Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pau for now

As a result of the criticism from what i said last week & other things that are of more importance to me (i'll leave that to u to figure out) & low readership, i am indefinitely suspending this blog.

I have many reasons for this. For one, my blog was automatically being imported to facebook & people were flabbergasted by what i said (some of it). I stopped it once the damage was done. But other issues came up after that. Like people criticizing me, talking shit, etc. I don't need that. I invite u to add me on facebook or twitter me. I promise that one day when i do return to write this blog, i will choose my words carefully as well as other things. But for now, I leave this site hoping to one day make things better between those i lost the last week. Mahalo for reading & u will def. hear my halloween stories as soon as I'm up & running. God knows when. But aloha for now.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

i would like to apologize to my once good friends...

...for all the BS i said in my previous blog. My last post has been deleted. I may have said some things that weren't meant to be said. I also didn't think about what i saw. I reacted without realizing the other person's feelings. I could have gotten a beat down. I could have kept quiet but I had to put them on blast when i didn't have to. I also need to know if its my battle. If its not, I'll stay out of it.

So to my friends who have been affected (or deleted me as a FB friend) over the events of the last couple of days I would like to say i'm sorry for my actions. I didn't intend to hurt them or for any of that. It was wrong. It's not me. At my age, I should not be jealous. I should let it go. I hope that we can still be friends (or be readded) & that I'm willing to make it up to them & get things to work out. I know it will take time to repair the damage but the clock is ticking (no pun intended). My hope is that everything will come full circle & that we are all friends here in the end. I am willing to do whatever it takes to do earn that trust back. It's time to transform my attitude and get back in the game of life. The old me is dead & gone. Time to make things right.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A New Term, a new problem

I'm halfway done with my graduate studies. I took some interesting required courses, worked with interesting people (cept a few i can't stand) & all but 1 class so far is an A.

But the conflict i have is not a classmate who irritates me, not that i still don't have a job (but i'm close to getting one) but its when I wanna finish my education. I can find work soon & i can ignore classmates who bother me or ignore me. I just thought long & hard about when i want to finish my MBA. I could finish by March by taking 3 classes for this term & next. Either way, I'll walk in May, But i have little money. I do get some help, but i decided since i will be getting busier near the end of the year (as well as employed by the holidays) to just take 2 classes.

The 2 classes i wanted to take were human resources & finance.

I sat in finance class yesterday (packed to the max) & tried to organize a good group for a class project & be friendly to everyone (even though i knew many people in the class, most are new & i knew u can't get the group u want). Interesting people too. But i got stuck with a tough group, stuck with bad assignments & also had problems trying to do the in-class exercises. Plus, when the teacher talks, u listen, not continue talking with others. A teacher who can't get full attention of the class is gonna have a long term. Its on top of the hill @ Kieffer & its a very late class too. Since i can't learn in this environment (but still beats UH) i switched to a tuesday class (more on that in a little while). I have no regrets on switching out, nor should I care. I can take it next term as well online. Much apologies to who i left behind.

The 2nd class i signed up for is Human Resources on thursday. I know HR, but i still have to take it as a requirement. It will be a big class (not as big as finance) & i must plan better so i can be with friends & not strangers (or cocky people). Plus its not all the way on top of campus. Its about halfway (by the main part of campus). Am I better off than my other classes? Time will tell. Stay tuned.

The class i ended up switching into is Social Enterprise. It's an elective that deals with non-profits & businesses like them. After tonight's class, I'm glad its smaller, challenging (which i need) something to expand on my entrepreneurship skills as well as deal with a different side of business that i may consider after I get my MBA (i know some people who run non-profit media so i hope to get ahold of them & not miss out on the next big thing in the 808). I do know a couple people (1 cool, 1 ignorant) but otherwise it will be interesting. I can't wait to read the book for class when it comes in before next week's class. It may be on top of the hill (like finance) but will get more out of it in the long run (plus i can take finance online next semester).

