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Archive for December, 2012

Hi dad, didn’t expect to see you here

At the basement of Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, there is a room filled with phonebooks from around the world collected between 1999 and 2000. At first glance, it feels like another piece of modern art, weird and inconsequential.

Then you realize that in the room are names of everyone in the world who existed at the turn of the century.

Everyone is an overstatement. Not everyone is in the phonebook, and the collection is not nearly complete, heavy on developed countries and lighter on developing countries. Japan has one of the largest collections, much larger than China despite being one-eighth the population.

Unlike most artworks, although not explicitly mentioned, touching is encouraged in this room. There are tables with lamps for people to comb through the books and find themselves, their families, whomever they wish.

Going through the Kyoto City South directory, I found my childhood home listed under my father who died over nine years ago:

It was a serendipitous moment that ran chills down my spine.

I hope they keep this place forever. Someday I will send my kids and grandkids here.


Inspiring Blogger Award


To be honest, this feels slightly like a blogging version of chain letters, so I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to participate, but since this is the first time I receive the award and it came from fellow Frankfurtian Sherbet and Sparkles, I am going to try. Besides, how can one resist after being called a social butterfly?

The Rules

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this blog and link to their pages.
  5. Notify these bloggers of the nomination and the awards’ requirements.

7 things about myself

Actually, let’s make it more interesting. How about 7 things about myself relating to the number 7.

  • I yelp in 7 words.
  • I’ve been to all 7 continents.
  • I’ve tried 7 languages but am only fluent/functional in two.
  • I weigh 77 kg, though I’m trying to change that as a New Years resolution.
  • Throughout the early half of this year, I only had the use of 7 fingers after breaking one, and two more joining the cast party.
  • I lived in the U.S. for about 17 years, which is why I speak with an American accent.
  • I have slightly over 1700 Facebook friends, only two of which I have never met.

15 Nominations

Yeah right. I think that’s a little greedy for a chain letter?

I am only going to nominate one blog, mostly because I generally follow professional blogs and most of my friends quit blogging. However, Sarah of the Where is Sarah?  fame who started blogging around the same time I did back in 2004 on xanga has been going strong with her worldly travels and now her guest column, 99 tips for a better world, on Lip Magazine. I wish someday my words will flow so smoothly off my keyboard too.


How many genders are there?

Just having fun with permutations and graphical representations.


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