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there are no yesterdays on the road

19 Mar
train to udaipur

train to Udaipur, kindly ignore the hair

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

-William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways: A Journey into America


flowers for dinner

9 Feb

Chiang Mai, Thailand (the bar across the street from the reggae bar)

“A good holiday is one that is spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.”

-J. B. Priestley


3 Feb
market to market

Chiang Mai, Thailand

“If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking, therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane.”

― John Irving, The World According to Garp

if i ever return

1 Feb

Temple on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong

“Your song was very beautiful, and your sadness does me honor. I’m going to start life in a new world. If I ever return, I’ll tell you what it’s like there.”

-Jean Genet, “Les Nègres” as mentioned here.

trust me

30 Jan

Irene at the border ceremony (India/Pakistan)

“Trust me. Everything is going to be fine. You met me at a very strange time in my life.”

-Fight Club

Awkward Covers: John Legend & The Roots

28 Jan

I found a draft post I wrote in Nov 2010 but never posted. Probably because I didn’t (and hey, still don’t) have a blog where content like this would be appropriate. But it’s always fun to laugh at younger you and your naive stupidity so I decided what the hell. It’s not like Nov 2010-Nicole can come back and beat me up. She doesn’t exist anymore. (Take THAT, passage of time!)  So enjoy how silly I was/am.

Thanks, Stereogum

“Wake Up” is an Arcade Fire classic. And if you didn’t know it before, you definitely heard it in the trailer for “Where the Wild Things Are.” Also pertinent, I am a huge Roots fan, I once tried to sneak backstage at a concert in hopes one of them would see the pale scrawny freshman girl that I was and fall madly in love. So my second point is: it’s not that I don’t like The Roots.
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on perspective?

25 Jan

Big Buddha in Lantau, HK

“I don’t know much about it because I’m a whore and (whores) don’t watch porn. It’s like you watching a movie about sitting at your desk.”

Kasandra Marin, Vice Magazine guide to becoming a whore in 2004 (sorry)

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