Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mexico Ho!

First off, it was great seeing everyone in Berkeley. Man, I miss Cal so much. I miss the weather, the loco people, the hobos, the dogs, the small shops, BART, the pretty unreliable AC transit and all that jazz. In one hour of walking around, I saw like 5 people walking their dogs, 2 people talking to themselves, lots of people on bikes, and I was offered an opportunity to start my own business selling health products online. Only at Cal.

Speaking of Berkeley, there's this great show called Weeds that I was introduced to up there. Its about a widowed mom who sells weed for a living to provide for her family. Its a comedy and its pretty damn good so if you got time on your hands, watch it! Also, I want to get high now.

My cousin came in from out of town, so Ive been showing him around. Took him to Disneyland, taco truck, Dave and Busters and the great American supermarket Target. Tomorrow, we embark on a week-long cruise to Mexico, going down baja to Cabo San Lucas. Yet another addition to my Ho's.

Other events:
- Mtm's birthday = Sushi + sake bombs + Backstreet Boys karaoke. Happy bday MTM!
- Went to Lucky Foot Massage again. Brought Tony there. One hour massage for 15 bucks is the new face of San Gabriel.
- Helped, but not really, my mom's client put an official offer to buy a house. Don't know why my mom chose this venue, but this took place at McDonalds.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Berkeley Ho!

Tomorrow I leave for the bay area, visiting some good ol buddies and celebrating many a birthdays. Here is a list of things I hope to get accomplished over there:

- Herman's Bday
- Jen's Bday
- Lenny's Bday
- Emma's Bday
- Paul's Bday
- Dinner with Putnam most-kick-ass-fourth-floor-in-the-world
- Pitcher to the face. I'm down, are you?
- Touchbase with the engineerers
- Pizzaiolo, wood fired pizzas baby!
- OB chicken???!??!?

And I get to see Sandy, but you have to highlight this part to see this muahahaha

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Job searching sucks. I'm still unemployed. Before, I used to get at least get rejections. Now, I don't even get rejections! The hell...

The sad thing is, and its something I keep contemplating, how hard must it be for other people to find jobs? First off, as a civil engineer I think I have pretty good job security (obviously not right this moment, but once I get a job, I'll be "secure"). There's always buildings to be built, infrastructure to be designed, wastewater to be cleaned, etc.. In terms of where I could be working, I could be anywhere from NASA to LA County Public Utility District to Shady Joe's Construction Company right around the corner. Its a HUGE industry, there's not doubt about that.

Now, we're all FOCs (fresh outta college, haha? yes no? I guess not.) looking to make a little money to go shopping or hit up the bars or whatever. Much of that cash is disposable, because we're not looking to use the cash on any specific necessities cept rent, food and some health checkups. Most of us are in it right now to to build are careers. Of course, that doesn't make the job any easier, in my opinion. Work is still tough, no doubt about that. All that TFA stuff that Cliff and Dmah are doing sound hard as hell, and thats the case for many of us. But in the backdrop, we still have our families to rely on, to bail us out when we need it. A home to go back to even though we absolutely can't stand our mother/brother/father/sister/dog/you-name-it which also mean food on the table, warm showers, internet/cable and hopefully love. That's what I've been relying on and I don't feel too guilty about it, though I think I should.

What about the people who don't have my kind of job security? Many Architecture/Engineering/Construction companies have hiring freezes, but they're not laying off anyone. But government jobs, education, public welfare, so forth - these things are getting cut across especially in CA. LA's unemployment is something like 11% now. The entire state of Michigan is worse. Today, the average length of unemployment is the longest it has ever been. And for so many people who didn't work full-time white collar jobs, they don't have pensions to dip into to help support them. They're running on empty and yet they still have to make ends meet. Their cash isn't disposable, neither is their credit. They simply don't have that backdrop.

