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*Updated about living on my own*

2009… oh where did the year go? This past year has gone by so quickly, my mind is actually still trying to register all that has happened. I still remember right in the beginning of the year, I was lost with my life. I was spending stupid amounts of money, I didn’t really have many close friends, I didn’t know what I wanted with my life, and was really just going around in circles. I decided to take a trip out to the motherland, Taiwan, for about a week just to get away from everything and to visit family during Chinese New Year. The trip turned out to be much more helpful than I could have ever imagined. I realized the importance of family, and just how dear my friends are. I visited a temple as well with my sister, and had my fortune read, warning me that the next two years of my life would be difficult, but if I got through those two years then my life would work out just fine. From then on out after returning to the states, I stopped just messing around and got down into a hardcore grind. I worked harder than ever at Kallusive, made sure to keep a good relationship with my parents by visiting and having dinner with them more often and speaking with them everyday even if it was just a quick phone call, talked with my sisters more, made sure I didn’t repeat any old habits I had already gotten rid of, and reconnected with a lot of old friends. I started making even more money, but more importantly, I started to SAVE my money and not just blow all of it at once. Needless to say, things were going amazing after my trip. And even until now, things are STILL going amazing. I truly feel happy with my life and the direction everything is going right now.

I have to say, one of the main reasons I had so much fun this year was because of the Rogansan crew. Although I’ve known a good bit of the crew for a while now (pre 07ish?) it was only until the beginning of 09 where I met the rest of the crew and so many other amazing people and started hanging out with everyone on the daily. Whether it be our almost nightly trips out to Ktown to Mr Coffee or Spot Coffee, our searches for amazing new restaurants and bars, our weekend trips to SF and other places… I cherished every moment. We may not hang out nearly as often as before, but all of them have always been there for me and I’ll always be there for them as well. This goes out to my other friends as well from high school and college. If you guys weren’t here with me, I wouldn’t be enjoying life nearly as much as I am now.

And of course, cars. Whether I want to admit it or not, cars do play a big part in my life. I love cars and I really can’t deny it. From modifying my own cars, helping with other people’s cars, or working at Formula D events and attending major motorsports events like the ADAC 24 hours of Nurburgring, I love it all. Each and every car that I own/have owned has a special place in my heart because I don’t look at cars simply as a tool; I look at them like a friend I can always rely on. One of the saddest moments I had this year was returning my FX after the lease had ended in March. Sure I didn’t modify it that much apart from the Air Runners and AMEs, but in the 26 months of ownership my FX and I had gone through more than you could ever imagine. I was even thinking about just buying off the lease, but in the end I had to let it go. It had done its duty and had the right to retire. Right after, I decided to pick up a new daily driver, as using my C63 or my R6 wasn’t really working out too well, so I bought my friend Sean’s Mini Cooper S. I drove it around for a good couple months, and even began modifying it (of course…), but then one day a new 370Z had caught my eye. So the next day during my lunch break, I went over to the dealer, and after talking about the car and test driving it with one of the sales associates, I drove home with a brand new Silver 370Z Sport. Stupid impulse buy? Hell yes. Do I regret it? Hell no. The car since then has already gotten a fair share of expensive modifications, and I don’t plan to see it stop any time soon. Of course, my C63 is still here, as is my BMW 6 series, but the 6 series’ lease will end this year in July, where shortly after I’m going to take my dad to the Porsche dealer and lease a new Targa 4S with him for him to drive as his new baby. What can I say… it’s dangerous when all the males in your entire family have a strong interest in automobiles.

Now then, Kallusive. Kallusive was a huge part of my life, and it still is even though I no longer work for them. Alex and Michael, my big bros, were essential in keeping me focused and making sure my life was going in the right direction. Had it not been for Kallusive, I really wouldn’t have ever found out that I really do love the clothing industry and would never have realized that I want to stay in this industry for the rest of my life. Lots of fun times were had with everyone in and out of the office, and I’ll always remember those good times. It’s been a good two years since I started there, ending in November of 09. I wish them the best of luck, and definitely want to see them prosper even more. I now work for the family business, which is still in the clothing industry, but on the manufacturing side of things. Our family business produces and supplies the textiles to large firms such as Juicy Couture, Under Armour, REI, Esprit, Nike, and many others. I’m now pushing even harder than before, as I hope that I can finish training and gain enough experience in the next few years so my dad can finally retire. He’s worked so hard to make sure our family lives a comfortable life, and as his only son it is my duty to take over for him and to make sure he lives a comfortable life after retirement.

