Archive for September, 2005


Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Good friend Rey’s play DEVIANT is starting next week. Please please support him, by going yourself, by telling people to go, and by bring people to go see this wonderful play. There will be a cocktail reception following the play on the Opening Night (10/7).

by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Worlds collide when Sara and Valerie — a couple pursuing the American dream — find out their new roommate James is a gay prostitute too jaded to believe that dreams still matter. When lives and dreams intertwine in the too-close quarters of their New York apartment, this unlikely trio turn to art, drugs, and each other while searching for ways to connect. At once gritty and poignantly lyrical, this new play by rising Filipino playwright A. Rey Pamatmat signals an exciting new voice in American theater.

October 7 – 23, 2005
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00; Sundays at 2:00

Buy tickets here or call (212) 252-3101
For information please visit Vortex’s Web site.

Micro is HOT

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Remember the first portable Game Boy? It was like a brick. Yet we thought that was awesome, didn’t we? Because you can finally carry something around to play different games, rather than those 1-shot Game and Watch games. I had a few of those, my favorite one was the dual-screen Mickey and Donald. Anyway, when my cousin had her Game Boy I was so jealous of her.

Not until a few years later I got myself a color-screen Sega Game Gear. It was, even back then, huge. But then it was color in 1990! There was this TV adapter that you could attach to the Game Gear to watch TV. Now that was something I really wanted back then, since I didn’t have my own TV, but I never got one. Anyhow, the idea of it being “portable” wasn’t really the case for me, I don’t think I have ever took it out with me and played it on the subway.

Then the Game Boy got smaller in 1996, called the Game Boy Pocket, and I got one. Then there was the Game Boy Color, which I think was so hideous and didn’t get it. Now in 2001 Nintendo launched the Advance, which started a new era of affordable portable video games. I got the original Advance (hated it because it was so damn dark, even with those pathetic external lights), the SP (which is much smaller and portable, with a built-in light). Oh then I had a fire, lost them all. All the games were gone.

Until now, when I have just received my Micro, which is a damn cute little monkey. It is so thin and light, like the size of an iPod mini. I tried to get it on Amazon and EB Games, they didn’t have stock. I finally ordered from Game Stop and I received 2 days later. It’s awesome!

Guess how much

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

I took the bag of change to the bank and I guessed that there were 120 bucks in there. Well close enough, 101.57 there was. I love getting rid of them. It feels clean and good. That’s right, obsessive.

Sandy is Back!

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

For the last couple of weeks, I have been really obsessed with the latest news and single from Sandy Lam, my beloved Chinese singer of all times. People are blogging news clippings, pictures, audio and video clips about her like crazy. Well good for me, no doubt. on thThis year she’s going to celebrate her 20-year career by having a so-called “coming back” concert and Cantonese album. Well Cantonese album is rare for her, as she hasn’t had one released in years. A couple of X’mases ago I had the chance to see her live in Connecticut and it was awesome. Every time I hear her voice I want to cry, seriously. Gosh I can’t believe I have been following her career for 20 years. I listened to her since her first album and that was 1986. She still looks so awesome. Well I suppose I will miss her concert in Hong Kong later this year, but perhaps I will get to see her again here in the US.

Theme Magazine, Issue 3

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Congratulations to J. and J., issue number 3 of their Theme Magazine has been published. Everything in this issue is utterly (again) beautiful. Congratulations and all the best to them.


Sunday, September 18th, 2005

I almost forgot the exisitence of this thing. Traditionally on Mid-Autumn Festival, we would eat this thingy. Mom would blanched them and peel them like chestnuts. I don’t remember what the taste of it was, but it could be like chestnuts. I just went to Chinatown in Brooklyn and that was it, they were right there: black little gothic creatures like bats like devil faces. Until then I realized that they might be a fruit, rather than nut or legume. In fact, it’s similar to water chestnut, it’s called “water caltrope.”

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Sunday, September 18th is Mid-Autumn Festival, in fact it will be the fullest moon of the year. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, it will be the 15th of August. Chinese celebrate the day by gathering together with family and friends, eating mooncakes and lighting up lanterns.

You’re Welcome!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

I love to say “You’re welcome” when people don’t say thank you when they’re supposed to. Just now, when the elevator door was closing, some woman tried to get it. I pressed the OPEN button and reopened the door again. She gave me a nasty smile. I said, “you’re welcome,” she gave me a shocked look. Yeah bitch: say “thank you” next time.

Weekend Update – Baltimoire, MD

Monday, September 12th, 2005

This past weekend was spent in Baltimore. Nothing much really happened there, it’s just a light getaway trip to also review some fabric S. has for the sofa we are going to order. We did pick a luscious fabric afterall. It’s going to be cool.

First night’s dinner was spent at my favorite low-key hearty Paper Moon Diner. Locals know this place probably way too well. This 24-7 joint offers a slightly health-conscious touch to regular diner menus. I always opt to go there whenever I am in town and want a simple hearty meal. I had their new crab cake platter, which is extremely flavorful. It’s broiled with no filler bread crumbs. It’s so flavorful that I didn’t need to use any cocktail sauce.

On the second night we had dinner at the latest hip and chic joint, The Bicycle. They call themselves “A Global Bistro,” which I found was a little tacky. But then again, their menu offers global-fusion dishes. The presentations of the dishes were not only pretty, but full of color. My ravioli came with colorful vegetables, which opened up my appetite. The red snapper was remarkable with the full spectrum of flavors combined by the spicy green curry, papaya chutney, pickled savoy cabbage and black sticky rice.

Pretty Site of the Day

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

IAAH ( Enjoy. (Link courtesy of O.)