Thursday, August 19, 2010

seeing red

There is something about the color red.
I love red in a way where you can make a statement with class; in a way where simultaneously it's enough to catch one's attention without desperately vieing for it.  For example, a man's red tie with an all black suit or a woman's red lipstick with subtle make-up and features.

I've always been in search of all things red. And I think I've only narrowed my list down a little bit. I've already found the perfect red lipstick, the perfect red nail polish, even the perfect shade of red that's on my walls in my computer nook at home.

However, for as long as I can remember, or way back when my obsession for shoes developed, I have always wanted a red pair of heels. And so began the on going quest for "the perfect red shoe".  And my, has it been a long, drawn out search that's lasted years.  I've come so close, where, only to have the pair not be the right shade, or texture or material or height.

Finally my search is over.

A couple weeks ago, upon browsing in the mall in search of last minute wedding goodies for my girlfriend's big day, I happened to stumble upon "the pair" in the Nine West store, where conveniently there was an end of season sale (up to 70% off!!!).  There they were, on the glass shelf, in my size, as if calling my name: the perfect pair, perfect shade, perfect texture, perfect height. (It was typically that kind of moment where a light would shine upon it while the heavenly choir sings in the background...LOL.) Although as beautiful as they were, I resisted the temptation to buy - which by the way I'm STILL proud of myself for doing!!!

That night, I told my good friend Cristina about them - as I HAD to tell someone about it.

Well, I am so glad to have a friend like Cristina in my life! This week, I had helped land her a job in my workplace; to help her get back to the working world - as she had been a full time super mommy for the past three years.

To make a long story short, she had been job searching for a while already and upon hearing there was an opening at my work, I casually recommended her to my boss. And literally, within an hour of that recommendation, she was hired! We've worked together for such a long time in the past - the past 2 companies I've worked for, she too has been there! This will make it lucky number 3!!! Already, just with her being in the office with me is a life saver! She has made my days at work SO much more bearable, as I've felt a little down and out-of-place as of late. 

Cristina was so grateful to me for helping her land a job, that she decided to do something utterly and completely outrageous (which by the way SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO...ahem ms. xtina).  As a thank-you gift from her, she ended my long drawn-out search by buying those perfect red shoes for me!!!!!

Thank you again, Cristina! You're such a loving, generous person and a wonderful friend to me! I can never thank you enough! You know I always gotchu! Anytime you want to borrow this pair, you are always welcome!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

dream vs. reality

Recently, I had watched the movie Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan (also the brilliant mind behind other movies such as The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Insomnia and Momento).

A brief flashback - First off, I have to say that after watching The Dark Knight, my breath was taken away, and I left the theatre speechless along with the pang in my gut, knowing that it was a movie I would never forget.

Back to present day - after watching Inception, again, TWICE in a row has this man successfully left the same feeling with me.  All I have to say is for those who haven't watched this movie yet, WATCH IT! And to those who have seen it, call me if you wanna watch it again!!! LOL

But after watching this movie, it reminded me of an artist that blew me away as well.  MC Escher (Maurits Cornelis Escher, 1898 - 1972) has many works out there that seem to capture reality in it's dream state.

-Hand with Reflecting Sphere, 1935

"He played with architecture, perspective and impossible spaces."

-Relativity, 1953

-Waterfall, 1961

-Ascending and Descending, 1960

"His art continues to amaze and wonder millions of people all over the world. In his work we recognize his keen observation of the world around us and the expressions of his own fantasies."

-Drawing Hands, 1948

-Bond of Union, 1956

-Circle Limit II 1959 woodcut in red and black, printed from 2 blocks

"M.C. Escher shows us that reality is wondrous, comprehensible and fascinating."

Here is a quote from M.C. Escher that I think is inspiring and can apply to all aspects of life. Happy Monday!

"So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen"

-all images, excerpts and quotes taken from M.C. Escher - The Official website; by The M.C. Escher Company B.V. Please click here for a complete list of works, publications, quotes and bibliography.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

a night to remember...

Congratulations to my friends, Rina & Carlo, who got married yesterday in a beautiful ceremony! Also, an equally beautiful, fun, crazy reception night!  It is amazing to me how I've known these two for years, and to find out suddenly - wow, they're dating...and then wow, they're engaged..and then WOW they're married!!!!

To Carlo, I've known you ever since high school, and to me you will always be a person who I always enjoy sharing a conversation with.  AND you will always be the clumsy fella who used to walk around the hallways and unfailingly get into some kind of minor physical mishap.  You are one of the realest people in my life - even though we don't talk or hang out as often, I will always enjoy your company. Distance and time has never been a factor here!

To Rina, my dancing partner in crime! I love you girl! We have shared many many memories up on the stage - whether it be on top of tables, on an open gymnasium floor, on a dusty sandy parking lot, and more recently on the dancefloor at your wedding reception. You are also one of the realest people I know too. Distance and time again, has never been a factor either. That's why 2 months ago, when I agreed at the drop of a hat to dance with you again, we spent close to 4 hours at Tim Horton's just talking and catching up! And by the way girl - we killed it!!!

To the both of you - I wish you all the success and happiness that married life can offer you! It's so easy to talk about the love that you have for each other because I've known you two for sooo long. It goes to show that even though 2 people may be at opposite sides of the spectrum at the very beginning, God always has a way to bring two loving people together.  I love you guys; you two will always have a special place in my heart!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

poetry session

Across Your Bread
-Jill Scott, from 'The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours; The Poetry of Jill Scott'

I'm juss gon say what I need to
Juss gon put it on the table
And spread it across your bread

As much as I didn't want
I have stumbled
fallen ova myself in love with every molecule of

The walk on you
The way you out then in breathe
Simply your eyes man
got my thighs swellin' and my knees beggin' to part
I do (shaking my head up and down)
I do
love everything about you
All that makes you you
And what I do not know, I swear I will love too
If you just show me

I know it's crazy but I swear
My heart doesn't pump blood
When you are not near me
I juss walk my way through life comatose
'Till I hear my name in your key
I juss stay
Hoping, wishing, praying for the moment you say it's cool for me to
give you what I got
Cool for me to give you what I keep
Cool for me to give you what is fresh behind the apples
And the pears but you don't
Accept it then accept it then return it
My logic understands but my back is tired of the weight
My feet are swollen and my fingers ache from writing

Don't you see?
I'm willing
To go that extra continent
To carry that extra gallon and love that extra kind
I am placing myself on the table
Spreading myself across your bread
So, say something
It's your move