I have been struggling with my beautiful moped—hahah JK, it is a beater moped and that is why I call it the HULK, mean and green but runs very clean…uh hm that is until lately. I was having to kick start it every time I wanted to go somewhere! It took a lot of effort and time, sometimes even another person to assist! Not very pleasant and it was progressively getting worse. I went to work 2 weeks ago and I was running by the last minute and felt very thankful my moped even got me to work that day; however, I knew it wasn’t going to start again after that cruise to work. The homeless guy who I make nice to by saying aloha and giving a smile to heard how bad my moped was when I showed up for work that day. We both knew it sounded bad and wouldn’t run again. He volunteered to help me get it running again! Now this is where most people would politely say “No, thank you”. I am a little different than most. Although this man is homeless he has quite a set up outside of the fine dining restaurant I work at. He is kind and has shown no harm over the course of several months. I noticed he had a bicycles with a motor and he explained to me he built that himself, which was obvious with the Coors Light can holding together some parts- very unique and homemade most definitely. That night I left my keys with Linkin, that is his name. Most were very skeptical of my decision, I however believe in the good in humanity and had faith that my moped could be restored by this man. Linkin described to me that he was bored with his days and this gave him a project. Maybe I gave this man a purpose to wake up everyday. He was eager to help and found SEVERAL problems with my moped. Linkin was making progress on the daily. He may have a drinking problem and I could tell when he had been drinking rather than working on my moped. I was learning patience. He never asked for a dime. He wanted cheesecake from my work. I laughed and brought him cheesecake a couple times. He took the moped apart from top to bottom just playing away with it and getting very greasy. Linkin was putting hard work in my moped and doing it for nothing in return. Many people doubted that I would get my moped back in one piece, especially get it back running again. I carried my faith even through the negative feedback I got from outsiders. Tonight, I drove my moped home- running better than ever! Looking so clean and running so smooth. I now know even more than ever that you cannot judge a book by it’s cover. I am thoroughly impressed as I bet many will feel the same once hearing this story. I am forever grateful and I will continue to trust. Several people comment on my compassion I share with the world and say negative remarks such as “one day when you get jaded you will stop being so kind and trusting”; oh, if only people really knew my childhood and teenage years they would understand that I was most certainly not dealt the nicest deck of cards and I had several hard ships, but in the end I will always maintain compassion and believe in the good in others. People have good intentions, sometimes they lack believing in themselves. A little encouragement can go a long way. I encouraged Linkin on his journey to fix my moped that I trusted he could do more than a shop could do for me. He very well did, and for what price? SOME CHEESECAKE. I did give him $50 for all the parts but he never asked for any money, I just felt it was right. He will continue to work on my moped while I am working to fix some minor things such as my headlights being weak and my brake light not working (all problems I had before he started working on The HULK). My message to anybody who reads this: never give up on humanity. Always search for the good in others and I promise you it exists. Be positive not just with your own life but believe in those around you.
1. See the pyramids in Egypt
2. Run a half marathon on four main Hawaiian Islands
3. Get all A’s for at least ONE semester
4. Get a PhD in something I truely appreciate learning about
5. Longboard streets in Spain
6. Surf pipeline
7. Start a blog or book and inspire others
8. Learn guitar, play at open Mic night
9. Write and publish my own poetry
10. Snowboard in Europe
11. Surf Indonesia, Japan, Fiji, and all Major Hawaiian Islands
12. Visit Noris Ismelda in El Salvador
13. Help build a new community for those in need
14. Have a 6 pack of abs
15. Run a full marathon
16. Play guitar for a sick child
17. Read to an orphan
18. Backpack Asia and learn their cultures and practice some traditions
19. Explore the Great Wall of China and learn the history
20. Play soccer in Europe
21. Hike Swiss Alps
22. Go on a mission trip
23. Swim with Sharks
24. Scuba dive in Asia, Australia, Belize
25. Snowboard Whistler
……….AND MANY MORE, TBC :-)
Run a half marathon on all the islands that is is possible (Oahu, Maui, Big Island, Kauai) what whhhhhhat! Yeah I can do that!
after all this is all personal reference.
Work: so my knowledge of the menu wasn’t so hot as 53 by the Sea so I took some extra training and picked up where they needed shifts covered- like Expo or weddings or upstairs banquet server. I was not doing so well with money when this happened so I got a couple new jobs. I work at Kaneohe Yacht club now and I coach kids golf(favorite;])…. Now I am back on more night serving shifts at 53 and I have a savings going again and I get money back from my taxes WAWHOOO!
I want to continue to stay focused. It has been hard lately with my best motivators moving off the island. So with new roommates who drink often and party and just go out I have really had to stay true to myself.
School is getting more intense.
