Sunday, August 18, 2013

All Across the World

Traveling, eating, and working (and being away from this mumbojumbo) not only has taught me so much about the beauty of humanity and has kept me culturally aware but they also constantly remind me of how blessed and privileged I am in this huge, small world. Instead of keeping all my inspirations, admirations, and flavors to myself, I'd like to share my reviews, thoughts, and traveling experiences from the past to the future in this jet stream of mumbojumbo. So sit back, fasten your seat belt, and enjoy the ride.

Current Location: Oceanside, San Diego, CA
Reason for Visit: Helping my brother and his family move in
Length of Stay: 10 days

I'm already into my 4th day here in sunny California and I'm dreading the day I have to fly back east to the good ol' grey NYC. Aside from unpacking boxes upon boxes, we've done a good amount of eating and sightseeing around the area. As any visitor would, I've been pretty dependent on Trip Advisor and Yelp, but am never afraid to ask some locals what they love to do and eat because they know where it's happenin'. 

The first thing I wanted to do was go running along the beach, the one thing I never had the chance to do the other times I visited California. Aaannd, check. I could totally get used to this. Nothing, IMO, beats being surrounded by tall palm trees, hearing the waves roll in and out, and feeling the cool breeze evaporate your hard earned sweat off your face. Although Jersey has the four seasons to show the cool change in nature, California gives you unlimited vitamin D all year round. (No more SAD-ness.)  Can you tell I'm a little biased here?

I'll get to more of what else I/we did later. Let's talk about food, baby. Here are some places we've grubbed at so far...

Lunch'd @ That Boy Good in Oceanside menu
If you're lookin' for meat, meat... and waffles, this is your place. What's great about going in a big group (who likes to share) is that you get to try a bunch of different things. The service was a bit slow but that's probably because I'm coming from NYC. However, the service was great - everyone is just so nice in California!

BBQ Combo: Beef Links, Pulled Pork, and 1/2 Rack of Rib - Easily shareable among two people, very good.

Photo Taken with iPhone 5

Country Fried Chicken Thighs and Waffles, Hand Cut Fries - This was really good, I'd come back for this; the chicken breading had a mild salty/spicy flavor which paired well with the waffles and syrup. 

Photo Taken with iPhone 5

BBQ Beef Links - Pretty good hot dogs, not much else to say. 
BBQ Pork Ribs - This was OK. It's more of a dry, mustardy meat that doesn't fall of the bone.

And, yes, we did have dessert. We got 2 Chocolate Chip Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich. "Six dollars for an ice cream sandwich?!" Umm, YES. This was unbelievably good. The chocolate chip infused waffle melted in your mouth as the ice cream cooled your mouth down. SO WORTH IT.
Photo Taken with Olympus OMD-EM5

Overall: I would come here again to get the chicken and waffles and the ice cream sandwich.

Dinner'd @ Azul in La Jolla main menu / patio menu
It was a long wait to sit inside but there's an option to sit in the patio with no wait, which we we did. The service was good and friendly.

Just get the flat breads and/or the pork chop. Everything else was just okay - salads are not worth it and the tuna was bland. We didn't order any steak, so I can't put my two cents in about what they're known for... oops.

Overall: I would dine here again just for the flatbread pizzas and maybe try the steaks, that's it.

Lunch'd in Domino's 
We ordered in because we were in the process of moving and I feel like the Domino's here tastes different and better than on the east coast. OR it could just be me. 

Overall: It's fast food pizza, what else do you expect?

Dinner'd @ Luche Libre menu
Burrito Heaven. The awning says "Taco Shop" in big letters and "Luche Libre" in very small letters, so open your eyes and make sure you don't miss it! The line was long but quick. You can't save seats at a table until you've ordered, their rule. So much better than Chipotle! Finding parking could be a pain in the bum.

Holy Moly w/o Sour Cream - very, very good! (Pictured below)
Photo Taken with Olympus OMD-EM5
Surfin' California - also, very good!
Undefeated Seafood (MahiMahi) - eh. After trying the other two, this was just okay. In my brother's opinion, "The coleslaw overpower the fish."

Overall: Loved the querky interior design, fast service, and delicious food. I would come here again.

Lunch'd @ In-N-Out
This is the one place I always go to whenever I'm visiting the west coast. This place is so good and better than the fast food joints on the east coast. There's a very basic menu and a not so secret menu* that is worth the trip. 

I had the protein style* cheeseburger, animal style*. Protein style is without the bun, wrapped in lettuce. Animal style burger is cooked with a thin layer of mustard and has pickles, grilled onions, and extra spread.  You can get your fries animal style which is a little different - cheese, grilled onions, and spread. The fries, too, are just so darn good. 

You'll notice Bible verses on the bottom of the cups, wrappers, and fry buckets, which I think is pretty cool. Very similar to Chik-fil-a. 
Screen Captured on iPhone 5

Hmm, compared to the number of places we've dined and dashed and what we've seen, we didn't really do much! After my brother's family settles in with unpacking and organizing, we are going to explore the country! This is what we did so far...

Our main reason visiting La Jolla were the coves. The sunset view of the horizon was beautiful and we loved the honking(?) of the sea lions. Apparently, it's mating season... I wish we stayed a bit longer and did more walking around. This place is definitely a must-see and we'll probably visit again to do some kayaking to get a closer look of the lions cat-calling.

