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A Never Ending Journey

31 Jan

For I wish there was more for me to say.

My Journey seems but a fragment of a dream now.
Yet still I am reminded everyday how things have changed.

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After Finals

8 May

After a semester of nothing but fun in Bangkok, we headed out to the islands to enjoy our last weeks abroad.



It seemed like we were approaching the end.
Yet now I realize it was only the beginning.

We’ll meet again.
Don’t know where.
Don’t know when.

Maa Jak Thailand

19 Apr

 

Each Moment is the Universe from bruce thierry on Vimeo.

It cannot be said any better.

I miss my other home.

The Breakfast Club

9 Apr

They met once, and it changed their lives forever.

A Sea of Possibilities

7 Apr

It’s a strange thing getting older.
You forget how some of the most simple things can create a real joy in your life.

The simplicity, yet divinity in finding the perfect book among a sea of possibilities.

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It is only when we are stripped of our many layers of societal induced compulsions, that we can move towards enlightenment.

Through the Woods

1 Apr

And to the Ocean I went.

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One minute I was sitting amongst the trees, the next I was watching the surf.

No where is like California.

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Days spent alone in nature.
Unforgettable and much needed.

Get out

31 Mar

It’s a beautiful day here in California

What better way to enjoy it.

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Riding through the California Redwoods is an unexplainable feeling.

If only my comrades from Vietnam could be accompanying me.
The Ritz Angels
You are out of sight, but never out of mind.

Sometimes you just have to get up, go out into nature to realize how beautiful the world around you is.

Writing

19 Mar

Some people start on the computer. Typing aimlessly on a keyboard, searching for ideas.

For me that just doesn’t work.

I guess that’s why the caveman.

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Reminisce

22 Feb

Speaking to my old friend, brings back great memories.

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1208..
How I miss you so.

A Day in The City

17 Feb

It’s 11:00 am, and I am sitting here in the Library attempting to read my “Non-Profit and Governmental Accounting” book. As I read line after line, my mind cannot help but drift further and further away from this place.

I can’t help but reminisce on my days in the city.
I have always thought that suburban societies breed discontent. I cannot say that it is a universal rule, but for I, it is more true than ever.
The Sunday before the couple of Sundays that have passed, was an important day in America.
The day of the American Football Superbowl.
I was as excited as everyone else, yet for a different reason. For the reason that I knew the majority of people would be sitting at home staring at televisions.

The Sun was shining, the weather was great. So instead I ventured out for a day in the city.

We had arrived and were on the look for a good place to get some food.
I looked from place to place. (As if you have ever been to San Francisco, you know that there is no shortage of places to eat)
I walked, and walked. Without feeling that any of the places were “right”.

I dislike places that look to clean. That look “planned”.
I craved some where authentic. Somewhere that rang true from side to side.

As we turned the corner, I saw a place that looked intriguing yet I was reluctant to walk in.
I opened the screen door, and saw just a single worker standing behind a counter.
As I looked around, I saw the menu, scratched on a chalkboard to my side.

This was the place.
So we put in our orders and grabbed some chairs outside.

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Water with a hint of Orange, really hit the spot.

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We sat patently, waiting for our food to arrive.
Waiting gave us a chance to sit back and relax for a while.

Soon our food came out. The young guy looked at me and said, “I made these EXTRA good, so…yea..”
I looked around, as wasn’t really sure what that had meant, but they sure did look extra good.

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Veggie melt for me, and a turkey for her.
Salad on both.

With the first bite, I instantly knew what he meant. They were extra good.

The place was delicious.
A small menu, with just the right variety.

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As we finished, we headed to the park, as I had my eyes set on a place I had seen only weeks before.

The BEIRGARTEN.

What better than a Stein of a Bavarian beer to enjoy a great afternoon in the sun.

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As we brought our steins together for a cheers, I couldn’t help but think of all my German friends from abroad.

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I toasted to them all, as I wished I could have enjoyed another beer with all the Chula exchange students.

As the beer continued to flow, I felt the urge to have some more food as well.
A buttery, salty pretzel hit the spot perfectly.

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The Stein, had me feeling like I was on cloud nine.
We walked around, and relaxed at a nearby park.

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We went to the famous Chantal Guillon’s Macaroon place for dessert.
Although not my cup of tea, they were an interesting way to finish off a day in Hayes Valley.

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It’s sometimes hard to remember how much these little things had brought me so much joy.
How a great restaurant or cafe, could make any day seem grand.

 

 

I spoke to a friend yesterday, and she put something in my head that initially I failed to understand, yet now it cannot leave me.

She told me of a quote she read that resonated with her. It read:

“she had become too settled in her ways, too placid, too content, too anemic in her excitements, and too sober in her taste. As a bride, it had been she who ‘dragged’ Benjamin to dances and dinners — now conditions were reversed. She went out socially with him, but without enthusiasm, devoured entirely by that eternal inertia which comes to live with each of us one day and stays with us to the end.”

 

That “external force” that will put us in a state of change, is not always as far away as it initially seems.