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What Happened?

March 25, 2018 Leave a comment

What up yall? I’m still here.

I know I’ve been less active more than ever here but updating stuff has been a much lesser priority to me these days. Most of the time, I tend to forget anyways. My time has been spent on mostly on reading books based on theology and apologetics. The one social site I’ve been most active on is twitter. Sometimes instagram but I rarely take worthwhile pics.

Anyways, this is just an update post showing I’ll be continuing this blog, just not in a the pace I would like to.

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Acen / AX2016 Video

August 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Finally I got around to compile this. The video is about all the con stuff I recorded during my stay. I wasn’t able to record as much as I wanted to due to some restrictions and the weight of my camera equipment causing some inconveniences around certain circumstances. Otherwise, enjoy! 🙂

Update…

August 1, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here.

I’ve been very busy with life just being overwhelmed with the new internship I’ve been working the past month. Everyday, I always come home exhausted not wanting to do anything other than game a little here and there. But work hasn’t my main source for stress. There’s certain family situations that’s been sucking us out financially which has always been putting me on the edge because I’m very near broke. Based on current circumstances, I think it’s only a matter of time of staying in this house. All of my saving goals is more of a joke to me now than anything. My best friend is in an even worse situation than me and he’s starting to lose motivation in life. Whenever I go to church nowadays, my heart isn’t there for worship. Instead, I start to feel resentment towards God for not helping us out in this crisis and envy the people around me who’s always having good times in fellowship. So why am I typing all this? Just to rant it out I guess from all the stress that’s been hitting me. That’s just a brief overview of what’s been going on recently.

Switch over to the nerdy side of things, I finished up Daredevil series. It’s hands down the best marvel show it’s got to offer. Not a single female character annoyed me and the Kingpin happens to be the most interesting character in the show. As for movies, Ant-man is the most recent I saw. I admit, this movie is actually more enjoyable than Avengers 2. Highly recommend it.

Anime wise, this season has been fairly decent so far. Gangsta is the most mature anime I’ve seen in years where the entire main cast is full of adults doing adult things. If want another Gungrave-like anime, Gangsta is the way to go. Snow White with the Red Hair is the 2nd best show airing. This one is a very laid back shojo fantasy with a very likable cast and great world-building. It’s quite a contrast to the very plot focused Yona of the Dawn. God Eater is another show I picked up. I’ve never played any of the games but the unique visual style is the main reason to watch it. And finally, I’m watching Gate for the interesting concept of modern meets fantasy (think of it as Stargate). It’s a bit disappointing the mature content was toned down that was present in the manga but whatever. I’m just glad the we have a main character in an adult age. I’m still keeping up with Arslan Senki and still waiting for that damn final episode of Kekkai Sensen. Why won’t they upload it for streaming? We’re in the year 2015 for crying out loud.

As for games I’ve been playing, thanks to a few friends, I’ve started playing an MMO game called TERA several weeks ago. Pretty decent for a free-to-play. Also been playing the new Devil May Cry reboot. The latest game I finished was The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky. I’m already on my 2nd playthrough. It’s probably the best j-rpg I touched in the last couple years since Persona 4 Golden. I really can’t wait for the 2nd story.

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A Man & His Idols

June 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Start off your day with a powerful message.

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Roger Ebert Dies at 70

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

RIP

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Rice

March 9, 2013 Leave a comment

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Imagine eating this kind of rice on a daily basis. Welcome to my life. x_x

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Mexico Mission 2011

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Before I begin, I just want to thank everyone who supported us with all the donation and prayers. None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for your help. So thank you very much. ^_^

Alright well here it is. Don’t wanna read the report? Then just watch the video. Sums it all up pretty much.

Anyways this was my first missionary. It’s also my first time visiting San Diego and Mexico. So you know lots of first times for my experience. I never built a house before going to this trip but I have say, this is worth it.

July 23 is the day we left to the Milwaukee Airport. Why there? Cuz plane tickets were cheap. Then we flew to San Diego  which was a 4 hour flight. After we landed, we spent the night at one of our church buddy’s (who didn’t come with us to the trip) parent’s house. What an amazing house it was. It’s got a backyard with water fountain and the inside is very spacious. It’s only a single floor home but still looks like a millionaire’s home. The parents were awesome making us delicious dinner. The seafood/spinach curry and fried cutlets erected my taste buds so crazy that I had to get seconds. That’s day 1.

Best curry ever!

Day 2, the parents served us breakfast. Typical but good stuff. Then we went to a Korean church that only had Korean service. After the service, the parents dropped us off at the airport cuz we had to meet our main driver from Mexico.  We’re truly thankful to our buddy’s parents. I’ll never their hospitality. So we waited about an hour at the airport and met another church group from Oregon who was participating in the same missionary as us. Apparently, they drove all the way from that state down to San Diego and now they’re gonna have to suffer a bit more on driving all the way down to Mexico for 5 more hours! I find it incredible how much they endured such a tiring journey. We met our van driver who is also a pastor named Asher. For lunch, we ate at “In & Out”. Great burger place, unfortunately only available in a few states. Then drove took a 5 hour trip down to Baja California, Mexico. For dinner, we were able to get all you-can-eat tacos place. I had most the amount; 3 small and 3 large. Finally, we reached our destination where we’ll stay for the whole week. Forgot the mention, the weather is so nice in both San Diego and Mexico. No humidity.

