Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mmmm... food...

I love food... but it's been tough for me to experiment with recipes when I get to tired from driving back from work. Still, I can't wait to be able to post up some awesome pictures of food that I made... once I am sure it tastes alright. =)

Also, I love peeling potatoes without a peeler! It's so awesome!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

GMC kids I'll never forget

Elliot Kang -- We share the same birthday! He also was very active in helping newcomers get adjusted with everyone at church... but his family is attending a different church. =(

John, Joseph, and Sam Seung -- They're hilarious and always finds a way to help... even when they don't mean to.

Jason (Forgot his last name) -- He was there when I was teaching 5th grade... I think? Super nice and helped me out with everything. He was always eager to help me out and I wish I could have helped him out more before he moved churches. =(

Samuel (Forgot his last name too) -- He was very hyper-active, but after he got used to his classmates and calmed down (somehow?), he was always trying to help out! He was almost always nice to me and was one of the few that kept talking to me in Korean until I told him I didn't understand. He moved back to Korea, but I hope he comes back.

Justin & Samuel Lee -- These two brothers were always so kind to me, but it was so much more touching that they were mediators for some conflicts between the other kids. Dang... they were seriously cool. All the kids missed seeing them.

Ryan & Justin Chu -- Dang, they try to help out so much! What really caught my attention was how they respected their teachers and were very good at listening. Their parents must be so proud of them!

Annika (Not sure how to spell her name) -- She was a very awesome mediator and was SO MATURE for her age! She had a lot of extracurricular activities, so she wasn't always able to make it to Bible study, but when she did, she was always eager to answer questions and raise questions of her own that showed her curiosity about the Bible. That's awesome!

Samuel & Sharon Lee -- Sharon was also very mature and always had something awesome to contribute to Bible study! Samuel was so polite and very patient for his age. Even when facing unfair situations, he held it in as much as he could and I could tell how much he tried. They both motivated me to aim for higher patience.

Jason & Jeffery Lee -- They are so funny together! Although Jason is usually unmotivated during class, when he gets excited, he really pumps more energy into class! I love the atmosphere when that happens! Jeffery is always a snug bug and comes to hug me a lot! He reminds me that, even though I don't like the love language of touch, everyone needs a hug once in a while!

Joon Jang -- Man... he's one of my favorite 4-eyed students! Really smart and very sensitive. He reminds me of myself as a kid (except for the smart part... I wasn't too bright...). He's very attuned to what's right and wrong and he can feel very strong emotions. In that way, I relate to him a lot... and I'm glad to see the moments when he expresses love to others. He makes me glad when he hugs me.

Joanne Park -- She was so quiet! That wasn't really what I liked about her, but when she asked/answered questions, it was, at times, profound! She should really speak up more, because there's a lot of thinking that goes inside her mind.

Josh Kim -- I think there are two that I'm going to mention, but they are both so awesome. They grew a lot since I first met them. Both of them had moments where they needed an outlet for all the raw energy they had built up (wrestling, air soft, paint ball...) and sometimes they took it out on others (verbally usually, but sometimes physically). Right now, they've matured a lot and learned to control it much better and direct it to something more positive. One of them is in Korea right now, but they're both super awesome.

David Kim -- Dang, this guy is always put into unfair situations. He'd tell me so many times and I just never knew what to say. I could tell that he put up with so much and tried to be patient all the time, but it just never met anyone else's expectations. Still, I saw the effort and I am still touched by it. He seems to be a lot more mature and more friendly, even through rough patches, and I hope I can learn much more from him.

Nicholas & Nathan -- Here are two brothers I love a lot. Nathan used to be meaner to Nicholas, but he has toned down and learned to control most of his temper. He has even developed a role as a mediator and, sometimes, caretaker for other kids. Nicholas has grown a LOT since I first met him. He still has trouble venting his anger, but he is really smart. He notices things that are unfair and tries to fight against it. He asks me a lot of "why" questions and I am really proud of him for that. It's that yearning for answers that is important, because that's where you'll eventually find God's answers for you.

Grace Jung -- Very talkative, yet very nice. She knows a LOT for her age and has many stories to share. If I need someone to answer a question for me, I can definitely depend on her... but I feel so sad that I can't always call on her. She has so many great ideas and examples that illustrate the Bible so well. I hope she never listens to the people who tell her to "shut up", but that she'll take every opportunity to voice her opinion... with discernment of course.

Tiffany Yoo -- Wow... she was the first 3rd grader who gave me a gift for Christmas and she didn't even know me that well at the time! She is so quiet and shy, but she is so respectful of others. I really want her to speak out a little more, but I do see her quietly serving others in the background and avoiding the temptation to seek attention for herself. It moves me to tears sometimes, because I wish more people would complement her for all that she does.

