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Laptop crashed June 1, 2006

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Sadly, my laptop crashed lastnight right after I did a Windows Software Update – I will need to either repair or replace in the coming days so I won't be posting pictures until then since I won't be able to transfer images from digital camera to another computer without the software.
On a brighter note, Canon kindly repaired my other digital camera free of charge and shipping due to a manufacture defective ccd chip in certain models of digital camera – read about it here and see if your camera is on the list!

 http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1128958202.html

Testing ‘Ekahi Β· ‘Elua Β· ‘Ekolu (1 -2 -3) May 30, 2006

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Still undecided blogger or WordPress. Will come up with a final assessment after I get my computer situation sorted out.

Just to give you an update – I think I will move over to WordPress for now. 

Hawai’i Map – Kaua’i Pics May 29, 2006

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Hawai'i Map

I decided to post this Hawai'i map for those that do not know where Kaua'i is located. Hawai'i is made up of eight major islands and over a hundred small islands, reefs and shoals that span over 1500 miles across the pacific – not to be confused with the "Big island" which is also called Hawai'i, but is not the main island.
The capital is Honolulu and is located on O'ahu. The main university is also located on O'ahu – the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Ni'ihau is privately owned by the Robinson family and uninhabited Kaho'olawe was recently returned to Hawaiians in 1994 after years of live ammunitions training by the U.S. military after WWII.
Being over 2000 miles from the nearest continent, Hawai'i is the most remote islands in the world.
Due to the Kilauea lava flow on the Big Island, a new island, called Lo'ihi, is being formed south west of the Big Island.
Kaua'i is located approximately 90 miles north west of O'ahu.

[Press here to view some pics from a recent trip to this beautiful island]

A 15 mile bike trek around Kaena May 25, 2006

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I wanted to get my friends permission before posting these pictures. I like this "reflective" image. I did a photoshop adds of the thumbnails for the 39 other images I photographed during our ~15 mile mountain biking trek through muddy, hilly, sandy, rocky trails with tons of potholes to maneuver through a couple of days ago. She was photographed into some of the images to add perspective to the photo. Many hugs to my friend and "master navigator" Adri for bearing with me on this "stop", "wait", "pose", bike trek – it took us about 5 hours total round trip time on bike and foot to the beach and back.

[ Press HERE for ALL of the 39 Pictures ]

Four colors of horses!!! May 24, 2006

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[ Press here to view WIDE ANGLE shot ]I love horses – did I mention I love horses? yup – I used to always look out the window of my high school english classroom gazing at these magnificent animals when I should have been reading and writing – thus, why my grammer is so bad!This was inspired by Sam's Daughter's horse photo and Nicola's post:

And cya all in five days coz I will be away away and away – thus the premature postings. And mahalo nui loa for ALL the comments and my apologies for not being able to write you back!

A hui hou – until we chats again πŸ˜‰

A lifeguard stand… May 23, 2006

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…a bike and a surfboard (at Waikiki Beach near "Publics")What do these three things have in common?

Anyway, I should give you some info on the this and the last three "scenic" images. They were taken on the south, North, West, and East sides of the island within the past week – four completely different locations with variations in vegetation and weather. It can be rainy on one side and completely sunny on the other.

A red tent… May 22, 2006

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…a bicycle, a canoe (not shown) and an iPod – some of the things I would bring on a camping trip

Post finals relaxation… May 21, 2006

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Posting pics a little earlier since I will not be around. I lounged at this beach after final exams week -> Ko'olina Resort.

Lost civilizations May 20, 2006

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Happy Feet May 18, 2006

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Mahalo nui loa (much thanks) to Jim and Lori for allowing me to take this photograph. For alot of visitors who have been walking all day on the sand and browsing the shops at night, a foot massage is simply the best way to end the night. This photo was taken on the sidewalk along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki (near the Duke Statue) where you will find many performance artists and other activities going on along the sidewalks from about 7 PM to 11:30 PM. I am completely impressed with their entrepreneurship and hard work!

This post is dedicated to Felicia of San Diego DP.

