Wow, the days are by far longer now than they were only a short while ago… It feels happy when you leave your office and you still can see the sun shining… May I only add, though, that it’s bloody freezing… The cold really burns through your skin right to your bones… I’m not particularly a fan of people who nag 24/7 about the weather… This year, however, I can feel the winter is dragging on more than it should… But, then again, there is always stuff to keep you busy and ultimately warm, right?
I took a short trip to Philadelphia a week ago… Philly always makes me merry… I like older cities, with Philly being one of them in the continent I live in… Beside visiting the loved ones, this trip was more of an adventure to me… Walking in the city for hours, checking out the most recent exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (oh, the Yamamoto and the Matisse exhibitions made my heart shine like never before), trying out different foods in various parts of the city, trying La Colombe coffee and falling in love with its aroma and taste… And of course Parc, a beautiful French café which according to the locals is Philly’s answer to NYC’s Balthazar… Oh, and this being me, let’s not forget shopping… The one and only Anthropology, which I dearly hope will open a store in Toronto soon.
In the past few weeks I also watched a lot of movies… From chick flicks like “He’s Just Not That Into You”, to more indie films like “Two Lovers“… Ah, sweet love in hip Brooklyn… I reckon I haven’t done too poorly when it comes to movies in 2008, heh… The whole experience ended last Sunday when the stars hit the red carpet at the Oscars… This year the show was pretty well executed and the fact that most of my faves won the golden status (yes, I’m talking Kate and Sean, woohoo!) made the whole night even better than expected…
And now, February is almost done… And as much as the weather is cold, there is nothing for me to complain about… It’s been a culture-fest so far this month!
Oh, this is indeed KW’s year… Only after her big win last Sunday, Kate who is apparently obsessed with her first Oscar, appears on the cover of the current Time Magazine.
Click HERE to read the article, “Best Actress: Kate Winslet’s Moment” by Mark Harris.
“The dream may either repudiate the dreamer in a most painful way, or bolster him up morally. The first is likely to happen to people who have too good an opinion of themselves; the second to those who self-valuation is too low.”
— Carl Jung
“In love, the one who runs away is the winner.” — Henri Matisse
* Portrait of Henri Matisse by André Derain – Part of the “Henri Matisse and Modern Art on the French Riviera” exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
… And this is when *coffee* becomes disgusting!
“Once, after a grueling all-day design conference at a university, I was invited to dinner on campus. To go with the various delicious pastas, salads and quiches, coffee was served. When you are craving a beer, coffee is the most disgusting drink in the universe.”
— By Christoph Niemann – The New York Times
“Good manners can replace morals. It may be years before anyone knows what you’re doing is right. But if what you are doing is nice, it will be immediately evident.”
— P. J. O’Rourke
The orange blinking lights are still thriving through her eyes and the night’s journey continues to fall apart…
How to heal a rift, she asks the messed up mind… how to fall out of it, she questions the tearful heart… how to clear the extremes from her dreadful life? oh, the balmy ride is now going on for the longest time…
Without a single trace of love, how to break then mend the vintage era? how to echo those remarks into the unborn time? oh, these silly feuds must now stop before she exhausts the poor mind for the thousandth time… and begs it to guide her right in an unfair dark…
Now is the time to conclude the unfinished stories and blind herself to the starless sky… the ones which were once the symbol of the city of love… where she fell in love and he cheered her up with an exposed heart…
She closed her eyes to the last blink – too harsh to keep her alive – and welcomed a dream in another night of her life… the dream that she craved all these times…
To be continued…
“Being away from home gave me the chance to look at myself with a jaundiced eye. I learned not to be ashamed of a real hunger for knowledge, something I had always tried toand I came home glad to start in here again with a love for Europe that I am afraid will never leave me.”
— Jackie Kennedy
* Image courtesy of Andy Warhol – Philadelphia Museum of Art
– Oh, well. I wasted my youth, so I guess I can work hard now.
– You didn’t waste it. You had fun.
– Had I but known, I would have had more fun!
“If you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you don’t have to work.”
— Ogden Nash