An Update on My Life

Here I am lying in my own bed in my own house on a block that overlooks downtown San Diego thinking about how God has blessed me with so many amazing materials, friends, family, and opportunity. It’s definitely crazy to think that I have my own house now that I share with 5 other guys and a car to take me around. I finally feel like an adult and I love it. I feel free because of the responsibilities I have. I love that I get to balance my education, work, and social life. I love that I’m so involved in campus and I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to make sure that these four qualities are balanced. I love the fact I sleep about 7 hours per night because I prioritize my work early on that I get that amount of sleep.  I lead a homeless ministry that takes a group of volunteers to downtown San Diego and make friends with our homeless neighbors. I’ve also taken upon the extra responsibility this semester to help one of my friends with his ministry. His ministry is visiting medically-fragile children at the Rady’s Children Hospital.

I’ve also found a job I absolutely love. I do AV (Audio/Video) stuff and IT work at my school. I get paid to go to events that I work AV at and I find it rewarding helping people doing IT work at school. I get to meet new people whenever they walk in and meet new people at events.

As you are aware, I’ve taken a hiatus from this blog the past four months and have come back to create more content. There’s something about being back in my parent’s house that makes me an absolute slop and refuse to work. A quick summary on my summer of 2017 is that I traveled around California on the weekends, worked with my church, bowled and ate out at trendy food places a lot.

As for what I’m planning on this new season, it’s going to be a lot of balancing and juggling between school, work, and friends. I want to learn more piano this year and to learn more about mixing and mastering music. The first song I taught myself was “City of Stars” from La La Land. I also want to remain physically active so I’ve picked up basketball and tried working on my handles.

I’m pretty excited for this season because of everything that’s been happening to me. This is where I am now and I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my journey through life.


Thoughts about Finishing my Second Year of University

I’m finally finished with my second year of university. After many hours writing papers on my computer and having Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN on repeat, I’m halfway through with finishing my bachelor’s degree. My sophomore year at Point Loma Nazarene University has been crazy. From studying abroad in London in the fall of 2016 to leading volunteers for homeless ministries in San Diego and even travelling to New York City by myself. I’m pretty thankful for the experiences I’ve had within the last 8 months of school. I’ve become much more comfortable being outside my comfort zone. I’ve come to the point where I’ve become less dependent on others and dependent on God on what I want to do with my life. I’m really excited for my junior year of university because I’ll be living off-campus in a house. I personally felt tired of living on campus and being trapped within the “Loma Bubble.” I like to describe the Loma Bubble as the view that everything has to be perfect in order to please others. Stereotypically, students would make sure to look good and trendy on their social media accounts, almost as if their life is perfect. I find it ironic when I’m scrolling down my Facebook feed and I see people who “appear” awesome because they’re laughing, smiling, and having fun in their pictures yet when I meet them in person they come off as completely different. I’m not saying that they’re personalities are a complete 180 of their perceived personas, but that their personalities don’t match the way the portray themselves on social media. Another reason about why I’m excited to live off-campus is because I’ll finally own a car and I’ll be able to drive on my own. I felt trapped at Point Loma and now I feel that I can finally explore the rest of San Diego. I also didn’t give surfing too much of a chance while I was in San Diego, but now that I have a car, one of my goals is to pick it up along with hiking. There are some awesome hiking trails and deserts I want to explore. Those of which include Joshua Tree and hopefully the Grand Canyon. I’ve never hiked until I went to Point Loma where some of my upperclassmen friends invited me to some hikes. I think this is one of the few things I appreciate about the culture at Point Loma, where it sparks a sense of adventure. I think the culture at Point Loma is similar to other colleges where if you want to be considered a “Point Loman,” it (an admissions brochure had it) gives you a bunch of requirements/standards on what it means to be Loman. Such requirements/standards include: owning a Hydroflask bottle, wearing Patagonia brand clothing, being a surfer. One of my professors noted how ironic it was that this college tells you how to be Loman, yet wants to promote diversity among its students. I don’t fit much into the standards, so would I be considered as someone who is a “Point Loman?” What I do appreciate about it is the sense of fostering growth, adventure, and openness with someone who is used to being in his or her comfort zone. Despite these complaints, I’m grateful for all the relationships I’ve built there and all the experiences that developed my character at Point Loma Nazarene University.



Easter and Home

I just landed in my hometown of San Jose, California in time for Easter. This weekend will be a nice weekend where I get to relax and catch up with friends and family and celebrate Easter with my home church. I used to hate being in San Jose because I thought it was such a boring place to live in. But travelling the world has helped me find value in my home. I’ve never felt homesick before, the feeling arose when I visited New York City and met with my extended family. San Jose is not as lively as London or New York City nor does it have outdoor getaways that San Diego has to offer. But, San Jose will always be home base whenever I’m out exploring the world because of all the special relationships I’ve built the past 18 years here.

I’ve never viewed as Easter as an important holiday because I was simply ignorant to its significance. My early perception of Easter was that it was a cheap holiday meant for chocolates and bunnies, similar to Halloween. But, Easter is not that shallow. It’s the symbol of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. It is the end result of Christmas. Christmas symbolises the coming of a perfect savior that dies for an imperfect people and Easter is the result of our imperfections, which includes death, not being able to hold us down because of what our savior has done for us.  My weekend will be attending a Good Friday service at my church and then my church is hosting a play on Saturday and we will have an Easter service Sunday. I want to know what you are doing this weekend, even if you don’t celebrate Easter!


