Happy Birthday!

10 July 2007

 

bdayboy1.jpg

bdayboy2.jpg

Location: Kim Son Downtown: Houston, Texas

Date: July 2007

Camera: Canon Powershot A410

My brother celebrates his birthday. This was his birthday dinner right before we all headed off to Hermann Park for the 4th of July fireworks.

Tracy’s Kilimanjaro

6 July 2007

img_5394.jpgimg_5392.jpg

Location: Rice University: Houston, Texas

Date: Spring 2007

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel

Gerry and I took a Documentary Filmmaking Spring Class together under Doug Killgore. Our final class project was called What Is Your Passion?. We were each paired off with a partner as subject for our individual films. The official software for editing was the Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0.

img_5566.jpg

7. I do not own a comb.

Haven’t used one for the last five or six years.

In response to Faye‘s “tag” game, here are my 6:

img_5247.jpg 1.) I love the site of things lined up in a row or stacked in a clean column.

This includes canisters on the counter; uniform clear plastic or glass boxes to store leftovers in the fridge; paperstacks on my desk; black, white, or matte steel hangers in the closet; CDs; files in blue folders, preferably.

2) I tear out my book chapters before I read or study them.

Then I’d staple the chapters together and carry some of them around with me. I don’t tear out novels and other books for pleasure though. I still honor their sanctity and good smell. 😉 And I don’t tear out books I checked out from the library.

3) I put salt on almost every fruit I eat.

Green grapes, strawberries, watermelon, nectarines, peaches, mangoes, pears, kiwi…what’s weird about this?

4) I eat popcorn with coffee.

To my great and happy surprise, Ethiopians do this! I must be an Ethiopian in my past life.

5) I often start to read a number of books at the same time.

Proudly a product of a generation of short attention spans. When in the bathroom, I’m currently reading, “How to Choose A Medical Specialty” and sometimes the Bible. Then I sit by my desk and read my torn medical book chapters, Chapter 4 something of Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point (until I got an email from the library that it was long overdue), and a quick shift to Chapter 7 of Emily Transue’s On Call (until again another email from the library overdue list…needless to say, I would have to renew for the nth time!). When in the bedroom, I have a ready outdated magazine of choice and some chapters farther off Einstein’s Dreams a few minutes later. And I half read various online newspapers and blogs at the start of my day…and so at the end of the day, I would not know yet what happened to those people or events in the stories, I would either know the next day if I would remember to read back or just end up wondering…

6) Sampaloc (Tamarind) comforts me more than Chocolate.

Be it the Philippine tamarind products (with chili, without, sweet, salty, sweet and salty, etc.), Thailand’s yummy candy-like versions or my one-time adventure with Mexico’s crude but tasty offering. I think chocolate is overrated. I love sampaloc. Period.

There it is. :-)The game rules, if I may:

“This is what you are supposed to do. Cut and paste if you decide to participate in the tagging game.

 

Each player of this game starts off by giving six weird things about themselves. People who get tagged need to write in a blog of their own six weird things as well as state the rules clearly. In the end, you need to choose six people to be tagged and list their names.

 

After you do that, leave them each a comment letting them know you tagged them and to read your blog.”

I don’t know much friends who blog. I can only think of three. So, I’m tagging Gerry, Angel, and I’m tagging back Faye.

Happy 2007!

2006 for me has gone by like a quick flash. Meaningful, life-changing, exciting, anxious, numb, colorful, happy, and overwhelming all at the same time. The previous year began with a quiet eve with a cousin’s family followed by milestones of professional then of personal natures in the succeeding months and continued on with one adventure after another in the places I visited and revisited until winds have blown my being to another part of the world–a place both very familiar and strange, for a new page in life after all the schooling and again for further schooling most especially about life and choices. This included news of my sister’s recurred cancer along with hopes for her, the entire family, and myself; my first Thanksgiving dinner; celebrating and establishing identity; a waterfall of paperworks; the discipline to tread on some arduous academic journey I am in right now; most of all, of finding love and crossing that threshold. 🙂

Why I blog? I don’t know. I just feel like it. Perhaps I share the same need with the others who share themselves in here. To find connection. To feel some connection. Or perhaps just plainly addicted with the glow of the screen. I do not even see myself as a blogger, mainly because I do not write much. So I thought I’d use these blogsites to post my photos that’s all. And naturally, someone has told me that such is called photoblogging. Happy! 🙂

I took a lot of photographs since I could remember and especially in 2003 when my father exchanged his HP 2.1 MP digital camera (which came with a film clip feature) with my hand-me-down 3rd generation Olympus (??model forgotten) film from my sister. I knew I wanted to share them. So In 2005, I started playing around with these free “create your own” websites after a good friend’s husband enthusiastically shared his own creation with me. I dreamed of posting my photographs, films, and what-have-yous in there. I did not hear of blogs yet back then(?!?). So after I shared my “site” with my brother, he told me about weblogs. No one came to know of those old “sites” except my brother, and 2 friends. www.geocities.com/timelessboulevard/timeless. But I remembered it to be liberating and enjoyable. I did not have much free time then as I was occupied with many obnoxious necessary activities. Finally, I had time in my hands again to burn and explore with which I discovered more of the world in here–blog sites where I could share my photographs. Simple and sheer joy of the mixes of dream, interest, and technology.

I have the impetus to say that Photography is not really my trade. I do not even have the big gadgets for it. I do not have a dark room for processing, I do not even understand them. My brain is filled with hopeful answers to a lot of multiple choice questions that I am expecting to come my way sometime soon but sadly nothing comes up when asked about angles and perspectives. I make do with whatever comes and I find fun and creativity in this. I call it my lifelong experiment. I am discovering photography like I am discovering myself. Day after day. Year after year. And I love doing it.

And once again, perhaps, as my life and yours continue to evolve as the years add and go on, I would like to celebrate the beginning of my 2007 with these photographs I tinkered with and make them Black and White (occasionally Sepia too!). In remembrance of our lives’ past and in honor of our hopes and presents.

The first attempts would all be from some digital cameras I was able to play with.

All processed in my dear old Toshiba.

All the best!

:-)ksd

ps:

header photo above: by Gerry