18 September 2011
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
From “The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring” novel by J. R. R. Tolkien
1 December 2009
RED has always been my favorite color. I first stumbled upon Product (RED) at GAP store here in the U.S. with a very unique and creative design of good quality T-shirt that has a number of meaningful words literally end with (RED). Since then, I became a fan of Product (RED) and support the concept and principle of the partner companies that try to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS problem in Africa and do something to solve the problem.
As December 1st is the World Aids Day, it is a good time to do something to help. That’s why I decided to update my blog post after a long absence. You may visit <http://www.joinred.com/> to find out more about Product (RED) and the way to help make a difference!
(RED) on Twitter: <http://twitter.com/joinred>
(RED) on Facebook: <http://facebook.com/joinred>
27 July 2009
The Cove - Film Poster
“The Cove” is a very interesting documentary film about the massive slaughter of dolphins in the town of Taiji in Japan. The film follows the special operation team led by Louis Psihoyos, the director of the film himself, who was inspired by Richard O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer who was a part of the famous TV series “Flipper”. O’Barry blamed himself of starting the dolphin mania across the globe and creating the “dolphin” related business that led to the massacre of the dolphin in “the cove”.
The film is well edited with footage from various sources, but the most important footage is the one at the climax of the film that shows the successful result of the special operation. A film description at Sundance Film Festival 2009, where the film won the Audience Award, web page perfectly summarized the film:
“Part environmental documentary, part horror film, part spy thriller, The Cove is as suspenseful as it is enlightening. The final result is a heart-wrenching, but inspirational, story that shows the true power of film in the hands of people who aren’t afraid to risk everything for a vital cause.”
I highly recommend the film to everyone. Please help spreading the word to stop the killings of the dolphins.
5 stars out of 5 – It’s the truth that has to be told.
20 January 2009
It’s been such a long time since my last update which accounted for the winning of the American presidential race by Barack Obama. Well, I am so busy with my work lately that I don’t have time to write any new entry in this blog. Anyway, today marks a special day in American history as it’s the presidential inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama which reflected the time for hope and change. As my last entry was about Obama, it’s a good idea to write this entry in the day of his inauguration.
I visited Washington D.C. last month on my winter break and as I saw the Capitol Hill and the National Mall full with crowd, it is magnificent sight to see how excited people feel about the new administration. Hopefully, things will be better. Hope and change are what we wait for.
CNN >>> The 44th President Inauguration
4 November 2008
After a long and exciting presidential race that began more than 2 years ago, Barak Obama has been officially elected as the new President of the United States of America today. This election could be considered as a historic moment for American politics, as Obama is the first Afarican American to be elected as the President of the USA. He promises that he will bring changes to the Executive Office in Washinton, D.C. Overwhelmed with economical problems, changes and hopes are what most American needed. Hopefully, the end of Bush’s presidency and the beginning of Obama’s office will bring about real change and the better America.
Congratulations to the president-elect Barak Obama.
Below is Obama’s speech on victory from Youtube.
1 November 2008
Lately, I haven’t had a chance to update my blog as often as I used to. I am not sure if there still be anyone following my post here anymore. Anyway, I decided to write a short journal of my recent trip to San Francisco Bay area here for the sake of memory.
From October 18 to October 22, 2008, I had a chance to visit San Francisco Bay area for the first time. My friend from Thailand came for a conference in Mountain View, California and he invited me to be his guest at the conference. It was a good chance for me to fly from Portland to San Francisco and traveled around the city and then met up with my friend for the conference. I spent the weekend in San Francisco, visiting various famous spots of the city including the Golden Gate Bridge, the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 (where you could watch tonnes of sea lions on the pier), Coit tower, Lombard street (the crookedest street in the world) and the Palace of Fine Arts. I also had a chance to visit Stanford University in Palo Alto and the NASA Ames Research center in Mountain View. All in all, it’s an enjoyable and memorable trip.
Below is the video I took at Pier 39. You may notice the noise of those sea lions.
I also included the gallery of photos of my trip here as well.