My mother told me that my father had once told her that we are all late bloomers in our family, including our extended family. This may be true. I certainly believe this of myself. Even the things I am good at now did not come naturally. It took a little more work and time to improve.
If this was indeed the last time Yuna Kim puts on a pair of skates for a competition, she goes out as still the reigning ‘Queen of Ice’ in spite of her disappointing and shocking second place finish in Sochi to Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova last night. With the pressure of being the last skater to perform in the free skate, Kim again performed near flawlessly in the biggest stage as she did when she won Olympic gold four years ago in Vancouver. It was an artistically beautiful program that many felt was enough to earn her a back-to-back gold. Although she fell short this evening, she performed like the great champion she is.
After the award ceremony, a tearful but respectful Yuna Kim said “this is my last competition.” It was a stellar figure skating career and she will forever remain the pride of South Korea. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
This Winter Olympics is suppose to showcase the grace and beauty of the games’ new media darling, Gracie Gold. Gold certainly has the looks, personality and the name to turn heads and become the American Sweetheart of these Olympics. She skated brilliantly last night as part of the newly created team competition in figure skating. Her personal best performance helped Team U.S.A. capture a bronze medal in this inaugural event.
The world was also introduced to the 15-year old Russian phenom, Julia Lipnitskaia. With the maturity, poise and elegance beyond her years, Lipnitskaia electrified the crowd with a stellar performance that blew away Gold’s individual score and completely stole the show at the competition.
The young prodigy is now the talk of the games and some are predicting Lipnitskaia will have a solid chance to medal in the women’s individual competition that is just 10 days away.
She will have her work cut out for her, however, as she will be competing against the likes of reigning 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim from South Korea, and two-time world champion Mao Asada from Japan. It will be fun to watch. The ice is about to heat up!
So, I must admit to having a new crush at work. I have been at my current job for nearly seven years and this would be my first there. I believe I have had one at nearly every job I’ve had the past 10 or more years. Actually, it is more like the past 14 years. But this is all it is. Harmless because it will not go any further nor will there be any foolish intent by me. She is spoken for. I have also paid dearly in the past for my attempt at an office romance. I have failed miserably. I hope I have not made it too obvious to her. End of topic.
Seattle Seahawks’ suffocating, relentlessness defense overwhelmed the slight favorites Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII 43 to 8, earning their first NFL Championship victory in franchise history.
Dare I say, ‘I told you so’ with my early preseason prediction where I predicted these two very teams would meet up in the Super Bowl and culminate with a Seahawks victory. No one, however, could have predicted such a rout.
I feel bad for Peyton Manning and I was certainly rooting for him to win his second Super Bowl. But I am also a fan of Seattle’s coach Pete Carroll and their QB Russell Wilson
They are the Super Bowl XLVIII champions and as Russell Wilson’s dad used to say to him when others thought he was too short and had a weak arm, “why not you?” Well done.
Currently: Ideal: 20’s Fighting Shape
Height 5’ 6½” —- —-
Weight 178 lbs 172 lbs 144 lbs
Reach 68” —- —-
Chest Normal 41” 42” 42”
Chest Expanded 43” 44” 44”
Biceps 15½” 16½” 16½”
Forearm 12” 12½” 11½”
Waist 34” 33” 30”
Thigh 23” 25” 20½”
Calf 15” 16” 13”
Neck 16” 16½ “ 17”
Wrist 7” 8” 7”
Fist 10” —- —-
The Big Game - NFL Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks - is now less than a week away. I do not want to say I told you so, but I had predicted these two very teams would meet up in the Super Bowl before the 2013-14 NFL season had started. As customary of my predictions, I also pick the score and the winner. I had the Seahawks winning by 11 points, 37-26.
I hope I am wrong because I am a real fan of Peyton Manning and would like to see this future hall-of-famer win his second Super Bowl ring. If they did lose, I would not be too disappointed because I am also a passive fan of certain great coaches and I would love to see Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seahawks, get his first Super Bowl victory. It would be nice vindication for him after all the controversy that shrouded him after USC broke NCAA violations during his tenure.