Don’t Drink and Drive May 17, 2006

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I decided to end my "Sandys" posting with this final image – the blue and white on booze patrol – drinking alcohol on public beaches are prohibited and at this beach its enforced even more for good reason. The roads leading to and from this beach are single lane narrow winding stretches of asphalt that is unforgiving to even minor driving miscues. A tragic traffic accident happened here a while back that killed five people due to a drunk driver. So many peoples lives are impacted forever by such careless acts. Press HERE to see the road I'm talking about as well as the rest of the 27 photos from the set!

Sandy Shoreline May 16, 2006

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Technically, it's already the next day since its 2 A.M. right now, so I'm posting very early!! Here's the beach itself – I did a photoshop job to darken it a bit since it was a little too bright so the sand looks darker in this image than it actually is in real life. The red flags are to attract beach users to read the sign that says "Warning – Dangerous Shore Breaks."

Art of wave riding May 15, 2006

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This is a classic "Sandys" day with steep wave faces, strong undertow and formidable shore breaks that can wreak havoc on the body for the inexperienced and unlucky individual. Notice how close the breaks are to shore? Of all the beaches on the "south side," Sandy's breaks are one of the most challenging; fun to watch but reserved for the skilled veteran. Over the years, people (locals and visitors alike) have suffered from broken backs, necks, collar bones, legs and even died as a result of brain injury. When I was in high school, I had a classmate who died while body surfing here. Twenty times more rescues are performed here than in Waikiki, the most heavily used beach on the island.

Not far from here is another beach that is probably just as beautiful, not as crowded as Waikiki, and much safer for the inexperienced to do some ocean wave riding. If you are planning to visit the islands and want to know some safer beaches to play in, email me.
The absence of continental shelfs surrounding the islands as compared with our surfing neighbors in California makes hawaiian waves much more powerful and steep due to less dissipation of energy from the ocean bottom.

The type of board used in the above image is called by various names including sponge board, body board, or boogie board. People will lie, kneel and even stand on these short boards with no skegs (not to be mistaken for the surfboard with skegs).

On a final note, before venturing into the water on any beach in the islands, observe from shore for a bit or talk to the lifeguard before going in since waves come in sets and the last thing you want is to get caught in between a big set. Tomorrow, I'll show you the sandy beach!

Deceptively Beautiful May 14, 2006

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As promised from my Friday posting, I've posted a day time photo of the same beach (sandys), buzzing with activity. The next three days, I will post images of close-up activities in this area as I write more about this beautiful yet potentially dangerous beach.
This photo was taken from the lookout. This area is also a notorious stalking ground for criminals, stealing things from vehicles when unsuspecting visitors leave their rentals unattended and unlocked to walk the short distance to the lookout. Lock your cars and windows even in the short time you will be gone – seconds is all it takes!

A room with a view… May 13, 2006

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…not my room, but a friends room – the photo was taken from the penthouse suite balconey that faces the “Kokohead” or east side of the island and overlooks Kapi’olani Park, Waikiki Shell Concert Hall (bottom right – partially covered by trees), the Honolulu Zoo and Diamond Head.

[ Press here to view Panoramic image of the area. ] -> 1.9 MB
(The picture is really large and should fill at least half your monitors height so your web browser may reduce the image to fit to screen. If it does, mouse over the image and click on it to enlarge)

Friday night is for Lovers… May 12, 2006

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…snuggled together under the moonlight

We were at the beach tonight, so I decided to attempt a night photo but it did not turn out too well. The moon was amazingly bright. This weekend, I will take a picture of this beach during daylight when it is beaming with activity. BTW, thats a couple on the bottom left side of photo – yea, that black smudge. Lotta couples out tonight! This place is sorta like "lovers lane."
Thanks to Nebel for providing his georgous moon shot:

Speed Limit 15… May 11, 2006

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…"Rainbow Crossing"There's actually two rainbows – not sure if you can see the fainter one above the regular one. There's also a speed limit sign that you probably cannot see because its too dark – located on the bottom middle of picture. Photo taken at the uni.Checkout the rainbows around the world:

