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Optimization time again

Optimization time again

Random Observation/Comment #233: As a part of Project-Wean-Back-Into-Working, I needed a small side project to help me multitask with my larger project.  This happened to be writing a blog entry.  Unfortunately, this entry got out of control and became the focus of my attention, since it was fresh with my erect passion and fire.  It took a full day, but...

Project Wean-Back-Into-Working: Part 2 – Clemens V2.0

Project Wean-Back-Into-Working: Part 2 – Clemens V2.0

Random Observation/Comment #231: I wonder what my status updates are going to be when I’m working. I hope I maintain my enthusiasm for life. I deem this one of my more insightful comments. From my current schedule, I have loads of free time to do the things I love doing, yet I still find time to do other things that...

Learning from the Bucket List

Learning from the Bucket List

Random Observation/Comment #223: This vacation is completely different from the ones I’ve had before. Instead of looking for purpose, I feel I’ve already found it.  I feel like I’m doing everything the same, but my mentality is just completely different.  I’m not trying to find a home; I’m just treating it as if it’s already my home.  This doesn’t mean...

My Last Last Hurrah

My Last Last Hurrah

Random Observation/Comment #220: There’s nothing more exciting than planning a trip.  It keeps me on my toes, and the constant research through travbuddy and flickr makes me anxious to explore even more destinations with my camera.  The drive to take pictures is even greater than ever with my new Canon Powershot S90.  I think it is the best purchase I...

In Search for a Career

In Search for a Career

Random Observation/Comment #219: The waiting period after the interview for a response is the most nerve racking experience.  All I can do is think about how I answered each question and try my best to see how the interviewers could have interpreted my answers.  In many cases, I find my own faults and smack my head, but there is absolutely...

Setting Up New Goals

Setting Up New Goals

Random Observation/Comment #218: Rejection is a terrible thing, but it’s definitely part of life.  Any excuses I give for my role in the situation will never be enough to ease my mind.  I’m not sure if it’s the disappointment in myself for not being able to think quicker or act sooner (or later), or if it’s just self-pity and self-loathing,...

Reorganizing my life

Reorganizing my life

Random Observation/Comment #217: Lately, I’ve been going through a weird phase.  It seems I did a full year (2008 Japan trip – Almost end of 2009 Europe Trip) as a frequent blogger and social network user (yes, I realize the addiction). I tried exposing myself to an invisible audience to try something new, and in the process, found one of...

Finding a Parent’s Perspective

Finding a Parent’s Perspective

Random Observation/Comment #215: I’ve written all of these entries with full awareness that my parents and my brother are the biggest fans of my writings.  Entries, like this one, are obvious ploys to show them that I’ve matured.  Well, I guess no matter how much I seek independence; I will always want them to be within my close group of...

Life is All About Side Projects

Life is All About Side Projects

Random Observation/Comment #213:  The more time I spend in New York, surrounded by the wonderful, fast-paced life style, the more I also begin to miss being in Europe. There were so many quirks there that made me happy, but I should realize that I was on vacation; and a vacation lifestyle is definitely not the productive one.  I grew in...

Writing for You or Writing for Me?

Writing for You or Writing for Me?

Random Observation/Comment #203: I seem to make more interesting observations and comments in my twitter feed.  They are definitely more succinct and directly relate to my everyday life.  I’m tempted to remove this section, but I really like how I’m keeping track of the posts with the comment numbers. Ever since I’ve started writing, I’ve been trying to cling on...

Traveling Han-Style (Solo) vs Wingman’d

Traveling Han-Style (Solo) vs Wingman’d

Random Observation/Comment #202: I consider myself a quiet guy with a lot to say.  It requires a bit of prying, but it’s quite easy to get me on some weird topic rant.  Since I try to gain a little bit of knowledge in everything, I’m sure it won’t take a long time of searching to find something we have in...

Join Me Backpacking in August!

Join Me Backpacking in August!

Random Observation/Comment #201: Over the past 6 months, I’ve become a travel guru. I wonder if I have to wear any special attire.  In boy scouts, the badge I sew on would probably be of a guy wearing a backpack with a hiking stick.  In real life, my uniform would probably include sandals and the same badge, but with me...

Why Study Abroad?

Why Study Abroad?

Random Observation/Comment #196: This blog has been around for a little over a year and I am glad I have kept it consistently updated about random things for this long. It’s has been my greatest success in side projects and has led to so many more different ideas that keep myself enjoying what life has to offer.  It took some...

London Optimized Date Trips

London Optimized Date Trips

Random Observation/Comment #162: Relationships start in the weirdest ways, such as sparking a conversation over common interests in Live Action Role Playing (LARP-ing), or helping an old lady cross the street who has a beautiful granddaughter.  I hope my last first-date involves an interesting story that can only be invented by this crazy world of probability.  Maybe we would meet...

Free time? Whatever. Just get me out of here!

Free time? Whatever. Just get me out of here!

Random Observation/Comment #127: I definitely caught the travel bug.  I have all of the symptoms, including the ones on the most severe level.  Luckily, the cure for this is on its way.  My brain is slowly decaying backwards and I’m losing concentration on the more important parts of my life.  It’s time to be a little selfish.  It’s time to...

Making a REALISTIC travel wishlist

Making a REALISTIC travel wishlist

Random Observation/Comment #125:  It’s hard for me to accept the fact that I can’t experience everything first-hand.  I feel horrifyingly hollow knowing this fact.  It’s not even the idea that I wouldn’t be able to experience the differences between growing up as an orphan or as a medieval lord – I realize these are impossible given my current choices and...

Making a travel wishlist

Making a travel wishlist

Random Observation/Comment #124:  There isn’t a place I wouldn’t want to go.  I’ve spent the equivalent of weeks surfing “the inter-webs” researching different places to travel and unique experiences.  I’ve read magazines like Travel and Leisure, watched Travel Channel shows like Bizarre Foods and No Reservations, and joined social communities like travbuddy.com and couchsurfing.com to feed my urges.  Pictures and...

Bitten By the Travel Bug

Bitten By the Travel Bug

Random Observation/Comment #123:  It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when I decided to actively incorporate traveling into my life.  I’ve always enjoyed going places and seeing new things, but there was that side of me that loved the comfort and security of the familiar.  Torn between these two worlds, I teetered back and forth for years; sometimes living on...

Keeping it Interesting

Keeping it Interesting

Random Observation/Comment #112: I don’t like routines, but sometimes they’re necessary and I’ve come to accept that.  The comfort in my particular routines root from the pleasure of knowing that I had tried most alternatives and settled on a path that balances time and energy towards these uncontrollable moments of commute.  Everything has been made to, what I refer to...

Japan Closing Advice

Japan Closing Advice

Random Observation/Comment #103: It’s hard to say goodbye, but I guess I never left – I guess I never have to.  I’ve been reliving the memories for the past 2 ½ months and it’s been the most enjoyable moments in my life.  Every morning in front of my laptop on the LIRR, I am in my writing zone with the...