A Happy Peach

Things that make my heart smile…


My Own Virtual Plot of Real Estate….

Over the weekend I was bestowed by the wonderful Pervisha the One Lovely Blog Award, which made my wee heart very happy. Thanks so much Sweetie, that was very kind of you.

Blog awards are interesting little things. We fellow bloggers award them to one another for the same normal award reasons, we want to recognize in a formal way the enjoyment we have felt when we read the awardee’s blog. These awards can help to promote a blog you love, and a lot of times these awards ask the recipient to pass on the award to other bloggers (almost chain letter style, but with good intentions). Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with the required number of new recipients, especially if you are new to blogging. In their own way these awards are trying to help build our blogging community.

This got me thinking about the terms: blogging community and social networking. These are relatively new terms as they did not exist about ten years ago, but they seem to be a part of our current vocabulary. The terms are used with such frequencies that I personally tend to be dismissive of them. We bandy them about and give them the greatest of importance. You MUST have a Facebook/Twitter/Youtube account, it is imperative that a business maintain contact with their customers through social networks, blah, blah, blah. And while I think technology is good and can help us connect, I think we need to hold our horses and prioritize. Technology is a tool, it is not the ends, but the means with which we communicate. We should not be forced to adapt to it, rather we should use it as we see fit for our lifestyle.

I then thought about how technology has been integrated into my personal relationships. I have a lot of friends who are not local, so having an email account has saved me a lot of long distance calls. We can email and text one another and keep in constant contact. I also have a Facebook account which is thoroughly ignored. I did not enjoy reading posts that were in my opinion inane (not all of them mind you, but somethings are left best unposted), I do pop in every so often to check in with some distant pals and reconnect. But if you’re really close, we would probably keep contact in other ways than posting public messages. What I have enjoyed the most has been blogging. I feel like my blog is a virtual home that I’ve crafted. A place where I can post what I like. In my mind it’s like a little cottage that I have set up and furnished (furnished with words, pictures and video links) so that I can invite some lovely friends in. I have met many wonderful people through blogging and commenting. I really enjoy the exchange that we have and look forward to it as part of my day. The blogs I read and comment on feel like neighbors and friends, so I do agree with the term blogging community. But the term social networking comes across to me as trite, it demeans the quality of the relationships in my opinion. It is a hyped word that business people who aren’t really doing it, but see a lot of folks (i.e. potential customers) doing it, use. To me there is a belittling action in it’s usage, it’s over-usage almost guarantees that it will one day become pass√©. I know this is just my opinion, but that’s the good part of being in one’s own home with friends, you can make silly declarative statements that may or may not come true but echo your current thinking.

My last thought is: remember the pet rock, or more aptly, remember MySpace? Technology is always changing, but the one thing that is not replaceable is our humanity (artificial intelligence is science fiction because we can never create an algorithm which mimics human feelings, creativity, and thoughts).



This Made Me Laugh…

As I was going through the parking lot of my supermarket hunting for a park, I found the strangest vehicle occupying one of the spots. Upon first glance I thought it was a smart car, those things are so tiny. But I thought it looked so small that I had to look again. It was one of those little shopping carts disguised as a car. It seemed like he has convinced himself that he is in fact a car and taken it to the next level by parking in the parking lot. The idea of this little fella and his unrealistic sense of self got me chuckling. Even a shopping cart has the right to dream.

Delusions of grandeur...


Memorial Day….

I think Memorial Day may just be a U.S. holiday. This year it falls on Monday, May 30th. In addition to commemorating those who have died while in service to our country, we also think of it as the start of summer. We celebrate the more superficial part of the holiday by doing the following:

  1. Put out the flag in the morning.
  2. Drag out the grill…gotta clean that bad boy off as it has been a few months.
  3. Grilling some sort of meat products (ribs, steak, burgers, hot dogs, sausages, chicken, etc.) and possibly some sort of veg (corn, zucchini, peppers, etc.).
  4. Soda and Beer must be served, I’m going with Dr. Pepper with a Corona chaser (don’t forget the lime, very important).
  5. Add friends and family and enjoy.
  6. Bring Old Glory back in before sunset.

I think that is pretty much the model of most people’s Memorial Day. If you walk outside by evening you can smell all the meat cooking. It smells so good!!!


Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month..

Hello Friends and Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I know, it’s a mouthful and I am not quite sure what this entails.  I have spent a whole month trying to figure it out.

