Countries I Want to Visit - and maybe why

on Saturday, February 28, 2009



Feb. 28, 2009





I can't believe it's the last day in February...



If I could travel the world, I would visit these countries. Sure, I might be touristy, but maybe I would go for other reasons too.

No, I don't have a lot of money to travel, but if I could...




COUNTRIES I WANT TO VISIT (in alphabetical order) [and maybe why]

Argentina - Again. mission memories & friends

Australia - Sydney Harbor. Kangaroos

Bahamas - More Caribbean ocean. Relax on the beach.

Bolivia - more markets

Cambodia - Angkor Wat & friends

Canada - Again. friends, Niagara Falls

Chile - mission comps

China - Great Wall, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Teach English

Denmark - Historical Past

Dominican Republic - Again. Caribbean & family

Ecuador - Again. Visit the past

Egypt - Pyramids

England - London, Big Ben, Guards

Germany - cool accent

Greece - Athens and ancient ruins

Guatemala - Tikal and other Mayan ruins, markets

India - Taj Mahal

Indonesia - friends

Israel - Holy Land

Japan - Tokyo night lights

South Korea - Language, LG Electronics

Mexico - Again. Friends. Ruins. Cancun. Chitzen Itza. Mexico City.

Mongolia - Sounds cool and way out there.

New Zealand - Haka Dance

Paraguay - More South America

Peru - Aji de pollo, Machu Pichu

Philippines - friends

Taiwan - Taipei 101 Tower

Thailand - friends, cool palace architecture

United States of America - Again. Historical & Tourist spots.

Uruguay - Again. Montevideo

I want stamps in my passport....

Things I Would Like to Do in Life...

on Sunday, November 23, 2008



Nov. 23, 2008

I'm sure you've all made a wish list (sometimes even a goal list) of things that you would like to accomplish in life...so here is mine. I put these in no particular order...somethings may be more attainable than others, and I may never get to all of these, but I think it is fun to have...





THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO DO IN LIFE...ARRANGED BY CATEGORY


RELIGIOUS
1. Be Sealed for Time and all Eternity in an LDS temple
2. Be a wife, mom, and have kids
3. Serve an LDS Mission (Done)
4. Memorize 400 scriptures in English/Memorize 100 scriptures in Spanish
5. Share the gospel and serve others.


FAMILY/HOMEMAKING
1. Visit family members at least once a year.
2. Play with nieces and nephews.
3. Learn to cook new foods.
4. Learn to sew.
5. Learn to decorate a house.


PROFESSIONAL
1. Earn a Bachelor's Degree.
2. Earn a U.S Teaching License.
3. Earn a Master's Degree
4. Earn a Doctorate.
5. Teach ESL at a community college.


HOBBY

1. Become a pilot. (Orginally I wanted to fly F-16's, but I guess a Cessna 400 will do.)
2. Earn a black belt in Taekwondo (I made it to green belt...but then I moved and never finished)

3. Go skydivng. (DONE)
4. Play paintball.
5. Go scuba diving.

LANGUAGES
1. Learn Spanish (Work in Progress)
2. Learn Mandarin Chinese (Work in Progress)

3. Learn Arabic.

4. Learn Hebrew.

5. Learn French.


TRAVEL
1. Visit Ecuador
2. Visit Israel
3. Visit China
4. Visit New Zealand
5. Visit England


HISTORICAL SITES
1. Visit the Mount of Olives.
2. Visit Tikal.
3. Visit Chitzen Itza.
4. Visit Palenque.
5. Visit Machu Picchu.


RANDOM

1. Own a Volkswagen Beetle.
2. Throw a discus over 100 feet.
3. Get in a water fight.

4. Do 100 push ups.

5. Drive a Hummer through the desert.


TALENTS
1. Learn to play the drums.
2. Learn to play the piano.
3. Learn to play the violin.
4. Improve my English vocabulary and writing skills.
5. Learn to recognize stars in the night sky.


ANIMALS
1. Pet a coyote.
2. Pet a llama.
3. Pet a penguin.
4. Ride a camel.
5. Swim with sting rays.


VOLUNTEER
1. At my orphanage in Ecuador.
2. To teach English overseas.
3. Translate from Spanish to English.
4. To teach a GED course for adults.
5. To build a house.

