The Secret Virtual Life of Florence Yoo

Florence Yoo: singer/songwriter/wisenheimer/glad participant in this game... Her CDs available on INDELIBLE and IN MY MIND I AM 5'9", confirming she is weird AND delusional. Factoids: commission to write the song ART TALK for Lynn Hershman; composer for Julia Cho's fun children's play, BAY AND THE SPECTACLES OF DOOM, La Jolla Playhouse, CA. Copyright 2005-2014 Florence Yoo (ASCAP) All rights reserved, etc., etc., etc....

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Location: coming soon..., to a venue near you!, United States

optimistic, determined, happy, lucky, earnest, sentimental, doing my best to move that rubber tree plant...

Friday, March 31, 2006

Payback is a Witch...

and ya can spell that anyway ya like... as Judy Davis (the vocal and dance coach, not the actor) liked to say, God rest her wonderful soul.

I previously recounted how I kept inadvertently waking up my friend, Wendy Ip.

Well, I crashed on her couch at her apt., but for some reason, something in her office started beeping at 6 AM! Suffice it to say, we are now even.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

This Sun., 4/2, Bone Marrow Drive for Christine

If you are Filipino or part Filipino, please come on down!

Please spread the word!

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

10 AM - 5 PM

The Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz
378 Broome St., between Mulberry and Mott
New York, NY 10013

Contact: Dellenia Reyes 212-797-7821

more info:


Worst to Best Drivers:

#1 Gemini
#2 Taurus
#3 Pisces
#4 Virgo
#5 Cancer
#6 Aquarius
#7 Aries
#8 Libra
#9 Leo
#10 Sagittarius
#11 Scorpio
#12 Capricorn

I saw the above on Netscape this morning. It made me laugh...

Monday, March 27, 2006

This Fri. 3/31, Bone Marrow Drive for Christine

If you are Filipino or part Filipino, please come on by this bone marrow drive!

DATE : Friday, March 31st 2006

TIME : 11:00 am to 3:30 pm

LOCATION : Columbia University Student Center
2960 Broadway, near W. 116th St, New York, NY
Alfred Lerner Hall, East Ramp Lounge

closest subway: 1 train to 116th St.

CONTACT : Maria Valonzo

more info:

Arctic Monkeys

Mondo thanks to Wendy Ip for including me in her arrangements to see the Arctic Monkeys concert!

Spinto Band opened. I think they get the award for most hair solos in one set, ever. Each band member had Bealtles-esque mops of varying shades of brown hair, and bobbed (sometimes in unison, as if choreographed) -- much like seeing Muppets come to life in the form of real, live, boys... Cute. Oh, and I liked the music, too.

Arctic Monkeys turned in a rock solid show, in spite of the fact that the lead singer seemed ur, uhm -- toasted. My best guess: a combo platter of being drunk and high... Not that I would know anything about anything like that... Bring the ear plugs if ya go see them in the future. These dudes play at full volume/speed ahead! Enjoyed it and managed to even not get knocked over when the slam dancing commenced... All in all, great fun!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Why I Do Not Karaoke

Wendy Ip asked me, "Why don't you karaoke?" I answered, "Because I suck at it. I need three weeks of rehearsal to sing anything... If I were good at it, you'd never be able to get me off the mic." Wendy shot back with, "'Cause you're a big ham." Oink. Oink.

If I Were an Alien...

from another planet, trying to learn about this third rock from the sun by watching television, i would think that there are hardly any elderly people here...

i recently found out that there are an inordinate number of cancer cases in long island... there must be a reason why...

i was in a terrible mood the other day, but people just kept looking at me and smiling. i was scowling, why couldn't they respect that? so odd, i thought -- until i got home and realized i had been wearing my "LOVE" baseball cap. note to self: do not wear this hat when in a bad mood...

julia and ed told me that sleep studies show that the average adult needs 9.25 hours of sleep to be healthy. and here i was, all this time, just thinking that i was a lazy bum... sleeping really is one of my favorite hobbies...

