Sunday, February 28, 2010

Grateful Dog Thanks Fireman

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Rejoice!

Lovely Book Smell



Recently I received a book I bought on eBay... the book has this lovely book smell. I can't explain how lovely, you can come to my house and I'll let you smell the book ;) I've been holding my nose close to the pages and inhale ever since :D

Thoughts and Prayers for Chile

Yesterday a massive 8.8 Richter Scale earthquake magnitude happened in Chile. Please pray for the safety of those affected by this horrible event... all activities paralysis, collapsing infrastructure, power out and communications disconnected. More than 120 people have been killed, people are missing their family members :( Too many, just too many catastrophes happened lately. Pray a lot people. 

See the news by clicking here.
See the photos here.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tillikum's Story

One Unhappy Killer Whale



Published Article:
ORLANDO - Veteran whale trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed Wednesday at Sea World while working with one of the whales. Witnesses in the front row of the stadium say they shot video of Brancheau with the whale moments before the attack.
The trainer who is feeding the whale fish is Dawn Brancheau, according to Suzanne and Tom Connell, who shot the video.
The Connells were visiting Sea World with their 10-year-old son, celebrating his birthday. They say they were sitting poolside in the front row of Shamu stadium, where they say Brancheau was interacting with the whale before the attack.
The video shows the trainers splashing water on the whale and feeding it fish.
"She was happy. She was smiling. I think she probably died doing what she loved doing," Suzanne Connell said.
"It seems surreal that this whole thing happened. A nice day down at Sea World and we couldn't believe what we were seeing, what we were witnessing. Just unbelievable," Todd Connell said.
Sea World president Dan Brown said Brancheau was one of the park's most experienced trainers, and said the attack was devastating news.
"It is an extraordinarily difficult time for the park and team members," Brown said. "We have never in the history of our parks experienced an incident like this."

So it happened (again). Tilikum the Killer Whale accidentally killed a professional trainer. I chose the word "accidentally" because I don't wanna believe any captured animals / pets would want to attack their trainers / owners. A wild animal was doing what a wild animal does. That isn't his fault but simply his nature. Tilikum is obviously unhappy, and needs a different situation. I am devastated by this news, but I am also one of those folks that believes these beautiful creatures are best left in their natural habitat.

For creatures in captivity life is not always easy. I wonder if people would ever be satisfied just by watching images of animals in their habitat taken by well placed cameras in remote places rather then remove animals from the wild and train them to do tricks and things that are not in their nature. As an alternative, the large collections of wild shots could be edited and made to illustrate story lines with tricks and so on, just like other films Disney creates with domestic animals. We all like stories. It could be fun, lucrative and guilt free for everyone involved.

Stop seeing the torment of the last large ocean mammals. Those who pay the price of admission are to blame for the torture of these animals. Nevertheless, my thoughts and prayers go out to Dawn Brancheau's family... She died doing what she loved doing, may her soul rest in peace.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

My Favorite TV Show of All-Time?

Well that's an impossible question to answer. Now that TV Shows are part of everyone's life, I decided to blog about this particular topic. Based on my Twitter timeline (oh my... twitter does come in handy, doesn't it?), Glee is now everyone's favorite TV show. Everyone except me. Don't get me wrong, I love musicals like The Sound of Music, Grease... yet Highschool Musical and Glee aren't really my cup of tea. I don't know why but I just don't enjoy watching them. If you think you have the same taste of TV shows as yours truly, please continue reading this post because I'm about to reveal my favorites ;) If not, feel free to read other posts. *wink*

  • These are the TV shows that I watch and totally love: 24, How I Met Your Mother, Brothers and Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, V, Flashforward, Private Practice, The Amazing Race and Giuliana and Bill, Mad Men, Top Chef Master, CSI (All of them), Castle.
  • And these are the TV shows that I still watch... just because : Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, 90210, Desperate Housewives, Heroes and American Idol.
  • TV shows already ended and were loved by me: Prison Break, Entourage, FRIENDS! and Sex and the City.
  • TV shows I can't stand, only watch couple eps / 1 season (2 seasons max) and then, that was it! : Lost, Weeds, The Office, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, America's Next Top Model, Glee, Californication, Chuck.
  • TV shows that stopped but I think they should continue : The Legend of the Seeker, Privileged, Cashmere Mafia. (But I heard they're continuing The Legend of the Seeker, is it trueee? yay)
  • TV Shows I'm looking forward to watch this year: The Good Wife and I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie (Zooey is in it!)

