Sunday, January 31, 2010

Drought of Tears

What a loaded weekend, and it's not even over. I've been dealing with a loss of a friend, the regular hustle and bustle of college, and other minute details. But everything seems small compared to the world's needs.

Photograph by Ruth Fremson for the New York Times.

According to Marc Lacey, most of the people in Haiti are devastated beyond tears. Lacey stated, "This is a country, if ever there was one, that needs to sob and bawl and soak the damaged earth with tears." The people of Haiti suffered from hunger and poverty before the tragic earthquake, and now this is just one more blow. They have become so hardened into survival mode that it is difficult to show their emotions.

"In calamity, the effort to survive can steal the will to stop and cry. "

Please keep Haiti in our thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Monkey Bars and Hearts

The children in Ecuador are so energetic; they are just like the children in America. They love taking photos and being in them. They enjoy arts and crafts and playing sports.

This girl was so adorable with her curls. She reminded me of Corinne Bailey Rae. She was working on a picture frame so meticulously.

These girls were super gymnasts especially the girl on the right. She would climb the pole and hang there like a monkey.

I'm glad I went to this center in downtown. I missed out on a group trip to the various centers due to altitude sickness. Quito is 9,000 feet above sea level! So to come here and play with the children was a lot of fun. Don't tell them you're ticklish or they will tickle you and chase you around for hours! I was out of breath by the end of recess.


At the center in Ecuador, there were interesting artwork. This one piece was on Our Lady of Guadalupe. The little pieces of mosaic tiles formed a wonderful depiction of Virgin Mary. In my head, I instantly thought of Gustav Klimt's painting "Three Ages of Women." I didn't know the title until recently, but the image of the young mother bending her neck to be closer with child is one of my favorite art pieces.

Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Gustav Klimt: Three Ages of Women

I wonder if either artists were inspired by the other...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

Hola! I should start on my homework. So much to do after just two days of school.

I wanted to share with you a photo of a drawing by one of the children in Ecuador.

Jesus and his disciples are enjoying bread and wine. When I found this drawing, I felt like I discovered a treasure. I did not meet the artist; I just know his name, Oscar. I was at Le Marin one day playing with the children. A few girls were chasing after me, and I found some recluse in the biblioteca. I sat down to watch one of the full-time volunteers tutor the girls, and I found this notebook underneath the table. In it were some of the most amazing depictions of Jesus. There was one where Jesus was carrying the cross and Simon helped him. Oscar really knew his stuff. I only took one photo to respect the student's privacy. Throughout my trip, I was amazed to see bits and pieces of references to Jesus everywhere I went.

Will update more later.

Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart

I love Alicia Keys. She has a strong voice and a strong heart. It definitely shows through her music. In this music video, Keys plays a superhero. Awesome!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Alternative Breaks

I recently came back from an Alternative Breaks trip (AB) to Ecuador. The best part of Ecuador was being surrounded by nature. I was volunteering in the capital, Quito, which is filled with smog. But once I stepped outside into the mountains for a hike or into the hills to visit families' homes, the view is breath-taking.

Above is a photo of the metro station. The AB group would take the bus to go the Le Marin center to shadow the full-time volunteers. I love how futuristic the station looks.

And I took this one during a two-day trip to Banos. This a touristy town with great food for "gringos." There's also a lot of adventurous activities you can do such as hiking, biking, and zip lining.

I love AB trips. They make my undergraduate experience complete.

Oh, just in case you were wondering what camera I used (which I highly doubt you care), I brought along my Canon SD600. It's small and lightweight, and I didn't have to worry about sacrificing the quality of the photos.

I will upload some more photos from my volunteer trip. I would like to digest my experience first and absorb the wonderful emotions I have encountered and the beautiful people I have met on this trip.

Monday, January 4, 2010

San Diego

Stay breezy, surf city. One day I will learn how to surf. I took this photo with my handy dandy cell phone. I love how I can capture a moment even when I am least prepared. Unfortunately I left my camera in the car, but I just wanted to capture the vibrant moth growing.

"A rolling stone gathers no moth."

Friday, January 1, 2010

Jet-Setter Lifestyle

There's something about movies involving jet-setters that is appealing. The movie, Up in the Air, illustrates the interesting world of Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, as an avid flier. The smell of recycled air, the relative calm amidst the crowd, and concierge service...

This movie reminded me of one of my favorite films, Elizabethtown. Kirsten Dunst plays the character of a stewardist, Claire Colburn. Claire is care-free and really good at reading people. I love the scene where Claire is sitting with Drew Baylor, played by Orlando Bloom. You can almost taste of fresh dew from the morning air. It's very relaxing.

I could quote several quotes from this film. My favorite is when Claire tells Drew, "You failed, you failed, you failed. So what? You think I care about that? You want to be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. And make them wonder why you're still smiling."

I watch this movie when I'm feeling down. I usually skip over the boring parts, but there are some epic scenes.

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