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(no subject) [Nov. 22nd, 2010|08:30 am]
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Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind often.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five turn offs.
Day Seven: Four turn ons.
Day Eight: Three people who are significant in your life.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now and why.
Day Ten: One confession.

1. I've always found it difficult to make friends for a combination of reasons. I'm a bit elitist; I don't really care to make small talk. I often doubt whether my presence in welcome, and if I feel that's questionable, then I usually withdraw. I don't like to impose myself.

2. I suspect I am a serial monogamist. I just got out of an eight-year relationship, and though my brain says it would be fun to date, I just want to be in love.

to be continued
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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2010|07:51 pm]
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Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind often.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five turn offs.
Day Seven: Four turn ons.
Day Eight: Three people who are significant in your life.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now and why.
Day Ten: One confession.

1. I am everything you want. It's so bittersweet to listen to you talk about your dreams - just a bit painful while still managing to make me smile, if you know what I mean - because your dreams? They are mine and mine are yours. You're just not ready.

2. You've got the wrong idea about me, I think. And you're just a bit twisted after years of being pursued. But, maybe I've got the wrong idea about you. I am not alone in this chase because you were chasing me, too. Just a little. It wasn't my imagination. Maybe I hurt your feelings and what you said was a way to make yourself feel okay. I wasn't using you, and if you still think I was, then you were using me, too. At any rate, I like(d) you and find (present tense) you attractive, and if I didn't have so many hang-ups (and if you didn't, as well, as it turns out), things might have turned out differently.

3. How are you? I wonder where you are in life. If you're feeling better. If you've opened up your heart. What your music sounds like now. I don't think I love you anymore, though I do look over some photos of you with fondness. But I do wish we were still friends. But then again, maybe the friend I am imagining doesn't actually exist. And hasn't since our first years of friendship?

4. I've always been slightly uncomfortable in our friendship, but now I know it was all in my head. What a wonderful, quirky, patient person you are. It was easy as pie to talk to you about all that is happening in my life. I'm so glad to have you as a friend.

5. You are an amazing person, and I truly admire you. I am not sure I know someone else who is so giving yet so sure of his own identity. You have followed my footsteps all my life without ever blaming me for my mistakes. You speak with sincerity and humility. You manage to be intelligent yet socially adept, a good son but a strong individual, and reflective and forward-thinking.

6. I'm so glad you are happy in life. Truly, it's wonderful to see cynical you turn into happy you. I didn't know you could be such a sap, but I'm tickled that there was one hiding deep inside you. I've always admired your strength, the honesty with which you deliver your opinions, and your drive. Now I admire your ability to love freely and openly and without reservation.

7. I'm sorry. I wish things could have been different in the end. I blame(d) myself for so much. If I could go back, I would spend more time, be more patient, listen. You deserved that much after a lifetime of caring for others. And I didn't give you the respect or care you deserved. I didn't deserve to be the last one to say goodbye.

8. I'm sorry. I was young and I didn't know what was truly important in life. I should have gone to say goodbye to the man who was such an important part of my childhood. What was I thinking? I don't know if it's something you dwell on, but I do. It's one of the few regrets I have in my life. One of two that I can think of, actually. That's how sorry I am. If I could, I would say to you and to him, you were life-changing people. You provided love and care to me and my family. Thank you.

9. I'm worried for you. I want you to be happy, and I feel like you keep hitting struggle after struggle, obstacle after obstacle. You at once want to do great things in the world and be comfortable. You can't do both. What will make you happy? Put aside some time, sit yourself down, and really talk to yourself. If you need me to be there, I can be. It's not about what others, family, friends, lover, expect or what a former version of yourself expects. It's about you, now. I've always admired your capacity to love and your resilience. It's time for you to take what you want, though, and not just give back.

10. It's okay if you like boys. Really. Some people won't care at all. Other people already know. Some people will hate the fact, true, but you can't ignore the feeling just to make life easier. I'm here if you need me.
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(no subject) [Mar. 30th, 2010|10:03 am]
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I am now writing on tumblr.com.

Food review site: http://dineoutwinnipeg.tumblr.com
Winnipeg events site: http://liveoutloudwinnipeg.tumblr.com
project 365: http://anny365.tumblr.com
101 in 1001: http://anny101.tumblr.com
Katimavik: http://katimavikquesnel.tumblr.com
Personal: http://longwindedpraerie.tumblr.com
Photography: http://annychen.tumblr.com
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101 in 1001 [Feb. 23rd, 2009|08:19 pm]
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Project Dates: March 20, 2009 - December 16, 2011

Adventure

1. Complete the advanced open water SCUBA diving course
2. Go on the Gibbon Experience in Bokeo, Laos
3. Dive a shipwreck
4. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
5. Travel to Bora Bora, Tahiti
6. Travel to the Maritimes
7. Backpack across Europe with a Euro Rail pass
8. Teach one more year overseas
9. Watch Love in Vegas
10. See Rent on Broadway

Family

11. Visit Vietnam and Laos with my mother
12. Exercise with my mother ( /10)
13. Take portraits of Mom, Dad, Arno, Marge, Skrabek Family, Nic, and Carlee
14. Send mail to Aurore every week for a year ( /52)
15. Wash the dishes every other day for a month ( /15) --> Wash dishes every day for three weeks

