College: Day 5

September 21, 2006

College has been great. There are so many things to do that I’ve been able to keep busy which is what I like to be. Let me tell you what I’ve been doing the past 4 days.
Friday

My family’s (minus brother) scheduled time to leave was at 12:30 but we left at 2:45PM. We arrived in Irvine at 9:30PM after hitting L.A. traffic. Not too much happened today. We stayed at Crowne Plaza, which wasn’t too bad. There was a convention for salespeople; I was surprised they didn’t try to sell me anything like life insurance or something.

Saturday

I moved in at about 10:30 AM and it took the whole day. The parking lot was swarming with people like ants on a piece of Starburst. As soon as I stepped out of my car my eyes were greeted by the sight of piles of luggage and my ears barraged from the strained voices of overzealous, frantic, and jubilant parents. The current of excitement in the air was exploding; you couldn’t help but feel good. The fun part was standing and looking around at everything. The not so fun part was carrying numerous heavy things as sweat rolled clingingly down your skin.
After moving all of my initial things, my parents and I went around to Target, Costco, OfficeMax etc. to buy miscellaneous things. I slept at the hotel after eatting a nice piece of seasoned steak flowing with untamed juices and mashed potatoes with herb seasoning melted in it. Yum.

Sunday

My parents got into a fight, or at least the worst of all the fights that they’d had during our trip down. I spent at least 2 hours relaying messages back and forth between them until finally they calmed down enough to forgive each other. At 2PMish, it was time for them to leave so I walked them down to the car in the parking lot. Right after they drove out and away out of sight, I sadly walked back to my room…truely on my own for the first day of my life. The occassion was momentous and earmarked with a phone call not 5 minutes later from who of all people but my mom. I was sad and she was crying. =[. I didn’t feel social, so I went over to help Howard move into his dorm room later in the afternoon. I let him organize his stuff, so I went over to Katie’s apartment at around 4. I met her chill roommates: killer Jane and TV addicted JoAnn then went back to Mesa around 6 PM. I arrived back at my hall too late to eat dinner with my dormmates, but I met two girls, Sophie and Esther, who were also too late. Haha we were so confused by the silence. Anyway, the three of us ate together and they were awesome.

Later that night, I met two other girls named Stephanie and Jessica, Stephanie is really playful and witty while Jessica is very reserved and kind. I make them sound like furry animals don’t I?

Monday

On my first day alone, I woke up from a crazy wild dream which I can’t remember to find myself surrounded by unfamiliar walls. It was too much. Imagine shooting a little big-eyed rabbit with a elephant tranquilizer gun, hitting it a few times with a stick, then throwing it onto the roof of a building with no way down. The way the rabbit reacts after waking up, is very close to how I reacted when I woke up today.

Tuesday

I went on a campus tour with my RA, Anuj. He’s a tight guy. Tall Indian, plays soccer, and a Bio major.
Chilled until hall picture. A really pretty girl named CATHARINE stood next to me for the picture. We made up a pose together and met formally afterwards. Too bad she’s not single! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Ate lunch with Stephanie and Jessica at Pippin’s Commons in Middle Earth. The food tasted a lot better.
Ate dinner with Jennifer Ngo, Cathy So, but met up with Jimmy Lee and Paul G. at Pippin’s Commons.
Corona Del Mar beach with FYEP. 70+ people. Fun. It was even better because Catharine wanted to hold my hand. You sly girl you! I blushed heartily.

Wednesday

Ate lunch with Anuj, Jessica ?., Joshua, Tina and someone else who I can’t remember ATM. Sorry!
Went to the bookstore with Esther and Sophie. Saw Chris Lee (KFBC) and Roshni on the way. On the way back, I saw Chris Lee again! I haven’t seen that fool in so many years. I found out Timmy Kwon and Joo also go here!
Ate dinner at Mesa Commons with Jessica, Stephanie and Angelo.
Threw around with Angelo. Met up with Joshua and we shot some hoops.
Went to the ARC at around 9 PM with Kevin and Tina in Kevin’s Toyota Celica.
Came back, left my keys in Kevin’s glove compartment. Kicked it with Kevin Hyunh and Carolyn Wang. She’s cute ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thursday