The problem of course, was deciding on how to take my last few classes i need. I needed finance, Human Resource/Operations, 3 electives, & the 800 course). Then im all pau. But after careful consideration i decided to do the 2-3-1 format (over the 3-3 & 2-2-2) that way i can challenge myself after the holidays are over (as well as still learn while i complete my degree in a year and a half). After this term, i can still switch to 2-2 over 3-1 if it proves difficult but I wanna start 2010 with a bang & coast the rest of the way. I still have to do work but it's time to prepare for the stretch run (the end of my education is coming) & to accomplish my goals.

Current & Projected Schedule (2-3-1 Format):
Now - December 2009: MBA 740 Social Enterprise (TU) & MBA 613 Human Resources (TH) all 5:30-9:30p.

Jan-Mar 2010: MBA 611 Finance (Online), MBA Elective (likely International Bus.) & MBA 800 Closer course (all dates T.B.A.)

Apr-Jun 2010: MBA 707 Workplace Negotiations. Must take elective if taught by Larry Price (yes the radio personality of KSSK's Perry & Price morning show). I want this to be my last class ever. (unless i need the 800 class of course).

May 10, 2010: I walk. But not all finished until June 10, 2010 of course.

I hope this decision turns out to be the right one. This way, I will be finished as well as ready to take on the real world. I have many colleagues as well as friends out there who can support me & help me as well as my family. I wanna follow my grandma and have a better education & life. I want to shed my skin & be better, not bitter.

Like 3 Days Grace's latest song (from Life Starts Now), I wanna break away & carve my own path & Like Creed's full circle, I've been trying to overcome & that i feel it may rain now but there is light that follows.

I do what i need to do, everything will take care of itself. Time to get back to work. My 3 week break is over. I'm glad i got to spend time with some good friends (a couple visited recently) as well as reflecting on what i need to do not want to do. I'm ready to take on the coming months as it gets a little darker.

-A very confident Daniel (aka D-Rockmoney)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Time to teach people about surviving a Rock Concert

I like listening to Music. All different kinds. The one that moves me the most is Rock. As long as i can relate to the song & dig da beat im down with that. Rock makes me live. So its no surprise that I go to da biggest events around town (involving rock of course). But what drives me nuts is that people don't know how to prepare for concerts (as well as show courtesy during them). Here is the unwritten guide on concerts:

1. Wear shoes that u don't mind getting dirty & tie them tight. People step on other's feet all the time. But even girls should wear covered shoes too so their feet don't stink, don't lose their footwear easily & also can be cleaned easily afterward. Dress shoes fellas should be left in da car or @ home.

2. Expect to feel da heat. It gets hot @ concerts sometimes when lots of people are close together in a small concert room. Hydrate, prepare to handle the elements, & study da venues before hand so u know what to expect. U may get a workout esp. @ rock shows.

3. Dress comfortably. That way, ur shirt can handle sweat & wear jeans that fit but stay on. See rule 1 for footwear. (wearing shorts with working zipper pockets works too)

4. Expect contact. Lots of it. People pushing, wanting to crowd-surf, etc. Be ready to push back if u have to. But always listen to security. They want things to go smoothly & safely when things won't always be the case.

5. Pack as little as possible. That way, u won't scramble to find anything you're may have lost during the show afterward.

6. Glasses should be packed in a protective case. This i learned the hard way. So u don't lose scratch or break em! Shades also should not be worn after dark. Ur indoors or under the stars people & can get knocked around.

7. Don't push to greet an artist or to reach out to them near the stage. If they come to u they come. If not don't try to force themselves ahead of others. Don't forget, people get smashed near the front too & they can push u back as well.

8. If coming in a group, expect to be separated. Plan on meeting somewhere outside after the show ahead of time so u don't get lost. Also know when the show will end. If you don't know, ask someone.

9. Stand tall. That way you won't lose your spot during the show & not be distracted too much while the bands play. You have to protect yourself. Also don't crowd surf people, esp. if you're a football player. Stay fit & hard!

