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Spending my first Lunar New Year in Colby!

 

 

Rice Cake, Dumplings, Spring Rolls, Sweet Rice Balls…etc. These are all the foods that we will eat in Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Year. Kids will receive red pockets from parents and parents’ friends, and the money inside the red pockets varies from $3 to $100 usually. Haha, yea, so it was really fun and we got to visit friends’ homes too.

In Colby College where asians are a minority, there weren’t big events celebrating the Chinese New Year. I was glad that the Asian Students Association organized a Lunar New Year Celebration in the Pugh Center. Unexpectedly, there were a lot of participants, ranging from professors’ daughters and sons to Colby students who are interested in Asian cultures.

 

As you can see from the photos, we played Mahjong, a traditional game commonly played by 4 players. It requires a lot of thinking and skills. We will play Mahjong not only during Chinese New Year, but also during other festival celebration, such as Mid-Autumn festival.

Haha, we also wrote calligraphy. We used to learn it in elementary school, but it isn’t a
popular activity in Hong Kong. Not until I came to Colby did I realize how important it is to learn one’s culture. I wish I could play an Asian instrument and write calligraphy. Anyways, it’s March already, can’t imagine time passes quickly…

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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Pancakes and Purple Cows

Happy National Pancake Day!!!!

Didn’t know that was a thing? Neither did I –but that didn’t stop my friends and I from taking a trip to Purple Cow: House of Pancakes yesterday to celebrate. Honestly, there is nothing better than a holiday dedicated to consuming food.

Purple Cow isn’t your average breakfast place. The walls are a mix of blue and orange stripes, green polka dots and photographs of purple cows. They serve lunch and dinner, but their breakfast is the best by far. Breakfast is also served all day long, so it is the perfect spot if you’re craving pancakes and eggs for dinner. Yesterday, I went around noon for “breakfast.”

I ordered a raspberry, chocolate chip pancake, a ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on a toasted English muffin, a side of home fries and a coffee. YUMmm.

With that order, I started my National Pancake Day off on the right foot. The pancake was incredible – fluffy, buttery, and sweet. The raspberry and chocolate chips melded together perfectly, and I was not shy about using the syrup. Whenever the pancake became too sweet, the breakfast sandwich and home fries stepped in to save the day. It was a nicely balanced breakfast – or at least, that’s how I choose to look at it.

My friends all ordered similarly but with different variations of pancake ingredients—think: banana, apple, blueberry, cranberry, strawberry, whipped cream. By the end of breakfast, we were all stuffed.  Some were even on the path to a food coma, which from experience, can only truly be solved by endless amounts of Netflix and time in bed. It was a definitely a National Pancake Day done right.

About Meg

Before moving to "The Hill," I grew up in the quiet farm town of Princeton, Mass. Whether I'm making a brownie sundae at Dana, running through the streets of Waterville, or sunbathing with friends on the quad, I love everything about Colby, but some of my favorites are the flatbread pizzas at Bobs, yoga classes at the athletic center, and Miller Library's comfortable chairs. I spend time running track, visiting my CCAK buddy, and writing for insideColby.
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What Do We Inquire About

Every Tuesday and Thursday, if you are so inclined, you should head vertically north up Mayflower Hill. There’ll you find the chapel. Inside the chapel is the Rose Chapel. Inside the Rose Chapel there is meditation at 4 pm. On Tuesdays, it is led by Jing Ye, who is also a counselor at the school. The session consists of some reading, some guided meditation, and some silent meditation. On Thursdays, the session is led by Peter Harris, an English professor. It begins with a little Zen lecture, then about 20 minutes of sitting meditation, then 5 or so minutes of walking meditation, followed by another 20 minutes of sitting meditation, and then, finally, some talking at the end.

As I write this, I have just finished up a Thursday session that I rather enjoyed. Today, we began with a koan that goes as follows: “During one of the early gatherings at Tallspruce, Badger asked Raven, ‘How can I get rid of my ego?’ Raven said, ‘It’s not strong enough.’ ‘But I’m greedy,’ Badger said insistently. ‘I’m self-centered and I tend to push other folks around.’ Raven said, ‘Like I said.’” I wrestled with this phrase for quite some time before giving up and focusing on my breath, but was curious as to what it meant- I just couldn’t put my finger on what it meant that Badger’s ego wasn’t strong enough.

After we finished sitting though, we got a chance to learn about what this koan might mean. But first we were asked what a mensch is. For those who don’t know, not that I could exactly define one either, a mensch is a man who gets it done. He is responsible and caring and giving. A mensch also has a strong ego. Badger on the other hand had a big ego. He pushed others around and focused only on himself, so his ego was weak and he had to project it to make it appear bigger than it was. A mensch on the other hand has a strong ego because he takes care of others and is responsible.

