Monday, June 25, 2007

This July 4th is gonna be AWESOME.

Reason? TINA AND MIKE ARE COMING!!!!! AT THE SAME TIME!!!!

GONNA BE THE BEST REUNION EVER. We need more pictures together. ASAP.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Listen to: Destination Unknown

Amir has just introduced me to this new HOTT song for the summer. It's called Destination Unknown by Alex Gaudino. I expect this song to be the Summer Dance Song by a DJ Accompanied by a SCANDALOUS Video 2007. Watch:

Previous Hall of Famers:
Benny Benassi - Satisfaction (2002)
Eric Prydz - Call on Me (2004)
Michael Gray - The Weekend (2005)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I must master it.

So if you know me, I'm a gym person. Throughout the year, Holmes has been like a second home, trying to every free second I possibly had. After Amy and I moved into our new apartment (pictures that I must post up soon), I've been going to the gym upstairs pretty much everyday. It's so convenient when you want to run a couple of miles, just to go upstairs and get it done. Want to use the elliptical? Lift some weights? Easy. Done and done.Lately, I've given that all up for swimming. On the top floor, there is awesome pool that's the length of half of an official lap. After doing it consistently everyday for the past 10 days, I've concluded that it's such an awesome way to work out your body. Every single muscle in your body is in use all at the same time, and good cardio too! (Swimming = Cardio + Weights = TIME EFFICIENT) Plus so much more fun than just running idly on a treadmill. And, no more nasty sweat coming out of every single pore of your body. AND, none of the joint pains of running. (I should remember to register to run for the half marathon tho...) When I first tried it, I couldn't even reach the end of the lap. But after the advice of Miss Meghan O'Halloran, I can do swim at greater lengths each time I go. But now I must master the flip turn.I've been watching that video again and again, analyzing the best way to do it. Now I'm recommending that swimming is the best way workout ever.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

BIG GIRL YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Last Monday, I went to the Metro and I got to see wonderful ray of technicolor light that is MIKA. If you've read before, I've seen Mika in NYC during spring break. And that was just amazing. Amy, Rachel and I have never experience a concert so fun like that. With balloons dotting the audience, he brought so much joy and happiness to his performance. Plus, we got to attend the after party where we got to meet/dance/adore him.

So, I looked at this next gig with a certain critical eye. How could he make this show any better than the one in New York? Oh yes he did. His gig was narrowed down to all the upbeat songs (sadly, no more "Over My Shoulder") and added more covers (an AMAZING "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and Jackson 5's "I Want You Back"). Girls in pigtails and cute Dutch dresses were handing out lollipops before the concert, which was amazing! At the end of the set, he set all these huge balloons off in the air, and set TONS of silver confetti in the air, showering us with JOY. PLUS HE TOOK HIS FREAKIN' SHIRT OFF. That single moment, made this set a SMIDGE better than the one in New York... Here are some pictures stolen from Matt:











Today, his new video was just released! Not my favorite song from the album, but my favorite video of his so far. Watchie:

My favorite song!I didn't know there was an official video!!!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Life Lessons from Gareth van Meer

During one wonderful 80 degree weekend afternoon, which was an amazing respite from all the cold weather we were having, Shelley, Matt and I wanted to start a book club during the summer. Easily wanting to be distracted from our studies of neuroanatomy lab (ick), we furiously wrote down all the novels we wanted to read during our lazy days in the summer we were all looking forward to. Mysteries, road trip novellas, psychological thrillers. All we wanted to read. Anything but medicine please. Ahem, no.
When summer came around, I was excited that Book Club was coming into fruition thanks to Shelley. We read our first novel "Eleven Minutes" by Paul Coelho, a fascinating erotic novel of a blossoming young prostitute from Brazil working in Switzerland. Never have I read a novel that dealt so much of the clitoris. Anyways, book club session was amazing, just listening to people talk about the novel we have invested for the past two weeks. Knowing me, I've never was the best or enjoyed small group sessions, going on and on discussing about a particular subject. Just my minor case of ADD I guess. But I loved how every person had an opinion and brought it to the table. Ideas bounced back and forth, making us reconsider our thoughts about the novel. Definitely meetings I will be looking forward to for the rest of the summer.