10. Expect the unexpected. Things get bad easily & u need to be ready for whatever.

Now copy/paste/print & read & prepare for the next big show! I don't care what kind of act it is.


Great Night, Epic fail ending

Good day of North Shore waves. Then back to town to get my camera & pregame @ D&Bs. Then showtime.

Great TBS show. Met band as they went in pre show, then tried to pit but almost lost my glasses during the opening bands. One of them was RKO. How ironic. My signature glasses has a scratch i have to live with. I can still get it fixed but i might wanna get contacts or consider laser eye surgery. Other than that TBS played their hits & near the end i was sweating, they got up close, & i got away with a pic & set-list.

Then Tsukijis was fail. Mai Tais was stale. Pearl was ok but not feeling too well. Saw a friend of mine. She looks: different. Thats all i have to say about that. U be the judge of what's going on with her. Then i went to Apartment 3 for a quickie. Had enough of da band & da crowd. Still soaked from the show. Then i left cuz i was exhausted but props to my friend for giving me a ride home to talk about our futures. Great night tonight. Uploading pics & video as seen on facebook.

Tomorrow i chill with my old roommate after i go to my brother's game. Can't wait.


P.S.: Future blog will feature concert etiquette

Sunday, September 20, 2009

9/19 Recap

Got to be in a commercial for Hot 93.9 @ Dole Cannery. Props to Maleko Flash n Natasha (as well as some new friends)

Walked all the way from Dole Cannery to Nuuanu YMCA (cuz the bus sucks n HEA wasn't working as usual)

Got picked up by my dad to go Zippys & then back to Iwilei to pick up stuff (my dad is not the brightest person in the world. Think Homer Simpson)

Game time. UH did ok (til I left for Downtown)

Got to SOHO. It's time for NEON NEON (as promised i wore a pink shirt n got some free steeze like food, beer & even got a shot paid for)

Around 8:15 i got find out da score @ Murphys. Saw UH lose. Then got free guinness just for reading a poem. I finished 5th. (not too bad for an impromptu speech)

Then back to NEON NEON. Where it got crazy good. Lots of my friends were there. Good times were about to go off. Only downside is that the place is not completely 100%. But good enough. But there was AC leakage, glow sticks n blowups being tossed around as well as giveaways. I got a neat shirt, hat, pants, & even De La Soul tickets for twittering what the event was for (not to mention a pint glass from entering a certain contest earlier)

Left around 12 to see da last 4 (as expected) go to my house. But i had a ride home just not til 2am. So i killed time by going to Apartment 3. Busy as can be.

Then skipped waiks (due to a meaningless cock block party that held up traffic n only worth going if ur a tourist) & went back downtown (via da 2, i always hate it when people don't listen to da bus PA about da rules or to exit thru the rear door, or like i mentioned in my last blog, cut off info!), where on the way out saw a fight.

Looks like SOHO's should stick to first fridays til its fully functional.

Don't get me wrong that times are tough, but we gotta support local especially if we have friends wanting to do big things. I go out to build contacts myself so that one day when i go big people can support me. Gotta give n take. Kokua to others as others kokua to u. Also don't look @ da negatives. It takes time to build & grow before something big will happen. It applies to people who work too. So you gotta be support as well as work hard in order for u to get da love back. That is all i have to say that it was a good day in da 808.

-Mr . DRM

P.S.: TBS this friday! Who's in?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Presenting... FAIL of DA WEAK

A new segment based on "Headlines" a former Tonight Show staple now part of Da Jay Leno Show. I find something wrong, funny or worse, EPIC FAIL i'll post it here. The first one is the name of a Chinese Restaurant in New York. It could go a couple ways. Definitely no pun intended. I had to beat Bhasie, Ant, & other people who want to post something to raise their profiles. Jay Leno mentioned it on his opening show. I think its funny. Its also the first...



