Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My love/hate relationship with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


I have a girl crush on this girl, yet I can't believe she replaced Foxy in "Transformers." Still, I've got love for her and her style is AH-MAZING. Rosie strutted her stuff in Beverly Hills and with one key element, managed to transform a simple, plain outfit (the girl is essentially wearing a white tee and jeans!) into a fashion statement.
A fur vest to transform a plain outfit . . . don't you love it when celebrities put a spin on a very basic ensemble and you realize, "hey, I can do that too!"?

I've been looking for this dress for a while...


I'm a gambler at heart, I like a good bet and stay away from casinos for my own good. Months ago a friend of mine bet me I wouldn't be able to find a dress like Hayden's online. Well, not only did I find a dress exactly like hers, I found the shoes too.

And with that, I will collect my 20 bucks :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Only The Young





















Look back in silence; the cradle of your whole life.
There in the distance, losing its greatest prize.
Nothing is easy, nothing is sacred. Why?
Where did the bough break?
It happened before your time.

There were people there, lovely as you've ever cared.
Tonight.
Baby you can start again.
Laughing in the open air; have yourself another dream.
Tonight.
Maybe we can start again.

Only the young can break away, break away.
Lost when the wind blows; on your own, ohh..
Only the young can break away, break away.
Lost when the wind blows; on your own, ohh...

Mother its cold here. Father thy will be done.
Thunder and lightening are crashing down.
They got me on the run, direct me to the sun.
Redemption keeps my covers clean tonight.
Baby we can start again.

Only the young can break away, break away.
Lost when the wind blows; on your own, ohh...
Only the young can break away, break away.

Lost when the wind blows; on your own, ohh...

And the sun will shine again.
And the sun will shine again.
Are you looking for a sign?
Or are you caught up in the light?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bruuuuce!

OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG... I could go on and on. I just saw the most awesome collection of vinyl records evah!! A room literally full of them! Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Motown, Simon and Garfunkle, The Who, Abba, Julio Iglesias, Elvis Johnny Cash, Diana Ross,...you name it! And the best part of it, the guy gave me this Bruce Springteen record! And a Simon and Garfunkle one for my dad (he loves "the sound of silence"). Is it wrong that I wanna load everything up in a truck, sneak out at night and go back to California with all of them!? My first vinyl record! And it's Bruce!

Packed up and ready to go



Got enough clothes for 2 days, got my favorite trench coat, got my laptop...Salt Lake City, here we go.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Couple of things



I freakin love Star Trek. Wait, no... correction, I freakin love Mr. Spock.



I reeaally need to see "Games of Thrones" on HBO. I'm a sucker for medieval stories.




I bought the shakeweight...I feel so dirty.




I've been getting vertigo again. What the hell is wrong with my ear?!




I wanna get a watercolor starter kit and begin to paint.

Friday, March 11, 2011

(Cigarrette in hand) "We will not walk in fear of one another..."

On a side note, Al Jazeera has become my new source for breaking news. The CNN live link was taking forever to load last night, I go to Al Jazeera English and I'm watching new footage and live information in a second. Even early this morning, CNN didn't seem to have half as many updates as Al Jazeera did. Just last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:

"Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it's real news... You may not agree with it, but you feel like you're getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners."

One of the best documentaries I have ever seen has got to be "Control Room."
From wikipedia:
"Control Room is a 2004 documentary film about Al Jazeera and its relations with the US Central Command (CENTCOM), as well as the other news organizations that covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq."

Incredibly insightful to say the least. It's one of those films you want to see over and over again. And it's the one thing that always reminds why I wanted to be a journalist in the first place, even after that path didn't work out. Just thinking about it makes me want to get back into journalism like the spirit of Edward R. Murrow has invaded my body.

Good Night and Good Luck.

No destruction movies for me today


REUTERS/Amit Dave. Source

I love end-of-the-world movies, and it seems so ironic that I was so pumped to see Battle: LA, since it opens today. But after watching the news last night and throughout today, I'm not in the mood anymore. I've lived in Japan for 2 years and it was kind of emotional to see so many familiar places being completely swallowed by water and debris. Unfortunately we haven't been able to get in touch with all of our family and friends who live there. Fortunately I was able to get in touch with one childhood friend and he's ok.

My heart and prayers go out to all the people out there affected by the earthquake and the tsunamis. It's devastating, heart-breaking, heart-wrenching. I'm supposed to be writing a mini-mini-mini autobiography for class and I can't get a single word out.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Please Sign This Petition



Twelve-year-old Christian is an expert on gold.

That's because for several hours a day, he extracts gold from the ground of the Peruvian Sierra region – something he's done every day since he was seven. Christian knows the dynamite he uses each day is dangerous. He knows the cyanide he's forced to handle makes him sick.

Christian was profiled in a recent Anti-Slavery International report, and there are thousands of children like him forced to work in the perilous and exploitative gold industry. And the gold he mines becomes jewelry for sale in Target stores across the United States.