After "Eleven Minutes", I've been meaning to read "Fieldwork" by Mischa Berlinski.Stephen King recommended it in on issue of Entertainment Weekly, which he described how certain publishing companies are letting amazing novels in the dark, preventing anyone from reading the novel. With his rave review, and me forking over money for a hardback (shock!) I had to read it. I found it a great story taking me into the deep depths of the jungles in Thailand, describing the mysterious death of a anthropologist who committed suicide in a prison after she was sentenced for killing a missionary. It really was a novel like one of those Russian dolls, where one story opened up to another which opened to another story. Just descriptions of all the food being eaten in Thailand made me wish I weren't sitting cooped up in my apartment, enjoying my relatively bland PB&J sandwich. This is a book I certainly would recommend, but wait for it to come on paperback.

I recommended the next novel for book club, "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessl. Tina had been talking about this novel for a long time and just reading the synopsis and the concept for the novel intrigued me. Having the book stem from a guide similar to a syllabus of a literature course. Every chapter of a novel has a basis that is one classic novel in literature. Plus there are pictures!I just love the narrative of Blue van Meer and the relationship she has of her father. It's an interesting combination of admiration of her father, but also a critical eye of him that I find hilarious.

But what Blue's father said to her after an unpleasant day in school where she was ridiculed by her peers, he gave the most sage advice to his daughter, that certainly affected me.

"'But most critically, sweet, never try to change the narrative structure of someone else's story, though you will certainly be tempted to, as you watch those poor souls in school, in life, heading unwittingly down dangerous tangents, fatal digressions from which they will unlikely be able to emerge. Resist the temptations. Spend your energies on your story. Reworking it. Making it better. Increasing the scale, the depth of content, the universal themes. And I don't care what those themes are--they're yours to uncover and stand behind--so long as, at the very least, there is courage. Guts. Mut, in German. Those around you can have their novellas, sweet, their short stories of cliché and coincidence, occasionally spiced up with tricks of the quirky, the achingly mundane, the grotesque. A few will even cook up Greek tragedy, those born into misery, destined to die in misery. But you, my bride of quietness, you will craft nothing less than epic with your life. Out of all of them, your story will be the one to last.'"

I can't wait to finish this book.

Knocked Up

Man. I have been neglecting this site. So much has happened this summer, but I guess I'll take one thing at a time.

I saw Knocked Up last Saturday. Again, I went into it with high expectations. Huge box office reports can't lie. The American movie going public must have thought this movie is genius. Melissa and Jess both said this movie was hilarious. And you can't go wrong with Katherine Heigl right?

Again, I should have gone in with low expectations. Just like how I felt about Shrek 3 and Pirates 3, this movie was so-so at best. The movie definitely had its memorable hilarious moments, but there was never a really a laugh out loud, knee slappingly great moment in the movie. It was a very subtle and sweet movie. What made me look at it with a critical eye were that none of the characters were relatable. Maybe for some folks, but I had no sympathy for Seth Rogan's Ben character. I thought he was all wrong for Katherine Heigl and could not see the chemistry between them.

But there were two people that made me love this movie.
1) PAUL RUDD. How can you not like Paul Rudd???? Ever since he professed his love for Kenny G in Clueless, my love for him has never waned. The scenes of him at Las Vegas watching Cirque du Soleil on mushrooms... HIL-AR-IOUS. Watch him in action:
2) Kristen Wiig. You may know her on SNL. She was the biggest scene stealer in the movie. Her conniving double talk back stabbing comments made the funniest scenes in the movie. Wish she were in more than the 2 scenes. Here is an outtake:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Listen to: Soulmate

Quite possibly the best song on the new Natasha Bedingfield album:
Quite possibly the only song that speaks how I feel right now:

Incompatible, it don't matter though
'cos someone's bound to hear my cry
Speak out if you do
You're not easy to find

Is it possible Mr. Loveable
Is already in my life?
Right in front of me
Or maybe you're in disguise

Here we are again, circles never end
How do I find the perfect fit
There's enough for everyone
But I'm still waiting in line

Who doesn't long for someone to hold
Who knows how to love you without being told
Somebody tell me why I'm on my own
If there's a soulmate for everyone

Monday, June 11, 2007

Summer

haven't blogged in awhile.

so far: a new apartment + summer in chicago = fun.

what else is fun.... M.I.A.'s new video:

more updates to come!