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A Year in Review 2013

I was looking for the perfect time to write this, which is why it is a couple weeks late.  Last year it was in the Philippines, this year it is in the living room of my parent’s house on a Friday night. It’s that time of year again, to reflect on the year. The good and the bad, the dope and the nope, the cool and the ugly. 2013 was a year that I decided to take a weeklong trip to SoCal just because. It was a year when hiking became a passion. It was a year that I decided to hang on a leash that was tied on a bike, while I rode at least 20 miles per hour on my skateboard. I had a lot of time to think about how my year was due to long car trips to Reno and plenty of time for myself. At first I felt like my year wasn’t as fulfilling as I wanted it to be. I felt like more could’ve been done. But looking back at the pictures, I was wrong. 2013 was a year of “new”: new relationships, new adventures, and new outlooks.

Some Favorites of the Year:

Words to describe the year would be Bananna, Adventures, Hiking, San Francisco, and Food.

My favorite album this year would have to be Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City. While I didn’t get to listen to the whole album in depth, there were a handful of songs from the album that were on repeat the whole year. The album brings a classical approach, with a modern twist; sounds range from grand pianos to electric synths. Rather than the album itself, I would say that Vampire Weekend was my favorite artist of the year. I found myself listening to Contra on repeat during the school year, and it has become one of my study albums.

Phrase of the year would be “Aiiiiiight”. I use it when I see something cool or when I see a familiar face. Find me using it even more often in 2014.

My favorite restaurant would be Mana Korean BBQ in San Diego. Yelp reviews speak for themselves.

My favorite quotes of the year:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”

“Eat well, travel often.”

Finally, here are some of my favorite photos that highlight my year.  I tried my best putting them in chronological order. Of course this isn’t everything. Some moments weren’t caught on camera, which happened to be some of my best moments. Enjoy.

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(Photo By: David Nguyen)

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(Photo By: David Nguyen)

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(Photo By: David Nguyen)

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Until next year,

Mark

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