- Make blog
- Learn Ilokano
I learned 10 phrases! Definitely reached my goal! Here's a summary of them:
- mai mai sah "by yourself"
- awai "farm"
- sing sing put "good/nice/kind person"
- awan un "nothing"
- awan pai "(person) not here"
- gur ka "wait"
- baam lat an "never mind"
- basit la ing ti amok nga ilocano "I know a little Ilocano"
- add napintas a dammag ditoy "There is beautiful/good news here"
- nab sug "I'm full"
- Improve Tagalog
Though I don't have a list or anything like that like the above, I still feel that I've improved my Tagalog quite a bit! Magaling na ako (I'm amazing) if I do so so myself!
- Learn to cook a new meal each month
- January: Fried Rice
- February: Yema Candies
- March: Mac and Cheese
- April: --
- May: Flank Steak Pinwheels
- June: --
- July: Seared Steak with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola
- August: --
- September: --
- October: Pork Adobo
- November: Dinoguan
- December: Pancit Bihon
Went 8 of 12. Not bad!
- Find new hobby
Well I did. It was ballroom dancing. Took it up for 9 months! Learned all kinds of cool dances and met cool people. But after then 10th month classes repeated, so I stopped. It's cool. I'm glad I did it. Great experience.
- Befriend someone new
Well I'd say I made many new friends. Especially at Church. So I think I got this goal down!
- Consume an average of 1800 Calories per day
It's gonna be hard to summarize ALL my Calories. Wish I had a spreadsheet in 2010 (I have one for 2011.) But the general feeling is, I ate around 1950 per day. It was 150 Calories over, but it has definitely made me aware of how much I eat and how much I just need to eat. Lost a couple of pounds too (about 15) so it's all good!
- Read 5 books
I read waaaay more than 5 books here. I think I've read 5+ books from Lewis alone:
- Mere Christianity
- The Four Loves
- The Problem with Pain
- The Great Divorce
- Screwtape Letters
And others. It would definitely take up a lot of post room.
- Maintain $40 / month on video games
I must confess, I went over. Way over. I was doing fine until December. Then the Kinect released and I caved and bought it. In the end I spent around $600 throughout the year.
- Make Facebook app
Spectacular failure! Me and my friend just made a game design document. It's not quite done but it's nearly. Right now, as I type, I'm installing Adobe Flash Builder so hopefully I can redeem myself this year.
- Walk the dogs for 20 minutes each day
Started off with a bang. But as the days progressed and the rain started coming, I got lazier and lazier. I probably only did about 10 minutes a day if I'm honest with myself.
- Don't curse for 300 days
I stopped counting after a certain point. I'm pretty much golden here. I've been swear free since mid 2010 or so.
- Make money off investments
Well I can't really control the stock market. But I did make a few dimes. I'd say about $2000 in investments were made (that's pre-tax, so who knows how much of that I get to take home.)
- Don't miss Church
Amazingly, I did this without missing a single mass.
- Find new prospective job
This one cannot be achieved. This is because I plan to go back to school 2011. Stay tuned for that.
- Buy own place
Unfortunately I couldn't. I still have hope though. It was a tough year for my Dad, so I had to pick up the slack. No worries though; this goal was low priority anyhow.
- Learn five new piano songs
I learned a lot. More than five I'd say. Just to sum up:
- Don't Stop Believin'
- Empire State of Mind part 2
- 100 Years
- Amazing Grace
And still others. Gotta continue learning!
- Learn five new guitar songs
I learned on and off, but I can't list any particular five. I think 2010 was more piano focused. My music's biased on the piano now I'd say.
- Teach Charlie new tricks
I actually DID teach him some tricks!
- Lie down
- Roll over
Good job Charlie! I thought you were hopeless, but boy was I wrong!
- Read the Bible
I managed to finish the Old Testament. I think just before the the year ended, I was on Luke (read the other 3 Gospels). I plan to finish and re-read it this year.
Well I'm glad I put this one down! And I'm glad I accomplished it too! I'm a proud member of St. Timothy's choir.
Only a few here and there, but I mostly failed this goal.
I composed exactly 0 songs.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
It’s the middle of the month, already. There’s been a bunch of things happening to me and in the world. I praise God that He was there with the Chilean miners. Much credit goes to the people who worked on the rescue effort. Without their efforts, we wouldn’t have this amazing story of survival and of hope.
With that said, what have I been up to? Well let’s begin with my weekend. On the 16th of October I celebrated my birthday! Most of my cousins came by and just had a blast. Good food. Good games. Good fellowship. We played Taboo. We sang Journey songs. We entertained CJ (my cousin’s kid, i.e. my “nephew”!) It was a blast.
Next morning, I go to church. Not the regular church I usually go to. I went to an Evangelical church somewhere in Garden Grove.
So how did this come to be? Well my company’s CFO walks into my office and issues a bet with me and my coworker. The loser of the bet takes the other two out for lunch. So I lose. During the lunch I find out he’s an elder pastor at a non-denominational church and he invites me over! I was curious so I took up his offer.
I was expecting a chapel and pews, but what I got was a regular building with metallic fold out chairs. There was nothing fancy about it, but it was full of people hungry for the Word. They started off with a welcoming prayer, then praise and worship. Followed by an offering, sermon, and then communion. The sermon was a great message about Truth and Freedon in Christianity (Galatians 2:1-5 was the reading.) Communion was interesting; they called the body, “elements” and we ate it together rather than immediately. It was a very interesting experience; one that I won’t forget.
That’s that. Now on to my progress report!
My Tagalog has been a little dull lately. I still say a few phrases here and there, but not as often as I should be. But, I have learned a new phrase in Ilokano! Adda napintas a dammag ditoy which literally means “there is beautiful news here.” Many useful words in that one phrase. Nice.
With regards to my general health: I had a sinus infection earlier this month, so I went to the doctor. It turns out that I have high blood pressure and asked me to cut back on the salty foods. Also asked me to have blood work done. In light of that, I don’t think I’ve been following doctor’s orders quite well this month. So the first 15 days of October, I’ve eaten about 28,650 Calories or 1,910 Calories per day. Ouch. That’s 110 Calories above my goal. Gotta fix that.
I know I’m done reading my “book list” but I continue to read in my spare time. So what have I been reading? Right now I’m reading a biography of St. Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton. So far so good. The “Dumb Ox” is what he was referred to. He played a huge role in the intellectual revival of the church of his time.
My Facebook app’s in a stagnant state right now. I’m done documentation, but I’ve been so lazy to develop it. Right now I develop software for a living. I just see implementing (coding) this app as very work-like an unenjoyable. But it will get done by the end of the year.
I finished up the book of Jeremiah. I’m onto the next prophet Ezekiel. These past books have been pretty difficult to understand, so I’ve constantly gone back to aides to help me out.
And finally, I signed up for my church’s music ministry! I just got an email regarding that. Apparently there are tryouts. Haha. I don’t think I’m gonna cut it but I’ll try out anyway!
So that’s it! That’s what’s been happening. Hope you like what you read. Keep this blog bookmark and I’ll see you next time!