My first issue is that the term “Asian and the Pacific Islanders” covers a lot of us and the each culture is distinct. According to the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website, yes there is a website, the term Asian-Pacific includes the following:

  1. All of the Asian continent (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Loas, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Inida, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Amenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, Isreal, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen)
  2. The Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands)
  3. Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia)
  4. Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Now that is a long list!!!!

My second issue is what are we supposed to do? Do we celebrate through food, which would make sense because the food culture is very important to us. Do we celebrate through attire, which may or may not be difficult because some outfits just don’t translate well to modern living. Do we do it through dance, drinking, music, poems, stories, film, cherry blossoms what? I guess the answer, as all my Asian Festival attendances has taught me, is that we do it through all of that. Each group ends up celebrating their own culture, and there are parades, festivals, expos and the like.

So I thought to myself how to pay tribute to all those countries and their respective cultures. I still haven’t come up with a good idea. But if I wait any longer it will be June.

So I thought of the stuff that I eat and drink…

Yummy things I've had....

And I thought of my Asian Brothers who are holding it down in Calie…West Coast represent (sorry I know, but I had to say it :P)…

And here’s the Bruno Mars version…just cuz…

I also thought of the K-Pop “invasion” (I was also thinking of the Jdoramas and Kdoramas that can be fun to follow, but that’s another list entirely)…

I thought of one of my favorite anime, Cowboy Bebop…

And of course our Hong Kong brother Bruce Lee martial artist and philosopher…

This has got me thinking about finding more local events. Maybe learn about the mighty mini bonsai and the show at the Los Angeles Arboretum this weekend…now if only I could find some sakura blossoms…


Just for Chuckles…

I don’t watch Saturday Night Live much anymore. But Hulu likes to put up the clips and sometimes I click and think it’s funny.

  • And after reading Vix’s post on Lady Gaga I couldn’t help but think of her when I saw this.

  • And I just think that this nonsense is funny…”I survived the rapture”…now that’s going on a tee shirt.


    What Would You Do…

    What would you do if it was your last day on Earth? Now, my own personal thinking is every time I hear someone predicting the end time or this rapture thing I am inclined to dismiss it. A friend had mentioned it earlier this week and the news on TV had mentioned it a few times. And while I did dismiss it, it got me thinking about what I would do if it did happen. I thought what would I do if I knew there was no tomorrow, if I knew that whatever I did today I wouldn’t theoretically need to worry about it tomorrow.

    My initial idea was that I would take whatever time there was left and just travel, first class, and go nuts with my credit card. It was Monday, and the rapture had been scheduled for Saturday (my question is Saturday in what time zone). My thoughts rambled as I imagined all the useless junk that I would acquire, then I realized I wouldn’t have much time to enjoy it. I also thought that while I like to travel I would also feel in a rush to go everywhere and inevitably get home. Because when it came down to it I would want to be with my family. I would want my last day to be spent with the people who I love, enjoying their company, being happy with them. We’d do something simple most likely. We’d eat well, watch a movie, chat and laugh. Then a smile came across my face as I realized that’s the life that I lead, that I spend my precious time with my family doing small things and enjoying each others company. I wouldn’t want to know that the end was coming, I’d rather it just came and went. It would be just one more thing to stress out about.

    Even though it was born out of an end time prediction I realized that I am happy with my life. It made me that much more grateful for my family and the life that I have been able to lead. I think you should try to live each day as if it were your last. Love your loved ones, treasure what you have, remember your principles and travel when you can. I think if you do these things, you won’t have a life of regret. Each day is an opportunity, another chance for life.

    I ask the question again, what would you do on your last day?


    Sustainable Living…

    As I have professed I am quite enamored with the idea of growing my own produce.¬† It’s been a bit of a daydream for me. On one hand I think that it is such a noble pursuit, to earnestly plow the land and grow natural products whereas on the other hand it seems out of reach from the urban world that I know (and my less than green thumb, I think I may have a pink and white gingham thumb).

    My daydream of an urban homestead is fueled by the story of the Dervaes family and their inspiring way that they are making it work.

    I think that their way of living is interesting. I think it’s a commitment, but I think the way that they did it, little by little, was really cool. For myself, I don’t think I would go completely off the grid, but I do think I would like to take back a little of my independence. To be able to have your own green house with veggies really appeals to me.