About Me

About Me. My name is Raymond Mar. I live in San Jose my entire life. I'm a Data Entry Specialist at Palo Alto Networks. I workout at the gym, read books, play board games, hike, and cook. I 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, 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.

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 Mar 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.

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 read more fiction books than non-fiction. The fiction books include bestsellers, classics, and young adult. I'm a sucker for recommendations from my friends.

Author's Last Name A-L

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson
Learning SQL by Sikha Bagui
The Fermata by Nicholson Baker
Uncle John's Great Big Bathroom Reader by the Bathroom Readers' Institute
The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
Forever . . . by Judy Blume
Superfudge by Judy Blume
Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Mystery Of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Kissing School by Cherie Byrd
The Art of Hugging by William Cane
The Art of Kissing by William Cane
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff . . . And It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Built To Last by Jim Collins
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Preserving Machine by Philip K. Dick
Negotiating For Dummies by Michael and Mimi Donaldson
The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Gamble To Win Craps by R.D. Ellison
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Business @ The Speed Of Thought by Bill Gates
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Age Of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
How To Master The Art Of Selling by Tom Hopkins
The Season by Patricia Hornung and Robin Moore
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch

Author's Last Name M-Z

How To Invest In Real Estate With Little Or No Money Down by Robert Irwin
Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones
Up In The Air by Walter Kirn
Retire Young, Retire Rich by Robert Kiyosaki
Prophecy by Robert Kiyosaki
Beating The Street by Peter Lynch
Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich
Who's Looking Out For Me by Bill O'Reilly
Animal House by George Orwell
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos
Negotiating For Your Life by Nicole Schapiro
Seinlanguage by Jerry Seinfeld
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Shuffle Up And Deal by Mike Sexton
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World by Maria Shriver
The Eye Of The Storm by Robert Slater
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Q&A by Vikas Swarup
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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.

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: A League of Their Own, Aliens, All the President's Men, American Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Black Hawk Down, Cars, Casablanca, Clerks, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Gone With The Wind, Good Will Hunting, Gravity, Finding Nemo, Inception, It's A Wonderful Life, Hot Fuzz, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Office Space, Saving Private Ryan, Stand By Me, The Dark Knight, The Godfather, The Princess Bride, Titanic, Toy Story, Wall Street, UP!

Television. I watch little TV. I spend more time watching sports on TV then primetime. I watch TV series on DVD because I don't have cable. My TV DVD collection is very small. My all-time favorites are Breaking Bad, Firefly, Knight Rider, Leave it to Beaver, Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld, The A Team, The Dukes of Hazard, The Simpsons, and Three's Company.

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 My Photo Album to view my vacation pics.

Japanese Anime. I'm a retired anime fan.

Video Games. I'm retired playging video games. Video games are my oldest hobby since the Atari.

Other Parts Of Me: Taking pictures of police cars, writing blogs at Innovating Common Knowledge and Finding Raymond Mar, watching ballet especially The Nutcracker, and exploring new places to visit.