So I lied about actually keeping track of my life on this thing


Well it’s time to post now any who. Because I have a few things on my chest and I want to get them off. 

It’s currently the summer of 2014, I just finished my internship at EQ, and I’m about to head off into a 6.5 week adventure in London. Within the past few months I’ve learned a few things and I’d love to share with you all.

1. People are inefficient

Our world is not perfect, nor will it ever be. People make mistakes and subsequently everything we are surrounded by is also prone to mistakes.   When you want to get things done, trusting people by ‘word’ alone really isn’t enough. Talk is cheap.

EX. I though I was told I was going to receive a certain amount of financial aid by an advisor, but it was actually much less. Orrr, when I talked to a BOA representative who said exchanging US dollars into pounds would only take one business day. It’s true you can exchange in one business day, but you also have to pay a $20 dollars shipping fee which she neglected to tell me until I was about to order….

It’s crucial to read in between the lines. You have to double and triple check the important things, because in the end, you’re the only one that gets the short end of the stick. 


Well there’s really no number 2, I think I just really wanted to complain about #1


New Years Resolutions : 2014
  1. Read the Bible There’s probably over a million times where I take the Word for granted. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to realize that’ it’s not about wanting to read the Bible more, but needing Scripture as the foundation of my life for instruction, for rest, and for hope. "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" John 8:31-32
  2. Be Patient I’m going to practice being patient. As silly at this sounds, it’s something I need to work on. I’m always staring at the microwave when it’s heating my food, I snack away when I’m in the middle of cooking dinner, and I can’t stand slow internet. This year I will practice patience, cuz ya know it’s a virtue.
  3. Call my Grandparents I will call my grandparents more.  When I was visiting them earlier this year in China, I realized that they had dozens of photos of me by their bedsides, on walls, in frames. Some tarnished photos, some wrinkled from being handled too much, and some brand new. After all this time passing, I’ve so easily forgotten how much they loved me. So, this year I will call them more, and besides, grandparents always tell the best stories. 
  4. Get a Better Shot in Water Polo I’ve always been more of a defensive player in water polo but it never hurts to work on my shot because frankly it’s been sucking lately..
  5. Try New Recipes What did I discover in 2013? I love cooking! Mainly because I love eating. I cooked a lot with my summer roomie, and since then I have come to grow very fond of a home cooked meal. I have made tilapia, ceviche, a stew, and assortments of stir frys, pastas, and Asian dishes to name a few.  So this year I want to try 20 new recipes and share at least half of these meals with my friends!                   


RETURN THE GAYZE: corporate tax: or, losing friends to investment banking


remember the first day of freshman year of college when we were nothing but a name and a dot on the map at the front of the hall?

remember when we did
not cry when our parents left us in those rooms too cramped for all of our expectations (and, perhaps, naïveté)?

remember the first…

powerful, refreshing, and relevant

Santa Cruz getaway with my best friend :)

lovedd this movie. one of my favorites from pixar


04/08/13 Baptism, Alameda Beach
Thank You for the cross, Jesus.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NASB)

Kate Moss

So today I went to the Livermore Outlets. As I browsed through the store shelves of J.Crew, Michael Kors, and Banana, I heard a comment from a woman that stuck with me through out the day.

"Oh honey, nothing tastes as good as skinny feels". 

Really? I mean… really. I’ve heard of this quote before, first said by Kate Moss, a size 00 English model from the 1990s. The quote bugged me when Kate said it, and it bugged me now. I was irritated, by this woman, by Kate, and by our materialistic world for shaping the thoughts of ordinary people to believe that happiness and beauty could be found by the number on a small tag on the inner lining of your pants. 

I can think of a million things that taste better than skinny feels. Like that in-n-out burger with fries & a shake I ate after spending an entire day riding down water slides with a handful of my best friends. Like the Porto’s pastries my roommates drove all the way down from SoCal just because they knew how much I loved them. Like the million Mickey D chicken nuggets I split with my teammates at 2am the night before a big water polo game. 

Yolo to Kate Moss


UC Berkeley 2nd year 2012-2013
Parker Apt Pictures— love my roomies.

Andrew Kuo Photography

Light Bulb

So tumblr has become very foreign to me, I realized I rarely ever post on it anymore. Maybe just the casual reblog every month or two for the past year or so. I tend to check my tumblr more when I should be doing more important things like studying for finals, or when I have nothing to do at all, like this morning as I lie in bed with my cheeks swollen from my recent wisdom tooth extraction. And then as I was scrolling down my newsfeed, I realized that 50 years from now I would look back on my tumblr and feel empty. Rarely anything on my tumblr is from me. It’s just all a bunch of stupid photos/memes/jokes I reblogged at the time for my own amusement. But none of these posts say anything about me, or my life, my friends, my family, the things I’ve seen, the places I’ve gone. So I’m going to make this tumblr my own, and for those curious cats who are reading this now, welcome to the inner most thoughts of Alina Zhang. As I’m still trying to figure everything out on this crazy ride called life, I want to invite you to join me on my journey.