Friday, May 27, 2011

Thai Music - Asian Persuasion

I am trying to be a good student and listen to just Thai music. Since I am learning Thai, it's a good method to immerse myself with the language as much as possible. I do slip up sometimes not just with English, but listening to Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese or Chinese. It's the Asian Persuasion people. Nevertheless, I have been good and listening to only Thai…when I'm not listening to, you know, English. Ahem.
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Before I met Thanik, I had never listened to Thai music, nor had I really heard of the language for that matter. Thus, he had to help me find music I would like. On the top of the list is Palmy, Tattoo Colour, Mild, Potato, Bodyslam and Ice Saranyu. The last one is not really Thanik's cup o' tea, but I enjoy some cheesy pop sometimes.

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I've had fun searching on my own for new artists to listen to. Here is a YouTube channel dedicated to Thai music: welovekamikaze. Their pop is hilarious and fantastic at the same time. Many of the female artists are sometimes too---bubble gum pop for me, but some days it is just the dose of sweetness that I am needing to jump start my day. More for the gentelman in the pop genre, they seem to be influenced by K-pop or is that just me? Not a bad thing at all, just a moment of "oh, well how about them apples." I've slowly been building up my Thai playlist on my channel the3rdbar, but sometimes it can be a challenge to even find music videos of good quality..

Here is a favorite rap song of mine that I will some day know all the lyrics to:

If you have any suggestions of whom I should check out, please leave a comment.  =]

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thai Language, Speaking In Code

Most often people in the U.S. learn Spanish, French or German for their second language.  I assume these three considering they are often the only options in middle school and/or high school. I myself took two years of Spanish in 9th and 10th grade. It was more like an introduction to the language for those two years. I honestly remember very little.
 I think it's best I learn a language that will be useful in my everyday life (some just for  fun too of course). With that in mind...

This is from June 2010 at a Thai restaurant where my hubby and sister treated me to lunch for my birthday. 

My 'official' second language is Thai. Well, I am still learning the language at present, mostly on my own. I did take lessons with two friends, Mo and Kim, off and on for about 7-ish months  in the beginning. In that time they taught me how to read and write, counting, the 5 tones, and a smattering of words and phrases in Thai.
Oh yes, why am I learning it? Without clearly mentioning it beforehand, my husband is Thai.
ชอบมากค่ะ !!

Tis a picture from my wedding day. I'm wearing a beautiful traditional Thai dress and earrings. I think this calls for a post on wedding dresses, no?

I love the language. A major benefit is since Thai is not widely spoken, it's like I get to speak in code! Unless I'm in Thailand, there is a slim chance someone will know what I am saying. Sneeeaky.
It is great fun when Thanik will briefly forget that I know some Thai and he says something---mm, very blatant when he's talking to a friend. He'll immediately put on an innocent expression..Cheeky.
I feel very proud and happy when Thanik or a friend of ours compliments me on my pronunciation. I do try!  =]

What language are you currently learning?

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Little Jazz, A Little French

I have a feeling I'll be saying this phrase a lot, "my husband introduced me to…" What can I say,  he has good taste in a multitude of things. No complaints here. Without further adieu then.
My husband introduced me to jazz singer Stacey Kent, whom I quite enjoy.
She is an American born jazz singer who studied French, Italian and German in Europe for a Masters degree in comparative literature before venturing into her love of music. Without overwhelming you with many factual details, please read more about her here.

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I've been listening to Kent's French album Raconte-Moi the most thus far. If I had not known she was American, I would've thought she was a native French singer from listening to her album. I'm sure native speakers could easily tell she is not (perhaps), but I am easily fooled since I am not accustomed to French. I had a brief 'introduction' to French when I was in the 7th grade and I barely remember anything from it.

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It is not simply that I love jazz as to why I like Stacey Kent, but of course her voice is very lovely to hear. She has an effortless old jazz feel to it like Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald, but with a modern, if you will, touch. It is very relaxing listening to her music. I get the feeling that I am in a quaint coffee shop in Europe.
A couple English songs I particularly enjoy is 'Hushabye Mountain,' which makes me think of Narnia and 'What A Wonderful World.'

Thursday, May 19, 2011

As Far as the Eye Can See; Libraries

I remember the first time I saw Matilda, when I was about seven years old, and I thought, "Wow, can I have a library like that?" It just seemed so grand and I love to see so many bookshelves that appear to be endless. 
Perhaps Matilda was the start of it, but since I was young I've had a love for libraries. A definite preference are older, visually stimulating via the architecture libraries. They have the right comfortable atmosphere that I like.

Strahov Theological Hall – Prague, Czech Republic

No matter where I travel to, I'd like to make sure and stop at a--if it should be--historical library. I have not had the chance to do so yet, even here in the states. I'm confident I'll have many opportunities to come since my husband, Thanik, and I plan to travel throughout our lives. Quite exciting!

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library – Toronto (ON), Canada

 A dream of mine is to have a library big enough that deems it necessary to have a ladder to reach the higher shelves. I think it adds a lovely characteristic touch.

