December 6, 2006
This past Friday
night I could hardly sleep because I was so excited about the
photography workshop the next day. I popped out of bed even before
my alarm went off! As I was driving to the workshop, I kept
envisioning how I wanted the day to play out. Well, when all was
said and done, it was even better than I had hope for! I thoroughly
enjoyed my time with those in attendance. They were so eager to
learn, and the time seemed to fly byÖat least for me. We talked a
lot about both the technical and artistic aspects of photography.
It was great to see everyone with camera in hand, actively
participating in the workshop. When it was time for us to end, I
was kind of bummed, because I could have gone on and on and on.
At the end of the
day, many of them expressed the desire to take more classes in the
future. That was really encouraging to hear! I had given thought
to that possibility prior to workshop, but I really wanted to see
how this first one would go. Well, I had so much fun that I want to
give some serious thought to it now. In addition to this general
course, itíd be nice to offer specialized courses such as flash
photography. Iím going to sit down and really pray and think about
Btw, a huge thanks goes out to Phil for opening up his music studio
November 22, 2006
I canít believe the
is only a week and a half away! My excitement has been growing more
and more every day. Iíve been formulating all my thoughts so that I
can share them in a very effective manner. It seems that every day,
I think of something new that I want to share. For those of you who
have registered so far, we're going to have a great time!
Every photographer has his/her own style and flavor. Iíll be
sharing mine at the workshop. This will be much more than a few
basic tips here and there. I will share my entire approach to
photography, from visualizing a shot, to setting the camera
properly, to my post-processing workflow.
Whether you are a pure beginner or
someone whoís been into photography for a while, I believe you will
benefit greatly from this workshop. This will not be a huge
conference filled with ďintimidatingĒ people. I want this to be a
hands-on, intimate setting where you can ask questions (so get them
ready), try out the techniques on the spot, and walk away inspired.
Today (11/22) is the final day before the
registration fee goes up, so donít wait any
longer if youíre thinking about it.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and
please feel free to contact me with any questions about the
June 13, 2006
I've been so
busy with a variety of things that I haven't had much time to sit
and write more articles for the photography section. I'm
hoping to get a new article up soon. On a side note, please
continue to pray for my wife, JoAnn. Her kidney condition
April 26, 2006
I'd get the word out that you can get 4x6 prints at Target on sale
for only 14 cents each this week. Prices may vary depending
upon your region. 14 cents is a great price! In fact,
your first ten online prints are free. I'm always looking for a good bargain on quality prints,
and I've been pleased with my Target store. So, if you have a
computer full of photos waiting to be printed, now's the time to do
April 20, 2006
wanted to get the word out that I'm finally part of the xanga
community! I've enjoyed reading my friends' updates, but now I
can actually comment and contribute to the community. I'll be
updating both my
xanga site and this site regularly,
so please continue to check in regularly. On a side note, I
really appreciate your interest in our family's web page. Your
comments and encouragements over the past several months have been
such a blessing to JoAnn and me. In the future, I want to do
my best to make this a more interactive site. Stay tuned.
April 10, 2006
returned from a trip to the Bay Area. I always love visiting
San Francisco and Monterey/Carmel. We have our favorites spots that we go
back to every time, and yet we always seem to find somewhere new to
explore. Be sure to check back soon for photos.
March 24, 2006
birthday to my beautiful wife! I love you, honey!
March 18, 2006
JoAnn and I watched the World Baseball Classic game between Korea
and Japan with both sets of parents. We got a kick out of
watching all four of them get so animated. I don't think I've
ever seen my father-in-law get so pumped up about anything. It
was a very exciting (and scoreless) game for seven innings, and then
that's when the roof caved in for Korea. Byung Hyun Kim was
tagged for a two-run home run, and then he let his emotions get the
best of him by hitting the next batter. That's when everything
went south. Final score: Japan 6, Korea 0. Oh well, it
was a great run for the Korean team!
February 24, 2006
In just a
matter of hours, JoAnn will be speaking to the women of UC
Riverside's Asian American Christian Fellowship at their winter
retreat. This will be JoAnn's first ever speaking engagement.
I am proud of her. She prepared diligently, and I know that
God will use her mightily!
