18 December 2007

Enchanted


I went to see "Enchanted" couple of weeks ago. I went to see this movie with no expectation what so ever. But it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable movies have watched recently. I was laughing or smiling all through the movie. It was truly enchanting. Wonderful songs, lyrics and smart story line, it invites you to the most original Disney fairytale. It compares the magical Disney world that I heard about when I was only 5-6 years old with the real life I encounter today. I had the best time. If you are in depressing mood, I suggest watch this movie.




Ever Ever After

Storybook endings
Fairy tales coming true
Deep down inside
We wanna believe they still do
In our secretest heart
Its our favorite part of the story
Let's just admit we all wanna make it to

Ever ever after
If we just don't get it our own way
Ever ever after
It may only be a wish away

Start a new fashion
Wear your heart on your sleeve
Sometimes you reach what's realest by making believe
Unafraid, Unashamed
There is joy to be claimed in this world
You even might wind up being glad to be you


Ever ever after
Though the world will tell you its not smart
Ever ever after
The world can be yours if you let your heart believe in ever after

No wonder your heart feels its flying
Your head feels its spinning
Each happy ending's a brand new beginning
Let yourself be enchanted
You just might break through to

Ever ever after
Forever could even start today
Ever ever after
Maybe its just one wish away
Your ever ever after

Ever Ever Ever After

oh Ever Ever After

13 December 2007

Matt Lauer in Tehran

Matt Lauer in Tehran - NBC












27 November 2007

I need to have a root canal therapy :(

9 November 2007

La Casa Gelato

A wonderful ice-cream shop with 218 different flavours ice-cream is in Vancouver. You better not choose vanilla or chocolate flavour because you can have other kinds from hot Wasabi to Akbar Mashti ice-cream flavour or anything you name it. I was very excited too see Akbar Mashti in the menu. I didn't try the Wasabi but other Japanese and tropical flavours were delicious.

Visit: http://www.lacasagelato.com/

8 November 2007

Power Outage

Two nights ago, there was a power outage in my place for 2 hours. I had so much to do that I couldn't wait for the power to come back. I was sitting in front of my laptop and a big candle next to me doing my school project. I found that so ironic while I was praying for the power to come. Reminded me of the time when people used to read under candle light and write with feather and ink. Here I was in 2007, in front of a computer, doing the same thing. Thank God for the electricity.


31 October 2007

Happy Halloween





Today I saw the most awesome customs around the campus. But I didn't have my camera with me because I forgot to recharge my batteries. I'm not very happy with myself at this moment.

Anyway, this is our small collection of carved pumpkins for this year Halloween. Do not be confused by watermelon and squash. Some of my friends do not like pumpkin.

The snowman pumpkin is my design.

24 October 2007

Patrick Awuah


I am touched. I was almost in tears as I was watching a talk by Patrick Awuah on “educating a new generation of African leaders”. He talked about the state of leadership in Ghana. He talked about the way he has approached to build an excellent society. As I was listening to him, I was thinking about Iran. I realized the problems that our nation is suffering from are rooted from lack of leadership not only at the political level but most likely at every level of society. The problem is that people are so engaged with the political and economical issues that they do not even think of anything else.

I am optimistic now. There is not such thing as mission impossible. This talk may be the answer to how we can transform Iran.

5 October 2007

Last week

It was a tough week but it's almost over and I'm looking forward to this long weekend. I had four assignments and one application due for this week. I can't remember the last time I was working this hard. I was basically multi-tasking to get everything done.

I didn't start working on them before last Saturday of course. I knew it was my own fault to procrastinate so much that I lost control. It's fairly the beginning of term and I just want to make sure that I do my best. The fact that I don't knew the profs well enough made the assignments harder in the sense that I wasn't sure if I was doing everything right. So I tried to be a perfectionist. I'm happy with the results and proud of myself. I haven't only finished everything on-time but 24 in advance. I was right on schedule. As for the quality of the assignments go, I think I did a fine job. I can be more sure when I see my marks but hoping that everything is going to be fine.

I'll manage my time better this time. Specially with all the short trips ahead of me for the next two weekends. I am excited.

23 September 2007

The secret

Joy, love, freedom, happiness, laughter. That's what it is. And if you just experience joy sitting there and mediating for an hour, by golly, do that. If you experience joy eating a salami sandwich, then do that!

-Neale Donald Walsch, from the book "Secret"

20 September 2007

Isn't it great to be specialized in your field, to be able to solve any problems related to your field? I hope I become one of those people.

15 September 2007

You could love someone as a substitute for so many things. you could love someone as a very effective substitute for loving yourself.

