Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Hunger Challenge 2010:
This year was definitely a challenge, seeing that I was one dollar over budget when buying my groceries. I decided to buy all of my food at the beginning of the week and plan my meals. While that was a super idea, I did end up with ALOT of leftovers by the end of the challenge.
I know, I know, if you look at the meals I ate, they weren't exactly balanced, but, when buying groceries I found it really difficult to have three, well balanced and proportioned meals a day that were under $4. I was able to get a few frozen vegetables in, but that was only for 2-3 days of the challenge. The rest of the food was mostly carbohydrates and starches. This was my main concern that came about during the week. Families living on food stamps DO NOT get the nutrients they need. While I was able to afford a bunch of carbohydrate filled items I needed for energy, I was not able to get the fruits, vegetables, and dairy products I needed to fulfill a healthy diet.
Looking ahead to next years challenge, I may want to spend more on vegetables and dairy products. I had alot of tortillas, and practically an entire loaf of bread left at the end of the week, meaning that I didn't really eat my $28. Next year, I'm planning to just buy tortillas and spend more money on products like eggs or cheese.
Overall, it was a great experience! I never really understood how much planning went into living off $4 a day or $28 a week. It also made me realize how lucky I am to be able to afford a well balanced and special (vegetarian) diet. Instead of this being a privilege to us, we should definitely have the right to balanced meals! But then again, maybe I planned my meals wrong at the beginning of the week?
Here's to HUNGER CHALLENGE 2010!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Shredded cheese $.33/serving
Refried beans $.25/serving
Tapitio sauce $.7/serving
Shredded cheese $.33/serving
Refried beans $.25/serving
Tapitio sauce $.7/serving
Penne pasta $.20/ serving
Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce $.28/serving
Sunday, September 12, 2010
My receipt and food for SF Food Bank's Hunger Challenge, which starts today. I did go a little over budget this year, coming to a grand total of $29.49 on groceries for the week but not as much as last year.
On my list of groceries, I got mostly carbohydrates and starchy items since they were the least expensive. Let's see how this goes!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I'll have you all be the first to know: I just signed up to participate in my second Hunger Challenge! For those of you who aren't sure, or are questioning, what it is, it's a week long event the San Francisco Food Bank puts on. It is designed to build awareness to the fact that so many families live well below the poverty line.
As a participant, I have agreed to live off $4/day or $28/week, which is what a person living off of food stamps is given.
Last year was definitely a challenge! I found out about the Hunger Challenge the day it had started and immediately jumped on board, not really knowing what I was getting into. Throughout the week, I noticed that there were so many foods I ate, on a regular basis, that are luxuries to many families. After the week was up, I realized how lucky I am to be able to afford a well balanced and special (vegetarian) diet.
With that said, I can't wait to chronicle this year's experience, right here on my blog! Last year, I video logged my entire experience for a class project (I'm currently searching for those videos), but this year, I somehow feel blogging will get the message out better. Also, seeing that I have more time to plan this year, I'll be researching ways to budget wisely. If you have any ideas, tips, recipes, or are blogging your own experience, please let me know by leaving a comment either here, or (if you're more on the shy/anonymous side) on my Formspring (http://www.formspring.me/HELLOVinette)! I'd love your insight!
For more information on SF FOOD BANK's HUNGER CHALLENGE 2010, please visit:
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
-July 4, 2010: Fourth of July celebration filled with fireworks, food, and fun! My Arizonian, Eric Yee visited during this time, as well.
-July 6, 2010: Poor Man’s Happy Hour, with Stefon. Complete with cups from Peets Coffee and Tea. Hipster, right?
-July 11, 2010: Ranch party in Hollister for the birthday celebration of my 3 favorite boys, Luna, Matt and James. Also, VAB celebrates their 3rd annual 7-11 together!
-July 26th, 2010: Zhenya FINALLY turns 21 and we celebrate in San Francisco!
-July 29th, 2010 and into August: The best Southern California trip, I’VE EVER BEEN ON. A rave wasn’t even involved! Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival, Marc Jacobs-ville, Larchmont Blvd, California Adventure, Tom’s Bench, my Arizonians! A super treat!