We all know people with big egos and we all have probably acted like someone with a big ego (if we’re being kind to our reputations). But we also all know someone with a strong ego. You stand in their presence and are reminded of all you could be and literally become inspired. How do we get there? I was not given the answer. But when I find it, I’ll be sure to let you know.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Self-Improvement

Over the past years of my life, I have often tried to implement new changes into my life. I tell myself that I want to do this and do that. I’ll write down five different goals for the summer. Or at the beginning of a new semester I’ll go over in my mind how I want to set a new GPA or athletic or personal goal. But most of these things don’t ever see the day of light. Most of these dreams or goals fade away and I chalk it up to the gods or a lack of actually wanting it enough. But this Jan Plan I changed that with some ideas or concepts I’d heard or read in some article or book somewhere at sometime.

For the long time followers and fans of ICJEB, you know that I took a class called Mindfulness and Meditation this Jan Plan. We met three days a week and spent a good portion of each “class” meditating in the strict sense, on a cushion cross-legged. I have, in recent memory, always wanted to be able to sit down and meditate every single day. I’ve read about it, heard about it and seen people who can do it. But I couldn’t. Why would anybody want to sit down for 20 minutes and do literally nothing when there are books to be read, videos to be watched, texts to be sent and classes to study for? When you sit down and meditate, there is literally always something better you could or should be doing, which ironically means you probably need to meditate more. It’s pretty hard.

Enter what I’m sure already exists, but I am going to call “The Calendar System”. You get one of those big blue calendars and nail it into your wall (sorry PPD). Then you set your goal for each day and get to cross off a big X if you complete it. I’d tried in the fall to do it with two goals and it sort of worked, but with one, I think I might actually be onto something. (Supposedly Jerry Seinfeld did something like this when he started writing in the comedy business.) My goal in January was to meditate for at least 5-15 minutes every single day. My Jan Plan course took care of three of the days, so I only had to deal with four days. After the entire month, I’d only missed one day. The chain of X’s is pretty satisfying. Now, in February, my goal is to read 30-50 pages of a book a day. I’m doing pretty well, although I did miss one day. The next day I just had to read 60-100 to make up for it. And to top it off, I am managing to meditate at least once a day for at least 15 minutes a day. It seems that the process of actually building one habit at a time is actually paying off. Better senior spring than never!

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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My Famous Stolen Chili Recipe

Everyone’s been asking me “@insidecolbyjeb what is your famous chili recipe? Julie Wolpow has been telling everybody about it!” Well, at Julie’s request, I must bequest. Welcome to the most thrilling chili quest. Well I’ll pretty much just add some verbal zest to a recipe I googled online.

First, go to your mom’s freezer and “steal/ask and or borrow while gathering other goodies” frozen ground water buffalo. Next, go back to school for Jan Plan with a cooler full of food, including said red meat.

Next, wait for a snowstorm to be announced on the news. Then, roll to the grocery store with the idea of crock pot chili on the mind. A couple of ingredients you need are one bell pepper, two big tomatoes, one big can of tomato sauce, one small can of kidney beans, two jalepeño peppers, one onion and spices. Spices are: chili powder, cumin and turmeric. I had all three, but better to borrow than to buy.

Then, return from grocery store and finish your day. Before going to sleep, get some olive oil going in a frying pan. Toss in the onions and peppers and do a little stir-fry. After they’ve been cooking for a couple minutes, put in a tablespoon or so of each of the spices and then add whatever ground beef you’ve got.

Then, it’s time to add all tomato products, kidney beans and jalepeños to the crock pot and make sure you have a dedicated girlfriend (also dedicated enough to open the kidney bean can with a hammer and a knife) who is sick enough that she’ll wake up multiple times in the night. Once you add all the ingredients to the crock pot, it’s up to her to stir the chili multiple times throughout the night.

Next step, wake up in the morning and make your morning cereal a bowl of chili instead.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Snowed In

Journal Entry 49 -

The message came last evening. A blessing from the Gods. Granted, in a small liberal arts college setting, the gods are the school administrators and the blessing is a snow day.

Not that  I had class today, but just the connotation that it is a snow day made it all the better. Had a phenomenal evening of lacrosse practice and then came back to enjoy some quesadillas for dinner and prep some chili for the crock pot.

Before I headed to sleep, I added the water buffalo sausage (mmm), bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, jalepenos and spices to my crock pot and let it simmer slowly til morning. When I first woke up I wasn’t sure who had been cooking hamburgers, but then I remembered my late night activities, so I took a couple spoonfuls out and put them in a boiling pot. I brought the chili to a boil, cracked some eggs and poached them. Egg yolks running wayward across water buffalo chili is a sight for sore eyes to behold.

