Month: December 2012

A Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve from the Philippines! It’s that time of year again, a time to reflect on the year. The good and the bad, the dope and the nope, the cool and the ugly. Awesomely enough, I get to do it in the Philippines on the top of my cousin’s balcony that overlooks their province… talk about perfect. 2012 has been one hell of a year for me, and looking back at all the photos I’ve taken throughout the 365 days, there are a few words that come to mind: leadership, adventure, and learning. I think of leadership because I lived an extremely active school life. The first half of my year consisted of president positions in two clubs, shooting photos for the upcoming yearbook, and final decisions on college. But looking back, I definitely bit more than I could chew. Coming into college, I wanted to slow down and stay away from such positions. Ironically though, this fall semester might’ve been the most stressful time I’ve had all year. I was still busy …

From Parents to Parents

I’m just about half way through my trip here in the Philippines, and so far it’s been everything I expected and more, but I will be updating with a couple posts that are more specific to the trip as it continues to unfold. This post is in regards to my step-father and his sister. We went to visit their parents’ grave, in which they haven’t seen since the 1980’s. It was a very emotional moment for them, and I haven’t seen my step-father mourn like he did in a very long time. I started to think about my initial reaction to when my parents would one day pass away, although I try not to think about it. Instead I wonder about the best thing I can do in return for their love and support. A word of advice was given to me by my step-father at a young age: “There will always be time for everything.” I’ve taken that advice to heart and it is something that I will continue to live by.

Tis the Season to Travel

First and foremost, seasons greetings and merry christmas eve from Los Angeles! Hope everyone is having a great holiday. I’ll be spending mine, as well as my birthday, on a plane to Seoul, Korea that will eventually lead to the Philippines. I really wanted to hang out with all my high school friends that came back for the holidays before I left the country, and that’s what I did. I had nothing but fun and good company this whole weekend. It started off with holiday baking. Then, we had a night of go carting, sushi that came along with surprise tempura ice cream, and catch-up conversations that started from 2 o’clock in the morning until 4 in a friend’s van. I ended the weekend with adventures around the bay area with Anna, which included life talks, cozy chillaxing and really good music.  I was talking to her about friends going away to college and coming back home. We both agreed that friends don’t necessarily “change”, rather they come back the same, just with more “experience”. Even …

Not So Silent Night 2012

Yesterday me and some friends went to Not So Silent Night, an annual 2 day holiday rock concert hosted by bay area radio station Live 105. We went to the 2nd day, which included major rock artists such as Imagine Dragons, Tegan and Sera, and The Killers. It was one of the bigger concerts out there, with a full house in the Oracle Arena where the capacity cap is just under 20,000 people. Our seating wasn’t too bad, but being the concert rebels we were, we tried finding better seats on the ground floor. We ended up finding pretty good seats for a good 45 minutes, until we were flashed by a flashlight by one of the guards, with a group of people behind him. By then, we were pretty sure our seats were taken on th esecond floor so we made due with decent seats on the side of the arena, located at the very top. Although they were somewhat crappy because the sound of the speakers were facing the other direction so we couldn’t …