Saturday, January 31, 2015
ReBlog: These Cats And Dogs Aren't Just Playing Football, They're Here To Deliver An Important Message
Friday, January 30, 2015
Nope, no dragons. Being close to the end of the trip, I knew that my luggage was dangerously close to already being filled to the absolute brim, but I was going to carry on this mug if I had to. I picked up the mug, and upon closer inspection the dragon design wrapped around the perimeter of the mug. The detail was exquisite! I knew I had to have it. The queue at this Starbucks was enormous, perhaps 20 people still ahead of me at this point. My hands were full...I looked at the shelf and there were only two of this design remaining. So instead of putting it back on the shelf, risking someone else buying it, I placed it on the top of the shopping bag I was carrying. The bag was filled with goodies from Shanghai Tang (my favorite new designer). The line was moving so slowly...it gradually edged along until finally it was my turn.
My Mandarin is nothing short of atrocious, I lack all confidence in speaking, so I blurted out my order in English, which the cashier had some difficulty understanding. I repeated my order, and I could feel the pressure of the line behind me. At some point the order was understood, and I fumbled with my currency to pay as quickly as possible to get out of the way for the next person in line. I shuffled along to pick up my drink, and glanced at the time, realizing I had spent way too long in the queue, so I picked up my coffee, and my shopping bag, and dashed off on my way.
It wasn't until I returned to my hotel later when I realized I had forgotten to pay for this mug. Horrified, I considered what to do next. By this point I was far away from that Starbucks. I knew this was bad karma, and just not something in my nature to do. So later that day, I found another Starbucks while out and about, and went in to pay for the mug. Attempting to explain my situation in English, the cashier didn't quite understand. I left, unable to right my wrong. The next morning, while at the airport I went into the Starbucks in the terminal, knowing the cashiers would speak English very well. I waited on this line...and waited. Eventually I got to the cashier, and ordered something and also explained I wanted to pay for a mug I inadvertently placed in my bag and forgot to pay for. The cashier was stunned at my honesty. The moment I paid for the mug, I felt my conscience clear. I suppose I owe that to my parents for instilling a sense of what is right and wrong. So thanks to the parental units, God, my Christian upbringing, and my Buddhist studies for keeping my values in tact and well balanced after all these years. So this dragon mug has much more significance now than just the design. It represents good over bad in this world, well at least that's what it means to me
Thursday, January 29, 2015
In addition to serving great drinks and food, Starbucks is indeed a clever retailer. They have perfect little gifts and things to enhance the Starbucks experience. I own three or four different Starbucks mugs, all of which are oversized and unique. Not long ago, they began featuring regional mugs in each major city. Since I tend to travel quite often, I would see these mugs and resisted the temptation, as I already have plenty of mugs at home, let alone several Starbucks mugs.
Having just returned from Hong Kong, I came back with a Starbucks mug. It was more than I could resist. Tomorrow I'll show you the other Starbucks mug I purchased...wow am I a sucker.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Sheldon and Duncan have grown into fine adult poodles, well mannered, smart as heck and total charmers. Like any self-respecting Standard Poodle, they enjoy their multiple residences, and travel effortlessly between Palm Springs, Burbank and the Los Angeles area. Duncan is as mischievous as ever, but is a very sweet natured boy. Sheldon is an absolute lamb...except when he torments his brother and chases him around the house, running, bobbing and weaving between tables, side chairs and plants like total maniacs.
All joking aside, Sheldon and Duncan are best pals and love being together. They go hiking in the foothills, and also love the bike/pedestrian jogging paths to take in all the sights.
Having standard poodles in your home is like having a housemate. They are not quite the same as having just any pet. They view humans as their equals (and I'm OK with that). They are thinkers--even listen to conversations and respond/react in their own manner. I joke with some of my human friends that I don't need to watch TV or read because these two keep me plenty amused. One of my famous friends recently remarked to me: "I think Sheldon is listening to our conversation." (As we chatted on the sofa, Sheldon was seated next to us listening and eventually turned his head away). I replied to my famous friend, "Of course Sheldon is listening, but I can tell he is bored by you now." At that exact moment, Duncan who was laying on the floor exhaled deeply and sighed, making a loud groaning noise. My famous friend joked that thankfully Sheldon and Duncan didn't buy movie tickets.
The kids are quite well, even if the are bored by celebrities, they find plenty of entertainment in their dad everyday.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Please PLAN to watch the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel so you can catch this incredible PSA featuring both dogs and cats playing football.
