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( Jul. 14th, 2009 09:31 pm)
Well, to those who haven't heard yet, I'm single again. I won't get too much into detail, but basically a cousin of Eun's who didn't like me because I'm Filipino hatched a plan that basically set me up as cheating on Eun, which I wasn't. And when I went to talk to Eun in person, I had to confront the cousin as well, since she was there. What it came down to was the cousin somewhat giving an ultimatum that Eun would have to choose between me and putting family at odds. I told her to choose the family, because blood is thicker and deeper. I don't even know if she wants to talk to me. But I've been sitting in my room since 7 this evening just listening to piano songs.

This is really hard for me, because it wasn't anything I did, but because of who I am. Why should it matter so much where someone is from if someone you know has feelings for them? It's just so stupid...
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( Jul. 6th, 2009 03:56 pm)
So the last time I posted was almost a month ago. Not much has gone on in terms of life changing things, but there have been some developments. I'll start with the business. The house touch ups are coming along. We have a contractor fixing stuff around the house and getting it to the standards we need to meet. We've purchased TVs and ordered Direct TV for the house, which I'll be using through my iPhone when it's installed and I get the Direct TV app. One of the neighbors suggested his pool guy to clean out pool, and it turns out he does an excellent job and at a good price. Our pool should be being cleaned as I type this. The TVs will be delivered on Wednesday and some of the furniture we purchased will be arriving as well. We're expecting to have everything ready for inspection by September, and things are finally coming together.

One thing I've gotten out of this whole experience is being able to talk to my dad's friends families (which coincidentally involves a lot of my godparents and their kids) about things because they all have or are starting similar businesses. Even though I already talk to them, having something else to talk about has been a blessing, especially with Ann. Aside from my dad's boss's (his boss in the Philippines) kids, I'm the oldest among the offspring, and most of the kids call me Kuya (big brother). I never really thought about that until recently, when I started talking to Ann about it. We're both attending a training class for DSP (Direct Service Personnel) for Home Care regulations and such, because our parents both have asked us to take an administrative role in facilities. We talked about it at the party for Ann's dad, and we both agreed that it would be good for both of us to attend the same class. She kept asking me to come because "I'd be bored in there without you Kuya. You have to come with me!" That statement kind of set things in motion in my head to really think about how many people look up to me. Not only those in that circle, but so many others. It's a bit intimidating and inspiring at the same time. I really do care about people, and my family and friends are always at the top of my list. But for some reason, I do find myself looking out for the girls more. Maybe it's because I don't have a sister, or that I know the guys can take care of themselves, but I have a special place in my heart for all the girls.

I haven't been to the VIctorville house in quite a while, and I probably won't until next week at the earliest either. I'll take some pictures to show how it's coming along.
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( Jun. 15th, 2009 01:39 pm)
Sure, the economy is in the toilet, things haven't been this bad in quite a long time. For Los Angelenos, you could go further than that. The state is in financial meltdown, the city budget is reaching it's limit, and yet since May, there's been a bright spot for Los Angeles: our beloved Los Angeles Lakers.

Laker fans are always criticized for lack of enthusiasm or spirit at home games, highlighted by the media's attention to stars at the game. When your team plays in a city of actors, singers and celebrities, of course they will always get the attention, because they're right there in front of the camera. But if you go higher into the stands, that's when you see the true purple and gold fans. It's the fans who bust their back all week, the families, and the regular Angeleno that beats the drum that is the heartbeat of the Lakers. These are the people who live their lives for their families, the hard workers, the everyman. They are the ones who give people the right to use the lyric of Randy Newman, "I love L.A."

And never does that line mean more to Los Angelenos than when the Lakers are winning. Fifteen championships, second only to Boston, but always a contender. Angelenos love to rally around their Lakers, and love to hate them. In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, it was written that Lakers fans do not love their team as much as other markets, and that we don't cheer enough. I beg to differ. In the Lakers' championship history, L.A. fans have come to expect excellence, and when it is presented, we will respond. We know it. The Lakers know it. The Lakers know that to get the Staples Center bumping, you need to bring it. With other fans blindly following their teams, the true fans in Los Angeles love to cheer for them, but only if they deserve it.

And that is what makes the Lakers such a catalyzing agent for the city of Los Angeles. There is not a team in Los Angeles that has such a unifying power over us. We love them when they're at the top of their game and love to talk about them when they're not. But when push comes to shove, when they win, the city wins.