Woke up at 10:20 AM. Went swimming with Jennifer Ngo, did maybe half a mile =[. I suck. Waited for her “brief” shower which was only, honestly, 25 minutes. Ate at Brandywine Commons, saw Kevin Piercy. Saw Howard and his roommate Kevin Fok, so we ate with them. I left, splitting up from Howard, Jennifer, and Kevin. Found out my keys were still in Jennifer’s purse…after dancing around campus I got them back. Then I went with Erich Pretzel and Nicholas Gannon to Newport to kick it in a homely little coffee shop. Drove around, got lost. After we came back, ate dinner with Catherine, Sophie, and Esther. Then went to the Edge of Newsong with Catherine, Sophie, Esther and Tiffany in Andrew Yip’s car (Lynbrook class of ’04, he’s tight). Naturally, Catherine wanted to sit next to me ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Met this chick named Mary who looks just like the younger version of one of my mom’s friends. She’s great; so playful. Saw many people I knew. I saw Chris Lee and

Friday

Wentย  to the Edge for a BBQ.ย  I was starving, so I had to kill some people to make the line shorter and to get closer to the food. It wasn’t pretty. Afterwards, went to this girl’s apartment to chill. There were at least 25 people there! I have a picture of all of the shoes outside the door. It was so crazy. I met this hilarious guy named Kesther, one of Dan Tung’s roommates. Dan: “What’s that noise?” Kesther: “Cancer.” Dan: “Uh…” Kesther: “OK it’s jsut you making an annoying noise and I just wanted to say something other than the usual that would be funny.” Dan: “You can only believe the 2nd sentence that Kesther says.”

Saturday

Read first few pages of my econ book for a about 2 hours. Then, went to eat lunch with my suite guys. I met a guy named Tyler, he was cool. After lunch we went back to our rooms, and already found that he had added my as a friend on Facebook. WHat a crazy networking site. Anyway, I studied some more econ, did 4 homework assignments on Aplia.com for econ, took a 2 hour nap, woke up, went out to eat pho with Andrew Yip, Tim Jou, Richard (MV ’04), and Justin Lin (MV ’04). Then we kicked it at Justin’s apartment, watching T.V. for about an hour and just talking about how old women should not wear revealing clothing during World Poker Tournaments, or even just in general. Afterwards, Tim, Andrew and I went to go see a Gridiron with about 7 other people. It was a pretty good movie. Good character development, and I almost cried a few times. Plus, it was about football and it made me want to jump up and play tackle. When they dropped me off, I went to my room, changed, and did sprints all over the school. Just running, and seeing how far I could run, made me lose all motivation the movie had previously instilled in me hahaha. While running, I heard someone call out my name and it was Bora. He was with Mike Chen, Jimmy Lee, and Paul G. and he was telling a story about how he ran naked from the foam party on Friday back to his dorm. He is really enjoying college! Anyway, the heat in my blood was gone, so I jogged back to Ondas and hit the showers.

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AIM Conversations

August 12, 2006

Jonathan Soong, class of ’05. This story is true. Probably.
Pr1nce: So how did you get a job at Nasa?
mister j: i got on my knees and begged
mister: and i got lucky cause the old janitor just got fired


Eric and I were hanging out playing poker for push-ups. I try to imitate Matt Damon in his poker movie. I get owned. Eric has fun being sadistic.
Eckg: and you owe me 280 push ups
Pr1nce:
Not 280 man, 260
Pr1nce: And I did 60 at home
Pr1nce: I can’t even do 30 real push-ups
Eckg: hahaha, well sorry man this is going to be a tough one for you as i laugh my a$$ off
Eckg:
dude, next time i see you
Pr1nce: Wait, so are you saying that my 60 at home don’t count?
Pr1nce: You know I wouldn’t lie to you
Eckg: heck no
Eckg:
no way amigo
Eckg: thats completely unauthorized
Eckg:
just do it in sets of 20
Pr1nce: You’ll let me do that? I thought it had to be in sets of 30
Eckg: yeah, but its all good
Pr1nceCharming77: Gee, thanks you’re a real pal
Eckg: LOL
Eckg: im going to make you do it at the beach, submerged in water
Pr1nce:
I spoke too soon
Pr1nce: I’m going to drown…
Pr1nce: My arms will be too tired to lift my face out of the water for oxygen
Eckg: hahaha
Eckg: its okay i’ll pull you out whenever i think your dying


Kevin Cho loves me.

