Monday, December 31, 2007

Eternal Sunshines of Less Spotted Minds…..December 31, 2007 – Mood: Golden


November came and went faster than a blink of an eye. Started with the Surface Magazine Avantguardian party, pre-Thanksgiving drinks at the LW, Computer Rock at Laslzo’s with Liz to see Ryan and Justin spin. Melinda’s cocktail/Capp’s birthday party was fun, then sat for two photoshoots in Marie Antoinette gear for the Dee. Went to the FIDM alumni Holiday party at Etiquette, had my work holiday party/event at Azie which included seeing Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza. Bought a cool and creepy (my favorite combo)
Pinocchio Sculpture by Alexander Bell at the Creative Growth Art sale. Saw the Up and Down and the Struts play a show, and made gingerbread houses with the fam. Liz’s annual karaoke birthday party was riotous fun as always, and Christmas was full of holiday cheer and good eats, great gifts, and more karaoke. Also got a new mattress this month, and am getting the best sleep I’ve had in many years, which I feel is an excellent way to end 2007. Speaking of which, it was a productive year. My job works, my shoe collection has doubled, dated a bit, and being the Misscrew Beauty Editor has been great fun, so things have made a nice progression. Hopefully 2008 will be a copious year full of happiness, good luck, love and well being, and also of course, smiley faces, unicorns, rainbows, Marc Jacobs and cashmere.

On my mind this week:

It’s not the Christmas holiday for the Kwan girls without some of this:

2. Started the “Ah my Gawd Files ” on Waaaaaaah! It’s pretty wrong how badly I want the new Chanel earmuffs!!

3. Liz came over and helped me trim my tree and apparently, according to her, I have naughty ornaments that like to twist around, and not face forwards, and apparently we need “little mini ornament whips” to keep them in line...he, he, he, I’m so lucky to have silly friends!!


I really like this video. And it’s one of the few DVDs I actually own set to two of my favorite artists.


Dee reminded me of this the other day….ha, ha, ha... Gotta luv dem B girls!


I don’t lust for people very often, but ah my gawd….he is god AND a side of muscles.

7. Parts of my life were like this in 2007:

Maybe 2008 will be like this:


American cheese at its best. Cheers to a glorious 2008!!


Saturday, November 3, 2007

Ode to...Peanuts....November 3, 2007 - Mood: Diurnal

Did lots of catching up the past few weeks. Started with drinks at the Tiki bar with Ruben and Ryan, then later with Jenny, Matt and Darrel, and drinks also at the LW, and some La Pin with Tee. Anna’s birthday party at Joaquin Miller was a good time, learned how to play croquet despite the rave going on next to us (they actually had a PA system! Wtf?!), which decimated Joey’s plan for croquet and picnicking to 60’s French pop. Bootybassment that same night with the homies, Danny and Errico, and then more late night Lapin. Did a tasting at Azie for work with David; all I have to say is their Kobe beef skewers are like heaven on a stick, and then went to the event at Etiquette with Misscrewers, Gabriella and Liz. Went to the LW’s Halloween party as Rachel from Bladerunner, deciding Barbarella will get her debut next Halloween. The earthquake a few nights ago had me and Dee hugging in my bedroom doorway like two scared orphans. Hmm, maybe next year we can be Siamese twins or something for Halloween……Went to the De Young with Dee and Ingrid to check out the Nan Kempner exhibit, my favorite pieces included her gold Yves Saint Laurent bubble cape, the Gres dresses, the Halston feather jacket, and a harlequin leather jacket trimmed with mink.
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After had tea at Ritual and then ate dinner at Luka’s for the first time in ages. The Chow Nasty house costume/birthday party was a blast and included a dance party, and an impromptu show. One more birthday party to go and I’m officially done birthdaying for this week...Okay, I’m ready for silent retreat time and my aromatherapy now.

On my mind this week:

1. Was so glad to make it out to the last Bootybassment! Always a great party and always guaranteed to run into familiar faces!! I got my dance on hard, thanks to Dimitri, and the homeboys, Danny and Errico, and as evidenced by the condition of my shoes the next morning…and my shirt (bartender split three drinks on it, which usually gets me kinda riled, but I was having so much fun I wasn’t even trippin’!!)

2. The Dee and I and Danny too apparently got caught up watching the PBS documentary on Charles Shulz the other night….by the end of the documentary we were both in tears..... The man was the cleverest storyteller and an absolute genius when it came to dialogue, and his sense of humor was extremely sharp as well. It’s unfortunate his personal life had been so problematic.

3. mmmmmmmm, good ol’ Beethoven.

4. Our Juanita’s sessions are the best! Errico, Elizabeth, Danny, me, and now my sis all converge in the back of the restaurant for our meetings far, far away from any children…I swear, if those walls could talk.

5. I ordered new business cards for myself the other day and was totally reminded of this…


This performance of Heartbeats is so incredible...even better than the recorded version….what the hell was I doing, why didn’t I go to this show?!!!?!

7. Not a bad horoscope for this week:
You’re a star—and so am I. I’m a genius—and so are you. Your success encourages my brilliance, and my charisma enhances your power. Your victory doesn’t require my defeat, and vice versa. Those are the rules in the New World—quite unlike the rules in the Old World, where zero-sum games are the norm, and only one of us can win each time we play.

In the New World, you don’t have to tone down or apologize for your prowess, because you love it when other people shine. You exult in your own excellence without regarding it as a sign of inherent superiority. As you ripen more and more of your latent aptitude, you inspire the rest of us to claim our own idiosyncratic magnificence.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Thieves Like Us…October 15, 2007 - Mood: Curious

Being sick put a quick halt to the type of serial socializing I had been
doing the past few weeks. Was feeling all stir crazy; indoors, congested, and coughing for days on end, so when I started to get my sense of smell back, went to Lanesplitter and the Parkway with Sara, Jason, and Dee to see Fightclub. Later that week, ended up out with Julia, Trang, and Dee at Easy, then at Lucky Lounge in Lakeshore, and then did late night at La Pinata, again. Wellness saw me off to the Folsom Street Fair with Dee, Gerald, and Steven. Last week was a very intense and busy week, work was crazy and my Dad’s 60th birthday party planning took up any free time I had in between. The party itself was a definite success, a Chinese banquet with 50 birthday song party poppers, leis, gummy worms & Swedish fish goodie bags, and life-size sea creature toys. My Dad and the family had a blast, and I was happy that they had such a good time. This past week saw taco truck and brown bagging bonding with Danny and Liz. Worst part of the week was when I pulled a muscle in my shoulder while sleeping, so bending my neck and using my right arm was pretty much out of the question for a few days, but I'm bck to better now, think I was healed by the power of the homemade churro....Hallelujah!! I’m back.

On my mind this week:

1. Sorry to have missed Sophie’s back to School party. Lungs weren’t giving out hall passes that night. Homemade cookies, milk, cocktails…..wahhhh! :(

2. Tee and Dee think I’m gross cause I revealed my secret crush on Criss Angel to them…Yes, so I have a thing for magical wizards…used to have a thing for Houdini too when I was a kid…and yes, a magical wizard to pack my travel bags would work out nicely…


The pressure is on!! Eeeeeeeeeakkk, Halloween is only a couple weeks away!


This looks intense…Oh my god, I can hardly contain myself…hurry and come to SF!

Absolutely nothing contrived about this at all. Pure loving perfection, as sparkling and beautiful as the first time I heard it, twenty one years ago.


I’m a firm believer that things have feelings too…

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Beyond my Control…Sept. 23, 2007 – Current Mood: Sickly.