The special effects of the dogs and cats playing football are so advanced that they’re up for a Guinness World Record for the technical part of creating this awesome commercial. If you love movies, its worth watching the Kitten Bowl just so you can see this guy's incredible special effects. Check it out:
The Lucy Pet Foundation has a multi-targeted solution to pet
- Free and Low Cost Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinics across the country (eventually they hope these will all be free)
- Grooming and training of shelter pets to make them more adoptable
- Working to enact legislation benefitting pets, including banning gas chambers at shelter
- Help spread the word to YOUR friends and family to watch the Kitten Bowl
- Check out the PSA teaser online and share it with your friends on social media so more people see it and talk about it!
- Make a donation to the Lucy Pet Foundation. Even a $5 donation right now can make a difference!
- It would be great, and extremely helpful in spreading the message, if you could like, follow, share and/or comment on posts from the Lucy Pet Foundation on their social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
It may seem silly, but the habit of expressing gratitude, to oneself and to others is an important aspect of living life with a sense of gratitude. Make a habit of always saying thank you to others, when appropriate, so it becomes engrained in your nature. Saying the words thank you aloud sets powerful energy into the Universe, and it feels good as well. Equally important are finding those moments each day, throughout the day, to say thank you to oneself, to ones Creator, or just to the Universe. It is much easier than it sounds. Allow your mind to be open to the signs of life to remind yourself to do so. The photo above is at the interior of the driveway exit of a restaurant/hotel in Palm Springs. It is the last thing a guest sees as they exit the property. The establishment understands the importance of saying thank you to its customers. I snapped a photo of this sign one day, as a constant reminder to be thankful. Paying attention to those little signs in life, even if as simple as a "Thank You" sign can help live a life with a sense of gratitude.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
The menu boats sandwiches, salads, smoothies, justices and of course the usual coffee options. I was struck by how clean everything was (as it should be for a restaurant) but it was obvious someone truly cares about this place--the sense of pride was evident from the exterior windows, to the food display cases, and right through to the very back wall inside.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|Here's how it looks on me!|
|I have this in every color|
My eyes met these wonderful dragon bookends and I was powerless to resist. In Chinese lore, the dragon is believed to bring protection, fortune, strength and power to a family. I have a thing for dragons, my home is filled with them, so what's one more dragon themed item, I told myself. Soon they too were in my shopping bag. As I continued to look around the store, I was completely enthralled by the designs and decided that Shanghai Tang is my favorite new brand. I can hardly wait to return to Hong Kong to do more damage here...I just may need to check out their only US retail store location at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. I'll keep you posted if I get there before I'm back in HK. In the meantime, check out their website to see for yourself why I like this brand so much.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
As a side note, if you didn't hear, there will be a new Peanuts Movie feature film released in November 2015. Needless to say I am giddy about it. Have a look:
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Even as a kid, growing up in New England, the fireplace was a normal ritual we enjoyed throughout the long winters. Perhaps this is another reason why I enjoy the fireplace today as an adult--the fond memories of childhood.
For those of you experiencing genuine cold winter climates, I admit our "chilly" evening temperatures are the Springtime highs you long for right now. So perhaps the whole fireplace thing is just a romantic notion. Ambiance, setting, mood, and so forth. Whatever the reason, creating this setting is more than just keeping warm, it is a state of mind. When I took this photo it made me feel warm inside. At that point I forgot about the temperature outside. It didn't matter. Because after all, its what's inside that counts, isn't it?
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
For me, this meant it was time to crack open a bottle of Krug Brut Champagne, a vintage of 1989...one I had been saving for some time. Perfectly chilled, I served it in a seductive champagne flute glass; this bubbly was exactly what I had in mind to celebrate life. Indeed I am joyful on this day. The air is fresh, the sky is blue and the sun in shining. While one's entire life may not always be filled of champagne and strawberries, it helps to take the time to appreciate the moments that are wonderful. As the tiny bubbles of the Krug Brut ticked the roof of my mouth, I closed my eyes and thanked God for the blessings of life.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
|At the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong|
I'm grateful for all the blessings and wonderful experiences in my life, therefore I blog.
Like most people in their mid 40's, I'm evolving and transitioning along on this journey of life, therefore I blog.
Things certainly have changed since I started this blog in 2006. As I return to the blogosphere, my posts will certainly be quite different than when it all started nine years ago. Not only have I spiritually and emotionally evolved, I have also changed physically--I lost 20 pounds this past year. It still surprises me to look back at photos of myself and how bloated I looked. Today I'm lean, fit, happy and healthy. More on that some other day.
Over the past few years I've developed some strong ties within Asia. I am proud to consider several special people in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand and Japan as my friends and some even like family. Those people and experiences have changed my life forever. For now, this brief post is simply a chance to say "I'm back!"
This blog is about life experiences & observations and stuff I am interested in. It is simply a side hobby and creative outlet; generally, with a tongue-in-cheek tone. I don't take it too seriously, nor should you. I do not profess to represent every point of view. Nothing on this site is a paid post.
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