“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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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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2011 Already!?

January 13, 2011 at 11:20 am (Quotes and such)

Sorry I’ve neglected you blog.  Life has been crazy fun lately.  Going to Las Vegas this weekend for the 3-day MLK weekend, and then in February going to ALASKA to visit my gf Olivia! 🙂

Anywho, just passing by.  It’s only 10:20am and work is already crazy. Love it.

Words of Wisdom for today:

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind ~ Dr.Seuss

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Oh, Don Draper, you say it so well…

October 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm (Advertising, Food for Thought, Quotes and such)

“Advertising is based on one thing: Happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom of fear. It’s a billboard on the side of the road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing…it’s okay. You are okay.” -Don Draper, Mad Men season 1

I want a Don Draper (Mad Men)/Ted Mosby (HIMYM)/Colin (Gossip Girl)/Mike Chang (Glee) all mushed into one. Kthanksbyeee

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my sentimental heart

June 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm (Quotes and such)

Mama and I were having a John Cusack marathon (omg, 1990 John Cusack is so so so hot!), and this was THE CUTEST montage from High Fidelity:

Laura: So what did you want to talk to me about?

Rob (John Cusack): Um, I’m gonna talk to you about whether or not…you want to get married to me?

Laura: [Laughing]

Rob: I’m serious.

Laura: Yes, I know.

Rob: Well, thanks a fucking bunch!

Laura: I’m sorry. Two days ago you were making tapes for that girl from The Reader

Rob: Yeah

Laura: Well, forgive me if I don’t think of you as the world’s safest bet.

Rob: Would you marry me if I was?

Laura: What brought all this on?

Rob: I don’t know…I’m just sick of thinking about it all the time.

Laura: About what?

Rob: This stuff. Love and…settling down and marriage, you know? I just wanted to think about something else.

Laura: [sarcastically] I’ve changed my mind. That’s the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard. I will, I do.

Rob: Just shut up. I’m trying to explain, okay? That other girl, or other women, whatever – I mean, I was thinking that they’re just fantasies.  You know? And they always seem really great because there are never any problems. And if there are, they are cute problems like, you know, we bought each other the same Christmas present or she wants to go see a movie that I’ve already seen, you know? And then I come home, and you and I have real problems and you don’t even want to see the movie I want to see, period. There’s no lingerie and –

Laura: I have lingerie.

Rob: Yes, you do. You have great lingerie. But you also have the cotton underwear that’s been washed a thousand times, and it’s hanging on the thing, and—And they have it too. It’s just I don’t have to see it because it’s not in the fantasy. Do you understand? I’m tired of the fantasy because it doesn’t really exist. And there are never really any surprises, and it never really – Delivers?

Laura: Delivers.

Rob: Right. And I’m tired of it. I’m tired of everything else for that matter. But I don’t ever seem to get tired of you. So—

Laura: I think I know what you mean.

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February 26, 2010 at 9:52 am (Anything and Everything, Quotes and such) (, )

“A parent’s only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed.” -via @shitmydadsays (twitter)

Man, I hope I’m not the dumbest kid….

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January 28, 2010 at 1:57 am (Anything and Everything, Quotes and such) (, )

Some of my favorite quotes from President Obama’s State of the Union address:

  • “America prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation. Again, we are tested. And again we must answer history’s call.”
  • “The bank bailout was about as popular as a root canal. But I promised I wouldn’t just do what was popular—I would do what was necessary.”
  • “I never said change would be easy. When you try to do big things and make big changes it stirs passions & controversy—that’s just how it is.”

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October reflections

October 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, loves and friends, Quotes and such, School, traveling) (, , , )

Slightly disappointed in myself for not keeping this blog up to date.  There has been a plethora of happenings since my last post, and now I can’t even document them because I have forgotten what I wanted to post!  Anywho, it’s mid-October now, and I’m wondering how time had passed so fast.  Summer “vacation” is finally over (although you cannot call it a pure vacation because I was working 40 hour weeks, going to school, and juggling a social life at the same time).  School is now back in session – actually, it is basically half over since it is the start of week 5 of 10.


The last year of college has begun, and I am having mixed feelings.  Part of me is trying to enjoy every second of it (as illustrated in my overzealous first two weeks of long nights and memorable moments, quotes, and friends).  Another part of me is just itching to get out of here, to go explore the “real world”.  Time after time my alumni friends have told me “you’re so lucky to still be in school” and I know I am.  Being in school is actually fun and relaxing.  You get to see and hang out with people your own age, get to sit and just listen to lectures for hours on end, and learn about things that actually interest you (given that you have chosen majors and minors that you enjoy, like i did – Marketing and International Business).  A lot of my friends who have recently graduated are still looking for jobs, and as I sit in school, I hope that I do not end up like that (sorry if you’re reading this unemployed buddies 😦 I’m rooting for ya!) Yet, there is a certain urge to just be out there in the workforce; to be able to go to work, put in my time, and to come home WITHOUT thinking about all of the homework that still awaits me. UGH.

