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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“A Day in the Life of the Modern San Franciscan”

July 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm (Food for Thought, X's and O's)

Taken from http://www.rocket-shoes.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-modern-san-franciscan/

My alarm clock goes off. Presumably on my iPhone 4, because it’s very important to me that I own the latest technology. I hit snooze. I can’t believe I have to get up by 9 a.m. to make it to my place of work before 10 a.m. where I am paid to be creative and knowledgeable about “the internet,” just in general.

I check Twitter.

I check Facebook.

I casually thumb through emails I’ve received since going to bed. I should have received something from Groupon, Livingsocial, Scoutmob and Gilt Groupe if I’m really late for work.

I take a shower. While doing so, I begin to wonder why I’m so bad at saving money. I then use my Bumble & Bumble shampoo and follow up with Kiehl’s face wash. I get out of the shower.

I check Twitter.

I check Facebook.

I check-in to my apartment on Foursquare, which I’ve named something cute and clever because for some reason I think people actually care what I call my apartment on a mobile application named after a children’s playground game. They don’t. I just wanted the mayorship, let’s be honest.

When I am getting ready, I decide between my Salvation Army/Buffalo Exchange purchased t-shirt that I’m so proud of (because it features the name of some business I’ve never heard of, yet it also has a great “worn a lot” consistency that I yearn for) and my J. Crew oxford. In no way do I find this ironic for some reason.

Before leaving, I peer out of the one window in my outlandishly priced studio apartment, whose price i’m okay with as it’s “just how San Francisco prices are” to see how the weather is. It is sunny, but I also know this means that it’s probably 52 degrees with a wind chill of “you’re freezing, why the fuck didn’t you wear a coat.” I do not bring a coat, as though trying to prove to the weather that I’m above it’s crafty trickery. I will regret this later.

Before I go, I pack my black rimmed Ray-Ban eyeglasses and put on my Ray-Ban sunglasses. I then pack my Macbook Pro, iPad, iPhone and Kindle into my Chrome messenger bag. The Timbuk2 bag is too small and makes my collarbone hurt because I didn’t splurge for the shoulder guard. These are things that I’m actually concerned about.

I walk to the Bart station, which is about 3 blocks from my house.

I check Twitter.

I check Facebook.

I check-in to BART on Foursquare, because everyone needs to know that I’m about to take public transportation. Which is kind of like the equivalent to doing something mundane, like taking a sip of a drink and telling everyone about it. Actually? I’ll probably check into somewhere for this reason later. To be fair: I’ve heard if you check into BART 10 times you get the “Trainspotter” badge. I don’t know why this is important to me. But it is. I need that badge.

I see someone doing something weird on BART. Probably a homeless guy or a drug addict or something, which are usually mutually exclusive. I’ll probably tweet about that. I can’t now: no service. But I’ll remember to when I get off at my stop. I bet people would love to read a humorous anecdote like that, maybe it will make their bad morning a little funnier or something.

I forget to tweet that, but forget that I forgot that.

I think about how it must suck to be homeless, because I really love not being homeless.

Around the Powell stop, I begin to play Angry Birds. I can’t beat one level, and it’s driving me nuts. Ultimately, I’d settle for one star. That’s how bad this one has gotten.

I think about grabbing a Peet’s Coffee before I walk to work. I realize it’s like 2 bucks, and I totally lost my mayorship to that guy and I’m way behind now, anyway, so forget it. Plus, for the same price I could get a pretentious cup of Four Barrel at the place next door to my office. That’s way more logical than the unlimited, free coffee at my place of work.

I check Twitter.

I check Facebook.

I get to work. I have a bowl of organic cereal with organic milk. A few people ask me if I’m hungover. For some reason in my profession, being drunk almost all of the time is hilarious and oddly endearing. It’s part of being “creative.” To be fair, it’s a fair question: odds are I’m hungover the majority of the time.

I go to my desk. I check a few websites that tell me about the things I need to know, in order of importance:

1) Has a celebrity died or cheated on their spouse?

2) Has a celebrity twitter account been “hacked” and were all the pictures of them naked “stolen”?

3) Is there a new viral video I should be talking about?

4) Is there a new band I should have heard about?

5) Check Twitter.

6) Check Facebook.

7) Wait, check Twitter again. Yep, I’m gonna re-tweet that joke that guy said.

8 ) Wait, now has a celebrity died or cheated on their spouse?

After I’ve checked the important stuff, I do some work.

I go to the kitchen to see if anyone is there to talk about any viral videos we’ve seen. Maybe we’ll even discuss an old film we liked. Like The Mighty Ducks. I loved The Mighty Ducks. Did you love The Mighty Ducks? We talk about how Muni is terrible. Because it is. Muni is terrible.

I check Twitter.

I check Facebook.

I do some more work. I attend meetings. They seem really long. Someone says something funny, though, so it’s okay.