Hannah -- She is so funny! She is not only smart, but also talkative like Grace. She's a very excitable person and inspires me to prepare my lessons more so that we can be more kinetic instead of static. Her smile is something that brightens up my day when I teach.

Heidi & Melody Ku -- Really talented girls! Both are very smart, but I only know Heidi because I talk with her more often. She really understands right and wrong, often trying to mediate conflicts between kids... but it's hard because she is also impatient. She loves participating and is very playful. She texts encouraging messages to me and reminds me what I miss if I am away from SoCal and unable to teach.

Heidi & Peter & John Park -- Heidi is such a sweetheart! Silly, yet ready to answer questions, I admire her courage to give her best... even when she might be wrong! She hugged me when I wasn't even her teacher and it weirded me out at the time (because that was the time I wasn't used to hugging kids... or anyone for that matter), but she was one of the kids who taught me to show love through hugging. Peter always had a way to make me laugh and gave me a helping hand whenever he saw I was in need. John also helps out, but since he is in high school, it makes it even more amazing to me that he would give his free time to help out someone outside the high school department. Thanks a bunch to the three of you!

Kelvin -- You told me that I used to teach you... but I really have no idea that I did! Still, I saw how you greeted me every Sunday and I am so glad to see you all the time! You make me feel so welcomed at church... because I don't really know many people outside of CM. Thanks!

Timothy -- Wow... you really grew a lot since I first met you! I never knew you could be so kind (when you threw away your cynicism) and how you could make me laugh so much! You're very observant and I think that is an awesome strength you have!

Elijah Hong -- Somehow, you were always the one to spur me to exercise. You never really told me to, but seeing you sweat at church made me want to be someone who would stretch out my limits. Also, you were always kind and helpful... you mediated so many conflicts, although I haven't been able to see you lately. I loved all the crazy conversations we had... they were the best!

Daniel & Jin Lee -- You guys are so hyper! What in the world? But I really appreciate Daniel's helpfulness (although, sometimes he is reluctant). I also admire your love for Bible trivia... and you help me learn! Even though I never told you, you inspired me to read the Bible more! Jin, you have a hard time focusing, but the moments you do are so precious. I see the potential for you to become a great woman of God when you ask all those "why" questions. I love how you aren't satisfied with answers meant solely to dismiss questions, but you want a solid answer... and it makes me try to refine the way I answer you... even though you don't always listen to my response! =P

Really... there are so many more that I would like to list right now... but I have forgotten some of their names. I feel so ashamed that I have, but the memories that I've had with them are cherished. I've grown so much because of these kids and, dare I say, my kids... I have been inspired to teach and understand more of the Bible because of them. Thank you.

One day, I want to be able to share this with you all... but I'm just going to keep this to myself for now. =')

I'm gonna go cry now...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Empathy Machine

I wish I had an empathy machine... where I could step in the shoes of another person and understand their pains and hurts. Sure, it's easy to understand someone's happiness (to a degree), but for people I know who go through various hurts or frustrations, I want to be able to understand and relate.

We don't become close by just sharing in the happy moments and good times, but we become truly close when we understand or go through the pains together.

24a [...] God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
(1 Cor. 12:24a-26)

[In regards to loving others] 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
(Romans 12:15)

I want an empathy machine.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Mark Bittman -- What's Wrong With What We Eat

Article: http://www.culinate.com/articles/the_culinate_interview/mark_bittman

I never realized how crazy my food consumption is and how simple it can be (well, it's still hard, but not as hard as I thought) to reduce my food consumption.

It's amazing to hear how we should be eating half a pound of meat per week! Also, it's interesting to hear what he says about vitamins vs. vegetables.

The article mentions (at the bottom) three easy to make foods we can eat to reduce our carbon footprint.

I don't know whether he is in the right or not, but I do see a glimpse of truth in what he says. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Choices... what will you choose?

Are we paralyzed by our choices? Are we less satisfied with our choices if we choose from a huge selection?

Opportunity cost subtracts from our satisfaction? Whoa...

Interesting talk! =)

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

Dating and Marriage

Mark Driscoll's take on dating and marriage

I totally agree with Mark Driscoll. Some points that stood out to me:
  • The point of dating is ultimately marriage
  • Why would you date someone when you know there is no future? It is abusing someone.
  • Who would ask their pastor to date his/her kids while explaining that they do not expect to marry them?
  • Don't worry about dating. Worry about maturing.
Although I don't think dating is the end of the world for someone's future, I believe time is better spent with people who can support each other in a serious relationship.