So how did 2016 go for me? Well it went pretty good.
I mean I got a new car, went hiking with friends, traveled a lot, had a family reunion, bought a new command center (computer) and was in another wedding. Overall like I said before it was pretty good.
So what’s in store for 2017? Well here’s a list:
Post more content on Samoan-Ninja.com & Youtube as well as other social media
Tackle more things from my bucket list
Take more pictures and videos using a handheld camera rather than my phone camera
Get my passport
Travel around more
What I want the most out of this list is to travel. Meaning, I want to use my 2 weeks (paid) vacation, and dip into non paid vacation days. I’ll have to tighten up my budgeting, but once I pay off 2 of my most expensive loans, everything will fall into place.
So busy that I haven’t had any time to update this website. Remember when I said I was going to start with the intention of living a healthy work/life balance? Well life problems kept knocking on my door and I had to handle those issues with doing a bunch of overtime at work. Oh well, them’s the breaks, time to bring you up to speed.
At the end of March & the beginning of April took a couple trips to Arizona to see RJ throw shotput and discus. The first trip we were rollin’ deep with hella family members, and the second trip we took my Auntie Nellie. Both were fun quick turnaround trips, but is was all just too short.
April 2nd, I bought my first car. It’s a used 2005 white Dodge Magnum… Then on April 29th my engine blew up and because of that unfortunate event I had to take out another loan (which put me new car territory debt), and work every Saturday in May… I didn’t get my car back till around May 16th, and it’s been running smooth since. On another note, I kind of named my car FN-2187 or Finn and been thinking about getting my license plate that says TikFury, it’s a serious idea too.
Also in the middle of April, I took a trip down to the Bay Area with my parents for my Auntie To’oa 1 year funeral anniversary. Usually when I go to the Bay Area I usually hang out with my cousins house out in Richmond, but this time I figured I better stick close to my parents and start going to the events I came down for. Overall it was a good memorial and seeing all the family I haven’t seen in a while was very welcoming.
Now that financially I’m in a good position, I can take some small breaks here and there. I mean making money is great BUT 50 hour work weeks to me aren’t. It’s a burnout to me but I had to do what I had to do to stay afloat on these bills. It also hella helps that I live with my parents. One day I’ll get my ass up out of here again.
Well, that pretty much wraps up what the hell I’ve been doing lately and for future plans I’m trying to take a vacation out of this country sometime this year, maybe even cross an item off my bucket list. Only time can tell.
Last weekend, and the weekend before that I went hiking up to Mary Jane Falls trail with some co-workers.
The first time going it could’ve ended disastrous.
It starts off with my co-worker telling me a bunch of white lies about the difficulty of hiking the trail. The ole “It’s not that BAD of a hike”, and the constant hearing of “The hardest part is already over with” after each strenuous part. I mean, I get it, you’re trying to motivate me BUT I’d rather hear the truth (no matter how good or bad it is). I made a commitment to climb it and better believe that I’ll finish it.
The second part on how it could’ve ended badly was the fact that we got lost and hella went off the trail. There is a sign that we were supposed to run into and tell us to go right but it was missing and we went straight, and the trail difficulty turned hard as fuck. There was even a part where I was stepping on the edge, and if I had fallen, it was going to be a 50+ foot drop down a steep ass slope. It wouldn’t have ended very well for me.
After reaching the top of the trail, I didn’t even get a chance to explore any of the caves in the surrounding area as well as enjoy the waterfall cause I was just too damn tired. We stayed up there for a little bit and then an awkward situation happened. At first there was 2 couples up there, and me and my co-worker didn’t think anything of it. Then all of a sudden like 3 more couples climbed up, and that’s when I said “What is this couples day or something?”. That’s when it struck us, it was freakin’ Valentines weekend, and there was all these couples making their way to the top. Well, after noticing that me and the co-worker just left.
On the way back down, my legs started to cramp up AND my ankle started to get tight. It was getting dark fast, and the wind started to pick up. We finally made it back down, and being all tired and hungry we decided to eat at Pop’s Philly Steaks. The Philly cheese steak was okay, I think I’ll give it another try, just felt like everything tasted “meh”.
