Posts by Mira K

Employer Water Test; Did your company pass?

July 8th, 2012 Posted by General No Comment yet

Employer Water Test

A few years ago, I received a few job offers and could not decide the one to accept. My friend, Jyunko asked me a question, which I called the “Water Test”. She asked me how each of the company offered me water , what kind of beverage they offered or even offer any at all.

So here it goes:

Company A asked me if I would like a drink? Yes please. Cold or hot? Hot. Green tea, hot chocolate or tea? Green Tea. With or without sugar? Without. Concentrated or more diluted? …… Between the interviews, someone came to offer me more green tea and asked me if I would like another drink!

Company B already had a glass of water ready in my seat in the interview room.

Company C did not offer me a drink until the end of the interview when I was given a bottle of chilled Dasani.

Company D did not even offer me any drink at all. And it was a 2-hour interview.

Jyunko’s theory is simple: How your potential employer offer you drinks during the interview is a big sign how they will treat you on the job. And that, of course, should be one key factor to be considered in deciding the job offer to accept. In this case, Company A should be the employer of choice and calls/emails from Company D should be gently rejected! One point to note is that how the company treat its employees will be mirrored in how they treat others (current and prospective colleagues, vendors, etc) on their job. Goodness begets goodness and vice versa!

I did not believe her simple test fully. Too bad for me! I learnt over the years that she is quite right!

Don’t believe me or Jyunko? Try the “reverse test”. Think about some companies you know of. Good companies that treat their employees right will not just treat their potential hires right, they will also treat their clients, customers and vendors right. Believe in the water test.

Think about it the next time you visit a company or more importantly, during an interview!

The picture was taken with iPhone in one of my interviews. Yes, it’s water I know, not green tea or hot chocolate

My Invisalign Journey Starts Again, for the Second Time!

February 26th, 2012 Posted by Beauty, Featured No Comment yet

My journey in invisalign stopped for a year and I’m embarking on it again. Yes, my SECOND attempt in invisalign, in three years!

Previously, I started invisalign on Sept 2008 and stopped around July 2010, 22 months later.

My last dentist was Dr. Ellis at Central Park Spa in New York City. The insurance company did not pay her when she submitted the claim forms late. She held my aligners hostage and I stopped my treatment with a few months away from the final aligner.

I wore my last aligners for months, read again, the same aligners for a few months before I lost them. (For those who have experience in invisalign knew that that is pretty disgusting.) How did I lose them, that’s another story, which I would like to share the blame with Dr. Ellis. To cut it short, Dr. Ellis did not give me a plastic holder and I eventually lost the aligners when I wrapped them up in tissue. As I have predicted in one of my previous posts. If you are interested on how I get started in invisalign, you could follow my first journey here.

I have three choices:

1. Forget about fixing my teeth. Let them be it and accept that they could be in better shape and I did not fix them.

2. Fix my teeth with traditional braces and save some money.

3. Restart my journey in invisalign.

I decided to choose between 2 or 3, leaning towards 3.

Having learnt my lessons from dealing with the previous dentist, I decided to be really careful in choosing a new invisalign dentist. That was back in New York, since then, I have moved to Singapore.

What have I learnt?

1. Work with an orthodontist (versus a dentist, note that Dr Ellis is a dentist.) if possible, unless you are talking to a very experienced dentist offering a deal-not-to-be-refused.

2. Pick an invisalign provider who have been given:

Platinum Elite Provider (at least 80 cases within 12 months) or

Platinum Provider (at least 40 cases within 12 months).

3. Interview a few providers and ask them about their specific experience in invisalign (versus their partners’ or their clinic’s experience).

So now, the self-professed-fussy-and-experienced-invisalign user is on her search for a new orthodontist/dentist in Singapore. Here we go, again…

Mira

Copyright 2012 by Farting Camel

Animal Lovers, I’m Not Calling You a Hypocrite

March 20th, 2010 Posted by Featured, Health No Comment yet

Omnivorous Animal Lovers. Omnivorous Environmentalist. Omnivorous Health Enthusiast. (Omnivorous: feeding on both animal and vegetable substances)

What’s do all of the above have in common? They are all oxymorons!

