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Phew! 2011 is OVAH, and 2012 is HERE!

According to the WordPress Summary Report I got yesterday:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

(Click the image above for the full statistics!)

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That’s a lot of love. Thank you all for making 2011 the most successful year yet for my blog!

Since Christmas, I have been reflecting on the past year, and how much has changed in my life since last January

  1. In January, I rang in the New Year with my friends in New Jersey, and spent the rest of the month battling icy sidewalks, broken apartment heaters, and searching for my snow-buried car.
  2. In February, I continued to deal with crazy NYC Metro incidents, and Starbucks came out with their new “Trenta”-sized coffee.
  3. In March, I talked dirty to the Starbucks baristas, got bitten by a Vampider, and packed my bags to move back to the MD/DC area to work as an architect!
  4. In April, I shot my very first firearm, and shared trade secrets, including how to avoid bedtime bugs and how to make their very own photo comics~
  5. In May, I enjoyed my mother’s amazing cooking, tried to bring sexy back, almost accidentally killed my brother, and went fishing for river monsters.
  6. In June, I practiced my golf swing at the range, and tried to convince a stranger that I didn’t fart in an elevator.
  7. In July, my family went to Orlando’s Islands of Aventure, Faith gave a shot at making her own comics, and I pondered deeply on what my Prius would look like if it was a Transformer
  8. In August, I broke down and finally got myself a new computer, and experienced one of the most disgusting things in my life, and it was all my dad’s fault.
  9. In September, I went fossil hunting with my dad, helped my grandfather get Sex on the Beach, and had a stranger’s butt too close for comfort to my face.
  10. In October, I got myself some new glasses, and learned how to deal with my Dad’s creeping and my Mom’s backseat Facebook driving.
  11. In November, I began my very first Mini-Series comics (in which my own boss cameo’d), celebrated 11/11/11 at 11:11 am, and started my own Non-Profit Organization for Haiti by selling my comics.
  12. Finally, in December, I got to try my hand out again as a photographer, gingerbread architect, and singer/dancer.

What in the world could 2012 possibly bring? 2011 had a new job, new lifestyle, new locale, new friends, and a new look for me. I lost 15 lbs, started a non-profit that raised over $1000 in a month’s time, worked for a job that I absolutely love, and am the happiest I have been in a long time. I have no idea, but I have a really good feeling that God is still going to outdo 2011~

My own goals for 2012 include becoming fully licensed as an architect by the end of 2012, taking the New Mercy Project to the next level, and Lord willing (as corny as it may sound), finding love.

And no worries, lovely readers. I’ll be sure to take you all on this journey with me. Here’s to 2012~

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

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PS: If you wanted the rest of the Christmas Videos I took, I’ve put them below!



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Phew. Is anyone else having to deal with crazy schedule juggling this time of year, or is it just me?

Anyway, I’m pleased to update you all with some news about the Haiti Project I was working on:

Over the past month and a half, 16 donors have sent in enough money to fund the Lord’s Kitchen weekly feeding program for almost three weeks: the equivalent of providing 3,500 meals!

So that you can see that 100% of your donations were given directly to Grace International, I documented the donation process HERE. We will also be receiving a progress report directly from Grace International, so that you can see exactly how your donations are being used.

Thank you again for everyone’s generous donations, and I encourage others, if you haven’t already, to donate! I will personally be going to Haiti this February, and all the proceeds that we raise between today and then, I will hand-deliver to the feeding program at Grace International, and will document everything!

To encourage you all again, I thought that I could throw out another giveaway gift process.

If you have Facebook, and you have the new Timeline, you’ll probably want something unique and fun, right?

For the first 20 people to donate over $30, I will make you a cool, unique profile picture, and it doesn’t have to have a cartoon in it!

I do graphic design work, too, so if you have a vision, I will make it so.

The rules are the same:

  1. Between now and February, I will make up to 20 profile pics for you lovely readers.
  2. Here’s the catch: If you want the photo comic, you have to go towww.newmercyproject.org and donate a minimum of $30 to support the children’s feeding program in Haiti.
  3. Once you’ve donated, send an e-mail to newmercyproject@gmail.com with your name, and a high res, creative photo of yourself and a write-up of your vision.

And that’s it!

Love your faces. Time for me to crash. It’s almost Christmas~!

I have no idea where that saying even came from.

All I know is that after my trip to the dentist’s, I definately wasn’t able to.

My dentist novacaine’d me to the point that I couldn’t use my upper lip for the rest of the day, which made things (like NOT drooling) very difficult. The lip felt disembodied and squishy. Like dough. Om nom nom.

The numbness even spread to my nostrils. If I tried to flare them, only one would actually move.

Anyway, back to normal stuff!

Another fantastic donor is featured today! And this featured photo comic is for David Woo from Maryland, who has also been put onto the New Mercy Project’s featured donor list! Thanks!

We are 2/3 of the way through to reaching our goal of $900!

Please continue to show your support and donate even a dollar! Each dollar feeds 3 children, and I know that we can give them a Christmas that they will never forget!

Beards for a cause!

Today’s featured photo comic is for Peter Kang from Maryland, who has also been put onto the New Mercy Project’s featured donor list! Thank you for your generous donation~

Not only did Peter generously donate to the New Mercy Project, but he also is remaining bearded for the entire month of November!

It started out just for fun because one of my co-workers mentioned it.  No Shave November.  But as I began and I read up on it, there’s a greater cause behind it.  My search led me to http://us.movember.com, where registered members grow out their moustaches/beard to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male health illnesses.” -Peter Kang

There you have it!

Don’t forget to donate while you still can! Only 15 photo comics are left!!!

We are more than halfway there! $500 dollars in! Thank you!

