Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Bike Ride

Today was Brian's first bike ride along the NJ side of the Hudson River...a leisure ~14 miles roundtrip.
Perfectly gorgeous weather...


Happy Birthday Ninang Didi!

Saturday, September 22nd 2012

A fun day with the cousins, celebrating Ninang Didi's birthday with a surprise visit.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The magic continues...

On Monday, September 17th, I got the following email message:

"Congratulations! You have won yourself a ticket, as well as a +1 to see
The Killers on "Live on Letterman" this WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th."

Can't believe 2 nights in a row in the same city!!  Pretty cool especially since we've never seen them in the same venue twice.

This one takes place at the Ed Sullivan Theater and yet again is being recorded for a live webcast - crazy!

Friday, September 21, 2012

iPhone 5

arrived as scheduled



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Magic Soaking My Spine

Devastated not being able to see The Killers perform at the relatively small Webster Hall in July due to being in Sea Isle City, which would have been the first time since living in Boston that we would have seen them locally, I was ecstatic to hear that they would be performing again in the area!

Getting tickets these days is just absolutely ridiculous, with close to zero chance of buying them when they go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster or Live Nation -- it's truly frustrating, and a way to avoid this is to have mandatory "will call" tickets.  Luckily, I managed to get such Presale tickets to their show at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx on Tuesday, September 18th which just happens to be the day their new album Battle Born drops.

AND it's going to be a live webcast directed by Werner Herzog! Wow, this should be interesting...

Monday, September 17, 2012



Saturday, September 15, 2012

I want the one with the more MPs

13 is for B is for Burton

Thursday, September 13th 2012

After the last session of an insightful 2-day conference hosted by Photoshelter called Luminance, I attended a Burton-thon event that consisted of the grand re-opening of the flagship SoHo store, a burlesque-inspired fashion show, and a snowboarding movie premiere.  And in between, enjoying a free beer and a free hot dog, chatting it up with Lucy about the new re-design and her moving up from the Burton Outlet Store in Orlando, Florida, seeing Jake Burton (but not seeing him), paying $1 to use a restroom at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, waiting for about an hour outside a cool-looking synagogue, meeting Leah, Omar and a friend of theirs and them giving me support as I worried about Brian's arrival prior to the movie premiere, standing and enjoying free Stoli (+ ginger ale) drinks for about an hour and 15 minutes before the official movie premiere festivities kicked off...

Having woken up around 6:17am with about 7 hours of sleep but only getting about 2 hours of sleep the night before, I definitely couldn't stay for the post-screening revelries which included performances by Flatbush Zombies and the RZA. Plus essentially standing for the past 5+ hours didn't help.

photobooth photos provided by Patrick Lennox Wright

more photos on rubyshoots

Friday, September 14, 2012

Can't wait for 9/21

Just placed my order for an iPhone 5...

which means that I get a superbly better *camera* phone (upgrading from the iPhone 4) AND Brian will finally have a smartphone -- it'll be a new era for him


Time for bed...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cosmo pile o crap

Okay, so a number of bad decisions were made today:

- the inability to get more than 2 hours of sleep (I guess this wasn't much of a decision, unless you count my not going to bed sooner -- went to bed around 12:30ish, woke up around 2:20ish and couldn't fall back asleep, got up to go to the gym at 5am, followed by shooting the sunrise and then heading into the city for a conference)

- deciding to go to a movie after the conference

- deciding not to go to see Amazing Spiderman 3D at 8:15pm

- deciding to go see Cosmopolis at 7:20pm

This was one of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time.  I tried to stay awake, but in all honesty,  when I did, all I heard was a bunch of noisy chatter delivered in an utmost annoying fashion -- there was absolutely no connection to the characters nor could I find a reason to even want to.  I found Pattinson at times delivering lines like he was Christopher Walken.

If they were trying to send a message or say something profound, it went completely over my head, as I was probably asleep for about half of the film.  Even so, the dialogue I did hear sounded like meaningless dribble.

I did manage to stay awake during Paul Giamatti's scenes -- which were great simply because it's Paul Giamatti, and being an antagonist, there was at least some motivation behind his character.

If I was in the right mindset, I would have walked out the theater, as one couple did, and it would have been the first time I ever did.

Utter waste of time -- at least we used passes instead of paying a ghastly $28

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Dîner en Blanc - New York

(event held on Monday, August 20, 2012)

Le Dîner en Blanc, a “bright” idea…

At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances
who have been patiently waiting to learn the Dîner en Blanc’s secret place. Thousand of
people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum,
elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.

This was one of the most fun and classiest events we've done since moving back to the NYC area!

I forget how I found out about it, but I tried registering for the first Dîner en Blanc event held in NYC last year, which apparently was the first one ever held in the United States.  I signed up for the waiting list on July 7th 2011 and the waiting list (phase 2) registration would be on August 12th, with the actual event being held on August 25th.

Well, after the frenzy of going through the registration steps, including payment via PayPal, I never did receive an official confirmation :(

I did receive this email:


Big bummer...

but I didn't think twice about it afterwards nor follow up to see how the event went.

Fast forward to August 7th 2012 -- when I happily received an invitation to register for this year's event, but yet again, with no guarantee....