Thursday, December 25, 2003

Hello again,

Well, this "new year" is almost over. Lots of things happened, many of which I could have never conceived at the beginning of the semester. But I've forgotten that's how life works.

2004, here we come.

But first...

Merry Christmas everybody!

Monday, August 25, 2003

Lord, help me to live by grace this new year.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Deep thanks to all three of my avid readers. Due to much thought and deliberation, this blog will be suspended indefinitely.

Friday, June 06, 2003

Whew, time to finish what I started writing about two entries ago. Need to shake myself from the summer vacation doldroms and force myself to write.

Our trip to Chuck E. Cheese made me reflect on a lot of things, specifically on how my role has changed from the caretakee to the caretaker. Or pseudo-caretaker for that matter. Babysitting my little cousins for one day doesn't really constitute me a caretaker. Still, they were in my care by providing them food, giving them tokens for games, wiping mouths, holding hands, etc. etc. Each time I take care of little kids further deepens my appreciation for all the parents out there. How in the world do they do it.

When I stepped inside that Chuck E. Cheese, I looked around in disbelief and felt a little sadness. Mainly because I don't remember the games being so cheesy, the pizza being so small, and how fake Chuck E. looked in his giant mouse costume. I guess that's what happens when you grow up.. reality becomes progressively pessimistic. But I looked down and saw the wide-eyed, open-mouthed expressions on Chris and Haejin's faces, who were instantly enchanted by this magical place, trying their best to absorb this larger-than-life atmosphere which was just too much to handle for their little bodies. Couldn't even get them to sit still while making them eat one slice of pizza before they ran off and played again. Usually they would just take one bite and take off running to the skee-ball area when I would get up to get more napkins or refills.

Afterwards, we went to Universal Citywalk and watched "Finding Nemo." Unfortunately, I don't know if Nemo got found, or how he even got lost in the first place. Chris begged me to buy him a soda during the beginning of the movie, and their craving for popcorn peaked in the remaining fifteen minutes so I had to go back out again. I'm sure there was a happy ending, but I think I need to watch it again once it comes out on video.. hahah. Rounded off the day by a trip to McDonald's and getting Happy Meals featuring Finding Nemo toys that makes shrill noises each time they're squeezed. Of course, they squeezed them over and over again until we arrived home.

A simple smile makes everything worthwhile.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

To the wacky, zany, chum-chumminy sister of mine,

Happy 21st birthday Cindy Park!

sorry for the day-late update!

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

I asked my little cousins if they wanted to go to Disneyland or Sea World, but they only answered with an emphatic, "Chuck E. Cheese!"

Hahah, I guess I'll be playing with them in the plastic-ball pen this Saturday. Hopefully I won't get kicked out this time.

Monday, May 26, 2003

To the handsome, ballin', irresistable brother of mine,

Happy 21st birthday John Song!

Sunday, May 25, 2003

To the graduates of 2003: warmest congratulations. Remember that home is where the heart is.. you guys will always be family.

So if I stand let me stand on the promise
That You will pull me through
And if I can't let me fall on the grace
That first brought me to You.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

Finals are finally over. However, I still have this strange urge to study, so I'm going to calculate some stats.

Within the last 192 hours (last Thursday)...

*I spent 105 hours at the library

*Consumed around $30 worth of candy

*Out of those 105 hours at the library, only got ~$2 worth of candy confiscated

*Averaged 3.2 hours of sleep per night

*Ate only one home-cooked meal at my apartment (I had to empty my wallet of all those Jack-in-the-Box, KFC, Taco Bell, Subway, and Denny's receipts)

*Ate first meal of the day by around 3 or 4 in the afternoon

*Had to fully recharge the iPod around eight or nine times (a fully charged battery lasts ten hours)

*Received a great care package from Jahndee, Fred, Kwan, Kristy, Karen and Carolina

*Saw the sun rise every morning.

Friday, May 23, 2003

I took my psychology final this morning. The guy next to me tilted his head back and a few minutes later, he started snoring away. I really, really envied him.

One more to go. Why Saturday of all days.

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

You know you've spent too much time at the library if:

10) You make a top ten list giving reasons why one spends too much time at the library
9) The librarian demands that you pay rent
8) Became an expert at sneaking in all types of food (candy, drinks, curly fries)
7) Got your food confiscated more than once
6) The last things you say (en route to the library) to people nowadays are," I'm so screwed," and "I'll see you at the library"
5) You know by heart what time the circulation desks close
4) Become really happy when you see an open seat
3) Bring your toothbrush
2) Charge your cell phone at the library instead of in your own home
1) Hang pictures of your family and friends on the inside walls of your cubicle

Finish strong everyone.

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Good afternoon everyone. I never knew that this was possible, but me and Kwan got kicked out of a Mcdonald's today. Who/what/when/where/how/why?

who: Me, Kwan, Esther, Carolina, Jenny, Albert

what: ? N/A

when: This afternoon on one of our weekly lunch dates before teacher's meeting

where: a McDonald's in Daly City where we're no longer welcome

how: This McDonald's was luxurious enough to have its own giant playpen in the back (the one with the big tunnel slides and plastic balls). Me and Kwan had the urge to go play in there. We threw off our shoes and decided to climb in starting from one of the slide's exitways, but right before we reached the top, I lost my footing and slid all the way back down with Kwan. An angry McDonald's manager wearing a really tacky manager's blazer awaited us at the foot of the slide with these harsh words: "Leave this store immediately." And he was really mean about it too.. he kept on repeating that to the six of us until we packed up our things and finally left.

We met up again at church, and Kwan said, "Gosh, he made me feel like I committed murder or something." I think everyone felt pretty crummy about what happened. Who the heck gets kicked out of a McDonald's!? Unfortunately, six sunday school bible study teachers.

But later, Frank heard our story and said, "Eh, no biggie. That McDonald's in Daly City, right off the 280 right? I got kicked out of that same place too. We were playing in the plastic ballpen, when the manager came out to yell at us. That's when one of us threw a plastic ball at him.. then we got kicked out. Man, I want to go back and do that again. Let's go guys!" We all stopped feeling bad after that.

why: You have to release stress from finals somehow.

Saturday, May 10, 2003

I had a blast at the annual FiCB picnic yesterday. The weather was gorgeous, food was scrumptious, and football was fun. It delighted me to see how many people turned out, despite the fact that a lot of people went down south for Mother's Day. Although it's impossible to chat with every single individual there due to the largeness of our ministry, seeing everyone altogether and having a good time reminded me of the blessings of community and belonging.

At the same time, I remembered how I'm only going to have one more FiCB picnic to look forward to. And how we're going to have greater responsibilities and such. Andy and Paul pretty much summed up how I feel about all this. But nevertheless, I've always wanted to be a senior, and I guess I'm going to get what I asked for very soon.

I need to be open-minded and accepting to what He has in store for us.

Well, my updates are gonna be sparse for a while. Blame it on the torturous season known as finals.

Now I live and I breathe for an audience of One
Cuz I know this journey is my own.

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Happy 21st Birthday Billy "the Ku." Hope you get to finish all that cereal before the milk expires!

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

I dug and found gold at Safeway tonight.

Spam (6 for $10.68)
Vienna Sausages (12 for $11.88)


Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Recap of past couple days:

*X-2 movie-watching
*Going to Denny's afterwards and wishing what kind of superpowers (and corresponding weaknesses) we would have (ex. Billy's super ability to teleport, but arriving naked at his destination)
*Nancy's great korean food
*more korean food at Koko House with Billy, Kwan, Roach, Elise, Mike Lim, Kristy, Jane
*Albany's $1.50/game bowling rate on Monday nights. =)

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Senior Banquet 2003 came (hurrah!) and went (sadly). Long live the memories.