In less than 3 days, your donations have added up to $330~

I am SO grateful for the generosity of my lovely readers, and can NOT wait to hit that big 9-0-0!

Today’s featured photo comic is for Angel Vega from Maryland, who has also been put onto the New Mercy Project’s featured donor list! Thank you for your generous donation~

Please continue to send in your donations, and get your photo comic while you still can!

11 have been purchased, only 19 to go! Love your faces!

What, is my math off?

Trust me, it’s not~

Apparently, Friday’s post of Andy’s Photo Comic sparked a lot of interest on Facebook and Gmail, and almost 20 requests for photo comics have come in.

In the past, I have been very hesitant in drawing photo comics for people, mainly due to people promising to pay me for the commissions, only to have “forgotten.” Or, people requesting them, and never following up.

But because you have all been quite persistent…and because I haven’t held a large-scale photo comic offering in a while…

Here’s the skinny on how this will work out:

  1. Between now and Christmas, I will draw up to 30 photo comics for you lovely readers.
  2. Here’s the catch: If you want the photo comic, you have to go to www.newmercyproject.org and donate a minimum of $30 to support the children’s feeding program in Haiti.
  3. Once you’ve donated, send an e-mail to newmercyproject@gmail.com with your name, and a high res photo of yourself or the person you want photo-comic’ed.
  4. If you send your donation and photo in before December 1st, I can ensure the delivery of your photo comic before Christmas.

So what does this have to do with the “30 x 30 = 2,700”?

Well, if I draw 30 comics at $30 a pop…and, if $1 can feed 3 children in Haiti’s weekly feeding program…

…Then by the end of the year, your purchasing this one-of-a-kind photo comic will feed 2,700 Haitian children for Christmas. That’s enough to feed every single child on Grace International’s campus.

What better Christmas present could you possibly give than the gift of hope and life? (Plus, your purchase will be tax-deductable!)

As a bonus, I will post your photo comic (and promote any website/cause you represent) on this blog, as well as on the New Mercy Project’s website, with the title of “Featured Donor.”

The ball is now in your court, lovely readers~ Let’s make it work!

Per the photo comic competition a few weeks ago, a winner has been chosen and rewarded!

Congratulations, Andy Valentine~ Andy is an amazing artist, photographer, and musician that I met via WordPress through our shared interest in artwork. Lovely readers, you can (and should) follow him on his WordPress blog, http://andyvalentine.wordpress.com/!

Andy, the photo you gave me was so much fun to comic. This is probably my favorite photo comic I’ve done so far. Keep up your awesome work and art, and I can’t wait to see your tattoo in all its colored glory!

It’s the weekend, everybody! And I plan on finally sleeping more than 4 hours tonight!

Don’t forget to check out my new website (hit the link below) and donate a few dollars to make a difference in the lives of deserving kids in Haiti.

Happy Belated Halloween, lovely readers!

Aside from handing out candy to the way-too-old-to-be-trick-o-treating kids in the neighborhood, my holiday has been pretty quiet on the entertainment front~

Fortunately, I got to at least have a bit of fun at work, dressing up for the in-office costume competition.

Remember my fish, Wade? He got to help me out~

Between my friend Chris (the too-cool-for-school Dinosaur) and myself, we shared the “Best Costume” award. It was good times~

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On a more serious note, I have had the privilege to work with a group of talented people over the past week and a half in order to submit a video entry for the What’s Your Story Video Challenge, which is being held by the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Please check out the video and share it with people you know. And if you can spare a few dollars, please visit our website:

www.newmercyproject.org

All your donations are tax-deductable, and at the end of every month, we will send 100% of the donations straight to Grace International’s feeding program. When I go to visit Haiti again, I will be sure to document what your donations and efforts are doing on behalf of these kids!

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To read my previous entries on my trip to Haiti, click:

Contest! Contest!

I mean, Batman! Batman!

It’s been a while, and to be honest, it’s because I’ve been busy and lacking inspiration. But while my busyness has not subsided, I am chock-full of inspiration and will be dishing out the comics this month!

I thought that a fun way to kick off this month would be by doing a contest!

Lots of people have been asking for me to make them their own photo-comics, so here’s a chance for you to win your own!

The rules? Just put in what you think Mini-Grace and I are saying in the comments below.

The funniest one (deemed by Daddy Whang, who you know has quite the sense of humor…) will win their very own photo comic, which will be posted on this blog and e-mailed to you.

So what are you waiting for???

To the Batmobile, Robin!

Holy costume party, Batman!

During my week of being blog negligent (I’m still sorry, btw), I’ve been dabbling in freelance projects and graphic design competitions.

And I’ve been having a blast~ So I thought I’d share this joy with you in blog-format.

The most recent of the projects I participated in was a contest held by Toasted Foot, for a cigar company called 262 Ideology.

All they asked was to upload an image with the numbers “262” somewhere in the picture. So I thought about it a little, grabbed my Wacom Tablet, opened up Adobe Illustrator, and had at it.

The contest’s deadline was yesterday, and today, I was confirmed as one of the finalists!!!

Toasted Foot just put up a public poll for people to vote for their favorite design, and I need your help to get me to the top!

My lil’ logo is the one belooooooooow:

Lucky Entry #13~! VOTE!

In all honesty, I was super proud of this drawing. Among all of the graphic designs I’ve done, this was one of the best I’ve managed to create. And it happened so quickly and effortlessly, that I was all around giddy by the time I submitted it.

So, if you think my design is the best of the lot, PLEASE vote for me! (Even if you don’t, PLEASE vote for me ^^)

Should I win the free box of 262 Ideology cigars, and if you voted, and if you’re in the NJ/NY area, comment below, and we can celebrate togeddurs.

YAY FUN~!

Click HERE to place your vote in the poll.

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