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Monday, June 30, 2008

Capturing Photos of Tania

My gorgeous cousin allowed me to experiment with my new camera and snap some photos of her. We took photos in front of the house in the afternoon.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Aaaand we are baking here...

Yep, it is unbelievably hot in LA. The weather has been crazy for the past three days with record-breaking temperatures. You know the feeling when you open an oven door to check on a cake you're baking? That's exactly what you feel when you exit any air-conditioned building to go outside. Scorching wave of heat will slam into your face and body making you wince. The sole of your shoes will start sizziling, and your clothes will stick to your body. Hello, summer! I hope this is not an earthquake weather.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Day in My Garden

Human Egg Captured on Camera - Warning: Might be "Ewwy" for Some People

This is absolutely amazing. A human egg captured by accident when Dr. Donnez was preparing to carry out a partial hysterectomy on a 45-year-old woman. It surely gives me a rare glance at one of the stunning functions of the female body.

Look closely: this is history in the making. These are the clearest pictures ever taken of what is the starting point of every human life: ovulation occurring inside a woman's body.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Mirror: A Review

Only coincidence led me to read The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser. I randomly picked the book from the library, and it proved to be very good. The story is about a mirror that changes the lives of two women on the eve of their wedding day. When their eyes meet in the mirror in one fateful moment, a grandmother and her granddaughter switch bodies and time periods to start a journey that will change their lives forever. A terrifying truth reveals itself - what was done will never be undone, and it takes the reader on a test of faith and hope for two; a woman too modern and opinionated for her time and a woman too timid for her time.

The novel explores ideas of destiny, morals, faith, and survival. The story may revolve around a paranormal idea, but it has solid events and characters with real depth and emotion. Definitely worth checking.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Unlikely Surrogate Mother

A very unique video taken from the "Eye of the Leopard" documentary. It shows a leopard attacking a baboon mother while it's giving birth. After killing the mother, the leopard finds a baby baboon attached to its mother's body. The most surprising thing happens next.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Wedding's First Dance: Evoultion of Dance

A very creative and sweet video of Brian and Katie dancing their first wedding dance - evolution style! On their YouTube page, they posted the video and said:

This is the first dance we did at our wedding July 28, 2007. We don't have a copy of the music, list of songs, we just created our own version of the very popular evolution of dance, borrowing some of his ideas and mixing in a few of our own...thanks for watching!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


My co-worker is hilarious. One of the things that cracks me up is the way he says hello when he walks into the office. I thought it was something that he made up until I watched this video. I sat there and laughed hysterically for five minutes straight. Now I know where he got his hello from. By the way, my co-worker is not Indian.

The Window Frame

I knew that you could not sleep at night. The whispering voice of Fairouz would filter through the door of your room after midnight.

One night, Fairouz's angelic voice beckoned me from the fitful grips of sleep. My throat felt dry, and I craved an icy cup of water. I swung my little feet to the side of bed and stepped on the cold tiles of the floor. I walked barefoot to the door and stopped. The kitchen was veiled in the dark. The hallway lamp cast shadows on the walls, and the trip from here to there suddenly seemed impossible. My eyes darted to the door of your room that stood next to the kitchen. A soft light adorned its rims. The world behind that door was my wonderland. My feet hesitated for a second before I ran to it. I placed my palm on its handle and pushed it lightly. It opened, and I was engulfed in light.

A becoming smell of Turkish coffee filled your room. You were sitting by the window with the side of your face resting on the palm of your hand. You closed your eyes and moved your head to the song coming from the small radio. The moon light washing the rose tree behind the window accentuated your profile.

"Why are you awake, tita?" You said.

"I am thirsty," I whispered.

You smiled and poured me a glass from the silver jar next to your bed. My hand shook, and drops of icy water slithered down my throat while I drank.

You took my face in your hands and sang endearments to me. You stroked my long hair and kissed the top of my head.

You held me in your arms, and your robe smelled of lavender and face powder. A cool breeze tickled the roses outside, and we both inhaled the sweet smell.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Sane People are Everywhere

God, I felt exhausted. I worked too much the past two weeks, and I had to deal with some stressful issues that won't be over for at least days to come. I felt emotionally drained and tired when I reached home after work. I only had a moment to sit at the edge of my bed when my sister walked into my room and asked if I am ready to go out. I grimaced because I remembered that I promised to hang out with her that evening. I looked at her and wanted to tell her to leave me alone, but the expectant look on her face stopped me from doing that. I reluctantly put on my shoes and headed outside with her.

We went to Coffee Beans and chose two seats next to the window. I only had one sip of my coffee when a disheveled man pulled up a chair and sat on the patio outside - right across from us . He sat so close that if it weren't for the glass, you would think him sitting at our table. I could not pay close attention to what my sister was saying because the man kept fidgeting with his seat and table. Suddenly, he tapped his finger on the glass. We turned our heads, and he smiled and waved his hand.

"Oookay...we got a friendly fellow here." I said.

We resumed our conversations. The man stood up and started swaying and dancing like he was in a trance or something.

"I think he is drunk." My sister said.

He tapped his fingers on the glass again and waved happily.

My blood pressure started to rise. He ignored my sister completely and gave me his undivided attention.

He crouched on the ground right next to me, stuck his face against the glass, and winked. He waved his arms, shook his head, mouthed unintelligible words, and batted his eyelashes.

Eh..why can't I enjoy a cup of coffee for god's sake?

My sister choked on her coffee trying not to laugh.

Me:"What's funny?"

Sister: "He likes you!"

I tried to ignore him as best as I could, but he kept tapping on the glass to make me look his way.

That's it! I could not take it anymore. When he was least expecting it, I suddenly stood up pushing my chair back noisily. He jumped and started running like the devils where chasing him.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Reading Time

I could not help but take a photo of my little brother while he was reading.

Me: How cute you are!

Brother: Go away..

Me: What is your little book about?

Brother (offended): little?... LITTLE?...come here... (he flipped a page and read) "Snake left the room and found Jim on his face lying on the ground."....you call this little?

After recovering from a fit of laughter, I snapped another picture of him. He became grumpy.

The Rules of Converse

A co-worker: Lulu, I've never heard you cuss the whole time I have worked with you. I found this really admirable.

Me: Oh, don't be. I curse, blaspheme, and swear all the time, but it all happens inside my head. I just don't like to air my dirty laundry.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Must See for all Parents

An great video about teaching your baby how to survive in water.

For more information, check this site here.


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