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Im such a bad dad! [Apr. 3rd, 2007|06:29 pm]
Sometimes I see things online that make me crack up. I guess today I was inspired. This is my work of art. I crack myself up!!! My daughter is going to have great childhood photos for her wedding collage!

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The women in my family. [Apr. 2nd, 2007|01:22 pm]
The ladies in my family rule my world, and I'm pretty much ok with that.

This photo reminds me of a ying yang symbol. Or a bunch of fish swiming in a circle. LOL

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Proud poppa. [Mar. 26th, 2007|12:29 pm]
Things have been pretty hectic lately and for good reason. At 3:15pm on Tuesday the 13th, Tracy gave birth to our baby daughter, Jamie Ann Hua. Tracy originally went in to get her regularly scheduled doctor appointment on Monday morning. They ran some tests and found that Tracy’s Blood pressure was too high and they quickly admitted her and induced labor. Unfortunately, the baby was not ready to come out, so poor Tracy had to endure labor for over 28 hours. Luckily, when it came time to deliver, Tracy was a super champ and gave birth to the baby naturally after about 15—20 minutes of pushing.

Jamie came to us 4 weeks early, so they ran some tests to make sure that her development was ok and the doctor said she looks great. She came in a tiny 5lbs 11oz, but a lengthy 19 inches. I think this little girl is going to be TALL! Here are a few photos :)

Mom and Jamie 2 hours after birth.

Burp time with Daddy!

Jamie with Big sis.
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Anyone want a Massage?! [Feb. 2nd, 2007|11:23 pm]
[mood |giddygiddy]

I need a massage badly. I am in serious need to de-stress in a big way. Life lately has been super stressful. Tracy and I have been under a lot of pressure lately. Outside of the regular stress of daily life and working for ourselves, we of course are dealing with a whole bunch of new stresses.

FAMILY- One big stress of course is the addition of the new baby. Because of Tracy's age, she has been under the careful watch of the doctors. Tests for this, that and the other keep coming back "positive" for potential complications that require more tests. Of course that is a huge scare when dealing with the health of your child, so we have been on this roller coaster of emotions. Thankfully, the tests have been coming out negative when we go in for further testings. All that coupled with the stress and anxiety of just adding more to the family and having to provide and care for a new baby. ACK!

WORK- Both Tracy and I work for ourselves doing real estate. So its a constant search for new clients and the pressures that come along in our business. Everything is always up against a dead line and everything always involves hundreds of thousands of dollars and people's livelihood. While its nice to work for ourselves, sometimes I wonder if it wouldnt just be easier to just go to work from 9-5 and have the security of a regular job, a steady paycheck, and the little stresses that come with working for someone else. The real estate business also is in a state of flux, so that in itself stressful. On the upside though, thankfully, I found a tenant yesterday for a rental of mine in Las Vegas, so thats one less headache to deal with :)

NEW WORK- I decided to open a massage clinic. Its called Massage Envy (http://www.massageenvy.com). I have been working with real estate brokers for 6 months now and its a non-stop roller coaster of stress and agony. We find locations and then are given a WHOOPING 48 hours to make a decision on the location. In those 48 hours, we have to do a TON of research on demographics, zoning laws, licensing processes, city planning, financial spreadsheets, etc. After we have done that work, then we have to let them know if we want to move forward with the location. Being that commerical leases go for 5-10 years and the monthly rent on these places have been like $12-15K a month, making a huge financial decision in 48 hours that potentially will effect me and my family for the rest of my life is quite possibly the scariest and hardest thing I have ever had to do.

I have reviewed over 15 possible locations and have tried to get 2 locations (didnt work out). Every time we get a location found, we have to go through the same process of research and stress of trying to decide in 48 hours if the location will for for us. That said, we found a location that I am hoping will work out. I am going to be checking it out tomorrow and am so excited that I am litterally shaking. I have that nervous feeling kids get on Christmas eve, where you cant sleep and you are hoping for a great day when you wake up. The really sucky thing is that even if its a perfect location and we decide we want it, its quite possible that we wont get it because the place wont accept us as a tenant! All that stress then the emotional letdown when we have our heart on it, and then get denied because the landlord selected a different tenant!