Beauty and the Beast

Every time I go into a library I must restrain myself not to check out too many books. I have a thirst for knowledge, so when I am in the non-fiction section (for example), watch out, I could remain there for hours if given the chance. The same notion may be applied to when I am in a book store; if I could I'm sure I would buy far too many books each time.

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Hobbit - Excitement, 18 Months In Advance

I was browsing through rottentomatoes and stumbled upon a video blog on The Hobbit! I knew that Peter Jackson was going to make the movie, in two parts, but I didn't know of its release date until today; not until December 2012. Sigh...Nevertheless, I look forward to it! I may have to persuade the hubby to see the midnight premiere with me. If I remember correctly, I saw The Two Towers and Return of the King's midnight premiere.

 (Pic provided by Peter's facebook.)

I'm not sure what to expect considering the story is a children's tale. Does that mean Mr. Jackson will have a slightly different style to it?
I am glad there are several original cast members from the trilogy. It can be harder for audience members to accept a fully new cast when we've become used to an original.

These gentlemen shall be returning for the films.
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 Mr. Blue Eyes himself shall return as well.
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Click here to view the video blog. If you're a fan of Mr. Jackson and his LOTR work, then have fun clicking through this website dedicated to The Hobbit and here for his facebook.

(Pic. provided by Peter's facebook)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Just for the Men - The Style Blogger

Not long ago my husband introduced me to a blog called 'The Style Blogger' by Dan Trepanier. It is dedicated to men's clothing, and I love it. I have learned a great deal from this blog and have acquired a greater appreciation for men's style.  The information and tips Dan provides are easy to understand.
I have always been aware how difficult it is for men to---have choices in clothing (I hope that makes sense). For men, it's really the small details that can make a difference. A great example is business suits in particular. In this post Dan put the spotlight on his friend Gabe Schulman, a corporate man, who must follow a more strict dress policy. Therefore, he can't wear anything too flashy to stand out.

Stunning and sharp shoes.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Style Inspiration at 90

I recently discovered Ari Seth Cohen's blog, Advanced Style. I absolutely adore it. What else can I say but inspirational. Ari captures pictures and videos of older gentlemen and women who have awesome style. Allow me to put some focus on a particular lady, Ilona Smithkin, whom Ari has written a good deal about. She is a colorful, joyous and lively woman who is very much about enjoying life, surrounding one's self with positive people and expressing yourself, especially through personal style. I aspire to have and maintain Ilona's attitude as I grow older. I'm a positive person, Ilona just helps fuel my--outlook on life, if that makes sense.

(Picture by Ari Seth Cohen)

Click here for several videos of Ilona.
I know when I was younger if I saw a lady like Ilona I would have thought, "Wow, that's too much for me." However, I now think, "Wow, that is amazing; she is a confident woman."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Anthropologie, You Toy With Me

My wonderful hubby introduced me to Anthropologie clothing and briefly searching around I learned that this brand along with Free People is under the original umbrella of Urban Outfitters. No wonder I love the styles of all of them! I'm not wanting to spend much on clothing right now, but I got a great price on socks from Urban Outfitters last weekend that I couldn't pass up. A pair of white and navy ankle socks; great to wear with flats (which I did today) and heels.

Love this classic design.

Anthropologie's prices are not for the faint of heart, perhaps. They do have premium prices, but don't be discouraged! This is a great site to treat yourself a couple times a year, maybe more if you can. I feel like the styles are so versatile; you can dress them up or dress them down.

Who else loves peep-toe shoes?

My style is vintage, Asian inspired (e.g. Korean, Japanese), often girly and on occasion androgynous. I know I would have a blast mixing and matching clothes from Anthropologie with my own. I haven't purchased anything from their site yet, but I know I will in the future for sure.

Evocative Music

Lately I've found great inspiration from jazz, classical and new age instrumental (that's a bit of a mouth full). As a hobby I love to write, and I've been doing so since I was young; middle school to be a little more precise. Typically music without lyrics provides me the greatest creative mindset. It can depend on my mood too, I suppose; if I decide I want to listen to music with lyrics.

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I'm fascinated how much influence the mood of the piece I'm listening to can sway the type of writing I produce. It's a great thing to take advantage of, really. Thus, if I want to write something with some spring in its step, I'll listen to upbeat music.
As well, I love to paint and draw. A favorite method in creating a painting is allowing a music piece to evoke an image in my mind and painting what I see.

What music is inspirational for you?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Introductions are in order

I have too many interests to have a 'niche' blog. Instead I would like to share with you many lovely items such as style, product/clothing reviews, movies, beauty tips, and so on. I like to be organized, so if one topic doesn't catch your fancy, just take a gander under "Labels" (this will take time to build up of course) and explore a topic that shall. 
I'm very much the creative type, so I figured a blog would be another fun outlet to--set my creativity free? Ya.

For starters, here are some pictures to help display some of my interests, just for funzies.

Vintage style

Strawberry Koi

Playing with style

Style Bubble