-Lily Brett-

12 September 2007

Florence




Sunset in Tuscany



I loved Florence for its artful corners, its gracious streets, and its Italian essence. I loved the fact that I never got tired of walking in streets of Florence. And I was always amused by the sculptures and nature in this small city. Good times,,,,

10 September 2007

New beginning


The photo is from: http://www.arthurerickson.com/B_koer.html

I didn't have internet for a week and that was frustrating specially during Labour Day weekend. Now it's more than ten days that my Internet is back but I've not written anything yet. I still have some good memories from my summer to write here and to preserve it forever (by forever, I mean as long as this site exists). I will do that later.
A lot has happened this past week. I've moved to a new city, met new people, and start a new life, new program... .
So this will be the first post, I am writing from beautiful Vancouver and I want it to be extra special.
One of the most interesting things I have seen since I got here has to be the Koerner Library located at UBC campus.
It is magnificent glass building, designed by Arthur Erickson . The official opening was 10 years ago and it costs $24 million dollars to finish. It is supposed to be an open book which is turned over. When I get my camera, I'll take some pictures to post here. For now take a look at this one.

20 August 2007

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My brother referred to me and my sister as "Sense and Sensibility". I'm the sensible one, of course,,,lol.

19 August 2007

Cloud Reflections and Mt Moran by Ansel Adams




I'm touched by Ansel Adams's talent. I always had higher appreciation for painting than photography. This point of view has been changed since I started to learn more about photography. They both are equality artful. Ansel Adams had said that people may not believe and trust what they see in a painting because it's a human creation. However, what you capture in a photo is a reality.

13 August 2007

the Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

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One of the most exciting novels I read this summer was “the Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn” by Robin Maxwell. I have always been fascinated by history and this one was no exception. As I learned more about the history of England, I started reading about Henry VIII, the brutal and nasty king that England has ever faced. And the story of six miserable wives he acquired. This novel is based on true historical evidence on the life of Anne Boleyn the second wife of Henry VIII and the mother to Queen Elizabeth I. this book is more than history, it is a life story. It is about the true courage of a woman who stood for what she believed in.

I quoted some paragraphs from the book.


This is what Anne said in her diary about the bitter relationship between Henry VIII and her first wife Katherine.
“I watched and saw the love that flowed a river from Katherine’s source to Henry’s raging sea, but never did one drop of that ocean’s love return to her.”

Thomas Wyatt one of Anne’s admirers wrote to her:
“ Sometimes I feel the fire that me brent
By sea, by land, by water and by wind,
And now I follow the coals that be quent
From Dover to Calais against my mind.”

This is what Anne’s father told her as a cruel advice not for her sake but his.
“Hear me Anne. You play a game more dangerous than you care to know. You toy with Kings and Bishops, even Rome. You make fools of men. And other men will die in your name. You will come to no good end, I fear, and you will bring this family down as well.”

9 August 2007

Connecting the dots

This is an inspiring video clip that I watch today. It's the commencement speech address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.
To watch click on the title "Connecting the dots".

7 August 2007

No Reservations

Tonight, I saw the movie “No Reservations”. It’s a very cute and interesting movie. If there is only one thing I’ll try to remember about it will be this dialog between Catherine Zeta-Jones and her therapist:

Kate: I wish there was a receipt for life to guide you how to live.
Her therapist: the best receipt is the one you create for yourself.

3 August 2007

A poem

As I mentioned before, I had the chance to meet new people and build new friendships. This is a beautiful poem by a new friend of mine. It truly touched me when I read it,,,

You wear a mask to conceal your emotions
I wear a smile to hide my pain.
All the while, you never reveal your emotions
and I never reveal my pain.
This is how it is when a relationship ends.

By Ingrid D. Johnson

The Persepolis in England





I'm back with a lot of unforgettable memories and numbers of new good friends. I have a lot to say but I don’t know where to begin. I may as well take a look at my travel journal, review each pages and write about every one of them. I’m really hoping to write as a new person. I’m hoping this trip has changed me for a better person.

I had the chance to travel to the Persepolis about 15 years ago. Although what have been left from this ancient city are only some ruins, I was touched by what the man is capable of building and destroying. My heart broke as I was walking through different section of the Persepolis and imaging those huge halls and rooms.

Two weeks ago when I visited the British Museum, I was fortunate enough to visit the Persepolis exhibition. Then I realized that it wasn’t only Alexander the Great who destroyed most of this beautiful city but there are so many parts of it stolen by other countries. This is one of the largest sculpture (my favorite) displayed in this Museum and thankfully with small description and translation of the original ancient texts.

8 July 2007

Acrylic paints on fabric


Finally, I’ve finished it. It’s all done. It doesn’t look good though because I couldn’t remember what sort of plan I had for it. When I start a painting, usually, in my own thought, I have the complete image of finish work. Since I started this work 9 years ago, that image was disappeared. My paints were all dry and I had to buy new ones. Besides, I haven’t used a brush for over 9 years now; so I have lost my touch a little bit. I’ll get there again. My hand and eyes will develop the same skill they had 9 years ago. I’m planning to not stop painting again.



7 July 2007

My Previous Address

I used to blog in this address: Daisyflower. Due to different problems I had, I decided to continue blogging here.