Archive | February 2005

This post is dedicated to Christian Wong (no relation) who went home to be with our God at the age of 58 (I think) on Saturday.  He was one of the my dad’s longtime friends growing up in Hawai’i.  More importantly, he may have been the person who first exposed my dad to the Christian faith.  His father was a deacon in the church which I think was called Calvary Assembly of God.  He moved to Chatsworth a few decades ago and later to Cupertino.  He is survived by his wife, Darcy, and his five children, Corina, Kevin (Las Vegas PD officer), Miriam, Keith, Karianne (sp?), and Kyle.  Corina was his only naturally born child and Kevin, Miriam, Keith, Karianne, and Kyle were all children Uncle Chris and Auntie Darcy adopted! 

The last time I saw Uncle Chris was on Sunday, June 20th when I was up north for my sister’s graduation from UC Davis.  He was in pretty good spirits back then.  He later was re-diagnosed with cancer (of the throat I think or something like that, my dad said it’s common among Asian people?) a few months later and was told by the doctors he wouldn’t live much beyond Thanksgiving.  My parents visited him and his wife sometime in September or October if I remember correctly.  My last interaction with him was about a week and a half ago on AIM and he said that he was getting to the end.  My mom said he had been in quite a bit of pain and required morphine to help him through.  I admired his spirit throughout the whole trial he had been presented with and how his faith was unwavering.  I remember asking him if what he was enduring had drawn the rest of his family closer to our God.  His response was that it definitely had.  Praise God!  I am glad he is no longer suffering, but is with our Heavenly Father.  I definitely am looking forward to when I will see him again!

He loved his family
He was a faithful friend
He lived to tell of God’s own Son/Jesus’ love
When all is said and done

Some memories I have “of” Uncle Chris:
1) Learning to ride a bicycle outside of my house…I think it was too big for me…I crashed into a stop sign on the corner of the sidewalk of his home in Chatsworth…it’s a good thing the stop sign didn’t win…otherwise, I might’ve been 0wn3d, or Pwn3d as some of you would say
2) He put our family’s first PC together.  It was an 80286 running at a mean 20 MHz with the turbo setting enabled.  That was my introduction into the wonderful world of MS-DOS 5.0 and computers.  “cd”

On a different note, my mom turned ______ years old yesterday!  She’s a such a great mom!  I love her so much!  I am especially thankful that she’s (and my dad) aren’t the typical “Asian parents” that so many of my peers and friends today still grow up with.  Seriously though, I am extremely thankful that she has grown in our God tremendously the last few years and has become more involved as a member of His body serving the kids at our church as a Sunday School teacher and becoming a member of a small group(s).  She also is probably the best person to make my dad and me (sometimes) get our “rears in gear” so to speak!  I thank and praise God for my mom!  Like Uncle Chris, I hope the same can be said of my mom by others when all is said and done with her earthly life.

If you were to ask me what I would want on my tombstone, this song would sum it up best:

When All Is Said and Done
Words and music by Geoff Moore and Jeff Silvey (I think)
Performed by Geoff Moore & The Distance from the album Ev-O-Lu-Tion (©1993 ForeFront Records)

When the music fades into the past
When my days of life are through
What will be remembered of where I’ve come
When all is said and done

Will they say I loved my family
That I was a faithful friend
That I lived to tell of God’s own Son
When all is said and done

Of how I long to see the hour
When I would hear that trumpet sound
And rise to see my Savior’s face
See Him smile and say
“Well done.”

You can forget my name
and the songs I’ve sung
Every rhyme and every tune
But remember the truth of Jesus’ love
When all is said and done
When all is said and done

And on that note, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Geoff Moore!  He turned forty-three (43) years young today!!!  If you would like to wish him a happy birthday as well, please send him an e-mail at  I don’t know when or if he’ll actually get it, but I’m going to send him one right now!  God has used him definitely to make a life-changing and life-long impact on my life!  If God has worked through Geoff’s music in your life as well, it’d be nice to let Geoff know that as well so he can continue fighting the good fight, running the good race, and keeping the faith!

Geoff and me on my birthday, June 26, 2000 at Youth For Christ’s DC/LA 2000

Geoff and me at Bayside Church in Rocklin/Granite Bay, CA on May 26, 2002

“It’s time to get out there and PLAY BALL!  Go get ’em!  God bless you guys (and gals)!”
-Geoff Moore in closing Geoff Moore & The Distance’s live concert in Rome, GA (1995 or 1996) at the end of the band’s live CD, disc 2 of GMD’s Greatest Hits album.

