DJ Hideo .:Mar 01 09:.




I used to listen to 92.3/100.3 The Beat (KKBT) while in college during the late 90s.  DJ Hideo would always catch wreck during his mix show sets.  I remember them for having such raw energy with all his dope trick mixing, music selection, and just straight up soul.  No doubt one of the few who can truly "speak with his hands."  Going clubbing in LA, I would often catch his live mixing at the DMK events where he would always kill it.  I can't remember the exact details, but I think it was either DJ Roldan or DJ Goose from Proof Positive who introduced me to HIdeo and Tony Jr. once at a Cue's in Pasadena.

Earlier tonight I was on my homie Buddhabong's blog, and read some news that DJ Hideo is battling cancer that was very recently diagnosed.  My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his Family.  I hope he will stay strong in both mind, body, and spirit so he can continue to bring that energy that I remember him for.

Check out Hideo's website and learn more about him...


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SERVIN' CONVERSATION .:Jan 06 09:.




Come check out our Saturday night spot at Gordon Biersch (5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego, CA 92108).  I will be in the rotation this Saturday, the 24th.

This is a very chill spot, where you can come and listen to some dope beats, have a beer, and chop it up with your fam.  Most folks come through here before they start partying Downtown or elsewhere.  We play outside on the patio, but I must warn you: dancing is strictly prohibited!!!  It is partly covered, so don't let the rain scare you away this weekend...

We have been doin' this gig in conjunction with Mel Kapone of 15West for over a year now.
Big Up to Jo_iLL for designing the vintage flier.  That pic makes me want to have a nice cold Blonde Bock from GB, but I gave up drinking beer over a year ago.  Love the taste, but can't stand what it does to my spare tire!

So I had to stick with my other favorite drinks instead:


                                                                                                                                                      Scotch Whiskey...mmmmmm....My Father-in-Law brought over this Johnnie for Xmas, so I had to introduce him to The Glenlivet.  Personally I prefer The Macallan.  The best was when I bought DJ Hektik some Johnnie Walker Black and he said it tasted like STEAK!  Next time you see Pauze, ask him about the time he kept drinking Glenlivet at a Turntable Lounge gig...


                                                                                                                                                    Ketel One Vodka...on the rocks...yeah....so smooth...creeps up on ya.  Even my dog drinks it.
I recently tried Effen and it was pretty good.  Those Dutch folks, man...



Kona Coffee.  Yeah I know, its not an alcoholic drink, but it is just as addicting, yo.  I once stopped drinking coffee cold turkey, and it was harder than quitting cigarettes.  Kona turned me into a coffee snob, though.  Plus I got this French Press now.  Sheesh.  The beans on the Big Island are hand picked, so only the ripe ones are chosen.  That way you wind up with coffee that is so freakin smooth.  Other kinds of coffee beans are machine picked so you get all the unripe ones in the mix, making the coffee bitter.  My Uncle recently brought me back some Cafe Amadeo from the Philippines.  Haven't tried it yet, but I hear its the ish, too...






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In the MMIX .:Jan 02 09:.


The Oh-Nina began with another lovely day in Southern Cali.  I was coming home from the gym and just missed taking a flick of the beautiful sunset by a couple minutes.  This is all I could get:

                                                                                                                                                      Didn't really do much for NYE other than visit my Godson for dinner.  Pauze came by the pad to borrow my Serato and brought his two dogs, Tank (the Corgi) and Burger (the ???).  The highlight of this evening was when my dog started to chase Tank.  Usually he sprints faster than both Usain and the Disney animated Bolt, but for some reason he couldn't catch him (or chose not to!):


Chaser from HGB on Vimeo.

My wife has a cleaning OCD so after Pauze and the fellas cut out, we spent the rest of the night making sure the house was spic and span for the New Year.  By 11:30pm we were already in bed drifting in and out of sleep.  Alls I rememeber was waking up about 12:03am to the sound of Firecrackers (or maybe Glocks!), giving her a New Years kiss, and then crashing out for the night.

Like I stated before, '08 was a very good year for me.  I hope 2009 will prove to be a better one!
It should be the year of the DJ...
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMS!



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Sittin' On Chrome .:Dec 18 08:.


There are several things I often see on the road these days that I wish I would STOP seeing.
Here's a few of 'em:

Chrome Rims.  I think these things jumped the shark when GM or Ford started running that promo where you'd get free 22" chrome wheels with purchase of a Yukon. 



Advertisements on center divide traffic signs.  Its bad enough that we have to look at pop up ads while watching our favorite TV shows.  Now we are forced to look at them when making a left:



Young kids driving luxury vehicles.  OK, I'm just hatin' cuz I was pushin' an '88 Camry whip on hubcaps throughout my college days...
                                                                                                                                                             
Those Naughty Angel/Devil stickers.  Dude, these infamous silhouettes are seen on the most unlikely of cars.  I often see them on minivans of families with several small children.  Its like the Dad driving wishes he could attend a Pimp n Ho event but since he has several small children, this is the closest he will get:
                                                                                                                                                              
Vanity License Plates giving the car props.  You know like, "1BADBMW" or "UL2MTMB" on a bone stock entry level german car. 
 
