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Month: February 2016

The Struggle Is Real

What was wrong back then is still wrong. Just because you went through it and managed to survive, it doesn’t make it right or even acceptable. It is mind-boggling to see some people would rather see the younger generation suffer the same way, instead of being motivated to fix what has been fundamentally wrong.

When I read Stefanie William’s response to Talia Jane’s now-famous open letter to the Yelp CEO, I was so pissed off I felt like foaming at the mouth. The fact that some people applauded her for her snarky remarks infuriated me even more. Are these people f**king serious? Do they not see the fundamental problems that were described in Talia’s letter? The fact that entry-level and even mid-level workers are struggling to survive in the Bay Area has nothing to do with her age or naïveté. So many people are simply not making a living wage. The rent is too damn high. Talia even mentioned one of her coworkers “ended up leaving the company and moving east, somewhere the minimum wage could double as a living wage”. Hmm, that sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it?

Seriously, dude.
Seriously, dude.

Then there was another response from Sara Lynn Michener. And she nailed every single point that was wrong with the response from Stefanie the Privileged, down to the “kicking your younger sister when she’s down” part. If I knew Sara in real life, I’d probably shake her hand, buy her drinks, or even give her a hug. (I don’t like hugs by the way; if I hug you, it means something special.)

Thank goodness not everyone is blind, clueless, illogical, and/or down-right mean-spirited in this country. I am still in the process of losing faith (or whatever is left thereof) in a large number of population after witnessing how the GOP Primaries have been going, but that’s another story.


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They say absence makes the heart fonder. But sometimes, it’s the exact opposite.

We ultimately chose a small house we can call our own in an old community in Pennsylvania over cutting-edge job opportunities and access to countless stores and restaurants in California. While it is obvious that I do not miss paying $2,500 every month for renting a tiny 2/1 duplex, it is rather surprising to me that I have not missed the convenience of Silicon Valley at all.

I practice danshari every so often, but I am far from a minimalist. I absolutely enjoy spending my money. I am very passionate about trying out different kinds of food and beer. I can never go unplugged; I love getting my hands on the latest electronics and gadgets too much.

The question here is not how much or little I decide to have, but what I decide to have.

I used to go to Starbucks by my work almost every day and try every new flavored latte, but ever since I moved here, I’ve been to Starbucks exactly once despite it is only 5 minutes away. I knew every new boba joint in town, I knew what was on tap at the local pubs, and I knew Pliny the Younger was worth lining up several hours for.

All of the above seem so trivial now, except for the Younger. I wholeheartedly admit I feel bummed about not being able to taste that beer this year. But I digress…

It turned out once I had what I really wanted, everything else didn’t matter that much. Sure, I would try the local breweries and restaurants here and there, and I would probably enjoy my latte if I decide to swing by Starbucks one of these days, but they are not that important. I am perfectly content trying to learn how to cook better or keep the house clean nowadays. (It is our house, after all.)

I am very grateful that I feel much more stable now, financially as well as emotionally. Honestly, I never thought I could get to this point in my life.


P.S. Speaking of “grateful”, I was sad to see D-Bry retire. This guy was awesome.


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My previous web-hosting provider screwed my database up, and I’ve lost everything I posted on my Japanese blog as a result.

IMGP0123Well, technically it was not lost, but they’ve corrupted the data enough during their failed upgrade procedure that it was impossible for me to fix the encoding issue.

To be honest, my writings weren’t that important (they were pretty crappy), but I’ve decided to take my business to another provider just to give them my middle finger for not even responding to my support tickets.

This is ‘Murrica.


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