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01 May 2008 @ 11:24 pm

"En France, on étudie les hommes, en Allemagne, les livres."
-- Madame de STAËL, De l'Allemagne, chap. 13

I've always been attracted to French culture, much more so than to Italian, for instance. The same goes for the food. A statement which had some Italians I've known burst out in anger, LOL. So funny how they get so worked up over their food, even among each other. Regionalism is alive and well in Italy but then, I suppose you could say that is true for most European countries with a long history of Stadtstaaten. 

PS: What if I like humans AND books. ;)

10 April 2008 @ 10:16 am
I came across this cute pink palace and just had to make a post. I wonder who lives there. It makes me want to write some fiction.

Pink Palace

10 April 2008 @ 09:37 am

Freemasons, Malay{sian} food, Angeleno bakeries, Existentialism, Chicago winds, bahing sheep, red poppies, blooming deserts, conspiracy theories, Debussy & dead Russians, Mexican textiles, Tiersen compositions, fighting Pepsi Max, more French film, Hitchcock classics, saffron yellow, fellow expats, Red versus Blue, virgins with tans, watchful eyes, looking for pyramides, photography + screenwriters = hellooo Hollywood!, waterlillies, new shades, men from mystical islands, Henry Miller quotes, Greek immigrants, Italian confessions, discussions of polarity, ancient Tunisian physics professors, Gershwin, Downtown L.A.ness, pretty pink cupcakes, looking to the east, Mexican Handwerker horrors, dancing Thai shrimps, scarily shiny Americana, new attempts at Arabic script, buying Asian cookware, swimming pools, Native American goddesses, Geisha masks, avocados, Portuguese seafarers in boots, general bookishness, and Amazonian expeditions.

This almost sums up my recent explorations.

It's a trick, isn't it? We're being prepared for the ominous ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. Harhar!

02 April 2008 @ 09:14 pm
Tagging is off at the recipe community which is pretty annoying? I've tagged every single entry since I started the collection but it only shows up in half of the entries anymore - a problem I didn't have until recently. Do I have to *work* here too now to find the error? No thanks, LOL. 

I've been travelling on business a lot and it's starting to get old. I used to love doing it and probably will again once I start doing LESS OF IT. For now, I'd really rather stay home for the next weeks... months... curl up in my own bed at night. On the up side [and there always is one!], all this running around hasn't been for nothing and has actually brought in quite some business. I'm hiring another person P/T to keep up with the daily, she's a uni student with bills to pay and seems like the right person for this job. It's not rocket science but I need someone reliable and unflakey and she seems to be both.  

Boooooooooring, isn't it? I think so too but this is what's been taking up much of my time and the rest has been going towards doing fun things OFF the internets.  =)

Never fear though, dear livejournal, I still love you and have by no means given up on you. =D
24 March 2008 @ 06:12 pm

It's no secret that I like BLUE! =) This is a little collection of statements I've seen here and there about the color. It may seem lame to ask this but I do think people's favorite colors do say a lot about them. If I had to pick 5 colors to surround myself with for the rest of my life, it'd be shades of blue, red, black, white and purple. How about you all? 

In ancient Rome, public servants wore blue. Many police and other public servants worldwide still do.
In Iran and Mexico, blue is the color of mourning.
Blue was used as protection against witches, who supposedly dislike the color. {HAH!}
A blue blood is a person of noble descent. This is probably from the blue veins of the fair-complexioned aristocrats who first used the term.
The pharaohs of ancient Egypt wore blue for protection against evil.
Blue and white are the national colours of Finland, Greece, Israel, and the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua
Azzurro, a light blue, is the national colour of Italy - from the livery colour of the former reigning family, the House of Savoy.

In Thailand, blue is associated with Friday on the Thai solar calendar. Anyone may wear blue on Fridays and anyone born on a Friday may adopt blue as their colour. The Thai language, however, is one that has had trouble distinguishing blue from green. The default word for Blue was recently สีน้ำเงิน literally, the colour of silver, a poetical reference to the silvery sheen of the deep blue sea. It now means Navy Blue, and the default word is now สีฟ้า literally, the colour of the sky.

Other common associations
Seas, men, productive (interior), skies, peace, unity, harmony, tranquillity, calmness, coolness, confidence, conservatism, water, ice, loyalty, dependability, cleanliness, technology, winter, depression, coldness, idealism, obscenity, tackiness, air, wisdom, royalty, nobility, Earth (planet), Virgo (light blue), Pisces (pale blue) and Aquarius (dark blue) (star sign), strength, steadfastness, light, friendliness, July (sky blue), February (deep blue), peace, truthfulness, love, sadness, aloofness, the Virgin Mary.

Several years ago, the makers of m & m's added a new color to the bag: Blue. Why Blue? Although they reported that this was the result of a vote by m & m's fans it raises a few questions. It may very well be the last color left in the bag after the novelty wears off.

Of all the colors in the spectrum, blue is said to be an appetite suppressant. Weight loss plans suggest putting your food on a blue plate. Or even better, put a blue light in your refrigerator and watch your munchies disappear. Or here's another tip: Dye your food blue! A little black will make it a double whammy. Dramatic results can also be achieved by using a blue light bulb for your dining area. Why? Blue food is a rare occurrence in nature. There are no leafy blue vegetables, no blue meats, and aside from blueberries and a few blue-purple potatoes from remote spots on the globe, blue just doesn't exist in any significant quantity as a natural food color. Consequently, we don't have an automatic appetite response to blue. Furthermore, our primal nature avoids food that are poisonous. A million years ago, when our earliest ancestors were foraging for food, blue, purple and black were "color warning signs" of potentially lethal food.

