Thoughts on Japan

After studying Japanese for two and a half years, I finally took my first trip to the land of the rising sun. In fact, it was my first trip overseas ever! I was nervous at first, but once the plane landed at Narita Airport, I felt so many different emotions that ranged from elation to … Continue reading Thoughts on Japan

Reflecting on 2018

As 2018 comes to end, I want to take a moment to reflect on this past year. I'm not sure where to start because it feels overwhelming to try to summarize the entire year in a single blog post. I plan to write about a significant event that happened recently, but it can wait until … Continue reading Reflecting on 2018

Still Remains

"Still Remains" is a song by the American band Stone Temple Pilots. I remember listening to this song after STP released their second album called Purple. It became my favorite STP song immediately. After original singer Scott Weiland's passing, I listened to this song often and even posted a tribute to Mr. Weiland with a … Continue reading Still Remains

Salsa Dancing in the Street

I went to a free salsa concert in Escondido last week. The concert was part of a series of concerts that the Center for the Arts puts on annually. It was great seeing so many people salsa dancing outdoors. I ran into a friend who I met about four years ago and snuck in a … Continue reading Salsa Dancing in the Street

お盆祭り

2018年7月14日に、アナハイムに、友達とお盆のお祭りに初めて行きました。実は、浴衣も初めて着ました。暑かったですけど、楽しかったです。太鼓を聞いたり、日本食を食べたり、盆踊りを踊ったりしました。 太鼓の演奏はとても素晴らしかったです。 盆踊りも楽しかったです。来年、また行って、浴衣が着たいです。

Cap’n Crunch, PhD

The Naval Academy will be honoring Horatio Magellan Crunch with an honorary PhD degree at its annual commencement ceremony this year. Just who is Horatio Magellan Crunch? You may know him better as Cap'n Crunch. Yes, that Cap'n Crunch, who has been piloting and navigating Quaker Oats' breakfast cereal of the same name since 1963. … Continue reading Cap’n Crunch, PhD

The Value of Weddings

I have been wanting to write this blog entry for quite some time, but I haven't had the opportunity to give it proper attention until now. A few months ago, I attended two weddings within a few weeks of one another. As I observed both weddings, I began to think about how weddings themselves hold … Continue reading The Value of Weddings

Drawing the Redline

Bank of America will be paying $335 million to clean up Countrywide's mess for engaging in the practice of redlining its clients. No, Countrywide didn't push its clients past 5,000 RPM, but it (now Bank of America) was found guilty of pushing "minorities into risky subprime loans rather than into safer prime loans" by charging … Continue reading Drawing the Redline

Lessons from Haditha

When I read this chilling story here, I couldn't imagine what would possess one person to set another person on fire because of the psychopathic way in which this homicide took place. Then I recalled a headline from Democracy Now! about a New York Times article discussing the Haditha massacre of 2005. For those unaware, … Continue reading Lessons from Haditha

More Than One Prius

A friend and I recently had a discussion regarding the Toyota Prius, the hybrid automobile from the Japanese car manufacturer. Somehow in the course of our discussion, I pluralized the word Prius by calling it Priuses. My friend corrected me by telling me the pluralization of Prius is actually Prii--I didn't offer much of a … Continue reading More Than One Prius