*Nancy, Anica, Peggy, and Josei’s cutesy performance
*awesome skits put on by the freshmen and sophomores
*not giving back Pastor Eugene’s ten bucks
*Andy + tight tiger outfit = irresistible
*Andy also getting ripped big-time by the guys
*what would a big important event be without all the technical difficulties?
*Karen and Jahndee slowly sneaking off the stage during Slum’s rapping repertoire
*Eric/Basile/Danny/Abe’s rocking rendition of “Swing Swing”
*Chuck doing something scandalous with Eugene’s toga outfit
*Bku’s amazing resemblance to Elvis
*girls screaming in the scary scene when Kwan appeared in the fridge
*making fun of Paul in the bathroom while he was going #2
*Rob and Carroll’s blue faces
*red carpet
*genuine smiles
*the gift of laughter
*people who offer themselves to help
*everyone looked so elegant or extravagant tonight.
*Good talk about life with Andy on the car ride home
*videos… and the self-speaking slideshow
*”Keeping your eyes on the prize.”

We love ya seniors. We’re stuck in a moment and can’t get out of it.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Had a fun time filming with Andy at Willard Park today. I wanted us to play on the swings, but there were these two little toddlers who hogged them the entire time. Geez, how inconsiderate of them. jk.

More blasts from the past

Me and Paul at Jr Class retreat last semester. Why is he so dang happy!

Class fellowship at Eugene's house in Burbank during spring break, 2001. I forgot the reason why Andy and Billy were hugging in this picture. Maybe there was no reason at all? Either way, they have passionate looks on their faces, and it makes me want to join in.

Me and Andy at Eugene's birthday at Mel's, Feb 2001. Romantic? No. That jerk wouldn't eat his own spaghetti.
Got my car back from the shop today. Let me know if you need a ride somewhere.

Geewon's and Chris's small group volunteered at the Men's Shelter in Berkeley today. It's a humble organization that helps needy individuals get back on their feet with available shelter, free meals, and good company. Although we didn't do much today (made and served a hurried dinner of bbq chicken, mashed potatoes and salad), the most rewarding part of the night was when we got to sit down and actually chat with them.

Me and Linda had the opportunity to talk to Penny, a surprisingly scholarly man who aspires to go back to college to get his doctorate in philosophy and science. I thought it was fascinating how he still hasn't gotten his drivers license, even though he's at least in his forties. It was good chatting with him about his life, goals, aspirations… he was a very polite and receptive guy to talk to. Thirty minutes is definitely not enough time to chat beginning to end.

During small group sharing time afterwards, one person reminded everyone of an important truth: sometimes, the helper gains more out of the situation than the person who is being helped. Not that our visit to the shelter was an urgent mission or anything; we were a bunch of college kids who wanted to show a little kindness. A lot of us, myself included, assumed that we would be the ones helping out the needy men by serving them food and sparking conversations with them. In actuality, we were the ones getting the better end of the bargain by enjoying the conversations, their presence, their authenticity. I’m gonna keep this short because I’m getting a little delirious, but I just like to add that God’s a genius when it comes to using irony. Contradictions do not exist.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

I got a 100% today. No, not on my accounting midterm which I horribly on this morning.

Big thanks to Jahndee, Eileen, and Roach for warning me up to 100% tonight. Extra special thanks to Roach, who after noticing that I dropped down to 99%, dutifully warns me back up 100%.

How is the "warn" function so effective anyways? Sure, it was designed to impose punishment on someone if they said something insulting or crass, or if they did something to deserve the 5% sting. But the initial warn you give them is easily countered with an outrageous and highly unreasonable 20%. Dood, it'll make more sense if it was the other way around.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

"David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets. David said to Michal, 'It was before the LORD , who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD's people Israel - I will celebrate before the LORD.' "
2 Samuel 6:14,21

"What a wonderful thing when you are so caught up in a moment when you are so lost in an experience that you forget to straighten your tie or to comb your hair. Why esteem yourself? Forget yourself. You'll have a lot more fun."
-Rich Mullins

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Decided to take down the flash movie in the previous post. Hearing that sound of the bolt rolling on that wooden plank every time I opened this page made me want to hit my speakers.

Small Group Night. Geewon’s sg (Danny, Clarence, Mike, Edmund, me) met up with Dave Lee’s sg to go eat dinner at Palace Buffet in San Jose. I indeed felt like a king once I entered through the doors of the grand palace (buffet! har har), this all-you-can-eat meat factory that offers a dozen kind of meats at your mercy. We all spent most of our time on the galbi rolls, which was seriously the best meat they had. Our table alone (Snoh, Mike, Danny, Billy, me) demolished about fifty of those meat rolls. I don't know why, but after eating so dang much, chewing the meat felt unusually similar to chewing gum. Meat-gum, someone hurry and go patent that.

Snohman was cute. He was the only guy who brought us a plate full of fruits and vegetables. He’s also the one who’s going to die early because he purposely ate the charred, burned pieces with a big, nonchalant, “don’t-worry-I-know-it’s-carcinogenic” smile.

It was getting obvious that the owners wanted us to leave. I’m sure they didn’t like the fact that fifteen hungry college guys who intentionally starved all day, came in and wiped off their supplies of food. Afterwards, the guys came over to my place and watched “Road to Perdition.” Tom Hanks is seriously my favorite actor. I had a great time bonding with my fellow bros.. thanks guys.

Fond memory: Sleeping on big beds with lots of pillows.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Dood, this ad by Honda is nuts. No computer generation involved.. everything was planned with crazy creativity and extreme precision. The makers of this ad must have easily won first place at Science Olympiad when they were in high school.

(Macromedia Flash Player 6 required)

It's unfortunate how everything builds up nicely from the start of the commercial, but later reveals the very ugly car that's being marketed for a very anticlimactic ending.

***Sorry guys, but the flash will keep on looping once you open this page. Anyone know how to stop it permanently? To keep it from replaying, right click on the window and click on "Rewind."
I was productive more than usual at the library tonight. Maybe it was because I was studying next to Pastor Eug.. and maybe also because he had his Bible open.

Many of you know good ol' jjah jjahng myun-face Amanda. We just had a war with words, and I humbled her big time. And no, I don't pay my friends. (Amanda, a money order is fine. I'll be lenient and extend the payment deadline to next Monday.)

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

The current respiratory index for Berkeley, which forecasts on a scale of 1 to 10 how comfortable it will be to breathe, is currently a "9." The bay area weather is so good to us.

My dorm room freshman year on the 4th floor, Cunningham, Unit 2. Gosh, I loved that room. They probably converted it into a triple by now. I'm still surprised how me, Nancy, and Liz all lived on the same floor. Nancy, you had one shady roommate.

That's Sammy, Liz, Cindy and me during our senior year of high school. One fine Saturday, we spontaneously biked all the way to Huntington? Beach, which took a total of six arduous hours to and fro. But man, that was seriously a fun day. I wish I still had my bike.. why oh why did I leave it on the AC Transit.

No, we're not the navy. This is the KAMA (Korean American Music Association) Choir performing in one of our concerts eons ago. Depending on the songs we sang, we would go through multiple costumes, such as korean traditional clothes (hanbok) and the "Sound of Music" attire. And no, we were not singing "In the Navy" by the Village People when this picture was taken.

