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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

We were introduced to Dr. Jackson Han (played by Daniel Dae Kim), the new Chief of Surgery who tells it like it is (very candidly and to the point) - definitely has the swag and perhaps a bit of an ego. The consensus already does not like the guy heh. But are you able to separate fiction from reality? Characters like this are somewhat necessary to create drama in a drama - that's the point of a drama.

My anxieties can be serious, and it has shown. Which is why I dread anytime I have to travel or go far (albeit leave the house). It can be debilitating when it's a frequent occurrence. One thing is for sure - safety is always a priority.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Daniel Dae Kim to appear as the new Chief of Surgery in "The Good Doctor". Can't wait.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Let the thawing / melting begin. We probably need a "I Survived February" bumper sticker or decal for our cars heh. Well, the month isn't over yet but hopefully things have calmed.

We can feel pressured to do something special for Valentine's (and if you can, all the more kudos). But in reality, I think any kind of gesture such as dining or going out should be sufficient. I wouldn't hell want to be with someone who has bitchy expectations. But one thing is for sure - don't be like Spider-Man heheh.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

It's been brutal. We have over 2+ ft. (in higher elevations and in remote areas, snow tends to be more frequent). This is sure one for the record books, but if there is a silver lining - we can at least make those damn snow caves or forts heh. But it can be a panic-type situation (if one worries too much) of being completely buried. And of course, our second power outage (which was resolved within a day). Kudos again to the utility and road crews - they're going to be quite busy for the duration of winter if this keeps up.

We just have to brace for the worst, and hope for the best. Now, I've got more shoveling to do.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Primitive Skills 101 - a snow fort would make a nice alternative to a snow cave. But remember - you still can't burn fire one stick at a time heh. A new winter survival show right there heh.

With the amount of snow (round #2 by tomorrow), you can probably make a snow cave in your yard or somewhere in elevation.


Saturday, February 09, 2019

It feels like a "Snow-pocalyptic" experience this month. I think we received 8+, and we're not out of it completely yet (hopefully, not as large as this storm). One thing is for sure, we'll be snowed in for awhile. The roads are still going to be sketchy to drive on (snow plows / salters - this is your chance to make some moneh - get on it! Otherwise, we'll need to hire Homer Simpson), especially if it'll be an on-and-off snowy conditions next week. But we only hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

I'm really beginning to think we should move out of here. And perhaps climate changes are ramping up the apocalyptic, seemingly never-ending severe weather patterns. But also, I might just be a worry-wort heh.

At this point, escaping to Hawaii would certainly be nice. But I'm not sure if we'll even make it to the airport from here.


Friday, February 08, 2019

*Holy "Snow-pocalypse". More thoughts tomorrow.

I'm glad to hear that there has been a lot of effort in pushing or advocating for more Asian-American representation on network broadcast at least (and in cinema - but more via in the independent scene it appears). The fact of the matter is, Asian-American stories are absolutely worth telling and it should be about time. From Albert Kim:

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1093620192423211008.html


I like this quote from Daniel Dae Kim's twitter: "The difference between who are you are and who you aspire to be is what makes up your character". Who says a lot of twitter space isn't just a waste of space heh. There are thoughtful quotes and such every now and then.

The 2019 WoW Arena Tournament season has just begun this weekend. There's something to do or spend time on during what is supposed to be another cold, wintry weekend. Pray for warmer weather ahead.


Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year's - it is the Year of the Pig. Does that mean we can eat more pork? heheh.


Monday, February 04, 2019

Where is all the damn snow? Apparently, it's been dumped on us heh. It's a winter wonderland out there for sure, and it's scenic. Kids love to frolic and play (didn't we all - not to mention school days), but it's treacherous to drive in - especially when you live in a remote area. The roads need to be salted or kept safe as much as possible. Well, now we know we have to deal not just with the wind but snow as well. Hopefully, it won't be a frequent occurrence. It's our first winter experience out here, and we are just getting a taste of it.