I have been a vegetarian for just over two years. Very often, I have been asked “why?” Intellectually, I knew that eating another animal or creature is not right. However, often times, because of convenience and/or pursuing my senses of taste, I did not stop consuming meat and fish for many years. And surprisingly, if you ask me what my favorite food is when I was an omnivore, I will tell you ‘tofu’. I was never a big meat eater to start with.

It wasn’t until I met a teacher and many friends who are vegetarians. They recommended me some books that explained the consequences of eating meat, which finally convinced me that I was going to go 100% lacto-vegetarian.

I decided that it was time to stop consuming meat that inevitably causes animal suffering.  There is already enough pain and suffering in the world.

I was never a big animal lover or an avid environmentalist.  But after converting and being exposed to vegetarianism, I slowly realized the impact it makes in both arenas! Animals (meats, fish and poultry) suffer when you kill them for food. They can feel the pain. Can you imagine consuming your own dogs, cats or any of your pets? What kind of pain do we inflict on them?

I believe most people, at the back of our heads, know the inhumane methods of handling and slaughter that is going on in many animal farms. Animals are starved or forced fed or moved by electrified rods, etc. However, this knowledge has remained very often, at the back of our heads. So please do not preach to anyone about helping stray dogs, polar bears, dolphins, etc., if you are not at the very least, trying to eat less or no meat at all.

Some people argue that dogs and cats are different from pigs and cows. Are they really? If you are an animal lover, you obviously cannot group certain animals into a different category just because they are ‘not cute’. Or in a worse case, kill and eat them with no guilt because of that!  Let’s face it, you simple cannot be a true animal lover and consume meat, fish and poultry at the same time!

Health wise, probably as I wasn’t a big meat eater before, I personally didn’t have dramatic differences in how I feel.  However, as I read more about diseases in animals that are passed on to humans, and the toxins and hormones that are injected into livestock production, I was already thinking twice about eating meat even before I turn vegetarian. Remember Mad Cow, E coli?

Where do all these toxins and hormones end up in the animals’ bodies? They are usually stored in their fat tissues. With the catastrophic amount of toxins used nowadays, even when you try to eat organic meat most of the time, these toxins will find their way to your system and guess where they will mostly end up? It will be stored in your fat tissues, and probably in your most precious fat tissue of all, your brain.

Some people argued that you need proteins to live. Yes, we do, however I would rather get it from vegetables, beans, soy and other healthier sources than toxin laden animal proteins. Sometimes, I wonder if the ‘I-need-protein-to-live’ is a big excuse (for not being able to give up meat) or a propaganda that has been successfully instilled in our minds by the meat industries.

When I was a teenager, one of my friends told me that we are not ‘built’ to eat meat.  It made a lot of sense to me then. One of the clearest signs, she said, is the shape of our teeth; they are clearly teeth of herbivore (plant eaters), just like goats (think of the cheesy goat smile) and cows. They are obviously not shaped like the sharp pointed teeth of tigers and lions. Also, our digestive system is built ‘herbivorous’, we have long intestines with mild acid meant to digest vegetable matters and not the short intestines with strong acid in carnivorous animals that are meant to digest meat.

There were a lot of studies and claims that if everyone on the planet were vegetarian, we will have enough food to feed everyone and famine will not be an issue at all. Apparently, majority of the crops harvested in the world are used to feed animal livestock breed for our meat consumption.

According to an article in New York times, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that  livestock production generates nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases. A fifth? That is more than transportation in total! Also an estimated 30% of the earth’s ice-free land is directly or indirectly involved in livestock production.

In the same article, it was also mentioned that “the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Japan estimated that 2.2 pound of beef is responsible for the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the average European car every 155 miles, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days!”

Enough said, this article is not meant to list down all the reasons and supporting statistics or written to convince anyone of vegetarianism. It is meant to be just a spark of thought for some ideas, which we all take for granted at times. Ideas like, “Omnivorous Animal lover, Omnivorous Environmentalist, Omnivorous Health Enthusiast. “

I’m not calling you a hypocrite.