February 9, 2006
Congratulations to U2! It was a
huge night for my favorite band. They took home five Grammys,
including the biggest one of them all, Album of the Year.
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own also won for song of the
year. I still remember back when the album was first released.
After listening to it over and over again, I rushed home and told
JoAnn she had to hear Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.
I sat her down on the sofa, gave her the lyrics, and turned on the
song. It brought tears to her eyes. It's a powerful
song. It's a powerful album. I couldn't be happier for
U2 after tonight's Grammy Awards!
January 17, 2006
Wow, a lot has happened since my last
update. Christmas came and went. New Year's came and
went. I, for one, am thankful that the holiday season is
behind us. Don't get me wrong. I love the Christmas
season, but this year's holiday season was a little more hectic than
I normally prefer. On top of the busy family and church
calendar, every one of us in our family was sick at one point or
another. We definitely suffered through the cold/flu season.
But praise God that He sustained us through it all! I'm
excited for 2006, and I'm looking forward to deepening my
relationship with God, my family, my church, and my friends.
December 20, 2005
It's 3:06AM, and I'm wide awake. I can't
sleep because I fell asleep earlier tonight from 9PM-1AM. The
kids and I have been sick. It's definitely a miserable feeling.
And poor JoAnn, she has to take care of all three of us. My
daughter woke up at 2AM asking for chocolate milk, so I went
downstairs and made her a cup. She drank about half of it and
then fell asleep on the sofa. I should move her back to her
room soon. I hope I can fall back asleep tonight, but in the
meantime, I thought I'd pass the time and update our site. For
the past few days, we've been having our house painted. It's
amazing what color on the walls can do for a person's mood.
Our house definitely feels much warmer. The house should be
completely painted by the end of today, so it'll be nice to finally
get completely settled in. Okay, I'll wrap it up for now.
I should try to get some sleep. Good night...or good morning, I
December 14, 2005
Earlier today I went to the post office
to mail Christmas gifts to my nephew and niece who live on the other
coast. I walked into the post office with package in hand only
to see about forty other people sitting and standing throughout the
room with packages in their hands. I also noticed that they
were all holding a small piece of paper, so I quickly figured out
that they had all taken their respective numbers. I walked
over to the other side of the room and took my number, which read
78. Then I looked at the electronic counter on the wall, which
read 43! No wonder everyone looked so sad. Thankfully I
had my laptop in the car, so I went out to the parking lot and
brought it back in and got a good 50 minutes of work done until my
number was called. Yes, I waited nearly an hour to mail off my
package. Waiting at the post office today reminded that the
Christmas season takes a lot of our time and energy. There are
more things to buy, parking spaces are harder to come by, and lines
are longer. Today also reminded me that I should be spending
more time with God during this Christmas season. After all, as
the saying goes, "Jesus is the reason for the season." I pray
that you are finding wonderful fellowship with Jesus Christ during
this busy time of the year. God bless.
December 6, 2005
Every time I get frustrated or upset
with my children, I feel miserable afterwards. And when I've
had a chance to cool down, I am reminded of how much I need to grow
as a parent. It is during those times that I also think about
God's love for us. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be
for God to see His children making the same mistakes over and over.
And yet He continues to wait patiently for His children to learn and
grow. I so desire to be a better father. I want to be
more patient, more compassionate, and more understanding.
Lord, may I demonstrate my love for my children as You do for me.
December 5, 2005
I celebrated my birthday this past
weekend with both my family and JoAnn's. We had a great time
hanging out in our new home and watching all the kids play.
Each birthday is special for me. This one was very nice
because my son is at an age where he can write his own birthday card
to me. And my daughter can at least sign her name. The
gifts were great, the food was great, and the company was the best.
Thanks, honey, for a great birthday party!
November 22, 2005
Well, we've been in our new home for
about three and half weeks now. I'm gradually becoming more
and more adjusted to our new environment. The first week or so
was difficult for me, but now I'm beginning to really appreciate our
new home. We are still unpacking things little by little and
making our regular trips to Target and Home Depot (just to name a
few stores), but this place is feeling more and more like home to
me. One of the many blessings about our new place is our son's
school. He really enjoys his teacher and fellow classmates.
