Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Forgotten Photos

I'm one of those people who likes to take photos of pretty much anything and everything and puts it online, whether on Facebook or here on the blog. I was browsing through my camera this afternoon and found some old photos I've totally forgotten about.

So rather then uploading these pictures on Facebook and end up being swallowed in the feed, I'll just share them here. Sounds good to you? Sounds good to me.

GOKOU and MY SEXY TOES (wtf!) --- Seeing this again made me admit that, sometimes, I really do take some really weird photos. I don't even remember taking this. From what I can tell , this is a screenshot of a Dragonball game I was playing on my XBOX360. Why I decided to include my feet in the photo is beyond me. Let's just move on to the next one...


SIDEWALK CHALK ART --- Now this one I remember. This photo was taken last summer during one of my weekend strolls downtown. The artist is "Chalkmaster Dave", one of Toronto's famous local indie artists. He creates these great-looking images using chalk, usually taking hours to create each piece. Here's a Youtube vid about him.



MURAL AND MINI PUPPET SHOW --- Taken during the Fall last year. It's a shame I didn't take this shot in HD. The mural was really quite something to see. The puppet show was also great. Toronto has lots of talented independent performers and this was one of them. The puppet sang and made jokes (sometimes dirty ones) to people dropping coins in his little tin can. What you don't see in this photo are the crowds of people behind me enjoying the show. He was that good.




"UNINTENTIONAL INNUENDO" -- Note to McLean's: Was it too much trouble for you to profile ONE MORE school for your list? I mean...69? And then you put a girl on the cover. Horny post-secondary male students are gonna have a ball with this one.



THE MOST BEST AD EVER --- Now I'm just making an educated guess here, but I don't think English was their first language. You have to admit, this one's pretty freakin' hilarious. I dare you to read some of it out loud and not laugh, or even smile. ^_^

Monday, March 29, 2010

What HUMOR Has Taught Me...

BEING SO SERIOUS ALL THE TIME IS UNHEALTHY.

Life is hard enough. Take it easy.
Don't be so hard on yourself.
It makes facing each day easier.


MAKING FUNNY FACES HAS ITS REWARDS.

Think of it as a form of exercise for your face.

You've always wanted to exercise more, right?

Here's your chance.



LAUGH MORE. SMILE MORE.
It's good for your heart, you know.
Plus it's contagious.
Go spread the good virus.

SELF-EXPRESSION PROMOTES CONFIDENCE.
Once you discover your inner clown, it's the most fantastic feeling in the world.
It's as if you can do anything.
But this time - you'll have a big smile
on your face while you're doing it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

*cough* *cough*

I've been sick the whole day. Feels like my head is spinning. I woke up around noon today and haven't left the bed, other than to brush my teeth and the occassional bathroom break. I have to work tomorrow and a paper to write when I get home. I'm watching my third or fourth movie of the day. I lost count. All I really want to do is sleep but I've slept so much today I know it's already screwed up my sleeping cycle.

Is it just me, or does time seem to fly a bit faster when you're sick? Maybe it's all the sleep I've been doing, I'm not sure. I've been dozing on and off all afternoon. I really need to shake this off soon.

Got any quick home remedies you can recommend?

Is anyone out there even reading this? Hmmm...anyone? =(

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I Met Margaret Atwood Today!

A funny thing happened on what began as just another regular afternoon at the library - I met one of the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. I met legendary Canadian writer Margaret Atwood.

Here's how it all happened...

When I got to the library around 2:30pm, I saw a poster ad for her event - to be held on the second floor in the same building later that night. Not thinking much of it, I went about doing my research for my paper for the next 4 hours.


Around 6:30pm I was already feeling drained and tired and I was so ready to go home. Walking towards the exit I passed by the ad again.
I stopped and said to myself, "Oh why not, I'll go. It's free anyway. "




When I got to the library's auditorium there were already a lot of people there. I think close to 200 or so. There was also a bar set up at the back of the room serving free champagne, coffee, and other drinks. I still regret not getting any. Darn it.


At 7:00 PM the event started. The event was hosted by award-winning Canadian journalist and author Ian Brown. It was an hour-long sit down interview. Margaret Atwood talked about her literary works, her early life, and even spoke about how tech-savvy she was, mentioning her blog, and even joking with Ian Brown about how she enjoys tweeting on her very own account.

After the interview, members of the audience were allowed to ask her questions. They asked her opinion about the recent American election, her writing routine, her stance on feminism, the environment, Canadian youth, and even the one thing she would bring on a deserted island.

On the deserted island question, she chose "Robert Baden-Powell" -- founder of the Scout Movement. She said she chose him so that she wouldn't have to worry about surviving - since he's going to do all the work for her. =)

She also gave some great advice to young writers and bloggers:
  • Just write. Put it out there. Somewhere out there are your ideal readers.
  • You cannot control how your readers will interpret your writing.
  • You can't know how your writing will affect them.
  • Even if you don't know who's going to read it, just keep on writing.
After the event was over, we were told that Ian Brown and Margaret Atwood would stay to do some book signings. I figured since I've already stayed this long I might as well stay for this one too.


