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Monday, January 25, 2010


i created a new blog, "That's What Cindy Said" for talking about specific things such as entertainment, books, reviews, and stuff. this will be more like a personal diary-ish one. I will reuse many of the same or similar posts on each; this one will just be more random.

The Gangs of New York (Movie)

Last night, I watched that movie. I am doing a research paper on the gangs of New York in the mid- nineteenth century. To get a quick idea about what it was like, my brother-in-law suggested I watch it. What I did NOT expect was a horrifyingly uncivilized version of the now very chic state/city. People can just go around killing each other for no reason, without any punishment. It's crazy! Leonardo DiCaprio was very cute in it though (=

I did enjoy the storyline, though. However, for my paper, I'm not going to be writing about the movie. I have to tell of the scary bloodshed, racism, immigration, and such. Why did I choose this topic...

If you are interested in blood, gore, with a bit of romance and sex, I highly recommend this movie.

It is based on the book, The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld by Herbert Asbury.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

The good review for Forever 21.

So the previous post was written while I was still angry and upset at Forever 21 for making such a fuss about refunding (or NOT refunding) our money, accusing my friend of stealing, and not giving me my STUPID BASIC TOP. but anyways, daddy and i went there again (hehe) during sunset to take some pictures for y'all. I had to sneak in my sister's Canon EOS 5D so that you guys can marvel at how lucky I was to be at the grand opening of this wondrous store. Take a look:

i wasn't able to photograph all the rooms because one of the workers (THEY WERE EVERYWHERE! IT WAS SO HARD TO TAKE THESE PICTURES WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT!) did catch me just as i was about to take a really good one; i never took it, but i WILL someday. that dude was like, "I'm sorry, are you taking photos? No photos here, please, unless you have a permit from Forever 21." YEAH, YOU KNOW WHAT? i'm going to get that permit from Forever 21 some time! I'll be back soon.

All photos were taken and edited by me (=

New Forever 21 Store at Los Cerritos Mall Grand Opening Review

This is a review for the opening of the brand new Forever 21 store at the Los Cerritos Mall at:
239 Los Cerritos Center
Cerritos, CA 90703


Today was the grand opening of the brand new, two-story Forever 21 at the Los Cerritos Mall. It was really something to see. There were fanatic 17-year-old girls who camped out the night before just to be one of the first 500 people in line. Kiis FM had been advertising this grand opening all week about a special gift card giveaway ranging from $10 to $210 for the first 500 shoppers.

Since the store would open at 10 AM, my friends and I arrived at 7:30, thinking we'd be able to make the first 500. Unfortunately, we thought wrong. There were already around a thousand people there. The store did generously give everyone in line a complimentary bottle of Vitamin C water. The second 500 people were also given a free neon pink Forever 21 tank top. The third 500 received a cute Forever 21 thermal. In addition, the store promised free lip gloss for the first thousand people, though no such promise was kept.

I admit, the store was breathtakingly beautiful. Especially being one of the first thousand people to see the interior; it was awesome. There were countless numbers of rooms, all with specific themes to each. For instance, the Denim Room, Accessory Rooms, Fancy Room, Shoe Room... Gorgeous chandeliers, painted walls, and furniture matched each theme. The entire store looked like a sparkly color palette.

I understand that it was the grand opening day, so there were thousands of people, which made the lines ridiculously long. Getting inside the store took two and a half hours, fitting rooms were at least an hour (even though there were about ten of them throughout the store), and it took another hour for check out.

Forever 21 kindly gave my friends and I a 10% off coupon with a purchase of $40. We bought our items together, so that we could use the coupon. One of my friends paid for all of us, and we would pay her back outside the store, to make checking out easier. For some reason, a mistake occurred when the cashier applied the discount. I bought two Basic Tops for 2 for $5. I didn't notice that they rang up 3 Basic Tops until we were already out of the store. Upon realizing we paid extra, my friends and I raced back to the store for a $2.50 refund. Not only did the cashier and the manager recount wrong, and insisted that I did have three shirts (which I didn't), they also huffily accused my friend of stealing a knit top, because THEY had forgotten to take off the anti-theft ink staple when they scanned the shirt. Those people didn't even look close enough to see that my friend's shirt WAS on the receipt. Once again, we were forced to wait while the cashier decided to ignore us to help other customers. Finally, the manager realized that they had made two mistakes, and apologized uncaringly. They asked for one of my basic tops to scan. However, they refused to refund our money, instead offering store credit. My friend said, whatever. We left the store a bit exasperated.

I didn't notice that something was still wrong until I was home, and hanging up my new clothes. I was missing a Basic Top. I looked in the car, hoping that it had accidentally rolled out. Then, I remembered: Forever 21 did not give me back my shirt after scanning it. Now, it is too complicated to go back and argue with them. I will call corporate instead.

Overall, this store is nice... until they make a mistake. Today, I have successfully lost about an hour just to correct their mistake alone, $2.50, and my Basic Top.

This review can also be found at

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


i'm too young to get old.
i'm starting to panic.
i feel like time is running out.
my childhood is coming to an end.
it's that feeling you get when you're two-thirds done with a really good book. you want it to last longer. want to read slower.
but time doesn't wait for people.

Friday, January 1, 2010


It is really 2010.

I feel old.

If the world ends in 2012, at least I'd stay a kid forever.