Gold is mined by child and slave labor in 17 countries around the world. Children as young as five have been found working in gold mines, and children under 14 are regularly forced to handle dangerous chemicals and perform backbreaking labor. Much of this gold ends up in jewelry and consumer electronics sold in the U.S.

To fight child labor in the gold industry, more than 70 national and international jewelry retailers have signed onto Earthworks' “No Dirty Gold” campaign, which helps companies avoid sourcing gold from mines that exploit children, enslave adults, or do significant environmental harm. Target is one of the few major jewelry retailers who has failed to commit to a higher standard.

That means Target is financially supporting the people who are exploiting children like Christian. Tell the company to cease its bad behavior.

After months of campaigning and tens of thousands of letters from Change.org members, Target representatives have agreed to "consider" joining the "No Dirty Gold" campaign. They say they'll talk with Earthworks, but they can't commit to anything.

While Target execs drag their feet, Christian and thousands of other young people keep working in gold mines.

We need Target to join the “No Dirty Gold” campaign and agree to stop supporting a gold industry that exploits children and enslaves adults. And we need them to do it now.

Tell Target to stand against dirty gold and child labor, and for kids like Christian around the world:

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-target-to-embrace-the-golden-rules-for-responsible-gold?alert_id=tsFlXeeEZQ_tAGBSQCrlO&me=aa

Thanks for taking action,

- Patrick and the Change.org team

Monday, March 7, 2011

Crab Cakes




So I've been meaning to get back into the kitchen and fulfill one of my New Years resolution (not really), which was to cook and bake more. But with working Mon-Fri (getting thurs off here and there) and going to school Saturday and Sunday, cooking more went to the back burner and here I am, relying on eating out (my pocket is all kinds of sad) and my mom. And don't get me started on my resolution to get into watercolors again (Ha!).
Aaaanyway, I found this really simple recipe for crab cakes. I had some last night and it reminded me why I wanted to cook more in the first place. Come June, things may slow down only to speed up again in september, so hopefully I will make these at least before we all die in 2012.

Delmarva Crab Cakes
by Mrs. James Blizzard

Ingredients
1 pound lump crab meat
1 cup bread crumbs
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon green pepper (chopped)
dash of nutmeg

Directions
1. Blend all ingredients together.
2. Shape into good size crab cakes.
3. Fry in butter or margarine in electric fry pan at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

This recipe for Delmarva Crab Cakes was originally conceived by Mrs. James Blizzard of Seafood, Delaware. It was the Crab Cake Winner in the 1965 National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield, MD.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

First Amendment Stands, Nobody Wins

In an expected but still hard-to-swallow decision, the U.S. Supreme court ruled in favor of the Westboro Baptist “Church,” in a lawsuit brought up against them by the father of a fallen soldier, whose funeral was protested by WBC members. On March 10, 2006, WBC picketed the funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder. Displaying signs that read: "God hates America," "Thank God for dead soldiers," and "Pray for more dead soldiers," WBC protested outside the funeral of a man who died defending their rights to harass his family and exercise their freedom of speech. On June 5, 2006, the Snyder family sued for defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In the 8-1 decision favoring the Westboro Baptist “Church,” U.S. Supreme Court justices said, “Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and — as it did here — inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker.”

It's heartbreaking, to say the least, to think there are people with so much hatred in their hearts, that they feel the need to picket soldiers funerals (including the funeral of a 9-year-old victim of the Jan. 2011 Arizona shooting, a 9/11 baby), to spread a message of hate, prejudice and revulsion. My heart goes out to the family of this fallen hero, who just wanted to bury their son in peace, with the dignity and respect he so unreservedly deserves.

However, WBC's First Amendment rights must be upheld. In the words of my favorite columnist/film critic, Richard Roeper:

We must defend Westboro's right to free speech, no matter how hurtful. Holding up signs that say, "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates You" at a fallen Marine's service, despicable as it is, does not fit the definition of invasion of privacy (They picketed more than 1,000 feet from the church where the funeral was held, in accordance with municipal regulations). The Phelps family isn't making a mockery of our Constitution -- they're making a mockery of themselves with every breath they take. Let 'em rant and rave. But putting a government-imposed muzzle on them would set a dangerous precedent and would give them a thousand times more historical importance than they deserve.

And I expect the Supreme Court will uphold my rights when I protest the funerals of these morons.

"I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
-Voltaire

The sad thing is, Matthew A. Snyder died doing exactly that.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Reconnecting, Part 2



I guess if I must reconnect with someone, it might as well be on a rainy day. Puts me in a good mood. Southern California could use more days like these...

So, talk about a reunion. Memories were exchanged, epiphanies were exchanged. Not bad, but it just reminded me why some people are not in my life anymore. However, I somehow managed to get myself into a possible bridesmaid's role for the not-so-near future. Totally not what I had in mind. But I'll go for the food.

