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  • sourhippo 4:18 pm on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    made in china ——-> song #58 

    on monday our youth mission’s team went to Walmart to buy vbs craft/skit stuff…a welcome break from our usual training which consists of running laps around the church and dancing to mid-90s christian pop songs(audio adrenaline anybody???).

    so there we were, about a dozen loud korean-american kids running around the store with foam swords, princes tiaras, and spiderman masks…and as we walk by the bike section we pass by a middle aged caucasian gentleman who points at the rack of bikes and says smiling right at us,

    “Made in China! Eh?”

    Silence…and blank stares are exchanged…

    we all just kinda paused for a second…completely caught off guard by the sudden and polite display of…racism? (thats southern hospitality for ya, even the racist comments sound kinda polite)

    what to do?  I start thinking…I look back at my kids…I am the leader here…I must respond…defend our honor…A witty comment to retaliate perhaps?

    “Nope…we’re made in America…” and correct his ignorance?  “Hola, como esta? Asiste a una iglesia?” and confuse him?

    No I am the youth pastor…I must turn the other cheek…take the high road…just walk away.

    So we just walked on by ignoring the comment…yay we sure showed him!

    As we walked towards the check-out…I was assuring myself that not saying anything was the right decision, the thought dawns on me.

    “DANG IT he probably thought we couldn’t speak English!”

  • sourhippo 11:51 pm on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    skydiving was sick… song #59——-> 

    So my awesome fiancee surprised me a few months back with a pair of skydiving tickets! Pretty sweet.  Anyway I finally got a chance to take a weekend off church and come up to chicago for my buddy Michael’s wedding (congrats guys btw!)

    So had a few days before the wedding so we decided to jump out of a plane…NBD.  So me, grace, and two of my best men tim and frank headed off for the cornfields of Illinois to the skydiving facilities.

    Everyone seemed to express a sense of healthly nervousness/excitement about the whole ordeal.  But NOT ME!  I told them how bored I was of the thought of skydiving. “psshhh the only thing I’m afraid of is that its going to be boring”   (I had to exert my hyper-masculinity in front my ladyfriend)

    fast forward….we are on a tiny plane 14,000 ft up (let me give you some reference, you know those fluffy clouds…we passed them 10,000 feet ago at 5,000 feet).  The side of the plane door opens, cold air rushes in and fills the plane.  I am AMPED!  Grace gets flung out first.  Then me…it was sick…or more like i got sick…

    On the way up I told my tandem dude to go crazy, do spins, flips…whatever on the way down…he did…

    I forgot that me and spinning don’t mix…example: A few years ago the teacups at Santa’s Village put me out of commission for the rest of the day…my VBS kids just starred at me as I laid on the ground moaning…

    It was kinda like that except I was 6,000 feet in the sky and strapped to a huge dude named Paul.

    Paul had about 5,000 jumps under his belt…out of those 5,000, only 7 people had thrown up on him…it took all my capacity to not be number 8.

    Back on the ground, everyone was all smiles and high fives…except me…pale faced and sweating…

    Joe Song: 0

    Sky: 1  (by TKO)

    • Angie 9:39 am on May 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hahahaha… this was quite a delightful read.

      • jisubi 6:06 am on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hahaha awesome!!! imma sky dive here soon too =)

  • sourhippo 1:52 am on May 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: asian american,   

    this one goes out to the brothers-you know who you are—>#60 

    to all my young asian american brothers out there…this song is for you…(#60)


    (The Lonely Island  Album:Turtleneck & Chain)

  • sourhippo 8:13 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , fighting,   

    entrance music for 2nd fight night #61———-> 

    thank you for the prayers and the encouragements everyone!  I was feeling sick the week-of and felt under trained and underprepared… but a 2nd round TKO.  it was over really quick, i was trying to pace myself and saved my energy and my big punches for the 3rd round but… it was over before I got to unleash…my fists feel a bit unsatisfied…maybe next time?

    i didnt get to fight at 100% health or preparedness but battles don’t wait for us to be ready…just have to charge in when that bell rings

