Thursday, November 30, 2006

Venturing into the snow...

After holing myself up in my house for the past few days, I finally went out today to get some groceries. It wasn't snowing today which was good, and most of the snow/ice has turned to slush so driving wasn't really that bad. As I finish wolfing down my last morsel of rosemary & garlic marinated pork chop, I find myself thinking about the basic activities of grocery shopping. It's actually really exciting if you go in want to try something new. My current zeal is to try out new spices... I was pretty much staring at the spice rack at IGA earlier for about 5 minutes. Basil, Oregano, Bay Leaves, Paprika, Cumin, Pepper, Rosemary... too many choices. I'm not actually sure what each is good for, but I know each one would bring a colourful selection of flavours to the table.

I wish I had someone to cook with... Actuallly I've been thinking for the past few days about how I wish I had a dining club. A group of people to go try out new restaurants maybe once a week. But my current group of friends aren't as savvy about I am at venturing into the unknowns of culinary temptations.

Gary Jules' "Mad World", a track from the Donnie Darko soundtrack is currently repeating in my Winamp selection. This tune has recently gotten a new breath of life from the Gears of War trailer. I recommend this to be watched even if you aren't a video game fan, since it truly is a wonderful piece of editing. Infused with a very despair-inducing music, and a very apocalyptic feel, it just feels so right.

I've also been slow at posting my photos, I took some on the first day of snow, but most ended up blurry. Here's a pic outside my window

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Grey's Anatomy

Hahaha. I just started watching this series from the beginning. There's so many quotable phrases like: "It's like candy, but with blood, which is so much better".

Ah! I love that theme song at the start too... it really sounds like Frou Frou, but it's not. I think I'm gonna go get that song later. "nobody knows where they might end up. nobody knows..." it's so catchy and so Frou Frou! Okay, I really need a new term for that type of music, but I can't think up of a term with such a distinct flavour.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Food for food, and thought.

I often have a difficult time expressing how people need to be multi-disciplinary, adaptive, and open-minded. This article, titled Creativity 2.E, talks about the "new" way of thinking which is also outlined elsewhere like Newsweek as the new way of creating effective development teams in business, marketing, and design, since all of these disciplines are interconnected in the result end product.

I'm craving some oyster motoyaki since Sunday night...

... and on the subject of culinary creations, I missed the episode of Restaurant Makeover yesterday! Yes, I don't really watch that show, so not that much of a surprise. But, my cousin is the subject of that episode, thus I feel I need and want to watch it. I couldn't understand FoodTV's silly TV schedule time listings, until I realized that they only air once, as in, the airings for EST are the same for PST. They don't have different airings for different timezones so it got a little mucky. Hopefully, I can still catch that episode since it seems like it's going to be rerun at the end of the week. Check out Restaurant Makeover: Cafe Asia if you want to watch my cousin re-design [his?] restaurant.

Just a note, the restaurant is in Toronto on Front St. It WAS pretty bad when I went... which was about 2 years ago. Let's just say the restaurant was having an identity crisis, it's sold, Chinese dimsum, ice cream, liquor, a couple of other things, and last time I checked it was Filipino/Chinese cooking. But that was a long time ago. I'm sure the makeover helped a lot.

Friday, November 17, 2006


As I sit here contemplating, which seems like all I've been doing for a while... I'm also playing online poker and sipping some Pineapple and Orange juice (which tastes gross,btw), I'm listening to BT's new album, This Binary Universe.

I have to say, this album is very unlike his usual style, the elegant orchestrated electronica with a trancelike essence. It is more of a mellowing out, calming, almost lullabying type of electronica. There are 7 tracks with a total track time of just under 75 minutes. I'd have to say Good Morning Kaia would be my most favorite track, having the most serene mood. It sounds like something straight out of a movie soundtrack that depicts one of those climactic moments of victory, defeat, or epiphany.

Internet companies/technologies to watch out for

I was looking around CNN and ran into this compilation of the web's hottest companies. It really is a step towards the "Web 2.0" we keep hearing about. The technologies these companies are developing are what will make the Internet progress towards a more unified and productive tool of the Internet. It's a good look if you're interested what the techies or the geeks are using, since the general public still doesn't know about most of these since they don't know about them, or they have no use for them right now. But they will... soon...

25 Hot new tech companies

Now... to come up with a service of my own. That's what I need to do! mmmmm....

Apparently, there's some water advisory here in the Vancouver area. Because of the amount of rain we've received, the water is deemed to be unfit to drink. They recommend to boil before you drink. Weird.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Remembrance Hot Pot

Mmm had a hot pot over at my house today! Lotsa fun. Lotsa food! what else do you need!?

My internal clock has been having problems adjusting, or un-adjusting. My sleeping patterns are way off, and hopefully, after today's early wake up, it might have a chance at being normal. I was woken up this morning around 11 because of those annoying door-to-door religionists, advocates, or something to a less-desirable door visitor. But, today's door-knocker was quite efficacious.

