“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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FratMusic.com … best discovery of the week BY FAR

July 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm (Anything and Everything, loves and friends, Working Hard (or hardly working?))

No joke dudes. http://fratmusic.com

Don’t believe it? See below.

carmela: fratmusic.com dont question it
playlists include “your party is our pregame, vom and rally, drunk girl anthem, dirty dance party, black out with your sack out, rolling face”
its our life story in music form
me: HAHA
dude. word, pausing Pandora for this now
: its totes worth it. trust.
: what’s your fave playlist?
of course i chose “Rage”
ohemjizz, there is a playlist called Baby Making? oy vay

carmela: dont underestimate the baby making playlist! the dub baby making is good
 baby making mixed with dubstep… luh it
  its like OH HEY TORSO my you grinding like dat at work
 me: dude, this is GREAT
  yeah i had to stop myself. realized it was getting out of hand when my chair started swiveling
 carmela: hahaha
  ya i basically lost all care after 2pm
  i let it roll
me: i mean, how else are you going to get past that 2:30 feeling. move over 5-hr energy, fratmusic.com is taking control
carmela:  for reals

ive listened to basically all the playlists
all equally good
i fear ill never live down my frat-scination

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Marshall Kim vs Yao Ming

July 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm (loves and friends)

Haha, nice one Marshmallow. #1 on Reddit as of 7/20/11 3:30PM http://i.imgur.com/BZy8p.png

"My friend wanted me to attempt the Yao Ming meme face. Here is the final result."

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July 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm (Anything and Everything, loves and friends, traveling)

Wow, June was a month of Neglect for my blog. My bad…

So, what happened from my last post…hmm, a lot actually!

May 21st weekend:
-Shally came to visit from San Diego! Spent the day at the Santa Monica Pier
-Took John to see Yelle at The Music Box in Hollywood and introduced ourselves to French electronica/pop!

Memorial Day weekend (and then some):
-Went to O’ahu, Hawaii for a church convention/fun in the sun 🙂
-Jumped off some 30ft high rocks into the ocean. You know, the usual. (haha, NOT)
-Amazing food&drinks with amazing friends ❤
-I finally got my base tan! haha, no more ghost Cheryl

June 3rd weekend (Home Sweet Home):
-Little baby sister graduated from Mountain View High School. So proud of my little Valedictorian 😀
-Celebrated my lovely Tina’s birthday Karaoke/oldschool sleepover style
-FINALLY went to a San Francisco Giants game in SF. Oh how I had missed AT&T Park…
-Finally had Philz Coffee…and it was AMAZING 🙂
-Dinner reunion with the best Alpha Kappa Psi family 😉
-Birthday funtime in SF for Fernando’s birthday

June 11th weekend:
-Downtown LA Artwalk adventure with my coworker
-Re-experiencing the old bars from last summer with the A-Team
-Discovering new Mid-City bars with JP Duffy and friends
-THREAD shopping event downtown with the wifey

June 18th weekend:
-THE CRAZIES COME BACK TO LA to visit! The usual: eating great food, beaching it up, partying in Hollywood…oh, and all-you-can-drink brunches in  Santa Monica to keep the good times rolling

June 25th weekend:
-Free Rooney concert at El Rey theater thanks to Sam 🙂
-Dining in the Dark experience (yeah, PITCH BLACK DARK complete with servers who are blind)
-Rooftop pooling in Hollywood courtesy of John

Fourth of July weekend (Home Sweet Home):
-Nails done, hair done. Everything did. 😉
-Long walks and leisurely eating at familiar places…LOADS of family time
-Reunion dinner with old friends
-Clubbing in SF…somehow we always end up at Circa by the end of the night. Haha
-Nichi Bei Times fundraiser at the A’s game/more Family time

July 9th weekend:
-SOUTH CAROLINA ADVENTURE!! This little Asian takes on the South! haha. Literally the only Asian for miles…or cities in some cases 😛
-Myrtle Beach adventures: Beach Boardwalk/Boulevard-playing arcade games like it was 1998, Broadway shops, beaching of course, Alligator Adventure, holding guns for the first time, Confederate flags aplenty
-Charleston/Folly Beach/Mount Pleasant adventures: downtown+cute markets, Boone Hall Plantation (where parts of The Notebook was filmed), beaching, first time on a personal boat, first time driving a boat, collecting FULL sand dollars on a secluded beach <3, intertubing through the inlets, chilling on the dock while the sun sets…because my flight home was cancelled (thank you United)


Okay, this was a bit of an overshare, but given I haven’t blogged for almost two months…whatevs. I have to write it because EVERYONE who knows me knows that the pictures won’t be up for at least a couple of months…hehehe…:-D

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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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the new backstreet boys?

April 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm (Anything and Everything, loves and friends)

Haha, totally exploiting my friend Michael, but this is too hilarious. Good job on this one, boys.

Backstreet Boys Revival

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Noboru Taguma, celebrating 88 years today (4/3/11)

April 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm (Anything and Everything, loves and friends, Quotes and such, X's and O's)

Today would have marked the momentous 88th Birthday of my grandfather Noboru Taguma.  In the midst of all the chaotic news of the earthquake and tsunami in Sendai (where some of my family reside), Noboru peacefully passed away in his sleep on March 11, 2011 in West Sacramento.

This post goes out to my life’s greatest hero. I love and miss you so much.

[Official Obituary]

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Noboru Taguma, a longtime farmer and Nisei draft resister who took a principled stand during World War II, passed away peacefully at his home in West Sacramento, Calif. on March 11, 2011. He was 87.

A native of Broderick, Calif. who was born on April 3, 1923, he retired in the early 1990s after farming tomatoes for 45 years, mostly for Campbell’s Soup, around Clarksburg, Yolo County, Calif.