If we have the same taste, I bet you'd love my choices :) Enjoy the shows.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Year Ago Today

 

Today is our 1st Anniversary and more to come. 
Thank you Lord Jesus.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Audrey Hepburn

I have a terrible need for affection, and a terrible need to give it


Puncak Pass

Yesterday my family and I went to Puncak Pass, West Java. The best place in Indonesia to go to if you want to eat Pannekoek, Bitterballen and Hollandsche Poffertjes and ohh... the Shrimp Cocktail's also fresh! Delicious Lamb Chop. As the other items on the menu, not really good tho.

Nevertheless, I've always loved the cool and foggy weather.. it was 21 degree Celsius (70 degree Fahrenheit) yesterday. Everything was just lovely.

Puncak Pass - Friday, February 19th 2010


Foggy weather


Pannekoek (Banana + Cheese + Sugar Syrup)



Bitter Ballen
Hollandsche Poffertjes



Husband, Brother, Father, Mother and myself (from left to right)















Friday, February 19, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Robert Brault

“It is possible at any age to discover a lifelong desire you never knew you had.”

Percy Jackson, A Good Addiction



My Precious Percy Jackson Series Book Collection :)


I loved The Lightning Thief, and was looking forward to moving on with the series. I didn’t expect to get into two, and three, and even the fourth volume so quickly and so completely. I haven’t gone through books in a series this fast since I discovered The Twilight Saga. Percy has claimed my devotion totally.

In book two, The Sea of Monsters, what’s interesting here is how certain rivalries play out. A character’s parentage doesn’t automatically label them on one side or another. Riordan’s characterizations of several of the gods makes for an entertaining read too. This was an exciting, worthy sequel to the first book.

In book three, The Titan’s Curse,  oh Gawd, my effort buying this book was simply grande ;) went to a lot of bookstores yet they were all out of stock. Thank goodness I got in 2 days after finished reading book two. The new characters in this volume work well to progress the story and raise new questions. After finish reading this book, I rushed back to the bookstore looking for book 4. I am completely addicted to this series.

In book four, The Battle of the Labyrinth, More questions, more new characters abound in this book. Perhaps more interestingly, Riordan packs this book with even more heroes, monsters, and incidents from Greek myth than any of the previous volumes. Someone versed in Greek mythology will have a lot of fun reading these books, trying to figure out which card the writer will play next and how, ultimately, it will all fit together.

For the fifth book and final book in the series, The Last Olympian. I had to booked it first at the bookstore. They ran out of stock, I guess everybody is reading Percy Jackson series now huh? I got the book last tuesday night finished it the next morning (this morning to be exact, February 17th 2010). And it's the most expensive one! It's 215,000 Indonesian Rupiah, the previous books were 99,000 each. They don't have the paperback version just yet, only the hardcover one. I had no choice. I was so blinded to even care about the book's price. It’s been a long time since I read any novel that fast, a long time since I was up until the small hours because I couldn’t put the book down… a long time since any book deserved that kind of devotion from me. But this book, and this series, deserved every minute I devoted to it and more.

It’s hard to explain just why I love these books so much. The story is formulaic, and Percy himself falls squarely into the “chosen one” cliche. But sometimes, the execution of a story can be so good that you forget about the cliches and the tropes and just enjoy it for what it is. I think that’s the case here. Riordan tells his story masterfully, with characters and events that grabbed me right away and made me want to read more. Harry Potter series has nothing compared with Percy Jackson series. This series has high adventure, real magic, rich characters, and a love story that doesn’t feel cliched and tacked-on.

I’m kinda glad I didn’t start reading this books until the last volume was already released. I got through the whole series in less than a month and had a wonderfully satisfying reading experience without the frustration of waiting a year in-between installments. But if Riordan gives us more, I’ll be in on the ground floor for the next series.

Groucho Marx

Each morning when I open my eyes, I say to myself : "I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I just have one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Cove Trailer

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere protests over Dolphin killings

Hayden Panettiere Save Dolphins

Save The Dolphins!

