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It’s been a while since I updated my blog. Hay…….. Like I said before, I’m procastinator numero uno.Aside from being like that, I’m also busy managing my lifetime business of how to make my spiritual life and material life (ok, I know this is only temporary :))balance sheets somehow of equal and stable gross results. Anyway, so much for my lame excuses,here’s my first new post for the new year, the year of the bull. Hopefully, this year won’t be all BS like the past 4 yrs. Thanks to Bush, and we’re all now in a s#$thole!

Blast from the past!

1) The day when my elusive husband finally allows me to tie a pony tail(it seems like that to me,hehehe) on his precious hair! This is such a rare opportunity, and it might never ever happen again :).

2)Disney world trip just before Christmas. Thanks Andrea for the free tickets! I had a blast 🙂

3) No, it wasn’t for Halloween, lol! I was recruited by Amrita to play as one of her evil minions for her role as Surpanaka in the Ramayana play. Since I don’t need to utter a single word during the play,I said yes.

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New Year’s Eve and Day celebration! Hello 2009!

My new year’s celebration is not complete with out fireworks and firecrackers (this one I have to settle for a tiny blast, I miss the one we have back home, lol). Our good friend, the “Polish Mafia”, Pandava and Dhanudhara celebrated it with us. On new years day, we decided to go bowling which me and husband really suck on it. I don’t have a lot of expectations for this year of the bull, but I’ll still try my best to do whatever it is comes my way. 2008 was a good year both for me and my husband, thank you Krishna for that. I wish everybody all the best for this year spiritualy and materially :).

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Monday, January 16, 2009 Free KD Day!

It was Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day, and Radha, Deva and I are on our way to Alachua to play field hockey with devotees. It was a bright beautiful day, and I was so filled w/ anticipations, for it was my first time to play such a very physical game. First times are always full of surprises!The game was dedicated to Krishna Das who is battling w/ leukemia, and everybody give their best on it. Thanks to Karnamrita prabhu and his good wife Radha who organized the event. Although I haven’t meet him and don’t know him personally, my prayers and best wishes for him and to his family. Just what like Koreans say when they’re in an unfavorable situation, Aja, aja, fighting! Krishna das prabhu, you can do it!

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January 20, 2009

Who would dare to forget this remarkable day?!Hmmmm….. fill in the blanks……I’m glad that he won! The guy deserves it! I’m not really politically inclined, so I’ll let the pictures say it all. Credits to boston.com for all the amazing pictures.

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Ahhh….Pictures really does paints a thousand words! On the other hand, my good friend Stephen Colbert, of course, will always have a say for everything, and I mean everything that even Pres. Obama can’t escape it.



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DISCLAIMER

“This is just a re-posting of my previous disclaimer post. I feel the need to re-post this before I start blogging again :).

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Hare Krishna! Lately, I have been really busy with work and school, so I didn’t have the time to update my blog site. Now that the semester is almost over, I’m gonna start blogging again. But before that, I would like to post this disclaimer first. Last year, as I was reading my good friend’s blog, Mandakini, I came across with her disclaimer notice, and I realized that I had been somehow irresponsible  with my postings since some of it are not Krishna Conscious. This blog is all about anything what goes around and comes around in my life, and for that, I like to fully express myself without any hesitations. Just like Mandakini, I don’t want to censor my blog either, otherwise, it would sounds like someone else’s thoughts, so you’ve been warned: Surf at your own risk 🙂

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By Krishna’s grace, I and Radha Ramana got married last May 10, 2008. It was a small and simple civil wedding attended by our good friends, and we did it in front of Srila Prabhupada instead in the courthouse. I don’t know much what to say, so I’ll just post some pictures, and also, I found some nice and funny quotations about marriage, and I couldn’t disagree with most of it.

Mohandas K. Gandhi: “I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.”

Socrates: “My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.”

Louis K. Anspacher: “Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.”

Ambrose Bierce: “Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.”

Bill Cosby: “For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked.”

John Berger : “All weddings are similar, but every marriage is different.”

Lyndon B. Johnson: “Only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, the the other, to let her have it.”

Oscar Wilde: “Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

Joyce Brothers :”Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.”

According to my experienced :”Marriage is like two false egos living in one roof!”

Outside the temple with our friends after the ceremony.

Our simple wedding cake made by yours truly :o)

Another cake picture with the garlands I made with the smallest needle we had in the house at that time. I made the garlands early in the morning before I started cooking, so I didn’t have the time to run an errand for the needle. About my husband’s where abouts, he was also busy cleaning the entire house,which I really appreciate since it’s not really my cup of tea,hehehe!

A happy posed for a happy ocassion :o)

For more happy pics, just click my flickr link.

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Here’s one of the informal essays I wrote in my writting class, and it’s about some events in my life, which made me me, hehehe. It’s a little bit long, but I hope I can share something sensible, if not, then what to do, I’ll try again next time :o)

The first time I went to college was against my will, but it was so convenient since I don’t have to worry for anything. I don’t have to work my butt off in order to support myself, I don’t need to worry about rent and monthly bills, and best of, all I don’t need to worry about my costly tuition fee because everything was provided for by my parents. So, why I said it was against my will? Because my parents especially my mother wanted me to take a course that I didn’t like! Being the eldest and always obedient to them, I said yes without even expressing how I really feel, and six years after, I regretted it.

