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Posted on: September 5, 2012

I wanted to share with you some pictures from last weekend.  This was the best non-existent sunset ever 🙂

Panoramic view of the beaches and the beach houses.  As you could see, I was “busy” taking pictures…



…While he waited for me by the shore…still hamming it up.  What’s that in his pocket??!!

…Then he asked, and I said Yes 🙂




I had only 24 hours to take the splendor of this city in.  So let me show you what I saw.

The part of Chicago that I was in was a well planned, clean and pristine city.  A perfect balance of old and new.

In my biased opinion, in all of Chicago’s glory…it’s still not New York City! 😉


Last year I was fortunate enough to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade upclose.   This year, I got to watch the balloons being inflated and made ready for the following day’s festivities.   I found out that the balloon inflation was done literally next door to me so I walked over to see what the fuss was all about.   Apparently it was worth the fuss.  Check it out.

Again, please pardon the grainy photos.  I still don’t have a camera so these photos came out of my Blackberry (that must also be replaced).  However, I have a feeling Santa Clause will gift me with a camera this Christmas.  After all, I’ve been a good girl…but I digress!

Here is Kool Aid inflated and ready to go…

 …This is the backside of the Aflac Duck.  He’s a popular mascot for the insurance company Aflac.

Here is a popular cat who’s name escapes me.  I’ll just call him creepy cat.  As you can see, he is lying on his side and restrained by net so he doesn’t fly up up and away!

This next one, your son will love or fear…Buzz Lightyear!   I know he is hard to make out because he is faced down, lying on his belly.   Poor buzz 😦


What’s a thanksgiving event without a pumpkin?

Poor Hello Kitty is forced to lie on her belly all night.

Then there was Spidey!

I tried to take a shot of Ronald Mcdonald but only managed to take a shot of his boot.

I had a great time, I felt like a child again driving passed the Anson’s building to watch the Christmas figures.  Remember that?  This was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday.  Since I moved here, this was the first time I felt Christmas this early.   It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

In the middle of tall skyscrapers, historic buildings and the usual New York hustle and bustle lies Bryant Park.   I was there on Sunday for a special reason.

Ice skating! Cue funky techno music reminiscent of Mega Mall ice skating.

There is a glass cafe if you just want to watch skaters zoom around while enjoying a cup of coffee.

Or you can visit the “tiangge” only here until January 8.

Or you can just marvel at the high rise buidlings that envelope the park.

So is this incentive enough for you and your kids to come for Christmas?

My office window overlooks a rooftop playground.   To break the monotony of work, I like to watch the kids play on the playground.   The other day, the playground was gone!  No swings, no slides, no kids.  In it’s place was this.

It took me a while to figure out that they were filming a movie….a Batman movie!

I figured it out when a familiar figure walked into the set….director, Christopher Nolan!

So I was giddily waiting and desperately hoping that Christian Bale would walk into the set.  Fat chance.  😦

Instead I was treated to Joseph Gordon-Levitt dressed as a cop.  Swooooon!  Here he is getting directions from Direk Chris.

And he slowly turns my way.  C’mon…don’t be shy.

That’s it…now look up to your right and wave back at me.

Workin it baby!

Gotcha!  As you can see, he didn’t seem too pleased with me taking a money shot of him.

And just like that, he turned away.


Such an awesome New York moment.   This city never gets old.  Love it!

Here are some shots I took in and around my new neighborhood.

Streets lined with Brownstones.

Central Park is east of me….

A park in the park: Diana Ross Playground

The Hudson River is west of me…

The Pier Cafe by the Hudson River

Boat Basin

And there is the Museum of Natural History.

If you are nostalgic about the golden age of Rock n’ Roll and scariest movies ever, The Dakota is several blocks down, where both Rosemary’s baby and John Lennon were shot.

As you can see with all these old, pre-war buildings, this area serves you a cozy slice of Old New York which I really love. Not that other parts of NYC are devoid of historic nuggets, I feel that the Upper west Side has managed to preserve its history better.   While it’s far from all the (singles) action, I think it’s worth the trek because this neighborhood feels like you’re actually retreating from the big bustling city.  God willing, I’d like to call this home for a while…

Fuerza Bruta

Posted on: May 30, 2011

I finally went to see Fuerza Bruta. It was trippy yet amazing.  A visual feast that keeps you on your toes (literally as there are no seats for this performance).  Every scene outdoes the previous in the scale of outrageousness.  Your senses are literally hit with brute force (hence the title?).  I guess it can best be described as Cirque du Soleil on LSD – dreamy, trippy, surreal.

As expected, I forgot my camera so I’m embedding a trailer from You Tube and  grabbing some web pics just to give you an idea.  The music by the way was awesome!

This was a recurring theme throughout the performance.  I suppose it signified breaking out of elements that make you feel trapped – society, systems, tradition.  Who knows?

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For me the the highlight was watching a bunch of girls dressed in flimsy, see through dresses slither through gushing water on what appears to be very maleable plexiglass on top of the audience.  I know, I know, it sounds X rated but I thought it was quite entertaining.  We spent a large part of the performance looking up.   This might give you a better idea.

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Here’s another pic so you can better visualize.

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The dancing was super cool too.

After all those dream sequences, we end in some kind of carnival atmosphere where everyone is dancing and drenched in water – the audience gets sprayed.

I was really expecting it to be too non-traditional for my taste but I ended up enjoying it tremendously.  I think you’ll like it too.

Tulong Para Sa Rizal

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