The ground is covered with white speckled dust, giving the false appearance of snow. It’s ash and it’s everywhere. I can’t get the smell of smoke off my nostrils. Just a couple miles away from Azusa Pacific University, a wildfire is burning through 1,709 acres of the foothills above Azusa and Glendora, California. The local fire department hasn’t issued a warning about the air quality in the area. Nevertheless, being outside just isn’t the wisest thing to do right now. But that doesn’t stop Paul Joung and me from doing an impromptu photo shoot around Bowles, his apartment complex.
Paul grabs his skateboard, places it on the ground, and then rides it down the sidewalk. Wanting to entertain me, he decides to show me a couple of riding tricks he recently learned. As he skates, swerving from left to right, the wheels of his skateboard hits an uneven protruding portion of the sidewalk and Paul is launched five feet into the air, landing on the lawn. He lies on his stomach, pausing for a moment and looks at me with a “Did I just do that?” face. Then, he rolls around the floor laughing at his misfortune. Yes, I am entertained. But that’s the thing about Paul Joung: amidst the bad, he is able to see the good. It is this quality of finding redemption in events and in people that initially drew me to him the day we first met. I’m glad some things just never change.
In 2009, John Vargas and Adrian Melgar (pictured below, left to right) met at LA Boxing where Adrian trained John. They quickly became good friends. Fast forward a few years and the two fostered their love for music into a trade, DJ’ing at several OC Clubs, including Heat Ultra Lounge, The Yost Theater, and Sutra.
I have gone to clubbing events where E-Woxx DJ’ed and the crowd just loves these beat wizards. They’ve got a certain charm and magic to them, able to captivate audiences with their beats. Not dancing after hearing their sound would be close to impossible. The duo are going to take over the OC clubbing scene. Just you wait! Check out their Facebook page for upcoming DJ’ing events: https://www.facebook.com/ewoxx247.
I HAVE A SWEET TOOTH AND THAT’S A DANGEROUS THING.
Because I’m always on the pursuit of trying delicious desserts, especially when they come from a different culture than mine. Europane is a bakery and cafe located in Pasadena, CA, and as the name suggests, promises to give you a little taste of Europe. I’ve never been to Europe, so I can’t quite verify if the taste is accurate. However, I can tell you, my sweet tooth was satisfied. And by asking other patrons who have traveled to Europe (I’m jealous), Europane did a good job.
AS THE NEPHEW OF SEVERAL PASTORS, THE LAST THING I WANTED TO DO WAS GO TO SEMINARY!
I didn’t want to be some kind of legacy or self-fulfilling prophecy after years of being told that I had the potential of being a pastor. I wanted to carve my own path in life. So after graduating UCLA, I said, “See you later God. I’m doing my own thing.” Three years passed by, and I found myself back at the place I was running away from. A regular ol’ Jonah, as my friends would call me. Yeah, funny how God works.
The Same Song, Just Better
Just a week before 2013 ended, a friend of mine noticed something about me that had become quite apparent. “Gio, you don’t write anymore. I haven’t seen any of your writing in so long. Wasn’t it one of your 2013 resolutions?” Of course, he was correct. I lost my desire to write. Maybe, just maybe, because I was too busy living out my life rather than taking time to sit down and write about it. Somewhere in 2013 I lost the drive.
It was 11:11pm and because Andreina inspired me to have my own #party, I blasted #Lecrae’s “I’m #Turnt.” #116 #fun #lipsynching