Wow, see I am already tired of blogging, maybe I will start video blogging? haha
my goals for 2013 are ASIA
learn guitar and keep up with it- travel the world and learn different styles of playing :-)
get better at the hobbies I already have- surfing, longboard skating, etc!
practice Spanish more and maybe some form of Asian language to prepare me!
make good grades; maybe even take a semester off school and travel ;-)
stay true to being a loyal and honest friend
- and make new friends
don’t forget to be humble and respectful
always tell people what they mean to me
Kayleigh got me stuck on “It’s better to regret what you did than to regret not going after something” - so take some more chances this year!
maybe jump off some more cliffs ;-P
GET IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE…arg this one is gonna be the hardest but it is highly possible. I AM 21 I SHOULD BE FIT!!!!
try new jobs out
GET SCUBA CERTIFIED
start a blog to help others achieve their dreams
do something good for the community
…okay I can add more later this is plenty for now. I must work on becoming a better person every day =)
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
C. S. Lewis (at Tantalus Look Out)
1080 steps to go! Oh let’s do this =] (at Koko Head Trail)
NEW YORK was phenominal. I didnt imagine myself to fancy the city so much. After the hussle and bussle of getting to Tiffany’s apartment in brooklyn (Bedford Street) I was able to grab some brunch with her. We talked so much! I hadn’t seen her in a yeah in a half so it was so cool catching up! She is such a genuine kind hearted person and not only was it nice of her to be a tour guide and let me stay with her in NYC it was enjoyable having the oppertunity for our friendship to grow!
I bought a new pair of shoes ^_^. I seem to buy shoes when on vacation- like in Orlando I bough my purple nikes. Here I bought some black sneakers that resemble vans. I love them :-) they helped my feet stay warm for sure.
After brunch we got ready and took a subway to Rockafeller Center to ice skate around the big huge beautiful Christmas Tree- oh my lanta it was gorgeous and breath taking! I felt so alive and in my dreams. Tiff and I met my friend in Hawaii- Taylor-’s brother, Jake. And he ice skated with us much0 fun!
After ice skating, Jake Tiff and I went to TIMES SQUARE. It got dark early in NYC like 4:30-5ish, which was quite abnormal but I was excited so I could see all theChristmas DECORATIONS!It was heaven for a Christmas lover! So mezmorizing. I caught myself smiling so much!!! We just wandered around and honestly in the middle of times square you could almost forget it was night time because of how lit up it was!!
Jake had to part ways and so Tiff and I split a dinner and I had a beer (my total was $20 including tip) at the Perfect Pint! And then we had to catch the subway home so we could get ready for a fuuun night at the SKREAM show at WEBBERS HALL. We got ready kind of late and didnt leave her place until 11 pm. We went to Veronica’s (who is Stephany’s best friend- so stoked to finally meet and hang out with her, we got along so good!) and then we all set off to the show :D
so we danced our booty’s off at the show yayayy! and got macked on by tons of guys lol lots of foreigners. some wouldnt take no for an answer though therefore there were *creepers* there. we were out till 5 am!!!!!!!
we then we woke u around 10:30 - was worth sleeping some! so we grabbed breakfast in the city and wandered around. we just explored a lot and got our tickets to see elf on broadway :D :D I WAS SO excited about that!!! it was such a wonderful performance. we had to stand since we wanted cheap tickets and it was so last minute. the cast was AMAZING. I have never seen such a good play, I guess thats why its in NYC on broadway lol. as we were leaving there was a crowd waiting outside this one play for Al Pacino. Just actors everywhere I suppose- NYC baby! After Elf we went and met up with Vicky and her boyfriend, and Jake Roa at Hard Rock Cafe! Yay we just talked story and had some drinks. Vicky’s boyfriend has been to Hawaii so we talked about my one love- Hawaii ;-) and then Jake make us laugh and we just had a good time all around. Got a souvenir glass :-)
I WILL NEVER FORGET NYC! Cheers to traveling in 2012 ;-P with good friends bringing good vibes!
It officially feels like the Christmas season after watching ELF..on BROADWAY!!! Yayyy with @tiffanyotto (at Elf The Musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre)
Landed at JFK airport in NYC
First I took the AirTrain to Jamaica station and pursued an AirTrain ticket for $5. Next, I was kindly assisted to get a train ticket ($8.75), and took the Atlantic Train to Brooklyn. The train is quite empty as I type this. Fashion posters hanging all over. Nice people in the city so far- very helpful with a smile back. Yes, smile BACK. People are more open to being kind once an initial smile takes place towards them! So excited for my adventures here in New York! I should be arriving at Tiffany’s apartment within an hour after I landed however it may be a little longer since I am a lost tourist ;-P