Archive | May 2006

Let us remember…

Got this from Alvin’s Xanga


Song of the day – “God Follower” off Steven Curtis Chapman’s Declaration album (©2001 Sparrow Records) – I was listening to this on the way home from work and it just felt so great to sing along!  So won’t you sing along?

My heart is restless as I wander through this jungle
The trees above refuse to let the sunlight through
And somewhere deep inside I hear the whispered longings
That tell me I was made for more than this

A blinding flash of light falls down into the darkenss
Slowly I notice strange new markings on the trail
The crimson drops are calling out to me come and follow
“I am the God who made you, let Me show you how to live”
And I cry…

I want to be a God follower
I want to go wherever He leads
I want to be a God follower
I want to walk the trail He’s marked for me
And be a God follower
(More than anything)

A now I journey on with purpose and with passion
Just like a dead man who’s been given breath again
And though this path can still grow dark with tears and sorrow
I know He will never leave me
So with everything I am I will say…

I want to be a God follower
I want to go wherever He leads
I want to be a God follower
I want to walk the trail He’s marked for me

And when I reach God’s place I will look into His face
And then I’ll look for you
Will I find you there?
Can you say with me…
I want to be a God follower
I want to be a God follower
I want to be a God follower
I want to be a God follower



On a different note, I was a little bummed that I broke a rubber piece of my watch strap today when I was torquing lug nuts on the left front wheel of the car.  Before I did my “activity” (inverting a cross spring/rattle clip on the left front brake caliper), I had a gut feeling something might happen to my watch if I left it on but I thought, “Nah.  Nothing will happen.”  So when I was torquing one of the lug nuts, I was exerting a lot of force and I guess the combination of my wrist angle and the contraction of a muscle or two or few caused the circumference of my wrist to be too great and the rest shall we say was history.


 





Happy (Belated) Birthday to David Wong (Xanga: eww_itx_david) who turned 17th yesterday!  I *know* I’m not alone in saying that he’s always a pleasure to be around and a blessing from God in all of our lives!


Congratulations to Steve Loo (Xanga: rice4krxst) and Hanley Liu (Xanga: randomranting) who will be officially graduating from Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology with their Master’s of Divinity degrees!  May God continue to bless and work through them in His effort to make much of Himself!  Regarding your comment, Hanley, I’ve never forgotten since the first time you shared with me at “the house”.  Steve, thanks for the prayers and encouragement, brother.  We ride together, we die together – bad boys for life!  j/k!  More like God followers for life!

Changing gears a lil bit…


Who wants to go to The Streets of Willow Springs this Saturday to hang out and watch some of my Suby/Scooby friends drive their cars on the race track?  Please let me know ASAP!


Some pictures I took at the track…dial-up users, you have been warned (Please forgive me for my n00b photo-taking skills…the only vantage point I used was from the control tower on the front straightaway):











An entry from the heart…


Tonight (Tuesday night), I think I unexpectedly found out that the woman I’ve been interested in since late January/early February has a boyfriend.  I had just got done talking to someone else and thought I heard her and her friends talking about how she hadn’t seen her boyfriend in a while or something like that.  The most “interesting” thing is it didn’t crush me and it almost seems like it was a good thing I found this out!  I guess that may be just how God wanted to work throughout this whole ordeal!  After all, when I first saw her in November, I wasn’t interested in her but thought two things right off the bat: 1) she’s probably older than me (she’s actually almost a year younger) and 2) there is no way she’s not seeing anyone (I was never able to verify this one way or the other).


We’ll see how God works from here.  I still care about her and want God’s best for her and whatever will glorify Him the most in her life.  She’s still cool enough to say, “Hi!” and “Bye!” to me by name.  Hopefully, things aren’t awkward for her.  I know they’re not for me.  It also makes me respect her a lot for handling things the way she did with me back in April (that was a lot harder on me than finding the above out).  If she’s the woman of God I’ve been hoping and praying she is, I’m pretty confident God will take good care of her and be in control of all that happens in her life.  I probably won’t see her again until September.  Until then, I’ll just keep trusting God with everything.  I still would like to get to know her better, but that’s all in God’s hands, especially since I only would get to see her once a week when the Bible study starts up again and I don’t know how I would/could go about getting to know her in a more conventional and traditional way.  All in all, God is GREAT (Psalm 104) and I don’t quite know why, but I’m really content with how things kind of worked out.  It’s just another case of God blessing the broken road to lead me back to Him.


Earlier in the evening, I spent a little time sharing (right before I shared, I had one of those moments when I could feel my heart beating and felt compelled to share…is that one possible display of what it means when God’s Word says the love of Christ compels us? 2 Cor. 5:14) with the whole Bible Study Fellowship young adult group I attend some of the cool things God taught me throughout the year, mainly about trusting Him even when we do “knuckleheaded” things and/or when times are rough.  I shared about my decision to quit my job at the end of June.  I read Psalm 115:1 which always reminds me of Chris Tomlin’s “Not to Us”.  I also said I was stoked that we’ll all get to dive into God’s epistle through the apostle Paul to the Romans.  I recited Romans 15:13 which is one of my favorite verses because Geoff Moore (I miss Geoff!!!) and Steven Curtis Chapman used it as the basis of their song “Overflow” which was the theme song for DCLA 2000 and DCLA 2003.