AND THEN… within all that, there was summer school and ballet!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
From my online class.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
------------------------------DAY018.5: SILVER ANNIVERSARY. The celebrants.Congratulations to my Auntie and Uncle on celebrating 25 years together!
-------------------------------------------DAY018.6: SILVER ANNIVERSARY. A picture not taken by me, because I’m obviously in it.Taken by my dad. Meet my roomies.
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-----------------------------------------------DAY018.10&018.11: SILVER ANNIVERSARY. A glimpse into my childhood.When I was a kid, these are the other kids I would play with at family parties and what have you. Except now we’re all grown up. It was great to see them all again! :) If I find the pictures of us as kids, I’ll post it. Time is flying, people.
------------------------------------------------------DAY018.8: SILVER ANNIVERSARY. The Reception.My Uncle Joe and Auntie Oning <3
DAY018.9: SILVER ANNIVERSARY. The Reception.Everybody do the twist!
- The priest stops for like 5 mins, in the middle of mass, and then starts again at a random point.
-Gin and tonic. Double.
-"I just don't think you understand..." how to do the Achy Breaky Heart, that is.
-"That's not my sister. That's my mom." Ehh, don't you hate it when that happens?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
A few weeks ago, I got the chance to take a camera (courtesy of MotionScope Studies) and help document the making of ” The Traffic Gods.”
“The Traffic Gods,” is a short film, created for the Ford Fiesta Movement Challenge, by my friend and director, Patricio Ginelsa of Kid Heroes Productions.
This is just a BTS video, but the short film, ” The Traffic Gods,” will be premiering June 3rd at San Francisco’s Metreon. For more information on attending the premier please visit: http://www.fiestamovement2.com/san-francisco/team-profile/team-sf/
I would love to see you guys there in support of Pat, his crew and Team San Francisco, of the Ford Fiesta Movement!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
-Lots of burners (as in Burning Man attendees) and their art
LADY:Would you like to learn to solder today? It's only $1.
ME:No thanks. I don't really feel like soldering right now.
LADY:Oh, you solder?!?
LADY:(Cuts me off and speaks, for like 10 minutes, about things that are completely over my head.)
Pictures on the way!!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. It’s National Dance Week! ODC Dance Commons, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Cassand Ballet and San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy get me this week!
Go take a free dance class!!
Monday, April 19, 2010
It really just sank in today that Julius has left for the Air Force.
Thanks for believing in me when I couldn’t even believe in myself. Be safe, dude! See you soon!
JAV= Julius, Ally, Vinette
JAV - Julius (Air Force) - Ally (Kenya) = Just Vinette = Lame.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
VINETTE:Do you go to alot of concerts?
MATEO:Oh yea, I love concerts
MATEO:Small or big
MATEO:LOVE LIVE MUSIC
VINETTE:You mean like paysal- paysal? Like to walk around and stroll and shop?
CARLOS:hahahaha yeah, that's my favorite tagalog word. Why do they have to say it twice? "Let's go paysal paysal!"
Friday, April 9, 2010
I spent a very good part of yesterday hustling lemonade for Fog City Transit. It felt like we were in the 1960s again, or down south, in the country. Scratch that, I wouldn’t know. Anyway, this lively bunch (Carlo Baysa and Jon Zamora) will be out, once again, selling lemonade for just $1! So if you’re passing through the Gellert area of Daly City, come by and quench your thirst!!!
Hot dogs and other refreshments, coming soon, hopefully!
P.S. I’ll never escape the lemonade! At least uniforms aren’t required for this job!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
(Something I wrote for myself, last week, but never intended to post. I need that extra bit of inspration today.)
When you go to a school like Academy of Art University, or any school for the matter, you meet some of the most interesting people. For example, today I met a young man at Academy studying New Media. Yeah, not that interesting. He was just like every other student but then he began to tell me this amazing story about how his mom sold a family heirloom, a ring to be exact, in order to buy her son a computer and put him through art school. I told him he was super lucky to have a parent that believed in him. A parent who recognized his talent. The way most parents should be. I have that too! It was just a longer process. And of course, when your mother does something like that, YOU HAVE TO SUCCEED!
But on a serious note, it’s really people like him who make me realize how lucky I am to be at a school like this. As well as realize how incredibly lucky I am to have a family that let’s me follow what I believe in.
Best of luck to you, dude! And everyone else at Academy!