Archive for January, 2004

Where was I?

Friday, January 30th, 2004

World66 is a simple tool that allows you to create color maps showing the countries/states that you have visted. It’s 2 am and what the heck am I doing here? e.ku sent the link to me and and he blogged his maps right away. Here arem/images/2006/10/wo the 14 countries that I have been to (excluding transit at the airports):


And here are the 17 US States I have visited:


Brooklyn View

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

I finally got my act together and put up the pictures I have taken. By getting a new scanner, I finally have the chance to work with the photographs I have taken a while ago. I have decided to make this project as random and open-ended as possible, so as not to kill myself with yet another committment. The ongoing photography project can be found at Oh I love Brooklyn!

Guide to Electronic Music

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

E. showed me this site a while ago, and he recently blogged it again. I figure that I need to blog it too since it rocks. Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music is extremely fun to navigate. You will see how electronic music has developed and how different genres relate to each other. Of course, you can listen to samples too. It definitely serves as a definitive tool for the ever-changing and endless genres and terms.

The Democratic Candidates and their Cartoon Equivalents

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Whom do the Democratic candidates remind you of? How about Scrappy Doo? Take a look at their cartoon counterparts.

Photography: Three Months in Europe

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

This is a really nice photography showcase of Nikolai Cornell’s pictures taken in Europe created in Flash. I really like the loading sequence and the how the background texture offsets the map and objects. The photography is my cup of tea, too.

Thank You Mom!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

I am anxiously waiting for the scarf to arrive. My mom promised me that she would knit one for me and she told me that she has mailed it yesterday. She described it as “black, with a little bit of grey and white at the end.” I wonder whether it looks like this. It has been a long time since she knitted for me. When I was little, I was always embarrassed to wear her hand-knitted sweaters. Oh, I once had a sweater with a calculator pattern. She also knits very fast and accurate. She said this scarf took her only a few days to complete. Finally now, I have become more appreciative of her skill and dedication. I actually asked to have something hand-made by her!


Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

M’s grandma is really sick. M is going to drive down and see her, possibly for the very last time. I feel really sad to hear that. It reminds me so much of my late grandmother, who passed away in ’92. She was a very strong woman who had a lot of loving and caring for her grandchildren. I miss her very much. I miss the way she looked, the food she cooked, the way she would call my name, the times we spent together when I was sleeping over. M’s grandma reminds me that I still grieve tremendously for my grandmother’s passing away.

Bizarre Love Triangle

Monday, January 26th, 2004

I have been listening to Frente!’s “Marvin the Album” again. It’s been a long while since I last listened to it — it must have been at least 6 years. I looked at the year of the album and I was shocked — it was 1994 when it came out. I suddenly felt so old. I bought the album when it came out, when I found Angie Hart’s voice singing “Bizarre Love Triangle” with the playful and cute piano and guitar in the background so irresistible. 1994, so it has been 10 years, and I was in high school then. I loved the songs so much that I printed the lyrics and brought them with me to school so that I could sing the songs quietly. It sounded pretty freaky, now that I recall. I am not sure where they have been since then. I believe I got their second album, but I wasn’t crazy about it, and then my Frente! craze just died.

In America

Monday, January 26th, 2004

I finally got to see “In America” last night as D. suggested. I told him a few weeks ago that I could not cry anymore for years, which is extremely frustrating. Crying was substantial for me in the process of dealing with anger, loss and depression. A prominent theme in the movie was about letting go of your ultimate fear and loss, and then just cry. The movie was quite intense in that particular theme. Anyway, the movie was beautifully shot — very stylish and fantasy-like. The loft in the movie, though it was said to be located in a crack house, is so wonderfully decorated. I really want to live in a space like that. The Bolger sisters are so cute and are amazing actresses. And I found Paddy Considine and Djimon Hounsou exceptionally beautiful!

Food and Abundance

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

Today is the fourth day of Chinese New Years. Festivities go on–I have so much left over from the celebration brunch party that I quickly jumped onto them since I got up this morning. Chewy sesame balls with red bean paste, turnip cake, sat-ay chicken, dumplings, fried tofu,.. I think I can survive without going out at all for the next two weeks.

I was so stressed out before the brunch party that I might not have enough food. Abundance is important during Chinese New Year celebrations. People work hard and deprive themselves (not that I was depriving myself last year) during the year and then celebrate the beginning of a new year with an abundance of food, lots of sweets, a clean house and new clothes. There are foods and signs that are homonymic to “higher”, “offsprings”, “fortune”, “money”, and “gold.” Obviously it turned out to be okay as I will be eating the same food for the next two weeks. Sounds like the longest Chinese New Year celebration I have ever had!