Coincidentally, Chinese New Year fell on the same day as Valentine's Day, so instead of living out a spectacular S.A.D., I spent some quality time with family and watched the Winter Olympics (GOLD!!! Silver & Bronze too! Yay!!) :D
This year's the Year of the Tiger - for those who are curious, you can find out your horoscope here.
*note: It's a little confusing at first because you have to find out what element & animal you are, but just follow the links on the page. Then go back and see what type of luck you'll encounter in 2010.
And I wish everyone a great year of happiness, good health and success! Let's all work hard and play hard! Make 2010 a year to remember :)
One day at work, we were talking about relationships (no surprise coming from a group of women, haha) and on the drive home, I couldn't help but reflect on my life as of now. If you already don't know - I am currently single. Oh, yes. Solo. Uno. One. Dance without a partner kind of gal.
So today is a wonderful reminder of how single I am (oh, you silly, commercialized love day)! Singles Awareness Day Unite! Joking aside, I like being unattached for now. The only part of being single that's slightly annoying is the "sympathy/pity" looks and comments I get for being on my own...as if that's a bad thing...?? :(
I admit I can be quite negative at times, so sure, there are days when I feel lonely and bitter. But right now, I have the company of great friends and family to keep me sane ;)
In the meantime, I can wait. Wait for my special someone that will want the same love I'm looking for. You know, the love which makes you feel lucky all the time? The understanding, appreciative, well-rounded kind of love? That grounded love? The I-might-hate-you-right-now-because-you-pissed me-off-but-I-still-adore-you love; the you-accept-me-for-me-but-you-really-make-me-a-better-person type of love. I'm waiting for that love to come along. Call me a dreamer, but it's what I'm holding out for :) It's worth being patient for. I'll be waiting for the "we".
So why go through this waiting game? It's because I get inspired by good and honest love all the time! After all, I use it as fuel for inspiring my art. It's written in the faces of the couples I shoot for; each moment, each whisper, each quiet (or loud!) laugh, warm hug, sweet kiss and slight touch remind me of what's out there for me :)
It brings a smile to my face when I see parents lean in closely to one while their rowdy kids dance circles around them. They still enjoy those moments - and that's the kind of love I'm talking about.
Anyways, I've rambled long enough, so I thought I'd share one of my current favourite songs and dedicate it to those I care about (whether single or taken) - AND my blog readers. Thank you for being you and always bringing a smile to my face. Happy V-Day.
Back in September (yes...I know, another late post!), I was approached by Windmill Video to be a second shooter for a couple of weddings they had. Um, yah! I happily accepted the opportunity :) It's not every day you get to work with such great guys who do amazing work. Make sure you click on the link to see some of their video productions!
The day started off pretty early at Mei's house:
We had a quick portrait session a Main St. Unionville. There was such unbelievable light to work with:
Mei & Mark were such troops and were really up for anything. They really knew how to ham it up for the camera and were NOT shy about their love for each other, that's for sure ;)
Overall, a great day + great couple + great company = an amazing experience! I had such a good time shooting with the guys! Keith & Stan, thanks for letting me come along for the ride :D
I thought I'd finally make a formal introduction of the newest addition to the family: Mika. She's 2 years old, talks a lot, purrs a lot, and doesn't like to be picked up (I have scratch marks to prove it - what's with my cats not liking to be hugged??) *cry* Oh, and her former name was Sally.
I got her at PetSmart (who now collaborates with local animal shelters - YAY!) about 2 weeks ago. To be honest, I wasn't thinking of really adopting a new cat - I was at PetSmart trying to get re-acquainted with cats to see whether I'd be ready to open up to another one again.
A few weeks and a few trips later, 'Sally' got me to smile at her first chirpy 'meewwww' and head-butt, and I knew I had to take her home :)
Obviously, I still miss Jasper (R.I.P.), but there are enough differences between the two felines to stop me from comparing. First off, Mika's a girl ;) And Jasper was quite the boy :P
Second of all: Mika's already an adult, and Jasper was a kitten - or 'young adult'. So Mika's personality is a lot more stable than Jasper's. He was unpredictable at best! Haha!
Thirdly, Jasper was my baby. Afterall, I was his mom at 6 weeks :) Mika - I consider her more a room-mate and we're still figuring how to co-habitate; getting used to each others habits, sleeping patterns, joys and irks...she does like to sleep on my chest though, with her paws in my face = comfortable??
But most of the time, she just likes to laze around the house and sleep a lot:
I'll keep you readers updated from time to time with how things are progressing. I'm still not sure whether she likes the camera in her face, but to be my cat, it's going to be a given ;)
I resisted the idea of Facebook for a long time. I mean, it seemed like just another social distraction and I wasn't all too keen to join. I preferred to actually talk to my friends...in real life...over coffee perhaps. Or dinner.
But then something changed. Everyone's life got busy and coffee dates became hard to arrange around multiple schedules. Sad, but it happens.
So hello, I'm on Facebook. I've started connecting with old (and new friends) online, and it's been pretty good so far. I know I'm late in the game, but better late than never, right? ;) I still don't get what a 'poke' is, or why Farmville is awesome though.
If you haven't done so yet, add me as a friend and I will confirm! Just click on the badge on the (bottom) right --->
In the meantime, enjoy these tributes to the phenomenon known as Facebook ;)