Well, once we get a place and get it set up, everyone is invited in for a massage! Everyone keep your fingers crossed for us!
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There really is a such thing called a Runner's High [Dec. 20th, 2006|02:07 am]
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[Current Location |Las Vegas]

Well, its about a week later and I am fully recovered from my 1/2 marathon. I had a great time doing it and it was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Its really hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment that I am feeling.

I told everyone that I wanted to complete it in 2 hours and 15 mins, but in my mind I really wanted to get it done in under 2 hours for my first time. Now that the race is over, I know I could have done it better. Here is my list of reasons why I didn’t get under 2 hours. Excuses, I know. If you ever do one, don’t do what I did. LOL

1. Only 8 hours of sleep for 2 days prior to running the race (damn vegas!)
2. I ran 13.1 miles the weekend before, so was still recovering from a hurt foot (wanted to see if I could finish the race) Make sure if you do one, you taper your runs before race weekend.
3. I didn’t stretch before the race because I thought I could at the starting line (not enough room)
4. Cramps at mile 10 (see number 3!)
5. 42 degrees at 6 am with a nasty 5 mph head wind for the last 6 miles
6. I had to stop to pee about 100 yards into the race! (on the wall of the Mandalay Bay Hotel)
7. I took photos along the way (messes up your rhythm)
8. They had bad mile markers- so I thought I was going faster than I was
9. My Nike Plus Nano told me I had 1 mile to go, when in fact I had 2.5 (not a good feeling!)
10. 6 waters stops (I’m brining my own water next time)
11. I was running too slow to pace myself, but could have run faster

In the end, my final time was 2:05:09. (9:32 per mile pace) The clock time was 2:08:54 according to the official results (www.lvmarathon.com) I placed 1861 overall out of 16,047. Not great but not too bad for my first one. I think I can knock off 7-10 mins the next time. Im still debating if I am going to try to do the Orange County ½ marathon in 2 weeks.

All in all it was a really fun experience. I had a great time in Las Vegas. Thanks Allen for coming to hang out. I’m glad I did it. I don’t really enjoy running that much, but I do like the way it makes me feel. (foot pain excluded). I haven’t felt this inspired in a long time. Its hard to describe, but I feel really proud of myself in a very corny way. It made me realize that I can do anything if I set my mind to doing it. I am going to put that to the test I think next year, because I am considering signing up for the full Las Vegas Marathon. I might try the LA marathon, but I need to wait to get my marathon training books from Amazon first.

December 9th 2007 is the next Vegas Marathon. Anyone interested?
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3 more days till my race. [Dec. 8th, 2006|08:45 am]
I cant believe there are only 3 days until I am running the Las Vegas Half Marathon. Its funny how I was so excited about it only a few weeks ago, but now that the day is almost here I am SCARED!

Last week I decided that I needed to get some serious milage in, so I went to the high school track and pounded out over 55 laps. Thats a total of 13.5 miles. I was feeling pretty good that I actually completed the distance. Unfortunately, about 2 hours later, I was limping so bad. My legs had officially turned to jello. Its now coming on Friday and I am still sore. Not only are my legs sore and my feet sore, but I have a big blister on one toe, and I am having a bad allergic reaction to something (weird itchy skin). I dont know if there are toxins being forced out of my body, or I just drank myself too many damn strawberry/bannana smoothies.

