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Friday, February 8, 2013

8:47AM - what to say when people ask why you're not on Facebook

"Facebook is a waste of time."

The usual response: "...yeah, that's true."


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Friday, November 27, 2009

1:32PM - lovers

Is this love?

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Friday, June 26, 2009

9:32PM - not too interesting but

Here is my (public) blog reflecting on my summer internship at the NDG Food Depot:


I promise some pictures to accompany all that text soon.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

6:53PM - contradictions

"Nothing poisons love more than honesty.
If love lasts until the day we die,
We will live without showing our real
To our beloved until the day we die.
Love makes us more beautiful and
distorts us.
Love takes our impulse to lie to an

"Kneeling in surrender to great misfortunes
Is far easier
Than struggling against small ones."

Sometimes makes us choose evil
We have to live hand in hand
with contradiction."

"Being deprived of the chance
To discover life's deepest secrets
Is a terrible thing
(If I may say so).
It is the misery of a patient on a
special diet
Who has to eat the same thing,
Every day,
Day in, day out,
For his entire life."

from Contradictions, by Yang Gui-Ja


Friday, May 29, 2009

5:57PM - i'm getting published

...well, sort of.

Remember this insignificant entry I made, 3 years ago when I first arrived fresh faced in Montreal? Well, this picture, along with a sentence from the entry is getting published in a book called We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion. It's hitting the bookshelves on December 1, and there will be a launch party and all that jazz in New York. They're even sending me a complimentary copy, which is quite awesome.

The picture they're using by the way is this one:

It was taken in what was formerly known as Cafe Esperanza, and I was with my friend Sara watching Caroline Keating perform on the open mic. I think she's somewhere in Europe now, playing to European audiences and doing European things.

Oh, the days when I used to write public entries.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

10:23PM - i want to sleep

my rubber boots enable me to do great things.

last week, i walked through a creek with my rubber boots. three ducks were swimming in the creek. one was brown, one was gray, and the other was brown and gray with a green head. they swam against the current in the middle of the creek. they didn't move forward or backward.

i decided to catch the brown duck.

i grabbed the brown duck. it didn't try to swim or fly away. i tied a string around its neck. as i walked, it flew above me like a balloon.

i used schutzhund methods of training to teach the duck to attack on command. we went on a killing rampage that lasted three days. we killed many small children and received the nobel prize for our achievements.

the other day, as i was eating the leg of a small child like a popsicle, the duck turned to me with tears in its eyes and asked, 'why do you make me kill things?'

i felt ashamed. i stared down at the ground and stood very still and very quietly.

the duck flew forward violently until the string choked it and broke its neck. it fell to the ground. its belly split open and pink and orange flowers spilled out. there wasn't any blood. i picked up some of the flowers and put them in my hair. i cried above the duck. my tears rolled over its feathers and sparkled in the sunlight.

it was beautiful.

by Ellen Kennedy

I've read all of her disturbing little poems and prose, and this is by far my favourite.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

4:58PM - more scenes from montreal


Monday, November 10, 2008

8:39PM - scenes from montreal

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

9:40AM - short story times

In the throes of my boredom at work, I wrote a short story that I posted on my other blog. I can't remember the last time I actually wrote anything remotely creative. I got bored of writing it near the end, but nonetheless I am happy to have written something in a non-essay format.

It's gray and drizzling here in Toronto, but my heart feels surprisingly light.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

7:36PM - i like chess playing goats but dancing goats are even better

Wednesday July 10th, 2008.

David Sedaris rocked my world. And gave me a bracelet that he bought from Brazil!

Photographic evidence:

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

8:00AM - sunday lunch

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

4:24PM - toronto impressions

Toronto is huge. It's a giant concrete field with intermittent green spaces, but they are perfunctory. It's not like in Montreal where the green spaces and the concrete don't clash, but compliment each other. There are also streetcars here, whose tracks take up a large portion of the wide roads. I have to stop jaywalking or one of these days I really will get hit by a car.

You can hear 10 different languages just walking through a crowded street on any given day here. I miss hearing French sometimes, but it's also nice to hear Arabic, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Persian, Urdu, Japanese and heavily accented English for a change.

I live in a small apartment near Chinatown with my good friend Neil, and we have many many moments of laughter and gossip and comfortable silence. I would like to think that we are both better people at the end of this summer. Of course, "better" is a relative term.

I have too much to say and I keep losing all my vocabulary to adaquately describe it. This afternoon I am going to the library to try to get it back before it all slips through my fingers.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

4:49PM - confucius said

"By 3 methods we may learn wisdom:
first, by reflection which is noblest;
second, by imitation which is easiest; and
third, by experience which is the bitterest."

