04 August 2011, 7.33 pm.
Challenge or Destiny?
If this is a challenge from God, so be it. If this is a lesson from God, so be it. If this is my destiny, so be it. As long as I know where I want to be, whatever path I take, I'm sure it'll lead me to it eventually. I accept the challenge, I accept the lesson, I accept this destiny. This is a tricky one though. Money may not be the only requirement for solution, but nonetheless, with $$$, at least things become a little more optimistic. I've been trained far too much on that. But hopefully, things will work out smoothly. If not, it's gonna be a little trickier. All things aside, this is still an expensive bump. I wouldn't feel this way if I could easily afford the cash.

   17 June 2011, 1.45 am.
Exploration and Migration
I have come to realize how costly exploration and migration can get. It's the price to pay for venturing into the unknown, be it in the physical realm or the technical realm. Whenever the decision is made, there is always a price tag associated with it. The financial cost could be significant in certain cases, while the cost of spent time (together with the mental frustrations of figuring things out) could prove to be a larger investment in other cases. There could be constant changes. Just like a jungle exploration, it is only after you've made numerous attempts, get lost several times and finally realized what is better for you, then you can finally plant that flag into the ground. Hence, apart from the investment, there could only be one eventual consequence; the unknown becomes known, and the discomfort zone becomes a comfort zone. I wonder if the exploration is ever going to end. Having conquered a part of the jungle, doesn't mean you've conquered the entire jungle, and venturing out of the newly defined comfort is yet again another barrier that proves to be challenging. All this boils down to only one thing, how much (time and cash) are you willing to invest on this expedition? Will the effects of the exploration cost be mitigated by a more positive mentality? Exploration is perhaps only a single variable in the equation. After finding arable land, it is then crucial to make the decision to migrate, which is often not only costly, but labour intensive. This phenomenon is perhaps particularly explicit in housing-related moves, be it a house for humans or a house for data.

   15 June 2011, 12.28 am.
Welcome!
Welcome to my new blog!!! :) Hosting this in my own domain perhaps marks a new milestone in my life. I have always wanted to do so, and finally I figured out the way of doing so. I guess this marks a major breakthrough in my technical knowledge. =)

I could still clearly remember the time when I was still an HTML noob during my NS era. Everyone else seems to know better, even when they're using templates of some form. I tried learning HTML but the language just seems too vast and hard to manage. Perhaps it was really hard to learn at that time without tools that were developed after that which made it a breeze. The web language really had evolved A LOT over the last decade, for the better fortunately. I applied what limited knowledge about HTML then and helped Nic with hers as well, which of course had changed over the years. It really wasn't until the recent couple years when I finally had the chance to learn this language again, proper (and thus reskinned the blog to what it currently is on Blogger). Even then, it wasn't really that proper other than the fact that more advanced javascript was involved. The server knowledge that I had accumulated couldn't really be applied until today, when I finally moved over to my own domain, out of the clutches of Google.

Oh well, I guess this euphoria of having absolute control of the blog's destiny really couldn't be explained or understood by anyone without a technical background. It kinda annoyed me a couple years ago when I couldn't really control everything on Blogger (like sending a 301 to redirect users to another site, applying a password to this blog or even changing the icon of this browser tab :D ), although I think Blogger is a lot better than other journal websites by allowing advanced users to modify their template to a certain extent.

And all thanks to my colleague and friend Jason, who made me really understand the industry expectations of creating an interactive and dynamic website, not that such knowledge had been applied to this blog.

Oh well, I think... I have grown... in ways other than horizontally in the physical form... Gosh! This really feeeeeels sooooo goooooood!!! Wooooooot!!! :D *treats self to a tub of B&J ClusterFluff* :D :D :D

   15 June 2011, 12.28 am.
The Revolution
Today marks the (re)start of the Revolution. I'm getting all so excited again! I can't believe I just spent the last 3 hours meddling with it, although I didn't really get much done. But I guess, the first step done is always 10% of the work done! In the least, it gets the momentum going.

   15 June 2011, 12.28 am.
Journey of a fresh newbie
While waiting to pick up my darling gf from the airport, I stopped the car at the cell phone lot which was right at San Diego Downtown by the marina. The night skyline of the area is really pretty, with dimly lit high rise buildings by the bay. The cool night breeze gently blows. With such a relaxing atmosphere, it is hard not to start reminiscing.

During the pursuit of my career after graduation, I realized I seldom had the time and mood to just sit and admire the beautiful city I had resided in for the past 4.5 years. It had been busy for most parts and if I'm not busy, I'm pretty much at home, at the gym or at the basketball court. I have not really thoroughly enjoyed the real San Diego. Perhaps I'm not that kind of outgoing person who'd prefer to hang out and party, either by the beach, the bay or the bars. The past 4.5 years have been used to move me closer to my aims, although not as close as I had hoped I'd be. Or perhaps my destination appears further than it appeared to be. In less than 2 months, I'd conclude my stay in this vibrant city and the exciting work that is ever-changing.

The gentle night breeze brought back memories about the first time I headed to this city, where I had my first interview for work. I had stayed at my bro's place in Fresno for one full month. I had driven down 5 hours from my bro's place (and up again after that) in my nice little Civic coupe. The mood was something that I'd never forget. Excited. Because it's a new place, it's a new milestone in my life. Everything was so new and exciting. I'd be working in San Diego, California. How cool is that?

I was such a noob at work. I didn't know anything at all. Tried hard, and failed terribly. Tried again, and failed again. But finally, I found my path, and there I was, finally shining brightly like a young star, working hard and contributing to my team and realizing my ideas. I'm glad that my first job has been so exciting, encouraging and interesting, a job which allowed me to do things that I might not be able to if I were somewhere else. I have been groomed. There's an old saying, to leave at your most glorious moment. It's sad that I can't be there to finish what I had started but I guess it's time for me to move on. I've reached the next milestone of my life.

I really can't stress how interesting life unfolds itself before a person. It really felt as if God had everything planned out. Working hard and trying to be innovative even when I'm already a lame duck isn't futile at all. I've discovered talents of people who'd probably be the ones who'd be able to help me in future and built invaluable friendships. Even when I'm not paid for what I had achieved, I've already gained far more than what cash has to offer. The idea of working while studying had never crossed my mind but I still tried to find a way to do it after it has been proposed to me. God knows that it's time to move on and concentrate on what is really important to me, that I should not be entangled with what belongs to the previous chapter. I could see that magic that God had worked out. He arranged for me to build relationships with technical expertise, then pull me away from distractions and focus on what is most important. The magic is all these were never in my plans at all, they just happened. Moving back 1 year, I was totally not prepared to climb this mountain.

Alrighty. 2 months and I'll have to say goodbye to this vibrant city and to my first team of colleagues who'd grown up with me. I can't wait for the day when I'm finally reunited with my family again. After all, it has been almost 7 long years. On the other hand, time is running out. Yesterday I was only a young lad or 21 years old, coming to US to study. Today, I'm in my late 20s, and still not anywhere near what I'm supposed to accomplish in my life. Perhaps my next milestone is at 30 years old. Time shall not to be wasted!

***Try dragging me and my friends *** =)

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Inspiration Quotes

Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift

When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.

It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back! Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart but if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!

Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.

Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.