Kilimanjaro

On Saturday November 27, 2010, two days after Thanksgiving, I began my journey to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits.  A friend from my Hong Kong days, Annabelle Bond, was the first woman to climb all seven summits in one year…amazing feat by an amazing person.  Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in … Continue reading

Red Carpet Experience

At the Us Empowered gala in May 2010, three friends and I donated nearly $10K to the charity for a red carpet experience at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on November 21st.  My friends, Jeff Pieta, Ricardo Kawamura, aand Peter Ianello, knew it would be an epic weekend….and it was: We arrived … Continue reading

2010 Winter Vacations

I spent a long weekend with my good friend, Jeff Pieta, and my long time friend from Hong Kong, Renee Chow, skiing in Park City, UT, site of the 2002 Olympics.  Jeff and I flew in and rented “Big Red”.  Plenty of snow according to the weather forecast so we needed a 4 wheeler.  The … Continue reading

Rehabbing my new penthouse

After spending 9 months of 2009 watching the housing market for good deals, I purchased a foreclosed property on September 30.  Funny thing is that I was eyeing this property the entire time but I felt the price was simply too high.  The property was a disaster since a flood destroyed the place after the … Continue reading

My favorite car and why Cash for Clunkers is a great fiscal stimulus program

In 1999, I bought a 1992 Nissan Pathfinder with 103,000 miles on it for $5,500.  I had just moved back to the US (Silicon Valley) from Hong Kong and decided to start a company (the Dot Com era).  Given that I was in sunny California, I almost bought a 1997 Porsche Boxster.  However, I was a young entrepreneur with a … Continue reading

Chicago Magazine’s Most Eligible Singles

On June 19, 2009, I attended Chicago Magazine’s Summer Lovin’ event at the Museum of Contemporary Art for the 9th annual event, celebrating Chicago Magazine’s 20 most eligible singles.

Championship Year!

It has been a crazy year of Big Sporting Events.  I have been the BCS Championship game, SuperBowl, NCAA Final Four, and NBA Championship game 1. BCS CHAMPIONSHIP In January, my brother and I took my father to the BCS Championship game.  It was a surprise birthday surprise for his 70th.  We flew to Florida and spent a couple quality … Continue reading

Graduation Gala

Last night, Us Empowered celebrated its Class of 2013.   It was a spectacular evening for our first event, held in the cathedral room at the Unversity Club of Chicago.  Over 250 attendees showed up despite a huge rainstorm.   Our net proceeds were over $140,000.  Kudos goes to our amazing social entrerpeurship leaders: Jeff Nelson, Abbey Larner and Scott Goldner.  … Continue reading

Climb to Empower

On Sunday October 19th , Kevin Slaughter and I climbed (ran and walked every other aisle) 10,000 steps at Chicago Public School’s largest high school football stadium, Hanson Stadium. I walked up and down 240 aisles of 42 steps, the equivalent of 24 football fields of aisles. Fortunately, it was a chilly morning, 42 degrees, … Continue reading

Family Reunion

My brother, Michael, just hosted the 7th annual cousin reunion in Houston, Tx.  We started in Houston and have since visited San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Columbus, and Baltimore.  The older cousins (Me, Kat, Ailun, Millie, Howard, and Michael) pick a city in the summer months to get together.  We started this when my nephew, Jonah, … Continue reading