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Beijing

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IMG_4314Although I’ve been to China quite a few times now, I still can’t quite get used to a lot of things there. The driving for example is something I’m definitely not used to. While sitting in a taxicab I encountered this scene which made me wonder if we were actually a school of fish packing ourselves into a funnel. I understand everyone needed to make a left up ahead, but this is just ridiculous. Stay in your own lane!

For instance, lane markers are largely ignored, serving no real purpose in keeping cars apart. When drivers want to get a good look down the road but the view is blocked by cars in front, drivers don’t think twice about sliding halfway into the next lane and then straddling two lanes for as long as seems comfortable.

It’s also not uncommon for drivers who have missed their exits to simply put the car in reverse and back up into traffic.

(Read more @ Reuters.com)

I did actually experience the cab driver putting the car in reverse on a freeway to go back for a missed exit. That reminds me of a joke I saw on my iGoogle.

A cab driver reaches the Pearly Gates and announces his presence to St. Peter, who looks him up in his Big Book. Upon reading the entry for the cabbie, St. Peter invites him to pick up a silk robe and a golden staff and to proceed into Heaven.

A preacher is next in line behind the cabby and has been watching these proceedings with interest. He announces himself to St. Peter. Upon scanning the preacher’s entry in the Big Book, St. Peter furrows his brow and says, "Okay, we’ll let you in, but take that cloth robe and wooden staff."
The preacher is astonished and replies, "But I am a man of the cloth. You gave that cab driver a gold staff and a silk robe. Surely I rate higher than a cabbie."
St. Peter responded matter-of-factly: "This is heaven and up here, we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept. When the cabbie drove his taxi, people prayed."

IMG_4320When and if you reach your destinations in one piece, you can find beautiful scenery all over the place. This picture was taken at the World Museum in Beijing back in December. The bell is actually about 30 feet tall. I didn’t actually walk down there to see it up close because my ears were frozen solid and I had to walk down a long flight of stairs and then walk all the way around the museum to reach that bell. I thought about it for a few seconds and gave up–need that childhood spunk back.

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FIRE!

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On April 30, 2002 at 1:30AM an unknown little flame began to grow. The location was my apartment complex’s main building. I’m in building 9, the closest building to it. Soon after seeing the smoke and glow, I called 911 for help. As we wait for the fire fighters to show up, I grabbed my backpack and stuffed some important documents including my birth certificate, social security card, passport, plane tickets, and all my "plastic." Luckily, the fire did not spread to any other building, thanks to Hilo’s fire fighters.

Wow, what an experience. I guess there’s a first time for everything. This is my first time witnessing a raging blaze like that. It was beautiful (mind of a pyro) and costly (mind of a businessman) and depressing (mind of someone normal) all at the same time. I’ll post my pictures after getting them developed.

Currently there’s no phone. There was no power until a few hours after the fire was contained. I’m lucky to still have cable modem working. I thought the gateways would’ve been burned to a crisp since everything’s in the main building.

Back to Hawaii… and today’s the first day of school. Mondays are going to be hectic for me. Starting off at 10 with Astronomy for an hour, followed by a 3 hour break until Calculus at 2PM. at 3, I head for Communications for an hour and a half and have some time to eat dinner right before my 3 hour Astronomy lab. I’ll be home probably either 9:30 or 10:30. That’s 11:30 or 12:30 for you Cali people. Benkyou!!! Urashima sempai… tasukete.

Saw The Game last night in my neighbor’s room. Pretty cool movie.

Whoo! What a day! Leaving the house at 7AM and coming home at 12:30AM… Driving around and visiting friends and having fun and all that good stuff. I hope I get to do this crazy crap again some time. So what’d I do?

7AM left the house… got stuck on the 605-S and finally crawled out of the freeway snot. Greatest thing about freeways… I get on 405-S and I’m stuck in traffic once again… -_-’ making me get to Eric’s house around 7:50 instead of the projected 7:20 or so. Not too bad I guess… only half an hour late, but I was supposed to meet Uyen at 7:20 – 7:30 so that obviously didn’t happen.