The weekend after that we hit up Mary Jane Falls again but it wasn’t as bad as the first time. We actually found where the trail split and stayed on the path. Also another co-worker came with us and everything was a bit easier cause I knew what to expect. After the hike we ended up at a brewery at Red Rock casino and finished the outing watching Deadpool (which I didn’t like but I’ll explain that in another post).
Overall it wasn’t too bad. The part I didn’t like the most was being lied to about the hike (those damn white lies). Second part I didn’t like was wasting my money on Deadpool. Anyways, my adventure is going to be put on pause for a little bit because I’m having ankle problems. I didn’t do anything this weekend because the trail they were going hike up was much more difficult than Mary Jane Falls trail and it would suck to get stuck because my ankle decided to give out. Anyways tomorrow on Monday I have a follow up to finally see whats up with my ankle. I’ll let yall know what’s up. Later.
On Saturday one of my co-workers picked me up and we headed to Mt. Charleston to hike up Mary Jane Falls (attempted).
The adventure kicked off to a very slow start. We were supposed to be on the road by 11am, but my co-worker kept falling asleep. It wasn’t until 1pm he showed up at my house.
On our way to Mt. Charleston another small delay happened, we got hungry. So we decided to stop and get something from Burger King. While sitting down eating, some guys came in and tried selling their cologne to everyone. It was funny and sad at the same time. After we finished our meal and getting back to the car one of the cologne “salesman” tried again to get us to buy their product with the pitch “It’ll make the girls panties drop”. I politely said no and we were back on the road.
I knew there was going to be snow there. What I didn’t know was that the weather was going to be a bit harsh. It’s a good thing I didn’t take The Green Goblin cause the windshield wipers in that thing don’t work and we would’ve had to Ace Ventura it up the mountain.
About 30 minutes left to get to our destination on Mt. Charleston two things happened. One, the car wasn’t powerful enough to climb up the mountain. Two, my co-worker wasn’t watching the gas level and we were between half and quarter tank left. Realizing we probably weren’t going to make it to Mary Jane Falls we pulled over to the nearest lot (which was The Resort), and decided to hike whatever trail in that area. The beginning of the first trail wasn’t too bad, but while trying to get to the second trail it became too steep with snow and me and my co-worker kept sliding down the damn thing. It wasn’t worth trying to “climb” it and decided to try and find another trail and walk around that.
After walking on another trail we found we hiked on it for a little bit then decided to turn around cause we didn’t know how far it went and where it ended. Also it was started to hail/snow pretty hard and didn’t want to be those guys on the news cause we got stranded out in the cold.
While going back into Las Vegas we decided to eat at a Vietnamese restaurant called Basil N Lime. The food was good albeit pricey. Overall it turned out of be a rather busy but interesting day. Since we didn’t get to hike where we wanted to go, we decided we’ll do it when there’s no snow, probably right before summer hits. Anyways, that was my Saturday. This is the Samoan-Ninja signing off.
Ugh. I really need to stop procrastinating on making blog posts. Lots of stuff has happened since my last update, and now I wish I posted each time those events were happening while it was all fresh in my head. Oh well, the only pictures and videos I have are of my San Francisco trip, that’s good enough I guess. Anyways, here’s what happened to me so far.
In August, I was in Jerry’s wedding. Everything went perfect… Well, everything except for ONE thing. I’m being really “biased” on this because it had to do with me. You see I was given the task of the “Best Man Speech” without being the Best Man. About 2 weeks before the wedding I would jot down different ideas and whatnot. Fast forward to the actual wedding, I had a bunch of scribbled up notes, and in the heat of the moment I said “Fuck it” and winged the whole thing. If you asked me how it went, the replay in my head has me standing for 10 minutes saying “Uhhhh”. I’m probably hella judging it really harshly, I bet it’s really not ALL that bad… You know what? Scratch that, my speech hella sucked. If you’re ever in that position please prepare WAY ahead of time. Well at least I can say the speech I gave qualified as an item on my Bucket List. I’ll go ahead and cross off “Address a speech to at least a hundred people”. It didn’t have to be a good speech, just A speech haha. (There is a video of my speech, and NO, I’m not going to post it.)
