Sunday, April 26, 2009

Clowns without Borders

Love this blog.

Really inspiring to see the difference one bloke (a clown no less) can make!

Makes you wonder.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Eastward or Westward?

Woke up late.

Read too many blog posts throughout the day. I still have blog posts 'starred' in Google reader dating back to the beginning of January. Dunno why I feel beholden to read 'em as I am sure their authors have long forgotten them.

Tried to go to Century 21, closed. Tried to go to Macy's. Closed. Didn't even bother going to B&H, cos I know that's closed for about a week around passover.

So much for New York being the HQ of global capitalism! I want my money back! I am sure shopper's in Ireland aren't subected to shops being closed on Easter Sunday!

I walked all the way back from 34th street. A good hour or so walking. With the wind it was pretty chilly too!

Seeing how Hell's Kitchen melts into Meat Packing District into Chelsea into Greenwich Village into Tribeca into the dreaded Financial district (it really ain't that bad when you live here, and don't scoot in and out every day!).

Was thinking how women can verbalise stuff so well, especially when it comes to relationships. But just cos they verbalise all this stuff with their pals, doesn't mean they're not way off the effin beam when it comes to men.

Walked by a homeless guy telling people how different they are. "You got glasses". "You're fat". "You're wearing purple shoes". Etc etc. Sometime I think these guys are more lucid than us drones walking past 'em.

I remember I used to walk by a homeless bloke most days coming home from work in Dublin. He was an old chubby bloke, clean shaven looked like he could be you local bank branch manager. He slept beside our parliament building. One day he was telling the world about how someone told him that when he'd grow up he'd be OK, and then he asked well what now?

I and any number of hurried commuters should ask the same thing about ourselves.

I came home, and started thinking about holiday planning. My sis has been on to me about going home, but Ireland doesn't interest me. I just end up doing nothing back there (which has its advantages too!).

My uncle suggested I go visit him in Vancouver. My pals are having an anniversary in Germany. And above all I wanna go to Indonesia. I have an urge to visit Lampung this time around.

So I was wondering, how about an around the world trip. New York -> Vancouver -> Jakarta -> Duesseldorf -> New York. Probably too masochistic, even for me : ) And travelling eastward might be gentler when it comes to jet lag.

Which way would be best to go? Eastward or westward?

I have Brokeback mountain from Netflix. Have had it for a couple of weeks now, still can't bring myself to watch it...


Delvi on her experiences with galodo.

Everyone's Askin

Everyone's asking me which part I voted for.

Dunno why everyone's so interested, so here you go, it is Gerindra.

Now I want to hear no more about it!

Different Times

Aston Villa Church Bible Class formed a football team in 1874 and the members of St Domingo's Bible Class began playing football at Stanley Park in Liverpool in 1884.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Savoury in Indonesian?

What's the word for savoury in Indonesian?

My Indonesian teacher says there is no such word in Indonesian. I suspect there is.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

What's the best food court in Indonesia?

The other week my Indonesian teacher and I were eating average Teriyaki dishes and doing class in a food court at the South Street Seaport pondering this question.

She said she liked the one in Pacific Place. I said I liked Ambassador Mal's.

Obama’s Ersatz Capitalism

There have been lots of demonstrations in my neighbourhood recently.

Wall St. has been pretty noisy with protesters shouting "bailout people not banks" and the like.

Generally I disagree vehemently with the common garden lefty protester types. But oddly I agree with them this time.

In any case this article is a good one.

Six Sigma Parenting

I was chatting with my flatmate and her sister last night.

I got thinking about questions that have been swimming around my mind for a while now.

Do parents plan too much of their kids upbringing?

With all the planning and extra curricular activities, is too much pressure put on kids nowadays?

And to what end? I did fairly well in school, have an OK job. But is working 12 hour plus days really something worth aiming for? To me that seems the natural outcome of super diligent parenting and educating.

I would rather aim for well rounded adults. Success ain't wealth and a fancy job title, far from it.