Two years

The big TWO. I have gotten to a point in my life where I realize that I am growing up. 

Backtrack to a younger me, I made plenty of mistakes and I am glad to have had those experience to learn and grow. My beautiful girlfriend entered into my life two years ago, on September 5th, 2015. It all started with an unintentional Skype video chat – I’ll get into details about that at a later time.

With the two years we have been together, I can our relationship is not perfect. We have had fights, unnecessary arguments, and tears shed. We have had wonderful dates, smiles all day, endless laughter, and unconditional love. What we have gone through, these past two year, have built us to where we are now. I have no regrets. I know that being with this girl is the one decision in my life that was right. How do I know? I can feel it in my gut.

Thank you for the wonderful two years, and for many more to come, my beautiful angel. 

Saying Goodbye

It’s a little weird, moving from job to job so quickly. I was just getting very close my coworkers and things we finally picking up after many ideas and decisions. 

Things are looking up for the progress of my career. I get to work at a Fortune 500 company everyday, I have a beautiful girlfriend that supports me every step of the way – going the extra mile by getting her degree and working at the same time, a tough, motivating family that has my back, and you, the reader.

My stories are meant to tell you my experiences of life. What I have gone through or am going through, which may hopefully help those that are trying to find out what to do. It’s not an easy process, believe me. Especially without a degree, but this is where you have to pick it up 100 times more.

I’m blessed, and so should you. You have a chance to live, plenty of time to succeed, and lots of room for error. But hey. I’m just getting started.

Scooters

Having a great time with these 50cc scooters! For those of you that aren’t familiar to the cc measurement – it isn’t that fast of a scooter. However, it is very fun to ride! 

6 of us riding down to Fort Lauderdale and the view is amazing! I wish I stopped by a took a picture but we were on the move.

Best part, all 6 scooters costed less than $200 for the whole day! Groupon is GOAT.

As I lay here, FaceTiming the love of my life – I am missing home. And the fact that I have car parts waiting for me to install once I get back. Tomorrow will be a better day – my older brother’s is growing a year older and that means lots of food and fun! I guess I will say it early, but…. happy birthday big bro!

RPMs staggering from 1k down to 400

I hate this. Half the time I feel like it’s gonna stall out from me. Don’t buy an FR-S, ladies and gentleman. (Is it an 86 now?…yeah whatever, i’m kidding.)

Maybe this baby needs a tune. I’ve heard about this ridiculous open tablet that can flash the ECU of the car to help with this issue – maybe keep it at a solid 1k. But for $499? You can kiss my sweet ass before I decide to buy that. Looks like I’ve got a lot to research to figure out a cheaper way of tuning my car.

Besides that, I just recently purchased the Fumoto Oil Drain Valve, which I will install very soon because my oil change frequency is very close to car washes, and a secret new part will be coming shortly after!

I’m excited how things are slowly growing for this car and I’m happy to have a group of friends who have a strong passion for cars. Without their help, installations would take long, YouTube would be my only friend, and I’ll magically screw up and turn my car into a piece o’ shit. Luckily that isn’t the case.

Thank you for those who are currently following my build! For those who are slowly coming in, I also appreciate your time and I hope to show you my wonderful work of art! 

Maki Ramen 

This is the first time I have eaten ramen, besides out of a styrofoam cup. It looked very close to what you would see in Naruto. Especially those Narutomaki, those fancy pink and white swirl pads,  it’s fish paste that takes pretty good.

A whole bowl of soup, ramen, mushrooms, half a boiled egg, bulgogi, and a strip of seaweed wrap. One must be crazy to not eat this delicacy.

Maki is quite small, the size of a boba shop, but with all the amazing flavors. This might be our designated ramen shop (I’m lying. I’m always willing to try other places).

If you are in the area, give it a try!

Lardarius Webb Charity Softball Game

Football players playing softball. Quite the show, but a very fun time indeed! The charity helps support family’s with low income/homeless and help with food, finding shelter, paying bills, etc.

It’s good to give. 

Thank you Baltimore Ravens for the awesome game and I hope the best for this upcoming season! All in all, I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Vacation time

Good Lordy, the moment is coming near. A week of no stress, a loud family, lots of food, and good times. 

Come to think of it, I haven’t seen my whole family in a while. I’m sure I’ll be playing 21 questions with them all vacation. Where do you work now? Do you have a girlfriend? How is she? When are you going to get married so we can go to a wedding?

People say that these type of questions annoy them… to the point where they have memes specifically for these questions! I like it when I am asked about my life. It gives the satisfaction of knowing that my family cares about what’s going on in my life.

Family. Don’t take them for granted. Gotta love em.

My biggest fan

Mom.

I don’t believe there can be an end to show you how much I appreciate you. 

You brought me into this world 22 years ago. From what I have learned growing up, that, itself, was a very difficult task. Even before that, you faced the difficulties of learning the customs of a new country. A couple of dollars to your name and a goal, that’s all you needed. 