Friday, March 24, 2006

Hey Jude

I wrote about Jude Narita on Mar. 21st. The NY Times review came out on Mar. 22nd.

I beat The Times by a day...

Thursday, March 23, 2006


I mentioned that I spoke with filmmaker/writer, Christine Pechera the other day.

This article about her is awesome:

I cannot help but think of how humbled I am by how amazing and extraordinary Christine is...

I complain about everything. I haven't heard Christine complain about anything.

I am skeptical about humanity. Christine seems to have unwavering faith in humanity.

All the work that Christine is doing to educate the world about bone marrow donors and the impact it can have on a person's life, their family and friends' lives is beyond inspiring.

I don't how she looks and sounds so beautiful and healthy, all things considered; but hopefully,
it bodes well for a miracle -- for Christine to survive this difficult time, and be the beacon of light and love that she is, for a long, long time...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Random Thoughts While Waiting for the Subway

I wonder if the MTA has a suggestion box. If they did, I would write this on an index card :

Please consider lining the subway tracks with urinal cakes since people
seem to be using the tracks for this purpose.

Your pal,

And place it in the box.

I am still not sure how I managed to spend a bajillion dollars at the new Trader Joe's, 142 E. 14th St. off Third Ave. in Manhattan, but I did. I bought cheese, chocolate, juice, unsalted butter, some cookies... Eating everyday is daunting...

I have to make sure not to go in there again when I am famished...

I've been cursing the cold. Scott asked me how it was outside today. I said it didn't seem so bad, but then again, I do wear a down blanket that pretends to be a coat.

I spoke with Christine Pechera last night and tonight. Please check out her website:

Some words that come to mind when thinking of her:

amazing, adorable, eloquent, beautiful, brave, talented, kind, fierce, sweet as pie, diplomatic, bright like the sun...

Here's a link for more info on Christine:

Come on y'all -- please help spread the word that Christine needs to find a Filipino or part
Filipino bone marrow donor! Or if you happen to be Filipino or part Filipino, please call:
1-800-Marrow2 to find out where to register near you!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

All We Are Saying is Give "Walk the Mountain" a Chance

I was telling my mom that I was worried about a number of things. Her succinct response, "Why worry if you believe in God?"

I was talking to Michael at work about working out. (He's also a personal trainer.) He advised me to use the leg machines to lose more weight because the legs are the biggest muscle group and getting them going is like starting an engine. That makes sense...

I saw Jude Narita's excellent new play, Walk the Mountain at 59 E 59 Theater in NYC. It's about Cambodia and Vietnam. It's a sad and serious play, but it has its funny moments and Jude delivers a superb performance. Her daughter, Darling Narita's clean direction moves the piece along at a good clip. The use of mutli-media was appropriate and informative. I have to confess, I didn't know much at all about the Vietnam War or Cambodia. But now I know a little more... Thanks, Jude. Check it...

Monday, March 20, 2006

Wendy Ip ~ Ace Piano Grrrrl!

Sing us a song, Wendy Ip, you're the Piano Girl! (of course, to be sung to the tune of Billy Joel's song, "Piano Man.")

I went to Wendy Ip's Keyboard Karaoke over at the Soft Spot in Brooklyn last night.

It was BIG FUN!

Wendy sang awesome versions of many rock favorites, including, Michael Jackson's, "Billie Jean" and an impressive rendition of Deee-Lite's "Groove is in the Heart."

Nicole, one of the patrons belted out Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" and sounded great!

I did not karaoke because I do not karaoke. But it was a fun show! Supercool, handsome chef, John Light and his beautiful wife, talented designer, Fati stopped by and even caught Wendy's after comedy show! I am still laughing my ass off! Italy! Tour bus operator! Gelati! Wendy's method of getting a subway seat! Oh, you really had to be there....

