Archive | October 2005

Bah!  Lost my entry due to a Micro$oft Internet Explorer crash while trying to access the Subaru World Rally Team web site (http://www.swrt.com).


Cliff Notes post (hopefully)



  1. Thanks to God and Victor Hwang (http://www.victorhwang.com) for a “Geoff Moore moment” on Thursday night at the annual USC Asian American Christian Fellowship alumni meeting
  2. Thanks to Uncle Joe, Christi (Xanga: crazy_chrusti), and David Wong (Xanga: eww_itx_david) for taking me to yesterday’s USC whooping of the Washington State Cougars 55-13 (remember UCLA needed OT to beat Wazzu 44-41).  UCLA’s holy (as in having many holes!) defense was exposed yet again as they squeaked by the Stanford Cardinal 31-27 in OT.  We won’t need OT to get the job done against the same Stanford team this Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 7:00 PM (on the TBS Superstation – oh “joy” for all Trojan fans).  I’ll be at the Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman concert at that time though.  No worries, Trojan faithful!  Business as usual.
  3. In our church’s Fairway service, God through Pastor Ted (Xanga: deadkau) spoke about His authority over all.  We humans settle all-too-often settle for second best or even things that are harmful for us instead of what gives God the most glory, honor, and praise and is ultimately-best for us (cue “See the Glory” off Steven Curtis Chapman’s Declaration album).

Has anyone seen the ESPN U commercial where the boy in the Trojan costume is trick-or-treating and is turned away by the middle-aged man in the UCLA sweatshirt?  It’s ROFL funny!!!


“Coach Snoop” knows who the best football team in Los Angeles is!  Well technically, only one college football team plays its home games in the City of Los Angeles!

Did anyone see LenDale White give “Coach Snoop” the ball after his 2nd quarter TD run?  They showed it on ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPNEWS!  LOL!


Subaru World Rally Team’s Petter Solberg in action during this weekend’s Rally  Catalunya in Spain


In Christ Alone
Sung by Geoff Moore and Adrienne Liesching


In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again (YEAH!!!!!!!)
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt of life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

All right, folks!


Time for the 20 random (or not so random facts about me).  Hopefully, it doesn’t take me too long!