30 (40) Hour Famine

On April 7th and 8th, I’ll be fasting for 40 hours to fundraise money and raise awareness about world hunger. My home church annually attends this event during this date, but because I’m far away in university, I’ll be doing it by myself. It’s normally 30 hours, but because I’ve done it already for two years, I feel that I can push myself for 40 for this year. Personally, It will be challenging when I’m faced with the temptation of food, but fasting will help me control my desires. If you would like to donate toward my cause, it will be in the link down below:

First Week Finished

Today marks the end of my first week of university back in America. This week left me utterly exhausted. Fortunately, two of my morning classes got canceled and I got the chance to sleep in. That rest was necessary. I have class from 8 – 2:30 with some breaks in between. Some of the classes that I’m taking this year include philosophy, optimal health, and some communication courses. I’ve only met with my philosophy professor once this week even though we have Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes. The class seems interesting because when we first started, he posed the question of how do we know whether something is a dream or reality. That was a tough topic to deal with and he said he’d continue it later. Optimal health seems pretty cool because it’s a nutrition and a fitness class. My professor wants us to have a fitness log and exercise a total of 2 hours per week. I consider myself a pretty fit person because I try to run about 20-40 minutes three to four times a week and avoid junk food. My management communication professor might take a medical leave in the semester because she’s pregnant.

Student life here has been interesting. It definitely is a good feeling to see old friends and hear them yell “YOU’RE BACK!?!?!” It’s also weird because I’m also rebuilding relationships with some friends. And then I have the chance to become friends with people that I’ve only seen around campus last year. The hall I live on is kinda cool. There are times where it smells like weed and the other guys act loud and rambunctious, but there are times where everything is quiet and the guys want to just chill. I’m not around my main dorm too often because I’d rather spend time on the main campus interacting with old friends and meeting new people. Tonight, I plan on webcamming with some friends from London.

In terms of recording music, I finally got my midi keyboard synced to my laptop. There are times where it doesn’t want to cooperate though. I learned how to make trap beats and planning to have some recorded this coming weekend. For my coding skills, I found a cool website called Freecodecamp that breaks down Javascript projects. I’m pretty excited to invest my time on this. We also have a 3 day weekend because of MLK so I’m going to use that time to work hard on school so I can work on music and coding.


The past four months have been the craziest time of my life. Traveling to London  was one of the biggest risks I’ve ever taken because it was my first time being outside California. Going outside of California taught me a lot, it showed me the world didn’t have sunshine every single day, or palm trees around every single corner. One of the biggest qualities of the people of London is their diversity. The people of London bring so much culture and history into the ethnic melting pot that is London. I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world in London, some of which include the Czech Republic, Nigeria, Ecuador, Indonesia, and South Korea. Meeting all these people helped me understand the world and its people. I’ve learned how history and culture influences a person’s beliefs. Studying in London was also one of the most stressful times of my life because I had to learn how to balance homework, a social life, and traveling. I’ve done so many things that people can only dream of within the span of four months. I’ve explored most of the United Kingdom, visited France, Italy, and Germany and have seen countless live plays. Unfortunately, my time in London was short. Our program ended so that we could come back in time for Thanksgiving and to spend time with friends and family. Because it’s Thanksgiving, I want to write this post to recount the blessings that I’ve had throughout my trip to London.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn how to travel. Never would I have imagined me and a few friends going on a weekend trip to Germany. Our trip to Germany was the first trip that I’ve taken to a country that speaks a foreign language. Thankfully again, most Germans knew English fluently so getting around wasn’t too challenging. I’m also thankful that my friend waited until 2am for us and squeezed four people into his tiny apartment in the center of Berlin. Going to Berlin also helped us prepare for the rest of Europe. We made sure to pack rain gear because we experienced a torrential downpour in Berlin. We also made sure to convert out US dollars to Euros before entering the country because most shops don’t take American credit cards.I’m thankful that we suffered these tribulations because it made our trip to Italy much more worthwhile. Going to Italy was one of the highlights of my trip. It was amazing to see the beauty of nature combined with the handiwork of man. We were prepared to take on the rain. We actually took on a monsoon instead and lived. We also prepared ourselves with Euros and indulged in gelato. Our professors then took us to Paris toward the end of our semester. I’m thankful for having such awesome professors even though they drive me crazy sometimes. I was quite fearful of coming into Paris at first  because one of my friends described it as a place where “you should wear your backpack in the front.” The pretense I built up led to an image of Paris being filled with pickpockets and thugs. Fortunately, all of this disappeared once I was there. I soon fell in love with the city and its people. Most of the events we did in Paris we ended up doing for free. Because we were students studying in the EU, we were able to visit the Palace of Versailles, climb atop the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and enter the Louvre for free. Paris turned out to be our cheapest trip yet. Traveling in foreign countries has helped me learn how to be independent and how to act when I feel lost. I’m thankful to God that I had the opportunity to travel so that I can learn more about myself and about people.

The next thing that I’m thankful for is the communities I’ve found in London. I’m thankful for the community that we have in our London study abroad group because we’re all so supportive of each other. It was great to be in London with this group of people because we were going through the same challenges academically and we can support each other through it. It also helps that we come from the same university because it gives us a sense of familiarity with each other when we feel lost. I’m also thankful for a wonderful community that I’ve found in the city of London. I got introduced to Hillsong London’s connect group, which is a group where young adults from the church can hang out and connect, and quickly bonded with them. I’ve only spent time with them for two months, and in those two months, they’ve quickly become a family to me. They’re an awesome bunch of people who are supportive and make me smile. They’re what made London into a second home for me. We’ve gone on awesome adventures such as paintballing, going to a ping pong bar, and random trips to Nandos. I’m also thankful for the community that I have back home in San Jose. I’m thankful for a supportive, loving family that funds my education and allowed me to make this big step in my life. I’m also thankful for an awesome group of friends that I can talk to about my career and future.

If you made it here, I want to say thank you for reading my list of blessings.