Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I'm Moving~!

I'm moving!

No, not really, but my blog is moving.

I've gotten a little bored of the blogger interface and it's limited features. In particular, there's really no way to sort my posts in any way, shape or form.

So, anyways, I'm moving.

Here's my new page:

Over and out!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Traffic Ticket!?

OMG, I got my first traffic ticket today. It was completely uncalled for, and totally ridiculous for the cop to have written me up for such an incident.

Here's how it all came down...

Today, knowing that it is Rob's (the intern) last day, I did not bring lunch, and was anticipating on eating out with the crew. At lunch, I couldn't find Rob or George, so Joe and I decided to grab In-and-Out and head back to eat in the office.

Here it goes:
So around 1pm, I drove down Wolfe. Turned right on El Camino Real. Stopped at the red light on Maria. At this point, I was in the middle lane, second lane from the central divider. I noted to Joe, that there's a cop right next to us, so I better drive extra cautiously. (I did, of course!) As the light turned green, I proceeded ahead. The traffic flow in my lane was faster than the center lane (cop's lane). Since In-and-Out is on the corner of Fair Oaks and El Camino Real, I needed to make a left/U-turn. As I drove ahead, the car in front of the officer (red) and the car in front of it opened up enough room for me to turn in and I began to signal. I was able to clearly see both headlights of the red car in my rear view mirror. The red vehicle yielded to me and slowed down to give me room to move in front of him. The red vehicle did not honk, screech, nor appear to have come to an abrupt stop. The light on El Camino Real and Fair Oaks was red so all vehicles were already slowing down. Once in the lane, I proceeded to move into the left turn lane on El Camino Real and Fair Oaks. Once the light turned green, I proceeded to make a U-turn and prepared to enter In-and-Out. Upon completing the U-turn, the office turned on his sirens and pulled my vehicle over in the In-and-Out parking lot.

He wrote me up for making an "unsafe turn!?"

In my conversation with the officer, the officer mentioned that he was allowed to issue 2 warnings a day and that he had already issued them both. Otherwise, he might have issued me a warning. Yet, he also contradicted himself (or he might just be exaggerating) saying, that my driving was the most ridiculous / reckless behavior that he has seen that day. I do not believe any part of this incident to be out of the ordinary-besides my being pulled over. Furthermore, the office mentioned that I almost caused an accident. However, I was fully aware of my surrounding, and only entered the red vehicle'’s lane only upon checking to see that the red vehicle was slowing down, and having provided me enough space to enter the lane. I would assume and make a conjecture that the officer was following the red vehicle too closely, or was not aware of the red light at the Fair Oaks/El Camino Real intersection as the reasons why he made the statement that I almost caused an accident.

Freaken waste of my time, and totally messed up my day...

This Sunnyvale Police is so incompetent!

I shall see this loser police in court!

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Life is going by really fast lately.

Work is a challenge. Beginning to realize that I really should be putting in much more time and energy into it. I need to get a handle quick. I need to find my role and find my niche. Beginning to feel the stressfulness of work.

Church is rewarding; at times, it's a grind. Picking up more responsibilities, within the YAMS fellowship and Eagle's Wing... I'm spread thin. I need my own time, relax, and chill.

My family needs me. I feel like everything that's going on in my life is pulling me in different directions. Each one may believe to be pulling me towards the same direction... But really, I'm stuck in the middle trying to balance everything and find the perfect medium.

I need direction. I need to plan my future and move towards my goals.

I'm hoping I'm not just moving around aimlessly.

Controlled chaos? Hope so.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Yan Can Restaurant

Today, I invited the interns--Arjun, Joe, and Rob--to lunch out with me. I suggested Yan Can Cook's restaurant in Santa Clara, and everybody was up for it. We thought it'd be fun and interesting. Not often, do you visit a "celebrity" chef's (umm, or at least, "tv-personality chef") restaurant. Here's what we got.

Shared: Crispy Potstickers x8
Arjun: Veggie Fried Rice + Hot & Sour Soup (cup)
Rob: Singapore Firecracker Chicken
Joe: Korean BBQ Beef
Me: Beef Chow Fun

all in all, it's not bad. I wouldn't put this anywhere near the top of my "favorite" restaurant list, but it's definately somewhere that I wouldn't mind going again for lunches. It was only about a 15 minute drive from Maxim.

After work, I went shopping with OV. not very interesting though. I hope she likes her new hand bag.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

House of Prime Rib

Check! One more place on my "must eat, gotta try" restaurant list can be checked off.

Today, we (Mom, Dad, OV, OV's mom & dad & maggy & ali, and I) went to the famous "House of Prime Rib." This was the first time that both OV's parents and my parents sat down together at a meal. I'd have to say, this was a pretty fitting place for the occasion. The restaurant was pleasent with dim lights to set the casual mood. The waiters and servers were friendly and quick to service. The meat, of course, was also the best "medium-rare" piece of prime rib that has ever graced my mouth. yummmmmm... so tender and juicey~ haha.

Here's to meal's rundown:

2 x House of Prime Rib (Dad and OV's dad)
4 x City Cut (OV, OV's mom, ali, and maggy)
1 x English Cut (Me)
1 x White Fish - Mahi Mahi (Mom)
+ 2 glasses of Wine, Merlot? (Dad and OV's dad)

If I had known that the English Cut and H of Prime Rib were "all you can eat," I would have surely skipped my dumpling lunch! Note to self: next time, starve a day, then go.

Back Track the day's events -
Woke up around 9. wavering between going back to work to finish my linear regulator correlation or hanging around the house. chose the ladder, vacuumed the house. clean out some boxes and some bowls and plates. eat lunch - dumplings. left for SF around 3:10. arrived around 4:20, ate. chat, got real full around 6. left around 6:30. fellowship. touching/shocking/memorable story of CT and Chien-Ling's visit to the Merced Prison. Got home around 11... done.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Ka-Ching! (first pay check)

woot! I got my first "real" pay check... two, actually, including my "signing bonus"...

feels good.

gave both checks to mom as a token of appreciation.

work has been alright, starting to learn much more. hopefully it doesn't slowly become a grind.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

My Independence Day

July 5th: my independence day -- first day of work

special? not really, felt like a lot of stuff was a little unorganized. read the UC09 IOS all day. Productive? well, got a cubical, 130, between Abrahman and Joey. also got a phone, ext. 5991. still waiting for my own PC and email account.

tomorrow is oriantation. hope it goes better than today.

quick note: woke up around 7. left home around 8. arrive in lobby around 8:30. waited in lobby til 9. greet people and stuff. started reading IOS around 11. left around 7pm.