"The Cove" documentary was really an eye-opener. In Taiji, Japan, every year there are around 23,000 dolphins brutally slaughtered by the fishermen for meat. Entire schools of dolphins are driven into a hidden cove after a prolonged chase. Once trapped inside the cove, the fishermen kill the dolphins, slashing their throats with knives or stabbing them with spears. The water turns red with their blood, and the air fills with dolphins' screams. This brutal massacre — the largest scale dolphin kill in the world — goes on for six months of every year. Dolphin meat is tainted with mercury and not fit for human consumption. The Japanese government and the dolphin hunters do not warn the Japanese people of this danger, although the dolphin meat should be labeled as toxic.

I'd like to share a couple facts with you to understand why we must save the dolphins. First of all, the primary target is bottlenose dolphins, they don't kill them but they sell them to aquariums. I WILL NOT EVER GO to Sea***ld, Dis*** Sea, Oc*** Park or anything that has dolphins show. They are simply mean.



Don't let the smile fool you, captivity is cruel. Captured dolphins are traumatic and stressful, do you know the aquariums, they give anti-depressant pills for dolphins on regular basis? Because when dolphins are too depressed, they can easily commit suicide. They just take one last breath and never take another one :( Captured dolphins do that. How can not they be depressed, on average dolphins swim around 40 - 60 miles per day in the ocean. Can they do that in an aquarium? We all know the answer. They are performing only because they have been deprived of food.





I hope the people aware of this issues and do the right thing. I love dolphins a lot, my favorite sea mammal. Dolphins are very friendly to human and they help human at times. I watched an interview of a Australian surfer, he said that there was one time when he surfs in Australia, when riding the wave there was a shark (the dangerous one) ready to attack him then out of nowhere came 3 dolphins shooed the shark away! They helped him. How can you not love dolphins? They're so adorable and cute and they belong in the sea, being FREE. I was once had this dolphin temporary tattoo, see here.

If you think you love dolphins, show that you care. Do something about it. Starting with signing this petition, they need to have 1,000,000 signatures to stop the dolphins from being slaughtered and captured in Taiji, Japan.

(source: http://www.savejapandolphins.org/ and photos are from google.com/images - keyword: dolphins)




Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lee McQueen Left The World

Alexander McQueen, world-famous fashion designer died at 40. I personally have never bought any of his collection because they're too expensive and not my style either. If you haven't noticed, my style is classic 50s - 60s - Just like Ms. Audrey Hepburn, Zooey Deschanel and maybe a little sporty every now and then.

Nevertheless, I do aware that he was a genius. A lot of people love his work. Click here to see comments from his fans.

He hanged himself yesterday at his London home, I wonder why he did that. He was very successful and had a very exciting future ahead of him, yet he chose to end his life. Moral lesson of this tragic event is always be grateful with what you have. PLEASE get help if you need it. You're not alone. Your family, friends and especially God would ever leave you.


Farewell Mr. McQueen, you will be missed by fashionistas in the world.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Babies' Favorite Chew Toy



Thanks to my sister-in-law, Monique, for recommending this Kong toy to me. Monique has the small blue kong for her Chihuahua (Meci) and sometimes it's being used by Anti's Maltese (Cathie). I bought 2 Kongs instantly for Chewy & Lowy. Kong keeps your dog busy for an hour or two. At least Chewy and Lowy are now rarely chewing on my parents' furniture :) We'll see for how long.

Why I Love The Percy Jackson Series

I read The Lightning Thief, Book One of Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan earlier this month. Yes, I am a newbie :) where was I all these years? I was probably the last one to know that about this book. This young adult book is normally not the type of book that I would pick up on my own, but I found it to be fun and engaging.

From the publisher:

"Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse — Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon, a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods."

Fun book.  And a very creative way to teach Greek mythology.  If I had tried to learn how all the gods were related to each other by reading this book, rather than reading the formal book I probably would have had a lot more interest in the Greek mythology.  The story was very fast moving.  There was never a lack of adventure, nor humor. A great series for all ages.  I just finished reading the second book last night, I must get my hands on the next one by tomorrow :D

And today, I went to the cinema watching the Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief movie. I must say, my opinion is exactly the same as Rick Riordan's, the author. He wrote this on his blog last year when the movie was still in the making:

"Will the movie be exactly like the book? Well to start with, I have never seen a movie that was exactly like the book it came from, so I think it's safe to say no. Movies are a totally different medium. What you'll be seeing is not The Lightning Thief book copied page for page onto the screen. What you'll be seeing is Chris Columbus' interpretation of The Lightning Thief story. . . Let the movie be the movie, and the books be the books, and try to enjoy the story without getting too worked up about any differences."