Started with the Olafur Eliasson opening reception at the MOMA. The exhibit was 10,000% amazing, and a good reminder of how lighting can make or break a situation, my favorite being the “Room for all Colors” . Actually come to think of it, it sorta reminded me of that scary Bill Viola exhibit they had back in ’99, but without the sound element…wow, a reference to nineties art…someone is getting old. Besides all that, the installations were great, however falling down the MOMA stairs while trying to say hi to Sara and Leia in front of hundreds of people, and getting scolded by the docents was not so great. Think it’s time I reassess my dwindling habit of stiletto wear, and get my act together. Then there was the Roadside Distractions photography art show at the Hideo Wakamatsu Mission Store opening, with Kissui in abundance (and not usually a rice alcohol drinker) and no dinner, apparently brings out guest appearances from hers truly, M.Editrix, according to Dee, Adrian, and M.I.S.S. Liz. Later that week with M.I.S.S. Liz was the Emily the Strange art show, where the Bride of Ozzy performance was inspirational. Again, I swear 111 Minna is just a vortex of weird energy, there we were stalked by a guy who told me my glasses looked like they cost $2, and Liz got her nameplate necklace out of a candy machine. Hmmm Let's see, negative attention, scary eye contact, and sarcastic remarks, wow what a charmer. Bet he beats his ladies too. Drinks at the LW and breakfast at Mama’s to welcome Christle back for all of 48 hours.Tamale making night hosted by Joey and Anna, where it was once again reiterated that bacon and cheese make everything delicious, and Carlo Rossi is like a biting hug from a long lost friend. Dee’s karaoke birthday party at Do Re Mi was insanely wild fun, highlights include dancing on the table, Brandan’s delicious red velvet and fresh berry cake, Adrian the party animal, and 30 people packed in one karaoke room the size of small college dorm. Flea market last Sunday, plus this week’s Chicken and Waffles with Liz, Carlo’s birthday party/Up & Down show at Annie’s Social, then hanging out in the back of the LW with the folks and a puppy has left me violently ill, but I suppose I kinda earned this one.

On my mind this week:

1. “Elizabeth darling, oh how I LOVE this hot sauce…mwah, kissy, kissy…” , oh Kissui…

2. It’s really wrong…I ate La Pinata three times in two weeks, and I think I’m gonna die if I don’t get a chile relleno from Mexicali Rose soon...

3. We (myself, Dee, Joey, and Cash Gift too apparently) are patiently waiting for someone on the Youtube to upload some of the old Streetlight Records commercials….Please hurry cause “I’m bored with Madonna.”
Speaking of Madonna…

4. This is by far the funniest thing I’ve seen on the internet in a while, it’s even funnier when the Dee does an interpretive reading of it. Found it on Amazon while researching Swedish Fish for my Dad’s 60th Birthday Party we’re planning.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Chewy Perfection, February 11, 2007
By C.P. Cavafy - See all my reviews

I used to purchase Swedish Fish at the CVS Pharmacy for many years, but the store switched to the smaller fish, which are not nearly as good in texture. When evaluating a Swedish fish, the most important thing is freshness. You want fish that are as fresh as possible, i.e., furthest away from their expiration date (you can check the expiration code through the manufacturer Cadbury Adams). Well, Candy Depot just delivered the freshest Swedish fish I ever had -- just the right chewiness and bursting with flavor that no other gummy candy can match. Older Swedish fish get a bit stiff and are harder to chew. The intensity of the flavor diminishes as well. The assorted fish flavors are lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange), and berry (red). Many people prefer only the red Swedish Fish because its flavor is sublime and difficult to describe; some people think the flavor is strawberry, others cherry, and even loganberry. No matter what, the Red Swedish Fish are the Holy Grail of non-chocolate candy. Although you can purchase a bag with just red fish, I prefer the assorted variety because I like the contrast in flavors, and you can progress in taste up to the red. When eating a Swedish Fish, no filleting is required; however, there is an art to it. Personally, I like to nip off the tail and then eat the body. Sometimes, I will roll up the fish from the tail end and eat it like a miniature jelly roll. But my special technique is reserved for a pair of red fish. I sandwich the two fish belly-to-belly, then I bite off the double tail, then I pop the double body into my mouth for a full burst of flavor. Delicious. Yes, I may seem strange, but I come from a competitive family where we used to have jelly bean wars. We would pair up the jelly beans, then we would "go to war" by holding each jelly bean between each forefinger and thumb, then smash the two together until one end of the losing jelly bean would cave in. These battles would continue in a single elimination tournament until one bean emerged victorious. I hope you enjoyed this review and your Swedish Fish from Amazon.
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Remember this…


Maybe it’s cause I’m sick, but I totally get the chills when I watch this....yep, I think Friday’s red shoes are surely to blame...

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Word Processing…..Sept. 8, 2007 - Current Mood: Spunky

I’ve been in my head a lot the past few weeks which explains the misplacing of keys, phone, clothes, scarves, and plans. My sense of direction has temporarily worsened due to a weak eyeglasses prescription, which clearly wreaks havoc on my already weak sense of direction and perpetual state of dishevelment. Yet despite everything, I managed to do a hearty amount of well manicured socializing, mostly in the east bay setting. So my new place to nerd out is the Hob Nob, which used to be a kind of bizarre jazz bar/restaurant in Alameda, but now is a mecca for young and old nerds alike, providing a healthy supply of booze and board games within a semi-nice local setting. The Kwan kids rather like it on Thursdays since they have a $3 drink happy hour from 10pm to midnight, and last week included an intense game of scrabble, arm wrestling, and extreme connect four. There were a couple visits to the LW and Radio, and a pillaging of the popcorn machine over at the Lucky 13. Back in the city, enjoyed a delicious dinner at Maverick for Sophie's birthday with her, Jesse, Dan, and Gail, and I have to say, my fried chicken was cooked to perfection; tender, yet crisp, and impeccably seasoned, and on a bed of mashed potatoes. I told Miss Liz the next time we get our thrift on at Thriftown, which is kiddie corner, we have to have a lady date there. So the Labor Day weekend included some home redecorating and TLC, babysitting, couple BBQs – pretty low key cause the next few weeks will be action packed.

On my mind this week:

1. Everytime I see my friend Carlo, he says, “I know you’ve got to be at least one of the three: hungry, tired, or having to pee.” I am realizing now these are the effects of me always being in a constant state of over stimulation.

2. Yet another person on a bike took me by surprise on Market Street this week…


Legos are so the new black.

And they say computers are dangerous…


My Dad makes up words too…my favorite of late is poisionated, e.g. “I don’t want to get poisionated by that confetti." (that had fallen onto a piece of cake during a Kwan Family birthday party).

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Pandora's Boxed...August 19, 2007 - Current Mood: I miss the crew.

I would definitely say I had a pretty good past few weeks. Started with the LW and breakfast at Mama’s, then dinner bonding over too much red wine with Edwin, Dee, Sarah and I at La Mediterranee. There was the SF blogger mixer at Bacar, where myself, and Misscrew founders Liz and Gabriella met a variety of other fashion bloggers including Natalie of The Coveted,, and Janine of Coquette , and Stephanie from Stiletto Jungle,who were all very kind and interesting. Popped over to the Stork club with Liz and Errico for the Oakland Art Mumur to see Hottub who put on an awesome performance, with Errico doing it right by joining in with the girls. There was cousin Steph’s wedding, and Kira’s west coast visit. Thanks god, we got our dog Wing, Wing back. Turns out some neighbors had borrowed her for a few days...Anna made Dee and I a very tasty breakfast Sunday complete with a frittata, freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade coffee cake, and a trip to the flea market. Just got home from Vegas a few days ago and can’t tell you how happy I am to come home to lukewarm weather. Hallelujah!!!!

