random access memories

as the entire internet is abuzz about, daft punk’s new album “random access memories” is dropping may 21. i’m so excited…my favorite band with a disco sound and their new outfits are fittingly all sequinned out courtesy of hedi slimane of saint laurent.  there’s so much anticipation and i love that they’re going back to disco amidst all this freaking edm hype.  watching the collaborators videos about making the album is pretty inspiring too.

i can already tell i’m going to love this album from what’s been teasingly released so far…i mean it’s disco!  and “get lucky” features one of my celebrity crushes, pharrell.  it’s serendipitous that it’s been released on my birthday.  so of course i already pre-ordered it.

i’ve had some great things coincide with my birthday in the past…sun god festival (the only day that ucsd becomes a party school) and shrek 2 (yes, shrek).

this year is the first time i’ll experience having my birthday with final exams and actually have an operations quiz that day. i’d been wanting to a disco theme, and actually even go to a disco, for my birthday but thought nobody would really be into it. but i think daft punk will make things so much easier and actually get people to start liking disco too i think.

safari disco club

so a lot of my posts are kinda depressing generally i think.  well, i recently got back from spring break.  i was so excited to finally travel somewhere…which i thought the mba was all about.  i didn’t get to travel before school and it’s been a few years since i’ve traveled internationally so i was happy to spend my spring break trek in two continents that were new to me–africa (south africa) and europe (netherlands).

our trek went to johannesburg and cape town in south africa, with a layover in amsterdam on our return flight back for a few hours.

we went on a couple safaris and saw a lot of animals:

zebras, south africa, mabula, game reserve

zebras on the mabula game reserve

giraffes, mabula game reserve, south africa


impala, mabula game reserve, south africa


rhinos, baby rhino, south africa, mabula game reserve

a lot of baby animals (!), including this playful baby rhino with mama

lions, lioness, mabula game reserve, south africa


lion, mabula game reserve, south africa

king of the jungle

bush, mabula game reserve, south africa

…er, the bush

hippos, mabula game reserve, south africa


much better weather than i’ve returned to in nyc…with beaches and…

yacht, cape town, south africa

a yacht

cape town, south africa, beach, human pyramid

human pyramids

cape of good hope, light house, cape town, south africa


victoria & albert waterfront, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, south africa


table mountain, cape town, south africa

mountains + clouds

table mountain, south africa, cape town

cable cars

penguins, boulders, boulder beach, cape town, south africa

even penguins!

vincent van gogh, string doll, amsterdam, netherlands, holland

and of course, vincent…with a special appearance in his motherland

and lots of jumping, cartwheels, flips, ACTION shots…

and of course a lottttt of drinking, dancing, and getting turnt up…