Outside the Dorms. Bathrooms located in the middle of the pic.

Inside the dorms. Floors are concrete. Watch out for insects and spiders crawling inside!

Day 3:

  • Went to the build site and met the family we’re building the house for. A mother with 4 kids and a grandma with cancer.
  • We started building by doing the walls first. Lots of cutting, measuring, and nailing involved.
  • The work lasted for 8 hours.
  • So many dogs at the work site. 4 new born pups discovered a couple yards away from our build site.
  • All 4 sided walls were up. Took a lot more effort than I thought.

Nice place to relax after work

2 of the 4 pups

Day 4:

  • Putting the roof together and lifting it up took everyone of us to get it up there.
  • The family choose the color of the house to be blue. So we started painting the walls.
  • More wood cutting for inner walls.
  • Half the crew had to dig a ditch on the dirt road for water pump. Took almost the whole day.
  • The inner roof covers nailed in.

Day 5:

  • Tar on the roof
  • Roof covering was applied
  • Cutouts on the walls for windows and door
  • More nailing and wood cutting for inner walls
  • More painting

Day 6:

  • Window framing
  • Door cutout and installation
  • Bunk beds built
  • Leftover roof cover increments sawed off
  • Dedication for the family

Shrimp/Fish tacos are the best!

Orphanage

Orphanage Garden

Day 7:

  • Tacos for lunch!
  • Worshiped at the campfire.
  • Visited the orphanage. Huge! Interesting history behind it.
  • Packing and preparing for departure.
  • Donated clothes and blankets for the family. My luggage got so much lighter.

Day 8:

  • 7am we left the community and headed back to San Diego.
  • While on our way there, we visited a handicapped engineer who spoke very good english and designs wheelchairs for others free of charge. Well devoted follower of Christ. Interesting enough, he graduated from that orphanage.
  • Some developments happening on the border of Mexico and Cali. Tons of traffic, many street vendors, stupid drivers honking pointlessly. One major event that occurred in our situation was at check off borderline, one of our buddies had a student passport visa that wasn’t properly processed. The security had him get off the van and wait somewhere in line to get it processed. All that took 4+ hours! We were worried sick about him that he might be sent back to Mexico. I would never leave a single team member behind. Oh and the borderline patrolls are a bunch of dicks.
  • Once all that done, we finally headed to San Diego back to our church member’s parents’ home. We were literally in the van for 12 hours ever since we left Mexico.
  • The parents gave us so much food for dinner my stomach almost exploded.

Day 9:

  • Went to that same Korean church for Sunday morning worship. Said our goodbyes to the generous parents who gave us a place to spend a night and eat to our hearts content.
  • Ate at “In and Out” for lunch. This time I went for Double-double.
  • Went to the San Diego beach for fun. It was packed! Took us almost 40 min to find a parking space.
  • For dinner, we ate at a sushi buffet similar to Todai but better called Tora. Our pastor paid for us.
  • Then we went to the airport and departed San Diego around 10pm and headed towards Chicago O’hare. (Aug 1st)

Before going to Mexico, my expectation were at the lowest. I thought we gonna sleep in a cottage in the middle of nowhere with no running water but that was complete opposite. The bathroom did smell horribly, oh well at least we had bathrooms with showers. There were many challenges I had to face but I’m only gonna list a few. First off was getting off my comfort zone. I’m so used to living in such a luxurious country that it was not easy living in an area where the environment was poor. The main thing was no computer, tv, or internet. It felt weird not having used a comp for a week but it also felt refreshing in some ways. Didn’t have to worry about emails, news, or new entertainment releases. There was wifi at the camp but the connection was so bad it wasn’t worth the time. I could go on with this but you get the idea. 2nd was fundraising. The first couple weeks of preparation, I had nothing in my individual funds while more than half the people in our group already pitched personal funds up to $200. I was freaking out a bit because I couldn’t find anyone who was willing to donate at the time. From that point on, everyday I couldn’t stop praying for donations. About a week before the trip, I ended up with the highest amount of donations, of course the catch is I have to write all those thank you letters to everyone who donated. Sad to say but I believe only 2 friends of mine donated and the rest were from my mom’s friends. It just shows how difficult it is willing to donate. Then again, I’m also one of those victims who falls under that category so I understand. With that objective met, I didn’t stop praying due to the sake for others. One guy had nothing in his funds up until the very last week, BOOM a thousand dollar check appeared. Thank the Lord. 3rd would be, sitting in the van for 12 hours. My mind totally exhausted that day. Those are biggest challenges I experienced. As far as my most memorable moment, that would be the first time meeting with the family. Just by looking at their expressions, I can tell they waited a long time for this, a home of their own. Thankfully they’re Christians so understanding each other made things easier. When the translator spoke with the mother, she cried out of sheer happiness and appreciation. A tear slipped out of my eye right at that moment. We all shook hands and gave her a big hug afterwards. Here’s a family who can’t get the most basic needs of life and here I am who’s got more than enough and yet I yearn for more. I felt so pathetic! Looking at them, I humbled myself just thinking how I don’t deserve to live such a happy luxurious life.

So now that I’m back home, I ask this question to myself, have I changed? Did I spiritually become stronger? Honestly, I have no idea. Since I’m back to my everyday life here, I could revert back to what I was before. But there is one thing I noticed, I prayed a lot more and relied on God at a higher rate than when I was at home. Suffering is the only way to bring you back to the Lord.

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