Archive for February, 2005

The Crackers (2005)

Friday, February 25th, 2005

The Gates or The Crackers? Taken by Jane Hanstein Cunniffe, this series of pictures is a real kick to the currently popular The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Link coutesy of O.

Eavesdropping

Friday, February 25th, 2005

On the subway this morning, there was a flock of teenage girls. They were passing a small jar of Ponds around.
“Oh it’s not mine,” the girl sitting next to me said, after being given the Ponds back, “it’s my father’s, girlfriend’s. Or really, his wife. They have lived together for years.”
“Same house, same house,” another girl replied.
“Yeah, my father cheated on my mother with this woman Maria, and Iris is a friend of Maria. And then my father cheated on Maria with this Iris, anyway. Grimy…”
(Now guess whose Ponds it is.)

Sucker

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

I am such a sucker for consumer electronics. After owning 4 Palm devices, 7 cell phones and 2 smart phones over the years, I finally got the ultimate device. Yes, I got the Treo, the Treo, in fact. Just like everybody else, I have been eyeing on the Treo for years, if not, months.

The latest second generation of the Treo is just too great, and you can’t beat it with a Blackberry and a PocketPC phone. The screen is beautiful and sharp. The Bluetooth connection works perfectly with my Mac for sync and shared Internet connection. I can browse the web and check emails efficiently with the Bluetooth connection to my Mac, without using the slow-as-heck wireless network. I can send files back and forth from my Mac to the phone with ease. It’s a camera phone and video phone as well, so I can shoot pictures and videos and send them out as MMS. I am still waiting for my 1GB memory card to come, so that I can load it up with MP3s. I don’t have to bring my iPod anymore. The optional integrated stereo earphones and microphone is great, when there is an incoming call, the music stops, which is kind of funny at the beginning. Being able to integrate my beloved Palm organizer and software with a phone is just great. I have nothing to complaint about it, oh, except for the price, perhaps.

The Gates

Monday, February 21st, 2005

So I was there finally. Everybody has their cameras with them, taking pictures. I suppose there is no reason not to. I brought the camera, though still feeling underwhelmed by The Gates, took some pictures. When I first got to the Central Park, I said, “So, what’s the big deal?” K. said that it’s about expectations. He didn’t have any expectation, and he enjoyed it. I suppose I had too high of an expectation and it turned out that I was underwhelmed.

Yummy Celebration

Monday, February 14th, 2005


For those who came to the Chinese New Year celebration, I was glad that the food turned out pretty well. There wasn’t a lot of touble cookng this time, even though every dish is made from scratch — the key is finishing all the prep work beforehand. I actually cooked the night before and the morning of the brunch, but the prep work was done a week in advance. Then everything just came together. Thanks for the wonderful company of those who came and shared a wonderful time with us. I wish everybody the Year of Rooster a year of luck, happiness, health and fortune! (Oh well, you gotta say that for Chinese New Year…) And here are the pictures everybody took, while the camera was being passed around.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Monday, February 14th, 2005

I am glad that I recovered from the mess I had with the stomach virus on the second and third day of Chinese New Year. It was not a great way to start the new year, but today’s Chinese New Year party was a blast. It is going to give this new year a great start. It is going to wash away all the bad things! Yay! Pictures from the brunch party will come shortly. Thanks for those who came and enjoyed yourselves!

So Sick

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

I have been terribly sick for the last few days. Stomach virus it was. It’s scary, yet reassuring, to know that a couple of people had the same symptoms: nausea, diarrhea, and light-headed. I thought I was sick because I ate too much rice cakes for Chinese New Year. Well, apparently not after a few times of diarrhea! I feel much better now, though my intestines still seem to be moving around wildly inside my stomach, i.e. they are giving me the cramps.

2 Neighborhood Drunks

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

9.30 am, I was walking down to the subway and a neighborhood drunks yelled at the other one, who is finishing up the coffee and dumping it into the trash can, “Do you want another shot?”
“Nah, it’s too early for me,” she replied.

Soothing Dinner

Friday, February 4th, 2005

I went to DoSirak and had dinner by myself tonight. I ordered Doen Jigae. A boiling pot of spicy soup with tofu and pepper, plus a huge bowl of warm white rice, that’s what I call “stick to the ribs.” Stick to the ribs my way. Oh, and a hot cup of green tea rounds it all up. Even better.

Amelia

Thursday, February 3rd, 2005

Last night I got to hold Amelia again. She is about 3 months old now and she is so pretty. Last time when I held her she was a newly born. She has gotten so much bigger now. It’s so funny since she is still learning to control her body, she kept banging her head on mine. She is so precious and adorable. She spat on a few times and it’s hilarious.