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bearded Poets Society

The other day when I saw wrtier/poet, Omar Silwany, I noticed that he was sporting a beard. My pal, Richard Loranger often wears a beard. Les Lopes, Patron Saint of poets donned a beard at the benefit he threw for Richard. Poet, Jason had a beard... Is there some rule that you have to have a beard to be a poet...?

Or is it just because it got so durn cold...?

All Good People

I went to the Benefit for Richard Loranger on Friday night. Les Lopes, the Patron Saint of Poets and his co-hort, Angelo, the other Patron Saint of Poets and a number of other fine poets were in the house, and graced the stage...

I told the tale of how I had a lisp as a little kid. My speech therapist's name was Mrs. Spolatto, God rest her patient soul...

I also said that whenever I think of Richard, he seems like a precocious, supertalented, 12 year-old genius (since I am such a fan of his words and art and I am always impressed with Richard's ability to observe and delight in things like a kid) in a man's body...

Les announced that almost $400 was raised! Considering how quickly the benefit was put together and that the donation asked for was $5 a head, I think it was a truly amazing night!

Richard read from his AWESOME book, Poems for Teeth. It was a sweet night of folks who clearly adore Richard... Present company included...

And a big thumbs up to Richard's publisher, We Press/the multi-talented Chris Funkhouser for his kindness and generosity in donating books for dear Richard...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Say a Little Prayer for Christine

I found out that Christine Pechera is a bit under the weather right now. If you're the praying kind, please do remember her and request a miracle for her... My friend, Arlene wrote to me that she was praying extra hard for Christine, and somehow, that made me feel better.

I also found out that in the last two months, more Filipinos have been added to the National Bone Marrow Registry than in the last five years! So that is the good news. The other, pertinent news is that no one who has signed up is an exact match for Christine -- yet.

If you, or anyone you know is Filipino or part Filipino or Chinese, please encourage them to visit Christine's website
and please call 1-800-marrow2 to sign themselves up to be a possible bone marrow donor.

I know miracles do happen. I believe that it will happen for Christine... I'm just not exactly sure how...

Keyboard Karaoke Tomorrow Night, Sun., 3/19!

Hey Y'all!

I am gonna go to this... come on by! wendy rules!

f :D

This is from my good friend, Wendy Ip!

Please join me for Keyboard Karaoke again this Sunday
night at Soft Spot,
a cozy little bar in Williamsburg!

Keyboard Karaoke with Wendy Ip
Sunday, March 19
8:00-11:00 pm
Admission: FREE

Soft Spot
128 Bedford Avenue (b/w North 9th and 10th Street)
Take the L train to the Bedford stop (the 1st stop
into Brooklyn from
(718) 384-7768

Come and sing a tune (any pop/rock song in the list of
300 songs -
including Just Wendy originals) or just sit back and
listen to me sing


CDs available at
Virgin Megastores (New York)
Rough Trade, Black Dog Music (London)
online at,

Electronic press kit:

Be my friend on

Thursday, March 16, 2006

a little benefit for dear richard loranger!

I am going to this tomorrow night, please join me!

Here is the info from the Talented Mr. Loranger himself...

Hi Everybody ~

As some of you know, I was recently ill for a few months
with an(other) infection in my jaw, which required
truckloads of nasty mega-antibiotics and painkillers, and
eventually bone surgery. Though it was certainly not the
worst illness one can have (thankfully), it quite exhausted
my energy, my immune system, and my bank account. Such is
the life of an uninsured adjunct. After almost three months,
I’m finally starting to heal and to feel a bit alive.
And broke.

Les Lopes, the Patron Saint of Poets, has offered to put
on a little benefit to help me get back on my feet
financially, since this really did wipe out my very meager
savings. It’s really just meant to be a fun open mic for
a couple of hours this coming Friday. He set up the whole
thing, and I mostly just insisted that it be an
open cabaret, for folks to do anything they want.
So please stop by, and do anything you want!

