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@ LAX [Oct. 20th, 2012|01:59 pm]

Flight delay #1: Weather
Flight delay #2: Cabin pressure issue
Arrival: 2 hours and counting

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Sept. [Sep. 23rd, 2012|09:40 pm]

I really need another road trip to clear my head.

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Personal Bill of Rights [Sep. 20th, 2012|10:40 am]
I was advised to read and understand the following list some time ago.  It has helped me at times.

Personal Bill of Rights.

  1. I have a right to ask for what I want.
  2. I have a right to say no to requests or demands that I cannot meet.
  3. I have a right to express all my feelings -- positive and negative.
  4. I have a right to change my mind.
  5. I have a right to make mistakes and do not have to be perfect.
  6. I have a right to follow my own values and beliefs.
  7. I have the right to say no to anything if I feel that I am not ready, if it is unsafe, or if it conflicts with my values.
  8. I have the right to determine my own priorities.
  9. I have the right not to be responsible for the actions, feelings, or behavior of others.
  10. I have the right to expect honesty from others.
  11. I have the right to be angry at someone I love.
  12. I have the right to be myself.  To be unique.
  13. I have the right to express fear.
  14. I have the right to say, "I don't know."
  15. I have the right not to give excuses or reasons for my behaviors.
  16. I have the right to make decisions based on my feelings.
  17. I have the right to my own personal space and time.
  18. I have the right to be playful.
  19. I have the right to be healthier than those around me.
  20. I have the right to feel safe, and be in a non-abusive environment.
  21. I have the right to make friends and be comfortable around people.
  22. I have the right to change and grow.
  23. I have the right to have my wants and needs respected by others.
  24. I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  25. I have the right to be happy.
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Life [Sep. 17th, 2012|12:09 pm]

Season 6, Episode 6 "Lethal Inspection".

This is one of the best and poignant Futurama episodes I've ever watched.

[Kinda spoiler]

(Bender bawls after realizing he is not immortal.)

Hermes to Bender: But that just makes the time you have left all the more precious.  Do you really want to waste the rest of your life in a bitter homicidal rage?
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Pt. 2 [Sep. 4th, 2012|11:12 am]
Day 2 of FYF Fest was pretty mellow for me...  then it got intense in the end.   A good turnout for the Converge show.  My evening ended with Turbonegro.  I haven't been packed like sardines in a long while and fortunate for me, I got out of the front row after their 3rd song.  Good seeing Turbojugend from various parts of Southern California in the crowd. 
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FYF Fest 2012 [Sep. 2nd, 2012|03:47 am]
I went back to FYF Fest this year mainly for nostalgic reasons.  Specifically, it was the first time seeing Best Coast perform live two years ago.  Unfortunately they didn't play at this fest this year, but they'll perform at Santa Monica Pier this Thursday.  Yesterday was Day 1 and there were some good line ups.  Better accommodation for the crowd.  More police and security presence.  I'll be back in a few hours for Day 2.  Turbonegro and Converge will be at the helm.  Definitely looking forward to see them.
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reflections [Sep. 1st, 2012|12:42 am]
After several years living on my own, I decided to stay at my parents' place for a couple of days.  They're retired and haven't been very active lately.  We definitely had a lot of issues in the past that had kept me away from them.  Nonetheless, we've let our differences aside and be "normal" for once.  They're decent Asian parents, but put too anxiety onto me throughout my entire life.  After gazing at some cushions inside the house, I started wondering about how long it has been since we have them.  It was as long as my parents owned their house, 25 years.  25 years of living in the same abode for them.  And it's been almost 5 years since the house was remodeled to their dreams.  The neighbor's kid was married about 2 years ago and has a kid of his own. 

It made me think about the time it has passed since our family moved to this house.  Many events had gone, many things have changed.  And some things remained the same.  I haven't really thought about what I will do when I'm 25 years older.  It's definitely time to look back and ponder.  When I'm done (whenever that may be), I'll plan myself ahead for the next 25 years.
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New 30-day challenge [Aug. 31st, 2012|07:32 pm]

A new month is coming up and a new challenge is in the queue. I have recently been feeling down. There were too much negative vibes and influences that affected me the past 2 month.

I've decided to turn this around. I'm going back to my regimen of exercises and other physical activities. I will put in positivity into my daily life, including writing Thank You cards to many that are close to me and those that have stood by me. It won't stop there, because it's only the beginning.

I may venture getting into Krav Maga or archery, if time or money permits.

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Go Grandriders (不老騎士) [Aug. 19th, 2012|07:25 pm]

I discovered this documentary after watching this commercial.

The commercial was based on a true story and documentary called Go Grandriders (不老騎士) and has been my recent obsession.

“Will you dare to dream when you are 80 years old?” 

What will you do if you are half foot in the grave? Among the seventeen elderly, two are diagnosed with cancer, four with hearing aids, five suffered from high blood pressure, and eight taking regular medication for heart diseases; they dare to break the conditions confined by their decaying bodys and went on a motorbike-trip led by an eighty-eight year‐old Lai Ching‐Yen. The trip set off on 13 Nov. 2007, they battled to ride around Taiwan in 13 days, traveling through 1,139 km in rain and wind on their motorcycles. The leader Lai inspires his fellows with the belief that it’s never too old to dream. After this journey, these grand-riders wish to travel from Taiwan to the world and to share the spirit of being forever young. Leader Lai said: “Go grand-riders, Let’s bring the film to abroad! Let’s get old people from all over the world to bust up!”

The documentary is 50 minutes long with no English subtitles and can be viewed here. (Some parts are spoken in Mandarin and Taiwanese Hokkien.)  I was really moved and inspired after watching it.  Seeing these 17 brave elders in their 80s full of vitality, joy, sadness, determination and ambition had struck a nerve with me and I had a few tear jerking moments.  One of the many poignant moments was when one of the riders shared his motivation for the journey:  a long promise to his deceased wife of taking her to see many beautiful parts of Taiwan on a motorcycle.  He carries a picture of her on his motorcycle throughout the entire trek.  The film ends with this very beautiful musical piece:

Of Taiwanese national background, this movie reminded me of the spirited and welcoming culture of the Taiwanese people that I have forgotten about.  I am proud seeing part of my culture exhibited in this movie.  The DVD will be released on October 12, 2012 in Taiwan and I'm still waiting for the possibility of this movie to include English subtitles in the DVD.   This is something the entire world should watch and enjoy.
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