This year was an interesting one…in fact, it’s one of the oddest years I’ve ever lived, mainly because I was on medical leave for 5 months.  However, the months following were extremely loaded and enjoyable.  Here’s a snapshot of my 2010 in pictures!

February: How it started

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This is the yoga upside-down stance that most likely causes headaches and fatigue to resurface…My brain was damaged and it needed to heal up — At the worst point, I was sleeping 20 hours and waking up for only 4 hours.  I could barely stay awake.  My dreams seemed more real.

March – JulyHyperbaric oxygen treatment

http://www.hungrycactus.com/blog/2010/03/26/why-ive-been-afk

Even though this treatment took 5 months , it helped reduce the post-concussion symptoms.  Each week I would feel slightly stronger and more awake.  Through this time, I learned my life was in God’s hand…and sometimes it may not go my way.  I just can’t imagine how to live  with permanent brain damage…it is very real, and can be really sad.

After treatment: http://www.hungrycactus.com/blog/2010/08/10/im-back

And if there’s one thing I really missed while being sick, it would have to be being active.  There are so many things I want to get back into…badminton, cooking, hiking, rock climbing, biking, photography etc.  Will I be able to do them all this year?  I sure hope so!!!

Food Inc. http://www.hungrycactus.com/blog/2010/07/21/food-that-kills

While still in treatment, I watched Food Inc. and that changed my view on food, health and environment.  Some changes I’ve made so far: try to eat healthy, organic if possible; using stainless-steel instead of non-stick pans; no plastics in microwave or dishwasher; drink filtered water; be environmental: reduce, recycle, reuse, donate.

Pigeons

While I was in San Francisco for the treatments, two pigeons laid their eggs on my apartment balcony.  Here’s the last video I made of how this all ended. sad.

August:

Moved back to Fremontstarted working again

Joseph/Carol’s Wedding: about time!

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Clothing refresh: He-joon and Miranda made a big effort to help update my wardrobe…so what’s my new style? T-shirts and hoodies from threadless, and the rest from Gap and Banana Republic!  I’m loving it!

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Ping pong & badminton: Started to get back in shape!  So glad there are friends that love the sport too!

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September: Camera upgrade

http://www.hungrycactus.com/blog/2010/10/18/10-years-of-digital-cameras

I can’t be happier upgrading to the Panasonic GF1…larger sensor, faster lens, more advanced controls!  By far the best camera I’ve had in 10 years…now back to capturing wonderful moments of my life! =)

October: Move to rental home

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Living in a home is so awesome….what I love is the large kitchen, limitless noise level and large space for lots of people!  I don’t think I can go back to apartments anymore…

Change to Part time: My work load was still too much to handle, so I became part time to ease the transition back into work.

UCLA vs Cal: First football game ever!  Too bad we lost…bad.

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Hosting: First time having lots of wonerful people over!  So happy and blessed to have such a good time!

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NovemberMacarons

Obsession with Macarons begins…but still so far to go…

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Acupuncture: I wasn’t sure at first, but now I know…acupuncture works wonders on headaches and fatigue!

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December: You Like, iGive” experiement

http://www.hungrycactus.com/blog/2010/12/21/you-like-igive-2010-experiment

What started out as a meaningful Christmas gift idea to my friends, quickly evolved into an experiment where clean water awareness was spread through social networks and lives would be changed!  The experiment was a success: reaching 111 people and raising money for Charity:water.  What’s more amazing is I only know 30% of the people reach…the rest was completely word of mouth!  Amazing…

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In the end, I give praises to God —  2010 will always be remembered as an awesome year for me!

Categories: lifewhat happened

2 Comments

Wing Duong · December 31, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Just check out your post. Love it. So what happened to the pigeon eggs? I hope you ate them.

Matthew Chan · January 1, 2011 at 1:29 am

Praying your new year will be headache free!! 🙂

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