Saturday, September 12, 2009

no regrets

Last night was fun. Went to a going away party n chilled. Only regret was level 4. Too many douchebags who claim to be VIP. Then zbar, Shack n Maddogs nothing great. Lulus was chill. Only downside was not seeing friends in line to go to zbar as i left. Could have given them my wristband. Oh well. Then back to Apartment3 then bar 7 n my night was done. Could have been worse. Glad it didnt. No worries. No big deal. But im glad i did what i wanted. I did a little more but it wasn't needed. But last night was good regardless. Tonight should be more of da same. But it will be early. NFL starts tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Time to hit da Panic Switch...

or not? I did a lot this weekend. I did make a few mistakes that ultimately cost me. (See previous blog). But it was damn worth it! I went to a tailgate, First Friday, Sandys, Silversun Pickups & a bday party. Herez da run down from da weekend):

Thursday, 9/3, 8pm. Im dropped off @ Buffalo Wild Wings by Discovery Bay. Bought 6 of their 75 cent boneless wings. I tried like 9 of the 14 sauces so far. I tried the mango. Spicy stuff. 10 sauces down, 4 more to go.

(Flashback: the first time i had BWs boneless wings was in Dayton, when i first visited in October 2007. Tried 1 mild flavors & 1 spicy during the trip. Luckily, i was hanging out with old friends. I returned again to UD this past april & Tried the two spiciest flavors. Big mistake. My tongue burned for hours n i couldn't get any that night on a night i absolutely had to. I ended up getting the 5th mildest & it calmed me down. Since then, I waited patiently until it finally came to da 808 this past july. Since then, i am getting closer to trying all 14 sauces, & will do so by the end of the year).

8:45: After finishing my post class meal n went to apple store ala moana, i go home. Friday will be a great day.

Friday, 9/4: 9am: I wake n go to chaminade again. All i do is research & meet with my professor about my schedule for fall 2009 (note: grad school is run in quarters, not semesters) & hang out with a few buddies. I skipped their ice cream social since i was hoping to hear a call from the radio station for Silversun Pickups intimate studio gig.

11am: I don't get da call. But i managed to get a workout done & prepare for a great weekend ahead. @ least i don't have to finish work for class on tuesday. I just show up & I have an A for the class. As for my thursday class, i have to review notes then do a take-home exam.

1:30pm: I do the unthinkable: go to da stadium for a good friend's bday tailgate.

2:30pm: I stop @ pearlridge first to get money n eat my only meal of the day.

3:30pm: I go to Sack & Save by da stadium so i can get a road drink. This is for me to consume @ da tailgate in case i decide not to drink from their stuff. I sample lemonade while im there. Good stuff.

3:45: I arrive. Plan on bringing it to da young'nz n chillin. Then leave before it gets too dark.

4pm: I put my drink down. I chill n meet new people as well as a few i haven't seen since i last went to a house party. Good thing there's red bull! Thats all i drank the rest of da tailgate. I even did a redbull bong. Three cans of redbull downed in 30 seconds.

4:30pm: I chill @ my friend from maui's near by tailgate. The cops show up to the one i just left. They confiscated all 3 kegs. Funny stuff. Good thing it's not mine. Someone's not getting any back.

5pm: Tailgate continues. I only drink red bull. Still. I liked watching people get bus up before my eyes.

5:15pm: I was given a beer, but gave it up when i convinced someone to makeout with another girl. This is when it got ugly.

5:20pm: Dude took my beer n opened it n poured it on the girls that were kissing. Dude got his asskicked. I didn't see it i just walked away n went to use da restroom.

5:30pm: I see 2 old friends from HPU (they are part of their NC cheerleading squad). They chill & we take a few photos. (note: I tend to get lazy eye when photos are taken) But i could tell the closer it was to darkness, closer to gametime.

6:30pm: Cops shut it down. I leave anyway. I sneak a red bull for da road, as well as a beer in my pocket (which i gave to one of the girls who left with me, she's my age FTW)

6:45pm: on da bus going back to chinatown. Arrive just in time for kickoff.