Pacific artifacts from University of GΓΆttingen May 10, 2006

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In a rare treat, the Honolulu Academy of Arts is offering free admission to view some 500 artifacts collected by German Natural Scientists during Captain James Cooks 2nd and 3rd voyage through the Pacific in the 1700s. Thirty five of the artifacts are from Hawai'i while the rest are from the other Pacific islands. This collection is on loan from the University of Göttingen in Lower Saxony, Germany and the first time that the entire Göttingen collection will be on display in a public museum.
I photographed the images during my visit. The inset photo is a neck ornament called Lei Niho Palaoa (here's large image), made from the carving of a Sperm Whale tooth and braided strands of human hair. The last day of display is May 14th! In 1779, Captain James Cook was stabbed to death by islanders at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island.

114708196821763843 May 9, 2006

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This place is filled with memories – we'd come here at night when I was growing up and I still come here with friends. Its a nice area that is fairly unspoiled and a great place to have lunch with someone "special" πŸ˜‰

The road near my home May 8, 2006

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As promised, here is the road near my house. On the right side (not shown) is a community college and down the road is a “middle” school. Sometimes, at night you can hear people scream as they speed down this hill. Pic of that beach tomorrow! =)

This hill shot is inspired by Nicola’s famous wine hill shot from her cable car ride.
Have a hill shot? let me know πŸ˜‰

The road near my home May 8, 2006

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As promised, here is the road near my house. On the right side (not shown) is a community college and down the road is a “middle” school. Sometimes, at night you can hear people scream as they speed down this hill. Pic of that beach tomorrow! =)

This hill shot is inspired by Nicola’s famous wine hill shot from her cable car ride.
Have a hill shot? let me know πŸ˜‰

Rocks, clouds … May 7, 2006

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…and two men in between – can you see them? hm

This pic goes to the cloud shots people (any others? let me know – I’ll add ya to the list!):

The pink hotel… May 6, 2006

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…the Royal Hawaiian… and one of the first hotels built in Waikiki! During WW II, this hotel was closed to tourist and used by the military for rest and relaxation. Surfers are lining up for the next wave. Click on image to enlarge!

This photo is dedicated to Denton of Greenville S.C. for noting my earlier post was the first from a canoe…Well, here is a second from my canoe about a mile outside of Waikiki. Smiles!

Vantage point… May 5, 2006

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…from the Pacific OceanI photographed this while on my canoe off shore of our canoe halau.

This is dedicated to MoonSoleil of Saarbruecken =)

A pool fit for the “Duke” May 4, 2006

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…the Duke Kahanamoku Swimming Pool at the University[click on image to enlarge!]
My lunch time play ground!
This one is dedicated to "Dutchie and the boys" – go orange!

Trees allow us to breath… May 3, 2006

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…Mountains allows us to dream.[ Click on image to enlarge ]

This image is dedicated to Mark and his wife in Saint Maxime – to many more years of shared dreams come true! I photographed this image from Olomana Golf Course =)

Sunset Breaks May 2, 2006

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[ Click on image to enlarge view ]For the next two weeks (Final Exams) I am going with the "minimalist" approach of very simple images with very few words. Interpret as your heart desires.

Bad Day Video – Daniel Powter May 2, 2006

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[ Press "play" button to view music video ]

BAD DAY (Daniel Powter) Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to grey
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces everytime
And I don't need no carryin' on

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Well you need a blue sky holiday
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carryin' on

You had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day

(Oh.. Holiday..)

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
And I'm not wrong

So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You've seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Had a bad day
Had a bad day
Had a bad day
Had a bad day
Had a bad day

May Day is Lei Day May 1, 2006

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May day is Lei day here in the islands and a day to rejoice in celebration of a tradition that is very much an integral part of the culture and custom of the islands. It begins with the lei maker who in the process of making the lei also weaves within its strands and flowers, the mana (power) and energy of the maker. By giving the lei to someone, a part of the lei maker is given in love and friendship to the person receiving the lei.
So, the next time someone shares a lei with you, know that the lei was put together with much care and love. It is the aloha (love) that binds us all.