  • sourhippo 4:50 pm on April 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: birthday, , ,   

    26…comes the end of a beloved tradition 

    (song #62 ————->)

    the morning i turned 15, my sister and i were driving to school…we were driving in style in our black daewoo legansa.  as we pulled into the school parking lot she asked me…”so its your birthday, what do you want to do?”  jokingly i said i wanted to go to six flags…seconds later lois pulls a u-turn in the parking lot and we were headed out of the school parking lot…stunned I look at her…”seriously?!?” she seems serious enough…on our way out, I saw a buddy walking to school, I yell out my window “Hey want to go to six flags?”  (soon the three of us were racing away from classrooms and towards roller coasters)

    thus a personal little birthday tradition was born…ditching school on my birthday…and doing…anything else.  I remember the next year we just drove out to a park, ate food, played guitars and napped under the trees listening to jars of clay from the car speakers…while all the other poor saps were stuck in classrooms learning stuff they’ll never remember when they are 26…

    today i turn 26, its my last year of school…yes i should be in class right now…and no i will not go…i will go (for one last time)…anywhere else…

    p.s. thanks lois…i’ve had many happy birthdays

    • heej 6:17 pm on April 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      aww, what an awesome tradition and endearing memories! your tradition is cooler than mine: i started the day-off tradition on my birthdays when i started working.. first year, it worked out well because it was on the memorial day weekend. last two years, it fell on the weekends, so it kinda didn’t count toward the tradition. this year, it’s on monday.. yesterday, i received the ‘save the date’ email from my boss for some saudi arabia conference thingymajig and it’s on my birthday and the following day. reading your post encouraged (?) me (or maybe i’m just being rebellious) to ask my boss for a day off anyway and ditch that dumb saudi arabia conference. anyway, what an awesome sister you have!

    • blupen 12:06 am on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      what a cool sister. what did you end up doing instead of class?

  • sourhippo 6:16 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: grace,   

    a resolution to fail 

    lets get this ball again rolling shall we? ——> song #63
    “success”…its over rated…this standard of success… and this fear of failure….this is what keeps me from doing anything at all… ironically…this is what makes us failures in the end.
    hence i’m am no longer going to try to succeed…NO! I will resolve to fail more and more often!
    My goal is to FAIL at, at least 10 different things before this years is out…

    the freedom to fail…frees me to try…which frees me to live…heck maybe in my attempts to fail…i might fail and accidentally succeed

    (another word comes to mind…grace?)

    • Poon 11:16 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is a good idea

  • sourhippo 4:43 am on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: binder clips, good ideas, i-phone stand   

    the wonders of binder clips 

    thank you internet for making binder clips my new favorite office thingy…—-> #64 (song by freddie wong…nothing to do with post but i like it)

    chord catchers!

    iphone stand

    any other good ideas?

    • Poon 8:11 am on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      u know i had the same lego man sticker on my macbook also. i lost it when they replaced my screen, but my cousin got me another one. now i dont know if i should use it…

      • sourhippo 12:37 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        well i mean we are on different sides of the country…i feel like that makes it ok… lets just never be caught with them together…

        • handsomehwang 2:59 am on February 27, 2011 Permalink

          Well it wouldn’t be a surprise. Tim told me the story about how Won showed you guys his confidence.

    • heej 6:14 am on February 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      nice, i like the way you used it as the wire holder. i can’t quite see the iphone stand.. you gotta show me when i see ya next time~

    • ognut 6:30 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      wow that is a really good idea…wish i thought of it

  • sourhippo 9:41 am on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: wedding   

    October 15th 2011!!! 

    one step closer!  😀

    (i feel like…bubbles…? ——>#65)

  • sourhippo 9:01 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply


    Lord make me into a man that is worthy of her.

  • sourhippo 9:55 pm on January 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply


    Devo in Song of songs this morning:
    Mr Solomon you sure know how to talk to the ladies.
    “I compare you…my love to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.”
    Inspired, I texted that to grace, she has not replied…

    • jisubi 3:35 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      puhahahaha. –;;; i’m sure she really appreciated that

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