And these few things that did bug me when watching the movie: Annabeth's not a brunnete, she's a blonde and they are supposed to be twelve not twenty something. Nevertheless it was a good movie, my husband loved it too.

Tory Burch Made Me Smile

Kay so earlier this month I got a pair of Tory Burch flats. Cut story short, I tweeted @toryburch something like this

"@toryburch I just got ur **** ****** **** and loving it a lot :) happy bright yellow





(Believe me, it is her) I'm starting to look at Twitter from a completely different perspective. Twitter makes famous people more look like human ;) (Okay so maybe Tory Burch is one of the nice famous people, not all of famous people are caring enough to reply simple things like that).

Do you know that it's easier to make people angry than to make them smile? You can do that easily. Just say hi to people, smile when you see them, be nice and lose the attitude of being ignorant and cocky, appreciate people more. See how easy Tory Burch made me smile from a simple thank you! Have you made someone smile today?



Ingrid Michaelson - You and I

Cute song. On repeat mode all day today.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Ask, Seek, Knock

Matthew 7:7

 7"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Happy Sunday and God bless you :) 

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Friday, February 05, 2010

She & Him

I've been listening to their songs since the last quarter of 2009... around September or so. Love them. Unique, different with somewhat strong character.

Zooey Deschanel (of course the pretty lady is a great singer) and Matt Ward, can't wait for the Volume 2 album!

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Audrey Hepburn Collection Auctioned in London, December 2009

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Audrey Hepburn. I have worshiped in the House of Audrey since I don't know when (we're talking yearsss ago, the early 2000s) - okay not that long, but get what I mean right?!). So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I knew that some of the pieces of the Audrey Hepburn collection were auctioned at Sotheby’s in London. If only money weren't an object, I'd be owning lots of Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy dresses today. The collection came from Audrey’s lifelong friend, Tanja Star-Busmann, and was offered by fashion auctioneer, Kerry Taylor at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade in Pall Mall, London on December 8th 2009. 

Half of the money raised at the auction will be donated to The Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund and Unicef for their joint venture "All Children in School" which aims to provide teaching for 115 million children worldwide. It's shopping for a good cause! How can not people do that... I would!

And the highest bidder on Audrey Hebpurn's stunning black Givenchy cocktail dress was ... Givenchy. How appropriate. The fashion house shelled out $97,542 for its own haute couture chantilly lace dress and matching jacket at the London Audrey auction. She worn the dress in "How To Steal A Million"... yep, the DVD I just bought and watched! Literally just saw her in that dress couple hours ago. She looked amazing, the dress' also stunning.




via www (ap/reuters, dailymail.co.uk).

Percy Jackson & The Olympians : The Lightning Thief

 

I have to finish reading this book before the movie released! I hope it's gonna be a lot better than Harry Potter series, since I don't really fancy magic and stuff... but Greek myths, I loooove :D 
 

Just added "How To Steal A Million" to my AH Collection :)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Must love Hachiko.

Last night, I went to Golden Village at Vivo City to watch Hachiko...

Oh waittt... first of all, you have to know one of Amara's facts. Amara does not cry at movies. The Notebook, Marley and Me, Ladder 49 basically all those tear-jerker movies you ever watched... they only made me.. errr, touched? Ohh actually there's one, "Passion of The Christ". I bawled, bawled and bawled from the beginning til the end of the movie.

Except "Passion of The Christ", movies have never made me cry....until Hachiko.  I even knew the ending going in, and it STILL made me cry. Oh man, I cried uncontrollably and didn't stop until like 15 minutes after its over! It's a true story, how can I not cry? I am looking forward to purchasing the DVD. I love dogs and own two Sibe-Huskies, so this story hits me hard. I couldn't stop crying from the moment of Professor's death. It was one of the best movies I ever seen. The story of Hachiko has to be told, because it's the most pure love story there can be - the love between a dog and his master...

I'll definitely go to Hachiko's statue at Shibuya one day and take a picture with Hachiii... check out the story of Hachiko on Wikipedia. Still can't believe Hachiko's loyalty. He was amazing, sweet and greatest dog story ever told.

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