OTHER SKILLS I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN
1. How to fix a car.
2. How to repair a home.
3. How to navigate using a topographic map.
4. Calculus I, II, III, and Differential Equations
5. How to give haircuts.

PEOPLE
1. Make people laugh.
2. Make people feel peace.
3. Make people smile.
4. Help people feel good.
5. Help people feel the Spirit.
This list is subject to change...and we'll see how far I get...
-- Tarryn

Now Is NOT the Time for the Spiritually Faint of Heart

on Sunday, November 09, 2008


* The following is my opinion and I am responsible for the contents thereof...
Nov. 10, 2008

"Now Is NOT the Time for the Spiritually Faint of Heart." -- Elder Ballard in the October 2008 LDS General Conference talk entitled "The Truth of God Shall Go Forth".

The gospel of Jesus Christ will go forth throughout the world in good times and bad times.

America is a special place.

The Book of Mormon states that, "This is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written"(Ether 2:12).

That is a promise from God. If we serve Him, He will protect us.

Unfortunately there are those who oppose the commandments of God, and try to persecute those who do stand for what is right. Case in point, this recent Election 2008. California voters voted on Proposition 8 which "Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California" (California SOS).

I support Proposition 8 because I support God's commandment that marriage should be between 1 man and 1 woman. Why is THAT controversial?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is one of many churches who support marriage between 1 man and 1 woman.


There are opponents who say the issue is about rights. I say the issue is about God's commandments. I will vote to uphold God's commandments.
There are opponents who say that I should not involve God's commandments or laws in this debate. However, God says that " If ye shall say that there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness..."( 2 Nephi 2: 13).

The opponents of proposition 8 want to throw out God's law and therefore not be accused of sin.

Those who do wrong want to rationalize sin, and blur the line between right and wrong.

"Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil;"( Isaiah 5: 20)

God is a perfect God who does not make mistakes. What is right is what God commands. We have ancient and modern day scriptures and prophets, modern day revelation, and the Spirit to know what God commands.

I can not and will not vote against the commandments of God. Who am I to try to vote down a commandment of God? Even if I attempted that, what's wrong is still wrong.

I was not the only one who supported proposition 8. Thousands of other people from various backgrounds, races, and churches stood for marriage. California voters voted and Proposition 8 passed. Good.

The opposition instead of accepting, instead decided to march in protest. This is a country where people can speak out in opposition. Okay. But that does not mean the opposition has to walk down to the LDS Temple in Los Angeles in Westwood and graffiti the gates leading up to the temple? Why did the opposition have to attempt to desecrate the temple of the Lord? (Link to Nov. 6 AP photo of protester's and spray paint on the LDS LA temple gates). Trying to desecrate the temple grounds of the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT serving him. Even in Biblical times Jesus emphasized the sanctity of the temple. He drove the merchants out of His Father's house the temple. ( John 2: 13-16).

How do I think the Savior would handle those who struggle with homosexuality or any other sin of immorality? I look at the New Testament example of the Savior forgiving the women who was taken in adultery. To those struggling with any sin or addiction, we must come unto the Savior, be humble, repent, and then "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11).

For those who say that they are trapped in sin, come unto the Savior. Only He can help you overcome sin. He suffered for your sin and He loves you. His Atonement is Endless.

And to those who harass or do physical violence to those who are struggling with homosexuality, that is not correct either. The Savior calmed the situation of tension between the woman taken in adultery and those who wanted to stone her. There was an environment where the woman could come unto the Savior and repent.

Some opponents to proposition 8 may not want to repent.

There may be those that will still oppose me when I stand for marriage between 1 man and 1 woman. To them, I respond, I am trying to support the commandments of God.

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I am not ashamed to stand up for what is right before God's eyes. Even if there is persecution. Perhaps the persecution will invite others to learn more about Mormons and their defense of marriage between 1 man and 1 woman.

The Savior Himself was persecuted for standing for what is right.

"Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;" ( 2 Timothy 1:8)

So Latter-Day Saints and others who follow God's commandments, I invite you to stand. Irregardless of the persecutions we have faced, are facing, or might face....stand and serve the God of this promised land...Jesus Christ.