Pr1nceCharming77: What happens if I lost my AP testing receipt…?
oswald1288: i think it should be alright
Pr1nceCharming77: You know what to say to make me feel beter
oswald1288: mmm you’re a very good looking boy?
Pr1nceCharming77: Haha yes very good



I drive to Berkeley one night, and this is the first guy I call when I get there because I wanted to say hello. The following proves how great a friend he can be.
Pr1nceCharming77:
Are you going to drive down to say by to US?
Wolvekk: LOL
Wolvekk: heck no
Wolvekk: hmm i might go in 2 weeks
Wolvekk: to get a haircut or something

Summer, College and Me

July 24, 2006

My summer has been busy, just the way I like it. I went to Oahu and the Big Island for 11 days with family friends and I got to see my grandma who likes to ask me the same question every 5 minutes of every day that I’m with her: “Knee yo may yo nieu poung yo?” That’s how you say it in chinese, in English it means: “Do you have a girlfriend?” To which I must sadly reply, “No.” But I love her nonetheless!

I’ve also been spending a lot of time with some entertaining people whose company I love. Playing basketball with Enoch, a great guy, in the church man-oven/warehouse. If you ever want to win, this is the person to play against! I’ve also been kicking it with Richard and Tim a lot, our humorousness combined makes for good fun. I’m very fortunate to have met them because I always want to be a better person around them. I also remember hanging out my car with 5 or 6 other guys in a Starbucks parking lot. I had to talk extra deep and act macho to reassert my masculinity after that but it was a riot!

College is almost here, and I can’t be more excited. I’ve already planned out which classes to take, scheduled what days and times my classes will be, and thought about how to transfer to UCLA. For some reason, I’ve always wanted to go there ever since I entered high school and I don’t know why. I want to major in general Economics and English, but I also want to try for med school.

The Female Code

May 3, 2006

Yes, you read that right.  Today, I will begin (though I will never finish, nor be able to) deciphering the female code. All males understand what I'm writing about, and if you're one who does not, then you are actually a woman. Here's what I've come up with:

A Woman's Language, translated to English:

Yes = No
No = Yes
Maybe = No
She's cute = She's ugly
He's hot = He's hot

Do you think I look pretty? = I look pretty, and you should say I do too
What's are you doing right now? = Nothing because you're bored without me.
I don't want anything for (my birthday/Christmas) = Surprise me with more than your empty hands.
What are you doing tomorrow? = Want to do something with me tomorrow?
Who was that? = Who do I need to kill?
How much money do you have? = How much of your money can I spend?
Do you think that girl is pretty? = You better not think that girl is pretty.
Call me = Call me or I'll make you cry 

A Woman's Behavior, analyzed:

Laughs a lot = Flirt with me.
       Watch out. These women will kill you by playing on your pride. Use the buddy system to stay above water and not drown in their flattery.

Glares a lot = I want to kill you.

       Watch out X 2. Travel in packs around girls that do this. You need at least four men. One to fight her off/hold her back, and three to run for help. I personally like to do the latter.

Talks to herself = I've heard of girls whispering, "The end is near" randomly…um…see solution to "Glares a lot." 

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Shaken and Stirred

April 27, 2006

Today, I randomly got out of bed at 1:52 AM, turned on my computer, and somehow navigated to the blog of a person named Jaeson Ma. OH yeah, I got it through a link in an email from Vivian Ni. Thanks!

I've heard a lot about this guy, from Sophie, Darrin (SJSU), Brian Park, and a whole bunch of other people. I couldn't quite figure out why they revered him so much; their eyes light up, their smiles glow, and they speak with happiness when speaking about anything related to this guy. I even have a few of his messages on my computer from Brian, but this is the first time I've ever read anything written by him.

On his blog, he talks about preaching out in the open, in the middle of the UCLA campus sometimes to no one in particular and sometimes to dozens of people. He talks about how he felt a spontaneous desire to carry a 7-foot cross to a place called "Bruin Walk" and start preaching and praying. Then it struck me: why am I never struck with such desires? I have never felt compelled to start randomly yelling in the rally court about God, or laughing because of all the great things He's done for me. What compels Jaeson, yet neglects to compel me? I feel shaken, I feel stirred, I am scared that Jaeson loves God more than I do. It's not good to compare the elements of Christ since we are of the same body, but I really have to wonder why I don't carry 7-foot crosses, 5-foot crosses, or even a pocket-sized cross to preach and share.