Saturday, February 02, 2019

SungWon is a talented, successful voice actor / Youtuber. It's unfortunate that he had to experience being kicked out of a ride by a shit driver - it's even more unfortunate the driver did not know who SungWon was (as he is considered a celebrity in the voice acting world). There is a hint of racial discrimination there, but it's subtle and not as obvious. You can analyze this for hours, but it's probably a waste of time.

I was practicing Mendelssohn's "Spinning Song", which I feel is a nice, unique piece (very Mendelssohn I guess - his Wedding March or Midsummer Night's Dream theme as well). I never did decide whether to continue to work on / finish it, but it's a new piece to practice.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Here's an informative article with Daniel Dae Kim on diversity and representation:

https://www.todayonline.com/8days/sceneandheard/celebrities/lost-hawaii-five-0-star-daniel-dae-kim-wants-do-more-comedies-cos

I'm all for podcasts, and they are absolutely worthwhile to watch or listen to. I'm very particular about what's being talked about however. It has to be relevant and interesting to me, as well as my type of humor. Otherwise, no thanks. But whatever floats your boat, or whatever you are most passionate about - put your effort into it! Of course, it always helps being established. For those just getting started or thinking about it (or have the network or means to), it might be worthwhile to try it out.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

I always believed that expression or interpretation is another layer of skill in music that aims to inspire and move the listener or audience. There is that capability in most, but only some can naturally emote or feel the music as opposed to mechanically playing a piece. If you can play or perform in a way that can move or inspire the listener, I agree that it's a tremendous talent. But not at the expense of trying too hard or overthinking. When it comes to music, don't think it but feel it.

If you are proud of your culture or who you are, self-esteem should never be an issue. In fact, the most difficult aspect of it would be keeping your ego in check. But we are usually a humble bunch anyway. The main idea or goal is to continue fighting and dispelling stereotypes and discriminating ways - and that is to continue to grow in influence and success. That is why I'll continue to support the Asian-American circle across industries.

I tell ya, looking back on my past - I certainly had low standards in terms of seeking relationships muhaha. Fortunately, that reality no longer exists. It's about continuing to better yourself, and just look to the future. Relationships are the most difficult things in life - our ugly sides definitely show, and we second-guess ourselves always whether we are cut out for it or not. Especially when you are anti-social like myself who would prefer to be secluded or isolated as opposed to being among crowds. That podcast is better than therapy itself - why waste money on that shit? heh.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

I've been enjoying Aaron Takahashi's honeymoon adventures - and damn he explains them as well as a tour guide heheh. It definitely makes me want to visit certain spots from Tokyo to Kyoto - but I'd definitely be up for racing around in the Mario Karts. What is up with the "BLT Crew" (Better Luck Tomorrow - not Bacon, Lettuce Tomato heh). Jason Tobin looks ripped - a far cry from his Virgil Hu character. Unfortunately, we don't have Cinemax.

Good luck to Justin Chon and "Ms. Purple" - I hope this does well in the Sundance circuit. It's another film to watch if available.

Once in awhile, eating at a buffet is worthwhile and comforting. But certainly not all the time. Loads of carbs, sugar, etc. - but complete deliciousness. You have to stuff yourself, that's the point of a buffet - to stuff yourself heh.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dear Ryan, please at least continue to create / upload "Dear Ryan" videos muhaha. And perhaps another BgA music video or parody? Anyway, I agree with the notion that channels have to evolve and change sometimes to make things more interesting or not get too stale or stagnant. But it's the creator's discretion as to the content, and they should feel free to create what they want to create or upload - not what everyone else is doing. Doing what you are passionate about or enjoy what you are doing is what's most important. Of course, it certainly helps in already being established or having a large audience.

Success in Youtube is very difficult - and I'm just speaking as an observer or a viewer (since I'm not a Youtuber). Back in the day, it might have been a bit easier - but you still had to put yourself out there, network, and have a thick skin to keep on going despite failures (not giving up). These days, their policies have made it that much more difficult for small creators or anyone wanting to get their feet wet in it, to actually climb. I think "The Very Cool, Very Swag" guy JCW might one day create an alternative platform to Youtube that'll be more rewarding and unique. Please do it! (after you have created your games).

If self-expression (or improvement) is masterbation, then it must feel damn good to be expressive.