On a conference call, someone we’re talking to says a buzz-word like “synergy.” We put it on mute and make fun of them.

I check Twitter.

I check Facebook.

I get lunch at some place that is overpriced. I check in to their establishment on Foursquare.

When I return to work, I will sign up for a social networking site that is new. It will involve:

1) Taking artsy pictures and sharing them with people.

2) Telling people about the music I’m listening to.

3) Telling people what I’m doing, right now, this instant, right now, this instant, no seriously, right now.

4) Telling people what I’ve eaten.

4) Doing all four of these things at once while then distrubuting this to Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

It’s probably a site made by a guy who knows a guy that I know. I’ll be jealous that he was smart enough to make this. I will presumably use said new social network about 14 times and then I will never use it again. But I’ll be able to let people know that, yeah, I’ve used that. I found it hard to get into.

I’ll Google something weird. I’ll wonder why so many other people are Googling that. I’ll know, because when I entered it into Google, it finished my sentence. People are funny. Wait, now I’m creeped out by how smart Google is.

I’ll think about the movie Terminator and wonder if we’re actually going to be overthrown by robots. Then I’ll realize that’s silly. Then I’ll Google “world overthrown by robots: possible?”

I’ll do a little more work. I will send emails. I will read a pdf or two.

I check Twitter.

I check Facebook.

I will go home and be annoyed that Muni is so inefficient. I’ll tweet that, but in a funny way that is both relatable and honest.

Why didn’t I wear my f*#%ing coat?

On my walk home, I’ll consider buying a bottle of wine for when I’ll be writing ideas for work later. I’ll just have one glass.

I’ll look at Sutro Tower. I’ll feel lucky to be paying too much money for a very small apartment, because San Francisco is worth it in these tiny little moments.

I get home and call a few friends. We talk about how we want to travel. We’ll probably have a few locations in our back pockets that no one would see coming. We’re so interesting.

I’ll go out for a drink with a friend at a dive bar. It will probably ironically have very expensive beers. That will seem off, but I’ll just go with it.

I will read up on the news just in case anyone ever asks if I know about the world. It will go like this:

1) A country is at war, and I don’t know anything about that country. Wait, shit, that’s just a city. I thought that was a country? Wow. That’s a bummer on a lot of levels.

2) Something is on fire in San Francisco somewhere.

3) Baby pandas are adorable! Oh my god, why haven’t I ever been to see the pandas?

4) Blah blah blah Kate and William blah blah blah.

5) A large financial corporation did something shady, and they are having a confusing trial about it.

I watch an independent film that I heard about, it’s supposed to be really good.

I will have a second glass of wine . Shoulda seen that one coming.

I check Twitter.

I check Facebook.

My alarm clock goes off. Presumably on my iPhone 4. I hit snooze…

This blog post makes me miss home SO MUCH.  The saddest thing is that I can TOTALLY see myself doing these exact same things…oh wait, since I posted this on Facebook and Twitter, I guess I already have started doing this… HA!

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Strangers, Again…

April 25, 2011 at 1:36 am (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, loves and friends, X's and O's)

Well done once again, Wong Fu.  If you have 15 minutes to spare, this is a great watch. And I’m not just saying this because I’m a sap for this kind of stuff.  It really does do a great job at explaining the life span of most relationships.  I’m positive that you’ll relate to this video in one way or another…so watch.

Stage1: Meeting
Stage 2: The Chase
Stage 3: Honeymoon
Stage 4: Comfortable
Stage 5: Tolerance
Stage 6: Break up

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Grandpa in the Sacramento Bee

March 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm (Food for Thought, X's and O's)

I’ve always been proud of him, but it is really nice to see how he has impacted others’ lives as well.  He’s not only my life hero, but serves as a hero for others as well.  He leaves behind a legacy that people will be talking about forever.


Noboru Taguma and Hideo Takeuchi, circa 1999

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Minna domo arigatou -Thank you very much everyone!

March 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, loves and friends, X's and O's)

Thank you guys a lot for all of the birthday wishes, condolences about my grandfather passing, and concern about my family in Japan. It’s been a crazy couple of days, so this really means a lot. Love you all!

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I wish I had two cows

March 10, 2011 at 11:47 am (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought)

Haha, so my little sister got this handout in one of her highschool classes.

And this was my mom’s response.

HAHA. My mama knows me too well.

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Lent for non-Christians

March 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, School)

I’m not Christian, but having gone to Santa Clara University (a Jesuit establishment), I’m very accustomed to the practice of Lent.  Anywho, this year I think I’m going to try to give up chewing gum because I am so reliant on it to stay awake at work.  Now I will need to try harder to get more sleep and eat better to get more energy! Haha.

Yeah, well, let’s see how long this will last…

[Side note: I used to see throngs of people with ash on their foreheads today (Ash Wednesday) back at SCU, but I haven’t seen any ash today here in Los Angeles. Hmmm]

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