  1. My parents had a son before me back in 1977.  His name was Nolan J.B. Wong (I’m sorry.  I don’t know what the “J.B.” stands for off the top of my head.  I’d have to ask my folks.).  He was named “Nolan” after Nolan Ryan, one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all-time.  He passed away 26 years ago to this day.  I don’t know why, but if this didn’t happen, my parents (and my whole immediate family probably) wouldn’t have come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  When this happened, Emily Kam, who was working at the Southern California Gas Company where my mom worked at the time, invited my parents to First Chinese Baptist Church in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles.  If my brother didn’t pass away, I may have never been born.  More importantly, we may have never entered a relationship with God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    This past Sunday, my dad, mom, uncle, and I went to visit his grave site at Rose Hills Gate 17 in the cherub section up the hill to the right.  We saw three or four deer there!  It was a great sight.  While we stood there in rememberance, my mom said a prayer and I couldn’t help crying.  I will never understand why things turned out that way, but I will continue on with hope as Steven Curtis Chapman’s song so eloquently and beautifully says.
  2. I might as well get some of the “dirt” out in the air first since I’m a straight shooter.  I was accused of cheating on my first ever spelling test by my Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Whitesides, after I asked my neighbor, Tommy Larkin, “What are we doing?”  The teacher tore up my blank paper (it was a brown one with the blue lines as the upper and lower borders of the line you were supposed to write on with the dashed/dotted blue line in-between) and threw it away.  Let’s just say I never forgot and wasn’t ever really tempted to cheat the rest of my life because of this.
  3. I lost an afternoon recess in “detention” in 3rd grade when other kids accused me of going down the wrong flight of stairs when lunch was done from the Seaver building of Pilgrim School.  I had to stay in Mrs. Klein’s (Anna and Jeanne’s mom) class for that afternoon recess for something I didn’t commit.  Not cool.
  4. In 6th grade, I got in trouble for calling a black schoolmate an inappropriate word.  This was after I had heard my black friends call each other that.  I didn’t think it would get me into any trouble.  Pilgrim School was about 40% black and 40% Korean during my life (sentence) there which encompassed K-12th grade except for 7th grade (Punahou School in Hawai’i).  Needless to say, I learned my lesson.
  5. My high school baseball team lost a game 56-0 to Faith Baptist (a school in Canoga Park if I remember correctly – IIRC) during my senior year (when we also went winless).  We were mentioned in The Los Angeles Times sports section because several records were set against us in that game that was played at Whittier Narrows diamond #3 in South El Monte, CA.  At least I have the “proud” distinction of saying that I broke up the perfect game and no-hitter by leading off the bottom of the 1st inning with a single to right field.  Unsurprisingly, I was stranded at 3rd base when the bottom of the inning ended.
  6. I played high school football my senior year (I begged my folks to let me play that year because the team was actually short on players at the start of the semester) at Pilgrim.  I scored 2 out of maybe 8-10 touchdowns our team scored the whole year.  My first TD was scored as a Halfback thanks to a great lead block thrown by fullback (Brian Gomez) as I busted through the line of scrimmage.  His block allowed me to swing out to the right sideline and blow by everyone including the referee and my friend, Brian In (who was the photographer) for a 60+-yard TD (on an 80-yard field).  We only had 11 people on our football team that plays in an 8 “man” league.  Two of the eleven were girls.  My other TD came on homecoming night when we ran our “UCLA” play.  I start the play lined up tight to the right side where I block for like a second or two, run what would seem like a 5 and out pattern while the QB would roll to his right and pump fake.  When he would pump fake, I would release upfield.  The play worked like a charm just about everytime we ran it (and executed it successfully).  I caught the ball and headed for the end zone.  The defensive back and safety had good closure angles on me so I cut back to my left (Reggie Bush would be proud) and left them in my dust.  I also had an INT on defense and maybe four or five tackles that night.  We were only down 22-18 at halftime and then got blown away.  Unsurprisingly, we were winless that season and had to forfeit our last two games against perennial contenders in our league because some of our players said they were too banged up.  FWIW, the football team the previous year had great talent and most importantly, blocking.  We had no blocking ability for the most part my senior year.
  7. I used profanity very regularly from 7th to 10th grade.  In 10th grade, I realized how pointless using it was.
  8. I’ve done two top speed runs with the WRX, a.k.a. “Devoted Dan.”  The first time was in January 2004 the same month I got the car.  I made my run on the 5 North just past the grapevine.  The second time was in April 2005 on the 5 South quite a bit outside of San Francisco around 2 A.M.  Let’s just say the speedometer only goes to 140 mph and I can vouch for every bit of it.  Technically, the published top speed is 144 mph or (232 kph).  When I made my runs the needle went a decent bit past 140.  Note however, that some margin of error may be involved.
  9. I’ve had two spins in the WRX without hitting anything.  Thank God!  The first one was on the 60 West past Crossroads Parkway dodging tire debris.  I was traveling about 70 mph driving home from small group on a Wednesday night around 11 PM.  The second one was when the front tires hydroplaned on a wet road on a turn and then suddenly regained grip.  The drastic change was too much for the rear of the car which spun it around.  I was going about 40 mph that time on a (Friday?) morning going to work.
  10. I raced a go-kart against Al Unser, Jr. (1992 & 1994 Indy 500 winner and 1990 & 1994 IndyCar champion) in 1998 at Speed Zone on the Slick Trax.  I was leading until I caught lapped traffic.  His kart was faster than everyone else’s (I could totally see him eat people up on the straightaway while I was waiting in line).  He gave me a light bump to move me out of the way and passed me.  I’m naturally a very competitive person, but getting passed by your boyhood hero is almost unreal!
  11. Even though I’ve been born and raised in the Los Angeles area, I have a great dislike for the Dodgers and Lakers.
  12. I am the all-time IndyCar Racing II for the PC (developed by now-defunct Papyrus/published by Sierra Interactive-now known as Vivendi Universal Games or something like that) California Speedway record holder.  I ran a lap at 251.191 mph.
  13. I am 1/16th Hawaiian.  My mother’s grandmother was half-Chinese and half-Hawaiian.
  14. Chinese food is NOT my favorite food.  I prefer Italian and Mexican.  On a side note, cold pizza ROCKS!!!
  15. I got my driver’s license after I turned 18.  I got it on my first try, but maxed out on errors with 15.  The DMV lady must’ve been smoking something.  She marked me off for failing to look over my shoulder when changing lanes.  I was making it so obvious that I was almost falling out of the seat!  Nevertheless, I was just glad to get it the first time!  I got a perfect score on the written exam though!
  16. I got my first speeding ticket on June 3, 2005 on Garvey, East of Atlantic.  I was rushing to work that Friday morning.  I always thought my first would be courtesy of the California Highway Patrol and not the Monterey Park Police Department.  Let’s just say I know I was overdue before I received my first one.  The officer name was P. Yung.  The first thing I noticed was that he’s left-handed!  He was pretty cool other than the fact that he still gave me the ticket.
  17. I’ve been in one automobile accident in my life and it was not my fault.  It was on the early Saturday morning of December 2, 2000 in our family’s “trusty” (I use that word loosely) 1993 Oldsmobile Achieva S sedan.  Earlier in the night (Friday night) I watched the movie Unbreakable with Vincent Cuevas and Caleb Yang.  I guess you could say that I was later on that night!  One car did a hit and run another car (a blue Toyota Paseo) which spun in front of me and pushed me into another car (a silver 3rd gen (I think) Mitsubishi Eclipse) that was on my left rear.  We were all traveling a little over 70 mph.  The first car that caused the hit and run got away.  Nobody was hurt.  I was able to drive the car home!  The right front and left rear were bashed in, but everything mechanically was fine.  The insurance company still totalled the car though.
  18. The first girl I ever liked was Catie Estrada in 2nd grade.  She left Pilgrim after 4th or 5th grade.  Ronna Banada from Pilgrim told me that she later went to USC, but I was never able to touch base with her.
  19. I’ve never had a girlfriend/been in a serious relationship
  20. On August 15th or 16th, 1997 (it’s getting harder and harder to remember), I recommitted my life to Jesus Christ at the then Edison International Field of Anaheim during a Harvest Crusade.  The Harvest Crusade is put on annually at different places by Harvest Christian Fellowship based out of Riverside, CA.  Their senior pastor is Greg Laurie.  That night, everything spoken through him about being a prodigal son seemed to be intended for me to hear.  I felt compelled to respond.  Thanks be to God, Timothy Cheng who invited me, Steve Loo who went down onto the field with me, Tiff Ng who said hi to me and made me feel welcome even though I had been away from church for a few years, and Adrienne Lo who looked out for me that night and every now and then throughout my junior year at church as God continually got my bearings straight so to speak.

