Sunday, January 30, 2011

* Party Island *

Today I took a spontaneous beach trip with my friends. Little did I know that I would end up on a journey that will forever be remembered as the longest 2 hours of my life.


If you don't know, one of my favorite happy places is Belmont Shores in Long Beach. So naturally that's where we ended up to watch the sunset. After taking a short walk, my friends pointed to the jetty and suggested we take a leisurely stroll on it. I've always observed the jetty from afar but never attempted to walk on it.

From a distance, the jetty looks friendly and inviting. As if you could chit chat the world away while calmly walking further and further into the Pacific. UH WRONG! By the time I was close enough to see that in fact the jetty was made up of misplaced jagged boulders that would rip you to pieces as you fall to your death into the ocean of doom, it was too late. My friends were already gleefully announcing we would hike all the way to the end of the jetty so they could closely see the blinking green light pole which they excitedly named (wait for it) ... Party Island. Being that they are little men-boys and I was the only female representative, they taunted me until I felt it was only right for me to stick up for all the women of the world by accepting their invitation to reach Party Island.

This journey was not easy to say the least. One slight misstep and your blood would be all that remained of you on those menacing rocks. Dark+cold+wind+short legs+poor eyesight+looming rainclouds= one uneasy and unbalanced me.  I swear we were walking for hours and every time I stopped to look up at that light pole, it would literally seem like we had made ZERO progress. Zilch. Nada. It was just as far as it had ever been. Thus the internal mental battle began for me. One half of my brain was saying just give up! We'll never make it! While the other side was saying finish! You can do it!

This continued on for the majority of the way.

I almost gave up like 10 times. But... I didn't. Very slowly and carefully I eventually made it to Party Island which upon arrival we realized should have been renamed Urine Rock if we wanted to be accurate.

Regardless, just making it to the end was a proud moment for me (though it was short lived once I realized we had to turn around and go back). Now that it's over and done with, I'm actually glad we did it. It was definitely a challenge and something I would never do again, but it made for a very interesting memory.

I have to admit though. If it wasn't for these particular two friends, I don't think I would have made it even halfway. Actually wait, I take that back. I would have never even gone near the jetty in the first place. So thanks Jon and Paul for endangering my life for your own amusement.

But all is not lost. Once it was glaringly apparent that a) there was no partying on Party Island and b) the blinking green light pole looked exactly the same from 2 miles away as it did up close, I bitterly made the monkeys dance. Which I've looped and uploaded for your amusement.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

* Magic: 2 to 3 Years *

So I finally finished Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh and I highly recommend this book for your next read. I love how he wrote it in a conversational style as if he's directly talking to you. It makes for an extremely easy read.

One of my favorite parts was about networking.

Here's an excerpt:
[I personally really dislike "business networking" events. At almost every one of these events, it seems like the goal is to walk around and find people to trade business cards with, with the hope of meeting someone who can help you out in business and in exchange you can help that person out somehow.

Instead, I really prefer to focus on just building relationships and getting to know people as just people, regardless of their position in the business world or even if they're not from the business world. I believe that there's something interesting about anyone and everyone- you just have to figure out what that something is. If anything, I've found that it's more interesting to build relationships with people that are not in the business world because they almost always can offer unique perspectives and insights, and also because those relationships tend to be more genuine.

If you are able to figure out how to be truly interested in someone you meet, with the goal of building up a friendship instead of trying to get something out of that person, the funny thing is that almost always, something happens later down the line that ends up benefiting either your business or yourself personally.

I don't really know why this happens or why it works, but it seems that the benefit from getting to know someone on a personal level usually happens 2-3 years after you started working on building the relationship. And it's usually something that you could not have possibly predicted would have happened at the beginning of the relationship.

So my advice is to stop trying to "network" in the traditional business sense, and instead just try to build up the number and depth of your friendships, where the friendship itself is its own reward. The more diverse your set of friendships are, the more likely you'll derive both personal and business benefits from your friendships later down the road. You won't know exactly what those benefits will be, but if your friendships are genuine, those benefits will magically appear 2-3 years later down the road.]

From my own personal experience, I can definitely agree with Tony on this topic. Especially the 2-3 years magic that happens if the friendships are truly genuine. Strange but wonderful.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

* Totoro Takeout *

Has it really been one whole week since my last post? Where did these past 7 days go...