Grabbed a bite to eat and I do mean just a bite… then left to visit FVHS, the high school I graduated from. Eric and I walk into the front office to get a visitor parking pass and soon left to visit Dr. Poff who happened to have been enjoying a free period. Chatted for a short while and all departed for the office again to do some stuff. Eric and I grabbed our transcripts and he got his diploma too. When we were dropping off the transcripts and diploma, Donna (grouchy campus "security" lady) came and yelled at us, saying we’re not even allowed to visit the school and we are in fact, trespassing. We all take it up to the office to deal with. Receptionist tells Donna students do this all the time and the teachers encourage it. Poff gets many many visitors and the office is used to it. We end up getting called into Supervision office and as we sat there waiting for Mr. Hertsfeld (spelling unsure) to settle this matter, Officer Lund asked me if we’ve already seen Poff. I replied affirmatively and he just told us to leave. What’s funny is Donna reminds me of Mrs. Chi from Irvine Chinese School… the one we got fired. They’re both hard-headed and close-minded. Their co-workers despise them… yet someone like with that kind of personality and coldness is needed for maintaining order. Well, I suppose Donna maintains order. Honestly… she wouldn’t have been about to do much to me. I can freakin park on the street if I really had to. Similar to Glenn, I enjoy agitating simple-minded, cold, heartless bureaucratic followers. OK, enough about FV.

It’s about 9 and we decide to go play some pool. Checked both Edison Rec and Murdy’s to no avail. Both were closed. Oh well… onward to the next on my agenda: Irvine. OK I’m pretty sure Dahlia told me 11:51AM is when they get out for lunch. The truth is… they get out at 12:51PM. So Eric and I loitered and wandered and eventually left to go cruising. The incessant questioning from me: "Where do you want to go, Eric?"

Somehow ended up at In-N-Out, but it was nearing the time to pick up Dahlia, Tiffanie, and "Feffi" so back we go, to University High School. The bell rings and I start worrying about not recognizing them. Good thing I did =) Tiffanie and Dahlia both still looked relatively the same. There was also a new face constantly referred to as "Feffi" and even now, I do not know her real name. "What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Wow… I just quoted Shakespeare. ^^ Lunch was… well a little rushed. OK, so it was very rushed. Eric and Glenn ordered all the food while Dahlia, Feffi, Tiffanie, and I went to Cha to order some tea-based drinks. Quickly ran back to grab the food and left for Uni High again. Eric and I then cruised on back to Fountain Valley. Dropped off the cameras from Grad Nite and then went to Family Fun for 1 race of Rush 2049. After that, we went to a card shopt to check out prices for cards here. To my disappointment, they only carried sealed packs and various collectible storage supplies such as sleeves and boxes. I bought a box to fit 800 cards I think, 7 nine-page binder sleeves, and Eric picked a pack of Odyssey for me. Crazy ass Eric got me ANOTHER Cabal, Patriarch AND a Squirrel’s Nest. Talk about combo! *Ahem* anyways…. went back to get our pictures from Grad Nite and as I drove toward Murdy’s for pool, Eric browsed through the 100 pictures we had developed courtesy of Eric. Thank you Eric. Murdy’s had some class in the pool room and so I just spontaneously decided to call Jennifer up. Jennifer’s the beautiful and talented friend I made when we were both picked as Masters of Ceremony for the 2000 Celebration of the Year of the Dragon. Ahh… old times =)

Good thing I called her too ^^ since we stayed at her house from about 4 to 8 talking, eating pizza, brownies she baked, and watching Cats and Dogs. Jennifer’s changed a bit or so it seems to me. More mature, and I like that. She gave me a CD that she just released. Talented girl I tell ya. Also, for the first time, I was allowed in her bedroom and got to stay there to chat. Looked over horoscopes and stuff (why’d we do that?)… Ordered pizza and then she started baking brownies for us =) and eventually joining us for the movie. Near the end, Glenn calls my cell and due to the poor reception, we exchanged hellos for quite a while before I decided to just hang up and call him. He called me instead! Oh well at least it worked that time. He wanted me and Eric to stop by his house and then plan our next destination from there. "So be it" I thought. Arrived there and left with nothing more than wasted time. "Let’s go visit Tiffanie!" Alrighty! That we did. Called up Dahlia on both her lines for 20 minutes before finally getting through on line 2. Got Tiffanie’s phone number from her real quick and called up Tiffanie. Jotted down directions and went there. Unfortunately we uhh… missed it. I drove past her house a couple times too always looking at her house since it looked so familiar and sure enough… it really was her’s. We came at a bad time I guess. Hugged and parted with hopes of seeing each other again soon. OK, so my definition of soon isn’t too good… next year or so.

