Daily NhanSense – Day 4


Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 4’s Topic: Footwear.

I am a no-thrills kind of guy when it comes down to it. It’s not that I dislike fancy things, but simple stuff usually more than suffices for my personal tastes, especially when it comes to clothing.

On a regular day, I am the kind of person who wears generic sneakers with white socks, but I definitely prefer to sport sandals when the weather permits it.

Below are my favorite pair of sandals that I have had for about four/five years now.


My mother bought me these around the time I graduated from college. They literally came from her trip to Vietnam, so there is a bit of cultural value to them. I think they fit my feet nicely even after all these years, and I like the appeal of them. Continue reading

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Daily NhanSense – Day 3


Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 3’s Topic: Fortunes.

Whenever I get Chinese/Asian food that happens to come with a fortune cookie for dessert, I always like saving the fortunes and stashing them later in this “bowl” I have near my computer desk.


As you can see, I have accumulated quite the mini-collection of random fortunes next to my kitty bank (yes, there is in fact random change inside it.)

I’m totally a dessert guy to boot, so eating the fortune cookie is fun. It’s like, “Oh hey, I just had some really Americanized Asian food with a few pounds of sugar added to the dish, so what’s the harm of a little extra sweetness from this commercialized cookie?”

The typical routine entails cracking open the cookie, reading the fortune, while munching on the cookie as I store the fortune away in my wallet to be dropped off in the “bowl” later. 

Rinse and repeat. After like 20 random meals at places like Panda Express or the gazillion Chinese restaurants that serve the same sweet and sour chicken recipe, you end up with as many random fortunes as I have that I can reread whenever to my heart’s content.

Some fortunes are the standard self-esteem boosters that could pertain to anyone.


“Your confidence will lead you to success.”
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Daily NhanSense – Day 1


Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 1’s Topic: Blogging.

Hey there, everyone.

So I have decided to change the blogging structure of this site from here on out, and hopefully I can stick with it consistently. Let’s just say I have grown weary and annoyed at myself for not being able to blog in great deal as much as I would like.

I don’t really have anyone else to blame but myself for this. There just happen to be days where I do in fact want to blog with a lot more oomph in my posts, but it’s tricky finding enough motivation at times.

It kills me a little on the inside whenever I do those “throwaway” posts with very little substance. However, the daily motivational picture/message of some sort will still be part of this site as well. I just think it’s nice seeing some kind of day-to-day, uplifting quote, so I will keep posting them.

But why the change in blogging? Basically, the end goal is to improve myself to the point where this site can be something really substantial and special.

I started this blog a few years ago as an outlet to vent my frustrations and to keep my writing techniques sharp, but a lot has happened since then. Continue reading

Card Me: Ethereal Armor


Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.

Behold one of the strongest commons in Magic: The Gathering.

Ethereal Armor just rocks on so many levels. It honestly should not have been a common. When used in an appropriate deck (cough* Hexproof), Ethereal Armor pays for itself and then some.

Card Name: Ethereal Armor
Mana Cost: White
Converted Mana Cost: 1
Types: Enchantment — Aura
Card Text: Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control and has first strike.
Flavor Text: Metal is scarce, smiths are pricey, and plate mail is heavy.
Expansion: Return to Ravnica (Common) Return to Ravnica
Rarity: Common
Card Number: 9
Artist: Daarken

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The 54th Deadline: Opponents


The 54th Deadline: Life is a series of chances to achieve something by a given point. You might very well miss out on opportunities if you are not careful. However, I firmly believe that God gives us plenty of means to find our way, even if we mess up here and there. After all, life demands deadlines. Try and try again until your goals and dreams are realized. Strive to finish on a successful note with whatever you set out to do. Always.
Opponents in life are necessary. The best things in the world stem from competition. To the victor go the spoils, after all.

An opponent here. An opponent there. 

Is it wrong for me to think of anyone who gets in my way as an opponent? Am I justified in thinking of them as a literal obstacle to where I want to be?

Deep down, I just see this as how the world works. It’s a constant series of winners and losers, and to get ahead you need to make sure you’re the one who bests your given opponent.
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Abide by the Vibe: Structure


Abide by the Vibe: Your everyday “vibe” is created on your own terms. Every action and thought will affect this “vibe” constantly. Will you choose to be fueled by a happy “vibe” or will you destroy yourself with a negative one?
“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”

For the past summer, the concept of “structured success” has grown apparent in my day-to-day life. Every little thing adds up toward the big picture, which is something that eluded me during some of my darker days full of self-destructing, inner turmoil.

Basically, it all boils down to three aspects: mind, body and soul. Without an appropriate balance between all three, one’s homeostasis goes out of whack.

When one part of the machine is broken, you as the individual need to fix or improve that malfunctioning part. It is the only proper way of seeing everything function correctly again. 

For me, this is how I have been tackling each element for my well-being: Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Tora


Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.

Today’s kanji is 虎, which is pronounced tora (toe-rah.) It is the kanji for tiger, as in the largest cat in the world. 

The stroke order.

Chinese stroke order for 虎 Continue reading