12/26/2008

Thanks to Life

Thanks to Life

Song :Violeta Parra
Translation: Sergio Reyes
IN GRATITUDE TO LIFE

Thank you, Life, for you gave me so much.
You gave me two stars for eyes and when I open them
I can perfectly distinguish black from white
And up above in the skies the constelations
And in the crowds the man I love.

Thank you, Life, for you gave me so much.
You gave me ears so that I can hear
And record the sounds day and night of
Crickets, canaries, factories, dogs barking,
The rain falling, and the sweet voice of my loved one.

Thank you, Life, for you gave me so much.
You gave me the sounds and the alphabet
And with them the words I think of and declare
Mother, friend, brother and light shining
Over the route of my loved one's soul.

Thank you, Life, for you gave me so much.
You gave my tired feet the strenght to walk
On them I have visited cities and potholes
Beaches and deserts, mountains and valleys
And your house, your street, your backyard.

Thank you, Life, for you gave me so much.
You gave me my heart that beats like a drum
When I see the fruits of the human brain
When I see good so far away from evil
When I look in the depth of your beautiful eyes.

Thank you, Life, for you gave me so much.
You gave me laughter and tears
So I can express happiness and sorrow
The two elements my songs are made of
And your songs, which are like my songs,
And everybody's songs, which are also mine.

Thank you Life.
GRACIAS A LA VIDA

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto.
Me dio dos luceros, y cuando los abro,
Perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco,
Y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado,
Y en las multitudes al hombre que yo amo.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado el oído que, en todo su ancho,
Graba noche y día grillos y canarios
Martillos, turbinas, ladridos, chubascos,
Y la voz tan tierna de mi bien amado.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto,
Me ha dado el sonido y abecedario.
Con él las palabras que pienso y declaro,
"madre, amigo hermano" y luz alumbrando
la ruta del alma del que estoy amando

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados.
Con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
Playas y desiertos, montañas y llanos,
Y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Me dio el corazón, que agita su marco.
Cuando miro el fruto del cerebro humano,
Cuando miro al bueno tan lejos del malo.
Cuando miro el fondo de tus ojos claros.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado la risa, me ha dado el llanto.
Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto,
Todos materiales que forman mi canto,
Y el canto de ustedes que es es mismo canto


Gracias a la vida....

Grazie alla vita

Grazie alla vita che
mi ha dato tanto,
mi ha dato due astri
che quando li apro
perfettamente distinguo
il nero dal bianco,
e nell'alto cielo
il suo sfondo stellato,
e tra le moltitudini
l'uomo che amo.


Grazie alla vita
che mi ha dato tanto,
mi ha dato l'ascolto
che in tutta sua apertura
cattura notte e giorno
grilli e canarini,
martelli turbine
latrati burrasche
e la voce tanto tenera
di chi sto amando.



Grazie alla vita
che mi ha dato tanto,
mi ha dato il suono
e l'abbecedario
con lui le parole
che penso e dico,
madre, amico, fratello
luce illuminante,
la strada dell'anima
di chi sto amando.



Grazie alla vita
che mi ha dato tanto,
mi ha dato la marcia
dei miei piedi stanchi,
con loro andai
per città e pozzanghere,
spiagge e deserti,
montagne e piani
e la casa tua,
la tua strada, il cortile.



Grazie alla vita
che mi ha dato tanto,
mi ha dato il cuore
che agita il suo confine
quando guardo il frutto
del cervello umano,
quando guardo il bene
così lontano dal male,
quando guardo il fondo
dei tuoi occhi chiari.



Grazie alla vita
che mi ha dato tanto,
mi ha dato il riso
e mi ha dato il pianto,
così distinguo
gioia e dolore
i due materiali
che formano il mio canto
e il canto degli altri
che è lo stesso canto
e il canto di tutti
che è il mio proprio canto.

Grazie alla vita
che mi ha dato tanto.

House in progress











House in Progress






I have a confession to make..... Ever since I was a little kid, I had a tendency to re-arrange the furniture, now I own my place, do you think that changed? Not a bit (quite the opposite), I keep moving the art work from room to room, re-arrange or re-purpose the furniture etc... and I keep record of it by sharing these photos with you.. You can see the transformation here, as the photos are chronologically posted for each room, meaning the last three photos show the current setting (until I have some other ideas).....
with that said, hope you guys keep warm in the cozy corner of your home with loved ones.
This was a wonderful year for me and hopefully 2009 would be even better.
I am so blessed with a wonderful family & friends and having a blog that I can share my thought & photos with you.
Happy New Year!

12/25/2008

Goodies for my home

From Zehra & Ahmet who surprised me with this amazing gift from Istanbul, Turkey. I was shocked when I saw the wonderful packaging and did not know what to do/say..


From Nadin & Ani, who knew my weakness for bathroom accessories from Apartment Therapy's contest.



From my beloved sister....who remembered this kitchen clock that I liked so much and brought it all the way from Amsterdam as a house warming gift...


Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart!

12/19/2008

The view from Rainbow Room @ Rockefeller Center






















Video Installation @ Moma








The Museum of Modern Art
West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497

Museum Hours
Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Pipilotti Rist: Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters)
November 19, 2008–February 2, 2009
The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor


Pipilotti Rist's lush multimedia installations playfully and provocatively merge fantasy and reality. MoMA commissioned the Swiss artist to create a monumental site-specific installation that immerses the Museum's Marron Atrium in twenty-five-foot-high moving images. Visitors will be able to experience the work while walking through the space or sitting upon a sculptural seating island designed by the artist.
















While riding the the air train @ JFK Airport













While riding the the air train @ JFK Airport





While riding the the air train @ JFK Airport