Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Writing is a Blessing... And Embarrassing

The written word is such an amazing innovation by humanity.  We use it to record histories so that it will not be forgotten through generations upon generations of confusion, deceit, skepticism, knowledge, hope, and discovery.  Reading a novel on the Kindle will never amount to the wholesome feel of holding the book in your hands, leafing through the pages and never wondering when the battery will run out.

I absolutely love snail mail and am saddened at the prospect that one day it may cease altogether.  As is, the costs are increasing further deterring people to use it.  Instantaneous communication as provided by the glorious internet is, by no means, short of a miracle but appreciating one form shouldn't depreciate the other.  Still today I hand write letters to my friends, send cards on the appropriate occasion and motivation, and surprise people with Thinking of You packages.  Character, mood, and temperament exude themselves in your handwriting; it's easy to discern a tired wrist or an anguished letter.  We can easily doodle and allow our creative side to wander.

While I do not plan to give up this seemingly archaic method of communication any time ever, I recognize how ephemeral physical paper can be (unless you etch it into stone? but then the stone breaks and it's the same thing) and also how embarrassing pulling out an old journal can be.  Throughout my life I've attempted to keep journals or diaries of this or that sort, and never could last more than a few weeks intermittently.  This blog  is the longest and most thorough of all, most because it's accessible in multiple mediums and least because I keep the topics on the... less embarrassing points.  Granted, I'm sure you've noticed I can be as melodramatic as Days of Our Lives but still as objective as an Olympic referee.

Often I use my writing to share my experiences, but it also assists in relieving inner turmoil.  As if someone out there were listening... or stalking...  Either way, I'm not the only one knowing my thoughts and that's pretty fun, I admit.  Maybe I'll share some more embarrassing compositions if I can find them.  Usually if I find some old journal I burn it or shred it because .. well.. yeah.  It's embarrassing!  The world can do well with one less dramatic 14 year-old.

I don't think I had a point in any of that.  Fabulous, eh, to be able to babble to others without uttering a sound.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today's Great Songs

Here are some songs I've listened to today that are quite memorable for me (excerpts are italicized).

"True Affection" - The Blow

I was out of your league, and you were 20,000 underneath the sea.  Waiving affections, you were out of my league at a distance that I didn't wanna see down to the bottom.
"Let Go" - Frou Frou
It gains the more it gives and it rises with the fall, so hand me that remote.  Can't you see that all that stuff's a sideshow?
"For What It's Worth" - Buffalo Springfield
There's battle lines being drawn, nobody's right if everybody's wrong.  Young people speaking their minds, getting so much resistance from behind.
Also, the Death Cab for Cutie album is good (and the two twilight soundtracks for that matter).


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Ski Telluride - Colorado

Oy!  I've finally returned from my trip and seem unable to stay away from blogging though I had hoped spring would at least beat me back.  This trip into a marvelous winter wonderland was incredible, relaxing, expensive, yet somehow tiring.  No, it isn't that I became so involved with skiing that I wore my body weak.  Rather, I am cursed with insomnia that even their large comfortable beds could not knock me unconscious.
 My five-day stay at The Peaks Resort in Mountain Village consisted of a 20-minute ski run down a bunny slope (which was even too fast for my oldness to handle), swimming outside as I was snowed on, lounging by the fireplace, and swimming laps.  I believe it was quite apparent to the employees that I'm from California given my fins.  The amenities they provided were abundant and I rarely felt lacking in anything - except for tasty food.  Though restaurants were acclaimed five-stars they could not compare with the diversity and quality of California cuisine.

 Later we took the cute gondola - gratis, a miracle in this pricey town - across the mountain top to arrive in Telluride, CO.  Easily captured as a tiny snow globe with a population just over 2,000, one can't escape being greeted on every corner by a friend.  The small roads are devoid of traffic, rendering signal lights futile and, well, missing altogether.  As I walked along the main street lined with small shops and a handful of bars, I could see where their most happening scene began and ended.  And I loved it.

I loved the warmth and familiarity of knowing nearly everyone littering the bars, how the beautiful clean, white snow covered every surface, and the knowledge that come spring everything would transform from white to green as the plush flora awakened from its long dormant sleep.  In my present quarterlife restlessness, prospects of great adventures in such natural wonders called out to me to stay.  Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering - there really is no outdoor activity you can't do.  It was then I proclaimed I wanted to move there, and my friends urged me on.

Arriving back home in Orange County, I realize my desire had just been another attempt at retreating from life as I currently live it; that living in Telluride, CO would not be the luxury bath-filled experience as I had lived it; and that ultimately no matter where I am, life is just living it.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

<3 Eyelash Extensions

For the eyelash challenged people, I don't know how we live without the remarkable miracle of eyelash extensions. Latisse will never amount to this. In a later edition, will blog about contact lens that make your eyes bigger. Yes. Somebody with lots dinero made my idea a reality before I could.