Are the above the reasons why I became a vegetarian? Maybe. But I guess sometimes you do not need reasons to do the right thing.

“I See Unemployed People”

December 5th, 2009 Posted by General No Comment yet

In reel life, there is a line from one of the scariest movies; The Sixth Sense, where the young actor Haley Joel Osment played Coal Sear said, “I see dead people”. In real life, there is an even scarier scene – “I see unemployed people.”

The New York Times reported today that “Jobs Report Is Strongest Since the Start of the Recession”. The unemployment rate in the States is ‘rosy’ at 10 percent, from 10.2 percent the month before. Well, yet another report on unemployment, but it does say A LOT on our current state of affairs when a 10 percent unemployment rate is termed ‘strong’ and maybe even a time to pop the champagne.

Despite the ‘good news’ in US, this state of unemployment is probably unimaginable for many Singaporeans at home.

I remembered vividly reading ‘grim’ reports last year in The Straits Times (The national newspaper in Singapore) when the unemployment rate in the country was ‘out of hand’ and the country ‘bracing for the gloom’. I was concern, only to realize that the unemployment rate at that time was 3.3 percent. I just checked back on Singapore Statistics website, the unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in September 2009.

USA versus Singapore
  • 10.0 percent unemployment rate versus 3.4 percent
  • 15,400,000 people out of work versus 84,000
  • 300 million population versus 4.8 million

Some people may say, US is so much bigger than Singapore, why even bother comparing the absolute number of unemployed people. Yes, that’s true, it probably does not make sense if both economies are doing well, as a big economy can churn out more jobs than a much smaller one.

However, when no one is hiring and there are no jobs around, it matters little that the country is big. Bumping onto 15.4 million unemployed people in the coffee shop is a huge difference from seeing 84,000 people in the kopitiam (Singapore’s version of coffee shop)!

I live in New York City where the unemployment rate is 10.3 percent in Oct 09. There was a point last year that probably half of my friends, who were mainly finance professionals, were unemployed. And sad to say, many of them are still unemployed now, more than one year later.

According to the report, 38.3 percent of those unemployed have been unemployed for more than a year, reflecting what I observed.

That’s scary news! More than 1 out of 3 job seekers in the States have been looking for work for more than a year!

Well, some of my Singaporean friends might judge that, “If you are out of work for more than a year, you are either lazy or stupid.” Well, all I can say is that, I hope that Singapore will never see the days of 10 percent unemployment.

Sharing with you one eerie statement from the article, “Many companies have reached the point that they can’t extract more work from their existing employees,” Ouch, I could almost visualize myself like an olive, being squeeze between two pliers, for the extraction of ‘olive oil’, aka ‘more work’.

To pile on the gloom, if you quote the broader measure of unemployment, the one that includes those who are forced to work only part time and those who have given up looking for work, the ‘real’ unemployment rate fell from 17.5 percent to 17.2 percent, according to the article.

Oh, don’t even try to get me going comparing 17.2 percent to 3.4 percent. I’m not in the mood.

17.2 percent? You are talking about over 26 million people wanting full time job in the States! It’s no wonder ‘I see dead…opps, I mean unemployed people’…

Take a break and have a good weekend.

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Favorite Moments in NYC Marathon 2009 – running

November 20th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 2 comments

Running

If you participated in marathons before, what were you thinking when you were running? I saw a runner said on TV that he thought about important things in his life. A runner friend of mine told me that running long distance is almost meditative to her. She does not think about anything.

What were you running thoughts? Share with us here.

I dedicated these favorite moments below (3 pages) to all of you Marathon Runners out there! See you next year, no sweat.

Last Part of the NYC Marathon 5-part series.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

“I’m Running in Style, Baby!” – NYC Marathon 2009

November 20th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 1 comment

The NYC Halloween Parade ended barely 12 hours before the start of the race. Maybe, it wasn’t enough time for some runners to get out of their costumes. And some runners probably had planned to run in these unique attires. One guy actually run with a ‘duck’, maybe it was for a cause…. (hopefully!)

