Monthly Archives: July 2004

Material Girl

I missed it again! More specifically, I missed her again! I missed the concert of my all time favorite “chanteuse”. 


Madonna is in town for 3 nights in row.  Tonight is her last concert in Toronto and I can’t believe that I’ll be missing it! Tried so hard to find tickets but all three nights were sold out in only 3 hours. Yesterday, on my way to Negar’s place, there was a crowd of people around the Four Seasons Hotel, trying to see her even for a second or two or take her photograph.


Actually wait, I still have a chance to see her.  Maybe tonight. Maybe at her last show.  All I have to do is to go to the ACC and spend a fortune on a ticket in the black market.  The question is: to buy or not to buy? Oh well, I’ll see!


I’ll write more about her concert later.  Stay tuned …


An American in Paris

I couldn’t wait! I absolutely couldn’t wait even for one more night to take advantage of Tuesday night’s half price ticket! I went to see the film “Before Sunset”. It was great. Even better than the first one I reckon. So real. So romantic. Almost too good to be true. I’m back to my teenage years and want to marry Ethan Hawke badly. Don’t miss another minute, go and watch the film. Enjoy!

Weekend Update …

It was a fun weekend with lots of happenings. It started on Thursday night when we all went to the Distillery District and enjoyed some African live music. Of course we didn’t miss out on the Balzac Café’s cappuccino, which is one of the best in town! Friday night was another night out at the Harbourfront Centre, with some electronic live music, which was cool at the beginning, but then it started to give us A headache! The Toronto Street Festival started last weekend too and we
had a chance to walk on Yonge Street on Saturday and take advantage of some quality music!

Now I better get back to work and focus on my stuff for this week.


Before Sunset

I finally got a chance to see the film, Before Sunrise. It was made in 1995 by indie director Richard Linklater. It is a passionate and intelligent romance between a young American (Jesse) and a French student (Celine). The film is a long dialogue between Jesse and Celine in the beautiful setting of Vienna.

Now years later, Linklater has directed Before Sunset in which Ethan Hawke (Jesse) and Julie Delpy (Celine) meet up after 9 years. The movie has already been praised by most movie critics. Yay!

Here is People magazine’s July 12th review of the movie:

“Intelligent conversation and lovely scenery go a long way in a movie. There are generous helpings of both in this terrific drama, as former lovers Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) stroll through a sunny Paris while catching up and reflecting on where their lives have talked them in the nine years since they parted.

Before Sunset is a savory sequel to 1995’s Before Sunrise. In the earlier film Jesse, a young American bumming through Europe, shared a single long night of conversation and passion in Vienna with Celine, a French student. In Sunset, the two reunite nine years later when Celine shows up at a Paris bookstore where Jesse, now a successful novelist, is doing a book signing. He has a wife and child back in New York City and Celine has a steady boyfriend, but as they walk and talk, it’s clear an old flame still burns.

What strikes one most about Sunset, co written by director /Richard Linklater, Hawke and Delpy, is how natural – and incisive – the dialogue sounds. “As you get older, you realize that there are fewer people you actually connect with, “ Jesse says. He also confesses that the passion has gone out of his marriage, leaving him sometimes feeling as if he and his spouse simply run a daycare center together. Hawke, his face considerably more gaunt and lined than in Sunrise, is playful, soulful, and hints at being a bit of a bounder. It’s a high-wire act but one he pulls off with style. Delpy, in a less complicated role, proves a charming foil.”

If you haven’t seen the first one, rent it NOW before enjoying the Sunset!

Pour toi mon amour

I’ve learnt a short but lovely poem in my French class yesterday and I want to share it with you. The poem is by Jacques Prévert. ENJOY!

Pour toi mon amour

Je suis allé au marché aux oiseaux

Et j’ai acheté des oiseaux

Pour toi

mon amour

Je suis allé au marché aux fleurs

Et j’ai acheté des fleurs

Pour toi

mon amour

Et puis je suis allé au marché aux esclaves

Et je t’ai cherchée

Mais je ne t’ai cherchée

Mais je ne t’ai pas trouvée

mon amour

Well Done Maria!

I just got back home and found out that the Russian teen, Maria Sharapova, annihalated Serena Williams today at Wimbledon and won her first Grand Slam title. Some compare her with Anna Kournikova but at least she *can* play tennis!