-8.22.11- Ni hao!

So yea…I’ve pretty much neglected this blog for a while.  I’m heading back to Duke in a few days and I’m having some pretty mixed feelings.  I’m hyped to see everyone again, but I’m also a bit nervous as to what to expect of this upcoming school year.  Aiiyyaaaa!  It was only a little over a month ago that I was in China, and I wish I was back there instead…so I guess I’ll just LIST some goals/”things I have to get done” for the upcoming school year.

- Start working out

- Run at least 3 or 4 times a week

- Bring up the GPA

- Check out internships for next summer

- Try a new club (Chorale?  Wind Symphony?)

- Post more videos on Youtube

- Continue strengthening my relationship with God

- Study for the GRE?

- Learn a new language…hopefully…

- Be a better friend to others

- Get a hairstyle

- Find a job

- Practice playing the Sax again

- Keep in touch with my Chinese students/host family

- Continue eating at ALL the awesome restaurants in Durham

- Be able to run around the WaDuke by the end of the year

- Reunion dinner with Duke Engage group


-12.25.10- I like listing.

My Christmas:

1) my mom and aunts fighting to be in every picture taken

2) auntie weng: “let’s hurry and take pictures before we get drunk!” (in a filipino accent)

3) aldrin cursing at the tv while playing call of duty

4) karaoke till late

5) food scattered to no end

6) me fighting with the sister

7) playing apples to apples

8) 3409709234597 pictures every second

9) receiving clothes that don’t fit (since when did I look XL?)

10) leftovers.  nuff said.

All in all, I would say this was an awesome Christmas =)

-12.22.10- I never felt more at home

Things that make me happy:

1) finding good music (especially music by ratatat)

2) Korean movies/dramas

3) late night trips to McDonalds

4) helping Hyunkoo dress up

5) playing the ukulele and singing

6) playing brawl @ 2AM with Frank

7) foot and back massages

8) naps during the day

9) eating off campus

10) random study break adventures

11) video chats with friends from back home

12) small group

13) playing tennis

14) sunny weather with some cloud cover; mid 70s

15) dreaming of countries I want to visit

16) Indian/Korean/French cuisine

17) taking pride in my NY/Long Island accent

18) dressing up nicely

19) listening to Edward talk about nonsense =)

20) one-to-one personal talks

21) finding random money in my pants pockets

22) free time with friends

23) walking with friends

24) beautiful scenery

25) cleaning my room

26) cooking

27) the smell of new books

28) catching people sleeping in class (even though I do the same)

29) christmas time

30) getting a haircut when my hair gets too long  

-7.18.10- Just getting by

Wake up.  Quick Breakfast.  Homework.  Study.  Sleep.  And once again I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.  I feel like it’s 2nd semester all over again.  Late nights working, barely any time for relaxing, and just utter displeasure in how little time I have for friends sometimes.  But despite this all, I still try and find small things that keep me going, like finding a dollar in one of the dryers, or stir frying with an oddly shaped pan that is bent in the middle, or spending time with the neighbors.  It’s becoming difficult to manage without some of the friends from back home, but hey, it’s back to the old grind right?

- Jeremy

-7.6.10- Crackle Barrel! No its Cracker Barrel…

I left for Duke yesterday morning and I arrived there today. My parents and I were SO close to Duke when the car started acting up. A loud thud sound along with shifty movement forced us to stop only 1.5 hours away from Duke. We stopped on the side of the road, but thank God some man came to help us. He looked at our car and told us that had we kept on driving a little more, our tires would have popped off and we would have been in a serious car accident. It was the 4th of July, and this man did everything in his power to find us a tow truck and a place to get our car fixed. No one could fix our car that day due to the holidays, but the kindness of this man was reassuring. The one bad thing about this all was our temporary relocation to a sketchy motel in Virginia. With people blasting music and screaming at 2 AM, I hardly got any sleep. Alas, we arrived to Duke in one piece and I got to see my homeboys! REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD (reference please.)! We drove around trying to get ourselves situated in our apartment. The unpacking and organizing took a while, but I think we’re basically done! It’s 1:30 AM now, and Frank and Hyunkoo are already asleep. I can’t sleep…

- J Dizzazz

-7.4.10- Catch of the day: Snapple Can

6 Hours and counting before I hit the road and head back to Duke.  Packing was a “b,” but at least I’m almost finished now.  The past few days have been amazing, especially yesterday.  Went to Port Jefferson with the homies, and went fishing!  I think it’s our tradition now to go every year.  The best part of the boat ride was seeing the sunset.  It was absolutely breathtaking and beautiful.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

- J Dawg



-6.27.10- Check out my youtube page. Now.