I chuckled at some ‘slogans’ on T-shirts, we have ‘Fat Bloke’, ‘Guys of a certain age group’, ‘Now I can die in piece’, etc. One of my favorites was a couple, she wore ‘Just married’ and he wore ‘Game Over’. Definitely a fun way to run the Marathon and probably not the best way to spend the honeymoon!

Check out the Gorilla, ‘Muscle Man’ and ‘Flora runner’ below. Pink tutus seemed to be in trend for both sexes. You will not miss the big hairdo in the French runner and the subtle style in the ‘matchy’ runner, matching his boxer with his running shoes. I also caught the ‘flag guy’ the second time with bigger and better outfit and accessories this year! (I posted his 2008 picture next to his 2009.)

Do also check out last year’s Special Mention, the Mankini Runner. I was actually looking out for him this time but I did not catch him. Perhaps the weather was too cold for his debute this year.

And you have to admit that you are not running in real style without your ardent supporters! There was a little girl in pink who would not miss raising her thumb and cheering loudly to each runner, “Good job!”  Maybe that’s why I got so many ‘happy runners’ shots.

And behind me was a ‘hairy’ guy with the ‘water to wine’ sign. And we saw Larry’s granddaughters running with him (note Larry’s T-shirt) and a young boy frantically running out from the walkway to hug his dad when he saw him running by…Great marathon moments…

Part 4 of the NYC Marathon 5-part series, check back for more pictures.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Determination and Pain ~ NYC Running Marathon 2009

November 19th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 6 comments

Running Marathon

If the urge of running a marathon gets too strong for you after viewing the ‘Happy Runners‘ pictures in the previous post, you might want to check out these pictures. Running a Marathon is more than grueling for most people…it takes tons of determination. Me? Thank you for your suggestion, I’m happy being a photographer on the sidewalk.  But I did garner enough inspirations to kick-start my yoga lessons!

The Determination

The Pain

Part 3 of the NYC Marathon 5-part series, check back for more pictures.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

“Running a Marathon is Sheer Joy!” ~ NYC Marathon 2009

November 19th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 1 comment

The NYC Marathon has always been one of my favorite photo opportunities. The indescribable joy, unspoken agony, exhibited camaraderie and displayed human determination all rolled in one event!

I had some fun this year and came out with my own special marathon categories. Comment on your own favorites among these categories:

(1) “Running a Marathon is Sheer Joy!”
(2) “I’m So Determined!”
(3) “I’m Running in Style, Baby!”
(4) Other Favorites Moments

I was snapping away along the sidewalk and I guess I got the attention of the runners. They started to look into my camera and smile! Experience the sheer joy of these runners in the pictures below! (Warning: Viewing these pictures might aspire you to run a Marathon.)

Part 2 of the NYC Marathon 5-part series, check back for more pictures.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

The Unexpected Runners ~ NYC Marathon 2009|

November 16th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

The 5 Things that Amazed me about NYC Marathon:

1. Is This Hallo-thon?

The ‘costumes’ wore by some runners. It seemed like they went straight from an overnight Halloween party to run 26.2 miles. Nonetheless, admirable! (Click here for more photos of creative runners!)

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2. You Beat My Time? No Way!

How some seemingly unfit looking’ runners beat fit looking runners. Maybe just by sheer will and determination! Way to go! Click here for more pictures.

determined

3. Honey, I Just Ran A Marathon!

I’m simply amazed at people’s ability to finish a marathon. It’s not a walk in the park but a daunting 26.2 miles!  That might just be the total distance some people walk in a year!

And I’m not referring to athletes but normal people, you know, like your co-worker, neighbors, friends etc. A lot of them ran for causes that are dear and close to their hearts. With the cause printed on their T-shirts, step by step and with strong camaraderie, they finished the race! I saw a few groups holding strings while they ran. Talking about team work!

