31 October 2007
Trick or treat!
The picture above was taken at the 7th Annual ETM (Engineering and Technology Management department at Portland State University) Potluck (where everyone brings a dish to share for the dinner) on Saturday, October 27, 2007 – 4 days before Halloween. I was dressed up like a wizard. Being in the United States, I wish I had a chance to enjoy the Halloween night with all the candy giving and dress-up party. Unfortunately, today I had a late night class that finished around 10.00 PM and by the time I got home, I felt exhausted. So, I just updated my blog here for the record that my first Halloween in the United States was not an enjoyable experience, not because of the tradition itself, but because of the situation and the mood I was.
I am looking forward to more enjoyable Halloween next year.
28 October 2007
Last Friday, I had a chance to join the grand re-opening of Macy’s department store in downtown Portland. Macy’s is a big fashion and home apparel department store chain which claimed the historic spot at Meier & Frank Square in Portland, replacing the original Portland-based Meier & Frank department store in 2006. Shortly after the name’s change, Macy’s announced a temporary closing of the store at the end of the year for renovation and it has just re-opened on October 26, 2007 after almost ten months of absence. The store is fully renovated with cozy feeling and modern look, while keeping all beloved historical ornaments intact.
The highlight of the grand re-opening ceremony is a giveaway of 3,000 Macy’s commemorative ceramic bags filled with delicious Franco® Hazelnut chocolates and Macy’s Gift Card that could be worth $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or even $500. I waited in line along with other eager Americans who seemed to be excited about the gift card more than anything else. Well, when the time came, it was somehow chaotic but eventually I survived and, guess what, I was lucky enough to receive a $50 Macy’s Gift Card. Hooray! The celebration continued inside the store with free palatable cakes and apple-cider drink and I enjoyed shopping with my free $50 gift card. It’s my lucky day!
21 October 2007
I have just read the news from BBC website stated that J. K. Rowling, the author of the acclaimed Harry Potter series, revealed that Albus Dumbledore, one of the most important characters in the series, is actually homosexual. The truth came out during the Q&A session at New York’s Carnegie Hall, which is a part of her Open Book Tour in the U.S. This is the confirmation of internet rumor after the last book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was on sale and readers from around the world had a chance to know more about the past of Dumbledore, one of the most beloved characters from the series. Now, as J. K. Rowling suggested herself, it opens the room for fan fiction to create more spin-off stories.
Now, I guess Sir Ian McKellen, who perfectly portrays the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, would be an excellent cast as Dambledore in Harry Potter series. Don’t you think so?
18 October 2007
Last Saturday, Thai Student Association of Portland State University held a small party gathering all Thai students and alumni together. Never have I known that there are so many Thai students here at PSU. In fact, the association has been inactive for quite some times until our lovely newly elected president (by unanimous vote) came in. Thus, from next year, we will see some exciting and enjoyable events such as the famous “Thai Night” and some field trips. I am looking forward to all the events.
Check out more pictures and captions in Thai at Jao-Yung Ying’s blog. I took the above picture from there. Thanks for the picture.
17 October 2007
Check out the new fragrances from HUGO – HUGO XY and HUGO XX, with the unique concept focusing on human nature using the difference between men and women’s chromosomes. The official print ad and TV advertising shows male actor/model Jonathan Rhys Meyers fighting in the boxing ring with female model Bette Franke, so passionately and intimately that you could easily imagine what will happen next. The official website of the fragrances has the couple’s fighting scene as a background with suitable music. It’s enjoyable to watch. You could also request a free sample of the fragrance if you reside in the country listed in “Free Sample” link. As the web site is rich in content, you should connect via high-speed internet to ensure smooth and enjoyable experience of the web site.
The URL of the web site is as follow: http://hugo-xyxx.com/
13 October 2007
I have just been back from a very enjoyable and entertaining dinner at Huber’s restaurant in Portland city center. The restaurant is famous for its reputation of being the oldest restaurant in Portland, founded in 1879 with a long and interesting history to tell. It’s situated inside the Historic Oregon Pioneer Building at S.W. 3rd avenue. The restaurant has a warm and cozy feeling with old-style American bar. The famous dish of the house is its Turkey cuisine which possibly makes every meal here as the “Thanksgiving” specialties. The restaurant’s signature drink, which I fell in love at the first sip, is called “Spanish Coffee.” It’s the combination of Kahlua, Bacardi 151, Bols triple sec and coffee, flaming (literally with matches) and topped with fresh whipped cram and nutmeg. This alcoholic smell-good coffee could keep you warm during the cold winter night.
If you have a chance to visit Portland, don’t forget to stop by at Huber’s restaurant. It’s highly recommended. Check out the restaurant’s web site at http://www.hubers.com/.
8 October 2007
Check out the new music video, which has just been released, from Art Thomya, my talented senior friend whose aspiration to be a singer is what I admire. The song is beautifully written and his voice is as touching as always. This music video was filmed manually in South Korea with an incredibly professional in-house editing. I really love the sequences of the video that goes along well with the song itself.
Your comments are very welcome and I am sure it would be much appreciated by Art Thomya himself.