Whew, this was ten years ago at a Tae Kwon Do tournament. I was really really happy that I beat the kid who got 3rd place because he (red belt) was a higher ranking belt than me (brown II). Now that I think about it, getting that first place trophy wasn't all that prestigious. As you can see, there are rows and rows of duplicate first place trophies behind me, which are exactly like the one I'm holding. Hm, a third of all the contenders that day were first place winners.

Monday, April 21, 2003

I used to love putting pepper on everything.. fries, ketchup, burgers, you name it. Until tonight. After the softball game, me, Billy, Andy, Kwan, and John went to Denny's to eat and hang out. We played retarded games, and as for the punishment, one would have to eat a tablespoon of pepper. By the end of the night, most of the guys had about one tablespoon, but I ended up consuming three tablespoons of pepper. It was by far the worst thing I've ever tasted in my life. I seriously feel like a giant cigarette butt. Try it and you'll agree.

We talked about a bunch of stuff afterwards.. happy, sad, serious, contemplative stuff. Even though I know I'm going to be dead tired tomorrow and waking up will seem like an impossibility, it was really refreshing chatting with each other tonight. I realize that nights like these are quickly becoming a luxury and a rarity.

Sunday, April 20, 2003

The small group basketball tournament was great but tiring today. Sunburns and muscle cramps are not the greatest things in the world, but having fun made it all worth it. So let's have some fun with more pictures.

What a cheesy segue.

Picture on left: 2002-2003 small group. Taken last semester at a small group BBQ. Left to right: Rob, Mike, me, Clarence, Jack, Danny, Geewon (sg leader).
Picture on right: 2000-2001 small group. Senior banquet two years ago. Left to right, top to bottom: James, Roy (sg leader), Mike, Chongo, me, Sam Im, Chuck. SG leader Roy looks glamorous.

That’s me and my good buddy Angie who I met freshman year. We were at Billy’s birthday gathering at Faculty Glade for his 19th birthday. We had a contest of who could fit the most oranges in his/her mouth, and I obviously won… cake!

Hiyas, Hannah, Angie at the Unit 2 lounge freshman year. Nice half-open smile (or yawn?) on Hannah’s face.

Our group at this past winter’s FiCB retreat. From left to right: Billy, Sam, Fred, me. Hyewon, Sewon, Janice, Josei, Susan. We made a good team guys. ;)

Junior Retreat last semester: FiCB and FiCS Class of 2004. Sigh, graduation isn’t too far off for these guys and girls. Need to take advantage of senior year.

Me, Andy, Paul and Eug at our freshman year’s annual boat dance. There was a karaoke lounge on one of the floors of the humongous boat. Being the young, rambunctious freshmen guys that we were, we boldly sang N’Sync’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart.” I hated N’Sync after this sad, sad performance. But it was grips of fun guys.

The class guys at last year’s senior banquet. Notice the “homecoming style” poses. Most of the guys are elegantly holding the next guy by the waist. But Roach (aka “Alex”) has the funniest expression on his face for some unknown reason. I blew up his picture for all to see, but of course, with permission. Permission that was given under duress…hahah. Thanks Roach, you are seriously my hero.

Saturday, April 19, 2003

The FiCB/FiCS Good Friday service and joint fellowship at Stanford was enjoyable tonight. After the praise and message, there was a scavenger hunt activity that required us to run all over the Stanford campus. It was actually my first time seeing the entire campus firsthand, and I was taken aback of how scenic everything looked. I admit, the Stanford campus is very nice. But we have a way better clock tower, hands down.

Freshman Karen from Stanford was in our group, and she impressed all of us tonight. She basically outran all of us from place to place, and at one point, she ran so fast that she ditched us. ‘Did she not like our group?’ we wondered. It took a good fifteen minutes to find someone who had her cell number so we could contact her. Geewon commented, “Dood, I bet you anything that she did cross-country in high school.” Turns out that she did, and she ran with wearing high heels the entire night. She put us to shame.

Afterwards, Slum asked me if I could take his place and drive one of the vans back to Berkeley, and I gladly obliged. Too bad that all of my passengers were scared out of their wits (for no valid reason) when I drove. Dennis, I brought you home nice and safely. Stopped by In-N-Out and had an enjoyable dinner with a grip of people.

Pastor Eugene shared: Against the backdrop of God’s wrath, we see the radiance of God’s love displayed at the cross. We see how much God hates sin, but see how much He loves us. We should have been the ones crucified but Christ took our place. And out of all things, we call this a "Good Friday.”

There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below.
-Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Happy Good Friday again everyone.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Time to pay tribute to some memories.

Andy, Billy, Heuge, me.. freshman year in Unit 2 Ehrman lounge. Black and white photos are cool.

Superstar Billy passionately singing in my dorm room freshman year. Adorable John on ice skates at the Frosh/Jr. fellowship last semester. If you're wondering why the temperature in your room just rose twenty degrees, blame it on their good looks.

Why is Heuge so happy here? What is he doing with that cue stick?

Freshman year, Unit 3 lounge. Andy sleeping on Paul sleeping on me sleeping on Billy. I remember feeling so incredibly comfortable in that position.

Sophomore year at Stanford. I think everyone committed themselves to fast for an entire day before Easter. But once it turned midnight, everyone lunged for the nachos and the box of Oreos that Rob is holding. Look at the angry/ugly expression on Paul's nacho-filled face.

Brother's Appreciation Night last December. I don't think I really need to explain this one.
Helping out Janet's Fresno youth group retreat these past few days was truly a blessing, even though I particularly had no idea what to expect. The kids rented out a really run-down, old building in San Francisco (near Daly City), which continues to house missionaries from all over the world. Because the building desperately needed some remodeling, their main project over the duration of the retreat was to coat the entire exterior of the building from top to bottom with fresh paint. By doing so, it would be their hopes to attract passer-bys to approach the kids, who in turn would hopefully get the chance to initiate a conversation about Christ.

But these kids, gosh. Seeing their paint-streaked faces and disheveled clothing was a memorable sight. But I never met a bunch that played so intensely, praised so loudly, and welcomed us so warmly than these guys. An attempt to describe their hilarious/meaningful skits they performed tonight would be inadequate. So I won't but just keep it as a fond memory. But I truly thank all of them for humbling me as well as all the other counselors with their love for Christ. Thanks guys.

I was looking through stacks of old pictures late last night. So many memories.. but it's hard to imagine that I still have more than two-thirds of my life that I have yet to live.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Weather is depressing.

So I'll put up a happy picture of the junior class at the FiCB-wide winter retreat this past January. I'll try to post more pictures up from now on, just because pictures simply say a lot more than words.

This is about less than half the people in our class. Lots of smiley faces. Notice Slum on the way left in a really provocative stance. For some reason, I’m clinging onto his bare thigh. Rob (middle in white) looks like he has two long bangs, but those are actually strings from Andy’s hood dangling over Rob’s forehead. And Kwan is once again surrounded by girls.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Pleasant surprise of the day:
Discovering $14 in your other pair of jeans.

Embarrassing moment of the day:
Having your roommate walk in on you while you're singing at the top of your lungs.. as he remarks, "Didn't know that you were holding a private jam session.. HAHAH!"

