Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ashtanga Yoga

Today I spent the latter half of my morning experimenting with Ashtanga Yoga. Known for its combination of movement and breathing, Ashtanga yoga detoxifies the body, focuses the mind and inspires the heart. Although I started with the introductory poses of Suryanamaskar A, most of the basic poses were a bit difficult to combine with proper breathing. However, I enjoyed the relaxed and strengthening feeling that I felt through-out the practice. I had a sense of self-worth when I finished what I could. I was not pushing myself to learn everything in one day, like I always do. Quality is better than Quantity when it comes to yoga.

I have always wanted to experiment with yoga but always found myself making up excuses, like I don't have money to go to class or to buy a CD or what not. However, yesterday I decided, well, that I might as well start somewhere and went to Barnes and Nobles and bought a Ashtanga Yoga DVD for only $20. On this DVD you are guided by an acclaimed yoga instructor Nicki Doane. I chose this type of yoga 1) because it was introductory 2) the instructor was a woman which empowered me to learn more and 3) the combination of breathing and movement. One thing I struggle with is breathing, taking in the vital amount of oxygen to energize the cells in my body.

This DVD definitely made Ashtanga Yoga easy to follow. The calming music in the background and the voice of the instructor, put your mind at peace and allowed you to focus on breathing. I was actually more aware; when I was breathing properly or not. Although some of the poses were physically challenging, I didn't give up knowing it was my first time. You can only get better!!

Yoga is said to deepen your personal insight, and lead to greater strength, serenity and peace within.

Yoga is 99% practice 1% theory

Monday, September 28, 2009

Randoms in NYC

Bridges, water, ocean, photography
The smell of the sea, downtown, in NYC
Establishing my creative side in a city,
unknown to myself.
Moving from place to place
To find a sense of belonging and peace
of mind.
Yet, I have found No where or No one...
Cold breezes, waves rocking boats back and forth,
where I am, Not sure...mentally
But yet I fidget and act as if I know.
Many quiet souled people sit beside me
walking their dogs, listening to music or just
simply wondering...
Another day in my own company.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

An Epoch of Fashion Sense

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to help out a friend at a vintage flea market. This was my first experience 1) into Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York 2) at a vintage market so I was definitely open to this new experience.

Williamsburg is another city in NY where I would definitely love to live. The area is full of colour, artistic images, aged architecture, many eateries to choose from and also an interesting array of fashion sense carried by uniquely dressed individuals. This type of environment will stimulate whatever inner artist that may lie dormant. As a lover of the arts, especially photography, I ALWAYS take my camera. You simply do not know what interesting shots you might miss! Also, since Williamsburg is another fashion centered location, there are a lot of small stores where you can buy interesting clothes, jewelry, shoes etc, from up-an-coming designers.

Artists & Fleas is another flea market where you can find loads of interesting and very cool things. It is located on N. 6th Street between Bedford and Berry and is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-8pm. Here, most of the products sold are hand-made with interesting concepts and designs.

The stall that I worked at, displayed hand-made jewelry made from silver, copper or gold plated wire, semi precious stones and/or water fresh pearls. The images below shows the variety of jewelry sold with unique designs to suite your type of personality. There were other stalls that sold jewelry made from different paraphernalia such as bullet casings, bugs, wood carvings and the usual gold and silver. Artists & Fleas also sells vintage dresses, screen tee's, shoes, scarves etc.

Jewelry made from shell casings and other military paraphernalia, Earrings made with real bugs, rings made with old typewriter keys

Lanna hand-made Thai Designs and "Make Your Own Jewelry" Stations

Jewelry made from wood carvings

Williamsburg has a lot to offer, from vintage to new-age. As you can see there are a lot of things to see and buy. You also have the opportunity to interact with some pretty cool people. It's really nice to walk into a place and witness many talents, crafts and an epoch of fashion sense!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Antigua's Sunset

Antigua's Sunset on Twitpic

Union Square, Manhattan

Where else would you see a crowd of peace-loving, care-free people dancing for absolutely no reason? Union square!! I had a great time there last Friday. I decided to take a train uptown to clear my head and also get a bite at my new favorite location, Whole Foods. Later, I found myself sitting on a step in Union square eating blueberries. I became aware of the elements that Union square has to offer. It is one of the most interesting places I've ever been. Even though it is just a small spot, it is surrounded by many stores, dining areas, and supermarkets. Many vendors set up their goods, art pieces, books, clothing, jewelry etc. I was lucky to get three fairly new books for a total cost of $1. That was definitely more than a bargain.

Not only can you find bargains, but you can also find a lot of talent in this area. Many break dancers, contortionist, drummers, of course artistic talent through paintings, photography and many other types of creativity. All these are displayed throughout the course of the week.

This is one place where you can simply be yourself , take pictures of interesting people and meet these unique individuals. Just find a comfortable spot or look around and you will be amazed of some of the things that you will see or find here.

Only in New York....

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Photography ideas

Photographie Dans La Salle De Bain

A light bulb went off in my head as I was looking at some pictures from National Geographic. Most of the time when going to a restaurant, hotel, office building or other places offering services, I have a tendency to take a sneak peak of their bathroom. I have this fascination with the interior design of a bathroom. It's either the colours, the facilities, the lighting used, etc. Basically the whole appearance. For example, I went to a restaurant located in Manhattan and the bathroom had a red glass wall embedded with branches and vines. I have never seen that before and just simply wondered about the extent of a person(s) creativity.

Interior design is the packaging for a company. Yes! you may offer great service, great food or what not, but if your place looks like you only spent a few dimes to put it together, you are not going to get the clientele that you desire. I strongly believe that the appearance and location of a business attracts the kind of people that your business looks like. For instance, businesses that use a lot of art work, interesting and funky pieces will attract people who have a broad perspective about things and appreciate art.

Anyway, as you all may know, I am developing my passion for photography. I think it might be interesting to start taking photos in bathrooms around the world. It's a thought. Tell me what you think. I do think it may sound a bit absurd but I think it might be quite interesting.

Thought for the day

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Yesterday, I went to a restaurant by the name of Saint Ambroeus located on 259 W 4th St. New York 10014(At Perry St). I went with 2 of my good friends to discuss our short and long-term goals. The setting was great and the food and service were also up to par.

One thing that I've noticed in Manhattan, ever since moving here in May, is that you can find exquisite, and a variety of foods for very cheap prices. My perception was that Manhattan was simply pricey with everything.

Of course, being women who love desserts we had to try some! The waiter decided which ones were the best and we ordered them. One of my friends had a dark chocolate dessert (image located at the top left). It was so good to the point where she was engaged in conversation before she ate it, and when she put that first bite in her mouth, it was like she looked to heavens and thanked God for being alive at that very moment. It was hilarious! I tried some and the chocolate simply melted in your mouth. So I understood the "moment" that she had. My other friend had an excellent dessert called "Tropicale" which was a vanilla sponge cake with mango and passion fruit mousse (bottom right). I had a vanilla-like whipped cream, with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries in topped with a blue berry sauce (bottom left) . It was definitely to die for! It was funny how silent the table got after we started eating. The desserts are highly recommended at this restaurant!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

This is me! I take a great interest in photograpy whether it's taking pictures of myself or other people, places and things.

The new blogger

Never thought that one day I'd become a blogger. However, I began to see the importance of marketing yourself and letting yourself be known. Where do I begin?!