Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Camera Shy

I'm not big on having my photo taken. In fact, more often than not, when shot, I tend to secretly delete the photos off of my friends' cameras when they're not looking. Shhh! Don't tell.

Yet should I get married someday... Yes. I say someday. I would love to be photographed by the uber-talented Max Wanger. See his work HERE. He is nothing short of AMAZING.

Photo: Michelle Williams for Boy. Band of Outsiders. I don't know who took the photo.

Home Improvement

Still in the process of renovating the apartment in Burbank. Amidst all the headaches, I was able to pull away and find THIS lil' white-chocolate-Hershey Kiss-esque pendant. Delish! I can't wait to have it hanging in my stairwell...

Belated Adieu

"eat it, eat it / if it's gettin' cold, reheat it / have a big dinner / have a light snack / if you don't like it, you can't send it back / just eat it." - weird al yankovich

As a person, Michael Jackson was a tad strange for my liking. But as an artist, he was, no doubt, a genius. I've been a fan for as long as i can remember. As a child, i ate up his music not knowing what any of the lyrics meant. Seriously, "Billie Jean is not my lover..." Whaaat?!?

Two unforgettable concerts (even my Ma went) and one band performance for the undisputed King of Pop... (In high school, our band was hired by the Grand Regent Hotel to "serenade" Michael upon his arrival in Taipei, Taiwan - he was on his world tour. Unfortunately, he ended up entering the hotel from a back entrance. pity. I think that may have been the only time I REALLY practiced my clarinet...) Fond, fond memories.

May you rest in peace.

Beat It

I make a MEAN (rawr!) mac & cheese. Seriously. Joan's on Third has nothing on me. That said, I'm really looking forward to Courtney's "Mom Jeans Mac-Off," come July. That's right. a MOM JEANS Mac-Off. An event at which lovely ladies will gather to enjoy a variety of M&Cs while wearing the world's most hideous, er, I meant, spectacular array of denim.

P.S. The photo-above? So not doing my truffle-filled M&C justice. It is, however, the only photo I've taken of my self-proclaimed "amazeballs" M&C. Dude. It even got picked at (see top left corner) before it had a chance to get photographed. Lovely.

I Can't Stop This Feeling...

Deep inside of me...

Taking a puppetry class at UCLA and find myself performing funky finger exercises. That's right. Don't roll your eyes at me. Finger exercises! My eccentric (in a good way) instructor tells us that they help improve our hand movement abilities :)

Such fun.

P.S. Yes, my bangs are getting long. I've been clipping them up in a style similar to that sported by a pageant-going Yorkshire Terrier. Niiice.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Spent my Sunday living it up in downtown LA with my college bf, Kathy. (WHO, by the way, recently scored a script rewrite! Hurray for Hollywood! Hurray for "Mama"!!! That's what I call Kathy...)

OMG, what fun we had! Our recession-friendly day began at the Fashion District. No, the Fashion District is not a mall. It happens to be the section of downtown LA that many Melrose boutique frequent for their wholesale goods. Several years back, Kathy and Koo (another pal) discovered the wonder that is "F.D." and they've never paid retail since :) Anyhoo, "F.D.", as we like to call it, is no Barneys. It's run by hard-working Mexicans and Koreans and boasts a ginormous assortment of tacky garments and accessories. But ooh... treasures can be found by the patient! I liken the experience to thrifting...

I returned home triumphant.

80s-prom dress? Check. I've got an 80s-prom-themed party to attend in July. Kathy invited me. I'm going for a Madonna vibe. Only I don't think the Queen of Pop ever owned a diamond encrusted white tiger pendant with matching earrings...
bodacious bondage sandals ? Check. I love that they aren't knock-offs of any known brand. You'd never guess that they only cost $19.99. Can't wait to wear them to Sydney!

Speaking of lunch, I finally got to eat at Nickel Diner. AMAZEBALLS!!! Read my review HERE. I'm definitely going back.