That’s 20!   That took too long!  Nobody better tag me ever again!  And now I tag…


NOBODY!


FIGHT ON!!!  BEAT THE (WASHINGTON STATE) COUGARS!!!


GOD BLESS!!!


1 more thing


USC Asian American Christian Fellowship annual alumni meeting is tonight (Thursday night) @ Grace Ford Salvatori Room 106 @ 7:15 PM


It should be a time of “best friends, God’s love, and great times” as Geoff sings in one of the songs on his 1999 self-titled album!

In memory of my brother, Nolan J.B. Wong (October 3, 1977 – October 26, 1979)


More details to come later (probably Wednesday night in rememberance)…


With Hope
By Steven Curtis Chapman, from the album Speechless (©1999 Sparrow Records)
1 Thess. 4:13-14 / Heb. 6:9, 10:23


This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you’ve gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but …


We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
‘Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
‘Cause we believe with hope
(There’s a place by God’s grace)
There’s a place where we’ll see your face again
We’ll see your face again


And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God’s plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father’s smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
‘Cause now you’re home
And now you’re free, and …


We have this hope as an anchor
‘Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so …


We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

Tonight (Thursday night) on ESPN’s SportsCenter, they said UCLA Football was a PRETENDER for the national championship.


I am officially predicting that UCLA will LOSE this Saturday against the Oregon State Beavers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.  The Beavers are coming off a victory AT Cal last Saturday. (EDIT: I thought it was a road game for the Bruins.  Since it’s their homecoming game, they might have a shot.)


Having given up 40+ points in their last two games, even I could score on UCLA’s defense.  Their defense has more holes in it than a sponge!  Here’s a reminder of what I could do against their porous defense:


I can’t wait to see what Reggie Bush will do on them this year in the Coliseum!  Another somersault into the end zone?

In response to God’s message spoken through Jerry (Xanga: scaryhairyjerry) on Friday night and some other things I’ve been thinking about…


Are you tired of…


Comfortable Convenient Christianity?