"Hello, here is a pamphlet if you care to read"

Although it was an unwanted visitor, it still gave me a moment of hope for the advancement and lessening of the annoyance of door-to-door religionates.

I watched the first episode of The Amazing Race Asia yesterday. It was well... pretty sad. The challenges themselves, the teams/people, the host, and the prize is only 100K, unlike the 1 million on the standard Amazing Race. Very, very sad indeed.

I've been getting these damn irritating pay phone calls at wee hours in the morning for random ppl. WHAT THE HELL.
It's already bad enough that those other 2 companies I mentioned before who are looking for my parents keep calling 3-4x a day. SHEEEEEEESH.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Profiling / Behavioural Analysis

I am thinking of getting this book.
Criminal Minds is one of my favorite tv shows and I'd like to learn a little more about the science of psychoanalysis of criminal behaviour.

I'm not too familiar with Psychology since I haven't taken any courses on the subject, I'd like to get opinions and suggestions on more well-known books or something good like standard psychology texts on this specific topic.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Best Inventions of the year!

I enjoyed looking at their list. My favorites would have to be the water production invention. That's some crazyness, or is it craziness, that could solve water problems for a lot of developing countries out there. Or it could also solve logistical nightmares like deploying water to troops or to disaster-ravaged towns, but that's really just on the practical point of creating the system rather than a real world need.


Disturbing dream. I can't recall much details.
I was in some costume? or was my wife?

We were walking down a street... then near some people, she cried about how she was being raped. It was nonsense, but she had scars on her face. Of course nothing had happened to her, but the scars which were fake marked her face as someone to be taken seriously. I could feel scratches on my arm forming... weaving creating waves of blood. My hands had no choice, they started scratching in the same weave pattern. I scream,
It is not fear, it is terror. At my inability to control anything I saw or felt.

I pass out.

I cannot remember waking up, or even coming to. The first memory is of me carrying my wife's slender body in my arms curled. I realize that she's naked. And so am I. It's cold. We're in some damp concrete building structure. It's fairly closed in. Cars. Lines. Parking Lot. I clumsily walk around my unconscious wife, hiding, dodging behind car to car, careful not to be seen. Need to escape. Where are we?

It seemed like hours trying to navigate a parking lot. It seemed as if there were at least 20 floors. Is this some kind of office building? Hotel? I see a stairwell and some people who looked like they worked for the building. Three of them were moving something from a utility closet. I approach. "Excuse me, do you have any towels?" "Are you staying in the building sir?" "Yeah...uh... on the 6th floor" The fellow immediately hands me some towels.

I wrap one around myself and the rest around my wife. Not as cold now. I move through the stairwells to a different floor before the employees were able to do anything. Rest. I was tired just from carrying my wife's body. "It's alright as long as she's okay", I think in my fragile state of mind. Footsteps. Men in suits. Elevators. People are creating a search grid. Time to move.

I move up a stairwell and then go back out into the parking area. It's dark. We're harder to find out here. Who are these men in suits. Are they here to capture us again? Voices, they're getting louder. Oh no, gotta move. We're gonna be seen here. "chhk, I found them" off in the distant. Crap.
I see another stairwell... it's an open area? i go up. oh no, suit. I come back down... then I realize this section of the building isn't closed, with an open ceiling in a corner. No wonder they could see us.
I back away.... too late, nowhere to run. Helicopters in the background. *chuggachuggachugga*

A man in a suit approaches from the helicopter... I back away still. I see a little girl coming behind him... Casey? My daughter? ...My daughter! Casey!.... I shout out at her "Casey!" The man says "it's alright, Mr. Menckel? Jamie Menckel?" (I'm not sure if the last name was right... it was something along those lines). I nod not in agreement, but in confusion. I look at Casey who is hugging my leg. My wife is starting to wake up...

I honestly don't know what that means or anything... I don't understand it, I don't anything it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sundays are so boring...

I finished reading Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure.

It was quite pointless. Yet, the essence of travelling around the world on a purposeless journey and having a reason, useless or not, to quest around the globe, creates quite a sense of envy. I'm sure many other people besides myself would jump at the opportunity to search for something and having an excuse to do so.
The book was quite comedic and offers a lighthearted approach to something so mundane and idiotic. It brings the reader wanting to remember and re-live the non-realistic desires of a child's mind to have a burning desire to meet complete strangers. It was a fun book, but I really wouldn't recommend it. I didn't learn anything, and I'm sure I've lost a couple of brain cells just reading it. Had some laughs, but.... it's just so retarded. =)

Retro Gaming Night

Had some fun with people over playing some old Nintendo 64 games. That's right, the BEST N64 game there ever was, Mario Kart 64! I miss this game so much, it's just so mind-numbing, gut-wrenching, exhilirating fun while laughing yourself silly.

I really need to get more party games and have people over more often.