I just found this note (below in italics) under my Drafts section. I guess I never finished the blog and forgotten about it until now. This was obviously several months old, before my father passed away. Oh, how I miss him! But no one has been hurting more than my mother. I can only imagine the depth of her pain. The deep pain of losing a life partner can only be surpassed by the loss of a child. My mom is still reeling over the loss of her’s. She is lonely and full of despair. I just wish we could do something more to ease the pain.
I am blessed to grow up with my family in tact, not perfect, but my parents have lived long fulfilling lives and are still together and their marriage is as strong as ever. How blessed were we to have a mother that cooked for us? It was so wonderful to grow up getting a great home-cooked meal every night and having the value of family time instead of eating out and not spending that time together.
An historic day in the country of South Korea as its very first female President was sworn in today. Park Guen-hye - the 61 year old daughter of the late military dictator Park Chung-hee - took to the podium for her official pronouncement as South Korea’s new President.
Park faces a tremendous foreign policy challenge from its increasingly tense relations with North Korea and addressed the deadly serious threat their neighbors to the north posed in her inaugural address.
My father, Kang Myung Kyu, knew Park Guen-hye and would no doubt have been very proud of this day.
I hope the new President continues to adopt a strong stance against the North as did her processor, Lee Myung-bak. South Korean and the United States must not make concessions with the North and their foolish ambitions to build nuclear weapons. Park says, “I will not tolerate any action that threatens the lives of our people and the security of our nation,” she said. “I urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay and embark on the path to peace and shared development.”
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.