Thanks to God first and Aaron and Nate Lee for bringing me to the Bible study.  Although, it’s far from perfect and there are some things people may unknowingly say that I don’t agree with theologically, God has used it to work in my life and the lives of countless others.  And for that, I give Him all glory, honor, and praise!


From Casting Crowns’ web site (http://www.castingcrowns.com):
In Me
Written by Mark Hall, Performed by Casting Crowns

God does not need us. He wants us. To fear is to take our eyes off Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:24-28 / 2 Corinthians 12:9
2 Corinthians 4:20 / 2 Timothy 1:7


2005 Club Zoo Music (BMI) / SWECS Music (BMI) (adm. by EMI CMG Publishing)

If you ask me to leap
Out of my boat on the crashing waves
If you ask me to go
Preach to a lost world that Jesus saves

I’ll go, but I cannot go alone
Cause I know I’m nothing on my own
But the power of Christ in me makes me strong
Makes me strong

Cause when I’m weak – You make me strong
When I’m blind – You shine your light on me
Cause I’ll never get by
living on my own ability
How refreshing to know You don’t need me
How amazing to find that You want me
So I’ll stand on Your truth, and I’ll fight with Your strength
Until You bring the victory, by the power of Christ in me

If You ask me to run
And carry Your light
Into foreign land
If You ask me to fight
Deliver Your people from Satan’s hand

To reach out with Your hands
To learn through Your eyes
To love with the love of a Savior
To feel with Your heart
And to think with Your mind
I’d give my last breath for Your glory


Fight on to victory!
Fight on for ol’ JC!
Fight on!


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Back from the track!



I think I did pretty well.  I had one spin exiting the Esses in Session #2.  I almost saved it but it ended up being one of those “D’oh!” moments.  Just gotta shrug it off and move on.  I think that would’ve been my best lap of that session.


I wasn’t able to beat my lap time of 2:12.678 in January.  My best lap today was only a 2:13.646 or so.  I felt like I was doing better and more consistent and that the tires were gripping better.  I’m guessing where I lost time was exiting the Cotton Corners and into the Grapevine and Club Corner.  I don’t think I was pushing as hard today or maybe the car just wasn’t sticking as well. 


I still had an AWESOME time though!


Edit: Some photos I took can be viewed here (may require an ImageStation account)

The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza from the California Pizza Kitchen is simply AWESOME (well, it’d be better if it were free, but you can’t win ’em all!)!


I had a great time tonight meeting up at the California Pizza Kitchen in Pasadena (that place isn’t easy to find, folks!) with some old USC Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) members.  Going counter-clockwise at our table was me, Khai Taing (Xanga: khai123), Steve Quon (Xanga: GR81stud), Jeannie Yip, Kellyn Wong, Kellyn’s boyfriend, Will, Jonathan Mak, and Karena Chan (Xanga: biuechick84).  It was a bummer that some people couldn’t make it.  You know who you are!


Congratulations to my “sis”, Kellyn (after all, 2 Wongs make a right, right?  She’s also left-handed too (well, only partially)!) who will be getting baptized this Sunday at Evergreen Baptist Church SGV at Rio Hondo College at 11 AM PDT!  PRAISE THE LORD!






Gauging interest for the following:


San Diego Padres vs. Anaheim Angels – Saturday, June17 @ 1:05 PM


San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Tuesday or Wednesday, July 24 or 25, 2006 @ 7:10 PM


Who wants to go?





Work update:


I notified my organization today that I will stay until the end of June 2006 to train a (hopefully) suitable replacement (or two).  I also am hoping to author a warranty training manual that can be utilized for future training as well.


My mom wants me to send my resume and try to apply to things I’m not even remotely interested in doing.  Please pray for God’s wisdom and discernment regarding that.  I honestly don’t want to have anything to do with that.  What am I going to do?  Fake my way through an interview?  That’s not how I “roll” if you get my drift.


I honestly believe this a great (if not the best) time in my life to really pursue getting into something I’m passionate about.


With the hopes of God’s will being done and Him being glorified in whatever I end up doing in the next chapter of my life, please pray He will show me what He wants me to do next that will be a form of abandoning it all, for the sake of His call.  I would find it hard to believe that this would be mutually exclusive from what I want to pursue in terms of things I’m passionate about because otherwise, why would He have created me to have the passions and interests that I do.  That’s just the way He wired me, right?


Psalm 115:1 (English Standard Version)
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness!

Chuck Norris Facts read by Chuck Norris himself

Found this at http://www.worldcombatleague.com/cnorris.asp.  You may think whatever you want to think after reading it.  I think it’s cool.


My Life’s Mission


People often come up to me and say how “lucky” I am to have been a six time undefeated World Karate Champion and then become a movie and TV star. When they say this to me I just smile and say luck had nothing to do with it, but God had everything to do with it.


