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Sunday, 10.7.2012

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Now that I have been in Hong Kong for a little over half a year, I’m finally experiencing that dose of what they call homesickness. The LA sunshine. The chill, laid-back people who are all, like, ‘whatever’, and, ‘just chill’, and, ‘dude’, and stuff. The burritos and quesadillas and KBBQ and pho.

But I think what I miss most about LA is the dreamers.

LA is a land of dreamers.

It’s a place where stories are longing to jump from the brain onto a paper (or Word Document) and onto the big screen or small screen or stage. It’s a place where an actor has fallen in love with creating characters and is willing to wait on tables for years in order to make that dream a reality. It’s a place where (wannabe) producers, writers, talents, directors, costume designers do what they do in order to make the impossible a possibility. It’s a place where people are okay with money not being the means to Viagra Online everything so long as their souls can create, produce, emote.

Hong Kong’s a more practical city. It likes to look at the odds, the chances, the likelihood, the possibilities, the numbers a bit more. Oh yes, the numbers. It definitely likes to look at the numbers.

I’ve never been a numbers person so the odds (hah!) doesn’t bode well for me in a city like Hong Kong. Yet, I’m a doggedly persistent dreamer and my optimism and faith is at a staggeringly high percentage (well, what do you know, I just may be a numbers person after all!) so I think this–combined with the acceptance of the personality of the city I live in– will help my chances at thriving here. Plus, it’s good to have Hong Kong’s go-getter attitude rub off on me a bit. I need that to make things happen, right?

This was just a small shout-out to all my dreamers out there. You’re not alone. And your dreams are going to become awesome realities!

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posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Inspirations, Los Angeles, Love

Oh death! Where is your sting?

Saturday, 07.21.2012

This morning, as I read the names of the 12 victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, I wept.

I cried for the victims’ families. I cried for the tragedy of a life cut short. I cried for the sobering fact that this could happen to anyone, anywhere and that in life, there is no Batman who can save Gotham city from peril.

Oh, but there is.

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead. He’s alive! He’s alive!

The unnaturalness of human beings and our aversion to death leads me to strongly believe that maybe it isn’t supposed to be this way. Why do we fear death so? Why do we want to live forever? (Provided that our loved ones also live forever with us.) Perhaps it is because there is indeed something that comes after death.

Through my walk with God, I feel this is true more and more. And because it is true, all the more am I called to live a purpose-driven life — not wasting it away on shallow, surface-grazing relationships that will only fulfill fleshly prideful needs nor staying tucked in comfort and familiarity. No, it’s living a life with meaningful relationships, demonstrating that the power of Christ and His love can defy all previous notions of life, love, and death.

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave.

Once your world view shifts to a reassurance and peace that you will have an eternity to be spent living with, glorifying and loving your God, it should wake you up profollica scam to start life NOW. To tell everyone you know about the amazingness of this fact, to save souls. Do you ever notice how in scary movies, when the killer/monster is going after the victim, when the victim is scared, we are scared. However, when they are not scared to die, we as movie viewers also lose that fear even though the killer/monster may still be just as menacing. That loss of fear emboldens us, gives us courage.

I used to be afraid of writing “crazy” blog posts like this. Afraid that people will think of me as a “crazy Christian.” But in the three years since I’ve made the decision to pursue a relationship with God and walk this life as a Christian, God has only pulled me closer and closer to Him. He’s only made me realize how a relationship with Him is the ultimate one worth pursuing. He’s made things happen in my life that I can confidently say would never have happened otherwise. And he’s filled my heart with this infinite well of joy and peace that I know I would have never found anywhere else.

I want you to have that same kind of peace, joy, love floating around in your life. That is why I am writing this in the hopes that you will read it. If you toss me off as a “crazy Christian,” that’s fine with me. It’s true, I am crazy. Crazy about this life. Crazy about how though life can be heartbreaking, tragic, and traumatic but also amazing, hopeful, and filled with grace. Crazy about how much God loves us. I could stay “normal” but seriously, life –this life at least– is too short for that.

posted by Janice | Comments: 7 | Category God, Inspirations, Music

Motivational Monday | Make Good Art

Monday, 06.25.2012

I think this is pretty self-explanatory…

Mr. Gaiman’s commencement speech for University of the clearpores vs Arts c/o 2012 is even more inspirational.

{ Source thanks to Melly }

posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Books, Films, Inspirations, Love, Movies, Writing

Answered Prayers

Thursday, 06.7.2012


They weren’t kidding when they said Hong Kong moves fast. The pace, the speech, the happenings.