Sunday, April 13, 2003

Church was a blessing today.. enjoyed the message, the praise, the people. But near the end of the service, I humbly learned about the importance of communication with your fellows under high-pressure situations. Those who went to KCPC today should know what I'm talking about. However, things always seem funny in retrospect.. hope God has a sense of humor. ;)

Afterward children's ministry ended, a bunch of the teachers and Pastor Eugene went to Fuddruckers to have lunch. It was my first time at a Fuddruckers (I always thought it was an ice cream shop), so I carelessly ordered a 2/3 lb. Swiss Melt burger because I was pretty famished. I didn't realize how a 2/3 lb. burger could be so huge (it was about the size of little Jenny's head), so Pastor Eug helped a poor guy out.

Me, Kwan, Pastor Eug, Sam, Albert, Jane, Jenny, and Brian also had a really fun talk about relationships, which prodded a lot of thought-provoking questions. How young/old would you want your spouse to be? Would you consider dating outside of your race? How long would you wait till you decide to have kids?

And lastly, Would you marry a girl who was covered with thick hair all over her body, or a girl who honks like a donkey whenever she laughs?

Hahah, I would marry the girl with the donkey laugh, but make sure to never tell jokes in our marriage. Ever. ;)

Saw a beautiful weather anomaly in action today. When it's raining intensly, but you look up to only find a clear blue sky with the puffiest clouds.

Saturday, April 12, 2003

feelin' colorful.

Friday, April 11, 2003

With our hands lifted high to the sky
And the world wonders why
We’ll just tell them we’re loving our King
We’ll just tell them we’re loving our King.

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Had a hilarious conversation about children's books yesterday. It's unfortunate that we don't read college textbooks with the same zeal or diligence as we did with children's books. College textbook writers should take a hearty lesson from Louis Sachar, Jerry Spinelli, and of course, Stan and Jan Berenstain.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Excerpt from a website

"My sister-in law is from Oklahoma and has a slight accent. She has cats
and when she lived in the south she would take them to the groomers and
have what is called a Line Cut. To her a line cut is when all of the fur
hanging down below the cat's tummy is taken off (because it gets matted or

When she moved to Chicago with my brother, one of the cats fur got all
tangled up during the move so she took it in for a line cut. She was
quite surprised when she heard the price as it was twice as much as it was
down south. She confirmed with the groomer that he understood what a line
cut was and he said "yes, I know what a LION cut is." It seems her accent
came out sounding like LION not LINE and this is how her cat was returned
to her. (see PHOTOS) She cried for a week...but not as much as the cat. It
was November in Chicago and the cat needed all the fur it had."

Gas in car to go to groomers $4.50
Cat car carrier $32.99
Grooming fee $80.00
Getting the look from one seriously pissed off cat: Priceless.

All the more reason to not be a cat lover.. kittens are okay, but no cats. Dogs all the way.

Kristy and Sewon, I hope you would consider giving your cat a cool haircut like this one!

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Hung out at Paul/Billy/Andy's place last night after Berean.

::Played newly-strunged guitars with Andy and Paul.
::Paul was practicing his speech in front of us which he diligently prepared for an upcoming oral presentation, but we kept on commenting on how lame he sounded.
::Paul therefore biting me and Andy.
::I saw Billy shirtless. Don't be jealous.
::I also heard Billy call Andy, "hyung." That took us all by surprise.
::Had a refreshing talk with Andy about life.
::Dennis drew his name on a piece of paper in big bold letters with a black marker, but the ink seeped through and stained the kitchen table. He was halfway through writing the rest of his last name before he realized what was happening. Now you can see a very visible "DENNIS CH" on their table. Besides a horrified Andy, we all had a good laugh.
::Conked out on their futon.

Spontaneous sleepovers are fun.

Monday, April 07, 2003

I have this crazy urge to go take a nap underneath the warm sun at Memorial Glade.
Watching "The Pianist" makes you wish that you took your childhood piano lessons a little more seriously. The soundtrack is captivating. What a wonderfully-made film.

It's a milestone day when someone is fortunate enough to come across a genuine inspiration. Most of the time, inspirations can be sparked by something surprisingly simple.

Friday, April 04, 2003

Played so many intriguing riddles with Jess and TKD Albert at the library tonight. Walked in the pounding rain, with thunder cracking less than a mile away (I know, because I counted the seconds right after the lightening). What a good night. I felt like I was on top of the world.

Chopin is a fabulous pianist/composer. A good buddy of mine recommends "Ballad No. 1 in G Minor, op. 23."

"God gave us music so we can pray without words."

Thursday, April 03, 2003

What a nice surprise. I just discovered that my ol' Toyota Corolla got broken into, probably sometime over spring break. I know, the car's been sitting in my parking lot for months now, and I guess someone probably took notice of that. The rear triangle mirror on the left side was completely smashed open, making it possible to reach in and unlock the door that way.

I put my key in the ignition and tried starting up the engine, but nothing happened. I looked under the wheel to see if they tried to hotwire the car, but that was untouched too. I had transmission problems with the car before, but that's no reason why the car shouldn't even start. I think it's a valid assumption to say that they probably lifted the hood and tampered with it.

As for items stolen in the car, they didn't take much. They just took all the change, which was all neatly placed in a little tray in the front, that I accumulated when I first bought the car. Still had the flashlight, car registration documents, and the roll of toilet paper I had in the glove compartment. Still had the cheap cassette tape deck that deceivingly looks like a pretty cool CD system, which disappoints most people when they find out it's not. I even had a brand new bottle of water sitting in the back seat, but I guess the job was too easy and didn't make them hot or thirsty enough to take it.

All in all, I'm not too worried about it, but I hope the insurance company takes care of this situation nicely. I felt like today's weather was compassionately refreshing. I hope that makes sense.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

I hear birds chirping outside. Nature's rebuking message that's telling me to stop cramming, take a break, brush your teeth and go hit the hay.

I think I was listening to the same piano piece for the past four hours.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

That's it. From now on till the end of the semester, I'm going to wake up every morning at 6am and sleep by 10pm. I will also eat three well-balanced meals daily that contain more fruits and vegetables than meat. If I keep these challenging goals, I will shave my head and become a Kings fan.
At the library last night, I learned that David Wee is an innocent and funny guy. Innocent.. but FUNNY. =D

Monday, March 31, 2003

Ow, how is it that only after a week of inactivity, guitar callouses would soften up so quickly?

And.. big chance of rain headed in this direction this week.


Sunday, March 30, 2003

Back in Berkeley. Drive up was okay; hit a lot of traffic right before the 580. But being stuck in traffic wasn't that bad because Kristy and Sewon's new kitten entertained us (Hannah, Angie, me). The kitten is adorable. =) Just wait till it turns into a cat. =(

Happy 21st birthday again Sammy. It was great meeting up with you and the ol' Downey folks again. Downey representin'.

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Have you ever read something so convicting that it kept you tossing and turning for hours at night? John Eldredge is such a powerful writer.. many more sleepless nights ahead of me until I finish his books.

Friday, March 28, 2003

I bought a grip of guitar strings at the new Guitar Center that opened in Cerritos. Finally, no more driving all the way to Fountain Valley. The guy gave me a really good deal on them and also threw in Korg guitar tuner for free! Hahah, shows how many guitar strings I bought.

Southern California weather is terrible. Impossible to see any stars due to the incredible amount of pollution we have down here.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Uh oh. I just burned an entire batch of my mom's spaghetti sauce.