I got the following from Jasper Lee’s (Xanga – JsprZ) Xanga.  He’s a friend of mine through USC’s InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship and Asian American Christian Fellowship.  He also goes to FEC’s Epicenter Pasadena worhsip service.
I was surprised at my results because I’m left-handed and would like to think I’m right hemisphere dominant. My results would suggest otherwise.  Some other interesting things regarding my dexterity:

Note: The right side of my body is physically stronger than my left
Write: Left
Throw: Left
Eat: Left
Swing (bat, golf club): Left
Scissors: Right/Left (had to conform growing up…in elementary school, there were always plenty of green righty scissors around but few, if any, red lefty scissors around – red better not have meant bad!)
Dribble (basketball): Right significantly better than Left
Shoot (basketball): Left
Kick: Right
Using a mouse: Right (just ended up learning to use it with this hand)
Putting pants/socks/shoes on: Usually Right then Left I think
Carrying a backpack or bag: Over the Right shoulder first
Dominant eye: Right
Side of the Road I Drive on: Just Kidding!  “Roads?  Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” <- Guess the movie!

Your Brain Usage Profile:

Auditory : 58%
Visual : 41%
Left : 66%
Right : 33%

Loren, you are mildly left-hemisphere dominant while showing a slight preference for auditory processing. This overall combination seems to indicate a well-working blend of logic and judgment and organization, with sufficient intuition, perception and creativity to balance that dominance.

You will at times experience conflict between how you feel and what you think which will generally be resolved in favor of what you think. You will find yourself interested in the practical applications of whatever material you have learned or whatever situation you face and will retain the ability to refine whatever knowledge you possess or aspects of whatever position you are in.

By and large, you will orient yourself toward intellectual activities and structure. Though not rigid, you will schedule yourself, plan, and focus on routine and continuity of operations, rather than on changes and disruptions

When changes or disruptions occur, you are likely to consider first how to ensure that such disruptions do The same balance is reflected in your sensory preference. You will tend to be reflective and measured in your interaction style. For the most part, you will be considered objective without being cold and goal-oriented while retaining the capacity to listen to others.

Preferentially you learn by listening and maintaining significant internal dialogues with yourself. Nevertheless, you have sufficient visualization capabilities to benefit from using graphs, charts, doodles, or even body movement to enhance your comprehension and memory.

To the extent that you are even implicitly aware of your hemispheric dominance and sensory style, you will feel most comfortable in those arenas which emphasize verbal skills and logic. Teaching, law, and science are those that stand out among the professions, along with technical sales and management.


I had a great time with some of the high school guys from church at Jerry’s house last night!  I’m tired and will take a nap before doing my TTP homework and studying.  I was even challenged by what Jerry, Hanley, and Alex shared with the guys.

Cliff notes: For people to go from “boys to men” = Having cajones – that is, being real, godly men for God

New song!  After all, change is the only constant!  This is a song that God used to totally change my life!

The Vow
by Geoff Moore & The Distance
from the album “Home Run!” (©1995 ForeFront Records)

I could make a promise to You
But that would be too easy to do
You see I’ve made them before
And broken them and they’re no good anymore

And so I’ll dig a little bit deeper
And give You something You can keep
I will make a vow to You
It will never change no matter what I do

Right here right now in the midst of the crowd
I stand alone and I make my vow
Whatever it takes I will be faithful
This is my vow

As the words fall from my lips
We both know the life I live
How I stumble and fall
How many times I land short of the call

I will confess my inadequacy
Throw myself into the mystery
That somehow in the depth of Your love
You will help me do what I’m not capable of

Right here right now in the midst of the crowd
I stand alone and I make my vow
Whatever it takes I will be faithful

Right here right now let there be no doubt
With every whisper with every shout
Let the whole world know I will be faithful
This is my vow

Right here right now in the midst of the crowd
I stand alone and I make my vow
Whatever it takes I will be faithful
This is my vow

Right here right now in the midst of the crowd
I stand alone and I make my vow
Whatever it takes I will be faithful

Right here right now in the midst of the crowd
I stand alone and I make my vow
Whatever it takes I will be faithful
This is my vow

Right here right now let there be no doubt
With every whisper with every shout
Let the whole world know I will be faithful
This is my vow

Right here right now let there be no doubt
With every whisper with every shout
Let the whole world know I will be faithful
This is my vow
This is my vow
I make this vow

I went to check the weather at and I was pleasantly suprised.  ‘Round ’round ’round ’round…he gets around!  I don’t care what your own personal stance on him is, I just find it amazing that this advertisement may be yet another way our God can make Himself know to people.