When we took him to school for the first day, JoAnn and I had a
really good impression of his teacher and the overall school
environment. He'll actually be changing schools in about a year once the new elementary school in our community
is completed. In the meantime, he takes the bus to and from
school every day! Can you picture this little kindergartener
getting onto a big yellow school bus every morning? The funny
thing is, his bus driver knows so much about JoAnn and me because
she listens to our son describe our family every morning on the way
to school. Hopefully they're all nice things!
November 8, 2005
Last night JoAnn and I celebrated our
seventh wedding anniversary! Has it really been that long?
Wow, ten is just around the corner. So, how did we celebrate
our anniversary? We had a nice cozy dinner at home with the
kids. Actually, we would have done something nicer, but we
have been so busy with getting settled into our new place. God
has been so good to JoAnn and me. He has blessed us
immeasurably! Even through the difficult times and trials, He
is strengthening our faith in Him and our love for each other.
Honey, happy seventh anniversary! I love you very much.
November 3, 2005
exhausting! It's no wonder that it is one of the most
stressful experiences a person can experience. JoAnn and I
have moved a number of times in our marriage, but this one was
definitely the biggest one so far. It's amazing how much stuff
a family can accumulate with two young kids. And beyond just
the "stuff," we are adjusting to a new environment. A move can
bring an unsettling feeling, but I'm sure things will begin to fall
into place as soon as the dust settles (literally). In the
meantime, we are still living out of boxes and trying to find our
way around our new environment. Once things get back to a
routine, I'll start posting more photos!
October 17, 2005
It's over. This was the most
stressful weekend of baseball that I've ever witnessed. How
could the Angels lose three straight games at home? How could
they hit only .175 as a team in their five games against the White
Sox? How could Vladi end up with only one hit in the entire
series? This was a very disappointing end to what was
otherwise a very good season. Oh well, the good news is that I
won't be talking about the Angels until Spring Training 2006!
October 11, 2005
Wow, so much has happened since my last
update...and it's only been five days. U2 was awesome on Late Night with Conan O'brien
My family enjoyed a wonderful retreat with our church this past
celebrated JoAnn's father's birthday on Sunday evening. And
the Angels beat the Yankees in the division series on Monday night!
In fact, they won their first game against the Chicago White Sox
earlier tonight! All in all, it's been quite a hectic, but
enjoyable five days. btw, I have a new article on our
page. If you have some time, please take a look.
October 6, 2005
Hey all you fellow
U2 fans, check them out on
Conan O'Brien later tonight
(Thursday). They will be Conan's guests for the entire hour!
This is the first time anything like this has been done on Late
Night. I can't wait! P.S. Angels 5, Yankees 3.
Series tied at 1-1.
October 5, 2005
If my recent updates sound like an
Angels forum, it's just that this is October, and playoff fever is
in the air. I promise I'll talk about other things once the
Angels win the World Series. I had the opportunity to go to
Tuesday night's game between the
Angels and the Yankees. The game started out promising enough
as Bartolo Colon got the first two batters out, but then it all went
south from there in the first inning. Several batters later,
the Angels were in a 3-0 hole and hadn't even come up to bat yet.
Colon eventually settled down, but the offense couldn't get it
going. Let's hope the Angels head out to New York having tied
the series 1-1.
October 2, 2005
We have a few new articles and
recommendations on our
Photography page, so if you have
any interest in taking pictures, be sure to take a look.
September 28, 2005
American League West Champs! The
Angels have won the west for the second consecutive year, and both
times they did it against the A's on their home field! The
Angels are hitting their stride at just the right time. It
should be a fun playoffs.
September 27, 2005
Tonight the Angels have a chance to clinch the American League West
Division with a win over the Oakland A's. Barring any major
collapse in the final six games of the regular season, the Angels
should be headed for the playoffs. I love this time of the
year, and I can't wait until the Angels make it to the World Series!
September 21, 2005
Today we officially launched our
family's website! We thought this would be a fun and
convenient way for us to share about the goings on in our family.
It's also a great way to share photos from family gatherings,
birthday parties, vacations, etc. We'll continue to develop
and expand this site in the days to come, so we hope you'll come