My love life for 09 has been interesting to say the least. It feels kind of weird talking about it, because I’m the type of guy who doesn’t really like to talk about it too publicly, but oh well. I’ve gone through the entire year pretty much single. I went out on a few dates, some ending uneventfully, and some… well not so uneventful if you know what I mean LOL. I’ve met a lot of amazing girls this past year but I’ve also met a lot of horrible girls this year, starting with the standard GDB’s (gold digging bitches), to the drama queens, to the “I’m too good for you”s. It really was disheartening to see that there were so many of those girls in LA. However, there were three girls this year that I actually considered being in a serious relationship with. Two of them ended up not working out and therefore landed in the FZ (friend zone), but that still leaves the one. We’ll see how this goes for 2010, but I do have high hopes. I’m definitely at the time now where I really feel like I’m ready for another stable long term relationship. Sure it’s fun enjoying the single life, but it’s not something I can enjoy for the rest of my life. At the end of the day, I really do wish I had someone I could come home to after a rough day at work and talk about each others’ day and enjoy a nice simple dinner, and just sit around watching movies or simply enjoying each others’ company. Yea, I know I’m cheesy LOL. Let’s hope that girl is just as cheesy as me or can stand my cheesiness hahah.

Photography. One of my current hobbies that I never in a million years would have imagined that I would get so serious about. Starting from just picking up a camera and shooting aimlessly, I feel now that it is definitely something I love to do and could see myself doing in the future professionally on the side. As mentioned in my 365 post, the main reason I even picked up a camera in the first place was due to my friend Allen. He pushed me to pick up a camera and start learning, and teaching me and critiquing me along the way. My shots are much better now, but I still have much to learn and practice. Hopefully my photo of the day posts will allow me to improve and see the improvements along the year. Let’s see how things go.

My own place. I moved out of my Arcadia house pretty much right after high school and have been living in the LA area since. My parents supported the move, telling me it was actually a great idea since I would learn more about responsibility and learn how to support myself. I was still in the K-town house with three other roommates until mid-July, where I decided that although it was fun having roommates and all, I figured it would be easier to live on my own. I wouldn’t have to worry about collecting rent, collecting utilities, and if the house was messy I could only blame myself. So after the lease ended with the house, I found a loft in Downtown LA across from LA Live/Staples Center and moved in at the end of July. Living on my own is expensive of course, but for the peace of mind I gain it’s worth it. Rent is always paid on time, utilities are cheaper since I don’t use that much water and electricity, and the loft and bathroom is always clean because I’m ridiculously anal about cleanliness wherever I live. I absolutely love it here and out of the two previous areas I’ve lived in (J-town and K-town) DTLA is by far my favorite. I’m currently thinking about purchasing a condo/loft here in the area after my lease ends here, since the rent I pay here is so high already I can just pay a little more and buy a place, therefore building even more credit and equity. Not to mention as a first time buyer, I would be eligible for an $8000 bonus from the government. The long time homie Jim Phit (Coldwell Banker) has been helping me out and sending me listings of places currently available. I have my eye on quite a few places, so I’ll be researching and watching them for the next few months and when I finally make a decision I’ll let you all know.

My travels. If you know me personally, you know that I travel a lot. And I mean A LOT. In 09, I flew out of the country to Asia seven times and once to Germany. Many of the trips were for business, but there was still that sense of pleasure of just being able to get away from the states every now and then and breaking away from your daily routine. Each time I’m out in Asia, I visit my family members, chill with my amazing friends, and meet a ton of amazing new people, many that I can now call close friends. My most recent trip in December from the 15th to January 2nd back to Taiwan was the most amazing. So amazing in fact that I might actually end up moving back. It was exactly what I needed to end 2009 properly.