Elder Perry in a speech entitled God's Hand in Establishing America quoted the prophet Joseph Smith who said, "The time will come when the destiny of this nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.’ It will be so.” (Journal of Discourses, 7:15.)

There is still a lot of work to be done in preparation for the Savior's Second Coming.

Now is NOT the time for the spiritually faint of heart -- Elder Ballard "The Truth of God Shall Go Forth" Oct. 2008

"Thou, therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (2 Timothy 2:3)


-- tagman8us




The 2008 Presidential Election Results


Nov. 9, 2008


So I voted. Me and about 126 million more Americans. I had a nice day. It rained a little bit in the morning. But the skies cleared. I grabbed my flag and went to the local polling station to vote.

I watched the results via the Internet. Here's a CNN map of the results.

Most of the states that I thought would go blue, went blue. THE NORTH EAST.
And most of what I thought would go red stayed red. THE SOUTH. Except for Florida.

Woah...Florida, a state that went red for the past 8 years was flipped blue. And North Carolina went blue too. By about 14,000 people. Missouri was also a close race. It went Red, but only by about 6,000 votes over blue. And I voted in Hawaii...a totally blue state. 72% blue vs. 27% red.

There are those who are a bit wary of the next president because of some of his political statements or ideology...I too am a bit cautious about it on many issues.

But, I also think that the people should be informed about any high ranking government official irregardless of their political party, and know what he or she is doing within the government. We will see what this next presidency brings...and how the politics of the country shape up over the next couple of years.

For now I am happy to say that I live in a country where I can vote freely.

My Election Nov 2008 Prediction

on Sunday, November 02, 2008


Today is Monday Nov. 3, 2008
Just 1 more day.
So I've been playing around with election numbers...270 being the number of electoral college votes necessary to win the presidency.

There are numerous websites such as RealClearPolitics.com or CNN Electoral Map Calculator that lets you change the colors of the states and see the various outcomes that would determine the campaign winner.

So I've been playing around with the numbers for fun. And this is my guess. THIS IS JUST FOR FUN...
Blue states mean Obama won.
Red states mean McCain won.
Black states mean that it is too close to call.

In my opinion, I think that the Election 2008 will be decided by 3pm Hawaii time. Why? Because by that time, it will be 7 pm in Missouri, and the polls close. So the eastern half of the country (Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and even Florida) will have voted. Large states such as Ohio (with 20) and Pennsylvania (with 21) electoral college votes can swing the election.
Either way, I'll get up early on Tuesday morning to vote at my local Hawaii poll. At least our polling machines are electronic. So no hanging chads. And we get a ticket stub receipt saying that we voted. And we get a sticker.
So stay tuned...into whatever new channel or Internet site you check to see the latest on the election....
Oh and if you really get into this predicting game, there is a CNN Political Market where you can "buy stock" and predict the outcome. It's play money of course. And it is just for fun. I started playing back in Jan 2008. Let's see...as of early Monday morning, I am a trader ranked #3,039 out of 54, 615 online traders. Okay, so not stellar. But at least that puts me in the top 5.5%. That counts for something right?
-- tagman8us

At the Crossroads



Election Year 2008.
Enter the candidate. The candidate makes speeches. Raises $. Defeats opponents. Makes pledges. Raises more $. Gets hounded by the media. Raises more $. Visits unknown towns somewhere in the middle of nowhere seeking votes. Raises more $. People support the candidate. People despise the candidate. A yard sign goes up. Another one gets stolen...and round and round the cycle goes.

Til the slug fest ends on November 4, 2008 ELECTION DAY!

So you may ask yourself...why should I even get involved in this process? Well, because you can -- this is a democratic society. If you don't vote, then don't complain later about a candidate or the way a country is running, if you didn't even bother taking the time now to elect the candidate.

So here's what I think. I think that people should do their research on the issues, the candidate, and the other things that are on the ballot. So, go ahead and vote for "your" candidate.

There's a lot of information out there. Search several sources. Here is one website that contains a lot of political information:

Project Vote Smart

SO GO VOTE. I do enjoy politics. At the moment, I would never run for office, but I am interested in what the candidates have to say. I may not agree 100% with either of them, but I will pick the 1 who I think is better for the country. During some election years, we don't have much of a choice as far as candidates go. Some election years we do.

