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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.

Japanese Anime. I'm a retired anime fan. I started in 1996 watching Sailor Moon and Ranma 1/2. My first anime convention was Fanime Con 1997. My last anime convention was Fanime Con 2013. My first costume (cosplay) was Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist in 2004. (Click My Cosplay to view my costume pics.) The last series I watched were Space Brothers and Saki: The Nationals.

My all time favorite anime are the following:

  • Ah! My Goddess
  • Ano Hana
  • Azumanga Daioh
  • Bakemonogatari
  • Ben-to
  • Binbougami Ga
  • Bleach
  • Card Captor Sakura
  • Clannad: After Story
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • D. Gray Man
  • Fooly Cooly (FLCL)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Hyouka
  • K-On!
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
  • Maho Tsukai Tai OAV
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Read or Die OAV
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Sailor Moon
  • Space Brothers
  • Spirited Away
  • Tsubasa Chronicles
  • Vision of Escaflowne
  • Voices Of A Distant Star

Being Physically Active. I workout at the gym four days a week. I follow two weight training programs from 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.

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 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-H

  • 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
  • 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
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Built To Last by Jim Collins
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • 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
  • 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
  • How To Master The Art Of Selling by Tom Hopkins
  • The Season by Patricia Hornung and Robin Moore
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Author's Last Name I-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
  • 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
  • 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 Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

All Time Favorites

  • Kissing School by Cherie Byrd
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • 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
  • Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay
  • I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

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. I have seven Simpsons box sets, five Family Guy box sets, Malcolm In The Middle Season 1, Glee Season 1, Breaking Bad all seasons, Justified Season 1, and The Shield Seasons 1-2. Here are my all-time favorites:

  • Breaking Bad
  • Family Guy
  • Firefly
  • Knight Rider
  • Leave it to Beaver
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • Seinfeld
  • The A Team
  • The Dukes of Hazard
  • The Simpsons
  • 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 Family Photo Album to view my vacation pics.

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