In short, 2009… hats off to you for being a damn good defining year for me.

Now for my 2010 New Years Resolutions.

– Get back in shape and lose at least 20 pounds.
– Spend less money and start saving more.
– Stop renting and buy a place in Downtown LA.
– Find a girlfriend and maintain a stable relationship.
– Maintain my closeness with my family and friends.
– Become even more successful with work.
– Improve on my Chinese and Japanese.
– Improve on my photography.
– Finish building the Z and start attending more track days.
– Sell my motorcycle.
– Travel to different areas of the world, not just to places I’ve already been to.
– Reconnect with old friends I haven’t talked to or seen for years.
– Be successful in my new upcoming investments and projects.

More resolutions if I end up thinking of any more. But for now, this will suffice.

Here’s to you 2010. Let’s make this the best year yet.

– Chaz

So I was talking with the homie Allen the other day, and he linked me to his personal photo blog 2010 Photo a Day. I asked him why he decided to do something like that, and he said it was a tool to help keep him inspired to shoot more on the daily and to practice his shooting as well. He advised me to do the same since I only started shooting with an SLR a couple months ago and should do something like this to keep myself sharp and improve over time. Seeing as how he was the reason I even picked up a camera in the first place, I decided to heed his advice and make this blog into a daily photo blog as well, but still post event photos or other goodies.

And what better time is there to start this 365 ish than when I’m out of the country? Yep that’s right ladies and gentlemen, I’m back in Taipei working and enjoying life before hitting 2010 full hard. So sit back, relax, and keep checking back on the daily.

– Chaz

First off, thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, and hung out with me this past week/weekend. You are all awesome =)

Anyway, if I could use three words to describe the week..

MAD.

FOOD.

BLOWAAAAAGE.

Yep. Pretty much for FIVE days in a row, my friends and I have gone out to a ton of different restaurants and just destroyed ourselves with food. Needless to say, I’ll be dieting quite a lot now… after Vegas this week LOL.

So then, we begin with one of my old favorites: Shin Sen Gumi (Tuesday)

First order: Fried sweet potatoes w/ Butter. RIDICULOUSLY good.

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CHICKEN CARTILAGE.

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Chicken thigh meat.

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Meatballs. One of my favorites.

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Chicken Skin. Another one of my all time favorites!

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Bacon Wrapped Tomatoes. Careful when eating… they explode in your mouth!

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Grilled Onigiri. The meal topper.

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GYUTAN aka Beef Tongue! Still my top favorite!

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Asparagus Bacon.

That was the start of my birthday week. Next stop: THE PANTRY. (Wednesday)

But before doing so, we had to stop by Cafe Mak for some drinks and a snack.

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Sweet Potato Cake. DEFINITELY recommend this to anyone. Not too sweet at all.

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Actually, don’t seem to have any pictures of the Pantry, but I do have this one where Justin and I rode over, while Btune and Francis drove.

Next stop: Sakana. (Thursday)

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Went with parents for lunch on my birthday. Dad knows the chef personally, so we get a little more priority service hahah.

Only took one other picture:

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Salmon Skin Hand Roll.

Next stop: Machi. (Thursday)

Parents wanted to do a little something for dinner with their friends for my birthday, so we went to Machi, they cut cake, ate some food, then I had to roll out to Green Field Churrascaria, since the Aspec dudes were taking me out to dinner.

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Taiwanese thing. Hard boiled eggs.

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Pork’s Feet noodle. Super good.

Now to Green Field. (Thursday)

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Nice place.

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Pre-Allyoucaneat-BBQ. Balance everything out with some greeeeens.

Didn’t take any pictures of the BBQ, as they served everything to us quick-style, and none of us remembered to take any pictures LOL.

Needless to say, we all got pretty destroyed by the bbq. My homie Justin brought us some goodies afterwards for dessert, thanks to his wife that works down at Bonjour down in Gardena.