At the back of the room they set up a long table where Ms. Atwood would sign autographs for the people who brought and bought copies of her book. Ian Brown was also there, talking to some of the people, having his photo taken, and even signing copies of his books. I only had one shot to take a picture with him since he was about to leave. I'm so glad it turned out perfect.



The lineup was long and two of her assistants was helping her along. She signed book after book and took photos with some of the people. I wasn't even in the line. I was just standing near the table taking photos of her signing her books.



After seeing it slowly dwindling down, I went to the back of the line and grabbed the program pamphlet they provided and asked her to sign it. I gotta admit I was nervous. I think I stuttered when I introduced myself. She signed the pamphlet and one of her assistants finally took our photo.

CLOSING THOUGHTS: Meeting Margaret Atwood was pretty surreal. It's quite an experience actually meeting the person most people only get to read about in textbooks. It's even more amazing that this wonderful experience almost didn't happen for me.

There are certain moments in life I like to call "Oh why not! moments."
Whenever a situation or opportunity presents itself and gives you the chance to step out of your comfort zones, I suggest you grab it and say... "OH,WHY NOT!"

Because you just never know what unforgettable things you'll get to experience or who you'll get to meet along the way.

Girls + Bathroom Pics = Huh???

You know how girls take photos of themselves in the bathroom? I`ve always wondered why they do that. I mean, why the bathroom of all places? It`s not exactly the most attractive place in the house to take pictures in.

Can someone explain this to me please. Why do girls like to take photos in bathrooms?

By the way - sorry I`m not showing my sexy boobs in these pics. Maybe next time. =)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thoughts in Text

There are days when all I want to do is to write. No photos to feature. No drawings to make. No YouTube videos or links to share. Just good 'ole fashioned, traditional blogging.

So I decided to make a new category: Thoughts in Text.

Entries in this category will be, as the name implies, just texts. I`ll be writing my thoughts, musings, rants, observations, and opinions about events, people, ideas, and topics that I find amusing, amazing, absurb, or just plain interesting. Basically, I will be writing about anythng and everything. Sounds like fun, huh?

Plus I can just enjoy being me through writing. I hope you`ll have some fun reading them.

I`ll leave it here for now. It`s 1:25 in the morning and I`m watching Julie & Julia. You know, that movie with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.

Interesting tidbit: I`m at the part where Julie starts her blog. That`s where I got the idea for the category. Funny how movies can have such an effect in our lives.

Maybe that`s what I`ll write about next time: Movies. What do you think? Any suggestions?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Loli Girl / Chick I'm Not Tapping

These photos were taken last Friday afternoon at the corner of Dundas Square - Toronto's version of Times Square. There was this girl wearing a sort of lolita/goth ruflle dress, which is honestly something you don't get to see everyday.
She was standing in front of the spot where "Chalkmaster Dave" - one of city's popular local artist - was working. Did he hire her to stand there to grab people's attention? Maybe. I couldn't tell and I didn't wanna ask. I had a feeling he did. Based on her somewhat sad expression, it seemed pretty obvious she didn't want to be there. Poor girl. It was a bit chilly that afternoon.

As great as the chalk drawing is, I just couldn't keep my eye off that sad loli girl. You just wanted to hug her and take care of her, you know what I mean?
(FACT: I think girls in loli costumes are really cute.)


You gotta admit: it actually looks pretty good.



Nice touch. Must have been awkward to explain to tourists what it meant.
(- -)/

Saturday, March 20, 2010

J-Pop and Giant Robot!

On my trip to the bookstore downtown, I got myself a copy of GIANT ROBOT MAGAZINE - my favourite source of Asian pop culture. Great content - stylish, intelligent, and very very cool. Even though they only publish six issues a year it's well worth the wait. Next time you drop by your local magazine place, be sure to grab a copy.

Being someone who enjoys Asian pop culture, I think this would be a great chance to show it to you. I'll do it in pictures...

OMG Asian geek alert! (Good thing Marilyn's got my back.)
All I need now is a suitcase and the look is complete. ^_^

I love Japanese Pop Music. Been listening to it since I was a kid while watching old-school mech animes and several sentai series. I got the shirt made at a local custom shirt shop.

Here's the front (duh).

...and back.
That's Japanese singer UTADA HIKARU. The photo was taken from one of her album covers.

Now I can't wear the shirt without wearing the I HEART J-POP hat.
...and top it off with some custom Chuck Taylors, which I really need to wash soon. ^_^
(This post is dedicated to the great staff of GIANT ROBOT MAGAZINE.)

FROM ONE OF YOUR MANY LOYAL READERS HERE IN TORONTO...
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK GR~!

To my readers and all lovers of Asian pop culture, Giant Robot needs a bit of financial assistance. Let's help them out!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Toronto Ninjas Spelling FAIL

Saw this sign near some roadwork downtown. This is a great example why I never leave my camera home whenever I go out.






