Archive for May 2009

Signs of the Times, Boston pt. II




Boston pt. I

The one thing I like about Boston is that its buildings are pretty low, compared to those in New York City anyway. The entire city feels really open and airy. Kinda reminds me of downtown Los Angeles.

Looking at my photos, I don’t seem to take a lot of non-landscape photos, which could mean that 1) I am very lazy and don’t pursue “subjects” or 2) I just really like landscape photos. I think both are true. #1 is something I’m going to work on but #2 just comes inherently in my love for things that are “beyond” us in a way. There’s something oddly appealing in big buildings that I will never be in, never be able to climb on top of, bodies of water that go beyond what my eyes can see, blue skies that I will never, ever touch.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

★★★✩✩

by Dai Sijie, 2002

Synopsis:
In this enchanting tale about the magic of reading and the wondering of romantic awakening, two hapless city boys are exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. There they meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, they find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.

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Song of the day

2NE1 — Fire

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Meme time!

01) What are your current obsessions?
The weather getting better. Seriously. Rain, two weeks straight. Going in for a third week. It must stop.

02) What is your weirdest obsession?
Post-its. Observe:

This is not even half of it.

03) What are you wearing today?
What I wore today: navy blazer, really colorful hoody (hot pink hood, navy blue center, coral left-arm, dark purple right arm), dark wash jeans, beige Converses.

04) What’s for dinner today?
Food mom cooked.

05) Why is today special?
Today is Friday?

06) What would you like to learn to do?
Ride a bike :(

07) What’s the last thing you bought?
Toys from Kid Robot. Freaking love Kid Robot.

08) What are you listening to right now?
“Gravity” by John Mayer

09) What is your favorite type of weather?
Any weather that allows for a blazer to be incorporated into the look — basically, weather that’s not too hot, not too cold. Oh and it has to be sunny too 8)

10) What is your most challenging goal right now?
Not flipping the fuck out when I start my internship on Monday.

11) What do you think about the person who tagged you?
N/A nobody tagged me. Does this make me a sad person?

12) If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Hawaii! I really like places surrounded by the water, because I really like beaches. I never grew up liking beaches, mostly because everyone around me loved them but New York beaches are NO REASON TO LOVE ANYTHING, so when I came across them in Hawaii, I thought to myself, “This is how a mothereffin’ beach is supposed to be.” I just also really like places where the landscape is as close to “natural” as how Mother Nature intended it to be — trees, water, unpolluted blue skies — while not completely being out-of-touch with the urban. Hawaii is an amazing mix of both. (I also realized that the majority of my memorable trips have been to beachy, island-y places: Bermuda, the Carribeans, Hawaii.)

13) What would you like to have in your hands right now?
That big over-sized brown leather bag I eyed at a boutique. :3

14) What would you like to get rid of?
All the childrens books lying around in my room.

15) If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Hong Kong or Seoul

16) Which language do you want to learn?
Korean!

17) What do you look for in a friend?
Sense of humor, creativity, cultural awareness. I tried to think of more qualities but really, my favorite people and my closest friends are funny and have an eye for creatives and are critical about a lot of their social environments.

18) Who do you want to meet in person?
At the moment: Ok Taekyeon :9 Tell me why I shouldn’t:

19) What’s your favorite type of music?
This is a vague answer, but any song that I associate with something in real life is something that I really appreciate.

20) What’s the favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?
This:

I got it in Hong Kong and the print is really whimsical. The “one size fits all” thing is really rampant in Asia (that’s why all those teeeeeeny tiny Korean girls wear tops that seem to be two sizes too big for them) and this one is large on me, but I like my clothes loose. It’s got wooden buttons and a rounded collar. It’s fancy-ish, yet kind of not, so I can wear this whenever, wherever and it’ll instantly feel like my outfit’s been jazzed up but without looking like I tried too hard. I love pieces like that where you don’t have to really try to do much with it. Because I am onnnne lazy motherfucker.

21) What is your dream job?
Write for a pop culture-related magazine or work creatively behind-the-scenes: production of editorial work, laying out magazine, etc.

22) Any favorite models?
Dauuuuuul:

23) What would you mostly likely spend $100 on?
Books and some DVDs I’ve been meaning to buy (Veronica Mars Season 3!)

24) What would you like an endless supply of?
Fruit salad. Ohhhhh yeah I’m a badass.

25) Girl crush?
Park Gahee, jeeeeeez.

26) Do you admire anyone’s style?
Of course I do. I feel like I have a good eye for what looks good and what doesn’t, but I’m still fairly tame with my clothing choices. Anybody who wears outfits in ways that I’ve always wanted to dress myself are people whose styles I admire.

27) Describe your personal style.
My personal style is mostly boyish. Sometimes it’ll be completely girly, but most of the time, I try to see how far I can push for the boy look before completely dressing like a boy, which is something I don’t necessarily dig.