Archive for September, 2012

Life of Pi

September 28th, 2012
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Life of Pi

Fox studios releases the long awaited LIFE OF PI on November 21, 2012. Cast includes Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Adril Hussain, Shravanthi Sainath, Ayush Tandon, Vibish Sivakumar. Directed by Ang Lee who " achieves an admirable sense of wonder in this tall tale about a shipwrecked teenager stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.", Hollywood Reporter, "Technology employed by sensitive hands brings to vivid life a work that would have been inconceivable onscreen until very recently in Life of Pi." The film is adapted from the best-selling Yann Martel 2001 novel into a beautiful 3D production. It's a story for young and old. A survival story, a fable, and an "assessment of humanity’s place in the animal kingdom... man versus nature with a quizzically philosophical spin that’s easy to digest even for kids." As a contemporary filmmaker/ director, Ang Lee is so very talented and worthy of all the success that comes his way. From the Wedding Banquet to Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Lion Hidden Dragon, to Taking Woodstock, then Brokeback Mountain to this absolute block buster. Such an eclectic choice of stories, never the same genre, always stretching his creative wings. Bravo!

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Halloween 2!

September 27th, 2012
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Halloween 2!

Sounds like a sequel to a scary movie? Just another post for folks who just go nuts at Halloween. I am currently in a crafting mode, don't ask but my friends are looking at me sideways... learning all about recycling, upcycling, whatever you want to call taking old stuff and making really wonderful re-usable items from what would be wasted materials or just making "stuff" out of the ordinary. I think this is what my Popo (grandmother) did when she made quilts and pot covers and ... ok ok. I ran across some unique ideas for homemakers and yoohoo to my g friends who will be more likely to get it together when it comes to interiors. Love the one using old milk containers turned into ghostly lights, that tree is a grab bag tree for kids, and my favorite: "Blood Shooters" made with blood orange or orange juice and cranberry at your Halloween party served in test tubes. Yes I looked on line and you can find tons of them (sterilized of course) for just pennies... hehe Life is Good! www.pacificnetwork.tv

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Shanah Tovah!

September 26th, 2012
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Shanah Tovah!

Happy New Year to all my Jewish friends and family who are breaking their fast this evening on the 26th of September 2012. Known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Rosh Hashanah (New Year) precedes Yom Kippur which is described as "the day of judgment", a day of atonement and repentance. Traditionally one observes this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting, prayer, and self reflection. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, and on Yom Kippur your fate is "sealed". During the Days of Awe, a Jewish person tries to amend his or her behavior, seeking forgiveness for wrongs done against God (bein adam leMakom) and against other human beings (bein adam lechavero). Yom Kippur is a day of public and private petitions and confessions of guilt and hopefully one gets forgiven by God. Good luck everyone! and to those who offended me I hope you come to atone for your deeds as I hope to have done the same.

Rosh Hashanah meals are meatless (after a day of fasting wouldn't you eat almost anything?) and usually there are apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. Other foods with symbolic meaning may be served along with pomegranates, challah bread, dates, and whole fish (the head of the fish symbolizing the "head" of the year). So as mentioned, I am in this crafting mode! and will bring this little platter of apples to dinner this evening at sundown.

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Life is Good. May your new year be filled with good luck, good health and happy spirits.

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Stop Domestic Violence

September 23rd, 2012
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Stop Domestic Violence

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We have all been touched by domestic violence. Whether you realize it or not, whether it be a family member, a co-worker, a friend or neighbor, or perhaps you've been there up close and personal and have quietly been witness to someone's rage... all too many victims do not receive the assistance they need.

The Domestic Violence Action Center is here for thousands of people, not limited to low-income families, or to people with substance abuse problems, or only to people who grew up with violence in their homes.

The truth is that middle and upper income families and even public personalities can suffer as well. Their secrets are better kept, and the shame and embarrassment silences many victims from coming forward. One of the myths about domestic violence and spousal abuse is a comment you often hear, “If it's so bad why does she stay?” Why doesn’t the abused person act, report the abuse, leave the abusive situation? Fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of retribution, all kinds of fear immobilizes victims. The threats they've heard from the perpetrators of domestic violence often come from a parent, a relative, a spouse or boyfriend. Over long periods of time those threats create uncertainty, self-doubt, and more fear. Might they be physically hurt again? Will they lose their children? Will they leave penniless, homeless, and dependent on relatives or charity they're not even sure they can secure? And then there is the shame, and that feeling of shame can stop victims and members of their own families from seeking solutions rather than enduring or ignoring years of abuse and violence.

So how can you help? Before you watch or read yet another news story about a domestic quarrel that ended in the death of an innocent victim, make a donation to the Domestic Violence Action Center. www.stoptheviolence.org

Or consider attending "Smile For Angels" a fabulous event where you can meet folks from this organization who can help you or help someone you know who is in trouble.

Date & Time: October 1st, Monday 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Angels by the Sea Hawaii, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, 2552 Kalakaua Ave.

Honor the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Enjoy complimentary pupu by Cafe Che Pasta while you view new fashion and support the Domestic Violence Action Center. Tammy Mori, KHON2 news anchor will emcee. Featured guests include Miss Hawaii 1962 - Patricial Lei Murray, Miss Hawaii U.S. 2012 - Bo Tanaka, and Miss Hawaii 2012 - Skyler Kamaka. 2012 Lei Day Queen Pomaikai Klein and Ms. Waikiki 2012 Nina Thai (also the owner/designer of Angels by the Sea Hawaii) will be present. Japan's 11-year-old ukulele sensation, Rio Saito, will perform. New fashion products by local designers, raffles and prizes. Make a donation to the Domestic Violence Action Center and receive a discount on your next purchase. Bring friends, enjoy the evening and demonstrate your commitment to bringing peace to island families.

RSVP welcome (but not required). Self parking and validation is available at Waikiki Marriott. Additional parking available at the Honolulu Zoo.

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Halloween!

September 21st, 2012
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Halloween!

Are you one of those folks who just goes nuts at Halloween? Well I am currently in a crafting mode, don't ask but my friends are looking at me sideways... learning all about recycling, upcycling, whatever you want to call taking old stuff and making really wonderful re-usable items from what would be wasted materials. I think this is what my Popo (grandmother) did when she made quilts and pot covers and ... ok ok. I ran across some unique ideas for homemakers and yoohoo to my g friends who will be more likely to get it together when it comes to interiors. PS: that tree is a grab bag tree for kids. Below?
"Blood Shooters" made with blood orange or orange juice and cranberry at your Halloween party served in test tubes. hehe Life is Good! www.pacificnetwork.tv

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