During World War II, he and his family of nine were uprooted from their home in Broderick (now part of West Sacramento) and forcibly relocated, first to the Merced Assembly Center — a converted fairgrounds where they spent four months — and then to the Granada (Amache) concentration camp in Colorado.

He was one of only 300 young Nisei to resist a military draft imposed behind barbed wire based upon constitutional principle — and one of just 36 such young men from the Granada concentration camp. He stated he would gladly fight for his country if his family was released from the wartime concentration camps and his citizenship rights were restored.

While awaiting trial, the young Nisei resisters from Granada were visited by two leaders from the Japanese American Citizens League — Min Yasui and Joe Grant Masaoka. While the young Nisei men were eager to meet with them, one by one they were told to go into the U.S. Army. Noboru Taguma and two other resisters who similarly voiced their anger — in his case, yelling at the two and then slamming the door — were then sent to solitary confinement in an apparent attempt to break their will.

Once shunned by so-called “community leaders” and subject to community ostracism, the resisters today are heralded for the civil rights stand they took.

After serving his sentence at a Tucson federal labor camp, he relocated to the town of Granada, Colo. to be near his family. Although he was barred from the camp, every night for about one month, he either walked or hitchhiked three miles to the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, timing the searchlights on the guard towers and sneaking into camp to be with his family. There, he would eat or watch movies, and leave when warned about the presence of military police. Again, at the risk of getting shot, he snuck back out of camp, trekking back to the town of Granada.

Later, hoping to get him and his family closer to home to the Tule Lake Segregation Center, he renounced his citizenship. Picked up by the FBI while visiting his friend in Denver, Colo., he was sent to the Santa Fe internment camp in New Mexico for nine months until the camp was closed. He was relocated to the Crystal City internment camp in Texas, where he stayed for nine months before being recruited to work in Seabrook, New Jersey. There, he served his one-year probation before finally being released.

For the majority of the 120,000 persons of Japanese descent who were imprisoned during the war, freedom arrived in early 1946. For Noboru Taguma, freedom was not a reality until September 20, 1947. The incarceration saga deprived him of his freedom and family during precious years of his life.

Noboru would get recognition for the stand that he took. In 1994 the Florin chapter of the JACL honored him and other local resisters with their Daruma Civil Rights Award. The Catalina Federal Prison Camp where he was sentenced to, located northeast of Tucson, was renamed the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site in 1999. Noboru Taguma was among the resisters whose story was captured along with Hirabayashi, who challenged the government relocation orders during World War II.

In 2000, the National Japanese American Citizens League voted on a resolution to recognize the resisters and the stand that they took. Two years later, the JACL held a national reconciliation ceremony to honor the resisters in San Francisco’s Japantown.

He was predeceased by his parents, Iwakichi and Iwa Taguma, who immigrated from Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, as well as younger sister Shizue Susie (Jack) Furutani and niece Cynthia Bruers.

He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 53 years, Sakaye (Yoshizawa) Taguma; daughter Masako Carol Yasue of Nagoya, Japan; son Makoto Mark (Alice) Taguma of Mountain View, Calif.; daughters Mariko Sharon (Benjamin Kam) Taguma of Union City, Calif. and Machiko Gail (Andy) Irie of Torrance, Calif.; and son Kenji Glenn Taguma of San Francisco.

He is also survived by his 10 beloved grandchildren: Kengo and Shingo Yasue of Japan, Cheryl Yoko and Kristie Akiko Taguma of Mountain View, Elise Makiko and Spencer Minoru Kam of Union City, and Lauren Mayumi, Brandon Kota, Jason Shohei and Michael Shinzo Irie of Torrance.

Surviving siblings include older sister Kiyoko Kay (Ben, deceased) Hashimoto, Bunji Bill (Michiyo) Taguma, Goichi Bob Taguma, Mutsuko Alice (Toru) Honda and Shingo George (Tokiko) Taguma. He is also survived by nephews Kay Hashimoto, Rick Taguma, Steven Taguma; nieces Yuriko Masuda, Keiko Furutani, Julie Honda-Tsuye, Joy Yamane and Kim Gold; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Final Viewing will be held on Thursday, April 7, 6 to 8 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Lawn, 6100 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 1:30 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Lawn, with burial to immediately follow. Reception afterwards at the Tenrikyo Sacramento Church, 6361 25th Street (at 47th Avenue) in Sacramento.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Nichi Bei Foundation, P.O. Box 15693, San Francisco, CA 94115.

For more on Noboru Taguma, visit http://taguma.org/

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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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when the going gets tough…haha

January 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm (Anything and Everything, loves and friends)

ooh, a double posting in one day! this is unheard of, haha!

Anywho, this is for all my homies still trying to find a job. 🙂 I know it’s tough out there, but this will make you laugh off the situation. Thanks Mike for sharing this with me.

Craigslist Job Posting – Fine, Don’t Fucking Hire Me

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damn you autocorrectl

December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, loves and friends, X's and O's)

i know i have def sent some texts that were autocorrected to create some pretty funny and extremely awkward conversations. 🙂 gotta love that iPhone autocorrect for keeping things interesting!

here’s to DECEMBER (i know, WTF right?!) and to my new favorite website for laughs and giggles! 😀



PS: Congrats to Marissa Ford on her engagement and Congrats to my sophomore roomie Leanne Perricone on her recent marriage! I guess you’re Leanne Hill now! AHHHH! You crazy young’uns. 😛 i need a boyfriend. hahahahahahaha. funny.

PPS: There are white snowflake things falling on my blog. was that always there and im really that oblivious, or is this a December thing?

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