Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quick thought

Have you ever noticed how people who describe themselves as "laid back" never really are?

Or maybe that's just been my experience. 

So weird.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Celebrate!!!


Me and Dad at my brother's wedding
(Courtesy of Kitty Maer Photography, Print Studios)
Heading back to Columbus, Ohio to ring in the new year.  Lots of things to celebrate and to be thankful for.  Cheers!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The new year

No Pants Subway Ride
Image courtesy of Improv Everywhere

Have you heard of Improv Everywhere?  They are based in New York and have pulled off some pretty hilarious pranks/events/performances/etc.

Some of my favorites:



200 or so people froze in place at the same time in Grand Central Station.



They filled a subway car with identical twins, creating a human mirror. 



They staged a reenactment of the first Princess Leia and Darth Vader scene from Star Wars on a subway car.

On Sunday, January 9th, 2011, Improv Everywhere is staging their 10th annual No Pants Subway Ride.

I am *this* close to participating.  Factors to consider - how good I think my ass looks that day, what the weather is like, and if I have the balls to take my pants off and ride the subway.  





Back to Brooklyn

Tuesday afternoon in Greenpoint

I went back to Ohio for the holidays - Cleveland with mom and dad, and then later down to Columbus and Cincinnati to spend Christmas with my brother (poor guy is a 1st year resident and was on call over Christmas), sister-in-law (she is also a 1st year resident and was on service over Christmas), and boyfriend.  It was a really great trip home that got unexpectedly extended due to a huge storm moving up the east coast. 

After a couple canceled flights and one upgrade to first class, I got back to New York and came home to piles and piles of snow, including one directly on my car.


Thankfully the car doesn't have to be moved until Thursday.  That means I have a couple days to dig the thing out and figure out where to park it.  Hilarious.




Monday, December 20, 2010

Right beneath the surface

Personal Photo

Memory is a funny thing.  Sometimes there are memories that you think have been long forgotten, but they're instantly triggered with a sound, a touch, a story.  Those memories were actually right beneath the surface, tenuously held from the forefront of your mind.

A collection of someone else's memories triggered very similar memories and events from my own childhood. These are not good memories.  They are not things that I think of fondly.  

It makes me worry for my future children, when they are in school and are targeted as different simply because of their ethnicity.   I never want my future children to think "I wish I was white" like I did when I was growing up, to think of how everything would be so much easier if I wasn't Asian.  

I'm thankful that something in me changed through all of this, that I cultivated great pride in my ethnicity.  I'm thankful that growing up, I found friends who were Asian-American and understood these things like only those who have been through it can.  

Identity is a tricky thing.  Identity and ethnicity together are even trickier.  They work, really, hand in hand and can't be separated.  I am shaped by my race and ethnicity.  They inform who I am and how the world interacts with me.  

I'm so glad I got to the other side, but it makes me emotional to remember.  There's a certain amount of helplessness and self-loathing that comes from that kind of teasing.  I know it's not something that I really ever talked about but I think it's important to share these stories, because if we are ignorant of what's going on these things will never change.

Ching-Kuo, sincerely, thank you for sharing your story.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thank you M.H.

My favorite day this September


The first time I visited my doctor in Columbus I had to fill out a large packet of questionnaires.  He's a physician who approaches health care with a much more holistic point of view.  Traditional and complimentary alternative therapies work hand in hand at his practice.  

There were the usual forms ubiquitous to all physician's offices for medical history and the like.  There were also forms that asked questions such as "Outside of family, loved ones, and work, what is your passion in life?"  And also, "If it was your very last day on Earth, what would you have to have done in order to feel like you had lived a truly good life?"  That last question really got me thinking.  What kind of regrets would I have at the end of my life?  What could I do at present to prevent those regrets from following me into my last days?

My friend recently shared a link on her blog that reminded me of that question.    

From Inspiration and Chai, "Regrets of the Dying"  (Yes, heavy stuff, but oh so significant and poignant and important .)

"For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives...  When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again."

The post goes on to list the 5 most common.  This is the one that I want to always remember.

"I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."

Yup, courage.  Change is scary.  But often times, change is necessary in order to make the kind of life that you want to live.  I have a feeling that it's totally worth it.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Neighborhood

From the City Reliquary in Williamsburg

This weekend was spent walking around the neighborhood with J (who surprised me with a visit).  There are a couple things we did that I think are worth mentioning.

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boyle Photography

There was brunch at Harefield Road Pub, close to Metropolitan and Graham.  The place is comfortable and just gorgeous - lots of dark wood and a really lovely, lived in feel.  The brunch menu is excellent with lots of different choices and really, the best deal for brunch that I've found so far.  $12 will get you an entrĂ©e, coffee or tea, and a mimosa or bloody mary.  Just remember, it's cash only and after 11:30am you will likely have to wait because it gets crowded quickly. 

