2017: Year in Review

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays once again. And once again, I feel that 2017 has gone by way too fast lol. Perhaps its because I spent most of this year at home and not really going outside and meeting new people and making friends like I did when I lived in Korea..

-Saved and invested a lot. Made back all my gambling losses (and then some!) with cryptocurrency this year. The rise of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies this year has been truly astounding and imo a once in a lifetime event. Doubled my net worth this year.
-Finally made a Korean gf! and one that has lasted so far, the longest out of all my relationships. My previous longest relationship lasted 2 months. This one has been 3 months and counting! Yes it is a long distance relationship. I got to visit her in Korea for Christmas, we unfortunately only got to spend 4 days together, but it was an amazing 4 days and I can’t wait until the next time I see her (which might not be until next May).
-Went back to Korea twice this year, both times to meet a girl…

-I could have made more with crypto-currency. A lot more. But who could have expected Bitcoin to rise up 900%+ this year, or Litecoin to go up 7000% or Ripple to gain 10000%? And so on and so forth.. heck investing in ANY top 10 crypto coin this year could have made you rich. I was too timid at the beginning of the year, didn’t hold long enough, and lost my chance at becoming a millionaire. Oh well.
-Absolute boring-ness this year. Didn’t go out much. Didn’t make many friends. Work was just so-so. I was quietly dying on the inside this whole year.
-Donald Trump. Yeah I hate him. In San Francisco, who doesn’t? I’m no liberal but even as a conservative I can’t stand the guy. Especially when he’s threatening North Korea (and by extension the safe being of South Korea) all the time!
-6 times going back and forth between Canada-US border to get my TN visa processed. 6 times getting harassed at the border and getting treated like a criminal! this is partly the reason why I don’t want to get a new US job.

2017 is a year that won’t go down as one of my more exciting years. This year was all about making money and saving money. Granted, I did do a lot of that. Due to the great performance of both the stock market and cryptocurrencies, I doubled my net worth this year. I also tried my best not to spend *as* much as last year. 2015 and 2016 I bought countless electronics and gadgets. I think this year I bought one new laptop (Thinkpad TP25), 2 new watches (Frederique Constant Moonphase and Orient Star GMT), and some phones (BlackBerry KeyOne, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, Google Pixel 2) as well obviously games and stuff but those were the only things I bought at full retail price. Last year was far worse (I bought 3 new laptops in Dec 2016 alone!).

So yeah I know I have to do more. My best friend in SF is my idol; he not only made tons of gains by holding onto his Litecoin / Ripple holdings, but he’s always frugal and never buys anything unless he absolutely needs it. Would be nice to be like that.
Aside from that, not much else has happened this year. San Francisco is becoming a wasteland. More and more homeless people. Higher and higher prices. Less Koreans/Japanese/Taiwanese/Internationals in exchange for the only race that seems interested in staying here which are mainland Chinese. And some mainland Chinese are alright, but its no secret that I don’t get along with the majority of them. I find most of them pretentious, materialistic, and overly ignorant / prideful.

The main purpose of this year really, is to gear up for the monumental changes to my life that will happen next year. I’ve already prepared for it. At a certain point in time next year, I will sell my apartment, leave the USA, and finally after 7 years of living here, and the first time really ever in my life, give myself some freedom, with no obligation to study or work. No more TN visa hassles. Just meet my girlfriend (which I also have big plans for next year, if it all works out with her), travel to different countries, and settle back down in Canada. Big changes are happening next year, and partly the reason why 2017 *had* to be a boring, stable year is because this was a preparation year meant to save up money and gear up for next year. And in that sense, I felt that this year was a success.

the truth about plastic surgery rumors…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WMebV5qt3s This story is so sad. Some of you may have heard of a story that had a photo of this beautiful girl and handsome guy married but their kids looked ‘ugly’ and it was designed to spread the nonsense that if you married a woman who had plastic surgery then your kids could possibly look horrendous.

Here are some facts:

-This story is fake. The woman in the picture was a model and the kids faces were photoshopped.
-just because a woman got plastic surgery does not mean they were ugly before. In fact most of the ones I know that got it were quite attractive before. There’s many reasons why someone would get plastic surgery – least of all because they were ugly before
-beauty is not inherited. It is random. You can have ugly parents with beautiful kids and vice versa.
-20% of Korean women between 19-49 have had plastic surgery. Note that the definition of plastic surgery in Korea includes: lasik surgery, laser hair removal, and other minor things. By far the most common is double eyelid surgery. Only a small percentage have done major facial reconstruction surgery like what people think ‘plastic surgery’ is. http://scf.usc.edu/~ailinkim/itp104/kpsurgery.html
-The reason why Koreans look similar is far more than just plastic surgery: its similar makeup, clothing styles, hairstyles and small genetic variance.
-pictures with before/after that you see at plastic surgery clinics are designed to make the after pic look much better. In the before pic the woman does not have makeup on and in the after pic the woman has makeup on; it is designed to fool people into believing that plastic surgery can change everything when in reality – makeup makes more of a difference.
-Criticizing people with plastic surgery and worrying about the appearance of your offspring is ironically more shallow than the people who chose to do surgery in the first place.

A lot of people have been spreading these plastic surgery rumors online because they were jealous of how beautiful Korean women were and had to make up stories to make themselves feel better. Just realize that these rumors are completely false and made up, just like the rumors about [Koreans believe ___ is part of their culture].