It’ll be at a terrific new jazz venue in Park Slope
called Night and Day, and admission will be all of $5,
plus anything you want to add to that. Robin Hirsch, the
owner, has agreed to let me take all of the proceeds,and
will make $ only on drinks and eats that
folks order (it’s a restaurant as well).

Here’s the announcement that Les put together:

Richard's Cabaret
a fundraiser for Richard Loranger
to help recoup the cost of his recent surgery

March 17, 2006 @ 6:30 PM
There will be an Open Mic for poetry, performance,
music, and basic rants (or chants)
hosted by: Les Lopes
Admission $5
(All proceeds go to Richard. Extra donations welcomed.)
Please come early since we only have the space until
8:30 PM

Night and Day
(back room)
230 5th Ave. (at President Street), Park Slope, Brooklyn
Take the R or M trains to the Union Street Station.

It would be swell if you could make it, especially
because it would be nice to see you. And could you
please forward this on to anyone
you think might find it of interest.


Wake Up, Wendy!

I just talked to Wendy Ip on the phone. Apparently, she's been having trouble sleeping all week and it's all my fault. I asked, "Huh?" She explained, "I've been having trouble falling asleep every night and I finally figured out why: that Ritter Sport Cappuccino Chocolate you gave me! It's not just a flavor, it really has caffeine in it!" I laughed and laughed and laughed... I am a really, really horrible person...

I'm not sure why I've inadvertently either woken Wendy up, or been the cause of her not going to sleep, but it is kinda funny...

Bone Marrow Drives for All!

My dear friend, Julia Cho asked me to help spread the word that her friend, Christine Pechera is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant because she has a rare, aggressive form of cancer. Please hit her website: Without this procedure, Christine may not survive. It is imperative for her, and other cancer victims like her to have a chance to be cured through a bone marrow transplant.

I have learned so much about life through this experience.

It is relatively easy to sign up to be on the National Bone Marrow Registry. If you are an ethnic minority, it's free. If you are caucasian, it will cost the lab fee, in NY, it's $40, but it is tax-deductible. It's free for people of color because there aren't many of us signed up. If you are white, they put your info into a computer and as many as 20 - 30 names might come up for a possible match. If you are not white, there may well be none, and then you are in Christine's shoes of needing the kindness of a stranger, or long lost relative to come forward to volunteer to help. Call 1-800-marrow2 to find out where to register near you!

I had thought that donating bone marrow might be a painful, harrowing experience. Apparently, I was wrong. It's much more akin to donating blood, where you have it done and then you might be sore for a few days, but then that's it. Your body will regenerate the marrow donated, and you could save someone's life.

I have seen that Christine's family and friends are deeply concerned for her, and that they love her very much. She is lucky. I wondered about all of the patients who don't have people literally on the streets trying to help...

I talked to Cammy Lee, of the Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation the other day. She said that there are many patients who do not want to go public with their stories... I certainly can understand.

I have not met Christine, but through looking at her website, reading her words, seeing her picture, watching the video clip of her on-line, and corresponding with her via e-mail, I have a sense of who she is, and why the people around her love her so.

It's very sad that she is going through this, but I have not experienced Christine herself to be sad. She has a sweet, beautiful spirit and she wants to live. It seems that simple to me.

If anyone reading this can host a bone marrow drive, please do! It was easy. I picked up the phone and called the Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation at 212-290-2757. I needed to find a space -- all ya need is a table and 2 or 3 chairs, and people to come and register. If your church or rec center could host such an event, this could save countless peoples' lives!
If you aren't in NY, please call Susan at the National Bone Marrow Donor Program: 612-884-8567. She can help get the ball rolling in your city.

I signed myself up at the bone marrow drive last week. I am Korean. Cammy told me that she is working with 4 Korean patients in the NY Area who need a bone marrow translpant. I did not know this at the time, but it became clear to me that signing up and wanting to do a small thing could truly help in a big way.