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Yep, they call me Charles. aka MF Charles.

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OMG GOODY OVERLOAD.

Anyway, after all that, we sat outside for about thirty minutes, just relaxing and trying to digest all the food we just ate. We ended up wanting to play games for some strange reason, but didn’t want to drive down to Gardena from West Covina, so we drove down next to Mt Sac to Super Arcade, and chilled around till midnight when they closed. Afterwards, we drove back to Ktown to Mr Coffee, and we kicked it till around 3. Good times.

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Logan and Btune battling it out on Puzzle Fighter.

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Mr Coffee.

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On the way home, had to stop for some gas. Yes, that is the price of PREMIUM last Friday. Made me so happy LOL.

Now then, Friday was pretty uneventful. Just a nice relaxing day, putting on some of the parts that came in for the bike.

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Fender eliminator and tag cover makes the bike look so much better already!

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Installed the double bubble, flush mount turn signals, stainless anodized bar ends, and asv shorty levers.

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Yep. That license plate does indeed fold down and disappear when you get up to speed.

Now Saturday. Ohhhh Saturday. You did me so dirty LOL. Woke up sick early to go with Allen and Justin to check out a few bikes that Allen was interested in. Nothing really interesting, so we drove around and ended up at Mel’s in Hollywood. Can’t ever say no to Mel’s.

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the Highland location. Other one is better, but this one is still great.

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I ordered Corned Beef Hash w/ three eggs, Justin ordered Meatloaf w/ Chili Cheese Fries, and Btune ordered a Chicken Salad Sandwich. Super good and satisfying, but your stomach will hate you afterwards.

Afterwards, went home to take a quick nap, as I had to get to Roy’s in Pasadena for my friend Dana’s birthday dinner by 8:30.

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Forgot how expensive this joint is.

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Yep. You read that right.

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Appetizer Canoe. The lobster dumplings were my favorite.

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Simple salad. Nothing really special.

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Seared Blackened Ahi Tuna. MAD good.

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Dessert Sampler. Macadamia Nut Tart with that mousse on top.. done deal!

Total came out to $83 per person, not including drinks.

Now Sunday was a pretty chill day as well. We went out to Chatsworth for Allen to check out another bike he was interested in, but it turns out it got sold. But luckily, they had a super clean Honda CBR600RR for sale for $5500, so he picked that one up. To celebrate, we were thinking about going to Lawry’s, but they couldn’t take any more reservations that day, and we didn’t feel like waiting till 4 to go, then waiting another hour or so to get seated, so we decided to go to Gui Rim for some allyoucaneat BBQ action. If you haven’t been there, I recommend the following:

– Brisket
– Marinated Beef Ribs
– Pork Belly
– Chicken
– Beef Tongue
– Pork Neck
– Squid (Only available at Gui Rim 2 on Vermont)

Not much picture action this time as well.

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Pork Neck cooking over sick flames hahah.

And what’s a celebration without some drinks?

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Bek Se Ju. Quite good. Also had a bottle of Raspberry Soju, and Pomegranate Soju.

So that was pretty much the end of my birthday week(end). Good food, good friends, good times.

Now for that diet to begin.

After Vegas like I said.

LOL.

– Charles.

Soooo… new toys ehhh? Guess it’s finally time to post up, since it’s Sunday and there’s really nothing to do today, so I don’t really have an excuse not to hahah.

Alright, toy #1: 2009 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG.

After just getting detailed =)

Just realized I forgot to take pictures of the engine LOL. I’ll post that up maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, the car. is. AMAZING. Endless amounts of torque, handles incredibly well for such a heavy sedan, and yet super comfortable for just driving around on the daily. You just have to sit in one or drive one around to understand what I mean =)

Toy #2: 2007 Yamaha YZF-R6

Yea yea… we all saw this one coming didn’t we LOL. I couldn’t resist, and I ended up getting another one. This makes number THREE now. I didn’t take any pictures of the bike with my real camera, but I do have one that Francis took while we were at Formula D Irwindale last week.