Great sense of humor on their part. Crappy execution.
I give these ninjas 2-1/2 stars out of 5.

(- -)/

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Subway Smiley Mask



At the subway on my way home I saw this dog mask near the edge of the platform. Seeing the train coming out of the tunnel, I quickly got my camera out and took a shot. Good thing I did because as soon as the train arrived it blew the mask away.

The moral of the story: Smiley faces are all around. Smile back. Arf Arf!

The Universe Has Been Kind To Men

Zooey Deschanel. Katy Perry. Alessandra Torresani.


Cloning isn't always a bad thing, you know.

I guess the Cosmos liked what it created so much it decided to make more of it. So much WIN for the male race. Now, kind Universe, you should start making more Anne Hathaways and you can be our new BFF.
















Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hayden Panettiere

Geeks know her as Claire Bennett in Heroes. She makes us feel all fuzzy on the inside. Yumb.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

More Research and Dirty Students

It's Thursday night. 6:30pm. I'm at the library again.

I'm sitting on the same spot I was the last time I was here - next to high floor-to-ceiling windows where I can see the headlights of cars zooming by. Oh yes, those large potted plants are still here as well. I don't really know why they decided to put plants inside the library. Is it to provide a constant dose of fresh oxygen into the air? To make it feel like you're reading next to small garden or tiny forest? or maybe it's just there to make the place look homey?

Whatever the case may be, I personally find a dark humour seeing these living plants in a building filled with wooden tables, chairs and aisles of books. If the plants could talk, they're probably saying to each other, "DUDE, THAT COULD HAVE BEEN US!"

But that's just me.



Just in case you care, I'm doing a 10-page paper for my Senior Research Class, relating the classic French childrens novel "The Little Prince" and the importance of childhood idealism and the value of "sense of play" in our lives.



Here's one of the books I'm gathering material from. I was trying to make this pose as subtle as I could, considering there's a lot of people nearby.



Ok, now here's something that really upsets me. Before I took this spot, the table was occupied by a group of young students doing their own research (presumably). They left these stacks of books behind and (ugh!) plastic drink containers on the table. I just shook my head in disgust as they left.

A REMINDER IF EVER YOU'RE USING THE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Be more considerate. Clean up your mess. That's not hard to do, is it?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Asian Clark Kent? ^_^ v

Ever since seeing Christopher Reeve wear those thick dark-rimmed glasses in Superman, I 've always had a fascination with wearing a pair of my own.



I finally bought a pair of non-prescription ones this afternoon. Of course I won't be wearing these when I'm home. I'll probably just put them on when I'm at work or just going out.




Oh, I'm actually at the library typing this. Don't mind the plants behind me. Hehe. What do you think?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Beaver Makes a Monkey Smile

I was going through my closet when I found this yellow monkey doll I got from Shelly - a friend of mine from South Carolina. The little brown beaver I got from Anne, another friend and a mom from Japan. I decided to put the two together.

I mean, why not, right? ^_^

Now I have these two to keep me company while I'm at my desk.

Aren't they just adorable together? Hehehe. ^_^ v


Awwwwwww.........................!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mona Lisa, a Cowboy, and a Japanese Tourist

No, it's not a title of a new sitcom.

I spent the afternoon out and enjoyed the great weekend weather we're having here in Toronto. I took some photos and vids.


MONA LISA SKETCH -- Done by "Chalkmaster Dave", a popular local artist. Every weekend he takes his spot at the corner of Dundas Square and draws all sorts of images and pop culture characters. It was a shame some people didn't seem to care about the hardwork he put in and just walked all over it.

THE COPPER COWBOY -- A familiar attraction downtown, especially during the summertime. He's pretty much a moving statue and, for a few coins, he moves and dances for you. I was actually surprised to see him there since it was a bit chilly. I don't think I would have been able to last that long in the cold. Read this news article to know more about him.




THE COPPER COWBOY + TOURISTS -- There were plenty of people watching and taking photos of him when I was there, including this very excited Japanese girl. Just watch. Very adorable.^_^

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Friday, March 5, 2010

I'm now on Bubble Tweet!

Just when I thought I had my addiction to social networking under control, here comes another site that already has the potential to eat up more of my time.

Ever heard of Bubble Tweet? It's a site that synchs your Twitter account and allows you to make 30-second video tweets and share them with your followers. I learned about it from one of Marlee Matlin's tweets (you do know who she is, right?).




Click here to watch some of my Bubble Tweets.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Boudin

Here's something I learned from someone the other day that I thought I'd share with everyone. It's called BOUDIN (boo-dahn) - a Louisiana dish that's basically sausage filled with rice with other kinds of meat.



I've always been a big fan of food (especially the part when I get to eat them) so being inrtoduced to new dishes is always a great treat. This is something I definitely want to try for myself. Once spring hits, I need to start looking for restaurants here in Toronto that makes this. That photo is making me hungry.

Here's a video of how to make Boudin Blanc - a variation of boudin that has pork rice dressing inside the casing.



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