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What I Have Learned In Life by Unknown


What I Have Learned In Life

I've learned-.
that you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved..
The rest is up to them..

I've learned-
that no matter how much I care,
some people just don't care back.

I've learned-
that it takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned-
that it's not what you have in your life
but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned-
that you can get by on charm for about fifteen
minutes. After that, you'd better know something.

I've learned-
that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best
others can do.

I've learned-
that you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I've learned-
that it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.

I've learned-
that you should always leave loved ones
with loving words. It may be the last time
you see them.

I've learned-
that you can keep going long after you can't.

I've learned-
that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

I've learned-
that either you control your attitude
or it controls you.

I've learned-
that regardless of how hot and steamy
a relationship is at first, the passion fades
and there had better be something else
to take its place.

I've learned-
that heroes are the people
who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.

I've learned-
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned-
that my best friend and I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned-
that sometimes the people you expect
to kick you when you're down
will be the ones to help you get back up.

I've learned-
that sometimes when I'm angry
I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me
the right to be cruel.

I've learned-
that true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I've learned-
that just because someone doesn't love
you the way you want them to doesn't
mean they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned-
that maturity has more to do with
what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them
and less to do with how many
birthdays you've celebrated.

I've learned-
that you should never tell a child
their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.
Few things are more humiliating, and what
a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

I've learned-
that your family won't always be there for you.
It may seem funny, but people you aren't
related to can take care of you and love you
and teach you to trust people again. Families
aren't biological.

I've learned-
that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned-
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by
others. Sometimes you are to learn to forgive

I've learned-
that no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned-
that our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.

I've learned-
that just because two people argue,
it doesn't mean they don't love each other
And just because they don't argue,
it doesn't mean they do.

I've learned-
that we don't have to change friends
if we understand that friends change.

I've learned-
that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a
secret. It could change your life forever.

I've learned-
that two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.

I've learned-
that no matter how you try to protect your
children, they will eventually get hurt and you
will hurt in the process.

I've learned-
that your life can be changed in a matter of
hours by people who don't even know you.

I've learned-
that even when you think you have no more
to give, when a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.

I've learned-
that credentials on the wall
do not make you a decent human being.

I've learned-
that the people you care about most in life
are taken from you too soon.

I've learned-
that it's hard to determine where to draw
the line between being nice and not hurting
people's feelings and standing up
for what you believe.

Sympathy For the Adolescence


You have to feel bad for elementary students.  I mean we spent our whole lives trying to remember the names of nine planets only to find out that Pluto was never a planet.  Now we have 40 planets.  Will elementary students really retain the names of all 40 planets?  Hard to say.  Heck I can't even recall all 44 U.S. Presidents off the top of my head.  Sorry kids but your chapter on the solar system just became its own book.  Like I said from the start, I feel bad.

An Update Worth Mentioning in 30 Seconds.


What is going through my head ATM:

  1. Holy cow we have 32 new planets all thanks to a technology called HARPS. Maybe all those UFO sightings do exist after all.
  2. This past week a boy who was believed to be in a hot air balloon put millions at a higher risk of anxiety after authorities revealed that the balloon was EMPTY. Later the family found the child hiding in the attic. Now there is a video game based on the count of events that never really happened.
  3. Congress is fighting to end the likes of the BCS. If you think about it, it clearly makes no sense to keep it. The BCS is financially limiting, vastly outdated, and incredibly illogical to the rise of College Football. Sure Obama is taking heat for concerning about the subject but I think he is preventing aneurysms from people trying to make sense of the BCS ranking system.
  4. I wonder if Derrick Rose is going to play in the Season Opener vs the Spurs because I bought tickets!! My website CHIKOREAN.COM is giving away two free tickets!!
  5. Onstar's '09 model now has the ability to turn engines off. Apparently a high speed chase ended safely after a GM car was stolen and tracked through GPS. Cool.
  6. I'm creating a new website, which remains to be a secret until it is finished. If you love basketball, you are going to love it!
  7. I find it hilarious that most company firms are beginning to Skype interview candidates for Round 1 of interviews. This saves companies thousands of dollars by not having to pay for the expenses of a candidate that the company is not interested in.
  8. It's amazing and uplifting that a woman's tooth brought her blind vision back to normal. Absolutely inspirational. Google it sometime.