There should be a law, that your car must look like the ones below or better, before your ride gets big upped by the license plate:















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Read These Nikes! .:Dec 14 08:.


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Soul Travelin' .:Dec 12 08:.



Its been about a year since I wrote my last blog.  My Pops had just passed away and my Grandma (Mom's side) was in the middle of battling stomach cancer.  God finally called her home this past Summer.  This Fall, right before our 2nd Anniversary, my wife and I found out we are pregnant.  The projected due date was originally on my Grandma's birthday, just a few days after my Dad's!  As some cultures say, when one family member leaves this world, another one enters. BTW, my cousin (Mom's side) and her husband are expecting their son a month after ours.
 
My Dad's prolonged illness and subsequent passing have taught me invaluable lessons that continue to sustain me.  I must say, this has been a pretty dang good year for me.  There were mad challenges throughout, but somehow someway my Faith got me through.

For this blog, I wanted to highlight some of the positive experiences I had in '08, namely the trips I was able to go on.

My wife and I kicked off Spring with a trip to Europe.  I had been to Germany, Austria, and Italy before but this was her first time out of the U.S.  We flew into London, took a train to Paris, flew over to Venice, took another train to Florence, and finished the trip in Rome.

The first day in London was unforgettable-it was straight snowing!  It was the beginning of April and the flowers should have already been blooming, from what people were saying.  The weather was VERY cold, for us at least.  We saw folks making snowmen as we took the train from Gatwick to city.  Before we left the airport, the customs official was sweating us big time, asking us for the reason why we came to London.  He even started to quiz us on our top 3 sites to see and asked how many Towers there are in London! 


"Please look after this Bear."  Paddington Station:

  
                                                                                                                                                         10 Downing Street:

                                                                                                                                                      My wife's cousin and his wife surprised us by taking us to enjoy Tea at the Ritz Carlton:
photos were not allowed inside =(




                                                                                                                                                            The apartment where we stayed in Paris had no elevator, so we had to take four flights of stairs each day.  I would almost always munch on this one awkward step near the bottom:
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                                                                                                                                                      Davinci code status.  This was one of the few days in Paris that the sun shone upon the city:
           

Winged Victory:

                                                                                                                                                  Winged Bulls:

                                                                                                                                              Centre Georges Pompidou -Inspiration for Tinker Hatfield's Air Max 1

                                                                                                                                                          For da ladies:


                                                                                                                                                Macarons and French Toast from LaDuree  With all the calories we were consuming I thought I was gaining weight.  All the walking we did during our trip, however, must have burned all those calories cuz i actually lost 5-6 pounds in those two weeks!


                                                                                                                                                     French Graf:



Huge paintings inside the Orsay Museum:





                                                                                                                                                     inside Notre Dame:

                                                                                                                                                      The Pantheon.  Pops was an architect for several years, so he would always teach me to have appreciation for amazing buildings like this:

                                                                                                                                               Spaced Invader

                                                                                                                                                    R.I.P. Diana:


                                                                                                                                                      On our way to the Eiffel Tower, I got hit up by some hustler who "found" a gold ring on this bridge as he walked towards us.  He insisted that I keep the ring after forcing it into my hands, but then asked for some change for coffee.  After I told him nah, he got pissed and snatched back the ring.  My wife then got pissed at me for falling for it.  Apparently there are warnings about dude in the trip advisor forums and Rick Steve's books...



                                                                                                                                                         Dusk, near our room in Venice:



                                                                                                                                                      There were so many throw-ups in Venice:


This room in Florence was the dopest one we stayed in the entire trip.  Although the city was small, it had beauty and charm that made us regret booking only one night here.


Firenze:


                                                                                                                                                  Inside the Vatican:


The Colosseum:





 

Summer started with a homie trip to Portland, OR.  We needed to get away from the craziness of Killa Cali for a minute, so we chose The City of Roses

The Japanese Garden:

                                                                                                                                                     DO NOT, I Repeat, DO NOT miss this awesome pizza joint if you are ever in Portland.  Anthony Bourdain was jockin' this place on No Reservations.  I am so glad we were able to find out why.  Man i am freakin salivating just thinking about their pizza:

                                                                                                                                                   Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock.  Y'all remember the Goonies, right?

                                                                                                                                                     For our Second Anniversary, my wife and I took another trip to Maui.  She was experiencing really bad morning sickness, but still managed to have a great time:



                                                                                                                                                      On the Road to Hana, we saw a house with a few peacocks kickin on the front lawn.  On the way back from Hana, one of the locals speeding down the hill freakin smashed a wayward peacock who must have been right around a corner.  The owner of the truck was shooing another one back to the house.  I swear that other peacock looked hella traumatized about his homie becoming roadkill!




























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