Such a wonderful day spent with wonderful company.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Back in high-school, my Uncle Tom would pick-up my cousin, "Jen" from her school dances. And when he did, he'd arrive at the school gate shining a beam of light from a flashlight at the exiting crowd of students. He did this in order to make it easier for Jen to find him. Mortified, Jen asked her dad to stop bringing the flashlight. And stop he did. The next time Jen had a dance, Uncle Tom brought a broom. He twirled it above his head as if he were a helicopter. O.M.G.


A typical meal at le cougar's. Le cub and le cougar feasting on take-out roast duck and pork from bang-for-your-buck Rowland Heights gem, Seafood Village straight out of the to-go boxes. We use our hands.

We try not to look at each other as we eat.
We also try not to look at the ginormous puppy who patiently awaits for the glorious moments during which greasy meat falls to the floor.


* China-bound cub. Dropped him off at LAX this morning *sniffles* He'll be spending the month of July in Shanghai, in an effort to improve his Chinese. Excited for him, but forlorn for me. And Beans!! It's not right when we're not together. We're a family.

* My mommy. She's in town!!!
* Newly discovered blogs like THIS one. Love the photos. Love the illustrations.
* Letterpress Class in San Francisco! Madge took one a while back, and I've been wanting to attend one ever since. I came across Jordan Ferney's class when surfing Joanna's blog and signed up immediately.
* Puppetry class at UCLA. (See photo above. My classmate, Justin with his demonic puppet)
* Sydney, Australia. Airfare is affordable, so le cub and I will be going in mid-August... just before his return to corporate America. All Sydney travel tips welcome. I've never been!
* Lala-land renter no more! Come fall, I"ll be moving into one my parents' old apartments located in Burbank. The unit is, however, currently in poor condition (having been rented out for 15+ years to a crazy hermit), so new wood flooring, kitchen tiling, appliances, cabinetry, lighting, and bathroom pieces are being put in. And ooh... we're also battling termites and rats. But hey, the unit will be so-fresh-and-so-clean when I ultimately move in. Photos to come.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Great Expectations

One of my favorite writers is a gentleman named Dave Eggers. He wrote A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - a book I'd picked up from the shelf solely because of its ridiculously-long-and-self-praising title. The memoir is a masterpiece (at least to me), and I highly recommend it to anyone with a wee-bit of extra-time on his/her hands. Anyhoo, Eggers' latest project is a screenplay he cowrote with his wife, Vendela Vida... and the movie for which this I'm-assuming-is-magnificent screenplay is for Away We Go... a movie starring none-other than SNL alum, Maya Rudolph (the cub and I love her), and The Office stud, John Krasinski. Oh, and did I mention that Sam Mendes will be directing this lil' summer flick?

I cannot wait.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

He Did It!!!

My cub graduated from UCLA Anderson with an MBA this past Friday. I'm so proud of him. So is Beans.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chez Cougar

Le cub and I are hosting a pot-luck tonight for some MBAers tonight. Am making Mario Batali's Pappardelle Bolognese, Sunday Suppers at Lucque's Swiss Chard Tart, and the fool-proof Magnolia's Famous Banana Cream Pudding.

Beerfest and karaoke to follow.

Life's good :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Such Pretty Things

Idyllic settings. Photo above taken at a enviro-friendly Stella McCartney event in West Hollywood (www.style.com).

Pixar creations. "Up" was beautiful! Not my favorite Pixar flick to date, but the first 20 minutes did leave me in tears.

Beautiful bedding. I would never get out of THIS bed. *sigh*

Twisted animated shorts like THIS one by UCLA Animation Workshop alum, Aglaia Mortcheva. Adorable.

Lady-like clutches like THIS one.

Slick headphones like THESE. They'd look better than default white iPod buds, no?

New online discoveries. THIS one makes me smile. As does THIS one.