I don't know. I haven't figured out what it is that makes Jaeson move the way he does. Maybe God has called each individual to do different things, there will be one Moses, one Jeremiah, one Jesus, one Abraham, one John the Baptist, one Paul, one Jaeson, and one Andrew. But maybe there is a way to show my faith and my love more extravagantly, flamboyantly. What if I did all of the things that Jaeson did, would that prove that I have as much faith as him? There must be other ways, or are there? I don't know. At this point I only have questions but no answers, thoughts but no conclusions. I know that I love the Trinity as much as any other believer, but the question is, should I have to do these things to prove it?

How about you? Where do you stand in your faith?

Howard Liu and I use to have JAVA together junior year. Man, that guy could be funny at times! Now our teacher, Mr. Peck, is one of those guys who always looks at you like you're stupid. If he looks at you and wants you to feel stupid, you will and you'll know that you're annoying him. If you ask him a question, good or bad, he'll look at you like you're stupid and like you're bothering him. After every lecture, he would ask if anyone had any questions. It was like setting bait. Anyone who raised their hand would get The Look. You know what I'm talking about if you've had him, and this story is just even better for you.
We take quizzes regularly in this class, and the quizzes are casually laid out on a few desks at the front of the room after they've been graded. I went up to get my quizzes, and I suddenly had a great idea. Now, Howard was the type of guy who begged the smart underclassmen in our class to help him with his programming. He is a natural begger. That is why it was so easy to execute my great idea. He spends everyday doing this, frantically scurrying from his hosts, scavenging bits and pieces of data that he uses to magically get a better overall grade than me. Consequently, he is always confused in class and has no idea what is going on.
I take advantage of his incoherent state of mind, and scribble with a red pen, "See me after class" on one of his quizzes then proceed back to my computer with my quizzes.
The minutes tick away, and I wait for Howard to have his contentedness pierced. At the end of class, Howard picks up his quiz, looks at it, looks away "Yes! Perfect!", then looks back at it and that's when his eyes get real big. All the guys start laughing (because I told them what I did hahaha).

Howard: Oh crap!
Me: What?
Howard: HAHAHA! Good one Andrew! HAHAHAHA! ALMOST got me there.
Me: Huh? What are you talking about?
Howard: (that smile that Howard does when he thinks he knows everything)
Me: (I look at his paper) Wow dude, he must have found out about the website that has all the answers to the quizzes!
Howard: HAHAHAHAHAHA! (laughs like a maniac, starts foaming at the mouth)
Me: Howard, I'm not going to sit next to you if you're going to do that…
Howard: Uh…Wait. You didn't write this on my paper?!
Me: …No. That's stupid.
Howard: Oh my God. You're serious. You're really serious. OH MY GOD! CRAP! #@$%@#! #$$%&! #$%! (Starts talking to himself). Oh man, NO WAY! He won't remember. blah blah blah…
Me: Think of it this way, we still have one more semester to go, and if he does remember it will be worse for you to not go than to do go.

*bell rings

Howard: Okay, bye Andrew! (runs out of the class)

The next day…

I get into the classroom and Howard jumps out of his seat with his fist raised. He's so funny when he's serious.

Howard: ANDREW!!
Andrew: HHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAH!
For the next 40 minutes, Mr. Peck starts reading a website about JAVA to us during which the class intermittently starts to laugh. Mr. Peck thinks he's doing a good job making JAVA fun, not realizing that we are all laughing at Howard. Later, Howard retells his ordeal that will forever be engraved in stone tablets for posterity…

Howard: The whole night I was scared, thinking about what to do. I had a nightmare last night…so I came in at brunch to see him!!

Howard: (walks the whole length of the classroom to this little dark corner) You wanted to see me Mr. Peck?
Mr. Peck: No…
Howard: Uh, yes you did because –
Mr. Peck: (The Annoyed You're Stupid Look) I did NOT want to see you Howard…

Now by this point, you can imagine that Howard's English got real bad, real fast, so he sounded like a complete idiot, and I'm sure he looked like a very confused one too. It must have been priceless.