I went to the kitchen to finish up some dishes when I realized one of the stove burners were still on, unmercifully burning away the sauce that was inside the pot for the past two hours. Great. I quickly turned off the stove.. I looked inside and saw that there wasn't much left. The bottom interior of the pot was plastered with a soot-like layer of black charred spaghetti sauce.. And it smelled exactly like "han-yak" (that sick-smelling asian medicine), I kid you not. mom just made this spaghetti sauce today too. For half and hour, I tried scrubbing away at the charred layer without success, and I accidentally got some black/brittle/charred/alien spaghetti on my shirt in the process.

I'm going to bed. I need my rest to apologize in the morning.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Thanks GC for the invitation to watch the Lakers/Rockets game tonight. Laker-Vindicator rose victoriously over the despairing Laker-Hater once again. Giancarlo, you stinkin' live in LA county man.. remember your roots!

I just want to post a couple things from a couple AIM convos today that tickled my fancy:

b o y 52: any funny stories from your trip?
ChEEnDy: yeah!
ChEEnDy: there was this weird guy on the street
ChEEnDy: and he saw anentte's uci sweater
ChEEnDy: and he started saying "zot zot zot!"
ChEEnDy: weirdo

Kpxgrlx012: my dad just hit me in the head
Kpxgrlx012: =[
b o y 52: HAHAH
Kpxgrlx012: YAH
Kpxgrlx012: its NOT FUNNY
Kpxgrlx012: =[
Kpxgrlx012: augggh
Kpxgrlx012: he just hit me again
Kpxgrlx012: omg
b o y 52: HAHAHHA
b o y 52: go dad go!

Zot zot zot! Go dad go!

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Something incredible happened. I didn't encounter one single red light when I was driving to and back from Del Taco at 10pm tonight. That is about.. twenty stop lights I had to drive through? Simply incredible.. I mean, what are the chances!

Dontcha love it when that happens? ;)

Quotes from movies I've watched so far this spring break:

1) I Am Sam - All you need is love (Lucy)
2) The Iron Giant - No Atomo.. I Superman! (Iron Giant)
3) Shawshank Redemption - The funny thing is, on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook. (Andy Dufresne)
4) Patch Adams - You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I'll guarantee you'll win. (Patch)

Monday, March 24, 2003

Reading up on the war and watching the highlights on television these days.. still hard to absorb. Knowing that you have a loved one, by that I mean "friend you consider as family," bravely fighting over there and doing what he was trained to do as a marine makes me feel both immense pride and fear for him. We can only pray.

Come back safely Daniel.

Friday, March 21, 2003

I'm still alive, even though this blog wasn't this past week. o_O

But SPRING BREAK is here. Have a great school-free week everyone!

Monday, March 17, 2003

***Thank you Karen, for the great cookies. =)

***Thank you Jahndee, for your packets of leftover meat that'll I'll probably finish by this Tuesday or Wednesday.

***Amanda, hope you fully recover from the softball injury. Hey, share some of your jjah-jjahng-myun, you selfish.

And lastly, POTCH this past Friday was awesome. Because God is awesome.

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
Matthew 16:25

Friday, March 14, 2003

Had a really blessed experience at InterPraise tonight. It's a refreshing reminder to know that there are many other campus fellowships out there.. yes, there is a world outside the FiCB/KCPC bubble guys. It was an amazing experience to worship together under the same roof.

And POTCH is... tonight. Wow.

105 Northgate, 7pm everyone!

Thursday, March 13, 2003

I'm very blessed by the guys in my small group, especially by our two freshmen, Danny and Clarence. In my freshman year, I was no where as close in maturity or their understanding of God as they are right now. It's humbling to know how much can be learned from people who are younger than you are.

Stopped by Capri after small group and had a good helping of eye candy of good-looking Andy and Billy. Not Paul though.. he keeps making fun of my mom. Also, he's taken, so I can't really publicize him anyways.

I got a pepperoni Hot Pocket and a bag of Cheetos at 7-11 afterwards. Not Flamin' Hot Cheetos.. just the good ol' regular Cheetos. I have to lick my fingers every single time I eat one because they're so dang cheesy! I catch myself wiping my fingers on my jeans or my socks. Then I reach in the bag for another one.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Hahah, Roach is a funny guy. For the past two hours, he's been sitting in front of his computer, following the Wizards/Magic basketball game like the faithful Jordan fan he is. No, there's no visual clips of the basketball game, no excited commentator announcing the plays in real-time over the internet.. nothing like that.

Rather, the screen would refresh every thirty seconds or so, listing a couple sentences of the most recent developments in the game. Then Roach gets really excited:

WAS: Michael Jordan defense Rebound.
WAS: Michael Jordan made Dunk. Assisted by Charles Oakley.
ORL: Orlando Full Timeout.

ALEX s HYUN: two point lead
b o y 52: dood
ALEX s HYUN: one point lead
ALEX s HYUN: oooh..mcgrady choked
ALEX s HYUN: dang!!!
ALEX s HYUN: stupid laettner
ALEX s HYUN: whoo hooo!!!
ALEX s HYUN: jordan scored!
ALEX s HYUN: clutch baby!
b o y 52: niice
ALEX s HYUN: dang...this is intense
ALEX s HYUN: and sadly...very pathetic
b o y 52: serious
b o y 52: youre just reading a buncha sentences
ALEX s HYUN: haha
ALEX s HYUN: i know
ALEX s HYUN: and they're not even very detailed sentences
ALEX s HYUN: I <3 the Lakers

Hahah, just kidding.. I just made up his last comment. I really love Roach. And on that note, who wouldn't love the Lakers?? FOURPEAT, here we come!
Generous and Loving Paul cooked dinner for me and Nancy tonight. He made this experimental ramyun mixed with green onions, spam, and dduk (little dough slices). Dinner was great until near the end of the meal, when Nancy said something really really funny about pogs (I can't post it here). Too bad that I was in the middle of swallowing a piece of dduk when she said that, and I started choking on it.

But I was okay. After a couple moments of choking, I regained control of my throat and took a big sip of water. At that point, Paul said something along the lines of "I'll save you Roy," and then decides to give me the Heimlich maneuver after I was all okay. Without warning, he comes behind my back, picks me up from the waist, and starts to unmercifully heimlich me, that jerkface. I don't think it was even a real heimlich.. it just felt like he was giving me a bear hug from behind. I still had water in my mouth, so I had no choice to spit it out along with little chunks of dduk onto the kitchen table (sorry Andy and Billy).

Thanks Nancy for being so funny, and Paul for decreasing my life span by two months. Again, fifteen months and counting till graduation. I do not hope to experience more memorable nights like these before I graduate and leave for GrownUp-Ville.

Monday, March 10, 2003

Right now, I discovered that the socks I'm wearing are different lengths. What an already-crazy Monday.

Sunday, March 09, 2003

Yesterday, I went to Geneva's with Pablo for the first time. The sandwiches were actually pretty good, but the wait was ridiculous. Paul eats/looks like a horse. (that's for making fun of my mom so many times and for not updating your blog.)

Later that night, me, Andy, Chuck and Billy had a spontaneous praise jam session. Billy made a brilliant suggestion to borrow Dave's djembe drum to play, but unfortunately did not happen because Dave was sleeping.

So what did Mr. SexyKu do? He got the kitchen trashcan, emptied its contents, turned it over and using his empty Sprite bottle as a drumstick, started to rhythmically beat it along to the tunes of "King Jesus is all!" and "There is no rock like our God!" What a fun night.

Fifteen months and counting till graduation. I hope to experience more memorable days like these before I graduate and leave for Grown-Up-Ville.