There are many ways to make a lei – from the simple to the complex, the threading, braiding, and intricate weaving that goes into making a lei.
The shell leis in the image above are made first by carefully drilling fine holes before they are stranded together. The process takes approximately three days.
On Sunday, the eve of May day, I had the opportunity to watch my auntie as she carefully and meticulously made a "hili" lei. This form of lei making is one of the more complicated methods and I have taken some pictures if you are curious. I also added some pictures of May day into the gallery before my camera petered out. I need a new camera – any suggestions?

>> [ View gallery of a lei making process here ]

Where are we?… April 30, 2006

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Its 8 PM on Sunday Hawai’i time and for most of you, its already May day! I had a full day of activities so before I head back out again, here is the pic of the day for April 30th. A slice of Japanese culture and architecture in Hawai’i.
If you really want to see what the whole picture looks like,[ press here ]! I cropped the image above to give a closer view.
I need to head back out but I hope to respond to all of your comments when I return! If you have questions, ask away!
Thanks again for stopping by! =)

p.s. Oh, I’m linking this to MidnightBara of Akita Japan! …thanks to MoonSoleil’s Post for linking que πŸ˜›

A Cherubs Tale April 30, 2006

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I wish I knew who the artist is that painted the above painting, just so I can give appropriate credit for the fine artwork. If anyone knows, please email me – I'll reward you kindly! I've always been intrigued by Edgar Allan Poe, as a person and as a writer, so here is one of his poems…

~ Israfel ~

In Heaven a spirit doth dwell
"Whose heart-strings are a lute";
None sing so wildly well
As the angel Israfel,
And the giddy stars (so legends tell),
Ceasing their hymns, attend the spell
Of his voice, all mute.

Tottering above
In her highest noon,
The enamored moon
Blushes with love,
While, to listen, the red levin
(With the rapid Pleiads, even,
Which were seven,)
Pauses in Heaven.

And they say (the starry choir
And the other listening things)
That Israfeli's fire
Is owing to that lyre
By which he sits and sings-
The trembling living wire
Of those unusual strings.

But the skies that angel trod,
Where deep thoughts are a duty-
Where Love's a grown-up God-
Where the Houri glances are
Imbued with all the beauty
Which we worship in a star.

Therefore thou art not wrong,
Israfeli, who despisest
An unimpassioned song;
To thee the laurels belong,
Best bard, because the wisest!
Merrily live, and long!

The ecstasies above
With thy burning measures suit-
Thy grief, thy joy, thy hate, thy love,
With the fervor of thy lute-
Well may the stars be mute!

Yes, Heaven is thine; but this
Is a world of sweets and sours;
Our flowers are merely- flowers,
And the shadow of thy perfect bliss
Is the sunshine of ours.

If I could dwell
Where Israfel
Hath dwelt, and he where I,
He might not sing so wildly well
A mortal melody,
While a bolder note than this might swell
From my lyre within the sky.

– Edgar Allan Poe

Freeze Tag April 29, 2006

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I took this photograph from inside the window of a room – its difficult to see but it looks like the kids are playing a game called Freeze Tag. Not sure if theres a different name for it in other parts of the world. One person is "it" and he/she has to tag other players "out." My first job coming out of high school was as a summer fun leader – getting paid to play games! πŸ™‚
You can get a closer view of the mountains by pressing here or press here for a closer view of the kids and teacher. For a lower end digital camera, it seems to take close-ups surprisingly well.

Nike With Style April 28, 2006

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[ Nike Rihanna – SOS Music Video Snapshot ]

I've always been impressed with Nike's advertising and marketing strategies – combining a blend of art and style to their message. Here is an example of one of their previous ads.

Nike's recent promo for their spring line of women's dance fitness apparel is a creative mix of dance, music and rhythm.

If the above music video does not play, [ watch it here ]

Two Hands April 28, 2006

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This 1997 bronze sculture, titled "Rainbow," was done by artist Shige Yamada for the University of Hawai'i Athletics and is located on the side of the Stan Sheriff Athletic Center. The hands and ball represent cooperation and teamwork while the rainbow colors symbolize the University's former nickname – "rainbows." There's actually more story behind this nickname since the University decided to change it to the "Warriors" but I will end it here.