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And then there were people who didn’t even exercise regularly and then one day, for some personal reasons, decided to put ‘running a marathon’ as one of their ‘things-to-do-before-I-die’ list.

dieinpeace

Regardless of your reasons, if you were running today, I salute you!

salute

4. Is This A Good Angle?

Things that people do while running a marathon. Talking on the phone, filming on video cams, chatting with fellow runners…

others

5. Unexpected Runners…

This year, we saw Mary, who looked at least 70 years old, jogging very slowly and looking very frail but determined to finish the race. She has a sign that said, ‘Running for the Taylor Haugen Foundation.’ We saw her around the 14 miles mark, but we do not know if she finished the race.  I cannot help but put my camera aside and cheered, “Go, Mary, go!”

mary

And just before we left, we caught a truly inspiration moment. We saw a runner with a single prosthetic leg and two crutches. Step by step, he inched himself nearer to the finishing line, with a crowd of supporters walking next to him. People clapping and cheering him on the sidewalk…it was one of the goose bumps moments for me.

After some research, I found out that he is John Tartoglio Jr., 22 years old. He started the race at 6 am and finished it at 10pm, with a time of around 16 hours. Amazing! He is the first amputee missing his thighbones to ever complete the NYC Marathon.  John, you are truly inspirational! Read more about John here.

john

Part 1 of the NYC Marathon 5-part series, check back for more pictures.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Yankees Ticker Tape Parade along Canyon of Heros!

November 12th, 2009 Posted by Featured, Photo Journey No Comment yet

Ticker Tape Parade

New Yorkers know how to organize a ticker tape parade! I was at the corner of Battery Place and Washington St and could barely get a standing spot at the barricade. Finally, I saw a spot available and quickly ran towards it.

Within seconds, I realized why it was available, it was right in front of a sewage vent and it sticks real bad! A lady walked past it and said, “someone just farted’”and I just looked at her and smiled. She must think that it’s me. I clinged on to the spot anyway, bearing the motto in mind, ‘This too will pass…’

There was so much to see to be bothered by the stench. Groups of marching bands getting ready, Irish pipes group practicing, Giant Yankee T-shirt balloon being set up, policemen controlling the crowd (with unusually huge smiles), the excitement was contagious!

I waited for another 45 minutes. The stench actually went away (or I got used to it). The parade has not started. Some ‘pre-confetti’ were being thrown from the buildings nearby,  shredded paper, bathroom paper and whatever paper-like items . I have no idea flying bathroom paper can conjure so much joy in me!

The parade started and everyone went crazy. I read that some people lined up along Broadway as early as 5 am! I have not seen so much paper falling from the ‘sky’ in my life before, it felt almost like snowing, what a sight to remember!

The cleaning up process was a sight to behold as well. Blowers, oversized brooms, tractors were standing by and within hours, the streets were spotless. I’m actually more amazed by the clean up than the mess up. (See the pictures below for the ‘happy’ mess created)

According to officials, the parade cost more than $300,000. Apparently, the city only funded less than 10% and the rest came from donations. More than a million fans lined the route of the parade. Seems like a big sum of money for a parade in this economic climate, but this breaks down to just 30 cents per person.

Do you think it’s worth it? Perhaps it was. It has been a long time since I saw so many happy people in Financial District. (Beside those-you-know who are reaping in record breaking bonus again…)

Players:

Where: Financial district, New York City

When: 10:15 am to 1:50 pm, Nov 6, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Buzz before the Yankees Parade!

November 11th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet


Car honking, people cheering, Scottish pipes playing…

Thousands of people flocked to lower Manhattan for the Yankees Ticker Tape Parade; Yankees Parade. We noticed the bustling before 8 am in the morning!

New York City is hosting the parade and ceremony in honor of the World Series champion New York Yankees. The last ticker tape parade was on Feb 5, 2008 when Giants won the Super Bowl.

The parade will start on Broadway at Battery Place at 11 am up the Canyon of Heros (Broadway) to City Hall. Yankees fans had waited nine years since the team’s previous World Series title!

It’s just 45 mins before the Parade. I grabbed my camera and ran downstairs…the city is buzzing! Check back for more pictures!

Where: Financial District, Broadway and Battery Place, New York City

When: 10:15 am, Nov 6, 2009 (original post date is Nov 6, reposted on Nov 11)

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Ireland in New York City – Irish Famine

November 1st, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 2 comments

An authentic 19th century Irish roofless cottage sits on a modern, angular structure located on one of the most expensive real estate in New York City. Majestic yet quaint. Quiet yet hectic. Tragic yet inspiring.