Saturday, March 08, 2003

The freshmen left for their retreat today. I pray that they would have a great time as I certainly did freshman year.. and that they would grow closer together as a class while growing closer to Him.

Speaking of the freshman year retreat.. was there a reason why we split the boys and girls separately for skit groups? Since there were only same-sex groups, the Temptation Island skit with Eugene and Kwan and some other guys was disturbing. Especially when Eugene and Kwan reenacted that romantic scene from the Titanic, where Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are at the way front of the ship, and Leo is cradling Kate's outstretched arms from behind. But imagine Kwan as Kate and Huege as Leo.

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Geewon's sg and Chris' sg went bowling last night. Edmund has a really professional form when he bowls. No wonder he kicked all our butts. In the end, Albany Bowl gave us a lot of coupons that'll give ya two free games if you purchase three games. I have a couple of those coupons, so holla if you want to go.

Afterwards, we went to denny's and had a joke-sharing session with a lot of people. Chris said one that's worth mentioning because it was so lame:

Chris: Okay guys, so how do you put an elephant in a refrigerator in three steps?

*everyone confused*

Chris: You open the refrigerator door, put the elephant in there, and then you shut the door!


Chris: Okay okay, so how do you put a giraffe in a refrigerator in four steps?

someone chimes: You open the door, fold the giraffe in half, put the giraffe in there, and close the door...?

Chris: No no.. you open the door, take the elephant out, put the giraffe in, then close the door!

*someone starts to cry*

Five minutes later, our food comes out and people start eating.. but Chris is at it again:

Chris: Okay, here is one last joke. So it was Simba's birthday right?? Every animal shows up at that big ol' rock, Pride Rock, to celebrate his birthday.. all the animals are celebrating, going wild and having fun... but there was one animal that didn't show up. Who was it?? Give up??

It was the GIRAFFE!!

*the Denny's manager overhears this and kicks us out*

Okay, so maybe the last part didn't happen. Hahah chris, you're a funny girl. The Lion King was a really good movie.

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

I know this is old news, but they finally chose a building plan to construct in the area where the original World Trade Center once stood.

Aspect of the new building which most amazed me:
"A ¡°wedge of light¡± created by precise positioning of the future buildings that are to surround Ground Zero, so that every year on Sept. 11 a shaft of unshadowed sunlight will fall onto a public square from 8:46 a.m. ET (when the first plane crashed into the North Tower) to 10:28 a.m. ET (when it collapsed, after South Tower went down.)"

Wow, Daniel Libeskind is definitely a genius. I can't even read a sundial. I hope to visit New York by the time this 1,776 ft tall dream becomes a reality.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Last night, softball was really fun. I'm glad that I'm playing as catcher, because I have a nice panoramic view of Kwan, Wolverine, Ackmase, Pablo, Heuge, Roberto, Chris, jOhNsOnG, and Dank while they're out on the field. Any girl's dream!

I hope that our constant AIM chatting and text messaging wouldn't deteriorate human communication down to this level.

Neat. Today's date is 03-03-03. What an especially special 21st birthday for Hiyas! Happy Birthday!

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Had a blast at the Jr/Sr BART Extravaganza fellowship! Big major props to Sewon, Haewon, Jahndee and Basile. Thank you guys for putting a lot of time and prayer into it.

*10000 eprops*

POW WOW KIDS all the way. whistles go WOO WOO!

HAPPY 22nd birthday haejin!

Friday, February 28, 2003

Deepest deepest thanks to everyone who made yesterday one of the best days in my life as far as I can remember.. you guys are incredible.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Got a complimentary-size Neutrogena shower/bath shampoo, couple chocolates, this denim hat from Levi's, and hopefully an interview with this one company.

While I was there, a group of 10-12 protestors came in and sat down right in front of the Philip Morris table, yelling chants and catchy phrases protesting against the tobacco industry. They also brought in this huge 8-ft in diamater, paper-mache globe with people's petitions written on them and plopped it right on top of their table. The two representatives from Philip Morris were so confused of what was going on, and I kinda felt bad for them. I think the protestors won, because those representatives took down their huge Philip Morris banner and left.

Wow, it's never boring in Bezerkely.
Accounting midterm, done and over with. yea!

I was studying late into the night yesterday and it got kinda cold in the apartment. I couldn't resist curling up on the couch with my blankets and studying on my back. With a pen in the right hand and papers with practice problems in my left, I studied pretty productively for about five minutes until I conked out. Five hours later, I awoke to the sound of my cell phone.. it was my faithful mom calling to wake me up so I wouldnt miss my midterm this morning. I had a brief conversation with her, but I truly dont remember anything we talked about. Blasted short-term memory!

I went to the bathroom to wash up, and I see two huge black circles on the bottom half of my shirt. These were definitely ink spots.. it was so drenched with ink that it still smeared on my fingers when I touched them. I must have dropped the pen on my shirt when I fell asleep. Dangit, I am running out of white undershirts. It wasn't too long ago when I forgot I had a dark blue sweater into the white laundry load, which turned most of my white undershirts into a baby blue. But Nancy is a weirdo and wanted my bluish undershirts, so I gave them to her. Hey Nancy, do you want my ink-splattered shirt?

Internship fair today. I wonder what cool free gifts they'll be handing out today.

Saturday, February 22, 2003

To the friend who lived three doors down from me during our freshmen year but never bothered to come over and visit, who loves cooking up feasts for people, who doesn't realize how much she'll be missed after this final year of college:

Happy 21st birthday nancy!

Thursday, February 20, 2003

I think this guy grew up playing too many video games.

Monday, February 17, 2003

Recap of yesterday and today:

1) Night out with the freshies
a) Went bowling with a group of juniors and freshmen at Albany Bowl. Me, Kristy, Jahndee, Jenny, Kwan, Josei, Fred, Amanda, Lori, Pale Abe and Danny. Played two games, freshman class vs. the junior class.. team names respectively called "Gos-bowl (gospel) vs. Bi-bowl (bible)." Such uplifting, Christianly names.. hahah. Junior class got rocked.

b) Afterwards, we went to In-N-Out to eat and chillax. Fred and Jahndee discovered that they have a common bond of crying in korean dramas. Everyone had a great time making fun of Amanda and her semi-permanent jjah-jang-myung stain on her upper lip.

c) Kwan brought over a scary movie, "Jacob's Ladder," over to Kristy's place. Danny fell asleep during the movie, and his sporadic snorts proved to be scarier than the movie itself.

2) Junior class BBQ at Lafayette Park
a) Ate 10+ ounce T-bone steaks and grips of ribs.

b) Pictures from nancy's pbase site.

c) Thanks Nancy and Jahndee for preparing the meat and food!

Went to guitar center afterwards with Kwan, Andy and Esther. Now what? Time to go to Nancy's for dinner and finish off the leftover meat. I love being a carnivore.

