Archive for June, 2004

Happy Pride

Sunday, June 27th, 2004

Not sure whether we can attend the pride parade this year. We have a wedding to go to — A. and J. are getting married this afternoon. It’s almost too ironic that we are going to a straight wedding but not the pride parade. Why would they choose today as their wedding day? Are they shoveling it in our face? I honestly don’t think so, but I doubt they knew — and that’s the problem we really have.

Saved!

Sunday, June 27th, 2004

I hung out with B. yesterday and we went to see Saved! together. It was exactly what I expected, only better. It was a teen movie with a great edge. Before I saw it, all I’ve heard about it is that it’s really a satire on Christianity; and that it’s good. Well, on top of that, I realized that the cuties in the movie are truely eye candies — afterall it is a teen movie. I don’t think I have yet seen a movie that plays out the satire so well. It reminds so much of my own spiritual journey up to this point of my life.

The movie is more than beliefs and religions — it’s really about misfits and discrimination againt the ones that are different than us. How should we deal and live with people who are different than us? Are we going to change the misfits to one homogenous entity or to embrace everybody’s differences? I think the answer here is pretty clear in the movie. Not just another teen movie I’d say.

One-month Countdown

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

In exactly a month’s time, I will celebrate my 28th birthday. I love this number 28. It has the factors 2, 4, 7 and 14. I love the number 7. Now I want to do something fun and massive this year. I am thinking so hard right now, trying to figure out what I should do to celebrate my (yet another) birthday this year. No Chinese banquet, no party at home (I don’t want to wind up cooking and serving, no theme park, no eating-out-in-a-restaurant-and-people-pay-for-you party…

Music Update

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

I bought Etienne Daho’s Réévolution (2003) and I have already played it at least four times toninte. It’s so pop and fresh, I am going to sing to the for sure. If is a very interesting song, the lyrics is a poem — every line starts with “If” and ends with a “-if” word. So many if-s! Réactif, incisifs, successifs, motif, définitif, approimatif…

Thanks to O., Benin-born singer Angélique Kidjo’s Oyaya! is just beautiful. It’s full of a fusion of various music elements with the native African music root. It has It just sounds like something that I will listen to a lot for the next few days.

And now… I confess, I was a Take That fan; and I have no shame admitting.. A couple of days ago I was on a Apple Music Store shopping binge and I couldn’t help but bought two of their albums. I don’t mind buying them again, because I just wanted to listen to the songs so badly. So I am also on a Take That binge right now. My Madonna OD didn’t last very long; it was over after the concert last night.

Re-invetion

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

I do think that Madonna’s current tour is much better than her last Drowned World Tour. We were there last night. It was awesome. I was so impressed by the broadcast design pieces. I do think that everything was intergrated together pretty well: the broadcast designs, lighting, choreography, narrative and the music. The screens on the back are so huge that they made very intense backdrops for the entire show.

I was extremely psyched that she sang a lot of her classics. I almost fainted when she sang Express Yourself, Crazy for You and, of course, Holiday. Some of the episodes were pretty smart, say when she was sanging “I’m gonna give it up… I’m gonna give it up…” to the icons of Jesus and Mary; or the Kabbalah prayers during Like a Prayer.

I do think that the whole show was like a revival, especially during Like a Prayer. Think about it: the mass was screaming and singing in a trance to her Like a Prayer while she was acting like a preacher, preaching her Kabbalah beliefs. It was pretty eerie at times, really.

Holiday! Celebrate!

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

I am currently OD-ing on Maddona’s songs. Tonight I am going to see her at the Re-invention Tour at the MSG. My gosh. I feel like I am going to vomit right now. I suspect I am truely OD. But I have to keep them coming!!! More Madonna until tonight! Can I survive? Survival… This year it’s going to be a true surprise for myself: I did not look at any spoiler online, so I still have no idea what the rundown will be!

Mark Morris

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

We went to BAM on Saturday night to see Mark Morris’s (and yes, according to Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, it has to be Morris’s instead of Morris’) two new pieces, All Fours and Violet Cavern. It’s been a year since I saw a dance performance; it was around same time last year when I saw Mark Morris at BAM. It seems to me there are always different styles in a night’s performance — pieces that are “classic” and minimalistic modern dance, as well as pieces that are more dramatic, colorful and edgy. It’s like getting two for the price of one.

The first piece All Fours was so simple and elegant. I loved the huge solid color-lighted backdrop. Dancers were dressed in plain white and gray (or black too?), therefore they constrasted against the backdrop and becomes so apprarent. The moves were so poetic yet constructed, you can’t get cleaner and sharper than that.

The second piece Violet Cavern was much more dramatic. There were some settings; the sides of the stage were opened up so that audience can see the performers getting ready and resting — it was rather transparent. The music was extremly dramatic and eventful. It was pretty intense.

A Lot Has Happened

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

A lot has happened during the last few days. But at the end, I felt like a much happier person; perhaps I was experiencing an emotional height of my biorhythm curve. EY visted from Taipei and stayed with us for a week; M’s mom visited for the weekend; made bruch (grilled peaches and blueberry pancakes) for friends; everything was a blast. There were arguements, fights, and of course, dramas. I was kept in such emotional intensity at all times. However, it was all good. Things came back to normal and it seems like this summer is going to be really exiciting and busy. All the dramas distracted me from remembering that Madonna’s concert is tomorrow, which I almost forgot. I am so not used to forgetting such an event. What’s happening here?

Sweat Like a Pig

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

It was over 90 degrees today. It was hot, really hot. I sweated like a pig all day. The hot wind was blowing right into my face. I felt like walking in a bright red hot oven. It reminds how much I hated Summer. I don’t mind being on the beach, but this? Burning in the city? No way!

By the way, I feel like I have to get back to blogging a bit more frequently. I have been really lazy in adding new entries. So it means that I have not been jotting down those a trivial matters in life. Oh how sad.

Happy June

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

June is the last month that I can enjoy the mild and dry weather before the miserable summer arrives. I hate living in the city during summer, in fact, I hate summer in general. I hate the heat and the humidity summer brings, although being on the beach during summer with a leisure state of mind is of a completely different situation. No matter how less I dress, I sweat like a pig. It’s just annoying. I am not a summer person at all. Nonetheless, there are a couple of things to look out for in this summer that makes it more worthwhile. S. is coming to visit next week, it’s been two years since I last saw him, and how I missed him! I am going to see Madonna’s concert in the MSG in two weeks—now that’s exciting. I am really glad that I got the tickets. Then by the end of June, A. and J. will get married. I am so happy and excited for both of them. Also, I have signed up a few classes at the bindery, namely, “Collage Technique,” “Altered Book” and “Chinese Book Binding.” And of course, my b-day in July. But it seems like I am missing some form of travelling or summer vacation!