Saturday, January 29, 2005


I have some exciting news but I don't want to reveal it for fear of jinxing myself. I will wait until it solidifies a little more. I have a good feeling...

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Yummy Food

One of my passions that I never speak of here is food. I LOVE food. I used to read cookbooks while eating my meals. I'm lucky enough to work as a personal chef at the present moment and subscribe to 4 cooking magazines.

I still miss living 2 blocks from Rainbow Grocery, a food coop that had the biggest bulk (over 800 products!) section that I have ever seen. You could find exotic bulk ingredients like pink Peruvian sea salt, umeboshi paste, and unfiltered olive oil. The great thing about bulk is that you could buy as little or as much of a product as you wanted. You could find any spice or herb there and just buy a spoonful instead of a big, expensive jar that you might never touch again.

I want to share a couple of food related sites that I like to visit. There is The Scent of Green Bananas, which is a food blog. The writer is from Guam and she posts wonderful recipes and musings about food along with great photos. My other favorite is Yasuko-san's Home Cooking. The site is chock full of Yasuko-san's recipes which have been transcribed by her daughter, the writer. The recipes were also handed down from Kimi-san, Yasuko-san's mother. You get a feel for what some real home-cooked Japanese meals are like which you never find in restaurants.


Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Today I registered at an extras casting agency. They do the background casting for Six Feet Under. I love that show and I hope to get on it. What fun it would be!!

Monday, January 24, 2005


I went to PhotoL.A. this weekend and I wasn't too wowed by much. Maybe it's because I am always looking at photography so not much is new to me. But it was nice to see the prints in person instead of on the internet or in a magazine. The first time I went to one of these was in San Franciso which was called PhotoS.F. (Do you see a pattern here?) I was amazed to see so much photography under one roof.

There were over 80 exhibitors at PhotoL.A. which included galleries, publishers, and consultants. I was exhausted and had a low blood sugar moment at a gallery booth. A photographer wanted to talk about his work and kept baiting me and all I could think about was food. I was beginning to shake. I can be too nice sometimes and instead of excusing myself, I reluctantly bit his hook. He started talking away about how none of his photography is digitized and I just thought, "Oh no! I'll never get out of here! I won't be able to eat and I won't be able to see the rest of the exhibitors!" The reason why I even held off from eating was that I felt like I didn't have enough time to see everything and now this guy was talking to me and I didn't want to talk to him to begin with and if I had to choose between food and him, it would be a mustard covered pretzel!! (That was a run-on sentence on purpose. It illustrates my panic that was rising in me.)

When he asked me, "Are you a photographer as well?" I said, "Yes, and I am having a low blood sugar moment. I only had a bowl of cereal and a Power Bar and I need to eat."
And I was out of there.

My highlights at PhotoL.A. are meeting Horoshi Watanabe and seeing Marie Navarre's work at the Lisa Sette Gallery. I love Hiroshi's quiet, classically beautiful, black and white photoraphy so it was an honor to meet him. Unfortunately, I couldn't talk very much because my low blood sugar moment had stunned me for the rest of the afternoon. Marie Navarre's work is very zen and she incorporates thread, paper, and film into her work. Her art stirs something inside of me.

I was also happy to run into the various people from L.A., San Francisco, and New York who I know from having been involved in the photo world for so long. The most surprising encounter was seeing someone who I first got to know when I interned at SF Camerawork and then ran into him every once in a while in SF. It had been about 4-5 years since I last saw him. He is doing well and is in the process of having a book published.

Next week...ArtL.A.!!

Sunday, January 16, 2005


I'm happy to say that some of my work is shown in Nurture Art's registry. They are a great organization for serious emerging artists. Check them out.
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