it’s an outrageous 56°F / 13.3°C in Chicago right now as i type this. for reference, the record high for January 31st is 65°F / 18.3°C (1989) and the record low is -12°F / -24.4°C (1985).
so i’ve been asked to speak to the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans (CCSAA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago during their next meeting on Friday morning. the first half of the presentation is supposed to be about my work as a humanitarian photographer and the second half will be a discussion on potential collaborative projects.
i’m a bit nervous, of course, and i still have to sit down and really figure out what i’m going to talk about but i’m more excited than anything at the moment. an opportunity like this doesn’t come along everyday so i’m going to try and make the most of it.
i finally added social networking (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+) buttons to my blog and photoblog today. you can find them under the entries on my blog (in the single post pages):
and in the sidebar on my photoblog (main page and single post pages):
thanks for sharing, everyone!
i created a Pinterest account at my brother’s suggestion today. in addition to posting things that i’m genuinely interested in, i will also use it as a thinly disguised tool for shameless self-promotion.
ever wake up in the morning feeling like you just spent the last two days engaged in fierce hand-to-hand combat with a group of grossly overweight Estonian mobsters?
i received my first barong today, courtesy of Beka’s mom who had it made for me in the Philippines when she was there over the holidays. it’s unlike anything i’ve ever owned or even worn but it’s pretty awesome nonetheless. check out the sweet Mandarin collar!
the “check engine” light that came on in my car mysteriously turned itself off today while i was driving.
one less thing to worry about or veiled harbinger of doom?
i combined spaghetti with fried chicken in a poorly-coordinated effort to reproduce Jollibee’s spaghetti and chicken joy combo the other day. unfortunately, the noodles were Chinese, the spaghetti sauce from an oddly-shaped glass jar and the fried chicken from the deli counter at the supermarket.
still good, though!
sorry this blog has been relatively quiet lately as i’ve been hard at work trying to meet a deadline. i’m not going to go into specifics until the project is completed but it basically involves converting an existing flash website to one based on the user-friendly WordPress content management system while doing some streamlining and modernizing along the way.
wish me luck!
Beka and i spent much of this weekend driving around checking out different venues for our wedding. it’s difficult trying to find a suitable arrangement that our parents can all agree on. i guess you can’t please everybody.
oh, and happy new year!