On my mind this week:

1. My stylist tried something new with my color, it now has these pieces that have an old-lady type purple tint to it, but then again I think it’s quite fitting cause my friends and my mom have always called me an old lady…

2. Surely there are laws against the amount of red meat I’ve consumed in the past two weeks.

3. Misscrew is reprazentin on Miami Ink.
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This is so exciting, like they say, “eyes to the sky, ears to the streets, MISS is everywhere…”

4. The Bay Area is so small. It’s crazy and kinda amazing how you run into people….expectedly and unexpectedly.

5. M.I.S.S. Liz delivered by birthday present the other night. And it was so good that I’m not having my raincheck birthday party anymore…well, at least not for now. Thanks, you really are the bestest life partner!… ;)

6. I know about Hamburger Eyes, but I heard the funniest reference the other day to hamburgers and the part of the female anatomy above the waist.


More than just a hairstyle.

LA is Pandora’s box.

Jewelry does this to me too…

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Animal Control….July 24, 2007 - Current Mood: Snacky

It’s been non-stop since the 4th of July – and the month is already almost over! Started with Drew’s 4th of July BBQ and mini D.I.Y. fireworks show. Then Reina’s b-day party at Levende with Errico & the Misscrewers, and Liz and Danny joining in at 3am for Mexican breakfast bonding. Then there was Sara’s Planes, Trains, Automobiles themed housewarming party – where I observed a cycle of very young almost hipster kids trying to be too cool for school but desperately an uncomfortably not quite making the mark. Low point of observation is when I heard someone state they had to go “check on their playlist” to make sure it stayed with the theme of the party and would be devastated if a mismatched song made it in ……There was Kevin’s 30th b-day BBQ, and the most interesting part of the night happened to be when James was walking Kelly and I to Bart and Alfie the Troll Window man at 18th and Valencia waved to me and opened his window and gave us a private 10 minute interview, which I found absolutely fascinating. . Watched Grey Gardens a documentary made in the 70s about the ever reclusive and eccentric mother/daughter duo, the Edie Bouvier Beales, living in their dilapidated East Hampton 28 room mansion. The Chow Nasty album release party at the Independent was incredibly fun, and then Chow Nasty kick off tour BBQ at the house was a good time full of good eats (chicken apple sausage stuffed with gouda and bacon wrapped jalapeƱo poppers were the hit dishes). Did a lot of shopping this week, had a happy birthday massage. My Vessel Hip Hop birthday party got postponed due to a change in plans, and my cousin’s bachelorette party was a great celebratory time, nails did, dinner, dancing, perks being a room at the Clift and some large Hermes gift boxes I’ll use for storage that I found in its hallway.

On my mind this week:

1. I had no idea lap dances were given at the Independent. I was seated on a chair after the Chow Nasty show, when my sister yelled out jokingly, “This girl needs a lapdance!” and a Sam came over and gave me a pretty good one.


How does your garden grow?

From this………….

To this…

To this……

…….is genius at work. God bless Malcolm Mclaren.

4. The Kwans are sad cause our family dog, Wing, Wing is missing. She got out of the yard Friday night and hasn’t been seen since. If anyone sees a half Rott/Terrier mix with a flippy tail running around Alameda, please let me know.

5. I truly have awesome friends and family. Thanks for all the birthday wishes and treats!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Das Boots.....July 4, 2007 - Current Mood: Pink, Cream, & Cerulean

Lots of family related stuff going on the past couple weeks. One family bridal shower, father’s day breakfasts, brunches, birthdays and dinners, then hung out with my cousins and their baby. There was Lindsey’s birthday party then Melinda's house warming party – the place is cavernous, full of massive stained glass windows, and some even being rumored to have come from the Liberace estate…..It’s really very otherworldly, and it ate my car keys and made Tee and I completely lose track of time, the sober chatter going way into the wee, wee hours of the morning. Saw my hair stylist Edwin at Hermosa in Berkeley, then me, him, and Dee went to see Shrek III, which was very much on the cute side as expected. Puss n' Boots used to be my favorite, but I think Gingy has taken the cake….Stayed home this weekend to do my chores and rest up for the next month or so, which will be absolute mayhem, but of the most positive kind of course.

on my mind this week:

1. Where the hell am I gonna do my birthday party?!!!! Need a place on specified dates with no cover, not too bourgsie, with a dancefloor, good music, in a reasonably safe location, with enough space to accommodate the party…. So please any suggestions are very much appreciated!!!

2. I see a lot of interesting things on my commute. Lately I’ve been fascinated by the following:

The Skeleton Lady - You can tell she is a professional of some sort, I see her on my bus ride in walking up Sutter. Poor thing, she clearly has an eating disorder. Everytime I see her, it reminds me of why it is okay to eat and even justifies some of my overindulgent eating behaviors. Her skin looks like it sliding off her face and her body – it has nothing to hold onto. She wears white orthopedic sneakers and carries a Louis Vuitton Alma bag. I wonder what she eats for lunch. I wonder if she even eats lunch…

Highlighter Boy - Every morning he looks like he is on a scavenger hunt. It never fails; he fervently crosses off items on a notepad while walking up Sutter, and ALWAYS with a highlighter. Sometimes pink, sometimes yellow - guess it depends on his mood. The day he uses a black Sharpie, I’ll have the fear of God in me, or something like that.

3. This is why I need to take my ass dancing………

4. Gosh, I really miss my wifey Liz!!

5. I’ve had this terrible obsession with slutty 90’s pants for a while……

6. Oh snap, I forgot all about this until the other day...

Speaking of which, I got the most beautiful Coach boots on sale the other day ($400 off!!!)Couldn’t be happier about the start of my winter wardrobe!!! :):):)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Party Mammals & Mythical Creatures……June 13, 2007 Current Mood - Leotarded

Being sick kept me in for a weekend, so last week was nice and chill. Lost my cell phone for 12 hours earlier this week, but was lucky enough to have a very kind stranger pick it up and return it to me, which was such a relief. This past week was oodles of fun, and the party was definitely not over at The Party is Over, Joey and Craig’s art opening and Joey’s birthday celebration at Mission 17. Mosied on over to the Coppola’s house party across the street, remembering that I do indulge in Malibu Rum and cokes once in a while, then headed over to 111 Minna to see Misscrewer DJ Zita (who played a really awesome mash up set!!) spin at the Juxtapoz Magazine party with the Misscrew posse (Liz, Gabriella & Ali, Reina) + Danny, Errico, Jake, and Josh. So kinda fucked up shit has been happening to me at 111 Minna lately, whose selection of DJs and security I’m more of a fan of compared to its bizarro crowd, a mix of 40% decent, 20% cool, and 40% absolutely horrible patrons, of which I will spare you the gory descriptive details of cause it’s not worth the time, and I’m sure you’re already quite aware of if you go there. So anyhow, the other night we went to support Misscrewer DJ Zita, and while dancing a couple things happened to my dismay…….firstoff, this total tool of a dude asked if he could wear the fluorescent surfer printed vintage Speedo jacket I was wearing, I told him no, then I felt bad, so I let him dance it in for a brief moment, but then his drunk ass had the audacity to go into my purse, a complete stranger!, and wear my jacket again after I had asked for it back, which is when I lost my patience……I’m generally a very nice person, but when provoked, all hell will break loose - I had to punk him for having no manners, and his female friend for allowing his totally disrespectful behavior, and I would have really tried to beat his ass if further agitated. Thank God Errico stepped in to regulate….So it’s been an interesting week full of better and restful sleep (been making myself work out again), insightful observations and thoughts, nonsensical bedtime conversations with my homegirls, Tee and Liz, and psychic dreams about jewelry.

On my mind this week:

1. It’s really not cool, and very rude and assuming when complete strangers, and total douche bags at that, barge their way into our dance circle, when the boys leave. Oh hell no.
2. Food poisoning from deli Tabbouleh salad is not a good party.