My hilarious friend, stand-up comic, Janet Rosen took it upon herself to tell reporter, Heather Robinson about me. Heather writes about New Yorkers who do good things. She interviewed me for the NY Daily News a couple of days ago. My gym, Clay was kind enough to let us do the interview in their nice cafe. Sweet, athlete and marketing/media manager, Tanya M. Wood and talented writer, Omar Silwany said some nice things about me to the reporter. (Not sure why, but I am grateful.) So many people have come forward (more than I can name) and have been so compassionate and willing to help, it has restored my faith in humanity. Thank you and God bless you all out there!

Who Wants to be a Bajillionaire?

My favorite word all winter has been bajillion. I'm not really even sure why... I was complaining to Wendy Ip the other day that my electric bill was higher than it oughta be because they didn't do a real reading, they did an "estimate." She asked how much higher it was than normal. I said, "About twenty bucks." She replied, "Oh, that's not so bad, that's nothin'."

I know that I have said exactly that same thing to Wendy about other things that she had thought were outrageously expensive. At this rate, we will both encourage each other to spend money like we are bajillionaires...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Wendy Ip at at the Knitting Factory

Joe McGinty's Loser's Lounge is a very fun show. Last night's installment was a battle of the bands: Blondie vs. Pretenders. Wendy Ip sang a great rendition of, "Brass in Pocket" and told her Chrissie Hynde story... Hilarious! Check out her website to see the picture that goes along with the story!

Girlbomb At/Has Happy Ending...

Wendy Ip and I went to Amanda Stern's terrific Happy Ending Music and Reading Series last Wednesday night to see Janice Erlbaum read from her smokin' hot new book, GIRLBOMB: A Halfway Homeless Memoir.

I laughed, I cried...

Man, oh, man, can this Girlbomb WRITE/PERFORM her ass off!

One of the best readings I have ever been to, no joke.

Is it just me, or does Amanda Stern look like Ana Gasteyer? She is certainly as funny... I wonder if Amanda sings, too...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I Am a Really Horrible Person

I was runing late -- so I called Wendy Ip to tell her that if I hit the trains right, I would still be on time, but if not, I might be 10 minutes late. I woke her up from a nap!

When I got to her door, I was right on the dot. It took her a moment to get to the door because she had gone back to sleep.

I managed to inadvertently wake Wendy up three different times today, and each time I think of this, I laugh and laugh...

I Am a Horrible Person

Really I am. I just talked to Wendy Ip on the phone. A couple of nights ago she was kind enough to let me crash on her couch because I was so exhausted. She set her cell phone alarm for me for 8 AM so I could get to work on time yesterday. (Which I did, thank you very much.)

Wendy was nice enough to give me my own cell phone ringer sound so she knows if it's me calling.

This morning she kept hearing my cell phone ring, over and over. She thought that something must be wrong for me to be calling so many times. When she went over to the phone she realized that no, I wasn't being psychotic, it was just the alarm from yesterday!

I laughed for like 5 minutes. In fact, I am still chuckling... I am a terrible person. Don't tell anyone... I guess this is what schaden freude is all about...

Thank You All!

GINORMOUS THANKS to the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Jeannie Wong, Maria Valonzo, Cammy Lee, the Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation, the nice phlebotommist, Sharon, and to all who came by the Christine Pechera Bone Marrow Drive on Thursday!

Also GARGANTUAN THANKS to all who wrote kind e-mail messages and helped to spread the word! Please, if you can, keep doing so!

If you know a bunch of nice Filipino folks in New York who want to help, and your church or center can hold a drive, please call the Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation at 1-800-772-2669
and they can help! It's as easy as picking up the phone, and just wanting to help! That's really all I did!

If you are anywhere else, please call Susan at 612-884-8567 and she can help get you on your

Thank you all. This has been such an amazing experience so far, and I cannot help but think that there will be a happy ending to Christine's story... Her sweet spirit, her faith, the love that her family and friends have for her and are expressing have been so inspiring to me... God bless you, Christine, and yours, and everyone!