I'm rarely inspired by the success of role models that society often praises for being rich and powerful. Bill Gates, Donald Trump. Pshhh whatever. You ain't got nothin on me. But when I hear or come across someone who has less and is trying to make it - a friend who worked over 40 hrs a week at Taco Bell while going to a JC to pay for his two years at Berkeley, all the stories of people migrating and living apart from their families just for some income to send back, single mothers, single fathers, even the taco truck guys who bust their asses all those long nights to feed me - that gets me going. That gets me in the library, to Starbucks, to my dad's dry cleaners, or on my mom's bitchwork.

I'm still lazy as hell. Damn.

Onto some lighter news, here's what I've been up to:
- Dressed up for Harry Potter midnight showing
- Drinking lots of Gma's soup. I swear, she will not stop calling me until I drink her soup.
- Helping out at my dad's dry cleaners. I get all nasty, cause the machine I work on blows hot steam to dewrinkle pants and its hot and I'm sweating like mad. Its worse than when I eat pho.
- Cocary, a hot pot and bbq place similar to Hot Pot City in El Cerrito, for my birthday dinner.
- Six Flags Magic Mountain. X2 is the best ride I have ever been on.

I'ma start taking pictures as soon as I get a memory card. I'm also going to try to get a real estate license and learn more about that. If you ever need real estate advice, feel free to ask me. Then, I will ask my mom.

Lastly, I was in the library this morning trying to squeeze in a little work. A song came up on my iTunes that I was obsessed with when I was in Hong Kong. Its called Rylynn and its played by Andy McKee. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsD6uEZsIsU . It's the most beautiful song I've ever heard. Even though I have teh song on my computer, I went on youtube to watch it when I discover this:

Its the same song Rylynn played by some super small Korean boy. Damn, he's so baller. His eyes are small, asian people are funny. If ever I learn guitar, I'm gonna learn this song.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Dear Blog,

Its been a while since I've blogged. I dont have an excuse for why - just been lazy. My apologies, Blog.

Today I dropped my brother off to the airport as he embarked on his vacation to Japan and Hong Kong. Now, you know how when someone you know is going to travel somewhere or move somewhere, you get really excited for that trip even though youre not the one going? Like, when Cliff was going to Houston, I'd start thinking about all the BBQ smokehouses, cowboys and guns that I could own. Or when Dmah was goign to NY, i was thinking of the hole-in-the-wall hot dog and burger and pizza joints I'd yelp. Or travelling down the ENTIRE east coast on a crazy roadtrip from NY. Or Canada. or Niagra Falls. or you get the point.

Well since I've already been to Japan and Hong Kong, I just get crazy flashbacks. Unable to contain myself, I gave my brother my one and only piece of advice for Japan:


Joypolis is the beastest beastest most monstrous craziest best arcade that I will have ever gone to in my life. Heres why:

- They have a Halfpipe arcade, where you actually get on a "snowboard" and ride up and down a halfpipe.

- They have these racing arcades, where you sit in a Full sized car with a 70" tv in front. As you turn the wheel, the whole car will turn including the TV.

- Olympics!

- Have you ever been to Disneyland and gone on the Starwars ride where you sit in a slightly moveable seat which tilts around as you move through space with R2D2? Well, at Joypolis, the WHOLE top floor is dedicated to these kinds of rides, including one where you get wet (i think, or maybe someone in back spat on us). They have this scary exhibit called House of Living Dolls where you sit down in a wooden chair, in a pitch black room, and listen through State of the Art headphones to a lazy who is slowly walking up to you before you decapitates you (i think. its in japanese so i dunno). but its FREAKING scary cause it actually felt like she was whispering into my ear. These two little girls when in happy and came out crying. hahah.

If youre bored, you should check out the Joypolis website. its all in Japanese, so its unlikely that you'll be able to navigate it. However, if you are as bright and intelligent as I am, you would quickly realize that it is actually impossible to navigate, and would promptly stop doing so.

btw, none of the vids posted above are mine, i just found them off youtube. too lazy to find mine

Peace out, A town