Friday, April 29, 2011

Then and Now

I was sifting through "My Pictures" file when I stumbled onto this photo, circa Spring 1995. Fast forward 16 years and times are so different now. Back then, digital photography was virtually inexistent. I had to scan the hard copy of this photo onto my laptop.  When this photo was taken, I was 4 going on 5. I lived with my dad, my aunt, and my uncle in a little house in Baldwin Park. I was an only child. I attended a private preschool in West Covina. My best friend's names were Jessica and Becky. I hated to smile for photos and I had tiny little Asian eyes. The Easter Bunny in the pictures is the scariest looking bunny to ever cross this Earth. Doesn't it look slightly possessed?

Today, everything is digital and photoshopped. I'm 20 and awaiting my wondrous 21st birthday. I live by myself in a little apartment in Los Angeles. I have two siblings, ages 11 and 3. I attend a private university - University of Southern California. My best friend's names are Zaneta and Jessica. I love to smile for photos and according to my friends, my eyes grew bigger over time. The Easter Bunny in the first picture is still the scariest looking bunny to ever cross this Earth.

In so many ways, so much has changed since the old photo was taken.

Then: I spoke no English but was fluent in Chinese since I lived in Taiwan for an extended period of time.                                                     
Now: I speak English fluently while by proficiency in Chinese is debatable.

Then: I was a carefree 4 year old who excelled at coloring in the lines.                                                                                                                     Now: I am a junior in college applying to dental school this June.

Then: My favorite television shows were Sesame Street and Barney                                                                                                                         Now: My favorite television shows are Glee, Naruto, and American Idol.

Then: Prince William was twelve years old. Kate Middleton was thirteen years old.                                                                                               Now: As of April 29, 2011, Prince William and Kate are happily married.

In some ways, many things have stayed the same.

Then: I had shoulder length black hair.                                                                                                                                                                            Now: I have shoulder length black hair.

Then: I was introspective and reserved.                                                                                                                                                                           Now: I am introspective and reserved.

Then: I didn't drink milk.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Now: I still don't drink milk.

Then: California was my home state                                                                                                                                                                                 Now: California is still my home state

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