New martial art?

It’s too early to think about this, because I’m buried with work and other stress about the summer, but I think it would be really nice if I could devote more time to fitness/martial arts in general. Lose weight, build endurance.

I’ve already researched, and I want to do kyokushin karate and something with throwing/grappling. Kyokushin appeals to me because it’s karate and I really like karate, but it’s also full-contact so I can actually learn how to put power into my punches/kicks and be an effective opponent. Right now I’m doing no-contact karate, which is nice there’s a larger focus on improving basic movements and forms, but I feel like the sparring part is lacking. They also put a ton of emphasis on strength-building, which is great for me because I’m too self-conscious to go to the gym and not dedicated enough to keep a workout program going.

As for the third one, I’m still thinking. Sparring is really direct and forceful, and groundwork is a lot more about maneuvering. My first thought is brazilian jiu-jitsu because it’s very popular and there’s lots of places open for that. It’s entirely about groundwork, which is a new area for me. Another one is judo. It has a lot of throwing involved (strength needed), and ground stuff is only a part of it. The last one I’m considering is aikido, because there’s a place right next to my karate dojo. Like bjj and judo, it’s about submission, but it’s also a stand-up martial art.

Whichever one(s) I end up doing, I’m going to find a way to keep doing it during the school year.


Excited/nervous for this summer

I’m going to try to get a job for the first time this summer… I’ve already found an opening at this framing store that sounds like a fun environment to work in, so I’m going to apply soon. Hopefully the guy will hire me, because all other options are these crappy art internships that don’t pay and any credits that I can get from it don’t apply to my major. I’m worried though because the ad was 200% better than everything else, and someone else may have applied for it too. I have no experience whatsoever so any competition will most likely blow me out of the water.

Either way, by the end of the summer I’ll have an actual thing to put in my resume!

Karate logs

I’m going to start logging my karate classes, since I’m at a new dojo and I want to document my progress and improvement after being inactive last semester. However, the relatively frequent updates will clog up this blog, so I’m doing it over at my tumblr: theflobear The tags on my posts will simply be “log” and “karate.”

My New York

This is my narrative/essay about my reality of New York. I chose to write about my arrival to the city, because it was such a mix of disappointment and tiredness that couldn’t forget about it. Thankfully, my experience has improved far beyond my initial impression, but I still think it’s interesting how I hated this place in the very beginning. Plus, I like my essay. Read the rest of this entry »

Heart to heart

A milestone? I’ll consider it one. But. I don’t know them well yet, so I really can’t tell them anything. It’s still too personal, and even I’m still having problems exploring my own feelings and thoughts about these topics. They really are nice people, and I wouldn’t trade them for anyone else’s roommates. I hope one day I can tell them these things. Afterall, they’ve already told me more than their fair share. I need to reciprocate their efforts.

Rant01: Dirt and more dirt

E and T’s unusually quick bond, their complaints about J, and terrible classmates.

Read the rest of this entry »

First week

Recap. A couple of days ago it rained, but the main lawn is still being watered regularly, so the grass is drowning slowly and the mud sticks thickly to the bottom of our shoes. It is the end of Week 1, and it was more intense than I expected. The only way I’ve been able to describe this week is “intense”, because I’ve never created/been introduced to this art stuff in such a large quantity in such a short amount of time. On the first day, I had drawing class. We drew. A lot. It was also the first time I drew from a live, nude model. Her vagina, tits, ass, and nice curves were in my face for at least 25 minutes. Most of the drawings were one minute gesture drawings, but my last 20 minutes of class were spent with her vagina open right in front of me. I don’t know how I could stop looking long enough to draw. We had to turn that last drawing in, but I think it was one of my worst that day. Right after, I went to English (HMS). I actually really like my professor; I think she is very nice and considerate, and she makes me want to improve my writing. I have high hopes for my English grade this semester.

Read the rest of this entry »

End of Orientation Week

is tomorrow, but there’s nothing much planned today and tomorrow, so I’m actually counting yesterday (Friday) as the real end of orientation. On one hand, I’m super excited for classes to start. On the other hand, I’m scared that I’ll end up failing them like I did with my previous English classes, or get a lower grade that I could have gotten due to laziness. Since there’s mostly one class a day, I feel like I’m going to be okay for now, but I really hope that I don’t get lazy later in the year.

It’s been a fun week, and I met a lot of new and nice people. A ton of the guys here give off a gay vibe, but that may just be the really weird styles they wear on their bodies and heads. My room/suite mates are nice, but there’s already some conflict between different lifestyles. I’m kind of disappointed that I don’t share any classes with them, but it’s a good thing that I won’t have any academic opportunities to mooch off of them. I met Daniel three days ago. He’s hanging out with other Chinese-speaking people, but I guess that’s to be expected from a real international student. I missed both of the trips that I paid for. I decided not to go to the Empire State Building, but I totally forgot to set an alarm for the Six Flags one. It was actually nice to spend the whole day in my room after walking around endlessly in the beginning.

I tried to practice karate in my room. It’s very different from practicing with everyone at the dojo, mostly because I have to really concentrate to notice every flaw or weak point in my technique. Due to limited space and the inability to stretch comfortably, I only did kihon. However, I’m pretty happy that I could perform reasonably well after being such a lazy butt. The only problem is that I’m too easily distracted, but if I continue practicing my kihon like this, I’ll get very good at it. Kumite and kata are a different story…

I wonder how my classes will turn out… so far, my drawing teacher is the only one who sent a class syllabus and supply list, so he seems the be the most anal one out of them. Fighting!


I started by cleaning my entire room yesterday, including all my belongings still in the moving boxes. V helped me, and together we had to take two trips to recycle/throw away all my junk. What was left after the cleaning was surprisingly little. I don’t think I’ve ever had so few possessions since I was in 6th grade. To be fair, some of my things are stuck in a warehouse in the states, but most of those I believe I can toss out as well. I asked for packing tips on Head-Fi, but the ones who replied had basically moved their entire house into their college dorms before realizing it was a stupid thing to do… I don’t lack that much common sense. Since living in Taiwan, my living in excess has become painfully obvious, so I’m seeking to cut down on frivolous, material things, as Y puts it. (I’ll still buy a new pair of headphones, the old ones broke such a long time ago.)

Tonight I will go through my closet… thankfully I have not gained any weight, so all my clothes can still fit!

College at last

School will start in two weeks, but it’s only one week until I fly to New York! I’m super nervous about moving, but hopefully I can adjust well and not freak out too much. I started organinzing today, so this time I should be on top of my packing. My great-aunt gave us a sweet discount from her luggage/handbag/backpack store, so we’ve got some new hard-shell luggage to use. I think they will last much longer than the cloth covered ones did.

I’m also excited because now I can actually order things from Amazon and expect them delivered within a week. After doing research on Head-Fi I’m planning to order V-Moda LP headphones since it’s been over a year and a half since I’ve had my own set. (also hoping to get a laptop stand, a Fiio E11, and another cheap set of earbuds.)

I think my family’s been pretty chill on buying new gear right now since they’re sending me and V off to college. I’ll think of it as a parting gift. College is going to be very expensive with both of us going at the same time, but Y will join us in two years… I’m feeling very proud of my FOUR-YEAR $80K SCHOLARHIP YEAAAHHH~ Anyway, I haven’t regularly posted in a very long time, which is very disappointing. I will make another effort this semester to post at least bi-weekly. Wish me luck!