(Part starts at 5:07)- Haahhhaaa, leotards rule! Think I just seen Sporty Spice.....

4. I have a friend named Gerald, and every time the Dee and I see him, we now use our 1920s voices and hand gestures as if grappling a speakeasy martini…..”Ha ha ha…..Gerald…”

5. Damn, what is cooler than Jeff Bridges, I dunno...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

M.I.S.S. Demeanors……May 30, 2007 Current Mood – Unruly

The past couple weeks have been filled with marathon socializing. Started with the O’Reilly’s Oyster festival last week, really wonderful to have our annual visits from Steve and Steph, and Wes and Jessica, and so good to finally have met Brie, and to hang out with Jesse and Sophie, Adrian, Dan, Edwin, and the Dee and the rest of the crews. It was a crazy good time, starting with the car ride over, and included some intense establishment hopping, karaoke and dancing, and ended with last call at the LW. Later in the week, I went to see the Giants for a media work related event, and then Dee and I did sister bonding at the De Young, catching the Vivienne Westwood exhibit and purchased some very cute earrings (Swarovski crystal skull and crossbones) of hers as well. Had drinks at the LW with Tee, and then Danny’s Dirty Thirty/Moving Away BBQ party was pretty hardcore, like 10 hours straight of hanging out and catching up with old friends, and then finally catching the office cold I’ve been dodging for two weeks now.

On my mind this week:

1. I think I should be allowed to enjoy my Friday afternoon and talk excitedly to old friends on public transportation, however there is a bus Nazi who thinks otherwise.

2. There is nothing more awkward than a very drunk person trying to kiss you that you’re not really sure you want to kiss. Closed eyed, lips puckered in the air approaching like bombs on televised radar. Not good.

3. I’ve started the planning for my birthday party. Hope it will be at least this much fun!

4. I almost cried when I saw the Vivienne Westwood exhibit, but stopped myself out of the fear of looking like one of those crazy Michael Jackson fanatics, but now I think I kinda get them...anyhow, you must see it before it leaves the De Young on June 10th, and pssssst! It’s only $5 when you show a BofA card!!!

5. Tee told me last night she is convinced I’m gonna marry some sort of royalty and become a European socialite, but I think I’m much too much a rebel for this sort of behavior. I’d take the shoes though any day. Anyhow, I’m more like these guys:

6. Although, I think I’m just about due for one of these……

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mi vida loca…..May 16, 2007 Current Mood – Earrings not jingling at the moment :(

The Chow Nasty show on Cinco de Mayo at the WC was a good time. Sugar and Gold were really good too. I was impressed. Good to see old friends and new – hadn’t been there since that crazy Halloween party in 2004 when me and Brandon dressed up as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and then the other Ghostown happening was not so happy. Someone totaled my Dad’s car in front of his shop on MLK – he had to dive out of the speeding car’s way, and then the jerk took off on foot. It’s amazing he wasn’t seriously injured, and just another reason to buy a trusty Camry. Then on the other side of Oakland, Liz, Errico, Danny and I did taco truck bonding, over ceviche and lengua tacos. Brandan and Chris’ birthday BBQ extravaganza at Dolores Park was ever-so-much fun, and happy to know my blue raspberry jello shots were a hit among the fellas! Then Evelyn’s wine tasting party after was a hoot and very educational, learning that Red Truck pinot noir is an extremely versatile wine at a good value ($10 for 2005 bottle)…..So I’m pretty tired this week, and apparently I have highly allergic tissue in my eyes, and I will soon have some not so attractive Calvin Klein riveted lens titanium computer glasses to help them out, and that you will never ever see me in, thank god - but I will also have me some new stunnas too, so I’m pretty excited, and excited for this weekend’s Oyster festival!

On my mind this week:

1. So many Taurus/Geminis and so little time!!! I’m really trying, I promise!!
2. I love it that Tee is a like a little baby! Oh honey, your poor ears!! Kooo, gurgle, gurgle…
3. The M.I.S.S. Crew got a hot new look for summer!! Check it out:
4. Muni is an interesting place, especially when you’re trying not to make eye contact with someone who was with the ninny who thought you were a man. As you can see this is still a very sensitive subject.
5. Goat milk brie is absolutely delicious at room temperature, and is only $3 a wheel, so get it fast before your local TJs sells out or discontinues it.

6. Too bad the narration on this trailer is kinda horrible, but it looks like it’s gonna be an excellent movie. I love Edith Piaf, I’m so excited!!! It will be hard to wait until it comes out June 8th!!

7. Hell yeah! Ladies Love Cool J….and the earrings will be jingling soon!!! :)

8. What’s your sign? he,he,he…anyone else hear Streetfighter in the background…Oh shiattt!!!

Monday, April 30, 2007

The Freaks come out at night…April 30, 2007 - Current Mood - winky

In the past couple weeks I found myself at Emily’s art opening at Transmissions Gallery, where the pieces were dark, whimsical, and charming, and the band, Continental, was skillfully jamming away. That night I wore my red leather Thriller jacket and hoochie red leather pumps with 90’s bling buckles, so my attention span was not happening cause my Michael Jackson dance moves in inappropriate places were,..,..Went to the Mallard for a sec after, then ended up at the LW for last call….Liz and I decided to get lunch at the flea market Sunday, which for me consisted of a pork tamale, a lengua taco, and two scoops of Mexican ice cream in a waffle cone. Ran walked Denise’s two very hyper, Beagles, and got a house tour, and finally got to bear witness to the Robles’ “million dollar” bathroom. Ended up at the Hush Hush the other night night with Dee, Sara, Jason, Ida, and Kelly, which was kinda like bizarro night there. First, I walked in on a group of unfriendly fortysomethings doing coke in the bathroom cause they didn’t bother to lock the door. Then these same people were celebrating a birthday with full on, bare buttocks on the bar, birthday was a bit of a disturbing sight - total birth control!!

On my mind this week:

1. Coincidences are weird and sorta funny....and so many lately that it’s kinda spooky...

2. There was no Michelle and Liz booties at this month’s Bootybassment, so come May there will be some double, triple, quadruple, quintuple, sextuple trouble on the Knockout’s dancefloor that’s for sure!!!

3. For someone who is quite cryptic, I take what people say very literally because I am extremely gullible.

4. Despite yesterday’s snack with Dee and Joey, I’m still having my Wienerschnitzel attack!!

5. I forgot Beyonce had a last name...Dee thought this was funny...

6. Theresa and Liz, you ladies are throwing off my schedule!! See what happens when
I miss you guys!!

7. Opening sequence to The Hunger

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Hats are so hot right now...

8....umm I actually own a couple versions of this outfit....

I found it, and it’s more fabulous than I had even imagined! Thanks Joey!! ;)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Real trannies don’t have hips…April 17, 2007 - Current mood: Content

The past couple weeks of extreme socializing have left me exhausted, but very happy and strangely somehow healthy. Started with Moua’s birthday party, then 111 Minna after where this random guy decided to sit next to me, and what happened next still has me feeling a bit traumatized. (Keep in mind here I was wearing a very fitted vintage sixties cocktail dress, in silk crepe, a kind of fabric that clings to the hips, and the same amount of make-up I always wear.) So he kept asking me how old I was, which I told him, then he kept telling me I looked 22, said I had a nice face, then asked me if I was a girl…and THEN proceeded to buy me a drink that I didn’t ask for, that was 50% correct in body because he didn’t let me finish my sentence. And then kept saying over and over that we should go to Vessel…then this guy got freaked out by Ryan, thought he was my boyfriend, saying he gave him the evil eye….This is when Liz and I kindly made our escape to the dancefloor thanks to Dylan the DJ who saved us with New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle, which was actually quite representative of that very awkward and ill-fated moment. Later in the week there were drinks at the LW with Theresa, Ryan P., Jenny, Jeff, Dee, Melinda, Amy….Then Gia and Gemma’s bounce house Tinkerbell birthday party across the street at Dean and Rene’s … Actually had to do the party in 2 shifts with a nap in between. On Easter, decorated Easter eggs with the fam, enjoying Easter brunch, and Easter dinner and ate, and ate and ate. After Easter more amazing meals followed, and included a wonderful dinner of Chinese Oxtail soup and Toro (fatty tuna) and Korean BBQ in West O with the fam, Thai Osha with Mei, and Ruby Skye for a media work related event (Harrah’s/ Harvey’s Lake Tahoe) and enjoyed a nice mini cabaret show and buzz that I took with me later to an art show in Jack London.

