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Name: toan
Location: Maryland, US

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Rio Center On Sunday Afternoon

Had a craving for Thai food today--deep fried fish fillets with chili garlic sauce to be exact. Personally, I think you'd get more bang for your buck with this dish. Though it was not the whole fish, which I'd like to get but I was by myself and it was not exactly cheap either, the fillets were just fine.

I went to see "Capote" right after lunch. I am not sure which was more disturbing: the cold blooded killing of the entire family in the movie or the author, Capote, who tried to exploit the situation by befriending with one of the killers so he could gain access to the details of the murders of which he wanted write a novel about. Anyway, the movie was good. I wouldn't say it was a great.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Hate Doing Laundry!

An activity I hate the most. Twice a month, I haul my dirty clothes to a nearby laundromat. Though I don't have to do anything other than putting the freaking clothes in the machine and walking away but somehow I hate doing it. Ever since I worked at the new job, I do my laundry right after work. I used to do it on weekends but you know how it is: Too crowded. Anyway, enough with dirty laundry, I have to continue reading on the Canon EOS 5D. I have to think long and hard before buying it.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Stuck At Home

Woke up today only to find snow covered everywhere. Since it still light and fluffy, I dug myself out. Took me an hour to make a path from the backdoor--it's my landlord's responsibility but I do it anyway--to my car. The street hadn't been plowed; cars were slipping and sliding. After I got the snow off my car, I went back inside. My frozen meal was now hot and ready to eat (I tossed it in the toaster oven before I went outside). It's nice to have a hot meal after heavy labor :)

I hope the roads cleared up by tomorrow morning or I'll be another motorist slip-n-slide on the way to work.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Japan Will Have To Wait

It looks like I am not going to Japan this year--can't afford it. As of now, Prague is very high on my list. I also want to go to Amsterdam and Budapest. I hope I can get 3 weeks off work. 2 weeks is never enough especially when you pay too much just to fly to Europe.

If all goes well, I will embark on my third European trip. I love Europe; can't get enough of it. Originally, I wanted to leave in September but now I want to go in May. (This way, I'd have enough time to recover financially for another destination, possibly Caribbeans, the end of this year). So, what does this mean for me? It means I'll have to start buying guide books, planing and many other crap I have to do. I think I am doing ok financially that is because I decided not buy the Canon 5D (12MP) after all. I'll have to use my existing film cameras. It's freaking pain in the ass to scan the slides. What can I do, though? Canon 5D is $4,000 and it's only 12MP. I think I'll have to wait for a cheaper 16MP camera in the future.

In the mean time, I am saving some money to get the 90mm lens for my XPAN II. I can do photojournalistic work better with this lens than the 45mm.

Bed time.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Some Tet Pix

Ha ha. This kid is terrified. Here are some more pix

Friday, February 03, 2006

Great Lunches

Yesterday, my co-workers, James, Jacquie and I went to Ziki for lunch. (We couldn't help noticing how nice the weather was. The temperture was high in upper 50's). We had sushi and habachi--chicken and steak. The chef did a good job cooking the chicken and steak. He also put up a great show. I ate so much that I skipped dinner.

Today is Jacquie last day at JFPI. My boss took us to Il Pizzico, an Italian restaurant, for lunch. Again, the weather was awesome when the temperature should've been in low 30's. Anyway, I ordered grilled tuna (medium rare). It was delicious. Thank God I didn't have to pay for it. Ha ha. It was an expensive dish.