in the metro nyc

this poster was in the subway train i was riding... still don't quite get it. is it a gag ad?


a bird

ever since i was a child, i've always envied the fact tht birds r so free to fly about, unbound by gravity. for me, the hardest thing is to c them caged, nor their wings clipped. then a frnd back at art center shared this poem by Jacques Prevert with me, i couldn't ever get it out of my mind, it speaks to me about love, patience, freedom, inspiration, life.

Pour faire le portrait d'un oiseau (english version here)
Peindre d'abord une cage
avec une porte ouverte
peindre ensuite
quelque chose de joli
quelque chose de simple
quelque chose de beau
quelque chose d'utile
pour l'oiseau
placer ensuite la toile contre un arbre
dans un jardin
dans un bois
ou dans une forêt
se cacher derrière l'arbre
sans rien dire
sans bouger ...
Parfois l'oiseau arrive vite
mais il peut aussi bien mettre de longues années
avant de se décider
Ne pas se décourager
attendre s'il le faut pendant des années
la vitesse ou la lenteur de l'arrivée de l'oiseau
n'ayant aucun rapport
avec la réussite du tableau
Quand l'oiseau arrive
s'il arrive
observer le plus profond silence
attendre que l'oiseau entre dans la cage
et quand il est entré
fermer doucement la porte avec le pinceau
effacer un à un tous les barreaux
en ayant soin de ne toucher aucune des plumes de l'oiseau
Faire ensuite le portrait de l'arbre
en choisissant la plus belle de ses branches
pour l'oiseau
peindre aussi le vert feuillage et la fraîcheur du vent
la poussière du soleil
et le bruit des bêtes de l'herbe dans la chaleur de l'été
et puis attendre que l'oiseau se décide à chanter
Si l'oiseau ne chante pas
c'est mauvais signe
signe que le tableau est mauvais
mais s'il chante c'est bon signe
signe que vous pouvez signer
Alors vous arrachez tout doucement
une des plumes de l'oiseau
et vous écrivez votre nom dans un coin du tableau.


sun setting over tpe city

yet another day... tho it's cold, still very beautiful sunset from my window in tpe.



On my way home from nice lazy brunch w/frnds here in Tpe, i minivan has ths sign painted on. GO OUTSIDE N ENJOY LIFE! I can't agree more. Ths is the path.


to go

i am missing nyc and the take out/delivery services of food... esp the take out box itself.

portuguese shipwreck site

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in tanegashima. this puts japan in contact w/its first western civilization. this is when they discovered guns, forever changing their world view.

early morning

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in tanegashima (3rd island of our trip to japan). as i'm looking at the map of japan, i realized ther's a town/ city? called Miyazaki! sudden revelation....

our tree is up!

we finally wnt to store n bought the ornaments for our tree ths year. ths yr's theme is red/green (green cuz the boys r just all into ths color) even our top o tree is a green snowflake/star. it's so fun to watch how excited the boys get hanging up the ornaments. and when we all sat down in the dark to light it up, wow, their faces all lit up too!
we will try to fit time in for them to paint their keepsake ornament for ths year this weekend. also we'll hv a popcorn stringing day.
chris asked for ginger cookies. will try to bake tht next week. we'r planning wht to make for x'mas dinner. should b quite fun.
frank just arrived tonite from cali. it'll b a full house for x'mas this yr! well, all except for tony's family back in cali. how i miss'em.


Lovely abandoned

Ths old japanese house stands ther calling 2 me every time i head 2 yoga class. As bachelard talks about our dreams projected at old houses, i dream o the space inside. The ppl tht once occupied it. How space was used. How one wd move in it.


