Hello 2019

December 31, 2018

2018 has been a hell of a year. With two internships completed on opposite sides of the country, watching 8 musicals on Broadway, running my first timed 5k race, and raking up those airline reward miles from travelling, it’s finally time to sit down for a couple hours and look through all the memories I’ve made this year. This’ll be a long one so feel free to skip. Posting the first couple of months to make sure this post is up before 2019 starts, and I’ll update this post gradually over the next couple days.


At Chicago O'Hare, transfer from YOW (Ottawa) -> SFO (San Francisco) for my first (and only) internship in the Bay

Jan 3, 2018 - At Chicago O’Hare, transfer from YOW (Ottawa) -> SFO (San Francisco) for my first (and only) internship in the Bay.

First time visiting the pier

Jan 5, 2018 - Walking down Embarcadero and visiting the ferry building and surroundings for the first (of many) times.

Visiting the Palace of Fine Arts

Jan 6, 2018 - Visiting the Palace of Fine arts on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

First Day at Work at Square

Jan 8, 2018 - When I became a Newbie for Square and they gave me a sticker. Joining the Square family was one of the best decisions of my life - I loved my team and the work I was doing.

Visiting Facebook Campus

Jan 14, 2018 - Visiting Facebook for the first time. Didn’t think I’d ever be on this campus again but what did I know at that time.

Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge

Jan 14, 2018 - Classic Golden Gate picture but without the sun. It’s much nicer with the sun.

Visiting Muir Woods

Jan 20, 2018 - Hiking through (and getting stranded) at Muir Woods at 6pm, when all the shuttles stopped and we waited 40 minutes for an Uber to come pick us up.

Booked Luce

Jan 24, 2018 - Booked my first Michelin ever! Starting the journey strong with a 1 star.


Jan 28, 2018 - Visiting the gorgeous campus that is Stanford. The amount of greenspace and the weather makes for a perfect hangout spot.



Feb 3, 2018 - Visiting Berkeley and watching the sunset from in front of the clock tower.

Super Bowl

Feb 4, 2018 - Watching the Super Bowl from an Eagles Bar of all places. The energy was insane and when the Eagles won, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the level of energy that radiated from the crowd.

China Town

Feb 16, 2018 - Walking through the streets of Chinatown at night to buy some fortune cookies straight from the bakery. If you’ve never tried warm and fresh fortune cookies before, you have my recommendation.

Piano Duet at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

Feb 27, 2018 - Watching the winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo - Daniil Trifonov - performing with his virtuoso teacher Sergei Babayan performing at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Their synchronicity is insane and absolutely splendid.



March 9, 2018 - Thanks to these guys for agreeing to spend $230 per person on a single meal. This was and still is the best meal I have ever had at any restaurant, and I wish there was more when the final 14th course was served. If you get the chance, I 100% recommend visiting the 2-star rated Commis in Oakland.

Sharks game at the SAP centre

March 10, 2018 - Drove down to San Jose to watch a sick game between the Sharks and the Caps. Bought a Sharks hoodie for souvenir, and didn’t think I would ever wear it again till Karlsson got traded from the Sens a couple months back.


March 17, 2018 - Visited Yosemite the day after a snowfall. I’ve only been to Yosemite in the summer before, so visiting it in the winter, and the morning after an evening snowfall was magical. Here I am posing for a Nike ad over Mirror Lake.


March 23, 2018 - Hello $400 meal. 3 star meal, 3 star service. Thanks for Coi for finishing this food journey.

Death Valley

March 24, 2018 - Woke up at 3:30 to catch a 5:30 am flight over to Vegas for a weekend trip to Death Valley. It’s so damn hot there. Remember to pack lots of water boys and girls.

Sand Dunes

March 25, 2018 - Floated through the Sand Dunes at Death Valley. They go pretty far. Got sand everywhere.

Sunset at Land's End

March 29, 2018 - The first sunset of many to come. Finishing work and then heading over to Land’s End to catch the sunset is a pleasure.

Portland Trip

March 31, 2018 - A weekend trip to the PNW with a stop in Portland! Cherry blossoms in full swing.

ICCA Semifinals in Salem

March 31, 2018 - Making a stop in Salem for the evening to watch the US West Semifinals for the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella. Got to see the overall winner (UCLA) perform live!


Another sunset at Land's End

April 13, 2018 - Breathtaking sunset views at Land’s End.

Golden Gate Bridge at night

April 20, 2018 - One more shot of the Golden Gate bridge at night. Thanks to Yu Chen and his creative ideas.


Bubble Tea

May 26, 2018 - Capturing a shot of my daily ritual. One resolution for this new year is to cut down on all the sweet drinks.


Bubble Tea

June 11, 2018 - Grabbing some last shots of Tatham Centre - the building in which I spent so much time interviewing for every single internship that I’ve taken. Some nightmare interviews also took place, but I’m eternally grateful to the University of Waterloo for providing such an immense opportunity to work at so many places and make it as seamless as possible.

Phantom of the Opera

June 24, 2018 - Took a day trip to Toronto to watch Phantom of the Opera, an amazing experience and to this day, the best music I have heard in any musical.

Lake Simcoe

June 30, 2018 - Day trip up to Lake Simcoe to go canoeing and fishing! First time I went fishing in around a decade. In a one hour period, I disappointingly only caught 2 tiny fish.







Robbin Xu

I'm Robbin Xu and I'm a senior at the University of Waterloo. Formerly eng intern @Facebook @Square. You can find me on LinkedIn and on Twitter.