Archive for August, 2004

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I was walking toward ferry terminal at Pier 52 and suddenly I was handed a bottled water. “Free bottled water from AOL Broadband!” says a girl sporting a red AOL polo and a Disneyland-like disposition. I gladly take it only to look up at another girl cheerily shouting from an espresso stand, “Free lattes from AOL Broadband!” I was already enjoying a taro bubble tea (today’s sunny weather insisted, really) but that didn’t stop me from being impressed at the gesture. But then came the kicker, on my way to the ticket booth a man, wearing the now-signature red AOL polo shirt stopped me, handed me a pass shaped as the little AOL-man, and said, “AOL Broadband is paying for your ferry ticket today! Enjoy!”

“Whoa.”

This is all happened in a span of like 90 seconds. So for once, I can ironically say that AOL helped me today. Shoot, saved me six bucks for the ferry ticket. Sure beats the onslaught of coasters they usually send out.

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Ryan and I saw Hero today. Visually, it was beautiful. The colors were so vivid. My favorite was the fight scene between Zhang Ziyi and Maggie Cheung draped in deep red robes against the scene of golden autumn leaves. It was something about how the clothing draped off the characters, the vibrant contrasting colors of each scene, and the litheness of their movements that appealed to my eye.

However, it was kinda boring. The movie seemed to move slowly. The story was interesting but it just seemed to drag. The fight scenes were cool, but then too repetitive and the wire-work became excessive. Zhang Ziyi was annoying and well, weak. It was cool to see Maggie Cheung act for the first time though. The plot played with Qinshihuangdi’s uniting of China. It was kinda neat cause they played off of some historical facts like his obsession with standardization and paranoia of being assasinated. Beyond that it was very fantasy-like with the imagery to match. But, overall I was disappointed. Had been hoping to be skipping (angle-hopping perhaps) out of the theater, hands on guard in excitement. Oh well.

Afterward we had Culvers for dinner. It was awesome. And so ridiculously greasy. The wrapper of my sandwhich was clear by the time I pulled it out of the bag. Ryan’s double bacon ButterBurger (yeah, you read that right) alone was 780 calories, haha. My sourdough melt–a mere 50% of my daily value of fat. Then we made Lefse.

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I ate so much at the Minnesota State Fair yesterday that the thought of blogging about it made me feel nauseous. It was pretty amazing though. Most notably, I have a new found appreciation for food on a stick. No, I’m serious. The best things I had were foods on a stick: walleye on a stick, a fudge puppy (a waffle on a stick dipped in fudge covered in whipped cream and “crunchies”), and spuds on a stick (fried balls of mashed potatoes on a stick). A more detailed account and photos here.

Today however, Ryan and I went to St. Paul–to go Snoopy hunting! =)


Here’s Ryan with the map of all the Snoopy’s.

For the Seattlites, think Pigs on Parade. There are 103 of these done up Snoopy guys throughout the Twin Cities. We found thirty-eight today and about a dozen or more yesterday, haha. Here’s a few:

Hehe, so that was fun. After that we visited the state capitol. This was probably my favorite part of the day, the inside was pretty impressive.


Entrance


Upstairs

Afterward we visited Cathedral of Saint Paul. Holy crap, it’s so freakin’ big. There’s my assessment, ha. Then we returned to the Prins residence. And to yesterday’s bucket of chocolate chip cookies.

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I’m in Minnesota!


And today I saw the world’s largest spoon and cherry! Yes! =)

Today’s adventures were blogged by Ryan aqui.

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The last couple days’ weather has reminded me how much I love living out in the Pacific Northwest. Last Saturday my aunt had a barbecue at Twanoh State Park. Despite the gray skies and rain, it was just a pretty awesome day. I have this thing with ambiance and atmospheric descriptions when it comes to how I recall events, but what can I say, that’s what captures me.


Gray skies and mist silhouetted trees.

It was cool out and gray. The picnic table was filled with food, but not the usual hamburgers and hot dogs. No, on the table were three different types of pancit, along with ginataan, palabok, bowls of fresh cut mangos, two rice cookers, and some other random Filipino dishes I’ve always shied from. The grills held salmon wrapped in foil and fresh oysters. Dessert? A cobbler-babinka hybrid, mouth waters at thought of it.

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Here’s my Dad setting out the oysters.

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my cousin Mia

My younger cousins set up a table by the food to play Tagalog-style mahjong. The aunties were impressed that they knew how. I had been taught how to play the night before, but I still can’t seem to remember what words mean which.

Then the rain began to come down. Next thing you know I’m trying to hook together rods to help erect cover with cousins and uncles. Mahjong table gets tucked under tarp tied to trees. Everyone seemed to be laughing. The mahjong playing continued; the clicking of tiles joined with the patter of the rain. My uncle stood over my cousin Samantha with an umbrella as she played. A towel was out to pat down the tiles as water hit the table. My Tito Francis poured me a beer. My Dad and Ernelyn percolated coffee over the fire. The oysters were split open and passed around.

The atmosphere was festive. The food was aplenty. The air was cool and wet. After a while, went with Ernelyn, Jessie, and my Dad’s sisters and walked along the shore, even waded in the “warm” water. By then the rain had stopped. I can’t find the right words to capture the scene. Hopefully the pictures give you the idea.


my cousin Jessica


The trees looked eerie Snow Falling on Cedars book-cover’esque.

Yeah, I’m definitely a Northwest girl.

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Casey cooked a southern style dinner for us tonight. I headed over to Queen Anne with April, Will, and Paul to spend the evening at Case’s eating fried green tomatoes and the like. I hadn’t hung out with most of the people there since the Fin McCool’s accident so it was nice to see everyone. Case cooked a pretty awesome meal (two pies from scratch even!). To my dismay though, there was a cat in the apartment and my allergies killed me. I can feel the Benadryl I just took kickin’ in as I type. Nothing like that great sleepy medicine feel. And on that, on to pictures!


La comida


Will and Paul out on the balcony


The cook!

Later that night it began to rain outside like crazy. So Paul and I took a walk. It was amazing out, came back smiling and soaked. I haven’t seen it pour like that in Seattle in a long time. I’ve missed the rain.