Archive for June, 2006

Urban Outfitters Sale

June 22, 2006

The response must have been overwhelming!

Urban Outfitters Sale

I love Urban Outfitters! They have the quirkiest stuff.

The World Needs More of Stuff Like That

June 22, 2006

From Yahoo! Odd News: No Plans for Repeat Final Between World's Worst

Apparently, during the last World Cup, the 2 lowest ranking FIFA teams had a play-off just before the real World Cup final.  Bhutan hosted Montserrat and beat them 4 – 0.  The two teams then adjourned to watch the final that really mattered.

I love it when people have a sense of humour, the ability to not take things too seriously and the generosity to poke fun at themselves.  The world would be a much better place.

Cheers to you, Bhutan and Montserrat!

How to Get Myself a Guy #315

June 21, 2006

Someone with a matching birthmark.  Or failing that, matching tattoo.

Spiral and Circle

June 18, 2006

This website has the funkiest stuff! Cracks me up.

There’s the Sigmund Freud Magnetic Puppet and Couch Set.

Sigmund Freud Puppet and Couch

The Paint Tube / Toothpaste Pens.

Toothpaste Pen

The Wind-Up Noodle Soup Bowls.

Noodle Bowl

The Edvard Munch Scream Doll.

Munch

The Pancake Teddy Bear.

Pancake Bear

The Jumbo Mummy Doll.

Mummy

Not that I’m much for plush dolls, but those are definitely quirky.

My all-time favourite, the one I would so acquire if it didn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship it to the mother island, is the Hamburger Pillow.

Hamburger Pillow

Perfect for perching on while watching tv. My behind will be so happy.

The Jury Is Back

June 17, 2006

The jury is back. It is an acquired taste that I have yet to acquire.

Sunny Day #001

June 16, 2006

I finally went to the beach yesterday!

I now have a sunburn.

It is well worth it.

No pats on the back, please.

Is It So Hard To Be Alone?

June 16, 2006

It seems that I've been away for so long that I've forgotten some of the norms of people here.

Apparently, people here do not eat alone, watch movies alone, go to the beach alone or sit at a cafe alone. Some people even shy away from shopping alone, going to the doctor's alone, walking the dog alone, going to 7-11 alone, visiting the loo alone, buying Toto alone. Ok, I kid about that last one, I don't even know where the nearest Toto kiosk is, let alone be inside one.

Was I the same? I sure do not have second thoughts about doing all that by myself now. Maybe it's out of necessity. After all, everybody's at work while I'm on vacation. Or I enjoy the freedom of changing plans at the drop of a hat. Or wandering about wherever I fancy.

I do enjoy an afternoon with just one good friend, quiet conversations or silly gossip. Or a couple of like-minded friends, witty conversations, barbs flying. Or sometimes, even a gaggle of noisy ones, uproarious caricatures, songs and games. Other times, I just enjoy the simple quiet companionship of me, myself and I.

It's strange that society has labeled certain activities as "Group Activities Only" and doing those activities in the company of self would almost immediately earn oneself the label of "loser", "nerd", "weird" or "I'm so lonesome, won't you come grace me with your cheesy pick up lines?"

Maybe it's the fact that we're such a compact, close-knit society that people are so used to being around people all the time. Maybe people feel insecure when they're alone, no wingman, no sidekick. Maybe they just don't know what to do with themselves.

The whole hustle and bustle of constant visual and audio input has left one with very little time for introspection and quiet thoughts. For enjoying the moment and seizing the day.

For one's own sanity, it would do good to spend some time in quiet peacefulness, doing nothing except embracing the self.

I Dislike Reality Shows But…

June 14, 2006

I do love cats so.

Today, in the news:

Cats to Compete in Reality TV Show in New York!!

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ten cats in search of owners will spend the next 10 days in a New York store window, their every move caught on camera for a reality TV show on which they will compete for best sleeper and mouse-catcher.

The show is the creation of a petfood company and will be shown on cable channel Animal Planet, as well as on the Web site http://www.MeowMixHouse.com where viewers will be asked to vote off one feline contestant each day.

The cats, chosen from shelters around the country, will compete for loudest purr, most prolific sleeper and who can catch the most toy mice. Kitties who get the boot will be adopted into permanent homes.

Meow Mix, owned by Del Monte Foods Company, hopes the show will promote cat adoption — as well as their products, which will be the only thing on the menu.

Passerby taking a gander though a specially rented storefront on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan can watch the cats lazing about a luxuriously outfitted cat-sized house that includes scaled-down sofas, beds, a fish tank (with fake fish), kitchen and a porch, all put together by an interior designer.

“It’s a Disney World for cats,” said Meow Mix’s Ryan Reed, in charge of ensuring the cats are well-cared for and well-behaved. Volunteers from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are also on hand to attend to the needs of the kitty stars.

Enjoying their final day of obscurity on Monday, the cats seemed unfazed by attention from visiting media — most of the cats were asleep on the set, which will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday.

A cat named Sam, from Dallas, Texas, stood guard on the home’s welcome mat while Romeo, a Los Angeles native, lazily stretched out his six-toed paws before swatting a toy.

In the tradition of reality shows, the company will hire the top cat as “Feline Vice President of Research and Development,” responsible for taste testing and product feedback.

Biographies of the cats play up their personalities, but in reality, they’re all pretty mellow, if not a bit dazed from all the attention.

“In real life they’re all very sweet,” said Meow Mix’s Keith Fernbach. “But we try to give them a personality for TV.”

My Kitty Cat could so win the competition. Purring, sleeping, catching toys are his forte.

Once he was so caught up chasing his favourite yellow string (which really was the elastic tie from TBF’s pants) that he wrapped himself around the dining table leg, caught his own tail and chewed down on it frantically. TBF and I collapsed in laughter while he went at it for a good minute before he realized what he was doing. Then he straightened himself, shot us a look of disgust, us rolling on the floor, tears streaming down our cheeks, and walked off into the kitchen with all the dignity he can muster.

Dear Kitty Cat, I miss you so, hope you’re happy wherever you are. Love, 3636.

What Makes A Person Change So Drastically? (con’t)

June 13, 2006

I wonder if people are thinking the same about me?

When I first returned, 2 people who have known me for most of my life, separately commented that my voice is different now, deeper somewhat, more mellow.  Maybe it's aging that causes the vocal cords to sag, thus the deeper voice.  Maybe it's hours of being at work, using my "therapist" voice. Maybe, it's simply that I'm not as "bubbly" as I used to be.

I think I'm basically the same person.

Some people may beg to differ, but I think it's because I have a different relationship with them now and so they see a different side of me.

I like to think I'm still the same person.

What Makes A Person Change So Drastically?

June 12, 2006

This has been on my mind for some time already. There is someone who went from mischievious, fun and noisy in childhood to introverted, quiet and awkward in adulthood. Another one who was the best person to depend on for support and friendship but now has no time for friends except when the friend might be a potential customer.

When the changes were unfolding in their lives, I wondered if this could just be a phase they are going through, that the person we knew and cherished would one day return. Sadly, it does not seem to be the case.

I was lamenting to BGF and she said, “Maybe this is who they really are and the person that you knew them to be was the phase.” Maybe so.

That may explain case #2. After all, people do grow up and become financially-motivated and career-minded. But I don’t think it explains case #1. That, after all, is a whole personality change.

I do hope it really is just a phase.

Come back, you guys. We miss you.