25 Things You Don’t Have To Justify To Anyone

August 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm (Uncategorized)


Thought Catalog

1. Your job. Yes, even if you’re working something that other people condescendingly term “not a real job,” such as retail or service. If you have a job of any kind in this economy, you’ve already won.

2. Whether or not you have debt. If you managed to get out of your education debt-free, that doesn’t mean that your life is a financial walk in the park that you constantly have to be apologizing for. If you are in debt, it doesn’t mean you got a “worthless” degree and now deserve to be shamed for struggling to find work after you were convinced by your school that you were making a good decision.

3. The kind of food you enjoy eating, or why you enjoy eating. (No matter how “uncultured” or “boring” or “gross” someone else might deem your favorite food.)


4. Your decision to…

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August 12, 2013 at 2:22 am (Uncategorized)

“Everything is okay in the end; and if it’s not, then it’s not the end”

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Sakaye Taguma: 4/20/13-7/16/13

August 3, 2013 at 1:17 am (Uncategorized)

They say that the 7 Stages of Grief are as follows:

1)      Shock and denial

2)      Pain and guilt

3)      Anger and bargaining

4)      Depression, reflection, loneliness

5)      The upward turn

6)      Reconstruction and working through

7)      Acceptance and hope

[#2] Although living with regret is no way to live, there is only one thing I would change if I could. I was up in Sacramento for Father’s day dim sum with my Chinese side of the family and I had the opportunity to stop by my Oba-chan’s place to say hi before returning back to the Bay to catch my flight…but I decided not to. I wanted to go home and see some old friends before my flight instead. That would have been the last time (my sister and) I could have seen my Baba since I (we) live in Los Angeles now. Now the last time I saw her was when I returned home for Chinese New Year’s in February and the last time I spoke with her was on her birthday in April.

My Oba-chan (grandmother in Japanese) passed away on July 16th, 2013. Born April 20, 1931, she died at age 82. Although today (August 2nd, 2013) was her funeral, I think I am still in shock and denial [#1].  With the whole family over at my late Oji-chan and Ba-chan’s house, it just feels like Baba is just resting somewhere and is bound to pop out at any moment with an “oh, okaerinasai!” (“Welcome home”). She was too genki (healthy) to have passed away this suddenly. How could she leave us like this? What are we supposed to do without the rock of our family? We’re not ready for this! [#3] We take so much for granted in this family. Now that she’s gone, we’re slowly realizing everything that she did on a day-to-day basis. The thing that’s really bewildering is how she tended to all of the trees, plants and farming around the property. There’s so much growing and not a single sprinkler system in sight! To water everything by hand would literally take hours to complete, and that is what she did every day.

It’s really insane how much one small woman could do for the entire family – her own children and her children’s children, not to mention all of her late husband’s extended family and the community around her. At her funeral and reception, I was bewildered by how many people showed up to remember, grieve, and pray for my Oba-chan.  A funeral at 1pm on a Friday in Sacramento would require lots of these folks to take the day off – and that’s exactly what they did. The place was full of people that my Oba-chan in some way shape or form touched and left a lasting impression on. She meant so much to so many people, and it was really amazing and heartwarming to witness. I only hope that I will be half as good of a woman that she was. [#7]

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1955 San Francisco: through the eyes of an amateur filmmaker

January 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm (Anything and Everything)

GREAT look into San Francisco in 1955.

Shot by filmmaker Tullio Pellgrini, the 20-minute movie gives an up-close-and-personal tour of the city from Pellgrini’s automobile. His narration is charmingly earnest in a way that’s promotional of the city’s virtues while never stepping over into being particularly phony or cloying.

If you have about 21 minutes, this is great.


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Los Angeles Light

November 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm (Anything and Everything)

Discovered awhile ago and recently rediscovered.  Still awesome. My new home: Los Angeles.  Our light pollution never looked so beautiful. 😉

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50 signs you’re a travel nerd

November 2, 2011 at 11:43 am (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, traveling)

Yeah, some of these are quite hilarious because I DO love to travel even if it requires me to refinance myself….but thank god I’m not THIS bad…yet 😉


50 signs that you could be a travel nerd.

1) You always look up the inflight movies so you can most effectively plan your flight time.

2) You have SIM cards for multiple countries.

3) Your pulse quickens when you discover you’re on a new model of airplane for the first time.

4) You can recite the rewards miles needed for any major destination on most airlines.

5) You find factual errors in travel shows, and email the corrections.