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Had a great valentine's day. After ficb, about thirty guys went out to play some softball and football at kleeberger field. Nothing like spending "love day" with my fellow brothas. =)

Afterwards, me, Andy, Kwan, Billy, Heuge and freshman Jason went to Durant Square to eat and talk. It's been a while since most of us has eaten there, and it was even more fun reminiscing about our freshman year experiences. Hanging out at Unit 2, surprise birthday parties, Heuge walking twelve miles to Fry's, Andy's dirty roommate, and a lot more.. thank God I have my freshman year experiences written down somewhere. And that I took a lot of pictures too. A lot of these guys are gonna be famous in the future, so ask me if you want some vintage photographs of them when they were younger. =)

Thursday, February 13, 2003

You know there's times when your curiosity gets to you, and you type in some random web address to check if it really exists? I remember long ago that I randomly typed in, and it really existed! But this was one melancholy dood who was very critical towards life and everyone around him. I tricked jahndee, hiyas, and a couple other people into thinking that it was mine, and I think they were really concerned for me afterwards: "oh my gosh, is something wrong?" "why do you sound so angry??" hahah! Sorry, I'm not diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. That was a really funny memory.

isithotorjustme: imma go get haircut at 330
isithotorjustme: i can come over after
isithotorjustme: to rub my head on your bed
isithotorjustme: then all the murikahrak will get everywhere
isithotorjustme: and you'll be comfortable when you sleep

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Today, I awoke to the sound of raindrops pelting against the bedroom window. It's been too long since I heard anything so beautiful. Walking in the windy rain was fun. If you looked up at times, you could see bright blue patches of sky admist the clouds while the rain continues to fall. What a great combination of nature's elements. Missing my 9 o'clock lecture and eating a gross lunch was not such a great combination. Neither is peanut butter and jelly.

Download songs by Sara Groves.. a simple voice can be so awe-inspiring.
Me and jason have a special relationship. He IM's me out of the blue and:

jasonshmayson: dang
jasonshmayson: dangit
b o y 52: wha?
jasonshmayson: i don't understand
jasonshmayson: why are you so dead SEXYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
b o y 52: wow
b o y 52: wow
b o y 52: wow
b o y 52: my monitor is burning up because of you!
b o y 52: dang, your sn is so stinkin hot
b o y 52: !
jasonshmayson: i can't even type
jasonshmayson: ouch
jasonshmayson: too hot
jasonshmayson: t
jasonshmayson: oo
jasonshmayson: ho
jasonshmayson: t
b o y 52: i have to squint my eyes
jasonshmayson: hold on
jasonshmayson: ii gotta open my windows
jasonshmayson: you're making the room too hot
b o y 52: jason, im going to have to restart my computer because my 40gig hard drive cant contain your sexiness!
jasonshmayson: haha
jasonshmayson: gay
b o y 52: i win

I don't understand how this guy is still single. WOW.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Heuge brought home a bright yellow couch for $15, and we rearranged the living room. Come over and check it out!
Wow, a lot has happened within the past week. I'll try to dig into my short-term memory and list them now:

1) Children's ministry overnight retreat this past weekend at Mrs. Han's house in danville. Had such a great time! The wonderful wonderful food, Pastor John's edifying messages, re-learning the piano from Carolina, staying up till 6am from playing speed scrabble with Fred, Kristy, Kwansoo, Carolina, Esther and the kids, bowling the next day and getting owned by Kristy's monster score of 147, and Starbucks.

2) All-star game on sunday, which got boring. So me, Paul, Heuge, Julie, and Hannah played 2v2 tennis on the dreamcast for over 2 1/2 hours. By the end, everyone's hands were sweaty from gripping the controllers so tightly. Instant instant gratification because it was so dang fun.

3) Huege's big 21st birthday yesterday. Celebrated at the Outback in pinole, came back and chilled at the apartment with a lot of people. Happy birthday man!

4) Had a good lunch and talk with Hannah at Koko House today. She told me a really funny story about this girl from her small group, who used a real live penguin to use as a bridge in order to get onto this big rock, at which point she lined up a bunch of other penguins and seals around her to give her privacy while she peed. Hannah will give you more details if the story intrigues you, which it should. Their mandoo is really really good.

5) Forecast says that rain is likely by tonight. Fantasmic!

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Thanks to the brilliance of my roommate who casually suggested that I should put on the heat sink on the CPU, the computer is finally fixed. The reason why it kept on freezing in the BIOS was due to the CPU being way too hot (260 degrees Fahrenheit) without the heat sink. It didn't occur to all of us that a heat sink would dramatically reduce the temperature by a full 150 degrees, which would allow the CPU to run correctly. But of course, this was just the main problem amongst the culmination of three/four other little problems that killed my computer in the first place.

***Special thanks to:

Allen: For putting in the most time and work into helping me, and being good-humored throughout the whole thing

Eugene: For letting me use your computer for the past couple weeks, and for your brilliant insight that made me feel like an idiot

Andy: For lending me your power supply, and because darn it, you are just too good-looking

Kwan: For also lending me your computer chip, and because darn it, you are too cute

John: For letting me make a bootup disk on your computer, and because darn it, you are too buff

Paul: For nothing. hahahah just kidding. For driving me to Best Buy, lending me your computer chip, letting me use your computer, and making fun of my broken car.

I woke up at 4am last night because the wind was howling outside. And there's still 20 mph winds outside right now. Exciting!

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

WOW the weather is so incredibly beautiful.. sunny, 59 degrees, 5-7 mph winds.. walking to class was never such a treat.

That's all! have a great day! =)

(this is not a cop-out entry)

Monday, February 03, 2003

WOW the weather is so incredibly beautiful.. sunny, 61 degrees, 10-15 mph winds.. walking to class was never such a treat.

That's all! have a great day

Saturday, February 01, 2003

After FiCB, I drove my half-broken car (which luckily didn't break down completely) to Union City to visit my aunt and two little cousins. They just came from korea last week, and they were on a tour bus with a bunch of other korean tourists. Today, the tour stop destination was the bay area and were spending the night at a Hilton in Union City. It was so great seeing them again. The last time was eleven years ago when I first went to korea and saw them. I remember that during that trip, they said I looked like seo tae ji.

My guy cousin is now eleven, and the girl cousin is twelve. Gosh, I remember when they were little babies.. I felt so good to know that they've grown up so much and that they're doing well. Me and my aunt carried a great conversation in full korean for about an hour and a half. It was by the miracle of God that enabled me to sufficiently communicate with my aunt for that long. Doesn't matter that I attended korean school for over a decade.. geez, I still can't say the entire alphabet in correct order. Anyways, I was really sad when I left, because I probably won't see them for another ten years. I'll probably be married by then and still be driving around my '93 corolla. I have much to be thankful for.

Happy birthday Basile (20) and Jenny Myung (21)!

Friday, January 31, 2003

Lakers vs. Kings tonight. Let the sacramento queen's spanking begin.

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Attended the Diversity Career Fair today. What a stark difference in attitude I had today compared to last year's career fair. Last year, I perceived career fairs as only enticing opportunities to get free pens, folders, bouncing balls and frisbees.. where I could walk around to different company booths and swipe as much candy as I could. Never mind the job/internship opportunities that were being offered, because that was boring and the least of my worries.

No more of that nonsense this year.. I know that finding an internship for this summer is my crucial stepping stone to finding a semi-permanent corporate job as soon as I graduate next year (hopefully). Sigh, it was helpful talking to a lot of the different corporate representatives today though. Although the atmosphere was a little intimidating, I did get a better sense of what I want and not want to do in my future.

Yea, I did get some cool free stuff too. Lot of pens again, an electronic bouncing ball (which kyu took from me later), some pain relievers, and a packet of mints I got from the Merrill Lynch table. I've been eating the mints like candy for the past couple hours, and I don't feel too good right now. Maybe the pain relievers will help.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Went bowling last night with a lot of people, which was a lot of fun. I can't wait to go again. John, let me know when you're gonna get bowling shoes!

