no university supplemental essays to fill?! I think the whole deal with volunteer hours in HS defeats the whole purpose of “volunteering”! Why is it called volunteer if you’re forced to do it? Thank-a-thon is just one of several volunteer outings that CCP is organizing this year. Show that you really care by coming out =D

Food: light refreshment

Other info: November 13th and November 24th, 5:15-8:30 PM, Covenant House at 575 Drake Street, email to get on the list


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.