On my mind this week:

1. I have yet to go there, but Vessel does not look fun. Not my idea of a hyphy time. For work however, David and I are considering maybe planning a corporate event there.
2. People slang all sorts of stuff at the Laney college flea market, but last Sunday was the first time we were approached with Chiuauas….so painfully cute, and a painful $250 a pop…er a pup! Have you ever met my friend corny Collins…..
3. Bootybassment is sooooo on on Saturday!!! Yess!!! I’m so EXCITED I already know what pants I’m gonna wear!!!!
4. The best part of the week though was when M.I.S.S. Liz informed me of a write up my Sunday M.I.S.S. Crew Beauty blog posting received on the Around the Way Girls blog, which is awesome and informative in the ways of fashion and pop culture. Really feels good to know people enjoy and appreciate what I do. Thanks so much Radio Rose!! 

5. The flea market was crazy yesterday. Something funny I overheard was:
I had said outloud to my sister, “It smells like pot right here.” Passing right next to us was a middle aged couple. The wife said, “It smells like a skunk.” The husband replied, “That’s not a skunk, that’s grass.” Guess you had to be there.

6. Jungle juice and the bounce house are a very fun, yet tiring combination, and is best when you live across the street.

7. I LOVE this video cause it’s so cute, and Peaches is so much fun, and our Joey is in it too…And JD from Le Tigre, now she is a fo’REAL tranny.


Funny how things don’t change much….There will always be Bunny Bixlers and Muriel Peuses, but there is only one Auntie Mame….a favorite of the all the Kwans.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Slapsticky hair........Thursday, April 05, 2007 - Current mood: I love oven baked turkey sandwiches

The past couple weeks have been pretty silly, but ever so much fun…Started with the Chow Nasty show at Thee Parkside, which I was really excited about cause I had vowed to get my dance on once again…great until I pulled a muscle in my tender loving buttocks while trying to do a fancy dance move. Then pulled a muscle in my neck while blowdrying my hair earlier that night, so I was very sore for a few days after to say the least. Then Pho, dim sum and flea market with the fam, and Mexican dinner with Denise and Mei, and drinks with Hansel. Shared a very disturbing, yet mindblowing, thrifting high moment with Liz at Buffalo (Zodiac taupe suede/leather knee high boots in perfect condition, vintage Betsey Johnson velvet corset dress with red tartan plaid ballerina skirt with black netted petticoat, and some insane red pumps) and then at Thrifttown (let's just say my 80's shoe collection has grown extensively with the help of ELB). Then the M.I.S.S. Crew ladies (Liz, Gabriella, Reina, Pauline, Alice) and Ryan and Ali, under Gabriella's supervision, pitched in to make an amazing dinner of homemade chicken soup, garlic knots, meatball appetizers, and a very refreshing mint salad, (the recipes for these will be up on soon), while we participated in Craft Corner (can't reveal what the project was cause it's not up on the website yet, but was way cool and involved potatoes and kept us busy till 4:30am that morning.)

After a drunk patron spilled his beer on me, enjoyed a scrumptious lunch at Swan Oyster Depot with my cousin, and ate $63 worth of assorted oysters on the half shell, fresh clam chowder, shrimp salad, crab salad, and smoked salmon, everything being absolutely delicious. Went to the Alameda Point Antique fair, bought an assortment of 80's wide band belts and a kettle corn/caramel kettle corn combo, which I highly recommend, and got yelled at and ditched by my sister cause I had lost an earring of hers for a couple hours, which I later miraculously found thanks to desperate prayer.

On my mind this week:

1. I have a horrible aversion to overly manicured facial hair, except for maybe this guy's…

2. I don't know what I'm talking about. I'm totally lying cause I'm fascinated by:

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3. FOR THE BARGAIN HUNTERS: Bargain Bank on Polk has the perfect snack size packets of assorted organic dried fruit, 2 for $1.

4. I love running into my friends on the street late at night while I'm slightly loaded as they do their manly jobs.

5. These almost got me into some serious trouble…
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6. the voice of angels…my absolute favorite DCD song, plus I like Lisa Gerrard's hair here.
Dead Can Dance - Sanvean


lots and lots of all sorts of peachy hair here…….Love it!!!...the best dancey slapstick I've seen in a long time!!


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thank your lucky stars...
Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 9:20 PM

Spring training...Saturday, March 24, 2007 - Current mood: i need breakfast right about now

March has been great fun!! Started with a wonderful German inspired dinner party at Sophie's with the main course being a very tender and delicious pot roast stewed in orange slices and Frangelico soaked currants. God, so good!!! Then did lady date night at Stacy's with the girls and Ryan, enjoying Jessica's Chicken Adobo, Ryan's fancy pants thin mint/homemade kaluha/coffee bean sundae, some good ass trashy reality TV shows, and then impromptu dance party…Shari Vari and JT…sooooo good! Drinks for Jenny's b-day at the LW, Cristallette fashion show at Lulu's where Liz and I ended up buying matching crazy awesome 90's Ujena dresses, brunch buffet with the fam., health food shopping and sushi with the Dee and Evelyn, Laney flea with Liz and Dee. Completed my first Beauty Tip blog posting for and Liz and I snuck out to Laszlo's earlier this week to see Ryan and Justin DJ.

On my mind this week:

1. Yayyyyyyyyy for nice weather!! I think I can retire the flannel now….
2. Neiman.
3. Neon is the new black.
4. For sure Foreign Cinema needs to kick Laszlo's down with some fancy bar snacks.
5. Did you know baby coconuts reduce blood pressure?

I promise I will participate in the dance line next time!!

7. If I see you drop your gun on Bart, I'm just gonna pretend like I didn't see.

8.I realized today that I'm kind of old fashioned.

9. Just some oldies……but goodies…….


(Original version no longer available - so had to upload the instrumental version)
Can you tell? I have dance fever again!!!