It’s been a little less than three months since I’ve been here in Hong Kong and already, I feel like I’ve done more than a year in LA. I’m like the Tasmania devil swirling around, hardly stopping to catch a breath.

But then again, why would I want to? What would be the fun in that?

The only thing that was slow throughout these past 80 days have been my job hunt. There would be leads and then it would stop. There would be talks and then it would halt. There would be help and then it would cede. I didn’t know what else I could do but pray. (Pray and go hiking! Hoo hah!) It was weird though, despite various people worrying for me, thinking things would be hopeless, I was completely at peace throughout the entire process. Sure, I broke down a couple of times but overall, I knew God would provide. I just knew.

And oh boy, did he ever!

Through His impeccable timing, and making the puzzles just all fit, I somehow defeated the odds and ended up exactly where I’m supposed to be for right now Intivar.

I get to stay in Hong Kong, I get to grow and love with my sister and cousins and auntie and uncle, I get to grow and love with my church, with my new friends, I get to be at a central point of Asia at a most thrilling time. He made it happen.

For those of you not familiar with Time Out HK, the bi-weekly mag (or fortnightly as we call it) is pretty much one of those publications that has its pulse on the city of HK and the content of the mag ranges from serious opinion pieces on politics to investigating the effects of the minimum wage law to the coolest places to shop and dine. So it’s pretty much ME :)

I’m really overfilled with joy because I really knew this entire experience was just a test of my faith. How long would I hang on? How long would I stay faithful and fruitful despite not fitting society’s norm of “successful” or “doing well?”

The job has just begun and like all jobs, it will have its ups and downs but for now, I am so UP I might as well enjoy the view while it lasts.

Praise God for He is good!

posted by Janice | Comments: 7 | Category God, Inspirations, Interviews, Job, Love, Travel, Writing

Motivational Monday | You Hate Your Life…

Monday, 06.4.2012

…while some people dream of having your life.

{ Image via Jeremy Lin’s Facebook }

Not going to lie, life is pretty good right now.

Life was good even after extenze when it wasn’t. Life was good even when it was hard. Life was good even when it was (self-declared) unfair.

Good to always have some perspectives on things.

posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Inspirations

Motivational Monday | Be Somebody

Monday, 05.21.2012

{ Pic found on George Takei‘s Facebook page [if I had FB, I would link but I'm on a fast right now] }

I was born with a sincere lack of apathy.

It’s hard not to get me to not care about much in life. In fact, when I took the Meyers Briggs test, my results showed that I was an Idealist Champion. The following description is given for Idealist Champions like myself:

“Champions often speak (or write) in the hope of revealing some truth about human experience, or of motivating others with their powerful convictions. Their strong drive to speak out on issues and events, along with their boundless enthusiasm and natural talent with language, makes them the most vivacious and inspiring of maleedge all the types.” (Hey, their words, not mine..I’m vivacious and inspiring ;) )

So yes, if you do hear me going off on a rant about this or that every now and then, please excuse me, it’s my Meyers Briggs personality coming out.

But in all honesty, I’m glad I “care too much” rather than not much at all. We live in a world where we’re starting to rely on other people to make the changes, make the differences that we forget we have the capacity to do that as well.

Cheers to all you dreamers, all you do-ers, all you cheerleaders, all you servers, and all you helpers. Thanks for being that somebody. (I’m pretty sure I stole that from Shel Silverstein or something.)

posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Inspirations

Motivational Monday | A Ship in the Harbor is Safe…

Monday, 05.14.2012

…but that’s not why ships are built.

 { Framed portrait from Emily‘s home, pic snapped by Sam }

I love this quote.

I love everything it’s saying about everything and everyone everywhere in life.

I’ve always had somewhat of this feeling that in life, when it comes to true freedom and happiness, it’s when you are fulfilling and doing what you were designed or made to do.

Though I never knew how to phrase it so eloquently, it came through in the way I lived my life.

For instance, I always hate not using up everything to its fullest potential. Every single last drop of toothpaste must be squeezed out of the tube before getting tossed. I will wear Electronic Cigarette my jeans until they rip at the butt seams — even if that rip takes place in the middle of a hip hop dance class (true story). I used to practice my handwriting with both hands because I felt bad that my left hand wasn’t getting any action.

I feel this way about people as well. Too many settle for what’s right in front of them, preferring the safety of boundaries and known means. You can do that but you will never feel the full adrenaline rush of pushing yourself to the limit and seeing what the sky can drop on your lap when you are open to receiving it.

