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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

First Snow

It snowed on December 5th in Lakeville Connecticut.

The Artist, Woodcut Block Print 2007

and i wish i was there to watch the snow stick.

one more day, then, i will be home for christmas. oh i can't wait to see the pretty red ribbons and little gold lights on green. even the traffic lights make everything so festive. who doesn't love spending christmas in the city. happy holidays!
IFC Tower II, My Favourite building from home
Architect: César Pelli

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Somebody told me that when you hit a wall, you ought to look back. Now see and learn how far you've come and how much you've grown. So turn back around and find the door.
The ugly (self-portrait in watercolor) 2004
Here's to my very first painting. worst painting too! I even did this one on a grid.
But hey, you've gotta start somewhere right?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Seeing Old Friends

You never realize how much you've miss them until you see them. This past weekend, I got to see two old friends from high school.

Mormina and Ruwe, Spring 2009, in Acrylics

And you'll always wish that they'd stay just a little longer.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


(top: Mark Appel 26, Summer 2010, in Acrylics
bottom: Stephen Piscotty 25, Summer 2010, in Acrylics)

To them, baseball is a base of their lifestyle. a solid passion.

To me, the word "baseball" makes me think of something other than the sport. "A girl" i know, she has this game called "baseball". Whenever she farts, she calls "baseball". And everyone around her has to immediately shout out a base, "first base, second base or third base", whoever doesn't call a base gets a whiff of her fart. she cups it in her hand, airballs it, and basically bats it straight to their nose. okay, very unnecessary, but thought i'd share.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Building a Wardrobe

(top: Liz's Shirt Fall 2006 in Pencil)
(bottom: Simplex Munditiis Winter 2006 in Wet Ink, Graphite and Charcoal;
piece inspired by Simplex Muditiis by Ben Johnson 1573-1637
STILL to be neat, still to be drest,
As you were going to a feast;
Still to be powdr’d, still perfumed:
Lady, it is to be presumed,
Though art’s hid causes are not found, 5
All is not sweet, all is not sound.
Give me a look, give me a face
That makes simplicity a grace;
Robes loosely flowing, hair as free:
Such sweet neglect more taketh me 10
Than all th’ adulteries of art;
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.

Clothes are for moments in a Women's life. A dress she can depend on, one that is timeless but comfortable to wear and appropriate for her life.

Getting up early for your cup of morning coffee dressed in pretty is a ritual for the perfect day to come. perhaps tomorrow

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tapestries of Hope

TAPESTRIES OF HOPE is an astounding story told through the eyes of filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley. The film is a powerful documentary that exposes the horrors of the rape and sexual abuse of thousands of young girls in Zimbabwe by men who believe it will cure HIV/AIDS. The movie and its message of HOPE have become an example of the violence inflicted on women and children around the globe and the efforts and commitment to stop it.

Betty Makoni, the subject of the documentary is a tireless advocate for children through her organization, the Girl Child Network. She has been honored with numerous awards including The Ginetta Sagan Award, the Worlds Children’s prize and last year Top Ten CNN Heroes. Fearing for her family’s safety, she fled Zimbabwe but is working with a team of trained leaders at GCN.

The movie is being used as a tool by many non-profits to help raise awareness and push the United States Congress to pass and FUND the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA).

“Tapestries of Hope” is premiering September 28th in theaters across the country for ONE night only. The film will be playing locally in the following areas:


Shattuck Cinemas

2230 Shattuck Avenue

Berkley, CA

(510) 464-5980

San Francisco:

Embarcadero Center

One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level


Palo Alto:

Palo Alto Aquarius Theatre

430 Emerson St
Palo Alto, CA 94301-1604
(650) 266-9260

buy tickets at http://www.screenvision.com/s/showing/TapestriesOfHope/

Come support Betty’s work AND most importantly your showing up at a screening is sending a message to CONGRESS that we care about violence against women and children. Right now the legislation on I-VAWA is at risk, and your showing up could make a HUGE difference.

If you can’t come, spread the word AND sign the petition at: www.tapestriesofhope.com

Thank you!!!

Here are a few designs i made for Tapestries of Hope and will be featured on t-shirts or products for the documentary:

Products Now available at www.cafepress.com/tapestriesof hope

Monday, August 16, 2010

Prince Charmings &White Horses

Not everyone has a fairytale ending; im seeing it everyday. The young girl comes in first. Then, he comes without his marriage ring. They talk for a little less than an hour until the buffet last-call. Then she leaves with a room key under her faux-fur coat, who knows what else lies under it. He uses the bathroom, maybe at this point he would feel guilty, but no, he leaves after adjusting his tie in the mirror. pays the bill, leaves me a tip before he goes up the elevator.
There are some young girls that come in, married to big fat rich men; for what but a life of luxury. who is to blame but silly taylor swift? Romeos aren't just everywhere. But there are, indeed, some lucky juliets &ihope i will be one of them few.

Congratulations Leslie & Justin, Happy Engagement!

Photography by Daniela Degrassi. She takes adorable photos, capturing love at its most innocent. She snapped a few photos of my extended family and myself early june in sunny palo alto park. i especially love the one of me lifting up my two pretty sisters.
Currently i am working on a diptych for some lovelies i miss. don't forget to return to Hong Kong Garden next week!