You escaped Vietnam several times and got your break. Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy to get settled in America with no work experience. You found a few jobs – many to which you didn’t enjoy, but you worked hard. You didn’t have time for us because you were trying to work to keep food on the table. We all understood.

Growing up and going to school had many weird moments. Kids would complain because they didn’t get the right juice in their lunch box or didn’t get a new set of clothes for school. I didn’t want to put that negativity in our lives, so I made the best of everything. Fast forward to when I got my first job. I must admit, it was pretty difficult to know that I had to pay bills at a young age. I never understood in the beginning; however, I kept reminding myself the times you took care of my brothers and I. I was even lucky enough to have friends that work and pay bills and understood where I was coming from. I received a lot of motivation in my life and I couldn’t let my mom down.

Most importantly, my older brother had been the person to push me and guide me to growing up at an early age. He tells me that everything will be okay and continues to motivate me to this day. In the end, I kept asking myself, If my mother and my older brother can do it, why can’t I?

In time, things did get better.

You have gone through a lot; From escaping communism, to adjusting to the customs of a new world, to learning the language, to taking care of 4 boys, to working three jobs to making ends meet, and now finally retired.

Don’t worry mom, you have done more than enough. It’s our turn. I love you so much and I am proud to say that I am your son. You have always been the perfect fan.

A day to remember

I’m spending time with my girlfriend and her family at the beach, and they are the most loving people in the world. And they feed me ALL the time. 

It’s nice to unwind and take some time off. A vacation doesn’t have to be at the beach, in another country, etc. Vacations could still be in your home. Take some time out of your life to unwind. Take a few days off, or a week, to yourself and recuperate. I have had many “vacations” in my life to where I strictly worked on my car and nothing else. The feeling was pure bliss. Like no one in the world could bother me. Even the most extroverted person in the world has moments of introversion.

I can almost guarantee you that this time -dedicated time – may even teach you a thing or two about yourself. I hope you all enjoy your weekend, and to not forget the ones who have sacrificed their lives to keep us and this country protected!

Enjoy your Memorial Weekend, Everyone!

Mark, his words

Good day, to all that graduated from Harvard University. Congratulations! An achievement like this should be celebrated and rewarded. Even better, those who were able to listen to Mark Zuckerberg give his commencement speech were treated with a blessing.

Knowledge is something that can always be obtained. There is no end to the knowledge that the world possesses for us. However, what is this knowledge worth if it isn’t used to make someone else’s life better? Mark Zuckerburg’s (I’ll refer to him as Mark for the remainder of this story) first quote covers the whole topic of this story:

Create not to make progress,
but to make purpose.

– Mark Zuckerberg 

It’s natural for us to want something for ourselves. That is our natural instinct. My work, my life, my money. That’s okay.

Mark wanted to capitalize more on the topic but explaining how this generation will have its defining works. I agree, many jobs will soon be automated, will require new skills, and will require much more empathy. What do you mean? It’s fairly clear if you take the time to understand the issue today. The world is changing drastically, as you read – climate change and the rise in discrimination. 

Work should always evolve. As we move into a more advanced technological future, there are more discoveries of methods towards making the world a greener place. Solar panels, electric cars, etc. We must move away from the old and bring the new. What’s worse, we could be holding back the key to our future by causation of limitation.

It’s terrible to hear stories of hate, for example, an African American individual being stabbed to death by another Caucasian American, just days before graduation. American. I used one word to declare the identity of these two individuals. Instead of the hate, why can’t we learn to help one another, to succeed as individuals so that we may succeed as a country. Only we, as humans in this world, can build a better world so that our grandchildrens’ children will be able to look back in history and dream for an even better future. To have the opportunities of going to school without descrimination. To have opportunity to work without descrimination. To live without descrimination. In order to make a change, we must be able to work together instead of  worrying more about another persons skin color, the way they dress, or the way they speak. To work as one. 

At the end of the day, the world will decay with hate unless we change for the better. We can stop the negativity and maybe, just maybe, that one day we will have a solution to problems. The world limits itself when a life is taken, when someone isn’t able to receive an education, or when no opportunists are given. Les brown, an amazingly strong and well-spoken motivational speaker says:

The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hope and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered….

– Les Brown

If you have heard this before, this was meant for those who were afraid to take a leap of faith, to get their foot in the door, and to make an effort. But no. I believe this saying goes deeper than just that. Maybe that kid that was stabbed to death could’ve been the man who could change the world – but we will never know because we have created a limitation for him. Stopped him from doing so because his life has experienced an unfortunate end. Stop the limitations, help one another, and learn to make a purpose together.

Change starts locally

-Mark Zuckerberg

It can start in our neighborhood, to the cities, and eventually reach to the world. It’s as simple as simple can get. Why do we make it so hard for each other? Why must we teach a younger generation that it’s okay to just take this shit. It’s disgusting and humiliating as a race, the human race, to induce hatred. As I digress, it must be known that it isn’t too late. We can stop it now. Let’s change the world for the good.  For the better. Again, great speech Mark. May the world take this message and share your emotions so that one day, we can all feel safe in harmony – in this world.