Monday, November 30, 2009
CELEBRATE WELL, my friend.... and here's to many more BDAYS to come....
Sunday, November 29, 2009
No BLACK SUNDAY shopping MADNESS for me as it is just NOT practiced here in Taiwan - still we managed to go about the last couple of days shopping!!! Been moving about "this and that" at home... recycling... figuring out what else is needed.... trying to get the house cleaned up and ready to WELCOME in the 2010....
Away with the GIANT TV we have had for over 10 years - taking up so much room - and IN with a new, and sleek FLAT SCREEN, finally!!! Even the OVEN got replaced so you can BET am looking forward to more goodies from master chef, marketchow....
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
It PAINS me to follow up my Thanksgiving Wishes with something as awful as this - but we all need to know and do what we can, so as their senseless deaths NOT BE FORGOTTEN...
"why do some People still feel and think that VIOLENCE is the only way... there is enough NATURAL DISASTERS & DISEASES in the WORLD afflicting and killing us all -- we need NOT RESORT to KILLING EACH OTHER, too!!!"
JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE CONDEMNATIONS OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE
Wishing You and Yours a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
JUST A REMINDER: Our TYPHOON RELIEF DRIVE II STARTS TODAY!!!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE TOWN:
Founded in the early eighteenth century, Lugang (鹿港) was once one of Taiwan’s busiest ports. Along with Tainan and Manka (Mengjia, today's Wanhua District of Taipei), Lugang was considered one of Taiwan's three largest cities, giving rise to the saying "The first is Tainan, second is Lugang, and third is Manka (Mengjia)."
Domestic and foreign tourists invade Lugang on weekends and holidays to relish its easy and friendly pace. On Lunar New Year, visitors from all over Taiwan walk through its winding alleys, pray at the 400-year old Longshan Temple (龍山寺), or stroll along Chungshan Road (中山路). Famous Lugang delicacies include flour milk with sesame balls (麵茶加麻恅).
Albeit the actual Old Town is not so big, about 3 streets long, it was still truly worth the trip... such a nice quaint town... old & traditional shops, antique housings, delicacies and such friendly people.... very pretty & ornate temple.... delicacies to try, of course..... and we were even treated to some shaking by a QUAKE that HIT Taiwan while we were there....
Sunday, November 22, 2009
So why worry about your life
what you will get to eat
what you will have to wear?
Saturday, November 21, 2009
half an hour in laying in bed thinking whether to get up, brave the cold front, and go for a much needed run.... am missing it but at the same time, the cold laziness is winning over... maybe like bears, I should just hibernate...
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
With the Holidays coming up, and after reading reports that so many people are still displaced, we have decided to run the same TYPHOON FUND DRIVE once again - DETAILS BELOW:
Starting THANKSGIVING DAY and thru the 15th of DEC -- I will allocate a certain amount of SALES to be DONATED to Philippine Red Cross as part of the Typhoon Relief Funds. With the RAINY SEASON still upon the Philippines, more Typhoons are sure to cause more troubles. This is the BEST I can come up with to help, even just a bit -- to help give the victims a better Holiday Season. So I do hope you will take advantage of the offer and we can all have a SHARE in doing a bit of what we can to help.
-$5.00 for each DG POP SUSIE or ANY OTHER SUSIE DOLLS SOLD
-$1.00 for each of any other dolls we have IN STOCK SOLD OR
-$10.00 for any Sales Over $100.00; $20 for $200 or more; $30 for $300 or more; etc...
*Pre Ordered Dolls are not Included.
NOTE: No amount is ever to small or too large when it comes to helping out.... Sadly, I know that the economy has not been great for quite some time now -- so do not feel bad if you cannot contribute now... but if ABLE, pls do CONTACT US.... If NOT for yourself, maybe an XMAS GIFT for a friend, or two, or more.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT ROCKS!!! SUCH AN AMAZING VERSATILE ACTOR... CHARMING IN EVERY WAY!!! JUST CHECK OUT HIS PREVIOUS BODY OF WORK - 30 ROCK FROM THE SUN, THE JUROR, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, MYSTERIOUS SKIN, LATTER DAYS, STOP LOSS, GI JOE and so many more cool INDIE FILMS.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Anyway, all I kept saying to myself - just deal - and once out of the terminal you will be fine... sunny skies ahead - as it was only about a little after 2PM.... WRONG!!!! as i must have brought the rain from Taipei with me.... waaaaah!!!!
So maybe Friday the 13th was BAD LUCK after all.... still, am happy to have SURVIVED it once more!!!
Friday, November 13, 2009
It is not often that we can drag Wu Mama out of her home... away from her sewing, temple activities and NUMBERS - so on this nite when she actually said yes to going out, we all could not contain our happiness and got ready we did.... Fast before she changed her mind, which she is known to do....
Thursday, November 12, 2009
1 down, 5 more to go on this quest of mine for the OPEN YOUR DREAM premium program by 7-11.... weeeee...
(in case it does not appear here - CLICK HERE FOR DIRECT LINK TO VIDEO)
I GOT ONE... of course, I had to take him out of the box right away and test for myself... dancing cuteness with built in music to boot.... Plus yesterday, I got to see up close the COSMED EXCLUSIVE, Coco the Bird... definitely a MUST HAVE, too!!!
more photos of these OPEN PLAZA Premium cuties in THIS ALBUM
his very own namesake clothing & accessory lines have been making waves worldwide the past few years, as well... just recently, he added a touch of cuteness and fun and called the line, miss marc - cartoon graphics on tees, bags, etc.... available for both men and women, too!!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
this song is stuck with me the last few days.... especially Fergie's part.... so catchy it got me hooked on it...