Feels good to be back! =) The bike is great. I definitely understand why out of the four main manufacturers (Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha), Yamaha makes the best handling bikes. I’ve owned a CBR600, a GSXR600, and now an R6. Definitely my new favorite hahah. I’m getting back into the swing of things, and will be going to my first track day in November with it. Let’s pray that bike number 3 doesn’t actually kill me this time LOL.

That’s all you guys get for today. I’ll post up some more random toys throughout the week. I once again, end this post with another C&H comic.

Back with the Conga LOL.

Till next time!

Chaz.

LOL yea.. total blog negligence right here ahahah. Sorry for the lack of posting.. I swear I’ll post something good up soon this week. For now, shoot over to Rogansan’s Brog, where I actually send posts several times a day.

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For now, I leave you with this humorous web comic strip from one of my favorite comics: Cyanide and Happiness.

This seriously left me in a fit of hysterics for a solid five minutes.

Till next time! (Sometime this week, I promise!

– MFCharles

Well guess it’s about the right time to recap on July. Not really too much to say other than this month… really has had it’s fair share of solid ups and downs lol. I’ve gone from being my normal, happy, and obnoxious self to being completely depressed, stressed, and ready to break down at a moment’s notice. I am quite happy that I’m back to my usual self though, thanks to the help of many close friends =) This month, I’ve learned how to make myself much stronger mentally, thanks to the help and advice of my two big bros, and it really is helping. Small stuff that used to really irk me, now no longer even make me twitch. It’s especially helped with work, helping me keep my focus on work, and nothing else until I’m done with my agenda, ensuring that I get everything done with zero to minimal mistakes. That especially helps right now, since things are getting crazy here at the office again, and I’m beginning to pull into 24/7 mode again lol. Actually, I think that’s a good thing. Based off what my bros and big sis say, I actually crack more jokes and am looser when I don’t get enough sleep, and become pretty cracked out, but to the point where I’m more awake than not LOL. Don’t know if that makes any sense, but whatever. Guess you’ll all just have to hang around me more to notice the difference hahah.

In my separate Car Life, I guess it’s still kind of dead since I sold the Stook. Let’s see…

FX35: I did end up putting the AME Gracers on the FX, but since they’re wrapped with 30 series tires right now.. my speedometer reads approx. 10 miles faster than it should, also allowing the car to rack miles on the odometer faster.. not cool LOL. Right now, I’m still waiting on the Air Runners to come in, then I’ll be dropping the car off at M1 for some minor paint works and body touch ups on certain areas. Hopefully that’ll happen within the next two weeks.

Cayenne S: The Cayenne S is starting to grow on me more, though the mileage is still HORRIBLE, no matter how much it grows on me lol. 250-300 miles on a 24 gallon tank is NOT fun, especially when it costs a little over 100 dollars each time to fill! The Tubi exhaust is actually sounding better and better now, and the ecu chip has made the car reduce it’s drive by wire lag a fair amount. We’ll see how it goes.

C63 AMG: OH GOD I STILL CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS CAR TO COME IN. Dealer has kept me updated, and says the car should deliver mid-august, around August 15th, but very latest it’ll come at the end of August. They did say there was one showroom model ready for me to take in the same color, but it doesn’t have the options I ordered, and there’s already 200+ miles on it. PASS. I do have some plans for the car, but not many. The main reason I even splurged on this car was so I wouldn’t be able to mod the car.. not without spending mad cheddar at least hahah. I do have my friend at Mackin who said that once the car delivers, call her and they’ll test fit some new wheels on it. I love getting free parts =)

Anyhoooo, I do believe that’s about it for now. Do keep checking the Kallusive Online Store though, as I know sizes have not been available, but we WILL be restocked by the end of the weekend, so whatever you haven’t snagged yet, better SNAG FAST because you know it won’t last long!

Another random “blast from the past” picture to end the post =)

Japan: Winter 2006. Chillin with some dope people at the hostel I was staying at. A lot of Asahi-pounding that night LOL. I can’t wait to go back.

Goodbye July. It’s been a pleasant ride.

– “Charly”