Saturday, September 29, 2007

Today is going to kick ass...

Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon hanging out with my best mate - drinking exotic beers and laughing ALOT.  It's a really nice distraction from the world [buddhist monks in Burma] + I didn't even think about school once and it's good to be exhausted from anything else beside school.

I saw "The Kingdom" last nite - and I highly recommend this movie! The intro is just simple amazing...
and the rest just follows...the ending is superb.

Today ::
Breakfast with the Community "Guru" Andrew + Tree planting on the island + Mom's B'day Dinner + Nuite Blanche + All nighter with friends = THE BEST TORONTO DAY EVER!

I am so excited that I might pee my pants...

Tomorrow = homework, I really love school - it's fun and fantastic.

Can't wait to post pics...

peace+
jam

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

School presentation...

Doing a short class presentation on Cause Marketing for Non-Profits and came up with some cool links to check out...

http://www.laptop.org/en/index.shtml
I might buy one for my family as a xmas gift...

http://www.metowestyle.com/
Toronto - I heart you - this is 500% better than american apparel plus porn free!

http://whatwouldjb.blogspot.com/
Damn funny - Jesus I also heart you

Okay it's 1.30am - late nite post are always crazy, must stop homework and go to sleep....

peace+
jam

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ass bike? Nope - it's pimping time

With TTC prices on the raise starting next month and after my random coffee with Sue, I really started to look at other options for travelling around Toronto. I really wanted to support the TTC but with prices going up every year and my part time career actually costing me more money to do than what I make - it was time to start doing something a bit different...

So for the cost of 5 monthly passes - I purchased an electric bike!

The last time I biked in Toronto was 4 years ago and it scarrrrred the shit out of me - biking in Delhi and Tibet felt sooo much safer...So this is weird and every time I get on it - I face my fear of biking in Toronto, and this is part of the plan to constantly face the fear head on until I love it.

It was kinda weird yesterday standing in the store and picking out bikes to ride up and down the street... I kinda felt a bit giddy and it reminded me of being a high school kid driving my first car...

The store owners were quite nice that with my subtle Asia bargaining skills I was able to get a damn good deal on a red moped style helmet, a lock and a tarp!

The e-bike reminds me of the one that I had in Cambodia last year and I really thought that I picked a simple looking bike - but all my friends admit that it looks pretty pimped and it's a sweet smooth drive. It's also good to have random conversations with strangers again... I probably had over a dozen people ask me questions about it in just one day.

Well back to doing homework - it's kinda funny that it's a perfect Saturday morning and I am inside doing homework.

peace+
jam

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Young African American women tortured

My friend from L.A. emailed me this last nite and I couldn't sleep for
a while...
I couldn't believe that this still exists...

Racist sickos allegedly tortured black W.Va. woman for week
________________________________

By BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, September 12th 2007, 4:00 AM

Megan Williams is comforted by mother, Carmen, in Charleston, W.Va.,
hospital bed as Megan recovers from horrifying ordeal of torture and
rape, allegedly at hands of racists.

Suspects in abuse Lured into a house of hate, a black West Virginia
woman was raped, choked, stabbed and forced to eat dog and rat feces
as her six white tormentors berated her with the N-word, prosecutors
said yesterday.
The ghastly week-long ordeal for 20-year-old Megan Williams ended
Saturday when she stumbled out of her captors' shack near Charleston,
pleading for help from cops responding to an anonymous tip at the
address.
Among those facing hate-crimes prosecution in the gruesome case are
two mothers and their two adult children, officials said.
"This seems like outright malice. It's something you'd see in a
horror movie," said prosecutor Brian Abraham, adding that the FBI was
assisting the investigation.
Williams, 20, is in a hospital recovering from days of torture, but
she may never recover from the emotional trauma she's endured, her
mother said.
"Every time they stabbed her, they called her 'n----r,'" Carmen
Williams told The Charleston Gazette. "She wakes up in the middle of
the night screaming, 'Mommy.' What's really bad is that we don't know
everything they did to her. She is crying all the time."
While the Daily News tries to protect the identities of
sexual-assault victims, Carmen Williams insisted the press identify
her daughter so that the public is "aware that things like that will
happen."
Cops said Megan Williams was intentionally lured into the trap by two
people she thought were her friends.
"Apparently once they got her there they planned to do this," said
Logan County Deputy Police Chief V.K. Dingess.
Arrested were Frankie Brewster, 49, and her son Bobby, 24. Also
nabbed were Karen Burton, 46; her daughter Alisha, 23; Danny Combs,
20, and George Messer, 27.
Police were searching for two others, who allegedly drove her to the house.
The suspects took turns beating, stabbing, choking and sexually
abusing Williams while constantly threatening her with death,
according to a criminal complaint.
A rope was placed around Williams' neck, her hair was ripped out and
she was made to eat dog and rat feces, drink from a toilet and lick up
blood, the complaint charges. At one point, she was sexually assaulted
while scalding water was poured on her body.
She was stabbed in the leg at least four times and both of her ankles
were cut by a female suspect who allegedly taunted her, saying,
"That's what we do to n-----s around here."
"They abused her sexually, stabbed her and probably would have killed
her if they had not gotten caught," said Magistrate Leonard Codispoti.


--
punitive measures only continue to foster violence...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tibet pics...

Are here.