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Yeeeeee for Dance fever!!! And yeeeeyeee for all the liz/michelle action as or late! more,more!! Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 9:08 AM

If old fashioned means not telling someone when they dropped their gun on BART, well... I think you're awesome. dance dance dance!
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 10:10 AM

ahem. frangelico currants were in the hazelnut risotto dessert! the pot roast merely involved raisins.Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 6:16 PM

My gosh, that's right! And I had asked you too, now I remember...and that dessert, should have been called Hazlenut Risotto Heaven! So good!!
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 6:21 PM

Have you seen my rabbit? - Wednesday, March 07, 2007- Current mood: sensitive teeth

Before going back to work…President's day consisted of an all day tour of SF for Ingrid visiting from Portland. Started with an amazing Pacific Heights breakfast of yoghurt pancakes, omelets, bacon (the bestest!!) and mimosas and bloody Marys, compliments of our fabulous chef, Adrian. Shopping followed in the Fillmore and in Union Square, topped off with Kitty's that evening as well. Then started my new job, which I really like so far. It's so nice to be back and working in the city again, and especially nice to not have to pay out of pocket for health insurance anymore….The weekend had included Anne's and Eric's big hotel crashing birthday bash, which was wildly entertaining to say the least, and really a lot of fun! Watched Hollywoodland with the fam, which was slow and depressing, but was quite interesting, especially since Time Warner is now my employer. The incestuous relationships and power struggles between the actors, studios, agents, etc. within the television/film industry, and in old Hollywood in particular, are absolutely twisted and insane to me…all politics…and grotesquely fascinating…anyhow the White Elephant sale was a spectacular time with the Dee and Amy, saw Ryan's head race through the accessories section, greeting Liz freshly off her NY plane, with a pink velvet turban. Found a lot of rad day glow pieces, and more accessories than I needed to buy, but the best part was the delicious chile and cheese tamale during our snack break, and fresh squeezed Myers lemons lemonade too! Oh gosh, then saturday was crazy fun! Went to the Royal Oak, an engagement party, then over to The 500 Club (where Sophie accidentally cozied up to a Jesse lookalike), and then Zeitgeist ($2 homefries are so great at 1am) with Jesse, Sophie, Dan, Matt, and Alan. Dee and I went to the Oakland carnival beside the freeway yesterday. …I munched on a hand dipped corn dog and nachos while she shot photos….Does it get any more fun than this?!! Well, I have a little feeling that summer glee will come prematurely this year with the early arrival of daylight savings…

On my mind this week:

1. It seems that working fulltime always increases my appetite.

2. Cement

3. Help!! I'm addicted to soup!! Hot n'sour, noodle, menudo, wonton, shark fin, bird nest, tomato, turkey, clam chowder, porridge…

4. Vicks Vapo-Rub is my new best friend.


This is so funny…well they do call it the happiest place on earth!!


Psychedelic man!! Love it!!

Sweet battery acid...Sunday, February 18, 2007 - Current mood: well fed

The past couple weeks have been full of feeding frenzy fun. Started with Liz and I having our Swedish pancake breakfast date at Marty's, then went to a tasting with Isis and Chad at Dragon Rouge, a new Vietnamese fusion restaurant in town, where they had the most delicious spring rolls made with traditional spring roll ingredients, but also included: sliced boiled egg – gave it a creaminess, combined with what seemed like another small fried roll that gave it a very nice savory and crispy texture. Then dinner and drinks at the Tiki Bar with Denise, Aaron, Mei, Steve, and the Dee….and that Tiki bar makes some really strong drinks….half a tropical drink later, I was feeling a bit woozy, and later ended up on water at the LW. I can't remember what the concoction was called, but we all know it now as, "Sweet Battery Acid".

Got manis and pedis with Denise and then raided Tapioca Express twice this week for boba and fried goodness. Watched Darkbeat, one of the SF Film festival's movies with Jesses and Sophie. Was about the history of electro music focusing on the Detroit scene. Very educational, but not the most thrilling movie. Also went to a store opening on Leavenworth and Sutter that sells cute and quirky men's and women's clothing and accessories, including Jesse's severed plastic animal head necklaces, which are way too cool for school. Hit up and insanely packed LW last night for Sara's visit and Melinda's birthday, and got a job with one of Time Warners advertising agencies, so I've been enjoying myself lately…and definitely enjoyed tonight's family birthday and Chinese New Year dinner of prime rib and Chinese/Japanese foods...And of course, Gung Hay Fat Choy everybody!!!!

On my mind this week:

1. I watched Pan's Labyrinth with my mom. It made me nervous and there were some moments where I forgot to breath. It's a good mother/daughter bonding movie.

2. Mends.

3. I forgot all about this Kurosawa movie, Dreams, used to watch this with my mom too.

4. Interesting how Divine Intervention always strikes up conversations with me on public transportation.

5. The Youtube's copyright claims really bother me.

6. I looked at some of the fall collections for New York Fashion Week, and sadly, wasn't really all that impressed. None of the collections were very strong, most felt sloppy, and a bit redundant. Would have liked to have seen the Heatherette show though, lucky Ryan!!

7. When you are a chipper morning person at Trader Joe's at 10:00am and some Chinese ladies look familiar, don't assume they are distant relatives, and ask them if they are your aunties when they really work at the lamp store around the corner from your house.

8. Lucky to see Afrika Bambaataa at Club Six a few years back, and there is no party or energy comparable to how it is like when he is DJing…For reals!!

9. I LOVE THIS!!! He is so fucking awesome live…and it's amazing when Carlos Santana just happens to pop up on stage with him…Shelia E too reprazentin the East Bay!!

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As we were headed out the door last night for top dogs, Nate said, "I bet there's an awesome spread at the Kwan house tonight."
I'll have to tell him it was confirmed.

PS- Divine Intervention on public transit? Classic.
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 12:29 AM

I love your #7. I can just see you doing that too. Thanks for the intro to the wonderful world of Tapioca Express! Yum! I'm so jealous that you go to have Swedish pancakes. We'll have to go together one day for breakfast because Aaron refuses to pay $10 for an omelete! Happy Chinese New Year and long live the Sweet Battery Acid!!!
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 10:24 AM

Hey, that's how we met! You asked me if I was one of your aunties and the truth was we had a class together. The weird part was you asked me that while we were still in class. Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 6:19 PM

That ain't Lake Minnetonka…Monday, February 05, 2007 - Current mood: i like purple

Amazing how time does fly when you're having fun. Started with going to Milk to check out Oxy Cottontail with the ladies, Liz, Gabriella, Reina, Pauline, and with Errico, Ryan, and Justin….Was a good time of course, and a good set by Vin Sol. Did some thrifting, and alterations, and good granddaughter deeds for my elderly and terminally ill grandparents, and for random strangers at Longs. Had movie day with Tee and Janey in Fremont, watched an uncomfortably slow, Taiwanese film called Three Times, which was about three different love stories, somewhat tied together, in three different time periods, incorporating the same actors. It was okay, liked the soundtrack, seemed a bit culturally awkward to me….Then drinks at Casanova with Hansel, drinks at the LW with Dee, Joey, Anna, and Gerald. Briefly partook in DW's welcome home committee, got a sneak peek of some muscles, and the latest Undrcrwn designs, and let me just say, flaccid Otter Pops and vodka is not so bad….Some pretty good potential job stuff in the works….Shopping party at Liz's, resulted in hot pink leg warmers, some incredibly beautiful vintage Charles Jourdan russet colored tie front ankle boots with matching shearling trim, and two black sporty jackets, and a pixie (which Dee kidnapped from Liz's toy collection and has named Wilfred). J

On my mind this week:

1. The club, flaming hot cheetos, and my Cape Cod drinks are not a good late night combination.
2. I will only refer to Janey as Neve, as is Neve Campbell, from now on.
3. Mentholated.
4. Theresa, you are a brilliant illustrator….yes still anal retentive and perfectionist in execution, but absolutely, positively, and wonderfully on the money.
5. WTF!!! It's been impossible for me to find a Chinese egg custard the past few times!!

6. This is why trailers and the Youtube work for people with ADD like myself.

7. My favorite Beatles song of all time done just right. My god, Prince is the man…

Speaking of Prince…
Prince vs. Charlie Murphy


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WOW!! That is so sweet of you! I know when it's a compliment coming from you that it's fo reals. I'll take you to find some egg custards. And Vietnamese sandwiches. And spicy cold noodles. And drinking within walking distance to a Neiman's. And dancing to follow of course. Love ya girl! =o)
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 at 6:54 PM

apparently I need to come here more often! Lady you one sexy muthafucka!
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 at 5:28 PM

fried chicken head... Monday, January 22, 2007 - Current mood: caffeinated

This week included an impromptu sushi dinner with Kevin and Faith, me being scary red eyed and sick for the majority of the week, wild lunch conversations with my Enterprise focus group, one job interview, some no good shopping, Jesses birthday party at 222 was a good time – so good to catch up with him and Sophie and his crew, and Booty Bassment at the Knockout with Liz, Ryan, Errico, and the ladies, Alice, Staci, Amedee, Pauline, was super, spectacular booty shakin fun in very obscene tiger print pants.