Just try to sail a little. See how you like it.

posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Inspirations

3 Idiots | Some Thoughts

Tuesday, 05.8.2012

Just watched the Indian blockbuster 3 Idiots this afternoon. What a great movie! I laughed, I cried, and then I cried some more. And then I cried some more. I’m crying even now as I’m thinking about the crying.

{ Photo from here }

For those of you who haven’t heard of this Bollywood hit, it’s a whopping 170-minutes long tale about 2 friends’ search for their free-spirited, non-conformist lost buddy, Rancho (Aamir Khan). Through the course of the movie, we find out — through flashbacks– how Rancho changed each of the characters’ lives and taught them about facing educational and parental pressures, thinking outside the box, and chasing after their own dreams.

Between the tears, tears, and more tears, some thoughts:

*Slow start.
*Kind of cool that the cast speaks in English, Hindi, and Urdu. I only needed to read the subtitles half the time.
*Main character Rancho (Aamir Khan) is quite the looker in that dorky, goofy way. Pretty eyes.
*I dig how the movie tackles the controversial and complex relationships kids have with the expectations their parents want for them. To chase their own dreams and follow what others have laid on the ground for you?
*The whole thinking outside of the box theme also never ceases to get old.
*Omgosh, I did not know this was a Bollywood film! They sing and dance!
*Luckily, I am a musical aficionado who tends to break out in song and dance in real life so seeing this all online forex trading of a sudden in a movie does not scare me.
*They really do cram an entire life cycle into these three hours. We’ve got funerals, weddings, births, graduations…
*”All is Well” >> Repeat that. Magic happens.
*I am such a sap. Cue sappy music, main characters crying and hugging each other, a life-changing incident, and I am in tears.
*Some pretty great quotes to live life by:

“Pursue excellence, and success will follow, pants down.”

“Today my respect for that idiot shot up. Most of us went to college just for a degree. No degree meant no plum job, no pretty wife, no credit card, no social status. But none of this mattered to him, he was in college for the joy of learning, he never cared if he was first or last.”

“Don’t die before the actual death.”

“Life is a gift to humankind to live.”

Despite it revolving around 3 idiots, this movie is pretty smart. I heard they’re planning both a Western and Chinese remake of the film (the latter with Stephen Chow attached). I feel like the Chinese remake has potential but not so sure about the Western one because there are so many themes that run through the film which resonates deeply with Asian-ish families. Themes of honor, duty, filiel piety, heavy emphasis on education not to learn but to pass tests. I do feel like an Asian American remake of the film would be awesome to watch. What say you?

posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Films, Inspirations

Motivational Monday | Cool Words Other People Said

Monday, 05.7.2012

{ Words from other people lamina propecia, photo by me }

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Inspirations

Rant | You Are Perfect

Friday, 05.4.2012

Just a quick rant here.

This slogan pissed me off. (And by pissed off I mean I gave a high-pitched huff followed with a, “ridiculouuuus.”)

I know this is hard to hear in a world that values people to constantly strive for something more, something greater.

I know it can come off as preachy, as cheesy, as naive, as overly optimistic, as unbelievable, as pageant-y.

I know that no beauty industry is going to die out because of my one little blog post, no army will start a revolution.

But I got to say it.

You are perfect.

Yep. You over there with the gap teeth, the hairy arms, the duck butt, the big feet, the squinty eyes, or whatever else features society has generally considered “unattractive.” You are perfect just the way you are (a la Bruno Mars, although I have to add “at this moment” because you might change over time and that is just fine as well).

Society is always going to want proextender does it work us to fit a certain mold, want us to keep certain industries in business by convincing us that only a certain way is the “good” way, the “perfect” way.


Now, I’m no hippie liberal vegan revolutionary. I listen to pop music (Carley Rae Jepson, anyone?) I curl my eyelashes. I call people “pretty” and “not pretty” much of the times.

But I do believe in the beauty of imperfection. I believe in the little flaws and quirks that makes us wholly human. I truly truly believe perfection is something none of us can ever achieve here on earth so just give it up and love yourself for who you are! *Cue noble music

Stop being so hard on yourself on the outside and concentrate on how you are on the inside. Work on your character, your values, your beliefs. Remember that no one is perfect. No one expects you to be.

Aaaand end rant. Good night/morning (depending on where you are in the world.)

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Inspirations, Look, Personal

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