Monday, July 24, 2006

Cali/Vegas Trip

Pics galore... didn't take much in vegas cause well, I was busy with other things... :-) No no, nothing crazy... didn't even club at all. I learned how to play craps, chilled at a bunch of lounges (Wynn is the place to be) and downed like 3 yard-long margaritas... they are mad good.

Part 1 - Berkeley


Having lunch with Tim (we flew together) and his relatives.

Chillin at Strada!! How I miss this place...

Having a great time listening to jazz with Justin, Bryan, and other old friends at Paragon, in the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. It was real chills (courtesy of Lin).

Mel and Amy

Will and Lorraine

Who knows what Yihhan was trying to convince the girls to do...

Ahh... Sproul plaza at 7:30am. I was just soaking in the serenity waiting to pick up my diploma.

Part 2 - Trip down to LA


Tim, Phuong, James and I at In-N-Out... good stuff. (although the guacamole bacon cheeseburger at Carl's Jr. was better in my opinion)

We took a detour to some random dutch town called Solvang to drop off Jenny with her family.

Stopped by Santa Barbara as well, chilled with my cousin Lizzy.

Santa Barbara at sunset.

At Marcy's place (Rob's gf)... the blow-up doll you see sitting on James is well, also named James...

Picking up some java at Coffee Bean before heading off to the beach.

Some beach by Newport beach... it's absolutely amazing.

Part 3 - Vegas


Sarah ironing our shirts... she said she "loves" doing it. What a weirdo...

...and as you can see, here's the other weirdo, Alice.

Tina and I, chillin at the pool in Luxor (where we stayed at).

Judith and I at the closing ceremony.

Paris. We were strolling down the strip in 80-degree weather...

Bellagio... it's gorgeous, really.

Mr. Ip at Imperial Palace.

Judith's passed out in the diner at Barbary Coast (it was like, 4 in the morning).

B.Lee, finally finding time to join the crew after leaving Krista to her sleep....

Got body searched the way back... great way to end the trip.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Rain

Got off the bus, walked home, and I was SOAKED by one of those periodic t-storms... and I must say, I loved it. After a hard day of work, it's always relaxing to walk in the rain. Everything just slows down. Research is finally starting to pick up... hopefully things will come together by the end of the week. Just had dinner with my canto bro kevin... it was great catching up on stuff since he moved to Staten Island not long ago. I've decided that him and I and whoever's from home that works in the city should dine out once a month... it's the right thing to do.

Finally... HK pics.


My brother. Early in the morning, not awake (neither was I).

The escalator leading to the subway from my cousin's apartment complex in Nam Tin (where we stayed at).

Grams! The reason I went back to HK. Thank God she's healthy and well.

Dad and grandma... I love this pic.

I used to live on the 9th floor of this building in Whampoa, right before I moved to the states.

Dad munching it up in Maxim, a fast food joint.

Grandma doing the same.

My aunt, she's a fashion designer and we were chillin at her boutique.

My cousin Jacky cooking dinner.

My brother and his fob friends from penn state.

I'm hanging this one on the wall.

My brother and I, waiting around in Causeway Bay for my uncle to get off work.

My uncle Amos showing me how we can chat on skype.

The famous HK harbor skyline.

I had like, 3 pints of these huge Hoegaardens. Good stuff.

Street corner in Tsim Sha Tsui... we were walking around, chilling, before dinner.

Randomly met angela and fish (two berkeley friends) on the subway... decided to meet up the day after for lunch.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Random Thoughts

There are TONS of things to do for research this summer, but yet I just played ball with some friends, and now I'm blogging... gosh, where's the discipline?

It's way too easy to stalk someone online... with just a name I found this xanga in exactly 4 minutes. Maybe I'm just too good at this.

They say three strikes and you're out... I think I'm struck out already but why am I still standing at the plate? Could be denial.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Back To Basics

Still have to put up hk pics... but yes, the hk trip came and gone. The cali/vegas trip too, came and gone (pics can be found here). But it wasn't until the self-imposed reflection time that I took the week after vegas that I found new sense of direction for my life. Yesterday when I was at fellowship I realized that, yes, this is what I craved the most. I'm the happiest when I'm sharing and putting others before myself... both of which I haven't done enough in the past couple of months now. Listed below are some of the questions that I've been wrestling with... some are from friends, and some are from myself.

Why can't I say no? I need to be truer to myself.

Why do I run away from my responsibilities at a time when there's a need for my talents?

How did I get to be this selfish and angry?

Why am I all talk and no action? This needs to be reversed.

And, as Pastor Roger pointed out, how many loaves do I have?