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Thursday, March 8th, 2007
11:31 am - lj blocked in China so....
My fabulous friend, Spot, helped me to create an RSS feed from my personal blog. Please add it here: heartbeijing. I really want to keep up the discussion and I love how LJ isn't flat like most blogging platforms...

Or you could just check my blog at http://www.iheartbeijing.com/blog/
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Monday, March 5th, 2007
10:22 am - 猪年快乐! :)
猪年快乐! :)

我原来希望过年之前写一封信。告诉朋友们我的2006年(农历的,哈哈)过得怎么样。想问问朋友们狗年应该是什么样子,以及我做过什么事情,我的猪年的愿望是什么等等。但是,我太忙了,没有时间做这些。春节到来之前,我就是像一只被砍了脑袋还跑来跑去,东撞西撞的鸡。真抱歉。

我的希望就是今年可以好好儿保持跟我的朋友们联系。北京的好处就是天天都能认识新的人。而且这些人什么样子都有。有北京人,有外地人,有外国人,连外星人都有!(也许吧。。。)所以,刚过年的时候,我按照美国的传统,写好了我的新年的愿望。最重要的就是第6个:经常跟朋友们联系。我想,最方便的办法是用电子邮件。短消息也是挺好的,但是太小了,也没有亲密的感觉。那么。。。电子邮件好了。

我去年开始踏上我梦中的路。那条路就是艺术(戏剧,摄影,写作)。我写了我的第二个剧本:《我爱北京》,还指导并演出了它。今年春天还要再演出一次。我也去过很多不同的地方,有的时候为了工作,有的时候为了看亲戚,有的时候为了玩儿。但是,总觉得时间还不够。我的愿望就是可以有更多的时间,去更多的地方,在新的地方慢慢散步,拍照片,认识新的朋友。

在我的第一张名片上职务写的不是”老师”而写的是”吉普塞异人”。因为我认为我就是一个吉普塞人。我当然是一个美国人,做美国人的好处是我们的文化基本上很乱,很开放。任何国家的人都移民到了美国,所以他们的文化也加上了美国的文化。但是,我不觉得我只是一个美国人。我是一个地球人。而且,我写给你这封信因为我觉得你也算是一个地球人。我希望可以经常跟你这样的老乡联系联系。:)

祝你天天开心: 笑口常开 :)

〜柳素英

火树银花合,星桥铁锁开,

暗香随马去,明月逐人来。

-苏味道 《正月十五夜》

current mood: chipper
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Saturday, February 24th, 2007
3:08 am - Das Parfum (spoiler alert)
Last autumn I spent about a month wandering around Europe and while there, a poster for "Das Parfum" was up everywhere. The red hair and position of the woman are striking, and the image was impressive enough for me to want to go see the production. But for some reason I thought that it was an opera, and didn't realize that it was a movie (at the time). Of course, I get back to Beijing and after watching, I realize that it would have been both a blessing and a curse to have watched it while I was in France. A blessing because the environment would have been perfect, a curse because I would have gone out and bought a perfumerie kit immediately. Not that I would have started boiling women in water or anything, but its another wacky hobby that I just really don't need at this point in my life. (When I'm an eccentric bluehair someday, maybe).

This film isn't a typical "art house" flick, and I hadn't even realized it was considered one until I was talking with my friend, Marisa, about the film. But, then again, I didn't realize it was a film in the first place, so we really shouldn't be that surprised by my ignorance on this issue, eh? ;) Either way, the cinematography is amazing, the vivid colors almost make you feel like you can smell everything being discussed as well... I myself have a particularly sensitive nose, so it was nice to know that there are others who can understand my affection for scents (and why I'm so offended by body odors).

But beyond the visual beauty of the film and the redheads within, there's also a kind of beautiful depravity as well. Its beautiful because it is innocent. There is no perversion involved with the deaths of the women, they are simply the means to an end in the young man's mind. Orphaned as a baby, he grew up in an environment that had no morals, and certainly didn't value life, so when Jean-Baptiste killed the first young girl by mistake, he does not feel shame that he has killed her (nor pleasure for that matter) but is more concerned with her scent, and the desire to consume her through his nose. This scene only becomes sexual for him upon reflection years later.