Note the message on the right rear quarter panel!!!   My city > your city!  j/k! 

Reminder: Prayer meeting @ church tomorrow night at 7:30 PM in Room 214  ROCK & ROLL!!!

I remember what I wanted to say now!!! 

This may be just me, but…

Have you ever had a craving to…

Go to the batting cages?

Go go-karting?
Monday – Friday — 1:30-5:30pm 
$20.00 per race

Evenings & Weekends
$25.00 per race

I’ve been itchin’ to do both lately and I’d like to have some people to help me scratch!  j/k!  Seriously though, who’s man or woman enough to hang out with me at the cages or at the track?  It’d be tremendous fun!  And even if you don’t think you’d do well at either, I’d love to instruct and impart some knowledge and wisdom God’s given me to help you get “up to speed!”

I had a great time tonight with Alex Ho and some fellow USC Trojans alumni!    All of us being swingin’ bachelors of course!

I’ll *try* to keep this post short so I can get to bed at a decent time.

I had a great time at BMW Group University’s Parts Advisor II course at Courtyard by Marriott in Marina Del Rey tonight!  What that means for me, however, I don’t know.  People in the industry tell me I have a bright and promising future in it.  I tell myself that I don’t want to get “stuck” in it though.  Please keep me in your long-term prayers.  Thanks!

There was something else I was going to post but I forgot what it was.  I think it was to see if anyone out there remembers seeing and hearing the U.S. states and capitals and countries sung on Animaniacs.  That was good TV when I was a kid!

So many things to pray for…only one of me…

Kindness by Chris Tomlin (from the album The Noise We Make, ©2001 Sparrow Records)
Open up the skies of mercy
And rain down the cleansing flood
Healing waters rise around us
And hear our cries, Lord
Let ’em rise

It’s Your kindness, Lord
That leads us to repentance
Your favor, Lord
Is our desire
And it’s Your beauty, Lord
That makes us stand in silence
Your love, Your love
Is better than life

So many things to do…only one of me…

Be Still and Know by Steven Curtis Chapman (from the album Speechless, ©1999 Sparrow Records)
Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is holy
Be still oh restless heart of mine
Bow before the Prince of Peace
Let the noise and clamor cease

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that He has done
Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change
Be still

Be still and know that He is God (3x)
Be still
Be speechless

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is our Father
Come and rest your head upon His breast
Listen to the rhythm of
His unfailing heart of love
Beating for His little ones
Calling each of us to come
Be still
Be still

It’s February 14th!  Here are some verses that come to my mind:

1 John 4:7-21 (NASB)
God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

19 We love, because He first loved us.

20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

1 Corinthians 13 (NASB)
The Excellence of (God’s) Love
1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part;

10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Congratulations to 2005 Uddeholm Swedish Rally winner Petter Solberg of the Subaru World Rally Team for winning the 2005 Swedish Rally held February 11-13, 2005!  It’s Petter’s 11th career win and the first of hopefully many in 2005.

I just watched my Spaceballs DVD again tonight.  It’s such a funny movie (rated PG – language)!  Michael Winslow, the sound effects guy in the Police Academy movies and Spaceballs, is very entertaining.  It’d be nice if he would’ve made it “big”.  On a similar note, I think Wayne Brady needs a big break.  To see a little of Michael Winslow in action, check out this little game here:

Neat commercial for the new Volkswagen Golf GTI (United Kingdom commercial) of “Gene Kelly” dancing (well) in the rain:

Now I will try to re-create what I wrote in the wee hours of this morning before Micro$oft Internet Explorer dropped off the kids at the pool on me.