Photo from The City Reliquary site

After brunch we decided to walk back to Greenpoint.  J and I stumbled upon a little museum on Metropolitan Avenue (near Havermeyer).  It turns out we had found The City Reliquary.  From their website:

"The City Reliquary is a not-for-profit community museum and civic organization located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Through permanent display of New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to both the past and present of New York ."  

Statue of Liberty postcards

A sewer rat

Not pictured but displayed at the museum - a "very old shovel," metro cards and subway tokens (from the originals to today's versions), and lots of other pieces (literally, pieces of old bridges, streets, etc) of New York's history.  

Admission is by donation only.  

Monday, December 13, 2010

The best

This weekend was fantastic.  

All thanks to a surprise visit from home.  

More soon.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Time

Union Square, originally uploaded by Science heroes.

The past couple days have been pretty uneventful.  I'm waiting to start work so I have a lot of my time on my hands.  I've been keeping busy and have enjoyed exploring but surprisingly, I do better with some kind of structure.  Who knew!

Yesterday I woke up early to go take care of pre-employment things for one of my hospitals. This consisted of another physical, another PPD test, and more shots.  It started snowing a little bit while I was out and that made the cold seem bearable. Got back to the apartment, started making some yogurt, and curled up with the cat for a movie and some knitting.

This morning I woke up to a huge vat of yogurt. It totally worked! I'm definitely doing this again.

I did some Christmas shopping in the city today.  It was a pretty gorgeous day and it wasn't too crowded.  I spent quite a bit of time in Muji.  Someone once described it as the store for people with serious OCD.    There are containers for everything that you may need to organize your home.  They also offer housewares, clothing, Japanese pens and notebooks, and a small selection of toys.  I especially love their City in a Bag.

City in a Bag - New York

They also offer Paris, London, and Tokyo at a very reasonable price ($14).  Would make for an awesome holiday gift, for little and big kids alike.  

Monday, December 6, 2010

4000 Photographs

Mike Matas's trip to Morocco and Spain.

2 weeks

1,000 miles

4,000 photographs

Found on Smallest Things.

Morocco & Spain from Mike Matas on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Good for you

Lately, I've been inspired by blogs like 30 Bucks a Week (fellow Brooklynites!) and am trying my hand at making some things from scratch in order to save some skrilla.

So far:

I tried making some bread but failed miserably.  Half of the dough I made into tortillas and the other turned into a big, hard brick of whole wheat something or other (definitely NOT bread).  Will be trying this again but not anytime soon.

Went to Chinatown to score some cheap groceries and Asian ingredients.  It was a lot of fun and I will definitely be going back to do this again and again.

This granola is in the oven (used 1 cup rolled oats and 1 cup steel cut oats - it came out perfectly).

I'm going to try to make my own yogurt.

Also, looking into the Park Slope Food Coop.  Wondering if I know anyone who's part of it and what their experience has been so far.  More on this later.

Musics






Minus the Bear at Terminal 5 "Absinthe party at the fly honey warehouse"

Last night L. and I went into the City to catch Minus the Bear at Terminal 5.  J. had seen Jonsi there a few months back and had warned me that when he went, it had been incredibly packed.  So packed, in fact, that he and his date ended up watching the show from the second floor on televisions.  L. and I got to the venue and at first it didn't seem like there were going to be that many people.  After Tim Kasher (of Cursive fame) finished up his set everyone started pushing towards the front towards the stage.  Thankfully, L. and I have had much practice in getting up close to the front.  We ended up only a couple people back from the stage and watched a really fun show.  A lot of my favorite songs were played (I mentioned to L. that you could tell how old people were by which songs they started freaking out about - I was squarely in the old category) and the sound was perfect.  I think I need to start making a budget for shows.  Otherwise, this city is going to make me go broke with all the amazing bands that come through town.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday

Brooklyn Flea at Skylight One Hanson

This weekend has been pretty lovely.  Yesterday I trekked out to the Upper East Side to catch the tram to Roosevelt Island and saw some amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.  Then I went to the lower East Side to meet up with L. and saw Kenny Scharf's mural on the wall at Houston and Bowery.  We walked around the neighborhood, had a really lovely dinner and headed back Greenpoint.  

This morning I headed down to the Brooklyn Flea to look around and see what the vendors had to offer.  

Of note, SKT Ceramics had a table with some lovely wheel thrown and hand painted porcelain pieces.  The artist, Susannah Tisue, is based in Brooklyn.  You can purchase them here and go here for some more information.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

Image of Small Tiger Mug

Image of Fawn Bowl

Image of Otter Tumbler


Tonight, Terminal 5 to see Minus the Bear and Tim Kasher (of Cursive fame) with L.  


To Do


This article talks about New York's famous City Hall subway station.  It's been closed for decades but is now open for pass through.  Can't wait to see this in person.