6) For your wedding you registered at a travel agency.

7) You never leave the house without diarrhea medication, just in case.

8) You know what car rental model and year you would like to use based on miles per gallon.

9) When you arrive in a new city you give your driver precise directions according to your GPS.

10) You know the tipping etiquette for more than 10 countries.

11) You refer to cities by their three letter airport code.

12) You know the frequent flyer bonus reward cycles and plan your vacations around getting double points.

13) Other tourists ask you for directions and you always know where to go because you’ve memorized the downtown map.

14) You know the area codes for most US cities.

15) You keep toilet paper in your purse at all times.

16) You are an expert in combating jet lag.

17) You follow airline union strike progress, just for fun.

18) You carry Ryanair approved luggage so you don’t incur additional fees.

19) You pick restaurants based on their participation in airline mileage programs and calculate your order to maximize points.

20) Your email is on a steady out-of-office notification.

21) You dial 9 even when at home.

22) You know which airports have free wifi and which do not.

23) You contemplate big purchases based on how many dinners in Paris they are equivalent to.

24) Noise canceling earphones are totally worth the cost.

25) You can spot which souvenirs are authentic and which are from factories in China.

26) When you are at home you still look up every location on Google Maps.

27) You have spent a small fortune on iPhone travel apps.

28) Your luggage has been lost so many times you don’t worry about it anymore.

29) You follow elections in other countries to gauge for travel viability.

30) You don’t need a currency converter you can do it in your head.

31) You visit your favorite travel bloggers and advise them on where to go next.

32) You use Skype more than a regular phone.

33) You create song lists for upcoming holidays.

34) You have programed your car stereo with the airport information station.

35) You visit a location more than once just to become its mayor on FourSquare.

36) You invest in top of the range eye-masks because you know they’re totally worth it.

37) You plan your friends and family’s vacations, just for fun.

38) You wear a pedometer to measure how many steps you have walked in a city.

39) You carry multiple wireless hotspots access cards.

40) The hardest relationship you have left was with your travel agent when you realized you knew more than them.

41) You fly so often you know when a flight attendant is new to the airline.

42) You collect beer coasters from around the world.

43) Most of your Facebook friends are not from your hometown.

44) You evaluate prospective careers based on allowable vacation time.

45) You are a rock-star in the geocaching world.

46) You are always trying to learn at least one new language for an upcoming trip.

47) You watch international news for inspiration

48) You wear flip flops in the shower.

49) You don’t need SeatGuru as you’ve memorized the best seats on every type of plane.

50) Tripbase is your home page.

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90’s Childhood in 3 Minutes

October 21, 2011 at 11:05 am (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, X's and O's)

My peeps, see how many you can remember! Warning: Sensory overload!


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“Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011 at 9:56 am (Food for Thought, loves and friends, Quotes and such)

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

There are hundreds of great Steve Jobs quotes to sift through and choose to live by.  I especially like this one, because it is something I have constantly tried to remind myself to do.  As a child and later as a young adult, I learned to abide by the rules, but also knew when was a good time – for me – to break them.  Yes, this sent me to the Principal’s office, got me “grounded”, and even resulted in a couple of “F’s” (REAL F’s, not “Asian F’s” aka A-‘s), but in the end the opportunity cost was worth the trouble I got into.  I’m a good kid by many standards, but the mistakes I have made were because I allowed myself to not try to live my parent’s dreams or submit to their standards of what a good little Asian child should do.  It took them awhile (and a little heartache) for them to realize that even if they say “No”, I have to make my own mistakes to learn from.  The best thing my family has ever let me do was take my chances and get hurt.

Although my tenacity to disregard others’ imposing opinions has wavered here and there, I look to this quote to reinforce the idea that I can stay true to myself.  Stay hungry, stay foolish.


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Steve Jobs passes away

October 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, Quotes and such)

I’ve been absent from this blog all summer, but I felt the urge to come back to post about the tragic death of Steve Jobs.  Though his life was short, he impacted the lives of millions of people and will forever continue to do so.  It is because of people like him that I am forever proud to be from the Silicon Valley.  Wish I could have seen him in person over the dozen times I’ve had lunch at Apple’s headquarters.

Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. (1955-2011)

RIP Steve Jobs (1955-2011)





“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them. Glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them, because they change things. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
– 1997 Think Different Apple campaign

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Alcoholic Drinks with Recipes Inspired by the Harry Potter Movie Series

July 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm (Anything and Everything)




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