UPDATE on NaRhee Ahn's new feature film, PURITY!
(I am not in this, but one of my new songs, THANK YOU
GOD, is!)

From the Talented Ms. Ahn herself...

Well, my dearest PURITANS,

It's been a looong hard road but here we are at the
big milestone - after a couple days of recutting,
here's the actual picture lock and final version of

Tod and I are madly working on editing the music video
featuring Deborah S. Craig,
our very own Broadway star and certified hottie.
We'll be showing it after the feature and hope you can
join us (and feel free to invite your friends and family):

You're invited to the cast and crew screening of
PURITY by NaRhee Ahn
Saturday, March 11, 2006
1pm (ends at 3pm)

The ImaginAsian Theater
239 East 59th Street
(2nd & 3rd Avenues)
New York, NY (212) 371-6682
F to Lexington Avenue at 63rd Street
456/NRW to 59th Street at Lexington Avenue
For more information check out our websites

P.S. And we got into The Chicago Asian American Film
Showcase! !
Tell everyone around Chi-Town
to go on Wednesday, April 5th at 8pm to the Gene
Siskel Theater!

P.P.S. More excellent news! We got into the Los
Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which is set for
May 4 through 11th.

Much love, NaRhee

Thank you, NaRhee Ahn! And God bless you all out there!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Bone Marrow Drive Tomorrow!

Hey Everybody!

THANK YOU to all who have been so kind with
suggestions, offers to help Christine, to come by and
register tomorrow, and for spreading the word! Julia
Cho put it best: you have some very nice people on
your e-mailing list!


I am gonna write about the bone marrow drive, and I
am including a speech given by Christine Pechera, so
y'all get a sense of her sweet spirit...

If you are Filipino or part Filipino, or Chinese you
could be the match we are looking for! PLEASE COME ON


12 noon - 8PM

Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation/Asian American Writers'

Bone Marrow Drive for Christine Pechera - New York, NY

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
between Broadway and 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
(p) 212.494.0061

Closest subway stop: N train to 34th St./Herald
To retrieve how to take the subway from your location,
please hit:

Many thanks to the great Greg Walloch for this hot

(I, Florence Yoo will be there from 12noon - 2 PM!)


Speech at Bone Marrow Drive, Jan. 20th, 2006

My name is Christine Pechera. My father is Visayan and
my mother is Ilocano and grew up in Manila. I have a
big, loud crazy family that eats way too much pancit
and likes to sing karaoke. My grandparents used to
play Pu-soy and Mahjong, arguing and laughing late
into the night. When I was little, my brothers and sister
and I would dance the tini-kling using broomsticks
stolen from the kitchen pantry.

My name is Christine Pechera and I am in love with a
wonderful guy. He calls me honey-bunny and I call him
Mr. Fuzzms. We're making plans. I have never been so
happy. There's so much to live for. Life is beautiful.

I want to do so many things. I hope someday to go to
Italy and visit the Vatican in Rome. I hope someday to
be a good mother. I hope someday to have lots of juicy
stories to tell my grandchildren and

My name is Christine Pechera and I have cancer. Last
week my doctors told me I have less than a year to
live. The only miracle that can save my life is a Bone
Marrow Transplant. But I need to find a donor. A
donor who is Filipino like me. And I don't have much
time left.

My family and friends are trying to help me find a
donor by signing up more Filipinos onto the National
Bone Marrow Donor Program. We have already scoured the
entire registry to no avail. I know my life-saving
match is out there somewhere, but we can't find him or
her unless he or she is on the registry.

My name is Christine Pechera and am I asking that you
take a few minutes of your time to sign up. All it
takes is a quick finger prick or blood sample to find
out if you can save my life or the life of
another. Donating marrow is like donating blood in
that your body will replenish the small amount you

My name is Christine Pechera and I believe in God and
I am not afraid to die, but not now.

Not now.

There is so much I still want to do.

Please. I need your help. Thank you and God Bless.


if you are in the NJ Area...