It also reminded me of how I always gotta bring up Rocky Balboa and Bruce Springsteen into any conversation.

Photo Credit

Reconnecting, Part 1



I'm on my way to meet someone from the past, and the baggage that comes with it. I don't know what I'm expecting, quite honestly I'm pretty neutral. I'm not expecting anything good nor bad. I personally don't believe in reconnecting, sometimes yes, but for the most part, the people that are in my life right now are the people I want in my life, right now. If someone really matters, you shouldn't have to reconnect with them...you shouldn't have lost touch with them in the first place. That's my motto, and although sometimes is inevitable (ie, when you move as much as I have), you shouldn't let the special people in your life get away. Yeah, moving to the other side of the world makes it difficult, ahem. But when two people really want to stay connected, they will. And if the other person doesn't make an effort, then take the hint and move on.

Well, here goes nothing...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ghosts of Frienships Past



But at least I'm not a depressed alcoholic, living in a fog or his/her own self-pity.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

RIP Uncle Leo



Len Lesser, Uncle Leo, you will be missed.

One of my favorite episodes...


“Are you ashamed of your uncle? Do I embarrass you?… Haven’t I always been a good uncle?… Who told you when you went to school that you print well?… When he was younger, he had a beautiful penmanship. I used to encourage him to print… I remember your ‘V.’ It was like a perfect triangle. Whoa, there’s my bus!” – from “The Wife,” Season 5

“Listen, I don’t want to alarm you, but your nana is missing… I came to pick her up for a doctor’s appointment, she wasn’t here. I called the doctor, nobody knows where she is. She hasn’t left the apartment in twenty-five years!” – “The Pledge Drive,” Season 6 when he wanted to shut down the telethon "She’s on a very strict income. Stop the show!"

“Look at this, I told them medium rare, it’s medium…. I bet that cook is an anti-Semite. They don’t just overcook a hamburger, Jerry.” – “The Shower Head,” Season 7

“Are my eyebrows going to grow back ?” – “The Package,” Season 8

"Jerry! Hello!"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Now, that's a first



Not bad for a first time shooter. There's a sense of "cool" that comes with shooting a 9mm and 12-gauge shotgun. However, that coolness dissipates when the shotgun is way too heavy for you to even aim and the instructor has to help you hold it. What can I say? I'm weak. I need to do some push-ups or something.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Let me inside, no cause for alarm"



I didn't know how I felt about Brandon Flowers going solo until I heard Crossfire. I guess I feel good about it after all. I forgot how much I love his voice. Although Brandon Flowers sans The Killers is not the same, I think that has more to do with my attachment to them as a band and not with the quality of the music or his talent. They are just one of my favorite bands and there's a little bit of nostalgia in seeing him going solo. He said it was temporary so let's hope it is so.
It's funny he named his album Flamingo because I love flamingos for one reason and one reason only.

William Shatner's Denny Crane and James Spader's Alan Shore as flamingos. 'Nuff said. I heard somewhere that a lot of important events in Brandon's life happened in Flamingo Road in Vegas, hence the title. Though it got mixed reviews, I personally enjoyed the album a lot. The sound is different from the Killers, maybe a little less indie, but a lot of Flowers in it, and that's just as good.



And when the hardest part is over we'll be here,
And our dreams will break the boundaries of our fears,
The Boundaries of our fears...


Friday, January 14, 2011

Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days!

Yes, I've been watching "Happy Days" again and now I feel inspired.
Richie Cunningham was the quintessential example of the all-American, 1950s teenager. Wholesome, clean-cut, always in some kind of scheme to get a girl. Richie and Fonzie became best friends despite Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham initial disapproval of Fonzie. Richie had a preppy style that reflected in his clothes all throughout the seasons. I adore Happy Days, although shot during the 70's, it became a staple of the 50's. Featuring 50's fashion, music, and style all the way, Happy Days is always an inspiration to me and I wanted to see if I could include Richie's style into mine. Although I'm not preppy myself, there's some pieces in his wardrobe I definitely would not mind borrowing...




Richie wore a lot of pastel colors throughout the show. He wore letterman jackets and cardigans displaying his school colors, which started with light blue in the beginning and eventually changed to red. I've never been a huge fan of pastels, but last month I got the cutest off-the-shoulder light tan shirt and it has become my favorite, so here's to new fashion risks in 2011 and Richie's style is the way to start! Even if it comes in smaller doses, like shoes. I'm going to start including pastels here and there, until I find the ones that work and completely cross off the ones that don't.












Richie in pink ♥ Men secure in their masculinity need not fear pink. Richie Cunninham doesn't :) I do feel I need more pink in my wardrobe.







And of course, Richie in argyle! I still don't know how I feel about this. Richie pulls it off because it's his style. This may be too preppy for me, but never say never. I figured I can combine preppy argyle with a studded bag and a vintage looking ring and put some edge into the whole look.


Once again, here's to fashions risks in 2011!

PS. I have links to all the items, if anyone wants them ;)