MEET ME HALFWAY by Black Eyed Peas
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
As an avid fan of the MANGA and most Japanese Animations, I was put off at first with the look and feel of the film, of Astroboy himself.... but in fairness, once over my initial trepidations, I actually ended up enjoying the film. And now, am sooo glad I was able to catch it in the big screen. with the voices of Freddy Highmore, Nicholas Cage, Donald Sutherland and Kristen Bell (love her, love her voice!)- this version came on its own and can definitely use a sequel.
Over the last few years, OPEN PLAZA characters have been used for various promotional push by 7-11, but for the most part I have seen keyrings, plush items, and a few others. So, as cute as they are, I did not pay them too much attention. Not until I stepped into their shop, their wonderful world. So much VINYL TOYS - from music boxes with rotating figures, cute dioramas, and vinyl figurines... I was sooo enamored but still was strong willed not to start another new collection, after all, with just tokidoki goods alone, I really do not have more space for anything else.
Fast forward to this recent visit to the Wu residence in Kaohsiung, a visit not ever complete without hitting three places: our FAVE breakfast place, IKEA, & of course my personal fave, DREAM MALL. I dragged everyone to take a look at OPEN PLAZA Boutique once more - just to take photos. (^_*) Once again, I was enamoured with everything there - and was once again reminded how am loving these characters.
Open Plaza Cuties dance up a storm!Here's the cute ADVERT for the 7-11 Program, it stars one of Taiwan's Biggest POP Star, Jolin Tsai.
As if to egg me on more into wanting to covet them, the cutest 7-11 promotional tie up just commenced, ""Open Your Dream"". In this one, running through the holidays, the five main characters stands a top their own individual boxes. Cute I thought but why in the heck, do I need 60 point stickers (1 sticker per purchase of NT$30/a little less than US$1)!!! Well, upon closer look I realized that with a push of their individual buttons - they each start dancing -- and when you line them all up you got yourself the cutest chorus line. Now I gotta get cracking with these stickers - I now have 14 stickers so far - only 286 more to go in order to get all 5 figures.
Naturally, 7-11 was the next stop for a round of drinks - and of course, to get the stickers! Lo and Behold, as if they wanted to add SALT to my WOUND from pining for them, a cute mechanical display was put up at the Mall's 7-11 shop -- in it, a bunch of these cute figures are lined up, dancing away. And actually a 6th figure was added to the line up, a bird named Coco - this one I am told is a cross promotion that will run with another shop, COSMED. Darn, now I gotta go find me a COSMED to figure out how to get my hands on this 6th one. WHEW!!!
OPEN PLAZA PHOTO ALBUM HERE
Monday, November 9, 2009
did not want to let the 20th Anniversary of the FALL of the Berlin Wall go by without a little tribute here in my blog pages... so here is U2 singing "One" live - accompanied by a series of powerful photographs that someone has made - a very fitting song for the occasion, and a great reminder to us all how: "we are all one but we are not the same - still we get to carry each other..."
always one of the worst things for me to go through is to not be able to connect... not only because of work matters but for all the personal reasons (always BUGS me when I cannot keep in touch with my Mom), as well.... and yep, admittedly, that includes FACEBOOK and BLOGGING.. (^_*) In other words, if I have to say what am addicted to - I WOULD, WITHOUT HESITATION SAY, MY COMPUTER!!
Anyway, the last few days had been good for the most part - not including my COMPUTER BLUES - got to go to Kaohsiung and visit with the Wu Family; play with LALA, who is getting on in years; visit the TOWNSHIP of LUGANG and EXPERIENCED a 5.plus Earthquake, and its after shocks while touring the town; got a really IRRITATING, more like INFURIATING letter to deal with; and processed lots of dollies to go out... in other words, LIFE, as I KNOW IT! and with that, i was reminded of this passage:
"Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I remember picking up the ones that appealed to me each and every trip to JAPAN, I bought them for my collection and as presents... even got some to go with some Susie releases.
Above Photo:SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION FENDI Be@rbrick - would get them but they are rather costly - too costly for my own good!!!
Fast forward to a couple of months back - Be@rbrick collaborated with tokidoki and the love for them once again, caught on fire. So far 4 regular sized be@rbricks X tokidoki has been released plus a couple pof 400% sized ones. All of them I had to have of course! During one of my many visits to MONSTER TAIPEI/MONSTER GEAR - a be@rbrick displayer, also made by Medicom, caught Juliana and I's attention... Of course, we each got one to properly display our collection... 'cept we did not even figure in that getting this would get us into more troubles as it houses 45 of them... 45!!! Oh well, so far I have uncovered 10 of them - 35 more to go to fill up this displayer, YOWZA!!!
Photo Right: 400% LA Robber (tokidoki X Be@rbrick)
-Official Be@rbrick Site
Sunday, November 1, 2009
As this is the mponth for the THANKSGIVING Holiday, I decided to atart off with the word UNITY and it's DEFINITION - as we all need a little reminder now and again that, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!! Am accompanying it with a photo of these UNI+Y cuties I picked up from FnH - who produced these items in collaboration with the Philippine National Red Cross, proceeds from the SALE goes to help out the TYPHOON VICTIMS.
unity (yo̵̅o̅′nə tē)
noun pl. unities -·ties
the state of being one, or united; oneness; singleness
something complete in itself; single, separate thing
the quality of being one in spirit, sentiment, purpose, etc.; harmony; agreement; concord; uniformity
a unified group or body
the quality or fact of being a totality or whole, esp. a complex that is a union of related parts
an arrangement of parts or material in a work of art or literature, that will produce a single, harmonious effect
a design or effect so produced
constancy, continuity, or fixity of purpose, action, etc.