7:30pm: I go to SOHO, the new spot in Chinatown to try some free steeze. Good stuff. I walk around to see the game.

8:30pm: Manifest, across from Bar 35, 39 Hotel, & next door. Great spots. All packed despite the game. Guess its cheaper to hit da town instead of da game.

9:00pm: I bounce between Murphys & OTooles for game scores n music.

9:30pm: I get a tip from Super CW that Silversun Pickups is lurking. I wonder what that means...

9:45pm: I'm big dog status in Chinatown. I go past da lines n get in free. The bouncers know me. I always meet someone new or different on first friday. Once it was Malika Dudley from KGMB. Another time it was a band that played once @ Loft. Tonight it could be the band.

10pm: I'm back @ SOHO. I listen to the Deadbeats. I see a caveman lookalike (my old HS teacher, who works @ honolulu weekly, is nicknamed the caveman for his beard that reminds me of those in the Geico commercials. So easy... u know what it is)

10:05pm: It's Brian from the Silversun Pickups! He remembers me! We chill for a few minutes. Talk about how life is on da island. How the band is doing, etc. This is like the 5th person from a band that says he knows me (then again, people like me look alike). The rest of the band (minus Nikki, the female member) was also there but Brian was B&R here.

10:10pm: We take a photo. He doesn't act funny compared to the first time i met him @ da radio station 18 months earlier when i met them n saw their acoustic performance. Told him i'll be there tomorrow & he will shout out me. Nice.

10:15pm: I tip off others on where to go. I tell them SOHO, there are special guests there. If they can find them. Lol.

10:30pm: One more walkthrough to all the other spots. I see a drunk friend who is close to KTFO. Two of my other friends are there too. I help her to a taxi. She kissed me. WTF. @ least she didn't puke on me. Also UH WINS!

10:45: I walk to JJ Dolans n see a couple of other friends of mine. One was close to out. The other was taking photos. I was ready to bounce.

11:05pm: I almost miss my bus home. Luckily, I made it. I was stoked for the night. Tomorrow will be something else.

Saturday, 9/5: I get picked up & go to sandys. Watch Red Bull Rivals with the best surfers from town vs. the best from country. Great format. Friends were there. So were lots of Red Bull, food, & good times. I even went swimming. I stay from 10:30-4.

I meet up with two other new friends (from St. Marys in Texas) in which we had a long conversation on spots to go, when to tailgate, party, etc. I'm doing it as a favor for a good friend of mine who went to school with me 3 years earlier. I can't wait to see them again.

I get home @ 6 after making a pitstop @ Kapiolani Park for their Okinawan Festival. Not too special. Then i go to da show.

7:45pm: I'm @ Pipeline Cafe. I buy my tickets. Then a van pulls up with the band & roadies. Nikki comes out first. I say hello & smile. Shook hands again with Brian. Then Joe & Chris come out. We exchange greetings. I go in for the show.

8:00pm: I run into BJ Penn. We take a photo then he playfully tries to apply his rear-naked choke standing. He's chill. He talked with security about when his fight could be. I hear Memphis, but its more likely Vegas in 2010. I enter & get in position.

8:15-8:45: Satellite Gray performs. Good stuff.

9pm: I talk story as everyone waits. Nows a good time to say that i had a friend who bailed on me for tonight. Glad i didn't get an extra ticket. Cuz of her, we may no longer be friends. Thats fine, im moving on & i have new friends to show for it as well as things turn me on better than she ever did. But i twitter & try to check da Bus GPS just in case.

9:30: Silversun Pickups comes on.

10:00: crowd gets into it. I move up close to da front. Ready for Panic Switch & Lazy Eye. I also liked There's No Secrets as well as Little Lovers So Polite.

10:30: U go Nikki! She has a sweet voice.

10:45: Panic Switch then Lazy Eye. Then a long encore. I liked how Brian talked about being home & Nikki talking about Diamond Head (thru twitter of all places).

