Timeless photos

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Maximus taking an outdoor shower

I’ve been taking a lot of pictures lately, especially of my uber cute, little nephew Maximus! Sometimes I think to myself, is this a little too excessive? It all just brings me back to my older brother Billy, whom I’ve never known. He passed away two years before I was even born (around Maximus’s current age). Besides his birth and death certificate, the only photo we have of him as memory was one taken by my uncle Khang. Billy was holding his bottle and standing next to Bobby in front of my family’s old apartment home. Only this one photo was taken of him during the almost two years he was here, and a very precious one indeed. The more photos, the merrier in some sense. But photos can never replace the memories instilled within our hearts.

Bike to Work Day


A normal bike ride while leaving campus on Bike to Work Day, Friday May 18. I absolutely need to fix my brakes this week before finals. The screeching, chalk-like sounds coming from the brakes are excruciating and have greatly limited my commute to walking. I need to follow through before it’s too late!

Music of May


Dealbreaker by Rachael Yamagata, from her new album Chesapeake. This is probably my favorite live performance from her and the band, most notably because of the harmonizing. Simply lovely.


Palmy’s new music video for Crush featuring Erlend Øye (a Norwegian artist). Palmy’s music and voice is so pure and soothing.


Hugo’s Wake Alone performance early last year. He just finished his special concert in Bangkok, Thailand last month (if only I could’ve been present). Glad to know many of his Thai fans are supporting his crossover in the states.


Love You Now by Madi Diaz. My favorite arrangement of this song since it includes a whole band and killer vocals.


Gemma Hayes! Gemma Hayes! Gemma Hayes! She’s my favorite female singer/songwriter. A simple composition combined with her voice makes all her songs so magical. I found this mini concert she played on a television broadcast (unsure where). Here’s the setlist: Ae Fond Kiss, Back Of My Hand, Ran For Miles, Walk Away, Evening Sun, November. Ran for Miles starts around 7:30 time-frame. Listen, listen! You won’t be disappointed. She’s truly a GEM, thus her name.


Nothing but the Blood Cover by talented individuals from the WorshipMob collaborations. Was introduced to them from a friend, and am definitely loving their complete rearrangements of the originals. There is nothing but the blood of Jesus Himself.

New Things Learned

This morning, I learned how to install a water heater into a home, through observing of course. Dealing with my landlord has not been pleasant, however, the plumber from the water heater company was a great company. The soldering he had to do to reconnect old and new pipes, the improvisations, the stand, everything was very hands-on technical. The questions I asked pertained to what materials he was using, like flux, the water heater regulations pertaining to the state, why the 18″ requirement for the lowest thermostat, why the need for straps, where to use the teflon tapes and the electrical tapes, and various others. One can really learn a handful of hands-on, technical engineering skills from professionals as such, and even hear funny stories too.