I checked Weather.com yesterday and I was terrified when I read the temperature in Vegas was 31 degrees (but felt like 28!!!) at 6 am in the morning which is the time the race starts on Sunday. I just checked now and it says that its warmer now and is supposed to be a low of 44 degrees with a 30% chance of rain. WHEE!! Guess Im going to go buy a rain jacket just in case. Tell me that doesnt sound fun! Running in the rain at 44 degrees. I dont feel so bad for the runners, as much as I do the Blue Man Group who is performing at the start and the Cirque Du Soliel people who are performing at the end. I understand according to the website (www.lvmarathong.com) there are 29 other acts as well. Poor guys!

Im debating whether or not I should bring my digital camera with me. I think it would be kinda neat to take a photo at every mile marker. I mean, Im not really racing anyone and the photos would be kinda cool to show people. But then again, I do want to complete the race in a decent time for my first race and for my age and I know snapping photos will slow my time and my runing pace considerably. My goal is to complete it in 2 hours and 15 mins. Its supposed to be webcast on http://www.klas-tv.com/ so keep an eye out for me and wish me luck!
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100 things to do in my lifetime. [Nov. 24th, 2006|09:54 am]
[mood |pensivepensive]

I always think to myself that too many people go about life without really thinking about what they REALLY want to get out of it. They say that they want this and that, but they dont ever really go for it. They might say, "I want to be rich one day"- but never work any harder or smarter. I want to have a better relationship with my family- but dont put in the time and effort.

I am a strong believer that if you want something out of life, you have to put a plan together and go for it. I think it was Einstein who said the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again, but expecting different results. I had some time last night to myself and I decided that I needed to put together a list of things that I want to get done in my lifetime. I spent over 3 hours working on this list last night. I had actually started the list over 3 years ago, but decided that it needed some revisiting.

Below are the 100 things I want to do/experience in my life before I die. I am shy of 100, as I am sure that there are going to be things that I will think of later.

1 Get a College Degree
2 Get a MBA Degree
3 Take cooking classes at a culinary school
4 Get married
5 Have a baby
6 Go to my kids college graduations
7 Go to my kids weddings
8 Bench press 150% of my weight
9 Be able to jump as high as my head
10 Run a sub 6 minute mile
11 Be in a movie
12 Be in a Magazine
13 Be used as model in a print ad
14 Be on TV
15 Be on the Radio
16 Play in the World Series of Poker
17 Teach a college course
18 Earn over $100,000 in a year
19 Win $100,000 dollars gambling in Vegas
20 Go on a $100,000 Shoping spree
21 Give $100,000 to charity
22 Drive over 150 mph
23 Drive on 5 major race tracks
24 Get a hole in one in golf
25 Fly faster than the speed of sound
26 Throw a huge party and invite all of my friends
27 Save a life
28 Sell a piece of my art work
29 Travel the world for 1 year straight
30 Get a tattoo
31 White water rafting
32 Complete a Triathalon
33 Complete a Marathon
34 Build my own house
35 Write a book
36 Patent something
37 Live abroad at least 3 months
38 Invent something
39 - not for young eyes.
40 - not for young eyes.
41 Reach 100 years old
42 Party at the Playboy mansion
43 Skinny dip in the ocean
44 Learn to bartend
45 Learn to Scuba Dive
46 Get 10 licenses or certifications
47 Learn photography
48 Get a black belt in a martial art.
49 Learn to ball room dance
50 Learn to fly
51 Learn to paint
52 Learn to race cars
53 Learn to play the piano or Guitar
54 Buy an expensive watch (>$5000)
55 Buy a car from the factory
56 Buy a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche
57 Own a race car
58 Own an airplace
59 Own an RV
60 Own a super car
61 Own a motorcycle.
62 Own a convertible
63 Buy a house
64 Buy an investment property
65 Buy an apartment building (100 units +)
66 Visit every state in the USA
67 Visit all 7continents
68 Visit 50 different countries
69 Backpack through Europe
70 Party in Las Vegas for New Years
71 Party in Rio during Carnival
72 Party in New Orleans for Mardi Gras
73 Times Square for new years
74 Scuba Dive off of the Great Barrier Reef.
75 Visit the great pyramids in Egypt
76 Visit Stonehenge
77 Visit Paris- Eiffle tower
78 Visit the Great Wall of China
79 Visit NYC- Twin towers, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building
80 Running of the Bulls in Pomplona
81 Drive up the PCH in a convertible
82 Visit Niagra Falls
83 Oktoberfest in Munich
84 Go on a safari
85 Be considered an expert at something
86 Be financially stable: earn $20,000 passively a month
87 Be wealthy ($10 million + in assets)
88 Become a Millionaire (1 million in assets)
89 Have 1 million in cash (Liquid)
90 Start a scholarship fund
91 Own my own successful business
92 Be a manager/ director
93 Start my own company
94 Own a restaurant or ice cream shoppe
95 Have a building named after me
96 TBD
97 TBD
98 TBD
99 TBD
100 TBD