On a serious note: Rest in peace to my Uncle.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

I'm not sure when the next recordings are going to happen - a final Mendelssohn and a Studio Ghibli piece. But I've returned to Schubert as I have been refining some pieces. More complete thoughts on my Classical Piano page.

I also have yet to put together and use the new telescope. I'll probably need to wait for a more favorable or optimal season when the skies are more clear and the temperature becomes warmer. And whenever there might be planets or other celestial objects around. There are plethora of information and resources to look up in terms of space sciences and astrophysics. If you want to test your knowledge, world-renowned Physicist and Futurist Michio Kaku has been asking some riddles recently pertaining to these. Interesting and informative.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

It's certainly about time that I watched "The Good Doctor", and I'm glad that we did. I might have to binge watch from the first season as a catch up. I was pleased that it 'delivered' in terms of story, acting and drama. It gets the highest accolades from me for diversity, which is extremely important in this day and age. Kudos to ABC - the other networks should learn a lesson or two on what they lack. But now, I've completely forgotten about FOTB. That's something I have to get back to as well, but I haven't had the sitcom itch in awhile.

I hope last night was the beginning of a real and genuine change. Or at least, to never give up and continue to work / improve in bettering our lives.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Kudos to creators who start their own businesses / opening shops, venturing outside of their on-line personalities or channels. Passion projects are worth pursuing, if you have the desire and confidence. It's never a certainty. If I lived near there, I would sure check out Wong Fu's own Philip Wang's "Bopomofo" (certainly would put the mofo in the Boba heh). Also, "Drips and Swirls" is something worth checking out if you are around the area. Fans travel all the way there just to try them out. Kudos for sure.

JCW, or "The Very Cool, Very Swag" guy should set up a Youtube channel (in addition to your video game or musical endeavors). I think his fanbase would sub or flock there as well. I might even dedicate a fan page as well heh.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

"The Good Doctor" just got better by an anticipated appearance from Daniel Dae Kim - the Exec. Producer himself. I had hoped for an eventual recurring or regular role, but he probably has his hands full with other responsibilities. This'll probably motivate me to stay on top of the scheduling - which I easily forget whenever a show is on or not.

The indoor water park experience was nice - the Lodge was mostly intended for the entire family, but individuals and couples can enjoy it as well. I sort of missed the water park experience (although there are more expansive ones not in this state), should think about going again during the summer.


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

These wind storms are quite a doozy, and early Sunday morning's storm seemed like a near Cat 1 or tropical storm strength. I guess that's the price you pay for living up here in the Northwest. There's usually an element of severe weather somewhere, and almost no area is completely safe from them - albeit blizzards, hurricanes, tornado's etc.

We spent two days without power, but tried to make the most of a cold and dark situation. By stoking the fireplace, and playing games. Unfortunately, we live in a remote area where we are usually one of the last to be restored. But suprisingly, we got it back near midnight. If the windy-ness is frequent, I'm not sure if it's worth it living out here. But let's just hope it's not.

You have to give credit to the Utility crew for working tirelessly. At the same time, we wish that it didn't have to last several days or even a week for power to return to everyone (suburban or rural). But there is only so much they can do at once.


Tuesday, January 01, 2019

I wish the holidays would keep on going, but nothing lasts forever (and there's always next year - as if we need to get any older or time to pass any quicker heh). I usually enjoy the time from Thanksgiving to New Year's, as it is filled with the spirit, food, and your loved ones. It's time to get back in shape, and work off the calories. Meh, I'm still going to eat comfort food (but less of it and with more control). This year, let us make it even better and more fulfilling than the previous or build on it.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to catch "The Twilight Zone" marathon - mainly because we don't have the channel anymore and opted to play board / card games with family instead. Once in awhile, I'd miss lounging around, scarfing down pizza and watching the marathon. But there's always Netflix.

In terms of being more positive, we should all strive to live by the saying, "Very cool, very swag,...I like it!" muhaha.

I'm not sure if Sung Kang finished his WISWIRD jogging challenge, but the tips are certainly useful and helpful for a change. Remember, the best kind of revenge (if at all) is your personal success (or even just being at peace or happy and healthy).