Calms and sedates
Aids intuition

Blue is the color of the Throat Chakra, also known as Visuddha. This chakra is located in the throat. It is linked to the throat, neck, hands, and arms. The Throat Chakra is connected with speech and hearing, and encourages spiritual communication. Opening the Throat Chakra improves clairaudience. Gemstones that will aid the Throat Chakra include turquoise and aquamarine.

In Chinese culture, colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions, and the four seasons. Blue was associated with wood, east, and spring. 

Blue, blue-green, and green are sacred colors in Iran, where they symbolize paradise.

In India, paintings of the god Krishna often depict him as having blue skin.

In the United States, post office mailboxes are typically blue.

In Aztec culture, blue symbolized sacrafice.
In Greece, blue is believed to ward off "the evil eye". Those who believe in this Greek superstition often wear a blue charm necklace or blue bracelet for protection.

Several mosques are referred to as the Blue Mosque: The Blue Mosque of Tabriz in Tabriz, Iran * The Blue Mosque of Cairo in Cairo, Egypt * The Blue Mosque of Yerevan in Yerevan, Armeni * Rawze-e-Sharif in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan * Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey * Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque in Shah Alam, Malaysia.  The Catholic religion associates blue with the Virgin Mary.

Blue is the favored color choice for toothbrushes.
Over the past decade, scientists have reported the successful use of blue light in the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems, including addictions, eating disorders, impotence, and depression.
People are often more productive in blue rooms.

The highest quality ultramarine blue is made with powdered lapis lazuli from Afghanistan.
The 1993 film "Blue" consists entirely of the color blue with narration and soundbytes.
Pablo Picasso's "Blue Period" refers to a series of paintings in which the color blue dominates and which he painted between 1901 and 1904. The Blue Period is a marvelous expression of poetic subtlety and personal melancholy and contributes to the transition of Picasso's style from classicism to abstract art.

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange." - Vincent Van Gogh.

“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.” - John Ruskin, English Romantic Writer and Painter. 1819-1900.

“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones...it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color – pink.” Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist Painter. 1877-1953.

“I have broken the blue boundary of color limits, come out into the white; beside me comrade-pilots swim in this infinity.” - Kasimir Malevich, Ukrainian Cubist Painter. 1878-1935.

“If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.” - Paul Gauguin, French Post-Impressionist Painter. 1848-1903.

There is no question that the vehicle you drive is an extension of your personality -- an unspoken, but clear message to the rest of the world. The message you send by driving a vehicle that is Dark Blue: Credible, confident, dependable. If your vehicle is a Light or Mid-Blue: Cool, calm, faithful, quiet.

Current Music: Lhasa

LOL! What a day it's been already and it's only 10:30. Best for everyone to stay out of my way now.
*hums "... and you must remember... there'll be days like this"

11 March 2008 @ 09:33 pm
"In Europe we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary."

-- Ernest Hemingway, "A Movable Feast

I do miss this attitude.

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29 February 2008 @ 10:39 am

I came to play on LJ and the intrawebs today and none of it will be business-related. That's right, I'm giving myself the day off and letting staff do all the work. I do think I deserve it. Apart from being at the height of business with new projects, I've been travelling for it again as well. I still like staying at hotels and acting like I'm all grown up. So far, I've managed to make everyone think that I am, hehe. (What they don't know is that I like little pink drinks, Kettle corn with my movies and that a shiny little turtle travels with me for luck.) Went to SFO, CHI, and some godforsaken place in the prairies of the midwestern bible belt where there are cornfields and you constantly feel like THE CHILDREN OF THE CORN are about to emerge from the maize and cut your head off. 

Sometimes I really love this country again and love even more to come home to sun-shiny, laid-back Lalaland from its different parts. I remember my very first trip here, how the city seemed to go on forever even though we long had hit its outskirts to the east, majestic mountains in the background, then the old Hollywood sign, the beaches... It was very impressive the first time around and I was young and excited to be here. I stayed for a month and a half with friends in their 20's, no parents or anyone older than 30 around (being 30+ pretty much equalled death). When I get tired of it here, I revisit those days and it try to see things with my own 17-year-old eyes again. I want to tell her she did everything right. She had no idea if it would be at the time. :) Sure, there've been setbacks, nothing is ever perfect (the perfectionist's nightmare). But nothing that couldn't be overcome in the end. I guess when it comes down to it I'm just an incurable optimist. 

I partly thank the people I grew up around, their view of the world, their philosophies on life. I believe in fates being fulfilled. Good or bad, there's a lesson in everything. 

19 February 2008 @ 09:51 pm

„Ich hätte oftmals Gelegenheit gehabt, nach Amerika zu gehen. Ich habe es nicht getan, weil das Schönste an der amerikanischen Fahne die rotweißroten Streifen sind.“ - – Falco in der Dokumentation ‚‚Hoch wie nie‘‘

More bad news in the Shar Camp, aber wir sind zuversichtlich. Was kann man auch anderes tun? Ansonsten nicht viel zu berichten. Ich hab keine Lust, auf Englisch zu schreiben. Sowieso nicht viel Lust, überhaupt zu schreiben, aber das ist ja nichts neues... Und wenn ich mir die Flist so betrachte, bin ich da garantiert auch nicht die Einzige. Hat wohl auch mit der Jahreszeit zu tun, Durchhänger nach all den Feiertagen und so, ist eigentlich jedes Jahr so, lol. Bis Ostern müssen wir jetzt erstmal durchpowern, dann gibts wieder etwas zu feiern mit Spring Break überall. Alle Welt spricht von Rom (und Berlin). Ich sehe da einen neuen Trend. Barcelona und Paris sind out, und London sowieso.

06 February 2008 @ 02:51 pm