It is a garden jutting out from the earth at an angle, or in my mind, a giant skateboard tilted 45 degrees from the ground. I walked past it so many times and I have no idea it was a memorial! It could easily pass off as a wonderful park.

I walked into the ultra modern tunnel-like walkway, which I liken it to an entrance of a modern art museum. And then the landscaping hit me…

If I blocked out the high-rise buildings around me, I could make believe that I was in an Irish countryside. The landscaping is incredible. The designer, landscaper and architect did an amazing job of relocating a real piece of Ireland into New York City.

This memorial is a monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845 to 1850). On formal records, over a million people perished. About 800,000 survived by escaping to New York City which explained the strong foothold of Irish culture and heritage in the city.

Some sources called the ‘Great Irish Famine’ a cover up to the ‘Irish Holocaust’ whereby over five million Irish were murdered. They described it as genocide, mass murder and even ethnic cleansing.

Over two miles of writings based on poems, quotations and statistics related to the famine wrapped around the entrance and exterior of the memorial.  Irish music and recordings of personal memoirs playing in the background pulled me back further into history.  One can close one’s eyes and be lost in time.

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial (2002), corner of Vesey St and North End Ave, Battery Park City, New York City

Who: Designer, Brian Tolle. Landscape Designer, Gail Wittwer-Laird. Architect, 1100 Architect.

Why: Monument of the Great Irish Famine to highlight hunger in the world.

Mira

Copyrighted 2009 by Farting Camel.

PS: This post was originally posted on Oct 28, 2009. It has to be reposted as the database was reset.

Love is in the Air in Manhattan – Paired Pigeons Mate

October 24th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

Paired Pigeons Mate

Minutes after I left the two lovebirds, Shia Labeuof and Carey Mulligan, at the Irish Hunger Memorial, I saw another two real lovebirds right in front of me. They were preening each other and then….French kissed! No kidding, see pictures below!

This is the first time I have ever seen Pigeons kissed, let along French kissing. What’s going on? First, it was Labeouf and Mulligan holding hands minutes earlier, and now the Pigeons are French kissing…Is Love in the air in Manhattan?

If there is a season for Love, Fall must be it.

Where: Battery Park City, New York City

When: 11:19 am on Oct 23, 2009        (Click on the pictures to enlarge them)

(For Pigeons, the ‘French kiss’ is called billing, which is ‘often a prelude to mating…Once paired, pigeons may mate for life.’ Smithsonian National Zoological Park Website)

So apparently, ‘once paired, Pigeons may mate for life’. Is this a good omen for Labeuof and Mulligan?

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel.

Celebrities Sighting in Lower Manhattan – Labeouf Mulligan

October 23rd, 2009 Posted by Featured, Photo Journey 6 comments

Labeouf Mulligan

I was taking my own sweet time adjusting my camera, hoping to get a good shot of the entrance of the Irish Hunger Memorial. Just couldn’t seem to get it right.

Finally I got a decent shot and I started walking out of the tunnel-like entrance and I saw them! It took me an instant to recognize them as they appeared too vigilant of their surrounding to be ‘normal people’…

Seizing the opportunity to get a picture with a celebrity (yes, that’s unlike me) as I never had a camera whenever I saw one, I asked, “Excuse me…err”, the lady paused for a split second and the guy pulled her away. Sensing the animosity, I stopped. I had wanted to ask, “Excuse me, are you the Transformer guy, can I take a picture with you?”

Yes! It’s Shia Labeouf and Carey Mulligan. They were holding hands and appeared just like a couple. I guess I might be luckier if I was carry a small point-and-shoot camera instead of hanging a giant DSLR with a humongous zoom lens down my neck. I do look like one of the Paparazzi. I turned around and snapped a few shots but did not follow them into the Memorial.

Apparently, they are in town shooting the Movie, “Wall Street 2, Money Never Sleeps”. It is set to release in April 2010.  And to answer the question, do they look like co-stars hanging out? No, they definitely looked like a couple on a date.