This quarter could have been my last.  (I have now decided to stay one more quarter to pursue more classes that interest me but I never had the chance to take) I finished up my marketing major last Spring quarter, and now I am working towards finishing up my International Business minor (World Geography and Cross-cultural Psychology – TWO OF THE MOST INTERESTING CLASSES EVER!)  I am also taking my third religion (before my second religion course – oh the joys of going to a religious college), and taking my Capstone class (aka Senior thesis-type class that all seniors in the Business School must take to graduate).  My courses this quarter are making me very anxious to get a job OUTSIDE of NorCal, where I have prolonged my stay by 4 years already by choosing to go to Santa Clara University 15 minutes from home).  My interests that I’d love to explore are the Public Relations and Advertising/Branding industries, and the main hubs for this industry are Los Angeles, New York, and London – all places that I love (minus LA solely because of traffic).  My world geography class has strengthened my love for travel and I earnestly hope that whatever job I end up landing has some opportunities to travel.  Alas, I am still trying to work out all of my goals, and until further notice, I cannot positively say this is what I want to pursue (although I am getting closer to figuring it all out).


What I love about California the most is the weather.  I don’t think there really is any place like California.  It’s not TOO hot, although it definitely has it’s warm days (I was inside the office safe from the smoldering heat anyways :)) The fall and winters are generally dry, and if it were to rain I know EXACTLY how much rain we’re going to get and how long the rain is going to last. For example, last week we had our first severe storm.  It lasted ONE day! One, horribly wet, blustery, miserable day but still – ONE DAY. Haha.  We don’t get snow, except for in the mountains (and even then not so much), and in the winter I can still survive with just two layers – no gloves and scarves necessary like when I lived in London.   So why do I want to leave? Well, the answer simply is that everyone should.  It gives you more perspective on life outside your sunny California bubble.  Living in London for 4 months taught me that.  I want to see the world.  I haven’t forgotten that one of the top things I want to do before I die is to visit all 7 continents.  But this goes back to me getting a job after graduating from college.

Side note: yesterday (10/17 at 5:04pm) was the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that shook the Bay, even collapsing the Bay Bridge.  I know many of you out-of-state’rs are deathly afraid of earthquakes, but I personally think that they are a wonderful (although serious and definitely can be scary) touch to what makes California special.


Ok, cheesy, I know.  I just watched Ghosts from Girlfriends Past, and there was one quote that really stood out to me.  This is because I have recently experienced this (maybe still am).

“Someone once told me that the power in all relationships lies with whoever cares less, and he was right. But power isn’t happiness, and I think that maybe happiness comes from caring more about people rather than less”

Alright, I think I’ll end on this note 🙂 This is a long post, but also long awaited. Til next time, you stay classy Santa Clara.

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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise

May 18, 2009 at 10:52 am (Food for Thought, Quotes and such) (, , )

Benjamin Franklin wrote this idiom in his collection of periodicals, Poor Richard’s Almanack.  Now, there is some wisdom behind it, because people who go to sleep and wake up early have a headstart to get work done before all the normal civilians who choose not to wake up in the wee hours of the day.  Personally, I think waking up super early on a daily basis is torture. Maybe because I’ve never quite been a morning person.  Even when I had 0 period P.E. class in high school at 7am in the morning, my body clock never really adjusted to that insanity.  For my current 8am Operations and  Management class MWF, I can wake up and drag myself to class most days…but if I had the choice, would I do it to myself? Probably not.

My mom has always preached that the “early bird always catches the worm”.  This coming from a woman who never sleeps makes the statement slightly skewed.  Does a person who always goes to sleep early even have fun? Are they really wise, or are they just antisocial? There are so many life experiences that happen AT NIGHT, and if you cut that out, are you really being healthy, wealthy, and wise?  I guess it depends on which knowlegde bank you’re recognizing. I am sure that people who don’t go to bed early can still acquire the same amount of academic knowledge that a person who does go to bed early can.  They also get social knowledge too. Street knowledge.  So with that being said, if the early bird catches the worm then that birdie can have that worm.  I think I will stick to my current lifestlye of balancing my social and work life, making sure I can gain as much knowledge as I can while I can gain it.  The worst part of life is being 40 years old and looking back and wishing I had gone out and done the things I wanted to do when I was younger. So have my worm, early birds. I’m getting healthy, wealthy, and wise my OWN semi-nocturnal way!

The early bird always catches the worm

The early bird always catches the worm

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