In late October my employment status changed from Temp to being hired on full-time. One thing that I really love about the place is the co-workers. I’m surrounded by a bunch of like-minded nerds and it really makes working enjoyable.
In November, I went to the Bay Area. I was supposed to attend a surprise Birthday party for an elderly Aunt but there was a change of plans, and I didn’t get to go but something else did happen. I got to hit up one of my favorite buffets called Hot Pot City, then walked around the 49ers museum at Levi’s Stadium. Then the next day a bunch of family members came over and we had ourselves an early Thanksgiving. On my last day, got a sandwich from Little Luccas, and then hit up Baker beach then made it back to the my cousin’s house in time to watch the Warriors play/WWE Survivor Series. It was a small yet very awesome trip.
That’s not even all the photos I took. All the pictures from my trip are in the gallery and can be viewed here. Before I go I’d like to say Happy New Year to everyone, and that one of my New Year Resolutions is to travel A LOT. Next post I’ll make a list of places I would like to go, and hell, maybe I’ll even go get my damn passport renewed. Anyways guys, be safe, and don’t treat people like shit. Make this New Year a good one, no matter what. Later.
About 3 weeks ago at work, me and my co-workers got on the topic of drinking raw cow milk. I don’t know how exactly we got on that discussion but it ended with me being invited to a spot by a co-worker where we could consume some raw milk.
A couple of weeks later we were finally able to meet up on an early Sunday morning. We drove to a regular looking house in North Las Vegas. I mean, just from the front you wouldn’t be expecting it to house cows, goats, roosters, and chickens.
I parked my car across the street, and when we opened the wide swinging doors that leads to the backyard, that’s when it felt like I got transported into a 3rd world country. All the paths went from pavement to a soft dirt road. There was even a bull/cow horns stuck atop a wooden post with fresh blood dripping down the side. The air smelled exactly how a farm would smell. I loved every moment of it.
Towards the middle of the backyard there were a lot of shacks. In one of them there was a lady behind a counter, and in front of her were different flavored powders, and a tall bottle of clear hard alcohol. My co-worker gave her $8, and she gave us two cups. I scooped a lot of the chocolate powder, and poured about 3 shots worth in my cup, then it was onto the next shack where the cow was at.
There was already some people in front of us waiting for their cups to be filled and while watching the guy milk the cow I didn’t expect the milk to come out the udder so strong. I was also surprised that there wasn’t very many flies around. As soon as it was my turn, I handed the guy my cup, he filled it up, handed it back, and there I was looking at a nice warm thick creamy cup of chocolate milk infused with some hard alcohol.
The first cup and a half was from a cow, the second cup I got goat milk. I really couldn’t tell you the difference between the two milks because both times I added flavored powders to it but I can tell you both were really thicker than the store bought milk in the jugs. The only thing that kind of threw me off in the very beginning was that the milk was warm, I’ve always had cold milk so drinking it warm was kind of different.
I had 2 1/2 cups total and was hella buzzed before noon. It was hella delicious, and I’d do it again, hopefully some time very soon.
At almost every job that I’ve had I experienced burnout. You see in my mind being a “good” employee was taking on as much work as possible, while rarely taking any breaks and time off. What usually ends up happening is I’ll start missing out on important life events. I’ll be skipping out on celebrating many things with family and friends, while also never getting to say my goodbyes at funerals. Eventually, it’ll hit me hard that I’m being overwhelmed, and sooner or later my anxiety/depression kicks in, and now it takes an enormous amount of energy just to get out of bed.