Mira, the unusual and unwilling Paparazzi just taking her morning walk….(Check out what I saw after this.)

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial, Battery Park City, New York City

When: 11:05 am on Oct 23, 2009

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

See You Next Year, Fred!

October 22nd, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

I love farmers markets.  I love the color and smell of fresh produce! It’s a cool Saturday morning in early fall. We took the free downtown bus to catch the last day of farmers market at South Street Sea Port.

We bought our usual battalion of vegetables and continued to seek out eggless pastries. For some reasons, whenever I asked, “Are your pastries eggless?”, I would always get a shock blank look from the seller, like I just spoke French or something.  Oh well…. we moved on.

And just before we left the market, there he was, Fred!

I caught him resting on the grape tomatoes. He then flew to the next basket, grasping on to the scallions. See you next year, Fred!

Where: Fulton Stall Market, South Street Seaport. Located on South Street, between Fulton and Beekman Streets. Every Saturday in summer to early fall., 10-6pm.

When: Sept 26, 2009.

Click here for a list of other Farmers Market in Manhattan.

Mira

Copyrighted 2009 by Farting Camel.

Have Fun Like a Child

October 20th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

I stayed till the end of the performance when the audience were asked to join professional dancers on the stage.

The kids were the first to go crazy and ran up the stage even before the announcer finished his sentences.

They were so excited, laughed, giggled and had so much fun that I was almost convinced to ditch my camera and join them…I didn’t and I snapped these pictures instead.

But I did leave the park, with lighter footsteps and a big smile on my face…

When was the last time you had fun like a Child?

Where: Battery Park, New York, New York.

When: August 2009, during the grand finale of the 28th Downtown Dance Festival.

Mira

Copyrighted 2009 by Farting Camel.


Is it Going to be a Cold Winter, Sammy?

October 16th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

There he was, poking his head out from the shrubs as we walked along South cove in Battery Park City.

Sammy, the squirrel lives in an acorn-less area just behind South Cove. Howard and I would usually pick up some acorns on North Cove, where they are in abundance, and bring them to the South Cove.

We call it our morning ‘Communist Project’, spreading the ‘Acorn Wealth’.

Karen, our yoga teacher shared with us that Squirrels could sense if it is going to be a cold winter. They would try to store as much food (mainly nuts) as they could before the winter if they sensed that it is going to be nasty one. So, we started to look out for Sammy and his friends to see if they have been gorging themselves silly this fall.

Yes, people rely on the meteorologists, and we really on good old Sammy. We have not noticed the binge eating and storing as yet.

However, news has been recently released that this winter might be one of the coldest winters ever or the coldest in this decade for the Northeast.

If this is true, Sammy, quick go stock up!

Where: Battery Park City, New York City

When: Morning of June 14, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Our Secret is 15 Minutes

October 15th, 2009 Posted by Diary 1 comment

Only 15 minutes a Day!

Howard and I have started a new routine, which is working out great for us!

We start our day by cleaning the apartment for 15 minutes. That’s before we do anything.

We live in a small apartment and the place could look messy and cluttered very quickly. Surprisingly, after we started this small routine, nothing major, just 15 minutes of washing, vacuuming, dusting, or whatever we feel like.  The apartment looks really good all the time now!

The cleaning also helps us to be more ‘grounded’ and ‘at the moment’. This is important to us. I actually enjoy and look forward to the 15 minutes of cleaning every morning! Maybe it’s my way of ‘connecting back’ to the surroundings. I spend most of the day in front of the computer screen.

I never enjoyed that ‘2-hour-weekend-overhaul’. It was just too much and I tend to cringe putting away 2 hours every time for apartment cleaning. Now, we just break that down and replace it with 7 sessions of 15 mins.

I guess this theory is the same for almost everything in life. Make a 5-15 minutes phone call to a friend everyday and see how you will never be blamed for not ‘keeping in touch’!

Put aside $15 a day and see how your retirement nest swells up in 30 years!

Put aside 15 minutes a day to exercise and see how much better you feel!

What a simply way to start the day or maybe jumpstart something?

Loving it!

Mira

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