Today I received an email from the FBI regarding the internship that I applied for a couple weeks ago. I will highlight in bold the words that troubled me:

Congratulations: You have been selected as an alternate for
an interview with the FBI. If you are unable to get a slot,
please go to our website at

There you will find a complete description of the Special
Agent position. Read it carefuully. If you qualify, you may
apply directly on-line, and we will contact you to start the
application process.

Thank you,

Martin Mijalski, Specail Agent.

Monday, January 27, 2003

There is this magical baby at church.. Heidi. She is one of the cutest, most adorable babies I have ever seen. I felt so great because she smiled this really huge, eye-sparkling, toothless smile for me. I can't wait to see her and hold her again next week.. should I gain clearance from heidi's second mom, jahndee. =)

Saturday, January 25, 2003

Took a four hour nap today when I got back from church. After I woke up, I put on my glasses and turned on the TV, but for some reason, everything was incredibly blurry. I figured that it was from the effects of taking such long of nap that my vision was still trying to recover. Half an hour passes by, and everything is still blurry as heck. I go to the bathroom to put on my contacts, and so I proceed to take off my glasses. Lo and behold, everything becomes super clear! I swear I thought God granted me perfect vision while I was taking my nap.. but it took me two seconds to realize that I was wearing my contacts the entire time. I am a retard.

Friday, January 24, 2003

Sigh, sorry for the inconsistency in updates. I just found out that they shipped my motherboard yesterday, although I ordered it last saturday.. so I'll be computer-less for a bit longer.

The day before yesterday, me and paul went over to piedmont to go feed/visit my frogs. Hmm, I don't think I ever wrote anything about my frogs yet. To be specific, they're African black-eared mantella frogs which are about the size of a fingernail, and they look like this. Hannah owns two named Chiquito and Sunkist, Esther has one named Gomez, and I have two named Potty ("pot belly" for short) and Clover. There was a really scary moment when Clover jumped out of the tank and landed on the carpet. It didn't help much because the carpet was brown, and little brown clover would have been camouflaged forever. Thank God hannah found him and picked him up before jennifer almost stepped on him.

Jennifer has a different kind of frog, Fobby, which looks like this. hahah kidding. Jennifer asked me if I could pick up her frog and play with it. After hannah placed fobby on my hand, he proceeded to climb all over until he finally sat down. Then he released a powerful jet-stream of pee that sprayed my hand and hit the other side of the glass tank. We were all shocked because we didn't know that frogs could pee with so much force, like the force of a super-soaker. That is the last time I will ever play with fobby.

Went to the RSF a couple days ago with heuge, roach, paul and john.. dinner with paul.. hung out at capri with andy, kwan, billy and charles. I am blessed to know so many hot guys. Had a good talk with andy that day about different stuff. Pastor Eugene came over later and it was fun hearing him play the guitar.

Yesterday, heuge was eagerly showing his "affection" for me until we heard a loud R-I-I-I-P. I looked down and saw a huge hole where the back pocket of my jeans should have been. Geez, buff guy doesn't know his own strength! Luckily, he is also a motherly guy and offered to stitch up the hole for me.

FiCB tonight, 7pm, 145 Dwinelle!

Thursday, January 23, 2003

Why can't it rain? Plain cloudy days are no fun.

Monday, January 20, 2003

I despise computers. I despise cars. Especially when both are broken.

Saturday, January 18, 2003

Retreat was really awesome. Update later. And it's a great feeling when you check your bank account and see that your loan money has been deposited. yea!

Monday, January 13, 2003

Mood of the moment: sad

Sad that my stay at home has finally ended. Less than eleven hours before it's time to go back to bezerkely and live the hell all over again. Hahah, I'm kidding.. it'll be great seeing old faces again, enjoying the beautiful weather of northern california, reuniting with the illegal cable I have in the apartment...

.. getting used to cooking/burning my food again..
.. stressing to find an internship...
.. buying books for the new semester..
.. that's right.. the new semester. sigh..

Can someone please slash the tires on my car so I don't have to drive up tomorrow.

Here's a really inappropriate statement..I altered her screen name for confidentiality purposes:
ChEEnDi: dude....i find that fascinating
ChEEnDi: that guys grope each other.....werid
ChEEnDi: and guys get all grossed otu when i touch other girls' boobs

Yes, she is a girl. Whose boyfriend miraculously survived a crazy jump from snowboarding this past saturday. I hope your arm heals properly bro!

Friday, January 10, 2003

I recently got a crown for the tooth that I had to get a root canal for a couple weeks ago. Now that the nerve in that tooth is dead, I'm so fascinated whenever I brush my teeth with really cold water. For the past two years, I always made sure the water was lukewarm before I rinsed my mouth. Rinsing with too cold or too hot water would give me excruciating pain because of that open nerve. Now I can rinse with freezing water from the Arctic and not feel pain! Now I can carelessly chew ice cubes with both sides of my mouth! I am a free man again!

Going snowboarding tomorrow for the last time this winter break. noOOooOOo

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Today was a glorious day. Roach and jahndee came to visit downey, and I can confidently say that they left feeling very impressed with the city and what it had to offer. Roach, jahndee, linda, and I went to Pete's Patio for lunch, which is this really good mexican restaurant. Jahndee and roach were very impressed with the excellent food and clean utensils, shattering their preconceived notions of a dirty and polluted bum-town. We then went to our beloved Stonewood Mall, showed them all the cool and amazing stores, but had to drag roach and jahndee out kicking and screaming because they didn't want to leave.

Jahndee left early afterwards.. me, roach, linda and sharon went to go watch "Adaptation." A really really smart and clever movie, but I agree with nancy: the movie leaves you with such a weird feeling afterwards. I still would rather be an archer when I grow up. We drove around to find this specific bing-soo place in cerritos, but we just ended up eating a box of mochi ice cream that linda bought at this korean supermarket. (mochi ice cream > bing-soo)

Next time, ask jahndee to describe "tennis balls" for you. She's very good at vividly describing things using obscene hand gestures. ;)

Monday, January 06, 2003

Finally watched Lord of the Rings II today! Let's just say that I want to be an archer when I grow up.
And bad news for many of you girls out there.. I was told that Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) is gay in real life. He brought his beautiful boyfriend to the Emmy's last year, or something like that. After I heard that, the image I had of him as a manly sword-fighting, mighty king figure died. Man, I hope I forget that he's gay by the time the final movie in the LOTR trilogy comes out, or it just won't be the same.

Saturday, January 04, 2003

Friday, January 03, 2003

Had a wonderful New Year's Day spent with my family and relatives. Simply, I find myself appreciating and cherishing my family, cousins, aunts and uncles more and more as I grow older. I know I still have a long ways to go before gaining an adequate understanding of the sacrifices they made and love they have for me, and it's my deepest passion to give them my love and care that they truly deserve.

On another note, I went snowboarding today at Mt. High with a couple friends, Cindy and Andy. Man, it was great because I finally learned how to carve. It sure beats going on your heels all the way down the slopes. After seven straight hours of boarding, we finally left and drove hurridly to this soon doo boo place in cerritos (it's a cow-town I tell ya!). We were talking about how profitable it would be to set up a soon doo boo restaurant right near Mt. High. Or even better, setting up soon doo boo stations on various parts on the slopes! I would go to every station for sure. Andy said that he would pay up to $15 for a bowl if such a business venture existed. I thought that was incredulous, but that price doesn't seem impractical anymore. Considering that soon doo boo is today's equivalent to manna. =)