Isn't this the truth?


In tribute to Michael Jordan's HOF Induction.


Gotta love Chicago.

Hilarious video I wanted to share


Facebook, Twitter Revolutionizing How Parents Stalk Their College-Aged Kids

Sucks for eMom's son..

MY TOP 3 Michael Jordan Commercials


Here it is.  My top favorite MJ commercials.  Starting with...




#4 Just incase you liked all three.



I've gone to more weddings in the past two months than I have my whole life.  Better learn keep this handy for future reference.

Attention all Bulls and Blackhawks fans!!!



This year the United Center has brought something new to the 2009-2010 NBA season.  

"Madhouse on Madison" is the latest news of the renovated 300 Level seats which now includes 144 LCD screens from LG, new food, new beverages, and many more reasons you should attend a Bulls game this year!  Read more here.

Still though I think I would much rather have courtside seats.  I can't begin to explain my love for the game and the Bulls.  So many great years were spent in front of the television set watching Jordan just rip up players on the court.  Just watching Jordan and the Bulls play taught me how to win in my own current life situations.  And I'm not exactly sure how you can repay someone for teaching something like that but I will find a way someday.  



Although Tiger is my boy, I have to give it up to my man 양용은 (otherwise known as Yong-Eun Yang or Y.E. Yang)  Congratulations to him.  He really made some spectacular shots on the back nine at Hazeltine which in turn led to his three stroke win over Tiger Woods to lock his first PGA Championship.  (Tiger was 14-0 when leading up to the final round).  Some golf experts may call the South Korean golfer a fluke but trust me when I say that South Koreans KNOW their golf.  The golf buzz in Korea is equivalent to the basketball buzz going on in China.  Golf in Korea is the yoga to India.  Okay well that might be a bit of a stretch seeing as how Yoga originated from India nearly 26,000 years ago but you get the point.  Winning the PGA Championship has secured Y.E. Yang 5 guaranteed years on tour.  Not bad for a farmer's son who picked up golf at 19.  Not a bad way to enter your forties either.  I guess I still have hope.

8 Best Foods for Fitness


Here is a condensed health article that might be useful for anyone. 

"Fitness foods that help burn fat, build muscle and boost your cardiovascular health. (MSN) 

It's true: Spinach is muscle fuel. But not

 because it instantly turns you lean and sexy. Researchers from Rutger

s University found that a compound in the leafy green increases protein

 synthesis by 120 percent, helping your muscle tissue to repair itse

lf faster after you work out. The problem, howev

er, is that you’d have t

o eat Popeye-sized quantities to experiences dramatic results (we’

re talking almost 2 pounds of the iron-packed veggie

s a day). The good news is that spinach isn’t the only food that can help you to look and feel better than ever—even when you're not exercising.

The right fitness foods help burn fat, build muscle, and even boost your cardiovascular health. Ready to eat your way to better results? These 8 great foods and drinks are guaranteed to make any type of exercise you do more effective—long after you’
ve broken a sweat.


Pineapple and papaya

Good for: Muscle recovery

Both of these tropical fruits are loaded with
bromelain and papain, enzymes that not only help break down proteins for digestion but also have anti-inflammatory properties to speed up your post-workout recovery.


Good for: Cardiovascular fitness

Australian researchers found that cyclists who took fish oil for 8 weeks had lower heart rates and consumed less oxygen during intense bicycling than a control group did. The fatty acids in fish oil need to become incorporated into muscle and heart cells to have an effect, and that takes weeks of consumption—so either take fish oil pills each day, or try to eat fish rich in fatty acids multiple times a week to see similar results.