Photos courtesy of Fred Guenther

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Missives

Postcard Collection Lost on the Midway

Since moving I've found that I really enjoy sending off notes to my loved ones in Ohio, especially on postcards.  

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Image from Buy Olympia
When I last visited my friend Tex  in Portland, she had a box of postcards from McSweeney's that I recently purchased and am slowly working through. 

Here are some others that I think anyone would be happy to find in their mailbox.

Holiday Sale - 20 Personalized Pink Carnival Note Cards

I Miss You note card

Letterpress Postcards - Set of 5

Yokoo Postcard

Dancing Bear Postcard Pack

To remember

From www.honestlywtf.com

The Original

"A whistle around the neck is the symbol for Falling Whistles, a nonprofit campaign for peace and aid for children in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. During the past 10 years, roughly 6 million people have died, and nearly 1,500 people continue to lose their lives daily. Many of those lives are young boys, too small to carry guns; instead, they carry whistles and are on the front lines of war. Sean Carasso started Falling Whistles to raise money for child rehabilitation programs and advocacy through the sale of whistle pendants."


Go here to purchase.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Digs

The apartment is in order!  Here's a little tour.  We'll start from the back and move up front.  It's a railroad style apartment so it's basically a row of four rooms.


The living room




The bedroom



The office



The kitchen




So that's it!  I feel a bit more settled and really enjoy being in this space.  I'm sure things will change over time (like the frickin' huge ass bookshelf holding the mish mash of bins) but I'm pretty happy.  Glad to finally be done.

* Just realized there are no pictures of the bathroom.  It's on the left off of the kitchen.  There's nothing much to it, but there is indeed a bathroom! *

BK Blogs

In Greenpoint

I've been fortunate to run across several blogs based out of Brooklyn, but it's been hard for me to remember all of them.  

Here are a few.  If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear it!









And for good measure, free events in New York:  http://www.nycgo.com/free/


To remember

I am in Brooklyn sitting in my almost put together office in my almost put together apartment (pictures to come soon).  It's only been the first few days of truly being alone in my new apartment.  Starting work has been delayed which is actually a good thing (except for the whole not making any money just yet thing - not so cool).  Having time to set up the apartment and to explore the neighborhood and run to the city has been pretty great.

I have learned that my sense of direction is terrible.  Apparently, what I must do when I get off the subway and get to street level is to go the exact opposite way I think I want to go.  Every single time in the last couple of days I've gone the opposite direction of where I need to go.  I'm debating as to whether or not I can buy a small but working compass for the discreet directional check.

The other thing is that I am feeling a need to get crafty again.  It's largely due to the fact that I have a lot of free time and the weather is turning colder and crappier.  I will continue to force myself out of the apartment to get acquainted with this new place but I am looking forward to starting these projects. 


Lovely Leaf Lace Scarf pattern from Purl Bee

Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf pattern from Purl Bee

Simple Pleasures Hat pattern from Purl Bee

(And totally random but appropriate for the pending cold weather)

Two Minute Weekday Steel Cut Oats recipe from Giver's Log

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This is a test

Test test test.

Can you hear me? Is this phone blog thing working?
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Monday, November 22, 2010

NYC

The living room with nothing in its right place

I moved this weekend and things are starting to get set up.  Even though I got rid of what I thought was a large part of my belongings it's been a challenge trying to figure out where everything is going to go.  More pictures soon.  Heading to Ohio for the holidays and some family time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Preparations

View from the Staten Island Ferry

I haven't posted here in a quite a while and there have been some big changes happening.

Tomorrow I'm off to New York to start the next portion of my adult life.  I alternately feel like it's not really happening to feeling really sad and nervous to feeling extremely excited.  I know that initially it will feel like I'm on just another trip out to see my best friend but I'm sure after a few weeks the reality of "Oh crap, I live here" will hit me.  We'll see how I feel next month.

Right now I'm focusing on getting everything packed and preparing for the very long road trip ahead of me.

More soon.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

This thing here...

I made this profile thingy.  You can find my about.me profile here .  It's interesting because all of your social networking stuff is available on one page.  I like it!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

One of my favorites

I've been listening to a lot of my older music.  Rogue Wave keeps popping up over and over again.  I love boys who make pretty music.  I especially love these goofy boys.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Max Wanger gets married

Photo from Our Labor of Love

Max Wanger is an amazing photographer whose images from engagement and wedding shoots have been popping up all over the blogosphere for years.  His work is artful, unique, and simply gorgeous.  Mr. Wanger recently got married.  Read his blog post about the wedding day here.  More details and pictures here, here, and here.

*Some of my favorite Max Wanger images*

Max Wanger, via take nothing but polaroids
Max Wanger via A Cup of Joe

Max Wanger via Santa Barbara Chic

Max Wanger