[RANT]What’s up with all these commercials for drugs on television?  They should be taken off the air.  I think they’re aired not so much for the sake of improving the quality of life of the drugs’ target audience, but to market the drugs for these pharmeceutical companies.  The ones I can’t stand the most are the Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Enzyte commercials.  I’m not looking forward to the day when I’ll be watching the television (or whatever will replace the idiot box/boob tube in the future) and my son or daughter asks, “Daddy, what’s ______(insert drug here)?”  What am I supposed to say?  _____ helps daddies love mommies more?  What eats me up the most is that these commercials portray life with the drug as “sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows” (old song I don’t know but heard part of on The Simpsons when Homer and Chief Wiggum were in a police car chasing Marge and her girlfriend in a convertible in a parody of Thelma & Louise).  The visual message appears to be a nice one.  That is until the aureal message chimes in saying all the possible side effects.  With the side effects mentioned, I (and hopefully most sane people) wouldn’t touch the advertised drug with a ten-foot pole/big stick!  So to you, Smilin’ Bob, you can take a long walk off a short pier.  Smilin’ Bob, you ain’t welcome here! [/RANT]

I left for work Friday morning a little late.  I usually try to leave before 7:55 AM to get to work in Glendale by 8:30 AM.  I left around 7:57-7:58 AM and tried to “make good time” here and there…more here than there.  Well, with it being wet and all, stupid me decided that it would be neat (i.e., stupid – hindsight is 20/20, folks) to see how much grip I really have in the wet when taking one particular turn.

I was going NW on Garvey where it bends to the left to go parallel to the 10 freeway.  In the dry, I usually can take this bend around 50-55 mph with no problem.  It is banked slightly I should also add.  The banking increases the centrifugal force going through the turn to increase available grip and cornering speed (in theory).  I figured that entering this turn around 50 mph in the wet would be safe enough yet a little on the edge of the performance envelope.  Initial turn-in and the early part of the turn went according to “plan”.  The turn is also a decreasing radius turn (it gets sharper) as the apex approaches and is passed.  As I got to the apex, I either hit standing water or something I can’t explain happened and the front of the car washed out and began to understeer like a dump truck.  In other words, the car went from turning normally to suddenly wanting to go in a straight line for the most part.  Being familiar with car control characteristics (keep in mind I’m driving a full-time all-wheel drive vehicle as well) for the most part, I increased steering input/lock by turning to the left more and partial lifted off the throttle but not entirely.  On a side note, this is why you drivers out there should hold your steering wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions on the steering wheel so you get more “coverage”, despite the fact that the California DMV handbook says to hold the wheel at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions.  Some of you may be thinking, “Why didn’t I apply the brakes?”  In this situation, applying the brakes would’ve shifted more of the vehicle’s weight forward.  When the weight gets shifted forward, the rear of the vehicle is in effect made lighter and a good amount of grip is lost at the rear.  Braking could’ve possibly sent me into an early spin.  Well, after making these adjustments, the car turned again…just a little too much!  I believe the front tires regaining their grip so suddenly still was enough to upset the rear end and break it loose.  Thus, I entered the spin cycle at this point. 

(I actually spun out once before driving West on the 60 freeway between the Crossroads Parkway exit and the 605 interchange dodging tire tread debris driving home from small group after 11 PM back in May if I remember correctly.  In that first spin, I was in cruise control at about 70 mph (I think that’s a safe cruising speed with light to minimal traffic at night).  That spin happened after I applied the brakes dodging the second piece of tire debris.  I didn’t make any contact with anything in that 720 deg. or 900 deg. spin.  I came to a stop on the right shoulder pointed in the right direction and just went on my way back home.  I saw the pickup truck that lost its tire with its blinkers on about 3/8 to 1/2 mile further up the road after I resumed my trip home.  Needless to say, I learned the hard way that instance that applying my brakes was the wrong thing to do in that situation.)

Returning to the moment of yesterday’s spin, I instinctively put the transmission in neutral and thought “Primary objective: Do not hit anything”.  Thanks to God that there was absolutely no traffic coming in the opposite direction otherwise I would’ve gotten “0wn3d/Pwn3d” as some of our kids like to say.  The cars travelling the same direction I was were about 8 to 10 seconds in arrears.  So I had plenty of room to do my impromptu donuts.  When Devoted Dan (my car’s name) and I are spinning, there’s no time to think or panic.  I just tried my best to direct the spin so that I wouldn’t hit anything and scrub my speed all off by applying the brakes (now that I was in the act of spinning, it is a good thing to apply the brakes…I personally don’t have enough experience/practice to put it back into a proper gear and giving it some gas to resume normal travel without bringing the car to a dead stop.  Thank God that I didn’t even come remotely close to hitting anything!  I ended up doing about a 540 and was facing in the wrong direction when I came to a stop.  I had to do a three-point turn to get back going in the right direction since the road wasn’t wide enough for me to do a conventional U-ie to get oriented back in the right direction.  Other than being (slightly/greatly) embarassed, I was able to continue along on my commute to work.  Below is my “druw-ring” on a piece of scratch paper of the whole incident.