It’s officially one week before I go back to Duke.  Yay.  So today was yet another uneventful day, filled with absolute nothingness.  I just chilled at home the whole day and cried over the United State’s loss against Ghana.  I fooled around a bit with the ukulele, playing the theme song from that game, “Robot Unicorn Attack.”  I decided to make a youtube account, and I recorded myself playing that song for Lukang because of his obsession with unicorns.  I guess I’ll use that account to post up random music stuff (i.e. ukulele covers, saxophone pieces, random singing crap).  Listen to my stuff @ http://www.youtube.com/user/musicforthought1.  What else…oh, so Audrey just came home drunk.  Like cousin like cousin, eh?  This girl just puked in the toilet and passed out on Chel’s bed.  It’s like college all over again.  Ahahahaha, good times.

- J Dawg

Checkout my youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/musicforthought1

-6.24.10- It’s a great day to be American

Sorry for not updating the blog (this is to the one, maybe two, people who actually read this…)!  So I’m sure EVERYONE has seen the amazing USA win over Algeria.  Thanks to a miracle kick by Landon Donovan at the 90 minute mark.  Sitting on my couch, I remember thinking, with 3 minutes left in the game, that we would win.  I guess dreams do come true.  Going on at the same time as this game, was the most epic tennis match ever between American John Isner and Frenchie Nicholas Mahut.  To think that these guys had enough stamina to make it to 70-68 in the final set.  They broke the record for the longest match (over 10 hours!) and most aces in a grand slam.  I took a nap at 35-35 thinking that a winner would arise within my slumber.  NOPE!  I wake up, and the score is flipping 46-46!  I have the utmost respect for Isner and Mahut right now.  It truly is too bad that there had to be a winner and a loser in this situation.  Well besides all this got to chill with a few people the other night, making 234098 pit stops to every fast food restaurant you can think of.  Today, I went to the mall with Melody, Chelsea, and Audrey.  Eventually we met up with Kev and Joe.  Me and Mel stumbled upon this amazing Legos store.  I relieved my child vicariously through the tons of children running around the store.  I also snagged a pretty sweet hat at Lids.  I need to buy a few more though before I head back to Duke.  Anyway, I guess that’s the extent of my exciting life.

- J Man


-6.19.10- And life goes on…

Sometimes I just lie in my bed at night and think for hours at a time.  I think about my day, my future, my friends, my life, etc.  As of recently, what’s been keeping me up these past few nights is my ability to maintain relationships and friendships.  Ever since I could remember, I’ve always valued the friendships I made.  I’ve always put such strong importance and care into these connections.  For me, the thing right after God, is family AND friends.  But lately, all I do is wonder if these friendships are true, reciprocated, and accepting.  I’ve had friends come and go, and each time is another scar on the heart.  It’s no wonder that I feel so dissatisfied and unhappy a lot of the time.  I sometimes try and see friendship as a transient junction between people that only serves to build character.  But, it’s hard to believe this when you see the wonderful things to can come out of friendship.  It’s just crushing though when you see those wonderful things disappear faster than you can blink your eyes.  My mind is slowly being beaten by how often these wonderful things are vanishing before me.  How blissfully amazing it would be to not think sometimes…

- Jeremy

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-6.18.10- ♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪

So today was pretty exciting (the sarcasm is kicking in again…). I guess today was a rather musically inspiring day. I played my uke, practiced the sax, and tried learning a song on the piano. I’m getting slightly better at the uke. I’m just struggling at strumming and singing at the same time. I guess it’ll come with time. I finally got to play my sax! I haven’t played in forever! I guess it’s true that you lose what you don’t use. I totally stunk at playing! It’s all good, I’ll try and make it a daily thing to practice since I’m thinking of joining the Duke Wind Ensemble. Same with piano, I SUCKED! I tried playing this final fantasy song. I got a few more weeks before I head back to Duke to practice =)! Besides the random music inspiration, I really didn’t do much today. I did go out with Alex and Callie to get some Ralph’s, but that’s pretty much it. Yay. Here’s to another boring blog post. Cheers!

- J Dizzles