Drove back to Eric’s house and just relaxed there. Stayed there for a while and I decided to go home. Going home was… well unpleasant to say the least. I expected to get home in 15-20 minutes driving between 80 and 110 mph. Too bad I was an idiot or just too tired and missed my turn. Missed the freakin 605-N!!! I ended up noticing I went too far when I approached downtown LA. Called my mom hoping for a shorter way to backtrack to no avail. Just had to drive all the way back to the junction again. When I finally got off the 605, I sighed deeply with relief. What should’ve taken me 20 minutes, took me about an hour. That goes to show how far I drove past the 605 before turning back. So here I am now, still blogging and reminiscing today’s excitement. I will treasure these 3 weeks since the next time I get to see my friends here in California will be either 7 or 11 months away.

All in all, another good day. No, let me rephrase… it was a great day.

Two of my angelfish died =( and I have no idea how it happened. My mom said my koi were attacking the poor defenseless angelfish. Oh whatever. Now I know not to put fragile fish into my tank. Psh! And PetCo told me koi are docile. The "docile" they use must be a new jargon term for semi-vicious.

Happy Fish

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Bought a new filter system for my precious fish tank today. Good filter –> happy fish –> happy Jasper. Got a new air pump with cool air stones that make the whole tank all bubbly ^^ tiny bubbles of course. Ahh… it feels good to see my fish tank all nice and clean. I’ll be buying more fish to add to it soon. Making it all nice and colorful.

A Day of Fun

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Went down to Fountain Valley again today for Glenn’s bday party which should’ve been a few weeks ago, but I was still in Hawaii at the time. So anyways, there I was stuck in traffic on the 605-S patiently coasting along with Sasaki Yuko’s songs playing, when the car ahead of me breaked hard, making me follow suit with screeching tires and the same for the guy behind me. Almost a chained accident, but thank goodness for new tires and new brakes. All I can say to that is: Thanx Dad. He got me the car, the tires, the brakes, and stuff. Oh and insurance.

After getting to Eric’s house at almost 2PM, we left to play some pool. Left to buy some snacks, drinks, and stopped by his house for cups. Semi-partied in my car and headed over to pick up Megumi. Silly Megumi doesn’t even have 2 controllers for her PS2 so I couldn’t challenge her to some Z.o.E. dueling.

Megumi gave me my Christmas present this time =) all nicely framed and stuff. Too bad she framed it upside down ^^ Oh well. It’s an awesome picture she drew for me and Eric. Mine’s got the yellow dragon of light on the bottom and Eric’s has the green dragon on the bottom. Needless to say there’s a special message in both. Thank you Megumi! Daisuki!

Quickly zoomed off for some more pool. This time with Megumi, so we played 3 rounds of Cut Throat ^^ fun fun fun.

Left soon after the 3rd round to pick out a present for Glenn. Ahh yes… sure to bring back memories many years from now. So Glenn, where’d your first adult magazine come from? ^^ Hope you like it, but don’t have *too* much fun with it >=)

Party at Osaka’s was cool. I guess it’s just fun being with my friends. Plenty of laughs just like old times. The hour or so we were there allowed me to completely forget all worries on my mind. Set aside everything and truly enjoy myself. Julia’s company was appreciated too =) Too bad Julia never comes to my site anymore.

Taking everyone home… how.. tedious I guess. My car may be cool to drive around, but putting 200 miles on it in a day is not the coolest thing to do. Hanging out at Julia’s house with Starbucks in hand… priceless.
All in all, a great day. Aside from the near collision, everything was almost perfect.

Yummm…. had some scrumptious Japanese food tonight. Definitely added to my favorites list now. Where is it? Umm… good question. I kinda forgot already. I’ll find out soon.

There’s probably only 1 reason I’d wanna go back to Hawaii now: my room mate’s PS2 and Final Fantasy X ^^ Otherwise, it’s just school, books, school, and some more books. Oh well. All things come to an end eventually I guess. Hope everyone’s Winter break was enjoyable. Good luck to UC people since you all start class again tomorrow with the exception of Berkeley. Study hard ^^’

Ah… Home Sweet Home has a new meaning in my heart. Being home for the holidays is such an enjoyment. One I never thought of before.