I know I’m tired of it and totally guilty of it–settling for less than what would give God the most glory.


I think we’re so content just to live day-by-day knowing that Christ has redeemed us without that truth compelling us to have that very truth extend beyond our very own selves.


It’s so easy to get caught up in…



  • Careers
  • Relationships
  • Security/Stability
  • Homeowning
  • Cars (probably my biggest struggle)
  • Gadgets/gizmos/widgets/technology/etc.
  • Entertainment – TV/Movies/Sports (this one is up there too)

For those of you who weren’t there, Jerry spoke about the transfiguration as it is depicted in Mark 9:1-13.


Wow!  The thunder is booming louder than I can last remember ever hearing it!   The 20 random facts things about myself will hafta wait.  I ain’t got time to do one of those!


Lord, I confess that I’m a sinful, wretched man guilty of chasing after the wind in the pursuit things that may not give You the glory, honor, and praise You alone are so worthy of.  I know I’m not alone by any means.  Please be with my brothers and sisters who wrestle with the same and/or similar struggles.  Grant us a true “kingdom perspective” of what it means to truly make much of You in our lives knowing that there is more to this life than living and dying–more than just trying to make it through each and every day.  Your kingdom is here and it is now.  Use us Your children to go forth in sharing and showing the life and love You’ve shown us.  In Your most holy and precious name I pray, Amen.


Take My Life
How many times have I turned away
The number is the same as the sand on the shore
But every time You’ve taken me back
And now I pray You do it once more.


Chorus:
Please take from me my life
When I don’t have the strength
to give it away to You Jesus


How many times have I turned away
The number is the same as the stars in the sky
But every time You’ve taken me back
And now I pray You do it tonight.


Repeat chorus


And we’re still the one!!!  What a game!!!  SC should be able to cruise from here, but that’s why they play the games, folks!  Cal, please get your act together so when we beat ya’ll on November 12th, our victory will look better.  UCLA came back yet again on another sorry defense and their defense gave up another 40+ points as well.  It’s gonna be fun getting our 7th straight win against them on December 3rd at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (speaking of which, has anyone seen the new NFL commercial with Daunte Culpepper and Bart Starr filmed at the Coliseum)! 


To all the challengers still looking to knock SC off, just bring it!


My San Diego Padres got swept by the St. Louis Cardinals last week.  The California Angels/Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are down 3-1 in the 2005 American League Championship Series against the Chicago White Sox.  I will not lose faith.  It’s not over ’til it’s over!  And the rally monkey is still alive and well!


Going back to commercials, has anyone seen the Stanley Tools “World’s Weakest Man” commercial?  It’s pretty funny!!!  Oh and who has seen the Budweiser commercial where NASCAR Nextel Cup™ driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo, says that his team is changing its number to #6.7?  If you haven’t seen it, you should!






My current favorite commercials are all of the Mazda commercials.  Whether the commercial is of a 3, 6, MX-5 Miata, or RX-8, they all make me want to drive!  I give mad props to the agency that makes their commercials.  ZOOM!  ZOOM!  ZOOM!


Remember when the first pics of the new Subaru Impreza came out and I said it had the face only a blind mother could love.  I’ve seen it in person and more pictures of it on the Internet and I have come to the conclusion that I must be going blind.  The new machine looks aggressive and fast!








FIGHT ON!!!  BEAT THE HUSKIES!!!

I’ve been gone for too long!


HAPPY BELATED 125th ANNIVERSARY, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!!!  Keep on inventing the future, honoring the past, and FIGHTING ON!!!   Victory signs up!!!


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Oh and BEAT THE IRISH (the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish)!!!  The Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh (More info on the USC-Notre Dame rivalry: here) will be on Saturday at 12:30 PM PDT on NBC (I think).



2002 Heisman Memorial Trophy Winner and current QB of the Cincinatti Bengals Carson Palmer holding the Jewelled Shillelagh in victory (The first of three straight USC 31-point drubbings against the “Fighting” Irish).


Getting the PC up and running again is a pain, but I did it!



My PC steering wheel (don’t laugh! ), the Logitech MOMO Force went kaput on me Saturday night while I was driving in Richard Burns Rally.



I sent an e-mail to Logitech saying I need a repair and bought the wheel back in April 2001 (meaning it’s well beyond its 1-year warranty and in theory, $$$ for them), but still haven’t received a reply from them.