Photo Taken with Olympus OMD-EM5

Photo Taken with Olympus OMD-EM5

On another day, my younger brother (D), nephew (PK), and I went to the beach in Oceanside again to swim and hangout. The weather was perfect, not too hot/cold. It's not a busy beach, which is nice - no commercial stores, no umbrella/beach chair rentals. 
Photo Taken with iPhone 5
We also visited Zion Market, a pretty big Korean grocery store. You can get everything you need here; well... that's Asian/Korean. They also have a Paris Baguette (bakery) which is a bit cheaper and more delicious looking than ours out east. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"missions is no longer about being zealous for God but it is a response to the love of God and who He is -jaeson ma

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

You are loved | Ephesians 2:4
You are forgiven | 1st John 2:12
You are healed | Isaiah 53:5
You are new | 2nd Corinthians 5:17
You are secure | Hebrews 6:19-20
You are no longer under condemnation | Romans 8:1
You have the Holy Spirit | Ephesians 1:13
You have every spiritual blessing in Christ | Ephesians 1:3
You will never be abandoned | Matthew 28:20
You are partakers of the divine nature | 2nd Peter 1:4
You are pursued | 1st John 4:10
You are clean | 1st Corinthians 6:11
You are holy | Colossians 1:22
You are blameless | Ephesians 1:4
You are His | Titus 2:14
You are made in His image | Genesis 1:27
You are written on the palm of His hand | Isaiah 49:16
You are free | Galatians 5:1
You are filled with a Spirit of power, not of fear | 2nd Timothy 1:7
You have Jesus as your advocate | 1st John 2:1
You are justified | Romans 5:1
You are not on trial anymore | Colossians 2:14
You have a Father that graciously gives all things | Romans 8:32
You have Him interceding for you at all times | Romans 8:34
You are a Child of Him | 1st John 3:1
You are His bride | Ephesians 5:31-32
You are His friend | John 15:15
Your old self is buried with Him | Romans 6:3
You are raised to new life | Romans 6:4
You are dead to sin | Romans 6:7
You are in union with Jesus | Galatians 2:20
You are a member of His body | Romans 12:5
You are chosen | Ephesians 1:4
You are hidden with Christ in God | Colossians 3:3
You are a branch of Jesus | John 15:5
You have perfect access to Him at all times because of the blood | Ephesians 3:12
You are God’s poetry/workmanship | Ephesians 2:10

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I can't believe how hard it is to have faith:
to believe that He is sovereign;
to trust that His way is better;
to exalt Him as almighty, all powerful, all knowing;
to surrender every single area of my life to Him who has plans to bless me and prosper me;
to believe that nothing is impossible with Him.

Through growing in faith, I see the more I need to die. There are so many things I'm holding onto tightly and afraid to let go because of the loss of control, the loss of knowing, the loss of my identity.

But to die is to live.

I love my God and I am willing to struggle through my lack of faith to live for Him.

Monday, August 15, 2011


But now, this is what the Lord says:

He who created you, O Jacob,
He who formed you, O Israel:
'Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
You are mine.'
Isaiah 43

More and more, God is showing His great love for me. How impressed and awe stricken I am - I am becoming more lovesick. This Great and Almighty God, who by His power and understanding created and formed me, and knows me by name. For His love is as strong as death: jealousy demanding as the grave.

You are mine.
I am yours.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

depraved > deprived > deemed > redeemed

got a wake up call: the world is depraved.
i knew this.
but no, i'm not living like i know.
my prayers are filled with "major problems" that are really nuisances,
filled with praise and worship, yes, because He is good,
filled with requests that aren't heart-felt, in which passion is not fully there.

the world is depraved.(corrupt, rotten, immoral, wicked)
sin, corruption, hatred, lust.
lack of long-suffering, kindness, joy.
lack of hope, peace, goodness.
lack of self-control, faithfulness, and love.
what happened?
it's getting worse and worse, the sin is seeping down towards the youth.
the prince of the world is getting his way with the children.
the line between right and wrong has disappeared - wrong became right.

the world is deprived. (robbed, stripped, become poor)
our sin has stripped us the privileges of having God around.
our sin has robbed us of the birth right under God.
our sin has taken us from the Riches and made us poor.
we are dead. not alive - dead.
we have found our highs in alcohol, drugs, sex, lust, greed.
we're looking to anything that will give us that satisfaction, fulfillment;
something that will, perhaps, cure our insecurities and scars;
something that will, perhaps, dress us to look like we have everything, make us feel we have everything.
but once we sober up, we realize we have nothing. we were robbed.

the world, deemed. (consider, judge, regard)
Love considered us, regarded us as His beloved, still.
Love probably didn't take any time to think about it because the Answer was easy;
Love, if anything, took a moment to consider the wages of sin, death, in which the Answer came.

the world, redeemed. (rescued, ransomed, delivered, saved)
God showed His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us Romans 5:8
we are no longer in debt with our lives,
we no longer have to pay for our sin and give our lives to Death.
all because Jesus paid for every. single. person.
can you believe it?
the love of God is so immense, that the sin Christ bore on the cross turned God's face away from His only Son.
God couldn't be with His beloved Son when he died because of our sin that covered Him from head to toe.


i've got to pray for the world
i've got to pray for the youth
i've got to pray for their salvation
that they will turn from their wicked ways
to the Son who bought us at a price.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Love Mercy Grace

I need to love more
with mercy and grace

I need to be more faithful in prayers
patient and trusting

I need to honor others above myself
devoted and true