On my mind this week:

1. H & M, you need to carry more of size 2 and XS.
2. My hair came out really blonde this time, so pardon me in advance if I experience a blonder Michelle moment in your presence.
3. Men....hmmmmm
4. Sometimes it is not a blessing to be mistaken for 24.
It is however, a blessing when your father, Rodney, has a NY steak and filet mignon hook up.
5. Mall culture is very interesting. Strip mall culture is even more better interesting.
6. Oh my god, how I used to love Gregg Araki movies!……Parker Posey at her best….

idle gossips....

Nothing like a good before hyphy dance party to top off the week!!

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damn baby you hella exotic lookin'. you blonde asians always do it for me...what school you go to? you 24? wanna be my sugar mama?
Posted by on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:32 PM

Hahahaha!!!!! Like dejavu Tee, and of course it's always like, "Do I look like the bank?"
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:47 PM

Is that a banana phone in your pocket? - Saturday, January 13, 2007 - Current mood: tropical fruity

Coffee talked and shopped with my cousin Jen this week, had drinks with Kim, Dan, Ricky, and Louis at the LW prior. Popscene security banned me from the Chow Nasty party last night cause they found my Cape Cod stash (me trying to be economical) in my make-up bag, sad cause even the band couldn't save me from this one... the situation worked itself out and instead, hung out with Jesses and Brian at 222 – the pizza there was a tasty bonus, and at Edinburgh. So working part time again, which is always nice for the social aspect, and have some other stuff lined up for next week, so all is looking well in that area so far for 2007. Lots of birthday parties, potential ski trips (3) for someone that doesn't snow anything, on the agenda, and hopefully I will shake this cough off soon.

on my mind this week:

  1. Test results for a leg blood clot are positively negative, so surely something else is killing me.
  2. Samantha the cat is uber cute!! J
  3. Dementia.
  4. "Is that a banana phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" It is indeed a banana. Just another one of my portable snacks…
  5. Filipino buffet is the best on a cold day.

I can't help but love a good party!!!

  1. I definitely need some R & R, think I'll get a massage this week.

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In response to #5....where's the Filipino buffet at and when are WE going? I've been craving some Filipino food! In response to, life is so tough when you're unemployed huh? ha! ha!

In response to your response to #5 - Filipino buffet is in San Leandro at the strip mall by the old office...Do you wanna meet up for lunch during the week? Let me know...and to #7, my early retirement has been interrupted - my presence was requested, so I'm temping a couple days a week back at the old E!! It's funny how it's like vacation there now...
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 6:37 PM

#1. Yes, something else is killing you indeed. It's called hy·po·chon·dri·a.
Posted by on Friday, January 19, 2007 at 3:58 PM

What's the flan? - Wednesday, January 03, 2007 - Current mood: carmelized sugar

The holidays were intense. Christmas parties and visitors, hospitalized relatives, dinners, birthdays, Japanese New Year and cooking for all of these all while having a chest cold…and still have a pile of gifts under the tree to disperse to those I have yet to see. Portable bar, sparklers, champagne, dancing, chips and guacamole, and cupcakes with built in poppers all made my New Year's Eve at the Chow Nasty house party wonderfully silly fun. I got home that night and realized I had taken home some of the party with me – popper streamers still clinging onto the back of my jacket and hanging off my purse. And am doing some brand consulting for them too this week, and the awesomely nice people at my old job offered me a part-time temp position yesterday, so 2007 hasn't been too bad workwise so far, and so at least I'll have a bit of an income while I continue my job hunt, and won't have to sell off any of my prized possessions.

on my mind this week:

  1. Nyquil is amazing.
  2. leg sonograms are cold and kinda weird…
  3. Menapaws
  4. Can someone check this month's SOMA Magazine and see if me and Jesses are in the Benetton party pictures?
  5. I'm back on chips and salsa. I'm not sure why, but we took a long break from each other.
  6. Flannel sheets are extremely comforting when you have no heat in your home.
  7. Don't let your head run into a parking meter when talking to old friends while walking to La Pinata.
  8. Buy their new album and spin it for Christ's sake!!! Comes out on the 9th!!!

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i checked for us. we aint in there. i think it's cuz our style was too advanced for those squares.
Posted on Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Merry Christmas!!! I want COOKIES, I want CANDY!!! LOOK The Runaway Pixie!! - Monday, December 25, 2006 - Current mood: Christmas-ey & geeking out

These are sooooooooooooooo funny! Love it!!

The Kwan Christmas is never complete without a little of this:

Hope Santa is good to everyone this year!!

I wish people sang karaoke while playing DDR…someone please invent this!!! Friday, December 22, 2006 - Current mood: Hippity Hoppity Happy

Transitional would be the best way to describe my 2006. An internship, multiple jobs, lots of socializing, and some adventures and excursions in between. 2006 saw the birth of and M.Editrix, and my contribution to, all projects I'm very happy to be involved in. Met a lot of interesting people, and made some great friends too. Mastered the self portrait, spring roll rolling, and flea market bargaining. Learned how to use a video camera, how to cut video, and about Google's internal site evaluation criteria and techniques. Discovered the Youtube, DHC Cosmetics, and Netflix, which have been life altering for me. Flats were introduced to my wardrobe, and silver was allowed back in it as well, so it has been a year of many, many cha-cha-cha changes!!!

So Liz's and Noel's party dress and stunna shades pizza karaoke b-day bash at Do-re-Mi last night was insanely way too much fun. Some highlights of the night included: Liz working Missy Elliot, Errico's and Reina's singing, Jessica's Kylie Minogue dance moves, Rob's very wild pink air guitar solo, me borrowing Danny's party dress, somehow ending up at someone else's karaoke dance party, then closing down the Mint with the group rocking out to Def Leppard…Was the best time, I'm still beaming!!! And so looking forward to the events of the next week or so!! Whoohooo!! J

on my mind this week:

  1. I love receiving Christmas cards and Christmas card magazines in the mail!!! Thanks everybody!! : )
  2. Always make sure to thoroughly read your Google HR e-mails, so you don't miss their non-extendable deadlines.
  3. I like bearded men and am obsessed with bearded ladies.
  4. Car service and I must be telepathically linked cause when I get tired, limos seem to magically appear to drive Miss Hazy.
  5. "That's just Michelle being Michelle." A very common phrase amongst my friends.
  6. my life felt a little like this this year…

Maybe 2007 will be like this…

7. Just a recap of last night's madness!!! : )

Nutcrackers and muffs... Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - Current mood: chocolate addiction

The FIDM alumni mixer at Rye was a good time. Liz and I did some mixing, thoroughly enjoying the overabundance of chocolate confections and the goodie bags. And apparently the TL loves me so much, that it didn't want me to leave that night either. In front of the Arrowbar, a trap door type of grate thing in the sidewalk decided to attack my foot, the heel of my stiletto getting completely wedged and therefore stuck between its doors. Shoe damaged, but I was okay, after figuring out removing myself from the shoe, then removing the shoe from the grate was the best way to proceed….Then VIP to the Faint show, thanks to Steven. So good to run into Beth there, in the ladies room of all places, which I suppose isn't that unusual since I tend to spend a lot of time in ladies rooms. Liz has become my eye candy date partner for the holidays. She and I put up my tree the other night. She's really good at tree decorating. I was so impressed cause ornament placement does require good legs and a very skillful eye!