Top 25 (22 of 25) – Changed blog image April 27, 2006

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After reading Eric's (Paris) suggestions and comments on photo blogging, I decided to remove the previous image since that was more a composition of several images.
Instead, I'll use this photo – taken a while back but still it reflects the perpetuation of the hawaiian custom of canoe paddling. This was a womens race from the island of Moloka'i to the island of O'ahu. The women completed the 42+ miles distance in a little over 6.5 hours. This is an annual event.

If you would still like to see the other images, you may go to:
-> [ Previous Photo blog posting ]

Walking on Water April 26, 2006

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Timing was working on my side when I took this photo. Dad and son watches on as his daughter learns to stand on a surfboard with the help of a beachboy. There's many vendors to rent surfboards in Waikiki and having tried various surf spots, I still think Waikiki has got some of the best waves to learn on. The waves are much more beginner friendly, not as steep in the face, and easier to read. I decided to add this link if you want to find out more about the Waikiki Beach Boys:
[ Waikiki Beach Boys tidbit ] – need to scroll down to that section πŸ™‚

Twilight Hour April 25, 2006

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I've decided to change this post – removing the two other photos πŸ˜›

Hui Nalu Canoe Blessing April 24, 2006

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[ Click on above image to enlarge ]This is actually my first "official" photo posting for this blog site since I barrowed some material from my other blog to get this blog site active … So, here it is πŸ˜›
First, I'd like to say mahalo (thanks) to Denton of DailyPhotoMap for assisting me in getting started since I am new to this blog community thingy and have a lot to learn. Mahalo nui loa to Eric from Paris for getting this all started! A great concept of sharing from around the world. I was very surprised and grateful by the amount of responses already. Photography is one of my favorite hobbies when I am not studying, working, coaching kids, or playing outdoors. I have been very impressed with the quality of the photographs that I've had the chance to view. This is very kewl!About the photo above: This photo was taken this afternoon at 5 PM at Maunalua Bay in Hawai'i Kai. Hui Nalu Canoe Club was having a canoe blessing. Loosely translated, "hui" means club and "nalu" means surf. In hawaiian tradition, the canoe is treated as a living entity with a spirit of its own and thus the special care in the birth of a new canoe. Today is the females scheduled practice day and thus why most of the people in the photo are females. If you click on the image, you can get a better view! πŸ™‚

Amazing video of Toronto in 14 hours April 24, 2006

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This is an amazing video made by Sam Javanrouh from a view outside of his bedroom looking into the west direction of Toronto. Using a Canon G3 camera, he took 20 second timed images for 14 hours – a total of 2048 images were then compiled into a Quicktime Video.

The photos were taken on the 28th of September 2003 at 6:37pm to 29th of Sept. 2003 at 8:53am.

Its quite impressive when you consider what he has done using a fairly affordable and basic Canon G3 camera.

[ View time-elapsed video here ] [ View Sam javanrouh's blog ]

Man standing on roof April 24, 2006

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I was walking outside my house when I saw this strange image – a man standing on the roof! In the horizon is the always beautiful Kahala beach. The beach is about a three minute drive from the house. Click on the image above to see the larger view.

Pomme and Kelly April 23, 2006

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Two 15 year olds from the Netherlands doing their comical rendition of Aretha Franklin's song "R-e-s-p-e-c-t."

[ View hilarity video here ]
[ View their blogget ]

“Not Ready to Make Nice” April 16, 2006

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Call me crazy, but I actually like this song: "Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks. πŸ˜›
[ Listen to song here ] – [ Visit the Dixie Chicks website ]

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting

I’m through with doubt
There’s nothing left for me to figure out
I’ve paid a price
And I’ll keep paying

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I know you said
Can’t you just get over it
It turned my whole world around
And I kind of like it

I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don’t mind sayin’
It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting

AmΓ©lie April 15, 2006

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Since we're talking about french films, I decided to make this recommendation. I thought "Amelie" was a fun, light hearted, inquisitive, sexy, "cute" movie. It centers on the life of Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou).The following is a synopsis of the movie from Rotten Tomatos website:
"Amélie is a young woman who glides through the streets of Paris as quietly as a mouse. With wide eyes and a tiny grin, she sees the world in a magical light, discovering minor miracles every day. A shy and reserved person whose favorite moments are spent alone skimming stones into the water, Amélie was raised by a pair of eccentrics who falsely diagnosed her with a heart problem at the age of six and so limited her exposure to the outside world. Now a free and independent woman, Amélie wears a bob that curls in every direction and dresses in red. With a job in a café and an aptitude for spying on her neighbors, Amélie entertains herself by enacting a series of homemade, kindhearted practical jokes. She returns a long-forgotten box of childhood knickknacks to its proper owner, she sends her father's garden troll on a trip around the world, and she creates a love connection at the café between the hypochondriac druggist and a beer-drinking old grouch. But when the day is done, Amélie finds one stone unturned, and decides to work her magic on the quirky object of her affections, Nino Quincampoix (Matthieu Kassovitz), whom she has never met."
[ You can watch the trailer here ] – [ Visit Rotten Tomatos Amelie website ]

C.R.A.Z.Y. April 15, 2006

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[ A Screen shot capture of C.R.A.Z.Y. movie trailer where the father accidentally drops the newborn baby ]This recommendation comes courtesy of my "french double agent spy" friend. She insists this movie is a winner and after doing a little search, it looks like this movie won 10 of the 12 Genie nominations in 2006 – Canadians version of the Academy Awards. Its a french canadian drama (with english subtitles) about "A portrait of a family that depicts the often-extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of happiness. "
[ You can watch the trailer here ] – [ Visit the official website ]

Somersault – “Love can turn you upside down” April 14, 2006

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Among the well over 20 awards that Somersault has won, they made history by winning thirteen of the fifteen nominations at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

I believe its first debut in the U.S. is this week!

The film is about a sixteen year old girl name Heidi who runs away from home on a journey of self discovery. Read more here (Internet Movie Database).

[ Watch the trailer (preview) here ]

Left and Right Brain Quiz April 14, 2006

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The following is my unscientific test results from:
http://www.blogthings.com/rightorleftbrainedquiz/

You Are 20% Left Brained, 80% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning. Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic. Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet. The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility. Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way. If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art. Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Are You Right or Left Brained?

Sunset in Honolulu April 14, 2006

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Even a day of rain cannot put a damper on a beautiful sunset. I took these photos around 6:30 PM tonight as I was leaving work. Interestingly, both images were photographed only within seconds of each other. Click on image to enlarge. The photo on the left was taken from outside the window at the University of Hawai'i. The photo on the right was taken from behind the window. The window contains a slight tint, thus accentuating the color of life!

Music Video: Howie Day – Collide April 9, 2006

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[ Press "play" button to view music video – Howie Day – Collide ]
Posting this song by request of Lis manis! … Thanks!!! πŸ™‚

Sunday’s Reflections April 9, 2006

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[ Artwork by Maxfield Parrish ]

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to the tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.One ray the more, one shade the less
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o'er her face,
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.
And on that cheek and o'er that brow
So soft, so calm yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow
But tell of days in goodness spent
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

– Lord George Gordon Byron

Sophie’s World April 1, 2006

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She is forever standing
at our secret pond
beneath our loving tree.
Welcome late-spring breeze
lifting summer dress and hat
ever so slightly.She is dropping a rose
frozen forever in time
it cascades from her hand.
Around her, the pond,
the cat-tails, the bird song,
all captured deliciously.

She is smiling playfully
as rose follows petals
to rest amidst lily-pads.
A buzz of bumblebee,
breeze dancing leaves above,
mid-morning sun seems to kiss her.

She laughs hearing her name
turns with anticipation
burned forever is the sight.
Even as life continues –
for that split second
her beauty is immortalized.

[ Immortal by Daniel James Burt ]

Sophie's World is also a book of the same title written by Norway's Jostein Gaarder. The book centers around the life of a 14 year old norwegian girl name Sophie who receives some mysterious and cryptic messages in the mail one day, changing the way she she looks at life and this world. This book made the European best seller, was adapted into a movie, and has been translated into english, as well as many other languages. Some argue that the translations do not accurately depict the sentiment of the original writings. [ View a detailed synopsis of the book here ]