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Good Quotes June 24, 2005

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I have tried in my way to be free – retrieved from somewhere.

The following is retrieved from

Transcript of Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford
The first story is about connecting the dots.

Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college, but it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever–because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.

My second story is about love and loss. I was lucky. I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was twenty. We worked hard and in ten years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees. We’d just released our finest creation, the Macintosh, a year earlier, and I’d just turned thirty, and then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew, we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so, things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge, and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our board of directors sided with him, and so at thirty, I was out, and very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating. I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down, that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure and I even thought about running away from the Valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me. I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I’d been rejected but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods in my life. During the next five years I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the world’s first computer-animated feature film, “Toy Story,” and is now the most successful animation studio in the world.

In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT and I returned to Apple and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance, and Lorene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful-tasting medicine but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it, and like any great relationship it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death. When I was 17 I read a quote that went something like “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, because almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Storage Tools June 22, 2005

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To store clothes: space bag (large $6) www.containerstore.com

Garnet Hill $48 for 20 pairs of shoes (zinnia-print canvas holder)

Rock Climbing First Try June 18, 2005

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Rock Climbing First Try for AM! Wow, today it is my first to have indoor rock climbing. PP has done rock climbing for almost three weeks. He really loves it for it ranks as his top three favarite sports.

It is fun!

Good Places to Eat in LA June 7, 2005

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LA Restaurants:

Xin Ba Le 新巴乐
651 W Duarte Rd., Arcadia, CA 91007 Taiwan Xiao Chi

Sanamluang Thai Food Cafe
5176 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027 (323) 660-800

R.J. Patisserie – Good Cake
1635 Azusa Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 (626) 810-6678
298 E. 17th St., Unit B, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949) 631-9999

MaMa’s Kitchen – Good & cheap bowl, good baozi, dumplings
1818 S. New Ave., San Gabriel, CA 91776 (626) 289-8984

Channel Island National Park June 4, 2005

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It is nice to go to Channel Island (official site: http://www.nps.gov/chis/). But it is not a National Park like Yosimeti, where multi-generation family members can enjoy a vacation together. Four out of 5 islands require more than one day staying and you can only camp there. There is no entrance fee. Camping is about $7.35/day. But the main cost is how to get there. In 2004, Island PackerCruises is the park’s conly concessionaire for boat travel departing from Ventura and Channel Islands Harbors to all of the islands (www.islandpackers.com/). Truth Aquatics (http://www.truthaquatics.com) is the park’s concessionaire for boat travel departing from Santa Barbara Harbor to all of the islands.

Camarillo airport, is the park’s concessionaire for air travel to Santa Rosa Island. PP and I saw the airport in the island but at that time we didn’t know it was the only aviation that you can reach the Channel Island National Park.

If you plan for only one day visit, Santa Cruz is your only choice. Check out the boat schedule first and schedule your trip. We chose Santa Rosa for I read that there are rats in Santa Cruz since it is the most popular island and has drinkable water available for campers. For Santa Rosa, we need to bring our own water and food. It is more like an adventure trip to me. But actually Santa Cruz is pretty cool too according to some people on the boat.

The park opens year round and the climate is mild. It says “be prepared for high winds, fog, and sea spray at any time” and when we arrive there, we understand the winds part immediately. Since we hadn’t learn to suba diving yet, the activity we planned was kayaking and hiking. It was about 2 – 3 hours ride on the boat. There are beautiful dolphin packs that accompany the whole trip. It is pretty pleasant trip except that it is very very windy. The boat to Santa Rosa will stop by Santa Cruz first so you need to mark your belongings well. It was about 12pm when we arrived at Santa Rosa and all the travellors seemed to be very kind, for everyone try to help the crew to unload the backpacks and gears and move them in a truck. It takes a while to walk from the harbor to the camp ground site. So it was great that the facility staff helped to drive the truck there with all the gears. Well, they helped to move back from the camp site to the harbor too but we missed the time. Therefore, when we walked all the way back with my backpack (remember at that time, we already consume all the food and water), I was tired to death.

After we set up our camp and ate a little bit, we went out back to the harbor and kayaked. We felt that we went really fast and pp figured out that because the wind is so strong, we better try to go against the wind and see whether we will be strong. Hell no, going against the wind is the worst thing you want to do in Santa Rosa. So we kayaked a while and stopped by a beach. Oh, the sand is so nice and white. It is the nicest one I have seen in Southern California. It is the perfect beach like a small deserted island in the tropical area except for the wind and the cold water.

What is GEYE? June 3, 2005

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What is GEYE?

Actually GEYE was from tt, he named all those girly stuffs I have as “geye.” It is a nice cute name. And when I constanly look at this sort of things, I would like to organize them in a place (well, I admit sometimes I am a bit organizing freak). 😛

Cute Monkey
The three wise monkey by room interior products (sadly, this company’s url no longer works)
See the three cute monkey below:

3wisemonkeys

Hear no evil – Speak no evil – See no evil
Besides they are very soft stuffed animals, they have magnate in their hands, so it is cute to position them in different post.
In the USA, you can buy them at http://www.usillygoose.com/thwimo.html Swingermonkey

or there is a shop in Japan (not sure) even have the larger monkey, which is called swinger monkey. It not only wears a bright yellow sweat t-shirt, but also have magnate in both his/her hands and feet. Therefore, you can position it in more different most – Use your imagination!!http://www.entrex.co.jp/roominterior/room_ca/novelty.html

Cute Robots
http:/www.kidrobot.com
Monkeybrick_1KidrobotPlease be selective with the above website, I don’t like some of their products – too ugly or too violent. However, I do like the creativity or imagination the artist have onDiy_monkey_8_inch_qee those toy robots. Be@rbrick series are one of my favarite (monkey and bear). I especially love the idea that you can buy a white/plain one (the DIY Monkey/Bear *8 inch Qee) and use your own creativity to paint it over.