I need someinvestors for my myriad of entrepreneurial ideas...

Loving the sunny days,


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Monday, February 15, 2010

My Chocolate Holiday

Spent the day waiting for a friend to come around and hang out as another one was on standby to join us when the person arrived.

No show.  NO call.  No text.

Thank you.  I don't mind that you decided not to come, but it'd have been appreciated had I gotten a courtesy notice.

After waking  up from my 4th napadoo from waiting all day, I found out I got surprise flowers - my favorite ones!  Thank you, ex boyfriend.  You made my day better!  <3

For a Chocolate Holiday, I just realized I didn't eat a single piece.  Instead, I found myself through half a bag of cheesy Doritos and squash soup.  No matter - the day is young, and I'm STILL SLEEPY.

I will be in Colorado.  See you in the spring or when I return, whichever comes last.  Commencing hibernation.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Quarter Century Day - 9 February 2010

The day was pummeled with rain.  After speaking with various people, the notions about the day's auspicious or portentous aura came down to the rain meaning wealth was upcoming ... or sadness.  In my still optimistic attitude i feel that much good will happen this year and wealth not be much of a poor affair; however, on a realistic note often tied to financial issues are despair.  But I don't care.  It does little good to admit defeat to Fate.  I think all will be well for me so long as I keep my spirits high and continue looking forward.

It was a most delightful day, kept casual and intimate.  Friends and colleagues celebrated with simple foods, delicious desserts, and tasteful beer.  It's been a busy few weeks and I've been letting things slip down my priorities ladder so must get back on track soon.  Afterward, I went home and discussed some longstanding issues with my aunt and uncle then proceeded to watch Season 2 of The Big Bang Theory.  It was most satisfactory.  I am surprised to see that Leonard actually got a shot at Penny but feel it was end part of the plot were he to succeed.

I was going to start a journal yesterday but was so busy it didn't happen - not to mention I don't know where my journal is hiding. 

It is soon to be Chocolate Holiday and Lunar New Year on Sunday 14 February 2010.  I don't usually believe in sending out cards for such a commercial "holiday" but figure this year care cards are certainly due.  As part of my existential mood, I suppose, it'll help me maintain strong meaningful relationships and forge closer bonds.  While the meaning of life is quite loaded with ideas more abysmal than string theory, I think part of it strives to find happiness.  Simple happiness.

Some wonderfully tasty dessert places in Irvine that I would recommend to any sweet tooth like myself:
  • 85 Degrees Celsius Bakery - Diamond Jamboree Plaza - freshly baked savory and sweet breads, novelty desserts, and teas, coffees, boba drinks
  • Guppy House - Diamond Jamboree Plaza - the best dark chocolate brick toast - don't forget to add the strawberries!
  • Mochilato - Walnut Plaza off Culver Drive - the perfect combination of Italian gelato ice cream and Asian mochi - they also have delectable shaved ice and don't skimp on the condensed milk
Oh, and today is my baby brother's 17th birthday.   HOORAH! 
Happy Birthday, Terrence!  - Love, Philip

With that, I leave you with a short tweet from a fabulously creative, witty, satirical, and comical book called Twitterature.


Sunday, February 7, 2010


I had the most pleasant visit to Texas this weekend. I'm tired and had poor sleep, but sleeping on the floor for two nights is bound to do that to you.
An unique chain there is a burger joint called Whataburger. No, this isn't a food review as I didn't eat there. I did have a go at the Salt Lick BBQ and Crab Shack & Oyster Bar. Salt Lick reminded me of a Viking food hall with long wooden bench tables and a quite boisterous bunch. Crab Shack is most certainly better than CA's Joe's Crab Shack, though demonstrably smaller but still crowded. While I am no big fan of shellfish, has a flavorful offering of crawfish but a little too salty for my bland palette. Great atmosphere though and cheap beer!
My first Texan beer was the simply delightful Shiner Bock. Next on my list is Lonestar.
I really like Austin and Round Rock. I love the open space, the big open sky not covered by tall buildings. I enjoy walks on windy trails, small streams, and beautiful white egrets peering through the trees. It just seems so peaceful. One aspect I never enjoy is the long drive through agri-land to get anywhere. The developed sprawl spreads far, wide, and sparsely.
I think I'll buy some acreage and raise horses.


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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Devyn's Fairy Costume - Complete!

Finally, four months late, my fairy dress is complete. It is a bit on the long side (goes to my knees), but I can always slut it out later. For now it remains a cute and classy fairy dress. Alone it would work brilliantly for a spring outdoor wedding or summer soiree.  I'm very proud of my color selection, the wings look fabulous with it.


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