Random Quote 2-6-08

“Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.”

                                                    -Paul Pearshall-

I happen to read this meaningful quote on my sister’s “mini calendar” (Daily Calendar 2006) sitting on my computer desk. I have so much stuff piled up on my desk that I sometimes get overwhelmed with all the unnecessary clutter.  Yesterday, I did a little bit of “cleaning up” on my desk and I was about to throw away the mini calendar. Knowing myself, I would just carefully read things over and over before I would finally decide to shred every piece of paper that I have on my desk. I am glad that I didn’t because I actually love reading quotes and reflect on what I read.

I grew up with my siblings together with a bunch of cousins. Most of my cousins that I grew up with are married and have their own family now yet I still missed all the good and bad times of my childhood. I learned a lot about myself since I started living here in the States. I become more independent that I sometimes think that I can always conquer anything on my way. My independence has its pros and cons, too. It’s hard for me to ask for help when I needed one and I feel invalid if I do. I feel weird depending on anyone especially my family. No one has ever call me selfish before but I feel that I am becoming one. Is it just my way of thinking or am I really becoming selfish?

I hope not…..

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8 Things

8 THINGS I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

1. Chocolates 2. Cooking

3. Reading books

4. Movies

5. Karaoke

6. Photography

7. Blogging

8. collecting junks (re: used stamps, comic strips, postcards etc)

8 THINGS I SAY OFTEN: 

1. hey, what’s up?

2. holy cow!

3. hell no!

4. dang!

5. shoot!

6. geez

7. i dunno

8. are you serious?

8 BOOKS I’VE RECENTLY READ:

1. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns ( Khaled Hosseini)

3. Socrates In Love (Kyoichi Katayama)

4. Prep (Curtis Sittenfeld)

5. Water For Elephants (Sara Gruen)

6. Running With Scissors (Augusten Burroughs)

7. Hot Gimmick (Miki Aihara Volume 1 to 12)

8. My Antonia (Willa Cather)

8 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE:

1. Fall in love

2. Live life to the fullest

3. Travel around the world

4. Learn different languages esp Japanese, Korean and Portuguese

5. Be successful

6. Keep in touch with childhood friends

7. Have my own family (re: future hubby/kids)

8. Meet Dalai Lama

8 SONGS I COULD LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER AGAIN:

1. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Eva Cassidy)

2. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

3. Ever Since The World Began (Survivor)

4. Smooth Operator (Sade)

5. For Sentimental Reasons (Nat King Cole)

6. Gravity of Love (Enigma)

7. Fields of Gold (Eva Cassidy)

8. Fast Car (Tracy Chapman)

8 THINGS THAT ATTRACT ME TO MY FRIENDS:

1. Trustworthiness

2. Sensitivity & sincerity

3. Good sense of humor

4. Down to earth

5. Open-minded

6. Realistic

7. Adaptable to any situation

8. Understanding

8 THINGS I LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR:

1. The world is not flat yet not so round.

2. I am surrounded by weirdos.

3. Love songs are not corny.

4. I learned how to lose and gain weight in 365 days without gaining any positive results (ha!).

5. I am broke.

6. I still suck at arithmetic.

7. I am becoming more senile

8. Google and Mapquest rules!