I have been pretty lucky with many of my preseason predictions in NFL football and NBA basketball. Now, I do not always make predictions. But when I do, I will predict the teams and the final results. Listed are a chronology of my big, bold predictions vs the end results since I have been making preseason predictions:
2002 NBA Finals:
Sacramento 4 New Jersey 1 (prediction)
Los Angeles Lakers 4 New Jersey 0 (result)
2007 Super Bowl:
Indianapolis over Chicago (prediction with no score)
Indianapolis 29 Chicago 17 (result)
2008 NBA Finals:
Boston 4 San Antonio 3 (prediction)
Boston 4 Los Angeles Lakers 2 (result)
2008 Super Bowl:
New England over Chicago (prediction with no score)
New York Giants 17 New England 14 (result)
2009 NBA Finals:
Los Angeles Lakers 4 Boston 2 (prediction)
Los Angeles Lakers 4 Orlando 1 (result)
2010 NBA Finals:
Boston 4 Los Angeles Lakers 3 (prediction)
Los Angeles Lakers 4 Boston 3 (result)
2010 Super Bowl:
Indianapolis 31 New Orleans 28 (prediction)
New Orleans 31 Indianapolis 17 (result)
2012 Super Bowl:
New York Giants 31 New England 28 (prediction)
New York Giants 21 New England 17 (result)
2014 Super Bowl:
Seattle 37 Denver 26 (prediction)
As you can see, I am pretty good with my predictions. If I was a betting man, and I’m not, I think I could have won a lot of money on sports betting when it comes to football and basketball. I did not make preseason predictions during the years not listed for a number of reasons (disinterest, life issues and priorities). We will see about my Super Bowl prediction this year. I was not exactly going out on a limb predicting these two teams to make it. I feel the Seahawks defense will force the Broncos to make a costly turnover with the run and when Denver is forced to make a play on 3rd down and long. And the cold, inclement weather in New Jersey, where the Super Bowl is being played, will thwart Denver’s throwing game and favors Seattle’s defense. This is the one time I truly hope I am wrong. I would love to see Peyton Manning hoist another Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Kate: (Beckinsale, Hudson, Upton) all some of the hottest women I know
Andrew: means manly, brave, strong, which is why I like my name
David: the name of my father and will be of my future son in honor of him
Stephanie: most I’ve met are attractive and the name of many of my crushes
Joe: (Louis, Frazier, Montana) most common name of my favorite athletes
Ashley or Kristin: I’d like to name my daughter either-or if I have one
Hyun-Il: a Korean name a girl gave me and I used in college
Drew: my name shortened and used almost exclusively by African Americans
Kathy (Cathy): I work with four of them, including my boss
We first lived in Midtown Sacramento before moving into a more affluent area in East Sacramento. I also spent much of my early childhood living with my grandmother in several places around downtown. An influx of South Koreans moved to the city years after our family had settled there.
I have since moved throughout California. I went to the University of California, Davis and graduated with a degree in Organizational Studies and a minor in Economics. I then lived in San Francisco for a few years before settling down in southern California. I lived briefly in Los Angeles and now reside in the city of Fullerton.
My Korean heritage, college campus life, a diverse group of friends, and living and working in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco - both which are truly a large melting pot of ethnicities and culture - are reflected in my varied taste in music, film and, of course, food. I enjoy food immensely and think I'm fairly adventurous when it comes to trying new things. It has helped me develop a discerning palate for all kinds of cuisine.
For some time now, I have tried to live my life by certain key principles. My motto and outlook remains virtually unchanged. These are to keep disciplined and discard unproductive thoughts and vices, show resolve in the mist of pain or disappointment, always have hope, seek and remain faithful to God, show character and patience, and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
The mind, body and spirit must be balanced and in harmony with each other in order for me the individual to function at full capacity; they all need to grow or be strong, not polluted and never stagnant. This is why I believe it is important to exercise some discipline in my life.
I have trained in various forms of martial arts for many years, due largely in part because of my father. My dad is a grandmaster in tae kwon do, aikido and judo. He has taught thousands of students and I was one of them. In fact, my dad has owned and operated his martial arts studio since the early sixties! I have also practiced several other disciplines of martial arts, including jujitsu and muay thai. Perhaps the one form of hand to hand combat I have spent the least amount of time learning but feel almost equally adept in is boxing. It is still one of my favorite sports to watch.
Injuries and age have relegated me to other forms of exercises and recreational activities. They are far less taxing on the body than combative sports but equally beneficial. I still place a high value in health and fitness. I try to workout at the gym everyday. And I enjoy cooking my own healthy meals.
My other hobbies include reading, blogging, traveling, listening to jazz, blues or traditional pop music, watching classic and mostly Asian films, trying foods from different cultures and regions and picking up a new hobby every year. I want to learn Spanish and improve my Korean. Hobbies I vowed to pick up in the past few years have included mixed martial arts, cooking Thai food, surfing and learning to play the guitar. I have enjoyed learning them in various levels of success.
I also plan to pursue a Masters degree in either Business, public policy or psychology. It has been a goal of mine for some time.
My family and I believe salvation comes by God's grace. We have all placed our faith in Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior. I go to a Four Square church in Anaheim called the Rock and serve in different ministries there.
I would like to travel to Asia again. My trip to Korea in 2009 was my first trip outside the U.S. and only my second time traveling out of the continental states.
I thank you for visiting my page and allowing me to share my thoughts and my world with you.