If you vote for another candidate than I do...fine. We live in a free country where there can be different political opinions. We do not have to live in fear from political police who will raid your house just because you may oppose something. We can all have our strong political beliefs. I think we can disagree politically, but still be respectful of each other.

I think that most people want the best for my country, they just have different view points about how to get there. Fine. As long as we do what is right, we will be protected and no king will ever rule over us. But if we slack off and lower our defense, then we may be putting ourselves in danger.

So if in your election year, your political side does not win, then at least you tried. You did all you could. Better luck next time. At least you get a FREE sticker.

So do your research, grab a flag, and GO VOTE!

(That's my flag in my room just in case you're wondering)

Take part in the crossroads of history.

-- tagman8us

If You Knew You Would Live Under a Dictatorship....

on Saturday, November 01, 2008




November 1, 2008

So a few weeks ago, I took a grammar test for my Spanish class. At the end of the test, the professor asked us a bonus question. Here it is....


Question: If you knew that you were going to live under a totalitarian dictatorship for the next 25 years, what 3 books and 1 movie would you bring? You are NOT allowed any religious material.


Hmmm....I would have brought religious material...(maybe I could just smuggle it in anyways)...If I knew that I would be under a dictatorship for 25 years, I wouldn't bring along some cute fiction novel, to pass the time. Instead, I would prepare to fight back. Even if they did confiscate my religious material, I would still have the power of prayer. And that is stronger than any book. But, if I had to bring non-religous books, here is what I would have brought...


Book #1 The Art of War by Sun Tzu
True, this is a military strategy book written hundreds of years ago, but I think that many principles are applicable. These strategies could be used to wage a campaign of resistance against the regime. It would be like the "Rebels" vs "The Empire" in the movie Star Wars.

The Art of War Chapter 3 Quote "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle"


Book #2 A Dictionary
Now, you're probably wondering why I would bring along a dictionary? It is so that the next generation is not illiterate. What good would it do to create resistance leaflets, if no one could read them? If no written records are brought, people may lose their language, or have to rely solely on dictator propaganda. I think that having a dictionary would allow the resistance to educate the next generation, and fight against ignorance and indoctrination.


Book #3 National Geographic Atlas
In a military strategy case, I think it would be helpful to have a map of the enemy terrain. You would also know where natural defenses (such as rivers, or high ground) are located-- so that you know where to build fortifications, where to retreat when necessary, and where to locate raw materials. You could also learn about other countries and people that may be sympathetic to your cause. If a dictator ruled and never told you about the "outside" world (since they would control the media) you may start to believe it, and feel isolated in your cause for resistance.


Movie #1 The Lion King

First of all, this movie would entertain the kids. It would probably not draw attention from the authorities. It does carry a subliminal message to "Remember Who You Are". It's that idea that helps Simba overthrow his evil uncle Scar. Likewise, the people could rise up and over throw the dictator.

So this question was asked by my Spanish teacher as a bonus for an exam question...I hope it never comes true for me.

-- tagman8us

Negotiating a Foundation for this Blog

on Wednesday, October 29, 2008



October 30, 2008

Greetings!

So I've been contemplating for awhile about whether or not I should blog. For the past few years, I've been getting by with mass emails to family and friends. But, I feel that now is the time to write down a few thoughts...and post them. I should mention that I'm not a diligent writer, so weeks or even months may go by before I post again.

So I'm thinking outloud about what kind of blog I want this to be. I do not think this will ever take the place of my mass emails. Actually, it won't.

Instead, I'm thinking that this will be more of an opinion, reflection, insight blog related to current world events or insights related to school. I think I'll throw in a little bit of everything here: Politics, Religion, TESOL...so really if you're looking for my life story or the latest happennings, then read my mass emails instead.

Although this blog is public, it's probably just more for me to have. I could spend time decorating my blog and adding pictures and things....if I have time. We will see.

-- tagman8us

My niece Jenna

on Monday, April 25, 2005

My niece Jenna in California in 2005
I'm here! Posted by Hello

Welcome to tagman8us Blog!

on Friday, April 15, 2005

Greetings!

So I have this blog, but I really prefer email. Oh well.

-- tagman8us