I believe God blessed a shy, introverted and non-athletic boy to succeed in the Martial Arts and entertainment field for a purpose. That purpose was to create a program called KickStart that would teach the Martial Arts in public middle schools because that is when many kids begin to drift into gang activity, drug, violence and many other devastating temptations.


I’ve always believed that a child who develops a strong sense of self worth will have the inner strength to resist the many peer pressures that will inevitably come their way. Martial Art’s training raises self-esteem and instills the discipline and respect that so many kids are lacking today. In other words, “KickStart” means building strong, moral character in our youth through the Martial Arts.


I started the program in 1992 with one inner city public middle school in Houston Texas. Since then we have expanded to 35 schools in Texas with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 kids. To date we have graduated over 35,000 kids with many of them going on to college and becoming successful in their own right. In fact six of them after graduating form college have come back to teach in the KickStart program with the purpose of giving back.


Gena and I have prayed many times over the years for God to give us the direction on how to raise the monies necessary to keep the KickStart program operating and how to be able to expand it to other schools. God has answered that prayer by giving me the vision to start the World Combat League and to set aside a percentage of the profits to benefit KickStart. I believe in time the W.C.L. will become the fourth largest professional league in the country next to football, basketball and baseball.


My mom has told me all my life that “God has plans for you”. I believe with all my heart that KickStart was God’s plan for me and the W.C.L. is the way to finance it with the purpose of helping millions of children across America.






0wn3d!!! – How the Da Vinci Code Doesn’t Work courtesy of HowStuffWorks.com


And no, it’s not from a “Christian” perspective or anything like that, which makes it even more beautiful!




Please keep praying for my Uncle Milton.  Dealing with him has been hard on my mom for the last few weeks.




Please also keep praying for my job search and all the things related to that.  After talking to one of the wisest men I know, Pastor Jerry Hwang (Xanga: scaryhairyjerry), I think I will stay until the end of June as a favor to the organization and some of its people to try my best to train a replacement(s).






I put my gold wheels and summer tires back on the car this morning to get ready for my track day next Saturday.  My worn summer tires have so much more grip that my all-season tires with a lot of tread left on them!  I had one of the techs at work install part of a brake duct kit on my car today as well.  It looks like one of the front caliper cross springs was left off my car last Saturday at Suby Specialties.  I’ll try to see what I can do to replace it.  I’ll try to swing by their place on Tuesday morning at 7:30 AM if I can wake up that early.


Cross spring


M clip (possibly missing too)


Brake duct partial installation (vehicle pictured is not mine, it is a 2006 WRX which has the aluminum front lower control arms)








We ran out of time to install the ducting (hoses).  We’ll try to finish it up on Tuesday or Wednesday.  It will be setup somewhat similar to this:


Why did I choose to increase the brake cooling capabilities of the vehicle?


With the demands of driving on the track, the brake discs and pads get extremely hot-much hotter than they would in normal everyday driving or even on “spirited” drives on fun, twisty mountain roads (which I do not recommend driving your vehicle to the limit on-take it to the track!).  The brake duct kit should direct a lot more air to the center of the rotor to cool everything down.  When I’ve run at the track previously, I would experience brake fade from my rotors getting too hot which would make my brake pedal go soft after a few laps of a session.  My stopping distances wouldn’t increase, but brake pedal feel is important because it communicates to the driver how well (or poorly) the brake system is operating.


I’m feeling the need…the need for speed!

Milton came home a little after 1:00 AM.  Things seem to be okay for now.  We’ll see and keep trusting the Lord.

Al’s back!





Al ran 66 laps today around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a best lap of 218.820 mph.  His new helmet design reminds me of the design he had when he was driving the Valvoline indy car.


Al driving a Lola/Chevy indy car on his way to winning the 1990 CART indy car championship.





Time for “Who Would Win?”


Jack Bauer or Chuck Norris?


Let me know what you think!





Please pray for my Uncle Milton.  He hasn’t been sleeping well lately and has been giving my mother a difficult time (talking back to her, not listening to her, etc.).  She’s been a lot more stressed and her blood pressure has also gone up significantly as well.  If this keeps up, my mom says we may need to commit him somewhere.


UPDATE: A little after 11:00 PM, Milton took our family dog, Maile, for a walk.  He hasn’t returned yet (12:03 AM).  Earlier in the night, after my mom had told him for about the fourth time to go to bed, he cursed at my mom.  Then, my mom got my dad to try to talk to Milton to go to bed.  My uncle said the same thing (basically an expletive followed by “you”) to my dad who didn’t take to it too well. My dad tried to cover my uncle’s mouth and my uncle ended up kicking him once.  My dad’s fine though.  My dad and I are both bigger than my uncle, but not being in the proper state of mind and an adrenaline rush aren’t exactly a combination I want to mess with.  My dad suggested to my mom that we should hide the knives just in case.  For tonight at least, I’m going to sleep with my baseball bat next to my bed.  Now, my mom is saying she and my dad should go looking for him.  She thinks maybe he walked the dog all the way down the hill to the senior center.  Forget praying for my job search for now, this is much more important and urgent for those of you who may read this in the wee hours of the night/morning.