PB&J or pasta with meat sauce
Good for: Muscle building and repair

The perfect post-weight training repast has about 400 calories, with 20 to 30 grams of protein (to build new muscle) and 50 to 65 grams of carbohydrates (to repair old muscle). Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or a small bowl of pasta with meat sauce fits that formula.

Pork tenderloin

Good for: Waist-trimming

Lean meats are a great low-calorie source of protein, and scientists at
McMaster University in Hamilton (Shoutout to Cecilia), Ontario, found that eating more protein may reduce the fat around your midsection. People who ate 20 more grams of protein every day than the group average had 6 percent lower waist-to-hip ratios.


Good for: Pain relief

University of Georgia scientists revealed that taking a caffeine supplement (equal to two cups of coffee) after exercise reduces muscle soreness more than pain relievers can. Caffeine blocks a chemical that activates pain receptors.

Cold water

Good for: Endurance

Drinking cold water before and during exercise can help improve your endurance. In a British study, cyclists who drank about 30 ounces of a chilled drink in the half hour before riding in a hot, humid environment—and smaller amounts as they rode—were able to bike 23 percent longer than riders who downed lukewarm liquids. Drinking cold water may be the most direct way to reduce core body temperature, so it takes you longer to heat up and slow down.

8 ounces of chocolate milk

Good for: Hydration

The best sports drink may come from a cow. British researchers found that milk does a better job than water or sports drinks at
rehydrating the body after exercise. Why? To begin with, milk has more electrolytes and potassium. The addition of chocolate gives milk the perfect balance of carbs, protein, and fat for speedy muscle recovery.

Green tea

Good for: Muscle recovery

Brazilian scientists found that participants who consumed three cups of green tea every day for a week had fewer markers of the cell damage caused by resistance to exercise. So drinking a few cups every day may help your muscles recover faster after an intense workout."


Ironic Birthday Sex


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Bill, you are the man!

After attending the Chicago Vigil for Laura Ling and Euna Lee a couple months back, I was glued to CNN to see what would happen to these two Asian-American Journalists.  Things didn't look good when they both received 12 years of hard labor by North Korea.  

Learn about the story:

Thanks to Bill Clinton, the Ling and Lee family can finally rest at ease.  



Hello all,

I compiled a site with videos that will tremendously boost your Korean! So feel free to indulge your mind and sharpen your skills!


KO Chicago Men's Volleyball


Photos Courtesy of Tim Koo Photography 

Playing with Food :)


Hey look.  Windows finally found a way to be useful for something.  Apples are still better for you though.  

That's just ridiculous.  So ridiculous that I want to try them...

A sushi rendition of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers.  Ken Kawasumi takes credit here for making such an ambitious dish such as this.  

Gotta love those caterpillar rolls.  MMMM.


Pika Pika!


Hello Kitty Rice Maki

Okay this guy looks like he is having too much fun.  Probably one of the more slightly disturbing curries you'll ever see.



Believe it or not...  these are all desserts...  An assortment of nigiri & gunkan styled cakes.  It looks so real!

Time to go eat some sushi!  Peace!


My first music video...


thuMp! Music Video Shoot


Video Premiere coming soon.



Hello Chicago!

Not sure if this looks like Clint Oh or Gene Choie. I'm going to say a little of both.

Slightly disturbing and eerie all in one take.

Not sure I understand this one so I posted it in hopes of finding the answer.

Cool T-Rex. I dig it.

I saw this bicycle locked up outside a building in Chicago. Could you imagine a cop not being able to arrest a suspect because he used his cuffs to lockup his bike? "What the..? Where are my... Damnit.. Shoulda bought that bike lock when it was on sale... " Here's to hoping that the Chicago Police carries around two sets of cuffs.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion @ Millenium Park. Wish I could have gone inside. Next time.


I should have signed up for this...