Monday, June 08, 2009


Le cub is back in the den!!! That's right. He was away in Vegas this past weekend getting DIS-oriented (as opposed to oriented) without me. Yup-yup-yup. Le cub is graduating!!! And I'm super-duper proud of him. *Arsenio WOOPWOOPWOOP* Graduation ceremony to take place this Friday...

Life is so much more delicious when le cub's in town. And I mean that quite literally. Upon his return, I was presented with the beautiful box of French macarons from Payard Patisserie pictured above. They are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. :)

Dinner at Hiko Sushi in West LA.
We'd read a positive review for the sushi joint by big-time foodie, Jonathan Gold, and just couldn't resist. Wish we would've taken photos of the heavenly uni we downed, but we were both too excited and hungry to wait. Our review of Hiko Sushi to be posted HERE.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

School's Out!

Well, I've got two days left, and THEN school's out. At UCLA, that is.

I am, however, looking into some continued education during these next few months. With the help Lynda (as recommended by my talented classmate, Chris Mais, (see his award-winning shorts HERE and HERE), I hope to return to UCLA in the fall jam-packed with new-found Adobe After Effects knowledge.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Waiting For Tonight

"Woah-oh-ohhhh..." (Yes, I'm afraid I'm channeling old school J.Lo at the moment.)

Tonight's the night, people! Making my splash at UCLA's much-awaited (by me, at least) annual toon gala. I'm nervous...

Thursday, June 04, 2009


Le cub and I successfully hunted down the Kogi truck last night with the help of Twitter. Read reviews about this culinary unicorn HERE.

Le cub thinks: "It's fun to hear what everyone else wants to get. People speaking in all sorts of languages. Weird people that are clearly obsessed with the truck. I'm just talking. And a blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. It's good bar food."

Cougar thinks: "It was fun eating late at night. I really enjoyed the spiced-up mixed greens in my taco. Nandor (my bootcamp instructor) would not have approved. Hehe."


Dropped in on Charles Solomon's class on Disney animation yesterday to be in the presence of guest speaker Andreas Deja speak and draw. In case you don't know who he is, let it be known that the dude's kinda' a big deal. Andreas is a lead animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He animated Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast", Scar in "The Lion King", Lilo, in "Lilo & Stitch" and Mickey in one of my fav shorts, "The Runaway Brain" - haven't seen it? No worries. Watch it HERE. It's awesome!

Was so much fun and inspiring to be in the presence of greatness. Andreas shared with a lecture hall of UCLA students juicy stories involving "important" decisions made at the House of the Mouse... ones involving the placement of the actual scar on "Scar" and the length and type of chest hair on every-last-inch-of-him's-covered-with-hair "Gaston"...


Photo: Me and le cub at the Greek Theater.


OMG, I can have a life again! I've finished my first-year film. While it didn't tun out exactly the way I'd envisioned it - mind you, this is my first REAL foray into animation - it is, however, watchable. The short is desperately in need of more inbetweening (that's what the summer is for), and I'll need to drop in my composer, Cody Westheimer's, creation in lieu of my current temp track, Claude Bolling's "Paris Musette" (for copyright reasons), but hey, I'm DONE! For now.

Once I format the video to be smaller, I'll be able to post it online. Will try to post it soon after its debut at the UCLA Film Festivals' Animatio "Prom"... taking place this coming Saturday at James Bridges Hall. Tickets are SOLD OUT... So very exciting.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


I want to go to there. Photo being sold at 20x200.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Note to Self

Must stop wallowing.

But when it rains, it pours. Monday evening, le cub and I were rear-ended while driving the MINI through West Hollywood. FANTASTIC. I had stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk and the driver behind me was driving too quickly to stop. Luckily no one was hurt. I'm really hoping that I, at very least, am racking up some mad karma points. The good kind, of course.

My first accident, and hopefully my last.

Poor "Uter" (the name le cub bestowed upon my car). It looks as if Godzilla took a massive bite out of its rear.


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