Monthly Archives: April 2005

Oh Simple Thing, Where Have You Gone?!

It was a very long and busy day. Everybody is busy these days. Some are busy with projects and deadlines; some are busy with their job hunting; some are busy renewing their passport in the capital city (!) and some are struggling and are busy with doing NOTHING!

The good news, after the hectic day @ the event, is that I bought the album “Hopes and Fears” by Keane.

Oh Simple thing where have you gone?
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

The bad news is that I didn’t buy it earlier.

A Room With A View

I fell in love with the view at the Sutton Place Hotel yesterday, while I was coordinating the Adobe event. The Seminar was held at the 33rd floor (their rooftop ballroom) and you had the view of the whole campus of the University of Toronto, the lake and the rest of the downtown. I have another one coming up tomorrow. Somewhere else and a very tough one I have to admit; so I better start organizing myself!

I know this is not related at all, but to the British football fans: David Beckham has decided to stay with Real Madrid for the rest of his career! Well, why not?!

au revoir 🙂

People are STRANGE

I’m not pointing my fingers at anyone in particular here, but people are strange these days. Very unfaithful sometimes. The ones who you don’t expect them to be. One day they love you and the next day you become the most unwanted person in the whole world. They don’t tell you the truth cause they are scared. Scared of their own image and scared of their own sense of guilt and shame. The blame is never theirs cause they think they are the best and nothing but the BEST.

Things are not hidden always though. One day you know the truth behind all those bullshits. It’s not always good to know the truth; Reality BITES!

Jim Morison once said:

People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down …

He was right. God bless him!

Cinderella

Seeing the beautiful ballet of Cinderella last night, especially after a rough poker night on Friday, was quite flattering and relaxing. There were three acts in total and they were all lovely. The best part in my opinion was the performance of Cinderella’s sisters; hilarious indeed. All three of us enjoyed the whole ballet a lot and look forward to the next one in our list. The highlight of the night was of course our gorgeous and flavorful Häagen-Dazs ice cream in the first intermission!

I’m off to read my new book now. I bought the book “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom today and have already started it. This is the second book I’m reading from this author. The first one was “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” which was a great read.

Reading is good. Blogging is good too. They definitely help to ignore the stuff which should be IGNORED!

Later 😉

Photography LOVERS

One of the highlights this season at the AGO is Douglas Clark: Sweet Immortality exhibition. The exhibition has been already started and will be going on until May 15, 2005.

Here is what I read in the AGO Membership’s Journal about Mr. Clark and his work:

“Douglas Clark (1952-1999) worked as a photographer, teacher, curator, critic, but foremost he was an artist. Within a short period of time he produced compelling bodies of work that explored enigmatically photography’s limitless creative possibilities and its history. The exhibition features his highly lauded Articles of Faith, comprising electric found objects from the artist’s life and popular cultural artifacts assembled into totemlike images. Clark’s passion for photography, expressed materially and conceptually, embodied his highly charged intellectual energy and culminated into many insightful curatorial projects.”

This is on my “to do” list in the nearest future. Let me know if you would like to join me 🙂

Updates …

Finally Starbucks in Canada offers sandwiches and salads, starting on Monday 25 April 2005. There will be fresh sandwiches from Italian Antipasto Ciabatta ($5.50) to Chicken Club on Anadama Bread ($5.75). Good news for the ones who were stuffing themselves with their muffins reluctantly!

Coldplay‘s third album “X&Y” is going to be released on 7 June 2005. YESSSS! Can’t wait listening to Chris? Listen to their new Single HERE!

Cinderella returns in April 2005 (23rd and 24th) at The National Ballet of Canada!!! Don’t miss it if you are into ballet and dance performances.

Enjoy your sandwich while listening to Chris Martin, on your way to see the Cinderella!

Fantabulous

Today on my way to work (and at work), I finally read the book “Embroideries”. It took no more than an hour to finish it. It was very frank and funny and the graphics and the artworks were simply FAB. Have you seen the film “How to Make an American Quilt“? Well, this book reminds me a lot of that film. Some elderly ladies get together for afternoon tea, refreshing their youthful memories and tell stories to youngsters mostly about the men they’ve lived with and through. Around six absolutely hilarious flashbacks!

Embroideries” is another great read by Marjane Satrapi. Quite different to Persepolis but still a great one. Strongly recommended!

What others think of the book?

“Wildly charming … like a letter from a friend, in this case a wonderful friend: honest, strong – willed, funny, tender, impulsive and self-aware.” — The New York Times Book Review
“Prescient … Unexpected … Totally unique and utterly fascinating.” — Time
“An Extraordinary work by any measure.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A dazzlingly singular achievement … The Persian love child of Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry.” — Salon
“Cause for celebration … Superb.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Delightful … It is our good fortune that Satrapi has never stopped visiting Iran in her mind.” — Newsweek

MBCo, La Boulangerie De Montreal

Thanks to Katy, I just experienced my first espresso in the patio of MBCo, La Boulangerie De Montreal, a new café on Cumberland Street. They just opened the place last Wednesday and here is what they say about themselves:

“Because we felt a five hour drive was a little much to experience Montreal’s newest and most talked about culinary hotspot, we decided the responsible thing to do was to find a way to share it with you. So we’ve come to Toronto …

MBCo., a “nouveau” bakery/café concept, offers it’s customers a guiltless “menu du marché” by providing you high quality comfort food that is good for the body, great for the soul and pleasing to the palette, working in total concert within a harmonious environment.”

The ambience is just great and it’s definitely worth a visit. Check them out at 100 Bloor West, Unit 7 (corner of Bellair & Cumberland), Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5S 3L3 Tel: 416-961 –MBCO (6226)
Operating hours: Daily from 7am – 7pm

They better pay me back for promoting them 😉 Enjoy!

Embroideries

To those of you who gives a S***:

* I finally filed my tax for the year 2004. Hallelujah …
* My darling cell phone is fixed. As a matter of fact they replaced it with a new one. God bless my extended warranty! It’s a cute one. Check it out if you wish.
* I think I told you that my watch was broken; Didn’t I?! Well, I bought a new one today 🙂 exactly the same face but a different band which I immediately changed it with my own. It feels great to have it back as I am so used to it and more importantly it was a very special gift for a relatively special occasion!
* The last but not the least: Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi is now out in English and is available @ amazon.ca (or .com!)

Laterz 😉