Fast forward to last (Friday) night – Best friends, God’s love, and great times!   The high schoolers had a Q&A time with Dr. Bill and his wife, Doris, Tim Tang and his wife, Eleanor, and Ted Low and his wife, Nora.  It affected me personally in that it was a good reminder to me to focus on having God work in me and prepare me to be the best husband I can be to whomever it is He should choose to provide me with in this journey called life.  It also reminded me that I should be desiring a woman who is godly and is so in love with our God that she would naturally make a fine wife.  I also find myself reminding myselft that I’m still very young and have a lot to learn, especially since I’ve never had a significant relationship with a girl ever. At the same time, the age of 25 is less than a year and a half away and I’d love it if God could start putting some of the pieces of this puzzle together for me regarding this area of the life He’s given me.  Dinner at In-N-Out afterward was great.  I love being around Steve and Hanley!  Maybe I’m the missing third musketeer of what could be our church’s future leadership?  I wouldn’t dare to say or think that in an earnest manner yet.  Thanks to God that going out for dinner after church is done is actually one of the things I look forward to the most every week!  Being the introvert that I believe I am, that wasn’t always the case.  The people who were there last night included: Steve, Hanley, Adam, Edward Too, Michelle Yuen, Karen, Dann Chen, Jason Lee, Chris Ko, Erwin, and myself (I’m sorry if I forgot anyone…I tried to run through a visual of the seating arrangement in my photographic memory to generate that list).

I’m glad I went to this (Saturday) morning’s semi-annual Sunday School meeting at church after I had initially planned on skipping it to take Dan in for his 22,500 mile service at Irvine Subaru that I had scheduled three weeks ago before I knew about the Sunday School meeting.  I had the service appointment postponed to 11:30 AM next Saturday.  It was definitely a great blessing attending that meeting and praying with my fellow youth workers (mainly Hanley).  I went rock climbing afterward with a few people in Huntington Beach after that.  Most of the people that were there were from church.  The picture below is from Tiff Ng’s camera.

Thanks to God also for:
Shoe Goo –

Shoe Goo has helped inject new life into my 6-1/2 year-old worn and tattered Nike Cross Trainers.  It’s great stuff!  I use Shoe Goo to re-seal the parts of the sole that are coming apart from the each of the shoes.  My shoes even held up to a few of the rigors naturally presented when one goes rock climbing!  If only there was a way to restore traction to old shoes.  Invention idea!  Anyone want to help me make it happen?

Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew (more like its caffeine) helped me on my drive to small group on Thursday night and to church on Friday night!  With that said, the Pepsi-Cola corporation can send me some Mountain Dew to me and my friends at church at 1555 Fairway Drive, Walnut, California, 91789 for the shameless plug.  For those of you (still) reading my entry, please verify for me that Yellow No. 5 being bad for a person is just a myth…right?

Prayer meeting is this Wednesday night at church, February 16, 2005 @ 7:30 PM in Room 214.  Please don’t give me your excuses.  Tell them to God.  If you honestly don’t have anything better to do (family time…time spent with unbelieving friends just trying to be a the only Jesus they see), it would be AWESOME if you joined your fellow brothers and sisters in intercessory prayer and made your requests known to our great God!

Closing thoughts:
Psalm 115:1 (NASB) – “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise

Not to us, but to Your name be the glory
Not to us, but to Your name be the glory

Micro$oft Internet Explorer just took the Browns to the Super Bowl on me when I was trying to insert a pic into a post I had just spent the last hour-plus on!!!  Boo!  ::thumbs down::

For a limited time only, my background music will convert all ya’ll into honorary USC Trojans (if you’re not one already!), especially one person out there in Xanga-land who suggested I should have a USC theme (I think it’d be too much work to get that figured out).  So I’ll just let the world-renowned Spirit of Troy USC Marching Band do the work for me!  Enjoy!

Friends, Romans, TROJANS, lend me your ears!!!  Have an awesome weekend and God bless!

Fight on for ol’ SC
Our men fight on to victory.
Our Alma Mater dear,
looks up to you
Fight on and win
For ol’ SC
Fight on to victory
Fight on!

Fight on for ol’ JC
He will fight on to victory.
Our Savior with no fear,
believes in you
Fight on not sin
For ol’ JC
Fight on eternally
Fight on!