Sports is a funny thing. We've all played them at some point. And when we're with friends, suddenly we're all experts at something. But one thing we can all agree on is that sports brings people together. You can have the worst day of your life, but a win by your favorite team brings a smile to your face. And that brings me to another point, we love OUR teams. Sure it's owned by a person, family, or company, but in the end, they are known as the Los Angeles Lakers, or Orlando Magic.

Sports allows us to rally around a banner, something to make us feel good about ourselves as a city or country depending on what sport we're talking about. Pride in your team or country will always be something you can get from sports. For me, I've had two great moments in just the last year. Team USA bringing basketball gold back to America, and the Lakers winning franchise title 15. Yes, things are bad, but having something to cheer about..makes all the difference.
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( Jun. 1st, 2009 05:32 pm)
So I've been handling the affairs of my parents while they're gone in Australia. I've been given power of attorney by my mom so I can legally sign anything for her. I've signed papers for another house which they intend to rent out. I've also been visiting the Victorville house quite frequently, so much that it's taken a huge chunk out of my money. I filled up the car four times last week, resulting in $80 of money spent just on fuel. If there were furnishings and internet service I wouldn't mind staying there, but as it is now, there's not much accommodations for me.

Aside from that, it's been great being able to spend time with Eun during the weekends. I personally made the decision not to go to the Victorville house on weekends unless I absolutely have to, so we've had some great time to ourselves. Unfortunately over the holiday weekend, I was attacked by a group of Korean guys who resented the fact that Eun was with a guy who wasn't Korean. I got a black eye out of it, but other than that I'm fine. The group was arrested by an officer who saw the whole thing. Luckily it was at a church carnival and there was a lot of police present. The arresting officer is actually someone I know, so it was as easy an experience as you can have I suppose.

I'm also considering opening up my own music blog. I've had the idea for quite a while and I'm playing with ideas on what I'd specifically write about in my head. I don't really want to be confined into one genre, because music is so widespread and reaching. Just one genre can't really begin to define what music can do for someone. We'll see where my mind takes me on this.
So last night I went to the Sunset Strip to attend the Epik High Map The Soul tour at House of Blues. I went with my friend Paul, who also went with me to watch Glay last August. We went early compared to the Glay concert, and still found a huge line to get in, we found out later that night during the concert from the MC that the line started at noon, and we got there around 6:30 thinking we would be early.

We stood in line just talking to keep ourselves entertained while waiting, although I was somewhat amused to notice that he was probably one out of five people in line who weren't Asian. He wasn't exactly mad at this fact, and we just laughed about it.

I was expecting the same rules as the Glay concert, so I didn't bring my camera, which was a huge mistake. I'm just going to bring it everywhere now and if I can't bring it in, I'll put it in my car...I don't want to miss out on something again.

The show started with two opening acts, one was Far East Movement, the other was Kero One. I had heard of both of these acts but had not listened to any of their music. After hearing both, I'll definitely give them a try because their rap style and lyrics are more in tune with Epik High and what I appreciate in their music. It's not about money, or sex; but emotion, and people. It's about music, and spreading that love of music.

Epik High was awesome. I really appreciate that they wanted to come out here because they knew how many fans they have here. I also appreciate what they are doing now that they are independent from a major record company. They really are on a mission to prove that they can do things on their own without having to be slaves to the industry. You can tell when they perform that they really love their fans, especially when I saw Tablo push one of the MapTheSoul.com cameramen away so he could rap into a fan's camera at the concert.

I can't remember the entire setlist, but the group included songs from the new album, and songs from their previous albums, which surprised me because of their split with Woolim Entertainment. I can honestly say I had more fun at this concert compared to the Glay concert.

I already was a big fan of Epik High, but seeing MYK perform some solo stuff, I admire him so much more. He can play the guitar, rap, and sing. His performance was an eye opener for me.

I hope that Epik High can come back again. I would go again.

I slept over at Paul's house because I knew we'd be out past midnight and I didn't really want to drive home, after waking up late we went to have lunch with Catrina and Travis before watching Star Trek. I loved it. I was a fan of the original series when I was younger, but not what people consider a Trekkie, so this reboot really hit the spot for me. I really enjoyed it.
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