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Art Basel Miami, Go-Go Dancers, & Almost Getting Mugged

Mike and I flew to Florida on Saturday for our yearly family trip. Every December at around this time, my parents, and now Mike and I, meet up in Palm Beach and rent a bungalow on the beach. I’m very fortunate to have a super close relationship with my parents (and my brother Simon, who lives in Toronto), so it’s always a treat to hang with them for a week. Luckily, Mike gets along with them as if he was their own son.

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On Sunday, we headed down to Art Basel in Miami to check out a couple of art exhibitions we love: Pulse and Scope. Just the two of them take at least six hours to go through, and are enough to exhaust me. There are so many shows going on during Art Basel that it’s a bit overwhelming. Some are exciting and some are underwhelming, and unless you have recommendations, it’s hard to know which ones to go to. If you have any recommendations for next year, please let me know!

south-beach

South Beach is a rowdy place. It’s become a very commercial destination that lacks the warmth and character of many other vacation spots in this country. There’s an all-day aggressive party atmosphere that I wasn’t anticipating. It struck me as the kind of place people go when they’ve given up on finding their match on Grinder or Tinder. The streets are filled with people sucking on bowl-size margaritas, getting sloppy drunk and unabashedly gawking at naked go-go dancers who are shaking their backside to thumping club beats, seeking attention from anyone who cares to look. Read more

I Love This Crazy Stunt Video/Ad

I was having dinner downtown with a few friends yesterday and one of them showed me this absolutely incredible Volvo ad. It looks fake, but it’s not! Those trucks are actually moving backwards – I sh*t you not. I hardly recognized Jean-Claude Van Damme, his face looks so, uhm, altered. Pretty impressive though, I must say.

It sounds like he says he’s been down his fair share of dumpy  roads, no? LOL It’s also pretty funny how much he talks himself up… Body crafted to perfection? I mean, come on! 😉

Is that Matthew McConaughey?

I went to see the new movie “Dallas Buyers Club” on Friday night, and man was I impressed! This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. Knockout cast, amazing (& true!) story, and emotionally riveting. We decided to go to the movies because of the great review it got in Rolling Stone magazine (I always rely on them for music and movie suggestions). Normally, we like to stay home and watch movies on Hulu or Netflix (that Roku was soooo worth it), but the reviews told me I had to see it right away. And boy was I right! Read more

An Incredible Guerrilla Beautification Story

color-protests_FotorIstanbul, Turkey is known as the city of seven hills. It has dozens of public stairways that connect centuries-old neighborhoods, giving pedestrians a way to the avoid heavy car traffic on the streets.

In Cihangir, a liberal neighborhood frequented by artists, a man decided to liven up the dull and depressing gray stairways, and it sparked a movement that nobody could have foreseen.

Until then, the walkways attract little notice, but a couple of months ago a retired forestry engineer named Huseyin Cetinel (age 64, see pic) decided to spend $800 and four days (with the help of his son-in-law) to paint the stairs connecting Findikli to Cihangir all the colors of the rainbow. He said he wanted “to make people smile”. The staircase ended up looking like a really, really long LGBT flag, and visitors started flocking to them to have their picture taken on the stairs.

Unfortunately (actually — scratch that — *fortunately*), some government idiot Read more

Old Honeymoon Pics

I was poking around on my laptop (while watching my dad make Thanksgiving dinner at home in Canada), and I came across some pictures from our honeymoon that I’d forgotten to transfer to my main computer. It was a bit like finding hidden treasure.

There were a few great shots that I dusted off with the help of a great free app called Fotor (which I have on my laptop and phone). They made me so nostalgic that I’m now in the process of finding more vacation spots for my hubby and I to visit. We’re partial to ranch-style accommodations, or hotels with separate villas, and so we started our honeymoon at an incredible ranch in New Mexico, called Hidden Meadow, which unfortunately just went private (so sad, because I really wanted to go back every year!) Here we are riding horses, looking completely dorky, of course:

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…and this is us hanging in the wilderness: Read more

Banksy’s NYC Art Truck: Slaughtering Ignorance

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I’m VERY excited because one of my favorite contemporary artists, Banksy, is in NYC for the month of October. If you caught The Colbert Report (my favorite TV show) last week, you’d already know that he’s in town. He’ll be adorning random buildings with his famous (and valuable) “street art” (which instantly make that part of the wall worth millions, so don’t be surprised if you see big chunks of buildings suddenly missing!)

NEW YORK IS IN A CITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT

One of the main reasons I love Banksy is because his art carries a message, and is usually tied to an ethical question. His latest is no different in this department. Check out this video to see the truck, and the ‘animals’ (and their puppeteers), in action:

I was browsing through the YouTube comments, and about 1 out of 50 comments seemed to ‘get’ it. For the other 49, the point was not only completely lost, but they seemed to think that the best way to react is to mock  animal suffering, profess their intent to immediately go eat some bacon, and then ignorantly state that animals either don’t have feelings or aren’t intelligent enough to warrant our compassion. Yeah, right on dudes. Smart. :-S

Believe it or not, people used to think that babies don’t feel pain. Really. Read more

New York – Shrunk

I was poking around on the web today, looking for cool stuff to share, and I came upon this really neat short film about New York City. It was made out of 35,000 still photos over 5 days. It kind of reminded me of the feeling of being in an airplane and looking down at all the little miniature-looking houses and cars. It always makes me feel like such a super tiny piece of a much, much bigger picture. Travel in general is good for that, and I think it’s healthy. Keeps it all in perspective.

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2013
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