Archive for May, 2005

Book Blogging Binge

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

On this very last day of May, I blogged away all the books I have made during the last couple of weeks on CaiLun.info. The last month has been really amazing. I was finally able to get back on my needles and threads and put together different books again. I was on a roll and couldn’t stop. I couldn’t even keep up blogging them. But hey, now they are all up on the site now, I am ready to make more.

Theme Magazine, Issue 2

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

The second issue of Theme Magazine is supposed to hit newsstands and bookstores in a week or so. We went over to J. and J.’s place for dinner last night and they told us excitedly that the second issue is supposed to be delivered this week. Congratulations! The premier issue of Theme Magaine is amazing: a handful of Asian vanguards in arts were interviewed. I can’t wait to read the upcoming issue!

Celebrate Brooklyn

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Every year wonderul performance and films programs and are carried out in the Prospect Park during the Celebrate Brooklyn Performance Arts Festival. The first time I went to Celebrate Brooklyn was for They Might Be Giants. It’s also a lot of fun sitting on the lawn, eating, drinking, and enjoying the great movies/performances and awesome crowd. This year I am definitely not going to miss The Sound of Music. “The hills are alive with the sound of music. With songs they have sung for a thousand years…”

Drinking out of the glass

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Sasha was drink out of a glass that we left on the floor. She loves that! She is so adorable!

Ruins

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

M. sent me a few pictures that he took at the ruins. I was there, but I didn’t take any picture. I guess these few pictures are of our last remains of the place we lived in for a few years.

A few days after the fire, we went back and dug through the rubble. We sneaked upstairs, trying to see whether there was anything left in the apartment. And of course, we were curious to see what it looked like. This picture was from the hallway. You can now see through the apartment — the walls were all knocked off and gone. It’s like the roof top now instead of an apartment.

Then we walked into the apartment. The kitchen was still pretty much intact, they didn’t knock it down yet. There was stuff piled up everywhere, wet and smokey. One of the bookshelves where knocked over and books were all lying on the floor. I saw my flat screen there in the kitchen, I supposed somebody threw it into the kitchen. The cabinets were all blackened. Glasses were filled with brown water. It’s really disgusting. I took a can of sealed chocolate wafers with me, and that’s the only thing I took with me when I went back downstairs.

Only one wall was left in the living room. This wall separated the living room and the office. All the exterior walls were destroyed. Everything is those rooms were pushed off to the lot next to the building. It feels very surreal to be on the floor, seeing the unfamiliar set up of the apartment with no wall at all.

Kingda Ka

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

“Kingda Ka,” the latest addition to the rides at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, is claimed to be the tallest and fastest rollercoaster ride on earth. I really, really want to try it. Of course, the line that that it’s going to create will be a big put off. I don’t think I will be visiting the GA sooner anyway, I mean, I am getting bored by the rides there. Last time when “Superman” was introduced, I was so eager to try, but it was a disappointment. It wasn’t all that great. It looks scary but it was absolutely nothing compared to a good old wooden rollercoaster.

Laptop Drive Saved

Monday, May 16th, 2005

I finally took the laptop to Tekserve to see what they can do about it. It’s basically dead but I want to see how we can take the drive out and hopefully the data. I had all of my digital photographs and work in the drive.

I didn’t want to do a data recovery which would cost me $800 for the 60GB drive — I really didn’t think the data is worth that much money. So I asked whether they could take the drive out and see whether they could copy the data off to another drive. They quoted me around $250 just to take the drive out and put it into a firewire enclosure. That’s still a lot, I think, since they won’t even turn it on and copy the data for me. I bought the enclosure from them for $90, which I am sure that it’s a rip-off. (Later on I found out that it costs $50 for that thing.) But I had to do it. And now with $100, I am copying my data off right now.

I am very lucky.

Target Rocks

Friday, May 13th, 2005

They really do rock. I love Targé. Thanks to those who gave us gift card and certificate at Target, we used them to buy furniture from Target online. That was the best furniture shopping experience I have ever had. Shopping at the physical Target stores is pleasant, but shopping at the Target store online is even better.

The online store has a good collection of affordable and nice-looking furniture that doesn’t look like something you would get from a discount store. I got the Isaac Mizrahi line and it’s so very affordable. The quality definitely worths a lot more than I expect from the price tag. Everything was shipped the next day via FedEx and UPS. They come to the door and I could put them together right away. I am still waiting for the rest of the lot to come this coming week.

Let’s see here, 2 desks, 2 end table, a bookshelf and a dresser cost $1300. You can’t beat that price. And, they don’t look ugly. At least it spares me from some more frustrations of starting from scratch.

Welcome Home

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Sasha is back from Baltimore to New York. She has been staying down in Baltimore for 2 weeks, until everything in the new apartment in New York is settled. After 4 hours of being confined in the carrier, she didn’t seem to be so happy about the new apartment. She hid behind the toilet after checking out the new place, constantly grunting.

End of April Update

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

Happy May!

Last week was a hectic week, personally. Saw a bunch of movies at the Tribeca Film Festival and missed a couple because I just couldn’t do it. I wished I could have given tickets to someone rather than wasted them. On top of the movies, it was fun. It was such an event that almost every one you’d see in Tribeca were going to the movies. There is something very community about it and unlike anything else (and any other film festivals) that happens in the city at any time. So it’s good to be there.

I waited not to see Wong Kar Wai’s 2046 on DVD until I have seen in the theater. So I waited and saw it at the festival. It was fine, so typical WKW’s. I am getting so sick of his stuff. Of all films my favorite is still Chung King Express. 2046 is the continuation of In the Mood for Love, which I really liked. A couple of weeks ago I saw Eros, in which WKW’s The Hand is the first segment. The Hand, has the exact same feeling as 2046, as if it’s taken right out from 2046.

The best part, afterall, was when Tony Leung appeared on stage and greeted the audience. He said, “Thank you for the Tribeca Film Festival… In the Mood for Love is about a love story, and 2046 is also about a love story… thank you…” Oh well. Couldn’t he say just a little more? But hey, I like Tony Leung. It was a good treat for me anyway.

To end the month of April, we finally moved into the new apartment, hating it yet liking it at the same time, and started a new life.