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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:

  • 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
  • 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 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.

Author's Last Name A-H

  • Learning SQL by Sikha Bagui
  • 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
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Business @ The Speed Of Thought by Bill Gates
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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

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. 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:

  • 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
  • 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 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:

  • 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 ^O^)

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