beautiful day

It’s a beautiful day…you know why? The video director has sent us the first edit of the Overcome video!!! Can’t WAIT to check it out!!!

:-)

RIz

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Voting

My god…it’s 6:15am the morning after the elections and they still haven’t made any announcements about winners!!! HURRY UP! Hahahahaha…yesterday, my dad and I both went to vote in the Kowloon West constituency. This is the same place I’ve been going forever because I grew up in TST. Next time, I’ll have to vote in the New Territories East constituency because I’m moving to Po Lam…

It was a good day…busy…but it felt good to fulfill my civic duty. On the way to the polls I ran into an ex-colleague of my wife and me. I asked him if he was going to vote and he said “No man – I don’t know who to vote for”. This guy wasn’t Chinese…I also wonder how much non-Chinese are invested in HK’s future? Of course there are people like me and my dad and MANY OTHER South Asians in the TST area who do care and can ALWAYS be counted to vote. But I wonder how many other nationalities or walks of life care about these elections? Politics in Hong Kong are a mainly Chinese-language affair…it’s hard to be involved when you can’t understand what is being said. I know that one party that doesn’t use any English on their posters or banners is People Power – which I think really sucks. But they are the most extreme in pushing the views of democracy and they’re the most vocal in standing up against the government and communism.

Anyway…yesterday was a great day. Hopefully you voted…if you didn’t, it’s hard to understand how you can “love” Hong Kong and not stand up and be involved. Your taxes go to pay for these elections and the salaries of all of these members of the government – why would you not want to be involved and take advantage?

Anyway…I’m out…

Peace,
Riz

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120,000 People on the street fighting!

I am glad that I was involved with the siege and takeover of the Government Headquarters in Hong Kong. It’s a valuable lesson I learn in my life. It reminds me that when people unite, we can have more power to fight back. For people who don’t know about this. Our Hong Kong government is pushing the national education to primary and secondary school this year. The contents is very questionable because they want the kids to love their country – China however you don’t love your country by reading one side story, but by observing and living in it. People in Hong Kong worry that kids will be brainwashed in early age so a group of high school students, parents, teachers joined force to form a group to fight against the Government’s one sided decision. As a result, on Friday night there were over 120,000 people on the street protesting! So check out this amazing photo taken by a photographer!

Peace,
Joe


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this is all…

This is all I care about…my wife can’t believe that I don’t talk about hardcore, king ly chee or skateboarding anymore…thank god that there truly IS something that keep me prioritized. I mean come on, this band King Ly Chee is NOT going anywhere. Every couple years we have obnoxious setbacks and then we have to regroup and yet still keep pushing on. But realistically, nothing big is happening to us now or ever. All those bands that said they would help us with tours in Europe or the States, never materialized nor did we think they would actually remember us when they went back. We’re a bit older and not as naiive (anymore at least hahaha)…

So – I focus on the things that bring me true joy and love…my little girl…hopefully when she’s old enough to think about the passions and loves that she may have, that she has to endure less of what I had to with what I love. I do still want her to endure things because I think all that shit that I went through has most definitely made me a stronger person built with a much thicker skin – but I do want her to be able to at least feel the joy of accomplishing something huge. And if it’s some sort of art, I do hope people appreciate her art – whatever it is.

Anyway…I’m at work – should be focusing on the day ahead.

Peace,
Riz


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love teaching but…

Yo…

I love teaching with all my  heart…it’s amazing to be around so many little kids and make them feel like a million dollars because children LOVE LOVE LOVE positive feedback – even if the feedback is focusing on something that they need to work on, if you’re a good educator, you’re able to choose the words you speak carefully. Your words are powerful enough to make a child feel that they can do anything in the world, or make them feel that they can’t do anything. So our words need to be chosen carefully…very carefully…

What’s hard? The end of the day…teaching is a job where you give EVERY ounce of yourself. Not just physically – but emotionally and mentally…you are working with little children, it is important to make them feel loved – to do that, when you’re working with them, you give them that love with the way you talk to them, your body language, the jokes, the way you read stories, the way you listen to what they have to say…and we do this for almost 8 hours STRAIGHT everyday. After those 8 hours, we have a few hours of preparing for the following day or dreaded meetings with adults.

I hate working with adults…the only adults I don’t mind working with – are the parents of these children because they’re the other important piece of the pie and team that supports that child.

I’m saying this because? I’m tired already and it’s only the 15th day of school…but it’s been a GREAT start to the year.

I’m out…

Peace,
Riz

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