Anyways, here's a little sum-thang sum-thang I was working on:

The different stages of bringing totoro to life:

add some personality and minus some arms
almost there

It's A L I V E! And it bears flowers with butterflies <3

Totoro Takeout

p.s. I officially started my first flower pot

Cute kit from Michael's Craft Store for only $1

Nothing yet...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

* Epic Celebration *

Wow blogging from my blackberry. This rocks my world :]

Photo to commemorate the occasion!

* One-of-a-Kind *

I love custom and unique merch

Ran across this site and adore adore these headphones! 

Thought I'd share on all the goodies
Visit is also a wonderful place to find one-of-a-kind, handmade things
che che check it out <3

Friday, January 14, 2011

* So You Want To be an Event Planner *

For anyone who's seriously considering a career in event planning, let me give you the real deal on what to expect before you go all in.

1. Parties parties parties
- There's often the misconception that being a party planner, you party a lot. That's not always true. I'm sure there are event planners who attend many events but as for me, I like to spend my free time doing something super low key like going to a chill dive bar with friends or staying in to watch the food network. After being on your feet for 14 hours straight watching other people get crazy, some r&r time is badly craved.
- Just because you've planned the party, doesn't mean you're there to enjoy it. So all those planners who say they're coordinating a "glamorous celebrity event" aren't there to have fun. They're working. Or at least they should be. They're also not there to socialize or "smooze" with famous people. In fact, if you're truly a professional you treat everyone the same. All guests are VIPs in my book.

2. Heavy lifting
- Oh yes. Many people don't realize just how much labor is involved. There's always something to pick up, carry, move, strike... and I'm a firm believer if you won't do it yourself, you shouldn't be asking someone else to do it (aka an assistant or vendor).
- And if you're a lady working an event, be ready to lift heavy boxes/tables or whatever.. in heels. Last minute or unexpected changes are just apart of the job. So even if you meticulously laid out everything beforehand in your flats/comfortable shoes, you might just have to shift everything 5 mins before the event goes down... in your heels.

3. 12 hr + workdays
- Not always, but most of the time your event workdays are going to be more than 12 hours. Expect to arrive at the site at least 3 - 5 hours beforehand for setup and to stay 2 hours after to strike. Of course if you have a bigger staff to help out, then it might just be quicker. However if it's your own business or you're an assistant, you'll most likely be the first one there and the last one to leave.

4. Bye bye social life
- Since most events happen during the weekend, you probably won't be able to meet up your friends for a movie, drink or get together till probably after 2 or 3am in the morning on Saturday/Sunday or even at all. That's just the way our schedules are. We're freer during the weekdays (unless there are appointments and meetings) and then extremely busy on the weekends.
- Oh and holidays don't exist in the event planning world. 

5. Paying your dues
- Assistants/Interns: Be ready to do just about anything and not question why. In my own personal experience, it's not pretty. I remember lugging trash bag after trash bag full of thorny rose stems ->up a hill ->to a dumpster ->while it was pouring rain. Also, washing boxes of glass hurricanes and chipping away the stubborn dried wax till my most of nails ripped off and fingers were raw. I can go on ... and on but I think you get the picture.
- Basically, the bare minimum of being an assistant will require you to carry boxes, sweep, jump in a car and drive miles to find a random item, pick up trash, deal with ice, serve, iron, clean... all that fun stuff.
- My advice is just to learn and soak in as much as you can. Even if it's something like a mental check to yourself that in the future you won't do certain things the way your boss did. If anything, all that dirty work will just make you a better planner in the future. It trains you to deal with the toils of the job and appreciate how much work goes into each event. Also if there's no one else but you, you know you can do anything  because nothing is "beneath" you.

It's really not all bad. Those are just some behind the scenes stuff that many people don't know about. There are definite perks to choosing this career path. If you're able to stick it through, being a special events coordinator is fantastical. It really is. You'll get to meet some amazing people and be apart of events that blow your mind.

 SM Entertainment

If you're going in with the mentality that you just want to help people celebrate life, then I say go for it. Because really that's what it's all about to begin with.

I still get goosebumps standing in the middle of an event in all its glory. Just the overwhelming feeling of pure joy, excitement and love from people who are living in that moment. It's beautiful.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

* Use Wisely *

I'm a believer in the power of "eye contact" in both senses of giving and avoiding. For pretty much all of my adult single life, I avoided as it can easily be misinterpreted (especially during the night life scenes). 

But the one time I tried it, it worked! Plus adding a smile doesn't hurt either. But remember, for the best results use this power wisely and when you're truly genuine about your good intentions.