So no cavities, but found out I have a blood clot in my leg, and will have to have it sonogram-ized soon. It's not a fatal one, well obviously, since I am writing this, but it probably will be someday thanks to the old Michelley's lifestyle and bad genes. Those naughty genes....Potential job stuff still in the works…learning all sorts of interesting computery/internet stuff…and my home has turned into a Christmas sweatshop since I dabble in homemade gifts. Super duper excited cause of all the visitors I will be having for the holidays, and especially happy to start a new year!!!

on my mind this week:

  1. I've decided Tee is one of my missing personalities, which explains my cell phone bill.
  2. Wasn't it just Thanksgiving?!!
  3. Men in 2006 were interesting.
  4. Decorated the tree to this:

    and this…

  5. Merry Christmas!! I love this!!! Ahhhhh, childhood Sanrio memories of the Nutcracker…

6. I need somewhere special to wear my new muff!!!!

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Good thing we share the same network! -your missing personality
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 8:23 PM

dressing in excess for suc-cess - Monday, December 04, 2006 - Current mood: hyphy

It's fucking cold! I am wearing Betty Boop pajama pants, an army green parka, a t-shirt, a sweatshirt, a scarf, wool socks, a tan beret, and the most repulsive Uggs, as I write this. I look homeless, and a tad bit crazy, like I'm wearing a get up from Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. clothing line..... So how do I keep from getting hypothermia in my Victorian home? Well, for one, I drink lots and lots of hot beverages. I also light a ton of candles and cup my hands over them, (as DW witnessed the other day), or I walk over to my space heater, sling one leg over it, and sort of sit and hover until I need to rotate a limb, or I sit in my bed with the bed warmer on the ninth setting. I would set it to ten, but it feels especially immoral at ten, since I suffer from post traumatic stress, a result of my time spent in Catholic school. I am maybe almost employed, but won't know until I am critiqued on my first assignment, so…My neighbor had his roof ripped off in one day…kinda thought it was loud, didn't notice all this was going on a few feet away from me cause I was in sewing mode once again. Making a red wool dress for the holidays, sixties maternity pattern that looks like…well a sixties maternity pattern, so I will have to alter in the very near future. Watched Borat with the fam – thank god that naked hotel scene went quick….I elected to have my eyes closed while the fam screamed in hysterics. Did alterations this week, some e-bay, and ate like a mother bear about to go into hibernation. Worked on perfecting my fried springroll recipe as well as the bubble hem sewing technique. Went to the Alameda Antique Fair yesterday, and bought a Victorian seal fur muff and a hot link. Think I will buy my Christmas tree next week…….

things on my mind this week:

  1. headgear = ski mask vs. beret….vs……in private vs. in public…plus retainer = scary? hmmmm….
  2. my gosh, so many holiday parties!!! I LOVE it!!!!
  3. Amen!!
  4. I want these shoes so sooooooooooooooo bad…to wear to some of these holiday festivities!!! And they are on sale!! Wahhhhhhh!
  5. Borat is really pale and has no tan lines whatsoever.
    which reminds me, I have a dentist appt. thurs………..

Eskimo pie.........Saturday, November 25, 2006 - Current mood: blonde

P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">What a way to start off the holidays! Faith's birthday was super fun!!! Drinks and shaking a leg at Bruno's, and her kick ass Korean BBQ recipes were a delight….Then me, Tee and Barry did some southbay booty shakin at Victim, which was a riot and totally needed, since I've been eating like a machine the past couple weeks. Dim sum lunch with the Enterprise crew, job stuff here and there, some ebay, the LW a couple times - funny conversations with the Diaz's about boating, plumbing, and boyfriends, and perfecting my spring roll recipe and rolling (ha! like cigarettes which I used to love doing!!) And international Thanksgiving was a blast with Liz and Joey joining in the Kwan festivities…and the day after was absolute mayhem shopping in Union Square…Wow, I had no idea being unemployed around the holidays could be this much fun! Who knew?!!

things on my mind this week:

  1. Lobster stuffing is the bomb!!!!
  2. Please do not distract me when in and around airports cause I could potentially end up on the freeway or in another country.
  3. Men at work.
  4. Having to dress like an Eskimo in your own home is not a way to bring sexy back.
  5. People singing ukulele duets on Bart about bottles of wine during the holidays is really quite sweet.
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She has a good point….2007 is gonna be all about feung shui…

(Underwear Drawer video by the Voluptous Horror of Karen Black unfortunately no longer available on the Youtube)


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i'm gonna call you and sing this song to you right now.....
Posted on Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 9:27 PM

Shopgirled.....shopped. - Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - Current mood: cheery

So my career as a Neiman Marcus Shopgirl was a brief one, all of exactly 4 days on the store floor plus 3 days training. I decided retail just isn't for my head and my feet, and have a new appreciation for the millions of people who do it daily. My Mom says I can't be on my feet all day cause I'm flat footed, (my feet have seriously been hurting for 24 hours a day since I started that job - I used to have to wear corrective shoes that looked like big red Doc Martens when I was a wee little girl. The kids called them clown shoes, and I always tripped over my feet, and still kinda do…not quite Forrest Gumpish, but sorta…) Think this explains a lot…my shrink would say the desire to become a fashionista and my shoe fetish stems from this childhood trauma. I did get my Louis Vuitton Petit Noe bag before I left, so I'm actually quite content, despite the fact that now I have to find a new job.

Happy to hang out with Jesse and Sophie at the SOMA/Benetton party, which was typical - no food, dull and dead SF fashion, our MO being the open bar of course…..and then fell asleep on the last train back to the east bay, missed my stop, then had to spend $80 on a cab to get home from Pleasanton…Dee's cocktail party with Tee and the boys was nice and chill, and kept me fed for a few days.Was especially excited to see Lee, since it's been a year, both agreeing we are bad people, since we only live a few cities away from each other, and Joey has given me the assignment of finding him some Cazalesqe stunnas since he soon will be joining the rest of us in the four eyed crew....Unfortunately missed Wes, Jessica, Steve, Stephanie in Sonoma for baby Jocelyn's birthday…Helped Liz style a fashion show at Macy's, and just been trying to stay warm and cozy.

on my mind this week:

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I LOVE this!! Guess I'm much geekier than I had possibly imagined…

  1. Don't fall asleep on BART Michelle!!!
  2. Men are funny bunnies.
  3. Chow Nasty sounds good in Spanish.
  4. I'm addicted to breakfast foods.
  5. Absolut Kurant is really gross.
  6. According to Tee, I have no air in my chart, which means I don't think with my brain.
  7. The Babette is looking mighty fine in her new winter coat.
  8. Uh oh…I'm feeling all dancy…
  9. Taking it back to the old skool……Dance move inspirations……. ; )

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AGREED on the Absolut Kurant.
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 2:55 PM

absolut mandarin and absolut peppar is where it's really at.
btw, saw marie antoinette this weekend and loved it- and thought of you : )
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 3:31 PM

What a great song....Juicy....brings back ol' school memories. I really hope you'll bust out some of those dance moves the next time we find ourselves around some music! By the way....did I notice a Corvette at the beginning of the video....
Posted Friday, November 17, 2006 at 4:46 PM
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Oh DMM, or DMMR....those dance moves are just dying to get out!!! Think they made have made it out briefly at Mei's, my East Bay pride always has me reprazentin...and I knew you'd like the Corvette action! ; )
Posted Friday, November 17, 2006 at 4:49 PM

"Think this explains a lot…my shrink would say the desire to become a fashionista and my shoe fetish stems from this childhood trauma. I did get my Louis Vuitton Petit Noe bag before I left, so I'm actually quite content, despite the fact that now I have to find a new job." Did he say what kind of trauma. Mine said that my lack of fashion comes from a too-happy childhood with my father.
Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 3:12 AM

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