Howard: Oh but uh, because on my paper you wrote this (shaky finger points)
Mr. Peck: I didn't write that…
Howard: OH! …You didn't?
Mr. Peck: The Look.
Howard: Oh…are you sure!?
Mr. Peck: The Look.
Howard: Oh hahaha! I bet one of the guys did this. Sorry Mr. Peck. Have a good brunch! (runs out, probably crying from embarrassment)

Ever since that, whenever Howard did something that someone didn't like, the response would always be: "SEE ME AFTER CLASS!" Mr. Peck would always smile whenever someone said that, so I made sure to take every opportunity! HAHAHAHAHA!

        Can you feel it? People are talking about the next four years of their lives at the various schools they will be attending. The following are some excerpts from amusing conversations…

Today at brunch, Andrew Choe, Nikhil and I were talking about girls and college:

Me: I'm going to UC Irvine.

Andrew C.: Dude you're so lucky! All the hot girls go there! When I went to visit UCSD and I only saw 3 or 4 hot girls at MOST! The entire time! It was soooo depressing!
Nikhil (the worst flirt I've ever seen): Haha, two of those three girls will be mine.

Andrew C. (who has a girlfriend): Fine! But dibs on the last one!

Me: Yeah haha I heard a funny joke in physics.

Malik: 9 out of 10 pretty girls go to Irvine, and the 10th one goes to SD.
Howard Liu: HAHAHAHAHA was;dlfkjatsdtfwaerasdf (you know how he talks so fast when he's happy you can't understand him)
Malik: So are you going to come visit me?
Howard: Yeah! Of course.
Malik: Good, cause if you come you'll be the prettiest girl there.

Andrew C.: HAHAHAHAHHAHA OWNED!
Nikhil: HAHAHAHA! That was a good one! Dang, Howard got OWNED!!

Enjoy it While it Lasts!

April 25, 2006

My mom told me about a conversation she had with my cousin, Lucas. It concerned my brother and his new (or should I say old?) girlfriend.

MOM: Today, Sarah bought Justin flowers, candy, and a heart shaped balloon. It's ridiculous what these kids are doing at their age!

LUCAS: What for?

MOM: It's their one-month anniversary! I can't believe they do things like that!

LUCAS: Well, that's all they get!

HAHAHA. Sad, but true. I guess that's why some couples do one-week anniversaries, hahahaha. 

A Time for Everything

April 24, 2006

        Today I found an old Bible a good friend gave to me after I accepted Christ. I thought I had lost it forever; good thing I found today, because God just slapped me in the face while reading it!

The particular passage is 3:1-8 (NIV), "A Time for Everything."

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to
uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to
build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to
dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time
to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to
refrain,
a time to keep and a time to throw
away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to
speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

        The speaker is a son of David, and is most probably Solomon or someone speaking from his perspective. (Teen Devotional Bible 773)

        Recently I've been having girl issues and the passage above helped remind me that life is far from over! It's not that I forgot to do my hair or can't drive well…specifically I've been having an issues with girls and particularly with one. During the fall of sophomore year I was fortunate to be acquainted with a very special girl. We talked consistently to the point where I felt I knew her goals and values and she knew mine. She had all the qualities I find desirable in a person of the opposite s-e-x: focused and passionate for God, a healthy chunkiness, a childish spontaneous ebullience, the eyes of a gentle unbathed gorilla, and a heart to accept my shortcomings unconditionally. Holding her in such high regard made me realize that I liked her; I had placed her upon a pedestal in my mind like Gatsby did with Daisy. Jajaja, now that led to many embarrassing events in my life I am willing to die to forget!
        I've made many mistakes in my life, and this is another notch on that belt of accomplishments. In order the quell the uprising of feelings, I tried to limit interaction to nonexistence. Destroying something you love, especially a priceless friendship, hurts. But the Bible tells us here that there are times when we must kill, in order to live. At one point in his life, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his most cherished possession in the world, his son. Abraham chose to deny himself what he wanted in favor of what God did.         Selfishly, I failed to recognize the pain I would inflict on others as well as the path I would inconsiderately force this great friend to take. I am not 100% sure if what I'm doing is right biblically, logically or any sense, but for me this was the hardest thing to do; I've found that the hardest thing to do is usually what He wants me to do. Reading this passage makes me think I'm doing what needs to be done, because sometimes you need to break bones and set them in their proper place before they can grow correctly. Although it may not feel good, sometimes it's what you need to do. Learn to take enjoyment from the plentiful gifts that God has already given, and learn to be satisfied with what you have. That is the only way you will ever be happy, to be content with what you have; that is a part of the core message the book of Ecclesiastes is advocating.