It's a sneak pic. I am working on putting the rest of the pics from India and Nepal up in the next couple days and then a mass email to actually tell people that I am "home"

This one here is not on the website yet... this is house wine from the House of Shambala - it's hard to find good wine on the road and well my Lhasa friend and I polished off two bottles - who can resist with a story like that? [read the fine print]

peace +
jam

Link

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Saturday.

I decided to spend the afternoon by myself - just walking around the city and getting back into the groove of things.

So I set out for a long walk and hit the queen west art crawl - which was quite amazing to see all those crazy hipsters in one place...i loved it.... then I randomally bumped into Sue [who also went for a walk to get back in the groove of Toronto] and it was perfect timing because I needed advice on a rare sweater purchase.  Her sweater advice was pretty impressive so we went out for coffee and talked about random summer tidbits
After that I hit the damn good Ehtopian Vegan restaurant on Queen West for some lite samosa's and then my fave bar called the Rhino for my friend's Bday. It was fun meeting people again that I haven't seen in months...

Then I made the mad dash to the Film Festival for a weird brother/sister tradition.  Midnite Madness.  My sister and I have for the past 5 years started watching horror films together - we usually put up our hoodies, duck our heads, cuddle up together and scream out loud... + we usually have a good history of pickin films...Well this French film just didn't disappoint - [blogto.com has a good review] it was the goriest movie that I have sever seen and it completed the crazy nite. Midnite Madness fans are usually the best of the festival - it's like watching a movie with 500 hundred of your closest friends.

peace+
jam
 



Saturday, September 15, 2007

London.

For some reason I really miss London - my good mate flew over to join me on the last 48 hrs of my trip. It was kinda weird for us to meet for such a short time after not seeing each other for 5 months, but it was SOOO much fun.  I took him to my favourite pub [which recently got voted best pub in London] for a guiness and then it involved into some sort of crazy pub crawl/tour while pretending to look at english football...
 
We capped off the nite by having fish and chips on the thames while looking at the london bridge - I actually it occurred to me that I knew London pretty well...and was pointing out sites, making a list of things he must see and places he has to eat/drink.

It was also fun to see my Cambodian bike mate and chill with her for 3 days - she's a load of fun to chat with and has a pretty unique view of Londoners...

Oh this is all sooo last week and I my world is soooo different now..

peace+
jam

BTW>> Tube security alerts suck! The journey to the airport was only suppose to take an hr, but thanks to the security alert it took over 2 hrs +. I made a mad dash to the airport and got there 40 mins before my flight was taking off...thank God for online checkin - it saved my ass + I also got to bump into Simon Pegg and a wack load of other stars who were all running late for the late... I am not a star struck person so it was more annyoning that he got ahead of me in line and I naturally got pulled over for a security check.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Back home.

There are times that I just don't like being brown... I get stopped at EVER police/security check known to man. I now just automatically walk straight to the each line without question.
 
Sorry if I not coherent for the next few days - school started last week and I am arriving one late week.
I haven't really slept more than 5 hrs a day for the past 10 days, still don't know where I am? it all feels weird... and my body is screwed up from flights, India illness and I haven't gone home yet - just going straight to class now...
 
So looking forward to catchin up with everyone.
 
Lhasa I am glad you can hear me - I miss you.
 
peace+
jam

Thursday, September 06, 2007

in london...

and everyone is so hot? why?

yes sue :: I will be coming back to toronto in the next couple days and DAMN excited! [BTW - your pics are freakin awesome!]
I usually do a friendly stop over in London on my way back to set myself up for culture shock debrief/seeing family and friends and de-stressing before I get back to Toronto.

And I will be abusing the next 3 nites of sleep because on Monday morning I start school!
I just found out that I got into my secondary program of choice in Toronto - and even though classes started about 5 days ago...I passed the phone interview and jumped through most of the hoops...I just have one small hurdle to clear, but I can make it.

So it's nice to be back here I miss London, the people the smells, the vibe... I have been coming here on and off for around 8 years - sometimes for a nite, a week and then there was that time I stayed for like 9 months in England...damn that feels like an eternity ago... but, the change hasn't been that drastic like other major cities and I am just in love with the laid back city life + my friends here are damn cool.

Excited!

peace+
jam

BTW>>> Yesterday evening while going for a random walk in Delhi - I saw this girl that looked like my friend from Toronto, I raced up to her and then did and awkard smiled when it wasn't... About an hr ago I bumped into her again but this time she was lost in the London Tube and needed directions...
I love when things like this happen.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Leaving India...

Sad.

blogging

I really wanted to blog about the last week but everytime I sit in front of a computer something weird happens...

the 1st I started to write - I forgot exactly happened - sooo much went on in 48hrs that I couldn't fit it into one blog....

the 2nd time I started it there was a group of tibetans sitting next to me checking out an online tibetan girls dating service and I got distracted - no - not by the girls - but by the MONK who was checking em out' - A MONK!
I have to admit that the monks here hang out with some of the cutest hipster tibetans and foreigners...there is a rumour that Germans come to Dharamsala and specifically look to steal em away... LTK is this your plan?

the 3rd time got interrupted when I had to write a random essay for school [yeah I am trying my best to get into one!]

This time I am going to finish this post - if it's the last thing I do before leaving India.
That and drinking a chai by the temple...i am just it love here... these tibetans are tooo cute...

peace+
jam

Monday, September 03, 2007

Recovering...

I had the most grueling 48hr + trip.... still in pieces from it... now readjusting slowly to the world around me....will post something soon.
 
peace+
jam