About Me. My name is Raymond Mar. I live in San Jose my entire life. I'm a Data Entry/Bookkeeper at Artisan Wine Depot. I workout at the gym, read books, play board games, hike, cook, and find new adventures and new experiences. My life is never boring. There is always an activity, an errand, a responsibility, a hobby, or something new to occupy my time. I live a proactive life. I'm positive, kind, and always smiling and looking for a laugh person. I meet new people and make new friends. Get up and do something, anything is my life motto.
Japanese Anime. I'm retiring being an anime fan I started in 1996 watching Sailor Moon and Ranma 1/2. My first anime convention was Fanime Con 1997. My first costume (cosplay) was Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist in 2004. (Click My Cosplay to view my costume pics.) The last series I watch are Space Brothers and Saki: The Nationals.
My all time favorite anime are the following:
Being Physically Active. I workout at the gym four days a week. I follow two weight training programs from bodybuilding.com for two days. I bike on the stationary bike and I jog on the treadmill for the other two days. I stretch out before going to the gym. I continue to improve my workout such as finding new workout guides. My maximum bench press is 200lbs.
Hiking. I started hiking in March 2009. My favorite places to hike are Castle Rock, Angel Island, and Point Lobos. I hike almost anywhere including urban hiking and open trails. Give me my hiking hat and my hiking shoes. I like to see new scenery.
Music. Classic rock, classical music, classic jazz, and big bands are my favorite music.
Video Games. Video games are my oldest hobby since the Atari. I have been a casual video gamer for a long time. I play Team Fortress 2 and StarCraft. I also play some classic arcade games.
Books. I started reading books during my spare time in 2001. Books became a hobby in 2002. The books I read were business, investment, self-improvement, technology, and advice. Since Oct 2008, I became interested in reading more fiction and less non-fiction. I read bestsellers and young adult fiction. I'm a sucker for recommendations from my friends.
Cooking. I rate my cooking skills "survivable" because I have enough cooking skills to cook healthy meals for myself. (Click Cooking 101 to view my recipes.) I have lots to learn including stir-frying and making the meals taste better. I have cookbooks and printed recipes I'm eager to try.
I minimize eating processed foods for myself and my family. We rarely eat frozen foods. We don't eat deli meats. The only canned foods my family and I eat are soups, chili, tomato sauce for spaghetti, and ingredients for big meals such as olives and tuna. My family and I must eat rice and fresh vegetables.
Board Games. The board games I play range from kiddie games such as Chutes & Ladders and Candy Land; mainstream and popular games such as Monopoly and chess; card games such as UNO and Fluxx; party games such as Pictionary and Apples to Apples; and die-hard games such as Settlers of Catan and Puerto Rico. I also play Japanese MahJong (Riichi). My favorite casino game is craps. I play craps only in the casino; however, if the casino is in California, then I play slots.
Dancing. I started to learn ballroom dancing in Jan 2009. My sister danced competitively and taught me during her free time. I learned the fox trot, waltz, tango, cha cha cha, nite club two-step, east coast swing, west coast swing, and the hustle. I'm weak at salsa.
Movies. Movies is one of my least hobbies I put time into. 2009, 2010, and 2012 were the best years for me watching in theatres and watching on DVD. Here are my all-time favorites:
Television. I watch little TV. I spend more time watching sports on TV then primetime. I catch reruns when I'm bored. Otherwise I watch anime. My TV DVD collection is very small. I have five Simpsons box sets, three Family Guy box sets, Malcolm In The Middle Season 1, Glee Season 1, Breaking Bad Season 1, Justified Season 1, and The Shield Seasons 1-2. Here are my all-time favorites:
Sports. I follow the headlines in football, baseball, and basketball. I'm a San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants fan. I cheer for the Golden State Warriors and the San Jose Sharks. I follow the headlines for college football and college basketball casually especially the bowls games and March Madness, respectively.
Vacation. My family and I started going on vacations in 2001. In the 1990s, my family and I went to Disneyland and Santa Barbara many times, and Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon once. In 2001, my family and I went to Seaworld and the San Diego Zoo. In 2003, my family and I went to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Huntington Library, San Diego, and Hoover Dam.
For myself, I started going on vacations in 2004. I went to Las Vegas in 2004 and 2006; Washington and British Columbia, Canada in 2005, 2008, and 2009; and Oregon in 2005. (Click Family Photo Album to view my vacation pics ^O^)
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