If I am able to accomplish all of these things, my eulogy will sure be entertaining! As of right now, I have completed only 25 things of my list. I am 34 years old, so if I am going to get the other 75 things done, I really gotta start getting on it!

Can anyone out there help me knock some off of my list? :)
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Ouch... [Nov. 19th, 2006|03:45 pm]
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Well, training for my 1/2 marathon has been pretty much non-existant for the last 10 days. I have been so busy with work that I havent made time for it. Bad thing, since its in a few weeks. I am in Taiwan right now visiting my dad for his 60th birthday. I tried training at the gym one day here. I was only able to run 9 miles before my body said "ok, thats it", and proceeded to shoot pain throughout my legs.

I decided that rather train again the next day, I walked around and found this reflexology/ massage place. Now if you have never had asian reflexology, then you HAVE to get it. Basically, its a foot massage. Not the soft gental soothing type you get in a swedish massage, but a hard, extremely painful, torturous type of feeling that makes grown men scream out like 8 year old girls. It hurts so badly that I litterally come out of it sweating. I got that and then a hour massage.

This guy comes out dressed in a white kung fu outfit and asks me if I am ready. What was it like? Basically, for an hour I got beat up while I lied there, I was put in various wrestling holds to strech me out, and also pounded on by quick, calculated blows to my spine and legs. At one point he got behind me and litterally had me in some sort of wrestling/cirque du soliel move where he was lying on his back, with his feet under my back, while I hung in mid air like a limp noodle. I was waiting for applause from an audience when he put me down.

Thing is, after a beating like that, I was feeling pretty good. I wish there were more asian type massage places like this where I live. Massage therapist really understand the way the body works and really heal you. Granted, I still love the massage I get in the US, but it just doesnt compare.
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Looks whos coming to dinner! [Nov. 7th, 2006|07:26 pm]
[mood |lovedloved]

I know for so many people, seeing stuff like this is boring. Heck, I always thought it was dumb when I saw it too, but I guess when you see it, and its YOURS, then things are different.

Yesterday, Tracy and I went in to get her ultrasound done. She is going into her 5th month of pregnancy. Hard to tell considering last weekend or so she was in a tiny mini dress for her costume. Anyhow, the lab tech showed us the baby on the screen and we got to watch it move around and stuff in Tracys tummy. Its pretty amazing that its almost 13cm (6 inches) already. According to some website, its supposed to be 5.5 inches, so she is a good size. It was cute, we saw the baby roll around from side to side. We looked for any indication of a penis, but none were to be found.. Hence, as I predicted, we are having a GIRL.

This is an image of her head. I dotted in a few areas so I could better get a shape.

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My dog makes me laugh. [Nov. 5th, 2006|05:45 am]
My friend sent me this "inspirational" poster. I put a shot of my dog in it instead.

They say pets start to look more and more like their owners, or vice versa. This photo cracks me up. When I think about my family, Tracy, Lorenzo and Bellie. I really think we are a weird bunch. Funny thing is, I really get a kick out of it. We are seriously quirky, but one thing I love, is that we are always laughing :)
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