Friday, March 27, 2009

The "Toy Story" Zoetrope

When I was growing up, my parents would bring my sisters and I to different summer lessons so we can do something productive. It started with swimming, the following year, art lessons and finally, yearly tennis summer workshops until we finish our grade school years. In tennis, we even joined competitions and I would meet my sister in the finals! After I won my first trophy, I knew I had to stop being "competitive." I was happy playing the sport, the win boosted my confidence but the most important lesson is to be content with the simple things. There was one match when I was up against a daughter of a stage father who was shouting vindictive words towards her daughter when she was making errors. Even if I was leading the match, I gave way and let the poor girl win. I wanted to end the girl's misery. Looking back, those "hardcore" junior players whom I have competed before are all gone from the tennis limelight. We have our different careers now and I am happy I made the decision early on to just enjoy the sport.
As I grew old, I began to choose the summer workshops I would like to take part in. In 1996, I enrolled in an intensive animation workshop. It was fun learning the basics of animation. I used a 16mm film camera and I appreciated every frame on the screen because for one second, I had to make 24 drawings or 24 movements!

The short film I made travelled to different film festivals from Amsterdam to Japan. Those trips were one of my first travels abroad.

My recent trip to Hong Kong Disneyland reminded me of my animation workshop. There's a" modern" Zoetrope from the "Toy Story"---one of the first fully computer generated animated films. It is also one of my fave films.

In reality, the figures of Buzz, Woody and Jessie are all static but once the spinning disk moves, it provides an illusion that they are creating movements. The strobe lights also helps with the persistence of vision which is a phenomenon of the eye to see an illusion. The animation is shown before your eyes LIVE!

Here's the video:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

You Are in Hong Kong When...

You know you are in Hong Kong when...

You walk on your left side, traffic is also on your left side which makes me so confused because I've been living in Manila all my life and we use the right side of the road always.  Even in school as preschoolers, "walk to your right" is our general rule.  The "left" rule is the Brit's influence :) 
You pass by this bridge on your way out to the HK airport...

Condo living is a must...

You meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in a parade in Disneyland!

You are on a shopping mecca with brand name stores! Spending my day at Causeway Bay or Nathan Road is heavenly :)

One of the oldest transportation is the Sampan boat ride. My late grandmother would tell my mom stories of riding the Sampan when she used to work there when my mom was in her teens.

You use a toilet with this kind of small space! The only movement you can do is to sit down and stand up only! (This was taken in a restaurant.)

You get to see a marker where our great hero, Dr. Jose Rizal once held a clinic in a busy street near the Central MTR. Of course, the marker is so small (right side of the maroon building), no one can notice it!
You get to see lots of Filipina workers on a Sunday morning going to their favorite park!

More HK posts coming up :0

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bakery Fair 2009

I try to be open when attending fairs. When I was visiting Canada, my late grandmother would always ask me to accompany her to the weekend flea market. There I would see vintage collectibles and also see some new stuff---everything and anything are all there! So when I got an invite to attend this year's Bakery Fair at the World Trade Center, I said yes right away. It was just a walking distance from my family home and I was also curious about the appetizing possibilities of wheat because I love to eat! And so I present to you the different faces of bread...
Different cakes on display...
The winning cake: Angkor Wat
3rd Prize cute for children's parties :)
Belgian chocolates :)

They say ""wheat is the staff of life." In the food pyramid alone, bread is the most essential for the needed fiber and carbohydrates of our body. It claims to have more nutrients and vitamins.
An icing on the cake: Baking and cooking demos!

Bakery Fair is a biennial (every two years) event that showcases the best in bakery, confectionery and food industries of the Philippines. This year, hundreds of exhibitors held booths to show and sell their products. Many cooking and product demos took place. US Wheat Associates is an allied supporter of the organizer of the Bakery Fair 2009 event, Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association (FCBAI).