So lately I decided to change some of my ways. The new me was going to take breaks and time off away from work as much as possible. I now don’t care how much of a “lazy” employee it makes me look like, my health and well-being is more important than anything. So with all that being said about 3 months ago I randomly started planning on a trip. I didn’t know what I was going to do, and just so happened to look up SF Giants games. At first I wanted to see if I could catch a game with them playing against the LA Dodgers or the SD Padres but those were all mid-week games. Then I found out on the weekend of July 17th-19th they would play against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
I planned out my trip as leaving early morning, arrive at Phoenix around Noon-ish, go exploring around the city, go check into the hotel, and be at the ballpark probably an hour before the game starts at 5:10pm.
Everything about the plan was pretty solid, and the only thing left for me to do was follow through with it. On the night before the trip I decided to go to bed early and get some extra sleep. What really ended up happening was I was more excited about the trip, and couldn’t sleep. I forgot what time I slept, but when I woke up, it was past 11am, and by the time I got ready and was out the door it was already Noon.
So after the late start, I was finally on the road. The drive there wasn’t too bad, and the only other delay I had was about an hour outside of Phoenix. It was about a 6 car accident caused by extremely bad weather (the accidents was so bad that they had a chopper land on the highway) . The detour probably tacked on about 45 minutes to my trip.
When I finally got to my hotel and was checked in, it was 4:45pm. I just quickly dropped everything off in my room, and left for Chase Field. I didn’t know where there stadium was exactly at, and when I saw it was located Downtown Phoenix, my mood went from “I’ll be a little late” to “I’m going to be hella late”.
Since it was Downtown, I couldn’t find any free parking at all. The only lots available to park costs $20, I didn’t have any cash on hand, and there was no convenience store around. I had to drive like 5 miles outside of town, finally came across an ATM at a 7-11, and drove all the way back to spend $20 bucks just to park, not even having made my way into the stadium yet.
I parked, and walked. It wasn’t too far, but the humidity was high. Making my way up to the stadium I kind of got nervous pulling out my ticket cause it was printed on paper instead of an actual ticket stub. I got in line, the lady scanned it, and I successfully got in.
The time was now around to 6pm. Running late, I didn’t have any time to walk around Chase Field, I immediately tried to find my seat. While I was on my way towards my section, it was a Star Wars night and I kept bumping into a bunch of Stormtroopers, Darth Vaders, and other various characters. I found it hella funny that I saw an advertisement for that themed night on one of the TVs I was passing by and the SF Giants were pictured as the Dark Side.
It was in the 4th inning when I finally reached my seat (between 1st base & away team bullpen) and there was a lady sitting in it. She was with her family, and when I asked her to please move, I saw she was kind of disappointed that I showed up because she now had to “squeeze” in with me. It was all fine because when she moved over, and I sat down, there was still plenty of space between us. I eventually started up small talk with them and found out they live in Arizona but are from Daly City, and Sacramento. We started talking more about the SF Giants seasons, and The Bay Area. Overall they’re pretty cool people.
While I was sitting and watching the game. Looking around I noticed Chase Field is kind of amazing. Really more of the retractable roof it has and how the A/C can blast pretty high and instantly get rid of the humidity. The SF Giants dominated that game, and by the 7th Inning Stretch, I decided to get up and do a small walk around. I went to the snack bar, ordered a small $1.50 hotdog (really worth it), and the $6.50 hotdog (hella NOT worth it) with a small soda on the side. I stood off in an area on the side and was just people/Star Wars character watching, it was nice.
After the game, I went back to the hotel. I was HELLA tired from driving, and being at the ballgame. I fell right asleep, but in the middle of the night I woke up with my ride side hurting pretty bad, it was to the point of where it was causing me to have a shortness of breath. I eventually fell back asleep but still woke up with the same problem. I didn’t have medical insurance at the time so I toughed it out, ate breakfast at some hole-in-the-wall diner, and drove home.
I found out it was a pinched nerve causing that problem. You know how I know? I woke up Monday morning, had a good sneeze (which I thought was going to be painful), but felt the nerve shift into where it was supposed to be and I could all of sudden breathe with no problems. It was disgustingly satisfying.
After that Phoenix trip, I felt like I needed to do more things. So, I’m going to start doing more random adventures. If it seems fun, and is a unique experience, I’ll probably do it.