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Monkeytown rocks

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

This past weekend C. was en route from Paris to San Diego to visit her sister, and spent a few days in New York with us. We had so much fun together. I’ve always wanted to meet her, after all these years of hearing her name in numerous conversations.

Anyway we had a lot food, good food. She even made awesome crêpes for us, with heavenly Nutella and “orange et sucre”. On the last night of her stay, we went to Monkeytown in Williamsburg.

It was awesome.

Monkeytown is this new venue in Williamsburg for a unique dining experience with giant video projects and intimate seating. Well I guess this is not such a new concept, there is the Screening Room in the city. However, Monkeytown is unique because not only the food was a kind of new American cuisine, but also the alternative/experimental pieces they show.

The night’s program was one of the “Surf and Destroy: Surfer-made films vs. Hollywood’s version” nights. It was bizarre but definitely a lot of fun. 4 screens playing surf movies around us and it was way cool.

Oh a couple of more niches: rose & pomergrante cheesecake, chocolate curry mousse, and dedicated music contributed to their bathrooms.

RIP

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Oh my, our neighbor passed away on Monday. It happened so quickly. It’s sad, we didn’t even get to know him. R.I.P.

Stay Well

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Our neighbor downstairs has gotten really sick over the last week. We haven’t really met him officially, nor do we really know him. When we first moved into the apartment, they told us that he is very sick. Well, the few times that we saw him he seemed like a regular, husky and okay middle-aged man. We didn’t know what was wrong with him. All we know is that he is said to be very sick, not at home a lot, and goes to the local bar.

Last weekend they came by and dropped off an oxygen machine and a hospital bed. We happened to see the nurse when she knocked on the wrong door. Apparently something is going not so good. It suddenly dawned on me that maybe he has a terminal cancer or something. Now it all makes sense.

It explains why he’s not at home a lot, why he looks apparently healthy, and why he still drinks when he is said to be very sick.

Someone left a rose at the front door wishing him well. We prayed for him to wish him have an easy time.

Antonioni in Brooklyn!

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Being a Brooklynite, I am so psyched to know that there will be a tribute to Antonioni at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this coming June.

Titled “The Vision that Changed Cinema: Michelangelo Antonioni,” it will showcase 16 of Antonioni’s major feature work, as well as shorts and a couple of films on Antonioni.

Enjoy a WHOLE MONTH with Antonioni’s masterpieces. BAM runs these movies a few times a day. My fantasy is to watch them all everyday but it’s most unlikely. But I am going to catch the rare ones, especially hung Kuo Cina. A couple of titles that I want to see again are Oberwald and my all time favorite Identification and Zabriskie Point.

Here is the run down:

6/7-13 – Blow Up
6/9 – I Vinti (The Vanquished)
6/12 – Antonioni Shorts 1943-1953
6/13 – Antonioni Shorts 1983-2004
6/15 – Cronaca di un Amore (Chronicle of a Love)
6/16 – Il Grido
6/17 – L’Avventura
6/18 – La Notte
6/19 – Chung Kuo Cina
6/20 – Le Amiche (The Girlfriends)
6/22 – La Signora Senza Camelie (The Lady without Camelias)
6/23 – Zabriskie Point
6/24 – L’Eclisse
6/25 – Deserto Rosso (Red Desert)
6/26 – Il Mistero di Oberwald (The Mystery of Oberwald)
6/27 – Identificazione di una Donna (Identification of a Woman)
6/28 – Al di la Nelle Nuvola (Beyond the Clouds)
6/28 – Making a Film for Me is Life (1995), directed by Enrica Antonioni; Antonioni Visto da Antonioni (1978)
6/29 – The Passenger
6/29 – Antonioni: The Vision that Changed Cinema, directed by Sandro Lai; L’Ultima Sequenza di Professione Reporter, directed by Andre S. Labarthe

I am so damn excited that you won’t even believe it! Thanks BAM! You rock (always)!

Shit, just realized that I will be down in the Lowcountry when Chung Kuo Cina screns. Now I am pissed, really really pissed. I wanted to see that one for years since… fuck!

(Adapted from my posting in the Antonioni forum.)

Dark Ages

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

According to the Jewish calendar, the year is 5765.
According to the Chinese calendar, the year is 4702.
That means that for 1,063 years the Jews went without Chinese food.
These were known as the Dark Ages.

So Dark the Con of Man

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Ok, we all know that the Da Vinci Code is back: back haunting us with its annoying story and all the attached hype and controversies. I admit that I had bought the hardcopy of the book and read it when it came out; I admit that I also want to see this movie so badly. But people! Just give it a break! It’s getting really old and annoying already with all these controversies. It’s just a damn story. Who cares whether they are based on facts or not, it’s a novel. A fiction. Now, if you are upset about Dan Brown twisting the common understandings and beliefs of Jesus and the Vatican nd all that stuff, do the same and give shit to John Case’s Genesis Code and Steve Berry’s The Third Secret also. In fact, I enjoyed these 2 far much more than the D.V. Code. They are definitely more chilling and “jaw-dropping” in terms of questioning Catholicism and Jesus.

And oh, by the way, The New York Times gave it a crappy review yesterday, titled, “A Code That Takes Longer to Watch Than Read“. (Yay!) Longer than the book? My gosh, I better make sure that I don’t drink anything during the movie otherwise I will have a long haul and it’s going to be embarrassing.

beta-test user-contributed folksonomies

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I am so sick of the term Web 2.0. It’s just so annoying. Why does everything has to be point something? It’s so 1998. (link courtesy of M.)
Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator™

Work and work and more work!

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Work has been incredibly insane. We are going to launch the new project tonight at midnight. I have been working for really long hours everyday. But it was a gratifying project, so it’s okay. And by the way, happy daylight savings!

That horrible day

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Last year today, the horrible fire happened and wiped out all our physical belongings and memories. At 3PM M. reminded me that it was the hour when it happened, I thought I was going to break down. I cried a little. It seems that everything is okay now, but deep down the trauma still resides. And that explains why all of a sudden I cried. We did go on with our lives since the fire, but the memory of it will never go away. It was such a horrible experience, but it made us a different person. It made us realize what really is important in our lives and how much we cherish our good friends and families. I don’t feel sad right now but as I am typing, tears come down. That’s what has left behind from the trauma.

Oops

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Wow, the last time I blogged here was on February 2nd. Where have I been?