Wherever you go, there you are.

Today I want to recommend a book that inspires me a lot, it’s by Jan Chozen Bays “How to train a wild elephant“. It’s mostly talking about mindfulness.

Jan Chozen Bays, physician and Zen teacher, has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate mindfulness as we go about our ordinary, daily lives. Exercises include: taking three deep breaths before answering the phone, noticing and adjusting your posture throughout the day, eating mindfully, and leaving no trace of yourself after using the kitchen or bathroom. Each exercise is presented with tips on how to remind yourself and a short life lesson connected with it.

Mindfulness is considered the heart of Buddhist meditation. But its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to everyone. Mind and body works in harmony. We are what we think we are. The power of mind is enormous. Not only it controls our mood also our feelings. Therefore, I believe it’s important that we focus on the moment, and train our mind to think positively.

 

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Recently it comes to a point that I may have to register in University of Iceland to improve my Icelandic. I’ve been following a private teacher once a week for almost a year, yet no great improvement orally. I do get the brief picture about the grammar, although when it comes to talk. I get speechless. These words just don’t pop up into my head.

Therefore, I was looking at some programme and there I found something really interesting – a graduate (master) programme in Food and Science. As you know, I have a great interests in cookery and nutrition. However, the deadline for enrolment in Spring is over. With a bit of disappointment, I Googled about “Food and Science” and there I found a lecture delivered by Harvard University, seems exciting.

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Full lecture of Phsiologie du Goût (French)

 

My funny valentine

Yesterday when I passed through “Mona Lisait“, a second-hand book shop, a biography of Chet Baker caught my eyes. I finally didn’t buy it cos the book  is in german, the photos were taken by William Claxton, only in Black and white, most are in the studio, although few were taken in his house with his wife Halema.

Chet Baker’s turbulent life came to a bizarre and tragic end on May 13, 1988 in Amsterdam. Chet fell from the open window of his hotel room, hitting the concrete two stories below. People say he died at his musical peak which makes him a legend.

My Funny Valentine
Sweet Comic Valentine
You Make Me Smile With My Heart
You’re Looks Are Laughable,
Unphotographable
Yet You’re My Favorite Work Of Art
Is Your FigureLess Than Greek
Is Your Mouth A Little Weak
When You Open It To Speak
Are You Smart
Don’t Change A Hair For Me
Not If You Care For Me
Stay Little Valentine Stay
Each Day Is Valentine’s Day

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The book is called “Young Chet”, photography by William Claxton, publisher: Schirmer/Mosel

Burn burn burn…

First time I had this book in hand was in high school, both in English and Chinese version. Back to that time, the idea of traveling alone with only a bag is terrific. It seems so precious to me that I never finishing reading the book!

Sex, drug, unconsciousness, madness, no wonder it’s a bit too harsh for a girl of eighteen years old. When I sat in the theater yesterday, I still can feel something stirring my stomach, even shocked by several scenes. Is it real how his life was? DRAMATIC!!

“… the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn…”
– Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Part 1, Ch. 1

ImageSometimes we say “Insane people get together”, I can not agree more. Everyone is on his own road, we may come across someone, important or not, this person will keep you accompanied for a period of time, not too long not too short, just the right time until you met another person.

Life is like a tree, born, grow, fade, death, reborn, and we’re just these small tiny things on the different branches. In my opinion, there’s no right or wrong choice, and there’s no coincidence neither. Each step in life we take leads to a different place. Sometimes, you could be good to get yourself lost from time to time cause it’s always in the most unexpected place you discover the most wonderful things.

At some point, I will re-start reading this book and hopefully I can finish it this time.

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Rue de Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Paris

I left New York in 1949
To go across the country without a bad blame dime
Montana in the cold cold fall
Found my father in the gambling hall

Father, Father where you been?
I’ve been out in the world and I’m only ten
Father, Father where you been?
I’ve been out in the world and I’m only ten

Don’t worry about me if I should die of pleurisy

Across to Mississippi, across to Tennessee
Across the Niagara, home I’ll never be
Home in ol’ Medora, home in Ol’ Truckee
Apalachicola, home I’ll never be

Better or for worse, thick and thin
Like being married to the Little poor man
God he loves me
Just like I love him
I want you to do
Just the same for him

Well the worms eat away but don’t worry watch the wind
So I left Monatana on an old freight train
The night my father died in the cold cold rain

Road to Opelousas, road to Wounded Knee
Road to Ogallala home I’ll never be
Road to Oklahoma, road to El Cahon
Road to Tahachapi, road to San Antone

Hey, hey

Road to Opelousas, road to Wounded Knee
Road to Ogallala, home I’ll never be
Road to Oklahoma, road to El Cahon
Road to Tahachapi, road to San Antone

Home I’ll never be, home I’ll never be
Home I’ll never be, home I’ll never be
Home I’ll never be, home I’ll never be

Good Morning Paris

“Stuff Parisians Like”

Today I want to talk about this book, his french title is ”Dessine-moi un Parisien”, english title is ”Stuff Parisians Like”. Well it’s been almost 2 years that this book has been published. In this book, he talks about the clichés we say about Parisians, from the food, the behaviors, the religions, the relations, etc.

http://www.o-chateau.com/stuff-parisians-like

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Berthillon ice-cream in Saint-Michel

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Lots of sushis!!! (especially at noon)

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The Ski

The author, Olivier Magny, is a 100% parisian, not only he’s the author of the book, more importantly, and what makes him more famous, is his wine bar, located in the 3rd area of Paris. The name of the bar is ”Ô Chateau”. I went there once with a friend, the atmosphere is quite romantic and intimate. They have also a fine wine list. For those who loves wine and who’s interested of the clichés about Parisian, it’s a good address.

Ô Chateau: 68 rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, Paris.

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Paris paris run run!!

Yesterday at Colette, this fashionable guide book caught my eyes-Gogo Paris. Its minimalist style makes it very distinguishable. Apart from Paris, they have as well the gogo london with the same concept.
Out of curiosity, i downloaded this application for iphone which costs 2,99 euros. Many publishers have this kind of idea to have a original guide book as Paris is always being the number one tourist attraction!!!
It reminds me few months ago an interview at a world-famous-publisher, who wants to publish a free guide book exclusively for the Chinese. It’ll out this year at September, i can’t wait to see this guide !!

gogo paris

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