Friendships

16. Visit Lewis in Thailand --> Take a trip with Lewis
17. See the ancient pyramids of Egypt with Carlee
18. Surprise someone
19. Make amends with Ebony
20. Write a monthly newsletter for a year ( /12) --> Keep a weekly blog for nine months ( /36)

Nic

21. Take a road trip with Nic --> Plan trips in Thailand
22. Take a weekly walk with Nic in the summer ( /8)
23. Learn how to talk, not argue
24. Become a parent (naturally, through fostering, or by adoption)
25. Live with Nic
26. Go to Nic's jam sessions [once a month for a year] (8/12)
27. Learn how to play five songs on the guitar ( /5)
28. Learn one song on the flute
29. Go to a concert

Photography

30. Enroll and take a digital photography course
31. Publish a photobook or calendar and gift it to friends
32. Display my photos in a public venue
33. Shoot on manual focus (1/1; 3/3; habitual)
34. Shoot a roll of film for every season in a year ( /4)
35. Complete a monthly ditl for six months ( /6) --> Document 12 days ( /12)
36. Photograph the northern lights
37. Decide between Canon and Nikon
38. Buy a full set of lenses (wide angle; macro)

Home

39. Print large-size format photographs and hang them in my house
40. Donate all ill-fitting and rarely worn clothing within one month of arriving home
41. Do a clean sweep of the house within three months of arriving home
42. Plant a vegetable garden

Community

43. Have a conversation with three new people (3/3)
44. Arrange a weekly play group for three months in the John M. King school yard ( /12) --> Intern at the Immigrant Centre
45. Pick up garbage on my street ( /20)
46. Try a new local restaurant every month for one year and post a review by the end of each month ( /12) --> Catch up on dineoutwinnipeg reviews
47. Anonymously pay for someone else's check in a restaurant

The Earth

48. Use reusable bags for shopping
49. Visit the St. Norbert farmer's market
50. Buy local ( 6/50)
51. Recycle ( /1; /3; habitual)
52. Refuse one-time use products as often as possible, especially plastic bags
53. Carry reusable products ( /1; /3; habitual)
54. Buy only what is necessary for an entire month

Growing

55. Consciously choose to be kind every day for one month
56. Keep a personal blog
57. Read a new book every month for a year (3/12)
58. Fill a paper journal
59. Pass on a nugget of knowledge
60. Go horseback riding
61. Get a pet dog or cat
62. Volunteer weekly for six months (13/24)
63. Mentor a child

Learning

64. Research options for further education
65. Knit a pair of socks or mittens
66. Improve my French to the point where I feel no embarrassment while speaking
67. Learn to rock climb
68. Learn to crochet
69. Complete my Katimavik scrapbook
70. Change the oil in a car
71. Stay up-to-date on my CPR and First Aid training ( /3)

Teaching

72. Plan meaningful, thoughtful lessons for an entire month
73. Learn something new about each of my students every month of the school year
74. Choose to be patient at the moment I want to roll my eyes ( /20)
75. Apply for certification in Manitoba
76. Volunteer in an immigrant education centre

Confidence

77. Take pole-dancing lessons
78. Take belly-dancing lessons
79. Go naked at a nude beach
80. Have a complete wardrobe tailored in Vietnam
81. Consciously dress nicely every day for one month
82. Take boudoir photos
Health

83. Try lacto-ovo vegetarianism for one month
84. Try complete vegetarianism for one month
85. Floss daily ( /3; /6; habitual)
86. Moisturize daily ( /3; /6; habitual)
87. Stretch daily ( /3; /6; habitual)
88. Lay my chest on my legs
89. No added sugar or salt for one month
90. No white flour for one month
91. Drink 8 cups of water every day ( /1; /3; /6; habitual)
92. Give up carbonated, sweetened beverages
93. Give up mass-manufactured, factory-farmed, chain restaurant food
94. Reach 175 lbs
95. Maintain 160 lbs or lower
96. Bike to Fort Whyte from downtown
97. Bike to Bird's Hill Park from downtown
98. Be able to do 20 consecutive push-ups
99. Be able to do 5 consecutive chin-ups
100. Couch to 5k
101. Run a 5k
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DITL Dec. 5, 2008 [Dec. 14th, 2008|07:13 pm]
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This is day 1 of my three-day weekend in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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DITL of a 24 year old in Asia [Nov. 25th, 2008|12:36 am]
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I'm a long-time lurker on ditl. I'm captivated by the idea and though this is my first posted contribution, I've used ditl as a topic for a university essay in the past (in a class called Critical Theory of Everyday Life).

This post is quite image-heavy. There are no words. Let's make it a game!

10 pts if you can guess what country I'm in.
5 pts if you can then guess what city I'm in.
5 pts if you can guess my profession.
1 pt for identifying my name.
10 pts if you can guess how old the kids are (a range of 3 years).
20 pts if you can name the mode of transportation we take to work.
10 pts if you can name the two people in the portraits on the wall.
2 pts if you can identify the movie I'm watching.
2 pts if you can identify what the hair stylist is wrapping around my head.

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Lurker [Dec. 7th, 2006|10:11 pm]
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I thought it was probably about time I posted an entry explaining my presence. Essentially, I just wanted to let people know I only have this journal to read a friend and participate in the Winnipeg group. That is all.
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