11:25: Show over. I get a guitar pick & setlist. I end up dropping da setlist once i took a photo.

11:30: I bail. I catch da 42. Big mistake. Too many soles on the bus. As well as a wheelchair. It was this bus or be screwed.

11:45: I miss da 4 as i run from Smith to Nuuanu. I call my dad. He was pissed. I tried to run but da bus was too damn fast. I get home but not w/o explaining. (If u read my last blog, this is why i dont trust technology to get anywhere.)

Sunday, 9/6: I stay home most of da day to clean & workout. Then went to my friend's party @ Soho for a bit, then Apartment 3 for a quick stop @ their 70's party. Then Lulus for their Defend Hawaii promo. All 3 were packed. Then i went home early. Luckily, i got a ride when i went back downtown around midnight. I was sore n tired. I did have a beer but that was it.

I was so spent from the weekend, i slept in yesterday to recover. Nothing noteworthy cept skipping a BBQ @ Sandbar. I did have a great weekend (cept for missing da bus on sat). New friends, times shared, endless possibility & opportunity. It helps to have a plan. Always. U never know what to expect. I didn't expect to have a great weekend but i did. Time for a break myself after tests this week. Until next time, I leave u with highlights from a great weekend:

-A much more confident D-Rockmoney

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lets make 1 thing perfectly clear: HEA SUCKS!

I catch the bus. Everywhere. Every broke college kid who don't have rides or hate walking relies on it. Most don't like to admit it. But its the only way to get around if a good friend who does have rides screws u over. It is also easy for those that live in waiks or town n for those that live west side (since they get service 24/7).

The Bus @ least has a great website ( to check out maps n stuff as well as planning trips. But they have a new feature (that can be accessed via phone or online) that can be a pain, something that f***s up ur plans as well as affect ur thinking on what to do for the day. It is called HEA. It means Bus in hawaiian but it also means Honolulu Estimated Arrival. It's GPS for the bus

I was thinking who da f*** came up with that name. I can see that if Lil' Jon was still doing remixes today, most likely he should consider a parody of Bia Bia. With this lame system. If i were ever a rapper, the damn bus system is what i would be dissing. (HeA HeA)

Anyway, its a way to see when the bus exactly comes to ur bus stop n its pretty simple to use (go to n punch in the nearest street ur on. It gives u a list of which stops closest to u, then u use it to know the time the bus u need to catch arrives.

But there are many things i hate about this system (besides the name):

1. The system is not accurate: Often the bus comes too early or too late. & u don't know when exactly it will come. (Last night the last bus was supposed to come down town @ 11:49 according to google maps but when i got downtown @ exactly 11:45 the bus already passed me. I had to get a ride. Sad but true).

2. The system is slow. It works like magic on da computer but a pain in the butt on da phone. How am i supposed to know when it updates when the screen isn't able to refresh on da phone? That being said, the google maps should be updated as well.

3. The bus drivers don't know anything about it. The system is not promoted enough so people can plan better. Google maps is promoted enough. Even stupid tourists need to know what bus to catch n not rely on drivers which holds up the system. This also pisses off people who plan everything around the bus only to eventually miss the bus to transfer to.

The bus should change the name before it is made a mockery of. Also, the system needs to be updated as a whole so people can keep up with the times. I know its worse in waikiki but Kuhio ave needs to be redone so its better on busses & bikes. That way HEA could 1 day live up to its name n be accurate. But til then, HEA will always suck but we have to live n die by it.

Other notes:
I hate busses with small info screens. They often cut off info & aren't accurate. The two-line info screens work since they tell u da time n day n inform u points of interest too @ every stop. But some still have stop request only. But that's not bad. As long as u know where to go n know where the bus stops ur fine.

People should listen to the PA system on the bus. Like don't save seats, watch ur things, no eating drinking littering, turn ur phone off or dont use it, use da damn backdoor, etc. Common sense people!

A pissed off D-Rockmoney