Sunday, December 12, 2004
Since there will be quite a few friends traveling during the holiday season, we've decided to celebrate it earlier this year. Naeem, Will, John Sims, Suba, Eric and I went to the recently opened restaurant on the Plaza -- Brio -- to have lunch. After the wonderful meal, we all went to Will's place to exchange gifts and for some hot cocoa and dessert. The cake was scrumptious and the gifts were fabulous. The best part of this gathering was the time being together, and the thoughts we had for each other especially during the holiday season. It just warmed my heart to be in the same room with my close friends. Will has a gorgeous apartment. It is so nicely decorated that it seems like an instant set for a photo shoot. There were an art director, a graphic designer and a photo stylist in the group, so needless to say, the afternoon had turned into a photo session. However, the pictures above were taken spontaneously, without any art direction or extra styling. Somehow, without trying, the palette and the visual elements just turned into a Burberryesque picture. So, I just had fun with it!
Saturday, December 11, 2004
To all the readers of my blog, Happy Holidays to all of you.
As the Yuletide season is fast approaching, I was debating whether or not to have a tree this year. I had a terrible experience once with a fresh tree and that had shied me away from the idea for years. Somehow, I revisited it again this year, perhaps just to entertain myself since my brother will be spending the holidays with my family in Malaysia; my best friend, Suba, will be in Montreal to celebrate her nephew's first birthday; and my boyfriend is perhaps going to visit his relatives in Colorado. That leaves me alone, all by myself. So, I've made up my mind to bring back the tree this year. A small and much manageble one. Here's the outcome of a fun filled crafty afternoon. I had been shopping for the ornaments for the past few evenings but had no luck finding the right size tree. After much running around town and calling a few places, I finally got the right one from a florist. This tree is a 4 foot Cedar Top, sparsely decorated with only 25 one-inch frosted globe lights, different sizes and shapes of glass ornaments, many shimmering icicles, and lime green & cream ribbons. The whole tree stands in a silver ice bucket with reindeer handles. I love the fact that it is unconventional, yet it has a touch of retro -- simple, monochromatic yet elegant. But most of all, I love it because it will be here with me this Christmas.
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Friday, December 03, 2004
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Thursday, December 2nd is Holidays By Design, organized by DIFFA/KC (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). There will be a silent auction of about a hundred one-of-a-kind holiday wreaths designed and sponsored by various firms in the design industry, at the Restoration Hardware on the Plaza from 5:30pm - 9pm. Here's the wreath I created, sponsored by TakeTwo. It is made out of almost 5 pounds of candies, and hung over a frosted mirror. Entitled "Hope Sweet Hope", it is dedicated to all the 2.2 million children with AIDS in the world this holiday season. To whoever won the bid on this wreath, THANK YOU!
Let's not forget that December 1st is World AIDS Day. Let us ask ourselves, have I done anything to help fight this disease?
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
A total of 4 inches of snow is already on the ground at around 8am, and we're still getting more. This is taken from the entrance to my house, looking out to the street at my big tree. The snow is wet and heavy. I talked to Suba over the phone this morning and apparently, she had already gotten an e-mail invitation to go to a snowball fight! (I bet this type of snow is best for making snowball.) That's insane! I'm going back to bed.
Friday, November 19, 2004
While I was shopping at Costco today, I came across something rather amusing. As usual, I took my regular route, sweeping the big aisle anti-clockwise, and never fail to stop at the big stacks of DVDs. As I was scanning through the titles to see what's new and what's cheap, I found Showtime's female version of Queer As Folk, the first season of "The L Word". And there in front of my eyes, underneath the pink and the oh-so-lipstick boxsets, were the discs of "The Passion of the Christ!" Was it a coincident, or perhaps a joke?
I was glad that I had my newly acquired spy-cam (code name 007) handy, and got a shot of this funny picture. I guess, this is perhaps a simple illustration of the fact that, even though we're living in the middle of the "red state", there is still some "pink" among us. And they're not afraid to be on top.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Monday, November 08, 2004
I thoroughly enjoyed the Incredibles, the new Pixar animation that opened last weekend, I saw it twice on the same day. Just like the rest of the Pixar creations, the movie has both great visuals and amazing story. This is the first time we get to see human characters play the lead roles, and they are absolutely fantastic and believable. One the characters that tickles me the most is Edna Mode, the 3'8" superhero fashion consultant. (Brilliantly voiced by the director, Brad Bird himself!) There is a list of names out there that most critics suggest the character was based upon. The most mentioned is Hollywood's legendary costume designer, Edith Head. (Left) However, I think Edna reminds me of the fashion editor, Regina Krumm, in Pret-a-Porte , played by Linda Hunt. (Right) And I'm sure those over-sized glasses are from the late fashionista Carrie Donovan. Who else, Dahling. Edna's character is further enhanced by her fabulous mid-century modern inspired futuristic home that's filled with sleek minimal furniture. I wonder how she cooks, since she's shorter than her kitchen counter top.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Friday, October 22, 2004
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Thursday, October 21, 2004
My folks are like little kids again, enjoying this very foreign but fun
festival. This picture was taken on October 17, at Pome On The Range
Orchard in Williamsburg, Kansas. (About an hour south of Kansas City).
We picked over 20lbs of apples from the trees and five pumpkins!
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
My parents are here visiting from Malaysia and this is their first time
experiencing Fall. They are really fascinated by the dynamic palette of
the foliage, and Halloween is a brand new holiday to them. For a first
timer, my dad did a superb job in carving the pumpkin. He did the
"Flying Witch" and I did the "Spider". However, I don't think they're
going to last until the end of the month because one of them has become
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
A hip Halloween costume idea: A tube of black face paint, black wigs
(or not if you have black hair or bald), black gloves, black outfit,
and an iPod. Make sure you stand close to a bright colored wall all the
time, and pretend that you're listening to some fun music even though
you've already run out of battery.
P.S. Don't get to drunk or someone might steal your iPod. You may need
some time to get the black paint off your clogged pore. Unless, of
course, if you have black sheet, then you can just go to bed without
taking off your makeup.