Of course there is the typical corny English accent to be found everywhere throughout the film, even though half the actors have American accents and the film was supposed to be taking place in France in the first place... (sigh). I would have preferred a French or even German version of the movie with subtitles over the lame cockney accent. This doesn't really detract from the movie as a whole, and Alan Rickman's voice is as sexy as ever, so if I have to suffer through the bad accent-age of the other actors just for him, well, its worth it to me.

Has anyone else seen this movie? Any thoughts about it? More importantly, has anyone read this book? I heard that the book differed from the movie a wee bit, and I'd be interested to know if it would be worth it to find a copy of the book. The story is nicely done in the movie, not as predictable as you think it is (still vaguely predictable), but it had a poetic ending that was reminiscent of hispanic magical realism. My main point of interest in the film is that its "the story of a murderer" and I never felt that twinge of fear/horror over the deaths. I remember wondering if it was necessary to actually kill the girls, maybe the scent would have come off them if they were alive as well. Maybe reading the book would have me understand it better.

Also, for those of you who live in Beijing: I went to the "Inside the Whale" restaurant last week with Paul (this is one of those dark restaurants, where the waiters have night vision goggles and you're left stabbing at the dark for your food, very cool experience, though not sure if I'd do it more than once) and I thought at the time that their menu visuals were really amazing and above standard Chinese restaurant levels. Of course, now I realize that its the American movie poster for Perfume (see rose/woman image above). I am amused.

current mood: thoughtful
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Monday, February 19th, 2007
10:52 am - nasa needs to read philip pullman

Nasa's aurora mission blasts off

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/sci/tech/6372745.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6372745.stm

A Nasa mission to study the phenomenon known as the northern lights blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.


(sigh)

in other news... I've just created a flickr account (and thus truly joined the 21st century, w00t). be forewarned, photospammage to follow...

current mood: mischievous
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Friday, February 16th, 2007
11:48 am - 新年来了! (almost)
新年来了! (almost)

(嗯。。。还没到。但是我这一次想要准备好)

美国人有一个传统:每年要写新年愿望 (New Years’ Resolutions)

今年,我的新年愿望就是这些:

~ 写更多的中文博克
~ 天天多吃一点儿水果
~ 想做一件事情,就马上得做
~ 每个周末出去散步,好好儿看北京
(还要拍照片!)
~ 努力继续学中文
~ 按时睡觉(别天天晚上都在外面玩儿)
~ 当一个好孩子:经常给妈妈,妹妹,弟弟,亲戚,朋友们打电话或者写信 (!)
~ 写好了所有的我朋友的生日,记住那天跟他们过生日
~ 继续把《我爱北京》还有我的别的计划(话剧,文章,艺术,等)弄好。
~ 休息更多。
~ 然后呢。。。成功!(哈哈哈)

你觉得呢?我能不能做这些?去年我的一个愿望是读完整套《哈利波特》(中文)。但是比较不费力的。便是睡觉容易得多!中国有没有这样的说法?新年快到了,这算是一个挺好的机会改掉你自己的坏习惯。每年年初是像一个小孩子,赶刚出生的,纯洁的。可到了年底,老了,毛病多了。可能人不是那么容易改他们的习惯,特别是坏习惯。但是如果人很努力,我相信每位都能进步。
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Thursday, February 15th, 2007
10:28 am - a Flooky kinda day.
so I took the morning off today in the hopes of being able to put the final edits on the play (or any edits, for that matter) and then I end up working (on the website) anyways, grumble grumble... at least I'm doing it from the comfort of home and in front of my delicious apple :)

listening to Flook's Rubai album, good stuff, very good stuff.

uploaded a new photo of Tingting et moi onto my couchsurfer profile, w00t (?)



since I had the morning to myself, I made some fabulous-O muffins (imagine: rasberries, oats, honey, cinnamon, and also some white tea powder for antioxidants) that managed to taste yummy and also be incredibly healthy (but wait, there's more!) and they only took 20 mins to make, how jawsome is that?

...

I love being able to work from home (technically I'm not able to, but still, this morning makes me feel like it). Making some tea now and eating more muffins, woo-hoo :)

current mood: cheerful
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Monday, February 12th, 2007
11:18 am - 红枣煮着吃营养不流失
Well ladies, it looks like we should be eating more Chinese Jujubes (?) or 红枣 (hong zao / zao'er - in Beijing, hehe).

Important to note that you shouldn't eat too many...