Everyone, please watch Up the Yangtze. It's by a Montreal-based filmmaker called Yung Chang, about the life changing effects of the Three Gorges Dam in China. It brought tears to my eyes.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008


Beth says:
ugh ew
Beth says:
tim hortons is NOT a bakery
Beth says:
it is a whorehouse

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

12:20AM - schoooooooooool's out for the...........reading week

I just wanna use your love for toniiiiiiiight....


Friday, February 1, 2008

11:13PM - you said it, dick

“Modern capitalism…encourages individuals as consumers to avoid an awareness of the inevitability of their own death by promoting the pursuit of a bewildering array of consumable and ‘life enhancing’ products that will provide you with nirvana in the here and now."


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

9:46PM - a-n-t-ssss

Today I was sitting in my economics class, almost about to pass out from exhaustion and boredom, when I suddenly realized that there was a little ant scurrying around on my notebook, subsequently keeping me awake and mildly amused for the next few minutes. Then I eventually got bored and had to get back to taking notes, so I gently flicked it off my book.

Fast forward to tonight, when I am sitting at my desk, and strangely enough there is another ant that is shaped exactly like the one I saw earlier this afternoon, scurrying around on my notebook. So to procrastinate I filmed it and put together a stupid little video. It was actually kind of challenging to choose music for the video, but I hope you guys like it.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

12:14AM - hippo or rhino: who's number two?


Question: Who weighs more, a hippopotamus or a rhinoceros?

A Weighty Question
Everyone agrees that the elephant is the largest living land animal, by weight, in the world. But which land animal is the second largest? Is it the common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) or the White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)?

The Experts Don't Agree
I have come across many reputable sources which state that the hippo is the world's second-largest land animal. However, there are a comparable number of sources--just as reputable--which say that the "Number Two" title goes to the White rhino. A few sources even bestow the honor on the Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). So whom are we to believe?

You Be The Judge
The lists below summarize most of the information I have found on this subject. Because of my peculiar passion for the hippo, I believe that it should be recognized as the world's second-heaviest land animal, with the White rhino a close third. I could be biased, of course, so I will leave it to you to consider the information I have to offer and form your own opinion.

HIPPO WORLD made my day. I am so pleasantly surprised that someone else thinks hippos are really amazing animals. I think somewhere on the website there's a caption underneath a photograph of a hippo that goes, "We're more than cool; we're HIP!" Amazinggggg.

Just so you know, the reason I love hippos is because I've had yellow stuffed hippos (like the one below, but in other sizes varying from very small to huge) since I was a kid back in the motherland (Korea). My dad bought me my first hippo, which I called 난하마 (Nanhama). "Hama" means hippo...I don't know where the "nan" came from, but it was really cute and the name stuck. I now have five stuffed hippos, four of whom are back in Vancouver with my mommy and my sister. The big one pictured above is with me, sitting on a very high shelf in my room in Montreal.


Current mood: hippo love


Sunday, January 20, 2008

11:25PM - soya sauce = phone destroyer

Soy sauce invaded my phone and killed it. Oh, the humanity.

New phone should be arriving soon. $90!

I went on a bit of a shopping binge today, what with McGill Model United Nations coming up and all...got a cute pair of calf length black suede boots for only $40, so I felt really happy.

Yes, as much as I rail against consumerism and how disgusting it all is, sometimes stupid things like a pair of boots make me happy.

Also, I got a new necklace and it matches my striped shirt really nicely:

I don't go shopping very often actually, so bear with me.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

6:07AM - hey, hey, hey_nostradamus

I can't believe I actually made a journal out of that. It's based on a Douglas Coupland novel that I read when I was fourteen and a half, I think? I'm too lazy to fact check right now. The point is, I am getting nostalgic for that name again. I guess I'll think about it and see.

In other news, yesterday was quite lovely.

I had breakfast with friends at Chez Cora, one of Montreal's most famous breakfast restaurants:
Saturday...Collapse )

Now, a brief survey:

1. What is your name? Beth
2. What is your most overused phrase (in speech)? "You know"
3. How old are you? 19
4. How old do you feel? 26...
5. Most interesting public transportation experience: that homeless man who "borrowed" $400 worth of books about UFOs and other such unexplained phenomena from the Vancouver Public Library and never really returned them. He was sitting behind me on the Skytrain while I was reading Chuck Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters (which I never actually finished reading).
6. Least favourite time of the day: these days...when the sun sets, at around 4:30 PM. I wish I was joking.
7. Last novel you read: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
8. Favorite type of chocolate: 70% dark or with hazelnuts
9. Last song you listened to: something by Chopin.
10. A photo of yourself: see above, under the cut.

So guys, I'm going all retro today. I tag everyone.

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