trip to s.japan (Kagoshima/鹿児島, Yakushima/屋久島, & Tanegashima/種子島)

on 12/04, mom's bday, my sister+family, parents, n i wnt on a little trip to japan. very far south, but not quite as far as okinawa. it was a guided, packaged tour we had all agreed upon by accident. my father was talking about going to tokyo for a few days, my mom was talking about her frnd's tour thingy. i fig since it was her bday coming up, n i should b about done w/work by then, i said, ok, i'll go (thinking it's tokyo) but then dad agreed on mom's trip (she has no idea where kagoshima was, etc just tht it was told to her tht it's a nice place) but since dad said he's up for it, even missing work on sunday, i said, ok too. i thought it'll b like b4, w/all their frnds, at least it's private tour. in meantime, i'm swamped w/work, sister's swamed w/work n school n family. somehow, she thought, it'd b nice little bday trip too. so she's agreed to this trip w/out knowing the details also. then as the days drew nearer (it was last minute enough) we all realized wht we'd agreed upon. wht? packaged tour w/complete strangers? no way! but it's too late, we've no time to plan our own trip at ths point, me being swamped in deadline hell. everyone's busy. n i've got passport problems to deal w/at the same time. so here we r, set to go.
as it turns out, the islands tht far south r really quite cool. we stayed at nice places, except for the first nite. still, it was a decent location. i still hate packaged tour tho. u r herded around on buses like blind sheep. u r on a tight schedule not of ur own choosing. food's pre-ordered for u. ther'r no choices to b made even on when u wake up!!!! crap!
the nice surprises r tht the islands r breathtakingly beautiful. totally worth more time to explore further. just not on another tour tho. below was our scheduled days.

day 1 (12/04),
tpe (6am chartered flt) to kagoshima. breakfast on plane, land n lunch, bus/ferry to the Sakurajima volcano, long bus rides aroundthe lake to hotel, making several pee/drink stops along the way. hotel by the beach. experience being buried in really hot sand steam hot spring tht's supposed to detox u? (i can only stand 10minutes, but the kids impressed me by being under just as long), dinner, hot spring, bedtime.

day 2 (12/05).
wake up call at 6.30. breakfast at 7. depart hotel by bus at 7.50, at 10, ferry to Yukushima, lunch (17 dishes traditional yakushima set lunch, including flying fish), nature center (film n intro, part of ths island is listed as unesco world heritage forest!), bus up the mtns to forrest park, 50min hike around (drizzle n cold), bus to hotel.
ths hotel has beautiful grounds w/the mtns as backdrop n facing the ocean as far below view. very nice hot springs as well. then after an hr rest, dinner at 7pm.

day 3 (12/06).
same wake n breakfast rush to leave by 8 to catch a ferry@10ish going to Tankegashima, but first to the only waterfall tht one can b bussed to instead of hiking, 千尋瀧. ferry arrival to Tanegashim, cultural/history museum, lunch, bus around island, stop at windy sand flying beach, chk out the space centre of japan. stay at the beachfront hotel tht's closing in 1 week. it's quite sad to c it go with such beautiful grounds it's got... so we rushed around on the beach, taking fotos, trying to absorb it all b4 sun goes down n dinner time.

day 4 (12/07),
last day in japan.
no wakeup call but still planning to leave hotel by 8.50 instead of 7.50. chk out the crash site of the 1st portuguese ship tht started the western influence on japan. ferry back to Kagoshima. after foto op, bus to ferry back to kagoshima, lunch/site seeing at Senganen (garden), also called Isoteien. then shop at Saty b4 hopping back on bus, to airport, to tpe (landed tpe time 7.30pm)

fotos will soon follow.
i forgot my cell/camera tht goes everywhere w/me. so i had to borrow my sister's fonecamera. altho it's also a sony/ericsson, it doesn't quite hv t/same colors n control i hv on my k800. i will b so sad when ths fonecamera goes out of commission. even then, i believe the foto quality is still quite amazing. i shot loads of fotos. mostly landscapes, lots of bad ones to b sorted, tht's the amazing thing about going digital. u can take tons n tons o fotos n not worry about film/ print, physical storage n waste. just snap away!
ths trip, overall, has inspired new lines in my art. well, the whole yr's worth of travelling has been brewing in me up to now, but the new lines n patterns has finally decided to come out of me onto canvas now. i'm ready to paint more.