红枣煮着吃营养不流失

红枣是具有补血功效的好食品,以致许多人认为,红枣作为补品,女性多吃一定有益补身。
  
红枣在中医处方里,是一味最常见的药食同源方药,味甘性温,主要功能为补中益气、养血安神,临床主要用于脾胃气虚、血虚萎黄、血虚失眠多梦等症的治疗。如常喝红枣水对于经血过多而引起贫血的女性就可起到改善面色苍白和手脚冰冷的补益功效。但作为方药是有禁忌症的,如在月经期间,一些女性常会出现眼肿或脚肿的现象,其实这是湿重的表现,这类人群就不适合服食红枣。这是因为,红枣味甜,多吃容易生痰生湿导致水湿积于体内,而加重水肿症状。同时,有以服用红枣进补而又属于体质燥热的女性,也不适合在经期服食,因为这极有可能会引起经血过多而伤害身体健康。此外,由于红枣糖分丰富,尤其是制成零食的红枣,就不适合糖尿病患者进补,以免血糖增高。
  
过量进食生鲜红枣,易产生腹泻并伤“脾”,因此,由于外感风热而引起的感冒、发烧者及腹胀气滞者,都属于忌吃生鲜红枣的人群。
  
一般来说,水煮吃枣是明智之举,因为这样既不会改变进补的药效,也可避免生吃所引起的腹泻。

导医网 http://www.daoyi.com/html/ysqm/142811831.htm

And because one can find anything online in China: Hongzao Net / 红枣网

and this just makes me laugh: (how to eat hong zao to increase breast size)
亚姐郭金的美体心得原来是私房菜啊
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Saturday, February 10th, 2007
11:12 pm - on friday nights (in the middle of february)
Just got turned onto the Doves by my friend Chris, current favorite song: Caught By The River.

I’m still recovering from my Friday night. I started out the afternoon with a ChocoJing funded chocolate-spree. I’ve never spent so much money on chocolate in my life, it was *so* much fun. It was better than being a kid in a candy store, as there is something seemingly forbidden and guilty about being an adult and spending a week’s “allowance” on chocolate. It felt soooo gooood… I spent more than 1000rmb on chocolates from all over the world, went to four different stores… yeah…

Of course, after I bought the chocolate, I then had to lug it to the Guggenheim exhibition opening at the National Museum of Art… thank ye gods there’s a coat room. Great exhibit, there’s a lot of good art in there, I highly recommend checking it out if you can.

After the opening, I had to battle traffic to get up to the Luce in time to prepare for the party and the Amcham event (they did dinner + chocolate tasting, yum!). I taught Zhang Dali (he’s the owner of the Luce / Luna Lounge) how to make a chocolate martini (no Godiva liquor) on the fly. Beijing is sadly lacking in good girly drink cocktail mixers… (sigh).

Lots of people showed up to the chocolate party, some of whom I went with to hit up a beach party at a friend’s place. We followed a random chick with a pink wig who rode by on a bike and shouted vulgarities at us. Good party in classic ghetto-Beijing fashion, what with the random watermelon rum concoctions and whatnot. Then we all headed out for the James Brown party at Yugong Yishan. Dancing the tango to James Brown is something that I suggest everyone try. If you can’t find a willing partner, just give me a call ;)

Then of course, I got home and had to translate a report on a mining proposal from Français into Anglais. Not sure which country was being talked about, nor what exactly the document said, since the English equivalent would mean little to me in the first place. All I can remember at this point is that I was so tired that I was curled over the keyboard in a very painful manner (my back still hurts) and finally went to bed around 5am.

So yes, I feel vaguely justified in still being tired, don’t you agree?
kick the baby
Friday, February 9th, 2007
11:10 am - ChocoJing Does Milk Chocolate
http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/events/4574/

Howdy Y'all:

So tonight is the first public party for ChocoJing (Beijing's Chocolate Appreciation Society) at the Luna Lounge (8402-4417) near the Drum Tower at 8pm. There is a 50rmb cover charge for the chocolate martini, three types of bruschetta and all-you-can-eat chocolate (both name brands like Hershey's and Dove as well as imported Belgian chocolates). Chocolate-tastings and voting on best chocolates, etc are also in store. I hope to see you there!

~Elyse

PS Pass this to your friends and email me if you think you're coming (I wanna make sure that I get enough chocolate, haha).



current mood: jubilant
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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
4:17 pm - on having too much fun with photobooth


(i heart my new iMac)
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