Mar. 17 (Friday)

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Bone Marrow Donor Drive, New Jersey - Lakewood, NJ.
Contact: Deacon Renee Perez, 848-482-0349,


When you register, please remind your donor center to
SPEED UP PROCESSING of your sample so that Christine's
doctors can get the information in time. The National
Registry is doing this for all donors who identify
themselves as friends of CHRISTINE PECHERA.

Please Note: Everyone registering for Christine will
be joining the General Registry, which means that even
if you're not a match for Christine, you may be saving
someone else's life.


If you cannot attend a drive, please call:

Mr. B.L. Frazer at 212-570-3441 the NY BLOOD CENTER,
310 E. 67th St., between 1st and 2nd Aves., New York,

You can make an appointment to be tested and register!

If you are African American, Hispanic, Native American
Indian, or from any of the Asian Commuinities, this is

If you are caucasian, there is a $40 lab fee you will
have to pay that is tax-deductible.

If you are in Brooklyn, call:


120 Lawrence St.
Brooklyn, NY

If you are anywhere else, please call:


to find a center near you!

Please register! THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!!!!!

Love and all the best to you and yours,
Florence :D -- Liza Yu Chen's *AWESOME* HATS! -- Gigi Chang's sweet site!
"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well,
poetry is just the ash." --Leonard Cohen

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Bone Marrow Drive for Christine Pechera!

If you are Filipino or part Filipino, or Chinese you
could be the match we are looking for!


12 noon - 8PM

Cammy Lee Foundation/Asian American Writers' Workshop

Bone Marrow Drive for Christine Pechera - New York, NY

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
between Broadway and 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
(p) 212.494.0061

Closest subway stop: N train to 34th St./Herald
To retrieve how to take the subway from your location,
please hit:

Many thanks to the great Greg Walloch for this hot

(I, Florence Yoo will be there from 12noon - 2 PM!)

Many, many thanks to Julia Cho, Jeannie Wong, Cammy Lee and Maria!
Please help spread the word!

More info at:

Friday, March 03, 2006

Random Thoughts on the Subway

Why are so many people wearing rimless glasses? I like 'em, but all of a sudden, everyone is donning them. I wonder if someday this will be considered an early new millennium fad...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Culinary Adventures in Tigerland

Wendy Ip (check out her new website!) and I went to the friends and family preview night over at Tigerland, 85 Ave. A between 5th and 6th Sts. (212-477-9887) in the East Village last night.

We started with the organic homemade ginger sodas which came adorned with nice slices of lime in jar glasses. They were delicious, which seemed like a good sign.

Indeed, it was! We had the shrimp and sausage crepe with lettuce and tomato appetizer with sweet chili and peanut sauces that came on the side. Fresh herbs were a nice complement to the cooked "crepe" -- which was a bit different than a traditional French crepe, but perhaps better! It was off da hook! We were comped the shrimp cake appetizer because they had only three left, and it was supposed to be four to an order. It came with a different sweet vinegar with cucumber sauce, and it, too, was absolutely scrumptious!

The entrees we sampled were the spicy roasted duck in red curry sauce and the braised short ribs. We ordered white rice on the side. (Or if you're feeling like being healthy, brown rice is the other option.)

Both dishes were excellent. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was upscale and cozy. If you're ever in New York City and you have a few extra shekels to spare... because caveat, this is not a place to go if you are on an extreme budget! But would I go back again on maybe another payday? Yes!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Wendy Calling

I had just sent Wendy Ip an e-mail message when someone called and knocked me off the internet.

When I retrieved the voice mail message it was Wendy herself, telling me that she had just noticed that I had sent her an e-mail while she was calling me. Why wasn't I picking up the phone to just speak with her instead of e-mailing? I called her back and explained that I didn't know she was calling because I have dial-up internet service. Her reaction: I didn't know people even used dial-up at all anymore. Well, at least I'm consistent... And after all, is there really anything wrong with being old school?