Off to the races. I overheard in the supermarket last night that it was the biggest night they’d had in a year. I guess everyone was preparing for the snow day. Who doesn’t need a bloody mary? A couple episodes of House of Cards later, perhaps time to strap on the boots and ski Runnals Hill, then onwards to Chapel Hill and the Quad.

Came back to Julie Wolpow eating my chili. And my girlfriend’s toast. Guess I’ll join them and call it a snow day well spent.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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No class today! Welcome to Maine~

First time since January 9, 1998, Colby will be closed because of the weather. Though I’m pretty happy about not having class today and have a break after 2 hours of basketball yesterday, I do want to go and watch Selma.

Our class is supposed to go and watch Selma together at 2:30pm. However, because of the weather, it’s cancelled :( For the class discussion, I even prepared 6 questions for the film, Selma. Nevermind, I’m sure I will go and watch it during weekends!!

The photo attached is the view of my room. I didn’t close the window, so I could actually feel the strong wind and snow splashed on my face.  I immediately close the window.

I wish I could take a better photo of the snow and the wind, but I’m too lazy and too scared of walking out of Hillside. My neighbours went for breakfast this morning, and they said it was horrible. Haha, I guess I’d better stay indoor for the whole day today!

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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Almost the end of January

Jan plan is almost over…one more week left :)

Since we only have one class in January, I have a lot more time to do other stuff that I am interested in. I went to play basketball on Sunday with my friends and it was awesome! I used to play basketball when I was in elementary school, but with the increasing work in school and my devotion in music, I sort of gave up basketball.

I am really glad that Colby Jan plan gave me this little break to explore things to do in Colby. Next week, my class (20th Cross-cultural Representation of Prisons) is going to watch Selma in the cinema. Hahaha, proud to be a mule!!! With a Colby Card, we can watch Selma for free. (P.S I heard that the movie is very touching)

Tomorrow morning, I am going to Mirukuya, a great Japanese restaurant near Colby. Such a nice break!!! Next week, we’re gonna go to Johnson Pond for iceskating.

Aww..love Colby weather and Colby life!

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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Not The Chimney Flu

Nothing worse than being sick. Perhaps I’ve written so before, but any small environment is like a petri dish for illnesses. Therefore, when I came down with my annual Jan Plan sickness, I rejoiced, for there is nothing like a fever in January. You’re hot and you’re cold, you’re up and you’re down. But mainly you’re sidelined in bed for a few days. Who knows what the illness is, but you might as well call it the flu. When the NyQuil doesn’t quite work, you’ll think you’re on death’s door, but then it’s 5 am and you’re not sure if you’ve slept.

Thus, it’s time to get into a new TV show. For me it’s a little life story of majority qwhip Mr. Frank Underwood. That’s right. House of  Cards. While the action is certainly a bit lacking compared to Game of Thrones, this show casts DC as a place for ribs and tactics out of a Machiavellian handbook. I’m hooked.

Being sick coincides perfectly with modern television. I pretty much refuse to watch television regularly because when I get into a show I like to absolutely binge. Often, I can’t tell you what season something happened in because it’s one giant blur. Luckily, the flu allows one to call off all bets, just get in bed with a 10-15 episode season and go all out. It’s like the modern Dostoevsky. Been a while since I read Crime & Punishment, but cozying up in bed with a fever and a great season of television works just as well.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Hot Dogs in Foss!?

Who ever thought they would see hot dogs in the spot where they usually have walnut burgers? Not I. But I grabbed two of those tasty hot dogs grilled or boiled to perfection, splattered a little ketchup, mustard and relish on them and had a field day. Welcome to Foss in Jan Plan. I still don’t see much of the football team or any of the hockey teams(and not I’m not making generalizations about athletics teams, only the lacrosse team, ski teams, woodsmen and ultimate Frisbee teams seem to make it into Foss) , but it is such a joy to see many  people who would never step foot onto the eastward and westward facing steps into the labyrinth of the Foss dining hall.

So why hot dogs? Well, in Jan plan there are only two dining halls open. Luckily in the two years since I’ve become a Fossil, Foss has been one of the dining halls open. The other one open this year is Dana, and I can’t quite remember, but I imagine it was not open last year while Bobs was. Because Bobs is good friends, good conversation, good food, Bobs, you can imagine the dismay people feel when their favorite Bobby’s Bistro is shut down for a whole month like it was under inspection from the NYC Health Department. It will rise again, but for now Foss has to market itself to those who would prefer not to eat quinoa or risotto. So hot dogs it is! Perhaps, if we’re luckily, those people will keep coming back to Foss even after Bobs opens its doors again come February.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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