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Soul-searching Summer

Angels on my guitar Summer 2010, Acrylics and Gloss Varnish

Summer2010 is a special one to me. Growing up is bittersweet, as soon as you realize, summer does not exist for you anymore. The job, the bills, &maybe even the lucky kids one day. For me, I did all that i loved and needed for weeks and days, removing any obligations or worries in my way. Then, going down the list of neverending to-dos.

Time cheats &you don't realize it. But learning how to play guitar is a beautiful thing. I promise that self-tutoring is not as challenging as it seems!

The origin of excitement and fun comes mainly from a strong-built character and personality. Adventures can wait, first fix all that needs to be fixed inside! So it's your turn before summer ends. This calls for a cup of steamy cappuccino, colorful macaroons, &a nice read in hand!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Blogging from Vancouver BC

I miss my easel, my paintbrushes. they are usually in reach right next to my bed. This is because i always wake up with a newly lit lightbulb, sometimes, even in the middle of the night. and it's just most convenient that way. but this hotel bed is getting a little too big too tidy and too empty. So in order that i keep my ideas fresh, i've been catching and reading other blogs etc. and i found ALMOST EVERYTHING HAS ONE! i hope these will inspire a thought.

1.rubber stamping with powdered sugar, perfect for themed dinners and fantasy weddings
This hostess and maid of honor tried something different with the Peacock Rubber Stamp-by using food coloring and powdered sugar creating an elegant and edible glass plate design.
mix the correct ratio of powdered sugar and food coloring to get a light-dense paste. works on cakes &cupcake wrappers too

//credits to papersource blog

2.polyvore, great for fashion advice and outfit brainstorming; interior designs too
here are a few sets i've created so far using key pieces i own and decorating around it. one convenient thing is it directly links you to online shopping sites. it's super addicting so be careful
Alice in Wonderland
Sailing North
//credits: polyvore.com
additional to this, keep a fashion police scrapbook, i know i do!

3. colorful papers &glitter. just enough for scrapbooking. i visited michael's today and almost died amazed at how much stuff they have in there. don't get me wrong, ive been there a million times before, but each visit is like a new one. the things in there don't change much, but i think i do. i don't remember how much i spent on crafts but it was a fortune. my sister had to push me out of the door &take a couple things out of my basket, "you don't need that", of course i do.

//credits: scrapbook ideas.com

i've also added a couple sitelinks i love on the right column including Gateaux et Chateux, Fashion by He &Urban Outfitters.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Saudi Eyes

Shelina Kassam 2010 in Acrylics

Another stunning girl in pretty fabrics.

I have never met anyone more supporting than Shelina. I met her in her tomboy phase sophomore year. Sporty, short haired girl wearing a grey hoodie. She was new and i needed a friend for a change... of scene at Hotchkiss. who knew this girl would slam me off my feet into a grander world of more lively, more excitement, more social and fun extremes. If only saudi arabia would let me in, i would be glued to her like a rock.Though many years have and will pass, i won't let you slip away even if time does. we've been through such rough times together, like kliza's ap chem (those negative motivation worksheets were a killah), boyfriend girlfriend dramas, family problems and many more. all i can think about is thanksgiving when i get to frolic sillily with you at chicagoan beaches. as soon as we manage, i can't wait to hear about your summer adventures and precious memories in DR

Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's Time For Africa

The complementary blends of orange and blue hues like stars and diamonds up above.
then you have a winner
coming with its pair-a defeat.
but the team unity of the germans, third place in rank, are winners in my heart. i see you Manuel Neuer.

Nothing can be compared to the atmosphere at the world cup. At the shower, i close my eyes and let the water knead into my forehead, droning all, i can hear the faint call of the vuvuzelas. sounding more like mosquitoes and flies doing busy footwork. I have never appreciated football anymore than right now, right here. Brazil 2014, here i come.
now in spirit of FIFA, incase you are sick of K'NAan's Waving Flag, i am obsessed with Shakira's new song, which they play before mid and after every game.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Mon Amour

Because i can't wait to see you, i painted you.
Marcheta Kay Marshall, Summer 2010

i hope you're having a fabulous summer in Washington with chip and indulging yourself in heavenly things like foreign weddings. can't wait to see you pretty face in hong kong, roomie! je te verrai en Septembre! je t'aime.

l'été Projets
while listening to harry potter tapes, starting from the 6th to the 7th and then will go back to the 3rd and 4th. i've been busying myself with quality me time, painting, glueing and doing whatever that inspires me. designing my own set of clothing line, cutting up old clothes and re-sewing them together, bring back the eco-fashion. and finally BEDAZZLING anything everything.

I was shopping at lane crawford with my younger sister and one of their jewelry displays caught my eye a pearl necklace by some highend brand with designs and patterns painted on it. i thought why not do it by myself. then the more things i saw the more these crazy ideas came into my head. so my room became a workshop.
i bought a 2 dollar pearl necklace in the market, painted delicate roses on it outlined with sharpie and made it into something quite glamourous.

i have many more images to show. but until the next time.
and in case you didn't know how much i love champagne, i bought a stool today to show you.

now a toast to happiness and germany?