Colors of Tomato

What a surprise? I just find out that one of favor my childhood artist is here in Los Angeles. Takashi Murakami – the artist for Ginga Tetsudo 999,.
During my primary school years, I used to love Japanese cartoons, not only their amazing animations, but also their touching stories with unforgettable cartoon characters. Of cause, back then I did not pay any attention the artist name, but I do remember their cartoon character names.

I find out about Murakami MOCA 2007 exhibition from one of the banner on LA street sign, it was completely random. Then I heard couple of friends mentioned about him with his latest high/low expressionist art works. I got curious! So I decided to check it out today after work.

Here are to some photos from this exhibition:


I really fascinated by his latest sculpture work and the Budda series paintings. Quote from one of the Budda painting


“I open wide my eyes but see no scenery, I fix my gaze upon my heart.,2007”


How many times you have been into a situation that is “not good enough, but not bad enough to leave”? It could be in different forms like in personal relationship, or in a career move…etc. What would most people do?

If this is about career, I think mostly people won’t have much doubts about to prepare for the better opportunities, and when the right time comes, people would make the change without any emotional attachment. However, what if this is about personal relationship? Won’t be more complicate and harder to solve the puzzle? Most common option, he/she would start look around for better one, then called it end when he/she falls for the new love. Or another option could be, he/she starts picking on each other, and starts on unreasonable flight, or seek for any excuses to accuse one’s something that not even true, in order to make a less guilt trip to out of the relationship. The least common option, almost close to mission impossible, which is to turn the situation over, try to make things better to rebuild the connection at the emotional level. I am sure it takes lot of efforts, and it may still not work out.

While I was reading “Marley and Me” , it inspires me that “When a situation goes bad, do you just quit and gave up, to abandon the one you used to love, used to share life’s ups/downs together with, or you would try every things possible to change…”

Every year, I would like to visit a city/country where I never been. This year I am able to team up with couple of my friends to make a trip down to Costa Rica.

I am currently in preparation for my trip, confirming all the logistic about hotels, tours, transportation…etc, also need coordinate with my friends how to meet up for activities, since not every one would arrive at the same day.

It is quit a bit of work, but I am enjoying it. Couple years back I was a solo traveler, part of it because of my work, another part of it because it was much easier to travel alone, no agenda, no expectations, every time you may meet random local people in the strange country. You could learn from their culture, try to observe how they live their live. Very interesting years back then. Comment about me from my friends was “You so hard to keep in touch with! I don’t even know where are you on earth!” 😉

In this recent two years, I have changed, maybe I got attached to my local job, or maybe I got reconnect to my old friends, met new friends…etc. Now, I would value more about the quality time I spend with my friends and family. Try to build more memories with them, so that we could better related to each other, as we growth old…..we could laugh at each other from those happy/silly moments.

I am start counting down the days to my trip now! Sorry for those friends that couldn’t make it for this trip. There are many trips to come! 😉

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