View the video below (starting at 2:10) for a beautiful example of
giving eye contact
Or to simply look at a super pretty girl for a couple of mins :]

Will Pan 

Friday, January 7, 2011

* Hey Mr. Blue Sky *

Random fact: I adore dresses. Lovely lovely dresses. I can go on owning one pair of jeans but dresses. Ahhh they light up my life. Dresses like this one...

Sigh.. just .. just lovely :]

less than 3

On another note, I also love me a good tshirt. These ones from Threadless caught my eye

Titled: Partly Cloudy

Titled: Extra Pulp

Titled: Hey, Mr. Blue Sky

Ok ok I included this one because I think the guy is kinda cute
Should be titled: "Here comes the smolder..."

Eh eh! You know.. from Tangled
A Tangled reference...
Am I right? huh ::nudge nudge::
Ya know.. smoldering good looks...
dot dot dot

..with the .. cute..:: mumbling incoherently:: 

Happy Friday!

* Pretend It's A Seed *

The Pixar Story
A documentary definitely worth watching. Especially if you love inspiring true success stories full of unexpected twists and turns of people who dared to risk it all to pursue their dreams and beliefs. And eventually, changed the world in ways they never believed possible.

Think of how many lives have been touched and changed by the stories of Pixar; from fans, moviegoers, Pixar employees (past, present and future) to children who form their dreams and creativity by watching these films over and over again. If John Lasseter never had the courage to pick himself up after being fired from Disney and then continuing on this crazy journey, then something as wonderful as Toy Story or Monsters' Inc would never have existed. It's truly amazing to see from one man with one story.. one dream just how many opportunities can grow and prosper.

Makes you wonder if all people actively sought out their purpose in life, how different this world would be. For one, I'm sure a lot more people would be living a much happier and fulfilling life.

(Now I understand where the inspiration for Lasseter's "Meet the Robinsons" came from which is personally one of my favorite Pixar movies).

[sidenote]: Starting to read Delivering Happiness by CEO Tony Hsieh. First quote: "There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." - Morpheus, The Matrix.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

* Progress *

A little preview/update of the website:

(click on the logo for a larger view)

Like? :]

Sunday, January 2, 2011

* Love. Believe in it *

When faced with the uncertainty of tomorrow's fate, many people realize in those fleeting moments how beautiful life truly is. Their eyes open and suddenly all their senses come to life as if their entire soul had been previously congested preventing them to feel anything prior to that wakening moment. The air is sweeter; the stars brighter; humanity ... kinder.

But really, nothing has changed. The air was always that sweet. The stars have been burning just as bright for us all these years. The only thing that happened was that these people finally understood love as it was intended. Love for this universe and all the simple things that we take for granted every single day. Love in its purest form.

Love in making each day count. Because we only have each day as it's given to us. I for one have decided never to wait till my dying day to love the people (including the puffball) around me like they deserve, cherish the minutes to live the life I want and approach every opportunity with an open mind and open heart.

On a related note about love, the following true life story of a couple on the Titanic inspired me to write this post.

- Isidor and Ida Straus had been married for 41 years at the time of the disaster. They raised six children together, and were almost inseparable. On the rare occasion that they were apart, they wrote each other every day. During the sinking, Titanic's officers pleaded with the 63 year old Ida to board a lifeboat and escape the disaster, but she repeatedly refused to leave her husband. Instead, she placed her maid (Ellen Bird) in a lifeboat, taking her fur coat off and handed it to the maid while saying, "I won't need this anymore." The officer in charge of the lifeboat was willing to allow the elderly couple to board the lifeboat with Miss Bird, but Isidor Straus refused to go so as long as there were women still remaining on the ship.

At one point, Ida was convinced to enter one of the last two lifeboats, but jumped out as her husband walked away to rejoin him. She was last heard telling her husband, "We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go." Her words were witnessed by those already in the lifeboat as well as many others who were on the boat deck at the time.When last seen by witnesses, they were standing on deck, holding each other in a tight embrace.

Their funeral drew some 40,000 mourners at Carnegie Hall.

A monument to them still stands in a Bronx cemetery, its inscription reads: "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it."

believe in love

"Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out. And then it was nice.

It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. 
There was always a million sparkles on the water.

Like that mountain lake. 
It was so clear it looked like there were two skies... one on top of the other.

And then in the desert, when the sun comes up. 
I couldn't tell where heaven stopped
and the earth began.

It was so beautiful."

- Forrest Gump