Sunday, February 28, 2010
- Francois Auguste Rene Chateaubriand
All of the kids are in limbo so to speak and have no national citizenship's at all. They are all refugees from Burma and Laos and are not recognized as citizens of Thailand because they cannot speak Thai yet or very little. This school was set up to teach them the language and culture so they can eventually take the basic tests to get into the Thai school system. All of the children are exremely poor and where brought to the center from the slums and most have lost one if not both parents. The ones who no longer have parents live at the orphanage-about 40 of them. There are 30 or so day students who get picked up everyday from there homes and brought to the school from 8-6 or so.
Anyway-the kids FREAK out when I come. Literally. They cry if I leave the room and smile the entire time I am there and stand in lines to hold my hand. I absolutely love the school and the directors who started it (married cpl from hawaii) They are pretty inspiring to say the least-they started the school 15 yrs ago and never left. the school only runs through private donations bc it is not recognized by the government at all. In fact they do not even have credentials to teach there but they really do not get bothered by the police-
It is the simple things the kids do such as eating and cleaning there own dishes and drying them that blow me away-5 yr olds included. The food is minimal so they all eat rice and an egg and some fruit for lunch which is all grown on the premises-the director does all the farming-and dinner is really the same-but instead of rice noodles. Even with that they all want to give me there food-which is really hard to say no to because if I do not take what they offer they look defeated. So needless to say I have been eating what is there and it is some needed perspective because what they can buy that day is what is eaten...The center has zero money. In fact I went to the infirmary when I was getting the tour (not bc I was sick-although that would not be weird!!) and the shelves were empty besides a few packets of tylenol and some theraflu. So I have been trying to get some basic stuff for them that we definately all take for granted. They are jumping up and down with me there-literally.
Anyways-I just wanted to send some pics. Check out the sleeping arrangements-I will no longer complain about my bed...
excited for certain parts of my life again.
It's all about being around the right people. Love.
Well bear ended his day at Gavin Brown's opening, bear's first gallery
opening. As usual he was a perfect child and enjoyed all the love and
crazy noise around him.
Perfect bear. Perfect day.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
"So in the mornings I have been going to pick up a few of the kids for
school who are day students. The last pic-behind the motorcycle is a
hole. When you crawl through, there are thousands of hidden cardboard
steel slum houses hidden by a big wall- bc they are all illegal in
Thailand. Look at the one alley pic. Crazy. I had breakfast a few
mornings with different families there as I waited for all the kids.
I'm blown away and obsessed. Seriously the kids and the people are
amazing and all they do is smile."
Friday, February 26, 2010
I'm a HUGE Kardashian fan. It all started about a year ago when I was at my parents for dinner and heard my dad scream from the living room to my mom across the house "get in here, the ker-dersh-i-ons are on! hurry up!" Which followed with a marathon of watching the show for hours on end.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I just want to take a moment to thank some higher powers for bringing
us together. Her friendship means so much to me and as the years go on
my affection & appreciation grows even greater.
On top of being one of the most solid friends around, she is
hysterical beyond comprehension. Lobo. The name kinda just says it all.
Love my Lobs.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I used to adore mustaches. Any chance I had I would wear one. Seriously. One year for Halloween I was a construction worker, the next year I was a male leopard, the year after that I was a gold Toyota Corolla (which had nothing to do with a mustache or really anything to do with anything but that's a story for another time).
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
this quote is for you, as I read your sad post on your blog and want you to know love is all around you, don't be sad.
On my rainy walk to work this morning I spotted a woman wearing these hilarious Comme des Garcons sneakers. She was dressed in black leather skinny pants, an oversized black raincoat belted, and in one hand a giant red umbrella and a lunch box, in the other hand a little boy around 4 or 5 years old very seriously singing "rain, rain go away, come on back another day."
"You can have all the money in the world, but it isn't happiness if you don't have that special someone by your side. The one that's going to be your back bone and support your every choice that makes you smile. The one that's going to make you feel alive and look forward to every single day."
It's some random hour and I'm fully awake after a mere 4 hours of
sleep. I've been tossing and turning but nothing is making me sleepy.
Luca is snoring and even let out a giggle from an apparent funny dream.
Any advice on how to get oneself back to sleep would be greatly
Hope you all slept well - have a happy Tuesday.
Monday, February 22, 2010
"Right now, I’m realizing that they times, they are a changin’. Fashion weeks are a crazy little world for me now. When I get to a show, someone usually grabs me by the hand and smiles as they guide me to my seat. They call me just to make sure that I’m going to be at the show. They double check, triple check and get all upset if I ever miss one. Ahah! Yep! Times have changed!
I'm not sure if I ever shared these photos. And well, I'm not so sure why I'm sharing them now. Hopefully to give you a good laugh on this Monday morning.
This other one was taken on my birthday in May. I was 5 months pregnant, wearing molly's weirdo shoes that rock while you walk to make you stand up straighter and help you burn more calories. I was also wearing a stocking on my head that was from Selene's wig and gloves that Alan wears when he's going 85 mph through the city on his psychotic bike rides. Since we were in Selene's hospital room I can only guess that all those freaky pieces were put on in an attempt to make her smile in an otherwise uncomfortable time in her life. Looking back it's a stupid sight but at the moment I think we were all so tweaked out that a stocking and weirdy gloves probably brought us to absolute hysterics. Exactly what was needed right then.