I was thinking about putting the song “Children of a Burning Heart” from Steven Curtis Chapman’s Signs of Life (©1996 Sparrow Records) on this page after hearing Ted’s (Xanga: deadkau) message and Hanley’s (Xanga: randomranting) $0.02 in Sunday School about people giving their all to proclaim God’s gift of love and grace to all.


Children of the Burning Heart
We were the dreamers, the boys on the wild frontier
The new believers with nothing in the world to fear
We had discovered the treasure of
the love and the grace of God
And it burned like a fire in
our hearts and we would…


CHORUS:
Throw back our heads and run with the passion
Through the fields of forgiveness and grace
We carried/carry the eternal flame
With an undying hope and a blazing conviction
Of a truth that would/will never fade
We were/are glowing in the dark
Children of the burning heart


And now for the dreamers, and
those who have dared to believe
The flames call us deeper into the great mystery
For as we draw near to the Father
we are lost in this one desire
To be wholly consumed by His fire, so let us..


CHORUS


So come on let’s…


CHORUS


Keep on glowing in the dark
Children of the burning heart


I decided to throw Brave onto this page instead featuring my favorite female artist, Nichole Nordeman.   I still don’t have any of her older albums (as in before Woven & Spun), but hopefully I’ll get my hands on ’em one of these days!


Brave
By Nichole Nordeman and Jay Joyce from the album Brave (©2005 Sparrow Records)


The gate is wide
The road is paved in moderation
The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in
Welcome to the middle ground
You’re safe and sound and
Until now it’s where I’ve been

‘Cause it’s been fear that ties me down to everything
But it’s been love, Your love, that cuts the strings

So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave

I am small
And I speak when I’m spoken to
But I am willing to risk it all
I say Your name
Just Your name and I’m ready to jump
Even ready to fall…

Why did I take this vow of compromise?
Why did I try to keep it all inside?

So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave

I’ve never known a fire that didn’t begin with a flame
Every storm will start with just a drop of rain
But if you believe in me
That changes everything
So long, I’m gone

So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
I wanna be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave


Please pray for me regarding my work.  I’ve been so swamped lately!  Our dealership’s (Pacific BMW in Glendale, CA – shameless plug: www.pacificbmw.com) dealer management software (DMS) conversion from ADP’s (Automated Data Processing) DealerSuite (our version is three(!) generations old running on terminal emulators in Windows off a UNIX-based system) to Procede Software’s Excede (Windows-based DMS using a SQL (pronounced “sequel”) Server relational database management software (RDBMS)) is gonna be a leap of faith.  I was told today to focus more on the conversion and implementation than my normal warranty functions.  It felt good and bad because I like the fact that I can focus on something I’m probably of more value to the company at doing yet at the same time, I feel bad that it seems like I don’t need to be as concerned with normal warranty matters (FYI: broken cupholders and things damaged by the customer or wear and tear items (unless you have a full maintenance plan like BMW’s on your vehicle) are NOT warranty matters, so please don’t try to cheat the system by going to your respective vehicles’ dealers’ service departments trying to get something covered under warranty that really isn’t a warranty matter).


Last Thursday, I attended a full day warranty training at BMW of North America’s training facility in Oxnard, CA.  My partner, our dealer’s senior warranty administrator, came off looking pretty sharp in my estimation.  A service manager from a small BMW dealership (Continental is its name if I remember correctly) in Oceanside said if we’re ever down there looking for work, we could look him up.  As I was leaving for the day, the Warranties Manager of BMW North America told me that I had contributed some good (read: useful) feedback throughout the day.  I also spoke with one of the other BMW NA guys about how I thought it would be cool to work for BMW NA.


With that said, I’ve also thought about at least trying to apply for Subaru of America’s Dealer Service Representative position as well.



I just don’t want to leave my current company until our new dealership buildings are done (See above.  Total completion will probably be Q1 or Q2 2007)!  When it is finished, it will probably be one of the largest BMW dealerships in the country, if not the largest.  In Glendale, we don’t have the room to build out so we’re building up.


Thanks for reading!  Thanks for your prayers and care!  Have a great one and God bless!

Let it be told:


I LOVE PCs!


But I currently can’t stand Micro$oft Window$ right now!


I might as well add Sun’s Java software right now which was the reason behind my latest “adventure.”