When I was a kid my mother would always tell me that a good daughter always does what her parents asked her to do. As for my Asian culture, it maybe stereotypical to obey the parents orders no matter what, but actually it’s always like that even now a days. My parents are not the ideal parents we see in movies or television, instead they’re the complete opposite. I’m not saying that they’re bad. Of course, they’re good.It’s just that they’re both in the military, and I ended up leaving in a Marshall Law way of life. What I’m trying to say is that, I grew up so restricted, I have to obey first before I complain, or better, just obey and shut up. For twenty years of my life, it was always like that.

I was 16 when I started college, and from that moment, I knew that I started for all the wrong reasons. Instead of confronting it, I ended up in denial that everything will work out. At the beginning, I was somehow enthusiastic and forced myself to study, but as the years passed by, I slowly drifted away and eventually failed. After that, I shifted to another course, the one that my mother didn’t like, and I didn’t it like either.I took it just to provoked my parents and to commenced my so called rebellion. The funny thing about this event is that, I never felt disappointed and sad, instead I felt relieved, and at last I’m free! I was 21 then, and after this incident, I decided to live my life the way I wanted. So, I finished college realizing that I actually didn’t learn anything, and that I missed a lot of my teenage days. I packed my stuff and moved to the capital city and started looking for a job. After a couple of odd jobs,I found one that I really liked. As I lived in the city, I slowly come out from my shell. I started having confidence to myself, believing in my decisions, and trusting my abilities. I started going out with friends, meeting new people, joining some youth oriented clubs that really helps me out to overcome my shyness, and lastly, I met guy whom is now my husband. After three years of living my life and rediscovering myself, an opportunity came for me to move to the USA. At fist I was hesitant to leaved, for the fear that I have to start from the scratch again ,and it may not work out. An unexpected source of support came to me and said, “ You are like a grass, No matter where God put you even in the driest desert you will survive.” It was my mother, whom for 3 years I didn’t have a good relationship because I disobeyed her. So, we patched up and that was the go signal that I needed. I packed my stuff again and traveled for the first time in my life, which I predicted I’d get lost in the airport, and holy cow, what an experienced not to mention scary.

October of 2005 when I moved here to Gainesville, Florida, and it was full of anxiety and anticipation. This is the first time in my life that I am really away from my family and common grounds, but it didn’t stop me, for what I have now is a firm conviction that I’ll prosper and grow just like a grass. Ever since I arrived, I’d been working with Krishna Lunch and until now. What we usually do is that we cater vegetarian food to students at the University of Florida. For two years of working at Krishna Lunch, I encountered different kinds of people and students, and eventually some of them become a good friend.  As I mingled with students everyday, slowly I become envious of them. Envy in the sense that, how I wish I could go back to school again and take the course that I really like, which is Occupational Therapy. Everyday I’m daydreaming that I’m a university student again, like seriously, and that I’m going to graduate soon! I guess this is due to my excessive supply of enthusiasm and optimism, which I’m really proud of, he he he! You may wonder why occupational therapy? It’s simple. As an unfortunate victim of severe vehicular accident, I’d experienced how painful it was to struggle to function again normally. It would have been easier if I had an occupational therapist. Because of this, I would love to help out and to make sure that occupational therapist assistance is accessible. So, in order for me to fulfill one of my dreams, I have to worked my ass off and saved money as possible as I can. At 7 a.m. I’m getting ready for school because my classes are from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Of course, my day is still not over because after this, I have to go to my other job that is at Krishna Lunch running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and when I’m done, I need to do my assignments, and finished it as early as I can. Whew!

So, as you can see, my second chance in college is not as convenient as the previous one, instead I need to work hard, support myself, worrying on how to pay my bills, and lastly worrying on how to pay my costly tuition fee, but only this time, it’s according to my will. But you know what, even with all of this I’m still happy. I don’t exactly know why, or maybe I’m just crazy, but I guess it’s the feeling of you think that you can’t do it but amazingly, you’ve managed it well. Just like a grass, I will prosper and grow and soon be a successful Occupational Therapist.

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Pineapple Diva

Pineapple has been one of my favorite fruits, and I’ll never get tired eating it :o) Back home, we have a variety of pineapple. We have different sizes and kinds, like pineapple with seeds, and tiny orange colored pineapple but succulently sweet. I and my siblings used to eat like 2 to 3 medium sized pineapples in a day especially on summer, and the weird thing we do is that, we dipped it on salt to make it sweeter. I don’t really know why it’s like that, but trust me, just give it a try and you’ll see what I’m talking about :o) But the most unforgettable experienced I have with this juicy tropical fruit, is the way my father peeled it. I was in grade school when my father showed me on how to “properly” peeled a pineapple, and my oh my, I was so amazed. Here’s a before and after photo of a pineapple, which I peeled by myself according to my father’s way of doing it. Enjoy :o)

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Disclaimer


“This is just a re-posting of my previous disclaimer post. I feel the need to re-post this before I start blogging again :o)”

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Hare Krishna! Lately, I have been really busy with work and school, so I didn’t have the time to update my blog site. Now that fall semester just started, I’m gonna start blogging again. But before that, I would like to post this disclaimer first. Last month, as I was reading my good friend’s blog, Mandakini, I came across with her disclaimer notice, and I realized that I had been somehow irresponsible  with my postings since some of it are not Krishna Conscious. This blog is all about anything what goes around and comes around in my life, and for that, I like to fully express myself without any hesitations. Just like Mandakini, I don’t want to censor my blog either, otherwise, it would sounds like someone else’s thoughts, so you’ve been warned: Surf at your own risk :o)

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